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The Telegraph

Jazz is not just for us old swingers

Sebastian Coe, vice-president of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, writes about the emerging young jazz scene.



The great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died

On the 26th July one of the great Italian tenors, Carlo Bergonzi, passed away at the age of 90.


The Telegraph

Tête à Tête Opera Festival: ‘invigorating’

The festival, this year housed at Central St Martin’s art school, runs until 3rd August.


The Telegraph

BBC Prom 13, CBeebies Prom, review: ‘uninspired’

The Proms opened their doors to the youngest ever audience at the first CBeebies Prom.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Panne bei Festspielen in Bayreuth: Gäste aus dem Saal geschickt 

Der erste Akt dauert nicht einmal zwanzig Minuten: Wegen einer technischen Panne muss die Premiere der Bayreuther Festspiele unterbrochen und der Saal geräumt werden. Die Gäste genießen derweil ein frühes Glas Rotwein.


Die Welt

Wer kommt? Der Fünfjahresplan von Bayreuth

Weil es bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2014 keine Neuinszenierung gab, fokussiert sich die Leitung auf die Folgejahre. Eine Übersicht, was Katharina Wagner plant und wer 2019 “Tannhäuser” inszeniert.


Die Welt

Zu Besuch beim Phantom der Oper

Kirill Petrenko ist einer der begehrtesten Dirigenten der Welt. Er macht sich rar: Keine CDs, keine Interviews. Jetzt tritt er bei den Bayreuther Festspielen auf. Eine Annäherung im Orchestergraben.



„Ein Artist auf der Tuba!“

Der Tubist Andreas Martin Hofmeir hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt


Le Monde

Le Festival d’Avignon a évité la catastrophe

Perturbée par les grèves et la météo, artistiquement inégale : première édition en dents de scie pour Olivier Py.




ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Are concert halls and opera houses unwelcoming?

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: YouTube’s first-ever classical music star puts the power in the audience’s hands at #BRISTOLPROMS 2014

Mark Pullinger: @larkingrumple Orchestra strike throws revival of Rome Opera House into turmoil

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM We’re at the @bristololdvic this week for the amazing #BristolProms – more about all that’s happening here:

London Symphony Orchestra: @Londonsymphony We’re looking for a Technical and Stage Assistant for our venue @LSOstlukes. Think you fit the bill? 




DW, R.Fulker

DW, R.Fulker


(Written on July 28, 2014 )

Classical News

South Wales Evening Post

Welsh National Opera’s David Pountney awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour

Welsh National Opera’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, David Pountney, has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class.

BBC Music Magazine

Music education to get a boost

Education Minister Nick Gibb has announced an increase of £18 million in funding for UK music education.

The Telegraph

Has music education been saved?

Ivan Hewett celebrates a government climb-down over proposed cuts to music education funding in schools.

Tenor Peter Seiffert wird zum Berliner Kammersänger ernannt

Der Tenor Peter Seiffert wird mit dem Titel Berliner Kammersänger geehrt. Seiffert wurde durch die Stiftung Oper in Berlin für diese Ehrung vorgeschlagen, der Senat stimmte dem zu.

El País

El Orfeó Català elige hoy a su junta en un clima de tension

La asamblea del Orfeó Català, la entidad propietaria del Palau de la Música, escogerá hoy a su nueva junta directiva tras una campaña electoral marcada por las descalificaciones y acusaciones de la candidatura presidida por Pau Duran a la anterior junta directiva de Mariona Carulla y a la mesa electoral que ha presidido las elecciones.

Le Figaro

Ton Koopman : un pur esprit baroque

Légende vivante, le chef néerlandais préside, à 70 ans, Itinéraire baroque en Périgord Vert. La 12e édition s’ouvre ce soir.



ncogb:@ncogb Calling all NCO Social Staff. We need a member of social staff (ideally male) to join us on Training Orchestra starting TOMORROW!

