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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.

Twitter

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 )

Yesterday marked the unveiling of ‘Apple Music‘ – pioneering app, streaming service and 24 hour radio which claims to bring ‘the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet’ directly to your fingertips.

According to Jimmy Iovine, “Online music has become a complicated mess of apps, services and websites” and in the classical music world, this statement could not be more true. Despite the plethora of options available to the tech-savvy listener, how is it that classical music lovers are still struggling to find recordings of their favourite pieces online? In a recent article on The Record, Anastasia Tsioulcas argues that the problem lies with metadata (the information that coexists with every digital music file.)

But what does this actually mean? Well, if you have ever tried to find a specific aria or overture on Spotify for example, you have probably already fallen victim to this complex phenomenon. Who do you select as the artist? The composer? The orchestra? The soloist? The opera company? The conductor? Unlucky for you, the answer is different every time. Just one incorrect search term and you risk eliminating the result you are looking for.

From Grooveshark to Pandora, numerous streaming and downloading websites have appeared on our computer screens over the past decade, but none of them provide such a comprehensive selection of music, the possibilities to connect with artists nor the personalized services which ‘Apple Music’ promises to do. With its Worldwide Debut on 30 June, we will be interested to see whether this new interactive app will put an end to our classical music streaming struggles. If it does, $9.99/month seems like a small price to pay.

(Written on June 9, 2015 )

In today’s news Richard Morrison discusses the “northern powerhouse” and HOME, the new £25 million arts centre that throws open its smart doors this weekend. Meanwhile, the ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has broken UK cinema box office records, overtaking Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (January 2015), which grossed a total of £504k. Finally, congratulations to Judith Weir who was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

The Times

HOME is a huge statement of faith in the power of culture

Even on a typically balmy May morning in Manchester — rain lashing down, pedestrians braced like Lowry’s matchstick men against a force 9 from Eccles — my spirits are elated. We hear a lot from George Osborne about a “new northern powerhouse”, but I’ve just emerged from a northern powerhouse that’s up and running.

Evening Standard

Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Simon Rattle’s return to London is the greatest news’

At only 32, the music director is shaking up the world of classical music. He tells Claire Allfree about his mentor and why London needs a new concert hall

TIME magazine

Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify

In a press event on Wednesday, streaming service Spotify made one thing clear: it’s no longer just for music.

Classical Music Magazine

Judith Weir wins Ivor Novello award

Composer Judith Weir was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

ENO’s Pirates breaks UK cinema box office records

English National Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has taken over £600k at the UK box office to date.

Klassik.com

Mehr Geld für Sanierung des Bayreuther Opernhauses

Das bayerische Finanzministerium hat den Etat für die Sanierungsmaßnahmen am Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth noch einmal um fünf Millionen Euro auf insgesamt 27,5 Millionen Euro angehoben.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT eröffnet

Die Musikmesse Classical:NEXT ist am Mittwochabend in Rotterdam eröffnet worden. An dem Branchentreffen nehmen über 800 Fachbesucher aus über 40 Ländern teil.

Codex Flores

Musikalische Grundschule verbessert Bildungschancen

Das von der Bertelsmann Stiftung und sechs deutschen Kultusministerien geförderte Projekt Musikalische Grundschule hat seit 2005 rund 200’000 Schüler an 400 Schulen hat erreicht.

France Musique

La lutherie face à la forêt de demain

Actuellement, il y aurait près de 300 luthiers en France… Depuis quelques années on observe un regain d’intérêt pour cet artisanat, dont la matière première est le bois. Si les techniques restent fidèles aux traditions anciennes, face à l’évolution de l’exploitation de la forêt, le métier doit s’adapter.

Le Figaro

Fleur Pellerin passe à l’action sur la musique en streaming

La ministre de la Culture a confié une mission de médiation à Marc Schwartz, chargé de trouver un terrain d’entente entre les plates-formes en ligne et les créateurs.

Twitter

M Magazine   full list of winners including +

Ace North  . continues its this weekend – get involved:

Grange Park Opera    cast headed to The Grange for the first time AND sitzprobe in Poole!

HOME Manchester

(Written on May 22, 2015 )

We are very excited to be working with guitarist Maria Camahort. Having completed her musical studies in Barcelona and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Maria Camahort is now a regular on the performance scene the world over. She has performed in many important musical cities such as Madrid, London, St Petersburg, Warsaw and Kraków. Maria was also the recipient of the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-2012, and, together with flautist Lucy Driver, was the winner of the Pro-Musicis France Award 2013.

