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In today’s news: Children & Wildlife in Harmony charity to host classical music concert to aid refugee children, pop-opera group IDA to perform, winners of RPS duets announced, Philip Roth appreciation for classical music, more embarrassment at the theatre Cottbus, A look back on this years biggest youth music competition in Germany, Martha Argerich moves her Festival to Hamburg and Cecilia Bartoli returns to the Scala.

Classic FM

Charity concert will raise money for music education for refugee children

The Born Free Foundation and Keys of Change will present Children & Wildlife in Harmony, a charity concert to raise money to provide classical music education to children in Kenya, Siberia, Japan, and Ecuador.

What’s the difference between an opera and a musical?

In a musical, the singing is interspersed with passages of dialogue, while in an opera, the singing never stops (very broadly speaking). But there are a few other elements which separate the two theatrical worlds…

Classical Music

Winners of RPS duet prizes announced

The biennial RPS duet prizes recognise outstanding young musicians under the age of 18 who study at a mainstream school.

Music Teacher

University creates mental health documentaries to attract new students

Anglia Ruskin University has created two new short documentary films about mental health as part of a marketing campaign to recruit new students.

The Telegraph

Club nights, drum machines, and game-show hosts: welcome to the brave new world of classical music

We’re often told classical music is in crisis. Audiences are getting older, and aren’t being replenished from below.

Broadway World

London’s leading Pop-Opera girl group Ida bring their show ‘IDA Girls’ to The Other Palace

Ida, will perform an impressive collection of re-worked operatic arias, chart-topping hits and musical theatre favourites.


The Opera House Documentary, chronicling the building of the Met Opera House, airs May 25

The film from Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Met’s home at Lincoln Center over the past 50 years.


What Roth thought of Bach

Best known for works like Goodbye, Columbus and Sabbath’s Theater, American literary icon Philip Roth had a deep appreciation for classical music.


Debakel am Staatstheater Cottbus

Der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Brandenburgischen Kulturstiftung Cottbus-Frankfurt/Oder, Martin Roeder, wurde am Donnerstag fristlos entlassen.


Strahlende Gesichter in Lübeck

Mit großem Erfolg ging am heutigen Donnerstag der 55. Bundeswettbewerb von Jugend musiziert in Lübeck zu Ende.

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Martha Argerich zieht nach Hamburg weiter

Die Symphoniker Hamburg und ihr Intendant Daniel Kühnel etablieren ein neues Festival in der Laeiszhalle, das als Pilot zum ersten Mal Ende Juni 2018 stattfinden wird.

l Messaggero

Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala: tre opere barocche in collaborazione con il San Carlo

Cecilia Bartoli torna alla Scala e già questa è una notizia. Perché è il mezzosoprano più famoso del mondo e perché all’ultimo concerto (che apriva la stagione della Filarmonica nel 2012) venne giù il teatro e si sfiorò la rissa fra chi fischiava e chi invece applaudiva freneticamente, in un clima che ricordava più San Siro di un teatro d’opera.


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(Written on May 25, 2018 )

In today’s news: RPS Music Award winners announced, leading soprano withdraws from ex-husband’s opera, winners of BBC Young Musician relive the thrill of the competition, chamber orchestra plays techno beats, and Staatstheater Cottbus dissolves contract with Evan Christ.

Evening Standard

Proms 2018: What to see and hear at the world’s greatest classical musical festival 

General booking for the Proms 2018 opens on Saturday — here’s what you should keep an ear out for at the world class classical music festival.

BBC Music Magazine: Classical-Music

Winners of the RPS Music Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in live classical music in the UK.

The Times

Soprano Kristine Opolais withdraws from her ex Andris Nelsons’ opera

Kristine Opolais revealed her separation from Andris Nelsons in March and this week, less than a month before the Covent Garden run of Wagner’s opera begins, she announced her withdrawal.


How A Synesthetic Artist Sees Sounds And Turns Music Into Paintings

Artist Christina Eve has synesthesia, a rare neurological condition that entwines the senses.

The Guardian

Young musicians on the day that changed their lives

One overslept, one played in cowboy boots and one’s next gig is the royal wedding-five past winners of BBC Young Musician relive the thrill of the competition.

i News

Calderland – A People’s Opera celebrating Yorkshire community’s response to floods wins top award

Calderland – A People’s Opera, performed by a choir of 200 adults and children with the help of a cast of thousands, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Learning and Participation.

Niall Horan performs Flicker with RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Niall Horan with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra premieres on RTÉ One this Saturday and here’s your chance to watch the full performance of Horan’s torch song Flicker.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das Kammerorchester, das Technobeats spielt

Das Verworner-Krause-Kammerorchester trägt Bauhelme, spielt Guerilla-Konzerte und verschmilzt Klassik, Jazz und Pop. Das funktioniert bemerkenswert gut.


