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In today’s news: Opera North launches Orchestra Academy, Classical Music is played in McDonalds to reduce crime, Opera is used to change perception of films, Ian Jackson composes for dogs, Fyfe and Iskra Strings release collaborative EP, Berlin wants to buy the popular centre of cultural events “Radialsystem V” in Berlin Friedrichshain and the International Festival for Time Issues “MaerzMusik” will take place from 16 to 25 March 2018 in Berlin.

Classical Music

Opera North launches Orchestra Academy

Opera North is launching an Orchestra Academy in a bid to support and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians in the north of England.

Evening Standard

Shepherd’s Bush McDonalds turns off wifi and plays classical music 

A McDonald’s restaurant plagued with anti-social behaviour claims to have successfully reduced disorder by playing classical music.


Opera Meets Film: ‘Ombra Mai Fu’ As a Call For Respect in ‘A Fantastic Woman’

This feature is dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema by taking a section or whole film and alter its perception by using music.

Classic FM

Composer finds out what’s the most relaxing music for dogs 

Composer Iain Jackson teamed up with a team of veterinary experts to create the perfect piece of music to calm your dog – the performed the piece at Crufts this weekend

Complete Music Update

Fyfe and Iskra Strings have announced a new collaborative EP

New collaborative EP to be released later this year, blending classical music and pop with uncommonly successful results.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Hannover’s 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Comp

Applications are now open for the 2018 10th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in Hannover, Germany.

American Composer & Musicologist Dr Olly Wilson Has Died – Aged 80

Prominent African-American contemporary composer and musicologist Dr Olly Wilson has passed away – aged 80.

Land Berlin will Radialsystem kaufen

Das Land Berlin plant die Übernahme des Radialsystems V in Berlin Friedrichshain. Der Erwerb des Zentrums für Kulturveranstaltungen wäre möglich, da der private Eigentümer das Areal an der Spree in einigen Wochen verkaufen möchte.


MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen 2018 vom 16. bis 25. März in Berlin

Am Freitag, den 16. März, starten die Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen (16. bis 25. März). Unter dem Titel „Time Wars“ eröffnet das Festival die Möglichkeit zu außergewöhnlichen Musikerfahrungen und zum Nachdenken über den „Zeitkrieg“ unserer Gegenwart.

Jazzmusiker Walter Eichenberg mit 95 Jahren gestorben

Der langjährige Leiter des Rundfunktanzorchesters Leipzig, Walter Eichenberg, ist tot.

Orgelwoche Nürnberg widmet sich dem Thema «Zeit»

«Zeit» ist das Thema der diesjährigen Internationalen Orgelwoche Nürnberg (ION). Im Zentrum stehen dabei die verschiedenen Arten, Zeit wahrzunehmen – nicht zuletzt die Idee, sich in ihr verlieren zu können.

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Steven Spielberg songerait à réaliser un biopic sur Leonard Bernstein

Selon le journal américain Variety, le réalisateur Steven Spielberg envisagerait de réaliser un film sur la vie du compositeur et chef d’orchestre Leonard Bernstein, dont on célèbre le centenaire en cette année 2018.


BBC Radio 2_@BBCRadio3:  “I don’t think that music can tell us anything about physics, but it may help us to understand our own awareness of time.” #StephenHawking


Radialsystem V, © Sir James unter CC BY 3.0

(Written on March 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: ABRSM announces RPS partnership, Trinity Laban pledge to make women 50% of its concert programmes, new campaign to support women and families in opera. More than 1000 musicians come together at the Festival of choir- and orchestral music in Bad Homburg, which will be visited by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, North Rhine-Westphalia going to invest 30 million more for local theatres and orchestras until 2022 and Israeli composer Bracha Bdil to receive Wolf Durmashkin Composition Prize.


ABRSM announces partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society

ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have announced a new partnership ‘to help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers and inspire musical achievement in the next generation’.

Trinity Laban to spotlight women composers in concerts and online

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced that music by women will make up more than half of its concert programmes in 2018/19.

Classic FM

New campaign launches supporting women and families in opera and music

Some of the UK’s finest young singers, directors and conductors are setting up a campaign to make parts of the music industry more cooperative, understanding and accommodating to women and young families.

