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In today’s news, The Spectator argues that female composers have been left off the syllabus because they’re no good, and the Evening Standard lists classical music’s most influential Londoners in 2015. Also, The Strad reports on how harmonics can be used as a violin teaching tool

The Spectator

The reason why there are no female composers on the syllabus is because they’re no good

Nothing by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth or Judith Weir matches up to the work of their male counterparts

The Guardian

Marriage of Figaro – have you lost the plot?

Do you too struggle to follow every twist and turn of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro? Help us get things clear, for once and for all

The Strad

Using harmonics as a violin teaching and practice tool

Although harmonics are most often used for musical effect, in the search for a perfectly pure sound they can be a wonderful aid to learning and practice, argues Laura Reed

Evening Standard

The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2015 – Classical Music

Classical music’s most influential Londoners and what they have done for the Arts

Manchester Evening News

Hacienda classics turned classical as DJs perform dance hits with Manchester Camerata

Former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering came up with the idea to play a non-stop set of 20 songs with the local chamber orchestra to give the club’s anthems a new life

New York Times

The Met Considers Naming Rights, and Other Ways Forward

A bigger glass lobby stretching into Lincoln Center’s plaza. Operas on Sunday. And perhaps, following the lead of its neighboring theaters recently renamed for David Geffen and David H. Koch, slapping another wealthy donor’s name on the storied Metropolitan Opera House.

Listen Magazine

The Mensch

Itzhak Perlman discusses teaching, Mendelssohn, color, chamber music, warhorses, interpretation, solo Bach, and his hair.

Neue Musikzeitung

Gergijew gibt Einstand in München – Aufbruch in eine neue Ära?

Mit dem Einstandkonzert des russischen Stardirigenten Waleri Gergijew beginnt für die Münchner Philharmoniker an diesem Donnerstag eine neue Zeitrechnung.

Klassik-heute.com

ARD-Musikwettbewerb geht mit dem 3. Preisträgerkonzert zu Ende

Die 64. Ausgabe des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD ist erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen und hat in allen vier Kategorien ausgezeichnete Ergebnisse hervorgebracht.

Klassik.com

Neues Kulturzentrum in Lugano eröffnet

Theater- und Konzertsaal bieten Raum für musikalisches Angebot unterschiedlicher Sparten. Entworfen hat das Gebäude der Tessiner Architekt Ivan Gianola.

Twitter

Classic FM: The 8 noisiest things in classical music:

ISM: Classical concert etiquette: the new rules from :

GramophoneYou voted in your thousands. At 8pm tonight we will announce the Artist of the Year.

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Music Director of English National Opera: Mark Wigglesworth Daniel Hambury/ Evening Standard

 

 

(Written on September 17, 2015 )

With the summer holidays drawing to a close, for students all around the country this means one thing. Results. But one seventeen-year-old girl had other things on her mind.

Jessy McCabe noticed a distinct lack of female representation on the Edexcel A-level music syllabus, with 63 male composers and no females, despite including a variety of genres and eras.

She contacted Edexcel’s Head of Music, who claims “given that female composers were not prominent in the Western Classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A Level specification]”. McCabe dismisses this statement. She argues that there are over 6000 female composers in history and BBC Radio 3 managed to programme a full day of music written by women in honour of International Women’s Day.

And it would appear that she is not alone in her opinions. Over 1700 people have already supported her online petition.

This topic certainly has sparked lively debate from both sides. What do you think? Tweet us at @WildKatPR or comment on our Facebook page.

Jessy McCabe

Seventeen-year-old Jessy McCabe
Photo credit: The Independent

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, perspiration-proof concert wear, are young people scared of the Proms or the audience and is it snobbery to wait until the end of a piece to applaud? Also, Oslo Philharmonic reveals plans for new hall.

The Times

No sweat! Now the orchestra can play it cool

Please don’t mention it over a Glyndebourne picnic but sometimes, whisper it, orchestra members sweat.

The Telegraph

Are young people scared of the Proms – or the audience?

The classical music establishment has never been more desperate to shake its elitist image.

It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap

It isn’t difficult: you buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud

Classical Music Magazine

Oslo Philharmonic unveils plans for new hall

The Oslo Philharmonic has announced plans for a new concert hall in Oslo. The new cultural centre will be situated on the waterfront at Filipstad.

Rare Poul Henningsen piano up for auction

A rare PH Andrea Christiansen grand piano will be up for auction at London’s Conway Hall next month.

The Strad

Violinist James Clark to step down as leader of Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Clark, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will spend more time on chamber pursuits

Sinfini

Call for female composers to be taught in schools

A student-led petition to include female composers on the music A-level syllabus has gained over 1,000 signatures.

