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In today’s news: The Guardian view on musical education, new Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors, and Schubert Ensemble reveals final season. Flashmob plays Marquez, a new study reveals the correlation between Education, wealth and the desire to learn an instrument, and the music competition of German broadcaster ARD has ended this year with eight second prizes and just one first prize.

The Guardian

The Guardian view on musical education: it needs social harmony

Birmingham’s renaissance sees a new conservatoire. That is good news. But we need policies to ensure music is not dominated by a wealthy elite

The Telegraph

British conductor sacked by US music festival after ‘innocent’ joke with his African-American friend was labelled racist

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

Music Teacher

New Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors

It is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987, and the conservatoire’s principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, has predicted it will be the ‘last-ever’ performing arts institution of its kind to be built in this country.

Classical Music Magazine

Schubert Ensemble reveals final season

The Schubert Ensemble will give around 50 concerts in the UK and abroad before returning to its London home for a farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018.

The Strad

Violin expertise and how to acquire it: Jacques Francais on the pitfalls of instrument identification

Legendary Manhattan-based French dealer, who died in 2004, with some words of wisdom first published in The Strad November 1988 issue. Interview by Stewart Pollens

WQXR

A Flash Mob Descended Upon A Mall to Play Marquez’s ‘Danzon No. 2’

We love our flash mobs. And who wouldn’t? Good things are great, but unexpected good things are even better.

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Bildung und Einkommen beeinflussen Musikaktivitäten

Laut einer aktuellen Studie der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung entscheiden Bildungsstatus und Einkommen der Eltern darüber, ob ein Jugendlicher Musik macht.

 Musik Heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb vergibt acht zweite Preise

Beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurde diesmal nur ein erster Preis verliehen. Daneben gab es acht zweite Preise, davon drei am Schlusstag im Fach Oboe, und drei dritte Preise.

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‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ kündigt 2. Ausgabe an

Eine zweite Ausgabe der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ findet vom 8. August bis 1. September 2018 in Shanghai statt.

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New Birmingham Conservatoire opens

(Written on September 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Opera star Anna Netrebko talks about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden, and Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017. Houstan Grand Opera under water, Staatsoper Hamburg looks for young musicians, and Fabien Gabel new musical director of Orchestre Français des Jeunes.

The Telegraph

Anna Netrebko: ‘My husband just thought I was a crazy prima donna’

Europe’s queen of opera tells Rupert Christiansen about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden

Teaching Drama

Shakespeare’s Globe launches new apprenticeships

In a fresh bid to enforce its commitment to equal opportunities and arts access for young people, Shakespeare’s Globe in June launched four year-long apprenticeship programmes, to run from September.

Pizzicato

Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

More than 170 young singers from 39 nations applied for the prestigious singing competition for Baroque opera, organized by the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

Classic FM

Titanic is the biggest-selling classical album of the last 25 years

The score for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner, is the best-selling classical album of the last 25 years, according to the Ultimate Classic FM Chart, the biggest ever countdown of classical music album sales in the UK.

Limelight

Young Virtuoso Award NSW State Finals winner announced

Jennifer Hou will go on to compete at the National finals, while Toby Thatcher is named Patron of Emerging Artists.

NMZ

Sängerin in Bayreuth verletzt – Regie-Assistent spielt Brünnhilde

Ein Regie-Assistent im glitzernden Goldkleid als Brünnhilde auf der Bayreuther Festspielbühne: Zum Abschluss der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele am Montagabend musste improvisiert werden.

Klassik.com

Houston Grand Opera schwer von der Flut getroffen

Der Tropensturm “Harvey”, der im US-Bundesstaat Texas schwere Schäden verursacht hat, hat auch Oper und Ballett in Houston in hohem Maß in Mitleidenschaft gezogen.

Klassik Heute

Staatsoper Hamburg sucht junge Musikerinnen und Musiker für Kinderoper

Die Staatsoper Hamburg sucht für die Kinderoper Die arabische Prinzessin in der Reihe opera piccola Kinder und Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 20 Jahren, die bei den Vorstellungen im Februar 2018 mitwirken wollen.

Le Figaro

Gammes d’été pour l’orchestre français des jeunes

La formation aborde sa session estivale et découvre Fabien Gabel, son nouveau directeur musical.

