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Simon Rattle to open free school for young musicians in 2019

Sir Simon Rattle has revealed plans to create a new music school: the LSO East London Academy, reports Classic FM.

The Academy is being developed by the LSO and will open in 2019 in East London with the aim of identifying and nurturing young musical talent in the area.

It will offer free music training to promising musicians aged 11-18, to break down the financial barrier that prevents many talented young musicians from fully developing their craft.

Sir Simon Rattle said:

“The LSO’s education work is world-famous and rightly admired and copied. But we want to go much further. We know there is so much talent on our doorstep. We see these young people through our work every day in schools and the wider community.

“But they face some of the biggest social and financial barriers to realising their ambitions, and we want our programmes to constantly evolve to meet the challenge of being truly London’s Symphony Orchestra.”

 

The Guardian also reported Rattle’s claim that fewer Europeans are auditioning for orchestras because of Brexit:

“People aren’t necessarily applying because they don’t know what’s going to happen, and when people ask the question, the answer from all of us is, ‘We don’t know’”.

Thus, there is greater need for more home-grown talent, and another of Rattle’s observations is that our orchestras are very rarely representative of our cities. “Why do our groups of classical musicians not look like London looks [sic], and what can we do about it?”

Bindi McFarlane, an LSO violinist, said it was a positive step, and hopes it will help combat the perceived elitism of classical music and increase diversity in the industry.


Einstimmig zum Sieg

Die 29-jährige Mezzosopranistin Natalya Boeva hat beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2018 im Fach Gesang den Sieg errungen. Weitere Preise gingen an den Bass-Bariton Milan Siljanov, den Tenor Mingjie Lei und die Sopranistin Ylva Sofia Stenberg.

Vier junge Sängerinnen und Sänger standen am Mittwochabend, 12. September, im Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz im Finale beim 67. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD im Fach Gesang. Die siebenköpfige Jury unter dem Vorsitz von Dame Ann Murray entschied, dass der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte erste Preis an Natalya Boeva aus Russland geht, wie der Veranstalter mitteilte.

Der mit 7.500 Euro dotierte zweite Preis ging an den Bass-Bariton Milan Siljanov aus der Schweiz, der auch den den Publikumspreis in Höhe von 1.500 Euro erhielt. Zwei mit jeweils 5.000 Euro dotierte dritte Preise gehen an den Tenor Mingjie Lei (China) und die Sopranistin Ylva Sofia Stenberg (Schweden)

Natalya Boeva sings “Olga’s Aria” from Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin.

29-year-old mezzo-soprano, Natalya Boeva, ​​won the ARD Music Competition 2018 in the vocal category. Other prizes went to bass-baritone Milan Siljanov, tenor Mingjie Lei and soprano Ylva Sofia Stenberg.

Four young singers were in the final at the 67th International Music Competition of the ARD in the vocal category on Wednesday evening, September 12, in the Munich Residenz. The seven-member jury, chaired by Dame Ann Murray, unanimously allocated the first prize, worth € 10,000, to Natalya Boeva ​​from Russia.

The second prize, worth 7,500 euros, went to bass baritone Milan Siljanov from Switzerland, who also received the Audience Award of 1,500 euros. Two third prizes, each worth 5,000 euros, go to tenor Mingjie Lei (China) and soprano Ylva Sofia Stenberg (Sweden).

(Via SWR)


Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2018

This year’s  prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony took place last night and was hosted by Editor-in-Chief James Jolly at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. The ceremony was broadcast worldwide by medici.tv.

