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In today’s news: Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66 after a short illness, Jeremy Wright replaces Matt Hancock as DCMS following “Brexodus”, and Love Islanders get a dose of classical music. Hamburg State Opera releases audience numbers for 2017/18 season. Rudolstadt-Festival for folk, world and roots music. The underwater concert to raise environmental awareness. Five finalists for directorship of Palus de les Arts in Valencia. The sound island in Madrid encouraging children to create music as they play.

The Guardian

Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died age 66, his publisher has announced.

The Drum

Jeremy Wright appointed new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS)

The MP used to play the trumpet, “but can barely get a note out of the instrument these days”.

Classic FM

Love Island and classical music: what’s been played on ITV2 so far?

Classic FM have noticed that a few pieces of classical music have cropped up in Series Four of Love Island, 2018. Here are all the pieces they’ve used so far.

EurekAlert

The ideal of equality makes opera thrive in Finland

The number of operas composed during the 21st century is higher than during the 150-years of previous Finnish music history.

Bloomberg

Huawei Takes a Trip to the Opera in a Break From Trade Wars

Deputy Chairman Ken Hu is heading to the French capital to unveil a technology partnership involving a 900,000-euro ($1 million) investment over three years into a content-sharing platform at France’s national opera company.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Konzert für Fische und Korallen

Tauchausrüstung oder Schnorchel waren ein Muss beim Unterwasser-Festival vor den Florida Keys. Die am einzigen lebenden US-Korallenriff abgespielten Rhythmen sollten die Aufmerksamkeit auch auf den Schutz des Ökosystems lenken.

Klassik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper gibt die Besucherzahlen der Spielzeit 2017/18 bekannt

Mit der Vorstellung der 44. Nijinsky-Gala des Hamburg Ballett am vergangenen Sonntag, den 8. Juli 2018, ging die Spielzeit 2017/2018 der Hamburgischen Staatsoper zu Ende.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Ruth-Preis an Ethno-Jazz-Sängerin

Zehntausende sind am vergangenen Wochenende zu rund 300 Konzerten ins thüringische Rudolstadt gereist.

Platea Magazine

Dos españoles, dos italianos, un alemán y un argentino, finalistas para dirigir el Palau de Les Arts

Tal y como publica el periódico Las Provincias, el Palau de Les Arts ya contaría con cinco finalistas para dirigir el coliseo, tras la dimisión de Davide Livermore.

El País

Una isla sonora para jugar a través de la música

Un volcán sonoro se ha instalado en Matadero. Está ubicado en una isla en la que todos los elementos que la conforman hacen ruido y, en conjunto, producen música.

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(Written on July 10, 2018 )

Classical News

Much of today’s news is reporting the deadlock of the members of the Berlin Philharmonic: they failed to come to a decision over their next chief conductor yesterday. In the Guardian, pianist James Rhodes asks Education Minister Nicky Morgan if she can properly fund classical music education in schools. Elsewhere, the Times report that listening to new music can help to improve the memory of people suffering with dementia. Also, John Whittingdale has been appointed the next Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport, following the General Election last week.

The Guardian

Berlin Philharmonic deadlocked over Simon Rattle’s successor

Orchestra members to vote on new chief conductor within a year after 11 hours of talks end without agreement

Nicky Morgan, please give us the money to teach British kids classical music | James Rhodes

Classical music education needs to be properly funded so children come to it by choice, rather than being force-fed. Surely the education secretary can help?

The Times

Listening to new music improves memory of dementia patients

Music can have a profound effect on people with dementia, helping them to respond, communicate and even improve their memory, according to one of the first experiments into its impact.

The Telegraph

Teach your children music with a touch of pianissimo

Of course we want our children to love and appreciate classical music, but heavy-handedness risks turning them off

Classical Music Magazine

Friday Afternoons to launch new resources for 2015

The Friday Afternoons initiative will launch new resources for 2015 on 8 May, including a new song cycle commissioned from Nico Muhly.

Sinfini

New culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Ex-chair of the culture select committee – and classic rock fan – John Whittingdale has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in UK PM David Cameron’s new Cabinet.

Die Zeit

Kein Nachfolger für Simon Rattle

Die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten der Berliner Philharmoniker ist ohne Ergebnis geblieben. Die Musiker wollen sich noch ein Jahr Zeit lassen mit ihrer Entscheidung.

Die Welt

Unser Musikleben wird jetzt noch vielfältiger

Heute wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker einen neuen Chef. Und “Die Welt” startet einen eigenen Klassik-Blog. Hier erklärt der Autor von “Brugs Klassiker” warum und wofür.

klassik.com

Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis vergeben

Der Deutsche Martin Hiendl und der Australier Matthew Shlomowitz haben den Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis gewonnen.

Le Parisien

Le mystère autour du chef du Philharmonique de Berlin reste entier, nouveau vote “dans l’année”

Malgré 11 heures de débats entourés de mystère, les musiciens de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin se sont séparés lundi sans avoir élu leur chef, repoussant ce scrutin aux airs d’élection pontificale à un nouveau vote “dans l’année”.

El Mundo

Sir Simon Rattle, el insustituible

Los músicos aplazan la elección del nuevo director durante un año tras deliberar durante 12 horas sin encontrar sustituto

Twitter

Corinne Morris ‏@corinnemorris : £600 already raised towards the Gala Concert for Nepal I’m organising together with many wonderful musicians…. http://fb.me/4unCJxRar 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK : As featured in @MusicWeek, our trustee @jmorrishppl talks about the vital role we play for musicians http://bit.ly/1cMq38R 

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : The #MusicalRumpus cast are warming up ready for our performance at Arc in the Park @Comm_Links

John-Whittingdale-008 John Whittingdale. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Guardian 

 

 

(Written on May 12, 2015 )