Scottish Opera has released a statement announcing that French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak has withdrawn from the position of music director at the company, which he was due to have begun in August taking over from Francesco Corti.
Following the success of last year’s Yamaha piano selection sessions initiative, the company will be running sessions at London's Southbank Centre on 11&12 October and at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on 17&18 January 2014.
The third ABO/Rhinegold Awards will be presented at the ABO Conference dinner on Wednesday 29 January 2014. Nominations are now open for Orchestra Manager, Concert Hall Manager and Artist Manager of the year.
Regulations for teaching music are included in the new national curriculum for state primary and secondary schools in England, which was published on 11 September and comes into force in September 2014.
A new venue and new format for the Gramophone awards ceremony on 17 September has won general approval from the recording industry. However, some executives complained about the ceremony's move from the Dorchester Hotel to the less salubrious LSO St Luke's.
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were abandoned due to legislation regulating performances by children, rules which the BBC described as 'completely outdated'.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.
Debussy Doodle sees upsurge in recordings of Clair de lune, with entries at six and seven in the official classical singles chart. Select's Anthony Anderson said the upsurge was also felt by album sales, meaning 'consumers are therefore discovering lesser-known Debussy works'.
The magazine has announced winners in 11 categories before an awards ceremony in three weeks’ time at LSO St Luke’s in London. They also include Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, and a nod for the BBCSO for the second year running.
Operatic bass Richard Angas collapsed earlier this week during a rehearsal. 'Richard was a giant of the opera world in every possible way,' said Opera North director Richard Mantle, 'a performer of great character and charisma, generous hearted and an incredible friend to all who knew and worked with him.'
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’.
Proposals aimed at resolving the long-running feud within the Minnesota Orchestra by Senator George Mitchell, the American politician who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland, have been rejected by the orchestra’s board despite its musicians signalling their approval of them.
Private equity group Kohlberg & Co has dropped out of the bidding process for Steinway Musical Instruments, after it emerged that hedge fund manager John Paulson had made a higher offer for the grand piano maker
‘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.
A fourth man, named by the Guardian and Press Association as Malcolm Layfield, has been arrested over offences against three girls aged 16, 16 and 18, alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1991, while the man was teaching at Chetham's.
‘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.
Alleged credit card fraud of more than £100,000 over a period of eight months went unnoticed by staff at Creative Scotland between December 2010 and July 2011. ‘We fully acknowledge weaknesses in our system at that time which led to the fraud going undetected,' said a statement.
Universal Music's international CEO, Max Hole, plans marketing push on classical catalogue as UK staff advise on US releases. Decca US has conducted research into what dog lovers and pets favoured beyond the obvious Bach and Hugo Wolf.
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’.
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.
Alain Lanceron is to stay on as Warner Music Group manages its recent acquisition of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. Universal had retained the brand rights as part of the sale but has no current plans to use them.
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 music is the key and the motivation is to make that one’s focus, trusting that the performances will be excellent anyway,' says director Jamie Walton. Audiences do not know which players will appear at any given concert.
An opera in an ice cream van, an international online choir and a site-specific birdsong project on a remote Scottish island are among the musical highlights of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, announced earlier this week. The eclectic and wide-ranging project, with a budget of £4m, will bring arts events to the whole of Scotland...
The semi-finalists of the 2013 interpretation and improvisation competitions of the St Albans International Organ Festival have been announced, with the semi final rounds taking place today and tomorrow. The final is on 19 July.
'Circumstances beyond our control at our parent company ultimately decided our fate,' says MD Ginny Cooper, as statement blames industry rumours for exacerbating a difficult situation. New Arts International, a joint venture with Challenge, may rise from the wreckage.
The label will initially release two albums per season, and will 'allow the AAM to take full control of its future recording catalogue, producing a range of recordings which match the artistic plans and development of the orchestra'.
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.
The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced details of a new partnership with The Guildhall School of Music & Drama to provide students with opportunities to prepare for a career in professional performing.
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.
Warner Music Group officially acquired the catalogues and recording activities of EMI and Virgin Classics on 1 July as part of its £487m acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group. However, Warner did not acquire the EMI and Virgin Classics brands as part of the deal.
US piano maker Steinway Musical Instruments has agreed to be bought by private equity group Kohlberg & Co in a $438m deal. Steinway’s board unanimously recommended the offer and expects to close the transaction later this year.
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.
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The Musicians Benevolent Fund has appointed Graham Sheffield as its new chairman, and has adopted a new name: Help Musicians UK. The 92-year-old organisation won’t be dropping its old identity entirely, however, instead keeping it in the background as a reminder of its long history.
CBEs for Aldeburgh's Jonathan Reekie and Sage Gateshead's Anthony Sargent, while Wigmore Hall's John Gilhooly, baritone Alan Opie and Opera North's Richard Mantle are awarded OBEs. Aled Jones is made MBE.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, led by culture secretary Maria Miller, is reported to have negotiated a cut of 8% for the period 2015/16, with a roughly 5% cut to be dealt to arts organisations and museums.
The Bramall Music Building at the University of Birmingham, the Colyer-Fergusson Building at the University of Kent and the new development in Manchester for Chetham’s School of Music are among the 43 UK recipients this year.
A new archive housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of Benjamin Britten’s work has opened in the grounds of the Red House, Aldeburgh, as part of a £4.7m redevelopment of the site. Dame Janet Baker will officially open the building today.
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.
Opera Holloway is running a week of workshops and rehearsals and performances in London, 30 July-3 August. The Gingerbread Project will see children aged 12-15 working alongside members of the Opera Holloway company in the lead up to two performances.
After a long search, Creative Scotland has announced the appointment of Janet Archer as its new chief executive. She will be leaving her current post as director of dance at Arts Council England to join the Scottish organisation on 1 July.
A closer look at exactly where public money is spent reveals that classical music organisations are much more reliant on grant funding than other sectors of the arts world. Seven of the ten organisations receiving the largest funding grants from the Arts Council were opera, ballet or classical music companies, and collectively they received nearly a quarter of all the money handed out in 2011/12.
Opera houses and concert halls have stuck to horseshoe and shoebox shapes respectively for centuries, but today's needs are dictating new shapes, says David Staples, principal of Theatre Projects Consultants.
A panel discussion differed over how much Spotify cannibalises other parts of the record industry, with claims that major labels received special revenue terms in exchange for buying stakes in Spotify.
The future of classical music lies not in taking it out of concert halls but bringing youth audiences into those venues, violinist and broadcaster Daniel Hope said in a wide-ranging and challenging keynote speech at the opening of the second Classical:NEXT industry forum.
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.
The 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation will be marked with a documentary about the 200 boy choristers who took part in the service which is ‘nothing more, nothing less, than the memories of those boy choristers.’
A new Venetian-themed production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Thomas Allen and a touring chamber version of Handel’s Rodelinda are among the highlights of Scottish Opera’s 2013/14 season, unveiled by general director Alex Reedijk on 21 May.
Delegate numbers are up 20% for the second outing of Classical:NEXT, the music congress that opens in Vienna on 29 May. More remarkably, the number of exhibitors is up 70% at nearly 130, selling out the exhibition area in the MAK (Museum of Applied and Contemporary Arts).
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.