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Guardian

UK’s orchestras to get tax relief

The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries

Telegraph

The tragedy of Europe’s great forgotten female composer

Vítězslava Kaprálová was on the cusp of greatness when she died of tuberculosis. On the centenary of her birth, John Allison uncovers a tragic love triangle in Vichy France

Independent

ENO’s outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked

The chairman’s animosity towards Mr Berry was revealed in a private letter sent to the ENO’s president Sir Vernon Ellis

The Times

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Bring children who wriggle and scream’

When the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung interrupted her comeback concert at the Festival Hall last December to suggest to the parents of a coughing child that maybe they “bring her back when she’s older”, reactions ranged from sympathetic to outraged.

BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s birthday to be celebrated with first ever worldwide virtual recital

Pianists of all ages and abilities invited to join in online

Die Welt

“Da ist Bratsche einfach gnädiger als Klavier”

Die Bratsche war lange ein belächeltes Instrument. Tabea Zimmermann hat es zu Weltruhm mit ihr gebracht. Ein Gespräch in der Trattoria – über eine nicht einfache Kindheit und den späten Beethoven.

KulturPort.De

WDR 3 Jazzfest mit 14 Konzerten und WDR Jazzpreis-Verleihung am Freitag

Mit insgesamt 14 Jazz-Konzerten inklusive der Verleihung der WDR Jazzpreise macht das WDR 3 Jazzfest von Mittwoch, 28. Januar bis Samstag, 31. Januar 2015 Station in Dortmund.

Klassik.com

Neuer Intendant nach Skandal am Palau de les Arts Valencia

Trotz Korruptionsvorwürfen erhält Schmidt Abfindung für zehnjährige Intendanz

Gewerkschaft will Scala-Vorstellung zur Expo-Eröffnung boykottieren

Traditioneller Feiertag wichtiger als Weltausstellung

pizzicato

Flash Mob Generates Audience in Poland

There are many of the so called flash mobs on various Internet platforms, and seldom we learned about any positive result.

El Mundo

Doña Helga S.A.

La polémica gestión en el Palau de Les Arts

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Facing the music: Iestyn Davies http://gu.com/p/4537g

Classicalite @Classicalite: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ at Café Carlyle, Avant Music Festival + More! – http://eepurl.com/bcpPKf

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Mindestlohn: Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in finanziellen Nöten http://klassik.com/?Tu5OY  #Musikwissenschaft #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpoliti

Helga Schmidt Photo via El Mundo

Helga Schmidt
Photo via El Mundo

(Written on January 26, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Peter Oundjian: from injury to triumph

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra chief tells John Allison how, out of his failing skills as a violinist, he became one of the world’s top conductors

A shock resignation shows the chaos of Italian opera

Riccardo Muti’s departure from Rome Opera reveals opera is in deep trouble in the land of its birth, says Rupert Christiansen

Classic FM

André Rieu interviewed in his Maastricht castle

Classic FM were granted unprecedented access to André Rieu’s castle home in Maastricht, where he gave us a frank and intimate interview about his life, career and new album, Love In Venice.

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO Centre reopens after £1.8m refurbishment

The redeveloped CBSO Centre was officially reopened today by the CBSO’s patron, Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, who had originally opened the building in 1998.

The Strad

Video: violinist Joshua Bell’s second Washington DC Metro performance draws large crowds

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso this time announced his appearance in advance

Classical Source

Get Involved launches BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 2014-2015

Get Involved, the new home for family and learning events with the BBC London Performing Groups and BBC Proms, has launched the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 2014 – 2015.

Musik – heute

Bundesjugendorchester nimmt neue Mitglieder auf

Das Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) hat 36 neue Mitglieder aufgenommen.

Klassik.com

Frankreich in der Krise: Keine Fördergelder mehr für Les Arts Florissants

Ausgleich mit Spendengeldern geplant

NMZ

Opern-Sanierung muss noch warten

Gutachten in der Prüfung

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera’s Credit Rating Is Under Review for Possible Downgrade

The gravity of the Metropolitan Opera’s financial challenges was underscored on Wednesday when Moody’s Investors Service said it was putting the opera company under review for a possible downgrade of its credit rating.

Examiner

Interview with pianist Leon Fleisher

Born in San Francisco in 1928, Leon Fleisher’s influence and achievements have few comparables in the world of pianism and music.

Le Figaro

Les orchestres de Radio France ne sont plus sur la même longueur d’onde

Grève des musiciens, retrait du chef Mikko Franck. L’éviction du directeur artistique du

Philarmonique a mis le feu aux poudres à la maison ronde.

