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Grammy-award winning a cappella group Pentatonix perform their original song “Can’t Sleep Love”. The five young artists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, all with amazing musical backgrounds, had their breakthrough in 2011.

They are platinum selling artists, they have sold more than 2 million albums in the U.S., won a Grammy award, sold out venues worldwide and reached over 1.1 billion views on their YouTube channel (with 9 Millions subscribers).

The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.


(Written on October 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, sleepwalking girl plays piano, work begins on Mexican Arts Complex and the director of Kentucky Opera has been killed in a car crash.

Classic FM

Amazing footage shows a sleepwalking girl playing the piano (and it sounds a lot like Arvo Pärt)

A video of a young girl playing the piano has appeared on YouTube. Nothing unusual in that – but in this video, she’s sound asleep.

The Guardian

Five orchestras, £60m and the Proms: a day in the life of Radio 3 boss Alan Davey

He’s got one of the biggest jobs in broadcasting, and there were plenty of people who questioned if he was up to the task.

Classical Music Magazine

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announces first end-of-year surplus

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has posted its first end-of-year surplus in more than a decade.

Work begins on Mexican arts complex

Work has begun on a new arts complex in Boca del Rio, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Foro Boca will provide a home for the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra (established in 2014).

Daily Mail

Critically-acclaimed director of Kentucky Opera killed in a car crash in Illinois

The director of Kentucky Opera has been killed in a car crash in Illinois.

Der Tagesspiegel

Weißt du, wie das wird?

Der Dirigent Kirill Petrenko, die Aufregung um antisemitische Untertöne und die philharmonische Frage: Am Samstag startet die Wagner-Saison in Bayreuth.

Klassik Akzent

“Das ist ein riesen Ding für mich” – Kirill Petrenko im Interview mit Klarinettist Alexander Bader

Der designierte Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle, Kirill Petrenko, gab seinem neuen Arbeitgeber bereits 2012 eines seiner seltenen Interviews. Dabei gewährte der sonst so kamerascheue Dirigent tiefe Einblicke von immer noch bestechender Aktualität.


Bregenzer ‘Turandot’ morgen im Fernsehen

An einem länderübergreifenden Opernabend zeigt das SWR Fernsehen, in einem gemeinsamen Projekt mit ORF 2, SRF zwei und 3sat, am 24. Juli um 21 Uhr Puccinis letzte Oper ‘Turandot’ live von den Bregenzer Festspielen.

BBW Classical

Grammy Winner Diana Krall Performs with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Tonight 

Five time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall joins musical forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the Thursday Night Icons at Heinz Hall tonight, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Opera News

Beyond Bel Canto

Early in her career, Alex Penda gained notices for her fearless portrayals of bel canto heroines. In recent seasons, her dramatic approach has instigated forays into weightier Germanic repertoire. This summer, she takes on the title role in a new production of Salome at Santa Fe Opera. MARIA MAZZARO speaks with the Bulgarian soprano about learning to love Strauss.


Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Hear tenor Matthew Polenzani discuss his early influences and an important meeting that changed his career path:

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: MORNING! Today we’re all over – this beaut comes from . Send us yours!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3:It’s a swan-themed selection of music today with @Freeland coming up next…

Mexico Hall
Future Mexican arts complex
Photo: Rojkind Arquitectos

(Written on July 23, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Tehran’s reborn symphony orchestra: an ovation before playing a note

After a three-year hiatus, orchestra has been revived with an ambitious programme and a world-class conductor, Alexander Rahbari – and he says it’s all thanks to Rouhani’s administration

Facing the Music: Alban Gerhardt

From opera and learning to conduct it, to Jonny Greenwood and Jonas Kaufmann, cellist Alban Gerhardt reveals his musical passions, on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Video games bring new generation to classical music

Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300

The Strad

Long-serving Boston Symphony violinist Ronald Knudsen dies aged 83

The musician performed with the orchestra for 48 years

Classic FM

Welcome to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame

You voted in your thousands, now we reveal the ultimate chart of classical works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Opern-Boom

Kein Geld für Kultur? Von wegen! Überall in Europa eröffnen neue Musiktheater. Sie stehen für wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung und Selbstbewusstsein der Regionen.

Die Welt

Was Intendanten in Deutschland nicht sagen dürfen

In Rostock vergleicht der Intendant Sewan Latchinian den Angriff auf sein Theater mit der IS-Barbarei – und wird entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Klangideen aus der Kindheit

Der aus Gauting stammende Komponist Johannes X. Schachtner macht zeitgenössische Musik und zeigt bei einem eher ungewöhnlichen Heimat-Lieder-Abend Verbindungen zwischen Tradition und Moderne auf

El País

Maria João Pires: „Me he convertido en mucho más tolerante“

Maria João Pires es reconocida como una de las mejores pianistas vivas. Se ha convertido en una de las pocas artistas capaces de alzar la música clásica a las listas de superventas.

