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In today’s news: Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia perform for the Pope, The Phantom of the Opera score big at West End Eurovision 2018,  EU to investigate Apple’s purchase of Shazam, Daniel Barenboim returned his Echo-Awards, Hsin-Chien Fröhlich received the Chordirigentenpreis/ German Choir Conductor Prize, and Madrid celebrates International Jazz Day over 10 days.

The Times

The Sixteen: the British choir who blew the ceiling off

The Pope asked the Sixteen and the Britten Sinfonia in to the Sistine Chapel to play James MacMillan’s modern choral classic.

RTÉ urged to spin off symphony orchestra

Helen Boaden, former director of BBC Radio and of BBC News suggests that the station’s second orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, should remain within RTÉ.

Broadway World

The Phantom of the Opera were victorious at the West End Eurovision 2018

The cast of the West End’s longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory.

Hyperallergic

Over Two Millennia of Music play in Met Museums’s Instrument Galleries 

The newly reopened galleries combine disparate instruments the world over, grouping them by time period and type, rather than dividing them into the cultures by which they were created.

Teaching Drama

Bloomsbury Digital Resources is marking the fifth anniversary of its Drama Online library by allowing access to each of its most popular video, audio play and playtext for one week

The Verge

Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It’s concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA (European Economic Area).

Zeit Online

Auch Daniel Barenboim gibt Auszeichnungen zurück

“Kommerzielle Interessen dürfen nicht überwiegen”: Der Pianist und Dirigent Barenboim schließt sich dem Protest gegen die Echos für Kollegah und Farid Bang an.

Der Tagesspiegel

Hsin-Chien Fröhlich gewinnt deutschen Chordirigentenpreis

Seit drei Jahren gibt es den deutschen Chordirigentenpreis zur Förderung junger Talente. Diesmal geht er an Chordirektorin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich vom Theater Hof.

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Deutsche Orchesterkonferenz: Professionelle Orchester bereichern mit Musikvermittlung die Gesellschaft

Anlässlich der morgen stattfindenden Deutschen Orchesterkonferenz betont die DOV die enorme Bedeutung der professionellen Orchester und Chöre für den Zusammenhalt unserer Gesellschaft.

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Brief Wagners soll in Jerusalem versteigert werden – Es grüßt der Antisemit

In Israel gibt es so gut wie keine Aufführungen der Musik Richard Wagners. In Jerusalem ist aber ein handgeschriebener Brief von ihm zu ersteigern, für geschätzte 8.000 $.

El País

Nueva Orleans inunda Madrid

International Jazz Day Madrid trae a la capital a artistas de jazz, rock y flamenco en 80 citas durante 10 días

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Chordirektorin und Kapellmeisterin Hsin-Chien Fröhlich © Kai Bienert

 

(Written on April 24, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities, Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme and the final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018. Also, Salzburg votes against application for becoming the European Capital of Culture, and South Korean group Baum Quartett wins the Berenberg Kulturpreis.

The Guardian

EU to review Apple’s reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam

European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Classical Music

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra establishes disabled-led ensemble

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities.

Help Musicians UK expands Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme, expanding it to additional clinics and more music professionals.

The Strad

Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel wins $50,000 Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based competition, which includes senior and junior divisions, is open to Black and Latino US string players.

Classic FM

The Global Awards 2018: shortlist announced, vote now!

The final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018! Vote for your favourite artists from the shortlist.

klassik.com

Tonhalle Zürich mit knapp 110.000 Besuchern in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Die Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich hat ihren Geschäftsbericht für die Spielzeit 2016/17 vorgelegt. Bei 145 Konzerten mit 95 verschiedenen Programmen konnten eigenen Angaben zufolge 108.472 Zuschauer gezählt werden.

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Salzburg will nicht Kulturhauptstadt werden

Eine breite politische Mehrheit hat gestern im Gemeinderat der Stadt Salzburg gegen eine Bewerbung Salzburgs als Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2024 gestimmt.

