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In today’s news: Homophobia in Hungary leads Hungarian National Opera to cancel Billy Elliot shows. World Choir Games to be held in Belgium in 2020. Royal Opera House warns politicians to act on freedom of movement following Brexit. UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform. BBC Proms to hold free event outside of Royal Albert Hall.

The Irish News

Royal Opera House issues warning on ease of movement with EU

The Royal Opera House has warned politicians to act on the issue of ease of movement of international talent following the EU referendum.

The Telegraph

Royal Ballet musical director steps in to save the day… only for audience members to leave

When the harpist of the Royal Opera House failed to turn up to a performance of Swan Lake, Koen Kessels, the musical director of the Royal Ballet, bravely stepped forward and decided to accompany the orchestra on the piano himself.

The Strad

Nicola Benedetti joins ESTA UK as president

Scottish violinist is expected to sit for a three- to four-year term as head of European String Teachers Association’s UK chapter.

Limelight

Homophobic press sees Hungarian Billy Elliot season cut short

Hungarian National Opera has cancelled over half the performances in its production of Billy Elliot following a barrage of homophobic press from the daily newspaper Magyar Idők, which ran a series of articles claiming the production could “transform Hungarian boys into homosexuals”, the Daily Star reported, with another article claiming such shows promoted a “deviant way of life”.

Music Week

UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform

UK Music has urged British MEPs to back major changes to copyright law. CEO Michael Dugher called on the UK’s European parliamentarians to back the proposed Copyright Directive following its approval by the JURI committee.

Rhinegold

BBC Proms announces free ‘curtain raiser’ event

The BBC Proms has announced a free evening event to be held outside the Royal Albert Hall on 12 July.

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11th World Choir Games 2020 to be held in Flanders

The region of Flanders in Belgium, with the cities Antwerp and Ghent, will host the 11th World Choir Games. The event, which is also considered the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ will take place from July 5-15, 2020 and attract thousands of singers from Europe and all over the world.

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Fritz-Gerber-Awards an Nachwuchsmusiker vergeben

Die Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung zeichnet in diesem Jahr den Geiger Alexandre Guy, die Saxophonistin Sara Zazo Romero und den Schlagzeuger Thomas Soldati mit dem stiftungseigenen Award aus.

Der Tagesspiegel

Horaz und das Harmonium

Salonkonzert in der Truman-Villa: Das „Quatuor Bestaendig“ spielt im Rahmen der Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Werke jüdischer Komponisten.

Musik Heute

Frischer Wind beim Richard-Strauss-Festival

Alexander Liebreich ist ein Mann klarer Worte. “Nein, in diesem Saal wird kein Konzert stattfinden. Das ist ein Unort.” Der Dirigent und neue Intendant des am Freitag beginnenden Richard-Strauss-Festivals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen meint den reichlich ungemütlichen Werdenfels-Saal im Kongresszentrum der Olympiastadt.

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Hungarian National Opera’s production of Billy Elliot. Photo © Attila Nagy, Zsófia Pályi, Péter Rákossy

(Written on June 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify remains at a loss despite 75 million paying subscribers, RSNO orchestra to play along viewing of Jaws, combined music-rights database provides more transparency, Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner, almost half UK orchestral musicians cannot make ends meet, and British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as guest of Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Classical Music

Craig Armstrong signs to Decca for new studio album

The award-winning film composer Craig Armstrong OBE is to release a studio album as part of a major new deal with Decca Records.

Music Business Worldwide

Global Music Rights Database Pilot Launched with top music companies

A raft of top music companies including, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights, have joined a pilot by tech startup JAAK, which provides a shared data network that aims to create a public record of rights and a fixed audit trail.

Choir and Organ

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The Times

Liam Scarlett on remaking Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet

The choreographer tells Debra Craine what to expect of the Royal Ballet’s first new take on the classic for 30 years

Evening Times

Jaws to be screened with live orchestra

The movie is to be projected onto the big screen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) playing one of cinema’s greatest ever music soundtracks.

 

Science Daily

Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner

What happens in a crocodile’s brain when it hears complex sounds? An international research team has provided the answer to this question. 

Slipped Disc

UK classical musicians ‘cannot make ends meet’

A survey of 285 musicians in seven orchestras across the UK has found that 44 percent struggle to pay their bills.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Beste kommt zum Schluss

Martinů  und Mozart: Der britische Dirigent Sir Roger Norrington zu Gast beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester.

