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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 )

In today’s news: Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony, The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced and The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report. The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet, Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up” and Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016. Also, Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaks to the German Bundestag and composer John Morris passed away.

Guardian

Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony

The long-discussed adaptation of the late singer’s 1979 album Lodger will premiere at the Southbank Centre in May 2019.

Opera Now

Finalists for 2018 International Opera Awards revealed

The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced.

Music Teacher

Rock magazines join forces to celebrate women

Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines – and their online platform  TeamRock.com – are joining forces to celebrate women in rock, metal and progressive music.

Royal Albert Hall announces technology partnership

The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee supports flexible travel for creative industries post-Brexit

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report.

Pitchfork

Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up”

“Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make”.

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Daniel Harding will not renew his contract in Paris

Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016.

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Deutsche Grammophon und IDAGIO beginnen Partnerschaft

Die Deutsche Grammophon, das älteste Klassiklabel der Welt, und IDAGIO, ein führender und in mehr als 70 Ländern verfügbarer Streaming-Service für klassische Musik, haben heute die Vereinbarung einer umfangreichen Partnerschaft bekanntgegeben.

Klassik.com

Niedrige Zinsen: Götz-Friedrich-Preis in finanziellen Nöten

Zukünftig wird aufgrund der anhaltenden Niedrigzins-Phase nicht mehr die Stiftung des Regisseurs Götz Friedrich den Preis vergeben; stattdessen wird der Preis in die Hände der Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz gelegt.

BR Klassik

Die Cellistin Anita Lasker-Wallfisch redet im Bundestag

Als die 17-jährige Anita Lasker im Dezember 1943 ins Vernichtungslager Auschwitz kam, rettete das Cello ihr Leben: Das Mädchenorchester brauchte noch eine Cellistin, und deshalb entging Anita der Todeskammer.

Repubblica

È morto John Morris, addio al musicista preferito da Mel Brooks nominato per l’Oscar

Il compositore statunitense firmò anche le musiche di ‘The Elephant Man’ e ‘La signora in rosso’

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Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Franz Schubert became one of the world’s most frequently performed composers. Being not quite five feet tall earned him the Austrian nickname “Schwammerl”. Today, we celebrate “The little mushroom’s” day of birth listening to his song cycles:

Image: David Bowie & Philip Glass © The Guardian

(Written on January 31, 2018 )

In today’s news: Marin Alsop is the fist woman to become artistic director of top Vienna orchestra, Brexit as an opportunity for British orchestras to escape red tape and tax of Europe, Barbara Hannigan wins the Grammy for classical solo vocal album. Also, Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone and flooding in the Deutsche Oper. 

The Guardian

Marin Alsop appointed first female artistic director of top Vienna orchestra

The American conductor Marin Alsop has been appointed artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman to take up the prestigious role.

The Telegraph

Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world

Brexit could be an opportunity for British orchestras to escape “onerous” red tape and tax of Europe to re-engage with the rest of the world, the head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suggested.

BBC News

Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock has divided opinion after banning mobile phones on his tour.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee launches live music inquiry

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

Opera Now

Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone.

The Washington Post

Grammy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

The complete list of winners from the 60th Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles Times

Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the Grammy for classical solo vocal album Sunday for “Crazy Girl Crazy.”

nmz

Würzburger Theater wird für 65 Millionen Euro saniert und erweitert

Das Stadttheater in Würzburg soll in den kommenden fünf Jahren umfassend saniert und erweitert werden.

Deutsche Oper: Reinigungspersonal löste ungewollt Überschwemmung aus

Die Ursache für die Überschwemmung in der Deutschen Oper Berlin an Heiligabend ist geklärt: Personal der Reinigungsfirma habe ohne Absicht die Sprinkleranlage auf der Bühne in Gang gesetzt, teilte das Opernhaus am Freitag mit.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Nürnberg: 20 Entwürfe in der zweiten Phase des Architektenwettbewerbs

Der Architektenwettbewerb zum Bau eines neuen Konzerthauses in Nürnberg tritt in die nächste Phase. Nachdem bis Mitte Dezember 2017 245 Vorschläge bei der Jury des Wettbewerbs eingereicht worden waren, hat das Auswahlgremium unter Vorsitz des Architekten Amandus Sattler nun 20 Entwürfe für die zweite Phase des anonymisierten Wettbewerbs zugelassen.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica de Montreal ignoró las quejas de sus músicos sobre el comportamiento de Charles Dutoit 

Lo apunta la revista canadiense Le Devoir: como es bien sabido Charles Dutoit dejó la Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal en 2002 culpando a los músicos de su marcha.

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Image: Barbara Hannigan © Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images for NARAS

(Written on January 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: New York Met opera suspends James Levine over sexual allegations, 70% of self-employed workers in classical music had been harassed, study finds; creative industries made a record contribution to the economy last year. Also, Artur Korn’s 80th birthday, Andreas Frank wins the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award and William Mayer dies at the age of 91. 

The Guardian

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed.

What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

Grammy award-winning composer David Lang assembled a unique symphony to showcase damaging cuts in funding to a Philadelphia school district.

Music Teacher

Creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016.

Classical Music

In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday

Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.

The Strad

Tourte bow demolishes price records in French auction

Violin bow by François Xavier Tourte sells for €576,600 (c.$687,000) at Vichy Enchères the day after same house breaks record for violin by Vuillaume.

