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In our news today, Italy proposes to save the European Youth Orchestra, Montreal International Music Competition 2016 names six violin finalists & Michael Berkeley, Kuljit Bhamra and Judith Weir have been announced as honorary patrons of Sound and Music. Also, Argerich’s Lugano festival faces closure due to a lack of sponsorship & metro users in India are to be serenaded on their way to work by classical music.

Italy has saved EU youth orchestra, says minister

Europe’s youth orchestra has been saved by a proposal from Italy.

The Strad

Montreal International Music Competition 2016 names six violin finalists

The finals of the 2016 Montreal International Music Competition – this year dedicated to the violin – are currently under way, featuring six shortlisted violinists competing for over $86,000 in prizes – including a top prize of $30,000 and concert engagements.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music announces new patrons

Michael Berkeley, Kuljit Bhamra and Judith Weir have been announced as honorary patrons of Sound and Music.

Argerich’s Lugano festival facing closure

The ‘Progetto Martha Argerich’ is at risk of closing due to a lack of sponsorship. Swiss bank BSI – the festival’s main sponsor since its inception – will no longer be funding the event and no other sponsor can be found, according to Ticino News.

International Arts Manager

Metro users soothed by classical music

Metro users in Bengaluru [Bangalore], India, are to be serenaded on their way to work by classical music. Speakers in all stations on the metro network will play Carnatic-style music – a type of Indian classical music associated with the southern part of the country – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It follows a successful trial that proved popular with passengers.


Sydney Opera House a cascade of colour for VIVID Light Festival

A light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House opened the VIVID Festival, a festival which celebrated light, music and new ideas. This light show, called Lighting the Sails was inspired by the ancient songlines of Indigenous Australia.

Daily Mail

‘That didn’t just happen’: Simon Cowell joins America’s Got Talent and gives high praise to teenage opera singer Laura Bretan

A 13-year-old opera singer stole the judges’ heart on Tuesday during the season premiere of America’s Got Talent. Laura Bretan from Chicago received a standing ovation and a ticket straight to the live shows after a spine-tingling rendition of Nessun Dorma.


Neues Opernprojekt mit Flüchtlingen

Nach zwei erfolgreichen Opernproduktionen mit Flüchtlingen  – ‘Cosi fan tutte’ und ‘Zaide’ – haben Cornelia Lanz und der Verein ‘Zuflucht Kultur’ ein weiteres Projekt initiiert.

Dirigent Manfred Honeck wird Ehrenprofessor

Der österreichische Dirigent Manfred Honeck ist zum Ehrenprofessor ernannt worden.

24-Stunden-Webradio mit französischer Romantik gestartet

Um dem französischen Musikerbe des 19. Jahrhunderts weitere Verbreitung zu verschaffen, startete jetzt das Bru Zane Classical Radio.


Pizzicato Magazine @PizzicatoMag EU-Kommission will Rettung des EUYO einleiten via

Top Classical News @topcmnews Seniors silence the music in their favourite store

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall Watch tonight’s Concert of Johann Christoph and Johann Sebastian Bach, streamed live with at 7.30pm

wildkat-pr-montreal-music-compPhotograph: The Strad

(Written on June 1, 2016 )

Classical News

The Times

LSO needs a new hall to lure Rattle

The London Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious conductor’s podium looks set to welcome a homecoming star in Sir Simon Rattle, although he may have a condition — a new concert hall.

ENO battles another backstage civil war

Our chief cultural writer on what to make of chairman Martyn Rose’s resignation and the leaked letter accusing his colleagues of mishandling the budget

The Strad

Boris Goldstein Violin Competition names second-round candidates

Fourteen violinists have made it through to the second round of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern.

Classical Music Magazine

Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president.

BBC Music Magazine

Download the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

The original manuscript for JS Bach’s Six Cello Suites is lost, making it difficult to know exactly when they were written.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Botschaft der Geigen

Auf manchen von Amnon Weinsteins wurde in den Orchestern der Konzentrationslager gespielt.


Berufschoristen verärgert über Pariser Philharmonie

Weil die Pariser Philharmonie den Chor ihres residierenden ‘Orchestre de Paris’ als residierenden Chor auserwählt hat, protestieren die Pariser Berufschoristen, die sich in dem Kollektiv ‘Colère lyrique’ zusammen geschlossen haben, um ihrem Ärger besser Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Park schlägt zurück: Chung in Bedrängnis

Im Kampf zwischen dem Dirigenten Myung-Whun Chung und der am 29. Dezember zurückgetretenen Orchesterdirektorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Hyun-jung Park, war diese zwar offiziell unterlegen, aber sie hat mittlerweile ein Lauffeuer gegen den von ihr gehassten Chefdirigenten angefangen.