The orchestra for the ceremony was the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Järvi.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award

(Sponsored by Presto Classical)

Neeme Järvi

Orchestra of the Year Award

(Sponsored by Apple Music)

Seattle Symphony

Artist of the Year Award

Rachel Podger

Young Artist of the Year Award

Lise Davidsen

Label of the Year Award

(Sponsored by Classical Next)

Harmonia Mundi

Recording of the Year & Opera Award

(Sponsors: Qobuz (Recording of the Year Award); E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers (Opera Award))

Berlioz Les Troyens: Sols incl DiDonato, Spyres, Lemieux; Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra / John Nelson (Erato)

Chamber Award

(Sponsored by Kings Place)

Dvořák Quintets: Boris Giltburg; Pavel Nikl; Pavel Haas Quartet(Supraphon)

Choral Award

Pärt Magnificat. Nunc dimittis Schnittke Psalms of Repentance: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Kaspars Putniņš (BIS)

Concerto Award

Bartók Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2: Christian Tetzlaff; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu (Ondine)

Contemporary Award

(Sponsored by PPL & PRS for Music)

Dusapin String Quartets Nos 6 & 7: Arditti Quartet; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Pascal Rophé (Aeon)

Early Music Award

‘Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol 5’: Blue Heron / Scott Metcalfe (Blue Heron)

Instrumental Award

Brahms Piano Pieces, Opp 76, 117 & 118: Arcadi Volodos (Sony Classical)

Orchestral Award

(Sponsored by IDAGIO)

Ravel Daphnis et Chloé: Ensemble Aedes; Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth (Harmonia Mundi)

Recital Award

‘Agitata’: Delphine Galou; Accademia Bizantina / Ottavio Dantone(Alpha Classics)

Solo Vocal Award

(Sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones)

‘Secrets’: Marianne Crebassa; Fazıl Say (Erato)

(Via Gramophone)

(Written on September 14, 2018 )

Classical music news round-up

London Symphony Orchestra tops first chart ranking UK classical ensembles

The London Symphony Orchestra is the UK’s most popular according to the first chart to rank classical ensembles, the i reports.

Recordings by the London institution, led by Sir Simon Rattle, have racked up the most plays on Britain’s television and radio stations over the past decade, music licensing body PPL calculated.

The LSO, which performs more than 120 concerts a year, finished ahead of the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras.

PPL, which collects royalties from music radio and TV broadcasts, found that orchestras have to be versatile to make a popular impact. Just 40 per cent of the total UK radio and TV airplay over the decade, from recordings performed by the top 20 orchestras, was considered “classical” music.

One in three of the top 100 most played new recordings on TV and radio in each of the last ten years included a contribution from at least one member of the top 20 orchestras.

In 2017 almost half (47 per cent) of UK number one songs contained at least one performance from a member of the orchestral top 20.

(iNews)


European Parliament backs copyright changes

Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament, reports the BBC.

Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists, but opponents fear that the plans could destroy user-generated content, memes and parodies.

Article 13 puts the onus on web giants to take measures to ensure that agreements with rights holders for the use of their work are working.

Critics say that would require all internet platforms to filter content put online by users, which many believe would be an excessive restriction on free speech.

Earlier this week, YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl said that endorsement of Article 13 risked “discouraging or even prohibiting platforms from hosting user-generated content”.

Musician Wyclef Jean also spoke out against the directive, appealing to MEPs before the vote to “embrace and improve the internet, rather than attempt to block and hinder it”.

But many other musicians, including Sir Paul McCartney, had expressed their support for the changes. Impala, the association for European independent music companies, said after the vote that it was “a great day for Europe’s creators”.

(BBC)


Deutscher Musikrat: EU-Parlament macht den Weg für ein zeitgemäßes Urheberrecht frei

Die Abgeordneten des EU-Parlamentes haben heute mit deutlicher Mehrheit von 438 zu 226 Stimmen für die geplante EU-Richtlinie zum Urheberrecht im digitalen Binnenmarkt gestimmt. Damit kann das Parlament die Trilog-Verhandlungen mit Europäischem Rat und EU-Kommission aufnehmen.

