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In today’s news: Oboist Nicholas Daniel performs Britten in the middle of a boating lake, the winners of the 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition are announced, composition for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and how to cope with the pressures of life as a soloist.

The Guardian

Britten’s water music: recreating a world premiere with midges, vintage cars and an iPad

Oboist Nicholas Daniel loves Britten and his Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. But why is he performing them on a punt in the middle of a boating lake?

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition announced

Andra Patterson and George Stevenson were jointly awarded the first prize for the over 18 category, and Gareth Flett and Joseph Rognvald Pickering won first prize for the under 18 category.

Classic FM

An incredibly poignant composition for the victims of the Grenfell tower tragedy – for 20 cellos and piano

As London mourns those lost in the Grenfell Tower fire, young composer Thomas Hewitt Jones has been moved to put pen to manuscript and compose a piece of music.

The Violin Channel

New Guinness World Record Set for Fastest Piano Playing Fingers

Portuguese-American pianist Domingos-Antonio Gomes has set a new Guinness World Record for the most piano keys hit in one minute

The Strad

How I cope with the pressures of life as a soloist – Jordi Savall

The viola da gamba player and conductor advocates concentrating on the little things rather than stressing about the whole


Film composer wins Shostakovich Prize

Russian film composer Eduard Artemyev, as well as film director Nikita Mikhalkov were awarded the Shostakovich Prize on Saturday evening at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Der Tagesspiegel

Berlin zahlt Sing-Akademie 11,37 Millionen

Viel Geld für die Sing-Akademie: Der Chor wird vom Land für sein ehemaliges Gebäude Unter den Linden entschädigt. Das Abgeordnetenhaus hat jetzt die Einigung gebilligt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der größte Komponist seiner Zeit

Der Todestag von Georg Philipp Telemann jährt sich zum zweihundertfünfzigsten Mal. Siegbert Rampes exzellente Biographie erzählt vom Ansehen eines Komponisten, das selbst über Eheskandale erhaben war.

neue musikzeitung

Lichtspielszenen zwischen Wald und Meer – Wim Wenders’ Operndebüt mit Bizets, Perlenfischern“ an der Staatsoper

Gerade diese Oper zu inszenieren, war Wenders’ expliziter Wunsch – da er ihre Musik so liebt.

El Mundo

La intimidad de los grandes del ‘jazz’

Un libro recoge las imágenes del francés Jean- Pierre Leloir, que fotografió a corta distancia a las grandes figuras del ‘swing’ de los años 50 y 60

Los Angeles Times

Evolution, revolution, smevolution: The future of classical music

Classical music may be the art of the sublime, liquid architecture and all the rest, but it has nonetheless always been a long-suffering kingdom of kvetching.


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Classic FM: ‘In Memoriam: Grenfell’, by composer Thomas Hewitt Jones.

(Written on June 26, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, amateur orchestras are competing for a spot at the BBC Proms, BIS Records release the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series & BBC creates a virtual orchestra. Also, The North Devon Sinfonia has been chosen to be a part of TV series All Together Now.

Classical Music Magazine

Amateur orchestras competing for Proms spot revealed

The BBC has revealed the five orchestras selected to participate in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The series will follow the ensembles in their quest to be crowned the best UK amateur orchestra and to perform on stage at the BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park.


Bis Records to release final recording of Minnesota Orchestra’s SIBELIUS series, 9/9

The Swedish label BIS Records releases the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series. Conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the album features the Finnish composer’s Third, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies.

BBC Music Magazine

Learning the drums with Sarah Walker

Do you have an instrument gathering dust in a cupboard? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to play an instrument but never quite got round to taking it up. Now’s your chance. This summer, the BBC is asking people around the UK to Get Playing and take part in a virtual orchestra. The orchestra, led by conductor Marin Alsop, will perform the Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen at the Last Night of the Proms.


North Devon Journal

New BBC series All Together Now to shine spotlight on North Devon’s musical talent

North Devon is preparing to be thrust into the musical spotlight after a group of talented performers was chosen to appear on a new BBC series. The North Devon Sinfonia has been chosen to be a part of All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge – a nation-wide search for the best amateur orchestra in the UK.