Hyperaktives Sensorium

Der Komponist und Performer Alexander Schubert verbindet mediale Wirklichkeiten zu explosiven Gemischen.

“Gesänge des Daseins” am Konzerthaus Berlin – Eine Dokumentation

Im Dezember 2017 gastierte das Ensemble MA.NM im Rahmen des neuen Wettbewerbformats “D-BÜ” am Konzerthaus in Berlin.

Staatstheater Cottbus: Stiftungsrat für Trennung von GMD Christ

Der Vertrag des Staatstheater Cottbus mit seinem Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ soll nun endgültig aufgelöst werden.


Calderland – A People’s Opera © Sarah Mason – Landlines and Watermarks

(Written on May 10, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Sony classic chief Bogdan Roscic is to head Vienna State Opera, Warner Classics sign 17-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, and BBC documentary Sound of Musicals will explore 100 years of the musical. Also, the opening performance of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will be available to watch online on live stream and in 360 degrees.

The Guardian

Sony classic chief to head Vienna State Opera

Austria’s government named Bogdan Roscic as director of the prestigious Vienna State Opera from 2020, replacing Frenchman Dominique Meyer. Roscic, 52, is currently president of Sony Music’s classical music division and has never run an opera house. He was born in Serbia and grew up in Austria.


Warner Classics sign 17-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary

Warner Classics have signed the 17-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, her debut album will be released in Autumn 2017 and will feature both jazz and classical works.

The Stage

Documentary Sound of Musicals With Neil Brand to cover 100 years of the genre

BBC4 is to explore musical theatre’s evolution over the past 100 years, in a series that will reveal how some of the best-loved showtunes work musically and lyrically.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook must strike a deal with music publishers as soon as possible’

The careers of unsigned artists are being caught in the crossfire of an increasingly aggressive copyright assault on Facebook by music publishers.


Watch: Melodica Men Strike Again With ‘Nutcracker Mini Suite’

Just a few months after their immensely popular “Rite of Spring” arrangement, The Melodica Men are back with a “mini-suite” of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker!

ABC News

7-Year-Old Boy Battling Leukemia Fulfills Dream of Conducting an Orchestra

Donning a tuxedo with penguin tails, 7-year-old Jordan Cartwright led the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra through Canada’s national anthem at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton this past Monday.

Musik Heute

Überraschung in Österreich: Plattenboss Roscic soll Wiener Staatsoper zur Oper 4.0 machen

Die Wiener Staatsoper, ein Haus von internationalem Ruf und beneidenswerter Auslastung, bekommt einen Direktor vom neuen Schlag: Bogdan Roscic. Ex-Journalist, Senderchef eines Popmusikkanals, Plattenboss im Bereich Klassik – und vor allem Veränderer.


Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Live im Netz und in 360 Grad

Die Eröffnung der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie soll in einem 360-Grad-Livestream im Internet für jedermann kostenfrei zu sehen sein. Der gesamte Premierenabend mit Festakt und Konzert am 11. Januar nächsten Jahres könne auf diese Weise verfolgt werden.

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Geigerin Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer ist mit dem Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande ausgezeichnet worden. Mit dem Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland wird insbesondere ihr Einsatz als Kulturbotschafterin Deutschlands honoriert.

RBB Kulturradio

Unicef zeichnet “Foto des Jahres” aus

Es zeigt ein bunt gekleidetes, lachendes Mädchen auf einer Müllkippe und stammt von dem iranischen Fotografen Arez Ghaderi.

Twitter @klassikcom Hornist Marc Gruber erhält Brüder-Busch-Preis

Music History @today_classical in 1858 Birth of Italian opera Giacomo in Lucca.

DW – Culture @dw_culture New Ukrainian youth orchestra brings country together

Bogdan Roscic © Musik Heute.

Bogdan Roscic © Musik Heute

(Written on December 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland has appointed Nicolas Žekulin as its Chief Executive and Artistic Director. BBC Four has announced the release of a documentary which will explore racial diversity and access in classical music. Also, read about how composer Ludovico Einaudi straddles the world of classical and pop music.

Music Teacher Magazine

NYOS announces new chief executive and artistic director

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) has appointed Nicolas Žekulin as chief executive and artistic director. Žekulin, currently head of artistic planning at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will assume the role in February 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

Boston Globe funds classical critic with the aid of nonprofit consortium

A consortium of nonprofit groups are helping to fund a classical music critic for the Boston Globe.

New chamber music ensemble offers classical music outreach through Canadian-heavy repertoire

A two-week, six-city tour that brought Canadian classical music to Brazil during the 2016 Rio Olympics has helped establish the mandate of a new professional, nonprofit chamber music ensemble in London.

