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Lately, it seems like the younger generation is divided into two. One half is permanently glued to their digital device, drowning in social media, and can hardly imagine their life without Netflix and Instagram. The other half are rebelling, attempting something easily described as a “digital detox”.

A Digital detox can be defined as a period of time during which a person steps back from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers in order to disconnect to the online world. By many, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on real-life social interactions. Stress is proven to be caused by being connected, being online (literally), being available to anyone’s whim 24 hours per day, every day. A recent study from regulator Ofcom concluded that, on average, UK adults spend 25 hours a week online. And that number is constantly increasing.

So can classical music help us to escape the digital chokehold?

Listening to classical music

It is generally accepted that classical music has many positive effects on our brains, sometimes known as “the Mozart effect”. Listening to classical music is proven to boost memory function, sparks creativity, improves productivity and generally makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can even improve the quality of our (much needed) sleep and help to ease symptoms of depression and melancholy. So why not to turn your phone off, take a deep breath and meditate while listening to classical music after a long working day or just before going to sleep? In our busy and over-connected world it is important to have some time for yourself, to slow things down and classical music is a perfect source of relaxation.

Learning an instrument

From recent research, musical instrument training can have a surprising effect on the structure of our brain. This concerns not only children but also adults and the elderly. Learning an instrument increases the capacity of our memory, enhances spatial reasoning and improves literacy skills. Moreover, musical training requires us to concentrate on one task at once. Concentrating on one task can help us to stay productive; not only while learning an instrument, but one can apply this knowledge to many other crucial tasks.

Attending classical music concerts

Listening to classical music encourages us to think deeply, connect better to ourselves and also connect to the people around us. Going to venues also means connecting to real people, talking to them, and socialising in real life. Sometimes we all need to take a step back from technology now and again. Attending classical music venues reminds us of being fully present in the world. Moreover, classical music concerts are beautiful, not only aurally, but also visually.

Considering all the benefits of classical music, we can utilise it to make our digital detox easier and our life more mindful and deliberate. Likewise, classical music helps us relax and put ourselves in a better mood. So, let’s switch off our mobile phones from time to time and allow us to be unavailable. Or, to put it in in the words of Chris Baréz-Brown: “Get lost in music with others and you might just find yourself.”

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: Radio 3 is pandering to beginner audience, claim classical music fans, contemporary Music partners with Audiotube, and if music gives you goosebumps, you might have a special brain. Instruments owned by WDR-Funkhausorchester have been stolen, Andreas Haefliger signs with label BIS, and 88% of Germans think classical music is part of their cultural heritage.

The Times

Radio 3 pandering to beginner audience, claim classical music fans

BBC Radio 3 is burying classical music concerts in the late night schedules when most people are asleep and offering more “basic” programming at peak times, listeners have complained.

Music Week

PRS Foundation announces 60 female artists and innovators for Keychange initiative

Ten women from six countries across Europe – Sweden, Spain, Iceland, Germany, Estonia and the UK – have been chosen to participate in the new initiative which aims to empower women to transform the music industry.

Music Week

Academy of Contemporary Music partners with Audiotube

Fair trade distribution pioneer Audiotube has been announced as The Academy of Contemporary Music’s official distribution partner.

The Stage

Parents in Performing Arts to form limited company in bid to bring long-term change to theatre sector

The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Society of London Theatre and Stage Directors UK are among the organisations backing the creation of a new company aimed at tackling discriminatory working practices towards parents in the sector.

Classic FM

If this music gives you goosebumps, you might have a special brain

Think of your favourite piece of music, and think about how you might react to it.

Limelight

Cameron Lam wins 2018 Stefan Kruger Scholarship

The composer and founder of new music ensemble Kammerklang has taken home Fine Music 102.5’s $15,000 prize.

Klassik.com

Joseph-Ratzinger-Preis für Komponist Arvo Pärt

Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt erhält den Preis der Stiftung Joseph Ratzinger-Benedikt XVI.

Klassik Heute

Andreas Haefliger unterzeichnet Vertrag beim Label BIS

Der Schweizer Pianist Andreas Haefliger hat beim schweidischen Label BIS einen Vertrag unterzeichnet und wird im Frühjahr 2018 dort erste CD-Veröffentichungen vorlegen.