The Telegraph

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: 10 top tips for survival

If you don’t like the weather in Edinburgh, so the saying goes, just wait 10 minutes – and that’s no exaggeration. Just because the sun is blazing one moment in the Scottish capital, it doesn’t mean that rainfall of Old Testament ferocity isn’t seconds away, with raindrops hitting the ground with such a whump that they can ricochet half way up the inside of your trouser-leg.

New York Times

How artists change the world

As usual, there were a ton of artists and musicians at the political conventions this year. And that raises some questions. How much should artists get involved in politics? How can artists best promote social change?


Prom 21: Aurora Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, review: ‘Elegant and joyous in equal measure, this was much more than a gimmick’

The Aurora Orchestra’s symphony-from-memory has become an annual Proms fixture. The first time Nicholas Collon and his players set music-stands aside in 2014 it was a curiosity, the second time still very much an oddity. Only now, third time round, can we stop marvelling at the feat of memory and start listening properly to the music.


Klassik-Festspiele erinnern an Dirigent Menuhin

Mit einem Konzertwochenende erinnern die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Yehudi Menuhin. Die Konzerte am 5. und 6. August in Ulrichshusen gestalten der Geiger Daniel Hope, Pianist Sebastian Knauer sowie das Zürcher Kammerorchester.

Musik heute

Instrumentenverband schreibt Schulmusikpreis aus

Der Verband der Musikinstrumentenbranche (SOMM) hat am Montag den Europäischen Schulmusikpreis (ESP) ausgeschrieben. Gesucht werden innovative Methoden für den instrumentalen Musikunterricht.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wiederentdecker der Viola da Gamba

Er ist ein unermüdlicher Forscher im Bereich der Alten Musik. Der weltbekannte Dirigent Jordi Savall hat die Viola da Gamba wiederentdeckt – ein fast vergessener Vorläufer des heutigen Cello. Gestern ist der Gambenvirtuose 75 Jahre alt geworden.


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(Written on August 2, 2016 )

In September at a concert in Turin, lead singer of U2, Bono called for “humanitarian leadership” in response to Europe’s refugee crisis. Whilst Europe’s leaders have been discussing solutions; musicians have also made a concerted effort to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and to give them some pleasure through music.

It was unfortunate that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris this November, Spanish viol player and conductor Jordi Savall had to make the decision to postpone a concert. He was due to perform at the ‘Calais Together’ event with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI on 17th December at the refugee camp in Calais. His safety and the safety of his musicians couldn’t be guaranteed amid fears of unrest, however the event will take place by the Spring.

The Yehudi Menuhin School is also due to perform for refugees in Calais. On 20th January students and staff will work with volunteers at the ‘Jungle’ to distribute food parcels before performing a concert for around 6,000 refugees. The school hopes that it won’t just be a one off event and that they will return to Calais. The project is very much in line with Menuhin’s vision of the relationship the school should have with the outside world.

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School "The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect."

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School
“The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.”

In October a demonstration and concert took place in Vienna to show solidarity with refugees in Europe, it featured the German punk band ‘Die Toten Hosen’, ‘Conchita Wurst’ and a speech by Austrian President Heinz Fischer. In London this November, Paloma Faith joined forces with Peace for a concert to raise money for Help Refugees; these are just two concerts among many throughout Europe. Rap singer M.I.A. released a track ‘Borders’, which charts the journey of refugees across Europe and criticises governments for not doing enough.

Perhaps the most extraordinary case of music raising awareness of the refugee crisis, is Syrian rock band Khebez Dawle, who made their journey from Lebanon to Germany fun by performing gigs along the way. Syria offered the group no hope of a career in music so they sold their instruments to pay smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean. Through their music, they aim to tell the stories of desperate migrants looking for refuge.

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

These musicians are aware of the power of their music and the hope and comfort it can offer to people with nothing else left. Some of these events have political undertones, whilst some aim to raise awareness of the plight of refugees on a purely humanitarian level. With the Yehudi Menuhin school’s concert in Calais in January and Jordi Savall’s soon to follow, the New Year could bring new hope. We often feel helpless in the face of such crises but whilst governments battle with big decisions, musicians are sharing their music and working according to Yehudi Menhin’s ethos of supporting minority communities.

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Music charity Urban Development receives funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme, Gramophone magazine discusses the Meludia method & Royal New Zealand Ballet announces it’s 2016 scholarship recipient. Also, Jordi Saval postpones his Calais refugee camp concert, citing security concerns

Classical Music Magazine

Urban Development receives ACE Ambition for Excellence award

Music charity Urban Development is one of three organisations to receive funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme


Introducing a new way of learning music online: Meludia

The Meludia method allows you to absorb the principles of musicianship through listening and imitation

The Strad

Jordi Savall postpones Calais refugee camp concert

The Spanish viol player and conductor has cited security concerns following last month’s Paris attacks

International Arts Manager

Royal New Zealand Ballet awards scholarship

Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has announced 18-year-old Georgia Powley as its 2016 scholarship recipient


Studenten bringen Flüchtlingen mit Musik Deutsch bei

Mit Rhythmus, Bewegung und Musik wollen Trossinger Musikstudenten Flüchtlingen den Zugang zur deutschen Sprache erleichtern

Preisträger des Bertold Hummel-Wettbewerbs stehen fest

Die Preisträger des diesjährigen Bertold Hummel-Wettbewerbs im Instrumentenfach Flöte stehen fest. Der erste Preis mit einem Preisgeld von 2.500 Euro ging an den Taiwanesen Chien-Chun Hung

Codex Flores

Forschungsinstitut zu künstlerischen Therapieformen

Die in der Praxis erprobte Wirksamkeit der künstlerischen Therapieformen wissenschaftlich nachzuweisen, hat sich ein neues Forschungsinstitut an der Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft auf die Fahnen geschrieben


Beethoven Signature Up For Auction

A rare Ludwig van Beethoven signature will be auctioned by Boston-based, RR Auction, together with items by Wagner and Debussy


Sony Classical y la Filarmónica de Viena renuevan su acuerdo

En una conferencia de prensa conjunta en Viena, Sony Classical y la Filarmónica de Viena anunciaron la ampliación a largo plazo de su actual alianza


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ICA:@ICALondon Art flows, money flows, life flows, but how do these flows sustain or oppose each other? Explore at our Symposium

SM:@ISM_music  Music charity @urbandevelopmnt receives a £350,000 grant from @ace_national:

Jordi Savall/ The Strad

Jordi Savall/ The Strad


(Written on December 3, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

This new instrument might be the weirdest-sounding thing we’ve ever heard

Musician Görkem Şen has invented a brand-new instrument called the Yaybahar and it makes some thoroughly bizarre and delightful noises.

International Arts Manager

Concours de Genève marks 75th anniversary

The 69th Concours de Genève will take place this month, celebrating the competition’s 75th anniversary.

The Guardian

From Fargo to Hannibal, this is a golden age for TV music

Whether sparse and tense, or lavish and operatic, TV shows now have scores as impressive as their cinematic counterparts. We talk to the composers behind some of the best

BBC Music Magazine

Does listening to sad music actually make you happier?

New research suggests that sad music actually makes people feel more positive

Zeit Online

Musikdozenten ziehen andere Saiten auf

An deutschen Musikhochschulen werden freie Lehrkräfte “unter aller Sau” behandelt.

Kulturmanager Jens Cording mit Bundesverdienstmedaille geehrt

Langjähriges Engagement für die zeitgenössische Musik

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker kooperieren mit erster “Pilotschule Kultur”

Die Bamberger Symphoniker haben die Partnerschaft für die erste “Pilotschule Kultur der Stadt Bamberg” übernommen.

