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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 )

In today’s news: Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit, City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists and Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day. Also, more women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, and the acess to the Elbphilharmonie plaza should continue being free of charge in the opinion of the Hamburg Taxpayers Association.

The Strad

Baroque string specialist working for music publisher forced to leave UK after visa non renewal

The decision highlights the lack of seriousness with which the UK visa authorities view the arts world.

Classical Music

Creative industries under threat from no-deal hard Brexit

Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit

City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists

The 5 musicians selected include Lotte Betts-Dean, Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock, Gwenllian Llyr and Rokas Valuntonis.

Programme for Piccadilly Chamber Music Series announced

The Church of St James Piccadilly will host a brand new annual series of chamber music concerts from 2018.

M Magazine

BBC R3 seeks unsigned women composers

Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day.

Limelight

More women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, including rape

Just a day after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London announced that Charles Dutoit would be vacating his posts as artistic and principal conductor ahead of schedule following multiple allegations of sexual assault, another six women have come forward with further accusations, one of them alleging rape.

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Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik 2018 – 20. Jahrgang startet am 17. Januar

Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) und Deutschlandfunk Kultur veranstalten vom 17. bis zum 21. Januar 2018 „Ultraschall Berlin“. Das Festival für neue Musik präsentiert im 20. Jahrgang in zahlreichen Konzerten 18 Ur- und sechs Erstaufführungen.

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‘British German Philharmonic Orchestra’ in Bad Homburg gegründet

Die Kurstadt Bad Homburg bekommt ein neues Orchester. Der Organist und Dirigent Marius Beckmann (*1993) hat dort das BGPO (British German Philharmonic Orchestra) gegründet.

Musik Heute

Steuerzahlerbund: Zugang zur Elphi-Plaza kostenfrei lassen

Der Zugang zur Plaza der Elbphilharmonie sollte nach Meinung des Hamburger Steuerzahlerbundes auch weiterhin kostenlos bleiben.

france musique

En Moselle, une école de musique victime du vol de 22 instruments

A Distroff, en Moselle, l’école de musique Mélodia a été victime d’un cambriolage lors de la première semaine de janvier 2018. 22 instruments ont été dérobés.

Twitter

France Musique @francemusique: 10 petites choses que vous ne savez peut-être pas sur Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Music History @today_classical: in 1894 FP of ‘s String Quintet in Eb, Op. 97 American in NYC.

Image: © Getty / Yenwen

(Written on January 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Royal Philarmonic and Charles Dutoit have together decided to bring forward his resignation from his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 2018 and the Cambridge Classical Concert Series is hitting the high notes. Also, German label OehmsClassics is now part of the Naxos group, and Sébastien Rouland was announced as new chief musical director at Saarländisches Staatstheater.

Classical Music

St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 2018

The second Holy Week Festival will take place 26 March – 1 April this year.

Cambridge Independent

Cambridge Classical Concert Series is hitting the high notes

The concert opens on Thursday, January 18 with the BSO performing Haydn’s Symphony No. 7.

U Discover Music

Bob Marley classic ‘No Woman No Cry’ given classical makeover by teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

The striking new version of the classic was released Friday, 5 January and has gone viral.

Heart

Liverpool unveils 2018 culture celebrations

The event will take place this year to mark 10 years since Capital of Culture year.

pizzicato

Charles Dutoit Steps Down as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic

According to a press release from the RPO, the Royal Philarmonic and Charles Dutoit have together decided to bring forward his resignation from his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

OehmsClassics gehört jetzt zu Naxos

Das deutsche Label OehmsClassics ist jetzt Teil der Naxos-Gruppe. Eine entsprechende Vereinbarung zur Übernahme der Geschäftsanteile wurde bereits unterzeichnet, teilt das Label mit.

klassik.com

Irish National Opera nimmt Betrieb auf

Am gestrigen Abend hat die Irish National Opera (INO) mit einem Galakonzert in der National Concert Hall in Dublin ihren Start gefeiert.