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Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: The welcome return of Proms maverick Harrison Birtwistle, Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students, and cellist prevented from boarding flight with cello. New classical festival ‘new life’ with music of jewish composers, and Schloss Weikersheim offers great opportunity for young singers. Confusion about white powder at the Elbphilharmonie, and Fort Worth Opera names two new directors.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle: the welcome return of a Proms maverick

Harrison Birtwistle is our greatest living composer. As he prepares for this year’s classical music extravaganza, he talks to Ivan Hewett.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS Foundation names Composers’ Fund grantees

The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Strad

Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students

Three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the RCM’s BMus course will be eligible for the scholarships from next year.

Pizzicato

Lockenhaus road named after Gidon Kremer

The road leading to the castle in Lockenhaus, Austris, has been named after Gidon Kremer, the founder of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

Classic FM

The cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights.

Tagesspiegel

Vom Glück des Überlebens

Erinnern an die Vergessenen. Das Klassikfestival „New Life“ präsentiert Musik jüdischer Komponisten, die vor den Nazis flohen.

Concerti

Wertvolles Sprungbrett für junge Gesangstalente

Humperdincks „Hänsel und Gretel“ verirren sich in der Jungen Oper Schloss Weikersheim

Pizzicato

Nicholas DelBello named Music Director in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra has announced Nicholas DelBello as their new Music Director, effective September 1, 2017.

Klassik.com

Weißes Pulver löst Alarm im Hotel der Elbphilharmonie aus

In dem zur Elbphilharmonie gehörenden Westin Hotel kam es am Dienstag zu einem Feuerwehreinsatz. Grund dafür waren drei anonyme Briefe, aus denen in der Poststelle des Hotels weißes Pulver ausgetreten ist.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Opera names not one, but two new directors

Six months after the general director Darren K. Woods was terminated from the Fort Worth Opera, the board of trustees has named not one but two replacements.

South China Morning Post

How a joint student orchestra event in Hong Kong can break cultural barriers

Seven orchestras from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will play at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

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(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

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Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

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Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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(Written on January 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Beethoven’s manuscript is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, however the authenticity of the manuscript is being disputed between an academic based in University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Director of books and manuscripts. German ensemble, The Vision String Quartet, won the first prize of Geneva International String Quartet Competition 2016 in Switzerland. Also, pianist Menahem Pressler played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 595 with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 92.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical music experts out of tune over Beethoven manuscript

A bad-tempered row erupted in the world of classical music after experts clashed over the authenticity of a Beethoven manuscript that is up for auction.

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins Geneva Competition

The Vision String Quartet from Germany has won first prize, worth CHF 20,000 ($19,700), at the Geneva International String Quartet Competition in Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Music’s head of strings responds to criticism from violinist Nigel Kennedy

The British violinist accused music colleges of producing ‘factory lines’ of pianists and violinists

CMUSE

92-year-old pianist plays Mozart concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra

92-year-old Menahem Pressler was guest soloist last week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

Choir and Organ Magazine

London Concord Singers mark 50th anniversary

The London Concord Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert under new musical director Jessica Norton.

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Lloyd Webber presents cello highlights of BBC archive

Julian Lloyd Webber will highlight some the best cello performances in the BBC Archive in a new BBC Four programme.

nmz

Streit um Dresdner Kulturpalast – Intendant verärgert

Wenige Monate vor der Wiedereröffnung des Dresdner Kulturpalastes gibt es Streit über die Kosten der Bespielung. Nach Philharmonie-Chefdirigent Michael Sanderling reagierte am Montag auch Musikfestspiel-Intendant Jan Vogler verärgert auf die in der vergangenen Woche überraschend vom Stadtrat beschlossene Budgetkürzung für die beiden städtischen Institutionen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Valery Gergiev muss Konzerte absagen

Der russische Dirigent muss wegen einer Knieoperation mehrere Konzerte absagen. Bereits bei einem Auftritt in Bern musste Gergiev aufgrund einer Meniskusverletzung Teile des Konzerts im Sitzen dirigieren. Im Anschluß wurden weitere Konzerte in Belgien und Luxemburg abgesagt. Gleiches gilt für Auftritte mit dem London Symphony Orchestra, bei denen nun Thomas Sondergard für Gergiev einspringt.

