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In today’s news: Mariss Janson to extend contract with Bayerisches Rundfunk Symphonieorchester to 2024. Record season for Düsseldorfer Tonhalle. ISM and Musicians’ Union announce code of practice. Trouble in Tahiti: watch Bernstein’s swinging one-act opera. Composer James Newton Howard unveils world premiere. Spotify stock prices soar. The student tackling gender equality in the music industry. Brahms & Wagner in a musical feud. Opera singer Antonio Barasorda, regular at the Met, passes away. Humperdinck’s opera “Hänsel und Gretel” most performed in Germany in 2016/17 season.


ISM and Musicians’ Union announce code of practice to tackle discrimination

The ISM and the Musicians’ Union (MU) have announced a set of principles to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify is worth more than $33bn, as stock price hits another all-time high

It’s been just over three months since Spotify floated on the New York Stock Exchange.
The story of the company’s valuation since that fateful day (April 3) has, so far, been one of a consistent climb.

The Guardian

Trouble in Tahiti: watch Bernstein’s swinging one-act opera – video

Opera North won terrific reviews for its production of Leonard Bernstein’s bittersweet one-act satire of suburban angst.

The Seattle Times

Hollywood composer James Newton Howard unveils world premiere at Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival

Known for his scores to such films as “The Hunger Games” and “Pretty Woman,” the prolific film composer has written a new work for the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s ongoing 2018 Summer Festival.

FE News

Student takes on gender equality in the music Industry

A young woman from South & City College Birmingham is using her coursework project to highlight the issue of gender inequality in the music industry.


Did You Hear About Brahms’ Musical Feud With Wagner?

Among the 19th-century’s numerous musical skirmishes, one of the more waspish has to be that between Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner.


Lebensprojekt München: Mariss Jansons bleibt bis 2024

Die Zeit der Flitterwochen, des himmelhoch jauchzenden Honeymoons ist schon lange vorbei. Mariss Jansons und das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, das ist vergleichbar mit einem in innigster Selbstverständlichkeit und Zuneigung verbundenen Paar, das Verrücktheiten nicht mehr braucht als Gunstbeweise.


Rekord-Saison für Düsseldorfer Tonhalle

Mit drei ausverkauften Konzerten von Mahlers 8. Symphonie unter der Leitung von Adam Fischer ist die Saison 2017/18 in der Tonhalle Düsseldorf zu Ende gegangen.

Mozart führt Opernstatistik 2016/17 des Bühnenvereins an

Engelbert Humperdincks Oper “Hänsel und Gretel” war in der Spielzeit 2016/17 laut der Werkstatistik des Deutschen Bühnenvereins die meistgespielte Oper in Deutschland.

Platea Magazine

Fallece el tenor Antonio Barasorda, habitual del Met de Nueva York

Tal y como informan medios puertorriqueños, el tenor Antonio Barasorda falleció el pasado 9 de julio de un infarto, en San Juan de Puerto Rico, a los 65 años de edad.


Trouble in Tahiti (c) Alastair Muir

(Written on July 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Things we learnt at the Grammy awards, Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans and David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc. Also, the financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra is guaranteed until 2020 and composer Hans Abrahamse was honoured with the Léonie Sonning music award.

The Times

Things we learnt at the Grammy awards

From the demotion of Bono and the death of rock music to Jay-Z’s anointing as Potus-elect: Ed Potton reports on Sunday night’s bonanza.

The Stage

‘90% of players in West End orchestras are men’ – Musicians’ Union

Just one in nine players in West End orchestra pits are women, according to figures from the Musicians’ Union.

Classical Music

Exit Live launches platform for selling concert recordings

Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans.

Robert Rattray dies aged 67

The world of singing is in mourning for Robert Rattray, one of the outstanding vocal artist managers of modern times.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc

After announcing on Sunday that a series of five upcoming recitals were to be cancelled, David Garrett has today also pulled out of all concerts in February, including a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Spotify Starts Testing A Separate Music Station App

Spotify, the popular streaming music service that has over 70 million paying subscribers and 140 million active users, is now testing an app on Android called Stations as first noticed by app analytics service Sensor Tower.

The New York Times

Met Opera Fires Stage Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

The Metropolitan Opera fired the veteran British stage director John Copley this week after receiving a complaint about what the company described as “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”


EU sichert Finanzierung für Jugendorchester bis 2020

Junge Musiker aus allen EU-Ländern können weiter zusammen in dem prestigeträchtigen Europäischen Jugendorchester spielen. Der Rat der Europäischen Union bestätigte am Mittwoch einen Beschluss des Europäischen Parlaments zur Fortführung des Orchesters.

Arbeitsgericht: Befristete Verträge für Bühnenarbeiter nicht rechten

Drei Bühnentechniker, die vor dem Freiburger Landesarbeitsgericht gegen die Befristung ihrer Arbeitsverträge durch das Theater Freiburg geklagt hatten, haben Recht bekommen.

Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 für Komponist Hans Abrahamse

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen wird den Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 erhalten. Die mit 100.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung gehört zu den bedeutendsten Musikauszeichnungen in Skandinavien und wird von der gleichnamigen Stiftung verliehen.

Musik Heute

Spielfilm über blinde Pianistin “besonders wertvoll”

Der Spielfilm “Licht” über die blinde Pianistin Maria Theresia Paradis hat von der Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) das Prädikat “besonders wertvoll” erhalten.

Platea Magazine

El INAEM acumula casi treinta condenas por abusar de los contratos temporales

Según recoge hoy la Cadena SER, casi una treintena de sentencias dictadas en los dos últimos años pondrían en cuestión la política de contratación del INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas), al haber abusado de la contratación temporal de bailarines, cantantes, técnicos y sastres.


Meet Me At The Opera @MMATOpera: Dear Philip Glass ! Happy Birthday! Happy composing, happy performing . Phillip Glass- a music treasure:

Image: © Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on February 1, 2018 )

Classical News

In our news today, King’s Cross announces Dame Evelyn Glennie as its musician-in-residence, singer Katherine Jenkins and her husband Andrew Levitas are to produce a new children’s animated TV show, and Musicians’ Union blasts Dirty Dancing tour for cutting real musicians. Also, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will release his first classical composition, and Five Boroughs Music Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Season.

Classical Music Magazine

Dame Evelyn Glennie announced as King’s Cross musician-in-residence

King’s Cross has announced Dame Evelyn Glennie as its musician-in-residence in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation. The virtuoso percussionist will explore, write and perform new music over a 12-month period whilst based in the area.

The Times

Iraq bitter suite: notes on a lost orchestra

Upbeat may be the title of the conductor Paul MacAlindin’s memoir, but there are many times when he sounds pessimistic about the fate of his friends in the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.


Katherine Jenkins to produce children’s TV show

Singer Katherine Jenkins and her husband Andrew Levitas are to produce a new children’s animated TV show. Symphony Street will be aimed at four to eight-year-olds and it is hoped it could be screened on Welsh channel S4C.

Music Week

Musicians’ Union blasts Dirty Dancing tour for cutting real musicians

According to The Stage, the Musicians’ Union claim the show has only five musicians currently employed, as opposed to eight on the previous tour, and that they’re using “unauthorised” backing music.

Rolling Stone

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Preps Debut Classical Piece, Tour

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will release his first classical composition, Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, October 14th via Orange Mountain Music.


Five Boroughs Music Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Season

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) today announces programming for its tenth anniversary season, continuing its mission of bringing affordable, high-caliber performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music to all five boroughs of New York City.


I Lydenes rike

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Urheber gegen Musikpiraterie: Landgericht München verurteilt Onlinedienst Uploaded zu Schadensersatz

Die Urhebergesellschaft GEMA gewinnt vor dem Landgericht München I gegen den Sharehoster Uploaded. Das Urteil bestätigt, dass ein Sharehoster schadensersatzpflichtig ist, wenn dieser das Hochladen und die Verbreitung von urheberrechtlich geschützten Inhalten nicht unterbindet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wer mehr weiß, hört auch mehr

Christiane Tewinkel fragt in ihrem Buch „Muss ich das Programmheft lesen?“ nach dem Sinn populärer Musikvermittlung im Konzertbetrieb

Klassik heute

Dresdner Kreuzchor und Volkswagen vereinbaren Zusammenarbeit

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor begründet anlässlich seines Jubiläums in diesen Tagen mit der Volkswagen AG eine besondere Partnerschaft, die zunächst bis 2018 eine Zusammenarbeit auf künstlerischer, kommunikativer und pädagogischer Ebene garantiert.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Using Violin Strings to Learn Key Signatures

