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In today’s news: UK’s Ivory ban will exempt musical instruments, Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down, Cecil Taylor dies at age 89, Rafael Karlen to be the new Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence and Christa Ludwig is honoured by Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft.

International Piano

Paloma O’ Shea Santander competition shortlist announced

Madrid-based Paloma O’ Shea Santander International Piano Competition has named the 20 pianists who have been selected to participate in the first stage of the competition.

Classical Music 

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down

Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure. The 2018 edition will be the last under his leadership.

 The Guardian

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards

Hamilton, arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation, has won big at the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, taking seven Oliviers.

The Blade

Opera honoring MLK previewed at museum

A preview of ‘I Dream’, an opera by composer Douglas Tappin, was held at the Toledo Museum of Art during a luncheon hosted by the Toledo Opera Guild and The Links Inc.

The New York Times

Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner. No cause was given, but friends said he had been in failing health for some time.

Limelight

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence announced

Rafael Karlen is to take up residence in the Sydney terrace house bequeathed by the renowned Australian composer. The winner is selected from a competitive annual application process. Previous winners include Barney McAll, Cat Hope and Jon Rose.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Deutsche Theaterlandschaft: Ein Preisschild für Sozialarbeit

Wie sieht die Zukunft des deutschen Stadttheaters aus? Darüber streitet sich die Szene. Aber eins sollte bei der Debatte nicht vergessen werden. Während die einen so stolz auf die deutsche Theaterlandschaft sind, dass sie um eine höchstrichterliche Anerkennung der hiesigen Bühnen durch die Unesco buhlen und sich eine Eintragung in die internationale Liste des immateriellen Weltkulturerbes wünschen, sehen die anderen das deutsche Stadttheatersystem als so rückschrittlich an, dass sie nicht nur grundlegende Reformen fordern, sondern auch jedes Abweichen von ihrer Vorstellung eines progressiven Stadttheaters als „ästhetisches wie politisches Verbrechen“ bezeichnen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler- Das Wunder der singenden Pausen

Die 94-jährige Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler tritt im Kammermusiksaal mit dem Schumann Quartett auf. Das Schumann Quartett gehört vielleicht zu den besten Streichquartett-Ensembles der Gegenwart. Das beweisen die vier Musiker schon gleich am Anfang im Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis für Sopranistin Christa Ludwig

Die Mezzosopranistin Christa Ludwig wird mit dem Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet. Ludwig wird die Auszeichnung in der Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Hietzing entgegennehmen. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Dirigent Robert Stehli starb mit 88 Jahren

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gehörte der in Zürich geborene Musiker zu den Konstanten des Hamburger Musiklebens. Seine Maxime als Musiker war einfach formuliert und als Ziel eine lebenslange Aufgabe: Robert Stehli wollte das Publikum “auf hohem Niveau unterhalten”. Auf die Frage, wie man ein guter Dirigent werde, gab er die selbstkritische Antwort: “Ich weiß es nicht.”

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Dress rehearsal of the opera ‘I Dream’ at the Valentine Theatre © GRAND LUBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Written on April 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: Conductor Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct and the reaction of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Also, famous German christmas carol to be considered as intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Charles Dutoit accused of sexually assaulting four musicians

The artistic director and principal conductor is alleged to have physically restrained three opera singers and a classical musician in separate incidents between 1985 and 2010.

Classical Music

Universal and Facebook announce multi-year agreement

Universal Music Group will become the first major music company to license its recorded music and publish catalogues for video and other social experiences across Facebook

Composers invited to apply for Oxford visiting fellowship

Applications are open for the 2018/19 Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries

Music Teacher

Radio 3 to broadcast Royal Birmingham Conservatoire concerts

The first concert broadcast will take place on 9 January.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra responds to Dutoit allegations

The Orchestra has released a strongly worded statement following allegations the conductor sexually assaulted four women in the USA between 1985 and 2010.

nmz

Götterdämmerung: Zeitalter der Despoten am Dirigentenpult ist vorbei

Die #MeToo-Kampagne hat den Blick für verhängnisvolle Abhängigkeiten im beruflichen Leben geschärft. Auch der Kunstbetrieb ist ins Gerede gekommen. Dabei gibt es dort selbst an exponierten Stellen schon seit längerem einen Sinneswandel.

