4th June: Film composers should be treated as ‘seriously’ as Mozart, Michael Nyman on his Hillsborough Memorial and Aled Jones and Joyce DiDonato receive RAM fellowship

Friday 4th July 2014

Classical News

The Telegraph

Film score composers should be treated as ‘seriously’ as Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Royal Albert Hall director says

Film scores should be treated as “serious” classical music, with modern composers doing a similar job as Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Puccini, a director of the Royal Albert Hall argues.

The Guardian

Michael Nyman on his Hillsborough Memorial: ‘It can only have an emotional purpose’

The uncompromising composer talks about how his popular success means he is still an outsider, and how the 1989 Liverpool football tragedy made him feel personally guilty.

Classic FM

Aled Jones and Joyce DiDonato receive RAM fellowship

Classic FM presenter and singer Aled Jones and soprano Joyce DiDonato have both been honoured with a fellowship by the Royal Academy of Music.

Classic FM

Hans Zimmer announces London concerts for October

The film composer legend and Classic BRIT Award-winner Hans Zimmer has announced two London concerts to take place in October.

Classical Music Magazine

Lottery funded NPOs include Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Opera North and WNO

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Welsh National Opera are among 99 of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations whose entire 2015-18 funding award will originate from the National Lottery.

The New York Times

Small Army, Philharmonic in Tow

Behind the scenes of the huge logistical undertaking that is the New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks series.

The New York Times

Downloads in Decline as Streamed Music Soars

Americans used streaming platforms to listen to 70.3 billion songs in the first half of 2014, as CD sales and downloads declined.

Epoch Times

Video: Why Some People Just Don’t Like Music

For many people, enjoying music results in noticeable physical reactions – sweaty palms or a shiver down the spine. Music can cause the release of dopamine in your body, which provides a feeling of immense pleasure and reward.

Die Welt 

Christoph Willibald Gluck, galanter Schreckensmann

Vor 300 Jahren wurde Christoph Willibald Gluck geboren. Er war der folgenreichste Opernstar des 18. Jahrhunderts, doch heute gilt der Komponist vorwiegend als historische Größe. Das sollte nicht sein.


Auf der Straße der Romantik zum Unesco-Welterbe

Drei Länder, ein Klang: Der MDR Musiksommer lässt Mitteldeutschland erblühen.

Der Standard

Wiener Staatsoper meldet Einnahmen- und Besucherrekorde, aber Auslastung leicht gesunken

Einnahmen konnten von 33,06 Millionen auf 33,51 Millionen Euro gesteigert, auch Besucherzahlen stiegen leicht.

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Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer in the 1961 film version of West Side Story
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