BR Klassik

Über 300 Millionen mehr eingeplant

Der Bund will dieses Jahr gut 300 Millionen Euro mehr für Kultur und Medien ausgeben als laut Regierungsentwurf im Vorjahr, dies teilte die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters am Donnerstag mit. 

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Spotify gewinnt fünf Millionen Abo-Kunden im Quartal

Der Musikstreaming-Marktführer Spotify hat im vergangenen Quartal fünf Millionen zahlende Abo-Kunden hinzugewonnen und steckt trotzdem weiterhin tief in den roten Zahlen fest.

Pizzicato

Erste Bayreuther Opern Uraufführung seit Parsifal

Der österreichische Komponist Klaus Lang (*1971) komponierte auf Initiative von Katharina Wagner für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2018 die Oper ‘der verschwundene hochzeiter’, nach einer niederösterreichischen Sage. 

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Liam Scarlett with Lauren Cuthbertson © Chris McAndrew for The Times

(Written on May 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: conductor David Heusel dies of unknown causes, aged 60; composer Karol Beffa is honoured with the Grand Prix SACEM for symphonic music. Streetwise Opera announces 15th anniversary opera, Komische Oper Berlin turns 70. 

The Times

World-renowned conductor David Heusel died hours before he was to perform in Dublin

David Heusel was American born, but over the past 20 years had made a name for himself in Dublin conducting Opera Ireland and working with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Classic FM

Musicians are three times more likely to experience depression, according to study

A concerning new piece of research reveals the scale of the mental health crisis facing the UK music industry.

Opera Now

Streetwise Opera announces 15th anniversary opera

Streetwise Opera will celebrate its 15th anniversary by presenting the premiere of a new immersive opera on 14 and 15 April 2018 at Sage Gateshead.

Music Teacher

Ten Pieces III activities announced

BBC Music and BBC Learning have announced a programme of activity for Ten Pieces III for the 2017/18 academic year, including a Live Lesson inspired by the Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

The Strad

Violinist avoids jail after causing car crash at twice the drug drive limit

Violinist Victoria Yellop, who trained at London’s Trinity College of Music, was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and a six-month night-time curfew for causing a traffic accident while under the influence of cocaine.

The New York Times

As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

A concert hall that was simply too cavernous: hard to sell out and leaving audiences feeling distant from the music. Lobbies that have grown shabby over time. A fortresslike presence, somewhat isolated from the city just outside its doors.

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Composer Karol Beffa Honoured with the Grand Prix SACEM for symphonic music

In a ceremony on November 27 at Pleyel, the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM) will award their Grand Prix for symphonic music to the composer Karol Beffa.

Browdway World

Grammy-Winning Kronos Quartet to Work with Orange County School of the Arts Students

In partnership with the Orange County Philharmonic Society, Orange County School of the Arts has brought the talented and highly acclaimed Kronos Quartet to OCSA to teach and practice repertoire with select students. 

Zeit Online

Hämmer ohne Grenzen

Punk ist zurück, sitzt aber am Klavier: Die Neoklassik von Nils Frahm, Francesco Tristano oder den Grandbrothers beantwortet eine Sehnsucht nach Reduktion und Regelbruch. 

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zwischen Düsternis und Sinnlichkeit

Die Komische Oper Berlin wird siebzig. Für das Jubiläum wird tief in das Repertoires gegriffen: Barrie Kosky eröffnet die Saison mit seiner Inszenierung von Claude Debussys „Pelléas et Mélisande“.

France Musique

Karol Beffa, Grand Prix Sacem de la musique symphonique 2017

Chaque année, la Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacem) récompense le travail artistique de ses membres, en attribuant une série de Grands Prix, dont le Grand Prix de la musique symphonique, le Grand Prix du jazz et le Grand Prix de la musique du monde.

El Mundo

El Reina Sofía acogerá el festival de arpa Tierra 47

El festival de arpa Tierra 47 se celebrará en Madrid los días 20 y 21 de octubre. En concreto, en las instalaciones del Museo Reina Sofía, como ya se hiciera con otros festivales como Músicas Infinitas o Escena contemporánea.

