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In our news today, after their artistic director resigned things are getting out of hand at Romanian national opera, stars lined up for the Jazz FM Awards celebrated in London last night and Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify.

The Guardian

Romanian opera row intensifies as culture minister resigns

There is chaos at the Romanian national opera: a row that began when the ballet company’s Danish artistic director resigned has led to shows being cancelled, dancers refusing to perform, local artists protesting over pay for foreign stars and has even claimed a ministerial scalp.

Music Week

Stars line up for Jazz FM Awards

The highest achievers from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond have been honoured at the third annual Jazz FM Awards, which took place last night at a star-studded ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

Apple Music UK subscriptions growth outpacing Spotify 

This morning, Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify, which says it has more than 30 million.

Classical Music Magazine

#LoveOpera weekend to celebrate the art form

#LoveOpera weekend (6-8 May) will celebrate the range and quantity of live opera and music theatre around the UK.

The Strad

12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition names prize winners

Duo Urba has won first prize at the 12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, this year dedicated to cello and piano. German cellist Marius Urba and Russian pianist Vita Kan receive €8,000 and concert opportunities in France and abroad.

The New York Times

Saluting Robert Shaw, a conductor of humanist spirituality

“I am not sure I ever have ‘heard’ Brahms’s ‘Requiem’ — strictly as a member of an audience,” the incomparable California-born choral conductor Robert Shaw wrote in 1997.

Pizzicato

Perlman and Argerich together for a new recording

In Paris, Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich just have recorded a new album, to be released late 2016 on Warner Classics.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

EU-Kommission kommt türkischen Zensurforderungen nicht nach

Der Beschreibungstext des Konzertprojektes „Aghet“ der Dresdner Sinfoniker ist trotz türkischer Proteste wieder unzensiert auf der Webseite der EU-Kommission zu lesen – allerdings mit einem Zusatz.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wie wir lachen wollen

Das kann ja heiter werden: Die Pläne des Staatstheaters Cottbus. Los gehen soll es mit einem musikalischen Familienfest.

El Pais

La Sinfónica de Euskadi reserva sus atriles a solistas de renombre

El violinista Zukerman y las hermanas pianistas Labèque participarán con la orquesta vasca.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Brave new season at Opera North

Conor Farrington  Enjoyed hearing ‘s on . Now listening to great recordings on her website

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode What’s your favourite piece from the first collection? We love the chiffon sleeves on the

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Photograph: The Arts Desk

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, subscription plan for SoundCloud introduced, Orchestra of St. Luke welcomes Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan, Spotify raises $1 Billion in ‘debt financing’ and the Paris Opera taken to court and more…

International Arts Manager

Composer pedals to raise pounds for choristers

Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) has set up a Diamond Fund for Choristers (DFFC) to support, promote and protect choral singing in the UK. Two major fundraising events have already been announced: a concert to make the heart soar and a sponsored cycle to make the thighs burn.

Music Week

Tidal now has 3m users a year after launch

Tidal has marked its one year anniversary by revealing it now has three million users across 46 countries. The Jay Z-owned service added new ‘artist owners’ in the last few months, with Lil Wayne, Indochine, Damian Marley and TIP joining Beyonce, Rihanna, Jack White and several more heavyweights.

Classical Music Magazine

Grange Festival announces inaugural season

The Grange Festival’s 2017 season will comprise new productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte,Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring. 

Classical Music Magazine

Multi-Story Orchestra asks for donations towards summer programme

The Multi-Story Orchestra is seeking to raise the final £8,000 needed for its summer programme of orchestral and chamber music at Peckham’s Bold Tendencies car park.

The New York Times

SoundCloud starts subscription plan, taking on Spotify and Apple

Two weeks after signing its final licensing deal with a major record company, the online music service SoundCloud has introduced its long-awaited subscription plan.

Broadwayworld.com

Orchestra of St. Luke to Welcome Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan

Orchestra of St. Luke’s welcomes superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, as soloist on its final Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series concert of the season.

