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In today’s news: Opera chiefs accused of elitism, Philadelphia Orchestra brings Jewish and Arab Israeli communities together, contemporary composers Helmut Lachenmann and John Cage meet in Munich, plans of the Berlin Rundfunkorchester for season 2018/19 and Music Festival FEMUA in Abidjan.

The Times

Opera chiefs accused of elitism for food and drink ban in musicals

A ban from taking food and drink into the venue, has led to claims that the ENO is discriminating against audiences for more commercial shows.

Classical Music 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields announces $1m gift ahead of its 60th anniversary

The gift has been made by the president of the American Friends of the Academy, Maria Cardamone, and her husband Paul.

Opera Now

Turin’s Teatro Regio appoints William Graziosi as general director

Graziosi began his career as artistic administrator of the Spontini Classic project, where he oversaw the organisation of three singing competitions and academies specialising in the work of Gaspare Spontini.

Broadway World

Rachel Barton Pine And Jory Vinikour perform on Cedille Records Album

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ best-selling artist, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, a two-time Grammy nominee making his Cedille label debut, play J.S. Bach’s complete violin and harpsichord sonatas.

Slipped Disk

Philadelphia Orchestra promises to work with ‘Jewish and Arab Israeli Citizens’ 

This statement was released following pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel where they will participate in special residency activities in Israel, June 3-7.

Limelight

Mezzo Fleuranne Brockway wins Royal College of Music Scholarship

The Australian International Opera Awards has partnered with the Royal College of Music this year, seeing Brockway further her vocal studies in London.

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Musikfestival FEMUA in Abidjan – Visionen, Ideen und hohe Zinsen

In Anoumabo, einem Slum der ivoirischen Metropole Abidjan, findet das Musikfestival FEMUA statt. Mit dem Erlös werden neue Schulen gebaut.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pfeif auf die Melodie

In München treffen an einem Abend die zeitgenössischen Großkomponisten Helmut Lachenmann und John Cage aufeinander. Lachenmann spielt seine “Wiegenmusik” und wagt bei einer Podiumsdiskussion provokante Thesen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Pläne des Berliner Rundfunkchors für die Spielzeit 2018/19

Crossover-Soireen, Mozart-Requiems und Mitsingkonzerte: Der Berliner Rundfunkchor stellt seine Pläne für die Spielzeit 2018/2019 vor.

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Jazz Culture : 41ème concours national de jazz de la Défense

Les inscriptions pour le 41ème Concours National de Jazz de la Défense sont ouvertes.

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Helmut Lachenmann © Lebrecht Music And Arts Photo

 

(Written on May 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic FM announces PlayStation Concert, Camden Schools perform at RAM, Gramofy launches as free service, Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases album,Charles Hazlewood reflects on minimalism in music, African-American Double Bassist killed by package bomb explosion in Austin, Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, and Bavaria to cover all expenses for new Konzerthaus in Munich.

Classic FM

Classic FM announces PlayStation in Concert: a celebration of video game music

Classic FM is partnering with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and PlayStation for the live world premiere of PlayStation in Concert, at the Royal Albert Hall!

Camden

Camden schools raise the roof at ‘joyful’ Royal Albert Hall concert

More than 2,000 young singers and musicians from Camden schools and youth orchestras gave stunning performances at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Monday, 12 March), covering classical, pop, world music and jazz for an audience of proud parents, friends, school and council staff.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Looking forward to BBC Young Musician 2018

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason released his debut album Inspiration (which will be reviewed in the April issue of BBC Music Magazine) with Decca Classics, featuring the piece with which he won Young Musician, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

The Guradian

Adventures in motion and pitches: how minimalism shook up classical music

Conductor Charles Hazlewood on the sounds that sparked a cultural revolution and redrew musical boundaries

Classical Music

Grammofy relaunches as free service

Classical music streaming service Grammofy, which shut down on 15 November, has been relaunched as a free service. However, listeners will need a Spotify Premium account (£9.99/month) to access the Grammofy catalogue.

The Violin Channel

African-American Double Bassist Killed in Possible Racial Hate Crime

17 year old African-American double bassist Draylen Mason has been killed – following a series of package bomb explosions in Austin, Texas, United States

Candidates Announced for 2018 Paganini Competition – Including 7 VC Young Artists

The 32 opening round candidates for the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition have been announced – including 7 VC Young Artists

Limelight

Richard Gill: Principals and Pupils Praise Program

Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, as results from a national survey and study confirm how much is to be gained.

klassik.com

Freistaat Bayern wird alleiniger Träger des Münchner Konzerthauses

Der Freistaat Bayern wird alle Kosten des neuen Konzerthauses in München übernehmen. Das hat der bayerische Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) am Dienstag angekündigt.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorf erwirbt Briefe von Heine an Berlioz

Das Heinrich-Heine-Institut in Düsseldorf hat zwei Handschriften des Dichters (1797-1856) neu in seinem Bestand. Die beiden Briefe gingen an den französischen Komponisten Hector Berlioz, mit dem Heine befreundet war.

