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The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.


Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Classical Music News


How Bizet’s Carmen became a male prostitute

What can Bizet’s great opera – and the globetrotting singers who perform it – tell us about our own disconnected lives? Playwright Simon Stephens on how the characters and music of Carmen inspired his play about love, loss and emptiness


Censoring Valentina Lisitsa shames the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Freedom of speech means Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa must be allowed to perform despite her politics, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Source

A national celebration of classical music for inaugural BBC Music Day 

BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Performing Groups take part in BBC Music’s inaugural BBC Music Day with unique broadcasts and events across the United Kingdom on Friday 5 June

Sinfini Music

Royal Opera Season Announcement

The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato.

Huffington Post

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh: Like many other kids, I was pushed to learn an instrument when I was growing up.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wiedersehen macht Freude

2015/16 wird Tugan Sokhievs letzte Saison mit dem DSO, er verlässt nach nur vier Jahren Berlin. Jetzt hat das Orchester seine Pläne für die kommende Spielzeit vorgestellt.


Robert Meyer bleibt Volksopern-Direktor

Kulturminister Ostermayer gibt am Mittwochvormittag seine Entscheidung bekannt


Philip Glass wins Glenn Gould Prize

American composer Philip Glass has been chosen as the Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival concert in Ipswich car park

For its first venture outside London, the ensemble will be joined by a choir comprised of 100 local children on 14 June for a concert in Endeavour House Car Park, home to Suffolk County Council.

Le Figaro

Terry Gilliam bientôt à l’Opéra de Paris

L’établissement dirigé par Stéphane Lissner accueillera, en 2017-2018, Benvenuto Cellini dans une mise en scène du célèbre cinéaste britannique, membre des Monty Python.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: Happy 91st Birthday Sir Neville Marriner. @TimLihoreau …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Some didn’t approve of Elgar’s music during his lifetime. Listen to 18 programmes about him: 

Music Mark ‏@musicmarkuk: Is there someone in your community you want to nominate as a local music champion? 

joyce-didonato-stella-di-napoli-credit-pari-dukovic-658x325The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 15, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Tehran’s reborn symphony orchestra: an ovation before playing a note

After a three-year hiatus, orchestra has been revived with an ambitious programme and a world-class conductor, Alexander Rahbari – and he says it’s all thanks to Rouhani’s administration

Facing the Music: Alban Gerhardt

From opera and learning to conduct it, to Jonny Greenwood and Jonas Kaufmann, cellist Alban Gerhardt reveals his musical passions, on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Video games bring new generation to classical music

Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300

The Strad

Long-serving Boston Symphony violinist Ronald Knudsen dies aged 83

The musician performed with the orchestra for 48 years

Classic FM

Welcome to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame

You voted in your thousands, now we reveal the ultimate chart of classical works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Opern-Boom

Kein Geld für Kultur? Von wegen! Überall in Europa eröffnen neue Musiktheater. Sie stehen für wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung und Selbstbewusstsein der Regionen.

Die Welt

Was Intendanten in Deutschland nicht sagen dürfen

In Rostock vergleicht der Intendant Sewan Latchinian den Angriff auf sein Theater mit der IS-Barbarei – und wird entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Klangideen aus der Kindheit

Der aus Gauting stammende Komponist Johannes X. Schachtner macht zeitgenössische Musik und zeigt bei einem eher ungewöhnlichen Heimat-Lieder-Abend Verbindungen zwischen Tradition und Moderne auf

El País

Maria João Pires: „Me he convertido en mucho más tolerante“

Maria João Pires es reconocida como una de las mejores pianistas vivas. Se ha convertido en una de las pocas artistas capaces de alzar la música clásica a las listas de superventas.

Musical Toronto

TSO dumps upcoming soloist Valentina Lisitsa over political views

In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views.


ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro #Goodread: Don’t rely too heavily on the generosity of a single philanthropist, warns Michael Kaiser  #artsfunding

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Intriguing piece by Tim Rutherford-Johnson about Tansy Davies’s new opera ‘Between Worlds’. …

EMM ‏@enticottmusic : Only 12 days until @MilosGuitar plays in #HongKong! Check out his great @timeouthk interview !

7th April News Video Game Music

Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll. Image: The Telegraph

(Written on April 7, 2015 )

BBC News

The Halle orchestra get creative to make music pay

The Halle orchestra is taking a leaf out of celebrity choirmaster Gareth Malone’s book and holding its first corporate choir competition

Classic FM Online

Jake Bugg cites Beethoven as influence

Black Sabbath, Biggie Smalls and Beethoven are among the singer-songwriter’s influences – and he’s a Classic FM listener too

CTV News

A Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbour

Daily Mail

Is this the world’s most blinged-up band? Electric violin group FUSE debut $2m dollar designer gold violins

They previously worked with Swarovski Crystal to create the world’s first ever crystal violins worth a staggering $1.5 million dollars. And now Linzi Stoppard and her electric violin band FUSE have raised the bar even higher with a collaboration with the esteemed jewellery designer Theo Fennell.


