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Guardian

Paul Morley: ‘Pop belongs to the last century. Classical music is more relevant to the future’

For years, this rock critic viewed classical music as pompous art of the past. Now, tired of pop, he explains why classical is the truly subversive form – and selects six favourite pieces to convert the unbeliever

Telegraph

Kenny Wheeler had such a stamp of individuality

Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, who died at the age of 84, created his own magical musical world, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins and Alexander Armstrong join Classic FM’s weekend lineup

Superstar singer Katherine Jenkins is joining actor and TV presenter Alexander Armstrong on Classic FM at the weekends.

The Strad

Violin, viola, cello and bow makers honoured at 2014 VSA competition

Nine gold medals were awarded at this year’s Violin Society of America international makers’ competition, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 15-21 September.

International Arts Manager

ACO give world premiere of Jonny Greenwood work

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) will embark on a nine-concert European tour this week.

Spiegel online

Mittelmeer-Modernist Luigi Dallapiccola

Zwölf Töne müsst ihr sein

Musik-heute

Über 5.000 Gäste bei Saison-Eröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper

Über 5.000 Besucher haben am Sonntag die Spielzeit-Eröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper gefeiert.

Tiroler Tageszeitung

Welser-Möst wechselt nicht nach Linz

Der zurückgetretene Generalmusikdirektor der Wiener Staatsoper, Franz Welser-Möst, wechselt nicht nach Oberösterreich.

Il messaggero

Riccardo Muti lascia l’Opera di Roma

«Le problematiche degli ultimi tempi
fanno mancare la serenità necessaria»

Boston Globe

Boston overdue for a proper opera house

No overview of the city’s opera scene could be complete without a discussion of its most glaringly obvious gap: a proper venue for opera.

Le Parisien

La musique classique, une “niche” exploitée par la chaîne Mezzo jusqu’en Mongolie

La musique classique est certes une niche, mais une niche universelle: la petite chaîne de télévision payante française Mezzo, née en 1996, se lance en Asie, à commencer par la Mongolie.

 

Twitter

Dirigent: @dirigent Jan Mracek erringt ersten Preis beim Fritz Kreisler Wettbewerb http://magazin.klassik.com/news/teaser.cfm?ID=11171&nachricht=Jan%20Mracek%20erringt%20ersten%20Preis%20beim%20Fritz%20Kreisler%20Wettbewerb …

Classic FM: @ClassicFM More classical fails – 7 videos of musicians getting owned by their instruments: http://classfm.co/ZYEk0c 

BB  Radio 3: @BBCRadio3  Does Beethoven’s music sound the same 200 years on? Get insights from three German conductors: http://bbc.in/1trKR7u 

Thomas Bartilla

Thomas Bartilla

(Written on September 22, 2014 )

Classcial News

Telegraph

A timeless odyssey through Beethoven

Andris Nelsons and the CBSO are about to unleash all nine of the composer’s symphonies on Birmingham – John Allison can’t wait

Independent

Play classical music in hospitals and railway stations to ‘calm public’, report says

Recommendation follows new figures that estimate around 400 public sector workers are assaulted each week

Exclusive: Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Students will now focus on German composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Classical Source

Most comprehensive UK survey of musical instrument learning finds that while more children than ever are playing, many still have no access and children from lower social groups remain disadvantaged

On 15 September, ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, and its partners publish Making Music, the most comprehensive survey of the learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments ever undertaken in the UK.

Pizzicato

Met Guild Invites To ‘Brava Jessye’

On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents ‘Brava, Jessye!’ to salute the great soprano Jessye Norman.

The New York Times

Met Opera Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs, Mainly Through Layoffs

The Metropolitan Opera, which promised to match the pay cuts that its major unions agreed to last month with equivalent cuts to its nonunion payroll, said on Friday afternoon that it was eliminating 22 of its 254 administrative positions, mostly through layoffs.

Le Figaro

Trop de salles de musique ne tue pas forcément les salles

Le mélomane actif, et au budget suffisant, a tous les soirs le choix entre quatre ou cinq manifestations musicales à Paris.

Le monde

Mort d’Antoine Duhamel, musicien de la Nouvelle Vague

Le composituer Antoine Duhamel est à Paris, le 10 septembre. Il avait 89 ans.

Die Welt

Der Woody Allen des Barock

Er erfand die Harmonielehre, er war Frankreichs Pendant zu Georg Friedrich Händel: Vor 250 Jahren starb der Komponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk endlich zaghaft wiederentdeckt.