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 Today is celebrating the studio that changed music forever:

Image: The Times

(Written on October 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: the sound painter, Opera of Toulon strikes, RPS Music Awards Shortlist announced, Celeb-facts of the Folk Awards, Viola Tabea Zimmermann wins ICPA Award, interview with violinist Andres Cardenes, Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced, Award for cellist Isserlis, Musikmesse Frankfurt begins, pre-sales tickets for the Elbphilharmonie season 17/18 begins, and confronting Anti-Semitism in Russia through music.

BBC

The artist who paints sound

Does Lady Gaga’s music make you think of pink stripes and orange triangles? Is Tuesday female and Sunday male? What do you mean, no?

10 celebs you didn’t know were folk fans

Yes that’s right – there are some secret folk fans out there and we’ve put the hard work in to see who they are. Prepare to be shocked at these secret folkies.

Rhinegold

Shortlists announced for RPS Music Awards 2017

The shortlists for the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

The Strad

Violist Tabea Zimmermann wins Artist of the Year at ICPA Awards

The International Classical Music Awards, given annually to the year’s finest classical artists and recordings, were announced on 1 April at a ceremony in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Germany.

The Violin Channel 

Violinist Andres Cardenes – “Preparing for the Premiere of a New Work”

In a VC-exclusive blog, Andres talks us through his preparation for performing a new work – alongside a living composer.

ROH

Royal Opera House 2017/18 Season announced

The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera’s programme for the coming Season include world premieres, major new productions and classic revivals.

Kulturradio RBB

Cellist Isserlis bekommt Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele

Steven Isserlis wird für sein besonderes Engagement in der Musikvermittlung und die Förderung angehender Profimusiker geehrt.

concerti

Innovation als Lockvogel

Die Musikmesse in Frankfurt öffnet heute ihre Tore. Ein innovatives Programm soll den radikalen Veränderungen der Musikbranche trotzen

Die Welt

Neue Karten für neues Elbphilharmonie-Glück

Karten für die Elbphilharmonie sind begehrt. Am Dienstag beginnt bei ProArte nun der Vorverkauf für die Abo-Konzertreihen der kommenden Saison.

Broadwayworld

Get ready to guffaw! Meet the full company of Present Laughter, opening tonight on Broadway

Present Laughter, starring Academy Award- and two-time Tony Award-winner Kevin Kline in his triumphant return to Broadway, opens tonight, April 5th, at the St. James Theatre.

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Confronting Anti-Semitism in Russia, in words and then music

During the 1950s and early ’60s, the Soviet Union went through a period called “the thaw.”

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Strike hits opera of Toulon

The choir and the orchestra of the Opéra de Toulon are on strike today.

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4Musikwissenschaftler und -pädagoge Karl Heinrich Ehrenforth gestorben

Image: BBC

(Written on April 5, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news Richard Morrison asks if playing from memory is a gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity ahead of the Aurora Orchestra’s BBC Proms concerts. Lesley Garrett is to record an appeal for Help Musicians UK, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this month. Also, Tête à Tête opera festival announces it’s 2015 season including 40 new works to be performed throughout the three weeks.

Guardian

The National’s Bryce Dessner on the American landscapes that inspire him

Ahead of a concert series in London of new music exploring the American musical landscape, the musician selects seven works that provide fertile ground for his imagination

Telegraph

Christian Gerhaher: the most moving singer in the world

Ahead of his unmissable UK dates, German baritone Christian Gerhaher is mercifully modest, finds Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Richard Morrison: Is playing from memory a party trick or a musical revelation?

A gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity?

Classical Music Magazine

Lesley Garrett records appeal for Help Musicians UK

Opera singer Lesley Garrett CBE is recording an appeal for Help Musicians UK, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in May.

Tête à Tête announces 2015 opera festival

Tête à Tête has unveiled the programme for its 2015 opera festival, which will feature more than 100 performances and 40 new works over the course of three weeks.

Die Welt

Ausschuss prüft Kostenexplosion bei Staatsoper

Alles wird teurer und dauert länger: Die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper entwickelt sich ähnlich wie Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie. Jetzt soll ein Untersuchungsausschuss das Debakel aufklären.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Junge mit der Posaune

Der Kranzberger Felix Schlüter hat den Jugendkulturpreis des Landkreises gewonnen. Für sein Instrument, die Bassposaune, braucht er einen langen Atem – und auch für seine Traumkarriere.        

