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In today’s news: Instrument-maker creates da Vinci’s ‘viola organista’, The Refugee Orchestra Project’s film explores topics like jobs the refugess get, and Abbey Road Red connects tech startups with studio’s experts and facilities. Kay Kuntze stays at Theater&Philharmonie Thüringen, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin to perform at Festival “Berlin Atona”, and Patricia Kopatchinskaja receives Grand Prix Musik.

The Observer

How Front Row sparked real drama in Theatreland

Outrage ensued when Amol Rajan, Giles Coren and Nikki Beds admitted to being less than ardent theatre-goers. Daivd Mitchell on whether we should take their honesty onboard.

Telegraph

Music stars ‘take a knee for America

Veteran Stevie Wonder makes a stand (or is it kneel?) on stage in solidarity with activist NFL players as row with #45 continues.

Classic FM

Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention recreated for the first time

A Polish instrument-maker has painstakingly created the first ever example of the ‘viola organista’.

The Drum

The Refugee Orchestra Project’s first film looks through the lens of 15 refugees to shatter stereotypes

The campaign film explores topics including the jobs refugees get, the hardship they have come from and discrimination they face in the countries they immigrate to.

Wired

The next big act out of Abbey Road could be an AI startup

Abbey Road Red is connecting tech startups with the famous studio’s experts and facilities.

Limelight

Musica Viva moves into slick new national office

The new premises at Green Square boasts administrative space, a performance and recording studio, and a production suite.

Pizzicato

Unknown viola work by Shostakovich was found in Moscow

A previously unknown work of Dmitri Shostakovich has been found in the personal archives of the Russian violist Vadim Borisovsky (1900-1972), stored in the Russian State Archives in Moscow.

NMZ

Kay Kuntze bleibt Intendant in Altenburg und Gera

Der Vertrag von Kay Kuntze als Generalintendant der Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen GmbH ist bis zum Jahr 2022 verlängert worden.

Klassik Heute

Robin Ticciati und das DSO beim Festival “Berlin Atonal”

Das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin und das Festival ›Berlin Atonal‹ treffen am 29. September im Projekt ›Parallax‹ zusammen.

Codex Flores

Grand Prix Musik 2017 für Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Der Schweizer Grand Prix Musik 2017 geht an die Violinistin Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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(Written on September 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda Lewis has died.

Classic FM

‘Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier’

Simon Rattle starts his new role as Music Director at the London Symphony Orchestra this month. So as he packs his pencil case for his first season in charge, we spoke to him about getting over nerves, the best piece of advice he’s ever been given and why the future is bright for classical music.

The Times

Jeremy Dale Roberts: Distinguished composer considered to be the master of miniature compositions

Cannibalism may not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about a classical composer, but it was how Jeremy Dale Roberts described the creative process when writing for gifted musicians in his circle. “[I] draw upon their temperament and behaviour in the narrative of the music: to absorb their presence,” he told a contemporary music website. “A rare form of cannibalism, maybe.”

The New York Times

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

As a boy soprano in the youth opera company that his parents ran in their small town, the Dutch composer Michel van der Aaonce accompanied his father to the clockmaker who was painting a set for them. What he saw, he recalled recently, was revelatory.

Good House Keeping

Target Has Never Played Background Music, Until Now

While the company has avoided it for decades—believing it to be a distraction—they’re introducing a soundtrack of more than 1,500 songs from the likes of Taylor Swift to Stevie Wonder to keep you in stores longer and hopefully revive their flagging sales in the process.

Limelight

Australian guitarist placed third in prestigious ARD Competition

Andrey Lebedev also took the prize for his performance of the commissioned work at Germany’s top music contest.

Pizzicato

Marin Alsop wins 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

NMZ

IFPI stellt neuen Music Consumer Insight Report vor: Audio-Streaming für Musikkonsum weltweit immer wichtiger

Urheberrechtsverletzungen bleiben für die Musikindustrie weltweit eine zentrale Herausforderung: 40 Prozent der Konsumenten hören Musik über nicht-lizenzierte Angebote.

Kultur Radio

Bund fördert Orchester in Konstanz, Bochum und Jena

31 Projekte öffentlicher Orchester erhalten über das Programm “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro Bundesförderung.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Branda Lewis gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Brenda Lewis ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 96 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in Westport (Connecticut).

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Classical Music News   A new direction – and a call for guest posts

Music History   in 1920 Birth of Karen

Classical Music News   Meet the Artist……Jason Rebello, pianist

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(Written on September 19, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

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In today’s news, Welsh primary schools use musical approach to enhance the teaching of languages, BBC Radio 3 returns to London’s Southbank Centre to mark the station’s 70th birthday & classical music fans analyse David Cameron’s humming. Also, BBC Music Magazine lists 15 things they love about the BBC Proms & Stevie Wonder visited London during his Songs In The Key Of Life tour.

Classical Music Magazine

New partnership to explore language learning through the arts

A grant of of £111,000 to the British Council Wales will enable the consortium to work with ten primary schools in Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, exploring how music-based approaches can enhance the teaching of  languages with sound-based components such as rhyme, repetition and rhythm.

Gramophone

BBC Radio 3 returns to London’s Southbank Centre

Two weeks of programmes, events and concerts from the Royal Festival Hall to mark the station’s 70th birthday.

The Huffington Post

David Cameron’s ditty analysed by classical music buffs: ‘It’s disconcerting’

David Cameron’s swan song as prime minister – a bizarre ditty he hummed to himself as he re-entered Downing Street – has been analysed by classical music buffs.

BBC Music Magazine

15 things we love about the BBC Proms…

Where’s the best place to hear a BBC Prom? Standing right up close to the performers in Royal Albert Hall? Perhaps on a seat a little further back? Or maybe at home on the radio: on the sofa, in the kitchen, in the bath…

BBC News

Stevie Wonder brings Songs In The Key of Life tour to London

Stevie Wonder has closed London’s BST festival with a meaningful but meandering stroll through his landmark double album, Songs In The Key Of Life. The 66-year-old played for almost four hours, backed by a razor-sharp band of more than 20 musicians.

nmz

Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt feiern Gründung vor 70 Jahren

Mit einem umfangreichen Jubiläumsprogramm feiern die Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt ihre Gründung vor 70 Jahren. Dabei präsentiert die 48. Auflage des Festivals vom 29. Juli an rund 50 Konzerte mit 40 Uraufführungen.

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Stuttgarter Opernhaus wird erweitert und bekommt neue Bühnentechnik

Der Verwaltungsrat der Württembergischen Staatstheater Stuttgart hat eine Erweiterung des Stuttgarter Opernhauses beschlossen. Sie ist gekoppelt an eine grundlegende Sanierung des Theaterbaus.

Musik heute

Bayreuth-Regisseur Laufenberg: Neuer Dirigent verändert Arbeit an “Parsifal”

Nach dem Wechsel des “Parsifal”-Dirigenten bei den Bayreuther Festspielen hat sich laut Regisseur Uwe Eric Laufenberg die Arbeit an dem Stück verändert. Hartmut Haenchen gehe mehr in eine Richtung wie Pierre Boulez.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Yoga, classical music and a big glass box – We’re heading to the @southbankcentre! http://bbc.in/29HD476

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts An artwork in the Netherlands hopes to solve one of the world’s pressing environmental problems

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Mahler’s second symphony has become the highest-estimated musical manuscript to be offered at auction

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(Written on July 12, 2016 )

At 8pm last night BBC viewers and listeners everywhere were in for a treat…

In their first ever pan-channel broadcast the BBC launched BBC Music, an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives with a spectacular version of God Only Knows. The reworking of the song, originally by The Beach Boys, was performed by 27 musicians from all genres of music, uniting to create ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.

The launch of this new initiative shows the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in over 30 years. Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music, said: “This is an exciting moment for BBC Music as we launch to a global audience. With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and comprising an array of iconic music stars, from a wide range of musical genres, this ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC. Our audiences are very clear in their passion for music and that’s why BBC Music exists: to create, curate and celebrate music – for the love of it.”

God Only Knows features the song’s original writer and creator, Brian Wilson, alongside a list of world-famous musicians including Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and, of course, the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Brian Wilson said that he felt “incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The location of the film is also very special as the Alexandra Palace Theatre is the home of the first ever BBC broadcast over 90 years ago!

The song has now been released as a single in a first-time collaboration between Sony, Warner and Universal Music and all of the proceeds are going to BBC Children in Need. It is already available to download and will be in shops later in the week.

During 2013/14 the BBC has broadcast over 41,000 hours of musical content making it the world’s largest music broadcaster. This has included 600 classical music concerts a year on Radio 3, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The Proms. BBC Four is also the biggest commissioner of music documentaries in the UK.

Also this week, BBC Ten Pieces has launched in cinemas and on iPlayer as the BBC Learning team joins with over 200 partners and classical musicians to help inspire primary school children and introduce them to classical music. Approximately 100,000 children will see the film at over 300 screenings across the UK and eventually the DVD of the film will be made available to primary schools for free.

All information about BBC Music can be found on their new homepage.

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )