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Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Klassik.com

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening: http://rpsmusicawards.com/shortlist

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video: http://j.mp/1l7JTcg

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT: http://bit.ly/RavCmd

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures http://dlvr.it/5fXbRn #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters http://gu.com/p/3p3k4/tw #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics? http://gu.com/p/3p662/tf

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(Written on May 13, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘I cried on stage. I’m not sure I will play again’

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber talks for the first time about the injury that has ended his stellar career.

Business Standard

New app allows classical musicians to perform solo with virtual orchestra

A new computer system allows musicians to perform as solo with a full philharmonic orchestra from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Classic FM Online

Austria tops ‘classical Eurovision’ survey

As Europe gears up for a weekend of Eurovision, UK audiences have chosen their top five classical countries – with Britain coming a respectable fourth.

Eric Whitacre announces Virtual Youth Choir

The composer and conductor is calling on singers aged 18 and under to join him in his latest online choral project, which launches officially next week.

Arts Journal

Gergiev’s Trafalgar Square concert is marred by anti-Putin protests

The London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square was marred yesterday by demonstrations against its outgoing conductor, Valery Gergiev, an outspoken supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

The Violin Channel 

Prized Russian Cellist Dmitry Volkov Has Died

Russian cello virtuoso Dmitry Volkov has passed away aged just 26. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute, Dmitry was a former 1st prize winner at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. The cause of death at this stage is not known.

New York Times

Factory Conversion Moves Forward 

The effort to turn a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into an acoustically sound concert hall, recording studio, nightclub and center for composers is moving ahead.

Klassik.com 

Fédor Roudine gewinnt Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau

Russischer Geiger erhält Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Philharmonie de Paris: « Un vrai signe de changement »

La nouvelle salle symphonique présente sa toute première saison le 15 mai. Laurent Bayle, son président nous en livre les grandes lignes en exclusivité.

Le Monde

Capuçon, Bowie, Boulez… : la Philharmonie de Paris dévoile son programme

Terre ! Terre ! Cette fois, la Philharmonie de Paris, dont l’ouverture était initialement prévue en 2013, puis en 2014, annonce enfin sa première saison, qui devrait débuter en janvier 2015.

Classical Music on Twitter

Royal Academy of Music@RoyalAcadMusic Academy is again ranked top conservatoire for music by @compuniguide – and best overall for Graduate Prospects, http://bit.ly/RFQUbY

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David Ashworth@DavidAshworth16 “A year of change for musical progression?” from @BSandbrook http://buff.ly/1oxkSJO I’ve just added my thoughts
Pliable ‏@overgrownpath On An Overgrown Path: Apple’s wake up call to classical music – http://goo.gl/pNxSFM
ACE National@ace_national It’s Voluntary Arts Week (@volartsweek) ! Get involved yourself, from choral singing to guerilla knitting: http://voluntaryartsweek.org RT
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 12, 2014 )

Forbes

IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China

IMG Artists will join hands with China Arts and Entertainment Group to expand its business in China and bring Chinese performing arts programs abroad. The joint venture will be an investment of several hundred million dollars and aims to introduce a wide array of Chinese programs with an emphasis on classical music and dance artists.

Guardian

Vladimir Putin to purchase Sergei Rachmaninoff’s archive and estate?

Pianist Denis Matsuev claims that the Russian president has shown interest in Rachmaninov’s Swiss villa, which holds much of the late composer’s manuscripts and mementos.

Ideas Tap

Alexis Smith and Joe Henson on composing for video games

Music can completely alter the way a player experiences a video game. The composers behind the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Alexis Smith and Joe Henson, explain their process and tell us why it’s an exciting time to be in the industry.

Chicago Classical Review

Tilson Thomas throws out the first lozenge at bronchial CSO concert

A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler 9 was so plagued with audience coughing that conductor Tilson Thomas went offstage & emerged with handfuls of lozenges which he threw into the audience.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Acclaimed Australian theatre and opera director Elke Neidhardt dies aged 72

One of Australia’s most noted opera and theatre directors, Elke Neidhardt, has died at the age of 72.

Telegraph

No-one works harder than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Given the cuts to arts funding, esteemed organizations such as the RPO must now explore new money-making avenues, says Rupert Christiansen.

Classic FM Online

David Bowie’s Peter and the Wolf to be reissued

A recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring David Bowie as narrator is being re-released by Sony Classical in time for Christmas.

Die Zeit

Mehr Klebeband ins Klavier!

Diese verrückten Deutschen. In Amsterdam gaben der Techno-DJ Henrik Schwarz und der Klavierdompteur Hauschka ein erstes gemeinsames Konzert. Ganz erstaunlich.

Ideas Tap

Ideas Tap

 

 

 

(Written on November 27, 2013 )