26th April: Echo-Award, New World Symphony and digital future, Festival Europäische Wochen Passau and more.

Thursday 26th April 2018

In today’s news: Town Hall Symphony announces 2018-19 season, Echo-Award for the best-selling music will be abolished, the New World Symphony Brings Classical Music Into The Digital Future, 2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced and Passau Festival “Europäische Wochen” with reduced program.

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti playing Bach in an empty St Paul’s Cathedral is the most beautiful video imaginable

Back in 2016, star British violinist Nicola Benedetti found herself in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral – and it was the perfect moment for a Johann Sebastian Bach masterpiece for solo violin.


Town Hall Symphony Hall announces 2018-19 season

Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) has announced its 2018-19 season. The Symphony Orchestra of India will make their UK debut, with an ev ening culminating in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Thousand and One Nights (19 Feb 2019).

The Violin Channel

English Composer Sir William Walton was Born On This Day

English composer Sir William Walton was born on this day in 1902 – 116 years ago.
His signature works include ‘Façade’, the cantata ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’, his 1st Symphony – and Concerti for Violin, Viola and Cello.

BBC News

Streaming is music’s biggest money-maker

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have become the biggest contributor to the music industry’s coffers for the first time ever.


The New World Symphony Brings Classical Music Into The Digital Future

Classical music gets a bad reputation. At a time when electronic music is ubiquitous and digitization reigns supreme, it’s hard to imagine classical music as a relevant art form for youth.


2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced

The 2018 Art Music Fund recipients have been announced, with $100,000 going to nine composers for the creation of new works in the Fund’s third year.

Zeit Online

Echo – Jetzt ist er implodiert

Der Preis für die meistverkaufte Musik wird abgeschafft. Fraglich war er sowieso schon lange. Der Protest gegen Kollegah hat gewirkt.


Konzerthaus soll bis 2023 fertig gestellt werden – Nürnberger Konzerthaus: Siegerentwurf steht fest

Mit dem Nürnberger Architekten Johannes Kappler in Zusammenarbeit mit Super Future Collective (Nürnberg) und der Topotek 1 Architektur GmbH (Berlin/Zürich) stehen die Sieger im Architektur-Wettbewerb für das neue Nürnberger Konzerthaus fest.


Passauer Festspiele Europäische Wochen mit reduziertem Programm

Können Festspiele ohne Intendant funktionieren? Diese Frage stellen sich die Verantwortlichen der Passauer Festspiele Europäischen Wochen (EW), nachdem die Trennung von Intendant Thomas E. Bauer feststeht.

Musik Heute

Neue Intendantin für Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie

Die Orchestermanagerin Insa Pijanka wird neue Intendantin der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Konstanz.


Echo-Award © Christian Charisius/dpa