Classical music for the YouTube generation

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa’s success story is unusual in the world of classical music; her online videos featuring works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov have attracted clicks in the millions. DW examines the phenomenon.

neue musikzeitung

Schöne polierte Klänge sind zu wenig

Ein Gespräch mit der Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 28, 2013 )


Jonathan Manners named chief executive of Academy of Ancient Music

Jonathan Manners replaces Michael Garvey, who leaves to become director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in December

Classic FM Online

Runners encouraged to ‘Beat Beethoven’ in charity race

Classical music-loving runners are being encouraged to run 5k or walk 2.75k in the time of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Ocarina-playing world record attempt under threat

A choir of schoolchildren hoping to break the record for the greatest number of ocarina players gathered together at one time are desperately seeking volunteers to help their attempt take place

The Telegraph

The Battle of Ideas: are we still able to listen to music properly?

The noise all around us is robbing us of our ability to hear, says Ivan Hewett

Let’s be upstanding for our hymns of praise

‘Worship songs’, feebly crooned to the sound of strummed guitars, are no substitute for the inspiring paeans of the past

CRI English

Experts Urge Classic Music Traditions Back in China

Scholars specializing in Chinese music traditions recently gathered in Beijing to discuss how the decline of classical music education, which also emphasizes ethical education, may cause many problems in contemporary Chinese society

The New York Times

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

As sales of CDs have plunged over the last decade, the music industry clings to one comfort: downloads continue to sell briskly as people fill their computers and iPods with songs by the billions

The Washington Post

Valentina Lisitsa: The pianist who won the Internet

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, 43, has dared to tamper with traditional formula, using YouTube as her empty stage

Spannungen zwischen Stadtführung und Festspielleitung?

Diskussion um Einfluss der Stadt Bayreuth auf Richard Wagner-Festspiele

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 21, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

New season at the LSO

After a successful summer residency in Aix-en-Provence, the LSO will be back in town from September

G4’s Mike Christie on writing his first opera

He found fame as part of the pop-opera quartet and X Factor stars G4, but Mike Christie has now gone on to something something quite different – writing his own opera

Artist of the week – Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube, who sold out her debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall after attracting an internet fan base of millions


Sir Kenneth Branagh named campaign patron for Hallé St Peter’s

The actor and director lends his support to the Hallé’s new rehearsal, recording and education venue as the second phase of development begins

Opus Arte to release album commemorating Susan Chilcott

The album, featuring a number of previously unheard recordings, marks 10 years since the soprano’s death in 2003

Britten’s canticles inspire Glyndebourne’s imaginative new chamber opera

‘Wakening Shadow’ to run alongside stunning revival of ‘Billy Budd’

The Telegraph

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 34: Berlioz – Au cimetière, from Les nuits d’été

The latest in Ivan Hewett’s 50-part series on short works by the world’s greatest composers

Classical Music Magazine

Chicago Symphony offers free Verdi stream

Chicago Symphony Orchestra is offering a global audience free tickets to its sold-out concert on 10 October

Kohlberg & Co drops Steinway bid after Paulson makes rival offer

Private equity group Kohlberg & Co has dropped out of the bidding process for Steinway Musical Instruments, after it emerged that hedge fund manager John Paulson had made a higher offer for the grand piano maker

Die Zeit

Ein ziemlich revolutionärer Vorgang

Einschafen, kotzen, heulen: Zwei Tage bei den Festspielen in Bayreuth zwischen Hummerwürsten, Rattenkindern und ewiger Todessehnsucht.


Classical Music Magazine

(Written on August 15, 2013 )

The Telegraph

The Big Question: There’s an anti-intellectualism in Britain

The first of the Big Question debates at the Royal Opera House prompted composer Mark-Anthony Turnage to say there’s anti-intellectualism in Britain.

Classical Music Magazine

ABRSM’s new chief executive vows to improve infrastructure

The new chief executive of ABRSM says he will continue the work of his predecessor in improving the organisation’s infrastructure, following last year’s ‘major issues’ with exams.

BBC Music Magazine

Join us for this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards

Champagne, canapés and live music with the classical music world

Classic FM

Valentina Lisitsa plays for stranded passengers

The YouTube sensation surprised passengers stranded at London’s St Pancras International Station, performing an impromptu concert after her Eurostar train was cancelled.

Vasily Petrenko extends RLPO contract

Chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko has extended his contract for the foreseeable future, with a three-year notice period.

Classical Source

Top of The Baroque For Red Nose Day

This week on BBC Radio 3, presenters Suzy Klein, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Jez Nelson and Tom Service will embark on a battle of classical prowess for Comic Relief, competing against each other to be crowned Top of the Baroque.

Marketplace Life (via Arts Journal)

Can I see your violin’s paperwork?

Imagine you’re traveling abroad. The to-do list can be long. Book your flight, pack a toothbrush — and if you’re a musician like John Thomas, you may soon need a passport for your instrument.