Wired

Spotify raises $1billion in ‘debt financing’

Music streaming company Spotify has raised $1 billion (£695 million) in debt financing to take on rivals Apple, Tidal and Google.

Classicalite

Wendy Carlos’ ‘Switched-On Bach’ Inspires Five Decades of Electronic Musicians

In 1968, composer Wendy Carlos made electronic music history with her LP Switched-On Bach, a collection of Bach’s works performed on an early Moog synthesizer.

Observer

How ‘Hamilton’ Reinvigorated a 210-Year-Old Children’s Charity

By now it’s obvious that the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has turned into one of the buzziest cultural events in years. From a notoriously hard-to-come-by ticket to the cast performing at the White House last week, and an endless list of raves and all-star Hamil-fans, the show is a tsunami unlike any other.

Pizzicato

Paris Opera Is Taken To Court

There is more news in the case of the transformations at the Paris Opera Garnier. The management of the opera house wanted to eliminate some separation walls in order to get more seats.

Klassik.com

Gewinner des Deutschen Musikinstrumentenpreises 2016 stehen fest

Bei dem vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie gestifteten Wettbewerb stehen im jährlichen Wechsel je zwei unterschiedliche Instrumentengruppen im Zentrum; in diesem Jahr waren es Gitarre und Klarinette.

Musik heute

Anna Netrebko trainiert ihr Deutsch für Wagner-Debüt

Die russische Sopranistin Anna Netrebko (44) feilt vor ihrer ersten großen Wagner-Rolle als Elsa im “Lohengrin” noch an ihrem Deutsch. “Für mich ist insbesondere die Sprache eine sehr große Herausforderung”, sagte sie der Fachzeitschrift “Das Opernglas” (April-Ausgabe).

Codex Flores

Steinway für Elbphilharmonie schwierig zu finden

Ausgerechnet in Hamburg, der Heimatstadt der Klaviermanufaktur Steinway, stellt die Wahl des richtigen Flügels für einen neuen Konzertsaal – die Elbphilharmonie – eine echte Knacknuss dar.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up today – our Composer in Residence @‘s music for the Queen’s 90th:

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Onward and upward: The Grange Festival announces its first season  #

BR_KLASSIK @BR_Klassik: So kassieren Wettbewerbe junge # ab. Theo Geißlers #

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Photograph: Wired

(Written on March 31, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma receives Getty Medal, Juilliard School and University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to be the world’s top music universities and Classicalite questions whether classical music affects our mental and physical health.

International Arts Manager

Yo-Yo Ma honoured with Getty Medal

Yo-Yo Ma has won the prestigious J Paul Getty Medal for his work as an artist who brings different cultures together through music. Established in 2013, the award honours those who make an extraordinary contribution to the practice, understanding and support of the arts.

International Arts Manager

Midori residency programme heads to Hawaii

Illustrious violinist Midori has selected Hawaii for her next orchestral residency programme. The Japanese-born American will lead workshops, masterclasses, discussion groups and advocacy efforts, as well as performing with both Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) and Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS).

Classicalite

Can classical music improve your mental and physical health?

Can listening to classical music favorably affect your health? Numerous studies have posited its advantageous effects on blood pressure, cognition and stress — just to name a few.

The Telegraph

Sir Peter Moores – obituary

Philanthropist and heir to the Littlewoods empire who became a generous patron of the arts.

Music Week

PRS for Music Foundation announces next Momentum Music round

PRS for Music Foundation has announced the next 14 artists to receive Momentum Music funding, in conjunction with Arts Council England and Spotify.

Pizzicato

Juilliard School & University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna are the best

QS World University Ranking has published the world’s top music universities, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. The Number One position is held by The Juilliard School, United States, followed by University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria).

MusicAlly

MusicFirst coalition tears into Google and YouTube

It is open season once again on Google and YouTube in the US, following the RIAA’s decision to make the ‘value gap’ a key part of its 2015 figures announcement.

