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In today’s news, PRS for Music and PPL announce joint venture and China’s music listening habits are revealed. Also, Classic FM boss tells Radio 3 boss to stop ‘aping’ his station and Classical Music Magazine offers a preview of Garsington Opera 2016

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music and PPL announce joint venture

PRS for Music and PPL have announced that they will create a joint venture. Owned jointly by both companies, the new organisation would focus on serving public performance licensing customers

BBC News

China’s music listening habits revealed

More than 977 million people in China – 72% of the population – listen to music every week, according to a new survey of the country’s listening habits

The Strad

Inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition extends deadline for entries

The competition, with a grand prize of $100,000, takes place from 14 August to 2 September 2016

The Telegraph

Classic FM boss tells ‘patronising’ Radio 3 boss to stop ‘aping’ his station

Sam Jackson, managing editor of Classic FM, says his station has seen a huge rise in younger listeners, but calls on Radio 3 to create ‘clear blue water’ between the two networks

San Diego Reader

Nations no longer matter in classical music

Music is about humanity experiencing humanity

Classical Music Magazine

Preview: Garsington Opera 2016

It will comprise Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, and a collaboration with Rambert on a production of Haydn’s The Creation combining music and dance

FAZ

Kippt den Knödelbeschluss!

Die Ergebnisse des Gutachtens zum Bau des neuen Münchner Konzertsaals wurden vom bayerischen Kunstministerium in ihr Gegenteil verkehrt. Ist das etwa egal?

nmz

Neuer Chef der Staatskapelle Weimar stellt Pläne vor

Die traditionsreiche Weimarer Staatskapelle bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Der gebürtige Ukrainer Kirill Karabits stellt sich am Mittwoch im Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar vor

Pizzicato

Naxos schliesst Vertriebsdeal mit ‘Bel Air Classiques’

Naxos gab heute einen weltweiten Vertriebsdeal mit ‘Bel Air Classiques’ bekannt. Die Vereinbarung tritt am 1. Mai 2016 in Kraft

Classicalite

John Cage Award 2016: Joan La Barbara Receives $50,000 from Foundation for Contemporary Arts

On January 19th, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced its 2016 award recipients

I care if you listen

New Music Gathering 2016: Massive Meetup in Baltimore

The venerable Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on stately Mt. Vernon Square in Baltimore, MD was abuzz with excitement January 7 through 9, 2016 as more than 500 enthusiasts assembled for the second annual New Music Gathering

Wired.com

This Huge Cat’s Cradle Embodies the Great Fugues of Bach

As a child you might’ve played a game called cat’s cradle, in which you take a piece of string and loop it around your hands to produce what’s best described as artfully-crafted knots

Twitter

Fran Wilson@CrossEyedPiano Music into Words – a compilation of tweets from last night’s event, live and online.Thanks to all who participated https://storify.com/CrossEyedPiano/music-into-words-online-discussion

London Youth Choir@LonYouthChoir  Chuffed to be welcoming 30Junior Apprentice members to choir rehearsals and see them doing so well! Thanks for making it happen @youthmusic

Gramophone @GramophoneMag  .@BBCRadio3​ announces plans for 70th anniversary of its predecessor the Third Programme. http://bit.ly/1KUmUht

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(Written on February 3, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Symphony guide: Beethoven’s Third (‘Eroica’)

The story of the dedication of Beethoven’s Third is the stuff of symphonic legend. Whatever the truth, the victory at the end of the piece doesn’t just stand for Napoleon, or Beethoven, but for the possibilities of the symphony itself.

The Telegraph

Munich Opera Festival über alles

Whilst other European festivals may not have made this year’s grade, Rupert Christiansen explains why Munich’s is an experience worth repeating.

Classical-music.com

Interview with Gustavo Gimeno

The Spanish conductor talks about his experience as the late Claudio Abbado’s assistant.

Neglected piano scores

The BBC Music team uncover forgotten piano pieces

Classic FM

Clouds play piano in new composition

What do clouds sound like? Artist-composer David Bowen attempts to answer this question in his eerie new piece, Cloud Piano, which translates the clouds into played music.

Farmer serenades cows with trombone playing

A farmer who filmed himself serenading his cows by playing his trombone to attract them towards him has become a viral sensation.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

“Neu für klassische Musik interessieren!”

“Mein Ziel ist es, die Menschen neu für klassische Musik zu interessieren!” – hat sich Markus Fein, der Intendant der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern vorgenommen.

Tiroler Tageszeitung

Ukraine will kremltreuen Kulturschaffenden die Einreise verbieten

Die Ukraine will gegen etwa 500 russische Künstler und Kulturschaffende wegen ihrer kremltreuen Position Einreiseverbote verhängen.

The Japan Times

Saito Kinen Festival to be renamed after maestro Ozawa

Conductor Seiji Ozawa said Monday that Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, a musical event in which he serves as general director, will be renamed Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in 2015.

The Baltimore Sun

Amid all the fretting about classical music’s future, some worries about its past

Day after day, someone somewhere discusses the state of classical music, typically with a degree of concern about its long-term survivability. This has been going on for ages, of course, but it has generated something of a cottage industry in recent years.

Twitter

Opera Space: .@MoscowTimes: Kiev to ban 500 Russian annexation-approving cultural figures; are #opera stars likely to be included? http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/kiev-to-blacklist-russian-culture-figures/504555.html …

Sam Jackson: .@classicfm has joined forces with the brilliant @NYOGB to offer you the chance to see them in concert – for free: http://www.classicfm.com/concerts-events/nyo-free-concert-information/ …

Royal Opera House: ICYMI – @telegraph are streaming class with @mariinskyen this morning! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/dance/11011335/WATCH-the-Mariinsky-Ballet-in-class.html … #Mariinsky

Bachtrack: August is #BaroqueMonth here at Bachtrack! Links to all new articles and reviews from here: http://ow.ly/zYtOs

Wismar, Heiligen-Geist-Kirche: Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern gGmbH)

Wismar, Heiligen-Geist-Kirche: Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Deutschlandradio Kultur.

 

(Written on August 6, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Classical music, funny? Surely you’re joking…

Ivan Hewett explains how classical music often contains more wit and humour than we give it credit for.

The Guardian

The story behind the posthumous premiere of Górecki’s Fourth Symphony

Henryk Górecki’s third symphony is one of the best-selling classical music pieces of all time – although critics initially hated it. His fourth, completed by his son after the composer’s death in 2010, will premiere this weekend.

Classic FM Online

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Classical Music Magazine

ENO appoints new executive director

English National Opera has appointed Henriette Götz as its new executive director, replacing Loretta Tomasi who left the company as CEO at the end of 2013.

ATV today

Huw Humphreys appointed Head Of Music at The Barbican

Humphreys leaves eight years as the Director of Artistic Planning at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to become head of music at the Barbican.

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony Ball will skip a year after co-chairs resign

The Minnesota Orchestra’s main fundraising gala, September’s Symphony Ball, has been cancelled. The co-chairs of the event resigned last week, saying in a letter to board chair Gordon Sprenger that the current climate at the orchestra did not lend itself to celebration.

Die Welt 

Wenn die Elefanten der Oper losgelassen werden

An keinem Wochenende ballt sich die Musiktheaterproduktion wie an dem vor Ostern. Ein gnadenloses Festspielen ist zwischen Berlin und Salzburg im Gang. In der Provinz gehen derweil die Lichter aus.
Classical Music on Twitter

Britten Official: @BrittenOfficial @ETOpera wins the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, for King Priam and Paul Bunyan. Clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTx5xAt_zjU

Making Music UK: @MakingMusic_UK Learn about marketing events, PRS, governance, stage fright, touring at our May conference. http://ow.ly/vKP5v #getonwithmakingmusic

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Thrilled to announce a new @classicfm series: The 50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World with @TheAlexJames http://www.classicfm.com/radio/shows/50-moments-rocked-classical-music/

José Luis Núñez: @jota_ele_ene Tomorrow ends THE LANG LANG CHALLENGE to find the best classical music app Apply at http://langlang.wayra.org  and win the $30K price cc/ @Wayra

The Strad: @TheStradMag ‘A student came to her first class in a tight, red, glittering dress and high heels’: teaching #violin in South Korea http://bit.ly/1er4OsR 

 

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on April 14, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Alain Lanceron named president of Warner Classics & Erato

Alain Lanceron has been confirmed as president of Warner Classics and Erato following Warner Music Group’s purchase of EMI and Virgin Classics’ catalogues and recording contracts last year.

Telegraph

Stradivarius? You’d be better off with a modern violin

Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. When 10 renowned soloists were blindfolded and asked to play a range of violins the majority preferred a newer instrument.

Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

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

BBC News

Gerard Mortier given posthumous opera award

Opera director Gerard Mortier, who died last month age 70, has been given a posthumous lifetime achievement honour at the International Opera Awards.

BBC Music Magazine

Liverpool String Quartet perform ‘Heart Variations’

A new collaboration between Meike Holzmann and Ian Stephens converts the human heartbeat into music.

