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In todays news: A new programme for Spitalfields, Sistema’s Scotland children’s orchestra brings the noise, the Edge is helping out musicians in the flooded Texas area, the Chicago Lyric Opera recieves a suprise funding and you should listen to music while you work. A central place in Leipzig will be named after Kurt Masur, the results are in for this years Concours Nicati. In Florence the Franco Zeffirelli Center will opens its doors this September, while the director of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro quits after 38 seasons.

BBC News

Children’s orchestra makes a Big Noise in Dundee

Sistema Scotland’s fourth children’s orchestra has launched in Dundee backed by a £325,000 funding boost.

Billboard

The Edge Helping to Replace Instruments for Musicians Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Edge’s Music Rising charity, which provided new instruments to musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and restored school music programs in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, is now focusing its efforts on raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Telegraph

Why you should listen to music while you work, according to scientific findings

Some prefer to labour in peace. Others find blaring their favourite tunes helps keep them productive. Hitherto it has been matter of personal preference. But now scientific research has uncovered that listening to music can actually be beneficial while you work.

Classical Music Magazine

Spitalfields Music announces 2017 festival

Spitalfields Music has revealed the programme for its 2017 Festival, which has been guest curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Classical Music Magazine

Derek Bourgeois (16 October 1941– 6 September 2017)

English composer Derek Bourgeois has died aged 75.

John Maxwell Geddes (1941-2017)

Composer John Maxwell Geddes has died following a short illness.

Slipped disc

Shock as Rossini Festival Boss quits after 38 Seasons

The resignation of Gianfranco Mariotti today came as a shock to the Italian opera infrastructure.

Klassik.com

Millionenspende für die Chicago Lyric Opera

Die Chicago Lyric Opera, eines der größten Opernhäuser der Vereinigten Staaten, hat eine Spende in Millionenhöhe erhalten.

Codex Flores

Preisträgerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati

In Bern sind die Gewinnerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati bestimmt worden. Den Hochschul-Wettbwerb für die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik haben zwei Klarinettistinnen und eine Geigerin gewonnen.

BR Klassik

Posthume Ehrung für den grossen Dirigenten

Bereits seit 1989 war Kurt Masur Ehrenbürger der Stadt Leipzig. 1997 wurde er Ehrendirigent des Gewandhausorchesters, das er zuvor fast dreißig Jahre lang als Kapellmeister geleitet hatte.

France Musique

Un centre dédié à l’univers de Franco Zeffirelli voit le jour à Florence

Installé dans un ancien couvent à l’architecture baroque, situé juste derrière le Palazzo Vecchio, le Centre International des arts du spectacle Franco Zeffirelli est prêt à accueillir le public.

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the Children’s orchestra in Dundee

(Written on September 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Juillard School named Argus Quartet as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet, and look at the new Steinway piano. The Kulturpalast Dresden reopened last friday, and Douglas Bostock will leave Argovia Philharmonic in 2019. Antonello Manacorda fills in for Elbphilharmonics principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and the Barber of Seville in the Hong Kong Opera.

The Violin Channel

Argus Quartet Announced as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet

The Juilliard School in New York has today announced the appointment of the Argus Quartet as their new graduate resident string quartet.

 Classic FM

This new Mussorgsky-themed Steinway piano is utterly stunning to look at

Designed by Steinway artist Paul Wyse and based on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, this Steinway Model D grand piano is completely crazy, in the best possible way.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: can beginner violin lessons be given by a cellist?

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts.

The Guardian

Fight the Power: which songs define Trump’s first 100 days?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has ridiculed the president by releasing a scathing Spotify playlist.

Berliner Zeitung

Dresden  – Der alte Kulturpalast ist nach fünf Jahren Umbauzeit fertig

Die Quälerei hat ein Ende, die Musiker können aufatmen. Sie können spielen, sie werden überall gehört.

pizzicato

Douglas Bostock verlässt ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ 2019

Das Schweizer Orchester ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ in Aarau hat den in der Saison 2017/18 auslaufenden Vertrag mit seinem Chefdirigenten Douglas Bostock um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert. Der 1955 geborene Brite will aber 2019 nach 18 Jahren seine Tätigkeit in Aarau beenden.

Klassik-heute

Antonello Manacorda übernimmt Dirigate von Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock ist erkrankt und musste seine Auftritte mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester am 4., 5. und 7. Mai absagen. Für ihn übernimmt Antonello Manacorda die Leitung der Konzerte in der Elbphilharmonie.

Le Parisien

Strasbourg: le métal investit pour la première fois une scène d’opéra en France

Plusieurs centaines d’amateurs de heavy metal se trouvaient rassemblés samedi soir à l’Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) à Strasbourg pour assister à Metal Oper’Art, premier festival du genre en France, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

South China Morning Post

Rossini as rom-com: Opera Hong Kong sets The Barber of Seville in Hollywood’s golden age

Director turns to the theatre of Hollywood musicals for production of Rossini comic opera, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, making her Asian debut, relishes the challenge of singing Rosina, gutsy girl in a man’s world.

The Irish Times

National Concert Hall needs to go beyond classical music

‘The building looks imposing, officious. Getting people in the door is a big thing’

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30 Death of a cutting-edge Finn composer

2 Klarinettist Eduard Brunner gestorben

 

Classic FM

 

(Written on May 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Martyn Brabbins is ENO’s new music director, City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and management plan to get back to negotiating table. Also, youngest opera composer premieres Cinderella under Zubin Mehta in Vienna in December, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra protests against plans to make cuts to the orchestra.

The Guardian

English National Opera names Martyn Brabbins as music director

The British conductor Martyn Brabbins is to take over as the new music director of the English National Opera, in the latest attempt to revive the beleaguered company. The respected conductor takes over from Mark Wigglesworth as company seeks stability after two years of cuts and crises.

BBC News

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune

It’s 37 years since Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus was first seen on stage and it’s now widely accepted as a modern classic. Now Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen are bringing the play back to its original home in London. And this time there’s an orchestra too.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists

Tabea Debus (recorder), Miguel Gorodi (jazz trumpet), Joseph Houston (piano), Hannah Morgan (oboe), Ligeti Quartet, Nérija (contemporary jazz ensemble) and Mihai Ritivoiu (piano) have been selected asfor the 2016 City Music Foundation Artists programme.

Syracuse.com

Syracuse Opera opens season with Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola,’ a tale of kindness and redemption

Banish all visions of singing mice and magic wands. A story closer to reality is told in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” It stars a Cinderella who relies on wisdom and goodness rather than sorcery to honor the love she feels for the prince.

CBC News

New concert series celebrates B.C. composers

There’s a new place in Vancouver’s West End dedicated to teaching more of us about contemporary Canadian classical composers. The Canadian Music Centre in B.C. opened in 1959. Its mission is to promote the ever-changing world of new classical music in the country. The organisation recently moved to its new home in the heart of Davie Village.

WTAE.com

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, management plan to get back to bargaining table

The big issue between management and the musicians has been an argument over dollars. Musicians say there are three key items that led to the strike; management requesting they take a 15-percent pay cut, changes to pensions and a freeze on three openings.

Klassik.com

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester protestiert gegen Kürzungspläne

Das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester hat mit einem spontanen Platzkonzert vor dem Rathaus gegen die Kürzungspläne des Kantons protestiert. Nach Angaben des Intendanten sei eine weitere Kürzung der Subventionen für das mit 70 Musikern besetzte Orchester existenzbedrohend.

Kulturradio Rbb

Jüngste Opernkomponistin aller Zeiten mit “Cinderella”

Alma Deutscher, ein elf Jahre altes Mädchen aus Großbritannien, hat ihre eigene Version von “Aschenputtel” komponiert. Am 29. Dezember soll ihr Werk unter Schirmherrschaft von Zubin Mehta in Wien uraufgeführt werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Bochumer Symphoniker bekommen erstmals eigenes Konzerthaus

Fast 100 Jahre nach ihrer Gründung bekommen die Bochumer Symphoniker erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte in ihrer Stadt. Mit drei Konzertabenden weihen sie am kommenden Wochenende (28. bis 30. Oktober) das Anneliese-Brost-Musikforum Ruhr ein.