Le Monde

Jordi Savall fait crisser sa viole

C’est pour dénoncer « la grave incompétence » du gouvernement de Madrid en matière culturelle et son « manque d’intérêt pour défendre et promouvoir les arts » que Jordi Savall a renoncé, jeudi 30 octobre, au Prix national de la musique.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Composer Harry Gregson-Williams Talks ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Score

As much as the graphics and gameplay of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare help add up to one of the most anticipated video games of the year, the music behind the futuristic shooter plays a big part as well.


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The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter © Reuters/Joshua Roberts

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter
© Reuters/Joshua Roberts

(Written on November 6, 2014 )

The Independent

Independent podcast: Naxos 25th anniversary

In just a quarter of a century Naxos has created “a catalogue comprising the largest number of individual works and the widest available repertoire of any classical label since the beginning of the recording era.”

The Guardian

A guide to Harrison Birtwistle’s music

Harrison’s elemental and powerful music feels both ancient and modern.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Young Musician: the winner

The winner of BBC Young Musician 2012, the final of which was held at the Sage, Gateshead on 13 May and broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC2, is 15-year-old cellist Laura van der Heijden.

Jessica Duchen

There can only be one BBC Young Musician of the year

For every musician whose lifelong public career is launched in the arena of BBC Young Musicians, there are maybe 100 more, at least, who vanish.

The Times

Spira mirabilis: The orchestra where everyone’s in charge

Does an orchestra where all players have an equal say mean a recipe for amity or anarchy?

The NY Times

David Robertson to Lead Sydney Symphony

David Robertson, the music director of the St. Louis Symphony, has taken on a position on the other side of the world, becoming artistic director and chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony in Australia starting in 2014.

Financial Times

To marry the heart and the head

The prolific Catalan musician Jordi Savall talks about grief, memory and building bridges.

ArtsJournal – Slipped disc

Saxon sings out to save Bach ensemble

The theatre in Eisenach, Bach’s birthplace, is under threat of closure. Hundreds gathered to stage a peaceful protest in song.


Miloš: new champion of the classical guitar

A classical guitarist’s debut recording remained at the top of the Specialist Classical Chart for much of the past year. That artist is Miloš Karadaglić – or Miloš as he’s known simply – who was named Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year at our 2011 Awards.

Venezuelan Rafael Payare wins Malko Competition

32-year-old Venezuelan Rafael Payare won the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen on Saturday in an atmospheric final round broadcast live on Danish radio and television.


(Written on May 15, 2012 )


Jordi Savall Honoured By The York Early Music Festival

Viol player receives Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

You Know Those TV Phone-In Votes?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the money from those expensive TV phone-in votes for BBC talent shows? It might be going on some pretty good causes.


Herheim Rusalka Free Streaming

To add to this week’s free laptop viewing, La Monnaie are streaming a recently recorded performance of Rusalka on demand from Tuesday 27 March to Monday 16 April.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Watch This: Serious Pianist, Canadian, Makes It Onto US Prime Time TV

Marc-Andre Hamelin is a pianist’s pianist, an artist for the keyboard connoissuer. So what was he doing on US prime time last night?

Readers ‘Often Know More Than I Do’: A Critic Redefines His Job For The Online Age

Anyone who is concerned with the formation of received opinion and artistic canon must read this.

Want To See Dudamel’s Record-Breaking Mahler 8?

Over 1,000 musicians, more than 20 countries and 1 symphony: Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand” comes to cinema screens across Europe in April 2012



(Written on March 22, 2012 )

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise

For Montserrat Figueras

Montserrat Figueras, soprano and wife of violist Jordi Savall has passed away aged sixty nine.

Daily Telegraph

Richard Tognetti: the top dogs from Down Under

Ivan Hewett talks to the director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their rise to global acclaim.

Opera Chic

Drei cheers for Alex Ross

Ross has been awarded the bi-annual Belmont Prize for contemporary music.

New York Times

Classical conducting? There’s an app for that

Jeffrey Kahane performed Mozart at Avery Fisher Hall from an iPad


(Written on November 24, 2011 )