Klassik.Com

Dirigent Charles Dutoit mehrfach der sexuellen Belästigung bezichtigt

Der Schweizer Dirigent Charles Dutoit (81) sieht sich mit Vorwürfen sexueller Belästigung konfrontiert. Die Vorwürfe wurden von drei Sängerinnen und einer Orchestermusikerin erhoben.

BR Klassik

Deutsches Weihnachtslied vorgeschlagen

Der nach dem Autor des berühmten Weihnachtsliedes Johann Daniel Falk benannte Falk-Verein hat “O du fröhliche” für die Liste des immateriellen UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes vorgeschlagen. Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei soll im Januar 2018 über diesen Vorschlag entscheiden.

Platea Magazine

Reputadas cantantes acusan al director de orquesta Charles Dutoit de abusos sexuales

Tal y como publica la revista Time, cuatro mujeres, profesionales de la música clásica, concretamente tres cantantes y una instrumentista, han acusado al director de orquesta Charles Dutoit de supuestas agresiones sexuales.

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Theater an der Wien @TheaterWien: Wir freuen uns sehr bekannt zu geben, dass ab der Saison 2022/23 die Intendanz des Theater an der Wien übernehmen wird. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt wird der amtierende Intendant die Geschicke unseres Hauses weiterführen. via

Music History @today_classical: in 1858 Birth of Italian opera Giacomo in Lucca.

Image: Charles Dutoit © Platea Magazine/EPA-EFE

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect, the winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced and YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans. Also, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth to reopen in 2018 after renovation and new locations for concert performances were tested in the German competition “D-bü”.

Irish Times

Orchestra funding should be ringfenced at RTE, says Martin

New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect

Teaching Drama

Linbury Prize winners announced

The winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced. At a ceremony held at the National Theatre on 1 November, it was revealed that Khadija Raza, Eleanor Bull and Fin Redshaw won prizes, with Basia Binkowska taking home the title of overall winner.

Yahoo!Finance

Amazon has an 80-person orchestra just for employees

In the last several years, Amazon has expanded its efforts so employees with artistic streaks have more creative outlets to let loose, including the Amazon Symphony and the a cappella group Vocally Self-Critical — a riff off of Amazon’s now retired 10th principle of the same name.

Reuters

Streaming music market picks up tempo ahead of Spotify IPO

Subscription music leader Spotify is set to capitalize next year on the rude health of the industry with a stock market flotation, even as competitors race to find fresh ways to outflank it by catering to often fickle consumer tastes.

BBC News

YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans

Universal Music Group said the deal would provide its artists more flexibility and pay, and strengthen YouTube’s commitment to managing music rights.

nmz

Nicht nur im Konzertsaal: Wettbewerb testet neue Klassikformate

Ob in einem Club oder im Museum: Klassische Musik muss sich nicht unbedingt nur im Konzertsaal abspielen. Auf dem Wettbewerb «D-bü» der deutschen Musikhochschulen haben jetzt in Berlin acht Studentenensembles neue Konzertformate ausprobiert und vorgestellt.

Sanierung des Markgräflichen Opernhauses in Bayreuth vor Abschluss

Jahrelang wurde das Markgräfliche Opernhaus in Bayreuth saniert. Im Frühjahr 2018 soll das zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe gehörende Gebäude wieder eröffnet werden.

Deutscher Musikrat

Nuno Coelho gewinnt internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb in Spanien

Mit Nuno Coelho und Felix Mildenberger konnten sich zwei Stipendiaten des Dirigentenforums beim 12. Concurs Internacional de Direcció d’Orquestra de Cadaqués gegen die internationale Konkurrenz durchsetzen. Bei dem renommierten Dirigierwettbewerb belegten sie die Plätze 1 und 2.

france musique

Daniel Barenboim appelle à la reconnaissance internationale de la Palestine

Suite à la décision de Donald Trump de reconnaître Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël, le chef et pianiste Daniel Barenboim s’est prononcé en faveur de la reconnaissance internationale de l’Etat de Palestine.

Quand des enfants interprètent un chant de Noël, supplément piment

Les jeunes chanteurs d’un chœur danois ont interprété un chant de Noël, tout en croquant dans de très forts piments. Une vidéo pleine de joues rouges et de petites larmes au coin des yeux.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1888 FP of J. ‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest.

Image: © Rainer Viertlböck / Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

(Written on December 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Also, the Berlin Philharmonic to form an amateur orchestra, tenor Bruce Rankin is dead and artists are getting attacked more often as Unesco reports.

The Times

MBE for paralysed violinist Rosemary Johnson who uses brainwaves to play

A violinist formerly with the Welsh National Opera, who uses brain wave technology to perform despite being paralysed, was awarded an MBE for services to music yesterday.

The Telegraph

Bah Humbug! Why Christmas is ruined by its music

When Dr Seuss wrote his popular tale about how the Grinch stole Christmas, he glossed over the lead character’s backstory. Why did he grow up to be so mean? What exactly happened in his early childhood to make him hate the most wonderful time of the year? Why was he particularly triggered by the yuletide singing of his cheerful neighbours, the Whos?

Classical Music

Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

The appointment was evidence of its continued commitment to making the arts accessible to new audiences, in particular young people.

Highlights of Aldeburgh Festival 2018 announced

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, which will take place 8-24 June, will mark the event’s 70th anniversary, looking back to the year of its launch (1948) with a number of events.

Wales Online

Cardiff is going to be named the UK’s first ‘music city’

Cardiff Council have unveiled the pioneering plans

pizzicato

Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra  announced that German conductor Alexander Liebreich, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from September 2018.

nmz

Unesco: Künstler werden zunehmend attackiert

Musiker, Autoren und andere Künstler werden laut der UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco zunehmend angegriffen.

Musik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker bilden Laienorchester

Die Berliner Philharmoniker laden Laienmusiker zum Mitspielen ein. Interessenten zwischen 9 und 99 Jahren bekommen die Chance, mit Mitgliedern des renommierten Klangkörpers und der Karajan-Akademie die 1. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms aufzuführen.

Klassik.Com

Tenor Bruce Rankin gestorben

Er starb am Montag im Alter von 65 Jahren. Der Tenor war ab 1998 Ensemblemitglied an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

france musique

Les musiciens de Radio France investissent les gares SNCF

Après la signature d’un partenariat entre Radio France et la SNCF, des musiciens de l’Orchestre national de France ont joué dans la gare de l’Est à Paris pour la première performance musicale d’une série à venir.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Gerichtsentscheidung: Kündigung des Rostocker Theaterintendanten Sewan unbegründet

Classical Music News @Classcialmusic More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

Image: © Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker

(Written on December 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: New York Met opera suspends James Levine over sexual allegations, 70% of self-employed workers in classical music had been harassed, study finds; creative industries made a record contribution to the economy last year. Also, Artur Korn’s 80th birthday, Andreas Frank wins the JukeBoxx NewMusic Award and William Mayer dies at the age of 91. 

The Guardian

Six in 10 classical music workers harassed, UK survey finds

Incorporated Society of Musicians study finds 70% of self-employed workers in industry said they had been harassed.

What can we learn from an orchestra of broken instruments?

Grammy award-winning composer David Lang assembled a unique symphony to showcase damaging cuts in funding to a Philadelphia school district.

Music Teacher

Creative industries growing at twice the rate of the economy

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016.

Classical Music

In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday

Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.

The Strad

Tourte bow demolishes price records in French auction

Violin bow by François Xavier Tourte sells for €576,600 (c.$687,000) at Vichy Enchères the day after same house breaks record for violin by Vuillaume.

