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BBC Young Musician 2014: 17-year-old pianist Martin James Bartlett

Pianist Martin James Bartlett is the winner of the BBC Young Musician 2014 competition, which took place at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on 18 May. The 17-year-old from Essex won the prestigious award with a consummate performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed live with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Karabits.

Guardian

Education cuts mean classical music will be the preserve of the wealthy

On Sunday judges chose a new Young Musician of the Year. Mark Simpson, the only state-school educated winner in the contest’s history, argues cuts will ensure he remains so

The Telegraph

Playing a violin strung with human hair

A remarkable video has emerged from Lithuania of a musician playing a violin which is strung with human hair. Tadas Maksimovas came up with the idea of using his own long hair as strings to promote Street Musicians’ Day.

The Independent

Radio 3′s Clemency Burton-Hill defends ‘classical music for all’ policy against elitists

She is the Radio 3 breakfast presenter whose chatty style has won a new audience yet infuriated classical music purists. But Clemency Burton-Hill has defended her inclusive approach, telling the high culture “gatekeepers” that it’s time to come down from their ivory towers.

Classic FM Online

Sword swallower makes opera debut after near-fatal accident with neon tube

Circus performer Hannibal Clem is set to appear at English National Opera tonight, two years after accidentally tearing his oesophagus live on stage.

New York Times

Birds Aren’t the Only Music Amid Nature

A listing of summer classical music festivals around the country.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Siebzigsten von Justus Frantz: Musik muss man möglich machen

Er gründete das „Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival“ und konnte Leonard Bernstein dafür begeistern. Hinter seinem Wirken als Musikmanager trat das als Musiker mitunter in den Hintergrund. Dem Pianisten, Dirigenten und Organisator Justus Frantz zum Siebzigsten.

Klassik.com

Opernsänger Nicola Ghiuselev ist tot

Bulgarischer Bass wurde 77 Jahre alt

Klassik Heute

Königin Elizabeth II. ist Schirmherrin des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals

Königin Elizabeth II. übernimmt die Schirmherrschaft für das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival 2014. Das gab Ministerpräsident Torsten Albig am Freitag in Kiel bekannt.

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Guildhall School ‏@guildhallschool Congrats to Simon Fischer, awarded 2014 European String Teachers’ Assoc award ‘in celebration of a lifetime contribution to string teaching’

Tim Benjamin@timthecomposer Should I start a new music ensemble”, an excellent question, examined well by @NewMusicBox: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/should-i-start-a-new-music-ensemble/

Music Education UK@MusicEdUK BBC announces details of new classical music and creativity project for Primary schools http://musiceducation.directory/united-kingdom/london/news/bbc-announces-details-of-new-classical-music-and-creativity-project-for-primary-schools-52

Classical Music Magazine@ClassicalMusic_ Classical music of the highest standards will become “their” music and not “our music” http://ow.ly/wXgWz #musiced #bbcym2014

Louise Jury @Louise_Jury  More than 110,000 tickets sold on first day of booking for #bbcproms Who says classical music is dead?

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(Written on May 19, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )

Limelight

Elizabeth Connell bequeaths $20,000 prize for dramatic sopranos

The late, great soprano, Elizabeth Connell, has bequeathed enough money in her Will to fund a $20,000 prize in her name especially for dramatic sopranos. The inaugural competition will take place in Sydney next year.

Huffington Post

90-Year-Old Holocaust survivor makes symphony debut with Yo-Yo Ma

George Horner, a 90-year-old pianist and holocaust survivor, has made his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma night at Boston’s Symphony Hall. They played music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner was incarcerated

The Economist

King of Instruments, back on stage

Although the Anglican church is in decline, the standard of organ playing is “higher than it has ever been in history,” in the US. Is there a future for the organ in the broader realm of classical music?

Slipped Disc

Child composer tops US classical charts

The top-selling classical album  in the US this week was a debut by Alma Deutscher, the eight year-old English girl who chat shows are calling the next Mozart.

Pink News

London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’

The LGBT community speak out further against conductor Valery Gergiev.

New York Times

Gergiev Defends Himself Against Criticism Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

“I am aware of the gay rights protest that took place at the Barbican last week prior to my concert with the LSO.  I have said before that I do not discriminate against anyone, gay or otherwise, and never have done… It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation and in all my work I have upheld equal rights for all people.”

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus feiert Leonard Bernstein

Der US-Entertainer Leonard Bernstein („West Side Story“) war einer der bedeutendsten Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts, weil unter seiner Leitung jede Musik überaus klar erzählt wurde. Ab Freitag ehrt das Konzerthaus Berlin ihn mit einer Hommage.

