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In today’s news: a closer look at Classic FM, the numbers are in for British music exports, the winners of the Gilmore Young Artist Awards have been announced, Facebook is negotiating with the music industry, Cardiff doesn’t want to be European Capital of Culture anymore and a nude violinist raises body awareness. also in the news: a street artists who turns to opera, no winners at the ARD Violin competition and Silbermann Tage have opened in Saxonia.

The Guardian

Classic FM at 25: The sweet sound of success

When it launched 25 years ago, no-one would have predicted that Classic FM would become the UK’s biggest commercial radio station. John Crace goes behind the scenes to find out why Titanic is in, but Gilbert and Sullivan are out

Classical Music Magazine

British recorded music exports at highest level since 2000

British recorded music exports have risen to their highest levels this century, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has announced.

2018 Gilmore Young Artists announced

Pianists Wei Luo and Elliot Wuu have been named as recipients of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Awards.

The Telegraph

Facebook to pay music industry millions in royalty fees to protect its users from breaking copyright

Facebook is to pay millions in royalty fees to the music industry to protect its users from copyright violation when they upload videos that contain illegal uses of songs.

BBC News

Cardiff pulls out of European Capital of Culture race

Cardiff has ruled itself out of bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.


Violinist skydives nude for men’s body image awareness

Australian violinist Glen Donnelly played Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as he fell 15,000 feet in his birthday suit.

Washington Post

This legendary street artist has done walls, shoes and Bieber albums. Now he’s trying opera.

What you see, on the white wall, are elegant sweeping marks, a script you can’t quite make out or have forgotten to learn. What the artist hears is music. His name is Marquis Lewis, better known as Retna […]

BR Klassik


Kein erster Preis wurde im Fach Violine vergeben. Ein zweiter Preis ging jeweils an den Italiener Andrea Obiso und Sarah Christian aus Deutschland, die auch den Publikumspreis erhielt.

Codex Flores

Rein durch Gedankenkraft komponieren

Forschende der TU Graz entwickeln ein Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI), mit dem sich durch Gedankenkraft Musik komponieren lässt: Aus einer BCI-Methode, die hauptsächlich zum Buchstabieren dient, hat das Team eine entsprechende Anwendung entwickelt.

Musik Heute

Silbermann Tage in Freiberg eröffnet

Wenige Tage nach der Wiedereröffnung des Wohn- und Arbeitshauses von Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) haben am Mittwoch in Freiberg (Landkreis Mittelsachsen) die Silbermann-Tage zu Ehren des berühmten Orgelbauers begonnen.


Music History‏ @today_classical

in 1922 FP of Sir Arthur ‘ Colour Symphony in England.

Gottfried Silbermann (1683-17539)

(Written on September 7, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.


This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news, Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience, and an interview with German soprano Simone Kermes, and an exhibition on Siegfried Wagner and his personality. Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) takes place from 1st July to 27th August, Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick announce 2017-18 season, and Bobbi McFerren conducts and sings Vivaldi’s double cello concerto. One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, and Spotify begins to produce its own content beginning with three music-themed shows.

The Times

Orchestra’s new free school will give pupils a rousing education

One of Britain’s foremost orchestras is setting up the Hallé Music Free School, which promises an outstanding music education at a state school.

Music Week

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull appointed Government’s sector champion to the music industry

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull has been appointed as sector champion for the music industry to drive forward the Government’s ambition to tackle the issues faced by disabled people as consumers.

Classical Music Magazine

Leeds Lieder 2017 to explore ‘Songs of Travel’

The festival, which will take place 21-23 April, will open with a recital by baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist and Festival artistic director Joseph Middleton, featuring Schubert’s Schwanengesang, excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel, and songs by Sibelius.

The Guardian

Chaucer, the opera: how to make Middle English sing

Immersing himself in Chaucer’s world to write the libretto for the Tale of Januarie, Stephen Plaice found plenty of inspiration in its vivacity and unabashed bawdiness, and a writer who still has plenty to teach us today.

Tech Radar

Spotify enters the realm of original podcasts with three music-based series

It’s been a while since Spotify introduced the ability to stream podcasts through its app, but it’s now taking the next logical step and producing its own content, with the introduction of three music-themed shows.

USA Today

Joshua Bell: VR could popularize classical music

Superstar Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell is teaming up with Sony Playstation to launch a brand new virtual reality music experience on PlayStation VR.

