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In today’s news: list to a music performances in a living room and new film clip of the Beatles during their filming in the Austrian Alps. JK Rowling warns not to buy a stolen Harry Potter prequel. Herbert Blomstedt is being awarded with honorary medal by the city of Leipzig, and the initiative Musicians4unitedeurope gives concert for Europe in Berlin. British Transport Police recover stolen 300-year-old Goffriller violin.

The Telegraph

JK Rowling Tells Fans Not to Buy £25,000 Harry Potter Prequel Stolen in Burglary

An untitled Harry Potter prequel handwritten on a postcard by JK Rowling has been stolen in a burglary in Birmingham.

The Guardian 

Unseen Footage of the Beatles During Filming of Help! Emerges after 50 Years

Filmed by late actor Leo McKern, who starred in the film, the clip shows the Fab Four messing around between takes during filming in Austrian Alps.

Classical Music Magazine

Search Begins for Team to Design Centre for Music

The Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama are seeking applications from design teams to develop plans for London’s proposed Centre for Music.


Ehrenmedaille für Ex-Gewandhauskapellmeister Herbert Blomstedt

Der frühere Kapellmeister des Leipziger Gewandhauses Herbert Blomstedt soll die Ehrenmedaille der Stadt erhalten.


Ulf Schirmers Leipziger Vertrag soll im Juni verlängert werden

Der Leipziger Oberbürgermeister Burkhard Jung hat dem Stadtrat vorgeschlagen, den Vertrag des Intendanten und Generalmusikdirektors der Oper Leipzig, Ulf Schirmer, bis 2022 zu verlängern.

«Musicians4unitedeurope» spielen für Europa

Der Initiative «Musicians4unitedeurope» haben sich nach deren Angaben mittlerweile 400 Musiker angeschlossen, darunter Dirigenten wie Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski und Yannick Nézet-Séguin.


In the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, teens speak up by singing out

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus is not your typical kids’ choir, singing folk-song arrangements and show tunes. It’s made up of over 600 kids, from second grade to the end of high school, from struggling neighborhoods to New York’s elite.

The Strad

British Transport Police recover stolen 300-year-old Goffriller violin

The 1700 instrument, belonging to London violinist Carol Slater, was stolen from a Gatwick Express train at the end of March.

Music Business Worldwide

Universal’s Streaming Growth is Slowing Down – but still Provided $500M in Q1
 Universal Music Group has just reported its highest quarterly revenue in 15 years – but there were signs of caution within its numbers.

Capital Public Radio

Home is Where The Classical Music is

 It’s 7:30 on a Wednesday night and UC Davis graduate student Natalie Popovich is having some friends over for a party. But this is no ordinary college shindig.

South China Morning Post

British Artist Visits 16 lost Libraries Along the Silk Road in Epic Motorbike Trip

Abigail Reynolds’ ‘Ruins of Time’ exhibition is the result of a five-month journey through 2,000 years and half the globe


11Death of an early Mahler singer

3 Musikpublizist und Kritiker Joachim Kaiser gestorben


The Guardian: Photograph: Neil Pearson Rare Books

(Written on May 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: Salomon Prize for Lennox Mackenzie, students at George Mason University in Virginia, US have created a 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera to play the violin. The “Solistes Européens Luxembourg” program for 17/18, the Hamburger Staatsoper grants Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche honorary membership, and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra announces PRYSM Festival Concert. Utah Symphony supports haitian musicians.


LSO violinist Lennox Mackenzie receives RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

Lennox Mackenzie, sub-leader and former chair of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society/Association of British Orchestras Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.

The Strad

University students create 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old girl to play the violin

Undergraduate students at George Mason University in Virginia, US have created a 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera to play the violin.

Stratford Observer

Library card holders can access millions of classical music tracks

Classical music fans in Warwickshire now have access to all their favourite composers thanks to the county’s library service.

The Telegraph

London theatre: the best plays and shows on now

From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Motown the Musical, this is our regularly updated guide to the best shows in the West End and beyond

Kein Neubau als Ausweichquartier für Stuttgarter Oper

Suche nach Interimsspielstätte während der Opernsanierung geht weiter


Hamburgische Staatsoper verleiht Ehrenmitgliedschaft an Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche

In Anerkennung seiner großen Verdienste um die Hamburgische Staatsoper wurde Herr Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche am vergangenen Sonnabend zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt.


Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Announces PRYSM Festival Concert, 5/13

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) ensembles will showcase their talents at the 10th Annual PRYSM Festival Concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.


SEL 2017/18: Von der Guzheng zum Alphorn

Die ‘Solistes Européens Luxembourg’ haben ihre Saison 2017/18 vorgestellt, und Chefdirigent Christoph König hat einmal mehr ganz fein ausgeklügelte Programme konzipiert.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS payout grew 11% IN 2016 – but costs rose 14.6% TO TOP £80M

UK collection society PRS For Music celebrated a record year in 2016, with net payouts to its songwriter members rising above £500m for the first time in history.

Desert News

How Utah Symphony is improving the lives of young Haitian musicians

Music education is not something that young musicians in Haiti take for granted.


28 Young talent blooms at St John’s Smith Square

Tune in to for the perfect music to start your Tuesday!


The Strad

(Written on April 25, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone announces that Warner Classics has signed two new artists, BBC Music Magazine reports that the British Library has acquired the Gilbert and Sullivan archive & The Observer discusses how in New York, classical music is being pushed further away from the spot light

The Observer

Has the Best Classical Music Gone Underground? 

New York, New York, that “hell-of-a-town,” that cerebral cortex of America, is constantly changing, and in the realm of classical music, the change has been dramatic


Warner Classics signs two new artists

Warner Classics has just announced the signing of two artists from North America: the piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton and the violinist Benjamin Beilman

BBC Music Magazine

British Library acquires Gilbert and Sullivan archive

107-year-old Gilbert and Sullivan archive heads to London 

Der Tagesspiegel 

Ungebrochene Neugier, unbeirrbare Konzentration

Menahem Pressler, 91-jähriger Gründer des Beaux Arts Trio, spielt zum Abschlusskonzert seiner Europa-Tournee Mozart in Berlin


Dresden zeigt Gesicht(er)

Endlich überwindet Dresdens Semperoper den Denkmalschutz und mischt sich ins Tagesgeschehen ein. Sinkende Besucherzahlen von auswärts dürften nicht dr einzige Grund dafür sein


Pizzicato reported last week that Music Director James Judd offered to cut his fee in order to save the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) from financial difficulties. Now, it looks like this and other measures are believed to be successful


Radio Clásica presenta la programación de sus 50 años

Medio siglo difundiendo la música clásica a través de las ondas. 438.000 horas de cultura en la radio, que se celebra en Radio Clásica presentando varios espacios 


Jazzwise ‏@Jazzwise Theatralia Jazz Festival heads to Pizza Express … @pizzajazzclub

Record Label A&R ‏@recordlabel_ar  Licensing company looking to pitch Christmas songs to their advertising clients 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK  Christmas Tree is card of the week, there’s 3 packs to win, simply RT! Winners at 5pm! #competition #charitytuesday

Violinist Benjamin Beilman Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi, Gramophone Magazine

Violinist Benjamin Beilman
Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi, Gramophone



(Written on October 27, 2015 )


Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic


„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )