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In today’s news: New statistics shown up that only 76 classical concerts include at least one piece by a woman, Classic BRIT Awards 2018, what time looks like to Philip Glass, and Robert Trevino stays at the Basque National Orchestra. Furthermore, the Bachfest Leipzig attracts mass audiences with its ‘Cantata Ring’, and the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho reflects on creativity as she receives a BBVA Foundation award.

The Guardian

Female composers largely ignored by concert line-ups

Women in Music project finds that in 1,445 classical concerts across globe only 76 include a work by a woman.

Classic FM

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe win big at Classic BRIT Awards

The cellist at the Royal Wedding Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the much-loved duo of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe each scooped two awards at the returning Classic BRIT Awards ceremony. Kanneh-Mason took home the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice award, while Ball & Boe won the Classic FM Album of the Year and the Best Group category.

Broadway World

Robert Trevino Extends Music Directorship Of Basque National Orchestra

The new contract will see Trevino as the orchestra’s artistic leader until the 2021/22 season.

Nautilus

The Smaller the Theatre, the Faster the Music

How is composing music of a given meter similar to painting flowing water? In this conversation between the composer and musician Philip Glass and the painter Fredericka Foster, two artists set out to tackle this question, before flowing into questions of memory, physics, and death.

WQXR 

Ten Landmarks in Keyboard Virtuosity

The history of the keyboard is just as much the history of the virtuoso who, for reasons competitive and otherwise, has time and again advanced technique and reimagined what is possible with 88 keys.

Der Tagesspiegel

Da läuft noch was

Alle reden von der WM? Nicht in Berlin. Die Kultur fährt am kommenden Wochenende eine beeindruckende Ballung an Konkurrenzveranstaltungen auf.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Diese Liebe ist unersättlich

Kommet zuhauf: Mit seinem „Kantaten-Ring“ zieht das Bachfest Leipzig ein Massenpublikum an und kann dieses auch begeistern.

Musik heute

Europäisches Kulturerbe-Siegel für Leipzigs Musik-Stätten

EU-Kulturkommissar Tibor Navracsics und Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) überreichten die Siegel am Mittwoch stellvertretend an neun historische Stätten wie die Thomaskirche, das Bach-Archiv, die Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” und das Gewandhaus.

El País

Kaija Saariaho: ‘Me entristece que tengamos que seguir resaltando que soy una mujer’

La compositora finlandesa reflexiona sobre la creatividad al recibir el galardón de la Fundación BBVA.

Pizzicato

Daniel Meyer stays with the Erie Philharmonic

The Erie Philharmonic’s Music Director Daniel Meyer has renewed his contract with the orchestra for the next four years.

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Composer Emily Hall: ‘One work at least by a female composer – that should be standard now’ © Rob Orchard/The Guardian

(Written on June 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom addressed lack of music in schools, Met Opera welcomes new maestro, James Levine sues Met Opera, Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ is yet to be solved, Opera America awards 8 female composers, Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years, Alberto Vilar released from prison, Teresa Berganza honoured for her life work and Festival “Heidelberger Frühling” starts in Heidelberg.

The Times

Alison Balsom: ‘We have a music crisis in schools. Everyone needs to speak out’

Cheltenham Music Festival’s new artistic director on her job, her husband Sam Mendes and cuts to education.

The New York Times 

Met Opera’s Next Maestro Energises His Philadelphians

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the successor to James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, may have cause to feel anointed: To judge from recent audience reactions, he is seen as the new grand maestro on the block, and quite possibly a saviour for the troubled company.

Opera Now

James Levine sues Met Opera over dismissal

James Levine is suing the Metropolitan Opera for breach of contract and defamation.

NPR Music

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Still Keeps Music Detectives Busy

The North American branch of the Elgar Society is holding its annual conference in Madison, Wis., March 16 – 19 .

