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In today’s news: How music influences our body chemistry, and the Cumnock Tryst programme 2017 is announced. Roy Budd’s original version of the Phantom of the Opera. Marina Khorkova receives Berlin-Rheinsberg compositions award, and Axel Kober takes over the Duisburg Philharmonics. The last concert of Julian Wachner at the Washington Chorus.

The Telegraph

Forget Lloyd Webber: Roy Budd’s original Phantom of the Opera music is finally unmasked

In the summer of 1993, Roy Budd was about to realise a long-held dream. Budd was a leading jazz pianist, as well as a revered film composer best known for his celebrated work for hit 1960s thriller Get Carter.

The Guardian

Anoushka Shankar: ‘I still get to interact with my father through the music’

From his deathbed, Ravi Shankar composed Sukanya, an opera for his beloved wife. His daughter reveals how a Hindi myth, a British orchestra, and the sitar and shennai have formed a coherent and moving whole.

The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry?

Classical music makes shoppers buy more. Gentle tunes can cure insomnia. How? Writer, composer and science lecturer John Powell explains.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James MacMillan announces 2017 Cumnock Tryst programme

Sir James MacMillan has announced the programme for the fourth Cumnock Tryst, which will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck and at Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October 2017.

The Strad

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor ejected from concert hall for carrying his daughter’s violin case

Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya says the incident took place at Bass Hall on Sunday night after his daughter’s performance in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.

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Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis erneut für russische Komponistin

Die 1981 in Russland geborene Marina Khorkova erhält den diesjährigen Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis.

Klassik.com

Schweizer Musikpreis 2017 für Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Das Schweizer Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK) zeichnet in diesem Jahr 15 Künstler mit dem Schweizer Musikpreis (Grand Prix Musik) aus.

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Axel Kober übernimmt Leitung der Duisburger Philharmoniker

Im Zeichen des Neubeginns steht die Konzertsaison 2017/18 bei den Duisburger Philharmonikern.

The Washington Post

Julian Wachner leads his last concert as music director of Washington Chorus

On Sunday, nearly 10 years later, he led his valedictory performance as the chorus’s music director.

WQXR

Macron’s Love of Classical and Commitment to Culture

Emmanuel Macron is a lover of classical music and, perhaps more importantly, of the preservation of culture.

The Stanford Daily

Who said classical music was boring?

Recent worldwide hits come from pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic — anything, it seems, but classical. What stereotypes does classical music hold? Is it beautiful, euphonious, relaxing?

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(Written on May 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Nicola Luisotti announces that he will leave San Francisco Opera, 19th century violin stolen after bomb evacuation and new luxury train in Ireland offers music entertainment. Also, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces its new season ‘Revolution’ and a rare Stradivarius is recorded for the first time.

KQED Arts

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti Leaving Post

Nicola Luisotti, music director for the San Francisco Opera (SF Opera) since 2009, announced Wednesday that he would be leaving the opera company after the 2017-2018 season, when his contract expires.

Stanford News

Stanford launches its first free online course in classical music appreciation

A new, free Stanford Online class that explores the early evolution of the string quartet and features classical music and commentary is now open for enrollment.

EveningStandard

This is how to get free piano lessons at St Pancras station

A top London pianist is to give free lessons on the public pianos in St Pancras station as she tries to spark a passion for music in children.

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Bagshot musician ‘devastated’ after thieves stole sentimental 19th century violin

Sam Young is desperately trying to trace the instrument, which was a family heirloom, after thieves broke into his girlfriend’s car last weekend.

The Strad

Violinists and cellists to receive 2016 Tarisio Trust grants

Online instrument and bow auction house Tarisio has announced four of the recipients of its 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grants.

The Irish Times

Ireland’s new luxury train will have fiddling, flutes and fairy tales

The Irish Times got a sneak peek at the progress of work on Ireland’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian.

BBC News

Music News LIVE:Michael Buble vocal chord surgery

Michael Buble is taking a break from singing to have surgery on his vocal cords, cancelling two big upcoming events so he’s got time to “rest and recover”.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2016/17 season

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016/17 season is themed ‘Revolution’. The theme encompasses landmark works by Bach, Berlioz, Stravinsky and The Beatles, as well as a Beethoven symphony cycle from chief conductor Vasily Petrenko.

Rare Stradivarius recorded for the first time

The rare 1725 ‘Chevillard King of Portugal’ Stradivarius cello will be heard on disc for the first time this month.

The Times

Mark Wigglesworth: ‘I experienced the classic emotions: sadness, anger, denial’

There is a faint smell of burning in Mark Wigglesworth’s flat, five floors up from one of the tiny alleys that criss-cross the district between Drury Lane and Leicester Square. The source of the odour isn’t a bridge being burnt, although one might imagine it, as the music director of English National Opera breaks his two-month silence on the subject of his resignation.

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Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Verlosung lockt bereits 100.000 Teilnehmer

Nach zehn Jahren Bauzeit und fast 800 Millionen Euro Kosten wird am 11. und 12. Januar 2017 die Elbphilharmonie in Betrieb genommen. Die Betreiber verlosen insgesamt 900 Freikarten für die beiden Eröffnungskonzerte – was auf eine riesige Resonanz stößt.

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Kein Platz für Vielfalt – VUT kritisiert öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk

Der Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen e. V. (VUT) äußert scharfe Kritik an den öffentlich-rechtlichen Radiosendern in Deutschland.

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Patrick Lange wird Generalmusikdirektor in Wiesbaden

Der 1981 geborene deutsche Dirigent Patrick Lange wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor  am Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

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San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti Leaving Post. Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti Leaving Post. Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

(Written on May 19, 2016 )

Classical Music Magazine

Bachtrack stats 2013: women conductors and composers notable by absence

Listings website Bachtrack.com has, for the fourth time, published an analysis of its data from the last year’s classical performances.  It shows a surge of popularity Britten in his centenary year, Valery Gergiev closely followed by Andris Nelsons as the busiest conductor in the world, and a dismal lack of women composers and conductors.

Barbican’s Angela Dixon announced director of Saffron Hall

Angela Dixon has been named director of the new Saffron Hall Trust Essex from March 2014. She moves from the Barbican Centre, where she has been head of music since October 2011.

Gramophone

Violinist Nemanja Radulović signs to DG

The Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović has signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, extending his relationship from the company’s French arm to a global deal.

The Economist

Stanford makes creative classes compulsory for its Science and Technology students

Students of California’s prestigious Stanford University are obliged to study classical music, Shakespeare or take voice lessons alongside their main discipline to make them into leaders with a broad range of skills. “Arts will fundamentally change our students, and it will change students who come to Stanford.”

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund arts apprenticeships

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation has announced six grants, totalling more than £150,000, which will support apprenticeships within professional arts organisations.

The Spec

Canada’s Opera Hamilton to cease operations

After years of financial difficulty, Opera Hamilton has cancelled next Saturday’s Gala performance and April’s production of Carmen. It will cease operations for good.

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(Written on January 10, 2014 )