Slipped Disc

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(Written on November 7, 2013 )

USA Today

Saxophone industry is music to Taiwan’s ears

Taiwan is becoming a leading saxophone manufacturer

Los Angeles Times

Cellphone disrupts performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D

Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra posted a video this week showing a performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D. A persistently ringing cellphone brings the concert to a halt, with conductor and soloist Christian Zacharias looking up in aggravation from the keyboard.

Classic FM Online

Children who have music lessons more likely to become great inventors

A new study at Michigan State University has revealed that children who are given music lessons are more likely to succeed in areas of science and problem-solving.

National Public Radio (US)

Energetic, Intimate ‘Letters’ Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein

Letters to and from Bernstein have been compiled into The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a new book edited by Nigel Simeone.

Chicago Tribune

CSO reports small deficit, record ticket sales and fundraising

The orchestra’s parent body, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, reported record-breaking fundraising for a third consecutive year, along with record ticket sales. This financial year incurred an operating deficit of $169,000, compared to $1.3 million deficit in 2012  and $927,000 in 2011.

 CNET

What will recorded music sound like in 2050?

John La Grou, founder and CEO at Millennia Music & Media Systems, has forecast how recorded sound will evolve over the coming decades. Scientists predict we’ll be recording music with gestures and music will be mixed to create full 3D immersion over headphones long before 2050.

Gramophone blogs

Which is worse – Bryn Terfel singing pop songs or Stokowski covering Bach?

Should classical and popular music respect one another by never combining at all? Andrew Mellor on crossovers.

Die Zeit

Geborstene Glöckchen

Igor Levit wagt sich an Beethovens späte Sonaten.

USA Today

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(Written on October 28, 2013 )

Gramophone

Firefighters called to London’s Royal Albert Hall as thousands are evacuated

A Classic FM live event at the Royal Albert Hall was cancelled on thursday night when smoke in the basement of the building prompted an evacuation.

Esa-Pekka Salonen extends principal conductor contract with the Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra has extended Esa-Pekka Salonen’s contract as its principal conductor and artistic advisor until the end of the 2016-17 season. Salonen will also mark 30 years of conducting the orchestra with an anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

Celebratory concert opens Guildhall School’s Milton Court complex

Formal opening for the new £89 million performance and teaching complex in London.

Sunday Express

High-vis jackets and classical music get UK’s worst school back on track

Playing Beethoven and Brahms in the corridors has had an impressive effect on behaviour.

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

BBC Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season The Mancunian Way celebrates Manchester as a centre for innovation in classical as well as popular music.

West Side Story composer nearly gave up on show, letters reveal

Leonard Bernstein’s hostility towards writer of musical’s book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals

BBC News

Playing musical instruments sharpens the mind

Researchers at the University of St Andrews said their findings showed musicians were quicker to pick up mistakes and correct them. The study adds to previous studies linking musical skills with mental and physical well-being.

The Times

Opera company in crisis as musical supremo steps down

Scottish Opera has been plunged into crisis after its musical director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak stepped down almost as soon as he’d started his job.

Fono Forum

Erfinder der Klänge

Felix Klieser ist ein außergewöhnlicher junger Mann: Er spielt seit 18 Jahren Horn – was nicht jeder 22-Jährige von sich behaupten kann – und das ohne Arme. Dass sich der frühe Einstieg für ihn gelohnt hat, zeigt unter anderem seine Debüt-CD, auf der er sich in die romantische Hornwelt des 19. Jahrhunderts begibt.

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(Written on September 30, 2013 )

The Guardian

A guide to Elliott Carter’s music

Taking a close listen to the amazing work of 103-year old Elliott Carter.

Gramophone

Rosenblatt Recital Series moves to Wigmore Hall

New season opens with American tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

LA Times

Injured conductor Kurt Masur withdraws from concerts in June

Kurt Masur, the renowned German conductor, is withdrawing from concerts through the end of June after falling off the podium last week during a concert in Paris and injuring himself.

ArtsJournal – Norman Lebrecht

Another German orchestra appeals for survival

It’s the Bergische Symphoniker, serving the towns of Remscheid and Solingen for 16 years, since a prior merger.

Chichester Psalms creator goes to meet his maker

John Birch, organist at Chichester Cathedral who led the first UK performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Psalms, has died, aged 82.

The Times

Exclusive interview: opera star Toby Spence on recovering from cancer

After months spent keeping his thyroid cancer secret, opera star Toby Spence talks about the battle to regain his voice.

(Written on May 1, 2012 )