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In today’s news: Riccardo Muti and Catherine Deneuve awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale. New Beethoven stamp to celebrate 250th anniversary of composer’s birth. Australian Ballett performance cut short by a rat. Classical music is dead? The Würzburger Mozartfest in portrait. Meet the alpinist musicians who took their passion for music high into the Alps. Street in named after missing soprano. Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement. Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president. Meet two composers leading charge for women at the Proms.


Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement events

Piano+, designed to offer entertainment and insight to competition audiences, includes masterclasses, talks and insight events with members of the competition jury, such as Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper.


Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president

Fry will lead the group into a new residency at LSO St Luke’s from 2019.

The Telegraph

Meet the two composers leading the charge for women at the Proms: ‘It’s time to redress centuries of injustice’

Roxanna Panufnik and Anna Meredith are among the 22 female composers set to feature in the Proms this year. They tell Ivan Hewett why it’s about time

BBC News

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat

A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia. Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Klassische Musik ist tot? Von wegen!

Die Krise der Klassik wird regelmäßig heraufbeschworen: Doch die Nachfrage ist groß wie nie zuvor. Nicht nur ihre Zuhörer sind zahlreich – sondern auch die Formen der Darbietung.


Catherine Deneuve und Riccardo Muti erhalten Praemium Imperiale

Die französische Schauspielerin Catherine Deneuve (74) und der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti (76) werden für ihr Lebenswerk mit dem Praemium Imperiale geehrt.

Neue Beethoven-Briefmarke wirbt für Jubiläum 2020

Im Vorfeld des 250. Geburtstages von Ludwig van Beethoven erscheint eine neue Briefmarke.

Platea Magazine

Génova dedicará una calle a la desaparecida soprano Daniela Dessì

El Consejo de la ciudad de Génova ha aprobado, por unanimidad y a propuesta de Luca Pirandoni, de Movimiento Cinco Estrellas, dedicar una calle a la soprano genovesa Daniela Dessì, fallecida en el verano de 2016, a los 56 años.


Manu Delago: “Sono un montanaro che porta sulle Alpi la passione per la musica”

Il musicista ha realizzato un film e un disco durante una spedizione sulle montagne austriache con altri sette musicisti-alpinisti.


Riccardo Muti (c) Presse, Praemium Imperiale

(Written on July 12, 2018 )

The Guardian

Google launches Spotify rival Music All Access in the UK

Subscription-based music service aims to undercut Spotify and other rivals with £7.99-a-month offer for early signups

Zubin Mehta to conduct concert in Kashmir

Mumbai-born maestro to perform with orchestra on banks of Lake Dal in Srinigar next month

Classic FM Online

New Zealand Symphony cancels tour to record Hobbit soundtrack

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour of New Zealand because it coincides with recording dates for the soundtrack to the second Hobbit movie

Eric Whitacre on VC4, dubstep and meeting the Royals

Eric Whitacre chats to Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau about the success of Virtual Choir 4 and its premiere at Buckingham Palace

Stephen Fry cites Tchaikovsky in anti-Olympics open letter

Actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has used Tchaikovsky as an example in an open letter to the Prime Minister and the International Olympic Committee calling them to boycott the Russian Winter Olympics due to LGBT prejudice


Fiona Shaw replaces Deborah Warner as director of Met Opera’s season-opening Eugene Onegin

Warner withdraws due to an unexpected surgical procedure

Rural opera festivals can be serious rivals for the big London houses

Smaller stages at Longborough and Dorset show what can be done with limited resources, bags of enthusiasm – and one Jonathan Miller

Classical Music Magazine

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches 10-day campaign for £70,000 rescue fund

A campaign has been launched to raise funds for the freelance professional Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Namhafte Künstler engagieren sich für Menschenrechte in Russland

Geiger Gidon Kremer kritisiert Anna Netrebko und Valery Gergiev


(Written on August 8, 2013 )

Classic FM

Gramophone Artist of the Year 2013 shortlist announced

Alison Balsom, Marc-André Hamelin and Sir John Eliot Gardiner are among those in the running to pick up the coveted award.

Classic FM

Stephen Fry workshops new opera at Royal College of Music

The opera-loving actor and media personality spent the afternoon with RCM students to direct a new work based on The Life to Come by E. M. Forster.

The Times

Conductor Mikel Toms: 10 things a maestro really needs to know

From conducting The Slutcracker to having a baton cut out of his hand, conductor Mikel Toms is turning years of musical mishaps into a comedy show.

Classic FM

Raymond Yiu in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s your idea of a perfect 40th birthday party? Pianist and composer Raymond Yiu is planning a concert to celebrate his upcoming milestone.

Limelight Magazine

Pietari Inkinen to replace Richard Mills as conductor of The Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen has been appointed new conductor of The Melbourne Ring Cycle 2013.


Ida Haendel talks about Bach, Mozart and working with conductors

For the latest Gramophone Podcast, editor Martin Cullingford met the legendary violinist Ida Haendel, whose career in the public eye dates back to 1937.

Classic FM

Mozart better than Bach for premature babies

A new study in Israel has revealed that premature newborn babies are more conducive to development if they listen to the music of Mozart rather than Bach.

Oliver Condy reports from the final of the inaugural Longwoods International Organ Competition

Global Times

A bootleg recording of Hungarian-born pianist and conductor András Schiff’s recital at Shanghai Concert Hall on June 14 sparked a media frenzy when it was shared online for free.

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(Written on July 3, 2013 )

The Independent

Stephen Fry to Ignite his passion for opera at festival

Stephen Fry has been named as the curator of an annual opera festival.

The Guardian

A disease called Richard? Wagner as mental health menace

In his time the composer’s ‘dangerously stimulating’ music was blamed for melancholy, hysteria, hypnosis and even triggering orgasm


BBC Radio 3 celebrates music of the British Isles

Month-long focus runs throughout June

The Spectator

Four recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth on a £10 app

Last weekend my iPad sucked me deeper into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony than I thought possible.

BBC News

Titanic violin real, hospital CT scan suggests

A violin thought to be the one played by the band leader of the Titanic as it sank has been declared genuine following a CT scan at a hospital.

Southern Pro Musica set to provide classical music in Guildford

A £60,000 grant for a freelance chamber orchestra to provide classical music in Guildford is set to be approved on Thursday.



BBC News

(Written on May 24, 2013 )