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Trinity Laban launches partnership with the Open University

Trinity Laban has announced a new music course in partnership with the Open University. The Practice of Music Making certificate combines distance learning with a week-long residential at Trinity Laban. The course, which begins in October 2016, is designed for those who want to improve their performance skills and enhance their understanding of their art form. It can be … Continue reading Trinity Laban launches partnership with the Open University

Fill you in Friday

Too busy to keep track of all the latest events and workshops coming up? Teaching Drama has done the work for you – we’re giving you the updates so you won’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities from teachers and students. TheatreCraft The Beyond the Stage Careers Fair TheatreCraft is home … Continue reading Fill you in Friday

TheatreCraft 2011: Beyond the stage

TheatreCraft: Beyond the stage is an event that offers workshops, one-to-one career advice and an exhibition, informing visitors about the many opportunities in off-stage theatre careers. This year’s event was held at the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera. The day was launched in the auditorium with an impressive backdrop design in place. … Continue reading TheatreCraft 2011: Beyond the stage

TMA to help support local authorities

A new scheme has been launched by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) to help local authorities sustain theatre provisions. TMA will provide advice on reducing costs and boosting income and link up organisations facing similar challenges. Chief executive of TMA, Julian Bird said: ‘We have started to gather a database of good practice all around the UK and will … Continue reading TMA to help support local authorities

Ticket offer for Perform 2012

As a sponsor of PERFORM 2012, Teaching Drama is delighted to offer you and your students an exclusive £8 ticket deal for the event. To get your discount click here. PEFORM is for anyone looking for a career in the drama industry; teachers, actors and backstage artists can attend seminars, workshops and talk to the 40 exhibitors … Continue reading Ticket offer for Perform 2012

Whatsonstage Awards crown 2012 winners

The Prince of Wales Theatre played host to the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards on 19 February. The awards were hosted by former Legally Blonde The Musical star Sheridan Smith, QI panellist Alan Davies and comedian Jenny Eclair. Matilida The Musical was the big winner of the evening, taking away four awards, including best new musical. Lyricist Tim Minchin was also named as … Continue reading Whatsonstage Awards crown 2012 winners

PERFORM 2012: The round-up

PERFORM 2012 took place on 9–11 March at London’s Kensington Olympia. It is the sister event to MOVE IT, a dance event for performers, students and teachers. The event was busy, with many young students eager to dance and perform at the three-day event. PERFORM was given its own corner of the hall, and was designed … Continue reading PERFORM 2012: The round-up

Arts Council chair to step down

Dame Liz Forgan will not be returning as chair of the Arts Council, after being asked to step down from her role by ministers. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt decided not to reappoint Forgan when her term ends at the beginning of next year. Forgan, 67, became the first woman to fill the post, when she was … Continue reading Arts Council chair to step down

The Stage reveals high theatre prices

An investigation by The Stage has revealed the high cost of visiting popular shows in the West End. The theatre industry newspaper uncovered some of the rather hefty charges incurred when attending theatre in the capital. Buying tickets online is costing theatre-goers up to £12.25, just in booking fees. But the charges are not consistent across the board, The … Continue reading The Stage reveals high theatre prices

SOLT awards 13 lucky drama students with bursaries

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has awarded this year’s Laurence Olivier bursaries to 13 students attending drama schools across the UK. This year’s scheme saw £55,000 donated to drama students entering their final year of training. SOLT president Mark Rubinstein said of the applicants: ‘Following a highly competitive audition process and a remarkable display … Continue reading SOLT awards 13 lucky drama students with bursaries

International Student Drama Festival 2012

This week has seen the first International Student Drama Festival (ISDF) take place in Sheffield. The National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) took the decision to make this year’s event global, so to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad (see Teaching Drama Summer 1 for our article on the NSDF ‘Going Global‘). The 9-day festival began on 22 June with … Continue reading International Student Drama Festival 2012

Actress Joanna Page hits out at Lloyd Webber reality show

Stage and screen actress Joanna Page has called the latest reality television show to find the next stage star ‘disgusting’. The RADA graduate criticised the ITV series Superstar and shows with a similar format. The programme saw Andrew Lloyd Webber search for a new male lead to perform the role of Jesus in the forthcoming … Continue reading Actress Joanna Page hits out at Lloyd Webber reality show

DEBATE: Do theatre-based reality shows negatively affect the industry?

