29th May: Darren Henley makes first speech as ACE chief, IdeasTap to continue its work and the premiere of the Octobass

Friday 29th May 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, after the the reveal of Daniel Barenboim’s new piano this week, the Guardian look at 10 of the best redesigned pianos. Darren Henley has made his first speech as chief executive of Arts Council England and IdeasTap will be able to continue its work as part of a partnership with Hiive.


10 of the best: redesigned pianos

Proving that Daniel Barenboim doesn’t have the monopoly on creating new pianos, here are some of the weirdest and most wonderful piano mods

The Times

Head of Glyndebourne to take up the baton as Proms’ new director

Concertgoers despondent that this year’s BBC Proms will include an event dedicated to the dance music of Ibiza have responded with delight at the appointment of a director steeped in tradition.

Classical Music Magazine

Darren Henley makes first speech as ACE chief

In his first speech as chief executive of Arts Council England (ACE), Darren Henley announced that a greater proportion of Arts Council National Lottery funding will be invested outside London.

IdeasTap to continue its work

IdeasTap is in the process of confirming a partnership with Hiive, in which £100k worth of competitions, funding and mentoring will be available through the Hiive website.


Octobass premiere

A huge double bass, three times the size of its conventional counterpart, will be star of the show at a new music festival in Norway next week.


Nathalia Milstein Wins Dublin Competition

The jury of the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition has awarded First Prize to Nathalia Milstein (18) from France.


Want To Exercise Better? Listen To Music (Duh!) (But Here’s The Science)

Computer scientist Shahriar Nirjon, working with a team at the University of Virginia, found that the tempo of songs played a role in producing a certain heart rate in study participants.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kunst des Kniefalls

Von der Semperoper ins Konzerthaus: Das Philadelphia Orchestra gastiert mit seinem Dirigenten Yannick Nézét-Séguin in Berlin.

Die Welt

Handys im Konzert sind ausdrücklich erlaubt

Jung, begabt, schwul, digital: Wer den Dirigenten Yannick Nézet-Séguin vor der ersten Europa-Tournee mit dem Philadelphia Orchestra erlebt, muss sich um die Zukunft der Klassik keine Sorgen machen.


Daniel Barenboim dévoile son nouveau piano à cordes parallèles

Le pianiste et chef d’orchestre Daniel Barenboim a dévoilé mardi 26 mai un nouveau modèle de piano à cordes parallèles dont il est à l’origine.

cnn español

La música clásica: ¿un género en peligro de extinción?

Este mes en Talentos Que Prometen, exploramos tres crecientes artistas de la música clásica. Uno de ellos es el pianista chino Lang Lang, mundialmente reconocido por su prestigiosa destreza.


Classic FM This is incredible – watch how this baby reacts to his dad playing the cello:

Arts Council England: Watch our CEO talk about for diversity

BBC Radio 3 Happy birthday to Isaac Albeniz – Spanish piano maestro and magnificently waxed ‘tache wearer

image-of-the-only-connect-octobass-henrik-beck-nymusikk-658x325Octobass player Guro Moe with piccolo violinist Ole-Henrik Moe Photo: Henrik Beck / nyMusikk