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klassik.com @klassikcom  Erster Preis beim Wieniawski Violinwettbewerb für Veriko Tchumburidze

Top Classical News @topcmnews  Montreal Symphony becomes first orchestra to own an octobass

Music History @today_classical  in 2003 opening of Walt Disney Hall, home of

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Syrian soprano singer performs together with US refugee orchestra in New York, Dutch composer JacobTV creates multimedia opera & Decca DJs go classical. Also, South Africa will host the World Choir Games (WCG) 2018 for the first time & Judith Weir succeeds Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as president of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Daily Mail

Syrian opera singer performs with US refugee orchestra

Performing Puccini to a rapt New York audience, her soprano voice soaring to the rafters, Lubana al-Quntar may be the last person most Americans would think to be a Syrian refugee.

Classicalite

JacobTV, Dutch composer, creates multimedia opera of current events

Dutch experimental composer JacobTV, né Jacob ter Veldhuis, employed a unique collaging method to arrange his new multimedia piece, The News. The avant-pop orchestration uses clips of news footage to create a sensory-straining “reality opera.”

International Arts Manager

Decca DJs go classical

A new album has paired up some of the world’s biggest DJs with some of the best-known pieces of classical music. Re:works makes use of the Decca Classical catalogue, and features remixes by Kate Simko, Mr Scruff, Henrik Schwarz, Starkey, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel and Martin Buttrich.

World Choir Games set for South Africa

For the first time in its history the World Choir Games (WCG) will take place on the continent of Africa, with South Africa selected as the 2018 host. The event, which has run since 2000 for amateur choirs, is billed as ‘the Olympic games of choral music,’ and will feature thousands of participants from all over the world.

The Telegraph

The Barber of Seville: ‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’

This is how Verdi described Rossini’s opera. Ahead of our live stream of Glyndebourne’s production of Barber, Richard Osborne, Rossini’s biographer, underlines what makes it great.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Society of Musicians appoints Judith Weir as new president

The Royal Society of Musicians has appointed Judith Weir as its new president following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies earlier in 2016.

Chronicle live

Gateshead-born Jonathan Bloxham lands plum role with top orchestra

The former member of Gateshead Youth Orchestra is to join City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

BBC News

Only 14% of the UK pays to stream music

Only 14% of the British public pays for a music streaming subscription, according to new research. The report, for trade paper Music WeekAlban Berg , also showed that one in 10 people regularly borrowed someone else’s subscription.

Adaptistration

2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives

When it comes to executive compensation, the 2013/14 season was the first in a while where a number of the traditionally highest paying executive positions which went unfilled for a number of years were finally occupied.

pizzicato

Denkmal für Alban Berg in Wien enthüllt

Der Komponist Alban Berg wird in Wien mit einem neuen, modernen Denkmal gewürdigt, das am Montag neben der Staatsoper auf dem Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz installiert worden ist.

klassik.com

Proteste gegen kulturelle Sparpläne der Stadt Karlsruhe

In Karlsruhe haben Kulturschaffende gegen die Sparpläne der Stadt protestiert. Der Protest wurde von der “Aktion Kollektiv Theatral” (AKT) angeführt.

Codex flores

Bilanz des Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016

In 20 Veranstaltungen an sieben Festivaltagen hat das Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen rund 5500 Eintritte gezählt. Die Auslastung lag mit 70 Prozent höher als im Vorjahr.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Klavier-Konzert in der Arktis: Greenpeace fordert Schutzgebiet

In Teneriffa startet am Montag eine OSPAR-Meeresschutz-Konferenz. Zu diesem Anlass veranstaltete Greenpeace mit dem italienischen Pianisten und Komponisten Ludovico Einaudi ein Klavierkonzert in der Arktis.

Twitter

Sony Music South @SonyMusicSouth Happy to all the music lovers around the world!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Insights: In Conversation with Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Take a bow: eller previews the best music festivals with strings at their heart

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Photograph: Don Emmert (AFP)

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the story behind the architectural battle of the Sydney Opera House is to become a movie, new composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia and the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports released next week. Also, J. Reilly Lewis dies at 71 and philharmonie.tv Cologne awarded with Eco Internet Award.

pizzicato

Architectural Battle For The Sydney Opera House To Become A Movie

Today the Opera house in Sydney is considered as one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Yet, the project’s genesis was tough and dramatic, since Danish architect Jorn Utzon upset Australia’s conservative architectural scene after winning the competition to design the building.

philly.com

New composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Classicalite

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster & Organist, Dies at 71

Lewis, a prominent authority on Bach, founded the Washington Bach Consort and served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Also music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Reilly was a one of the most important musicians in the Washington classical music scene.

The Guardian

The rebuilt Snape Maltings: Britten’s artistic dream rises again

No one thinks they are going to sit the Queen on a packing-case when she opens the rebuilt Maltings Concert Hall less than a month from now, but completion of the work is touch and go.

Orpheus for the age of Trump: Anaïs Mitchell on her folk opera Hadestown

Mitchell’s hit off-Broadway show about a tyrannical billionaire building a wall to ‘keep out the enemy’ was written in 2006 but could hardly be more topical. The folk singer discusses retelling an ancient myth at a time of ‘political horror’

Adaptistration

Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras.

The Telegraph

The return of Rossini: watch a live stream of Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini for free on the Telegraphwebsite, from next week. The opera will be streamed live from 6.30pm on Tuesday June 21, and is available on demand for the following seven days.

The Strad

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The musician, who survived the Holocaust, joins fellow performers Paul Lewis and Alison Balsom on the list.

Classical Music Magazine

Small and regional arts organisations testify to funding difficulties

Representatives of small and regional arts organisations have submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the funding difficulties which they face. Prompted by complaints that ‘London has long received a disproportionate share of arts funding’ at a previous investigation into the work of Arts Council England, the Countries of Culture inquiry is examining funding opportunities for cultural organisations in the regions.

The Times

Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

Janácek takes just 90 minutes to tell the story of his Vixen, from cub years to marriage, motherhood to sudden death. At Glyndebourne that means the dinner interval is actually longer than the opera (chicken and rabbit, both scoffed by the leading lady, would make good hamper options).

klassik.com

SPD will Künstlersozialabgabe senken

Nach Plänen der Bundesministerin für Arbeit und Soziales, Andrea Nahles (SPD), soll die Künstlersozialabgabe sinken.

codex flores

Eco Internet Award für philharmonie.tv

Das Kölner Konzertportal philharmonie.tv ist mit dem eco Internet Award des eco Verbands der Internetwirtschaft e. V. ausgezeichnet worden.

nmz

Singpause – Das große Singen für Tausende Kinder

Mit der Düsseldorfer «Singpause» haben Zehntausende Grundschüler nebenbei in ihrer Schulzeit nicht nur singen, sondern auch Noten lesen gelernt. Das erfolgreiche Bildungsprojekt lässt andere Städte aufhorchen.

Twitter

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Dresdner Drum & Bass 2016 – 10th Anniversary

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo Alessandro De Marchi verlängert bei Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik http://bit.ly/1tqatri

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Wagnerian tenor Alberto Remedios has passed away aged 81

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

(Written on June 15, 2016 )

Classical News

Independent

How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera ‘Between Worlds’

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, it is a life-affirming piece, she tells Jessica Duchen

The Times

Classical is purrfect for cats

Cats don’t like Cats (the musical). Neither do leopards enjoy Def Leppard. But they might just enjoy a bit of the Rossini-derived Cat Duet.

Classic FM

Opera boss sacked over Wagner production that offended Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian government has sacked an opera director over a controversial production of Wagner’s Tannhauser, and is now considering new theatre censorship laws.

Classical Music Magazine

Shortlists for RPS Music Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced the nominees for this year’s RPS Music Awards. The 13 categories recognise the outstanding achievements made by artists and organisations in 2014.

BBC Music Magazine

Van Kuijk Quartet win Wigmore prize

French Quartet soars to success in International String Quartet Competition

Sinfini

EU note standardisation

A new EU directive has been passed to standardise musical pitch. The change, which takes effect on 1 July 2016, will see the frequency of the note a¢ (A above middle C) adjusted upwards, rising from 440 Hz to 450 Hz. This adjustment in pitch will only affect countries within the EU.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Neuer Operndirektor setzt umstrittenen “Tannhäuser” ab

Ein neuer Direktor, ein neuer Name für das Opernhaus und die sofortige Absetzung der umstrittenen Inszenierung: Die Entwicklung im „Tannhäuser“-Streit in Nowosibirsk entsetzt die russische Theaterwelt.

klassik.com

Paukenschlag in München: Horst Seehofers neue Konzertsaal-Pläne

Ehemaliges Olympiastadion soll mit Unterstützung des FC Bayern zum AUDItorium umgebaut werden.

epochtimes

Rostocker Theaterintendant Latchinian entlassen

Der Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, ist fristlos entlassen worden.

The New York Times

Concert Versions Take Opera to a More Personal Level

LONDON — Staging “Aida” without elephants sounds a lot like doing “Hamlet” without Elsinore Castle.

Le Figaro 

Alagna, Dessay… Les musiciens au secours de France Musique

De Roberto Alagna à Natalie Dessay, en passant par William Christie ou Alexandre Tharaud, la fine fleur des musiciens vole au secours de la station de Radio France.

Twitter

ISM ‏@ISM_music: ‘British musicians are worth so much more than we’re given, especially as we know how arts can change lives of young people’ #MakeMusicWork

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc: That’s it, we’re signing off for the evening! Well done again to all the Shortlistees. See you on 5th May @theBreweryVenue! #RPSMusicAwards

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical: Sweeney Todd review – Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in razor-sharp thriller http://gu.com/p/476bj 

625 VanKuijkQuartetThe Van Kuijk Quartet. Photo: BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on April 1, 2015 )

Guardian

Girls-only course aims to tackle shortage of female conductors

Eight teenagers take part in three-weekend course after furore over first woman to conduct Last Night of the Proms.

Los Angeles Times

Strad Fest LA brings eight Stradivari violins together

Strad Fest LA, which will have eight Stradivari violins playing at events around L.A. over four days, is a rare chance to hear so many.

Classical Music Magazine

Minnesota Orchestra chief to step down

Michael Henson has announced his resignation as president and chief executive of the Minnesota Orchestra. He will step down after seven years in the post on August 31 following a period that brought the 111-year-old orchestra to the brink of closure.

The Times

Mahler strikes a chord in Mumbai

The London Symphony Orchestra are well received in the Indian metropolis.

The Telegraph

Robert Ashley: a great American opera composer

Just weeks after his death, two works by Robert Ashley get their UK premieres – Ivan Hewett remembers a genius whose music stands comparison to Mozart and Verdi’s.

The Korea Times

Korea’s favourite classical musicians

A new survey shows how attitudes towards classical music in Korea have shifted in the last decade.

Die Zeit 

Zurück zu Mozart!

Sie gilt als die Ulknudel der Barockoper und hat dieses Bild auch gepflegt. Jetzt aber soll Schluss sein mit Zirkus und Lärm. Simone Kermes ist wie wild zum Wandel entschlossen. Eine Begegnung in Wien mit der deutschen Sopranistin.

 

Classical music on twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen ” Urgent: arts institutions in Turkey could face total shut-down http://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/urgent-turkish-state-funded-arts.html”

Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic “1000 people shouting, singing, whispering, chanting. Want to be a part of it? Find out more today:  http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/whats-on/learning-and-participation/crowd-out-lets-get-started/ #CrowdOut”

Welsh National Opera: @WNOtweet  “Liberty or Death – nice big meaty theme to launch WNO’s autumn with two great Rossini heavyweights – Tell and Mosè #WNO1415″

Seattle Symphony Orchestra: @seattlesymphony “We’re thrilled to announce our new record label SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA. First up, 3 discs of French & American music: http://bit.ly/1gaKfk7”

Cheltenham Festivals: @cheltfestivals “#Cheltmusicfest tickets go on sale to Members today at noon!! http://cheltenhamfestivals.com/music”

The Times

The Times

(Written on March 24, 2014 )

The Guardian

Staging of Stockhausen’s helicopter string quartet scores key prize

Royal Philharmonic Society praises rare performance of Mittwoch aus Licht by Birmingham Opera Company

The Telegraph

Singing in English: It’s harder than you think

Rupert Christiansen visits The Association of English Singers and Speakers to explore the many difficulties of singing in English.

