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This week, the classical music news has been dominated by articles concerning arts funding. Here is a summary of the latest developments and who has been talking about the changes which could have such a great impact on the creative industries.

Earlier in the week….

The BBC reported George Osborne’s announcement, “Culture is one of the best investments we can make.”

The Department for Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) overall budget is to be cut by 5% – far less than some feared; the administration budget will be cut by 20% and entrance to national museums will remain free.

Arts Professional declared that Arts Council England’s grant is expected to rise by between 1-2% over the next five years.

The settlement will enable the Arts Council to invest in it’s 684 national museums, galleries, theatres, dance, opera and ballet companies at the same level until at least 2018.

Classical Music Magazine reports that the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, has announced the reinstatement of funding for arts and sports in Northern Ireland.

Today…..

Classical Music Magazine is concerned that the BBC’s funding will be cut again.

The BBC is the biggest employer of professional musicians and spends approximately £125m per year on music including musicians, composers, orchestras and collective management organisations. Isabelle Gutierrez writes that the licence fee remains the most effective way of maintaining funding. Many jobs in the creative industries are put at risk with each funding round, which does not increase the licence fee in line with inflation. The latest funding deal, agreed in July 2015, reduces BBC funding by making it responsible for the costs of free TV licences to the over-75s, cutting £750m a year from income by 2020.

On a positive note….

Arts professional discussed the UK Cities Culture Report 2015, which demonstrates that cities view culture as key to high quality of life; it also boosts tourism.

The report notes that cities are increasingly committed to using culture as a catalyst for regeneration, either because culture is “an engine for skill enhancement” or because it can “create a ‘sense of place’ which will encourage companies to relocate and enable a city to attract talent”. They are also recognising the value of culture in promoting “tolerance, equality and diversity”. As we head towards devolution, cities are collaborating with their cultural sectors in order to source funding.

Sign the #LetItBe campaign to protect the wonderful music services provided by the BBC!

(Written on November 27, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

Philharmonie de Paris architect sues venue’s sponsors

Jean Nouvel claims the new building differs from his original design

Minnesota Orchestra to perform in Cuba following restoration of US diplomatic relations

The orchestra last performed in Havana in 1929

Classical Music Magazine

Cuts to music teaching imminent in Bromley, Wiltshire and elsewhere

As the new financial year approaches, several local authorities have revealed plans which involve significant reductions in spending on music provision.

Warwick Report calls for joined up thinking in cultural sector

A one-year commission lead by the University of Warwick and chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE has just released its report, titled Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth.

International Arts Manager

Young musicians to learn career tools at workshop

It’s a jungle out there for young musicians, but the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are cutting a path through it with Make Music Work (MMW).

Zeit Online

Castorfs “Baal” darf nur noch zwei Mal aufgeführt werden

Suhrkamp stimmt einem Vergleich im Streit um die Castorf-Inszenierung des Stücks “Baal” doch zu: Das Stück wird nur noch einmal in München und einmal in Berlin gespielt.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Lehrer, der Teufel

Harte Schule: Wer als Schlagzeuger groß rauskommen will, muss in „Whiplash“ üben, bis die Hände bluten. Dabei geht es weniger um Musik als um Macht.

audiophil

KREATIV AN DEN TASTEN

Der Breitkopf-Klavierwettbewerb

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera Unveils a Season of Big Stars and 6 New Productions

The Metropolitan Opera said on Wednesday that it would redouble its efforts to attract new audiences to the opera next season with six new productions, a star-filled roster and new initiatives, including one that will offer half-priced tickets to children during the holidays and another to court young professionals with later curtain times, discounts and social events.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach to leave NSO, Kennedy Center music directorship in 2017

When Deborah Rutter took over as the Kennedy Center’s president in September, music lovers wondered what would happen with the National Symphony Orchestra — one of the most highly paid ensembles in the country, but a chronically underperforming organization.

pizzicato

Rachel Podger Wins Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize

British Violinist Rachel Podger (*1968) has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Vote in our Awards for your chance to win a Yamaha hi-fi system worth over 700! Find out more: http://www.classical-music.com/awards 

tiredoflondon ‏@tiredoflondon :Tonight – Free @SouthbankSinf rush hour concert at @StJohnsWaterloo. Last week’s was lovely – http://bit.ly/1EV7Ays 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: A superstar pianist reveals just how you get 85 million YouTube views: http://classfm.co/zJNLE4 

NEWS Philharmonie

The Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: The Strad

 

(Written on February 19, 2015 )

Guardian

India gets a taste of western classical from Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has been touring Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in a bid to inspire Indian children to explore western classical music.

The Telegraph

Sivan Magen – New Music

Sivan Magen is trying to change the perception of the harp with his virtuoso playing.

Classical music, funny? Surely you’re joking…

Ivan Hewett explains how classical music often contains more wit and humour than we give it credit for.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014 winners announced

Alisa Weilerstein’s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Daniel Barenboim wins Recording of the Year.

Classic FM

Video: LA Phil continues playing through earthquake

The Los Angeles Philharmonic didn’t let a 5.1 magnitude earthquake stop them playing during a concert last week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ennio Morricone auf Deutschland-Tour: Lieber Webern als Western!

Ennio Morricone, der bedeutendste lebende Filmkomponist, ist es leid, immer nur nach „Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod“ gefragt zu werden. Jetzt dirigiert er in Deutschland und redet gerne über anderes.

Das Orchester

Yves Abel wird neuer Chefdirigent der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie

Yves Abel wird zum Beginn des Jahres 2015 Chefdirigent der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie Herford.

Jan Willem de Vriend neuer Chefdirigent des The Hague Philharmonic

Der niederländische Dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend wurde zum Chefdirigent des The Hague Philharmonic ernannt. Er tritt seinen neuen Posten am 1. August 2015 an.

Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis 2014 für Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker werden 2014 mit dem Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden ausgezeichnet.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Center Puppetry Arts: @CtrPuppetryArts Collaborative educational program brings classical music to life with puppets. http://ow.ly/utilR 

CM editors: @ClassicalMusic Culture secretary Maria Miller has resigned having become a ‘distraction’. No sense she will be greatly missed by cultural sector.

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Here’s how some of us spent yesterday… Top Ten Happy Things about the BBC Music Magazine Awards! http://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/top-ten-happy-things-about-bbc-music.html …

Music: @BritishMusic_ Opportunity to take part in CrowdOut SpitsMusic as part of a piece for 1000 voices! Read more here! http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/get-involved/make-music/crowd-out/ …#arts

Creative Scotland: @CreativeScots 10 year plan for the arts, screen and creative industries & new funding approach announced today: http://ow.ly/vACn2

KlassikAkzente: @klassikakzente Kein BR-Klassik mehr? Es gibt Pläne, dass der Sender ab 2016 nicht mehr über UKW zu empfangen ist. Petition dagegen: http://www.musikinbayern.de/Aktuelles-c788/Die-Hintergruende-zur-Petition-BR-Klassik-muss-bleiben–e1140597.php …

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on April 9, 2014 )