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LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first time an instrument of such value has been bought using the digital currency.

Classical Music Magazine

NMC overcomes funding crisis arising from Holst Foundation’s dissolution

NMC, the label devoted to recording works by British contemporary composers, has overcome a funding crisis which threatened to overshadow its 25th anniversary celebration.

Classic FM Online

The Lark Ascending tops Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014

 the soaring violin melody has taken the number one spot in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the piece at the top of the chart for the past three years, now sits at number two.

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.


How to do justice to Christ’s Last Words

Haydn’s meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words are among the great pieces of Easter music. But could Ruth Padel, steeped in Darwin and Freud, write poetry about this cornerstone of Christianity?

The Hollywood Reporter

Musicians Union Slams Lionsgate Over ‘Draft Day’ 

The American Federation of Musicians is pressing the case that U.S. films and television programs should be scored domestically, not overseas, especially when they receive U.S. production tax credits.

New York Times

Every Number Tells a Story

In a series called Collected Stories, the composer David Lang curates an alluring set of programs that explore the idea of storytelling in music.


Smiling with a cramp

Nils Frahm is re-creating living spaces in his studio

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim und Domingo: Sonne über dem Tonsatz-Gestrüpp

Ein Stelldichein der Leichtigkeit und Inbrunst lieferten sich die Staatskapelle unter Daniel Barenboim mit dem gefeierten Tenor Plácido Domingo bei ihren Feiertagskonzerten.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classic FM: @ClassicFM He’s topped the #HallOfFame once again. Here’s 8 reasons why we love Vaughan Williams:

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #Goodwatch: @LDNmusicmasters debate on class, race, and classical music

Jim McCauley: @JimMcCauley Classical nerds angry about game soundtrack, game nerds angry about classical nerds. This could run and run!

Michel van der Aa: @vanderaanet Call for scores, composers competition on freedom ->

Lincoln Center: @LincolnCenter Free concert Thursday! Pianist Jenny Lin plays classical works & Broadway standards.

The Strad

The Strad


(Written on April 22, 2014 )

The Guardian

Sergei Rachmaninov symphony manuscript to go under the hammer

Sotheby’s estimates 320-page document detailing composer’s second symphony will fetch up to £1.5m at auction in May

The Telegraph

James Levine: ‘I doubted I’d ever make it back’

America’s greatest conductor, the Metropolitan’s James Levine, tells John Allison how he beat paralysis to return to the podium – in a wheelchair

The Messiah: Handel’s gift to the poor of London

One of the world’s greatest choral works has its roots in the composer’s compassion for the shamed and destitute

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.

BBC Music Magazine

Royal Opera House’s Les Vepres siciliennes named Best New Opera Production at the Olivier awards

 The Royal Opera House and English Touring Opera are both awarded prizes

Die Welt

Klassik-Borschtsch mit regimetreuen Künstlern

Mit kräftiger Putin-Unterstützung: In Novosibirsk möchte der dort geborene Geiger Vadim Repin ein großes Kunstfestival etablieren. Doch man erfährt dort mehr über russisches Dasein als über Musik.


ONLINE-INTERVIEW: In der Welt von… Martin Stadtfeld 

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen.


Classical Music on Twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Richard Egarr, AAMorchestra music director, tells us about recording Bach’s St John Passion in our new podcast:

Classic FM: @ClassicFM  Great story from Neville Marriner – the perfect recording that never was. Coming up my Album of the Week johnsuchet1

Classical:NEXT: ‏@ClassicalNEXT social action through music – listen to the El Sistema session at Classical:NEXT 2013 …

BAFA: @BritArtsFests New BBC initative Ten Pieces: introducing a generation of children to classical music as a stimulus for creativity 

Neue Musikzeitung: @musikzeitung Lammert nennt SWR-Orchesterfusion “unsensible Fehlentscheidung… 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Alfie Boe and friends unite for Parkinson’s concert

Comedy duo Armstrong & Miller are set to reform for charity concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall in June, performing alongside a host of classical stars including Julian Lloyd Webber and Alfie Boe.

Leonard Nimoy to guest with Boston Pops Orchestra

Leonard Nimoy, star of Star Trek and legend of sci-fi, will appear at two Boston Pops Orchestra concerts in May.

