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In today’s news: British Museum launches first music festival, Wigmore Hall International Strings Competition winners announced, disruption at the Royal Opera House as outsourced security teams threaten strike action. German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn, Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize and Germany’s Echo prize to reconsider award process.

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The British Museum launches its first music festival

A two-week festival at the British Museum hopes to combine classical and contemporary music with its global historical exhibitions.

Music of the Holocaust available to watch after 20 years in archive

Acclaimed documentary The Music of Terezín has been recovered to view by the public on the Music and the Holocaust website.

Thoroughly Good

Wigmore Hall competition winner announced after weekend-long finals

International String Quartet Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, with members aged under 35, who are keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level.

The Stage

Unrest at ROH as security staff threaten strike action

Security at the London venue is outsourced to a company called Corps Security, which determines pay for its personnel. The allegations of bullying also relate to Corps Security, not the Royal Opera House management

ATG expands into German venue operation with acquisition of five theatres

Ambassador Theatre Group will acquire five new venues in Germany as it announces a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment.

Music Business Worldwide

GEMA revenue up 5% in 2017 to reach €1.07bn

German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn. That’s up 5%, or nearly €50 million from 2016 thanks in part to a rise in income from the public performance of music, radio and TV, as well as a payment for the so called ‘iPhone tax’.

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Philly Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon now wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize, too

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Barockes Opernhaus in Bayreuth : Hier könnte etwas Zukunftsweisendes entstehen

In Bayreuth ist das Opernhaus der Markgräfin Wilhelmine aus dem Jahr 1748 wiedereröffnet worden. Warum ist bislang nur eine Gelegenheitsbespielung geplant? Wie Leben in den Weltkulturerbe-Bau kommen könnte.

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Nach heftiger Kritik: Echo-Veranstalter wollen Preis überarbeiten

Wegen des Proteststurms nach der Echo-Verleihung an die Rapper Kollegah und Farid Bang will der Veranstalter das Konzept erneuern.

Musik Heute

Thüringer Bachwochen ziehen positive Bilanz

Rund 18.000 Besucher sind zu den Thüringer Bachwochen gekommen. Die 53 Veranstaltungen seien zu 80 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

Jean-Claude Malgoire, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre, est mort

Pionnier de la musique ancienne et représentant du courant des « Baroqueux », il s’est éteint à l’âge de 77 ans.

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Composer Jennifer Higdon (c) Karli Cadel

 

(Written on April 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral music reaches new audiences through video games, BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates 90 years, Washington Performing Arts CEO is Pushing DC’s classical music scene forward, performance of “Edward W. Said Days” took place in Pierre Boulez Hall, and the 10th anniversary of Musikautorinnenpreis ignites criticism towards GEMA.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic to perform for Playstation:“This concert is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding,”

In front of 5,000 concertgoers at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Philharmonic will be performing the music to the video games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and others. The orchestral music is expected to attract hundreds of people who have never been to a classical concert before.

‘Pitting opera against pop music is unhelpful, unfair and flawed”

Pop critic defends opera and the Arts Council.

The Times

Through Opera, Debussy Reaches a New Audience

The centennial of the composer’s death this year provides an occasion to revisit the less-known corners of his oeuvre.

BBC News

BBC National Orchestra of Wales marks 90th anniversary

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has “evolved” in order to reach its 90th birthday, according to its director.

Isle of Wight County Press

Classical music stars, Blake and Mary-Jess to headline The Wight Proms on Isle of Wight

A classical chart-topping line up has been announced for the final evening of The Wight Proms, Last Wight of the Proms.

Washingtonian

How Washington Performing Arts CEO Jenny Bilfield Is Pushing DC’s Classical-Music Scene Forward

President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts is responsible for shaping Washington’s cultural life by including some of the most prominent shows at Kennedy Centre and Strathmore, as well as bringing lesser-known orchestra to the area for adventurous concerts.

The Oregonian

Imani Winds breaks the mold of the classical music ensemble in multiple ways

Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest replaced its longtime resident ensemble, the Emerson Quartet with Imani Winds, a younger, yet equally as talented ensemble to challenge the diversity problem in classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Said Days“ im Boulez Saal – Konflikt und Kontrapunkt

Beethovens Streichquartett op.130, Bachs „Ricercar a 6“ und ein Vortrag von Raja Shehadeh. Die „Edward W. Said Days“ im Pierre Boulez Saal.