Musik heute

Zwei erste Preise beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Beim 63. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden zwei erste Preise vergeben.

Klavier.de

Musikfest-Preis Bremen für Ottavio Dantone und die Accademia Bizantina

Der Organist, Cembalist und Dirigent Ottavio Dantone erhält zusammen mit seinem Ensemble Accademia Bizantina den Preis des Musikfestes Bremen 2014.

Twitter:

Music Education UK: @MusicEdUK New ‘Making Music’ report published today – a must-read. Executive summary here: http://gb.abrsm.org/en/making-music/3-executive-summary/ … #makingmusicreport #musichubs

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to @RhiannonLlew, winner yesterday of the MOCSA (Morriston Orpheus Choir) Young Welsh Singer of the Year Award.

London Philharmonic: @LPOrchestra We have a new education project! LPO Soundworks is a new cross-arts project for 14-19yr olds. Details here: http://www.lpo.org.uk/education/soundworks-next-project.html …b

Le Figaro

Le Figaro

(Written on September 15, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Dame Vera Lynn urges UK to ‘stay together’

Dame Vera Lynn is the latest star to sign the better together campaign, ahead of the Scottish referendum.

The Telegraph

Britannia saves the day

The Telegraph suggests that it is preposterous that presenters have been requested to not mention the upcoming referendum during the Last Night of the Proms.

The Times

Edward Gardner: ‘Do people in government watch what we do at the Coliseum?’

Edward Gardner is about to embark on his eighth and final season as director of the English National Opera.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT announces 2015 jury

The Jury for the 2015 event will include Etienne Abelin, Swiss musician and co-founder of classYcal; Heloísa Fischer, founder of Brazil’s Viva Música!; Scottish-born Neil Wallace, programme director at de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam; and British arts manager and consultant Jane Williams.

Die Welt

 ”Ich liebe es, wenn es singt”

Wolfgang Rihm, Deutschlands berühmtester Komponist, hat mit drei neuen Solo-Werken ein Konzerte-Jahr. Erst kam das Klavier, dann das Horn, schließlich ein Trio. Warum das so ist, erklärt er hier.

Concerti

Winrich Hopp

Der künstlerische Leiter des Musikfests Berlin Winrich Hopp im Kurzinterview

New York Times

Andris Nelsons Gets Ready to Lead the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons, the 35-year-old Latvian conductor who this month became the venerable orchestra’s music director, and who doesn’t even drive a car, had come upon a new toy.

SF Gate

S.F. Opera musicians ratify new 4-year contract

With a minimum of strife or public posturing, members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra have ratified a new contract with the company that provides the musicians with annual raises of 3 percent a year for the next four years.

Classicalite

In Other Words: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Blocks ‘Comments’ Section on Website, Tightens Security Measures

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has started a significant downturn amid negotiations between musicians and management.

Twitter

Halle Orchestra: @the_halle What a fantastic concert with #KinshasaSymphony and choir! Good luck on rest of tour to @southbankcentre, @Colston_Hall + @RWCMD

Martin Chilton: @MartinChilton As #jazz guitarist Nigel Price @Nigethejazzer prepares for a UK tour he talks to @LondonJazz Ed Sebastian Scotney  http://fw.to/6f9iTtR

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: Arts should use ‘wellbeing analysis’ to make stronger case for #artsfunding, report finds http://bit.ly/1BxmJFj

Milos: @MilosGuitar So excited to perform #Aranjuez with @liverpoolphil @RoyalAlbertHall. Bring on #ClassicFMlive on 23 Sept! http://classfm.co/URVhDS  @ClassicFM

 

Picture, The Times

Picture, The Times

 

(Written on September 12, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

BBC’s Proms coverage becomes a question of composure

The row over whether the BBC neglects new music at the Proms rages on following a statement given by the BBC.

The Telegraph

James Rhodes: ‘There’s a war on music’

James Rhodes continues to make the classical music headlines ahead of his Channel 4 show, which airs tomorrow. Don’t Stop The Music will see Rhodes working in schools where the music provision had previously included margarine tubs, copper pipes and dustbins.

International Arts Manager

York Early Music Competition planned for July 2015

The biennial competition invites applications from ensembles to perform works from the middle ages to the nineteenth century using historically accurate performance technique.

Die Welt

Rücktritt kostet den Star-Dirigenten viel Geld

Wiens gebeutelte Theaterlandschaft hat ein Leitungsproblem mehr: Der Musikdirektor der Staatsoper kann mit seinem Intendanten Dominique Meyer nicht mehr und tritt mit sofortiger Wirkung zurück.

