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The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.


Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.


Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.


Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Heartbroken Frank Peter Zimmerman Surrenders ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Strad to Financial Controllers

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: RT @ruthmackenzie: “@hollandfestival: The programme 2015 has been announced. Featuring Anna Calvi in 12 Hour Prom. ” @klassikcom: Überbrückungskredit für Salzburger Festspiele  #Musikfestival #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classical News


Giving a musical voice to war’s unsung victims

Composer Sally Beamish has turned one of Andrew Motion’s war poems into a new oratorio. The former poet laureate explains their tribute to the ‘damaged living’

BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey

Culture minister says he prefers the ‘absolutely brilliant’ Classic FM to its BBC rival because it is ‘accessible and informal’


Richard Morrison: ‘Britain plays second fiddle when it comes to Strads’

It’s awful that vintage violins lie silent when there are hundreds of brilliant players desperate to bring them to life

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra in crisis talks with funders and culture minister

A statement released by the Ulster Orchestra acknowledges the precarious situation of its finances and suggests that, in the still uncertain event of the orchestra surviving beyond the current financial year, its future will be ‘not as we have come to know it over the last 50 years’.

Classic FM

New app explains music as you listen – but you need to leave your mobile ON during concerts

The Philadelphia Orchestra has released an app that turns your mobile phone into an interactive concert programme.

The Strad

Northern Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra faces imminent closure, warns chairman

The ensemble has appealed for £500,000 in emergency funding from Belfast City Council


Milanov Named Music Director In Chautauqua

49-year-old Bulgarian conductor Rossen Milanov has been named the ninth music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (NY).

London Evening Standard

The 1000: London’s most influential people 2014 – Music makers

British artists are responsible for one in eight albums sold around the world – proof of London’s flourishing music scene. From urban soul to contemporary classical, there is room for new and old

Spiegel Online

Bayreuther Festspiele: Gregor Gysi vertritt künftig die Wagner-Familie

Der Linke Gregor Gysi begibt sich in schillernde Gesellschaft: Als Anwalt wird er künftig die Familie Wagner vertreten.

Kent Nagano kritisiert Ausrichtung der Bildungspolitik nach Pisa-Studien

Weder Sprachen noch Künste würden in Studien berücksichtigt


Verschätzt: Konzertreihe im Pariser ‘Palais Royal’ nach der ersten Saison abgesagt

Die komplette Konzertsaison 2014/15 der ‘Lundis Musicaux’ in dem von Kardinal Richelieu erbauten Theater des ‘Palais Royal’ in Paris wurde abgesagt.


„Der christliche Glaube ist mir eine starke Inspiration“

Der Pianist Martin Helmchen erzählt von seinem Weg auf die großen Bühnen der Welt, von Vaterzeit und dem höheren Ziel der Musik

The Washington Post

When art sings: How paintings have fared on the musical and opera stage

Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibiton” is one of the most famous works of concert music; even if you think you don’t know it, you know it.

The New York Times

Working and Playing at the Side of the Master Artist

Musicians From Marlboro Take Their Lessons on the Road


Wigmore Hall ‏@wigmore_hall: Find out more about Wigmore Hall’s permanent exhibition of Clive Barda’s photos:  #WHBarda

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical: Great piano playing from Richard Uttley, but not sure about the video… 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: You can submit your nominations for the 2015 Music Teacher Awards:  @MusicEdExpo

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Are the new Music Teachers’ Board exams too soft or a realistic alternative to traditional grade exams?

Andrew Motion and Sally Beamish

Andrew Motion and Sally Beamish: collaborators on the oratorio Equal Voices. Photograph: Paul Joyce



(Written on October 17, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Evelyn Glennie among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ nominations?

The violinist and percussionist are among those suggested by the Saltire Society to gain the title in celebration of National Women’s Day.

The Telegraph

Is the sound of the saxophone ugly?

There’s something about the saxophone that sets the listener on edge, says Ivan Hewett. But does it have any redeeming qualities?

BBC Music Magazine

Sounds at the heart of the Mediterranean

Paolo Petrocelli, founder of EMMA for Peace, reports on two musical events in Malta that promoted the work of charities protecting refugees in the region


Classicalite’s Five Best: Musical Moments in Harold Ramis Films

A sad farewell to the inspired, hitherto undersung comedian, writer and director Harold Ramis.

