Blüthner announcement, Aural Diversity Initiative and La Scala News

Wednesday 19th June '19

Blüthner has announced its Wimbledon Piano Classics 2019 programme. The concert series, which takes place at Trinity United Reformed Church in Wimbledon from 10 to 12 October 2019, is presented by Blüthner and the Royal College of Music, who have assembled a world-class …

Home office bans disabled musicians from travelling to Edinburgh, GSMD launches new Masters in Electronic Music and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians officially locked out

Tuesday 18th June '19

Home office bans disabled musicians from travelling to Edinburgh for cultural event Campaigners are appealing to the public to back their petition to overturn the decision. The decision to bar 19-year-old violinist Jyothi Kalaiselvi and 25-year-old keyboardist …

Blüthner announces Wimbledon Piano Classics 2019

Tuesday 18th June '19

The concert series, which takes place at Trinity United Reformed Church in Wimbledon from 10 to 12 October 2019, is presented by Blüthner and the Royal College of Music, who have assembled a world-class line up of leading …

Cadogan Hall presents twelfth Choral at Cadogan series, Stephanie Blythe wins 2019 Maria Callas award and The Staatsoper Berlin Open-Air Concert was experienced by 45,000 people

Monday 17th June '19

Cadogan Hall presents its twelfth Choral at Cadogan series Cadogan Hall’s twelfth Choral at Cadogan series will return with eight concerts from October 2019 to June 2020. Cadogan Hall presents its twelfth ‘Choral at Cadogan’ series which …

Children play instruments using recycled materials from a landfill site, Hanna Hartman named composer-in-residence at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Dutch conductor Haitink ends career

Friday 14th June '19

These children are playing instruments using recycled materials from a landfill site A unique and inspiring orchestral project has prompted a revealing documentary about life in Cateura, Paraguay, explaining how music brings hope to the landfill …

AGT’s Simon Cowell praises ‘extraordinary’ 11-year-old cancer survivor violinist, San Francisco Opera establishes Diversity, Equity and Community department, Blomstedt becomes honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic

Thursday 13th June '19

AGT’s Simon Cowell praises ‘extraordinary’ 11-year-old cancer survivor violinist The young violinist took to the stage of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday, impressing the judges with his solo performance on the instrument. ‘I just didn’t want to be the kid with …

12th June: Musicians urge Sadiq Khan to drop permission for BP-branded opera broadcasts, Alfie Boe and Danielle de Niese to sing joint show at the Royal Albert Hall and René Pollesch becomes new director of the Volksbühne

Wednesday 12th June '19

Musicians urge Sadiq Khan to drop permission for BP-branded opera broadcasts 200 leading musicians including Dame Evelyn Glennie, tenor Mark Padmore and composer Nigel Osborne have backed a letter to London mayor Sadiq Khan to withdraw …

11th June: Ali Stroker wins Tony Award, Summer Residency at The Wallace Collection and free museum entry in Berlin from 2020

Tuesday 11th June '19

Oklahoma! singer Ali Stroker wins Tony Award – the first wheelchair user in history to receive the honour While accepting the prestigious prize in New York, the talented performer dedicated her success to disabled children all …

10th June: Prince Charles announced as RWCMD president, Anna Im wins Michael Hill international violin competition, Ian Stoutzker receives knighthood

Monday 10th June '19

HRH Prince of Wales announced as RWCMD president The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) has announced that the college’s patron, HRH The Prince of Wales will become its president starting in July. HRH Prince …

June 7th: WFIMC and IDAGIO announce new partnership, a symphony has been written to help cure cancer, and Philadelphia Orchestra receive $55 million donation

Friday 7th June '19

WFIMC and IDAGIO announce new partnership The World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) has signed a principal partnership with classical music streaming service IDAGIO. The partnership was agreed upon by IDAGIO founder and CEO Till Janczukowicz, …

6th June: Opera North and Leeds College of Music announce partnership, entries open for Ivors Composer Awards, and new Pavarotti film released in cinemas

Thursday 6th June '19

Opera North and Leeds College of Music announce new partnership Leeds College of Music and Opera North have announced a new partnership, providing students studying classical music with a direct link to the industry. Students will be …

5th June: LPO to offer points-based loyalty scheme, Nicola Benedetti becomes NYO ambassador, and Julliard archive recordings now available

Wednesday 5th June '19

LPO becomes first UK orchestra to offer points-based loyalty scheme The London Philharmonic Orchestra has created a new online-only loyalty scheme to reward concert-goers who want to attend several concerts a year, but only book tickets …

4th June: Concert celebrates women media composers, Tête à Tête announces 2019 season, and Classical: NEXT 2019 takes place in Rotterdam

Tuesday 4th June '19

New Concert Celebrates Contribution Of Women Media Composers ComposHER is a new event highlighting, showcasing and celebrating women composers for film, TV and videogames. Taking place at EartH Theatre, London, on 12 June, the concert will feature …

3rd June: An environmental opera had its Norwegian premiere, Baltimore Symphony cancels shows, and new scientific study shows benefits of singing in a virtual choir

Monday 3rd June '19

Premieres: June’s new music The climate crisis is more urgent than ever. Environmental opera Upon This Handful of Earth received its Norwegian premiere earlier this year. The opera was commissioned by the New York Opera Society, and received its …

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival announces 2019 Season

Sunday 2nd June '19

Tête à Tête: The opera festival, which takes place across 9 venues in London, is today announcing its 2019 season, comprising over 30 new operas.   The festival, which returns for its twelfth iteration from 24 July to 10 August, gives …

