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The Guardian

Living Symphonies: when an ecosystem becomes an orchestra

24 speakers have been installed in Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent to create a natural symphony.

The Guardian

Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?

The BBC have cut Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 from the televised performance by the National Youth Orchestra. While they suggest that it will be performed in a special programme, concerns are mounting over the BBC’s fear of televising new music.

The Telegraph

Laura Wright: ‘I want to show that strength can be sexy’

Soprano, rugby player and official RFU anthem singer, Laura Wright tells the telegraph all about her perfect weekend and her wish to inspire young female athletes.

The Independent

Salomé’s feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

The independent’s article explores Salome as both an opera and Wilde’s story ahead of the BBC Prom tomorrow and the conversation between Pacino and Stephen Fry at the BFI Southbank, which will be screened nationwide.

The New York Times

The Dissatisfied: To Leave or Not to Leave?

Spectators Walk Out of a Show for Many Reasons

The New York Times

France’s New Music Temple

Philharmonie de Paris Prepares to Open Amid Controversy

Die Welt

Der Meister ist tot. Wer wird der neue Meister?

Im schweizerischen Luzern merkt man, wie schwer es ist, einen Nachfolger für das von Claudio Abbado gegründete Festivalorchester zu finden. Auch bei der Musikakademie steht die Nachfolgersuche an.

Klassik.com

Bayreuther Festspiele in der Krise?

Ein Tief über dem Grünen Hügel

Klassik.com

Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München startet

Deutschland sucht den Klassik-Superstar

La Croix

Les 25 ans du festival Sinfonia en Périgord 

Le festival célèbre dignement son quart de siècle avec une programmation centrée sur la voix.

Twitter

Southbank Centre: @Southbankcentre 70 couples are getting married @southbankcentre this weekend! http://j.mp/1rYpqtP  #BigWeddingWeekend

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Placido Domingo and @TheSixteen’s Harry Christophers take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Brilliant! http://classfm.co/vYzZOQ  #ClassicFMnews

London Bach Society: @bachlive Congrats @MahanEsfahani @BBCRadio3 @BBCInTune on his @GramophoneMag award. He plays JSB’s Well-Tempered Clavier Bk1 at LBS Bachfest 3/4/ Nov

Benjamin Britten: @BrittenOfficial Today at 3pm, Lucy Walker plays and discusses Britten’s solo piano music in his beautiful Library. The Red House itself is open 2-5pm today.

 

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies Image from Guardian

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies
Image from Guardian

(Written on August 29, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Max Hole confirms third Bristol Proms for 2015

The Bristol Proms will return to the Bristol Old Vic for a third year running in 2015, Universal boss Max Hole has confirmed.

BBC News

Gabriel Prokofiev launches new violin concerto at Proms

Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the 20th Century composer Sergei Prokofiev, is presenting the world premiere of his new violin concerto at the BBC Proms. He tells the BBC his forebear’s fame just adds to the pressure of giving a new work its first outing.

The Telegraph

Oxford students’ acapella version of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie

A group of Oxford University students perform en acapella cover of a Shakira hit song, Hips Don’t Lie, which has been tweeted by the pop star herself.

Classic FM

Tom Williams on performing Bach in the Dark

Erebus Ensemble director Tom Williams and choir member Ed Danon spoke to Jane Jones backstage at the Bristol Proms.

Classic FM

Laura Wright releases racy new music video

Soprano Laura Wright’s new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing ‘Barber’s Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength’.

The Courier Mail

Oboist Tania Frazer suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for unfair treatment during a 12-month trial

An oboist who has performed internationally is suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for $620,000, claiming she was put under stress that ended her orchestral career.

Spiegel Online

Legendäre Pianisten: Roll over Beethoven

Der Pianist Swjatoslaw Richter konnte so ziemlich alles. Welche Nuancen er beherrschte, zeigen bisher unveröffentlichte Schubert-Aufnahmen aus Moskau.

Blitz Quotidiano



Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: c’è accordo, si allontana rischio liquidazione



Si allontana lo spettro della liquidazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

La Stampa

Accordo fatto a Roma L’Opera è (quasi) salva

Previsto un referendum. Ma gli autonomi non firmano.

Le Miroir

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne veut au “dialogue social” pour trouver une solution

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne répond à la mairie de Dijon suite à son communiqué du 23 juillet.