Yesterday, we reported that Joanna Page had criticised the reality show Superstar. She said: ‘There are actors and musical theatre performers who have given their whole lives to the profession because it is their passion, and then you have some bloody van driver on a show saying “I didn’t do this when I was 12 but I wish I … Continue reading DEBATE: Do theatre-based reality shows negatively affect the industry?

Attenborough to leave Almeida Theatre

After 11 years in the role, Michael Attenborough has announced that he is to step down as artistic director at the Almeida Theatre. Attenborough described his time at the theatre as having been, ‘consistently thrilling and rewarding.’  He made the decision to leave in Spring 2013 in order to dedicate more time to other ventures, … Continue reading Attenborough to leave Almeida Theatre

RCS launch UK’s first deaf theatre skills course

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has launched a new series of workshops for the deaf with Solar Bear Theatre Company. The RCS held a pilot course earlier this year. Gerry Ramage, artistic director of Solar Bear, described Deaf Theatre Skills at the RCS as a, ‘new and ground-breaking programme.’ He said the new course, … Continue reading RCS launch UK’s first deaf theatre skills course

Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

Leading figures from the theatre industry have been recognised in 2013’s New Year honours. Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is to receive an OBE for his services to drama, as will Adrian Lester, who will play Othello in Nicholas Hytner’s new production at the National later this year. Other recipients include: RADA registrar Patricia Myers, for … Continue reading Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

Teaching Drama magazine to host Teachers’ Area at PERFORM

PERFORM, an event for those studying or working in the performing arts industry, is returning to London Olympia for 2013. Brand new for this year, PERFORM will have its own separate venue from its sister event, MOVE IT. Along with over 60 seminars and workshops, as well as 50 exhibitors in attendance, there is the … Continue reading Teaching Drama magazine to host Teachers’ Area at PERFORM

COMPETITION: PERFORM 2013 TICKETS

Win tickets to PERFORM – an event for those studying or working in the performing arts industry. Along with over 60 seminars and workshops, as well as 50 exhibitors in attendance, there is the new addition of a Teachers’ Area – which will be hosted by Teaching Drama magazine! For your chance to win 1 of the … Continue reading COMPETITION: PERFORM 2013 TICKETS

EXCLUSIVE: Drama & Me with Braham Murray

An exclusive Drama & Me interview with celebrated director Braham Murray, in advance of his appearance at PERFORM, Olympia – this Friday 8-Sunday 10 March. Come and see TD in the Teaching Drama Teacher’s Area for talks and networking events all weekend.  Drama & Me … with Braham Murray What is your occupation? Theatre director. Where did … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Drama & Me with Braham Murray

Campaign launched in support of regional theatres

A campaign entitled My Theatre Matters! has been launched to encourage support of local theatres. The initiative is being led by Equity, The Stage and Theatrical Management Association (TMA). The Stage editor Brian Attwood says: ‘Many theatres are facing reductions, and in some cases complete cuts, in support from their local authorities. It is the … Continue reading Campaign launched in support of regional theatres

Report reveals real worth of the arts and culture sector to government’s income

A report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has revealed that the arts and culture sector provides 0.4% of gross domestic product, despite receiving less than 0.1% of government spending. The report’s results, published by Arts Council England, reveal that the arts sector provides 0.48% of total employment in England; the arts … Continue reading Report reveals real worth of the arts and culture sector to government’s income

New part-time performing arts school launched by actress in London

Actress Simone Lahbib has launched a new part-time performing arts school in North Finchley, London, offering children of ages three and up classes in dance, acting, singing and musical theatre. 360 Arts opened on 8 September, with Lahbib as principal. She has described 360 Arts as, ‘a vibrant, exciting environment, boasting some of London’s best … Continue reading New part-time performing arts school launched by actress in London

TheatreCraft 2013 – an overview

On Friday 22 November, TD visited TheatreCraft 2013 – the backstage, production and arts admin careers fair which takes over the Royal Opera House annually for a day of workshops, tours and networking events. Just as it had been the previous year, TheatreCraft was a huge success. Thronging with young people – both college groups … Continue reading TheatreCraft 2013 – an overview

ATG owners top The Stage 100 List

Chief executives Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire of the Ambassador Theatre Group have come top, for the fifth year running, of The Stage 100 List – the industry paper’s annual power list. The theatre group, established over 20 years ago, owns 39 theatres in the UK. Last year saw ATG undergo a period of change … Continue reading ATG owners top The Stage 100 List

