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In our news today, concertgoers at The Last Night Of The Proms show their solidarity with the European Union, Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House as Director of Opera, and 13-year-old Gwydion Rhys conducts Proms in the Park orchestra. Also, London’s largest homelessness charity has launched its annual “A Night Under The Stars” fundraising concert, and Daniele Gatti picks up the baton at Royal Concertgebouw.

The Guardian

EU flags waved at Last Night of the Proms in anti-Brexit protest

Concertgoers at The Last Night Of The Proms have shown their solidarity with the European Union by waving EU flags during the performance.

Royal Opera House

Oliver Mears to join Royal Opera House as Director of Opera

Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House as Director of Opera at the beginning of March 2017, succeeding Kasper Holten.

BBC News

Gwydion Rhys, 13, conducts Proms in the Park orchestra

A 13-year-old boy has conducted the orchestra for part of the final night of BBC Proms in the Park in Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Classical Music Magazine

Charity concert launch hosted by prime minister at 10 Downing Street

London’s largest homelessness charity, The Passage, has launched its annual “A Night Under The Stars” fundraising concert at a reception held at 10 Downing Street in the presence of prime minister Theresa May.

The New York Times

Daniele Gatti, Creative Risk-Taker, Picks Up Baton at Royal Concertgebouw

Daniele Gatti took the stage on Friday as the new chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam

The Inquirer

Musicians, orchestra continue labor talks beyond Sept. 12

Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra have agreed to continue talking for an unspecified period beyond the end of the current labor deal, which had been set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

news24

Sour note as opera outfit dismisses singers

Despite sold-out performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the prestigious Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, the Cape Town Opera (CTO) has hit a sour note with 12 chorus singers fighting their dismissal in a dispute over money and contracts.

WELT

Die schöne, teure Zukunft der Musik steht in Berlin

Der Boulez-Saal an der Barenboim-Said-Akademie in Berlin ist einzigartig in Deutschland. Entworfen von Stararchitekt Frank Gehry und finanziert vom Bund. Endlich wird das Konzertprogramm vorgestellt.

RBB Kulturradio

Leipziger Archiv digitalisiert Bach-Handschriften

Das Bach-Archiv in Leipzig beginnt ab Mitte September mit der Digitalisierung von rund 700 Musikhandschriften.

klassik.com

Hornist Marc Gruber Zweiter beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Die Preisträger des 65. ARD-Musikwettbewerbs stehen fest. Im Fach Horn wurden gleich zwei 2. Preise verliehen: Sie gingen an Marc Gruber (23) aus Deutschland und Kateřina Javůrková (25) aus Tschechien.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Music, driving rain, indefatigable music lovers. We love our Prommers!

Top Classical News @topcmnews New principal trumpet at Concertgebouw

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Rückblick auf die Königsdisziplin bei : Das Streichquartett 2016

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A range of flags being waved by members of the audience at the Last Night of the Proms. Photograph: BBC/Chris Christodoulou/PA

(Written on September 12, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”

WQXR

Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.

Classicalite

New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Klassikinfo.de

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

Klassik.com

Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen

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Photograph: AFP / Getty Images

(Written on May 25, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news,  Southbank centre unveils classical season and Concertgebouw Orchestra to tour all 28 EU member states. Also, Ivor Bolten and Kasper Holten announce a collaboration on Wagner and Patrick Dunachie to join the King’s Singers in September 2016

The Guardian

Life, the universe and virtual reality: Southbank unveils classical season

Highlights of the centre’s 2016-17 season include a digital trip into an orchestra, a year-long festival examining music and belief, plus Radio 3 celebrates its 70th by moving in for a fortnight

Classical Music Magazine

Concertgebouw to tour all 28 EU member states

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons as part of its RCO meets Europe tour

International Arts Manager

Ivor Bolton and Kasper Holten collaborate on Wagner

Teatro Real and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) have announced a new co-production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Classical Music Magazine

New King’s Singer announced

Patrick Dunachie is to replace David Hurley as countertenor with the King’s Singers in September 2016

Süddeutsche

Per Nørgård geehrt

Er ist einer der profiliertesten lebenden Komponisten: Per Nørgård, 1932 in Dänemark geboren. Jetzt hat er den Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis erhalten

Pizzicato

Berliner Staatsbibliothek erwarb Mendelssohn-Autograph

Die Berliner Staatsbibliothek hat ein Autograph von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erworben, das der Wissenschaft bislang unbekannt war

NMZ

Teure Eintagsfliegen? Neue Opern etablieren sich kaum

Nur wenige neue Opern können sich durchsetzen, die meisten verschwinden schnell wieder in der Versenkung

France Musique

Mort de Jean-Louis Martinoty, grande figure du monde de l’opéra

Le metteur en scène, ancien administrateur de l’Opéra national de Paris de 1986 à 1989, mais aussi auteur d’ouvrages sur la musique, Jean-Louis Martinoty est mort mercredi 27 janvier

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MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london  Fancy more Mozart? Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra perform The Magic Flute @southbankcentre 10 May. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-magic-flute-budapest-fes-89613

Music Education UK @MusicEdUK  International  Music and Cultural Studies Conference 2016  http://www.musiceducationuk.com/events-and-courses/2016/5/13/international-music-and-cultural-studies-conference-2016

JJ Jazz Academy @JJJAJazz  Happy birthday to the great Ronnie Scott who would have turned 89 yesterday. @officialronnies #Bestofbritishjazz

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(Written on January 29, 2016 )

We’re pleased to announce that Ella Marchment has just been named one of the recipients of the prestigious Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. She’s one of the youngest recipients and also the first stage director to receive this bursary. This award is recognition for her groundbreaking work fostering the ‘new’ opera.

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Ella has worked on over eighty productions in the UK, Europe, and Russia. She has a first-class honours degree in Music from King’s College London, and was awarded the prestigious MyKing’s Scholarship for her outstanding contribution to the university’s cultural activities. Ella has also completed courses in Set Design (Central Saint Martins) and Teaching Drama (City Lit).

She has already directed numerous opera commissions, including Façade and Eight Songs For a Mad King (Arcola, Rose Kingston and St Petersburg Philharmonia), Cinderella (St Gabriel’s), Il Re Pastore (King’s London), Bare, Red as Blood, and The Bear (Rose Kingston, Sage Gateshead, Edinburgh Fringe, and St Cyprian’s ), Aleko (St John’s Smith Square ), The Jacobin young artist run, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor Young Artists Run, Louise (Buxton Festival), The Beggar’s Opera (Brixton JAMM), A Last Farewell, Flush, Rock Tosca, and When I’m Jumping (Toi Toi 2015) and Robbie’s Date (Courtyard Theatre), among others.

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Ella has also assisted and observed a number of distinguished directors including Kasper Holten (ROH), Stephen Unwin, Stephen Lawless, Harry Fehr, Francis Matthews (Buxton Festival), Nigel Lowry (Konzert Theater Bern) and Michiel Dijkema (Leipzig Opera), as well as working as a research assistant for the Royal Opera House and writing opera-play adaptations and librettos. In addition to directing, Ella has designed most of her own productions.

You can experience two of her upcoming events from next week. As the Artistic Director of the Helios Collective, she will be presenting:

Toi Toi: After two sold-out events in January, Toi Toi returns for an operatic club night at the CLF Art Cafe on the 28th and 29th of October. Mixing several music genres, from opera (classical and electric) to reggae and pop-fusion, you can witness opera as you’ve never seen before.

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Formations Masterclasses: From 6th to 13th November, the Collective will be presenting a six-day master class programme at the Arts Theatre. The classes will focus on several aspects of opera  – from composing to singing –  and will be led by influential figures : Kasper Holten (Director of Opera, ROH), Stephen Unwin (pre-eminent theatre director and writer) and David Parry (Award-winning conductor) among others.

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(Written on October 22, 2015 )

It is with great excitement that we introduce Helios Collective’s two upcoming events: Toi Toi and Formations masterclasses.

Helios Collective has earned a reputation for putting on bold projects and quality productions, working from the ground up. Founded in 2012, this company has continued to provide opportunities for young artists across a wide creative spectrum. Helios’s diverse programming caters for both people who appreciate high-quality productions, but also those looking for new experiences and hoping to explore music beyond the traditional canon. Working as a tight-knit operative, Helios achieves artistic excellence in every aspect, successfully inspiring and supporting people from diverse backgrounds

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Its founder, Ella Marchment, has wide-ranging experiences as both a director and designer, and has worked on over 50 productions internationally. Ella’s sublime leadership has been noted by many: Stephen Barlow – the artistic director of Buxton Festival – praised Ella for creating a ‘surprisingly invigorating and fresh event… [and] stretching the boundaries to breaking point between high art and accessibility’.

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The first of Helios Collective’s innovative upcoming events is Toi Toi, which will stage opera as you’ve never seen it before: in a nightclub! Leave your suit and tie behind and let the Helios Collective take you on a unique 2-day musical safari from London to Jamaica, and from Finland to Brazil. Toi Toi returns to the heart of Peckham, offering an exciting evening of electric opera, mixed with rock, bossa nova, pop-fusion, jazz, reggae and more.

Through this experimental event, Helios hopes to demonstrate the relevance of opera to modern audiences, making it accessible for new generations. Join them on 28th and 29th October at CLF Art Café for an opera experience like no other. Click attending on the Facebook Event to get the latest information, and remember to bring your dancing shoes for the after-party on the final night!

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Helios Collective’s second exciting upcoming event, Formations masterclasses, gives you the opportunity to contribute to a new opera production. Take part in a six-day masterclass programme from 6th – 13th November, and share your ideas with top UK classical music influencers and emerging artists. The programme will end with a triple-bill performance at the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square on 13th November, in front of a panel with Kasper Holten, Stephen UnwinStephen Barlow and Bettina Bartz. Formation masterclasses offer a unique chance to be part of the opera community, and take part in workshops on opera composing, directing, conducting and singing, led by top classical music figures.

The Formations masterclasses will also feature three new opera commissions: Glasstown – composed by Leo Geyer, words by Martin KratzThe Exile – composed by Solfa Carlile, words by Gillian Pencavel, and IO Transfigured – composed by Daniel Chappell, words by Dominic Grove. Get your tickets here!

heliosFor more information, follow the Helios Collective on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out their website for more information on these fabulous upcoming events!

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Bryn Terfel, Sarah Kane and the chance to prom: the Royal Opera House’s 2015-16 season

A wide-ranging slate of productions include a new production of Orphée et Eurydice, Katie Mitchell directing Lucia di Lammermoor, Placido Domingo’s Nabucco and four brand-new ballets

Alan Gilbert: Orchestras in the 21st Century – a new paradigm

Read an edited version of Alan Gilbert’s 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture

The Times

Royal Opera House boss Alex Beard on a risky new season

If Alex Beard had a broad smile when he launched the Royal Opera House’s new season yesterday, he had good cause.

The Telegraph

Day of reckoning for the Royal Opera

The latest season of productions at the Royal Opera House could be make or break for director Kasper Holten, says Rupert Christiansen

The Strad

German musical instrument sales increase despite decline in string sector

The figures from the Society of Music Merchants record a seven percent increase in 2014

pizzicato

Findungskommission soll neuen Leipziger Thomaskantor suchen

Unter dem Vorsitz des Leipziger Oberbürgermeisters Burkhard Jung hat sich eine Findungskommission zur Nachfolge im vakant gewordenen Amt des Thomaskantors konstituiert.

klassik.com

Intendant Martin Engstroem erhält Schostakowitsch-Preis

Der Leiter und Begründer des Verbier Festivals, Martin Engstroem, erhält den diesjährigen Schostakowitsch-Preis des Yuri Bashmet International Charity Fund. Die Auszeichnung in Form einer kleinen Statue ist mit 25.000 US-Dollar (etwa 23.580 Euro) dotiert.

Arbeitsstipendium des Archivs Frau und Musik für Manuela Kerer

Das internationale Arbeitsstipendium für Komponistinnen “Composer in Residence – Komponistinnen nach Frankfurt” geht in diesem Jahr an Manuela Kerer.

Le Monde

A Radio France, les orchestres s’accordent contre les critiques

Pointés du doigt par la Cour des comptes pour leur coût en période de crise à la Maison de la radio, le « National » et le « Philhar », les deux orchestres de Radio France, redoutent les conséquences du projet stratégique du PDG, Mathieu Gallet.

BroadwayWorld.com

Cincinnati Symphony Welcomes AZ Opera’s Keitaro Harada as Associate Conductor

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that Keitaro Harada will join the CSO staff as Associate Conductor beginning in September 2015.

Twitter

Women in Film & TV ‏@WFTV_UK : Composer and WFTV member @thelaurarossi will be perfoming her live score to Jane Shore at @BFI this Fri. Book now: http://ow.ly/LB5Fk 

London Philharmonic ‏@LPOrchestra : Are you an aspiring professional musician? Our Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme is now open for applications!http://bit.ly/1koQLle 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag : Latest news: @marinalsop renews contract with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra @osesp http://bit.ly/1Hwqr6Q 

ROH Stage 16th April 2015 The Royal Opera House stage. Photo: Will Pearson/ROH 

(Written on April 16, 2015 )

Guardian

The Simón Bolívar Orchestra – why we should look beyond the music

Reviews of El Sistema’s flagship orchestra’s London concerts missed the bigger picture, writes Geoff Baker.

