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In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”


Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.


New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen


Photograph: AFP / Getty Images

(Written on May 25, 2016 )

In today’s news, M Magazine announces deal between Universal Music Group and SoundCloud, New York City Opera will be resurrected and Wigmore Hall to begin live streaming. Also, ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ wins Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy and Scorsese to produce a film about American pianist Byron Janis.

M Magazine

UMG and SoundCloud sign deal

Universal Music Group and SoundCloud have announced an agreement across the company’s roster of music and publishing

Arts Professional

Chancellor endorses art for art’s sake

Investment in the arts “puts money where it counts and where it says a lot about our country,” George Osborne tells the creative community


Wigmore Hall to begin free live streaming on January 28

London’s renowned chamber music venue begins its programme of live streaming with a concert featuring the Armida Quartet

The Strad

Cellist Lluís Claret to join New England Conservatory string faculty

The multi prize-winning musician is a celebrated soloist, chamber performer and teacher

Classical Music Magazine

London Youth Choir announces new appointments

Co-founders Suzi Digby and Rachel Staunton have been made founding president and director respectively; Eamonn Dougan has been appointed associate conductor, and Robbie Jacobs assistant conductor

Abgewickeltes Museum versteigert Instrumente

Über 70 Tasteninstrumente aus der Sammlung von Richard Burnett werden nach der Schließung des Finchcocks Musical Museum in der britischen Grafschaft Kent versteigert werden

Die Welt

Hier hört man sogar mit den Haaren

Sex, Drogen und ganz viele Noten: Amazons durchgeknallte Soap “Mozart in the Jungle” nimmt sich den klassischen Musikbetrieb vor. Dafür gab es gleich zwei Auszeichnungen bei den Golden Globes

Wiederbelebung der New York City Opera gerichtlich abgesegnet

Der Sanierungsplan für die Wiederbelebung der New York City Opera ist vom Konkursgericht abgesegnet worden

Classic FM

RIP David Bowie – we’re remembering his genius version of Peter and the Wolf

The music legend David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The world of pop music will never be the same – but he also made his mark on the classical world

France Musique

Martin Scorsese prépare un biopic sur le pianiste américain Byron Janis

D’après le site Variety, Martin Scorsese va réaliser un film sur l’histoire du pianiste américain Byron Janis, l’un des rares élèves de Vladimir Horowitz


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ . invests $2.5m in ‘s O festival:

Heinrich R. Bruns ‏@hrbruns Heute vor 217 Jahren wurde Ritter von Köchel geboren. Sie wissen schon, der, der Mozart geordnet hat.

Classic FM World premiere of conducting Beethoven 7. Download the whole album free:

Byron Janis Byron Janis, pianiste virtuose et rare élève d'Horowitz ©CaptureYoutube/France Musique

Byron Janis, pianiste virtuose et rare élève d’Horowitz ©CaptureYoutube/France Musique

(Written on January 14, 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 )

Classical News


Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style

It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now In C, the defining work of minimalist music, has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express. Its composer Terry Riley reveals how it all began

Classic FM

John Williams’ Jurassic Park theme gets haunting rework in new Jurassic World trailer

The trailer for Jurassic World features a haunting, stripped-down piano version of John Williams’ classic theme from the original Jurassic Park.

The Strad

French cellist Aurélien Pascal wins Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann

The 19-year-old artist receives €15,000 and concert opportunities


Come and hear ‘Sir James Galway in Conversation’ at Foyles

The first ‘EFG Gramophone Conversation at Foyles’ will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 7pm


Chailly takes over at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly, now recognised as one of the greatest conductors in the world, takes over as principal conductor at La Scala, Milan, on 1 January 2015 and will become its music director in 2017.


Daniel Hope und die Waldpiraten – Spendenaktion für die Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung

Jährlich erkranken in Deutschland rund 2000 Kinder und Jugendliche an einer bösartigen Krankheit.

Das Orchester

Armin Köhler ist tot

Armin Köhler, langjähriger künstlerischer Leiter der Donaueschinger Musiktage und Leiter der SWR2 Redaktion “Neue Musik und Jazz”, ist am 15. November 2014 im Alter von 62 Jahren verstorben.

New York City Opera soll im Januar verkauft werden

Die New York City Opera, die im Oktober 2013 Konkurs anmelden musste, erhält über den 18. Dezember hinaus keine Fristverlängerung zur Vorlage eines Reorganisationsplan.

Le Figaro

Love Circus: histoires de passions aux Folies Bergère

La nouvelle comédie musicale de Stéphane Jarny alterne numéros de cirque et tableaux chantés. Imparable.


Australia Launches A Vast Singing Program

The Australian Government announced a vast singing pilot program which will see professional music educators mentor selected classroom teachers across Australia in order to implement singing in school classes.

