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We’re delighted to welcome to our roster Damian Iorio, conductor, who we will be working with over the coming months.  Damian’s reputation as a formidable conductor continues to grow thanks to highly-acclaimed performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Oper Bonn.

Damian has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has led the orchestra to new heights, whilst successfully attracting an ever-growing audience for classical music in the region.  This season he welcomes a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloe Hanslip.

In June and July 2018, he will be making a much-anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, where he will conduct performances of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”.  His pedigree as a fine conductor of opera has been established after performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris and Verdi’s “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne. He conducted the Russian premiere of Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” in Moscow, which was subsequently nominated for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

His recent recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos was highly acclaimed, with “fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio” (The Guardian), and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.  Iorio is a champion of new music, and has worked closely with Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman.

Iorio studied in the UK and USA, and began his musical career as a violinist with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, before studying conducting in St Petersburg and embarking on a life on the podium.

You can keep up to date with Damian at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on November 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cheap tickets to make theatre more attractive for the youth, a dream became true for the shirtless violist, and listen to the Montreal International Piano Competition. Salzburger Festspiele won’t be opened with ‘Tosca’ this year. Will the fusion between Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz and the Theater Vorpommern already take place in the beginning of 2018?

Evening Standard

Cheap theatre tickets for young people: How to see London’s best plays for next to nothing

You might never be able to get on to the property ladder but at least you can see some great plays

The Violin Channel

Shirtless Violinist – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’

‘The Shirtless Violinist‘ performs the evergreen broadway classic, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from ‘Les Misérables’ … arranged for solo violin and torso.

Classic FM

We’re at the Montreal International Piano Competition, and the talent is blowing our minds

The final round of the Montreal International Piano Competition is underway, with the second of two legs taking place tonight in the city’s Maison Symphonique.

The Strad

British cellist Keith Harvey has died, aged 79

The English musician was principal cellist of the London Philharmonic and English Chamber orchestras, and later formed the Gabrieli String Quartet

Pizzicato

Staatskapelle Dresden will Thielemann behalten

Die Musiker der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden haben am gestrigen Mittwoch in geheimer Wahl « mit großer Mehrheit » für eine Verlängerung des Vertrags mit ihrem Chefdirigenten Christian Thielemann (58) gestimmt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Salzburger Festspiele 2018 ohne Philipp Stölzls “Tosca”

Philipp Stölzl wird im kommenden Jahr nicht die Osterfestspiele Salzburg mit Puccinis Oper “Tosca” eröffnen.

Klassik.com

Fusion zum Staatstheater Nordost schon Anfang 2018 möglich?

Die Fusion der Theater- und Orchestergesellschaft Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz und des Theater Vorpommern könnte doch schon Anfang Januar 2018 erfolgen.

The Herald

Philanthropist leaves Edinburgh Napier university £750,000 to support classical musicians

A long-time university backer has left £750,000 in his will to support young classical musicians.

BBC News

A big change for Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most iconic buildings is about to undergo its biggest ever renovation.

South China Morning Post

Donor frocks help Hong Kong helpers look the part on red carpet for premiere of documentary about their lives

After snub from corporate sponsors, style consultant Sheryl Bolden appealed for donation of dresses so the domestic helpers who appear in documentary The Helper looked the part on red carpet at film’s premiere.

Twitter

9 Ensemble. Civil Engagement

2Neue Brahms-Gedenkstätte auf Schloss Altenstein

Rhinegold
photo credit: Lukas Gojda

(Written on May 11, 2017 )

Classical news

In today’s news, London Mozart Players announce management restructure and PRS For Music has launched its new anti-piracy take-down tool, MAPS.. Also, English National Opera reduces senior management pay by 20% and details of Classical: NEXT 2016 are announced

The Stage

ENO to cut senior pay by 20%

English National Opera is to reduce pay levels for senior management by 20% as it seeks to make savings of £5 million.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announces management restructure

The London Mozart Players has recently undergone a restructure of its management team, electing a new chair of the LMP Trust and appointing an executive director

Music Week

PRS for Music launches new system to combat online piracy

PRS For Music has launched its new anti-piracy take-down tool, MAPS.

