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In today’s news: Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music, The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition and study reveals that Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours. Also, France Gall is dead at 70, the revenues of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie are better than expected and Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Stage

Matt Hancock made culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

He replaces Karen Bradley, who has become North Ireland secretary in PM May’s reshuffle.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council appoints Dr Claire Mera-Nelson as new director of music

Dr Mera-Nelson, who has over 18 years’ experience in higher education, will assume the position in March

Music Teacher

ROH launches fanfare competition

The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition, which ill give budding musicians the chance to work with the ROH’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano and other highly-esteemed musicians.

M Magazine

Study discovers world’s most unique music

Botswana has the most unique music in the world while China’s sound is the most distinct from its neighbours.

The Strad

Luck holds out for violinist whose instrument went missing twice in 2 months

RSNO member Fiona West and violinist colleague reunited with stolen instruments.

Bedford Today

Relieve the glory days of the Haçienda at Wrest Park

Live music will be returning to the stunning grounds of Wrest Park in Silsoe this summer – with Haçienda Classical among the line-up.

The New York Times

France Gall, Adaptable French Singing Star, Is Dead at 70

France Gall, a pop singer who shot to fame across Europe while still a teenager after giving the winning performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, leading to a long recording career, died on Sunday in Paris. She was 70.

Klassik.com

Hamburger Elbphilharmonie mit positiver Bilanz

Das Geschäftsjahr 2016/17 brachte der Elbphilharmonie höhere Einnahmen als erwartet.

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Golden Globe für Alexandre Desplat

Der Preis für die beste Filmmusik ging an den französischen Komponisten Alexandre Desplat für seinen Soundtrack zu Guillermo del Toros “Shape of Water – das Flüstern des Wassers”.

Berliner Zeitung

Monika Grütters zum Kulturerbejahr „Vielfalt ist Ausdruck von Humanität“

Europa hat nach Ansicht von Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) nur als Wertegemeinschaft eine Zukunft.

Platea Magazine

La soprano Cecilia Gasdia, nueva intendente de la Arena de Verona

Según recogen medios locales, y a la espera de la designación oficial por parte del ministro Dario Franceschini, la soprano veronesa Cecilia Gasdia (Verona, 1960) sería la próxima intendente de la Arena de Verona, el célebre escenario lírico italiano.

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(Written on January 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

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Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

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  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census, RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition, and Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms. Exclusive concert at the Elbphilharmonic for police men after G20 summit riots, and conductor Frank Matthus leaves Kammeroper Rheinsberg.

Choir and Organ

Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census

There are at least 40,000 choirs singing regularly in the UK, according to Voices Now. The charity has revealed the results of its Big Choral Census – its first piece of research – which examined the activity and volume of vocal groups across the UK.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has launched its third Composers’ Hub competition.

The Strad

Lara Boschkor wins Tonali Violin Competition in Germany

The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

Pizzicato

Josep Pons Named Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of Granada

The Mayor of Granada and President of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has named Josep Pons (*1957) Conductor Laureate.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

Tagesspiegel

Frank Matthus verlässt Kammeroper Rheinsberg

2018 ist Schluss. Frank Matthus, der künstlerische Leiter der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, verlässt das Opernfestival in Brandenburg.

Berliner Zeitung

Nach G20-Krawallen Gratis-Konzert für Polizisten in der Elbphilharmonie 

Sechs Tage nach den Staats- und Regierungschefs lädt die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auch Polizisten ein, die beim G20-Gipfel im Einsatz waren.

NMZ

Unterm Regenbogen – München leuchtet schillernd bunt!

So geht es auch: Klassik und Neue Musik als Starter für die CSD-Woche in der Bayernmetropole.

Broadway World

Newly Appointed Principal Bass and Horn Announced by L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, appoints David Grossman as Principal Bass and Michael Thornton as Principal Horn, announces LACO’s Executive Director Scott Harrison.

WQXR

Traffic Marshall Surprises Travelers with a Public Piano Performance

Traveling by rail (or air, or sea) can be a draining experience.

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Choir and Organ: Voices Now

(Written on July 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: Catriona Morison becomes first British BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, and Alexander Papp wins Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Notes from Scotland composition competition. Honorary concert for Sir Jeffrey Tate, and Reinhard Goebel receives Bach medal. Audience at this year’s Bachfest Leipzig increases for 22,4%, and Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Rhinegold

Catriona Morison wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison has become the first British winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Rhinegold

Alexander Papp wins RSNO composition competition

Alexander Papp has won the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Notes from Scotland composition competition with his piece Progeny, inspired by Glen Coe.

