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Sex isn’t what sells classical music, Nicola Benedetti says

Women in classical music are not successful because of their looks, Nicola Benedetti says, as she admits the idea that ‘sex sells’ “really p—– me off.”


Bach fans petition to rescue composer’s Weimar house from car park

Fans including Nobel prizewinner JM Coetzee petition to buy site where composer lived in his 20s – currently in use as a car park.

BBC Music Magazine

The Royal Opera House announces its 2014-15 season

Special prices for students mark an opening night ‘dedicated to the next generation.’

Gloucester Cathedral pays tribute to WW1 composer

Gloucester Cathedral has unveiled a new stained glass window celebrating the life and work of local composer and poet Ivor Gurney.

Classic FM Online

Scientists “growing Beethoven’s ear” on mouse

A new scientific study has reportedly managed to grow an ear on the back of a mouse that has what is believed to be the same DNA as Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Kings College Choir

Kings College Choir announces major change

As a result of regulatory pressure, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge is to stop using boy trebles, it was announced today.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Ein Musiker unter Musikern

Der Zürcher Chefdirigent Lionel Bringuier im Gespräch. Ein prominenter Philharmoniker sagte vor kurzem, am Ende brauche es vor dem Orchester immer einen Feldherrn.


Classical music on twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen “SHOCK: BBC RADIO 3 IS SOLD TO RUSSIAN OLIGARCH”

Bachtrack: @bachtrack “What are your favourite classical music festival memories? Share them and you could win tickets!

Guardian Culture Professionals: @GdnCulturePros  “From 24-hour plays to co-op leasing, artists are ditching traditional residencies for DIY options”

The Forge: @TheForgeCamden The Royal Academy of Music present their Composers Platform at The Forge tonight – hear original works from…

London Symphony Orchestra at St Lukes: @lsostlukes “Back in 2012 we decided to share our space, resources & musicians with emerging composers – and @lsosoundhub was born



(Written on April 1, 2014 )

The Guardian

Sexism is rife in classical music

Why is sexism still tolerated in our industry? We need an immediate and total change in attitudes across the board, says James Rhodes

If you can get in, it’s great night out – concert access for disabled people

The charity Attitude is Everything gives a mixed report on provision for disabled people at music venues, but the future sounds positive

The Japan Times

First female conductor at New National Theatre Tokyo performs ‘Madama Butterfly’

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly,” making it an interesting choice for the first production at the NNTT conducted by a woman in the theatre’s sixteen year history.

The Telegraph

Yuja Wang interview: ‘I can wear long skirts when I’m 40’

Yuja Wang’s short dresses have attracted as much attention as her virtuoso performances at the piano. Ahead of London concerts, she talks to Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Wayne McGregor: ballet meets maths

Wayne McGregor mixes dance, art and maths in his new Royal Ballet piece

The Violin Chanel

$100,000 Reward Posted for Safe Return of Stolen $5 Million ‘Lipinski’ Strad

A USD $100,000 reward has today been announced for information leading to the safe return of the 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius – stolen in a violent armed robbery from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond.

Die Zeit

EU vereinfacht den digitalen Musikmarkt

Anstatt mit EU-Staaten einzeln über Lizenzen zu verhandeln, können Anbieter wie Spotify ab 2016 einheitliche Rechte bekommen. Eine neue Richtlinie schafft Hürden ab.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on February 5, 2014 )

Classic FM

Lark Ascending soundtracks controversial Coronation Street death

The scene, in which Hayley (played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh) ends her own struggle with pancreatic cancer by mixing a lethal cocktail of medicine, ended with her on-screen husband, Roy Cropper (played by David Neilson) putting on a CD of Hayley’s favourite piece, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Mozart son’s gravestone vandalised in Czech town 

The grave of Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has been vandalised in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins and the classical music stars who please our ears – and eyes

“La Jenkins’s new look can’t disguise what the classical world knows well – sex sells.” Adam Sweeting on sexual objectification in the classical music industry.

BBC Music Magazine

Tugan Sokhiev takes up Bolshoi post

Tugan Sokhiev has been appointed the music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Oregonian

Cascadia Composers performing “Black Out,” a concert in complete darkness

Paul Safar and Nancy Wood, a husband-and-wife performance duo, will play at “Black Out” a show put on by Cascadia Composers in complete darkness, hoping to stimulate the audience’s aural capabilities by limiting their vision. 

International Arts Manager

Orchestra streams concert to hospital patients

Patients at a Philadelphia hospital will soon be able to view orchestra performances live on their bedside TVs. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, announced earlier this week.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Could a robot stand in for live musicians?

Robot maker Guy Hoffman thinks his machines can simulate a soul.

Classic FM

Classic FM







(Written on January 22, 2014 )


British Composer Awards 2013 go to… 13 men and NO women

How is it possible in 2013 that 13 men get prizes and there is not one woman in the line up?


CBSO appoints first Conducting Fellow

New fellowship programme aims to help aspiring conductors

British Composer Award winners are revealed

Harrison Birtwistle collects his fifth award

The Guardian

Germany may arm police with ‘Nazi Shazam’ phone app

Software would allow authorities to act immediately if illegal far-right songs are played on radio, at clubs or in public

Rufus Wainwright to compose opera about Roman emperor Hadrian

Singer is working with playwright Daniel MacIvor to create his second opera, inspired by the 1951 novel Memoirs of Hadrian

Die Zeit

Dirigent Barenboim mit Dönhoff-Preis ausgezeichnet

Daniel Barenboim ist mit dem Dönhoff-Preis für internationale Verständigung geehrt worden. Der Dirigent und Pianist fördere den Dialog zwischen Juden und Arabern

The Guardian

The Guardian


(Written on December 4, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Pharrell Williams to collaborate with Hans Zimmer for new Spiderman score

Movie composer Hans Zimmer will collaborate with Pharrell Williams for the soundtrack to the new Spiderman film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Want to Get Rid of Teenage Loiterers? Blast Some Beethoven

In the city of Anchorage, authorities are setting up speakers and blasting Bach and Beethoven at all hours of the day to keep difficult teenagers in check

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic launches ‘RPO Rewards’ mobile ticketing

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced a new mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones which allows users to purchase tickets and earn points to contribute towards rewards when they buy tickets through the app


Three Ways YouTube Plans to Dominate the Music Industry

YouTube is poised to become the most dominant force in music worldwide, wisely making strategic moves to expand its already massive footprint with the industry and audience

The Guardian

Girls allowed? The women on top in the music industry

After Sinead O’Connor’s open letter of concern to Miley Cyrus, sexism in the music business has never been more discussed. But what do the women behind the scenes, from video directors to artist managers, think?

PR Week

Hatch PR campaign puts charity twist on Halloween

Hatch PR is helping a charity to persuade people to carve hearts rather than scary faces into pumpkins for Halloween

Neue musikzeitung

Musik als Erinnerung an nie Erlebtes

Der junge Pianist und Komponist Alexander Maria Wagner geht seinen Weg

PR Week

PR Week

(Written on October 31, 2013 )

New Statesman

Deal with it, parents: Violin lessons are pointless

Parents who drag their children through music and dance lessons in order to give them skills for life, are wasting their time says Mark Oppenheimer. Such lessons are pointless – but that needn’t be a bad thing 

Times Colonist (Victoria, Canada) 

Female trombonist fought battle against orchestra sexism

Abbie Conant didn’t anticipate that taking a job with the Munich Philharmonic would also mean entering a 13-year legal battle for human rights. But while she expressed discomfort at the term “trailblazer,” she said progress is sometimes just a matter of responding to daily injustices.

