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WildKat PR offers a training fund to all members of staff to help them learn new skills, develop their interests, and also to bring something new back to the team. James Hardie returned to his home city of Edinburgh last month to attend International Festival Encounters. Read about his experience below:

I used my WildKat training fund this year to attend International Festival Encounters.  It is a week-long course run by the Edinburgh International Festival in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The aim is to bring together artistic entrepreneurs with leading industry members and academics from all over the world.

It was truly ‘international’.  Amongst the participants were producers, writers, actors, programmers, and performers from Australia, America, Russia, South Africa, Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and the UK.  It was a wonderful melting pot of different perspectives and experiences from both young and old, all taking place under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle.

We were treated to five productions over the week, including dance, theatre, and opera.  My own highlight was seeing the Nederlands Dans Theater, who performed a show in three segments with scores by Max Richter and Philip Glass.  The middle segment—a haunting series of scenes as a dying man recalls his life’s regrets—was like watching a film; the way the dancers manipulated their bodies brought to mind ‘The Exorcist’.

After each performance, we were given the opportunity to reflect critically on what we had experienced.  After seeing Gianandrea Noseda conduct the Teatro Regio Torino in a somewhat confused production of Verdi’s Macbeth, Kate Molleson (music critic for the Guardian) guided us through our reactions, whilst also giving us a fascinating insight into the dual role of the music journalist as both critic and evangelist.

There were two ideas that have really stuck with me from the course.  Firstly, the idea that financial constraint inspires creativity.  This was most effectively expressed for me by a participant from Russia, who used the phrase, ‘the artist must be hungry’, encouraging enterprise from a position of deprivation.  The second idea concerned caring for and looking after an audience.  The creator of a particularly moving production called ‘Flight’ spoke about the audience leaving an incredibly intense and personal experience in the theatre, and re-joining the busy outside world, and the steps they took to ease this often difficult transition.

My fellow participants were a really inspiring bunch, and I learnt just as much from them as I did the experts.  I’m certain I will collaborate with them again in the future. The training fund is an amazing perk to have, available to us all here at WildKat once a year, and I’m very grateful to have been afforded this opportunity.

(Written on September 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: Soprano Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg Classical Music’s Summit, and Spotify launches in Thailand. Russian opera director Serebrennikow has been arrested, classical music festivals are in high demand, and Italy to pay tribute to earthquake victims with music compositions.

The Financial Times

Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg, Classical Music’s Summit

SALZBURG, Austria — The curtain had just come down on Anna Netrebko’s highly anticipated debut as Verdi’s Aida here earlier this month. But her next performance was already beginning.

Teaching Drama

Mercury Theatre provides crèche

The Mercury Theatre of Colchester, Essex, has responded to feedback about accessibility for auditionees with caring responsibilities.

 Music Business Worldwide

Spotify launches in Thailand with subscription price of less than $4 a month

The company has this week launched both its ad-funded and premium services in Thailand. As a result, it’s now available in some 61 markets worldwide.

Pizzicato

Korean tenor wins Queen Sonja International Music Competition

The winner of this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition is tenor Seung Ju Bahg, a young talent from South Korea.

Klassik Heute

Künstlerresidenz von Daniel Hope in der Philharmonie Essen

Musiker, Autor, Moderator, Produzent: Der Geiger Daniel Hope ist eine der interessantesten Künstlerpersönlichkeiten der Gegenwart.

Musik Heute

Regisseur Serebrennikow festgenommen – Oper Stuttgart besorgt

Zwei Monate vor seiner geplanten Opernpremiere in Stuttgart ist der regierungskritische russische Theaterregisseur Kirill Serebrennikow in Moskau festgenommen worden.

Codex Flores

Klassik-Festivals erfreuen sich hoher Nachfrage

Laut der Deutschen Orchestervereinigung (DOV) erfreuen sich die sommerlichen Open-Air-, Festival- und Festspiel-Veranstaltungen klassischer Musik immer grösseren Zuspruchs.

