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We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: New campaign SWAP’ra targets gender inequality in opera, Albert Einstein’s violin comes to auction in New York, PRS For Music and its European sister societies relaunch #MakeInternetFair petition,  John Williams donates his scores and sketchbooks to Julliard School in New York, the first German Choir center will be built in Berlin-Neukölln, and organist Iveta Apkalna becomes to receive the Annual Latvian Music Recording Award and more.

Classical Music

New campaign targets gender inequality in opera

Supporting Women and Parents in Opera (SWAP’ra) aims to effect positive change by redressing the gender disparity in the opera industry.

The Strad

Violin belonging to Einstein comes to auction in New York

Instrument gifted to scientist in 1933 is estimated to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.

Petition to save Indiana University’s violin making and restoration programme

Responding to the retirement of the current director with no apparent replacement, students and alumni are concerned the Jacobs School of Music intends to quietly shut down the Violin Shop.

M Magazine

PRS For Music calls for copyright overhaul with #MakeInternetFair petition

PRS for Music and its European sister societies have relaunched the #MakeInternetFair petition, calling for EU law makers to protect the rights of music creators’ – in what will be the first copyright overhaul in 17 years.

The Guardian

‘Diversity in classical music: quality and equality’

Committing to giving women composers the same chances as their male colleagues does not threaten excellence – it promotes it.


In Rixdorf ist Musike – In Berlin-Neukölln entsteht das Deutsche Chorzentrum

Selten ist bei einer Pressekonferenz eine so hohe Dichte von Politikerinnen zu beobachten. Doch die der Erteilung der Baugenehmigung für das Deutsche Chorzentrum in Berlin war gewichtig […].

Polen steht bei Festival «jazzahead» im Fokus

Polen steht in diesem Jahr im Fokus des Musifestivals «jazzahead» in Bremen. Zahlreiche Konzerte geben vom 6. bis 22. April einen Einblick in die polnische Kulturszene.

Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas gestorben

Der Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas ist tot. Er starb Angaben seiner Familie zufolge nach kurzer Krankheit in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Haas genoss internationale Anerkennung als Spezialist für mittelalterliche Musik sowie das Musikdenken dieser Zeit.

Thüringer Kompositionspreis für Alex Vaughan

Der australische Komponist Alex Vaughan hat den Thüringer Kompositionspreis erhalten.

Musik Heute

Organistin Apkalna Musikerin des Jahres in Lettland

Riga – Die Orgelvirtuosin Iveta Apkalna ist in ihrer Heimat Lettland zur Musikerin des Jahres 2017 gekürt worden.

Platea Magazine

John Williams lega todas sus partituras a la Julliard School de Nueva York

El compositor estadounidense John Williams, de gan fama y prestigio por sus trabajos en bandas sonoras de películas como Star wars, E.T, Tiburón, Indiana Jones o Harry Potter entre muchas otras, ha anunciado que donará todas sus partituras (bandas sonoras, conciertos, sinfónico… además de sus bocetos).

france musique

Un musicien accuse United Airlines d’avoir endommagé sa viole de gambe

Le gambiste Andrew Arceci a retrouvé son instrument très abîmé après un vol en soute sur la compagnie aérienne United Airlines. Il a déposé une réclamation.


 A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version) in 

SWAP’ra founding member Jessica Cottis

(Written on March 8, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, veteran actor Dame Julie Walters will join the presenter lineup at Classic FM for a new Saturday show, Chineke! boosts BME representation in UK musical ensembles, YouTube Red launches internationally and Winnipeg Symphony appoints new Musical Director.


Julie Walters to present Classic FM series

Actor will host a new six-part Saturday night radio series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia introduces digital programme notes

Audience members at YYS concerts will soon have the option to have ‘real-time’ programme notes sent to their phones.

The Times

Peer swoops in to save opera’s fairies

The director of English National Opera’s production of Iolanthe has revealed that Lord Glendonbrook stepped in at the last minute to foot the bill for some of his creative demands.

The Telegraph

‘Classical music is finally getting somewhere with its race problem’

Chineke! leads the way for much-needed BME diversification among youth and professional ensembles.

Joyce DiDonato: how can we claim opera isn’t political?

Star mezzo-soprano tells reporter Ben Lawrence how researching a work about ‘Death Row’ deepened her love for opera

The Star

Ambition for Sheffield to hit the right notes in classical music

Classical music is thriving locally, with an ‘astonishing amount going on’, a report says – but players, ensembles, schools and charities need support to create ‘a more sustainable industry with a wider and deeper reach across Sheffield, for residents of all ages’.


