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In today’s news: a closer look at Classic FM, the numbers are in for British music exports, the winners of the Gilmore Young Artist Awards have been announced, Facebook is negotiating with the music industry, Cardiff doesn’t want to be European Capital of Culture anymore and a nude violinist raises body awareness. also in the news: a street artists who turns to opera, no winners at the ARD Violin competition and Silbermann Tage have opened in Saxonia.

The Guardian

Classic FM at 25: The sweet sound of success

When it launched 25 years ago, no-one would have predicted that Classic FM would become the UK’s biggest commercial radio station. John Crace goes behind the scenes to find out why Titanic is in, but Gilbert and Sullivan are out

Classical Music Magazine

British recorded music exports at highest level since 2000

British recorded music exports have risen to their highest levels this century, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has announced.

2018 Gilmore Young Artists announced

Pianists Wei Luo and Elliot Wuu have been named as recipients of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Awards.

The Telegraph

Facebook to pay music industry millions in royalty fees to protect its users from breaking copyright

Facebook is to pay millions in royalty fees to the music industry to protect its users from copyright violation when they upload videos that contain illegal uses of songs.

BBC News

Cardiff pulls out of European Capital of Culture race

Cardiff has ruled itself out of bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Limelight

Violinist skydives nude for men’s body image awareness

Australian violinist Glen Donnelly played Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as he fell 15,000 feet in his birthday suit.

Washington Post

This legendary street artist has done walls, shoes and Bieber albums. Now he’s trying opera.

What you see, on the white wall, are elegant sweeping marks, a script you can’t quite make out or have forgotten to learn. What the artist hears is music. His name is Marquis Lewis, better known as Retna […]

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ARD-MUSIKWETTBEWERB 2017 FINALE VIOLINE

Kein erster Preis wurde im Fach Violine vergeben. Ein zweiter Preis ging jeweils an den Italiener Andrea Obiso und Sarah Christian aus Deutschland, die auch den Publikumspreis erhielt.

Codex Flores

Rein durch Gedankenkraft komponieren

Forschende der TU Graz entwickeln ein Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI), mit dem sich durch Gedankenkraft Musik komponieren lässt: Aus einer BCI-Methode, die hauptsächlich zum Buchstabieren dient, hat das Team eine entsprechende Anwendung entwickelt.

Musik Heute

Silbermann Tage in Freiberg eröffnet

Wenige Tage nach der Wiedereröffnung des Wohn- und Arbeitshauses von Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) haben am Mittwoch in Freiberg (Landkreis Mittelsachsen) die Silbermann-Tage zu Ehren des berühmten Orgelbauers begonnen.

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Gottfried Silbermann (1683-17539)

(Written on September 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall, and Guildhall School announces six new appointments. Rheingau Musik Festival announces collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, Christian Thielemann honours for 20 years at Bayreuther Festival, and music prizes for Meret Lüthi and Ernesto Molinari.

The Times

Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall

This part-time usher job could turn out to be her first step on the road to stardom after she entranced critics and concertgoers with an “exquisite” performance when asked to stand in at short notice for a soprano who had been taken ill.

International Piano

Casio Music launches four new keyboards

LK-135, LK-265, CTK-1500 and CTK-3500 are now available in stores across the UK, and feature a number of functions to enhance the playing experience, from App compatibility to Dance Music Mode.

Classical Music Magazine

Culture Mile consultation announced

City workers and residents are being invited to attend a consultation event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden on 24 August to share their views about plans to transform the north-west corner of the Square Mile into a cultural and creative destination.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School announces six new appointments

The Guildhall School has announced six new appointments, with the new members of staff all starting in September 2017.

Opera Now

Applications for Glyndebourne Opera Cup to open in October

Applications for a new international singing competition from Glyndebourne open on 2 October 2017. The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is an international competition designed to discover the best young singers from around the world.

Limelight

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces 2018 season

Sergio Tiempo is Artist in Residence, with Stephen Hough, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Bernstein’s 100 among the season’s highlights.

Pizzicato

Malko Competition now open for application

Applications are now open for the 18th Malko Competition for Young Conductors, hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 20th-27th April 2018.

Klassik.heute

Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival: erste Ausstellung auf Google Arts&Culture-App

Die Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival hat am vergangenen Samstag im Rahmen des Schlossfestes auf Schloss Vollrads die Zusammenarbeit mit Google Arts & Culture bekannt gegeben.

Pizzicato

Thielemann für 20 Jahr Bayreuth geehrt

Der Musikdirektor der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele, Christian Thielemann, hat in zwanzig Jahren  151 Vorstellungen bei den Wagner-Festspielen in Bayreuth dirigiert.

Klassik.com

Musikpreise des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Musikpreise des Kantons Bern gehen in diesem Jahr an die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie an den Klarinettisten Ernesto Molinari.

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The Times: Milly Forrest

(Written on August 15, 2017 )

The film ‘Following the Ninth’, is a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. ‘Ode to Joy’ has inspired flash mob performances by musicians in countries around the world. There were flash mobs in Hong Kong, Leipzig, Japan, Connecticut, Spain, to mention a few…

Here is the Spanish Flash mob: A Spanish bank organised a performance of ‘Ode an die Freude’ on a market square in Sabadell to celebrate their 130th anniversary. Flash mobs are surprisingly common these days, so it takes a lot for it to be properly mind-blowing – and this one really is.

