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In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

Twitter

Meet Me At The Opera‏ @MMATOpera

The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

Merken

Merken

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Simon Rattle returning to UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Soundcloud to be saved by a pair of investment funds, and concert goers more likely to give to charity. Kerem Hasan wins ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’, Vilde Frang and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to play at BBC proms, and Sony Music does vinyls again.

The Guardian

Simon Rattle: ‘I would have been wary about taking the job had I known about Brexit’

The conductor is returning to the UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. What does he see as the responsibilities of such a role today, what’s happening with the new concert hall, and how do you restrain freedom-loving tortoises?

The Strad

Session Report: Pavel Haas Quartet reunites with former viola for Dvořák quintet

For the Pavel Haas Quartet, recording Dvořák’s String Quintet op.97 and Piano Quintet op.81 is the ideal way to celebrate old friendships with music from the New World. Tom Stewart reports from Prague

The Pizzicato

Ingmar Bergman, Sebastian Fagerlund and Anne Sofie von Otter join for new Finnish opera

During its 2017–2018 season the Finnish National Opera will stage the world premiere of a new Finnish opera, Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata, on the 8th of September 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

As Soundcloud, valued at $300m, books an uncertain future… could a major label have rescued it?

SoundCloud is about to be saved in the nick of time by a pair of investment funds – but the details of the deal, revealed today by MBW, have left some who rely on the platform deeply concerned about its fate.

Classic FM

People who go to concerts more likely to give to charity, new study finds

Those who take part in cultural activities, including going to concerts, are more likely to donate to charity and volunteer.

Limelight

Scotland Yard employs Mozart in crime prevention tactics

Classical music will be played in a troubled London housing estate to disperse troublemakers and calm residents.

Pizzicato

Kerem Hasan gewinnt Salzburger Dirigentenpreis

Der  25-jährige Brite Kerem Hasan hat den ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ 2017 gewonnen. Insgesamt gab es 67 Bewerber.

Klassik Heute

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und Vilde Frang bei den BBC Proms

Im Januar dieses Jahres debütierte Vilde Frang mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen und verzauberte das Publikum in der Glocke.

Zeit Online

Warum Sony wieder Vinyl presst

Musikstreaming verbreitet sich rasant, aber in der Nische wächst der Umsatz mit Schallplatten. Die Antithese zum digitalen Hören ist sogar für Großkonzerne interessant.

Twitter

Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie

The »Elbphilharmonie Summer« starts on Wednesday – four weeks of World Music, Film Scores, Jazz and Classical Music! 🍦 🌞

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Merken

(Written on August 7, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, pop music takes over classical choices on the popular BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, and the Brook Street Band announce a new festival to take place in Norwich.  Trouble for travelling string players as another instrument is completely destroyed whilst flying, and the Kennedy Center breaks with tradition in announcing its 17/18 season.  After several cancellations, Jonas Kaufmann returns to open the Vienna Opera Ball, and Jaki Liebezeit has sadly passed away aged 78.

The Guardian

Roll over Beethoven: Desert Island Discs stars pick pop over classical

Guests of the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs are abandoning classical music selections in favour of pop music and power ballads, according to a survey to mark the show’s 75th anniversary.

Rhinegold

Brook Street Band announces Handel festival

The Brook Street Band has announced its inaugural Handel festival, timed to coincide with the end of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary year. love: Handel will take place 22-23 April 2017 in Norwich, which currently lacks an early music festival.

The Violin Channel

Cello Student Seeking Help After Airline Completely Trashed Her Instrument

A Florida State University music student has set up a Go Fund Me page in an effort to replace her cello – which was destroyed on a recent United Airlines flight.

The Strad

Teenagers break Vienna Symphony viola player’s finger at metro station

Michael Buchmann was involved in an altercation with three young men over smoking on Saturday evening.

The Washington Post

Kennedy Center announces notable 2017-2018 classical season

The Kennedy Center broke with its season-announcement tradition by announcing its 2017-2018 classical music season — the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts — on Monday afternoon.

Broadwayworld

NYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREAT

New York Festival of Song continues its NYFOS Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 20:00.

Spiegel ONLINE

Jaki Liebezeit ist gestorben

Er reduzierte sein Schlagzeugspiel, bis aus der Monotonie Groove wurde: Jaki Liebezeit war ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Gruppe Can, die als Krautrockband weltweiten Einfluss hatte. Nun ist er 78-jährig gestorben.

Pizzicato

Jonas Kaufmann singt beim Wiener Opernball

Monatelang hatte Jonas Kaufmann wegen einer Entzündung an den Stimmbändern seine Auftritte absagen müssen. Jetzt braucht er PR.

Musik Heute

Zwei Nachwuchsmusiker gewinnen Mendelssohn-Preis

Die Geigerin Diana Tishchenko und das Trio Marvin haben den Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb 2017 gewonnen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Ewaldt gestorben

Der Dirigent Peter Ewaldt ist tot. Er starb nach kurzer, schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 64 Jahren.

Le Monde

Dutilleux et son « Double » célébrés dans l’antre de Boulez

L’« année Dutilleux » s’est close samedi 21 janvier à la Philharmonie, à Paris, avec la « Deuxième Symphonie » en transe jazzy.

France musique

Une comédie musicale sur le harcèlement scolaire à l’Opéra Bastille

Du 21 au 28 janvier, une comédie musicale aborde le thème du harcèlement à l’école, avec humour et gravité, à l’Opéra Bastille.

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Classical Music News @classicalmusic Moving house? Make sure your piano is properly protected

Classical Music News @classicalmusic A music venue that reflects our diversity

Music History @today_classical  in 1705 Birth of Italian Carlo

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Photograph: The Brook Street Band

(Written on January 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, the full programme of Aldeburgh Festival 2017 will be announced in January 2017, and the 2017 festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has appointed Michael Young as its new Assistant Conductor, effective January 2017. Also, read about the ‘pampered’ turkeys on BBC News, where turkeys were raised listening to classical music, and they might be on your Christmas table this year!

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival 2017

The 70th Aldeburgh Festival (9-25 June 2017) will mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Temple Music Foundation announces 2017 programme

The Temple Music Foundation’s 2017 concert programme encompasses Venetian polychoral works, Bach’s St John Passion and a contemporary composition for church choir, organ and saxophone.

English Symphony Orchestra appoints assistant conductor

The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed Michael Young in the newly created role of assistant conductor.

BBC News

‘Pampered’ Corwen turkeys raised on classical music

Turkeys raised to classical music and fed a home-grown grain mix may be north Wales’ “most pampered”.

The Strad

Violist and teacher Paul Leggett drowns in Central Australia

The long-time violist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic died while swimming in the Northern Territory.

klassik.com

Nürnberg bewirbt sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2025

Der Stadtrat gab gestern mit großer Mehrheit seine Zustimmung zu der Bewerbung, deren Kosten mit etwa 5 Millionen Euro veranschlagt werden. Nürnberg solle “Kulturhauptstadt der Ideen” werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Erfolg für Bayreuther Festspiele

Das Landgericht Bayreuth weist die Klage von Wieland Wagners Angehörigen ab. Es ging um den Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses und Entscheidungen über die Festspielleitung.

nmz

GVL: Künstler können jetzt noch Vergütungen für die Nutzung ihrer Produktionen in den Jahren 2010 bis 2012 erhalten

Ob Musiker, Schauspieler, Synchronschauspieler, Tänzer oder Dirigenten: Viele Kreative wissen nicht, dass sie für Ihre Mitwirkungen an künstlerischen Produktionen vergütet werden können, wenn ein Dritter (zum Beispiel ein TV- oder Radiosender) diese nutzt.

Musik heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz für israelischen Geigenbauer Weinstein

Der israelische Geigenbauer Amnon Weinstein hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz für die Restaurierung von etwa 50 Instrumenten von Holocaust-Opfern erhalten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Dercon will neues Ensemble an Volksbühne aufbauen

Chris Dercon (58) setzt für die Berliner Volksbühne auf ein festes Ensemble. Das Theater, dessen Intendanz der Belgier im August 2017 übernehmen soll, werde in den nächsten Jahren ein neues Ensemble aufbauen.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK  Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by @thedarkness is a vastly underrated Christmas song

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/Opxf3078ytm WACKY WEDNESDAY | Anna-Maria Hefele : World’s Best Polyphonic Singer [WOW] @AnnaMariaHefele

kulturradio vom rbb @kulturradio_rbb Macht Singen glücklich? Diskutieren Sie mit uns ab 12:10! Und singen Sie mit uns und dem @RundfunkchorB am 4. Advent

Photo: Jon Gibbs

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Violist Gerhard Marschner has been promoted to the new Principal Violist of The Vienna Philharmonic, effective from September 2017. Decca launches publishing division, and appoints Natasha Baldwin as head of the division. Also, Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican celebrates record breaking year

The Barbican programmed a record breaking 3,910 arts and learning events over the 2015/16 season.

The Violin Channel

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Violist.

Music Week

Decca launches new publishing division, Natasha Baldwin appointed SVP

Decca has announced the launch of a new publishing division, with former Imagem executive Natasha Baldwin joining the company to head up the department. Opening this week, Decca Publishing will look to compliment the classical division of Universal Music Publishing.

The Strad

István Várdai receives ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivarius cello on extended loan

Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

El Pais

Años de peregrinaje

Un volumen reúne por fin en español los ensayos completos del pianista Alfred Brendel.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats

Prof. Christian Höppner, Präsident des Deutschen Kulturrates und Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates, hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz erhalten.

nmz

Dresdens Theaterszene bekommt neue Spielstätten

Die Dresdner Theaterszene erhält an diesem Freitag auf einen Schlag vier neue Bühnen. Das frühere Kraftwerk Mitte wurde mit rund 100 Millionen Euro als Musentempel hergerichtet. Künftig residieren dort die Staatsoperette und das Theater Junge Generation (TJG).

Kein Vertrauen mehr: Trierer Stadtrat wählt Kulturdezernenten ab

Das unkontrollierte Schuldenwachstum am Trierer Theater hat nun auch Kulturdezernent Thomas Egger (SPD) den Job gekostet. Im Trierer Stadtrat wurde der Jurist am Montagabend abgewählt. Begründung: Das Gremium habe das Vertrauen in Eggers Arbeit verloren.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann verteidigt Spitze der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Dolce Vita” von Jonas Kaufmann bleibt an der Spitze der deutschen Klassik-Charts. Daneben platziert der Tenor noch drei weitere Tonträger in den Top 20, wie GfK Entertainment am Dienstag in Baden-Baden mitteilte.

Codex Flores

Wirkung gedehnter Zeit als Forschungsprojekt

Der Europäische Forschungsrat unterstützt das Projekt «Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance» von Clemens Wöllner vom Institut für Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK In response to our ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ survey results, we hope to the launch a nationwide service in early 2017 to support musicians. https://twitter.com/NoiseyMusic/status/808854043703574528

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet Painting with the colours of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky, of course:

Kallaway @kallawaylive The Arts Desk visits ‘the world’s best concert hall” @theartsdesk @MupaBudapest http://bit.ly/2hkTXE9

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Photo: Decca Publishing Natasha Baldwin

(Written on December 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, read about how a composer is to create music based on Antarctic ice data, which he will use infra-gravity sound wave data and convert it into a range we can hear. The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years. Also, read about why Dresden Symphony Orchestra’s performance in Istanbul was cancelled by Germany’s Foreign Ministry.

CMUSE

Project to use music to track melting ice in Antarctic

A composer is currently in the Antarctic with a scientific exhibition to collect data that will be used in the creation of a piece based on melting ice patterns in the region.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra reaches $25 million funding goal

Amid all the news of cuts at orchestras and musicians on strike in defence of pay, it’s something of a relief to hear a successful fundraising story. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which set a goal of $25 million for its musicians’ endowment fund so as to expand the ensemble by 11 players, reached its target two years ahead of schedule.

The Strad

Amaury Coeytaux named Modigliani String Quartet first violinist

The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years.

Winston Churchill cigar box violin sells for six times its estimate

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes has sold for £6,600 – far exceeding its estimate of £500-£1,000. The instrument was sold at an Ingles & Hayday auction on 25 October in London. The successful bidder was the general manager of The Churchill Arms Pub in Kensington, Mr Gerry O’Brien.

Lufthansa forces musician to check her viola into the hold

Finnish National Opera deputy principal violist Sekyeong Cheon says that she was forced to check her viola into the hold on a recent Lufthansa flight from Helsinki.

Music Business Worldwide

BBC Radio 1 has lost 2M listeners in 5 years… as 6 Music keeps growing

BBC Radio 1 has once again failed to draw an audience of more than 10M in the latest Rajars – with its listenership declining by two million people since 2011.

Opera Now Magazine

Met Opera halts performance after ashes sprinkled into orchestra pit

New York’s Metropolitan Opera stopped an afternoon performance of Guillaume Tell on 30 October after an audience member sprinkled a substance believed to be cremated ashes into the orchestra pit.

Classical Music Magazine

Manchester International Festival receives Ambition for Excellence funding

Arts Council England has awarded £640,000 to the Manchester International Festival through its Ambition for Excellence fund.

cincinnati.com

Eckart Preu to lead Chamber Orchestra

After a two-year search and nearly 200 applicants, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has a new leader. Eckart Preu will be the fifth music director.

Broadly

Old, Male, and Stale: The Women Fighting Classical Music’s Woman Problem

Since the dawn of time, women have been told they shouldn’t compose because it’s “unfeminine”. A new program out of Sydney is changing that, one talented female composer at a time.

klassik.com

Dresdner Kreuzchor tritt doch im Stadion auf

Das Adventskonzert des Dresdner Kreuzchors im Fußballstadion der Stadt kann dank zusätzlicher Mittel nun doch stattfinden. Anfang Oktober hatte der Chor aufgrund einer Finanzierungslücke das Konzert abgesagt und auf das nächste Jahr verschoben.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu Jugendkompositionswerkstatt auf

Die Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu ihrer Jugendkompositionswerkstatt “Opus One” auf. Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 19 Jahren können sich mit eigenen kammermusikalischen Werken um einen von bis zu vier Plätzen bewerben.

Klassik heute

10. Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb für Blechbläserquintett

Blechbläserquintette aus Spanien, Österreich, England, Polen, Ungarn und Deutschland wetteifern am 12. November 2016 um die Preise im renommierten Internationalen Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum zehnten Mal durchgeführt wird.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM Our new release featuring 66 of Mozart’s best-loved pieces to celebrate his 225th anniversary – it’s @johnsuchet1‘s new Album of the Week!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Why is a German orchestra’s planned performance in Turkey so controversial? http://bit.ly/2e3LVgb #ClassicalMusic

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall 📢 NEW SHOW! Internet sensations @pianoguys are heading to the Hall on 3 June! Book your ticket now: http://bit.ly/2f3NzRq 

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Photo: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

(Written on October 31, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Christian Gerhaher has been presented with a Wigmore Medal in recognition of his long-standing relationship with Wigmore Hall. Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival Composers’ Competition announced its winner. Also, Berlin Philharmonic violist accuses former colleague of selling false viola attributed to Luigi Mingazzi, an Italian maker from the 20th century, and the dispute is now playing out in the Munich high court.

Classical Music Magazine

Gerhaher receives Wigmore Medal

Christian Gerhaher has been presented with a Wigmore Medal in recognition of his long-standing relationship with Wigmore Hall.

London Mozart Players announces partnership with Bach to Baby

A new partnership between the London Mozart Players and Bach to Baby will launch on 3 December. The new relationship will be marked with two concerts at the LMP’s new home at St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood, London, at 2pm and 4.15pm.

