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In today’s news: Poles attend less concerts now, scientists investigate women’s voices after pregnancy, Stephen Hough is awarded honorary membership of the RPS, Ivan Hewett investigates the future of classical music genre, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle boosts classical music sales, Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha to share the Konzerthaus’ leadership, and in Hamburg’s “Komponistenquartier” new museums remind us of the works by Gustav Mahler as well as Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

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Less visitors in Polish Theatres and Concert Halls

In 2017, Poles attended more cultural events, but while cinemas, museums, and mass events draw more visitors, the number of entries to theatres and music institutions decreased by 9 percent to 13 million.

Classic FM

Women’s voices temporarily drop by two semitones after pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Sussex find that new mothers’ voices become temporarily deeper and more monotone for around a year after having their first child.

Rhinegold

Stephen Hough becomes RPS honorary member

Pianist Stephen Hough has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

The Telegraph

Game shows and drag queens: how classical music is pushing boundaries

Ivan Hewett talks to the Artistic Director of The London Sinfonietta and explores the evolving landscape of the “new classical” genre.

Billboard

Royal Wedding & Sheku Kanneh-Mason Boost U.S. Classical Music Sales to Biggest Week of 2018

Thanks to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, sales of classical music in the U.S. rose to its highest level in 2018.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Mehrgenerationen-WG

Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha: Künftig teilen sich drei Dirigenten die Leitung des Konzerthausorchesters. Und die Musiker wagen Technikspielereien.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Für ihn vielleicht Beruf, für sie stets nur Zierde

Im Hamburger Komponistenquartier erinnern Museen für Mahler und die Geschwister Mendelssohn an die produktive, doch nie harmonische deutsch-jüdische Symbiose für das kulturelle Leben Deutschlands.

concerti

„In Weimar fühlt man sich wie auf einer Insel“

Kirill Karabits hat sich als GMD des Deutschen Nationaltheaters in die Herzen der Musikfreunde in Weimar dirigiert – und genießt das Leben in der Goethestadt.

The New York Times

From Staff to Stave

Five Times colleagues from across the newsroom who play together in a classical music ensemble talk about how journalism and music overlap.

Pizzicato

Venice Symphony Appoints Troy Quinn Music Director

The Venice Symphony (Florida) has announced the appointment of American conductor Troy Quinn, 34, as Music Director from the 2018-19 season.

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(Written on June 4, 2018 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, a stolen three century old violin returns, BBC Proms sells record number of tickets in first hour of booking and the BBC Young Musician Competition 2016 announces the winner of the strings category final. Also, composer Joseph Bertolozzi creates a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower and James Levine leads his last opera as Met Music Director after 40 years.

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Stolen Three Century Old Violin Mysteriously Returned

Rosemary Siemens wasn’t sure if she’d ever see her signature violin again after it went missing last week.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms sells record number of tickets in first hour of booking

A record 57,551 tickets were sold in the first hour of booking for the BBC Proms 2016.

Classical-music.com

BBC Young Musician strings winner announced

The winner of the strings category final of the BBC Young Musician competition 2016 has been announced as 16-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The Strad

Cellist Yoon-Kyung Cho wins Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize Competition

Korean cellist Yoon-Kyung Cho has been named the winner of the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize Competition, held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London last week. She receives £10,000 and a Musicians’ Company silver medal, in addition to the £500 audience prize.

pizzicato

Paris Will Have One Viale Di Canti

In May, the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris will inaugurate their Viale dei Canti, an innovating work on the exterior walls of their building in the 7th arondissement.

npr music

How One Man Made The Eiffel Tower Sing

Composer Joseph Bertolozzi has created a composition from the sounds of the Eiffel Tower, striking practically every surface he could reach and recording it.

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Levine Leads Last Opera as Met Music Director After 40 Years

The cast walked off the stage and left conductor James Levine to watch and listen Saturday as the orchestra cheered and the Metropolitan Opera House audience broke into rhythmic applause.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra protestiert gegen Subventionskürzungen

Das Budapest Festival Orchestra hat in der ungarischen Hauptstadt mit einem spontanen Freiluftkonzert gegen Subentionskürzungen protestiert. Chefdirigent und Mitgründer des Orchester Ivan Fischer sicherte den rund 2.000 Zuhörern zu: “Wir lieben Budapest, wir lassen Budapest nicht im Stich”.

Klassik heute

Karl-Amadeus-Hartmann Gesellschaft ehrt Kirill Petrenko

In Anerkennung seiner herausragenden Verdienste um das Werk Karl Amadeus Hartmanns, des bedeutendsten deutschsprachigen Symphonikers des 20. Jahrhunderts und Gründers der musica viva-Konzertreihe, beschlossen die Mitglieder der Karl-Amadeus-Hartmann-Gesellschaft e. V. einstimmig, Maestro Kirill Petrenko die Ehrenmitgliedschaft der Karl Amadeus-Hartmann-Gesellschaft zu verleihen.

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Feigenblatt oder Essenz des Musiklebens?

Ob moderierte Konzerte für Kinder, partizipative Tanz- und Musikprojekte mit Jugendlichen, inklusive Musikfestivals oder Kammerkonzerte im Lounge-Ambiente – unter dem Etikett „Musikvermittlung“ firmiert eine schier unerschöpfliche Bandbreite an Formaten.

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Rosemary Siemens wasn't sure if she'd ever see her signature violin again after it went missing last week. Photo: www.pembinavalleyonline.com

Rosemary Siemens wasn’t sure if she’d ever see her signature violin again after it went missing last week. Photo: www.pembinavalleyonline.com

(Written on May 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Tagesspiegel announces Jakub Hrůša as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Sinfini investigates the price of an opera education. Also a strike at the Opera de Paris and Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis.

Gramophone

Jakub Hrůša named new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony

Jakub Hrůša has been named as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, from the beginning of the 2016 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Guildhall announces new creative entrepreneurs

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced its third cohort of Creative Entrepreneurs.

Sinfini Music

Opera education: Overpriced/unnecessary?

When Christopher Gillett started out as a singer, his education came free (courtesy of a Government grant) and lessons were arranged at his discretion. Yet aspiring young opera singers these days can face up to a decade of postgraduate education (with a correspondingly eye-watering pricetag).

Classic fm

Top Hungarian conductor delays concert to criticise Europe’s response to refugee crisis

In a speech before a concert in Berlin yesterday the great conductor Iván Fischer called the EU’s policies ‘dated’ and ‘obsolete’ and called on European countries to allow refugees to register in whichever country they choose.

Royal Opera House

The Opera Platform to offer more live relays during 2015/16

Streaming platform to offer more opportunities to catch productions from Europe’s top opera houses during the coming season.

Der Tagesspiegel

“Wir atmen die gleiche musikalische Luft”

Der Tscheche Jakub Hrusa wird im Sommer 2016 Chefdirigent der Bamberger Symphoniker. Damit tritt er in die Fußstampfen von Jonathan Nott, der nach Genf wechselt.

BR Klassik

“Wir haben ein Kribbeln gespürt” Jakub Hrůša wird neuer Chef der Bamberger Symphoniker

Bis zur Pressekonferenz wurde sein Name geheim gehalten. Nun ist es raus: Jakub Hrůša wird ab 2016 am Pult der Bamberger Symphoniker stehen. Der 1981 geborene tschechische Dirigent löst dann Jonathan Nott ab.

Musik heute

Wiener Philharmoniker geben Benefizkonzert für Flüchtlinge

Die Wiener Philharmoniker veranstalten am 28. September ein Benefizkonzert für die Flüchtlingshilfe. Christoph Eschenbach dirigiert im Wiener Konzerthaus die beiden letzten Mozart-Sinfonien sowie Richard Wagners “Wesendonck-Lieder” mit der Mezzosopranistin Elisabeth Kulman, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

France Musique

Grève reconduite à l’Opéra de Paris : la représentation de Platée annulée

Après Madame Butterfly samedi dernier, c’est au tour de Platée de Rameau d’être annulé ce lundi soir à l’Opéra de Paris en raison d’une grève.

