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In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.

WQXR

Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

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Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern. 

Klassik.com

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.

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Sir Peter Hall
Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: St John’s Smith Square announces 12-hour music marathon, applications for NYO Inspire open, and MBW launches inspiring women series, supported by ingrooves music group. Maria José Siri to replace Carmen Giannattasio in “Il trovatore”, Basel Sinfonietta looks back on successful season 16/17, and Ernesto Palacio appointed new director of Rossini Opera Festival.

Classical Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square announces 12-hour music marathon

St John’s Smith Square will host a free 12-hour music marathon as part of Open House London Weekend.

Music Teacher

Applications for NYO Inspire open

The National Youth Orchestra (NYO) is inviting applications for the 2018 intake of its Inspire scheme. Those selected for the programme will work alongside NYO tutors and musicians in workshops, sectionals and full tutti rehearsals.

International Piano

Can Çakmur wins Scottish International Piano Competition

Turkish pianist Can Çakmur has been named as the 11th winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition (SIPC). The 20-year-old receives £10,000, the Sir Alexander Stone Memorial Trophy and the Frederic Lamond gold medal, and will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in its 2018/19 season.

The Strad

Canadian violinist Marc Djokic wins $125,000 Prix Goyer

Biennial prize for ’collaborative emerging artist’ offers package of cash and in-kind professional development benefits

Music Business Worldwide

MBW launches inspiring women series, supported by ingrooves music group

Music Business Worldwide is proud to launch a new monthly feature series specifically designed to tell the stories of successful women in the global industry.

Classic FM

Heartbroken pianist plays non-stop in public, hoping to win back the love of his life

This musician won’t stop playing the piano until he wins back his ex-girlfriend.

Limelight

Matthew Kneale wins 2017 Freedman Classical Fellowship

The bassoonist spoke to Limelight about his world tour project following his Fellowship win.

Klassik Heute

Maria José Siri als Leonora im Wiener “Il trovatore”

Carmen Giannattasio muss krankheitsbedingt ihr geplantes Rollendebüt an der Wiener Staatoper als Leonora in Il trovatore am 13. September 2017 absagen.

Codex Flores

Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Ähnlich wie Vögel sind auch Mäuse geborene Sangeskünstler. Ihre für Menschen unhörbaren Töne fügen sie in vielen, komplexen Mustern aneinander, um untereinander zu kommunizieren.

Klassik.com

Basel Sinfonietta mit erfolgreicher Saison 2016/17

Die Basel Sinfonietta hat eine erfolgreiche Bilanz der vergangenen Konzertsaison gezogen.

France Musique

Ernesto Palacio nommé surintendant du Rossini Opera Festival

Suite à la démission surprise de Gianfranco Mariotti de la tête du Rossini Opera Festival le 7 septembre dernier, l’assemblée des fondateurs de la manifestation de Pesaro vient d’annoncer la nomination du nouveau surintendant en la personne d’Ernesto Palacio, ténor péruvien.

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Music Teacher: Applications for NYO Inspire open

(Written on September 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: A concert in memory of composer Michael Hirsch at the Deutsche Oper, the lasts secrets of Maria Callas to be revealed in Paris, West End director warns of targeting a younger audience and the politicisation of music in Venezuela.

Guardian

West End director issues warning about overlooking older audiences

The theatre director Dominic Dromgoole has warned of the dangers of relentlessly pursuing younger audiences at the expense of regular and older theatregoers.

BBC News

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.

Classical Source

NYO Inspire Orchestra on the Waterfront

This July, 73 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form NYO Inspire Orchestra, in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.

The Conversation

Is Venezuela’s much-hyped El Sistema music programme a hotbed of political resistance?

Venezuela’s El Sistema (“the system”) is probably the world’s most famous music education programme – and its most misunderstood.

The New York Times

Anthony Roth Costanzo in a Handel Rarity at National Sawdust

The vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, working with the innovative opera director Christopher Alden, comes to National Sawdust in Brooklyn with a staged version of a Handel rarity.

Broadway World

Music Institute of Chicago to Present 29th Annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 29th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 7-16.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fiebrig, Frostig, Zwingend

Abschied von einem großen Geist: Das Gedenkkonzert für den Komponisten Michael Hirsch in der Deutschen Oper, mit der Uraufführung von „Bastard 2“.

Die Zeit

Komponist Pierre Henry ist tot

Er gilt als ein Pionier der elektronischen Musik, für einige war er sogar der “Großvater des Techno”. Pierre Henry ist im Alter von 89 Jahren in Paris gestorben.

Fono Forum

Die Bayreuther Festspiele im Home-Auditorium

Der Eröffnungsabend der Bayreuther Festspiele 2017 wird am 25. Juli live auf BR-Klassik im Radio und per Video-Livestream übertragen. Ausstrahlungen der Fernsehfassung folgen in 3sat und ARD-alpha.

El Mundo

Ginkana de arte emergente en el IVAM

Diez jóvenes artistas de la cuarta edición de PAM! PAM! ocupan los espacios no expositivos del museo.

Le Parisien

Deux livres, une exposition, un film… les derniers secrets de La Callas

Tom Volf poursuit la diffusion de sa recherche menée pendant quatre ans autour de Maria Callas avec dès la rentrée deux livres, un coffret de disques et une exposition à la Seine Musicale.

Le Parisien

Mort de Pierre Henry, compositeur de la célèbre «Messe pour le temps présent»

Parfois considéré comme le «grand-père de la techno», Pierre Henry préférait se définir, sans modestie, comme le «père de la musique moderne».

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, BBC Music Magazine is looking forward to five performances of women composers and performers to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. Also, the Queen visiting the National Youth Orchestra, the musical estate of Abbado is to come to Berlin & Aribert Reimann’s birthday

Classic FM

No pressure guys, but The Queen just turned up to listen to your rehearsal

Her Majesty sits in on an orchestral rehearsal in East London as the National Youth Orchestra and Lister Community School Orchestra combine as part of the NYO Inspire

EuroNews

Welcome Among Us, an evening of classical music for refugees in Germany

Berlin hosted a special classical concert at the city’s Philharmonic Hall exclusively for refugees and volunteers

The Strad

UK cellist Gywneth George dies aged 95

The Welsh musician was known for her collaborations with pianist Alberto Portugheis

Arts Professional

£30m revamp for Croydon’s Fairfield Halls

Campaigners are fighting plans to close the south London arts venue for at least two years, to allow for a major refurbishment and the creation of new adaptable performance spaces

BBC Music Magazine

Five ways to celebrate International Women’s Day…

As Tuesday 8 March approaches we select five performances to look forward to that celebrate women composers and performers

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachlass von Claudio Abbado kommt nach Berlin

Der Nachlass des Stardirigenten Claudio Abbado geht nach Berlin. Darauf hat sich die Familie des 2014 verstorbenen Künstlers verständigt

NMZ

„Sich selbst treu bleiben“ – Komponist Aribert Reimann wird 80

Mit zehn komponierte er seine ersten Lieder. Mit zwanzig begleitete er den Jahrhundertsänger Dietrich Fischer-Diskau als Konzertpianist

Klassik.com

Rostock: Steht Abschied von Intendant Sewan Latchinian bevor?

Die Planung der kommenden Saison vor dem Hintergrund der anstehenden Umstrukturierungsmaßnahmen am Volkstheater Rostock verzögert sich

New York Times

Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive

For years, Bob Dylan scholars have whispered about a tiny notebook, seen by only a few, in which the master labored over the lyrics to his classic 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.”

Classicalite

Square Grand Piano Owned by Mary Todd Lincoln’s Sister Restored by Springfield Art Association

Antique musical instruments are not only considered valuable because of their rarity, but also because they tell the story of whomever handled them — or, in this case, heard them

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BR_KLASSIK Interview zukünft. Intendant in Nbg. Jens-Daniel Herzog: “Ein Theater ist kein elitärer Golfclub”

Top Classical News Violinist Marc Bouchkov Awarded Rheingau Festival Career Grant

3sat Kulturzeit “Ein Maestro in Perm. Dandy und Punk.” Unser 3sat Kulturzeit Porträt über den Kairos-Preisträger 2016, Teodor…

Photograph: DPA / Tagesspiegel

Photograph: DPA / Tagesspiegel

(Written on March 4, 2016 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Tansy Davies

From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen – the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO – reveals her musical passions

Greenpeace performs Arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

Activists hand workers copies of the music and encourage them to help the oil company ‘avert disaster’ on plans to drill for oil under ice cap

Classical Music Magazine

Violinist wins appeal against border fine

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki is to have more than CA$100k (£48,895) returned to him after winning an appeal against the Canada Border Services Agency.

ONL marks 40th anniversary with RAVENNA

The Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) used a full RAVENNA digital networking setup for its 40th anniversary concert: the first time that the technology had been used at a live event of this scale.

BBC News

Music in the operating room off-putting, study suggests

Playing music in the operating theatre can be disruptive and surgeons should think twice about pressing the play button, according to a small study.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zusammen sind wir Beethoven

Am Donnerstag beginnt Young Euro Classic. Spezialität des Berliner Jugendorchesterfestivals sind multinationale Ensembles – so auch das neu gegründete Friedensorchester.

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Nach 33.000 im Vorjahr wurden insgesamt 30.000 Eintrittskarten verkauft

Verbier Festival mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

Das Orchester

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden bekommt neuen Intendant

Der Schweizer Peter Theiler wird Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden

El País

El piano asiático impone su ley

Dos japoneses, dos coreanos, un chico y un español esperan ganar el Concurso Paloma O’Shea, cuyo veredicto se anuncia hoy en Santander

The New York Times

An old songbook could put ‚Happy Birthday‘ in the public domain

Yet ‚Happy Birthday to you‘, far from being as free as a piece of cake at a party, is actually considered private property.

