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In today’s news: The Royal Philarmonic and Charles Dutoit have together decided to bring forward his resignation from his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 2018 and the Cambridge Classical Concert Series is hitting the high notes. Also, German label OehmsClassics is now part of the Naxos group, and Sébastien Rouland was announced as new chief musical director at Saarländisches Staatstheater.

Classical Music

St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 2018

The second Holy Week Festival will take place 26 March – 1 April this year.

Cambridge Independent

Cambridge Classical Concert Series is hitting the high notes

The concert opens on Thursday, January 18 with the BSO performing Haydn’s Symphony No. 7.

U Discover Music

Bob Marley classic ‘No Woman No Cry’ given classical makeover by teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

The striking new version of the classic was released Friday, 5 January and has gone viral.


Liverpool unveils 2018 culture celebrations

The event will take place this year to mark 10 years since Capital of Culture year.


Charles Dutoit Steps Down as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic

According to a press release from the RPO, the Royal Philarmonic and Charles Dutoit have together decided to bring forward his resignation from his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.

OehmsClassics gehört jetzt zu Naxos

Das deutsche Label OehmsClassics ist jetzt Teil der Naxos-Gruppe. Eine entsprechende Vereinbarung zur Übernahme der Geschäftsanteile wurde bereits unterzeichnet, teilt das Label mit.

Irish National Opera nimmt Betrieb auf

Am gestrigen Abend hat die Irish National Opera (INO) mit einem Galakonzert in der National Concert Hall in Dublin ihren Start gefeiert.

Musik Heute

Sébastien Rouland wird GMD in Saarbrücken

Das Saarländische Staatstheater bekommt einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor. Mit Sébastien Rouland (45) binde man “einen international renommierten Künstler”, sagte Kulturminister Ulrich Commerçon (SPD) am Mittwoch in Saarbrücken.

france musique

Et les nommés pour les Révélations des Victoires de la musique classique 2018 sont…

Les Victoires de la Musique classique viennent de dévoiler les 6 nommés dans la catégorie Révélations.


Music History @today_classical: in 1895 FP of ‘ Sonata No.1 in f for clarinet and piano, in Vienna.

DW | Kultur @dw_kultur: Happy Birthday, Elphi! Vor einem Jahr erklang die das erste Mal. Hier eine Bilanz:

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: the funding for the next European youth choir festival in Basel is secured, Academy of Ancient Music announces partnership with Chiltern Arts. In Munich, faculty members of music colleges are protesting low wages. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is extending its contract with Rossen Milanov. A feature on composing and political stance and sexual misconduct at Berklee Music College. Spotify starts selling Makeup.

Classical Music

Academy of Ancient Music and Chiltern Arts announce partnership

The Academy of Ancient Music is to become orchestra in residence at Chiltern Arts Festival.

Choir and Organ

Leicester MusicFest organ competition

The second Leicester MusicFest will include a pipe organ competition.

Opera Now

Glyndebourne Tour to visit Liverpool in 2019

The Glyndebourne Tour is to visit Liverpool’s Empire Theatre – the biggest two-tier theatre in the country – for the first time in 2019.

Classic FM

Flight of the Bumblebee for a marimba and 4 mallets is crazier than you’re expecting

Rimsky-Korsakov’s notoriously fiendish piece sounds absolutely mad in this one-man arrangement for marimba and four mallets.


Spotify Is Selling Makeup Now, And That Could Change Things For The Music Industry

Spotify isn’t known primarily as a retailer, even though music fans can purchase items from the streaming site, but as of today, it has taken another step towards becoming more of a shopping destination of sorts.


Columbus Symphony extends contract of Rossen Milanov

Rossen Milanov’s contract as Music Director of the Columbus Symphony has been extended through the 2024-25 season, the orchestra announced.

New York Times

Three Composers on the Necessity and Pitfalls of Political Music

When classical music composers get political, they often do it at the risk of preaching to the proverbial choir.


Berklee says 11 faculty members were fired over 13 years for sexual assault, harassment

A prestigious music school in Boston will hold a campus forum following a newspaper investigation that found the college allowed three professors to quietly leave the school after students complained the men had sexually harassed or assaulted them.