Musik Heute

Diebe stehlen wertvolle Instrumente des WDR-Funkhausorchesters

Diebe haben einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge dem WDR-Funkhausorchester mehrere wertvolle Instrumente gestohlen. Das bestätigte Sendersprecherin Kristina Bausch der “Bild”-Zeitung (Mittwoch).

France Musique

L’éducation musicale en Allemagne : en avant la pratique !

L’Allemagne, pays de la musique classique ? Oui, pour 88% des Allemands qui estiment que la musique classique fait partie de l’héritage culturel du pays. A l’occasion des élections fédérales outre-Rhin, nous nous intéressons au système d’enseignement musical allemand.

Twitter

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic

‘Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music’- Rachmaninov

WDR Funkhausorchester ©WDR/Herby Sachs

Merken

Merken

(Written on September 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: the Women Make Music Fund  has announced the findings of a five year evaluation report, launched in Parliament today, and Chicago’s famed smartbar is set to host a series of workshops as part of Daphne. Marko Ahtisaari is attempting to fight opioid dependency with the natural high triggered by music, more German people attend classical music concerts and festivals than football matches, and how music is being used to treat autism. German soprano Simone Kermes perfoms in Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin gets another international concert hall planned by Frank Gehry, and Casio hosts a concert played on digital pianos. In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic, and the violinist Miranda Cuckson has developed a strong following for her fearless forays into modern and contemporary music

M Magazine

Women Make Music Fund Publishes Five Year Impact Report

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Women Make Music Fund, launched by PRS Foundation in 2011, has announced the findings of a five year evaluation report, launched in Parliament today (1 March).

Der Tagesspiegel

Die geerdete Diva

Zuhause ist sie im Barock – und dorthin kehrt sie jetzt, nach einem Ausflug zu Strauss, auch wieder zurück: Simone Kermes singt Liebeslieder im Konzerthaus

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Fast ein Schlaraffenland

“Größte kulturelle Extravaganz”: In Berlin ist die Klassik bunt und vital aufgestellt. Und jetzt bekommt die Stadt mit dem Pierre-Boulez-Saal einen weiteren Musikraum. Entworfen hat ihn Stararchitekt Frank Gehry. Das klingt schon mal gut

Berliner Morgenpost

Ein digitaler Mozart

Die Firma Casio wagt im Kammermusiksaal den Klangwettstreit mit einem Bechstein-Konzertflügel

The New York Times

Quaff a Brew and Chill to the Violin With Miranda Cuckson

The violinist Miranda Cuckson, who plays complex works with charismatic devotion, has developed a strong following for her fearless forays into modern and contemporary music

Broadwayworld.com

Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Philharmonic in A CONCERT FOR UNITY With Musicians Around the World

In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world

klassik.com @klassikcom Grünes Licht für die Erweiterung des Hamburger Komponisten-Quartiers

Music History @today_classical in 1899 Death of Louise .

Live Music Now  We are delighted to launch our new vision for music in society, entitled “BRINGING MUSIC TO LIFE”. Read it here:

Miranda Cuckson plays in the Pop-Up Concerts series. Credit: Ruby Washington/The New York Times

(Written on March 2, 2017 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Newlywed Katherine Jenkins denies diva claims

Singer Katherine Jenkins has hit back at claims she was dropped by her music company for being a “diva”

Classic FM

Pascal Rogé slams ‘mafia’ jury at piano competition

The Rina Sala Gallo Association has called for Pascal Rogé to apologise after he quit the jury and accused Italian members of the panel at the Monza international piano competition of corruption.

International Arts Manager

Vienna Philharmonic wins Nilsson prize

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has won the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize.

Pizzicato

500 Amateur Musicians Played A Rameau Flash Mob In Dijon

Dijon is the town where composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was born 250 years ago. The city organized a flash mob last Saturday.

BBC News

Live classical ‘off-putting’ says Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has said classical music concerts have had the excitement “squeezed out of them”.

Slipped Disc

Sunday school: Atlanta’s icy silence is broken by a supercool rap

The musicians and the lockout merchants are observing media silence while talks continue with a federal negotiator

Der Tagesspiegel

Müssen Karten für Oper und Theater so günstig sein?

Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner wundert sich über die Ticketpreise an subventionierten Bühnen. Das lässt er sich nun mal ganz genau erklären. Und schon gibt es Kritik.

