16th September: Conductor invents ‘music-enhancing’ face mask for orchestral concerts, Bayreuth: Katharina Wagner “completely recovered”, The composer Paul Méfano has died

Wednesday 16th September '20

Conductor invents ‘music-enhancing’ face mask for orchestral concertsA new invention allows COVID conscious concert-goers to protect their nose and mouth, while bringing acoustical benefits to the ears.We’ve all cupped our hands behind an ear to …

30th January: UK orchestras, New Youth Choir for Hamburgische Staatsoper, Amsterdam Concertgebouw

Thursday 30th January '20

ABO report shows 23% boost in earned income for UK orchestrasA new survey carried out by the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) has revealed a 23% increase in earnings from ticket sales and tours for …

4th June: Venice Symphony appoints new music director, Stephen Hough is awarded RPS Honorary Membership

Monday 4th June '18

In today’s news: Poles attend less concerts now, scientists investigate women’s voices after pregnancy, Stephen Hough is awarded honorary membership of the RPS, Ivan Hewett investigates the future of classical music genre, the royal wedding …

9th May: Stolen violin returns, BBC Young Musician Competition winner announced & new composition for the Eiffel Tower created

Monday 9th May '16

Classical News In our classical news today, a stolen three century old violin returns, BBC Proms sells record number of tickets in first hour of booking and the BBC Young Musician Competition 2016 announces the winner …

8th September: Jakub Hrusa at the Bamberg Symphony, Iván Fischer on EU’s policies, charity concert for refugees in Wien

Tuesday 8th September '15

Classical News In today's news, the Tagesspiegel announces Jakub Hrůša as the new Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and Sinfini investigates the price of an opera education. Also a strike at the Opera de Paris …

9th July: royal harpist replaced, Facebook streaming service planned, unseen letter by Mendelssohn is displayed

Thursday 9th July '15

Classical News In today's news, Prince Charles' royal harpist is replaced and Facebook is planning its own streaming service. Also, an unseen letter by Mendelssohn is displayed in Cambridge and Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53. Royal harpist …

31st October: Can composers ever effectively commemorate WWI? Creative Scotland diverts extra £10m funding and Carnegie Hall to start livestreaming recitals.

Friday 31st October '14

Classical News TelegraphCan composers ever effectively commemorate WWI?Modern composers are finding it difficult to strike a properly public tone when honouring the fallen, says Ivan HewettThe StradIs playing a concerto really the ultimate test of musicianship?Performing …

19th August- Musician blighted by addiction, Sir Andrew Davis at the Proms and light at the end of the tunnel for the Met.

Tuesday 19th August '14

Classical News The GuardianDrink and drug addictions 'blighting lives of classical musicians'Ahead of the Channel 4 documentary, Addicts Symphony, the Guardian and The Sunday Times have both written pieces to expose how some classical musicians deal …

“Those orchestras that are flexible will survive; the rigid ones won’t. The same thing happened to dinosaurs, I think.”

Wednesday 13th August '14

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, …

22nd October: Stolen Stradivarius up for auction and Brooklyn Philharmonic in financial difficulty

Tuesday 22nd October '13

Guardian Stradivarius offered by thieves for £100 could fetch £2m at auctionA stolen Stradivarius that once belonged to Min-Jin Kym has been recovered and will be auctioned at Tarisio auction house in December. Thieves once tried to …

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