Opera Wire

Opera America Announces Grant Awards to 8 Female Composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of the Discovery Grants from for the Female Composers programme made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation which are given to promote the development of works by women.

NY Times

Listen In on a Violinist’s Rehearsal Room

“That was good,” the violinist Jennifer Koh told the soprano and composer Lisa Bielawa during a recent rehearsal. But then she pointed to a spot on her sheet music and said, “I do think we should take more time here.”

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years

The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director.

BR-Klassik

Ehrenrettung oder Gewissenlosigkeit

Vor wenigen Tagen erst war Stardirigent James Levine nach Vorwürfen sexuellen Missbrauchs von der Metropolitan Opera entlassen worden. Nun verklagt er die Oper auf Schadenersatz.

SWR2

Magnus, der Erste

Langfristige Projekte, Festivals, Radiosendungen. Mit einem Artist in Residence wird vieles möglich. Der Schwede Magnus Lindgren macht nun den Anfang bei der SWR Big Band.

Blühende Musiklandschaften

Liedzentrum, Binnenfestivals, Umwegrentabilität. Beim Heidelberger Frühling geht es auch 2018 unter dem Leitgedanken “Eigen-Arten” wieder um mehr als nur um Konzertveranstaltungen. Am Samstag, 17. März, startet das rund vierwöchige Musikfestival “Heidelberger Frühling”.

klassik.com

Opernmäzen Alberto Vilar wieder auf freiem Fuß

Der Opernmäzen und Unternehmer Alberto Vilar ist wieder auf freiem Fuß. Der in der Vergangenheit als Kultursponsor und Förderer zahlreicher kultureller Einrichtungen wirkende Mäzen und Gründer einer Vermögensverwaltung war 2008 wegen Investmentbetrugs, Geldwäsche und Urkundenfälschung zu einer neunjährigen Haftstrafe verurteilt worden.

Vier Preisträger beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb

Die Jury des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs hat am Donnerstagabend in Bonn die Wettbewerbsgewinner bekannt gegeben. In der Finalrunde konnten Ioana Cristina Goicea (Violine), Theo Plath (Fagott), Maciej Frąckiewicz (Akkordeon) und das Eliot Quartett, bestehend aus Maryana Osipova (Violine), Alexander Sachs (Violine), Dmitry Hahalin (Viola) und Michael Preuß (Violoncello), den Preis des für sich gewinnen.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wird mit Briefmarke geehrt

Das Leipziger Gewandhausorchester erhält zu seinem 275-jährigen Jubiläum eine Briefmarke sowie eine Gedenkmünze.

pizzicato

JeongMeen Ahn gewinnt Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb

Beim Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb in München gewann der 26-jährige südkoreanische Bariton JeongMeen Ahn den ersten Preis.

Musik Heute

Teresa Berganza wird für ihr Lebenswerk geehrt

Die spanische Mezzosopranistin Teresa Berganza (83) wird bei den diesjährigen International Opera Awards für ihr Lebenswerk ausgezeichnet.

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Philip Glass reçoit le Prix France Musique des Muses pour son livre “Paroles sans musique”

Chaque année, le Prix France Musique des Muses récompense des ouvrages consacrés à la musique classique, au jazz ou aux musiques traditionnelles publiés en langue française.

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@BBCRadio3 #today #musichistory

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Steve J. Sherman

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: RNCM announces French Connections festival, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row gets TV spin-off, and Opera America announces latest grants for female composers. Number of women in artistic productions remains too low, ARD invites German students to the ‘Handel experiment’, and merger of K & K Philharmonic and K & K Symphoniker.

The Stage

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row gets TV spin-off

BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row will be broadcast weekly on television, the Corporation has announced.

Opera Now

Opera America announces latest grants for female opera composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of its Opera Grants for Female Composers.

Music Teacher

RNCM announces French Connections festival

The Royal Northern College of Music’s (RNCM) autumn 2017 season will mark the beginning of a year-long French Connections festival celebrating the music of France and its impact across the world.