Teure Halle – Das Konzerthaus ist wiedereröffnet

Das gibt es auch noch in Berlin: Eine Baustelle wurde rechtzeitig fertig. Mit einem festlichen Konzert unter Mitwirkung von Andrey Boreyko und Arcadi Volodos ist das Konzerthaus am Freitag wiedereröffnet worden.

das Orchester

Deutschsprachige Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften besorgt über die Lage der Orchester in Europa

Die deutschsprachigen Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften aus Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland (SMV, DOV, GdG-KMSfB und ver.di) beobachten mit großer Sorge die aktuell um sich greifende Zerstörung von Opernhäusern, -ensembles und Orchestern in Europa.

musik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker übernehmen Patenschaft für Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Ausgehend vom Bamberger Chefdirigenten Jonathan Nott, der ab diesem Jahr auch Erster Dirigent der JDPh ist, sei eine organisatorische und inhaltliche Kooperation geplant, teilten die beiden Klangkörper am Freitag mit.

The New York Times

Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78

Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura soprano admired for the range, flexibility and size of her voice, as well as the intensity she brought to her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel: http://www.theviolinchannel.com/rapping-student-guildhall-school-music-london/ … London’s Guildhall School Admits Rapper into Classical Music Programme @guildhallschool @londonsymphony

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: Happy Birthday Ralph #VaughanWilliams – ‘an adventurous, unmistakably English composer’ http://bit.ly/1vRfgh4 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Nine things you might not know about Ralph Vaughan Williams:http://www.classical-music.com/article/nine-things-you-might-not-know-about-ralph-vaughan-williams …

Der Tagesspiegel  @tagesspiegel: #Oper & #Theater in #Berlin: Müssen Eintritts-Karten denn so günstig sein, fragt Kulturstaatssekretär Tim @rennersen http://ow.ly/CEvq

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the "Festival of Lights", Photo AFP via Tagesspiegel

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the “Festival of Lights”                  Photo: AFP via Tagesspiegel

(Written on October 13, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

London Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet dies in car crash

Rod Franks, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been killed in a car crash.

The Guardian

Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen’s music

For Weir, the first woman in the position, it means supporting composers and exploring the state of music education.

Classic FM

Universal boss slams ‘unwelcoming, elitist’ classical music concerts

Max Hole singles out Royal Festival Hall for criticism in attack on live classical music.

The Telegraph

JK Rowling abuse over independence ‘frightening’ says Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti, the violinist, reveals she gets trolled on twitter on the issue of Scottish independence even though she has never publicly expressed a view on it.

Classic FM

Queen’s Guards play Game Of Thrones theme at Buckingham Palace

Ramin Djawadi’s Game Of Thrones theme was given an unexpected airing in front of Buckingham Palace over the weekend, when the Queen’s Guards played it during the changing of the guard.

Classical-Music.com

New tenor lined up for the King’s Singers

Famous vocal sextet names Julian Gregory as its latest member.

Classical-Music.com

Watch concerts from Verbier Festival live on our website

Two concerts will be streamed completely free of charge.

New York Times

Youth Is Not Wasted on This Young Orchestra

National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Concerts

KlassikInfo

Rettungsplan für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Das Stiftungsmodell zur Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) ausserhalb des SWR ist gescheitert.

KulturPort

Christian Kellersmann übernimmt Edel:Kultur

Der 53jährige übernimmt als Managing Director die Gesamtverantwortung für den Geschäftsbereich Edel:Kultur.

Klassik.com

Personalquerelen am Theater Vorpommern

Der Intendant des Theaters Vorpommern, Dirk Löschner, kann entgegen einer Empfehlung des Aufsichtsrats nun doch im Amt bleiben.

concerti

Ein Chor, ein Klang

Der preisgekrönte Münchner Frauenchor feiert in diesen Wochen sein 25-jähriges Jubiläum.

El Mundo

‘Las hermanas Wagner me boicotean’

El dramaturgo alemán asegura que las bisnietas del célebre compositor se han extralimitado en sus funciones como directoras del festival.

Twitter

London Symphony Orch: @londonsymphony The LSO is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rod Franks, a member of the trumpet section since 1988. http://lso.co.uk/rod_franks 

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Rod Franks: ‘incisive understanding, genuine warmth, legendary and remarkable courage’. The Principal writes: http://bit.ly/Umvt0a 

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Judith Weir confirmed as history’s first female Master of the Queen’s Music: http://classfm.co/wvmRyW  #ClassicFMnews

Rod Franks
Photo: Classic FM
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(Written on July 22, 2014 )