10th July: Welsh Proms conductor to meet costs if ticket sales fail, St John’s Smith Square announces its new season and why classical music is taking over the world

Thursday 10th July 2014

Classical News

BBC News Wales

Welsh Proms conductor to meet costs if ticket sales fail

The conductor of this year’s Welsh Proms will have to pay the orchestra out of his own pocket if tickets do not sell.


Mozart for lunch at St John’s Smith Square

The central London venue announces its new season.

London Evening Standard

Classical music is taking over the world

In China, one factory makes a piano a minute to keep up with demand created by 40 million children studying to play — the expanding middle class throughout Asia is fuelling an insatiable appetite for the orchestra, says Petroc Trelawny.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies: the twin titans of modern music at 80

Ivan Hewett contrasts the styles, personalities and careers of Britain’s leading composers as they enter their ninth decade.

Classic FM

2Cellos cover Mumford and Sons ‘I Will Wait’ in new video

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser take on the banjo-playing masters in a new video in front of waterfalls in Croatia.


How to control a musician’s mind – Personal Branding for Conductors

Mette Hojen, MA in Rhetorics and an expert in executive performance, gives a fascinating insight into why a brass band conductor needs to have a strong sense of personal branding.

The New York Times

Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, Dies

Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, DiesSeymour Barab, a composer known for his whimsical chamber operas on such stirring subjects as passion, poison and pizza, died on June 28 in Manhattan. He was 93.


Hamburger Kulturbehörde fördert mit Stipendien für auswärtige Künstlerinnen und Künstler den künstlerischen Austausch

Ab 2015 erhalten Hamburger Institutionen, Gruppen und Vereine die Möglichkeit, ausländische Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus dem Bereich Bildende Kunst für einen Aufenthalt in der neu geschaffenen Ateliergemeinschaft Achterhaus in der Ruhrstraße 88 vorzuschlagen und ihnen die Arbeit an künstlerischen Projekten in Hamburg zu ermöglichen.


Möglicher Käufer der New York City Opera wird ungeduldig

Ein möglicher Käufer der bankrotten New York City Opera, Gene Kaufmann, hat sein Unverständnis zur Verzögerung durch den Vorstand der Oper erklärt.


The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: City of London Sinfonia launches its 2014-15 season @CityLdnSinfonia http://www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_news.php?id=2878 …

The Classical Source: ‏@ClassicalSource News: @BostonSymphony @TanglewoodFest, Christoph von Dohnányi withdraws, replaced by Edward Gardner & Manfred Honeck http://www.classicalsource.com/db_control/db_news.php?id=2877 …

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic8 Alan Gilbert Conducts 2014 New York Philharmonic CONCERTS IN THE PARK … – Broadway World http://dlvr.it/6H1xFP 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic8 Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra completes tri-national tour – Pittsburgh Post Gazette http://dlvr.it/6GyJ6d 



Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes

Photograph: www.bbc.co.uk/news