Klassik.com

Geigerin Mélanie Defize unter den Opfern der Brüsseler Terroranschläge

Unter den Opfern der Anschläge in Brüssel am 22. März befindet sich auch die belgische Geigerin und Musikproduzentin Mélanie Defize. Die 29-Jährige kam in der Metrostation Maelbeek ums Leben.

NMZ

Moritz Eggert erhält Louis Spohr Musikpreis 2016

Der deutsche Komponist Moritz Eggert (50) erhält in diesem Jahr den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Louis Spohr Musikpreis der Stadt Braunschweig. Die Preisverleihung findet mit Unterstützung des Staatsorchesters Braunschweig am 23. Oktober 2016 im Rahmen eines Sinfoniekonzertes in der Stadthalle Braunschweig statt.

NMZ

Osterfestspiele in Baden-Baden ziehen 25 000 Besucher an

Rund 25 000 Musikliebhaber haben die Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit den Berliner Philharmonikern besucht. Damit wurde eine Auslastung von 90 Prozent erreicht, wie das Festspielhaus Baden-Baden am Ostermontag mitteilte.

Die Welt

SWR stellt Programm vor

Vier Jahre nach der umstrittenen Entscheidung über die Orchesterfusion beim Südwestrundfunk (SWR) nimmt der neue Klangkörper Gestalt an. Das erste Konzert des neuen SWR-Symphonieorchesters mit Sitz in Stuttgart ist am 22. September geplant.

Musikmarkt

Spenden-Plattform Musik Bewegt ins Leben gerufen

Für die gute Sache: Die Berliner Plattform Musik Bewegt gibt Künstlern die Möglichkeit, losgelöst von VÖ-Terminen, Promo-Gigs und Tourdaten gemeinsam mit anderen öffentlichkeitswirksam auf die von ihnen unterstützten sozialen Projekte aufmerksam zu machen. Die gemeinnützige Stiftung versetzt sie Fans in die Lage, sich in Verbindung mit den Künstlern engagieren.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Hearing the Ottomans in London: a guest post by Professor Rachel Beckles Willson #

BR_Klassik @br_klassik: # in der Klassik. Unser Wochenthema in der “Mittagsmusik”, immer von 12.05-14.00

BBC Radio 3 @bbcradio3: We’re in the Modern period for Music in Time today, looking at Holst’s interest in folk songs #

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Photograph: International Arts Manager

(Written on March 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Telegraph discusses Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation as ENO’s music director and the future of the organisation. Also, streaming to be the U.S. music industry’s single largest revenue-generator, the Canada Council for the Arts to receive fund infusion, the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York to transform classical music & new comtemporary classical labels to be launched

The Telegraph

Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation: egos, feuds and the fresh crisis at ENO

As ENO’s music director suddenly quits, Rupert Christiansen asks if his exit could ultimately help the stricken company

Observer

NY’s Newest Orchestra Is Transforming Classical Music

You don’t have to know much about classical music to know it’s in decline. According to Nielsen’s 2015 Year-End Report, classical music is the second least-consumed genre in the United States at 1.3 percent of total consumption

The Strad

The Juilliard School tops QS World University Rankings performing arts category

Second place goes to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and third to the Royal College of Music in London

Los Angeles Times

Expect the unexpected on recordings of Kent Nagano and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

It should be common knowledge that Kent Nagano, who arrived in California this week amid his first U.S. tour as music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, is one of the world’s most imaginative and important conductors

The International Arts Manager

New contemporary classical label launches

Cognitive Shift Recordings launches today with news of its epic first album. The new company is the result of a collaboration between London labels One Little Indian Records (home to artists including Björk) and Manners McDade Music Publishing

Classicalite

Andy Akiho Combines Table Tennis With Percussion in Concerto

Innovative composer Andy Akiho has upped the ante with his recent symphony, Ricochet, an orchestra performance incorporating percussionists “playing” a ping pong table

TheStar.com

Canada Council for the Arts getting fund infusion

The Canada Council for the Arts is set to receive a major infusion of funds — but some patience will be required