Winners of 2014 Off West End Awards revealed

The winners of the 2014 Off West End Awards, known as The Offies, have been announced. This year’s ceremony took place on 2 March and was hosted by Unicorn Theatre. Southwark Playhouse’s musical production Titanic came away as this year’s big winner with four prizes: best lighting designer, best choreographer, best costume designer and best … Continue reading Winners of 2014 Off West End Awards revealed

Backstage Academy recruiting for staff

Backstage Academy is looking to recruit teaching, admin and industry staff ahead of the new term commencing in October 2014. The academy, based at the LS-Live rehearsal studios in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, deliver industry-based training in lighting, sound, staging, live visuals, networks, show control and event planning Backstage Academy’s courses are validated by the University … Continue reading Backstage Academy recruiting for staff

Free theatre performances at West End Live this weekend

If you are in the capital this weekend, you might want to drop by West End Live in Trafalgar Square where the event will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. West End Live provides two days of free taster performances of shows from London’s West End. Show taking part this year include: The Commitments, Once, Wicked, Billy Elliot, … Continue reading Free theatre performances at West End Live this weekend

SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has awarded the latest round of Laurence Olivier Bursaries to 16 drama students worth over £50,000. The bursaries provide support to students who are facing financial difficulties in their final year of drama school. The Laurence Olivier bursaries range from £500 up to a maximum of £7,500. Applicants are … Continue reading SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

New initiative seeks to develop contemporary theatre output from south-east England

A new three-year initiative called greenhouse has been launched to develop contemporary theatre and its audiences in the south east and east of England. Over three years, greenhouse will invest £420,000 into 30 projects. The scheme, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England, is being led by house, an organisation which curates … Continue reading New initiative seeks to develop contemporary theatre output from south-east England

Student Guide to Drama Education 2014-15

The 2014-15 Student Guide to Drama Education is now available to view online for FREE. Whether you are looking to study drama at university, drama school or perhaps even starting out in the industry – you’ll find this to be a helpful guide. Features in this year’s guide include: For anyone considering drama at higher … Continue reading Student Guide to Drama Education 2014-15

Over 1,000 young people attend TheatreCraft 2014

Teaching Drama visited TheatreCraft, the backstage theatre careers fair, on 17 October. The one-day event, aimed at young people aged 16-25, had more than 1,000 visitors in attendance at the Royal Opera House. The event was opened with a speech from the Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone. She said it was ‘such an honour’ to … Continue reading Over 1,000 young people attend TheatreCraft 2014

IdeasTap to close due to lack of funding

Arts charity IdeasTap has announced it is to close in June after failing to secure future funding. IdeasTap’s chairman Peter De Haan said of the news: ‘We’ve worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to confirm future funding for our operations. It is with great sadness and reluctance that we have reached this decision.’ IdeasTap … Continue reading IdeasTap to close due to lack of funding

Oddsocks supports Labour’s pledge to axe unpaid internships

Oddsocks Productions have spoken out in support of Ed Miliband’s pledge to axe unpaid internships if Labour is successful in this month’s general election. In response to Labour’s pledge to make it illegal for companies to offer unpaid work placements of longer than four weeks, Oddsocks said in a statement that they ‘feel that this … Continue reading Oddsocks supports Labour’s pledge to axe unpaid internships

School site-specific production for 2015 National Youth Theatre season

A brand new play inspired by news earlier this year of three Bethnal Green schoolgirls’ journey to Syria to join militant group Isis will feature among the National Youth Theatre’s new season. Homegrown, created by director Nadia Latif and writer Omar El-Khairy, explores the implications of radicalism and extremism on people and communities behind the … Continue reading School site-specific production for 2015 National Youth Theatre season

UCAS Conservatoires received record number of applications in 2014

by Katy Wright UCAS Conservatoires received a record 7,985 applications in 2014, with around two-thirds of applicants applying to undergraduate courses. UCAS Conservatoires manages applications to performance-based music, dance and drama courses at eight conservatoires in the UK. All offer music, with two also offering dance and two offering drama. According to a report from the organisation, the … Continue reading UCAS Conservatoires received record number of applications in 2014

EBacc to return to secondary education

The EBacc, or English Baccalaureate, is due to make a return this September after it was scrapped in 2013 to make way for ‘a more balanced and meaningful accountability system,’ as previously proposed by Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education. Intended to further control compulsory GCSE subjects in state secondary schools, the plan … Continue reading EBacc to return to secondary education

