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In today’s news: British Museum launches first music festival, Wigmore Hall International Strings Competition winners announced, disruption at the Royal Opera House as outsourced security teams threaten strike action. German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn, Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize and Germany’s Echo prize to reconsider award process.

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The British Museum launches its first music festival

A two-week festival at the British Museum hopes to combine classical and contemporary music with its global historical exhibitions.

Music of the Holocaust available to watch after 20 years in archive

Acclaimed documentary The Music of Terezín has been recovered to view by the public on the Music and the Holocaust website.

Thoroughly Good

Wigmore Hall competition winner announced after weekend-long finals

International String Quartet Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, with members aged under 35, who are keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level.

The Stage

Unrest at ROH as security staff threaten strike action

Security at the London venue is outsourced to a company called Corps Security, which determines pay for its personnel. The allegations of bullying also relate to Corps Security, not the Royal Opera House management

ATG expands into German venue operation with acquisition of five theatres

Ambassador Theatre Group will acquire five new venues in Germany as it announces a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment.

Music Business Worldwide

GEMA revenue up 5% in 2017 to reach €1.07bn

German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn. That’s up 5%, or nearly €50 million from 2016 thanks in part to a rise in income from the public performance of music, radio and TV, as well as a payment for the so called ‘iPhone tax’.

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Philly Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon now wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize, too

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Barockes Opernhaus in Bayreuth : Hier könnte etwas Zukunftsweisendes entstehen

In Bayreuth ist das Opernhaus der Markgräfin Wilhelmine aus dem Jahr 1748 wiedereröffnet worden. Warum ist bislang nur eine Gelegenheitsbespielung geplant? Wie Leben in den Weltkulturerbe-Bau kommen könnte.

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Nach heftiger Kritik: Echo-Veranstalter wollen Preis überarbeiten

Wegen des Proteststurms nach der Echo-Verleihung an die Rapper Kollegah und Farid Bang will der Veranstalter das Konzept erneuern.

Musik Heute

Thüringer Bachwochen ziehen positive Bilanz

Rund 18.000 Besucher sind zu den Thüringer Bachwochen gekommen. Die 53 Veranstaltungen seien zu 80 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

Jean-Claude Malgoire, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre, est mort

Pionnier de la musique ancienne et représentant du courant des « Baroqueux », il s’est éteint à l’âge de 77 ans.

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Composer Jennifer Higdon (c) Karli Cadel

 

(Written on April 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Things we learnt at the Grammy awards, Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans and David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc. Also, the financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra is guaranteed until 2020 and composer Hans Abrahamse was honoured with the Léonie Sonning music award.

The Times

Things we learnt at the Grammy awards

From the demotion of Bono and the death of rock music to Jay-Z’s anointing as Potus-elect: Ed Potton reports on Sunday night’s bonanza.

The Stage

‘90% of players in West End orchestras are men’ – Musicians’ Union

Just one in nine players in West End orchestra pits are women, according to figures from the Musicians’ Union.

Classical Music

Exit Live launches platform for selling concert recordings

Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans.

Robert Rattray dies aged 67

The world of singing is in mourning for Robert Rattray, one of the outstanding vocal artist managers of modern times.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc

After announcing on Sunday that a series of five upcoming recitals were to be cancelled, David Garrett has today also pulled out of all concerts in February, including a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Forbes

Spotify Starts Testing A Separate Music Station App

Spotify, the popular streaming music service that has over 70 million paying subscribers and 140 million active users, is now testing an app on Android called Stations as first noticed by app analytics service Sensor Tower.

The New York Times

Met Opera Fires Stage Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

The Metropolitan Opera fired the veteran British stage director John Copley this week after receiving a complaint about what the company described as “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”

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EU sichert Finanzierung für Jugendorchester bis 2020

Junge Musiker aus allen EU-Ländern können weiter zusammen in dem prestigeträchtigen Europäischen Jugendorchester spielen. Der Rat der Europäischen Union bestätigte am Mittwoch einen Beschluss des Europäischen Parlaments zur Fortführung des Orchesters.

Klassik.com

Arbeitsgericht: Befristete Verträge für Bühnenarbeiter nicht rechten

Drei Bühnentechniker, die vor dem Freiburger Landesarbeitsgericht gegen die Befristung ihrer Arbeitsverträge durch das Theater Freiburg geklagt hatten, haben Recht bekommen.

Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 für Komponist Hans Abrahamse

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen wird den Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 erhalten. Die mit 100.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung gehört zu den bedeutendsten Musikauszeichnungen in Skandinavien und wird von der gleichnamigen Stiftung verliehen.

Musik Heute

Spielfilm über blinde Pianistin “besonders wertvoll”

Der Spielfilm “Licht” über die blinde Pianistin Maria Theresia Paradis hat von der Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) das Prädikat “besonders wertvoll” erhalten.

Platea Magazine

El INAEM acumula casi treinta condenas por abusar de los contratos temporales

Según recoge hoy la Cadena SER, casi una treintena de sentencias dictadas en los dos últimos años pondrían en cuestión la política de contratación del INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas), al haber abusado de la contratación temporal de bailarines, cantantes, técnicos y sastres.

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Meet Me At The Opera @MMATOpera: Dear Philip Glass ! Happy Birthday! Happy composing, happy performing . Phillip Glass- a music treasure:

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(Written on February 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: A peak into soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s life, songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify, David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia makes Forbes list, violinist David Garrett cancels upcoming concerts due to injury, 2018 Grammys being the most political year yet, Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An wins the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition, Conductor Yoel Gamzou consolidates position in Bremen, swing legend and concentration camp survivor Coco Schumann passes away, Valery Gergiev to lead the Munich Philharmonic until 2025.

The Times

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva on falling in love in Berlin and life on tour

Plus, the opera singer reveals the secret to storing performance gowns and what music she likes to listen to.

Financial Times

Songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify

Decision to hand more streaming revenue to artists hurts music group ahead of listing.

Classical Music

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia CEO makes Forbes list

David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, has been included on Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels five upcoming concerts due to slipped disc

Violinist pulls out of concerts in Parma, Graz, Lucerne, Kiev and Sofia to allow time for rest.

Voice of America

Music and Politics Mixed at Grammys

Politics took the stage at the 60th annual Grammy awards this year, along with some great music.

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Taiwanese wins first European Union Conducting Competition

Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An has won the First European Union Conducting Competition held in Pazardijk (Bulgaria).

Dirigent Yoel Gamzou festigt Position in Bremen

Der 1988 in Tel Aviv geborene israelisch-amerikanische Dirigent Yoel Gamzou, der seit Beginn dieser Spielzeit als Musikdirektor am Theater Bremen tätig ist, verlängert seinen Vertrag frühzeitig bis 2022.

Spiegel Online

Swing-Legende und KZ-Überlebender Coco Schumann ist tot

Er spielte um sein Leben: Als KZ-Häftling wirkte Coco Schumann in dem SS-Propagandafilm “Theresienstadt” mit – in Auschwitz musste er zur Unterhaltung der Nazi-Schergen “La Paloma” intonieren. Jetzt ist der Musiker in Berlin gestorben.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Valery Gergiev leitet bis 2025 die Münchner Philharmoniker

Die Stadt München und Chefdirigent Valery Gergiev sind sich dem Vernehmen nach über eine Vertragsverlängerung einig. So soll der Vertrag mit dem russischen Maestro bis zum Ende der Konzertsaison 2024/25 verlängert werden.

Klassik.com

Konzert Theater Bern mit positiver Jahresbilanz 2016/17

Die Spielzeit 2016/17 war laut Geschäftsbericht des Konzert Theater Bern die wirtschaftlich erfolgreichste Saison. Durch die Sanierung des Hauses bedingt war die Saison verkürzt und die Vorstellungszahl mit 404 niedriger als in der vorangegangenen Spielzeit (429 Vorstellungen).

Platea Magazine

El CNDM y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla presentan la 35 edición del FeMÁs

El Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla han dado a conocer la programación de la 35 edición del FeMÁs (Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla).

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Music History @today_classical  in 1919 Death of Friedrich .

Sonya Yoncheva © Julian Hargreaves / Sony Music

 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: new nursery programme aims to transform the lives of children through music, PRS Foundation intends to intensify relationships with Europe ahead of Brexit, Gavin Reid elected as the new chair of the Association of British Orchestras. Also, Grammy and the classical nominations, 2Cellos in the interview and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to be honoured posthumously.

Evening Telegraph

Nursery kids to make a Big Noise in new Dundee music project

Big Noise Douglas, a social change programme that aims to transform the lives of children through music, has launched its brand new nursery programme.