El Mundo



Las óperas que nunca escuchó

Un festival desempolva partituras del XVI y XVII que no pudieron estrenarse.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #BBCProms @BIFO_ Proms debut with @saschavienna plus world premiere of @gprokofiev concerto by @HopeViolin http://ow.ly/zFx7A 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ The last ever filmed performance of @JLloydWebber before his sad retirement through injury: http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/live/previous-concerts.asp … @RhinegoldLIVE

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical Why it’s do-or-die for classical music at the Bristol Proms http://gu.com/p/4v98t 

 

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 Max Hole
Photo: The Guardian

 

 

(Written on July 29, 2014 )

Gramophone

Aldeburgh Music announces details of year-long Britten centenary celebrations

Special events pay tribute to the British composer and Aldeburgh Music founder

The Guardian

Jocelyn Pook: inspired by mental illness

‘Working on this piece I realised that the notion of hearing voices naturally lends itself to musical ideas and exploration’

Daily Mail

‘There’s pressure to show more flesh’: Soprano Laura Wright says classical music world wants to add wow factor by using risque outfits

Her stunning voice saw her hand-picked by The Queen to record a song.

The Telegraph

Pippa Middleton, the BBC and Lance Armstrong head up list of this year’s opera sinners

BBC executives, Pippa Middleton, and Sally Bercow are to be named as the sinners of the year the public would be glad to see the back of in the English National Opera’s production of the Mikado.

Carmen: It ain’t over till the nude lady sings

A lusty new production of ‘Carmen’ by Calixto Bieito embraces the growing trend for red-hot opera

Limelight Magazine

Peter Maxwell Davies talks “spooky” opera, Australian wine

Sydney Chamber Opera stages haunting work The Lighthouse by Master of the Queen’s Music.

Classic FM

Tallis Scholars announce 40th anniversary world tour

John Brunning talked Whitacre, Tallis, and 50 Shades of Grey with Tallis Scholars director Peter Phillips as the renowned choir prepare for their 40th anniversary world tour.

Alaska Public (found on Musical Chairs)

Inmate Orchestra Gets Ready for Concert

The all-female Hiland Mountain Orchestra is rehearsing for its annual concert in December.  The string ensemble has gained national recognition for being the first women’s prison inmate orchestra in the nation.

Classic FM

(Written on November 26, 2012 )

News Medical (found on Musical Chairs)

Classical music could ease the ‘dog’s life’ of kennels

Playing classical music to dogs housed in kennels on either a temporary or permanent basis results in them spending more time sleeping, and less time vocalizing, report researchers.

Gramophone

Santtu-Matias Rouvali appointed Tampere Philharmonic artistic director

Three-year contract begins in 2013

Max Richter ‘recomposes’ Vivaldi’s Seasons – hear an excerpt!

Latest addition to DG’s ‘Recomposed’ series

The Times of India

Google celebrates Clara Schumann’s 193rd birthday

Google, the search engine giant, celebrates Clara Schumann’s 193rd birthday on Thursday.

Classic FM

Vienna Boys’ Choir back in the UK

One of the world’s original boy bands, the famous choir are preparing for their UK tour, marking their return to Britain after a ten year absence.

Welsh National Opera to hold workshops for homeless

Opera workshops with homeless people in Cardiff are to be held in a collaborative venture between the Welsh National Opera and Streetwise Opera.

Laura Wright postpones gigs due to illness

The classical singer was forced to cancel her two UK headline performances in Ipswich and London after falling ill on Monday.

The Republic, Columbus Indiana (found on Musical Chairs)

Student’s purple violin causes controversy in classroom for being ‘not suitable’

Camille Cruz’s purple violin caused controversy at Tibbits Middle School in Farmington N.M., when her teacher asked that she rent a standard violin so she could fit in with the class.

The Republic

(Written on September 13, 2012 )

Guardian

March Of The Women: Discovering Classical Music’s Forgotten Voices.

The Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival is shining a light on lost composers from Amy Beach to Lili Boulanger – and proving you have to look back to look forward.

The Telegraph

Student Laura Wright Sings Queen’s Jubilee Anthem.

Soprano Laura Wright sings her Queen’s Jubilee song Stronger as One in front of the Royal family at Westminster Abbey.

Financial Times

Let There Be Light.

After years of self-imposed seclusion, composer George Benjamin emerges with a new opera and a retrospective.

Gramophone

Seiji Ozawa To Take A Year Off.

Japanese conductor steps away from the podium to recover from ill health.

BBC Music Magazine

Violin Strings Spun From Spider Silk.

5000 strands wound together to create strings for a violin.

JDCMB

Fate is… a counter tenor?

Jessica Duchen on the UK premiere of Judith Weir’s new opera Miss Fortune.

Intermezzo

Munich audience boo silence

More booing at the opera, this time in Munich where the audience did not enjoy the silent tap dance preceding the final act.

(Written on March 13, 2012 )