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In today’s news: Homophobia in Hungary leads Hungarian National Opera to cancel Billy Elliot shows. World Choir Games to be held in Belgium in 2020. Royal Opera House warns politicians to act on freedom of movement following Brexit. UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform. BBC Proms to hold free event outside of Royal Albert Hall.

The Irish News

Royal Opera House issues warning on ease of movement with EU

The Royal Opera House has warned politicians to act on the issue of ease of movement of international talent following the EU referendum.

The Telegraph

Royal Ballet musical director steps in to save the day… only for audience members to leave

When the harpist of the Royal Opera House failed to turn up to a performance of Swan Lake, Koen Kessels, the musical director of the Royal Ballet, bravely stepped forward and decided to accompany the orchestra on the piano himself.

The Strad

Nicola Benedetti joins ESTA UK as president

Scottish violinist is expected to sit for a three- to four-year term as head of European String Teachers Association’s UK chapter.

Limelight

Homophobic press sees Hungarian Billy Elliot season cut short

Hungarian National Opera has cancelled over half the performances in its production of Billy Elliot following a barrage of homophobic press from the daily newspaper Magyar Idők, which ran a series of articles claiming the production could “transform Hungarian boys into homosexuals”, the Daily Star reported, with another article claiming such shows promoted a “deviant way of life”.

Music Week

UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform

UK Music has urged British MEPs to back major changes to copyright law. CEO Michael Dugher called on the UK’s European parliamentarians to back the proposed Copyright Directive following its approval by the JURI committee.

Rhinegold

BBC Proms announces free ‘curtain raiser’ event

The BBC Proms has announced a free evening event to be held outside the Royal Albert Hall on 12 July.

Pizzicato

11th World Choir Games 2020 to be held in Flanders

The region of Flanders in Belgium, with the cities Antwerp and Ghent, will host the 11th World Choir Games. The event, which is also considered the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ will take place from July 5-15, 2020 and attract thousands of singers from Europe and all over the world.

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Fritz-Gerber-Awards an Nachwuchsmusiker vergeben

Die Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung zeichnet in diesem Jahr den Geiger Alexandre Guy, die Saxophonistin Sara Zazo Romero und den Schlagzeuger Thomas Soldati mit dem stiftungseigenen Award aus.

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Horaz und das Harmonium

Salonkonzert in der Truman-Villa: Das „Quatuor Bestaendig“ spielt im Rahmen der Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Werke jüdischer Komponisten.

Musik Heute

Frischer Wind beim Richard-Strauss-Festival

Alexander Liebreich ist ein Mann klarer Worte. “Nein, in diesem Saal wird kein Konzert stattfinden. Das ist ein Unort.” Der Dirigent und neue Intendant des am Freitag beginnenden Richard-Strauss-Festivals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen meint den reichlich ungemütlichen Werdenfels-Saal im Kongresszentrum der Olympiastadt.

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Hungarian National Opera’s production of Billy Elliot. Photo © Attila Nagy, Zsófia Pályi, Péter Rákossy

(Written on June 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify remains at a loss despite 75 million paying subscribers, RSNO orchestra to play along viewing of Jaws, combined music-rights database provides more transparency, Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner, almost half UK orchestral musicians cannot make ends meet, and British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as guest of Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Classical Music

Craig Armstrong signs to Decca for new studio album

The award-winning film composer Craig Armstrong OBE is to release a studio album as part of a major new deal with Decca Records.

Music Business Worldwide

Global Music Rights Database Pilot Launched with top music companies

A raft of top music companies including, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights, have joined a pilot by tech startup JAAK, which provides a shared data network that aims to create a public record of rights and a fixed audit trail.

Choir and Organ

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The Times

Liam Scarlett on remaking Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet

The choreographer tells Debra Craine what to expect of the Royal Ballet’s first new take on the classic for 30 years

Evening Times

Jaws to be screened with live orchestra

The movie is to be projected onto the big screen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) playing one of cinema’s greatest ever music soundtracks.

 

Science Daily

Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner

What happens in a crocodile’s brain when it hears complex sounds? An international research team has provided the answer to this question. 

Slipped Disc

UK classical musicians ‘cannot make ends meet’

A survey of 285 musicians in seven orchestras across the UK has found that 44 percent struggle to pay their bills.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Beste kommt zum Schluss

Martinů  und Mozart: Der britische Dirigent Sir Roger Norrington zu Gast beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester.

BR Klassik

Über 300 Millionen mehr eingeplant

Der Bund will dieses Jahr gut 300 Millionen Euro mehr für Kultur und Medien ausgeben als laut Regierungsentwurf im Vorjahr, dies teilte die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters am Donnerstag mit. 

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Spotify gewinnt fünf Millionen Abo-Kunden im Quartal

Der Musikstreaming-Marktführer Spotify hat im vergangenen Quartal fünf Millionen zahlende Abo-Kunden hinzugewonnen und steckt trotzdem weiterhin tief in den roten Zahlen fest.

Pizzicato

Erste Bayreuther Opern Uraufführung seit Parsifal

Der österreichische Komponist Klaus Lang (*1971) komponierte auf Initiative von Katharina Wagner für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2018 die Oper ‘der verschwundene hochzeiter’, nach einer niederösterreichischen Sage. 

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Liam Scarlett with Lauren Cuthbertson © Chris McAndrew for The Times

(Written on May 4, 2018 )

In today’s news, Tom Service explores the dark side of classical music, the Royal Ballet live streams rehearsals and classes, Classic FM records a 22-year-old’s emotions after listening to classical music for the first time and Norman Lebrecht reports on Covent Garden’s new sound system

The Guardian

Music as a torture weapon: exploring the dark side

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either

Gramophone 

Enjoy 23 hours of live footage on World Ballet day live

The Royal Ballet and four other leading ballet companies will live stream classes and rehearsals on Thursday 1 October

Classic FM

We got a 22-year-old to listen to classical music for the first time- and it blew his mind

At Classic FM we’re always keen to spread the classical music word – so we took one pop-mad 22 year old and played him Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Cue: all the emotions

Slipped disc

Voice alert: Covent Garden instals discreet amplification 

Installation magazine reports that the Royal Opera House has ‘upgraded its sound system’ with ‘eight KP102s mounted each side of the proscenium arch.’

Berliner Zeitung

Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski. Während bei Janowski das orchestererzieherische im Vordergrund stand, könnte es unter dem 33 Jahre jüngeren Jurowski wieder mehr um Inhalte gehen

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ausgezeichnete Opern

Die “Opernhäuser des Jahres” stehen in Frankfurt und in Mannheim. In einer Umfrage der Fachzeitschrift Opernwelt nannte eine Mehrheit der 50 befragten Kritiker aus Europa und den USA die beiden Opernhäuser am häufigsten. Dabei lobten die Kritiker die innovativen Spielpläne sowie die konsequente Entwicklung der Ensembles

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Sergey Simakov gewinnt Dirigierwettbewerb in Bukarest

Sergey Simakov aus Russland hat das Finale des Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest Dirigierwettbwerbs in Bukarest gewonnen. Simakov überzeugte die Jury mit seiner Interpretation von Auszügen aus Dvořáks 7. Sinfonie und Schumanns Klavierkonzert op. 54

El Mundo 

‘Siempre/Todavía’: una ópera sin voces

Esta auditorio, dirigido por José Ramón Garrido, decidió apostar por las nuevas tendencias y producir, junto al Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, esta extraña ópera para piano, dibujos y texto, nominada ‘Siempre/Todavía’

El Pais

La Capilla Sixtina se abre para grabar en su acústica única

La Capilla Sixtina, obra renacentista de Miguel Ángel y uno de los espacios artísticos más importantes de la historia, ha sido el privilegiado escenario para la grabación de un álbum de música litúrgica. Es la primera vez en que abre sus puertas para la grabación de un CD, realizado en este caso por el coro de la propia capilla y titulado Cantante Domino

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World Ballet Day 2015, photo by Royal Opera House

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(Written on October 1, 2015 )

Gramophone

Decca and The Arts Club present inaugural Classical Music Award

The Arts Club in London hosted the final stage of its inaugural Classical Music Award last night (June 2) in collaboration with Decca Records.

Gramophone

Mariinsky Theatre broadcasts first live ballet in 3D

The performance of Swan Lake, starring Yekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov in the lead roles, will be conducted by Valery Gergiev, and streamed to over 1200 cinemas in 50 countries around the globe.

Classic FM

Opera stars stage ‘floating’ Purcell performance

Singers including Helen Jane Howells, Elin Manahan Thomas and Robert Davies performed on a stage suspended above the Roman Baths as part of a unique production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Classical Music Magazine

Record distribution: two down, more to follow?

The decline in CD sales and high-street music retailers has led to the closure of two classical music distributors on opposite sides of the Atlantic, with the future of a third being questioned.

Classic FM

Ecstatic response for LSO Final Fantasy concert

The music of the Final Fantasy video games was given an enthusiastic response last night after the London Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the Barbican.

Classical Music Magazine

Is it possible to argue that classical music is good for the economy?

In these straitened times, the arts need to make a case for the economic value they bring to the country, regardless of their artistic worth.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ihre Lieblingsgarderobe ist im Deutschen Theater, sagt Dagmar Manzel. Vom Töneschmettern im Auto, Operetten in der DDR und der Stille ihres Gartens.

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(Written on June 4, 2013 )

Classic FM

Opera North spring season to feature Handel, Britten and Wagner

The spring 2013 season for Opera North has been announced, with opera from Handel, Wagner and Albert Herring topping the bill.

John Suchet’s Beethoven Book Tour

Classic FM’s John Suchet is out and about around the country promoting his new Beethoven book: Beethoven – The Man Revealed.

Beethoven, Schoenberg, Bach manuscripts auctioned for huge prices

A Beethoven manuscript has sold for €252,750 in an auction at Sotheby’s, Paris, along with scores by Schoenberg and Bach.

Deceptive Cadence

Philadelphia Orchestra Reboots With New Music Director

Everywhere you look right now, it seems like American symphony orchestras are fighting for their lives — strikes, lockouts, bankruptcy.

Evening Standard

Music to our ears as chamber orchestra gets in tune with apprenticeship scheme

Britain’s oldest chamber orchestra and Europe’s largest centre for the arts have signed up to the Standard’s campaign to help jobless young Londoners into work, and hailed the campaign as “a guiding light for social mobility”.

Classical Music Magazine

Victim Support fundraising gala: Barbican, 22 November

A gala concert in aid of Victim Support UK will be held at the Barbican Hall, London, on 22 November, with the Orion Orchestra and a variety of soloists performing extracts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, The Nutcracker,Sleeping Beauty and Eugene Onegin to raise money for the charity, which each year offers support to 1.25 million victims of crime and 250,000 witnesses.

Slipped Disc

First live-stream opera from Vienna

The Kammeroper is claiming an international coup – it will be the first ensemble to stream an opera live, free and worldwide, next Monday.

The Strad

Kennedy’s stolen violins are found

Three Violectras stolen from Nigel Kennedy in 2005 turn up at auction house

Classic FM

(Written on October 18, 2012 )