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We are very happy to announce that we are working with Spitalfields Music Festival this year. Founded in 1976, this annual music festival is now in its 42nd year, bringing artists, audiences and the local community together to explore and share extraordinary music in the heart of East London.

In 2017, the festival received rave reviews from The Telegraph, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard, with the festival flagship project, Schumann Street! also winning a coveted RPS Award for Chamber Music and Song in 2018.

With André de Ridder returning as Artistic Curator for 2018, expect an exciting programme building on the success of 2017; programming authentic performances of classical masterpieces alongside bold new work from trailblazing contemporary musicians with collaborations that blur boundaries between musical genres.

Spitafields Music’s work is founded on three pillars: Perform, Create and Learn. Curating unforgettable live music experiences that put a new sound on classical music. Creating a platform for new and upcoming artists, nurturing their boldest and most insightful work and through their award-winning learning and participation programme which reaches over 5,000 each year across schools, libraries, care homes and community spaces.

Music’s mission is to provide high quality, relevant and inclusive opportunities for people across East London to engage with music as creators, performers and audiences.

We look forward to managing their PR campaign for 2018 and look forward to announcing the exciting line-up for this year’s festival in a month’s time!

Renegade New Classical. Shoreditch Church. 6 December 2017.

(Written on August 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera North launches Orchestra Academy, Classical Music is played in McDonalds to reduce crime, Opera is used to change perception of films, Ian Jackson composes for dogs, Fyfe and Iskra Strings release collaborative EP, Berlin wants to buy the popular centre of cultural events “Radialsystem V” in Berlin Friedrichshain and the International Festival for Time Issues “MaerzMusik” will take place from 16 to 25 March 2018 in Berlin.

Classical Music

Opera North launches Orchestra Academy

Opera North is launching an Orchestra Academy in a bid to support and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians in the north of England.

Evening Standard

Shepherd’s Bush McDonalds turns off wifi and plays classical music 

A McDonald’s restaurant plagued with anti-social behaviour claims to have successfully reduced disorder by playing classical music.

OperaWire

Opera Meets Film: ‘Ombra Mai Fu’ As a Call For Respect in ‘A Fantastic Woman’

This feature is dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema by taking a section or whole film and alter its perception by using music.

Classic FM

Composer finds out what’s the most relaxing music for dogs 

Composer Iain Jackson teamed up with a team of veterinary experts to create the perfect piece of music to calm your dog – the performed the piece at Crufts this weekend

Complete Music Update

Fyfe and Iskra Strings have announced a new collaborative EP

New collaborative EP to be released later this year, blending classical music and pop with uncommonly successful results.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Hannover’s 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Comp

Applications are now open for the 2018 10th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in Hannover, Germany.

American Composer & Musicologist Dr Olly Wilson Has Died – Aged 80

Prominent African-American contemporary composer and musicologist Dr Olly Wilson has passed away – aged 80.

klassik.com

Land Berlin will Radialsystem kaufen

Das Land Berlin plant die Übernahme des Radialsystems V in Berlin Friedrichshain. Der Erwerb des Zentrums für Kulturveranstaltungen wäre möglich, da der private Eigentümer das Areal an der Spree in einigen Wochen verkaufen möchte.

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MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen 2018 vom 16. bis 25. März in Berlin

Am Freitag, den 16. März, starten die Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen (16. bis 25. März). Unter dem Titel „Time Wars“ eröffnet das Festival die Möglichkeit zu außergewöhnlichen Musikerfahrungen und zum Nachdenken über den „Zeitkrieg“ unserer Gegenwart.

Jazzmusiker Walter Eichenberg mit 95 Jahren gestorben

Der langjährige Leiter des Rundfunktanzorchesters Leipzig, Walter Eichenberg, ist tot.