Winnipeg Symphony has appointed Daniel Raiskin as Music Director

Canadian Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announced that Russian-born conductor Daniel Raiskin (*1970) has been named Music Director from August 1, 2018, succeeding Alexander Mickelthwate who served as Music Director since 2005.


Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Februar 2018

Riccardo Muti und die Wiener Philharmoniker landen mit ihrer Aufnahme des Neujahrskonzerts 2018 auf dem ersten Platz der Klassik-Charts.


Immer mehr Rentner lernen an Thüringens Musikschulen

An Thüringens Musikschulen lernen immer mehr Schüler, die bereits im Rentenalter sind. Zwischen 2012 und 2016 hat sich die Zahl der Erwachsenen über 60 Jahre von 246 auf 420 erhöht, wie der Landesverband der Thüringer Musikschulen auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mitteilte.

Klassik Heute 

Andris Nelsons: Amtseintritt als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig

Am 22. Februar tritt Andris Nelsons offiziell das Amt des 21. Gewandhauskapellmeisters an und läutet damit den Beginn einer neuen Ära in der Geschichte des Leipziger Gewandhauses ein.

Le Monde

YouTube va déployer son offre payante en France

YouTube Red, l’offre payante de la plate-forme de streaming musical et vidéo devrait être disponible dans une centaine de pays cette année.


@MusicMagazine: Fr Lnt, w hv dcdd t gv p sng vwls n Twttr. W hp y dn’t mnd. 

© Chineke! Juniors

(Written on February 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.


Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.


BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

Music History   in 1842 First official performance of the Orchestra

Image: WOSU

(Written on March 28, 2017 )

Bold opera pioneers Tête à Tête has announced its upcoming plans for the 2017 season, 20 years since the company was founded.

“What amazing adventures we have enjoyed across these the past two decades, realising bold and brave experiments, creating opera really up close, establishing a really strong and intimate relationship with our audiences and revelling in the theatricality of the form”

– Bill Bankes-Jones, Founder and Artistic Director

2017 also marks the Anniversary of the company’s first Opera Festival. To celebrate, they have planned the 10th Anniversary of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It will take place at King’s Cross from 24 July – 13 August 2017, at both The Place and King’s Place. They are also delighted to announce that the well-received Cubitt Sessions will be back as a centre-piece of the festival. Full details on productions and tickets will be announced in May 2017. Watch this space!

Besides announcing its 2017 season, Tête à Tête also released a Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 10th anniversary report, demonstrating their outstanding commitment to inclusivity and diversity: 22% of composers in 2015 were BAME or coming from minority backgrounds.

You can read the full report here.


This year, they will also be launching ‘MyNewOpera’, a global platform featuring the work of producers from all over the world, ready to watch. They already have an archive of over 400 videos for the launch, with many more to be added before then. It turns out that the explosion of small-scale new opera and music theatre is a global trend, and online, without barriers, it can start to happen worldwide.


WildKat PR is very excited to be working with Tête à Tête again this year. For the latest news and releases on this year’s festival, follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and Tête à Tête on Twitter. Also, check out their brand new website and full announcements here.

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Lake District Summer Music cancelled summer school, but will include new series of ‘Young Artist Debut Recitals’. Results of UK Music’s survey on diversity highlight the underrepresentation of Black, Asian, minority ethnic individuals and women in the industry. Rumours have been circulating that SoundCloud is on verge of bankruptcy. Also, in Germany opinions are divided over the Elbphilharmonie following last night’s opening concert, and could Obama soon be working for Spotify?

Classical Music Magazine

Lake District ends summer school after 32 years

Lake District Summer Music, for 32 years a combined festival and summer school for students in Cumbria, is changing its pattern of activity. Public concerts by international figures in the festival are to continue as before, but this year it will include a series of ‘Young Artist Début Recitals’ by selected performers, and no summer school as such.

UK Music reveals diversity survey findings

The results of UK Music’s diversity survey highlight the underrepresentation of BAME individuals and women in the music sector.

Nathalie Stutzmann takes RTÉ principal guest conductor post

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named Nathalie Stutzmann as principal guest conductor. The announcement comes just days before she gives her second performance with the ensemble.

The New York Times

Focus! Festival to Highlight Diverse Music of Latin America

This year, the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! festival will look at “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America.”

