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In today’s news: The Proms should stop ticket scandal, András Schiff talks about how ‘music should be an integral part of our lives,’ and Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. Opera about love story between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to open in 2020, Fazil Say receives music prize, and world premiere with Xavier de Maistre.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The Proms should stop this ticket scandal — or leave the Albert Hall

What is that scandal? In a nutshell, it’s about access and inclusivity. It is extremely hard to obtain aforesaid tickets if you go through the official channels, but very easy if you have a few thousand quid to spare and go to a ticket-resale website.

The Daily Telegraph

András Schiff interview: ‘Music should be an integral part of our lives’

“Today, music is taken off the curriculum because it is not considered a priority, but it should be an integral part of our lives. An integral part of our lives.”

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017

Radio 3 is inviting listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a new Christmas carol.

Classical Music Magazine

Final season of Hull 2017 revealed

The fourth season of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has been announced.

The Strad

Violinist, quartet and double bassist in new intake of BBC New Generation Artists

BBC Radio 3’s young classical talent platform accepts Aleksey Semenenko, Quatuor Arod and Misha Mullov-Abbado


The Simpsons’ composer fired after 27 years

Alf Clausen, responsible for some of the show’s most iconic songs, was told producers wanted “a different kind of music.”


Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017 geht an den türkischen Pianisten Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say erhält den Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg

Festival vielsaitig präsentiert Riesengeige

Im Rahmen des Festivals “vielsaitig” wird morgen im Klosterhof St. Mang in Füssen die sogenannte Markneukirchener Riesengeige präsentiert.

Klassik Heute

Meisterkurs und deutsche Erstaufführung mit Xavier de Maistre

Das erste Forum N-Konzert der neuen Spielzeit steht ganz im Zeichen der Harfe: Bei der Uraufführung eines Werkes von Gordon Kampe sollen laut dem Komponisten „soviele Harfen wie möglich“ mitspielen.

France Musique

Un opéra sur l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera

Aux Etats-Unis, un opéra relatant l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera est en cours d’écriture. La première de « The Last Dream of Frida and Diego » devrait avoir lieu en 2020.






(Written on September 1, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds, Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, and BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces latest grants

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds to 28 projects across the UK.

Classic FM

‘Simon Rattle is not afraid to say what he thinks about the state of music education – he’s great for music in the UK’

Gareth Davies is Chairman and Principal Flautist of the LSO and he spoke exclusively to our presenter Anne-Marie Minhall about the orchestra’s new music director, Sir Simon Rattle.

Music Teacher

Roderick Williams takes Birmingham Conservatoire post

Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire. The baritone, who was awarded an OBE earlier this year, will visit the institution on a regular basis to give recitals, individual coaching and masterclasses.

Huffington Post

BBC Proms Launches First Disability-Inclusive Concert To Make Classical Music Accessible To All

With their silent audiences, formal attire and clapping etiquette, classical music concerts don’t scream accessibility. But BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Berliner Morgenpost

Bei Berlins Kulturstätten herrscht Sanierungsstau

435 Millionen Euro werden benötigt, um alle Theater und Konzertsäle der Stadt instand zu setzen. „Es muss dringend etwas getan werden.“

Fono Forum

Kulturinstitut der Musikindustrie

Joyce DiDonato, Matthias Goerne, Daniel Hope (!), Kent Nagano, Maurizio Pollini, Fazıl Say, Christian Tetzlaff, das Wiener Klaviertrio, Thomas Fritzsch, Sebastian Knauer, Linus Roth und der Nachwuchskünstler Lucas Debargue gehören zu den Preisträgern des ECHO KLASSIK 2017.


Experimentierlust lässt Besucher staunen

Das Festival vielsaitig gibt klangvolle Einblicke nicht nur in die Geigenbau-Historie

El Mundo

Cartas de amor de grandes compositores

“Es una última y dura prueba, pero mi amor es mi fe, y estoy sedienta por el martirio”, escribe Marie d’Agoult cuando deja a su marido para amar a Franz Liszt. Es uno de los fragmentos de una de las misivas que recoge el libro ‘Cartas de amor de músicos’ (Turner), de Kurt Pahlen.


