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In today’s news: Composers tell Neil Fisher how to write a contemporary opera, a new community production by Howard Moody will premiere at Glyndebourne, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival returns this October. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra looks to the future. A historic piano collection is expected to sell for£1 million. Fabio Luisi will take over the Dallas Symphony, a portrait of an all men’s choir looking for a new director, the opening of the Munich Biennale. The ballet of the Dresden Semperoper wins the Taurus award. A portrait of Mai Khoi and her political resistance and a piece on instrument luthiers.

The Times

Ask for help, don’t annoy the audience, and it’s no use trying to be funny

With a spate of new operas premiering this summer, composers tell Neil Fisher how to get it right (they hope).

Glyndebourne

Agreed – a new community opera for 2019

A new large-scale community opera by Howard Moody will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.

Rhinegold

James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.

Bachtrack

Looking to history and innovating for the future: Singapore Symphony’s 40th anniversary season

In 2018/19, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season. Lan Shui will step down after a very successful 22-year relationship with the orchestra, in which he raised the profile of the ensemble significantly through touring and recordings (a search for his successor is underway).

Express.co.uk

Historic piano collection could fetch £1 million at auction

More than 110 pianos owned by classical music enthusiast Charles Colt are tipped to sell for a seven-figure sum. A collection that started with a £6 piano could soon sell for £1 million at an auction.

New York Times

Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas

The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it has chosen a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who built its reputation over the past decade and takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic next season.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dümpeln ohne Frauen und Dirigent

Das Willkommen auf der Homepage gibt die Ausrichtung gleich bündig wieder. Ausdrücklich begrüßt werden dort die “Sehr geehrten Herren”.

BR Klassik

Berührend komisch und Laut-Aggressiv

Wer an diesem Wochenende alle Premieren der Münchener Biennale besuchen wollte, musste eine logistische Meisterleistung vollbringen – Uraufführung folgte auf Uraufführung.

Klassik.com

Semperoper Dresden: Europäischer Kulturpreis Taurus für Ballett

Das Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden ist am vergangenen Wochenende mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis “Taurus” geehrt worden.

Le Monde

Mai Khoi, la voix de la dissidence du Vietnam

Sur scène, son visage pâle se découpe dans l’ombre. Armée de sa guitare, accompagnée d’envoûtantes percussions et d’un saxophone, elle chante, dans un crescendo presque dissonant : « A l’intérieur ; tu as le temps de penser, tu as le temps de te repentir, de regretter (…) d’avoir été un traître à la nation, de maintenir le peuple dans le noir et de l’oppresser. »

France musique

Un alto dérobé au salon Musicora

Le salon Musicora, qui se tenait ce week-end à Paris, se termine sur une fausse note.

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Sir James MacMillan at the 2014 festival © Robin Mitchell

(Written on June 5, 2018 )

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 Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.

Classical Music Magazine

Colin Currie launches record label

Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

Early Music Today

Programme for Baroque at the Edge announced

The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.

Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.

The Guardian

V&A rescues treasures from historic Wilton’s Music Hall archive

An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.

New York Times

La Bohème: Should opera’s most beloved classic be changed?

So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?

The New Yorker

Soundtracks worth a listen separate from their cinematic counterparts

The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.  

Billboard

Spotify U.K. Reports $312M Revenue, 7.1M Monthly Active Users in 2016

Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.

ECHO Classical Music Awards: Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Boston Symphony Among Winners

Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.

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Music History  in 1768 Death of Italian Francesco Maria

Classical Music News  David Lewiston Sharpe premiere to mark Reformation

Image: Baroque at the Edge

(Written on October 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cellist Daniel Pezotti has died, Rome’s opera house increases it’s intake and number of visitors, and composer Unsuk Chin wins “Wihuri-Sibelius-Prize”. Can classical music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life, and Soho radio gets its first classical music show courtesy of Manners McDade’s Harriet Moss.

Classic FM

Was Mozart’s sister actually the more talented sibling?

On ‘International Day of the Girl’, Classic FM celebrate Nannerl Mozart, the oft-forgotten sister of the eminent Wolfgang.

Telegraph

Can music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life?

Whether it’s singing, humming or playing the piano, for people with dementia music really can be the key to memory.

M Magazine

Tileyard Education announces Women in Music Now event

Tileyard Education has announced details of Women In Music Now (WIMN) – a one-day all-female event which will host talks, panels, networking and workshops for women aspiring to work in music.

Soho Radio launches classical music show

London community channel Soho Radio is launching its very first classical music programme, with Manners McDade’s global creative manager Harriet Moss presenting.

Limelight

Adelaide Festival to host Akram Khan’s final solo performance

The dancer-choreographer will appear in XENOS in 2018, a fitting bookend to his Australian appearances.

Klassik Heute

Bewerbungsphase für Festivalorchester 2018 beim SHMF beginnt

In der kommenden Woche startet die Bewerbungsphase für das Festivalorchester 2018 des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals.

Klassik.com

Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti gestorben

Der Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti ist tot.

Pizzicato

Roms Opernhaus steigert Einnahmen und Besucherzahlen

Das Opernhaus der italienischen Hauptstadt meldet für den Zeitraum 2014 bis 2016 ein Plus von 51 Prozent bei den Einnahmen.

France musique

La compositrice sud-coréenne Unsuk Chin a été récompensée du Prix Sibelius de Wihuri.

Décerené en Finlande par la Foundation Jenny et Antti Wihuri, il est doté de 150,000€.

Twitter

@Archivist_Liz So is digging a hole and here’s what was found and now has pride of place in the Hall’s Archive

© Getty/Unsuk Chin

(Written on October 12, 2017 )

Olivia Brown has taken up the position of Director, London Office at WildKat PR.  Previously Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia will continue to be responsible for creative strategy at WildKat, exploring and implementing new services, and running the branding and social media strands of the company.

Her new role will also entail overseeing all business here in the UK and Ireland, and working with Carolin Denz (Director, Berlin Office) to develop and progress the WildKat brand, as well as working with the Founder, Kathleen Alder, to adapt WildKat to our ever-changing industry.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented: “It is with great delight that we announce the promotion of Olivia Brown to Director, London Office. Olivia has always been a dedicated and hardworking member of the WildKat PR team and has displayed a great deal of passion to the field of music and performing arts. Olivia first joined us in her ‘year in industry’ while studying at the University of Leeds, and after joining the London office as a full-time member of staff has overseen the expansion of our traditional services such as PR, marketing and social media to include more creative services such as branding, surveys and a more tailored approach to our services.

“Olivia has a proven track record of team leadership and a determination to provide the best possible service for our extensive client roster, and I am excited to see where she will lead the London office in the future. Olivia’s youth, talent and enthusiasm befits the overall company ethos and she will join myself and our Berlin Director Carolin Denz in running the company overall.”

Olivia commented: “It’s been an incredibly exciting and rewarding adventure to experience WildKat transform in the past 5 years, from when I started as an intern to the newly created position that I began last year.

“I am incredibly grateful to Kat for providing me with the structure and support to confidently lead the company from within, which is often very rare in our industry. Meanwhile, Kat continues to champion the young leaders of the classical music industry, regardless of age, gender, or background. As Director, London Office, I look forward to further leading the company into exciting new territories, both through anticipating the future of the industry and reacting to it, and also overseeing our expansion into the U.S. and France in 2018.”

(Written on September 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: a closer look at Classic FM, the numbers are in for British music exports, the winners of the Gilmore Young Artist Awards have been announced, Facebook is negotiating with the music industry, Cardiff doesn’t want to be European Capital of Culture anymore and a nude violinist raises body awareness. also in the news: a street artists who turns to opera, no winners at the ARD Violin competition and Silbermann Tage have opened in Saxonia.

The Guardian

Classic FM at 25: The sweet sound of success

When it launched 25 years ago, no-one would have predicted that Classic FM would become the UK’s biggest commercial radio station. John Crace goes behind the scenes to find out why Titanic is in, but Gilbert and Sullivan are out

Classical Music Magazine

British recorded music exports at highest level since 2000

British recorded music exports have risen to their highest levels this century, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has announced.

2018 Gilmore Young Artists announced

Pianists Wei Luo and Elliot Wuu have been named as recipients of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Awards.

The Telegraph

Facebook to pay music industry millions in royalty fees to protect its users from breaking copyright

Facebook is to pay millions in royalty fees to the music industry to protect its users from copyright violation when they upload videos that contain illegal uses of songs.

