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The 2018/19 season for the Milton Keynes City Orchestra has been announced today.

The fantastic programme includes performances from the likes of Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough and Craig Ogden, who will join the ensemble in Milton Keynes. The season kicks off in September with the MK Proms, featuring soprano Ellie Laugharne.

Musical Director Damian Iorio said: “MKCO has over 40 years of tradition and it is a great pleasure to present the new season which will include a broad range of works covering the string, chamber and symphonic orchestra repertoire. I also look forward to working with some fantastic soloists, including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough and Federico Colli.”

The orchestra also welcomes its new leader, violinist Helena Wood, and also continues its collaboration with Yamaha, giving a concerto opportunity to the winner of their Music Foundation of Europe scholarship.

A link to the full concert season brochure is here. Tickets now on-sale.

(Written on July 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: Poles attend less concerts now, scientists investigate women’s voices after pregnancy, Stephen Hough is awarded honorary membership of the RPS, Ivan Hewett investigates the future of classical music genre, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle boosts classical music sales, Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha to share the Konzerthaus’ leadership, and in Hamburg’s “Komponistenquartier” new museums remind us of the works by Gustav Mahler as well as Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

Pizzicato

Less visitors in Polish Theatres and Concert Halls

In 2017, Poles attended more cultural events, but while cinemas, museums, and mass events draw more visitors, the number of entries to theatres and music institutions decreased by 9 percent to 13 million.

Classic FM

Women’s voices temporarily drop by two semitones after pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Sussex find that new mothers’ voices become temporarily deeper and more monotone for around a year after having their first child.

Rhinegold

Stephen Hough becomes RPS honorary member

Pianist Stephen Hough has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

The Telegraph

Game shows and drag queens: how classical music is pushing boundaries

Ivan Hewett talks to the Artistic Director of The London Sinfonietta and explores the evolving landscape of the “new classical” genre.

Billboard

Royal Wedding & Sheku Kanneh-Mason Boost U.S. Classical Music Sales to Biggest Week of 2018

Thanks to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, sales of classical music in the U.S. rose to its highest level in 2018.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Mehrgenerationen-WG

Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha: Künftig teilen sich drei Dirigenten die Leitung des Konzerthausorchesters. Und die Musiker wagen Technikspielereien.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Für ihn vielleicht Beruf, für sie stets nur Zierde

Im Hamburger Komponistenquartier erinnern Museen für Mahler und die Geschwister Mendelssohn an die produktive, doch nie harmonische deutsch-jüdische Symbiose für das kulturelle Leben Deutschlands.

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„In Weimar fühlt man sich wie auf einer Insel“

Kirill Karabits hat sich als GMD des Deutschen Nationaltheaters in die Herzen der Musikfreunde in Weimar dirigiert – und genießt das Leben in der Goethestadt.

The New York Times

From Staff to Stave

Five Times colleagues from across the newsroom who play together in a classical music ensemble talk about how journalism and music overlap.

Pizzicato

Venice Symphony Appoints Troy Quinn Music Director

The Venice Symphony (Florida) has announced the appointment of American conductor Troy Quinn, 34, as Music Director from the 2018-19 season.

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Conductor Ivan Fischer © Marco Borggreve

(Written on June 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall, and Guildhall School announces six new appointments. Rheingau Musik Festival announces collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, Christian Thielemann honours for 20 years at Bayreuther Festival, and music prizes for Meret Lüthi and Ernesto Molinari.

The Times

Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall

This part-time usher job could turn out to be her first step on the road to stardom after she entranced critics and concertgoers with an “exquisite” performance when asked to stand in at short notice for a soprano who had been taken ill.

International Piano

Casio Music launches four new keyboards

LK-135, LK-265, CTK-1500 and CTK-3500 are now available in stores across the UK, and feature a number of functions to enhance the playing experience, from App compatibility to Dance Music Mode.

Classical Music Magazine

Culture Mile consultation announced

City workers and residents are being invited to attend a consultation event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden on 24 August to share their views about plans to transform the north-west corner of the Square Mile into a cultural and creative destination.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School announces six new appointments

The Guildhall School has announced six new appointments, with the new members of staff all starting in September 2017.

Opera Now

Applications for Glyndebourne Opera Cup to open in October

Applications for a new international singing competition from Glyndebourne open on 2 October 2017. The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is an international competition designed to discover the best young singers from around the world.

Limelight

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces 2018 season

Sergio Tiempo is Artist in Residence, with Stephen Hough, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Bernstein’s 100 among the season’s highlights.

Pizzicato

Malko Competition now open for application

Applications are now open for the 18th Malko Competition for Young Conductors, hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 20th-27th April 2018.