The Guardian

Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on a panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights has been composed

NME sales fall below 20,000

IPC Media music magazine reports drop in circulation of 21.1% year on year, with rival Q down 14.2%


Sir James Galway Announces ‘First Flute’ Internet Instruction Series, Suitable for Beginners and Advanced Players Alike

American pianist Jonathan Biss and Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud have engaged the ever-expanding internet with web-based music teaching series, and now Ireland’s own Sir James Galway will follow their URL suits.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announce details of new structure

Croydon-based chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players has announced details of what will become its new structure after its current managing director, Simon Funnell, leaves at the end of next month as the result of ‘a major funding problem’.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

In der unendlichen Geschichte um das Hamburger Prestigeobjekt konnte ein weiterer Bauabschnitt beendet werden. Nach den Auseinandersetzungen der vergangenen Jahre zeigen sich derzeit alle Beteiligten kooperativ und optimistisch.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 14, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang and Einaudi to perform at Classic BRITs 2013

Pianists Lang Lang and Ludovico Einaudi have both been confirmed to perform at this year’s Classic BRITs award ceremony on October 2nd

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines prompts unexpected classical hit

The R&B chart smash has driven a surge in sales for a violin and harpsichord duet of the same name

Roger Federer plays violin in Lucerne Festival tribute

Tennis maestro Roger Federer paid tribute to the Lucerne Festival’s 75th anniversary in a video made by his sponsor, Credit Suisse

Nicola Benedetti takes time off following Queen’s advice

The superstar violinist is taking a break ahead of the release of her new album, My First Decade, after being asked whether she was overworking by the Queen

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann among pre-announced winners of 2013 Gramophone Awards

Jonas Kaufmann’s last solo disc on Decca before his recent move to Sony Classical is among several pre-announced winners of this year’s Gramophone magazine awards

Ealing Autumn festival: Britten among friends11-27 October

Running 11 to 27 October, the Ealing Autumn Festival returns for its fourth year

The Independent

Julian Lloyd Webber: I’m doing a Dudamel over here

The Venezuelan conductor showed how poor children could become musicians. Julian Lloyd Webber explains how he was determined to do the same here. The result can be seen at the Proms on Sunday

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Gewitter ist vorbei, die Schäflein sind im Trockenen

Beim Stuttgarter Musikfest gab Helmuth Rilling den Stab an seinen jüngeren Nachfolger Hans-Christoph Rademann ab – Bundespräsident Joachim Gauk assistierte

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(Written on August 28, 2013 )


Julia Lezhneva records debut Decca disc

Russian soprano records Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Porpora in Barcelona

Classic FM

André Rieu in chart battle with Robbie Williams

Waltzing violinist André Rieu is just behind Robbie Williams in the Official UK Album Charts, in second place.

Classical Music Magazine

Culture industry unites against Gove’s ‘not fit for purpose’ EBacc

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and violinist Tasmin Little are among a growing number of high-profile musicians, artists and educators who have publicly lent their support to ‘Bacc for the Future’ (, a campaign which is urging the government to include creative subjects in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), set to replace GCSEs from 2017.

Instrument dealer sentenced to six years imprisonment

German instrument dealer Dietmar Machold, whose trial for fraud resumed in Vienna las week, was handed a six-year prison sentence on 9 November.

Albert Hall tightens ‘exclusive let’ criteria

Classical music promoters face new programming rules for so-called exclusive lets at the Royal Albert Hall from 1 January 2013.

LA Times

Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to L.A. with murder in mind

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s former music director is about to visit with his Philharmonia Orchestra and the opera ‘Wozzeck,’ about a man driven to violence.

Huffington Post

John Williams Comes to London Thanks to RPO

I once went to a concert of film composer Jerry Goldsmith’s music conducted by the man himself. At the beginning of the performance, he turned to the audience and joked that we were welcome to talk through it as much as we want – after all, that’s what happens on-screen.

The Telegraph

Reality Opera about the stock market

‘Open Outcry’ is a musical performance that is created by the ebb and flow of emotion and money on a stock trading floor.

Cecilia Bartoli: ‘I’m going against the diva cliché of being beautiful all the time’

The mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli tells Adam Sweeting why it’s important she looked like a rabid bald-headed priest on the cover of her new album

The Telegraph

(Written on November 12, 2012 )


Universal secures European go ahead for EMI takeover – but must divest labels including EMI Classics

$1.9bn takeover approved by European Commission competition authorities

Classic FM

Classic FM explores The Sage Gateshead “from top to bottom”

Classic FM’s 20th birthday celebrations continued at The Sage Gateshead with a concert from the Northern Sinfonia, conducted by John Wilson and a live broadcast that literally saw Classic FM presenters explore the entire Sir Norman Foster building.

Viktoria Mullova on her escape from Russia and her life afterwards

We spoke to violinist Viktoria Mullova about her new book, which details her difficult early life in Russia, her escape from the KGB and settling outside the Soviet Union.

The Observer

Julian Lloyd Webber joins pleas for music to survive Gove’s exam shake-up

Leading musicians warns new proposals mean many children will ‘never touch an instrument’

The Scotland Blog, The Guardian

Big Noise: the musical, social revolution jumps from Raploch to Glasgow

This week councillors in Glasgow will support the next flowering of a remarkable musical movement which has transformed children’s lives in Stirling, writes George Anderson, of Sistema Scotland

The Independent

Julietta, Coliseum, London
Outsider Music Night, Peckham car park, London

Martinu’s surreal 1938 opera plays tricks with the memory and shows ENO at its strongest

Slipped Disc, Arts Journal

Who’s going to lose in Chicago?

Our prediction that six US orchestras will be unable to open their 2012-13 season is starting to look over-cautious. Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra downed instruments this weekend in the course of negiotiations for a new, three-year contract.

Classical UK

Three Early songs by Eric Coates to receive World Premiere

Manuscripts of the songs have been donated to the Eric Coates Society, who will stage the performance.

BBC News (Found on Arts Journal)

Sales boost for music featured in Olympic ceremonies

The music featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics has sparked a big surge in sales. (Found on Musical Chairs)

Philharmonic hits high note with classic ringtones

THE Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra has hit a high note by offering free ringtones from its classical repertoire that were downloaded 10,000 times in three days in what it terms an “unexpected success.”

Classic FM

(Written on September 24, 2012 )

Classic FM

Classical Music Features at the Olympic Closing Ceremony 

Julian Lloyd Webber, the London Symphony Orchestra and others featured alongside pop and rock artists in the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

‘Hip-Hop violinist’ Phantom video is online hit 

Californian violinist’s new Youtube video has become an instant viral hit.

Kayaking is ‘like Mozart,’ says Olympic coach 

Guiglelmo Guerrini says that his wife’s performance was comparable to conducting and performing classical music.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Breaking: A mighty organist has died 

Carlo Curley has died at age 59.

Nobody wants to audition for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 

At a recent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Audition only one-third of the usual number of candidates appeared.

Manchester Leader gets a Strad on Loan 

Giovanni Guzzo, concertmaster of the Manchester Camerata has been given a month’s loan of a Strad by a local philanthropist.

The Independent 

‘World’s bravest Orchestra’ defies the bombers

Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain.

Opera News

Moving to the Center 

Jennifer Melick visits Manhattan’s brand-new National Opera Center.

(Written on August 13, 2012 )

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc

Which Olympic team has 19 conservatoire students? 

You’ll never guess which Olympic team has 19 conservatoire students…

Olga Korbut makes her Royal Opera House debut

The Soviet star will play her part in the ROH Covent Garden’s Olympic exhibition.

And the Best Opera House in Germany is… 

Magazine Die Deutsche Bühne ranks Germany’s Opera Houses.

BBC Music Magazine

Time called on Sibelius in the UK 

London base of the music software company was closed last night.

BBC News 

Philadelphia Orchestra safe from bankruptcy 

American orchestra has officially emerged from bankruptcy.


Sydney Symphony signs partnership with Chinese conservatory 

Sydney Orchestra is linked to Xinghai Conservatory for three years.

Classic FM 

“Lost” Beethoven score auction in London 

On December 1st a lost Beethoven manuscript will go on auction in a Sotheby’s sale.

Masked man attacks Orpington Choir rehearsal 

Masked attacker breaks into an Orpington Choir rehearsal…

Julian Lloyd Webber new youth patron of BSO 

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced Julian Lloyd Webber as the patron of their BSO vibes scheme.

(Written on August 2, 2012 )


Sing Or Swim.

…a game for ruthless music-lovers.

Introducing New Music 20 x 12 – Part Of The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Hear an excerpt from the first of 20 new works – Howard Skempton’s Five Rings Triples.

The Independent 

Independent Classical Podcast: Julian Lloyd Webber.

Julian Lloyd Webber and his new recording, ‘Evening Songs’.

The Telegraph

Tales Of Hoffman: The Elusive Alchemy That Animates An Opera.

Richard Jones, the director and designer of the Coliseum-bound ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ talks to Rupert Christiansen.

‘Do Not Touch Me’: The Wisdom Of Anglican Thresholds.

Stephen Hough on Evensong.


(Written on January 26, 2012 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Hooray For Haydn.

Haydn is named a member of the top ten most performed composers of 2011.

The Guardian

Delius: Beauty In The Ear Of The Beholder.

His life was as romantic and colourful as his exquisite music, yet his works are rarely performed today. Delius deserves better, writes Julian Lloyd Webber.

LA Times

Gustavo Dudamel’s Mahler Project.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s mammoth tribute to the composer is an unprecedented musical feat for the conductor.

New York Times

New York City Opera Declares Rehearsal Lockout.

Talks break down at City Opera.

The Independent

Twenty Years Of Brahms & Liszt: Meet The Classic FM DJs Who Have Made Fugues Funky.

For decades, classical music was considered fusty and exclusive. One broadcaster has changed all that.

Sergei Prokofiev: Beyond ‘Peter And The Wolf’ – The Rehabilitation Of Stalin’s Composer.

Prokofiev followed ‘the bitch goddess success’ back to Soviet Moscow – or so the story goes. Think again, Vladimir Jurowski tells Andrew Stewart.

The Times

Gabriel Prokofiev Takes On The Family Business.

Fancy a classical club night? The composer Sergei Prokofiev’s grandson’s is a dab hand at making worlds collide.


(Written on January 9, 2012 )