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In today’s news: Dartington announces 70th anniversary programme, British Museum to host first major music festival, Deezer partners with Amazon, Serge Dorny to become director of Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Irish festival organiser Eamonn Quinn awarded Belmont Prize, leaked Apple email sparks fears over future of music downloads, and more.

Classic Music

Dartington announces 70th anniversary programme

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the programme for its 70th anniversary season, which features 100 concerts.

British Museum to host first major music festival

The museum will open its galleries for a festival of musical performance from 16–29 April 2018.

The Telegraph

‘Music is a valuable tool, but calling it a human right is ridiculous’

Music has always been known as a good thing. But now it seems that music is more than that – it’s a human right.

Music Week

Deezer partners with Amazon Alexa

Deezer has partnered with Amazon to make the streaming platform compatible with Alexa voice control in 66 countries.


Leaked Apple email sparks fears over future of music downloads

Apple has written a letter to the music industry which has sparked fears it’s planning to kill off iTunes.

The New York Times

Time’s Up Co-Founder Will Head Recording Academy Task Force on Diversity

In the days following the Grammy Awards in January, as the president of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, came under fire for saying that women in music should „step up“ to advance their careers, the academy announced the formation of a task force to examine its practices — but gave no details about who would run it, or what exactly it would do.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Serge Dorny wird Intendant

Die Nachfolge von Nikolaus Bachler und Kirill Petrenko an der Bayerischen Staatsoper ist geklärt. Zum September 2021 kommen Serge Dorny und Vladimir Jurowski nach München.


Russisch-bulgarisches Liedduo gewinnt Wettbewerb ‘Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’

Beim Wettbewerb ‘Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’ in Graz war ein Duo der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar erfolgreich: Der Bassbariton Mikhail Timoshenko (Russland) und die Pianistin Elitsa Desseva (Bulgarien) gewannen den mit 9.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis.

Rektorin der Dresdner Musikhochschule zurückgetreten

Wegen ihrer Wahl zur Rektorin war 2015 der Hochschulrat der Hochschule für Musik in Dresden geschlossen zurückgetreten. Jetzt ist Judith Schinker selber zurückgetreten.


Irischer Festivalmacher Eamonn Quinn bekommt hochdotierten Preis

Der irische Festivalmacher Eamonn Quinn, Kurator und Begründer von LCMS Louth Contemporary Music Society in Dundalk, bekommt den mit 20 000 Euro dotierten Belmont-Preis der Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung.

Klassik Heute

Neuer Konzertchef für die Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

Die Stiftung Mozarteum hat einen neuen Konzertchef. Andreas Fladvad-Geier, derzeit Leitender Opern- und Ballettreferent am Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, wird seine Position in Salzburg mit 1. Juli 2018 antreten.


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(Written on March 7, 2018 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.




WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

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The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes, Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is adding a new dimension, and it’s revealed what Apple Music pays its artists for streaming. Also, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande dismisses composer in residence, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin names Adrian Jones as its new director.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2016: Day one

Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes to tackle one of the key challenges for classical music: Gainining visibility in the vast digital space of the worldwide web, Clemens Trautmann, president of the Germany-based label, announced at the opening of the Classical:NEXT congress in Rotterdam.

Evening Standard

Cinemas across the UK to screen entire Royal Opera House season live

A trip to the Royal Opera House is a prestigious event and comes with plenty of spectacle. But it also involves a fair bit of expense — and that’s if you can even get tickets.

New Statesman

Enescu’s Oedipe at the Royal Opera House: a neglected work worth revisiting

A new production of this little-heard Romanian piece shows that neglected doesn’t necessarily mean second-rate when it comes to opera.

The Economist

From trebles to Take That

Reality television shows such as The X Factor may have forged the likes of One Direction and JLS, but it is from choirs that the next generation of male heartthrobs will emerge.


Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Adds Film Series

The biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has always been a varied and attractive event, presenting music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. This year it is adding a new dimension.

Bach Society keeps classical music scene humming

St. Andrew’s Bach Society kicks off its summer series next weekend and if you’re jonesing for classical music, this is the biggest and pretty much only game in town.

Digital Music News

What Apple Music Pays Artists In 42 Different Countries

What is Apple Music paying artists? Digital Music News asked an artist with more than 32,000 streams across 42 countries for the answer.

Le Temps

Un compositeur attaque l’Orchestre de la Suisse romande en justice

Plusieurs projets de résidence et de commandes n’ayant pas abouti, le compositeur Richard Dubugnon se tourne vers la justice contre la direction de l’OSR. La présidente de la fondation se défend

Südfassade des Bayreuther Festspielhauses fertiggestellt

Im Rahmen der Sanierungsarbeiten des Bayreuther Festspielhauses ist die Südfassade fertiggestellt worden.

Klassik heute

Beethovenring für Nicolas Altstaedt

Ob als Solist oder Kammermusiker, Konzerte mit Nicolas Altstaedt versprechen stets herausragende Konzerterlebnisse. Für seinen Auftritt beim Beethovenfest Bonn im Vorjahr wird dem Cellisten nun eine besondere Ehre zuteil.

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Adrian Jones wird Orchesterdirektor beim RSB

Der neue Orchesterdirektor des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin steht fest: Adrian Jones übernimmt die Position ab Januar 2017.


Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Jonathan Church quits as Artistic Director

MDR Klassik @MDRKLASSIK Plan & save tix

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Echo #Jazz für Pianisten Wolfgang Dauner

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, London’s centre for music receives a £5.5 million boost, Apple updates music data and Sinfini Music has stopped commissioning new material. Also, Google marks Beethoven’s anniversary with a Doodle to test your knowledge of the composer’s melodies

The Telegraph

How well do you know Beethoven’s most-famous melodies? Google Doodle challenge marks genius composer’s 245th anniversary

Ludwig Van Beethoven was baptised 245 years ago. Can you help him piece his greatest work together?

Evening Standard

Centre for Music: Hopes of new concert hall for London get cash boost

London is a step closer to having a world-class concert hall today after the Government gave the project a £5.5 million boost

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

The new London hall: ten questions we need to ask

So the feasibility study for the new concert hall – The Centre for Music – has finally surfaced, a little later than planned. It’s being greeted, generally speaking, as if it’s to be the next London Olympics


Apple Updates Music Data, Which Should Benefit Classical Composers and Performers

A seemingly minor update to iTunes should please Classical music fans and could mean bigger royalty checks for newer composers

Classical Music Magazine

Universal Music’s Sinfini website to be wound-down

The Sinfini Music website has stopped commissioning new material. The website was launched in 2012 by Universal Music Group as an editorially independent platform providing a ‘jargon-free’ guide to classical music

Die Welt

Ein Google-Doodle bringt Ihnen das Komponieren bei

Zum 245. Geburtstag von Ludwig van Beethoven lädt ein Google-Doodle zum fröhlichen Motive-Basteln ein. Nur wer die Mondscheinsonate thematisch meistert, erlebt auch “Freude, schöner Götterfunken”

Ehrentitel des Bayerischen Kammersängers für Jochen Kupfer

Der Bariton Jochen Kupfer wird mit dem Ehrentitel des Bayerischen Kammersängers ausgezeichnet. Dies beschloss der Stiftungsrat des Staatstheaters Nürnberg in einer gestrigen Sitzung.

José Maria Blumenschein ist neuer Konzertmeister der Wiener Philharmoniker

Der junge brasilianisch-deutsche Geiger José Maria Blumenschein hat am 15. Dezember 2015 das Konzertmeister-Probespiel in der Wiener Staatsoper gewonnen.

New York Times

Montserrat Caballé, Former Star Soprano, Is Fined in Tax Case

A Spanish court on Tuesday ordered the soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a fine of 254,000 euros, about $278,000, for avoiding taxes by falsely claiming residency in Andorra.

El País

Xavier Benguerel gana el Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria

A sus 84 años, el catalán Xavier Benguerel está entusiasmado. La SGAE ha reconocido su trayectoria y su obra con el Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria, el galardón más importante para compositores vivos del ámbito hispanohablante.


Help Musicians UK:@HelpMusiciansUK  #BREAKING: announcing the artists of our final 2015 Emerging Artists Fund w/ @PledgeMusic

Streetwise Opera: @StreetwiseOpera 24 hours to go on our @crowdfunderuk campaign to #MakePassionHappen! Please pledge & RT to help us reach the target

Dirigent:@dirigent Celebrated pianist Myra Hess’s wartime concerts at the Gallery featured #Beethoven & Mozart:

Moonlight Sonata before a dip in the Rhine/ Google

Moonlight Sonata before a dip in the Rhine/ Google

(Written on December 17, 2015 )




With the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz brings to life the power of music that gave Kurt Cobain the will to live. The album is released today exclusively with iTunes or you can purchase signed hard copies on AyseDeniz’s website.

AyseDeniz was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey and made her concerto debut when she was just nine. As a composer and pianist, she is always seeking new ideas. For the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz has pulled ideas from the lyrics and motifs of Nirvana’s music to create her own adaptations. She tells the story of Kurt Cobain through her classical piano arrangements and vocals; connecting rock and grunge with classical music, in an authentic intimate and nostalgic way.

At the age of 27, the same age as Nirvana’s front man when he ended his life, AyseDeniz dedicates this project to Kurt Cobain to celebrate his legacy through virtuosic grunge.

The project follows the viral, worldwide success of AyseDeniz’s Classical Pink Floyd project, which caught the attention of classical enthusiasts and rock fans across the globe, also securing an endorsement from Pink Floyd’s official social media pages.

The #NirvanaProject is a curious and eclectic venture, which merges different styles in a genre that is impossible to categorise. Buy now on iTunes or get yourself an exclusive signed CD.


Keep up to date with AyseDeniz’s news via her website, Twitter or Facebook.



(Written on November 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Steve Reich launches a new app, the BBC tells of what happened when jazz collided with physics and an interview with Itay Talgam in which he expresses his love for Nutella.

BBC News

ENO artistic director John Berry to step down

John Berry, artistic director of the English National Opera (ENO), is to leave the company after 20 years.

The Telegraph

Itay Talgam: ‘Burnout rates for classical musicians do not surprise me’

The maestro and leadership writer Itay Talgam, who has conducted the great orchestras of Europe, reveals his love of Nutella, netsuke collection, and why he left the industry

Classic Music Magazine

Purcell School pupil wins inaugural Cliburn Junior Competition

Purcell School pupil Alim Beisembayev took first place in the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, winning the $10k first prize and $2k scholarship (related to furthering musical advancement).

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app launched

A new smartphone app – available to download free on iTunes from today – challenges users to learn and play an iconic piece of minimalist music while contributing to academic research.

The Strad

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff on studying with Uwe-Martin Haiberg

The German musician’s lessons with Haiberg at the Lübeck Musikhochschule were intimidating, but ultimately invaluable, writes Nick Shave


When jazz collided with physics

A unique combination of man and machine – the first concert performance by a pianist and the Large Hadron Collider.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Spielvereinigung Stuttgart

Der Südwestrundfunk legt zwei große Sinfonieorchester zusammen. Den Chefdirigenten dürfen die Musiker wählen.

Der Lyriker

Der große Tenorsänger Nicolai Gedda wird am Samstag 90 Jahre alt. Seine Stimme erfüllt Werke von Mozart und Wagner mit Leben.

Royal Opera House: Musiker drängen zu Absage an Sponsor BP

Insgesamt 75 Musiker, Komponisten und Musikwissenschaftler haben das Londoner Royal Opera House in einem offenen Brief aufgefordert, seine Sponsoring-Partnerschaft mit dem britischen Ölkonzern BP zu beenden.

The New York Times

The National Youth Orchestra’s Moment in the Sun

This is the time of year when many teenagers head off to camp. For some the experience is mainly an escape, a chance to get as far away from the pressures and cares of school as possible, reveling in sports or other outdoor activities. For others the experience is an immersion, a chance to dig even deeper into a favorite interest or activity with like-minded friends and new acquaintances, often in some idyllic spot.

France Musique

Myung-Whun Chung dit au revoir à l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung, chef d’orchestre et pianiste coréen, quitte la Direction musicale de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France après 15 ans auprès de ses musiciens.


Guildhall School @guildhallschool: Congratulations to Kristiina Rokasevich (1st) & Scott MacIsaac (2nd) for their success in the 2015 Brant International Piano Competition!

Gdn Culture Pros @GdnCulturePros: The cost of staging a music festival >> “We spent £30,000 on the waste”

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: RCM Director Colin Lawson gives his opening address to postgraduates and guests.

 Itay Talgam

Interview with Itay Talgam
Photo: Willeke Duijvekam/ Telegraph

(Written on July 10, 2015 )

We are very excited to be working with guitarist Maria Camahort. Having completed her musical studies in Barcelona and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Maria Camahort is now a regular on the performance scene the world over. She has performed in many important musical cities such as Madrid, London, St Petersburg, Warsaw and Kraków. Maria was also the recipient of the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-2012, and, together with flautist Lucy Driver, was the winner of the Pro-Musicis France Award 2013.

Influenced by the likes of David Dolan, Zoran Dukic and John Parricelli, Maria has a specialist interest in chamber music and enjoys collaborating with other performers from other genres in creative ways. To date, she has worked with singers (The Voice of Strings), dancers (Tango Magnètic), jazz artists (Jamie McCredie) and musicals (The L5Y). She also appeared in a CNN interview with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso in June 2012.

Her latest project continues this theme; The Maria Camahort Quintet was born in November 2011 out of the desire to increase the possibilities in chamber music. Maria plays the guitar and arranges the repertoire alongside four other talented musicians: Violeta García, voice and violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Pablo Domínguez, percussion and guitar. The Quintet has already performed at some of the top venues and festivals such as Kings Place and the Purcell Room. They are currently focusing on the Spanish musical tradition and this exploration has culminated in their first album, due to be released in June 2015. Entitled ‘Iberian Colours,’ the CD will be a representation of the vibrancy of Spain in sound: vibrant colours, earthy textures and foot-tapping rhythms. The Quintet will also be performing at the Buxton Festival and Arts in Action festival, both in July, and at the Barbican’s Milton Court in October.

Look out for ‘Maria Camahort Quintet: Iberian Colours’ on Convivium Records, digitally on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and physically by Harmonia Mundi UK, released on 1st June 2015. Keep up to-date with Maria, the Quintet and the album on her website and through Twitter.

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(Written on April 16, 2015 )

Upholding the playing style of great violinists past, Dunja Lavrova has released her debut solo album My Dusty Gramophone, which promises a nostalgic trip back in time. Launching at OSO Arts Centre in Barnes on 20th February, Dunja will showcase works from the album as well as violin miniatures that didn’t quite make it on the record.

Nodding to the 20th century style of violinists such as Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrakh, My Dusty Gramophone has been recorded using vintage equipment and analog mastering. As well as using the intimate technique of placing the microphone as close to the violin’s sound-hole as possible, all of the pieces have been recorded in live takes, giving a more authentic feel. Dunja also plays a 1914 G.Pedrazzini violin with wound-gut strings.

Born in Russia, Dunja moved to the UK aged 13 to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School upon being awarded a full scholarship. At the age of 10 she entered her first competition, the Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg, and was awarded a special prize. Subsequently, by the age of 11, she toured Germany and Peru, made appearances on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed alongside St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover. In 2004 Dunja was named Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club which led to a private benefactor presenting her with a 1914 G.Pedrazzini violin. Upon graduating from the Royal College of Music she was presented with the Tagore Gold Medal by HRH Prince Charles in 2010.

Dunja’s debut solo album with Solo Musica My Dusty Gramophone is available to buy on Amazon and download from iTunes now.

Dunja will also be holding an album launch concert on 20th February 2015, 7:30pm at OSO Arts Centre in Barnes.

For more information you can visit Dunja’s website, as well as following her on Facebook and Twitter.


(Written on February 10, 2015 )

Composer and digital projects producer Richard Birkin is excited to announce that his upcoming release Songs for Spoken Words and its accompanying app are available to pre-order today!

Songs for Spoken Words is a soundtrack composed to accompany a collection of poetry by Michael Frearson. It comes in several forms and allows a host of opportunities for performance; it can be listened to as you would usually experience music, it can be listened to live with a speaker who will recite the poetry with the music, or you can experience both the music and poetry at any time, in any place through an app which Richard has created.

The app builds on the  technology from Richard’s last project, Night Sun, offering the listener a more personal experience with the depth and character that they would receive from a live performance.

Songs for Spoken Words will be launched on 3rd February at St. John on Bethnal Green with the Iskra Quartet, but for now you can pre-order the EP from iTunes and Bandcamp, as well as previewing the app here.

Keep up to date with the launch of Songs for Spoken Words by joining Richard’s events page here.

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(Written on December 8, 2014 )


7 ways a streaming iTunes could compete with Spotify and its rivals

Apple rumoured to be in talks with labels over on-demand service. How will it disrupt the competition?

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller

Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival.

Who will replace Roger Wright at the BBC – and will his job even continue to exist?

Wright’s dual role at the BBC sees him as controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms. There will be plenty of candidates for the latter role, but few will have appetite for the former.

Classical Music Magazine

San Diego Opera to close due to financial pressures

Financial strains affecting music organisation across the US have brought a surprise closure announcement from the San Diego Opera.

Sinfini Music 

Why children shouldn’t sing opera

A nine-year old Dutch girl is about to release a CD of operatic arias on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Operatic tenor Christopher Gillett, aged 50+, thinks the whole idea of children singing opera is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach’s NSO contract extended through 2016-17

The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced that the contract of their director, Christoph Eschenbach, will be extended through 2016-17.

The Huffington Post

Japanese Pianist Yoshiki Battles Holographic Version Of Himself

Well known for his flair on stage, at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, pianist Yoshiki Hayashi took the stage with his virtual counterpart to duet.

Süddeutsche Magazin

Ich muss unsicher sein

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud wird auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert. Aber am besten geht es ihr, wenn sie sich wie ein Staubkorn im Universum fühlt. Sagt sie. Und das meint sie ernst.


Classical music on twitter 

Schools Music Association @SchoolsMusicUK “Schools Music Association votes to become part of the ISM”

Stephen P Brown @Stephen_P_Brown “New #OrchChat Monday 7:30pm EDT – Ignoring classical music: instant gratification/ attention span”

Eric Whitacre @EricWhitacre “At some point the pain of the deadline becomes greater than the pain of indecision. Deadlines are the only reason I finish anything.”

the listener “@inthetheatre Could San Diego’s opera closure happen in Chicago? @scoopit

George @OperaCreep “Aha…new BBC Directors for Arts and Music just announced…clearly Roger Wright didn’t fit in the structure”



(Written on March 25, 2014 )