Klassik.heute

Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival: erste Ausstellung auf Google Arts&Culture-App

Die Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival hat am vergangenen Samstag im Rahmen des Schlossfestes auf Schloss Vollrads die Zusammenarbeit mit Google Arts & Culture bekannt gegeben.

Pizzicato

Thielemann für 20 Jahr Bayreuth geehrt

Der Musikdirektor der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele, Christian Thielemann, hat in zwanzig Jahren  151 Vorstellungen bei den Wagner-Festspielen in Bayreuth dirigiert.

Klassik.com

Musikpreise des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Musikpreise des Kantons Bern gehen in diesem Jahr an die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie an den Klarinettisten Ernesto Molinari.

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The Times: Milly Forrest

(Written on August 15, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Cadogan Hall announces Christmas series 2016, Guildhall School awards fellowships to Pappano and Hough, and new study finds classical music has calming effect on horses. Also, “Musikland” conference shows perspectives for refugee musicians, and Academy of Arts Berlin calls on Angela Merkel to support the release of arrested artists in Turkey.

Classical Music Magazine

Christmas at Cadogan 2016

Cadogan Hall’s Christmas series 2016 features orchestras, choirs, soloists and family events. Highlights include performances from the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge or the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School awards fellowships to Pappano and Hough

Sir Antonio Pappano and Stephen Hough were among those to be made honorary fellows of the Guildhall School on 4 November.

The Violin Channel

New Study Finds Classical Music Has Calming Effect on Horses

New research this week out of the University of Caen Normandy, in France has made strong suggestions that classical music can have a significant stress-reducing effect on horses.

Prizes Awarded at American Boulder International Duo Competition

American cellist Julian Schwarz and Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki have been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 ‘Art of the Duo’ Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

WQXR

5 Classical Pieces For the Sting of Election Defeat

Luckily, music can be of comfort and set the mood you need to grapple with all those weird feelings in your soul. The last thing you probably want to do today is look for that music, so we made sure to be one step ahead of you. Here are five works that will ease the pain of electoral defeat.

The Wall Street Journal

Physicist Carlo Rovelli on Composer Arvo Pärt

A three-minute piano piece alters a scientist’s universe

nmz

Musikland-Jahreskonferenz zeigt Perspektiven für geflüchtete Musiker

Um Flucht, Integration und neue Perspektiven für geflüchtete Musiker geht es seit heute auf der zweitägigen Musikland-Jahreskonferenz in Hannover. Dabei soll vor allem die im Juli gegründete Initiative «Welcome Board» helfen.

Offener Brief an Merkel für inhaftierte Künstler in der Türkei

Unter Federführung der Berliner Akademie der Künste haben zahlreiche Kulturinstitutionen in einem offenen Brief an Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel appelliert, sich für die sofortige Freilassung der inhaftierten Kulturschaffenden in der Türkei einzusetzen.

klassik.com

Verleger Bernhard Bosse gestorben

Er starb im Alter von 94 Jahren in Regensburg. Bosse war Geschäftsführer des Gustav Bosse Verlags, dessen Programm er in den Bereichen Musikpädagogik, Laienmusizieren und Neues Geistliches Lied erweiterte. Er war Mitbegründer der Zeitschrift “Musikalische Jugend”, aus der 1969 die “Neue Musikzeitung” hervorging.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Francisco Goldschmidt erhält Musikförderpreis der Stadt Köln

Music History @today_classical in 1901 FP of ’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Moscow

ARTE Info @ARTEInfo  “Unsicherheit”, “Weckruf”, “Werte”: So haben die europäischen Politiker auf Trumps Sieg reagiert. bit.ly/2fxOwRH 

Cadogan Hall. Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton.

Cadogan Hall. Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton.

(Written on November 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Pianist Stephen Hough calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences, Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month, and Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg Festival Young Conductor award. Also, musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus announces its 25th season.

BBC News

Pianist calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences

Pianist Stephen Hough has called for classical concerts to be overhauled to attract younger audiences. Performances should be shorter with no interval, he argues, while orchestras could drop their formal dress code.

Classical Music Magazine

Composed app to shut down

Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month. Launched in November 2014, the subscription music service allows users to stream music from the Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon catalogues, including archive and new recordings.

Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg young conductor award

Aziz Shokhakimov has won the 2016 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival young conductors award. The 27-year-old Uzbekistani wins €15,000 (£12,730) and a concert as part of the Salzburg Festival 2017, which will be released on disc.

The Stage

Musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests

Musicians are planning further protests outside venues hosting the touring production of Dirty Dancing following a dispute over the use of a backing track in the show.

The Telegraph

Meet conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

This young Lithuanian has been generating huge excitement since taking on her first orchestral directorship in Heidelberg, in 2010. Since then, successes have come thick and fast.

WQXR

National Sawdust Broadens Its Scope in Second Season

National Sawdust, the Williamsburg-based art and music venue that quickly established itself as one of the more ambitious and enterprising presenters in the city, announced its second season Monday with an even broader mission.

The New York Times

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Announces 25th Season

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will celebrate its 25th season with newly commissioned pieces from acclaimed composers, including Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Rhiannon Giddens.

klassik.com

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 für Celeste Oram und Weston Olencki

Die Komponistin Celeste Oram und der Posaunist Weston Olencki haben den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 erhalten. Der im Rahmen der 48. Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt vergebene und mit 6.000 EUR dotierte Preis ist zu gleichen Hälften auf die Bereiche Komposition und Interpretation aufgeteilt.

RBB Kulturradio

Saisoneröffnung der Berliner Philharmoniker auch im Kino

Das Konzert der Berliner Philharmoniker zur Saisoneröffnung wird in rund 100 Kinos live übertragen. Unter der Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle spielt das Orchester am 26. August Gustav Mahlers Siebte Symphonie, zum Auftakt gibt es Pierre Boulez’ “Éclat”.

Klassik Akzente

Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2016 – Fernando Varela auf dem Mopke

Am 20. August 2016 lädt die Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg zum 19. Mal in die Parkanlagen von Schloss Sanssouci nach Potsdam. Dieses Jahr mit von der Partie ist der talentierte Tenor Fernando Varela, der die Besucher mit einem eleganten Stilmix aus Klassik und Pop unterhalten wird.

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New York Times Music @nytimesmusic Bobby Hutcherson, Vibraphonist With Coloristic Range of Sound, Dies at 75 http://nyti.ms/2aY0un1

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Hier in voller Länge zum Nachhören: Götterdämmerung bei den Bayreuther Festspielen

nmz @musikzeitung  will nicht beim Super Bowl auftreten: „Es geht nicht um “: Die britische…

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Conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Credit: Rii Schroer

(Written on August 16, 2016 )

New York Times

A New Operatic Harmony in Berlin

Berlin’s two main opera houses, the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper, have a rivalry dating back to the cold war but recent changes suggest a new era of cooperation.

Guardian

Funding cuts force merger of Germany’s SWR Symphony and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras

As of 2016, “the SWR Symphony Orchestra, based in Freiburg and Baden-Baden, is merging with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, thanks to a combination of budgetary cuts at the radio organisation that pays for both of them and what musicians in Germany call the ‘cultural barbarity’ of the radio bosses.”

BT to add music service to TV offerings

BT is to launch a music streaming and karaoke service backed by the world’s largest music company, Universal Music. The service will initially offer the equivalent of about 150 albums of music tracks, which subscribers can listen to through their BT TV service.

Huffington Post

Orchestra Moving to the Internet

Leonard Slatkin, conductor of the Detroit Symphony orchestra, writes about how internet broadcasting of concerts has helped them bounce back after their six month strike and financial troubles.

Telegraph

Dressing up, dressing down: does it affect how many come to concerts?

Stephen Hough discusses concert dress, accessibility and the theatre of the concert hall.

Gramophone

Linn offers festive gift of 24 days of free high-resolution music downloads

The hi-fi manufacturer, whose Linn Records label won Gramophone’s Label of the Year in 2010, is celebrating the festive season with free Studio Master high-resolution music downloads from the beginning of December until Christmas.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das ist mein Lebenswerk hier

Staatsopern-Maestro Daniel Barenboim spricht im Interview über die „Trovatore“-Premiere mit Placido Domingo und Anna Netrebko, über Berlin und seinen baldigen Abschied von Mailand. Und er bricht eine Lanze für Sasha Waltz und ihre Tanzcompagnie, die Berlin unbedingt halten sollte.

New York Times

New York Times

 

(Written on November 29, 2013 )

Classical News:

18th September: Gramophone Awards, N-Dubz create Urban-Classical fusion and Elton John’s short fingers discouraged him from Classical music

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Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 announced!

Winners include Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Julian Bream and Jan Lisiecki. Decca Classics are Label of the Year and trumpeteer Alison Balsom is the first British woman to win Artist of the Year.

Telegraph

Fazer’s Urban Takeover

N-Dubz singer’s new BBC 3 programme attempts to “blow apart the preconceptions of young people” concerning classical music by getting seven teenagers to create classical-urban fusion.

Is New Age thinking good or bad for musicians?

Concert pianist Stephen Hough discusses the presumption that “self-expression is what the arts are all about.”

Guardian

Music in the shadow of war

A new war themed concert series begins at Wigmore Hall and Steven Isserlis discusses how the intimate nature of chamber music allows composers writing in terrible times to respond in surprising ways.