Musik Heute

Sébastien Rouland wird GMD in Saarbrücken

Das Saarländische Staatstheater bekommt einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor. Mit Sébastien Rouland (45) binde man “einen international renommierten Künstler”, sagte Kulturminister Ulrich Commerçon (SPD) am Mittwoch in Saarbrücken.

france musique

Et les nommés pour les Révélations des Victoires de la musique classique 2018 sont…

Les Victoires de la Musique classique viennent de dévoiler les 6 nommés dans la catégorie Révélations.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical: in 1895 FP of ‘ Sonata No.1 in f for clarinet and piano, in Vienna.

DW | Kultur @dw_kultur: Happy Birthday, Elphi! Vor einem Jahr erklang die das erste Mal. Hier eine Bilanz:

Image: © http://www.heart.co.uk

(Written on January 11, 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: Music at Paxton artistic director Helen Jamieson to step down this year, and pianist Di Xiao has been named as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year. Also, cash reward offered for return of stolen instruments from Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Australian composer Colin Brumby passes away.

Classical Music

Charles Dutoit denies sexual assault accusations

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled the conductor’s appearances for the immediate future.

Music at Paxton artistic director to step down

Helen Jamieson, who helped to found the festival in 2006 will step down in September this year.

Music Teacher

Pianist among Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the year

Di Xiao (肖荻), a classical piano soloist from China, has been named as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year.

Evening Times

Cash reward offered for return of stolen instruments from Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A reward has been offered for the safe return of Fiona West’s violin and viola, which were taken on December 30 2017.

M Magazine

UK Government to ban bulk-buying ticket software

Ticket touts will be banned from using bulk-buying ticket software under new legislation announced by the government.

Limelight

Colin Brumby has died

The prolific Australian composer, whose music was frequently performed and broadcast, has passed away in Brisbane aged 84.

nmz

Bei Ganztagsangeboten der kulturellen Bildung kooperieren Musikschulen am häufigsten

Um Ganztagsangebote der kulturellen Bildung zu gewährleisten, kooperieren Schulen in Deutschland mit Abstand am häufigsten mit Musikschulen.

Milliardenklage gegen Spotify wegen Autorenrechten

Der weltgrößte Musikstreaming-Anbieter Spotify sieht sich laut Medienberichten mit einer Milliarden-Klage wegen mutmaßlich ausstehender Tantiemen konfrontiert.

Musik Heute

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden will finanziell unabhängig bleiben

Das mit fast 2.500 Plätzen größte deutsche Opernhaus ist ein Unikum – denn der Spielbetrieb kostet kein Steuergeld. Großer Zuschauerzuspruch trotz relativ hoher Eintrittspreise, der Verzicht auf ein eigenes Ensemble und das Engagement vieler Stifter und Sponsoren ermöglichen die weitgehende Unabhängigkeit von öffentlichen Kassen.

france musique

Charles Dutoit ne dirigera pas l’orchestre philharmonique de New York

Charles Dutoit devait diriger l’orchestre philharmonique de New York pour quelques dates au mois de janvier. Mais après les accusations de harcèlement sexuel formulées à son encontre, le conseil d’administration en a décidé autrement.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical: in 1868 Death of German and teacher Moritz in Leipzig.

AtlasRealisations @AtlasRealMusic: “Happy Birthday George Martin” (3rd Jan, 1926). Best-known for his ground-breaking production and arrangements…

Image:  © neue musikzeitung

(Written on January 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Conductor Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct and the reaction of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Also, famous German christmas carol to be considered as intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Charles Dutoit accused of sexually assaulting four musicians

The artistic director and principal conductor is alleged to have physically restrained three opera singers and a classical musician in separate incidents between 1985 and 2010.

