10th June: Lancashire Sinfonietta announce closure, Radio 3 announces celebration of Brahms and Chicago Symphony Orchestra introduces “Concert Cash”

Tuesday 10th June 2014

Classical News


Lancashire Sinfonietta announces closure

The county’s only professional chamber orchestra to close after seventeen years.


Radio 3 announces a week celebrating composer Johannes Brahms

Concerts and essays will shed new light on the Romantic great.

Chicago Business Journal

Chicago Symphony Orchetra introduces “Concert Cash” to lure subscribers

Having morphed into an an aggressive sales machine over the past season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra isn’t letting up as it tries to woo more subscribers for the 2014-15 season that will begin in September.

The Guardian

Does it matter that arts audiences are white, Metropolitan and middle class?

Harriet Harman warns of a generation of people with ‘no meaningful exposure’ to opera and classical music. Stephen Moss and Bonnie Greer go head to head on whether outreach programmes would make them fans.

The Australian

Old is gold for the multi-million-dollar string section

When the Australian Chamber Orchestra takes to the stage in Brisbane next week, it will reveal a new acquisition: a Guarneri violin made in 1714, worth $1.44 million. The violin will join the impressive list of prestige instruments — violins, violas and cellos worth more than $25 million — already in regular use by the orchestra.

New York Times

Free Music, At Least While It Lasts

The people who make all that yummy music are actually being loved to death by fans who expect it to be free.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Hausmusik zum Selbermachen

Klavier spielen lernen mit Chilly Gonzales.

NWZ Online

Kulturetat des Bundes steigt erneut

Der Kulturetat des Bundes wächst um weitere 90 Millionen Euro auf 1,3 Milliarden Euro. Der Haushaltsauschuss des Bundestages habe die zusätzlichen Mittel für 2014 bewilligt.


Interview: Maria João Pires

“Ich finde es schön, älter zu werden” – Die portugiesische Pianistin Maria JoÃo Pires hat sich trotz Altersweisheit ihren jugendlichen Idealismus erhalten.


World Concert Hall: ‏‪@wconcerthall Today, ‪#Mozart ‪#Popov, a ‪#Tarnopolsky‘s world premiere and ‪#Mendelssohn from Saint Petersburg ‪http://ht.ly/xMOVu  ‪#wch ‪#classical

Classical Music: ‪@classicalnews Rumours that BBC4 (the home of the Proms on TV) may follow BBC3 and go on-line only, if the BBC3 move proves ‘successful’.

Barbican Centre@BarbicanCentre Starting this weekend, we explore the representation of anxiety on screen with ‪@Anxiety2014 Arts Festival London ‪http://ow.ly/xP8Ek 


Royal Opera House audience
Opening night of the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph: Reuters.