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The National Children’s Orchestras will be returning to the stage this weekend to showcase the best young musical talent the UK has to offer. Vivienne Price MBC founded the organisation in 1978 with the sole aim of offering talented children a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship, working alongside world-class professional musicians.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will be making a welcome return to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Saturday 12th April for their first appearance of 2014. Under the baton of guest conductor Howard Williams their exciting programme will include The Perfect Fool by Holst, Isabella by Bridge, Tales from Vienna Woods by J.Strauss, and La Mer by Debussy. Their fresh approach to this renowned concert repertoire promises to deliver a night of technically brilliant and youthfully exuberant music. With a start time of 7pm the tickets range from £5 for under 5’s to £19.50, including concessions.

Then, on Sunday, Anvil Arts in Basingstoke are delighted to welcome the NCO’s Under 13s Orchestra, who will present a stunning programme of classical favourites. Their conductor, NCO  Principal Director of Music Roger Clarkson will be leading them in Wagner’s Overture to the Flying Dutchman, The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth, The Pirates of the Caribbean by Badelt, Buckaroo Holiday by Copland, Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, and the iconic Nutcracker Suite by one of Russia’s most loved composers Tchaikovsky. Individual ticket prices vary from £6 for under 16’s to £19, and family tickets (2 adults, 3 children) are offered at the discounted price of £39 for the £16 price bracket, and £44 for the £19 price bracket; all including a £1 booking fee. To book tickets please call 01256 844244.

 

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced

ITV

Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

A Birmingham based violinist has become an ‘unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra following the presentation of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians

Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away in the US today at the age of 58,  the Armenian Ministry of Culture informs

Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

The violinist who became an overnight sensation when named BBC Young Musician of the Year reveals how she struggled when plunged into an ‘extremely cut-throat’ world, writes Chris Hastings

Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

Want to buy a classical CD? Don’t go to New York!

The joys of browsing and sampling CDs in a specialist store shop are increasingly hard to come by, and almost impossible if you’re a New Yorker

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )

The New York Times

Favorite Sounds, Early to Environmental

Classical music critics of The New York Times select their favorite recordings of 2013

Dallas Observer

Dallas Symphony Announces New Assistant Conductor

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday morning that American conductor Karina Canellakis will join the orchestra as assistant conductor beginning in 2014

Slipped Disc

‘For many years, she gave all the important violin premieres’

Maria Lidka, a Hitler refugee who has died at the age of 99, was a formidable figure in British musical life, performing concertos with all the main orchestras and devoting herself to the works of young composers

The Wagnerian

The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards – 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The Singers

Presenting the first annual “The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards” dedicated to those that have “shone” in some part of the “Wagnerian world”

BBC News

Apollo Theatre: Ceiling collapses during show in London

Seventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say

Der Tagesspiegel

Schützenswerte Orchesterlandschaft

Der Deutsche Musikrat will die einmalige Orchesterlandschaft der Bundesrepublik von der Unesco schützen lassen. Das erweckt den Eindruck, als hätten wir hierzulande das alleinige Recht auf musikalische Vielfalt gepachtet

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 20, 2013 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

Classic FM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West turn up late to Philip Glass opera

The celebrity couple made their way to the LA Opera production of Einstein on the Beach – only to leave well before the end of the four hour opera marathon.

Intermezzo

Improbable ENO swap

Without announcement or explanation, ENO have surreptitiously swapped directors for their forthcoming Così fan tutte.

Gramophone

Signed and handwritten letter by Richard Wagner to be auctioned in Barcelona

A handwritten letter by Richard Wagner, dated 1881, is due to be auctioned on October 24 at Barcelona auction house, La Suite.

Limelight Magazine

Art Centre Melbourne posts $7m deficit

Embattled CEO defends expensive artistic projects as job cuts are expected.

The Guardian

Pappano conducts Britten’s War Requiem: exclusive live stream

Released to celebrate the composer’s centenary year, this starry recording of Britten’s War Requiem features soloists Anna Netrebko, Ian Bostridge and Thomas Hampson, with Antonio Pappano conducting.

Gramophone

Royal Opera House expands Cinema Season with US simulcasts

London’s Royal Opera House is expanding its 2013-14 Live Cinema Season with simulcasts in more than 500 theatres in the United States for the first time.