Publisher Edition Peters Launches Own Record Label

The classical CD market is definitely not dying.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: A little…Violin Birthday Sandwich. Hilary Hahn @violincase [Respighi] Then @ViktoriaMullova Happy Birthdays. @TimLihoreau

BR_KlASS @BR_KLASS: BR-Symphonieorchester in Japan: Asiatische Euphorie nach Konzert in Tokyo  #br_klass #klassik @Klassikinfo: Wertschöpfung des Festspielhauses Baden-Baden für die Stadt liegt bei Jährlich 49 Millionen Euro

performers of the new musical 'Love Circus' photo: Cyrille George Jerusalmi

performers of the new musical ‘Love Circus’
photo: Cyrille George Jerusalmi

(Written on November 27, 2014 )


Sir Mark Elder renews contract at Hallé until at least 2020

Sir Mark Elder has renewed his contract with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, extending their much-praised partnership through until at least 2020.

Classical Music Magazine

Google warned of legal action over failure to stamp out music piracy sites

UK recording industry body the BPI has announced issuing its 50-millionth ‘take down’ notice to Google seeking the removal from search results of illegal links to illegal music sites. “It’s time for Google to be held to the same standards of behaviour as everyone else. It has enormous power as a gatekeeper to the Internet. If it won’t choose to behave ethically and responsibly, it’s time for governments and regulators to take action,”  says BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.

Music Education Hubs ‘have done little to improve’ music education, finds Ofsted

Music education hubs have done little to improve the range in quality of music education across England, says a report released by Ofsted which urges hub leaders to act more as ‘champions, leaders and expert partners’.

Classic FM Online

Classical music fans more likely to be entrepreneurs

A digital advertising intelligence provider’s new survey concludes that classical music fans are more likely to investigate taking out a small business loan than fans of rock, jazz and folk, suggesting they’re more inclined to set up business on their own.

UK City of Culture 2017: Hull’s bid chosen

Beating Dundee, Swansea and Leicester to the title, Hull’s bid promises £15million of cultural events for the city

Bloomberg Business Week

N.Y. City Opera wins permission to sell some assets 

New York City Opera, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, won court approval to auction some assets, including costumes, wigs, props and about 60 musical instruments.

Berliner Zeitung

Das Jenseits ist völlig exotisch

Der Dirigent Marek Janowski hat den Rundfunkchor Berlin in die Philharmonie gebeten, nicht um mit dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin gemeinsam zu musizieren, sondern zunächst, um fünfundzwanzig Minuten lang allein fünf Bruckner-Motetten zu singen – mit gedanklicher Grazie und handwerklicher Eleganz.






(Written on November 21, 2013 )


New York City Opera on the brink of bankruptcy

The company gave what may be its final performance over the weekend unless $7m in last-minute donations can be raised

Classic FM Online

Crocodile listens to Classic FM

Introducing Caesar the classical croc, who, like so many of us, enjoys nothing better than eating, playing cards, and listening to Classic FM

Plácido Domingo and José Carreras reunite to honour Pavarotti

Two of the remaining Three Tenors are joining forces at this year’s Classic BRITs to honour their late third member, Luciano Pavarotti, who will receive a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony

ABC News

Conductor John Hopkins, considered a giant in Australian classical music, dies age 86

Born in Britain and described as a giant in Australian classical music,  John Hopkins has died in Melbourne aged 86

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra talks collapse; Carnegie Hall concerts off

Musician pay remained the main bone of contention. As rhetoric flared, Osmo Vänskä’s resignation remained uncertain

Limelight Magazine

Berlin Philharmonic leads mass orchestra strike

Orchestral musicians around Germany are replacing their instruments with picket signs in a nationwide walkout

Berliner Zeitung

“Opernhaus des Jahres”

Glitter und Glamour: Berlins Komische Oper hat sich zum kreativsten Musiktheater der Hauptstadt herausgeputzt. Sie wird von den Kritikern jetzt dafür belohnt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 1, 2013 )

Classical Music Magazine

Protest disrupts Met’s Eugene Onegin first night

The Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on 23 September was disrupted briefly by a lone protester urging the house and its cast to take a public stand against Russia’s repression of homosexuals

Los Angeles Times

Renée Fleming sings Top 10 on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show’s Top 10 list

Classic FM Online

Inflatable concert hall to open in Japan

A bright purple inflatable concert hall resembling giant plum is touring areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima, Japan

British Paraorchestra win Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

A year on from playing with Coldplay at the Paralympics 2012, the British Paraorchestra is to be honoured with a Big Society Award

Star Tribune

New Minnesota Orchestra offer includes $20K signing bonuses

Musicians are “offended” board went public with proposal that includes $20,000 one-time bonus