The Violin Channel

New British Documentary to Explore Racial Diversity in Classical Music

BBC Four has announced the upcoming release of a new documentary which will explore racial diversity and access in classical music.

The Huffington Post

Italian Composer Ludovico Einaudi’s Classical Pop Career Rises to a Crescendo

Not unlike his music, Ludovico Einaudi’s career has been unique and slowly building up in intensity. The Italian composer has straddled the world of classical and pop music for about 20 years, building a following outside the usual “star-making machinery” of the music business.


Classical Music Videos to Help Us Chill Before Election Day

Election day is fast approaching. And for many it is a time of high anxiety. To help us all to cope, we have assembled a list of the best classical music videos that will chill our tempers and calm our nerves.

Texas Public Radio

YOSA Honors Bowie’s Classical Side

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio continues its recent theme of interpreting classical music through a rock-n-roll filter. The recent passing of rock legend David Bowie made Troy Peters think something had to be done.

Proteste gegen Auftritte des Pianisten Denis Matsuev in den USA

In den USA hat eine Aktivistengruppe im Vorfeld von Konzerten des russischen Pianisten Denis Matsuev in Boston und New York gegen dessen Unterstützung von Wladimir Putins Politik protestiert.

Musik Heute

Hamburger Kammersängerin Ursula Boese gestorben

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper trauert um ihr früheres Ensemblemitglied Ursula Boese. Die Kontra-Altistin sei bereits am 25. Oktober gestorben, teilte das Haus am Dienstag mit. Sie wurde 88 Jahre alt.

Volkstheater Rostock: Protest gegen Orchester-Verkleinerung

Gegen den Plan des neuen Rostocker Volkstheater-Intendanten Joachim Kümmritz, das Orchester des Hauses zu verkleinern, regt sich Widerstand. In einem offenen Brief protestiert die Philharmonische Gesellschaft gegen Kümmritz’ Vorschlag, die Musikerzahl von 73 auf 63 zu reduzieren.

BR Klassik

Musikwelt 4.0 – Roboter am Instrument

BR-KLASSIK widmet sich der “Zukunft der Arbeit” und fragt nach dem Musikmarkt der Zukunft und den Rollen der Künstler angesichts globaler Digitalisierung.


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How high can you go? We countdown the hardest soprano roles:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Boston Modern Orchestra Project Elevates Great Contemporary Classical – Harvard Crimson

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@fideliotrio will premiere Adrian Williams’ piano trio @GlosCathedral on Sunday

Nicolas Zekulin

Photo: Rhinegold Publishing/ NYOS/ Nicolas Žekulin

(Written on November 2, 2016 )

Today, Accentus Music releases ‘The Lost Paradise’ – a documentary allowing a rare insight into the life of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

1_Arvo Pärt (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music It is extraordinary that the most performed contemporary composer in the world has taken 80 years to agree to his first international documentary. Indeed, Pärt has often been described as a recluse, given that he rarely makes public appearances, is modest with regard to his music, and spends much of his time in his homeland, Estonia.

Yet, Accentus has successfully accompanied Pärt for an entire year, and this documentary sheds light not only on his collaboration with director Robert Wilson for ‘Adam’s Passion’ – a unique opera production – but also explores Pärt’s methodology, and how spiritual themes have inspired his compositions. Although Pärt declares: ‘I am no prophet, no cardinal, not a monk, not even a vegetarian’, he has been a member of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1980, and his stark religious beliefs actually forced him to leave Estonia in 1980, due to pressure from the Soviet power forces.

Arvo Paert (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music_s

The documentary follows Pärt’s journeys through Estonia, Germany, Italy and Japan, where Pärt was awarded the most prestigious award in the field of music in October 2014: the Praemium Imperiale. Accentus provides a fly on the wall’s perspective of rehearsals for ‘Adam’s Passion’, and also gives a unique insight into Pärt’s personality, and his serene, peaceful life in the forests and at the sea in Tallinn. This same serenity is evident in much of his composition, as is Pärt’s fascination with light and colour. He remarks: ‘I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours’.

Pärt Wilson Noblessner_(c) Kristian Kruuser

Another focus of the documentary is the juxtaposition of silence with the velocity and commotion of everyday life, and how this concept relates directly to Pärt’s music. The documentary culminates in the premiere of ‘Adam’s Passion’, which draws together themes, and – for the first time – sheds light on how Pärt’s personality and life directly correlate to his music.

Buy the DVD online at Amazon and Presto Classical, view the documentary trailer below, and visit for more information about this unique insight into Pärt’s life.