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Generalmusikdirektor verlangt Austritt der Intendantin zur Vertragsverlängerung – Oper Köln: Künstlerische Leitung entzweit

Medienberichten zufolge hat Generalmusikdirektor François-Xavier Roth für seine Vertragsverlängerung an der Kölner Oper den Abschied von Opernintendantin Birgit Meyer gefordert. Roth halte Meyer für fachlich nicht kompetent, die Intendantin hingegen fühle sich bevormundet.

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Jubiläum im Shitstorm – 10 Jahre Musikautorinnenpreis der GEMA

Über viele Jahre gehörten die GEMA und die GEZ zu Reizworten in der öffentlichen Diskussion. Immer gab es viele Leute, die etwas gegen die Institutionen hatten. Man war im Dauerfeuer der Kritik. Die GEZ gibt es mittlerweile nicht mehr. Und die GEMA, die gibt es selbstverständlich noch. Aber sie ist längst nicht mehr so stark im Fokus von Angriffen von innen wie außen.

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Lorne Balfe and orchestra perform a the Video Game Awards © Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

(Written on April 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: UK’s Ivory ban will exempt musical instruments, Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down, Cecil Taylor dies at age 89, Rafael Karlen to be the new Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence and Christa Ludwig is honoured by Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft.

International Piano

Paloma O’ Shea Santander competition shortlist announced

Madrid-based Paloma O’ Shea Santander International Piano Competition has named the 20 pianists who have been selected to participate in the first stage of the competition.

Classical Music 

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down

Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure. The 2018 edition will be the last under his leadership.

 The Guardian

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards

Hamilton, arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation, has won big at the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, taking seven Oliviers.

The Blade

Opera honoring MLK previewed at museum

A preview of ‘I Dream’, an opera by composer Douglas Tappin, was held at the Toledo Museum of Art during a luncheon hosted by the Toledo Opera Guild and The Links Inc.

The New York Times

Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner. No cause was given, but friends said he had been in failing health for some time.

Limelight

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence announced

Rafael Karlen is to take up residence in the Sydney terrace house bequeathed by the renowned Australian composer. The winner is selected from a competitive annual application process. Previous winners include Barney McAll, Cat Hope and Jon Rose.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Deutsche Theaterlandschaft: Ein Preisschild für Sozialarbeit

Wie sieht die Zukunft des deutschen Stadttheaters aus? Darüber streitet sich die Szene. Aber eins sollte bei der Debatte nicht vergessen werden. Während die einen so stolz auf die deutsche Theaterlandschaft sind, dass sie um eine höchstrichterliche Anerkennung der hiesigen Bühnen durch die Unesco buhlen und sich eine Eintragung in die internationale Liste des immateriellen Weltkulturerbes wünschen, sehen die anderen das deutsche Stadttheatersystem als so rückschrittlich an, dass sie nicht nur grundlegende Reformen fordern, sondern auch jedes Abweichen von ihrer Vorstellung eines progressiven Stadttheaters als „ästhetisches wie politisches Verbrechen“ bezeichnen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler- Das Wunder der singenden Pausen

Die 94-jährige Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler tritt im Kammermusiksaal mit dem Schumann Quartett auf. Das Schumann Quartett gehört vielleicht zu den besten Streichquartett-Ensembles der Gegenwart. Das beweisen die vier Musiker schon gleich am Anfang im Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis für Sopranistin Christa Ludwig

Die Mezzosopranistin Christa Ludwig wird mit dem Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet. Ludwig wird die Auszeichnung in der Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Hietzing entgegennehmen. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Dirigent Robert Stehli starb mit 88 Jahren

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gehörte der in Zürich geborene Musiker zu den Konstanten des Hamburger Musiklebens. Seine Maxime als Musiker war einfach formuliert und als Ziel eine lebenslange Aufgabe: Robert Stehli wollte das Publikum “auf hohem Niveau unterhalten”. Auf die Frage, wie man ein guter Dirigent werde, gab er die selbstkritische Antwort: “Ich weiß es nicht.”

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Dress rehearsal of the opera ‘I Dream’ at the Valentine Theatre © GRAND LUBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Written on April 9, 2018 )

The first podcast from Noted has been released, following the Noted Roundtable on Inclusion and Diversity.

Noted Round-ups are short podcasts that follow the Noted Roundtables – an international series which looks to bring about change in the performing arts industry through discussion and implementation. Through Noted, we want to generate new solutions to industry problems, not just with our own industry members and artists, but with brand leaders from different fields, and also—most importantly—the audience! The Roundtables bring together this unique combination of stakeholders on an equal footing.

The very first Noted Round-ups episode is a discussion on what was originally “diversity”, but now referred to as “inclusivity”. Here we discuss minorities in the performing arts industry, focusing on those backstage (not on stage), covering race, gender, background, and more.

We came out of this session with the following action points:

  • When recruiting, be more explicit about what we don’t want or need (e.g. an arts degree), and present the image of our ideal candidate in the advertising
  • Either ensure that job titles clearly state what the position is, or make them more sexy and fun
  • Create inclusive communities in the performing arts administrative sector, spanning across both audiences and potential employees
  • Showcase the exciting elements of our industry, through podcasts, videos, partnerships with mainstream brands
  • Shake up internal systems – reverse mentoring, creative sessions led by interns, engage more with outside the industry

This episode is hosted by Kathleen Alder and Olivia Brown, produced and edited by Olivia.

Listen on all your favourite platforms now!

(Written on March 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: Bill Murray is bringing his classical music shows to the UK, Decca’s Rebecca Allen on the Classic BRITs comeback, Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council, Philadelphia Orchestra announced Monday evening that it had chosen Matías Tarnopolsky as a new leader, Catholic Church quits GEMA contract (society for musical copyright enforcement) and France 4 now offers an animated series called Max & Maestro with main character Daniel Barenboim.

Dazed

Bill Murray is bringing his classical music shows to the UK

New Worlds mixes music and literature to explore themes of American history and identity. During the group’s performances, Murray reads passages from classic American literature and poetry while accompanied by a diverse array of instrumental pieces, with compositions from Bach to Bernstein to Van Morrison performed by a chamber trio (Vogler on cello, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez).

BBC News

The autistic musician who ‘makes music with his mind’

As someone with high-functioning autism who sees the world through sound, creating melodies from the bustle of the high street or trains on the tracks feels more natural than any social interaction.

Music Week

Decca’s Rebecca Allen on the Classic BRITs comeback

Allen has told Music Week it’s the “right time” for the return of the Classic BRIT Awards amid a resurgence for non-pop repertoire. The televised event, organised by the BPI, is being revived to mark the growing popularity of classical releases, musical theatre and music from TV, film and video game soundtracks.

The Stage

Ruth Mackenzie named chair of Arts Council England’s London area council

Mackenzie replaces current chair Veronica Wadley, who will be leaving the role on June 30 after eight years.

The New York Times

The Philadelphia Orchestra Looks West for Its New Leader

The Philadelphia Orchestra, which has been trying to ride a wave of recent musical success after facing the rough seas of bankruptcy earlier this decade, announced Monday evening that it had chosen a new leader: Matías Tarnopolsky, the executive and artistic director of Cal Performances, the performing arts organization at the University of California, Berkeley.

Limelight

New World Symphony: Education’s new Age of Enlightenment

Concerned for classical music’s future? Take a look at Michael Tilson Thomas’s Miami-based academy. […] It’s home to around 90 students, many of who you can peer in on as they practise inside the glass-walled rehearsal rooms, but these are no ordinary rooms, and this is no ordinary college of learning. […] Instead, NWS fellows (as they are known) are taught by a combination of visiting guest artists and hi-tech, interactive, long-distance coaching sessions. Their teachers include senior musical pedagogues from all over America (or even further afield), plus the careful guiding hand and sensitive, forward-thinking ministrations of founder and Artistic Administrator, conductor, composer and impassioned educator, Michael Tilson Thomas.

Der Tagesspiegel

Französische Pionierin Lili Boulanger – Schmerzmusik

Sie hätte Musikgeschichte schreiben können. Lili Boulanger komponiert als junge Frau Werke von betörender Schönheit. Im Jahr 1918 stirbt sie. Mit nur 24 Jahren. Jetzt kommt ihre Musik nach Berlin.

