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In today’s news: 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards announced, Government’s new plans to require 90% of GCSE pupils to study the English Baccalaureate, Charles Yang takes home the Leonard Bernstein Award, The Smiths go classical, Samuel Hasselhorn honoured with Emmerich Smola Award, Soprano Anja Kampe appointed Bavarian Chamber singer, 

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Over 100,000 pupils a year to lose opportunity to study arts subjects, report finds

Many young people across England will lose the option to study arts and other non-core subjects if the Government implements its plan to require 90% of GCSE pupils to study the English Baccalaureate.

Opera Holland Park announces Grenfell memorial gala

Funds raised by this year’s memorial concert will enable over 100 children and young people from North Kensington to attend ‘residential’ trips, week-long trips, often to the coast and countryside, which allow them to try new activities and escape the pressures of everyday life.

The Strad

YouTube violinist Charles Yang wins Leonard Bernstein Award 2018

Versatile American violinist awarded the €10,000 prize and concert opportunity at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

The Telegraph

Members of The Smiths to reunite for classical concerts

This summer, former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, bassist Andy Rourke and second guitarist Craig Gannon will be teaming up with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra to deliver classic Smiths songs.

Limelight

2017 Sydney Theatre Awards announced

Muriel’s Wedding takes home six awards, followed closely by Hir and A View From the Bridge.

Klassik.com

Samuel Hasselhorn mit Emmerich Smola Förderpreis ausgezeichnet

Der Bariton Samuel Hasselhorn hat den Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2018 gewonnen. Er erhielt die Auszeichnung für junge Talente des Operngesangs, die von der Stadt Landau in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Südwestrundfunk vergeben wird, nach einem Publikumsentscheid in Landau.

Sopranistin Anja Kampe zur Bayerischen Kammersängerin ernannt

Die Sopranstin Anja Kampe hat den Ehrentitel einer Bayerischen Kammersängerin erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde Kampe im Anschluss an eine Aufführung von Richard Wagners “Walküre” an der Bayerischen Staatsoper aus den Händen des Intendanten Nikolaus Bachler verliehen.

Platea Magazine

Joan Matabosch, Premio Especial “El Ojo Crítico” de Radio Nacional de España

El actual Director Artístico del Teatro Real, Joan Matabosch, ha sido distinguido hoy con el Premio Especial “El Ojo Crítico”, otorgado por este espacio radiofónico de temática cultural en Radio Nacional de España.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1859 FP of ‘ Piano Concerto No. 1. Brahms was soloist in Hanover.

Image: © The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: Liza Ferschtman on tour with Bernstein’s ‘Serenade’ and the meaning of Alexa for the music industry. Also, Christian Thielemann to conduct the traditional New Year’s concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in 2019 and the Berlin State Opera attracted more visitors since its reopening.

Classical-Music

Liza Ferschtman on tour with Bernstein’s ‘Serenade’

The violinist will perform in 5 countries to celebrate Bernstein’s centenary this year

Oxford Mail

Introducing – Oxford’s Tuneless Choir

Meet the musical ensemble of singers where you don’t have to be able to hold a note

Music Week

Alexa and the future of the music business

Voice control and interactive AI has been coming for a while, but 2018 could be the tipping point for the music business.

Yahoo News

Vienna waltzes the world into 2018 with New Year’s concert

The Vienna Philharmonic gave the world a soothing start to 2018 with its traditional New Year’s concert, led by Italian maestro Riccardo Muti.

The Telegraph

Is Leonard Bernstein still the greatest?

A look at the power and passion of modern music’s most controversial maestro.

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Berlin: Staatsoper Unter den Linden seit Wiedereröffnung ausverkauft

Die Berliner Staatsoper hat durch die Wiedereröffnung ihres Stammhauses Unter den Linden einen Besucherschub erlebt. Nahezu alle der insgesamt 63 Veranstaltungen dort waren ausverkauft, teilte das Haus am Freitag mit. Die Jahresauslastung sei von 88 Prozent im vergangenen Jahr auf jetzt 94 Prozent gestiegen.

Klassik.com

Sydney Opera House: Wiedereröffnung nach Renovierung

Das Sydney Opera House wird nach siebenmonatiger Sanierung zu Beginn des Jahres 2018 wiedereröffnet. Erneuert wurde in dem 1973 eingeweihnten architektonischen Wahrzeichen der australischen Stadt das Joan Sutherland Theatre.

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Christian Thielemann dirigiert 2019 erstmals Wiener Neujahrskonzert

Der deutsche Dirigent Christian Thielemann, 58, wird 2019 am Pult des Neujahrskonzerts der Wiener Philharmoniker stehen.

Platea Magazine

Christian Thielemann dirigirá el Concierto de Año Nuevo en Viena en 2019

Tras la actuación hoy de Riccardo Muti al frente del tradicional Concierto de Año Nuevo en Viena, será el maestro berlinés Christian Thielemann (1959) quien tome el testigo de esta cita en 2019.

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Un PC, un clavier et un archet pour former un nouvel instrument

Un jeune compositeur géorgien voulait démontrer que l’ordinateur pouvait être un instrument de musique à part entière. À l’aide de trois éléments qui n’ont, a priori, rien à voir ensemble, il est parvenu à créer de la musique électronique.

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Royal Academy of Music @RoyalAcadMusic: Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, who has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to music in the 2018 New Year Honours.

DeutschlandfunkMusik @DLFMusik: Orchester-Sanierung in Sachsen-Anhalt mit SED-Parteivermögen? Deutsche Orchestervereinigung fordert dazu auf

Image: Christian Thielemann © Platea Magazine/Matthias Creutziger

(Written on January 2, 2018 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Amazon makes a significant move into the UK live music scene, and British conductor Antonio Pappano launches a new competition for young singers named after his father, Pasquale Pappano. Bob Dylan will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend, researchers working on Google Brain aim for machines and musicians to work together to create a “new kind of art”. Why the music industry needs more ‘rule-breakers’, and discover the lost opera of Liszt!

The Telegraph

Google wants humans and machines to create ‘new kind of music’

Researchers working on Google Brain, the internet giant’s deep learning research project, hope one day machines and musicians can work together to create a “new kind of art”.

BBC NewsBeat

David Bowie producer: Music needs more young rule-breakers

The producer behind some of David Bowie’s biggest songs says the music industry needs to give more young “rule-breakers” a chance to follow in his footsteps.

BBC Music Magazine

The story behind Liszt’s unheard opera

Can we really take Franz Liszt seriously as an opera composer? David Trippett makes the case for the Romantic genius.

Music Business Worldwide

Amazon Partners with UK Events and Venues to offer Prime Experience

Amazon has made a significant move into the UK live music scene with the launch of pre sale tickets for gigs, and exclusive lounges at venues and festivals.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Rainer Kussmaul ist tot

Etwas zutiefst Untypisches für einen Geiger umgab Rainer Kussmaul, diesen bedeutenden Musiker und Lehrer: ein wohltuender Mangel an Selbstbezogenheit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neugierige

Fünf Jahre war Rainer Kussmaul Konzertmeister bei den Berliner Philharmonikern, seine Schüler: unter anderem Thomas Hengelbrock und Daishin Kashimoto. Jetzt ist er mit 70 Jahren gestorben.

Berliner Zeitung

Chor aus Kapstadt: Die African Angels kommen in die Philharmonie

Bald geht Simphiwe Mayeki wegen dieser auf Reisen und lässt seine Familie zurück. Er gehört zu den African Angels, einem Teil des Chors der Cape Town Opera. Am Abend zuvor haben wir ihn bei Verdis „Rigoletto“ auf der Bühne gesehen

Pizzicato

Antonio Pappano Creates Singing Contest Honouring His Father

Together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Benevento, an Italian city 50 kilometres northeast of Naples, British conductor Antonio Pappano launches this year a new competition for young singers named after his father, Pasquale Pappano, who was a singing teacher.

Codex Flores

Tod des Saxophonisten und Publizisten Ekkehard Jost

Laut einer Mitteilung der Universität Giessen ist der Saxophonisten und Musikwissenschaftler Ekkehard Jost, eine namhafte Stimme der deutschen Jazzpublizistik, im Alter von 79 Jahren verstorben.

The New York Times

Finally Returning Bernstein’s Overdue Mahler

It was more than 50 years overdue, but Leonard Bernstein’s score of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was finally returned to the Vienna Philharmonic on Tuesday.

Bob Dylan Will Receive His Nobel Prize While on Tour in Sweden

After months of suspense and typically inscrutable standoffishness, Bob Dylan, the elusive Nobel laureate, will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend.

Tagesanzeiger

Klassiker der Woche: Helium für die Sänger

Sie suchen noch nach einem guten Aprilscherz? Geben Sie es auf. Einen besseren als diesen hier finden Sie nicht.

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 Classical:NEXT 2017 programme revealed

Help Musicians UK  The line-up is finally here

Music History  1  in 1881 FP of ´ Symphony in d, with Hermann Levi, in Munich.

Image: The Guardian

(Written on March 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music video by Luca D’Alberto uses drones to offer unique views of Berlin, reminiscing over the inaugural concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, and a look into how an independent guitar maker survives despite the increase of internet shopping and mass production. Grime artists may be unfairly targeted by the Metropolitan police through their use of a risk-assessment form, and the new Tinder Opera plays with modern technology and our ability to interact within relationships.

The New York Times

Finally Returning Bernstein’s Overdue Mahler

It was more than 50 years overdue, but Leonard Bernstein’s score of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was finally returned to the Vienna Philharmonic on Tuesday.

NPR Music

The Tinder Opera’ Creators Hope You Swipe Right On Online Opera

The first opera hit the stage over 400 years ago. More recently, the art form has been adapted to modern media: In the 1920s and ’30s, operas were written to be performed on the radio, and in 1951, NBC commissioned Gian Carlo Menotti to compose Amahl And The Night Visitors for television. Now, a company called Rainy Park Opera is creating operas for the internet.

Classical Music Magazine

Medieval carol set to music for first time in 500 years

The first musical setting of the Medieval carol ‘Be Mery’ since the Reformation will be the soundtrack to a new English Heritage exhibition in the gatehouse of Battle Abbey.

The Guardian

Culture minister says Met’s 696 form discriminates against grime artists

Matt Hancock warns that controversial risk-assessment may damage London’s night-time economy and stifle young musicians.

Broadwayworld

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young. This concert on March 25th will be presented by Opera Tampa, the company for which Coppola was the founding Artistic Director.

I Care If You Listen

Experimental Opera Hopscotch on The Industry Records

Hopscotch is a completely different kind of album experience! After all, it is the result of a totally new way at looking at opera as envisioned by Yuval Sharon. Sharon is the founder and artistic director of The Industry, a Los Angeles-based company that looks to promote experimental music productions and change the concept of the traditional opera experience.

France Musique

Christophe Ghristi prend la direction artistique du théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

Le dramaturge Christophe Ghristi retrouve Toulouse en étant nommé directeur artistique du théâtre du Capitole, 8 ans après avoir quitté le même poste. Il succède à Frédéric Chambert et prendra en charge la programmation lyrique et chorégraphique de l’institution.

El Mundo

La Academia Sueca desconoce si Bob Dylan acudirá a la conferencia para recibir los 900.000 dólares del Nobel

El artista actuará en Estocolmo, y la institución comunica que no ha tenido ninguna conversación telefónica con Bob Dylan en los últimos meses. Si no lo hace antes del 10 de junio, perderá la dotación económica

Musik Express

Drohnen-Musikvideo von Luca D’Alberto fängt die Schönheit Berlins ein

Videopremiere: Multiinstrumentalist Luca D’Alberto zeigt in „Endless“ Berlins nur scheinbar kühle Seite. Der Song packt aber auch ohne seine Bilder.

Faz

Das Gespür für die richtige Saite

In einer Zeit, in der viele Fachgeschäfte schließen und immer mehr online abläuft, geht Martin Meckbach einem traditionellen Handwerk nach: dem Bauen und Reparieren von Gitarren.

Deutschland Radio

Vor 175 Jahren: Das erste Konzert der Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker gehören zu den besten Orchestern der Welt. Tickets für ihre Konzerte im Goldenen Saal des Musikvereins sind heiß umkämpft. Die Geburt des Ensembles war ein Konzert am 28. März 1842.

Berliner Zeitung

Ed Sheeran Konzert Der junge Mann ohne Eigenschaften

Sheeran sang gemeinsam mit den Leuten seine Lieder

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Classical Music News Durham Brass Festival 2017

BR_KLASSIK  #Brexit zwingt EU-Barockorchester zum Umzug

Classical Music News  Musicians’ Union announces next general secretary

Music History‏   in 1879 FP of Bedrich ‘s String Quartet in e minor.

Image: NPR

Tenor Scott Joiner and mezzo-soprano Viktoria Falcone try to find love via Tinder in a still from Connection Lost: The Tinder Opera.

 

(Written on March 29, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

Codex flores

Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Musik heute

Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

nmz

Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

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Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

EUYO @EUYOtweets Youth to cease operations from 1 September 2016 http://bit.ly/1TcmI34

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there is a lot about the English National Opera’s 2015/16 season, unveiled yesterday. It includes six new productions and five favourites in order to get through its troubled times. Tom Service believes that despite the financial problems, it could be a season to remember, for positive reasons, for the ENO. However, the Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen says top British talent has been left out of the programme in a major way. Moving away from the ENO, the biennial Menuhin Competition has opened in the year where it would have been Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday. The BBC also carries a story on  the transforming power of orchestras in schools.