Musik-heute

Deutscher Radiopreis an WDR-Kinderprojekt “Kelebek im Konzert”

Klassische Musik für Kinder ist die “Beste Innovation”: In dieser Kategorie hat die WDR-Sendung “Kelebek im Konzert – Kelebek Konserde” am Donnerstag den Deutschen Radiopreis 2014 gewonnen.

Arts & Culture

Without a contract, ASO musicians locked out as sides ponder next move

For the second time in as many years, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have been locked out by the orchestra’s administration after the players’ collective bargaining agreement expired without a new deal being reached between the two sides.

Los Angeles Times

Placido Domingo staying with Los Angeles Opera through 2019

Plácido Domingo is extending his tenure as general director of Los Angeles Opera through the end of the 2018-19 season, the company announced at a board meeting on Friday.

New York Times

Peter Sculthorpe, Composer Steeped in Australia’s Sounds, Dies at 85

Peter Sculthorpe, who became one of Australia’s most celebrated composers by developing a distinctive aesthetic influenced by the country’s landscape and using indigenous instruments like the didgeridoo, died on Aug. 8 in Sydney.

Le monde

La Ville de Paris ne « paiera pas » le surcoût de la Philharmonie

La Ville de Paris ne « paiera pas » le surcoût des travaux de la Philharmonie de Paris et veut baisser sa contribution au budget de fonctionnement de la future salle de concert de La Villette, dans le nord-est de Paris, a affirmé, mercredi 3 septembre à l’AFP, le premier adjoint à la culture, Bruno Julliard (PS).

 

Twitter:

Scherzo TV: @ScherzoTV Orchestra locked in airless airport corridor http://wp.me/p4oY6e-24Q

Klassik.com: @klassikcom Museum für Tenor Luciano Pavarotti http://klassik.com/?3JBvd  #Oper #Tenor #Pavarotti

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Good news! We’re very proud to announce our brand new charity! It’s called Global’s Make Some Noise. More here: http://classfm.co/GAA3ol 

 

 

Arts & Culture Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Arts & Culture
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

(Written on September 8, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

iTunes Festival 2014: Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom and Miloš announced

The iTunes Festival, a free month long music festival at the Roundhouse, will play host to some of the finest and most popular classical musicians this year.

The Guardian

Kate Bush: Before the Dawn – reviews roundup

Having sold all available tickets within 15 minutes there was huge anticipation for Kate’s first performance in 35 years. The guardian have put together a selection of the reviews.

Classical Music

Balancing Act, Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson reveals his plans

Having just launched their online streaming service, the president of DG reveals his intentions for the organisation.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wir setzen uns die Hörner auf

Die zehnte Auflage des Musikfests Berlin startet am 2. September. Besonderes Augenmerk legt man in diesem Jahr auf das Horn in seiner ganzen Vielfalt.

Musik-heute

Echo Klassik verkündet Preisträger

In 22 Kategorien hat die Jury rund 45 Preisträger ausgezeichnet

Los Angeles Times

James Conlon to quit post with Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival

James Conlon, the Los Angeles Opera’s music director and conductor, will step down next year from another prominent post, music director of the Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s summer equivalent of the Hollywood Bowl.

Forum Opera

Départ de Paavo Järvi, entre Joie et tristesse

Paavo Järvi a décidé de ne pas renouveler son contrat à la tête de l’Orchestre de Paris.

La Croix

La Chaise-Dieu au diapason de son festival

La 48e édition du Festival de La Chaise-Dieu s’est ouverte jeudi dernier

 

Tweets

Royal Academy: @royalacademy It’s here! #TakeoverDay has arrived… Henna will be taking over our tweets from 10am @kidsinmuseums @takeovermuseums

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Our web chat guest was the the first left-hand alone pianist to graduate form the @rcmlatest in its 130 year history: http://classfm.co/RzOjcR

Campus London: @campuslondon Making plans this evening? Join us for @GA_London & @BriteLondon’s Digital Skills for Event Professionals from 7PM: http://goo.gl/xiEeqy

CBSO Chorus: @CBSOChorus Farewell, England! Next stop – Germany and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival! @TheCBSO @simonhalsey #elias

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest We’ve added a 2nd date for our #Vocal Faculty Open Door! Book for 21 Sept to receive invaluable advice from RCM profs http://bit.ly/VQmPrI

 

 

From Classic FM

From Classic FM

 

(Written on August 27, 2014 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Why is opera so expensive? Well, no more than football

The issue of opera ticket prices is a heated one – but there are more factors at play than you think, says Rupert Christiansen

Glyndebourne 2015 hopes to bringe highbrow opera to the masses

Opera festival’s organisers say Donizetti’s Poliuto, written in 1838, will be staged at the annual performances, which have doubled their audiences this year

Classic FM

I’ve found the greatest living violinist: he’s from Siberia and he turns 40 this week

He’s the complete package: a consummate violin player with brilliant technique, energy and showmanship. And in an age that likes its popular artists to have a dramatic back story, he has triumphed over adversity.

The Independent

A role worth dying for

Swedish soprano Nina Stemme tells Jessica Duchen that playing the tragic Salome is one of her biggest challenges yet

James Rhodes

The concert pianist on mental illness and opening up about sexual abuse

Tagesspiegel

Gier auf Neues

Labororchester und positiv musikantisch: Ein Porträt der Bamberger Symphoniker und ihres Dirigenten Jonathan Nott, die im September zum Musikfest Berlin kommen.

New York Times

Laura Kaminsky Named Composer in Residence at American Opera Projects

American Opera Projects, the adventurous Brooklyn company that has been commissioning, developing and staging new operas for a quarter century, has appointed Laura Kaminsky as its composer-in-residence, beginning Sept. 1, the company announced on Friday.

Buffalonews

Two arrested in death of Chautauqua violinist

Late Wednesday afternoon, another orchestra member found Whitaker dead in the garage of her Titus Road house after she missed an appointment.

 

Twitter

OperaSpace: @OperaSpace #IvanTheTerrible Born today 1530; musically immortalized by #Bizet #Prokofiev #RimskyKorsakov & #Gounod (unperformed)

The New York Times: @nytimes The streaming services from symphonies and operas makes one long for a Netflix for classical music http://nyti.ms/1wi2Zqb

edintfest: @edintfest The @SinfiniMusic Les Troyens opera strip is in @TheScotsman today with an interview with the artist! http://www.wow247.co.uk/blog/2014/08/20/les-troyens-how-to-turn-an-opera-into-a-comic-strip/ … #EdintFest ^N

 

Michael Trippel

Foto: Michael Trippel

 

(Written on August 25, 2014 )

Tim Benjamin’s latest opera Madame X will make its world premiere tomorrow in Todmorden at the Hippodrome Theatre. Rehearsals for Madame X have gone brilliantly, and Tim Benjamin’s new opera is featured in Sinfini Music’s classical music highlights for this week.

More news from behind the scenes can be found on the Madame X blog, including information about the cast and interviews with Tim Benjamin. The opera follows a young artist, Masetto, and his lover, Zerlina, as their lives and dreams are manipulated by Masetto’s corrupt agent and wealthy, powerful art collectors.

As Tim explains in The Lancashire Telegraph, it is quite possible that Madame X is the second opera ever to have been performed in Todmorden – the first being his opera Emily in 2013, which won great acclaim.

This photo from the technical rehearsal below shows a mysterious covered painting … but what really lies beneath?

 

WhatLiesBeneath

 

Madame X will also be performed in Halifax, in London as part of the Grimeborn Festival, and in Manchester:

Thursday 21st August at Todmorden Hippodrome (World Premiere)

Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd August at Square Chapel, Halifax

Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th August at Arcola Theatre, London (London Premiere)

Thursday 25th September at RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester

You can also view the latest Madame X trailer here!

 

Follow Madame X on Facebook and Twitter, protagonists @MasettoPainter and @Zerlina83 have their own accounts, too!

(Written on August 20, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’

Ahead of the Channel 4 documentary, Addicts Symphony, the Guardian and The Sunday Times have both written pieces to expose how some classical musicians deal with the stresses of anti-social hours and extreme pressure.

The Telegraph

Sir Andrew Davis: The returning hero

Sir Andrew Davis will be returning to the Proms this evening as conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The once chief conductor at the proms said that while he has held few posts, this being only his third orchestral position, he has held them all for a very long time.

Classic FM

Top conductor’s ‘symphony orchestras will be gone in 30 years’ claim stirs debate

Following Ivan Fischer’s article for The Times, orchestral professionals including Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, have struck back that his comments may not have been relevant for British orchestras.

Classic FM

Game Of Thrones ‘opera’ to debut in New York

A New York opera company intends to take Game of Thrones as a theme for an opera in February 2015.

The New York Times

In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts

It seems that the end of the Met Opera saga is in sight. The Metropolitan Opera and two of its unions agreed that to avoid the calamities that have silenced swaths of the classical music world, they would have to scale back. They are still awaiting talks with numerous other smaller unions.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Stiftung Händel-Haus kauft frühe Händel-Notendrucke

Der Stiftung Händel-Haus ist der Ankauf einer Gruppe von frühen Händel-Notendrucken und -Büchern aus einem englischen Antiquariat gelungen. Unter anderem eine 1739 erschienene Erstausgabe von Händels „Ode for St. Cecilias’s Day“.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Kulturszene hat Angst vor der Amerikanisierung

Die Kulturszene fürchtet, dass durch das Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA die europäische Vielfalt der Musik und Filme, bei Büchern und in Theatern leidet. Eine Wissenschaftlerin warnt, sogar, dass das deutsche, „über 300 Jahre gewachsene Kulturmodell in Trümmern liegen“ werde.

Concerti

El Sistema auf Bayrisch

Ob singen, ein Instrument spielen oder jodeln: In der Bayrischen Philharmonie kann jeder alles lernen. Hauptsache er liebt Musik.

 

Twitter

London Symphony Orchestra: @LondonSymphony Very pleased to be back at @lsostlukes this morning (after a month of maintenance in the venue!) for rehearsals with Sir Antonio Pappano.

Cause4: @OfficialCause4 Today is @UN #WorldHumanitarianDay find out who our #HumanitarianHeroes are http://bit.ly/XwXtAJ

London Chamber Orch: @LCO_orchestra We’d love to tell you more about the LCO – if you see us with some flyers at the @bbcproms tonight, come and say hello!

Royal Albert Hall: @RoyalAlbertHall There are still tickets available for tonight’s Laura Mvula Prom – seats from £6.60 or stand as a Prommer for £5. http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/bbc-proms/prom45/default.aspx …

Music Teacher: @MusicTeacherMag The 2014 Britten Young Songwriter Competition is open! Part of @aldeburghmusic’s @fridayPMs project: http://ow.ly/AtwVa

 

 

 

 Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

 

 

(Written on August 19, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

BBC Proms 2014: Benedict Mason premiere, review: ‘breathtaking’

The big reveal of Benedict Mason’s latest BBC commission was unlike anything the proms had seen. With musicians spread around the hall and the arena being cleared of prommers.

The Guardian

Frans Brüggen obituary

As one of the pioneers of the revival of Early Music, and one of the key influencers in the expansion and awareness of Recorder repertoire, this obituary is a touching tribute to a man who reminded us of the beauty of the music of the past.

Guardian Culture Professionals Network

The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers

A study carried out by Sound and Music identifies that composers are expected to create new music for ‘shockingly’ low fees.

Echo

Kranichsteiner Musikpreise gehen nach USA und Großbritannien

Darmstadt. Die 1982 geborene amerikanische Komponistin Ashley Fure und das britische Ensemble „Distractfold“ erhalten in diesem Jahr den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis.

WDR 1

Europäischer Komponistenpreis für junge Musiker an Usbekin Sadikova

Der Europäische Komponistenpreis für junge Musiker ist an die Usbekin Aziza Sadikova verliehen worden.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Mozart aus der Asche gelesen

Nicht alles war ganz verloren, was 2004 dem Brand in Weimar zum Opfer fiel. Mit neuen Methoden gelingt es jetzt sogar, unlesbar gewordene Handschriften wieder sichtbar zu machen.

The New York Times

Licia Albanese, Exalted Soprano, Is Dead at 105

Licia Albanese, an Italian-born soprano whose veneration by audiences worldwide was copious even by the standards of operatic adulation, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan.

Twitter

CBSO: @TheCBSO A month today we perform #Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Find out more in this great listening guide by @philharmonia http://ow.ly/AjBN5

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM I’ve fantastic new Album of the Week from @HopeViolin @DGclassics & will offer an ‘escape to paradise’.@johnsuchet1

Scottish Chamber Orc: @SCOmusic 31 Aug Edin – join us for exciting family music workshops from @VirginMoney Fireworks Concert @edintfest. Book now! http://bit.ly/1oVBQo2

Musicians’ Union: @WeAreTheMU U-turn in Liverpool brings recognition for buskers http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/u-turn-liverpool-brings-recognition-buskers … via @artspro #KeepMusicLive

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: @ArtsCouncilNI clients told to plan for five per cent cuts from previously announced budgets http://bit.ly/VqpjwX

 

 

 Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on August 18, 2014 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.

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(Written on August 13, 2014 )