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In our news today, Syrian soprano singer performs together with US refugee orchestra in New York, Dutch composer JacobTV creates multimedia opera & Decca DJs go classical. Also, South Africa will host the World Choir Games (WCG) 2018 for the first time & Judith Weir succeeds Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as president of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Daily Mail

Syrian opera singer performs with US refugee orchestra

Performing Puccini to a rapt New York audience, her soprano voice soaring to the rafters, Lubana al-Quntar may be the last person most Americans would think to be a Syrian refugee.


JacobTV, Dutch composer, creates multimedia opera of current events

Dutch experimental composer JacobTV, né Jacob ter Veldhuis, employed a unique collaging method to arrange his new multimedia piece, The News. The avant-pop orchestration uses clips of news footage to create a sensory-straining “reality opera.”

International Arts Manager

Decca DJs go classical

A new album has paired up some of the world’s biggest DJs with some of the best-known pieces of classical music. Re:works makes use of the Decca Classical catalogue, and features remixes by Kate Simko, Mr Scruff, Henrik Schwarz, Starkey, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel and Martin Buttrich.

World Choir Games set for South Africa

For the first time in its history the World Choir Games (WCG) will take place on the continent of Africa, with South Africa selected as the 2018 host. The event, which has run since 2000 for amateur choirs, is billed as ‘the Olympic games of choral music,’ and will feature thousands of participants from all over the world.

The Telegraph

The Barber of Seville: ‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’

This is how Verdi described Rossini’s opera. Ahead of our live stream of Glyndebourne’s production of Barber, Richard Osborne, Rossini’s biographer, underlines what makes it great.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Society of Musicians appoints Judith Weir as new president

The Royal Society of Musicians has appointed Judith Weir as its new president following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies earlier in 2016.

Chronicle live

Gateshead-born Jonathan Bloxham lands plum role with top orchestra

The former member of Gateshead Youth Orchestra is to join City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

BBC News

Only 14% of the UK pays to stream music

Only 14% of the British public pays for a music streaming subscription, according to new research. The report, for trade paper Music WeekAlban Berg , also showed that one in 10 people regularly borrowed someone else’s subscription.


2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives

When it comes to executive compensation, the 2013/14 season was the first in a while where a number of the traditionally highest paying executive positions which went unfilled for a number of years were finally occupied.


Denkmal für Alban Berg in Wien enthüllt

Der Komponist Alban Berg wird in Wien mit einem neuen, modernen Denkmal gewürdigt, das am Montag neben der Staatsoper auf dem Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz installiert worden ist.

Proteste gegen kulturelle Sparpläne der Stadt Karlsruhe

In Karlsruhe haben Kulturschaffende gegen die Sparpläne der Stadt protestiert. Der Protest wurde von der “Aktion Kollektiv Theatral” (AKT) angeführt.

Codex flores

Bilanz des Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016

In 20 Veranstaltungen an sieben Festivaltagen hat das Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen rund 5500 Eintritte gezählt. Die Auslastung lag mit 70 Prozent höher als im Vorjahr.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Klavier-Konzert in der Arktis: Greenpeace fordert Schutzgebiet

In Teneriffa startet am Montag eine OSPAR-Meeresschutz-Konferenz. Zu diesem Anlass veranstaltete Greenpeace mit dem italienischen Pianisten und Komponisten Ludovico Einaudi ein Klavierkonzert in der Arktis.


Sony Music South @SonyMusicSouth Happy to all the music lovers around the world!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Insights: In Conversation with Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Take a bow: eller previews the best music festivals with strings at their heart


Photograph: Don Emmert (AFP)

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, a new film will show the history of the Sydney Opera House, Sir Simon Rattle comments on his return to London & Lang Lang will make his New Zealand recital debut. Also, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final completed composition is an opera for kids & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform David Bowie’s work.

The Guardian

New feature film to tell of architect’s struggle for the Sydney Opera House

The controversial history behind one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Sydney Opera House is to be the subject of a new feature film made by an international team.


Sir Simon Rattle: ‘Music can’t be a matter of privilege or chance’

As Sir Simon Rattle prepares to pick up the baton at the LSO, ‘the Benedict Cumberbatch of classical’ talks about making London the music capital of the world — with a concert hall for the 21st century.

International Arts Manager

Lang Lang to make New Zealand debut

Lang Lang will make his New Zealand recital debut, 12 years after the Chinese pianist first played in the country with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edo de Waart. The concert at Aukland’s Civic Theatre on 12 June will include Chopin’s Scherzos as well as Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons. It comes at the end of a tour that has taken him from Chicago to Australasia via China.

Maxwell Davies’ final work is an opera for kids

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final completed composition will receive its world premiere in London later this month.The Hogboon is an opera for children, based on a Scottish folk tale taken from Maxwell’s home in Orkney. The premiere takes place at Barbican Centre on 26 June, three months after he died following a battle with cancer.

Huffington Post

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Set to Perform The Music of David Bowie, Guest Conductor Brent Havens Talks of Orchestrating the Works of this Musical Genius

David Bowie was one of those figures that we all felt like was immortal, something beyond just a regular human. He lived life outside of the social bounds of gender, sexuality, understanding, and love.


Concerns from Women Conductors

As The Dallas Opera prepares to announce the second class of participants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny reflects on continuing challenges cited in the application process.

Third Sector

Royal Opera House paid music director Sir Antonio Pappano more than £730k last year

Sir Antonio Pappano, music director at the Royal Opera House, was paid £737,424 by the charity in 2014/15, an increase of almost £200,000 on the previous year. The charity’s latest set of accounts, for the year to the end of August 2015, show Pappano received a basic salary of £104,186 plus fees of £633,238.

Volkstheater Rostock: Intendant Latchinian fristlos entlassen

Der Hauptausschuss der Rostocker Bürgerschaft hat die fristlose Entlassung des Volkstheater-Intendanten Sewan Latchinian beschlossen.


Arzberger-Verfahren in New York erneut vertagt

Das Bezirksgericht von New York hat nach Beratung am letzten Verhandlungstag die Anhörung um Stefan Arzberger erneut vertagt.

Musik heute

Dach der Leipziger Oper wird Bienen-Quartier

Auf dem Dach der Leipziger Oper summen jetzt Bienen. Das Musiktheater und der Naturschutzbund (NABU) Sachsen siedelten dort am Montag ein erstes Volk mit 2.000 Tieren an.


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Shining a spotlight on opera’s bad guys A musical highlight from Verdi’s Nabucco: ^M

Top Classical News @topcmnews Celebrated young pianist returns to Detroit to make classical music cool again – Michigan Radio

Classic FM @ClassicFM Norwegian Henning Kraggerud plays Mozart like a dream. Hear him shortly with :


Photograph: International Arts Manager

(Written on June 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Royal Opera House issues warning for Lucia di Lammermoor, Merton College, Oxford to establish a girls’ choir, Emma Halnan wins Art Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award, Violinist Janine Jansen is handing over the artistic direction of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands and the Economist questions operas gender imbalance.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House warns of risque sex scenes in Lucia di Lammermoor

The Royal Opera House has issued a warning of risqué and gory content in its upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor, as reported in The Times.

Classic FM

Flautist Emma Halnan wins Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award

Young flautist will now record a performance of a piece composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins after winning classical music prize, in collaboration with Classic FM

The Economist

Where have all the good tenors gone, and where are all the basses?

When the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women

Classical Music Magazine

Merton College, Oxford to establish a girls’ choir

The Merton College Girls’ Choir will be open to girls who will be in school years 5 to 10. Girls selected for the choir will regularly sing in the college’s 13th-century chapel, and will take part in services and concerts in Oxford and further afield.

BBC News

Michelle Obama recruits Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson and Zendaya for single

Artists including Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson and Kelly Rowland all feature on a charity single put together by US First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Strad

Violinist Janine Jansen to step down as artistic director of her chamber festival

Violinist Janine Jansen is handing over the artistic direction of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands, to 24-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh. Jansen, who founded the event 13 years ago, will direct the festival for the final time this year from 29 June to 3 July.


Musikautorenpreis 2016: Boy, AnnenMayKantereit und Marteria zählen zu Nominierten

Zu den Nominierten des Deutschen Musikautorenpreises 2016 zählen u.a. AnnenMayKantereit, Selig, Sonja Glass von Boy sowie Marten Laciny (Marteria/Marsimoto), MoTrip und Sven Regener


Urheberrecht kommt ins Kabinett – Reform mit Zugeständnissen

Kreative und Verwerter ihrer Leistungen sollen sich „wieder auf Augenhöhe begegnen“, fordert Justizminister Maas


Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden: Honeck statt Nézet-Séguin

Der kanadische Dirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin hat die Leitung des Osterfestspiel-Konzerts der Berliner Philharmoniker am kommenden Sonntag abgesagt

Le Monde

La municipalité renonce à présider les Chorégies d’Orange

Quatre jours après la démission du directeur des Chorégies, Raymond Duffaut, vendredi 11 mars, le maire d’Orange tente d’éteindre l’incendie


BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Parts of Michael Haydn’s Requiem sound similar to Mozart’s, though it was actually written first #EssentialClassics

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Watch three minutes with the phenomenon that is Lang Lang, at the @BBCInTune Steinway:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Is classical music really superior to all other genres?  #ClassicalMusic

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik Zum Nachschauen: Kristian #Bezuidenhout & Chiaroscuro Quartet im Studiokonzert hier als exklusiver #videostream


Photograph: Classic FM


(Written on March 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies dies at age 81, Sony Music buys Michael Jackson’s stake in music publishing unit, new artistic leadership team for Mid Wales Opera  & extra funding for the musical celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday

New York Times

Peter Maxwell Davies, Contrarian British Composer, Dies at 81

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the prolific English composer long known as an anti-establishment anti-monarchist avant-gardist enfant terrible — but whose work was so renowned that he was named Queen Elizabeth II’s official music master anyway — died on Monday at his home in the Orkney Islands of Scotland

The Guardian

Peter Maxwell Davies: strikingly original music composed at white heat

From confrontational early works to the community projects that were at the heart of all he did, Maxwell Davies was a great fixed point in British music

BBC News

Sony buys out Michael Jackson music venture stake

Sony is paying Michael Jackson’s estate $750m (£526m) for the late pop star’s share of a joint music publishing venture that it does not already own.

Classical Music Magazine

Mid Wales Opera appoints new artistic leadership team

Mid Wales Opera has appointed Jonathan Lyness and Richard Studer as music director and artistic director. They will take up the positions when Nicholas Cleobury steps down in April 2017, but will begin work on developing MWO’s future touring and outreach programme immediately.

The Strad

Are contemporary violin makers limiting their potential to develop new ideas?

A key aim of the VSA/Oberlin Workshop ‘Obie 1’ project was to create a good original violin design that was not directly derived or copied from a previous instrument


A Musical Celebration For Canada’s 150th Birthday

The Canadian Government will give an extra funding of $17.5 million to the musical community for a “national musical celebration” to honor Canada’s 150th birthday in 201

Die Welt

Opernsänger sind Albaniens wahrer Exportschlager

Das kleine Balkanvolk bringt überdurchschnittlich viele gute Musiker hervor. Das Geheimnis des albanischen Erfolges sind Iso-Polyphonie, gute Ausbildung und die Affinität zur italienischen Oper

Musik heute

Kurt Weill Fest endet mit Besucherrekord

Mit einem Besucherrekord ist am Sonntag in Dessau-Roßlau das 24. Kurt Weill Fest zu Ende gegangen
Wildkat PR Sir Peter Maxwell Davies


@RoyalOperaHouse Deeply saddened by the death of Peter Maxwell Davies – Taverner premiered here in 1972

@E_N_O Very sad to hear about the death of Peter Maxwell Davies. Our condolences go to his friends and family

@ClassicFM Final tickets left for @ClassicFM Live – @johnsuchet1 has details next, plus a track from @realaled’s new album.

(Written on March 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, British Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote and Prokofiev’s grandson puts a new spin on classical music. Also, Teodor Currentzis awarded Kairos Prize and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded RPS gold medal


Prokofiev’s Grandson Puts New Spin on Classical Music

The Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev is one of the acknowledged masters of twentieth century classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded the RPS gold medal

The 81-year-old composer said that he ‘couldn’t be more honoured’ to receive the medal, adding: ‘That’s the one I wanted!’

Arts Professional

Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote

Whittingdale and Vaizey will back opposing campaign teams in the run-up to the forthcoming EU membership referendum


Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the 1970s – in pictures

An urban utopia of concert halls, fountains and art galleries at the heart of a housing estate in London? Peter Bloomfield reveals his cache of photographs charting the construction of a British brutalist icon


Kunstpreis der Stadt Dresden für Sänger Peter Schreier

Der Sänger Peter Schreier erhält den mit 5000 Euro dotierten diesjährigen Kunstpreis von Dresden

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Von Berg wechselt auf den Grünen Hügel

Die Bayreuther Festspiele bekommen einen neuen Geschäftsführenden Direktor. Der 49-jährige Holger von Berg tritt im April die Nachfolge von Heinz-Dieter Sense an


Anmeldefrist zum 8. Louis Spohr Wettbewerb in Weimar für junge Geiger läuft

Auf seinen Wettbewerbserfolg folgte direkt der berufliche Erfolg: Der Geiger David Castro-Balbi gewann als 19-Jähriger einen 1. Preis beim Louis Spohr-Wettbewerb in Weimar 2013

Klassik Info

Currentzis erhält hochdotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

Der Dirigent Teodor Currentzis erhält den mit mit 75.000 Euro dotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

France Musique

Victoires de la musique classique : Claire Chazal et Frédéric Lodéon, ambassadeurs du classique à la télévision

La 23e édition des Victoires de la musique classique se tient ce 24 février à la Halle aux Grains de Toulouse. C’est l’une des rares émissions consacrées au classique à être diffusée à une heure de grande écoute

Twitter Berliner : Übertitel statt Untertitel

BBC Music MagazineThe latest classical chart – out now:

ARTEFAKT Kultur Was nächste Woche wichtig wird: Die falsche Gärtnerin im Bode-Museum

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian






(Written on February 22, 2016 )

Classical News

The Independent

Opera is the new circus

Showman Gerry Cottle was dragged to see the latest production of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ and had an epiphany.

Classic FM

Viola tennis racket is ‘the ultimate viola joke’

Viola tennis anyone? A new video has emerged offering a different way to conceive the string instrument during the summer months.

The Guardian

Maxwell Davies: ‘The best way to get people to the festival was to involve their children’

The St Magnus festival celebrated Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ 80th at a special concert involving the local community and Max’s compositions for children.

The Guardian

Symphony guide: Knussen’s Third

Knussen’s third symphony is only 15 minutes in length but it covers a massive musical and emotional spectrum.

Classic FM

Child drummer plays stunning solo with orchestra: video

The video, posted by a Facebook user called Fabio Ibrahim El Khoury (though the origin of the video is unknown), has been shared over 150,000 times.

Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad gestorben

Der künstlerische Leiter und Mitbegründer des Festivals Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Thierry Scherz, ist laut einer Mitteilung des Veranstalters verstorben. Informationen der Berner Zeitung zufolge nahm sich Scherz am 1. Juli in Wien das Leben. Er hinterlässt Frau und zwei Kinder.

Rundfunkchor Berlin streikt für Tarifvertrag

Der Berliner Rundfunkchor ist erstmals in seiner Geschichte in einem zeitlich unbefristeten Streik getreten. Die Sänger protestieren damit gegen die Ablehnung eines ausgearbeiteten Tarifvertrags durch das Kuratorium der Rundfunkorchester und -chöre GmbH (ROC).

La Nazione

Ritorna il Festival della Mente

TRE giornate con 60 relatori e 39 incontri, tra conferenze, spattacoli, workshop e momenti di approfondimento, per esplorare la nascita e lo sviluppo dei processi creativi.


The Opera Critic: @theoperacritic  $750,000 grant will help Houston Grand Opera produce 5 new works

AustinCivicOrchestra: @ATXCivOrchestra  Top violinist taking classical music behind bars and to the streets. #classical #music

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Nicola Benedetti awarded @MakingMusic_UK‘s Sir Charles Grove Prize for her #musiced advocacy: 



Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti at the English National Opera

Photograph: Mike Hoban




(Written on July 9, 2014 )

Booking for the 2014 BBC Proms opens tomorrow and like a lot of you, we’ve already budgeted well over a month’s rent for tickets. But we thought we’d each try and narrow it down to just one totally unmissable Prom. It was tough, and amazingly none of our picks were duplicates.

Our highlights include Prom 5 with the Tonhalle Orchestra and Julia Fischer; Prom 22 – the War Horse Prom; Prom 26 with the EUYO under Semyon Bychkov; Prom 48  – Jonathan Biss with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra; The Budapest Festival Orchestra in Prom 52; Marin Alsop’s return for Prom 63 after her triumphant appearance at the LNOTP last summer, and the Orkney inspired Prom 70.

Check out our reasons why on our Pinterest board, and tell us which Proms you won’t be missing.

BBC Proms 2014

(Written on May 16, 2014 )


‘Invisible Cities’ Opera Gets Immersive With Wireless Technology

It’s billed as the future of opera, live performance, technology and art, at least according to German audio company Sennheiser. But to judge from “Invisible Cities,” the new opera for wireless headphones performed in L.A.’s Union Station, the future of immersive theater is already here.

BBC News

Good music education only ‘for minority of pupils’

A quality music education only reaches a minority of pupils in England’s schools, an Ofsted report has said

The New York Times

If It All Doesn’t Fit, Build a Bigger Box

Classical Music Boxed Sets Multiply

Daily Mail

Queen’s composer says every young person should study classical music 

Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, blames governments for treating classical music as an ‘elitist fringe activity’

CBS News

Price of success: Will the Recycled Orchestra last?

A group of very poor children in Paraguay changing their lives through making music with what they have found in a dump

Los Angeles Times

Herb Alpert gives $300,000 to L.A. City College music department

Herb Alpert is giving $300,000 to the Los Angeles City College music department. The trumpet player and former A&M Records owner is a leading arts philanthropist


Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti: “Er ist wie ein musikalischer Vater für mich.”

Ein Gespräch mit den Cellisten Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti über ihre besondere Geschichte, den Einfluss ihrer Lehrer und das Unterrichten an sich

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on November 18, 2013 )

Classic FM

German musicians beg Angela Merkel to allow instruments through customs

Daniel Barenboim, Andras Schiff, Viktoria Mullova and 27 other German performers are protesting against expensive customs regulations.


RSNO appoints new assistant conductor

Jean-Claude Picard is chosen over 162 hopefuls for the coveted two-year role

Classic FM

HMV to return to original site opened by Elgar

The entertainment chain has confirmed its flagship London store is to return to its original site, opened by Sir Edward Elgar in 1921.

The Telegraph

The Queen’s sick composer is cheered by royal support

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen’s Music, is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre strengthens links with In Harmony Lambeth

The Southbank Centre has announced a closer partnership with Lambeth Council on In Harmony Lambeth, with staff from the council joining the Southbank team to run the project on-site.

BBC Music Magazine

Japan ‘Pill-harmonic’ Orchestra prescribes classical music pieces for audience ailments

In a bid to counter falling concert attendance, the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra has come up with the idea of prescribing classical music for a variety of ailments.

Die Welt

Den wahrhaft Liebenden ist keine Oper zu stürmisch

Für ihren Komponisten Benjamin Britten tun Engländer zum 100. Geburtstag alles: Seine Oper “Peter Grimes” wird am tosenden Nordseestrand aufgeführt, und Star-Tenor Ian Bostridge tanzt eine Pantomime.



(Written on June 28, 2013 )


Alexandre Bloch wins 2012 Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition

Young French conductor receives £15,000 and a one-year assistant conductor position with the LSO

Classic FM

Bryn Terfel to perform with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Welsh singer Bryn Terfel will perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra next year as part of a gala concert.

Peter Maxwell Davies prepares musical retort to Olympics

The Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, has disclosed details of his new work, which is a reaction to the “jingoistic” tone of the Olympic Games.


CM to host online debate with Artistworks Classical Campus

Classical Music is partnering with US education company Artistworks for the launch of the Artistworks Classical Campus, and the magazine’s deputy editor, Kimon Daltas, will be hosting an online debate on classical music education and technology this evening at 9pm UK time.

The Independent

Does anyone like modern classical music?

There is to be a year-long festival of contemporary music at London’s Southbank Centre, but will the public go?

The New Yorker

The Case for Wagner in Israel

It was only a matter of time: Richard Wagner, the most volcanically controversial figure in the history of music, has inserted himself into the 2012 Presidential election.

Minnesota Public Radio (found on All Top)

Locked-out Minn Orch musicians take cause to streets

The Minnesota Orchestra has cancelled all its concerts through Thanksgiving, after management locked out musicians as their contract expired and the two sides could not agree on a new one.

The Strad

Female maker takes Triennale gold

Ulrike Dederer viola wins in a first for Cremona competition

Minnesota Public Radio

(Written on October 2, 2012 )