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In today’s news the Guardian will be live-streaming tonight’s performance of I Fagiolini’s Betrayal and the Telegraph have provided their expert guide on what to eat, drink and wear to Glyndebourne. Proper Music Distribution, which boasts of being the UK’s largest independent music distributor, has restructured its classical and jazz divisions and Making Music has issued a challenge to people of all ages and any level of experience to try their hand at a new instrument.

Guardian

Live stream: watch Betrayal, a polyphonic crime drama

I Fagiolini, the ensemble who excel in presenting early music in unusual ways, have created a new show based on the life and works of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. The site-specific immersive show fuses polyphonic music, drama and contemporary dance, and will live-stream here at 8.30pm (BST) on 15 May

Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: what to eat, drink and wear

Whether you are a fan of fizz, frocks and herbaceous borders, or genuinely interested in opera, our expert advice on what to wear and when to unpack your picnic will guarantee a memorable evening

The Times

Why Peter Pan had to grow up — and become a serious opera

If classical music has a boy who never grew up, it’s Richard Ayres.

Classical Music Magazine

Restructure at Proper Music Distribution

Proper Music Distribution, which boasts of being the UK’s largest independent music distributor, has restructured its classical and jazz divisions, integrating them into its Proper Note company to form a specialist music business.

Sinfini

Making Music’s Grade 1 challenge

Working in partnership with the BBC’s Get Creative initiative, the UK organisation Making Music has issued a challenge to people of all ages and any level of experience to try their hand at a new instrument.

Concerti

Im Testlabor der Profis

Nachwuchsmusiker trainieren im Jugendsinfonieorchester und in der Akademie der NDR-Sinfoniker den großen Auftritt

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A Meeting Of Two Great Masters Of Silence

Adam’s Passion by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson was premiered on Tuesday, 12 May, at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn, Estonia. The performance will reach audiences worldwide through international tours, TV and videodisc.

Tugan Sokhiev To Stay In Toulouse Until 2019

Tugan Sokhiev has extended his contract with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse until 2019.

The New York Times

Minnesota Orchestra’s Cuba Trip Puts It at the Cultural Vanguard

They shimmied with dancers on stilts who greeted them in this old city, where book stalls sell comic-book retellings of the Cuban Revolution. Conservatory students welcomed them with flowers and chamber music. And when a band serenaded them at dinner, a few even got up and cha-chaed.

Classical MPR 

Is the era of the celebrity maestro ending?

This past Monday, the Berlin Philharmonic was expected to choose a successor to chief conductor Simon Rattle, who is stepping down from his post in 2018. Instead, the orchestra’s musicians, who govern themselves, failed to reach a decision; we may now have to wait for up to a year longer to learn who will be the next maestro to take up residence behind that prestigious podium.

Twitter

Opera North: ‘The end of all good music is to affect the soul’ – Happy Birthday to this revolutionary !

The Amati Magazine: The Tchaikovsky Competition is to be live-streamed in its entirety from Russia. More details:

CityofLondonSinfonia: We’re glad someone else noticed how funny musician stock photos are! Things That Musicians Find Annoying:

Betrayal: A polyphonic crime drama from I Fagiolini, John La Bouchardiere and the Barbican (L-R:Greg Skidmore and Eleesha Drennan) performed at The Village Underground in Shorditch on Tuesday, 12 May, 2015. Photo by Mark AllanI Fagiolini, the ensemble who excel in presenting early music in unusual ways, have created a new show based on the life and works of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Photo: Arts Desk/Mark Allan

(Written on May 15, 2015 )

Guardian

Spotify’s UK revenues rose 42% in 2013 as music service turned a profit

Streaming firm’s UK income up to £131m as it turns 2012’s £11m loss into a £2.6m profit in 2013

Jarvis Cocker’s slumber party

Chronic insomniac Jarvis Cocker is going on a musical odyssey into sleeplessness. He tells Alfred Hickling why he hopes audiences will nod off to his Wireless Nights

Telegraph

#LoveBBCMusic: the future of music on the BBC

We should all be excited by the launch of BBC Music, says Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

‘BBC Music’ launches

The BBC’s new music department heralded by one song and 27 artists

Classical Source

Northern Soul: Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra present landmark festivals

They will present works by Anders Hillborg as well as the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen as part of an inspirational 2014/15 Season

International Arts Manager

Beijing’s NCPA Orchestra makes North American debut

China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra will make its North American debut next month.

