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Mark Wigglesworth resigns from ENO

Mark Wigglesworth will resign as music director of English National Opera at the end of the current season. He began his tenure in October 2015. In a letter sent to ENO musicians sent on 22 March, Wigglesworth wrote: ‘On the one hand this has been the hardest decision of my professional life. The music making we … Continue reading Mark Wigglesworth resigns from ENO

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (6 December 1929 – 5 March 2016)

The period performance pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died aged 86. A statement on his website said that he ‘took his last breath peacefully surrounded by family’. Harnoncourt began his career as a cellist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1952, and established the Concentus Musicus Wien the following year. He performed and recorded a large … Continue reading Nikolaus Harnoncourt (6 December 1929 – 5 March 2016)

Orlando Genereoso by Steffani

The Barber Opera Orlando Generoso by Agostino Steffani Thomas Guthrie Director Colin Timms Conductor Attraction, infatuation, obsession, love? Reality or illusion? The noble Orlando is driven mad by such feelings and doubts. Mauro’s libretto was topical at Hanover in 1691 and is relevant to society today. Based on Ariosto’s epic Orlando furioso, and set mainly … Continue reading Orlando Genereoso by Steffani

Four Seasons at the Nourish Festival

Devon Baroque Persephone Gibbs (baroque violin) Jonathan Watts (harpsichord/conductor) Le Quattro Stagioni, ‘The Four Seasons’ Op 8 – Antonio Vivaldi Overture, from Agrippina condotta a morire HWV 110 – George Frideric Handel String Sinfonia in D minor BR C 4; Wf1:3 – Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G BWV 1048 – … Continue reading Four Seasons at the Nourish Festival

Opera Lyrica’s Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas

Join Opera Lyrica for our new semi-staged baroque double bill, touring the South of England in February. Two of the most celebrated doomed couples in opera come together for an evening of baroque love and loss. With some of the country’s finest young baroque specialists and a period ensemble conducted from the harpsichord by Musical … Continue reading Opera Lyrica’s Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas

Handel: Dixit Dominus & Haydn: Nelson Mass

Saint Cecilia Singers Corelli Orchestra (led by Warwick Cole) Benjamin Nicholas: conductor Jonathan Hope: organ Eloise Irving: soprano Juliet Curnow: alto Gwilym Bowen: Tenor Nicholas Morton: bass Handel: Dixit Dominus Handel: Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 4 in F major Haydn: Nelson Mass Gloucester’s foremost chamber choir will perform two choral masterpieces in the beautiful … Continue reading Handel: Dixit Dominus & Haydn: Nelson Mass

Handel: Dixit Dominus & Haydn: Nelson Mass

Saint Cecilia Singers Corelli Orchestra (led by Warwick Cole) Benjamin Nicholas: conductor Jonathan Hope: organ Eloise Irving: soprano Juliet Curnow: alto Gwilym Bowen: Tenor Nicholas Morton: bass Handel: Dixit Dominus Handel: Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 4 in F major Haydn: Nelson Mass Gloucester’s foremost chamber choir will perform two choral masterpieces in the beautiful … Continue reading Handel: Dixit Dominus & Haydn: Nelson Mass

Prague’s National Theatre Opera appoints new musical director

Jaroslav Kyzlink will become the new musical director of the National Theatre Opera and Andreas Sebastian Weiser will become musical director of the State Opera on 1 August 2016. Both stages belong to the family of the National Theatre, Prague. ‘Despite the very short time, we managed to find experienced musical personalities for these prestigious posts,’ said … Continue reading Prague’s National Theatre Opera appoints new musical director

Oramo renews with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

Sakari Oramo has extended his contract as chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra until June 2020. Since he was appointed to the role in 2008, Oramo has recorded the complete symphonies of Schumann (Sony Classics), Nielsen (BIS) and Elgar (BIS) with the orchestra. Other highlights of his tenure include a major Mahler Festival … Continue reading Oramo renews with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

Early music winners at the Gramophone Awards

The winners of the Gramophone Awards 2012 have been announced at a ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel. The awards, celebrating their 35th year, were presented by composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and soprano Danielle de Niese. Early music featured among the winners, with Ensemble Plus Ultra and Michael Noone winning the early music category with … Continue reading Early music winners at the Gramophone Awards

Peter Schreier awarded Leipzig’s Bach Medal 2013

The 2013 City of Leipzig’s Bach Medal has been awarded to German conductor and tenor Peter Schreier. He will be presented with the medal by the Mayor of Leipzig as part of this year’s Bachfest Leipzig in June. The jury, consisting of Bachfest’s artistic directors and other leading music professionals and academics, decided to award … Continue reading Peter Schreier awarded Leipzig’s Bach Medal 2013