The Guardian

Settling the score: celebrating the women erased from the musical canon

Augusta Holmès’ compositions won awards and acclaim from admirers including Liszt and Saint-Saëns, so why is she, and so many of her female contemporaries, all but forgotten today?

Music Week

UK music industry to launch China trade mission


Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2018 program unveiled

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has unveiled its 2018 program, which will include six world and 16 Australian premieres – not to mention 21 artists who will be appearing at the Festival for the first time, six of whom will be making their Australian debuts.

The Washington Post

81 and going strong, Philip Glass prepares for his Kennedy Center debut

The Kennedy Center will see a long-overdue debut Friday when the composer Philip Glass, 81, will perform there for the first time, playing his piano etudes with four other pianists as part of the Direct Current festival.

BR Klassik

1000 Hobbymusiker und der Bundespräsident

Mehr als 1000 Musikerinnen und Musiker treffen sich dieses Wochenende zu den Tagen der Chor- und Orchestermusik in Bad Homburg. Drei Tage lang stellen sie in Konzerten und Projekten die Vielfalt der Laienmusik in Deutschland vor. Zur Preisverleihung kommt Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis 2018 für Bracha Bdil

Die israelische Komponistin Bracha Bdil hat den ersten Preis beim neu ins Leben gerufenen Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erhalten. Der Preis wurde in Erinnerung an den Komponisten Wolf Durmashkin ins Leben gerufen, der 1944 Opfer der Nationalsozialisten wurde.

Nordrhein-Westfalen: Mehr Geld für kommunale Theater und Orchester

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen erhöht einem Bericht des WDR zufolge die finanzielle Unterstützung für kommunale Orchester und Theater. Bis zum Jahr 2022 sollen Theater und Orchester 30 Millionen Euro mehr erhalten als bisher.

Klassik Heute

Castalian String Quartet gewinnt neuen Streichquartett-Preis

Mit dem Castalian String Quartet gewinnt ein junges, in London angesiedeltes Quartett, das sich unter den fünf bestqualifizierten Quartetten behaupten konnte, den ersten Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize.

Le Monde

Egalité femmes/hommes dans la musique actuelle : « tout passe par la formation »

Elles s’appellent Camille, Juliette Armanet, Fishbach ou Angèle et la saison musicale 2018-2019 ne se fera pas sans elles. Cette nouvelle génération de chanteuses, âgées de 39 à 22, semble prouver que la relève de la musique actuelle se conjugue dorénavant au féminin.

france musique

Seiji Ozawa hospitalisé pour un problème cardiaque

Le chef d’orchestre japonais Seiji Ozawa a été hospitalisé à Tokyo à la suite d’un problème cardiaque. Sa prise en charge médicale devrait durer un mois.


@BBC6Music: “Women belong in studios! Doing lighting design! Being tour managers! There are so many different parts of the business where women aren’t represented.” — Este (@) from @ speaking to @ for her  report:

© RPS and Wellington College

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Boosey & Hawkes to start publishing works by Leokadiya Kashperova, Spotify to go public on the New York Stock Exchange and Klaus Doldinger receives the German Music Authors’ Price for his lifetime achievement – our blogpost offers more information and news!

Classical Music

Boosey & Hawkes to start publishing works by Leokadiya Kashperova

Kashperova is Stravinsky’s piano teacher and one of Russia’s earliest and most talented female composers.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority announces £7m culture investment

Twenty-eight organisations are set to receive a share of £7m investment over the next two years.

PPL and PRS for Music launch joint venture, PPL PRS Ltd

The joint venture will provide customers with a streamlined service, a single point of contact, and one licence covering both companies’ respective rights.

Harpist Danielle Perett jailed for sexual abuse

Perett and her former partner have been sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a school boy.

Opera Now

Opera North announces 40th anniversary season

The 2018/19 season – the company’s 40th – will explore the theme of conflict.

The Strad

Competitors announced for International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland

Twenty-six competitors have been accepted for the event taking place in October across three Finnish cities.


Is Spotify really worth $23bn?