31st May: Harry Ogg joins Welsh National Opera, Renee Hunt appointed to Opera North board of trustees, and a lock of Beethoven’s hair to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

Friday 31st May '19

WNO announces new associate conductor Harry Ogg Young British conductor Harry Ogg will join Welsh National Opera this summer as WNO associate conductor, in collaboration with the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition after reaching the competition …

30th May: Bach and Slipknot equally bad for drivers’ concentration, Palm Beach Symphony’s new director, and 2019’s Resonant Bodies Festival

Thursday 30th May '19

Heavy metal and classical music ‘bad for driver behaviour’ A new study has claimed that listening to heavy metal or classical music in the car is bad for driver behaviour. The experiment, carried out by road safety …

29th May: Classical music keeps CDs popular, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra perform torch-lit concert after powercut, and an interview with Harald Schmidt

Wednesday 29th May '19

CDs aren’t dead – and we have classical music fans to thank Recent research by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has found that CD remains the most popular music format nationally, with 43 per cent of all music consumed this way, …

28th May: Vienna State Opera to livestream Dantons Tod, ORA Singers continues Design series and Hamburg’s “Soundform” Conference

Tuesday 28th May '19

Vienna State Opera 2018-19 Live Stream: Tomasz Konieczny Stars in ‘Dantons Tod’ Gottfried von Einem’s “Dantons Tod” will be live streamed from the Vienna State Opera on May 29, 2019 via the company’s own streaming service. The …

27th May: Stella Chen wins Queen Elisabeth Competition, Garsington Opera announces 2020 season and Professors of the Hanns-Eisler-Musikhochschule dismayed over deselection of the rector

Monday 27th May '19

Stella Chen Awarded 1st Prize at Brussel’s Queen Elisabeth Competition 26-year old Stella Chen from the United States has just been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition – in Brussels, Belgium. A …

24th May: Music for Youth announces relationship with Barbican, Ivor Novello Award winners, and Gidon Kremer announces retirement from performing

Friday 24th May '19

Music for Youth announces new relationship with the Barbican Music for Youth (MFY) has announced the beginning of a new relationship with the Barbican, with an event in the Barbican Hall on 23 March 2020 in …

23rd May: music education could keep disengaged young people in school, Pieter Wispelwey wins Brahms prize, and Stars and Rising Stars Festival lineup

Thursday 23rd May '19

21st century music education could keep disengaged young people in school, research says A new four-year research project by Birmingham City University and national music charity Youth Music has highlighted the importance of music education for …

22nd May: Santtu-Matias Rouvali named Philharmonia principal conductor, Marcus Farnsworth to lead vocal department at Chetham’s, and digitalisation of Wagner manuscripts

Wednesday 22nd May '19

Santtu-Matias Rouvali named for Philharmonia top job and extends Gothenburg role The Philharmonia Orchestra has named its Principal Guest Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the 33-year-old Finnish Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic orchestras, as …

21st May: Philharmonia Orchestra and Colburn School announce Salonen Fellows, winners of Vienna Classic Strings competition and Heinz Holliger celebrates his birthday

Tuesday 21st May '19

Philharmonia Orchestra and Colburn School announce inaugural class of Salonen Fellows The Philharmonia Orchestra, together with principal conductor and artistic advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Sel Kardan, President and CEO of the Colburn School in Los Angeles, …

20th May: WildKat announces investment, Crouch End’s Young Conductors and Nederlands wins Eurovision

Monday 20th May '19

WildKat announces major investment and global expansion plans Creative agency WildKat has received a near seven-figure euro investment by Edition Capital, allowing the company to open offices in Paris, New York and LA in 2019 with …

17th May: PRS for Music’s new CEO, BBC NOW announces 2019/20 season and an appeal is launched for Notre-Dame donations

Friday 17th May '19

PRS for Music announces new CEO Andrea C. Martin has been appointed chief executive of PRS for Music and will take up the position on 17 June. Martin has worked for a diverse range of data-focused and subscription-based organisations …

New investment sets WildKat up for global growth

Friday 17th May '19

In an unprecedented move, leisure and entertainment investor Edition Capital is backing expansion of the creative agency WildKat WildKat, the creative agency for music and culture, has received a near seven-figure euro investment by Edition Capital, …

16th May: Jamie Cullum seeks musicians for technology project, BSO announces 2019/20 season and Berlin’s music education press conference

Thursday 16th May '19

Pioneering music technology project from Jamie Cullum The world famous musician Jamie Cullum is looking for amateur musicians to join him for a one-off spectacle that promises to combine amazing music with connective technology. With the support …

15th May: ROH admits one female conductor of 19 is ‘not acceptable ratio’, BBC Phil launches new app for concert-goers and Etienne Perruchon dies aged 61

Wednesday 15th May '19

One female conductor 'not acceptable ratio', admits Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House has acknowledged that it is not acceptable to have only one female conductor on its main stage in its next season and vowed it …

14th May: Doris Day has died aged 97, Songlines seeks Attenborough remixes and Residentie Orkest The Hague appoints Anja Bihlmaier as chief conductor

Tuesday 14th May '19

Doris Day, ‘Qué Será Será’ singer and iconic Hollywood actress, dies aged 97 Iconic Hollywood actress, singer and animal welfare activist Doris Day has died in her California home, aged 97. The news comes following a statement …

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