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In today’s news, Jonathan Dove tells The Times about the success of his operas, Chris Baréz-Brown and David Pearl head to the streets of London in their upcoming event the “University of The Street”, and Bernard Foccroulle reports on new opera’s forms. Also a tribute to Carlos Kleiber.

The Telegraph

Pranks at the Royal Opera House – who’d have thought it?

When tenor Joseph Calleja sprayed shaving foam on a fellow performer’s chair at the Royal Opera House, Michael Simkins found a soft spot for opera

Plucky Britain beats Germany in ukulele clash

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain wins damages from a rival orchestra based in Germany

The Times

Jonathan Dove: the British composer drawing kids to the opera

Some composers wait decades to see their operas staged. Jonathan Dove can hardly globetrot fast enough. “Yes, including the three separate productions of the opera we are talking about, there are 17 new stagings of 11 of my operas in eight different countries during 2015,” the 55-year-old Londoner tells me.

Classical Music

Vienna’s ‘live at home’ opera streaming service is a hit

The Wiener Staatsoper ‘live at home’ video streaming service has attracted more than 9,000 customers in its first season, including 200 who took out the €320 (£227) annual subscription.

BBC News

William Tell: controversial opera rated 15 for cinemas

The Royal Opera House’s production of William Tell, which was booed on its opening night because of a nude rape scene, has been given a 15 certificate for a cinema screening.


Join the urban mindfulness revolution

Street Wisdom, the new free event dubbed the ‘University of The Street’ is coming to London on 5 July 2015. A powerful way to use the streets to find fresh answers and ideas, Street Wisdom is the brainchild of fellow authors and creative leadership gurus Chris Baréz-Brown and David Pearl. The concept relates to Buddhist techniques of mindfulness and shows us a more accessible modern urban route to being present in the moment.

Neu Musikzeitung

Ein Schweizer für die Semperoper: Peter Theiler soll Intendant in Dresden werden

Zuerst war es nur ein Gerücht, dann wurde es rasch zur Tatsache: Peter Theiler soll Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden werden. Der 1956 in Basel geborene Theatermann wurde von Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange dazu auserkoren, die seit dem Tod von Ulrike Hessler vakante Position neu zu besetzen.

BR Klassik

“Er kochte mit Feuer”

1930 wurde er in Berlin geboren, als Sohn von Erich Kleiber. Heute, und auch schon zu seinen Lebzeiten, gelingt Carlos das Unmögliche: Er wird NOCH berühmter, NOCH begehrter als sein Über-Vater Erich. Am 3. Juli 2015 würde Kleiber, der 2004 in Slowenien starb, 85 Jahre alt.

Berliner Musikstudent gewinnt Petersburger Cello-Wettbewerb

Der Berliner Cello-Student Andrei Ioniță hat den ersten Preis im bedeutenden Tschaikowski-Wettbewerb in St. Petersburg gewonnen.

Le Monde

Bernard Foccroulle : « L’opéra a besoin de nouvelles formes»

A 61 ans, Bernard Foccroulle, directeur général du Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence depuis 2007, est l’une des figures de proue du monde de l’opéra. Par ailleurs organiste et compositeur, il préside l’association Opera Europa, qui fédère cent quatre compagnies issues de trente-trois pays. A la veille de la 67e édition du festival, il estime que cette forme musicale séculaire n’a pas dit son dernier mot.

France Musique

Marc Minkowski nommé Directeur général de l’Opéra national de Bordeaux

Le chef d’orchestre Marc Minkowski vient d’être désigné Directeur général de l’Opéra national de Bordeaux. Il remplacera Thierry Fouquet qui prendra sa retraite en juin 2016.

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David Pearl@DavidPearlHere : Leading in Carnaby Street this Sunday. Gonna be groovy, baby Book free place

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Photo Credit : Richard Morrison

(Written on July 3, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Petrenko: I don’t believe women conductors are a distraction

Vasily Petrenko’s interview in which he appeared anti-women caused outrage. He defends himself in an interview with Adam Sweeting.

Classic FM Online

Studying music increases blood flow to the brain

30 minutes of musical training can increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain, so says a new study carried out by the University of Liverpool.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir John Tomlinson to receive RPS Gold Medal

Bass Sir John Tomlinson has been named as the latest recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the society’s highest honour.

The Daily Telegraph – Sydney

Adelaide philanthropist Diana Ramsay gives $510,000 towards Australian String Quartet’s Guadagnini cello

Adelaide arts benefactor Diana Ramsay has given $510,000 to the fundraising drive for the Guadagnini cello on loan to the Australian String Quartet.


Interview Anne-Sophie Mutter: „Im August breche ich endlich nach Botswana auf“ 

Seit 25 Jahren kann Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis nichts trennen. Nun gehen die beiden auf „Silber-Tournee“ und erfüllen einen Kindheitstraum der Geigerin

Klassik Akzente

Max Richters “Vivaldi Recomposed” im Finale von Germany’s Next Top Model

Der Top 20 Walk ist ein Höhepunkt im Finale von Heidi Klums Germany’s Next Top Model. Die Modells werden dabei von den angesagtesten Stars und ihrer Musik begleitet. Diesmal tritt der britische Erfolgskomponist Max Richter mit “Vivaldi Recomposed” auf.


Semperoper mit neuem Leitungs-Team

Die traditionsreiche Semperoper in Dresden hat zwei leitende Positionen in ihrem Haus neu besetzt. Am Dienstag wurden Ronald Adler als Künstlerischer Berater und Anna Melcher als Chefdramaturgin vorgestellt.

Le Figaro

Les bons tuyaux de Cameron Carpenter

À 32 ans, le musicien bouscule le milieu de l’orgue avec un tout nouvel instrument, créé spécialement pour lui par le facteur du Massachusetts Marshall & Ogletree.

Classical Music on Twitter

TED Talks ‏@TEDTalks  “Classical music is for everybody.” A truly delightful music lesson:

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc We have shortlisted @Opera_North for their fantastic festival of Britten last year. Best of luck, only 4 days left to wait! #RPSMusicAwards

The Art Fund ‏@artfund What was Handel’s relationship with the British monarchy? Music for Royal occassions @FoundlingMuseum – closes 18

Michel van der Aa@vanderaanet Interestingly only 1 out of these 7 UK artistic directors picks a new opera as “best for first-timer” #insideopera

Artsfundraising@artsfundraising Arts orgs in London, North & the South West: 1 week to go to apply to host a Fundraising Fellow! Deadline 16 May

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 9, 2014 )

The Strad

LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first time an instrument of such value has been bought using the digital currency.

Classical Music Magazine

NMC overcomes funding crisis arising from Holst Foundation’s dissolution

NMC, the label devoted to recording works by British contemporary composers, has overcome a funding crisis which threatened to overshadow its 25th anniversary celebration.

Classic FM Online

The Lark Ascending tops Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014

 the soaring violin melody has taken the number one spot in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the piece at the top of the chart for the past three years, now sits at number two.

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.


How to do justice to Christ’s Last Words

Haydn’s meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words are among the great pieces of Easter music. But could Ruth Padel, steeped in Darwin and Freud, write poetry about this cornerstone of Christianity?

The Hollywood Reporter

Musicians Union Slams Lionsgate Over ‘Draft Day’ 

The American Federation of Musicians is pressing the case that U.S. films and television programs should be scored domestically, not overseas, especially when they receive U.S. production tax credits.

New York Times

Every Number Tells a Story

In a series called Collected Stories, the composer David Lang curates an alluring set of programs that explore the idea of storytelling in music.


Smiling with a cramp

Nils Frahm is re-creating living spaces in his studio

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim und Domingo: Sonne über dem Tonsatz-Gestrüpp

Ein Stelldichein der Leichtigkeit und Inbrunst lieferten sich die Staatskapelle unter Daniel Barenboim mit dem gefeierten Tenor Plácido Domingo bei ihren Feiertagskonzerten.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classic FM: @ClassicFM He’s topped the #HallOfFame once again. Here’s 8 reasons why we love Vaughan Williams:

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #Goodwatch: @LDNmusicmasters debate on class, race, and classical music

Jim McCauley: @JimMcCauley Classical nerds angry about game soundtrack, game nerds angry about classical nerds. This could run and run!

Michel van der Aa: @vanderaanet Call for scores, composers competition on freedom ->

Lincoln Center: @LincolnCenter Free concert Thursday! Pianist Jenny Lin plays classical works & Broadway standards.

The Strad

The Strad


(Written on April 22, 2014 )


A Guide to Alexander Goehr’s Music

Without Goehr’s appreciation of history, musical modernism would have taken even longer to reach Britain than it did.


The Telegraph

Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet player interview: ‘I was a crazy Spice Girls fan’

Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth tells Adam Sweeting how she plays everything from Bach to the Beach Boys, and looks at the strange rituals of classical music with an inquiring eye.



Musical app-recitation for concert accompanied by iPads

The first interactive classical performance aims to attract a younger digital-savvy audience.



Gramophone on the big screen

The magazine makes an appearance in A Late Quartet, released in UK cinemas this Friday, April 5


Classic FM online

Rachmaninov and video games triumph in Classic FM Hall of Fame

Scores to video games have pushed Mozart and Beethoven out of the top 5 of the 2013 Classic FM Hall of Fame, while Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 holds firm at no. 1.


Planet Hugill

Sunken Garden teaser

English National Opera is giving the premiere of Michel van der Aa’s new opera Sunken Garden at the Barbican Centre on 12 April 2013.




(Written on April 2, 2013 )