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Women composers: genius is gender blind – and so should we be

Classical music’s past might be dominated by men, but we can ensure its future isn’t. I’m delighted to be part of Radio 3’s International Women’s Day celebrations


Simon Rattle: Maestro with the magic touch

Wherever he has worked, the star conductor has changed the city’s cultural scene. Now he finally returns to Britain

Classical Music Magazine

Cheltenham Music Festival announces 2015 programme with 22 premieres

Cheltenham Music Festival (30 June-11 July) has announced a star-studded programme for 2015, with Sarah Connolly, Edward Gardner and the CBSO, Alina Ibragimova and choral superstar Eric Whitacre all appearing at the festival, as well as award-winning pop singer Laura Mvula.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Royal Opera House Fanfare competition announced

12 young composers’ compositions to be performed and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House\


Musical celebrations for IWD 2015

The achievements of women in music were brought to the fore this weekend as the UK geared up to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on Sunday 8 March.

Die Welt

Macht Event, macht noch mehr Event

In Hamburg wurde jetzt im Großmarkt ein neuer Veranstaltungsort eingeweiht. Er ist Konzerthalle, Sportarena und Musicalspielort.


Vokalensembles mit frischen Sound gesucht

Klangkünstler und Vokalartisten aufgepasst: Im Rahmen ihres bundesweiten Wettbewerbs zeichnet die HypoVereinsbank 2015 wieder herausragende Vokalensembles aller Stilrichtungen der deutschsprachigen A-cappella-Szene aus.


Österreichische Bundestheater in ihrer Existenz bedroht

Die österreichischen Bundestheater (Wiener Staats- und Volksoper, Burgtheater) befinden sich laut Günter Rhomberg, dem interimistischen Geschäftsführer der Holding, in einer « existenzbedrohenden Lage ».


6. Festliche Operngala erzielt 165.000 Euro Erlös

Mit rund 165.000 Euro erzielte die Festliche Operngala, die am gestrigen Samstagabend zum 6. Mal im Opernhaus Düsseldorf stattfand, ihren bisher höchsten Erlös für die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung.

neue musikzeitung

Singen als Schlüssel zum Erfolg – Deutschlernen mit Hilfe von Musik

Die deutsche Sprache ist der Schlüssel für die Integration von Ausländern. Stupides Vokabellernen oder Grammatik büffeln ist für Kinder jedoch wenig reizvoll. Ein Projekt in Bayern vermittelt die Sprache mit Hilfe der Musik.

The New York Times

Virtual Reality’s Potential Displayed at Game Developers Conference

For game designers, virtual reality became a real business last week when the virtual reality equivalent of Apple’s app store for iPhones and iPads opened its digital doors.


Classicalite @Classicalite: AACM Celebrates and Reflects on 50 Years of Jazz Devotion and Servitude + More! – @klassikcom: Karriere-News: Marc Adam (Oper de Nice)  #Kulturmanagement @Klassikinfo: München hätte bei der Planung eines neuen Konzertsaals die Chance für einen großen städteplanerischen Wurf …

(Written on March 9, 2015 )

Classical News


Mid-concert selfie stage invasions – hasn’t Dvorák suffered enough?

What punishment for the narcissist who leapt on the Royal Festival Hall stage to take a selfie during Dvořák’s New World symphony? If only life were like the Simpsons…

Classic FM

Why does music give us chills? Eric Whitacre and his Singers put on a concert to find out

Our favourite dashing-blonde choral conductor and his choir turned guinea pigs in a huge experiment looking at the health benefits of singing in (and even just listening to) a choir. There were electrodes, latex gloves and LOTS of saliva…

Classical Music Magazine

Censorship claims in US after youth orchestra cancels composer’s Nazi-quoting new work

A censorship row is brewing in New York after the New York Youth Symphony announced it would not be performing a piece commissioned through its own young composer competition, after being alerted to the work’s quotation of a Nazi anthem.

Classical Source

Aldeburgh Music in negotiations to purchase Snape Maltings

The owners of Snape Maltings, the Gooderham family, have announced today that they are in the final stages of negotiation with Aldeburgh Music for the sale of the site’s freehold and commercial portfolio.


Italian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences

Until now, La Scala has long kept many of its inner workings a closely guarded secret — but with opera struggling to attract younger audiences, it is turning to technology to promote openness and broaden its appeal.

Zeit Online

Putins Afterhour

In Russland wird Kulturförderung noch ernst genommen! Wladimir Putin ist inzwischen sogar in Besitz eines eigenen Kreml-DJs. Was sagt uns das?


„Silber gehört zum guten Ton“

Das C. Bechstein Sterling Grand Piano – inspired by Robbe & Berking


Wegen Zitat aus Nazihymne aus dem Programm genommen…

Das ‘New York Youth Symphony’ hat eine Auftragskomposition aus dem Programm genommen, weil das Werk des 21-jährigen amerikanischen Komponisten Jonas Tarm ein Zitat der Nazihymne (Horst Wessel-Lied) enthält.

