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In today’s news: 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finalists Announced. Gergiev to inaugurate Moscow’s new concert hall. Participants of Joseph Joachim violin competition announced. Hallé project complete thanks to Victoria Wood Foundation gift. Staatoperette in Dresden ends 2017/18 season with loss of revenue. Mark-Anthony Turnage becomes Psappha patron. BBC Radio 3 launches classical music podcast.

The Evening Standard

An opera about birth control advocate Marie Stopes is coming to London

A new opera based on letters written to birth control advocate Marie Stopes will be performed in London next month.

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Hallé project complete thanks to Victoria Wood Foundation gift

Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra has received a fundraising gift from the Victoria Wood Foundation, enabling it to complete building work at Hallé St Peter’s.

The Times

Jeffrey Sharkey: Creative arts can’t be valued in pounds and pence

The arts are under attack from a market-driven approach to education that means culture is less appreciated, the principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has said.

M Magazine

Mark-Anthony Turnage becomes Psappha patron

British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage CBE has become patron of the Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble Psappha.

Radio Today

BBC Radio 3 launches classical music podcast

Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and Dev, BBC Radio 6 music presenters Shaun Keaveny and Amy Lamé, BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction and broadcaster Gemma Cairney are the first guests to appear on BBC Radio 3’s new classical music podcast.

Metro

Opera singer with cerebral palsy wows with her incredible voice

This is the inspirational moment that an opera singer with cerebral palsy brings the house down with a spine-tingling performance.

Limelight Magazine

2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finalists Announced

The three outstanding performers will go on to perform concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Milton.

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Gergiev to inaugurate Moscow’s new concert hall

Ticket sales have started for the inaugural concert of the new concert hall built in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.

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Staatsoperette Dresden mit hohem Einnahmeverlust in Spielzeit 2017/2018

Die Staatsoperette hat aufgrund eines folgenschweren Wasserschadens in der Spielzeit 2017/18 herbe Einnahmeverluste hinnehmen müssen.

Klassik Heute

10. Internationaler Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerb Hannover

Die Teilnehmer des Internationalen Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerbs Hannover 2018 stehen fest.

Bayerischer Rundfunk

Beethoven als Abenteuer

Die Erwartungen waren hoch, als Markus Hinterhäuser 2017 seine erste Saison als Festspiel-Intendant in Salzburg vorstellte.

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2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finalists Kevin Chow, Emily Sun and Oliver Shermacher © Tom Truong

(Written on July 18, 2018 )

We are delighted to be working with North-West based ensemble, Psappha, on its 2018/19 concert season. Furthermore, we can announce that Mark-Anthony Turnage has been announced as Psappha’s newest Patron, following the death of longtime Psappha Patron and collaborator Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in 2016.

“I’m really pleased that Psappha has asked me to become their new Patron. It’s an honour to take on the position from Max after his 21 years in the role… The group’s commitment to living composers is a vital element in British musical life and I’m looking forward to supporting these brilliant musicians and their work in the future.” – Mark-Anthony Turnage, July 2018

Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group, comprising seven core instrumentalists, is based at St Michael’s, the former Italian chapel in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It shares this venue with The Hallé.

Psappha is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England (ACE) and a Talent Development Partner for PRS for Music Foundation.

In addition to public performancees, Psappha offers a wealth of online content for contemporary classical enthusiasts. Its YouTube channel has achieved more than 70,000 views in the past 12 months, and offers more than 160 free-to-view films of live performances and a number of free online film-based resources for young composers.

Psappha’s Composition Lab offers support to GCSE and A-level music students through 100 short films presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood, which explore different orchestral instruments, musical styles and instrumental techniques. Psappha Kids is a free resource specially devised to support the teaching of classroom music by specialist and non-specialist teachers of children aged 7-11, and includes lesson plans, class-based musical activities and extension tasks, fully supported through a series of short films.

The Composing for… scheme is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent. They will be offered expert support and professional guidance over an extended period to create new works that will be filmed and hosted on Psappha’s YouTube Channel, and considered for a future Psappha performance.

Psappha is supported by ACE’s Catalyst: Evolve scheme, which matches donations pound-for- pound, helping to create a “more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector”.

The first concert in the 2018/19 will be ‘New Adventures’ on Thursday 27 September at Stoller Hall, Manchester.

See Psappha in action below!

(Written on July 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera receives large sums from Arts Council, Mark-Anthony Turnage quits opera, streaming services considered going public, Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, winners of  “Deutscher Pianistenpreis” are announced and Saudi Arabia inks deal with France to set up opera and orchestra.

The Times

Opera beats pop to Arts Council handouts

The Arts Council has been branded “too posh for pop” after figures emerged showing that pop music gets a fraction of the cash handed to opera.

The Guardian

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank’s history of performance

An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a performer’s perspective of its newly renovated brutalist venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

No more operas from Turnage, as Twitter row with critics turns toxic

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage became embroiled in a spat with opera critics over his newest work, Coraline, before declaring: ‘I’m done with the genre’

Music Week

Qobuz contemplates going public after successful Spotify IPO

French-owned Qobuz who has carved itself out a niche amongst fans of classical music, jazz and hi-res audio, is considering going public.

Broadway World

Eric Whitacre Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Boosey & Hawkes

Grammy winning composer, Eric Whitacre with Boosey & Hawkes covering future compositions and a collection of works for chorus, orchestra and wind ensemble.

Limelight

Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor at the end of 2019.Sir Andrew Davis will step down from his role as Chief Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the end of his contract in December 2019, the Orchestra announced today. The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.

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Das Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra als Vorreiter – Komponistinnen im Fokus

Ein Drittel aller Werke, die das Orchester in der Konzertsaison 2018/2019 spielen wird, stammt von Komponistinnen – ein starkes Signal für die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter, auch im Konzerthaus.

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Deutscher Pianistenpreis kürt Gewinner

Der südkoreanische Pianist Hans Suh hat den 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis gewonnen. Suh nahm den mit 20.000 Euro dotieren Preis von Maryam Maleki, der Präsidentin des International Piano Forum, und dem Vorjahresgewinner  Eric Lu entgegen. Der Publikumspreis, welcher mit 3.000 Euro dotiert ist, ging an Tomoki Sakata aus Japan.

Musik Heute

International Opera Awards nach München und Frankfurt

Die Bayerische Staatsoper hat bei den International Opera Awards den Preis als bestes Opernhaus gewonnen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Montagabend in London mit. Die Oper Frankfurt wurde für die Wiederentdeckung von Ernst Kreneks “Drei Opern” ausgezeichnet. Ihr Intendant Bernd Loebe erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie “Leadership in Opera”.

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Arabie Saoudite : la France et l’Opéra de Paris vont aider à la création d’un orchestre

Lors de la visite officielle du prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane à Paris, Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture, a annoncé que la France allait aider l’Arabie Saoudite à se doter d’un orchestre symphonique et lyrique.

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Der Gewinner des 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis, Hans Suh, © International Piano Forum

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe, huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM, and if Soundcloud disappears, what happens to its music culture? Wolf Durmashkin composer’s prize announced, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie tours in autumn, and Stuttgart State Opera needs new place to be during its renovation.

The Guardian

Opera director Joe Hill-Gibbins: How I got an Oedipus complex

The ancient myth speaks to us still, and, through the prism of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s hard-hitting opera Greek, the director of a new production found insights, strange beauty and football chants.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK launches Develop funds

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced Help Musicians Develop, which will invest £270,000 over the next 18 months to allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively.

Choir and Organ

Thomas Gaynor wins St Albans Interpretation Competition

The 29th St Albans International Organ Competition concluded at London’s St John’s Smith Square on 22 July, following nearly two weeks of competition and festival events in St Albans and London.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe

MBW has spotted that the company is hiring for a Music Publishing Business Development Manager based in London to “lead music publisher/society licensing strategy and negotiations with rights-holders in EMEA”.

Classic FM

Huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM

Classic FM has posted a surge in listening figures, with 5.8 million people now listening to the station – 1.2 million of whom are under 35

The New York Times Magazine

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?

The technology blog TechCrunch published a report claiming that SoundCloud had enough money to finance itself for only 80 days. Though the company disputed the report, the possibility that SoundCloud might disappear sent a shock through the web.

Pizzicato

No more music from the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

After struggling with financial problems for several years, the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (Central California) has decided to cease operations.

Limelight

Patrick Thomas has died

The Australian conductor, known for his fierce advocacy of Australian music, has passed away aged 85.

Kultur Radio

Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erstmals ausgeschrieben

Internationaler Nachwuchskompositionswettbewerb ruft zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Holocaust auf.

Klassik Heute

Herbsttournee der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie

Im September und Oktober 2017 reist die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie unter der Leitung von Jukka-Pekka Saraste programmatisch in den hohen Norden.

Klassik.com

Ausweichspielstätte der Stuttgarter Oper im Schlossgarten: Probleme mit dem Denkmalschutz?

Die Ende Juli ins Gespräch gebrachte Alternative zu den bislang zur Diskussion stehenden Ausweichspielstätten der Stuttgarter Oper könnte Angaben der Stuttgarter Zeitung zufolge zu Problemen mit dem Denkmalschutz führen.

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(Written on August 3, 2017 )

The Guardian

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 Telegraph

Proms 2014: Top ten concerts

As this summer’s BBC Proms programme is announced, Ivan Hewett selects the best concerts

Classic FM

Classical music street art

Sometimes our favourite music pops up in the most unlikely places. Discover the most beautiful classical music-inspired street art.

Classical Music Magazine

Music education campaigning steps up as councils pressured out of supporting music 

A consultation document on local education funding shows that central government expects local government to cease funding music in English schools from 2016.

Limelight Magazine

Dame Kiri’s final bow?

The opera star writes exclusively for Limelight about ending her stage career and the good times ahead.

Die Welt

Johann Sebastian Bach – Fetischist der Vierzehn

König David hat Bach berufen: Bei der Zahlenmystik des größten Barockkomponisten lassen sich Wahrheit und Legende längst nicht mehr unterscheiden. Das lehrt effektvoll eine Ausstellung in Eisenach.

Tagesspiegel

Die Pläne der Philharmoniker: Proben für die neue Zeit

Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius: Die Berliner Philharmoniker stellen ihre Saison 2014/15 vor – und gründen ein eigenes Label.

Washington Post

After longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history, Osmo Vänskä considers his options 

For the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, the Finnish conductor who will lead them in three performances this week, is a welcome returnee, a once-frequent visitor to the Kennedy Center podium coming back for the first time since 2007.

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the listener: ‏@inthetheatre  Ben Heppner, star tenor, announces retirement from singing | @scoopit http://sco.lt/6epEob 

Worcester News: ‏@worcesternews Elgar’s music to feature heavily during BBC Proms 2014: THE BBC’s annual celebration of classical music comes … http://bit.ly/1icN30e 

BBC Music Magazine:@MusicMagazine Six of the best musical settings of Romeo and Juliet to celebrate the Bard’s 450th | HappyBirthdayShakespeare http://www.classical-music.com/article/six-best-musical-settings-shakespeares-romeo-and-juliet …

CM editors:@ClassicalMusic Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/the-low-down-on-lang-lang-and-how-china-will-change-music-1.1770190?page=1 …

Gramophone:@GramophoneMag Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance: from the stage to recording studio  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/gramophone-guest-blog/tracing-the-evolution-of-a-new-ballet …

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(Written on April 25, 2014 )

Today marks NMC‘s release of ‘Undance‘ featuring Mark-Anthony Turnage’s powerful, pulsating, syncopated work which saw a highly successful collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, Rambert contemporary dance company, Wagne McGregor, Mark Wallinger and Turnage himself. NMC is a non-profit-making record label dedicated to producing contemporary classical music focusing on innovative and challenging works.

The title work is conducted by Tim Murray who has had a long-term association with Turnage, working with him directly on Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole. Tim will be conducting Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, starting this Friday, 5th April.

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(Written on March 31, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome British conductor Tim Murray to its client roster. Tim is forging his path as a leading conductor of operatic and contemporary repertoire, collaborating with the likes of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Wayne McGregor.

Tim has had a long-standing partnership with the Royal Opera House since 2006, recently premiering Gerald Barry’s virtuosic The Importance of Being Earnest with the Britten Sinfonia to great critical acclaim, and this year Tim made his Royal Ballet debut conducting Michael Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s The Art of Fugue.

Having worked closely with Mark-Anthony Turnage on the opera Anna Nicole, Tim is currently collaborating on Turnage’s CD Undance which is due to be released on 31st March 2014 with NMC Records.

WildKat PR will be working with Tim on his forthcoming engagement at the Linbury Studio, ROH, conducting Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle on 5-11th April 2014, and on his performance of Porgy and Bess at the Liceu, Barcelona in July 2014, following its highly successful performances at the London Coliseum and Opéra National de Bordeaux.

You can keep up to date with Tim’s performances and news on Twitter.

Tim Murray

(Written on March 27, 2014 )

LA Times

Ex-Sen. George Mitchell steps into Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute

George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator from Maine, has worked to broker peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland.

The Telegraph

Mark-Anthony Turnage: ‘I don’t like Beethoven’s Ninth that much’

A new opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage is always an event. Here, Ivan Hewett finds that classical music’s bad boy has lost little of his fighting spirit.

The Guardian

Arts Council chief: ‘what happens next?’

With the spending round settled, a committed culture sector now deserves some financial certainties, says Alan Davey, and strong partnerships with local councils will be crucial

Gramophone

BBC Radio and Television present the ‘Sound of Cinema’

A season of programming dedicated to music of the big screen – from the birth of cinema to the current day

Classic FM

Philip Glass features in Alan Partridge film soundtrack

The soundtrack to Alpha Papa, the film starring spoof radio DJ Alan Partridge, will feature the work of composer Philip Glass on the soundtrack.

Classical Music Magazine

North York Moors chamber festival: Focusing on the music

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival returns for a fourth season this year, running 11-24 August.

Opera News

The Business of Music

ALLAN KOZINN looks at the growing number of career-management courses being taught at music schools and conservatories.

The Spectator

Why has nobody heard of the miraculous Czech composer Zelenka?

A Mass by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745), a Czech composer at the court of Dresden, whose ruler, August, Elector of Saxony, had converted to Catholicism in order to become King of Poland.

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Wagner und die Bayreuther Festspiele

Ganz Bayreuth ist eine Baustelle.

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Classic FM

(Written on July 26, 2013 )

International Online Magazine Tokafi has published a fascinating article on securing second performances of contemporary classical world, written by Tobias Fischer, with comments from composer and jazz pianist Raymond Yiu, amongst others. The article touches on many aspects of repeat performances, such as whether it is, what clarinetist Rachel Yoder describes as, ‘premiere hunting’ that may contribute to the lack of repeat performances due to the ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ that they provide. On the other hand, Fischer exemplifies the opposing argument with the Second Glance Festival of New Music, which is dedicated to the performance of works that have undeservedly not received any attention beyond their premiere. Gramophone’s James McCarthy, however, argues against this point. Alluding to composers such as Thomas Adès and Mark-Anthony Turnage, McCarthy states that composers who comply with a style that is accessible to the public will be the ones who will receive considerable amounts of performances for their works.

Raymond Yiu makes an excellent point in that ‘the process of composition is a lot more than writing beautiful music’. Touching on his background in IT, he shares the different aspects to consider when composing a new work; such as, how will a premiere be secured, who might be interested in performing the piece and how will the piece captivate people into securing second and repeat performances? He states that ‘if a piece could only be performed once or not at all, [he] would probably not write it in the first place’. There are many factors involved in the practical aspects of performance of a work: for example, one must consider the economical side, which can affect instrumentation and the size of the ensemble.

The article is a highly fascinating read and touches on a variety of factors relating to repeat performances of works. With first hand experience in this particular area, Raymond not only provides an insight into his personal opinion of repeat performances, but also shares some great advice to young and upcoming composers.

Last week, Raymond featured on Classic FM Live Web Chat to share advice with young composers about his personal composing career, along with details about his 40th birthday celebration. With gratitude and praise for the composer schemes he has been involved with, such as Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and LSO Composers, Raymond curated a concert at LSO St Luke’s to celebrate the schemes that have secured success in his career. An intriguing programme of contemporary classical music, featuring a host of young musicians and composers alike, celebrated a milestone birthday and the pathway to his career.

Read the full Tokafi article here. Keep up to date with news from Raymond Yiu through his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Raymond Yiu 'Room 101' 2012

 

Photo credit: Malcolm Crowthers

(Written on July 9, 2013 )

Excitement certainly abounds in our office when the BBC Proms programme is announced. This year was no different, from Joyce DiDinato closing the season, Marin Alsop becoming the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms, to a number of our clients performing in this year’s lineup.

Another great asset to this year’s Proms was the inclusion of new commissions, along with more national and world premieres in the programme. Whilst it is still less than 20% of the Proms that include new commissions, it is still a fantastic effort by the BBC to bring new works to a new, and very wide, audience. We hope that this number continues to grow in future!

This year’s BBC Commissions include works by Julian Anderson, Frederic Rzewski, John McCabe and Charlotte Seither. A definite highlight of the Proms will be the BBC co-commission of Mark-Anthony Turnage, with the Royal Philharmonic Society and New York Philharmonic: Frieze in Prom 38.

One of the 8 UK premieres this year is Colin Matthews’ Turning Point in Prom 21, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton oThomas Søndergård, in his Proms debut. Also appearing in this Prom is violinist Daniel Hope, who is playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Daniel Harding conducts works by Mozart, Schumann and Sibelius at Prom 23 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, while pianist Anika Vavic makes her Proms debut at Prom 64 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, also performing Prokofiev.

Prom 19 is a performance of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde including tenor Andrew Staples with the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

We salute all of these great performers with a ‘Toi toi toi!’ and look forward to the summer and another great year of BBC Proms programming.

What are you looking forward to?
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Anika Vavic

(Written on April 18, 2013 )