Sir Tim Rice awarded Honorary Doctorate of Arts

Sir Tim Rice, known for his award-winning collaborations with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Leeds Beckett University for his contribution to the industry. Having co-written renowned musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita with Lloyd Webber, as well as working … Continue reading Sir Tim Rice awarded Honorary Doctorate of Arts

Kenneth Branagh succeeds Richard Attenborough as new RADA president

Former student Kenneth Branagh has been named as the next president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, following Richard Attenborough’s death last year. The announcement comes following a slew of Eton- and Harrow-educated actors taking lead roles on stage and in films, prompting a warning from Julie Walters that actors from working class backgrounds are being … Continue reading Kenneth Branagh succeeds Richard Attenborough as new RADA president

Edge Investments launches £40m arts fund

In light of declining arts funding, venture capital firm Edge Investments has opened up £40 million to the creative industries, intended to encourage flair and entrepreneurial spirit within smaller creative companies which might be suffering at the hands of declining arts funding. Theatre companies wishing to apply for the fund will be able to do … Continue reading Edge Investments launches £40m arts fund

Theatre Skills Award nominations open

Celebrating fantastic mentors and managers in the theatre industry, The Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2016 have opened nominations for their Theatre Skills Award. Nominees should be individuals who work within the industry and strive to provide young people with the opportunity to work and learn in the creative industries. They must also ensure that employers … Continue reading Theatre Skills Award nominations open

National Youth Theatre launches new technical courses for 2016

For the first time, the National Youth Theatre will be holding auditions and interviews for their brand new three-week technical courses. The auditions, alongside the usual annual intake of performers aged between 14 and 25, will be held across the UK. Actors hoping to follow in the footsteps of NYT alumni such as Daniel Craig, … Continue reading National Youth Theatre launches new technical courses for 2016

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)

Newton Classics founder dies

Newton Classics founder Theo Lap has died. Lap began his 25-year career in the music industry in a Dutch retail shop. He proceeded to become account manager at Harmonia Mundi Nederland, product manager at Warner Music, VP marketing at Deutsche Grammophon, managing director at Foreign Media Music, CEO at Newton Classics, president at ArkivMusic.eu, council member at … Continue reading Newton Classics founder dies

Rosie Hood and Friends

Rosie Hood marks the end of her BBC Performing Arts Fellowship with a special performance featuring some of the artists she has worked with over the year. The BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship is designed for people who have shown dedication to a career in the performing arts industry. The Fellowship with EFDSS is a … Continue reading Rosie Hood and Friends

Robert Mealy appointed as director of historical performance

Robert Mealy, a leading US baroque violinist, has been appointed as the director of historical performance at The Juilliard School, New York. Mealy has been part of the programme’s faculty since its establishment in 2008. Mealy will begin his new position as historical performance director in September for the 2012-13 season. Julliard School’s president  Joseph  … Continue reading Robert Mealy appointed as director of historical performance

Rhinegold Publishing launches Music Education Expo

Music Teacher magazine and Rhinegold Publishing are to host the Music Education Expo – a new conference and training event for music teachers and professionals. The two-day event will include over 50 workshops, seminars, speeches and debates. The Expo is the UK’s largest exhibition and professional development conference for teachers of music. Music Teacher magazine will … Continue reading Rhinegold Publishing launches Music Education Expo

Gramophone awards winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in the 12 main categories have been announced. The early music winners are as follows: JS Bach: Cello Suites; David Watkin vc; Resonus (Baroque Instrumental) Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco; Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini; Naïve (Baroque Vocal) ‘The Spy’s Choirbook’; Alamire; English Cornett … Continue reading Gramophone awards winners announced

Davies last-minute Proms appearance interrupts recording session

by Alex Stevens & EMT staff Countertenor Iestyn Davies faced an extremely busy weekend schedule after being drafted onto the bill for 7 September’s Last Night of the Proms at short notice. Due to some little-known legislation, BBC producers were told they would be unable to use a treble soloist because the performance was to … Continue reading Davies last-minute Proms appearance interrupts recording session

Ex Cathedra receive Music Teacher Award for Singing Playgrounds project

Ex Cathedra’s charity project Singing Playgrounds has been awarded with a Music Teacher Award for Excellence. The choral ensemble came away with the prize for Best Musical Initiative. The judging panel described Singing Playgrounds as: ‘A project whose effective simplicity is matched only by its scope and potential. Implemented in 500 schools and counting, it … Continue reading Ex Cathedra receive Music Teacher Award for Singing Playgrounds project

Sounds Sublime festival celebrates up and coming vocal ensembles

A new day-long festival in London this summer will showcase the talent of upcoming vocal ensembles. The July event, entitled Sounds Sublime, is being run by The Sixteen’s education department in partnership with Voces Cantabiles, St Martin-in-the‐Fields, The National Gallery and Classic FM. A host of performances and workshops take place at different venues: at St … Continue reading Sounds Sublime festival celebrates up and coming vocal ensembles

Ivory ban ‘foretells the destruction of early music industry’, says AMIS

Stringent new rules in the USA outlawing the selling, transporting and ‘owning with intent to sell’ of ivory may be good news for elephants, but they have serious implications for musicians. The Budapest Festival Orchestra had to borrow bows from New York musicians after their own were impounded at JFK Airport last month, with each … Continue reading Ivory ban ‘foretells the destruction of early music industry’, says AMIS

Boston Baroque unveils New Electronic Media Platform

Boston Baroque has unveiled a ‘New Electronic Media Platform’ which will enable the orchestra to make their live performances and recordings available to a worldwide audience. The platform includes the launch of a new internet radio station, Boston Baroque Radio. The station, which began broadcasting on 4 November, allows listeners to for access Boston Baroque’s … Continue reading Boston Baroque unveils New Electronic Media Platform

New three-year project into 17th-century ‘big ballads’ to launch with concert at NCEM

A new project to research, record and perform 100 of the bestselling broadside ballads of the 17th century is to be launched with a concert at the National Centre for Early Music on 20 February. The three-year research project, entitled ‘Hit songs and their significance in 17th-century England’, is being funded by the Arts and … Continue reading New three-year project into 17th-century ‘big ballads’ to launch with concert at NCEM

Gramophone awards winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in the 12 main categories have been announced. The early music winners are as follows: JS Bach: Cello Suites; David Watkin vc; Resonus (Baroque Instrumental) Monteverdi: Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco; Concerto Italiano / Rinaldo Alessandrini; Naïve (Baroque Vocal) ‘The Spy’s Choirbook’; Alamire; English Cornett … Continue reading Gramophone awards winners announced

Rhinegold’s £10,000 Charity Fund open to applications

The 2015 Rhinegold Charity Fund is now open to applications. The fund, run by EMT’s publisher Rhinegold, offers a charity operating in the music sector up to £10,000 to spend on advertising across the publisher’s portfolio of classical music publications, websites and services. Music and educational charity Pro Corda Trust was the recipient of 2014’s Rhinegold … Continue reading Rhinegold’s £10,000 Charity Fund open to applications

Two charities awarded 2015/16 Rhinegold Charity Fund

Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Live Music Now have been named joint recipients of 2015/16’s Rhinegold Charity Fund, offering £10,000 of advertising across Rhinegold’s classical music and education publications, websites and services. Rhinegold Charity Fund chairman Stephen Turvey said: ‘We have chosen YCAT and Live Music Now because, although significantly different in their focus, … Continue reading Two charities awarded 2015/16 Rhinegold Charity Fund

Women in classical music are being thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

When 17-year-old Jessy McCabe made headlines last month with her shocking discovery that Edexcel’s Music A-Level syllabus featured not a single work by a female composer, my reaction was one of anger and frustration. But it wasn’t anger directed at a patriarchal conspiracy or frustration born of exclusion and discrimination, it was anger that – … Continue reading Women in classical music are being thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

Is El Sistema a busted flush?

It has not been the best couple of months for El Sistema. December began with a long report by Lawrence Scripp, a director at New England Conservatory, and Luigi Mazzocchi, formerly of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and now concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. Mazzocchi provided detailed testimony of his 15 years in the … Continue reading Is El Sistema a busted flush?

