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In today’s news: Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats, Tido launches educational piano, and travellers to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Airport. Staatsoper in Vienna to begin new season, Salzburger Festspiele had more than 260,000 visitors, and 40 years of the official German charts.

The Guardian

Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats?

The 1997 film score is the bestselling classical album of the past 25 years – but not the best. We suggest further listening for those taken with James Horner’s ersatz work

Classical Music Magazine

Travellers to conduct RSNO in Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is offering ten travellers the chance to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

International Piano

Tido launches Educational Piano

Tido has added an Educational Piano collection to its iPad app. The collection features a range of music, from compositions created to help pianists to build on their technique to fun pieces which students will enjoy playing.

Choir and Organ

Programme announced for 2017 NEMA Conference

The National Early Music Association’s 2017 conference will take place in Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge on 2 September.

The Violin Channel

VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb Awarded Prestigious New York City Carnegie Hall Debut

17 year old VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition, in New York


Russian violinist Dmitry Kogan dies, aged 38
The agency TASS has made public the death of the Russian violinist Dmitry P. Kogan who died in Moscow at the age of 38.

Limelight Magazine

Blind and deaf dog learns to play the piano

Roll over Beethoven! Two-year old Australian shepherd Braille is making waves on the Internet.

Klassik heute

Wiener Staatsoper startet mit “Il trovatore” in die neue Spielzeit

Mit dem beliebten Tag der offenen Tür startet die Wiener Staatsoper am Sonntag, 3. September 2017 in die Spielzeit 2017/2018.

Salzburger Festspiele mit mehr als 260.000 Besuchern
Die Salzburger Festspiele haben kurz vor Ende bereits eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festivalausgabe gezogen

Neue Musik Zeitung
40 Jahre Offizielle Deutsche Charts: Eine Musikinstanz feiert Jubiläum

Alle kennen sie, viele wollen rein und nur die besten erobern sie: Die Offiziellen Deutschen Charts zeigen Woche für Woche, welche Musik in Deutschland am beliebtesten ist.

Tido launches Educational Piano


(Written on August 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that PRS have announced 20 winning commissions for New Music Biennial and Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join RPS/YCAT mentoring scheme. Also, Boston Orchestra loans patrons iPads and applications open for Rhinegold Charity Fund

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation announces 20 winning commissions for New Music Biennial 2017

PRS for Music Foundation has announced the 20 commissions selected for the New Music Biennial 2017


Tech at the Symphony: Boston Orchestra Loaning Patrons iPads

A night at the symphony usually means silencing cellphones and mobile devices before the music starts. But as part of an effort to draw in a younger audience, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is loaning select patrons iPads loaded with content specific to each performance

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge mentoring scheme

Trumpeter Alison Balsom will mentor trombonist Peter Moore as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge mentoring scheme (PLMS)

Early Music Today

Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17


Orchestervereinigung fordert Ende des Lohnverzichts

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat ein Ende des Lohnverzichts bei sächsischen Theatern und Orchestern verlangt

Der Tagesspiegel

Dirigent und Diener

Anmut und Präzision: Vasily Petrenko dirigiert das RSB – mit Tine Thing Helseth als Trompetensolistin


Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2016 geht an…

Laura Telly Cambier und Lukhanyo Moyake sind die Gewinner des diesjährigen Emmerich Smola Förderpreises.

Le Monde

Laurent Bayle : « A la Philharmonie, il y a encore beaucoup à imaginer »

La Philharmonie de Paris aura traversé, non sans tapage, sa première année. Le 14 janvier 2015, quelques jours après les attentats à Paris et à Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), le bâtiment ouvrait ses portes en présence du président de la République, François Hollande

Le Parisien

Le centenaire du compositeur Henri Dutilleux célébré au-delà de la polémique

Le centième anniversaire de la naissance d’Henri Dutilleux, dont la musique à la fois moderne et très accessible a su conquérir un vaste public, devrait permettre de faire oublier la polémique née au printemps autour de la pose d’une plaque à Pari


Royal Academy Music@RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to alumni duo Alexander Sitkovetsky (#Strings #violin) and Wu Qian (#Piano), @LincolnCenter Emerging Artist Award winners

