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Lately, it seems like the younger generation is divided into two. One half is permanently glued to their digital device, drowning in social media, and can hardly imagine their life without Netflix and Instagram. The other half are rebelling, attempting something easily described as a “digital detox”.

A Digital detox can be defined as a period of time during which a person steps back from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers in order to disconnect to the online world. By many, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on real-life social interactions. Stress is proven to be caused by being connected, being online (literally), being available to anyone’s whim 24 hours per day, every day. A recent study from regulator Ofcom concluded that, on average, UK adults spend 25 hours a week online. And that number is constantly increasing.

So can classical music help us to escape the digital chokehold?

Listening to classical music

It is generally accepted that classical music has many positive effects on our brains, sometimes known as “the Mozart effect”. Listening to classical music is proven to boost memory function, sparks creativity, improves productivity and generally makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can even improve the quality of our (much needed) sleep and help to ease symptoms of depression and melancholy. So why not to turn your phone off, take a deep breath and meditate while listening to classical music after a long working day or just before going to sleep? In our busy and over-connected world it is important to have some time for yourself, to slow things down and classical music is a perfect source of relaxation.

Learning an instrument

From recent research, musical instrument training can have a surprising effect on the structure of our brain. This concerns not only children but also adults and the elderly. Learning an instrument increases the capacity of our memory, enhances spatial reasoning and improves literacy skills. Moreover, musical training requires us to concentrate on one task at once. Concentrating on one task can help us to stay productive; not only while learning an instrument, but one can apply this knowledge to many other crucial tasks.

Attending classical music concerts

Listening to classical music encourages us to think deeply, connect better to ourselves and also connect to the people around us. Going to venues also means connecting to real people, talking to them, and socialising in real life. Sometimes we all need to take a step back from technology now and again. Attending classical music venues reminds us of being fully present in the world. Moreover, classical music concerts are beautiful, not only aurally, but also visually.

Considering all the benefits of classical music, we can utilise it to make our digital detox easier and our life more mindful and deliberate. Likewise, classical music helps us relax and put ourselves in a better mood. So, let’s switch off our mobile phones from time to time and allow us to be unavailable. Or, to put it in in the words of Chris Baréz-Brown: “Get lost in music with others and you might just find yourself.”

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Susanna Eastburn takes exception to the claim that the age of great composers is dead, BBC announces presenters for amateur orchestra series, and twenty-eight singers reach semi-finals round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara. Also, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 opens next month, and SWR Symphony Orchestra performs for the very first time at Donaueschinger Musiktage.

The Telegraph

Why is new classical music left to wither and die?

When composers receive a commission to compose a new piece for the Proms, they know they have truly arrived. But amid all the excitement, no one stops to ask; what becomes of all these commissions?

The Guardian

Composers seek new definition of greatness in a digital age

As a champion of new music, Susanna Eastburn takes exception to the claim that the age of great composers is dead. Instead, we must open our ears to more diverse, shape-shifting and connected times

Classical Music Magazine

Presenters for amateur orchestra series announced

The series ‘All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge’ will follow five amateur orchestras as they compete to perform on stage at the BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park.

Opera News

Twenty-Eight Singers, Including Seven Americans, Reach Semi-Finals Round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara

Founded in 1993 by Domingo to discover and launch the careers of young singers of every voice type from every country, Operalia annually receives some 1,000 applications.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: obtaining a five-string cello

Three luthiers with experience of creating five-string cellos give their thoughts to an interested reader – and their answers throw up even more questions.

Broadwayworld

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next Month

One of the world’s major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition opens its milestone 50th anniversary season with a series of events, including concerts featuring some of the world’s greatest artists.

The New York Times

Classical Music Listings for July 22-28

A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

nmz

Leipziger Symposien zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme

Die Leipziger Symposien zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme sind ein internationales, interdisziplinäres Podium für alle Professionen, die sich mit der Stimme im Wachstum und mit singenden Kindern und Jugendlichen beschäftigen.

Musik heute

Salzburger Festspiele: Präsidentin bewirbt sich erneut

Die Präsidentin der Salzburger Festspiele, Helga Rabl-Stadler, bewirbt sich erneut um das Amt. Das erklärte die 68-Jährige am Donnerstagabend in Salzburg.

Klassik heute

SWR Symphonieorchester erstmals bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen

Die Donaueschinger Musiktage, das älteste deutsche Festival für Neue Musik, nehmen in diesem Jahr Tuchfühlung mit der Sphäre der Unterhaltungsmusik auf.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews How German musicians say ‘well played’

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Why do some people object to clapping between bits of a classical work? Why do some people NOT? Proms http://bbc.in/2a59sPs

klassik.com @klassikcom Luxushotel in der präsentiert

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Susanna Eastburn … artists’ ability to communicate across the globe has been revolutionary.

 

(Written on July 22, 2016 )

Classical News

 

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine announces the winner of this year’s Sonning Music Prize, The Strad reports the death of a young violinist who was killed in a car crash & The Huffington Post discuses the importance of classical music in the up-bringing of children

Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Adès wins the 2015 Sonning Music Prize

The prize, which is given annually to a musician, was first awarded in 1959. Laureates are selected by the directors of the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation

The Strad

Young violinist and her sister killed in Florida car crash

A young violinist and her sister have been killed in a head-on collision while driving to their mother’s home in Pompano Beach, Florida

The Huffington Post

In the digital age, young kids need classical music more than ever

Parents have heard about the specific benefits of classical music for developing minds and calming babies for decades — imagine a mother playing Mozart through headphones stretched over her pregnant belly — but the scientific debate has continued to rage

Die Zeit

Dänen lügen nicht

Sie nennen sich Girls In Airports, obwohl kein Mädchen mitspielt. Ansonsten ist ihre Musik durch und durch wahr. Über eine Kopenhagener Band der Stunde

klassik.com

Das Konzert Theater Bern will sich erstmals im Rahmen eines Musiktheaterwerkes dem Thema Demenz widmen. Das Stück mit dem Titel “Alzheim” soll in der Saison 2017/18 uraufgeführt werden und Schauspiel- und Opernelemente vereinen

Classissima

Der Chefdirigent der Nürnberger Symphoniker, Alexander Shelley, gibt seinen Posten zum Ende der Spielzeit 2016/17 ab. Der 35-Jährige werde seinen Vertrag nicht verlängern

El Pais

Antes de revolucionar las redes sociales con un videoclip sobre el papa Francisco, el boliviano Américo Estévez, Saxoman, solía instalarse en las avenidas más concurridas de la ciudad de La Paz con un saxofón o una guitarra

La Monde

Angélique Kidjo ne demande pas de grâce, pas de faveurs. L’Américain Philip Glass a composé pour elle trois longues pièces chantées, sur des poèmes qu’elle a écrits pour l’occasion

Tweets

BBC Radio 3: @BBCRadio3 Learn about Schubert’s ambitious, inspiring, beautiful Symphony No. 9, the ‘Great’

Arts Council England: @ace_national Missed this? Tell us what makes your heart beat faster!

Philharmonic Society: @RoyalPhilSoc Professional musicians or advanced students aged 28 & under can apply to join next year’s Lucerne Festival Academy.

Thomas Adès Photo: Brian Voce

Thomas Adès
Photo: Brian Voce

 

 

 

(Written on October 6, 2015 )