Classic FM

Exclusive: Gustavo Dudamel answers your questions

We spoke exclusively to hotshot Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel ahead of the release of his new Wagner recording with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and he found time to answer some of your questions too.

The Stage

Performing arts contributes £5.4 billion a year to UK economy

The music, performing and visual arts sector, which includes theatre, is now worth £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy, new figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have revealed.

International Arts Manager

New fellowship to support emerging arts admin talent

Boutique classical and contemporary music marketing agency WildKat PR has announced the launch of The Noted Innovation Fellowship, a scheme that will introduce industry newcomers to leading arts mangers in order to progress their careers.

Classical Music Magazine

Warwick Thompson: Has the Dane brought something rotten to the state of Covent Garden?

After a slew of suboptimal stagings at the Royal Opera, it seems a good time to mull over the artistic direction of the house under Kasper Holten, who took up his post in 2011.

Zeit Online

Hört doch endlich auf zu jammern

Ja, die Klassikbranche hat nicht mehr so viel Geld wie früher. Dennoch kein Grund zur Resignation: Das Publikum verjüngt sich, und die Musiker sind vielseitiger denn je.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rap in der Philharmonie

Die neue Pariser Philharmonie wurde beschlossen, als noch niemand an Haushalsdefizite dachte. Nun tobt in Paris ein Kultur- und Klassenkampf um das neue und das alte Konzerthaus: Kostenüberschreitung, weite Anfahrtswege, Programmdiktat.

Spiegel Online

Deutscher ESC-Vorentscheid: Mit Harfe und Dudelsack nach Wien

Von Mittelalterklängen bis Elektropop: Der NDR hat sieben Kandidaten für den ESC-Vorentschied bekannt gegeben.

Klassik.com

Oper Leipzig legt positive Bilanz vor

Die Oper Leipzig befindet sich laut eigenen Angaben hinsichtlicher der Zuschauernachfrage auf einem erfolgreichen Weg.

The New York Times

A Concert Hall in Paris Aims to Bridge Divides

PARIS — The new concert hall here, the Philharmonie de Paris, rises like a flight of doves, its sprawling waves of concrete and steel designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel to symbolize the end of the “eternal ostracism” of the struggling neighborhoods nearby.

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Icons of Europe ‏@IconsEurope: Great @WeAreNoted @WildKatPR concept! Could off-stage leadership and fresh thinking be built thru Chair at an institution? #NotedFellowship

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The glamour, glitz and high notes of being a soprano all comes at a price http://classfm.co/o3QUer 

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony: Good wishes to the new @philharmonie in Paris which opens tonight. Looks fabulous, can’t wait to play there in Feb.

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(Written on January 14, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Rudy Giuliani expected to join protest against Met’s Klinghoffer opera

New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday, as protesters get ready to picket The Death of Klinghoffer, the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerrillas.

Telegraph

Lang Lang demonstrates piano techniques

Exclusive: Lang Lang, who has just published a series of piano books for young players, shows how to play in different styles

Classic FM

How I wrote Fury – Steven Price

After tackling the quiet helplessness of being adrift in space with Gravity, the Oscar-winning film composer turned to the Bible to tackle Brad Pitt’s World War Two film.

International Arts Manager

Orpheus receives grant to reach next generation

New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has received a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Sinfini

Critics’ Circle Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 Critics’ Circle Music Awards were announced on Friday.

Pizzicato

Finnish National Opera Celebrates Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary

The Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Ballet will be contributing to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with the world premiere of the expansive ‘Kullervo’ by Tero Saarinen, alternately conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pietari Inkinen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Kampf um Bayreuth

Gysi droht Richard-Wagner-Stiftung mit Klage

Klassik.com

Unerwarteter Geldsegen für Wiener Staatsoper

Sponsorenmittel in Höhe von 333.000 Euro wiederentdeckt

Klavier.de

Pianist Arto Satukangas gestorben

Finnischer Musiker und Hochschuldozent wurde 51 Jahre alt

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ECHO Klassik 2014 – Das Lebenswerk: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Kurz vor seinem 85. Geburtstag bekommt Nikolaus Harnoncourt ein verfrühtes Geburtstagsgeschenk: den ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk.

Plácido Domingo: Eine Prise Domingo

„Wenn man aufhört zu wachsen, dann ist es vorbei“, sagt Plácido Domingo (73) und veröffentlicht gleich sein nächstes Album – mit mediterranen Liedern als Hommage an seine Heimat.

classicalworld.com

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia Announces Appointment of Conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director and Chief Conductor

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015.

Le Figaro

Le Royal Opera s’offre un entracte contemporain

Kasper Holten, l’administrateur du Royal Opera House, s’est lancé dans un ambitieux plan d’élargissement du répertoire de ce que l’on tient encore pour un bastion du conservatisme.

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Berlin Classics @BerlinClassics: Die Longlist des PdSK für das dritte Quartal ist da: 140 Juroren haben in 29 Kategorien 227 Titel nominiert, die… http://fb.me/2yDoyKeSu 

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Wunderschönes neues Video zum kommenden Album “Escape to Paradise – The Hollywood Album” von Daniel Hope: http://www.klassikakzente.de/daniel-hope/videos/detail/video:345366/escape-to-paradise-the-hollywood-album-dokumentation …

Classicalite @Classicalite: Manhattan Transfer Co-Founder #TimHauser Dies at 72 http://www.classicalite.com/articles/12236/20141018/manhattan-transfer-cofounder-tim-hauser-dies-72.htm?exe=reporter …

Classicalite @Classicalite: [WATCH] #Beethoven ‘Ode to Joy’ Featured in Wrap Your Baby Commercial, Babies Included http://www.classicalite.com/articles/12228/20141018/beethoven-ode-joy-featured-wrap-your-baby-commercial-babies-included-watch.htm?exe=reporter …

Belsize Music @BelsizeMusic: RT @WeAreTheMU: Best practice in instrumental & vocal teaching – check out the Art of Teaching project http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/news/2014/04/08/art-of-teaching/ … #MUteaching

Dirigent @dirigent: “Nobelpreis der Künste” für den estnischen Komponisten – Komponist Arvo Pärt freut sich über Praemium Imperiale http://magazin.klassik.com/news/teaser.cfm?ID=11227 …

Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

(Written on October 20, 2014 )

Earlier this week, the Royal Opera House announced their exciting programme for the 2013/2014 season, which can be seen here, generating a discussion in the office about how we choose which operas we would like to see.

Watch our video blog below to find out what we are looking forward to and why:

Are you looking forward to the 2013/2014 season at the Royal Opera House as much as we are? Tell us what you would like to see and why?

(Written on March 15, 2013 )

New York Times

Wolfgang, Is That You?

In the impossible search to know exactly what the face of musical genius looked like, researchers in Salzburg, Austria, have made progress. Their subject was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a local boy.

Runway Crescendo: Strut Over, Beethoven

At Carolina Herrera’s fashion show on Monday at Lincoln Center, don’t expect to hear the Knife’s “Full of Fire,” Haim’s “Don’t Save Me” or Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”

The Economist

Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven

Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim created the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999. The group is a rare, and virtuosic, collaboration between Israelis and Arab

The Telegraph

Michael Gove’s GCSE U-turn: how EBacc was scrapped

Michael Gove’s plan to replace discredited GCSEs with new academic English Baccalaureate Certificates has been shelved after less than five months

Huffington Post

How Music is Instrumental in Breaking Generational Barriers

Within the 21st century, there is a large barrier between generations. Parents have difficulty understanding their children’s individual expression while adolescents have trouble accepting their parents’ wisdom.

Classical Source

The Royal Opera’s Eugene Onegin Broadcast Live Into Cinemas Worldwide On Wednesday 20 February

Kasper Holten, Director of Opera for The Royal Opera, makes his directorial debut with the Company with an exciting new production of Tchaikovsky’s poignant Eugene Onegin which will be broadcast live into cinemas worldwide on Wednesday 20 February.

The Wagnerian

New Wagner Book: The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia

Should you have a spare £120 then the following maybe of interest…

Music Week

iTunes Store sells 25 billionth song

Apple has announced has surpassed 25 billion sales of songs via its iTunes Store.

The Guardian

iTunes and Spotify devastate high street music sales as fans go digital

HMV and others hit by ‘digital music switchover’ as more than a quarter of UK population download or stream music

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(Written on February 7, 2013 )