The Violin Channel

Rumours Circulating That SoundCloud Streaming Service on Verge of Bankruptcy

Reports are circulating that SoundCloud is on the verge of bankruptcy – following the presentation of a hemorrhaging $52 million loss.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: Elbphilharmonie ist fantastischer Konzertsaal

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie als fantastischen Konzertsaal bezeichnet. Merkel gehörte zu den 2100 Gästen des Eröffnungskonzertes des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters.

Hamburger Abenblatt

Bundespräsident Gauck: “Sie haben Großartiges geleistet”

Der Bundespräsident eröffnet die Elbphilharmonie und ist von ihrer Akustik begeistert. Die Eröffnungsrede im Wortlaut.


Liebe Hamburger, Weltklasse geht leider anders

Das Eröffnungskonzert sollte die Akustik des neuen Klanghauses zur Geltung bringen. Das ist offenbar misslungen. Es gibt einen Grund, warum der Klang nicht hält, was die Architektur verspricht.


Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. 

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. Avec son “3Dvarius”, un clin d‘œil au célèbre luthier italien Antonio Stradivari, Laurent Bernadac espère repousser les limites du son.

Le Figaro

Barack Obama, président des playlists pour Spotify ?

La plateforme d’écoute en ligne a publié une offre d’emploi intitulée «président des playlists» qui semble étrangement adaptée au curriculum du 44e président des États-Unis.


Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie A moment to remember forever! This is the first official photo of the Grand Hall with guests and orchestra.

Tagesspiegel Berlin @TspBerlin Hamburg leuchtet,Berlin duckt sich weg?Von wegen! über die Vorzüge der Hauptstadt:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The Pittsburgh Symphony is back, putting the music scene at full strength – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Photo: BBC Photographer – Guy Levy

(Written on January 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, read about musicians Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota making classical cool, a festival featuring a whole weekend of music written by composers aged under 18, and the appalling salaries and internships that are killing diversity in the classical music industry. Also, Wiener Musikverein announces death of French maestro conductor, Georges Prêtre.


Making classical cool

Read about musicians that are reinventing classical music for a new generation.

The Irish Times

‘Piano and violin lend themselves to youth and precocity’

From Schubert and Mendelssohn to 11-year-old Alma Deutscher, Finghin Collins is about to present a whole weekend of music written by composers aged under 18.

The Violin Channel

Czech Phil Extends Music Director Jiri Belohlavek for 6 More Years

The Czech Philharmonic has announced the contract extension of Music Director Jirí Belohlavek for an additional 6 seasons.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Opera announces The Mozartists

Classical Opera has announced plans to extend its concert work under a new name.

Appalling salaries and internships are killing diversity in our industry

If you work in the arts, the chances are you have shared a horror story about your first salary, probably post-scripted with a chuckling ‘good job we’re not in this industry for the money’ disclaimer.

Le Monde

Georges Prêtre, une passion viennoise

Le chef d’orchestre français, ami de Maria Callas et de Francis Poulenc, est mort le 4 janvier à l’âge de 92 ans.

The New York Times

Karel Husa, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

Karel Husa, a Czech-born American composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969 and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1993, died on Dec. 14 at his home in Apex, N.C.


Eine Extra-Genehmigung zum Fest – Wieland Wagners 100. Geburtstag

Für Wieland Wagner macht Bayreuth eine Ausnahme. Eigentlich darf im berühmten Opernhaus auf dem Grünen Hügel ausnahmslos das Werk von Richard Wagner aufgeführt werden. Doch für den Enkel des berühmten Komponisten drückt die Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ein Auge zu.

Der Tagesspiegel

Georges Prêtre mit 92 Jahren gestorben

Er gehörte zu den Größten seiner Zunft, leitete die Wiener Philharmoniker und war Generaldirektor der Pariser Oper. Der französische Dirigent Georges Prêtre ist mit 92 Jahren gestorben.

Musik Heute

Semperoper plant zwei “Ring”-Serien mit Thielemann

Die Sächsische Staatsoper führt im kommenden Jahr Richard Wagners Zyklus “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in zwei Serien auf. Die musikalische Leitung übernehme erstmals Christian Thielemann.


