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In today’s news: Composers tell Neil Fisher how to write a contemporary opera, a new community production by Howard Moody will premiere at Glyndebourne, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival returns this October. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra looks to the future. A historic piano collection is expected to sell for£1 million. Fabio Luisi will take over the Dallas Symphony, a portrait of an all men’s choir looking for a new director, the opening of the Munich Biennale. The ballet of the Dresden Semperoper wins the Taurus award. A portrait of Mai Khoi and her political resistance and a piece on instrument luthiers.

The Times

Ask for help, don’t annoy the audience, and it’s no use trying to be funny

With a spate of new operas premiering this summer, composers tell Neil Fisher how to get it right (they hope).


Agreed – a new community opera for 2019

A new large-scale community opera by Howard Moody will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.


James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.


Looking to history and innovating for the future: Singapore Symphony’s 40th anniversary season

In 2018/19, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season. Lan Shui will step down after a very successful 22-year relationship with the orchestra, in which he raised the profile of the ensemble significantly through touring and recordings (a search for his successor is underway).

Historic piano collection could fetch £1 million at auction

More than 110 pianos owned by classical music enthusiast Charles Colt are tipped to sell for a seven-figure sum. A collection that started with a £6 piano could soon sell for £1 million at an auction.

New York Times

Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas

The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it has chosen a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who built its reputation over the past decade and takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic next season.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dümpeln ohne Frauen und Dirigent

Das Willkommen auf der Homepage gibt die Ausrichtung gleich bündig wieder. Ausdrücklich begrüßt werden dort die “Sehr geehrten Herren”.

BR Klassik

Berührend komisch und Laut-Aggressiv

Wer an diesem Wochenende alle Premieren der Münchener Biennale besuchen wollte, musste eine logistische Meisterleistung vollbringen – Uraufführung folgte auf Uraufführung.

Semperoper Dresden: Europäischer Kulturpreis Taurus für Ballett

Das Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden ist am vergangenen Wochenende mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis “Taurus” geehrt worden.

Le Monde

Mai Khoi, la voix de la dissidence du Vietnam

Sur scène, son visage pâle se découpe dans l’ombre. Armée de sa guitare, accompagnée d’envoûtantes percussions et d’un saxophone, elle chante, dans un crescendo presque dissonant : « A l’intérieur ; tu as le temps de penser, tu as le temps de te repentir, de regretter (…) d’avoir été un traître à la nation, de maintenir le peuple dans le noir et de l’oppresser. »

France musique

Un alto dérobé au salon Musicora

Le salon Musicora, qui se tenait ce week-end à Paris, se termine sur une fausse note.


Sir James MacMillan at the 2014 festival © Robin Mitchell

(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: How music influences our body chemistry, and the Cumnock Tryst programme 2017 is announced. Roy Budd’s original version of the Phantom of the Opera. Marina Khorkova receives Berlin-Rheinsberg compositions award, and Axel Kober takes over the Duisburg Philharmonics. The last concert of Julian Wachner at the Washington Chorus.

The Telegraph

Forget Lloyd Webber: Roy Budd’s original Phantom of the Opera music is finally unmasked

In the summer of 1993, Roy Budd was about to realise a long-held dream. Budd was a leading jazz pianist, as well as a revered film composer best known for his celebrated work for hit 1960s thriller Get Carter.

The Guardian

Anoushka Shankar: ‘I still get to interact with my father through the music’

From his deathbed, Ravi Shankar composed Sukanya, an opera for his beloved wife. His daughter reveals how a Hindi myth, a British orchestra, and the sitar and shennai have formed a coherent and moving whole.

The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry?

Classical music makes shoppers buy more. Gentle tunes can cure insomnia. How? Writer, composer and science lecturer John Powell explains.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James MacMillan announces 2017 Cumnock Tryst programme

Sir James MacMillan has announced the programme for the fourth Cumnock Tryst, which will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck and at Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October 2017.

