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Classical News

In today’s news, Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal, Andris Nelsons receives the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award & opera star Andrea Bocelli serenades football fans before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game.

Classical Music Magazine

Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal

Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Guildhall School of Music & Drama gold medal. He performed Ginastera’s concerto for harp, accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Adrian Leaper.

Nelsons receives Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

Andris Nelsons has been presented with the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award. The award was presented by the managing director of Glashütte Original Yann Gamard and the intendant of the Dresden Music Festival Jan Vogler following a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 6 May at Dresden’s Frauenkirche.

International Arts Manager

Bocelli serenades Leicester City fans

Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded football fans on Saturday with a spine-tingling rendition of Nussun Dorma before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game. The song became famous in football circles after the BBC used Pavarotti’s rendition as the theme tune for its Italia ’90 World Cup coverage.

The Telegraph

Gerald Finley: ‘I dream of finishing my career as von Trapp’

Thirty years ago, a shy young rookie with a soft Canadian accent and gentle smile, straight out of the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music, made his professional debut in the back row of the Glyndebourne chorus.

Music Week

Irving Azoff claims YouTube is “the root of the problem”

Azoff has issued an open letter on re/code to “Dear YouTube” in response a recent blog post on the services’ “creator blog” titled ’Setting The Record Straight’. In the post, Christophe Muller, Head of YouTube International Music Partnerships, contended that “YouTube takes copyright management extremely seriously and we work to ensure rights holders make money no matter who uploads their music.

Classic FM

Kanye West surprised Kim Kardashian with a whole orchestra because he can

Kanye West is not known for his subtlety – so it makes sense that his gift to KK for mother’s day is not a bunch of flowers but a whole string orchestra.

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Opera Fort Collins hires new executive director

Elizabeth Telling has been announced as Opera Fort Collins’ new executive director

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Andris Nelsons mit Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat den Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 erhalten. Der Lette erhält die mit 25.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung für sein Engagement in Bezug auf die Vermittlung klassischer Musik sowie die Nachwuchsförderung.

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Sachsen-Anhalt: Staatskanzlei künftig für Kultur zuständig

In Sachsen-Anhalt soll die Kulturpolitik künftig komplett von der Staatskanzlei verantwortet werden.

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Run auf Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Am Morgen wurde eine Seite zur Verlosung von Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnungskonzerte freigeschaltet. Wenig später brach sie zusammen. Doch noch haben alle eine Chance auf Tickets.

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The Strad @TheStradMag The 9th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart has named five semi finalists

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Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK Fascinating uplifting meeting of A Choir in Every Care Home today. Thanks all who took part.

Dresdner Musikfestspiele . Konzert von Jan Vogler und dem Boston Symphony Orchstra am 07.05.2016 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche . Mit anschliessender Verleihung des Glashuette Original Festpielpreises an Dirigent Andris Nelsons . Foto: Oliver Killig

Photograph: Oliver Killig

(Written on May 10, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Dubai Opera announces its first season, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago has died, The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the finalists, Mark Molynex becomes chair of Welsh National Opera & more…

International Arts Manager

Dubai Opera announces first ever season

Dubai Opera has announced details of its first ever season, with Plácido Domingo the biggest name on the bill. The 2,000-seat venue opens later this year, and is the first purpose-built performing arts centre in the Arabic city-state. Led by Jasper Hope – former chief operating officer at London’s Royal Albert Hall – Dubai Opera’s programme mixes opera, ballet, recitals and family entertainment.

The Strad

Long-time Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago has died aged 92

Long-time Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Marcel Farago has died at the age of 92 following a battle with cancer. The Romanian-born musician was hired by Eugene Ormandy in 1955, and continued performing with the orchestra until 1994.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 reveals five Junior Finalists

The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the five candidates selected to progress to the Junior Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Academy of Music on Friday.

Wales Online

Welsh National Opera appoints Mark Molyneux as its next chair

He will succeed Geraint Talfan Davies who will step down after 10 years in the role in July.

Classicalite

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra agrees to 10% budget cut in three-week hiatus

In what feels like a never-ending struggle, it’s been announced that musicians and management of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra accepted cuts as part of the symphony’s strategy to become financially sound once more.

