4th October: Payare renews with Ulster Orchestra, Bergner’s Sing for Your Life & Singers’ Creative Research Ensemble Wellington

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Classical News

Today’s news, Rafael Payare renews his contract with Ulster Orchestra till the end of 2018/2019 season. Daniel Bergner talks about “Sing for Your Life” and his story on The New York Times. Also, Singers’ Creative Research Ensemble Wellington, a newly established group of talented classical singers and musicians in New Zealand are raising awareness of mental health issues through classical music.

Classical Music Magazine

Rafael Payare renews with Ulster Orchestra

Rafael Payare has renewed his contract with the Ulster Orchestra until the end of the 2018/19 season. Appointed as chief conductor in September 2014, he will take the title of music director with the 2017/18 season.

The New York Times

How a Man Defied a Rough Childhood to Rise to Opera Stardom

In his deeply moving new book, “Sing for Your Life”, Daniel Bergner gives an ­incisive portrait of a young black man from a poor and constricted home in southeastern Virginia who comes to possess, of all things, the potential for greatness at the highest levels of opera.


World Music Institute to Present Brazilian Bossa Nova Star Bebel Gilberto at National Sawdust

World Music Institute opens its 2016-17 Masters of Brazilian Music series with Bebel Gilberto. This is a unique chance to see the torchbearer of Brazil’s Bossa Nova tradition
(daughter of João Gilberto) in an intimate setting


Raising awareness of mental health issues through classical music

A group of talented musicians and singers are standing together in support of mental health awareness. Wellington-based classical singer William McElwee is helping mark the upcoming national awareness week by presenting two concerts of classical vocal music.

Der Tagesspiegel

Netzwerkerin mit starken Nerven

Andrea Zietzschmann wird neue Intendantin der Berliner Philharmoniker. Wer ist die Frau, die bisher vor allem beim NDR in Hamburg tätig war?

Die Zeit

Einer am offenen Fenster

Mehr als ein Minimalist: Eine Begegnung mit dem bahnbrechenden New Yorker Komponisten Steve Reich, der gestern 80 Jahre alt geworden ist.


Musiker aus Hamburg und Rostock gewinnen Wettbewerb «Verfemte Musik»

Der Erste Preis wurde unter Pia Salome Bohnert (Gesang) und Linda Leine (Klavier) aus Hamburg und dem Klavierduo Alina und Nikolay Shalamow von der Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) Rostock geteilt.


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@DPritchardm, @nicomuhly and more: October’s new music across the UK

Decca Classics @deccaclassics Celebrate Sir Neville Marriner’s life with @Spotify in their ‘Orchestra 100’ playlist, feat. 5 of his tracks.

Anne Midgette @classicalbeat Classical music audiences “don’t like” contemporary music; art audiences do. Natl Gallery explores this cliche. https://t.co/5NGonsMyNx

Rafael Payare

Photograph: Rhinegold/ Ulster Orhcestra