Musical Toronto

TSO dumps upcoming soloist Valentina Lisitsa over political views

In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views.


ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro #Goodread: Don’t rely too heavily on the generosity of a single philanthropist, warns Michael Kaiser  #artsfunding

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Intriguing piece by Tim Rutherford-Johnson about Tansy Davies’s new opera ‘Between Worlds’. …

EMM ‏@enticottmusic : Only 12 days until @MilosGuitar plays in #HongKong! Check out his great @timeouthk interview !

7th April News Video Game Music

Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll. Image: The Telegraph

(Written on April 7, 2015 )

Classical News


Tim Ashley’s opera guide: phantasmagorias and fairytales

Tim Ashley selects five operas full of magic and mystery and tracks down the best productions available to watch complete on YouTube


Michael Kennedy, world authority on classical music, dies aged 88

The former Telegraph classical music critic has died aged 88

Classical review of 2014: is Europe losing its grip?

This year marked a shift in power relations within classical music, says Ivan Hewett


Classical and opera highlights of 2015: Bellini, Monteverdi and The Indian Queen

Your guide to the year’s most exciting concerts and operas

Classic FM

New Year honours list: big names of classical music recognised

Classical music luminaries have been recognised for their contribution to the arts. Classic FM spoke to Jude Kelly, one of those honoured.

Zeit Online

Das Dionysos-Prinzip

Mit Emphase und Drill hat sich der griechische Dirigent Teodor Currentzis in Perm am Ural ein Opernimperium erschaffen, von dem die restliche Musikwelt so einiges lernen könnte.

Daniel Barenboim: Vom Blitz getroffen

Zuschauerin fotografiert mehrfach, Künstler bricht Auffführung vorrübergehend ab


Berliner Philharmoniker blicken auf ein erfolgreiches Jahr zurück

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben allen Grund zufrieden zu sein: Konstant hohe Auslastungszahlen ließen das Wirtschaftsjahr 2014 erfolgreich werden.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin mit stabiler Jahresbilanz

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat im ablaufenden Jahr eine Auslastung von 82 Prozent erreicht.


Paris Châtelet To Close For 18 Months In 2015

The City of Paris will refurbish both the Théâtre de la Ville and the Théatre du Châtelet and close the houses for 18 to 24 months at the end of the season 2015/16.

El Mundo

Como siempre, como nunca

James Levine se sobrepone a los problemas de salud y cruza el umbral de las 2.500 funciones operísticas en el Met


Classic FM @ClassicFM: 15 great musicians who died in 2014 

BBC World Service @bbcworldservice: A Stradivarius violin’s journey through the lives of geniuses, dictators, refugees and thieves 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Did you know we sold 27k student tickets last Season? Find out more about our outreach work here: … #ROH12days

Michael KennedyJournalist and former Telegraph music critic Michael Kennedy. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Addiction in the orchestra: classical music’s drink and drugs problem

At 15 she was playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 21 she was breakfasting on vodka. As a new documentary explores addiction in classical music, cellist Rachael Lander tells her story.

Slipped Disc

Conductor hits back over international Mahler scam

The Austrian conductor Wolfgang Scheidt has written a blistering letter, dissociating himself from the organisers of the Salzburg Voice Festival and the Mahler Philharmoniker orchestra. Both were exposed four weeks ago in Slipped Disc as a scam that took money from young singers and gave very little in return.

Classic FM

Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and Richard Reed Parry take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo’s Urs Bühler and composer Richard Reed Parry are among the latest to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, posting videos of themselves getting dunked on YouTube.

Classic FM

Howard Shore: ‘I write film music in a 19th-century world. I live in a forest’

Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore has revealed how he continues to write some of the most inspiring music around in an exclusive interview to mark his fifth successive victory in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame.

The Washington Post

What do college partyers, violin makers and cake decorators have in common?

The sale of Everclear, and all 190-proof liquor is now banned in Maryland. Who is most upset? The people who make violins.


Nitzan Haroz Appointed Principal Trombone for Philidelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra announces the appointment of Nitzan Haroz as principal trombone, effective immediately.

Menschen in Dresden

Serge Dorny gegen Freitstaat: Verhandlungstermin geplatzt

Keine Verhandlung im Streit um gekündigten Intendantenvertrag am 1. September. Foto: Stephan Floss, Matthias Creutziger.


Interview Kit Armstrong

“Ich bin einfach ein neugieriger Mensch”.

Berlioz-Klavier unwissentlich zur Versteigerung angeboten

Preisvorschlag von 800 Euro nach Recherchen zurückgezogen.


EUYO: ‏@EUYOtweets  Check out the short video of our recent Flashmob @rijksmuseum with @Concertgebouw  #flashmob #classicalmusic #euyo

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  Deutsche Grammophon launches own streaming service called DG Discovery … #classicalmusic

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: A New Thought on Applause during Concerts by Leonard Slatkin @DetroitSymphony @BBCProms 

Adelaide Symphony: ‏@The_ASO  Villains and #Classical music. This is not for the faint-hearted.


Rachael Lander

Rachel Landler

Photo: The Guardian




(Written on August 26, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

A musical tribute to the First World War enemies who now lie at peace

Sir Nicholas Kenyon of the Barbican discusses how British and German musicians will unite to commemorate the First World War at Saint-Symphorien in Belgium.

The Telegraph

BBC Proms War Horse review: ‘movingly elegiac’

Yesterday afternoon saw the BBC Prom’s offering to the tributes to the First World War, weaving the narrative from War Horse into nods to the brave people who fought.

Classic FM

Pumeza: ‘I’m learning as I go along’

Following her Bristol proms performance as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Pumeza is interviewed by Classic FM about her musical development, ahead of a performance at BBC Proms in the Park.


Birmingham teenager loaned £1million Stradivarius violin. 

John Ludlow, owner of the Stradivarius, was so touched by young National Youth Orchestra leader Roberto Ruisi that he decided to lend him his violin for a series of high profile concerts, including performances at the Proms, The Sage and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.


Metropolitan Opera Delays Lockout of Union Workers by One Week, Agrees to Independent Financial Analysis

The Metropolitan Opera announced last night that it would delay its lockout of union workers by one week, while an independent financial analyst is brought in to assess the state of the Met’s finances.


Die Welt

New Yorks Musikern sind Wagners Opern zu lang

Auch an der New Yorker Met muss gespart werden, die Personalkosten sollen gesenkt werden. Die Musiker sehen die Schuld für das Finanzproblem bei Wagners langen Opern.


Erster Music Works Accelerator startet

Die Kulturbehörde Hamburg realisiert in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft einen Accelerator für innovative Geschäftsmodelle in der Musikwirtschaft.


Bayreuth: Halb saniert ist auch geschlossen

In der Festspielstadt Bayreuth werden die Richard-Wagner-Kultstätten überholt.

La Croix

« 3 notes for hope », un hymne musical à la vie

Trois associations situées en France, aux États-Unis et au Togo ont organisé un projet musical rassemblant une trentaine de jeunes de 8 à 13 ans, qui donneront un concert à Paris mercredi 6 août.



The Listener: @inthetheatre Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera scrap fall season because of financial problems | @scoopit

Ted Talks: @TEDtalks If you don’t already love classical music, you will after this talk: 

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight 6.30pm #bbcproms @BBCSSO perform Mahler Symphony No.9 & Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 

NYOGB: @NYOGB Wondering how to beat the Monday morning blues? Meet the NYOGB Double Bass section! 



Image from The Telegraph.

Image from The Telegraph.


(Written on August 4, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Myung-Whun Chung, interview: when music is life or death

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung doesn’t know if the North Korean musicians he worked with are alive or dead. He talks to Adam Sweeting.

The Independent

Proms 2014: Why the Proms are losing their director Roger Wright

This year’s concerts will feature the starriest names in classical music. But in the background is the sudden departure of director Roger Wright. We reveal the real reasons for his exit.

Classic FM

Cello implodes during recording session: video

A video showing a cellist’s instrument falling to pieces in her hands has been posted to YouTube.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: ‘I’ve been given a great gift in my life’

Her talent as a violinist is undisputed, but Benedetti made her way to the top thanks to a ferocious work ethic, and a passion for classical music that she wants a whole new generation to share.

BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition winners announced

Six young composers will have their works performed at the Proms.

Yamaha calls for brass and woodwind scholarship candidates

Yamaha Music Foundation Europe prepares to launch the next generation of wind players.

New York Times

Divas Ready for Another Stage

After All the Arias, Opera Singers Look to the Stage and Screen.

Die Welt

Kurt Masur: “Es gibt für mich nur eins: Weitermachen”

Kurt Masur geht es nicht gut. Er hat Parkinson, erholt sich nur schwer von einer Hüftoperation und hat sein erstes Konzert danach vom Rollstuhl dirigiert. Aber: Ans Aufhören denkt er nicht.


