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In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”


Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.


New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen


Photograph: AFP / Getty Images

(Written on May 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a video of an opera singer performing during a scan revealed, NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs film deal & Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie.

The Telegraph

Real-time MRI captures incredible video of opera singer performing during scan

Researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician’s Medicine have revealed what really goes on inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform.

BBC News

NHS choir signs film deal after topping chart at Christmas

The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 has signed a film deal to tell its story. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir beat the Canadian singer after he urged his 72 million Twitter followers to buy its charity single, A Bridge Over You.

Glastonbury to honour David Bowie and Prince

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie, organiser Emily Eavis has told the BBC. The metal sculpture, inspired by the sleeve for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, will hang above acts like Coldplay and Adele when they play the stage in June.

The Guardian

The best classical concerts and opera of summer 2016

Oedipus finally reaches Britain, there’s a Messiaen marathon in Suffolk, Opera North’s Ring hits the road – and John Luther Adams summons up a deluge.

The Strad

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles

The 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition has named the 10 string quartets shortlisted to take part in its live rounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce plans to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

The ensembles will present L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. They will also perform the Vespers at Basilica dei Frari, Venice, as well as working alongside musicologists and experts in Monteverdi during the anniversary year.

Roger Vignoles announced as accompanist for 2016 International Opera Awards

Roger Vignoles will be accompanist at the 2016 International Opera Awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 May at the Savoy Theatre. He will accompany Stuart Skelton, Anna Bonitatibus and a number of other past and present International Opera Awards finalists and winners.

The Spectator

Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser is one of the ugliest stagings I have set eyes on

Cursed, or perhaps blessed, with almost no visual memory at all, I had almost completely forgotten what the Royal Opera’s current Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery and with set designs by Michael Levine, looks like. Or perhaps it was the natural tendency to repress the memory of unpleasant experiences.

Klassik Heute

Dirigentenwettbewerb “The Mahler Competition” beginnt in Bamberg

Vom 6. bis 13. Mai 2016 veranstalten die Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie zum 5. Mal ihren Dirigentenwettbewerb The Mahler Competition. Der Wettbewerb ist ab der Hauptrunde am 9. Mai öffentlich. Der Eintritt zu den öffentlichen Runden in der Konzerthalle Bamberg ist frei.

Music Heute

Staatstheater Nürnberg: Neue Saison mit Wagner-Opern und Brahms-Konzerten

Die Nürnberger Oper eröffnet die Spielzeit 2016/17 mit Mussorgskis “Boris Godunow” in einer Neuinszenierung von Peter Konwitschny. Zusammen mit Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch realisiert der 71-Jährige das Stück in der Urfassung von 1869, wie das Staatstheater am Mittwoch mitteilte.

Ensemble Ludus instrumentalis gewinnt Förderpreis Alte Musik

Der Förderpreis Alte Musik, der von der Akademie für Alte Musik im Saarland und dem Saarländischen Rundfunk vergeben wird, geht in diesem Jahr an das in Köln beheimtate Ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis.


IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager IAM’s editor is 1 of the 15 women to be selected for the first University Women in the Arts

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Król Roger and Woolf Works nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Bernhard Neuhoff @BernhardNeuhoff Classical music sponsored by Pop stars: donates $ 25,000 to opera house via

EUYO @EUYOtweets Happy 10yr anniversary to our Partner . Looking forward to playing for our friends tonight.

Music News & Facts @musicnews_facts Today is the 28th birthday of a massively successful act and an outstanding singer/song-writer.


Photograph: FIMM


(Written on May 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Anna Netrebko surprisingly withdraws from singing at Royal Opera’s Norma, Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to work with Metropolitan Opera, Google offers a virtual tour through the Sydney Opera House and Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season is unveiled.

The Guardian

Soprano Anna Netrebko withdraws from Royal Opera’s Norma

One of the world’s leading sopranos has pulled out of the Royal Opera’s autumn production of Norma because her “voice has evolved in a different direction”. Anna Netrebko released a statement on Tuesday giving her reasons for what the company admitted was a frustrating late withdrawal.

New York Times

Esa-Pekka Salonen brings his cool to New York’s music scene

He has held musical soirees at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He led the New York Philharmonic in Messiaen’s boffo “Turangalîla-Symphonie” in March at David Geffen Hall, where, a week later, Alan Gilbert conducted the New York premiere of his Dada piece, “Karawane.” Now he is next door, conducting Strauss’s “Elektra” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Herald Scotland

Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season unveiled

Four new productions, a collaboration with a leading theatre company and the first Scottish performance of a Puccini opera are part of Scottish Opera’s new season.

Mashable UK

Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House with Google’s virtual museum

On Wednesday, the building and the Google Cultural Institute, an initiative that hosts virtual museums from around the world, announced a new partnership that will see more than 1,000 of the House’s artefacts posted online.

Music Week

BBC Music Day to return in June

BBC Music has announced the full line-up of events for BBC Music Day 2016, which returns this year on Friday, June 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Classics extends label distribution service

Warner Classics is to extend its global distribution and marketing infrastructure to third-party labels. EuroArts Music will be the first company to join forces with Warner Classics Label Services from 1 May.

Ralph Kirshbaum receives honorary degree

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum is to be presented with an honorary doctorate in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 5 July. Kirshbaum’s career encompasses solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy.

The Strad

Fresh from signing to Warner Classics, violinist Kyung Wha Chung to open Verbier Festival

Following the news earlier this month that Kyung Wha Chung has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics, it has been announced that the violinist is to open the Verbier Festival on 22 July.

Der Tagesspiegel

Völkermord, bitte löschen

Die Türkei versucht die EU-Kulturpolitik zu kontrollieren – Auslöser ist ein Konzertprojekt der Dresdner Sinfoniker über den Genozid an den Armeniern.

neue musikzeitung

Erinnern, übermalen und neu gestalten

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen im Porträt.

Das Orchester

Nachlass von Claudio Abbado kommt nach Berlin

Die Schenkung an die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz umfasst eine umfangreiche Sammlung von Partituren, handschriftlichen Aufzeichnungen, Audio-/Video-Veröffentlichungen, musikwissenschaftlicher Literatur und Briefen.

El mundo

Con la vista en Brahms y Gernika

La BOS mirará al compositor alemán en una temporada que tendrá invitados como Eliahu Inbal.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Three Krenek operas to be staged in Frankfurt

Making Music England @MakingMusicENG Help put ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’

Sydney Opera House @SydOperaHouse Today we launch our Cultural Institute collection — 50 exhibits, 1000+ artefacts


Photograph: Royal Opera

(Written on April 27, 2016 )

In today’s news, Tom Service explores the dark side of classical music, the Royal Ballet live streams rehearsals and classes, Classic FM records a 22-year-old’s emotions after listening to classical music for the first time and Norman Lebrecht reports on Covent Garden’s new sound system

The Guardian

Music as a torture weapon: exploring the dark side

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either


Enjoy 23 hours of live footage on World Ballet day live

The Royal Ballet and four other leading ballet companies will live stream classes and rehearsals on Thursday 1 October

Classic FM

We got a 22-year-old to listen to classical music for the first time- and it blew his mind

At Classic FM we’re always keen to spread the classical music word – so we took one pop-mad 22 year old and played him Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Cue: all the emotions

Slipped disc

Voice alert: Covent Garden instals discreet amplification 

Installation magazine reports that the Royal Opera House has ‘upgraded its sound system’ with ‘eight KP102s mounted each side of the proscenium arch.’

Berliner Zeitung

Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski. Während bei Janowski das orchestererzieherische im Vordergrund stand, könnte es unter dem 33 Jahre jüngeren Jurowski wieder mehr um Inhalte gehen

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ausgezeichnete Opern

Die “Opernhäuser des Jahres” stehen in Frankfurt und in Mannheim. In einer Umfrage der Fachzeitschrift Opernwelt nannte eine Mehrheit der 50 befragten Kritiker aus Europa und den USA die beiden Opernhäuser am häufigsten. Dabei lobten die Kritiker die innovativen Spielpläne sowie die konsequente Entwicklung der Ensembles 

Sergey Simakov gewinnt Dirigierwettbewerb in Bukarest

Sergey Simakov aus Russland hat das Finale des Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest Dirigierwettbwerbs in Bukarest gewonnen. Simakov überzeugte die Jury mit seiner Interpretation von Auszügen aus Dvořáks 7. Sinfonie und Schumanns Klavierkonzert op. 54