IntArtsManager:@IntArtsManager #amaconf keynote this morning: “Is it time to change the way we think about audiences?” Remember they’re real living people, not just stats

Classic FM:@ClassicFM
Tune in as John Suchet has the very first play of @AlisonBalsom‘s new album:  @WarnerClassics

musik heute: ‏@Musik_Heute
Neuer Beitrag: Bundesjugendorchester tourt erstmals nach Tunesien: (mh) – Das Bundesjugendorchester reist auf …

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

(Written on July 24, 2014 )

The Guardian

Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debuts

Other highlights of this year’s BBC Proms season include the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the return of both Daniel Barenboim and Marin Alsop, announces outgoing director Roger Wright

The Telegraph

Proms 2014: Top ten concerts

As this summer’s BBC Proms programme is announced, Ivan Hewett selects the best concerts

Classic FM

Classical music street art

Sometimes our favourite music pops up in the most unlikely places. Discover the most beautiful classical music-inspired street art.

Classical Music Magazine

Music education campaigning steps up as councils pressured out of supporting music 

A consultation document on local education funding shows that central government expects local government to cease funding music in English schools from 2016.

Limelight Magazine

Dame Kiri’s final bow?

The opera star writes exclusively for Limelight about ending her stage career and the good times ahead.

Die Welt

Johann Sebastian Bach – Fetischist der Vierzehn

König David hat Bach berufen: Bei der Zahlenmystik des größten Barockkomponisten lassen sich Wahrheit und Legende längst nicht mehr unterscheiden. Das lehrt effektvoll eine Ausstellung in Eisenach.


Die Pläne der Philharmoniker: Proben für die neue Zeit

Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius: Die Berliner Philharmoniker stellen ihre Saison 2014/15 vor – und gründen ein eigenes Label.

Washington Post

After longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history, Osmo Vänskä considers his options 

For the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, the Finnish conductor who will lead them in three performances this week, is a welcome returnee, a once-frequent visitor to the Kennedy Center podium coming back for the first time since 2007.

Classical News on Twitter

the listener: ‏@inthetheatre  Ben Heppner, star tenor, announces retirement from singing | @scoopit 

Worcester News: ‏@worcesternews Elgar’s music to feature heavily during BBC Proms 2014: THE BBC’s annual celebration of classical music comes … 

BBC Music Magazine:@MusicMagazine Six of the best musical settings of Romeo and Juliet to celebrate the Bard’s 450th | HappyBirthdayShakespeare …

CM editors:@ClassicalMusic Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music …

Gramophone:@GramophoneMag Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance: from the stage to recording studio …

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 25, 2014 )

The Guardian

Polish tenor hits back after a ‘fanatical minority’ boos La Scala production

Piotr Beczala says he will not take another role in Italy after section of audience boos new production of La Traviata

Limelight Magazine

What’s the value of sacred music in a secular age?

Is sacred music past is sell-by? Religious leaders, musicians and non-believers share their views

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja hangs out with Snoop Dogg at Kennedy Center Honors

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja performed an aria from Verdi’s Aïda last night at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony

Andrea Bocelli Foundation donates $500k to MIT

Tenor Andrea Bocelli’s charity foundation has donated a sum of around $500,000 to aid MIT in researching new technology products for the blind


New Directions – Conference 2014

In 2014, after a break of 25 years, the ABO Conference returns to the capital for three days of crucial debate and discussion, networking and learning, and analysing of the future of the orchestral sector in the UK and around the world

Manassas Patch

Holiday Flash Mob: Manassas Cellist Leads First-Ever By Air Force Band

The flash mob took place in the middle of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Drowned in Sound

Drowned in sound reveal their Top 20 albums of this year

A mix of genres and styles for the ‘ listmas’ of 2013

Der Tagesspiegel


Hat der 32-jährige Gustavo Dudamel das Zeug dazu, 2018 Sir Simon Rattles als Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker zu beerben? Jetzt war der Dirigent aus Venezuela mit Werken von Schubert, Beethoven und Strawinsky bei dem Orchester zu Gast