BBC Radio 3 performs his brother’s cello concerto tonight . Read all about it:

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Was heute geschah – 12.8.1846: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erteilt seiner Schwester Fanny seinen “Handwerkssegen”


R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will release and tour behind his first classical composition, composed alongside friend and violinist Robert McDuffie. Credit: Chris McKay/Getty

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Help Musicians UK launches Hearing Health Scheme, EUBO responds to ‘Brexit’ vote, and Classic FM’s new weekend line-up results in impressive increase in listeners. Also, Dubai’s first opera theatre opens in August, and cellist Daniel Hass wins 2016 Michael Measures Prize.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK launches Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has created a Musicians Hearing Health Scheme in partnership with Musicians Hearing Services and the Musicians’ Union.

EUBO responds to ‘Brexit’ vote

The European Baroque Orchestra, which for over 30 years has provided specialist orchestral training to postgraduate students of historically-informed performance from all over the European Union, has issued a statement following the UK’s EU referendum.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 celebrates its highest audience in five years

Figures released today have shown an increase in the number of people listening to Radio 3, with the station now reaching 2.2 million people. This is Radio 3’s highest audience reach for five years and the highest ever figure in the second quarter of a year.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s new weekend line-up results in impressive increase in listeners

Latest listening figures show that more people are tuning in to Classic FM at the weekends, and for longer.

The Jakarta Post

Dubai’s first opera theater to open in August

Dubai’s first performing arts theater is slated to officially open on Aug. 31 with a performance by legendary Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, known as “the King of Opera”.

The Strad

Cellist Daniel Hass wins 2016 Michael Measures Prize, worth $25,000

Daniel Hass has been awarded the 2016 Michael Measures Prize, worth $25,000. A collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the accolade recognises promising talent in young Canadian classical musicians.

British Airways denies cello entry to the cabin ‘because it doesn’t have a visa’, claims musician

A cellist was told she needed a USA ESTA visa for her instrument and would have to pay over $4,000 to re-book her flights


Jazz uten sponsorer

I år feirer Oslo Jazzfestival 30 år med et musikalsk program bredere enn noen gang før. Festivalen er helt avhengig av billettsalg og tilskudd for å leve videre.


Ruhrtriennale stellt europäische Werte auf den Prüfstand

Das experimentelle Theater- und Musikfestival Ruhrtriennale wird dieses Jahr politisch. Wir können das Nachdenken über unsere Gesellschaft nicht nur den Politikern überlassen’, sagt Intendant Johan Simons.

Klassik heute

Treffpunkt für junge Künstler mit großer Zukunft: Davos Festival 2016 beginnt

Am 6. August ist es wieder soweit: Dann beginnt das Davos Festival 2016. 50 Konzerte mit 80 jungen Musikern aus über 20 Ländern werden bis zum 20. August 2016 das Naturparadies Davos in eine Art künstlerisches Familientreffen verwandeln.

Musik heute

Dresdner Kulturpalast soll mit breitem Angebot Kosten einspielen

Mit einem erweiterten Angebot soll der Dresdner Kulturpalast nach seinem Umbau Ende April 2017 pünktlich eröffnet werden. Neben Konzerten der Dresdner Philharmonie werde dort künftig ein Genremix von Jazz bis Weltmusik sowie Lesungen geboten.


Top Classical News @topcmnewsVibrant music director of three US orchestras dies, aged 51

Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Vibrant music director of three US orchestras dies, aged 51 @klassikcom Steigert Musizieren und Musikhören in der Gruppe die Lebenszufriedenheit?


Cellist Daniel Hass. Photograph: Classical Music Magazine.

(Written on August 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, NMZ reports that the German Cultural Council puts up resistance against right-wing populist party AfD’s politics. Also, UK music industry welcomes legislation to protect music venues, costs for renovation of opera house in Bayreuth rise, and ENO chorus plans silent protest over wage cuts and redundancies

The Independent

English National Opera chorus plans silent protest over wage cuts and redundancies

The organisation says it must make several singers redundant and cut pay for remaining members by 25%

Music Week

Music industry welcomes legislation change to protect venues

UK Music, Music Venue Trust and Musicians’ Union have welcomed new Government legislation to protect music venues, following a meeting with Ministers at the Department For Communities And Local Government and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP.

BBC Entertainment and Arts

BBC Young Jazz Musician: Teenage trumpeter Alexandra Ridout wins

A 17-year-old trumpeter has won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016, beating her older brother to the title.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Laurence Cummings

He was once part of the Banal Chorale and admits to owning a Bucks Fizz record, but Kirkby’s Handel and Bernstein’s Mahler inspire the conductor and director of the London Handel festival today.

Der Tagesspiegel

Talentierte Dilettanten

Mit Leidenschaft dabei: Das Orchester Berliner Musikfreunde ist das am längsten existierende Laienensemble der Stadt


Kulturrat ruft zu Widerstand gegen AfD-Politik auf

Der Deutsche Kulturrat hat nach dem Erfolg der AfD bei der Landtagswahl in Sachsen-Anhalt zum Widerstand gegen deren Politik aufgerufen

Sanierung des Markgräflichen Opernhauses Bayreuth wird teurer

Der bayerische Finanzminister Markus Söder (CSU) hat den Auftrag für den zweiten Bauabschnitt bei der Sanierung des Markgräflichen Opernhauses Bayreuth erteilt, nun beginnt die nächste Bauphase

Le Monde

Le directeur des Chorégies d’Orange démissionne, en conflit avec la mairie d’extrême droite

Le directeur général des Chorégies d’Orange, Raymond Duffaut, en poste depuis 1981, a démissionné à la suite d’un conflit


Former President Clinton Paid Tribute in New Work ‘Billy Blythe’ by Opera Ithaca

It’s been announced that Opera Ithaca will stage a new opera about the childhood of former President Bill Clinton


BR Klassik Alle Premieren der kommenden Saison werden live auf übertragen!

MUSIK HEUTE Neuer Beitrag: Kurt Weill Fest endet mit Besucherrekord: Dessau-Roßlau – Mit einem Besucherrekord ist am Sonnt…

neue musikzeitung Welterbe und weite Welt: Bamberger Symphoniker feiern Jubiläum: China, Japan oder die USA…

Photograph: Orchester Berliner Musikfreunde e.V. / Der Tagesspiegel

Photograph: Orchester Berliner Musikfreunde e.V. / Der Tagesspiegel

(Written on March 14, 2016 )

In today’s news, Beares Auctions heads in a new direction with the launch of Moto Perpetuo and a newly discovered Handel cantata is to receive its modern premiere. Also, Triptyq discuss classical music and there’s outcry as Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils cut schools music subsidy


Beares Auctions Heads in New Direction with Launch of Moto Perpetuo

Ahead of the annual round of London auctions held in March, Beares Auctions has announced a new direction for the auction wing of the established shop, John & Arthur Beare


Newly discovered Handel cantata to receive its modern premiere

The cantata was discovered in Ton Koopman’s collection and will be premiered by him in April

Pop Dust

Triptyq Discuss Classical Music, Challenging The Norm & Their Debut EP

Forget what you think you know about classical music. You’ve never heard such a massive wall-to-wall vibration as found on Triptyq‘s debut EP 

Arts Professional

Outcry as Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils cut schools music subsidy

Over 4,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Welsh councils not to go ahead with plans that could spell the end of free music tuition in schools from September 2016

 Gulf News

 Classical music gala in Dubai to feature top performers

German Soprano Felicitas Fuchs and soloists from the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra are some of the performers at an anniversary gala to celebrate two landmarks: 20 years of the Dubai Concert Committee (DCC) and 15 years of Morozov’s Quartet


Unvergessen: Gedenkkonzert für Kurt Masur im Leipziger Gewandhaus

Kurt Masur war einer der großen Dirigenten unserer Zeit, sein Tod hinterließ eine Lücke in der Musikwelt. Am 16. April spielt Anne-Sophie Mutter im Rahmen eines Gedenkkonzertes ihm zu Ehren im Leipziger Gewandhaus

Berliner Zeitung

José Carreras Abschiedtournee startet in Berlin

Am 12. Oktober startet der Tenor José Carreras in der Berliner Philharmonie seine letzte Welttournee. „Die Tour wird zwei bis drei Jahre dauern”, sagt er


Jirí Belohlávek – Verfechter der böhmischen Musiktradition wird 70

Gefeiert hat Jiri Belohlavek schon im Voraus. Die Tschechische Philharmonie ehrte ihren international renommierten Dirigenten vor gut einer Woche mit einem Konzert vor geladenen Ehrengästen


Petition für Mitnahme von Musikinstrumenten im Flugzeug-Handgepäck

Weltweit beklagen sich Musiker, dass Fluggesellschaften ihnen die Mitnahme ihrer Instrumente im Handgepäck untersagen


Bologna, il crowdfunding per riascoltare l’indimenticata orchestra Mozart

Un piano per l’ensemble plasmato da Claudio Abbado: riunirà 30-40 elementi, guidati da un comitato di musicisti. L’Accademia: “Un anno per raccogliere  le risorse, debutto nel 2017 con Haitink”


Hello Stage ‏@HelloStage_ chamberTALK – Experience Chamber Music – a brilliant NEW #web #series with the @ArcisQuartett …

Glyndebourne ‏@glyndebourne Glyndebourne launches international competition for young #artists:

Musicians’ Union ‏@WeAreTheMU We’re talking about arts cuts & privatisation at the Show Culture Some Love conference in London … 12 Mar #MUlearn

Beares Auctions/ Strings

Beares Auctions/ Strings


(Written on February 24, 2016 )

Classic FM Online

Mariss Jansons to leave Royal Concertgebouw

The seventh chief conductor in the orchestra’s 126-year history is stepping down from his position of leadership of the Amsterdam orchestra.

The Telegraph

Better musicians ‘more attractive to women’

Women at their most fertile are more attracted to men who can produce complex music, a study suggests.

Taking kids to gigs

Gigs are perfect for kids of all ages. Pete Naughton guides you through the pitfalls and pleasures of taking children to see live music.

Los Angeles Times

Jeffrey Kahane to step down at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday.

BBC Music Magazine

If music be the food of love…

Iain Burnside explores how Shakespeare’s words have inspired countless musicians and pieces of music.

Classical Music Magazine

MU champions Milton Keynes music co-operative

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is supporting its members who have set up Milton Keynes music co-operative, which launched this week.


Festivalguide: Ausflug in die Welt der Fragezeichen

Die Dresdner Musikfestspiele starten in diesem Jahr ein innovatives Künstlerprojekt


Label des Jahres: Auszeichnung für ECM bei den JJA Jazz Awards 2014

Nach 2012 und 2013 wurde das Münchener Label ECM bei den JJA Jazz Awards 2014 bereits zum dritten Mal in Folge als Label des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

Art and Seek

Artistic Director Jonathan Pell Will Step Down At Dallas Opera

Jonathan Pell joined the Dallas Opera in 1985 as artistic administrator and was appointed artistic director in 2009 — only the second to hold that post in the company’s history.


Classical Music on Twitter 

Kate Molleson: ‏@KateMolleson Longlist for @SAYaward 2014 just out. Mega chuffed that @DunedinConsort & @SCOmusic add classical music to the mix

George:@OperaCreep Inside Opera: Live on 10 May sounds like a good and more inclusive development

Music Week: @MusicWeek Vevo views rise 46% to hit 6bn per month Culture, collaboration and communication: Digital development at The Times and Sunday Times #journalism

CM Editors: ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online




(Written on April 24, 2014 )

United Press International

Unclean reed instruments can cause ‘saxophone lung’

When instruments are left unclean, musicians can develop ‘saxophone lung,’ a disease with symptoms including persistent coughing and wheezing.

Classical Music Magazine

HMRC repeals NI ruling for entertainers

The Government’s decision to repeal current National Insurance regulations for self-employed musicians and entertainers has been welcomed by the Association of British Orchestras and the Musicians’ Union.

New York Times

New trend: opera fan fiction?

Recent books are speculating about what the characters would do after the opera’s narrative ends, Anthony Tommasini weighs in on opera what-ifs.


Cellist’s tribute to the ‘unsung hero’ who saved his grandfather on Kristallnacht

British musicians’ Vienna concert highlights music the Nazis detested on 75th anniversary of the attacks on Jewish businesses.