BBC News

Cardiff pulls out of European Capital of Culture race

Cardiff has ruled itself out of bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Limelight

Violinist skydives nude for men’s body image awareness

Australian violinist Glen Donnelly played Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as he fell 15,000 feet in his birthday suit.

Washington Post

This legendary street artist has done walls, shoes and Bieber albums. Now he’s trying opera.

What you see, on the white wall, are elegant sweeping marks, a script you can’t quite make out or have forgotten to learn. What the artist hears is music. His name is Marquis Lewis, better known as Retna […]

BR Klassik

ARD-MUSIKWETTBEWERB 2017 FINALE VIOLINE

Kein erster Preis wurde im Fach Violine vergeben. Ein zweiter Preis ging jeweils an den Italiener Andrea Obiso und Sarah Christian aus Deutschland, die auch den Publikumspreis erhielt.

Codex Flores

Rein durch Gedankenkraft komponieren

Forschende der TU Graz entwickeln ein Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI), mit dem sich durch Gedankenkraft Musik komponieren lässt: Aus einer BCI-Methode, die hauptsächlich zum Buchstabieren dient, hat das Team eine entsprechende Anwendung entwickelt.

Musik Heute

Silbermann Tage in Freiberg eröffnet

Wenige Tage nach der Wiedereröffnung des Wohn- und Arbeitshauses von Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) haben am Mittwoch in Freiberg (Landkreis Mittelsachsen) die Silbermann-Tage zu Ehren des berühmten Orgelbauers begonnen.

Twitter 

Music History‏ @today_classical

in 1922 FP of Sir Arthur ‘ Colour Symphony in England.

Gottfried Silbermann (1683-17539)

(Written on September 7, 2017 )

Charles Dance, celebrated English actor, will join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on their forthcoming European tour to perform Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián.
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Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage

“I am thrilled to be performing this historic work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their European tour. Past performances of the work have included speakers of high esteem, and I am delighted to be joining that list. I look forward to performing with the CSO as they make their debut performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián’s Musical Fortnight festival.” – Charles Dance OBE
Lincoln Portrait, Copland’s tribute to the former US President, was premiered by the CSO in 1942 at the height of World War II, and retains a special significance for the orchestra, having been performed by many notable orators throughout the last century. The ‘tone poem’ features extracts of Lincoln’s speeches, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra in a dramatic and poignant interpretation.
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Charles Dance OBE was formerly a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has subsequently become a household name among the British acting establishment. His numerous film roles include Gosford Park (2001), The Imitation Game (2014), Me Before You (2016) and Ghostbusters (2016). More recently, Dance starred as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, before meeting his (**spoilers**) death at the hands of his son, Tyrion.
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Tickets for the BBC and EIF concerts can be purchased here and here.
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(Written on August 18, 2017 )

A musician’s career is a very exciting one. Being able to perform and show an audience what you love is a luxury many people in other professional fields would be envious of. However, with the highs also come the lows: what if the audience don’t like you? What if the critics don’t like your interpretation? Musicians can both struggle financially and work unsociable hours. Mental health problems can therefore be a serious issue within the industry, one in which music charities are beginning to address.

Help Musicians UK is an organisation with an acute awareness of the problems musicians can face. In 2016 they launched the campaign, Mental Health Campaign – Music and Depression, aiming to break down stigma and start conversations within the music industry about depression and anxiety. The charity, Music and Depression, commissioned the first academic study, ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, on the relationship between musicians and mental health.

The study, performed by the University of Winchester, found that 71.1% of all respondents believed they had suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety at some stage of their career, while 68% reported they had suffered from depression. The findings suggested that musicians might be up to three times more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general public. This was due to a number of reasons, varying from unregulated working conditions and irregular hours to a belief that musical identity shaped self-worth.

The findings found that there is an urgent need for an accessible service for people who work in the music industry. Since the launch of the campaign in 2016, Help Musicians UK have announced a new fundraising campaign for the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in the industry. The service will provide both listening and advice services, as well as clinical medical, therapeutic and welfare facilities for those who need it.

