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The Guardian

BBC’s Ten Pieces brings classical music to a new generation

Ten pieces of classical music – some short, some selected extracts of longer works – have been chosen to represent a range of western classical music and provide good entry points into it. Children will be introduced to the works through a specially made film that uses a mix of live action and animation that will be screened in UK cinemas in October 2014.

The Telegraph

Has the BBC picked the right pieces?

Ivan Hewett admires the canny selection of classical pieces for schoolchildren to listen to.

Placido Domingo and Lang Lang to perform before World Cup final

“I always think music and sport are the two great things many people can understand without any need to really speak the language,” he [Domingo] said.


Interview Nikolaj Znaider: Ich kann mir verzeihen 

Einst wollte Nikolaj Znaider unbedingt Weltmeister werden, heute philosophiert der Geiger und Dirigent lieber über den lebenslangen Tanz mit dem Repertoire


Klassik-Festivals in Berlin und Brandenburg: Schwäne am Mittelmeer

Zwei frühsommerliche Klassik-Festivals in Berlin und Brandenburg haben ihren Auftakt gegeben: „Infektion!“ an der Staatsoper und die Potsdamer Musikfestspiele.

The New York TImes

‘Ring’ Cycle With Digital Orchestra Is Postponed

Professionals committed to a Wagner festival in Connecticut with digital samples of music pulled out, leading to postponement.

The New York Times

 Met Opera Tax Filing Reveals Pay For Gelb

The Metropolitan Opera, in the middle of labor talks with its unions, reports that its general manager, Peter Gelb, earned a total of $1.8 million in pay and benefits in 2012, and has since taken a pay cut.

Chicago Business Journal

Chicago Symphony Orchestra receives its two largest gifts in its history

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra today said it received two contributions totaling $32 million. The two gifts are the largest in the 123-year history of what is considered one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

El Mundo

Mehta se va, el Palau se muere

El gigantismo acaba con el gran revulsivo de la ópera del Mediterráneo


BBC NOW: @BBCNOW A glimpse into our incredible #TenPieces film, made in an aircraft hanger near Cardiff @BBCWales #bbcmusic

World Concert Hall: @wconcerthall Today, Davidsen, Nohr and Wilkman perform #Sibelius #Strauss and #Mahler in #Copenhagen  #wch #classical

Holst Museum: @HolstMuseum Great to hear on @BBCNews that #Holst #Mars has made it into the #TenPieces project …

Mark Bowden: @markfbowden A new BBC initiative featuring piece by marvellous @AnnaHMeredith Discover #TenPieces

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest Director of the RCM Professor Colin Lawson & RCM alumnus @JLloydWebber offer their verdict on the BBC’s #TenPieces: 

Drum Works performing the tenth piece, Anna Meredith’s Connect It for Body Percussion

Drum Works

Photo: Guy Levy /BBC


(Written on June 17, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons, interview

Mariss Jansons is reluctant to talk about the horrors of the Soviet system – he’d rather talk about the music he is going to conduct at the Proms and Edinburgh Festival, he tells Ivan Hewett.

The Sydney Morning Herald (via Arts Journal)

Call of opera luring greater audience numbers

It’s music to opera lovers’ ears. In what was a bumper year for opera attendances in Australia, the art form had a greater increase in audience numbers in 2012 than either dance, theatre, orchestral or chamber music, according to an Australia Council survey of the country’s 28 major performing arts companies

Classic FM

Skateboarding set to music in new classical video

Composing has a lot in common with skateboarding, says classical musician Sven Helbig, whose hypnotic new video stars young people in a skatepark.

BBC Music Magazine

Bolshoi violinist dies after falling into orchestra pit

Long-standing member of the orchestra dies of injuries in hospital

Limelight Magazine

Boston Chief knocked out in Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons concussed after “household accident” at Wagner Festival.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre Chairman Completes 300 Mile, 24-Hour Bike Ride And Raises Final Amount For Royal Festival Hall Organ Campaign

Full £2.3 million has now been raised for the Pull Out All The Stops organ campaign to restore the Royal Festival Hall organ

Music Week

Swedish music market grows 12% in H1 2013

Total music sales value in Sweden increased by 12 percent in the first half of 2013, propelled by strong growth in usage of streaming services.

André Rieu breaks record for highest-grossing UK opening weekend takings for a music concert film

An André Rieu music concert screened in cinemas has achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend takings in UK box office history for its genre.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der Anti-Maestro meldet sich zurück

Stürmen, schuften, siegen: Kirill Petrenko wird verehrt, wohin er auch kommt. Jetzt dirigiert er den neuen, von Frank Castorf inszenierten „Ring des Nibelungen“ im Bayreuther Festspielhaus.

Classic FM

(Written on July 23, 2013 )

The Guardian

Sound and Music: A new era dawns

Sound and Music has gone back to basics. Is it time to call for an end to hostilities and get behind the new-model institution?


Epoch Times

Music and Life in Oneness: An Interview With Burt Bacharach

May marks an important month for Burt Bacharach, recipient of three Academy Awards and eight Grammys, and a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.



A new way to experience The Rite of Spring

Animated, graphical score helps makes sense of Stravinsky’s revolutionary work.


Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins booked to sing on luxury cruise ship

P&O Cruises have announced that Katherine Jenkins will be all at sea in October and November, as she performs on two luxury cruises on the ship Oriana.


Classical Music Magazine

Leipzig Wagner Festival: composer’s birthplace puts on a grand show

The city of Leipzig and city of Wagner’s birth, is making a sterling attempt to compete in the year of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.


Classical Music Magazine

NCEM 2013 composers award goes to Joseph Howard, 20, and Lilly Vandaneuax, 11

The National Centre for Early Music’s 2013 composers award has been won by Lilly Vadaneaux (aged 11) in the 18 years and under category ‒ the youngest entry and youngest winner of the competition to date ‒ and Joseph Howard (20) in the 19-25 years category.


National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) Composers Award 2013

Classical Music Magazine

(Written on May 1, 2013 )