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London Symphony Orchestra tops first chart ranking UK classical ensembles

The London Symphony Orchestra is the UK’s most popular according to the first chart to rank classical ensembles, the i reports.

Recordings by the London institution, led by Sir Simon Rattle, have racked up the most plays on Britain’s television and radio stations over the past decade, music licensing body PPL calculated.

The LSO, which performs more than 120 concerts a year, finished ahead of the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras.

PPL, which collects royalties from music radio and TV broadcasts, found that orchestras have to be versatile to make a popular impact. Just 40 per cent of the total UK radio and TV airplay over the decade, from recordings performed by the top 20 orchestras, was considered “classical” music.

One in three of the top 100 most played new recordings on TV and radio in each of the last ten years included a contribution from at least one member of the top 20 orchestras.

In 2017 almost half (47 per cent) of UK number one songs contained at least one performance from a member of the orchestral top 20.

(iNews)


European Parliament backs copyright changes

Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament, reports the BBC.

Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists, but opponents fear that the plans could destroy user-generated content, memes and parodies.

Article 13 puts the onus on web giants to take measures to ensure that agreements with rights holders for the use of their work are working.

Critics say that would require all internet platforms to filter content put online by users, which many believe would be an excessive restriction on free speech.

Earlier this week, YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl said that endorsement of Article 13 risked “discouraging or even prohibiting platforms from hosting user-generated content”.

Musician Wyclef Jean also spoke out against the directive, appealing to MEPs before the vote to “embrace and improve the internet, rather than attempt to block and hinder it”.

But many other musicians, including Sir Paul McCartney, had expressed their support for the changes. Impala, the association for European independent music companies, said after the vote that it was “a great day for Europe’s creators”.

(BBC)


Deutscher Musikrat: EU-Parlament macht den Weg für ein zeitgemäßes Urheberrecht frei

Die Abgeordneten des EU-Parlamentes haben heute mit deutlicher Mehrheit von 438 zu 226 Stimmen für die geplante EU-Richtlinie zum Urheberrecht im digitalen Binnenmarkt gestimmt. Damit kann das Parlament die Trilog-Verhandlungen mit Europäischem Rat und EU-Kommission aufnehmen.

Dazu Christian Höppner, Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates: „Der 12. September ist ein guter Tag für Europa und die Kreativschaffenden. Der Schutz der Urheber und die faire Vergütung kreativer Leistungen sind Voraussetzung dafür, dass weiterhin attraktive Inhalte produziert und bereitgestellt werden können. In den nächsten Monaten wird es darum gehen, den gesellschaftlichen Dialog zur Zukunft eines fairen Internets zu etablieren, der sich von dem bisherigen Schlagabtausch durch eine differenzierte und gesellschaftspolitisch grundierte Argumentation absetzen sollte.“

MEPs voted today by a clear majority of 438 to 226 votes in favour of the proposed EU directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. This will allow Parliament to start negotiations with the European Council and the European Commission.

Christian Höppner, Secretary General of the German Music Council: “September 12th is a good day for Europe and the creative industries. The protection of authors and the fair remuneration of creative achievements are a prerequisite for the continued production and provision of attractive content. In the coming months, it will be a question of establishing the social dialogue on the future of a fair Internet”.

(Neue Musikzeitung)

(Written on September 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Israeli conductor Noam Sheriff passed away. The Berlin Initiative for new music holds a concert for the homeless. A great concern has been raised over the decline in music uptake at GCSE. George Walker, who was a trailblazer in Music and a Pulitzer Price winner has passed away. And one more piece on Leonard Bernstein and what we can learn from him.

Rhinegold

90 music leaders express concern over GCSE music decline

90 leading figures from the music industry, including Sir Simon Rattle, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, have signed a letter to The Times expressing their concern over the rapid decline in music uptake at GCSE.

Grammophone

Bartoli’s new label to champion next generation

The mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is marking 30 years on the Decca label with the launch of a new sub-label aimed at nurturing the next generation of stars.

The Guardian

Learning from Leonard Bernstein: our cheeky Proms love letter to a musical pioneer

Bernstein wasn’t only a maverick maestro – he brought classical music to a whole new generation with his Young People’s concerts. But have they stood the test of time?

Capital Public Radio

George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and educator George Walker has died at the age of 96. Walker’s death was announced to NPR by one of his family members, Karen Schaefer, who said he died Thursday at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. after a fall.

Tagesspiegel

Israelischer Komponist Noam Sheriff gestorben

Der einflussreiche israelische Komponist und Dirigent Noam Sheriff ist tot. Der 1935 geborene Musiker hatte sein Debüt als 22-Jähriger mit der Premiere seines Werks „Festival Prelude“, das Leonard Bernstein 1957 mit dem Israelischen Philharmonieorchester in Tel Aviv aufführte.

Nmz

„,Atonale‘ Musik für alle“ – Musikalische Aktion in Berlin, paradox

Im Prinzip ist die Sache ganz einfach. Vor einiger Zeit kündigte die Deutsche Bahn an, mittels Musikeinsatzes für einen geräumten Platz an der S-Bahn-Station Hermannstraße in Berlin sorgen zu wollen.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Inge Borkh verstorben

Borkh wurde am 26. Mai 1921 in Mannheim als Ingeborg Simon geboren, wuchs jedoch aufgrund der jüdischen Herkunft der Familie in Österreich und der Schweiz auf.

El Mundo

Necesitamos escuchar casetes y vinilos (aunque Albert Rivera diga que están obsoletos)

El presidente de Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, dijo hace unos días que el debate sobre exhumar a Franco era algo tan “obsoleto” como escuchar música en “casetes y vinilos”.

La Vanguardia

Katharina Wagner dirigirá un ‘Lohengrin’ en el Liceu

Katharina Wagner, la biznieta del compositor y actual directora artística del Festival de Bayreuth, dirigirá la puesta en escena de una nueva producción de Lohengrin en el Liceu.

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Leonard Bernstein with young students at a Young People’s Concert in 1965 Photograph: Alamy

(Written on August 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Ratlle receives standing ovation in farewell concert. Baritone Barry McDaniel has passed away. Christoph Eschenbach to become director of Berlin Koncerthaus orchestra. Stuttgart Opera to run in Baden-Baden Festspielhaus during repairs to opera house.  Film about St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh released. 1783 ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ manuscript remains unsold after auction in Paris. Danielle de Niese talks about women composers ahead of BBC documentary.

Rhinegold

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra announces new young conductor in association

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced Marta Gardolińska as Leverhulme young conductor in association.

Rhinegold

Nicola Benedetti and Steven Isserlis in new film by Scotland’s St Mary’s Music School

Scotland’s national music school, St Mary’s in Edinburgh, has released a new short film in which the world-class musicians tutor pupils from the school.

Engadget.uk

Four problems YouTube Music will face in the UK

The worst-kept secret in music is out, and Google has now released YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in 11 more countries. But despite being in the streaming music game for quite a while, the company is almost going to have to start fresh in several places, including the UK.

The Guardian

Women composers: why are so many voices still silent?

Extraordinary talents are missing from our musical lives. Ahead of a BBC documentary, the singer and presenter Danielle de Niese wonders why, still, we hear so little of our greatest female composers

Limelight

Australia Council announces new UKARIA residency recipients

The Australia Council has announced that Queensland-based composer Gordon Hamilton and beatboxer Tom Thum (for whom Hamilton wrote his Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra) will be the first artistic team to take up a new residency at the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ovationen für scheidenden Philharmoniker-Chef Rattle

16 Jahre lang war Sir Simon Rattle Chefdirigent bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Jetzt hört der 63-Jährige auf – und bekommt noch einen ganz besonderen Abschied.

klassik.com

Bariton Barry McDaniel gestorben

Der US-amerikanische Opernsänger Barry McDaniel ist im Alter von 87 Jahren in Berlin gestorben. Einer Pressemeldung der Deutschen Oper in Berlin zufolge verstarb der Bariton nach langer Krankheit.

Welt

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent am Konzerthaus

Ein starkes Signal: Der renommierte Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach wird das Konzerthausorchester leiten.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart soll im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden spielen

Bei der Suche nach einer Interimsspielstätte für die Stuttgarter Oper hat der CDU-Bezirksverband Nordbaden eine ungewöhnliche Idee geäußert: Während der erwarteten Bauzeit von fünf bis sieben Jahren könnte die Stuttgarter Oper doch im Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden spielen, schlug der Bezirkschef und Landwirtschaftsminister Peter Hauk am Mittwoch vor.

Platea

Un manuscrito de “Le nozze di Figaro” no encuentra comprador en su primera subasta en París

El pasado miércoles París acogió la primera subasta de un manuscrito autógrafo de Mozart para el último acto de Le nozze di Figaro. Dicha subasta quedó desierta, al no encontrarse comprador.

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(Written on June 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: Facebook AI sings classical music, Pianist Joon Yoon wins Guildhall gold medal, Maxim Emelyanychev to be next principal conductor for Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conductor Sir Simon Rattle leaves the Berliner Philharmoniker after sixteen years, Tenors Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Florez will perform on the eve of the opening of the Football World Cup, conductor Helmuth Rilling turns 85 years old.

The Guardian

Jeff Goldblum to release jazz piano album

The actor signs to Decca following lifetime of piano playing, including with his band the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Celebrating degenerate music and fighting the fascists – in a blue dress

Researching and sharing the music of the lost generation of “degenerate” musicians has brought many voices back to life, but it has also exposed those whose stories are not available to us.

New Scientist

Facebook AI turns your idle humming into a Bach orchestra piece

Whistle a jaunty tune, and artificial intelligence can convert it into the style of a Mozart symphony played by an entire orchestra.

Classical Music

Pianist Joon Yoon wins Guildhall gold medal

The Guildhall School has announced Joon Yoon as the winner of this year’s gold medal, the school’s most prestigious prize for soloists.

Gramophone

Maxim Emelyanychev to head Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has revealed its next Prinicpal Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev who will take up his post with the SCO in September next year.

Music Week

‘I’ve never seen anything like this for a classical artist’: Decca’s Rebecca Allen on Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Royal Wedding impact

“That was extraordinary – it has lit up around the world,” Allen told Music Week. “The media coverage for him was just off the scale.

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„Mister Bach“ zum Geburtstag

Den Großteil seines künstlerischen Schaffens widmete er Johann Sebastian Bach. Heute wird der Kirchenmusiker und Dirigent Helmuth Rilling 85 Jahre alt.

FAZ

Ein Abschied mit Selbstironie

Eigentlich geht das doch ganz prima ohne Dirigenten. Gleich nach dem Einstimmen gibt ein Schlagzeuger der Berliner Philharmoniker den Takt vor mit seinen Stöcken, der Rest des Ensembles beginnt zu swingen, die Stimmung ist gut, Sir Simon Rattle bald nicht mehr weit.

Musik Heute

Ensemble Musikfabrik: Thomas Fichter wird Intendant

Das Ensemble Musikfabrik hat den Kulturmanager und früheren Musiker Thomas Fichter offiziell zu seinem neuen Intendanten berufen. Der 59-Jährige folgt auf Thomas Oesterdiekhoff, der das Ensemble 2017 verlassen hat.

France musique

Plácido Domingo et Juan Diego Florez en ouverture de la Coupe du monde de football

Les ténors Plácido Domingo et Juan Diego Florez se produiront en concert la veille de l’ouverture de la Coupe du monde de football, lors d’un concert organisé sur la place rouge de Moscou, le 13 juin 2018.

Limelight

Singers selected for Melbourne Opera’s Richard Divall Emerging Artists Program

Melbourne Opera has announced the six singers who will take part in the inaugural Richard Divall Emerging Artists Program in 2018.

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Peter Brathwaite (second from right) in Effigies of Wickedness © Helen Murray 2018

 

 

(Written on May 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Rattle will conduct classical concert in Trafalgar Square, September 11th inspired opera debuted in Australia, St Paul’s Cathedral announce American concert series, Santa Rosa Symphony chooses its next Music Director: Francesco Lecce-Chong, Daniel Barenboim to bring the Staatskapelle Berlin to Sydney, and Staatsoper Hamburg announced program for upcoming season.

Classical Music

New leadership for Church Stretton Arts Festival

Alan Stockbridge has been newly elected as chairman of Shropshire Hills-based Church Stretton Arts Festival.

St Paul’s Cathedral announces American concert series

St Paul’s Cathedral has announced a concert series, ‘New Worlds’ celebrating American composers, musicians and works to mark the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel at St Paul’s.

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle plans classical concert Trafalgar Square

Britain’s most acclaimed conductor will turn Trafalgar Square into London’s “biggest concert hall” this summer.

The Guardian

The remarkable story of terrorism and trauma that inspired a new opera

Young girls who presented to hospital literally choking from the horror of September 11 have been given voice in a startling Australian production

Music Week

‘I’m optimistic about our future within streaming’: Rebecca Allen looks ahead to a Classic BRITs boost

Decca president Rebecca Allen has spoken to Music Week about how the revived Classic BRIT Awards can boost non-pop on streaming platforms and help push “younger talent”.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Santa Rosa Symphony Chooses Its Next Music Director

The Santa Rosa Symphony announced today that they had selected Francesco Lecce-Chong as the orchestra’s next music director.

Limelight

Daniel Barenboim to bring the Staatskapelle Berlin to Sydney

As revealed in the Berlin State Opera’s 2018/19 season announcement on March 15, Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, will undertake a concert tour later this year, with Sydney one of the destinations.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Frisch gestrichen

Drei internationale Spitzenensembles laden am 21. und 22. April zum “Ickinger Frühling” ein. Die Gäste dürfen in Klassikern schwelgen und Neues entdecken. Die vier ältesten Gäste, die heuer zum “Ickinger Frühling” anreisen, sind zusammen fast 1200 Jahre alt.

Welt

Oper für Im- und Export

Internationale Künstler und Gastspiele in aller Welt prägen in der kommenden Saison das Selbstverständnis der Staatsoper. […] Opernintendant Georges Delnon und Ballettintendant John Neumeier stellten am Dienstag das Programm für die kommende Saison vor. Generalmusikdirektor Kent Nagano hatte das Programm des Philharmonischen Staatsorchesters bereits vorab präsentiert (WELT berichtete), da er derzeit in Chicago wirkt.

Deutschlandfunk

Keine Hinweise für sexuelle Belästigung

Die Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden sieht keine Belege für eine sexuelle Belästigung im Ballett. Einem Tänzer, der den Vorwurf erhoben hatte, wurde gekündigt, teilte die Semperoper mit.

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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peter for The Times

(Written on March 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world’s leading bel canto stars, touches on the subject of race in America, the BSO Brass Ensemble to perform at Milton Abbey, Berlin Phil launches amateur orchestra competition, Israeli musician Myrna Herzog’s viola da gamba which was built in London in 1685 by Father Edward Lewis, is destroyed after travelling in the hold of an Alitalia flight, magazine “Melody & Rhythm” to cease operation this year, European Heritage Year 2018 opens in Hamburg, 5 reasons why you should make musical practice your resolution of 2018, Tyrolean Festival Erl sees a spike in visitors this year.

The Guardian

Black voices matter: Lawrence Brownlee on driving change in opera

The US-born tenor has gone from singing in church to the International Opera awards. Now he’s tackling something personal: the issue of race in America.

Dorset Echo

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble to play Milton Abbey

The quintet will play in the stunning setting of Milton Abbey at Milton Abbas on January 20.

Evening News

Pianist Joanna MacGregor launches Norwich Assembly House recital series

The globe-trotting renowned pianist returns to Norwich in the first of new series of lunchtime classical music concerts.

Classical Music

Berlin Phil launches amateur orchestra competition

The project will offer amateur musicians the chance to play under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie.

The Strad

Viola da gamba travelling in the hold for Alitalia flight destroyed by baggage handlers

Instrument belonging to early music specialist Myrna Herzog could be beyond effective repair.

nmz

Erneutes Ende für Musikzeitschrift «Melodie & Rhythmus»

Die nächste Ausgabe des zuletzt vierteljährlich erschienenen «Magazins für Gegenkultur» könne nicht mehr erscheinen, teilte der Verlag 8. Mai GmbH in Berlin mit.

Europäisches Kulturerbejahr 2018 wird in Hamburg eröffnet

Mit einem Festakt im Hamburger Rathaus wird am Montag (16.00 Uhr) das Europäische Kulturerbejahr 2018 in Deutschland eröffnet.

pizzicato

Tiroler Festspielwinter mit gestiegenen Besucherzahlen

Die Tiroler Festspiele Erl beendeten am gestrigen 7. Januar ihren 6. Festspielwinter und melden erneut eine Steigerung der Besucherzahlen gegenüber dem Vorjahr.

france musique

Pourquoi vous mettre à la musique devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année

Vous rêvez de vous lancer dans la pratique d’un instrument ou du chant, mais hésitez à franchir le pas ? Voici cinq arguments – science à l’appui – pour vous convaincre que la pratique musicale devrait être LA bonne résolution de l’année !

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(Written on January 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Rattle has made his debut as Music Director in London, how musicians have tackled the refugee crisis, and Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS. Christoph Spering receives “Echo” Award, music journalist Eleonore Büning receives Pro Musica Viva-Prize, and finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” have been announced.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle describes first concert leading London Symphony Orchestra as like ‘a homecoming’

The celebrated conductor made his debut as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra

The Guardian

‘It was impossible to write about anything else’: how musicians have – finally – tackled the refugee crisis

In the 80s, musicians simply released charity singles in response to humanitarian crises. But today’s artists have been relatively quiet about the plight of those in the Mediterranean – until now. From Coldplay to Benjamin Clementine, why has it taken them so long to find their voices?

Music Week

‘It’s a brilliant project’: Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS joint venture

PPL CEO Peter Leathem has described the company’s joint venture with PRS For Music as “a joint front office that will act as a one-stop shop for bars, nightclubs, offices, and public spaces that need PPL and PRS licences”.

Billboard

Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music’s Revenue, Cache With Young Fans

Diehard Bruce Springsteen fan Brandon Shaw used to rock out to The Boss almost exclusively — until the 27-year-old started streaming Spotify playlists such as Brain Food and Deep Focus in his office about a year ago.

Vulture

A Classical Music Festival Just Had Its Very Own Fyre Festival-Like Implosion in Rhode Island

Remember that time influencers and unassuming, rich music fans descended upon the Bahamas expecting a luxury festival only to be met with the “mass chaos” of Fyre Festival?

Limelight

Vienna State Opera offers six languages in new seat-back system

The company’s new system caters to patrons from around the world, but how long before we see something similar in Australia?

Kulturradio

Kölner Kantor erhält “Echo” für Einspielung von Lutherkantaten

Christoph Spering wird für seine herausragende Einspielung der vier CDs mit dem Titel “Bach – Lutherkantaten” durch “Das neue Orchester” und den Chorus Musicus Köln geehrt.

Klassik.com

Musikjournalistin Eleonore Büning erhält Pro Musica Viva-Preis 2017

Die Musikjournalistin und -kritikerin Eleonore Büning erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Pro Musica Viva-Stiftung.

Musik Heute

Festspiele MV erwarten Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern steuern auf einen Besucherrekord zu. Die 131 Konzerte der vergangenen drei Monate zogen über 82.000 Menschen an, teilten die Veranstalter am Freitag mit.

France Musique

La liste des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon dévoilée

Les noms des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon ont été dévoilés. Un Français, un Anglais et un Russe s’affronteront dans cette dernière ligne droite.

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This year’s finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” ©Yves Petit

 

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(Written on September 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: More worrying news about bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health, the trials of travelling musicians, and Classic FM’s birthday celebrations! The Berlin Philharmonic to start last season with Rattle, Serebrennikow under house arrest, and Rheingau Music Prize for Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

Psappha reveals 2017/18 season

Highlights include a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery through music and art, a collaboration with guitarist Mike Walker, a performance of Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître under Jamie Phillips, and a concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Strad

Trials of travelling musicians: violin not accepted as hand luggage on ferry

Scilly Steamship Company insists violin goes in the hold – yet maintains policy allowing two dogs per adult.

Pizzicato

More worrying news about Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health

The bass-baritone has been fighting a brain tumour since 2015. He has cancelled a number of upcoming opera performances, yet two recitals are announced for September, in Bucharest and Moscow.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebrations from Dumfries House

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Classic FM will be celebrating with the Royal Family on Wednesday 6th September – the day before our birthday.

Pizzicato

Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice.

Limelight

Hotel chain plans John Cage birthday marathon

Ace Hotels will be presenting a full day of the composer’s music in lobbies and public areas on September 5.

NMZ

Berliner Philharmoniker starten in letzte Rattle-Saison

Mit Haydns „Schöpfung“ starten die Berliner Philharmoniker in die letzte Spielzeit unter ihrem langjährigen Chefdirigenten Sir Simon Rattle.

Pizzicato

Serebrennikov unter Hausarrest, Stuttgart produziert ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ mit seinem Team

Trotz heftiger Proteste in Russland und im Ausland hat die russische Justiz hat den am Dienstag wegen Betrugsvorwürfen festgenommenen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikov gestern unter Hausarrest gestellt.

Klassik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 für Enoch zu Guttenberg und seinen Chor

Morgen werden Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern zu Beginn ihres Konzertes in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet.

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Very exciting news, announced today, about ‘s 25th birthday celebrations:

John Cage (1912-1992) ©Limelight

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(Written on August 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

nmz

Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

klassik.com

Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

klassik heute

Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

klassik.com @klassikcom Mutmaßliches Portrait von Frederic  entdeckt 

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(Written on January 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, London concert hall project’s loss of funding disappoints conductors, Welsh National Opera is to perform in Dubai, and ICMP announces new songwriting degree. Also, Berlin Philharmonic are on their last US Tour with Sir Simon Rattle.

The Guardian

London concert hall project’s loss of funding disappoints conductors

Leading figures in classical music have expressed disappointment at the government’s decision to withdraw public money from proposals for a new concert hall in London.

Opera Now

Welsh National Opera to perform in Dubai

Welsh National Opera (WNO) will perform Madam Butterfly and La bohème as part of Dubai Opera’s inaugural season. The performances, which will take place in March 2017, will be part of a year of creative collaboration led by the British Council.

Music teacher

ICMP announces new songwriting degree

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced a new MA course in songwriting.The programme was designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus on both practical and analytical songwriting.

ITV.com

These brilliant jazz musicians visited a care home to entertain the residents

A series of concerts are to be held in care homes across Wales – to encourage local residents to go in and visit.

Digital Trends

Vinyl’s revived. Streaming thrives. But can musicians survive?

Popular music has always been evolving, but over the past decade, the way it’s listened to hasn’t just evolved, it has undergone an upheaval.

Broadwayworld

Claire Brazeau Named Principal Oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau principal oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives.

Klassik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker starten letzte Nordamerika-Tournee mit Sir Simon Rattle

Die Berliner Philharmoniker traten gestern ihre letzte gemeinsame Nordamerika-Tournee vom 7. bis 25. November mit Sir Simon Rattle als ihrem Chefdirigenten an. In elf Konzerten in den USA und Kanada spielen sie Werke von Webern, Schönberg, Berg, Brahms, Mahler und Pierre Boulez.

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Deutsche Theaterpreise für Neuenfels, Selge und Castorf

Der Regisseur, Schriftsteller und Filmemacher Hans Neuenfels hat den Deutschen Theaterpreis «Der Faust» für sein Lebenswerk erhalten. Neuenfels gehöre zu den großen und prägenden Künstlern des deutschen Theaters, teilten die Stifter mit.

Klassik.com

Neubau der Linzer Bruckneruniversität mit Architekturpreis ausgezeichnet

Der Neubau der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz ist mit dem Bauherrenpreis der Architekten-Zentralvereinigung Österreichs ausgezeichnet worden. Die Jury honoriert mit dem Preis die Bereitschaft trotz eines engen Budgets bautechnische und gestalterische Risiken und Experimente einzugehen.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Anne Luisa Kramb beim Louis Spohr Violinwettbewerb ausgezeichnet

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Photo Credit: Opera Now.

Photo Credit: Opera Now.

(Written on November 8, 2016 )