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Everyone listens to music. We can surely all agree that music is a big part of our lives, whether that be listening to the radio or a Spotify playlist on the way to work, letting our hair down in a nightclub on a Friday night, or watching a visiting orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, music is something that everyone can relate to. So why are researchers warning of the extinction of music in secondary schools in England?

The government introduced the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in 2010, with a goal to increase the take-up of ‘core’ academic subjects like mathematics and science. This move, however, has left the arts lagging behind. The Ebacc does leave space for students to take arts subjects and there is no solid evidence that the new syllabus has affected GCSE arts subject entries. However, in the New Schools Network report on the EBacc and the arts, it has been found that ‘schools have misunderstood the intention behind the EBacc, using its introduction to reduce funding for the teaching of the arts.’ This has therefore led to a decline in the number of qualified arts teachers, correlating with declining figures on music teacher PGCE courses.

The music industry contributes £3.5 billion to the economy, and it is well known that arts education improves job prospects by making young people more creative, tolerant and broad-minded. It is therefore strange that it is not taken as seriously as one of the ‘core subjects’ that the government view as most important to a child’s education. Catherine McKinnell stated in debates on arts subject inclusion and petition in February 2016: ‘I feel that the Government’s policy and approach at the moment fundamentally risks undermining the benefits that can come from that experience… at the most fundamental level, we need these skills for our economy. If we put off children and young people who can flourish in those areas even though they may struggle in some other ones, the evidence shows that that would be a worrying trend.’

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Not only does music enrich the economy, but it is also good for you. A study from the University of London’s Institute of Education ‘found that exposing children to classical music can aid in developing better concentration levels, self-discipline and social skills.’ Music is both valuable for the economy and for the individual and in Finland, teaching music and learning to play an instrument is the norm. It is, as stated by Stephen Moss in his article, Why not put music at the heart of education?, ‘the foundation of  children’s schooling (in Finland); it should be the model for us to follow.’

So what are we waiting for?

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Police officers to play classical music to reduce violence and Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees. Violinist Walter Levin has died, composer Balz Bachmann receives soundtrack prize, and Berlin celebrates a month of contemporary music.

The Times

Testing music’s power to soothe a savage breast

Police officers are about to start piping classical music into the notoriously troubled Broadwater Farm estate in north London in an attempt to calm the atmosphere and disperse troublemakers.

Classical Music Magazine

LPO expands Junior Artists programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has expanded its LPO Junior Artists programme, adding a new strand for younger students from communities under-represented in professional UK orchestras.

Choir and Organ

London Youth Choir auditions

The ensemble is recruiting young singers from Year 3 up to age 21 who live, work or study in Greater London, show musical potential and can sing in tune. It is particularly in need of boys of all ages. 

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees

The Salzburg Festival is donating €50,000 to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years.

The Violin Channel

Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive AUD $4,000, a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier Michal Prokop – and a number of debut concert engagements.

France Musique

Mort du violoniste Walter Levin, fondateur du Quatuor LaSalle

Le violoniste américain Walter Levin est mort à Chicago à l’âge de 92 ans.

Limelight

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season announced

Stuart Skelton, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Anne-Sophie Mutter are just some of the highlights among next year’s offerings.

Klassik.com

Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa für Balz Bachmann

Der Schweizer Komponist Balz Bachmann hat den diesjährigen Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik

Vom 1. bis 30. September 2017 präsentiert field notes den ersten Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik in Berlin.

Musik Heute

Europäische Wochen Passau locken mehr Besucher

Weniger Konzerte, aber mehr Publikum: Die 65. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau haben 17.500 Besucher angelockt.

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Photo credit: © Salzburger Festspiele / Silvia Lelli
Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Anna Netrebko, Shirin Neshat, Francesco Meli, Angelika Svoboda and Ida Metzger-Niaghi

(Written on August 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season, Caledonian Sleeper train hosts opera performance, and Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works. Russian violinist sentences to 20 hour of community service, Domingo to conduct in Bayreuth in 2018, and “Klassik am See” has been rescheduled.

International Piano

Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season

Yamaha Music London has announced its inaugural Silent Piano concert season.

The four-concert series will see Thomasz Zyrmont, Eren Önsoy, Andrew Zolinsky and Varvara Tarasova perform on Yamaha’s Silent Pianos, with the audience experiencing the music through headphones, remotely and wirelessly.

