29th April: Daniel Hope named Musical Director of Zurich Chamber Orchestra, how do you memorise a symphony and BBC’s Katy Jones dies aged 51.

Wednesday 29th April 2015

Classical News

In today’s news Daniel Hope is named the new music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, aiding the orchestra’s expanding international presence. Katy Jones, executive producer for BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project has died of a brain haemorrhage. Also, neuroscientist Jessica Grahn looks into how musicians remember extended passages of music after the Aurora orchestra announce the will perform at the BBC Proms from memory.


The Proms’ problem isn’t the programming, it’s the lack of imagination

Critics of this year’s lineup bemoaning events such as the club music prom are missing the point. The BBC Proms is no longer about music; it’s about the Proms

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim talks exclusively to Classic FM: ‘I am militant against instrumentalists who conduct’

The great conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has told Classic FM that the ‘fashion’ for instrumentalists to ‘play-conduct’ in order to spare a professional conductor’s fee is a ‘great shame’.

Classical Music Magazine

Ten Pieces executive producer dies aged 51

Katy Jones, executive producer for BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project, has died aged 51 of a brain haemorrhage.

Classical Source

Daniel Hope is named Music Director of Zurich Chamber Orchestra, heralding Orchestra’s expansion on international stage

In a press conference in Zurich today, it was announced that celebrated violinist Daniel Hope has been named the new Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

BBC News

How do you memorise an entire symphony?

In a feat of musical memory, the Aurora Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony without printed scores at the BBC Proms 2015. Neuroscientist Jessica Grahn explores how musicians manage to remember highly complex arrangements.

Der Tagesspiegel

Simon Rattle stellt Spielzeit 2015/16 vor

Frankreich, Tristan, Peter Sellars: Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben ihr Programm für die Saison 2015/16 vorgestellt – und halten sich alle Optionen für den neuen Chefdirigenten offen.

Die Welt

Auf der Bühne sind wir Deutschen Weltmeister

Das deutsche Theater, hierzulande oft totgesagt und kaputtgespart, wird im Ausland beneidet um Regisseure und Schauspieler. Frank Castorf oder Thomas Ostermeier sind global berühmter als Bushido.


Daniel Hope wird Music Director des Zürcher Kammerorchesters

In Zürich wurde heute die Ernennung von Daniel Hope als Music Director des Zürcher Kammerorchesters (ZKO) mit Beginn der Saison 2016/17 bekannt gegeben. Damit tritt Hope die Nachfolge von Sir Roger Norrington an.


“Glücklich über gemeinsame Erfolge” Jukka-Pekka Saraste verlängert Vertrag als Chefdirigent des WDR Sinfonieorchesters Köln

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (59) wird auch weiterhin für den guten Ton des WDR Sinfonieorchesters sorgen.

Los Angeles Times

Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo,’ the first modern opera, has lessons for digital age

The myth that opera was born of a miracle dies hard. Musicologists no longer insist that what has proved to be a uniquely innovative art form for four centuries was the exclusive product of scholars in Florence, Italy, who sought authentic reenactment of ancient Greek theater.


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Katy-2012-smallerExecutive producer of BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project Katy Jones.