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In today’s news: Artists support rising cryptocurrency Monero, early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’ and a new online library of concert videos and feature documentaries by Quincy Jones. Also, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to make a free web-based music education platform, the Opernhaus in Berlin reopens today and the construction of the new Konzerthaus in Munich is postponed.

Classical Music

Ian Skelly to join Suzy Klein on Radio 3’s Essential Classics

Ian Skelly is to replace Rob Cowan as a co-presenter of Radio 3’s Essential Classics. He will begin his new role on Christmas Day, sharing the position with Suzy Klein.

The Guardian

The sound of mega orgasms: the female composers taking music into intimate places

A soundtrack to an erotic feminist film, the crunch of crisps in your own mouth, a composition for ‘strap-on and electric guitar’ … meet the women who are making music and telling stories on their own terms

Serialism: how early 20th-century classical music made Spotify’s list of ‘emerging genres’

The streaming site’s list of big sounds of 2017 includes the challenging form pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg – nestled alongside chillhop, trap Latino and future funk

Digital Music News

Cryptocurrency Monero Jumps 25% as 40 Major Artists Jump on Board

Over 40 artists have signed-on to support rising cryptocurrency, Monero.

The New York Times

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

Quincy Jones, the jazz musician and impresario, is helping to start Qwest TV, an online library of concert videos and feature documentaries, most of them unavailable on YouTube or any other streaming site.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to give all Canadians gift of music literacy with free nation-wide education program

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is looking to boost musical literacy in Canada with an ambitious program that will make a web-based music education platform free to anyone with a Canadian IP address for a year.


Münchner Konzerthaus: Haushaltsausschuss gegen Baubeginn im kommenden Jahr

Der Baubeginn des neuen Münchner Konzerthauses, den Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) gerne noch vor den Landtagswahlen im kommenden Jahr terminiert hätte, muss verschoben werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Blattgoldene Zeiten

Vor 275 Jahren wurde das Opernhaus Unter den Linden eingeweiht. Mit dem Geburtstagskonzert startet endlich der Regelbetrieb im sanierten Gebäude.

Musik Heute

Münchner Kandidatenkarussell: Wer übernimmt die Staatsoper?

Im Münchner Kulturbetrieb müssen gleich drei hochkarätige Posten neu besetzt werden, an der Staatsoper und am Staatsschauspiel.


Music History @today_classical in 1873 FP of symphonic poem Phaeton in Paris

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics On this day in 1980, Herbert von Karajan celebrated his 25th anniversary as principal conductor of Berlin Philharmonic in a wonderful Celebration Concert in Berlin. Find out more about the biography of this outstanding conductor:


(Written on December 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news BBC Radio 3’s Suzy Klein dismisses criticism of Pete Tong’s Ibiza celebration at the BBC Proms and World Service is set to broadcast seven of the Proms concerts this season. Tom Service comments on new research from the Royal College of Music that proves performing and listening to music relieves stress – although he suggests stressful music isn’t always a bad thing.


Music as stress reliever? Fine, but I like music that makes me stressed!

New research from the Royal College of Music definitively proves that performing and listening to music relieves stress, but experiencing stress and intensity is a vital part of much classical music

The Times

Classical artists have got the notes — now they need the biceps

To make it big in classical music, today’s stars are turning to the world of sport to keep mind and body in perfect harmony


Only snobs object to a Pete Tong Prom, says BBC presenter

Radio 3’s Suzy Klein says criticism of Pete Tong’s Ibiza celebration at the BBC Proms is “a load of old cobblers”

Classical Music Magazine

Edward Greenfield, 30 July 1928 ‒ 1 July 2015

The music critic and writer Edward Greenfield died at his home in Spitalfields of a heart attack on 1 July, just short of his 87th birthday.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms return to World Service

Seven concerts to be featured in broadcasts during the 2015 season

Berliner Morgenpost

Senat plant deutlich mehr in die Kultur zu investieren

Um knapp 90 Millionen Euro will die Stadt in den kommenden beiden Jahren den Kulturetat erhöhen.

Kurt-Hübner-Preis 2015 für Patrick Zielke

Der Bass Patrick Zielke erhält den Kurt-Hübner-Preis der Bremer Theaterfreunde 2015.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Der große, alte Mann des kubanischen Jazz

Chucho Valdes und seine Band Irakere prägten mit ihrer Fusion aus Funk, Salsa und kubanischen Elementen in den 1970er-Jahren den Latinjazz. Zum 40. Jubiläum der Band spielte sie ihren mitreißenden Sound im Berliner Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

France Musique

Le partenariat entre BP et le Royal Opera House crée la polémique

Soixante quinze personnalités du monde de la musique classique on rédigé une lettre ouverte dénonçant le risque que représente le partenariat du Royal Opera House avec le géant pétrolier BP.

Le Figaro

Au festival d’Aix, Mozart face au Djihad

Avec L’Enlèvement au sérail à l’affiche du Festival d’Aix dans la nouvelle mise en scène de Martin Kusej, l’actualité brûlante fait irruption dans le monde feutré de l’opéra classique


Handel House Museum ‏ in 1713 Handel’s ‘Utrecht Te Deum’ premiered . It was written to mark the end of the War of Spanish Succession.

BBC PhilharmonicLast chance to get FREE tickets for 15 July conducts Grieg, Sibelius & Elgar

Arts Council England: It’s festival season, and we’re seeing brilliant art and culture spring up right across the country. What are you enjoying this summer?

Ted-Greenfield-1024x690Edward Greenfield at his home in 2014. Photo: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on July 7, 2015 )

The Telegraph

The Big Question: There’s an anti-intellectualism in Britain

The first of the Big Question debates at the Royal Opera House prompted composer Mark-Anthony Turnage to say there’s anti-intellectualism in Britain.

Classical Music Magazine

ABRSM’s new chief executive vows to improve infrastructure

The new chief executive of ABRSM says he will continue the work of his predecessor in improving the organisation’s infrastructure, following last year’s ‘major issues’ with exams.

BBC Music Magazine

Join us for this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards

Champagne, canapés and live music with the classical music world

Classic FM

Valentina Lisitsa plays for stranded passengers

The YouTube sensation surprised passengers stranded at London’s St Pancras International Station, performing an impromptu concert after her Eurostar train was cancelled.

Vasily Petrenko extends RLPO contract

Chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko has extended his contract for the foreseeable future, with a three-year notice period.

Classical Source

Top of The Baroque For Red Nose Day

This week on BBC Radio 3, presenters Suzy Klein, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Jez Nelson and Tom Service will embark on a battle of classical prowess for Comic Relief, competing against each other to be crowned Top of the Baroque.

Marketplace Life (via Arts Journal)

Can I see your violin’s paperwork?

Imagine you’re traveling abroad. The to-do list can be long. Book your flight, pack a toothbrush — and if you’re a musician like John Thomas, you may soon need a passport for your instrument.



Classic FM

(Written on March 13, 2013 )