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In today’s news:  A plan to protect Londons music venues, the nomination process for the RPS awards is open, Sir Thomas Allen is to become artist in residence at the RCM, the Festspiele MV are teaming up Classical music and Michelin grade cooking. The Renovation of the Staatsoper in Berlin is not going to be delayed says the city council, a report about Iceland and their Folk music, compared to German traditions. A report on how El Sistema is at work in Kenya. A discussion in France about the creation of a common office for music. And the dispute about the RTÉ Orchestras continues.

Classical Music

Nominations open for RPS Music Awards

Members of the public have until 23.59pm on 16 January 2018 to nominate outstanding live music, performers and organisations from 2017.

Music Teacher

Sir Thomas Allen to become RCM artist in residence

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced that baritone Sir Thomas Allen will be working with students over the coming years as artist in residence.


Sadiq Khan announces new plan to protect London music venues

The new proposals would put the responsibility on developers to properly soundproof properties near venues.


Why Danny Elfman Gave Up The Stage To Become One Of Hollywood’s Most Successful Composers

The transition from established rock artist to film composer is not unusual.

Tech Financials

Ujo Music is Using Blockchain to Revolutionise the Music Industry

“We are building a platform that allows musicians to automatically license their works through Ethereal.”

New York Times

The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya

Though Faith Syovata had almost lost her voice because of a cold, the students still hung on her every whispered word.

The Irish Times

Playing politics with the RTÉ orchestra cutbacks controversy

Taoiseach weighs in, Minister for Arts kicks to touch, Fianna Fáil comes late to the cause

BR Klassik

Volkslieder in den Charts

Die Isländer sind ein sangesfrohes Volk, über 300 Chöre gibt es auf der kleinen Insel: für viele Musiker der Start ihrer Laufbahn.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Berliner Senat hält an Termin für Staatsopern-Übergabe fest

Berlins Senatsbaudirektorin Lüscher hat den Vorschlag zurückgewiesen, das Opernhaus Unter den Linden erst später als geplant der Staatsoper zu übergeben.

Berliner Zeitung

Goldene Zwanziger in Weißensee Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi eröffnet wieder

Unlängst wurden hier Tanzszenen für die Serie „Babylon Berlin“ gedreht. Co-Regisseur Tom Tykwer ließ nach den Aufnahmen einen Teil der Lichtanlage als Geschenk zurück.

Musik heute

Festspiele MV 2018 mit Ton- und Kochkunst

Mit Stars wie dem Geiger Daniel Hope, der Pianistin Hélène Grimaud und dem Dirigenten Christoph Eschenbach wollen die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2018 ihrem Ruf als eines der bedeutendsten Klassikfestivals bundesweit gerecht werden.

France musique

La maison commune de la musique peut-elle faire l’unanimité ?

Suite à la remise d’un rapport qu’elle avait commandé, Françoise Nyssen s’est prononcée en faveur de la création d’une maison commune de la musique en janvier prochain. 


in 1796 Birth of German Carl


Staatsoper Berlin during the renovation (c)Christian von Steffelin

(Written on November 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, British Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote and Prokofiev’s grandson puts a new spin on classical music. Also, Teodor Currentzis awarded Kairos Prize and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded RPS gold medal


Prokofiev’s Grandson Puts New Spin on Classical Music

The Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev is one of the acknowledged masters of twentieth century classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded the RPS gold medal

The 81-year-old composer said that he ‘couldn’t be more honoured’ to receive the medal, adding: ‘That’s the one I wanted!’

Arts Professional

Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote

Whittingdale and Vaizey will back opposing campaign teams in the run-up to the forthcoming EU membership referendum


Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the 1970s – in pictures

An urban utopia of concert halls, fountains and art galleries at the heart of a housing estate in London? Peter Bloomfield reveals his cache of photographs charting the construction of a British brutalist icon


Kunstpreis der Stadt Dresden für Sänger Peter Schreier

Der Sänger Peter Schreier erhält den mit 5000 Euro dotierten diesjährigen Kunstpreis von Dresden

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Von Berg wechselt auf den Grünen Hügel

Die Bayreuther Festspiele bekommen einen neuen Geschäftsführenden Direktor. Der 49-jährige Holger von Berg tritt im April die Nachfolge von Heinz-Dieter Sense an