Valery Gergiev interview: ‘Berlioz inspired me long before I ever dreamed I would conduct’

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev’s Berlioz season has been marked by protests. Ahead of the Barbican series – and the current controversy – he spoke about the passion he feels for the French composer’s work.

BBC Music Magazine

Llandaff Cathedral proposes choral redundancies

Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff is considering proposals to cut seven jobs in its music department in an effort to cut down a projected deficit of £81,000.

Britons more likely to go to opera or dance productions than Italians or Germans

People in the UK are more likely to have been to see an opera, dance or ballet performance in the last 12 months than people in Germany or Italy.


Yamaha launches series of video interviews with leading pianists and technicians

Yamaha Pianos have published the first batch in a series of exclusive ‘In conversation with…’ online videos featuring leading pianists and technicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Filmkomponist im Porträt

Karim Sebastian Elias bringt Filmbilder zum Klingen. Neuerdings auch den Western “In einem wilden Land”, der Dienstag im Fernsehen läuft. Ein Komponistenbesuch.



(Written on November 11, 2013 )

The Times

Modern music set for a Keyboard Breakdown

The first London Contemporary Music Festival shows all the signs of being good for music but bad for pianos

The Guardian

Glyndebourne 2013: Baroque à la française

The role of pioneer is a familiar one for conductor William Christie…

Universal Music and Russell Simmons to launch YouTube-focused music label

Def Jam founder, fellow music exec Steve Rifkind and AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins involved in All Def Music

The Independent

An ear to the future: Bringing classical music into the 21st-century

At the Bristol Proms, all manner of techno-wizardry – from 3D visuals to digital art – is being deployed to lure in new audiences, says Jessica Duchen


Bryn Terfel extends DG contract and launches ‘Snowdonia Records’

A new joint venture to identify and record new musical talent – both in Britain and internationally

Classic FM

Bill Bailey appointed Youth Music Ambassador

Successful comedian and accomplished musician Bill Bailey is putting his talents to good use in support of the music charity.

Classical Music Magazine

Musicians’ Union celebrates 120th anniversary

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year with the launch of a two-day conference in Manchester where the union was formed.

Die Zeit

Im Herzen das größte Grauen

Vor drei Jahren erregte der “Fall Eggebrecht” Aufsehen: Aufgedeckt wurde, dass der Musikwissenschaftler Mitglied der mörderischen Feldgendarmerie der Wehrmacht war. Doch die Aufarbeitung kommt erst jetzt in Gang.



The Independent

(Written on July 24, 2013 )


The Met: Live in HD series continues to expand

A further 43 UK cinemas set to broadcast Met operas this season

Gearing up for the International Wimbledon Music Festival

A festival committed to new works and new talent

Classic FM

Bond composers salute trumpet legend Derek Watkins

James Bond composers Thomas Newman and David Arnold have spoken to Classic FM about their admiration and respect for trumpeter Derek Watson, who has appeared on every official Bond movie soundtrack.

Slipped Disc

How to cross the road – in a musical fashion

Cardiff, capital of Wales, is joining an international art project this weekend to show pedestrians how to cross the road.

Beethoven’s ‘lost’ sonata to receive world premiere this weekend

Now where did I put that lovely thing? You can just about see the young Beethoven, 22 years old, rummaging around his room before a recital looking for the piece he’d written the night before and then getting into a terrible rage over a lost penny.

The Washington Post

Mexico goes to the opera, and likes what it hears

In the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, retired American opera professionals hold a competition for aspiring young Mexican opera singers, searching for the best voice that combines the nation’s darkness and light.


Peregrine’s Pianos supports Bloomsbury Festival

London piano dealer Peregrine’s Pianos has supplied five ‘Fantastical Pianos’ which are to be hidden around Bloomsbury for the Bloomsbury Festival, running 20-21 October in London.

Scottish Opera Orchestra forms co-op for hire 

Musicians in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera have set up Scotland’s first music co-operative following the restructuring of the company last year which resulted in all of its players going on to part-time contracts.

John Smith re-elected as Musicians’ Union general secretary

John Smith has been re-elected as general secretary of the Musicians’ Union, to serve a further five-year term. He has also been re-elected as president of the International Federation of Musicians.


The Song of the Ancient Soprano

It is no secret that opera companies have, of late, included youthfulness as one of the criteria in casting operas…


(Written on October 19, 2012 )