North West Public Radio

Guy Who Identified the Stolen Stradivarius Can Help You Pick a Violin

The Classical music world was relieved when Milwaukee police found the stolen Stradivarius. But how were they sure it was the genuine article? How Stefan Hersh identifies rare violins.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 26, 2014 )

The Guardian

Sexism is rife in classical music

Why is sexism still tolerated in our industry? We need an immediate and total change in attitudes across the board, says James Rhodes

If you can get in, it’s great night out – concert access for disabled people

The charity Attitude is Everything gives a mixed report on provision for disabled people at music venues, but the future sounds positive

The Japan Times

First female conductor at New National Theatre Tokyo performs ‘Madama Butterfly’

Japanese audiences, especially women, may have mixed feelings about Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly,” making it an interesting choice for the first production at the NNTT conducted by a woman in the theatre’s sixteen year history.

The Telegraph

Yuja Wang interview: ‘I can wear long skirts when I’m 40’

Yuja Wang’s short dresses have attracted as much attention as her virtuoso performances at the piano. Ahead of London concerts, she talks to Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Wayne McGregor: ballet meets maths

Wayne McGregor mixes dance, art and maths in his new Royal Ballet piece

The Violin Chanel

$100,000 Reward Posted for Safe Return of Stolen $5 Million ‘Lipinski’ Strad

A USD $100,000 reward has today been announced for information leading to the safe return of the 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius – stolen in a violent armed robbery from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond.

Die Zeit

EU vereinfacht den digitalen Musikmarkt

Anstatt mit EU-Staaten einzeln über Lizenzen zu verhandeln, können Anbieter wie Spotify ab 2016 einheitliche Rechte bekommen. Eine neue Richtlinie schafft Hürden ab.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on February 5, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry


The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )


Stolen Stradivarius sold for £1.4 million at Tarisio auction house

A Stradivarius violin once offered for sale by a thief for £100 has fetched almost 14,000 times that much at auction.

Five carols ripe for revival

Each Christmas, we sing the same old favourites, but these represent a small fraction of the carols that have been written, many of which display an astonishing poetic imagination. Ivan Hewett suggests five forgotten ones that deserve to be sung.

NPR Music

New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

For 160 years, the pianos made by Steinway & Sons have been considered the finest in the world. So when hedge fund billionaire John Paulson recently bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians: Would the famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency?


Johnny Marr claims Spotify ‘hampers’ new bands’ potential

Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has joined Thom Yorke and David Byrne in suggesting that Spotify harms the modern music industry. “I can’t think of anything more opposite to punk rock than Spotify.”

Classical Music Magazine

The Rest Is Noise closes with final ticket sales of 124,644

The Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest Is Noise festival, which concluded on 14 December, sold 124,644 tickets across its entire run.

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 to broadcast every opera by Richard Strauss in 2014

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast every opera by Richard Strauss during 2014 to mark the German composer’s 150th anniversary. The celebrations launch on 4 January with a broadcast of the Royal Opera House’s production of Capriccio.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Siebzehn Küsse auf den linken Fuß, das hilft

In „Bloody Daughter“ zeichnet die Filmemacherin Stéphanie Argerich ein intimes Porträt ihrer berühmten Mutter, der Pianistin Martha Argerich. Das Ergebnis ist eine luzide Hommage an die weltentrückte Künstlerin.






(Written on December 19, 2013 )

Classic FM

Classical Music Features at the Olympic Closing Ceremony 

Julian Lloyd Webber, the London Symphony Orchestra and others featured alongside pop and rock artists in the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

‘Hip-Hop violinist’ Phantom video is online hit 

Californian violinist’s new Youtube video has become an instant viral hit.

Kayaking is ‘like Mozart,’ says Olympic coach 

Guiglelmo Guerrini says that his wife’s performance was comparable to conducting and performing classical music.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Breaking: A mighty organist has died 

Carlo Curley has died at age 59.

Nobody wants to audition for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 

At a recent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Audition only one-third of the usual number of candidates appeared.

Manchester Leader gets a Strad on Loan 

Giovanni Guzzo, concertmaster of the Manchester Camerata has been given a month’s loan of a Strad by a local philanthropist.

The Independent 

‘World’s bravest Orchestra’ defies the bombers

Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain.

Opera News

Moving to the Center 

Jennifer Melick visits Manhattan’s brand-new National Opera Center.

(Written on August 13, 2012 )