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The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.

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Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, BBC Proms announces Dubai dates, Lufthansa’s solution to musicians worried about checking their instruments into the hold is making them pay for an extra seat, and opera lover regrets fuelling terrorism fears in NYC. Also, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is finally complete, and YouTube and Gema finally come to a licensing agreement.

Gulf Business

Classical music festival the BBC Proms announces Dubai dates

The festival will mark the first visit of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers to the UAE.

The Strad

Violinist Janine Jansen leaves Harrison Parrott for personal management

Janine Jansen has announced that she is to leave management agency Harrison Parrott for personal representation by Alexandra Schulz.

Musicians worried about the safety of their instrument can pay for an extra seat, says Lufthansa

The airline was responding to a violist’s complaint that she was forced to check her instrument into the hold last week.

Early Music Today Magazine

RCM to present first UK staging of Rameau opera

The Royal College of Music is to present the UK’s first staged production of Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé.

NCEM launches International Young Artists Competition

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) has launched its International Young Artists Competition, which will take place 13-15 July as part of the York Early Music Festival.

Dallas News

Dallas opera lover regrets creating ‘such a mess’ by sprinkling ashes, fueling terrorism fears in NYC

Kaiser, 52, a self-described jewelry maker, parachuted into the 24-hour news cycle over the weekend by inadvertently igniting a terrorism scare during a performance of Guillaume Tell at the New York Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York.

Spiegel Online

Elbphilharmonie ist “FERTIG”

Happy End in Hamburg: Die Elbphilharmonie ist nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit endlich fertig. Die Stadt hat offiziell die Schlüssel erhalten – mit sechs Jahren Verspätung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Youtube und Gema legen jahrelangen Streit bei

Sieben Jahre lang hieß es auf Youtube bei vielen populären Musikvideos “Dieses Video ist in Deutschland nicht verfügbar”. Jetzt haben sich die Google-Tochter und die Gema überraschend geeinigt. Über die Details wird geschwiegen.

nmz

«Ich und Kaminski» mit bester Filmmusik

Für die nach Jurymeinung entrückt-verspielte Musik zu dem Film «Ich und Kaminski» hat Lorenz Dangel am Freitagabend in Halle den Deutschen Filmmusikpreis bekommen.

Klassik.com

Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum feierlich eröffnet

Die Türen des neuen Konzerthauses wurden mit einem Bürgerfest, an dem mehr als 37.000 Interessierte teilnahmen, feierlich geöffnet. Neben den Bochumer Symphonikern, denen damit erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte zur Verfügung steht, traten mehrere Chöre auf.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Kuwait’s opera is opened by Bocelli

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall Happy New Month! Take a look at the unmissable shows we’ve got coming up in November:

ZAPP Medienmagazin @ZappMM  Erst wird die Elbphilharmonie fertig, jetzt einigen sich die GEMA und YouTube – was kommt als nächstes? 😉

Elbphilharmonie. Credits: DPA.

Elbphilharmonie. Credits: DPA.

(Written on November 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Royal Opera House issues warning for Lucia di Lammermoor, Merton College, Oxford to establish a girls’ choir, Emma Halnan wins Art Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award, Violinist Janine Jansen is handing over the artistic direction of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands and the Economist questions operas gender imbalance.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House warns of risque sex scenes in Lucia di Lammermoor

The Royal Opera House has issued a warning of risqué and gory content in its upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor, as reported in The Times.

Classic FM

Flautist Emma Halnan wins Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award

Young flautist will now record a performance of a piece composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins after winning classical music prize, in collaboration with Classic FM

The Economist

Where have all the good tenors gone, and where are all the basses?

When the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women

Classical Music Magazine

Merton College, Oxford to establish a girls’ choir

The Merton College Girls’ Choir will be open to girls who will be in school years 5 to 10. Girls selected for the choir will regularly sing in the college’s 13th-century chapel, and will take part in services and concerts in Oxford and further afield.

BBC News

Michelle Obama recruits Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson and Zendaya for single

Artists including Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson and Kelly Rowland all feature on a charity single put together by US First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Strad

Violinist Janine Jansen to step down as artistic director of her chamber festival

Violinist Janine Jansen is handing over the artistic direction of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands, to 24-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh. Jansen, who founded the event 13 years ago, will direct the festival for the final time this year from 29 June to 3 July.

Musikmarkt

Musikautorenpreis 2016: Boy, AnnenMayKantereit und Marteria zählen zu Nominierten

Zu den Nominierten des Deutschen Musikautorenpreises 2016 zählen u.a. AnnenMayKantereit, Selig, Sonja Glass von Boy sowie Marten Laciny (Marteria/Marsimoto), MoTrip und Sven Regener

NMZ

Urheberrecht kommt ins Kabinett – Reform mit Zugeständnissen

Kreative und Verwerter ihrer Leistungen sollen sich „wieder auf Augenhöhe begegnen“, fordert Justizminister Maas

Musik-heute

Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden: Honeck statt Nézet-Séguin

Der kanadische Dirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin hat die Leitung des Osterfestspiel-Konzerts der Berliner Philharmoniker am kommenden Sonntag abgesagt

Le Monde

La municipalité renonce à présider les Chorégies d’Orange

Quatre jours après la démission du directeur des Chorégies, Raymond Duffaut, vendredi 11 mars, le maire d’Orange tente d’éteindre l’incendie

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Parts of Michael Haydn’s Requiem sound similar to Mozart’s, though it was actually written first #EssentialClassics

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Watch three minutes with the phenomenon that is Lang Lang, at the @BBCInTune Steinway:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Is classical music really superior to all other genres?  #ClassicalMusic

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik Zum Nachschauen: Kristian #Bezuidenhout & Chiaroscuro Quartet im Studiokonzert hier als exklusiver #videostream

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Photograph: Classic FM

 

(Written on March 16, 2016 )

The Independent

Former violin teacher Chris Ling may be extradited from US over historical sex abuse allegations

A former violin teacher wanted over historical sex abuse allegations at a music school may be extradited from the US, it was reported last night

The Guardian

Lottery cash spares English arts groups from big cuts

Public money available to England’s arts organisations in 2015 will be £334m after funding fall of 2.24% – far less than expected

Gramophone

Naim makes a big-stakes Statement in Las Vegas with $200,000 amplifier

New preamplifier/power amplifier system launched at CES 2014 trade show, will go on sale later this year

Classic FM Online

Classical music improves children’s social skills

Listening to classical music at an early age has a wide-range of educational benefits, including improving concentration, self-discipline, listening, and social skills, according to a study

BAFTA Film Awards 2014: full list of nominees

Five of the best soundtracks of the past year are in the running to win the Music BAFTA 2014, as nominations were announced this morning

Counsel & Heal

Classical Music May Boost Children’s Listening Skills

New research reveals that listening to classical pieces composed by Bach and Mozart improves concentration and self-discipline in children. Researchers also found that children who listen to classical musical are more likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years

Die Zeit

Freischwimmen mit Bach

Janine Jansen entdeckt sich neu in den Köthener Violinwerken

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on January 9, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Runnicles Assembles Star Cast For BBCSSO Tristan.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will perform the three acts of Tristan und Isolde over a set of three concerts that will take place between September 2012 and April 2013 at both Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Glasgow’s City Halls.

LA Times

Muse/ique’s New Season To Feature Steven Page.

Muse/ique will kick off its 2012 season this month with a lineup that includes Steven Page, formerly of the band Barenaked Ladies, and appearances by actors Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Wendie Malick.

New York Times

Playing It Safe In Programming Philharmonic.

Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic’s 2012-13 season.

Gramophone

ENO Launches Worldwide Search For Opera Creators.

English National Opera is launching Mini Operas, a worldwide, online search for scriptwriters, composers and film-makers that aims to preserve and redefine the future of opera.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

International Women’s Day – A Little Listening.

Jessica Duchen celebrates women in music.

 

 

 

(Written on March 8, 2012 )