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The Telegraph

Classical music, funny? Surely you’re joking…

Ivan Hewett explains how classical music often contains more wit and humour than we give it credit for.

The Guardian

The story behind the posthumous premiere of Górecki’s Fourth Symphony

Henryk Górecki’s third symphony is one of the best-selling classical music pieces of all time – although critics initially hated it. His fourth, completed by his son after the composer’s death in 2010, will premiere this weekend.

Classic FM Online

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Classical Music Magazine

ENO appoints new executive director

English National Opera has appointed Henriette Götz as its new executive director, replacing Loretta Tomasi who left the company as CEO at the end of 2013.

ATV today

Huw Humphreys appointed Head Of Music at The Barbican

Humphreys leaves eight years as the Director of Artistic Planning at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to become head of music at the Barbican.

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony Ball will skip a year after co-chairs resign

The Minnesota Orchestra’s main fundraising gala, September’s Symphony Ball, has been cancelled. The co-chairs of the event resigned last week, saying in a letter to board chair Gordon Sprenger that the current climate at the orchestra did not lend itself to celebration.

Die Welt 

Wenn die Elefanten der Oper losgelassen werden

An keinem Wochenende ballt sich die Musiktheaterproduktion wie an dem vor Ostern. Ein gnadenloses Festspielen ist zwischen Berlin und Salzburg im Gang. In der Provinz gehen derweil die Lichter aus.
Classical Music on Twitter

Britten Official: @BrittenOfficial @ETOpera wins the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, for King Priam and Paul Bunyan. Clip at

Making Music UK: @MakingMusic_UK Learn about marketing events, PRS, governance, stage fright, touring at our May conference. #getonwithmakingmusic

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Thrilled to announce a new @classicfm series: The 50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World with @TheAlexJames

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The Strad: @TheStradMag ’A student came to her first class in a tight, red, glittering dress and high heels’: teaching #violin in South Korea 


The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on April 14, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Vienna Philharmonic: worthy winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize

It’s time to set the record straight on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the deserving winner of opera’s richest prize, says Rupert Christiansen

Sivan Magen – New Music

Sivan Magen is trying to change the perception of the harp with his virtuoso playing, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today

BBC Music Magazine

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs in Washington

The ensemble makes history performing two concerts at the US Library of Congress


Baritone John Shirley-Quirk has died

The English baritone John Shirley-Quirk, one of the singers most associated with the music of Benjamin Britten, has died aged 82

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Drohende Fusion der SWR-Orchester Die Wende? Oder doch nur eine Volte?

Heute Vormittag diskutiert der Landtag von Baden-Württemberg wieder über die geplante Fusion der Rundfunkorchester des Südwestrundfunks. Diese Orchesterabschaffungsdebatte im Süden geht uns alle an


Gedenkkonzert für Claudio Abbado: Die menschliche Dimension des Zuhörens

Im Lucerne Festival Orchester versammelte Claudio Abbado seine musikalischen Freunde. Bei einem Gedenkkonzert zu seinen Ehren spielte es nun ohne Dirigenten sowie unter der Leitung von Andris Nelsons


Porträt Marina Rebeka:„Der Komponist kommt zuerst“

Marina Rebeka gehört mit 33 schon zum internationalen Establishment der lyrischen Sopranistinnen – und stellt Musik über Eitelkeiten


Classical Music on twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Our top 10 violin concerto recordings – what would you add to the list? …

Opera Magazine: @operamagazine Henriette Götz appointed as Executive Director of English National Opera … #OperaNews

BBC Radio 4: @BBCRadio4 Five remarkable women are taking over @BBCWomansHour for one week. Find out more:

a-n News: @an_artnews Sajid Javid, a financial secretary to the Treasury, replaces Maria Miller as the new culture secretary

Deutsche Grammophon: @DGclassics Legendary pianist Maurizio #Pollini is our #ArtistOfTheWeek! Listen to his recordings: …


Sivan Magen – The Telegraph

(Written on April 10, 2014 )

The Guardian

La Bohème production faces final curtain at Covent Garden after 41 years

By the end of next year it will have been performed at Covent Garden 404 times and featured in 27 seasons but, the Royal Opera House announced on Monday, its time is up – the ever-popular production of La Bohème is to be officially retired.

London Jazz News

Which Deserve More Recognition? Venues or Festivals?

It was announced yesterday all three nominations for ‘Venue of the Year’ in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were not in fact venues but festivals. This invites the question of whether venues or festivals deserve more recognition. Join the debate at London Jazz News!

Raidió Teilifís Éireann

John O’Kane Announced as Executive Director RTÉ Orchestras

Following a public competition, John O’Kane has been announced as the new Executive Director of RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs.

Classic FM

Two-headed Beethoven statue causes controversy

‘Homage to Beethoven’, a new monument by sculptor Markus Lüperz, is making waves in the composer’s birthplace as Bonn residents ask: is it art?

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: pop songs that borrow from classical music

Deputy editor Jeremy Pound chooses six fine pop and rock songs with classical music at their heart.

Classical Music Magazine

Worldwide record industry is adapting to digital, says IFPI

The fast-growing popularity worldwide of online streaming for music consumption is confirmed by the annual survey of international recording industry body the IFPI. 