Dazu Christian Höppner, Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates: „Der 12. September ist ein guter Tag für Europa und die Kreativschaffenden. Der Schutz der Urheber und die faire Vergütung kreativer Leistungen sind Voraussetzung dafür, dass weiterhin attraktive Inhalte produziert und bereitgestellt werden können. In den nächsten Monaten wird es darum gehen, den gesellschaftlichen Dialog zur Zukunft eines fairen Internets zu etablieren, der sich von dem bisherigen Schlagabtausch durch eine differenzierte und gesellschaftspolitisch grundierte Argumentation absetzen sollte.“

MEPs voted today by a clear majority of 438 to 226 votes in favour of the proposed EU directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. This will allow Parliament to start negotiations with the European Council and the European Commission.

Christian Höppner, Secretary General of the German Music Council: “September 12th is a good day for Europe and the creative industries. The protection of authors and the fair remuneration of creative achievements are a prerequisite for the continued production and provision of attractive content. In the coming months, it will be a question of establishing the social dialogue on the future of a fair Internet”.

(Neue Musikzeitung)

(Written on September 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Pinar Toprak is the first woman to write the score for a Marvel movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber is passionate about musical education,  The Vienna Opera is criticised by the state for its spending. Robert Levin is honoured with the Bach-Medal in Leipzig. Also, how the Philharmonie de Paris attracts younger audiences and Samira from Love Island is facing legal action.

Classic FM

‘It’s ludicrous that the government doesn’t understand the importance of music’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber

In a rousing speech he said: “It is vital that we keep music in our schools. It is absolutely ludicrous that that government does not understand… because it’s not about turning children necessarily into musicians, it’s about empowering them in all sorts of different ways.

The Independent

Myleene Klass: Everyone uses classical music but it has boring reputation

Classic Brits co-host Myleene Klass has dismissed criticism from some classical music purists that the awards do not truly represent the genre.

BBC News

LSO ‘believes in complete equality’ amid criticism over lack of women composers

The London Symphony Orchestra insists it “champions the work of women composers” after a survey of the 2018-19 seasons of 15 of the world’s top orchestras found that fewer than 3% of the pieces to be performed were composed by a woman.

The Independent

Love Island contestant Samira ‘facing legal action’ for quitting West End role

One of this year’s Love Island contestants is reportedly facing legal action after quitting her role in a West End musical days before entering the Spanish villa.

The Hollywood Reporter

‘Captain Marvel’ Enlists Pinar Toprak as Composer

Toprak will score Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the powerful Marvel hero. Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios’ first female-fronted film, and Toprak will be the first woman to score a feature for the studio.

Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper vom österreichischen Rechnungshof kritisiert

Der österreichische Bundesrechnungshof hat in einem Bericht scharfe Kritik an der Wiener Staatsoper geübt.

Concerti

Musikexperte und gewitzter Geschichtenerzähler

Er lebe nicht vom, sondern für das Komponieren. So benennt Mathias Husmann seine Beziehung zur Musik, der er sich seit seiner Kindheit kompromisslos widmet.

Kulturradio

Pianist Robert Levin mit Bach-Medaille 2018 geehrt

Der US-amerikanische Pianist Robert Levin ist mit der diesjährigen Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet worden.

France musique

Renouvellement des publics, le pari réussi de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris a dévoilé les conclusions d’une ambitieuse étude portant sur ses publics et sa capacité à les renouveler.

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Pinar Toprak (c)Pinar Toprak

(Written on June 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: ISM releases report detailing high levels of discrimination in the music industry, PRS Foundation honoured at annual Music Week awards in London, UMG recruits Spotify EVP, and how Brexit might change touring for musicians. Huguette Tourangeau has died, Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and London Philharmonia Orchestra in Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko multiplies his activities and Art instead of commerce: new criteria for music prize demanded.

Rhinegold

ISM report reveals high levels of discrimination in the music sector

An analysis of the data collected through a survey of the music profession has revealed a culture of predatory behaviour, including sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

M Magazine

PRS Foundation honoured at Music Week awards

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the awards recognise excellence within the music industry and were launched to raise standards across the industry by showcasing top class performance and innovation.

Music Week

Guy Garvey to join Manchester Metropolitan University as visiting professor of songwriting

As part of his visiting professorship, Garvey will offer a master class in writing for music in order to share his expertise young creative writers at Manchester Metropolitan.

UMG recruits Spotify’s Dave Rocco as EVP, creative 

Rocco will utilise established and emerging channels to develop digital campaigns and work with UMG’s labels on coordinated global strategies with its commercial partners.

BBC News

Brexit and music: How leaving the EU could change gigs for artists and fans

What if acts looking to follow in their footsteps, and those from the EU hoping to make it in the UK, had to deal with extra costs and the “royal pain” of stricter border controls?

Limelight

Huguette Tourangeau has died

French-Canadian mezzo soprano Huguette Tourangeau has died at the age of 79. Perhaps best known to audiences as a frequent recording partner of Joan Sutherland’s, Tourangeau was unsurprisingly a virtuosic singer with abundant gifts.

Der Tagesspiegel

Esa-Pekka Salonen in Berlin – Musikalischer Höhenflug

Seltener Besuch: Der finnische Komponist und Dirigent Esa-Pekka Salonen mit seinem Londoner Philharmonia Orchestra zu Gast in der Philharmonie.

BR Klassik

Ausweichquartier für den Gasteig in München – Spitzenakustik für die Ersatzphilharmonie

In getrennten Ausschreibungsverfahren haben das Architekturbüro gmp International – Gerkan, Marg und Partner sowie das Büro Nagata Acoustics International von Akustiker Yasuhisa Toyota den Zuschlag für die Realisierung der Interimsphilharmonie in Sendling erhalten.

WELT – Brugs Klassiker

Die Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko vervierfacht seine Aktivitäten

Wer sich rarmacht, der wird auch mit wenigen Auftritten bejubelt: immerhin 13 Konzerte gibt Kirill Petrenko, der designierte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker, in der führerlosen nächsten Saison des Orchesters.

SWR2

Kölner ACHT BRÜCKEN-Festival sucht schreibende Musikliebhaber – Kritiker per Anmeldung

Warum nicht mal einen Konzertsaal mit selbstberufenen Musikkritikern füllen? Ob PR-Gag oder Saalfüllungsidee: In Köln dürfen alle in ein Konzert, wenn sie eine Musikkritik verfassen.

nmz

Kunst statt Kommerz: Neue Kriterien für Musikpreis gefordert

Wie geht es weiter nach dem Echo-Aus? Verbände und Politiker fordern einen neuen Musikpreis, der künstlerische statt kommerzielle Leistungen auszeichnet – ähnlich anderen Kulturpreisen in Deutschland.

france musique

Françoise Nyssen veut créer un Centre national de la musique pour 2019

La ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen a annoncé mercredi 25 avril 2018, lors de son passage au Printemps de Bourges, la création d’un Centre national de la musique pour soutenir la création française. Un projet qui pourrait voir le jour début 2019.

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Kirill Petrenko

(Written on April 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: James Murphy is appointed chief executive of RPS, Classic FM release third instalment of Case Notes, Maria João Pires reveals reasons for retirement, Gary Numan announced UK tour with the Skaparis Orchestra, and violinist Ray Chen uses social media to lighten up the genre.

Classical Music

RPS names James Murphy as new chief exec

James Murphy has been appointed as chief executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

Kristin Scott Thomas to appear with London Philharmonic Orchestra

Actor Kristin Scott Thomas will join the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Thomas Adès on 11 April to narrate Stravinsky’s Perséphone at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Classic FM

Third instalment of true crime podcast, Case Notes, is available 

In Classic FM’s Case Notes, they investigate what happened to Min Kym’s million-pound-violin.

International Piano

Maria João Pires reveals reason for retirement

Maria João Pires has told art-lifestyle magazine Platea that she has never had a ‘good relationship’ with the piano.

