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In today’s news: The Royal Opera House has announced the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September and the London A Cappella Festival has named choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone OBE as its patron. Also, Nando’s has opened a music studio in London and there are new allegations against Kirill Serebrennikow.

Classical Music

Sony Music Entertainment appoints new head of masterworks

Sony Music Entertainment has appointed Sarah Thwaites as its new head of masterworks UK.

Alisa Weilerstein signs to Pentatone

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has signed with Pentatone.

Opera Now

ROH announces Jette Parker Young Artists for 2018

The Royal Opera House has announced the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September.

Choir and Organ

London A Cappella Festival names Gareth Malone as patron

The London A Cappella Festival has named choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone OBE as its patron.

NME

Chicken and tunes: Nando’s has opened a music studio in London

Nando’s has opened a music studio at one of their main London restaurants, giving budding musicians the chance to lay down their own tracks while chowing down on chicken.

Wired

Music in VR needs its iTunes moment… and this could be it

MelodyVR has recorded thousands of hours of music in virtual reality. It’s almost ready to release them to the world.

Limelight

Nominations for the 2017 Matilda Awards announced

Merlynn Tong’s Blue Bones leads the count with seven nominations, with Ruddigore, Joh for PM and He Dreamed a Train close behind.

nmz

Deutscher Kulturrat / FAZ: AfD will Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses im Bundestag übernehmen

Der Deutsche Kulturrat appelliert eindringlich an CDU/CSU, SPD, Grüne, Linke und FDP zu verhindern, dass die AfD den Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses erhält.

Klassik.com

Vorwürfe gegen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow werden ausgeweitet

Die russischen Behörden haben die Summe, deren Veruntreuung sie dem Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow vorwerfen, fast verdoppelt.

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Berliner Staatsoper will Video-Streaming einführen

Die Berliner Staatsoper ‘Unter den Linden’ will ein neues Publikum gewinnen, unter anderem über Video-Streaming, Jugendangebote und eine ‘Opern-Flatrate’.

Platea Magazine

A la venta la casa museo de Mstislav Rostropovich en Oremburgo

El propietario privado de la actual casa museo de la familia Rostropovich en Oremburgo, lugar donde el joven y mítico violonchelista se refugió durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, de 1941 a 1943, ha anunciado que pone a la venta el inmueble con todos los muebles, utensilios y objetos personales del músico tras no llegar a un acuerdo con las instituciones públicas rusas.

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WDR 3 @wrd3: Dortmund will erste Bürgeroper Deutschlands gründen

Image: © Nando’s/NME

(Written on January 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: Munich’s piano spring – thousands of classical fans arrive for concerts featuring Trifonov to Barenboim, and the change in music listening habits through the increased move among listeners from radio to internet streaming providers. Google releases new technology that allows musicians to collaborate with AI, and UK Government cracks down on Google and Bing over music piracy. Is Berlin’s state opera meeting the deadline for planned opening date?

Gramophone

Debate: When is film music ‘classical’?

Classical composers Philip Glass and John Corigliano have both had success scoring for the big screen. They debate that relationship with Jed Distler in New York

Classical Music Magazine

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a computer

Google has launched a new musical experiment with artificial intelligence, which allows users to make music with their computer.

The Register

Google agrees to break pirates’ domination over music searches

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders’ concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct.

International Arts Manager

ACE supports new transgender arts company

A new Arts Council England (ACE) funded company has launched in Manchester, with a stated goal of promoting performing arts created by transgender artists. Trans Creative, which is led by performer and activist Kate O’Donnell, opened for business on 10 February during Queer Contact festival.

Biggleswade Today

Classical music but played in an unexpected way

The mantra is to make classical music more social, meaningful and dramatic, without losing depth or sincerity.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kann der Eröffnungstermin eingehalten werden?

Eigentlich soll die Berliner Staatsoper nach Bauarbeiten am 3. Oktober wieder eröffnen. Die Senatsverwaltung sagt nun, es gäbe da noch “Abstimmungsbedarf”. Intendant Flimm ist aber zuversichtlich.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Münchner Klavierfrühling

Zehntausende Klassikfans strömen zu Konzerten und Klavierabenden, von Trifonov bis Barenboim. Und der Pianist Radu Lupu wird als Altmeister bejubelt – zu Recht.

neue musikzeitung

Auf der Suche nach sich selbst

Die „Klassik/Kultur-Wellen“ der Öffentlich-Rechtlichen im Internet.

