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In today’s news: Orchestras for All (OFA) has made a number of changes to its leadership team and a Ballincollig teenager is on her way to becoming a world class conductor as she prepares to take up the baton for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra this summer. Also, testosterone and classical music don’t mix, study finds, and there is a new exhibiton in Brandenburg about ancient music instruments.

BBC News

Can listening to classical music improve your life?

Can a daily dose of classical music change your life? It sounds like an impossibly grand claim, but in my case, the answer has been a resounding yes.

Classical Music

Al Bustan Festival announces 25th anniversary programme

The 25th Al Bustan Festival of Music and the Performing Arts will take place 13 Feb – 21 March at the Al Bustan Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. This year’s event is a celebration of Bach, with concerts ranging from a jazz-themed performance by The Swingles to a recital by Mahan Esfahani.

Orchestras for All announces changes to leadership team

Orchestras for All (OFA) has made a number of changes to its leadership team. Chief executive Marianna Hay, who founded OFA in 2011, has been selected as a fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme.

ArtsHub

Making classical music accessible without dumbing it down

Instead of playing film scores, should the classical music sector focus on more experiential and experimental works in order to reach new audiences?

Mirror

Unless we save our music venues we face the sound of silence

Music fans are being urged to back a new law to stop the closure of live music venues.

Evening Echo

Handing the baton to female conductors

A Ballincollig teenager is on her way to becoming a world class conductor as she prepares to take up the baton for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra this summer.

Limelight

Testosterone and classical music don’t mix, study finds

Researchers in Japan found that higher levels of testosterone in men went hand in hand with lower interest in sophisticated music.

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International Classical Music Awards 2018: The winners

For the 2018 International Classical Music Awards the ICMA Jury has once again selected musicians and organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements. The independent and international Jury has chosen their favorites from 357 nominated audio and video releases.

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«Archaeomusica»: Der Klang vergangener Jahrtausende

Wie klingen Schwirrhölzer? Welche Klänge entlockten Menschen der Jungsteinzeit Rasseln aus Ton? Eine Ausstellung im Archäologischen Landesmuseum Brandenburg informiert über Musikinstrumente der Vorfahren. Gezeigt werden 500 zum Teil spielbare, rekonstruierte Musikinstrumente.

Klassik.com

Gasteig München: Stadtrat entscheidet sich für Übergangsstandort

Der Ausschuss für Arbeit und Wirtschaft sowie der Kulturausschuss des Münchner Stadtrats haben sich mit großer Mehrheit für einen Übergangsstandort während der Gasteig-Sanierung entschieden.

Musik Heute

Israel Philharmonic: Lahav Shani folgt auf Zubin Mehta

Der israelische Dirigent Lahav Shani wird neuer Musikdirektor des Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv. Er folgt damit auf Maestro Zubin Mehta, der 2019 sein Amt aufgeben wird, wie eine Sprecherin des Orchesters am Donnerstag bestätigte.

Platea Magazine

La Biblioteca de Catalunya edita un libro gratuito sobre el influyente musicólogo Felipe Pedrell

El próximo 31 de enero la Biblioteca de Cataluña presentará el libro gatuito “Felip Pedrell a la Biblioteca de Catalunya”, firmado por Francesc Cortès.

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Kölner Philharmonie @koelnmusik: Beim Konzert mit dem gestern konnten wir die 18-millionste Besucherin begrüßen! Vielen Dank auch an all die anderen 17.999.999 Besucherinnen und Besucher, die die Kölner Philharmonie zu einem der meistbesuchten Konzerthäuser Europas gemacht haben!

Image: Lahav Shani © Marco Borggreve

(Written on January 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House has announced the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September and the London A Cappella Festival has named choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone OBE as its patron. Also, Nando’s has opened a music studio in London and there are new allegations against Kirill Serebrennikow.

Classical Music

Sony Music Entertainment appoints new head of masterworks

Sony Music Entertainment has appointed Sarah Thwaites as its new head of masterworks UK.

