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In today’s news: English Touring Opera’s autumn season. Oliver Knussen’s order and disorder. Opera director Petr Weigl have passed away. Karajan wax figure revealed at Madame Tussauds, Vienna. Celebrating the 70th birthday of violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Newly renovated Staatsoper in Berlin closes season with 94% audience turn out.


English Touring Opera reveals autumn season

English Touring Opera (ETO) has revealed its autumn tour dates, running from 6 October to 28 November.

The Guardian

Letters: Oliver Knussen’s music was supremely ordered

The house that Oliver Knussen had at Snape, Suffolk, was once described on Radio 3 as a chaotic mass of scores, recordings, books and objects of all kinds. But his music was supremely ordered, consisting mostly of skilful but smallish pieces.

Music Week

‘Stop rewarding ego’: How top music industry names would change the biz

What’s the one thing you would change about the music industry? It’s a big question, and one that’s never too far from the thoughts of many in the business.

Kent Online

University of Kent launches music industry courses at Historic Dockyard Chatham

The University of Kent has launched its Centre for Music and Audio Technology (CMAT) based on Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. It is designed to meet the industry’s needs in three key areas – performance, technology and business.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der Geiger dirigiert

Er hat Musik geatmet, gelebt und buchstäblich verschlungen: Das Geiger-Genie Pinchas Zukerman wird siebzig Jahre alt.

Opernregisseur Petr Weigl gestorben

Der tschechische Film- und Fernsehregisseur Petr Weigl ist tot. Weigl verstarb am vergangenen Wochenende im Alter von 79 Jahren.


Karajan gibt bei Madame Tussauds den Takt an

Im Madame Tussauds Wien wurde gestern Abend, wie angekündigt, die 200.000 Euro teure Wachsfigur des 1989 verstorbenen österreichischen Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan von Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer enthüllt.

The New York Times

Prototype: An Opera Festival That Actually Earns Its Name

The festival, which has introduced New York audiences to many daring new operas, has announced the lineup for its latest edition in January 2019.

Platea Magazine

La Staatsoper de Berlín cierra con un 94% de ocupación su primera temporada en la renovada Unter den Linden

Tras años de retraso en su reapertura y con un gasto final que superó con mucho lo presupuestado, el pasado otoño la Staatsoper de Berlín regresó a su renovada sede en Unter den Linden.


Karajan als Wachsfigur
Madame Tussauds Wien (c) Katharina Schiffl

(Written on July 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: An airline refused to let orchestra on board with instruments. RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000. Original Elgar Manuscript on Antiques Roadshow. Premier trombonists to descend Iowa City. Symphonic flashmob in Berlin. 121 applications for Eisler scholarship in Leipzig. Orchestra of Valencia and Ramón Tebar to give free open air concert. Oliver Knussen – his life.

Classic FM

An airline refused to let this orchestra on board with their instruments – and they protested in the best way

This orchestra – Pokrovsky Opera on Facebook – were travelling from Riga airport in Latvia to Moscow, Russia, when they were stopped at security with their instrument cases.


RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000

The programme offers a range of support to outstanding instrumentalists, ensembles and composers, including non-repayable grants for students in financial need to afford quality instruments.

Classic FM

Original Elgar manuscript valued at £100,000 on Antiques Roadshow

A woman who appeared on Antiques Roadshow has been sitting on an incredibly valuable musical item: the original drafts and revisions of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

The Daily Iowan

Premier trombonists to descend on Iowa City for international festival

For the first time, the University of Iowa will host the annual International Trombone Festival to bring world-class trombonists together for a special four-day event to celebrate the many facets the trombone has to offer.


Ng Tian Hui named Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony

The Pioneer Valley Symphony, an orchestra in Greenfield, Massachusetts, has announced as its new musical director 38-year-old Ng Tian Hui.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Er lehrte die wilden Kerle das Singen

Seine erste Sinfonie schrieb er mit Fünfzehn – und dirigierte sie gleich mit dem London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt ist der englische Komponist und Dirigent Oliver Knussen gestorben.


Sinfonischer Flashmob

Die Aktion Symphonic Mob verwandelt am 23. September die Piazza der Mall of Berlin zum Konzertsaal, wenn Laienmusiker auf Profis des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin und des Rundfunkchors Berlin treffen

Musik Heute

121 Bewerbungen für Leipziger Eisler-Stipendium

Für das erstmals ausgeschriebene Hanns-Eisler-Stipendium der Stadt Leipzig haben sich 121 Komponisten angemeldet.

Platea Magazine

La Orquesta de Valencia y Ramón Tebar ofrecen un concierto gratuito en la Playa de Las Arenas

El próximo 13 de julio, a las 22 horas, la Orquesta de Valencia prolongará la celebración de su 30 aniversario con un concierto gratuito al aire libre, en el marco de la Playa de Las Arenas.


Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonic Mob © Kai Bienert

(Written on July 11, 2018 )

In today’s news: Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66 after a short illness, Jeremy Wright replaces Matt Hancock as DCMS following “Brexodus”, and Love Islanders get a dose of classical music. Hamburg State Opera releases audience numbers for 2017/18 season. Rudolstadt-Festival for folk, world and roots music. The underwater concert to raise environmental awareness. Five finalists for directorship of Palus de les Arts in Valencia. The sound island in Madrid encouraging children to create music as they play.

The Guardian

Composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died age 66, his publisher has announced.

The Drum

Jeremy Wright appointed new secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS)

The MP used to play the trumpet, “but can barely get a note out of the instrument these days”.

Classic FM

Love Island and classical music: what’s been played on ITV2 so far?

Classic FM have noticed that a few pieces of classical music have cropped up in Series Four of Love Island, 2018. Here are all the pieces they’ve used so far.


The ideal of equality makes opera thrive in Finland

The number of operas composed during the 21st century is higher than during the 150-years of previous Finnish music history.


Huawei Takes a Trip to the Opera in a Break From Trade Wars

Deputy Chairman Ken Hu is heading to the French capital to unveil a technology partnership involving a 900,000-euro ($1 million) investment over three years into a content-sharing platform at France’s national opera company.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Konzert für Fische und Korallen

Tauchausrüstung oder Schnorchel waren ein Muss beim Unterwasser-Festival vor den Florida Keys. Die am einzigen lebenden US-Korallenriff abgespielten Rhythmen sollten die Aufmerksamkeit auch auf den Schutz des Ökosystems lenken.

Klassik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper gibt die Besucherzahlen der Spielzeit 2017/18 bekannt

Mit der Vorstellung der 44. Nijinsky-Gala des Hamburg Ballett am vergangenen Sonntag, den 8. Juli 2018, ging die Spielzeit 2017/2018 der Hamburgischen Staatsoper zu Ende.

Bayerische Rundfunk

Ruth-Preis an Ethno-Jazz-Sängerin

Zehntausende sind am vergangenen Wochenende zu rund 300 Konzerten ins thüringische Rudolstadt gereist.

Platea Magazine

Dos españoles, dos italianos, un alemán y un argentino, finalistas para dirigir el Palau de Les Arts

Tal y como publica el periódico Las Provincias, el Palau de Les Arts ya contaría con cinco finalistas para dirigir el coliseo, tras la dimisión de Davide Livermore.

El País

Una isla sonora para jugar a través de la música

Un volcán sonoro se ha instalado en Matadero. Está ubicado en una isla en la que todos los elementos que la conforman hacen ruido y, en conjunto, producen música.


© Press Association

(Written on July 10, 2018 )

Classical News

The Independent

Opera is the new circus

Showman Gerry Cottle was dragged to see the latest production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ and had an epiphany.

Classic FM

Viola tennis racket is ‘the ultimate viola joke’

Viola tennis anyone? A new video has emerged offering a different way to conceive the string instrument during the summer months.

The Guardian

Maxwell Davies: ‘The best way to get people to the festival was to involve their children’

The St Magnus festival celebrated Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th at a special concert involving the local community and Max’s compositions for children.

The Guardian

Symphony guide: Knussen’s Third

Knussen’s third symphony is only 15 minutes in length but it covers a massive musical and emotional spectrum.

Classic FM

Child drummer plays stunning solo with orchestra: video

The video, posted by a Facebook user called Fabio Ibrahim El Khoury (though the origin of the video is unknown), has been shared over 150,000 times.

Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad gestorben

Der künstlerische Leiter und Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Thierry Scherz, ist laut einer Mitteilung des Veranstalters verstorben. Informationen der Berner Zeitung zufolge nahm sich Scherz am 1. Juli in Wien das Leben. Er hinterlässt Frau und zwei Kinder.

Rundfunkchor Berlin streikt für Tarifvertrag

Der Berliner Rundfunkchor ist erstmals in seiner Geschichte in einem zeitlich unbefristeten Streik getreten. Die Sänger protestieren damit gegen die Ablehnung eines ausgearbeiteten Tarifvertrags durch das Kuratorium der Rundfunkorchester und -chöre GmbH (ROC).

La Nazione

Ritorna il Festival della Mente

TRE giornate con 60 relatori e 39 incontri, tra conferenze, spattacoli, workshop e momenti di approfondimento, per esplorare la nascita e lo sviluppo dei processi creativi.


The Opera Critic: @theoperacritic  $750,000 grant will help Houston Grand Opera produce 5 new works

AustinCivicOrchestra: @ATXCivOrchestra  Top violinist taking classical music behind bars and to the streets. #classical #music

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Nicola Benedetti awarded @MakingMusic_UK‘s Sir Charles Grove Prize for her #musiced advocacy: 



Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti at the English National Opera

Photograph: Mike Hoban




(Written on July 9, 2014 )

Classic FM

Choral version of Anne Frank’s diary gets release date

Composer James Whitbourn’s choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank is to be released on January 22nd.

League table reveals hardest-working in classical music

New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Sir Simon Rattle, Arvo Pärt and Handel’s Messiah are the winners in a survey of classical music concerts in 2012.


Obituary: John Carol Case, bass-baritone

The English bass-baritone, singing teacher and carol composer John Carol Case, OBE, has died, aged 89.

Irish Independent (found on Musical Chairs)

Bird ‘more complex than orchestra’

Songbirds possess a musical instrument more complex than anything found in an orchestra, a study has confirmed.

Slipped Disc

David Bowie and Philip Glass talk through their two symphonies

The world awoke [yesterday] to the news that David Bowie, on his 66th birthday, has broken ten years of creative silence with a seminal new single, Where Are We Now?

British composer misses Carnegie Hall deadline

Oliver Knussen has failed to deliver a new work to the Philadelphia Orchestra in time for a Carnegie Hall premiere next month.

The Independent

Why clapping ruins concerts

Intrusive applause can spoil a classical concert, leading conductors tell Simon O’Hagan

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

Leonidas Kavakos: Letting Beethoven Shine

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is something of a musician’s musician in the classical world.











Irish Independent

(Written on January 9, 2013 )

The Guardian

José Antonio Abreu on Venezuela’s El Sistema miracle

In a rare interview, José  Antonio Abreu talks about his passion for Venezuela’s extraordinary musical programme that gives children a route out of poverty.

BBC Music Magazine

Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott set up charity

Soprano Anna Netrebko and bass-baritone Erwin Schrott have created a charitable foundation to support disabled and disadvantaged children.

LA Times

Spectrum Road to pay tribute to Lifetime at Playboy Jazz Festival

Spectrum Road will explore the music of Tony Williams’ Lifetime at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

The Water Music the BBC wouldn’t let you see or hear

The Academy of Ancient Music has published a video of its performance of Handel’s Water Music in the Royal Flotilla.

Wales thinks it has found the next Bryn Terfel

You’d expect the Welsh to be first to put up a candidate for next year’s Cardiff Singer of the World content and, sure enough, their man is on the starting line while other nations are still stuttering in rehearsal rooms.

NY Times

The American Symphony, at 50, Harcks Back to Stokowski

When Leopold Stokowski formed the American Symphony Orchestra 50 years ago, he wanted to create, in part, a training ground for young musicians.

The Times

London 2012 Festival: best classical and opera

Chief cultural critic Richard Morrison on the classical music and opera he is most looking forward to.

The New Yorker

A legendary Mendelssohn recording

Oliver Knussen, the great British composer and conductor, turned sixty on Tuesday.


Bach cantata manuscript sells for £337,250 at Christie’s in London

Rare example of Bach’s musical hand sells to private collector.

Missy Mazzoli named Composer-in-Residence of Opera Company of Philadelphia

Missy Mazzoli has been selected as the second Composer-in-Residence of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and the Music Theatre Group in New York.

(Written on June 15, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2012: An interview with Bryn Terfel

This summer he will be singing lieder, playing Wotan, performing Cole Porter and raising money for charity.

Classical Music Magazine

Knussen wins Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Musician

The Critics’ Circle Awards 2012 have been announced, with composer and conductor Oliver Knussen winning the award for Outstanding Musician.

The Guardian

Oliver Knussen: ‘It’ never occured to me that not everybody thought music was the most important thing in life’

As the composer and conductor celebrates his 60th birthday year, he talks to Fiona Maddocks.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Israel’s ice-break Wagner concert moves to new venue

Banned by Tel Aviv University, Asher Fisch’s introduction to Wagner’s music for deprived Israelis will be held at the Tel Aviv Hilton.

A second orchestra opens in the Arab gulf, with a cancellation

Not to be outdone by their Qatari neighbours, the United Arab Emirates have announced the formation of ‘a non-profit, community orchestra of excellence’.


Parkening International Guitar Competition winner announced

Petrit Ceku receives Gold medal and $30,000 cash prize.


(Written on June 8, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2012: Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘ideal state’

Conductor Simon Rattle gives advise to amateurs and defines his “ideal state”.

Royal College of Music Chamber Choir: ‘Grit and determination kept us singing’

Sodden but unbowed, the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir encapsulated Sunday’s jubilant spirit.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow: in perfect harmony for Queen and country

Andrew Lloyd Webber, doyen of musical theatre, reveals how he joined pop star Gary Barlow and TV choirmaster Gareth Malone to honour ‘an extraordinary monarch’.

LA Times

Valley and Soka performing arts centers set for second season

Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge and Soka Performing Arts Center at Soka University in Aliso Viejo have ambitions for sophomore year.

Leif Ove Andsnes warms up for Ojai Music Festival

The pianist, music director for the 66th edition, will perform with Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Classical Music Magazine

Clandeboye’s former young musicians to return to celebrate tenth festival

Booking has opened for the tenth Clandeboye Festival, taking place 13 – 18 August at the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava’s Clandeboye estate near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Camerate Ireland launches Derry-Londonderry as UK City of Culture 2013

Camerata Ireland and its artistic director Barry Douglas launched the musical programme for Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture with a concert on 30 May in one of the city’s historic churches, Christ Church.

The Guardian

A guide to Oliver Knussen’s music

Oliver Knussen’s music packs as much incident and expression into mere minutes than some composers manage in a lifetime.

Mystery of the maestros: what are conductors for?

How do conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle and Valery Gregiev work?

Alfred Deller: a voice from the past

On the centenary of the great countertenor’s birth his grandson recalls how he came to know and love his music.

Tel Aviv Wagner concert cancelled after wave of protest

University cancels booking, saying performance of works by Hitler’s favourite composer would offend Holocaust survivors.

The Independent

Moved by the tragedy behind Berlioz’s Troy story

David McVicar talks about the huge challenge of staging Les Troyens.

Opening ceremony orchestra is silenced

Musicians in the London Symphony Orchestra will have to mime their performance in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics because a live performance is deemed too risky.


Linn Records teams with Universal Music to distribute Studio Master downloads

Back catalogue masterpieces and current titles made available in high-quality digital format.

Australian string quartet acquire rare set of Guadagnini instruments

Matching instruments worth millions on permanent loan to the ensemble.

Financial Times

Making a noise, in its quiet way

As Scottish Opera turns 50, what does the future hold for the company?


(Written on June 6, 2012 )

With the grand final of the Choir of the Year competition fast approaching, WildKat PR is getting into the vocal spirit! We’ve come up with a selection of not-to-be-missed vocal and choral concerts which are taking place in London in the next couple of weeks.

What? South American connections: Music by South American composers and their European contemporaries

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Thursday 25th November, 7.30pm

The celebrated Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro joins the Academy of Ancient Music in a concert which features some fascinating vocal music.  The contrast between national styles will be explored in this programme of 18th Century South American and European works, including music by Lobo de Mesquita, Zipoli and Torrejón y Velasco.  Ticket prices range from £18 to £32.  If you buy two or more tickets for this concert, you will receive the Wigmore Hall Live’s Academy of Ancient Music CD absolutely free of charge!

What? Copland, Shepherd and Anderson with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus

Where? Barbican Hall

When? Friday 26th November, 7.00pm

Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this exciting concert of choral works inspired by the 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson, which features two exciting premieres.  The concert will open with the European premiere of Sean Shepherd’s orchestral showpiece ‘Wanderlust’.  This will be followed by Copland’s ‘Eight poems of Emily Dickinson’ featuring the soloist Clare Booth.  Finally, Susan Bickley will appear as the soloist in the world premiere of the revised version of Julian Anderson’s ‘Heaven is Shy of Earth’, a work praised by the Guardian for evoking a ‘shimmering soundworld’.  Ticket prices range from £8 to £24.  Ticket holders are also invited to attend a pre-concert talk in the Fountain Room at 6pm. Since places are limited for this event, it’s a good idea to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

What? Nonsuch Singers perform Handel’s Messiah

Where? Christ Church Spitalfiels

When? Friday 3rd December 2010 19:00

Nonsuch Singers, described by The Times as “one of London’s best chamber choirs”, has a reputation for innovative programmes, high-quality singing and communicative performances. The choir’s considerable repertoire encompasses a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the present day, and the choir performs regularly with many of the UK’s leading period instrumental ensembles and finest young vocal soloists. In an intimate venue, this performance sees the choir performing the epic Handel’s Messiah.

What? Winter Songs

Where? Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1

When? Tuesday 14th December 12:30pm – FREE EVENT!

This event is going to be an extremely friendly concert with a young, vibrant feel. Join 120 young musicians from Harry Gosling, Hague, Virginia and Shapla primary schools to celebrate the inauguration of Tower Voices. Together with Spitalfields Singers and THAMES Saturday Music Centre Community Choir, enjoy the sounds of winter in this celebration of all things shimmering and frosty. Come and watch for a FREE lunchtime concert!

(Written on November 22, 2010 )