The New York Times

This Maestro Is Turning 90. He’s Also Conducting Over 90 Concerts This Year

Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, who will turn 90 in July and is conducting more than 90 concerts this year with the world’s leading orchestras.

classicalworld.com

C4 to Present Student Competition Winners and More in ‘EMERGING’ Concert

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present Emerging – Winners of C4’s First Student Competition and Other Works, the second concerts of its Collaboration 2016-17 New York season.

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Classical Music News ROH commissions new Benjamin opera

Music History  in 1911 was Gustav final public appearance conducting with a temperature of 40 °C

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(Written on February 21, 2017 )

Classical Music

In today’s classical news, Royal Opera House collaborates with V&A Museum on an exhibition examining the creation of seven operas. Rock star Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath turns to choral music, composing a piece for Birmingham Cathedral, and Sony Classical has released the complete recordings of the esteemed Australian Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also, James Smith is to step down as Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the end of the orchestra’s 51st season, after a long service of 31 years.

Opera Now Magazine

ROH and V&A to collaborate on exhibition

‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ will be the first show to be held in the Sainsbury Gallery, a new exhibition space developed as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project which is due to open in July.

WQXR

David Bowie’s Classical Music Impact, One Year Later

Tuesday marks the first anniversary since the death of legendary musician David Bowie. In the year since his death, fans of various musical styles have come together to appreciate the ways his music seemingly transcended genre and simply focused on being “good music.”

CMUSE

Black Sabbath guitarist becomes choral composer

There seems to be something of a trend of rock stars moving into the classical music realm over recent times. The latest example comes from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who has set aside his heavy metal traditions to compose a choral work for Birmingham Cathedral.

The New York Times

An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings

Sony Classical has released the complete Sony recordings of the esteemed Austrian cellist, conductor and scholar, maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March at the age of 86.

The Strad

Firearm found in violin case in Washington DC

Police officers investigating the discovery subsequently found additional weapons and ammunition in the surrounding area.

Pizzicato.lu

An Outstanding Youth Orchestra Music Director Retires

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras in Madison are losing an incredibly gifted conductor, who gave the young musicians in those orchestras completely new perspectives. After 31 years as the Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, James Smith will be retiring at the end of WYSO’s 51st season.

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Rekordsieger bei den Golden Globes – “La La Land” gewinnt sieben Trophäen

Der Musical-Film “La La Land” hat bei den Golden Globes so viele Preise gewonnen wie kein Film zuvor.

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Der schöne Klang der Elbdisharmonie

Kommenden Mittwoch wird nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit und einer Vervielfachung der Kosten die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie eröffnet. Eine Geschichte voller Stolz und Skandale.

Wiener Zeitung

D wie Dame, “Die” und Diva

Die Zeiten waren für Diven schon einmal besser.  Shirley Bassey zum 80. Geburtstag.

klassik.com

Positive Entwicklung der Auslastungszahlen

Die beiden größten Berliner Opernhäuser, die Staatsoper samt Staatsballett sowie die Deutsche Oper, haben eine Bilanz des Jahres 2016 gezogen.

BR klassik

Elbphilharmonie vor der Eröffnung: “Der Klang ist wirklich die Oberwucht!” 

Die ganze Musikwelt blickt gerade nach Hamburg. Hier wird nach jahrelangem Warten am Mittwoch endlich die Elbphilharmonie feierlich eröffnet. Noch rätseln alle: Wie klingt sie denn – so gut wie versprochen, oder vielleicht doch nicht? Timo Janzen, Bassist im BR-Chor, durfte den Klangtest machen – und ist begeistert.

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StellaMusica @stellafestival Un rideau pour vaincre la lors d’auditions d’ 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Hurrah! We’re off to Vienna for @johnsuchet1‘s Album of the Week.

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis https://t.co/kdXmPmZ5SP

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Photo: ROH/ V&A

(Written on January 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news round-up, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. Royal Northern College of Music announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera. Also, Bob Shennan has been promoted to Director Of Radio, and will take responsibility of all BBC Radios, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

International Piano Magazine

Benjamin Grosvenor receives inaugural NY Phil piano prize

Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the inaugural recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize.

Reuters UK

Former New Order musician, DJs mix classical and rave for new album

A classical orchestra playing club music alongside DJs may seem like an unlikely mix but former New Order bassist Peter Hook hopes to win over fans with a new album giving a somewhat different twist to rave tunes.

Early Music Today Magazine

OAE invites composers to write for the Night Shift

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is inviting composers to write for 18th century instruments to mark the tenth anniversary of its Night Shift series.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera (PKU).

Choir & Organ Magazine

Sing for Pleasure announces 2016/17 young conducting scholars

Sing for Pleasure has announced its young conducting scholars for 2016/17.

Music Business Worldwide

Bob Shennan Takes Responsibility For All BBC Radio With New Promotion

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the Beeb.

Broadwayworld

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015.

Klassik.com

Köln: Stadt will Straßenmusik verbieten

Straßenmusik und andere öffentliche Kleinkunst soll zukünftig rund um den Dom ganzjährig verboten sein. Das Verbot gilt zudem für den Einsatz von Lautsprechern und elektrischen Verstärkern bei Musikdarbietungen. Darüber hinaus sollen offensive Arten des Bettelns unterbunden werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Insolventes Festspielhaus in Füssen beschäftigt Staatsanwaltschaft

Wie ein Sprecher der Behörde in Augsburg am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist dort ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts auf Insolvenzverschleppung anhängig.

Kulturradio Rbb

Unbekanntes Kirchner-Bild entdeckt

Im Städel Museum Frankfurt ist ein bislang völlig unbekanntes Werk des Malers Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) aufgetaucht. Das expressionistische Gemälde zeigt eine Szene in einem Café und war auf denselben Rahmen gespannt wie das Bild “Schlittenfahrt im Schnee” – wurde von diesem aber verdeckt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Happy birthday to the @RoundhouseLDN! Find out more about its history as a performing arts centre here: https://t.co/FTeBeMxZx4

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline In 1969 @ElvisPresley released his No.1 hit song Suspicious Minds, listen now to our version: https://youtu.be/mZpcvaky0-E

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet An introduction to the music of Steve Reich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-ins … #ROHmcgregor

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Photo: Decca/Sophie Wright

(Written on October 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Royal Opera House has renewed its partnership with BP, stars prepare for David Bowie celebration at the BBC Proms & the leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. Also, Welsh National Opera are reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen!.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH renews partnership with BP

The Royal Opera House (ROH) has renewed its partnership with BP for a further five years. The relationship between the two companies, which began in 1989, will now continue until 2023.

Goldsmiths student creates AI version of In C

A computing student from Goldsmiths, University of London has created an artificially intelligent orchestra to play Terry Riley’s In C.

BBC News

Stars prepare for ‘celebratory’ David Bowie Prom

A little over 10 years ago, in May 2006, David Bowie gave his last ever UK performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He only graced the stage for 15 minutes, as the special guest of David Gilmour, singing the Pink Floyd classics Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb.

BBC Music Magazine

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

The leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. One of the most frequently performed of all Finnish composers, Rautavaara was seen as the heir to Sibelius, who in 1955 recommended him for the Koussevitzky Scholarship to study in America.

Wales Online

This is how Welsh National Opera is enticing young people to try opera this summer

It’s not always easy convincing young people that opera is for them too but Welsh National Opera are currently reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen! WNO’s Youth Opera production for 2016 is a contemporary opera for young people about young people.

BR Klassik

“Dirigieren wird heute oft zur störenden Show”

Am 28. Juli wurde der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti 75 Jahre alt. 1981 gab er 40-jährig mit dem Verdi-Requiem sein Debüt beim Chor und Symphonieorchester des BR. Seither kehrt er regelmäßig nach München zurück – zuletzt am 17. und 18. Dezember 2015 mit Werken von Schubert und Cherubini.

nmz

Feierliche Eröffnung der 96. Salzburger Festspiele – Uraufführung eröffnet Opernprogramm

Mit einem großen Festakt sind die 96. Salzburger Festspiele gestartet. Österreichs Nationalratspräsidentin Doris Bures (SPÖ) eröffnete vor zahlreichen hochrangigen Vertretern aus Politik und Wirtschaft am Donnerstag das Festival in der Felsenreitschule offiziell.

Klassik.com

Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis 2016 für Olga Rayeva

Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis geht in diesem Jahr an die in Berlin lebende Komponistin Olga Rayeva. Mit der Auszeichnung verbunden ist für die gebürtige Moskauerin auch die Aufführung eines neuen Werkes in Rheinsberg und Berlin sowie eine Edition des Werkes beim Hofmeister-Musikverlag.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Henrik Nanasi Leads a Beautifully Played Magic Flute

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera There’s nothing quite like a good book Especially when it’s adapted into an opera: ^M

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O It’s the last day of the summer project today! Toi toi toi to you all for tonight’s performance!

