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In today’s news: conductor David Heusel dies of unknown causes, aged 60; composer Karol Beffa is honoured with the Grand Prix SACEM for symphonic music. Streetwise Opera announces 15th anniversary opera, Komische Oper Berlin turns 70. 

The Times

World-renowned conductor David Heusel died hours before he was to perform in Dublin

David Heusel was American born, but over the past 20 years had made a name for himself in Dublin conducting Opera Ireland and working with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Classic FM

Musicians are three times more likely to experience depression, according to study

A concerning new piece of research reveals the scale of the mental health crisis facing the UK music industry.

Opera Now

Streetwise Opera announces 15th anniversary opera

Streetwise Opera will celebrate its 15th anniversary by presenting the premiere of a new immersive opera on 14 and 15 April 2018 at Sage Gateshead.

Music Teacher

Ten Pieces III activities announced

BBC Music and BBC Learning have announced a programme of activity for Ten Pieces III for the 2017/18 academic year, including a Live Lesson inspired by the Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

The Strad

Violinist avoids jail after causing car crash at twice the drug drive limit

Violinist Victoria Yellop, who trained at London’s Trinity College of Music, was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a six-month night-time curfew for causing a traffic accident while under the influence of cocaine.

The New York Times

As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

A concert hall that was simply too cavernous: hard to sell out and leaving audiences feeling distant from the music. Lobbies that have grown shabby over time. A fortresslike presence, somewhat isolated from the city just outside its doors.

Pizzicato

Composer Karol Beffa Honoured with the Grand Prix SACEM for symphonic music

In a ceremony on November 27 at Pleyel, the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) will award their Grand Prix for symphonic music to the composer Karol Beffa.

Browdway World

Grammy-Winning Kronos Quartet to Work with Orange County School of the Arts Students

In partnership with the Orange County Philharmonic Society, Orange County School of the Arts has brought the talented and highly acclaimed Kronos Quartet to OCSA to teach and practice repertoire with select students. 

Zeit Online

Hämmer ohne Grenzen

Punk ist zurück, sitzt aber am Klavier: Die Neoklassik von Nils Frahm, Francesco Tristano oder den Grandbrothers beantwortet eine Sehnsucht nach Reduktion und Regelbruch. 

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zwischen Düsternis und Sinnlichkeit

Die Komische Oper Berlin wird siebzig. Für das Jubiläum wird tief in das Repertoires gegriffen: Barrie Kosky eröffnet die Saison mit seiner Inszenierung von Claude Debussys „Pelléas et Mélisande“.

France Musique

Karol Beffa, Grand Prix Sacem de la musique symphonique 2017

Chaque année, la Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacem) récompense le travail artistique de ses membres, en attribuant une série de Grands Prix, dont le Grand Prix de la musique symphonique, le Grand Prix du jazz et le Grand Prix de la musique du monde.

El Mundo

El Reina Sofía acogerá el festival de arpa Tierra 47

El festival de arpa Tierra 47 se celebrará en Madrid los días 20 y 21 de octubre. En concreto, en las instalaciones del Museo Reina Sofía, como ya se hiciera con otros festivales como Músicas Infinitas o Escena contemporánea.

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 Today is celebrating the studio that changed music forever:

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(Written on October 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: The UK Government has exempted musical instruments from its proposals for an ivory ban, and the National Centre for Early Music has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022. “Steinway” Family celebrates its 25th anniversary, the singing competition “Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb” to start tomorrow, and musical about Amy Winehouse to be released.

Classical Music Magazine

Ivory ban exemption for musical instruments

The Musicians’ Union (MU), the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Music Industries’ Association (MIA) are ‘delighted’ at the news that musical instruments are among the exemptions set out in the government’s proposals for an ivory ban.

Early Music Today

Continued NPO status for NCEM

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret’s Church, York, has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022.

The Telegraph

‘I was picked on by the gods’: inside George Michael’s powerful final documentary

It is remembered as perhaps his greatest performance. In trademark sunglasses and earring, wearing a boxy orange jacket, George Michael stormed the stage of Wembley Stadium in April 1992, backed by the surviving members of Queen, and tore out an absolutely show-stopping version of Somebody To Love in front of 80,000 fans.

Nursery World

Nursery using classical music to calm babies

A Bedfordshire nursery has started playing classical music at drop-off after finding it helped to settle children in their baby unit.

Violin Channel

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Appoint New Assistant Conductor

The San Antonio Symphony has announced the appointment of Israeli-born conductor Noam Aviel as their new Assistant Conductor.

The New York Times

Anna Netrebko Will Star in Three Met-Bolshoi Productions

Two of the world’s most important opera companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bolshoi Theater here, will collaborate on three stagings in coming years, they announced on Monday.

NMZ

25 Jahre Steinway Family – ein Grund zum Feiern

Steinway & Sons, Hersteller der berühmten Flügel und Klaviere, feiert in diesem Jahr ein ganz besonderes Jubiläum: 25 Jahre “Steinway Family”.

Klassik.com

Viktor Soos Preisträger beim Kissinger Klavier-Olymp

Die Gewinner des Wettbewerbs “Kissinger Klavier-Olymp” stehen fest. Der Backnanger Viktor Soos gewann dabei den dritten Preis, Erster wurde der türkische Pianist Emre Yavuz.

Klassik Heute

Der Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb bringt junge Gesangstalente nach Berlin

Vom 11. bis zum 14. Oktober 2017 bringt der diesjährige Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ Gesangstalente und ihre Pianistinnen und Pianisten aus ganz Europa und Israel nach Berlin.

El Mundo

Amy Winehouse tendrá un musical en el West End

El padre de la cantante anuncia un musical ajeno a las drogas y el alcohol.

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Image: Anna Netrebko

(Written on October 10, 2017 )

In today’s news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda Lewis has died.

Classic FM

‘Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier’

Simon Rattle starts his new role as Music Director at the London Symphony Orchestra this month. So as he packs his pencil case for his first season in charge, we spoke to him about getting over nerves, the best piece of advice he’s ever been given and why the future is bright for classical music.

The Times

Jeremy Dale Roberts: Distinguished composer considered to be the master of miniature compositions

Cannibalism may not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about a classical composer, but it was how Jeremy Dale Roberts described the creative process when writing for gifted musicians in his circle. “[I] draw upon their temperament and behaviour in the narrative of the music: to absorb their presence,” he told a contemporary music website. “A rare form of cannibalism, maybe.”

The New York Times

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

As a boy soprano in the youth opera company that his parents ran in their small town, the Dutch composer Michel van der Aaonce accompanied his father to the clockmaker who was painting a set for them. What he saw, he recalled recently, was revelatory.

Good House Keeping

Target Has Never Played Background Music, Until Now

While the company has avoided it for decades—believing it to be a distraction—they’re introducing a soundtrack of more than 1,500 songs from the likes of Taylor Swift to Stevie Wonder to keep you in stores longer and hopefully revive their flagging sales in the process.

Limelight

Australian guitarist placed third in prestigious ARD Competition

Andrey Lebedev also took the prize for his performance of the commissioned work at Germany’s top music contest.

Pizzicato

Marin Alsop wins 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

NMZ

IFPI stellt neuen Music Consumer Insight Report vor: Audio-Streaming für Musikkonsum weltweit immer wichtiger

Urheberrechtsverletzungen bleiben für die Musikindustrie weltweit eine zentrale Herausforderung: 40 Prozent der Konsumenten hören Musik über nicht-lizenzierte Angebote.

Kultur Radio

Bund fördert Orchester in Konstanz, Bochum und Jena

31 Projekte öffentlicher Orchester erhalten über das Programm “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro Bundesförderung.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Branda Lewis gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Brenda Lewis ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 96 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in Westport (Connecticut).

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Classical Music News   A new direction – and a call for guest posts

Music History   in 1920 Birth of Karen

Classical Music News   Meet the Artist……Jason Rebello, pianist

Image: Jeremy Dale Roberts

(Written on September 19, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.

WQXR

Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

Codex flores

Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern. 

Klassik.com

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.

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Sir Peter Hall
Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

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: NYMAZ to extend digital music education project, YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after RIAA battle, and does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter? Kirill Serebrennikow still under house arrest, Deutsche Oper Berlin begins new season with 140,000 guests, and more music at schools in France.

Classical Music Magazine

Basca announces 2017 Gold Badge recipients

Basca (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Gold Badge Awards.

Music Teacher

NYMAZ to extend digital music education project

NYMAZ has received £273,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Through the Arts Fund to extend its digital music education project Connect: Resound over the next four years.

The Strad

ARD Competition announces violin finalists

Launched in 1952, the competition focuses each year on different instrumental categories, selected from 21 disciplines. The 66th ARD International Music Competition 2017 offered four categories: violin, piano, guitar, and oboe.

Music Business Worldwide

YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after RIAA battle

Good news for rights-holders: the world’s most popular online tool for ‘stream ripping’ audio from YouTube is shutting down following a legal battle with US recorded music body the RIAA.

Classic FM

Does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter?

Studies suggest that playing music to your unborn child can improve its hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence. But is there any truth in the ‘Mozart effect’?

Limelight

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2018

With guests from Italy, France and Cuba, Paul Dyer’s 2018 season tells wide-ranging stories of musical journeys.

Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper installierte 2.000 Tabletdisplays

Zum Saisonbeginn hat die Wiener Staatsoper ein neues Untertitel- und Informationssystem in Betrieb genommen. Zwei Millionen Euro wurden investiert.

Klassik.com

Moskauer Gericht lehnt Einspruch des russischen Regisseurs Serebrennikow ab

Der russische Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow bleibt weiter unter Hausarrest. Ein Moskauer Gericht lehnte den Einspruch der Verteidigung Serebrennikows sowie deren Forderung, den Hausarrest aufzuheben, ab.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin: 14.000 Gäste bei Saison-Eröffnung

Das diesjährige Saison-Eröffnungsfest der Deutschen Oper Berlin hat rund 14.000 Besucher jeden Alters angezogen.

France Musique

Rentrée en musique : un espoir pour l’avenir des musiciens intervenants en milieu scolaire

Cette année, la rentrée se fera en musique, selon le souhait du ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer, avec aux premières loges, les enseignants de musique en milieu scolaire, qui espèrent y voir un engagement en faveur de l’éducation musicale à l’école. 

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Classic FM: Does playing Mozart to your unborn baby really make it smarter?

(Written on September 5, 2017 )

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, and Account Managers, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

 

Key duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

-To support the Director of the London Office with her administrative needs

-To assist the Account Managers in securing opportunities for clients and helping them to achieve their PR goals. This includes: researching publications and opportunities for coverage, organising client events, assisting with client reports and feedback

-To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

-To write copy in relation to client needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

-To learn quickly and efficiently how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns in order to take on your own clients and manage their PR goals effectively. This will include liaising with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

-To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

-To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

-To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company.

-To be willing to take on additional responsibilities and grow into a more senior role within the company

 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

-Small, open plan office

-Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

-Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

-Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

-Personalised creative skills training and coaching

-Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

-Opportunities for travel

-Sociable atmosphere

-Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

 

Person Specification

Essential

-Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

-A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice

-Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

-Proven administrative and organisational skills

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

-Ability to work as part of a team

-High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

-A strong interest in online media

-Self-motivated

-Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

-Education to degree level

-Fluency in another language

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 15th September 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

 

(Written on August 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats, Tido launches educational piano, and travellers to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Airport. Staatsoper in Vienna to begin new season, Salzburger Festspiele had more than 260,000 visitors, and 40 years of the official German charts.

The Guardian

Can the Titanic soundtrack be a gateway drug to classical music’s greats?

The 1997 film score is the bestselling classical album of the past 25 years – but not the best. We suggest further listening for those taken with James Horner’s ersatz work

Classical Music Magazine

Travellers to conduct RSNO in Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is offering ten travellers the chance to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

International Piano

Tido launches Educational Piano

Tido has added an Educational Piano collection to its iPad app. The collection features a range of music, from compositions created to help pianists to build on their technique to fun pieces which students will enjoy playing.

Choir and Organ

Programme announced for 2017 NEMA Conference

The National Early Music Association’s 2017 conference will take place in Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge on 2 September.

The Violin Channel

VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb Awarded Prestigious New York City Carnegie Hall Debut

17 year old VC Rising Star Anne Luisa Kramb has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 2nd Manhattan International Music Competition, in New York

Pizzicato

Russian violinist Dmitry Kogan dies, aged 38
The agency TASS has made public the death of the Russian violinist Dmitry P. Kogan who died in Moscow at the age of 38.

Limelight Magazine

Blind and deaf dog learns to play the piano

Roll over Beethoven! Two-year old Australian shepherd Braille is making waves on the Internet.

Klassik heute

Wiener Staatsoper startet mit “Il trovatore” in die neue Spielzeit

Mit dem beliebten Tag der offenen Tür startet die Wiener Staatsoper am Sonntag, 3. September 2017 in die Spielzeit 2017/2018.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Festspiele mit mehr als 260.000 Besuchern
Die Salzburger Festspiele haben kurz vor Ende bereits eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festivalausgabe gezogen

Neue Musik Zeitung
40 Jahre Offizielle Deutsche Charts: Eine Musikinstanz feiert Jubiläum

Alle kennen sie, viele wollen rein und nur die besten erobern sie: Die Offiziellen Deutschen Charts zeigen Woche für Woche, welche Musik in Deutschland am beliebtesten ist.

Tido launches Educational Piano

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(Written on August 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: The government is stifling the creativity we desperately need, and Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director. Eight organs to be restored in Germany, Kimiko Ishizaka launches Kickstarter campaign and summer academy in Ettal launches festival programme.

Opera Now

Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director

Music Theatre Wales has appointed Richard Baker as its consultant music director, with immediate effect

Music Teacher

RWCMD announces autumn 2017 season

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s (RWCMD) autumn 2017 season will launch with Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and will conclude with Carlo Rizzi conducting musicians from the conservatoire and Welsh Opera in an opera gala.

The Times

The government is stifling the creativity we desperately need

The Ebacc removes arts subjects from the core school curriculum and its focus on a severely restricted, unimaginative programme means that the creativity of our children is being stifled at exactly the point Britain needs it most.

Pizzicato

5% more visitors at Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival ended on 6 August after 17 days, 57 concerts and more than 200 events.

The Irish Times

The new director of New Music Dublin has his work cut out for him

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris.

Mondoweiss
Israel’s siege on Palestinian music

If you love music as much as I do, your heart stopped when you read the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision to keep young musicians from leaving Gaza for the West Bank.

NMZ

Restaurierung von acht Orgeln: Land und Sparkassen geben 100.000 Euro

Der Freistaat und die Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen fördern die Restaurierung von acht Orgeln in diesem Jahr mit je 50 000 Euro.

Pizzicato

Kimiko Ishizaka: Kickstarter für Bach

Die deutsch-japanische Pianistin Kimiko Ishizaka hat eine neue Ergänzung zu der finalen B-A-C-H Tripelfuge komponiert.

concerti

In der Ruhe liegt der Klang

Zum vierzigsten Jubiläum veranstaltet die Internationale Sommerakademie in Ettal dieses Jahr ein Festival mit abwechslungsreichem Konzertprogramm.

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in 1891 Birth of Dutch violinist and Max .

Opera Now: Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director. Photo credit: Mike Kear

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(Written on August 9, 2017 )