Category: Classical Source News

BBC Proms 2024 welcomes the world’s best international and British orchestras to the Royal Albert Hall and launches more residencies across the UK

BBC Proms 2024 welcomes the world’s best international and British orchestras to the Royal Albert Hall and launches more residencies across the UK

90 Proms feature over 3,000 musicians over eight weeks, including star soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yunchan Lim, Víkingur Ólafsson, Sheku, Braimah and Isata Kanneh-Mason, and weekend festivals inBristol, Nottingham and Gateshead Friday 19 July – Saturday 14 September 2024 The BBC Proms welcomes many of the world’s finest international artists and orchestras to the …

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The Ivors Academy announces the appointment of Roberto Neri as Chief Executive Officer

The Ivors Academy announces the appointment of Roberto Neri as Chief Executive Officer

Roberto Neri has been confirmed as the next Chief Executive Officer of The Ivors Academy. He will start the role on 15th April, taking over from Interim CEO Charlie Phillips. Roberto has over 20 years’ experience working in senior roles across the music industry. Most recently CEO of the publishing arm of Believe, which represents …

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Classical music’s biggest awards announced in Manchester

Classical music’s biggest awards announced in Manchester

The Royal Philharmonic Society Awards – ‘the biggest night in UK classical music’ (The Sunday Times) – have been presented this evening at the Royal Northern College of Music. Staged in Manchester for the first time, the event featured live music from the city’s musicians and an award for the city’s major festival ‘Manchester Classical’. …

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Matthew Swann appointed director of the BBC Concert Orchestra

Matthew Swann appointed director of the BBC Concert Orchestra

Following a competitive recruitment process, Matthew Swan has been appointed the new Director of the BBC Concert Orchestra, beginning 27 March. Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles across orchestral music. He was Chief Executive of City of London Sinfonia from 2012 until 2021, where he worked to pioneer new and innovative performance …

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Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies, new study finds

Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies, new study finds

The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of harmony, new research shows. The findings challenge centuries of Western music theory and encourage greater experimentation with instruments from different cultures. According to the Ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, ‘consonance’ – a pleasant-sounding combination of notes – is produced by special relationships between …

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The BBC announces host of new classical music programming across TV and Radio

The BBC announces host of new classical music programming across TV and Radio

BBC Radio 3 unveils refreshed schedule, welcoming new talent to its presenting family alongside a raft of new commissions BBC TV announces major new series and performance highlights from across the UK Sam Jackson, Controller BBC Radio 3 and BBC Proms said: “Distinctiveness and ambition are at the heart of the new Radio 3 schedule, as …

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Some good news about the future of the BBC Singers

Some good news about the future of the BBC Singers

BBC statement on the future of the BBC Singers and its Orchestras We have now concluded a project looking at the future of the BBC’s performing groups. The BBC is pleased to announce it has a sustainable plan for the future for the BBC Singers as an integral part of the BBC’s classical music provision, …

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David Pickard to step down as Director of the BBC Proms

David Pickard to step down as Director of the BBC Proms

After leading the world’s greatest classical music festival for nearly a decade, David Pickard has decided to step down as the Director of the BBC Proms. He will remain in post until October 2024, overseeing the Proms 2024 and planning for future seasons. David was appointed Director of the BBC Proms in 2015, to fulfil …

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BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND BBC PHILHARMONIC APPOINT NEW DIRECTORS

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND BBC PHILHARMONIC APPOINT NEW DIRECTORS

Following a very competitive recruitment process, Bill Chandler has been appointed Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and Adam Szabo has been appointed Director of the BBC Philharmonic. Bill Chandler brings a wealth of experience to the role of Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Originally from the USA, Bill was a …

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Marin Alsop conducts the last night – ending an extraordinary summer of music making

Marin Alsop conducts the last night – ending an extraordinary summer of music making

James B. Wilson’s 1922, celebrating the BBC’s centenary and Laura Karman’sHigher. Further. Faster.(main theme from The Marvels) will be performed alongside traditional Last Night favourites The BBC Proms 2023 season culminates in the celebratory Last Night of the Proms, which takes place on Saturday 9 September at the Royal Albert Hall. This year’s festival finale is led by conductor Marin Alsop, who hosts the …

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