France Musique

Italie : une création musicale pour exorciser le tremblement de terre de 2016

Un an après le tremblement de terre qui a fait près de 300 morts, l’Italie veut rendre hommage aux victimes et conjurer ses souvenirs.

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The New York Times: Anna Netrebko poses for a selfie with a fan on the streets of Salzburg.

(Written on August 23, 2017 )

In today’s news: the Convent Garden music director about Jonas Kaufmann and Otello, and Nishat Khan about Indian music. The last ten minutes of Shostakovich, and Daniil Trifonov cancels concerts. The Kissinger Sommer starts today, and Placido Domingo cancels his Aida tour.

Guardian

Otello: opera, identity politics and blacking-up

Opera companies now eschew the once traditional black makeup for the lead in Verdi’s masterpiece, but it remains a controversial issue that highlights the need to nurture more diverse talent

Telegraph

Nishat Khan: ‘Indian music has been spoiled by mediocre people’

Nishat Khan has the air of a man who knows he is the heir to something lofty, precious and ancient. Acknowledged round the world as one of the great performers on the sitar, the pre-eminent instrument of Indian classical music, he belongs to an illustrious line of musicians that stretches back seven generations

The Times

Antonio Pappano on risky tenors, baton fatigue and leaving the Royal Opera

The Covent Garden music director explains why casting Jonas Kaufmann in Otello is well worth the risk

Welt 24.de

Das sind die letzten zehn Minuten Schostakowitsch

Ein russischer Forscher hat drei unbekannte Orchesterstücke Dmitri Schostakowitschs entdeckt.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Daniil Trifonov sagt Konzerte ab

Verhindern neue Regularien die Ausreise aus den USA? Für die nächsten zwei Monate hat Pianostar Trifonov Konzerte unter anderem in Baden-Baden und Verbier abgesagt. Die Gründe sind unklar.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Kissinger Sommer 2017

Der Kissinger Sommer, in diesem Jahr erstmals unter der Intendanz von Tilman Schlömp, geht ab 2017 eine auf fünf Jahre angelegte Partnerschaft mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und ihrem Chefdirigenten Paavo Järvi ein und wird als Festivalorchester jährlich drei bis vier hochkarätige Konzerte in Bad Kissingen spielen, darunter mit Hilary Hahn das Eröffnungskonzert.

Pizzicato

Placido Domingo’s Aida tour is cancelled

In March 2017, Placido Domingo announced, his gigantic Aida open air tour would be postponed to 2018 due to technical reasons.

Classic FM

Here’s a recording of Beethoven’s actual tuning fork

In amongst the many treasures in the British Library is Beethoven’s laundry list, a set of his kitchen accounts… and his tuning fork.

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(Written on June 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: the difference between Catholic and Protestant church music, and no permission for project ‘tear down this wall!’. Union Verdi and the German Orchestra Union make the Berlin Senate reconsider situation of honorary music teachers. European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit. Intelligent headphones, and is the ‘classical’ music label relevant in 2017?

The Times

Musicians rally together in light of attack at MEN arena

Manchester’s music stars reacted with shock to last night’s terrorist attack and praised the city’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Wired

Artificially intelligent headphones could “understand” ambient sound

Fuji and Yamaha create concept headphones that would use ‘A.I.’ to comprehend and geo-tag music, which could then be played back when the listener revisits the location.

The Stage

Opera Holland Park prepares for varied summer programme

“What was originally three months has turned into fifteen years,” says Director Michael Volpe on Opera Holland Park’s enduring success.

Gramophone

Is the ‘Classical’ music label outdated?

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant.

New York Times

ABC prepares to broadcast musical remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’

New production hopes to maintain many of the key elements of the original film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Worin unterscheidet sich katholische von protestantischer Kirchenmusik?

