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In today’s news: Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census, RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition, and Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms. Exclusive concert at the Elbphilharmonic for police men after G20 summit riots, and conductor Frank Matthus leaves Kammeroper Rheinsberg.

Choir and Organ

Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census

There are at least 40,000 choirs singing regularly in the UK, according to Voices Now. The charity has revealed the results of its Big Choral Census – its first piece of research – which examined the activity and volume of vocal groups across the UK.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has launched its third Composers’ Hub competition.

The Strad

Lara Boschkor wins Tonali Violin Competition in Germany

The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

Pizzicato

Josep Pons Named Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of Granada

The Mayor of Granada and President of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has named Josep Pons (*1957) Conductor Laureate.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

Tagesspiegel

Frank Matthus verlässt Kammeroper Rheinsberg

2018 ist Schluss. Frank Matthus, der künstlerische Leiter der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, verlässt das Opernfestival in Brandenburg.

Berliner Zeitung

Nach G20-Krawallen Gratis-Konzert für Polizisten in der Elbphilharmonie 

Sechs Tage nach den Staats- und Regierungschefs lädt die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auch Polizisten ein, die beim G20-Gipfel im Einsatz waren.

NMZ

Unterm Regenbogen – München leuchtet schillernd bunt!

So geht es auch: Klassik und Neue Musik als Starter für die CSD-Woche in der Bayernmetropole.

Broadway World

Newly Appointed Principal Bass and Horn Announced by L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, appoints David Grossman as Principal Bass and Michael Thornton as Principal Horn, announces LACO’s Executive Director Scott Harrison.

WQXR

Traffic Marshall Surprises Travelers with a Public Piano Performance

Traveling by rail (or air, or sea) can be a draining experience.

Twitter

in 1925 Birth of Japanese Tasushi

Choir and Organ: Voices Now

(Written on July 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have announced ten academics selected for the 2017 New Generation Thinkers scheme, and the Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for its 70th anniversary season. A portait of 25-year old cellist Harriet Krijgh, and the New York Philharmonic announced next president and chief executive officer: Deborah Borda, and conductor Kurt Masur wants the International Kurt-Masur-Institute to subsist for younger generations.

Classical Music Magazine

New Generation Thinkers 2017 revealed

BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have announced ten academics selected for the 2017 New Generation Thinkers scheme.

Edinburgh International Festival announces 70th anniversary season

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced the programme for its 70th anniversary season, which will take place 4-28 August.

Music Business Worldwide

Abbey Road Studio Launches Two New Recording Spaces

Abbey Road Studios is bidding to attract “a whole new generation of artists” with a pair of new studios which open in London this week.

The Stage

Disney to fund black musical theatre students at Royal Academy of Music

Three students will receive full scholarships for the school’s one-year postgraduate course, thanks to money from Disney Theatrical Productions.

Die WELT

Das sind die schönsten Stellen der Beethoven-Sinfonien

Hier klopft nicht nur das Schicksal: Ein subjektives Listical unserer Lieblingspassagen der neun Sinfonien Beethovens.

concerti

Kein Wunderkind

In aller Bescheidenheit erarbeitet sich die 25-jährige Cellistin Harriet Krijgh großen Ruhm

Durch die Kraft der Musik

Über Generationen hinweg war der Dirigent Kurt Masur mit seinem humanistischen Gedankengut ein wichtiger Impulsgeber. Seine Überzeugung will das Internationale Kurt-Masur-Institut auch für nachfolgende Generationen lebendig halten

Die Morgenpost

Ensemble saust mit angelegten Ohren durchs Finale

Dirigent Teodor Currentzis mit MusicaAeterna im Konzerthaus

The New York Times

A New York Philharmonic Coup: Deborah Borda Is Named the New Leader

So it was nothing short of a coup for the troubled Philharmonic to announce on Wednesday that it had poached one of the most successful arts administrators in the nation to become its next president and chief executive officer: Deborah Borda

The Charlotte Observer

Unclassifiable Black Violin keeps kicking down musical walls

The answer for Black Violin has always been all of the above.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1894 FP of ‘s opera Thais at the Paris Opéra, in Paris.

Klassik in Berlin @KDCBerlin Berliner Bühnen mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

Kurt Masur © Christian Steiner

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music appoints two new cellists to its string faculty and Joseph W. Polisi, the current president of Juilliard School, is to step down from his role in June 2018, when he would have held office for 34 years, making him the New York music school’s longest-serving president. Also, Grand Union Orchestra is commemorating the 80th anniversary of Battle of Cable Street by holding a ten-day festival.

