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JazzKorea is an exceptional festival in many regards. While many festivals will claim to support cultural exchange and break up traditional boundaries, JazzKorea actually does. Already in its sixth years of existence it has established itself as an institution in Berlin and beyond, as a window to the vibrant Korean Jazz scene.

From 22th of November until the 1st of December four Korean Jazz Ensembles are invited to present their music, their heritage and their visions in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and beyond. These Ensembles have been chosen by the Bass player Martin Zenker and the Journalist Nabil Atassi. The goal of the Festival is to invite groups that represent different aspects of the South Korean Jazz Scene, from traditional Jazz to more Avant-garde experiments.

 

More than 50 ensembles applied for the chance to be part of this years edition of JazzKorea but ultimately the four picked each represent something unique. This year’s line-up includes:  Song Hachul, a quartet that stands in the tradition of the big American Jazz Ensembles, but playing “Originals”. Then there are Barim and Han Solip, who are combining a modern take on Jazz with traditional Korean Instruments and finally there is the Blumen Klang Quartet playing very much Avantgarde Jazz.

The variety of styles and of different approaches encapsulates a profile of what the Korean Jazz scene is about. While they use traditional Korean instruments and composition techniques they are well aware of Zeitgeist and can deliver both. And JazzKorea gives them the opportunity to showcase all their abilities throughout Germany and Europe as well. With concerts taking them to Istanbul and Rome to make JazzKorea a truly unique Festival.

 

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(Written on September 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra unveil plans for 2018-19 season. NHS marks its 70th anniversary with music. RNCM 2018 Gold Medal winners. Pianist Martha Argerich honoured by city of Hamburg. Steven Sloane to leave Bochumer Symphoniker at the end of 2021 season. State sets aside 80 million € for renovation of National Theatre in Mannheim. Australian World Orchestra to tour in India once again.

Rhinegold

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces 2018-19 season

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced its 2018-19 season, celebrating ten years with Long Yu as music director.

The Telegraph

How the sounds of the NHS became a symphony

Ivan Hewett talks to the creatives marking the institution’s 70th year in an unusual way.

The Times

Singer Claire Rutter ‘too English for Royal Opera’

Claire Rutter can give a glorious display of bel canto and perform elegant legato, according to critics. But the soprano from South Shields is “too English” for Covent Garden, a remark she says was made by the Royal Opera’s casting director after her audition for Tosca.

RNCM

RNCM 2018 Gold Medal winners

The RNCM held its Gold Medal Competition on Saturday 23 June featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its leading young composers, who wrote new works for string quartet.

Classic FM

‘I quit banking to become an opera singer’ – rising star Nadine Benjamin

Soprano Nadine Benjamin left school at 16 to become a city banker, and is now one of the UK’s most exciting new opera stars. Here’s proof that it’s never too late to start a career in music.

Limelight

Australian World Orchestra announces second India tour

The Australian World Orchestra has announced a second tour to India, following the success of its 2015 tour under the baton of acclaimed maestro Zubin Mehta.

klassik.com

Hamburg ehrt Pianistin Martha Argerich

Die Pianistin Martha Argerich ist von Hamburgs Erstem Bürgermeister Dr. Peter Tschentscher und Kultursenator Dr. Carsten Brosda im Rathaus empfangen worden und hat sich in das Goldene Buch der Stadt Hamburg eingetragen.

Musik Heute

GMD Steven Sloane verlässt Bochumer Symphoniker

Der Generalmusikdirektor der Bochumer Symphoniker, Steven Sloane, will sich 2021 zurückziehen. “Das Ende einer Ära kündigt sich an”, teilte eine Sprecherin des Orchesters mit.

NMZ

80 Millionen vom Bund für Nationaltheater Mannheim anvisiert

Der Bund wird die Generalsanierung des Nationaltheaters Mannheim voraussichtlich mit rund 80 Millionen Euro unterstützen.

El País

Dudamel despide a su maestro Abreu al frente de una orquesta ‘all star’

El director venezolano homenajea a su mentor, fallecido en marzo, con dos conciertos en Chile.

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 RNCM 2018 Gold Medal winners

(Written on June 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Pinar Toprak is the first woman to write the score for a Marvel movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber is passionate about musical education,  The Vienna Opera is criticised by the state for its spending. Robert Levin is honoured with the Bach-Medal in Leipzig. Also, how the Philharmonie de Paris attracts younger audiences and Samira from Love Island is facing legal action.

