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In today’s news, The Telegraph announces its guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, and the Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day. Also, Pitchfork Media becomes part of Condé Nast Stable and Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Telegraph

The best classical music albums of 2015

The Telegraph’s definitive guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, regularly updated with new reviews by Geoffrey Norris, Rupert Christiansen and Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

Low winds heard in London

Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day

Classical Source

After almost a quarter century, Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Summer 2016

Roy McEwan has announced his retirement from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in Summer 2016 after a remarkable 23 years as Chief Executive.  

BBC

Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates 25th anniversary

The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet company packed up their ballet shoes and tutus and moved to Birmingham in 1990.

Classical Source

Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Kirill Petrenko will take up office as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Classic FM

The Science Museum is an EPIC concert venue: and we heard a piece inspired by Charles Babbage’s computer there

In ‘Objects at an Exhibition’, six pieces of music were performed by Aurora Orchestra next to the exhibits at the Science Museum by which they were inspired

New York Times

Pitchfork Media Becomes Part of Condé Nast Stable

Condé Nast, the publisher that owns magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, said on Tuesday that it had acquired Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music website and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

Der Tagesspiegel 

Kirill Petrenko tritt sein Amt in Berlin 2019 an

2018 sollte Kirill Petrenko Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle werden. Doch er kommt erst ein Jahr später als Chefdirigent nach Berlin. Und der Bayerischen Staatsoper bleibt Petrenko bis 2021 erhalten 

Berliner Zeitung

Jamaikaner Marlon James gewinnt britischen Booker-Preis

Als erster jamaikanischer Schriftsteller hat Marlon James den Man Booker Preis gewonnen. Sein Roman handelt von einem versuchten Attentat auf Bob Marley

Pizzicato

Christian Gerhaher erhält Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’

Der deutsche Bariton Christian Gerhaher erhält den Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ 2016. Das gleichnamige Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich im Wechsel an Persönlichkeiten, die sich substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen

Classicalite

Steve Mackay, The Stooges Saxophonist,Dies at 66 From Sepsis Complications

Steve Mackay, the distinctive saxophonist best known for his work with the seminal punk outfit The Stooges, has died. It’s been reported that the musician was in critical condition with sepsis. He was 66 years old

Twitter

Sinfini Music A new addition to our piece on weird classical jobs? (++ weird jobs here: )

Classic FM: How posh are you? This music quiz will reveal all:

The Strad: Isabelle Faust on performing and interpreting Bach’s music

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The Telegraph

 

(Written on October 14, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

UK’s Birmingham Conservatoire unveils plans for its new home

The facility is set to open in 2017

The Telegraph

First Canterbury Cathedral all-girl choir makes its Christmas concert debut

The first ever Canterbury Cathedral girls’ choir is to perform its debut Christmas concert after winning over doubters.

Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

The virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a decade at the Royal Festival Hall in December

The Guardian

In defence of the viola

The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes?

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Große Oper in der Wüste von Oman

Der Sultan von Oman hat seinen Untertanen ein Opernhaus geschenkt.

Die Welt

Hauptsache, es ist deutsche Wertarbeit

In China hat die Klassik noch eine Zukunft: Mit Richard Strauss wirbt das Musikfestival in Peking für den Westen.

Spiegel Online

Berliner Ensemble: Oliver Reese wird Nachfolger von Claus Peymann

Der bekannteste deutsche Theatermacher tritt ab: Claus Peymann verlässt das Berliner Ensemble.

Codex Flores

Bartoli bleibt in Salzburg bis 2012 Pfingstfestspielleiterin

Cecilia Bartoli hat ihren Vertrag als Künstlerische Leiterin der Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele bis 2021 verlängert.

Pizzicato

World Coral Day Takes Place December 7

The international choral event is meant to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.

Twitter

ASMF Orchestra ‏@ASMForchestra: This Wednesday @WithJohnHurt performs with @ASMForchestra ………. in a shop window?!?! http://bit.ly/1FHlwLS 

London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Check out our trailer for Birtwistle’s birthday celebration: http://vimeo.com/112900015  #birtwistlebirthday

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro: MbroCouncil spent £28.28 per head on culture & heritage. What did your council spend? http://bit.ly/1tDc45B  (pdf)

Canterbury Cathedral Girls ChoirMembers of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir rehearse for their first Christmas concert at Canterbury Cathedral Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

(Written on December 1, 2014 )

Lionel Bringuier is the Chief Conductor designate of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. Today he announced his first season with the orchestra. During the season, Bringuier will be joined by Artist in Residence Yuja Wang, and Esa-Pekka Salonen will assume the newly created role of Creative Chair, composing a new work that will be premiered by Lionel and the orchestra at the 14/15 season opening concert in September.

A highlight of the first season will be a tour of France, Germany and Austria, on which Lionel, Yuja and the orchestra will perform works by Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Ravel and Salonen.

“It is important for me to welcome a new, young audience and also not to hold back from including contemporary repertoire in our programmes”, said Bringuier and throughout the 14/15 season he will conduct a diverse range of repertoire as well as two tonhalleLATE events.

For more information, visit Lionel’s website, or keep up-to-date via his Facebook page.