The world’s biggest music streaming service has filed paperwork to start trading its shares publicly on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Washington Post

Why listening to local music matters

Local music? I love the stuff. I’ve spent the past 20 years listening — ravenously, rapturously — to music made by my neighbors, and it keeps getting better.

GEMA würdigt Klaus Doldinger

Der Filmmusik-Komponist und Jazzmusiker Klaus Doldinger wird beim Deutschen Musikautorenpreis 2018 für sein Lebenswerk geehrt.

Grazer Schubert-Wettbewerb kürt Gewinner

Der Schubert-Wettbewerb der Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG) hat die Gewinner in den drei Sparten Lied, Klaviertrio und Streichquartett gekürt.


Christopher Ward soll Generalmusikdirektor in Aachen werden

Die Stadt Aachen will zwar erst am 7. März über die Besetzung des Generalmusikdirektorenpostens beraten, doch die ‘Aachener Nachrichten’ glauben schon zu wissen, wer da ernannt werden soll: Der Brite Christopher Ward (37), seit 2014 Erster Kapellmeister am Saarländischen Staatstheater.


Music History @today_classical:

#Today in 1810 Birth of Polish #composer Frédéric #Chopin. #MusicHistory#classicalmusic

Klaus Doldinger (c) Peter Hönnemann

(Written on March 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: disabled people underrepresented in English arts bodies, what to expect from music this year, Cumnock Tryst appoints Jean Nicholson as festival director. Also, Arvo Pärt is world’s most performed living composer and 20.000 cheap tickets for the Elbphilarmonie.


Schools music boost urged as Britons fail to make Menuhin violin finals

Lack of government funding blamed as UK fails to make shortlist.

BME people severely underrepresented in top English arts bodies

Arts Council England figures also show disabled people make up only 4% of staff at major organisations.


What to expect from music in 2018

A New Year means new music, of course, but what exactly lies ahead?

‘The Brit awards are finally embracing diversity – here’s why we’re not holding our breath just yet’

Last year, after the Brit Award nominations were announced, there was a buzz ahead of the ceremony from every music fan hoping that the #BritsSoWhite uproar had done the trick. That after an overhaul of the voting panel, we might finally see the diversity and innovation in UK music recognised.

Classical Music

Cumnock Tryst appoints festival director

The Cumnock Tryst has appointed Jean Nicholson as festival director.


A mouse in the house at the National Symphony Orchestra

Think crinkling candy wrappers are disruptive? A mouse caused quite a commotion at a concert in Washington on the weekend.

Estonian World

Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the seventh year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack.


Stuttgarts neuer Ballettchef kündigt weitere personelle Änderungen an

Nach mehr als 20-jähriger Intendanz von Reid Anderson am Stuttgarter Ballett will sein Nachfolger Tamas Detrich Traditionen bewahren, aber auch neue Akzente setzen. Zwei Jahre arbeitete der US-Amerikaner an dem Programm für seine erste Spielzeit, das er nun vorgestellt hat. 

Sondierungen: BVMI fordert klare und ambitionierte Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie hat mit Blick auf die voraussichtlichen Koalitionsverhandlungen deutliche und konsequente Maßnahmen zur Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativbranchen gefordert. 


20.000 günstige Tickets für die Elbphilharmonie

Eine Stunde Klassikgenuss in der Elbphilharmonie für maximal 24 Euro pro Ticket. Am Montag stehen 20.000 Karten für die „Konzerte für Hamburg“ bereit. Alle Nicht-Hamburger haben aber leider ein Problem.

Salzburger Mozarteum weiterhin kopflos

Bei der am vergangenen Freitag stattgefundenen Senatssitzung des Salzburger Mozarteums konnte kein neues interimistisches Universitätsrats-Mitglied gefunden werden.

france musique

Décès de l’organiste Pierre Pincemaille

L’organiste Pierre Pincemaille nous a quittés le vendredi 12 janvier à l’âge de 61 ans. Titulaire des Grandes Orgues de la cathédrale de Saint-Denis depuis 1987, il était également un professeur très apprécié. 


 Today we’re live streaming our event on diversity in arts & culture from – see the agenda, watch and ask questions here:

Image: Pierre Pincemaille © Vincent Hildebrandt / france musique

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Victims of sexual harassment in the music industry are speaking out now, patients should be allowed to listen to music during operations, surgeon says; NYO names Chris Riddell as artist in residence. Also, John Reed creates a new app for musicians, more money for culture in Berlin and musicians from Venezuela gone into exile.

BBC News

Rape and abuse: The music industry’s dark side exposed

Sexual abuse and harassment is “endemic” in the music industry, with “dangerous men” abusing their power, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. Some victims are now speaking out for the first time.

The Telegraph

Listening to music can help patients relax under the knife, surgeon says

Patients should be offered the chance to listen to music so that they are less anxious during operations, a leading surgeon says.

Classical Music

Sinfonia Cymru appoints Peter Bellingham as new chief executive

Sinfonia Cymru has appointed Peter Bellingham as its next chief executive. He will succeed Sophie Lewis, who will step down at the end of January 2018 after 11 years in post.

NYO announces Chris Riddell as artist in residence

The National Youth Orchestra has named Chris Riddell as artist in residence.

Record Online

Cello pro John Reed creates an app for musicians

“In the end, I want it to be a tool that musicians can use whether they are on a plane or a train or a bus.”


The Dallas Opera’s General Manager Resigns

After seven-and-a-half years with The Dallas Opera, Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, has resigned.


MEAA releases report on sexual harassment and bullying

The union will work to effect change after its research found alarming levels of bullying in Australian opera and sexual harassment in theatre.


El Pais: 40 Musiker des ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ gingen ins Exil

Die politischen Umstände Venezuelas haben 40 von den 120 Musikern des ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ ins Exil getrieben, meldete die spanische Zeitung ‘El Pais’ in ihrer Samstagsausgabe, doch seien die jungen Musiker schnell ersetzt worden, da das Reservoir aus dem ‘El Sistema’ schöpfen kann, sehr groß ist.

Ende vom Lied? Zahl der Kirchenchöre in Bayern sinkt dramatisch

Eine von der Deutschen Presse-Agentur in Auftrag gegebene Umfrage hat in Bezug auf die Chöre unter dem Dach der evangelischen Landeskirche Bayern einen starken Rückgang ermittelt.

Kulturradio rbb

Mehr Geld für Kultur in Berlin ist beschlossene Sache 

Berlins Kultursenator, Klaus Lederer, betonte bei der Verabschiedung des Doppelhaushaltes 2018|2019 die Notwendigkeit einer Neuausrichtung des kulturpolitischen Fokus, um Berlins Ruf als Kulturhauptstadt zu sichern.

Il Messaggero

Morta Simonetta Puccini, nipote e unica erede del grande compositore

Simonetta Puccini, unica erede e nipote del grande compositore Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), è morta ieri pomeriggio al Policlinico di Milano all’età di 89 anni.


 ‘Music managers are the only ones in the music industry that have a duty of care – but more should, including artists who have young fans’ –

 Room at the inn: Germany halts a composer’s deportation

Image: The Dallas Opera © OperaWire

(Written on December 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca due to vocal fatigue, Composer Alexis Ffrench’s approach to condensing compositions into three-and-a-half-minute tracks to make them more accessible and a requiem, composed by survivors of the Cambodian genocide. In addition, German musical instrument sector at its peak and a piano world record in Bosnia as symbol of unity.

The Telegraph

Composer Alexis Ffrench on why classical music can be as mainstream as pop

Through songs such as Bluebird and Radiate, Ffrench is attempting to break the preconceptions of classical music by condensing these kind of compositions into digestible three-and-a-half-minute tracks that feature recognisable song structures reminiscent of any modern day pop track.


Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera’s production of Tosca, to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue”.

Gwyneth Goes to Broadway

Hollywood star is the co-prodocer of a new musical based on the hit New Wave girl group The Go-Go’s.


Wigmore Hall to celebrate learning programme with two-week festival

Inspired by Shakespeare’s take on the seven phases of life, the festival will celebrate Wigmore Hall’s ongoing community work, which encompasses projects for people of all ages.


Why you should listen to John Fahey’s Christmas music

This isn’t a Christmas trifle; it’s a Christian’s prayer for a merciful exit, or at least a restart.