Le Figaro

Une œuvre de Stravinsky retrouvée à Saint-Pétersbourg

La partition du Chant funèbre, datant de 1909, a été récupérée au conservatoire de Saint-Pétersbourg. Jouée une seule fois, on pensait qu’elle avait défintivement disparu depuis la guerre civile.

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Of all his works, Igor Stravinsky considered the recently rediscovered “Chant funèbre” to be one of the most accomplished. Photo credit: Don Hunstein/Lebrecht/Rue des Archives

 

(Written on September 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Prince Charles’ royal harpist is replaced and Facebook is planning its own streaming service. Also, an unseen letter by Mendelssohn is displayed in Cambridge and Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53.

Royal harpist who ran off with opera singer is replaced

Hannah Stone is replaced as Prince Charles’s official harpist by Anne Denholm

The Guardian

Facebook is ‘planning its own music streaming service’

Sources tell a music and tech site that the social media giant is to follow its video programme with an expansion into streaming

Classical Music Magazine

Unseen letter by Mendelssohn displayed in Cambridge

A previously unseen letter by Felix Mendelssohn has been placed on public display in an exhibition at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

The Strad

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died at the age of 53 following a long battle with illness.

British cellist Denis Vigay has died aged 89

The musician was principal cello of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Berliner Morgenpost

Iván Fischer verlängert Vertrag in Berlin bis 2018

Der Berliner Senat hat am Dienstag der Verlängerung des Vertrags von Iván Fischer um weitere drei Jahre zugestimmt. Damit bleibt Fischer bis 2018 Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

Neue Musikzeitung

Ausstellungen zum Komponisten-Schwerpunkt des Festivals in Lübeck

In Lübeck sind vom Wochenende an zwei begleitende Ausstellungen zum Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival zu sehen, die sich mit dem russischen Komponisten Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893) befassen. Unter dem Titel «Kontrapunkte – Tschaikowsky und Brahms» stellte das Brahms-Institut der Musikhochschule die beiden gegensätzlichen Komponistenpersönlichkeiten gegenüber.

klassik.com

Emil Reinert gewinnt Leschetitzky-Preis beim Klavierwettbewerb Polnischer Musik

In Hamburg ist der 2. Deutsche Klavierwettbewerb polnischer Musik zu Ende gegangen. Der Leschetitzky-Preis als mit 2.000 Euro höchstdotierte Auszeichnung des Wettbewerbs ging an Emil Reinert.

Le Monde

En coulisses avec Jonas Kaufmann

Ce dimanche 28 juin, le patron des Chorégies d’Orange, Raymond Duffaut, rayonne. Sa victoire ? L’arrivée en tout début d’après-midi de Jonas Kaufmann, le ténor vedette de la nouvelle production du Carmen de Bizet…

The Washington Post

D.C. trio Eya presents a buffet of early music for lunchtime concert series

“Early music” is an umbrella term for all sorts of vocal and instrumental works. The label covers a lot of territory, from the Dark Ages to the 18th century and from Gregorian chant to the early symphony.

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Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall: Our new responsive website is now live!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 guest @quantick‘s second choice is the Largo from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Here’s your chance to put a question to one of the world’s great violinists, @JoshuaBellMusic

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Facebook plans to launch its own streaming service
Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images/ The Guardian

(Written on July 9, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Can composers ever effectively commemorate WWI?

Modern composers are finding it difficult to strike a properly public tone when honouring the fallen, says Ivan Hewett

The Strad

Is playing a concerto really the ultimate test of musicianship?

Performing a concerto has long been regarded as the highest test of a string player’s musical prowess. But what exactly do they prove, asks Toby Deller

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland diverts extra £10m to stretched regular funding for 2015-2018

Several Scottish music organisations have benefited from Creative Scotland’s latest funding announcement after the arts quango found an additional £10m to boost its three-year ‘Regular Funding’ pot to £100m.

Pizzicato

Carnegie Hall To Start Livestreaming Recitals

Starting next week, Carnegie Hall will start high-definition streaming of recitals via medici.tv.