Influenced by the likes of David Dolan, Zoran Dukic and John Parricelli, Maria has a specialist interest in chamber music and enjoys collaborating with other performers from other genres in creative ways. To date, she has worked with singers (The Voice of Strings), dancers (Tango Magnètic), jazz artists (Jamie McCredie) and musicals (The L5Y). She also appeared in a CNN interview with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso in June 2012.

Her latest project continues this theme; The Maria Camahort Quintet was born in November 2011 out of the desire to increase the possibilities in chamber music. Maria plays the guitar and arranges the repertoire alongside four other talented musicians: Violeta García, voice and violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Pablo Domínguez, percussion and guitar. The Quintet has already performed at some of the top venues and festivals such as Kings Place and the Purcell Room. They are currently focusing on the Spanish musical tradition and this exploration has culminated in their first album, due to be released in June 2015. Entitled ‘Iberian Colours,’ the CD will be a representation of the vibrancy of Spain in sound: vibrant colours, earthy textures and foot-tapping rhythms. The Quintet will also be performing at the Buxton Festival and Arts in Action festival, both in July, and at the Barbican’s Milton Court in October.

Look out for ‘Maria Camahort Quintet: Iberian Colours’ on Convivium Records, digitally on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and physically by Harmonia Mundi UK, released on 1st June 2015. Keep up to-date with Maria, the Quintet and the album on her website and through Twitter.

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(Written on April 16, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Was Kyung Wha Chung right to upbraid a coughing child disturbing her recital?

A violinist has suggested to a child’s parents they ‘bring her back when she’s older’. Fair enough?

Karajan: a new film – and the controversy continues

The conductor – who led the Berlin Philharmonic from 1956 to 1989 – is the subject of a new BBC documentary. But he remains an enigmatic figure, whose musical approach sounds a false note in today’s world

The Times

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: the oligarch’s opera star

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky performs for Putin and needs protection from his fans. He tells Anna Picard why

Classical Music Magazine

Autumn Statement includes nod towards orchestras ‒ but no commitment

The chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 3 December includes an acknowledgement of the ‘cultural value’ of orchestras but no firm commitment to a tax break.

The Strad

Apply this week to be part of the Young Orchestra for London

The project unites the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and Barbican and Southbank Centres

Concerti

Opulenz im Ländle

Mit ihrer Annäherung an die Barockästhetik sind die Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe nicht nur auf der Bühne zum Vorreiter avanciert

Pizzicato

Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper dauer länger und wird nochmals teurer

2013 sollte die seit 2010 andauernde Sanierung der Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin beendet sein.

Minnesota Orchestra Announces $650,000 Deficit

The Minnesota Orchestra ended its fiscal year 2014 with an operating loss of $650,000

Klassik.com

Musizieren fördert die Integration

Studie sieht positiven Effekt im gemeinsamen Musizieren

Musik Heute

Unternehmer verschenkt Opern-Karten an benachteiligte Kinder

Der Leipziger Immobilienunternehmer Eckhardt Schroeder verschenkt 500 Freikarten für die Märchenoper “Hänsel und Gretel” in der Oper Leipzig.

Codex Flores

Andreas von Graffenried kehrt Bayreuth den Rücken

Der Schweizer Andreas von Graffenried hätte den Posten von Karlheinz Matitschka, des freigestellten Technischen Direktors der Bayreuther Festspiele, übernehmen sollen.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: [UPDATE] 7-Year-Old’s Dream Comes True: Will Play Violin for Peace in #Ferguson http://www.classicalite.com/articles/13137/20141203/update-7-year-old-dream-comes-true-play-violin-peace-ferguson.htm?exe=reporter …

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de: #Kultur 23,6 Mio. Euro für neue Projekte der Kulturstiftung des Bundes http://tinyurl.com/oudfql5 

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Zum Aufwärmen und Genießen gibt es jetzt die “Classical Winter” Playlist von DG und Spotify: http://smarturl.it/ClassicalWinter 

Riccardo Primo in Karlsruhe © Falk von Traubenberg

Riccardo Primo in Karlsruhe
© Falk von Traubenberg

(Written on December 4, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Belfast Council commits £100,000 as ‘Save The Ulster Orchestra’ campaign continues

Belfast City Council has offered a conditional £100,000 to the troubled Ulster Orchestra, which remains some distance from securing a £500,000 rescue package which it says is necessary to prevent its closure next year.

The Strad

Violinist Renaud Capuçon named artistic director of Swiss festival

The French artist heads the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad from its 2016 edition

Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin wins Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

The 27-year-old receives a cash prize of €25,000

International Arts Manager

Alyson Cambridge is first opera performer at Soul Train Awards

Soprano Alyson Cambridge will become the first opera singer to perform at the Soul Train Awards, when she appears at the event on 30 November.

Sinfini

Backstage: Opera North’s La traviata

Giving a photographer unlimited access backstage at the opera is like letting a child loose in a sweetshop. Tom Arber took up residence with Opera North as they prepared for a new production of Verdi’s La traviata: the results can be seen in an exhibition at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds until February 2015.

Pizzicato

Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl gründet Verein zur Unterstützung von Kindern mit Gehörminderung

Das Ziel des gemeinnützigen Vereins ‘Get a Hearing’ ist es, durch Benefizkonzerte Hörhilfen finanzieren zu können, die Kinder mit Hörproblemen dringend benötigen, um dem Unterricht folgen zu können, die aber von den Krankenkassen nicht finanziert werden.

Klassik.com

Lockenhaus-Gründer Josef Herowitsch ist tot

Herowitsch leitete von 1981 bis 2011 mit Gidon Kremer das Festival

Crescendo

Video der Woche: Aus eins mach 12

Wir finden: eine lustige Idee, die hier videotechnisch beeindruckend umgesetzt ist! Dieses Video hat großen Unterhaltungsfaktor – nicht nur für Hobby-Cellisten!

The New York Times

As Music Streaming Grows, Spotify Reports Rising Revenue and a Loss

Spotify, the company that has come to symbolize the growth of streaming music around the world, had more than $1 billion in revenue in 2013.

Pizzicato

Mezzos And Baritones Lead At The Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition

Singers from 20 countries (Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Rep., Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, Unites States) competed in various categories.

Twitter

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Now on Flickr: photos of composer Brett Dean working with the RCM Symphony Orchestra last week http://bit.ly/1y0pHDm 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: How do you make an orchestra’s viola section smile? Programme ‘Harold in Italy’. #violajokes http://bit.ly/1E8bQfF  #WHViola

Classic FM @ClassicFM; Many thanks to cellist @corinnemorris for joining us for our web chat this morning. Read what she had to say here: http://classfm.co/fTktPW 

opera north

Edward Thornton, a founding member of the Opera North chorus, awaits his entrance. Photo: Tom Arber

(Written on November 26, 2014 )

Guardian

Spotify’s UK revenues rose 42% in 2013 as music service turned a profit

Streaming firm’s UK income up to £131m as it turns 2012’s £11m loss into a £2.6m profit in 2013

Jarvis Cocker’s slumber party

Chronic insomniac Jarvis Cocker is going on a musical odyssey into sleeplessness. He tells Alfred Hickling why he hopes audiences will nod off to his Wireless Nights

Telegraph

#LoveBBCMusic: the future of music on the BBC

We should all be excited by the launch of BBC Music, says Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

‘BBC Music’ launches

The BBC’s new music department heralded by one song and 27 artists

Classical Source

Northern Soul: Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra present landmark festivals

They will present works by Anders Hillborg as well as the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen as part of an inspirational 2014/15 Season

International Arts Manager

Beijing’s NCPA Orchestra makes North American debut

China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra will make its North American debut next month.

The Strad

Italian violinist Angelo Stefanato has died aged 88

The artist and teacher was concertmaster of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin for 15 years

Gramophone

Tugan Sokhiev resigns from Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

The conductor became the DSO’s Music Director in 2012

Sinfini

BBC Music Launch

Music has always been a central part of the BBC, but never quite so central as last night.

Die Welt

Chefdirigent Tugan Sochijew verlässt das DSO

Seine Verpflichtungen als Musikdirektor am dringend wieder zum Glänzen zu bringenden Bolschoi-Theater lassen ein weiteres Engagement des jungen, erfolgreichen Russen in Berlin nicht zu.

musik heute

Nikolaus Harnoncourt erhält ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk

Berlin – Der österreichische Dirigent Nikolaus Harnoncourt wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet.

CODEX FLORES

Wiener Philharmoniker erhalten Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014

Heute wird den Wiener Philharmonikern der Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014 überreicht – im Rahmen einer festlichen Preisverleihung in Anwesenheit von König Carl XVI. Gustaf von Schweden und Königin Silvia im Konzerthaus von Stockholm.

LE FIGARO

La Salle Pleyel sans concession

Avant même qu’elle ne soit attribuée à un repreneur, un bras de fer juridique pourrait mener à sa fermeture provisoire.

Twitter

BBC Music @bbcmusic: Enjoy #GodOnlyKnows? Check out the behind the scenes film and learn a little more about how we made it happen: http://youtu.be/vp5bVdXOLs4 

Opera North @Opera_North: Had a sneaky look into rehearsals for The Bartered Bride – and these photos prove it! Check out the circus! http://bit.ly/1sa68Vx #ONBride

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: Would your #choir like to perform at The Winter Festival @southbankcentre from 1-23 December? Apply now: http://j.mp/1mZoQ1y 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: We are dipping into our press archive over the next few days. Here is an interesting article from Bloomberg (2006) http://bloom.bg/ZsI7xA

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Dutch conductor Frans Brüggen has died aged 79

The recorder player, flautist and key figure in Holland’s early music scene passed away at his home in Amsterdam

Musicweek.com

Artists can now sell direct to fans on Spotify via BandPage

Spotify has announced a new partnership with BandPage

which promises to ‘give musicians powerful new ways to sell directly to their fans’.

The Telegraph

Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Wild child of classical violin

She’s described as the world’s most exciting violinist. Now Patricia Kopatchinskaja is making her debut at the Edinburgh Festival.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mit der Neugier des Jünglings

Er atmet mit dem Orchester, entlockt ihm einen sinnlichen Klang, genießt den Rausch der Farben. Und ist immer noch ein Dandy auf dem Podium. Am heutigen Donnerstag wird der Dirigent Georges Prêtre 90.

Kultur Port

Leipzig: Museum für Musikinstrumente unter neuer Leitung

Das Museum für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig hat seit Kurzem einen neuen Direktor: Prof. Dr. Josef Focht.

Heidenheimer Zeitung

Heidenheimer Festspiele erreichen neuen Besucherrekord

Die 50. Opernfestspiele Heidenheim endeten mit einem neuen Besucherrekord.

Le Figaro

Luis Mariano: centenaire de la naissance du prince de l’opérette

Le célèbre ténor basque espagnol aurait eu officiellement cent ans aujourd’hui. quarante-quatre ans après sa mort en 1970, l’interprète du Chanteur de Mexico continue de prospérer.

 

Twitter

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Violinists – these are the most difficult things about being you: http://classfm.co/QFmUSl 

TheGuardian: @guardian  Curtain call: how do great actors bid farewell to the stage? http://gu.com/p/4vyz9/tw  via @guardianstage

Telegraph Music: @‏TeleMusicNews #edinburghfestival #classicalmusic Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Wild child of classical violin http://tgr.ph/1sWJAoX

Beethovenfest Bonn: @Beethovenfest Buchtipp: Felix Klieser – Ein Hornist ohne Arme erobert die Welt http://bit.ly/1usvGPs @BR_Kultur

 

The Guardian

Frans Brüggen – The Guardian

 

 

 

 

(Written on August 14, 2014 )

The Times

10 great opera stars

Nine singers, one conductor — these are the people you need to know before the International Opera Awards next month

Gramophone

Spotify: threat or friend?

Martin Cullingford reflects on the changing nature of how we get our music

Music events to include Three Choirs Festival commission and Late Night Prom on the anniversary

International Arts Manager

Performing arts talent from Spain and Portugal will form the focus of the Kennedy Center’s 2015 festival.