CIMCF composers’ competition winner announced

Clive Smith’s setting of William Blake’s “The Tyger” received first prize at Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival Composers’ Competition.

The Strad

Berlin Philharmonic musician accuses former colleague of selling ‘false’ Mingazzi viola

A dispute between two violists is playing out in the Munich high court following the sale of an instrument ‘falsely’ attributed to 20th century Italian maker Luigi Mingazzi, according to German reports.

Nicolas Altstaedt and Claudio Bohórquez appointed Hanns Eisler Academy of Music cello professors

Nicolas Altstaedt and Claudio Bohórquez have been appointed cello professors at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, Germany. The two musicians are alumni of the university, having studied under Boris Pergamenschikow and Eberhard Feltz.

The New York Times

Bob Dylan, More Than a Songwriter

Musician or poet? Twitter debates whether Mr.Dylan qualifies as the Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Myanmar Times

Classical meets electro at Baroque Lounge

Baroque Lounge, which melds 17th-century European music with electronics, will be presented at the Goethe-Institut’s Goethe-Villa on October 18.

Shreveport Times

Powerhouse pianists fuses house, classical music with SSO

A bit of classical fused with a bit of house music will result in the genre-crossing, exhilarating concert to appeal to the masses of music lovers. Duo piano artists Anderson & Roe will join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in “Rachmaninoff Rhapsody” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Riverview Theater in downtown Shreveport.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Ein Nobelpreisträger, den man nicht erst verschämt googeln muss”

Ein Musiker erhält den wichtigsten Literaturpreis der Welt – für Literaturkritiker Denis Scheck ein “Späßken” der Akademie. Bob Dylans Fans feiern den Künstler als Chuck Norris der Musik.

klassik.com

Dirigent und Komponist Gerhard Wimberger gestorben

Der Österreicher starb im Alter von 93 Jahren. Wimberger war neben seiner musikpraktischen und -schöpferischen Tätigkeit unter anderem Musiker-Gewerkschafter und zwei Jahrzehnte lang Direktoriumsmitglied der Salzburger Festspiele und setzte sich dort für die zeitgenössische Musik ein.

Kulturradio Rbb

Neuer Studiengang “Kirchenmusik popular” in Herford gestartet

In einer vierjährigen Grundausbildung am Klavier oder an der Gitarre sollen sie etwa als Kirchenmusiker oder Chorleiter arbeiten können und für mehr geistlichen Pop, Rock und Jazz in ihren Gemeinden sorgen.

Codex Flores

Preis für Studie zur Musiktherapie für Krebspatienten

Der Hannoveraner Nachwuchswissenschaftler Marco Warth ist für eine Arbeit zur Musiktherapie für Menschen, die unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt sind, mit dem Reinhold-Schwarz-Förderpreis für Psychoonkologie 2016 ausgezeichnet worden.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Lars erhält Würth-Preis

Royal College of Music @RCMLodon Yesterday RCM singers joined @realaled to sing ‘Walking in the Air’ at 18,000ft! http://bit.ly/2e2Jgr8

Classic FM @ClassicFM Meet the computer-generated audience helping music students get over their nerves: http://classfm.co/f4i7yX

Christian Gerhaher receives the Wigmore Medal

Photo: Simon Jay Price

(Written on October 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival, English National Opera is negotiating with new music director, and violin made from Churchill’s cigar box is to be auctioned. Also, Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie gets its own stamp.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival

The Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. Presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Belief and Beyond Belief will consider questions pertaining to life, death, religion and spirituality.

CBSO surprises shoppers and travellers

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave two pop-up concerts on 8 October, which can now be watched online. The orchestra performed at Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre, surprising travellers and shoppers.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO ‘in contractual negotiations’ with new music director

English National Opera is currently negotiating a contract with a new music director. The Sunday Times’ Hugh Canning asserted that Martyn Brabbins has been selected, describing it as an ‘interesting choice’.

The Strad

Violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box to be auctioned

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes is to be offered for sale this October in London by Ingles & Hayday.

