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In our news today, Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival, English National Opera is negotiating with new music director, and violin made from Churchill’s cigar box is to be auctioned. Also, Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie gets its own stamp.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival

The Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. Presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Belief and Beyond Belief will consider questions pertaining to life, death, religion and spirituality.

CBSO surprises shoppers and travellers

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave two pop-up concerts on 8 October, which can now be watched online. The orchestra performed at Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre, surprising travellers and shoppers.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO ‘in contractual negotiations’ with new music director

English National Opera is currently negotiating a contract with a new music director. The Sunday Times’ Hugh Canning asserted that Martyn Brabbins has been selected, describing it as an ‘interesting choice’.

The Strad

Violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box to be auctioned

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes is to be offered for sale this October in London by Ingles & Hayday.

Exhibition dedicated to violin maker Vincenzo Panormo to open in London

Tarisio is to host an exhibition dedicated to Vincenzo Panormo and his sons from 23-24 October. Curated by maker and restorer Andrew Fairfax, the display includes recent archival research in a new biography of the maker.

Global Voices

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

In their formal concert outfits, with masks on to protect themselves from the stench of decay, two classical musicians from Tetovo played Bach’s famous orchestral suite “Air” to protest pollution.

CBS News

How Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard

Row after row of Sangiovese grapevines cover the hills of Montalcino in Tuscany, where famed Brunello wine is made. But one of these vineyards is a bit different. The grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music.

Musik heute

Post gibt Sonderbriefmarke “Elbphilharmonie” heraus

Zur Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg gibt die Deutsche Post AG eine Sonderbriefmarke heraus. Die Marke mit einem Wert von 1,45 Euro werde ab 2. Januar 2017 bundesweit erhältlich sein

Bratschisten streiten vor Gericht um Preis einer Viola

Ein Bratschist der Berliner Philharmoniker hatte einem Berufskollegen 2013 die Viola mit der Inschrift “Luigi Mingazzi Ravenna 1923” für 60.000 Euro abgekauft. Zwei Jahre später ergab jedoch ein Privatgutachten, dass die Bratsche gar nicht von dem Meister aus Ravenna, sondern aus dem Vogtland stamme.

Codex Flores

Altstaedt, Bohórquez und Lang unterrichten in Berlin

Mit ihren beiden Alumni Claudio Bohórquez und Nicolas Altstaedt gewinnt die Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler zwei herausragende und international gefragte Cellisten für die Lehre. Auch der Komponist Benjamin Lang tritt eine Professur an.

Twitter @klassikcom DAAD-Preis für Sopranistin Jolana Slavikova

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Tragedy: Nielsen winner is found dead in taxi, aged 31

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Composer, writer and teacher Peter Reynolds died yesterday

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an agreement and announces its new 6-year contract with its musicians. Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is looking to recruit new members. Also, English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance.

The Buffalo News

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians

Good news announced Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract.

The Wall Street Journal
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Blends Classical and Rock on Upcoming Album

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills spent decades performing in front of millions, but it’s his latest work that makes him nervous. This past June, the bassist and keyboard player premiered a new piece of music, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” with the Toronto symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Willis wins London Concord Singers composition competition

Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers‘ 50th anniversary composition competition.

Young People’s Chorus of NYC appoints first composer-in-residence

The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (YPC) has appointed Michael Gordon as its inaugural composer-in-residence. The three-year position will see Gordon compose at least one new work inspired by New York City each season, give workshops and masterclasses, and serve on a committee as an artistic adviser.

RSNO Chorus seeks new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is recruiting for new members. Formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, the Chorus is Scotland’s oldest choir still in operation and in 2018 will celebrate its 175th anniversary.

ENO announces board changes

English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance. Patti White, Patty Dimond and Phil Edgar-Jones have replaced Glyn Barker, David Buchler, and David Harrell (stepping down following seven, nine and nine years of service respectively) on the ENO board.

The Irish Times

Musician misses home but story ends on a positive note

Marja Gaynor loves the spontaneity of Irish musicians. In her native Finland musical gatherings are pre-planned, the violinist says.

New York Post
City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.


Thomas E. Bauer wird Intendant der Festspiele Europäische Wochen

Der Bariton und Kulturmanager Thomas E. Bauer ist zum neuen Intendanten der Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau berufen worden.

Klassik heute

Piano Days in Hamburg – Klangerlebnisse mit neuester Hybridtechnologie

Klavierspielen ist schwer, teuer und nur etwas für Klassikfans? Mit diesem Klischee möchte CASIO aufräumen und ruft erstmals die CASIO Piano Days ins Leben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo die Freie Szene in Berlin zuhause ist

Berliner Off-Zentrale: Die Sophiensæle sind seit 20 Jahren der Flagship-Store des Freien Theaters und Tanzes.


Speakeasy @WSJspeakeasy R.E.M.’s Mike Mills blends rock and classical music on upcoming album:

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic “Classical Music is more relevant to the future” – an oldie but a goodie from Paul Morley in @Guardian

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Two weeks until @CityMusicF‘s @RhinegoldLive! Don’t miss out – reserve your free ticket now


Photo by: Mark Hamilton (RSNO Chorus Director, Gregory Batsleer)

(Written on September 20, 2016 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.


Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?


SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

Klassik heute

Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

BR Klassik

Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.


Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

Hello Stage @HelloStage_ Classical Music and Digital Media? Really? Let’s discuss on Thursday with :


Photograph: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Russia, Spain, and Belgium come together at the Cadogan Hall in London for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series, Dale Henderson plays Bach in the subway & Paul MacAlindin talks about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. Also, South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers.

International Arts Manager

Russia, Spain and Belgium come together for 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series

Famed London concert venue Cadogan Hall is readying itself to present 16 concerts, performed by 11 international orchestras, supported by a stellar cast of conductors and critically-acclaimed soloists, for the 10th Zurich International Orchestra Series series kicking off later this month.

The DePauw

“Bach in the Subways” founder revives classical music through spontaneous, live concerts

Instead of the screech of brakes, some subway riders have been greeted to the sounds of Bach thanks to Dale Henderson. Classical music being played in unclassical places is the mentality of Henderson, a musician who will be performing at Music on the Square tonight at 7:30 pm.

Deutsche Welle

How classical music awoke young Iraqis’ spirits

Classical music not only boosted war-trodden young Iraqis, it also affected the country’s politics, says conductor Paul MacAlindin. He tells DW about his time with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and his new book.

The Guardian

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: ‘Classical music isn’t elitist – the problem is it’s expensive’

It’s an understatement to say that Sheku Kanneh-Mason has had a busy few months. In May, the 17-year-old cellist was crowned BBC Young Musician. Only a few days later, he was back at school, revising for his summer exams at Trinity College Catholic school, a state secondary in Nottingham, while also preparing for his Royal Festival Hall concerto debut.

South African opera house accused of exploiting black singers

South Africa’s leading opera house has been accused of financially exploiting 12 singers who performed internationally in a controversial but critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, set in colonial north Africa and portraying racial abuse and rape by fascist Italian troops.

The Stage

How opera is extending its reach

Cressida Pollock, chief executive of London-based English National Opera, recently observed that the majority of performing arts audiences in the UK are “white, middle class”. She added: “When we look to attract… new people into our audience, we have to acknowledge that we usually end up with a white, middle-class audience.”

Graham Vick: Opera needs radical overhaul to survive

So much is encouraging about opera just now, most of it found in the sense of adventure of performances in pub theatres, supermarkets and car parks. Some of it is happening with small orchestras. Some of it is even happening without orchestras, with choruses of volunteers, without a chorus. Some of it is even amplified.

Classical Music Magazine

Composers’ Fund open for applications

Applications are now open for the second round of funding from PRS for Music Foundation’s Composer’s Fund. The £150,000 fund aims to give composers more control of their careers by offering them direct access to funding, enabling them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

The Strad

‘If career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty,’ says cellist Steven Isserlis

‘It’s great to have a successful career, but if the career becomes more important than the music, your soul becomes empty’. Cellist Steven Isserlis speaks about music and career for Living The Classical Life.


Houston Symphony’s September Slate Goes From Classic Rock to Judy Garland

September 2016 marks the beginning of the Houston Symphony’s 103rd season and the diverse orchestral programming Houstonians have come to love. From classic rock to Judy Garland, Seth MacFarlane and Mahler, the season’s first month of concerts will span several decades and genres of music.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis an Liisa Hirsch vergeben

Die estnische Komponistin Liisa Hirsch (32) hat den Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2016 erhalten. Ihr Werk “Mechanics of Flying” wurde beim Festival Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Jury aus musikbegeisterten Laien ausgewählt.


Theater-Tickets in MV bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert

Die Theater-Tickets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sind nach einer Erhebung des Deutschen Bühnenvereins bundesweit am geringsten subventioniert. Der Zuschuss pro Besucher betrug in der Spielzeit 2014/15 im Nordosten 98,38 Euro.