Codex flores

Finanzierung des 11. Europäischen Jugendchor Festivals Basel gesichert

Die Finanzierung des 11. Europäischen Jugendchor Festival Basel (EJCF) – es findet über die Auf­fahrtstage vom 9. Mai – 13. Mai 2018 in Basel und der Region statt – ist gesichert.

Lehrbeauftragte an bayerischen Musikhochschulen demonstrieren

Lehrbeauftragte bayerischer Musikhochschulen haben mit einer Demonstration gegen Pläne der bayerischen Landesregierung protestiert. 

Neue Musikzeitung

Braunschweiger Sing-Projekt mit Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet

Das Braunschweiger Schulprojekt «Klasse! Wir singen» ist mit dem Initiativpreis Deutsche Sprache ausgezeichnet worden. 



Image: Choir and Organ

(Written on November 14, 2017 )

Legendary American composer Steve Reich has permitted the creation of a film accompaniment to his masterpiece Different Trains for the very first time in its 28 year history. For this site-specific performance, presented by Metal, filmmaker and artist Bill Morrison has collaborated with Steve Reich to create a film accompaniment to the Grammy Award-winning work.

Bill Morrison will work with Steve Reich to create a new film commission from archive film stock of train travel during WWII gathered from archives in continental Europe and the US. Metal will present the audio-visual, site-specific performance in an open-air concert at Edge Hill Station in Liverpool, one of the oldest active passenger railway stations in the world.

Edge Hill Station, Liverpool - Entire Station from bridge

In September 1830 passengers were carried by train between two cities for the first time ever, travelling from Liverpool to Manchester via Edge Hill Station. This performance will encourage audiences to return to this site to reflect upon the extraordinary social, political and economic consequences of that moment, and in particular the role of the railways during World War II.

Steve Reich, Sound Intermedia and the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) will collaborate to perform this site-specific presentation. The event will also feature a supporting presentation of Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, performed by Mats Bergström.

The performance on the 29th September will take place just days before Steve Reich’s 80th birthday, and will take place in the presence of the composer.

Different Trains (1988), for string quartet and tape, was inspired by the journeys Reich made between New York and Los Angeles during World War II and that, had he lived in Europe, he may have been forced to travel in Holocaust trains instead

A high-profile Kickstarter campaign will contribute to the funding of the project.

(Written on July 5, 2016 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Alan Gilbert is to leave the New York Philharmonic: who will replace him?

Gilbert’s announcement means another key conducting job falls vacant.

The Telegraph

Simon Rattle: ready to join the best

As Britain’s greatest living conductor comes back to London, Michael Henderson assesses the career of the former wunderkind from Liverpool

The Strad

Cellos are too big to be transported in the cabin, says airline

Air Canada refused to sell Richard Harwood an extra ticket for his cello as it exceeded the requisite dimensions, according to the musician

Valery Gergiev announces Tchaikovsky Competition 2015 judges

A number of today’s leading names will join the violin, cello, piano and voice panels this summer

International Arts Manager

Culture ministers in pre-election spotlight

Ahead of the forthcoming UK general elections this May, the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has announced that it is to organise a series of events where key politicians will put forward their plans for the arts.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie gewinnt man den Opern-Grammy?

Schon vier Mal war das Klassik-Label cpo für den Grammy nominiert, jetzt war es der einzige deutsche Sieger. Wie wird man Weltspitze? Warum steht die Trophäe noch nicht in Niedersachsen? Ein Gespräch mit Burkhard Schmilgun.


Hier drin spielt die Musik

Ob in Moskau oder Manchester, in Buenos Aires oder Boston: Schon architektonisch sind diese zehn Konzertsäle ein Blickfang. Doch erst ihre unvergleichliche Akustik macht sie zu den Besten weltweit.



my life in music

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Männerdominierte Jazzszene zum Swingen bringen

Die 1988 geborene Saxofonistin Charlotte Greve gehört zu den Nachwuchsstars des deutschen Jazz.

Codex Flores

Gilbert beendet sein New Yorker Engagement 2017

lan Gilbert gibt seinen Posten als Chefdirigent der New Yorker Philharmoniker per 2017 auf.


Finland Celebrates Sibelius Anniversary With Outstanding Events

During the jubilee year 2015 Sibelius’s compositions will be played around the world and some special activities are also planned, including the first International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition and the XI International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.


