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The Independent

Opera is the new circus

Showman Gerry Cottle was dragged to see the latest production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ and had an epiphany.

Classic FM

Viola tennis racket is ‘the ultimate viola joke’

Viola tennis anyone? A new video has emerged offering a different way to conceive the string instrument during the summer months.

The Guardian

Maxwell Davies: ‘The best way to get people to the festival was to involve their children’

The St Magnus festival celebrated Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th at a special concert involving the local community and Max’s compositions for children.

The Guardian

Symphony guide: Knussen’s Third

Knussen’s third symphony is only 15 minutes in length but it covers a massive musical and emotional spectrum.

Classic FM

Child drummer plays stunning solo with orchestra: video

The video, posted by a Facebook user called Fabio Ibrahim El Khoury (though the origin of the video is unknown), has been shared over 150,000 times.

Klassik.com

Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad gestorben

Der künstlerische Leiter und Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Thierry Scherz, ist laut einer Mitteilung des Veranstalters verstorben. Informationen der Berner Zeitung zufolge nahm sich Scherz am 1. Juli in Wien das Leben. Er hinterlässt Frau und zwei Kinder.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkchor Berlin streikt für Tarifvertrag

Der Berliner Rundfunkchor ist erstmals in seiner Geschichte in einem zeitlich unbefristeten Streik getreten. Die Sänger protestieren damit gegen die Ablehnung eines ausgearbeiteten Tarifvertrags durch das Kuratorium der Rundfunkorchester und -chöre GmbH (ROC).

La Nazione

Ritorna il Festival della Mente

TRE giornate con 60 relatori e 39 incontri, tra conferenze, spattacoli, workshop e momenti di approfondimento, per esplorare la nascita e lo sviluppo dei processi creativi.

Twitter

The Opera Critic: @theoperacritic  $750,000 grant will help Houston Grand Opera produce 5 new works http://fb.me/6NGlUEIoG

AustinCivicOrchestra: @ATXCivOrchestra  Top violinist taking classical music behind bars and to the streets. #classical #music http://ow.ly/yOw3h

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Nicola Benedetti awarded @MakingMusic_UK‘s Sir Charles Grove Prize for her #musiced advocacy: http://ow.ly/yUZi0 

 

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Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti at the English National Opera

Photograph: Mike Hoban

 

 

 

(Written on July 9, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Arts Council Funding decision day summary

English National Opera see funding cut by 29%, 670 arts groups share annual grants totalling 340m a year and only a small increase in funding outside London.

The Independent

English National Opera the biggest loser in Arts Council funding shake-up

The English National Opera was the highest profile loser as its grant was slashed a third in the Arts Council’s three year funding shake up, while concerns were raised over the number of regional organisations to lose funding.

Classic FM

Michael Giacchino reveals pun-heavy Planet of the Apes track listing

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes composer Michael Giacchino’s original score track listing has been revealed, and it’s full of ape and monkey-related puns.

Classical-Music.com

Schubert on the beach

Giant Schubert sand sculpture built for East Neuk Festival

The Indian Express

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod goes missing on British Airways flight

The Padma Vibhushan sarod maestro had gone to London along with his wife Subhalaxmi for a performance at Dartington College to celebrate the life of Rabindranth Tagore on June 21 and returned on the night of June 28.

The Ballymena Times

Big Flute Challenge Call

Being held in the province on September 13, the musical extravaganza has real potential to be the World’s biggest event for flautists. Participants will perform together in the Kings Hall Complex in an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Flute Ensemble. The current world record is held in Japan and was achieved by 3,742 flautists in 2011.

klassik.com

Mozartfest Würzburg zieht positive Bilanz

Über 25.000 Zuschauer bei Auslastung von 92 Prozent.

klassik.com

Berliner Staatsoper mit Rekordauslastung 2013/14

Insgesamt 183.000 Besucher und 88 Prozent Auslastung im Schiller Theater.

Deutsche Welle

Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wird Schirmherr des Orchestercampus

Zum dritten Mal wird beim Beethovenfest Bonn im September ein Jugendorchester aus der Türkei auftreten. Das sei ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zum Ausbau der kulturellen Beziehungen, so der Minister.

Le Monde

Festival d’Avignon : une forte majorité du personnel vote pour le maintien

Près de 80 % des salariés ont voté mardi pour la tenue d’un « festival militant », avec de possibles actions pendant son déroulement. Le Festival doit commencer vendredi.

 

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Jessye Norman: Dress size has nothing to do with opera singing http://tgr.ph/1o6z2B0 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical The Arts Council deserves more credit than it gets http://tgr.ph/1vtnryC 

Barbican Centre: @BarbicanCentre Tip tapping on your keyboard all day? Be more creative… Try Patatap art & music app @Guardian #digitalrevolution http://ow.ly/yDIOc 

A pyrotechnician from Emergency Exit Arts lights a flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Photograph: SUZANNE PLUNKETT

A pyrotechnician lights a flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in Stratford-upon-Avon

(Written on July 2, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

David Lister: It’s right to relax concert rules, but try not to get carried away

Even radicals have to rein in their lack of inhibition sometimes. Symphonic crowd-surfing feels a step too far, and a potentially dangerous one at that.

The Telegraph

Why English National Opera needs to back British singers

Rupert Christiansen applauds the late Earl of Harewood’s work with English National Opera but looks forward to a new era for the company.

Classicalmusicmagazine.org

Norman Lebrecht is wrong to single out artist managers as unworthy of honours

Norman Lebrecht seems to have a thing about music industry string-pullers who stain the purity of art in their pursuit of money and influence.

The New York Times

Early Music and Its Future

The weeklong Early Music Festival: NYC showed that the city has the potential to catch up to Boston and San Francisco.

Le Figaro

Un violoncelliste joue dans un abattoir pour promouvoir le classique

Révélée par 20 Minutes, la vidéo du musicien jouant au milieu de pièces de viande est la première du projet Bliss de la plateforme 3ème gauche.tv. Un concept qui vise à faire rimer classique avec ludique. 

El Mundo

 Compases hacia la edad de oro de los músicos clásicos españoles

La sala sinfónica del Auditorio Nacional acoge esta tarde el futuro y presente de la música clásica de nuestro país

Wiener Zeitung

“Gezi Concert” im Wiener Volkstheater

Ein “globales Zeichen für Demokratie, Freiheit und Humanität” wollen der türkische Komponist Fazil Say, die Pianistinnen Ferhan und Ferzan Önder sowie der Percussionist Martin Grubinger am Freitag (30.5.) im Wiener Volkstheater mit ihrem “Gezi Concert” setzen. Unterstützt von der Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen kommt Says Komposition anlässlich des Jahrestags der Proteste zur Aufführung.

Die Welt

Bloß nicht fett werden als Opernsänger!

Vittorio Grigòlo ist einer der besten Tenöre der Welt. Aber das Leben aus dem Koffer ist ungesund und anstrengend. Zur Entspannung tunt der Italiener Autos. Einen Hubschrauber hat er auch entworfen.T

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Projekt Haydn 2032: Piano, piano 

Der Dirigent Giovanni Antonini und das Alte-Musik-Ensemble Il Giardino Armonico wollen alle 107 Sinfonien von Joseph Haydn neu aufnehmen. Jetzt startete das Projekt mit einem Konzertmarathon im Berliner Radialsystem.

Focus Online

 Erstmals seit dem 18. Jahrhundert Crowdsurfing zu Händel: Mann fliegt aus Konzertsaal

 Wer bei einem Konzert richtig mitfeiern will, lässt sich beim Crowdsurfing über die Köpfe des Publikums tragen. Doch bei einem klassischen Konzert kommt das offenbar nicht gut an, wie ein Musikfan jetzt lernen musste. Dabei war er nur einer Aufforderung gefolgt.

Telegraph Music: @TeleMusicNewsWhy #classical music audiences should be free to behave as they wish: http://ow.ly/ylkCs

GoClassical: @GoClassicalUK  Another study proves link between music education and the brain http://m.classical-music.com/news/another-study-proves-link-between-music-education-and-brain … #classicalmusic

Blackheath Halls: @BlackheathHalls Not just known for great #comedy. We also have our #CommunityOpera coming up. Get more info on it here http://bit.ly/1jHyC4T 

It’s right to relax concert rules, but not to get carried away:

David Lister

Photo: The Independent

(Written on June 24, 2014 )

It would seem that state-funded arts organisations are having a bit of a rough time at the moment. Subsequent to Harriet Harman‘s discontent at the lack of inclusion by state-funded organisations, Andrew Mellor of the New Statesman has also weighed in on the argument. This time it is the lack of appropriate advertising which the likes of the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera- “Ads range from totally unfathomable[...]to the borderline conceited”- are suffering for. According to Mellor “What opera needs is a new audience intake, people who aren’t on the mailing list and don’t have the CDs at home”. This is an opinion which indisputably chimes with all types of music, and whilst classical music is, well, classic, it is getting increasingly difficult for this genre to compete with rugged-looking, curly-haired, blue-eyed boy bands and the curvy, feminist, female soloists which dominate the popular music charts and whose faces we see plastered across newspapers, television and the internet 24 hours a day . Without infiltrating everyday life and being more accessible, Mellor is right, opera and classical music will succumb to exclusivity as a result of “ineffectual” and “inappropriate” advertising.

