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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

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 

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

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


@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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, interview with Colin Currie in the Guardian, violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89 and new LA orchestra is formed for pre-professionals. Also, James Horner score is discovered for Magnificent Seven remake.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Colin Currie

From Harrison Birtwistle to the Kinks musical and drunken Talking Heads renditions, percussionist Colin Currie reveals his musical passions

The Strad

US violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89

US violin maker Edward Campbell died on 18 July at the age of 89.

Los Angeles to gain Young Artists Symphony Orchestra

A new orchestra for pre-professional musicians has been formed in Los Angeles.

Classical Music Magazine

Berklee report finds that artists lose out from recordings

Artists earn as little as 5% of the revenue their recordings make and up to 50% of payments do not get to their rightful owners, according to a report from Berklee College of Music’s Rethink project.

Classic FM

Director discovers secret film score for Magnificent Seven remake – after composer’s death

There’s a bittersweet epilogue to James Horner’s tragic death last month: the Titanic composer had apparently been planning to surprise director Antoine Fuqua with film score he wrote in secret.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Boygroup der Klassik

Das Ensemble Quatuor Ebène ist Stargast der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ein Gespräch über intime Säle, die neue Lust am Zuhören und Publikumsreaktionen in aller Welt.

Streit um Finanzierung sorgt für Irritation

Die Stadt Weimar will ab 2017 die Zuschüsse für die Klassik Stiftung deutlich reduzieren. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert diese Absicht.

Klassik Akzent

Brückenbauer – Daniel Hope wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 ausgezeichnet

Für sein musikalisches Engagement wird der britische Violinist Daniel Hope am 2. Oktober 2015 mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche geehrt.

The Washington Post

Young players bolstered by pros in last classical performance at Castleton

The Castleton Festival struggles on in Rappahannock County, a year after the death of its founder, Lorin Maazel. The programming is sharply reduced, with jazz taking over from classical music for the final two weeks, and all performances open with pleas for donations.


Marin Alsop to Conduct Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana’s 500th Anniversary

Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana’s quincentenary.


Tête à Tête @teteateteopera: fantastic opening crowds inside & out @theplacelondon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Ant-Man scores small – but notable – victory at UK box office

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Leonardo da Vinci’s design for the viola organista has finally been realised:

James Horner
James Horner’s epilogue
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 22, 2015 )

Classic FM

Great conductor Claudio Abbado laid to rest in his ‘magical place’

Maestro Abbado’s family have moved his body to the Swiss mountains, the scene of some of his finest concert performances.

Dancers for Royal Opera ‘being paid less than Box Office staff’

A performers’ union is claiming that the Royal Opera is paying dancers rehearsing for a forthcoming production less than box office staff.

The Times

Stop studying arts if you want a good job, minister says

Too many teenagers choose to study arts and humanities subjects at A level in a mistaken belief that such subjects are the best way to keep their career options open, the education secretary said yesterday.

The Guardian

Colin Currie: new works, new instruments – the amazing story of percussion is not yet told

The percussionist, whose Metal Wood Skin festival continues in London, explains how music became a lifelong inspiration

The Strad

Atlanta Symphony musicians and management agree on new contract

The four-year deal, which includes provisions for increased musician numbers, ends a two-month deadlock

International Arts Manager

Reinventing the Czech Philharmonic

After a restless couple of decades for the Czech Philharmonic, Mark Powell journeys to Prague and finds a wholly revitalised orchestra


Angedacht, aber nicht frei: Gergiev wäre onehin nicht nach Saarbrücken gekommen. Jedoch…

Die Münchner Philharmoniker reagieren auf die Meldung, Gergiev sei in Saabrücken beim Polen-Festival ausgeladen worden.

Stradivari-Räuber zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt

Der 42-jährige Salah Salahadyn, der am vergangenen 27. Januar in Milwaukee den Geiger Frank Almond überfallen und ihn seiner 5 Millionen Dollar-Stradivari beraubt hatte, wurde von einem Gericht zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis und weiteren 5 Jahren Überwachung verurteilt.