The List

Gary Numan announces Skaparis Orchestra UK tour

Gary Numan has announced a UK tour with the Skaparis Orchestra to support his ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ album, including a night at London’s Royal Albert Hall

Toronto Star

It boy of classical music embraces social media to lighten up the genre

The violinists posts are lighthearted, often they’re laugh-out-loud funny. Taiwanese-born violinist Ray Chen, who just turned 29, is one of the “It Boys” of the international classical concert circuit. He also manages to find time to create his own YouTube videos and Instagram posts.

Die Welt

Elbphilharmonie startet Vorverkauf für Abonnements von Klassikkonzerten

Ab sofort gibt es Abonnements für die Klassikkonzerte der Saison 2018/19 in der Elbphilharmonie. Der Veranstalter spricht von einem „Run auf die Karten“.

nmz

Wegkommen von der Best-Practice-Rhetorik

Mitglieder des Rats für kulturelle Bildung im Gespräch über Musikvermittlung, Diversität und Demokratiestärkung. Die Bedeutung kultureller Bildung für gesellschaftliche Entwicklungsprozesse sowie die Persönlichkeitsentwicklung junger Menschen ist heute von politischer, gesellschaftlicher als auch schulischer Seite anerkannt.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Osterfestspiele mit positiver Bilanz

Die Osterfestspiele Salzburg sind mit der zweiten Vorstellung von Giacomo Puccinis Oper “Tosca” zu Ende gegangen. Auch im Jahr nach dem 50. Jubiläum lockte die Veranstaltung zahlreiche Musikliebhaber in die Stadt. Mit 19.000 verkauften Karten bei 15 Veranstaltungen wurde eigenen Angaben zufolge eine Sitzplatzauslastung von etwa 93 Prozent im Großen Festspielhaus erreicht, die Opernpremiere, das Konzert für Salzburg und das Chorkonzert am Karfreitag waren gar ausverkauft.

Klassik Heute

Das Schweizer Label Claves feiert 2018 sein 50-jähriges Jubiläum

Claves ist ein Schweizer Traditionslabel für klassische und zeitgenössische Musik & Jazz, das im Jahr 1968 von der engagierten Marguerite Dütschler-Huber in Thun gegründet wurde und in diesem Jahr sein fünfzigjähriges Bestehen feiert.

El Pais

Premio ‘Ópera Real’ al Teatro Real

En un acto celebrado hoy en Barcelona, el presidente del Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón, ha recibido el premio Ópera Actual 2018, un reconocimiento que la prestigiosa publicación ha otorgado a la institución en el 20º aniversario de su reinauguración y el 200 aniversario de su fundación.

 

Violinist Ray Chen

 

(Written on April 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lutosławski Cello Competition enters its final stage, Madison Square Garden announces a new venue in London, more younger people prefer classical music. Also, composer Johann Johannsson dies at 48 and Sylvain Cambreling is the new chief conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Classical Music

LSO announces Panufnik Composers intake for 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced the six individuals selected for its Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018.

The Strad

Lutosławski Cello Competition heads into finals

The Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition has entered its final stage with four musicians under the age of 24: Chen Yibai (China), Herbert Oliver (USA), Sato Haruma (Japan) and Ueno Michiaki (Japan).

M Magazine

Under-25s are switching on to classical music, new figures show

The figures, which cover mid-September to mid-December 2017, show that listeners tuned into the station for 40 million hours every week.

Music Business Worldwide

Madison Square Garden company to take on O2 arena in London with new venue

The Madison Square Garden Company has confirmed that it is building a ‘large-scale, state-of-the-art, music and entertainment venue’ in the East End of London.

Forbes

Can The Apple HomePod Ignite A New Hi-Fi Era?

The initial reports are in and virtually everyone agrees that the Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is one fine-sounding unit that handily beats the competition in the sound quality category.

