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In today’s news: Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music, The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition and study reveals that Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours. Also, France Gall is dead at 70, the revenues of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie are better than expected and Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Stage

Matt Hancock made culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

He replaces Karen Bradley, who has become North Ireland secretary in PM May’s reshuffle.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music

Dr Mera-Nelson, who has over 18 years’ experience in higher education, will assume the position in March

Music Teacher

ROH launches fanfare competition

The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition, which ill give budding musicians the chance to work with the ROH’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano and other highly-esteemed musicians.

M Magazine

Study discovers world’s most unique music

Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours.

The Strad

Luck holds out for violinist whose instrument went missing twice in 2 months

RSNO member Fiona West and violinist colleague reunited with stolen instruments.

Bedford Today

Relieve the glory days of the Haçienda at Wrest Park

Live music will be returning to the stunning grounds of Wrest Park in Silsoe this summer – with Haçienda Classical among the line-up.

The New York Times

France Gall, Adaptable French Singing Star, Is Dead at 70

France Gall, a pop singer who shot to fame across Europe while still a teenager after giving the winning performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, leading to a long recording career, died on Sunday in Paris. She was 70.

Klassik.com

Hamburger Elbphilharmonie mit positiver Bilanz

Das Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 brachte der Elbphilharmonie höhere Einnahmen als erwartet.

BR Klassik

Golden Globe für Alexandre Desplat

Der Preis für die beste Filmmusik ging an den französischen Komponisten Alexandre Desplat für seinen Soundtrack zu Guillermo del Toros “Shape of Water – das Flüstern des Wassers”.

Berliner Zeitung

Monika Grütters zum Kulturerbejahr „Vielfalt ist Ausdruck von Humanität“

Europa hat nach Ansicht von Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) nur als Wertegemeinschaft eine Zukunft.

Platea Magazine

La soprano Cecilia Gasdia, nueva intendente de la Arena de Verona

Según recogen medios locales, y a la espera de la designación oficial por parte del ministro Dario Franceschini, la soprano veronesa Cecilia Gasdia (Verona, 1960) sería la próxima intendente de la Arena de Verona, el célebre escenario lírico italiano.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1724 FP of J. S. ‘s Sacred Cantata No. 154 Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren

klassik.com @klassikcom Hessische in neuem Licht: Land fördert Beleuchtungswechsel

Image: Alexandre Desplat © picture-alliance/dpa

(Written on January 9, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s news, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote reflects on the difficulties of playing male roles. Another singer, Sarah Brightman has cancelled her trip to the International Space Station whilst the Beatles are to become part of the Music GCSE for the first time. Danielle De Niese talks of her plans to return to work after having a baby. Elsewhere, cellist Joel Krosnick is to leave the Juilliard String Quartet after 42 seasons.

The Guardian

Alice Coote: My life as a man

Ahead of her solo Brighton festival appearance showcasing Handel’s gender-bending operatic writing, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote reflects on the complexities of a creative life playing ‘breeches’ roles.

The Telegraph

Sarah Brightman cancels trip to the International Space Station

Phantom of the Opera star halts her plans to sing in space

Let It B*: Beatles songs to be part of Music GCSE for the first time

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be part of the new GCSE, designed by exam board AQA

The Independent

Soprano Danielle de Niese: ‘I’m not the first singer to go back to work after having a baby’

De Niese and her husband, the Glyndebourne owner, Gus Christie, are expecting their first child at the end of this month.

The Strad

Cellist Joel Krosnick to leave Juilliard String Quartet after 42 seasons

His replacement is University of Massachusetts professor Astrid Schween

New York Times

In Cleveland, Young and Old Keep Tempo of Life

At the Judson Manor residence for older people in Cleveland, music students get housing free in exchange for playing concerts for their neighbors. Both camps agree: It’s a steal.

Classicalite

Placido Domingo Cancels May 23 Performance with Conchita Wurst Due to ‘Health Problems’

They went on to say that Domingo will be replaced by none other than the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez.

Irish Times

John O’Conor’s 30-year competitive edge

O’Conor has done what many people thought impossible by putting Dublin on the piano map via the Dublin International Piano Competition. But now he worries for its future.

Twitter

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_: Bath International Music Festiva appoints James Waters and David Jones joint artistic directors http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/listings/bathmusic …

Ed Vaizey ‏@edvaizey : Congratulations @RCAeducation – ranked best #art school in the world. Great news for UK #CreativeIndustries http://artnt.cm/1R6Dccx  @artnet

Halle Orchestra ‏@the_halle : You can now follow @the_halle on #Instagram too for insider photos & #competitions https://instagram.com/the_halle/ 

Sarah Brightman 14th May

Sarah Brightman. Photo: FanPop

 

(Written on May 14, 2015 )