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In today’s news: The Guardian view on musical education, new Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors, and Schubert Ensemble reveals final season. Flashmob plays Marquez, a new study reveals the correlation between Education, wealth and the desire to learn an instrument, and the music competition of German broadcaster ARD has ended this year with eight second prizes and just one first prize.

The Guardian

The Guardian view on musical education: it needs social harmony

Birmingham’s renaissance sees a new conservatoire. That is good news. But we need policies to ensure music is not dominated by a wealthy elite

The Telegraph

British conductor sacked by US music festival after ‘innocent’ joke with his African-American friend was labelled racist

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

Music Teacher

New Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors

It is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987, and the conservatoire’s principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, has predicted it will be the ‘last-ever’ performing arts institution of its kind to be built in this country.

Classical Music Magazine

Schubert Ensemble reveals final season

The Schubert Ensemble will give around 50 concerts in the UK and abroad before returning to its London home for a farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018.

The Strad

Violin expertise and how to acquire it: Jacques Francais on the pitfalls of instrument identification

Legendary Manhattan-based French dealer, who died in 2004, with some words of wisdom first published in The Strad November 1988 issue. Interview by Stewart Pollens

WQXR

A Flash Mob Descended Upon A Mall to Play Marquez’s ‘Danzon No. 2’

We love our flash mobs. And who wouldn’t? Good things are great, but unexpected good things are even better.

Codex Flores

Bildung und Einkommen beeinflussen Musikaktivitäten

Laut einer aktuellen Studie der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung entscheiden Bildungsstatus und Einkommen der Eltern darüber, ob ein Jugendlicher Musik macht.

 Musik Heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb vergibt acht zweite Preise

Beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurde diesmal nur ein erster Preis verliehen. Daneben gab es acht zweite Preise, davon drei am Schlusstag im Fach Oboe, und drei dritte Preise.

 Pizzicato

‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ kündigt 2. Ausgabe an

Eine zweite Ausgabe der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ findet vom 8. August bis 1. September 2018 in Shanghai statt.

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New Birmingham Conservatoire opens

(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Police officers to play classical music to reduce violence and Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees. Violinist Walter Levin has died, composer Balz Bachmann receives soundtrack prize, and Berlin celebrates a month of contemporary music.

The Times

Testing music’s power to soothe a savage breast

Police officers are about to start piping classical music into the notoriously troubled Broadwater Farm estate in north London in an attempt to calm the atmosphere and disperse troublemakers.

Classical Music Magazine

LPO expands Junior Artists programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has expanded its LPO Junior Artists programme, adding a new strand for younger students from communities under-represented in professional UK orchestras.

Choir and Organ

London Youth Choir auditions

The ensemble is recruiting young singers from Year 3 up to age 21 who live, work or study in Greater London, show musical potential and can sing in tune. It is particularly in need of boys of all ages. 

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees

The Salzburg Festival is donating €50,000 to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years.

The Violin Channel

Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive AUD $4,000, a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier Michal Prokop – and a number of debut concert engagements.

France Musique

Mort du violoniste Walter Levin, fondateur du Quatuor LaSalle

Le violoniste américain Walter Levin est mort à Chicago à l’âge de 92 ans.

Limelight

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season announced

Stuart Skelton, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Anne-Sophie Mutter are just some of the highlights among next year’s offerings.

Klassik.com

Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa für Balz Bachmann

Der Schweizer Komponist Balz Bachmann hat den diesjährigen Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik

Vom 1. bis 30. September 2017 präsentiert field notes den ersten Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik in Berlin.

Musik Heute

Europäische Wochen Passau locken mehr Besucher

Weniger Konzerte, aber mehr Publikum: Die 65. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau haben 17.500 Besucher angelockt.

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Photo credit: © Salzburger Festspiele / Silvia Lelli
Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Anna Netrebko, Shirin Neshat, Francesco Meli, Angelika Svoboda and Ida Metzger-Niaghi

(Written on August 8, 2017 )

In today’s news, star violinist David Garrett receives the Frankfurter Musikpreis, and the critique of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie: accessibility not guaranteed. Finland musicians explore the fusion of classical and metal, and Handel opera gets a period punch. Drake music creates accesible music education guide, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made a $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth.

The New York Times

An Early-Music Ensemble Gives a Handel Opera a Period Punch

After centuries of relative neglect, Handel’s operas have come into their own.

The Guardian

Long before Brian Eno and others realised it was possible, Basil Kirchin was manipulating sounds to create a new and pioneering form of music

The List

Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) – ‘Classical music is bombastic and massive and metal has the same essence’

Finnish quartet celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.

Classical Music Magazine

Drake Music releases guide to accessible music education

The charity hopes that the guide will act as a simple ‘one stop shop’ for organisations, resources, venues, assistive music technology and instruments for inclusive approaches to music education.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernstar Netrebko in Wien zur Kammersängerin ernannt

Anna Netrebko (45) ist in Wien mit dem Titel Kammersängerin geehrt worden. Sie sei seit Jahren eng mit der Wiener Staatsoper verbunden, so die Begründung.

Klassik.com

Kritik an Elbphilharmonie: Stolperfallen für Menschen mit Behinderung

An der Barrierefreiheit der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist Kritik laut geworden. Einem Bericht des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlags zufolge fordern Vertreter des Blinden- und Sehbehindertenvereins (BSVH) Nachbesserungen, da die Elbphilharmonie Menschen mit Behinderung durch einige Stolperfallen gefährde.

Frankfurter Musikpreis geht in diesem Jahr an Geiger David Garrett

Der Geiger David Garrett erhält den diesjährigen Frankfurter Musikpreis. Die im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse verliehene Auszeichnung ist mit 15.000 Euro dotiert und ehrt Künstler, die einen besonderen Beitrag für die internationale Musikszene geleistet haben

Inside Philanthropy

A Foundation Goes All-In On Classical Music Education for Underrepresented Communities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made an unprecedented $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY)—a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia

Chicago Tribune

Principal trumpet Martin resigns from Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2005, has resigned from the orchestra, effective on Wednesday of this week, the orchestra has announced.

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Classical Music‏  Viewpoints: Eye On History: Exploring Beethoven’s African roots – Buffalo News

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(Written on February 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, UK government pulls its funding for London concert hall, Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis dies, and ABRSM joins forces with Classic FM as ‘Partner in Music Education’. Also, the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Plaza attracts over tens of thousands of visitors in Hamburg and “Initiative kulturelle Integration” is launched.

The Guardian

Government pulls its funding for London concert hall

Plans to build a “world-class” concert hall in London have been thrown into disarray after the government pulled its funding on Friday. The project, which was proposed by the conductor Simon Rattle, was not affordable, the government said.

Zoltán Kocsis, pianist and ‘giant of music’, dies aged 64

Virtuoso Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis, celebrated for his versatile technique, has died at the age of 64, his orchestra, the National Philharmonic, said.

Classic Fm

ABRSM joins forces with Classic FM as ‘Partner in Music Education’

ABRSM, the UK’s largest music education body, has teamed up with the nation’s most popular classical music station, Classic FM, to launch a new music education partnership.

Classical Music Magazine

Liverpool Phil announces second composition prize winner

Richard Miller has won the Liverpool Philharmonic’s second Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.He wins a cash prize of £1,000 and a year’s complimentary membership of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (Basca).

The New York Times

Jean-Jacques Perrey, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dies at 87

Jean-Jacques Perrey, the electronic music pioneer whose jubilant compositions turned up in settings as disparate as Disneyland and “The Simpsons,” died on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 87.

Irish Examiner

This Kickstarter campaign wants to help an orchestra reinvent your favourite songs

Orchestras are no longer the reserve of Bach or Beethoven. They are increasingly becoming, dare we say it, cool. So what better time for the orchestra Metamorphestra? Founded in 2016 by Nick Proch, it brings an “oversized, high-energy, film score-esque approach to familiar songs”.

Musicweek

BRITs 2017 Voting Academy overhauled to promote diversity

The 2017 BRITs voting academy has undergone a major overhaul to promote greater gender and ethnic diversity among the awards’ voting body.

Musik-heute

Elbphilharmonie-Plaza lockt zehntausende Besucher

Die Plaza der Elbphilharmonie hat sich in den ersten Tagen ihrer Öffnung als Besuchermagnet erwiesen. Am Samstag haben nach der letzten Zählung rund 13.100 Menschen das Bauwerk besucht, am Sonntag kamen bis 17:00 Uhr 10.100 Besucher.

Klassik.com

Händel-Haus Halle erhält Porträt des Komponisten

Das Gemälde befindet sich im Besitz der Nachfahren von Händels Schwester und wird dem Händel-Haus als Dauerleihgabe zur Verfügung gestellt. Das großformatige Porträt zeigt den Komponisten in höherem Alter, der Maler ist unbekannt.

Musikrat.de

Initiative kulturelle Integration ins Leben gerufen

Anknüpfend an die Diskussionen von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel mit Vertreterinnen gesellschaftlicher Gruppen, Verbänden und Organisationen zum Thema Flüchtlinge, haben die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien Grütters, Bundesinnenminister de Mazière, Bundesarbeitsministerin Nahles und Staatsministerin Özoguz gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Kulturrat die Initiative  ins Leben gerufen.

Twitter

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Music History @today_classical in 1926 Birth of Australian Dame Joan

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(Written on November 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Lugano Festival to be closed due to funding stop, Tobias Picker will become artistic director of Tulsa Opera, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives donation for its music education programs. Also, Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek wins the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a veteran principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs.

pizzicato

Bank Fails Martha Argerich: Lugano Festival To Be Closed

It has been reported by Ticino News that this year’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich will be the last, since the bank BSI will stop funding the event.

Tulsa World

Tulsa Opera names Tobias Picker artistic director

Composer Tobias Picker, acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “our finest composer for the lyric stage,” will become the new artistic director of Tulsa Opera.

The Washington Post

Leaving the NSO, a veteran clarinetist reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs

Loren Kitt, 74, has been the principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1970. In the middle of this season, he quietly left the orchestra and retired to his home in Maine.

The Georgia straight

Shari Ulrich’s violins and mandolin stolen

A popular B.C. musician has lost precious instruments that were inside her car on the West Side of Vancouver.

Michigan Radio

Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs.

Wayfair

How to Design Your Home Music Room

Including expert tips from top musicians and sound technicians on how to create your home music room…

Prague Monitor

Pianist Vondráček wins prestigious contest in Brussels

Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek, 29, has won the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which is considered the world’s most demanding piano contest, in Brussels

Codex flores

“human requiem” in Rotterdam ausgezeichnet

Die Klassik-Messe Classical:next hat in Rotterdam das «human requiem», eine szenische Umsetzung des Brahms-Requiems durch Jochen Sandig und ein Team der Compagnie Sasha Waltz, mit dem Classical:next Innovation Award 2016 ausgezeichnet.

Musik heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden ziehen positive Bilanz

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele haben eine positive Abschlussbilanz gezogen. Zu den 48 Aufführungen seit dem 1. Mai seien rund 22.000 Zuschauer gekommen, teilte das veranstaltende Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden am Sonntag mit.

Klassik.com

Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet Bericht zum Bauskandal der Berliner Staatsopern-Sanierung

Der vor rund einem Jahr eingesetzte Untersuchungsausschuss zu Verzögerungen und Kostensteigerungen bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper hat seinen Abschlussbericht verabschiedet.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Newly-Released Signed Leonidas Kavakos ‘Virtuoso’ CDs

 BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2016. Einschnitte betreffen Mitwirkende und Besucher

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The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

(Written on May 30, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news,  Southbank centre unveils classical season and Concertgebouw Orchestra to tour all 28 EU member states. Also, Ivor Bolten and Kasper Holten announce a collaboration on Wagner and Patrick Dunachie to join the King’s Singers in September 2016

The Guardian

Life, the universe and virtual reality: Southbank unveils classical season

Highlights of the centre’s 2016-17 season include a digital trip into an orchestra, a year-long festival examining music and belief, plus Radio 3 celebrates its 70th by moving in for a fortnight

Classical Music Magazine

Concertgebouw to tour all 28 EU member states

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons as part of its RCO meets Europe tour

International Arts Manager

Ivor Bolton and Kasper Holten collaborate on Wagner

Teatro Real and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) have announced a new co-production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Classical Music Magazine

New King’s Singer announced

Patrick Dunachie is to replace David Hurley as countertenor with the King’s Singers in September 2016

Süddeutsche

Per Nørgård geehrt

Er ist einer der profiliertesten lebenden Komponisten: Per Nørgård, 1932 in Dänemark geboren. Jetzt hat er den Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis erhalten

Pizzicato

Berliner Staatsbibliothek erwarb Mendelssohn-Autograph

Die Berliner Staatsbibliothek hat ein Autograph von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erworben, das der Wissenschaft bislang unbekannt war

NMZ

Teure Eintagsfliegen? Neue Opern etablieren sich kaum

Nur wenige neue Opern können sich durchsetzen, die meisten verschwinden schnell wieder in der Versenkung

France Musique

Mort de Jean-Louis Martinoty, grande figure du monde de l’opéra

Le metteur en scène, ancien administrateur de l’Opéra national de Paris de 1986 à 1989, mais aussi auteur d’ouvrages sur la musique, Jean-Louis Martinoty est mort mercredi 27 janvier

Twitter

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london  Fancy more Mozart? Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra perform The Magic Flute @southbankcentre 10 May. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-magic-flute-budapest-fes-89613

Music Education UK @MusicEdUK  International  Music and Cultural Studies Conference 2016  http://www.musiceducationuk.com/events-and-courses/2016/5/13/international-music-and-cultural-studies-conference-2016

JJ Jazz Academy @JJJAJazz  Happy birthday to the great Ronnie Scott who would have turned 89 yesterday. @officialronnies #Bestofbritishjazz

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King’s Singers/ Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
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(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rhodri Marsden investigates the story behind Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture cannon whilst the Telegraph argues that, apart from the disco night, the BBC Proms are rather tame this year: exactly what it needs. Sinfini also gives a run down of what the parties are promising for the arts in the General Election. Elsewhere, 2Cellos have had to cancel their tour to the US due to Stjepan Hauser’s neck injury. Also in The StradViolinist Roland Glassl is leaving the Mandelring Quartet after 16 years. Andreas Willwhol, the former principal of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will succeed him.

The Independent

Rhodri Marsden’s Interesting Objects: The 1812 Overture cannon

Tchaikovsky’s lack of enthusiasm for his commission prompted the bloody-minded inclusion of a huge brass band, a carillon and, of course, the cannon

The Telegraph

A run-of-the mill Proms is just what we need

Notwithstanding its disco night, there’s nothing to frighten the horses in this season’s programme

The Strad

2Cellos cancel US tour due to injury

Stjepan Hauser of the cello duo has damaged his neck, according to a statement

Violist Roland Glassl to depart Mandelring Quartet after 16 years

His replacement is Andreas Willwohl, former principal violist of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sinfini

Election 2015 A vote for the arts

The value of the UK arts sector increased ten per cent between 2012 and 2013, and the creative industries are now estimated to be worth nearly £77bn to the UK economy.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Deutsche Sänger räumen in London ab

Zwei Deutsche sind bei den Opera Awards als beste Sänger ausgezeichnet worden. Weder Anja Harteros noch Christina Gerhaher konnten den Preis persönlich entgegennehmen.

Berliner Zeitung

Wird Andris Nelsons Simon Rattles Nachfolger?

Andris Nelsons ist einer der aussichtsreichsten Kandidaten für die Nachfolge von Simon Rattle.

klassik.com

Auszeichnung im Rahmen des Kulturfestivals Euriade

Martin-Buber-Plakette für Thomas Quasthoff

El País

El pequeño  arte de pedir dinero

El triunfo del ‘crowdfunding’ demuestra la fascinación de nuestra cultura por lo mínimo al tiempo que revela cambios profundos en los modelos de negocio tradicionales

The New York Times

Peter Eotvos prepares the opera ‘Senze Sangue‘

Peter Eotvos, the man on the aisle, composed ‚Senza Sangue‘, which will receive its concert premiere on May 1 in Cologne, Germany.

Twitter

The Federation ‏@Creative_Fed: Schools should not be ofsted outstanding without arts + creative engagement says @HarrietHarman #chArter – about diversity and equal access

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public : Over £500k of #economicimpact for Scotland generated every day by #Edinburgh cultural venues http://bit.ly/1Ie4h9I 

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : A busy week ahead @RoyalOperaHouse – kicking things off with #ROHroger on stage in rehearsal – it opens on Friday! ^C

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(Written on April 27, 2015 )

On Wednesday evening, the WildKat London team were pleased to attend The Culture Debate in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. The debate, organised by the Creative Industries Federation and live streamed by BBC Arts, allowed members from arts industries to question representatives from the UK’s major political parties on their policies. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman were joined by the Martin Dobson, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Peter Whittle, and the debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.

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After hearing from the speakers, social media feeds were overwhelmed with comments about the amount of consensus occurring. All spokespeople professed their support for the arts, but without any real attention towards how key issues can be addressed. In an audience full with teachers, CEOs of PR and advertising agencies and young people new to the sector, many participants gladly shared their own experiences with the panel: mainly highlighting the lack of support they felt they had received from the government.

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Although we heard about the £7.7 billion that the arts contribute to the economy each year, and the fact that funding in Germany and Sweden has increased every year for the last 7 years in comparison, questions at the beginning of the debate “why say – we love you; here’s less?” were continually avoided. Many of the stories from individuals, including teachers, who had struggled and left their jobs because they felt there was no room for creativity, were dismissed as “anecdotal” by Ed Vaizey. Helpfully, Harriet Harman was able to provide some more evidence of the decline in arts subjects within schools, and followers took to social media to provide some more interesting statistics. The ISM, for instance, cited that in 2007 61,000 pupils studied music for GCSE, whilst in 2014 this had dropped to 47,000 pupils. Baroness Bonham-Carter’s reference to an “inspirational drama teacher” at Eton also irritated the audience, seeming, as Caroline Crampton from the New Statesmen wrote: “to skate over the other benefits private education brings.”

SATS and ArtsEducation remained a great focus of the debate. Ed Vaizey claimed that he does see art as being at the forefront of much primary education, whilst Harriet Harman continued to address the issue that equal opportunities are not provided to children in schools. This was mentioned as an issue within and outside of London, and one that was not addressed with any clear strategy. UKIP’s answer to this was to increase the amount of grammar schools, however as Caroline Crampton tweeted “It is not clear what this does for the arts”. When the conversation moved on to unpaid internships and the cost of living in London, everyone was yet again stuck for any form of solution, most notably Baroness Bonham-Carter, who could only agree with the statement.

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The question of how far we should rely on schools to promote culture was also raised. As Londoners benefit from £69 of arts funding per head, compared with £4.50 in the rest of the country, how can we expect every school to perform equally in the arts? Points about creativity were also raised by the audience more generally. Creativity needs to be applied to our working lives, not merely encouraged vaguely in infant years, and then forgotten about.

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This Culture Debate left many questions unanswered. Whilst it is difficult to quantify the monetary value of culture on a city or town and its inhabitants, the most pressing question for us was highlighted by Louise Jury, the Evening Standard’s Chief Arts Correspondent, after the debate: “if the arts generate so much revenue, why is it so impossible to invest in them?”

Let’s hope we will not be having an identical conversation in 4 years’ time.

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(Written on April 10, 2015 )

Classical News

Independent

Carmen with a twist: From toreador to city boy

Simon Stephens’ modern take on Bizet’s opera makes Carmen a man and Escamillo a hedge-funder

Guardian

Nobuo Uematsu: the video game composer shaking up classical music

The Japanese musician behind the Final Fantasy themes has become a mainstay of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, rubbing shoulders with the greats. So what does our critic make of his work?

Andrew Porter obituary

Distinguished music critic and scholar who had a decisive impact on British cultural life

Classic FM

Classical music could be ‘gone in a generation’, says top conductor

Conductor Kent Nagano has suggested that classical music could be dead within a generation, citing budget cuts and lack of music education.

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Dennis Marks, 2 July 1948 ‒ 2 April 2015

Dennis Marks, former head of music for BBC Television and general director of English National Opera, has died at the age of 66.

Jetz.de – Süddeutsche Zeitung

Geschmacksverstärker

Expertentum statt Schwarmintelligenz: Über die Rückkehr des Tastemakers bei Musik-Streaming-Diensten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stolz im Bauch

Der Staats- und Domchor Berlin gilt als das älteste Ensemble der Stadt. Vor exakt 550 Jahren wurde die Knabentruppe gegründet. Das feiert sie mit einem Festprogramm – einer Ausstellung und großen Konzerten.

Die Welt

Was unsere Klassikszene von Frankreich lernen kann

Deutsche Opernhäuser haben Probleme. Die Semperoper etwa ist führungslos. In Berlin bleiben die Bühnen oft tagelang leer. Nun zeigt Intendant Serge Dorny in Lyon, wie spannend Oper sein könnte.

Maclean’s

Can a man from Montreal save the Philadelphia Orchestra?

Paul Wells on Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Montreal star who has become one of classical music’s leading forces

Francemusique.fr

11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes

Le 11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes aura lieu du 22 au 26 avril 2015. Le concours est ouvert aux artistes de toutes nationalités de moins de 30 ans. Une dizaine de quatuors sont attendus. Ils devront interpréter un vaste programme en partie imposé et dans lequel figure une création du compositeur Sergio Menozzi commanée pour l’occasion.

El Mundo

Onda Cero renueva su mañana con ‘Más de uno’

Comienza otra manera de contar las cosas en Onda Cero. A las 6.00 horas Carlos Alsina se enfrentaba a su primer monólogo matutino en Más de uno, el nuevo despertador de la cadena que viene a ocupar el espacio dejado por Carlos Herrera el pasado mes de marzo y que compartirá con el periodista Juan Ramón Lucas.

Twitter

In Tune BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCInTune: “I needed a bodyguard” @paavo_jarvi on bringing Shostakovich to Estonia in our latest podcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r3intune …

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet#GairArGnawd RT @S4C: @WNOtweet Opera screened on S4C as part of partnership with Welsh National Opera http://www.s4c.cymru/e_press_level2.shtml?id=2530 …

carmenViktoria Vizin says she has ‘lived every moment’ as Carmen. Photo: Independent

(Written on April 8, 2015 )