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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


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


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


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


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 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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times elucidates how Petrenko landed his new post, Prokofiev discusses BBC’s Ten Pieces and Scotland’s national orchestra announces a new chief executive. Also, composer Mikis Theodorakis looks back on his life, composer Krzysztof Penderecki has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ from the Pontifical Council for Culture and Ina Kringelborn dies at the age of 31. The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 are announced, with the Grand Awards going to the New York Philharmonic and Grand Piano Passion on how to find the right audiologist.

The Times

How Kirill Petrenko landed the biggest job in classical music

Three years ago Kirill Petrenko confessed in a rare interview that conducting the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time was “like scaling Mount Everest without equipment’’.

The Independent

Gabriel Prokofiev on the BBC’s Ten Pieces, Nonclassical, and a new Carnival of the Animals

Gabriel Prokofiev is pondering, over a Turkish lunch near his Bethnal Green studio in London, an unexpected development in his career as composer: the BBC has just picked a movement from his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra for its new Ten Pieces list for schoolchildren aged 11 to 14.

The Telegraph

Kirill Petrenko is the right choice for the Berlin Philharmonic

The Russian conductor carries a flame for the great German tradition, says Michael Henderson

Classic FM

James Horner’s final Classic FM interview: turning down Lord of the Rings and the trouble with directors

Six months before his tragic death in a plane crash, the ‘Avatar’ composer exclusively revealed to Classic FM how he turned down an offer to write the music for The Lord of the Rings.

The Herald Scotland

New chief executive for Scotland’s national orchestra

Scotland’s national orchestra has announced a new chief executive.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wo sollen wir Hoffnung hernehmen?

Mikis Theodorakis ist der berühmteste Komponist seines Landes und ein Liebling der Nation. Jetzt blickt der fast Neunzigjährige auf sein Leben zurück – und auf die Gegenwart Griechenlands.


Papal Distinction For Composer Krzysztof Penderecki

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (*1933) has received the papal medal ‘Per Artem ad Deum’ (Through Art to God) from the Pontifical Council for Culture. A statement speaks of his « constant pursuit of God along the paths delineated with the staves and notes. »

Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn gestorben

Die norwegische Sopranistin Ina Kringelborn ist am vergangenen Sonntag nach kurzer schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 31 Jahren im Universitätsklinikum von Lørenskog gestorben. Kringelborn war Ensemblemitglied des Opernhauses von Oslo und der Komischen Oper Berlin.

All Access

N.Y. Philharmonic, Radiolab, RTÉ Win Grand Awards At New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards

The NEW YORK FESTIVALS International Radio Program Awards winners for 2015 have been announced.

Grand Piano Passion

How to Find the Right Audiologist: Service, Service, Service

Since I was first diagnosed with a hearing loss at age six, I have been a patient of no less than 10 audiology practices over four decades.


Telegraph Music @TeleMusicNews: Picture a typical Glastonbury goer. Now tells us their age

Opera North @Opera_North: Musical breakthrough: @BSOrchestra‘s project provides support for those living w/ :

Dave Lee@DaveLeeBBC: More good news for Apple as it preps its Music service – it’s finally put pen to paper with a big group of indies


Kirill Petrenko in full flow

Photo credit: Dan Porges / ArenaPAL / Telegraph

(Written on June 24, 2015 )

The Berkeley Ensemble and the panel of judges for the New Cobbett Prize for Composition are delighted to announce Samuel Wesley Lewis’s Sequenza as the winner of the 2014 award, while Barnaby Martin‘s Lazarus and Laurence Osborn‘s Living Floors are awarded runner-up. The prize’s final was held at The Forge, Camden in a public concert at which all five finalist’s compositions were performed.

The New Cobbett Prize is inspired by the life and pioneering work of philanthropist and founder of the original Cobbett Competition, Walter Willson Cobbett who commissioned many of the early works of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams, amongst others. Through this, Cobbett helped to establish a British school of chamber composition.

The winning and runner-up compositions will be recorded by the ensemble for release on Resonus Classics in 2015, part of their ongoing work to offer long term exposure to new and emerging composers.

Founded in 2008 by members of London’s Southbank Sinfonia who discovered a shared love for modern British composition, the Berkeley Ensemble has rapidly become one of the UK’s leading chamber groups. Their versatility and inquisitive spirit has resulted in collaborations with Tom Poster, Nicholas Daniel, Sir Thomas Allen, Richard Sisson and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Alongside the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble have performed in a concert series inspired by Cobbett’s legacy as well as supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers.

Louise Mather

(Written on December 11, 2014 )

Internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist and WildKat artist Daniel Hope is to perform at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall this evening, premiering a new violin concerto by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei) about the First World War. Later on this week he is also to make a trip to Bristol on to perform in the Bristol Proms. Both are set to be unique performances not to be missed.

On 31st July, during his performance at the Bristol Prom, Hope will use Google Glass to show his view of the audience from the stage and his connection with other musicians throughout the concert. This will merge the latest groundbreaking technology with the ancient Baroque music Daniel will be performing from his album “Air: A Baroque Journey”,  placing old with new. Daniel will also be wearing Google Glass before his performance, and will share photos and videos of rehearsals and warm-ups before the concert. Even the very moment Daniel walks onto the stage to perform will be recorded, giving a completely realistic perspective of the activities and emotions a top classical musician goes through before they walk onto the stage.

However, it is not only Daniel who will be able to share a point of view. He is also offering the opportunity to one audience member, who will be given a free ticket to the Prom and will be able to wear Google Glass throughout the performance to record videos and take photos from an audience member’s perspective. The resulting media will be shared alongside the images and videos which Daniel uploads to his social media feeds. If you would like to win the chance to take part in this unique opportunity, in honour of Daniel’s latest album “Escape to Paradise”, comment or post on Daniel’s Facebook or Twitter which film soundtrack you would pick if you were to escape to paradise.*

*Competition open to UK residents only, the winner will be provided with a free concert ticket to Daniel’s performance at the Bristol Proms on Thursday 31st July and a Google Glass headset for the duration of the concert. The winner will be notified via private message on Facebook/Twitter by 10am, Wednesday 30th July 2014.

Daniel Hope

Daniel Hope



google glass

Google Glass


(Written on July 29, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Max Hole confirms third Bristol Proms for 2015

The Bristol Proms will return to the Bristol Old Vic for a third year running in 2015, Universal boss Max Hole has confirmed.

BBC News

Gabriel Prokofiev launches new violin concerto at Proms

Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the 20th Century composer Sergei Prokofiev, is presenting the world premiere of his new violin concerto at the BBC Proms. He tells the BBC his forebear’s fame just adds to the pressure of giving a new work its first outing.

The Telegraph

Oxford students’ acapella version of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie

A group of Oxford University students perform en acapella cover of a Shakira hit song, Hips Don’t Lie, which has been tweeted by the pop star herself.

Classic FM

Tom Williams on performing Bach in the Dark

Erebus Ensemble director Tom Williams and choir member Ed Danon spoke to Jane Jones backstage at the Bristol Proms.

Classic FM

Laura Wright releases racy new music video

Soprano Laura Wright’s new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing ‘Barber’s Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength’.

The Courier Mail

Oboist Tania Frazer suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for unfair treatment during a 12-month trial

An oboist who has performed internationally is suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for $620,000, claiming she was put under stress that ended her orchestral career.

Spiegel Online

Legendäre Pianisten: Roll over Beethoven

Der Pianist Swjatoslaw Richter konnte so ziemlich alles. Welche Nuancen er beherrschte, zeigen bisher unveröffentlichte Schubert-Aufnahmen aus Moskau.

Blitz Quotidiano

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: c’è accordo, si allontana rischio liquidazione

Si allontana lo spettro della liquidazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

La Stampa

Accordo fatto a Roma L’Opera è (quasi) salva

Previsto un referendum. Ma gli autonomi non firmano.

Le Miroir

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne veut au “dialogue social” pour trouver une solution

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne répond à la mairie de Dijon suite à son communiqué du 23 juillet.

El Mundo

Las óperas que nunca escuchó

Un festival desempolva partituras del XVI y XVII que no pudieron estrenarse.


BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #BBCProms @BIFO_ Proms debut with @saschavienna plus world premiere of @gprokofiev concerto by @HopeViolin 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ The last ever filmed performance of @JLloydWebber before his sad retirement through injury: … @RhinegoldLIVE

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical Why it’s do-or-die for classical music at the Bristol Proms 


 Max Hole
Photo: The Guardian



(Written on July 29, 2014 )

Violinist Daniel Hope will delight audiences at the BBC Proms yet again this year.

On Tuesday 29th July, Daniel will join the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which make its Proms debut  this year with a classical celebration of the Orient. Daniel will perform the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev‘s Violin Concerto, commissioned by the BBC. The programme will also feature oriental gems such as Respighi’s Queen of Sheba, Balakirev’s Oriental Fantasy and music by Mozart, Handel and Holst.

For more information and to get tickets when they go on sale, please see the BBC Proms website.

BBC Proms credit Harald Hoffmann

BBC Proms credit Harald Hoffmann

(Written on April 24, 2014 )

The Times

10 great opera stars

Nine singers, one conductor — these are the people you need to know before the International Opera Awards next month


Spotify: threat or friend?

Martin Cullingford reflects on the changing nature of how we get our music

Music events to include Three Choirs Festival commission and Late Night Prom on the anniversary

International Arts Manager

Performing arts talent from Spain and Portugal will form the focus of the Kennedy Center’s 2015 festival.

BBC Music Magazine

Reading University unveils plaque to commemorate Gustav Holst

The composer and former lecturer is celebrated

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

A new musical appointment at St Paul’s Cathedral makes history

Classic FM

Brooklyn Rider launch Kickstarter for new Almanac project

New York-based string quartet Brookyln Rider have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund their forthcoming album and multimedia project, ‘Almanac’

Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

The legendary tenor finally did the honourable thing and married his long-term partner and manager Veronica Berti in a gorgeous ceremony in Tuscany

Audience vote to decide pianist’s Chopin concert repertoire

Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

Franzose Bertrand de Billy: “Mir ist der Kragen geplatzt” – Franck springt ein

Le Monde

Ecoutez le son caverneux de l’octobasse, cet instrument hors normes

A l’occasion de la Semaine des musées, la Cité de la musique a publié une vidéo présentant cet instrument géant mis au point au XVIIIe siècle


Interview Frank Peter Zimmermann: „Neue Gedanken zum Klingen bringen“

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann über den Reiz zeitgenössischer Werke, Kommunikation mit dem Orchester und Spontaneität im Konzert


Classical Music on Twitter

M Magazine: @Maria_MillerMP: “UK music industry must ensure it can sustain itself for the future”  #copyright

WildKatPR: #Crowdfunding in #music: check out WildKat PR clients who are using this right now! … @Brooklyn_Rider @InHarmonyTS

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic10 classical music highlights this week, which one are you going to?  @officialronnies @BarbicanCentre @SwanseaUni

Gabriel Prokofiev: @gprokofiev First ever @Nonclassical in Leeds tonight. At legendary gig space: @CockpitLeeds ft @juicevocal @Damien_Harron & many Leeds based performer

Zeit Online Kultur: @zeitonline_kul Online hat gewonnen. Print auch. 12 Thesen zum Journalismus von @berndulrich (@DIEZEIT) und @Jochen (@zeitonline)

Brian Wise: @briancwise Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors (with lively comments thread)!/story/top-5-most-controversial-audience-behaviors/

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(Written on March 28, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Coughing in classical concerts ‘twice as likely’

People are twice as likely to cough during a classical concert as they are during normal life, an academic researching the irritating phenomenon has claimed.

The New York Times

As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle

Like plenty of music fans, Sam Broe jumped at the chance to join Spotify two summers ago, and he hasn’t looked back.

The Arts Desk

Q&A Special: Conductor Sir Simon Rattle

The conductor on his long-running association with period specialists the OAE

Classic FM

Gabriel Prokofiev’s Nonclassical announces electronic music festival

The Nonclassical club night and record label has announced a new festival of electronic music, celebrating composers like Messiaen, Stockhausen and Varèse.

