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In today’s news: disabled people underrepresented in English arts bodies, what to expect from music this year, Cumnock Tryst appoints Jean Nicholson as festival director. Also, Arvo Pärt is world’s most performed living composer and 20.000 cheap tickets for the Elbphilarmonie.

Guardian

Schools music boost urged as Britons fail to make Menuhin violin finals

Lack of government funding blamed as UK fails to make shortlist.

BME people severely underrepresented in top English arts bodies

Arts Council England figures also show disabled people make up only 4% of staff at major organisations.

Independent

What to expect from music in 2018

A New Year means new music, of course, but what exactly lies ahead?

‘The Brit awards are finally embracing diversity – here’s why we’re not holding our breath just yet’

Last year, after the Brit Award nominations were announced, there was a buzz ahead of the ceremony from every music fan hoping that the #BritsSoWhite uproar had done the trick. That after an overhaul of the voting panel, we might finally see the diversity and innovation in UK music recognised.

Classical Music

Cumnock Tryst appoints festival director

The Cumnock Tryst has appointed Jean Nicholson as festival director.

Limelight

A mouse in the house at the National Symphony Orchestra

Think crinkling candy wrappers are disruptive? A mouse caused quite a commotion at a concert in Washington on the weekend.

Estonian World

Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the seventh year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack.

nmz

Stuttgarts neuer Ballettchef kündigt weitere personelle Änderungen an

Nach mehr als 20-jähriger Intendanz von Reid Anderson am Stuttgarter Ballett will sein Nachfolger Tamas Detrich Traditionen bewahren, aber auch neue Akzente setzen. Zwei Jahre arbeitete der US-Amerikaner an dem Programm für seine erste Spielzeit, das er nun vorgestellt hat. 

Sondierungen: BVMI fordert klare und ambitionierte Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie hat mit Blick auf die voraussichtlichen Koalitionsverhandlungen deutliche und konsequente Maßnahmen zur Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativbranchen gefordert. 

Welt

20.000 günstige Tickets für die Elbphilharmonie

Eine Stunde Klassikgenuss in der Elbphilharmonie für maximal 24 Euro pro Ticket. Am Montag stehen 20.000 Karten für die „Konzerte für Hamburg“ bereit. Alle Nicht-Hamburger haben aber leider ein Problem.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Mozarteum weiterhin kopflos

Bei der am vergangenen Freitag stattgefundenen Senatssitzung des Salzburger Mozarteums konnte kein neues interimistisches Universitätsrats-Mitglied gefunden werden.

france musique

Décès de l’organiste Pierre Pincemaille

L’organiste Pierre Pincemaille nous a quittés le vendredi 12 janvier à l’âge de 61 ans. Titulaire des Grandes Orgues de la cathédrale de Saint-Denis depuis 1987, il était également un professeur très apprécié. 

Twitter

 Today we’re live streaming our event on diversity in arts & culture from – see the agenda, watch and ask questions here:

Image: Pierre Pincemaille © Vincent Hildebrandt / france musique

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin, and New York, with further plans for expansion in 2018. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As an Account Manager:

  • To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least one year’s experience working in arts PR
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Education to degree level
  • Fluency in another language

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 19th January 2018.

(Written on January 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Victims of sexual harassment in the music industry are speaking out now, patients should be allowed to listen to music during operations, surgeon says; NYO names Chris Riddell as artist in residence. Also, John Reed creates a new app for musicians, more money for culture in Berlin and musicians from Venezuela gone into exile.

BBC News

Rape and abuse: The music industry’s dark side exposed

Sexual abuse and harassment is “endemic” in the music industry, with “dangerous men” abusing their power, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. Some victims are now speaking out for the first time.

The Telegraph

Listening to music can help patients relax under the knife, surgeon says

Patients should be offered the chance to listen to music so that they are less anxious during operations, a leading surgeon says.

