Last month, the BBC launched an ambitious project that celebrates not just the everyday musician, but the everyday collaborator. As part of BBC Music's 'Get Playing' initiative, The Great British Amateur Orchestra is a new program that seeks out locally assembled orchestras from across the U.K., five of which will compete for the crown of "most inspirational amateur orchestra." The winner of the competition will perform at BBC Proms in the Park, held at Hyde Park in 2016.
The always-inspiring BBC Proms---the eight-week series of summer classical concerts held in the Royal Albert Hall---has announced that it will continue its popular Ten Pieces concerts, which, last year, aimed to bring primary school children in contact with classical music. The initiative was held to be a success for young audiences in 2015, and now the BBC Proms 2016 intends to continue the "new tradition" by encouraging secondary school students to respond to a selection of ten classical pieces in a manner in which they see fit.
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s director Han-Na Chang quit r 24 hours after their debut at BBC Proms.
On the heels of his Companion of Honor citation, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will celebrate his 80th birthday with performances of Linguae Ignis, Revelation and Fall and A Mirror of Whitening Light as part of the BBC Proms.
Five times a charm, or at least it is for Harrison Birtwhistle, who has just won more prizes than anyone else (as he did in December for the British Composer Awards) in the Royal Philharmonic Society's long history. In the just-announced awards, he picked up the gong for Chamber Scale Composition, for The Moth Requiem.
The U.K.'s classical landscape was hit by the cultural equivalent of a bombshell earlier this week as news spread that Roger Wright, the controller of BBC Radio Three and of the BBC Proms, will step down to run the Aldeburgh Festival.
Not many modern composers have made it into the wider consciousness. Sir John Tavener, who died yesterday aged 69, was one of the few. What does one mean by "the wider consciousness?" Western cultural circles, certainly--the kinds of people who would go to art galleries or plays, but not necessarily many concerts, would still have heard of Tavener. And he even shined his light into the lives of those who rarely (or never) crossed the door of a classical music venue. His Song for Athene, when played at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997, was a comfort to a nation's grief.
The Critics’ Circle is the oldest critics' organization in the world and, to date, counts more than 400 members who work in the media throughout the United Kingdom.
On Sunday, a Westminster City Council green plaque was unveiled on London's Regent Street--the site of the first U.K. performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
From Rachmaninov's first 'Piano Concerto' in October of 1900, to the Britten 'Piano Concerto' on August 18, 1938, native son James Inverne picks a more studied Classicalite's Five Best.
Two decades after first joining Deutsche Grammophon, Bryn Terfel has signed an exclusive, long-term recording contract with the Berliners. As part of the deal, the award-winning Welsh baritone/bass has affirmed his commitment to supporting the next generation of classical musicians by creating a unique joint venture label.
American conductor Marin Alsop is to become the first woman in 118 years to lead "Last Night of the Proms"--the grand finale of Britain's leading classical music festival, which includes a punk band and gospel choirs in its line-up.