Der Tagesspiegel

Die besten CDs im Frühjahr

Was soll ich nur hören?, fragen sich viele angesichts des enormen Angebots auf dem CD-Markt. Hier empfehlen die Musikspezialisten der Kulturredaktion ihre aktuellen Lieblingsalben aus der Pop und Klassik.


Classical music on twitter

BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine ”Are you an amateur ensemble with a concert in June? If so, let us know and we’ll promote it in BBC Music Mag!:”

BBC Philharmonic: @BBCPhilharmonic ”This Saturday we perform Holst’s The Planets @BridgewaterHall. Families can get discounted tickets by quoting BBCJTM Call: 0844 907 9000″

English National Opera: @E_N_O “And remember, if you’re in the audience tonight, let us know what you think of #ENOPowder! Just send us a tweet and include the hashtag!”

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK ”So which of you lucky people are festivaling this summer? @guardianmusic have a handy a to z guide” 

Guildhall School: @guildhallschool Congratulations to @lloyd_matilda, crowned 2014 @BBCRadio2 Young Brass Award winner!

Classic FM

Classic FM


(Written on April 2, 2014 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl


i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.




(Written on January 23, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation and British Council announce Musicians in Residence ‒ China

The Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation and British Council’s Musicians In Residence ‒ China programme has announced the names of the next five musicians to spend up to six weeks in China. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock will travel to five cities across China from spring 2014.

The Telegraph

Christmas 2013: the best classical music books of the year

The Telegraph’s pick of the best classical music books of 2013, from Bach to Britten.

BBC News

Jingle sells: The lure of the Christmas album

With classics continuing to top the Christmas album, do we need new Christmas music?

The Stage

ENO’s Income Up 12%

Increased performances and audience numbers together with a 71% increase in income from sponsorship and donations gave English National Opera a 12% boost in total income to just over £40 million in the year to the end of March.


Nine lessons and carols: a King’s chorister recalls

Just who will be chosen to sing that coveted ‘Once in Royal’ solo? Tenor Christopher Gillett reminisces about being a chorister on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge.


Christmas number ones from the past 50 years

From the Beatles to the X Factor Machine.

Chicago Tribune

‘Health issues’ sideline Boulez from CSO residency

Pierre Boulez, who turns 89 next spring, has suffered a number of health problems in recent years which have lead him to cancel his upcoming residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.








(Written on December 24, 2013 )


Glad to be gay: Russia embraces Benjamin Britten’s centenary

Russia may be cracking down on homosexuality, but Moscow can’t get enough of Benjamin Britten. The Guardian reports on a major celebration in the country’s capital.

English National Opera to broadcast productions live to cinema

Company to follow Met, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne in beaming shows from stage to screens, starting with Peter Grimes in February

Classic FM Online

LSO for Legend of Zelda video games concert

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am for another London Symphony Orchestra video games concert on July 13th 2014. Titled Symphonic Legends London, the concert will focus on the music from gaming giant Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series.

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Hails Its Healthier Finances

The city of Detroit may be in bankruptcy, but the Detroit Symphony Orchestrais back in the black. The symphony planned to disclose on Thursday that it had balanced its budget for the first time since 2007.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Symphony reports first budget surplus in 6 years

A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.

Classical Music Magazine

El Sistema moves to Aberdeen with new Big Noise project

Scotland looks set to get its third El Sistema-style children’s orchestra project, thanks to backing from Aberdeen City Council. Big Noise Torry, based in the Torry area of the city, will be a partnership between the local authority and charity Sistema Scotland, and according to the council could be up and running as early as 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Sasha Waltz und der Kulturhaushalt

In Berlin wird um den Haushalt gepokert. Eine Verliererin steht schon fest: Sasha Waltz. Sie geht leer aus – weil sie für Berlin zu groß geworden ist.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine





(Written on December 13, 2013 )


Music in higher education: What is it worth? 

Education and arts leaders discuss the value of music within the current economically-charged debate on UK education


Iceland faces massive reduction of classical, jazz and world music broadcasting

Iceland’s state broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) announced the departure of 60 staff on Thursday – 20 per cent of its already-trimmed workforce – and unveiled severe cuts to programming which some insiders believe could see an end to broadcasts of classical music and jazz. Just under half of the corporation’s music staff were told they no longer had jobs last week and some were told to leave immediately.

Frank Gehry to build a hall to honour Gustavo Dudamel

The American architect Frank Gehry, whose work includes Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, is to build a performance space to honour conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The Hall, La Sala Dudamel, will be built in Dudamel’s hometown of Barquisimeto in Venezuela.

Japanese orchestra to bring classical music to Hanoi

Japan’s AUN J Classical Orchestra will perform in Vietnam’s capital next week on an initiative by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

Huffington Post

Classical Music 101: Epilogue

Classical music is changing, not dying: John Mauceri discusses the ‘two traditions’ of classical, and why we should embrace film music.

The Telegraph

Why English National Opera should try to please the public more

English National Opera should stop tarting about with fancy concepts and start to play it straight, says Rupert Christiansen.