Music Teacher

Sound and Music announce composers selected for HCMF schools project

Three composers have been selected to take part in a new education project designed by Sound and Music in partnership with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay.

Early Music Today

English Concert announces 2017/18 season

The English Concert’s 2017/18 season will see the ensemble celebrate ten years with Harry Bicket as music director.

Classical Music Magazine

Caledonian Sleeper hosts opera performance

An opera has been performed on the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017. Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, received its premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London on 24 July. The opera’s music was written by Samuel Bordoli and its libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones.

Choir and Organ

Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works

Greg Morris, associate organist of the Temple Church in London, is to perform Bach’s complete organ works over a ten month period, beginning in October 2017.

France Musique

Un violoniste russe arrêté en pleine répétition

La BBC a diffusé un reportage sur Andrey Osipov, violoniste russe engagé contre la corruption dans son pays.

The Irish Times

Frank McNamara gives a masterclass in how to handle mistakes

The pianist shows students how to handle the pressure of improvisation

Der Tagesspiegel

Zeit, Schweiß und Gold

Am 1. August werden Bühne und Besucherraum an Technik und Künstler der Staatsoper übergeben. Besuch bei den letzten Arbeiten.

Pizzicato

Domingo dirigiert in Bayreuth, Netrebko sagte ab

Der Tenor, Bariton und Dirigent Placido Domingo (76) wird im  Jahr 2018 in Bayreuth Wagners ‘Walküre’ dirigieren.

Klassik Heute

Programmänderung und Verschiebung von “Klassik am See” in Erlangen

Andreas Ottensamer hat seinen Auftritt bei Klassik am See« in Erlangen nach dem plötzlichen Tod seines Vaters abgesagt.

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Classical Music Magazine: Belongings

(Written on July 26, 2017 )

In today’s news: Gustavo Gimeno records two new CDs, electronica and Mozart unite for BoxPark concert, Steven Isserlis talks music and death, Barenboim visits the West Bank to help young musicians. Live Music Now announce Libor concerts, and the Royal College of Music plan renovations and upgrades.

Irish Times

Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

Joyce DiDonato gives a stunning example of the possible shape of things to come.

PRS for Music M Magazine

Shift K3y announces collaboration with the London Mozart Players

Electronic musician Lewis Jankel (aka Shift K3y) will headline a fusion night of electronic, indie and classical sounds at Croydon’s new 2,000 capacity BoxPark on 19 July.

The Telegraph

Steven Isserlis interview: ‘John Tavener spoke to me in a dream’ 

The world-leading cellist talks to Ben Lawrence about music, death and how a celebrated playwright invoked his wrath

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits the West Bank 

Barenboim visits the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Rhinegold

Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

Classical Source

Royal College of Music breaks new ground with ambitious campus redevelopment

Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music.

Spiegel Online

Dirigenten-Überraschung Wenn der Funke überspringt

Gustavo Gimeno überzeugt mit Temperament und Charisma, wie es sich für einen Dirigenten gehört. Dabei verlässt er sich nicht auf allzu bewährte Konzert-Hits. Auf seinen neuen CDs überrascht er mit frühem Bruckner und Schostakowitsch.

Pizzicato

Jetzt hat Beethoven sein Eistörtchen

Ein Eisproduzent aus Bonn hat laut Informationen der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ ein Beethoven-Eistörtchen vorgestellt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Reinhard Goebel erhält Bach-Medaille 2017

Der Geiger und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel bekommt die Bach-Medaille 2017 verliehen. Geehrt werde Goebel für seine besonderen Verdienste um die Vermittlung alter Musik.

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits West Bank

Daniel Barenboim, has been visiting the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade – to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Le Parisien

Le Festival Berlioz rendra hommage aux années londoniennes du compositeur

Le festival, qui a rassemblé l’an dernier 26.000 spectateurs, se tiendra du 18 août au 3 septembre à La Côte Saint-André, bourgade de l’Isère où le compositeur est né il y a 214 ans, et alentour.

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(Written on June 14, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, ROH announce new work by George Benjamin, and CBSO receive a £250,000 contribution for education.  27-y-o Ben Gernon has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Verona’s arena looks set to get protection from the rain at last, and 355 people have back a crowdfunded project to replace a cello destroyed in flight on United Airlines. 