The Strad

London’s Royal College of Music appoints cello professors Raphael Wallfisch and Jakob Kullberg

London’s Royal College of Music has appointed two new professors to its string faculty – cellists Raphael Wallfisch (pictured) and Jakob Kullberg.

Juilliard School president Joseph W. Polisi to step down in 2018

The New York music school’s sixth president will have held office for 34 years

Classical Music Magazine

Grand Union Orchestra to commemorate Battle of Cable Street

The Grand Union Orchestra (GUO) is marking the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street with a ten-day festival. The festival will culminate in two world music performances entitled ‘Remembering Cable Street’ on 8 and 9 October.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Choral Evensong celebrates 90th anniversary

Choral Evensong will celebrate its 90th anniversary on 7 October. The programme, which is the longest-running outside broadcast in the BBC’s history, has presented live weekly broadcasts of Evensongs from around the country since October 1926, initially on the National Programme, before moving to Radio 3 in 1970.

The Bolton News

Night of film and classic music to boost brain charity

Musicians and singers from across Greater Manchester and beyond will be bringing together classics and big screen favourites for a night of music in Bolton. A Musical Showcase plans to raise the roof tomorrow at the Victoria Hall in aid of the Brain Research Trust, a charity which supports research into neurological conditions, including dementia. The show, which starts at 7.30pm, will see a collection of well-known groups and performers taking to the stage.

Music Feeds

ARIA Awards Criticised For Awarding Best Classical Album To Flight Facilities

Earlier in the week, Flight Facilities surprised even themselves by taking home the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album a year after they were nominated for Best Dance Release, and the classical music community isn’t too happy about it.

The Violin Channel

St Paul Chamber Orchestra Announce Newest Violin Recruit

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced the appointment of Korean-American violinist Eunice Kim to the ensemble on Thursday. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with respected pedagogue Ida Kavafian, Eunice is a former 1st prize winner at the Astral National Auditions.

Stv.tv

RSNO: Celebrating 125 years of Scotland’s national orchestra

The ensemble came together in the mid 1800s, but was officially established in 1891. It has featured some of classical music’s most influential figures, and performed work around the world by nearly every iconic composer.

Berliner Zeitung

Kirill Petrenko : „Ich bin immer noch geschockt“

Am Donnerstag unterschrieb Kirill Petrenko (44) seinen unbefristeten Vertrag als künftiger Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker.

nmz

Geldmangel: Dresdner Kreuzchor verschiebt Adventskonzert im Stadion

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor muss mangels Geld sein für den 22. Dezember geplantes Adventskonzert im Stadion um ein Jahr verschieben. Es sei nicht gelungen, die bestehende Finanzierungslücke im fünfstelligen Bereich zu schließen.

klassik.com

Placido Domingo bleibt Generaldirektor der Oper Los Angeles

Der Sänger hat seinen Vertrag als Generaldirektor an der Oper Los Angeles um weitere drei Jahre verlängert.

Twitter

Harvard University @Harvard Book on African-Americans in classical music puts contemporary debates in the context of historical racial exclusion https://t.co/vrDo1TQEj3

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@HelpMusiciansUK launches first national grants programme https://t.co/lq9MWjCvKY

Classic FM @ClassicFM Our charity busking session is underway! http://classfm.co/NUTnuW @makenoise

Raphael Wallfisch London 20 March 2013

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on October 7, 2016 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

FONO FORUM

FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )

Slipped Disc

Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

One of Mandela’s closest friends was pianist Harold Ruben who refused to play in front of segregated audiences in South Africa before moving to London to teach at the Royal College of music until his death in 2010

Telegraph

Nelson Mandela in British culture

Nelson Mandela cast a deep influence over British culture, from the concerts he inspired to flats that Del Boy and Rodney lived in for the TV show Only Fools and Horses

The Wall Street Journal

Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor

Music teachers, beware. The feds are onto you. Better not try to raise the price of your lessons

BBC News

Bolshoi acid attack: Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko jailed

A Moscow court has jailed Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko for six years for organising an acid attack on the company’s artistic director

Musician falls in Llangollen Canal trying to rescue saxophone

A musician suffered hypothermia and had to be rescued from a canal after he fell in while trying to retrieve his saxophone in Denbighshire

Arts Beat

Serbian-Born Composer Wins $100,000 Prize

Djuro Zivkovic, a 38-year-old composer who was born in Serbia and lives in Stockholm, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his work “On the Guarding of the Heart.” The prize, awarded annually by the University of Louisville, is among the most prestigious international prizes for classical composition carries a cash award of $100,000

Die Zeit

So echt! So intensiv!