Forbes

Why Spotify And Tencent Music May Swap Stock

It’s been reported that Spotify and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are in talks to acquire 10% of each other, and should the deal go down, there’s no other way to look at it than as a strategic maneuver that has nothing to do with their subscribers.

The New York Times

William Mayer, Wide-Ranging Composer, Is Dead at 91

William Mayer, a prolific composer who ranged from orchestral and chamber music to choral works, operas and more, died at his home in Manhattan on Nov. 17, the day before his 92nd birthday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stardirigent James Levine soll Jugendlichen missbraucht haben

New Yorker Metropolitan Opera untersucht Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Stardirigenten James Levine. Der frühere Musikdirektor soll einen Jugendlichen jahrelang missbraucht haben. 

Epoch Times

Orgelbau: Traditionelle europäische Kulturform soll Welterbe der Menschheit werden

Nicht nur Kirchen, auch große Konzertsäle füllt sie mit ihrem Klang. Nun könnten Orgelbau und Orgelmusik von der Unesco zum immateriellen Kulturerbe der Menschheit erklärt werden.

Klassik.com

Andreas Frank gewinnt Preis für Gegenwartsmusik und Medienkunst

Der Komponist Andreas Frank hat den diesjährigen JukeBoxx NewMusic Award erhalten. 

Le Figaro

Accusé d’agression sexuelle, James Levine suspendu par le Metropolitan Opera de New York

Un homme resté anonyme a déclaré à la police que le directeur musical honoraire du «Met» de New York avait abusé de lui lorsqu’il était adolescent, dans les années 1980.

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 Premiere von , inszeniert von Marcel Keller . “Stark einsturzgfährdet” meint Kritiker

Image: One of the 1,500 instruments that will be part of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. © The Guardian/Courtesy of Temple Contemporary

(Written on December 4, 2017 )

Saturday will be the the 6th International Jazz Day celebrating jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The day was initiated by UNESCO.

This brings us to focus on our Jazz clients today:

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinettist. With his debut jazz album Scratch And Sift – out on 1st July – he reminds us how inspiring everyday life is. Each track tells a story from his everyday life and finds drama in the mundane, from the freshness of a shower to cinematic villains or the poetic presentation on Japanese sweet packaging!

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen is a Danish composer and double bass player. For his debut album We’ll Meet In The Rain, which is to be released on 6th May, he gathered together an international jazz orchestra. The album weaves between contemporary jazz and cinematic orchestral music. Each piece speaks about Dahl Knudsen’s encounters with people, their stories and anecdotes.


Michael and Kenneth are definitely two artists you should keep your eye on! Stay tuned and follow them on their social media sites:

Michael Chillingworth: website, twitter

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: website, YouTube, facebook

Both artists will release their albums on the London-based record label Two Rivers Records.

(Written on April 29, 2016 )

Classical News

Guardian

Dame Fanny Waterman retires from Leeds Piano competition

The co-founder, chair and artistic director of the prestigious competition steps down from her position, aged 95.

Telegraph

Manuscript showing ‘birth’ of 1,000 years of choral music discovered

The earliest practical example of polyphonic music has been discovered on the bottom of a manuscript at the British Library

The Times

Alexandre Desplat: ‘Angelina knows very quickly what she wants’

Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s go-to composer, is picky about directors, but when Angelina Jolie called he had to say oui.

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM’s Darren Henley appointed Arts Council England chief executive

Classic FM managing director Darren Henley is to succeed Alan Davey as chief executive of Arts Council England. Davey starts as controller of Radio 3 in January, replacing Roger Wright.