Alisa Weilerstein signs to Pentatone

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has signed with Pentatone.

Opera Now

ROH announces Jette Parker Young Artists for 2018

The Royal Opera House has announced the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September.

Choir and Organ

London A Cappella Festival names Gareth Malone as patron

The London A Cappella Festival has named choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone OBE as its patron.

NME

Chicken and tunes: Nando’s has opened a music studio in London

Nando’s has opened a music studio at one of their main London restaurants, giving budding musicians the chance to lay down their own tracks while chowing down on chicken.

Wired

Music in VR needs its iTunes moment… and this could be it

MelodyVR has recorded thousands of hours of music in virtual reality. It’s almost ready to release them to the world.

Limelight

Nominations for the 2017 Matilda Awards announced

Merlynn Tong’s Blue Bones leads the count with seven nominations, with Ruddigore, Joh for PM and He Dreamed a Train close behind.

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Deutscher Kulturrat / FAZ: AfD will Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses im Bundestag übernehmen

Der Deutsche Kulturrat appelliert eindringlich an CDU/CSU, SPD, Grüne, Linke und FDP zu verhindern, dass die AfD den Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses erhält.

Klassik.com

Vorwürfe gegen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow werden ausgeweitet

Die russischen Behörden haben die Summe, deren Veruntreuung sie dem Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow vorwerfen, fast verdoppelt.

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Berliner Staatsoper will Video-Streaming einführen

Die Berliner Staatsoper ‘Unter den Linden’ will ein neues Publikum gewinnen, unter anderem über Video-Streaming, Jugendangebote und eine ‘Opern-Flatrate’.

Platea Magazine

A la venta la casa museo de Mstislav Rostropovich en Oremburgo

El propietario privado de la actual casa museo de la familia Rostropovich en Oremburgo, lugar donde el joven y mítico violonchelista se refugió durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, de 1941 a 1943, ha anunciado que pone a la venta el inmueble con todos los muebles, utensilios y objetos personales del músico tras no llegar a un acuerdo con las instituciones públicas rusas.

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WDR 3 @wrd3: Dortmund will erste Bürgeroper Deutschlands gründen

Image: © Nando’s/NME

(Written on January 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: disabled people underrepresented in English arts bodies, what to expect from music this year, Cumnock Tryst appoints Jean Nicholson as festival director. Also, Arvo Pärt is world’s most performed living composer and 20.000 cheap tickets for the Elbphilarmonie.

Guardian

Schools music boost urged as Britons fail to make Menuhin violin finals

Lack of government funding blamed as UK fails to make shortlist.

BME people severely underrepresented in top English arts bodies

Arts Council England figures also show disabled people make up only 4% of staff at major organisations.

Independent

What to expect from music in 2018

A New Year means new music, of course, but what exactly lies ahead?

‘The Brit awards are finally embracing diversity – here’s why we’re not holding our breath just yet’

Last year, after the Brit Award nominations were announced, there was a buzz ahead of the ceremony from every music fan hoping that the #BritsSoWhite uproar had done the trick. That after an overhaul of the voting panel, we might finally see the diversity and innovation in UK music recognised.

Classical Music

Cumnock Tryst appoints festival director

The Cumnock Tryst has appointed Jean Nicholson as festival director.

Limelight

A mouse in the house at the National Symphony Orchestra

Think crinkling candy wrappers are disruptive? A mouse caused quite a commotion at a concert in Washington on the weekend.

Estonian World

Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the seventh year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack.

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Stuttgarts neuer Ballettchef kündigt weitere personelle Änderungen an

Nach mehr als 20-jähriger Intendanz von Reid Anderson am Stuttgarter Ballett will sein Nachfolger Tamas Detrich Traditionen bewahren, aber auch neue Akzente setzen. Zwei Jahre arbeitete der US-Amerikaner an dem Programm für seine erste Spielzeit, das er nun vorgestellt hat. 

