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Lately, it seems like the younger generation is divided into two. One half is permanently glued to their digital device, drowning in social media, and can hardly imagine their life without Netflix and Instagram. The other half are rebelling, attempting something easily described as a “digital detox”.

A Digital detox can be defined as a period of time during which a person steps back from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers in order to disconnect to the online world. By many, it is regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on real-life social interactions. Stress is proven to be caused by being connected, being online (literally), being available to anyone’s whim 24 hours per day, every day. A recent study from regulator Ofcom concluded that, on average, UK adults spend 25 hours a week online. And that number is constantly increasing.

So can classical music help us to escape the digital chokehold?

Listening to classical music

It is generally accepted that classical music has many positive effects on our brains, sometimes known as “the Mozart effect”. Listening to classical music is proven to boost memory function, sparks creativity, improves productivity and generally makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can even improve the quality of our (much needed) sleep and help to ease symptoms of depression and melancholy. So why not to turn your phone off, take a deep breath and meditate while listening to classical music after a long working day or just before going to sleep? In our busy and over-connected world it is important to have some time for yourself, to slow things down and classical music is a perfect source of relaxation.

Learning an instrument

From recent research, musical instrument training can have a surprising effect on the structure of our brain. This concerns not only children but also adults and the elderly. Learning an instrument increases the capacity of our memory, enhances spatial reasoning and improves literacy skills. Moreover, musical training requires us to concentrate on one task at once. Concentrating on one task can help us to stay productive; not only while learning an instrument, but one can apply this knowledge to many other crucial tasks.

Attending classical music concerts

Listening to classical music encourages us to think deeply, connect better to ourselves and also connect to the people around us. Going to venues also means connecting to real people, talking to them, and socialising in real life. Sometimes we all need to take a step back from technology now and again. Attending classical music venues reminds us of being fully present in the world. Moreover, classical music concerts are beautiful, not only aurally, but also visually.

Considering all the benefits of classical music, we can utilise it to make our digital detox easier and our life more mindful and deliberate. Likewise, classical music helps us relax and put ourselves in a better mood. So, let’s switch off our mobile phones from time to time and allow us to be unavailable. Or, to put it in in the words of Chris Baréz-Brown: “Get lost in music with others and you might just find yourself.”

(Written on November 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Arts Council imposes quantitative measures of arts quality, violinist Kyung Wha Chung postpones 2016 UK tour due to finger injury, and Warner Classics is Label of the Year At Gramophone Awards. Also, Don Buchla dies at 79, and Pietari Inkinen has been confirmed as the new chief conductor of Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.

Arts Professional

Arts Council to impose quantitative measures of arts quality

Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organisational attitudes to data.

The Strad

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung postpones 2016 UK tour due to finger injury

The 68-year-old Korean violinist, who was due to play Bach’s complete Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas at London’s Barbican on 26 October, has rescheduled her performance to 10 May 2017.

Gramophone

The 2016 Gramophone Awards issue – out now!

Enjoy Gramophones annual celebration of the best recordings of the last 12 months.

Music Business International

Warner Classics Named Label of the Year At Gramophone Awards

Warner Classics was named Label of the Year at the Gramophone Awards in London last week, the honour comes just three years after Warner purchased the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics.

New York Times

Don Buchla, Electronic Music Maverick, Dies at 79

Don Buchla, a pioneer and maverick of electronic music who had a lifelong fascination with the ways that humans, technology and sounds interact, died on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 79.

My Web Times

Classical trio to perform Ottawa Concert Association show

Oglesby native Erin Shields is bringing her New York based group O Sole Trio and its new show “Bravissimo Broadway,” to the Central Intermediate School cafetorium, Ottawa, Sept. 29.

nmz

Nach den Wahlen: Die Freie Szene Berlins fordert starken Kultursenator

Die frei arbeitenden Künstler in Berlin erwarten vom neuen Senat mehr Unterstützung. „Wir brauchen einen starken Kultursenator, der das Interesse hat, die Künste zu stärken“, sagte Christophe Knoch, Sprecher der Koalition der Freien Szene.

Musik heute

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie: Inkinen wird Chefdirigent

Pietari Inkinen (36) wird neuer Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern (DRP). Der Finne übernehme das Amt mit Beginn der Saison 2017/18, teilte der Südwestrundfunk (SWR) am Freitag mit.