Kasper Holten on Tchaikovsky in cinemas

Falling in love, rejection, growing up – and all to the soundtrack of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music. Kasper Holten, Director of Opera for the Royal Opera House, explains what we can expect from his latest production of Eugene Onegin, screened live in cinemas on 20 February.

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: Much ado about Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle’s announcement that he will leave in 2018 has provoked a storm of rumour and gossip, not least that he is leaving thanks to ‘growing strains’ in his relationship with the orchestra ‒ reported by news organisations from Santiago to Sydney.

Music Industry News Launches Social Network-Based Online Marketing For Artists, Producers, Managers, Songwriters, And Record Labels, a leading provider of online musician-for-hire collaboration services, is pleased to announce that it is now offering a variety of online marketing packages to artists, producers, managers, songwriters, and record labels.

Music Week

Midem attendance down 7% YoY, organisers remain upbeat about future

Midem attendance was down 7% compared to 2012 with the four-day event reporting around 6,400 attendees travelling to the Palais des Festivals last weekend.



The Telegraph

(Written on January 30, 2013 )

Today the digital single from Daniel Hope’s new album ‘Spheres’, is released. ‘I Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi, is a piece inspired by twelfth-century folk music from Mali and is performed by Daniel Hope, Jacques Ammon and the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.

The track is part of a curated anthology (“Spheres”), which explores the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music; an idea that has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries. “Spheres” contains the world premiere recordings of five works by diverse and strikingly inventive composers: Alex Baranowski (b.1983), Karsten Gundermann (b.1966), Aleksey Igudesman (b.1973) and Gabriel Prokofiev (b.1975).

The album also reflects older, historic notions of the “music of the spheres”. It opens with Johann Paul von Westhoff’s hauntingly beautiful Imitazione delle campane, published in Dresden in the 1690s, an earthly evocation of the bell-like sonorities attributed to planetary motion. In addition to new works and contemporary arrangements of pieces by J. S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré, “Spheres” also includes compositions embracing Baroque, minimalism and even cinema by Lera Auerbach, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass, Karl Jenkins, Elena Kats-Chernin, Michael Nyman, Arvo Pärt and Max Richter. Hope performs here with members of the multi-Grammy®-winning Berlin Rundfunkchor, pianist Jacques Ammon and the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin under the direction of Simon Halsey.

Hope, an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007, has been nominated for five Grammy® Awards, most recently for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” 2010 for his DG recording of concertos and arias by Antonio Vivaldi. His recordings have been honoured with a Classical BRIT Award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and five ECHO Klassik Prizes. He attracted worldwide attention and critical acclaim this autumn for his performance on the release of Vivaldi Recomposed, a world premiere album of German-British composer Max Richter. The recording, a captivating re-working of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, was hailed by the media as “one of the best albums this year” and an “album for the 21st century”. It leapt straight to the top of the Classical iTunes and Classical Billboard charts.

To download I Giorni on iTunes, please click here.

For more information on Spheres, please visit the Deutsche Grammophon website here.

For more information on Daniel Hope and all his upcoming projects, please visit here.

(Written on December 14, 2012 )

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc 

British Conductor, 45, dies after long illness

Graham Jackson, a dedicated general music director in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach dies at the age of 45.

Another Conductor drops out of the BBC Proms 

Conductor Thierry Fischer is sick and will miss Thursday’s concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

So who would you send out to save the Queen? 

Norman Lebrecht defends Lesley Garrett after criticisms of her performance of the English National Anthem grow.

Guardian- Music Blog

A guide to Michael Finnissy’s Music  

Tom Service guides his readers through the music of Michael Finnissy.


Minister denies axing New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

New Zealand’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson has branded the idea of axing the touring group ‘unthinkable.’

BBC Music Magazine 

Ripon Cathedral Choir forced to shut

Local merger plan fails to save North Yorkshire school.

Classic FM 

Boris Johnson’s Royal Opera House debut 

London Mayor Boris Johns joined Placido Domingo and the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.

Gabriel Prokofiev’s Classical Club night 

The grandson Sergei Prokofiev takes over a Bermondsey warehouse to showcase the best in modern composition and performance techniques.

(Written on July 25, 2012 )