Anmeldefrist zum 8. Louis Spohr Wettbewerb in Weimar für junge Geiger läuft

Auf seinen Wettbewerbserfolg folgte direkt der berufliche Erfolg: Der Geiger David Castro-Balbi gewann als 19-Jähriger einen 1. Preis beim Louis Spohr-Wettbewerb in Weimar 2013

Klassik Info

Currentzis erhält hochdotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

Der Dirigent Teodor Currentzis erhält den mit mit 75.000 Euro dotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

France Musique

Victoires de la musique classique : Claire Chazal et Frédéric Lodéon, ambassadeurs du classique à la télévision

La 23e édition des Victoires de la musique classique se tient ce 24 février à la Halle aux Grains de Toulouse. C’est l’une des rares émissions consacrées au classique à être diffusée à une heure de grande écoute

Twitter Berliner : Übertitel statt Untertitel

BBC Music MagazineThe latest classical chart – out now:

ARTEFAKT Kultur Was nächste Woche wichtig wird: Die falsche Gärtnerin im Bode-Museum

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian






(Written on February 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Ivan Hewett, having been to the Royal Philharmonic Awards on Tuesday Night, says that classical music is getting hipper. Also, today the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are releasing a free video stream of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to mark the anniversary of the piece’s premiere in Vienna in 1824. Also, Radio 3 and RPS have commissioned a 10 minute chamber work for BBC New Generation Artists. Elsewhere, American violinist Allan Nilles is to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from the San Diego Symphony.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Awards, The Brewery: ‘classical music is getting hipper’

Ivan Hewett reports from the Royal Philharmonic Awards

BBC Music Magazine

Chicago Symphony Orchestra release free video stream of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

The CSO’s performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece is to be streamed free over the internet

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 and RPS commission works for New Generation Artists

Composers including Jonathan Dove and Matthias Pintscher have been commissioned to write a 10-minute chamber piece for a BBC New Generation Artist. The pieces will be broadcast on Radio 3.

The Strad

American violist Allan Nilles joins Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The musician was formerly a member of the San Diego Symphony

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2015 announces jury

The Brussels event is this year devoted to the violin

Der Tagesspiegel

Erfahrung und Neugierde

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chef. Bis zum 10. Mai stellen wir täglich einen Kandidaten vor. Heute: Riccardo Chailly

Berliner Morgenpost

Abgeordnetenhaus nimmt die Staatsoper unter die Lupe

Im Skandal um die verzögerte und immer teurere Fertigstellung der Staatsoper wird jetzt ein Untersuchungsausschuss tätig. Die Fertigstellung wird wohl erst im Jahr 17 stattfinden – 2017.

The New York Times

Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote on New Chief Conductor

When they gather for their conclave on Monday, the 124 eminent electors will be asked to surrender their cellphones.


Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Leave Rotterdam Philharmonic Post In 2018

“The Rotterdam Philharmonic said on Tuesday that its principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will step down in 2018, his tenth year on the job.


Elizabeth Harper ‏@Elizabe94503264 : Looking forward to our lunctime archive talk today in the @RoyalAlbertHall Elgar Room about influential women

Malan Wilkinson ‏@pianistcentral : A must read! James Rhodes: The concert pianist on mental illness and opening up about sexual abuse 

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : Head to @Howard_Assembly to experience the NEW opera #TheVirtuesofThings on 15 May! #newmusic …


Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo: CC BY 2.0


(Written on May 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards have been announced with nods to English National Opera and the Southbank Centre. Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the first winners of the Noted Innovation Fellowship. Also, read about the new classical music community that is growing along the East Coast of America.


English National Opera gets RPS award boost

Company currently in special funding measures wins opera and music theatre category at prestigious awards for ‘consistently outstanding work’


Google Doodle celebrates piano inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori’s 360th birthday

Italian invented hammer and keys mechanism to create loud and quiet notes

Classical Music Magazine

First winners of Noted Innovation Fellowship announced

Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the winners of the first Noted Innovation Fellowship.

RPS Music Awards winners announced

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held in The Brewery, City of London.


Groupmuse USA

In many ways, it was like any other gathering in a New York apartment on a Saturday night: hip décor, copious amounts of wine, attractive strangers making conversation… And then a string quartet busted out the first movement of Beethoven’s first string quartet.

Die Welt

Verschont uns mit Mozarts flachen Fäkal-Witzchen!

Das Berliner Konzerthaus will mehr junge Leute für klassische Musik gewinnen – und wirbt mit Slogans wie “Scheiß ins Bett dass’ kracht” für einen “Mozart-Marathon”. Warum das ein Griff ins Klo ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der griechische Renaissance-Punk

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chef. Bis zum 10. Mai stellen wir Ihnen täglich einen der Kandidaten vor. Heute: Teodor Currentzis.


Orlando Philharmonic Announced New Music Director Eric Jacobsen

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced American conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen as its new Music Director.

Deutscher Kulturrat spricht sich gegen Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit aus

Der Deutsche Kulturrat hat sich in einer Stellungnahme gegen das geplante Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit ausgesprochen.


Travel Channel’s ‘Mysteries at the Museum’ Investigates Carnegie Hall Theft of Bronisław Huberman’s Stradivarius Violin

In one of our favorite episodes yet, The Travel Channel’s docu-drama Mysteries at the Museum recently featured the archive and research room at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.


BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld: Is pop music starting to sound the same? Scientists have analysed how pop music has evolved in past 50 years 

Q Magazine ‏@QMagazine: Guest Column – Musicians don’t need to be political… but don’t discourage your fans from voting …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Musical Challenge time now on #EssentialClassics Can you work out the two pieces which are in ‘imperfect harmony’? 

ENO RPSAndrew Shore and Gwyn Hughes Jones in ENO’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

(Written on May 6, 2015 )

Sinfini Music

RPS Awards Winners Announced

Who were the big classical winners of last night’s 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards?

Classical Music Magazine

Birtwistle makes it five as RPS awards are announced

Sir Harrison Birtwistle has become the most honoured musician in RPS Awards history, adding a fifth with this year’s win of the Chamber-Scale Composition award for The Moth Requiem (first performed in the UK by the BBC Singers at the 2013 Proms).

New York Times – Artsbeat

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks.

Classic FM Online

Michael Giacchino to compose Jurassic World soundtrack

Michael Giacchino will compose the soundtrack for Jurassic World, the forthcoming fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, due for release in 2015.

The Epoch Times

Mondomusica Brings Stringed-Instrument Making to New York

New York has become a new center for the prestigious Mondomusica show. It features 164 exhibitors from 14 countries and is also held yearly in Cremona, Italy—the birthplace of the Cremonese violin-making masters.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Festspielsommer 2014

Eine Übersicht über den Festspielsommer in Deutschland und Europa, zusammengestellt von der Reiseredaktion der F.A.Z.

Der Tagesspiegel

Essen und Trinken im Theater

Warum sitzt das Publikum auf dem Trockenen?


„Ich weiß nicht, wer ich bin!“

Der polnische Pianist Piotr Anderszewski spricht über sein Sabbatical, die Risiken der Rückkehr und Heimatgefühle

Sopranistin Nora Friedrichs gewinnt Stella Maris-Gesangswettbewerb

Die Sopranistin Nora Friedrichs hat den Publikumspreis im “Stella Maris”-Gesangswettbewerb an Bord der MS Europa gewonnen.

Händel-Festspiele Halle bis 2017 finanziell gesichert

Die Händel-Festspiele Halle sind durch die Zusage des Landes über Subventionen bis zum Jahr 2017 finanziell gesichert. Sachsen-Anhalts Ministerpräsident Reiner Haseloff und Kultusminister Stephan Dorgerloh versprachen der Stiftung Händel-Haus jährlich bis zu 511.300 Euro an Zuwendungen.

Classical Music on Twitter

Benjamin Britten@BrittenOfficial Thrilled: Britten 100 wins the @RoyalPhilSoc audiences & engagement award. For all who helped celebrate the centenary

Help Musicians UK@HelpMusiciansUK It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! @ukbapam Counselling Psychologist Dr Carol Chapman shares her tips for musicians

Barbican Centre@BarbicanCentre Do you have a question for Harrison Birtwistle? Tweet #AskBirtwistle as @Boosey_London host a Twitter Q&A this Friday 1.30pm #Birtwistleat80

Arts Professional @ArtsPro #APNews: Artists’ Union England launches to challenge “economic inequalities in the art world”

Jessica Duchen@jessicaduchen My piece for Indy about BBC Young Musicians 2014 frustrations: why won’t they let us hear the music properly?