The Irish Times

Violin-making refugee shapes a sweeter sounding future

“It’s a miracle really, my life. I came here to Ireland without anything, but now I have a lot. In six months I have got a lot of things and I am sure I will make amazing things in Ireland in the future.”

France Musique

Le nombre de femmes dans les productions artistiques reste trop faible

L’Adami, société de gestion des droits d’auteur, a publié une étude sur la place des femmes dans les productions artistiques de spectacles vivants sur l’année 2016 et les chiffres sont toujours aussi inquiétants.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra launches its 2018 season

David Robertson introduces his fifth season with Ax, Freire, Grosvenor, Mutter, Capuçon and Batiashvili among the headliners.

Pizzicato

ARD lädt deutsche Schüler zum ‘Händel-Experiment’ ein

Nach vier erfolgreichen Projekten der ARD-Reihe zur Vermittlung von Musik an Schulen, die sich um Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin und Antonio Vivaldi drehten, folgt im Schuljahr 2017/18 das ‘Händel-Experiment’, ausgerichtet vom MDR.

KulturRadio

– Slowakischer Musiker Marian Varga gestorben

Der Experimentalmusiker und Komponist wurde 70 Jahre alt.

Klassik Heute

K&K Philharmoniker und K&K Symphoniker fusionieren

Die österreichischen Sinfonieorchester K&K Philharmoniker und K&K Symphoniker treten mit Beginn der Konzertsaison 2017/2018 unter dem einheitlichen Namen K&K Philharmoniker auf.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms

Online Promming tickets for Prom 33 are now on sale. Book  ➡️ 

‘Handel-experiment’ makes students into composers © MDR

 

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(Written on August 10, 2017 )

Es lässt sich nicht verleugnen, dass das Musikbusiness immer noch eine Männer dominierte Branche ist. Wenn man sich die Line-Ups der Clubs ansieht, sind unter den Bookings weit mehr Männer als Frauen vertreteten. Frauen hinter Mischpulten und Produzentinnen sind rar und doch hat sich in den letzten Jahren vor allem in Berlin einiges geändert…

Das 1998 ins Leben gerufene interationale Netzwerk female:pressure versucht “die Existenz und das Schaffen der Künstlerinnen” in der Elektro-Szene weiter zu etablieren. Mit einem weitreichenden Netzwerk aus “DJs, Musikerinnen, Komponistinnen, Produzentinnen, bildende Künstlerinnen, Journalistinnen, Forscherinnen und Vermittlerinnen” schafft female:pressure eine Plattform, auf der meist weibliche DJs sich weiter vernetzen und untereinander kommunizieren können. Denn laut den Zahlen von female:pressure lagen die Bookings von Frauen hinter DJ Pulten 2014 in der Elektroszene bei gerade einmal 9 Prozent:

clubs – survey period 2014, Credit: female:pressure

Laut DJ «Electric Indigo», die Gründerin von «female pressure», sei der Anteil an Musikproduzentinnen in den vergangenen Jahren aber stark gestiegen.

Die DJs Ena Lind und Zoe Rasch haben 2013 Mint, eine Plattform für Frauen im Elektromusik Business, gegründet, um die Sichtbarkeit von weiblichen Acts zu verbessern, denn Frauen sind “nicht untätiger, sondern ihre Aktivitäten werden weniger wahrgenommen oder einfach auch vergessen.”

Zu ihrer Plattform gehört auch eine Booking Agency, die  weibliche DJs managed und als Acts weitervermittelt.

Diese Netzwerke fördern die Medienpräsenz und Bookingraten. Man kann also hoffen, dass sich die 9 Prozent in den nächsten Jahren weitaus vergrößern. Denn gute Musik ist immer unabhängig von Alter, Geschlecht und Herkunft zu betrachten.

