3rd August: BBCSSO announces new director, Edinburgh festivals push Scotland’s economy & Philharmonia’s virtual orchestra

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Classical News

In today’s news, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced their new director Dominic Parker, a survey revealed that the Edinburgh Festivals generated £313m for Scotland last year & The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Virtual Orchestra will be in residence at Southbank Centre from 23 September to 2 October. Also, Prospect Magazine tells the story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.

Herald Scotland

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announces new director

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced a new director, Dominic Parker. He succeeds Gavin Reid in the role, and is currently director of external relations at Sage, Gateshead.

Classical Music Magazine

Edinburgh Festivals worth £313m to Scotland

A report summarising the findings of the Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Survey has revealed that the city’s 12 festivals generate £280m for the city and £313m for Scotland (an increase of 19% and 24% respectively on the previous 2010 survey).

Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra at Southbank Centre

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Virtual Orchestra will be in residence at Southbank Centre from 23 September to 2 October.

Manchester Evening News

Hitchcock classic Psycho is screening in Manchester with a live orchestra

Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary thriller Psycho is about to get a spooky screening in Manchester.

The Telegraph

Fred Tomlinson, singer on Monty Python – obituary

Fred Tomlinson, who has died aged 88, was the founder and leader of the Fred Tomlinson Singers, who provided vocals for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Two Ronnies and other television shows.

Prospect Magazine

The story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

Between 2009 and 2014, I was the conductor and artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. I first got involved when in 2008 I responded to a newspaper headline “Iraqi teen seeks maestro.” I was intrigued—but also very ignorant.


27th Bard Music Festival ‘Puccini and His World’ to Open This Friday

The 27th annual Bard Music Festival – an exploration of ‘Puccini and His World’ – opens this Friday, August 5 with Weekend One: Puccini and Italian Musical Culture.

The New York Times

Sony Is Allowed to Close Deal With Michael Jackson’s Estate

Sony has received approval from the European Commission to complete its $750 million purchase of the half of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog owned by the Michael Jackson estate, the commission announced on Tuesday.

Klassik heute

hr-Sinfonieorchester feiert 70 Jahre Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik

Bernhard Ganders neues Werk Blood Beat bringt das hr-Sinfonieorchester am Samstag, 13. August im Rahmen der Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik im hr-Sendesaal zur Uraufführung. Außerdem werden Werke von Helmut Lachenmann und Brian Ferneyhough zu hören sein.


Stipendium des österreichischen Bundeskanzleramts für Komponist Alireza Toghiyani Rizi

Der Komponist Alireza Toghiyani Rizi erhält das Start-Stipendium des österreichischen Bundeskanzleramts in der Sparte “Musik und darstellende Kunst”. Das Stipendium läuft ein halbes Jahr und ist mit insgesamt 7.800 Euro dotiert.

Codex flores

Salzburger Festspiele mit chinesischem Partner

Die Salzburger Festspiele kooperieren mit dem chinesischen Medienunternehmen Hantang Culture. Das Hantang Music Festival unterstützt das Young Singers Project der Salzburger Festspiele und wird von 11. bis 25. September dessen erste Tournee in China organisieren.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Liveblogging: Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” from Aix (on Thursday)

Classical Opera @classicalopera Can now announce we’re BBCMusic Mag’s Recording of the Month.Congrats to all involved!

Classic FM @ClassicFM Fancy a trip to the Hebrides? takes you there in a moment:


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