Gasteig-Affäre: Junge Musiker rufen zu Protestkundgebung in München auf

Ignorante Politiker bekommen wieder eine Ohrfeige: Für Samstag, 07.03.2015 um 11:00 Uhr ruft das Chor- und Orchesterensemble ‘MünchenKlang’ stellvertretend für junge Nachwuchsensembles am Münchner Odeonsplatz zu einer Kundgebung gegen die Entscheidung der Bayerischen Staatsregierung, kein neues Konzerthaus für München zu bauen, auf.

El Mundo

Un genio de la música en el instituto

El compositor estonio, protagonista de la ‘Carta Blanca’ que le brinda la Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, conversa, escucha y canta con los alumnos del Lope de Vega de Madrid.


BBC Radio 3@BBCRadio3: With #womensday on Sunday, our final interview with @EricaJong is on now. Today music by Rachmaninov + Lili Boulanger …

Music Teacher@MusicTeacherMag: @GarethMalone is made ambassador for Music for All and the @LearntoPlayDay 

Prolific North ‏@ProlificNorth: .@ClassicFM to broadcast from Liverpool to mark Philharmonic anniversary  @liverpoolphil

playopenerItalian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences. Photo: Mattia Balsamini/Wired

(Written on March 6, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘I cried on stage. I’m not sure I will play again’

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber talks for the first time about the injury that has ended his stellar career.

Business Standard

New app allows classical musicians to perform solo with virtual orchestra

A new computer system allows musicians to perform as solo with a full philharmonic orchestra from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Classic FM Online

Austria tops ‘classical Eurovision’ survey

As Europe gears up for a weekend of Eurovision, UK audiences have chosen their top five classical countries – with Britain coming a respectable fourth.

Eric Whitacre announces Virtual Youth Choir

The composer and conductor is calling on singers aged 18 and under to join him in his latest online choral project, which launches officially next week.

Arts Journal

Gergiev’s Trafalgar Square concert is marred by anti-Putin protests

The London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square was marred yesterday by demonstrations against its outgoing conductor, Valery Gergiev, an outspoken supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

The Violin Channel 

Prized Russian Cellist Dmitry Volkov Has Died

Russian cello virtuoso Dmitry Volkov has passed away aged just 26. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute, Dmitry was a former 1st prize winner at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. The cause of death at this stage is not known.

New York Times

Factory Conversion Moves Forward 

The effort to turn a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into an acoustically sound concert hall, recording studio, nightclub and center for composers is moving ahead. 

Fédor Roudine gewinnt Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau

Russischer Geiger erhält Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Philharmonie de Paris: « Un vrai signe de changement »

La nouvelle salle symphonique présente sa toute première saison le 15 mai. Laurent Bayle, son président nous en livre les grandes lignes en exclusivité.

Le Monde

Capuçon, Bowie, Boulez… : la Philharmonie de Paris dévoile son programme

Terre ! Terre ! Cette fois, la Philharmonie de Paris, dont l’ouverture était initialement prévue en 2013, puis en 2014, annonce enfin sa première saison, qui devrait débuter en janvier 2015.

Classical Music on Twitter

Royal Academy of Music@RoyalAcadMusic Academy is again ranked top conservatoire for music by @compuniguide – and best overall for Graduate Prospects,

italiancopyright ‏@italiacopyright Musicraiser: fate pagare la produzione del disco ai vostri fans.

David Ashworth@DavidAshworth16 “A year of change for musical progression?” from @BSandbrook I’ve just added my thoughts
Pliable ‏@overgrownpath On An Overgrown Path: Apple’s wake up call to classical music –
ACE National@ace_national It’s Voluntary Arts Week (@volartsweek) ! Get involved yourself, from choral singing to guerilla knitting: RT
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 12, 2014 )


7 ways a streaming iTunes could compete with Spotify and its rivals

Apple rumoured to be in talks with labels over on-demand service. How will it disrupt the competition?

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller

Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival.

Who will replace Roger Wright at the BBC – and will his job even continue to exist?

Wright’s dual role at the BBC sees him as controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms. There will be plenty of candidates for the latter role, but few will have appetite for the former.

Classical Music Magazine

San Diego Opera to close due to financial pressures

Financial strains affecting music organisation across the US have brought a surprise closure announcement from the San Diego Opera.

Sinfini Music 

Why children shouldn’t sing opera

A nine-year old Dutch girl is about to release a CD of operatic arias on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Operatic tenor Christopher Gillett, aged 50+, thinks the whole idea of children singing opera is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach’s NSO contract extended through 2016-17

The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced that the contract of their director, Christoph Eschenbach, will be extended through 2016-17.

The Huffington Post

Japanese Pianist Yoshiki Battles Holographic Version Of Himself

Well known for his flair on stage, at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, pianist Yoshiki Hayashi took the stage with his virtual counterpart to duet.

Süddeutsche Magazin

Ich muss unsicher sein

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud wird auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert. Aber am besten geht es ihr, wenn sie sich wie ein Staubkorn im Universum fühlt. Sagt sie. Und das meint sie ernst.


Classical music on twitter 

Schools Music Association @SchoolsMusicUK “Schools Music Association votes to become part of the ISM”

Stephen P Brown @Stephen_P_Brown “New #OrchChat Monday 7:30pm EDT – Ignoring classical music: instant gratification/ attention span”

Eric Whitacre @EricWhitacre “At some point the pain of the deadline becomes greater than the pain of indecision. Deadlines are the only reason I finish anything.”

the listener “@inthetheatre Could San Diego’s opera closure happen in Chicago? @scoopit

George @OperaCreep “Aha…new BBC Directors for Arts and Music just announced…clearly Roger Wright didn’t fit in the structure”



(Written on March 25, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Industry welcomes tax relief on production costs

Arts Council England has welcomed a new scheme for arts and cultural organisations to claim specific tax relief on production costs, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on 19 March.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announces 2014/15 season

The BBCSSO continues its exploration of cutting edge contemporary music together with performances of much-loved classics in its 2014/15 season. ‘Discovery’ is one of the main themes throughout with audiences having the opportunity to hear some less familiar works.

The Guardian

La Scala’s new boss takes aim at ‘crazy’ catcalling of the loggionisti opera fans

Pavarotti and Alagna both suffered from the jeers of La Scala’s aficionados. Now manager Alexander Pereira has had enough.

BBC Music Magazine

Ewa Gubańska wins Handel Singing Competition

The Polish mezzo-soprano bags first prize at the 13th Handel Singing Competition.

BBC News

Dead Rat Orchestra’s meat cleavers recreate vigilantes’ music

A musician is using specially crafted meat cleavers to reproduce music – a tradition that is up to 300 years old and once made by groups of vigilantes.

Huffington Post

20 classical music names you are probably mispronouncing

The Huffington post gives us a video guide on how to pronounce the names of some tricky composers.


Classical music and culture on twitter

British Council: @Brit_VisualArts “We are delighted to announce Sarah Lucas as the artist representing Britain @la_Biennale 2015

The Forge: @TheForgeCamden Tonight! Massive @ The Forge. Live #reggae music in true Camden tradition & free entry all night!  @frugl

Sinfini Music:  ‏@SinfiniMusic “More popular than God. Or football.*  via @Andy_Doe. Ammunition for when people tell you classical music is dead.”

London Music Masters: @LDNmusicmasters “3 wks today we will be hosting a discussion on Class, Race & Classical Music @theESU with @xtaizy & @CandaceAllenLon

Baltimore Symphony: @BaltSymphony “Who are the most interesting classical musicians on Twitter?  cc @violincase @zoecello @nicomuhly @EricWhitacre

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine


(Written on March 21, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”


Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.


Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Eric Whitacre to work with Pentatonix?

The choral composer met the ‘Daft Punk’ singers in London, discussing the possibility of working together

Huffington Post

Tom Hodge On The Nature Of Collaboration

Composer and Pianist Tom Hodge examines the nature of musical collaborations, and specifically, the challenges of writing new music with another person

The Telegraph 

Mt Annan McDonald’s employs classical musical to deter loitering youths at night

With the dulcet tones of Pavarotti and his fellow tenors filling the airwaves, the carpark at Mt Annan McDonald’s has been much quieter in the past few weeks. The McDonald’s store started playing classical musical late at night recently to deter young people from loitering at the store

The Arts Desk

The journey to hell in Theresienstadt

The violinist Daniel Hope introduces Refuge in Music, his new film on the musicians of Terezín

BBC News 

How Martin guitars became an ‘American Stradivarius’

Vintage Martin guitars – the finest of which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars – are sought after by musicians around the world for their distinctive tone and timeless design

Deadline Detroit

The Diva and the Ducks: Visiting Opera Singer Chooses Urban Farm For Detroit Lodging

Soprano Nicole Cabell is definitely NOT a diva. In fact, she’s explaining why opera shouldn’t be exclusively perceived as an elitist art form


The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2013

Madonna pulled in $125 million over the past year, making her the highest-paid musician in the world. The bulk of her millions came from the tail end of her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million. She augments her income with heady merchandise sales at concerts, as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance

New Music Box

Audience Cultivation in American New Music

Historically, new music has sought to confront general audiences with unexpected sounds and forms.  The present, however, sees the milieu of new music splintered into factions, each with its own loyal but marginal audience

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online


(Written on November 22, 2013 )

