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in todays news: A piece on racial diversity in classical music, Dame Evelyn Glennies residency comes to an end, music royalties go up and Lyric 360 is relaunched. An orchestra playing on broken instruments, how music can shape your dreams and your concentration, Cecilia Bartoli to sing in the Sistine Chapel, all of Brahms works compiled, Joyce DiDonato wins the Händel Prize and how music classes are affecting prisoners in Germany.

The Telegraph

Lawrence Brownlee on race Rossini and ‘injustice’ in Trump’s America

Scroll back half a century and opera was being magnificently swelled by a flood of African American singers. That tide has sadly ebbed now.

Classical Music

Dame Evelyn Glennie concludes King’s Cross residency

Dame Evelyn Glennie will present the product of her 12-month residency at London’s King’s Cross on 22 December.

Teaching Drama

Lyric 360 launched

London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Digital Theatre+ have launched Lyric 360, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Lyric’s The Seagull.

The Strad

Texas cello pedagogue Phyllis Young has died

Cellist was on the Butler School of Music faculty for over 50 years and director of the UT String Project for 35 years.


CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion, even with Youtube and others ‘driving down the value of our works’

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organisations in 123 countries, reports that music revenue grew to 8.006 billion euros ($8.435 billion) from 7.497 million euros ($7.9 billion), an increase of 6.8 percent.

Popular Science

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of tasks

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.

The Inquirer

A desperate cry for help.’ 400 busted Philly school instruments revived for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Su Spina normally plays kettledrums. But when she went to pick up the instrument she’d be playing in the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra — a new composition for 400 amateur and professional musicians all playing broken instruments from the Philadelphia public schools — her options were limited.


Cecilia Bartoli is the first woman to sing at the Sistine Chapel

Tomorrow, Friday 17, Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli will sing ‘Beata Viscere’ by the medieval French composer Perotin with the choir of the Sistine Chapel.


Vom Einfall bis zum Beifall

In liebevoller Detailarbeit entsteht im hohen Norden Deutschlands eine Ausgabe sämtlicher musikalischer Werke von Johannes Brahms.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wie Inhaftierte über die Musik neuen Lebensmut fassen

Das Projekt “Musik hinter Gittern” wird in 17 deutschen Gefängnissen angeboten. Es dient nicht nur als Freizeitangebot, sondern ist auch ein Resozialisationsprogramm.

BR Klassik

Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den Händel-Preis 2018 der Stadt Halle. Damit sollen “ihre herausragenden Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik” gewürdigt werden, erklärte die Stiftung Händelhaus am Mittwoch.


Die aktuelle Bestenliste ist da

Der PdSK (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik e.V.) hat die vierte Vierteljahresliste 2017 veröffentlicht. 157 Juroren sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im letzten Quartal, sie nominierten 258 Titel in 32 Kategorien für die Longlist und evaluierten daraus die Siegertitel.

Le Figaro

Comment la musique influence nos rêves et notre sommeil

À l’occasion d’un grand concert donné à la Philharmonie de Paris dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche devant un public venu avec oreillers et couettes, Le Figaro a interrogé Sophie Schwartz, une spécialiste des neurosciences.


#Today in 1895 Birth of #composer and conductor Paul #Hindemith #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Dame Evelyn Glennie (c) Bärbel Recktenwald

(Written on November 16, 2017 )

In today’s news, Carnegie Hall welcomes youngest ever concert series curator, new survey highlights public concern on secondary ticketing sites, UK music venues are still not being inclusive enough for less able performers, audience members and staff. Making music in urban spaces, and musicians envisage a borderless world post-Brexit.

The Guardian

UK music venues still exclude disabled performers, audience members and staff

Why are so many disabled staff, performers and guests having to fight for access to music venues? The sector and the government needs to do more.

Music Week

New survey ‘highlights public concern on secondary ticketing’

A new consumer survey has found that 80% of the British public consider secondary ticketing to be a “rip-off”.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

“Being the first woman to sing with the choir, and to record in the Sistine Chapel, is an immense privilege, I am at a loss for words. I am in seventh heaven, may I say that?” said Cecilia.


Car park concerts, balcony bands and subway singing 

Thea Sands charts the social implications of music making in urban spaces.

Broadway World

Daniil Trifonov to Offer Seven-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

At 26 years of age, Mr. Trifonov is the youngest artist ever to curate a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Je spektakulärer der Bau, desto höher die Aufmerksamkeit

Allein um die beste Kunst geht es beim Konzertsaalbau nicht. Oft zählen nur Aussehen und Aufmerksamkeit. Dieser Wettlauf wird weitergehen.

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus München Keine kulturelle Sensation

Das also soll der lang ersehnte neue Münchner Konzertsaal werden: Eine von dem aus Vorarlberg stammenden Büro Cukrowicz Nachbaur entworfene, im Grundriss nach Vorgabe des Grundstücks streng rechteckige, steil, glatt und weich geschwungen ansteigende Glashaube, unter der die drei Säle, die Foyers und Probenräume, Restaurants und Tiefgaragen aufgestapelt sind.


Eröffnung eines Gamelan-Ausbildungszentrums in der Schweiz

Zehn Jahre nach der Gründung einer aus jungen Studenten bestehenden Gruppe von javanesischen Gamelan-Musikern, wird die von Nicole Coppey gegründete und geleitete Pädagogische Schule für Musikalische Kunst ‘Un, Deux, Trois, Musiques …’ in Sion im November dieses Jahres ein Ausbildungs- und Leistungszentrum für Gamelan eröffnen.

Musicians against Brexit

With viola player Timothy Ridout and cellist Jacob Shaw, two excellent British musicians proudly took part in Alpenarte’s European Journey, representing their country in this exciting international ride through a border-less music world.

Le Figaro

Dans les pas de Stravinsky à l’Opéra Garnier

Soirée Royale. Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris interprète Agon et Le sacre du Printemps, tandis que Teshigawara signe une création sur une partition de Salonen.


@StevenIsserlis: When as a boy I refused to practice, my parents used to insist, adding: “Some day you’ll thank us.’ And the annoying thing is – I do!

@STNMC1 This from @PrivateEyeNews, doesn’t look good for Diocese of London: ‘Staggering vacuity’

© Burkhard Bartsch (c): Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

(Written on October 30, 2017 )

Farinelli is perhaps the most well known castrato singer and the new West- End production of Farinelli and the King brings his story back to life for the stage.

Between the 17th and early 20th centuries, many castrati became famous. Indeed, they were the darlings of the opera house; they played prestigious male and female lead roles, and classical composers wrote music specifically for castrati voices.

It is believed the practice was started around 1500, and the number of castrati declined during the 19th century.

Women were banned from the Vatican choir and much church music was written for high voices, therefore castrati were often employed. The unique voice of a castrato combined the pure sound of a boy soprano with the lung capacity of an adult male.

Castrati occupied a middle-ground between male and female, biologically they were male but psychologically and socially they weren’t considered to be men. They were forbidden from marrying, becoming priests or holding political posts.

Alessandro Moreschi was the Church’s last castrato singer, he died in 1922.

Here Alessandro Moreschi sings “Preghiera” by Francesco Paolo Tosti, recorded in the Sistine Chapel in 1902.

(Written on October 19, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news soloists from the BBC Proms discuss how they cope with performance stress and The Vatican has permitted the first ever recording in the Sistine Chapel. Also, Jonathan Nott has extended his tenure with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and violinist Hilary Hahn announces the birth of her baby girl.


It’ll be alright on the night: how musicians cope with performance stress

Soloists at the Proms perform in front of a live audience of 6,000 people, and thousands more on radio, TV and online. How do musicians deal with nerves when playing to large audiences in public?

The Times

Chineke! Changing the face of classical music

When the Chineke! Orchestra plays its first concert, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday, history will be made.

Classical Music Magazine

DG makes first recording in the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican has permitted the first ever recording in the Sistine Chapel.

Classical Source

Jonathan Nott extends tenure as Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra through 2025/26 Season

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, (Hideo Sawada, Chairman) has announced that Jonathan Nott, who has served as Music Director since 2014, will be extending his tenure to March 2026.

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces birth of baby girl

The star performer shared the happy news via her Facebook page

Die Welt

Besser kann ein Sachbuch gar nicht sein

Die “Winterreise” als Wunderkammer: Der Tenor Ian Bostridge hat ein unfassbar kluges Buch über Franz Schuberts Liederzyklus geschrieben. Er erklärt viel und nimmt der Musik nichts von ihrem Geheimnis.

Neue Musikzeitung

Mehr Geld für Berliner Kultur? – Opposition: falsche Schwerpunkte

Für die einen ist es eine „Sensation“, für die anderen „Krimskrams“: Der Berliner Kulturhaushalt soll deutlich steigen – im kommenden Jahr um 32,2 Millionen auf 504,5 Millionen Euro, 2017 auf 521,6 Millionen Euro, also dann gut zehn Prozent mehr als bisher.

Musik heute

Neubrandenburger Philharmonie: Neuer Chefdirigent will Orchester unverzichtbar machen

Neubrandenburg – Der neue Generalmusikdirektor der Neubrandenburger Philharmonie Sebastian Tewinkel will dafür sorgen, dass das Musikerensemble in der Größe erhalten bleibt. “Ich will mit Konzerten erreichen, dass ein Bewusstsein entsteht, dass das Orchester in der Form unverzichtbar wird”, sagte Tewinkel am Dienstag in Neubrandenburg.

France Musique

L’Opéra de Vienne se passera de directeur musical

Un an après la démission de Franz Welser-Möst de son poste de directeur musical de l’Opéra de Vienne, Dominique Meyer, le directeur de la maison lyrique, a annoncé qu’il ne cherchait personne pour le remplacer.


Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire.


Fran Wilson: Fabulous solo violin concert with . Wonderful to hear specially commissioned new works by Piers Hellawell & Sally Beamish

DCMS: We will launch a new, far-reaching cultural strategy, the first in 50 yrs. We want your views & ideas on

Classic FM: We say congratulations to Her Majesty. Today, every piece every of music we play is by UK & Commonwealth composers!

Cappella_Sistina_2015_06_09934-Copy-1024x682Photo: Burkhard Bartsch © Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

(Written on September 9, 2015 )