Classical Music

Universal and Facebook announce multi-year agreement

Universal Music Group will become the first major music company to license its recorded music and publish catalogues for video and other social experiences across Facebook

Composers invited to apply for Oxford visiting fellowship

Applications are open for the 2018/19 Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries

Music Teacher

Radio 3 to broadcast Royal Birmingham Conservatoire concerts

The first concert broadcast will take place on 9 January.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra responds to Dutoit allegations

The Orchestra has released a strongly worded statement following allegations the conductor sexually assaulted four women in the USA between 1985 and 2010.

nmz

Götterdämmerung: Zeitalter der Despoten am Dirigentenpult ist vorbei

Die #MeToo-Kampagne hat den Blick für verhängnisvolle Abhängigkeiten im beruflichen Leben geschärft. Auch der Kunstbetrieb ist ins Gerede gekommen. Dabei gibt es dort selbst an exponierten Stellen schon seit längerem einen Sinneswandel.

Klassik.Com

Dirigent Charles Dutoit mehrfach der sexuellen Belästigung bezichtigt

Der Schweizer Dirigent Charles Dutoit (81) sieht sich mit Vorwürfen sexueller Belästigung konfrontiert. Die Vorwürfe wurden von drei Sängerinnen und einer Orchestermusikerin erhoben.

BR Klassik

Deutsches Weihnachtslied vorgeschlagen

Der nach dem Autor des berühmten Weihnachtsliedes Johann Daniel Falk benannte Falk-Verein hat “O du fröhliche” für die Liste des immateriellen UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes vorgeschlagen. Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei soll im Januar 2018 über diesen Vorschlag entscheiden.

Platea Magazine

Reputadas cantantes acusan al director de orquesta Charles Dutoit de abusos sexuales

Tal y como publica la revista Time, cuatro mujeres, profesionales de la música clásica, concretamente tres cantantes y una instrumentista, han acusado al director de orquesta Charles Dutoit de supuestas agresiones sexuales.

Twitter

Theater an der Wien @TheaterWien: Wir freuen uns sehr bekannt zu geben, dass ab der Saison 2022/23 die Intendanz des Theater an der Wien übernehmen wird. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt wird der amtierende Intendant die Geschicke unseres Hauses weiterführen. via

Music History @today_classical: in 1858 Birth of Italian opera Giacomo in Lucca.

Image: Charles Dutoit © Platea Magazine/EPA-EFE

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect, the winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced and YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans. Also, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth to reopen in 2018 after renovation and new locations for concert performances were tested in the German competition “D-bü”.

Irish Times

Orchestra funding should be ringfenced at RTE, says Martin

New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect

Teaching Drama

Linbury Prize winners announced

The winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced. At a ceremony held at the National Theatre on 1 November, it was revealed that Khadija Raza, Eleanor Bull and Fin Redshaw won prizes, with Basia Binkowska taking home the title of overall winner.

Yahoo!Finance

Amazon has an 80-person orchestra just for employees

In the last several years, Amazon has expanded its efforts so employees with artistic streaks have more creative outlets to let loose, including the Amazon Symphony and the a cappella group Vocally Self-Critical — a riff off of Amazon’s now retired 10th principle of the same name.

Reuters

Streaming music market picks up tempo ahead of Spotify IPO

Subscription music leader Spotify is set to capitalize next year on the rude health of the industry with a stock market flotation, even as competitors race to find fresh ways to outflank it by catering to often fickle consumer tastes.

BBC News

YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans

Universal Music Group said the deal would provide its artists more flexibility and pay, and strengthen YouTube’s commitment to managing music rights.

nmz

Nicht nur im Konzertsaal: Wettbewerb testet neue Klassikformate

Ob in einem Club oder im Museum: Klassische Musik muss sich nicht unbedingt nur im Konzertsaal abspielen. Auf dem Wettbewerb «D-bü» der deutschen Musikhochschulen haben jetzt in Berlin acht Studentenensembles neue Konzertformate ausprobiert und vorgestellt.

Sanierung des Markgräflichen Opernhauses in Bayreuth vor Abschluss

Jahrelang wurde das Markgräfliche Opernhaus in Bayreuth saniert. Im Frühjahr 2018 soll das zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe gehörende Gebäude wieder eröffnet werden.