The Telegraph

How women made the violin their own

Ivan Hewett considers why female violinists now outnumber men in many of the world’s greatest competitions and orchestras

Classical Music Magazine

Details announced for Classical:NEXT 2016

The fifth Classical:NEXT congress, to be held in Rotterdam on 25-28 May, will kick off with a battery of keynote speeches instead of the traditional solo address

Berliner Zeitung

Konzert abgebrochen „Reden Sie doch gefälligst Deutsch!“

„Das kam für alle überraschend, das haben wir vom Kölner Publikum nicht erwartet. Wir können es uns auch nicht erklären“

NMZ

Ein Stück Musikgeschichte verschwindet: Aus für Wurlitzer

Dieser Name steht für längst vergangene Musikzeiten: Wurlitzer. Nach dem Ende der Produktion von Musikboxen im Jahr 2013 ist das Aus des Traditionsunternehmen in Deutschland besiegelt

Deutsche Welle

Konzert für Flüchtlinge: “Willkommen in unserer Mitte”

Bei einem gemeinsamen Auftritt haben die drei großen Orchester Berlins in der Berliner Philharmonie für Flüchtlinge musiziert. Der Abend verlieh dem Begriff “Willkommenskultur” eine neue Dimension

New York Times

Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?

It is one of the most famous pieces of American music — but for 70 years orchestras may have been playing one of its best-known effects wrong

France Musique

Le manuscrit de la partition piano-voix des Troyens de Berlioz acquis par la Bnf

Considéré comme perdu depuis plus d’un siècle, la Bibliothèque nationale de France vient d’acquérir le manuscrit de la partition pour piano et voix des Troyens de Berlioz

Twitter

London Philharmonic ‏@LPOrchestra  At 6.00pm on Saturday, young musicians from the LPO Foyle Future Firsts celebrate Shakespeare’s life and works. http://lpo.uk/21wspzR 

Bernhard Kerres ‏@BernhardKerres  The great #violinist @ericsilberger raises money for his debut recording. Support it! #violin #classicalbuzz http://kck.st/1oG5XT1 

Save_ENO ‏@Save_ENO   .@E_N_O senior management agree to share the pain of pay cuts. Fairness prevails. #SaveENO http://bit.ly/21Co7XO

London Mozart Players/ Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players/ Classical Music Magazine

 

 

(Written on March 2, 2016 )

Classcial News

Telegraph

A timeless odyssey through Beethoven

Andris Nelsons and the CBSO are about to unleash all nine of the composer’s symphonies on Birmingham – John Allison can’t wait

Independent

Play classical music in hospitals and railway stations to ‘calm public’, report says

Recommendation follows new figures that estimate around 400 public sector workers are assaulted each week

Exclusive: Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Students will now focus on German composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Classical Source

Most comprehensive UK survey of musical instrument learning finds that while more children than ever are playing, many still have no access and children from lower social groups remain disadvantaged

On 15 September, ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, and its partners publish Making Music, the most comprehensive survey of the learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments ever undertaken in the UK.

Pizzicato

Met Guild Invites To ‘Brava Jessye’

On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents ‘Brava, Jessye!’ to salute the great soprano Jessye Norman.

The New York Times

Met Opera Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs, Mainly Through Layoffs

The Metropolitan Opera, which promised to match the pay cuts that its major unions agreed to last month with equivalent cuts to its nonunion payroll, said on Friday afternoon that it was eliminating 22 of its 254 administrative positions, mostly through layoffs.

Le Figaro

Trop de salles de musique ne tue pas forcément les salles

Le mélomane actif, et au budget suffisant, a tous les soirs le choix entre quatre ou cinq manifestations musicales à Paris.

Le monde

Mort d’Antoine Duhamel, musicien de la Nouvelle Vague

Le composituer Antoine Duhamel est à Paris, le 10 septembre. Il avait 89 ans.

Die Welt

Der Woody Allen des Barock

Er erfand die Harmonielehre, er war Frankreichs Pendant zu Georg Friedrich Händel: Vor 250 Jahren starb der Komponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk endlich zaghaft wiederentdeckt.

Musik heute

Zwei erste Preise beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Beim 63. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden zwei erste Preise vergeben.