The Guardian

Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will stage the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Benjamin’s third opera will be called Lessons in Love and Violence, and continues his very successful collaboration with the British playwright.

Rhinegold

CBSO receives £250,000 contribution to education programme

Philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have presented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with £250,000 towards its education programme over the next five years.

BREMF announces Creative Marketing and Programming Day

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is holding a free training day on 19 February. Taking place at the Royal Academy of Music in London between 11am and 6pm, the day will be led by William Norris (OAE, Tafelmusik) and will look at creative ways to approach marketing and programming in order to reach new audiences.

Ben Gernon to become BBC Philharmonic principal guest conductor

Ben Gernon has been announced as principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He will formally take up the position in autumn 2017.  The 27-year-old British conductor has worked with the orchestra for two years, conducting interactive concerts as part of The Red Brick Sessions and core repertoire. He has already presented a BBC Philharmonic ‘Meet the Phil’ event for local school children.

The Strad

League of American Orchestras condemns Trump administration US travel ban

The organisation has issued a statement reacting to the Executive Order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

The New York Times

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award

Jamie Barton, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano can stretch over long, lyrical lines and cascade down coloratura runs, has won the Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s $50,000 annual prize for a young singer, the company announced on Tuesday.

BroadwayWorld.com

2017 Composers Now Festival to Open This February at DiMenna Center

The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices, and honors the significance of their contributions to our society. On February 1, the eighth annual festival begins with a celebratory event at the DiMenna Center.

Pizzicato

Plans For The Coverage Of Verona’s Arena Move On

The visitors of the Arena di Verona might soon be protected from rain. The city has announced the winners of a contest for the creating of a huge coverage to be built.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es ist mir egal, ob sie mich umbringen, ich höre mit der Musik niemals auf”

Ein Frauenorchester aus Afghanistan ist zu Besuch in Deutschland. Die jungen Musikerinnen machen vielen Hoffnung, in ihrer Heimat aber bekommen sie Todesdrohungen.

Spiegel Online

Ein Gebäude wie ein Kommentar

Sein Bau markierte einen Aufbruch in der Architektur: Bis heute wirkt das Pariser Centre Pompidou wie eine bissige Anmerkung zum Kunstmarkt. So politisch und mutig sollte Museumsbau immer sein.

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant der Bonner Oper Jean-Claude Riber gestorben

Der Regisseur und frühere Intendant der Oper Bonn Jean-Claude Riber ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 82 Jahren an seinem Wohnsitz in den Vogesen.

Musik Heute

Germeshausen wird Opernintendant in Dortmund

Heribert Germeshausen wird neuer Intendant der Oper Dortmund. Der Heidelberger Operndirektor soll das Amt zur Spielzeit 2018/19 antreten, teilte die Stadt Dortmund am Dienstag mit. 

Le Figaro

Hippocrate et Bacchus au château de Versailles

Une soirée de gala de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer était organisée dans les Grands Appartements royaux.

France Musique

Une étudiante reçoit le soutien des internautes suite à la destruction de son violoncelle

355 personnes se sont mobilisées sur internet pour venir en aide à une jeune étudiante dont le violoncelle a été détruit lors d’un vol sur la compagnie aérienne américaine United airlines.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalNews Pleasance Theatre Trust and SDTN announce new graduate scheme

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1875 Death of English #composer William Sterndale #Bennett #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Co.Design @FastCoDesign “It does break the mold in what’s being done in classical music.” http://buff.ly/2kowOV9

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George Benjamin. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd

(Written on February 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that CBSO has appointed 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as music director, Borusan Philharmonic to perform in Austria and Germany and a youth classical music programme in Washington turns no student away. Also, the HIP Festival aims to salvage classical music that has been forgotten

The Guardian

CBSO appoints 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as music director

The Lithuanian woman who succeeds Andris Nelsons in Birmingham wins acclaim for energy and ‘rare talent’

Hurriyet Daily News

Borusan Philharmonic in Austria and Germany

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) is set to go on tour to two of the most important countries in the history of classic music, Austria and Germany

PBS NewsHour

This youth classical music program turns no students away

For a group of children in Yakima, Washington, life is changing one cello at a time

Indy Week

The HIP Festival Aims to Salvage Classical Music So Old Symphonies Often Forget It Exists

The HIP Festival salvages sounds of the past that even most symphonies have forgotten

Kultur-Port.de

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie wird “Orchester des Jahres” im Programm von Deutschlandradio Kultur

Neue Anerkennung durch Deutschlandradio Kultur: Ab 2016 wählt das nationale Kulturprogramm jährlich ein Ensemble als „Orchester des Jahres“ aus. In diesem Jahr geht die Würdigung an „Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen“

NDR.de

“Weiße Haut” der Elbphilharmonie gibt den Ton an

Für Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler (parteilos) ist es ein “vorgezogener Freudentag” – knapp ein Jahr vor der geplanten Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

NMZ

Radiosender Bayern 1 streicht Volksmusik

Was haben Volksmusik und klassische Musik gemeinsam? Nicht viel, könnte man meinen. Außer in Bayern

France Musique

L’œuvre d’Olivier Messiaen entre à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

Partitions, livres, photos, manuscrits… Le fonds Messiaen, conservé jusqu’alors dans l’appartement parisien du compositeur, vient de trouver sa place à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

New York Times

Kickstarter as a Path to Grammy Nominations, Far Beyond the Indie Scene

Three years ago, the Nashville Symphony was in austerity mode as it recovered from the financial crisis and a flood that caused $40 million in damage to its building

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Philharmonia @philharmonia This week we’re performing #Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1 around the UK with brilliant conductor-pianist Lahav Shani http://bit.ly/1TwAZsC

Guildhall School@guildhallschool Watch: the only playable #stradivarius #guitar left in the world! https://www.facebook.com/ForgottenGuitar/videos/vb.784432801689714/825911577541836/?type=2&theater

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine We have now updated our news story on @TheCBSO‘s exciting new appointment. Here it is in full… http://www.classical-music.com/news/city-birmingham-symphony-orchestra-names-its-new-conductor

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Photograph: Nancy Horowitz/ The Guardian

(Written on February 4, 2016 )

Whilst most luthiers seem to be men, the shortlist for Menuhin Competition 2016, is dominated by females. In the Strad’s March 2013 issue, violin maker Ute Zahn asked why there are so few female violin makers. One might assume that it’s something to do with the machines and physical work required to make a violin. However Zahn concludes that violin making is for ‘anyone with patience, passion, aptitude and determination.’ These are also some of the requirements for violin playing; it is extraordinary that out of 22 entrants in the senior category, only one is male and in the junior section there are 15 girls and only seven boys. 

 Ziyu He, 16 is the only male candidate competing in the senior category. Although Austrian, he was born in and is representing China. He started playing at the age of five and since October 2011, Ziyu lives and studies in Salzburg at the Leopold Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum University.

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There are seven candidates from South Korea in the senior category but could the winner come from the UK?  With two entrants this year, this is the highest number of British competitors for twenty years. Indeed in a letter to The Times earlier this week, Julian Lloyd Webber accused the government of trying to squeeze arts subjects out of schools. Certainly compared with China, Korea and Japan, it would seem that children in Britain are given fewer opportunities and encouragement to study music or take up a musical instrument. Schools have minuscule budgets for music education and simply can’t afford to provide children with instruments and regular music classes. James Rhodes, TV presenter and classical pianist makes the point that schools would never require students to bring their own footballs and rugby balls for sports classes. There is however one privileged primary school where every student owns a violin, this is the exception though!

Juliette Roos, 20 along with Louisa Staples, 15 and Mathilde Milwidsky, 21 are the three outstanding violinists who will be fighting it out in the senior category for the UK.

Roos was in the strings final for BBC Young Musician 2012, she won her first prize at the age of six and has performed as soloist, in orchestra, chamber ensembles and in masterclasses ever since.

The 2016 Menuhin Competition takes place at Royal Academy of Music, London from 7-17 April. It is Yehudi Menuhin’s Centenary; the 11 day festival features major concerts from London’s best orchestras and international soloists celebrating all things Menuhin. Given the unprecedented number of females shortlisted for this year’s competition, it looks likely that a girl will win. What does the next one hundred years of the Menuhin’s legacy have in store for us?