The Guardian

Streaming growth helps digital music revenues surpass physical sales

Digital music revenues have surpassed the takings from traditional music formats for the first time, according to an industry report.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Life at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

A Sydney violist takes a Concertgebouw job-swap. At first, SSO Violist Amanda Verner didn’t think a job swap would be possible.

Broadwayworld

World Premiere and More Set for Hoff-Barthelson’s 2016 Festival of Contemporary Music

Scarsdale, New York – “Celebration 2016: The Music of Our Time,” Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s 27th annual Festival of Contemporary Music, will be held Monday, May 9, 2016, through Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Klassik.com

Land Bayern will 75 Prozent der Kosten für Nürnberger Konzertsaal übernehmen

Das Land Bayern will 75 Prozent der Kosten für einen neuen Konzertsaal in Nürnberg übernehmen. Der neue Nürnberger Konzertsaal soll neben der Meistersingerhalle entstehen.

Klassik Akzente

Daniel Hope mit musikalischen Kostproben bei NDR Das! und im Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus

Der britische Stargeiger Daniel Hope präsentiert sein Album “My Tribute To Yehudi Menuhin”.

KlassikInfo.de

Aris Quartett gewinnt Joseph-Joachim-Kammermusik-Wettbewerb

Das Aris Quartett hat den ersten Preis beim 7. Internationalen Joseph Joachim Kammermusikwettbewerb gewonnen. Der Wettbewerb wird an der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar durchgeführt und ist mit insgesamt 17.500 Euro dotiert, der erste Preis mit 10.000 Euro.

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Dubai Opera @DubaiOpera Curtain Up! Get ready to be captivated this Autumn with a lineup of 49 world class performances #

Top Classical News @topcmnews YMM Chamber Players in Benefit Concert – April 17 at All Saints’ Church  #

EUYO @EUYOtweets Today, we launched our anniversary project #, to read more about have a look here: # #

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The San Antonio Symphony, Photograph: Jill Torrance/Getty Images

(Written on April 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Menuhin Competition names violinists for the Semi Finals, Jazz saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya died at age 81 and singer Rosie Lowe comments on the misogynistic record industry.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 10 violinists through to the Junior Semi Finals

Each of the 10 violinists, aged between 11 and 15, will perform their choice of Beethoven Sonata and a virtuoso work. They will also collaborate with professional musicians in Dvořák’s Terzetto in C for two violins and viola.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 9 violinists through to the Senior Semi Finals

The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the nine candidates progressing to the Senior Semi-Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Academy of Music on Wednesday.

The Telegraph

The Sixteen: pilgrims progress around UK for 33 concerts of early English polyphony

By neat coincidence, The Sixteen have just set off on their 16th Choral Pilgrimage, the annual tour that is central to this group’s identity. While remaining busy with their other programmes, Harry Christophers and the ensemble he founded in the late 1970s have become recognised above all for their biggest yearly project, which gets the group out of the traditional Oxbridge-London comfort zones of many such choirs.

The Telegraph

Singer Rosie Lowe: ‘The record industry is misogynistic. Women are moulded to a white man’s view’

She released her first album in February to glowing reviews, Elton John announced during a radio appearance that her first single was going to be a huge hit, and Adele is also reported to be a fan. But Rosie Lowe is still getting to grips with the concept of people actually coming to her shows.

The New York Times

Getatchew Mekurya, Ethiopian Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 81

Getatchew Mekurya, a saxophonist with an ardent, full-throated style who worked predominantly in Ethiopia for decades before being embraced by a worldwide audience, died on April 4 in Addis Ababa. He was 81.

Classicalite

Yo-Yo Ma gives investment tips on John Oliver in response to Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers has continued to rattle world leaders. Of those named is Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, close friend to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Classicalite

Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’ Yields Nearly $105,000 in Royalties Per Week

A Broadway phenomenon that’s propelled its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to icon status, it’s been reported that the production of Hamilton rakes in nearly $105,000 a week in royalties.

International Arts Manager

Mega donation for Royal Danish Opera

AP Møller Foundation has pledged an undisclosed figure of more than DK100m (13.4m) to Royal Danish Opera(RDO) – the single biggest gift in its history. While the exact amount is not known it is far in excess of the DK35m cut in government funding that the company has recently experienced and is believed to be several hundred million Danish Krone.

WQXR

New Jersey Welcomes Its New Maestra

Introducing Xian Zhang, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s incoming music director to a Newark concert audience Thursday, April 7, principal flutist Bart Feller made one thing clear: “It’s maestra, not maestro.”

Spiegel Kultur

Nach zehn Jahren Bauzeit: Elbphilharmonie veröffentlicht erstes Programm

Zehn Jahre Bauzeit und zehnmal so teuer wie geplant: Die spektakuläre Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg soll im Januar 2017 eröffnet werden – mit einem dreiwöchigen Festival.

Crescendo

Kompositionswerkstatt im Klassenzimmer 

Zeitgenössische Musik in die Schule zu bringen, ist sowohl der Name als auch das Ziel des gleichnamigen niedersachsenweiten Programms, dessen Bewerbungsphase gerade gestartet ist.

Klavier.de

Pianistin Saskia Giorgini gewinnt den Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg

Beim Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg hat im Fach Klavier Saskia Giorgini den ersten Platz belegt. Die italienisch-niederländische Pianistin erhält ein Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews A masterclass with Sir Andras Schiff  #

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Getatchew Mekurya during a 2008 performance with the punk band the Ex at a Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

(Written on April 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, subscription plan for SoundCloud introduced, Orchestra of St. Luke welcomes Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan, Spotify raises $1 Billion in ‘debt financing’ and the Paris Opera taken to court and more…

International Arts Manager

Composer pedals to raise pounds for choristers

Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) has set up a Diamond Fund for Choristers (DFFC) to support, promote and protect choral singing in the UK. Two major fundraising events have already been announced: a concert to make the heart soar and a sponsored cycle to make the thighs burn.

Music Week

Tidal now has 3m users a year after launch

Tidal has marked its one year anniversary by revealing it now has three million users across 46 countries. The Jay Z-owned service added new ‘artist owners’ in the last few months, with Lil Wayne, Indochine, Damian Marley and TIP joining Beyonce, Rihanna, Jack White and several more heavyweights.

Classical Music Magazine

Grange Festival announces inaugural season

The Grange Festival’s 2017 season will comprise new productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte,Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring. 

Classical Music Magazine

Multi-Story Orchestra asks for donations towards summer programme

The Multi-Story Orchestra is seeking to raise the final £8,000 needed for its summer programme of orchestral and chamber music at Peckham’s Bold Tendencies car park.

The New York Times

SoundCloud starts subscription plan, taking on Spotify and Apple

Two weeks after signing its final licensing deal with a major record company, the online music service SoundCloud has introduced its long-awaited subscription plan.

Broadwayworld.com

Orchestra of St. Luke to Welcome Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan

Orchestra of St. Luke’s welcomes superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, as soloist on its final Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series concert of the season.

Wired

Spotify raises $1billion in ‘debt financing’

Music streaming company Spotify has raised $1 billion (£695 million) in debt financing to take on rivals Apple, Tidal and Google.

Classicalite

Wendy Carlos’ ‘Switched-On Bach’ Inspires Five Decades of Electronic Musicians

In 1968, composer Wendy Carlos made electronic music history with her LP Switched-On Bach, a collection of Bach’s works performed on an early Moog synthesizer.

Observer

How ‘Hamilton’ Reinvigorated a 210-Year-Old Children’s Charity

By now it’s obvious that the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has turned into one of the buzziest cultural events in years. From a notoriously hard-to-come-by ticket to the cast performing at the White House last week, and an endless list of raves and all-star Hamil-fans, the show is a tsunami unlike any other.

Pizzicato

Paris Opera Is Taken To Court

There is more news in the case of the transformations at the Paris Opera Garnier. The management of the opera house wanted to eliminate some separation walls in order to get more seats.

Klassik.com

Gewinner des Deutschen Musikinstrumentenpreises 2016 stehen fest

Bei dem vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie gestifteten Wettbewerb stehen im jährlichen Wechsel je zwei unterschiedliche Instrumentengruppen im Zentrum; in diesem Jahr waren es Gitarre und Klarinette.

Musik heute

Anna Netrebko trainiert ihr Deutsch für Wagner-Debüt

Die russische Sopranistin Anna Netrebko (44) feilt vor ihrer ersten großen Wagner-Rolle als Elsa im “Lohengrin” noch an ihrem Deutsch. “Für mich ist insbesondere die Sprache eine sehr große Herausforderung”, sagte sie der Fachzeitschrift “Das Opernglas” (April-Ausgabe).

Codex Flores

Steinway für Elbphilharmonie schwierig zu finden

Ausgerechnet in Hamburg, der Heimatstadt der Klaviermanufaktur Steinway, stellt die Wahl des richtigen Flügels für einen neuen Konzertsaal – die Elbphilharmonie – eine echte Knacknuss dar.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up today – our Composer in Residence @‘s music for the Queen’s 90th:

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Onward and upward: The Grange Festival announces its first season  #

BR_KLASSIK @BR_Klassik: So kassieren Wettbewerbe junge # ab. Theo Geißlers #

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(Written on March 31, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma receives Getty Medal, Juilliard School and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to be the world’s top music universities and Classicalite questions whether classical music affects our mental and physical health.

International Arts Manager

Yo-Yo Ma honoured with Getty Medal

Yo-Yo Ma has won the prestigious J Paul Getty Medal for his work as an artist who brings different cultures together through music. Established in 2013, the award honours those who make an extraordinary contribution to the practice, understanding and support of the arts.

International Arts Manager

Midori residency programme heads to Hawaii

Illustrious violinist Midori has selected Hawaii for her next orchestral residency programme. The Japanese-born American will lead workshops, masterclasses, discussion groups and advocacy efforts, as well as performing with both Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS).

Classicalite

Can classical music improve your mental and physical health?

Can listening to classical music favorably affect your health? Numerous studies have posited its advantageous effects on blood pressure, cognition and stress — just to name a few.

The Telegraph

Sir Peter Moores – obituary

Philanthropist and heir to the Littlewoods empire who became a generous patron of the arts.

Music Week

PRS for Music Foundation announces next Momentum Music round

PRS for Music Foundation has announced the next 14 artists to receive Momentum Music funding, in conjunction with Arts Council England and Spotify.

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Juilliard School & University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna are the best

QS World University Ranking has published the world’s top music universities, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. The Number One position is held by The Juilliard School, United States, followed by University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria).

MusicAlly

MusicFirst coalition tears into Google and YouTube

It is open season once again on Google and YouTube in the US, following the RIAA’s decision to make the ‘value gap’ a key part of its 2015 figures announcement.

Klassik.com

Geigerin Mélanie Defize unter den Opfern der Brüsseler Terroranschläge

Unter den Opfern der Anschläge in Brüssel am 22. März befindet sich auch die belgische Geigerin und Musikproduzentin Mélanie Defize. Die 29-Jährige kam in der Metrostation Maelbeek ums Leben.

NMZ

Moritz Eggert erhält Louis Spohr Musikpreis 2016

Der deutsche Komponist Moritz Eggert (50) erhält in diesem Jahr den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Louis Spohr Musikpreis der Stadt Braunschweig. Die Preisverleihung findet mit Unterstützung des Staatsorchesters Braunschweig am 23. Oktober 2016 im Rahmen eines Sinfoniekonzertes in der Stadthalle Braunschweig statt.

NMZ

Osterfestspiele in Baden-Baden ziehen 25 000 Besucher an

Rund 25 000 Musikliebhaber haben die Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit den Berliner Philharmonikern besucht. Damit wurde eine Auslastung von 90 Prozent erreicht, wie das Festspielhaus Baden-Baden am Ostermontag mitteilte.

Die Welt

SWR stellt Programm vor

Vier Jahre nach der umstrittenen Entscheidung über die Orchesterfusion beim Südwestrundfunk (SWR) nimmt der neue Klangkörper Gestalt an. Das erste Konzert des neuen SWR-Symphonieorchesters mit Sitz in Stuttgart ist am 22. September geplant.

Musikmarkt

Spenden-Plattform Musik Bewegt ins Leben gerufen

Für die gute Sache: Die Berliner Plattform Musik Bewegt gibt Künstlern die Möglichkeit, losgelöst von VÖ-Terminen, Promo-Gigs und Tourdaten gemeinsam mit anderen öffentlichkeitswirksam auf die von ihnen unterstützten sozialen Projekte aufmerksam zu machen. Die gemeinnützige Stiftung versetzt sie Fans in die Lage, sich in Verbindung mit den Künstlern engagieren.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews: Hearing the Ottomans in London: a guest post by Professor Rachel Beckles Willson #

BR_Klassik @br_klassik: # in der Klassik. Unser Wochenthema in der “Mittagsmusik”, immer von 12.05-14.00

BBC Radio 3 @bbcradio3: We’re in the Modern period for Music in Time today, looking at Holst’s interest in folk songs #

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(Written on March 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth resigns as ENO’s music director, Timothy Ridout wins 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, David Bowie mural in Brixton, London to be listed, the impact of music on early childhood development and more…

BBC Music Magazine

Mark Wigglesworth resigns as music director of English National Opera

English National Opera has revealed that Mark Wigglesworth has resigned as music director and will leave at the end of the current season.

The Strad

Timothy Ridout wins 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

The young violist receives a cash prize, performance opportunities and a viola bow

BBC News

David Bowie mural in Brixton ‘to be listed’

A mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the musician after his death is to be listed by the council to ensure its long-term protection.

Classicalite

“Why Making Music Matters”: Carnegie Hall research paper commissioned on childhood development

As part of a project that is actively trying to understand the relationship between music and early childhood development, Carnegie Hall has commissioned a research paper from Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf called “Why Making Music Matters.”

Los Angeles Times

Musco Center’s sound decisions might make it the best opera house in the West

Yasuhisa Toyota has done it again. The Japanese acoustician became an international sensation with the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall, his first assignment outside of Asia

International Arts Manager

RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio for its students

Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced plans to transform its former Studio Theatre into a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording area by fitting the world’s largest BOXY modular studio system.

International Arts Manager

Oxford University Press announces new head of repertoire promotion

OUP has announced the appointment of Jenny Wegg to the position of Head of Repertoire Promotion in its music department. Wegg was previously senior promotion manager at Music Sales, where she worked for nearly seven years until summer 2015, managing a roster of composers, including Peter Maxwell Davies, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan.

Die Zeit

Schafft mehr Konzertsäle!

München kriegt jetzt einen, Paris und Bochum haben welche: Diese Häuser sollte man sich leisten, auch an ungewöhnlichen Orten

NMZ

Reformation in Mecklenburg kommt als Oper auf die Bühne

Die Geschichte der Reformation in Mecklenburg kommt als Oper auf die Bühne: Mehr als 50 Mitwirkende der Reformationsoper «Ritter, Tod und Teufel» haben sich am Wochenende erstmals in Schönberg getroffen

Klassik.com

Beethoven-Haus erwirbt Brief des Komponisten

Das Bonner Beethoven-Haus hat einen Brief aus der Feder des damals 43-jährigen Komponisten erwerben können

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English National Opera @E_N_O: ICYMI – we’re now on #! Be one of our first Snapchat friends. Our username is enopera.

Royal Music College @RCMLondon: We welcome back the outstanding @ for music by @, # & # on 14 April – book now:

BBC Music Magazine @Music Magazine: ENO misery continues. Now Mark Wigglesworth has resigned as music director:

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Mark Wigglesworth became Music Director at English National Opera in 2015. Photograph: Sim Canetty-Clarke

(Written on March 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival line-up announced with a full day of events addressing the refugee crisis, Nils Frahms’ special Barbican weekend line-up announced and the piano from the Oscar-winning film The Piano sells at auction. Also, German Music Council  appeals to all citizens to raise their voice for democracy and rule of law and Violinist Overcomes Bone Disease To Win NPR competition.

Guardian

The Piano’s piano sells for just NZ$1,000 at auction

Non-playable prop from Jane Campion’s multiple Oscar-winning 1993 film was used in the movie’s famous beach scene

The Telegraph

Robert Plant to perform at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown

Robert Plant will join other musicians in an all-day event addressing the refugee crisis as part of Meltdown festival this year.

Classic FM

We’re celebrating the inspirational women of classical music this International Women’s Day

We asked the women of Classic FM – working both on air and behind the scenes – to each pick one woman in the world of classical music who has inspired them. Here’s what they said…

International Arts Manager

Nils Frahm Barbican weekend line-up announced

Nils Frahm, the Berlin-based contemporary composer and pianist with a cult-like following, is to curate this year’s Barbican marathon weekend – featuring Frahm’s only live show in 2016

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen launches community crowdfunding campaign

‘Musical Heroes’ initiative aims to recognise ‘unsung’ trailblazers. American violinist Ray Chen has launched a crowdfunding campaign in aid of community musicians.

NMZ

Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar – Aufruf des Deutschen Musikrats

Neben dem Deutschen Musikrat haben sich aktuell 142 Organisationen und Verbände der „Allianz für Weltoffenheit, Demokratie und Rechtsstaat – gegen Intoleranz, Menschenfeindlichkeit und Gewalt“ angeschlossen

Musik-heute

Gesangswettbewerb DEBUT: Clarry Bartha wird künstlerische Leiterin

Die Sopranistin Clarry Bartha übernimmt die künstlerische Leitung des Europäischen Gesangswettbewerbs DEBUT

Klassik.com

Sachsen erwirbt Skizzen von Robert Schumann

Das Bundesland Sachsen hat in einem US-amerikanischen Antiquariat Skizzen des Komponisten Robert Schumann (1810-1856) zu seinem ersten Klaviertrio op. 63 erworben

CBD Minnesota

Violinist Overcomes Bone Disease To Win NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

Gaelynn Lea has an unconventional approach to playing her instrument, born of necessity

Twitter

@WOWtweetUK Our Artistic Director @JudeKellySBC launches WOW on #IWD2016 with 1000 school girls & amazing girls education activist @SarahBrownUK #WOWLDN

@BBCRadio3 “A day like this is a way to shout from the rooftops that music is for everyone”: Radio 3’s Olwen Fisher on #IWD2016 http://bbc.in/1nrIKmS

@BBCMusic Which female musicians inspired you growing you? Share your story: http://bbc.in/1RxVDDT #BBCPHOP #IWD2016

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The Guardian

(Written on March 8, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine counts down the days to Christmas with 25 of the best Christmas carols and Andrew Clements discusses his top 10 classical CDs of 2015 for The Guardian. Also, Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, which was last performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1916, opens on New Year’s Eve

Classical Music Magazine

22 December: Bethlehem Down

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US

International Arts Manager

Bizet’s pearl fishers come to the surface for the first time in a century

A new staging of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), which was last performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1916, opens on New Year’s Eve

The Guardian

Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2015

The best of this year’s releases, from Simon Rattle conducting Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto to Steve Reich’s minimal masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians

The Telegraph

The Christmas music that tells us who we are

Because we live in an increasingly secular society the culture of  Christmas has, within living memory, changed dramatically

Klassik.com

O du fröhliche bereits 200 Jahre alt?

Das berühmte Weihnachtslied “O du fröhliche” ist nach Recherchen des Weimarer Johannes Falk-Vereins älter als bislang angenommen

Musik heute

Mit Beethovens Ode “An die Freude” gegen Pegida

Einige tausend Menschen haben in Dresden am Montag friedlich gegen eine Kundgebung des islam- und fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bündnisses demonstriert

Klassik heute

Eugen Jochum Preis an Andreas Pascal Heinemann

Am vergangenen Sonntag, 20.12.2015, wurde zum dritten Mal der Eugen-Jochum-Preis durch dessen Tochter Veronica Jochum von Moltke vergeben

New York Times

Aix Festival Director to Step Down

Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday

Le Figaro

Après Paris, Londres veut sa Philharmonie

Un rapport confirme le besoin d’une nouvelle salle qui pourrait voir le jour en 2023.

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles/ International Arts Manager

Les Pêcheurs de Perles/ International Arts Manager

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian critics pick their favourite live events of 2015, and The Telegraph look at how classical music has fought terrorism, seduced old rockers and is constantly changing. Also, a Spanish court has ordered soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a €254,000 fine for tax avoidance and José Maria Blumenschein has been appointed as the new concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The Guardian

Best of 2015: our classical critics pick their favourite live events

There were masterly turns by prodigious youngsters, and vigorous performances by mature masters – across the UK, it’s been a fascinating classical year

The Telegraph

Classical music in 2015: fighting terrorism, seducing old rockers – and constantly changing

This year, as always, the doom merchants continued to predict the imminent demise of classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Austen family music books made available online

The University of Southampton has digitised around 600 pieces of music belonging to the Austen family, placing them online free of charge

Gramophone

The cult of classical music

We need to confront the ignorance surrounding classical music – and fast

International Arts Manager

Montserrat Caballé hit with huge tax fine

A Spanish court has ordered Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a €254,000 fine for tax avoidance

Classical Music Magazine

Vienna Philharmonic appoints new concertmaster

José Maria Blumenschein has been appointed as the new concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Der Tagesspiegel

Opernsängerin Stella Doufexis gestorben

Eine wichtige Stimme ist viel zu früh verstummt: Im Alter von nur 47 Jahren erliegt die Mezzosopranistin Stella Doufexis ihrer Krankheit.