BBC Music Magazine

Reading University unveils plaque to commemorate Gustav Holst

The composer and former lecturer is celebrated

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

A new musical appointment at St Paul’s Cathedral makes history

Classic FM

Brooklyn Rider launch Kickstarter for new Almanac project

New York-based string quartet Brookyln Rider have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund their forthcoming album and multimedia project, ‘Almanac’

Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

The legendary tenor finally did the honourable thing and married his long-term partner and manager Veronica Berti in a gorgeous ceremony in Tuscany

Audience vote to decide pianist’s Chopin concert repertoire

Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

derStandard.at

Franzose Bertrand de Billy: “Mir ist der Kragen geplatzt” – Franck springt ein

Le Monde

Ecoutez le son caverneux de l’octobasse, cet instrument hors normes

A l’occasion de la Semaine des musées, la Cité de la musique a publié une vidéo présentant cet instrument géant mis au point au XVIIIe siècle

Concerti

Interview Frank Peter Zimmermann: „Neue Gedanken zum Klingen bringen“

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann über den Reiz zeitgenössischer Werke, Kommunikation mit dem Orchester und Spontaneität im Konzert

 

Classical Music on Twitter

M Magazine: @Maria_MillerMP: “UK music industry must ensure it can sustain itself for the future” http://ow.ly/v2V57  #copyright

WildKatPR: #Crowdfunding in #music: check out WildKat PR clients who are using this right now! http://wildkatpr.com/news/blog/2014/03/27/current-crowdfunded-projects/ … @Brooklyn_Rider @InHarmonyTS

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic10 classical music highlights this week, which one are you going to? http://bit.ly/1iDNfUJ  @officialronnies @BarbicanCentre @SwanseaUni

Gabriel Prokofiev: @gprokofiev First ever @Nonclassical in Leeds tonight. At legendary gig space: @CockpitLeeds ft @juicevocal @Damien_Harron & many Leeds based performer

Zeit Online Kultur: @zeitonline_kul Online hat gewonnen. Print auch. 12 Thesen zum Journalismus von @berndulrich (@DIEZEIT) und @Jochen (@zeitonline) http://www.zeit.de/2014/14/print-online-redaktion-thesen-journalismus

Brian Wise: @briancwise Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors (with lively comments thread) http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/top-5-most-controversial-audience-behaviors/

Maria-Pages-©-Victoria-Hidalgo-590x260International Arts Manager

 

(Written on March 28, 2014 )

Guardian

7 ways a streaming iTunes could compete with Spotify and its rivals

Apple rumoured to be in talks with labels over on-demand service. How will it disrupt the competition?

Roger Wright to leave BBC after 15 years as Radio 3 controller

Director of the BBC Proms exits corporation to become chief executive of Aldeburgh music festival.

Who will replace Roger Wright at the BBC – and will his job even continue to exist?

Wright’s dual role at the BBC sees him as controller of Radio 3 and director of the Proms. There will be plenty of candidates for the latter role, but few will have appetite for the former.

Classical Music Magazine

San Diego Opera to close due to financial pressures

Financial strains affecting music organisation across the US have brought a surprise closure announcement from the San Diego Opera.

Sinfini Music 

Why children shouldn’t sing opera

A nine-year old Dutch girl is about to release a CD of operatic arias on Simon Cowell’s Syco label. Operatic tenor Christopher Gillett, aged 50+, thinks the whole idea of children singing opera is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach’s NSO contract extended through 2016-17

The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced that the contract of their director, Christoph Eschenbach, will be extended through 2016-17.

The Huffington Post

Japanese Pianist Yoshiki Battles Holographic Version Of Himself

Well known for his flair on stage, at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, pianist Yoshiki Hayashi took the stage with his virtual counterpart to duet.

Süddeutsche Magazin

Ich muss unsicher sein

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud wird auf der ganzen Welt gefeiert. Aber am besten geht es ihr, wenn sie sich wie ein Staubkorn im Universum fühlt. Sagt sie. Und das meint sie ernst.

 

Classical music on twitter 

Schools Music Association @SchoolsMusicUK “Schools Music Association votes to become part of the ISM http://www.schoolsmusic.org.uk/sma-news/2014/3/25/schools-music-association-votes-to-become-part-of-the-ism.html/”

Stephen P Brown @Stephen_P_Brown “New #OrchChat Monday 7:30pm EDT – Ignoring classical music: instant gratification/ attention span http://www.stephenpbrown.com/classical-music-ignored/”

Eric Whitacre @EricWhitacre “At some point the pain of the deadline becomes greater than the pain of indecision. Deadlines are the only reason I finish anything.”

the listener “@inthetheatre Could San Diego’s opera closure happen in Chicago? @scoopit http://sco.lt/8HdMUj

George @OperaCreep “Aha…new BBC Directors for Arts and Music just announced…clearly Roger Wright didn’t fit in the structure http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/bbc-arts-release.html”

Guardian

Guardian

(Written on March 25, 2014 )