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The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon, BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus and British composer and conductor Harry Rabinowitz has died aged 100. Also, the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States have been published and the safety precautions at the Bayreuther Festspiele are severely criticised by stage director of “Parsifal”, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus

The BBC has joined forces with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) to release an iWonder guide to tinnitus. Titled ‘How can I stop gigs and festivals ruining my hearing?’, the launch of the guide has been organised to coincide with the Glastonbury Festival.

St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon

St John’s Smith Square has opened registration for its 24-hour Music Marathon, which will begin at 10am on 17 September.

Classic FM

Harry Rabinowitz, TV and film composer and conductor, dies aged 100

Prolific musician was in demand for radio, films and TV, from Eurovision to Reilly, Ace of Spies. Rabinowitz’s family reported that he passed away at his house in France, just three months after his 100th birthday.

The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: meet the people behind the scenes at Glastonbury

Glastonbury, the mother of all festivals is upon us again. On TV and out front it may be all about Adele, Coldplay and the rest, but behind the scenes there are hosts of characters who work hard, some of them for most of the year, to ensure these few days of controlled mayhem go as smoothly and as pleasurably as possible.

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Cellist arrested in Moscow for ‘preventing pedestrian movement’

Cellist Semyon Lashkin was arrested in Moscow for performing in the street, he has reported on hisFacebook page. The Moscow Conservatory-trained musician was questioned by police and had his cello confiscated for ‘deliberately creating a crowd and preventing pedestrian movement’ in Nikolskaya Street, adjacent to Red Square.

The Times

Opera: Idomeneo at Garsington, Buckinghamshire

The orchestral thunderstorms raged in this powerful production of the young Mozart’s mythological opera seria.

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Jaap van Zweden, Best Paid Music Director In The States

Drew McManus’ website Adaptistration has published the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States

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2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Since the economic downturn, concertmaster compensation has failed to keep pace with executive and music director stakeholders and for the 2013/14 season, they were the only group to experience a decline in average compensation (-0.19 percent).

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Parsifal-Regisseur Laufenberg kritisiert Sicherheitskonzept

Die angespannte Weltpolitik wirft ihren Schatten auf den Grünen Hügel: Die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Bayreuther Festspiele werden verschärft. Die meisten Mitwirkenden nehmen es gelassen, doch von prominenter Seite kommt Kritik.

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Staatstheater Wiesbaden freut sich über höhere Zuschüsse

Das Staatstheater Wiesbaden erhält Berichten der Frankfurter Rundschau zufolge bis zum Jahr 2019 höhere Zuschüsse als bislang. Darauf einigten sich die Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, das Land Hessen sowie der Kulturfonds Rhein-Main.

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1. Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb in Augsburg

Zum 15-jährigen Jubiläum des Studiengangs ‘Blasorchesterleitung’ des Leopold-Mozart-Zentrums (LMZ) der Universität Augsburg findet vom 2.-7.Juli  der 1. Internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb Augsburg statt.

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Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, legendary Glastonbury festival starts today and pays tribute to David Bowie with its first classical headline act & studies reveal that Mozart’s music lowers blood pressure even more than silence does. Also, Opera North director warns of isolationism from Brexit vote & Experiments in Opera puts opera on your mobile.

The Guardian

Glastonbury 2016: ‘Let’s open the biggest party on the planet!’

Wheelbarrows, carts and trolleys in tow, the bravest of the brave queued hours in the mud and rain for festival gates to swing open – a report from the frontlines.

The Times

Glastonbury pays tribute to Bowie with first classical headline act

A tribute to David Bowie will be paid at Glastonbury, with the festival’s first classical music headline act. Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, composed in 1996 as an homage to Heroes, Bowie’s 1977 album, will be performed around midnight on Saturday as part of tributes to people who have died this year, including the MP Jo Cox.

Daily Mail

Why Mozart beats Abba when it comes to matters of the heart: Classical music found to ‘significantly lower blood pressure’

The music of Mozart and Strauss has been found to significantly lowered blood pressure and heart rates. Researchers looking at the effects of classical music found the two composers were far more effective than listening to Abba, or silence.

The Yorkshire Post

Opera North director warns of isolationism from Brexit vote

Membership of the European Union has played a huge role in enriching Yorkshire’s cultural scene, according to one of the region’s most senior arts figures.