Die Welt

Die vollkommene Leichtigkeit des Klangs

Von Lukoil unterstützt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassik. Seine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Porträt

Concerti.de

Bach in Istanbul

„Türk Kültürü“ – das Bodenseefestival widmet sich in vielfältigen Formen der reichen türkischen Kultur

Le Monde

Benjamin Britten, « Mister mystère » à Lyon

Pour la dixième édition de son festival annuel, l’Opéra de Lyon rend hommage au compositeur anglais dont on fête cette saison le centenaire.

 

Classical Music on twitter

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK Don’t miss a trick – stories about the musicians we help to funding opps, our newsletter has all the info you need http://bit.ly/1aFAM0z 

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic The winners of the 2014 International #OperaAwards were announced last night http://bit.ly/1kFBxJb  @THEOperaS @DianaDamrau @StuartSkelto

Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic Artists – there’s an opportunity to win £10k plus your own solo show! The deadline to enter the East London Painting Prize is 10th April.

soundlounge: @soundlounge #DEBATE: Is it ever acceptable for a brand to not pay an artist to use their music in an ad campaign?

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Just discovered Piers Brosnan listens to @classicfm whenever he’s in London. I always said that man had taste.

Telegraph

Telegraph

(Written on April 8, 2014 )

Sam Jackson is an executive producer at Classic FM. We spoke to him to find out what skills he thinks are needed to succeed in the music industry…What are the first, most important steps a young artist needs to take when they embark on their career as a performer?

Find someone who’s started on that path already, and don’t be too shy to ask their advice. Also, decide on who your target market is – especially if you want to explore recording deals. Do you want to be a soloist, or are you happy to share the limelight? Are you willing to be marketed for your image as well as your musicality, or does that idea fill you with horror? These are really important questions which too many people ignore, I think.

What was your first job in the music industry?

Working as a runner on The Proms, which involved anything from legging it down to Waitrose to stock up on drinks and nibbles for the TV interval guests to chasing after Tasmin Little’s elusive cab in the rain (with the very lovely Tasmin and her mother following just behind).

What skills do you think are needed to succeed in the music industry?

A sacrificial attitude towards work, especially in the early stages of your career. Very few people I know in the music industry, particularly within broadcasting, got to where they are immediately. Instead, most of us spent a good few months or even years working odd hours or unpredictable shift patterns in order to build up experience. Tenacity and self-confidence certainly go a long way – but I’d say that being a grafter is more likely to make you stick out from the crowd and be seen as someone who shows a genuine commitment to what you do.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your career?

That the music business is actually a very small world, and that your reputation is built on how you treat individuals. We have relationships with people, not organisations; in my seven years at Classic FM I’ve been constantly reminded that developing meaningful relationships with the people that matter is absolutely crucial. You can’t expect things to simply happen because of who you are or where you happen to work.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Without a doubt, the variety. I love the artistic elements of my job – listening to new music, crafting radio programmes, working with presenters and producers – but I also relish the opportunities that working for a commercial organisation affords. I’m heavily involved in all of Classic FM’s CD releases and concerts, as well as Classic FM Magazine and our website. All in all, it’s a fun way to earn a living.

On a typical working day, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

Visit the Classic FM coffee machine, only to nearly always discover it’s flashing with an error message.

Do you think there is anything in the classical music industry that needs to be changed? If yes, why?

We need to think far more creatively about how to engage new audiences with classical music. There are millions of people who have no idea what an opus number is, don’t really know what “in E flat major” means on a concert programme, and feel that classical music isn’t for them. And yet, the industry as a whole could be doing so much more to reach those very people – many of whom are classical music connoisseurs in waiting. We need to ask them to allow us into their world, rather than expect them to come into ours.

Are there any young musicians, emerging venues, exciting companies, composers… etc that you are keeping your eye on?

I was privileged to see a young pianist called Behzod Abduraimov perform this week. He recently won the London Piano Competition and he’s just been signed up by Decca – despite being only 20. His playing was astonishing – he’s going to be a huge star.

Where do you read about classical music?

Aside from Classic FM Magazine and classicfm.com, I love the Observer’s classical music coverage (Fiona Maddocks in particular) and also enjoy Edward Seckerson‘s reviews in the Indy. And then there’s the inevitable Twitter, of course.

Where is your favourite place in the world for classical music?

It changes on a weekly basis – but right now, if only to fly the flag for a fabulous British venue and its wonderful resident ensemble Northern Sinfonia, I’ll go for The Sage Gateshead.

(Written on February 16, 2011 )