Musik Heute

Berenberg Kulturpreis an “Baum Quartett”

Das aus Südkorea stammende “Baum Quartett” hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten.

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Dans le métro à Tokyo, Debussy et Chopin détendent les voyageurs

Au Japon, les trajets de métro sur la ligne Hibiya sont désormais bercés par la musique de Chopin, Mendelssohn et Debussy. Une initiative expérimentale, qui semble séduire les utilisateurs.

Platea Magazine

Adam Fischer debuta con los Berliner Philharmoniker, sustituyendo a Bernard Haitink

Ocupando el lugar previsto para Bernard Haitink, indispuesto, el director de orquesta húngaro Adam Fischer (Budapest, 1949) debuta estas semana al frente de los Berliner Philhamoniker, los días 8, 9 y 10 de febrero.

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Konzerthaus Berlin @_konzerthaus: Singen macht sozial, gesund und glücklich! Warum, das erfahrt ihr auf unserem Blog!

Image: Rubén Rengel © The Strad

(Written on February 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Marin Alsop is the fist woman to become artistic director of top Vienna orchestra, Brexit as an opportunity for British orchestras to escape red tape and tax of Europe, Barbara Hannigan wins the Grammy for classical solo vocal album. Also, Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone and flooding in the Deutsche Oper. 

The Guardian

Marin Alsop appointed first female artistic director of top Vienna orchestra

The American conductor Marin Alsop has been appointed artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman to take up the prestigious role.

The Telegraph

Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world

Brexit could be an opportunity for British orchestras to escape “onerous” red tape and tax of Europe to re-engage with the rest of the world, the head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suggested.

BBC News

Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock has divided opinion after banning mobile phones on his tour.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee launches live music inquiry

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

Opera Now

Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone.

The Washington Post

Grammy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

The complete list of winners from the 60th Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles Times

Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the Grammy for classical solo vocal album Sunday for “Crazy Girl Crazy.”

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Würzburger Theater wird für 65 Millionen Euro saniert und erweitert

Das Stadttheater in Würzburg soll in den kommenden fünf Jahren umfassend saniert und erweitert werden.

Deutsche Oper: Reinigungspersonal löste ungewollt Überschwemmung aus

Die Ursache für die Überschwemmung in der Deutschen Oper Berlin an Heiligabend ist geklärt: Personal der Reinigungsfirma habe ohne Absicht die Sprinkleranlage auf der Bühne in Gang gesetzt, teilte das Opernhaus am Freitag mit.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Nürnberg: 20 Entwürfe in der zweiten Phase des Architektenwettbewerbs

Der Architektenwettbewerb zum Bau eines neuen Konzerthauses in Nürnberg tritt in die nächste Phase. Nachdem bis Mitte Dezember 2017 245 Vorschläge bei der Jury des Wettbewerbs eingereicht worden waren, hat das Auswahlgremium unter Vorsitz des Architekten Amandus Sattler nun 20 Entwürfe für die zweite Phase des anonymisierten Wettbewerbs zugelassen.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica de Montreal ignoró las quejas de sus músicos sobre el comportamiento de Charles Dutoit 

Lo apunta la revista canadiense Le Devoir: como es bien sabido Charles Dutoit dejó la Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal en 2002 culpando a los músicos de su marcha.

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Image: Barbara Hannigan © Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images for NARAS

(Written on January 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: traveling musicians and British Airways, Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars, Garsington Opera and the 360-degree simulated experience. VocalEssence launches a youth programme, fair pay for Australian artists is still out of reach and the Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up.

The Times

BA tells musicians to buy another seat for their cello

British Airways has caused consternation among some leading performers by making it easier to carry violins and violas but effectively banning most other instruments from the cabin, including guitars, unless passengers buy a second seat.

Classical Music

Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars 2017/18

Sing for Pleasure has announced the recipients of scholarship places on its Young Conductors’ Programme for the coming academic year.Garsington Opera

Opera Now

Garsington Opera unveils 360-degree audience experience

Audiences can immerse themselves in Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch, thanks to a 360-degree simulated experience available on BBC Arts Digital.