Music for Youth to run LIMS Education Day

Arts cuts will cause ‘more grief than gain’

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) has warned that the cuts to the arts announced today in the budget will not only be damaging to the cultural sector but will also impede the sector’s ability to contribute to the recovery in the wider economy.<br><br>Responding to today’s budget statement, NCA director Louise de Winter said: … Continue reading Arts cuts will cause ‘more grief than gain’

Arts sector tackles minister on new visa rules

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) has led a delegation of arts industry representatives to meet Phil Woolas, the minister for borders and immigration, to discuss the impact of the new points-based visa rules and regulations on the arts.<br><br>The arts and entertainment sector has faced particular challenges since the system came into operation in … Continue reading Arts sector tackles minister on new visa rules

<p>Up to 10,000 new jobs in creative industries<br></p>

Start them young on Wagner, says arts chief

May launch for Sound and Music

Sound and Music, the new organisation championing new music and sound, has announced that it will be ‘open for business’ from mid-May. Its website will go live on 18 May and its first season of live events (May – July) will soon be announced shortly, with the launch of its creative vision to follow in … Continue reading May launch for Sound and Music

New culture minister for Scotland

Linda Fabiani is one of the high profile casualties of a ministerial reshuffle by Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond, losing her job to Mike Russell who is the new minister for culture, external affairs and constitution <span style=”font-style: italic;”>writes Susan Nickalls</span>. Russell, who is also a writer and broadcaster, is the ninth minister responsible for … Continue reading New culture minister for Scotland

Opera companies join up on new choral theatre work

Eight British opera companies have joined forces to commission a substantial new choral theatre work for young singers. <span style=”font-style: italic;”>On the Rim of the World</span> is being composed by Orlando Gough with lyrics by Jehane Markham. The first performances will take place in March.<br><br>Taking part are English National Opera, English Pocket Opera Company, English … Continue reading Opera companies join up on new choral theatre work

Scottish Opera invests in stars of the future

Sony takes stake in European classical events major

Sony Music has taken a 49% stake in the European classical division of Deutsche Entertainment (DEAG) <span style=”font-style: italic;”>writes Phillip Sommerich</span>. The move underlines the record industry’s efforts to diversify in the ace of shrinking CD sales.<p>DEAG has expanded aggressively in recent years, and last year the classical division took a 75.1% stake in UK … Continue reading Sony takes stake in European classical events major

Posthumous award for Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox has posthumously won the 2009 Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction for his conducting of Opera Australia’s 2008 production of Britten’s <span style=”font-style: italic;”>Billy Budd</span>.<p>The Helpmann Awards, held at Sydney’s Opera House, are one of Australia’s most highly regarded arts awards recognising distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s … Continue reading Posthumous award for Richard Hickox

Year of Music launched with ‘World’s Ultimate Music Lesson’

The Department for Children, Schools and Families is calling on schools across the country to take part in a 30-minute music ‘lesson’ streamed live at lunchtime on Thursday 10 September to officially launch 2009/10 as the government’s Year of Music.<br><br>A host of music industry names will be featured, including Slash, Danni Minogue, Damon Albarn, The … Continue reading Year of Music launched with ‘World’s Ultimate Music Lesson’

Boffins aim to copy the Strad sound

Researchers at Nottingham University are setting out to produce an instrument to rival the sound of a Stradivarius using acoustic physics and carbon fibre engineering.<br><br>The scientists at the university’s Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering have developed a carbon fibre violin which thy say could revolutionise the classical stringed instrument industry.&nbsp; The new project … Continue reading Boffins aim to copy the Strad sound

Five lucky aspiring stage managers win Golden Tickets

Five hopeful stage managers have been given their big break in the theatre after winning a Golden Ticket each to a week-long paid work placement on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The five were selected after an application process including a demanding assessment day at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Lizzie Alderson (25), Joeleen … Continue reading Five lucky aspiring stage managers win Golden Tickets

Getting Creative

  Getting creative pBones have revolutionised music-making at one Welsh special school. Glyn Môn Hughes talks to its proactive head of department       Who’d have thought a piece of coloured plastic could make such an impact? Children at Canolfan Addysg y Bont at Llangefni on Anglesey have made startling progress in recent months, … Continue reading Getting Creative

George Benjamin and Karl Jenkins honoured by Queen

George Benjamin and Karl Jenkins have been awarded CBEs in HRH The Queen’s birthday honours list, for services to music; record producer Robin Millar was similarly honoured for services to the music industry. OBE recipients included: Mrs Ursula Jones (for services to music)&nbsp; Terence Alan Clarke, Assistant Headteacher and Arts Co-ordinator, Langley School, Solihull (for … Continue reading George Benjamin and Karl Jenkins honoured by Queen

Sally Groves receives Leslie Boosey Award

The prestigious Leslie Boosey Award has been awarded to Sally Groves, London Head of Contemporary Music for Schott Music International, for her outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain. The award, a magnificent bronze eagle by sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, will be presented on stage at the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Barbican concert … Continue reading Sally Groves receives Leslie Boosey Award

