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In today’s news, musicians in London protest against Brexit with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work at Barbican’s concert hall, and the National Post questions whether new audiences might be attracted to classical music if it broke out of its usual venues. Also, Tim Frederiksen shares his secret to success & Katherine Jenkins cancels a concert due to health reasons.

Classic FM

Musicians protest Brexit tensions with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ in London

A demonstration of musical and cultural unity by a scratch orchestra of musicians from both the UK and EU.

The Telegraph

The Hogboon, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, is satisfyingly weird

In 30 years the Barbican’s concert hall can never have been quite so crowded. By the time the bows were taken after the premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, there was barely a spare square foot of unoccupied space onstage.

National Post

Can classical music reach a new audience through unlikely venues?

Where can we expect to hear performances of classical music these days? In a concert hall, most likely – a gleaming culture palace with cushy seats and finely calibrated acoustics. Or maybe in a church, especially if the music is sacred in nature.

The Strad

‘Classical musicians must be innovative and personal, without violating tradition,’ says Tim Frederiksen

The Royal Danish Academy of Music chamber tutor has a knack of putting together string ensembles that go on to achieve great things, finds Andrew Mellor.

International Arts Manager

Pierre Audi named sixth director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Pierre Audi is to become only the sixth general director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence when he takes over from Bernard Foccroulle on 1 September, 2018. The opera and classical music festival, first run in 1948, is a highlight of the French classical music calendar.

Classic FM celebrates National Children’s Orchestra

The National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) will be featured every day on Classic FM this week, part of ‘Young Brilliance Week’ that coincides with the launch of a new NCO website as well as the orchestra’s open auditions for 2017. Recordings, interviews with alumni conducted by current members, and a concert broadcast on Wednesday evening are all part of the programme.

BBC News

Katherine Jenkins pulls out of Llangollen eisteddfod with virus

A virus has forced Katherine Jenkins to pull out of a concert in north Wales next month.

The Guardian

Orchestral maneuvers in the park: classical festivals in stunning scenery

The hills of America’s most stunning national parks will be alive this summer with the sound of music to celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahogany Opera Group appoints Ivan van Kalmthout as Chief Executive

Ivan van Kalmthout, most recently interim Artistic Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, has been appointed chief executive of Mahogany Opera Group, effective from the end of July.


Looking for even more compensation resources?

The 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports were a big hit but what if you’re looking for compensation data outside of executives, music directors, and concertmasters?

US-Gericht erklärt Happy Birthday für gemeinfrei

Ein US-Gericht hat das weltweit bekannte Geburtstagslied “Happy Birthday” nach einem mehrjährigen Rechtsstreit nun offiziell für gemeinfrei erklärt. Ein Richter stimmte dem vor mehreren Monaten vor Gericht erzielten Vergleich zwischen Klägern und dem Musikverlag Warner/Chappell zu.


Dudamel verkauft seine Villa in LA

Der venezolanische Dirigent Gustavo Dudamel hat seine Villa in Los Angeles in  den Verkauf gegeben, die er im Januar 2015 gekauft hatte.

Codex flores

Bilanz der Festspiele Zürich 2016

Die Festspiele Zürich 2016 sind Geschichte. Die insgesamt 127 Veranstaltungen von 30 beteiligten Institutionen an 34 verschiedenen Veranstaltungsorten generierten 83‘000 Eintritte. Die Auslastung stieg gegenüber dem Vorjahr von 75 auf 85 Prozent.


CBC News @CBCNews New all-female orchestra in Vancouver celebrates women in classical music

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ . to lead residency for young female musicians

Top Classical News @topcmnews Mahler closes Symphony season


Photograph: Getty

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

classical news

In today’s news, the media is in mourning for Pierre Boulez, London is looking forward to a visit of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Gustavo Dudamel, also “El Sistema France” is leading the democratisation of musical practice. Also discussed is the question of why Amazon’s TV series “Mozart in the Jungle” is good for classical music


Pierre Boulez, one of the most influential figures in modern classical music, has died

Boulez was the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic but was best known as a champion of the avant-garde

Music Teacher Magazine

New National Children’s Orchestra MD withdraws from role

The incoming managing director of the National Children’s Orchestra, Dominic Jewel, has withdrawn from the job before joining the organisation

The Times

Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I plan to be in El Sistema for the next 40 years’

The Royal Festival Hall will be packed for three nights. The sonic power coming from the stage will be overwhelming

BBC Music Magazine

New Foundling anthem composed, over 260 years after Handel’s original

Composer Luke Styles marks the musical legacy of London’s Foundling Hospital

Classical Music Magazine

Laurie Anderson named as guest director for 50th Brighton Festival

Particularly renowned for her work with technology, Anderson’s career has encompassed art, theatre and experimental music

Die Zeit

Nichts ist endgültig, nichts vollendet

Kompromisslos und revolutionär: Pierre Boulez hat dem 20. Jahrhundert ein musikalisches Gesicht gegeben. Zum Tod des französischen Komponisten und Dirigenten


125 Komponisten für eine Komposition

Der gestern verstorbene Pierre Boulez war Schirmherr einer außergewöhnlichen Komposition

The New York Times

State Challenges Plan to Revive City Opera

Is the plan to revive the late, lamented New York City Opera feasible?

National Post

Why Mozart in the Jungle is good for classical music

When critics write reviews, they often have no idea what other people think of the piece under discussion until the responses start pouring in

France Musique

El Sistema France : « l’amour de la musique n’est pas notre principal moteur »

Pour nous, il ne s’agit pas de monter une énième expérience musicale, mais une expérience sociale par la musique


BBC @AboutTheBBC : Archive pics feat. Pierre Boulez at Roundhouse (’74), Royal Albert Hall (’73) & Maida Vale (’72) with the @BBCSO

rbb-info @rbbonline : Bei der Tanztagen dabei: Choreografin Kim aus Siegen/Seoul/#Berlin. 

MonteverdiChoir&Orch@mco_london : Some musical trivia about Mozart’s Symphony no.40 courtesy of @SinfiniMusic  We’re performing it Jan 27 @cadoganhall


Der französische Dirigent und Komponist Pierre Boulez im Jahr 2005 © Gaetan Bally/dpa/Die Zeit

(Written on January 7, 2016 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, Opera Holland Park announces independence, Ivan Hewett explains how ancient barriers to classical music no longer exist & Radio 3 announces a new generation of artists

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti to become vice-president of National Children’s Orchestra

The violinist has announced that she is to become vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, an ensemble which played an important part in her early musical life

Classical Music Magazine

Opera Holland Park announces independence

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has formally become an independent charity. The change in status comes after nearly 20 years as a department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will continue to perform in its current venue and will maintain its founding values

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces new generation of artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven artists that will be taking part in its prestigious New Generation Artists from 2015-2017. They are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, trombonist Peter Moore and the Van Kuijk String Quartet

The Telegraph

Classical music’s final frontier comes crashing down

Last month, two ancient barriers to classical music came crashing down. The Last night of the Proms was conducted by a woman, for only the second time. The next day Chineke!, the world’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, made its debut at the Southbank Centre in London

Classical Music Magazine

Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression

Klassik Akzente 

Am 2. Oktober wird der Geiger Daniel Hope mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis Pro Arte ausgezeichnet. Der Preis fügt sich wunderbar in die lange Liste begehrter Auszeichnungen, die seine Karriere säumen

Das New York Philharmonic Orchestra hat zur Saisoneröffnung bekannt gegeben, die größte individuelle Spende seiner Geschichte erhalten zu haben. Oscar Schafer, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats des Orchesters, spendete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau 25 Millionen US-Dollar

La Vanguardia

La cantante ha colaborado con el tenor en una canción que se incluirá en su nuevo disco. El inesperado dúo ha grabado una canción que se incluirá en el nuevo trabajo del tenor, Cinema, y ha sido compuesta por uno de los más prestigiosos autores de bandas sonoras: Ennio Morricone

The New York Times

Now New York City’s other other opera company is closing. Gotham Chamber Opera, a small, imaginative troupe that had seemed poised to fill some of the void after New York City Opera closed in 2013, announced on Thursday that it would shut down


Arts Council England @ace_international  because it employs thousands of people across England – inc. in isolated areas like Keswick 

The Journal of Music @journalofmusic Video: What will developments in data science to do music listening?

Gewandhausorchester @Gewandhaus From 21-23 Oct musicians will give public masterclasses with students of the .

Pictured: Nicola, after performing with the members of the National Children’s Orchestra

Photo: Alex von Koettlitz


(Written on October 2, 2015 )

Classical News


David Trendell obituary

Organist, teacher and director of music at King’s College London who ran one of the best choirs in Britain


Vivienne Price – obituary

Vivienne Price was a violin teacher who founded the influential National Children’s Orchestra

Choir boy collapses at Cenotaph

Young boy faints just yards from the Queen while National Anthem is sung during Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Classic FM

Candy Crush Soda Saga gets a classical power-up with London Symphony Orchestra soundtrack

The multi-billion-dollar puzzle game Candy Crush Saga has a new orchestral soundtrack – and our Orchestra in the City of London was playing it.

BBC News

Violin-playing patient, 93, livens up Forth Valley ward

A 93-year-old man has livened up a Forth Valley hospital by serenading fellow patients and staff with his violin.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wunderjunge

Dirigent Duncan Ward in Orchesterakademie aufgenommen


Valery Gergiev wurde von Saar-Festspielen ausgeladen

In Polen sind die Russen und insbesondere die, die sich offen zu Putin bekennen, nicht besonders gut angesehen.

After A Two-Month Lockout The Atlanta Symphony Starts 70th Season with Freude Schöner Götterfunke

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Saturday that a deal with the musicians has been reached and that, after a two-month lockout, the orchestra will begin its 70th season.

Montserrat Caballé: Steuer-Deal statt Gefängnisstrafe

Die Sopranistin Montserrat Caballé hat spanischen Medienberichten zufolge mit den Behörden eine Vereinbarung erzielt, nach der sie vorerst nicht ins Gefängnis gehen muss.

Codex Flores

Claudio Abbado in Sils Maria beerdigt

Der im Januar verstorbene italienische Dirigent hat laut Angaben seiner Familie seine letzte Ruhestätte in Sils Maria gefunden.

The New York Times

Rising Quartets, Hip and Passionate

Is ours the new golden age of string quartets?


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: COMMENT: Diversity – time to think outside the box-ticking?

Classical Music @ClassicMusic361: ‘The Black Horn’: Blowing Past Classical Music’s Color Barriers – WHQR 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Anyone going to @musicforyouth #SchoolProm tonight at the @RoyalAlbertHall ? Let me know and we’ll give you a mentioned in the #SchoolRun

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital; photograph at BBC News

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital;
photograph at BBC News

(Written on November 10, 2014 )

We are thrilled to announce that the founder of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, Vivienne Price, is one of two recipients of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2014, Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement award is for an individual who has made a seminal contribution to music education and Price’s life work is exemplary in this regard.

In making this award, the panel of judges said:

Vivienne Price’s legacy is plain to see and hear – in its 35-year history, the National Children’s Orchestras has been a beacon of aspiration, benefitting thousands of children, including many of today’s top performers. Her tireless tutelage continues to pay dividends in concert halls across the country and abroad, and her achievement in founding the organisation and ensuring its continued growth cannot be underestimated.’

On the news of receiving the award, Vivienne Price commented:

It has been a privilege to form part of the musical progress of so many children over 36 years. There have been many people who have helped me along the way and it has been such a comfort to know that, having passed the baton to Principal Director of Music, Roger Clarkson, the NCO is now in such capable and inspirational hands.’

Born in 1931 and trained at the Royal College of Music, Price co-founded the Fitznells School of Music, formed and trained orchestras at schools in Epsom and trained the orchestra in the preparatory division at Guildhall School of Music and Drama before forming the NCO in 1978. Price saw the need for talented children aged under 14 to have their own symphony orchestra. By 1981, so many children were applying to join that the Training Orchestra was set up for those who had just missed out.

There is nobody more deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award than Vivienne Price. Countless thousands of musicians are today reaping the rewards of what she introduced to them during their formative years, through vision, dedication and her understanding of what music has to offer. However, this does not apply to just practicing professional musicians, it is pertinent to anybody who has been ‘under her umbrella.’ [Peter Stark, Conductor]

Vivienne Price’s work with the NCO was acknowledged with an MBE in 1997. In the same year she was also made Hon RCM and in 2002 Hon ARAM. There could be no more deserving recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was formerly announced at London’s Barbican Centre on February 7th as part of the Music Education Expo 2014.


(Written on February 10, 2014 )


Radio 3 boss defends playing of film scores and TV themes

The controller of BBC Radio 3 defends the station from accusations of “dumbing down” and says it will continue to play theme tunes from television shows and films.

‘Single out’ children who show talent says head of National Children’s Orchestras

Britain should not be afraid of singling out talented children, says Sarah Derbyshire, managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She argues young musicians should be given resources to develop in the same way as Olympic athletes.


BBC Radio 3 to broadcast live from a pop-up studio at London’s Southbank Centre

BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre will join forces in March to broadcast 15 live concerts (including three world premieres) from the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival. Radio 3 will establish a pop-up studio in the Royal Festival Hall’s cafe allowing members of the public the opportunity to witness the live broadcasts of several radio programmes, including: In TuneEssential ClassicsCD Review and Afternoon on 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Declan McGovern leaves RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Declan McGovern has stepped down from his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ NSO) after just a year in post. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting organisation, announced his departure in a statement issued on 23 December.

Is conductor Lorin Maazel going vegan?

The internationally renowned American conductor expressed his support for the vegan community and says his vegan son has inspired him to change his lifestyle in 2014.