Flyer der Mint Partys in Berlin. Credit: Goodyn Green, Mint Berlin

Diese Events am Wochenende und in der kommenden Woche sollte man auf keinen Fall verpassen! Denn hier legen auch weibliche DJs auf:

Mobilee Back to Back Tour 2017: Berlin

Klubnacht

Beste Modus Meets Slapfunk

Rec Room with Raggs, Regent Street & Chix

Für alle Neugierigen haben wir hier noch zwei Listings von weiblichen DJs:

11 weibliche Berliner DJs

10 Berlin-Based femals Djs

Reinschauen lohnt sich!

 

 

Theresa Hünerbein

(Written on March 24, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: BBC has announced a season of opera programming, which will coincide with a new exhibition at the V&A in London titled Opera: Passion, Power And Politics, and Gemma Okell is appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Chemnitz’s Opera is looking for a new director that will be selected by their audience, opera singer Kurt Moll died at the age of 78, and four soloists were selected for finals of 43, Deutschen Musikwettbewerb. Discover the long-lost 10-minute scene of unfinished Liszt opera, performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan. Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts?

BBC Music Magazine

Classical music scheme hopes to inspire children aged 7-14

The BBC has revealed the line-up of music for its latest Ten Pieces project. Works by composers from the Baroque to the modern eras – including Purcell, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Copland – feature in the latest programme of the popular education scheme, now in its third year. The repertoire list also includes two contemporary works, one of which is a new choral commission by composer Kerry Andrew.

Classical Music Magazine

Blackheath Halls announces new director

Gemma Okell has been appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Taking up the position in April, Okell will continue to broaden and develop the venue’s programme of concerts and events, as well as building on its community initiatives. She will also work closely with the faculty of music at Trinity Laban, which regularly uses Blackheath Halls for rehearsals and performance activities.

Telegraph

We must remember Prince Albert’s numerous contributions to British music

We underestimate the significance to our cultural life of Prince​​ Albert, whose legacy continues to flourish more than 150 years after his death in 1861. The Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, was Albert’s initiative – and it was his idea that the profits should be used to develop a centre for the arts and sciences in South Kensington. The land on which now stand the Natural History and Science museums, as well as the Albert Hall, was bought with that money. The area, known today as Albertopolis, also houses such formidable educational institutions as Imperial College and, of the highest cultural importance, the Royal College of Music.

Pizzicato

30 Candidates Announced For The Van Cliburn Competition

The Cliburn announced today the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25-June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The jury will comprise musicians like Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman, Marc-André Hamelin, Joseph Kalichstein and Mari Kodama.

Rossini Specialist Alberto Zedda Is Dead

Italian Conductor Alberto Zedda died in Pesaro, at the age of 89. Zedda, who was artistic director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and the Rossini Opera Festival, was born in Milan in 1928. He studied with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini. In 1957 he won the international RAI conductors competition, which enabled him to start a long career on the podium of the most prestigious Italian theatres.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Geizhals

Das Opernhaus in Chemnitz veranstaltet einen Casting-Wettbewerb für Regieteams und überlässt dem Publikum die Entscheidung, wer im Haus demnächst Gaetano Donizettis Oper “Don Pasquale” inszenieren wird. Kann das funktionieren?

ZEIT ONLINE

Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist tot

Eine tiefdunkle, samtige Stimme ist verstummt: Der Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist im Alter von 78 Jahren gestorben. 2006 sang er zuletzt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

DEUTSCHER MUSIKRAT

Vier Solisten stehen im Finale des 43. Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs

Orchesterfinale mit der Staatskapelle Halle unter der Leitung von Dominik Beykirch 
Fünf Werke im Finale, Komposition“

The Guardian

We need more women composers – and it’s not about tokenism, it’s about talent

Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts? Sound and Music, the national development organisation for new music, are determined to do something about it

The New York Times

Listen to the First Glimpse of a Long-Lost Liszt Opera

The unfinished Liszt opera — written largely in shorthand, with only one act completed — languished in a Weimar archive for nearly 170 years. A 10-minute scene will be performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this summer.

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Music History   in 1958 FP of Walter ‘s Viola Concerto, by the , Charles Munch conducting

BBC Music Magazine  Some of our favourite composer quotes. What’s the best musical saying you’ve heard?

Image: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on March 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Ludovico Einaudi reached his highest ever chart position and Jubilee Opera presents the world premiere of ‘The Drummer Boy of Waterloo’. Also, the winners of BBC Radio 2’s Young Choristers of the year were named and the New York Philharmonic talks about moving to the auditorium at Hunter College

The Guardian

When the shock of the new feels old what can a composer do?

For his third piano sonata, Stephen Hough wondered if he could use the inflexible 12-tone composition technique to ask questions about the very technique itself

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year

Young Chorister of the Year 2015 winners announced

Classic FM

Ludovico Einaudi is officially a pop chart legend, and why it’s a big deal

Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has reached his highest ever chart position, landing himself in the top 20 albums in front of new releases from Scouting For Girls and Fightstar

Telegraph

Zadok the Priest: a champion’s anthem

Handel has been dragged into a football feud after Manchester City fans are facing a fine from Uefa for booing one of the composer’s best known works at Champions League matches

Classical Source

Jubilee Opera presents the world premiere of The Drummer Boy of Waterloo

Novello & Co, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies, is delighted to announce the world premiere of ‘The Drummer Boy of Waterloo’ – a children’s opera written by Megg Nicol and David Stoll

Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Hoch auf die Klassik

Vor genau 100 Jahren wurde sie in Berlin uraufgeführt: Darum spielen dort jetzt drei Top-Orchester an drei Tagen Strauss’ monumentale “Alpensinfonie”

Klassik Akzente

Konzert mit Seltenheitswert – Krystian Zimerman gastiert im November in der Berliner Philharmonie

Krystian Zimerman, der polnische Pianist und Chopin-Wettbewerb-Gewinner von 1975, muss heutzutage niemanden mehr von seinem außerordentlichen Rang unter den zeitgenössischen Klaviervirtuosen überzeugen. Einziges “Problem”: er gibt nur maximal 50 Konzerte pro Jahr

Pizzicato

Französin und Weißrusse gewinnen bei ‘Neue Stimmen’

Die französische Sopranistin Elsa Dreisig (*1991) und der Bass Anatoli Sivko aus Weißrussland (*1987) haben den Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb ‘Neue Stimmen’ gewonnen

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic Discusses Temporary Home at Hunter College

The New York Philharmonic could be getting an East Side address when the planned renovation of its Lincoln Center hall leaves it homeless for two seasons: The orchestra is in talks with Hunter College about moving into a 2,000-seat auditorium there

Scherzo

Alondra de la Parra, nueva titular de la Sinfónica de Queensland

La directora mexicana Alondra de la Parra (Nueva York, 1980) ha sido designada nueva directora titular de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Queensland, en Australia

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Classic FM @ClassicFM : Read the incredible story of Anne Boleyn’s songbook: http://classfm.co/wJvrf5

Top Classical News @topcmnews : A pianist finds music has died in Australia http://bit.ly/1MNCdIK  #ClassicalMusic

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 : Sally Beamish, Judith Weir, Amy Beach, Barbara Strozzi… Guides to 50+ female composers: http://bbc.in/1UqVidk

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(Written on October 26, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sokolov refuses award won by Lebrecht, and Juilliard opens a campus in China. Also, Classical Music Magazine writes that women in classical music are thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and Classic FM lists the struggles of being a classical-music loving Millennial

Gramophone

Grigory Sokolov refuses award because it has previously been won by Norman Lebrecht

Sokolov: ‘According to my ideas about elementary decency, it is shame to be in the same award-winners list with Lebrecht’

Classical Music Magazine

Women in classical music are being thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

When 17-year-old Jessy McCabe made headlines last month with her shocking discovery that Edexcel’s Music A-Level syllabus featured not a single work by a female composer, my reaction was one of anger and frustration

The Guardian

Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader

Architecture, opera, fashion, parapsychology … this year’s contenders are taking contemporary art into exciting new territory. We sent our experts to meet the artists on the shortlist

Classical Music Magazine

Juilliard to open campus in China

The Juilliard School is to open its first campus outside New York.