Klassik heute

Sonderkonzert zum 468. Geburtstag der Staatskapelle Dresden

Am 22. September 1548 wurde sie gegründet, seit dem vergangenen Jahr erinnert die Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden an diesen Tag mit einem Sonderkonzert, das Werke aus der Vergangenheit mit Kompositionen der Gegenwart kombiniert.

Twitter

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O Last chance to apply for performance project !

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg take a look at how great look in

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Conductor PIETARI INKINEN FOTO: NGUYEN PHUONG THAO Weiterer Text über ots und www.presseportal.de/nr/7169 / Die Verwendung dieses Bildes ist für redaktionelle Zwecke honorarfrei. Veröffentlichung bitte unter Quellenangabe: "obs/SWR - Südwestrundfunk/Nguyen Phuong Thao"

Conductor Pietari Inkinen. Photo: Nguyen Phuong Thao

(Written on September 19, 2016 )

Today, boutique online auction house, Beares Auctions launches its Moto Perpetuo platform. This perpetual online service adapts the traditional process of auctioning instruments, once or twice a year, to the fast-paced, 
technology- focused world. This exciting new project is set to completely modernise the auction industry.

The new process eliminates the restrictions of the confining consignment period, providing a 24/7 service and a constant selection of fine instruments and bows. Buyers are able to view auction items online, they can also drop in anytime to view and try them in person at J & 
A Beare.

Violins/ Beares Auction

Beares Auctions are the originators of ‘Buy Now’ in the fine instrument auction world and remain committed to providing the most accessible and up to date platforms for their sellers and buyers. Each spectacular instrument or bow is treated individually with its own auction period and individual rating 
system.

Furthermore, there is a new ratings system for each lot; instruments are judged by experts and consultants according to 
specified criteria and an innovative price guide for each lot, this includes past auction records and fair retail prices. Transparent and honest guidance also means that the buyer is aware of the true value of the item. Finally, Beares Auctions enjoys a relationship with instrument insight expert Peter Ratcliff who provides a dendrochronological service to accurately date and tell the story behind select instruments.

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Keep up to date with Beares Auctions’ news on their websiteTwitter and Facebook. View the first items up for auction here.

(Written on February 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Søndergård has extended his contract with BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, Music Director Nelsons wins a Grammy Award and Steven Stucky dies aged 66. Also, Huffpost Arts and Culture discusses whether technology can save Classical music

Baltic-course.com

Music Director Nelsons won Grammy Award

Music Director Andris Nelsons from Latvia and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s recording, Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow – featuring Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance tonight (February 15, 2016) at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, reports BC Bernadette Horgan, director of public relations at BSO

Classical Music Magazine

Søndergård extends contract with BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales

Thomas Søndergård will continue as principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales for at least two more years

Classical-music.com

Steven Stucky (1949-2016)

Leading American composer dies aged 66

Huffpost Arts & Cultural

Can Technology Save Classical Music?

By almost any metric, classical music is in trouble. A 2015 study by the National Endowment for the Arts titled “When Going Gets Tough,” found that attendance at arts events had steadily dropped over two decades.

NMZ

Viktor Schoner soll Stuttgarter Oper durch Sanierung führen

Ende des Jahres könnte feststehen, was die Sanierung und Erweiterung des Stuttgarter Opernhauses genau kosten wird

Musik-heute

Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit zwei Opern-Neuinszenierungen

Die Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden mit den Berliner Philharmonikern wollen im kommenden Jahr die Puccini-Oper “Tosca” auf die Bühne bringen

RBB-online

Bernauer Fans wollen Karajan in die Walhalla bringen

Stardirigent Herbert von Karajan, der über drei Jahrzehnte lang die Berliner Philharmoniker leitete, ist seit mehr als 20 Jahren tot

Le Figaro

Des orchestres qui marchent à la baguette

À l’Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio, le programme de musique orchestrale vaut bien celui de la Philharmonie de Paris

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Opera’s new voices: 10 composers making overtures to greatness d.gu.com/KWNfq0

LondonJazz News @LondonJazz FEATURE: Celebrating 25 years of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards londonjazznews.com/2016/02/featur…

Music Opportunities @Music_Opps Get your songs promoted on this popular music discovery platform bit.ly/1SUqTSR

Thomas Søndergård/ Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Søndergård/ Classical Music Magazine

(Written on February 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a tiny orchestra is created by state-of-the-art technology, the first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day, and Telegraph asks why traditional cathedral choirs are under threat. Also, Irish Times explores how orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions

Telegraph

Why are traditional cathedral choirs under threat?

