26th August: Radical plans for Sydney Opera House, Corbyn’s arts plans & the Belvedere Singing Competition in South Africa

Friday 26th August 2016

Classical News

In today’s news, plans were revealed for a radical redevelopment of the Sydney Opera House, Jeremy Corbyn plans to get extra cash to fund arts activities at schools & for the first time in its history, the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition travelled outside Europe to South Africa.

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.

BBC News

Jeremy Corbyn to pledge extra arts cash for schools

All primary schools in England would get extra cash to fund arts activities under plans to be unveiled by Jeremy Corbyn at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. The arts “pupil premium” would be modelled on the existing top-up grants given to schools for PE and sport.

The Times

Pupils abandon arts for traditional subjects

The number of teenagers studying performing arts and creative courses at school has plunged amid a switch to traditional academic subjects prompted by government policy changes. Leading figures from the arts community voiced alarm as GCSE entries for art, music and drama fell heavily. Design and technology experienced an even bigger drop.

Classical Music Magazine

Belvedere Competition makes South African debut

For the first time in its history, the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition travelled outside Europe to South Africa, holding a series of final rounds at the end of June, hosted by Cape Town Opera.

New York Times

What’s lost when pops orchestras tap pop culture

Tchaikovsky’s bombastic “1812 Overture” has been a staple of the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July concert since 1974, when the famed Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler added it — complete with cannon blasts and church bells — to lift attendance. It became the traditional lead-in to the fireworks display over the Charles River.

Good news for MTV’s V.M.A.s: music videos matter again

As music awards shows go, MTV’s annual Video Music Awards ceremony — the V.M.A.s — is by far the loosest, the most vibrant and the most prone to disruption. It has long been the platform where pop stars know a medium amount of misbehavior will be tolerated — encouraged, actually. The show isn’t about trophies, but moments.


Konzerthaus Ravensburg erhält Landeszuschuss zur Sanierung

Die Stadt Ravensburg erhält für die Sanierung des Konzerthauses finanzielle Unterstützung in Höhe von knapp 150.000 Euro vom Land Baden-Württemberg. Dies berichtet die Schwäbische Zeitung. Die finanzielle Hilfe sei Teil des Denkmalförderprogramms, in dessen Rahmen das Land die Erhaltung und Pflege von Kulturdenmkmälern unterstützt. In diesem Jahr stehen für das Denkmalförderprogramm insgesamt 16 Millionen Euro zur Verfügung.


Musik aus der Rille: 65 Jahre Langspielplatte in Deutschland

Mit Hilfe von Vinyl haben Meister des Pop, Jazz und der Klassik rund um den Globus Karriere gemacht. Manche Musikliebhaber erinnern sich sentimental an ihre ersten Schallplatten. Vor 65 Jahren erschien in Deutschland die erste LP mit 33 1/3 Umdrehungen und revolutionierte das Musikgeschäft.

Entgrenzung im Dreierpack –UN/RUHE von Junger Deutscher Philharmonie und Sasha Waltz & Guests beim Kunstfest Weimar

Die UN/RUHE beginnt draußen mit bemerkenswerter Stille. Ein paar Dutzend Menschen stehen regungslos in geometrischer Strenge auf dem Vorplatz der Weimarhalle, verlassen einer nach dem anderen ihren zugewiesenen Standort und gehen ihrer Wege.


Youth Music @youthmusic Studies show listening to classical music can improve social skills in children from an early age:

Complex @ComplexMag The duo is giving classical music a new sound:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_  Many happy returns to , who turns 60 today!


Photography: Getty