Gardiner named president of Bach-Archiv Foundation

January 2014 will see Sir John Eliot Gardiner become the first president of the Bach-Archiv Foundation in Leipzig. The role has been created to maintain and develop the foundation’s international profile. The Bach-Archiv researches and archives the life, work and family of J. S. Bach. The foundation was established in 1950 on the two-hundredth anniversary … Continue reading Gardiner named president of Bach-Archiv Foundation

London Mozart Players to become player-run through restructure

UK chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players (LMP) is set to become player-run in order to ‘counter recent funding cuts’, the group said in a statement. In January, the LMP revealed there was ‘a major funding problem that has necessitated a re-evaluation of the way in which the management of the orchestra operates. The orchestra … Continue reading London Mozart Players to become player-run through restructure

‘Authentic’ performance of rediscovered C. P. E Bach Passion at Dartington

This summer the choir of Dartington International Summer School will mark the 300th anniversary of C. P. E. Bach’s birth by performing the composer’s 1784 St John Passion on instruments authentic to the period. The St John Passion was long thought to be lost; first performed in 1772, was rediscovered in 1999 in a Kiev … Continue reading ‘Authentic’ performance of rediscovered C. P. E Bach Passion at Dartington

Rivlin directs Trinity Laban Opera in Handel’s Belshazzar

Trinity Laban Opera is to perform Handel’s Belshazzar this July under the direction of Emma Rivlin. A student cast of emerging talent from Trinity Laban will perform Handel’s rarely staged work at Blackheath Halls. Rivlin, alumna of Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, has directed the Welsh National Opera, Guildhall School of Music … Continue reading Rivlin directs Trinity Laban Opera in Handel’s Belshazzar

Performance: Cavalli: La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera)

26 April 2014, Hampstead Garden Opera It’s been a good year for Cavalli enthuasiasts – and about time, too, given how little attention he and his contemporaries from the first half of the 17th century have received from posterity. After March’s hosting by the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe of the composer’s 1644 … Continue reading Performance: Cavalli: La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera)

Performance: Grimeborn Festival 2014

25 August (Madame X) and 5 September (Façade/Eight Songs for a Mad King) 2014 – Grimeborn Festival 2014   Grimeborn is an annual festival of opera and music drama held at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, north London that juxtaposes newly-written works with novel interpretations and productions of more-established works in the canon.   This year’s … Continue reading Performance: Grimeborn Festival 2014

Performance: Handel: Xerxes (Hampstead Garden Opera)

Xerxes (Serse in the original Italian) is a bit of an oddity amongst Handel’s operas: although now one of the composer’s most popular (in terms of the number of modern productions), it was a failure when first performed in 1738, and has often been criticised in the years for the poor quality of its libretto … Continue reading Performance: Handel: Xerxes (Hampstead Garden Opera)

Meet the Maestro: the women

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve brought together the female maestros we’ve met since the series launched in 2014. Jessica Cottis Commuting between Glasgow and Sydney is no small ask, but the rising young British-Australian conducting star Jessica Cottis typically takes it all in her stride. Xian Zhang Chinese American conductor Xian Zhang made a … Continue reading Meet the Maestro: the women

BCMG appoints Stephan Meier as artistic director

Stephan Meier, founder and artistic director of Hanover’s Das Neue Ensemble, will join the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as artistic director in August 2016. He will be responsible for leading the artistic and strategic direction of BCMG, including programming, commissioning and the development of the learning and participation programme. Meier follows in the footsteps of … Continue reading BCMG appoints Stephan Meier as artistic director

Proms 2009 season announced

‘From Henry Wood, to Bollywood,’ quipped Proms director Roger Wright in his presentation launching the 2009 season, which features a broad range of concerts, talks, workshops, films, free performances and activities – including Indian Voices day, culminating in the first, and already headline-grabbing, Bollywood Prom.<br><br>There are 12 more concerts than in 2008, bring the total … Continue reading Proms 2009 season announced

Partnership plans new post-grad orchestral training centre

Details have been released of the Centre for Orchestra, a new initiative in orchestral training in a partnership between the Guildhall School of Music &amp; Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican. <br><br>The centre will offer a programme of postgraduate orchestral training and development based around works that will be performed within the LSO/Barbican season.<br><br>The … Continue reading Partnership plans new post-grad orchestral training centre

Britain’s biggest orchestra seeks new players

Arise, Dame Mitsuko

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, CBE, is made a dame commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours. A player of great sensitivity and flair, Dame Mitsuko has long been active in developing young musicians. She is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music … Continue reading Arise, Dame Mitsuko

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Italy Revisted

In the vanguard of the Petrassi revival is the Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, well known in the UK from his several years as principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, and now music director of Teatro Regio in Turin, recording a fascinating series of CDs for Chandos that are an exploration of Italian … Continue reading Italy Revisted

Gloucester Cathedral Choir to recruit girl choristers

Gloucester Cathedral Choir is recruiting girl choristers for the first time in its history. The girls will begin rehearsing in September and will then sing at Evensong each Monday from October as well as at Christmas and Easter services, playing a full part in the cathedral’s musical worship. Many girl choristers will be drawn from local … Continue reading Gloucester Cathedral Choir to recruit girl choristers

Sir Philip Ledger (1937-2012)

Sir Philip Ledger, who has died at the age of 74, had the unenviable task of ‘following that’ when in 1974 he became director of music at King’s College, Cambridge, in succession to David Willcocks, who had held the post since 1957; when he inevitably began to vary the diet of Willcocks arrangements in the … Continue reading Sir Philip Ledger (1937-2012)

Grahl named director of music at Peterborough Cathedral

Steven Grahl is to succeed Robert Quinney as director of music at Peterborough Cathedral. He will take up his new post in September 2014. In addition to being organist and director of music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London, and principal conductor of Guildford Chamber Choir, since 2007 Mr Grahl has been assistant organist at … Continue reading Grahl named director of music at Peterborough Cathedral

Dutch conductor Gijs Leenaars appointed principal conductor of Berlin Radio Choir

Gijs Leenaars is to succeed Simon Halsey as principal conductor and artistic director of Berlin Radio Choir in August next year. The 36-year-old Dutch conductor has been offered a five-year contract. Leenaars has been principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir since 2012. He is a regular guest conductor of the Collegium Vocale of Ghent, … Continue reading Dutch conductor Gijs Leenaars appointed principal conductor of Berlin Radio Choir

CHORAL CONDUCTING AWARD

Gregory Batsleer has won the Arts Foundation Award 2015 for Choral Conducting. The award of £10,000 was presented by author Jeanette Winterson at a ceremony on 29 January at the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill, London. The Award is a first for the Foundation, and reflects the huge increase in community singing thanks to … Continue reading CHORAL CONDUCTING AWARD

Medal for Halsey

Simon Halsey has been awarded Her Majesty’s Medal for Music 2014. Halsey – who has multiple roles including principal conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, chorus director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, and choral director of the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus – said he was ‘surprised and thrilled to receive … Continue reading Medal for Halsey

Classical musicians recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015

James MacMillan, Karl Jenkins and Simon Halsey are among the classical musicians to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2015. MacMillan, who was made a CBE in 2004, has received a knighthood for services to music. The composer, conductor and festival director considers his Scottish roots to be of great importance; the … Continue reading Classical musicians recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015

Rob Elliott announced as new director of Cornwall choral festival

Rob Elliott has been announced as the new director of Cornwall’s International Male Voice Choral Festival, following the retirement of Peter Davies, who held the post for nine years. Elliot will lead the eighth biennial festival in 2017, which encompasses workshops, concerts and tuition for directors and singers in venues across Cornwall. Festival chairman Bruce … Continue reading Rob Elliott announced as new director of Cornwall choral festival

Genesis Sixteen appoints new conducting scholar

Sarah Latto has been announced as the Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar for 2015/16. She follows Robbie Jacobs, the inaugural conducting scholar. Latto read music at Cambridge University, where she held a choral scholarship with Sidney Sussex College and studied conducting with David Skinner and Stephen Layton. She continued her studies in Brighton with Deborah Roberts … Continue reading Genesis Sixteen appoints new conducting scholar

November/December issue out now!

Choir &amp; Organ speaks to Danish composer Bent Sørensen who made his choral mark by combining his music with 500-year-old works by Ockeghem; tributes to John Scott, the great organist and choirmaster; Juget-Sinclair’s new organ brings a twist of Gallic colour to a Dallas church; and, as many choirs are gearing up for an annual … Continue reading November/December issue out now!

Pierre Boulez (26 March 1925 – 5 January 2016)

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez has died at his Baden-Baden home aged 90, his family have confirmed. A statement they released reads: ‘For all those who met him and were able to appreciate his creative energy, his artistic vigour […] will remain alive and strong.’ Boulez made a major contribution to the music of … Continue reading Pierre Boulez (26 March 1925 – 5 January 2016)

Bristol Choral Society appoints new music director

Bristol Choral Society has appointed Hilary Campbell as music director. She will replace Adrian Partington, who has conducted the Bristol Choral Society since 2000. Campbell is founder and director of Blossom Street, guest conductor with Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers, conductor of several office choirs and assistant conductor of the Barts Choir. She is also … Continue reading Bristol Choral Society appoints new music director

Glyndebourne appoints new Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines has been appointed as the new Chorus Master for Glyndebourne. ‘I am absolutely thrilled’ says Bines. ‘Having come from three successful and pleasurable years with the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen (the last two as Chorus Master), I look forward to building on my personal experience. The Glyndebourne Chorus have a special reputation … Continue reading Glyndebourne appoints new Chorus Master

Musical America ‘Musician of the Year’ 2010 Announced

Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has been named ‘Musician of the Year’ 2010 by Musical America. The former music director of the Teatro alla Scala, where he was a controversial figure, will be presented with his award at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on 14 December 2009. For Muti, this will be just … Continue reading Musical America ‘Musician of the Year’ 2010 Announced

Birmingham Conservatoire to mount opera world premiere

An opera written in 1999 by British composer, David Blake, will finally receive its world premiere at Birmingham’s Crescent Theatre this coming March. Students from Birmingham Conservatoire will give four performances of Blake’s Scoring A Century, which traces the fictional story of a married couple through the historical trials and tribulations of the 20th century.&nbsp; … Continue reading Birmingham Conservatoire to mount opera world premiere

News round-up – 16 March 2010

ROYAL OPERA TO STAGE LIFE OF FORMER PLAYBOY MODEL&nbsp; Mark-Anthony Turnage premiere scheduled for February 2011 London’s Royal Opera House has announced details of a new commission about the life of U.S. glamour model, Anna Nicole Smith. With a libretto by Jerry Springer: The Opera co-creator, Richard Thomas, and music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the premiere … Continue reading News round-up – 16 March 2010

Ship Shape: Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Britten’s Billy Budd

Lynne Walker talks to conductor Sir Mark Elder as he conducts his 100th opera – Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. When Sir Mark Elder stepped into the pit to open the 76th Glyndebourne Festival, with its first ever staging of Britten’s Billy Budd, it was the one hundredth opera he has … Continue reading Ship Shape: Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Britten’s Billy Budd

Herrenchiemsee Festival, Bavaria – 14-26 July 2009

Reviewed by Amanda Holloway: Bregenz, Savonlinna – both venerable festivals that rely for their charm on an idyllic lakeside setting. Now add to these Herrenchiemsee, a wooded island on the beautiful Chiemsee lake, 50 miles east of Munich. The Herrenchiemsee experience starts on the jetty at Prien, where you board a paddle steamer for the … Continue reading Herrenchiemsee Festival, Bavaria – 14-26 July 2009

News round-up – 27 October 2010

PHILIPPE AUGIN GETS TOP JOB IN WASHINGTON“Exceptional conductor” becomes Washington National Opera music director Philippe Augin has been appointed as the music director of Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Centre Opera Orchestra, effective immediately. The 59-year-old French conductor made his company debut in November 2009 and is reported as saying that “From the moment … Continue reading News round-up – 27 October 2010

ROH announces 5-night residency for Rufus Wainwright

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been invited to take up a 5-night residency at London’s Royal Opera House from 18 to 23 July 2011. He is the first popular artist ever to be given this opportunity, though one-off celebrity events have been presented by ROH in the past. Titled ‘House of Rufus – 5 Nights of … Continue reading ROH announces 5-night residency for Rufus Wainwright

2011 Salzburg Festival programme announced

“Festivals have to create some controversy – otherwise they’re just boring.” So said Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, as she unveiled the programme for the 2011 Festival which runs from 27 to 30 August next year. The theme of the festival is taken from a quote about the purpose of art from the … Continue reading 2011 Salzburg Festival programme announced

Third annual Benvenuto Franci Opera Competition announced

The dates for this year’s Benvenuto Franci Opera Competition have been announced in Pienza, Tuscany. Running from 13 to 15 October 2011, two days of elimination rounds will culminate in a free gala concert by all finalists at the town’s historic Church of San Francesco. The 2011 competition is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of … Continue reading Third annual Benvenuto Franci Opera Competition announced

Postcard from New Orleans: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Report by Karyl Charna Lynn Le Figaro critic summed up Les Pêcheurs de Perles after its world premiere with the observation that “There are no fishermen in the text and no pearls in the music.” But that’s not entirely correct. There are gorgeous melodies and achingly beautiful duets and arias in this ill-fated love triangle … Continue reading Postcard from New Orleans: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles

New horizons for the Hungarian State Opera

Domonkos Héja has been the acting music director at Budapest’s Hungarian State Opera since 2011, following the resignation of his predecessor Ádám Fischer. Héja talks to Opera Now about recent developments at the company and his plans for the forthcoming season. ON: What steps have you taken to change the company’s artistic direction since you … Continue reading New horizons for the Hungarian State Opera

Conductor Sir Colin Davis dies aged 85

Sir Colin Davis, who died on 14 April aged 85, was one of the leading lights of the British music scene in the latter half of the 20th century. Opera formed a significant part of his career, especially during the 15 years, from 1971 to 1986, which he spent as music director of the Royal … Continue reading Conductor Sir Colin Davis dies aged 85

Opera Warwick’s Essex-girl Cinders – back by popular demand!

It’s not often that you could describe Rossini opera as a brash, sexy and laugh-out-loud commentary on 21st-century youth, culture and mores. But that’s exactly what Opera Warwick, the innovative opera society of Warwick University, achieved with their dynamic, tongue-in-cheek new production of La Cenerentola, which opened in January. By popular demand, the show is … Continue reading Opera Warwick’s Essex-girl Cinders – back by popular demand!

New music director confirmed at La Scala

In an announcement made by Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of Milan, the trustees of Teatro alla Scala have confirmed the appointment of Riccardo Chailly as the opera house’s new music director from 2017. Chailly’s name was originally put forward by Alexander Pereira, newly appointed general director of La Scala, who takes up his post at the … Continue reading New music director confirmed at La Scala

Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies aged 80

The Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, former music director of the Teatro alla Scala, has died in Bologna at the age of 80, following a long illness. Abbado held several positions at La Scala between 1968 and 1986, rising to become artistic director in 1976. He also held the post of music director at the Vienna … Continue reading Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies aged 80

English National Opera names new music director

In September 2015 English National Opera will bid farewell to their current music director Edward Gardner and welcome Mark Wigglesworth as his successor. Wigglesworth comes to ENO with a wealth of operatic experience, including a year as music director of La Monnaie in Brussels. He is widely respected as an interpreter of Mozart, Wagner, Britten … Continue reading English National Opera names new music director

Der Rosenkavalier live in HD from Malmö Opera, Sweden

On 16 May, sonostream.tv is offering a free livestream of Der Rosenkavalier, one of the crown jewels of the opera repertoire. Also known as The Knight of the White Rose, the opera is a masterpiece by two geniuses of their genres – composer Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, one of the German-speaking world’s … Continue reading Der Rosenkavalier live in HD from Malmö Opera, Sweden

Jonathan Kent receives CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Report by Katy Wright Opera and musical director Jonathan Kent has received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2015 for services to music and theatre. Kent made his debut as an opera director with the Santa Fe Opera’s 2003 production of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. His first British production was a dramatisation of … Continue reading Jonathan Kent receives CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

WNO announces new music director

Welsh National Opera has announced Tomáš Hanus as its new music director. The Czech conductor will take up the position in autumn 2016. Hanus was music director of the National Theatre Brno, Janácek Opera House from 2007-2009, and regularly conducts the Bayerische Staatsoper. He has conducted at the Dresden Semperoper, Bavarian State Opera Munich, the … Continue reading WNO announces new music director

Last chance to see La bohème at this year’s Celebrate Voice festival

La bohème is such a popular opera these days that opera houses often set out to do something ‘different’, ‘original’ and, worst of all, ‘relevant’ in their productions of Puccini’s enduring masterpiece. English National Opera has received plenty of criticism for its latest production in which Australian director Benedict Andrews has the young lovers on … Continue reading Last chance to see La bohème at this year’s Celebrate Voice festival

Happy Birthday to Bryn Terfel!

To celebrate the bass-baritone’s 50th birthday, we’ve re-released an article from our March 2015 issue. Having won accolades for his portrayals of some of opera’s most weighty and challenging roles, Bryn Terfel is now determined to let his hair down as his 50th birthday looms. Amanda Holloway finds the great Welsh baritone in a distinctly … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Bryn Terfel!

Philadelphia Orchestra files for bankruptcy protection

The Philadelphia Orchestra has sent shock waves around America’s classical musical community by filing for bankruptcy, writes Michael Quinn. An open letter jointly signed by the orchestra’s president and chief executive Allison Vulgamore and its chairman, Richard B Worley, described the orchestra’s financial position as ‘serious’ and said its operating funds were ‘dwindling rapidly’ and … Continue reading Philadelphia Orchestra files for bankruptcy protection

Joanna MacGregor to lead Dartington International Summer School from 2015

Pianist Joanna MacGregor has been named as artistic director of the Dartington International Summer School from 2015, initially on a three-year contract. MacGregor will take over from Nicholas Daniel after this year’s summer school, Daniel having been taken on with a one-year contract, as announced last year. The 2014 summer school will last for three … Continue reading Joanna MacGregor to lead Dartington International Summer School from 2015

