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In today’s news it has been announced that the most famous painting of Bach by Elias Gottlob Haussman will return to Leipzig where the composer made his home. Polish composer Szymanowksi’s King Roger will be have its Covent Garden premiere this weekend, having been written in 1926. Elsewhere, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have given a free concert in ‘support of our community’ after the riots this week. In other orchestra news, the Berlin Philharmonic have announced their 2015/16 season which will feature Peter Sellars as their artist in residence. Finally, choirs could become a regular feature in care homes, alongside activities such as bingo.

The Guardian

Bach portrait returns to Leipzig

The best-known painting of the German composer – formerly in the possession of a US philanthropist – is to return to the city that Bach made his home

Szymanowski’s ‘dangerously intoxicating’ King Roger

The Polish composer’s 1926 opera gets its belated Covent Garden premiere this weekend. Szymanowksi’s ecstatic music is a blinding blaze of colour – and perhaps the perfect opera for those who’ve never experienced one in the flesh

The Strad

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to give free concert following riots in the city

The orchestra has been forced to cancel some of this week’s events, but wishes to show its ‘support of our community’

Classical Music Magazine

Berlin Philharmonic announces 2015/16 season

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has released the programme its 2015/16 season, which will feature Peter Sellars as artist in residence.

Famous Bach portrait to return to Leipzig

Elias Gottlob Haussman’s iconic painting of Bach will return to Leipzig after 265 years


A Choir In Every Care Home

Group music-making could soon be as regular a fixture in care homes as bingo, as a new project seeks to spread the joy of singing in homes throughout the UK.

Die Welt

US-Sammler vererbt Leipzig legendäres Bach-Porträt

Unsere Vorstellung davon, wie Johann Sebastian Bach ausgesehen hat, basiert auf dem Gemälde eines Leipziger Malers. Jahrzehntelang schlummerte es in Amerika in Privatbesitz. Nun soll es zurückkehren.


Warnstreik der Philharmoniker in Bad Reichenhall

Zum ersten Mal in ihrer Geschichte sind die Musikerinnen und Musiker der Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie in den Warnstreik getreten.


BR-Klassik erhält neugeschaffenen GEMA-Radiokulturpreis

Die Rundfunksender BR-Klassik und Radio Fritz erhalten den neugeschaffenen Radiokulturpreis der GEMA.

The Washington Post

How (not) to behave: Manners and the classical music audience

Thou shalt not talk. Thou shalt not clap in the wrong places. Thou shalt not unwrap cough drops in crinkly paper during the music. Thou shalt not use thy cellphone.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Sacramento Philharmonic Hits Reset Button

Against all odds, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is coming back with a series of small, free concerts beginning on May 5.


Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros : ICYMI, two freelance arts pros shared their insights and gripes on being self-employed in the sector 

Jo Carpenter ‏@JoCarpenterPR : Impact of arts on wellbeing & a range of social outcomes – big study here:  @MakingMusic_UK

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : Falstaff’s flirting? Schicchi’s scheming? What’s your comedy moment in opera? … ^C

Bach Portrait 30th April Elias Gottlob Haussmann’s painting of Bach. Photo: Altes Rathaus à Leipzig

(Written on April 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.


Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.


Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.


Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Heartbroken Frank Peter Zimmerman Surrenders ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Strad to Financial Controllers

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: RT @ruthmackenzie: “@hollandfestival: The programme 2015 has been announced. Featuring Anna Calvi in 12 Hour Prom. ” @klassikcom: Überbrückungskredit für Salzburger Festspiele  #Musikfestival #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classical News


Peter Sellars: ‘The United States is coming close to censorship’

He’s notorious for directing the controversial opera Klinghoffer, but Peter Sellars has no regrets about the outrage it provoked. Will The Gospel According to the Other Mary, his modern Passion inspired by censorship, poverty and slave labour, cause a new storm?

Ivey Dickson obituary

Former musical director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain who brought a new approach to the ensemble’s repertoire

Classic FM

Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret ceremony at Warsaw church

Scientists, politicians and the Archbishop of Warsaw have exhumed the preserved heart of Frederic Chopin in a midnight ceremony.

The Strad

US Airways refuses to carry double bass, says Time for Three musician

Staff from the airline told bassist Ranaan Meyer he would not be permitted to fly home with his instrument

Business Insider

Composer Hans Zimmer: ‘The Music Industry Has Run Itself Into The Ground’

Over the weekend, during a press day for “Interstellar,” we asked Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer his thoughts on the Taylor Swift / Spotify ordeal.

Die Welt

Bei ihr glühte Carmen vor Leidenschaft

Die Griechin Agnes Baltsa war in den Achtziger- und Neunzigerjahren eine der meistbeschäftigten Klassikkünstlerinnen. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt. Ganz zurückgezogen hat sie sich noch nicht.


Porträt René Pape: Der Dresdner Meistersinger

Kaum jemand hat sich mit Wagners Musik weltweit so profiliert wie René Pape. Doch Grenzen kennt auch er.


Kulturpolitischer Lichtblick in Baden-Württemberg

Nachdem den Musikhochschulen in Baden-Württemberg in den letzten eineinhalb Jahren erhebliche finanzielle Kürzungen angedroht wurden, sollen deren Mittel nun aufgestockt werden.

Dirigent Daniel Barenboim spricht mit Papst über Nahostkonflikt

Papst Franziskus gewährt Privataudienz für ihn und den spanischen Präsidenten González

La Croix

A Istanbul, l’éclosion d’un orchestre

Fondé en 1999, le Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra rayonne désormais d’une aura internationale et se donne pour ambition de construire un pont musical entre l’Europe et l’Asie


Classic FM @ClassicFM: Beethoven fans own a pet bird and eat BBQ ribs (and other bizarre insights we learned from YouGov)…

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: The @londonsymphony returns to Australia for the first time in over 30 years. 

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Opera house goes looking for unpaid performers 

b94145a8-62c3-438f-a8a3-10ffb9504c82-460x276Ivey Dickson, far right, in 1967, insisted the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain should put training in musicianship ahead of commercial concerns. Photograph: NYO

(Written on November 20, 2014 )

Classical News


Philip Glass: From Glassworks to Glassfest

With his latest opera and a retrospective of his work travelling the country, the world’s best known classical composer tells Jessica Duchen why he’s still touring and performing at 77

One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy to play Remembrance Day concerts

Pianist to explore left-handed music written after WW1

Classic FM

$100k prize for young classical musicians announced

A new annual music prize for classical musicians aged between 18 and 35 has been announced by Warner Music.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council England must prioritise future spending outside M25, states parliament committee

Following a series of discussions on the activities of Arts Council England, parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published a report which states that ACE must fund more work outside London if it is to meet its declared aims.

Classical Source

Musical America Announces 2015 Awards: Peter Sellars Artist of the Year

Peter Sellars Named Artist of the Year. John Luther Adams, Gianandrea Noseda, Lisa Batiashvili, and Christine Goerke recognized as Composer, Conductor, Instrumentalist, and Vocalist of the Year

International Arts Manager

Sakari Oramo is new Malko jury president

Sakari Oramo has been named as the Malko Competition’s new jury president. The Finnish conductor replaces previous president Lorin Maazel, who passed away in July.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gijs Leenaars wird neuer Chefdirigent

Der Neue ist 36 und kommt aus den Niederlanden: Gijs Leenaars löst Simon Halsey als Chefdirigent des Berliner Rundfunkchors ab.



London Symphony Orchestra spielt mit 65 der weltbesten Musiker Soundtrack für Candy Crush Soda Saga ein.


Berlin gibt seinen Opern mehr Geld

Die Stiftung Oper in Berlin erhält von 2015 bis 2018 einen jährlichen Gesamtzuschuss von 135,3 Mio. €, das sind 14,5 Mio. € mehr als noch im Jahr 2014.


„Ich liebe elegante Kleidung“

Auf seinem neuen Album widmet sich Daniel Hope Filmmusik-Perlen europäischer Exil-Komponisten. Hier spricht er über…

Codex Flores

BR-Klassik fasst ein heisses Eisen an

Experten wie Publikum seien fast einhellig der Meinung, dass noch nie so schlecht, unkultiviert, sänger- und traditionsverachtend gesungen worden sei wie heute, erklärt der Sender BR-Klassik.

The New York Times

Cleveland Orchestra Director to Retire Next Year

Gary Hanson, the executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, announced Tuesday that he would retire next October — a few years shy of the orchestra’s 2017-18 centennial season.


Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: A UK audience is the most enthusiastic in the world according to @andrerieu

Arts & Business ‏@arts_business: … Arts Council England funding must shift from London, MPs say

UK Arts News ‏@SmartArtsList: Eduardo Portal interview @rpoonline – what it takes to be a professional conductor – 


Nicholas McCarthy. Photo: The Independent

(Written on November 5, 2014 )

The Independent

Independent podcast: Saimir Pirgu

Quality voices will always be a rare and valued commodity. The young Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu falls into that category.

The Guardian

Saint and sinner: the Nelson Mandela opera

Tribesman, activist, icon – all the phases of Nelson Mandela’s life are o display in a new opera.


Bach cantata manuscript goes on public display at Christie’s in London

Rare chance to view Bach’s musical hand before ale on June 13.

New York Times

Video Preserves Hints of Future for a Director

Just out of Harvard, the director Peter Sellars made his name in the early 1980s. But what do you do when your defining work is made before you’re 30? An answer is found in Mr. Sellars’s haunting 2010 staging of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”.

Arts Journal – Slipped disc

Russians squeaks it in tight Nielsen contest

Olga Volkova, a pupil of Zakha Bron in Cologne, took first prize in the Carl Nielsen competition in Odense.

Eminent Italian maestro is dead

We’re receiving reports of the death of Piero Bellugi, music director of the RAI orchestra from 1967 and, until his death, artistic director of the opera in Palermo, Sicily.

The Times

Salonen, bringer of interactive conducting at the Science Museum

Do you ever dream of guiding the the Philharmonia through a full-blooded performance of The Planets? Dream no longer.



(Written on June 11, 2012 )