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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

This video takes us on a journey through the Finnish landscape which inspired his music. Erkki Korhonen talks of the “landscape which came to his mind when he composed Finlandia and “opened his soul.”

The video was made in co-production with the Sibelius 150th Anniversary and the London Philharmonia Orchestra.

#vlogtober 8th

(Written on October 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports how heartbreak caused Tenor Stephen Costello to lose his voice just before going on stage, The Strad announces six finalists of the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, and Graham Keeley discusses unborn babies’ remarkable response to music

The Strad 

2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover names six finalists

The violinists will each perform a substantial concerto on 8 and 9 October before the winner of the €50,000 first prize is announced

BBC Music Magazine

From Bach to Bakes 

Hilary Hahn and Alexandra Dariescu on the art of cake-making…

Classic FM

Heartbreak made this singer lose his voice moments before going on stage 

Tenor Stephen Costello found he was unable to sing moments before performing Verdi’s La Traviata in New York. It was a side-effect of his separation from his wife, Ailyn Perez

The Times

Foetuses can dance to music at 16 weeks

The soothing tones of Mozart or Bach and the operatic rock of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody make foetuses as young as 16 weeks “dance” in the womb, a study has found


New York Has A New Venue For Contemporary Music

The brand-new concert hall, a place for exploration and discovery has fulfilled the goal to be a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike


Er ist ein Mann des Understatements, der sympathischen Zurückhaltung. So gewaltig seine Gaben am Klavier auch sind und so sehr er das Publikum mitzureißen vermag, so still, besonnen und überlegt ist der Mensch Maurizio Pollini


Edita Gruberova als Anna Bolena an der Wiener Staatsoper

Kammersängerin Edita Gruberova, die im Februar ihr 45jähriges Bühnenjubiläum an der Wiener Staatsoper feierte, kehrt am Freitag, 9. Oktober 2015 in der Titelpartie von Donizettis Anna Bolena zurück auf die Bühne des Hauses am Ring

El Pais

Santiago inaugura el primer museo dedicado a la cantautora y artista, creadora de himnos como ‘Gracias a la vida


BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine What is the best setting of poetry by a composer? #NationalPoetryDay

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #APNews: New ‘Culture Zone’ to open at £22m conference centre in Cambridge

Arts Council England: @ace_national ICYMI: New Artsmark Award & website now open. Made by & for schools to deliver high quality arts & culture provision

Amalia Hall (New Zealand) The Strad

Amalia Hall (New Zealand)
The Strad

(Written on October 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone explores how streaming has changed the way people listen to classical music, and The National Student describes how The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London. Also, Tortelier is appointed chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra


Making waves: classical music and the rise of streaming

Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don’t add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge

Classical Music Magazine

Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Tortelier as chief conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has announced Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next chief conductor

The Strad

Van Kuijk Quartet named BBC New Generation Artists

The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme

The National Student

London’s best classical music, from £4, at your fingertips

The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London, featuring concerts from 11 of London’s best orchestras and venues

Irish Times

The show goes on for Nicola Benedetti despite flight cancellation

And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop


2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition for Pianists and Violinists of any nationality

The Worldwide Debut Audition is to discover young musicians of great talents, and give them the opportunities to expose themselves to the world through their debut stage


Menahem Pressler

Der Pianist Menahem Pressler wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet


Stiftung Mozarteum unter neuer Leitung

Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hat das Präsidium der Stiftung Mozarteum zwei wichtige personelle Entscheidungen in Nachfolge von Matthias Schulz getroffen

Jahreskonferenz Musikland Niedersachsen 2015

Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die niedersächsischen Musikschaffenden szenenübergreifend zur Jahreskonferenz der Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH

El Mundo

Donny Hathaway: cuerpo al vacío

Se cumple el aniversario del extraño suicidio del músico negro más admirado por toda una generación de la música soul


Classic FMIt’s in a piece of music Happy Birthday with and Edgar Meyer First Impressions

JazzUK To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve launched our campaign, aiming to raise £30k to keep alive:

TNT Magazine: The best places to experience classical music:


Image: Gramophone

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

WildKat PR are looking for a budding in-house photographer to work for us on a freelance basis. Specialising in classical music PR, we attend lots of client events and concerts, and are looking for someone to come along with us and take photos for our website.

There will be a fee per session, and you would receive a cut of any purchased photos if clients wanted to buy them. On top of this, we can offer publicity of our social media platforms and website (soon to be updated!), as well as potential further work from our clients directly. The icing on the cake is that you get to work with our friendly team, attend exciting events, and network in different media circles. If you are a London-based photography student, or looking to launch your professional career, we want to hear from you.

If interested, please send us some examples of your work to, and check out our Website, Facebook and Twitter for more information about our company.


(Written on October 6, 2015 )

Enjoy this video of six of the world’s leading cellists playing some of the world’s greatest Stradivari cellos at Brompton’s Auctioneers’ Simply Strad event, at the Royal Academy of Music, in October 2013

(Written on October 5, 2015 )

In today’s news, Peter Gelb facing controversy, Radio 3 is not only a classical music station, young Brit named as conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and singing Black Hole discovered.

The Guardian

Not only in New York – how the most powerful man in opera took the Met to the world

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, has faced controversy, even death threats. But he has also turned the Met into the world’s local opera house by bringing its productions to cinemas around the globe

The Telegraph

Radio 3 controller: we’re not a classical music station

Alan Davey says Radio 3 is a cultural channel offering more than just music as he unveils new drama slate and plans for regional accents on air


Benjamin Britten’s ‘lost’ Malaysian anthem

The great English composer Benjamin Britten once wrote Malaysia a national anthem – only for it to be rejected it in favour of a cabaret tune. Did the government make a horrible mistake, asks Alex Marshall, author of a new book on the history of anthems

BBC Music Magazine

Conductor Andrew Gourlay takes top Spanish post

Young Brit appointed music director at Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León


BBC Music film to introduce pupils to classical music

BBC Music will release a film, called Ten Pieces II, specially made for secondary schools to introduce a new generation to classical music which will feature Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti.


Sounds of Space: Chandra X-Ray Discovers Black Hole Singing in the Key of B-Flat

The principles of music are already applied to more aspects of life than perhaps they have a right to, but certainly none so vast and all-encompassing as the foundations of the universe itself

Die Zeit

So surreal wie das Nordlicht

Mit auratischen Klangwelten hat sich die Isländerin Anna Thorvaldsdottir international einen Namen gemacht. Inspiriert von Grönlands Natur, komponiert sie nun für die Opernbühne – in Trier ist Premiere

Die Welt

Der Deutsche, der einmal Opernkönig der Welt war

Giacomo Meyerbeer war einst der berühmteste Opernkomponist der Welt. Heute werden seine Riesenwerke um Mord, Totschlag und Wahnsinn kaum noch gespielt. Nun plant Berlins Deutsche Oper sein Revival

Barenboim: Werde solange spielen wie die Zuhörer kommen

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (72) will auftreten, solange das Publikum es vom ihm wünscht, bittet aber seine Zuhörer um etwas mehr Geduld bei der modernen Musik

El Mundo

Melodías de integración

El Teatro Real presenta Aula Social, un nuevo proyecto que se desarrolla dentro de su programa dedicado a la infancia. El Teatro Real ha presentado un programa para la integración niños con capacidades diferentes que, gracias a la música, pueden aprender y expresarse a través de instrumentos o participando en un coro


Classical: NEXT @ClassicalNEXT Thank you so much for hundreds of proposals! will be a blast looking at all the programme possibilities

Cicero Online @cicero_online Henning Mankell ist im Alter von 67 Jahren gestorben. Ein Interview über Mankells große Leidenschaft

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ . director Kate Anderson offers a look behind the scenes in her blog for CM:


Andrew Gourlay

Photo: Andrew Gourlay, Conductor/

(Written on October 5, 2015 )

The Radio 3 performance of Max Richter’s Sleep broke a Guinness World record for the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music.

Richter describes the piece as “an eight-hour lullaby… my personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.”

Members of the audience were given beds instead of seats to encourage them to sleep, will it lull you to sleep?

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian reports on Rolf Hind’s new opera, Lost in Thought, which is inspired by the benefits of ‘mindfulness’. Also, The Times writes about ‘Mark Wigglesworth: The man trying to rescue ENO’, and Keith Harris steps down as PPL director

The Guardian

Vertical time: where mindfulness and music meet

The practice and proven benefits of ‘mindfulness’ have inspired Rolf Hind to create a new opera, Lost in Thought – perhaps the first ever to be as much a performance as a group meditation

The Times

Mark Wigglesworth: The man trying to rescue ENO

Mark Wigglesworth can be pleased that his tenure as music director at English National Opera is already going better than did his previous stab at running an opera company.