The Guardian

Turning opera inside out: how I got Lost in Thought

Shoeless and armed only with a swizzle stick, Stuart Jeffries attempts to banish distracting thoughts and be part of the world’s first mindfulness opera

Classic FM

The worst things about being a classical music-loving Millennial

You were born in the 1990s, you love classical music, and it’s a nightmare. Here are 11 of the worst day-to-day trials that you have to put up with…

Klassik.com

h-Moll-Messe von Johann Sebastian Bach für Weltkodumentenerbe nominiert

Die deutsche Unesco-Kommission sieht das Werk als Meilenstein der Musikgeschichte in Bezug auf Satztechnik, Wort-Ton-Verhältnis sowie ihre ästhetisch und theologisch durchdachte Gesamtform.

Tagesspiegel

Im Strudel – Igor Levit und das DSO

Der Pianist Igor Levit gibt sein Debüt in der Philharmonie. Zusammen mit dem DSO unter der Leitung von Oslo Vänskä lässt er den Saal vor Spannung vibrieren.

Klassik heute

“Musik in den Häusern der Stadt” in Köln, Hamburg und Bonn

Weltmusik im Wohnzimmer, Klassik im Atelier, Jazz im Foyer – vom 3. bis 8. November ist wieder “Musik in den Häusern der Stadt” zu hören.

El país

Les Arts y el IVAM llevarán ópera al museo y exposiciones al coliseo

La muestra ‘Testigos del arte’ ya se puede ver en el Palau de les Arts y desde octubre intérpretes del Centre Plácido Domingo a cantarán en el muse0

El mundo

Plácido Domingo canta y llora a su hermana recién fallecida

María José Domingo, de 72 años, murió este verano en Boston. El tenor la ha homenajeado con un recital en la catedral de Los Ángeles.

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Sinfini Music‘they were taking the piano apart and reassembling it as I played’ on SLEEP

Music Education UKBBC Music launches Ten Pieces Secondary film

In Tune BBC Radio 3 A packed studio today! Players from & teaming up to perform an amazing mash up of the

News 29th Sep

‘Music is doing what it always does – dividing up time, but this time in order to structure our work’ Lost in Thought: a mindfulness opera, by Rolf Hind, at LSO St Luke’s. Photograph: Simon Jay Price/The Guardian

(Written on September 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.

Guardian

Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’

Independent

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.

Slate

Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?

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Sound and Music: Today is deadline day for our on commissioning fees

Help Musicians UK: Any singers worried about the tiniest change to their voice? answers your queries via

Classical Music: The and announce as the second doctoral composer-in-residence:

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The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

With the summer holidays drawing to a close, for students all around the country this means one thing. Results. But one seventeen-year-old girl had other things on her mind.

Jessy McCabe noticed a distinct lack of female representation on the Edexcel A-level music syllabus, with 63 male composers and no females, despite including a variety of genres and eras.

She contacted Edexcel’s Head of Music, who claims “given that female composers were not prominent in the Western Classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A Level specification]”. McCabe dismisses this statement. She argues that there are over 6000 female composers in history and BBC Radio 3 managed to programme a full day of music written by women in honour of International Women’s Day.

And it would appear that she is not alone in her opinions. Over 1700 people have already supported her online petition.

This topic certainly has sparked lively debate from both sides. What do you think? Tweet us at @WildKatPR or comment on our Facebook page.

Jessy McCabe

Seventeen-year-old Jessy McCabe
Photo credit: The Independent

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )