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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.

 

Gramophone

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.

Gramophone

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 cdbaby.com.

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LA Times

 

 

 

(Written on February 5, 2013 )

Gramophone

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.

Rhinegold

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.

Gramophone

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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n651k.

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 (‪http://songinthecity.eventbrite.co.uk/ ).

Image credit Malcolm Crowthers

(Written on October 5, 2012 )

Telegraph

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.

Gramophone

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 )

The Independent

An inventive addition to the Proms: Wallace promises a grand day out

Multi-talented Wallace is turning his hand to composing, with a new commission for this year’s Proms.

The Guardian

Proms 2012 celebrates best of Britain – youth, royalty, and Wallace & Gromit

Festival’s 118th season also features Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Beethoven cycle and marks Delius, Debussy and John Cage anniversaries.

The Times

São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra debuts at the Proms

São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra amazes audience with their new maestro, the American conductor Marin Alsop.

Commentary: Richard Morrison’s view of the Proms 2012

With an emphasis on youth and visits from three of Europe’s greatest orchestras, the Proms should more than hold its own against the Olympics.

Classical Music Magazine

New Sam letter is conciliatory after ‘divisive and unhelpful’ furore

A further open letter has been sent in the ongoing public debate over the current and future work of contemporary music organisation Sound and Music (SAM).

Norman Lebrecht

Wow! My Fair Lady at the BBC Proms

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, this summer promises to be unlike any other, and as such the Proms is delighted to be part of the London 2012 Festival.

The political maestro they just can’t fire

We’ve been receiving further messages of discontent from South Korea about the conductor Shinik Hahm, who is now taking legal action against seven players in the KBS Symphony Orchestra for supposedly blackening his character.

Eminent cellist ends his playing career

Heinrich Schiff has pulled out of a festival in Southwest Germany, saying he no longer wants to play cello.

 

(Written on April 20, 2012 )

Gramophone

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir Take Three

‘Water Night’ for more than 3000 voices to launch tonight.

Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition Winners Announced

£1000 to a young quartet from Romania.

Financial Times

Bell époque

From Björk to the Olympics, bells are playing an increasingly strong role in the music of our time.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

STOP PRESS! Critics To Undergo Formal Auditions As Musicians

After many discussions in the past year about what makes a good music critic, change is afoot.

Guardian

Why Sound And Music Is Failing Today’s Composers

The umbrella organisation set up four years ago to promote new music has been failing the composers and musicians it’s supposed to support, argues Colin Matthews

Noah Stewart Becomes First Black Musician To Top Classical Album Chart

Singer from Harlem, New York, goes straight to top of UK chart with his debut album

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/01/noah-stewart-black-musican-classical

 

 

(Written on April 3, 2012 )