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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


“Motivation, Lebensfreude, Frische und Schwung” für – Danke für diese Bilanz,


25 Jahre : 25 Monate lang zahlen unter 25 Jährige genau das, was ihnen der Eintritt, was ihnen ihr Kunstbesuch wert ist.

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(Written on June 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM, the South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians with disabilities and the longest serving orchestra musician Jane Little dies. Also, a violoncello of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini changes hands with a record price and conductor Svjatoslav Luther is found dead in his apartment.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM. Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College.

Arts Journal

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 87-Year-Old Bassist Collapses, Dies During Final Thirty Seconds Of Encore

Jane Little “debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing.” She was the world’s longest serving orchestra musician.

Dorset ECHO

Young musicians urged to join first ever orchestra for those with disabilities

The South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young people with disabilities who play a range of musical instruments.

Herald Sun

Car workshops and factories being turned into classical music venues in Melbourne for fundraiser for refugee children

GRITTY old car workshops and heritage-listed meat markets are playing host to classical music concerts, taking the sweet sounds of Mozart and Beethoven to a new audience.

Classic FM

Sold out concerts for 20-somethings: this orchestra chief tells us how it’s done

Classic FM was in Bavaria for the 5th Mahler Conducting Competition, hosted by Bamberg Symphony – an orchestra that has phenomenal success with all audiences but especially with young people.

Ermonela Jaho enjoys Opera Awards accolade

Ermonela Jaho has capped off a wonderful start to 2016 by winning the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. The Albanian soprano (pictured), who won praise earlier this year for her performance in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, collected her award at a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London that was attended by many of opera’s big names.

The Strad

Results announced for 2016 China international violin and bow making competition

Chinese luthiers and bow makers took home most of the top prizes at this year’s China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing from 10–17 May.


Conductor Svjatoslav Luther Found Dead In His Apartment

Russian media report that conductor Svjatoslav Luther (*1971) was found dead in his apartment. Found hanged in a room, he is believed to have committed suicide.

Klassik heute

Bagno Konzertgalerie Steinfurt mit Stars und jungen Talenten

Es ist ein einzigartiger „Musiktempel“ im Herzen des Münsterlandes: 1774 erbaut, ist die Bagno Konzertgalerie der älteste freistehende Konzertsaal Europas.

Klassik heute

Letzte Saison von Ulf Schirmer als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Das Münchner Rundfunkorchester setzt auch in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 auf kunstvolle Vielseitigkeit und innovative Programme, auf die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Gastkünstlerinnen und -künstlern und intensiviert das Ausloten neuer medialer Möglichkeiten. Es wird die letzte Konzertsaison des Orchesters mit seinem Künstlerischen Leiter Prof. Ulf Schirmer sein. Als Nachfolger steht Ivan Repušić fest.


‘Bürger für Beethoven’ wollen Bonner Remigiusplatz zum Beethovenort umgestalten

Auf dem Platz, wo am 17. Dezember 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven getauft wurde, befinden sich heute ein Kiosk und eine öffentliche Toilettenanlage. Das muss sich nach Auffassung der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ bald ändern.

Codex flores

Rekordpreis für ein Guadagnini-Cello

Auf dem Instrumentenmarkt dreht sich die Preisspirale weiter: Das Cello «ex-Havemeyer» von Giovanni Battista Guadagnini mit Baujahr 1743 hat bei einer Auktion für 1,505 Millionen Dollar den Besitzer gewechselt.


Early Music Today  @earlymusictoday @deccaclassics has signed its first #recorder player, 16-year-old Lucie Horsch @klassikcom #Theater #Augsburg von sofortiger Schließung bedroht?

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Köln plant provisorische Bühne auf Großbaustelle  #Kulturnachrichten

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

(Written on May 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, watch Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play the last movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. Another pianist, Lang Lang, also speaks to the Guardian about his musical tastes which includes Pharrell and Bernstein. Elsewhere, there is an obituary for Brian Couzens, the founder of Chandos Records. He was also a champion in classical music recordings for audio engineering. Dolly the Sheep also features in today’s classical news: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video-opera Three Tales comes to the Science Museum in London. It is the first opera to ever be performed live at an IMAX Theatre. Also, can you spot a Strad? Classic FM’s new game puts your ear to the test.

The Guardian

Watch Argerich and Barenboim perform the final movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos – video

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, two legendary musicians – both born in Buenos Aires in the early 1940s – are friends and musical partners.

Facing the music: Lang Lang

Kempff and Kleiber, Rubinstein and Bernstein, and getting Happy with Pharrell – pianist Lang Lang on the music that inspires him

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Brian Couzens, 17 January 1933 ‒ 17 April 2015

Brian Couzens, the founder of Independent label Chandos Records and for three decades a standard-setter in audio engineering of the classical recording industry, has died after a short illness. He was 82.


Dolly the Sheep will make a surprise reappearance in London this week, as a Steve Reich opera examining the increasing dominance of science in society receives a performance at the world-famous Science Museum. 

Three Tales is the result of a creative collaboration between the minimalist composer Reich and his wife, the pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

Classic FM

Blind test: can you recognise the sound of a Stradivarius?

Just how good does a Stradivarius sound, and could you pick one out in a blind test? The Strad magazine staged one to find out.


Das junge Gesicht der Alten Musik

Jazz, Renaissance, Moderne: Nuria Rial ist offen für Vieles – doch ihr Herz gehört den Arien des Barocks


Pietari Inkinen Named Chief Conductor Of The Japan Philharmonic

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen (he turns 35 by the end of the month) has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pereira wärmt alte Ideen auf: Oper auf dem Flughafen

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala, Alexander Pereira, will im September 2015 die Oper ‘L’elisir d’amore’ von Gaetano Donizetti am Mailänder Flughafen Malpensa aufführen.

Deutscher Pianistenpreis für Yekwon Sunwoo

Der Koreaner Yekwon Sunwoo (26) ist vom “International Piano Forum” mit dem Deutschen Pianistenpreis ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Figaro

Des mélomanes pas toujours dans le tempo

Le nouveau public de la Philharmonie de Paris applaudit parfois à des moments jugés inopportuns par ceux qui maîtrisent les codes du concert. Mais qu’importe le rituel  si l’enthousiasme est là!

NPR Music

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For ‘Anthracite Fields’

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields.

MIT Technology Review

What Makes a Violin Powerful

Study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound.


Phil Miller ‏@PhilipJEMiller : Big announcement for Scottish Opera today, unveiling it’s new music director.

Opera Rara ‏@OperaRara : Missed Sir Mark Elder on @MusicMattersR3 on Sat? Catch up here … – inc an extract from our new release #LesMartyrs

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : WOW. As if #singing #QueenoftheNight isn’t HARD enough, try hanging upside down by silks. @rainellesara #coloratura 

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Lang Lang. Photo: Pro Musica

(Written on April 21, 2015 )


Best music schools in the world

Spears list their top 8 music schools.

Classic FM

BAFTA Games Awards: soundtrack nominations announced

The nominations for the 2014 BAFTA Games Awards have been announced, with the soundtrack category recognising six different individual scores. One of The Last Of Us’ 10 nominations is for soundtrack – alongside Assassin’s Creed IV, Mario and more.

Gamer plays Tekken with piano keys

Video games and piano enthusiast Geoffrey Guterl has linked up his electric piano to the popular beat ’em up video game Tekken, allowing him to play the game using the piano keys instead of a conventional controller.

Opera Awards 2014 nominations announced: full list

The nominations for the second annual Opera Awards have been announced, with stars such as Andris Nelsons, Simone Young and Sir Mark Elder all up for big gongs.

The Telegraph

Will cinema kill the opera star?

As more opera houses broadcast their productions in the cinema is this the end of live singing, asks Rupert Christiansen.

Dylan Thomas and Igor Stravinsky: an unlikely partnership

The hard-drinking, dishevelled poet and the neat, urbane composer planned to collaborate on an opera. The results could have been magical, says Ivan Hewett.

BBC Music Magazine 

Glasgow Chamber Choir receives sponsorship for Commonwealth Choral Marathon

Glasgow Chamber Choir has received an award of £7,100 from the Celebrate fund towards its Commonwealth Choral Marathon. Taking place in June 2014, the Marathon will see thirty singers perform five concerts over two days at unusual locations, including Glasgow International Airport and the Tall Ship.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stiller Wagemut

Zu Ostern 2013 spielten die Pianistin Martha Argerich und der Dirigent Claudio Abbado gemeinsam zwei Klavierkonzerte von Mozart ein. Durch Abbados Tod wurde die Aufnahme aus Luzern nun zum letzten Dokument einer langen, wunderbaren Künstlerfreundschaft.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online


(Written on February 13, 2014 )


Sir Mark Elder renews contract at Hallé until at least 2020

Sir Mark Elder has renewed his contract with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, extending their much-praised partnership through until at least 2020.

Classical Music Magazine

Google warned of legal action over failure to stamp out music piracy sites

UK recording industry body the BPI has announced issuing its 50-millionth ‘take down’ notice to Google seeking the removal from search results of illegal links to illegal music sites. “It’s time for Google to be held to the same standards of behaviour as everyone else. It has enormous power as a gatekeeper to the Internet. If it won’t choose to behave ethically and responsibly, it’s time for governments and regulators to take action,”  says BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.

Music Education Hubs ‘have done little to improve’ music education, finds Ofsted

Music education hubs have done little to improve the range in quality of music education across England, says a report released by Ofsted which urges hub leaders to act more as ‘champions, leaders and expert partners’.

Classic FM Online

Classical music fans more likely to be entrepreneurs

A digital advertising intelligence provider’s new survey concludes that classical music fans are more likely to investigate taking out a small business loan than fans of rock, jazz and folk, suggesting they’re more inclined to set up business on their own.

UK City of Culture 2017: Hull’s bid chosen

Beating Dundee, Swansea and Leicester to the title, Hull’s bid promises £15million of cultural events for the city

Bloomberg Business Week

N.Y. City Opera wins permission to sell some assets 

New York City Opera, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, won court approval to auction some assets, including costumes, wigs, props and about 60 musical instruments.

Berliner Zeitung

Das Jenseits ist völlig exotisch

Der Dirigent Marek Janowski hat den Rundfunkchor Berlin in die Philharmonie gebeten, nicht um mit dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin gemeinsam zu musizieren, sondern zunächst, um fünfundzwanzig Minuten lang allein fünf Bruckner-Motetten zu singen – mit gedanklicher Grazie und handwerklicher Eleganz.






(Written on November 21, 2013 )


Opera Rara records Donizetti’s opera Belisario

‘One of the most significant’ Donizetti operas yet to be widely known, says conductor Sir Mark Elder

Classic FM

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen becomes Children & the Arts ambassador

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen speaks passionately about his new role as ambassador “Children & the Arts is the only charity I know that reaches out and leads children on a unique journey into the arts that will inspire, thrill and transform their lives, and I am in no doubt will sow the seeds of lifelong passions.”

Arts & Kids Week celebrates 10 year partnership

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts spoke to Classic FM’s Lucy Coward about how Arts & Kids Week began and how it’s developed over ten years.

Mozart’s piano set for Vienna return

The piano used by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his later years is to be returned to his former home in Vienna for the first time since his death.

Classical Music Magazine

Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013 Festival programme announced

Simultaneous performances in the Guildhalls of London and Derry-Londonderry of a new cantata by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and poet Paul Muldoon will be just one musical highlight of Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture.

Slipped Disc

First picture: Israel Philharmonic is picketed outside Carnegie Hall

About 60 demonstrators turned out last night to protest against the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at Carnegie Hall.

Affronted French heirs seek to stop Munich revival of Poulenc opera, demanding more dead nuns

The heirs of Francis Poulenc and his librettist Georges Bernanos have filed an injunction to prevent the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from reviving Dmitri Tcherniakov’s staging of Dialogues des Carmelites.


Synaesthesia: is it like being on psychotropic drugs?

MONA’s true colours shine through in a festival exploring this strange musical phenomenon.

Evening Standard

Bourne supremacy: Acclaimed choreographer transforms Sleeping Beauty into gothic teen romance

Matthew Bourne is known for his radical reworking of classic ballets and now he’s turning Sleeping Beauty into a 21st-century gothic romance. It’s the Twilight series meets Tchaikovsky, he tells Liz Hoggard

Classic FM

(Written on October 26, 2012 )

Classic FM

London Contemporary Orchestra New Greenwood Soundtrack 

The soundtrack for ‘The Master’, the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson, has been written by Jonny Greenwood and features the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Hereford Organ visits London with The King’s Consort 

The King’s Consort are transporting Hereford Cathedral’s organ to St Jude’s Church in London next month – with the help of new digital technology.

Leeds International Piano Competition Announced 

The world’s premier piano competition announces its 2012 schedule, including final conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Stop Press: Soloist has her Guarnerius seized by Customs at Frankfurt Airport 

Yuzuko Horigome’s one million Euro violin is seized by German customs.

Just in: Romney says he’ll kill arts funding 

The Republican candidate says he will eliminate funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.

Hamburg’s Bach prize goes to …. China 

Tan Dun receives 2012 prize.

Breaking: Britain’s Worst Opera is cancelled in America 

Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune, which ranks among the greatest turkeys ever to reach the stage of the Royal Opera House with its own doner kebab stall and cliches to spare, has lost its long-scheduled US premiere.

BBC News

Classical guitarist Berta Rojas brings Paraguayan music to the world 

The artist talks to the BBC about her experience of being a woman in the classical guitar world, traditionally dominated by men.

BBC Music Magazine 

Cameron Carpenter 

Elizabeth Davis talks to Cameron about JS Bach, improvising and the Albert Hall organ.

(Written on August 20, 2012 )

The Guardian

The Shard will open to the wrong music

The London Philharmonic is to mark the inauguration of the corporate monolith with Fanfare for the Common Man. Surely Elgar’s visions of the end of the empire would be a better choice?

LA Times

George Fenton’s influences

The British composer, who’ll be conducting his own score for ‘Frozen Planet’ at the Bowl this week, numbers Henri Mancini, Mark Rothko and the Beatles among his influences.