IT-Times

RIAA: Music Streaming überholt erstmalig Music-Downloads im US-Musikgeschäft

2015 war das Jahr der Music Streaming Dienste wie Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Co. Sie zeigten gleichzeitig auch die höchste Wachstumsdynamik bei digitaler Musik

nmz

Keine Spitzenplätze für Deutsche Musikhochschulen

In den QS World University Rankings 2016 schaffen es von den Deutschen Musikhochschulen lediglich vier in die Top 50

Der Tagesanzeiger

Die Festspiele Zürich werden zur Biennale

Die Festspiele Zürich finden künftig nur noch alle zwei Jahre statt. Die Leitung hofft, so eine intensivere Veranstaltung organisieren zu können

Twitter

neue musikzeitung Musikschulen geben wieder Konzerte in Kirchen: – Rund 70 Konzerte sind in…

Ed Vaizey This morning we published the 1st White Paper on Culture in 50 years – read here

Classical:NEXT Vote for the and learn about 11 iterntl projects pushing art music forward

Festspiele Zürich / Tagesanzeiger

Festspiele Zürich / Tagesanzeiger

 

(Written on March 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, announcement of the inaugural London Piano Festival to take place this autumn, Prince Edward anncounced as Birmingham Conservatoire’s first Royal Patron, US music publishers sign agreement with streaming platform Spotify and more…

Classical Music Magazine

Inaugural London Piano Festival announced

The inaugural London Piano Festival will take place 7-9 October 2016. Created by Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen, the three-day event comprises eight events.

Classical Music Magazine

The Earl of Wessex becomes Birmingham Conservatoire’s first royal patron

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, has been announced as Birmingham Conservatoire’s first Royal Patron. Prince Edward’s decision to become a royal patron of Birmingham Conservatoire reflects his interest in the arts.

Music Week

Spotify and the NMPA reach an agreement on ‘unmatched works’

US music publishers represented by the National Music Publishing Association and music streaming platform Spotify have reached an agreement on the contentious issue of “unmatched works.”

Classicalite

Joseph Bertolozzi Employs Eiffel Tower as Musical Instrument

Experimental composer Joseph Bertolozzi’s latest offering, Tower Music / Musique de la Tour, uses only the sounds of the Eiffel Tower to create ten compellingly musical creations.

MusicAlly

Tidal riding high in US app store’s top-grossing chart

This morning, Tidal is riding high in Apple’s US top-grossing apps chart: in fifth place, it’s making more money (on iOS) than Candy Crush Saga, Pandora and Netflix.

Korea Times

Foreign conductors to temporarily lead Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) on Thursday announced four foreign conductors who will lead the orchestra for its six upcoming regular concerts, replacing former music director Chung Myung-whun, who stepped down late last year

NMZ

Fährt Hagen Stadttheater und Orchester gegen die Wand?

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) ist sehr besorgt um den Bestand des Theaters und des Philharmonischen Orchesters der Stadt Hagen

Die Welt

Fellner neuer Chefdirigent der Landeskapelle Eisenach
Bei der Landeskapelle Eisenach wechselt der Chefdirigent. Mit Beginn der neuen Spielzeit im September übernimmt der 34-jährige Andreas Fellner den Dirigentenstab, wie das Theater Eisenach am Donnerstag mitteilte

Focus

Bachhaus Eisenach unterstützt Bach-Festival in Jerusalem

Dem jüdischen Komponisten Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy verdanken Musikfans die Wiederentdeckung von Johann Sebastian Bachs Matthäus-Passion

Musik-heute

“The Mahler Competition” lädt 14 junge Dirigenten ein

Zu ihrem diesjährigen Gustav-Mahler-Dirigentenwettbewerb haben die Bamberger Symphoniker 14 Kandidaten angenommen

