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In today’s classical news, Nikida Mndoyants wins the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Corps of Army Music offers a ‘Golden Hello’ of £10,000 for players of specific instruments or instrumental groups & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain underlines the importance of youth orchestras at the Proms. Also, Edinburgh celebrates the start of its biggest music festival.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants wins Cleveland International Piano Competition 2016

The 27-year-old Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants has won the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, a tightly contested, two-week contest, which began on 24 July with 31 unusually well-qualified candidates.

Corps of Army Music offering £10,000 Golden Hello

The Corps of Army Music is offering a ‘Golden Hello’ of up to £10,000 for players of specific instruments or instrumental groups. The new incentive is an opportunity available not only to new applicants to the Army, but also to internal transferees from other Corps and Regiments within the Army, as well as those transferring from the Reserve Army and those who want to ‘re-join’ after being out of the Army for more than two years.

The Telegraph

Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: a robust defence for the importance of youth orchestras

As shown by the recent scare – now happily resolved – over funding to the European Union Youth Orchestra, these can be fragile times for our youth ensembles. Such orchestras are not a luxury, so it was good that their incalculable value was celebrated this weekend in three concerts at the BBC Proms.

BBC News

Deep Time castle display opens Edinburgh International Festival

A spectacular light display on the side of Edinburgh Castle has marked the opening of the city’s International Festival. Dubbed Deep Time, the event, soundtracked by Glasgow post-rock band Mogwai, saw the landmark used as a canvas for animated projections taking in 350 million years of history.

‘Superfans’ keep UK festivals going

A core group of “superfans” are the bedrock of the UK’s festival scene, attending four or more events a year, research suggests. They spend an average of £581 a year on music festivals, often opting for VIP passes or upgraded camping options.

Broadwayworld

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras announce audition schedules

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO) will hold auditions on August 30 and 31, or by appointment, for the Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Intermediate String Ensemble and String Ensemble.

WQXR

9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Athletic feats take center stage at the Olympics, but classical music has always been an important element of the games.

nmz

Salzburger Festspiele: Shokhakimov gewinnt Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der Nachwuchsdirigent Aziz Shokhakimov aus Usbekistan ist mit dem Young Conductors Award der Salzburger Festspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet worden.

Klassik heute

Cello Akademie Rutesheim lädt zu Meisterkursen

Mit Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, Claudio Bohórquez, Wen-Sinn Yang, Danjulo Ishizaka und Troels Svane präsentiert die Cello Akademie Rutesheim 2016 vom 30. Oktober bis 5. November sechs Top-Solisten und Professoren.

FAZ

Es braucht einen starken Körper

Ein Gespräch mit Anna Netrebko über den Wandel ihrer Stimme, das Sterben auf der Bühne – und warum sie nie in Bayreuth auftreten und Wagner singen wird.

Twitter

TED Talks @TEDTalks The transformative power of classical music:

Classic FM @ClassicFM Special show – What does classical music sound like in 3D? investigates:

Opera Anywhere @OperaAnywhere Working on water! Madness or genius? the proof will be in the punting!

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Photograph: Rhinegold

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Chariots of Fire composer writes piece of music for Rosetta comet mission

The world-renowned musician, Vangelis composes a piece of music specially for European Space Agency and inspired by the Rosetta mission

The Strad

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae banned from skiing for four years

The International Ski Federation ruled that the athlete’s qualifying scores were manipulated

BBC Music Magazine

Jiří Bělohlávek awarded the 2014 Antonín Dvořák Prize

The Czech conductor will pick up his prize in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall this Sunday

Classical Source

Southbank Centre announces its 2015 Festival Programme and Artistic Highlights

14 FESTIVALS CURATED BY SOUTHBANK CENTRE INCLUDING CHANGING BRITAIN 1945–2015 ON 70 YEARS OF BRITISH THINKING IN LEAD UP TO GENERAL ELECTION

International Arts Manager

Carnegie Hall broadcasts concerts live

A new partnership between Carnegie Hall and medici.tv will see concerts webcast live from the historic venue for the first time, showcasing some of the world’s leading artists.

Klassik.com

Britischer Musiksoziologe kritisiert El Sistema

Angebliche Schwachstellen des venezolanischen Musik- und Sozialprogramms

Musik Heute

Musikhochschule Weimar vergibt Deutschland-Stipendien

Die Weimarer Musikhochschule hat ihre diesjährigen Deutschland-Stipendien vergeben.

Codex Flores

Temirkanov hat die Nase voll vom Regietheater

Der russische Dirigent Yuri Temirkanov weigert sich, künftig regieentstellte Opern zu dirigieren.

The New York Times

YouTube Music Key Is Introduced as New Rival in Streaming

For nearly a decade, YouTube has offered a smorgasbord of free music, making just about every song imaginable — from Top 40 to ukulele covers — available at a click.

Le Figaro

L’Opéra Comique souffle ses 300 bougies

Ce soir, la Salle Favart célèbre les trois siècles de ce genre très français avec Jérôme Deschamps, Michel Fau et Roselyne Bachelot en meneurs de revue.

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Conductor Bramwell Tovey’s Stolen From His Car

Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and former chief conductor of the Luxembourg Philharmonic suffered the loss of two scores, his baton case and some other personal items from his vehicle’s trunk in downtown Vancouver on Saturday night.

Twitter

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national: Our Director of Philanthropy @MrsTjnr tells @guardianculture why the arts need to get better at asking for money: http://bit.ly/1qF6tvv

SM @ISM_music: We are concerned by the education secretary’s damaging statement about arts education #baccforthefuture #protectmusic http://bit.ly/1xm9mGs 

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet: He only created 1 full-length ballet,but Britten influenced more dance than you may think: http://bit.ly/1tL7rWV ^C

Vanessa_MaeVanessa-Mae. Photo: The Strad

(Written on November 13, 2014 )

NME

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Q&A – Blending Classical Music With Rock

Jonny Greenwood is playing Wapping Hydraulic Power Station this Sunday (February 23) with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists and very excitingly he’ll be premiering new material. NME question him about his classical influences.

BBC Music Magazine

ENO’s Peter Grimes to be broadcast live in cinemas this Sunday

Andy Morahan on the art of bringing Britten to the big screen

LA Observed

KCRW buys classical music station in Santa Barbara

KCRW is acquiring KDB, a longtime Santa Barbara classical music station at 93.7 FM. KCRW gets a stronger signal along the Santa Barbara coast, using 88.7 FM, while classical music will continue at 93.7 in a partnership between KDB and KUSC.

Just Jared JR

Charlie White Plays Violin on ‘Today’ After Winning Gold at Sochi Olympics with Meryl Davis

Gold Medalist Charlie White breaks out his violin on The Today Show during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday morning (February 18) in Sochi, Russia.

SU Independent

Silent film meets classical music at OSU ‘Flickers’

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is celebrating vintage silent movies such as Charlie Chapin’s “The Tramp,” George Meles’ “A Trip to the Moon” and “Out West” by “Fatty” Arbuckle from 1918.

Die Welt

Was macht Karl Lagerfeld eigentlich in der Oper?

Vor 250 Jahren starb der Barockkomponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk wiederbelebt. Das Theater an der Wien verlegt seine Eitelkeitskomödie “Platée” in die Welt des Pariser Modezirkus.
Just Jared JR

Just Jared JR

(Written on February 20, 2014 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 12, 2014 )

WildKat PR

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WildKat PR are looking for a new Account Manager to join the lovely WildKat PR London team…

BBC News

How to compose classical music with your brainwaves

Professor at Plymouth University uses a device that reads thoughts, with the aid of a brain cap, and promises to translate those thoughts into music – a world away from the traditional composition process

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony

The Winter Olympics opened with a celebration of classical music and ballet, with a performance from star opera singer Anna Netrebko

Billboard Biz

YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

Google Inc. disclosed on Sunday that its YouTube video platform has paid out more than $1 billion to music rights holders “over the last several years,” putting the California technology company among the top sources of digital revenue for the embattled music industry outside of download sales.