Two charities awarded 2015/16 Rhinegold Charity Fund

Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Live Music Now have been named joint recipients of 2015/16’s Rhinegold Charity Fund, offering £10,000 of advertising across Rhinegold’s classical music and education publications, websites and services. Rhinegold Charity Fund chairman Stephen Turvey said: ‘We have chosen YCAT and Live Music Now because, although significantly different in their focus, … Continue reading Two charities awarded 2015/16 Rhinegold Charity Fund

Choir fees row cited in Llandaff Dean resignation

The shock resignation of the first woman Dean of Llandaff, the Rev Janet Henderson, after only two months in post, has been accompanied by an official wall of silence regarding the reasons. But a source told the Wales Online website that, ‘The Dean has been affected by the opposition she has had from some clergy … Continue reading Choir fees row cited in Llandaff Dean resignation

Schott London MD dies

The death on 9 January of Judith Webb, the managing director of Schott Music’s London office, after a short period of illness has saddened the music world. In a statement announcing her passing, Schott Music London described Webb as being ‘hugely liked and respected throughout the industry’ as well as being ‘a loyal and devoted … Continue reading Schott London MD dies

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

Alamire and BBCSO chorus win Gramophone awards

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced. The winner of the choral category was the Chandos recording of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chorus and featuring Sarah Connolly, Stuart Skelton and David Soar as soloists. … Continue reading Alamire and BBCSO chorus win Gramophone awards

Applications open for Genesis Sixteen 2016/17

Singers aged 18-23 can now apply for Genesis Sixteen for the period 2016/17. The fully-funded programme offers high-level ensemble training over the course of a year under the guidance of Harry Christophers, Eamonn Dougan and members of The Sixteen. Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal … Continue reading Applications open for Genesis Sixteen 2016/17

BBC Symphony Chorus searches for new director

Mystery continues to surround the underlying causes of the BBC’s decision not to renew the contract of Stephen Jackson as director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, a post held since 1989. Jackson conducted his last rehearsal on 30 November, the day on which Radio 3 controller Alan Davey and BBC Symphony Orchestra general manager Paul … Continue reading BBC Symphony Chorus searches for new director

Start them young on Wagner, says arts chief

&nbsp;‘Throwing children alive into a boiling vat of great music does them no harm at all,’ said Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of Arts Council England&nbsp;in a robust speech&nbsp;delivered at the&nbsp;Royal Philharmonic Society awards for classical music&nbsp;which took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London last night. Dame Liz was recalling her own introduction, aged six, … Continue reading Start them young on Wagner, says arts chief

America’s ‘national’ opera awards?

This week sees the launch of National Opera Week in the US on 13 November, spearheaded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Opera Honors in Washington, DC. The NEA awards aim to be to opera what The Oscars are to film and The Emmys to television: a national rallying cry for the industry … Continue reading America’s ‘national’ opera awards?

News round-up – 3 December 2009

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR THE OPERA AMERICA CONFERENCE 2010New Realities | New Strategies: 9 to 12 June 2010, Los Angeles With many opera companies across the US facing severe financial challenges in the wake of the global economic downturn, next year’s Opera Conference 2010 will explore new strategies for safeguarding the sustainability of the industry. Presented … Continue reading News round-up – 3 December 2009

News round-up – 23 December 2009

NEW YORK’S METROPOLITAN OPERA MAY REVIVE RETIRED 1985 TOSCADecision pending following controversy over Luc Bondy’s new production Metropolitan Opera general manager, Peter Gelb, has announced that the company is considering reviving Franco Zeffirelli’s retired production of Tosca during the 2010-11 season. Gelb stressed that this possibility is unconnected with the controversy surrounding Luc Bondy’s new … Continue reading News round-up – 23 December 2009

News round-up – 9 April 2010

STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN 2010/11 SEASON Berlin’s oldest opera company moves to Charlottenberg’s Schiller Theatre Staatsoper Unter den Linden director Jürgen Flimm and music director Daniel Barenboim have announced details of the company’s 2010/11 Season. Coinciding with the start of a three-year residency at Charlottenberg’s Schiller Theatre during extensive renovations to the Staatsoper’s home, the … Continue reading News round-up – 9 April 2010

