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Classic FM charity single ‘Steadfast’ tops classical chart

A song written by Classic FM’s composer-in-residence Howard Goodall and featuring stars such as Katherine Jenkins, Laura Wright and Alfie Boe, has stormed to the top of the classical singles chart.


James Rhodes needs your unloved and unplayed instruments

Well, not literally. Donate them to schools and help the Don’t Stop the Music campaign


Children ‘scared to sing’ for fear of X Factor-style ridicule

Dominic Peckham says The X Factor is responsible for turning pupils off singing lessons, saying they now “expect to be ridiculed” when appearing before adults

The Strad

Cellist and conductor Mats Rondin has died aged 54

The Swedish musician was formerly principal cellist of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony

International Arts Manager

Tarisio launches Buy Now feature

The option allows online buyers to purchase items instantly at a fixed price in advance of the bidding process.

NPR Music

Stradivarius violins are so important that they come with their own biographies.


State Gov’t Says It’s Okay To Stage “Carmen” Despite The Smoking

Last week the West Australian Opera revealed that it had removed the Bizet opera from its repertory because a sponsorship deal with a state-funded health organization forbids staging performances which “glamourise” smoking.

Slipped Disc

‘I was lured to Atlanta without a contract’

The ever-interesting website of Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera tells the story of a young American musician, 20 years old, who won the post of principal bassoon at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Stockholm Phil breaks into UK games music scene

Recording music for video games is what keeps Abbey Road open and British orchestras in spare change since the collapse of the classical record industry.


In Berlin sollen Oper und Konzert teurer werden

Der Berliner Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner hält die Eintrittspreise an den subventionierten Bühnen und Orchester der deutschen Hauptstadt für zu niedrig.

Limelight Magazine

Melbourne fitness centre offers musical muscle

Musical theatre star Josh Piterman opens Australia’s first gym for performers.

musik heute

Finalisten für “Junge Ohren Preis” nominiert

Berlin (mh) – Im Wettbewerb um den “Junge Ohren Preis” sind zwölf Musikprojekte nominiert worden.

Nachwuchsmusiker spielen mit Orchester in Vietnam

Bonn/Berlin (mh) – Das Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats und die Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung schicken drei preisgekrönte Nachwuchskünstler zu einem Konzert nach Vietnam.

Der Tagesspiegel 

Auf gute Nachbarschaft

75 Jahre nach dem Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges, 25 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer und 10 Jahre nach dem EU-Beitritt Polens feiert das Usedomer Musikfestival die deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen.

Codex Flores

Matthias Loseck verlässt Wien Modern 2015

Matthias Losek, seit 2010 der künstlerische Leiter des Festivals für Musik der Gegenwart Wien Modern gibt sein Amt  nach der Ausgabe 2015 ab.


OPERA NEWS ‪@OPERANEWS: Meryl Streep is in negotiations to play Florence Jenkins, a socialite turned opera singer. ‪ 

International Arts Manager @IntArtsManager: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival works with refugees and asylum seekers for new Health and Wellbeing strand

Opera Magazine @operamagazine: Roberto Alagna wird 2018 in Bayreuth den Lohengrin geben ‪ via ‪@welt and ‪@rossignol

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical:  A young Russian soprano in La Traviata ‪@Glyndebourne to watch out for  ‪ 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall:  With spine-tingling spontaneity and performance excellence, Vox Luminis returns on Thurs – a highlight this month! ‪ 

NMC Recordings @nmcrecordings: Introducing ‪#NextWave with ‪@soundandmusic! Watch the trailer ‪  & find out more about the project ‪ 


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Frank Almond with his 299-year-old Lipinski Stradivarius. Photo: NPR Classics

(Written on October 14, 2014 )


Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic


„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )