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Philip Glass to score forthcoming Fantastic Four film

Tireless American composer has been enlisted for the next instalment of the superhero franchise


Placido Domingo to star in Woody Allen opera

Placido Domingo revives Allen’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for new Los Angeles season


Will Simon Rattle take over at the LSO?

Today’s pre-eminent British conductor would arrive with a reputation for championing better conditions for artists

Classic FM

Bring children of all ages to classical concerts, says Michael Morpurgo

Former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo claims that even very young children should be welcome at classical concerts.


(Somerset) House music

One of London’s most illustrious landmarks, Somerset House, has played host to everything from the nations’s births, marriages and deaths certificates, to a set for Hollywood films, to an ice rink. Now, thanks to its composer-in-residence, Jacob Thompson-Bell, it has become a bespoke, live concert venue – of an unusual kind.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der lange Klang – Neue Macher, neue Pläne

Berno Odo Polzer übernimmt das Festival Maerzmusik und stellt sein Programm im Haus der Berliner Festspiele vor.


Blind gehört Jean-Guihen Queyras: „Ich bin schockiert!“

Der Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt


Dominik Beykirch gewinnt den 6. Deutschen Hochschulwettbewerb Orchesterdirigieren

Insgesamt 27 Nachwuchsdirigenten traten beim 6. Deutschen Hochschulwettbewerb Orchesterdirigieren in der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart an. Nach drei erfolgreich absolvierten Wertungsrunden dirigierte Dominik Beykirch im Finalkonzert das Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR.


Zoë Keating Calls Out Google and YouTube Music Key Over ‘Content ID’ and Channel Forfeiture

Almost like a classic bait-and-switch, Google’s music streaming service, YouTube Music Key, has backed another musician into the corner — this time cellist Zoë Keating.

El País

Tesoros musicales escondidos

¿Corren malos tiempos para la lírica o, más bien, buenos tiempos para la música barroca? Me inclino por lo segundo

Articolo Tre

Morto Guido Ajmone-Marsan, direttore d’orchestra nato a Torino

Guido Ajmone-Marsan è morto a 67 anni a causa di un male incurabile. Pochi, probabilmente, ricordano chi sia in Italia. Si tratta di un direttore d’orchestra italiano-americano, che aveva una particolare affinità con le grandi opere di Verdi e Puccini.

La Vanguardia

Davide Livermore sustituirá a Helga Schmidt al frente del Palau de Les Arts de Valencia

A la todavía intendente del Palau se le pagará una indemnización por los diez años que lleva trabajando | Livermore es el director artístico del Centro de Perfeccionamiento Plácido Domingo de Les Arts


ISM ‏@ISM_music: You still haven’t received the money from last month’s gig. What do you do?  #MakeMusicWork

VAULT Festival ‏@VAULTFestival: 3 days to go! Check out the #VAULT2015 first week line-up which launches on Wednesday: 

RNCM ‏@RNCMvoice: On the Blog | An Interview with John Wilson about his #Piano Spectacular III: 


Placido Domingo performs at London’s Roundhouse in 2014. Photo: AP/Telegraph

(Written on January 28, 2015 )

Classical News


UK’s orchestras to get tax relief

The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries


The tragedy of Europe’s great forgotten female composer

Vítězslava Kaprálová was on the cusp of greatness when she died of tuberculosis. On the centenary of her birth, John Allison uncovers a tragic love triangle in Vichy France


ENO’s outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked

The chairman’s animosity towards Mr Berry was revealed in a private letter sent to the ENO’s president Sir Vernon Ellis

The Times

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Bring children who wriggle and scream’

When the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung interrupted her comeback concert at the Festival Hall last December to suggest to the parents of a coughing child that maybe they “bring her back when she’s older”, reactions ranged from sympathetic to outraged.

BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s birthday to be celebrated with first ever worldwide virtual recital

Pianists of all ages and abilities invited to join in online

Die Welt

“Da ist Bratsche einfach gnädiger als Klavier”

Die Bratsche war lange ein belächeltes Instrument. Tabea Zimmermann hat es zu Weltruhm mit ihr gebracht. Ein Gespräch in der Trattoria – über eine nicht einfache Kindheit und den späten Beethoven.


WDR 3 Jazzfest mit 14 Konzerten und WDR Jazzpreis-Verleihung am Freitag

Mit insgesamt 14 Jazz-Konzerten inklusive der Verleihung der WDR Jazzpreise macht das WDR 3 Jazzfest von Mittwoch, 28. Januar bis Samstag, 31. Januar 2015 Station in Dortmund.

Neuer Intendant nach Skandal am Palau de les Arts Valencia

Trotz Korruptionsvorwürfen erhält Schmidt Abfindung für zehnjährige Intendanz

Gewerkschaft will Scala-Vorstellung zur Expo-Eröffnung boykottieren

Traditioneller Feiertag wichtiger als Weltausstellung


Flash Mob Generates Audience in Poland

There are many of the so called flash mobs on various Internet platforms, and seldom we learned about any positive result.

El Mundo

Doña Helga S.A.

La polémica gestión en el Palau de Les Arts


Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Facing the music: Iestyn Davies

Classicalite @Classicalite: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ at Café Carlyle, Avant Music Festival + More! – @klassikcom: Mindestlohn: Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in finanziellen Nöten  #Musikwissenschaft #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpoliti

Helga Schmidt Photo via El Mundo

Helga Schmidt
Photo via El Mundo

(Written on January 26, 2015 )