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The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

Twitter

NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )

Edinburgh Evening News

Cellist plays atop Ben Nevis for late husband

An Edinburgh cellist has delivered a soaring musical tribute to her late husband by performing a specially-composed piece of music at the top of Ben Nevis.

The Spectator

The Suzuki method didn’t make me a great violinist. But it did change my life

Mary Wakefield, editor of The Spectator, tells us how music education benefitted her.

Classical Music Magazine

Gerald Finley to climb Kilimanjaro for Help Musicians UK

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August to raise money for Help Musicians UK.

The Irish Times

End of an era: Ryanair to cut on-time trumpet jingle

Flyers with sensitive ears rejoice, Ryanair is to change its on-time landing trumpet jingle on all flights. The move comes after it surveyed passengers on Twitter to see if the post-flight music was much-loved or much-maligned.

Huffington Post

How The Metropolitan Opera Could Go Dark This Summer

The opera asking for significant concessions, most notably pay cuts, leading to talk of a possible lockout or strike this summer that could grind the storied Met to a halt.

Concerti

In der Welt von… Jan Vogler

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen

KlassikAkzente

50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 2/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Karita Mattila sagt Konzert mit Dirigent Valery Gergiev ab

Finnische Sängerin kritisiert politische Haltung des Dirigenten

Classical Music on Twitter 

Aurora Orchestra@auroraorchestra Calling all young musicians – 2 weeks left to apply for NYOGB 2015 at http://nyo.org.uk Closing date: 1 June. Pass it on! @NYOGB

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony A lovely blog about the young musicians of LSO On Track at #lsoopenair by our youngest staff member Eamonn: http://bit.ly/1jsQIaq

Cecil Sharp House@cecilsharphouse Don’t forget to vote for us in @TimeOutLondon‘s online poll for best live music venue in London. Closes 4pm TODAY! http://www.timeout.com/london/music/the-best-music-venues-in-london … ^S

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager Arts universities and academies! We have a special education package to keep your budding arts managers in the loop http://internationalartsmanager.com/education

Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic What should your first opera be? Take this quiz by the folks at @METOrchestra http://www.metorchestramusicians.org/blog/2014/4/28/quiz-draft

Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

 

(Written on May 22, 2014 )

Classic FM

Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Klassik.com

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening: http://rpsmusicawards.com/shortlist

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video: http://j.mp/1l7JTcg

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT: http://bit.ly/RavCmd

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures http://dlvr.it/5fXbRn #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters http://gu.com/p/3p3k4/tw #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics? http://gu.com/p/3p662/tf

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

 

 

(Written on May 13, 2014 )

Telegraph

Mozart manuscript smuggled out of Nazi Germany expected to fetch £500,000

The family of a Jewish musician who smuggled a Mozart manuscript out of Nazi Germany are selling it at auction.

Guardian

Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK’s opera houses

Online linkup between all seven public-funded opera companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience

Daily Mail

Michael Buble accused of underpaying Australian orchestra during his tour

Canadian crooner Michael Buble has reportedly underpaid his entourage of musicians at his recent Rod Laver Arena shows in Melbourne. Buble’s eight-piece string section orchestra were reportedly paid $550 for 12 hours of work, which is almost 40 per cent below the award wage for live performers.

New York Times

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start

A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

A Composer Attuned to the Earth’s Swirling Motion

A New York Premiere for John Luther Adams’s ‘Become Ocean’

Concerti

Blind gehört Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen: „Da fehlt ein bisschen die Erotik“

Das Klavierduo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass es erfährt, wer spielt

Klassik Akzente

Endlich: Elina Garanca zurück auf den Bühnen der Welt

Ihre Fans haben lange darauf warten müssen, aber nun ist es endlich soweit: Am 11. Mai meldet sich die lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca aus ihrer zweiten Babypause zurück.

Le Figaro

Kronos Quartet, le titan du quatuor à cordes

Pour ses 40 ans, l’ensemble californien se produit encore mardi soir à Arras et publie un nouveau coffret chez Nonesuch.

Classical Music on Twitter

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Showing the immense personal impact of Chopin’s music, Channel 4′s ‘Chopin Saved My Life’ @OxfordFilmTV has been shortlisted #RPSMusicAwards

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera ’Tell me about your mother…’ To celebrate Freud’s birthday, how changing attitudes to his work have shaped opera http://www.roh.org.uk/news/how-to-stage-an-opera-freud-and-die-frau-ohne-schatten

YCAT @YCATrust Superstar @PianistJiLiu heads North to @sage_gateshead for an afternoon of Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt – 11 May http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/ji-liu/

ACE National@ace_national We’re giving away 20 FREE places to cultural organisations at the 2014 @INFOTCCE Culture Capital Exchange Conference http://bit.ly/R7IPfN

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 6, 2014 )

Classical FM

Dubai to build spectacular new opera house

A new multi-purpose concert venue is to be built in the heart of Dubai’s new Opera District, it has been announced. ‘Dubai Opera’ will hold 2,000 people and will stage operas, theatre shows, concerts, exhibitions, performance art and various other cultural highlights.

DW

Bringing classical music back to schools

Despite Germany’s significant public arts funding and the country’s longstanding musical traditions, fears persist that disinterest in classical music has been mounting for years among young people. Organisers of the project “The Dvorak Experiment – An ARD Concert Goes to School” hope to help combat that disinterest this autumn.

Parterre Box

The Met: what’s really wrong?

The 2012-13 season at the Metropolitan Opera was a financial disaster, with the company taking in only 69% of potential total box office revenue—a troubling 13 percent decline from the previous season and the lowest box office percentage in over a decade. Dawn Fatale offers an alternate explanation as to what went wrong.

Los Angeles Times

San Diego Opera to call it quits at end of 2014 season

In a surprising move, the company announced Wednesday that it will cease operations at the end of the current season, citing financial reasons including a tough fundraising environment and weak ticket sale.

Global Post

Japan donates musical instruments to Kosovo Philharmonic

A ceremony was held Thursday in the Kosovo capital Pristina to mark the donation of around 100 violins and other musical instruments to the Kosovo Philharmonic as part of the Japanese government’s support for the restoration of the country’s cultural heritage following ethnic clashes there in the late 1990s.

BBC News

Dame Vera Lynn, 97, to release new album

On the day she turns 97, Dame Vera Lynn has announced plans for a new album. Record label Decca said the music had been remastered “from the best available recordings”, with many tracks transferred “from the original un-played source”.

Classical music on twitter

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Classic FM

Classic FM

 

(Written on March 20, 2014 )

Guardian

Classical grammys: wins for Adès, Schneider and Minnesota Orchestra

Maria Schneider’s song cycle triumphed in two categories, while Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Adès’s opera beat strong competition.

NPR

New music shines at classical grammy Awards

New music compositions and performers receive an impressive number of awards at the classical grammys.

The Journal 

Newcastle University scientists work with pianist to treat ‘musical hallucinations’

A pianist who persistently hears classical music by Bach in her head could hold the key to a breakthrough in treating a rare ear condition. The woman is one of only a handful of people to experience “musical hallucinations” as a result of tinnitus and claims she also hears Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore echoing in her ears.

BBC News

Making music videos ‘helps young cancer patients cope’

Music therapy can help teenagers and young people cope better when faced with treatment for cancer, a study in Cancer journal suggests. American researchers followed the experiences of a group of patients aged 11-24 as they produced a music video over three weeks.

The Strad

100 stringed instruments stolen from a property in Bremen, Germany

A collection of 100 string instruments worth €150,000, including violins, violas, cellos and viols by Leopold Widhalm, Emile Laurent and Emile Germain, has been stolen from the home of a dealer in Bremen, Germany.

Die Zeit

Wie eine kokette Ballerina

Olga Scheps entdeckt für sich die Klavierkonzerte von Chopin.

The Strad

The Strad

(Written on January 28, 2014 )

The Guardian

UK entertainment spending rises with surge in film and music streaming

Value of film and TV downloads, streams and subscriptions rises to £621m, and number of tracks streamed doubles to 7.4bn

The Telegraph

Valencia sues opera house architect as white elephants rot

Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration

New York Daily News

Vivienne Westwood designs punk costumes for Vienna ballerinas

Vienna State Ballet dancers will be decked out in tartan kilts and plaid leg warmers for January’s New Year’s performance, thanks to custom costumes from Vivienne Westwood, best known for her punk-inspired designs. The yearly concert is broadcast in more than 80 countries

Classic FM Online

Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies lead New Year Honours list

The New Year Honours List has been announced with a number of classical musicians receiving special recognition

Kilar, master of movie music, dies aged 81

The world of film music is mourning the death of Wojciech Kilar – best-known for his score to the Oscar-winning film The Pianist

Reuters

A Minute With: Met Opera chief Peter Gelb on live opera broadcasts

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proven live-to-cinema doubters wrong with an anticipated 3 million viewers seeing about a dozen Met opera broadcasts this year in cinemas in 64 countries

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Stimme vom Klassik Radio

Holger Wemhoff ist Chefmoderator bei Klassik Radio, dem erfolgreichsten Privatsender Deutschlands. Die Zauberformel lautet „Entspannung“ – ein Wort, das Wemhoff, wenn er aufhört, nie wieder hören will

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2014 )

Gramophone

James Levine returns to the Metropolitan Opera podium

The Met’s music director conducts his first performance on the New York company stage since damaging his spine two years ago

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang wins International Artist of the Year Classic BRIT Award

The Classic BRIT Award for International Artist of the Year will go to Chinese pianist Lang Lang, it has been announced. Les Misérables stars Samantha Barks and Alfie Boe will also perform at the ceremony on October 2nd

Classical music “gives calming feeling” to school corridors

A South London secondary school has started playing classical music in the corridors to make a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere at busy times

Random New Yorkers conduct orchestra on street corner

A New York orchestra pitched up on a street corner and simply put a sign up saying ‘Conduct Us’, and then filmed the results

The Guardian

My vision of Beethoven’s Fidelio

You won’t recognise the words, and you certainly won’t be expecting to see a string quartet suspended in cages, but my take on Fidelio is true to Beethoven’s spirit, writes Calixto Bieito

Is jazz good for babies?

When jazz musician Michael Janisch had his first child, he put the theories to the test with a specially recorded album

Nazi gold: does a music score hold the key to buried treasure?

Dutch film-maker starts excavations in Bavarian town, believing Martin Bormann’s annotations will lead him to Hitler’s diamonds

Music Week

Wimp to offer unlimited music in Thon hotels and restaurants

Owned by the Olav Thon Group, Thon Hotels will use WiMP strategically with different music profiles in various locations, such as the Thon Hotel Opera which has a dedicated classical music profile

Classical Music Magazine

Family Arts Festival puts orchestras centre stage

The first UK-wide arts festival for families will take place 18 October-3 November with a programme covering music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts

PR Week

Deadline extended for PRWeek ’30 under 30′ entries

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday 1 October for PRWeek’s annual search for the best young talent in the PR industry

Der Tagesspiegel

Putins Liebe zu Tschaikowsky

Am Montag sang Anna Netrebko an der Metropolitan Opera in New York in der Premiere von Tschaikowskys “Eugen Onegin”. Es gab Proteste: Weil die Oper sich nicht mit den Homosexuellen in Russland solidarisiert, die unter drastischen Strafen zu leiden haben, und weil Netrebko eine gute Freundin Putins ist

Gramophone

Gramophone

(Written on September 25, 2013 )

The Guardian

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins rejoins old record label

Jenkins returns to Universal-owned Decca after Welsh mezzo-soprano was dropped by Warner Music

BBC Music Magazine

New York’s Metropolitan Opera to improve seating

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is to install new ergonomic seat cushions designed by British company in its 3,800-seat auditorium.

The New York Times

More Musicians Are Trying Period Instruments

Mr. Haimovitz is part of a growing number of string players who are experimenting with period instruments, even though they are not part of the early-music scene

The Telegraph

Rupert Christiansen on British monarchs in opera

As the WNO presents Donizetti’s “Tudor Queen” masterpieces this autumn, Rupert Christiansen considers the enduring presence of British monarchs in opera

Goldfish are musical connoisseurs

Goldfish are able to tell the difference between classical music composed by Bach or Stravinsky, according to a new study

Gramophone

Royal Mint unveils commemorative Britten coin.

The Royal Mint has today unveiled the design for a 50 pence coin, commissioned to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten - the first time a composer has featured on a British coin

Die Zeit

N’Dour and Saariaho mit Polarpreis geehrt

Der Sänger Youssou N’Dour und die Komponistin Kaijka Saariaho haben den Polarpreis erhalten. Er ist mit 115.000 Euro dotiert war einst als Musik-Nobelpreis gedacht.

Gramophone

Gramophone

 

 

(Written on September 2, 2013 )

The Guardian

Castorf has become the villain of the Bayreuth Ring cycle

After the Bayreuth audience booed a deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, Martin Kettle wonders if the festival – and Wagner – deserves better

Sunday Times

In The Key Of Life

Proms themed in C, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Tippett, fascinate Paul Driver

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches urgent appeal for donations

The orchestra must raise £70,000 if it is to survive in difficult economic times

LA Times

Metropolitan Opera responds to petition blasting Vladimir Putin

The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Classic FM

14-year-old’s heavy metal Vivaldi tribute is a viral hit

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been given a heavy metal makeover by a French teenage girl, and become a YouTube sensation in the process

Opera Chic

Stephen Sondheim, The Art of the Musical

The Paris Review excerpts a comprehensive 1997 interview with Stephen Sondheim where the American composer/lyricist talks shop, legacy and everything in between with James Lipton.

Berliner Zeitung

So jung ist er nun auch wieder nicht

Beim Young Euro Classic-Festival treten auch gestandene Virtuosen wie Joshua Bell auf. Auch wenn der Violinist mit seinem Bubengesicht immer noch als Teenie-Schwarm und Nachwuchshoffnung wahrgenommen wird.

Classical Music News: Stephen SondheimOpera Chic

(Written on August 12, 2013 )