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In today’s news, Ennio Morricone wins first ever Oscar and LaSalle Quartet violist Peter Kamnitzer dies aged 93. Also, Antonio Pappano and ENO chorus and orchestra nominated for Olivier Awards and music could cut costs for dementia care

Classic FM

Antonio Pappano and English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra nominated for Olivier Awards

The nominations for this year’s Oliver Awards, recognising excellence across theatre, dance and opera, have been announced

BBC Music Magazine

Ennio Morricone wins first ever Oscar

Leading film composer enjoys Academy Award success for The Hateful Eight

The Strad

LaSalle Quartet violist Peter Kamnitzer has died aged 93

The New Indian Express

Why are people losing interest in pure classical music: Amjad Ali

JODHPUR: Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, who has enthralled audiences all across the globe with his music, is concerned that people are today more interested in fusion than pure classical music

Kulturport

Intendantenwechsel bei den Berliner Philharmonikern zur Spielzeit 2017/2018

Martin Hoffmann, Intendant der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, wird seinen im Sommer 2017 auslaufenden Vertrag nicht verlängern

NMZ

BDMV stellt sich neu auf – Paul Lehrieder neuer Präsident

Der CSU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Paul Lehrieder aus Würzburg ist neuer Präsident der Bundesvereinigung deutscher Musikverbände (BDMV)

Musik-heute

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra zu UN-Botschafter ernannt

Das West-Eastern Divan Orchestra ist von den Vereinten Nationen zum globalen Botschafter für kulturelle Verständigung ernannt worden

Arts Journal

Music Might Cut Costs For Dementia Care

“Manchester Camerata orchestra’s Music in Mind (MIM) projects, which involved 7,200 people in care homes and community projects across Greater Manchester last year, have had such dramatic effects on participants

Philly

Otto-Werner Mueller, 89; longtime teacher of conducting at Curtis

Otto-Werner Mueller, 89, an old-world maestro whose teaching technique and formidable mien inspired reverence – and no small measure of fear – in generations of conductors and orchestral players, died Thursday evening

Twitter

New York Times Arts ‏@nytimesarts  Have we been playing Gershwin wrong for 70 years? http://nyti.ms/21FYXEl 

The Opera Awards ‏@TheOperaAwards  We feel like kids on Christmas morning…#OperaAwards2016 shortlists announced today at 11am.

Making Music UK ‏@MakingMusic_UK   So many great musical initiatives are taking place around the UK in 2016. Here’s a roundup of some of the best: http://ow.ly/YvxzR 

Antonio Pappano/ IMG Artists

Sir Antonio Pappano/ IMG Artists

(Written on March 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Xian Zhang makes conducting history as the first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra, BBC Radio 3 will bring back a slot aimed at youth audience, and an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute

Sinfini

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) has announced the appointment of its first female Principle Guest Conductor

Xian Zhang is the first woman ever to be awarded a titled role with a BBC orchestra, a position that will make her one of the most visible and influential women in the UK’s classical music industry

New York Times

Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage

An innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives

Telegraph

Radio 3 to bring back children’s show next year

Controller confirms return of slot aimed at youth audience, forty years after Pied Piper came to an end

Classical Source

Estonia Announces Ground-breaking Association With French Web-Based Music Learning Platform, Meludia – Baltic Nation To Offer Music Literacy To Its Entire Population From December

Estonia has signed a unique and ground-breaking partnership with the French web-based music learning platform for pre-solfege and ear training, Meludia

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata enhances board with three new appointments

UK-based ensemble Manchester Camerata continues its impressive growth strategy for 2015-16 with the appointment of three new board members to its team

Gramophone

Top 10 unfairly neglected operas

Operas that are lost or forgotten often suffer a protracted wait before re-emergence. David Patrick Stearns selects 10 notable examples

FAZ

Philharmoniker vergoogeln sich

Museen aus der ganzen Welt arbeiten bereits mit dem Suchmaschinenbetreiber aus dem Silicon Valley zusammen. Jetzt stellt Google ein „Performing Arts“-Programm mit rund sechzig Kooperationen vor. In Berlin

Klassik.com

Heiner Goebbels mit Franco Quadri Preis ausgezeichnet

Der deutsche Komponist und Theatermacher Heiner Goebbels ist mit dem Franco Quadri Preis der Ubu/Franco Quadri-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet worden

Pizzicato 

Geschasster Dorny bekommt Recht vor Gericht

Das Land Sachsen hat dem designierten Intendanten der Semperoper Dresden, Serge Dorny, zu Unrecht gekündigt. Das beschloss die 1. Zivilkammer des Dresdner Landgerichts

El Mundo 

La música y la bilis negra

Instrumental, del pianista James Rhodes, es un muy valioso testimonio sobre los límites entre la genialidad y la enfermedad mental

Classicalite

Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary: ‘Somewhere Project’ Explores ‘West Side Story’

For Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary, the Weill Music Institute is paying homage to this giant among musicals with a venture called the Somewhere Project

Twitter

BBC Music MagazineOn the second day of advent…

Sinfini Music: Carol singing for (or fun) this year? Print out your free carol lyrics here!

BBC Radio 3Tom Service made this thrilling short video about Beethoven.

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A still from an immersive video of Benjamin Millepied’s dance piece “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward.” Credit Google Cultural Institute/Palais Garnier/NY Times

(Written on December 2, 2015 )

Classical News

Classical Source

Frank Huang Appointed Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic

Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic announced today that Frank Huang has been appointed Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, of the New York Philharmonic, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert of the 2015–16 season, September 24, 2015.

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata announces a blend of classical music and coffee

Coffee and classical music are coming together as Caffè Nero and Manchester Camerata brew up a new partnership.

Sinfini

Paganini’s 24 Caprices in 3 minutes

Ever thought that you’d love to hear all 24 of Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin played simultaneously? No, us neither.

Gramophone

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra sign deal with Deutsche Grammophon

DG to release five live albums centred on Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos 5-10

New York Times

Toronto Orchestra Drops Pianist Over Tweets About Ukraine

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra abruptly canceled a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto on Wednesday after parting ways with a Ukrainian soloist over concerns that her ribald Twitter commentary had crossed the line into “intolerance.”

Die Welt

Tim Renner sollte Claus Peymann rausschmeißen

Claus Peymann, Intendant des Berliner Ensembles, verhöhnt Berlins Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner als „Lebenszwerg“ und „leeres, weißes Hemd“. Das sollte sich Renner nicht länger bieten lassen.

Berliner Zeitung

Gründungsintendant ist ein Glücksgriff für das Humboldt-Forum

Wenn einer das Humboldt-Forum in Gang bringen kann, dann Neil MacGregor, der Gründungsintendant. Er ist einer der rar gewordenen europabegeisterten Briten. Und er kennt Deutschland mit einer sehr hilfreichen kulturellen Intimität.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der nächste Karajan

Peter Ronnefeld war eine ganz große Begabung, sowohl als Dirigent wie als Komponist. Jetzt erinnert ein Berliner Gedenkkonzert an den brillanten Künstler, der 1965 starb, im Alter von nur 30 Jahren.

El País

Claudio Prieto, compositor en perpetua reinvención

Recorrió múltiples caminos para crear una obra poliédrica

npr music

Twitter outrage takes Toronto, canceling two pianists

Valentina Lisitsa is a pianist whose worldwide reputation was built on social media. She is now experiencing a major blacklash due to what she’s been writing on Twitter.

Twitter

Opera North @Opera_North: ‘Meet The Woman Bridging Innovative Fashion And #Classical Music’ http://thewindow.barneys.com/sugar-vendil/  via @BarneysNY #FashionFriday #TGIF

BBC ConcertOrchestra ‏@BBCCO: The BBC CO USA tour bus taking a break in Georgia yesterday with 330 miles to go ’til Florida!!! #roadtrip #BBCCOtour

Classic FM @ClassicFM: One of this country’s best-loved sopranos celebrates her birthday today – many happy returns to Lesley Garrett!

simultaneous-paganini-caprices-658x325Ever thought that you’d love to hear all 24 of Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin played simultaneously? No, us neither. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 10, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Y=X factor: how to write the perfect song

Can science help us write a hit? Mezzo soprano and physicist Christine Rice goes in search of a formula for the most popular songs – from Handel to Weill to Harry Styles

Independent

Pumeza Matshikiza on soprano megastardom, her township education and why the ANC is a stuck record

She is the leading light of a generation of opera stars to have burst out of the townships post-Apartheid. But the superstar soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has little faith that the ANC is making it any easier for ambitious young South Africans to call their own tune

Classical music’s new movement: Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata

On the hunt for new audiences, Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata are going where other orchestras fear to tread

Telegraph

Myleene Klass: a deadly force of nature, pure and simple

Her bruising encounter with Ed Miliband proves that there’s far more to the bikini-wearing pop star than meets the eye

The Times

Meet Milos, the Montenegrin pin-up with plenty of pluck

The guitar virtuoso on discovering his talent growing up in Montenegro and becoming a player on the world stage

Classical Source

Star Guests, Spectacular Proms and Festive Music in the BBC Classical Line-up for Christmas: John Wilson, Vivienne Westwood, Roger Moore, Antonio Pappano, Gareth Malone, Simon Rattle, Alfred Brendel, Danielle de Niese

The BBC is delighted to reveal its classical music programming on television, radio and in the concert hall across the Christmas season.

Zeit Online

Die Luft im Klang

Gelassen erobert der tschechische Komponist Ondřej Adámek den Elfenbeinturm der neuen Musik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wer wird Nachfolger von Simon Rattle?

Warum die Berliner Philharmoniker Mariss Jansons zum Nachfolger von Simon Rattle wählen sollten – oder Staatsopern-Chef Daniel Barenboim.

Pizzicato

Generalmusikdirektoren sollen mehr arbeiten, aber weniger entscheiden

In ihrer Sitzung an diesem Wochenende in Hamburg hat sich die Deutschsprachige Opernkonferenz ausgiebig mit den für Opernhäuser in Deutschland abgeschlossenen Verträgen für Generalmusikdirektoren befasst.

Klassik.com

Metropolitan Opera mit Defizit von 22 Millionen US-Dollar

Höchstes Defizit im Verhältnis zum Budget seit 1984

Codex Flores

Müller-Preis für Filmmusik geht an Martina Eisenreich

Der mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Rolf-Hans Müller Preis für Filmmusik 2014 ist der in Bockhorn lebenden Komponistin Martina Eisenreich überreicht worden.

Pizzicato

Paris Opera Awards For Six Singers

Under president Sir Richard Bonynge, the jury of the Paris Opera Awards has awarded six prizes.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: ‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’ http://bit.ly/1tegSiC

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: BBC Radio 3 is facing ‘cacophony of criticism’ says @FT. BBC’s Helen Boaden denies station has dumbed down: http://ow.ly/EMrQT  (£ish)

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo: München darf nicht zur Dumpfbackenmetropole verkommen. Ein Beschluss für einen neuen Konzertsaal ist überfällig! http://www.KlassikInfo.de 

Ondřej Adámek's funny Air Machine  |  © Ondřej Adámek

Ondřej Adámek’s funny Air Machine | © Ondřej Adámek

 

 

(Written on November 24, 2014 )

The young players of El Sistema’s Libertadores String Quartet from Venezuela will be working with the pupils of the In Harmony Telford and Stoke programme at Old Park Primary School on Monday 11th November, presenting an engaging performance at 2pm followed by string workshops with the local children. They also have a performance scheduled for the 14th November at the Venezuelan Consulate in London and are performing off the heels of a concert at the Carnegie Hall In New York.

The quartet is made up of four members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV): Ollantay Velásquez (violin), Eddie Cordero (violin), Otto Rodríguez (viola) and José David Márquez (cello), who have generously offered to do some work with the children and tutors of the In Harmony Telford and Stoke programme.

The Libertadores String Quartet is part of the Venezuelan Network of Quartets and the Latin American Academy of Chamber Music of the Simón Bolívar Music Foundation.

Based on the principles of Venezuela’s inspirational El Sistema, In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities, using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music making. In Harmony Telford and Stoke is working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Telford & Wrekin Music.

Since April 2012 In Harmony Telford and Stoke has been jointly funded by the Department for Education and Arts Council England, working in Telford and Stoke on Trent with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Telford & Wrekin Music and Stoke City Music Service.

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(Written on November 5, 2013 )

Wildkat PR is delighted to welcome In Harmony Telford and Stoke, the community music-making programme that inspires and engages young people and their families, to our client roster.

In Harmony Telford and Stoke is a three-year programme of music making in the communities of Malinslee, Telford and Heron Cross, Stoke. Their project works directly with 770 young people and their families to put music at the heart of local communities. It is also a partnership between the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Telford & Wrekin Music and City Music Service, Stoke who provide inspiring teachers and performers to work directly with the children and families in schools involved.

In Harmony keep a blog which aims to keep parents and the wider school community up to date with all their activities. There is a digital learning strand which enables children from both schools to share their feelings and develop learning partnerships, which will bridge the geographical distance between the connected schools. This is aided by resources such as instrument care sheets available online, and suitable methods of carrying instruments like specialised backpacks.

In Harmony seeks a spirit of connection and aims to enhance musical enjoyment for children, assists in fast wholesome progress, encourages success and achievement, and generally promotes positive wellbeing for children and families.

WildKat PR is working with In Harmony to communicate their important stories and present their key performances throughout the programme.

Follow the In Harmony blog on their website to find out more and get updates via Facebook and Twitter.

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(Written on October 31, 2013 )