 

 

(Written on January 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a report reveals that UK music consumption increased by 4% in 2015, the Menuhin Competition shortlist is dominated by females and the BBC Proms Inspire scheme is expanded for 2016. Also, a streaming surge leads to the first rise in music sales in more than a decade and arts subjects are squeezed out of school curriculums

Classical Music Magazine

UK music consumption up 4% in 2015

A report published by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) reveals that UK music consumption rose by approximately 4% in 2015

Classic FM

‘I don’t think people should have their phones out and be able to eat and drink at concerts’ says violinist Nicola Benedetti

We asked the brilliant violinist what three things she’d like to change in the classical music world. Here’s what she told us…

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 44 shortlisted violinists in a list dominated by females

This year’s contest, celebrating the centenary of its famous namesake, takes place in London during April

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms Inspire scheme expanded for 2016

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme for young composers is offering a number of new features, and will now hold events throughout the year

The Times

Musicians in warning over arts at school

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the actor and director Samuel West are among 70 leading figures from the arts accusing the government of squeezing creative subjects out of the secondary school curriculum

The Telegraph

Streaming surge leads to first rise in music sales in more than a decade

Retail value of music sales grew by 3.5 per cent in 2015, as estimated revenue from streaming services such as Spotify rose by 50 per cent in a year

FAZ

Gesang ist das Herz der Musik

Alfred Brendel feiert an diesem Dienstag seinen 85.Geburtstag. In London sprechen wir mit ihm über die Vorteile der Schwerhörigkeit, seine junge Liebe zum Streichquartett, über Gesang, Werktreue, Streaming und über das Komische in der Musik

Berliner Zeitung

Ein ganz besonderer Berliner

Der preußische Kapellmeister Gustav Sabac el Cher war beliebt und bekannt im Berlin der Jahrhundertwende. Der Superstar seiner Zeit war der letzte einer Reihe von afrikanischen Musikern der Preußenkönige

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ verweigern Hilfe bei Renovierung der Beethovenhalle

Die ‘Bürger für Beethoven’, mit 1.500 Mitgliedern größter ehrenamtlicher Verein in Bonn, wollen sich nicht an der Spendenaktion für die vom Stadtrat beschlossene Sanierung der Beethovenhalle beteiligen

New York Daily News

Violinist sues New York businessman over profits from sale of antique instrument

A 17th century violin that was played around the world by soloist Eugenia Choi is now being strummed in court as the instrument of a dirty deal

The New Yorker

Listening to “Star Wars”

The score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is almost certain to secure John Williams his fiftieth Oscar nomination

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Genesis Foundation@Genesis_Fndn  First Catholic service at Hampton Court’s @TheChapelRoyal in over 450 years http://bit.ly/1JtwM6n  @TheSixteen – more info coming soon!

Music Mark@musicmarkuk Streaming and vinyl kept the music industry buoyant in 2015 http://tinyurl.com/jd3roxf

Interlude@interludeHK  no longer his anniversary year-but we’re still listening to Sibelius-more on his work here 

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a tiny orchestra is created by state-of-the-art technology, the first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day, and Telegraph asks why traditional cathedral choirs are under threat. Also, Irish Times explores how orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions

Telegraph

Why are traditional cathedral choirs under threat?

The BBC’s annual Christmas Eve broadcast of Carols from Kings marks for many of its two million regular viewers the start of the festive season

BBC Music Magazine

Miniature orchestra printed in 3D

Tiny ensemble created by state-of-the-art technology

Classic FM

Danny Elfman tells us how to compose scary-sounding music

We caught up with the legendary film composer at a rehearsal for a live-scored screening of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, where a brand-new Elfman piece was debuted

Irish Times

Classical music: Playing outside the pit can broaden your horizons

Orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions such as providing music education and road-testing new music

BBC Music Magazine

Watch the BBC Ten Pieces film on Boxing Day!

The first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day. We go behind the scenes with Jennifer Redmond

Classicalite

Carnegie Hall 2016: Opera Singer Joyce DiDonato Master Classes; Mitsuko Uchida Piano Workshop

Are you a lover of arias? Looking for some first-class singing instruction? Look no further than the Carnegie Hall 2016 schedule, which offers a rare opportunity to see opera singer Joyce DiDonato’s master classes

San Francisco Classical Voice

Opera Parallèle Commissions Work About O’Keeffe

Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement is collaborating with American Opera Projects and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, also securing a $35,000 grant from Opera America, to produce a major work, to be performed by all three participants

Zeit Online

Menschen müssen träumen dürfen

Selbst die Saisoneröffnung der Mailänder Scala steht unter dem Zeichen des Terrors. Eine Begegnung mit Riccardo Chailly, dem neuen Musikdirektor von Italiens wichtigstem Opernhaus 

Klassik.com

Dresdner Kreuzchor singt Weihnachtslieder vor 15.000 Zuschauern

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor hat zur Einstimmung auf sein 800-jähriges Jubiläum im kommenden Jahr ein besonderes Weihnachtskonzert im Stadion von Dynamo Dresden vor 15.000 Zuschauern gegeben

Musik Heute

Semperoper: Offener Brief gegen Pegida vor ihrem Haus

Die Semperoper will die Kundgebungen der islam- und fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bewegung vor ihrem Haus nicht länger hinnehmen. Deshalb hat sie einen eindringlichen Hilferuf an die Stadt Dresden und das Land Sachsen gerichtet

Le Figaro

Il s’enferme dans une radio et diffuse en boucle Last Christmas

En Autriche, un DJ forcené s’est barricadé dans un studio et a retransmis à l’antenne durant deux heures sans interruption le célèbre chant de Noël du duo britannique Wham!.

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BBC SingersOur very own reindeer bringing Christmas cheer to BBC Broadcasting House!

LondonistBet you can’t get 10/10 on this quiz about A Christmas Carol:

Sinfini Music : Christmas Eve Eve. Have a lovely . Go on, treat yourself

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Choristers at St Paul’s Cathedral Credit: AFP/Getty/Telegraph

 

(Written on December 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC, and a new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England. Also, the Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference

Guardian

Bing & Ruth on contemporary classical: ‘Initially, it was like – what do we do with this stuff?’

David Moore may have had success as part of Langhorne Slim & the Law, but it’s with his classical ensemble that he’s found an surprising a new audience

The Times

Could our opera virgin learn to love classical music in a month?

As a lifelong fan of pop and R’n’B I had been set a challenge to see if I could “get into” classical music

Classical Music Magazine 

ABO announces details of annual conference

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference, which will take place in Birmingham from 20-22 January 2016

International Arts Manager

Online music lessons launched for rural England

A new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England

Classical Music Magazine

Delphian to release carnyx recording

The latest release from the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a recording of a carnyx

Classic FM

Downton Abbey music: listen to unreleased tracks from the original score

Previously unreleased music from the Downton Abbey score is now available on a new double CD – and you can hear it first on Classic FM

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 undergoing discussions to reduce relay fee

In a further sign of the ongoing financial belt-tightening at Broadcasting House, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC

FAZ

Komponier mir das Lied vom Tod

Er möchte mit „Maestro“ angesprochen werden: Ein Gespräch mit dem großen Filmkomponisten Ennio Morricone, der dem Western seinen Klang gegeben und auch die Musik für den neuen Film von Quentin Tarantino geschrieben hat

Pizzicato 

Heute beginnt der Beethoven-Wettbewerb in Bonn

22 Pianisten aus 11 Ländern treten ab dem heutigen 4. Dezember beim Internationalen Beethoven-Wettbewerb Bonn 2015 an, der damit zugleich sein 10 jähriges Jubiläum feiert

NMZ

Europa weltweit zweitgrößter Markt für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Europa ist nach einem Unesco-Bericht nach der Region Asien-Pazifik der zweitgrößte Wirtschaftsmarkt für Kultur- und Kreativleistungen

El Pais 

Georges Aperghis: “Escribir música es buscar la libertad cada día”

El compositor greco-francés, que hoy estrena una velada dedicada a su música en la Sociedad Filarmónica de París, habla de sus más recientes obras

Le Figaro

Facebook aide les gendarmes du Tarn à retrouver un voleur de guitares

Un collectionneur d’instruments à cordes, qui habite le village de Rabastens (Midi-Pyrénées) a été la victime d’un cambriolage le 11 novembre dernier. Les enquêteurs ont décidé d’utiliser le puissant réseau social pour lancer un appel à témoins

Twitter

OpenTechA Nashville technology startup thinks it can help classical music flourish in the digital age. ..

News in SummaryWhat Football Can Teach Classical

Sinfini Music: Love is in the air when Mimi comes to borrow a light from Rodoflo in : La bohème

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David Moore of Bing & Ruth: ‘There was really no playbook.’ Photograph: Jody Rogac/The Guardian

(Written on December 4, 2015 )