13th July: Katherine Jenkins breaks own record, EU calls for more money for culture due to Corona crisis, Classical music concerts are attracting less attention, Metropolitan Opera Will Livestream Its Biggest Stars

Monday 13th July 2020

Katherine Jenkins breaks own record as most successful classical artist in UK chart history

Katherine Jenkins’ new album Cinema Paradiso has helped her break her own record as the UK’s most successful classical artist.

The record not only became her 14th No.1 album in the classical chart (outselling the rest of the genre’s Top 50 combined), but also entered the main charts on Friday (July 10) at No.3, equalling her highest album position to date.

Cinema Paradiso – a collection inspired by classic songs from cinema history, released via Decca – sold 9,169 copies in its first week according to Official Charts Company data.

Speaking about reaffirming her status as the UK’s most successful classical artist, Jenkins stated: “I’m thrilled to bits with the reaction to Cinema Paradiso. This No.1 means just as much to me as the first, and I would like to dedicate it to all of my ‘lockdown lovelies’, the wonderful people who have been with me for the live Facebook concerts over the past 16 weeks. You’ve been a great inspiration as well as a support and I know we did this together!”

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EU-Parlament fordert mehr Geld für Kultur wegen Corona-Krise

Abgeordnete des Europaparlaments haben angesichts der Coronavirus-Pandemie mehr finanzielle Unterstützung für den Kultursektor gefordert. Der geplante EU-Wiederaufbaufonds müsse mehr Mittel für die Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft in Europa bereitstellen, betonten mehrere EU-Abgeordnete am Freitag in einer Debatte mit Kommissionsvize Margaritis Schinas.

Auch im mehrjährigen EU-Finanzrahmen, der in der kommende Woche bei einem EU-Gipfel verhandelt wird, müsste mehr Geld für die Kultur festgeschrieben werden, appellierten die EU-Parlamentarier bei der ersten Debatte zu diesem Thema im Plenum.

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EU calls for more money for culture due to Corona crisis

Members of the European Parliament have called for more financial support for the cultural sector in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The planned EU reconstruction fund must provide more funding for Europe’s cultural and creative industries, several members of the European Parliament stressed in a debate with Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas on Friday.

The European Parliament also called for more money for culture to be set aside in the multiannual financial framework for the EU, which will be negotiated at an EU summit next week, during the first debate on the subject in plenary.

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Pratiques culturelles des Français : les concerts de musique classique attirent de moins en moins

Cela fait maintenant un demi-siècle que le ministère de la Culture publie tous les dix ans environ, une grande étude sur les pratiques culturelles des français. Réalisée de février 2018 à mars 2019 avec un échantillon de 9 200 personnes de plus de 15 ans (elles étaient 5 000 en 2008), cette sixième édition est riche en enseignements concernant les grandes mutations de ces dernières années, en particulier avec la montée en puissance du numérique.

Qui va au cinéma, au théâtre, dans les musées ou à la bibliothèque, et à quelle fréquence ? Quels sont les usages en déclin et ceux en fortes hausse ? Voici ce à quoi répond cette étude réalisée par le département des études, de la prospective et des statistiques du ministère de la Culture. La première grosse tendance que les auteurs font émerger, c’est la place croissante qu’occupe la culture dans la vie des Français, tout âge, milieu social ou situation géographique confondus.

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Cultural habits of the French: classical music concerts are attracting less and less attention

For half a century now, the Ministry of Culture has published a major study on the cultural practices of the French every ten years or so. Conducted from February 2018 to March 2019 with a sample of 9,200 people over 15 years old (5,000 in 2008), this sixth edition is rich in information about the major changes of recent years, particularly with the rise of digital technology.

Who goes to the cinema, the theatre, museums or the library, and how often? Which uses are on the decline and which are on the rise? Here is the answer to this study carried out by the Department of Studies, Foresight and Statistics of the Ministry of Culture. The first major trend that the authors point out is the growing place of culture in the lives of the French, regardless of age, social background or geographical location.

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Metropolitan Opera Will Livestream Its Biggest Stars

For months, the Metropolitan Opera has been streaming operas from its extensive video archive each night, a program that has helped it attract tens of thousands of new donors. The At-Home Gala the company broadcast in April, with live performances filmed on smartphones by singers around the world, was watched by 750,000 people.

All that has been free. But for its next major initiative during a lockdown of its theater that will last at least until the end of the year, the Met will test whether a broad audience will pay for digital content.

On Saturday, the company announced that over the coming months it will present some of its biggest stars in a series of recitals from idyllic locations, streamed live — but professionally, not with homespun production values. Tickets will cost $20 a concert, roughly the same price as the Met’s popular Live in HD movie-theater broadcasts.

The company hopes the series will be a moneymaker in its own right, as well as a stimulus for donations. “We had a lot of momentum, a big surge, which has slowed down at this point,” Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said of fund-raising to mitigate what is projected to be close to $100 million in revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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