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In today’s news, subscription plan for SoundCloud introduced, Orchestra of St. Luke welcomes Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan, Spotify raises $1 Billion in ‘debt financing’ and the Paris Opera taken to court and more…

International Arts Manager

Composer pedals to raise pounds for choristers

Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) has set up a Diamond Fund for Choristers (DFFC) to support, promote and protect choral singing in the UK. Two major fundraising events have already been announced: a concert to make the heart soar and a sponsored cycle to make the thighs burn.

Music Week

Tidal now has 3m users a year after launch

Tidal has marked its one year anniversary by revealing it now has three million users across 46 countries. The Jay Z-owned service added new ‘artist owners’ in the last few months, with Lil Wayne, Indochine, Damian Marley and TIP joining Beyonce, Rihanna, Jack White and several more heavyweights.

Classical Music Magazine

Grange Festival announces inaugural season

The Grange Festival’s 2017 season will comprise new productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte,Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring. 

Classical Music Magazine

Multi-Story Orchestra asks for donations towards summer programme

The Multi-Story Orchestra is seeking to raise the final £8,000 needed for its summer programme of orchestral and chamber music at Peckham’s Bold Tendencies car park.

The New York Times

SoundCloud starts subscription plan, taking on Spotify and Apple

Two weeks after signing its final licensing deal with a major record company, the online music service SoundCloud has introduced its long-awaited subscription plan.

Broadwayworld.com

Orchestra of St. Luke to Welcome Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan

Orchestra of St. Luke’s welcomes superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, as soloist on its final Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series concert of the season.

Wired

Spotify raises $1billion in ‘debt financing’

Music streaming company Spotify has raised $1 billion (£695 million) in debt financing to take on rivals Apple, Tidal and Google.

Classicalite

Wendy Carlos’ ‘Switched-On Bach’ Inspires Five Decades of Electronic Musicians

In 1968, composer Wendy Carlos made electronic music history with her LP Switched-On Bach, a collection of Bach’s works performed on an early Moog synthesizer.

Observer

How ‘Hamilton’ Reinvigorated a 210-Year-Old Children’s Charity

By now it’s obvious that the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has turned into one of the buzziest cultural events in years. From a notoriously hard-to-come-by ticket to the cast performing at the White House last week, and an endless list of raves and all-star Hamil-fans, the show is a tsunami unlike any other.

Pizzicato

Paris Opera Is Taken To Court

There is more news in the case of the transformations at the Paris Opera Garnier. The management of the opera house wanted to eliminate some separation walls in order to get more seats.

Klassik.com

Gewinner des Deutschen Musikinstrumentenpreises 2016 stehen fest

Bei dem vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie gestifteten Wettbewerb stehen im jährlichen Wechsel je zwei unterschiedliche Instrumentengruppen im Zentrum; in diesem Jahr waren es Gitarre und Klarinette.

Musik heute

Anna Netrebko trainiert ihr Deutsch für Wagner-Debüt

Die russische Sopranistin Anna Netrebko (44) feilt vor ihrer ersten großen Wagner-Rolle als Elsa im “Lohengrin” noch an ihrem Deutsch. “Für mich ist insbesondere die Sprache eine sehr große Herausforderung”, sagte sie der Fachzeitschrift “Das Opernglas” (April-Ausgabe).

Codex Flores

Steinway für Elbphilharmonie schwierig zu finden

Ausgerechnet in Hamburg, der Heimatstadt der Klaviermanufaktur Steinway, stellt die Wahl des richtigen Flügels für einen neuen Konzertsaal – die Elbphilharmonie – eine echte Knacknuss dar.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up today – our Composer in Residence @‘s music for the Queen’s 90th:

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Onward and upward: The Grange Festival announces its first season  #

BR_KLASSIK @BR_Klassik: So kassieren Wettbewerbe junge # ab. Theo Geißlers #

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Photograph: Wired

(Written on March 31, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone announces that Warner Classics has signed two new artists, BBC Music Magazine reports that the British Library has acquired the Gilbert and Sullivan archive & The Observer discusses how in New York, classical music is being pushed further away from the spot light

The Observer

Has the Best Classical Music Gone Underground? 

New York, New York, that “hell-of-a-town,” that cerebral cortex of America, is constantly changing, and in the realm of classical music, the change has been dramatic

Gramophone

Warner Classics signs two new artists

Warner Classics has just announced the signing of two artists from North America: the piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton and the violinist Benjamin Beilman

BBC Music Magazine

British Library acquires Gilbert and Sullivan archive

107-year-old Gilbert and Sullivan archive heads to London 

Der Tagesspiegel 

Ungebrochene Neugier, unbeirrbare Konzentration

Menahem Pressler, 91-jähriger Gründer des Beaux Arts Trio, spielt zum Abschlusskonzert seiner Europa-Tournee Mozart in Berlin

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Dresden zeigt Gesicht(er)

Endlich überwindet Dresdens Semperoper den Denkmalschutz und mischt sich ins Tagesgeschehen ein. Sinkende Besucherzahlen von auswärts dürften nicht dr einzige Grund dafür sein

Pizzicato
 

Pizzicato reported last week that Music Director James Judd offered to cut his fee in order to save the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion (ISO) from financial difficulties. Now, it looks like this and other measures are believed to be successful

Scherzo

Radio Clásica presenta la programación de sus 50 años

Medio siglo difundiendo la música clásica a través de las ondas. 438.000 horas de cultura en la radio, que se celebra en Radio Clásica presentando varios espacios 

Twitter

Jazzwise ‏@Jazzwise Theatralia Jazz Festival heads to Pizza Express http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/breaking-news/13884-theatralia-jazz-festival-heads-to-pizza-express … @pizzajazzclub

Record Label A&R ‏@recordlabel_ar  Licensing company looking to pitch Christmas songs to their advertising clients http://bit.ly/1GySfEd 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK  Christmas Tree is card of the week, there’s 3 packs to win, simply RT! Winners at 5pm! #competition #charitytuesday

Violinist Benjamin Beilman Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi, Gramophone Magazine

Violinist Benjamin Beilman
Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi, Gramophone

 

 

(Written on October 27, 2015 )

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

 

Jude Kelly – Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

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

 

Sarah Derbyshire – Managing Director, National Children’s Orchestra

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

 

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

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

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Maria João Pires – Pianist

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

 

Clara Schumann – Pianist and Composer

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

 

Doon Mackichan – Comedienne and Actor

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

 

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – Opera Singer and Mentor

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

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(Written on March 25, 2013 )