Classical Music Online

Opera singers make human piano

A human piano made up of opera singers has taken Quebec by storm at the city’s Festival d’Opéra. Members of the public were encourage to join in and test out the human piano by standing on the keys. Each key on the piano was represented by a different opera singer, each one assigned a specific note.

BBC News

Smith-Magenis Syndrome: Plight of boy who cries to music

The family of a boy who has a condition that makes him cry when he hears music hope raising awareness about him will make people more understanding. Certain music, such as classical or love songs, make Louis, 9, cry because they release emotions in his brain.


The Hilliard Ensemble celebrate 40th anniversary year with reunion concert

Founding and former members of the vocal ensemble join with current line-up to launch 2014 season

Reading Post

Classical Music Alive season aims to make music accessible for all

Reading Arts offers £10 ‘test drive’ tickets for those who have never been to a classical concert before

Classical Music Magazine

New music curriculum for English schools becomes law

Regulations for teaching music are included in the new national curriculum for state primary and secondary schools in England, which was published on 11 September and comes into force in September 2014. The new music curriculum reflects the rigorous, perhaps old-fashioned, approach to academic standards of Michael Gove.

Fono Forum

Kit Armstrong

Mit dem Begriff Genie sollte man vorsichtig umgehen, zu inflationär wird dieser gebraucht. Doch bei Kit Armstrong gerät man in Versuchung, ihn zu verwenden: Mit drei Jahren liest er das „Wall Street Journal“, mit acht debütiert er als Pianist mit Orchester, und mit neun beginnt er sein Mathematikstudium. Nun erscheint seine Solodebüt-CD bei Sony.

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on September 20, 2013 )

In the Observer yesterday, Vanessa Thorpe highlighted the apparent sexism in the arts, stating that is it “the norm” in the UK for men to fill the top positions in artistic and cultural institutions. The original article cites a few influential and inspirational women, including Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Neville, and Random House’s Chief Executive Gail Rebuck, but we wanted to share a few of our female inspirations, and ask you to tell us yours!


Jude Kelly – Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

Jude Kelly is one of the few women in a top position in her field, and encourages and advises other women to get involved and persevere in arts through initiatives such as the Women of the World Festival, She also strives, and succeeds, in introducing and welcoming new audiences to experience classical music through extensive series events, whilst keeping the regular crowds interested and pleasantly surprised.


Sarah Derbyshire – Managing Director, National Children’s Orchestra

Sarah, who has previously spearheaded projects like Live Music Now, is kind, funny, creative and ambitious, all at the same time. Liked and admired by colleagues and industry, she is a real inspiration to other women.


Margaret Atwood – Poet, Novellist, Literary Critic, Essayist and Environmental Activist

Margaret Atwood writes with an amazingly wide perspective, which resists the traditional view of women. She is also an exquisite satirist and wit.

>Margaret Atwood has   extolled the virtues of the   social media site, Wattpad.

Maria João Pires – Pianist

Maria has a phenomenal talent and her performances are always timeless. Not only was she performing Mozart publicly at the age of 7, but she is still in demand for performances and recordings sixty years later. Off the concert stage, Maria’s focus on charity is worth celebrating – she runs outreach programmes around the world.


Clara Schumann – Pianist and Composer

Clara Schumann is perhaps an obvious choice for an iconic, influential women in music, but her work – which spanned more than six decades – changed the public’s tastes and appreciation of music. She was also one of the first pianists to perform from memory, something which her reviewers noted as being particularly extraordinary!


Doon Mackichan – Comedienne and Actor

Doon Mackichan is a brilliant comic performer and writer. She is darkly witty and has worked on some of the most popular comedy of recent times, which are often male-dominated: Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Nathan Barley and Brass Eye, as well as one third of the triumvirate performing in the female sketch show Smack the Pony.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – Opera Singer and Mentor

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is an inspiration and highly successful musician, who in 2004 founded the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is committed to mentoring young singers through mentoring, financial aid and advice.



(Written on March 25, 2013 )