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Major Nono Festival at the Southbank


London's newly refurbished Southbank Centre is to present a major festival of the work of Luigi Nono (see concert listings). The sixth month festival, which begins on 1st October and finsihes 10th May, will feature a long list of renowned performers including Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Maurizio Pollini, the Arditti quartet, Andre Richard,Freiburg Sound Studio, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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Opera legend Pavarotti dies


Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at his home in the northern city of Modena, his manager has announced.
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Wigmore Hall embraces the new


Director of Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly has announced a bold new scheme to put new music at the heart of Wigmore Hall programming. Each season will focus on several living composers (for example in 2008/9 the then 100-year old Elliot Carter and the young German composer Jörg Widmann), but above and beyond that will be an exciting new commission scheme:

“From 2009 the Hall will present a new series of concerts entitled Wigmore Commissions. The series will start with annual commissions across all chamber music genres and by 2012 our ambition is to commission more than 10 new works each season. " said Gilhooly
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Dai Fujikura Wins €20,000 Paul Hindemith Prize


Composer Dai Fujikura has received the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's Paul Hindemith Prize by a unanimous jury headed by festival director Rolf Beck.
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Panic returns to the proms


Twelve years after Harrison Birtwistle's Panic shocked Proms audiences in their thousands, the piece returns to the festival next week. Tom service discusses the piece and its notorious history in today's Guardian.

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Cabrillo Festival opens


The Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz opened yesterday with a concert featuring 3 world premieres and a US premiere, a sign if ever there was of a committment to new music. Indeed the festival tagline reads "More new music for orchestra in one place, at one time, than anywhere else in the world".
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Ligeti Remembered at Lucerne Festival


The Lucerene Summer Festival will this year pay special tribute to Gyorgy Ligeti who died last year. Ligeti was expected to be 'composer in residence' for this year's festival and was working on a commssion for the festival at the time of his death. The tribute will take the form of 9 performances featuring his work.

In Ligeti's absence this year's composer in residence will be Peter Eotvos.
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Alan Gilbert to be new music director of New York Phil


The New York Philharmonic today ended several years of speculation as to who would succeed Lorin Maazel in two years time, and named Alan Gilbert as the new music director. Gilbert will be the first native New Yorker in the post and indeed both his parents were members of the orchestra.

Next season Gilbert completes an eight-year term as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra where he has had a reputation for innovative and contemporary programming — in Stockholm he has presided over festivals devoted to composers Hans Werner Henze, Henri Dutilleux and John Adams.
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Jonathan Dove Composer in Residence at Grachtenfestival


British composer Jonathan Dove has been announced composer in residence at this year's Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. The festival, which runs from 11-19 August will feature a number of Dove's works including extracts from his chamber and full scale operas. Dove's other recent credits include the televising of his award winning TV opera, 'Man on the Moon', by the UK's Channel Four.
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Errollyn Wallen awarded MBE


Composer Errollyn Wallen, whose opera The Silent Twins is currently running at Almeida Opera has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday list.
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