The Guardian

Google launches Spotify rival Music All Access in the UK

Subscription-based music service aims to undercut Spotify and other rivals with £7.99-a-month offer for early signups

Zubin Mehta to conduct concert in Kashmir

Mumbai-born maestro to perform with orchestra on banks of Lake Dal in Srinigar next month

Classic FM Online

New Zealand Symphony cancels tour to record Hobbit soundtrack

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour of New Zealand because it coincides with recording dates for the soundtrack to the second Hobbit movie

Eric Whitacre on VC4, dubstep and meeting the Royals

Eric Whitacre chats to Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau about the success of Virtual Choir 4 and its premiere at Buckingham Palace

Stephen Fry cites Tchaikovsky in anti-Olympics open letter

Actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has used Tchaikovsky as an example in an open letter to the Prime Minister and the International Olympic Committee calling them to boycott the Russian Winter Olympics due to LGBT prejudice


Fiona Shaw replaces Deborah Warner as director of Met Opera’s season-opening Eugene Onegin

Warner withdraws due to an unexpected surgical procedure

Rural opera festivals can be serious rivals for the big London houses

Smaller stages at Longborough and Dorset show what can be done with limited resources, bags of enthusiasm – and one Jonathan Miller

Classical Music Magazine

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches 10-day campaign for £70,000 rescue fund

A campaign has been launched to raise funds for the freelance professional Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Namhafte Künstler engagieren sich für Menschenrechte in Russland

Geiger Gidon Kremer kritisiert Anna Netrebko und Valery Gergiev


(Written on August 8, 2013 )

The Times

My favourite composer: luminaries name theirs – who’s yours?

In celebration of one of Radio 3’s longest-running programmes, musicians and prominent figures name their favourite composer

The Telegraph

Mark Padmore: ‘I don’t want the life of a travelling opera singer’

Acclaimed tenor Mark Padmore is about to appear in his first major role in Britain. Rupert Christiansen finds out why it has taken so long.

The Guardian

Spotify, Pandora and the profits problem for streaming music

Artists like Thom Yorke are angry about meagre musician payouts, but concerns remain over long-term business models

Classic FM

Classic FM premiere unheard Pavarotti recording at 9am

The first-ever recording of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti [was] given its premiere play on Classic FM at 9am this morning.

Eric Whitacre supports new hospital classical music project

Eric Whitacre is the ambassador for a new composition project, in which 15 young composers are writing brand new music to help patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Classical Music Magazine

New plan announced for transforming Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland (CS) has taken a major step towards addressing concerns about the organisation raised by Scottish artists and arts groups since spring 2012 with the publication of an Annual Plan for 2013-14.

Guildhall unveils new work by Martin Creed at Milton Court

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has unveiled Martin Creed’s Work No. 1637: FEELINGS in the foyer of its new facilities at Milton Court.

The Toronto Star (via Arts Journal)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces challenge with CEO Andrew Shaw’s departure

Man who rescued orchestra from near collapse is moving on, raising questions about how TSO will weather a difficult climate.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Berliner Organist erzählt Dante neu

Der Kirchenmusiker Kilian Nauhaus erzählt die „Göttliche Komödie“ nach. Fünf Jahre hat er an dem Band gearbeitet. Ein Hausbesuch.



Classic FM

(Written on August 2, 2013 )

A little way down the road from all the excitement of the world’s greatest classical music festival, Bristol Old Vic will be hosting their own version of The Proms. Inspired by the hugely popular promenade concerts staged at Bristol Old Vic in the 1840s, the theatre will be hosting a world-class music festival, featuring some of classical music’s biggest names, alongside dramatic digital innovations.

British violinist Daniel Hope will be performing Max Richter’s highly acclaimed The Four Seasons Recomposed, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The work has been performed across the globe since its release in October 2012, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. The performance on 31st July 2013 at Bristol Old Vic will be accompanied by visuals from digital artists Play Nicely. The unique accompaniment responds dynamically to the acoustic characteristics of the live orchestral performance, and is rooted in the imagery and language of the sonnets which inspired Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Cellist Guy Johnston will be performing one of the most moving pieces in Schubert’s repertoire, the Quintet in C, with the Sacconi Quartet. The concert will be preceded by a series of structured improvisations, using illustrations from the piano and recorded excerpts to explore the composer’s complex personality and creative genius in writing such powerful and emotive music. Guy Johnston’s performance will be filmed by Icon Films to create an innovative musical documentary of the concert.
Bristol also welcomes world-renouned violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist and contemporary music pioneer Peter Gregson and pianist Jan Lisiecki, featuring music from Chopin and Schubert to Eric Whitacre and technically deft Hauschka.
Held in an intriguing theatrical space, with tickets starting at just £5 in true Proms style, Bristol offers classical music fans and novices a superb alternative to the BBC Proms in London.

(Written on July 10, 2013 )