France Musique

Le Grand Prix lycéen des compositeurs récompense Karol Beffa
Jeudi 17 mars 2016, le compositeur Karol Beffa a été doublement honoré. Dans l’amphithéâtre de Radio France il a reçu le Grand Prix lycéen des compositeurs

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Here’s a new, astonishingly evil plan to make classical music take over the world:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK: Wertvolle #Chorbücher digitalisiert: Fragile Schätze aus Noten und Farben in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Forty (More) Under Forty: The Next Generation of Great Opera Singers, Part 2  #opera #ballet

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The Guardian

(Written on March 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Opera North announces that Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković will replace its current music director Richard Farnes and Ulster Orchestra names Richard Wigley as managing director. Also, Spotify moves itself onto Google’s cloud and Apple TV app Classical Music Reimagined reaches 110K downloads

BBC Music Magazine

Opera North announces new Music Director

Opera North has announced that Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković will replace its current music director Richard Farnes, who is due to step down in July 2016

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra names Richard Wigley as managing director

The Ulster Orchestra has announced the appointment of Richard Wigley as its new managing director with immediate effect

The Strad

AirBerlin changes hand baggage restrictions to allow violins in the cabin

The airline has responded to recent criticism by string players highlighting its current strict cabin baggage rules

music ally

Apple TV app Classical Music Reimagined reaches 110K downloads

The app serves up free performances of works by composers including Beethoven, Liszt, Vivaldi and Richter through the television, with accompanying visualisations and scores

Klassikakzente

Neue Spielzeit – neues Glück! Anna Netrebko an der MET

Für die 50. Spielzeit im New Yorker Lincoln Center haben sich die kreativen Köpfe der Metropolitan Opera rund um den Intendanten Peter Gelb ein spannendes Jubiläumsprogramm überlegt

Die Welt

CSU-Fraktion sagt Ja zu Münchner Konzertsaal

Die CSU-Landtagsfraktion hat dem derzeit teuersten Kulturprojekt in Bayern ihren Segen erteilt. Die Abgeordneten stimmten am Mittwoch fast einstimmig dem Plan der Staatsregierung zu

NMZ

Über eine Million Euro aus Berlin für Kultur in Sachsen

Projekte der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD), des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums und des Museums der bildenden Künste Leipzig werden in diesem Jahr mit mehr als einer Million Euro an Bundesmitteln gefördert

Wired

Spotify Moves Itself Onto Google’s Cloud—Lucky for Google

A decade ago, the Swedish startup built its seminal streaming music service atop a small number of machines inside a Scandinavian data center, before expanding across this facility and into data centers in the United Kingdom and the US

Le Monde

Aux Victoires de la musique classique, la jeune soprano qui ne voulait remercier personne

Comme chaque année, les Victoires de la musique classique ont été diffusées par France parallèlement à leur transmission sur les ondes deFrance Musique

Twitter

AIR artists ‏@AIR_artists ‘How does romantic idea of artists pursuing their passion impact on the reality of our practice?’ http://ow.ly/YK1Vs  #payingartists

Longborough Opera ‏@lfotweet  Listen to the wonderful @AnthonyNegus1 on #Tannhäuser | via @telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opera/what-to-see/longborough-2016-anthony-negus-on-tannhuser/ …

Making Music UK ‏@MakingMusic_UK  So many great musical initiatives are taking place around the UK in 2016. Here’s a roundup of some of the best: http://ow.ly/Yvxua 

Aleksandar Marković / BBC Music Magazine

Aleksandar Marković / BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on February 26, 2016 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports that David Bowie has died at the age of 69 and Gustavo Dudamel conducts Star Wars. Also, a video is released of passengers enjoying an impromptu classical music concert at a train station in Ternopil and Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Making connections: A carefully programmed concert is greater than the sum of its parts

Today we have incredible access to a seemingly infinite amount of music: Spotify, YouTube, apple-music – not to mention an abundance of online score libraries

Classic FM

RIP David Bowie – we’re remembering his genius version of Peter and the Wolf

The music legend David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The world of pop music will never be the same – but he also made his mark on the classical world

Ukraine Today

Passengers enjoy impromptu classical music concert at train station in Ternopil

Musicians bring Christmas cheer to weary passengers

The Telegraph

Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I thought John Williams was joking when he asked me to conduct his Star Wars music’

There is awe in Gustavo Dudamel’s voice as he describes the moment he watched the words “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” crawl across the screen in front of him

Classical Music Magazine

Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Listings database Backtrack has published an analysis of its data from 2015’s classical performances

Der Tagespiel

An der Himmelspforte

Erste Aufnahmen und die Pläne für den neuen Konzertsaal: Wie Simon Rattle und das London Symphony Orchestra sich für die Zukunft warmspielen

Pizzicato

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg eröffnet in einem Jahr

Genau in einem Jahr am 11. und 12. Januar 2017 wird das NDR Sinfonieorchester unter der Leitung von Thomas Hengelbrock das Eröffnungskonzert im Großen Saal geben

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Nicht allein

Solisten beherrschen manches, was andere Musiker nicht können. Nur im Ensemble zu spielen, fällt vielen schwer. Über die Kunst der Kammermusik, an der die Größten scheitern – oder wachsen

New York Times

For One Night, China’s Great Hall of the People Reverberates With Music

There is sort of an invisible rule in China that rock musicians cannot perform in big concert halls or opera houses,” said Tan Dun

Washington Post

How a classical critic introduced her child to music (not very well)

Ever since my son was born in 2011, it seemed inevitable that I would produce an article on introducing children to music

Twitter

Telegraph@Telegraph  With his new album, David Bowie returned to his first love http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/david-bowie-blackstar-first-listen-extraordinary/

Music Mark@musicmarkuk  #MemberVoice “Music can give a voice to those who have no voice” @paterson2_diane @ArtFormsLeeds

Philharmonia@philharmonia  This week’s Spotify playlist honours Pierre Boulez, featuring some of his best work as both conductor & composer http://spoti.fi/1PZqPiU

David Bowie/ Classic FM

David Bowie/ Classic FM

 

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a report reveals that UK music consumption increased by 4% in 2015, the Menuhin Competition shortlist is dominated by females and the BBC Proms Inspire scheme is expanded for 2016. Also, a streaming surge leads to the first rise in music sales in more than a decade and arts subjects are squeezed out of school curriculums

Classical Music Magazine

UK music consumption up 4% in 2015

A report published by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) reveals that UK music consumption rose by approximately 4% in 2015

Classic FM

‘I don’t think people should have their phones out and be able to eat and drink at concerts’ says violinist Nicola Benedetti

We asked the brilliant violinist what three things she’d like to change in the classical music world. Here’s what she told us…

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 44 shortlisted violinists in a list dominated by females

This year’s contest, celebrating the centenary of its famous namesake, takes place in London during April

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms Inspire scheme expanded for 2016

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme for young composers is offering a number of new features, and will now hold events throughout the year

The Times

Musicians in warning over arts at school

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the actor and director Samuel West are among 70 leading figures from the arts accusing the government of squeezing creative subjects out of the secondary school curriculum

The Telegraph

Streaming surge leads to first rise in music sales in more than a decade

Retail value of music sales grew by 3.5 per cent in 2015, as estimated revenue from streaming services such as Spotify rose by 50 per cent in a year

FAZ

Gesang ist das Herz der Musik

Alfred Brendel feiert an diesem Dienstag seinen 85.Geburtstag. In London sprechen wir mit ihm über die Vorteile der Schwerhörigkeit, seine junge Liebe zum Streichquartett, über Gesang, Werktreue, Streaming und über das Komische in der Musik

Berliner Zeitung

Ein ganz besonderer Berliner

Der preußische Kapellmeister Gustav Sabac el Cher war beliebt und bekannt im Berlin der Jahrhundertwende. Der Superstar seiner Zeit war der letzte einer Reihe von afrikanischen Musikern der Preußenkönige