Die Morgenpost

Simone Kermes: “Wer geht heute schon noch in die Oper?”

Am Dienstag tritt sie im Konzerthaus auf: Simone Kermes ist die Lady Gaga der Klassik. Und glaubt nicht mehr an deren Zukunft.

Der Tagesspiegel

Bayreuther Beziehungskisten

Wer war Siegfried Wagner? Ein Genie im Schatten? Ein politischer Duckmäuser? Das Schwule Museum Berlin begibt sich auf Spurensuche


Musikalische Grenzen sprengen

In diesem Jahr stellt das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (SHMF) vom 1. Juli bis zum 27. August den israelischen Mandolinenvirtuosen Avi Avital ins Zentrum seines Programms


Watch: Bobby McFerrin Conducts — and Sings — Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto

Bobby McFerrin possesses a malleable, fluid talent that’s allowed him to make a statement in a number of diverse musical stylings

Philadelphia Orchestra and Director Yannick Announce 2017-18 Season – Tosca, WEST SIDE STORY and More!

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and President and CEO Allison Vulgamore today released The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season.


Classical Music News‏  Death of a vital Italian modernist

Music History   in 1876 FP of Edvard ‘s incidental music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt.

Image: The Guardian

(Written on February 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra strike is resolved, Scottish Awards for New Music are announced, and Beethoven score row between Sotheby’s and expert breaks out. Also, restoration of Bayreuth Festival Theatre will take longer and cost more, and Munich concert hall will be built as of 2018.

The New York Times

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Strike Is Resolved

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra settled a 55-day strike on Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving. The strike was resolved after its musicians agreed to freeze their defined benefit pensions and management settled for an initial 7.5 percent wage cut, half of what it had been seeking.The five-year contract, which was ratified on Wednesday, paves the way for the orchestra to return to work next week.

Classical Music Magazine

Inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music announced

The first Scottish Awards for New Music will take place on 8 March 2017 at Glasgow’s Drygate Brewery. Created by New Music Scotland with financial support from Creative Scotland, the awards will celebrate Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera North announces Dare Prize

Opera North and the University of Leeds have jointly announced a new £15,000 prize aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process.

BBC News

‘Beethoven’ musical score row between Sotheby’s and expert

A row over a handwritten score “by Beethoven” being sold at auction for up to £200,000 has broken out between an expert and its sellers. Professor Barry Cooper, who has studied the composer’s manuscripts, claims there are inconsistencies within the 1817 piece, Allegretto in B minor.

The Strad

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana faces closure due to funding cuts

The ensemble’s 46 musicians and staff have been informed that their jobs may be terminated at the close of 2017.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Paul Jacobs premieres new Rouse organ concerto

Paul Jacobs joined the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to mark the tenth anniversary of Verizon Hall’s Fred J. Cooper memorial organ between 17 and 19 November.

International Piano Magazine

Somm releases complete Vaughan Williams piano music

Somm Recordings is releasing the first ever recording of Vaughan Williams’ complete piano music on 27 January 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jutta Vulpius ist tot

Ihr Debüt gab sie an der Komischen Oper, 1956 ging sie zur Berliner Staatsoper – und blieb dem Haus 35 Jahre lang treu. Die Sopranistin Jutta Vulpius ist im Alter von 88 Jahren gestorben.

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses: längere Bauzeit und höhere Kosten

Begonnen im letzten Jahr, sollten die Sanierungsarbeiten acht Jahre dauern und 2023 abgeschlossen sein. Das Festspielhaus wurde im Jahr 1872 nach Entwürfen des Komponisten Richard Wagner (1813-1883) in Auftrag gegeben und im Stil der hellenistischen Romantik erbaut.

Zubin Mehta-Saal an der Wiener Musikuniversität eingeweiht

An der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien wurde der Zubin Mehta-Saal eingeweiht. Die Feier fand im Beisein des Dirigenten und Namensgebers Zubin Mehta statt. Der Saal wird an der Wiener Musikuniversität als Unterrichtsraum für angehende Dirigenten genutzt.


München: Planungen für Konzertsaal laufen zügig – Baubeginn 2018

Bis Mai 2017 läuft nun ein Architektenwettbewerb, zudem sollen in Kürze die Verhandlungen mit dem Grundstückseigentümer über einen Pachtvertrag abgeschlossen werden. Der Konzertsaal soll vor allem dem Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks eine Spielstätte auf Weltniveau bieten.


BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Neues zum Münchner – Kultusminister Spaenle nennt erste Details zu Saalgröße und Architekturwettbewerb.

Music History @today_classical in 1868 Birth of American and pianist Scott

Berlin Philharmonic @BerlinPhil Save the date: Family Christmas Concert “Ho, Ho, Horn!” – live & in the Digital Concert Hall on 4 Dec 2016!

Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen for The New York Times.

Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen for The New York Times.

(Written on November 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Le Monde reports on musician Dominique Vellard and the free tempo of medieval music and The Telegraph announces that Vaughan William’s lost masterpiece “Sancta Civitas” will be played at the Proms. Also, an interview with basso buffo Paolo Bordogna and the opening of the Moscow Philharmonic is planned for 2018.

The Times

Daniil Trifonov: meet your Prom date — Russia’s new piano dynamo

The finest young pianist in the world is playing not one but two concertos in a night at the Albert Hall, he tells Richard Morrison

The Telegraph

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s lost masterpiece

Ninety years after it was written, the English composer’s Sancta Civitas is getting its Proms debut

The Strad

Violinist Itzhak Perlman on conquering performance nerves

‘Know your enemy,’ says The Strad’s August 2015 issue cover star

Classical Music Magazine

Survey shows significant increase in legal downloads

A new survey has revealed that there has been an increase of more than 10% in legal downloads and streaming since 2013.

RPS announces new grants and commissions

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced a number of new grants and commissions for young performers and composers. A total of £65k will be awarded to musicians at the start of professional careers for 2015/16.


Moskauer Philharmonie soll 2018 eröffnet werden

In Moskau gibt es in bester Lage, nicht weit vom Kreml entfernt, eine riesige Brache, wo früher das Hotel ‘Rossiya’ stand, das vor einigen Jahren abgerissen wurde. Dort soll die neue Moskauer Philharmonie entstehen. Im Auftrag von Präsident Putin koordiniert Valery Gergiev den Bau, der in einem Park entstehen soll.


Leichtigkeit und Spaß auf der Bühne

Paolo Bordogna gilt als der Basso buffo unserer Tage und ist mittlerweile an den internationalen Tophäusern und bei Festivals regelmäßiger Gast sei es an der Mailänder Scala, der Bayerischen Staatsoper, der Washington National Opera oder der Oper Sydney.

Codex Flores

Milica Djordjević erhält Belmont-Preis 2015

Die junge serbische Komponistin Milica Djordjević ist mit dem mit 20’000 Euro dotierten Belmont-Preis 2015 für zeitgenössische Musik der Forberg-Schneider-Stiftung ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Monde

Dominique Vellard explore le temps élastique de la musique médiévale

Dominique Vellard est un homme simple, de culture savante. Depuis la création de son Ensemble Gilles Binchois en 1979, il est l’une des figures de proue de l’interprétation des répertoires anciens des musiques du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance.

The New York Times

Howard Rumsey, Musician Who Invigorated West Coast Jazz Scene, Dies at 97

Howard Rumsey, the jazz bassist and entrepreneur who as leader of the Lighthouse All-Stars helped popularize the notion of a progressive West Coast jazz scene in the 1950s, died on July 15 in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 97.


ClassicalToday : Hologram Performance by Chief Keef Is Shut Down by Police

Berlin Philharmonic @BerlinPhil: Discover legendary recordings in our archive at Alexander empfängt Pro Arte Europapreis 2015


Photo credit: Howard Rumsey Collection, Los Angeles Jazz Institute Archive

(Written on July 27, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Terry Gilliam promises ‘Pythonic’ new opera

A rarely-performed opera is to be put on the London stage for the first time in 40 years with a Monty Python twist, as Terry Gilliam puts on a show complete with circus performers, 40-ft statues and a prosthetic cucumber phallus.

When Vaughan Williams composed for the Women’s Institute

A little-known work by Vaughan Williams was the first musical piece ever commissioned by the W.I.

The Guardian 

The Passenger’s journey from Auschwitz to the opera

This week’s Composer of the Week on Radio 3 is Mieczysław Weinberg. Here, in a piece originally published in September 2011 ahead of a production of his opera The Passenger, director David Pountney introduces the neglected composer.

BBC News

How to conduct your staff

Quite often management books look to the symphony orchestra for examples of leadership in action: the conductor on the podium, conjuring wonderful music from a group of performers who would be rudderless without the man or woman with the stick.