WildKat PR places particular emphasis on promoting clients through mainstream press, as well as music press, in order to generate interest from the general public. An extremely innovative team enabled Cellist Alban Gerhardt to embark on an interactive radio tour in summer 2010. He was the first classical musician to tour national mainstream radio stations, where listeners could phone in and suggest unusual places for Gerhardt to perform Bach Cello Suites. Eventual performance venues therefore included a protest rally, a student house, a supermarket isle, and even a maternity ward, to but name a few. As a result, there bloomed national and international press coverage, both in print and on television and videos of his tour went viral.

Another huge success was the launch of the “Classical Takeover” in 2012. WildKat was keen to bring the work of composer Max Richter to the attention of the general public. His work Recomposed: The Four Seasons has divided audiences and the industry but hit Number 1 in iTunes UK over the weekend after the Takeover. The idea was to approach stores and venues which could be ‘taken over’; in other words, the venue would donate a stereo, on which a movement of Richter’s ‘recomposition’ could be played. Several high profile venues took part including Hoss Intropia, and a Spanish boutique brand on Regent Street who even created and styled four outfits for each of the Four Seasons. The Takeover was launched at London Fashion Week when the finale of the Jonathan Saunders show was taken over by the Spring movement and ended with Takeovers of Apple stores in London and New York.

Finally, a true testimony to the power of mainstream advertising is in the case of violinist Daniel Hope. Hope was booked onto BBC Breakfast, which draws a daily audience of 1.5 million, in July 2013 to promote his album Spheres. By the next morning, Hope had rocketed to no.1 on iTunes UK and was also top ten in the classical music charts. WildKat had placed Hope in view of an inquisitive general public and had, once again, generated intense mainstream interest in a classical artist.

The way in which WildKat PR utilises the mainstream press is one of the things which makes us so unique. A team capable of thinking outside of the box (a box which classical music seems to be beating its arms and legs against with all its might) enables the general public to access classical music and to express an interest. Mellor is right, opera and classical music should not be something directed at the people who “are already on the mailing list”; instead more should be done to imagine creative ways in which to make it appeal to the general public. WildKat has been utilising the mainstream press creatively ever since it began in 2007 and continues to do so. Whilst the industry keeps TALKING about it, WildKat is busy DOING it. So perhaps others in the industry need to take a leaf out of our book: let’s bring classical music to people in a way that doesn’t scream “CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA IS BORING AND OUTDATED AND ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO WENT TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS” and perhaps Harriet Harman may be faced with an audience of a slightly different demographic the next time she goes to the Opera.

 

Opera Anna Nicole premieres at London’s Royal Opera House

Photo: BILL COOPER / THE ROYAL OPERA / EPA

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(Written on June 13, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

English National Opera to branch out into musical theatre

English National Opera ENO has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre as part of company plans to create a ‘sustainable future’

Classic FM 

Colorado Symphony Orchestra announce ‘bring your own cannabis’ concerts

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be appearing at a new series of concerts entitled ‘Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series’, where attendees are encouraged to bring their own marijuana.

Ed Balls on passing Grade 3 piano: “It’s pretty stressful”

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed what it was like to pass his Grade 3 piano exam last week, describing the experience as “stressful”.

Guardian

Opera North announce first Poppea and departure of music director Farnes

Opera company reveals plans for new Mozart, Verdi and Monteverdi, while Richard Farnes’s tenure is to culminate in summer 2016 with a series of complete Ring cycles in concert stagings

What has science got in common with opera? Oil

As a new graphic from Platform London demonstrates, oil money flows through science in culture. Alice Bell asks if we should be concerned.

El Pais

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé under scrutiny for tax evasion

Spain’s most famous soprano allegedly failed to pay €500,000 in income tax in 2010.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Britten in Lyon: Wie uns die Oper in den Wahnsinn treiben kann

Mit drei Musikthrillern von Benjamin Britten verführt Serge Dorny das Publikum in Lyon. Das Oper-für-alle-Konzept macht Paris zur Musikprovinz.

Die Welt

Montserrat Caballé hat 500.000 Euro Steuerschulden

In Spanien ist der 81-jährige Opernstar Montserrat Caballé eine Institution. Ihren Wohnsitz hat sie aber im Steuerparadies Andorra. Da war sie zu selten. Ihre Steuerschuld: einer halbe Million Euro.

Concerti

Cellist in progress

Es gibt kaum ein Thema, über das man mit Daniel Müller-Schott nicht reden kann. Hier spricht er über …

KlassikAkzente

Ungebrochener Elan – Karl Jenkins hat für “Motetten” seine schönsten Werke umarrangiert

Karl Jenkins hat anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags seine schönsten Werke für den Chor Polyphony umarrangiert. Sein neues Album “Motetten” ist von erhabener und zeitloser Schönheit.

Classicalite

Classical Music in Mad Men

AMC’s Mad Men’ is More Than Just Brilliant Television, Chopin and Beethoven Are Important Musical Devices for the Show’s Demographic

Classical Music on Twitter

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline #Classical season 2014/15 @southbankcentre: Pinchas Zukerman conducts Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony on Mon 27 Oct http://www.rpo.co.uk/event.php?pid=1597

Making Music UK@MakingMusic_UK Contemporary classical composers producing pieces for mobile phone alerts: http://ow.ly/whxko

Corinne Morris@corinnemorris The Raphael Sommer Foundation (he was my cello teacher) awards scholarships for undergrad. students. Find out more: http://www.raphaelsommer.com

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera What do you think is #ROHfigaro’s musical highlight? So many moments to choose from, but if we had to choose… http://www.roh.org.uk/news/le-nozze-di-figaro-musical-highlight-the-sextet-riconosci-in-questo-amplesso

 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on May 1, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Children today ‘more musical’ than previous generation, says study

Young people today are more likely to learn a musical instrument than their parents, according to a new YouGov research study commissioned by Philharmonia.

Julian Lloyd Webber to stop playing cello

Legendary cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been forced to stop playing the cello due to a slipped disc in his neck, it has been announced.

Evening Standard

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle hits out at London’s lack of world-class music venues

Britain’s most celebrated conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, has hit out at London’s lack of world-class music venues by claiming they lag behind concert halls in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester.

Classical Music Magazine

Vänskä returns to Minnesota

Conductor Osmo Vänskä has announced he is to return to the Minnesota Orchestra as its musical director just six months after resigning from the post.

Guardian

Mike Leigh on board for The Pirates of Penzance opera

Filmmaker to direct English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan classic at Coliseum next year.

The Washington Post

A happy marriage between Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, 21st Century Consort 

The museum gets a concert series, and the Consort gets a fine hall and subjects to build programs around.

Classicalite

Symphonic Synchrony

Three New Devices That Allow Any Simple Object to Become a Beloved Musical Instrument

Joyce DiDonato Offers Masterclasses for Aspiring Opera Singers 

Calling all opera singers between the ages of 18 and 24: Classicalite’s mezzo of choice, Joyce DiDonato, is available for some serious vocal refinery with her upcoming masterclasses at Carnegie Hall.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Seattle Philharmonic:@seattlephil A site just launched for us Seattle folk–one that helps you find live classical music events in the area! http://fb.me/3jDKXUZgX

Stephen P Brown:@Stephen_P_Brown Why the next 20 years of classical music will smash the last 20 http://www.stephenpbrown.com/why-the-next-20-years-of-classical-music-will-smash-the-last-20/

EnglishNationalOpera: @E_N_O A major world premiere @BarbicanCentre – Between Worlds, by Tansy Davies, based on events of 9/11 #ENO1415 #ENOWorlds

Richard Pinkstone: ‏@RAPinkstone 1 more day until #ON1415 season announcement! SO EXCITED. @Opera_North

Classic FM

Classic FM

 

 

(Written on April 29, 2014 )

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTx5xAt_zjU

Making Music UK: @MakingMusic_UK Learn about marketing events, PRS, governance, stage fright, touring at our May conference. http://ow.ly/vKP5v #getonwithmakingmusic

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Thrilled to announce a new @classicfm series: The 50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World with @TheAlexJames http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/50-moments-rocked-classical-music/

José Luis Núñez: @jota_ele_ene Tomorrow ends THE LANG LANG CHALLENGE to find the best classical music app Apply at http://langlang.wayra.org  and win the $30K price cc/ @Wayra

The Strad: @TheStradMag ’A student came to her first class in a tight, red, glittering dress and high heels’: teaching #violin in South Korea http://bit.ly/1er4OsR 

 

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

Gramophone

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

Tagesspiegel

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

Concerti

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? http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/top-10-violin-concertos …

Opera Magazine: @operamagazine Henriette Götz appointed as Executive Director of English National Opera http://www.eno.org/news/executive-director … #OperaNews

BBC Radio 4: @BBCRadio4 Five remarkable women are taking over @BBCWomansHour for one week. Find out more: http://bbc.in/1hBzOkh  pic.twitter.com/j41EO1t4D1

a-n News: @an_artnews Sajid Javid, a financial secretary to the Treasury, replaces Maria Miller as the new culture secretary http://ow.ly/vD9GH

Deutsche Grammophon: @DGclassics Legendary pianist Maurizio #Pollini is our #ArtistOfTheWeek! Listen to his recordings: http://smarturl.it/ArtistOfTheWeek_Spo … pic.twitter.com/udlZ7NkYZT

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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!: overtoyou@classical-music.com”

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 http://bit.ly/1lxJG6a” 

Guildhall School: @guildhallschool Congratulations to @lloyd_matilda, crowned 2014 @BBCRadio2 Young Brass Award winner! http://bit.ly/1lmS5qq  pic.twitter.com/SUsGknUY3P

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

CNN

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.

CNN

CNN

 

(Written on January 23, 2014 )