Orgelwoche Nürnberg widmet sich dem Thema «Zeit»

«Zeit» ist das Thema der diesjährigen Internationalen Orgelwoche Nürnberg (ION). Im Zentrum stehen dabei die verschiedenen Arten, Zeit wahrzunehmen – nicht zuletzt die Idee, sich in ihr verlieren zu können.

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Steven Spielberg songerait à réaliser un biopic sur Leonard Bernstein

Selon le journal américain Variety, le réalisateur Steven Spielberg envisagerait de réaliser un film sur la vie du compositeur et chef d’orchestre Leonard Bernstein, dont on célèbre le centenaire en cette année 2018.

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BBC Radio 2_@BBCRadio3:  “I don’t think that music can tell us anything about physics, but it may help us to understand our own awareness of time.” #StephenHawking
http://bbc.in/2Gtn4Ss

 

Radialsystem V, © Sir James unter CC BY 3.0

(Written on March 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies at the age of 55, music in outer space, Bramwell Tovey becomes principal conductor of BBC Orchestra. Also, RTÉ orchestra cuts to see everywhere,  Cristian Măcelaru and Francesco Piemontesi at National Theatre Munich and Lukáš Vondráček at NDR Landesfunkhaus.

The Guardian

Why do we keep sending music to outer space?

Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris? 

Classic FM

Want to feel good about the future of music? Take a look at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

As Royal Birmingham Conservatoire boasts a brand-new building and royal status, we went along to find out what they have to offer. And it’s more than just classical music…

BBC Music Magazine

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017): leading Russian baritone dies aged 55

It is with great sadness that we learn that the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died aged 55 following a long battle with brain cancer.

BBC Concert Orchestra announces Bramwell Tovey as new principal conductor

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra music director steps into a new role.

Music Teacher

YolanDa Brown to become new Youth Music chair

Saxophonist, band leader, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown is to become the new chair of Youth Music.

New Scientist

Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain

Can’t stand the new Taylor Swift track? A quick jolt to the brain might change your mind.

Irish Times

RTÉ’s orchestra cuts will be seen everywhere, from weddings to schools

The devil is in the detail. When RTÉ announced its latest review of orchestral services, the man in charge of the RTÉ orchestras, Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, was quoted on the history those orchestras and the importance of orchestral life in European society.

Limelight Magazine

The Australian Chamber Orchestra plays Buckingham Palace

The Australian Chamber Orchestra wrapped up its European tour with a very special performance at Buckingham Palace on the weekend.

The full Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea

The opera may be 375 years old, but with its sex, murder, and lust for power, it feels as contemporary as the latest HBO hit.

Tagesspiegel

Antonella Manacorda dirigiert das DSO Violinseufzer

Hommage an den verstorbenen Dirigenten Jirí Belohlávek: Das DSO spielt Schumann unter der Leitung von Antonello Manacorda.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der innere Vogel

Der gefeierte rumänische Newcomer-Dirigent Cristian Măcelaru und der Pianist Francesco Piemontesi begeistern im Münchner Nationaltheater mit einem Ungarn-Abend.

Concerti

Bei Wein, Weib und Gesang vom Leben inspirieren lassen

In der Reihe „Talente entdecken“ gastiert Lukáš Vondráček im NDR Landesfunkhaus.

Concerti

Musikalische Wiederentdeckung

Mozarts „Mitridate“-Oper verdrängte andere Fassung von der Bühne. Dabei lohnt sich auch die Opernversion von Porpora.

Le Monde

Match Franz Schubert – Philip Glass au Collège des Bernardins

Avantage à Glass dans la confrontation de ses quatuors à cordes face à ceux de Schubert, programmée jusqu’au 26 novembre, à Paris.

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Image: Dmitri Hvorostovsky © BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 22, 2017 )

Classical News

Guardian

Cerys Matthews on setting Dylan Thomas’s poems to music

It was a Christmas in South Carolina that reawakened the musician and Radio 6 DJ’s love for Thomas and inspired her to mark his centenary with her most ambitious project yet

ClassicFM

Meryl Streep to play worst opera singer ever, Florence Foster Jenkins

Fresh from her role as opera legend Maria Callas, the Oscar-winning actress is set to play a singer so bad that audiences flocked to hear her and laugh.

Classical Source

Family of murdered teenager Alice Gross ask for donations to be made to national charity Youth Music in her memory

Youth Music is honoured and grateful that the family of murdered teenager Alice Gross have chosen the charity as the beneficiary of their online tribute in memory of Alice. The tribute says that Alice had a “passion for music”.

The Strad

Memphis Symphony musicians agree on 38 per cent pay cut

It is hoped the one-year emergency measure will help the orchestra balance its books

crescendo

ECHO Klassik 2014 – das große Spezial

Am 26. Oktober werden in München zum 21. Mal ­Künstler mit dem ECHO Klassik geehrt. Wir haben uns die Auszeichnung einmal genauer angesehen und auch Preisträger herausgesucht, die (noch) nicht ganz so im Rampenlicht stehen.

pizzicato

Intendant der Brüsseler ‘Monnaie befürchtet ‘kulturelles Blackout’

Angesichts der Sparmassnahmen, die die neue belgische Regierung den Kulturinstituten auferlegen will, befürchtet der Intendant des renommierten Opernhauses ‘La Monnaie’ ein ‘kulturelles Blackout.

Lang Lang Considers Himself Having Only 10% Talent

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, pianist Lang Lang has explained what he is, …an ability.

Klassik.com

Komponieren mit Legosteinen

Ein Team von Pädagogen, Komponisten und Wissenschaftlern hat eine neue Form der Musikpädagogik entwickelt: Komponieren mit Legosteinen.

Codex Flores

Früher Tod des Pianisten Christopher Falzone

Am ersten August dieses Jahres war er mit einem Rezital noch im Programm des Verbier Festivals.

Twitter

Glyndebourne ‏@glyndebourne: Find out more about @SussexUni’s Opera and the Media of the Future event which has just got under way at Glyndebourne http://ow.ly/DgBes

Carnegie Hall @carnegiehall: Mezzo-soprano @JoyceDiDonato talks about bel canto and discovering new repertoire: http://bit.ly/1rhmOGB 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: ‘The arts are not about the curriculum or fixing society’ Why we need a rethink: http://bit.ly/1vXzrMs Thoughts?^C

meryl-streep-covering-ears-1414070772-article-0Meryl Streep is set to play opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on October 24, 2014 )

Gramophone

The Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker forges a new relationship with Sony

Cyber concert-going enters a new era.

The New York Times

Pickup Orchestra of Stars, Made for TV.

A pickup ensemble of musicians — including prominent principal players — from some of the nation’s major classical music orchestras.

Classic FM

Ives supporters unite to purchase composer’s home

Charles Ives’ house, which was previously earmarked for demolition by developers, is the subject of a new fan campaign to preserve it.

Classical Music

Youth Music names 88 new music projects in England

Youth Music has committed more than £4m to 88 new music projects in England, more than doubling the value of its awards made over the last year, but many more groups will have to miss out because of shortage of funds.

The Independent

Darren Henley: The radio boss with a plan to drag classical music into the digital era

Classic FM has much to learn from hip-hop and R&B stations, the former newsreader who rose to become its chief tells Ian Burrell.

The Washington Post

John Cage Centennial Festival: Will it silence critics in Washington?

John Cage — composer, philosopher, visual artist, mushroom enthusiast — would have been 100 years old on Wednesday. To many artists, he was one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. To some musicians, he is underrated: branded, unfairly, more important as a thinker than a composer.

Arts journal: Slipped Disc

Pulitzer winner and more attack New York Times for removing music critic

The demotion of Allan Kozinn from classical music critic to culture has attracted widespread condemnation.

Gramophone

(Written on September 4, 2012 )