BSO@BSOrchestra   I added a video to a @YouTube playlist  Interview with Jac van Steen – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Music History@today_classical  #Today in 1883 Birth of German #conductor Hermann #ABENDROTH #MusicHistory #classicalmusic


Peter Moore/Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Judith Weir has her first major commission as Master of the Queen’s Music, the British Composer Awards 2015 shortlist is announced, and Royal College of Music will acquire the English National Ballet headquarters. Also, The Royal Opera House is leading a movement among theatres to stream performances live over the internet

The Times

Can’t afford opera? Watch it on iPad

For people who wish to watch opera on the move, or merely without the need to queue for the lavatory during the interval, help is at hand


Catrin Finch: Harpist and composer visits Welsh-speaking area of Argentina

The musician, who lives in Cardiff, was marking 150 years since Welsh settlers arrived in the region

BBC Music Magazine

Judith Weir’s first major commission as Master of the Queen’s Music

The anthem Praise Him with trumpets to be premiered in Hampton Court Palace’s Chapel Royal

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB receive PRS award

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have become the latest recipients of PRS for Music Foundation‘s David Bedford Music Education Award

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Harrison Birtwistle, Julian Anderson and James MacMillan all nominated

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music to acquire English National Ballet headquarters

The Royal College of Music is to acquire Markova House, English National Ballet‘s current headquarters in Jay Mews SW7


Eine neue Tänzergeneration

Eine andere Zeitrechnung soll beginnen: Benjamin Millepied wird in den nächsten fünf Jahren das Pariser Opernballett bestimmen. Jetzt hat er das neue, modernisierte Programm vorgestellt


Naxos vertreibt jetzt Orfeo

Das traditionsreiche Schallplattenlabel Orfeo, das jährlich 20-25 Produktionen veröffentlicht, Neuaufnahmen wie auch Mitschnitte von Aufführungen aus Bayreuth, München, Wien und Salzburg, wird künftig von Naxos vertrieben


Deutscher Musikrat: Medienpolitisches Positionspapier verabschiedet

Vertreter von über 100 Dachverbänden des Musiklebens verabschiedeten auf der diesjährigen Mitgliederversammlung des Deutschen Musikrates den 4. Berliner Appell „Schöne neue Medienwelt: Kreative schützen!“

The Washington Post 

Intense, masterful pianist Evgeny Kissin taking a break from U.S. concerts

Kissin will be taking a two-year sabbatical from the United States after the current season but maintaining a full calendar of concerts in Europe

Jeffrey Kahane to Perform World Premiere by Andrew Norman

James Gaffigan will make his New York Philharmonic subscription debut conducting the World Premiere of Andrew Norman’s Split, for piano and orchestra, composed for Jeffrey Kahane, who will be the soloist


Sinfini Music: ‘We trumpet players all have certain music we love’ answers 10 Questions

In Tune BBC Radio 3: We’re keen to hear from new and emerging classical talent. Performers and composers. Go to and upload your track!

Classic FM: You really do not want to be spending 31st October in any of these:


Jack Malvern/The Times

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

Classical News


Pulling the strings: why Britain’s orchestras say new tax measures don’t play fair

Orchestras can only apply for new tax relief if they fit the government’s bizarre idea of what an orchestra should be – and that cuts out string ensembles, choirs and brass bands


‘Stop banging your head against a brick wall – politicians just don’t care about culture’

The Warwick commission report is another futile attempt to persuade government that the arts matters, says Rupert Christiansen


The age-old art of musical page turning is under threat from the accursed iPad

Simon Usborne plays a game of man versus machine with leading British concert pianist Sam Haywood

The Times

Our Dickensian attitude to arts education

British artists may win awards but will never win the hearts and minds of the Gradgrinds who still control our schools

Chancellor in tune with Rattle’s concert hall wish

The conductor Sir Simon Rattle’s campaign for a grand new concert hall in London became a realistic prospect yesterday after an endorsement from George Osborne.


