Sir John Eliot Gardiner is to be presented with the Critics’ Circle’s Outstanding Musician award for 2013, and awards for exceptional young talent have also been awarded to conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, countertenor Iestyn Davies and pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.
The first 11 graduates have been selected for the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium’s new arts fundraising fellowship programme, which aims to ensure that the arts sector has the skills to 'get better at asking'.
Original plans for a treble soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms were abandoned due to legislation regulating performances by children, rules which the BBC described as 'completely outdated'. The countertenor was then called in from recording sessions as an emergency replacement.
Free to attend for those who register online, Music Education Expo 2014 will again feature more than 50 seminars, workshops and debates, 150 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, and countless networking opportunities.
The RFH’s 7,866-pipe organ has been unveiled, following a £2.3m restoration process funded by a £950,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and the successful Pull Out All the Stops public fundraising campaign.
Orchestra will continue with its planned eight-concert 2013/14 season under music director Barry Wordsworth. It was on course to be disbanded, said organisers, and had been forced ‘to rely on an injection of cash to guarantee its survival’.
‘We’ve just hit £40,000,’ said general manager Judith Clark. ‘I’m very hopeful and very heartened by what has happened in the last 48 hours.' Earlier this week the orchestra stated that it would not be able to present its 2013/14 season, or meet certain committed payments, unless it could raise £70,000 in ten days.
‘Over the last couple of seasons there has been a reduction in the number of legacies received, making it difficult to make up the shortfall from ticket sales and current levels of sponsorship and donations,’ said a statement.
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has unveiled Martin Creed’s Work No. 1637: FEELINGS in the foyer of its new facilities at Milton Court. The artist said in a statement: ‘I don’t know how I feel’.
Machover follows up his Toronto Symphony ('the most collaborative work ever composed') with homage to Edinburgh: as he sees it, ‘a chamber music city for traffic noise’. Plus other highlights coming up in August and critical reaction to last month's new music.
Highlights of this year's seventh festival will include a re-imagining of Madame Butterfly by Michael Finissy, two new operas from Size Zero Opera and a contemporary refurbishment of Pergolesi's La serva padrona.
The childhood home of Ralph Vaughan Williams has been opened to the public by the National Trust for a trial season until 3 November. The house has not been restored and the NT is asking visitors to come ‘with an open mind’.
ACE chair Sir Peter Bazalgette gives vote of confidence to major organisations as Arts Council confirms it will make three-year commitment to next round of national portfolio organisations - even though ACE's own budget only goes to 2015/16.
The Department for Education today released details of the proposed new national curriculum from 2014. Following consultation it has added music technology and improvisation to what will be taught, with the musical canon remaining central to plans.
Campaign by undercroft users pushes Southbank Centre to try again 'to find the best way of balancing everyone's needs in demanding financial times so we can achieve this ambitious project'. The neighbouring National Theatre has also objected to the planning application.
The Farthest Shore, a new work by Paul Mealor commissioned by JAM (John Armitage Memorial) which premiered on 28 May at the St Davids Cathedral Festival will be performed on 2 July at St Bride’s, Fleet Street and on 6 July at St Leonard’s, Hythe alongside James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
The Academy of Ancient Music will be resident ensemble at the National Gallery this summer, providing extensive accompaniment to the gallery’s exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure.
The 20-minute piece for solo cello and chamber group was commissioned by its soloist David Cohen to be performed with the Rambert Orchestra, the orchestra of the Rambert Dance Company, at this year’s Spitalfields Summer Festival. Plus: June's premieres listings
Worcester International Festival for Young Singers (WIFYS) will see choirs from Belgium, Poland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hong Kong, Germany, Lithuania and the UK giving concerts across the town and surrounding areas.
Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, has become the first MP to publicly support calls for an inquiry. Widespread media coverage into the issue this week has included an in-depth report by Channel 4 News.
Six successful proposals stood out in latest HLF round ‘because of their strong focus on regeneration and importance to their local communities’. Aberdeen's Cowdray Hall is part of plans to redevelop the Aberdeen Art Gallery area awarded a £10m grant.
Sound and Music, London Sinfonietta, Café Oto and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will run trials involving crowdfunding, mobile giving, online giving and cultivating mid-level donors, publishing the findings of a two-year project.
The National Centre for Early Music’s 2013 composers award has been won by Lilly Vadaneaux (aged 11) in the 18 years and under category, the youngest entry and youngest winner of the competition to date, and Joseph Howard (20) in the 19-25 years category.
Steve Lamacq and Tom Service unite for 6Music Prom in a concert featuring the London Sinfonietta and Laura Marling, while Urban Classic brings together the BBCSO and Laura Mvula, broadcast live on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
London 2012 Festival proved a catalyst for high-quality classical music as a number of events are nominated, and three big-hitting composers, Birtwistle, Anderson and Barry, go head-to-head in the large-scale work category. But there is no place for The Space, the BBC and Arts Council England's multi-platform arts service.
Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic with soloist Yefim Bronfman at the Royal Festival Hall on 9 April, and later this year will return for a series with Yo Yo Ma at the Barbican.
Seven new productions will appear on the main stage, and the Linbury theatre is established as dedicated home for 'new or very recent work'. At the press conference, Sir Antonio Pappano ticked off the press for its reaction to casting changes in 2012's Robert le Diable.
Decision is cruel, joyless and ideological, says Samuel West, chair of National Campaign for the Arts, as council members cite 'tough choices'. Streetwise Opera and ENO's community choir, both set up to work with vulnerable people, will see a current funding stream cut.
Executive director Leslie East has been appointed to succeed Perricone as chief executive and Lincoln Abbotts, who joined the ABRSM last year as teaching and learning development director, is to take up the newly created post of director of strategic development.
Van Cliburn, the American pianist, has died aged 78. He was awarded the US’s National Medal of Arts in 2010 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, and was one of the world’s best-known performers of classical music.
Mark-Anthony Turnage's Speranza will be performed by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on 7 February, on the same night as the UK premiere of his cello concerto, with soloist Paul Watkins, by the RLPO in Liverpool. Plus February's premieres listings.
The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has formally announced the appointment of Valery Gergiev as its principal conductor from 2015 ‒ while his current employer, the LSO, talks up the strength of its relationships with previous chief conductors.
LSO: 'We cannot comment on any other plans which Valery Gergiev may have. What is clear is that his relationship with the LSO is strong and it will sustain.' Gergiev is expected to become chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic from 2015.
The Southbank Centre has announced its classical season for 2013/14, with highlights including Antonio Pappano’s Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, the first UK performance of Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart and the return of the Festival Hall’s newly refurbished organ
Jonathan Cohen founded Arcangelo in 2010, since when the group has released several well-received recordings, including the Gramophone award-winning Arias for Guadagni with countertenor Iestyn Davies. The founder of the fast-rising chamber ensemble tells Alex Stevens how it all came about.
English National Opera's accounts for 2011-12 show a £1.2m fall in ticket sales set against a £1.4m increase in cash spent on productions and a drop in its Arts Council grant. The results 'reflect the cut in ACE funding in 2012 and the impact of a very difficult economic environment on ticket sales', says the company.
The Royal Opera House has announced its plans for new opera until 2020, building to a series of four full-scale new commissions inspired by questions developed with philosopher Slavoj Žižek, and including new projects with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Aldeburgh Music, Music Theatre Wales, Opera North and Sound and Music.
In a new year honours list dominated by sporting personalities, a number of figures from the classical music world were also recognised, including CBEs for Ruth Mackenzie, director of the Cultural Olympiad, for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Michael Berman, chairman of the Southbank Sinfonia, for services to music and philanthropy.
Venu Dhupa, Creative Scotland’s director of creative development, has resigned from the body just weeks after chief executive Andrew Dixon also gave notice of his departure. The body has come under sustained criticism in recent months over new funding arrangements, management style and its corporate ethos.
Sarah Alexander is chief executive and artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra, which has become the first organisation to win the Queen’s Medal for Music (first awarded to Sir Charles Mackerras in 2005). The medal ‘celebrates the NYO’s longstanding commitment to nurturing the talent and potential of Britain’s teenage musicians’ and was presented by the Queen on 5 December at the Barbican.
Ravi Shankar, the sitar player and composer described by George Harrison as ‘the godfather of world music’, has died at the age of 92. He was a three-time Grammy award winner and collaborated with Philip Glass and, extensively, with Yehudi Menuhin
The newly installed Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford, is not only a long-serving banker (head of the UK branch of Swedish investment bank SEB since 2000), but also chair of the English Chamber Orchestra and a keen amateur musician: he has been a member of the Holst Singers, Tallis Chamber Choir and Choir of the 21st Century and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Edmund Finnis’ Four Duets for clarinet and piano has been commissioned by clarinettist Mark Simpson for his Martin Musical Scholarship Fund recital at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 December (one of 15 such recitals by young professional performers over the next 8 months).
English National Opera has contracted brand and sponsorship agency Capitalize to develop its corporate partnerships and sponsorship opportunities ‒ with naming rights to the London Coliseum, ENO’s home since 1968, potentially available to the right bidder.
Sir John Tomlinson has over recent decades become one of Britain’s most distinguished singers both at home and abroad. He will reprise the title role of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur at the Royal Opera House in January and has just completed a run playing Hagen and Hunding in the ROH’s Ring cycle.
Described by its composer as ‘a back-of-the-truck bare bones opera’, John Harbison’s Full Moon in March has a libretto adapted by the composer from WB Yeats’ A Full Moon in March, and tells the story of a queen, a swineherd and the failed courting ritual between them. It receives its EU premiere on 24 October as part of contemporary music group Lontano’s festival of American music (22-27 October) with the Queen played by mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes, the Swineherd by baritone Jeremy Huws Williams and two attendants played by soprano Charmian Bedford and tenor Edward Lee.
Following the publication of a highly critical open letter sent to Sound and Music and Arts Council England from 255 composers, performers and other music industry figures, a second open letter will be sent today, signed by 90 young composers ‘actively engaged in contemporary music in the United Kingdom’.