21st November: Sir Mark Elder renews contract at Hallé, Google fails to stamp out music piracy sites & criticism of Music Education Hubs

Thursday 21st November 2013


Sir Mark Elder renews contract at Hallé until at least 2020

Sir Mark Elder has renewed his contract with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, extending their much-praised partnership through until at least 2020.

Classical Music Magazine

Google warned of legal action over failure to stamp out music piracy sites

UK recording industry body the BPI has announced issuing its 50-millionth ‘take down’ notice to Google seeking the removal from search results of illegal links to illegal music sites. “It’s time for Google to be held to the same standards of behaviour as everyone else. It has enormous power as a gatekeeper to the Internet. If it won’t choose to behave ethically and responsibly, it’s time for governments and regulators to take action,”  says BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.

Music Education Hubs ‘have done little to improve’ music education, finds Ofsted

Music education hubs have done little to improve the range in quality of music education across England, says a report released by Ofsted which urges hub leaders to act more as ‘champions, leaders and expert partners’.

Classic FM Online

Classical music fans more likely to be entrepreneurs

A digital advertising intelligence provider’s new survey concludes that classical music fans are more likely to investigate taking out a small business loan than fans of rock, jazz and folk, suggesting they’re more inclined to set up business on their own.

UK City of Culture 2017: Hull’s bid chosen

Beating Dundee, Swansea and Leicester to the title, Hull’s bid promises £15million of cultural events for the city

Bloomberg Business Week

N.Y. City Opera wins permission to sell some assets 

New York City Opera, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month, won court approval to auction some assets, including costumes, wigs, props and about 60 musical instruments.

Berliner Zeitung

Das Jenseits ist völlig exotisch

Der Dirigent Marek Janowski hat den Rundfunkchor Berlin in die Philharmonie gebeten, nicht um mit dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin gemeinsam zu musizieren, sondern zunächst, um fünfundzwanzig Minuten lang allein fünf Bruckner-Motetten zu singen – mit gedanklicher Grazie und handwerklicher Eleganz.