11th June: A radical new way of getting extra funding for the arts, the Quartet putting their hearts into Beethoven and Concert hall search builds to a climax

Thursday 11th June 2015

Classical News


Arts Impact Fund: a radical new way of getting extra funding for the arts

Peter Bazalgette, chairman of Arts Council England, explains how extra funding could come from universities, social services and the NHS


Douglas McPherson is just plain wrong about arts funding

If you can’t remember a good publicly-funded play then you can’t have been looking very hard, says the chief executive of Arts Council England


The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

The Quartet putting their hearts into Beethoven

Via a robotic heart and interactive lighting, audience members can monitor the Sacconi Quartet’s heartbeats as they perform Beethoven. Gimmick, or a fascinating insight into the art of music-making?

The Times

Concert hall search builds to a climax

A new “world-class concert hall” demanded by Sir Simon Rattle is likely to be built on the site of the Museum of London, insiders have confirmed after alternative venues were ruled out.


Director of Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs Given One Year Probation

Oltea Serban-Părău, the artistic director of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs and Radio & Media Romanian Cultural Center, was sentenced to one year probation.

Spekulationen, Dementis, Lügen: Bayreuth wertet sich ab

Das Theatergedonner vor dem Festival ist unwürdig: die Bayreuther Festspiele sind in einen Zerfleischungsprozess geraten, der das Image schädigt.


Berliner Philharmoniker sammeln für syrische Flüchtlingskinder

Anlässlich ihres traditionellen Waldbühnenkonzerts zum Saisonabschluss rufen die Berliner Philharmoniker zur Hilfe für syrische Flüchtlingskinder auf.


Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic?

As Classicalite and pretty much every other classical outlet in Christendom reported earlier this year, the New York Philharmonic’s intrepid MD, Alan Gilbert, will step down from both job and podium in 2017. However, with questions concerning the orchestra’s home, David Geffen’s Playhouse (i.e. Avery Fisher Hall), and its exorbitant costs of renovation, the question is not who will replace Gilbert.

NPR Music

Michael Giacchino On Coming Home To Write Music For ‘Jurassic World’

If you see any blockbuster films this summer, chances are you’ll hear Michael Giacchino’s music. He scored the futuristic Tomorrowland as well as Inside Out, an animated film about the emotions living inside a little girl. Soon, he’ll also help audiences return to the island of resurrected dinosaurs in Jurassic World, a project that’s especially significant for film and for Giacchino himself.


Wigmore Hall BBC – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World to be streamed to global audience for first time – Media Centre

BBC Radio 3 Book tickets for Radio 3’s Cardiff residency soon, part of the Cardiff SInger of the World – plenty of events to go

Royal College Music RCM composer uses technology in this innovative performance on 19 June














One of the Sacconi quartet’s robotic hearts. Photograph: Tom Service/Guardian