RBB Kulturradio

Jennifer Rostock singt gegen die AfD

Die Berliner Band Jennifer Rostock hat mit einem Song gegen die AfD einen Netzhit gelandet. Bei Facebook klickten bislang 4,4 Millionen Menschen auf ein Video, das die Band in Wohnzimmer-Kulisse aufnahm.


BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Classical music is often described as ‘epic’. It’s an entirely appropriate adjective here.

Tyne Opera House @TyneOperaHouse *TONIGHT* The Greatest Show on the Tyne! Tickets still available at

BBC Music @bbcmusic A day in the life of the world’s best classical music festival: From start to finish


Photograph: RPO

(Written on September 2, 2016 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.


Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Glastonbury starts with an opening by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the music business reacts to Brexit & the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces a new partnership with Dumfries House. Also, electronic tracks will receive classical remakes & Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride.

The Guardian

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians: ‘When there is violence, you have to make music’

With war ravaging their homeland, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians has been scattered across the globe. But five years since the violence erupted, the group are reuniting for a cathartic tour – and opening Glastonbury


U.K. votes to leave European Union: Music biz reacts

Following the result, the pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. The implications for the music industry are similarly grave with the decision to leave the economic stability of the EU anticipated to impact heavily on the live sector.

The Telegraph

Glastonbury 2016: campers ready for Muse, Skepta and ZZ Top – but shocked by Brexit

The music begins today, with Muse set to headline the Pyramid Stage tonight.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces new partnership

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has announced a new partnership with Dumfries House. The conservatoire will launch a new arts education programme at the 18th-century Ayrshire stately home in September 2016, giving young people the chance to access high-quality, specialist music and dance tuition and offering performance and employment opportunities.

Stoney Roads

Daft Punk, Nina Kravitz and Skrillex among others to receive classical music remakes

An impressive group of producers will be having their song transformed into classical music pieces for an upcoming orchestral compilation. The man behind the idea is Hans Ek, a classical music composer who will be remaking seventeen electronic tracks as classical pieces from the likes of Skrillex, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Nina Kraviz to name a few.

International Arts Manager

Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride

Lots of performing arts companies are involved with LGBT activities, but few go as far as Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Opera, who are opening up their Guldfoajén hall for drop-in weddings as part of Stockholm Pride 2016.


Der “jüdische Nobelpreis” für Itzhak Perlman

Der Geiger Itzhak Perlman bekommt am Donnerstag in Jerusalem den mit einer Million Dollar dotierten Genesis-Preis verliehen. Im Vorfeld bezieht Perlman politisch klar Stellung und kritisiert den US-Präsidentschaftskandidaten Donald Trump scharf.


Britische Konzertveranstalter befürchten Probleme durch Brexit

Der Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU könnte für die britischen Konzertveranstalter Probleme mit sich bringen. Der Chef der ‘English National Opera’, Sir Peter Jonas, hat von einem ‘kollektiven Suizid’ seines Landes gesprochen.

Geiger David Garrett holt zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus

Nachdem Anfang Juni David Garretts Ex-Geliebte gegen ihn eine Millionenklage erhoben hatte ( berichtete), holt der deutsche Geiger nun zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus. Hintergrund sind die Vorwürfe der Erotikdarstellerin Ashley Youdan, Garrett habe ihr bei sexuellen Handlungen Blessuren zugefügt. Über ihren Antwalt fordert die Amerikanerin 12 Millionen US-Dollar Schmerzensgeld für den angeblichen physischen und psychischen Missbrauch.


Edward Snowden @Snowden No matter the outcome, polls demonstrate how quickly half of any population can be convinced to vote against itself. Quite a lesson.

The Federation @Creative_Fed Our response to the EU referendum result is available here:

Indy Music @IndyMusic To cheer you up, here’s the full Glastonbury lineup and set times

Top Classical News @topcmnews Daniel Catan’s Florencia Invigorates New York City Opera


Photograph: Mark Allan

(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the first International Youth Choir Festival will take place in 2017, British Airways forces musician to carry his instrument unprotected and Vienna Philharmonic opens their home for refugees. Also, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra comes up with graphic listening guides and more and more musicians are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music.

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB announces first International Youth Choir Festival

The inaugural International Youth Choir Festival will take place on 15 and 17 April 2017.

Herbert Howells Society appoints Stephen Cleobury as president

Stephen Cleobury has been appointed president of the Herbert Howells Society. He succeeds founding president Sir David Willcocks, who served from 1987 until his death in 2015.

The Strad

Violinist forced to carry unprotected instrument on lap on British Airways flight

Cecilia Bernardini was asked by staff to remove the instrument from its case, which was then checked into the hold.


Can the notion of ‘complete art work’ save English National Opera, and opera itself?

Next week English National Opera opens a new production of Tristan and Isolde, Richard Wagner’s gigantic, groundbreaking hymn to love and Schopenhauerian philosophy. With designs by the artist Anish Kapoor, ENO’s ex-music director Edward Gardner conducting, direction by Daniel Kramer – the company’s artistic director elect – and a starry cast featuring the Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, it promises much.

NY Times

When Classical Musicians Go Digital

Increasing numbers of players are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music, especially now that the latest generation of tablets come in the same size as a standard score.


Blind musicians take the lead in this Thai orchestra

In Thailand, some Buddhists view physical or intellectual disability as punishment manifested for wrongdoing in a past life. The Thai Blind Orchestra, made up of children as young as 9, hopes to help combat this perception through its musical training and performances.


Vienna Philharmonic’s Refugee House Has Been Opened

The Philharmonic Refugee House in St. Aegyd, an initiative of the Vienna Philharmonic, has been officially opened. The house has three apartments as well as a large meeting room « in which also the local population is invited to seek contact with the families of the house ».

This Is Local London

Children’s choir to celebrate 25th anniversary

Children’s International Voices of Enfield, which is made up of and run entirely by volunteers, will sing on Sunday, July 10 at 3pm, at Palmers Green Union Reformed Church.


Symphonic Guides for the Rest of Us

A recent post by Mark Sinclair in Creative Review reveals an innovative approach developed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a clever graphic designer to provide easier signposts.

What is an…Apoggiatura?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music’s technical terms.

Mozarteum: Einvernehmliche Vertragsauflösung zwischen Rektor und Universität

Die Universität Mozarteum Salzburg und dessen bisheriger Rektor Siegfried Mauser haben in gegenseitigem Einvernehmen eine Auflösung des Dienstverhältnisses beschlossen.


“Parsifal”-Premiere ohne Angela Merkel

Sie zählt zu den Stammgästen auf dem Grünen Hügel, doch dieses Jahr wird Angela Merkel nicht zur Eröffnungspremiere nach Bayreuth kommen und mit ihrem Mann Joachim Sauer über den Roten Teppich schreiten.

Musik heute

Gotthold Schwarz zum Thomaskantor berufen

Der Leipziger Stadtrat hat am Donnerstag mit großer Mehrheit Gotthold Schwarz zum neuen Thomaskantor berufen.

Twitter @klassikcom Auktionshaus stellt seltenes Bach-Manuskript aus

Oper Leipzig erwartet neuen Besucherrekord

Top Classical News @topcmnews Vienna Philharmonic opens home for refugees

Except from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

Excerpt from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

(Written on June 10, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Kronos Quartet introduces its latest project “Fifty for the Future”, Orlando Orchestra’s leader Eric Jacobsen leaps from cellist to conductor and Kansas City Symphony musicians agree to new contract. Also, Korean violinist Yoojin Jang wins Sendai Competition and Zurich voted in favour of Tonhalle concert hall renovation.

npr music

Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 pieces of music for its latest project, Fifty for the Future.

abc news

Orlando Orchestra’s Leader Leaps From Cellist to Conductor

As a young, classical music conductor in a town known more for Mickey Mouse than Mahler, Eric Jacobsen faces a double challenge: Live up to the promise of his youth and innovative background, and somehow discover the magic formula to lure young audiences to the concert hall.

The Kansas City Star

KC Symphony musicians agree to new contract

The Kansas City Symphony is a shining model of the way things can be when musicians and management work together with mutual respect and a common goal: making great music.


Korean Violinist Wins Sendai Competition

25-year-old Korean violinist Yoojin Jang has been awarded First Prize at the Sendai completion in Japan.

The Guardian

ENO artistic director Daniel Kramer: ‘I’ve never run an opera house. Isn’t that exciting?

Appointing Daniel Kramer as artistic director of English National Opera feels like the last gasp for a company drowning in a sea of troubles. Since January last year, it has had a chairman resign, an executive director resign, an artistic director resign and, most recently, a music director resign.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Developing Sydney Opera House Feature

The dramatic story of the creation of the Sydney Opera House, acknowledged as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is being developed as a feature film with the working title,Utzon: The Man Behind The Opera House, in a three way Australian-Swedish-Danish co-production.

International Arts Manager

Queen Elisabeth Competition winners announced

Belgium’s grand dame of the music competition scene has announced its winners for 2016. Some 82 pianists were selected to compete in the first round of the competition, quickly whittled down to 24 who made it through to the semi-finals, followed by 12 finalists who competed at Brussels Centre for Fine Arts with the National Orchestra of Belgium, conducted by Marin Alsop.