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Pavarotti to win Lifetime Achievement Award at Classic BRIT Awards 2013

Fifty years after his first recording and TV broadcast, the legendary tenor will be honoured with a posthumous award at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall

Alison Balsom wins Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013

The public have voted, and crowned Alison Balsom the Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013

The Telegraph

Bells and whistles celebrate the River Thames’s rich maritime history

On Saturday the River Thames provided the dramatic backdrop for one of the most ambitious and spectacular works of music to be staged outdoors in London – an opera using an orchestra of ships

RCM London

Felicity Smith

New Zealand mezzo soprano and RCM alumna Felicity Smith tragically died on Monday 9 September

Bach Track

The LSO opens the season with a thrilling performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto

Capitalising on their success with Verdi’s opera Rigoletto during the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the summer, the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda chose to open the 2013/14 season last night with the same work

Music Week

New Radio Academy CEO appointed

With more than 30 years’ experience in broadcasting and having held senior management positions at various major radio stations, Paul Robinson has been appointed CEO at the Radio Academy

Der Tagesspiegel

Matthias Lilienthal wird neuer Intendant

Eine schlechte Nachricht für Berlin, eine gute für München: Matthias Lilienthal, der zehn Jahre mit großem Erfolg das Hebbel am Ufer leitete, löst Johann Simons als Chef der Münchner Kammerspiele ab

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on September 17, 2013 )


The Guardian

How the Proms had their tone – and temperature – lowered

The man who bankrolled the first ever proms had three very sensible suggestions. Only one of them is no longer part of the concert season, writes Dan Zerdin

Alban Berg’s Lulu turns freedom fighter

Lulu is one of opera’s most astonishing characters, a femme fatale who manipulates and murders her way to a terrible end. Now she’s been turned into a black American freedom fighter, singing to a jazz score


Domingo’s Verdi baritone arias album available for free streaming on iTunes

Plácido Domingo, one of our era’s greatest tenors, is about to release his debut disc of baritone arias on Sony Classical – and iTunes is currently streaming the entire album for free

BBC News

Benjamin Britten ticket sales slow in Lowestoft hometown

Only a fifth of tickets have sold for a concert to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth in Suffolk

Classical Music Magazine

New artistic director for Dartington

The new artistic director for Dartington International Summer School in 2014 is to be oboist and conductor Nicholas Daniel, the Dartington Hall Trust has announced

Die Zeit

Schönheit und Pragmatik

Und das ist nur der erst Streich! Die Bratschistin Tabea Zimmermann führt uns zu fast vergessenen Kompositionen von Paul Hindemith


Classical Music Magazine 

(Written on August 19, 2013 )

The Guardian

Philip Glass, composer – portrait of the artist

Philip Glass talks about the stars he’d like to work with, the price of fame and why an artist has to be true to himself

The Times

Dame Kiri suffers stage fright on set of Downton Abbey

Dame Kiri, who retired from full-scale opera performances in 2009, suffered sleepless nights ahead of her TV acting debut

Classic FM Online

Hans Zimmer to receive Outstanding Contribution award at 2013 Classic BRITs

Film music composer Hans Zimmer has been announced as the winner of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2013 Classic BRIT Awards

Kiri te Kanawa makes Downton cast cry

The cast of ITV’s Downton Abbey were reduced to tears by a performance from Dame Kiri te Kanawa during filming of the programme’s forthcoming fourth season

The Show Must Go On

On Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 8-10pm, Gareth Davies – the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Flautist – tells the story of the LSO’s 1912 tour of the U.S.A. and compares it with the orchestra’s tours to America, Japan and a range of other destinations exactly 100 years later

Russell Watson: “New material is very, very exciting”

As tenor Russell Watson prepares for a summer of concerts and gears up for a new record later in the year, we chat to him about good dry cleaners, avoiding the rain and where his career is at the moment

The Telegraph

Charlotte Church interview: ‘I’ve been a raving feminist all my life

Peroxide hair, an edgy band, and a new-found feminist fervour… Craig McLean finds out if this is really the same Charlotte Church the world once knew as the Voice of an Angel


Classic FM Online

(Written on August 14, 2013 )

BBC Music Magazine

Tenor Rupert Charlesworth wins the Handel Singing Competition 2013

Arias from RodelindaTheodora and Belzhasser impressed adjudicators at this year’s competition.

