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In today’s news: Jaume Santonja Espinós is appointed assistant conductor at the CBSO, Myleene Klass on cuts to music tuition in schools, Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards. Musical Director Evan Christ takes legal actions against the Staatstheater Cottbus. An interview on how the state funding the arts in Germany may need to be rethought, and three young conductors reach the second phase of the “Maestros of tomorrow” program. The French accordion icon Yvette Horner has died. An Aids researcher debuts as a composer.

Rhinegold

CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has appointed Jaume Santonja Espinós assistant conductor. He succeeds Jonathan Bloxham, who has held the position since 2016.

Classic FM 

Myleene Klass: cuts to music in schools are ‘a travesty’

Presenter and musician Myleene Klass has condemned cuts to music lessons in schools, saying music “helped me with my algebra. It helps with your interpretation and learning of different languages.”

The Telegraph

Male dancer who is gender fluid wins part with English National Ballet’s female ensemble

For the first time in the modern era, a male dancer – who identifies as being ‘gender fluid’ – is performing as part of the female ensemble in The Sleeping Beauty.

The Times

Auctioneer will score big with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto manuscript

A two-page manuscript from one of Beethoven’s most popular concertos is expected to sell for as much as $350,000 when it goes up for auction in New York today. The documents, in the German composer’s own hand, date from 1809 and show ideas for the second and third movements of the Emperor Concerto.

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a special Classic Brit award for his services to musical theatre and arts education. Lloyd Webber will be presented with the special recognition award for musical theatre and education during a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 13.

Slipped Disc

Aids Research Pioneer makes his concert debut as composer

Dr Joseph Sonnabend was among the first to identify the Aids syndrome in New York in the early 1980s and one of the foremost campaigners for the needs of his patients.

Berliner Zeitung

Denkbar: Kunstförderung per Losverfahren Auch unter dem Radar entsteht Bemerkenswertes 

Als Ende Mai im Hebbel Theater vom bundesweiten Fonds Darstellende Künste zum neunten Mal der George-Tabori-Preis für freies Theater vergeben wurde, rechnete der Vorstandsvorsitzende Wolfgang Schneider bei der Begrüßung vor, dass man in den letzten 30 Jahren rund 3000 Projekte gefördert habe – mit insgesamt 17 Millionen Euro.

Deutscher Musikrat

Drei neue Maestros von Morgen

Die Juroren haben entschieden: Gábor Hontvári, Clemens Mohr und Yura Yang erreichen die 2. Stufe im Förderprogramm des Dirigentenforums und werden „Maestros von Morgen“. Zudem kann sich Gábor Hontvári über den Ernst-von-Schuch-Preis freuen.

RBB Kulturradio

Krise am Staatstheater Cottbus beschäftigt jetzt auch Justiz

Im Streit um den Führungsstil wendet sich Generalmusikdirektor Evan Alexis Christ mit einer Kündigungsschutzklage gegen seinen Arbeitgeber.

France musique

Yvette Horner, la reine de l’accordéon, s’éteint à 95 ans

La célèbre accordéoniste et reine des bals populaires Yvette Horner est décédée lundi à l’âge de 95 ans à Courbevoie.

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Jaume Santonja Espinós

(Written on June 12, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, veteran actor Dame Julie Walters will join the presenter lineup at Classic FM for a new Saturday show, Chineke! boosts BME representation in UK musical ensembles, YouTube Red launches internationally and Winnipeg Symphony appoints new Musical Director.

Rhinegold

Julie Walters to present Classic FM series

Actor will host a new six-part Saturday night radio series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia introduces digital programme notes

Audience members at YYS concerts will soon have the option to have ‘real-time’ programme notes sent to their phones.

The Times

Peer swoops in to save opera’s fairies

The director of English National Opera’s production of Iolanthe has revealed that Lord Glendonbrook stepped in at the last minute to foot the bill for some of his creative demands.

The Telegraph

‘Classical music is finally getting somewhere with its race problem’

Chineke! leads the way for much-needed BME diversification among youth and professional ensembles.

Joyce DiDonato: how can we claim opera isn’t political?

Star mezzo-soprano tells reporter Ben Lawrence how researching a work about ‘Death Row’ deepened her love for opera

The Star

Ambition for Sheffield to hit the right notes in classical music

Classical music is thriving locally, with an ‘astonishing amount going on’, a report says – but players, ensembles, schools and charities need support to create ‘a more sustainable industry with a wider and deeper reach across Sheffield, for residents of all ages’.

Pizzicato

Winnipeg Symphony has appointed Daniel Raiskin as Music Director

Canadian Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announced that Russian-born conductor Daniel Raiskin (*1970) has been named Music Director from August 1, 2018, succeeding Alexander Mickelthwate who served as Music Director since 2005.

Concerti

Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Februar 2018

Riccardo Muti und die Wiener Philharmoniker landen mit ihrer Aufnahme des Neujahrskonzerts 2018 auf dem ersten Platz der Klassik-Charts.

NMZ

Immer mehr Rentner lernen an Thüringens Musikschulen

An Thüringens Musikschulen lernen immer mehr Schüler, die bereits im Rentenalter sind. Zwischen 2012 und 2016 hat sich die Zahl der Erwachsenen über 60 Jahre von 246 auf 420 erhöht, wie der Landesverband der Thüringer Musikschulen auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mitteilte.

Klassik Heute 

Andris Nelsons: Amtseintritt als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig

Am 22. Februar tritt Andris Nelsons offiziell das Amt des 21. Gewandhauskapellmeisters an und läutet damit den Beginn einer neuen Ära in der Geschichte des Leipziger Gewandhauses ein.

Le Monde

YouTube va déployer son offre payante en France

YouTube Red, l’offre payante de la plate-forme de streaming musical et vidéo devrait être disponible dans une centaine de pays cette année.

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(Written on February 15, 2018 )