Classic FM

‘It’s ludicrous that the government doesn’t understand the importance of music’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber

In a rousing speech he said: “It is vital that we keep music in our schools. It is absolutely ludicrous that that government does not understand… because it’s not about turning children necessarily into musicians, it’s about empowering them in all sorts of different ways.

The Independent

Myleene Klass: Everyone uses classical music but it has boring reputation

Classic Brits co-host Myleene Klass has dismissed criticism from some classical music purists that the awards do not truly represent the genre.

BBC News

LSO ‘believes in complete equality’ amid criticism over lack of women composers

The London Symphony Orchestra insists it “champions the work of women composers” after a survey of the 2018-19 seasons of 15 of the world’s top orchestras found that fewer than 3% of the pieces to be performed were composed by a woman.

The Independent

Love Island contestant Samira ‘facing legal action’ for quitting West End role

One of this year’s Love Island contestants is reportedly facing legal action after quitting her role in a West End musical days before entering the Spanish villa.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Captain Marvel’ Enlists Pinar Toprak as Composer

Toprak will score Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the powerful Marvel hero. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted film, and Toprak will be the first woman to score a feature for the studio.

Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper vom österreichischen Rechnungshof kritisiert

Der österreichische Bundesrechnungshof hat in einem Bericht scharfe Kritik an der Wiener Staatsoper geübt.

Concerti

Musikexperte und gewitzter Geschichtenerzähler

Er lebe nicht vom, sondern für das Komponieren. So benennt Mathias Husmann seine Beziehung zur Musik, der er sich seit seiner Kindheit kompromisslos widmet.

Kulturradio

Pianist Robert Levin mit Bach-Medaille 2018 geehrt

Der US-amerikanische Pianist Robert Levin ist mit der diesjährigen Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet worden.

France musique

Renouvellement des publics, le pari réussi de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris a dévoilé les conclusions d’une ambitieuse étude portant sur ses publics et sa capacité à les renouveler.

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Pinar Toprak (c)Pinar Toprak

(Written on June 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Researchers decipher songs in people’s minds based off AI algorithm, Sony/ATV  acquire Abiah’s classical-catalogue in global partnership deal, Staatsoper Suttgart announced its new programme under new intendant Viktor Schoner, Oboist Ekkehard Hering receives Mozart-Prize 2018, and saxophonist Sebastian Gille to receive SWR Jazz Price 2018.

Music Teacher

ACM and Metropolis Studios to launch new record label

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has partnered with London-based Metropolis Studios to launch Metropolis Blue, a record label initiative run by students.

Broadway World

The Vaults Present ‘Sounds And Sorcery’ in celebration of Disney Fantasia

A brand new immersive experience which will open in the Vaults at Waterloo this summer, the year Mickey Mouse celebrates his 90th anniversary.

Digital Trends

Mind-reading A.I. algorithm can work out what music is playing in your head

Research done at University of California, Berkeley used a deep-learning algorithm and brain activity, measured with electrodes, to turn a person’s thoughts into digitally synthesised speech.

Music Week

Sony/ATV signs global partnership with Abiah

The deal covers the London-based company’s entire catalogue, including songs by rising classical singing star and lyricist Carly Paoli and composer, arranger and conductor Romano Musumarra.

Opera Now

Garsington Opera to stage its first world premiere

This July, Garsington Opera is to stage the world premiere of an opera based on the award-winning novel, The Skating Rink, by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.

The New York Times

Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator passes away at 81

Nathan Davis, a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator who helped establish a place for African-American music in the academy, died on April 8 in Atlantis, Fla. He was 81.

nmz

Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält SWR Jazzpreis 2018

Der Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält den mit 15 000 Euro dotierten SWR Jazzpreis 2018. Der 1983 in Quedlinburg (Harz) geborene Musiker füge dem Jazz eine neue richtungsweisende Saxofonsprache hinzu, begründete die Jury am Dienstag ihre Entscheidung. Ihm gelängen Improvisationen von großer melodischer Kraft und rhythmischer Dringlichkeit.

