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We are delighted that tickets for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018 are now on sale and the programme is as daring and “scream-worthy” as ever.

“The Modern Prometheus” theme extends into the festival with more of a Black Mirror edge, following Tête à Tête’s collaboration with Royal College of Music earlier this year: WEAR is an immersive opera about time travel, high fashion, ecological disaster and love, taking place in The Crossing at King’s Cross; NIBIRU!, a concept album about the apocalypse, social networking and conspiracy theories; Vicky & Albert is the story of an app, which convinces people that the user has a boyfriend…

In what promises to be both hilarious and thought-provoking, audiences are given an insight into the trials and tribulations of being two and three quarters, with a double bill of two operas: I Do Need Me explores the intensity of emotion that small children experience; I’m Not A Bit Like A Clown is a playful work that captures the joy and freewheeling energy of a toddler, whilst exploring and exploding our received ideas of gender, offering a delightful child’s eye view of the world.

More opera, this time for children the story of a fossilised hippo from 250,000 years ago, involving an interactive workshop and opera, The Lost Box of Stories, presenting new music and storytelling with Mid Wales Music Trust.

Tête à Tête welcomes its first Artist-in-Residence, with Li-E Chen’s Proposition for a Silent Opera at an Invisible Museum – I am a museum, a development of the 2017 work that encompasses an art exhibition in the foyer of The Place between 16th – 18th August, plus performances throughout the week.

Cubitt Sessions open the festival again this year, offering free servings of opera for the King’s Cross area with BISHI, Errollyn Wallen, Juice Vocal Ensemble, plus Aubergine from Muziektheater Transparent, and Tête à Tête’s very own operatic disaster, TOSCATASTROPHE!

As always, taking a journey through the past with new opera eyes on, Mary’s Hand is an immersive, biographical take on Mary “Bloody Mary” Tudor (featuring playing cards); Love Me To Death is based upon Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, plus a new collaboration with the Wellcome Collection for Dear Mary Stopes, a story told through letters, responding to her controversial sex manual ‘Married Love’.

This year’s festivals offers operatic treats, both reflective and pioneering, from both long-standing Tête à Tête alumni and new companies and artists. With a focus on Artist Development and support, with the “For Artists” hub on the website, the company continues to provide more opportunities for artists worldwide.

Tickets are now on sale! Where tickets are required we recommend booking early for the best price online at tete-a-tete.org.uk. Early Bird Online until 10th July £5.00 /  In Advance Online £7.50 / In Person, On Phone, On The Door at the venue £9.50. Lots of shows are free so just turn up and enjoy!

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Jaume Santonja Espinós is appointed assistant conductor at the CBSO, Myleene Klass on cuts to music tuition in schools, Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards. Musical Director Evan Christ takes legal actions against the Staatstheater Cottbus. An interview on how the state funding the arts in Germany may need to be rethought, and three young conductors reach the second phase of the “Maestros of tomorrow” program. The French accordion icon Yvette Horner has died. An Aids researcher debuts as a composer.

Rhinegold

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has appointed Jaume Santonja Espinós assistant conductor. He succeeds Jonathan Bloxham, who has held the position since 2016.

Classic FM 

Myleene Klass: cuts to music in schools are ‘a travesty’

Presenter and musician Myleene Klass has condemned cuts to music lessons in schools, saying music “helped me with my algebra. It helps with your interpretation and learning of different languages.”

The Telegraph

Male dancer who is gender fluid wins part with English National Ballet’s female ensemble

For the first time in the modern era, a male dancer – who identifies as being ‘gender fluid’ – is performing as part of the female ensemble in The Sleeping Beauty.

The Times

Auctioneer will score big with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto manuscript

A two-page manuscript from one of Beethoven’s most popular concertos is expected to sell for as much as $350,000 when it goes up for auction in New York today. The documents, in the German composer’s own hand, date from 1809 and show ideas for the second and third movements of the Emperor Concerto.

