21st February: LPO announce new residency, RCM announce International Women’s Day programme, Unsuk Chin wins the Hamburg Bach Prize

Thursday 21st February '19

London Philharmonic Orchestra announce residency at Saffron Hall The London Philharmonic Orchestra have announced a brand-new residency at Saffron Hall, Essex, to begin in the 2019/20 season. Joining Britten Sinfonia, which has been resident orchestra at the …

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20th February: Iford Arts’ new home, Riga-Jurmala Festival line-up and Axel Kober is music director of Duisburg Philharmonic

Wednesday 20th February '19

Iford Arts secures new home for 2019 season The Iford Arts 2019 season is set to take place at Belcombe Court, a Grade 1 listed historic house set 6 miles outside of Bath and home to …

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19th February: Philharmonia Orchestra new season announcement and Scala radio announces its presenting line-up

Tuesday 19th February '19

Philharmonia Orchestra announces 2019/20 season The Philharmonia Orchestra with principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen have announced their new season at Southbank Centre, which will include celebrations for the orchestra’s 75th anniversary. Highlights will include: A year-long festival in …

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18th February: Free tickets for classical newcomers, Nikola Hillebrand and Johannes Martin Kränzle win prizes

Monday 18th February '19

First-time concert-goers to get star treatment at the Southbank The Southbank Centre announced a new project today, in which newcomers to classical music will be able to attend a concert accompanied by a leading musician or …

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15th February: IDAGIO reaches 1 million downloads, Daniel Hyde signs to Hazard Chase, International Organ Competition competitors announced

Friday 15th February '19

Over one million downloads for IDAGIO app In January 2019, streaming service for classical music IDAGIO surpassed over one million app downloads worldwide. The Berlin-based streaming service has subscribers in over 180 countries, with core markets including …

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14th February: Do musicians with perfect pitch have different brains?

Thursday 14th February '19

Do musicians with perfect pitch have different brains?  Perfect pitch, the much-lauded ability of some musicians to identify and name musical pitches in isolation. While perfect pitch is estimated to occur in 1 in 10,000 people, …

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13th February: Steve Jobs opera wins a Grammy, Grandmaster Flash and Mutter win 2019 Polar Music Prize, Oxford Piano Festival 2019 announced

Wednesday 13th February '19

There’s an incredible new opera about Apple CEO Steve Jobs – and it just won a Grammy New opera on the block, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, won a Grammy this week for Best Opera Recording. The modern opera was premiered …

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The Art of Communication

Tuesday 12th February '19

Irene Kurka is one of the best-known sopranos for new music, but lately she has become much more. With her own podcast she is investigating all the dos and don’ts of the music industry and …

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12th February: Jess Gillam pens Guardian letter, China International Music Competition announces 22 competitors, Steven Sloane appointed Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday 12th February '19

‘Music is absolutely essential to our existence’: saxophonist Jess Gillam Jess Gillam is one of the most exciting young musicians of today. Last year she became the first ever saxophonist to sign a record deal with …

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11th February: 2019 Classical Grammy winners, Bruno Michel joins Classical Opera and the Mozartists, Cologne’s Tonger to close doors

Monday 11th February '19

Grammys classical winners: 'Steve Jobs,' Boston Symphony, Laurie Anderson with Kronos Quartet The new Mason Bates opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and the Laurie Anderson-Kronos Quartet collaboration “Landfall” were among the classical music winners at …

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February 8th: Tanglewood announces inaugural Learning Institute season, winners of New Elizabethan Award, and German music sales are highest in the EU

Friday 8th February '19

Fleming, Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma in opening Tanglewood Learning Institute season Tanglewood has announced the inaugural season for the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI). The new centre cost around USD30m (€26.5m), and includes the Linde Center for …

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7th February: Les Mis returns to the West End in concert, Barbara Hannigan wins Leónie Sonning prize, seven Berlin orchestras unite to celebrate diversity and tolerance

Thursday 7th February '19

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to return to the West End in concert version of Les Misérables This summer, the West End stage will welcome a concert production of musical Les Misérables with a cast of musical theatre stars. Les Misérables is …

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6th February: JACK quartet receives fellowship for neuroscience and music research, BSO resound celebrates first anniversary with new partnership and GEMA composer awards announced

Wednesday 6th February '19

JACK quartet receives Fellowship to explore music and neuroscience The JACK Quartet has received a Creative Fellowship from the University of Washington for its latest research project focusing on the link between neurology and music-making. The …

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Claudia Clarkson joins WildKat PR

Tuesday 5th February '19

We are delighted to welcome Claudia Clarkson to the team, working across our UK and international offices as Business Development Director. Claudia joins us from Keynote Artist Management, having accumulated a wealth of experience working with …

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5th February: Royal Opera House tickets sold £3,500 on Viagogo, Help Musicians UK conduct tinnitus research and Riccardo Chailly renews Lucerne Festival contract

Tuesday 5th February '19

‘Outrageous’: tickets to Royal Opera House are being resold for £3,500 Tickets to see Verdi’s opera La forza del destino at the Royal Opera House are being resold for up to £3,500 each, on secondary ticketing website Viagogo – …