Antonio Pappano named patron of the Keyboard Charitable Trust

Geoffrey Shindler OBE, chairman of the Keyboard Charitable Trust, has announced that the Royal Opera House’s eminent music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, has agreed to become the Keyboard Trust’s patron. ‘Since its foundation in 1991, it has become a tradition for the Keyboard Trust to be associated with musical excellence of the highest calibre. Sir … Continue reading Antonio Pappano named patron of the Keyboard Charitable Trust

Evgeny Kissin: A Timeline

To celebrate Evgeny Kissin’s birthday, we’ve put together a short timeline highlighting some of the key dates and honours in his illustrious career: Kissin was born in Moscow to a Russian Jewish family in 1971 He began to play by ear at age two Aged 6 he started to study at the Gnessin State Musical … Continue reading Evgeny Kissin: A Timeline

Matthew Halls to be the next artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival

Matthew Halls, the 35 year old British conductor and keyboard player is to be the next artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival. He takes up the job after the 2013 season, succeeding Hemuth Rilling, the festival’s founding artistic director, who will remain at the University of Oregon as director emeritus. Halls, an Oxford graduate … Continue reading Matthew Halls to be the next artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival

Proms 2009 season announced

‘From Henry Wood, to Bollywood,’ quipped Proms director Roger Wright in his presentation launching the 2009 season, which features a broad range of concerts, talks, workshops, films, free performances and activities – including Indian Voices day, culminating in the first, and already headline-grabbing, Bollywood Prom. There are 12 more concerts than in 2008, bring the … Continue reading Proms 2009 season announced

Partnership plans new post-grad orchestral training centre

Details have been released of the Centre for Orchestra, a new initiative in orchestral training in a partnership between the Guildhall School of Music &amp; Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican. The centre will offer a programme of postgraduate orchestral training and development based around works that will be performed within the LSO/Barbican season. … Continue reading Partnership plans new post-grad orchestral training centre

Britain’s biggest orchestra seeks new players

Applications are now being welcomed for the 2010 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Described this month as ‘magnificent’ by the Times and ‘a credit to Britain’ by the Guardian, the National Youth Orchestra brings 165 talented young musicians together from every corner of Britain. &nbsp; Players need to be Grade 8 standard, but do … Continue reading Britain’s biggest orchestra seeks new players

Arise, Dame Mitsuko

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, CBE, is made a dame commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours. A player of great sensitivity and flair, Dame Mitsuko has long been active in developing young musicians. She is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music … Continue reading Arise, Dame Mitsuko

Menuhin Festival launches orchestra

The Gstaad Festival Orchestra (GFO) was launched today at HSBC Private Bank, which has been the principal sponsor of the Menuhin Festival Gstaad since 2003. Maxim Vengerov was a special guest at the event. For two months each summer the Menuhin Festival Gstaad provides a setting for artistic development, creativity and enjoyment and from 2010 … Continue reading Menuhin Festival launches orchestra

Proms archive to go live on 6 July

The BBC Proms is launching an online Proms archive, listing all performances, composers, works, soloists, conductors and ensembles in its 115-year history. Music-lovers will be able to search for the details of any one of the 7,168 concerts which have taken place since 1895 by composer, work, soloist, conductor, ensemble or date at bbc.co.uk/proms/archive. They … Continue reading Proms archive to go live on 6 July

Juanjo Mena to succeed Noseda at BBC Phil

The BBC Philharmonic has announced that the Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena will succeed Gianandrea Noseda as chief conductor in September 2011. Noseda has held the position since 2002, and will take the new title of conductor laureate when he steps down.&nbsp; Mena’s contract is for an initial period of three years, for 12 weeks per … Continue reading Juanjo Mena to succeed Noseda at BBC Phil

Robin Ticciati extends SCO contract

Following the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s opening performance of its 2010/11 season on 7 October at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, it has been announced that Robin Ticciati has extended his contract as principal conductor for a further three years, until 2015. Ticciati, who joined the orchestra in September 2009 after the resignation of Joseph Swensen, talked very … Continue reading Robin Ticciati extends SCO contract

Six-figure salaries at Covent Garden under fire

Fat cats at the top of the arts world earning six-figure salaries have come under fire from Lib Dem arts spokesman Don Foster, with the chief executive and musical director of the Royal Opera House being singled out for particular criticism for earning £1m a year between them. The conductor Antonio Pappano gets £630,000, and … Continue reading Six-figure salaries at Covent Garden under fire

RSNO chief executive heading for Seattle

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has announced that Simon Woods will depart as chief executive in the spring of 2011, following his appointment as executive director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He assumes his new role in May. Having joined the orchestra in 2005, the same year as conductor Stéphane Denève, his tenure has … Continue reading RSNO chief executive heading for Seattle