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Neue, kostenlose ‘Opera Platform’ ist online

Ab dem heutigen 8. Mai gibt es für europäische Internetnutzer eine neue Online-Opernplattform.

The Irish Times

Béla Bartók: how music broadened the mind of a ‘nationalist’ composer

The innovative musician’s biographer traces his journey from Hungarian patriot to a synthesiser of not just folk and classical music but also of neighbouring cultures

JDCMB

Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer.

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Sam Jackson ‏@classicjacko: What would a Conservative majority mean for music? Here’s @NickFerrariLBC‘s @ClassicFM interview with David Cameron: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/david-cameron-music-education/ …

Manchester Camerata @MancCamerata: OUR 2015-16 SEASON ANNOUNCED! Booking opens Monday at 10am through @BridgewaterHall http://bit.ly/KUY1Sx  #LookingForSound #Redefining

(Written on May 8, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Frank Peter Zimmermann loses his Stradivarius as prices soar

In a market driven by money and aesthetic one-upmanship, what chance do real musicians have of playing older instruments?

Opera director charged by Russian authorities with offending Christians

Timofei Kulyabin attacks ‘absurd’ charge over his production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser which is alleged to have ‘desecrated’ the image of Jesus Christ

The Strad

Violinist Joshua Bell on the art of conducting

In 2011 the Grammy Award-winning artist became music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he conducts from the concertmaster’s chair

International Arts Manager

Jamie’s Concerts return to UK for carers of autistic children

In April and May 2015, the Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will give her next two Jamie’s Concerts in the UK. Jamie’s Concerts form an ongoing series that started in 2004, designed specifically for parents and carers of children with autism.

Universal and Qyuki back Mumbai dance and music Dharavi Project

Universal Music Group India (UMGI) is to team up with Indian creative networking, design and production studio Qyuki on an ambitious social improvement project in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area located in Mumbai.

BBC Music Magazine

Hallé names Jamie Phillips its new associate conductor

Phillips will take new post from the 2015-16 season

Zeit Online

Das Showkartell

Der Tickethändler Eventim verkauft nicht nur Konzertkarten, er betreibt nun auch die großen Bühnen selbst. Künstler und Konzertagenturen fürchten um ihre Einnahmen.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Ohrenzeuge der Klangkunst eines halben Jahrhunderts

Er hat uns in seinem unermüdlich bewegten Unruhestand und seinen geschliffenen Texten ständig ermahnt, dass wir so etwas wie Musikkultur brauchen: Ein Nachruf auf Gerhard Rohde.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin auf dem Flughafen

Die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte feiern ihre 25. Saison mit einem besonderen Programm, das viele Stars aufbietet und spannende Musikerkombinationen.

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SAE INSTITUTE DEUTSCHLAND

SAE Institute Deutschland startet Music Business Studiengang

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Nach Dvorak nun Gershwin und Ligeti für Deutschlands Jugend

Das erfolgreiche Deutschland-weite Musikvermittlungs-Projekt der ARD wird fortgesetzt: Nach dem erfolgreichen Start im vergangenen Jahr mit dem ‘Dvorak-Experiment – Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule’ geht die gemeinsame Edukationsarbeit aller Landesrundfunkanstalten in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Musikrat nun mit dem ‘Gershwin-Experiment’ in die nächste Runde.

El Mundo

Sabina: ‘Hay una caza de brujas desde Hacienda y el Gobierno’

Tras su ataque de miedo escénico el pasado diciembre en Madrid y sus problemas con Hacienda (cerca de 4 millones de euros le exige) el cantante presenta 16 nuevos conciertos de la gira ‘500 noches para una crisis’ y su correspondiente CD-DVD.

