22nd December: Esa-Pekka Salonen awarded knighthood, Federal government awards grants for classical music, A Christmas on antidepressants for classical music

Tuesday 22nd December '20

Esa-Pekka Salonen awarded honorary knighthoodConductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has been awarded an honorary knighthood by the UK, for services to music and to UK-Finland relations.Salonen is his final season as the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and …

1st December: Violinist Sheila Nelson has died, German government increases social insurance for artists, French Institute and La Villette provide digital access to culture in Côte d’Ivoire

Tuesday 1st December '20

The violinist Sheila Nelson has diedThe violinist Sheila Nelson has died, aged 84. In a career spanning more than 50 years, she created much educational music, played with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic …

6th November: ISM seeks clarification, More money for culture in Germany, Bruno Mantovani new head in Monte Carlo

Friday 6th November '20

ISM seeks government clarification on lockdown measures for music teachersWith new lockdown measures commencing in England today (5 November), the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is seeking clarification from the government on the implication of …

2nd November: New Documentary about Diversity in Classical Music, The classic still ready to reinvent itself, Grütters demands generous aid

Monday 2nd November '20

New British Documentary to Explore Racial Diversity in Classical MusicBritain’s BBC Four television network has today announced the upcoming release of a new 60 minute documentary, entitled ‘Young, Gifted and Classical’ – which will explore …

30th October: New Liverpool festival to celebrate black music, “A real catastrophe for culture”, Bachelot’s latest from government press conference

Friday 30th October '20

New festival will celebrate black music in Liverpool for Black History MonthFrom 5pm this evening, On Record will host a vast array of specially commissioned original content including streamed performances, exclusive in-conversation events, film screenings, podcasts and …

20th August: UK ‘risks exodus of talent’ from creative sector due to coronavirus, Federal government supports music organizers, Roselyne Bachelot in favour of ending distancing in concert halls

Thursday 20th August '20

UK 'risks exodus of talent' from creative sector due to coronavirusThe UK risks an exodus of talent from its creative sector, leading arts organisations and industry bodies have warned, as they call on the chancellor …

July 30th: Polish pianist wins Northern Ireland’s Walled City Competition, Grütters increases funds of Initiative Musik by ten million euros, Clément Mao-Takacs proposes status of “craftsman of the performing arts”, The Force Is Still Strong with John Williams

Thursday 30th July '20

Polish pianist wins Northern Ireland's Walled City CompetitionThe 2020 Walled City Music International Online Piano Competition has been won by 27-year-old Polish pianist Elżbieta Bilicka. She was one of 40 applicants who submitted videos via …

9th July: Musicians’ Union payments to musicians facing hardship exceed £1m, Choirs should apply for Corona funding, Classical music dominates concerts and music shows on television

Thursday 9th July '20

Musicians’ Union payments to musicians facing hardship exceed £1mThe Hardship Fund established by the Musicians’ Union has now distributed over £1 million.The fund provides quick turnaround grants of £200 to musicians whose work has been …

25th May: Southbank Centre warns it may have to stay closed until spring 2021, ARD cultural programme comes as a signal at the right time, Orchestras could be forced to play in chambers

Monday 25th May '20

Southbank Centre warns it may have to stay closed until spring 2021The UK’s largest arts and cultural organisation, the Southbank Centre, has warned that it will have used up its financial reserves by September, …

30th April: Alexander Buhr heads up Sony Classical A&R, Grütters wants structural funds for cultural scene, Culture Responds to Édouard Philippe

Thursday 30th April '20

Alexander Buhr to head up Sony Classical A&RAlexander Buhr is joining Sony Classical to run the label’s Berlin-based A&R operation, and oversee the label’s international A&R strategy. The newly created post – the full title …

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