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In today’s news David Hare is to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne and formidable Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes tells Ivan Hewett why he’s bringing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos to the Proms. Also, Neil Fisher picks his top 12 proms to book, Ben Morfitt has created the ultimate CGI one-man band and a record number of tickets were sold on Saturday for the BBC Proms. Die Zeit tells us how a musician must feel when they aren’t as popular as their instrument, as well as portraits of a Stradivari Cello. As new Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Valery Gergiev plans a conducting marathon and the question of who will be Stefan Blunier’s successor in Bonn becomes a strong debate. Furthermore, Sewan Latchinian wants to continue to work as a director and Hélène Grimaud talks about the risks of being alone in an interview by the Epoch Times.


New David Hare play to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne

The Moderate Soprano will star Roger Allam as John Christie, the war hero and producer who aimed to lift the nation’s spirits by building an opera house on his own estate


Leif Ove Andsnes: my key to a modern Beethoven

The formidable Norwegian pianist tells Ivan Hewett why he’s bringing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos to the Proms

The Times

12 Proms to book now

As booking opens for this summer’s Proms, Neil Fisher picks his top 12

Classic FM

Musician records every part of 70-piece orchestra from his bedroom. And the result is incredible

Musician and composer Ben Morfitt has created the ultimate CGI one-man band after conducting, playing and filming a full orchestra performing his own composition.

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

A record number of tickets were sold on Saturday as booking opened for the 2015 BBC Proms.

Die Zeit

Oh, Mara!

Wie geht es einem Musiker, der niemals so berühmt werden kann wie sein Instrument? Stradivaris Mara macht die Musikwelt nervös und hinterlässt Spuren der Wehmut. Porträt eines Cellos

Sewan Latchinian will als Intendant weiterarbeiten

Der im März fristlos gekündigte Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, will sein Amt erneut übernehmen. Oberbürgermeister Roland Mehtling (parteilos) hatte ihm zuvor eine Frist bis Mittwochabend gesetzt, um zu entscheiden, ob er der von der Bürgerschaft beschlossenen Wiederberufung zustimmt.


Gergiev plant Dirigier-Marathon in München

Den Rekord des Dirigenten mit den meisten Terminen im Jahr hält er schon lange. Jetzt will Valery Gergiev als neuer Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker am 15. November ein Orchestermarathon in München durchführen.

Bonn: Orchester und Findungskommission uneinig, Märkl gegen Piollet

Das Orchester will Jun Märkl, die Findungskommission nicht. Im Beethoven Orchesters ist die Nachfolge von Stefan Blunier zum Zankapfel geworden.

Epoch Times

Pianistin Hélène Grimaud weiß um die Gefahren des Alleinseins

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud ist gern für sich – weiß aber um die Gefahren des Alleinseins. “Sehr schnell wird es leichter, allein zu sein, zu leben, wo man will, wann man will, wie man will”, sagte sie in einem Interview mit der “Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Samstag).


Classical Today: @ClassicalToday Schedule and Repertoire Announced for Queen Elisabeth Competition Final

BBC Press: @bbcpress Record-breaking opening day of booking for 2015 with over 118,000 tickets sold Fünf Preisträger bei Orchesterwerkstatt Halberstadt

A vision that became reality … the audience at Glyndebourne in 1934. Photograph: Glyndebourne Archive

A vision that became reality … the audience at Glyndebourne in 1934. Photograph: Glyndebourne Archive





(Written on May 18, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

Philharmonie de Paris architect sues venue’s sponsors

Jean Nouvel claims the new building differs from his original design

Minnesota Orchestra to perform in Cuba following restoration of US diplomatic relations

The orchestra last performed in Havana in 1929

Classical Music Magazine

Cuts to music teaching imminent in Bromley, Wiltshire and elsewhere

As the new financial year approaches, several local authorities have revealed plans which involve significant reductions in spending on music provision.

Warwick Report calls for joined up thinking in cultural sector

A one-year commission lead by the University of Warwick and chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE has just released its report, titled Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth.

International Arts Manager

Young musicians to learn career tools at workshop

It’s a jungle out there for young musicians, but the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are cutting a path through it with Make Music Work (MMW).

