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In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.

WQXR

Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

Codex flores

Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern. 

Klassik.com

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.

Twitter

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Sir Peter Hall
Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

In today’s news, The Guardian writes that the elite can’t decide who’s cultured, and the BBC report on pianist Ayham al-Ahmad’s glimmer of hope amid the Syrian refugee crisis. Also, James Rhodes believes that there is a link between music, creativity and mental health, and the BBC apologise for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in Proms program

The Guardian

We can’t leave it to the elite to decide who’s cultured

Why should love of opera be a key cultural indicator? What about those of us who prefer rap, or Bob Dylan, and have no desire to be like the posh few

BBC Music Magazine

Leif Ove Andsnes in new Beethoven documentary

The Norwegian pianist examines Beethoven’s five piano concertos

The Times of Israel

BBC apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in music program

Hook-nosed caricature of violinist Leopold Auer, printed in pamphlet for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, sparked outrage

The Guardian

Forget the mad genius composer myth: music is good for the mind

The cliche of the reclusive composer who loses their mind over manuscript is unhelpful. But, says pianist James Rhodes, there is a link between music, creativity and mental health that is both real and beneficial to people’s well-being

BBC

Syria refugee crisis: Yarmouk pianist’s perilous journey to Greece

Amid the ruins of the destroyed Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, pianist Ayham al-Ahmad provided a rare glimmer of hope amid the devastation

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Accompanies ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘The Godfather’

The idea behind the Art of the Score series, one of the most popular innovations of the New York Philharmonic in recent years, could not be simpler: classic films are screened at Avery Fisher Hall with the Philharmonic playing the score live

Die Welt

Hier macht sich der Tenorprinz endlich dreckig

Und der Dirigent John Eliot Gardiner hilft ihm ganz wunderbar beim Erwachsenwerden: Juan Diego Flórez singt in London mit Glucks Orpheus seine erste barocke Bühnenrolle

Berliner Zeitung

Marek Janowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski

Tagesspiegel

Diese Unterwelt ist die Hölle

Großes Finale beim Musikfest Berlin – mit “Orfeo” nach Claudio Monteverdi, den Philharmonikern mit Carl Nielsen und Karlheinz Stockhausen

El País

Plácido Domingo dirige un concierto en México por los 30 años del seísmo

El tenore español protagoniza un homenaje en Tlatelolco, el lugar donde ayudó a rescatar a cuatro familiares que murieron bajo los escombros

Twitter

More than 300,000 people attended concerts this summer. Find out more facts here:

Catch Downton last night? has John Lunn’s wonderful score next. LISTEN >

Cafes were better in the C18th. Bach’s 5th harpsichord concerto was mere background music for Zimmerman’s in Leipzig

News 21st

‘Music is the only medicine that has never let me down’ … James Rhodes/ The Guardian

(Written on September 21, 2015 )