The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : What did you think of #ROHhollander? Share your review (+/-): … ^C

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack :ICYMI, here’s our interview with Joby Talbot where he discusses Everest, along with his ballet scores: …

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia :Drum roll please…. Edward Nesbit @EdNesbit announced as #OPUS2015 winner …

News New York Phil

Alan Gilbert conducts the 2009-10 Opening Night Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, marking his debut as director of the New York Philharmonic. Photograph: Chris Lee/AP

(Written on February 10, 2015 )

The Times

Why opera is taking lessons from Hollywood

Live cinema screenings are saving the New York Met, but does the big screen mean that good looks matter more than the singing? Neil Fisher talks to Peter Gelb, the general manager of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Orchestra chief Dr Rosa Solinas quits post

The chief executive of the Ulster Orchestra has departed after just over a year in the job. Dr Rosa Solinas, former head of music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland did not make a public announcement about her departure.


What’s next for Spotify? Perhaps going ‘beyond the Play button’

Recently-acquired The Echo Nest presents its vision for digital music services that really understand you

Classic FM

Liverpool football magazine prints review of RLPO concert

A writer for Liverpool-based football magazine The Anfield Wrap has passionately reviewed a concert of Elgar, Mahler and Strauss by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Independent

The composer and his muse: Richard Strauss’ tempestuous relationship with his wife Pauline de Ahna

Richard Strauss was inspired by his wife. Now, for the 150th anniversary of his birth, a new staging of his most magical opera is to open in London.

Die Welt

In Wien werden jetzt die Anwälte reich

Am Ende glaubte keiner mehr den Beteuerungen des Burg-Intendanten Matthias Hartmann, er wäre unschuldig am Millionendefizit. Die Probleme der Politik fangen aber mit seiner Entlassung erst an.

The Times

The Times

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

Tickets for harpsichordist Eddy Grossenstein’s UK concerts are now on sale!

Eddy’s European concerts have enjoyed considerable success, and now he is bringing his performing talents to the UK. From the end of March to the end of May he will undertake a series of concerts in England and Scotland.

On his decision to perform in the UK and the venues he will be playing in, Eddy commented:
“I have chosen the venues because they are beautiful and historic places with amazing acoustics. I have played prolifically on the continent and now I am choosing to come to the UK because the concert-going public here are one of the most enthusiastic in the world. In the UK, people go to concerts to listen to good music. And just for it.”

Eddy’s first concert will be on March 29th in the beautiful St Andrew’s Church, Cheltenham.

For a full list of dates and to buy tickets, please see Eddy’s website.

Eddy Gro, 1


(Written on March 3, 2014 )


Australian Chamber Orchestra unveils interactive tablet experience 

New musical experience involves screening a pre-recorded performance during which spectators use an app on a tablet console to control which musicians can be seen and heard.

Science Daily

Professional French Horn Players in Danger of Developing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A new study found new evidence that French horn players are one of the most at-risk groups of developing noise induced hearing loss among professional orchestral musicians.

The Star Tribune

Talks intensify as Minnesota Orchestra dispute faces weekend deadline

As the two sides engage in confidential talks, new private and public fundraising efforts are being explored as a bridge.

The Telegraph

Why the early music movement got it wrong

Richard Egarr, the director of the Academy of Ancient music, talks to Ivan Hewett of new thinking on old composers.

BBC News

Classical music is ‘all in the mind.’

A Brazilian computer scientist and composer has remixed Beethoven to try to demonstrate how individuals hear things in varying ways.

Charlotte Church to deliver BBC 6 Music Peel Lecture

Singer Charlotte Church will tackle the role of women in the music industry when she delivers BBC Radio 6 Music’s Peel Lecture next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha piano selection days: returning to Southbank, and coming to Liverpool

Following the success of last year’s Yamaha piano selection sessions initiative, at which Yamaha took over a section of London’s Southbank Centre to showcase its range of pianos to potential buyers, the company will be running sessions at the Southbank Centre on 11&12 October and at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on 17&18 January 2014.

Die Zeit

Hinterhäuser übernimmt Salzburger Festspiele

Die Salzburger Festspiele haben einen neuen Leiter: Ab 2017 führt Markus Hinterhäuser das renommierte Festival. Mit ihm soll wieder mehr Qualität kommen.

