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In today’s classical news, London concert hall project’s loss of funding disappoints conductors, Welsh National Opera is to perform in Dubai, and ICMP announces new songwriting degree. Also, Berlin Philharmonic are on their last US Tour with Sir Simon Rattle.

The Guardian

London concert hall project’s loss of funding disappoints conductors

Leading figures in classical music have expressed disappointment at the government’s decision to withdraw public money from proposals for a new concert hall in London.

Opera Now

Welsh National Opera to perform in Dubai

Welsh National Opera (WNO) will perform Madam Butterfly and La bohème as part of Dubai Opera’s inaugural season. The performances, which will take place in March 2017, will be part of a year of creative collaboration led by the British Council.

Music teacher

ICMP announces new songwriting degree

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced a new MA course in songwriting.The programme was designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus on both practical and analytical songwriting.

These brilliant jazz musicians visited a care home to entertain the residents

A series of concerts are to be held in care homes across Wales – to encourage local residents to go in and visit.

Digital Trends

Vinyl’s revived. Streaming thrives. But can musicians survive?

Popular music has always been evolving, but over the past decade, the way it’s listened to hasn’t just evolved, it has undergone an upheaval.


Claire Brazeau Named Principal Oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau principal oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives.

Klassik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker starten letzte Nordamerika-Tournee mit Sir Simon Rattle

Die Berliner Philharmoniker traten gestern ihre letzte gemeinsame Nordamerika-Tournee vom 7. bis 25. November mit Sir Simon Rattle als ihrem Chefdirigenten an. In elf Konzerten in den USA und Kanada spielen sie Werke von Webern, Schönberg, Berg, Brahms, Mahler und Pierre Boulez.


Deutsche Theaterpreise für Neuenfels, Selge und Castorf

Der Regisseur, Schriftsteller und Filmemacher Hans Neuenfels hat den Deutschen Theaterpreis «Der Faust» für sein Lebenswerk erhalten. Neuenfels gehöre zu den großen und prägenden Künstlern des deutschen Theaters, teilten die Stifter mit.

Neubau der Linzer Bruckneruniversität mit Architekturpreis ausgezeichnet

Der Neubau der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz ist mit dem Bauherrenpreis der Architekten-Zentralvereinigung Österreichs ausgezeichnet worden. Die Jury honoriert mit dem Preis die Bereitschaft trotz eines engen Budgets bautechnische und gestalterische Risiken und Experimente einzugehen.

Twitter @klassikcom Neue Orchesterfusion im Städtedreieck Wuppertal, Remscheid und Solingen? @klassikcom Anne Luisa Kramb beim Louis Spohr Violinwettbewerb ausgezeichnet

Music History @today_classical 1883 Birth of English Sir Arnold Edward Trevor

Photo Credit: Opera Now.

Photo Credit: Opera Now.

(Written on November 8, 2016 )

 CNTV (China)

Charity in Beijing brings classical music to migrant children

A charity group in Beijing is using classical music to help children of migrant workers adjust to the rhythm of life in the big cities.

Classical Music Magazine

Sage Gateshead leadership to change

Sage Gateshead has announced two major changes to its leadership. Anthony Sargent, general director of Sage Gateshead for fifteen years will stand down in early 2015 after the venue’s tenth birthday in December. Katherine Zeserson, who has been director of learning and participation at the venue since 2002, has announced she will also be moving on in early 2015.

RSNO launches nationwide music programme for schools

Next month, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will provide the most comprehensive orchestra-led music access programme to primary and secondary schools across Scotland.


Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debuts

Other highlights of this year’s BBC Proms season include the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the return of both Daniel Barenboim and Marin Alsop, announces outgoing director Roger Wright

The Washington Post

A happy marriage between Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, 21st Century Consort 

The museum gets a concert series, and the Consort gets a fine hall and subjects to build programs around.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Maestro’s support for Putin may spark protests on great orchestra’s tour

Conductor Valery Gergiev’s close ties with Putin looks likely to spark protests yet again on the LSO’s Australian tour.

Classic FM Online

Berlin Philharmonic launches own record label

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will be launching its own record label, Berliner Phiharmoniker Recordings, it has been announced.

Die Welt 

Kein Plattenvertrag? Lasst uns ein Label gründen!

Die Berliner Philharmoniker waren immer schon sehr eigensinnig. Nun gründen sie ihr CD-Label. Doch das ist eher eine verspätete Flucht nach vorn, weil sie keinen Plattenvertrag mehr haben


Rückkehr auf die Opernbühne: Startenor José Carreras singt wieder

Er war einer der bekanntesten Tenöre der Welt und will es nochmal wissen: José Carreras kehrt nach acht Jahren zurück auf die Opernbühne.

El Mundo

El canto del destino de Heras-Casado

El director granadino llega el próximo lunes 28 al Palau de Barcelona junto a la Freiburger Barockorchester, con la que colabora habitualmente y con la que interpretará piezas de Schumann y Brahms.


Dom Aversano:@domaversano Interesting event: Uncovering the political voice of classical music @nonclassical

Classic FM: ‏@ClassicFM Last weekend we unveiled the UK’s favourite 300 classical works for 2014 – take a look at the full chart here:

LA Chamber Orchestra:@LACOtweets How do young people enjoy classical music? Read @TIME article featuring @groupmuse‘s intimate chamber music parties:

Guardian Culture Professionals:@GdnCulturePros Arts lottery funding imbalance ‘requires urgent address’, say arts leaders #arts #culture

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine





(Written on April 28, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Mariss Jansons to leave Royal Concertgebouw

The seventh chief conductor in the orchestra’s 126-year history is stepping down from his position of leadership of the Amsterdam orchestra.

The Telegraph

Better musicians ‘more attractive to women’

Women at their most fertile are more attracted to men who can produce complex music, a study suggests.

Taking kids to gigs

Gigs are perfect for kids of all ages. Pete Naughton guides you through the pitfalls and pleasures of taking children to see live music.

Los Angeles Times

Jeffrey Kahane to step down at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday.

BBC Music Magazine

If music be the food of love…

Iain Burnside explores how Shakespeare’s words have inspired countless musicians and pieces of music.

Classical Music Magazine

MU champions Milton Keynes music co-operative

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is supporting its members who have set up Milton Keynes music co-operative, which launched this week.


Festivalguide: Ausflug in die Welt der Fragezeichen

Die Dresdner Musikfestspiele starten in diesem Jahr ein innovatives Künstlerprojekt


Label des Jahres: Auszeichnung für ECM bei den JJA Jazz Awards 2014

Nach 2012 und 2013 wurde das Münchener Label ECM bei den JJA Jazz Awards 2014 bereits zum dritten Mal in Folge als Label des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

Art and Seek

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell Will Step Down At Dallas Opera

Jonathan Pell joined the Dallas Opera in 1985 as artistic administrator and was appointed artistic director in 2009 — only the second to hold that post in the company’s history.


Classical Music on Twitter 

Kate Molleson: ‏@KateMolleson Longlist for @SAYaward 2014 just out. Mega chuffed that @DunedinConsort & @SCOmusic add classical music to the mix

George:@OperaCreep Inside Opera: Live on 10 May sounds like a good and more inclusive development

Music Week: @MusicWeek Vevo views rise 46% to hit 6bn per month Culture, collaboration and communication: Digital development at The Times and Sunday Times #journalism

CM Editors: ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online




(Written on April 24, 2014 )


Pablo Heras-Casado named principal conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s has appointed Pablo Heras-Casado as its principal conductor for a period of four years.

Opera Chic

Opera Chic and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo on Singing Don Giovanni (and Leporello) at La Scala.

Opera Chic goes to Don Giovanni.

LA Times

Long Beach Opera’s Andreas Mitisek adds a new post in Chicago.

Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater announced on Wednesday that the company’s general director, Andreas Mitisek, will assume the same role in Chicago, starting in September.

Composer James Matheson wins Charles Ives Award.

Composer James Matheson is the winner of the Charles Ives Living award, a prize organized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to mark mural’s 20th anniversary.

The ensemble will celebrate Kent Twitchell’s 8-story ‘Harbor Freeway Overture’ at two weekend concerts.,0,4011608.story






(Written on December 8, 2011 )