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Classic FM: This is what Mozart’s own violin actually sounds like:

The Royal Opera: ‘Don’t expect harmonies…’ previews his new avant-garde opera : ^C

Sinfini Music: ‘In many ways, Hildegard von Bingen was the first feminist icon.’ ‘s picks her :

(Written on August 5, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Al Bustan – the classical music festival in Beirut that survives war and assassinations

In its 22 years, the festival has cancelled only a single concert. As its founder says: ‘Every year there’s some crisis and we say: “My God, are we going to carry on?” and we always do’

The London Bach finally gets his London revival

The city where the young Mozart spent a year in the 1760s was also home to “the London Bach” – Johann Christian. Mozart held him and his music in the highest regard, so why have Londoners heard so little of the older composer?

Independent

El Sistema 40th anniversary: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel says Venezuela project is “the most important thing apart from my family”

The widely-admired national programme -which was set up in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu – exposes hundreds of thousands of children to music, teaching them instruments and letting them play in orchestras

Telegraph

Why American football players make perfect opera singers

The unusual story of an American football star turned opera singer proves that there is a deep affinity between music and sport, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Source

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain launches its first Inspire Orchestra

‘NYO Inspire Orchestra’ to tour secondary schools enabling more young musicians than ever to have breakthrough orchestral experience of NYO, and give more teenagers the chance to hear the power of brilliantly-played live orchestral music

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Theater des Friedens

Mit dem „Living Theatre“ erfand Judith Malina eine radikale, experimentierfreudige und dezidiert politische Form des Theaters. Jetzt ist sie im Alter von 88 Jahren gestorben.

klassik.com

Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie: Intendant fordert neuen Konzertsaal

Der Intendant der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Beat Fehlmann hat laut Berichten des Südkuriers einen neuen Konzertsaal für Konstanz gefordert.

MUSIK HEUTE

Elbphilharmonie-Intendant: Jeder wird sich eine Karte leisten können

Der Intendant der Elbphilharmonie, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, will das Konzertgebäude im Hamburger Hafen zu einem Haus für alle machen.

Codex flores

Aus dem SOZ werden die Zürcher Symphoniker

Langjährige Musiker des früheren Symphonischen Orchesters Zürich haben sich in einem Trägerverein wieder formiert und wagen den Neustart. Das Ensemble war vor zwei Jahren wegen Lohndumpings im Rahmen einer Aida-Aufführung beim Festival La Perla in Pfäffikon in Misskredit geraten.

The New York Times

Milton Delugg, Accordionist, Composer and ‘Tonight Show’ Bandleader, Dies at 96

Milton Delugg, who accompanied Al Jolson on the accordion, co-wrote the Nat King Cole hit “Orange Colored Sky” conducted the band for Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and was musical director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for three decades, died on April 6 at his home in Los Angeles.

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Norma in BeirutCarmen Giannattasio (in red) duets with Nino Surguladze in a concert performance of Bellini’s Norma at the festival. Photograph: Al Bustan

(Written on April 13, 2015 )

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin to be sold

The stolen Stradivarius violin that was taken from Euston station in 2010 is expected to sell for more than £1m when it is sold at auction today

Limelight

Where are all the Aussie chief conductors?

Veteran conductor Patrick Thomas offers some personal thoughts on a native species in danger

Classic FM Online

Watch: trailer for new Elijah Wood Grand Piano movie

A new trailer for Grand Piano, the forthcoming Elijah Wood movie in which he plays a harassed concert pianist, has been unveiled

Truro Cathedral recreates historic carol service

The first ever Nine Lessons and Carols service took place in Truro Cathedral in 1880 – and was recreated last night to celebrate the city’s role in the tradition

New York Times

Deal Gives Philharmonic Musicians Modest Gains

The contract agreement that the New York Philharmonic reached with its musicians last week will keep the music playing at Avery Fisher Hall and spare the city from the kind of bitter labor unrest that has set off damaging strikes and lockouts at other orchestras

Classicalite

Time Out London Kills Classical Music?

According to Norman Lebrecht’s blog over at ArtsJournal.com, Time Out has given notice to classical music. That’s right, Time Out has killed its classical music coverage

The Gazette

Classical music given modern twist

Michael Brailey has just been made principal composer of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), a major honour. Michael, who lives near Cheriton Bishop in Mid Devon, will compose unique pieces of music for the orchestra of the most talented teenage musicians in the UK

Die Welt

Daniel Hardings Distanz zu deutschen Romantikern

Wer wird Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle an der Spitze der Berliner Philharmoniker? Zweiter Teil des Kandidaten-Checks: Diesmal Daniel Harding, der gerade “Szenen aus Goethes Faust” dirigierte

Classic FM

Classic FM

(Written on December 18, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )