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In today’s news, Xian Zhang makes conducting history as the first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra, BBC Radio 3 will bring back a slot aimed at youth audience, and an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute


The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) has announced the appointment of its first female Principle Guest Conductor

Xian Zhang is the first woman ever to be awarded a titled role with a BBC orchestra, a position that will make her one of the most visible and influential women in the UK’s classical music industry

New York Times

Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage

An innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives


Radio 3 to bring back children’s show next year

Controller confirms return of slot aimed at youth audience, forty years after Pied Piper came to an end

Classical Source

Estonia Announces Ground-breaking Association With French Web-Based Music Learning Platform, Meludia – Baltic Nation To Offer Music Literacy To Its Entire Population From December

Estonia has signed a unique and ground-breaking partnership with the French web-based music learning platform for pre-solfege and ear training, Meludia

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata enhances board with three new appointments

UK-based ensemble Manchester Camerata continues its impressive growth strategy for 2015-16 with the appointment of three new board members to its team


Top 10 unfairly neglected operas

Operas that are lost or forgotten often suffer a protracted wait before re-emergence. David Patrick Stearns selects 10 notable examples


Philharmoniker vergoogeln sich

Museen aus der ganzen Welt arbeiten bereits mit dem Suchmaschinenbetreiber aus dem Silicon Valley zusammen. Jetzt stellt Google ein „Performing Arts“-Programm mit rund sechzig Kooperationen vor. In Berlin

Heiner Goebbels mit Franco Quadri Preis ausgezeichnet

Der deutsche Komponist und Theatermacher Heiner Goebbels ist mit dem Franco Quadri Preis der Ubu/Franco Quadri-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet worden


Geschasster Dorny bekommt Recht vor Gericht

Das Land Sachsen hat dem designierten Intendanten der Semperoper Dresden, Serge Dorny, zu Unrecht gekündigt. Das beschloss die 1. Zivilkammer des Dresdner Landgerichts

El Mundo 

La música y la bilis negra

Instrumental, del pianista James Rhodes, es un muy valioso testimonio sobre los límites entre la genialidad y la enfermedad mental


Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary: ‘Somewhere Project’ Explores ‘West Side Story’

For Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary, the Weill Music Institute is paying homage to this giant among musicals with a venture called the Somewhere Project


BBC Music MagazineOn the second day of advent…

Sinfini Music: Carol singing for (or fun) this year? Print out your free carol lyrics here!

BBC Radio 3Tom Service made this thrilling short video about Beethoven.


A still from an immersive video of Benjamin Millepied’s dance piece “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward.” Credit Google Cultural Institute/Palais Garnier/NY Times

(Written on December 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation will award funding to two programmes supporting and developing young musicians, the Belfast Music Society has created a new classical album for babies and Xian Zhang is the first woman to have a titled role at a BBC orchestra. Also, the Ulster Orchestra hopes to break down class barriers to classical music

Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Orchestra hoping to break down class barriers to classical music

As an Assembly investigation into working-class ‘exclusion’ from the arts continues, the UO envisages ‘composing’ at least five or six education and outreach projects

Classical Music Magazine

Young musician projects gain Lloyd Webber grants

Two programmes supporting and developing young musicians are to receive substantial grants from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, it was announced today

The Irish News

Belfast musicians launch classical album for babies

It’s a well-established fact that listening to classic music has a soothing effect on babies and that introducing children to music at a young age is hugely beneficial

The Guardian

Xian Zhang makes conducting history as first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra

The Chinese-born artist is to be the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s new principal guest conductor


Pariser Opernlogen weiter im Gespräch

Der Streit um die Entfernung von Zwischenwänden in den Logen der alten Pariser Oper Palais Garnier nimmt immer erstaunlichere Ausmaße an

Thomas Quasthoff mit Martin Buber-Plakette ausgezeichnet

Thomas Quasthoff hat die diesjährige Martin Buber-Plakette erhalten. Sie wurde ihm im Rahmen des Kulturfestivals “Euriade” im niederländischen Kerkrade verliehen


Audi Jugendchorakademie sucht neue Stimmen

Im Dezember und Januar sucht die Audi Jugendchorakademie wieder nach Gesangstalenten, die gern in einem professionellem Umfeld singen wollen. Die neuen Chormitglieder haben die Möglichkeit, bei den Audi Sommerkonzerten 2016 und mit Star-Dirigent Kent Nagano aufzutreten

El Pais

Montserrat Caballé declarará desde su casa por fraude fiscal

La soprano participará en la vista a través de una videoconferencia por motivos de salud


Comienzan los Conciertos de Navidad y Año Nuevo en el Auditorio Sony

Auditorio Sony acoge el ciclo Conciertos de Navidad y Año Nuevo en el que participan los músicos que se forman en los distintos departamentos de instrumento, canto y música de cámara de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía


Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic 1 Dec: time to open day 1 of our #AdventCalendar! Check back every day for prizes/goodies:

The Journal of Music:@journalofmusic Paris Residences Offered for Irish Musicians and Composers.  @cc_irlandais

Culture at King’s:@CultureatKings  #BigBangData opens 3 Dec @SomersetHouse. Artists & designers use data to explore how data is transforming society

Xian Zhang/ NJO

Xian Zhang/ NJO

(Written on December 1, 2015 )


British Composer Awards 2013 go to… 13 men and NO women

How is it possible in 2013 that 13 men get prizes and there is not one woman in the line up?


CBSO appoints first Conducting Fellow

New fellowship programme aims to help aspiring conductors

British Composer Award winners are revealed

Harrison Birtwistle collects his fifth award

The Guardian

Germany may arm police with ‘Nazi Shazam’ phone app

Software would allow authorities to act immediately if illegal far-right songs are played on radio, at clubs or in public

Rufus Wainwright to compose opera about Roman emperor Hadrian

Singer is working with playwright Daniel MacIvor to create his second opera, inspired by the 1951 novel Memoirs of Hadrian

Die Zeit

Dirigent Barenboim mit Dönhoff-Preis ausgezeichnet

Daniel Barenboim ist mit dem Dönhoff-Preis für internationale Verständigung geehrt worden. Der Dirigent und Pianist fördere den Dialog zwischen Juden und Arabern

The Guardian

The Guardian


(Written on December 4, 2013 )

Classical Music Magazine

Boston-bound Andris Nelsons to leave CBSO in 2015 ‘with heavy heart’

Andris Nelsons is to leave the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in summer 2015 ‘with an extremely heavy heart’, having decided that his new appointment as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra would give him too little time with his family unless he quit the CBSO.

The Telegraph

Can art and classical music meet in harmony?

A new touring performance, Graphic Scores, attempts to bridge the gap between classical music and art and get the creative juices flowing.

US orchestras are greedy and overpaid

The lock-out at the Minnesota Orchestra reveals a tale of greed, complacency – and salaries British players can only dream of says Ivan Hewett

Classic Brits: fundamentally tacky?

The Classic Brits know they have to stir a little ‘real’ classical music into the mix, to give themselves a fig-leaf of legitimacy, says Ivan Hewett.

The Times

Film composer is the big winner at Classical Brits

Hans Zimmer, whose work includes the soundtracks for Man Of Steeland The Dark Knight Rises, was named composer of the year at the Classical Brit awards on Tuesday.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Hans Zimmer defend Classic BRITs

Speaking on stage at Tuesday’s award ceremony, the evening’s big winners hit back at the BRITs’ critics. In a speech that will be broadcast to over a million people on ITV1 this Sunday evening, Benedetti spoke passionately about the event bringing classical music to everyone.

The New Yorker

Woman, Gays and Classical Music

Classical musicians have traditionally shied away from making political statements and have tended to cling to the illusion of an art that floats above politics, formally pure and spiritually aloof, says Alex Ross, but times are requiring them to change.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic co-founder and champion of the arts, Dick Matthews, dies at 93

Philanthropist Richard Matthews, who helped found the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and also made significant contributions to Calgary Opera, Honens International Piano Competition, The Mount Royal. Conservatory and the University of Calgary, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 93.

Die Zeit

“Der Countertenor ist eine neue Art Mann”

Philippe Jaroussky ist einer der besten Sopranisten der Welt. Jetzt wagt er sich an die Arien des Kastraten Farinelli. Überwindet er damit die Männlichkeit? Ein Interview

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online





(Written on October 4, 2013 )