Archive | January, 2015


British soprano Dame Felicity Lott wins ISM’s award

Posted on 31 January 2015 by admin

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The award ‘Distinguished Musician’, which recognises outstanding contributions to musical life in the UK, has previously gone to conductor Antonio Pappano, cellist Jacqueline du Pré, conductor Simon Rattle, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and composer Michael Tippett.

Dame Felicity has performed with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors, including Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta and André Previn.

She has recorded music by composers including Schubert, Britten, Schumann, Poulenc and Fauré – as well as Mozart and Richard Strauss.

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BBC Proms Ten Pieces

Posted on 30 January 2015 by admin

The basis of Ten Pieces is a list of 10 works by composers ranging from Beethoven to Anna Meredith, which have been introduced to schools via nationwide cinema screenings for more than 120,000 children and/or a free DVD (which is still available to order). In addition, a series of free concerts by the BBC’s various orchestras is planned for May to July this year, starting in London and taking in cities such as Aberdeen, Salford and Derby.

Today it was announced that one of its classical initiatives, Ten Pieces, is giving primary schools the chance to be part of this year’s BBC Proms. Currently, musicians from the BBC’s Performing Groups are holding workshops at schools across the UK to help them create their own Ten Pieces-inspired works, which will be used as resources for other schools. More than 200 arts organisations are also acting as ‘Champions’ for Ten Pieces, working with schools to help them produce creative responses – through composition, dance, digital art or animation – to the music. A range of these responses will be showcased at the July Prom concerts, where the original Ten Pieces will also be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thomas Søndergård.


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Operalia winner Aida Garifullina signs exclusive contract with Decca for debut recording

Posted on 29 January 2015 by admin

Russian soprano Aida Garifullina was born in 1987 in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, and came to international attention by winning the Operalia competition in 2013. Prior to that success, she studied singing firstly with her mother, then with Siegfried Jerusalem in Nuremberg and Claudia Visca in Vienna.

As now she has signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics. Her debut, which will feature music by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky andRimsky-Korsakov alongside folk songs, will be recorded in Vienna and released in August. Speaking about her new exclusive contract with Decca, Garifullina said, ‘It is a huge honour for me to join this incredible family of great artists and to share with you the truly beautiful music of my home.’


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Michael Morpurgo claims children of all ages should be welcome at classical concerts

Posted on 28 January 2015 by admin

“You mustn’t blame people for being there when they’re ‘too young’,” commented Morpurgo. “At my concerts I’ve had people who bring children who wriggle and scream — it’s fine, it’s part of it.”

Morpurgo’s version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is being set to music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and, as he told The Times, he was surprised to learn that promotional material advises only children aged seven years and over will be suitable.

“There are going to be half a dozen children who are going to be bowled over by hearing an orchestra and two or three years hence they’re going to pick up a violin and they’re going to love it. It’s life-changing.”

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