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a special Classic Brit award for his services to musical theatre and arts education. Lloyd Webber will be presented with the special recognition award for musical theatre and education during a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 13.

Slipped Disc

Aids Research Pioneer makes his concert debut as composer

Dr Joseph Sonnabend was among the first to identify the Aids syndrome in New York in the early 1980s and one of the foremost campaigners for the needs of his patients.

Berliner Zeitung

Denkbar: Kunstförderung per Losverfahren Auch unter dem Radar entsteht Bemerkenswertes 

Als Ende Mai im Hebbel Theater vom bundesweiten Fonds Darstellende Künste zum neunten Mal der George-Tabori-Preis für freies Theater vergeben wurde, rechnete der Vorstandsvorsitzende Wolfgang Schneider bei der Begrüßung vor, dass man in den letzten 30 Jahren rund 3000 Projekte gefördert habe – mit insgesamt 17 Millionen Euro.

Deutscher Musikrat

Drei neue Maestros von Morgen

Die Juroren haben entschieden: Gábor Hontvári, Clemens Mohr und Yura Yang erreichen die 2. Stufe im Förderprogramm des Dirigentenforums und werden „Maestros von Morgen“. Zudem kann sich Gábor Hontvári über den Ernst-von-Schuch-Preis freuen.

RBB Kulturradio

Krise am Staatstheater Cottbus beschäftigt jetzt auch Justiz

Im Streit um den Führungsstil wendet sich Generalmusikdirektor Evan Alexis Christ mit einer Kündigungsschutzklage gegen seinen Arbeitgeber.

France musique

Yvette Horner, la reine de l’accordéon, s’éteint à 95 ans

La célèbre accordéoniste et reine des bals populaires Yvette Horner est décédée lundi à l’âge de 95 ans à Courbevoie.

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Jaume Santonja Espinós

(Written on June 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify shares jump to record high, Rosemary Johnson and other leading figures from the classical world are recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Schott Music and MPI Music Production International are to publish a new Academic Edition of the Complete Works of Tchaikovsky, the 1ooth anniversary of librettist Arrigo Boito, and Spotify algorithms decide what is the best music for you.

Shares in the company scaled a new high on Friday afternoon, jumping as much as 4 per cent to a record high of $172.76. The reason for the sudden jump was not immediately clear, but it came as Recode reported that Spotify has started licensing songs directly from artists and their managers.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside, and Classic FM’s Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Leading figures from the classical world have been honoured alongside actor Emma Thompson – who’s made a Dame – and author Kazuo Ishiguro, who is given a Knighthood.

Rhinegold

New cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers

The Sixteen has announced the new cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers, and the appointment of Royal Academy of Music student Harry Bradford as conducting scholar for 2018-19.

Schott Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Project of a Century

Work on the Academic Edition of the Complete Works by P.I. Tchaikovsky has now begun. Comprising about 120 volumes, this edition will be a big undertaking. The first volumes will be published in 2018.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Als hätte man eine zehnte Beethoven-Symphonie entdeckt

Ein verloren geglaubtes Album von John Coltrane ist aufgetaucht. Es ist musikalische Höchstleistung und spirituelle Ekstase in einem.

Neue Musikzeitung

Das «Ruhrepos»-Projekt – Brechts nie realisierte Industrie-Oper

Vor gut 90 Jahren bestellte die Stadt Essen bei Bertolt Brecht und Kurt Weill eine Industrie-Oper.

Concerti

100. Todestag von Arrigo Boito

Legendärer Librettist celebrates 100th anniversary.

El País

Tengo una ‘playlist’ para usted

Los algoritmos de Spotify deciden cuál es la mejor música para ti

Wired

The aural magic of Stanford’s Laptop orchestra

Ten days before the big concert, the members of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra are performing technology triage.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

(Written on June 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Jessye Norman gets RPS gold, first ever saxophonist signed to Decca Classics, Spotify stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, Keith Saunders on photographing musicians for a living, Music festival Lunalia, and winners decided at the German Choir Competition in Freiburg.

Classic FM

Who actually was Jenny Lind, the real-life opera singer in The Greatest Showman?

Nicknamed the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, Jenny Lind was a soprano whose voice was admired by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.

Jessye Norman awarded Royal Philharmonic Society gold medal at a star-studded ceremony

The legendary American soprano was honoured at the 2018 RPS Music Awards.

The Independent

Can George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence follow the success of Written on Skin? 

The perfectionist composer is again working with director Katie Mitchell and librettist Martin Crimp, to tell the story of Edward II and his lover Gaveston.

Gramophone 

Saxophonist Jess Gillam signs for Decca Classics

19-year-old Gillam becomes the first saxophonist to sign for Decca Classics in the label’s history.

The Guardian 

Sharks love jazz but are stumped by classical, say scientists

A study at Macquarie University in Sydney found that sharks could recognise jazz – if there was food on offer.

The Washington Post

Levine’s recordings withdrawn from Met Opera radio channel

Performances by James Levine were withdrawn from the company’s Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company’s history.

The New York Times

Spotify Pulls R. Kelly and XXXTentacion From Playlists, Stirring a Debate

Spotify, the music industry’s leading streaming service, said on Thursday that it would stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive, hoping to quell a furor over the singer R. Kelly but immediately starting another debate over who qualified for the ban.

Limelight

Keith Saunders on shooting musicians for a living

The photographer, whose images will be familiar to anyone who’s been to a Musica Viva concert, takes us behind the scenes in a new exhibition

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Musik-Festival Lunalia: Mit der Kraft des vollen Mondes

Zeitloses in Flandern: Das Stimm-Festival Lunalia entdeckt unter Leitung von Jelle Dierickx die bezaubernde Stadt Mechelen und feiert den Gesang in all seinen Formen.

Welt

Das beste Mittel gegen Sexismus? „Aufhören, Arschlöcher zu hypen“

Christopher Rüping, 32, steht für eine neue Art von Theaterregisseuren: allürenfrei, politisch, mit einem Herz für flache Hierarchien. Nun ist er zu Gast beim Berliner Theatertreffen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nemanja Radulovic im Konzerthaus: Unbändige Energie

Der serbische Geiger Nemanja Radulovic und sein Ensemble Le Trilles du Diable überzeugen im Konzerthaus.

SWR2

Entscheidungen beim Deutschen Chorwettbewerb in Freiburg – Preise für Mannheimer und Freiburger Chöre

In Freiburg treffen sich bis zum 13. Mai die besten deutschen Laienchöre zum Deutschen Chorwettbewerb.

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Nemanja Radulovic in Dresden © picture alliance / dpa / Arno Burgi

 

(Written on May 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera chiefs accused of elitism, Philadelphia Orchestra brings Jewish and Arab Israeli communities together, contemporary composers Helmut Lachenmann and John Cage meet in Munich, plans of the Berlin Rundfunkorchester for season 2018/19 and Music Festival FEMUA in Abidjan.

The Times

Opera chiefs accused of elitism for food and drink ban in musicals

A ban from taking food and drink into the venue, has led to claims that the ENO is discriminating against audiences for more commercial shows.

Classical Music 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields announces $1m gift ahead of its 60th anniversary

The gift has been made by the president of the American Friends of the Academy, Maria Cardamone, and her husband Paul.

Opera Now

Turin’s Teatro Regio appoints William Graziosi as general director

Graziosi began his career as artistic administrator of the Spontini Classic project, where he oversaw the organisation of three singing competitions and academies specialising in the work of Gaspare Spontini.

Broadway World

Rachel Barton Pine And Jory Vinikour perform on Cedille Records Album

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ best-selling artist, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, a two-time Grammy nominee making his Cedille label debut, play J.S. Bach’s complete violin and harpsichord sonatas.

Slipped Disk

Philadelphia Orchestra promises to work with ‘Jewish and Arab Israeli Citizens’ 

This statement was released following pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel where they will participate in special residency activities in Israel, June 3-7.

Limelight

Mezzo Fleuranne Brockway wins Royal College of Music Scholarship

The Australian International Opera Awards has partnered with the Royal College of Music this year, seeing Brockway further her vocal studies in London.

taz

Musikfestival FEMUA in Abidjan – Visionen, Ideen und hohe Zinsen

In Anoumabo, einem Slum der ivoirischen Metropole Abidjan, findet das Musikfestival FEMUA statt. Mit dem Erlös werden neue Schulen gebaut.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pfeif auf die Melodie

In München treffen an einem Abend die zeitgenössischen Großkomponisten Helmut Lachenmann und John Cage aufeinander. Lachenmann spielt seine “Wiegenmusik” und wagt bei einer Podiumsdiskussion provokante Thesen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Pläne des Berliner Rundfunkchors für die Spielzeit 2018/19

Crossover-Soireen, Mozart-Requiems und Mitsingkonzerte: Der Berliner Rundfunkchor stellt seine Pläne für die Spielzeit 2018/2019 vor.

france musique

Jazz Culture : 41ème concours national de jazz de la Défense

Les inscriptions pour le 41ème Concours National de Jazz de la Défense sont ouvertes.

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Helmut Lachenmann © Lebrecht Music And Arts Photo

 

(Written on May 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify remains at a loss despite 75 million paying subscribers, RSNO orchestra to play along viewing of Jaws, combined music-rights database provides more transparency, Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner, almost half UK orchestral musicians cannot make ends meet, and British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as guest of Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Classical Music

Craig Armstrong signs to Decca for new studio album

The award-winning film composer Craig Armstrong OBE is to release a studio album as part of a major new deal with Decca Records.

Music Business Worldwide

Global Music Rights Database Pilot Launched with top music companies

A raft of top music companies including, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights, have joined a pilot by tech startup JAAK, which provides a shared data network that aims to create a public record of rights and a fixed audit trail.

Choir and Organ

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The Times

Liam Scarlett on remaking Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet

The choreographer tells Debra Craine what to expect of the Royal Ballet’s first new take on the classic for 30 years

Evening Times

Jaws to be screened with live orchestra

The movie is to be projected onto the big screen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) playing one of cinema’s greatest ever music soundtracks.

 

Science Daily

Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner

What happens in a crocodile’s brain when it hears complex sounds? An international research team has provided the answer to this question. 

Slipped Disc

UK classical musicians ‘cannot make ends meet’

A survey of 285 musicians in seven orchestras across the UK has found that 44 percent struggle to pay their bills.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Beste kommt zum Schluss

Martinů  und Mozart: Der britische Dirigent Sir Roger Norrington zu Gast beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester.

BR Klassik

Über 300 Millionen mehr eingeplant

Der Bund will dieses Jahr gut 300 Millionen Euro mehr für Kultur und Medien ausgeben als laut Regierungsentwurf im Vorjahr, dies teilte die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters am Donnerstag mit. 

nmz

Spotify gewinnt fünf Millionen Abo-Kunden im Quartal

Der Musikstreaming-Marktführer Spotify hat im vergangenen Quartal fünf Millionen zahlende Abo-Kunden hinzugewonnen und steckt trotzdem weiterhin tief in den roten Zahlen fest.

Pizzicato

Erste Bayreuther Opern Uraufführung seit Parsifal

Der österreichische Komponist Klaus Lang (*1971) komponierte auf Initiative von Katharina Wagner für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2018 die Oper ‘der verschwundene hochzeiter’, nach einer niederösterreichischen Sage. 

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Liam Scarlett with Lauren Cuthbertson © Chris McAndrew for The Times

(Written on May 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral musicians ‘living on breadline’, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces 22 new grants, National Youth Orchestra applications open, WDR Symphony Orchestra with new Principal Conductor – Cristian Macelaru, Beat Furrer receives Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2018, „Stars & Rising Stars“ in Munich and Bruno Julliard unveils the outlines of his reform of the Paris conservatories.

BBC News

Orchestral musicians ‘living on breadline’

Although rank-and-file members of the BBC Philharmonic or City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are paid about £30,000 a year, wages have stagnated as funding cuts take hold.

Classical Music Magazine/Rhinegold

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces 22 new grants

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced 22 new grants worth a total of £630,060 to support emerging artists and the provision of music education, performing arts training, and heritage skills.

The Guardian

Communication skills: how one choir are honing theirs to reach a new audience

Classical audiences are dwindling. Why not try new ways to engage with your audience? Toby Spence has worked with the Bach Choir on a bold project for their new concert that they hope will do just that

Classical Music Magazine/Rhinegold

National Youth Orchestra applications open

Applications are open to musicians aged 13-18 who play at Grade 8 (with distinction) level or equivalent.

SWR2

WDR Sinfonieorchester mit neuem Chefdirigenten – Cristian Macelaru folgt auf Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Cristian Macelaru wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2019/2020 neuer Chefdirigent des WDR Sinfonieorchesters. Er folgt dem derzeitigen Chefdirigenten Jukka-Pekka Saraste, der das Orchester neun Jahre lang geleitet hat.

BR Klassik

Beat Furrer erhält Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2018 – „Mit offenen Ohren durch diese Welt”

Wenn Beat Furrer komponieren will, zieht er sich in ein einsames Forsthaus im sogenannten Gesäuse zurück – an einen Ort, der ist, wonach er klingt […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Kammermusik-Tage in Witten: Genussarbeit

Bei den Tagen für neue Kammermusik in Witten kann man erleben, welchen Wert eine gewisse Askese hat. Hier geht es um nichts als die Musik, auf sie konzentrieren sich alle Sinne.

concerti

„Stars & Rising Stars“ in München – Wo die Sterne von heute und morgen strahlen

Bei „Stars & Rising Stars“ treffen talentierte Newcomer auf etablierte Interpreten.

france musique

Bruno Julliard dévoile les grandes lignes de sa réforme des conservatoires parisiens

Interviewé par Le Lettre du Musicien, Bruno Julliard, le premier adjoint de la ville de Paris, en charge de la culture, annonce notamment que la capitale va investir 3,5 millions d’euros dans l’achat d’instruments pour les conservatoires.

Platea Magazine

La joven violinista española María Dueñas gana el Concurso Yankelevitch

Con tan solo 15 años de edad, la joven violinista española María Dueñas se ha alzado con el primer premio en el certamen Yankelevitch, dotado con un violín valorado en 40,000 dólares, con la firma del luthier Eugenio Degani.

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Beat Furrer (c) Manu Theobald

(Written on May 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed including 101 year old Vera Lynn, ENO to stage Jack the Ripper opera, Joseph Haydn’s opera “Il mondo della luna” at the Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule für Musik, Pianist Yeol Eum Son plays with grace under pressure and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra launches crowdfunding campaign for rehearsal house.

Music Week

‘It has captured the essence of classic music’: Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 has revealed nominations for the revived ceremony this summer, including a new category for Soundtrack Of The Year.

The Guardian

Jack the Ripper’s victims take centre stage in new ENO opera

ENO to stage a new opera based on the perspective women killed by Whitechapel’s Jack the Ripper and sheds light on plight of Victorian poor.

The Times

Vera Lynn up for Classic Brits awards aged 101

Dame Vera Lynn, who is 101, has been nominated for two Classic Brit awards and will also be recognised for her lifetime achievement.

Choir and Organ

First ever Leeds International Organ Festival to be hosted by Leeds Cathedral

Between 14 May and 9 July, organists of all ages will have the opportunity to hear, meet, and perform alongside renowned international concert organists, who will join the resident team from across Britain and Europe.

Classical Music 

Friday Afternoons project announces world premiere

The singing initiative has announced the world premiere of MAP: Songs for children everywhere which comprises of 12 songs for young people to sing, and has been written by composer and singer-songwriter Errollyn Wallen.

The Washington Post

Pianist plays with grace under pressure – Yeol Eum Son

The drama of a solo piano recital lies in a performer measuring herself against perilous musical demands.

Limelight

Musical Journey: Hong Kong

With construction of the West Kowloon Cultural District in full swing, and the Xiqu Centre soon to open, Hong Kong is becoming an increasingly lively destination for arts lovers.

Süddeutschte Zeitung

Musik Im Spannungsfeld – Abschlusskonzert der Fürstenfelder Konzertreihe

Es gibt Zeiträume in der Musikgeschichte, in denen es besonders lohnend ist, die gegenseitige Beeinflussung von komponierenden Zeitgenossen zu beobachten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Oper an der Eisler-Hochschule – Nach den Sternen greifen

Furiose Gesangsdarbietungen und eine witzige Geschichte: Joseph Haydns Oper „Il mondo della luna“ an der Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule für Musik.

pizzicato

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester startet Crowdfunding-Kampagne für Probenhaus

Der Bau eines eigenen Probenhauses für das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester ist ein strategisches Hauptziel der das Orchester tragenden Stiftung. Diesem Ziel komme sowohl künstlerisch wie auch logistisch eine große Bedeutung zu, sagt das Orchester.

france musique

L’Orchestre de Paris sera rattaché à la Philharmonie en 2019

L’Orchestre de Paris, jusque-là entité indépendante, sera intégré à la Philharmonie de Paris, d’ici à 2019, ont annoncé le ministère de la Culture et la mairie de Paris.

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Daniel Lütolf, Head of Crowdfunding bei der LUKB (left), Numa Bischof Ullmann, Intendant of Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters. © ida

(Written on May 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: ISM releases report detailing high levels of discrimination in the music industry, PRS Foundation honoured at annual Music Week awards in London, UMG recruits Spotify EVP, and how Brexit might change touring for musicians. Huguette Tourangeau has died, Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and London Philharmonia Orchestra in Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko multiplies his activities and Art instead of commerce: new criteria for music prize demanded.

Rhinegold

ISM report reveals high levels of discrimination in the music sector

An analysis of the data collected through a survey of the music profession has revealed a culture of predatory behaviour, including sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

M Magazine

PRS Foundation honoured at Music Week awards

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the awards recognise excellence within the music industry and were launched to raise standards across the industry by showcasing top class performance and innovation.

Music Week

Guy Garvey to join Manchester Metropolitan University as visiting professor of songwriting

As part of his visiting professorship, Garvey will offer a master class in writing for music in order to share his expertise young creative writers at Manchester Metropolitan.

UMG recruits Spotify’s Dave Rocco as EVP, creative 

Rocco will utilise established and emerging channels to develop digital campaigns and work with UMG’s labels on coordinated global strategies with its commercial partners.

BBC News

Brexit and music: How leaving the EU could change gigs for artists and fans

What if acts looking to follow in their footsteps, and those from the EU hoping to make it in the UK, had to deal with extra costs and the “royal pain” of stricter border controls?

Limelight

Huguette Tourangeau has died

French-Canadian mezzo soprano Huguette Tourangeau has died at the age of 79. Perhaps best known to audiences as a frequent recording partner of Joan Sutherland’s, Tourangeau was unsurprisingly a virtuosic singer with abundant gifts.

Der Tagesspiegel

Esa-Pekka Salonen in Berlin – Musikalischer Höhenflug

Seltener Besuch: Der finnische Komponist und Dirigent Esa-Pekka Salonen mit seinem Londoner Philharmonia Orchestra zu Gast in der Philharmonie.

BR Klassik

Ausweichquartier für den Gasteig in München – Spitzenakustik für die Ersatzphilharmonie

In getrennten Ausschreibungsverfahren haben das Architekturbüro gmp International – Gerkan, Marg und Partner sowie das Büro Nagata Acoustics International von Akustiker Yasuhisa Toyota den Zuschlag für die Realisierung der Interimsphilharmonie in Sendling erhalten.

WELT – Brugs Klassiker

Die Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko vervierfacht seine Aktivitäten

Wer sich rarmacht, der wird auch mit wenigen Auftritten bejubelt: immerhin 13 Konzerte gibt Kirill Petrenko, der designierte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker, in der führerlosen nächsten Saison des Orchesters.

SWR2

Kölner ACHT BRÜCKEN-Festival sucht schreibende Musikliebhaber – Kritiker per Anmeldung

Warum nicht mal einen Konzertsaal mit selbstberufenen Musikkritikern füllen? Ob PR-Gag oder Saalfüllungsidee: In Köln dürfen alle in ein Konzert, wenn sie eine Musikkritik verfassen.

nmz

Kunst statt Kommerz: Neue Kriterien für Musikpreis gefordert

Wie geht es weiter nach dem Echo-Aus? Verbände und Politiker fordern einen neuen Musikpreis, der künstlerische statt kommerzielle Leistungen auszeichnet – ähnlich anderen Kulturpreisen in Deutschland.

france musique

Françoise Nyssen veut créer un Centre national de la musique pour 2019

La ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen a annoncé mercredi 25 avril 2018, lors de son passage au Printemps de Bourges, la création d’un Centre national de la musique pour soutenir la création française. Un projet qui pourrait voir le jour début 2019.

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Kirill Petrenko

(Written on April 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: Town Hall Symphony announces 2018-19 season, Echo-Award for the best-selling music will be abolished, the New World Symphony Brings Classical Music Into The Digital Future, 2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced and Passau Festival “Europäische Wochen” with reduced program.

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti playing Bach in an empty St Paul’s Cathedral is the most beautiful video imaginable

Back in 2016, star British violinist Nicola Benedetti found herself in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral – and it was the perfect moment for a Johann Sebastian Bach masterpiece for solo violin.

Rhinegold

Town Hall Symphony Hall announces 2018-19 season

Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) has announced its 2018-19 season. The Symphony Orchestra of India will make their UK debut, with an ev ening culminating in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Thousand and One Nights (19 Feb 2019).

The Violin Channel

English Composer Sir William Walton was Born On This Day

English composer Sir William Walton was born on this day in 1902 – 116 years ago.
His signature works include ‘Façade’, the cantata ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’, his 1st Symphony – and Concerti for Violin, Viola and Cello.

BBC News

Streaming is music’s biggest money-maker

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have become the biggest contributor to the music industry’s coffers for the first time ever.

Forbes

The New World Symphony Brings Classical Music Into The Digital Future

Classical music gets a bad reputation. At a time when electronic music is ubiquitous and digitization reigns supreme, it’s hard to imagine classical music as a relevant art form for youth.

Limelight

2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced

The 2018 Art Music Fund recipients have been announced, with $100,000 going to nine composers for the creation of new works in the Fund’s third year.

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Echo – Jetzt ist er implodiert

Der Preis für die meistverkaufte Musik wird abgeschafft. Fraglich war er sowieso schon lange. Der Protest gegen Kollegah hat gewirkt.

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Konzerthaus soll bis 2023 fertig gestellt werden – Nürnberger Konzerthaus: Siegerentwurf steht fest

Mit dem Nürnberger Architekten Johannes Kappler in Zusammenarbeit mit Super Future Collective (Nürnberg) und der Topotek 1 Architektur GmbH (Berlin/Zürich) stehen die Sieger im Architektur-Wettbewerb für das neue Nürnberger Konzerthaus fest.

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Passauer Festspiele Europäische Wochen mit reduziertem Programm

Können Festspiele ohne Intendant funktionieren? Diese Frage stellen sich die Verantwortlichen der Passauer Festspiele Europäischen Wochen (EW), nachdem die Trennung von Intendant Thomas E. Bauer feststeht.

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Neue Intendantin für Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie

Die Orchestermanagerin Insa Pijanka wird neue Intendantin der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Konstanz.

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(Written on April 26, 2018 )