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In today’s news: Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall, and Guildhall School announces six new appointments. Rheingau Musik Festival announces collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, Christian Thielemann honours for 20 years at Bayreuther Festival, and music prizes for Meret Lüthi and Ernesto Molinari.

The Times

Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall

This part-time usher job could turn out to be her first step on the road to stardom after she entranced critics and concertgoers with an “exquisite” performance when asked to stand in at short notice for a soprano who had been taken ill.

International Piano

Casio Music launches four new keyboards

LK-135, LK-265, CTK-1500 and CTK-3500 are now available in stores across the UK, and feature a number of functions to enhance the playing experience, from App compatibility to Dance Music Mode.

Classical Music Magazine

Culture Mile consultation announced

City workers and residents are being invited to attend a consultation event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden on 24 August to share their views about plans to transform the north-west corner of the Square Mile into a cultural and creative destination.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School announces six new appointments

The Guildhall School has announced six new appointments, with the new members of staff all starting in September 2017.

Opera Now

Applications for Glyndebourne Opera Cup to open in October

Applications for a new international singing competition from Glyndebourne open on 2 October 2017. The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is an international competition designed to discover the best young singers from around the world.

Limelight

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces 2018 season

Sergio Tiempo is Artist in Residence, with Stephen Hough, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Bernstein’s 100 among the season’s highlights.

Pizzicato

Malko Competition now open for application

Applications are now open for the 18th Malko Competition for Young Conductors, hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 20th-27th April 2018.

Klassik.heute

Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival: erste Ausstellung auf Google Arts&Culture-App

Die Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival hat am vergangenen Samstag im Rahmen des Schlossfestes auf Schloss Vollrads die Zusammenarbeit mit Google Arts & Culture bekannt gegeben.

Pizzicato

Thielemann für 20 Jahr Bayreuth geehrt

Der Musikdirektor der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele, Christian Thielemann, hat in zwanzig Jahren  151 Vorstellungen bei den Wagner-Festspielen in Bayreuth dirigiert.

Klassik.com

Musikpreise des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Musikpreise des Kantons Bern gehen in diesem Jahr an die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie an den Klarinettisten Ernesto Molinari.

Twitter

in 1882 Birth of American Marion in Walla Walla, WA.

The Times: Milly Forrest

(Written on August 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Charles Dutoit becomes honorary conductor at the RPO, and Piratstro unveils new violin string. Rolando Villazón becomes new director of the Salzburger Mozartwoche, and 80th birthday of musical educationalist Eberhard Feltz. Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK, and musicologist Philip Gossett died at 75.

The Times

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hits sour note with Octava phone app for concertgoers

Classical music fans, loath to be disturbed at concerts, are dismayed by a new innovation: an app that encourages people to look at their phones during performances

Rhinegold

Vaughan Williams’ working copy of St Matthew Passion score restored

The Leith Hill Musical Festival has arranged for the restoration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ working copy of Bach’s St Matthew Passion score.

The Violin Channel

Pirastro Unveil New Evah Pirazzi Platinum Violin E-String

Pirastro has this week announced the launch of the new Evah Pirazzi Platinum Violin E-String – designed to specifically aid top register projection, comfortable fingering and color and overtone radiance.

Pizzicato

Charles Dutoit appointed Honorary Conductor for Life of the Royal Philharmonic

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has announced that with the effect from October 2019 Charles Dutoit, 80, currently the RPO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, will assume the position of Honorary Conductor for Life.

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernsänger Villazón neuer Chef der Salzburger Mozartwoche

Star-Tenor Rolando Villazón wird neuer Intendant der Mozartwoche in Salzburg.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wenn die eigene Nase sich selbständig macht

Die Schostakowitsch-Tage im sächsischen Gohrisch bringen unbekanntes Material von Schostakowitsch und Weinberg zur Uraufführung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Musikalischer Mentor und Menschenfreund

Eberhard Feltz ist eine Legende unter den Musikpädagogen. Seit 50 Jahren unterrichtet er Violine und Kammermusik. Heute feiert er seinen 80 Geburtstag. Eine Begegnung.

Newark Advertiser

Students face deportation

Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK.

Le Monde

Le musicologue Philip Gossett est mort

Décédé à l’âge de 75 ans, le musicologue américain n’a cessé de travailler à exhumer des opéras oubliés et établir une édition critique de chefs-d’œuvres lyriques.

Twitter

Yeaaah! Lasst die Korken knallen, knorke Auszeichnung für die und als Kapitän durfte ich das Ding entgegennehmen!