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ verweigern Hilfe bei Renovierung der Beethovenhalle

Die ‘Bürger für Beethoven’, mit 1.500 Mitgliedern größter ehrenamtlicher Verein in Bonn, wollen sich nicht an der Spendenaktion für die vom Stadtrat beschlossene Sanierung der Beethovenhalle beteiligen

New York Daily News

Violinist sues New York businessman over profits from sale of antique instrument

A 17th century violin that was played around the world by soloist Eugenia Choi is now being strummed in court as the instrument of a dirty deal

The New Yorker

Listening to “Star Wars”

The score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is almost certain to secure John Williams his fiftieth Oscar nomination

Twitter

Genesis Foundation@Genesis_Fndn  First Catholic service at Hampton Court’s @TheChapelRoyal in over 450 years http://bit.ly/1JtwM6n  @TheSixteen – more info coming soon!

Music Mark@musicmarkuk Streaming and vinyl kept the music industry buoyant in 2015 http://tinyurl.com/jd3roxf

Interlude@interludeHK  no longer his anniversary year-but we’re still listening to Sibelius-more on his work here 

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine

(Written on January 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news Ivan Hewett discusses the real reason why musicians should fear Spotify, and Richard Morrison looks at Hull’s reign as UK city of culture. Also, Classic FM look back at the Queen’s dedication to music throughout her record-breaking reign, and Max Richter’s SLEEP is to have it’s world premiere live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Why Music? weekend.

Telegraph

The real reason why musicians should fear Spotify

Are streaming services the saviour of recorded music, or are they sucking the life-blood from it?

The Times

Hull’s reign as UK city of culture is pointless without a legacy

Richard Morrison takes a look at the choice of Hull as the 2017 UK city of culture

Classic FM

The Queen of Music: How Queen Elizabeth II championed classical music

Even before her record-breaking 63-year reign began in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was encouraging musicians from all walks of life. Here’s a stunning photographic review of her musical connections

Classical Music Magazine

LMP to donate profits to the Royal British Legion

The London Mozart Players will be donating 100% of the profits from two upcoming concert series at St John’s Smith Square to the Royal British Legion.

Classical Source

BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection present all-night world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s “8 hour lullaby”

Today, BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce a world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s ground-breaking and experimental new composition SLEEP, to be performed live from Wellcome Collection into the early hours of the morning as part of the Why Music? weekend.

BR Klassik

Veränderungen mit Nike Wagner

Unter dem Motto “Veränderungen” beginnt am Freitag das Beethovenfest in Bonn. Ein passendes Thema, denn das künstlerische Programm konzipierte heuer erstmals die neue Intendantin Nike Wagner. Mehr Kammermusik, mehr Tanzprojekte und mehr Uraufführungen sind unter anderem geplant.

Der Tagesspiegel

Riccardo Chailly beendet Engagement in Leipzig

Seit 2005 ist er Kapellmeister des Gewandhausorchesters, nun verlässt der Dirigent Riccardo Chailly Leipzig. Seine letzten Konzerte dirigiert er im Juni 2016.

Die Welt

Clemens Trautmann übernimmt Deutsche Grammophon

Clemens Trautmann, Büroleiter bei Axel Springer, wird ab 1. Dezember 2015 neuer Präsident des traditionsreichen Klassik-Edellabels Deutsche Grammophon. Und Klarinette spielen kann er auch.

France Musique

Riccardo Chailly élu meilleur chef d’orchestre du monde par la critique

Un jury de critiques musicaux professionnels réuni par Bachtrack vient de dévoiler son palmarès mondial. Le gagnant dans la catégorie “meilleur chef d’orchestre” est Riccardo Chailly, suivi de près par SImon Rattle. La palme du meilleur orchestre au monde revient aux Berliner Philharmoniker.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Zambello: Her Ring Going East, She Returns West

Francesca Zambello is in town again, multitasking as usual. The artistic director of Washington National Opera (and of the Glimmerglass Festival) has directed opera for many of the the world’s major companies.