Classical Music

PRS Foundation strengthens relationship with Europe ahead of Brexit

The PRS Foundation has revealed new partnerships intended to strengthen its relationship with promoters and festivals across Europe ahead of Brexit, increasing opportunities for emerging UK artists to break into European markets.

Gavin Reid named as new ABO chair

Gavin Reid, chief executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has been elected as the new chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). He will succeed Kathryn McDowell, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Strad

Classical strings in the 60th Grammy Awards nominations

The Recording Academy unveils nominations for all categories, including nods for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Augustin Hadelich, Steven Isserlis and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

PR Newswire

Deutsche Grammophon and Tombooks Bring Interactive Music Learning to Revolutionary Education App Tomplay

Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, the world’s leading classical music label, and Tombooks, the inventor of interactive sheet music and the Tomplay app, which is revolutionising music education, today announced an agreement allowing the app’s users to experience, play and learn along with the greatest musicians of all time through Deutsche Grammophon’s incomparable repertoire.

Daily Mail

Shocked woman hilariously disrupts classical music concert by yelping at a loud moment

Concertgoers in California were treated to a quite unusual rendition of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird when a woman in the audience let out a yelp of surprise at the performance’s climax.

Los Angeles Times

Grammy spreads the love among classical nominees and sets the stage for a sympathy vote

Who can fathom the inscrutable ways of Grammy when it comes to classical nominations? If there is any pattern in this bunch of nods, it may be the predominance of American composers and organizations in some categories.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

E ist U und U ist E

Die Cellisten Stjepan Hauser und Luka Šulić kannten vom Pop kaum mehr als Michael Jackson. Dann wurden sie zu Rockstars. Die Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Karriere.

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Mensch – Netz – Musik: Musikschule mittendrin. Der VdM-Kongress 2017 in Stuttgart

Unter dem Motto „Mensch – Netz – Musik: Musikschule mittendrin“ veranstaltete der Verband deutscher Musikschulen auch 2017 seinen alle zwei Jahre stattfindenden Musikschulkongress. 

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Musikalisches Gedenken

Vom 5. bis zum 11. Dezember findet in München das Musikfest „Im Freien“ statt, das sich dem Gedenken an den Komponisten Wilhelm Killmayer widmet.

France musique

Dmitri Hvorostovsky nommé à titre posthume aux Grammy Awards

La liste des artistes nommés pour la 60e édition des Grammy Awards, qui se tiendra le 28 janvier à New York, vient d’être dévoilée. Parmi eux, figure le baryton Dmitri Hvorostovsky, disparu le 22 novembre 2017.

Platea Magazin

Trifonov, Hannigan, Gergiev y Noseda, entre los nominados a los Grammy en las categorías de música clásica

La Recording Academy ha dado a conocer sus nominaciones para la 60 edición de los Premios Grammy, cuya entrega está prevista el próximo 28 de enero de 2018.

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 Whose performances had you spellbound? What new work, project or event inspired you? Who or what has made a difference to the way you think, feel, understand and listen to classical music?

Image: Patricia Kopatchinskaja photographed for the Death & The Maiden album on Alpha Classics © The Strad

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Rory Kinnear talks about directing a brand new opera, and Naxos closes its failed streaming platform after only a year. Violinist Annelle Gregory wins the 2017 Sphinx Competition, on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced, and is streaming changing the cultural impact of music?

The Guardian

Rory Kinnear on his opera debut: ‘If it’s a disaster, I apologise’

He’s played Macheath, an M16 chief and Mr Thatcher, but can he breathe life into a brand new opera? Rory Kinnear explains why he agreed to direct The Winter’s Tale – a 400-year-old text that suddenly feels horribly contemporary.

Rhinegold

Naxos closes Classics Online

Naxos has closed its high-audio-quality streaming platform Classics Online just a year after it launched, underlining the financial crisis classical labels face because of the digital technology. Klaus Heymann, Naxos’ owner, said the Singapore-based platform was dogged by technical problems which delayed its launch for a year, and in the interim several other streaming services, such as Apple Music, entered the market.

Inaugural Dare Art Prize winner to explore beyond human hearing

A composer working with sounds below the limits of human hearing has been announced as the winner of the inaugural £15,000 Dare Art Prize.

The Strad

Violinist Annelle Gregory wins 2017 Sphinx Competition $50,000 first prize

The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players.

Balkan Insight

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945.

Die Welt

Er war wie ein Trampolin, auf dem die Töne herumhüpften

Er konnte uns auch mit banalsten Versen zum Lächeln bringen, und seine Imitationen aller möglichen Instrumente auf offener Bühne waren ein Naturereignis: Zum Tod des Jazz-Musikers Al Jarreau.

