1st July: MP’s call for Government to support Music Industry, Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra re-elects Axel Kober, Music returns to the Paris Metro, Jessie’s ‘Homemade Garden Jam’ Series

Thursday 1st July 2021

UK Politicians urge Government to tackle ‘profound challenge’ facing Music Industry

MPs from across the political divide have called upon the government to back plans to support the beleaguered music industry. In total, 22 MPs from the main political parties have signed a Commons motion outlining the support needed by the music industry.

Signed by representatives from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, the Green Party, Scottish Nationalist Party, Democrat Unionist Party and the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the motion calls on prime minister Boris Johnson to: 

  • Establish a government-backed insurance scheme to pave the way for live music events to proceed 
  • Extend existing government support to match the extension of Covid-19 restrictions
  • Ensure parity across UK Nations and Regions regarding extension of the 100% business rate relief
  • Continue the VAT freeze at 5% for cultural tickets beyond September
  • Give additional support to freelancers

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Duisburger Philharmoniker: Vertragsverlängerung von Generalmusikdirektor Axel Kober um weitere drei Jahre

Die Duisburger Philharmoniker hatten Axel Kober im Februar 2019 mit überwältigender Mehrheit zu ihrem neuen Generalmusikdirektor gewählt. Der Rat der Stadt Duisburg hat den Vertrag nun über den 31. August 2022 hinaus bis zum 31. August 2025 verlängert. Axel Kober ist damit weiterhin als Generalmusikdirektor sowohl der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf/Duisburg als auch der Duisburger Philharmoniker.

Oberbürgermeister Sören Link freut sich über die Entscheidung: „Mit Axel Kober haben wir nun bis 2025 einen Generalmusikdirektor und künstlerischen Leiter der Duisburger Philharmoniker von internationalem Format. Er steht für eine hohe Qualität unseres Musiktheaters sowie des städtischen Konzertprogramms.“

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The Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra elected Axel Kober as its new General Music Director in February 2019 with an overwhelming majority

The Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra elected Axel Kober as its new General Music Director in February 2019 with an overwhelming majority. The Duisburg City Council has now extended the contract beyond 31 August 2022 until 31 August 2025. Axel Kober thus continues as General Music Director of both the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf/Duisburg and the Duisburg Philharmonic.

Mayor Sören Link is delighted with the decision: “With Axel Kober we now have a General Music Director and Artistic Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra of international calibre until 2025. He stands for high quality in our music theatre as well as in the city’s concert programme.”

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“Une bouffée d’oxygène” : la musique signe son grand retour dans le métro et dans les gares

A compter de ce mercredi, les musiciens peuvent à nouveau jouer dans les couloirs du métro, après plus d’un an d’interdiction. Les voyageurs mélomanes pourront aussi refaire du piano dans les gares à partir du 1er juillet.

Pour les 300 musiciens habilités à jouer par la RATP, c’est une délivrance. Ces derniers sont de nouveau autorisés à jouer ou à chanter dans les couloirs du métro à partir de ce mercredi, après plus d’un an d’interdiction à cause de l’épidémie de Covid-19. Une reprise qui se fait dans le respect des gestes barrières, précise la régie de transport, ce qui passe notamment par le port du masque obligatoire pour tous les artistes.

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“A breath of fresh air”: music makes a comeback on the metro and in stations

As of Wednesday, musicians can once again play in the corridors of the metro, after more than a year’s ban. Music-loving travellers will also be able to play the piano again in stations from 1 July.

For the 300 musicians authorised to play by the RATP, this is a relief. They are once again allowed to play or sing in the metro corridors from this Wednesday, after a ban of more than a year due to the Covid-19 epidemic. This resumption is being done in compliance with the barrier gestures, the transport authority says, which includes wearing a compulsory mask for all artists.

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Meet the veg patch orchestra bringing chamber music back to its natural roots

In a small corner of South East London exists a small and rather splendid veg patch.

Apart from the fact it’s a rare opportunity to get green-fingered hands covered in soil in the capital, it’s also the home of a special series of chamber music concerts.

This bountiful patch of land is where clarinettist Jessie Grimes established ‘Jessie’s Homemade Garden Jam’ – a series of live and streamed performances, born of the coronavirus pandemic’s dual consequences of cancellations for musicians and an increased demand for experiencing authentic, community-focused music online as lockdowns ensued.

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