The Independent

Christoph Waltz moves from Tarantino to Verdi as an opera director

The Oscar-winning star of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘Django Unchained’ is directing a new production of Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’ for Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium, and says, for him, film and opera aren’t so different.

The New York Times

Genocide Survivors Compose a Requiem for Cambodia

Rithy Panh, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge, takes issue with the philosopher Theodor Adorno’s famous claim that to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.


Deutsche Musikinstrumentenbranche mit Rekordumsätzen

Laut einem Bericht der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft  des deutschen Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie lag 2016 der Umsatz bei der Herstellung von Musikinstrumenten im betrachteten Zeitraum seit 2010 so hoch wie noch nie. Gleiches gilt für den Umsatz mit Musikinstrumenten im Einzelhandel.

Kulturradio rbb

20 Hände auf einem Klavier: ein Weltrekord in Bosnien

Die musikalische Aktion sollte ein Zeichen für die Einheit in dem gespaltenem Land setzen.

Musik Heute

Hindemith-Preis für Italienerin Clara Iannotta

Die italienische Komponistin Clara Iannotta erhält den Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Mittwoch mit.

france musique

L’édition 2018 du Festival Présences sera consacrée au compositeur Thierry Escaich

Du 6 au 11 février 2018, le Festival Présences dressera le portrait du compositeur et organiste Thierry Escaich.


Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics “Silenced and forgotten owing to his tragic fate, his beautiful and unique works remain a reflection of turbulent times and a testimony to his personal tragedy.” ‘Silenced’ by Orsolya Korcsolán is her approach to the tragic story of composer Sándor Kuti:

Hallé Orchestra @the_halle December 14th 1941: Paper rationing and blackout regulations during the Second World War meant a tiny programme and a 2.30pm start for this Malcolm Sargent concert at the Manchester Opera House.

Image: © Kulturradio rbb/Samir Yordamovic

(Written on December 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery”, ballet about Rudolf Nureyev debuts five months later than planned, music startup Beatroot falls into liquidation. Also, sexual allegations affecting classical music industry, New York Philharmonic raises $50m for launch fund and Opera Stuttgart intending to attract the younger generation.

BBC News

Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

A ballet about the famous Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West has premiered – five months later than planned.

The Telegraph

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video of her eating a banana

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.


Should James Levine’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Make Us Reconsider His Music?

By now, the question is familiar: How should those who distribute and consume art deal with the artistic legacy of someone accused of sexual harassment and assault?


Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.

Last week, the American sex abuse crisis reached the most elite and rarefied echelon of “entertainment”: the opera house. And while most Americans may never have seen The Marriage of Figaro, the classical music field is a surprisingly tidy case study in the environmental factors that make sexual abuse—and its cover-up—possible.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Startup Beatroot Falls Into Liquidation

British music tech startup Beatroot has ceased trading.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic, Under New Management, Raises $50 Million — Fast

In a show of donor confidence in its new leadership, the deficit-challenged New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday that it had raised $50 million to help it balance its budgets in the coming seasons as it rolls out its next music director, Jaap van Zweden.

Kulturradio rbb

Soziale Lage von Lehrkräften an deutschen Musikschulen ist “desaströs” 

Ihnen geht es immer schlechter, so das Ergebnis einer bundesweiten Studie der Gewerkschaft ver.di.


Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern im Winterschlaf?

Der Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ist ins Stocken geraten. Eigentlich sollten die Theater Stralsund, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg und Neustrelitz ab 2018 unter gemeinsamem Dach als Staatstheater Nordost zusammengeführt werden.

Musik Heute

Stuttgarter Oper will sich mehr für Schüler öffnen

Die Stuttgarter Oper will sich künftig stärker öffnen – vor allem für junge Besucher.

Le Monde

Les raisons de l’alliance entre Tencent et Spotify dans le streaming musical

Le leader chinois du secteur et le champion suédois ont échangé des participations pour lancer une collaboration renforcée.


  Entries are open for 24 categories in the Music Week Awards 2018 and the deadline is now less than a month away

Image: Jaap van Zweden at Avery Fisher Hall © Classical Music/Chris Lee

(Written on December 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry, Rosemary Johnson steps down as RPS executive director in summer 2018, Primephonic iOS app goes online. Also, Chandos catalogue to be available on all streaming platforms, Ravinia Festival cuts ties with James Levine and the fusion of Staatstheater and Staatsorchester Mainz.