Fono Forum

Dorothea Röschmann und Mitsuko Uchida 

Für das beste klassische Solo-Album haben die Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann und die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida einen Grammy erhalten. Mit Liedern von Schumann und Berg überzeugten sie die Jury.

Musik Heute

Über drei Millionen Laienmusiker in Deutschland

In Deutschland sind rund 3,1 Millionen Menschen in einem verbandlich organisierten Laienchor oder -ensemble aktiv. Das entspreche 38 von 1.000 Personen, die in ihrer Freizeit musizieren, teilte das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) am Dienstag in Wiesbaden mit.

Classical MPR

2017 Grammy Winners in Classical Music

On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the 2017 Grammy Awards in Classical Music were announced. 

The Smart Set

Why Music Ownership Matters

Is the shift from owning songs to streaming them eroding listener loyalty and reducing the cultural impact of music?

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ends West End run

Music History @today_classical  in 1880 Birth of Maria .

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Image: Rory Kinnear

(Written on February 14, 2017 )

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In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).

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Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

NorthJersey.com

Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.

Independent

Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision

theguardian

Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

Klassik Akzente

Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

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Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

Musik heute

Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts Stephen Gosling, Queens New Music Festival, biennial & more classical music in

Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.

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Photograph: Sim Canetty Clarke

(Written on May 20, 2016 )

Grammy-award winning a cappella group Pentatonix perform their original song “Can’t Sleep Love”. The five young artists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, all with amazing musical backgrounds, had their breakthrough in 2011.

They are platinum selling artists, they have sold more than 2 million albums in the U.S., won a Grammy award, sold out venues worldwide and reached over 1.1 billion views on their YouTube channel (with 9 Millions subscribers).

The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.

 

(Written on October 23, 2015 )

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Guardian

John Rutter’s Christmas playlist

Today, conductor, choral composer and one of the UK’s most-loved musicians shares his festive playlist with us.

Telegraph

Opera Review of 2014: the start of opera becoming the domain of the elite?

Despite some unforgettable singing this year, 2014 suggests rot is developing beneath opera’s plastered surface, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Neil Fisher: ‘This year has felt like the nastiest for audience wars’

There’s one thing I know I’ll enjoy about seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe or its new baby cousin the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and that’s the end.

Classic FM

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Where will Darren Henley and Peter Bazalgette take ACE?

When the news came through of Darren Henley’s appointment as chief executive of Arts Council England, cries of ‘of course’ could be heard across the country.

Die Welt

Hacker tun es für die Sache, die Medien für Geld

Sony-Leaks ist kein stolzer Moment für Hollywood. Auch ich bin Opfer der Cyber-Kriminellen. Noch skandalöser als ihre Tat ist aber das Verhalten der Medien. Eine Philippika von Aaron Sorkin.

Musik Heute

Liszt-Klavierwettbewerb Weimar – Bayreuth nimmt Bewerbungen an

Der Wettbewerb findet vom 20. Oktober bis 01. November 2015 statt. Anmeldeschluss ist der 20. Juli 2015.

WDR startet Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre

Der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr erstmals einen Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre aus Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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Neue Musik für alte Filme: Neuvertonung von historischen Stummfilmen aus der Sammlung des DB Museums

In der Filmsammlung des DB Museums schlummern wahre Schätze der Reichsbahn-Filmstelle aus den 1920er-Jahren.

The Washington Post

Just Asking: Opera singer Soloman Howard on the football field vs. the stage

The rising star explains how emotional opera can be.

Pizzicato

New Hope For A New York City Opera Renaissance

In March 2015 New York will celebrate the career of conductor Julius Rudel (+ June 26, 2014) and his contribution to the closed New York City Opera as principal conductor and director for 22 years from 1957 to 1979.

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EnglishNationalOpera@E_N_O: #ENOGoldenWest and #ENOCellini have made the top 2 spots in @TelegraphOpera Top 5 Operas of 2014! http://ow.ly/G9LfN 

Music Education UK@MusicEdUK: £75m to be distributed to music hubs in 2015/6:  http://bit.ly/1CaxX2w 

Gdn Culture Pros@GdnCulturePros: Miss this yesterday? Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter http://bit.ly/1r5YbSM  #musiced

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(Written on December 19, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.

 

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(Written on January 31, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

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(Written on January 27, 2014 )