Spiegel Online

Johann Johannsson tot in Berliner Wohnung gefunden

Er war einer der vielversprechendsten Filmmusikmacher Hollywoods: Der Komponist Johann Johannsson ist mit 48 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Die Symphoniker Hamburg – Laeiszhalle Orchester geben bekannt, dass Sylvain Cambreling zur Spielzeit 2018/19 Chefdirigent des Orchesters werden wird. Er folgt auf Sir Jeffrey Tate, der am 2. Juni 2017 verstarb.

Klassik.com

Der Mozartwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg ausgetragen wird, hat in der Sparte Streichquartett die Gewinner gekürt. Den mit 20.000 Euro dotierten ersten Preis erhielt das französische Quatuor Tchalik.

El País

Ferran Cruixent da vida orquestal a los teléfonos en ‘Deus ex machina’

france musique

La finale de la 4e édition du concours de chant lyrique Voix Nouvelles s’est tenue le samedi 10 février à l’Opéra-Comique à Paris. C’est la soprano Hélène Carpentier, originaire d’Amiens, qui a été désignée grande lauréate de la compétition.

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  in 1894 Death in of German and conductor Hans Von

Image: Jóhann Jóhannsson © Jónatan Grétarsson/DG

(Written on February 12, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome award-winning composer Douglas Knehans to our roster of artists.

Image: Douglas Knehans © Tina Gutierrez Photography

 

Knehans’ music is about immediacy, drama, power, playfulness, architecture, harmonic structure, melodic expressiveness and more importantly depth and dimension. His music is about both love and life and a number of important critics see it that way too when they say his music “… tells an exciting story, ever- intensifying in color, thematic ideas, texture and tempo.” (The Washington Post)

His latest release Unfinished Earth is inspired by the relationship between nature and mankind. The disc features two works – “Tempest” and “Unfinished Earth” – represent contrasting views of how the external metaphors of wind and earth reflect more intimate internal worlds of the human heart and mind. The release is brought to life by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Mikel Toms, and features soloists Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist of London Symphony Orchestra.” 

Knehans’ works have been released on various record labels which earned him numerous commissions, awards and fellowships in Australia and the United States from the Victorian Council, MacDowell Colony and Leighton Artist Colony. He has also worked with leading ensembles including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and soloists like soprano Merlyn Quaife throughout his career. Once hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his “incisive, hauntingly beautiful recordings”, it’s no wonder that Knehans has garnered the attention and warm appreciation of audiences and performers around the globe.

We’re excited to be running a UK press campaign for the release of Knehans’ new release Unfinished Earth. The recording will be available to stream on NAXOS MUSIC LIBRARY and purchase on Ablaze Records from 6 April 2018. 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: new nursery programme aims to transform the lives of children through music, PRS Foundation intends to intensify relationships with Europe ahead of Brexit, Gavin Reid elected as the new chair of the Association of British Orchestras. Also, Grammy and the classical nominations, 2Cellos in the interview and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to be honoured posthumously.

Evening Telegraph

Nursery kids to make a Big Noise in new Dundee music project

Big Noise Douglas, a social change programme that aims to transform the lives of children through music, has launched its brand new nursery programme.

Classical Music

PRS Foundation strengthens relationship with Europe ahead of Brexit

The PRS Foundation has revealed new partnerships intended to strengthen its relationship with promoters and festivals across Europe ahead of Brexit, increasing opportunities for emerging UK artists to break into European markets.

Gavin Reid named as new ABO chair

Gavin Reid, chief executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has been elected as the new chair of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO). He will succeed Kathryn McDowell, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Strad

Classical strings in the 60th Grammy Awards nominations

The Recording Academy unveils nominations for all categories, including nods for Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Augustin Hadelich, Steven Isserlis and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

PR Newswire

Deutsche Grammophon and Tombooks Bring Interactive Music Learning to Revolutionary Education App Tomplay

Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, the world’s leading classical music label, and Tombooks, the inventor of interactive sheet music and the Tomplay app, which is revolutionising music education, today announced an agreement allowing the app’s users to experience, play and learn along with the greatest musicians of all time through Deutsche Grammophon’s incomparable repertoire.