The Guardian

Why not put music at the heart of education?

One of the most exciting commitments of the general election campaign was made in Jeremy Corbyn’s wonderful eve-of-election speech in Colwyn Bay, north Wales.

Welt24

Abschied von Sir Jeffrey Tate mit Schuberts „Unvollendeter“

Seit 2009 leitete Sir Jeffrey Tate die Symphoniker, am 2. Juni war der Brite in Italien an einem Herzinfarkt gestorben. Mit einem bewegenden Konzert haben seine Musiker nun Abschied genommen.

Pizzicato

Leipziger ‘Bachfest’ mit einem Besucherplus von 22,4%

Mit über 120 Veranstaltungen zog das diesjährige ‘Bachfest Leipzig’  insgesamt knapp 71.000 Besucher aus 41 Nationen an.

Klassik.com

Dirigent und Geiger Reinhard Goebel mit Bach-Medaille ausgezeichnet

Der Violinist und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel hat die Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig erhalten.

Classic FM

Sir Mark Elder, Sarah Connolly, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Gerald Finley recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Stars of the classical music world have been recognised in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list, alongside J.K Rowling, Billy Connolly and Ed Sheeran.

El Mundo

La Junta impone sus oposiciones a conservatorios, en contra del Parlamento y de los interinos

Profesores tocan sus instrumentos ante la Delegación de Educación en Jaén en protesta contra las oposiciones.

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(Written on June 19, 2017 )

In today’s news, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announces their 2017 season based on the americas, and music teachers worry that tuition fees can’t keep up with cost of living. At the last minute of Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut, Lura Johnson steps in to save the day, and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will depart on its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. Viryl Technologies releases a new vinyl-pressing, robotic technology, and jazz singer Al Jarreau announces the end of his live performance career.

Rhinegold

Music tuition fees failing to keep up with the cost of living, ISM survey reveals

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ annual survey of teaching and accompanying rates has revealed that music tuition fees are not increasing in line with the cost of living.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announce 2017 season

The theme for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s 2017 season is The Americas, with each ensemble performing a selection of works directly linked to or inspired by the Americas.

Washington Post

Last-minute accompanist swap didn’t mar Catherine Manoukian’s D.C. debut

Armenian violinist Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut was imperiled by the sudden indisposition of her accompanist, but Lura Johnson, a well-known Baltimore pianist, saved the day, filling in Wednesday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lacking adequate rehearsal time, the new duo could offer only three standard war horses from the same era: sonatas by Brahms (Nos. 2 and 3) and Franck.

International Arts Manager

Sheku Kanneh-Mason booked for BAFTAs

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has booked himself the ultimate album launch party, with the release of his new EP timed to coincide with his performance at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The BBC Young Musician 2016 winner will be introduced by host Stephen Fry.

The Strad

Danish jazz violinist and composer Svend Asmussen has died, aged 100

Over a career spanning eight decades, Asmussen collaborated with such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Stéphane Grappelli, and recorded several albums

Broadway World

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Florida Tour Begins 3/13

This March, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark upon its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. The RSNO, together with Music Director Peter Oundjian and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform throughout the state of Florida

Artsjournal

The New Robots That Are Making Vinyl Records

“The first new record-pressing machines built in over 30 years are finally online. The brainchild of some Canadian R&D guys with a background designing fancy MRI machines, the Warm Tone record press is everything that its vintage counterpart is not

Pizzicato

800 Singers To Perform At Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017

From February 16-20, the Westminster Choir College in Princeton (New Jersey) and choir events organizer Interkultur will host 20 choirs

Bayreuther Festspiele verkaufen wieder Eintrittskarten online

Für die Bayreuther Festspiele (25. Juli bis 28. August) beginnt am 12. Februar (14 Uhr) der Online-Verkauf von Eintrittskarten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jazz-Sänger Al Jarreau beendet Live-Karriere

Im Juli hatte der Jazz-Sänger noch einmal nach Deutschland kommen wollen. Jetzt hat Al Jarreau mit 76 Jahren im Krankenhaus eine schwere Entscheidung getroffen: keine Live-Auftritte mehr.

KlassikAkzente

Ein Piano-Star kehrt heim – Lang Lang zurück bei Universal Music

Der chinesische Pianist Lang Lang begeisterte mit seinem Spiel schon Milliarden Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Jetzt kehrt der umjubelte Künstler heim zur Universal Music Group.