The Strad

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor ejected from concert hall for carrying his daughter’s violin case

Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya says the incident took place at Bass Hall on Sunday night after his daughter’s performance in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis erneut für russische Komponistin

Die 1981 in Russland geborene Marina Khorkova erhält den diesjährigen Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis.

Schweizer Musikpreis 2017 für Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Das Schweizer Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK) zeichnet in diesem Jahr 15 Künstler mit dem Schweizer Musikpreis (Grand Prix Musik) aus.

Klassik heute

Axel Kober übernimmt Leitung der Duisburger Philharmoniker

Im Zeichen des Neubeginns steht die Konzertsaison 2017/18 bei den Duisburger Philharmonikern.

The Washington Post

Julian Wachner leads his last concert as music director of Washington Chorus

On Sunday, nearly 10 years later, he led his valedictory performance as the chorus’s music director.


Macron’s Love of Classical and Commitment to Culture

Emmanuel Macron is a lover of classical music and, perhaps more importantly, of the preservation of culture.

The Stanford Daily

Who said classical music was boring?

Recent worldwide hits come from pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic — anything, it seems, but classical. What stereotypes does classical music hold? Is it beautiful, euphonious, relaxing?


in 1808 Birth of Charles-Louis-Adolphe

Rezension: “Norma” Eine ganz auf die Erregungszustände der Heldin konzentrierte Aufführung

The Guardian: Photograph: Simon Frazer/SPL/Getty Images

(Written on May 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Arts Council Ireland is suffering from ‘unnecessarily damaging’ cuts, Classic FM is to mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin with a 20-part series, and opera stars warn that cuts ‘threaten to destroy’ the English National Opera

The Guardian

Opera stars warn that cuts ‘threaten to destroy’ the English National Opera

In an open letter to the Times, Sir Antonio Pappano has called for the reinstatement of full seasons at the ENO, in the face of drastic cuts

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM to mark Menuhin centenary with 20-part series

Classic FM is to mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin with a 20-part series presented by the conductor and violinist’s official biographer Humphrey Burton

Irish Times

Classical music: The Arts Council allows a crisis to go to waste

Times have been hard, but the decision to cut funding to three musical organisations is unnecessarily damaging

Classical Music Magazine

Liverpool Phil announces inaugural Christopher Brooks prize recipient

Bethan Morgan-Williams has been named as the winner of the inaugural Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

The Strad

Hadelich, Tetzlaff, Takács, Eighth Blackbird receive classical Grammy nominations

The nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced on 7 December


Knödelfabrik wird Konzertsaal

Bayern hat entschieden: Der neue Münchner Konzertsaal entsteht nun doch nicht im Stadtzentrum, sondern auf einem Industriegelände an der Peripherie. Damit setzt das Kabinett einen Schlussstrich unter eine fast 15 Jahre währende Debatte

Klassik Akzente

Musikalisches Schlüsselerlebnis – die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft forscht in Sachen Klassik

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ist für ihre exzellenten Forschungseinrichtungen überall auf der Welt bekannt. Eine neue Studie widmet sich nun intensiv der klassischen Musik und den Hörgewohnheiten ihrer Fans


Dirigent Heinz Fricke gestorben

Der langjährige Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Staatsoper in Berlin, Heinz Fricke, ist tot. Fricke, der an der Musikhochschule in Weimar u.a. bei Hermann Abendroth studierte hatte, starb bereits am Montag im Alter von 88 Jahren in Berlin-Buch

El Pais

El embajador del tango

El pianista argentino Juan Esteban Cuacci, considerado desde niño como un músico prodigio, cuenta su experiencia durante siete años como director musical de Raphael

Hoy es arte

La locura musical de Nietzsche en cinco piezas

Detrás del gran bigotón de la filosofía moderna, del más arrebatado y original de los pensadores, había un melómano incurable que afirmó que “sin música la vida sería un error” y que quiso ser compositor y lo fue aunque con escaso éxito


James MacMillanAwarded Knighthood in person this morning by HRH Prince William at Windsor Castle

Classic FMWe’ve teamed up with to find the Nation’s Favourite Christmas Carol – vote and win some gorgeous prizes:

BBC Music Magazine: Have a very Victorian Christmas.