Photography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

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 )

In today’s news, The Guardian writes that the elite can’t decide who’s cultured, and the BBC report on pianist Ayham al-Ahmad’s glimmer of hope amid the Syrian refugee crisis. Also, James Rhodes believes that there is a link between music, creativity and mental health, and the BBC apologise for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in Proms program

The Guardian

We can’t leave it to the elite to decide who’s cultured

Why should love of opera be a key cultural indicator? What about those of us who prefer rap, or Bob Dylan, and have no desire to be like the posh few

BBC Music Magazine

Leif Ove Andsnes in new Beethoven documentary

The Norwegian pianist examines Beethoven’s five piano concertos

The Times of Israel

BBC apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in music program

Hook-nosed caricature of violinist Leopold Auer, printed in pamphlet for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, sparked outrage

The Guardian

Forget the mad genius composer myth: music is good for the mind

The cliche of the reclusive composer who loses their mind over manuscript is unhelpful. But, says pianist James Rhodes, there is a link between music, creativity and mental health that is both real and beneficial to people’s well-being


Syria refugee crisis: Yarmouk pianist’s perilous journey to Greece

Amid the ruins of the destroyed Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, pianist Ayham al-Ahmad provided a rare glimmer of hope amid the devastation

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Accompanies ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘The Godfather’

The idea behind the Art of the Score series, one of the most popular innovations of the New York Philharmonic in recent years, could not be simpler: classic films are screened at Avery Fisher Hall with the Philharmonic playing the score live

Die Welt

Hier macht sich der Tenorprinz endlich dreckig

Und der Dirigent John Eliot Gardiner hilft ihm ganz wunderbar beim Erwachsenwerden: Juan Diego Flórez singt in London mit Glucks Orpheus seine erste barocke Bühnenrolle

Berliner Zeitung

Marek Janowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski


Diese Unterwelt ist die Hölle

Großes Finale beim Musikfest Berlin – mit “Orfeo” nach Claudio Monteverdi, den Philharmonikern mit Carl Nielsen und Karlheinz Stockhausen

El País

Plácido Domingo dirige un concierto en México por los 30 años del seísmo

El tenore español protagoniza un homenaje en Tlatelolco, el lugar donde ayudó a rescatar a cuatro familiares que murieron bajo los escombros


More than 300,000 people attended concerts this summer. Find out more facts here:

Catch Downton last night? has John Lunn’s wonderful score next. LISTEN >

Cafes were better in the C18th. Bach’s 5th harpsichord concerto was mere background music for Zimmerman’s in Leipzig

News 21st

‘Music is the only medicine that has never let me down’ … James Rhodes/ The Guardian

(Written on September 21, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Addict musicians to join LSO for TV symphony performance

10 classical musicians recovering from addictions are to be the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ that sees them perform a specially-composed work with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Telegraph

Tom Cairns: I want Verdi to tug at the heart-strings

After La Traviata at Glyndebourne, the ever-versatile director Tom Cairns is off to Edinburgh.

The Guardian

Soweto Strings: don’t miss this chance to share their joy

The Buskaid Soweto Strings Project bring to their live performances the wonder of music infused with the passions of those who play for their very lives.

Geberkonferenz: Orchester-Freundeskreis brüskiert SWR-Intendanz

Der Verein der Freunde und Förderer des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg hat seine Teilnahme an der geplanten Träger- und Geberkonferenz abgesagt.

Rheingau Musikfestival durch Überschwemmungen beeinträchtigt

Heftige Regenfälle Ende vergangener Woche haben in Wiesbaden zu Überschwemmungen geführt, wovon nun auch das Rheingau Musikfestival betroffen ist.

Radio Classique

Lucerne : De quoi en perdre les oreilles

Au bord du lac des Quatre-Cantons, les musiciens vont affluer par centaines.


Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ People of Chorley: be nice to viola players! We support you Kim Becker …

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt  The Death Of Ethics re #classical #music‘s release of #compensation #transparency … via @adaptistration

Classical Purist: ‏@ClassicalPurist  Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news



The London Symphony Orchestra



(Written on July 16, 2014 )

It has been announced that Daniel Hope‘s documentary film Refuge in Music has won the DVD Documentary category at the 2014 International Classical Music Awards.

Refuge in Music is a poignant documentary about the Terezin ghetto and includes a moving concert with music written by composers who lived in the camp. The film tells the Terezin story through a varied structure  of interviews, musical performance, and interviews with musicians who were imprisoned in the camp. Daniel Hope’s sensitive narration both moves and informs the viewer about the Terezin and the powerful stories of its musicians.

Released on the 25th of October 2013, you can view the trailer for the DVD, also and it can be purchased via Deutsche Grammophon. Follow the latest with Daniel Hope via his website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Refuge in Music - Terezin

Refuge in Music – Terezin



(Written on January 20, 2014 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

The Metro


(Written on January 17, 2014 )