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In today’s news, Birmingham Conservatoire is granted Royal title, and its Principal Julian Lloyd Webber criticises the government for not valuing music. New musical for children called “Wemmicks”, Sachsen-Anhalt celebrates “Day of Singing” on September 29, and the Metropolitan Opera begins its new season.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire granted Royal title

Birmingham Conservatoire’s new £57m home opens its doors to students today (25 September) with the news that the institution has been granted a royal title by Her Majesty the Queen.

Choir and Organ

New resources for A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now has relaunched A Choir in Every Care Home with a new set of free resources. Videos and tool-kits to help more care homes and musicians to perform more, higher quality singing are available online.

The Guardian

Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths prefer rap over classical music, study shows

Researchers studying people’s musical preferences have found that psychopaths prefer listening to rap music and, contrary to the movie trope epitomised by Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, they are no fonder of classical music than anyone else.

The New York Times

‘Pretty Woman’ as a Broadway Musical? Get Ready

“Pretty Woman,” the film that made a star of Julia Roberts, is being adapted into a stage musical, with songs co-written by Bryan Adams, and is aiming to open on Broadway next fall after a spring run in Chicago.

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber interview: ‘Why don’t the government value music?’

The cellist tells Ivan Hewett about his fight for music in schools, being confused with his brother Andrew, and the injury that ended his performing career.

The Strad

Flying high: an El Sistema inspired music education programme in China

Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, China’s Wings of Music aims to bring dignity and self-belief to some of the country’s most deprived children.

Pizzicato

Small Greek island to host first Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition

The first-ever annual Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition will take place in July 2018 at the Apollo Theatre on the Island of Syros, Greece.

Berliner Morgenpost

Kinder-Musical erzählt Geschichte der “Wemmicks”

Der Filmmusik-Student Ephraim Peise bringt seine Abschlussarbeit auf die Bühne. Finanziert hat er das Projekt mit privaten Geldgebern.

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Musikalische Entdeckungsreise

Am 29. September, dem Tag des Singens, feiern Kinder in ganz Sachsen-Anhalt das gemeinsame Musizieren. Für viele wird es ein Tag voller neuer klanglicher Eindrücke

Musik Heute

New Yorker “Met” eröffnet Saison mit “Norma”

Mit Vincenzo Bellinis “Norma” ist die New Yorker Metropolitan Opera am Montagabend (Ortszeit) in die neue Saison gestartet.

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Music History   in 1835 FP of ‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Teatro San Carlos in Naples.

Image: Birmingham Conservatoire

(Written on September 26, 2017 )

In today’s news, The Guardian writes that the elite can’t decide who’s cultured, and the BBC report on pianist Ayham al-Ahmad’s glimmer of hope amid the Syrian refugee crisis. Also, James Rhodes believes that there is a link between music, creativity and mental health, and the BBC apologise for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in Proms program

The Guardian

We can’t leave it to the elite to decide who’s cultured

Why should love of opera be a key cultural indicator? What about those of us who prefer rap, or Bob Dylan, and have no desire to be like the posh few

BBC Music Magazine

Leif Ove Andsnes in new Beethoven documentary

The Norwegian pianist examines Beethoven’s five piano concertos

The Times of Israel

BBC apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in music program

Hook-nosed caricature of violinist Leopold Auer, printed in pamphlet for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, sparked outrage

The Guardian

Forget the mad genius composer myth: music is good for the mind

The cliche of the reclusive composer who loses their mind over manuscript is unhelpful. But, says pianist James Rhodes, there is a link between music, creativity and mental health that is both real and beneficial to people’s well-being

BBC

Syria refugee crisis: Yarmouk pianist’s perilous journey to Greece

Amid the ruins of the destroyed Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, pianist Ayham al-Ahmad provided a rare glimmer of hope amid the devastation

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Accompanies ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘The Godfather’

The idea behind the Art of the Score series, one of the most popular innovations of the New York Philharmonic in recent years, could not be simpler: classic films are screened at Avery Fisher Hall with the Philharmonic playing the score live

Die Welt

Hier macht sich der Tenorprinz endlich dreckig

Und der Dirigent John Eliot Gardiner hilft ihm ganz wunderbar beim Erwachsenwerden: Juan Diego Flórez singt in London mit Glucks Orpheus seine erste barocke Bühnenrolle