Ich verschenke 2 Tickets für mein Konzert am 18.8 in Potsdam

Rolando Villazón © Harald Hoffmann/DG

Merken

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(Written on June 27, 2017 )

In today’s news: Devon’s new music project brings free music for the people, Edinburgh receives new concert venue, and an expensive restoration for a world-renowned music statue. The music schools of Baden-Württemberg team face consequences of new tuition fee, and Bernard Labadie was announced as principal conductor of Orchestra St. Luke’s. The SWR Symphony Orchestra present their season programme 17/18.

Classical Music Magazine

Architects appointed for proposed Edinburgh concert hall 

David Chipperfield Architects have won the contract to design a new arts centre for Edinburgh.

Devonlive.com

New Devon music project launches offering free music

A community based music project has been launched which is showcasing original music for people to enjoy

Bournemouth Daily Echo

Sea Music statue to be relaunched after £235k restoration

A statue donated to Poole by world-renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro has been restored to its former glory.

The Strad 

Violinists Ilya and Olga Kaler join Cleveland Institute of Music string faculty

The Russian husband and wife will join the US institution from the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

NMZ

Musikhochschulen fürchten wegen Studiengebühren um Nachwuchs

Musikhochschulen in Baden-Württemberg fürchten angesichts der Studiengebühren für Nicht-EU-Ausländer ein Ausbleiben internationaler Studenten.

Pizzicato

Bernard Labadie Announced As Principal Conductor Of Orchestra St. Luke’s

The New York based chamber ensemble Orchestra of St. Luke’s has announced the appointment of French Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie as its next Principal Conductor, beginning a four-year term in the 2018-19 season.

Klassik.com

SWR Symphonieorchester stellt Programm der Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Das SWR Symphonieorchester hat gestern in Stuttgart im Rahmen einer Pressekonferenz das Programm der nächsten Spielzeit vorgestellt.

The Rest is Noise

Pelléas in Cleveland

A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting.

Le Figaro

Cannes Classics 2017 : le Festival s’intéresse à son histoire

Pour fêter dignement le 70e anniversaire du Festival, le programme de Cannes Classics 2017 sera dédié, en grande partie, à son histoire.

South China Morning Post

Heady days for hand lettering in Hong Kong and why it can pay to master the strokes

Not to be confused with typography or calligraphy, hand lettering is becoming more popular thanks to a growing interest in crafts, while social media is providing a platform for experts to show off their strokes

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3 SWR Symphonieorchester stellt Programm der Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Seven exceptional young composers – the winners of our 25th Birthday Commissions competition!

Image: Bournemouth Daily Echo

(Written on May 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Cecilia Bartoli’s new orchestra is presented without her, M&S turns off music in stores after noise complaints and former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences. Also, new plans announced to save EUYO and Waltraud Meier returns to the Bayreuther Festspiele.

pizzicato

Bartoli’s New Orchestra Presented Without Bartoli

With Cecilia Bartoli being ill, the General Manager of the Monte Carlo Opera Jean-Louis Grinda was alone to present the singer’s new orchestra ‘Les Musiciens du Prince’ yesterday at Monaco’s Embassy in Paris.

The Telegraph

M&S turns off music in stores as ageing customers complain about the noise

Experts say background noise can makes shoppers with hearing problems and dementia a less pleasant experience

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity. Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed their fastest work when music was playing.

The Irish Times

Changing of the guard at RTÉ orchestras presents an opportunity

As the principal conductors of the NSO and the CO finish up, the question arises: how best to deal with their succession?

Classical-music.com

Why BBC Music Day is so important

BBC Music Day, now in its second year, promises something for everyone. Performances range from a live Duran Duran concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall, to co-ordinated bell-ringing from church towers across the country.

The Age

Former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences

Yang has been accused of being a repeated sexual predator, who for seven years preyed on underage girls.

Classical Music Magazine

Fabien Volery announced as tutor for Sing for Pleasure summer school

Sing for Pleasure has announced that Fabien Volery will be a tutor at this year’s summer school.

Orkney to acquire first Steinway

St Magnus International Festival has raised £115,000 to buy Orkney’s first Steinway piano.

Your Thurrock

Applications open for Royal Opera House apprenticeships in Thurrock

The Royal Opera House is now recruiting for new apprentices to join the production team in Thurrock in September 2016. Positions will be available in Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry and Costume.

Codex flores

Europäische Kommission will EUYO nicht fallen lassen

Laut einer Meldung des Europäischen Jugendorchesters hat EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker Möglichkeiten gefunden, das Ensemble weiterhin zu finanzieren. Vorerst zumindest.

klassik.com

Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Wiener Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer

Der Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper, Dominique Meyer, ist mit dem Großen Goldenen Ehrenzeichen ausgezeichnet worden.

Musik heute

Waltraud Meier 2018 zurück zu Bayreuther Festspielen

Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück.