Mozart und Muezzin: Oper in Israel

Israel ist für vieles bekannt, nicht unbedingt für Oper. Aber auch die gibt es hier, allerdings muss sie immer wieder hart errungen werden. Eine Reise ans Tote Meer und nach Akko.


Janet Horvath: ‏‪@playinglesshurt  #Saving ‪#Classical Music: An App for That?  ‪ …

GoClassical: ‪@GoClassicalUK The practice of practising and how it works ‪ … ‪#piano ‪#classicalmusic

Classical Music@ClassicalM How to be a professional triangle player, with Eric Hopkins of the Utah Symphony ‪ 



Myung-Whun Chung at a Festival in France

Photo: The Telegraph, Gerard Julien/AFP

(Written on July 7, 2014 )


Mozart manuscript smuggled out of Nazi Germany expected to fetch £500,000

The family of a Jewish musician who smuggled a Mozart manuscript out of Nazi Germany are selling it at auction.


Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK’s opera houses

Online linkup between all seven public-funded opera companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience

Daily Mail

Michael Buble accused of underpaying Australian orchestra during his tour

Canadian crooner Michael Buble has reportedly underpaid his entourage of musicians at his recent Rod Laver Arena shows in Melbourne. Buble’s eight-piece string section orchestra were reportedly paid $550 for 12 hours of work, which is almost 40 per cent below the award wage for live performers.

New York Times

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start

A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

A Composer Attuned to the Earth’s Swirling Motion

A New York Premiere for John Luther Adams’s ‘Become Ocean’


Blind gehört Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen: „Da fehlt ein bisschen die Erotik“

Das Klavierduo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass es erfährt, wer spielt

Klassik Akzente

Endlich: Elina Garanca zurück auf den Bühnen der Welt

Ihre Fans haben lange darauf warten müssen, aber nun ist es endlich soweit: Am 11. Mai meldet sich die lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca aus ihrer zweiten Babypause zurück.

Le Figaro

Kronos Quartet, le titan du quatuor à cordes

Pour ses 40 ans, l’ensemble californien se produit encore mardi soir à Arras et publie un nouveau coffret chez Nonesuch.

Classical Music on Twitter

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Showing the immense personal impact of Chopin’s music, Channel 4’s ‘Chopin Saved My Life’ @OxfordFilmTV has been shortlisted #RPSMusicAwards

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera ‘Tell me about your mother…’ To celebrate Freud’s birthday, how changing attitudes to his work have shaped opera

YCAT @YCATrust Superstar @PianistJiLiu heads North to @sage_gateshead for an afternoon of Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt – 11 May

ACE National@ace_national We’re giving away 20 FREE places to cultural organisations at the 2014 @INFOTCCE Culture Capital Exchange Conference

The Telegraph

The Telegraph






(Written on May 6, 2014 )

Manners McDade have landed a sync deal for the latest Vodafone Campaign ‘The Call’. The ad features music from Tom Hodge and Max Cooper in its raw and emotional campaign featuring real firefighters in their true, heroic environment.

Ad agency Grey said of the music choice: ‘This was a tricky brief. We were looking for something that was emotional, but not sentimental. Stirring but not melodramatic. Tom and Max’s track captures the quiet heroism of the spot beautifully.’ Vicki Maguire – Creative Director

Catherine Manners, Director at Manners McDade said, ‘We knew that the DJ/electronica artist Max Cooper was open to collaborative work with a composer as he had worked with Michael Nyman in the past. We introduced him to Tom Hodge during the Summer of 2013 and the EP Fragmented Self was released in October last year. We hope that this is the first of many collaborations between these two exciting artists – and also many synchronisation opportunities’.

Watch the ad below and on Campaign here.

Max Cooper 1

Max Cooper


Tom Hodge

(Written on March 27, 2014 )

Musician and composer John Matthias and record label Village Green have released another live video of music from John’s fantastic album. The second video is released today on youtube and features the track ‘Close Knit’ from John’s new album ‘Geisterfahrer’, out now to buy here.

This track was reviewed as ‘haunting’ by Irregular Crates, who also noted ‘the subtlest of electronic influence’ in this beautiful piece of music. John performs on the violin accompanied by piano and the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument designed by John at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda.

John performed ‘Close Knit’ on BBC Radio 3 this February in the lead up to the album launch, describing the Neurogranular Sampler’s process whereby a ‘violin is played into the computer, which then takes part of that sound….when the neurons fire, it takes those pieces and retriggers them’ live on the show. Presenter Sean Rafferty described John’s performance as ‘fantastic’ and bringing the show ‘right up to date’.

Watch out each week for new videos to come! Follow John Matthias and Village Green on Twitter for album news and updates.

(Written on March 26, 2014 )