Music History @today_classical in 2016 Death of French and conductor Pierre

MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Geiger setzt seine Sendung bei fort

The Violin Channel @violinchannel WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Shostakovich’s Gigantic Tap-Dancing Noses [WTF]



(Written on January 5, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has announced on his website that he will be withdrawing from opera performances from now on. Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim opens a project that marks the culmination of the leading musician and conductor’s life’s work in bringing together musicians from the Middle East. London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched the LPO Junior Artists Programme in a bid to promote diversity and inclusion. Also, the 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been given a lifelong loan of a 1610 Amati cello.

Opera Now Magazine

Hvorostovsky withdraws from opera ‘for the foreseeable future’

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has announced that he is withdrawing from opera performances ‘for the foreseeable future’.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim opens Berlin music academy for Middle East students

Composer says school, which will take in 90 new talents from the region each year, is ‘attempt at creating peace through music’.

Music Teacher Magazine

London Philharmonic Orchestra launches LPO Junior Artists Programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched the LPO Junior Artists Programme in a bid to promote diversity and inclusion.


17-year-old musician given lifelong loan of 1610 Amati cello

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year award in May, has been given a lifelong loan of a 1610 Amati cello.

The Strad

Violinist Amalia Hall named Orchestra Wellington concertmaster

The 27-year-old New Zealand-born artist will join the ensemble from its first subscription concert in May next year.


Erste Teile des Mailänder Ricordi-Archivs übers Internet einsehbar

Tausende Dokumente der italienischen Operngeschichte sind ab sofort über das Internet einsehbar. Nach mehrjähriger Vorarbeit ist ein erster Teil des „Archivio Storico Ricordi“ in Mailand für die Öffentlichkeit nutzbar.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zuhören ist die größte Kunst

Daniel Barenboim feiert den Geburtstag von Michael Naumann, hält Lobreden auf Deutschland und betont am Tag ihrer Eröffnung, dass die Akademie keine Friedensengel ausbilde.

Musik Heute

“Madama Butterfly” im TV mit Zuschauerrekord

Die Liveübertragung von Giacomo Puccinis “Madama Butterfly” aus der Mailänder Scala hat am Mittwochabend die höchste Einschaltquote erreicht, die je bei einer Opernübertragung im italienischen Fernsehen verzeichnet worden ist. 12,5 Millionen Italiener verfolgten die Premierenvorstellung zur Eröffnung der neuen Spielzeit.

Leipziger Grundschule soll nach Dirigent Kurt Masur benannt werden

Der im vergangenen Dezember verstorbene Dirigent Kurt Masur soll Namenspate einer Leipziger Grundschule werden. Sozialbürgermeister Thomas Fabian zufolge habe die Schule nach intensiver Beschäftigung mit Masur und seinen Idealen ein Konzept entwickelt, wie die Bezugnahme auf Kurt Masur im Schulalltag konkretisiert werden kann.

Bariton Dmitri Hvorostovsky muss pausieren

Der russische Bariton Dmitri Hvorostovsky kann bis auf weiteres nicht an Opernbühnen auftreten. Krankheitsbedingte Gleichgewichtsprobleme stehen Auftritten in Operninszenierungen entgegen.


Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Christian Thielemann joins London’s Royal Academy #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Jonas Kaufmann cancels his last date of the year #ClassicalMusic

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1967 Birth of American violinist @JoshuaBellMusic 🎂 Best wishes! #MusicHistory #classicalmusic


Photo: Pavel Antonov

(Written on December 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, John Wilson Orchestra is to embark on a 12-date nationwide tour next month, the ‘Music from the Movies’ programme will feature Oscar-winning songs and film scores from the golden era of Hollywood. Peter Manning speaks about Three Palaces Festival, a classical music festival taking place in various historically significant buildings across Malta, from November 4 to 13. Also, the French government has announced an important extension project for the National Opera in Paris.

Classical Music Magazine

John Wilson Orchestra to embark on ‘Music from the Movies’ tour

The John Wilson Orchestra is to embark on a 12-date nationwide tour next month.

Malta Today

Gunning for ‘arts tourism’ through classical music

Teodor Reljic speaks to the internationally acclaimed violinist, concertmaster and conductor Peter Manning, who will now be taking the reins of the Three Palaces Festival – a classical music event taking place in various historically significant buildings across Malta, from November 4 to 13.


Ambitious Extension Project For Opera Bastille In Paris

The French government has announced an important extension project for the National Opera in Paris.

The Strad

Longtime LA Philharmonic violinist Barry Socher has died, aged 68

The violinist, who had recently retired from his post, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel dedicated Sunday’s matinee concert to him.