Klassik.com

Staatstheater Cottbus trauert um Werner Kiersch

Bassist stand 38 Jahre für das Staatstheater auf der Bühne

Musikmarkt.de

MIDEM 2016 thematisiert Zukunft des Musikgeschäfts, führt Awards ein

Die 50. Ausgabe der Musikmesse MIDEM feiert die Musikbranche mit der Einführung der Midem Awards, die Musik-Executives aus der ganzen Welt ehren sollen. Die Awards sollen künftig jährlich verliehen werden.

Pizzicato.lu

New Concert Hall in London?

Plans to build a new concert hall in London have moved ahead.

The New York Times

In Handel’s ‚Messiah‘, the trumpet as divine agent

Coming late in Handel’s „Messiah“, the glittering instrumental solo in „The Trumpet Shall Sound“ is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music.

Twitter

South Bank BIDHave a look at our end of year message and look back on what the BID does for South Bank:

BBC Music MagazineOkay. We’ve managed to stay off the Star Wars bandwagon. Until now.

Nicola Benedetti: I am backing free music lessons

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Dramatic sense … I Puritani, one of our operatic highlights of the year from Welsh National Opera. Photograph: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on December 18, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC, and a new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England. Also, the Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference

Guardian

Bing & Ruth on contemporary classical: ‘Initially, it was like – what do we do with this stuff?’

David Moore may have had success as part of Langhorne Slim & the Law, but it’s with his classical ensemble that he’s found an surprising a new audience

The Times

Could our opera virgin learn to love classical music in a month?

As a lifelong fan of pop and R’n’B I had been set a challenge to see if I could “get into” classical music

Classical Music Magazine 

ABO announces details of annual conference

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference, which will take place in Birmingham from 20-22 January 2016

International Arts Manager

Online music lessons launched for rural England

A new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England

Classical Music Magazine

Delphian to release carnyx recording

The latest release from the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a recording of a carnyx

Classic FM

Downton Abbey music: listen to unreleased tracks from the original score

Previously unreleased music from the Downton Abbey score is now available on a new double CD – and you can hear it first on Classic FM

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 undergoing discussions to reduce relay fee

In a further sign of the ongoing financial belt-tightening at Broadcasting House, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC

FAZ

Komponier mir das Lied vom Tod

Er möchte mit „Maestro“ angesprochen werden: Ein Gespräch mit dem großen Filmkomponisten Ennio Morricone, der dem Western seinen Klang gegeben und auch die Musik für den neuen Film von Quentin Tarantino geschrieben hat

Pizzicato 

Heute beginnt der Beethoven-Wettbewerb in Bonn

22 Pianisten aus 11 Ländern treten ab dem heutigen 4. Dezember beim Internationalen Beethoven-Wettbewerb Bonn 2015 an, der damit zugleich sein 10 jähriges Jubiläum feiert

NMZ

Europa weltweit zweitgrößter Markt für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Europa ist nach einem Unesco-Bericht nach der Region Asien-Pazifik der zweitgrößte Wirtschaftsmarkt für Kultur- und Kreativleistungen

El Pais 

Georges Aperghis: “Escribir música es buscar la libertad cada día”

El compositor greco-francés, que hoy estrena una velada dedicada a su música en la Sociedad Filarmónica de París, habla de sus más recientes obras

Le Figaro

Facebook aide les gendarmes du Tarn à retrouver un voleur de guitares

Un collectionneur d’instruments à cordes, qui habite le village de Rabastens (Midi-Pyrénées) a été la victime d’un cambriolage le 11 novembre dernier. Les enquêteurs ont décidé d’utiliser le puissant réseau social pour lancer un appel à témoins

Twitter

OpenTechA Nashville technology startup thinks it can help classical music flourish in the digital age. ..

News in SummaryWhat Football Can Teach Classical

Sinfini Music: Love is in the air when Mimi comes to borrow a light from Rodoflo in : La bohème

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David Moore of Bing & Ruth: ‘There was really no playbook.’ Photograph: Jody Rogac/The Guardian

(Written on December 4, 2015 )