Keighley News

Music industry jobs scheme hub in Keighley

Keighley’s Jam on Top has become part of a lottery-funded project to train young people for jobs in the music industry

Die Welt

Verruchte Unschuld und traurige Zuversicht

Kann sie das? Sie kann! Dagmar Manzel überzeugt mit den Liedern des großen Friedrich Hollaender. Live und auf CD ist zu erleben, welche Lücke der jüdische Komponist hinterlassen hat
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 10, 2014 )

The Guardian

Google launches Spotify rival Music All Access in the UK

Subscription-based music service aims to undercut Spotify and other rivals with £7.99-a-month offer for early signups

Zubin Mehta to conduct concert in Kashmir

Mumbai-born maestro to perform with orchestra on banks of Lake Dal in Srinigar next month

Classic FM Online

New Zealand Symphony cancels tour to record Hobbit soundtrack

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour of New Zealand because it coincides with recording dates for the soundtrack to the second Hobbit movie

Eric Whitacre on VC4, dubstep and meeting the Royals

Eric Whitacre chats to Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau about the success of Virtual Choir 4 and its premiere at Buckingham Palace

Stephen Fry cites Tchaikovsky in anti-Olympics open letter

Actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has used Tchaikovsky as an example in an open letter to the Prime Minister and the International Olympic Committee calling them to boycott the Russian Winter Olympics due to LGBT prejudice

Gramophone

Fiona Shaw replaces Deborah Warner as director of Met Opera’s season-opening Eugene Onegin

Warner withdraws due to an unexpected surgical procedure

Rural opera festivals can be serious rivals for the big London houses

Smaller stages at Longborough and Dorset show what can be done with limited resources, bags of enthusiasm – and one Jonathan Miller

Classical Music Magazine

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches 10-day campaign for £70,000 rescue fund

A campaign has been launched to raise funds for the freelance professional Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Klassic.com

Namhafte Künstler engagieren sich für Menschenrechte in Russland

Geiger Gidon Kremer kritisiert Anna Netrebko und Valery Gergiev

 

(Written on August 8, 2013 )

It is nigh on impossible to be in London this week and avoid the Olympics; whilst the Big Smoke may be quieter than usual in some parts of the town, there still seems to be an Olympic official, a fan or #teamGB T-shirt-wearer in every (nearly deserted) tube carriage.
And so the world of Classical Music has been infiltrated by the Olympics, too. Or rather, Classical Music has infiltrated the Olympics.

Nineteen members of the Canadian Olympic team have this week been revealed to be classical musicians, members of Conservatoires back in Canada but are, this month, just focusing on the sporting side of their talents.

There was no nod to popular music in the selection of Olympic flag bearers of 2012 but it was conductor Daniel Barenboim, who proudly stood as one of the eight great humanitarians, chosen for his services to music and peacekeeping. This was most notably due to his creation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, bringing together young musicians in his home country of Israel regardless of their political position or origin either side of the Palestine/Israel border.

The Arts Desk

During a celebration of ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’, Parry’s Jerusalem was touchingly sung by 11-year-old Humphrey Keeper, leading The Dockhead Choir. Handel’s Water Music and Elgar’s Nimrod both featured at the dramatic moments of the event, whilst Ode to Joy was a debated contender for the show’s repertoire after David Beckham performed it in a Samsung advert using just his feet, talent and a football; however it never made the bill.

Speaking of Ode to Joy, this week Barenboim proclaimed Beethoven to be a ‘bit of an Olympian’ himself after conducting his medal worthy First to Ninth Symphonies all in eight days at the BBC proms. After the performance of the Ninth last Friday Barenboim was then rushed (most certainly using those Olympic traffic lanes!) to get to the Olympic stadium to carry the all-important flag.