The New York Times

Chick Corea’s 75th Birthday Celebration Will Make Music for Months

When the jazz pianist Chick Corea celebrates a milestone birthday, he doesn’t hold back. In 2001, when he turned 60, he played a three-week career retrospective at the Blue Note Jazz Club. He did it again at 70, with an even broader array of partners.

Zürich: Bürger votieren für Renovierung der Tonhalle

Die entscheidenden Weichen für eine Renovierung der Tonhalle Zürich sind gestellt. Die Bürger der Stadt votierten am Wochenende mit rund einer Dreiviertelmehrheit für die Renovierung der Tonhalle.

Musik heute

Dresdner Musikfestspiele schließen mit Besucherrekord

Mit einem Konzert ihres Festspielorchesters sind die 39. Dresdner Musikfestspiele am Sonntag zu Ende gegangen.

Klassik heute

NAXOS Music Market Munich endete mit Rekordbeteiligung

Mit mehr als 200 Teilnehmern aus über 25 Ländern sowie mehr als 50 internationalen Labels war die Veranstaltung der bislang größte Music Market, den NAXOS bis dato durchgeführt hat.


neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung : Weitere Abstimmung über Volkstheater-Intendant Sewan Latchinian

Top Classical News @topcmnews formidable US soprano dies, aged 94

Musical America @MusicalAmerica St. Louis Symphony appoints resident conductor Gemma New

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

The Kansas City Symphony performing during the Celebration at the Station at Union Station in Kansas City. Photo credit: Allison Long

(Written on June 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust, Richard Farnes takes on Wagner’s The Ring Cycle as his final assignment with Opera North and the Arts Council England faces renewed pressure over its funding of opera. Also, Isreaeli Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition and fifty percent of the Sex Worker’s Opera are actual sex workers.

Classical Music Magazine

Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust

Lawrence Power will become artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust from the 2016/17 season.

BBC News

Opera North’s Richard Farnes departs with The Ring

There can be few more challenging tasks as a conductor than taking on the whole of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle – but that is the one that has been handed to Richard Farnes for his final assignment at Opera North.


Meet the stars of the Sex Worker’s Opera which features REAL working prostitutes

Fifty percent of the cast are made up of actual sex workers while the other half are friends of sex workers who are hoping to dissolve the stigma attached to the industry.

The Stage

Equity to ramp up pressure on opera funding in wake of ENO furore

Arts Council England is to face renewed pressure over its funding of opera, after performers called for increased efforts to protect the genre’s subsidy. The call, at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference, comes in the wake of the dispute at English National Opera, where earlier this year chorus members threatened to strike over cuts to their contracts, enacted by ENO management in response to a £5 million drop in subsidy from ACE.

The Strad

Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition

Israeli cellist Daniel Hass has won the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, MI, US. The 18-year-old, who currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School, received the gold medal, $6,000 and engagements with orchestras across America.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme

Composers are invited to submit their applications for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme. The programme is open to UK-based composers who have completed their first degree and/or left higher education within the last three years.


Spanish Early Music Association Honours Jaap Schröder

Spanish Association of Early Music Groups (GEMA) announced the second edition of their Awards.

BR Klassik

Gotthold Schwarz wird Thomaskantor

Mehr als ein Jahr wurde gesucht, jetzt steht Gotthold Schwarz als neuer Thomaskantor fest: Schwarz hat den Thomanerchor bereits seit 2015 kommissarisch geleitet.

Musik heute

Bregenzer Festspiele: Drei Viertel der Karten bereits weg

Gut zwei Monate vor dem Start der Bregenzer Festspiele sind schon die meisten Tickets verkauft.

Milena Wilke gewinnt den Violinwettbewerb Ton und Erklärung

Die deutsche Geigerin Milena Wilke hat den ersten Preis des Violinwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung” gewonnen. Der erste Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.


NightingaleHammerson @NGHHammerson #celebratingartincarehomes introduction from Alastair and Chris having a great day

Opera North @Opera_North Beginning again… cycle 2 kicks off tonight with Das Rheingold!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Barihunk Benjamin Appl signs with Sony Classical


Photograph: Clive Barda

(Written on May 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).


Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.


Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision


Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

Klassik Akzente

Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

Musik heute

Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.


New York Times Arts @nytimesarts Stephen Gosling, Queens New Music Festival, biennial & more classical music in

Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.


Photograph: Sim Canetty Clarke

(Written on May 20, 2016 )