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In today’s news: Warner Music signs a licensing deal with Mixcloud. The plans for a new London concert hall are one step further and the ABO has announced the new cohort selected for „Find Your Way“. Daniel Hope wins the Bundesverdienstkreuz. The New York times on “The Force of Things”, a false report of death, the artistic director of the Gärtnerplatz on the re-opening, the EU Youth orchestra has got to move because of Brexit.

M Magazine

Warner Music signs licensing deal with Mixcloud

Warner Music is the first major record company to sign a licensing deal with Mixcloud, covering the label’s international roster of artists and recordings.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces 2017/18 Find Your Way cohort

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the new cohort selected for ‘Find Your Way’, its annual programme of sector-specific mentoring and placements for senior and emerging managers in ABO member organisations.

Pictures at an Exhibition reimagined for charity concert

Artists, musicians and authors have joined forces to reimagine Viktor Hartmann and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in support of London’s homeless.

The Guardian

Plans for new London concert hall move step closer after architects announced

New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro chosen from six-strong shortlist, and will work to submit a design for the building by December 2018

New York Times

‘The Force of Things,’ an Indirectly Audible Opera

In the 50 years since Robert Ashley wrote “That Morning Thing,” some strategies for making new opera have become clear.

Limelight

Reports of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s death incorrect

Reports of the death of Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, are incorrect.

Musik Heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz an Geiger Daniel Hope

Der Geiger Daniel Hope hat das Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erhalten.

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Josef E. Köpplinger, Intendant und Regisseur zur Wiedereröffnung des Münchner Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz

2010 entschloss sich Klagenfurts Intendant Josef E. Köpplinger Münchens „anderes Opernhaus“ oder „Opéra comique“, das Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz ab 2012 zu übernehmen.

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Umzug des EU-Jugendorchesters: Italien macht Angebot

Das ‘European Union Youth Orchestra’, das wegen des Brexits seinen bisherigen Sitz in London aufgeben muss, hat ein Angebot der italienischen Regierung erhalten

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Music History‏ @today_classical #Today in 1830 FP of #Chopin‘s E-minor Piano Concerto, composer at piano in Warsaw #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

 

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(Written on October 11, 2017 )

Over the past few weeks there has been uproar within the classical music world after the National Musicians Church, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn, announced it would no longer be taking bookings of a non-religious nature from 2018.

The Church is where Sir Henry Wood, founder of the BBC Proms, is buried. It is also the home to a book of remembrance for musicians and windows commemorating singer Dame Nellie Melba and composer John Ireland. It has been known as the National Musicians Church for more than 70 years and is a prominent concert venue and rehearsal space that has been used by all types of musicians. Assurance had to be provided in 2013, after the appointment of Reverend David Ingall to the church, as many musicians were worried that the new priest would change the ethos of St Sepulchre as it was known. The recent move has therefore proven the need for this worry and has sparked a coming together of influential musicians to try and prevent the ban.

Since the new appointment of Reverend Ingall, the church has become part of the network founded by evangelical church Holy Trinity Brompton. The ‘evangelical group is known for its youth friendly rock-band style of worship’ and hosts the ever popular Alpha courses.  Reverend Ingall has stated in response to the reaction to the new ban; “Our ministry as the National Musicians’ Church continues to be a core part of our church’s identity and vision… While its expression may be changing, that underlying vision remains unchanged.” This, however, hasn’t settled the minds of leading musicians who believe that the “abrupt move was made without consent.”

In response to the ban on secular bookings, Richard Robbins started a petition to try and reverse the decision. He stated that “the church was particularly valued by musicians because of its heritage and for practical reasons.” He is helping to form a committee to “put forward a positive vision of what the Musicians Church actually is and to try and find a way that both music and ministry can co-exist together in a very open way.”

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This has consequently led to more than 50 musicians, including top composers, performers, and directors of music at cathedrals, to write a letter to The Guardian protesting against St. Sepulchre’s plans to ban non-sacred concerts. In the letter they state; “the unique ‘mission’ for St. Sepulchre’s has been to musicians, providing a welcoming space and encouraging them to be involved in running the parish. That its custodies are now willing to abandon this unique national cultural remit is difficult to understand and harder to accept.” Among those who signed the letter were Sir James MacMillan, John Rutter, Suzi Digby, Julian Lloyd Webber and Judith Weir.

Reverend Ingall has stated that “in the coming weeks we will reflect and pray, and consult with members of the musicians’ community about how best to fulfil that ministry moving forward.” The final outcome has not been announced yet, but we can hope that the hard work of Richard Robbins to start the petition and the influential musicians pays off.

Update: Over 7,000 people have signed the petition. Read all updates here.

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, renowned violinist Andre Rieu announces his rescheduled UK tour dates with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and David Robertson will step down as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after their 2018-19 season. Donald Trump denies asking world-famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli to sing at his inauguration, after Bocelli backed out due to pressure from fans. Also, read about one of the world’s top harpsichordists, Zuzana Ruzickova, who endured three concentration camps in World War Two and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

The Violin Channel

Saddened Andre Rieu Announces New UK Arena Tour Dates

Violinist Andre Rieu has today announced his rescheduled UK tour dates -after a member of his orchestra this week suffering a heart attack.

Pizzicato

Robertson To Leave St. Louis Symphony in 2019

David Robertson, 58, will leave his post as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after the 2018-19 symphony season.

Trump Says He Never Asked Bocelli To Sing

A Trump Inauguration Manager said on CNBC that would-be tenor Andrea Bocelli was never asked to sing at the feast. The denial came after Bocelli apparently refused to sing at this show due to pressure from fans.

WQXR

You Haven’t Seen A Cloud Play a Piano Until Now

All of these musical feats share the skies as inspiration, but artist David Bowen is taking more literal approach to the weather in music. The weather has long fascinated Bowen and his recent project answers a related question: What if a cloud could play the piano?

BBC News

The ‘miraculous’ life of Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed. But not only did she survive, she also went on to become one of the world’s leading harpsichordists.

Can video game music be ‘classical’?

Listen to BBC Newshour, where they discussed The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing music from the Pokemon console games in London, which is the latest example of top classical musicians playing music from video games.

The Strad

Düsseldorf concert delayed because musicians are locked in the dressing room

The performers of the Breslau Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum were ultimately freed by the combined efforts of porter, caretaker and fellow musicians.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkbeitrag in Österreich steigt

Der Stiftungsrat des Österreichischen Rundfunks hat eine Erhöhung des Rundfunkbeitrages um 6,5 Prozent beschlossen. Die höheren Abgaben werden ab Mai 2017 fällig.

Komponist Karel Husa ist tot

Der US-amerikanische Komponist Karel Husa ist tot. Er starb Mitte letzter Woche im Alter von 95 Jahren in Apex, North Carolina. Husa war gebürtiger Tscheche, studierte unter anderem bei Arthur Honegger sowie Nadia Boulanger und emigrierte 1954 in die Vereinigten Staaten.

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Verträge über künftige Theaterfinanzierung unter Dach und Fach

Nach monatelangen Debatten und Verhandlungen sind die Verträge über die Finanzierung der Thüringer Theater und Orchester – Theater Eisenach und Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach – bis 2021 unter Dach und Fach.

BR Klassik

Bogdan Roscic folgt auf Dominique Meyer

Der Musikmanager Bogdan Roscic wird ab 2020 neuer Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte Österreichs Kulturminister Thomas Drozda am Mittwoch in Wien mit. Eine Personalentscheidung, die eine Öffnung des Hauses signalisiert.

Musik Heute

Anja Harteros singt nicht bei Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Die Sopranistin Anja Harteros wird nicht bei den Eröffnungskonzerten der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie singen. Als Ersatz habe man die schwedische Opern- und Konzertsängerin Camilla Tilling gewinnen können.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1888 FP of J. #Brahms‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

DW – Culture @dw_culture Mourning with #Berlin: Nine famous songs of sadness and the stories behind them http://dw.com/p/2Ubm1?maca=en-tco-dw …

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016 https://t.co/IA0JXxGbEq

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Photo from The Violin Channel

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be starting work with Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida, ahead of the release of their album Dare Voce this autumn. Olivia and Sandro are particularly interested in exploring the interaction between different genres, traditions and timbres.

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Olivia Salvadori is a classically trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. Her music creates an eclectic avant-garde union between her deep, lyrical voice and a classically-influenced electronic accompaniment. In 2013, Olivia began recording her album, Dare Voce, in collaboration with producer, composer and cellist Sandro Mussida. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matter and explores the interaction between acoustic/classical, electric and electronic fields.

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Dare Voce features nine compositions in song form for soprano voice with electric/electronic accompaniment. Alongside elements from traditional classical Italian opera, the compositions incorporate more contemporary and experimental styles.

Follow their latest news here on WildKat PR Blog. In addition, you can follow Olivia on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, where you can listen to some of her recordings. You can also follow Sandro on his website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram, as well as Soundcloud to listen to his works.

(Written on October 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, Pittsburgh Symphony cancelled more shows due to the ongoing strike of its musicians. An English cello bow by James Tubbs, which was presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which is currently taking place in Poland, has announced its 13 semi-finalists. In addition, Caroline Dollimore has been appointed the Director of Publicity of Atlantic Records UK, effective November 2016.

The Times

Pittsburgh Symphony cancels more shows due to strike

Due to the ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, additional symphony concerts through Nov. 18 have been canceled. The musicians’ union went on strike last month after unanimously rejecting calls for 15 percent pay cuts.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré cello bow withdrawn from sale due to doubt over provenance

An English cello bow by James Tubbs, ‘presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré’, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The bow was to be sold by Tarisio in London this October with a sale price estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

2016 International Wieniawski Violin Competition names 13 semi-finalists

The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, taking place from 8-23 October in Poznań, Poland, has named the 13 candidates selected to progress to the semi-finals.

Opera Now Magazine

Glyndebourne announces winners of new awards for young singers

Glyndebourne has announced the winners of two new biennial awards for young singers, launched to mark 30 years since the creation of its education department. The Gus Christie Award is for a young singer who has demonstrated outstanding vocal talent, while the Bill Weston Young Singers Award is for a promising singer who would benefit from financial support to continue their development.

Music Business Worldwide

Caroline Dollimore Named Director of Publicity at Atlantic Records UK

Atlantic Records UK announced the appointment of Caroline Dollimore as Director of Publicity, effective November 2016. Reporting to General Manager Mark Mitchell, Dollimore will oversee the strategic direction for all artist publicity campaigns on Atlantic’s roster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong group to strip down operas and bring them to the people

A new non-profit opera company in Hong Kong will soon be producing condensed versions of Western classical operas away from the formality of concert halls so that more people may be lured by the genre’s passion and music.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker: Intendant Axt bleibt bis 2023

Der Intendant der Bamberger Symphoniker, Marcus Rudolf Axt (42), bekommt eine zweite Amtszeit. Der Stiftungsrat habe die Verlängerung seines Vertrages bis 2023 unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit. Axt war 2013 mit einem Fünfjahresvertrag angetreten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Manacorda wird nicht neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Die Suche nach einem neuen Generalmusikdirektor an der Komischen Oper Berlin geht weiter. Das Orchester des Hauses hat sich gegen die Postenvergabe an Antonello Manacorda ausgesprochen.

RBB Kulturradio

Hans Pischner ist tot

Der frühere Intendant der Staatsoper Unter den Linden starb am vergangenen Samstag im Alter von 102 Jahren. Die Staatsoper führte Pischner in der DDR auch gegen kulturpolitische Widerstände sei es als stellvertretender Minister für Kultur oder später als Vizepräsident der Akademie der Künste.

Klassik.com

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds fördert Webern-Ausgabe mit 1,3 Millionen Franken

Bei dem Editionsprojekt handelt es sich um eine hybride Ausgabe, die sowohl im Druck erscheint wie auch digital zugänglich ist. Das Open-Access-Projekt enthält nicht nur Weberns gedruckte Werke, sondern auch frühe Fassungen, Jugend- und Studienkompositionen, Skizzen, Fragmente sowie Bearbeitungen.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 In Yo-Yo Ma concert with LA Chamber Orchestra, simplicity outshines the showmanship – Los Angeles Times: https://t.co/LgbRHzNmS5

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1879 Birth of Polish #composer Gregor #FITELBERG in Latvia #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary This Season discover Wales’ composers with this fantastic series from @BBCNOW https://lc.cx/4CuQ #music #concert #contemporary

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(Written on October 18, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client Héloïse Werner!

Héloïse is a singer and performer, currently working on Scenes from the End, a new one-woman opera about grief that previewed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2016 and will premiere this summer at the Camden and Edinburgh  Fringe Festivals. Héloïse was born in Paris, studied Music at Clare College, Cambridge and has received many awards for her work, such as the ‘Creation Prize’ from the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel.

Héloïse co-directs London-based contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists) and is a founder member of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company, with whom she has performed at Green Note, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and Wilderness Festival, amongst others.

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“Soprano, Héloïse Werner really used the words performatively: not just their meaning but their sound. (…) Werner was called upon to imitate the train as well as sing: all carried off with a splendid sense of performance art.” – Seen and Heard International

Keep up to date with Héloïse’ news on her website, Twitter and Instagram.

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Classic FM announce their partnership, renowned timpanist Richard Horowitz dies at 91, and Grange Park Opera moves into Bamber Gascoigne’s crumbling stately home. Also, The Telegraph questions the relationship between jazz and classical music

The Telegraph

Eddie Gomez: ‘jazz and classical both have a swing’

Are classical music and jazz like oil and water, or can they be fused into a fascinating new hybrid?

The Guardian

Opera company to move into Bamber Gascoigne’s crumbling stately home

Former University Challenge host allows Grange Park Opera to take up residence on derelict 400-acre Surrey estate he inherited from great aunt

Classical Music Magazine

NYOGB and Classic FM announce partnership

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYOGB) has been announced as Classic FM’s Orchestra of Teenagers, a partnership intended to ‘inspire a new generation of young concert-goers’

The Telegraph

Opera singer performs on train after wild boar collision causes eight-hour Eurostar delay

London to Paris passengers stranded overnight after head-on collision with wild boar in “Calais forest”, as opera singer steps in to lift spirits

The New York Times

Richard Horowitz, Timpanist and Craftsman of Conductors’ Batons, Dies at 91

Richard Horowitz, in 2008, was a renowned timpanist who spent 66 years and some 10,000 performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Der Tagesspiegel 

Ein Chef zum Verlieben

Der 32-jährige Brite Robin Ticciati unterzeichnet seinen Vertrag als Chefdirigent des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters ab Herbst 2017

Pizzicato 

Oper in Kopenhagen muss sparen

Das Königliche Theater in Kopenhagen, zu dessen wichtigsten Aufgaben die Oper gehört, muss sparen. Die Regierung hat drastische Subventionskürzungen angekündigt

Klassik.com

Vergoldeter Flügel von Elvis für 600.000 US-Dollar versteigert

Ein mit Blattgold überzogener Flügel, auf dem der Rock’n’Roll-Musiker Elvis Presley spielte, wurde für über 600.000 US-Dollar versteigert

Classicalite

10-Year-Old Charlie Kirby to Conduct Star Wars Theme With Columbus Symphony

A young musician will premiere with the Columbus Symphony as he has with several other large orchestras across the nation. Charlie Kirby, a 10-year-old on the rise to fame, will conduct his favourite from John Williams Star Wars‘ favorite, “The Imperial March.”

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Jesús Torres gana el Premio de Composición AEOS-Fundación BBVA

Torres ha sido el ganador de la VIII edición del Premio de Composición AEOS – Fundación BBVA, dotado con 18.000 euros y el estreno de la obra por parte de las 27 orquestas que integran la Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas

Twitter

Sinfini Music.‘s opera Morgen und Abend opens tonight : we interviewed him

The StradLondon’s has appointed András Keller as professor of from January 2016

Classic FMIntroducing our Orchestra of Teenagers, the incredible :

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(Written on November 13, 2015 )

 

Classical News

In today’s news, the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers, and The Arts Desks discusses music in other cultures. Also, the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 is launched, and interviews with Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Shore