Classical diversity

A new report has called on British orchestras and conservatoires to address deep-seated inequalities at the heart of the classical music industry.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Die Geigenfrist läuft ab

Der Streit um den Verkauf der West-LB-Kunstwerke geht weiter.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zitterpartie um Stradivari-Geige

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann liebt seine Stradivari. Doch der Leihvertrag über das millionenschwere Instrument mit der Portigon AG läuft Ende der Woche aus.

Berliner Zeitung

Warum wir manche Songs nicht mehr aus dem Kopf kriegen

Wer entscheidet darüber, ob ein Song ein Hit wird oder nicht? Der Bonner Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz meint, dass man das genau vorhersagen kann.

Spiegel Online

Jazz bei den Oscars: Im Ohrenkino

Hollywood-Streicher oder melodiebetonte Improvisationen: Wie verschieden man jazzige Filmmusik umsetzen kann, zeigen zwei neue Alben.

The New York Times

Ronald Perelman, a Mogul With Muscle, Takes Over Carnegie Hall

RONALD O. PERELMAN, billionaire business titan and a self-described “frustrated musician,” owns five drum sets and has played with the likes of Bon Jovi and the Beach Boys.

El Mundo

Contra el ‘ivazo’ cultural, día sin música el 20 de mayo

Ocho asociaciones del sector de la música en directo han presentado este jueves un manifiesto en el que han reafirmado el valor de la música en vivo y su disposición a trabajar para que ésta no muera en España.


BBC Front Row@BBCFrontRow: “The way the music took her over changed our lives” @StevenIsserlis on Du Pre’s Elgar Concerto 

Gramophone@GramophoneMag: Happy birthday to #RiccardoChailly – one of the world’s great conductors. Any favourite #Chailly recordings? 

Ed Vaizey@edvaizey: .@George_Osborne & @MayorofLondon set out plans for open to all, world class LDN concert hall  #LongTermEconomicPlan


Simon Usborne plays a game of man versus machine with leading British concert pianist Sam Haywood. Photo: Independent

(Written on February 20, 2015 )

Classical News

The Independent

The Bach Choir proves itself Britain’s brainiest cultural institution

140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts’ “The Great Culture Quiz”

The Guardian

The King’s Singers’ Christmas playlist

In the final in our series, a cappella group the King’s Singers create a special festive playlist for us – from Bach to Bublé, from carols to Crosby.

The Telegraph

Watch Glyndebourne’s Hänsel und Gretel for free this Christmas

Glyndebourne’s magical Hänsel und Gretel will be available to watch on the Telegraph website between Christmas and New Year

The Strad

Stolen viola found smashed in vacant lot

The 1790 French instrument had been taken during a Philadelphia house robbery

Former Philadelphia Orchestra principal cellist William Stokking has died

The musician was section leader for 32 years

Zeit Online

Glanz der großen Geste

Udo Jürgens war stets kritisch, aber nie radikal. Als deutschsprachiger Chansonnier hat er den engagierten Schlager erfunden. Ein Nachruf von Bodo Mrozek

Spiegel Online

Free Jazz in der DDR: Schrille Töne und Koteletten

Auch der Spreewald hatte sein Woodstock: 25 Jahre nach Öffnung der Grenze erinnert die Ausstellung “Free Jazz in der DDR” an eine faszinierende Subkultur.


Ensemble Resonanz: Resonanzraum – hier kann das Hören die Richtung wechseln

Kaum angekündigt, schon fertig: Der neue Proben- und Konzertraum des Ensembles Resonanz.

Riga: Bislang unbekannte Telemann-Autobiographie entdeckt

Sensationsfund im Nachlass von Telemanns Enkel

The New York Times

Laszlo Varga, Cellist for the New York Philharmonic, Is Dead at 89

Laszlo Varga, a Hungarian-born musician and teacher who escaped a Nazi work camp to become principal cellist for the New York Philharmonic under the batons of Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein, died on Dec. 11 at his home in Sarasota, Fla.

Le Figaro

Cauvin, Mouratoglou… La guitare classique joue l’ouverture

Le 15 janvier, le chai du Château Lafite Rothschild, célèbre premier grand cru du Médoc, sera le théâtre d’un étrange spectacle.