Limelight Magazine

Hilliards to hang up vocal cords after 40th anniversary tour

The Hilliard Ensemble are to launch their 40th anniversary season with a special reunion concert at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival on December 11 – four decades to the day since their debut concert in 1973

Arts beat

Gerard Mortier Named Artistic Adviser of Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid

The Teatro Real said Wednesday that it had created a new advisory post for Gerard Mortier, two weeks after abruptly ousting him as artistic director of the opera house here

Pacific Standard

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments

The Telegraph

New York Opera set to enter bankruptcy within a week

New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

Manchester’s classical music tradition and culture is full of names just as stellar and characters just as large and significant as the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and New Order, writes Stuart Maconie

BBC Music Magazine

John Williams’s Star Wars theme named nation’s favourite film score

Classic film score beats competition from Morricone, Bernstein and Herrmann



(Written on September 27, 2013 )

The Guardian

Last Night of the Proms – review

Of all Last Nights in recent memory, this was the most enjoyable, the least hysterical and the most warm-hearted, says Fiona Maddocks.

BBC Music Magazine

Claudio Abbado made Senator for Life

Conductor Claudio Abbado has been made a senator for life in Italy, the country’s president announced last week.

Researchers develop prosthetic musical instruments

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have designed and produced the first prosthetic digital instruments for music and dance. Made to be worn by performers, the musical instruments contain sensors that respond to touch, movement and orientation to produce sound.


Classical music: where sex sells

Emmet Livingstone argues that classical musicians are growing ever younger and more attractive.

The Telegraph

Classic Brit Awards 2013: Franciscan friar, Prince of Wales’ former harpist and Proms favourites compete

Interesting line up for this years Classical Brit awards, including Friar Alessandro, the first monk to ever sign a record deal.

Admit it, you like same music as your parents, study says

The study published in Psychological Science says songs popular in our early 20s seem to have the greatest lasting impact but music of our parents’ younger days also evokes vivid memories.

The Independent

Funding crisis could close New York City Opera

The New York City Opera says it may have to cancel the rest of its season if it can’t raise $7m (£4.5m) by the end of this month.


Michael Garvey named director of BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The current chief executive of the Academy of Ancient Music takes up the role in December

Der Tagesspiegel

Orchester auf Reisen

Tourneen von Orchestern sind für alle Beteiligten eine Herausforderung. Wir sagen Ihnen, was alles funktionieren muss, damit die Musiker auch auf Reisen abends im Saal ihre volle Leistungsfähigkeit abrufen können.


The Guardian

The Guardian




(Written on September 10, 2013 )

The Daily Mail

Phantom in space: Opera singer Sarah Brightman outbids NASA to join space expedition

Singer Sarah Brightman, of Phantom of the Opera fame, will be the next tourist in space, potentially as soon as 2014. 


Applications open for Verbier Festival Music Camp

New three-week orchestral programme led by Daniel Harding for talented teenage musicians

The Guardian

Damon Albarn kickstarts ENO’s ‘undress for opera’ scheme

Damon Albarn and Terry Gilliam launch ENO’s new audience expansion scheme to attract younger audience to art form that many consider ‘too stuffy, too posh, too expensive’

The New York Time

City Opera Is to Shed Its Past, Not Store It

New York City Opera, which has been seeking to forge a new identity since casting off from Lincoln Center two seasons ago, now appears ready to shed some of the tangible — and expensive — vestiges of its venerable past: the sets and costumes of many of its old productions

Slipped Disc, Arts Journal

Is this the slowest-ever violin concerto? One note every six months…

Osvaldo Golijov was meant to deliver his new concerto for a world premiere by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2011. He failed.

BBC Music Magazine

Mandolin player, flautist and bowmaker among 2012 MacArthur Fellows

Musicians among 23 creatives awarded ‘genius grants’

Classic FM

Copenhagen Phil flash mob play Peer Gynt to commuters

Commuters on the Copenhagen Metro have been treated to a surprise concert by the Copenhagen Phil.

Code 13 Rugby League (found on Google)

Classical music and acrobatics to feature in pre match entertainment

World-renowned classical artist Hayley Westenra will headline the pre-match entertainment at the 2012 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday October 6 (6.00pm) when Warrington Wolves take on Leeds Rhinos.

Classic FM

(Written on October 4, 2012 )


Shostakovich Fragment To Receive UK Premiere.

Violin sonata section performed at Manchester University.

New York Times

New York City Opera Announces Deal With Unions.

New York City Opera cleared a major obstacle in its effort to forge ahead in reduced form and without its Lincoln Center home, saying on Wednesday that it had reached agreements with both of its major unions.

Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal law that restored copyright protection to works that had entered the public domain.

The Times

Mozart And Da Ponte – Why We Adore You.

Five star singers choose the dream roles created by opera’s ultimate double act.


(Written on January 19, 2012 )