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We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony, The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced and The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report. The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet, Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up” and Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016. Also, Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaks to the German Bundestag and composer John Morris passed away.


Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony

The long-discussed adaptation of the late singer’s 1979 album Lodger will premiere at the Southbank Centre in May 2019.

Opera Now

Finalists for 2018 International Opera Awards revealed

The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced.

Music Teacher

Rock magazines join forces to celebrate women

Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines – and their online platform – are joining forces to celebrate women in rock, metal and progressive music.

Royal Albert Hall announces technology partnership

The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee supports flexible travel for creative industries post-Brexit

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report.


Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up”

“Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make”.


Daniel Harding will not renew his contract in Paris

Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016.


Deutsche Grammophon und IDAGIO beginnen Partnerschaft

Die Deutsche Grammophon, das älteste Klassiklabel der Welt, und IDAGIO, ein führender und in mehr als 70 Ländern verfügbarer Streaming-Service für klassische Musik, haben heute die Vereinbarung einer umfangreichen Partnerschaft bekanntgegeben.

Niedrige Zinsen: Götz-Friedrich-Preis in finanziellen Nöten

Zukünftig wird aufgrund der anhaltenden Niedrigzins-Phase nicht mehr die Stiftung des Regisseurs Götz Friedrich den Preis vergeben; stattdessen wird der Preis in die Hände der Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz gelegt.

BR Klassik

Die Cellistin Anita Lasker-Wallfisch redet im Bundestag

Als die 17-jährige Anita Lasker im Dezember 1943 ins Vernichtungslager Auschwitz kam, rettete das Cello ihr Leben: Das Mädchenorchester brauchte noch eine Cellistin, und deshalb entging Anita der Todeskammer.


È morto John Morris, addio al musicista preferito da Mel Brooks nominato per l’Oscar

Il compositore statunitense firmò anche le musiche di ‘The Elephant Man’ e ‘La signora in rosso’


Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Franz Schubert became one of the world’s most frequently performed composers. Being not quite five feet tall earned him the Austrian nickname “Schwammerl”. Today, we celebrate “The little mushroom’s” day of birth listening to his song cycles:

Image: David Bowie & Philip Glass © The Guardian

(Written on January 31, 2018 )

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


 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:

Image: © Africa Studio/Shutterstock


(Written on December 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians who fled to Europe escaping war, the National Centre of Early Music launches Young Composers Award 2017, and Boston Lyric Opera uses “tweet seats”. Also, Pittsburgh Symphony continue their longest ever strike, and Herbert Blomstedt is awarded the Brahms Prize 2017.

CNN News

Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians who fled war to Europe

Jazbeh is the founder of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra – a musical ensemble composed entirely of Syrians, many of whom are refugees who have fled the country’s bloody war.

Early Music Today Magazine

NCEM launches Young Composers Award 2017

The National Centre of Early Music (NCEM) has opened the call for entries for its Young Composers Award 2017, inviting composers under 25 to write a new piece for the Tallis Scholars.


What do you think of audience members tweeting during the opera?

Many orchestras and opera companies continue to ban the use of phones, while others are reconsidering their stance in a bid to tap into new technological opportunities. The Boston Lyric Opera recently began using “tweet seats,” a section of the concert hall where audience members are actively encouraged to tweet throughout the performance.

Pittsburgh Symphony musicians continue their longest strike in history

The current strike by 101 Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, launched at the end of September in opposition to demands by management for concessions, is now the longest in the orchestra’s history.

The Violin Channel

New York Philharmonic Awards $200,000 New Music Prize

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has been announced as the winner of the 2016 New York Philharmonic Marie-Josée Kravis New Music Prize.

Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra Announce New 24 Year Old Concertmaster

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has announced the appointment of American violinist Stephen Tavani as their new Concertmaster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong-born cellist brings cultural diversity to classical music festival

Trey Lee Chui-yee launches fourth edition of Musicus Festival, with an array of local, international artists, and which comes with a Finnish twist this year. Lee, who moved to the United States at the age of eight, and toured all around the world as an adult, says that he increasingly feels as though his cultural identity was becoming blurred.

Kulturradio Rbb

Brahmspreis 2017 für Herbert Blomstedt

Der schwedische Dirigent Herbert Blomstedt erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Preis der Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein. Der 89-Jährige beeindrucke seit mehr als sechs Jahrzehnten mit herausragenden Leistungen das Konzertpublikum.

Kölner Oberbürgermeisterin schlägt Musical-Aufführungen in der Oper vor

Durch Aufführungen von Werken populärer Genres, etwa Musicals, könnte das Verständnis der Bevölkerung für die hohen Kosten der Opernsanierung ihrer Einschätzung nach erhöht werden.

Codex Flores

Erste Bilanz der Klassik-Streaming-Plattform Idagio

Mit den Wiener Philharmonikern bei den Salzburger Festspielen aus der Taufe gehoben, hat der Klassik-Streamingdienst Idagio nach einem Jahr 25’000 registrierte Nutzer in 72 Ländern. Der Idagio-Katalog umfasst zur Zeit rund 15’000 Aufnahmen, wöchentlich kommen rund 500 hinzu.

Miloš Karadaglić muss ein Jahr pausieren

Anstelle von Karadaglić spielt Sebastian Knauer mit dem Zürcher Kammerorchester am 22.November in der Tonhalle Zürich. Mit ihrer CD «ÜberBach» erreichten das Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pianist Sebastian Knauer und Multi-Perkussionist Pascal Schumacher im Oktober Platz 12 der Deutschen Klassik Charts, am Dienstag spielen die Musiker die modernen Kompositionen live.

Twitter @klassikcom Louis gewinnt Komponistenpreis des New York Philharmonic Orchestra @cmuseorg  Reviewers react to this bad t-shirt, gets notes wrong

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung in 1695 Death of English Henry

Credit: Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO).

Credit: Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO).

(Written on November 21, 2016 )