Classical Today@ClassicalToday Apple’s $3.2 billion wake up call to classical music + MORE

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine



(Written on May 14, 2014 )

Classic FM

Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.


Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening:

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video:

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT:

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online




(Written on May 13, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Petrenko: I don’t believe women conductors are a distraction

Vasily Petrenko’s interview in which he appeared anti-women caused outrage. He defends himself in an interview with Adam Sweeting.

Classic FM Online

Studying music increases blood flow to the brain

30 minutes of musical training can increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain, so says a new study carried out by the University of Liverpool.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir John Tomlinson to receive RPS Gold Medal

Bass Sir John Tomlinson has been named as the latest recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the society’s highest honour.

The Daily Telegraph – Sydney

Adelaide philanthropist Diana Ramsay gives $510,000 towards Australian String Quartet’s Guadagnini cello

Adelaide arts benefactor Diana Ramsay has given $510,000 to the fundraising drive for the Guadagnini cello on loan to the Australian String Quartet.


Interview Anne-Sophie Mutter: „Im August breche ich endlich nach Botswana auf“ 

Seit 25 Jahren kann Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis nichts trennen. Nun gehen die beiden auf „Silber-Tournee“ und erfüllen einen Kindheitstraum der Geigerin

Klassik Akzente

Max Richters “Vivaldi Recomposed” im Finale von Germany’s Next Top Model

Der Top 20 Walk ist ein Höhepunkt im Finale von Heidi Klums Germany’s Next Top Model. Die Modells werden dabei von den angesagtesten Stars und ihrer Musik begleitet. Diesmal tritt der britische Erfolgskomponist Max Richter mit “Vivaldi Recomposed” auf.


Semperoper mit neuem Leitungs-Team

Die traditionsreiche Semperoper in Dresden hat zwei leitende Positionen in ihrem Haus neu besetzt. Am Dienstag wurden Ronald Adler als Künstlerischer Berater und Anna Melcher als Chefdramaturgin vorgestellt.

Le Figaro

Les bons tuyaux de Cameron Carpenter

À 32 ans, le musicien bouscule le milieu de l’orgue avec un tout nouvel instrument, créé spécialement pour lui par le facteur du Massachusetts Marshall & Ogletree.

Classical Music on Twitter

TED Talks ‏@TEDTalks  “Classical music is for everybody.” A truly delightful music lesson:

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc We have shortlisted @Opera_North for their fantastic festival of Britten last year. Best of luck, only 4 days left to wait! #RPSMusicAwards

The Art Fund ‏@artfund What was Handel’s relationship with the British monarchy? Music for Royal occassions @FoundlingMuseum – closes 18

Michel van der Aa@vanderaanet Interestingly only 1 out of these 7 UK artistic directors picks a new opera as “best for first-timer” #insideopera

Artsfundraising@artsfundraising Arts orgs in London, North & the South West: 1 week to go to apply to host a Fundraising Fellow! Deadline 16 May

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 9, 2014 )


John Luther Adams wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Alaskan-based composer John Luther Adams has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his recent commission from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

 BBC Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards shortlist announced

Nominations for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music, have been announced. Musicians have been shortlisted in 13 categories ranging from chamber music to creative communication

News and Views from Norway

Costs threaten Bergen orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BFO) revealed on Tuesday its pension costs are NOK 60 million (USD 10 million) higher than estimated, and it needs to dramatically reduce its activities. The unexpected costs threaten the BFO‘s 250th anniversary celebrations planned for next year.

Policy Mic

12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

Only 4% of American orchestras are African American or Latino but the Sphinx Organization and its annual competition is looking to change all that. Here are 12 musical portraits of Sphinx kids who will grow up to change the face of the art.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Saison 2014/15 des DSO

Tugan Sokhiev, der Chefdirigent des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters, redet nicht gern über Politik, schon gar nicht über Putin. Lieber schwärmt er von seinen musikalischen Plänen für die kommende Spielzeit

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Musikpreis des “Heidelberger Frühlings”: Man muss einfach das Feuer weitergeben

Wie kann man so etwas wie Musik in Worte Flüchtiges fassen? Eleonore Büning kann es. In ihren Kritiken werden beim Lesen ganze Akkorde förmlich fühlbar in ihrer Stofflichkeit. Eine Laudatio.

Classical music on twitter

Guildhall School of Music: @guildhallschool On 23 April catch alum Damian Lewis reading #Shakespeare sonnets for free at @cityoflondon Library!

Britten Sinfonia: @BrittenSinfonia We’re celebrating Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday in May – find out what we’re up to –

ACE North: @ace_thenorth We’ll be @sage_gateshead this evening live tweeting the Journal @culturemag #cultureawards! Watch live, 7.30pm, here:

Sound and Music: @soundandmusic Day 2 of #composerwkshops with @nmcrecordings & supported by @prsfoundation – find out more about the programme here

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: @theoae Announcing the OAE Hall of Shame 2014. Your chance to nominate your most disliked piece of classical music…

Royal Philharmonic Society

Royal Philharmonic Society

(Written on April 16, 2014 )

The Guardian

Happy 125th birthday, Concertgebouw

Amsterdam’s world-class orchestra and concert hall celebrate their 125th anniversary this week. Tom Service explains why the hall’s famously perfect acoustics create unexpected challenges for its players.


The Guardian

RPS awards: Stockhausen’s helicopters and the Guardian’s Tom Service

Nominations for the classical music industry’s most respected annual gongs, the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, have been announced


The Telegraph

David Mitchell on his ‘bonkers’ new 3D opera Sunken Garden

The novelist David Mitchell speaks to Sameer Rahim about writing the libretto for a spectacular occult-mystery-film-opera, Sunken Garden.


Classic FM

Soprano Julia Lezhneva on her fairytale career so far 

The talented 23-year-old soprano shares the highlights of her career so far with John Brunning, and talks passionately about Baroque vocal music.



Rosenblatt Recitals founder announces new summer music festival

Branscombe Festival will run from July 26-28, 2013.


Classical Music Magazine

Richard Hallam takes up ISM presidency

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.


Plunet Hugill

The first piano in England

In 1749 an English engineer called John Grundy visited Charles Jennens’ house, Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire. In his travel diary he describes the interior, with the particularly grand music room complete with stucco ceiling and carved marble fireplace…


interior of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The Guardian

(Written on April 12, 2013 )


Composer threatens to withdraw tax after latest opera rejected

Michael Nyman, who has worked as a film composer for 30 years, complained he had proposed to stage a work in Covent Garden but had been rejected.

Classical Music Magazine

RPS Awards announced, with Abbado and Pollini winning

Two Italians in London, Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini have won major awards at the Royal Philharmonic Society awards held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 8th May.

Sound and Music appoints new chief executive

Susanna Eastburn, currently music director at Arts Council England, is to be the new chief executive of Sound and Music.

LA Times

L.A. Philharmonic extends jazz contract with Herbie Hancock 

The L.A. jazz scene will continue to be led by a legend as the L.A. Philharmonic announced a one-year extension to Herbie Hancock’s contract as the Creative Chair for Jazz.

The New York Times

Don’t sing with your mouth full

Opera, of all the art forms, is singularly associated with food, whether because of the appetites of well-girthed singers or the sensual pleasures celebrated in its rich ragout of music, emotion and stagecraft.

Financial Times

Peak performances

Conductor Stephen Barlow talks about his musical career and his new challenge of putting the Buxton Festival on the map.


Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Simon named 2012 Polar Music Price laureates

This year’s Polar Music Prize has been awarded to cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Each laureate receives one million Swedish krona and will be presented with his prize by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Evening Standard

Get with the Proms programme 

Bookings opens on Saturday for the classical music extravaganza of the year – from Barenboim on the podium to a stage full of 600 singers.

The Guardian

Riccardo Muti to conduct Vatican concert in front of Pope Benedikt XVI

Italian maestro will lead Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera orchestra in playing Vivaldi and Verdi to mark pope’s seventh anniversary.

(Written on May 9, 2012 )