BR Klassik

“Die Leute wissen bei uns nie, was sie erwartet”

Das auf zeitgenössiche Musik spezialisierte US-amerikanische JACK Quartet spielt gleichermaßen in Clubs und Bars wie in traditionellen Konzertsälen – Mittwoch Abend etwa bei den Salzburger Festspielen. BR-KLASSIK hat mit dem Bratschisten John Pickford Richards gesprochen.

Klassik Akzente

Große Sinfonien – Sternstunden der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sie gelten als eines der ausdrucksstärksten Orchester weltweit. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon Schlüsselaufnahmen der Berliner Philharmoniker: Große Sinfonien in Meistereinspielungen Herbert von Karajans, Claudio Abbados u.a.

Concerti

“Liebe auf den ersten Blick”

François-Xavier Roth will das Kölner Gürzenich-Orchester für alle in der Stadt öffnen.

Classical MPR

Women’s contributions to classical music are still underappreciated

I’ve never been told that I cannot achieve something as a musician because of my gender. I grew up surrounded by female musicians. They were my piano teachers, choir directors, people who taught privately and in churches and schools.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Chailly: From the War Memorial to the Apex of Music

Just as there are claims by zillions to have been at Woodstock (actual attendance: 400,000), San Francisco Opera’s famed 1977 Turandot premiere was apparently seen by at least 10 times of the War Memorial’s 3,200 capacity.

Twitter

Fran Wilson @CrossEyedPiano: It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap | via @Telegraph

Halle Orchestra @‏the_halle: “Leeds Piano Competition names new artistic directors” via @GramophoneMag

BBC Radio 5 live @bbc5live: It’s a skill to sing opera, but to do it through brain surgery…

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Are young people scared of the Proms?
Photo credit: Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images/ Telegraph

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the RSNO launches new composers’ hub, a campaign to ensure women are included on next A-level music syllabus and the Titanic violin will go on display in the US next year.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches composers’ hub

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has launched a new initiative aimed at composers in the early stages of their career.

Campaign to include women on A-level music syllabus

Student Jessy McCabe has started a campaign to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus.

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: Schubert songs

We profile some of Schubert’s greatest Lieder

The Strad

Titanic violin to go on display in two US museums in 2016

The instrument, thought to have been played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the ship went down, sold for a record sum in 2013

Gramophone

Dima Slobodeniouk appointed Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Slobodeniouk will replace Okko Kamu in autumn 2016

Die Welt

Auch die Klassik hat ihre Transgender-Debatte

Oper nichts Neues. Nun entdecken auch Sänger und Musiker die Transgender-Identität im wirklichen Leben. Obwohl gerade in vielen Orchestern Diversity eher selten ist.

BR Klassik

Leere Kassen in Italien: Sparpläne für die Kultur

Die Ankündigung von Italiens Kulturministerium, die staatlichen Mittel neu zu verteilen und 20 Millionen Euro einzusparen, hat für einen Aufschrei in der Musikszene des Landes gesorgt. Zum Beispiel beim Opernfestival von Macerata.

Musik-Heute

Daniel Barenboim feiert 65-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum

Bei einem Konzert mit seinem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra hat der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim an sein 65-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum erinnert. Es sei ein besonderer Tag für ihn, sagte der 72-Jährige am Dienstagabend nach dem Auftritt in London.

BWW Classical World

Long Yu and the China Philharmonic Travel the Silk Road

From Athens to Tehran, the China Philharmonic ‘builds a cultural bridge’ across six countries that recreates the famous Silk Road trade route from China – and plays Dvorak’s New World Symphony in Tehran.

France Musique

Comment l’Asian Youth Orchestra a changé la vie d’un réfugié vietnamien

Alors que l’Asian Youth Orchetra vient de célébrer ses 25 ans et sa réussite sur la scène culturelle locale, l’orchestre revient sur le parcours atypique d’un de ses anciens membres, Khac-Uyen Nguyen, réfugié vietnamien devenu musicien suite à une audition qui a changé le cours de sa vie.

Twitter

Constella @constella_UK: @edfringe @Cvenues – come along and meet one of the clowns @SusanScraper 13.35 every day!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Now on our @bbcproms artist of the week @DBarenboim with Chopin’s Three Nocturnes Op. 9

John Suchet @johnsuchet1: What is it? Plumbers box of tricks. Clears a U bend – sounds like it too. Save the bassoon! Find out how @ClassicFM

Titanic_Violin

Titanic Violin to go on display
Photo credit: The Strad

(Written on August 19, 2015 )