International Arts Manager

Music improves lives of hospital patients

Funded by the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, Cayman Music Therapy (CMT) has assigned a therapist to work with up to eight patients a week at Cayman Islands Hospital.

Pizzicato

Ivan Fischer setzt das Publikum ins Orchester

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigentdes Berliner Konzerthausorchesters, ist immer für neue Ideen gut.

Klassik.com

Michael Gielen beendet Dirigierkarriere

Ehrendirigent des SWR-Sinfonieorchesters legt Taktstock aus gesundheitlichen Gründen nieder

Brüsseler Opernhaus La Monnaie vor Finanzierungskrise?

Fusion des Opernorchesters mit dem Belgischen Nationalorchester nicht ausgeschlossen

neue musikzeitung

Auf Silbermanns Spuren – Jugendliche bauen Orgeln und komponieren

Freiberg – Rund 150 Kinder und Jugendliche aus fünf Schulen in Freiberg erforschen im Geiste von Orgelbauer Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) Klänge.

Codex Flores

Erstes Zertifikat Gesundheitsfördernde Musikschule

Das Zentrum Weiterbildung der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste vergibt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verband Zürcher Musikschulen  im Herbstsemester 2014 erstmalig ein Zertifikat Gesundheitsfördernde Musikschule.

Buffet Crampon verlässt Frankreich

Frankreich verliert einen seiner letzten noch aktiven Instrumentenbauer: Das Traditionsunternehmen Buffet Crampon, das Blasinstrumente herstellt, konzentriert sein Geschäft im deutschen Markneukirchen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Besuch in der Elbphilharmonie

Das Wunder von Hamburg

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: A tragic story has become a moving tribute. Her playing has been watched by over a million: http://classfm.co/Znz8pH 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: A ghost story in song via our friends in Oxford #Schubert http://bit.ly/1wPQYrJ

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: Today is all about #Halloween ! Get ready with this “Musical horrors” #playlist http://bit.ly/1xE2GSX 

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Masters of war music: Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams Photo: Illustrated London News

 

(Written on October 31, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’

Ahead of the Channel 4 documentary, Addicts Symphony, the Guardian and The Sunday Times have both written pieces to expose how some classical musicians deal with the stresses of anti-social hours and extreme pressure.

The Telegraph

Sir Andrew Davis: The returning hero

Sir Andrew Davis will be returning to the Proms this evening as conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The once chief conductor at the proms said that while he has held few posts, this being only his third orchestral position, he has held them all for a very long time.

Classic FM

Top conductor’s ‘symphony orchestras will be gone in 30 years’ claim stirs debate

Following Ivan Fischer’s article for The Times, orchestral professionals including Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, have struck back that his comments may not have been relevant for British orchestras.

Classic FM

Game Of Thrones ‘opera’ to debut in New York

A New York opera company intends to take Game of Thrones as a theme for an opera in February 2015.

The New York Times

In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts

It seems that the end of the Met Opera saga is in sight. The Metropolitan Opera and two of its unions agreed that to avoid the calamities that have silenced swaths of the classical music world, they would have to scale back. They are still awaiting talks with numerous other smaller unions.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Stiftung Händel-Haus kauft frühe Händel-Notendrucke

Der Stiftung Händel-Haus ist der Ankauf einer Gruppe von frühen Händel-Notendrucken und -Büchern aus einem englischen Antiquariat gelungen. Unter anderem eine 1739 erschienene Erstausgabe von Händels „Ode for St. Cecilias’s Day“.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Kulturszene hat Angst vor der Amerikanisierung

Die Kulturszene fürchtet, dass durch das Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA die europäische Vielfalt der Musik und Filme, bei Büchern und in Theatern leidet. Eine Wissenschaftlerin warnt, sogar, dass das deutsche, „über 300 Jahre gewachsene Kulturmodell in Trümmern liegen“ werde.

Concerti

El Sistema auf Bayrisch

Ob singen, ein Instrument spielen oder jodeln: In der Bayrischen Philharmonie kann jeder alles lernen. Hauptsache er liebt Musik.