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 14/15 Season press conference

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 14/15 Season press conference

(Written on March 31, 2014 )

BBC News

Esa-Pekka Salonen: 10 tips to becoming a conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year

The Guardian

Maria Callas: Google gives singer a solo

The 90th anniversary of the legendary soprano’s birth is marked in the latest Google doodle

Why there’s nothing wrong with being bored by opera

Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored

ABC News

Homeless Man’s Music Moves Listeners to Tears at a Thrift Store

A homeless man who says he cannot read music and has had no formal musical training has stunned staff and customers at a Vancouver second hand store with his virtuoso piano playing

Fast Company

How This Group Of London Hackers Made Musical Instruments From Converse All Stars

What do you get when you put a crowd of creative Londoners in a garage with DIY speaker kits and Converse All Stars sneakers? Musical instruments made from Chucks

The Wall Street Journal

Music to Really Young Ears

New York Philharmonic’s Concerts Cater to Toddler Set

The Independent

Classical and pop audiences can mix

There’s nothing wrong with trying to make classical music more accessible to younger audiences

The Globe and Mail

Why Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a COC opera

On Monday, the Canadian Opera Company will announce that that opera – simply titled Hadrian– with a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor will have its world premiere as the opening production of the COC’s 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre

Die Welt

Maria Callas – Inbegriff der dramatischen Sängerin

Maria Callas brachte es vom griechischen Einwandererkind in New York zum Megastar der Klassik. Nur in der Liebe hatte sie kein Glück: Der Reeder Onassis betrog sie, Filmemacher Pasolini war schwul

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 2, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Opera’s for ‘posh folk’, says neighbour of stately home concerts

Winslow Hall Opera faces an uncertain future after complaints about the noise leaves its host, Christopher Gilmour, wondering whether to carry on with it

Classic FM Online

Elton John claims Bach and Beethoven are his influences

Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were the biggest early influence in Elton John’s career, the singer has said in a speech at a Royal Academy of Music function

Courier Journal

Louisville Orchestra aims for wider audience with new music director Teddy Abrams, 26

Leaders of the Louisville Orchestra see an organization with a greater reach in the community under incoming music director 26-year-old Teddy Abrams. When he takes the reins from Jorge Mester next season, Abrams will be the youngest music director in the institution’s 76-year history

Bloomberg

Bankrupt NY City Opera May Be Revived on Purchase Campus

Three weeks into the bankruptcy of New York City Opera, there’s discussion in opera circles about how to reconstitute it under a different management to provide the country’s most populous city with an alternative to the Metropolitan Opera

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Why small operas might be able to drive change in opera for the future

Der Tagesspiegel

Gebt uns was zu denken, was zu fühlen!

Philosophen, Praktiker, Rebellen: An der Deutschen Oper suchen illustre Gäste nach der Zukunft des Musiktheaters

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on October 29, 2013 )

Gramophone

Obituary: Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, Composer.

Born August 19th, 1918, died January 13th, 2012.

Warner And Hrusa Quit Royal Danish Opera.

Artistic director steps down; conductor withdraws.

The Mezzo Rita Gorr Has Died Aged 85.

Born February 18th, 1926, died January 22nd, 2012.

The New Yorker

Another Victory For Another Victory For Cliché: The Best Original Scores Weren’t Nominated.

Sasha Frere-Jones considers film score snubs.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Sergei Polunin Jumps Ship.

The Royal Ballet has put out a statement saying that Sergei Polunin has resigned with immediate effect.

Detroit Free Press via LA Times

DSO Takes Moderate Approach For 2012-2013 Season.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, still reeling from last season’s strike, has announced its 2012-13 season.

LA Times

Tchaikovsky Finalist Nigel Armstrong To Play With LA Chamber Orchestra.

Violinist Nigel Armstrong, who won fourth prize in last year’s 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition, will make his debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this weekend.

Tod Machover Reveals Music’s Holistic Powers.

It turns out that not only are our ears in excellent shape, but also, 60 years later, we are finally finding encouraging confirmation that music is good for you, all of you. Music may even be our most holistic art form.

Hollywood Bowl 2012: ‘The Producers’, Juanes, ‘Rigoletto’, Liza.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/01/hollywood-bowl-2012-the-producers-juanes-rigoletto-liza-minnelli.html

 

 

 

(Written on January 25, 2012 )

Internationally renowned as one of the most exciting hubs for classical music, the Southbank Centre’s 2011/12 season will see some of the world’s leading conductors, orchestras and instrumentalists take to the stage.

Major festivals and projects in the upcoming season will bring the cream of classical superstars to London; international luminaries including Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado with the legendary Lucerne Festival Orchestra are set to dazzle in the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Shell Classic International Series.

Featured amongst the highlights of the International Chamber Music Season are Southbank Centre Associate Artists the Takács Quartet performing Béla Bartók’s six string quartets, Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin presenting the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano, and Magdalena Kožená bringing a diverse programme of 20th-century works to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage. This eclectic programme of concerts is sure to encompass the magical intimacy of chamber music.

The centre’s resident orchestras each offer exciting programmes as part of the 2011/12 season, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s exploration of the music of Prokofiev led by Vladimir Jurowski. The London Sinfonietta’s major celebration of Boulez – Exquisite Labyrinth: the music of Pierre Boulez – sits alongside premieres of new commissions from the ensemble. The Philharmonia Orchestra present Infernal Dance: Inside the world of Béla Bartók and a Mahler Symphony Cycle with Lorin Maazel. Meanwhile, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s range of events feature musical explorations for young and old, including a TOTS concert that introduces under-fives to the exciting world of classical music.

The International Piano Series is one of the most significant platforms for solo piano recitals. The focus of this season is a tribute to Franz Liszt, whose bicentenary falls in 2011. Pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Marizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida are amongst the ones to watch in the series’ thrilling lineup.

For great deals on tickets, book more than one concert in any of the year-long series for discounts.

To find out more, visit southbankcentre.co.uk/classical and check out the season trailer on youtube.

(Written on September 15, 2011 )