Classical Music Magazine – Photo credit: Tharakorn/Shutterstock.com

 

(Written on August 1, 2017 )

In today’s news, Cadogan Hall will host a benefit concert for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the NYOS prepare for top collaborations on summer tour, and is sight reading damaging the UK classical music scene? Prison outreach opera and Chancellor Merkel learns a lesson in high fashion at Bayreuth.

The Scotsman

The Scottish National Youth Orchestra’s growing ambition

Youth orchestra broadens its horizons with a dynamic list of soloists for summer tour

Rhinegold.co.uk

Cadogan Hall to host Grenfell Tower benefit concert

Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny will present the event, which will take place at 6pm on 17 September

Classical-Music.com 

Is sight reading damaging our music scene?

British talent for sight-reading doing our music scene more harm than good, argues Benjamin Goodson

Die Welt

So treibt Bayreuth sich die Gespenster aus

Die „Meistersinger“ gelingen, Horst Seehofer sonnt sich im Premierenglanz, und sogar die Haussanierung liegt im Plan. So gut wie heute ging es dem Familienunternehmen Wagner lange nicht

Die Zeit

Trommelfell lässt Filterblase platzen

Wer meint, das Digitale führe zur Vereinheitlichung aller Vorlieben, benutzt das Internet falsch. Auf Spotify erforscht unser Autor unendliche Weiten und Wege der Musik

klassik.com

Kosten für die Sanierung der Oper Köln mittlerweile mehr als verdoppelt

Kölner SPD will Neubau eines Opernhauses nicht ausschließen

The New York Times

Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison

For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festivalhad left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall

El Mundo

Merkel, Valentino y Boris Becker: cómo cumplir con la etiqueta en los festivales pese al calor

Los grandes templos de la música clásica deben recordar a los asistentes que no pueden ir de cualquier manera. El placer tiene precio

Twitter

@ClassicalDiary ‘Meena, age 9, and Monique reviewed the first ever relaxed Prom @bbcproms and gave it 5 stars!’

@M_magazine ‘Half of nominees for @MercuryPrize supported by @PRSFoundation

Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Gustavo Gimeno records two new CDs, electronica and Mozart unite for BoxPark concert, Steven Isserlis talks music and death, Barenboim visits the West Bank to help young musicians. Live Music Now announce Libor concerts, and the Royal College of Music plan renovations and upgrades.

Irish Times

Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

Joyce DiDonato gives a stunning example of the possible shape of things to come.

PRS for Music M Magazine

Shift K3y announces collaboration with the London Mozart Players

Electronic musician Lewis Jankel (aka Shift K3y) will headline a fusion night of electronic, indie and classical sounds at Croydon’s new 2,000 capacity BoxPark on 19 July.

The Telegraph

Steven Isserlis interview: ‘John Tavener spoke to me in a dream’ 

The world-leading cellist talks to Ben Lawrence about music, death and how a celebrated playwright invoked his wrath

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits the West Bank 

Barenboim visits the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Rhinegold

Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

Classical Source

Royal College of Music breaks new ground with ambitious campus redevelopment

Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music.

Spiegel Online

Dirigenten-Überraschung Wenn der Funke überspringt

Gustavo Gimeno überzeugt mit Temperament und Charisma, wie es sich für einen Dirigenten gehört. Dabei verlässt er sich nicht auf allzu bewährte Konzert-Hits. Auf seinen neuen CDs überrascht er mit frühem Bruckner und Schostakowitsch.

Pizzicato

Jetzt hat Beethoven sein Eistörtchen

Ein Eisproduzent aus Bonn hat laut Informationen der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ ein Beethoven-Eistörtchen vorgestellt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Reinhard Goebel erhält Bach-Medaille 2017

Der Geiger und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel bekommt die Bach-Medaille 2017 verliehen. Geehrt werde Goebel für seine besonderen Verdienste um die Vermittlung alter Musik.

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits West Bank

Daniel Barenboim, has been visiting the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade – to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Le Parisien

Le Festival Berlioz rendra hommage aux années londoniennes du compositeur

Le festival, qui a rassemblé l’an dernier 26.000 spectateurs, se tiendra du 18 août au 3 septembre à La Côte Saint-André, bourgade de l’Isère où le compositeur est né il y a 214 ans, et alentour.

Twitter

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Merken

(Written on June 14, 2017 )