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Guardian Classical: Why Jarvis Cocker is making waves at the Proms

Classic FM: Incredible Baroque fugues based on themes by ​, & ​:

Sinfini Music: Lots of ppl retweeting ‘s powerful 2006 speech to the about classical music. Read it now:

(Written on September 4, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Apple Music has gained 11 million members in the five weeks after its launch. The Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are standing down in 2016, and the Welsh National Opera have appointed a new managing director to start December 2015.

Guardian

Apple Music has 11m trial members five weeks after launching

Spotify rival is still in its free trial period, so the real crunch will come when those users are prompted to pay

Classical Music Magazine

WNO appoints new managing director

Welsh National Opera has appointed Leonora Thomson as its new managing director. Currently director of audiences and development at the Barbican Centre, Thomson is to take up the position in December 2015.

Classical Source

Stephen and Jackie Newbould to leave Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the end of 2015/16 season

Stephen Newbould, Artistic Director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Jackie Newbould, the ensemble’s Executive Producer, have decided to stand down from their roles at the end of BCMG’s 2015/16 season (in summer 2016).

The Strad

Students launch crowdfunding website to help musicians travel to auditions

The site offers scholarships of up to $500 for string players travelling throughout the US

New York Times

The Proms, BBC’s Classical Music Festival, Is All the More Important as Austerity Looms

Because of the Proms’ enviable roster of visiting orchestras, its support for contemporary composers, and its accessibility, there remain few larger forces for musical good anywhere. But it is now operating in an atmosphere of some discomfort: Its parent corporation and fellow musical broadcasters in Europe are under pressure. And the British government remains bent on austerity.

ClassicalWorld.com

International Philharmonic Orchestra to Offer Seven Concerts Featuring World’s Best Young Classical Musicians

International Philharmonic Orchestra brings together 100 young talented musicians from 74 countries to represent their countries through music in Seven Epic Concerts, including a concert for Global Peace at Carnegie Hall, New York during United Nations week.

Der Tagesspiegel

Es ist eine Heimkehr

Die 16. Ausgabe des Festival Young Euro Classic beginnt am Donnerstag. Insgesamt 1500 Musiker kommen dafür nach Berlin und musizieren 18 Tage lang im Konzerthaus.

Musik Heute

Musik-Festspiele MV zielen auf neuen Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern haben eine positive Halbzeitbilanz gezogen. Bis zum Ende der 25. Festivalausgabe erwarte man mehr Gäste als im Vorjahr, als mit 73.000 Besuchern ein Rekord erreicht wurde.

Klassik.com

Trondheim: Historische Musikinstrumente fallen Brand zum Opfer

Ein Brand im Nationalen Musikmuseum Ringve in Trondheim hat hohe Schäden verursacht. Angaben des Museumsdirektors zufolge seien zwei historische Klaviere, ein Tafelklavier und ein Flügel aus dem 19. Jahrhundert zerstört worden.

Le Parisien

La Hadopi se sépare de son secrétaire général Eric Walter

La Hadopi, l’autorité anti-piratage dont le bilan fait actuellement débat, a indiqué lundi s’être “séparée” de son secrétaire général Eric Walter, confirmant une information de plusieurs médias spécialisés.

El Mundo

Juan Pérez Floristán, primer premio del Concurso de Piano ‘Paloma O’Shea’

Juan Pérez Floristán, ha sido elegido para ser el primer premio y Medalla de Oro, en Gala de Clausura y Entrega de Premios del XVIII Concurso Internacional de Piano de Santander Paloma O’Shea.

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Sinfini Music: Barbara Strozzi, born this day in 1619, basically totally bossed being a woman in 17thC Venice. Free here:

Tête à Tête: It may not be as hard as you think to get to some shows at tonight, more here:

BBC Proms Team: See how performed his piece “Toilet Brushes – More”:

06PREMIERES1-master675The Aurora Orchestra and the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: Chris Christodoulou/BBC

(Written on August 6, 2015 )