Choir and Organ

VocalEssence launches youth programme

VocalEssence, a choral arts nonprofit based in Minnesota, has launched a youth programme.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify, Soundcloud and Deezer join forces as part of new EU lobbying group

Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer are amongst new members of a European lobbying organization which aims to “advocate for policies that shape a favourable business environment for digital music”.

NYTIMES

Lyric Opera of Chicago Offers Very Theatrical ‘Die Walküre’

CHICAGO — Many productions of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” stage the “Ride of the Valkyries” scene as a rowdy reunion. We see eight Valkyrie sisters, who arrive on their flying steeds, assemble at a mountaintop to greet one another giddily.

Limelight 

Fair pay for Australian artists still out of reach, study shows

Artists earn less than most professionals, with disparities even more pronounced for women and differently abled artists.

Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up

The programme includes Jordi Savall, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Taipei’s U-Theatre and the Michael Clark Company.

France Musique

Décès de l’organiste Michel Chapuis

L’organiste Michel Chapuis est décédé à l’âge de 87 ans. Musicien internationalement reconnu, il a notamment été titulaire de l’orgue du chœur de la cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris et de l’orgue de la chapelle du château de Versailles.

Tagesspiegel

Landesjugendorchester Berlin Tänzerische Leichtigkeit

30 Jahre Landesjugendorchester Berlin: Zum Jubiläum spielt das junge Ensemble Mozart und Vasks im Konzerthaus.

Nachfolger von Ivan Fischer Christoph Eschenbach wird neuer Chefdirigent des Konzerthauses

Seit 55 Jahren steht er auf den Bühnen dieser Welt. Mit Christoph Eschenbach übernimmt ab 2019 ein erfahrener Maestro den Taktstock am Konzerthaus. Er wird den Orchesterwettbewerb auffrischen.

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Programme abseits der Konventionen beim Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

Das Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo findet in diesem Jahr zum 37. Mal statt. Auch in diesem Jahr hat der Festivalleiter Marc Monnet mehrere Schwerpunkte gesetzt, die das umfangreiche Programm mit thematischen Strängen durchziehen. 

Berlin.de

Bachs h-Moll-Messe ist Unesco-Welterbe

Jetzt hat es die Berliner Staatsbibliothek schwarz auf weiß: Das Manuskript von Johann Sebastian Bachs (1685-1750) h-Moll-Messe gehört nun offiziell zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe.

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in 1926 Birth of American computer music specialist Max V.

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(Written on November 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music video by Luca D’Alberto uses drones to offer unique views of Berlin, reminiscing over the inaugural concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, and a look into how an independent guitar maker survives despite the increase of internet shopping and mass production. Grime artists may be unfairly targeted by the Metropolitan police through their use of a risk-assessment form, and the new Tinder Opera plays with modern technology and our ability to interact within relationships.

The New York Times

Finally Returning Bernstein’s Overdue Mahler

It was more than 50 years overdue, but Leonard Bernstein’s score of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was finally returned to the Vienna Philharmonic on Tuesday.

NPR Music

The Tinder Opera’ Creators Hope You Swipe Right On Online Opera

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and ’30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television. Now, a company called Rainy Park Opera is creating operas for the internet.

Classical Music Magazine

Medieval carol set to music for first time in 500 years

The first musical setting of the Medieval carol ‘Be Mery’ since the Reformation will be the soundtrack to a new English Heritage exhibition in the gatehouse of Battle Abbey.

The Guardian

Culture minister says Met’s 696 form discriminates against grime artists

Matt Hancock warns that controversial risk-assessment may damage London’s night-time economy and stifle young musicians.

Broadwayworld

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young. This concert on March 25th will be presented by Opera Tampa, the company for which Coppola was the founding Artistic Director.