Genova organizes Paganini festival

Genova, the city of the Premio Paganini, is planning a festival with nine concerts, all with free entrance, with the participation of three winners of the Paganini Award.


Music History    in 1840 FP of Hector ‘s Grand Symphonie funebre et triomphale in Paris.
Classical Music News  Punk Transformed?
Image: Roderick Williams

(Written on July 28, 2017 )

We are delighted to welcome Taner Akyol to the WildKat Family. Taner Akyol is a composer and virtuoso of the Bağlama, a Turkic stringed instrument also called Saz. WildKat is working with Taner to promote his concert on 29th September at the Berlin Philharmonie. This concert will not only present new written pieces for the Taner Akyol Trio, but will also see the great Pianist Fazil Say on stage with Taner Akyol for the very first time.

Although the tuning of his bağlama reaches across both the East and West, Taner is mainly recognised in the West for his works and collaboration in the jazz and classical worlds. His first opera Ali Baba und 40 Räuber was performed in 2012 at the Komische Oper Berlin 30 times and received tremendous reviews. He has also been commissioned and played by/at prominent festivals, such as “Istanbul in Berlin”, Randspiele, Klangwerkstatt, the XJAZZ Festival Berlin and MärzMusik.

On 29th September, the Taner Akyol Trio will present pieces from their current album, as well as new works. Pianist Fazil Say and singer Serenad Bagcan will perform Turkish “Lieder” in the second part of the concert. At the very end, Taner Akyol will join Fazil Say for a surprise set. This news is not only tremendous for Turkey, but for all lovers of quality music without boundaries!

We are excited to support Taner and all the other musicians involved in this project and look forward to getting people engaged with this event. You will hear from us as soon as tickets are available!

© Markus Braun


Follow Taner Akyol on his website and on facebook.






(Written on July 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Turkish pianist Fazil Say wins Beethoven Prize, The Telegraph picks best pieces of classical Christmas music, and works for BSO Composers’ Day 2017 are revealed. Also, will Andrea Bocelli sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony?

The Telegraph

The 10 best pieces of classical Christmas music

Read about The Telegraph’s top 10 picks of classical music for Christmas.

Deutsche Welle

Fazil Say: ‘I make music like a Turk’

Read about Turkish pianist Fazil Say’s interview with Deutsche Welle.

The Indian Express

You won’t believe which Austrian musician outsold Beyoncé, Drake in 2016!

Eighteenth century Austrian classical music legend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has managed to outsell Beyoncé, Drake and Adele this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Works for BSO Composers’ Day 2017 revealed

The 12 works selected for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Composers’ day have been revealed.

Classic FM

André Rieu postpones UK concerts after musician falls ill

André Rieu has postponed the remaining dates of his UK tour after a member of his Johann Strauss Orchestra suffered a severe heart attack.

Will Andrea Bocelli also sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony?

After reported difficulties in securing musical acts to perform at the presidential inauguration ceremony, it looks like Andrea Bocelli could be in line to sing for Donald Trump.


Dresden nimmt Kürzung für Philharmonie zurück – Orchester erleichtert

Die Philharmonie blicke nun nach vorn und freue sich auf den lang ersehnten Konzertsaal, der Ende April 2017 eröffnet werden soll.

Pianist Fazil Say mit Beethovenpreis ausgezeichnet

Der türkische Pianist ist mit dem Internationalen Beethovenpreis ausgezeichnet worden. Der “Preis für Men­schenrechte, Frieden, Freiheit, Armutsbekämpfung und Inklusion” ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der türkische Journalist Can Dündar, der eigentlich als Laudator geplant war, hat an der Preisverleihung nach internationalem Wirbel um seinen Auftritt nicht teilgenommen.

Gedenktag für Kurt Masur in Breslau

In Breslau findet am heutigen Montag ein Gedenktag für Kurt Masur statt, der im Dezember 2015 verstorben war. Im Rahmen der Gedenkfeierlichkeiten findet ein Konzert mit dem Orchestre National de France statt, bei dem die Geigerin Anne-Sophie Mutter als Solistin auftritt, Dirigent ist Ken-David Masur, Sohn von Kurt Masur.

