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In today’s news, the DCMS is inviting feedback on the work of Arts Council England (ACE), Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals join forces, and the Royal High School in Edinburgh becomes a music school. Also, a systematic review found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help to alleviate cancer patients’ symptoms, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Schools Week

A-level results 2016: Grades remain stable, but drop in students taking arts subjects

The A-level pass rate has remained stable this year, but figures released today show a huge drop in students taking arts-based subjects and pose questions for the government’s “more rigorous” reforms.

Arts Professional

Spotlight falls on Arts Council England in DCMS review

The DCMS is inviting feedback on the work of Arts Council England (ACE) as part of a ‘Tailored Review’. The Review will assess its performance as a non-departmental public body, including the functions it performs and its engagement and influence with stakeholders.

Classical Music Magazine

Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals join forces

Representatives of Edinburgh and Adelaide’s festivals have signed an agreement to set joint goals for artistic, business and community collaboration over the next three years.

BBC News

Royal High School in Edinburgh to become music school

Plans to turn the A-listed Old Royal High School building in Edinburgh into a music school have been approved. Under the plans, the former school will become home to Scotland’s only independent music school, St Mary’s Music School.


Music Demonstrated to Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms

A systematic review published by the Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life.


Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE Free Concert, 8/31

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm) with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).


Konsertar gjer deg lykkelegare

Festivalpublikummet visste det kanskje allereie, men no slår australske forskarar fast at du blir lykkeleg av å gå på konsert og høyre på musikk saman med andre.


Digitale Revolution im Orchestergraben? Computerklänge zum Verwechseln ähnlich

Arbeitsgruppe um HMTMH-Professor Reinhard Kopiez belegt: Virtuelle Klangbibliotheken und realer Orchesterklang sind bei aller Ähnlichkeit noch unterscheidbar – aber nicht für jeden.

Musik heute

Festival Young Euro Classic eröffnet

Mit einem Konzert des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) hat am Mittwoch in Berlin das Festival Young Euro Classic begonnen. Dabei treten bis zum 3. September 18 Jugendorchester aus Europa und der Welt auf.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

“Jazz steht für die Feier des Augenblicks”

Der 35-jährige Ausnahmemusiker hat maßgeblich zur neuen Popularität des Jazz beigetragen. “The Epic”, das Album des Saxofonisten Kamasi Washington, hat letztes Jahr in der Jazz- wie in der Pop-Szene für große Aufregung gesorgt.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Should Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto be performed on the erhu? @klassikcom Leipziger Bach-Archiv beabsichtigt Ankauf eines wertvollen Kantaten-Manuskripts

nmz @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Bildgalerie: Gitarrenfestival Hersbruck


Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals join forces. Credit: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on August 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Nikida Mndoyants wins the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Corps of Army Music offers a ‘Golden Hello’ of £10,000 for players of specific instruments or instrumental groups & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain underlines the importance of youth orchestras at the Proms. Also, Edinburgh celebrates the start of its biggest music festival.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants wins Cleveland International Piano Competition 2016

The 27-year-old Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants has won the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, a tightly contested, two-week contest, which began on 24 July with 31 unusually well-qualified candidates.

Corps of Army Music offering £10,000 Golden Hello

The Corps of Army Music is offering a ‘Golden Hello’ of up to £10,000 for players of specific instruments or instrumental groups. The new incentive is an opportunity available not only to new applicants to the Army, but also to internal transferees from other Corps and Regiments within the Army, as well as those transferring from the Reserve Army and those who want to ‘re-join’ after being out of the Army for more than two years.

The Telegraph

Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: a robust defence for the importance of youth orchestras

As shown by the recent scare – now happily resolved – over funding to the European Union Youth Orchestra, these can be fragile times for our youth ensembles. Such orchestras are not a luxury, so it was good that their incalculable value was celebrated this weekend in three concerts at the BBC Proms.

BBC News

Deep Time castle display opens Edinburgh International Festival

A spectacular light display on the side of Edinburgh Castle has marked the opening of the city’s International Festival. Dubbed Deep Time, the event, soundtracked by Glasgow post-rock band Mogwai, saw the landmark used as a canvas for animated projections taking in 350 million years of history.

‘Superfans’ keep UK festivals going

A core group of “superfans” are the bedrock of the UK’s festival scene, attending four or more events a year, research suggests. They spend an average of £581 a year on music festivals, often opting for VIP passes or upgraded camping options.


Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras announce audition schedules

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will hold auditions on August 30 and 31, or by appointment, for the Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Intermediate String Ensemble and String Ensemble.


9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Athletic feats take center stage at the Olympics, but classical music has always been an important element of the games.


Salzburger Festspiele: Shokhakimov gewinnt Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der Nachwuchsdirigent Aziz Shokhakimov aus Usbekistan ist mit dem Young Conductors Award der Salzburger Festspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet worden.

Klassik heute

Cello Akademie Rutesheim lädt zu Meisterkursen

Mit Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, Claudio Bohórquez, Wen-Sinn Yang, Danjulo Ishizaka und Troels Svane präsentiert die Cello Akademie Rutesheim 2016 vom 30. Oktober bis 5. November sechs Top-Solisten und Professoren.


Es braucht einen starken Körper

Ein Gespräch mit Anna Netrebko über den Wandel ihrer Stimme, das Sterben auf der Bühne – und warum sie nie in Bayreuth auftreten und Wagner singen wird.


TED Talks @TEDTalks The transformative power of classical music:

Classic FM @ClassicFM Special show – What does classical music sound like in 3D? investigates:

Opera Anywhere @OperaAnywhere Working on water! Madness or genius? the proof will be in the punting!


Photograph: Rhinegold

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste ( berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.


Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.


Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.


Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’


Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ is revived, music teachers’ zero-hours contracts may prevent children from learning an instrument and why symphony orchestras are expected to survive indefinitely.

The Telegraph

Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ brought back to life, in pictures

The Grand Hall at vintage venue Troxy in London’s East End is soon to be filled with the sounds of a magnificent full orchestra upon the recent completion of the restoration project to save Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

When is the Edinburgh Festival 2015?

The world’s biggest arts festival runs from August 7 to 31 this year.

The Guardian

Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Nominations open for Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

The Spectator

Why are symphony orchestras expected to survive indefinitely?

We forget that the great symphony orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic were once radical project ensembles — until they became part of the establishment.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bardentreffen in Nürnberg: Weltmusik im Bratwurstidyll

Was ist das eigentlich, ein „Bardentreffen“? Aus einem Wettstreit für Liedermacher ist in Nürnberg ein weltläufiges Festival geworden. An diesem Donnerstag wird das 40. Jubiläum gefeiert.


Wahnfried oder Ärgersheim

Mit zweijähriger Verzögerung, einer stattlichen Kostensteigerung und etlichen juristischen Turbulenzen konnten die auf dem Gelände der Villa Wahnfried angesiedelten Gebäude frisch renoviert und, um einen gläsernen Museumsneubau erweitert, der Öffentlichkeit übergeben werden. Die Probleme sind allerdings noch längst nicht gelöst.

BR Klassik

Theodorakis zum 90. Geburtstag Streitbarer Künstler und Politiker

Komponist, Schriftsteller und Politiker – der griechische Künstler Mikis Theodorakis gilt als Volksheld. Mit seinen Melodien ist Theodorakis schon zu Lebzeiten unsterblich geworden. BR-KLASSIK gratuliert dem Musiker zum 90. Geburtstag.

El Mundo

Casi vivir de la música

La música vive un mal momento, es redundante repetirlo. Los profesionales de esta disciplina, al no ver cubiertas sus expectativas y aspiraciones en España, deciden partir rumbo a Europa. Orquestas profesionales y formaciones amateur y grandes conservatorios esperan para acogerles. Pero, ¿y ellos? ¿Se sienten valorados tras tomar la decisión de emigrar?


Vic Firth, Legendary Drumstick Creator and Percussionist, Dies at 85

Even if you aren’t a percussionist, the name Vic Firth — the world’s most prolific drumstick maker — is still in your vocabulary. For the man who started it all, Mr. Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth has died at 85 years old.


Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Devils and debauchery may just feature in this month’s Opera Strip… Can you guess the opera?

Londonist @Londonist: Things to do in London today: enjoy seafood with your jazz & London Open Live @_TheWhitechapel

BBC Radio 1 @BBCR1: This is stunning! Insomnia at the proms.


Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ
Photo: Julian Simmonds/The Telegraph

(Written on July 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Harry Partch: the magic of a California hobo

Ahead of two Edinburgh Festival performances, Ivan Hewett salutes the late composer, Harry Partch, last in a great line of American mavericks.

The Guardian

Classical music students – the future’s bright, just use your imagination

Earlier this month, Julian Lloyd Webber gave a speech to music students at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Here, we reprint it in full.

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2014 winners announced

See the 12 recordings that have been crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014, ahead of the ceremony on 17 September.

Classical Music 

As a new survey reveals the stresses and strains of a musical career, are we doing enough to support musicians?

Being a musician can be one of the best jobs in the world. Musicians have the opportunity to do something they love, play with like-minded people and connect with audiences who share their passion.