Classical Music

Sinfonia Cymru appoints Peter Bellingham as new chief executive

Sinfonia Cymru has appointed Peter Bellingham as its next chief executive. He will succeed Sophie Lewis, who will step down at the end of January 2018 after 11 years in post.

NYO announces Chris Riddell as artist in residence

The National Youth Orchestra has named Chris Riddell as artist in residence.

Record Online

Cello pro John Reed creates an app for musicians

“In the end, I want it to be a tool that musicians can use whether they are on a plane or a train or a bus.”

OperaWire

The Dallas Opera’s General Manager Resigns

After seven-and-a-half years with The Dallas Opera, Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, has resigned.

Limelight

MEAA releases report on sexual harassment and bullying

The union will work to effect change after its research found alarming levels of bullying in Australian opera and sexual harassment in theatre.

pizzicato

El Pais: 40 Musiker des ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ gingen ins Exil

Die politischen Umstände Venezuelas haben 40 von den 120 Musikern des ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ ins Exil getrieben, meldete die spanische Zeitung ‘El Pais’ in ihrer Samstagsausgabe, doch seien die jungen Musiker schnell ersetzt worden, da das Reservoir aus dem ‘El Sistema’ schöpfen kann, sehr groß ist.

Klassik.com

Ende vom Lied? Zahl der Kirchenchöre in Bayern sinkt dramatisch

Eine von der Deutschen Presse-Agentur in Auftrag gegebene Umfrage hat in Bezug auf die Chöre unter dem Dach der evangelischen Landeskirche Bayern einen starken Rückgang ermittelt.

Kulturradio rbb

Mehr Geld für Kultur in Berlin ist beschlossene Sache 

Berlins Kultursenator, Klaus Lederer, betonte bei der Verabschiedung des Doppelhaushaltes 2018|2019 die Notwendigkeit einer Neuausrichtung des kulturpolitischen Fokus, um Berlins Ruf als Kulturhauptstadt zu sichern.

Il Messaggero

Morta Simonetta Puccini, nipote e unica erede del grande compositore

Simonetta Puccini, unica erede e nipote del grande compositore Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), è morta ieri pomeriggio al Policlinico di Milano all’età di 89 anni.

Twitter

 ‘Music managers are the only ones in the music industry that have a duty of care – but more should, including artists who have young fans’ –

 Room at the inn: Germany halts a composer’s deportation

Image: The Dallas Opera © OperaWire

(Written on December 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery”, ballet about Rudolf Nureyev debuts five months later than planned, music startup Beatroot falls into liquidation. Also, sexual allegations affecting classical music industry, New York Philharmonic raises $50m for launch fund and Opera Stuttgart intending to attract the younger generation.

BBC News

Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

A ballet about the famous Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West has premiered – five months later than planned.

The Telegraph

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video of her eating a banana

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.

Forward

Should James Levine’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Make Us Reconsider His Music?

By now, the question is familiar: How should those who distribute and consume art deal with the artistic legacy of someone accused of sexual harassment and assault?

Slate

Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.

Last week, the American sex abuse crisis reached the most elite and rarefied echelon of “entertainment”: the opera house. And while most Americans may never have seen The Marriage of Figaro, the classical music field is a surprisingly tidy case study in the environmental factors that make sexual abuse—and its cover-up—possible.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Startup Beatroot Falls Into Liquidation

British music tech startup Beatroot has ceased trading.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic, Under New Management, Raises $50 Million — Fast

In a show of donor confidence in its new leadership, the deficit-challenged New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday that it had raised $50 million to help it balance its budgets in the coming seasons as it rolls out its next music director, Jaap van Zweden.

Kulturradio rbb

Soziale Lage von Lehrkräften an deutschen Musikschulen ist “desaströs” 

Ihnen geht es immer schlechter, so das Ergebnis einer bundesweiten Studie der Gewerkschaft ver.di.

Klassik.Com

Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern im Winterschlaf?

Der Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ist ins Stocken geraten. Eigentlich sollten die Theater Stralsund, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg und Neustrelitz ab 2018 unter gemeinsamem Dach als Staatstheater Nordost zusammengeführt werden.