Daily Mail

Shocked woman hilariously disrupts classical music concert by yelping at a loud moment

Concertgoers in California were treated to a quite unusual rendition of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird when a woman in the audience let out a yelp of surprise at the performance’s climax.

Los Angeles Times

Grammy spreads the love among classical nominees and sets the stage for a sympathy vote

Who can fathom the inscrutable ways of Grammy when it comes to classical nominations? If there is any pattern in this bunch of nods, it may be the predominance of American composers and organizations in some categories.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

E ist U und U ist E

Die Cellisten Stjepan Hauser und Luka Šulić kannten vom Pop kaum mehr als Michael Jackson. Dann wurden sie zu Rockstars. Die Geschichte einer ungewöhnlichen Karriere.

neue musikzeitung

Mensch – Netz – Musik: Musikschule mittendrin. Der VdM-Kongress 2017 in Stuttgart

Unter dem Motto „Mensch – Netz – Musik: Musikschule mittendrin“ veranstaltete der Verband deutscher Musikschulen auch 2017 seinen alle zwei Jahre stattfindenden Musikschulkongress. 

concerti

Musikalisches Gedenken

Vom 5. bis zum 11. Dezember findet in München das Musikfest „Im Freien“ statt, das sich dem Gedenken an den Komponisten Wilhelm Killmayer widmet.

France musique

Dmitri Hvorostovsky nommé à titre posthume aux Grammy Awards

La liste des artistes nommés pour la 60e édition des Grammy Awards, qui se tiendra le 28 janvier à New York, vient d’être dévoilée. Parmi eux, figure le baryton Dmitri Hvorostovsky, disparu le 22 novembre 2017.

Platea Magazin

Trifonov, Hannigan, Gergiev y Noseda, entre los nominados a los Grammy en las categorías de música clásica

La Recording Academy ha dado a conocer sus nominaciones para la 60 edición de los Premios Grammy, cuya entrega está prevista el próximo 28 de enero de 2018.

Twitter

 Whose performances had you spellbound? What new work, project or event inspired you? Who or what has made a difference to the way you think, feel, understand and listen to classical music?

Image: Patricia Kopatchinskaja photographed for the Death & The Maiden album on Alpha Classics © The Strad

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cypress Hill on working with the London Symphony Orchestra, New BBC flagship arts show presenter finds theatre too ‘stressful’, and a musical odyssey about the desperate train journeys that divided India. Musikfest Berlin with 44.000 visitors, the Munich Radio Orchestra begins new season with new musical director, Gare du Nord in Basel begins new season.

The Guardian

Ghosts of partition: a musical odyssey about the desperate train journeys that divided India

Railways played a crucial role in partition, as Hindus and Muslims took crammed, dangerous and often deadly journeys to their new homes.

The Independant

Cypress Hill on working with the London Symphony Orchestra: ‘It’s definitely something in the works’

Exclusive: The Independent speaks to the hip hop duo about their new projects, influences, and racism in America.

DailyMail

Young Musician of the Year finalist wins three-year battle to practise piano in his £5m family home after millionaire neighbour complained about the noise

A Young Musician of the Year finalist has won his battle against a council which tried to stop him practising piano in his £5million family home.

The Telegraph

New BBC flagship arts show presenter finds theatre too ‘stressful’

When the BBC announced it would be moving its flagship arts show Front Row onto television, it promised editorial expertise from an all-new team, backed by real depth and insight.

M-Magazine

Keith Barnard and Solem Quartet to play ‘lie-down’ festival

Taking place in Hamptead and Highgate from 7 to 26 October, the festival – now in its ninth year – aims to throw the ‘stuffy’ rules found in traditional concert halls out the window, in order to offer a more accessible and enjoyable experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation.

Pizzicato

Hvorostovsky cancels Moscow recital

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 54, who is being treated for a brain tumour, has been forced to cancel his recital at the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on September 26.