Twitter @klassikcom  Münchner : Bebauungsplan für das Werkviertel genehmigt

3sat Kulturzeit @kulturzeit Die -Preisverleihung wird ab 2017 bei Vox zu sehen sein.

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera ‘‘Ah fors’è lui’ / ‘Sempre libera’ – the dazzling musical highlight from

Fazil Say © Marco Borggreve

Fazil Say © Marco Borggreve

(Written on December 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news round-up, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. Royal Northern College of Music announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera. Also, Bob Shennan has been promoted to Director Of Radio, and will take responsibility of all BBC Radios, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

International Piano Magazine

Benjamin Grosvenor receives inaugural NY Phil piano prize

Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the inaugural recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize.

Reuters UK

Former New Order musician, DJs mix classical and rave for new album

A classical orchestra playing club music alongside DJs may seem like an unlikely mix but former New Order bassist Peter Hook hopes to win over fans with a new album giving a somewhat different twist to rave tunes.

Early Music Today Magazine

OAE invites composers to write for the Night Shift

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is inviting composers to write for 18th century instruments to mark the tenth anniversary of its Night Shift series.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera (PKU).

Choir & Organ Magazine

Sing for Pleasure announces 2016/17 young conducting scholars

Sing for Pleasure has announced its young conducting scholars for 2016/17.

Music Business Worldwide

Bob Shennan Takes Responsibility For All BBC Radio With New Promotion

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the Beeb.


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015.

Köln: Stadt will Straßenmusik verbieten

Straßenmusik und andere öffentliche Kleinkunst soll zukünftig rund um den Dom ganzjährig verboten sein. Das Verbot gilt zudem für den Einsatz von Lautsprechern und elektrischen Verstärkern bei Musikdarbietungen. Darüber hinaus sollen offensive Arten des Bettelns unterbunden werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Insolventes Festspielhaus in Füssen beschäftigt Staatsanwaltschaft

Wie ein Sprecher der Behörde in Augsburg am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist dort ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts auf Insolvenzverschleppung anhängig.

Kulturradio Rbb

Unbekanntes Kirchner-Bild entdeckt

Im Städel Museum Frankfurt ist ein bislang völlig unbekanntes Werk des Malers Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) aufgetaucht. Das expressionistische Gemälde zeigt eine Szene in einem Café und war auf denselben Rahmen gespannt wie das Bild “Schlittenfahrt im Schnee” – wurde von diesem aber verdeckt.


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Happy birthday to the @RoundhouseLDN! Find out more about its history as a performing arts centre here:

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline In 1969 @ElvisPresley released his No.1 hit song Suspicious Minds, listen now to our version:

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet An introduction to the music of Steve Reich: … #ROHmcgregor


Photo: Decca/Sophie Wright

(Written on October 21, 2016 )

Classic FM

David Garrett plays for President Obama in Berlin

The German-American violin star performed in front of the Brandenburg Gate ahead of Obama speech yesterday.


Benjamin Grosvenor signs agreement with EFG International

Idea for a relationship between the banking group and the Gramophone Award-winning pianist was formed during the 2012 Gramophone Awards

BBC News

Miss Saigon to return to West End in 2014

Hit musical Miss Saigon is to return to London’s West End in May of 2014, its 25th anniversary year.


Richard Marlow, for nearly 40 years director of music at Trinity College Cambridge, has died

Founder of the college’s modern mixed-voice choir


Ballet dancer David Wall dies of cancer aged 67

He was the Royal Ballet’s youngest male principal at 21 and danced with Dame Margot Fonteyn

Classic FM

UK City of Culture 2017 shortlist announced

Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay make the shortlist out of a list of 11 UK towns and cities.


Pomp and circumstances: Britten’s Gloriana

Gloriana was written to celebrate the young Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation but has barely been performed since. Soprano Susan Bullock, who sings the central role of Queen Elizabeth in a new production, on Britten’s unjustly neglected opera

Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert

Pianist Fazil Say erhält Rheingau-Musik-Preis 2013

david-garrett-plays-in-berlin-1371665036-article-0Classic FM

(Written on June 20, 2013 )

The Guardian

Sir Colin Davis, LSO’s longest-serving conductor, dies aged 85

Classical world pays tribute to London Symphony Orchestra’s president and longest-serving principal conductor.

BBC News

Turkish pianist Fazil Say convicted of insulting Islam

World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say has been given a suspended 10-month jail sentence for insulting Muslim values.

Classic FM

 Rieu’s 2013 masterpiece concert to hit cinemas

One of André Rieu’s hometown Maastricht concerts is to be screened in cinemas across the UK and the world in July.

BBC News

Stradivarius Trees: Searching for perfect musical wood

Switzerland is home to some of the best violin makers in the world. But how do they know which tree will make a top quality violin?

Classic FM

Heated Twitter feud inspires political opera

Spending cuts and increased public debt in the Eurozone prompted an angry online exchange last summer, now set to music in a lively new opera.

Classic FM

New York Philharmonic conductor appears on Sesame Street

The New York Philharmonic’s conductor Alan Gilbert gave a masterclass with a difference when characters from Sesame Street showed up at The Lincoln Centre to watch a rehearsal.

Classic FM

Subway Violinists cover Taylor Swift hit

A classical cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ has surfaced on the internet after two musicians made a video of themselves performing it on the subway in Boston.

Colin Davis

The Guardian

(Written on April 15, 2013 )


Choir of King’s College Cambridge launches new recording initiative

First album on the choir’s own label features five world premiere recordings

Classic FM

‘Bus Station Sonata’ gets public playing Beethoven

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata has been given a radical new treatment – it has been performed by passing members of the public in a Newcastle bus station.

Lesley Garrett: a real life calendar girl

It’s not every day you’ll catch Jamie Crick and Lesley Garrett in a hairdressing salon together, but today they’re celebrating the launch of a brand new charity calendar.

BBC News (found on Musical Chairs)

The sounds of Egypt’s blind orchestra

Cairo’s Egyptian Blind Girls Chamber Orchestra has been called “a thing of light and hope”.


Fazil Say will face trial under hate laws after acquittal calls rejected

The trial of Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say has been adjourned until 18 February after a Turkish court rejected calls for an acquittal.

Daily Record 

Video Game’s greatest ever music celebrated in London Philharmonic Orchestra Classical Album

The London Philharmonic Orchestra captures some of the most memorable video game music themes in their second The Greatest Video Game Music ablum.

Slipped Disc

Just in: A new Stradivarius scam alleged in Rome

A police investigation has begun into a Rome luthier over missing Stradivarius instruments

The Australian

Opera House to be 3-D scanned

THE Sydney Opera House will be one of five world heritage sites to be digitally scanned in 3-D as part of an international program to document and conserve culturally significant infrastructure.

Opera Today (found on Alltop)

Mozart and Salieri — Young Artists at the Royal Opera House

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri(1897) received its first ever performance at the Royal Opera House as the highlight of Meet The Young Artists Week at the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Classic FM

(Written on October 22, 2012 )

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Why Madrid pulled the plug on Barenboim: the full story 

Barenboim’s Madrid concert is cancelled….

Pianist in blasphemy trial issues defiant dance video

The composer and pianist Fazil Say has written “Dance” a new piece based on Turkish rhythms in reply to the charge he is being faced with.

Two Maestros turned 85 this week 

Kurt Masur and Michael Gielen turn 85 in the same week.

Mendelssohn gets his bust back in Dusseldorf 

The statue of Mendelssohn is reinstated on his plinth on 25th September 2012 having been knocked down by the Nazis in 1936.


RPS Society awards grants totalling £36, 500 

The Royal Philharmonic Society has awarded grants to 20 young composers and musicians.

The Guardian 

Guardagni: the first modern singer?  

Iestyn Davies explores if the castrato Gaeteno Gaurdagni was the first truly modern singer.

LA Times 

L.A Opera sets concert ‘Foscari’ with Placido Domingo, in O.C

Placido Domingo with star in a concert version in Verdi’s “The Two Foscari” as part of Los Angeles Opera’s new season.

Classic FM 

A real life Carnival of the Animals  

Sorrelli Strings perform at The Big Sheep Farm in Bideford, North Devon


(Written on July 20, 2012 )