(Written on October 27, 2015 )

With the much anticipated renovation of the 1939 built Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel due to begin soon, Owen Stafford took a visit to the picturesque, culturally rich and historic site where he spoke to Bernard de Launoit and Auriane de Fauconval. Aired on Radio X, both Bernard (President of the Executive Committee) and Auriane (overseer of Communications and Media Relations) were able to give an overall picture of QEMC, and how this exceptional music facility operates.

Having started out as a school aimed at local Brussels musicians in the 1930s, the training programme has since been extended to welcome international students who are keen to be intercalated into high level performance and technique. Bernard de Launoit explained how it is their aim to “…have a school more open, flexible and international.” The great level of teaching from still successful and professional musicians that QEMC offer, has attracted students from all over the world to have the chance to study at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Auriane de Fauconval describes the level of community that is felt at QEMC: “for lunch we all [eat] together… teachers, masters, staff, and students… the students feel like they are at home.” The facilities have already been adapted so that the students experience musical freedom at the school such as the ability to practice as and when they can night or day. As Owen amusingly remarks, the students can be “night owls” in practice if they wish.

This free and “very intimate kind of atmosphere” observed by Owen at QEMC, is soon to be extended to still more students with the up and coming changes planned for the premises. While remaining in keeping with the historic nature of the listed grounds, with features such as the balcony where Queen Elisabeth of Brussels enjoyed observing and listening to the students, the school is planning to create more facilities, which will double student capacity. Hoping to have the project finished in 14 months, there are plans to build more residential rooms, music rooms which Bernard notes are “very important for teaching and training”, and another concert hall for concerts, recording and rehearsing with small orchestras.

This huge project will be an exciting growth for students, staff and music lovers alike as it strengthens and grows classical musicians into the future.

Listen to the interview and to stay up to date with developments from Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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QEMC New building Plan

(Written on November 5, 2013 )

Gramophone

British Composer Awards 2013 shortlist revealed

The 11th British Composer Awards, honouring contemporary UK composition, take place on December 3

The Guardian

Scottish Opera – some questions for the troubled company

The opera company used to be a cultural jewel whose ambitions, and resulting productions, were reasons to cheer. What has gone wrong?

The Voice of Russia

Symphony online: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra opens virtual concert hall

The large-scale online project was launched this week in one of the best music halls in Russia. The aim of this innovation is to allow music lovers from all over the country to enjoy unique performances

Classicalite

La Scala’s Post-Barenboim Conductor is…Fabio Luisi?

Now, Italy’s La Reppublica is reporting that Genoese maestro Fabio Luisi-principal conductor of the Met since September 2011-may very well be the preferred candidate

Chicago Tribune

CSO reports small deficit, record ticket sales and fundraising

While other U.S. symphony orchestras are buffeted by budget shortfalls, declining attendance, labor unrest and other problems, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues on a steady financial course

Wired

Is This the Opera of the Future?

New opera Invisible Cities represents the leading edge of operatic innovation – a bold effort to create individualized experiences within the context of a communal performance

Billboard

YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service 

YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service – akin to a Spotify, but with video – to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans

Billboard

Billboard

(Written on October 25, 2013 )

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Covent Garden flashmob – ‘Va, pensiero’ by Giuseppe Verdi

As part of Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices, Dominic Peckham brought together choral groups, first time singers and workshop attendees in a huge celebration of the human voice  and Verdi 200, performing ‘Va, pensiero.’

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10-year-old with disability learning to play flute with help of former musician

An American 10 year old born with one hand undeveloped is learning to play the flute with the help of former musician Clarence Wood

Classic FM Online

The Piano Guys play Chopin on Great Wall of China

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends is an arrangement of Oogway Ascends from Kung Fu Panda, reworked with Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 – with a video recorded on the iconic Wonder of the World

Silent Opera to perform in Heal’s furniture shop

Silent Opera will perform four different operas in the Tottenham Court Road furniture shop Heal’s in October

BBC Music Magazine

New organisation set up to promote music education and cultural diplomacy

Conductor Riccardo Muti to be honorary president of EMMA for Peace, supported by UNESCO

BBC Radio 3 announces release of two singles for BBC Children in Need ‘Musical Battle’

The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Steve Pycroft’s fusions of well-known pop and classical tracks for charity head-to-head

BBC announces 20 per cent increase in funding for arts television

New brand ‘BBC Arts at…’ to showcase events from around the country

The Guardian

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Can a musician play from art? Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound

Die Zeit

Die Utopie des Ohrwurms

Er ist der bedeutendste Opernkomponist des 19. Jahrhunderts. Er hat eine Moral und ist niemals moralisch. Und er erfindet sein Leben, als spielte es auf der Bühne. Giuseppe Verdi zum 200. Geburtstag

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 11, 2013 )

Raymond Yiu, award winning composer, is one of five speakers tonight at the session, Hipster International? Music in a global age at Marylebone theatre, The Cockpit. Tonight’s event is part of ‘Battle of Ideas’ festival. Initiated by the Institute of Ideas, ‘Battle of Ideas’ is a series of events consisting of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate.

Hipster International? will focus on the presentation of classical music in a modern world and will centre its debate around the ever-changing digital age versus traditional, cultural music; Is anything lost in translation? Has the digital age realised a dream of music without borders? Does it make sense to talk about musical cultures in nationalist terms?

Raymond will discuss these issues tonight, alongside musician and teacher Cara Bleiman, and music critic Paul Kilbey, in what will be a fascinating and thought-provoking discourse.

For more information and to get tickets click here

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(Written on September 23, 2013 )