Classic FM

(Written on March 13, 2013 )

The Telegraph

London Symphony Orchestra to play piece created by computer program Iamus

Computer program Imaus has created works of music so successful that world-class performers such as the London Symphony Orchestra have agreed to perform them.

The Guardian

A guide to Richard Rodney Bennett’s music

This week, Tom Service looks at a  man who composes and performs across a range of musical genres and yet has found an unmistakable and personal voice.

Homeless performers take over Royal Opera House

With One Voice, part of the London 2012 festival, marks first time homeless people have been part of Olympic celebrations.

BBC Music Magazine

London Philharmonic celebrates new high

Orchestra to perform at opening of The Shard.

NY Times

Alec Baldwin Gives $ 1 Million to New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic said on Monday that it had received a gift of $1 million from Mr. Baldwin to honor Zarin Mehta, its outgoing president and executive director.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Is this a record? Youtube’s favourite pianist finally has a CD

Two weeks ago, Valentina Lisitsa gave her debut recital at the Royal Albert Hall.

Join the John Cage cakewalk

BBC Proms Music Walk celebrates the centenary of John Cage with ten especially-commissioned works.

(Written on July 3, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Damon Albarn interview: the magic and mystery of Dr Dee

Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris have let the subject of their opera Dr Dee – part of London 2012 Festival – become an obsession, says Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate.

How Ivor Novello’s songs may become old friends to his listeners

Ivor Novello gave much pleasure to millions, but why has he been forgotten?

El Sistema and Gustavo Dudamel: rescuing children with music

As Gustavo Dudamel’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra helps launch London 20120 Festival, Ivan Hewett travels to Venezuela to witness the music system of El Sistema that produced it – and helps to save children from lives of violence and crime.

El Sistema timeline: from a Caracas garage to the Albert Hall

The history of El Sistema, the Venezuelan musical education programme which has produced the Simon Bolivar Orchestra.

BBC Music Magazine

All BBC orchestras and BBC Singers to stay open

Newly published report recommends all ensembles continue but with ‘substantial savings’.

The Guardian

Dudamel’s heroic Beethoven challenge

Beethoven’s third symphony – the Eroica – is an exposing piece for any orchestra. Will the newly matured Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra make the grade?

LA Times

Gustavo Dudamel in talks to compose score for Simon Bolivar film

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is expected to lend his musical talent to a new movie about the life of Simón Bolívar.


Takacs Quartet, Sir Mark Elder, Andrew Litton and Rachel Podger

The latest edition of the Gramophone Podcast is now online.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

US orch hires new music director after 25 years

The Illinois Philharmonic played happily for more than two decades with Carmen DeLeone, who retired last year.

Criticising the critics: Only one UK newspaper reviews Youtube’s hottest pianist

Somehow none of London’s critical pack found time to attend Valentina Lisitsa’s groundbreaking debut at the Royal Albert Hall.

Cologne fires opera chief

The saga of who runs opera in one of Germany’s biggest cities – and whether there will be any opera at all next year – took an upturn last night when the city fired the opera intendant, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

NY Times

Late-Night Drinks With a Pianist

David Greilsammer, known for his inventive programs of piano works, will play one of the late-night concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

(Written on June 22, 2012 )

The Telegraph

The opera novice: Richard Strauss’ Salome – a Biblical family romance

Strauss’ opera Salome is a psychosexual drama full of excruciatingly beautiful music.

The Independent

Simon Bolivar Orchestra: Kids aloud

As the orchestra returns to Britain, Matthew Bell sees how music continues to change lives in Caracas… and in south London too.

The Guardian

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa: believe the hype

I suspected Lisitsa – about to debut at Royal Albert Hall – was a case of promotion over profundity. Then I joined her online audience and was wowed by her self-assured virtuosity.

BBC Music Magazine

Haiti launches a music initiative modelled on Venezuela’s El Sistema

Haiti’s government has launched a new project to provide music education for all ages and to encourage the formation of youth orchestras across the country.

Financial Times

The modern maestro

Conductors used to be famously autocratic, inaccessible – and old. Not anymore.

LA Times

Simone Dinnerstein – classical music’s ‘wandering bard’

The pianist isn’t following rules; she’s simply telling a story that begins with Bach.

Jessica Duchen

A good honours day for musos

It’s a bumper year for classical music and opera in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for the Diamond Jubilee.

Szigeti speaks

“The unforgivable sins of big business” – Joseph Szigeti’s opinion of the fact that the record catalogue contained only four recordings of Bartok playing the piano.


Classical music is honoured in the Birthday Honours

A knighthood for opera director David McVicar.

The Times

Gianandrea Noseda triumphs in Britten

He loves the orchestra. The orchestra loves him. So could the Italian maestro take over permanently at the LSO?

The ultimately difficult Troy story returns

War, suicide and pantomime – the Royal Opera House is braving Berlioz’s Trojan masterpiece.

What I’ve learnt: Carl Davis

New York-born conductor Carl Davis, 75, took his first music lessons aged 7 and moved to London at 18.



(Written on June 18, 2012 )