The Mozart Project ‏@themozartproj :  The ultimate Christmas gift for your music loving friends, Mozart meets iPad… 

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national : We’ve been looking at some 2014 highlights. Create was a big one! Read here:  #culturematters

Philharmonic Society ‏@RoyalPhilSoc :  Come on twitter! Help a young musician find the instrument of their dreams this Christmas! …


22nd Dec News Pic

Georg Philipp Telemanns Autobiographie aus dem Jahre 1738 (Ausschnitt), © Historisches Staatsarchiv Lettlands, Riga


(Written on December 22, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Why did Richard Strauss write music for a Nazi war criminal?

Phillipe Sands details the relationship between Richard Strauss and Hans Frank, a mass murderer known as the ‘Butcher of Poland’.

BBC News

Clean Bandit: A classical approach to pop music

UK Band Clean Bandit are introducing works by Mozart and Shostakovich to young audiences by blending electronic beats with classical strings.

Musical Chairs

Virtual Soprano for your for your iPad

Omenime Limited has released Sopranotron, the first dedicated ‘Virtual Soprano’ instrument for iPad.


Maintaining a Classical-Music Miracle in in Cleveland

Cleveland aims to attract the youngest audience of any orchestra in America by its 100th birthday in 2008.


Porträt Max Emanuel Cencic: Keine Rampensau? 

Er gehört zu den besten Countertenoren der Welt und sagt trotzdem über sich selbst, er sei schüchtern.

Rheingau Musikpreis für Pianist Vestard Shimkus

Förderpreis ist mit 15.000 Euro dotiert.


Richard Strauss’ 150th Anniversary: Celebrations of Note in 2014

It shouldn’t take a 200th anniversary to send everyone scurrying to the shelves (or Spotify) to listen or re-listen to some great Strauss recordings.

Listen Music Magazine

In a Different Light 

Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital discusses the rich history of his instrument; the nonexistent border between folk and classical; transcriptions and commissions; embedding nuance; and the artistic persona.

Forever Young: Debunking the myth of the ‘death’ of classical music 

The inspiring players of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra debunk the myth of the ‘death’ of classical music.

Le Monde

Franco Battiato célèbre l’Europe cosmopolite de Haendel

Très populaire en Italie et en Espagne, prolixe, polyglotte et érudit, le chanteur sicilien évoque l’œuvre du musicien allemand, incarnation suprême, selon lui, de l’idéal européen.

Classical Music on twitter

Classical Music @Classical Music_Library cuts will ‘destroy music making’ in Leicestershire

WildKat PR @DIEZEIT‘s fantastic feature on @podiumfestival is now available online  for you to see what you’ve missed this year

The Stage @TheStage  Business News: Royal Opera House balances its books in 2012/13 

The Royal Opera @RoyalOperaHouse A taster of tonight’s @classicfm Behind the Curtain programme with @wynneevans (from 8pm)

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic On @BBCInTune today, alum and former Head of Brass John Wallace (who turned 65 last month) – and more recent graduate @trishclowes.

Umbrella Music @Umbrellamusic Music Education Council sets seminar dates: Series of summer seminars set on Future of Music Education. 


(Written on May 27, 2014 )

The Guardian

Avant-garde opera director Gerard Mortier dies aged 70

Belgian former artistic director of Madrid’s Teatro Real is praised as ‘visionary and generous figure.’

The Fly music magazine closes after nearly 15 years

Free monthly magazine that was once UK’s biggest-read music title hit by ‘current market conditions’ including collapse of HMV.

BBC News

First BBC Young Musician jazz award won by saxophonist

Teenage saxophonist Alexander Bone has won the first jazz prize to be awarded as part of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition.

The Telegraph

Young musicians to ‘miss out’ after scrapping of EU download levy

Plans by the European Union to raise a levy on the sale of iPads and tablets to help young musicians benefit from downloads have been blocked by the British government.

The Japan Times

‘Deaf’ composer Samuragochi says he’s sorry for deceiving

A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people. However, the 50-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture flatly denied composer Takashi Niigaki’s claim that he is not deaf, saying he is preparing to sue Niigaki for defamation.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Marines Corp of Drums prepares for world’s longest drum roll

The Royal Marines Corps of Drums is to make a world record attempt on the longest group drum roll, with preparations underway for six teams to undertake an ambitious 64-hour roll from 30 April.

