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In today’s news, Opera North announces that Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković will replace its current music director Richard Farnes and Ulster Orchestra names Richard Wigley as managing director. Also, Spotify moves itself onto Google’s cloud and Apple TV app Classical Music Reimagined reaches 110K downloads

BBC Music Magazine

Opera North announces new Music Director

Opera North has announced that Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković will replace its current music director Richard Farnes, who is due to step down in July 2016

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra names Richard Wigley as managing director

The Ulster Orchestra has announced the appointment of Richard Wigley as its new managing director with immediate effect

The Strad

AirBerlin changes hand baggage restrictions to allow violins in the cabin

The airline has responded to recent criticism by string players highlighting its current strict cabin baggage rules

music ally

Apple TV app Classical Music Reimagined reaches 110K downloads

The app serves up free performances of works by composers including Beethoven, Liszt, Vivaldi and Richter through the television, with accompanying visualisations and scores


Neue Spielzeit – neues Glück! Anna Netrebko an der MET

Für die 50. Spielzeit im New Yorker Lincoln Center haben sich die kreativen Köpfe der Metropolitan Opera rund um den Intendanten Peter Gelb ein spannendes Jubiläumsprogramm überlegt

Die Welt

CSU-Fraktion sagt Ja zu Münchner Konzertsaal

Die CSU-Landtagsfraktion hat dem derzeit teuersten Kulturprojekt in Bayern ihren Segen erteilt. Die Abgeordneten stimmten am Mittwoch fast einstimmig dem Plan der Staatsregierung zu


Über eine Million Euro aus Berlin für Kultur in Sachsen

Projekte der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD), des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums und des Museums der bildenden Künste Leipzig werden in diesem Jahr mit mehr als einer Million Euro an Bundesmitteln gefördert


Spotify Moves Itself Onto Google’s Cloud—Lucky for Google

A decade ago, the Swedish startup built its seminal streaming music service atop a small number of machines inside a Scandinavian data center, before expanding across this facility and into data centers in the United Kingdom and the US

Le Monde

Aux Victoires de la musique classique, la jeune soprano qui ne voulait remercier personne

Comme chaque année, les Victoires de la musique classique ont été diffusées par France parallèlement à leur transmission sur les ondes deFrance Musique


AIR artists ‏@AIR_artists ‘How does romantic idea of artists pursuing their passion impact on the reality of our practice?’  #payingartists

Longborough Opera ‏@lfotweet  Listen to the wonderful @AnthonyNegus1 on #Tannhäuser | via @telegraph …

Making Music UK ‏@MakingMusic_UK  So many great musical initiatives are taking place around the UK in 2016. Here’s a roundup of some of the best: 

Aleksandar Marković / BBC Music Magazine

Aleksandar Marković / BBC Music Magazine


(Written on February 26, 2016 )


Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic announce 2015 London residency

Capital’s two main arts centres to host concerts, masterclasses and family events in February 2015.

Classic FM

Mozart Minecraft opera to live-stream this week

An opera based on the phenomenally popular videogame Minecraft and the music of Mozart will have its premiere live-streamed in two performances this week.

Jonny Greenwood will premiere new work in Australia

Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood will premiere his new work, titled ‘Water’, in Australia in 2014, commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra after Greenwood worked with the ensemble in December 2012.

Pacific Standard

Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

While it doesn’t provide a definitive answer, new research from Germany presents evidence that improved academic performance truly is a result of musical training.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra announces $1.2 million deficit in 2012-2013

The TSO saw ticket revenues fall from $9.8 million to $8.3 million last season, it announced in its annual general meeting on Tuesday.

Manchester Evening News

Simon Webb named as head of BBC Philharmonic

Webb will take up the role in March 2014, taking over the general manager role from Richard Wigley who has been at the helm of the orchestra for the last 10 years.

Neue Musikzeitung

Atonalitätsstreit wird in Paris wieder aufgewärmt – Streit unter den Kollegen Komponisten

Jules Verne hat es geahnt: die Musik der Zukunft wird furchtbar klingen. Den Beweis dafür trat vor einigen Monaten der Pianist und Komponist Jérôme Ducros an – und sorgte für einigen publizistischen Wirbel.





(Written on December 5, 2013 )

This week’s Industry Idols interviewee is Richard Wigley, the General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

What are the first, most important steps a young artist needs to take when they embark on their career as a performer?

Never forget the thrill that started you in music, that spark will carry you through your career.

What was your first job in the music industry?

Bassoonist with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester.

What skills do you think are needed to succeed in the music industry?

Aside from talent and an ability to work very hard, negotiating skills are paramount; from soft day to day discussions to hard financial dealing.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your career?

To help others (especially orchestra managers like me) to do their thinking; this way you can introduce and shape and deliver great ideas.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variety of challenges; no hour is the same as any other.

On a typical working day, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

Organise the two or three main priorities for the day.

Do you think there is anything in the classical music industry that needs to be changed? If yes, why?

Evolution is key, but gently does it.  Nothing ever remains the same.

Are there any young musicians, emerging venues, exciting companies, composers etc that you are keeping your eye on?

Yes, we’re working closely with composers Emily Howard and Gavin Wayte to deliver some of their ideas for audiences.  Their company Out of the Blue is going to make an impact on our business.

Where do you read about classical music?

Mainly in the broadsheets.

Where is your favourite place in the world for classical music?

Wherever it’s happening live.

(Written on November 3, 2010 )