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 2019

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 including Readers Digest Association, Royal Mail and ADT Canada.

She has experience of working for listed and private organisations, state owned, as well as not-for-profit businesses.

A recognised leader and transformation specialist, her focus has been on delivering exceptional customer service and growth, utilising technology and big data. She also has a proven track record in building strong teams, investing in employee development and multi-stakeholder communications to lead highly performing businesses.

Martin will lead an organisation of 500 people across two London sites, three joint ventures, representing 140,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

PRS for Music has been at the heart of a changing global music industry, leading the way in licensing new services and collecting greater royalty revenues for its members year-on-year. The business has transformed how rights are managed and data is processed, allowing UK music creators to earn more from their music, wherever and whenever it is used.

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BBC NOW announces 2019/20 season

BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW) has today announced its 2019/20 season, featuring orchestral and choral masterworks and rediscovered gems alongside contemporary music and exploratory new concert formats.

Highlights include:

  • Classical Playlist: Live, an immersive performance experience offering a new way to experience classical music in collaboration with Swansea City Council
  • A new strand of concerts, CoLaboratory, exploring surprising and experimental collaborations, fusing the musical worlds of American rap artist Dessa and Australia’s leading didgeridoo player William Barton with BBC NOW
  • A celebration of Beethoven’s most iconic works in 2020, the year that marks 250 years since his birth, with Cardiff’s music community
  • Jess Gillam gives the world premiere of Stravaganza, a new work for saxophone and orchestra by Sir Karl Jenkins
  • Award-winning Welsh folk band Calan join BBC NOW to celebrate St David’s Day
  • The orchestra joins the BBC Youth Ensemble for a special Late Night Prom curated by composer and lead guitarist of Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood, featuring the world premiere of his new electronic-inspired work Horror vacui

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La Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris lance un appel aux dons

Le 20 mai 2019, une souscription internationale de deux millions d’euros va être lancée à l’initiative de la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris, formation née avec la cathédrale au XIIe siècle, après l’incendie qui a dévasté la cathédrale, le 15 avril 2019.

Cette collecte permettra « l’acquisition rapide des instruments perdus et indispensables pour le travail quotidien » de la Maîtrise, précise-t-elle dans un communiqué transmis à l’AFP. Parmi les instruments, seules les cloches médiévales sont « réparables, bien que très endommagées », selon le texte. Quant au piano à queue, l’orgue positif (mobile) et l’orgue de chœur, qui date de 1841, ils ont été irrémédiablement abîmés par l’eau, utilisée par les pompiers.

Épargné par le feu mais très empoussiéré, le célèbre grand orgue de Notre-Dame n’est pas concerné par cette souscription. Il fait partie des murs de la cathédrale, pour laquelle 850 millions d’euros de promesses de dons ont déjà été réunis.

L’eau a également « noyé » plus de 150 aubes des chanteurs de chœur, âgés de cinq à 30 ans, qui se trouvaient dans des salles attribuées à la Maîtrise dans les cryptes.

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The Maîtrise of The Notre-Dame launches an appeal for donations

On May 20, 2019, an international subscription of two million euros will be launched at the initiative of the Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris, a group founded with the cathedral in the 12th century, after the fire that devastated the cathedral on April 15, 2019. 

This collection will make it possible “to quickly acquire the instruments lost and essential for the daily work” of the Master’s office, she explained in a press release sent to AFP. Among the instruments, only the medieval bells are “reparable, although very damaged”, according to the text. As for the grand piano, the mobile organ and the choir organ, which dates from 1841, they were irreparably damaged by the water used by the fire brigade.

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