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In today’s Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.

Classical Music Magazine

Colin Currie launches record label

Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

Early Music Today

Programme for Baroque at the Edge announced

The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.

Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.

The Guardian

V&A rescues treasures from historic Wilton’s Music Hall archive

An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.

New York Times

La Bohème: Should opera’s most beloved classic be changed?

So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?

The New Yorker

Soundtracks worth a listen separate from their cinematic counterparts

The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.  

Billboard

Spotify U.K. Reports $312M Revenue, 7.1M Monthly Active Users in 2016

Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.

ECHO Classical Music Awards: Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Boston Symphony Among Winners

Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.

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Music History  in 1768 Death of Italian Francesco Maria

Classical Music News  David Lewiston Sharpe premiere to mark Reformation

Image: Baroque at the Edge

(Written on October 31, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s Classical News, conductor Eliahu Inbal perfoms with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, a tribute to composer and festival director Siegfried Wagner, and the first critique of the newly-opened Pierre Boulez Hall.  Birmingham is set to become the capital of  ‘people’s classical music’, the V&A launches a new exhibtion focused on opera, and the City of London Sinfonia announces a commitment to 50% female artistic leadership.

International Arts Manager

UK orchestra announces commitment to 50% female artistic leadership

City of London Sinfonia has announced it is to go even further in its quest for equal representation of women across its ranks.

Rhinegold

Winchester Festival 2017

The 20th Winchester Festival will take place 7-15 July 2017.  The first day of the festival will include a performance from Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra featuring The Four Seasons, Elgar’s Serenade, and Haydn’s Symphony no. 42.

BBC announces opera focus for autumn 2017

The BBC has announced a focus on opera for autumn 2017 to coincide with the V&A’s ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ exhibition.  Themes from the exhibition, which will run between 30 September 2017 and 25 February 2018, will be interpreted through BBC Music television and radio broadcasts.

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Mahler mit kühlem Charme

Der vielfach preisgekrönte Dirigent Eliahu Inbal führt mit dem Konzerthausorchester Mendelssohn und Mahler auf – mit Ryu Goto als Solist.

Die Welt

Als ein schwuler Dandy über Bayreuth herrschte

Er stand im Schatten seines Vaters Richard Wagner. Aber der „Meistersohn“ Siegfried ist eine schillernde Persönlichkeit aus eigenem Recht. Endlich wird der Komponist und Festspielleiter gewürdigt.

Weniger hellhörig, dafür akustisch etwas hallig

In Berlin wurde der Pierre Boulez Saal von Daniel Barenboim eingeweiht. Eine kleine Konzertarena für Kammermusik hinter der Staatsoper. Unser Klassikkritiker hat die Akustik getestet.

Guardian

Birmingham set to become the capital of ‘people’s classical music ’ says Julian Lloyd Webber

Cellist looks foward to heading new £57m conservatoire but is concerned about government cuts.

V&A opera exhibition looks to put to rest prejudice about art form

A newly announced V&A exhibition exploring opera could help remove the prejudice and misconceptions many people still have about the art form, it has been claimed.

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Image: Siegfried Wagner (left) and company © Internationale Siegfried Wagner Gesellschaft/Schwules Museum

 

(Written on March 6, 2017 )

Classical Music

In today’s classical news, Royal Opera House collaborates with V&A Museum on an exhibition examining the creation of seven operas. Rock star Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath turns to choral music, composing a piece for Birmingham Cathedral, and Sony Classical has released the complete recordings of the esteemed Australian Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also, James Smith is to step down as Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the end of the orchestra’s 51st season, after a long service of 31 years.

Opera Now Magazine

ROH and V&A to collaborate on exhibition

‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ will be the first show to be held in the Sainsbury Gallery, a new exhibition space developed as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project which is due to open in July.

WQXR

David Bowie’s Classical Music Impact, One Year Later

Tuesday marks the first anniversary since the death of legendary musician David Bowie. In the year since his death, fans of various musical styles have come together to appreciate the ways his music seemingly transcended genre and simply focused on being “good music.”

CMUSE

Black Sabbath guitarist becomes choral composer

There seems to be something of a trend of rock stars moving into the classical music realm over recent times. The latest example comes from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who has set aside his heavy metal traditions to compose a choral work for Birmingham Cathedral.

The New York Times

An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings

Sony Classical has released the complete Sony recordings of the esteemed Austrian cellist, conductor and scholar, maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March at the age of 86.

The Strad

Firearm found in violin case in Washington DC

Police officers investigating the discovery subsequently found additional weapons and ammunition in the surrounding area.

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An Outstanding Youth Orchestra Music Director Retires

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras in Madison are losing an incredibly gifted conductor, who gave the young musicians in those orchestras completely new perspectives. After 31 years as the Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, James Smith will be retiring at the end of WYSO’s 51st season.

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Rekordsieger bei den Golden Globes – “La La Land” gewinnt sieben Trophäen

Der Musical-Film “La La Land” hat bei den Golden Globes so viele Preise gewonnen wie kein Film zuvor.

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Der schöne Klang der Elbdisharmonie

Kommenden Mittwoch wird nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit und einer Vervielfachung der Kosten die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie eröffnet. Eine Geschichte voller Stolz und Skandale.

Wiener Zeitung

D wie Dame, “Die” und Diva

Die Zeiten waren für Diven schon einmal besser.  Shirley Bassey zum 80. Geburtstag.

klassik.com

Positive Entwicklung der Auslastungszahlen

Die beiden größten Berliner Opernhäuser, die Staatsoper samt Staatsballett sowie die Deutsche Oper, haben eine Bilanz des Jahres 2016 gezogen.

BR klassik

Elbphilharmonie vor der Eröffnung: “Der Klang ist wirklich die Oberwucht!” 

Die ganze Musikwelt blickt gerade nach Hamburg. Hier wird nach jahrelangem Warten am Mittwoch endlich die Elbphilharmonie feierlich eröffnet. Noch rätseln alle: Wie klingt sie denn – so gut wie versprochen, oder vielleicht doch nicht? Timo Janzen, Bassist im BR-Chor, durfte den Klangtest machen – und ist begeistert.

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StellaMusica @stellafestival Un rideau pour vaincre la lors d’auditions d’ 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Hurrah! We’re off to Vienna for @johnsuchet1‘s Album of the Week.

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis https://t.co/kdXmPmZ5SP

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Photo: ROH/ V&A

(Written on January 9, 2017 )

Stay Close, the exciting composition project led by Soosan Lolavar, will come to a close with its final performing this evening. Stay Close is a ten-month project harnessing contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research periods in both Iran and the UK, Soosan has produced a new piece of music that considers ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the Iranian-British community.

A core part of Stay Close was a trip to Tehran where Soosan spent a month with Hermes Records which promotes contemporary and avant-garde classical music in Iran, as well as workshops in the UK with Farsi speaking young people and their families in South London.

You can find out more about Stay Close in this video which was produced by the BBC, and you can book a free place at tonight’s performance here.Stay Close V&A IMG_1577

(Written on May 20, 2014 )

In a fantastic article for International Arts Manager released today, Soosan Lolavar talks about the music, rehearsal process and travels behind her project Stay Close, an artistic exchange between Iran and the UK. The yearlong project will result in a new piece of music composed by Soosan that considers ethnic identity through the lens of the British-Iranian community.

Soosan Lolavar is a British-Iranian composer and sound artist. As part of the project, Soosan explored her own cultural heritage by travelling to Iran where she met with composers at Hermes Records, a Tehran-based record label. On returning to the UK, Soosan lead a series of workshops at the IYDA, (Iranian Youth Development Association), a community group for Iranian diaspora and migrant Farsi-speakers in South-East London.

You can find out more about Soosan’s travels to Iran, the combining of Iranian and Western music, the outreach that is an essential and special part of Stay Close and the beginnings of the rehearsal process for the first project concert at the V&A on 11th April by reading the full International Arts Manager article here.

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(Written on April 1, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Soosan Lolavar and Stay Close to its client roster.

Soosan is a British-Iranian composer, musicologist and educator who works with both electronic and acoustic sound in a wide variety of genres. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed at prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the ICA, Circus Space, and Blackheath Concert Halls.

Her ten month project Stay Close, harnesses contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research in Iran and the UK, a new piece of music will be composed by Soosan that will consider ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the British-Iranian community. WildKat PR will be promoting Stay Close’s concerts in at the V&A on April 11th and at City University on May 20th, as well as raising the project’s profile.

With Soosan Lolavar’s eclectic musical background and passion for cross-cultural work, there is no doubt that Stay Close will be a fascinating and educational cultural exchange.

(Written on February 5, 2014 )