Die Welt

Die Welt wird wieder eine Scheibe

Von wegen iTunes: In Brooklyn eröffnet ein Laden für Schallplatten. Die Filiale der legendären Firma Rough Trade ist in New York die größte ihrer Art. Ein Besuch aus schierer Verblüffung







(Written on December 3, 2013 )

The Times

ENO chief to stand down as losses threaten future

English National Opera’s chief executive is standing down as the company is about to confirm that it has lost £3.25 million over the past two years while its reserves have fallen to just over £1.8 million.

The Telegraph

One Ring cycle to rule them all

As Daniel Barenboim prepares to conduct the entire 15-hour ‘Ring’ cycle at the Proms, we ask why Wagner’s masterpiece inspires such obsession?

David Starkey on the history of royal music

Can royal music help us to better understand religion, love and Britain itself? Ahead of his new series Music and Monarchy, David Starkey explains all to Neil Midgley.

The Guardian

Former HMV worker opens new shop named HVM

Derry local, a HMV worker for a decade, flips sign upside-down after letter from HMV’s legal team: store is now WAH

BBC Music Magazine

Classical musicians head to the kitchen

Sarah Willis, French horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic opens her kitchen to fellow musicians… and a TV camera crew


Juvenile Mozart opera to come to Glyndebourne for the first time

La finta Giardiniera, conducted by Robin Ticciati in his first season as music director, is one of three new productions for 2014 festival

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Library launch World War I music project

‘Behind the Lines’ is a programme of outreach activities focusing on British composers and music of the First World War

Classic FM

Classical music reality TV show to launch in India

What better way to get young people involved in classical music than a reality show? At least, that’s the logic behind India’s search for a new star.

Der Tagesspiegel

Tal Balshai und seine Musik zu “Der große Sprung”

Slapstick auf Tasten: Werner Richard Heymann neu bearbeitet.



The Telegraph

(Written on July 19, 2013 )

LA Times

Long Beach Opera to showcase Duke Ellington, John Adams next season

Long Beach Opera announced Wednesday its 2014 season will include works by Duke Ellington, John Adams and Wynton Marsalis.

The Guardian

Why don’t men join choirs?

Is the choirs, or the blokes? Choir-master and singer Chris Samuel ponders a perennial problem

Peter Grimes on the Beach? Shiver me tenors!

Freezing temperatures, mighty winds, shifting sands … can this attempt to stage Britten’s great opera Peter Grimes on a Suffolk beach possibly succeed?

The Telegraph

Why there’s nothing like a Stradivarius

As an astonishing exhibition brings together 20 of Stradivarius’s most prized violins, guitars and cellos, Ivan Hewett discovers what made their sound so special.

Thatcher and Pinochet turned into opera

Margaret Thatcher’s friendship with ex-Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet turned into an opera due to open in Paris for a five-night run.

Classical Music Magazine

New Britten-Pears archive opens in Aldeburgh

A new archive housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of Benjamin Britten’s work has opened in the grounds of the Red House, Aldeburgh.

Classical Source

Sky Arts To Screen Benjamin Britten’s Death In Venice Live From The English National Opera

Sky Arts commences celebrations of Benjamin Britten’s centenary year with the live television premiere of the revival of Deborah Warner’s acclaimed production of Death in Venice.

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

Composer Mark Adamo has made beautiful music out of classic books. His Little Women is among the most produced American operas today.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Trompeter für die Frauenkirche

Der Trompeter und Dirigent Ludwig Güttler, in der DDR aufgewachsen, wurde schnell in ganz Deutschland zum gefeierten Solisten. Besonders verdient machte er sich um die Musik der Barockzeit. An diesem Donnerstag wird er siebzig Jahre alt.



Classical Music Magazine

(Written on June 14, 2013 )

The Telegraph

English National Opera must publish an open Annual Report

Rupert Christiansen asks whether English National Opera is being economical with some uncomfortable truths.

The Guardian

Elliott Carter: music of storms and stillness

The American composer Elliott Carter died last year aged 103. As the Aldeburgh festival prepares to stage a posthumous premiere of new work, Mark Haddon celebrates his ‘inhuman’, beautiful music

These New Puritans: Field of Reeds

“You might hear Field of Reeds as a collection of experimental rock songs or as a suite of contemporary classical composition” Available for purchase from 10 June 2013.

The Times

Foghorns on the Tyne, a musical armada

Probably the year’s most distinctive piece of new music will be premiered next week.


Organist Cameron Carpenter signs to Sony Classical

Initial 2014 release to feature transcriptions of classical and modern music

Classic FM

Philadelphia Orchestra play Dvořák on airport runway

Passengers on a delayed flight in China were surprised by a pop-up performance from the Philadelphia Orchestra early this morning.

Der Tagesspiegel

Junger Klassik-Star in der Virtuosen-Falle

Der Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer ist erst 24, hat es aber schon weit gebracht. Der gebürtige Wiener ist Solist bei den Berliner Philharmonikern und hat gerade ein grandioses Album herausgebracht. Trotzdem könnte er jetzt bei dem Orchester herausfliegen.



(Written on June 10, 2013 )