Orpheus to Debut Jessie Montgomery’s RECORDS FROM A VANISHING CITY at Carnegie Hall

Composer/violinist Jessie Montgomery’s latest orchestral score, Records from a Vanishing City, will be given its world premiere by Orpheus at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

Verkauf von Schallplatten steigt

Der Verkauf von Schallplatten nimmt weiter zu. In den ersten neun Monaten des laufenden Jahres wurde mit 2,1 Millionen Vinylplatten die gleiche Menge an Schallplatten verkauft wie im gesamten Vorjahr.


Kulturpreis Bayern an Dirigent Liebreich verliehen

Der Dirigent Alexander Liebreich (48) ist mit dem Sonderpreis des Kulturpreises Bayern ausgezeichnet worden.

Hier wird Herbert Grönemeyer Beethoven dirigieren

Eigentlich ist Bochum pleite. Trotzdem hat die Stadt es nun geschafft, ein millionenschweres Konzerthaus zu bauen. Und Herbert Grönemeyer kommt, um Beethovens Fünfte zu dirigieren. Von einem Triumph.

Le Monde

L’impression 3D au service des instruments de musique

Les imprimantes 3D soufflent un vent d’innovation sur la fabrication d’instruments de musique. Tour d’horizon d’un artisanat inventif, où les Français sont en pointe.

Le Parisien

Décès de l’homme à la “trompette d’or” Georges Jouvin

Le compositeur et trompettiste virtuose Georges Jouvin, qui connut un immense succès international, du Japon à l’Amérique, est décédé lundi à Saint-Cloud à 93 ans, a annoncé sa famille à l’AFP.


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@MusicTeacherMag looks at classical music’s diversity problem:

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Viva Verdi! 5 things you need to know about anvil-happy opera #ROHtrovatore ahead of its return:

Classic FM @ClassicFM Happy 80th birthday to composer and conductor extraordinaire Carl Davis. @johnsuchet1 is celebrating shortly: 


Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

(Written on October 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Alan Davey speaks about the lack of diversity in the classical music sector, Prom 19 celebrates Bowie with a reinterpretation of his music, and Cleveland International Piano Competition becomes a quadrennial festival. Also, the Pacific Symphony features Sheena Easton in the music of James Bond, and Hartmut Haenchen talks about having only two weeks to rehearse for the Bayreuth Festival.

Music Week

‘Diversity is crucial for classical music – we’re missing out on creativity’

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has spoken to Music Week about the lack of diversity in the classical music sector and what can be done to address the issue.

BBC News

Is David Bowie the ultimate crossover composer?

Prom 19 celebrates Bowie with a reinterpretation of his music by the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder.


The 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards Shortlist

The Gramophone Awards are the most prestigious in the world of classical music. Here are the 72 shortlisted recordings that will be competing for honours in 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

August’s new music

Falling in the Fire is not the piece Charlotte Bray had planned to write. The original idea was that the concerto would grow out of Perseus – a composition for cello and piano written for Guy Johnston in 2015.

Cleveland International Piano Competition becomes quadrennial festival

IP looks ahead to the finals of this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition on 5 & 6 August. Find out more about an event that’s transforming itself into a quadrennial festival celebrating many facets of the art of piano playing.


Pacific Symphony Features Sheena Easton in the Music of James Bond, August 21

For the second to last concert of Pacific Symphony’s Summer Festival 2016 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre-the audience is sure to hear these words ringing in their ears: The name is Bond…James Bond.

The Inquirer

An era ends: Last Center City store with classical recordings to close

After Aug. 31, the Beanie Boos will be gone, and so will the nicely curated collection of new and used classical CDs, DVDs, and vinyl in the southeast mezzanine space just above the Land Title post office.


‘Ich bin schneller als Toscanini’

Hartmut Haenchen ist eingesprungen, als den Bayreuther Festspielen ihr Dirigent für den „Parsifal“ absprang, zwei Wochen vor Premiere. Das Publikum jubelt. Wie hat er das gemacht? Ein Interview.


Verleihung des Reinhard Schulz-Preises an Theresa Beyer

Nach Patrick Hahn (2012) und Benedikt Leßmann (2014) erhielt die für den Schweizer Radio SRF 2 Kultur arbeitende Musikethnologin den Nachwuchspreis.

Spiegel Online

Jazz-Crossover: Suche nach Sounds

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(Written on August 1, 2016 )