Das ist doch die richtige Frage zum Lutherjahr: Sind Katholiken und Protestanten im musikalischen Lob des Herrn ökumenisch vereint oder nicht? Die Antwort mag überraschen.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Einseitige Grenzenlosigkeit

Keine Genehmigung für das Projekt „Tear Down This Wall!“ auf amerikanischer Seite der Mauer in San Diego. Das Konzert findet trotzdem statt.

NMZ

Verdi fordert mehr Geld und bessere Konditionen für freie Musiklehrer

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi und die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) haben den Berliner Senat aufgefordert, die soziale Situation der Honorarkräfte unter den Musiklehrern zu verbessern.

WQXR

The European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit

The consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union aren’t just political.

Le Monde

Mort de la violoncelliste russe Natalia Chakhovskaïa

Cette éminente pédagogue avait succédé à Rostropovitch comme chef de chaire au Conservatoire Tchaïkovski de Moscou.

Twitter

@MusicMagazine: ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength’ – ‘s Alan Davey

Photo: Fritz Curzon

(Written on May 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Berlin State Opera’s Festtage 2018 are already in the planning stage, a portrait of Claudio Monteverdi in honour of his 450th birthday in May, and Antonio Vivaldis scripts are exhibited in Turin’s University Library. Renée Fleming is not retiring from opera, and Yuja Wang defends her right to wear what she likes during piano concerts. Leading French bow maker Bernard Millant has died aged 87 and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Brahms and Beethoven with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Standard

Opera fans’ fury as audience members are given free rein to use mobile phones

Opera enthusiasts have slammed Britain’s most prestigious opera venue for failing to stop members of the audience from using their mobile phones.

BBC 

Olivier Awards: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins record nine prizes

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won a record-breaking nine prizes at the Olivier Awards, the biggest event in the UK theatrical calendar.

The Strad

Leading French bow maker Bernard Millant has died aged 87

Descended from a long line of French luthiers, Millant produced bows based on his own design and was the author of the definitive book on French bows.

Rhinegold

Music at Paxton 2017

The chamber music festival takes place in Paxton House, on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

classicfm

New releases: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Brahms and Beethoven with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956, serving as its chief conductor from 1961-1988, and the orchestra appointed him honorary conductor in 1999.

Die Berliner Morgenpost

Sanierte Staatsoper: Festtage 2018 mit Wagner und Verdi

Vor der Wiedereröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden planen Generalmusikdirektor Daniel Barenboim und Intendant Jürgen Flimm bereits die Festtage für kommendes Jahr im sanierten Haus

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Der Revolutionär

Claudio Monteverdi, dessen Geburtstag sich im Mai zum 450. Mal jährt, hat mit radikalen Erneuerungen die Musikgeschichte in neue Bahnen gelenkt

KLASSIK.com

Vivaldi-Manuskripte in Turiner Universitätsbibliothek ausgestellt

Ausstellung thematisiert Antonio Vivaldis Wirken in Wien

pizzicato

Beethoven Festival Warschau: Überraschung mit dem Nowowiejski-Orchester

Polen hat ein überaus reiches und niveauvolles Musikleben, von dem außerhalb Polens kaum etwas bekannt ist.

The Guardian

Yuja Wang: ‘If the music is beautiful and sensual, why not dress to fit?’

The Chinese piano prodigy takes no prisoners. She embraces Brahms and Beethoven as fiercely as she defends her right to wear what she likes

npr music

Hold Up! Renée Fleming Is Not Retiring From Opera

“Rosenkavalier may well be her farewell to staged opera. She will sing her final performance on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13.” The key word here is “may.” Truth be told, Fleming has no plans to quit opera at all.

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Claudio Monteverd, Gemälde von Bernardo Strozzi, ca. 1630 © gemeinfrei

(Written on April 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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(Written on January 20, 2017 )

 

Classical News

In our news today, Sakari Oramo tells what he would do if in charge of The Proms, and applications are now open for Radio 3’s Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference. Also, this year, the BBC Proms celebrates the cello, with 12 concerts dedicated to the instrument, and conductor Kent Nagano speaks about working with non-professional musicians.