Musik Heute

Jana Baumeister gewinnt Bundeswettbewerb Gesang

Die Sopranistin Jana Baumeister hat den diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerb Gesang gewonnen. Die 28-Jährige erhielt den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis und den Sonderpreis der Leipziger Bach-Stiftung für Konzertengagements.

Klassik Heute

Hamburg kürt Deutschlands innovativste Gründung in der Musikwirtschaft

Sechs deutsche Gründerteams wetteifern beim Music WorX Day am 30. November 2016 um den Förderpreis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg für junge, innovative Unternehmen aus der Musikwirtschaft. Die Gründer und Gründerinnen präsentieren ihre Geschäftsideen vor einem Fachpublikum – das beste Team erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Jurypreis.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1797 Birth of Italian #composer Gaetano #DONIZETTI #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The 50 greatest Schubert recordings – part 3 – Gramophone http://dlvr.it/MmGQkJ

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A Londoner through and through! Fancy a stroll around Handel’s home town? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-ar…

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(Written on November 29, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”

WQXR

Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.

Classicalite

New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Klassikinfo.de

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen

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(Written on May 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal, Andris Nelsons receives the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award & opera star Andrea Bocelli serenades football fans before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game.

Classical Music Magazine

Harpist Oliver Wass wins the 2016 Guildhall gold medal

Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Guildhall School of Music & Drama gold medal. He performed Ginastera’s concerto for harp, accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Adrian Leaper.

Nelsons receives Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

Andris Nelsons has been presented with the 13th Glashütte Original Music Festival Award. The award was presented by the managing director of Glashütte Original Yann Gamard and the intendant of the Dresden Music Festival Jan Vogler following a concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 6 May at Dresden’s Frauenkirche.

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Bocelli serenades Leicester City fans

Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded football fans on Saturday with a spine-tingling rendition of Nussun Dorma before kick off in the Leicester City vs Everton game. The song became famous in football circles after the BBC used Pavarotti’s rendition as the theme tune for its Italia ’90 World Cup coverage.

The Telegraph

Gerald Finley: ‘I dream of finishing my career as von Trapp’

Thirty years ago, a shy young rookie with a soft Canadian accent and gentle smile, straight out of the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music, made his professional debut in the back row of the Glyndebourne chorus.

Music Week

Irving Azoff claims YouTube is “the root of the problem”

Azoff has issued an open letter on re/code to “Dear YouTube” in response a recent blog post on the services’ “creator blog” titled ’Setting The Record Straight’. In the post, Christophe Muller, Head of YouTube International Music Partnerships, contended that “YouTube takes copyright management extremely seriously and we work to ensure rights holders make money no matter who uploads their music.

Classic FM

Kanye West surprised Kim Kardashian with a whole orchestra because he can

Kanye West is not known for his subtlety – so it makes sense that his gift to KK for mother’s day is not a bunch of flowers but a whole string orchestra.

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Opera Fort Collins hires new executive director

Elizabeth Telling has been announced as Opera Fort Collins’ new executive director

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Andris Nelsons mit Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat den Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016 erhalten. Der Lette erhält die mit 25.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung für sein Engagement in Bezug auf die Vermittlung klassischer Musik sowie die Nachwuchsförderung.

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Sachsen-Anhalt: Staatskanzlei künftig für Kultur zuständig

In Sachsen-Anhalt soll die Kulturpolitik künftig komplett von der Staatskanzlei verantwortet werden.

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Run auf Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Am Morgen wurde eine Seite zur Verlosung von Freikarten für die Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnungskonzerte freigeschaltet. Wenig später brach sie zusammen. Doch noch haben alle eine Chance auf Tickets.

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The Strad @TheStradMag The 9th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart has named five semi finalists

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Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK Fascinating uplifting meeting of A Choir in Every Care Home today. Thanks all who took part.

Dresdner Musikfestspiele . Konzert von Jan Vogler und dem Boston Symphony Orchstra am 07.05.2016 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche . Mit anschliessender Verleihung des Glashuette Original Festpielpreises an Dirigent Andris Nelsons . Foto: Oliver Killig

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(Written on May 10, 2016 )

In today’s news, English National Opera unveils its masterplan for securing its future, a Russian Orchestra played in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, and Sir James Galway receives honorary doctorate.

The Telegraph

English National Opera unveils plans for sex, silence and Hollywood stars

English National Opera has unveiled its masterplan to secure its future: more musicals, a tour to Blackpool, and “sex, sex, and more sex”.

The New York Times

Russian Orchestra Plays in Palmyra Ruins as Strikes Kill 28

A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert on Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorised by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James Galway receives honorary doctorate

Birmingham City University has presented Sir James Galway with an honorary doctorate for his services to music. Sir James Galway was named Doctor of the University (DUniv) after a concert as part of his residency at Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University).

Inaugural winners of RPS duet prizes announced

18-year-old composer Freya Ireland and 16-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason each win a public recital/performance at a national music festival and £1,500 to support their musical development.

The Strad

Violinist/violist Matt Albert to head new University of Michigan Chamber Music department

The University of Michigan School of Music has appointed violinist/violist Matt Albert as the first chair of its new Department of Chamber Music, launched in autumn 2015.

Klassik heute

Semyon Bychkov leitet das Sommernachtskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker

Im einzigartigen Ambiente des Schönbrunner Schlossparks findet am Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2016 bei freiem Eintritt das alljährliche Sommernachtskonzert Schönbrunn der Wiener Philharmoniker statt.

Matthias Georg Kendlinger gründet zweites Orchester

Matthias Georg Kendlinger, Gründer der K&K Philharmoniker, wird im Mai 2016 ein zweites privat finanziertes Orchester ins Leben rufen: die K&K Symphoniker.

Musik Heute

“Musik der Hoffnung”: Gergijew gibt Konzert in Palmyra

Mit einem Sinfoniekonzert in der antiken Oasenstadt Palmyra hat Syriens enger Partner Russland demonstrativ seine Rolle in dem Bürgerkriegsland herausgestrichen. Für den Auftritt im römischen Amphitheater des Unesco-Weltkulturerbes war eigens das Orchester des St. Petersburger Mariinski-Theaters eingeflogen worden.

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Sky News @SkyNews A Russian orchestra has performed a classical music concert in the ruins of Palmyra

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Geoff Parkin appointed as director of

New York Times Arts What can do to fill its empty seats? Our team of classical music critics and reporters have some ideas:

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(Written on May 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a video of an opera singer performing during a scan revealed, NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs film deal & Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie.

The Telegraph

Real-time MRI captures incredible video of opera singer performing during scan

Researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician’s Medicine have revealed what really goes on inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform.

BBC News

NHS choir signs film deal after topping chart at Christmas

The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 has signed a film deal to tell its story. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir beat the Canadian singer after he urged his 72 million Twitter followers to buy its charity single, A Bridge Over You.

Glastonbury to honour David Bowie and Prince

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie, organiser Emily Eavis has told the BBC. The metal sculpture, inspired by the sleeve for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, will hang above acts like Coldplay and Adele when they play the stage in June.

The Guardian

The best classical concerts and opera of summer 2016

Oedipus finally reaches Britain, there’s a Messiaen marathon in Suffolk, Opera North’s Ring hits the road – and John Luther Adams summons up a deluge.

The Strad

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles

The 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition has named the 10 string quartets shortlisted to take part in its live rounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce plans to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

The ensembles will present L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. They will also perform the Vespers at Basilica dei Frari, Venice, as well as working alongside musicologists and experts in Monteverdi during the anniversary year.

Roger Vignoles announced as accompanist for 2016 International Opera Awards

Roger Vignoles will be accompanist at the 2016 International Opera Awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 May at the Savoy Theatre. He will accompany Stuart Skelton, Anna Bonitatibus and a number of other past and present International Opera Awards finalists and winners.

The Spectator

Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser is one of the ugliest stagings I have set eyes on

Cursed, or perhaps blessed, with almost no visual memory at all, I had almost completely forgotten what the Royal Opera’s current Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery and with set designs by Michael Levine, looks like. Or perhaps it was the natural tendency to repress the memory of unpleasant experiences.

Klassik Heute

Dirigentenwettbewerb “The Mahler Competition” beginnt in Bamberg

Vom 6. bis 13. Mai 2016 veranstalten die Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie zum 5. Mal ihren Dirigentenwettbewerb The Mahler Competition. Der Wettbewerb ist ab der Hauptrunde am 9. Mai öffentlich. Der Eintritt zu den öffentlichen Runden in der Konzerthalle Bamberg ist frei.

Music Heute

Staatstheater Nürnberg: Neue Saison mit Wagner-Opern und Brahms-Konzerten

Die Nürnberger Oper eröffnet die Spielzeit 2016/17 mit Mussorgskis “Boris Godunow” in einer Neuinszenierung von Peter Konwitschny. Zusammen mit Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch realisiert der 71-Jährige das Stück in der Urfassung von 1869, wie das Staatstheater am Mittwoch mitteilte.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Ludus instrumentalis gewinnt Förderpreis Alte Musik

Der Förderpreis Alte Musik, der von der Akademie für Alte Musik im Saarland und dem Saarländischen Rundfunk vergeben wird, geht in diesem Jahr an das in Köln beheimtate Ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis.

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IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager IAM’s editor is 1 of the 15 women to be selected for the first University Women in the Arts

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Król Roger and Woolf Works nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Bernhard Neuhoff @BernhardNeuhoff Classical music sponsored by Pop stars: donates $ 25,000 to opera house via

EUYO @EUYOtweets Happy 10yr anniversary to our Partner . Looking forward to playing for our friends tonight.

Music News & Facts @musicnews_facts Today is the 28th birthday of a massively successful act and an outstanding singer/song-writer.

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Photograph: FIMM

 

(Written on May 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news James Levine, music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera retires for health reasons, David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past year, Alan Loveday has died at age of 88 and John Wilson explains how the BBC Proms audience is different to any other.

BBC

Met Opera director James Levine to retire after 40 years

James Levine, the music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 40 years, is to retire for health reasons. Levine, 72, will step down in May at the end of the current 2015-16 season.

BBC

David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past 12 months

The star’s swansong even outsold Adele’s 25 – despite the fact it was only released on 8 January.

The Strad

Long-time Academy of St Martin in the Fields violinist Alan Loveday has died aged 88

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields has announced the death of violinist Alan Loveday on 12 April at the age of 88.

Classical Music Magazine

Vinyl sales continue to surge

637,056 LP albums were purchased between January and March 2016, representing an increase of 61.8% on the corresponding three-month period in 2015.

The Telegraph

John Wilson: ‘The Proms audience is unlike any other’

The John Wilson Orchestra made their debut at the Proms in 2009 with a unique selling point. They are a symphonic orchestra with a big jazz band, which means they can combine classical music with lighter fare, such as Hollywood musicals from the Fifties.

BR KLASSIK

Generalmusikdirektor James Levine tritt zurück

40 Jahre lang war James Levine Chef des Metropolitan Opera Orchesters in New York. Heute gab die Met bekannt: Der Generalmusikdirektor gibt zum Ende der laufenden Saison 2015/16 sein Amt aus gesundheitlichen Gründen auf.

KulturPort.de

Nachwuchspreise der Opernstiftung: Christina Gansch, Marc Jubete Bascompte und Andre Schoch ausgezeichnet

Die Sopranistin und Mitglied des Internationalen Opernstudios der Hamburgischen Staatsoper Christina Gansch und der Tänzer des Hamburg Ballett Marc Jubete Bascomptesind die diesjährigen Träger des Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer-Preises. Der Eduard Söring-Preis geht in diesem Jahr an den Solo-Trompeter Andre Schoch.

klassik.com 

Rundfunkbeitrag: Mal ‘runter, mal ‘rauf

Für die Jahre 2017 bis 2020 fordern ARD, ZDF und Deutschlandradio einen Betrag von 38,5 Milliarden Euro, rund 10 Prozent mehr als in der laufenden Gebührenperiode. Die Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs der Rundfunkanstalten (KEF) hat dagegen vorgeschlagen, den Rundfunkbeitrag in den nächsten vier Jahren um einen Cent pro Tag zu senken.

Twitter

The Vinyl Factory @TheVinylFactory Vinyl sales expected to smash 3 million mark in the UK this year:

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Condolences to all # & # but HUGE congrats to @ and the success of his # album

Classic FM @ClassicFM Wishing Sir Neville Marriner a very happy 92nd birthday! @ has one of his finest recordings coming up.

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Photograph: Steve Schapiro, published by the Powerhouse Books

(Written on April 15, 2016 )