27th February: Julie Walters returns to Classic FM, Scottish study on music education and Munich University suspends high-ranking employee

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Julie Walters returns to Classic FM for a new series of ‘Turning Points’

Much-loved actress Julie Walters is returning to Classic FM to present a second series of Turning Points from Saturday 2 March, 9-10pm.

Turning Points explores the biggest moments in classical music history and the extraordinary people who made them happen. Over the course of the next seven weeks, Julie will celebrate classical ‘firsts’, great inventions, performances that shocked the audience of the day and the characters who changed the course of music history.

Julie Walters said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Classic FM team and to present the new Turning Points series. It’s going to be fascinating to uncover the stories behind the biggest moments in classical music history, so I can’t wait to join all the listeners as we embark on this journey of discovery together.”

New study highlights music’s significant impact on young people in Scotland

A new study, What’s Going On Now? (WGON) was launched on Wednesday morning at Thorntree Primary School in Shettleston, Glasgow, examining music education and youth music-making in Scotland.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) was commissioned by Creative Scotland to undertake the study across a 12-month period from early 2018 to early 2019. The review comes at a time when the accessibility and affordability of music education across the country is under the spotlight.

Following close examination of a range of music education data, an extensive stakeholder survey and detailed exploration of case studies, WGON revealed that:

  • Music is one of the most popular subjects on the school curriculum
  • Scotland’s Local Authority Instrumental Music Service teaches 60,000 pupils each week, a 10% increase on 2003
  • Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) is an integral part of Scotland’s music education and youth music ecology
  • Evidence indicates that music education in Scotland is shaped by supply and not demand, and there is an unmet demand of more than 100,00 young people across the country

Mitarbeiter der Musikhochschule suspendiert

Die Musikhochschule München hat einen hochrangigen Mitarbeiter suspendiert, der mutmaßlich hohe Zahlungen an den ehemaligen Hoschulpräsidenten Siegfried Mauser veranlasst hatte, berichtet die Süddeutsche Zeitung. Dabei geht es um zu hohe Honorare für Lehraufträge.

Anfang des Monats war bekannt geworden, dass der wegen sexueller Nötigung verurteilte Siegfried Mauser rund 21.000 Euro an den Freistaat Bayern zurückzahlen muss. Nach Auffassung des zuständigen Gerichts hatte er zu hohe Honorare für Lehraufträge erhalten. Nachdem Mauser 2014 an das Mozarteum Salzburg gewechselt war, unterrichtete er weiter an der Hochschule und verlangte dafür fast 300 Euro die Stunde. Zum Vergleich: Das durchschnittliche Stundenhonorar für Lehrbeauftragte liegt in München nach Angaben der Bundeskonferenz der Lehrbeauftragten an Musikhochschulen (bklm) bei rund 45 Euro.

Wie die Süddeutsche Zeitung berichtet, wurde ein hochrangiger Mitarbeiter der Hochschule suspendiert. Er hat mutmaßlich die hohen Zahlungen an Siegfried Mauser veranlasst. Konkret geht es um Honorare in Höhe von knapp 40.000 Euro und eine Sondergratifikation von 6.000 Euro

The University of Music Munich has suspended a high-ranking employee, who has allegedly granted large payments to the former University President Siegfried Mauser in his teaching role.

At the beginning of the month, it became known that Siegfried Mauser, convicted of sexual coercion, must pay back around 21,000 euros to the State of Bavaria. The court decided he had been overpaid for teaching assignments. After moving to the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2014, Mauser continued teaching at the university and demanded nearly 300 € per hour. By comparison, the average hourly fee for lecturers in Munich, is at around 45 €