BR-Klassik

Katholische Kirche steigt aus GEMA-Vertrag aus – Singen wird teuer

Wer Musikstücke aufführt, muss GEMA-Gebühren bezahlen. Das gilt auch bei kirchlichen Konzerten. Weil die katholische Kirche jetzt aus dem Pauschalvertrag mit der GEMA ausgestiegen ist, kommen hohe Kosten auf die Gemeinden zu.

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Max & Maestro, quand Daniel Barenboim devient un personnage de dessin animé

France 4 propose à partir de ce lundi 26 mars Max & Maestro, une série animée d’éveil à la musique classique avec comme personnage principal, Daniel Barenboim. L’illustre chef d’orchestre a également été consultant et a interprété ou dirigé les morceaux présents dans les 52 épisodes.

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Max & Maestro © Monello

(Written on March 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: Hip-hop opera introduced to teenagers, Spotify expands into new territories, Classic FM launches new podcast, Royal Opera House Muscat putting Oman on the cultural map, The MU develops Musical Theatre Kit, Metropolitan opera fires James Levine after sexual-abuse investigation, Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg will close its doors and the violin of Albert Einstein was auctioned by 420.000 Euro in New York.

Music Teacher

Opera Holland Park introduces teenagers to opera in new film

A new film from Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) follows eight sixth-formers from Archbishop Tenison’s School, Lambeth as they are introduced to opera. Hip hop to opera shows the students meeting OHP’s general director Michael Volpe during some mentoring sessions, before they are taken to the Royal Opera House to watch a rehearsal, meet a singer and ROH director of opera Oliver Mears, and attend a performance of Tosca.

Music Week

Spotify expands to new territories ahead of IPO next month

Spotify has increased its global footprint today with new launches in Israel, Romania, South Africa and Vietnam. The additions have been announced as it’s been reported that Spotify will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the week of April 2.

Radio Today

Tim Lihoreau to host new Classic FM podcast

Classic FM has launched a new free podcast series called Case Notes, hosted by the More Music Breakfast presenter Tim Lihoreau.

The Week

Opera in Oman: singing in the changes

Royal Opera House Muscat is putting the small Gulf state on the world’s cultural map. Oman’s crown jewel remains its opera house, which was the first in the Gulf region and has since been joined by one in Dubai.

The Stage

Musical writers supported through launch of new advice kit

Musical theatre collaborators are being offered guidance on every aspect of creating a show, through a new resource launched this week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Metropolitan Oper entlässt Star-Dirigent James Levine

James Levine gilt als einer der besten Dirigenten der Vereinigten Staaten. Nun hat ihn die Metropolitan Oper entlassen – ihm wird sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen. Nach einer Untersuchung über Vorwürfe sexuellen Missbrauchs gegen James Levine hat die New Yorker Metropolitan Oper ihren Star-Dirigenten entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

#MeToo in der Klassik: “Jemand will Kuhn kastrieren – geifernd mit dem Messer”

Der sonnenkönighafte Gustav Kuhn leitet die Tiroler Festspiele. Der umstrittene Blogger Markus Wilhelm wirft ihm sexuelle Übergriffe und Psychoterror vor. Die Geschichte eines irren Zweikampfes.

klassik.com

Gauteng Opera in Johannesburg schließt ihre Pforten

Die Gauteng Oper in Johannesburg schließt ihre Tore; das gab die Unternehmensführung in der vergangenen Woche bekannt.

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26. Kurt-Weill-Fest mit Besucherrekord – Bauhaus-Jubiläum 2019 Thema

Mehr als 20 000 Menschen haben das 26. Kurt-Weill-Fest besucht. Das sei ein Rekord, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag zum Abschluss in Dessau-Roßlau mit.

Musik Heute

Nelsons in Leipzig: Tradition und Neues verbinden

In seiner ersten kompletten Saison als Gewandhauskapellmeister will Andris Nelsons die Leipziger Musiktradition und zeitgenössische Werke verbinden. Einen Fokus legt der 39-jährige Lette, der Ende Februar ins Amt eingeführt wurde, auf Mendelssohn Bartholdy und Schumann.

Klassik Heute

NAXOS Deutschland und belvedere edition arbeiten zusammen

NAXOS freut sich über bedeutend en Zuwachs im Vertrieb! Seit 03.03.2018 arbeitet das in Berlin ansässige Label belvedere edition eng mit NAXOS Deutschland zusammen und vertreibt seine Produkte sowohl innerhalb Deutschlands als auch in der NAXOS Music Group physisch und digital.

SWR Classic

In New York wurde Einsteins Geige für Rekordpreis versteigert – Für Ulm zu teuer

Die Violine wurde 1933 in Princton hergestellt. Sie war eine Maßanfertigung für Albert Einstein – mit Fichtendecken und Ahornseiten. Jetzt ist sie für gut 420.000 € versteigert worden.

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Le patrimoine musical de Pierre Boulez sera conservé dans plusieurs institutions

Les ayants droits de Pierre Boulez ont fait don de l’intégralité du patrimoine musical du compositeur et chef d’orchestre disparu le 5 janvier 216, à diverses institutions.

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The Violin Channel_@violinchannel: VERY SAD NEWS | @Staatskapelle_B Concertmaster Axel Wilczok Has Died [RIP] @DivanOrchestra http://ow.ly/aSLB30iTEvb

 

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(Written on March 13, 2018 )

We are delighted to welcome celebrated classical guitarist Artyom Dervoed.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

Having won 16 prestigious awards in various international competitions, Artyom Dervoed is in a class of his own – or in the words of Universe Guitare, he truly is the “Tsar of the guitar”.

Born in Russia, Artyom learnt to play the guitar at the age of six with Sergey Annikov, then studied with Elena Svetozarova and Leonid Reznik. He later studied at several high-profile music schools, such as the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin Academy (Moscow), Koblenz Guitar Academy (Germany) with Aniello Desiderio, and Accademia Chigiana (Italy) with Oscar Ghiglia.

A milestone of his career was the release of his album in 2008, featuring Russian guitar music. Released by Naxos, it became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records worldwide. Artyom Dervoed is a regular guest on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Bunka Kaikan.

Among Artyom’s many awards is the first prize at the 39th Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in 2006, as well as the H.R.H. Princess Cristina 18th International Guitar Competition in 2009, making him the first Russian to win both competitions.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

His efforts in the classical music scene are not only limited to performing and recording amazing interpretations of works – one of his main ambitions is stepping into the footsteps of cellist Rostropovich and violinist Bashmet to present the classical guitar as a first-class solo instrument.
 He also regularly commissions new works and transcriptions to expand repertoires for the classical guitar, leading to world premieres.

Artyom is the founder of the Moscow Guitar Chamber Music Festival in the Bashmet Center and co-founder of one of the most important classical music festivals in the world – the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival, presented by the Moscow Philharmonic Society at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. As Artistic Director, Dervoed puts together an exciting program of national and international soloists, chamber and orchestral performances. For this year’s 13th edition, which will take place from 20th – 24th March, he will perform the world premiere of a new concerto for guitar and orchestra by contemporary Russian composer Alexander Tchaikovsky.

We are delighted to promote his upcoming performances at the Constella Festival in Cincinnati on February 23rd, 2018 and at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin on March 28th.

Moreover, Artyom Dervoed is the head of the classical guitar department at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and he teaches at the well-known Gnesin Academy.

“An outstanding figure.” La Provence — Dimanche (France)

(Written on February 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: The rise of musical apps, live music stats reveal that small venues are facing significant challenges, conductor Nezhat Amiri overcoming taboos over music and women, University of York announces Enlightenment and Invention programme, physical music sales’ steady decline, German Cuture Council calls for authorities to revise music business policies, abuse accusations against Peter Martins not corroborated, submission period for Echo Klassik 2018 begins, Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam announces 2018/19 season, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko replaced by Marina Rebeka for the role of Violetta Valéry in La Traviata.

Classical Music

Live Music Census reveals problems faced by small venues

Live music events make large contributions to local economies but small venues continue facing significant challenges.

Gramophone

Mobile music-making: the best new apps

A low-down of the top musical apps from score-reading to music streaming.

The Guardian

The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

Nezhat Amiri’s recent high-profile performance caps a 38-year fight for recognition.

York Press

National Centre for Early Music plans for an enlightening and inventive May and June

The University of York Baroque Day, Enlightenment and Invention, will open the programme on May 5.

Complete Music Business

Physical music sales continue to decline over the holiday season

Sales of physical music products over the recent festive period were down 5.8% year-on-year.

Klassik.com

Belästigungsvorwürfe gegen früheren New Yorker Ballettchef entkräftet

Die Vorwürfe sexueller Belästigung und körperlicher Übergriffe, die gegen Peter Martins, den früheren Chef des New York City Ballet und Leiter der School of American Ballet, erhoben wurden (klassik.com berichtete), haben sich nach zweimonatiger unabhängiger Untersuchung nicht erhärtet.

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[Deutscher Kulturrat] Urheberrecht: Dringender Handlungsbedarf auf europäischer Ebene

Der Deutsche Kulturrat fordert die für das Urheberrecht Verantwortlichen auf der europäischen Ebene, also Europäisches Parlament, Europäische Kommission und Europäischer Rat, auf, die Verlegerbeteiligung, die Schrankenregelung und die weiteren Themen, Vergriffene Werke, Value Gap und das Framing rasch neu zu regeln.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für 25. Echo-Klassik-Verleihung starten

Der Einreichungszeitraum für den Echo Klassik 2018 hat begonnen. Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Concerti

Das Gewinner-Publikum steht fest

Das lange Warten hat ein Ende: Die Duisburger Philharmoniker erhalten den von concerti erstmals ausgelobten Preis „Das Publikum des Jahres 2017“

Platea Magazine

La Dutch National Opera de Amsterdam presenta su temporada 2018/2019

La Dutch National Opera de Ámsterdam ha presentado hoy su programación para la temporada 2018/2019, con dirección artística de Pierre Audi, a la sazón director de escena de algunas de las siguientes propuestas.

Por ‘motivos familiares’ Ainhoa Arteta suspende su Nedda de ‘Pagliacci’ en Bruselas

Tal y coo recoge la página web del teatro de La Monnaie en Bruselas, la soprano vasca Ainhoa Arteta se ha visto obligada a cancelar su participación como Nedda en las funciones de Pagliacci, de Leoncavallo, en un programa doble que incluye también Cavalleria rusticana bajo la batuta de Evelino Pidò.

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Anna Netrebko, absente de La Traviata à Paris

Souffrante, la soprano russe Anna Netrebko ne pourra pas interpréter le rôle de Violetta dans La Traviata à l’Opéra Bastille, à Paris.

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  in 1816 FP of Gioacchino ‘s opera The Barber of Seville, in Rome.

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(Written on February 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Welsh National Opera and Southbank Sinfonia reveal their 2018/19 seasons, Blockchain ticketing platform launches to end touting and Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition announces record number of applicants. Also, the German Cultural Council is pleased with the coalition agreement and Sergio Morabito becomes the new leading dramatic advisor at the Vienna State Opera.

Classical Music

Classic FM celebrates audience increase

5.7 million people now listen to Classic FM every week, and over half a million of the station’s listeners were aged under 25.

Welsh National Opera reveals 2018/19 season

This season will bring a new production of War and Peace in the autumn, Un ball in master in the spring and an amnesty-themed season in the summer.

Southbank Sinfonia reveals 2018/19 season

This season will include works by more than 20 female composers and concerts with five female conductors.

The Strad

Sergei Dogadin wins Singapore International Violin Competition

The 29-year-old Russian violinist wins $50,000 top prize, performance opportunities and the loan of a fine instrument.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Take Hamilton’s lead and stamp out ticket touts for good

It all began with 2 Cirque du Soleil tickets costing £241 on the secondary-ticketing website Viagogo.

M Magazine

Blockchain ticketing platform launches to end touting

The UK’s first large scale ticketing platform to implement real world blockchain technology has launched and aims to revolutionise the ticketing market by making purchases safer and more secure from touting.

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Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition announces record number of applicants

Organizers for the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) announced that a total of 174 applicants have been submitted for this year’s edition, an increase of more than 22% from the inaugural competition in 2016 (142 applicants).

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Deutscher Kulturrat: Koalitionsvertrag ist gut für die Kultur!

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände, ist erfreut über die Aussagen im Koalitionsvertrag zu Kunst, Kultur, Kreativwirtschaft und Medien. In seiner Pressemitteilung vom 12.01.2018 hatte der Deutsche Kulturrat das Ergebnis der Sondierungsgespräche als gute Grundlage für Koalitionsgespräche eingeschätzt.

Klassik.com

Berliner Senat plant Offenlegung von Intendanten-Bezüge

Der Berliner Senat plant laut Bericht der Berliner Zeitung eine Offenlegung der Bezüge von Spitzenpositionen im Kulturbereich.

Musik Heute

Orchester aus Nordkorea tritt am Vorabend von Olympia in Südkorea auf

Zum ersten Mal seit 16 Jahren haben Musiker aus Nordkorea ein Konzert in Südkorea gegeben.

Morabito wird Chefdramaturg an Wiener Staatsoper

Der Chefdramaturg der Oper Stuttgart, Sergio Morabito, wechselt in gleicher Position nach Wien.

Platea Magazine

El festival Música-Musika 2018 estará dedicado al periodo de Entreguerras

Del 1 al 4 de marzo, el Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao acogerá una nueva edición del festival Música-Musika. Esta edicion está dedicada al periodo de Entreguerras y contará con la participación de más de 1.500 músicos.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK: Kalenderblatt: 9.2.1905 – Sergej Prokofjew führt eine Fehlerstatistik. Und zwar über die Fehler seiner Mitschüler am Konservatorium 

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(Written on February 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Andrew Lloyd Webber says that removal of funding from the subject in schools could become a national scandal and the Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composer Academy is now open for applications. Also, the Oxford Bach Choir has appointed Benjamin Nicholas, director of music at Merton College, Oxford as their principal conductor, commencing October 2018. Nominees for German Musikautorenpreis 2018 were announced and the Liceu and FC Barcelona want to cooperate.

The Times

Composer warns cuts to music lessons endanger community

Andrew Lloyd Webber says that removal of funding from the subject in schools could become a national scandal.

Classical Music

Applications open for Cheltenham Festival Composer Academy

The Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composer Academy is now open for applications.

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Oxford Bach Choir appoints Benjamin Nicholas as principal conductor

The Oxford Bach Choir has appointed Benjamin Nicholas, director of music at Merton College, Oxford as their principal conductor, commencing October 2018.

The Strad

Cellist Caroline Brown, founder of the Hanover Band, dies aged 64

Period instrument pioneer had been battling rare cancer since 2012.

Classic FM

Meet the composer who was also a suffragette: Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth was born in 1858 and rose to become one of the most prominent composers of the time – as well as a leading figure in the movement for women’s suffrage.

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Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2018: Das sind die Nominierten

Balbina, Prinz Pi, Rammstein sowie Sven-Ingo Koch, David Moss und Enis Rotthoff sind unter den Anwärtern für den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis 2018, der in diesem Jahr Jubiläum feiert. Am 15. März 2018 verleiht die GEMA die begehrte Preisskulptur zum zehnten Mal an herausragende Komponisten und Textdichter.

Musik Heute

Orchester aus Nordkorea zu Olympia nach Südkorea

Trotz Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea hat Südkorea anlässlich der Olympischen Winterspiele in Pyeongchang die Einfahrt eines nordkoreanischen Schiffes mit einem Orchester an Bord erlaubt.

Halle feiert 333. Geburtstag von Händel

Die Stadt Halle feiert 2018 den 333. Geburtstag ihres berühmtesten Sohnes: Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759). In diesem Jahr gibt es Konzerte, Events wie das öffentliche “Happy Birthday”-Singen am Händel-Denkmal sowie Stadtführungen zum Leben und Werk des Barockkomponisten, wie die Stadt am Dienstag mitteilte.

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El Liceu y el Barça firman un acuerdo de colaboración

La Fundación del Gran Teatre del Liceu y el FC Barcelona firmaron la pasada semana un acuerdo de colaboración para 2018, con el objeto de desarrollar actividades culturales vinculadas a la lírica.

Ramón Tebar y Josu de Solaun proponen un programa íntegramente ruso con la Orquesta de Valencia

Este fin de semana, Ramón Tebar (Valencia, 1978) dirige su segundo concierto como maestro titular de la Orquesta de Valencia.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1823 Birth of and Franz Richard .

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(Written on February 7, 2018 )