The New Yorker

Video operas you can watch on your phone

Making video operas you could watch on your phone occurred to Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, and Matthew Welch a few years ago in a bar in Brooklyn, at a meeting of Experiments in Opera, the company they began in 2010. Cady, Siegel, and Welch are composers.

Classical Music Magazine

HCMF announces two-day festival in Philadelphia

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is joining forces with Ars Nova Workshop to present a two-day contemporary music festival in Philadelphia.

The Telegraph

The women who invented electro: inside the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

For decades women were systematically sidelined at the BBC. The female voice was thought to lack the necessary gravitas for newsreading – being a discreet and efficient PA to a busy male director or producer was the best that could be hoped for.

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Live Football With Orchestral Accompaniment

On the occasion of tonight’s football match Croatia-Spain the Philharmonie in Paris invites to a concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Regional Conservatory of Paris.

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Musiker Rondeau erhält “Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk”

Der französische Musiker Jean Rondeau wird mit dem diesjährigen “Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk” für hochbegabte Nachwuchskünstler ausgezeichnet.

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Vogelkonzert bei Sonnenaufgang

Das einst von Benjamin Britten gegründete Festival in der ostenglischen Küstenstadt Aldeburgh pflegt – neben Aufführungen des Standardrepertoires auf höchstem Niveau – stets auch das Besondere. Einen der Höhepunkte in diesem Jahr bildet Olivier Messiaens “Catalogue d’Oiseaux”, gespielt von Pianist und Festivalleiter Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

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Bach-Medaille 2016 an Peter Kooij verliehen

Der niederländische Bassist Peter Kooij ist mit der Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet worden.

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Evening Standard @standardnews ’11-hour’ traffic jams to get into Glastonbury

Royal NSinfonia @RNSinfonia A few final ticket packages for ‘s Ring Cycle have been released! Get in quick to secure yours now!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Brahms and Bruce – music for clarinet and string quartet

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Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian

(Written on June 22, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client BitterSuite!

“BitterSuite symphonies allow you to remain powerfully in the moment by teasing your senses in time with the music…This is a concert where you don’t just listen to the music – you taste it, smell it and feel it as well.” Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

BitterSuite are exploring how to re-imagine the classical concert through the use of all of the senses. Inspired by graphic notation and synaesthesia, Creative Producer Stephanie Singer created the company to explore new ways of thinking about and approaching classical music. Their concerts are intimate: audience members are blindfolded and led by a performer through a personal multi-sensory experience.

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Collaboration is key to BitterSuite’s ethos – partnerships to date include creating a multi-sensory experience by and for deaf and blind audiences with Sense UK, and engaging vulnerable young people and disadvantaged communities through workshops using innovative sensory techniques. All their performances have sold out including venues such as Vaults in London, Wilderness 2015, Nesta’s Future Fest 2015, Arcola Theatre, Round House 2015 and Rich Mix London. Their next concert will be on 23rd July at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Further performances will be at  Wilderness Festival, Old Truman Brewery London and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Keep up to date with news from BitterSuite through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, a recent brain scan study provides clues how music pieces can evoke goosebumps, the voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is now open, and the Bachfest Leipzig attracted more international visitors than ever. Also, Winston-Salem Symphony appoints Art Bloom as their chief operating officer and grass artist creates colossal portrait of Beethoven.

The Guardian

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

How certain pieces of music send tingles up the spine has stumped researchers for centuries, but a recent brain scan study may have provided some clues.

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards.

Peter Moores’ operatic philanthropy

While Bill Harpe’s obituary for Peter Moores (Other lives, 18 June) covers some of this remarkable philanthropist’s achievements, much is missing.

The New York Times

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Kazem Abdullah, general music director in Aachen, Germany, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton, Ohio, said he would like to return to the United States next year after his contract in Germany is up. The only problem, he said, is that he is most likely to find his opportunities limited in part because of his outsider status as an African-American, and a Muslim, in the world of classical music.

Beethoven in the grass

There is no question that Ludwig van Beethoven was a larger-than-life figure, one of the greatest composers of all time. And at the edge of the Catskills, Beethoven is very big indeed. The canvas is a huge field where cows once grazed. The artist is a man who was inspired while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas on long-playing records that he found at a yard sale. His tools include four tractors.

Winston-Salem Journal

Symphony hires short-term chief operating officer

The Winston-Salem Symphony has appointed Art Bloom, a business consultant and former marketing executive, to be its chief operating officer.