 

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(Written on August 19, 2014 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.

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(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Guardian

Stradivarius offered by thieves for £100 could fetch £2m at auction

A stolen Stradivarius that once belonged to Min-Jin Kym has been recovered and will be auctioned at Tarisio auction house in December. Thieves once tried to sell the instrument for £100; it is expected to fetch more than £2m at auction.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 announces programming to mark the World War One centenary

For one week from 5 January, Radio 3 will will focus on the cultural life of Europe on the eve of 1914 in ‘Music on the Brink’. Each day the station will relive the sounds of a different European city – Paris, Berlin, Vienna, St Petersburg and London – and look at the cultural trends of the time.

WQXR – New York Radio

Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

An orchestra source says the group is experiencing severe financial difficulties due to a drop in fundraising.

Celebuzz

Burlesque Dancer Shows That Twerking Goes Great With Classical Music

Chicago burlesque dancer twerks in time to Beethoven’s 5th.

New York Times

An Opera Fights Hungary’s Rising Anti-Semitism

World class conductor Ivan Fischer’s opera ‘The Red Heifer’ is a rebuke to growing antisemitism in today’s Hungary.

Slipped Disk

Player urges Concertgebouw to protest gay oppression in Russia

Following the recent tension between Russia and the Netherlands, a viola player of the Royal Concertgebouw, Vincent Peters, has urged the Orchestra to make a statement on Russian LGBT-policies during its forthcoming tour in November.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Weinberg in der Riesenkathedrale

Vor fünfzig Jahren wurde Hans Scharouns Neubau der Berliner Philharmonie eröffnet. Beim Festkonzert überwog jetzt die Begeisterung für den Bau. Das war nicht immer so.

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(Written on October 22, 2013 )

BBC Music Magazine

Tenor Rupert Charlesworth wins the Handel Singing Competition 2013

Arias from RodelindaTheodora and Belzhasser impressed adjudicators at this year’s competition.

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestrapaedia

Roxanna Panufnik’s new chamber work, Orchestrapaedia, mirrors Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – but with added cartoons by her brother, Jem.

The Telegraph

Woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms for the first time

The BBC makes history by choosing a woman to be the conductor at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Telegraph

‘Orchestras will have to change’

From his Budapest home, conductor Ivan Fischer tells The Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett about the future of ensemble playing. 

The Guardian

Lady Thatcher played out to the sounds of Europe

The funeral started and ended with English music, as expected, but European music played an unexpectedly large role.

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(Written on April 18, 2013 )

Gramophone

Non-stop Beethoven at Berlin’s Konzerthaus

A 12-hour Beethoven marathon welcomes Iván Fischer as chief conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin

Classic FM

Nigel Kennedy UK tour dates confirmed for spring 2013

Nigel Kennedy has confirmed plans to tour the UK in April and May 2013.

Slipped Disc

Barenboim, 70 tomorrow, launches music academy for the Middle East

He has raised 20 million Euros from the German Bundestag and another 8.5  million from private donors.

Just in: Last chords tonight for South Africa’s failing orchestra

The Johannesburg Philharmonic gives its last concert tonight before closure. It has been placed under bankruptcy protection and is emitting airy talk of reorganization.

A famous quartet is silenced by a musical thief. Your help is urgently required

We’ve just had a call from the organisers of the Brodsky Quartet’s 40th anniversary tour of Holland.

Daily Mail

Classic FM goes to war on Radio 3 ‘copycats’: Station accuses BBC of stealing string of ideas following rival network’s revamp

Global Radio Network accuses BBC of trying to steal Classic FM listeners

Daily Express

Opera Chief is name in the frame to be new BBC boss

LORD Patten has wasted no time in searching for a new BBC boss. He is believed to have sounded out Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall.

Opera Now

Don’t miss the spectacular 2013 Verona Festival centenary season

For opera lovers, the Arena di Verona offers the most dramatic setting for a truly memorable evening.

Berliner Morgenpost via Slipped Disc

(Written on November 15, 2012 )