Classic FM

Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne play Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca

The legendary flautist and his wife turned the Mozart favourite into a fantastic flute duet backstage at Classic FM Live

Classical Music Magazine

Keith Harris to step down as PPL director of performer affairs

Keith Harris is to step down as PPL’s director of performer affairs at the end of 2015

International Arts Manager

San Francisco Opera appoint Shilvock as general director

Matthew Shilvock has been appointed as the new general director of San Francisco Opera(SFO), taking over from David Gockley who will retire in July next year


Musik gegen die blutigen Bilder

Mehr als Kampf und Krieg: das syrische Exilorchester spielte in Bremen vor ausverkauftem Haus. Das Konzert soll nur der Anfang sein – das Ensemble will ab jetzt regelmäßig auftreten.

neue musikzeitung

Studie vorgestellt: Musikwirtschaft ist erheblicher Wirtschaftsfaktor

Es ist ja nicht so, dass die deutsche Wirtschaft nur aus der Automobilbranche besteht. Musik spielt be fast jedem irgendwann am Tag eine gewisse Rolle.

Klassik heute

Clemens Schuldt wird neuer Chefdirigent des Münchener Kammerorchesters

Der 32-jährige gebürtige Bremer, der Alexander Liebreich nachfolgt, tritt sein Amt im Herbst 2016 an; sein Vertrag läuft vorerst bis 2019.

La Croix

A Strasbourg, Francesco Filidei fait sensation avec son premier opéra

Le jeune compositeur italien, né en 1973, atteste d’une inspiration et d’un savoir-faire incontestables en évoquant la figure du dominicain Giordano Bruno.

El Mundo

Deezer lleva la música en streaming a la Bolsa francesa

Deezer calienta los motores para salir a Bolsa. El gigante francés de streaming de música, con más de 6 millones de suscriptores, está listo para su inclusión en el índice Euronext de París para finales de 2015.


Max Richter Finishing the prep for the premiere of SLEEP on on Saturday night. Looking forward to playing the music live!

Classic FMHappy 70th birthday to ! We’re playing his wonderful music all day…

Royal Academy Music is ’s Young Artist of the Week:

News 24th HarrisKeith Harris
Photo: Richard Dawson/PA Images/Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello


‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.


Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: 

News 23rd Sep

Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph


(Written on September 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Gramophone Awards highlights, and Sarah Connolly argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. Also, BBC Music Magazine writes Sir David Willcock’s obituary

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2015 – all the action from the ‘Oscars of classical music’

The stars of the classical world and a night of the best music – let us take you there…

The Guardian

‘The arts makes us well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people’

Singer Sarah Connolly – the principal speaker at an Arts Council event at Westminster earlier this week – argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. We are facing a national disaster

BBC Music Magazine

Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Lengendary King’s, Cambridge choirmaster dies aged 95


Mozart gets Johnny Rotten makeover

A new portrait of Mozart imagines the composer as a “daring” and “edgy” musician in the mould of Johnny Rotten


Barbican launch Sound Unbound

The Barbican Centre has announced the line-up for a two-day festival aimed at people who have never engaged with classical music before


Nagano’s Les Troyens from Hamburg available on Arte

Arte concert offers worldwide streaming from Hamburg, in cooperation with Binnenalster Filmfest and City Management Hamburg


Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Feiert die Kassette ein Comeback?

Hersteller von Musikkassetten freuen sich in den USA über einen neuen Boom. Der Grund dafür sei ein Trend bei jungen Hipstern. Gibt es den auch in Deutschland? Eine Spurensuche

Der Tagesspiegel

Aus der Schublade gefallen

Dem Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop wird trotz erfolgreicher Arbeit die Förderung gestrichen. Ein Krisengespräch vor der „Orfeo“-Premiere.

Epoch Times

Gergijew gibt umjubelten Einstand in München als Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker

Der russische Dirigent Waleri Gergijew hat am Donnerstagabend mit Gustav Mahlers „Auferstehungssymphonie“ sein Antrittskonzert als neuer Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker gegeben.


GramophoneHere is our full report from last night’s wonderful .

Classic FMA stunning duet from & .

Sinfini Music : Pain for the ears, but perfect for near to the end of the day. Some unfortunate classical music fails.

News 18th

Cellist Matthew Barley, who will perform at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Classical Weekender. Image © Madeleine Farley/ Sinfini Music

(Written on September 18, 2015 )