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In today’s news, violinist Nicola Benedetti treats classical music like broccoli, The Catskill High Peaks Festival brings together renowned musicians, pedagogues and international students, and The New York Times reports on an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, the international competition “Das Lied” will be held in Heidelberg in 2017, and the BBC Proms joins forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: Treat classical music like broccoli

The establishment has spent years trying to make classical music cool, enticing a new generation with a series of well-meaning projects. But the solution to teaching children to love classical music could be much simpler: sit them down and make them listen.

The Times

They can be Heroes, just for one Prom

The musicians Marc Almond, John Cale and Laura Mvula are to lead a tribute to David Bowie at a late-night Prom.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms mark cello focus with short film

The BBC Proms has joined forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.


Bridge Street Theatre to Host Catskill High Peaks Festival’s „Music from High Peaks“

Renowned faculty and international rising young artists from the Catskill High Peaks Festival fill Bridge Street Theatre’s newly refurbished performance space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent.

The New York Times

For Black Lives Matter, Classical Music Steps In

In the wake of last week’s shootings, an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement, scheduled for Wednesday night at the Cooper Union, has become tragically timely.

The Washington Post

Songwriting team hopes to soon have its Cinderella moment at the Broadway ball

The musical theater writing duo of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler would like to clear up a common misconception about their most popular song: “Taylor the Latte Boy” is not an anthem of unrequited love.

The Strad

5 ways to improve playing in thirds

Tips for hand position, bow distribution and intonation from The Strad Archive.

Klassik heute

Bund fördert Barenboim-Said Aklademie

Die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien, Monika Grütters, fördert den Bau der Barenboim-Said Akademie für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten mit 20 Millionen Euro. Auch die Betriebskosten sollen künftig vom Bund aus dem Haushalt der Kulturstaatsministerin finanziert werden.

Internationaler Wettbewerb “Das Lied” ab 2017 in Heidelberg

Der 2009 von Gesangslegende Thomas Quasthoff ins Leben gerufene Internationale Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ findet vom 28. Februar bis zum 4. März 2017 erstmals in Heidelberg statt.

Harte Zeiten für Bayreuth-Besucher

Das Bayreuther Festspielhaus verfügt über die vermutlich unbequemsten Opernsitze der Welt. Fünf Stunden Wagner werden hier schnell zu einer Herausforderung für Rücken und Beine, selbst für ausgesprochene Fans des Meisters.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Facing the music: Richard Tognetti @klassikcom Strenge Vorgaben für Zuschauer der Bayreuther Festspiele

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung 7548 Musiker versuchen als ein den Rekord: Frankfurt/Main – Klassische


Nicola Benedetti photographed at the University of Edinburgh. Credit: Getty

(Written on July 11, 2016 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Average composer fee is now ‘shockingly low’

A survey and report commissioned by Sound and Music has revealed that the average fee received by a composer for each commissioned composition is £1,392.

Coventry Telegraph

£74 eBay piano led Tile Hill girl to music degree at Oxbridge

Talented Coventry pupil Emily Lanigan almost gave up piano as her family couldn’t afford instrument – but bargain led her all the way to Oxford.

Vulture (via Arts Journal)

The Metropolitan Opera Has Solved Its Labor Crisis, But There Are Still Rumblings in Valhalla

The Met’s labor crisis is over; the spiritual crisis goes on.

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates 40 years as the nation’s flagship ensemble

Founded in 1975 by John Painter, the evolution of the ACO has been shaped by Richard Tognetti’s 25 years as lead violin and artistic director.

The Baltimore Sun

One-of-a-kind oboe belonging to BSO musician stolen

Orchestra’s principal oboist was vacationing in Montreal when her instrument went missing.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra makes ‘great strides’ financially, audit shows

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has begun to dig itself out of a financial hole, said a financial analyst who reviewed its 2013 audit.


Europa in einer Person (Porträt Philippe Jordan)

Philippe Jordan vereint in Paris nord- und südländische Klangtraditionen und macht dabei von sich reden.

Die Welt

In New York geht der Opernvorhang doch auf

Es wird keine Aussperrungen und ausgefallenen Vorstellungen an der Metropolitan Opera geben. Doch das Internet hatte den Arbeitskampf ordentlich befeuert und dem Intendanten Peter Gelb Druck gemacht.


GreatTweets2Go: ‏@Greattweets2go Classical music redefined for young people: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The Grand Rapids Sympho…  #classicalmusic

Daily Nation: ‏@dailynation Kenya’s very own great classical musicians  #classicalmusic #Kenya

Chamber Music Tulsa: ‏@ChmbrMusicTulsa  Via @nprmusic: How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents  #classicalmusic

music-score-1347466146-article-0Photo: Classic FM


(Written on August 21, 2014 )

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise

For Montserrat Figueras

Montserrat Figueras, soprano and wife of violist Jordi Savall has passed away aged sixty nine.

Daily Telegraph

Richard Tognetti: the top dogs from Down Under

Ivan Hewett talks to the director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their rise to global acclaim.

Opera Chic

Drei cheers for Alex Ross

Ross has been awarded the bi-annual Belmont Prize for contemporary music.

New York Times

Classical conducting? There’s an app for that

Jeffrey Kahane performed Mozart at Avery Fisher Hall from an iPad


(Written on November 24, 2011 )