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Music ‏@BritishMusic: “There is plenty of diversity in British music. The problem is we’re not acknowledging it” @Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/brit-awards-2015-commercial-success-is-rewarded-no-matter-how-bland-and-banal-you-have-to-be-to-get-there-10069877.html …

DCMS ‏@DCMS :.@edvaizey on #creativeindustries: The creative industries are making an enormous economic contribution to London and the UK #DCMSpqs

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts: Royal Ballet Choregrapher to Open Studio Space in London http://nyti.ms/1DVEwdn 

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Jamie Phillips. Photo: Russell Hart

(Written on February 26, 2015 )

Radio 4’s Front Row hosted a very interesting debate yesterday morning addressing questions such as: are artists owed a living by the state? What is the place of art in our lives? Is culture always a middle class luxury? And, do politicians ever take culture seriously? Hull’s Truck Theatre was the location, a suitable choice seeing as it is the 2017 City of Culture, and the panel was made up of a variety of different voices which ensured a lively debate: playwright Richard Bean, economist Philip Booth, sociologist Dr Tiffany Jenkins and dancer Deborah Bull, amongst others and audience interjections.

Throughout the programme, the discussion returned to the idea of what the purpose of arts and culture is. The case was made that the arts are beneficial to people both health-wise and in society whilst also attracting economic benefits. Of the nearly £4 billion of public money spent on culture every year, this puts £77 billion back into the economy. Equally, Rosie, the representative from the City of Culture scheme argued that through it, 1,300 more jobs in Hull would be created and attract big business. Economist Philip Booth contested this point saying that whilst there had been no research into the relationship between investment and culture, there had been such investigations into sport and this had shown that there is no connection between sport and the level of economic investment.

Moving past the economic arguments, cultural commentator Ekow Eshun argued that the point of the arts was not to please everyone but rather to prompt people to ask questions about life, existence and to challenge themselves.

An interesting angle discussed was from a school’s perspective. Whose responsibility are the arts? Headteacher Kevin McCallion from Brooksbank School noted that the accountability measures that Ofsted and league tables set out do not include the arts: English, Maths and Science, understandably, are prioritized. The Warwick Commission’s recommendation that schools cannot be marked as ‘outstanding’ without evidence of the school providing an excellent cultural education would just render the arts another tick box for schools.

Despite all of these expert opinions, I think that one of the pupils in the audience, Emma, touched upon one of the most important purposes of the arts: ‘it builds me up as a person.’ Giving space to creativity and performance in schools develops self-confidence in young people and builds the skills needed for employment: giving presentations, talking to clients and being articulate are among many desirable qualities that are developed through the arts. Deborah Bull backed this up: many of today’s jobs are about creatively solving problems so cultivating creativity in schools, especially, will create better doctors, scientists, politicians…

Nodding to this year’s General Election, journalist Martin Bright, said that he was worried that we would have no department of culture at all after May; the arts have no political traction. Predictably, Philip Booth, believed that the state should not intervene in the arts and even went as far to say that Great Britain would be culturally richer if this was the case. To this, Deborah replied, that we would not necessarily be richer, the cultural landscape would just look different: we would see a lot more of the standard repertoire and much less of new, contemporary works.

The state certainly has a role to play in funding the arts; it would aid the continuation of new repertoire, and the arts are a large part of our national identity. However, with many sectors vying for money and claiming their area is beneficial and deserving of government money, it is also vital that any funds are also supported privately.

To the future government of the United Kingdom, please consider the arts in your budget. Aside from all the economic, health, social and employability arguments, quite simply, life would be boring without them.

You can catch up with the whole debate here.

UK City of Culture 2017

 

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

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The Guardian

Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman

Brunjes will remain in the role until a permanent replacement can be found

BBC Music Magazine

Join us at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Buy tickets to our ceremony at Kings Place, London

The Strad

German orchestras focused on music education, finds survey

According to the latest survey compiled by the German Orchestra Association, the 2013–14 orchestral season encompassed 4,160 concerts for children and young people – 94 per cent more than in the same period ten years ago.

British violinist Fenella Barton on overcoming rheumatoid arthritis

Conquering pain taught the solo and chamber musician to play as if every performance was her last

Gramophone

The tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died

The Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died; he was 85

Classic FM

Are these the ten best string players ever?

Some of history’s legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say – and vote for your favourite

Zeit Online

“Pophörer sind nicht dumm oder falsch erzogen”

Wie wird ein Song zum Hit? Der Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz beschäftigt sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dieser Frage. Jetzt hat er das Erfolgsrezept gefunden.

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‘Ulster Orchestra’ aus dem Schlimmsten raus

Das Parlament Nordirlands hat jetzt ausreichend Geld in Aussicht gestellt, um das nahezu bankrotte ‘Ulster Orchestra’ zu retten.

