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Boston-bound Andris Nelsons to leave CBSO in 2015 ‘with heavy heart’

Andris Nelsons is to leave the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in summer 2015 ‘with an extremely heavy heart’, having decided that his new appointment as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra would give him too little time with his family unless he quit the CBSO.

The Telegraph

Can art and classical music meet in harmony?

A new touring performance, Graphic Scores, attempts to bridge the gap between classical music and art and get the creative juices flowing.

US orchestras are greedy and overpaid

The lock-out at the Minnesota Orchestra reveals a tale of greed, complacency – and salaries British players can only dream of says Ivan Hewett

Classic Brits: fundamentally tacky?

The Classic Brits know they have to stir a little ‘real’ classical music into the mix, to give themselves a fig-leaf of legitimacy, says Ivan Hewett.

The Times

Film composer is the big winner at Classical Brits

Hans Zimmer, whose work includes the soundtracks for Man Of Steeland The Dark Knight Rises, was named composer of the year at the Classical Brit awards on Tuesday.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Hans Zimmer defend Classic BRITs

Speaking on stage at Tuesday’s award ceremony, the evening’s big winners hit back at the BRITs’ critics. In a speech that will be broadcast to over a million people on ITV1 this Sunday evening, Benedetti spoke passionately about the event bringing classical music to everyone.

The New Yorker

Woman, Gays and Classical Music

Classical musicians have traditionally shied away from making political statements and have tended to cling to the illusion of an art that floats above politics, formally pure and spiritually aloof, says Alex Ross, but times are requiring them to change.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic co-founder and champion of the arts, Dick Matthews, dies at 93

Philanthropist Richard Matthews, who helped found the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and also made significant contributions to Calgary Opera, Honens International Piano Competition, The Mount Royal. Conservatory and the University of Calgary, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 93.

Die Zeit

“Der Countertenor ist eine neue Art Mann”

Philippe Jaroussky ist einer der besten Sopranisten der Welt. Jetzt wagt er sich an die Arien des Kastraten Farinelli. Überwindet er damit die Männlichkeit? Ein Interview

Classic FM Online

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(Written on October 4, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang and Einaudi to perform at Classic BRITs 2013

Pianists Lang Lang and Ludovico Einaudi have both been confirmed to perform at this year’s Classic BRITs award ceremony on October 2nd

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines prompts unexpected classical hit

The R&B chart smash has driven a surge in sales for a violin and harpsichord duet of the same name

Roger Federer plays violin in Lucerne Festival tribute

Tennis maestro Roger Federer paid tribute to the Lucerne Festival’s 75th anniversary in a video made by his sponsor, Credit Suisse

Nicola Benedetti takes time off following Queen’s advice

The superstar violinist is taking a break ahead of the release of her new album, My First Decade, after being asked whether she was overworking by the Queen

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann among pre-announced winners of 2013 Gramophone Awards

Jonas Kaufmann’s last solo disc on Decca before his recent move to Sony Classical is among several pre-announced winners of this year’s Gramophone magazine awards

Ealing Autumn festival: Britten among friends11-27 October

Running 11 to 27 October, the Ealing Autumn Festival returns for its fourth year

The Independent

Julian Lloyd Webber: I’m doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Gewitter ist vorbei, die Schäflein sind im Trockenen

Beim Stuttgarter Musikfest gab Helmuth Rilling den Stab an seinen jüngeren Nachfolger Hans-Christoph Rademann ab – Bundespräsident Joachim Gauk assistierte

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(Written on August 28, 2013 )

Classic FM

Myleene Klass to present Classic BRIT Awards 2013

The multi-talented Classic FM presenter will be taking to the stage for her sixth consecutive Classic BRITs ceremony.



Bristol Old Vic launches Proms for a modern age

Daniel Hope, Nicola Benedetti and Jan Lisiecki perform with cutting-edge technology


Classic FM

Einaudi to play iTunes Festival 2013

The composer and his unmistakable piano tunes will be gracing the stage at the Roundhouse in Camden, London in September.


BBC Music Magazine

Benjamin Britten archive opens at The Red House, Aldeburgh

Composer documents on display in the grounds of Britten’s home


Classical Music Magazine

Arts settlement 2015/16: what the numbers mean

Arts Council England has won a ring-fenced 5% funding cut in the Spending Roundfor 2015/16, while the settlement for the Department for Culture Media and Sport is 8%.

Scheidender Intendant im Wiener Konzerthaus ausgezeichnet

Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Konzerthaus-Intendant Bernhard Kerres.






(Written on June 19, 2013 )

Classic FM

André Rieu adds more concerts to UK tour

André Rieu follows Classic BRITs win with a rapid-selling UK tour with dates added due to public demand.

New York Daily News

From poverty to the Palace: United Palace Cathedral program trains uptown kids to be classical musicians  

Non-profit Harmony Program gives 26 Washington Hts. and Inwood kids intensive training in viola, violin and cello

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

5 Things You Never Knew About Schumann 

Many aspects of composer Robert Schumann’s life and music have remained largely misunderstood.

Opera Today

Exciting Glyndebourne 2013 season 

Exciting developments at Glyndebourne ! Many new initiatives which could transform Glyndebourne from a summer festival to a truly international, year-round opera experience.

Islington Gazette

Mystery donor hits right note with Highbury music pupils

A mystery donor who has given tens of thousands of pounds to a Highbury school so pupils can learn classical music has revealed his identity.


Howard H. Scott, Godfather of the LP, Classical Producer, Dies at 92

Howard H. Scott, a producer known for his recordings of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the pianist Glenn Gould and the violinist Isaac Stern, and who was part of the Columbia Records team who oversaw the development of the LP, died on Sept. 22 in Reading, PA.

‘Carmina Burana’: Orff’s Vibrant Cantata Intertwined with Nazi Debate

It is one of classical music’s hardiest creatures, repeatedly set loose across concert halls, recording studios and the landscape of popular entertainment.

Music Week

BBC launches iPlayer Radio

The BBC has launched iPlayer Radio – a new dedicated home for BBC radio available across multiple platforms.

New York Daily News



(Written on October 9, 2012 )

Classic FM

Handel Flash Mob in Supermarket

Handel and hummus are not exactly a combination you’d expect to see on a shopping list but we love classical music so much, we think it makes an amazing dish!

Classic BRITs 2012 nominations revealed at London launch

Possible winners for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards were announced in a nominations ceremony in London last night.

Classic FM’s 20th Birthday

The celebrations started just after 6am this morning, twenty years to the minute that the UK’s first national commercial radio station launched on air.

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Liverpool Philharmonic Hall secures key funding for refurbishment from city council

The first step to securing more than £10m to refurbish Liverpool’s historic Philharmonic Hall will be taken this week.


Rosenblatt Recitals announces new partnership with Sky Arts

Four recitals to be broadcast in 2013

I care if you listen

5 questions to David Toop (composer) about Star-shaped Biscuit

On Saturday, September 15, Faster than Sound (Aldeburgh Music experimental program that connects the dots between musical genres and digital art forms) will present David Toop’s Star-Shaped Biscuit, an opera inspired by the writings of the French dandy and author extraordinaire Raymond Roussel.

Classic FM’s 20th birthday, Classic FM.

(Written on September 7, 2012 )

Classic FM

Mark Bebbington completes his John Ireland journey 

Pianist’s fourth instalment in his Ireland series uncovers previously unheard material from new transcriptions.

John Williams to be honoured at Classic BRITs 

Williams will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award alongside performances from Andre Rieu, Nicola Benedetti and Andrea Bocelli.

BBC Music Magazine 

Julian Bliss 

Rebecca Franks talks to the British clarinettist on his latest album.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

The Doctor who has put Atlanta into intensive care 

‘Stanley Romanstein likes to be addressed as Doctor’

Vienna concert planned for kidnapped Mexico conductor 

‘While the music world fiddles the summer away, a conductor has been held hostage in Mexico for more than a year…’

Facebook page opened for Guarnerius held hostage by Germans 

Japanese supporters of Yuzuko Horigome have launched a Facebook petition in an effort to persuade the German Customs authorities to give her back the precious Guarnerius they seized at Frankfurt last weekend while she was in transit from Tokyo to Brussels.

Good News: Charles Ives’s house ‘will be saved from demolition’ 

The fight to save the heritage home succeeds.

The Telegraph 

Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht: Opera with real altitude 

An opera with musicians in helicopters and in mid air, seagull noises and a camel.

(Written on August 21, 2012 )