Musik Heute

Stuttgarter Oper will sich mehr für Schüler öffnen

Die Stuttgarter Oper will sich künftig stärker öffnen – vor allem für junge Besucher.

Le Monde

Les raisons de l’alliance entre Tencent et Spotify dans le streaming musical

Le leader chinois du secteur et le champion suédois ont échangé des participations pour lancer une collaboration renforcée.

Twitter

  Entries are open for 24 categories in the Music Week Awards 2018 and the deadline is now less than a month away

Image: Jaap van Zweden at Avery Fisher Hall © Classical Music/Chris Lee

(Written on December 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry, Rosemary Johnson steps down as RPS executive director in summer 2018, Primephonic iOS app goes online. Also, Chandos catalogue to be available on all streaming platforms, Ravinia Festival cuts ties with James Levine and the fusion of Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Mainz.

Classical Music

Rosemary Johnson to stand down as RPS executive director

Rosemary Johnson is to step down from her role as executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society in summer 2018.

Chandos to release catalogue on streaming platforms

The complete Chandos catalogue will become available on all streaming platforms worldwide from January 2018.

The Herald

Music venues ‘should be protected from sound-proofing bills’

LIVE music venues should be protected from expensive sound-proofing bills if houses are built nearby, politicians have said.

Music Week

Primephonic launches iOS app for mobile classical music listening

Yesterday (December 5) Primephonic, the high resolution streaming service dedicated to classical music, has expanded its offering to include a dedicated iOS app for on-the-go high-quality listening.

Hypebot

IDAGIO Raises $9.5M To Expand Classical Music Streaming Service

Berlin based IDAGIO has raised a $9.5 million Series A round to expand its classical music focused streaming service.

Mixmag

Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry

UK organization Help Musicians, which has been working to provide mental health assistance and education for artists and music industry professionals, has officially launched its 24/7 services.

The Strad

No fine for André Rieu as court sides with violinist over Dutch child employment law violation

Child pan pipers involved in series of Maastricht concerts in 2015 worked beyond allowable hours – but were not employed by Rieu, court concedes.

Chicago Tribune

Ravinia Festival cuts all ties with former music director James Levine over sexual misconduct allegations

The Ravinia Festival, where James Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, has severed all ties with the famed conductor amid allegations of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by authorities in Lake County and at the Metropolitan Opera.

nmz

Staatstheater und Staatsorchester Mainz sollen fusionieren

Das Philharmonische Staatsorchester Mainz soll wieder in das Staatstheater Mainz integriert werden. Das vereinfache die Organisation und Doppelstrukturen fielen weg, erklärte der Intendant des Staatstheaters, Markus Müller.

Musik Heute

Leipzigs Musik-Tradition erhält Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die Musik-Tradition der Stadt Leipzig wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturerbe-Siegel gewürdigt. Wie das sächsische Kunstministerium mitteilte, wird die Europäische Kommission das Siegel im März 2018 verleihen.

pizzicato

DOV fordert, DDR-Gelder für Orchester und Theater einzusetzen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV fordert, die Mittel aus der Auflösung des Vermögens früherer DDR-Organisationen im Bundesland Sachsen-Anhalt vor allem für strukturell unterfinanzierte Orchester und Theater einzusetzen.

Le Parisien

Diva des Yvelines : le chef d’orchestre et l’avocate condamnés pour abus de faiblesse

Le maestro Jean-Christophe Keck a écopé ce lundi de 9 mois de prison avec sursis pour abus de faiblesse sur Eva Rehfuss, une cantatrice suisse morte à 85 ans fin 2008. L’avocate de Versailles, Me Michèle Gruffaz, a elle été condamnée à 12 mois avec sursis.