Lösung in Streit um Kopien an Musikschulen

VG Musikedition schließt Vertrag mit dem Verband deutscher Musikschulen

The New York Times

Met Opera Cancels Premiere; Broadway Shows Canceled

The snowstorm forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel one of the highlights of its season: Monday night’s planned premiere of a new production of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko, and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”


Springfield School ‏@SpfldUK : Are you a budding composer? @soundandmusic are offering a summer school opportunity from 2-8 August 2015 – 

The Mozart Project ‏@themozartproj : Born today in 1756, here’s Mozart birth certificate showing his extremely long full name. Happy 259th Wolfgang!!

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse :We’re now on sale for Spring Season! Let us know if you need any help ^E 

ENO News 27th Jan The English National Opera. Photo: Donald Cooper/Photostage


(Written on January 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Average composer fee is now ‘shockingly low’

A survey and report commissioned by Sound and Music has revealed that the average fee received by a composer for each commissioned composition is £1,392.

Coventry Telegraph

£74 eBay piano led Tile Hill girl to music degree at Oxbridge

Talented Coventry pupil Emily Lanigan almost gave up piano as her family couldn’t afford instrument – but bargain led her all the way to Oxford.

Vulture (via Arts Journal)

The Metropolitan Opera Has Solved Its Labor Crisis, But There Are Still Rumblings in Valhalla

The Met’s labor crisis is over; the spiritual crisis goes on.

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates 40 years as the nation’s flagship ensemble

Founded in 1975 by John Painter, the evolution of the ACO has been shaped by Richard Tognetti’s 25 years as lead violin and artistic director.

The Baltimore Sun

One-of-a-kind oboe belonging to BSO musician stolen

Orchestra’s principal oboist was vacationing in Montreal when her instrument went missing.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra makes ‘great strides’ financially, audit shows

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has begun to dig itself out of a financial hole, said a financial analyst who reviewed its 2013 audit.


Europa in einer Person (Porträt Philippe Jordan)

Philippe Jordan vereint in Paris nord- und südländische Klangtraditionen und macht dabei von sich reden.

Die Welt

In New York geht der Opernvorhang doch auf

Es wird keine Aussperrungen und ausgefallenen Vorstellungen an der Metropolitan Opera geben. Doch das Internet hatte den Arbeitskampf ordentlich befeuert und dem Intendanten Peter Gelb Druck gemacht.


GreatTweets2Go: ‏@Greattweets2go Classical music redefined for young people: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) The Grand Rapids Sympho…  #classicalmusic

Daily Nation: ‏@dailynation Kenya’s very own great classical musicians  #classicalmusic #Kenya

Chamber Music Tulsa: ‏@ChmbrMusicTulsa  Via @nprmusic: How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents  #classicalmusic

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(Written on August 21, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

Proms 2014: Tasmin Little is preparing for her 20th Proms – but busking is her real passion

The chart-topping violinist tells Jessica Duchen that her real passion is for performing for people who never set foot in a concert hall.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: first British solo violinist to reach top 20 of the UK albums chart in two decades

Nicola Benedetti’s latest album is the first release by a British solo violinist to reach the top 20 of the UK pop chart since 1995.

Classic FM

Germans use classical music to foil US spies

German politicians are using piano music to combat the threat of American eavesdropping during their meetings.

Slipped Disc

Video: Itzhak Perlman campaigns for universal polio vaccination 

‘Even two or three cases in a country, those cases can blow up unless everyone is immunised,’ pleads the great violinist.

Star Advertiser

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra extends contract with musicians

On the eve of announcing its third season, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra extended the current agreement with its musicians, allowing for “incremental” growth of the organization.

Überraschung? – “Rettungsversuch” für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Die Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg durch ein Stiftungsmodell ist vorerst gescheitert.

ARD-Klassikprojekt: “Das Dvorák-Experiment”

“Das Dvorák-Experiment” ist das erste gemeinsame Projekt zur Musikvermittlung, mit dem die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten Schüler in ganz Deutschland für klassische Musik begeistern wollen.

Zeit Online

Klassik ohne Radio

Die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten müssen sparen. Wo tun sie es zuerst? Bei der Kultur, klar. Oder ist das nur Einbildung, die alte Verschwörungstheorie? Auf Spurensuche zwischen dem Programmauftrag und der Massentauglichkeit eines geliebten Mediums im digitalen Zeitalter.

Le Monde

Aurélie Filippetti chahutée au « off » d’Avignon

A Avignon, mercredi 16 juillet, il y a davantage de journalistes que d’intermittents du spectacle qui attendent la ministre de la culture. Le collectif des salariés du festival in, la CGT spectacle et la Coordination des intermittents et précaires (CIP) refusent de rencontrer Aurélie Filippetti.


Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Great and to the point piece by @susannaeastburn re British Composer Awards – get nominating! …

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: @nezetseguin One week left…;-) Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 | … via @GramophoneMag

Berlin Philharmonic: @BerlinPhil Passion and precision: Karajan conducts the 1978 New Year’s Eve Concert. Last chance to watch for free now at …!


Tamsin Little, Independent

Tamsin Little, Independent



(Written on July 17, 2014 )

The Guardian

Sound and Music: A new era dawns

Sound and Music has gone back to basics. Is it time to call for an end to hostilities and get behind the new-model institution?


Epoch Times

Music and Life in Oneness: An Interview With Burt Bacharach

May marks an important month for Burt Bacharach, recipient of three Academy Awards and eight Grammys, and a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.



A new way to experience The Rite of Spring

Animated, graphical score helps makes sense of Stravinsky’s revolutionary work.


Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins booked to sing on luxury cruise ship

P&O Cruises have announced that Katherine Jenkins will be all at sea in October and November, as she performs on two luxury cruises on the ship Oriana.


Classical Music Magazine

Leipzig Wagner Festival: composer’s birthplace puts on a grand show

The city of Leipzig and city of Wagner’s birth, is making a sterling attempt to compete in the year of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.


Classical Music Magazine

NCEM 2013 composers award goes to Joseph Howard, 20, and Lilly Vandaneuax, 11

The National Centre for Early Music’s 2013 composers award has been won by Lilly Vadaneaux (aged 11) in the 18 years and under category ‒ the youngest entry and youngest winner of the competition to date ‒ and Joseph Howard (20) in the 19-25 years category.


National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) Composers Award 2013

Classical Music Magazine

(Written on May 1, 2013 )

LA Times

Philip Glass’ Walt Disney opera to be broadcast live online

Can’t get to Madrid for the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Walt Disney Opera? “The Perfect American,” a fictionalized account of Disney’s final days, will be broadcast live online on Wednesday, with the video available for free up to three months after.

New York Times – Arts Beat

A $100,000 Prize for Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma, the popular and successful cellist who has already received several major cash awards, has won another: the $100,000 Vilcek Prize, given by the Vilcek Foundation.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music relaunches two awards for composers

Sound and Music has relaunched two initiatives for the promotion and support of composers: the George Butterworth Prize of £1,500, and the Francis Chagrin Awards which will provide composers with financial support to help meet costs associated with composing and disseminating new work.

NPR Deceptive Cadence

Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

Yesterday, pianist Sara Davis Buechner published on the New York Timeswebsite a brave and moving account of her experiences as a transgendered person.


Forgotten Carlo Gesualdo work performed and recorded for the first time in 400 years

Hear an excerpt of Sacrae Cantiones Liber secundus performed by Vocalconsort Berlin under James Wood (Harmonia Mundi) on the Gramophone Player!

Classic FM

Harrods closes piano department after 118 years

Legendary department store Harrods is set to close its piano sales department, due to a decline in sales.

Music Week

TuneCore reports $102m artist payouts in 2012

Digital distributor TuneCore has reported a record $101.8 million pay-out to artists in 2012.

Music Industry News Network

CD Baby Lowers Digital Sales Commission From 25% To 9% — The Lowest Rate Of Any Digital Music Retailer

CD Baby, the world’s largest online distributor of independent music, has announced that it will be lowering its cut of MP3 download sales on

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LA Times




(Written on February 5, 2013 )


Sound and Music launches public consultation

New music body asks composers, arts organisations, educators and audience members to help shape its renewed vision

Classic FM

Placido Domingo to be named UNESCO ambassador

The world famous tenor is to be appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on 21 November.

Evening Standard

Trainee teacher who stole £500,000 violin jailed

A trainee teacher who stole a rare 18th-century violin worth £500,000 has been jailed for eight months.

The Guardian

Opera for babies

Norwegian composer and performer Maja Ratkje has worked with classical groups and metal bands. But it is her opera for babies that has brought her international fame

The Telegraph

World’s Fastest Superhuman title awarded to speed violinist Ben Lee

Violinist Ben Lee, who can play Flight of the Bumblebee at an average of 15 notes per second, is declared the quickest human on the planet.

Slipped Disc

One of Europe’s biggest music libraries is about to be demolished

As part of the Dutch government’s plans to dismantle the Broadcast Music Centre in Haarlem – plans that also involve the abolition of an orchestra and chorus – one of the biggest sheet music libraries in western Europe is going to disappear.

Opera Now

Jubilee Opera presents new Lord Nelson show this weekend

Hip Hop Horatio is a new music theatre work by Michael Hurd, staged by Jubilee Opera this weekend

Limelight Magazine

Crossover queens, opera imposters: “keep off our turf!”

Let this be a warning to pop singers who want to dabble in opera, but haven’t done the hard yards.

The Guardian

(Written on November 16, 2012 )

The Independent

Jessica Duchen: How I put the tale of music in a Nazi camp on the stage

The Independent’s writer on her play about the Messiaen Quartet

Opera cancelled after baritone Robert Poulton killed in car crash

Robert Poulton, a baritone with Glyndebourne opera, was tragically killed in a car accident in Sussex late last night.

Classic FM

Ghetto Classics bring music to Kenyan slum

Classical music is being played in the Nairobi slum town of Korigocho by a new youth orchestra called Ghetto Classics.

RPO double bassist wins Salomon Prize

Retired co-principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra double bass section, Roy Benson, was awarded a trophy and £1000 in recognition of his contribution to UK musical life.

Conductor’s scores and studio damaged by storm Sandy

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop’s studio has been damaged by a falling tree as a result of storm Sandy.


Sound and Music seeks views of composers in consultation

Contemporary music organisation Sound and Music has launched a public consultation and is seeking ‘the input of composers and creative artists’ to inform what will be ‘a renewed vision’.

Davey: ‘We’ll do less and we’ll do it differently – but we’ll do it well’

Arts Council England’s new stripped-down structure, in which 117.5 posts – 21% – have been lost, will mean the organisation will ‘do less and we’ll do it differently – but we’ll do it well’, according to chief executive Alan Davey.


Pianist Igor Levit signs to Sony Classical

First album of Beethoven solo works due for release in 2013

Classic FM

(Written on November 1, 2012 )

Next Tuesday, Raymond Yiu will be featuring on BBC Radio 4’s ‘One to One’ show, sharing his story with Kate Silverton, and discussing the fear of failure and his route into composition. Born in Hong Kong, Raymond began learning the piano at the age of four, and moved to England at just seventeen.

His works have been shortlisted for many awards, and was nominated in three consecutive years by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM). His piece Beyond the Glass, performed and recorded for broadcast by the BBC Singers, was shortlisted for the BASCA British Composer Awards 2004. Raymond was also winner of the chamber category of the British Composers Awards in 2010.

Speaking of his work he states: ‘For me, composing is like exploration. Curiosity and the love of challenge are the two main driving forces’. Raymond also speaks through his music, searching for new and exciting things to say, both honestly and on a personal level, using influences from his Chinese heritage and culture in his compositions.

One to One will be aired on BBC Radio 4 at 9.30am on Tuesday 9th October

On the same evening, three new pieces by Raymond will be premiered at Christ Church Spitalfields as part of the Song in the City series (‪ ).

Image credit Malcolm Crowthers

(Written on October 5, 2012 )


Composer threatens to withdraw tax after latest opera rejected

Michael Nyman, who has worked as a film composer for 30 years, complained he had proposed to stage a work in Covent Garden but had been rejected.

Classical Music Magazine

RPS Awards announced, with Abbado and Pollini winning

Two Italians in London, Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini have won major awards at the Royal Philharmonic Society awards held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 8th May.

Sound and Music appoints new chief executive

Susanna Eastburn, currently music director at Arts Council England, is to be the new chief executive of Sound and Music.

LA Times

L.A. Philharmonic extends jazz contract with Herbie Hancock 

The L.A. jazz scene will continue to be led by a legend as the L.A. Philharmonic announced a one-year extension to Herbie Hancock’s contract as the Creative Chair for Jazz.

The New York Times

Don’t sing with your mouth full

Opera, of all the art forms, is singularly associated with food, whether because of the appetites of well-girthed singers or the sensual pleasures celebrated in its rich ragout of music, emotion and stagecraft.

Financial Times

Peak performances

Conductor Stephen Barlow talks about his musical career and his new challenge of putting the Buxton Festival on the map.


Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Simon named 2012 Polar Music Price laureates

This year’s Polar Music Prize has been awarded to cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Each laureate receives one million Swedish krona and will be presented with his prize by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Evening Standard

Get with the Proms programme 

Bookings opens on Saturday for the classical music extravaganza of the year – from Barenboim on the podium to a stage full of 600 singers.

The Guardian

Riccardo Muti to conduct Vatican concert in front of Pope Benedikt XVI

Italian maestro will lead Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera orchestra in playing Vivaldi and Verdi to mark pope’s seventh anniversary.

(Written on May 9, 2012 )