The Telegraph

Sakari Oramo: ‘The Proms should not be dumbed down’

Before conducting the First and Last Night, Sakari Oramo tells Ivan Hewett what he would do if in charge of this great British festival.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference

Applications are now open for Radio 3’s Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference, which aims to facilitate greater inclusion of composers and prospective composers from the UK’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in classical music composition.

Clive Barda receives 2016 Musicians’ Company fellowship

Photographer Clive Barda has been awarded honorary fellowship of the Musicians’ Company. He has photographed musicians, conductors and singers for more than 50 years.

Adaptistration

Is It Possible To Manage A Large Budget Orchestra Using Mostly Consultants?

It certainly isn’t unheard of for larger budget orchestras to hire consultants for everything from temporarily filling staff holes to serving as the architect for marketing or development campaigns but relying on third party providers for the majority of admin functionality is decidedly not the norm.

The Guardian

Sol Gabetta: ‘The cello speaks with a human voice’

This year, the BBC Proms celebrates the cello, with 12 concerts dedicated to the instrument. As she prepares to open the event’s first night, the Argentinian cellist describes why she loves this strange, beautiful and ‘erotic’ instrument

The Strad

How to make scales enjoyable

Encouraging students to practise scales needn’t be an uphill struggle, says Paul Harris – in fact, it can even be fun!

Le Figaro

Philippe Druillet: “Verdi a transformé la colère en génie”

“Le Requiem” est donné le 16 juillet aux Chorégies d’Orange, avec des projections vidéo signées par le dessinateur de Salammbô, déjà à l’oeuvre en 2014 pour “Carmina Burana”.

nmz

Stardirigent Nagano: Ich arbeite sehr gerne mit jungen Amateuren

Stardirigent Kent Nagano hält die Weitergabe von künstlerischem Wissen an den musikalischen Nachwuchs für eine Selbstverständlichkeit.

Lausitzer Musiksommer führt an sechs Orte

Mit einem Konzert im Bautzener Dom eröffnet die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie an diesem Freitag (20.00 Uhr) den 12. Lausitzer Musiksommer.

Musik heute

Hornist Felix Klieser mit Bernstein Award ausgezeichnet

Der Hornist Felix Klieser hat am Donnerstag in Lübeck den Leonard Bernstein Award des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals erhalten.

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BBC Proms Team @bbcproms What do you get when you upgrade an antique cello with high-tech 3D mapping technology?

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‘The cello chose me’ … Sol Gabetta. Photograph: Uwe Arens

(Written on July 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Syrian soprano singer performs together with US refugee orchestra in New York, Dutch composer JacobTV creates multimedia opera & Decca DJs go classical. Also, South Africa will host the World Choir Games (WCG) 2018 for the first time & Judith Weir succeeds Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as president of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Daily Mail

Syrian opera singer performs with US refugee orchestra

Performing Puccini to a rapt New York audience, her soprano voice soaring to the rafters, Lubana al-Quntar may be the last person most Americans would think to be a Syrian refugee.

Classicalite

JacobTV, Dutch composer, creates multimedia opera of current events

Dutch experimental composer JacobTV, né Jacob ter Veldhuis, employed a unique collaging method to arrange his new multimedia piece, The News. The avant-pop orchestration uses clips of news footage to create a sensory-straining “reality opera.”

International Arts Manager

Decca DJs go classical

A new album has paired up some of the world’s biggest DJs with some of the best-known pieces of classical music. Re:works makes use of the Decca Classical catalogue, and features remixes by Kate Simko, Mr Scruff, Henrik Schwarz, Starkey, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel and Martin Buttrich.

World Choir Games set for South Africa

For the first time in its history the World Choir Games (WCG) will take place on the continent of Africa, with South Africa selected as the 2018 host. The event, which has run since 2000 for amateur choirs, is billed as ‘the Olympic games of choral music,’ and will feature thousands of participants from all over the world.

The Telegraph

The Barber of Seville: ‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’

This is how Verdi described Rossini’s opera. Ahead of our live stream of Glyndebourne’s production of Barber, Richard Osborne, Rossini’s biographer, underlines what makes it great.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Society of Musicians appoints Judith Weir as new president

The Royal Society of Musicians has appointed Judith Weir as its new president following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies earlier in 2016.

Chronicle live

Gateshead-born Jonathan Bloxham lands plum role with top orchestra

The former member of Gateshead Youth Orchestra is to join City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

BBC News

Only 14% of the UK pays to stream music

Only 14% of the British public pays for a music streaming subscription, according to new research. The report, for trade paper Music WeekAlban Berg , also showed that one in 10 people regularly borrowed someone else’s subscription.

Adaptistration

2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives

When it comes to executive compensation, the 2013/14 season was the first in a while where a number of the traditionally highest paying executive positions which went unfilled for a number of years were finally occupied.

pizzicato

Denkmal für Alban Berg in Wien enthüllt

Der Komponist Alban Berg wird in Wien mit einem neuen, modernen Denkmal gewürdigt, das am Montag neben der Staatsoper auf dem Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz installiert worden ist.

klassik.com

Proteste gegen kulturelle Sparpläne der Stadt Karlsruhe

In Karlsruhe haben Kulturschaffende gegen die Sparpläne der Stadt protestiert. Der Protest wurde von der “Aktion Kollektiv Theatral” (AKT) angeführt.

Codex flores

Bilanz des Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016

In 20 Veranstaltungen an sieben Festivaltagen hat das Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen rund 5500 Eintritte gezählt. Die Auslastung lag mit 70 Prozent höher als im Vorjahr.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Klavier-Konzert in der Arktis: Greenpeace fordert Schutzgebiet

In Teneriffa startet am Montag eine OSPAR-Meeresschutz-Konferenz. Zu diesem Anlass veranstaltete Greenpeace mit dem italienischen Pianisten und Komponisten Ludovico Einaudi ein Klavierkonzert in der Arktis.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Insights: In Conversation with Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Take a bow: eller previews the best music festivals with strings at their heart

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Photograph: Don Emmert (AFP)

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Budapest Festival Orchestra cancels concerts due to funding cuts, the YCAT Artists 2016 have been announced & Michael Volpe comments on engaging audiences from a very young age. Also, the Telegraph explains how to explore classical music.

pizzicato

Budapest Festival Orchestra cancels concerts due to funding cuts

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is shortening its 2016/17 season in order to survive after heavy cuts made by the General Assembly of Budapest to their funding.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT Artists 2016 announced

Oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, Castalian Quartet, soprano Nika Gorič and violist Timothy Ridout have been selected as YCAT artists for 2016.

Evening Standard

Michael Volpe, interview: We need to invest in opera audiences — from the age of five

If Michael Volpe had his way, listening to Tchaikovsky and Verdi for an hour a week would be compulsory for all schoolchildren from the ages of five to eight, while sciences, SATs and religious education would be scrapped.

The Telegraph

How you can get into classical music: a beginner’s guide

So, you want to explore classical music? The first question must be: where to start? The most obvious fact about classical music is that it’s absolutely huge. It stretches back at least 500 years, and over the past century has roamed away from its ancestral homeland in Europe to embrace the whole world.

BBC News

Ticket sites ‘must do more to fight touts’

Companies like Ticketmaster should take more action to prevent touts “harvesting” concert tickets, a government review has recommended. It says the current measures are inadequate, and suggests buyers should be forced to give proof of ID.

The Strad

English violin case sells for record-breaking price at US auction house

A violin case from the 19th century has sold for a record $17,220 at an auction in Boston, MA, US. Made in c.1887 by W.E. Hill & Sons in London, the case was listed with an estimate of $6,000–$8,000.

klassik.com

Dirigent Seiji Ozawa muss längere Pause einlegen

Tanglewood Festival findet ohne Beteiligung des Dirigenten statt

Musik heute

Daniele Gatti wird Berater des Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Der Dirigent Daniele Gatti (55) ist zum Artistic Advisor des Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) berufen worden.

