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In today’s news: France Musique’s new website, Tom Service is appointed music professor at Gresham College, conductor Jonathan Sternberg has passed away, Michael Hann examines the National and Bon Iver’s open-access publishing platform. The violinist Carolin Widmann about responsibilities as an artist and teacher. The Theater Augsuburg is taking the last hurdles to being funded by the state. Karl-Heinz Steffens is leaving the Staatsphilarmonie Rheinland Pfalz, and Esa-Pekka Salonen is leaving New York. At the Radio France Festival all 555 Sonatas of Scarlatti will be played.

Planet Hugill

France Musique launches English language website

The French broadcaster has launched an English language website which provides a welter of on-line resources and concerts.

Gramophone

Conductor Jonathan Sternberg has died at the age of 98

The New York-born conductor was a pioneering figure in the early years of the LP era. He made a number of premiere recordings with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and also conducted the European premieres of several contemporary American works.

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Tom Service appointed music professor at Gresham College

Tom Service has joined Gresham College’s music professorship, which dates back to 1597. As Gresham professor of music, the journalist and BBC presenter will deliver free public lectures, which will be live-streamed and made available on YouTube.

The Guardian

People: how the National and Bon Iver’s streaming service frees musicians

Can the new, open-access audio ‘publishing platform’ attract more than just superfans of its indie-rock creators?

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall wins teaching excellence Gold Award

Employability and student satisfaction of Guildhall students recognised in highest government ranking.

New York Times

A Manifesto for a 21st-Century Concert. (Drinks Allowed.)

“The concert experience has become predictable,” the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen said this week. “I’m not talking about artistic quality or content of the program, but the ritual itself. It’s quite predictable — and, visually, mostly dead boring, to be totally honest.”

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„Vielleicht müssen wir uns viel stärker einmischen“

In allen Stilen ist sie zu Hause, der Gegenwartsmusik fühlt sie sich besonders verpflichtet: die Geigerin Carolin Widmann.

Klassik.com

Kabinett segnet Pläne für ein Staatstheater Augsburg ab

Das Bayerische Kabinett hat der Umwandlung des Theaters Augsburg in ein Staatstheater zugestimmt.

Klassik-Heute

Abschied von Karl-Heinz Steffens in Mannheim

Unter der Leitung von Karl-Heinz Steffens, der die Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz zu einem herausragenden Orchester formte und das Konzertleben in der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar mit attraktiven Programmen facettenreich gestaltete, verabschiedet sich der Chefdirigent und Generalmusikdirektor nach neun Jahren vom Rosengarten-Publikum.

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Le pari fou de l’été : jouer les 555 sonates de Scarlatti

En juillet 2018, le Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier et France Musique lancent un pari un peu fou : interpréter et enregistrer les 555 sonates de Domenico Scarlatti.

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France Musique’s new English language website © Planet Hugill

(Written on June 7, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

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Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

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  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: The UK Government has exempted musical instruments from its proposals for an ivory ban, and the National Centre for Early Music has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022. “Steinway” Family celebrates its 25th anniversary, the singing competition “Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb” to start tomorrow, and musical about Amy Winehouse to be released.

Classical Music Magazine

Ivory ban exemption for musical instruments

The Musicians’ Union (MU), the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Music Industries’ Association (MIA) are ‘delighted’ at the news that musical instruments are among the exemptions set out in the government’s proposals for an ivory ban.

Early Music Today

Continued NPO status for NCEM

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret’s Church, York, has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022.

The Telegraph

‘I was picked on by the gods’: inside George Michael’s powerful final documentary

It is remembered as perhaps his greatest performance. In trademark sunglasses and earring, wearing a boxy orange jacket, George Michael stormed the stage of Wembley Stadium in April 1992, backed by the surviving members of Queen, and tore out an absolutely show-stopping version of Somebody To Love in front of 80,000 fans.

Nursery World

Nursery using classical music to calm babies

A Bedfordshire nursery has started playing classical music at drop-off after finding it helped to settle children in their baby unit.

Violin Channel

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Appoint New Assistant Conductor

The San Antonio Symphony has announced the appointment of Israeli-born conductor Noam Aviel as their new Assistant Conductor.

The New York Times

Anna Netrebko Will Star in Three Met-Bolshoi Productions

Two of the world’s most important opera companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bolshoi Theater here, will collaborate on three stagings in coming years, they announced on Monday.

NMZ

25 Jahre Steinway Family – ein Grund zum Feiern

Steinway & Sons, Hersteller der berühmten Flügel und Klaviere, feiert in diesem Jahr ein ganz besonderes Jubiläum: 25 Jahre “Steinway Family”.

Klassik.com

Viktor Soos Preisträger beim Kissinger Klavier-Olymp

Die Gewinner des Wettbewerbs “Kissinger Klavier-Olymp” stehen fest. Der Backnanger Viktor Soos gewann dabei den dritten Preis, Erster wurde der türkische Pianist Emre Yavuz.

Klassik Heute

Der Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb bringt junge Gesangstalente nach Berlin

Vom 11. bis zum 14. Oktober 2017 bringt der diesjährige Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ Gesangstalente und ihre Pianistinnen und Pianisten aus ganz Europa und Israel nach Berlin.

El Mundo

Amy Winehouse tendrá un musical en el West End

El padre de la cantante anuncia un musical ajeno a las drogas y el alcohol.

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Music History    in 1789 Death of French court Pierre Louis .
Image: Anna Netrebko

(Written on October 10, 2017 )

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In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).

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Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

NorthJersey.com

Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.

Independent

Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision

theguardian

Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

Klassik Akzente

Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

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Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

Musik heute

Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.

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Photograph: Sim Canetty Clarke

(Written on May 20, 2016 )