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In today’s news: Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry, Rosemary Johnson steps down as RPS executive director in summer 2018, Primephonic iOS app goes online. Also, Chandos catalogue to be available on all streaming platforms, Ravinia Festival cuts ties with James Levine and the fusion of Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Mainz.

Classical Music

Rosemary Johnson to stand down as RPS executive director

Rosemary Johnson is to step down from her role as executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society in summer 2018.

Chandos to release catalogue on streaming platforms

The complete Chandos catalogue will become available on all streaming platforms worldwide from January 2018.

The Herald

Music venues ‘should be protected from sound-proofing bills’

LIVE music venues should be protected from expensive sound-proofing bills if houses are built nearby, politicians have said.

Music Week

Primephonic launches iOS app for mobile classical music listening

Yesterday (December 5) Primephonic, the high resolution streaming service dedicated to classical music, has expanded its offering to include a dedicated iOS app for on-the-go high-quality listening.

Hypebot

IDAGIO Raises $9.5M To Expand Classical Music Streaming Service

Berlin based IDAGIO has raised a $9.5 million Series A round to expand its classical music focused streaming service.

Mixmag

Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry

UK organization Help Musicians, which has been working to provide mental health assistance and education for artists and music industry professionals, has officially launched its 24/7 services.

The Strad

No fine for André Rieu as court sides with violinist over Dutch child employment law violation

Child pan pipers involved in series of Maastricht concerts in 2015 worked beyond allowable hours – but were not employed by Rieu, court concedes.

Chicago Tribune

Ravinia Festival cuts all ties with former music director James Levine over sexual misconduct allegations

The Ravinia Festival, where James Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, has severed all ties with the famed conductor amid allegations of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by authorities in Lake County and at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Staatstheater und Staatsorchester Mainz sollen fusionieren

Das Philharmonische Staatsorchester Mainz soll wieder in das Staatstheater Mainz integriert werden. Das vereinfache die Organisation und Doppelstrukturen fielen weg, erklärte der Intendant des Staatstheaters, Markus Müller.

Musik Heute

Leipzigs Musik-Tradition erhält Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die Musik-Tradition der Stadt Leipzig wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturerbe-Siegel gewürdigt. Wie das sächsische Kunstministerium mitteilte, wird die Europäische Kommission das Siegel im März 2018 verleihen.

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DOV fordert, DDR-Gelder für Orchester und Theater einzusetzen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV fordert, die Mittel aus der Auflösung des Vermögens früherer DDR-Organisationen im Bundesland Sachsen-Anhalt vor allem für strukturell unterfinanzierte Orchester und Theater einzusetzen.

Le Parisien

Diva des Yvelines : le chef d’orchestre et l’avocate condamnés pour abus de faiblesse

Le maestro Jean-Christophe Keck a écopé ce lundi de 9 mois de prison avec sursis pour abus de faiblesse sur Eva Rehfuss, une cantatrice suisse morte à 85 ans fin 2008. L’avocate de Versailles, Me Michèle Gruffaz, a elle été condamnée à 12 mois avec sursis.

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 We are delighted that, after the sensational , Sir Richard Armstrong will return to conduct next Spring’s ! Now touring to SIX venues across the UK:

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(Written on December 6, 2017 )

In partnership with Help Musicians UK,  Thursday 9th March marked the inaugural ‘Yes She Can’ panel event in aid of the UN ‘He For She’ campaign. The aim of the event, organised by ‘Can You CIC It?,’ was to give young women aged 18-25 a chance to find out more about the routes into some of the more under-represented roles within the music industry. CYCI? was founded by Sybil Bell – founder of Independent Venue Week –  and Chloe Ward to provide opportunities for anyone who wants to work and/or perform in the music industry, but who may not be able to access these by formal means such as university or through pre-existing connections.

Panel experts ranged from recording engineers, venue managers, BBC journalists to studio technicians, with practical advice as to how to break into the industry as a young woman. Guest speakers included Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music Helen Hobday, who humorously suggested that she achieved success through “just turning up every day”, and Guildford Boileroom’s Dominique Frazer, who urges young women to “dig in” and be prepared to work hard. The audience, comprising mainly young women starting out in their careers, were asking all the right questions and seemed engaged throughout the day’s events.

Diversity and representation in the music industry was the main issue tackled throughout the day’s events, and men were not excluded from the dialogue. Wizdom Layne spoke about how to identify a ‘good, bad or god’ opportunity and make effective choices to enable success in your life and career. Musician Kris Halpin demonstrated his mi.mu gloves, wearable music technology created in collaboration with singer Imogen Heap and disability charity Drake Music.

Later, guests were treated to a talk from London’s Night Czar, performer Amy Lamé, who spoke about the effects of having a 24-hour London and what that would mean for employment opportunities, before there was a chance for attendees to network over pizza, and discuss the afternoon with industry professionals.

It is hoped that events like this one can be repeated in the future, and it will be exciting to see what CYCI? work on next to provide young people with advice and a chance to network with people keen to help out the next generation.

(Written on March 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

klassik.com

Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

Neue musikzeitung

Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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Photo: BBC Proms

(Written on January 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Violist Gerhard Marschner has been promoted to the new Principal Violist of The Vienna Philharmonic, effective from September 2017. Decca launches publishing division, and appoints Natasha Baldwin as head of the division. Also, Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican celebrates record breaking year

The Barbican programmed a record breaking 3,910 arts and learning events over the 2015/16 season.

The Violin Channel

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Violist.

Music Week

Decca launches new publishing division, Natasha Baldwin appointed SVP

Decca has announced the launch of a new publishing division, with former Imagem executive Natasha Baldwin joining the company to head up the department. Opening this week, Decca Publishing will look to compliment the classical division of Universal Music Publishing.

The Strad

István Várdai receives ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivarius cello on extended loan

Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

El Pais

Años de peregrinaje

Un volumen reúne por fin en español los ensayos completos del pianista Alfred Brendel.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats

Prof. Christian Höppner, Präsident des Deutschen Kulturrates und Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates, hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz erhalten.

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Dresdens Theaterszene bekommt neue Spielstätten

Die Dresdner Theaterszene erhält an diesem Freitag auf einen Schlag vier neue Bühnen. Das frühere Kraftwerk Mitte wurde mit rund 100 Millionen Euro als Musentempel hergerichtet. Künftig residieren dort die Staatsoperette und das Theater Junge Generation (TJG).

Kein Vertrauen mehr: Trierer Stadtrat wählt Kulturdezernenten ab

Das unkontrollierte Schuldenwachstum am Trierer Theater hat nun auch Kulturdezernent Thomas Egger (SPD) den Job gekostet. Im Trierer Stadtrat wurde der Jurist am Montagabend abgewählt. Begründung: Das Gremium habe das Vertrauen in Eggers Arbeit verloren.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann verteidigt Spitze der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Dolce Vita” von Jonas Kaufmann bleibt an der Spitze der deutschen Klassik-Charts. Daneben platziert der Tenor noch drei weitere Tonträger in den Top 20, wie GfK Entertainment am Dienstag in Baden-Baden mitteilte.

Codex Flores

Wirkung gedehnter Zeit als Forschungsprojekt

Der Europäische Forschungsrat unterstützt das Projekt «Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance» von Clemens Wöllner vom Institut für Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg.

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK In response to our ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ survey results, we hope to the launch a nationwide service in early 2017 to support musicians. https://twitter.com/NoiseyMusic/status/808854043703574528

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet Painting with the colours of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky, of course:

Kallaway @kallawaylive The Arts Desk visits ‘the world’s best concert hall” @theartsdesk @MupaBudapest http://bit.ly/2hkTXE9

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Photo: Decca Publishing Natasha Baldwin

(Written on December 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, read about the great British conductor and violinist, Sir Neville Marriner, who passed away at the age of 92 yesterday. Also, read about the strikes of several orchestras in the U.S. In addition, the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017 will take place from 1st September to 10th September 2017.

BBC News

Leading British conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies at 92

The British conductor and violinist, Sir Neville Marriner, has died at the age of 92, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields says.

The Guardian

Conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies aged 92

Marriner was still conducting into his 90s, conducting a concert to celebrate entering his 10th decade two years ago, which included a rendition of Happy Birthday. His 90th birthday was also marked by Classic FM dedicating an entire day of programming to his performances.

The Telegraph

‘It was a bit noisy’: the late Sir Neville Marriner on studying violin during the Blitz

In an interview last year, Sir Neville Marriner told Ivan Hewett how a love of Handel took this carpenter’s son from Lincoln to London in 1939.

The New York Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Ends Its Brief Strike

Musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra play outside the Kimmel Center, the orchestra’s home, after going on strike Friday. The Philadelphia Orchestra ended a brief strike on Sunday, two days after its musicians sent a shock wave through the classical music world by walking off the job just before a season-opening gala.

For Orchestras in the U.S., So Much Depends on Their Communities’ Fortunes

The orchestra world’s Black Friday began on Sept. 30 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra going on strike in the morning and ended across Pennsylvania that evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra walking out as patrons gathered for its opening-night gala. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians, who were already on strike, sent their support on Twitter.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians to launch Northern Ireland brand

Help Musicians is to introduce a new brand in Northern Ireland next month.

Birmingham City University announces partnership with UK Music

Birmingham City University is to become one of the Music Academic Partnership‘s 11 member organisations. Run by UK Music, MAP offers training, placements and networking opportunities for individuals who want to build careers in music.

Scottish International Piano Competition 2017

The next edition of the Scottish International Piano Competition will take place 1-10 September 2017. Pianists aged 18-30 will compete for the £10,000 first prize, which carries with it the Frederic Lamond gold medal and an invitation to perform with the RSNO in 2018.

The Strad

Romanian cellist sustains injuries during police raid

A Romanian cellist jumped from his first floor window and sustained ‘multiple fractures’ as well as cancelled a forthcoming concert, during a police raid of his apartment block in Bucharest.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@BBCYoungMus finalist @JessGillamSax leads our brass and wind focus in CM October! http://ow.ly/WOE9304EtC4

ICSOM @ICSOM Philly Strike Ends! https://t.co/aIJp7RbKZG #ClassicalMusic #Symphony #Orchestra @POMusicians

Classic FM @ClassicFM Yesterday we lost a truly great conductor – tune in now for our tribute to Sir Neville Marriner…

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Photograph: BBC News/ AP

(Written on October 3, 2016 )