Sondierungen: BVMI fordert klare und ambitionierte Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie hat mit Blick auf die voraussichtlichen Koalitionsverhandlungen deutliche und konsequente Maßnahmen zur Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativbranchen gefordert. 

Welt

20.000 günstige Tickets für die Elbphilharmonie

Eine Stunde Klassikgenuss in der Elbphilharmonie für maximal 24 Euro pro Ticket. Am Montag stehen 20.000 Karten für die „Konzerte für Hamburg“ bereit. Alle Nicht-Hamburger haben aber leider ein Problem.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Mozarteum weiterhin kopflos

Bei der am vergangenen Freitag stattgefundenen Senatssitzung des Salzburger Mozarteums konnte kein neues interimistisches Universitätsrats-Mitglied gefunden werden.

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Décès de l’organiste Pierre Pincemaille

L’organiste Pierre Pincemaille nous a quittés le vendredi 12 janvier à l’âge de 61 ans. Titulaire des Grandes Orgues de la cathédrale de Saint-Denis depuis 1987, il était également un professeur très apprécié. 

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 Today we’re live streaming our event on diversity in arts & culture from – see the agenda, watch and ask questions here:

Image: Pierre Pincemaille © Vincent Hildebrandt / france musique

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classical music in public spaces, charities stepping up to raise mental health awareness in the music industry, 2018 festivals and events commemorating the life of Bernstein, NATO officially adopts their own hymn, French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt speaks out on sexual abuse by conductor Charles Dutoit and  the Staatsballett Berlin to show “Swan Lake” on a “black stage”, ie without backdrops and with limited lighting,

Classical Music

Applications open for Cheltenham Baroque singing competition

Young professional singers aged 28 or under are invited to apply for Cheltenham Bach Choir’s Baroque Singing Competition that will take place at Prince Michael Hall, Cheltenham on 25 March.

Classical-Music

A year of Bernstein: The 2018 performance guide

As we enter the year of Bernstein’s centenary, orchestras across the UK are joining in the celebrations and commemorating the life of the composer.

Croydon Advertiser

Why classical music is being played at Croydon’s tram and bus stops

Music by some of the most famous classical composers in the world can be heard play from speakers over the past month.

NATO

NATO adopts official hymn

The hymn was written for the organisation’s anniversary in 1989 by Captain André Reichling, conductor of the Luxembourg Military Band and has been played at many NATO events.

Music Business Worldwide

Addictions and mental health charity Music Support to stage training events in London

UK music industry specialist addictions and mental health charity Music Support will host two training events in London this month.

pizzicato

French soprano incriminates Dutoit

French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt has outspoken on sexual abuse by the conductor Charles Dutoit.

nmz

Medien: Spotify reichte vertraulichen Antrag für Börsengang ein

Der weltgrößte Musikstreaming-Dienst Spotify setzt laut Medienberichten zu seinem seit langem erwarteten Börsengang an.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Ballette auf “schwarzer Bühne”

Das Staatsballett Berlin zeigt ab 19. Januar wieder Vorstellungen von “Schwanensee”. Die Aufführungen finden allerdings auf “schwarzer Bühne” statt, also ohne Kulissen und mit eingeschränkter Beleuchtung, teilte das Ensemble am Donnerstag mit.

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Image: © NATO

(Written on January 5, 2018 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin, and New York, with further plans for expansion in 2018. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As an Account Manager:

  • To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least one year’s experience working in arts PR
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Education to degree level
  • Fluency in another language

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 19th January 2018.

(Written on January 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

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Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

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  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the brightest young stars in classical music; Leeds International Piano announces 68 pianists for the first round of the competition, Virtual Reality and the future of music. Also, musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists uncover music’s healing power, Klassik Radio launches streaming service „Klassik Radio Select“ and Maria João Pires announces her retirement from public performance and touring.

The Telegraph

Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs The Swan from his debut album Inspiration

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is without a doubt one of the brightest young stars in classical music. And since making history by becoming the first black winner in the 38 years of the BBC Young Musician, in 2016, Kanneh-Mason has been on a whirlwind adventure.

Opera Now

Wexford Festival Opera confirms 2018 programme

Artistic director David Agler has confirmed the repertoire for the main evening operas for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in 2018.

International Piano

Leeds Piano competitors announced

Sixty-eight pianists have been selected for the first round of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition – eight more than originally planned, due to the ‘extraordinarily high quality of applicants’.

Pitchfork

Is Secretive Virtual Reality Startup Magic Leap Dreaming Up the Future of Music?

A first look at the billion-dollar company’s potentially game-changing collaboration with Sigur Rós.

ABC News

Scientists tune into brain to uncover music’s healing power

The National Institute of Health is bringing together musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to tap into the brain’s circuitry and figure out how.

Klassik Heute

Klassik Radio startet neuen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“

Deutschlands meistverbreitetes Privatradio Klassik Radio gab gestern den Startschuss für seinen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“. 

Klassik.Com

Vorerst keine Theaterfusion in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Die vorbereitete Theaterfusion, die planmäßig ab Anfang 2018 mehrere Bühnen im Nordosten Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns unter einem Dach vereinen sollte, ist vorerst vom Tisch.

pizzicato

Pianist Igor Levit erhält Beethoven-Ring

In einer Abstimmung haben die Mitglieder der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ den Pianisten Igor Levit zum Träger des Beethoven-Rings 2017 gewählt.

france musique

Musique et handicap : “Donner accès à l’art pour tous, c’est permettre le développement d’un patrimoine culturel.”

Quelles aides techniques et humaines apporte-t’on aux personnes en situation de handicap souhaitant suivre une formation musicale, voir un spectacle, ou s’engager professionnellement dans la musique ? 

platea magazine

Maria Joao Pires confirma su retirada definitiva de los escenarios en 2018 

Lo que hasta la fecha era un rumor a voces es ya algo confirmado: su agencia de representación ha confirmado que la pianista portuguesa Maria Joao Pires abandona los escenarios de forma definitiva en 2018.

Twitter

 Orpheus Chamber Music Competition kürt ihre Gewinner

Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © The Telegraph/Lars Borges

(Written on December 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: Victims of sexual harassment in the music industry are speaking out now, patients should be allowed to listen to music during operations, surgeon says; NYO names Chris Riddell as artist in residence. Also, John Reed creates a new app for musicians, more money for culture in Berlin and musicians from Venezuela gone into exile.

BBC News

Rape and abuse: The music industry’s dark side exposed

Sexual abuse and harassment is “endemic” in the music industry, with “dangerous men” abusing their power, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. Some victims are now speaking out for the first time.

The Telegraph

Listening to music can help patients relax under the knife, surgeon says

Patients should be offered the chance to listen to music so that they are less anxious during operations, a leading surgeon says.

Classical Music

Sinfonia Cymru appoints Peter Bellingham as new chief executive

Sinfonia Cymru has appointed Peter Bellingham as its next chief executive. He will succeed Sophie Lewis, who will step down at the end of January 2018 after 11 years in post.

NYO announces Chris Riddell as artist in residence

The National Youth Orchestra has named Chris Riddell as artist in residence.

Record Online

Cello pro John Reed creates an app for musicians

“In the end, I want it to be a tool that musicians can use whether they are on a plane or a train or a bus.”

OperaWire

The Dallas Opera’s General Manager Resigns

After seven-and-a-half years with The Dallas Opera, Keith Cerny, The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, has resigned.

Limelight

MEAA releases report on sexual harassment and bullying

The union will work to effect change after its research found alarming levels of bullying in Australian opera and sexual harassment in theatre.

pizzicato

El Pais: 40 Musiker des ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ gingen ins Exil

Die politischen Umstände Venezuelas haben 40 von den 120 Musikern des ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ ins Exil getrieben, meldete die spanische Zeitung ‘El Pais’ in ihrer Samstagsausgabe, doch seien die jungen Musiker schnell ersetzt worden, da das Reservoir aus dem ‘El Sistema’ schöpfen kann, sehr groß ist.