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Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline An Interview with Amanda Forsyth http://wp.me/p180cu-db

Variety: @Variety #StarWars Darth Vader, Storm Troopers Crash Stage as @LAPhil Honors John Williams http://on.variety.com/1uBXnWd 

Klassik.com: @klassikcom Renovierung der Deutschen Oper Berlin im Zeitplan http://klassik.com/?3rWle  #Oper #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

Classic FM: @ClassicFM The times great composers did their thing for charity: http://classfm.co/YUKOtU  #MakeSomeNoise

Mathew Imaging

Mathew Imaging

(Written on October 2, 2014 )

Telegraph

Archbishop Justin Welby snubs the Royal College of Organists

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has broken with tradition and declined an invitation to be a vice president of the Royal College of Organists

Meet the finest chamber orchestra on earth

Richard Tognetti, chief of Australian Chamber Orchestra, talks to John Allison about acclaim, endless travel and working with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

BBC Music Magazine

Elusive Mozart manuscript discovered

Original score of the famous Rondo alla turca Sonata found

International Arts Manager

New Steve Reid award for groundbreaking artists

A new award recognising pioneering unsigned artists has been launched by PRS for Music Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation.

Sinfini

Jonny Greenwood and the ACO

He’s already received critical acclaim for his film scores for There Will Be Blood, The Master and Norwegian Wood, as well as his music for the BBC Concert Orchestra, now Radiohead guitaristJonny Greenwood completes his transition into the world of classical music with a new commission from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

BBC Ten Pieces the wrong choice

The BBC’s music education film Ten Pieces was given an enthusiastic welcome on Monday at its early morning Leicester Square screening.

Die Zeit

Jeder Rollkoffer bringt uns weiter

Geht das schon wieder los? Ein Musikwissenschaftler geißelt, was er für Regietheater in der Oper hält. Dabei ist jede noch so moderne Inszenierung besser als Stillstand.

Die Welt

Münchens Musiktheater leuchtet

Die Bayerische Staatsoper wurde erstmals “Opernhaus des Jahres”. Wohl nur, weil mit Kirill Petrenko endlich ein grandioser Musikdirektor auch die klanglichen Qualitäten des Musiktheaters optimiert.

neue musikzeitung

DOV: Orchesterschließung in Kopenhagen zum Jahresende 2014 abwenden

Orchesterabwicklung – nun auch in Dänemark

New York Times

Modern Voice, Ancient Origins

Edgard Varèse’s Protégé Chou Wen-chung, Going Strong at 91

The Washington Times

Atlanta Symphony president and CEO steps down

The president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is stepping down, the latest development in an ongoing labor dispute with its musicians.

El Mundo

Pedro Halffter en el ‘mejor teatro del mundo’

El palacio de la ópera de la capital bávara ha sido el más votado

Twitter

The Guardian @guardian: BBC Radio 1 and 2 play too much mainstream music, claims study http://bit.ly/1nEoaiN 

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Our guest this week, @Hanifkureishi: “I am always seduced by Bach.” Find out why on #EssentialClassics at 10.30

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: #WorldBalletDay about to hand over to @TheRoyalBallet. Tune in at https://www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse , starting with class! ^C

theartsdesk.com ‏@theartsdesk: .@radiohead ‘For classical musicians, Radiohead are the band’ invu on @JnnyG‘s new piece WATER for @A_C_O http://bit.ly/1ucRgpW

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Seasoned travellers: Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Photo: Paul Henderson-Kelly

(Written on October 1, 2014 )

Classcial News

Telegraph

A timeless odyssey through Beethoven

Andris Nelsons and the CBSO are about to unleash all nine of the composer’s symphonies on Birmingham – John Allison can’t wait

Independent

Play classical music in hospitals and railway stations to ‘calm public’, report says

Recommendation follows new figures that estimate around 400 public sector workers are assaulted each week

Exclusive: Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Students will now focus on German composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Classical Source

Most comprehensive UK survey of musical instrument learning finds that while more children than ever are playing, many still have no access and children from lower social groups remain disadvantaged

On 15 September, ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, and its partners publish Making Music, the most comprehensive survey of the learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments ever undertaken in the UK.

Pizzicato

Met Guild Invites To ‘Brava Jessye’

On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents ‘Brava, Jessye!’ to salute the great soprano Jessye Norman.

The New York Times

Met Opera Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs, Mainly Through Layoffs

The Metropolitan Opera, which promised to match the pay cuts that its major unions agreed to last month with equivalent cuts to its nonunion payroll, said on Friday afternoon that it was eliminating 22 of its 254 administrative positions, mostly through layoffs.

Le Figaro

Trop de salles de musique ne tue pas forcément les salles

Le mélomane actif, et au budget suffisant, a tous les soirs le choix entre quatre ou cinq manifestations musicales à Paris.

Le monde

Mort d’Antoine Duhamel, musicien de la Nouvelle Vague

Le composituer Antoine Duhamel est à Paris, le 10 septembre. Il avait 89 ans.

Die Welt

Der Woody Allen des Barock

Er erfand die Harmonielehre, er war Frankreichs Pendant zu Georg Friedrich Händel: Vor 250 Jahren starb der Komponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk endlich zaghaft wiederentdeckt.