Classical Music

Rosemary Johnson to stand down as RPS executive director

Rosemary Johnson is to step down from her role as executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Society in summer 2018.

Chandos to release catalogue on streaming platforms

The complete Chandos catalogue will become available on all streaming platforms worldwide from January 2018.

The Herald

Music venues ‘should be protected from sound-proofing bills’

LIVE music venues should be protected from expensive sound-proofing bills if houses are built nearby, politicians have said.

Music Week

Primephonic launches iOS app for mobile classical music listening

Yesterday (December 5) Primephonic, the high resolution streaming service dedicated to classical music, has expanded its offering to include a dedicated iOS app for on-the-go high-quality listening.


IDAGIO Raises $9.5M To Expand Classical Music Streaming Service

Berlin based IDAGIO has raised a $9.5 million Series A round to expand its classical music focused streaming service.


Help musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health services for the music industry

UK organization Help Musicians, which has been working to provide mental health assistance and education for artists and music industry professionals, has officially launched its 24/7 services.

The Strad

No fine for André Rieu as court sides with violinist over Dutch child employment law violation

Child pan pipers involved in series of Maastricht concerts in 2015 worked beyond allowable hours – but were not employed by Rieu, court concedes.

Chicago Tribune

Ravinia Festival cuts all ties with former music director James Levine over sexual misconduct allegations

The Ravinia Festival, where James Levine served as music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies from 1973 to 1993, has severed all ties with the famed conductor amid allegations of sexual misconduct currently under investigation by authorities in Lake County and at the Metropolitan Opera.


Staatstheater und Staatsorchester Mainz sollen fusionieren

Das Philharmonische Staatsorchester Mainz soll wieder in das Staatstheater Mainz integriert werden. Das vereinfache die Organisation und Doppelstrukturen fielen weg, erklärte der Intendant des Staatstheaters, Markus Müller.

Musik Heute

Leipzigs Musik-Tradition erhält Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die Musik-Tradition der Stadt Leipzig wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturerbe-Siegel gewürdigt. Wie das sächsische Kunstministerium mitteilte, wird die Europäische Kommission das Siegel im März 2018 verleihen.


DOV fordert, DDR-Gelder für Orchester und Theater einzusetzen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV fordert, die Mittel aus der Auflösung des Vermögens früherer DDR-Organisationen im Bundesland Sachsen-Anhalt vor allem für strukturell unterfinanzierte Orchester und Theater einzusetzen.

Le Parisien

Diva des Yvelines : le chef d’orchestre et l’avocate condamnés pour abus de faiblesse

Le maestro Jean-Christophe Keck a écopé ce lundi de 9 mois de prison avec sursis pour abus de faiblesse sur Eva Rehfuss, une cantatrice suisse morte à 85 ans fin 2008. L’avocate de Versailles, Me Michèle Gruffaz, a elle été condamnée à 12 mois avec sursis.


 We are delighted that, after the sensational , Sir Richard Armstrong will return to conduct next Spring’s ! Now touring to SIX venues across the UK:

Image: © Africa Studio/Shutterstock


(Written on December 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Holden Madagame goes from mezzo soprano to tenor, vinyl industry continues to rise, INES announces first acts to be part of the talent exchange programme. Also, RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor of music, New York City Ballet investigates sexual harassment claim against its longtime leader Peter Martins and study reveals the cause of fascination for negative emotions in music. 


Millions of Brits never attend opera because it’s ‘too posh’, ‘too long’ and ‘too expensive’, survey finds

Uncertainty over appropriate etiquette relating to applause and toilet breaks also deters public from attending performances of Carmen, La Boheme and The Barber of Seville.

Holden Madagame: The trans opera singer who went from mezzo soprano to tenor

The performer, who was accepted by the Glyndebourne Academy to work on his vocal technique after taking testosterone, talks about finally being accepted by the opera world .

Classical Music

Vinyl sales continue to rise

More than 1 million vinyl LPs are expected to be purchased this December, according to the BPI.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wins National Dementia Friendly Award

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has won a National Dementia Friendly Award in the Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small and Medium category.

Music Teacher

RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider as Viotti visiting professor of music.

Music Business Worldwide

First acts chosen for innovation network of European showcases exchange

Almost 100 European acts have been selected to be part of the talent exchange programme of the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES).

The New York Times

New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

Peter Martins, the longtime leader of New York City Ballet, has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the two organizations jointly investigate an accusation of sexual harassment against him.

Codex Flores

Weshalb uns negative Emotionen in der Musik faszinieren

Was reizt uns an einem Musikstück, das negative Emotionen in uns hervorruft? Forscher des Max-Planck-Instituts für empirische Ästhetik haben ein psychologisches Erklärungsmodell für dieses scheinbar paradoxe Phänomen entwickelt. 


Evan Christ bleibt bis 2014 Generalmusikdirektor in Cottbus

Die für das Staatstheater Cottbus zuständige Brandenburgische Kulturstiftung hat die Verträge von Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ und von Intendant Martin Schüler bis zum 31. Juli 2024 verlängert.


Komponist Beat Furrer wird Mitglied des Österreichischen Kunstsenats

Der gebürtige Schweizer tritt in dem 21-köpfigen Gremium, das die Anliegen der Kunst in der Öffentlichkeit vertritt, an die Stelle der im letzten Jahr verstorbenen Ilse Aichinger. Im Kunstsenat kann nur Mitglied werden, wer mit dem Großen Österreichischen Staatspreis ausgezeichnet worden ist; Furrer erhielt die Auszeichnung im Jahr 2014.

Platea Magazine

Davide Livermore anuncia hoy su dimisión al frente del Palau de Les Arts 

El argumento principal de fondo es la falta de apoyo institucional que ha encontrado por parte del Gobierno valenciano. Livermore anunciará hoy lo que es una decisión irrevocable, llevado por motivos personales y profesionales. 


 Barbara Hannigan: « Ich mache keinen künstlerischen Unterschied zwischen moderner Musik, Klassik oder Barock »

Image: © Beloborod/Shutterstock

(Written on December 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: New York Met opera suspends James Levine over sexual allegations, 70% of self-employed workers in classical music had been harassed, study finds; creative industries made a record contribution to the economy last year. Also, Artur Korn’s 80th birthday, Andreas Frank wins the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award and William Mayer dies at the age of 91. 

The Guardian

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed.

What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

Grammy award-winning composer David Lang assembled a unique symphony to showcase damaging cuts in funding to a Philadelphia school district.

Music Teacher

Creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016.

Classical Music

In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday

Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.

The Strad

Tourte bow demolishes price records in French auction

Violin bow by François Xavier Tourte sells for €576,600 (c.$687,000) at Vichy Enchères the day after same house breaks record for violin by Vuillaume.


Why Spotify And Tencent Music May Swap Stock

It’s been reported that Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than as a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers.

The New York Times

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stardirigent James Levine soll Jugendlichen missbraucht haben

New Yorker Metropolitan Opera untersucht Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Stardirigenten James Levine. Der frühere Musikdirektor soll einen Jugendlichen jahrelang missbraucht haben. 

Epoch Times

Orgelbau: Traditionelle europäische Kulturform soll Welterbe der Menschheit werden

Nicht nur Kirchen, auch große Konzertsäle füllt sie mit ihrem Klang. Nun könnten Orgelbau und Orgelmusik von der Unesco zum immateriellen Kulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt werden.

Andreas Frank gewinnt Preis für Gegenwartsmusik und Medienkunst

Der Komponist Andreas Frank hat den diesjährigen JukeBoxx NewMusic Award erhalten. 

Le Figaro

Accusé d’agression sexuelle, James Levine suspendu par le Metropolitan Opera de New York

Un homme resté anonyme a déclaré à la police que le directeur musical honoraire du «Met» de New York avait abusé de lui lorsqu’il était adolescent, dans les années 1980.


 Premiere von , inszeniert von Marcel Keller . “Stark einsturzgfährdet” meint Kritiker

Image: One of the 1,500 instruments that will be part of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. © The Guardian/Courtesy of Temple Contemporary

(Written on December 4, 2017 )