Klassik.com

Ende vom Lied? Zahl der Kirchenchöre in Bayern sinkt dramatisch

Eine von der Deutschen Presse-Agentur in Auftrag gegebene Umfrage hat in Bezug auf die Chöre unter dem Dach der evangelischen Landeskirche Bayern einen starken Rückgang ermittelt.

Kulturradio rbb

Mehr Geld für Kultur in Berlin ist beschlossene Sache 

Berlins Kultursenator, Klaus Lederer, betonte bei der Verabschiedung des Doppelhaushaltes 2018|2019 die Notwendigkeit einer Neuausrichtung des kulturpolitischen Fokus, um Berlins Ruf als Kulturhauptstadt zu sichern.

Il Messaggero

Morta Simonetta Puccini, nipote e unica erede del grande compositore

Simonetta Puccini, unica erede e nipote del grande compositore Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), è morta ieri pomeriggio al Policlinico di Milano all’età di 89 anni.

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 ‘Music managers are the only ones in the music industry that have a duty of care – but more should, including artists who have young fans’ –

 Room at the inn: Germany halts a composer’s deportation

Image: The Dallas Opera © OperaWire

(Written on December 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: Egyptian singer sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery”, ballet about Rudolf Nureyev debuts five months later than planned, music startup Beatroot falls into liquidation. Also, sexual allegations affecting classical music industry, New York Philharmonic raises $50m for launch fund and Opera Stuttgart intending to attract the younger generation.

BBC News

Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

A ballet about the famous Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West has premiered – five months later than planned.

The Telegraph

Egyptian singer Shyma sent to prison for two years over ‘explicit’ music video of her eating a banana

An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.

Forward

Should James Levine’s Alleged Sexual Abuse Make Us Reconsider His Music?

By now, the question is familiar: How should those who distribute and consume art deal with the artistic legacy of someone accused of sexual harassment and assault?

Slate

Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.

Last week, the American sex abuse crisis reached the most elite and rarefied echelon of “entertainment”: the opera house. And while most Americans may never have seen The Marriage of Figaro, the classical music field is a surprisingly tidy case study in the environmental factors that make sexual abuse—and its cover-up—possible.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Startup Beatroot Falls Into Liquidation

British music tech startup Beatroot has ceased trading.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic, Under New Management, Raises $50 Million — Fast

In a show of donor confidence in its new leadership, the deficit-challenged New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday that it had raised $50 million to help it balance its budgets in the coming seasons as it rolls out its next music director, Jaap van Zweden.

Kulturradio rbb

Soziale Lage von Lehrkräften an deutschen Musikschulen ist “desaströs” 

Ihnen geht es immer schlechter, so das Ergebnis einer bundesweiten Studie der Gewerkschaft ver.di.

Klassik.Com

Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern im Winterschlaf?

Der Theaterreform in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ist ins Stocken geraten. Eigentlich sollten die Theater Stralsund, Greifswald, Neubrandenburg und Neustrelitz ab 2018 unter gemeinsamem Dach als Staatstheater Nordost zusammengeführt werden.

Musik Heute

Stuttgarter Oper will sich mehr für Schüler öffnen

Die Stuttgarter Oper will sich künftig stärker öffnen – vor allem für junge Besucher.

Le Monde

Les raisons de l’alliance entre Tencent et Spotify dans le streaming musical

Le leader chinois du secteur et le champion suédois ont échangé des participations pour lancer une collaboration renforcée.

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  Entries are open for 24 categories in the Music Week Awards 2018 and the deadline is now less than a month away

Image: Jaap van Zweden at Avery Fisher Hall © Classical Music/Chris Lee

(Written on December 13, 2017 )