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Daniel Hope verlängert beim Zürcher Kammerorchester

Die bereits zwei Spielzeiten andauernde Zusammenarbeit des ZKO mit seinem ‘Music Director’ Daniel Hope wird vorzeitig verlängert, teilte das ZKO mit. Hopes Vertrag als ‘Music Director’ läuft nun bis 2021/22.

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Le chef d’orchestre Enrique Mazzola obtient la citoyenneté française

Enrique Mazzola, directeur musical de l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, a annoncé avoir obtenu la citoyenneté française.

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Music History_@today_classical: #today in 1815 Birth of German-American #composer Josephine #Lang. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony performed by Charles Hazelwood at Glastonbury in 2016 © Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

(Written on March 14, 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.

france musique

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: Australian women sign an open letter against sexual harassment in music industry, a third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, survey says; New York Philharmonic releases its 19th-century archival material. Also, AI and machine learning in music business and Wolfgang Niedecken honoured with the Beethoven Award for human rights. 

The Guardian

Tina Arena and Courtney Barnett join campaign against music industry sexual harassment

More than 360 Australian women, including the Veronicas and Sarah Blasko, have signed #MeNoMore letter recounting harassment, assault and rape.

Classic FM

25 per cent believe women don’t have the same opportunities as men in the music industry

A third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, according to a new survey on gender inequality carried out by The Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

New York Philharmonic releases archival material

The New York Philharmonic has released all of its 19th-century archival material to mark its 175th birthday.

Opera Now

Irish National Opera announces first appointments

Irish National Opera (INO) has announced a number of key appointments.

Forbes

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry

In the music industry access to information presents a big challenge, but once you have it, the question becomes, how can you use and manipulate it using machine learning?

nmz

Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs

Sachsens Kulturstiftung vergibt aus ihrem Fonds wieder zwei wertvolle Meisterinstrumente an hochbegabte Nachwuchsmusiker.

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Wolfgang Niedecken erhält Beethovenpreis für Menschenrechte 

Der BAP-Sänger äußere sich immer wieder explizit zu politischen Fragestellungen und nehme öffentlich Stellung, teilte die Beethoven Academy in Bonn mit.

klassik.com

Wiener Konzerthaus mit Besucherzuwachs in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Wiener Konzerthaus hat seinen Jahresbericht für 2016/17 vorgelegt. Gegenüber der vorherigen Spielzeit konnte die Zahl verkaufter Eintrittskarten demnach auf 577.000 gesteigert werden (2015/16: 542.200).

France musique

Françoise Nyssen et Jean-Michel Blanquer annoncent 20 millions d’euros pour la musique à l’école

Invités au micro de France Musique, la ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen et le ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer apportent des détails à leur action commune en faveur de la musique à l’école. 

Le Monde

Mort du batteur Sunny Murray, pionnier du free jazz

Le compositeur et musicien James Marcellus Arthur – dit « Sunny » – Murray s’est éteint le 8 décembre à l’âge de 81 ans.

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(Written on December 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse allegations, classical music events app Jubal goes online, ECM Records makes entire catalogue available on streaming platforms. Also, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, Brexit-Big-Band goes on tour and the French organist Michel Chapius is dead.

The Guardian

Singer David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse charges

Allegations against 58-year-old tenor and longstanding member of nation’s top opera company date back to the 1990s.

BBC Music Magazine

ECM launches entire catalogue to major streaming platforms

Having previously resisted making their content available on streaming services, ECM Records have now launched on Apple Music, Spotify and more.

Opera Wire

British Opera Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment scandals continue the opera world as British theater and opera director Ramin Gray has been accused of sexually molesting a number of actresses.

Classical Music

Classical music events app launched

The new Jubal app allows users to access details of classical music concerts involving specific artists, venues and dates.

Delia Derbyshire honoured with posthumous PhD

Delia Derbyshire, best known as creator of the Doctor Who theme tune, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University for her contribution to electronic music.

The Herald

Former RSNO chief to lead Los Angeles Philharmonic

The former chief executive of Scotland’s national orchestra is to lead one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles.

Broadway World

San Francisco Opera presents World Premiere of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST

On November 21, San Francisco Opera will present the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, the newest opera by American composer John Adams.

nmz

EU-Austritt vertont: Brexit-Big-Band geht auf Tour

Während sich die Politik darum streitet, wie der EU-Austritt Großbritanniens aussehen soll, hat ein Künstler den Brexit bereits musikalisch interpretiert.

Klassik.com

Französischer Organist Michel Chapuis gestorben

Chapuis war vor allem als Spezialist für das Barockrepertoire bekannt; so machte er sich als einer der führenden Interpreten der Orgelwerke von Dietrich Buxtehude und Johann Sebastian Bach einen Namen.

Musik Heute

Mehr Orgeln von Schimmel befallen – Experten erforschen Ursachen

Seit 20 Jahren rätseln Organisten, Kantoren und Restauratoren immer öfter über Schimmel an historischen Orgeln. Die Ursachen seien vielfältig und nicht pauschal auf Klimaveränderungen zu reduzieren.

Codex Flores

Die Umwegrentabilität des Lucerne Festivals

Laut einer Studie der Universität St. Gallen beläuft sich der volkswirtschaftliche Mehrwert, den Lucerne Festival in der Region schafft, auf jährlich rund 22,6 Millionen Franken.

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Christoph Heesch gewinnt Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis

Die Jury des Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreises hat den Preis dem jungen Cellisten Christoph Heesch verliehen. « Er überzeugte nicht nur durch sein intensives und facettenreiches Spiel, sondern auch durch ein innovatives Aufnahme-Konzept für seine Debüt CD », heißt es in einer Mitteilung.

Platea Magazin

José Bros celebra con un recital los 25 años de su debut en el Liceu de Barcelona

El próximo 26 de noviembre el tenor barcelonés celebrará los 25 años de su debut en el Gran Teatro del Liceu, desde que cantara Anna Bolena de forma un tanto inesperada junto a la soprano Edita Gruberova.

France Musique

Le milieu de la musique classique réagit après les réformes chocs du ministère de la Culture

Le document confidentiel du ministère de la Culture que France Musique a pu se procurer fait réagir le milieu de la musique classique. Entre inquiétude et incompréhension, les principaux intéressés regrettent la vision exclusivement comptable des réformes envisagées.

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  in 1937 FP of ‘s 5th Symphony with Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Image © BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 21, 2017 )

In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.

Nmz

Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

France musique

Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.

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in 1911 FP of Gustav ’s Das Lied Von Der Erde

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

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Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Juillard School named Argus Quartet as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet, and look at the new Steinway piano. The Kulturpalast Dresden reopened last friday, and Douglas Bostock will leave Argovia Philharmonic in 2019. Antonello Manacorda fills in for Elbphilharmonics principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and the Barber of Seville in the Hong Kong Opera.

The Violin Channel

Argus Quartet Announced as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet

The Juilliard School in New York has today announced the appointment of the Argus Quartet as their new graduate resident string quartet.

 Classic FM

This new Mussorgsky-themed Steinway piano is utterly stunning to look at

Designed by Steinway artist Paul Wyse and based on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, this Steinway Model D grand piano is completely crazy, in the best possible way.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: can beginner violin lessons be given by a cellist?

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts.

The Guardian

Fight the Power: which songs define Trump’s first 100 days?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has ridiculed the president by releasing a scathing Spotify playlist.

Berliner Zeitung

Dresden  – Der alte Kulturpalast ist nach fünf Jahren Umbauzeit fertig

Die Quälerei hat ein Ende, die Musiker können aufatmen. Sie können spielen, sie werden überall gehört.

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Douglas Bostock verlässt ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ 2019

Das Schweizer Orchester ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ in Aarau hat den in der Saison 2017/18 auslaufenden Vertrag mit seinem Chefdirigenten Douglas Bostock um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert. Der 1955 geborene Brite will aber 2019 nach 18 Jahren seine Tätigkeit in Aarau beenden.

Klassik-heute

Antonello Manacorda übernimmt Dirigate von Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock ist erkrankt und musste seine Auftritte mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester am 4., 5. und 7. Mai absagen. Für ihn übernimmt Antonello Manacorda die Leitung der Konzerte in der Elbphilharmonie.

Le Parisien

Strasbourg: le métal investit pour la première fois une scène d’opéra en France

Plusieurs centaines d’amateurs de heavy metal se trouvaient rassemblés samedi soir à l’Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) à Strasbourg pour assister à Metal Oper’Art, premier festival du genre en France, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

South China Morning Post

Rossini as rom-com: Opera Hong Kong sets The Barber of Seville in Hollywood’s golden age

Director turns to the theatre of Hollywood musicals for production of Rossini comic opera, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, making her Asian debut, relishes the challenge of singing Rosina, gutsy girl in a man’s world.

The Irish Times

National Concert Hall needs to go beyond classical music

‘The building looks imposing, officious. Getting people in the door is a big thing’

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30 Death of a cutting-edge Finn composer

2 Klarinettist Eduard Brunner gestorben

 

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(Written on May 2, 2017 )

Account Manager Victoria Cappelletti’s views on working as a PR in Paris and London: Differences, difficulties & evolution

Over one year ago I moved to London to start working at WildKat PR as an Account Manager. I had previously worked for two years in the music industry in Paris, at a major record label and also in an independent PR agency with a similar structure to WildKat.

Being aware of the stakes of promoting independent and emerging artists in Paris, I was curious to see and experience the differences between the industries, seeking new professional challenges and looking forward to tame British journalists.

As I had previously worked with UK and international clients, I already had an insight into some of the differences, however, after a year of working as a press officer in London, I was able to find distinctive quirks.

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In my opinion, big record labels and majors rule music industries. That’s the case in both the UK and France. Independent, alternative and emergent artists thus struggle (more) to rise and thrive with their art.

As the French government cuts budgets for culture, the media has to focus on bigger artists, or at least on the ones that will gain a more significant audience. I could see that they were sliding dangerously from programming artists that they are personally passionate about, to generating profit for the media. As someone who is, and has always been so passionate about music, spending entire evenings digging for unknown tunes on Soundcloud, it makes me quite sad.

My knowledge of the UK government’s decisions for culture (apart from Brexit which will have an important impact on diversity in my humble French opinion) is limited, but it seems quite obvious that there are way more opportunities for new artist, to perform but also to be featured in the media.

Regarding live performances, for example, maybe it comes from the fact that all things cultural don’t happen in central London, as it is in Paris intra-muros, but alternative, emergent, underground cultural opportunities blossom in zone 2 and 3, whereas it is almost impossible to make Parisians cross the city centre’s limits.

Hence, there is a profusion of music venues, from established concert halls to basements and Pizza Express, that allow emerging bands and underground composers to perform their music or art, get visibility and improve their talent.

It also seems that there are more channels and ways to promote artists in the UK.

For example, I was able to secure a piece in a national newspaper for my first campaign, whereas the journalist had never heard from me before, and my sharp French accent couldn’t fool anyone.

Of course relationships with the media are the key to being a good and efficient PR. But here in the UK, I’ve felt like journalists are more open-minded and if you pitch to them right, offering an interesting idea, they will say yes.

In France, it’s more difficult to offer something original, and journalists are not likely to respond to you unless they know you. Maybe it’s also the case here, but simply in my experience, it’s not.

I’ve learnt that here anything is basically possible, if you put enough creativity and resources into it. This is an integral part of the culture at WildKat and has taught me a new way to approach to PR. The French music industry is obviously still strong, and there are still great things to do – it just seemed to me that without a strong record label behind them, emerging artists had less chances to be promoted in media and programmed in a venue, even the smallest.

 

Note: Beyond the PR and media industry, I think the differences between the two countries are probably beyond business. It’s social, it’s a way of working, communicating, and thinking.

The UK has seen the birth of major underground musical movements such as punk, grime and trip-hop. It’s the home of beautiful weirdos, from Elton John to Boy George to David Bowie, among so many others.

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I believe that all these cultural developments and their leaders ‘used’ people’s minds to be more open, accepting, experiencing and enjoying alternative and underground music and art movements.

Generally, the UK is known for being a cool country, where people won’t judge you for your half-balled turquoise haircut, wearing shorts in January, or the music you are listening to. I’ve seen youngsters sing along to rock songs next to quiet old men in the pub.

I am not saying France is behind in terms of music – it has the 2nd best hip-hop scene, many other amazing weirdos and a new generation of artists that are now making their way across the Channel and beyond – for example, Christine & The Queens whom I’m always glad to see on billboards here in London.

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We have a great new wave of music, which I think and hope will go far.

I believe Paris should open its ‘borders’ offer more exciting opportunities to emerging artists through reopening old venues, rehabilitating others, and take (some) inspiration in London’s music life’s landscape.

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Photo: Victoria Cappelletti

(Written on December 15, 2016 )