Die Zeit

Geigerin P. Kopatchinskaja

Geografisch ist der Weg von Moldawien bis in die Schweiz gar nicht so weit. Gefühlt und gelebt schon. Eine Begegnung mit der fulminanten Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 6, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Classical music doesn’t improve brain function, study claims

The Mozart effect could be completely non-existent, according to a new neuro-scientific study in America

Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras head to Abu Dhabi

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins ans Spanish tenor José Carreras are to perform together in Abu Dhabi on October 25th

Brighton Philharmonic saved from closure

The Brighton Philharmonic has been saved from closure thanks to a series of late donations before yesterday’s board meeting that was to decide the orchestra’s fate

90-year-old Ethiopian nun is classical composer

The compositions of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù who was in near seclusion for nearly 30 years have been discovered by an Israeli pianist, who describes them as a “strange combination of classical, Ethiopian and blues”

National Children’s Orchestra in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s it like playing in one of the world’s best children’s orchestras? We’ll be talking to former percussionist Benjamin Glassberg and Sarah Derbyshire in our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 21 August


2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award winners announced

Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner receive the biennial award for promising American pianists

Classical Music Magazine

Last-ditch £70,000 fundraising effort hailed as success for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jeder giert nach seinem Gut

Abschluss der vielleicht kürzesten Ring-Inszenierung zu Wagners 200. Geburtstag. Der Schauspieler Stefan Kaminski erklärt Wagners Ring in vier Videos: „.Rheingold“, „Walküre“, „Siegfried“ und „Götterdämmerung“


Classic FM Online

(Written on August 21, 2013 )

The Independent

Germany celebrates bicentennial of Richard Wagner

Germany celebrated the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer.


BBC News

New free schools include East End music school

A music school for deprived teenagers in east London and two schools for autistic children are among the latest free schools in England to be approved.


The Spectator

Four recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth on a £10 app

Deutsche Grammophon and Touch Press have released an app, that gives you four complete performances of the Ninth.


Classic FM

National Children’s Orchestras receive musical donation

Auction house Brompton’s is donating a cello to the orchestras, as well as £6,000 from the sale of a violin, in celebration of the orchestra’s 35th anniversary year.



Obituary: Anders Eliasson, composer

Sweden is mourning Anders Eliasson, who until his death on Monday night was arguably the country’s greatest living composer.


Classical Music Magazine

Henri Dutilleux, composer: 22 January 1916-22 May 2013

Henri Dutilleux, who has died at the age of 97, was a fiercely independent composer who left an exclusive catalogue of works that are steeped in the languid sensuousness of Debussy yet touched by the hand of modernism.




Classic FM

(Written on May 23, 2013 )

In the Observer yesterday, Vanessa Thorpe highlighted the apparent sexism in the arts, stating that is it “the norm” in the UK for men to fill the top positions in artistic and cultural institutions. The original article cites a few influential and inspirational women, including Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Neville, and Random House’s Chief Executive Gail Rebuck, but we wanted to share a few of our female inspirations, and ask you to tell us yours!


Jude Kelly – Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

Jude Kelly is one of the few women in a top position in her field, and encourages and advises other women to get involved and persevere in arts through initiatives such as the Women of the World Festival, She also strives, and succeeds, in introducing and welcoming new audiences to experience classical music through extensive series events, whilst keeping the regular crowds interested and pleasantly surprised.


Sarah Derbyshire – Managing Director, National Children’s Orchestra

Sarah, who has previously spearheaded projects like Live Music Now, is kind, funny, creative and ambitious, all at the same time. Liked and admired by colleagues and industry, she is a real inspiration to other women.


Margaret Atwood – Poet, Novellist, Literary Critic, Essayist and Environmental Activist

Margaret Atwood writes with an amazingly wide perspective, which resists the traditional view of women. She is also an exquisite satirist and wit.

>Margaret Atwood has   extolled the virtues of the   social media site, Wattpad.

Maria João Pires – Pianist

Maria has a phenomenal talent and her performances are always timeless. Not only was she performing Mozart publicly at the age of 7, but she is still in demand for performances and recordings sixty years later. Off the concert stage, Maria’s focus on charity is worth celebrating – she runs outreach programmes around the world.


Clara Schumann – Pianist and Composer

Clara Schumann is perhaps an obvious choice for an iconic, influential women in music, but her work – which spanned more than six decades – changed the public’s tastes and appreciation of music. She was also one of the first pianists to perform from memory, something which her reviewers noted as being particularly extraordinary!


Doon Mackichan – Comedienne and Actor

Doon Mackichan is a brilliant comic performer and writer. She is darkly witty and has worked on some of the most popular comedy of recent times, which are often male-dominated: Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Nathan Barley and Brass Eye, as well as one third of the triumvirate performing in the female sketch show Smack the Pony.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – Opera Singer and Mentor

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is an inspiration and highly successful musician, who in 2004 founded the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is committed to mentoring young singers through mentoring, financial aid and advice.



(Written on March 25, 2013 )