Houston Grand Opera Raises $172.9 Million

Houston Grand Opera got a tremendous response to their performance campaign.

Klassik.com

Russischer Komponist droht Regensburger Theater mit Klage

Lubchenko im Streit mit Regisseur Purcarete über Uraufführung von Doktor Schiwago

El Mundo

Unidad Editorial apoya a la Fundación Albéniz

El grupo editor de EL MUNDO patrocinará la cátedra de contrabajo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

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Southbank Centre @southbankcentre : #Wagner’s #Ringcycle at Royal Festival Hall – 100 musicians Over 18 hours of music with film projections on giant screens  #Classical1516

The Royal Ballet ‏@TheRoyalBallet : Choreographer George Balanchine was born #onthisday in 1904. Brilliant ‘Balanchineisms’: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/i-am-a-cloud-in-trousers-the-sayings-of-george-balanchine … ^C

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms : The 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition was launched on @BBCRadio3 Breakfast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms  #Inspire

 

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Fenella Barton. Photo: The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2015 )

The Telegraph

The International Opera Awards: a reminder of a vibrant operatic scene

Amid signs of gloom, the International Opera Awards are a welcome reminder of just how vibrant the operatic scene is. The 2nd International Opera Awards ceremony will take place tonight at Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

Classic FM

Lang Lang receives honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University

This isn’t the first honorary degree the pianist has received. In 2011, the Prince of Wales awarded him a PhD from the Royal College of Music, in 2012 picked up a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and is also an honorary fellow of Oxford University.

Classical Music Magazine

London International A Cappella Choir Competition: Tallis Scholars host tribute to Tavener

Choirs from Estonia, Spain, Poland, the US, Sweden, Ireland and the UK will compete in the competition, which was conceived as a 70th birthday tribute to Sir John Tavener and will now be held in his memory.

Royal Opera House

Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montano nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, and First Artist Fernando Montaño have all been nominated for the Personality of the Year award at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS). The LUKAS awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate the culture of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. This year, around 1,200 people were nominated for a total of 65 awards.

Spiegel Online

Vielseitige Sopranistin: Darf ich bitten, Herr Strauss!

Ob “Alphorn” oder “Madrigal”: Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg stürzt sich gern in musikalische Abenteuer. Da findet sie eine Menge in den Liedern von Richard Strauss. Die silbrige Faszination des “Rosenkavalier”-Komponisten leuchtet auch in der kleinen Form.
Klassik Akzente

Man kennt Myung Whun Chung als Dirigenten am Pult renommierter Ensembles wie dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France oder der Staatskapelle Dresden. Aber er ist auch ein exzellenter, inspirierter Pianist. Beispiel Piano.

Unerhörte Spannungen – Kammermusik von Harrison Birtwistle

ECM New Series widmet der Musik des britischen Komponisten Harrison Birtwistle erstmals ein ganzes Album. Till Fellner, Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel und die Sänger Amy Freston und Roderick Williams haben es aufgenommen.

Le Monde

Jonas Kaufmann, « wunderténor »

On doit à Jonas Kaufmann l’une de nos plus belles soirées lacrymales. C’était à l’Opéra Bastille, en janvier 2010. Le ténor allemand chantait le dernier acte du Werther de Massenet dans la mise en scène sensitive de Benoît Jacquot.

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

JDCMB

A good cause at Glyndebourne

The mezzo-soprano Jean Rigby has organised a stellar line-up for a special gala on 29 April in aid of  Young Epilepsy.

NY Times 

Grand Masterwork, partly by accident

As with many other composers Philip Glass’s style has — so far at least — developed over three periods.

Gramophone 

Lang Lang appears as guest speaker at the Oxford Union.

Follows in the footsteps of politicians, artists and celebrities to speak at debating society

BBC News

Monica Mason: 54 years with the Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet is hosting an exhibition to showcase the career of Dame Monica Mason.

Mark Ronson to score Royal Ballet work

Music producer Mark Ronson is to work with choreographer Wayne McGregor on a new Royal Ballet dance piece that will have its world premiere in April.

The Guardian 

London Symphony Orchestra announces concerts in Trafalgar Square

Orchestra says it will battle elements and noise in central London to bring music to widest possible audience

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/feb/21/london-symphony-orchestra-trafalgar-square1

 

(Written on February 22, 2012 )