 Festivalguide: Lebendige Ruine

Der Choriner Musiksommer feiert seinen 50. Geburtstag

Der Tagesspiegel

Sänger im Boxcamp

In seiner letzte Saison als Chefdirigent des RIAS-Kammerchores will Hans-Christoph Rademann 2014/15 weiter am unverwechselbaren Klang des Spitzen-Ensembles feilen. Zum Abschied dirigiert er eines seiner Lieblingsstücke.


New Concert Series at London’s Central Synagogue Opens with Violist David Aaron Carpenter in “Music of the Jewish Diaspora”

Le Figaro

Foisonnement créatif à Auvers-sur-Oise

L’opus 34 du Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, du5 juin au 2 juillet, célébre plus que jamais la curiosité et l’ouverture aux autres arts des musiciens classiques.

El Mundo

Vuelve la diva

Por primera vez se reeditan juntos todos los discos de la cantante más misteriosa, admirada y controvertida del siglo XX


Birmingham Phil Orch @BPOBirmingham#English Masterworks 13 days & counting  #VaughanWilliams Wasps Overture – Old favourite from the master #classical

Oclassica @oclassica Misha Fomin recorded The 26 Classical Pieces for Piano by Russian Composers  #album #music #classical

Naxos Records @naxosrecords #Classical Playlist: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Meredith Monk, Kojiro Umezaki and More  via @NYTimes

Alexandra Skey @AlexandraSkey Brilliant + funny way to perform #classical  Vivaldi ‘Summer’ Classical Music Comedy



Benvenuto Cellini performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Photo: Jane Hobson/ Rex – The Telegraph

(Written on June 4, 2014 )

The Strad

LeoGroup purchases multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin with digital currency bitcoin

Financial advisory firm Leo Group LLC has purchased a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the maker’s ‘golden period’ using bitcoin – the first time an instrument of such value has been bought using the digital currency.

Classical Music Magazine

NMC overcomes funding crisis arising from Holst Foundation’s dissolution

NMC, the label devoted to recording works by British contemporary composers, has overcome a funding crisis which threatened to overshadow its 25th anniversary celebration.

Classic FM Online

The Lark Ascending tops Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014

 the soaring violin melody has taken the number one spot in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the piece at the top of the chart for the past three years, now sits at number two.

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.


How to do justice to Christ’s Last Words

Haydn’s meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words are among the great pieces of Easter music. But could Ruth Padel, steeped in Darwin and Freud, write poetry about this cornerstone of Christianity?

The Hollywood Reporter

Musicians Union Slams Lionsgate Over ‘Draft Day’ 

The American Federation of Musicians is pressing the case that U.S. films and television programs should be scored domestically, not overseas, especially when they receive U.S. production tax credits.

New York Times

Every Number Tells a Story

In a series called Collected Stories, the composer David Lang curates an alluring set of programs that explore the idea of storytelling in music.


Smiling with a cramp

Nils Frahm is re-creating living spaces in his studio

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim und Domingo: Sonne über dem Tonsatz-Gestrüpp

Ein Stelldichein der Leichtigkeit und Inbrunst lieferten sich die Staatskapelle unter Daniel Barenboim mit dem gefeierten Tenor Plácido Domingo bei ihren Feiertagskonzerten.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classic FM: @ClassicFM He’s topped the #HallOfFame once again. Here’s 8 reasons why we love Vaughan Williams:

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #Goodwatch: @LDNmusicmasters debate on class, race, and classical music

Jim McCauley: @JimMcCauley Classical nerds angry about game soundtrack, game nerds angry about classical nerds. This could run and run!

Michel van der Aa: @vanderaanet Call for scores, composers competition on freedom ->

Lincoln Center: @LincolnCenter Free concert Thursday! Pianist Jenny Lin plays classical works & Broadway standards.

The Strad

The Strad


(Written on April 22, 2014 )