Exhibition dedicated to violin maker Vincenzo Panormo to open in London

Tarisio is to host an exhibition dedicated to Vincenzo Panormo and his sons from 23-24 October. Curated by maker and restorer Andrew Fairfax, the display includes recent archival research in a new biography of the maker.

Global Voices

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

In their formal concert outfits, with masks on to protect themselves from the stench of decay, two classical musicians from Tetovo played Bach’s famous orchestral suite “Air” to protest pollution.

CBS News

How Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard

Row after row of Sangiovese grapevines cover the hills of Montalcino in Tuscany, where famed Brunello wine is made. But one of these vineyards is a bit different. The grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music.

Musik heute

Post gibt Sonderbriefmarke “Elbphilharmonie” heraus

Zur Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg gibt die Deutsche Post AG eine Sonderbriefmarke heraus. Die Marke mit einem Wert von 1,45 Euro werde ab 2. Januar 2017 bundesweit erhältlich sein

Bratschisten streiten vor Gericht um Preis einer Viola

Ein Bratschist der Berliner Philharmoniker hatte einem Berufskollegen 2013 die Viola mit der Inschrift “Luigi Mingazzi Ravenna 1923” für 60.000 Euro abgekauft. Zwei Jahre später ergab jedoch ein Privatgutachten, dass die Bratsche gar nicht von dem Meister aus Ravenna, sondern aus dem Vogtland stamme.

Codex Flores

Altstaedt, Bohórquez und Lang unterrichten in Berlin

Mit ihren beiden Alumni Claudio Bohórquez und Nicolas Altstaedt gewinnt die Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler zwei herausragende und international gefragte Cellisten für die Lehre. Auch der Komponist Benjamin Lang tritt eine Professur an.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom DAAD-Preis für Sopranistin Jolana Slavikova

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Tragedy: Nielsen winner is found dead in taxi, aged 31

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Composer, writer and teacher Peter Reynolds died yesterday

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Classical:NEXT accepts proposals for its next global gathering, Sally Beamish speaks about how the theft of her viola turned her into a composer, and 300-year-old violin taken from London train is recovered safely. Also, Gramophone becomes Apple Music curator, and world-renowned theremin virtuosa Carolina Eyck & ACME releases new album.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT on the look out for ‘wow’ moments

Classical:NEXT has put out a call for proposals for its next global gathering. All suggestions for ‘artists, project pitches and conference sessions’ can now be submitted for free through the Classical:NEXT website.

The Guardian

Sally Beamish: how the theft of my viola turned me into a composer

Losing one voice helped Sally Beamish find another. Two decades later she has come full circle. She tells how her daughter, her mentor Peter Maxwell Davies – and a blackbird – have inspired her new work, and her own return to playing.

The Strad

300-year-old violin taken from London train is recovered safely

The Maggini instrument, beloning to Baroque musician Jane Gordon, was taken from the overhead luggage rack of the train from London Waterloo.

Gramophone

Gramophone becomes Apple Music curator

Having championed the latest listening technology for nearly a century, Gramophone’s new relationship with Apple Music – a music streaming service which now boasts over 15 million subscribers – is a natural next step.

The New York Times

Beyoncé Shares V.M.A. Red Carpet With Mothers of Black Lives Matter

At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Beyoncé made one of the few coherent political statements of the night when she invited the mothers of four black men killed in racially charged episodes to join her on the red carpet.

Broadwayworld

Carolina Eyck and ACME to Release FANTASIAS FOR THEREMIN AND STRING QUARTET Recording

World-renowned theremin virtuosa Carolina Eyck and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will release Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet on October 14, 2016 via Butterscotch Records.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Restoring a Classic Broadway Score

Performing classic Broadway musicals with a full orchestra returns them to their original symphonic splendor. Because of the decreasing size of pits and budgets, many first-rate theater companies now use scaled-down instrumental forces when producing musicals.

nmz

Theater Cottbus: Besucherzuwachs trotz weniger Veranstaltungen

Ob Musical, Meisterchoreografie oder Konzert: Das Staatstheater Cottbus kann sich über eine große Publikumsgunst freuen. In der vergangenen Spielzeit kamen 135 510 Besucher.

Der Tagesspiegel

Alles hört auf ihr Kommando

Das Klassikfestival in Luzern rückt eine aufstrebende Berufsgruppe in den Mittelpunkt: Dirigentinnen.

klassik.com

Freistaat Sachsen beugt sich Urteil im Fall Semperoper / Dorny

Der Freistaat Sachsen verzichtet in der juristischen Auseinandersetzung mit dem vor seinem Amtsantritt fristlos entlassenen Semperoper-Intendanten Serge Dorny auf die Anrufung der nächsten Instanz.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 “We shall not cease from exploration…” A pilgrimage into poetry + music:

nmz @musikzeitung Anna Netrebko in : Klangkunst, Kleider, Küsse: Hamburg – Mit brausendem Beifall und…

klassik.com @klassikcom Rheingau mit positiver Bilanz

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Primadonna risoluta. Barbara Hannigan conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Credit: Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival

(Written on August 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Sir Jonathan Mills speaks about the “domination of London” in culture and politics, Dudamel Fellows announces 2016/17 partcipating conductors, and a live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts. Also, Britain’s church bell ringers don’t limit themselves to sunday services, and John Williams confirms he will score eighth Star Wars film.

The Times

London’s ‘domination of culture’ must now end, says ex-director

Sir Jonathan Mills, who curated his final international festival programme in 2014, said the “domination of London” in culture and politics could no longer be sustained.

Classical Music Magazine

Dudamel Fellows 2016/17 announced

Paulo Bortolameolli, Elim Chan and Kachun Wong have been announced as Dudamel Fellows for 2016/17. They will participate in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s orchestral, education and community programmes, and will also receive personal mentoring.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim on ageing, mistakes and why Israel and Iran are twin brothers

At 73, the conductor is still lobbying presidents and bellowing at the violins in five languages. But has his passion project – an orchestra of players from across the Middle East – achieved any real change?

Evening Standard

A live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts

Fans will get the chance to hear music from the films performed in their entirety by a live symphony orchestra, with music from the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone kicking off proceedings.

The New York Times

Britain’s Church Bell Ringers Don’t Limit Themselves to Sunday Services

There are about 5,000 churches in Britain, and almost everyone lives within hearing range of one of them. Bell-ringing enthusiasts are called campanologists, and the country has about 40,000 of them.

CMUSE

John Williams confirms he will score eighth Star Wars film

John Williams, Hollywood’s most decorated film composer, has relieved Star Wars fans by confirming that he will be scoring the soundtrack for the upcoming eighth film in the series.

nmz

Zeitung: Bund erwägt Übernahme der Berliner Philharmoniker

Der Bund hat einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge Interesse an einer Übernahme der Berliner Philharmoniker. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) schwebe im Rahmen der Verhandlungen für den neuen Hauptstadtkulturvertrag ein finanzielles Engagement für das weltberühmte Ensemble vor.

Klassik heute

Musikfest Bremen 2016 vor dem Start

Am Samstag, 20. August, beginnt mit der Großen Nachtmusik das 27. Musikfest Bremen. Beim Eröffnungsabend „Große Nachtmusik“ stehen 27 Konzerte in drei Zeitschienen rund um den illuminierten Bremer Marktplatz auf dem Programm.

Musik heute

Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen für Streicher ausgeschrieben

Der Internationale Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen wendet sich im kommenden Jahr an junge Musiker der Fächer Viola und Kontrabass. Bewerbungen aus aller Welt würden bis zum 31. Januar 2017 angenommen.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Our Virtual Orchestra is nearly complete, but you can still take part! UK kazoo players: your time has come. http://bbc.in/2bG0wmu

Tido Music @tidomusic Slow practice… did it! Excellent article by on how to enjoy ultra-slow practice

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik In voller Länge nachhören: die Oper “Thaïs” von Jules Massenet beim mit u http://bit.ly/2aYtmbx

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A live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts. Credit: Warner Bros

(Written on August 17, 2016 )