Musik heute

Zwei erste Preise beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Beim 63. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden zwei erste Preise vergeben.

Klavier.de

Musikfest-Preis Bremen für Ottavio Dantone und die Accademia Bizantina

Der Organist, Cembalist und Dirigent Ottavio Dantone erhält zusammen mit seinem Ensemble Accademia Bizantina den Preis des Musikfestes Bremen 2014.

Twitter:

Music Education UK: @MusicEdUK New ‘Making Music’ report published today – a must-read. Executive summary here: http://gb.abrsm.org/en/making-music/3-executive-summary/ … #makingmusicreport #musichubs

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to @RhiannonLlew, winner yesterday of the MOCSA (Morriston Orpheus Choir) Young Welsh Singer of the Year Award.

London Philharmonic: @LPOrchestra We have a new education project! LPO Soundworks is a new cross-arts project for 14-19yr olds. Details here: http://www.lpo.org.uk/education/soundworks-next-project.html …b

Le Figaro

Le Figaro

(Written on September 15, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins: why classical music snobs are wrong

Singer Katherine Jenkins speaks of classical music snobs, the perils of the internet, and why she refuses to adopt a “sexier image”

Claudio Abbado’s death marks the end of an era

Cool-tempered Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who died aged 80, was a genuine hero for countless musicians and music-lovers. John Allison pays tribute to one of the last giants of the podium

Classic FM Online

Katherine Jenkins re-signs record deal with Decca

Katherine Jenkins has signed a new record deal with the label that first signed her up, Decca records

The New York Times

For Revered Concertmaster, the Start of a Long Goodbye

Farewells Begin for New York Philharmonic’s Glenn Dicterow

BBC News

Theatre by candlelight opens at the Globe

Fourteen years after the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe, the vision of its founder has been fully realised. The thatched amphitheatre on London’s South Bank now stands cheek by jowl with a brand new, old theatre: the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Killing actress Sofie Grabol stars in James plays

Three new plays about 15th Century Scottish kings are to form the centrepiece of the National Theatre of Scotland’s new programme.

Music Week

Are you in support of age ratings for online music videos?

Debate surrounding an appropriate age-rating system for online music videos was reignited again last week with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) saying it wants one introduced as soon as possible

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 21, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra appoints Rafael Payare as next chief conductor

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare has been announced as the next chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. He will take over from JoAnn Falletta from the 2014-15 season, initially on a three-year contract.

Commons committee to investigate ACE’s remit, funding criteria and regional balance

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee of the House of Commons is to conduct an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England. The inquiry will look over the organisation’s scale, scope and remit, as well as the current weighting of its funding towards arts organisations in London.

Guardian

Scented scarves, scampering fingers and ice: concerts the immersive way

What does Debussy smell like? BitterSuite is an immersive concert project inspired by synaesthesia.

Telegraph

Master of the Queen’s Music – who next for a royal appointment?

As Peter Maxwell Davies prepares to step down as Master of the Queen’s Music, John Allison weighs up the various contenders to replace him.

CBC News

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki fights $120K fine for antique violin

One of Canada’s most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments.

 South China Morning Post

US conductor Leonard Slatkin says future of orchestras is secure

He’s optimistic about the role of orchestras in our society, positive about young players and doesn’t worry about the classics disappearing. As long as society exists, there will be orchestras to reflect it, he says.

Die Zeit

“Für Machos ist Mariachi wichtiger als Mozart”

Auf seinem neuen Album singt der Tenor Rolando Villazón selten gehörte Arien von Mozart. Mit der “Welt” spricht er darüber, warum es zarte Wiener Klassik in der Latinogesellschaft so schwer hat.

Guardian

Guardian

 

(Written on January 14, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Proms 2013: Poles no longer apart

Early Polish music is being celebrated both in concert and on record this summer – something long overdue, says John Allison

Why Doctor Who is at the cutting edge of British music

Ahead of the annual Doctor Who Prom, Matthew Sweet salutes the weird innovations of the BBC One show.

The New York Times

Wrist Injury Sidelines Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, has canceled her conducting schedule for July because of a wrist injury, Baltimore Symphony officials said Wednesday. Ms. Alsop, 56, apparently sprained her right wrist in an accident Monday night in São Paulo.

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

Our country’s culture is a vast conglomeration of more than 200 years of influences from all over the world. We have taken what began as an extraordinary European tradition and expanded that legacy on American soil.

Wired

Is Pandora Really Short-Changing Songwriters?

It’s been a rough week for Pandora, which is taking a beating from the likes of Pink Floyd and David Lowery of the band Cracker over how much — or, to hear the musicians say it, how little — it pays in royalties for the tunes you’re streaming.

Music Week

Deutsche Grammophon launches new imprint Panorama

Deutsche Grammophon has announced the launch of a new imprint with the aim of expanding the classical music genre.

radiophonic1_2603361bThe Telegraph

(Written on July 4, 2013 )