Gramophone

Voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is open

Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to its website to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine’s editors, readers are invited to vote.

Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury to celebrate David Bowie with first classical music headliner

David Bowie will be celebrated at Glastonbury with the festival’s first ever classical music headliner. American composer Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: the diva who put the sex into Sussex

The sun is up over Glyndebourne and the first opera lovers begin to arrive in crisp dinner jackets and floor-length ballgowns,  picnic hampers under arms, shawls and furs over shoulders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Opera conducts first members-only live stream to celebrate winter solstice 2016

Victorian Opera is hosting its first ever live stream in a one-hour event designed to test its members’ appetite for performances streamed directly to their devices at home or on the move.

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Lego-Oper: Wie man Plastikfiguren zum Singen bringt

Normalerweise inszeniert BR-KLASSIK ja keine Opern, sondern berichtet darüber. Eine Ausnahme gibt es – und die ist aus Lego. Mozarts “Zauberflöte” und Humperdincks “Hänsel und Gretel” gibt es schon als Kurzfilm im Netz, nun kommt ein weiterer Teil dazu: “Aida”.

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Basler Regierung fördert Orchester nach neuem Subventionsmodell

Die Stadt Basel hat die Orchesterförderung für die Jahre 2017 bis 2019 festgelegt. Sie erfolgt erstmals nach dem kontrovers diskutierten neuen Modell, nach dem eine unabhängige siebenköpfige Jury aus Musikfachleuten anhand eingereichter Programmkonzepte über die Subventionen entscheidet.

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Bachfest Leipzig lockt mehr internationale Besucher an

Das Bachfest Leipzig hat in diesem Jahr so viele internationale Besucher angelockt wie nie zuvor. Karten wurden neben Deutschland in 17 europäische und 16 außereuropäische Länder verkauft.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Sänger gewinnen Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb – Kein Klavier-Sieger

WDR 3 @wdr3 Die ganze Woche nur Fußball? Abwechslung mit den WDR 3 Kulturtipps zum Wochenstart:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin & San Francisco Orchestras to perform free concerts for Orlando victims

Giuseppe Verdis "Aida" goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

Giuseppe Verdis “Aida” goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, 15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces new assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and the Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain is to present a video game symphony. Also, the National Opera Studio announces its young artists for 2016/17 and Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin was stolen on german train.

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15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The multi prize-winning young musician will record Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as his first DG release

Classical-music.com

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announced today that Jonathan Bloxham will be its new assistant conductor. The british conductor will take up the post in 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

National Opera Studio announces 2016/17 young artists

The National Opera Studio has announced its young artists for 2016/17. The young artists will undertake nine months of professional training, commencing in September.

Singers embark on SongCycle challenge for Help Musicians UK

A group of opera singers are planning to cycle 500 miles from Glasgow to London in order to raise money for Help Musicians UK and raise awareness of the charity’s work.

San Francisco Opera to present John Adams premiere

San Francisco Opera will give the premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in November 2017. A co-commission with Teatro La Fenice, Dutch National Opera and Dallas Opera, the opera focuses on three women living in a small mining community in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the 1850s California gold rush.

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Orchestra To Perform Video Game Symphony for Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain will present in November 2017 the Montreal Video Game Symphony as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The work will take the form of a multimedia show in which the orchestra’s musicians will play music from landmark video games developed in Montreal.

Classic FM

This visualisation of a Bach prelude lets you see just how clever the piece really is

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first Well Tempered Clavier volume is a gem of mathematical beauty. And now you can see exactly how beautiful it really is.

SFCV

Petaluma’s Opera House Is Well Worth a Visit

The Cinnabar in Petaluma is one of the theater gemstones within one hour of San Francisco. It was built in 1908 as a school house and converted into an opera house in 1972 by a baritone named Marvin Klebe.

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Artemis-Quartett bittet um Hinweise

Gestern Mittag wurde der Geigerin Anthea Kreston im ICE ihre wertvolle Violine gestohlen. Die Musikerin und ihre Kollegen des Artemis-Quartetts waren auf dem Weg zu einem Konzert in Freiburg. Das Quartett bittet nun auf Facebook um Mithilfe bei der Suche nach dem Instrument.