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Photograph: Elliott Franks

(Written on July 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Sonya Yoncheva replaces Anna Netrebko at the Royal Opera House’s “Norma”, Amalia Hall wins Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and “Boléro’s” heirs ask for copyright extension. Also, the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Award’s recipients are announced and Moritz Eggert is nominated for Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH

Sonya Yoncheva will sing the title role in the Royal Opera House’s production of Bellini’s Norma.The Bulgarian soprano will replace Anna Netrebko, who announced her withdrawal from the role last week.

Yehudi Menuhin School raising funds for the violinist’s centenary

Artist Geraldine van Heemstra will exhibit work created during her artist residency at the Yehudi Menuhin School in June and July, with all proceeds going to the School’s centenary fundraising appeal.

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Boléro: Heirs Ask For Copyright Extension

After seventy years of protection, Ravel’s Boléro is a work of public domain since 1 May 2016, and performers do not have to pay rights anymore. Yesterday however, the heirs asked for an extension of the copyright for 20 years.

The Strad

Violinist Amalia Hall wins Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition

The New Zealand musician has won both the String section and the overall award.

The Telegraph

Opera doesn’t need sex, drugs or blood to win new audiences, Glyndebourne says

Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll may not be the way to a young audience’s heart after all, according to Glyndebourne, as its new director launches a bid to reinstate ‘conservative’ as a “positive thing”.

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2016 Doris Duke Artist Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has named the recipients of the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards.

Classical-music.com

Menuhin the Miracle Boy

In the April issue of BBC Music Magazine, we celebrated the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. As part of an in-depth examination of Menuhin’s life, we explored the importance of the relationship between the teenage Menuhin and his teacher, George Enescu. Menuhin’s biographer Humphrey Burton tells us more…

klassik.com

Mainzer Kammerorchester vor dem Aus?

Dem Mainzer Kammerorchester droht wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten das Aus. Aufgrund mangelnder finanzieller Ausstattung hat der Deutsche Kulturrrat das Orchester nun auf die rote Liste bedrohter Kultureinrichtungen gesetzt.

Klassik heute

Moritz Eggert für den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis nominiert

Am 12. Mai 2016 verleiht die GEMA in Berlin zum achten Mal den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis. Eine siebenköpfige Fachjury um Max Herre, Charlotte Seither und Wolfgang Niedecken wählte aus rund 80 Einreichungen Komponisten und Textdichter aus, die für ihr musikalisches Schaffen geehrt werden sollen.

Musik heute

Festival Mitte Europa fällt 2016 aus – Zukunft unklar

Plauen – Das Festival Mitte Europa im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Böhmen und Sachsen steht vor dem Aus. Wie Insolvenzverwalter Christian Heintze am Dienstag mitteilte, fällt es in diesem Jahr definitiv aus.

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@klassik.com Karriere-News: Marc Grandmontagne (Deutscher Bühnenverein) http://klassik.com/?VzO68 #Kulturmanagement

@DetroitSymphony @MichelleMerrill receives the 2016 #SoltiFoundation Career Assistance Award for young American conductors

@wdr3 Kölner Zentralmoschee öffnet für @achtbruecken ihre Pforten. Das Konzert mit @Musikfabrik in #Konzertplayer http://ow.ly/4nmq9I

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH. Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH. Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical

(Written on May 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, English National Opera defends the need for cuts, The China National Traditional Orchestra seeks young fans for classical music and Kasper Holten has announced he is to leave ROH. Also, the British Composer Award winners are revealed and the opening night of the opera season at La Scala ends in disharmony

The Washington Post

Chinese orchestra seeks young fans for classical music

The China National Traditional Orchestra is fighting a battle familiar to anyone who performs classical music: getting young people to enjoy their art

BBC News

Royal Opera boss Kasper Holten steps down

Kasper Holten, the Royal Opera House’s (ROH) director of opera, has announced he is to leave the company at the end of March 2017 and return to Denmark

The Guardian

Opera season’s opening night at La Scala ends in disharmony

Behind-the-scenes recording after production of Verdi’s Joan of Arc reveals ugly spat between director Moshe Leiser and conductor Riccardo Chailly

The Telegraph

English National Opera defends need for cuts after opera heavyweights complain

English National Opera insists it must make cuts somewhere after being criticised by high-profile figures in the arts

M Magazine

British Composer Award winners revealed

Composers Michael Finnissy and Julian Anderson received two awards each at the 13th British Composers Awards (BCAs) ceremony, which also welcomed five first-time winners

FAZ

Was erlauben Hermanis?

Alvis Hermanis war an Europas Theatern ein gerngesehener Regisseur. Bis er dem Thalia Theater absagte, weil ihm die deutsche Flüchtlingspolitik missbehagt. Jetzt gilt er als Rassist. Zurecht?

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Chailly will « vergessene » italienische Opern an der Scala aufführen

Mit ‘Giovanna d´Arco’ hat der Musikdirektor der Mailänder Scala, Riccardo Chailly, die Saison 2015/16 eröffnet. Im Interview mit der Tageszeitung ‘Corriere della Sera’ sagte der Dirigent, er wolle in Zukunft « vergessene » Opern von Giuseppe Verdi an die Scala zurückbringen

Klassik.com

Konzertsaal München: Musikrat kritisiert geplanten Standort

Der Bayerische Musikrat hat den geplanten Standort des neuen Münchener Konzertsaals im Werksviertel am Ostbahnhof der Stadt als ungeeignet kritisiert. Die Umgebung trage internationalen Maßstäben an einen Spitzenkonzertsaal aus seiner Sicht nicht im erwarteten Umfang Rechnung, erklärte Präsident Thomas Goppel

The New York Times

The Best Classical Music of 2015

The classical music team of The New York Times shares its picks for the best performances of the year

San Francisco Classical Voice

Lisa Bielawa’s Vireo wins 2015 ASCAP Multimedia Award

Lisa Bielawa’s new opera, Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, recently won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award, given in recognition for the opera’s “outstanding inter-related components”

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Spectator Culture:@CultureHouse Royal Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana isn’t nearly vulgar enough http://specc.ie/1NdwIpP

Campaign:@Campaignmag Listen to the 10 best radio ads of 2015 #CampaignAnnual http://bit.ly/1U6IK76  @Radiocentre

Royal College Music:@RCMLondon We’re thrilled to have been awarded £3.6m from @heritagelottery to redevelop the RCM #Museum http://bit.ly/1U6Izss

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Kasper Holton/ The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ROH has won two Lovie Awards and The New York Times reports that tenor Placido Domingo has had to withdraw from several performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Met. Also, composer, performer and Gramophone critic Duncan Druce has died

Classical Music Magazine

ROH wins at the Lovie Awards

The Royal Opera House has won two Lovie AwardsThe Opera Machine and the live stream of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (presented in association with the Roundhouse/BBC Arts) both won prizes

The Strad

University of Michigan to launch chamber music competition with $100,000 first prize

Sphinx Organisation founder Aaron Dworkin (pictured) is launching a new chamber music competition with a $100,000 grand prize

The New York Times

Domingo to Miss Several Met Performances

Plácido Domingo, the globe-trotting tenor-turned-baritone and conductor, has been hospitalized with an inflamed gallbladder that doctors plan to remove next week, forcing him to withdraw from several performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” that he was scheduled to conduct this month at the Metropolitan Opera, the company announced Wednesday

Gramophone

Duncan Druce, composer, performer and Gramophone critic, has died

Duncan Druce, who has written for Gramophone since 1997, has died at the age of 78

Arts Council England

Arts Council England launches Cultural Education Challenge

Arts Council England today urged all those working in the arts and education industries to work together in offering a consistent cultural education for all children and young people

NMZ

Jeder Musikhochschule ihr Landeszentrum – aber in fünf Jahren werden die Karten in Baden-Württemberg wohl wieder neu gemischt

Es war ein wenig überraschendes Ergebnis, das Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer in Stuttgart verkündete: An jeder der fünf baden-württembergischen Musikhochschulen wird es künftig ein so genanntes „Landeszentrum“ geben

Pizzicato

“Please help!” Says The Montreal Chamber Orchestra

The Montreal Chamber Orchestra has twittered an outcry to save the orchestra which is in a deep financial crisis that may threaten its future. Most of the orchestra’s funding comes from private donations

El Pais

La fotografía retrata el arrebato del jazz

Jazz jazz jazz es la crónica visual de la edad de oro del género musical que es, también, la del arte fotográfico

