17th December: Cash boost for London concert hall, Beethoven Doodle & Sinfini winds down

Thursday 17th December 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, London’s centre for music receives a £5.5 million boost, Apple updates music data and Sinfini Music has stopped commissioning new material. Also, Google marks Beethoven’s anniversary with a Doodle to test your knowledge of the composer’s melodies

The Telegraph

How well do you know Beethoven’s most-famous melodies? Google Doodle challenge marks genius composer’s 245th anniversary

Ludwig Van Beethoven was baptised 245 years ago. Can you help him piece his greatest work together?

Evening Standard

Centre for Music: Hopes of new concert hall for London get cash boost

London is a step closer to having a world-class concert hall today after the Government gave the project a £5.5 million boost

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

The new London hall: ten questions we need to ask

So the feasibility study for the new concert hall – The Centre for Music – has finally surfaced, a little later than planned. It’s being greeted, generally speaking, as if it’s to be the next London Olympics


Apple Updates Music Data, Which Should Benefit Classical Composers and Performers

A seemingly minor update to iTunes should please Classical music fans and could mean bigger royalty checks for newer composers

Classical Music Magazine

Universal Music’s Sinfini website to be wound-down

The Sinfini Music website has stopped commissioning new material. The website was launched in 2012 by Universal Music Group as an editorially independent platform providing a ‘jargon-free’ guide to classical music

Die Welt

Ein Google-Doodle bringt Ihnen das Komponieren bei

Zum 245. Geburtstag von Ludwig van Beethoven lädt ein Google-Doodle zum fröhlichen Motive-Basteln ein. Nur wer die Mondscheinsonate thematisch meistert, erlebt auch “Freude, schöner Götterfunken”


Ehrentitel des Bayerischen Kammersängers für Jochen Kupfer

Der Bariton Jochen Kupfer wird mit dem Ehrentitel des Bayerischen Kammersängers ausgezeichnet. Dies beschloss der Stiftungsrat des Staatstheaters Nürnberg in einer gestrigen Sitzung.

José Maria Blumenschein ist neuer Konzertmeister der Wiener Philharmoniker

Der junge brasilianisch-deutsche Geiger José Maria Blumenschein hat am 15. Dezember 2015 das Konzertmeister-Probespiel in der Wiener Staatsoper gewonnen.

New York Times

Montserrat Caballé, Former Star Soprano, Is Fined in Tax Case

A Spanish court on Tuesday ordered the soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a fine of 254,000 euros, about $278,000, for avoiding taxes by falsely claiming residency in Andorra.

El País

Xavier Benguerel gana el Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria

A sus 84 años, el catalán Xavier Benguerel está entusiasmado. La SGAE ha reconocido su trayectoria y su obra con el Premio Tomás Luis de Victoria, el galardón más importante para compositores vivos del ámbito hispanohablante.


Help Musicians UK:@HelpMusiciansUK  #BREAKING: announcing the artists of our final 2015 Emerging Artists Fund w/ @PledgeMusic http://bit.ly/1TRBLhx

Streetwise Opera: @StreetwiseOpera 24 hours to go on our @crowdfunderuk campaign to #MakePassionHappen! Please pledge & RT to help us reach the target http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/passion

Dirigent:@dirigent Celebrated pianist Myra Hess’s wartime concerts at the Gallery featured #Beethoven & Mozart: http://bit.ly/1YmFWDf

Moonlight Sonata before a dip in the Rhine/ Google

Moonlight Sonata before a dip in the Rhine/ Google