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Thüringen will Subventionen für Theater und Orchester bis 2021 erhöhen

Das Land Thüringen plant, die Förderung der Theater und Orchester bis 2021 auf 77 Millionen pro Jahr zu erhöhen. Es sei vorgesehen, die Unterstützung bis zum Jahr 2025 in gleicher Weise fortzuführen, 2021 müsse jedoch die Machbarkeit überprüft werden.

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Oper Stuttgart: Cornelius Meister wird neuer GMD

Die Staatsoper Stuttgart und ihr Orchester bekommen einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor: Cornelius Meister (36) übernimmt den Posten zur Saison 2018/19, teilte das baden-württembergische Kunstministerium am Mittwoch mit. Der Vertrag werde zunächst für sechs Spielzeiten bis 2024 vereinbart.

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Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

(Written on June 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the story behind the architectural battle of the Sydney Opera House is to become a movie, new composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia and the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports released next week. Also, J. Reilly Lewis dies at 71 and philharmonie.tv Cologne awarded with Eco Internet Award.

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Architectural Battle For The Sydney Opera House To Become A Movie

Today the Opera house in Sydney is considered as one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Yet, the project’s genesis was tough and dramatic, since Danish architect Jorn Utzon upset Australia’s conservative architectural scene after winning the competition to design the building.

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New composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Classicalite

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster & Organist, Dies at 71

Lewis, a prominent authority on Bach, founded the Washington Bach Consort and served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Also music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Reilly was a one of the most important musicians in the Washington classical music scene.

The Guardian

The rebuilt Snape Maltings: Britten’s artistic dream rises again

No one thinks they are going to sit the Queen on a packing-case when she opens the rebuilt Maltings Concert Hall less than a month from now, but completion of the work is touch and go.

Orpheus for the age of Trump: Anaïs Mitchell on her folk opera Hadestown

Mitchell’s hit off-Broadway show about a tyrannical billionaire building a wall to ‘keep out the enemy’ was written in 2006 but could hardly be more topical. The folk singer discusses retelling an ancient myth at a time of ‘political horror’

Adaptistration

Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras.

The Telegraph

The return of Rossini: watch a live stream of Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini for free on the Telegraphwebsite, from next week. The opera will be streamed live from 6.30pm on Tuesday June 21, and is available on demand for the following seven days.

The Strad

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The musician, who survived the Holocaust, joins fellow performers Paul Lewis and Alison Balsom on the list.

Classical Music Magazine

Small and regional arts organisations testify to funding difficulties

Representatives of small and regional arts organisations have submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the funding difficulties which they face. Prompted by complaints that ‘London has long received a disproportionate share of arts funding’ at a previous investigation into the work of Arts Council England, the Countries of Culture inquiry is examining funding opportunities for cultural organisations in the regions.

The Times

Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

Janácek takes just 90 minutes to tell the story of his Vixen, from cub years to marriage, motherhood to sudden death. At Glyndebourne that means the dinner interval is actually longer than the opera (chicken and rabbit, both scoffed by the leading lady, would make good hamper options).

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SPD will Künstlersozialabgabe senken

Nach Plänen der Bundesministerin für Arbeit und Soziales, Andrea Nahles (SPD), soll die Künstlersozialabgabe sinken.

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Eco Internet Award für philharmonie.tv

Das Kölner Konzertportal philharmonie.tv ist mit dem eco Internet Award des eco Verbands der Internetwirtschaft e. V. ausgezeichnet worden.

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Singpause – Das große Singen für Tausende Kinder

Mit der Düsseldorfer «Singpause» haben Zehntausende Grundschüler nebenbei in ihrer Schulzeit nicht nur singen, sondern auch Noten lesen gelernt. Das erfolgreiche Bildungsprojekt lässt andere Städte aufhorchen.

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Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Wagnerian tenor Alberto Remedios has passed away aged 81

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

(Written on June 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the first International Youth Choir Festival will take place in 2017, British Airways forces musician to carry his instrument unprotected and Vienna Philharmonic opens their home for refugees. Also, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra comes up with graphic listening guides and more and more musicians are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music.

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB announces first International Youth Choir Festival

The inaugural International Youth Choir Festival will take place on 15 and 17 April 2017.

Herbert Howells Society appoints Stephen Cleobury as president

Stephen Cleobury has been appointed president of the Herbert Howells Society. He succeeds founding president Sir David Willcocks, who served from 1987 until his death in 2015.

The Strad

Violinist forced to carry unprotected instrument on lap on British Airways flight

Cecilia Bernardini was asked by staff to remove the instrument from its case, which was then checked into the hold.

Independent

Can the notion of ‘complete art work’ save English National Opera, and opera itself?

Next week English National Opera opens a new production of Tristan and Isolde, Richard Wagner’s gigantic, groundbreaking hymn to love and Schopenhauerian philosophy. With designs by the artist Anish Kapoor, ENO’s ex-music director Edward Gardner conducting, direction by Daniel Kramer – the company’s artistic director elect – and a starry cast featuring the Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, it promises much.

NY Times

When Classical Musicians Go Digital

Increasing numbers of players are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music, especially now that the latest generation of tablets come in the same size as a standard score.

Mashable

Blind musicians take the lead in this Thai orchestra

In Thailand, some Buddhists view physical or intellectual disability as punishment manifested for wrongdoing in a past life. The Thai Blind Orchestra, made up of children as young as 9, hopes to help combat this perception through its musical training and performances.

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Vienna Philharmonic’s Refugee House Has Been Opened

The Philharmonic Refugee House in St. Aegyd, an initiative of the Vienna Philharmonic, has been officially opened. The house has three apartments as well as a large meeting room « in which also the local population is invited to seek contact with the families of the house ».

This Is Local London

Children’s choir to celebrate 25th anniversary

Children’s International Voices of Enfield, which is made up of and run entirely by volunteers, will sing on Sunday, July 10 at 3pm, at Palmers Green Union Reformed Church.

SFCV

Symphonic Guides for the Rest of Us

A recent post by Mark Sinclair in Creative Review reveals an innovative approach developed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a clever graphic designer to provide easier signposts.

Classical-music.com

What is an…Apoggiatura?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music’s technical terms.

klassik.com

Mozarteum: Einvernehmliche Vertragsauflösung zwischen Rektor und Universität

Die Universität Mozarteum Salzburg und dessen bisheriger Rektor Siegfried Mauser haben in gegenseitigem Einvernehmen eine Auflösung des Dienstverhältnisses beschlossen.

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“Parsifal”-Premiere ohne Angela Merkel

Sie zählt zu den Stammgästen auf dem Grünen Hügel, doch dieses Jahr wird Angela Merkel nicht zur Eröffnungspremiere nach Bayreuth kommen und mit ihrem Mann Joachim Sauer über den Roten Teppich schreiten.

Musik heute

Gotthold Schwarz zum Thomaskantor berufen

Der Leipziger Stadtrat hat am Donnerstag mit großer Mehrheit Gotthold Schwarz zum neuen Thomaskantor berufen.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Auktionshaus stellt seltenes Bach-Manuskript aus

Oper Leipzig erwartet neuen Besucherrekord http://bit.ly/1PjQQWu

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Except from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

Excerpt from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

(Written on June 10, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Kronos Quartet introduces its latest project “Fifty for the Future”, Orlando Orchestra’s leader Eric Jacobsen leaps from cellist to conductor and Kansas City Symphony musicians agree to new contract. Also, Korean violinist Yoojin Jang wins Sendai Competition and Zurich voted in favour of Tonhalle concert hall renovation.

npr music

Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 pieces of music for its latest project, Fifty for the Future.

abc news

Orlando Orchestra’s Leader Leaps From Cellist to Conductor

As a young, classical music conductor in a town known more for Mickey Mouse than Mahler, Eric Jacobsen faces a double challenge: Live up to the promise of his youth and innovative background, and somehow discover the magic formula to lure young audiences to the concert hall.

The Kansas City Star

KC Symphony musicians agree to new contract

The Kansas City Symphony is a shining model of the way things can be when musicians and management work together with mutual respect and a common goal: making great music.

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Korean Violinist Wins Sendai Competition

25-year-old Korean violinist Yoojin Jang has been awarded First Prize at the Sendai completion in Japan.

The Guardian

ENO artistic director Daniel Kramer: ‘I’ve never run an opera house. Isn’t that exciting?

Appointing Daniel Kramer as artistic director of English National Opera feels like the last gasp for a company drowning in a sea of troubles. Since January last year, it has had a chairman resign, an executive director resign, an artistic director resign and, most recently, a music director resign.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Developing Sydney Opera House Feature

The dramatic story of the creation of the Sydney Opera House, acknowledged as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is being developed as a feature film with the working title,Utzon: The Man Behind The Opera House, in a three way Australian-Swedish-Danish co-production.

