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In today’s news, Berlin’s three opera houses celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and Brassed Off avoids closure again. Also, Robin Ticciati is appointed music director of the DSO Berlin, and Patten is jailed for murdering pianist Aligizakis

The Guardian

Berlin’s opera weekend: tradition, innovation and orientalism

Berlin’s three opera houses united to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall and open their seasons with a trio of new productions by Wagner, Offenbach and Meyerbeer

Classical Music Magazine

Robin Ticciati appointed music director of the DSO Berlin

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has named Robin Ticciati as its new principal conductor and music director

Classic FM

Man jailed for life for ‘senseless and unprovoked’ murder of pianist

Mark Patten (below left), aged 30 of Thornton Heath, London, has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison for the murder of Menelaos Aligizakis (below right), a talented pianist and teacher, who was killed in a brutal attack outside Waterloo Station on 3 January 2015

The Strad

Every violinist must develop an individual voice, says Aaron Rosand

The American maestro discusses the importance of developing a distinctive tone

The Times

Richard Morrison: why conductor JoAnn Falletta deserves to be the world’s favourite maestro

Thrilling live performances of richly varied music — and more people enticed to experience them — are required


The Brassed Off band make a comeback after avoiding closure again

The Grimethopre Colliery Band’s fight for survival when the coal mine closed in the early 1990s inspired the 1996 film Brassed Off. The band did survive – and now, enjoying a resurgence, are among the favourites for this weekend’s brass band National Championships

New York Times

Mercedes Bass Is Elected Acting Chairwoman of Carnegie Hall

The philanthropist Mercedes T. Bass was elected the acting chairwoman of Carnegie Hall on Thursday, succeeding Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman who stepped down from the post after eight month

„Ich wollte keinen weiteren Geiger mehr erziehen“

Deshalb löste Menahem Pressler 2009 das legendäre Beaux Arts Trio auf – die Bühne hat der Pianist dennoch nicht verlassen

Zauber der Barockmusik in Europas kleinster Hauptstadt – Valletta International Baroque Festival 2016

Bereits zum vierten Mal wird sich im Januar kommenden Jahres der Vorhang für das Valletta International Baroque Festival öffnen. Vom 16. bis 30. Januar 2016 erwarten Liebhaber barocker Musik in Maltas einzigartiger Hauptstadt Valletta wieder musikalische Perlen des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, aufgeführt von den renommiertesten Barock-Musikern Europas

El Pais

43 Festival Cervantino: cultura y ciencia en México ante la violencia

El mayor evento interartístico de América Latina impulsa el cruce creación-conocimiento. En el discurso de inauguración, el director del Cervantino, Jorge Volpi, hincó el dedo en los problemas sociales y de violencia que arrastra México


The Strad‘In spiccato the player is active and the bow is passive: in sautillé the player is passive and the bow is active’

BBC Radio 3: Music seems to be universal and affects almost everyone deeply. asks why:

Sinfini MusicStop press! Video evidence of page turner indisputably saving the day. Time to update this?

news9thoctWrestling with political and national associations … Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Staatsoper Berlin. Photograph: Bernd Uhlig/The Guardian

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Belfast Council commits £100,000 as ‘Save The Ulster Orchestra’ campaign continues

Belfast City Council has offered a conditional £100,000 to the troubled Ulster Orchestra, which remains some distance from securing a £500,000 rescue package which it says is necessary to prevent its closure next year.

The Strad

Violinist Renaud Capuçon named artistic director of Swiss festival

The French artist heads the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad from its 2016 edition

Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin wins Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

The 27-year-old receives a cash prize of €25,000

International Arts Manager

Alyson Cambridge is first opera performer at Soul Train Awards

Soprano Alyson Cambridge will become the first opera singer to perform at the Soul Train Awards, when she appears at the event on 30 November.


Backstage: Opera North’s La traviata

Giving a photographer unlimited access backstage at the opera is like letting a child loose in a sweetshop. Tom Arber took up residence with Opera North as they prepared for a new production of Verdi’s La traviata: the results can be seen in an exhibition at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds until February 2015.


Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl gründet Verein zur Unterstützung von Kindern mit Gehörminderung

Das Ziel des gemeinnützigen Vereins ‘Get a Hearing’ ist es, durch Benefizkonzerte Hörhilfen finanzieren zu können, die Kinder mit Hörproblemen dringend benötigen, um dem Unterricht folgen zu können, die aber von den Krankenkassen nicht finanziert werden.

Lockenhaus-Gründer Josef Herowitsch ist tot

Herowitsch leitete von 1981 bis 2011 mit Gidon Kremer das Festival


Video der Woche: Aus eins mach 12

Wir finden: eine lustige Idee, die hier videotechnisch beeindruckend umgesetzt ist! Dieses Video hat großen Unterhaltungsfaktor – nicht nur für Hobby-Cellisten!

The New York Times

As Music Streaming Grows, Spotify Reports Rising Revenue and a Loss

Spotify, the company that has come to symbolize the growth of streaming music around the world, had more than $1 billion in revenue in 2013.


Mezzos And Baritones Lead At The Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition

Singers from 20 countries (Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Rep., Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, Unites States) competed in various categories.


Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Now on Flickr: photos of composer Brett Dean working with the RCM Symphony Orchestra last week 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: How do you make an orchestra’s viola section smile? Programme ‘Harold in Italy’. #violajokes  #WHViola

Classic FM @ClassicFM; Many thanks to cellist @corinnemorris for joining us for our web chat this morning. Read what she had to say here: 

opera north

Edward Thornton, a founding member of the Opera North chorus, awaits his entrance. Photo: Tom Arber

(Written on November 26, 2014 )

Classical News

Lancashire Sinfonietta announces closure

The county’s only professional chamber orchestra to close after seventeen years.

Radio 3 announces a week celebrating composer Johannes Brahms

Concerts and essays will shed new light on the Romantic great.

Chicago Business Journal

Chicago Symphony Orchetra introduces “Concert Cash” to lure subscribers

Having morphed into an an aggressive sales machine over the past season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra isn’t letting up as it tries to woo more subscribers for the 2014-15 season that will begin in September.

The Guardian

Does it matter that arts audiences are white, Metropolitan and middle class?

Harriet Harman warns of a generation of people with ‘no meaningful exposure’ to opera and classical music. Stephen Moss and Bonnie Greer go head to head on whether outreach programmes would make them fans.

The Australian

Old is gold for the multi-million-dollar string section

When the Australian Chamber Orchestra takes to the stage in Brisbane next week, it will reveal a new acquisition: a Guarneri violin made in 1714, worth $1.44 million. The violin will join the impressive list of prestige instruments — violins, violas and cellos worth more than $25 million — already in regular use by the orchestra.

New York Times

Free Music, At Least While It Lasts

The people who make all that yummy music are actually being loved to death by fans who expect it to be free.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Hausmusik zum Selbermachen

Klavier spielen lernen mit Chilly Gonzales.

NWZ Online

Kulturetat des Bundes steigt erneut

Der Kulturetat des Bundes wächst um weitere 90 Millionen Euro auf 1,3 Milliarden Euro. Der Haushaltsauschuss des Bundestages habe die zusätzlichen Mittel für 2014 bewilligt.


Interview: Maria João Pires

“Ich finde es schön, älter zu werden” – Die portugiesische Pianistin Maria JoÃo Pires hat sich trotz Altersweisheit ihren jugendlichen Idealismus erhalten.


World Concert Hall: ‏‪@wconcerthall Today, ‪#Mozart ‪#Popov, a ‪#Tarnopolsky‘s world premiere and ‪#Mendelssohn from Saint Petersburg ‪  ‪#wch ‪#classical

Classical Music: ‪@classicalnews Rumours that BBC4 (the home of the Proms on TV) may follow BBC3 and go on-line only, if the BBC3 move proves ‘successful’.

Barbican Centre@BarbicanCentre Starting this weekend, we explore the representation of anxiety on screen with ‪@Anxiety2014 Arts Festival London ‪ 


Royal Opera House audience
Opening night of the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph: Reuters.

(Written on June 10, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Classical music doesn’t improve brain function, study claims

The Mozart effect could be completely non-existent, according to a new neuro-scientific study in America

Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras head to Abu Dhabi

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins ans Spanish tenor José Carreras are to perform together in Abu Dhabi on October 25th

Brighton Philharmonic saved from closure

The Brighton Philharmonic has been saved from closure thanks to a series of late donations before yesterday’s board meeting that was to decide the orchestra’s fate

90-year-old Ethiopian nun is classical composer

The compositions of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù who was in near seclusion for nearly 30 years have been discovered by an Israeli pianist, who describes them as a “strange combination of classical, Ethiopian and blues”

National Children’s Orchestra in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s it like playing in one of the world’s best children’s orchestras? We’ll be talking to former percussionist Benjamin Glassberg and Sarah Derbyshire in our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 21 August


2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award winners announced

Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner receive the biennial award for promising American pianists

Classical Music Magazine

Last-ditch £70,000 fundraising effort hailed as success for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jeder giert nach seinem Gut

Abschluss der vielleicht kürzesten Ring-Inszenierung zu Wagners 200. Geburtstag. Der Schauspieler Stefan Kaminski erklärt Wagners Ring in vier Videos: „.Rheingold“, „Walküre“, „Siegfried“ und „Götterdämmerung“


Classic FM Online

(Written on August 21, 2013 )