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In today’s news Radio 3 are considering removing BBC branding from new podcasts to encourage more young people to listen. The winner of the 2017 Cliburn Competition has been announced, and a new platform for classical music has won the distribution & discovery category of Midem’s competition for start-ups.


Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: can stealth podcasts make classical cool?

Radio 3 is considering removing BBC branding from its new podcasts to trick young people into listening. Bravo!

International Piano

2017 Cliburn Competition winners announced

Yekwon Sunwoo, a 28-year-old pianist from South Korea, has won the Gold Medal in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas

Classical Source

Liam Neeson and Tamsin Greig to perform new ‘Power of Music’ monologues for BBC Music Day

Six short monologues have been co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Writersroom to mark BBC Music Day 2017


Midemlab Winner TrueLinked: A One-Stop Platform for Classical Musicians

Classical music is not the most common topic of discussion at Midem, but TrueLinked, a platform created specifically to aid the interaction of classical musicians with bookers and arts organizations, was the winner in the distribution & discovery category of Midemlabs, Midem’s competition for start-ups

Classic FM

Pregnant pianist to be deported because of changes to NZ visa rules

Saber Xie from China has lived in the country since 2013 and been on a skilled migrant visa since last year – but changes to the rules mean she may have to leave

Broadway World

Crested BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL Offers Chamber Music Paired with Beer and Big Gay Ice Cream

The picturesque festival in the mountains of Colorado offers an unspoiled summer destination for bluegrass, opera, classical music, dance, children’s programs, and more

The New York Times

National Endowment for the Arts Names 2018 Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts on Monday announced its class of 2018 Jazz Masters, awarding the annual fellowship to a broad range of honorees at various stages of their careers.

Brahms-Preis für Christoph Eschenbach

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 ausgezeichnet worden, der von der Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein verliehen wird.


Conductor’s epidemic spreads out – Two further cancellations

The conductor’s epidemic, which we reported about yesterday, is spreading out. The London Symphony communicates: Michael Tilson Thomas is unwell and has been advised not to fly to Finland for an LSO concert in Lahti today.

Georges Bizets Haus in Bougival soll zur Erinnerungsstätte werden

Das Haus des Komponisten Georges Bizet, in dem der französische Komponist unter anderem 1874 seine weltberühmte Oper “Carmen” komponierte, soll gerettet und zur Erinnerungsstätte umgebaut werden.

Musik Heute

Lichtkünstlerin rosalie mit 64 Jahren gestorben

Die deutsche Bühnenbildnerin rosalie, geborene Gudrun Müller, ist am Montag im Alter von 64 Jahren in Stuttgart gestorben. Das teilten die Hamburgische Staatsoper und ein Freund der Familie mit.

France musique

Évacuation des spectateurs et accusations de viol à l’Opéra de Rouen

Vendredi 9 juin, le parquet de Rouen a ouvert une enquête suite à des incidents survenus la veille à l’Opéra qui ont entraîné temporairement l’évacuation d’un millier de spectateurs.

El Mundo

Los Veranos de la Villa se expanden con 90 citas en 60 espacios de todo Madrid

El ciclo cultural de verano del Ayuntamiento, cuya programación de 2017 se ha presentado hoy y que se desarrollará entre el 30 de junio y el 3 de septiembre, renuncia a los golpes de efecto mediáticos para ofrecer 90 espectáculos repartidos por toda la ciudad y que son mayoritariamente gratuitos


“The 10 quirkiest world records held by British musicians” from :

. announces the new MD of its Globe: Soundtrack & Scores division with

Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Photo: International Piano


(Written on June 13, 2017 )

The Telegraph

Coughing in classical concerts ‘twice as likely’

People are twice as likely to cough during a classical concert as they are during normal life, an academic researching the irritating phenomenon has claimed.

The New York Times

As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle

Like plenty of music fans, Sam Broe jumped at the chance to join Spotify two summers ago, and he hasn’t looked back.

The Arts Desk

Q&A Special: Conductor Sir Simon Rattle

The conductor on his long-running association with period specialists the OAE

Classic FM

Gabriel Prokofiev’s Nonclassical announces electronic music festival

The Nonclassical club night and record label has announced a new festival of electronic music, celebrating composers like Messiaen, Stockhausen and Varèse.

Kasper Holten on Tchaikovsky in cinemas

Falling in love, rejection, growing up – and all to the soundtrack of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music. Kasper Holten, Director of Opera for the Royal Opera House, explains what we can expect from his latest production of Eugene Onegin, screened live in cinemas on 20 February.

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: Much ado about Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle’s announcement that he will leave in 2018 has provoked a storm of rumour and gossip, not least that he is leaving thanks to ‘growing strains’ in his relationship with the orchestra ‒ reported by news organisations from Santiago to Sydney.

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Music Week

Midem attendance down 7% YoY, organisers remain upbeat about future

Midem attendance was down 7% compared to 2012 with the four-day event reporting around 6,400 attendees travelling to the Palais des Festivals last weekend.



The Telegraph

(Written on January 30, 2013 )

BBC News

What is Silent Opera?

A new English version of Monteverdi’s Italian opera L’Orfeo is set to open in London – but audience members going along should expect a very different experience.

The Guardian

What pop music owes to the classical masters

All styles of music feed into each other. Which is why Adele’s songs owe everything to Schubert and sampling wouldn’t exist without Dvorák

The Telegraph

Black Swan choreographer: shock appointment as director of Paris Opera Ballet

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who met his wife Natalie Portman on the set of Black Swan, has been made director of the Paris Opera Ballet in a surprising move, says Sarah Crompton.

Is it time for players to put away their penguin suits?

Orchestras are being told they must liven up. Ivan Hewett has heard it all before

The Times

Why it’s no ordinary encore with Hilary Hahn

Be careful about shouting “encore!” after a Hilary Hahn recital. You may get more than you bargained for.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO/Rhinegold awards honour UK’s backstage talent

The second ABO/Rhinegold awards, honouring the backstage talent in the UK’s classical music industry, were announced on 23 January at the Association of British Orchestras conference in Leeds.


Silent Opera presents Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

One of the world’s earliest musical dramas receives a 21st century makeover

The Arts Desk

Special guest presenters announced for Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’

Whitacre, Christophers and Mealor among hosts for the choral music showcase

Music Industry News Network

Sound Magic Release Orchestral Strings One For Windows V1.3 And For MAC V1.2

Orchestral Strings One was recorded utilizing the legendary acoustics in the famous Berliner Hall – home of the world class BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER.

The New Age

Music industry finally on road to recovery

News that the global music industry has finally turned the corner and is on the road to recovery should help get the annual four-day gathering of many of the world’s top music execs at the MIDEM trade fair that opens in Cannes Saturday off to a good start.



Gramophone (Oliver Hyde-Tetley)

(Written on January 25, 2013 )