The New York Times

A Twirling Airiness in a Recital of Schumann, Bach and Debussy: Lise de la Salle, a French Pianist, Opens Concert Series

When the teenage French pianist Lise de la Salle presented a recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art six years ago, the New York Times critic Bernard Holland ended an admiring review with a blunt declaration: “Ms. de la Salle has a substantial career ahead of her.”

Zeit

Unter Quarantäne

“Streaming” heißt das Zauberwort: Oper auf Laptops und Smartphones. Sir Peter Jonas hält davon nichts. Ein Geständnis.

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(Written on October 16, 2013 )

The New York Times

Choosing emotion over virtuosity

In his recent solo recital, Soheil Nasseri went in search of virtuosic extremes in a selection of works that demonstrated the piano’s ability to reflect the whole gamut of human emotions

Metro

Expect thunderous applause for Joseph Calleja at the BBC Proms

Due to sing arias by Verdi at tonight’s Prom, Joseph Calleja is expected to perform with that undefinable something that only the greatest singers possess

Classic FM Online

Overdue Tchaikovsky returned to library after 59 years

Librarians in Westminster are pleased to be reunited with a score of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – almost six decades after it was borrowed

Pavarotti’s label want you to sing Nessun Dorma

A competition inviting the public to submit recordings of themselves singing Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ has been launched to celebrate the release of the new Pavarotti best-of album

The Telegraph

The Chinese woman conductor set to storm the Proms

Against the odds of her gender and nationality, Chinese conductor Xian Zhang has become a rising musical star

Joyce DiDonato: ‘Stop selling opera by dumbing it down’

Ahead of her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Joyce DiDonato talks to Rupert Christiansen about her love of Mozart – and Over the Rainbow

Simon Callow: ‘I was a terrific show-off as a child’

Simon Callow on how he’s getting to grips with Wagner, and why life gets better once you’ve ‘peaked’

Euronews

Celebrating classical music at George Enescu festival

Named after one of Romania’s most famous composers, the George Enescu festival is a month-long celebration of classical music. The festival aims to offer a unique cultural mix: great orchestras and artists who interpret Enescu plus pieces by other famous composers like Wagner, Verdi and Britten.

Die Zeit

“Wir wollten ein neues Evangelium”

Er war das Superhirn der musikalischen Avantgarde, als Dirigent in Bayreuth hat er Wagner vom Waber befreit. Vor zehn Jahren gründete Pierre Boulez die Lucerne Festival Academy für junge Komponisten und Musiker. Eine Begegnung aus Anlass des Jubiläums

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 5, 2013 )

The Guardian

Claude Debussy: Google orchestrates a doodled Clair de lune

To mark 151st anniversary of French composer’s birth, an animation is set to Clair de lune, one of his best-known pieces

Media Week

YouTube signs UK licensing deal with PRS for Music

YouTube has signed a new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the body responsible for collecting royalties for UK performers

Classic FM Online

Berlin Philharmonic to release 100-year-old recording as digital single

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is to celebrate the centenary of its relationship with the Deutsche Grammophon label by releasing an epic 50CD set called The Centenary Edition

The Independent

When Britten’s world was all at sea: How Billy Budd reflects the composer’s own turbulent times

A full programme of Britten’s works at the Proms culminates in a semi-staged performance of Michael Grandage’s acclaimed Glyndebourne production of the story of an outsider fighting the establishment

Star Tribune

Opera singer collapses and dies in rehearsal

Veteran bass Richard Angas, made famous as Jonathan Miller’s Mikado, has passed away at 71

Minnesota Orchestra recording sessions cancelled

Planned September recording dates scratched due to ongoing labor dispute

Slate

How ashamed should you feel about using Spotify?

Music-streaming services really don’t exploit performers. Songwriters, though—that’s another story

Crosscut

The ‘Ring’ is the thing: Seattle Opera and the future of an arts institution

With Wagner, Seattle made it to the world cultural stage. But how does the company build on the legacy?