The Times

Richard Morrison: Finally the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers

David Cameron isn’t the only Tory rushing to seize the centre ground with a show of cuddly, caring conservatism. After years in which his party huffed and puffed about the importance of youngsters getting qualifications in “hard” academic disciplines, the arts world is suddenly being love-blitzed by his education ministers

Telegraph

Andrea Bocelli: ‘It’s beautiful to sing for everybody’

If Andrea Bocelli had his way, he would never speak, only sing. So it seems almost unfair to subject him to an interview

The Guardian

Baritone Andrew Shore: from baring all for Beckmesser, to toupees and timing

He’s always wanted to play a panto dame, eyebrows are crucial, and the best singers are those that simply listen to the music. The great buffo-baritone talks us through some of his greatest comic roles for English National Opera

The Arts Desk

Extract: The Other Classical Musics

Michael Church prefaces a collection of essays on the Great Tradition in different cultures

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music development gets green light

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been granted planning permission for the development of its site on Prince Consort Road

Classic FM

Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 launched

The Arts Club has announced details of this year’s Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016

Der Tagesspiegel 

Der Nachwuchs kommt aus Fernost

Alle Finalisten spielten beim Max-Rostal-Wettbewerk an der Universität der Künste das gleiche Werk. Gewonnen hat nur einer: Diyang Mei aus China

Concerti

„Heute will sich das Publikum amüsieren“

Nikolai Lugansky gilt als Exponent der russischen Klavierschule, er selber will von solchen Klassifizierungen jedoch nichts wissen

Pizzicato 

Rare Mozart Letter Sold For $217,000 At Auction

A rare letter written by Mozart sold for $217,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page signed note in German is undated, but was probably written in the summer of 1786 to the composer’s close friend, the great Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

Pacific Standard

Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons. The source of music’s power has long been debated, with many psychologists concluding its primary benefit is emotional regulation. For many of us, that has always seemed awfully reductive and recently published research suggests we may be right

Le Figaro

Les Gipsy Kings au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco?

La rumba catalane, musique emblématique de groupes gitans de Barcelone ou Perpignan comme celui de la famille Reyes, est candidate pour être inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel des Nations unies

Twitter

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national : #culturematters: share our EDM with your MP, recognising economic impact of arts&culture http://bit.ly/1L1tSW3 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic  : Mr @LudovicoEinaud‘s new album dropped today! We quizzed him about Euclid, Eminem & an extremely full iPhone… http://bit.ly/1LQr2ok 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM  :10 pieces of classical music that will change your life: http://classfm.co/tzsPBl  (and all of them are on @composed)

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(Written on October 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains

Artsjournal

Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.

Twitter

The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on September 30, 2015 )

Your Call… is a new music theatre work that explores our relationship with the digital realm and how it intimately, and increasingly disruptively, intersects with our lives. Using both live and synthetic voices, the opera follows the online identity of the single character, called The Woman. The voices on the other end of her phone seem different to normal; they seem to know things about her that she has not told them. Yet they are all competing for her attention in contradictory ways. Can The Woman, sung in dual iterations by Mezzo Sopranos Lisa J. Coates and Hai-Ting Chinn, work out what is going?

The opera was created and written by Kevin Jones who was inspired by his work as part of the CreST (Creative Speech Technology) Network: a research project at the University of York. Experts and practitioners from the scientific and artistic fields, all with a particular interest in the voice, began to explore the intersections between the two disciplines. The goal was the build a common language using voice technology. ‘Articulatewas the result of this collaboration and was the first ever concert to feature live and synthetic voices. It was here, at the same concert in 2013 at the Woodend Gallery in Scarborough, that the first snippets of ‘Your Call…’ were heard.

The complete work, with choreography by Joy Kellman, will have its premiere at Tête à Tête later this year, having been extensively developed since its inaugural performance in 2014: the addition of a second singer, and, a much larger stage design. This includes a potential skateboard and video projections, created by Hannah Wasileski, to further highlight the volatility of online identity,

Performances take place on 8th and 9th August 2015 at Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival, King’s Place, London. Keep up to date with the project on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

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(Written on April 25, 2015 )