Concerti

Dufter Currywurstsound

Was haben Currywurst, S-Bahn und die Musiker des Berliner Konzerthauses gemeinsam? Ganz einfach: sie machen Musik!

France musique

Musique contemporaine : vers une écoute moins intellectuelle ?

Pour cette 27e édition du festival de création musicale Présences, 79 compositions et un portrait musical de la compositrice finlandaise Kaija Saariaho sont proposés au public de la Maison de la Radio ainsi qu’aux auditeurs de France Musique.

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Classical Music News ‏ Winners of the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence announced

Music History  in 1882 FP of ‘s opera The Snow Maiden

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(Written on February 10, 2017 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.

 

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WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

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The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting submissions for its Notes from Scotland competition. The original score of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection Symphony) is to be auctioned on 29th November for the first time. Also, New York Philharmonic is updating its Young People’s Concerts programme, putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free.

Music Teacher Magazine

Applications open for RSNO’s Notes from Scotland competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting submissions for its Notes from Scotland competition, offered in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland.

Opera Now Magazine

Hvorostovsky to give fundraising recital for ArtPointFoundation

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is to give a fundraising recital for the ArtPointFoundation on 13 November.

CMUSE

Score from Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony exhibited before auction

The original score from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection Symphony) is to be auctioned Nov. 29 for the first time. It was exhibited in Hamburg earlier this month.

The Lost Operas of Mozart

City Opera Vancouver gave three performances of the Lost Operas of Mozart last weekend, a two-hour production bringing together three works left unfinished by the composer: Lo sposo deluso, L’oca del Cairo and Zaide.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic to Stream Young People’s Concerts

When the New York Philharmonic televised its Young People’s Concerts from 1958 through 1972, it introduced new generations to classical music. Now the orchestra is updating the program: It said Thursday that it was putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free.

CNBC

Like Uber…but for a live orchestra in your home

Groupmuse, a start-up that connects musicians with fans, wants to make live classical music available to a broader audience — not just in their homes, but even in their offices. Its newest service, “Groupmuse at Work,” allows businesses to book classical entertainment on-demand.

WQXR

5 Marathon-Length Classical Works

On Sunday, running enthusiasts from all over the world will put their bodies to the test during the New York City Marathon. Here we present a few classical “marathons” — pieces that are exceptionally long, grand in scale or take superhuman concentration to complete.

The Strad

Juilliard Students respond to Westboro Baptist Church protesters with music

Between 60 and 100 Juilliard School students confronted three protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church with music and singing this morning. The church, which regularly stages racist and homophobic protests, targeted the New York school ‘where vanity and pride rule,’ according to a press release on its website.

Klassik.com

Festivalleiter und Radiomusikchef Leo Karl Gerhartz gestorben

Der Musikwissenschaftler, Rundfunk-Musikchef und Festivalleiter Dr. Leo Karl Gerhartz ist tot. Gerhartz war lange Jahre Musikchef des Hessischen Rundfunks. Auf musikwissenschaftlichem Gebiet galt Gerhartz als Experte für das Schaffen von Giuseppe Verdi.

Klassik heute

Anmelderekord beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb 2017 in Leipzig

Insgesamt 280 junge KünstlerInnen bereiten sich auf den DMW vor, auch in der 42. Durchführung des Wettbewerbs zeigt sich so die Attraktivität des erfolgreichen Projektes des Deutschen Musikrates.

Codex Flores

Pergamenschikow-Preis für zeitgenössische Kammermusik 2016

Der Boris-Pergamenschikow-Preis für zeitgenössische Kammermusik 2016 wird in diesem Jahr geteilt: Er geht an das Berliner Furiant Quartett und das Kölner Trio uBu.

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The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Tchaikovsky, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy were onto something… http://www.roh.org.uk/news/from-the-…

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera An amazing opportunity for aspiring opera directors 🚨 Join our Jette Parker Young Artists programme: https://t.co/SKJ35L31KW #artsjobs

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Steve Reich names his successors http://dlvr.it/MbJtHq #ClassicalMusic

Pic: Tom Finnie (28.10.2011) The Royal Scottish National Orchestra on stage at the Usher Hall with conductor Peter Ounjian.

Photo: Tom Finnie/ The RSNO

(Written on November 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, joint Artistic Directors of Leeds International Piano Competition, talk about the reinvention of the competition. David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research. Also, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra launched the “Classical Connections” program to study cognitive benefits of classical music.

The Guardian

Paul Lewis: how we’re transforming ‘the Leeds’ to nurture tomorrow’s pianists

The Leeds piano competition is being given a radical, creative reboot. Paul Lewis, one of its new directors – alongside Adam Gatehouse – explains the plan.

Today Online

Album for cats tops classical music charts

David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research.

Broadway World

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Launches Program to Study Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) has launched “Classical Connections,” an innovative program to study the therapeutic benefits of classical music for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO Composers’ Hub announces 2016/17 intake

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced the second intake for its Composers’ Hub scheme.

Help Musicians UK announces latest career development grants

Help Musicians UK has announced the latest recipients of its career development bursaries.

Voice 2.0 – Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017

The three-day festival, which will take place 24-26 February 2017 at Plymouth University, will showcase new technologies and novel approaches to composition, performance and participation in music under the theme VOICE 2.0.

Washington Post

Russian city cancels ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after protest

A theater in Omsk, one of Russia’s largest cities has cancelled a planned performance of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” following protests by an organization of conservative Orthodox Christians. Local group “Family, Love, and Fatherland” filed a complaint that the musical mocked religious faith.

24-Year-Old Conductor Makes History at Broadway

Madeline Smith made her Broadway debut October 14 conducting the Broadway production of Waitress. At age 24 she is believed to be the youngest woman to conduct in a Broadway pit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Iván Fischer verlässt das Konzerthaus nach 2018

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin, wird seinen Vertrag nicht über 2018 hinaus verlängern – zum Bedauern seiner Musiker. Mit neuen Formaten und spannenden Ideen konnte Iván Fischer das Konzerthausorchester profilieren.

Codex Flores

Heidelberger Frühling zeichnet einen Hotelier aus

Klaus Lauer, Gründer und Leiter der Römerbad Musiktage und Intendant der Badenweiler Musiktage, erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Musikpreis des Heidelberger Frühling 2017. Das Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich an Persönlichkeiten, die sich «substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen».

Musik Heute

Yuja Wang wird Musical Americas “Künstlerin des Jahres”

Die chinesische Pianistin Yuja Wang ist von “Musical America” zur Künstlerin des Jahres 2017 ernannt worden. Die Karriere der 29-Jährigen übersteige die jedes anderen Pianisten in der heutigen Öffentlichkeit.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@PRSFoundation announces New Music Biennial 2017 composer residencies & Minute of Listening

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How the musical tide turned against Shostakovich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/knocked-b… #ROHnose

Classic FM @ClassicFM This clip of a Liverpool NHS Emergency Medical Technician casually belting out some opera is going viral: https://t.co/xVhfKz9ubX

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Photo: Leeds International Piano Competition

(Written on October 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music appoints two new cellists to its string faculty and Joseph W. Polisi, the current president of Juilliard School, is to step down from his role in June 2018, when he would have held office for 34 years, making him the New York music school’s longest-serving president. Also, Grand Union Orchestra is commemorating the 80th anniversary of Battle of Cable Street by holding a ten-day festival.

The Strad

London’s Royal College of Music appoints cello professors Raphael Wallfisch and Jakob Kullberg

London’s Royal College of Music has appointed two new professors to its string faculty – cellists Raphael Wallfisch (pictured) and Jakob Kullberg.

Juilliard School president Joseph W. Polisi to step down in 2018

The New York music school’s sixth president will have held office for 34 years

Classical Music Magazine

Grand Union Orchestra to commemorate Battle of Cable Street

The Grand Union Orchestra (GUO) is marking the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street with a ten-day festival. The festival will culminate in two world music performances entitled ‘Remembering Cable Street’ on 8 and 9 October.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Choral Evensong celebrates 90th anniversary

Choral Evensong will celebrate its 90th anniversary on 7 October. The programme, which is the longest-running outside broadcast in the BBC’s history, has presented live weekly broadcasts of Evensongs from around the country since October 1926, initially on the National Programme, before moving to Radio 3 in 1970.

The Bolton News

Night of film and classic music to boost brain charity

Musicians and singers from across Greater Manchester and beyond will be bringing together classics and big screen favourites for a night of music in Bolton. A Musical Showcase plans to raise the roof tomorrow at the Victoria Hall in aid of the Brain Research Trust, a charity which supports research into neurological conditions, including dementia. The show, which starts at 7.30pm, will see a collection of well-known groups and performers taking to the stage.

Music Feeds

ARIA Awards Criticised For Awarding Best Classical Album To Flight Facilities

Earlier in the week, Flight Facilities surprised even themselves by taking home the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album a year after they were nominated for Best Dance Release, and the classical music community isn’t too happy about it.