Die Zeit

Mit Rüsch und Fliege

In der Oper herrscht noch der hohe Ton

Googe doodle – Debussy

The Guardian

(Written on August 22, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Why young people still care about classical music

Ivan Hewett is cheered to find that the young people attending the Institute of Ideas Academy had an appetite for the serious and the sublime.

The Guardian

Ring cycle day four: every one of my preconceptions has been proved wrong

Sara Mohr-Pietsch realises you don’t need to be an expert to tackle Wagner’s Ring cycle

Daily Mail

‘I’m on cloud nine!’: Delight of virtuoso after £1.2m violin stolen while she bought a sandwich in Pret is found in the Midlands three years after it disappeared

A violin worth more than £1.2million stolen from a brilliant musician when she stopped for a £2.95 Pret A Manger sandwich has been recovered three years after it disappeared.

Classic FM

Opera surprises diners in new show

Opera is on the menu in a new musical production that’s setting stomachs rumbling at Tête à Tête festival.

Gustavo Dudamel reveals debut album with Berlin Philharmonic

Marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birthday in 2014, the conductor’s latest recording features some of the composer’s best-known works.

Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 shortlist revealed!

Read reviews of all 66 shortlisted recordings in our free digital magazine

Die Zeit

Die persönliche Note

Jeder Pianist spielt anders – selbst wenn man den Unterschied nicht hört.

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Classic FM

(Written on July 30, 2013 )

The Guardian

Britten’s comic hero Albert Herring: the only virgin in the village

How many operas feature a man who is crowned May Queen because no one can vouch for the virginity of the village girls? Andrew Mellor on Britten’s comic gem, Albert Herring.

 

The Telegraph

Sally Beamish: “There’s a dark, brooding quality in Britten’s work. It’s almost sinister.”

Ivan Hewett talks to composer Sally Beamish about giving up the viola, bumping into Peter Pears and her new work, Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten.

 

London Evening Standard

Pick of the Proms 2013

Booking opens on May 11 for the world’s largest classical music festival — from Barenboim to Bryan Ferry, our critics have the lowdown on the line-up.

 

BBC News

Nazi-themed Wagner opera cancelled in Dusseldorf

A controversial production of a Wagner opera at one of the major German opera houses has been cancelled because of harrowing scenes involving Nazis.

 

Classic FM

Dario Marianelli’s thoughts on the Quartet soundtrack

Working with Dustin Hoffman, re-imagining the music of Verdi, and winning Oscars – we caught up with the film music composer behind the soundtrack to Quartet.

 

Classical Music

Abuse in music schools: widespread press coverage as GMP investigation continues

Greater Manchester Police is appealing to anyone who has been a victim of an offence at Chetham’s School of Music, or who has further information on any offences committed, to contact them.

 

Gramophone

Watch the New York Philharmonic for free on medici.tv

A live webcast of the orchestra’s sold-out concert in Dresden takes place on May 14 – available to audiences worldwide for the next 90 days.

 

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The Guardian

(Written on May 9, 2013 )

The Guardian

Nina Stemme: ‘I am always questioning myself – could it be better?’

The Swedish soprano is the outstanding Isolde and Brünnhilde of her generation and, in July, will sing the latter role in the first-ever complete Ring cycle at the Proms. Here, she reveals how she climbed the Wagnerian mountain.

 

The Economist

Multimedia theatre

All theatre requires some form of collaboration. For nearly ten years, Katie Mitchell, a British theatre director, and Leo Warner, a video designer, have been working together on genre-defying operas and plays.

 

Classic FM

Einaudi shares his musical inspiration

From Bach to Stravinsky, electronic music, and folk tunes, Einaudi reveals the inspiration behind his latest compositions in an interview with Margherita Taylor.

 

Gramophone

Mariinsky II Opera House opens to the public

Opening Night Gala launches three days of celebratory performances in St Petersburg.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Bryn Terfel among artists-in-residence in RLPO new season

Four internationally-acclaimed musicians have accepted invitations to become artists in residence at Liverpool, following the announcement of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s new concert season.

 

Planet Hugill

What makes a good opera libretto (3): three librettist/composer marriages

On 29 April 2013 a group of writers, composers, contemporary opera creators and producers gathered together at the Barbican’s Pit for a one day conference.

 

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The Economist

(Written on May 3, 2013 )