‘Prometheus’ seeks out classical music in deep space

In space, no one can hear you scream — but everyone can hear the classical music loud and clear.

Jessica Duchen

Musicians against playing for free at the Olympics

A Facebook group, Musicians Against Playing for Free at the Olympics, has been started by Ashley Slater (formerly of Loose Tubes).

Music + Art = Magic?

About the correlation of music and art in the Impressionist era, and why it was that it took about 20 years for composers to cotton on.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

The lady who thought Bach was alive

The Times today carries a fond obituary of Lina Lalandi, founder of the (defunct) English Bach Festival who died on June 8, aged 91.

London street-mugged pianist makes her live comeback next week

Alexandra Dariescu was fortunate to escape without serious injury when she was violently mugged for her phone in broad daylight on a London street. She has not let it get her down.

If you’re booked by the Johannesburg Philharmonic, watch out: they don’t play

We’ve been sent a translated article from the Afrikaans press and another from an English-language paper reporting continuing chaos and mismanagement at South Africa’s premier orchestra.

The Times

Piece created in prison makes the big city stage

This is the world premiere of Beyond This, a 12-minute piece composed by a group of prisoners under the guidance of the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and Sara Lee, the artistic director of Music in Prisons.


NY Philharmonic teams with stream landmark concert

Performance available to stream online for 90 days from July 6.

Obituary: Brigitte Engerer, pianist

The French pianist Brigitte Engerer was never a household name – and virtually unknown in Britain where she rarely performed – but was a popular and highly respected figure in the profession.

Sir Mark Elder awarded Leeds University honorary degree

Presentation ceremony will be held during Leeds International Piano Competition.

(Written on July 6, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Damon Albarn interview: the magic and mystery of Dr Dee

Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris have let the subject of their opera Dr Dee – part of London 2012 Festival – become an obsession, says Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate.

How Ivor Novello’s songs may become old friends to his listeners

Ivor Novello gave much pleasure to millions, but why has he been forgotten?

El Sistema and Gustavo Dudamel: rescuing children with music

As Gustavo Dudamel’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra helps launch London 20120 Festival, Ivan Hewett travels to Venezuela to witness the music system of El Sistema that produced it – and helps to save children from lives of violence and crime.

El Sistema timeline: from a Caracas garage to the Albert Hall

The history of El Sistema, the Venezuelan musical education programme which has produced the Simon Bolivar Orchestra.

BBC Music Magazine

All BBC orchestras and BBC Singers to stay open

Newly published report recommends all ensembles continue but with ‘substantial savings’.

The Guardian

Dudamel’s heroic Beethoven challenge

Beethoven’s third symphony – the Eroica – is an exposing piece for any orchestra. Will the newly matured Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra make the grade?

LA Times

Gustavo Dudamel in talks to compose score for Simon Bolivar film

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is expected to lend his musical talent to a new movie about the life of Simón Bolívar.


Takacs Quartet, Sir Mark Elder, Andrew Litton and Rachel Podger

The latest edition of the Gramophone Podcast is now online.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

US orch hires new music director after 25 years

The Illinois Philharmonic played happily for more than two decades with Carmen DeLeone, who retired last year.

Criticising the critics: Only one UK newspaper reviews Youtube’s hottest pianist

Somehow none of London’s critical pack found time to attend Valentina Lisitsa’s groundbreaking debut at the Royal Albert Hall.

Cologne fires opera chief

The saga of who runs opera in one of Germany’s biggest cities – and whether there will be any opera at all next year – took an upturn last night when the city fired the opera intendant, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

NY Times

Late-Night Drinks With a Pianist

David Greilsammer, known for his inventive programs of piano works, will play one of the late-night concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

(Written on June 22, 2012 )


Vijay Iyer: the scientist who turned to jazz

Vijay Iyer, who next month visits the UK with two different trios, has made it his life’s work not to fit into any preset roles or identities.

NY Times

Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws From the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Die Walkuere’

Stuart Skelton will take over in Monday’s performance.

The Times

Yuja Wang: more than a sexy starlet

Her hemlines have made headlines, but there is much more to the rising piano star.

Classical Music Magazine

Festival 2012 corrals 12,000 events into purview

The Philharmonia Orchestra and Science Museum will break new ground for Festival 2012.

Arts Journal – Norman Lebrecht

Chaos at Malaysian Philharmonic as French conductor cancels

Alain Lombard pulled out from the latest concerts of the troubled orchestra, officially for health reasons, after two days of rehearsals.


Leeds International Piano Competition launches new award

Orchestra prize winner selected by Sir Mark Elder and members of the Halle.

Asher Fisch appointed principal conductor of West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has appointed Seattle Opera principal guest conductor Asher Fisch as its new principal conductor and artistic advisor for a three-year term from 2014.

(Written on May 3, 2012 )