San Francisco Classical Voice

Free Fun for the Kids at Crowden Community Music Day Free Fun for the Kids at Crowden Community Music Day

This is one of the great annual events in the East Bay. Held every fall, the Crowden School in Berkeley opens its doors to children of all ages, but particularly younger children. This year, music day will be held this Sunday, October 18

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 Arts Award: @ArtsAward Taking part in this year’s @FamilyArtFest? Check out @ArtsAward‘s new resource for families http://po.st/U0wBDw

The Journal of Music@journalofmusic Sebastian Adams Appointed 2016 RTÉ Lyric FM Composer in Residence. http://ow.ly/TqyAO  @RTElyricfm @KirkosEnsemble

Norman Lebrecht@NLebrecht German singer shares home with 6 Syrian refugees https://shar.es/1ucahV  via @sharethis

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(Written on October 15, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

LSO needs a new hall to lure Rattle

The London Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious conductor’s podium looks set to welcome a homecoming star in Sir Simon Rattle, although he may have a condition — a new concert hall.

ENO battles another backstage civil war

Our chief cultural writer on what to make of chairman Martyn Rose’s resignation and the leaked letter accusing his colleagues of mishandling the budget

The Strad

Boris Goldstein Violin Competition names second-round candidates

Fourteen violinists have made it through to the second round of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern.

Classical Music Magazine

Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president.

BBC Music Magazine

Download the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

The original manuscript for JS Bach’s Six Cello Suites is lost, making it difficult to know exactly when they were written.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Botschaft der Geigen

Auf manchen von Amnon Weinsteins wurde in den Orchestern der Konzentrationslager gespielt.

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Berufschoristen verärgert über Pariser Philharmonie

Weil die Pariser Philharmonie den Chor ihres residierenden ‘Orchestre de Paris’ als residierenden Chor auserwählt hat, protestieren die Pariser Berufschoristen, die sich in dem Kollektiv ‘Colère lyrique’ zusammen geschlossen haben, um ihrem Ärger besser Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Park schlägt zurück: Chung in Bedrängnis

Im Kampf zwischen dem Dirigenten Myung-Whun Chung und der am 29. Dezember zurückgetretenen Orchesterdirektorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Hyun-jung Park, war diese zwar offiziell unterlegen, aber sie hat mittlerweile ein Lauffeuer gegen den von ihr gehassten Chefdirigenten angefangen.

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(Written on January 27, 2015 )

It was reported by the Guardian yesterday (17th December 2014) that the famous Milan opera house, La Scala, has introduced a 5 minute grace period to allow latecomers to take their seats, not because it disrupts the performance, but because they are becoming increasingly angry at the ushers. In practice, this will mean that the performance will start 5 minutes later than the scheduled time. La Scala is well known for being strict about latecomers, with some audience members having to wait for up to 85 minutes for an appropriate break to slip in. Indeed, the Guardian notes that the only known exception was in 1972 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were 10 minutes late for the opening night of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Paolo Grassi, the head of opera at the time, commented about the incident that ‘late arrivals at La Scala are not allowed.’

La Scala

Photograph: REUTERS/Brescia/Amisano

Sure, if someone has bought a ticket to one of the most prestigious opera venues in the world, one can understand why they would want to ensure they had the full experience: the lights dimming, the anticipation in the air, the first notes of the overture and the curtain finally rising. But, VIP or not, is this really an excuse for aggression towards employees? I’m not sure ‘excuse’ and ‘aggression’ should ever be in the same sentence. The Royal Opera House advises those attending to arrive 30 minutes before the performance begins and, as in most venues, provides 10 minute, 5 minute and 2 minute warnings until the start.  With all this information, it is not the ushers’ fault that someone is late. Equally, if you had secured a highly in demand La Scala ticket, one would assume you would ensure you arrived on time? With circumstances beyond our control such as the weather or traffic, it may not even be the latecomer’s fault, but that is still no reason for rudeness.

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Photograph: EPA

Furthermore, if opera goers are aware of this grace period, it runs the risk of not eliminating the problem but merely delays the problem five minutes later than before. On the other hand, as one commenter (ID2665677) on the article points out, the first 5 minutes are often taken up by the entrance of the orchestra and tuning up anyway so, in this case, where is the harm in allowing admissions during this time?

If the new measures do stop ushers from being made to feel uncomfortable then it has my blessing, it’s just sad that it is necessary.

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(Written on December 18, 2014 )