I Care If You Listen

Experimental Opera Hopscotch on The Industry Records

Hopscotch is a completely different kind of album experience! After all, it is the result of a totally new way at looking at opera as envisioned by Yuval Sharon. Sharon is the founder and artistic director of The Industry, a Los Angeles-based company that looks to promote experimental music productions and change the concept of the traditional opera experience.

France Musique

Christophe Ghristi prend la direction artistique du théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

Le dramaturge Christophe Ghristi retrouve Toulouse en étant nommé directeur artistique du théâtre du Capitole, 8 ans après avoir quitté le même poste. Il succède à Frédéric Chambert et prendra en charge la programmation lyrique et chorégraphique de l’institution.

El Mundo

La Academia Sueca desconoce si Bob Dylan acudirá a la conferencia para recibir los 900.000 dólares del Nobel

El artista actuará en Estocolmo, y la institución comunica que no ha tenido ninguna conversación telefónica con Bob Dylan en los últimos meses. Si no lo hace antes del 10 de junio, perderá la dotación económica

Musik Express

Drohnen-Musikvideo von Luca D’Alberto fängt die Schönheit Berlins ein

Videopremiere: Multiinstrumentalist Luca D’Alberto zeigt in „Endless“ Berlins nur scheinbar kühle Seite. Der Song packt aber auch ohne seine Bilder.

Faz

Das Gespür für die richtige Saite

In einer Zeit, in der viele Fachgeschäfte schließen und immer mehr online abläuft, geht Martin Meckbach einem traditionellen Handwerk nach: dem Bauen und Reparieren von Gitarren.

Deutschland Radio

Vor 175 Jahren: Das erste Konzert der Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker gehören zu den besten Orchestern der Welt. Tickets für ihre Konzerte im Goldenen Saal des Musikvereins sind heiß umkämpft. Die Geburt des Ensembles war ein Konzert am 28. März 1842.

Berliner Zeitung

Ed Sheeran Konzert Der junge Mann ohne Eigenschaften

Sheeran sang gemeinsam mit den Leuten seine Lieder

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Classical Music News Durham Brass Festival 2017

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Classical Music News  Musicians’ Union announces next general secretary

Music History‏   in 1879 FP of Bedrich ‘s String Quartet in e minor.

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Tenor Scott Joiner and mezzo-soprano Viktoria Falcone try to find love via Tinder in a still from Connection Lost: The Tinder Opera.

 

(Written on March 29, 2017 )

Classical News

Today’s classical news, Steve Reich talks about the state of classical music in 2016. YouTube hires a Music Executive. NSO starts its season with a new face in Shakespeare. Also, EU voted to prevent violent extremism by putting on classical music concerts for young people.

Classic FM

Steve Reich: ‘In my lifetime, classical music has never been so populated with talented people’

He’s one of classical music’s most important composers – and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.

The New York Times

YouTube Hires Music Executive as a Liaison to the Industry

For the last year, the music industry has been waging a bitter war against YouTube, accusing the popular video site of paying too little in royalties. The conflict has often seemed tribal, with record companies and stars on one side, and Silicon Valley on the other.

The Washington Post

NSO starts season with a new face in Shakespeare

Last weekend, the National Symphony Orchestra’s opening-night gala focused (partly) on African American culture. But on Thursday night, the start of the regular subscription season, the flavor was British.

Pizzicato

Transformation Works At Paris Opera Could Be Stopped

In the case opposing a number of opera lovers and the National Opera in Paris over the demolishment of the boxes at Palais Garnier, the old opera house, the plaintiffs mark a partial victory.

Donald Trump von Klavierfirma als Betrüger entlarvt

Dass die Unternehmen von Donald Trump es mit dem Bezahlen von Rechnungen nicht so genau nehmen, wurde schon öfter gesagt. Jetzt hat der ehemalige Besitzer einer Klavierfirma aus New Jersey ein schönes Beispiel dafür geliefert.