Zeit Online

Castorfs “Baal” darf nur noch zwei Mal aufgeführt werden

Suhrkamp stimmt einem Vergleich im Streit um die Castorf-Inszenierung des Stücks “Baal” doch zu: Das Stück wird nur noch einmal in München und einmal in Berlin gespielt.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Lehrer, der Teufel

Harte Schule: Wer als Schlagzeuger groß rauskommen will, muss in „Whiplash“ üben, bis die Hände bluten. Dabei geht es weniger um Musik als um Macht.



Der Breitkopf-Klavierwettbewerb

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera Unveils a Season of Big Stars and 6 New Productions

The Metropolitan Opera said on Wednesday that it would redouble its efforts to attract new audiences to the opera next season with six new productions, a star-filled roster and new initiatives, including one that will offer half-priced tickets to children during the holidays and another to court young professionals with later curtain times, discounts and social events.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach to leave NSO, Kennedy Center music directorship in 2017

When Deborah Rutter took over as the Kennedy Center’s president in September, music lovers wondered what would happen with the National Symphony Orchestra — one of the most highly paid ensembles in the country, but a chronically underperforming organization.


Rachel Podger Wins Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize

British Violinist Rachel Podger (*1968) has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.


BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Vote in our Awards for your chance to win a Yamaha hi-fi system worth over 700! Find out more: 

tiredoflondon ‏@tiredoflondon :Tonight – Free @SouthbankSinf rush hour concert at @StJohnsWaterloo. Last week’s was lovely – 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: A superstar pianist reveals just how you get 85 million YouTube views: 

NEWS Philharmonie

The Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: The Strad


(Written on February 19, 2015 )

Classical News


Facing the music: Nico Muhly

Boulez, Blake and Beyoncé… composer Nico Muhly shares his musical passions


Have we become too posh for the Gods?

Rupert Christiansen laments the declining popularity of the cheap seats at the opera

The Times

Wotan finds a musical home with the Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Hong Kong Philharmonic have made waves playing Wagner. Now British audiences will discover how good they are, says Neil Fisher

Classic FM

300 Android phones play Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’

Google Japan has arranged a group of 300 Android phones and tablets so that they play an extract from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

John McCabe, composer and pianist: 21 April 1939-13 February 2015

John McCabe the man will be missed as much as John McCabe the musician.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Eisberg über der Stadt

Die Explosion der Baukosten für die Elbphilharmonie hält Hamburg in Atem. Das neue Wahrzeichen der Stadt sollte längst fertig sein – und ist mittlerweile eines der teuersten Hochhäuser der Welt. War es das wert?

Verleihung durch Brandenburgs Kulturministerin Sabine Kunst in Rheinsberg

Komponist Siegfried Matthus mit Großem Verdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet


Wien behält seinen Meister

Das Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien (RSO), das gerade mit Christoph Becher einen neuen Intendanten bekommen hat, behält seinen Chefdirigenten, Cornelius Meister.

Chicago Tribune

Kenneth G. Pigott, president and CEO of Lyric Opera of Chicago, dies at 71

Kenneth G. Pigott was that rarity among leaders of cultural institutions: a visionary board president who could speak knowledgeably about the art form he served and who took an active, influential role in moving the institution forward.

Le Monde

Jean Nouvel traîne son bébé en justice

Suite du bras de fer entre l’architecte et la Philharmonie de Paris – cette fois, devant les tribunaux.

La Croix

Deux soirées avec Philip Glass à Châlons-en-Champagne

Jeudi 12 et vendredi 13 février, le grand compositeur américain, chef de file de la musique minimaliste, est venu jouer une sélection de ses œuvres.Philip Glass a réservé sa venue en France pour la Comète, scène de Châlons-en-Champagne.

El País

La música ya es invisible

Aunque fueron apenas seis segundos, no pasaron desapercibidos. Durante la gala de los Goya, vimos un veloz montaje de imágenes de fallecidos del cine español durante 2014, incluyendo a Peret y Paco de Lucía. Perfectamente justificado: el rumbero protagonizó comedias, el guitarrista puso música a películas. Pero lo que sentimos algunos espectadores fue amargura… y envidia.


Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to Perform in Cuba at the International Cubadisco Festival in May

In light of the nation’s newfound friendship with Cuba, the Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it would travel to Havana to play two concerts in May. This would be the first major American orchestra to play there since President Obama normalized relations with the estranged nation.


BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: “I’ve had an idea about how I’d like the programme to start…” Programme about making programmes, from @soundslikenina 

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Don’t miss @SinfiniMusic‘s video interview with @SteveReich talking music and influences: …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: This 8-year-old taught himself piano by watching YouTube videos – you can watch him play here: 

690101be-b2e7-11e4-_854334cJaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: The Times

(Written on February 16, 2015 )

Classical News


John Rutter’s Christmas playlist

Today, conductor, choral composer and one of the UK’s most-loved musicians shares his festive playlist with us.


Opera Review of 2014: the start of opera becoming the domain of the elite?

Despite some unforgettable singing this year, 2014 suggests rot is developing beneath opera’s plastered surface, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Neil Fisher: ‘This year has felt like the nastiest for audience wars’

There’s one thing I know I’ll enjoy about seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe or its new baby cousin the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and that’s the end.

Classic FM

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Where will Darren Henley and Peter Bazalgette take ACE?

When the news came through of Darren Henley’s appointment as chief executive of Arts Council England, cries of ‘of course’ could be heard across the country.

Die Welt

Hacker tun es für die Sache, die Medien für Geld

Sony-Leaks ist kein stolzer Moment für Hollywood. Auch ich bin Opfer der Cyber-Kriminellen. Noch skandalöser als ihre Tat ist aber das Verhalten der Medien. Eine Philippika von Aaron Sorkin.

Musik Heute

Liszt-Klavierwettbewerb Weimar – Bayreuth nimmt Bewerbungen an

Der Wettbewerb findet vom 20. Oktober bis 01. November 2015 statt. Anmeldeschluss ist der 20. Juli 2015.

WDR startet Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre

Der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr erstmals einen Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre aus Nordrhein-Westfalen.


Neue Musik für alte Filme: Neuvertonung von historischen Stummfilmen aus der Sammlung des DB Museums

In der Filmsammlung des DB Museums schlummern wahre Schätze der Reichsbahn-Filmstelle aus den 1920er-Jahren.

The Washington Post

Just Asking: Opera singer Soloman Howard on the football field vs. the stage

The rising star explains how emotional opera can be.


New Hope For A New York City Opera Renaissance

In March 2015 New York will celebrate the career of conductor Julius Rudel (+ June 26, 2014) and his contribution to the closed New York City Opera as principal conductor and director for 22 years from 1957 to 1979.


EnglishNationalOpera@E_N_O: #ENOGoldenWest and #ENOCellini have made the top 2 spots in @TelegraphOpera Top 5 Operas of 2014! 

Music Education UK@MusicEdUK: £75m to be distributed to music hubs in 2015/6: 

Gdn Culture Pros@GdnCulturePros: Miss this yesterday? Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter  #musiced

pierre-boulez-1348074034-article-2Pierre Boulez. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on December 19, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Lorin Maazel, conductor, dies aged 84

Lorin Maazel, a conductor who later directed the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Munich Philharmonic, has died.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: first British solo violinist to reach top 20 of the UK albums chart in two decades

Nicola Benedetti’s latest album is the first release by a British solo violinist to reach the top 20 of the UK pop chart since 1995.

The Telegraph

Katie Derham: ‘The Proms elitist? People lie on the floor!’

On the eve of the Proms – the BBC’s annual celebration of live classical music at the Royal Albert Hall – its presenter explains why the festival is open to all.

The Times

Which Prom should you see?

Maniacs, maths fans and Military Wives, Richard Morrison picks Proms for all.

The Times

Young, gifted and wowing the Proms

Neil Fisher meets the talent.

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti: Losing the fight for music education is ‘utterly depressing’

The violinist tells Classic FM that creativity helps you face the world – and schools are sometimes losing the battle to teach it to young people.

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Symphony appoints Markus Stenz principal guest conductor

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has appointed Markus Stenz as principal guest conductor for a three-year term commencing with the 2015-2016 season. The German conductor, who is principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, made a sensational BSO debut in 2012.

abc News

Slovenia: Violinist’s Pre-Sochi Ski Results Rigged

Slovenia has suspended four of its ski officials for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

La Croix

Le festival de musique de l’abbaye de Saint-Riquier fête ses 30 ans

Labellisée « centre culturel de rencontre » en janvier par la ministre de la culture Aurélie Filippetti, l’abbaye royale de la baie de Somme prend un nouvel élan.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Lorin Maazel gestorben

Lorin Maazel galt als einer der brillantesten Dirigenten und Komponisten seiner Zeit. Bis Juni war der Amerikaner Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker.