The Strad

Italian violinist Angelo Stefanato has died aged 88

The artist and teacher was concertmaster of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin for 15 years

Gramophone

Tugan Sokhiev resigns from Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

The conductor became the DSO’s Music Director in 2012

Sinfini

BBC Music Launch

Music has always been a central part of the BBC, but never quite so central as last night.

Die Welt

Chefdirigent Tugan Sochijew verlässt das DSO

Seine Verpflichtungen als Musikdirektor am dringend wieder zum Glänzen zu bringenden Bolschoi-Theater lassen ein weiteres Engagement des jungen, erfolgreichen Russen in Berlin nicht zu.

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt erhält ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk

Berlin – Der österreichische Dirigent Nikolaus Harnoncourt wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet.

CODEX FLORES

Wiener Philharmoniker erhalten Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014

Heute wird den Wiener Philharmonikern der Birgit Nilsson Preis 2014 überreicht – im Rahmen einer festlichen Preisverleihung in Anwesenheit von König Carl XVI. Gustaf von Schweden und Königin Silvia im Konzerthaus von Stockholm.

LE FIGARO

La Salle Pleyel sans concession

Avant même qu’elle ne soit attribuée à un repreneur, un bras de fer juridique pourrait mener à sa fermeture provisoire.

Twitter

BBC Music @bbcmusic: Enjoy #GodOnlyKnows? Check out the behind the scenes film and learn a little more about how we made it happen: http://youtu.be/vp5bVdXOLs4 

Opera North @Opera_North: Had a sneaky look into rehearsals for The Bartered Bride – and these photos prove it! Check out the circus! http://bit.ly/1sa68Vx #ONBride

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: Would your #choir like to perform at The Winter Festival @southbankcentre from 1-23 December? Apply now: http://j.mp/1mZoQ1y 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: We are dipping into our press archive over the next few days. Here is an interesting article from Bloomberg (2006) http://bloom.bg/ZsI7xA

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

Classic FM

Lark Ascending soundtracks controversial Coronation Street death

The scene, in which Hayley (played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh) ends her own struggle with pancreatic cancer by mixing a lethal cocktail of medicine, ended with her on-screen husband, Roy Cropper (played by David Neilson) putting on a CD of Hayley’s favourite piece, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Mozart son’s gravestone vandalised in Czech town 

The grave of Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has been vandalised in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins and the classical music stars who please our ears – and eyes

“La Jenkins’s new look can’t disguise what the classical world knows well – sex sells.” Adam Sweeting on sexual objectification in the classical music industry.

BBC Music Magazine

Tugan Sokhiev takes up Bolshoi post

Tugan Sokhiev has been appointed the music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Oregonian

Cascadia Composers performing “Black Out,” a concert in complete darkness

Paul Safar and Nancy Wood, a husband-and-wife performance duo, will play at “Black Out” a show put on by Cascadia Composers in complete darkness, hoping to stimulate the audience’s aural capabilities by limiting their vision. 

International Arts Manager

Orchestra streams concert to hospital patients

Patients at a Philadelphia hospital will soon be able to view orchestra performances live on their bedside TVs. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, announced earlier this week.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Could a robot stand in for live musicians?

Robot maker Guy Hoffman thinks his machines can simulate a soul.

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(Written on January 22, 2014 )

Gramophone

Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester performs Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with new narration

Live concert recording, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, will be released on the Audite label

The Guardian

Final Fantasy given classical twist

Palais des Congrès de Paris the venue for musical event where orchestra plays selection of scores from video game series

Bauer Media favourite to buy Absolute Radio as ex-Virgin Radio chief pulls out

John Pearson, supported by Time Out backer, understood to have been close to a deal but baulked at asking price

BBC News

King Kong musical is ‘a puzzle’ says Elbow’s Guy Garvey

Elbow’s Guy Garvey says writing for a new King Kong musical was “like doing a very difficult word search”.

‘Music industry wants High Street shops’

The music industry does not want to lose its high street presence according to music business news service Complete Music Update.

The New Scientist

Why musical genius comes easier to early starters

Good news for pushy parents. If you want your child to excel musically, you now have better justification for starting their lessons early.

NPR

Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

This past year was a good one for Naxos Records.

Classical Source

BBC Proms Launches Its 2013 Search For Young Composers Aged 12 To 18

Returning for its fifteenth year, Inspire offers free creative workshops for young musicians, music teachers and school groups

The Strad

UK violinist Peter Mountain dies

String coach and former Royal Liverpool Philharmonic concertmaster was 89

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(Written on January 16, 2013 )