El Mundo 

‘Siempre/Todavía’: una ópera sin voces

Esta auditorio, dirigido por José Ramón Garrido, decidió apostar por las nuevas tendencias y producir, junto al Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, esta extraña ópera para piano, dibujos y texto, nominada ‘Siempre/Todavía’

El Pais

La Capilla Sixtina se abre para grabar en su acústica única

La Capilla Sixtina, obra renacentista de Miguel Ángel y uno de los espacios artísticos más importantes de la historia, ha sido el privilegiado escenario para la grabación de un álbum de música litúrgica. Es la primera vez en que abre sus puertas para la grabación de un CD, realizado en este caso por el coro de la propia capilla y titulado Cantante Domino


Strange Boy @strangeboy We’re looking forward to showing you our new stuff @ Toi Toi on Oct 29th 😀

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point, says John Evans:

Record Label A and R @recordlabel_ar Grow your fanbase by connecting with hundreds of music industry professionals


World Ballet Day 2015, photo by Royal Opera House


(Written on October 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Ekaterina Bakanova makes an impression with her last minute debut performance, Debbie Wiseman is appointed as Classic FM’s new composer in residence and how pianist Kim Cheol-woong’s life changed when he was hear playing a love song.

The Guardian

One hell of a way to make a Royal Opera debut

Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stepped in to sing Violetta at Covent Garden with only hours’ notice, and gave the performance of her life

Classical Music Magazine

XV Tchaikovsky Competition viewing statistics streamed the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in its entirety for the first time this year, bringing it to audiences around the world. Here are some statistics which give an idea of who was watching, and how!

Classic FM

Debbie Wiseman appointed Classic FM’s new Composer in Residence

Britain’s top female composer for film and TV will write 12-movement Musical Zodiac for Classic FM.


Interrogated for playing the wrong tune

Fifteen years ago, Kim Cheol-woong was a successful pianist living in North Korea – but his life suddenly changed when someone heard him playing a Western love song.

Opera News

James S. Marcus, Longtime Metropolitan Opera Guild Board Member and Former Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, has Died

JAMES S. MARCUS, a longtime board member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and former chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Opera, died on Sunday in New York City after a short illness.

Münchner Posthalle soll zum Konzertsaal werden

Nach dem Olympiagelände ist jetzt die Posthalle an der Friedenheimer Brücke im Gespräch für den neuen Münchner Konzertsaal. Ein Investor will das Gelände kaufen und zum Musikzentrum umbauen – ein Projekt mit dem vielversprechenden Namen “Die Resonanz”.

Neue Musikzeitung

Vize-Ballettintendant Detrich soll in Stuttgart Reid Anderson folgen

Der Stuttgarter Ballettintendant Reid Anderson soll von seinem Stellvertreter Tamas Detrich abgelöst werden. Detrich habe bewiesen, dass er ein würdiger Nachfolger sein werde und auch neue Impulse für die Kompanie setzen könne, sagte Kunstministerin Theresia Bauer am Dienstag in Stuttgart.

Dorian Dreher erhält Studio-Preis der Götz-Friedrich-Stiftung

Der Regisseur Dorian Dreher erhält den Studio-Preis der Götz-Friedrich-Stiftung für die szenische Interpretation von Schuberts “Schwanengesang” am Nationaltheater Mannheim

The New York Times

SubCulture in New York Cancels Much of Its Schedule

One of the bright spots in classical and contemporary music in recent years has been the rise of the cool space: the proliferation of new rooms with downtown or Brooklyn vibes that feel more like nightclubs than concert halls, where emerging talents are free to experiment, and audiences can listen to live music in unstuffy settings.

NPR music

Why Conductor Kirill Petrenko Fits The Berlin Philharmonic

When the Berlin Philharmonic chooses a new chief conductor, it’s a big deal. In May the orchestra, often hailed as the world’s finest, sequestered itself for a secret vote and some European papers likened the event to a papal conclave.


Gramophone @GramophoneMag‘s Symphony No 3, introduced by Lorin : @MaestroMaazel

Young People in Arts @YPIA_uk: Our seventh season in numbers – An infographic to celebrate our new website: .