The new, exciting ensemble London International Players make their Cadogan Hall debut tonight, presenting a programme of ‘Bach to Britten’. Speaking to Gramophone about the programme, Artistic Director Ana de la Vega explains the programme as being ‘built on the aesthetics of purity, simplicity and transcendence: one can explore this in literature, other art movements, philosophy and religion’. Speaking further about the importance of this intellectual programming, Ana expands ‘people don’t want to feel gratified and indulged, they want to feel satisfaction that they have achieved something intellectually, understood something they thought was out of reach. We can do this by helping them to create a link between the music they are experiencing and the knowledge they already have.’ Pianist Irina Botan, speaking to Classic FM, said of the concert: “I particularly enjoy playing the Vaughn Williams quintet. It is a very beautiful early piece, which is reminiscent of Brahms, especially the first movement. Interestingly, its premiere was in 1905 and due to an embargo has not been performed again until the 1990s. It is a difficult piece but also very gratifying”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme ahead of this Cadogan debut, Sean Rafferty described the ensemble as having a “rollicking start” to their career thus far, noting that “excellence will always find people delighted to listen”. As an ensemble keen to widen classical music and change the demographic of the concert hall, the London International Players elaborated on this, speaking to Sean live on air. Violinist Daniel Röhn said that the ensemble aim to “present the best pieces… for a listener of any age”, whilst Ana de la Vega said that younger audiences attending concerts are “lovely to see and needs to be encouraged”, whilst bringing in said audience still remains to be one of the “biggest challenges of today”.

The London International Players is an ensemble born largely of the Menuhin School and IMS Prussia Cove, comprising distinguished soloists and chamber musicians from many corners of the world who have come together through a mutual love of chamber music and musical ideals. In an interview with Classic FM they expressed their goals as being able “to perform music using our own individual voice. We hope that when you will listen to us on the Radio, you will be able to tell it is us”. After their electrifying Wigmore Hall debut on September 19th, the ensemble look forward to their Cadogan Hall debut this evening, which is followed by a residency at St John’s Smith Square this spring to celebrate the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Speaking to Ideas Tap, Ana de la Vega described forming the London International Players as one of her greatest achievements, “bringing some of the greatest young musicians of my generation together and creating an ensemble of this calibre, now performing in the greatest halls in Europe!”.


(Written on November 8, 2013 )

Classic FM

Marin Alsop Extends contract at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

After revitalising the orchestra for the past six years, the conductor says she’s ‘not finished!’ and plans to work with them until August 2021.

Hospital’s stolen Steinway piano recovered

A piano that was stolen from a Toronto hospital has been recovered, and police are looking for the culprits.

BBC News

Half London’s small theatres ‘insecure about future’

Almost half of London’s small theatres feel “insecure” about their financial future and a third fear their venues could be sold, a study has found.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra to stream live Verdi Requiem performance for free

Sold-out concert on October 10, 2013 will be made available online in celebration of the composer’s bicentenary

Classic FM

Vaughan Williams’ home to re-open

After almost 50 years, Leith Hill Place, Vaughan Williams’ family home, is to re-open to the public tomorrow.


Classical music comes to a car park in Peckham

There’s so much more to classical music this summer than the Proms. Ivan Hewett picks out some highlights.

BBC News

N-Dubz star Fazer reveals love of classical music

N-Dubz star Fazer has announced plans to encourage young people to discover classical music.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Dirigenten dieses Sommers

In Bayreuth und in Salzburg treten jetzt sieben Pult-Virtuosen in Opern von Verdi, Wagner und Mozart an. Ein reizvolles Vergleichsspiel: Können sie mit ihren legendären Kollegen, den Maestri der Vergangenheit, mithalten?


(Written on July 25, 2013 )


2012 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists announced

Three composers and five visual artists each receive £50,000 over three years

Classic FM

Sting and Lee Hall support In Harmony North East

Sting and Lee Hall have pledged their financial support to the In Harmony North East Project.

Elliott Carter dies aged 103

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer known for his avant-garde music died in New York last night.

Howard Shore’s The Hobbit soundtrack details released

Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Hobbit: And Unexpected Journey now has an official track-listing and artwork.

The Guardian

The Pilgrim’s Progress: Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece returns at ENO

On the eve of its comeback performance at English National Opera, conductor Martyn Brabyns explains why it has taken more than 60 years to bring this opera back to the stage

Slipped Disc

Chinese composer wins Russia’s Shostakovich award

Tan Dun says he wants to rebuild bridges between the two nations. He called Russia ‘the homeland of music’, which ought to go down well in the US, where Tan Dun completed his studies and lived for two decades.

The Arts Desk

Opinion: why arts education matters

Michael Gove’s plan to marginalise the arts spells disaster, argues one of theartsdesk’s writers from the frontline

The Daily Mail

That looks a little fiddly! Musician gives up his cello to make the smallest violins in the world… and they’re yours for £1,000

David Edwards gave up his professional music career to become a miniaturist, making pieces for doll’s houses


The Daily Mail

(Written on November 6, 2012 )