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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.


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.

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.


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.


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

(Written on April 12, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Southbank Centre CEO announces retirement, Thomas Gould becomes Leader of Britten Sinfonia, and an interdisciplinary team explores whether music makes food and drink taste better. Also, research finds musicians three times more likely to suffer depression, and renovation costs for Cologne Opera have increased.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre CEO announces retirement

Alan Bishop is to retire next year after eight years as chief executive of Southbank Centre.

The Strad

Elly Suh wins Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition

The competition, which took place from 20-31 October in Lviv, Ukraine, was open to international violinists between the ages of 15 and 29 who competed in three live rounds, culminating in a concerto final with the Lviv Philharmonia.

Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Gould to become Leader of Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Gould has been appointed Leader of Britten Sinfonia, sharing the position with Jacqueline Shave. In order to fulfill his increased role with Britten Sinfonia, Thomas will step down as Leader of Aurora Orchestra.

The Guardian

Can music make food and drink taste better?

Connections between our experience of flavour and sound have been revealed through a growing area of research in which neuroscientists, businesses and artists are working together.


Research finds musicians three times more likely to suffer depression

Help Musicians UK has found alarming rates of depression and other mental health problems among musicians.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Westminster Cathedral to host charity Christmas carol concert

Land Securities, the company currently developing London’s Victoria region, will hold its second Christmas carol concert at Westminster Cathedral on 7 December.

Opera Now Magazine

Grange Festival extends fundraising campaign

The Grange Festival has extended its funding campaign to refit the Grange Theatre.

Oper Köln: Sanierungskosten weiter im Steigflug

Seitens der Bühnen Köln wurde nun der Vorschlag eingebracht, das für die Renovierungsarbeiten vorgesehene Budget auf 404 Millionen Euro zu erhöhen. Kosten- und Zeitplan der Opernsanierung sind in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder nach oben korrigiert worden.


Originalpartitur von Mahlers «Auferstehungssinfonie» wird versteigert

Die Originalpartitur von Gustav Mahlers (1860-1911) «Auferstehungssinfonie» wird am 29. November bei Sotheby’s in London versteigert. Der Schätzpreis liegt bei 3,5 Millionen Pfund (3,87 Mio. Euro).

Codex Flores

Orchesterverbände zeichnen Bayerischen Rundfunk aus

Die Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Orchesterverbände verleiht die Hans-Lenz-Medaille für außergewöhnliche Verdienste um das Amateurmusizieren im Jahr 2016 an den Bayerischen Rundfunk.


neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung nmz-news: Elbphilharmonie-Plaza wird eröffnet: 360-Grad-Aussicht auf den Hafen @klassikcom Finanzierung der Vogtland Philharmonie bis 2024 gesichert

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(Written on November 3, 2016 )

The Guardian

BBC promises ‘strongest commitment to the arts in a generation’

New season will see extra £3m spent on productions of Shakespeare and live broadcasts from Glyndebourne and Hay.

BBC Music Magazine

Chetham’s School of Music announces plans for new concert hall

The school has received funding to build a world-class concert hall in Manchester’s city centre.

Classic FM News

Yoshiki plays piano battle with hologram of himself

Japanese rock star and classical crossover artist Yoshiki has surprised audiences at the annual SXSW music conference by playing a piano duet with a hologram version of himself.

Lost London Underground violin sparks social media campaign

A performer lost her violin ‘in a daze’ on the London Underground and is relying on the kindness of strangers for its safe return.

Lang Lang launches new app challenge with €30k prize

Pianist Lang Lang has created a competition to find the best digital application to encourage learning and discovery of classical music, with a prize of €30,000 for the winning entry.

The New York Times

Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Returns … For Now

Osmo Vänska, who resigned as its music director in October, makes a triumphant return to the newly renovated Orchestra Hall. But if any kind of resolution in the matter of artistic leadership is imminent, no one is yet willing to discuss it.

Paris Match

A 70 ans: Gérard Mortier, mort du roi de l’opéra

Le Belge, qui a dirigé certains des plus grands opéras de la planète, a marqué par son audace.

Il Messaggero

Arriva in Italia “La famiglia Addams”, Elio e Geppi Cucciari calcheranno la scena

La famiglia Addams si trasferisce in Italia. Zio Fester e tutti gli altri personaggi creati negli anni Trenta dal genio del disegnatore statunitense Charles Addams, infatti, saranno protagonisti di una commedia musicale che andrà in scena in molti teatri della Penisola a partire dal prossimo ottobre.

Das Orchester

François-Xavier Roth neuer GMD in Köln

François-Xavier Roth wird Generalmusikdirektor in Köln. Der Dirigent tritt sein Amt am 1. September 2015 für fünf Jahre an.

Classical music on Twitter

International Piano: @IP_mag ‘More than half the pianists I heard in three months used printed music’ writes our US correspondent. Is memorisation out of fashion?

Brooklyn Rider: ‏@Brooklyn_Rider We are thrilled to launch our Kickstarter campaign for the Brooklyn Rider Almanac! Check it out and please share!

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: @SCOmusic We launch our 2014/15 Season today! New brochures are available to view on our website  tell us what you think!

Noted:@WeAreNoted If you missed out on a ticket tonight, look out for our blog tomorrow morning of a rundown of tonight’s talk 🙂 #notedtalks #socialmedia


(Written on March 27, 2014 )