Epoch Times

In Appreciation of a Master Fiddler

Buddy MacMaster’s music ‘a wonderful gift’.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Schroeder Hall Opens in Sonoma

Schroeder — the Peanuts‘ piano-playing, Beethoven-worshipper, pursued by Lucy van Pelt — now has his name on a new building in Sonoma’s Green Music Center.


EXCLUSIVE: Watch Igor Levit Play J.S. Bach; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major (BWV 825) – I. Praeludium

Just like we promised we would, Classicalite’s A.V. Club is pleased to present the premiere of Russian-German pianist Igor Levit’s “music video” for Bach’s first partita.

Die Welt

“Abbado hat mir viel genommen und gegeben”

Stargeigerin Viktoria Mullova spricht erstmals über das schwierige Verhältnis zum Vater ihres Sohnes. Dabei hat auch sie sich als gedrilltes Violinbiest ihrer Mutter gegenüber grausam verhalten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Klaus Wowereit hinterlässt eine blühende Kulturlandschaft

Als Kultursenator hat Klaus Wowereit dafür gesorgt, dass endlich wieder über Kunst geredet wurde statt immer nur über Geld zu streiten. Das ermöglichte der Berliner Kulturszene einen neuen Höhenflug. Wie geht es nun weiter?

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Nike Wagner beklagt Uniformität von Kunstfestivals

Wagner: “Ohne Promi-Name geht nichts”.

La Croix

Radio France se remanie pour toucher tous les publics

Mathieu Gallet et ses sept directeurs ont présenté mercredi 27 août les nouvelles grilles de programmes, intégrant la dimension numérique et la prochaine ouverture au public de la Maison de la Radio.


Classical Music Agen: @AClassicalMusic Birthdays and Commemoration at the Proms–Birtwistle, Davies, Rands, and others  #classicalmusic

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms, join @LPOrchestra and pianist Alexander Toradze for Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin: 

Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline Tickets for RPO concerts @TheBathsHall @FairfieldHalls & @wycombeswan are available on #RPORewards – the RPO’s #app!

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest RCM harpist @Ceciliasdm entertains guests @NHM_London latest sleepover #dinosnores event!


Photo: The Guardian


(Written on August 28, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Southbank Centre is pulling out the stops for its organ festival

The Royal Festival Hall organ will sound its voice in public for the first time in almost ten years at the launch of the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival tomorrow.

The Guardian

What is Radio 3 doing in a glass box on the southbank?

Radio 3 has relocated to a new temporary studio – in London’s Southbank centre. The station‘s controller Roger Wright explains why.

Classic FM

Colour-blind artist hears colour thanks to electronic chip

An artist has implanted a chip into his skull allowing him to hear different shades of colour as sound vibrations.

Elgar ‘Banksy’ sparks controversy

Four graffitied images of the British composer have appeared in Malvern as an ‘anonymous gift’ to the community – but the artists have apologised for not seeking permission for the paintings.

Sneezing trombone video goes viral

A video in which a trombonist sneezes into his instrument during a quiet moment of a brass band concert has now racked up half a million views on YouTube.

Classical Music Magazine 

Edinburgh Festival looks to first world war in 2014 programme

War, peace and artists’ responses to them are the weighty themes behind the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills has announced in his final year as the event’s director, for the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

The Guardian

The Guardian



(Written on March 18, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons, interview

Mariss Jansons is reluctant to talk about the horrors of the Soviet system – he’d rather talk about the music he is going to conduct at the Proms and Edinburgh Festival, he tells Ivan Hewett.

The Sydney Morning Herald (via Arts Journal)

Call of opera luring greater audience numbers

It’s music to opera lovers’ ears. In what was a bumper year for opera attendances in Australia, the art form had a greater increase in audience numbers in 2012 than either dance, theatre, orchestral or chamber music, according to an Australia Council survey of the country’s 28 major performing arts companies

Classic FM

Skateboarding set to music in new classical video

Composing has a lot in common with skateboarding, says classical musician Sven Helbig, whose hypnotic new video stars young people in a skatepark.

BBC Music Magazine

Bolshoi violinist dies after falling into orchestra pit

Long-standing member of the orchestra dies of injuries in hospital

Limelight Magazine

Boston Chief knocked out in Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons concussed after “household accident” at Wagner Festival.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre Chairman Completes 300 Mile, 24-Hour Bike Ride And Raises Final Amount For Royal Festival Hall Organ Campaign

Full £2.3 million has now been raised for the Pull Out All The Stops organ campaign to restore the Royal Festival Hall organ

Music Week

Swedish music market grows 12% in H1 2013

Total music sales value in Sweden increased by 12 percent in the first half of 2013, propelled by strong growth in usage of streaming services.