Opera Conference 2010: New Realities | New Strategies

Opera Conference 2010: New Realities | New Strategies begins today in Los Angeles. Presented by the US national service organization for opera, OPERA America, and hosted by Los Angeles Opera, the conference will explore new strategies for safeguarding the sustainability of the industry in the wake of the global economic recession. Keynote speakers include composer … Continue reading Opera Conference 2010: New Realities | New Strategies

News round-up – 9 July 2010

LA OPERA’S RING LOSES US$6 MILLIONDonors sought to make up the shortfall Los Angeles Opera’s US$32 million production of Wagner’s Ring cycle has left the company with a deficit of US$5.96 million. According to the company’s chief operating officer, Stephen Rountree, $4 million of this shortfall accrued during the recent LA Ring Festival, which saw … Continue reading News round-up – 9 July 2010

ENO upstages ROH in the race to screen live 3D opera

English National Opera has announced a renewed partnership with broadcasting and media giant Sky. The collaboration begins on 23 February with what is claimed to be opera’s first ‘quadcast’, featuring the first live broadcast of an opera in 3D. The quadcast of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, staged for ENO by the film director Mike Figgis, will … Continue reading ENO upstages ROH in the race to screen live 3D opera

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards shortlist announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced this year’s Music Awards shortlist, with 38 nominations across 13 categories. The Opera and Music Theatre category includes productions by The Royal Opera and Welsh National Opera, plus Prokofiev’s monumental War and Peace in last year’s co-production by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Scottish Opera and … Continue reading Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards shortlist announced

UK’s National Audio Show promises high fidelity experience

The National Audio Show ’11 will be held at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, 24-26 September. Expected to attract more than 60 exhibitors, this is the show’s third year. Confirmed stand-holders include Yamaha, Audio Italia and Hifi Critic magazine, and organisers say it will be opportunity “to see and hear the pinnacle of audio achievement”. “When we … Continue reading UK’s National Audio Show promises high fidelity experience

Domingo signs exclusive recording contract with Sony

Plácido Domingo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, bringing him back to the company where he began his recording career in the late 1960s. Commenting on the news, Domingo said: ‘Sony and its predecessors have played such an important part in much of my career, yet I have not had an exclusive … Continue reading Domingo signs exclusive recording contract with Sony

Naked Truths

Opera director Lynn Binstock turned a series of personal stories gleaned from interviews with singers into a revealing show that debunks myths surrounding opera singing, exposing the real-life trials and tribulations unfolding behind the scenes.I have worked with opera singers for many years and although I thank my lucky stars I am not one of … Continue reading Naked Truths

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

Belvedere Competition winners announced

In a hotly contested final, Korean baritone Dong-Hwan Lee took the laurels to win first prize in this year’s International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition. The event was held outside Austria for the first time, hosted by the Netherlands Opera at its home, Het Muziektheater, in Amsterdam. Competitors were chosen from 55 countries around the world, … Continue reading Belvedere Competition winners announced

International vocal competition results round-up

Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition takes place in a different country each year. In 2013 it was Verona’s turn, coinciding not only with Verdi’s birth bicentenary but also the centenary of the city’s summer opera festival, with Domingo at the helm for the celebrations. The joint first prize winners of Operalia 2013 are Russian soprano Aida … Continue reading International vocal competition results round-up

La Monnaie appeals against budget cuts

Belgium’s national opera company, La Monnaie/De Munt, has been ordered to cut its spending by €6.5m over the next five years. The dictum from Belgium’s federal government has been described by La Monnaie’s director, Peter de Caluwe, as a step in the direction of a ‘cultural blackout’. In addition to savings of 4 per cent … Continue reading La Monnaie appeals against budget cuts

International Opera Awards announce 2015 finalists

The International Opera Awards have announced the shortlist of nominees for the 2015 Awards, which take place at the Savoy Theatre and Hotel in London on 26 April. Awards will be presented in 19 categories, ranging from ‘Accessibility’ and ‘Newcomer’ to ‘Rediscovered Work’ and ‘World Premiere’, along with a range of standard categories that celebrate … Continue reading International Opera Awards announce 2015 finalists

Rhinegold Charity Fund 2015/16 recipients announced

Report from Early Music Today Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Live Music Now have been named joint recipients of 2015/16’s Rhinegold Charity Fund, offering £10,000 of advertising across Rhinegold’s classical music and education publications, websites and services. Rhinegold Charity Fund chairman Stephen Turvey said: ‘We have chosen YCAT and Live Music Now because, although … Continue reading Rhinegold Charity Fund 2015/16 recipients announced