Forbes

Why Spotify And Tencent Music May Swap Stock

It’s been reported that Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than as a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers.

The New York Times

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stardirigent James Levine soll Jugendlichen missbraucht haben

New Yorker Metropolitan Opera untersucht Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Stardirigenten James Levine. Der frühere Musikdirektor soll einen Jugendlichen jahrelang missbraucht haben. 

Epoch Times

Orgelbau: Traditionelle europäische Kulturform soll Welterbe der Menschheit werden

Nicht nur Kirchen, auch große Konzertsäle füllt sie mit ihrem Klang. Nun könnten Orgelbau und Orgelmusik von der Unesco zum immateriellen Kulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt werden.

Klassik.com

Andreas Frank gewinnt Preis für Gegenwartsmusik und Medienkunst

Der Komponist Andreas Frank hat den diesjährigen JukeBoxx NewMusic Award erhalten. 

Le Figaro

Accusé d’agression sexuelle, James Levine suspendu par le Metropolitan Opera de New York

Un homme resté anonyme a déclaré à la police que le directeur musical honoraire du «Met» de New York avait abusé de lui lorsqu’il était adolescent, dans les années 1980.

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 Premiere von , inszeniert von Marcel Keller . “Stark einsturzgfährdet” meint Kritiker

Image: One of the 1,500 instruments that will be part of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. © The Guardian/Courtesy of Temple Contemporary

(Written on December 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Southbank Centre appoints Susan Gilchrist as board chair and the first ever campus classical music contest in Africa begins in May 2016. Also, The Sixteen embark on Choral Pilgramage 2016 and Arts Council Chair Peter Bazalgette will step down in 2017

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre appoints Susan Gilchrist as board chair

Susan Gilchrist is to replace Rick Haythornthwaite as the Southbank Centre‘s chair of the board of governors

Vanguard

All Nigerian varsities classical music contest begins, May

The annual all Nigerian Universities Classical Music contest tagged “Campus Classical,” the first ever campus classical music contest in Africa begins in May 2016

Classic FM

The Sixteen embark on Choral Pilgrimage 2016

For their annual tour of the UK’s cathedrals, the ‘Voices of Classic FM’ are this year bringing together two choral composers from very different eras

Arts Council England

New Chair of Arts Council England to be appointed as Sir Peter Bazalgette steps down in 2017

DCMS will launch a search for a new Chair of the Arts Council when Sir Peter Bazalgette ends his term in January 2017

Klassik.com

Volkstheater Rostock zieht positive Bilanz für 2015

Das Volkstheater Rostock hat für das Jahr 2015 eine positive Bilanz gezogen. Der kaufmännische Geschäftsführer Stefan Rosinski sprach von Mehreinnahmen in Höhe von 60.000 Euro bei insgesamt 84.300 Zuschauern, was einer Auslastung von über 70 Prozent entspreche

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Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart: Vom schweren Leben als Sohn eines Genies

Mozart hat seinen jüngsten Sohn kaum erlebt. Schon vier Monate nach dessen Geburt starb das Genie. Doch für den Sohn war das übermächtige Vorbild des Vaters ein lebenslanger Schatten. Die Stiftung Mozarteum widmet sich jetzt in einer Schau dem Mozart-Sohn Franz Xaver Wolfgang

Codex Flores

«Weltgrösste Gemeinschaftskomposition»

125 der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen Komponisten und Komponistinnen haben auf Initiative des Forums Zeitgenössischer Musik Leipzig [FZML] gemeinsam das Werk «Party Pieces» geschrieben

Scherzo

Nace La Madrileña, nueva orquesta con instrumentos originales

La Madrileña, una nueva orquesta con instrumentos originales que dirige Juan Antonio Montaño, se presenta hoy viernes en la Real Academia de San Fernando

El Pais

La felicidad de tocar un ‘blues’

Un estudio con pianistas de jazz descubre que improvisar un solo triste activa el módulo cerebral del placer

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snowpoet@snow_poet  Our album is out now!!!!http://hyperurl.co/p0ngua you know what to do xxx #snowpoet #newmusic

DCMS ‏@DCMS .@JWhittingdale pays tribute to fantastic @ace_national chair @PeterBazalgette who ends his term next year http://bit.ly/1SlYkxA

The Sixteen/ Classic FM

The Sixteen/ Classic FM

 

(Written on January 15, 2016 )

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 )

BBC Music Magazine

World premiere of early Britten work in Birmingham

Chaos and Cosmos, an orchestral work that Benjamin Britten composed just before his 14th birthday in 1927, for a wedding anniversary of his parents, is being performed by Birmingham Conservatoire students in June.

Gramophone

Susanna Mälkki named Gulbenkian Orchestra principal guest conductor

The Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Orchestra has appointed Susanna Mälkki as its new principal guest conductor for three years, beginning in July 2013.

Classic FM

John Williams says watching new Superman will be “hard”

Legendary movie composer John Williams has admitted that seeing the new Superman film, Man Of Steel, will be difficult for him to watch.

BBC News

Les Miserables returns to Broadway home

Les Miserable’s will return to its former home on Broadway when it lands in New York for its third run in 2014.

Classical Music Magazine

DCMS may be scrapped, says shadow culture secretary Dan Jarvis

Labour’s shadow culture minister, Dan Jarvis, has said that he believes the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could be scrapped as part of chancellor George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review, expected on 26 June.

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Birmingham Conservatoire

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on May 31, 2013 )