André Rieu breaks record for highest-grossing UK opening weekend takings for a music concert film

An André Rieu music concert screened in cinemas has achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend takings in UK box office history for its genre.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der Anti-Maestro meldet sich zurück

Stürmen, schuften, siegen: Kirill Petrenko wird verehrt, wohin er auch kommt. Jetzt dirigiert er den neuen, von Frank Castorf inszenierten „Ring des Nibelungen“ im Bayreuther Festspielhaus.

Classic FM

(Written on July 23, 2013 )


Jurowski to bow out of Glyndebourne with a new Ariadne

French opera joins the repertory for Glyndebourne 2013 and the boss’s wife sings Norina


Alexander Sprague – New Faces

Rupert Christiansen introduces promising young tenor Alexander Sprague, who will make his professional stage debut at Edinburgh Festival.

Classic FM

André Rieu new concert DVD with Anthony Hopkins

‘Under The Stars’ is the latest live DVD from the hugely popular André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, released on September 10th.

Gibbons on helium are like opera singers, research says

Gibbons use the same vocal projection techniques as opera singers, according to a new study carried out in Japan.

Adès slams “fungal” Wagner, “waste of space” Brahms

Wagner and Brahms come under fire from Thomas Adès in a new book, with the British composer taking them to task.

Open Democracy

Radio 3 – why it matters, and why it shouldn’t dumb down classical music

The BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV – it’s vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn’t slip down the same route.

La Times

Pianist Van Cliburn reveals bone cancer diagnosis

The only classical pianist who has received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, Van Cliburn has announced through his publicist that he has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer.

Classic FM

(Written on August 29, 2012 )

Classic FM

Nigel Kennedy: Classical Artists only last ‘five years’

Nigel Kennedy has lashed out at the music industry and says that they do not develop their artists anymore.

James Rhodes’ unusual practice habits

Rock star concert pianist James ‘Jimmy’ Rhodes is glad London 2012 is over so he has more time to practice.

EuroMillions winners to expand music shop 

The couple that won £148m in his week’s Euromilions jackpot plan to put some money into their music shop business.

World Soundtrack Award nominees announced 

Nominations for soundtrack composers are announced for the 12th annual World Soundtrack Awards.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc

Horror: young Houston Opera singer killed in car smash

Laura Botkin dies at age 27.

Rachmaninov’s Bells blacked out in Edinburgh Festival embarrassment 

Disaster strikes for London Philharmonic at Edinburgh performance.

Hot News from the Heimat: Classical sales and subscriptions up across Germany 

The German Orchestra Society has just reported a record season for ticket sales.


Royal Opera House endorses longer runs of popular classics 

Crowd-Pleasers to become standard programming alongside lesser-known works.

BBC News

Stars attend Marvin Hamlisch funeral 

Friends of Marvin Hamlisch have gathered in New York to pay respects to the composer,who dies last week.

One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy ‘an inspiration’

Nicholas McCarthy graduates from the Royal College of Music.

(Written on August 15, 2012 )

The Telegraph

What Cinematic Opera Means for the Real Thing

There are drastically changing patterns of demand in the opera world: Opera audiences outside London are increasingly elderly, and no amount of proselytising in schools or groovy buy-one-get-one-free initiatives seems to arrest that worrying trend.

Gustav Holst: so much more than ‘The Planets’

Gustav Holst’s neglected ‘Indian’ works are about to be celebrated in his home town at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Independent

The Proms think big: Can the world’s leading classical festival hold its own in an Olympic year?

As a vital part of the London 2012 Festival, the pressure’s on the Proms this year – and they deliver on their own terms


Pablo Heras-Casado signs to Harmonia Mundi

Harmonia Mundi has announced a new collaboration with acclaimed Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. The young maestro will make his label debut with two recordings, currently in production, to be released in 2013.

Ten years ago Delphian Records released its first recording, and in celebration of a decade’s worth of chamber, choral, vocal and instrumental albums, the Scottish label will present a series of concerts at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

How Gustav Mahler addressed the President of the United States

Apparently, at a January 1911 dinner that the music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra attended for President Howard Taft, Mahler got up and made a speech. It’s not clear from the report if he made it before the president left, but wouldn’t you like to know what he said?

The Guardian

Lina Lalandi obituary

Founding director of the English Bach festival, and a pioneer in the rediscovery of baroque opera.

James Bond lyricist Leslie Bricusse gives George Gershwin a new voice

For the first time the composer’s best-known orchestral music can be heard with words to accompany it.

The Times

A Review: Brynfest at the Festival Hall

Every Londoner became a Welshman at the weekend as the Brynfest took over the Southbank.

Lina Lalandi


(Written on July 9, 2012 )