22nd March: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire partners with Naxos Records, The Hallé announces the Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition, and Marina Abramovic turns her project “Seven Deaths” into an opera

Friday 22nd March '19

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire announces partnership with Naxos Records Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has announced an unprecedented partnership with Naxos Records. The partnership will allow six outstanding students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire …

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21st March: RNCM appoints Manus Carey as deputy principal, Guildhall singers to join Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and study reveals that only 1% of works programmed by Spanish orchestras are written by women

Thursday 21st March '19

RNCM appoints deputy principal (performance & programmes) The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced the appointment of Manus Carey to the new role of deputy principal (performance and programmes), commencing 1 May 2019. Carey joined …

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20th March: Cheese tastes better with Mozart, Blackheath Conservatoire presents outreach programme and Heidelberger Frühling theme announced

Wednesday 20th March '19

Scientists are playing classical music to cheese to make it taste better Playing music to cheese gives it a stronger flavour, a team of scientists and cheese experts has found. Cheese is mostly about the perfect marriage …

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19th March: Academy of St Martin in the Fields perform all night at Tate Modern, Verbier Festival enters 26th year and Berlin’s public stages attract 3 million visitors

Tuesday 19th March '19

Academy of St Martin in the Fields to perform through the night at Tate Modern Throughout the night of 12 April, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields will perform Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed …

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18th March: Museum of London and Guildhall partner for ‘Beasts of London’, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches 2019/20 season and Le Jonc Fleuri win International Telemann Competition

Monday 18th March '19

Museum of London partner with Guildhall School for interactive exhibition Museum of London is partnering with Guildhall School of Music and Drama to create an immersive digital world, Beasts of London. The exhibition aims to take visitors on …

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15th March: Classical Music magazine relaunch, Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipients and Bernard Haitink made honorary member of Vienna Philharmonic

Friday 15th March '19

Classical Music relaunches as the voice of the industry In April 2019, Classical Music magazine will be relaunched as the voice of the classical music industry, promoting the crucial role that music plays in the UK’s cultural landscape. CM will …

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WildKat is hiring an Office Administrator

Friday 15th March '19

WildKat is looking for an Office Administrator for its London office in Bloomsbury. As we expand the company through 2019 into 2020, we are now looking to recruit a new colleague to provide administrative support …

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14th March: Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces new season under Maxim Emelyanychev, Catrin Finch returns to the stage and Munich’s Hochschule calls for compositions

Thursday 14th March '19

SCO announces 2019/20 season with new principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced its season for 2019/20, the first with new principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev (pictured). The season opens in September 2019 with conductor …

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13th March: Chicago Symphony musicians on strike, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Weekend and Havelländische music festival’s new program

Wednesday 13th March '19

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians go on strike On Sunday evening the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra walked out of negotiations with the Board of Trustees and announced that they would not return to work until …

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12th March: George Neikrug obituary, BCMG’s new executive director, and Serebrennikov directs opera from home

Tuesday 12th March '19

Cellist George Neikrug has died George Neikrug - a renowned cello teacher who was also principal cellist with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles orchestras -  has died, the day after turning 100. Born in New York, Neikrug …

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11th March: Newcastle choir sings female composer’s music for the first time in centuries; Brits twice as likely to recognise male composers, and Michael Gielen obituary

Monday 11th March '19

Medieval music by a 14th-century female composer is being heard for the first time in 600 years Last weekend, the Newcastle-based choir Schola Cantorum sang a rare liturgy that hasn’t been heard in public for almost …

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A spring full of highlights – Peter Schöne kicks off 2019 with several outstanding productions

Friday 8th March '19

Since becoming a member of the Staatstheater Saarbrücken ensemble last season, Peter Schöne has become an audience favourite and also worked in many projects across Europe. His numerous projects across the classical world have made …

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8th March: Nicola Benedetti wins Best Classical at Global Awards, Cheltenham Festival announces 75th anniversary line-up, Music lessons ‘being stripped’ out of England schools

Friday 8th March '19

Nicola Benedetti is named Best Classical Artist at The Global Awards 2019 The great Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti won the Best Classical Award at The Global Awards 2019, a category that was voted for by the public. The other …

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7th March: Maxim Vengerov made Honorary Doctor of the Royal College of Music, medici.tv to livestream 2019 Carl Nielsen Competition, Jacques Loussier Obituary

Thursday 7th March '19

‘Music education empowers kids’ – violinist Maxim Vengerov Speaking at the Royal College of Music, Maxim Vengerov told Classic FM: “Music education empowers kids with two very important things – they are being creative by playing instruments and …

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6th March: PRS Foundation Composers’ Fund recipients, Hastings Piano competition and Germany’s Klassikfestival

Wednesday 6th March '19

PRS Foundation reveal latest Composers' Fund recipients  The latest round of composers will receive grants of up to £10,000 to support the development of their careers. Seven composers have been chosen in total including Alexander Campkin, Emma …

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5th March: Scala Radio launches, Competitors for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019

Tuesday 5th March '19

New classical station Scala Radio launches with Simon Mayo Yesterday marked the biggest launch in UK classical music radio in nearly thirty years as Scala Radio began broadcasting at 10am, Monday 4th March. Simon Mayo’s was the …

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4th March: BBC Music’s Ten Pieces return with Hans Zimmer, Aurora Orchestra to stage Brussels concert on Brexit night, Bernard Haitink celebrates 90th birthday

Monday 4th March '19

BBC Music’s Ten Pieces announce new Trailblazers repertoire featuring Hans Zimmer The BBC’s award winning classical music education programme, Ten Pieces, opens the world of classical music to children aged 7-14 and encourages young people to …

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1st March: André Previn obituary, Einaudi reveals biggest music project yet, 2019 Salisbury festival announced

Friday 1st March '19

Conductor and composer André Previn dies at 89 The conductor and composer André Previn has died at the age of 89. The German-born musician was an extraordinary and versatile talent who blurred the boundaries between jazz, pop, film …

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Children from across the world unite to create new opera, Orchestras Live announce new regional producer and a new Melbourne festival celebrates women composers

Thursday 28th February '19

1,600 Buckinghamshire school children to perform at the Royal Albert Hall Dare to Dream brings together children from Syria, Uganda, Bangladesh and Buckinghamshire to create a newly commissioned children’s opera, to be premiered at the Royal Albert …

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

Wednesday 27th February '19

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 …

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26th February: Opera North’s new season, Longborough Festival Opera founders receive Wagner Society Award and applications open for the German Conducting Award

Tuesday 26th February '19

Opera North announces 2019/20 season Opera North today announces main stage repertoire for its 2019/20 season, to include revivals of popular favourites alongside adventurous new productions. A new production of Bohuslav Martinů’s rarely performed The Greek Passion will open …

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25th February: BBC 3’s new lineup, Awards for live event accessibility and Hilde Zadek obituary

Monday 25th February '19

Jess Gillam joins BBC Radio 3 BBC Radio 3 has today announced a number of schedule changes and new presenter signings, to include 20-year-old rising star saxophonist Jess Gillam. A revamped Saturday schedule showcases the distinctive BBC …

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22nd February: Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s ReConnect programme, Nicola Benedetti’s education work and Dominick Argento obituary

Friday 22nd February '19

Scottish Chamber Orchestra to bring ReConnect programme into the community The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s ReConnect programme – a series of interactive music workshops for people living with dementia – is to take place in a public …

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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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