25th August: New ambassador for PRS for Music, Opera North partners up with Classic FM & David Ross plans opera house

Thursday 25th August 2016

Classical News

In our news today, PRS for Music Foundation appoints new ambassador, Lahav Shani is the new chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera North has become Classic FM’s opera company in the UK. Also, Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is bidding to build the first permanent opera house in England in just over a decade.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation appoints Chuka Umunna as ambassador

Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, South London, has become an ambassador for PRS for Music Foundation. He will join fellow ambassadors Judith Weir, Imogen Heap, Emily Eavis, Amplify Dot and Ghostpoet in supporting and promoting the Foundation’s work.

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appoints new chief conductor

Lahav Shani, 27, has been appointed as the new chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Shani will become the youngest chief conductor in the orchestra’s history when he takes up the position in 2018.

Opera North announces Classic FM partnership

Opera North has become Classic FM’s opera company in the UK. The partnership extends the relationship between the two companies, which previously focused on the Orchestra of Opera North as Classic FM’s orchestra in Yorkshire.

BBC News

Opera theatre plan at Carphone Warehouse founder’s estate

Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is bidding to build the first permanent opera house in England in just over a decade. Mr Ross wants to transform the listed stables at his stately home in Leicestershire into a 400-seat opera theatre.

San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area fall arts picks: Classical music

Steve Reich 80th Birthday Celebration: Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the San Francisco Symphony are joined by the Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird to pay tribute to one of America’s most influential living composers.

The Telegraph

Revealed: Radical new plans for Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House will undergo a radical redevelopment next year, with new plans detailing a major overhaul of its performance spaces and events areas.

New York Times

Bartok, by Heart, From the Chiara String Quartet

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Wednesday, the Chiara String Quartet will perform the complete Bartok string quartets at National Sawdust from memory, offering a survey of the composer’s inventive writing and his ability to absorb myriad styles and traditions.


Universal-sjef slutter etter 22 år

Etter 22 år takker Petter Singsaas for seg i Universal Norge. I en e-post han sendte ut onsdag skriver Singsaas om hvorfor han nå slutter i jobben. Der skriver Singsaas at han for drøyt et år siden merket at det begynte og skurre på motivasjonen.


The Art Of The Chart – 58. Arbeitsphase des BuJazzO

Die 58. Arbeitsphase des Bundesjazzorchesters findet in diesem Jahr vom 28. August bis 3. September in der Musikakademie Rheinsberg statt. Das Ensemble wird unter der Leitung von Jörg Achim Keller ein Programm mit dem Titel „The Art Of The Chart“ einstudieren.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Ein 900 Jahre alter Knabenchor

Neben den Leipziger Thomanern und dem Kreuzchor aus Dresden hat Ostdeutschland noch einen weiteren traditionsreichen Knabenchor: den Stadtsingechor aus Halle. In diesem Jahr feiert er sein 900-jähriges Bestehen.


Berner Kulturvermittlungspreis für Barbara Weber

Der Kulturvermittlungspreis des Kantons Bern geht in diesem Jahr an Barbara Weber. Die Auszeichnung erfolgt auf Empfehlung der Kommission für allgemeine kulturelle Fragen und ist mit 10.000 Schweizer Franken (etwa 9.200 Euro) dotiert.


The Royal Opera @RoyalOperaHouse Harry Potter and the Chamber Choir? 10 books turned from page to stage: ^R

English National Opera @E_N_O Who enjoyed the screening last night at ? Let us know what you thought!

Classic FM @ClassicFM  results are out today? How would YOU do in a 16-year-old’s music exam – find out:


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