Twitter

 We are delighted that, after the sensational , Sir Richard Armstrong will return to conduct next Spring’s ! Now touring to SIX venues across the UK:

Image: © Africa Studio/Shutterstock

 

(Written on December 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Holden Madagame goes from mezzo soprano to tenor, vinyl industry continues to rise, INES announces first acts to be part of the talent exchange programme. Also, RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor of music, New York City Ballet investigates sexual harassment claim against its longtime leader Peter Martins and study reveals the cause of fascination for negative emotions in music. 

Independent

Millions of Brits never attend opera because it’s ‘too posh’, ‘too long’ and ‘too expensive’, survey finds

Uncertainty over appropriate etiquette relating to applause and toilet breaks also deters public from attending performances of Carmen, La Boheme and The Barber of Seville.

Holden Madagame: The trans opera singer who went from mezzo soprano to tenor

The performer, who was accepted by the Glyndebourne Academy to work on his vocal technique after taking testosterone, talks about finally being accepted by the opera world .

Classical Music

Vinyl sales continue to rise

More than 1 million vinyl LPs are expected to be purchased this December, according to the BPI.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wins National Dementia Friendly Award

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has won a National Dementia Friendly Award in the Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small and Medium category.

Music Teacher

RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider as Viotti visiting professor of music.

Music Business Worldwide

First acts chosen for innovation network of European showcases exchange

Almost 100 European acts have been selected to be part of the talent exchange programme of the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES).

The New York Times

New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

Peter Martins, the longtime leader of New York City Ballet, has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the two organizations jointly investigate an accusation of sexual harassment against him.

Codex Flores

Weshalb uns negative Emotionen in der Musik faszinieren

Was reizt uns an einem Musikstück, das negative Emotionen in uns hervorruft? Forscher des Max-Planck-Instituts für empirische Ästhetik haben ein psychologisches Erklärungsmodell für dieses scheinbar paradoxe Phänomen entwickelt. 

Pizzicato

Evan Christ bleibt bis 2014 Generalmusikdirektor in Cottbus

Die für das Staatstheater Cottbus zuständige Brandenburgische Kulturstiftung hat die Verträge von Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ und von Intendant Martin Schüler bis zum 31. Juli 2024 verlängert.

Klassik.Com

Komponist Beat Furrer wird Mitglied des Österreichischen Kunstsenats

Der gebürtige Schweizer tritt in dem 21-köpfigen Gremium, das die Anliegen der Kunst in der Öffentlichkeit vertritt, an die Stelle der im letzten Jahr verstorbenen Ilse Aichinger. Im Kunstsenat kann nur Mitglied werden, wer mit dem Großen Österreichischen Staatspreis ausgezeichnet worden ist; Furrer erhielt die Auszeichnung im Jahr 2014.

Platea Magazine

Davide Livermore anuncia hoy su dimisión al frente del Palau de Les Arts 

El argumento principal de fondo es la falta de apoyo institucional que ha encontrado por parte del Gobierno valenciano. Livermore anunciará hoy lo que es una decisión irrevocable, llevado por motivos personales y profesionales. 

Twitter

 Barbara Hannigan: « Ich mache keinen künstlerischen Unterschied zwischen moderner Musik, Klassik oder Barock »

Image: © Beloborod/Shutterstock

(Written on December 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: New York Met opera suspends James Levine over sexual allegations, 70% of self-employed workers in classical music had been harassed, study finds; creative industries made a record contribution to the economy last year. Also, Artur Korn’s 80th birthday, Andreas Frank wins the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award and William Mayer dies at the age of 91. 

The Guardian

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed.

What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

Grammy award-winning composer David Lang assembled a unique symphony to showcase damaging cuts in funding to a Philadelphia school district.

Music Teacher

Creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016.

Classical Music

In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday

Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.

The Strad

Tourte bow demolishes price records in French auction

Violin bow by François Xavier Tourte sells for €576,600 (c.$687,000) at Vichy Enchères the day after same house breaks record for violin by Vuillaume.

Forbes

Why Spotify And Tencent Music May Swap Stock

It’s been reported that Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than as a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers.

The New York Times

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stardirigent James Levine soll Jugendlichen missbraucht haben

New Yorker Metropolitan Opera untersucht Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Stardirigenten James Levine. Der frühere Musikdirektor soll einen Jugendlichen jahrelang missbraucht haben. 

Epoch Times

Orgelbau: Traditionelle europäische Kulturform soll Welterbe der Menschheit werden

Nicht nur Kirchen, auch große Konzertsäle füllt sie mit ihrem Klang. Nun könnten Orgelbau und Orgelmusik von der Unesco zum immateriellen Kulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt werden.

Klassik.com

Andreas Frank gewinnt Preis für Gegenwartsmusik und Medienkunst

Der Komponist Andreas Frank hat den diesjährigen JukeBoxx NewMusic Award erhalten. 

Le Figaro

Accusé d’agression sexuelle, James Levine suspendu par le Metropolitan Opera de New York

Un homme resté anonyme a déclaré à la police que le directeur musical honoraire du «Met» de New York avait abusé de lui lorsqu’il était adolescent, dans les années 1980.

Twitter

 Premiere von , inszeniert von Marcel Keller . “Stark einsturzgfährdet” meint Kritiker

Image: One of the 1,500 instruments that will be part of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. © The Guardian/Courtesy of Temple Contemporary

(Written on December 4, 2017 )

In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.

Nmz

Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

France musique

Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.

Twitter

in 1911 FP of Gustav ’s Das Lied Von Der Erde

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Music helps children through tough times, Jessica Dandy wins Bach Singers Prize, Refugee ensemble gets standing ovations and 5 music start-up to watch. Also German city Bonn honours Beethoven and  Christoph Eschenbach is the new chief conductor of Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Financial Times

Arts therapy: listening helps children tune into their potential

From Kabul to Hackney, music lessons help the young through tough times.

UNHCR

Refugee orchestra wins standing ovation

An eight-strong ensemble of performers from five countries performed at the Besançon Music Festival in France.

Music Teacher

Today’s children more musical than parents, research shows

Today’s secondary school children are more likely to be able to play a musical instrument than their parents or grandparents, according to a study by Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH), Birmingham.

Early Music Today

Jessica Dandy wins LBS Bach Singers Prize

Contralto Jessica Dandy has won the sixth London Bach Society (LBS) Bach Singers Prize.

Opera Now

Richard Gaddes receives honorary fellowship from Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban has presented an honorary fellowship to alumnus Richard Gaddes, in recognition of his 50-year career in opera in the USA.

IQ

Unlocking blockchain: 5 music start-ups to watch

Tickets Cloud founder Katerina Kirillova highlights some of the companies hoping to revolutionize the music business using blockchain technology.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center to End Its Namesake Summer Festival

When Jane Moss arrived at Lincoln Center 25 years ago to shake up it’s programming, many people thought that the days of its well-loved but staid Mostly Mozart festival were numbered.

The Washington Post

The concert was about unity; the message was all Russian

It was an unusual event from the outset: a privately funded reception and concert of music by Russian and American composers, all based on an ambiguous premise.

Pizzicato

France plans merger of Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonie

The French Ministry of culture plans the merger of the Orchestra de Paris and the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, France Musique has revealed.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Hewlett Foundation Announces First Winners of 50 Arts Commissions Initiative

The Hewlett Foundation dropped a money bomb on the Bay Area arts scene today, announcing the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative.

Chicago Tribune

Opera ‘As One’ sings a timely tale of being transgender in America

At a time when transgender issues are turning up more often in the national conversation, a recent opera about the journey to self-acceptance of a young trans protagonist is all the more topical than it must have seemed at its premiere three years ago.

Tagesspiegel

Das alles und noch viel mehr

Vom Wunderkind zum Bühnenstar: Der Pianist und Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat musikalisch wie kulturpolitisch eine glückliche Hand. Heute wird er 75 Jahre alt.

Klassik.com

Musikpreis des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie der Klarinettist Ernesto Molinari sind mit dem diesjährigen Musikpreis des Kantons Bern ausgezeichnet worden.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Bonn entdeckt Beethoven doch noch für sich

Lange hat sich Bonn wenig um den berühmtesten Sohn der Stadt gekümmert. Mit den Feiern zum 250. Geburtstag des Komponisten soll sich das ändern: Ludwig van Beethoven soll zum Aushängeschild der Stadt werden.

Codex Flores

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin

Christoph Eschenbach, der in den 1980er-Jahren auch das Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester geleitet hat, wird ab der Saison 2019/20 für vorerst drei Jahre Nachfolger von Iván Fischer an der Spitze des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

France musique

Réforme du ministère de la Culture : des propositions chocs pour la musique

Intégration de l’Orchestre de Paris au sein de la Philharmonie, fin des régimes spéciaux à l’Opéra national de Paris… France Musique révèle les mesures du document du ministère de la Culture qui concernent le monde musical.

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The 2017 Global Collections Report is now available. Creators’ global royalty collections hit record €9.2 billion. Digital income growth accelerates to 51% as CISAC member author societies drive efficiencies worldwide.

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(Written on November 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: the funding for the next European youth choir festival in Basel is secured, Academy of Ancient Music announces partnership with Chiltern Arts. In Munich, faculty members of music colleges are protesting low wages. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is extending its contract with Rossen Milanov. A feature on composing and political stance and sexual misconduct at Berklee Music College. Spotify starts selling Makeup.

Classical Music

Academy of Ancient Music and Chiltern Arts announce partnership

The Academy of Ancient Music is to become orchestra in residence at Chiltern Arts Festival.

Choir and Organ

Leicester MusicFest organ competition

The second Leicester MusicFest will include a pipe organ competition.

Opera Now

Glyndebourne Tour to visit Liverpool in 2019

The Glyndebourne Tour is to visit Liverpool’s Empire Theatre – the biggest two-tier theatre in the country – for the first time in 2019.

Classic FM

Flight of the Bumblebee for a marimba and 4 mallets is crazier than you’re expecting

Rimsky-Korsakov’s notoriously fiendish piece sounds absolutely mad in this one-man arrangement for marimba and four mallets.

Forbes

Spotify Is Selling Makeup Now, And That Could Change Things For The Music Industry

Spotify isn’t known primarily as a retailer, even though music fans can purchase items from the streaming site, but as of today, it has taken another step towards becoming more of a shopping destination of sorts.

Pizzicato

Columbus Symphony extends contract of Rossen Milanov

Rossen Milanov’s contract as Music Director of the Columbus Symphony has been extended through the 2024-25 season, the orchestra announced.

New York Times

Three Composers on the Necessity and Pitfalls of Political Music

When classical music composers get political, they often do it at the risk of preaching to the proverbial choir.

WCVB5

Berklee says 11 faculty members were fired over 13 years for sexual assault, harassment

A prestigious music school in Boston will hold a campus forum following a newspaper investigation that found the college allowed three professors to quietly leave the school after students complained the men had sexually harassed or assaulted them.

Codex flores

Finanzierung des 11. Europäischen Jugendchor Festivals Basel gesichert

Die Finanzierung des 11. Europäischen Jugendchor Festival Basel (EJCF) – es findet über die Auf­fahrtstage vom 9. Mai – 13. Mai 2018 in Basel und der Region statt – ist gesichert.

Klassik.com

Lehrbeauftragte an bayerischen Musikhochschulen demonstrieren

Lehrbeauftragte bayerischer Musikhochschulen haben mit einer Demonstration gegen Pläne der bayerischen Landesregierung protestiert. 

Neue Musikzeitung

Braunschweiger Sing-Projekt mit Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet

Das Braunschweiger Schulprojekt «Klasse! Wir singen» ist mit dem Initiativpreis Deutsche Sprache ausgezeichnet worden. 

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Image: Choir and Organ

(Written on November 14, 2017 )