Conductor Yakov Kreizberg dies aged 51

Yakov Kreizberg 24 October 1959 – 15 March 2011 Conductor Yakov Kreizberg has died at his home in Monte Carlo at the age of 51 and after a long illness. He was chief conductor and artistic advisor to the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestras, and artistic and musical director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. … Continue reading Conductor Yakov Kreizberg dies aged 51

Opera North and Hallé announce new seasons for 2011/12

Opera North’s last season plan was one of its most ambitious ever – six new productions out of seven stage shows, plus the first instalment of an in-concert Ring cycle (still to be heard: Das Rheingold is first performed at Leeds Town Hall on 18 June). Its next year’s announcement, tantalizingly, leaves a complete blank … Continue reading Opera North and Hallé announce new seasons for 2011/12

ISM announces new honorary members: ‘Passionate advocates for music’

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has awarded honorary membership to conductor Sir Mark Elder, the Southbank Centre’s head of contemporary culture Gillian Moore, Richard Morrison of the Times, and Roger Wright, controller of Radio 3 and director of the BBC Proms. Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM, said of the awards: ‘Our new honorary … Continue reading ISM announces new honorary members: ‘Passionate advocates for music’

Dutoit in North Korea sounding out inter-Korean youth orchestra

Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit is visiting North Korea this week, at the invitation of the Chosun Arts Exchange Association, with the aim of setting up a youth orchestra in the mould of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan orchestra. Dutoit, who is artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, travelled with violinist Chantal Juillet … Continue reading Dutoit in North Korea sounding out inter-Korean youth orchestra

Robin Ticciati to succeed Jurowski at Glyndebourne from Jan 2014

Glyndebourne has confirmed the appointment of Robin TIcciati as its next music director. Ticciati will take over from Vladimir Jurowski in January 2014, becoming only the seventh holder of the post in what will be the festival’s 80th anniversary. Ticciati has worked extensively with Glyndebourne in the past, making his professional conducting debut with Glyndebourne … Continue reading Robin Ticciati to succeed Jurowski at Glyndebourne from Jan 2014

Thomas Søndergård to be princpal conductor of BBC NOW from 2012

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced Thomas Søndergård as its new principal conductor. The Danish conductor will take up the role in September 2012, taking over from the Swiss Thierry Fischer. Søndergård is currently principal conductor and musical adviser of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and made his debut with BBC NOW in the … Continue reading Thomas Søndergård to be princpal conductor of BBC NOW from 2012

Choral bargains galore at ABCD auction of promises

The Association of British Choral Directors is holding an auction of promises as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Several high-profile figures are involved in a campaign which organisers hope will raise £25,000 to support ABCD’s choral training programme. Auction lots include composition commissions, gifts, workshops and recording sessions, many of which remain available at … Continue reading Choral bargains galore at ABCD auction of promises

Pappano given knighthood as philanthropy and community recognised

The Royal Opera House’s music director, Antonio Pappano, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours List, as several other figures from the music industry were also honoured. Sir Antonio said he was ‘astonished but hugely honoured by this news’ and thanked the ROH and its ‘world class’ orchestra and chorus. He … Continue reading Pappano given knighthood as philanthropy and community recognised

Paul Watkins to replace David Finckel as cellist of the Emerson Quartet

Welsh cellist Paul Watkins has been selected to replace David Finckel as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet. Mr Finckel will step down from the quartet at the end of the 2012/13 season after 34 years’ service. Explaining the reason for leaving the quartet, Mr Finckel mentioned his desire to concentrate his attention on his … Continue reading Paul Watkins to replace David Finckel as cellist of the Emerson Quartet

Sakari Oramo appointed to lead BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2013

Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo is to be the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s next chief conductor, taking over from Jiří Bělohlávek and starting at the 2013 Proms. Oramo is currently chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (which he will be leaving after the current … Continue reading Sakari Oramo appointed to lead BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2013

BBC Proms 2012 bring austerity-bucking season of 92 concerts

The 2012 BBC Proms season was announced on 19 April, with a typically diverse programme of concerts in the Royal Albert Hall and beyond. The £5 promming ticket is held for the seventh year and every concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3, while 26 will be televised on BBC One, Two and Four. … Continue reading BBC Proms 2012 bring austerity-bucking season of 92 concerts

RPS awards announced, with Abbado and Pollini winning

Two Italians in London, Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini, have won major awards at the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 8 May. Abbado won the conductor award for his concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in October 2011 – performances which the jury … Continue reading RPS awards announced, with Abbado and Pollini winning

Knussen wins Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Musician

The Critics’ Circle Awards 2012 have been announced, with composer and conductor Oliver Knussen winning the award for Outstanding Musician, and exceptional young artist awards going to pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, Aurora orchestra conductor Nicholas Collon, and bass Matthew Rose. Knussen is to be presented with the award after the concert of Berg, Stravinsky, Ives and … Continue reading Knussen wins Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Musician

BBCSSO gets permanent leader, after long search, in Laura Samuel

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has appointed Laura Samuel as its new leader. She takes up the post, which been vacant Elizabeth Layton’s departure in 2010, from the start of the 2012/13 season. A founder member of the Belcea Quartet, with whom she was second violin from 1994 until 2000, Ms Samuel has worked as … Continue reading BBCSSO gets permanent leader, after long search, in Laura Samuel

New artistic director for Garsington Opera

Garsington Opera’s 2011 change of location has now been matched by a change of artistic directorship in 2012. Conductor Douglas Boyd replaces Anthony Whitworth-Jones, who retires at the top of his game having overseen the organisational coup which saw Garsington transfer from its original village garden site near Oxford to the impressive setting of the … Continue reading New artistic director for Garsington Opera

Southbank launches Rest Is Noise, a year-long modern music primer

The Southbank Centre has announced programme highlights for ‘The Rest Is Noise: the Soundtrack of the 20th century’, a yearlong cultural festival inspired by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ multi-award-winning book. Desribed as ‘a cultural and musical history of the 20th century’ the festival is the most significant programming thread for the Southbank in … Continue reading Southbank launches Rest Is Noise, a year-long modern music primer

Circular syncing

When most ensembles celebrate significant anniversaries, it is the director who is bathed in the media spotlight, explaining founding principles and future directions. Not so Stile Antico, which celebrates its tenth anniversary: just in as the group’s performances, at this birthday party there is no conductor but 12 voices speaking and singing in harmony. Today … Continue reading Circular syncing

St John’s Smith Square, York Christmas, Temple Winter, Spitalfields Winter

The Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square, directed by Stephen Layton, is celebrating its 30th birthday this December. As it happens, so am I – but unlike this journalist, the festival has matured into a sophisticated blend of refined distinction and seasoned cosmopolitanism. The core of its remit remains unchanged, celebrating and showcasing the … Continue reading St John’s Smith Square, York Christmas, Temple Winter, Spitalfields Winter

Fabio Luisi named music director designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Fabio Luisi has been named music director designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He will launch his tenure as music director in April 2018 for an initial period of five years. The new position has been created specially for Luisi, who will lead at least three full operatic productions and numerous symphonic concerts at the Opera … Continue reading Fabio Luisi named music director designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Aleksandar Marković announced as new Opera North music director

Serbian conductor Aleksandar Marković will be taking over from Richard Farnes as music director of Opera North for the 2016/17 season. His first production in the new role will be with a performance of Der Rosenkavalier in September 2016. Marković made his debut with Opera North in 2015 with Jenůfa at the company’s home at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, as well as … Continue reading Aleksandar Marković announced as new Opera North music director

Edinburgh International Festival announces 2016 programme

This year’s Edinburgh Festival, which takes place 5-29 August, will feature 2,442 artists from 36 nations. The festival’s classical music programme comprises 42 concerts and recitals in Usher and Queen’s halls. The Usher Hall’s opening and closing concerts feature large-scale choral works, with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. Other choral … Continue reading Edinburgh International Festival announces 2016 programme

LA Phil appoints Susanna Mälkki as principal guest conductor

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will take up the role of principal guest conductor of the LA Phil in the 2017/18 season for a three-year term. The position has only been held by two other conductors: Sir Simon Rattle (1981-1994) and Michael Tilson Thomas (1981-1985). Mälkki will present three subscription weeks as part of the Walt Disney … Continue reading LA Phil appoints Susanna Mälkki as principal guest conductor

End of lessons

After plumbing blood, sweat and tears into years of training, it can be hard to imagine a career beyond teaching. Rhian Morgan speaks to those who made the difficult to imagine a reality Colin Walker became the deputy chief examiner for ABRSM after several director of music jobs and a stint at exam board Edexcel. But after … Continue reading End of lessons

James Levine to step down from the Met Opera

James Levine, music director at the Metropolitan Opera, will retire at the end of the 2015/16 season for health reasons. The Met’s announcement stated that Parkinson’s disease had made it ‘increasingly difficult for him to conduct a full schedule of Met performances.’ The 72-year-old will assume the new position of music director emeritus next season. He will continue … Continue reading James Levine to step down from the Met Opera

May’s new music

Although his work frequently explores the possibilities of embedding spoken text into concert music, the opportunity to dig deeper was irresistible to Philip Venables (pictured above). As the Royal Opera House and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s inaugural doctoral composer-in-residence, Venables has been undertaking academic research in conjunction with practical work. ‘Having the … Continue reading May’s new music