SWR

Staatsoper Stuttgart präsentiert ersten Spielplan der neuen Opernleitung – Schoner will Fragen statt Antworten

Mit Stille, einer Uraufführung, Stummfilmen und acht Opernpremieren startet die Staatsoper Stuttgart ins erste Jahr der Intendanz von Viktor Schoner. Traditionen und Kult-Inszenierungen werden aber bleiben.

klassik.com

Mozartpreis 2018 für Oboist Ekkehard Hering

Der Chemnitzer Oboist Ekkehard Hering erhält den Mozartpreis 2018 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll sein vielfältiges Engagement für einen überregionalen kulturellen Anspruch in Chemnitz gewürdigt werden. Bach, die barocken Zeitgenossen und Mozart sind hierbei zentraler Inhalt seines Wirkens.

concerti

ELBJAZZ-Festival veröffentlicht Spielplan

Das Hamburger ELBJAZZ-Festival hat auf einer Pressekonferenz sein diesjähriges Programm bekanntgegeben. Mit dabei sind Jazzgrößen wie Kamasi Washington, Nils Landgren und Michael Wollny

france musique

Un document interne dévoile le malaise des danseurs de l’Opéra de Paris

Problèmes de management, harcèlement, absence d’accompagnement : une enquête interne révèle les tensions qui pèsent sur le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris et les critiques adressées par les artistes à la directrice de la danse, Aurélie Dupont.

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Garsington Opera at Wormsley Park

 

(Written on April 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, RNCM pledges to make Manchester leading green city, soprano, Julia Bullock battles social injustice, several musicians give their Echo-Awards back and Deutsche Oper Berlin announced its plans for 2018/19 season.

Classical Music

RNCM supports Greater Manchester environmental pledge

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is backing Andy Burnham’s environmental pledge to remove single-use plastics by 2020, with the aim of making Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in Europe.

Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — the sound of the universe

To celebrate the opening of the new concert hall in Seoul in 2016, Unsuk Chin chose metaphysics whose theme is “our physical relationship with the cosmos”

Pacific Times

Julia Bullock is Fighting for Social Justice One Song at a Time

Bullock, a biracial soprano, sings Schubert and Fauré but also Billie Holiday and Nina Simone—and she’s blazing trails.

The List

Niall Horan recording Flicker songs with Irish orchestra

Niall Horan has teamed up with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a special performance of songs from his solo LP ‘Flicker’ for Irish radio.

Science Daily

Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication

Anti-hypertensive drugs improving heart rate more in patients who listen to music after taking medication

Fortune

Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win the Pulitzer Music Prize

Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN., making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the prize.

Zeit online

Mehrere Musiker geben Echo zurück

Preisträger protestieren gegen die Echo-Auszeichnung für Kollegah und Farid Bang. Den Verantwortlichen wird Verantwortungs- und Geschmacklosigkeit vorgeworfen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Die Saison 2018/19 – Franzosen, Fontane und Fanale

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat ihre Planung für die Saison 2018/19 vorgestellt. Und sieht sich als einziges Berliner Haus, das französisches Repertoire pflegt.

Musik Heute

Kent Nagano erhält Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude

Hamburg/Berlin (MH) – Der Dirigent Kent Nagano (66) hat am Montagabend in Hamburg den Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude erhalten. Der US-Amerikaner mit japanischen Wurzeln vermittle durch Musik eine große Lebensfreude, erklärten die Veranstalter.

El País

El PSOE cuestiona la seguridad de un concierto de la banda sinfónica en CentroCentro

La concejal Mar Espinar exige al Ayuntamiento que aclare cómo fija el número máximo de aforo para los músicos en el escenario

Platea Magazine

Fabio Biondi dimite como director musical del Palau de les Arts

Según fuentes próximas al Palau de Les Arts de Valencia, uno de sus dos directores musicales has hoy, el italiano Fabio Biondi (Palermo, 1961), ha presentado su dimisión tras tres años en el cargo.

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Kendrick Lamar © Tone Deaf

(Written on April 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: UK’s Ivory ban will exempt musical instruments, Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down, Cecil Taylor dies at age 89, Rafael Karlen to be the new Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence and Christa Ludwig is honoured by Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft.

International Piano

Paloma O’ Shea Santander competition shortlist announced

Madrid-based Paloma O’ Shea Santander International Piano Competition has named the 20 pianists who have been selected to participate in the first stage of the competition.

Classical Music 

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down

Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure. The 2018 edition will be the last under his leadership.

 The Guardian

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards

Hamilton, arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation, has won big at the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, taking seven Oliviers.

The Blade

Opera honoring MLK previewed at museum

A preview of ‘I Dream’, an opera by composer Douglas Tappin, was held at the Toledo Museum of Art during a luncheon hosted by the Toledo Opera Guild and The Links Inc.

The New York Times

Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner. No cause was given, but friends said he had been in failing health for some time.

Limelight

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence announced

Rafael Karlen is to take up residence in the Sydney terrace house bequeathed by the renowned Australian composer. The winner is selected from a competitive annual application process. Previous winners include Barney McAll, Cat Hope and Jon Rose.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Deutsche Theaterlandschaft: Ein Preisschild für Sozialarbeit

Wie sieht die Zukunft des deutschen Stadttheaters aus? Darüber streitet sich die Szene. Aber eins sollte bei der Debatte nicht vergessen werden. Während die einen so stolz auf die deutsche Theaterlandschaft sind, dass sie um eine höchstrichterliche Anerkennung der hiesigen Bühnen durch die Unesco buhlen und sich eine Eintragung in die internationale Liste des immateriellen Weltkulturerbes wünschen, sehen die anderen das deutsche Stadttheatersystem als so rückschrittlich an, dass sie nicht nur grundlegende Reformen fordern, sondern auch jedes Abweichen von ihrer Vorstellung eines progressiven Stadttheaters als „ästhetisches wie politisches Verbrechen“ bezeichnen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler- Das Wunder der singenden Pausen

Die 94-jährige Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler tritt im Kammermusiksaal mit dem Schumann Quartett auf. Das Schumann Quartett gehört vielleicht zu den besten Streichquartett-Ensembles der Gegenwart. Das beweisen die vier Musiker schon gleich am Anfang im Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis für Sopranistin Christa Ludwig

Die Mezzosopranistin Christa Ludwig wird mit dem Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet. Ludwig wird die Auszeichnung in der Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Hietzing entgegennehmen. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Dirigent Robert Stehli starb mit 88 Jahren

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gehörte der in Zürich geborene Musiker zu den Konstanten des Hamburger Musiklebens. Seine Maxime als Musiker war einfach formuliert und als Ziel eine lebenslange Aufgabe: Robert Stehli wollte das Publikum “auf hohem Niveau unterhalten”. Auf die Frage, wie man ein guter Dirigent werde, gab er die selbstkritische Antwort: “Ich weiß es nicht.”

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Dress rehearsal of the opera ‘I Dream’ at the Valentine Theatre © GRAND LUBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Written on April 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: New Classic FM music festival announced, Sony Classical signs Hauschka, classical music played to police dogs, Toronto arts festival Luminato makes a statement with its 2018 lineup, Kirill Serebrennikow to stage at Hamburgisches Staatsoper and Berlin Philharmonic to continue collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden hosting the Easter Festival.

International Piano

Sony Classical signs pianist Hauschka

Sony Classical has signed German pianist-composer, Hauschka. The first album with the label will be a collection of solo piano works, due for release in 2019.

Classical Music

Emanuel Ax honoured by London Philharmonic Orchestra

Emanuel Ax has been awarded an American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Lifetime Award for Musical Achievement.

Call to veterans to share their experiences of military music

The Legasee Educational Trust has been commissioned to chronicle over 160 years of military music, centred around the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) at Kneller Hall in South West London – and the organisation is seeking stories from veterans as part of its research.

The Guardian

Therapy, Mozart, play zones: it’s a Spanish police dog’s life

Madrid’s 22 police dogs will be provided with heated beds and music therapy sessions designed to reduce stress when they move into their new kennel this week.

Music Week

Classical music festival By The River to launch in August

A brand new, one-day classical music festival, By The River has been unveiled. The event will take place in association with Classic FM, and will launch this summer on the banks of Henley-on-Thames.

Toronto Star

Commercials turn to classical music for catchy sales pitches

Ad agencies are using classical music as more than a jokey device or a signifier of wealth and sophistication. The Western canon’s aura makes it just the thing for pitching luxury brands such as the Lincoln Motor Co., whose 2017 holiday ad unfolded over a track of Shostakovich’s swoony “Waltz No. 2.”

The Globe and Mail

Toronto arts festival Luminato makes a statement with its 2018 lineup.

The annual summer affair, expanded from 10 days to 19, has announced a robust schedule of programming that includes 29 events all told.

Der Tagesspiegel

Serebrennikow soll in Hamburg inszenieren

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper kündigt für die kommende Saison eine Inszenierung des russischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow an. Er soll bei Giuseppe Verdis „Nabucco“ Regie führen. Derzeit steht Serebrennikow allerdings in Moskau unter Hausarrest. Das russische Kulturministerium wirft dem Regimekritiker schwere Steuerhinterziehung vor.

Brugs Klassiker – Klassik Blog der WELT

Pierre Audi hört in Amsterdam auf: mit Henze, Landi, Stockhausen – Opera forward

Das jüngste Baby von Pierre Audi heißt Opera Forward Festival. Zum dritten Mal fand es jetzt in Amsterdam statt und es war so etwas wie der inoffizielle kreative Abschied des längstgedienten Opernintendanten der Welt.

Klassik.com

Berliner Philharmoniker bleiben Baden-Baden verbunden

Die Berliner Philharmoniker und der Vorstand des Festspielhauses Baden-Baden haben ihre Zusammenarbeit im Rahmen der Osterfestspiele bis 2022 verlängert und eine entsprechende Vereinbarung unterzeichnet.

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Der russische Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow. Foto © Bernd Weissbrod/dpa

(Written on March 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Rattle will conduct classical concert in Trafalgar Square, September 11th inspired opera debuted in Australia, St Paul’s Cathedral announce American concert series, Santa Rosa Symphony chooses its next Music Director: Francesco Lecce-Chong, Daniel Barenboim to bring the Staatskapelle Berlin to Sydney, and Staatsoper Hamburg announced program for upcoming season.

Classical Music

New leadership for Church Stretton Arts Festival

Alan Stockbridge has been newly elected as chairman of Shropshire Hills-based Church Stretton Arts Festival.

St Paul’s Cathedral announces American concert series

St Paul’s Cathedral has announced a concert series, ‘New Worlds’ celebrating American composers, musicians and works to mark the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel at St Paul’s.

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle plans classical concert Trafalgar Square

Britain’s most acclaimed conductor will turn Trafalgar Square into London’s “biggest concert hall” this summer.

The Guardian

The remarkable story of terrorism and trauma that inspired a new opera

Young girls who presented to hospital literally choking from the horror of September 11 have been given voice in a startling Australian production

Music Week

‘I’m optimistic about our future within streaming’: Rebecca Allen looks ahead to a Classic BRITs boost

Decca president Rebecca Allen has spoken to Music Week about how the revived Classic BRIT Awards can boost non-pop on streaming platforms and help push “younger talent”.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Santa Rosa Symphony Chooses Its Next Music Director

The Santa Rosa Symphony announced today that they had selected Francesco Lecce-Chong as the orchestra’s next music director.

Limelight

Daniel Barenboim to bring the Staatskapelle Berlin to Sydney

As revealed in the Berlin State Opera’s 2018/19 season announcement on March 15, Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, will undertake a concert tour later this year, with Sydney one of the destinations.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Frisch gestrichen

Drei internationale Spitzenensembles laden am 21. und 22. April zum “Ickinger Frühling” ein. Die Gäste dürfen in Klassikern schwelgen und Neues entdecken. Die vier ältesten Gäste, die heuer zum “Ickinger Frühling” anreisen, sind zusammen fast 1200 Jahre alt.

Welt

Oper für Im- und Export

Internationale Künstler und Gastspiele in aller Welt prägen in der kommenden Saison das Selbstverständnis der Staatsoper. […] Opernintendant Georges Delnon und Ballettintendant John Neumeier stellten am Dienstag das Programm für die kommende Saison vor. Generalmusikdirektor Kent Nagano hatte das Programm des Philharmonischen Staatsorchesters bereits vorab präsentiert (WELT berichtete), da er derzeit in Chicago wirkt.

Deutschlandfunk

Keine Hinweise für sexuelle Belästigung

Die Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden sieht keine Belege für eine sexuelle Belästigung im Ballett. Einem Tänzer, der den Vorwurf erhoben hatte, wurde gekündigt, teilte die Semperoper mit.

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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peter for The Times

(Written on March 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music, The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition and study reveals that Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours. Also, France Gall is dead at 70, the revenues of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie are better than expected and Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Stage

Matt Hancock made culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

He replaces Karen Bradley, who has become North Ireland secretary in PM May’s reshuffle.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music

Dr Mera-Nelson, who has over 18 years’ experience in higher education, will assume the position in March

Music Teacher

ROH launches fanfare competition

The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition, which ill give budding musicians the chance to work with the ROH’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano and other highly-esteemed musicians.

M Magazine

Study discovers world’s most unique music

Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours.

The Strad

Luck holds out for violinist whose instrument went missing twice in 2 months

RSNO member Fiona West and violinist colleague reunited with stolen instruments.

Bedford Today

Relieve the glory days of the Haçienda at Wrest Park

Live music will be returning to the stunning grounds of Wrest Park in Silsoe this summer – with Haçienda Classical among the line-up.

The New York Times

France Gall, Adaptable French Singing Star, Is Dead at 70

France Gall, a pop singer who shot to fame across Europe while still a teenager after giving the winning performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, leading to a long recording career, died on Sunday in Paris. She was 70.

Klassik.com

Hamburger Elbphilharmonie mit positiver Bilanz

Das Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 brachte der Elbphilharmonie höhere Einnahmen als erwartet.

BR Klassik

Golden Globe für Alexandre Desplat

Der Preis für die beste Filmmusik ging an den französischen Komponisten Alexandre Desplat für seinen Soundtrack zu Guillermo del Toros “Shape of Water – das Flüstern des Wassers”.

Berliner Zeitung

Monika Grütters zum Kulturerbejahr „Vielfalt ist Ausdruck von Humanität“

Europa hat nach Ansicht von Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) nur als Wertegemeinschaft eine Zukunft.

Platea Magazine

La soprano Cecilia Gasdia, nueva intendente de la Arena de Verona

Según recogen medios locales, y a la espera de la designación oficial por parte del ministro Dario Franceschini, la soprano veronesa Cecilia Gasdia (Verona, 1960) sería la próxima intendente de la Arena de Verona, el célebre escenario lírico italiano.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1724 FP of J. S. ‘s Sacred Cantata No. 154 Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren

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Image: Alexandre Desplat © picture-alliance/dpa

(Written on January 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world’s leading bel canto stars, touches on the subject of race in America, the BSO Brass Ensemble to perform at Milton Abbey, Berlin Phil launches amateur orchestra competition, Israeli musician Myrna Herzog’s viola da gamba which was built in London in 1685 by Father Edward Lewis, is destroyed after travelling in the hold of an Alitalia flight, magazine “Melody & Rhythm” to cease operation this year, European Heritage Year 2018 opens in Hamburg, 5 reasons why you should make musical practice your resolution of 2018, Tyrolean Festival Erl sees a spike in visitors this year.

The Guardian

Black voices matter: Lawrence Brownlee on driving change in opera

The US-born tenor has gone from singing in church to the International Opera awards. Now he’s tackling something personal: the issue of race in America.

Dorset Echo

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble to play Milton Abbey

The quintet will play in the stunning setting of Milton Abbey at Milton Abbas on January 20.

Evening News

Pianist Joanna MacGregor launches Norwich Assembly House recital series

The globe-trotting renowned pianist returns to Norwich in the first of new series of lunchtime classical music concerts.

Classical Music

Berlin Phil launches amateur orchestra competition

The project will offer amateur musicians the chance to play under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie.

The Strad

Viola da gamba travelling in the hold for Alitalia flight destroyed by baggage handlers

Instrument belonging to early music specialist Myrna Herzog could be beyond effective repair.

nmz

Erneutes Ende für Musikzeitschrift «Melodie & Rhythmus»

Die nächste Ausgabe des zuletzt vierteljährlich erschienenen «Magazins für Gegenkultur» könne nicht mehr erscheinen, teilte der Verlag 8. Mai GmbH in Berlin mit.

Europäisches Kulturerbejahr 2018 wird in Hamburg eröffnet

Mit einem Festakt im Hamburger Rathaus wird am Montag (16.00 Uhr) das Europäische Kulturerbejahr 2018 in Deutschland eröffnet.

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Tiroler Festspielwinter mit gestiegenen Besucherzahlen

Die Tiroler Festspiele Erl beendeten am gestrigen 7. Januar ihren 6. Festspielwinter und melden erneut eine Steigerung der Besucherzahlen gegenüber dem Vorjahr.

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Pourquoi vous mettre à la musique devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année

Vous rêvez de vous lancer dans la pratique d’un instrument ou du chant, mais hésitez à franchir le pas ? Voici cinq arguments – science à l’appui – pour vous convaincre que la pratique musicale devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année !

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(Written on January 8, 2018 )