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 Christmas carol competition finalists announced

Hear all six shortlisted carols performed by the BBC Singers

The Strad

Germany’s ‘orchestral landscape’ recognised by UNESCO as ‘intangible cultural heritage’

The move follows years of orchestral mergers and closures throughout the country

Zeit Online

Deutschlands Puls in BPM

Von VW-Ingenieuren zu Techno-DJs: Wie elektronische Musik das Selbstverständnis der Berliner Republik geprägt und Deutschlands Bild in der Welt verändert hat

Pizzicato

Karel Mark Chichon erwägt Gerichtsverfahren wegen Anomalien bei Postenbesetzung in Sevilla

Nachdem die Leitung der Oper in Sevilla dem spanischen Dirigenten Pedro Halffter und das Symphonieorchester dem Amerikaner John Axelrod anvertraut wurden, erwägt nun ein leer ausgegangener Kandidat gerichtliche Schritte.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Rot klingt

Der junge Schweizer Baritonsaxophonist Matthias Tschopp durchwandert auf musikalischem Wege die Werke Joan Mirós.

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 von Konzert Theater Bern

Konzert Theater Bern hat in der Saison 2013/14 die Gesamtzuschauerzahl im Vergleich zur Vorjahressaison um mehr als sechs Prozent gesteigert.

Le Monde

L’Hôtel de Ville met la Philharmonie au régime

Contesté par la Mairie de Paris depuis l’élection d’Anne Hidalgo, le 30 mars, le budget de fonctionnement annuel de la Philharmonie de Paris, qui doit ouvrir ses portes le 14 janvier 2015, vient de subir un sérieux coup de rabot.

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MusicSalesClassical ‏@MSClassical: Loving @GramophoneMag cartoon summary of major events of 2014. Judith Weir + corgi! http://www.gramophone.co.uk/sites/default/files/september.jpg …

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: In this @Telegraph article RCM Composition for Screen prof @vascohexel explains why #Frozen‘s Let It Go is so popular http://bit.ly/1AajsMS 

Boosey & Hawkes ‏@Boosey_NewYork: Looking ahead—celebrations planned worldwide for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday http://www.boosey.com/cr/news/Leonard-Bernstein-at-100-Looking-Ahead-to-2018/100536 …

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The yard of the Philharmonic, Paris, 19 March 2014 Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

(Written on December 17, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

A tale of two cités: can the Philharmonie de Paris bridge the social divide?

Built on the boundary between the capital’s banlieues and its affluent boulevards, the new state-of-the-art concert hall aims for social transformation through the arts. We take a peek and ask what makes the perfect concert hall

Telegraph

Christmas with the cathedral chorus

December brings cold, late nights and work on Christmas day, but young choristers wouldn’t have it any other way, says Eleanor Doughty

The Times

What classical music stars listen to at Christmas

Composers, singers and musicians share their favourite Christmas songs, from The First Noël, to The Lamb

Classic FM

Angelina Jolie: ‘I need classical music, but I have to be careful what I listen to’

EXCLUSIVE: While Brad Pitt and the children listen to music all the time, Jolie says she has to be careful what she listens to

Classical Music Magazine

Tricia Tunstall: Geoffrey Baker’s El Sistema denunciation has the feel of a vendetta

Musicians, educators, and social activists the world over celebrate Venezuela’s El Sistema as a remarkable program that brings needy children into the joy of making music together, spurring hope and changing lives. But now comes British academic Geoffrey Baker to set us all straight.

Die Welt

Wer schändete das Salzburger Karajan-Denkmal?

In Salzburg haben Unbekannte das Bronzedenkmal Herbert von Karajans beschädigt. Sie brachen den Taktstock ab.

Pizzicato

Russische Musikschulen laufen Sturm gegen Nivellierungs-Gesetz des Bildungsministeriums

Weil das Russische Bildministerium neue Kriterien für den Unterricht an Musikschulen anwenden will, laufen die Verantwortlichen nun Sturm gegen die neue Reglementierung, die ihres Erachtens die Qualität des Musikunterrichts besonders in den Eliteschulen, z.B. dem Gnessin-Institut ruinieren könnten.

Klassik.com

UNESCO: Deutsche Orchester und Theater sind Weltkulturerbe

Die deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft ist als Weltkulturerbe anerkannt worden.

Codex Flores

Tod des deutschen Dirigenten Hans Wallat

Der deutsche Dirigent Hans Wallat, der in Mannheim, Dortmund und Düsseldorf/Duisburg als Generalmusikdirektor amtete, ist im Alter von 85 Jahren nach langer Krankheit verstorben.

Le Figaro

Thylacine : «Je suis revenu à des références plus classiques»

Le festival des Trans Musicales s’est tenu à Rennes du 3 au 7 décembre.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: In the papers today: the festive hits which keep earning hundreds of thousands for their composers. @TimLihoreau

Classicalite @Classicalite: Exclusive Q&A with Lang Lang, Loren Mazzacane Connors + More! – http://eepurl.com/-kGan

Klassik in Berlin @KDCBerlin: Sir Simon Rattle will auch nach 2018 in Berlin tätig sein http://klassik.com/?3PVvw  #Dirigent #Rattle #Berlin

Bronze statue of Herbert von Karajan in front of his birthplace in Salzburg photo: picture alliance / zb

Bronze statue of Herbert von Karajan in front of his birthplace in Salzburg
photo: picture alliance / zb

(Written on December 15, 2014 )

Youtube

Covent Garden flashmob – ‘Va, pensiero’ by Giuseppe Verdi

As part of Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices, Dominic Peckham brought together choral groups, first time singers and workshop attendees in a huge celebration of the human voice  and Verdi 200, performing ‘Va, pensiero.’

Kens 5 San Antonia

10-year-old with disability learning to play flute with help of former musician

An American 10 year old born with one hand undeveloped is learning to play the flute with the help of former musician Clarence Wood

Classic FM Online

The Piano Guys play Chopin on Great Wall of China

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends is an arrangement of Oogway Ascends from Kung Fu Panda, reworked with Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 – with a video recorded on the iconic Wonder of the World

Silent Opera to perform in Heal’s furniture shop

Silent Opera will perform four different operas in the Tottenham Court Road furniture shop Heal’s in October

BBC Music Magazine

New organisation set up to promote music education and cultural diplomacy

Conductor Riccardo Muti to be honorary president of EMMA for Peace, supported by UNESCO

BBC Radio 3 announces release of two singles for BBC Children in Need ‘Musical Battle’

The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Steve Pycroft’s fusions of well-known pop and classical tracks for charity head-to-head

BBC announces 20 per cent increase in funding for arts television

New brand ‘BBC Arts at…’ to showcase events from around the country

The Guardian

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Can a musician play from art? Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound

Die Zeit

Die Utopie des Ohrwurms

Er ist der bedeutendste Opernkomponist des 19. Jahrhunderts. Er hat eine Moral und ist niemals moralisch. Und er erfindet sein Leben, als spielte es auf der Bühne. Giuseppe Verdi zum 200. Geburtstag

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 11, 2013 )

The Guardian

It’s a man’s world… but why is sexism ingrained in the arts?

Once again, the top jobs at two major British cultural institutions, the BBC and the Royal Opera House, have gone to male appointees

The Telegraph

Poulenc: a composer who deserves greater recognition

Fifty years after his death, Poulenc deserves a better anniversary showing, says Ivan Hewett

The New York Times

A Bridge for Two Bicentenary Rivals

Wagner and Verdi are destined to be linked forever, however awkwardly, since they were both born in 1813: Wagner in Leipzig, Germany, on May 22; Verdi in little Roncole, Italy, in the Duchy of Parma, on Oct. 9 or 10.

Gramophone

UNESCO names Tan Dun a Goodwill Ambassador

Chinese composer recognised for his efforts to promote intercultural dialogue through music

Deceptive Cadence

Marches Madness: Mahler’s Twisted Nursery Rhyme

It’s Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we’re posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground.

New Scientist

Electronic violin turns laser signals into music

THE sound of a violin bow across strings can be exquisite. But bowing well is hard to master. Now that smooth grace is encapsulated in a new kind of electronic instrument.

Music Industry News Network

Kelstone, A New Musical Instrument

The essence of the Kelstone is that the hands lie on top of the strings, giving the player enormous new possibilities for harmony and expression

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Music Industry News Network

(Written on March 25, 2013 )