BBC Music Magazine


Roxanna Panufnik’s new chamber work, Orchestrapaedia, mirrors Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – but with added cartoons by her brother, Jem.

The Telegraph

Woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms for the first time

The BBC makes history by choosing a woman to be the conductor at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Telegraph

‘Orchestras will have to change’

From his Budapest home, conductor Ivan Fischer tells The Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett about the future of ensemble playing. 

The Guardian

Lady Thatcher played out to the sounds of Europe

The funeral started and ended with English music, as expected, but European music played an unexpectedly large role.


Born March 17, 1924; died April 13, 2013















BBC Music Magazine


(Written on April 18, 2013 )

The Independent

Independent podcast: Saimir Pirgu

Quality voices will always be a rare and valued commodity. The young Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu falls into that category.

The Guardian

Saint and sinner: the Nelson Mandela opera

Tribesman, activist, icon – all the phases of Nelson Mandela’s life are o display in a new opera.


Bach cantata manuscript goes on public display at Christie’s in London

Rare chance to view Bach’s musical hand before ale on June 13.

New York Times

Video Preserves Hints of Future for a Director

Just out of Harvard, the director Peter Sellars made his name in the early 1980s. But what do you do when your defining work is made before you’re 30? An answer is found in Mr. Sellars’s haunting 2010 staging of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”.

Arts Journal – Slipped disc

Russians squeaks it in tight Nielsen contest

Olga Volkova, a pupil of Zakha Bron in Cologne, took first prize in the Carl Nielsen competition in Odense.

Eminent Italian maestro is dead

We’re receiving reports of the death of Piero Bellugi, music director of the RAI orchestra from 1967 and, until his death, artistic director of the opera in Palermo, Sicily.

The Times

Salonen, bringer of interactive conducting at the Science Museum

Do you ever dream of guiding the the Philharmonia through a full-blooded performance of The Planets? Dream no longer.



(Written on June 11, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade: Vivaldi’s Olympic opera returns

L’Olimpiade is one of Vivaldi’s 50 or so largely obscure operas, most of which have never been performed.

The Guardian

Accordion wrestling – squeezy does it

In the 40s and 50s, accordion wrestling was huge in Finland. Meet the man who brings it here.

A guide to Judith Weir’s music

Lightness, wisdom and imagination. Welcome to the rich musical world of Judith Weir.

LA Times

Bone flutes found in German caves point to roots of creativity

Make jokes about flute players all you want, but it’s looking more likely that our earliest musical impulses may have been fed by a variation on just such an instrument.

Johnny Mandel has composed quite a life in music

The songwriter, 86, convenes an orchestra for a weekend gig.

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland drops ‘flexible funding’, meaning uncertain future for ensembles

Scottish music organisations including Aberdeen’s Sound festival, the Hebrides and Red Note ensembles, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, are facing an uncertain future following a financial review by funding body Creative Scotland (CS).


Composers sought for year-long collaborations

Applications are now open for the 2012/13 Adopt a Composer scheme, which pairs Making Music member groups with up-and-coming composers for a year-long collaboration that results in a new piece.

Winners of NCEM Composers Award announced

Young composers Alex Woolf (16) and Benjamin Rowarth (20) have been named the winners of the NCEM Composers Award 2012, in the under 18 years category and the 19 to 25 years category respectively.

Jessica Duchen

Off to Munich

Tomorrow I’m heading for the new classical music trade fair, Classical:NEXT, in Munich. The Classical:NEXT programme is jam-packed with intriguing talks, showcases, performances and screenings.


Jonas Kaufmann withdraws from Royal Opera House Les Troyens

Tenor suffering from a kong-running infection.

(Written on May 30, 2012 )