Klassik Akzente

Schostakowitsch-Fieber – Neues Album von Andris Nelsons erschienen

Es wird bereits heiß ersehnt. Jetzt erscheint Andris Nelsons’ neues Album.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Jazz Piano Tutorials by Tim Richards

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera  returns tonight We’d love to hear your thoughts – add your review: ^C

Opera North @Opera_North ‘Did you just move from chord V to chord I? Because I think you’re PERFECT!’

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Photography: Daniel Hambury

(Written on May 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces triple jeopardy, discord revealed as Theodore Kuchar leaves the Fresno Philharmonic, and new transgender choruses are springing up in North Carolina. Also, the Calidore String Quartet of New York wins the first ever $100,000 chamber music prize and Valery Gergiev is honoured with Sergei Rachmaninov International Award.

thestar.com

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces triple jeopardy

TSO must replace both Jeff Melanson and Peter Oundjian, who leaves in 2018, and handle its $12-million deficit.

The Telegraph

Can classical go digital?

The digital revolution in the way we consume recorded music is roaring ahead.

The Fresno Bee

Complexities, discord revealed as Kuchar leaves Philharmonic

Theodore Kuchar, music director of the Fresno Philharmonic, left the post after 15 years.

Daily Mail

Monica Bellucci, 51, oozes glamour in a plunging silk gown with statement bling at Sofia Coppola’s opera La Traviata in Rome

She dazzled the silver screen when she made her Bond girl debut at the age of 51 in 2015 007 hit, Spectre.
And Monica Bellucci proved her eternal sex-appeal as she stepped out for the opening of Sofia Coppola’s take on La Traviata at the Rome Opera House in Italy on Sunday night.

The Portsmouth News

Classical music gig to raise funds for Fareham church

Classical music lovers are urged to get down to Holy Trinity Church in Fareham later this month for a concert to raise money for the church.

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Musician Transforms Popular Ringtones Into Classical Music

Some of the biggest phone manufacturers like Samsung and Apple have their own iconic ringtones that will forever be associated with their handsets. Even companies like Nokia and BlackBerry who are not as big as they used to be had their own iconic ringtones which many of us still remember since we’ve all used a Nokia or BlackBerry back in the day. A musician has taken those popular ringtones and turned them into nothing short of classical music.

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Transgender Choruses Harness The (Changing) Power Of Voices

The ongoing controversy in North Carolina over access to bathrooms has increased the general public’s awareness of issues facing transgender people.

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The First-Ever $100,000 Chamber Music Prize Has A Winner

The grand prize at the inaugural M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, held at the University of Michigan, was won by the Calidore String Quartet of New York.

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Dirigent Valery Gergiev mit Sergei Rachmaninov International Award ausgezeichnet

Der russische Dirigent Valery Gergiev ist mit dem Sergei Rachmaninov International Award 2015 ausgezeichnet worden.

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Sofia Coppola inszeniert Verdis “La traviata” an der römischen Oper

Die römische Oper hat die amerikanische Regisseurin Sofia Coppola für die Neuinszenierung von Verdis La traviata engagiert.

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Martin Grubinger und Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bringen den Groove nach Hannover

Da stand er ganz allein mit seiner Pipe Drum und füllte mühelos Deutschlands größten Konzertsaal – nicht nur mit Klängen, sondern vor allem mit seiner ausdrucksstarken Bühnenpräsenz.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews  new UK study launched to combat depression and anxiety in musicians

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Opernsängerin und Showstar: Ingeborg Hallstein wird heute 80. Ein Porträt zum Geburtstag der Sopranistin http://bit.ly/1Rjz0SZ

klassik.com @klassikcom Leipziger -Nachwuchspreis an Alexandros Stavrakis verliehen

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Valery Gergiev, © Sergei Rachmaninov International Award

(Written on May 23, 2016 )