The BBC’s annual Christmas Eve broadcast of Carols from Kings marks for many of its two million regular viewers the start of the festive season

BBC Music Magazine

Miniature orchestra printed in 3D

Tiny ensemble created by state-of-the-art technology

Classic FM

Danny Elfman tells us how to compose scary-sounding music

We caught up with the legendary film composer at a rehearsal for a live-scored screening of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, where a brand-new Elfman piece was debuted

Irish Times

Classical music: Playing outside the pit can broaden your horizons

Orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions such as providing music education and road-testing new music

BBC Music Magazine

Watch the BBC Ten Pieces film on Boxing Day!

The first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day. We go behind the scenes with Jennifer Redmond

Classicalite

Carnegie Hall 2016: Opera Singer Joyce DiDonato Master Classes; Mitsuko Uchida Piano Workshop

Are you a lover of arias? Looking for some first-class singing instruction? Look no further than the Carnegie Hall 2016 schedule, which offers a rare opportunity to see opera singer Joyce DiDonato’s master classes

San Francisco Classical Voice

Opera Parallèle Commissions Work About O’Keeffe

Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement is collaborating with American Opera Projects and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, also securing a $35,000 grant from Opera America, to produce a major work, to be performed by all three participants

Zeit Online

Menschen müssen träumen dürfen

Selbst die Saisoneröffnung der Mailänder Scala steht unter dem Zeichen des Terrors. Eine Begegnung mit Riccardo Chailly, dem neuen Musikdirektor von Italiens wichtigstem Opernhaus 

Klassik.com

Dresdner Kreuzchor singt Weihnachtslieder vor 15.000 Zuschauern

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor hat zur Einstimmung auf sein 800-jähriges Jubiläum im kommenden Jahr ein besonderes Weihnachtskonzert im Stadion von Dynamo Dresden vor 15.000 Zuschauern gegeben

Musik Heute

Semperoper: Offener Brief gegen Pegida vor ihrem Haus

Die Semperoper will die Kundgebungen der islam- und fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bewegung vor ihrem Haus nicht länger hinnehmen. Deshalb hat sie einen eindringlichen Hilferuf an die Stadt Dresden und das Land Sachsen gerichtet

Le Figaro

Il s’enferme dans une radio et diffuse en boucle Last Christmas

En Autriche, un DJ forcené s’est barricadé dans un studio et a retransmis à l’antenne durant deux heures sans interruption le célèbre chant de Noël du duo britannique Wham!.

Twitter

BBC SingersOur very own reindeer bringing Christmas cheer to BBC Broadcasting House!

LondonistBet you can’t get 10/10 on this quiz about A Christmas Carol:

Sinfini Music : Christmas Eve Eve. Have a lovely . Go on, treat yourself

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Choristers at St Paul’s Cathedral Credit: AFP/Getty/Telegraph

 

(Written on December 23, 2015 )

Italy, the country where opera was born around 1600, is home to more than 800 opera houses, many of which have been neglected. A combination of bad management and budget cuts under the Berlusconi government meant that opera houses were severely underfunded, resulting in musicians’ salaries being cut. In some cases, musicians weren’t paid for months on end; many protested and went on strike. By 2013, spending on Italy’s cultural heritage had dropped from €165 million in 2008 to €75 million.

Protests against cuts in Italy's culture budget outside La Scala, Milan in December 2010

Protests against cuts in Italy’s culture budget outside La Scala, Milan in December 2010

Italian opera houses have always relied on state and regional grants, making them more dependent on the state than their counterparts in the UK, which benefit from more private investment. This is however not the case for La Scala in Milan, or Il Teatro Lirico in Turin, as in larger Italian cities, opera houses tend to receive more corporate sponsorship. Opera in smaller cities, such as Florence, has therefore been affected most severely by the cuts in government funding.

The 2013 Italian opera crisis was exasberated by the  financial crisis, and only Milan’s La Scala, Teatro Regio, Turin and La Fenice, Venice were able to pay their bills on time. As a result opera became even less mainstream in the country of it’s birth.