Mariam Batsashvili gewinnt Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerb

Erster Preis des Wettbewerbs in Utrecht ist mit 20.000 Euro dotiert

Villa Vigoni: Gewalt, kulturelles Gedächtnis und Transkulturalität

Goldene Herbstidylle und Themen wie Gewalt und kulturelle Konflikte – wie passt das zusammen?

The New York Times

The Opera in Rome Is a Hotbed of Chaos

Riccardo Muti’s Departure Is a Sign of Rome Opera’s Troubles

Le Monde

Toutes les couleurs du jazz

Décidément la scène musicale belge est bien l’une des plus créatives et inventives.


Classical Purist @ClassicalPurist  Belgian orchestra appoints ‘cheapest’ manager + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical: The world’s most glamorous opera stars 

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: The new sound of space: 21st century film composers go beyond Holst and Strauss 


Czech Philharmonic © Martin Kabat (via International Arts Manager)







(Written on November 11, 2014 )

The Times

Death of David Kelly To Provide Inspiration For Opera

Will Self has used the death of the British scientist and biological warfare expert Dr David Kelly as inspiration for an opera.

How The Higginbottom Home Hatched Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

One wears cassocks and the other wears feathers. But Edward and Orlando Higginbottom say that all music is costume drama.

LA Times

Pasadena Symphony: Michael Stern Takes Baton For Ailing DePreist

James DePreist, artistic advisor of the Pasadena Symphony, is recovering from heart bypass surgery and won’t be able to conduct its April 28 program at the Ambassador Auditorium, the orchestra announced Thursday.


The Parliament Choir: Cross-Party Harmony In The House

The Parliament Choir allows people of all persuasions to put aside political differences and unite in song.

Robin Ticciati: The 28-Year-Old Who Makes Top-Rank Conducting Look So Easy

Robin Ticciati, musical director of the SCO, tells Ivan Hewett the secret of his success.

Colin Currie: It’s Not Noise, It’s Real Music

Colin Currie is leading a generation of ever more sophisticated players, says Ivan Hewett.

As Bach Demonstrates, The Great Story Is Greater Still When It’s Sung

It is an amazing feeling, knowing that people have been singing their accounts of the Passion of Christ for at least 1,200 years.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Musical Miracle In The Congo

An ex-pilot in Kinshasa founded a symphony orchestra

New York Times

Let’s Talk About ‘The Ring’

Talking about the ‘Ring’ by Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera


Export Ban Helps Britten Manuscript Stay In The UK

The British Library have acquired a fascinating manuscript of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Tom Service tells the story.


Hair Of The Choccy Dog

The crowning point of Zurich’s recent Salon du Chocolat exhibition was a fashion show where designers paired with chocolatiers to create outfits connected to the theme of opera.



(Written on April 10, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!

The Telegraph

Brandt Brauer Frick: as good at Cadogan Hall as Glastonbury

The trio fuse classical, jazz and techno in their performances.

The Times

Colin Currie bangs a drum for percussionists

Colin Currie is playing at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, on Sunday.

The Guardian

Glyndebourne 2011: The history of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg – video

Director David McVicar and conductor Vladimir Jurowski discuss the work and its history at Glyndebourne.

BBC News

Who, What, Why: How do you stop mobiles in concerts?

Should concert venues clamp down on mobile phone use?

(Written on June 22, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


Opera to take place on surface of Lake Constance

Opera about the execution of a poet during the French Revolution is being performed at the Bregenz Festival in Austria.

Seven Angels: Kyoto beef to the rescue

Poet Glyn Maxwell has turned Paradise Lost into an opera with composer Luke Bedford.


Percussionist Colin Currie on the thrill of a premiere

Currie is performing works by Elliot Carter and Joey Roukens.

The Economist

The Q&A – Eric Whitacre, composer

Eric Whitacre discusses technology, poetry and music.

(Written on June 15, 2011 )