The Guardian

ENO announce cloth-cutting season for 2015/16

Six new productions and five revivals attest to English National Opera’s current troubled circumstances, while artistic director John Berry hails ‘exciting and challenging’ times

Smaller is beautiful: ENO’s new season offers invention and ambition

Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum

The Telegraph

English National Opera has betrayed British talent

Our top-flight singers have been shunted aside in ENO’s new season. It is a disgrace, says Rupert Christiansen

Classic FM

Menuhin Competition 2016 opens for entries

The biennial Menuhin Competition comes to London in 2016, in partnership with Classic FM. And today, on what would have been the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday, the organisers have opened next year’s competition for entries.

BBC

The orchestra fine-tuning the performance of school students

The school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1% and the atmosphere in the wider neighbourhood has been “transformed.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Seehofers “Zwillingslösung” auf dem Prüfstand

Am Freitag wird ein Gutachten veröffentlicht, das klären soll, ob die beiden großen Orchester Münchens gemeinsam die Philharmonie und den Herkulessaal bespielen könnten.

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Internationaler ARD-Musikwettbewerb bis 2020 abgesichert

Die Intendanten der ARD stimmten einer Empfehlung ihrer Hörfunkkommission zu, den Internationalen Musikwettbewerb auch weiterhin zu organisieren. Der aktuelle Vertrag, der Ende 2016 ausläuft, wird bis zum 31. Dezember 2020 verlängert.

MUSIK HEUTE

Orchester zeichnen Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission aus

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) verleiht den “Hermann-Voss-Kulturpreis” in diesem Jahr an die Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission.

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic’s Challenges Go Beyond the Music

The New York Philharmonic, the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra and the former home of Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler, is preparing for its greatest upheaval in decades.

San Francisco Classical Voice

John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music

For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms : It’s the 2015 BBC Proms launch day!!! Only 4 hours until the full #bbcproms programme is revealed

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen : ENO’s new season. What’s really missing? http://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/find-your-voices.html …

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM : New for piano! We’ve just released Encore, a collection of favourite piano exam pieces from the past few decades! http://bit.ly/1DRMylg 

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BBC Proms. Photo: FlowingProse

(Written on April 23, 2015 )

Marin Alsop holds the title ‘first woman to…’ in a (worryingly) large number of areas: first woman to head a full time major American orchestra, the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013 and first female principle conductor of a UK orchestra (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). I say worryingly because there are still so many firsts for women to be had in 2015 as she herself has said.

We all remember when she was announced as the conductor of the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2013 and we shouted for joy at there FINALLY being a female conductor at one of classical music’s most famous evenings. Yet, we also collectively shook our heads in agreement when, in her Last Night speech, she voiced what we were all thinking: ‘I find it shocking that in 2013 there are still firsts for women.’

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Photo: Grant Leighton

Marin tells how she is extremely lucky to have grown up in a very musical family with both her parents being professional classical musicians. Clearly a very talented young child, she took up the piano and, a little later, the violin when she was 6 or 7 and began studying at the Juilliard Pre College Division around the same time. Her passion for conducting also came at an early age when she saw Leonard Bernstein at a concert and, from that moment, she knew it was the profession for her. She has now held the prestigious position of Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, a tenure which has been extended twice until 2021. She added to her busy schedule in 2012 by taking up the post of Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and became Music Director in July 2013.

So, why do we not see more women conducting or composing when, simultaneously, there is a wonderful amount of talented female soloists? Vasily Petrenko famously said it was because a woman on the podium would be distracting, whilst Marin cites Roger Wright who blames the trajectory of history which has prevented role models breaking through. Well, that is until now. Later on in her Last Night speech, Marin said that ‘it is all worthwhile if it inspired young women to realize that they, too, should follow their passion, should aim high and not let any barriers stand in their way.’

Conductor Marin Alsop leaning on a rail holding a baton

Photo: Richard Saker for the Observer Richard Saker/Observer

With girls throughout the world risking their lives to even go to school (see James McCarthy’s work inspired by Malala Yousafazi), those of us in classical music should be inspired by this boldness for change in our industry and do our part for the equality of women all over the world.

Check back here tomorrow for our final blog in the #ClassicalWomen series: our top 10 women in classical music moments.

(Written on March 5, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

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.

Classical Music on Twitter

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 )