So, how has Italy attempted to solve this crisis? Opera houses are now putting on more modern productions and technology, and social media is being used to show behind the scenes production, via live blogs. La Scala leads the way with translation screens in seats for non Italian speakers, in an attempt to make the art form more accessible.

In May, La Scala premiered ‘CO2’, a contemporary opera which aims to make us acknowledge our responsibility for the planet. It nicely coincided with Expo- Milan 2015, the theme of which was ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’. The opera featured quick scene changes and videos. It was well reviewed.

On a smaller scale, a crowd-funding campaign called ‘adopt a theatre’ has been established by a group of  European singers, to raise money to help bring Italy’s opera houses back to life. So far, the campaign has has resulted in residents of Bevagna, Perugia donating 8,000 to relaunch the Francesco Torti opera theatre. The campaign is now being exported around the country.

The stunning Teatro Francesco Torti in Perugia, saved by the 'adopt a theatre' campaign is launching three new operas.

The stunning Teatro Francesco Torti in Perugia, saved by the ‘adopt a theatre’ campaign is launching three new operas.

Further measures being taken to increase revenues involve opera houses sharing their stages with cinemas and dancers. La Fenice in Venice is adapting its programme to suit the tastes of the huge numbers of tourists who visit the city.

With minimal government support, opera houses in Italy have taken steps to save themselves from collapse, management is being reorganised and as in the UK, modern audiences are being targeted. Opera in Italy may well flourish again, thanks to innovative ideas and initiatives being taken, however these are only first steps, and funding is still short. Perhaps the future of opera houses, particularly those in smaller cities, is not secure just yet.

 

(Written on November 4, 2015 )

Today is the day JazzUK launches, revealing its new website, social media accounts with full upcoming programme for this year’s #4Jazz Festival Coventry revealed tomorrow. WildKat PR is delighted to welcome the new face of the jazz organisation to our roster.

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Formerly known as Jazz Services, this organisation has changed its name, but not its unwavering commitment to jazz as it launches new projects and services, as well as preparing for the #4Jazz Festival in Coventry. Continuing to support jazz musicians across the country, the festival will put on events across the city on the evening of 27th & full day of activities on 28th November 2015, many of which will be free.

From performances in large open spaces to secret pockets of the city, #4Jazz Festival Coventry puts jazz on the map across the city, and features a carnival procession by Imagineer Productions. With promenading bands in medieval lanes, a music marquee for grooving, African-Caribbean vibes in FarGo Village, gypsy swing in Draper’s Bar and musical balloons for children, #4Jazz Festival Coventry has something in store for everyone.

JazzUK also introduces its learning and participation project, Dissolve JazzLab. Make sure you check out its showcase – led by Issie Barratt, founder of the National Youth Jazz Collective – which will take place at Belgrave Theatre on Saturday 28th November. By collaborating with Coventry Performing Arts Service, JazzLab aims to fuse new Asian and world music-inspired jazz, in order to dissolve barriers, and embrace cultural diversity and inclusivity through musical experimentation and improvisation. Download their new immersive app, which is an innovative educational tool with interactive videos, multitrack recordings and musical notations.

#4Jazz Festival continues to showcase some of the country’s best jazz performers, including Courtney Pine with Zoe Rahman, Arun Ghosh’s Sextet and Budapest Cafe Orchestra. In addition, the festival features Coventry’s upcoming musicians, as well as local venues, arts organisations and businesses, giving the festival a community feel, and providing fantastic opportunities for upcoming artists.

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To keep up to date with the latest news, visit JazzUK’s new website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to check out this year’s fantastic #4Jazz Festival Coventry programme.

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(Written on September 28, 2015 )

In today’s news, a Bristol-based orchestra uses technology to enable disabled musicians to perform, whereas the New York Times describes the concert hall as a refuge from the web-driven world. Also, NZ cathedral bans Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace over Muslim call to prayer, and the Hong Kong minister encourages classical music performances in less formal venues

BBC

Orchestra for disabled musicians helps showcase talent

A “unique” Bristol-based orchestra has begun using technology to enable disabled musicians to showcase their talent

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, Ian Leslie argues that it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry.” Anthony Tommasini explores this further

Classic FM

NZ cathedral bans performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace over Muslim call to prayer

The Dean of Nelson Cathedral in New Zealand has refused to host a concert by Nelson Civic Choir, because of the non-Christian elements in Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace

South China Morning Post

Put classical music in the hearts of Hong Kong children, minister urges

Florence Hui says the city needs some less formal performance venues, and points to MTR; Asia Society’s Alice Mong says rail operator should consider official busking scheme like London’s and New York’s

The Telegraph

Did Anne Boleyn write this music while awaiting execution?