Deutscher Musikrat

Nuno Coelho gewinnt internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb in Spanien

Mit Nuno Coelho und Felix Mildenberger konnten sich zwei Stipendiaten des Dirigentenforums beim 12. Concurs Internacional de Direcció d’Orquestra de Cadaqués gegen die internationale Konkurrenz durchsetzen. Bei dem renommierten Dirigierwettbewerb belegten sie die Plätze 1 und 2.

france musique

Daniel Barenboim appelle à la reconnaissance internationale de la Palestine

Suite à la décision de Donald Trump de reconnaître Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël, le chef et pianiste Daniel Barenboim s’est prononcé en faveur de la reconnaissance internationale de l’Etat de Palestine.

Quand des enfants interprètent un chant de Noël, supplément piment

Les jeunes chanteurs d’un chœur danois ont interprété un chant de Noël, tout en croquant dans de très forts piments. Une vidéo pleine de joues rouges et de petites larmes au coin des yeux.

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Pizzicato Magazine @PizzicatoMag: Nicholas Milton neuer Chefdirigent in Göttingen via

Music History @today_classical: in 1888 FP of J. ‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest.

Image: © Rainer Viertlböck / Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

(Written on December 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

nmz

Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

Twitter

  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the brightest young stars in classical music; Leeds International Piano announces 68 pianists for the first round of the competition, Virtual Reality and the future of music. Also, musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists uncover music’s healing power, Klassik Radio launches streaming service „Klassik Radio Select“ and Maria João Pires announces her retirement from public performance and touring.

The Telegraph

Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs The Swan from his debut album Inspiration

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is without a doubt one of the brightest young stars in classical music. And since making history by becoming the first black winner in the 38 years of the BBC Young Musician, in 2016, Kanneh-Mason has been on a whirlwind adventure.

Opera Now

Wexford Festival Opera confirms 2018 programme

Artistic director David Agler has confirmed the repertoire for the main evening operas for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in 2018.

International Piano

Leeds Piano competitors announced

Sixty-eight pianists have been selected for the first round of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition – eight more than originally planned, due to the ‘extraordinarily high quality of applicants’.

Pitchfork

Is Secretive Virtual Reality Startup Magic Leap Dreaming Up the Future of Music?

A first look at the billion-dollar company’s potentially game-changing collaboration with Sigur Rós.

ABC News

Scientists tune into brain to uncover music’s healing power

The National Institute of Health is bringing together musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to tap into the brain’s circuitry and figure out how.

Klassik Heute

Klassik Radio startet neuen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“

Deutschlands meistverbreitetes Privatradio Klassik Radio gab gestern den Startschuss für seinen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“. 

Klassik.Com

Vorerst keine Theaterfusion in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Die vorbereitete Theaterfusion, die planmäßig ab Anfang 2018 mehrere Bühnen im Nordosten Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns unter einem Dach vereinen sollte, ist vorerst vom Tisch.

pizzicato

Pianist Igor Levit erhält Beethoven-Ring

In einer Abstimmung haben die Mitglieder der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ den Pianisten Igor Levit zum Träger des Beethoven-Rings 2017 gewählt.

france musique

Musique et handicap : “Donner accès à l’art pour tous, c’est permettre le développement d’un patrimoine culturel.”

Quelles aides techniques et humaines apporte-t’on aux personnes en situation de handicap souhaitant suivre une formation musicale, voir un spectacle, ou s’engager professionnellement dans la musique ? 

platea magazine

Maria Joao Pires confirma su retirada definitiva de los escenarios en 2018 

Lo que hasta la fecha era un rumor a voces es ya algo confirmado: su agencia de representación ha confirmado que la pianista portuguesa Maria Joao Pires abandona los escenarios de forma definitiva en 2018.

Twitter

 Orpheus Chamber Music Competition kürt ihre Gewinner

Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © The Telegraph/Lars Borges

(Written on December 19, 2017 )

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.

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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.

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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.

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 ‘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

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(Written on December 18, 2017 )