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Overcoming Boundaries With The Arts

Monday 4th February '19

Overcoming Boundaries With The Arts South Korea and Iran create cultural exchange between East and West Asia by exploring each countries’ traditions and history of calligraphy. "When the Korean alphabet Hangeul meets the Persian scriptures Alef-ba, …

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4th February: Sanford Sylvan dies, Tesla uses classical music to deter thieves, Emily D’Angelo wins Bernstein Award

Monday 4th February '19

Sanford Sylvan, Baritone Who Created Major Opera Roles, Dies at 65 Sanford Sylvan, the American baritone whose introspective eloquence and serene yet commanding presence put him at the centre of some of the most important operatic …

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1st February: Royal Opera House leads shortlist for International Opera Awards, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla signs to Deutsche Grammophon

Friday 1st February '19

Royal Opera House leads shortlist for International Opera Awards The International Opera Awards has announced the finalists for its 2019 awards. The annual event celebrates achievements in opera around the world, recognising excellence in categories including …

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31st January: Orchestra involvement for older people, Spanish musicians and the EUYO, Tasmin Little to retire in 2020

Thursday 31st January '19

‘From Bingo to Bartók’: Orchestras Live and City of London Sinfonia publish research into involving older people with orchestras Orchestras Live and City of London Sinfonia have published a new body of research commissioned by the …

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30th January: Schubert Symphony No 8 completed, Trinity Laban 2019 Gold Medalist announced, Golden Mozart medal for Andrea Barca

Wednesday 30th January '19

Schubert Symphony No 8 completed using AI For the first time ever, Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, has used the power of AI to compose the final two movements of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, the ‘Unfinished’, …

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29th January: Dalia Stasevska is BBC Symphony’s first femal conductor, Charlie Siem’s top 5 practice tips, That’s how it started with the hipsters.

Tuesday 29th January '19

Dalia Stasevska to become the BBC Symphony's first woman conductor Dalia Stasevska has become the first woman to be given a conducting position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The 33-year-old, who has only been conducting for four …

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28th January: Youth are turning to classical music, English National Opera reveals diversity drive, grammy-award winning composer Michel Legrand dies

Monday 28th January '19

Young people are turning to classical music to escape ‘noise of modern life’ To many, the decision announced last week to launch Scala Radio, a major new station founded on the belief that classical music can appeal …

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25th January: Montreal Competition names 2019 violin candidates, nominees for German Music Authors Award announced, John Rutter receives European church music award

Friday 25th January '19

Montreal Competition names 2019 violin candidate Canadian competition offers top prize worth over CA$100k. This includes a cash prize, a career development grant, an instrument and professional engagements The Concours musical international de Montréal has selected 24 …

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24th January: Nicola Benedetti launches educational videos, Gustavo Dudamel’s Walk of Fame Star, Ennio Morricone gives his last Berlin tour

Thursday 24th January '19

Nicola Benedetti launches new educational videos and Benedetti Foundation Violinist Nicola Benedetti has announced a new online series of educational videos aimed at young musicians. Starting on Tuesday 29 January, the first set of videos will …

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23rd January: Blind opera competition and Stradfest announced, acoustic dispute at Jonas Kaufmann concert

Wednesday 23rd January '19

Opera competition brings in blind auditions to tackle unconscious bias By Voice Alone is a new competition backed by the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, which seeks to eliminate unconscious bias in opera casting. Founded by mezzo-soprano Melanie Lodge, By Voice Alone aims …

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22nd January: New London concert hall plans, Simon Mayo launches new classical radio station

Tuesday 22nd January '19

Designs for £288m London concert hall unveiled in new animation A first look at the design for Square Mile’s £288m Centre of Music was revealed yesterday morning. The proposed new building contains a 2,000-seat concert hall and …

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21st January: New director for San Fran Phil, Royal Northern Sinfonia leader steps down

Monday 21st January '19

Richard Egarr named music director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale Richard Egarr has been appointed music director of The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) in San Francisco. He succeeds Nicholas McGegan, who …

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18th January: Uzi Wiesel obituary, Hindemith Prize for Aigerim Seilova and London’s Prokofiev Festival

Friday 18th January '19

Cellist Uzi Wiesel has died aged 92 The Israeli cellist and pedagogue Uzi Wiesel, who studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and returned to teach there for over 30 years, has died aged 92 …

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17th January: BBC Music Magazine Awards, Rebecca Saunders wins Ernst von Siemens prize, Plácido Domingo awarded International Opera Awards fellowship

Thursday 17th January '19

BBC Music Magazine reveals nominees for 2019 Awards The nominations for the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards have now been revealed, with 21 of the best classical recordings from over the past year chosen by an …

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16th January: 2019 ABO Conference, and a new home for the Royal Concertgebouw

Wednesday 16th January '19

2019 ABO Conference programme announced This year’s ABO Conference will be hosted by the Ulster Orchestra at the ICC Belfast from 23-25 January. The theme, cross border, will inspire debate about border issues in the UK classical music industry, including Brexit, digital, diversity …

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