Science Daily

Science Daily

(Written on September 26, 2013 )

Arts Beat, New York Times

Abbado, Blaming Health Problem, Cancels Plans for Japan Concerts

Citing ill health, Italian conductor Claudio Abbado has canceled plans for a series of concerts in Japan with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra — including one at an inflatable concert hall in Matsushima that was to be dedicated to a region recovering from the 2011 earthquake.

Annie Proulx Writes Libretto for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera

Author of  Brokeback Mountain will turn her short story into the libretto for Charles Wuorinen’s opera.

Pacific Standard

Playing Prokofiev is a Pain:  The Physical Toll of Being a Musician

A new study from Australia finds working as an orchestral musician takes an intense physical toll.  It reports 84% of professional orchestral musicians in that nation have experienced “performance-impairing pain” at some point, and 50% were experiencing symptoms at the time of the survey.

BBC News

Does music in the workplace help or hinder?

Police in England and Wales paid £660,952 for licences so staff could listen to music in offices in the past year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. But does music played at work help or hinder employees, asks Vanessa Barford.

Liverpool choirboy Jack Topping, 11, lands record deal

Choirboy is the youngest person to be signed by the Decca label who turned down the Beatles and will release his debut album in November.


Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle’s performance as he conducted Mr Bean and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the London Games last year may be a hint of things to come after he steps down from the Berlin Philharmonic in 2017.

Classic FM Online

Opera-singing hot dog vendor is sacked

A hot dog salesman in Kansas who is famous for his unique opera-singing style of salesmanship has been sacked.

The Telegraph

Film composers: a director’s best friend

“Hitchcock only finishes a picture 60 per cent,” the composer Bernard Herrmann liked to say. “I have to finish it for him.” As the BBC begins its Sound of the Cinema season, Sean Macaulay celebrates the fine art of the film composer.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fluch der Gießkanne

Berlins Freie Szene braucht neue Fördermodelle und klare kulturpolitische Bekenntnisse. Das ist nicht schwierig – und auch nicht teuer.

BBC News

BBC News


(Written on September 12, 2013 )

Emily Howard’s anticipated mini-opera ‘Zátopek!’ premiered in Liverpool last week, and has since welcomed fantastic reviews. Gaining a successful 4 stars from The Guardian, Emily’s work, which tells the story of Emil Zátopek (the famous Czech Olympian who gained a gold medal in 5000m, 10000m and Marathon all in one year) has impressed critics with its debut performance. The Liverpool Echo praised the work for being ‘as unreservedly entertaining as the man it pays tribute to’ whilst the Guardian celebrated Emily for capturing Zátopek’s oddball personality within her score. The short length of 12-minutes for this mini-opera lends itself to the manic nature of the performance, ‘packed with potential’ it relays Zátopek’s lengthy career into the time of a single Olympic race. (The Guardian)

Individual performances of the Premiere also called for high praise, in particular the tenor John McMunn in the title role of ‘Zátopek!’ executed with ‘pleasing clarity and humour’ (The Liverpool Echo).

With the Olympic torch having passed through Liverpool just weeks before, Emily’s work is of ideal timing and a wonderfully fitting composition to launch in a very sporting 2012.

It is still possible to hear the premiering performance of ‘Zátopek!’ until Saturday, on BBC Radio 3 here.

(Written on June 21, 2012 )

Tonight sees the World Premiere of ‘Zatopek!’ a 12-minute mini-opera on the life of Emil Zatopek by ‘one of the UK’s most acclaimed young composers’ (BBC) Emily Howard. Commissioned by PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 it is themed beautifully for this Olympic year of 2012. Emily’s opera about Zatopek – the Czech gold medallist for the 5000m, 10000m and Marathon in the Olympics of 1952 – is sure to be extremely enlightening following the extensive research by Emily and her librettist Selma Dimitrijevic, who travelled to Prague to research their subject, as well as running 5000m ‘religiously’ whilst writing the work (BBC).

The Premier this evening takes place in Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tonight’s concert is also being recorded by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast on Saturday the 16th of June at 10.30 pm.

(Written on June 15, 2012 )