The Violin Channel

St Paul Chamber Orchestra Announce Newest Violin Recruit

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced the appointment of Korean-American violinist Eunice Kim to the ensemble on Thursday. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with respected pedagogue Ida Kavafian, Eunice is a former 1st prize winner at the Astral National Auditions.

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RSNO: Celebrating 125 years of Scotland’s national orchestra

The ensemble came together in the mid 1800s, but was officially established in 1891. It has featured some of classical music’s most influential figures, and performed work around the world by nearly every iconic composer.

Berliner Zeitung

Kirill Petrenko : „Ich bin immer noch geschockt“

Am Donnerstag unterschrieb Kirill Petrenko (44) seinen unbefristeten Vertrag als künftiger Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker.

nmz

Geldmangel: Dresdner Kreuzchor verschiebt Adventskonzert im Stadion

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor muss mangels Geld sein für den 22. Dezember geplantes Adventskonzert im Stadion um ein Jahr verschieben. Es sei nicht gelungen, die bestehende Finanzierungslücke im fünfstelligen Bereich zu schließen.

klassik.com

Placido Domingo bleibt Generaldirektor der Oper Los Angeles

Der Sänger hat seinen Vertrag als Generaldirektor an der Oper Los Angeles um weitere drei Jahre verlängert.

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Harvard University @Harvard Book on African-Americans in classical music puts contemporary debates in the context of historical racial exclusion https://t.co/vrDo1TQEj3

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@HelpMusiciansUK launches first national grants programme https://t.co/lq9MWjCvKY

Classic FM @ClassicFM Our charity busking session is underway! http://classfm.co/NUTnuW @makenoise

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Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on October 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, read about the great British conductor and violinist, Sir Neville Marriner, who passed away at the age of 92 yesterday. Also, read about the strikes of several orchestras in the U.S. In addition, the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017 will take place from 1st September to 10th September 2017.

BBC News

Leading British conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies at 92

The British conductor and violinist, Sir Neville Marriner, has died at the age of 92, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields says.

The Guardian

Conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies aged 92

Marriner was still conducting into his 90s, conducting a concert to celebrate entering his 10th decade two years ago, which included a rendition of Happy Birthday. His 90th birthday was also marked by Classic FM dedicating an entire day of programming to his performances.

The Telegraph

‘It was a bit noisy’: the late Sir Neville Marriner on studying violin during the Blitz

In an interview last year, Sir Neville Marriner told Ivan Hewett how a love of Handel took this carpenter’s son from Lincoln to London in 1939.

The New York Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Ends Its Brief Strike

Musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra play outside the Kimmel Center, the orchestra’s home, after going on strike Friday. The Philadelphia Orchestra ended a brief strike on Sunday, two days after its musicians sent a shock wave through the classical music world by walking off the job just before a season-opening gala.

For Orchestras in the U.S., So Much Depends on Their Communities’ Fortunes

The orchestra world’s Black Friday began on Sept. 30 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra going on strike in the morning and ended across Pennsylvania that evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra walking out as patrons gathered for its opening-night gala. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians, who were already on strike, sent their support on Twitter.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians to launch Northern Ireland brand

Help Musicians is to introduce a new brand in Northern Ireland next month.

Birmingham City University announces partnership with UK Music

Birmingham City University is to become one of the Music Academic Partnership‘s 11 member organisations. Run by UK Music, MAP offers training, placements and networking opportunities for individuals who want to build careers in music.

Scottish International Piano Competition 2017

The next edition of the Scottish International Piano Competition will take place 1-10 September 2017. Pianists aged 18-30 will compete for the £10,000 first prize, which carries with it the Frederic Lamond gold medal and an invitation to perform with the RSNO in 2018.

The Strad

Romanian cellist sustains injuries during police raid

A Romanian cellist jumped from his first floor window and sustained ‘multiple fractures’ as well as cancelled a forthcoming concert, during a police raid of his apartment block in Bucharest.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@BBCYoungMus finalist @JessGillamSax leads our brass and wind focus in CM October! http://ow.ly/WOE9304EtC4

ICSOM @ICSOM Philly Strike Ends! https://t.co/aIJp7RbKZG #ClassicalMusic #Symphony #Orchestra @POMusicians

Classic FM @ClassicFM Yesterday we lost a truly great conductor – tune in now for our tribute to Sir Neville Marriner…

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Photograph: BBC News/ AP

(Written on October 3, 2016 )