Kokomo Tribute

Ukrainian pianist puts fresh spin on classical music

Alina Kiryayeva, a world-renowned, award-winning pianist, said classical music and cartoons may seem worlds apart. But they actually go hand in hand. And she’ll prove it at 2:30 p.m. Sunday during a performance inside Kokomo High School’s auditorium.

Mail Online

Stop young turning to terror…with classical concerts! EU vote to spend €1m on events sparks ridicule from Eurosceptics

Brussels is seeking to prevent violent extremism by putting on classical music concerts for young people. MEPs have voted to spend one million euros (£860,000) on the ‘promotion of EU values through music’ despite calls to cut spending. Member states had been seeking to reduce the total budget for next year to 156.4billion euros (£135.4billion). But the European Parliament’s budget committee has reversed all planned cuts, pencilling in an extra £4.7billion in spending. Among the additional projects to get funding is a scheme aimed at ‘preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism through music’.

Classical Music Magazine

Bloomsbury Festival 2016

The theme for this year’s Bloomsbury Festival (19-23 October) is language, from computer code to the language of food, music and dance.

KlassikAkzente

Ausgezeichnet für sein Lebenswerk – Alfred Brendel erhält den ECHO Klassik 2016

Wie die Deutsche Phono-Akademie jüngst verlauten ließ, wird Alfred Brendel mit dem ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk geehrt.

Klassik.com

Gerichtsstreit zwischen Wagner-Erben und Wagner-Stiftung geht in die nächste Runde

Der Gerichtsstreit zwischen den Erben von Wieland Wagner und der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung bzw. der Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH wird fortgeführt.

Crescendo

Expertenjury nominiert 21 Bewerber für die Kulturmarken-Awards 2016

Die Shortlist der Kulturmarken-Awards 2016 steht. Unter dem Vorsitz von Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, Präsident der Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft e.V., wählte eine 36-köpfige Expertenjury aus Kultur, Wirtschaft und Medien am 27. September 21 Nominierte aus.

Le Parisien

Loges de l’opéra : la victoire des opposants

Hier, les défenseurs du patrimoine qui s’opposent aux travaux de transformation des loges de l’Opéra Garnier ont gagné une bataille.

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The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Cast change: Roberto Alagna to withdraw from #ROHtrovatore

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-roberto-alagna-to-withdraw-from-il-trovatore …

Rhinegold LIVE @RhinegoldLive Looking forward to a wonderful recital with pianist Samson Tsoy at Conway Hall next Monday! See you there @owenpiano!

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(Written on September 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, concertgoers at The Last Night Of The Proms show their solidarity with the European Union, Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House as Director of Opera, and 13-year-old Gwydion Rhys conducts Proms in the Park orchestra. Also, London’s largest homelessness charity has launched its annual “A Night Under The Stars” fundraising concert, and Daniele Gatti picks up the baton at Royal Concertgebouw.

The Guardian

EU flags waved at Last Night of the Proms in anti-Brexit protest

Concertgoers at The Last Night Of The Proms have shown their solidarity with the European Union by waving EU flags during the performance.

Royal Opera House

Oliver Mears to join Royal Opera House as Director of Opera

Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House as Director of Opera at the beginning of March 2017, succeeding Kasper Holten.

BBC News

Gwydion Rhys, 13, conducts Proms in the Park orchestra

A 13-year-old boy has conducted the orchestra for part of the final night of BBC Proms in the Park in Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Classical Music Magazine

Charity concert launch hosted by prime minister at 10 Downing Street

London’s largest homelessness charity, The Passage, has launched its annual “A Night Under The Stars” fundraising concert at a reception held at 10 Downing Street in the presence of prime minister Theresa May.

The New York Times

Daniele Gatti, Creative Risk-Taker, Picks Up Baton at Royal Concertgebouw

Daniele Gatti took the stage on Friday as the new chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam

The Inquirer

Musicians, orchestra continue labor talks beyond Sept. 12

Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra have agreed to continue talking for an unspecified period beyond the end of the current labor deal, which had been set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

news24

Sour note as opera outfit dismisses singers

Despite sold-out performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the prestigious Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, the Cape Town Opera (CTO) has hit a sour note with 12 chorus singers fighting their dismissal in a dispute over money and contracts.

WELT

Die schöne, teure Zukunft der Musik steht in Berlin

Der Boulez-Saal an der Barenboim-Said-Akademie in Berlin ist einzigartig in Deutschland. Entworfen von Stararchitekt Frank Gehry und finanziert vom Bund. Endlich wird das Konzertprogramm vorgestellt.

RBB Kulturradio

Leipziger Archiv digitalisiert Bach-Handschriften

Das Bach-Archiv in Leipzig beginnt ab Mitte September mit der Digitalisierung von rund 700 Musikhandschriften.

klassik.com

Hornist Marc Gruber Zweiter beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Die Preisträger des 65. ARD-Musikwettbewerbs stehen fest. Im Fach Horn wurden gleich zwei 2. Preise verliehen: Sie gingen an Marc Gruber (23) aus Deutschland und Kateřina Javůrková (25) aus Tschechien.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Music, driving rain, indefatigable music lovers. We love our Prommers!

Top Classical News @topcmnews New principal trumpet at Concertgebouw

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Rückblick auf die Königsdisziplin bei : Das Streichquartett 2016

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A range of flags being waved by members of the audience at the Last Night of the Proms. Photograph: BBC/Chris Christodoulou/PA

(Written on September 12, 2016 )

The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

Codex flores

Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Musik heute

Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

nmz

Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

Twitter

Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

EUYO @EUYOtweets Youth to cease operations from 1 September 2016 http://bit.ly/1TcmI34

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, British Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote and Prokofiev’s grandson puts a new spin on classical music. Also, Teodor Currentzis awarded Kairos Prize and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded RPS gold medal

BBC

Prokofiev’s Grandson Puts New Spin on Classical Music

The Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev is one of the acknowledged masters of twentieth century classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded the RPS gold medal

The 81-year-old composer said that he ‘couldn’t be more honoured’ to receive the medal, adding: ‘That’s the one I wanted!’

Arts Professional

Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote

Whittingdale and Vaizey will back opposing campaign teams in the run-up to the forthcoming EU membership referendum

Guardian

Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the 1970s – in pictures

An urban utopia of concert halls, fountains and art galleries at the heart of a housing estate in London? Peter Bloomfield reveals his cache of photographs charting the construction of a British brutalist icon

NMZ

Kunstpreis der Stadt Dresden für Sänger Peter Schreier

Der Sänger Peter Schreier erhält den mit 5000 Euro dotierten diesjährigen Kunstpreis von Dresden

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Von Berg wechselt auf den Grünen Hügel

Die Bayreuther Festspiele bekommen einen neuen Geschäftsführenden Direktor. Der 49-jährige Holger von Berg tritt im April die Nachfolge von Heinz-Dieter Sense an

Klassik-heute

Anmeldefrist zum 8. Louis Spohr Wettbewerb in Weimar für junge Geiger läuft

Auf seinen Wettbewerbserfolg folgte direkt der berufliche Erfolg: Der Geiger David Castro-Balbi gewann als 19-Jähriger einen 1. Preis beim Louis Spohr-Wettbewerb in Weimar 2013

Klassik Info

Currentzis erhält hochdotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

Der Dirigent Teodor Currentzis erhält den mit mit 75.000 Euro dotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

France Musique

Victoires de la musique classique : Claire Chazal et Frédéric Lodéon, ambassadeurs du classique à la télévision

La 23e édition des Victoires de la musique classique se tient ce 24 février à la Halle aux Grains de Toulouse. C’est l’une des rares émissions consacrées au classique à être diffusée à une heure de grande écoute

Twitter

klassik.com Berliner : Übertitel statt Untertitel

BBC Music MagazineThe latest classical chart – out now:

ARTEFAKT Kultur Was nächste Woche wichtig wird: Die falsche Gärtnerin im Bode-Museum

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on February 22, 2016 )