RDMR @RDMR1: This lunchtime, senior @guildhallschool musician Julian Clef performs Brahms, Scriabin & Beethoven (for free!) at @stgilescg@CoLFestival

Ekaterina Bakanova’s stunning surprise debut
Photo: The Guardian

(Written on July 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rhodri Marsden investigates the story behind Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture cannon whilst the Telegraph argues that, apart from the disco night, the BBC Proms are rather tame this year: exactly what it needs. Sinfini also gives a run down of what the parties are promising for the arts in the General Election. Elsewhere, 2Cellos have had to cancel their tour to the US due to Stjepan Hauser’s neck injury. Also in The StradViolinist Roland Glassl is leaving the Mandelring Quartet after 16 years. Andreas Willwhol, the former principal of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will succeed him.

The Independent

Rhodri Marsden’s Interesting Objects: The 1812 Overture cannon

Tchaikovsky’s lack of enthusiasm for his commission prompted the bloody-minded inclusion of a huge brass band, a carillon and, of course, the cannon

The Telegraph

A run-of-the mill Proms is just what we need

Notwithstanding its disco night, there’s nothing to frighten the horses in this season’s programme

The Strad

2Cellos cancel US tour due to injury

Stjepan Hauser of the cello duo has damaged his neck, according to a statement

Violist Roland Glassl to depart Mandelring Quartet after 16 years

His replacement is Andreas Willwohl, former principal violist of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Election 2015 A vote for the arts

The value of the UK arts sector increased ten per cent between 2012 and 2013, and the creative industries are now estimated to be worth nearly £77bn to the UK economy.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Deutsche Sänger räumen in London ab

Zwei Deutsche sind bei den Opera Awards als beste Sänger ausgezeichnet worden. Weder Anja Harteros noch Christina Gerhaher konnten den Preis persönlich entgegennehmen.

Berliner Zeitung

Wird Andris Nelsons Simon Rattles Nachfolger?

Andris Nelsons ist einer der aussichtsreichsten Kandidaten für die Nachfolge von Simon Rattle.

Auszeichnung im Rahmen des Kulturfestivals Euriade

Martin-Buber-Plakette für Thomas Quasthoff

El País

El pequeño  arte de pedir dinero

El triunfo del ‘crowdfunding’ demuestra la fascinación de nuestra cultura por lo mínimo al tiempo que revela cambios profundos en los modelos de negocio tradicionales

The New York Times

Peter Eotvos prepares the opera ‘Senze Sangue‘

Peter Eotvos, the man on the aisle, composed ‚Senza Sangue‘, which will receive its concert premiere on May 1 in Cologne, Germany.


The Federation ‏@Creative_Fed: Schools should not be ofsted outstanding without arts + creative engagement says @HarrietHarman #chArter – about diversity and equal access

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public : Over £500k of #economicimpact for Scotland generated every day by #Edinburgh cultural venues 

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : A busy week ahead @RoyalOperaHouse – kicking things off with #ROHroger on stage in rehearsal – it opens on Friday! ^C

2CELLOS-electric-cellossuits-1280 News 27th April 2Cellos. Photo:


(Written on April 27, 2015 )


The Simón Bolívar Orchestra – why we should look beyond the music

Reviews of El Sistema’s flagship orchestra’s London concerts missed the bigger picture, writes Geoff Baker.

Classic FM

Exclusive: Gustavo Dudamel answers your questions

We spoke exclusively to hotshot Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel ahead of the release of his new Wagner recording with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and he found time to answer some of your questions too.

The Stage

Performing arts contributes £5.4 billion a year to UK economy

The music, performing and visual arts sector, which includes theatre, is now worth £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy, new figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have revealed.

International Arts Manager

New fellowship to support emerging arts admin talent

Boutique classical and contemporary music marketing agency WildKat PR has announced the launch of The Noted Innovation Fellowship, a scheme that will introduce industry newcomers to leading arts mangers in order to progress their careers.

Classical Music Magazine

Warwick Thompson: Has the Dane brought something rotten to the state of Covent Garden?

After a slew of suboptimal stagings at the Royal Opera, it seems a good time to mull over the artistic direction of the house under Kasper Holten, who took up his post in 2011.

Zeit Online

Hört doch endlich auf zu jammern

Ja, die Klassikbranche hat nicht mehr so viel Geld wie früher. Dennoch kein Grund zur Resignation: Das Publikum verjüngt sich, und die Musiker sind vielseitiger denn je.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rap in der Philharmonie

Die neue Pariser Philharmonie wurde beschlossen, als noch niemand an Haushalsdefizite dachte. Nun tobt in Paris ein Kultur- und Klassenkampf um das neue und das alte Konzerthaus: Kostenüberschreitung, weite Anfahrtswege, Programmdiktat.

Spiegel Online

Deutscher ESC-Vorentscheid: Mit Harfe und Dudelsack nach Wien

Von Mittelalterklängen bis Elektropop: Der NDR hat sieben Kandidaten für den ESC-Vorentschied bekannt gegeben.

Oper Leipzig legt positive Bilanz vor

Die Oper Leipzig befindet sich laut eigenen Angaben hinsichtlicher der Zuschauernachfrage auf einem erfolgreichen Weg.

The New York Times

A Concert Hall in Paris Aims to Bridge Divides

PARIS — The new concert hall here, the Philharmonie de Paris, rises like a flight of doves, its sprawling waves of concrete and steel designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel to symbolize the end of the “eternal ostracism” of the struggling neighborhoods nearby.


Icons of Europe ‏@IconsEurope: Great @WeAreNoted @WildKatPR concept! Could off-stage leadership and fresh thinking be built thru Chair at an institution? #NotedFellowship

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The glamour, glitz and high notes of being a soprano all comes at a price 

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony: Good wishes to the new @philharmonie in Paris which opens tonight. Looks fabulous, can’t wait to play there in Feb.

834ea8b1-19ef-4a6b-b06c-34a3a7486742-620x372Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at the Southbank Centre, January 2015. Photo: Nohely Oliveros/SBC

(Written on January 14, 2015 )

Classic FM

Great conductor Claudio Abbado laid to rest in his ‘magical place’

Maestro Abbado’s family have moved his body to the Swiss mountains, the scene of some of his finest concert performances.

Dancers for Royal Opera ‘being paid less than Box Office staff’

A performers’ union is claiming that the Royal Opera is paying dancers rehearsing for a forthcoming production less than box office staff.

The Times

Stop studying arts if you want a good job, minister says

Too many teenagers choose to study arts and humanities subjects at A level in a mistaken belief that such subjects are the best way to keep their career options open, the education secretary said yesterday.

The Guardian

Colin Currie: new works, new instruments – the amazing story of percussion is not yet told

The percussionist, whose Metal Wood Skin festival continues in London, explains how music became a lifelong inspiration

The Strad

Atlanta Symphony musicians and management agree on new contract

The four-year deal, which includes provisions for increased musician numbers, ends a two-month deadlock

International Arts Manager

Reinventing the Czech Philharmonic

After a restless couple of decades for the Czech Philharmonic, Mark Powell journeys to Prague and finds a wholly revitalised orchestra


Angedacht, aber nicht frei: Gergiev wäre onehin nicht nach Saarbrücken gekommen. Jedoch…

Die Münchner Philharmoniker reagieren auf die Meldung, Gergiev sei in Saabrücken beim Polen-Festival ausgeladen worden.

Stradivari-Räuber zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt

Der 42-jährige Salah Salahadyn, der am vergangenen 27. Januar in Milwaukee den Geiger Frank Almond überfallen und ihn seiner 5 Millionen Dollar-Stradivari beraubt hatte, wurde von einem Gericht zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis und weiteren 5 Jahren Überwachung verurteilt.

Mariam Batsashvili gewinnt Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerb

Erster Preis des Wettbewerbs in Utrecht ist mit 20.000 Euro dotiert

Villa Vigoni: Gewalt, kulturelles Gedächtnis und Transkulturalität

Goldene Herbstidylle und Themen wie Gewalt und kulturelle Konflikte – wie passt das zusammen?

The New York Times

The Opera in Rome Is a Hotbed of Chaos

Riccardo Muti’s Departure Is a Sign of Rome Opera’s Troubles

Le Monde

Toutes les couleurs du jazz

Décidément la scène musicale belge est bien l’une des plus créatives et inventives.


Classical Purist @ClassicalPurist  Belgian orchestra appoints ‘cheapest’ manager + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical: The world’s most glamorous opera stars 

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: The new sound of space: 21st century film composers go beyond Holst and Strauss 


Czech Philharmonic © Martin Kabat (via International Arts Manager)







(Written on November 11, 2014 )


Frédéric Chopin’s heart shows signs of TB, say Polish experts

Findings appear in line with composer’s 1849 death certificate which says he died from tuberculosis in Paris


Daniel Barenboim interview: Why I’m proud of my orchestra

Conductor Daniel Barenboim talks to Ivan Hewett about his Israeli-Arab orchestra the West-Eastern Divan

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James Galway, Sir Neville Marriner and Chailly & Gewandhaus win atGramophone awards

The 2014 Gramophone magazine awards were held on 17 September at a ceremony at St John’s, Smith Square in London.

BBC Music Magazine

The BBC unveils trailer for Ten Pieces

Beethoven’s Fifth, Holst’s Planets and Stravinsky’s Firebird will come to life on the big screen

The Strad

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announces all-female final

Five Korean artists and one American will perform two concertos each over the coming days

Classical Source

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle [6-8 November, University of Cambridge]

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle brings some of the most respected practitioners of contemporary music to Cambridge in celebration of Birtwistle in his 80th year.


Der Klang des Grauens

Vor 100 Jahren brach der Erste Weltkrieg aus – in Frankreich und Deutschland wird der Tragödie auch musikalisch gedacht

Codex Flores

Gewinner des Moskauer Geigenbauer-Wettbewerbs

In Moskau sind die Gewinner des Internationalen Geigenbauer-Wettbewerbs  «Violine: Selle und Gestalt» bekanntgegeben worden.

Bratschist Fitz Gary erhält Auszeichnung des DAAD

US-Amerikaner wird für herausragende Studienleistungen ausgezeichnet

The New York Times

There’s a Lesson Here; All You Have to Do Is Listen

Roger Nierenberg and the Music Paradigm Program


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Your reaction: Check out our round-up of tweets from the #BPbigscreens live relay of Rigoletto. Is yours included? ^E 

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM alumni named as #GramoAwards winners: Sir Neville Marriner (Outstanding Achievement) & @Sir_J_Galway (Lifetime Achievement)

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: Duncan Ward, 25, has been appointed principal conductor of @sinfoniavivauk from January, ‘minimum initial contract of two years’


Sir Neville Marriner presents Riccardo Chailly with the Recording of the Year Award. Photo: Ben Ealovega

(Written on September 18, 2014 )

The Guardian

From fact to fantasie: discovering the real Schumann

Robert Schumann’s tragic life has long coloured our view of his music. But as pianist Jonathan Biss concludes a year long series of concerts, he finds a composer betrayed by his biography.


The Telegraph

Carrie Cracknell interview: ‘I’m no opera expert, but I didn’t hesitate to take on Wozzeck’

Young director Carrie Cracknell has worked on devised, experimental and classical theatre but now she’s moved on to opera.


The Times

Walter Scott fans attack Royal Opera’s view of Highlanders as smelly savages

Hairy, smelly savages, or noble warriors? A fierce argument over Sir Walter Scott’s real views on Highlanders has opened a bitter divide between the writer’s supporters and the opera world of Covent Garden.


Classic FM

Vasily Petrenko in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

Join the conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in our weekly web chat. 



Gramophone June 2013 issue now on sale!

Hear excerpts from all of the months’ Gramophone Choice recordings on the Gramophone Player.


Classical Music

BBC Young Musicians 2014: Open for entries

The BBC’s Young Musician 2014 has launched, unveiling Nicola Benedetti as an ambassador and introducing a new award for young jazz musicians.


Classical Source

Simon Halsey Will Step Down As Berlin Radio Choir’s Principal Conductor In 2016

Simon Halsey will not be extending his contract as principal conductor of Rundfunkchor Berlin after its current term ends in summer 2016.



The Telegraph

(Written on May 21, 2013 )