Sir Antonio Pappano has petitioned the ENO board to engage in a public examination of ways to protect the company. Photograph: David Rose/Rex/The Guardian

(Written on December 9, 2015 )

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 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners


The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

The Guardian

Financial Times to move to single global print edition

The Financial Times is to institute path-breaking changes to the production of its printed newspaper that appear to be the penultimate step towards becoming a digital-only publication


Naxos to launch free Christmas Advent App

25 complete tracks revealed behind numbered doors

PR Newswire

Sir Jonathan Ive And Marc Newson Collaborate With Bono On (RED)TM Auction Celebrating Masterworks Of Design And Innovation

The Apple Senior Vice President has curated a collection of items for auction including a Steinway & Sons Piano

Digital Music News

Deezer Declares: Classical Is Not Dead!

Music streaming services have never really been marketed for classical music lovers, and Deezer is looking to change that

New York Times

Classical Musicians, Too, Make Berlin Their Capital

Berlin has turned into an arts and culture centre, but in particular it has become a hub for classical music says Rebecca Schmid

Classical Music Magazine

James MacMillan launches festival in home town of Cumnock

Composer James MacMillan has launched a brand new music festival for southern Scotland, with the aim of bringing together international artists and local schools and community groups. Violinist Nicola Benedetti has been enlisted as the event’s patron

Classic FM Online

Osmo Vänskä breaks down after final Minnesota Orchestra concert

In a moving farewell speech, the conductor addressed the audience at the end of his final concert with the conflicted orchestra

Die Zeit

Revolution der Künstler

Kartellabsprachen, Dumping-Gagen, Ausbeutung – und nur wer sich fügt, hat Erfolg? Die Sängerin Elisabeth Kulman führt eine Bewegung an, die im Musikbetrieb mehr Gerechtigkeit erkämpfen will

Digital Music News

(Written on October 9, 2013 )

Emily Howard’s eagerly awaited UK premiere of her orchestral work, Calculus of the Nervous System, was a tremendous success at the BBC Proms on 21st August 2012. The piece was first premiered in Vienna by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by James MacMillan. For the UK performance Andris Nelsons conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Prom 51 has since received wonderful praise.

Emily’s composition was inspired by neural networks and memories; focusing on the working of the human mind, what might be imagined, what might be real and what it might be capable of. She explains that; ‘In Calculus memories occur and recur in different ways… as though being experienced in different states of consciousness’. Tim Ashley from The Guardian expanded on this after hearing Emily’s motivations and watching the performance; ‘One of Lovelace’s aims was the creation of a mathematical model that demonstrated how the brain gives rise to thoughts, and Howard, in response, scrutinises the nature of memory as tone clusters and percussive throbs shift in and out of focus’.

Alongside Emily’s piece, the CBSO also performed Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony and Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila overture; an amalgamation that Robert Hugill commented ‘was so diverse… each showed a different side of the orchestra’. ‘Gripping’ and ‘profoundly atmospheric’, Hugill described the result as a fascinating and tantalizing piece; one which was superbly rendered by Nelsons and the CBSO’.

Gaining four stars from both Nick Kimberley for the London Evening Standard and Matthew Lynch of One Stop ArtsCalculus was commended for being an ‘evocative work’ that ‘really made you listen and drew you in’ with ‘moments that were so quietly enrapturing that none of the audience’s vast number dared so much as breathe’. Both reviews complimented the CBSO for showing themselves ‘to be more than a match for its considerable technical and emotional challenges’, involving themselves ‘fully inside Howard’s world’.

Visit Emily’s website for more information about her work:

(Written on September 11, 2012 )

The Guardian

Portrait Of The Artist: James MacMillan

‘My high point? Writing a piece for Celtic FC: my heart filled with pride’.