The Times

Rossini’s opera, La donna del lago heads a tartan takover at ROH

Not many opera directors would admit that their latest production had been inspired by Mel Gibson’s Braveheart or the preposterous sci-fi fantasy Highlander

The Times of India (via Musical Chairs)

Letter found from Britain’s greatest opera composer’s drawer shows his love for Ravi Shankar

Curators sifting through thousands of objects belonging to Britain’s musical geniuses composer Benjamin Britten and opera singer Peter Pears have stumbled upon an ink written page in their private diaries where the duo recalls their experience of having heard Pandit Ravi Shankar perform live.

BBC News

How does the oldest grand piano sound?

The oldest-surviving English grand piano, one of the first ever made, was built by the piano maker Americus Backers in London in 1772 and has now been returned by English Heritage to the home of its former owner, the Duke of Wellington.

Classical Source

Barbican Launches Beyond Barbican With A Summer Of World-Class Arts Across East London

The Barbican today launches Beyond Barbican with a summer of arts events outside the walls of the Barbican Centre featuring pop-up performances, commissions and collaborations across east London.

Limelight Magazine

Arts proven to combat Alzheimers

New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients with debilitating mental disease.

Gramophone

Dame Janet Baker hosts the 2013 RPS Awards

Awards for Karabits, Philharmonia and the Heath Quartet

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The Telegraph

(Written on May 15, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Russell Watson to sing at White House

British tenor Russell Watson will perform at Barack Obama’s White House for Independence Day celebrations.

We can’t all be Mozart – but we can still play

From Caracas to Sterling, the evidence that music can transform lives is utterly overwhelming.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council’s £30.5 million match funding for endowment schemes

The Hallé’s new orchestra centre, Opera North’s ongoing Ring cycle, the Philharmonia’s digital programme, and international work to be based at The Sage, Gateshead, are among projects to benefit from Arts Council England’s ‘Catalyst’ funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New Gareth Malone TV series

Choirmaster and television presenter Gareth Malone will return to television later this year with a new six-part series featuring choirs in the workplace.

The Times

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna: the Liz Taylor and Richard Burton of opera

For anything is possible when it comes to opera’s golden couple. Their romance off-stage has mirrored the operas they headline around the world.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Cello authority dies

Gerhard Mantel, author of ‘Cello Technique – Principles and Forms of Movement’ and professor at the Frankfurt Hochschule, has died aged 82.

Gramophone

King’s College Cambridge and King’s Singers Foundation launch ‘A Carol for Christmas’

The UK summer is now in full swing – complete with its traditional rain and tepid temperatures – but the King’s Singers Foundation is asking British composers to cast their thoughts forward to the Christmas season.

Guardian

Big Noise orchestra’s classical music proves instrumental in social change

El Sistema and Gustavo Dudamel’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra turn musicianship into citizenship in in Stirling’s Raploch estate.

Wagner’s Dream: watch clips from the new documentary

Susan Froemke’s documentary follows Robert Lepage’s five-year journey as he stages Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

La Cenerentola – a musical guide 

The prince is in disguise, there’s no fairy godmother and not even a glass slipper, but Rossini’s take on the Cinderella story offers sparkles, star turns and a great storm scene.

 

(Written on June 21, 2012 )

The Guardian

Tom Service On Schubert

Why I’m learning to bake Schubert strudel.

Guardian To Broadcast Six Operas From Glyndebourne This Summer

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Ravel double bill among works to be streamed live from Sussex festival after successful trial.

Why We Are Watching…Sam Brown

From Formby to Jakob Lenz: the opera director who is set to hit the highest notes

LA Times

Will North Korean Musicians Tour The US This Year?

Musicians from North Korea’s National Symphony Orchestra could travel to the U.S. as early as this year for a multiple-city tour organized by American promoters, according to reports.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine Launches An App!

Listen to music clips from almost 200 recordings in the new interactive app

The Spectator

Why Don’t Classical Music And Comedy Mix More Often?

Jessica Duchen wonders if classical music aficionados are masochists.

The Telegraph

The Opera Novice: The Barber Of Seville By Rossini

Not for nothing was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini nicknamed Signor Crescendo.

Gramophone

BBC Performing Arts Fund Pledges New Awards

Grants totaling up to £450,000 for the music sector.

Anna Starushkevych Wins Handel Singing Competition

Ukrainian is the first mezzo-soprano to win the award.

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/anna-starushkevych-wins-handel-singing-competition

 

(Written on March 26, 2012 )