Klavier.de

Musikfest-Preis Bremen für Ottavio Dantone und die Accademia Bizantina

Der Organist, Cembalist und Dirigent Ottavio Dantone erhält zusammen mit seinem Ensemble Accademia Bizantina den Preis des Musikfestes Bremen 2014.

Twitter:

Music Education UK: @MusicEdUK New ‘Making Music’ report published today – a must-read. Executive summary here: http://gb.abrsm.org/en/making-music/3-executive-summary/ … #makingmusicreport #musichubs

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to @RhiannonLlew, winner yesterday of the MOCSA (Morriston Orpheus Choir) Young Welsh Singer of the Year Award.

London Philharmonic: @LPOrchestra We have a new education project! LPO Soundworks is a new cross-arts project for 14-19yr olds. Details here: http://www.lpo.org.uk/education/soundworks-next-project.html …b

Le Figaro

Le Figaro

(Written on September 15, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Audience ejects crowd-surfer from classical concert

Scientist is thrown out of “accessible and informal” classical concert by fellow audience members after attempting to crowd-surf.

Classic FM

London Philharmonic Orchestra to star in Wimbledon advert

Musicians will star in an advert for ESPN, promoting Wimbledon 2014 – and met Rafael Nadal on court!

Classic FM

$10million Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

An antique violin hidden in a wardrobe for 25 years was expected to sell for an eight-figure sum this week – but failed to reach the reserve price.

The Guardian

Soprano Tamar Iveri released by Opera Australia for anti-gay comments

Public angry after posting on the Georgian singer’s Facebook page appears to describe gay people as ‘faecal masses’.

The Guardian

Orchestral manoeuvres in the car park

Level seven of a multi-storey car park in southeast London isn’t where you’d expect to hear Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. Nonetheless, that’s where the Multi-Story orchestra are performing. Founders Kate Whitley and Christopher Stark explain how it works.

The Telegraph

Let’s honour the Great American Songbook

Children should be introduced to those classics sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra.

The New York Times

Lee Hyla, 61, Who Mixed Rock and Jazz Into Classical Works, dies

Lee Hyla, an American composer whose work married the formal rigor of classical music with the driving energy of rock and the improvisational abandon of jazz, died on June 6 in Chicago. He was 61.

Iowa Public Radio

Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin?

Have women achieved parity in the violin profession?

Die Welt

Nachhaltiges Beben

Um seine Klassikszene wird München beneidet. Jetzt sorgen unglückliche Zufälle wie der Rücktritt von Lorin Maazel bei den Philharmonikern und der Streit um die Klassikwelle B4 für Verwerfungen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Festival Young Euro Classic: Die Welt zu Gast in Berlin

In diesem Jahr wird “Young Euro Classic” zweigeteilt: Ende Juni sind die Jugendorchester im der Philharmonie zu erleben, im August dann im Admiralspalast. Und auch das Programm ist 2014 außergewöhnlich.

musik heute

Über 65.000 Besucher beim Bachfest Leipzig

Mehr als 65.000 Menschen haben das Bachfest Leipzig besucht. Die Gäste aus 32 Nationen erlebten 107 weitgehend ausverkaufte Veranstaltungen, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit. Im Mittelpunkt des Musikfestivals stand der zweitälteste Bach-Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, von dem allein 56 Werke aufgeführt wurden.

concerti

Festivalguide: Horizont-Erweiterungen

Ein besonderer Ort, fern des Konzertalltags: Die Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker leben den Festivalgeist in Reinkultur.

El Mundo

Las ‘Cuatro estaciones’ en ‘remix’

Max Richter explica cómo se rehace una de las piezas más conocidas del repertorio clásico según los parámetros de la música electrónica.

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: ‏@TeleClassical  People diary: Opera anger over ‘anti-Semitic’ claim http://tgr.ph/1ntGN2d 

Musical America: ‏@MusicalAmerica Charleston Symphony Taps Music Director http://buff.ly/1lRgAcB  

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The Bristol Old Vic

Photograph: Alamy

(Written on June 23, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

Classic FM

Rock Star Violinist Hahn- Bin lands in London 

Provocative performer Hahn- Bin arrives in London to perform at the Soho Theatre.

Danny Elfman’s Accidental Movie Career

Oscar-nominated movie composer Danny Elfman talks exclusively to Classic FM about his accidental move into film music.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Breaking: upheaval at London orchestra as player-chairman resigns 

Martin Hohmann steps down as player-chairman of the London Philharmonic.

Licence required to perform Mahler 6 after Austrian judge bans cowbells 

Austrian judge outlaws cowbells as a noise hazard…

BBC News  

Ask BBC Proms Roger Wright 

The BBC is hosting a live online Q&A session on Friday with its director Roger Wright.

BBC Music Magazine  

What’s your favourite chamber work? 

The BBC Music Magazine Team shares their favourite chamber works.

The Independent 

Daniel and Michael Barenboim: The family that plays together… 

Daniel Barenboim and the leader of the orchestra his son Michael talk to the Independent about discipline and dynasties.

(Written on July 19, 2012 )

The Guardian

The Shard will open to the wrong music

The London Philharmonic is to mark the inauguration of the corporate monolith with Fanfare for the Common Man. Surely Elgar’s visions of the end of the empire would be a better choice?

LA Times

George Fenton’s influences

The British composer, who’ll be conducting his own score for ‘Frozen Planet’ at the Bowl this week, numbers Henri Mancini, Mark Rothko and the Beatles among his influences.

‘Prometheus’ seeks out classical music in deep space

In space, no one can hear you scream — but everyone can hear the classical music loud and clear.

Jessica Duchen

Musicians against playing for free at the Olympics

A Facebook group, Musicians Against Playing for Free at the Olympics, has been started by Ashley Slater (formerly of Loose Tubes).

Music + Art = Magic?

About the correlation of music and art in the Impressionist era, and why it was that it took about 20 years for composers to cotton on.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

The lady who thought Bach was alive

The Times today carries a fond obituary of Lina Lalandi, founder of the (defunct) English Bach Festival who died on June 8, aged 91.

London street-mugged pianist makes her live comeback next week

Alexandra Dariescu was fortunate to escape without serious injury when she was violently mugged for her phone in broad daylight on a London street. She has not let it get her down.

If you’re booked by the Johannesburg Philharmonic, watch out: they don’t play

We’ve been sent a translated article from the Afrikaans press and another from an English-language paper reporting continuing chaos and mismanagement at South Africa’s premier orchestra.

The Times

Piece created in prison makes the big city stage

This is the world premiere of Beyond This, a 12-minute piece composed by a group of prisoners under the guidance of the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and Sara Lee, the artistic director of Music in Prisons.

Gramophone

NY Philharmonic teams with medici.tv stream landmark concert

Performance available to stream online for 90 days from July 6.

Obituary: Brigitte Engerer, pianist

The French pianist Brigitte Engerer was never a household name – and virtually unknown in Britain where she rarely performed – but was a popular and highly respected figure in the profession.

Sir Mark Elder awarded Leeds University honorary degree

Presentation ceremony will be held during Leeds International Piano Competition.

(Written on July 6, 2012 )

The Telegraph

London Symphony Orchestra to play piece created by computer program Iamus

Computer program Imaus has created works of music so successful that world-class performers such as the London Symphony Orchestra have agreed to perform them.

The Guardian

A guide to Richard Rodney Bennett’s music

This week, Tom Service looks at a  man who composes and performs across a range of musical genres and yet has found an unmistakable and personal voice.

Homeless performers take over Royal Opera House

With One Voice, part of the London 2012 festival, marks first time homeless people have been part of Olympic celebrations.

BBC Music Magazine

London Philharmonic celebrates new high

Orchestra to perform at opening of The Shard.

NY Times

Alec Baldwin Gives $ 1 Million to New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic said on Monday that it had received a gift of $1 million from Mr. Baldwin to honor Zarin Mehta, its outgoing president and executive director.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Is this a record? Youtube’s favourite pianist finally has a CD

Two weeks ago, Valentina Lisitsa gave her debut recital at the Royal Albert Hall.

Join the John Cage cakewalk

BBC Proms Music Walk celebrates the centenary of John Cage with ten especially-commissioned works.

(Written on July 3, 2012 )