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In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains


Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.


The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine


(Written on September 30, 2015 )

Classical News


Sir Simon Rattle to make his Wigmore Hall debut

London concert hall announces debut for conductor, plus complete Schubert song cycle, live-streamed concerts, and subsidised ticket scheme for under-35s


Study finds the accidental genius of Stradivarius violins

A new study of Stradivarius violins has found that some of the characteristics that made them great may have come about by accident rather than design.

Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease

Researchers from California University in Berkeley say studies show great nature and art boost the immune system

Classic FM

Alan Gilbert to leave NY Phil in 2017, stokes Berlin speculation

Alan Gilbert is to step down as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2017, fuelling speculation and rumour about his next destination.

BBC Music Magazine

Simon Rattle to conduct unique children’s orchestra during London Residency

100 musicians aged 11-21 get the musical chance of a lifetime


Hilary Hahn bei den 57. Grammy Awards ausgezeichnet

Am Sonntag, den 8. Februar 2015, gewann Geigerin Hilary Hahn ihren dritten Grammy bei den 57. Grammy Awards in Los Angeles für ihr Album “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” in der Kategorie “Bestes Kammermusik Album”.


„Musik ist die Krone der Gesellschaft“

In New York wurde Jan Vogler zum Star – heute ist der Cellist auf allen großen Bühnen der Welt unterwegs. Hier spricht der gebürtige Ost-Berliner über …

Staatsregierung genehmigt Umbau der Philharmonie im Gasteig

Die bayerische Staatsregierung hat den Umbau der Philharmonie im Gasteig nach den Plänen von Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) und Oberbürgermeister Dieter Reiter (SPD) genehmigt.


Dallas Opera Embarks On A Project For Women Conductors

In November 2015, the Dallas Opera company will inaugurate their Institute for Women Conductors.

The Bolshoi Invites To An Exciting Virtual Tour

Moscows’ Bolshoi Theatre announced that from now on the virtual 3D excursion around The Bolshoi and digital exhibitions of the museum are available!

El Mundo

‘Me gustaría tocar en España… Pero no puedo’

Más allá del éxito de Pablo Heras Casado, muchos otros intérpretes españoles desarrollan su carrera en centros y orquestas extranjeros.


BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3:Follow the brand new playlist @BBCPlaylister of the great works that inspired Sir Simon Rattle 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Ed Nesbitt wins @BrittenSinfonia #Opus2015 competition. But are there enough opportunities to hear new music? 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Everyone loves a ghost story, but what drew Wagner to the Flying Dutchman? … #ROHhollander ^C

violin_2935453bThis Stradivarius violin is known as “The Kreutzer” after its former owner Rodolphe Kreutzer. Photo: REUTERS/Telegraph

(Written on February 11, 2015 )