Am Freitag debütierten sie beide an der Berliner Staatsoper in Verdis “Trovatore”: Anna Netrebko und Placido Domingo. Ein ziemlich dramatisches Gespräch über perfektes Singen, böse Mädchen und die Knochenarbeit im Haifischbecken

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 6, 2013 )

Youtube

Covent Garden flashmob – ‘Va, pensiero’ by Giuseppe Verdi

As part of Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices, Dominic Peckham brought together choral groups, first time singers and workshop attendees in a huge celebration of the human voice  and Verdi 200, performing ‘Va, pensiero.’

Kens 5 San Antonia

10-year-old with disability learning to play flute with help of former musician

An American 10 year old born with one hand undeveloped is learning to play the flute with the help of former musician Clarence Wood

Classic FM Online

The Piano Guys play Chopin on Great Wall of China

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends is an arrangement of Oogway Ascends from Kung Fu Panda, reworked with Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 – with a video recorded on the iconic Wonder of the World

Silent Opera to perform in Heal’s furniture shop

Silent Opera will perform four different operas in the Tottenham Court Road furniture shop Heal’s in October

BBC Music Magazine

New organisation set up to promote music education and cultural diplomacy

Conductor Riccardo Muti to be honorary president of EMMA for Peace, supported by UNESCO

BBC Radio 3 announces release of two singles for BBC Children in Need ‘Musical Battle’

The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Steve Pycroft’s fusions of well-known pop and classical tracks for charity head-to-head

BBC announces 20 per cent increase in funding for arts television

New brand ‘BBC Arts at…’ to showcase events from around the country

The Guardian

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Can a musician play from art? Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound

Die Zeit

Die Utopie des Ohrwurms

Er ist der bedeutendste Opernkomponist des 19. Jahrhunderts. Er hat eine Moral und ist niemals moralisch. Und er erfindet sein Leben, als spielte es auf der Bühne. Giuseppe Verdi zum 200. Geburtstag

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 11, 2013 )

The Guardian

BuzzFeed president: ‘We feel strongly that traditional media have given up on young people’

Jon Steinberg tells MIPCOM audience that his site is ‘bringing more hard news on a relative basis than a lot of the traditional television networks’

London Live TV channel to recruit 50 editorial staff ahead of Launch

Local television channel, an extension of the London Evening Standard, to hire producers and presenters before March launch

Classic FM Online

Breaking Bad opera to premiere in 2014

The hit US TV show is making its mark on the world of classical music just one week after the series finale

Pianist performs concert of Pink Floyd classical covers

AyseDeniz Gokcin, the pianist who turns Pink Floyd songs into classical arrangements, has recorded an entire concert of Pink Floyd material, taking inspiration from Chopin and Rachmaninov

David Garrett reveals new video with Nicole Scherzinger

Violinist David Garrett and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger collaborate in an impressive new classical song, Io Ti Penso Amore

NPR

What Is Classical Music’s Women Problem?

Anastasia Tsioulcas discusses the subject of women in classical music following the Marin Alsop controversy

LA Times

In the L.A. classical music scene, the music comes first

Critic’s Notebook: New York and Minnesota’s financial issues and cancellations stem from a lack of vision and commitment. L.A. is a different story

Limelight Magazine

Pop-up concert in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Orchestra rallies a pop-up success story after Carnegie cancellation

Gerard Willems: On the value of healthy competition

Why do musicians put themselves through the grueling process of competitions and is it ever worth it?

Patrice Chéreau has died

Iconic director of Wagner’s centenary Ring cyle at Bayreuth passes at 68

Die Welt

“Wir sind schändlich mit Verdi umgegangen”

“Die Welt” überträgt am Freitag früh ab 2.30 Uhr als Livestream aus Chicago das Festkonzert zum 200. Geburtstag von Giuseppe Verdi. Ein Gespräch mit Riccardo Muti, der das Requiem dirigiert

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on October 10, 2013 )