Die Welt

Das Dirigier-Wunderkind Lorin Maazel ist tot

Im Alter von 84 Jahren ist der Dirigent Lorin Maazel gestorben. Gesegnet mit unbestechlicher Schlagtechnik und seinem zelebrierten Ennui war er der Beweis dafür, wie schön doch Blasiertheit sein kann.


Dem Tenor Carlo Bergonzi zum 90.: Die Schönheit feiern

Edelmann unter den Tenören: Der italienische Sänger Carlo Bergonzi wird 90.


ICSOM: ‏@ICSOM Gelb urged to rethink his position before he unleashes catastrophic damage to the @METOpera  #opera #classicalmusic

OperaSpace: ‏@OperaSpace  Trials & tribulations of the #ClassicalMusic scene in #Turkey, explored by @VivSchweitzer, for @nytimesarts @nytimes

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt  #Classical #musicians and the #terror of the #audition 



Lorin Maazel

Photo: EPA



(Written on July 14, 2014 )


Young Musician of the Year is a welcome reminder of our homegrown talent – and that we need to continue to nurture it

Here’s a televised talent show that has no revolving red chair, no golden buzzer, and competitors who are truly the best of the best. Classical music is in excellent hands with this next generation, says Young Musician of the Year judge Meurig Bowen.

How I came to write a cello concerto, aged 14

Teenage cellist and composer Anoushka Sharp’s cello concerto gets its world premiere on 18 May. She tells us how she had the ambition to compose the work, and why it’s dedicated to Steven Isserlis

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT day two ‒ Streaming, video relay, composers’ rights and identifying future stars

Phillip Sommerich reports on a packed programme of events at Classical:NEXT 2014

Classic FM Online 

William and Kate’s wedding piece to be performed for Pope

Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, written for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, is to be performed at a special mass in the Vatican next year.

New York Times

La Scala to Fire Incoming Director After One Season

In what Mayor Giuliano Pisapia described as an agonizing decision, the board of La Scala on Thursday voted to dismiss that opera theater’s incoming director general at the end of his first season, amid charges of a conflict of interest.


Reden ist Silber

Im Mai kam Claudio Abbado traditionell nach Berlin, um die Philharmoniker zu dirigieren. Nach seinem Tod wird nun Simon Rattle die Gedenkkonzerte leiten. Eine Reverenz an seinen Vorgänger, die nur sehr schwer zu realisieren war.


Naive Helden?

Der Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt definiert Wagners starke Männer neu, erkennt seine Grenzen und erweitert sein Repertoire

Klassik Akzente

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik: Argerich und Abbado mit Mozart in der neuen Bestenliste

Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik hat die Aufnahme von Mozarts Klavierkonzerten Nr. 21 und 25 mit Martha Argerich und Claudio Abbado in die Bestenliste 02/2014 aufgenommen. Lesen Sie die Begründung der Jury.

Insichgeschäfte des Intendanten haben schwerwiegende Konsequenzen zur Folge

Mailänder Scala kürzt Pereiras Vertrag auf nur 15 Monate – Rechtsstreit droh

Classical Music on Twitter 

Susanna Eastburn ‏@susannaeastburn Richard Barrett: why do we call this music ‘classical’ as if it is already finished? #classicalnext

William Norris ‏@Will_Norris We need to stop talking about attracting new audiences and actually DO it – most efforts so far are only token #classicalnext

Southbank Centre ‏@southbankcentre This summer @southbankcentre is improving the riverside environment on Queen’s Walk Find out about this work

Matthew Swann@SwannMatthew Great article by @MeurigB. I’m looking forward to judging more amazing classical talent @YCATrust finals tonight.

Neil Fisher ‏@nfmusic They call him “thinking man’s idea of a hotshot conductor”. Did the LSO’s latest debutant make a splash?

The Guardian

The Guardian


(Written on May 16, 2014 )

The Times

Why opera is taking lessons from Hollywood

Live cinema screenings are saving the New York Met, but does the big screen mean that good looks matter more than the singing? Neil Fisher talks to Peter Gelb, the general manager of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Orchestra chief Dr Rosa Solinas quits post

The chief executive of the Ulster Orchestra has departed after just over a year in the job. Dr Rosa Solinas, former head of music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland did not make a public announcement about her departure.