Classical music was also given the chance to show its modern face and its sense of humour, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting whilst Mr. Bean was on the keyboard, contributing to the famous Vangelis music from Chariots of Fire. Whilst Rattle’s role was small, it featured a wonderful combination of classical music from the London Symphony Orchestra with Bean’s electronic input – probably the most crucial part of Vangelis’ wonderful theme tune. And so a famous Maestro and Britain’s famous comedian shared the stage. With even the Queen herself showing a sense of humour in her James Bond sketch, it was great to see Sir Simon Rattle dispersing stereotypes of stuffiness within classical music courtesy of his witty performance with Mr. Bean.

Classical music and its musicians actually feature in the most important moment for every single Olympian out there.  This year the London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded all 205 Olympic countries’ anthems in the legendary Abbey Road Studios with just 12 minutes allocated to record each individual piece. Despite the tight schedule that the anthems were completed in, they sound fantastic and boost every nation’s spirits each time a Gold is won. We just hope to hear ‘God Save the Queen’ a lot more over the next week…

The Daily Mail

(Written on August 3, 2012 )

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc 

Breaking: America loses one its last classics-only stores 

Music Millennium will shut down their long time classical music store, Classical Millennium in September.

The one-armed pianist who’s playing the Olympics 

The Paralympic team welcome ceremony features The British Paraorchestra.

Kate Wagner wants to open archives, but the family won’t let her

Katharina Wagner wants to come clean over Bayreuth’s Nazi past.

BBC News 

Thousands attend Three Choirs Festival 

Organizers of the Three Choirs Festival report that up to 30,000 people attended this year’s festival.

Classic FM 

Nikitin to appear in Met Opera’s Parsifal  

Opera star Yevgeny Nikitin returns to stage in the Metropolitan Opera’s forthcoming performance of Wagner’s Parsifal.

Opera’s brightest starts at Covent Garden 

Seven opera singers including Joseph Calleja, Joyce DiDonato and Plácido Domingo all take to the stage at the Royal Opera House.

China’s ‘Three Tenors’ give Olympic performance

China’s answer to the Three Tenors have performed a special concert fusing Western and Chinese classical music.

Classical Music Features in Olympic ceremony 

The world’s best classical artists descended upon Stratford for the Olympic ceremony.

(Written on July 30, 2012 )

The Telegraph

What Cinematic Opera Means for the Real Thing

There are drastically changing patterns of demand in the opera world: Opera audiences outside London are increasingly elderly, and no amount of proselytising in schools or groovy buy-one-get-one-free initiatives seems to arrest that worrying trend.

Gustav Holst: so much more than ‘The Planets’

Gustav Holst’s neglected ‘Indian’ works are about to be celebrated in his home town at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Independent

The Proms think big: Can the world’s leading classical festival hold its own in an Olympic year?

As a vital part of the London 2012 Festival, the pressure’s on the Proms this year – and they deliver on their own terms

Gramophone

Pablo Heras-Casado signs to Harmonia Mundi

Harmonia Mundi has announced a new collaboration with acclaimed Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. The young maestro will make his label debut with two recordings, currently in production, to be released in 2013.

Ten years ago Delphian Records released its first recording, and in celebration of a decade’s worth of chamber, choral, vocal and instrumental albums, the Scottish label will present a series of concerts at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

How Gustav Mahler addressed the President of the United States

Apparently, at a January 1911 dinner that the music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra attended for President Howard Taft, Mahler got up and made a speech. It’s not clear from the report if he made it before the president left, but wouldn’t you like to know what he said?

The Guardian

Lina Lalandi obituary

Founding director of the English Bach festival, and a pioneer in the rediscovery of baroque opera.

James Bond lyricist Leslie Bricusse gives George Gershwin a new voice

For the first time the composer’s best-known orchestral music can be heard with words to accompany it.

The Times

A Review: Brynfest at the Festival Hall

Every Londoner became a Welshman at the weekend as the Brynfest took over the Southbank.

Lina Lalandi

 

(Written on July 9, 2012 )