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In today’s news: embezzlement charges against Myung-Whun Chung dismissed, and cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire. Klaus Wüsthoff celebrartes his 95th birthday, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels performances in Vienna. What to expect of Alan Gilbert at the Elbphilharmonie, and protest letter sent by the Vancouver Opera.

Music Teacher

Music entries fall again at GCSE and A-level

Music GCSE, AS and A-Level entries have declined this year, according to Ofqual’s summer 2017 exam entry data.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung Cleared of Seoul Philharmonic Embezzlement Charges

Embezzlement charges laid in 2015 against former Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director Myung-Whun Chung have been dismissed.

The Strad

Cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire string faculty

Davies has previously taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway University of London, Marlborough College, Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music

Cmuse

Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way’ In Bach Allemande Mode

If you have ever imagined one of the best boy bands in history played in a baroque style, your wish has finally come true in the best way imaginable. We have musical genius and counterpoint enthusiast Michael Munroe to thank for the special arrangement that breathes new life to the 1999 pop masterpiece

Zeit.de

Einer, der weiß, was ankommt

Das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester macht Alan Gilbert zu seinem neuen Chefdirigenten. Ist der Amerikaner wirklich der Richtige?

Der Tagesspiegel

Rhythmen eines langen Lebens

Schlager, Swing, Orchesterwerke: Der vielseitige Berliner Komponist Klaus Wüsthoff wird 95 – und hat große Pläne für die Zukunft.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Papageien mit Rhythmus im Blut

Kakadus trommeln mit Stöcken den perfekten Beat auf hohle Äste.

The Globe and Mail

Protest letter sent after Vancouver Opera staff, contractors asked to take pay cuts

Staff and contractors at Vancouver Opera have been asked to take pay cuts, as the opera company’s officials work toward financial stability.

Pizzicato

Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna

Russian Opera baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has cancelled all his upcoming performances at the Vienna State Opera for health reasons.

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  Mahler schwingt sich in seiner Dritten zum Schöpfer auf und entwirft ein monumentales natur_erlebnis! – mit GMD

Only a few days left to apply at for your chance at purchase options. Perhaps you’ll be as happy as this soon!

Jung im Herzen. Das Swing-Trio mit Klaus Wüsthoff (links). Foto: Max Doehlemann

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(Written on June 30, 2017 )

In today’s news: new national portfolio for Arts Council England, and automotive manufacturer Tesla works on music-streaming service for its vehicles. Vladimir Jurowski becomes new chief conductor of the RSO Berlin, and John Axelrod assumes leadership of Seville Orchestra. Two orchestra projects are being rewarded by German initiative, and Hans Zimmer goes to Italy for the first time.

BBC Music Magazine

New national portfolio for Arts Council England

More money to boost arts organisations outside London

The Guardian

Official Charts Company shakes up rules to stop the Ed Sheeran effect

The singles chart revamp includes limiting the number of tracks per artist, aiming to adapt to the rise in streaming and showcase new music

Classical Music Magazine

Barokksolistene release deemed unsuitable for specialist classical chart

The new recording by Barokksolistene and violinist Bjarte Eike has been deemed unsuitable for the Official Specialist Classical Albums Chart.

Business Insider

5 reasons a Tesla music-streaming service is the best idea Elon Musk has had this year

Last week, Tesla revealed that it was working on a music-streaming service for its vehicles (and, presumably, other environments, such as smartphones).

Tagesspiegel

So macht man das Publikum zum Komplizen

Mit Vladimir Jurowski wird ein charismatischer Dirigent Chef des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin. Und er hat viel vor. Jetzt hat er seine Pläne präsentiert.

Musik Heute

Zwei Orchesterprojekte als “Ausgezeichnete Orte” geehrt

Die junge norddeutsche philharmonie und das “Silk Road Symphony Orchestra” zählen zu den insgesamt 100 Gewinnern, wie die Initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” in Berlin mitteilte.

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John Axelrod assumes total leadership of the Seville Orchestra

American conductor John Axelrod, 51, Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS) since 2014, has added another function, thus taking the complete control over the orchestra.

Washington Post

Young orchestra makes case for the future of music

Classical music’s problems are with its institutions, not with lack of interest in the field.

Il Messagero

Hans Zimmer per la prima volta in Italia con data unica

Hans Zimmer arriva per la prima volta in Italia con una data unica al Mediolanum Forum di Milano il prossimo 29 giugno.

Twitter

  Die Uraufführung von Mahlers 3. Sinfonie 1902 in Krefeld war ein Triumph. Wir sind gespannt auf den 4.+5.7.2017!

  Cyprès & Band begeistern mit französischen Chansons in gemütlich gefühlvoller Atmosphäre im Weingut Fritz Allendorf.

FOTO: ROMAN GONTCHAROV

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(Written on June 28, 2017 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Alan Gilbert is to leave the New York Philharmonic: who will replace him?

Gilbert’s announcement means another key conducting job falls vacant.

The Telegraph

Simon Rattle: ready to join the best

As Britain’s greatest living conductor comes back to London, Michael Henderson assesses the career of the former wunderkind from Liverpool

The Strad

Cellos are too big to be transported in the cabin, says airline

Air Canada refused to sell Richard Harwood an extra ticket for his cello as it exceeded the requisite dimensions, according to the musician

Valery Gergiev announces Tchaikovsky Competition 2015 judges

A number of today’s leading names will join the violin, cello, piano and voice panels this summer

International Arts Manager

Culture ministers in pre-election spotlight

Ahead of the forthcoming UK general elections this May, the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has announced that it is to organise a series of events where key politicians will put forward their plans for the arts.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie gewinnt man den Opern-Grammy?

Schon vier Mal war das Klassik-Label cpo für den Grammy nominiert, jetzt war es der einzige deutsche Sieger. Wie wird man Weltspitze? Warum steht die Trophäe noch nicht in Niedersachsen? Ein Gespräch mit Burkhard Schmilgun.

Süddeutsche.de

Hier drin spielt die Musik

Ob in Moskau oder Manchester, in Buenos Aires oder Boston: Schon architektonisch sind diese zehn Konzertsäle ein Blickfang. Doch erst ihre unvergleichliche Akustik macht sie zu den Besten weltweit.

audiophil

ENNIO MORRICONE

my life in music

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Männerdominierte Jazzszene zum Swingen bringen

Die 1988 geborene Saxofonistin Charlotte Greve gehört zu den Nachwuchsstars des deutschen Jazz.

Codex Flores

Gilbert beendet sein New Yorker Engagement 2017

lan Gilbert gibt seinen Posten als Chefdirigent der New Yorker Philharmoniker per 2017 auf.

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Finland Celebrates Sibelius Anniversary With Outstanding Events

During the jubilee year 2015 Sibelius’s compositions will be played around the world and some special activities are also planned, including the first International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition and the XI International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

Twitter

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : What did you think of #ROHhollander? Share your review (+/-): http://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-der-fliegende-hollander … ^C pic.twitter.com/uvLH7ZUzZG

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack :ICYMI, here’s our interview with Joby Talbot where he discusses Everest, along with his ballet scores: http://bachtrack.com/interview-joby-talbot-contemporary-focus-2014 …

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia :Drum roll please…. Edward Nesbit @EdNesbit announced as #OPUS2015 winner http://www.brittensinfonia.com/news/article/winner-of-opus2015-announced …

News New York Phil

Alan Gilbert conducts the 2009-10 Opening Night Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, marking his debut as director of the New York Philharmonic. Photograph: Chris Lee/AP

(Written on February 10, 2015 )

The Guardian

Polish tenor hits back after a ‘fanatical minority’ boos La Scala production

Piotr Beczala says he will not take another role in Italy after section of audience boos new production of La Traviata

Limelight Magazine

What’s the value of sacred music in a secular age?

Is sacred music past is sell-by? Religious leaders, musicians and non-believers share their views

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja hangs out with Snoop Dogg at Kennedy Center Honors

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja performed an aria from Verdi’s Aïda last night at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony

Andrea Bocelli Foundation donates $500k to MIT

Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s charity foundation has donated a sum of around $500,000 to aid MIT in researching new technology products for the blind

ABO

New Directions – Conference 2014

In 2014, after a break of 25 years, the ABO Conference returns to the capital for three days of crucial debate and discussion, networking and learning, and analysing of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world

Manassas Patch

Holiday Flash Mob: Manassas Cellist Leads First-Ever By Air Force Band

The flash mob took place in the middle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Drowned in Sound

Drowned in sound reveal their Top 20 albums of this year

A mix of genres and styles for the ‘ listmas’ of 2013

Der Tagesspiegel

Wuschelköpfe

Hat der 32-jährige Gustavo Dudamel das Zeug dazu, 2018 Sir Simon Rattles als Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker zu beerben? Jetzt war der Dirigent aus Venezuela mit Werken von Schubert, Beethoven und Strawinsky bei dem Orchester zu Gast

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2013 )