International Arts Manager

Queen Elisabeth Competition winners announced

Belgium’s grand dame of the music competition scene has announced its winners for 2016. Some 82 pianists were selected to compete in the first round of the competition, quickly whittled down to 24 who made it through to the semi-finals, followed by 12 finalists who competed at Brussels Centre for Fine Arts with the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Marin Alsop.

The New York Times

Chick Corea’s 75th Birthday Celebration Will Make Music for Months

When the jazz pianist Chick Corea celebrates a milestone birthday, he doesn’t hold back. In 2001, when he turned 60, he played a three-week career retrospective at the Blue Note Jazz Club. He did it again at 70, with an even broader array of partners.

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Zürich: Bürger votieren für Renovierung der Tonhalle

Die entscheidenden Weichen für eine Renovierung der Tonhalle Zürich sind gestellt. Die Bürger der Stadt votierten am Wochenende mit rund einer Dreiviertelmehrheit für die Renovierung der Tonhalle.

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Dresdner Musikfestspiele schließen mit Besucherrekord

Mit einem Konzert ihres Festspielorchesters sind die 39. Dresdner Musikfestspiele am Sonntag zu Ende gegangen.

Klassik heute

NAXOS Music Market Munich endete mit Rekordbeteiligung

Mit mehr als 200 Teilnehmern aus über 25 Ländern sowie mehr als 50 internationalen Labels war die Veranstaltung der bislang größte Music Market, den NAXOS bis dato durchgeführt hat.

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neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung : Weitere Abstimmung über Volkstheater-Intendant Sewan Latchinian

Top Classical News @topcmnews formidable US soprano dies, aged 94

Musical America @MusicalAmerica St. Louis Symphony appoints resident conductor Gemma New

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

(Written on June 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Cecilia Bartoli’s new orchestra is presented without her, M&S turns off music in stores after noise complaints and former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences. Also, new plans announced to save EUYO and Waltraud Meier returns to the Bayreuther Festspiele.

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Bartoli’s New Orchestra Presented Without Bartoli

With Cecilia Bartoli being ill, the General Manager of the Monte Carlo Opera Jean-Louis Grinda was alone to present the singer’s new orchestra ‘Les Musiciens du Prince’ yesterday at Monaco’s Embassy in Paris.

The Telegraph

M&S turns off music in stores as ageing customers complain about the noise

Experts say background noise can makes shoppers with hearing problems and dementia a less pleasant experience

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity. Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed their fastest work when music was playing.

The Irish Times

Changing of the guard at RTÉ orchestras presents an opportunity

As the principal conductors of the NSO and the CO finish up, the question arises: how best to deal with their succession?

Classical-music.com

Why BBC Music Day is so important

BBC Music Day, now in its second year, promises something for everyone. Performances range from a live Duran Duran concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall, to co-ordinated bell-ringing from church towers across the country.

The Age

Former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences

Yang has been accused of being a repeated sexual predator, who for seven years preyed on underage girls.

Classical Music Magazine

Fabien Volery announced as tutor for Sing for Pleasure summer school

Sing for Pleasure has announced that Fabien Volery will be a tutor at this year’s summer school.

Orkney to acquire first Steinway

St Magnus International Festival has raised £115,000 to buy Orkney’s first Steinway piano.

Your Thurrock

Applications open for Royal Opera House apprenticeships in Thurrock

The Royal Opera House is now recruiting for new apprentices to join the production team in Thurrock in September 2016. Positions will be available in Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry and Costume.

Codex flores

Europäische Kommission will EUYO nicht fallen lassen

Laut einer Meldung des Europäischen Jugendorchesters hat EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker Möglichkeiten gefunden, das Ensemble weiterhin zu finanzieren. Vorerst zumindest.

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Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Wiener Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer

Der Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper, Dominique Meyer, ist mit dem Großen Goldenen Ehrenzeichen ausgezeichnet worden.

Musik heute

Waltraud Meier 2018 zurück zu Bayreuther Festspielen

Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal opens to visitors

NMZ @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Classic--Saisonhöhepunkt: das „International Hot Jazz Summit“ in Stuttgart

Bayreuth - Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

Bayreuth – Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

(Written on June 2, 2016 )