Ivan Hewett investigates the origins and purposes of the Anne Boleyn Songbook, attempting to unravel its mysteries

Die Welt

Eine Diva, eine nubische Königin, ein Urereignis

Außenseiterin und Perfektionistin und eine der größten Stimmen der Klassik: Die amerikanische Sopranistin Jessye Norman war immer gut für besondere Momente. Jetzt feiert sie ihren 70. Geburtstag

BR Klassik

Ruhrtriennale 2015: Eine Zwischenbilanz

Am Rande von sozialen Brennpunkten feiert Intendant Johan Simons ein experimentierfreudiges Festival. Doch kann er sein Motto “Seid umschlungen” einlösen, wenn Hochkultur auf hässlichen Alltag trifft? Eine Zwischenbilanz von Peter Jungblut

Musik heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb mit vier ersten Preisen

Beim 64. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden in allen vier Fächern erste Preise vergeben. “Wir konnten einen Wettbewerb auf höchstem Niveau erleben, mit fantastischen jungen Musikern in allen Kategorien”, sagte der diesjährigen künstlerische Leiter Oswald Beaujean am Sonntag

France Musique

Création du 3DVarius : le premier violon réalisé grâce à une imprimante 3D

C’est une première : l’ingénieur et musicien français Laurent Bernadac invente le premier violon électrique imprimé en 3D. Baptisé 3DVarius, l’instrument devrait être commercialisé en 2016

WQXR

Leeds Piano Competition Gold Medal Goes to Anna Tcybuleva

Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva on Sunday gave a rousing performance of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto to take the Gold Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious prizes in the piano world

Twitter

Classic FM : Chuck Doud’s advice to composers: “Know your medium. You don’t need to understand the technology”

Sinfini Music: 10am is definitely the time to discover the essential castrati facts. Men… cross those legs

BBC Proms Team: Read ‘s illustrated guide to taking a Last Night of the Proms selfie

News Sep 15

3DVarius the first electric violin. Photo credit: Screenshot Youtube

(Written on September 15, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Tansy Davies

From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen – the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO – reveals her musical passions

Greenpeace performs Arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

Activists hand workers copies of the music and encourage them to help the oil company ‘avert disaster’ on plans to drill for oil under ice cap

Classical Music Magazine

Violinist wins appeal against border fine

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki is to have more than CA$100k (£48,895) returned to him after winning an appeal against the Canada Border Services Agency.

ONL marks 40th anniversary with RAVENNA

The Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) used a full RAVENNA digital networking setup for its 40th anniversary concert: the first time that the technology had been used at a live event of this scale.

BBC News

Music in the operating room off-putting, study suggests

Playing music in the operating theatre can be disruptive and surgeons should think twice about pressing the play button, according to a small study.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zusammen sind wir Beethoven

Am Donnerstag beginnt Young Euro Classic. Spezialität des Berliner Jugendorchesterfestivals sind multinationale Ensembles – so auch das neu gegründete Friedensorchester.

klassik.com

Nach 33.000 im Vorjahr wurden insgesamt 30.000 Eintrittskarten verkauft

Verbier Festival mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

Das Orchester

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden bekommt neuen Intendant

Der Schweizer Peter Theiler wird Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden

El País

El piano asiático impone su ley

Dos japoneses, dos coreanos, un chico y un español esperan ganar el Concurso Paloma O’Shea, cuyo veredicto se anuncia hoy en Santander

The New York Times

An old songbook could put ‚Happy Birthday‘ in the public domain

Yet ‚Happy Birthday to you‘, far from being as free as a piece of cake at a party, is actually considered private property.

Twitter

Classic FM: This is what Mozart’s own violin actually sounds like:

The Royal Opera: ‘Don’t expect harmonies…’ previews his new avant-garde opera : ^C

Sinfini Music: ‘In many ways, Hildegard von Bingen was the first feminist icon.’ ‘s picks her :

(Written on August 5, 2015 )