Berliner Zeitung

Marek Janowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski

Tagesspiegel

Diese Unterwelt ist die Hölle

Großes Finale beim Musikfest Berlin – mit “Orfeo” nach Claudio Monteverdi, den Philharmonikern mit Carl Nielsen und Karlheinz Stockhausen

El País

Plácido Domingo dirige un concierto en México por los 30 años del seísmo

El tenore español protagoniza un homenaje en Tlatelolco, el lugar donde ayudó a rescatar a cuatro familiares que murieron bajo los escombros

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More than 300,000 people attended concerts this summer. Find out more facts here:

Catch Downton last night? has John Lunn’s wonderful score next. LISTEN >

Cafes were better in the C18th. Bach’s 5th harpsichord concerto was mere background music for Zimmerman’s in Leipzig

News 21st

‘Music is the only medicine that has never let me down’ … James Rhodes/ The Guardian

(Written on September 21, 2015 )

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Telegraph

Newlywed Katherine Jenkins denies diva claims

Singer Katherine Jenkins has hit back at claims she was dropped by her music company for being a “diva”

Classic FM

Pascal Rogé slams ‘mafia’ jury at piano competition

The Rina Sala Gallo Association has called for Pascal Rogé to apologise after he quit the jury and accused Italian members of the panel at the Monza international piano competition of corruption.

International Arts Manager

Vienna Philharmonic wins Nilsson prize

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has won the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize.

Pizzicato

500 Amateur Musicians Played A Rameau Flash Mob In Dijon

Dijon is the town where composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was born 250 years ago. The city organized a flash mob last Saturday.

BBC News

Live classical ‘off-putting’ says Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has said classical music concerts have had the excitement “squeezed out of them”.

Slipped Disc

Sunday school: Atlanta’s icy silence is broken by a supercool rap

The musicians and the lockout merchants are observing media silence while talks continue with a federal negotiator

Der Tagesspiegel

Müssen Karten für Oper und Theater so günstig sein?

Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner wundert sich über die Ticketpreise an subventionierten Bühnen. Das lässt er sich nun mal ganz genau erklären. Und schon gibt es Kritik.

Teure Halle – Das Konzerthaus ist wiedereröffnet

Das gibt es auch noch in Berlin: Eine Baustelle wurde rechtzeitig fertig. Mit einem festlichen Konzert unter Mitwirkung von Andrey Boreyko und Arcadi Volodos ist das Konzerthaus am Freitag wiedereröffnet worden.

das Orchester

Deutschsprachige Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften besorgt über die Lage der Orchester in Europa

Die deutschsprachigen Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften aus Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland (SMV, DOV, GdG-KMSfB und ver.di) beobachten mit großer Sorge die aktuell um sich greifende Zerstörung von Opernhäusern, -ensembles und Orchestern in Europa.

musik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker übernehmen Patenschaft für Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Ausgehend vom Bamberger Chefdirigenten Jonathan Nott, der ab diesem Jahr auch Erster Dirigent der JDPh ist, sei eine organisatorische und inhaltliche Kooperation geplant, teilten die beiden Klangkörper am Freitag mit.

The New York Times

Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78

Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura soprano admired for the range, flexibility and size of her voice, as well as the intensity she brought to her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan.

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The Violin Channel @violinchannel: http://www.theviolinchannel.com/rapping-student-guildhall-school-music-london/ … London’s Guildhall School Admits Rapper into Classical Music Programme @guildhallschool @londonsymphony

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: Happy Birthday Ralph #VaughanWilliams – ‘an adventurous, unmistakably English composer’ http://bit.ly/1vRfgh4 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Nine things you might not know about Ralph Vaughan Williams:http://www.classical-music.com/article/nine-things-you-might-not-know-about-ralph-vaughan-williams …

Der Tagesspiegel  @tagesspiegel: #Oper & #Theater in #Berlin: Müssen Eintritts-Karten denn so günstig sein, fragt Kulturstaatssekretär Tim @rennersen http://ow.ly/CEvq

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the "Festival of Lights", Photo AFP via Tagesspiegel

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the “Festival of Lights”                  Photo: AFP via Tagesspiegel

(Written on October 13, 2014 )