Twitter

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Aribert Reimann erhält Robert-Schumann-Preis für Dichtung & Musik 2016 #Komponist #Musikpreis

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal opens to visitors

NMZ @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Classic--Saisonhöhepunkt: das „International Hot Jazz Summit“ in Stuttgart

Bayreuth - Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

Bayreuth – Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

(Written on June 2, 2016 )

If you look back at our daily news page on our website, it is not an exaggeration when I say that in the last few weeks almost every day there has been a news story about Sir Simon Rattle. Everyone has had their say on the concert hall rumours and now it is time for WildKat PR to add to the debate with our take on the whole issue.

I have always liked Simon Rattle, maybe it is because my grandparents, who live in Birmingham, are regulars at the Symphony Hall and talked about him when he was at the CBSO, maybe it is his musicianship, or maybe it is our mutual love for Mahler. Either way, I would love to see him back in London after he leaves his post as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018. But what of his concert hall demands? It is generally accepted that London lacks a world class concert hall in terms of acoustics when compared to the likes of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonie. It seems a bit of an oxymoron to have our prestigious orchestras housed in halls that have been described as a ‘complete joke’ by some musicians in terms of acoustics and backstage facilities. So, Rattle’s suggestion is not entirely unreasonable in this sense.

Rattle Picture

Photo: Sipa Press / Rex Features

However, as Ivan Hewett commented in The Times, it is not that the acoustics in London are bad, others are just better. Just talking about acoustics only provides one part of the story and does not take into account the psychological factors when listening to a performance: the emotions we feel and pictures the music conjures up. We do not want the acoustic question to veil the actual music. There is a special something about our concert halls in London which implants itself when you come to a concert here: their history, the grandeur of the building itself and the thrill of who else has performed on that stage. Can you imagine the Proms anywhere else other than the Royal Albert Hall? Pageantry and tradition is something the UK has perfected and our existing concert halls are a part of this.

There is a political side to all of this too. I must admit that part of me agrees with Jessica Duchen, that much of George Osborne’s commitment to a ‘feasibility study’ is probably General Election talk to get us all on side. With the economy still in a tight spot, spending however many millions on a new concert hall is not sensible. Indeed, Charlotte Higgins argued that if we need to spend any money on a new music venue in London, it needs to be a Glyndebourne-esque space for the crisis stricken English National Opera.

And then there is the question of its location. Where in central London is both available and suitable?

As much as I would love to see Sir Simon back in London, building a whole new concert hall seems hard to justify in these times especially when some say the acoustic argument is exaggerated. Spending the money on music education instead sounds like a better idea. If, after May, the new government uphold this enthusiasm then perhaps the idea will be taken more seriously but, how likely this is is left to be seen.

Rattle Blog Pic

Illustration: Robert G Fresson

 

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Donetsk opera house: tanks on the street but the show must go on

The city’s opera house remains open despite the dangers posed by the conflict between local separatists and Ukrainian forces

Facing the music: Martin Fröst

The clarinettist tells us about his musical tastes on and off the concert platform

The Strad

International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition responds to criticism

The event was accused of favouring students of its founder and jury chair, Zakhar Bron, writes Rebecca Schmid

Classical Music Magazine

Rattle appears London-bound despite unlikelihood of new concert hall

The prospects of London getting both a world-class concert hall and Sir Simon Rattle as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra look increasingly remote.

Classic FM

Beautiful art by great composers and musicians

Not content merely with creating beautiful music for us, some composers and performers were also talented visual artists. Here’s a selection of the best – from Mendelssohn to Mozart.

Süddeutsche.de

Öffnet den musikalischen Horizont

Kultur darf nicht der politischen Harmonie geopfert werden. Doch der Freistaat Bayern und die Stadt München haben mit ihrer Entscheidung zur Sanierung des Gasteigs genau dies getan. München braucht ein neues und kein renoviertes Konzerthaus.

Spiegel Online

Bassist Eberhard Weber: Im Schummerlicht zwischen Jazz und E-Musik

In seiner Biografie erzählt der Bassist Eberhard Weber “Eine deutsche Jazzgeschichte”. Seine neue Platte mixte der 75-Jährige aus früheren Aufnahmen. Denn nach einem Schlaganfall kann er sein Instrument nicht mehr spielen.

concerti

Dunkle Wolken über Dessau

Künstlerisch hat das Anhaltische Theater in den vergangenen Jahren vielerorts für Aufsehen gesorgt. Allein die Kulturpolitiker interessieren diese Erfolge wenig

pizzicato

Pizzicato’s Remy Franck Reelected President of ICMA

During their General Assembly in Leipzig, last weekend, the ICMA Jury members elected the ICMA Executive Board for the next three years.

Le Figaro

Victoire de la musique classique : les gagnants sont…

La soprano Sabine Devieilhe, silhouette gracile et voix aérienne, et le violoncelliste Edgar Moreau, 20 ans, ont remporté les précieux trophées , tandis que les «révélations» récompensaient le jeune claveciniste Jean Rondeau et le ténor Cyrille Dubois.

Le Parisien

Les compositeurs de musiques de films voudraient “relocaliser” en France

Les compositeurs de musique de films ont appelé lundi, dans un manifeste, à “relocaliser” en France les enregistrements pour l’audiovisuel qui, pour des questions de coûts, ont le plus souvent lieu en Europe de l’Est.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: #BBC Launches the 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition http://www.classicalite.com/articles/16353/20150202/bbc-launches-2015-inspire-young-composers-competition.htm?exe=reporter …

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Record news: Warner buys another classical label http://bit.ly/1tYiJ18

KlassikInfo @Klassikinfo: KlassikInfo löscht sein Facebook-Konto aus Datenschutzgründen http://www.KlassikInfo.de 

Munich Philharmonie Photo: Süddeutsche.de

Munich Philharmonie
Photo: Süddeutsche.de

(Written on February 3, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Ryan Wigglesworth appointed Hallé principal guest conductor

Ryan Wigglesworth will take up the role of principal guest conductor of Manchester’s Hallé orchestra for three years from September 2015, succeeding Markus Stenz.

Classic FM

Otters play electric piano in zoo

Otters at a Washington zoo have been given a unique way to enrich their lives- playing an electric organ.

The Telegraph

Are crowds always wise?

Ivan Hewett meets David Lang, who has written a piece for 1,000 singers based on a visit to an Arsenal game.

The Telegraph

Clean Bandit: the cool sound of classical crossover

Clean Bandit are the Cambridge graduates bringing classical sounds to the charts with hits like Rather Be.

Classic FM

Music children should listen to: Classic FM presenters have their say

Classic FM presenters have joined the debate started by Nicola Benedetti, over what classical music children should be encouraged to listen to.

Boston Globe

Frühbeck de Burgos to retire

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a noted Spanish conductor and a frequent guest on the podium of the Boston Symphony Orchestra among many other ensembles, has announced that he is fighting cancer and will be ceasing all conducting activities.

The New Yorker

Letter from Budapest: Notes of Dissent

In Hungary, Iván Fischer is shaking up music and politics.

New York Times

Young Composers Catch the Philharmonic’s Ear

Six young composers survive a competition to have their works played by the New York Philharmonic; three get public performances.

Concerti

Ein Mann mit Gesicht

Der kanadische Pianist und Komponist Marc-André Hamelin führt auf, was andere für unspielbar halten.

Klassik.com

Straßburger Klassikfestival wegen schlechtem Vorverkauf abgesagt

Veranstaltender Verein geht mit Defizit von 300.000 Euro in Konkurs.

Twitter

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra : We caught up with ‪@Edmund_Hunt for a chat about his life as a composer leading up to the premiere of his new work ‪http://bit.ly/1uidNjD 

Britten Sinfonia @BrittenSinfonia: Our Artistic Planning Director writes about how we came to commission Kaija Saariaho for our At Lunch series – ‪http://bit.ly/1o9pUxF 

World Concert Hall ‏@wconcerthall: Today, #Dvorák #Dorman with Bilic & Stojanov #Baranovic & #Respighi from #Zagreb http://ht.ly/xCwCa  #wch #classical

 

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Ryan Wigglesworth- Classical Music Magazine

(Written on June 5, 2014 )

The Independent

Delius: How a great British musical myth was born

A BBC film will shed light on the enigma of Frederick Delius.

The Guardian

Beethoven’s 10th? Now there’s a thought…

The composer had plans to create ‘a new gravitional force’ in his 10th symphony. What wonders might he have written?

LA Times

The Met reverse policy, will allow Opera News to review productions

Reacting to a mini-firestorm that erupted today with the news that the Metropolitan Opera would no longer allow Opera News to review its performances, the company reversed its decision early this afternoon.

Video game Diabolo III features performances by Pacific Symphony

The Pacific Symphony performs music for an unlikely audience — gamers battling the hellish underworlds of Diablo III.

Financial Times

Passion for Bach and the Baroque 

Early music revolutionary Ton Koopman is sitll flying the flag for authenticity.

Gramophone

Double appointment at Royal Danish Opera

Michael Boder named principal conductor and Sven Müller named artistic director.

Verbier Festival launches summer music camp for young musicians

Annual three-week programme to led by Daniel Harding.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Natalie Dessay – are we losing her?

She has cancelled next month’s Manon at La Scala for ‘health reasons’.

The Times

Curtain rises on a feast of opera

The Magic Flute will line up alongside some extraordinary new works in Scottish Opera’s confident 50th anniversary season.

(Written on May 23, 2012 )