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Classical News

In today’s news, Help Musicians UK is boosting opportunities for young professional musicians, the death of a musician who caught an infection from his bagpipes has highlighted the dangers lurking inside musical instruments, and Simon & Sue Ruddick have donated £125,000 to improve ladies’ loos in British theatres. Also, 15 musicians are gathering at an active volcanic crater to play for 10½ hours.

Music Week

Help Musicians UK boosting opportunities for young pro musicians

Help Musicians UK is looking to increase opportunities for young professional musicians by way of its new Career Development Bursaries.

New Scientist

Deadly bagpipe infection is health warning to all wind musicians

Musicians beware: clean your instruments. The death of a musician who caught an infection from his bagpipes has highlighted the dangers lurking inside musical instruments.

The Guardian

Grandstand, Countdown, Ski Sunday: the unsung heroes behind TV’s greatest tunes

They’ve written some of the most iconic tracks of the last 50 years. Yet you’ve probably never heard of them. We met the legends of ‘library’ music

The Telegraph

Meet the couple on a mission to improve ladies’ loos in British theatres

Simon and Sue Ruddick have donated £125,000 to be spent on improving toilets in theatres up and down the country.

The New York Times

15 Musicians Spent the Night in an Active Volcano. Listen to What Happened.

Last Thursday, 15 musicians gathered at an active volcanic crater on a small island in the southern Aegean Sea for an experiment in improvisational site-specific performance. Lit by a glowing August full moon, they played for 10½ hours, asked only to take inspiration from their surroundings.

Aftenposten

Nysgjerrig på kammermusikk? Vår ekspert gir deg sine heteste tips til Oslo kammermusikkfestival!

De neste dagene myldrer det av arrangementer under Oslo kammermusikkfestival. Astrid Kvalbein gir deg oversikt over forestillingene du må få med deg.

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hmt Rostock bildet mehr Musiklehrer aus – Vereinbarung unterzeichnet

Die Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock (hmt) wird künftig mehr Lehrer für das Schulfach Musik ausbilden. Darauf haben sich Hochschule und Bildungsministerium in einer Teilzielvereinbarung verständigt.

klassik.com

Rheingau Musik Festival: Förderpreis für Geiger Marc Bouchkov

Der belgische Geiger Marc Bouchkov hat den mit 15.000 Euro dotierten Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals erhalten. Bouchkov hat den Preis am gestrigen Montag im Rahmen eines Konzerts auf Schloss Johannisberg entgegengenommen.

Die Zeit

Jazzmusiker Toots Thielemans ist tot

Er spielte mit Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra oder Billy Joel und bewies seine Virtuosität mit der Mundharmonika auch für die “Sesamstraße”. Der belgische Jazzmusiker, Mundharmonikaspieler und Komponist Toots Thielemans ist gestorben.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Complete Mahler symphony score to be auctioned for first time

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 ‘I was in the Bahraini Children’s Recorder Orchestra’ – Sally Phillips on

Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Dallas Symphony violinist is selling her $1m Guarnerius

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“634 Minutes Inside a Volcano” was an improvisational site-specific performance on the Greek island Nisyros. Credit: Pinelopi Gerasimou

(Written on August 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.

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French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.

CMUSE

Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.

Broadwayworld

La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Klassik.com

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.

nmz

65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM And… GO! Booking now open for brilliant concerts in Huddersfield & Dewsbury this Autumn:

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”

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Daniel Barenboim mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Foto: KAI HEIMBERG I / BM

 

(Written on July 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ is revived, music teachers’ zero-hours contracts may prevent children from learning an instrument and why symphony orchestras are expected to survive indefinitely.

The Telegraph

Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ brought back to life, in pictures

The Grand Hall at vintage venue Troxy in London’s East End is soon to be filled with the sounds of a magnificent full orchestra upon the recent completion of the restoration project to save Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

When is the Edinburgh Festival 2015?

The world’s biggest arts festival runs from August 7 to 31 this year.

The Guardian

Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Nominations open for Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

The Spectator

Why are symphony orchestras expected to survive indefinitely?

We forget that the great symphony orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic were once radical project ensembles — until they became part of the establishment.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bardentreffen in Nürnberg: Weltmusik im Bratwurstidyll

Was ist das eigentlich, ein „Bardentreffen“? Aus einem Wettstreit für Liedermacher ist in Nürnberg ein weltläufiges Festival geworden. An diesem Donnerstag wird das 40. Jubiläum gefeiert.

Opernetz

Wahnfried oder Ärgersheim

Mit zweijähriger Verzögerung, einer stattlichen Kostensteigerung und etlichen juristischen Turbulenzen konnten die auf dem Gelände der Villa Wahnfried angesiedelten Gebäude frisch renoviert und, um einen gläsernen Museumsneubau erweitert, der Öffentlichkeit übergeben werden. Die Probleme sind allerdings noch längst nicht gelöst.

BR Klassik

Theodorakis zum 90. Geburtstag Streitbarer Künstler und Politiker

Komponist, Schriftsteller und Politiker – der griechische Künstler Mikis Theodorakis gilt als Volksheld. Mit seinen Melodien ist Theodorakis schon zu Lebzeiten unsterblich geworden. BR-KLASSIK gratuliert dem Musiker zum 90. Geburtstag.

El Mundo

Casi vivir de la música

La música vive un mal momento, es redundante repetirlo. Los profesionales de esta disciplina, al no ver cubiertas sus expectativas y aspiraciones en España, deciden partir rumbo a Europa. Orquestas profesionales y formaciones amateur y grandes conservatorios esperan para acogerles. Pero, ¿y ellos? ¿Se sienten valorados tras tomar la decisión de emigrar?

Classicalite

Vic Firth, Legendary Drumstick Creator and Percussionist, Dies at 85

Even if you aren’t a percussionist, the name Vic Firth — the world’s most prolific drumstick maker — is still in your vocabulary. For the man who started it all, Mr. Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth has died at 85 years old.

Tweets

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Devils and debauchery may just feature in this month’s Opera Strip… Can you guess the opera?

Londonist @Londonist: Things to do in London today: enjoy seafood with your jazz & London Open Live @_TheWhitechapel

BBC Radio 1 @BBCR1: This is stunning! Insomnia at the proms.

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Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ
Photo: Julian Simmonds/The Telegraph

(Written on July 30, 2015 )

The Telegraph

New music scholarships for London’s talented children

Talented children who might otherwise slip through the music education net are fulfilling their promise thanks to a new scholarship scheme.

The Guardian

Damon Albarn’s opera Dr Dee – video

Dr Dee, an opera about the Elizabethan mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Dr John Dee, opened at the Coliseum on Monday night.

Gramophone

China holds its first Li Delun National Conducting Competition

Designed to inspire young Chinese conductors of the future.

BBC Music Magazine

Tower Bridge as a musical instrument

Composer Samuel Bordoli has written a piece to be performed on London’s Tower Bridge as part of the City of London Festival’s 50th anniversary.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

German theatre chief: Give the Ring a rest

In a perfect curtain-raiser to the Bayreuth festival and the Wagner bicentenary, the president of the German Theatre Association Klaus Zehelein says there are too many productions of the Ring.

New artistic director at Ensemble Intercontemporain

It’s the composer Matthias Pintscher.

 LA Times

El Sistema produces a new, younger Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel, 31, seems practically middle-aged compared to Jose Angel Salazar, a 14-year-old El Sistema student who has gained attention recently for his talent as a conductor.

 

(Written on June 29, 2012 )