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In today’s news: Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit, City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists and Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day. Also, more women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, and the acess to the Elbphilharmonie plaza should continue being free of charge in the opinion of the Hamburg Taxpayers Association.

The Strad

Baroque string specialist working for music publisher forced to leave UK after visa non renewal

The decision highlights the lack of seriousness with which the UK visa authorities view the arts world.

Classical Music

Creative industries under threat from no-deal hard Brexit

Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit

City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists

The 5 musicians selected include Lotte Betts-Dean, Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock, Gwenllian Llyr and Rokas Valuntonis.

Programme for Piccadilly Chamber Music Series announced

The Church of St James Piccadilly will host a brand new annual series of chamber music concerts from 2018.

M Magazine

BBC R3 seeks unsigned women composers

Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day.


More women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, including rape

Just a day after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London announced that Charles Dutoit would be vacating his posts as artistic and principal conductor ahead of schedule following multiple allegations of sexual assault, another six women have come forward with further accusations, one of them alleging rape.


Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik 2018 – 20. Jahrgang startet am 17. Januar

Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) und Deutschlandfunk Kultur veranstalten vom 17. bis zum 21. Januar 2018 „Ultraschall Berlin“. Das Festival für neue Musik präsentiert im 20. Jahrgang in zahlreichen Konzerten 18 Ur- und sechs Erstaufführungen.


‘British German Philharmonic Orchestra’ in Bad Homburg gegründet

Die Kurstadt Bad Homburg bekommt ein neues Orchester. Der Organist und Dirigent Marius Beckmann (*1993) hat dort das BGPO (British German Philharmonic Orchestra) gegründet.

Musik Heute

Steuerzahlerbund: Zugang zur Elphi-Plaza kostenfrei lassen

Der Zugang zur Plaza der Elbphilharmonie sollte nach Meinung des Hamburger Steuerzahlerbundes auch weiterhin kostenlos bleiben.

france musique

En Moselle, une école de musique victime du vol de 22 instruments

A Distroff, en Moselle, l’école de musique Mélodia a été victime d’un cambriolage lors de la première semaine de janvier 2018. 22 instruments ont été dérobés.


France Musique @francemusique: 10 petites choses que vous ne savez peut-être pas sur Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Music History @today_classical: in 1894 FP of ‘s String Quintet in Eb, Op. 97 American in NYC.

Image: © Getty / Yenwen

(Written on January 12, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Wigmore Hall announces new partnership with and Gramophone Magazine reports that soprano Denise Deval has died. Also, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is named Birmingham and Midland Institute president and a task force tackles musicians’ US work visa problems 

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall announces new partnership with

Wigmore Hall has announced a new partnership with and the expansion of its ticket scheme for under 35s

Gramophone Magazine

The soprano Denise Duval has died at 94

Denise Duval, who inspired some of Francis Poulenc’s most powerful works for soprano, has died in Switzerland where she lived

The Strad

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber named Birmingham and Midland Institute president

Lloyd Webber was also appointed principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015

Arts Professional

Task force to tackle musicians’ US work visa problems

The Musicians’ Union and British Underground have assembled a task force to tackle problems with visas that musicians face when travelling to the US, including high costs, restrictions and delays


Persönliche Einblicke – Daniel Hopes neue Radiosendung auf

In der neuen Sendung “WDR 3 Persönlich” berichtet Daniel Hope nun jeden Sonntag aus seinem Musikerleben und präsentiert Künstler und Werke, zu denen er eine besondere Verbindung hat

Der Westen

Film „Feuer bewahren“ zeigt Choreograph Martin Schläpfer

Zwei kräftige Waden in Wanderschuhen, die über den feuchten Waldboden nach oben steigen: Mit dieser symbolkräftigen Sequenz beginnt der Dokumentarfilm „Feuer bewahren – nicht Asche anbeten“ über Martin Schläpfer, Choreograph und Direktor des Balletts am Rhein


Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema zieht erneut gegen YouTube vor Gericht

Der Streit zwischen der Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema und der Google-Tochter YouTube ist zäh und zieht sich bereits seit Jahren hin

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Taps Jaap van Zweden as Its Next Maestro

The New York Philharmonic announced on Wednesday that it was turning to Jaap van Zweden, an intense, exacting Dutch conductor, to be its next music director and guide it through the costly renovation of its hall, two seasons of exile and, if all goes well, a triumphant return to Lincoln Center

Le Monde

Mort de Denise Duval, la « Voix humaine » de Francis Poulenc

Le « Rossignol à larmes » du compositeur Francis Poulenc, inoubliable créatrice de La Voix humaine, s’est envolée lundi 25 janvier : la soprano française, Denise Duval, est morte à l’âge de 94 ans dans sa maison en Suisse


Interlude@interludeHK  Were Chopin’s dreamy nocturnes inspired by something more sinister? Our feature has more

Marketing Magazine@MarketingUK 80% of Facebook’s ad revenues driven by mobile as profit more than doubles… and more

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre  Chineke! @Chineke4Change Europe’s first BME orchestra join our family of Associate Orchestras #Classical1617

Denise Duval/ Gramophone Magazine

Denise Duval/ Gramophone Magazine

(Written on January 28, 2016 )

Classical News


El Sistema: does reality match the rhetoric?

A new in-depth study paints a negative picture of El Sistema, the Venezuelan programme of musical and social education, devised by José Antonio Abreu, that is now being imitated the world over

Classic FM

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir wins £4,000 Karl Jenkins music performance prize

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir has won £4,000 and the chance to record a piece for broadcast on Classic FM after coming first in The Arts Club Karl JenkinsClassical Music Award last night.

Classical Music Magazine

London Music Pledge: Mayor Boris encourages advocacy for music education

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched the ‘London Music Pledge’, which sets out several actions which his administration will take to improve music education in the capital.

Classical Source

Alexei Volodin piano recital postponed, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on Wednesday 26 November

From Southbank Centre: “This recital has been postponed from 26 November 2014 to Friday 5 June. It has become more difficult to obtain visas for Russian artists performing in the UK and as such Alexei Volodin has been unable to secure a visa in time for the performance on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

The Strad

Italian violin teacher in critical condition following shooting

Domenico Lombardo was reportedly shot by the mother of a conservatory student


Muti: Absage an Rom

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti will nach seiner Trennung von der römischen Oper keine Leitungsfunktion mehr übernehmen.

Musikverlag Schott verkauft sein historisches Archiv

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek spricht von einem “einmaligen nationalen Kulturgut”

Codex Flores

Renaud Capuçon Leiter der Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Die Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad geben die Nominierung des französischen Violinisten Renaud Capuçon zum ihrem neuen künstlerischen Leiter ab 2016 bekannt.

The New York Times

Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director

The appointment of Mr. Poots, who next September will give up his current positions as artistic director of the Manchester International Festival and of the Park Avenue Armory, was to be announced on Monday evening.

Le Figaro

Le piano de Casablanca devient l’un des plus chers du monde

Lundi, la vente aux enchères intitulée «Rien ne vaut Hollywood» a trouvée un acquéreur pour le célèbre instrument de musique utilisé par Humphrey Bodart et Ingrid Bergman dans le film de Michael Curtiz, acheté à 3,41 millions de dollars.


London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Uncover more of Birtwistle, one of music’s most challenging minds, in our (Un)easy Listening post  #birtwistlebirthday

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: Hear Benedict Nelson perform with the @UlsterOrchestra & Christian Lindberg this afternoon live at 2pm on @BBCRadio3

Gdn Culture Pros @GdnCulturePros: ICYMI: Arts sponsorship and the slippery issue of ethics  #artsfunding


An aerial view of the proposed Culture Shed, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The High Line is in the foreground. Photo: Diller Scofidio/Renfro and Rockwell Group

(Written on November 25, 2014 )