Classic FM Online

Elton John stopped playing classical music due to short fingers

Despite winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy, Elton John claims his switch from classical to popular music was due to his “fingers like cocktail sausages.”

Alison Balsom to record with legendary rock producer Ethan Johns

When trumpeter Alison Balsom moves to America later this year she will record an album with Ethan Johns, who has previously worked with artists including Tom Jones, Kings of Leon, The Vaccines and Joe Cocker.

Huffington Post Arts & Entertainment

Sergei Filin Returns To Bolshoi Theater After Devastating Acid Attack

The Bolshoi ballet’s artistic director has returned to the famed Moscow theater after months of treatment in Germany for burns he suffered to both eyes when a man threw acid in his face in January.

Pacific Standard

Study: Classical Music makes men think women are more attractive

Recently published research found a relationship between the type of music used on someone’s personal webpage and whether they are seen as attractive by the opposite sex. Men found women more attractive if classical music was playing in the background, but women found men better-looking if their webpage had a heavy-metal soundtrack.

Neue Musikzeitung

„Sieg der Frauen“ bei ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Die Viola-Spielerin Yura Lee (28) aus Südkorea ist Gewinnerin des ARD-Musikwettbewerbs.

 

Alison Balsom, BBC News

Alison Balsom, BBC News


(Written on September 18, 2013 )

The Guardian

Behold the Messiah: 21 of the finest Stradivarius instruments go on show

Ashmolean museum in Oxford stages first UK exhibition devoted to the master violin maker, Antonio Stradivari.

 

Classic FM

Stephen Hough auctioning his piano today

British-Australian pianist Stephen Hough is to auction one of his pianos this afternoon via The Piano Auctions Company.

 

Classical music makes New Zealand hens lay larger eggs

A New Zealand vineyard has discovered that playing classical music to its resident hens has made their eggs noticeably larger.

 

Gramophone

Two Britten world premieres to take place in Birmingham and London

Birmingham Conservatoire students perform Chaos and Cosmos, while Camerata Nordica perform Elegy for strings at the Proms.

 

Planet Hugill

Troy Story

The Orchestra of the Swan in collaboration with Talking Birds and six Birmingham Schools have come up with Troy Story an ‘intergalactic opera’.

 

Der Tagesspiegel

Was sind Kulturgüter wert? Austausch und Ausnahme

Europa und die USA wollen ein Freihandelsabkommen schließen. Kulturgüter müssen daovn ausgenommen sein – sagen Politiker vieler europäischer Länder.

 

Violinist Cecelia Stinton plays a beechback Stradivarius violin

 

The Guardian

(Written on June 13, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Just how English is English National Opera meant to be?

The English National Opera’s 2012-13 season is exciting and fresh but Rupert Christiansen questions how much actually showcases the best of home music.

Can the English National Opera justify the claims it’s making for this new production of a Pilgrim’s Progress?

When is a full, professional staging not a full, professional staging?

Stephen Hough in St. Louis

Playing ‘artificial and gushing tunes’.

Gramophone

Louis Langrée named Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra music director

Four-year term begins from 2013-14 season.

Leonidas Kavakos signs to Decca

First Decca disc to be complete set of the Beethoven sonatas.

The Tokyo Quartet is to disband after next season

Slipped Disc

Kurt Masur falls off podium

Conductor unable to resume concert.

Guardian 

4 star review for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

One work was pre-eminent in this rewarding programme of Bach arias and orchestral pieces spiritedly performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Steven Devine.

Tenor Toby Spence recovering from thyroid cancer

The singer hopes to return to the stage in June.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/26/tenor-toby-spence-recovering-from-cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on April 27, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

The Times

The Passenger at the London Coliseum

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1968 opera The Passenger, based on a novel by Zofia Posmysz, has a grim authenticity, says Richard Morrison.

The Telegraph

Night of Hunters: Tori Amos achieves the impossible – a pop/classical crossover that doesn’t make you cringe.

Pop/classical crossover is a ‘banana skin’ but Tori Amos makes it look easy, says Lucy Jones.

The other Rachmaninov Third and its deep sadness

Seventy five years after the piece was written and premiered, Stephen Hough thinks the composer would be happy and content to know how much his music and this piece is loved.

Why the Israel Philharmonic isn’t world-class but the Rotterdam Philharmonic is

This last weekend Michael White managed to hear something British audiences the week before did not, except with difficulty: the Israel Philharmonic, uninterrupted. Unfortunately, he was left feeling underwhelmed.

Slipped Disc

The violinist who was executed in the Tower

Daniel Hope has a new radio documentary coming up about a German-Brazilian violinist who was convicted of spying in the First World War and executed in the Tower of London. Norman Lebrecht reports.

(Written on September 20, 2011 )