Die Zeit

Die Oper war seine Mission

Der große belgische Intendant und Kulturermöglicher Gerard Mortier ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 70 Jahren an einem Krebsleiden.

BBC News

BBC News






(Written on March 10, 2014 )

The Guardian

How we made the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony app

The mind behind this immersive classical music app tells story of its design, development and delivery.

The Independent

Proms star soloist Joyce Donato to sing for ‘voices silenced’ over gay rights

The star soloist for this year’s Last Night of the Proms will dedicate performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ to LGBT community.

The New York Times

Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Reject Latest Contract Offer

The labor standoff that cost the Minnesota Orchestra its entire last season was extended when the players voted to reject the latest contract offer put forward by management. Music director Osmo Vanska has threatened to resign if November’s Carnegie Hall concerts are cancelled.

Otago Daily Times

Violinist may take a bow on skis too

Violinist Vanessa-Mae had her first competitive ski race in New Zealand last week as preparation for representing Thailand in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Japan Times

Rare tapes of classical greats found

Rare recordings by famous visiting classical musicians broadcast in the 1950s and ’60s, including a performance by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich on his first trip to Japan, have been found in the archives of Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc.

Classic FM Online

Alexandre Desplat to compose new Godzilla score

The french composer of the music for The King’s Speech and the Harry Potter films will write the soundtrack for the forthcoming Godzilla movie, due for release in May 2014.


Obituary: John Whitworth, countertenor

The British countertenor instrumental in bringing about a resurgence of high male singing in the mid-20th century has died at the age of 91.


Live-Stream: ARD Musikwettbewerb 2013

Vom 8. bis 20. September überträgt der ARD Musikwettbewerb live die Semifinal- und Finalkonzerte im Internet. Insgesamt bewarben sich für den 62. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD 371 Instrumentalistinnen und Instrumentalisten sowie Ensembles aus 48 Ländern und vier Kontinenten in den Kategorien Violine, Viola, Fagott und Klaviertrio.

The Guardian

The Guardian



(Written on September 6, 2013 )

On Friday 23rd August David Finckel and Wu Han featured live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, where they were interviewed and played a selection of pieces live which included Brahms, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Wu talked passionately about her love for technology in the music world, saying that she often uses an iPad instead of sheet music due to its ability to give her ‘total control’ over what she is playing.

David and Wu also talked about the amount of time they spend travelling around Europe and America, and spoke of their creation of the Music@Menlo festival in America.

To listen to their interview click here



(Written on August 27, 2013 )

The Guardian

Conductor Sakari Oramo: the Finn’s First Night at the Proms

His first gig as chief conductor of the BBCSO will be the most high-pressure there is – to open the Proms. If that doesn’t ruffle Sakari Oramo, can anything?

Women make up only 20% of solo radio broadcasters, research reveals

Gender imbalance even worse in shows with multiple presenters and during peak times, according to lobby group Sound Women

Wales Online

Doctor Who proves hottest ticket at BBC Proms

They are the hottest tickets to this year’s BBC Proms but live performances of Doctor Who music are not the only London concerts for BBC National Orchestra of Wales this summer.

Classical Music Magazine

Codaex UK appoints administrators in latest record distribution failure

The collapse of international classical recording distributors has reached Britain with Codaex UK calling in administrators.


NMC releases free download of recently discovered Britten song

‘Roman Wall Blues’, written for a radio play by WH Auden has been unheard since 1937

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

Not very long into our online discussion of what makes an American symphony great, we started asking for suggestions of benchmark works on social media.

Classical Source

BBC Proms Launches Free Companion Guide

The BBC Proms has launched a brand-new free BBC Proms Companion for iPad audiences.

Studie zeigt synchronen Herzschlag bei Chorsängern

Gemeinsames Ausatmen beruhige und synchronisiere die Herzfrequenz.


Royal Albert Hall

(Written on July 12, 2013 )