What’s next for Spotify? Perhaps going ‘beyond the Play button’

Recently-acquired The Echo Nest presents its vision for digital music services that really understand you

Classic FM

Liverpool football magazine prints review of RLPO concert

A writer for Liverpool-based football magazine The Anfield Wrap has passionately reviewed a concert of Elgar, Mahler and Strauss by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Independent

The composer and his muse: Richard Strauss’ tempestuous relationship with his wife Pauline de Ahna

Richard Strauss was inspired by his wife. Now, for the 150th anniversary of his birth, a new staging of his most magical opera is to open in London.

Die Welt

In Wien werden jetzt die Anwälte reich

Am Ende glaubte keiner mehr den Beteuerungen des Burg-Intendanten Matthias Hartmann, er wäre unschuldig am Millionendefizit. Die Probleme der Politik fangen aber mit seiner Entlassung erst an.

The Times

The Times

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

The Guardian

Thom Yorke blasts Spotify on Twitter as he pulls his music

Radiohead star says ‘new artists get paid fuck all’ on streaming service, as producer Nigel Godrich adds ‘it’s bad for new music’

Interview: Salvatore Sciarrino – ‘My problem is I want to change the world’

His stage works are performed and acclaimed throughout Europe, but this week’s Buxton opera festival production is a UK first. Salvatore Sciarrino talks to Andrew Clements about how, and why, he composes

The Times

Danielle de Niese: lady of the manor

When the soprano Danielle de Niese goes home after a performance at Glyndebourne she doesn’t have far to go, says Neil Fisher

The Telegraph

A new app gives fresh insight into the music of Liszt

A new app from Touch Press describes Liszt’s great B minor sonata as we actually hear it, not as we ought to hear it. It’s a triumph, says Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Proms 2013: Jewish conductor Daniel Barenboim defends performance of anti-Semitic Wagner’s Ring cycle

‘It is Wagner’s greatest misfortune that he became Hitler’s favourite composer’, says Israeli conductor


Sir John Eliot Gardiner named president of the Bach Archive, Leipzig

The leading conductor brings expertise and an international reputation to the role

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Seine erste Liebe war doch die Laute

Sowohl Gitarre als auch Laute beherrscht der Brite Julian Bream meisterlich. Der Virtuose mit seiner ausgefeilten Klanglichkeit wird achtzig Jahre alt.

Music Week

Spotify hires former iTunes PR Jason Roth

Former iTunes PR Jason Roth has been named communications director for Spotify US.

Universal Music to launch crowd-funded vinyl re-release service

Universal Music is to launch a service to re-print limited editions of vinyl records that are out of print.

International Cassette Store Day to take place in September

The first-ever International Cassette Store Day will take place in September with events in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, plus other cities across the globe.

Touch Press Liszt App


The Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2013 )

Classical Music Magazine

Future of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics brands uncertain as Warner acquires PLG

Warner Music Group officially acquired the catalogues and recording activities of EMI and Virgin Classics on 1 July as part of its £487m acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group (PLG).

Southbank granted time to rethink controversial Festival Wing plans

The Southbank Centre has been granted an extension by Lambeth Council, the body which will decide whether to grant planning permission for the £120m Festival Wing project, in order for the arts centre ‘to review whether our scheme is achieving the very best balance of opportunities for current and future generations’.

Limelight Magazine

Stage dooring – creepy or considerate?

Waiting at stage door for a star to appear doesn’t make you a stalker. In fact, that star might actually be hoping to meet you.

The Strad

Violist and pedagogue David Schwartz dies aged 96

US viola player and teacher David Schwartz has died at the age of 96.

The Times

Antonio Pappano and the Proms concerts you can’t miss this summer

As the world’s biggest classical music festival returns to the Albert Hall, the conductor tells Neil Fisher why Italy is the real star of the show. Scroll down for the great and good on the Proms they want to see

The Guardian

Pre-release music: will a ‘promo service’ help stop leaks?

Promo Hutt allows fans to subscribe to their favourite labels and receive access to new tracks up to six weeks upfront


The Times

(Written on July 5, 2013 )