Schubert: Ferocious, Tender, Sublime

Schubert’s short, prolific career changed history. As Radio 3 devotes a season to him, musicians and artists reveal the one work they can’t live without.

The Rest Is Noise

The Real Mitt Romney

A Presidential election year is again upon us, bringing with it more politically inflected speech-music videos.

BBC Music Magazine

English National Opera Dominates Opera Categories At The Oliver Awards

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage also nominated for his opera Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House


Classical Music Gets A Raw Deal At South By Southwest

The music festival in Austin, Texas, hosts its third nonclassical record label night – with mixed results.

BBC Four To Broadcast Angelic Voices

Documentary examining the lives of Salisbury Cathedral choristers.

Composer Heiner Goebbels Receives 2012 Ibsen Award

Goebbels will speak at Birmingham’s Frontiers + festival.

LA Times

Esa-Pekka Salonen To Carry Olympic Torch For London Games

Esa-Pekka Salonen is pretty good at wielding a conductor’s baton, but how will he fare wielding an Olympic torch?

The 100 Cellos Of The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

There goes the Disney Hall stage.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Everyone’s Going To…Classical:NEXT

It’s the big news in the classical music world: a new trade fair for the industry, to be held at the Gasteig in Munich at the end of May, organised by the same team that does WOMEX.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins Hasn’t Got The Voice Or Technique To Sing Opera – So Why Does She Pretend She Can?

Is it not ironic that the woman complaining in the tabloid press about being bullied via a fake Twitter account is, when all is said and done, essentially faking the art of singing opera? Steve Silverman writes

(Written on March 21, 2012 )

This February is packed with exciting musical performances in all genres, and the WildKat PR team have picked their favourites for this week’s Unmissables:

What? Violin and Piano Lunchtime Concert

Where? St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU

When? Tuesday 15th February 13:15 (This concert is free!)

Lunchtime concerts are always a great way to hear highly talented musicians perform to an intimate concert, usually for free! This concert sees Sarah Turner on Violin performing Schubert’s Violin sonata in A major, D.574 and Manuel De Falla’s La Vida Breve: Spanish Dance no. 1 (Danse Espagnole) with accompaniments from Nao Maebayashi.

What? Scottish Ensemble; Alison Balsom trumpet; Royal Academy Soloists

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Thursday 17th February 19:30

This programme includes works from Alison Balsom’s latest CD of Italian concertos, recorded with the Scottish Ensemble, as well as the world première of a new commission for Balsom and the Ensemble by James MacMillan. The new work is framed by the rarely performed Variations on ‘Sellenger’s Round’ (also known as the Aldeburgh Variations) and Tippett’s homage to Corelli.

What? Harmonic Series

Where? Southbank Centre

When? Sunday 20th February, 7.45pm

As part of the Harmonic Series, Southbank Centre Artist in Residence cellist Oliver Coates provides an exciting, unconventional concert in unexpected areas of the Royal Festival Hall.  The concert showcases music from a variety of genres in an informal setting, including classical, contemporary and electronic music, and there are appearances from musicians such as Serafina Steer, Tom Herbert and Alice Grant.  The audience is requested to meet at Spirit Level Foyer at 7.45pm.  Tickets cost only £5, with 50% off for concessions.

What? Transfigured Night – Aronowitz Ensemble

Where? The Forge, Camden

When? Sunday 27th February, 8.00pm

The brilliant Aronowitz Ensemble’s concert will comprise musical repertoire exploring the theme of the realm of the night, with evocative nocturnal illustrations including Schubert’s haunting Notturno (for piano trio) and Schoenberg’s shimmering Verklärte Nacht (for string sextet) alongside some contemporary works.  Tickets cost £10 and this also includes a drink.  Ticket holders for this event are entitled to 15% off food from the a la carte menu (not set menu) at Caponata Restaurant on the day of the concert.

(Written on January 31, 2011 )