In today’s news, there is a lot about the English National Opera’s 2015/16 season, unveiled yesterday. It includes six new productions and five favourites in order to get through its troubled times. Tom Service believes that despite the financial problems, it could be a season to remember, for positive reasons, for the ENO. However, the Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen says top British talent has been left out of the programme in a major way. Moving away from the ENO, the biennial Menuhin Competition has opened in the year where it would have been Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday. The BBC also carries a story on the transforming power of orchestras in schools.
ENO announce cloth-cutting season for 2015/16
Six new productions and five revivals attest to English National Opera’s current troubled circumstances, while artistic director John Berry hails ‘exciting and challenging’ times
Smaller is beautiful: ENO’s new season offers invention and ambition
Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum
English National Opera has betrayed British talent
Our top-flight singers have been shunted aside in ENO’s new season. It is a disgrace, says Rupert Christiansen
Menuhin Competition 2016 opens for entries
The biennial Menuhin Competition comes to London in 2016, in partnership with Classic FM. And today, on what would have been the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday, the organisers have opened next year’s competition for entries.
The orchestra fine-tuning the performance of school students
The school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1% and the atmosphere in the wider neighbourhood has been “transformed.”
Seehofers “Zwillingslösung” auf dem Prüfstand
Am Freitag wird ein Gutachten veröffentlicht, das klären soll, ob die beiden großen Orchester Münchens gemeinsam die Philharmonie und den Herkulessaal bespielen könnten.
Internationaler ARD-Musikwettbewerb bis 2020 abgesichert
Die Intendanten der ARD stimmten einer Empfehlung ihrer Hörfunkkommission zu, den Internationalen Musikwettbewerb auch weiterhin zu organisieren. Der aktuelle Vertrag, der Ende 2016 ausläuft, wird bis zum 31. Dezember 2020 verlängert.
Orchester zeichnen Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission aus
Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) verleiht den “Hermann-Voss-Kulturpreis” in diesem Jahr an die Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission.
The New York Times
New York Philharmonic’s Challenges Go Beyond the Music
The New York Philharmonic, the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra and the former home of Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler, is preparing for its greatest upheaval in decades.
San Francisco Classical Voice
John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music
For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival.
BBC Proms Team @bbcproms : It’s the 2015 BBC Proms launch day!!! Only 4 hours until the full #bbcproms programme is revealed
Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen : ENO’s new season. What’s really missing? http://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/find-your-voices.html …
ABRSM @ABRSM : New for piano! We’ve just released Encore, a collection of favourite piano exam pieces from the past few decades! http://bit.ly/1DRMylg
BBC Proms. Photo: FlowingProse