The New York Times

Hurricane Harvey Closes Houston’s Opera and Ballet Home for a Season

The Wortham Theater Center — home to Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet — was so severely damaged by the flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey that it will remain closed through at least May 15, the center announced on Monday night.

Klassik.com

Musikfest Berlin 2017 meldet 44.000 Besucher

Das Musikfest Berlin hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspiele gezogen. An 19 Festivaltagen fanden 34 Veranstaltungen statt.

Klassik Heute

Einstand von Ivan Repušić als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

In seinem Antrittskonzert dirigiert der Kroate Ivan Repušić das erste Sonntagskonzert der neuen Spielzeit 2017/18 und gibt damit auch den Auftakt zur neuen Saison des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters.

Codex Flores

Saisoneröffnung des Basler Gare du Nord

Der Basler Gare du Nord eröffnet die Spielzeit 2017/18 mit der Uraufführung des Musiktheaters «Lamento».

Twitter

BKM Kultur und Medien @BundesKultur

Ermutigung zu kultureller Teilhabe: vorbildliche Projekte vorschlagen! BKM-Preis Kulturelle Bildung 2018

MusicAeterna at Musikfest Berlin ©Kai Bienert

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(Written on September 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Rattle has made his debut as Music Director in London, how musicians have tackled the refugee crisis, and Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS. Christoph Spering receives “Echo” Award, music journalist Eleonore Büning receives Pro Musica Viva-Prize, and finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” have been announced.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle describes first concert leading London Symphony Orchestra as like ‘a homecoming’

The celebrated conductor made his debut as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra

The Guardian

‘It was impossible to write about anything else’: how musicians have – finally – tackled the refugee crisis

In the 80s, musicians simply released charity singles in response to humanitarian crises. But today’s artists have been relatively quiet about the plight of those in the Mediterranean – until now. From Coldplay to Benjamin Clementine, why has it taken them so long to find their voices?

Music Week

‘It’s a brilliant project’: Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS joint venture

PPL CEO Peter Leathem has described the company’s joint venture with PRS For Music as “a joint front office that will act as a one-stop shop for bars, nightclubs, offices, and public spaces that need PPL and PRS licences”.

Billboard

Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music’s Revenue, Cache With Young Fans

Diehard Bruce Springsteen fan Brandon Shaw used to rock out to The Boss almost exclusively — until the 27-year-old started streaming Spotify playlists such as Brain Food and Deep Focus in his office about a year ago.

Vulture

A Classical Music Festival Just Had Its Very Own Fyre Festival-Like Implosion in Rhode Island

Remember that time influencers and unassuming, rich music fans descended upon the Bahamas expecting a luxury festival only to be met with the “mass chaos” of Fyre Festival?

Limelight

Vienna State Opera offers six languages in new seat-back system

The company’s new system caters to patrons from around the world, but how long before we see something similar in Australia?

Kulturradio

Kölner Kantor erhält “Echo” für Einspielung von Lutherkantaten

Christoph Spering wird für seine herausragende Einspielung der vier CDs mit dem Titel “Bach – Lutherkantaten” durch “Das neue Orchester” und den Chorus Musicus Köln geehrt.

Klassik.com

Musikjournalistin Eleonore Büning erhält Pro Musica Viva-Preis 2017

Die Musikjournalistin und -kritikerin Eleonore Büning erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Pro Musica Viva-Stiftung.

Musik Heute

Festspiele MV erwarten Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern steuern auf einen Besucherrekord zu. Die 131 Konzerte der vergangenen drei Monate zogen über 82.000 Menschen an, teilten die Veranstalter am Freitag mit.

France Musique

La liste des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon dévoilée

Les noms des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon ont été dévoilés. Un Français, un Anglais et un Russe s’affronteront dans cette dernière ligne droite.

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This year’s finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” ©Yves Petit

 

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(Written on September 15, 2017 )