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Ades Given Carnegie Hall Residency

02/02/2007

British composer Thomas Ades has been appointed to The Richard and Barbara Debs Composerís Chair at Carnegie Hall. Ades will hold the position for the 2007-8 season that will see a number of performances of the young composers work including the US premiere of Tevot (a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmoniker).

As part of the position Ades make his Carnegie Hall piano recital debut and conduct the Birmingham Contamporary Music Group in performances if his own and Gerald Barry's music.

Ades can add this position to a number of other significant roles including director of the Aldeburgh Music Festival in Snape, England. During March 2007 the Tempest will also receive its second run of performances by London's Royal Opera House.

Universal launches new classics and jazz download site

21/01/2007

classicsandjazz.co.uk is a new download site set up by Universal Music, aiming to plug the gap in the market that itunes fails to cover well. The site claims to have over 125,000 tracks to download, and the prices range from an itunes-like 79p through to a couple of pounds for longer tracks.

Amongst the different sections there is a Contemporary Music section which currently appears to consist of a couple of featured records and a top 5, making it hard to browse the entire contemporary section, but perhaps these are early days.
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BBC Present Gubaidulina Weekend

11/01/2007

London's Barbican centre will this weekend host a major festival of the music of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina entitled 'A Journey of the Soul'. Ensembles and performers involved will include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal String Quartet, the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev and the BBC Singers.

The weekend, which runs from the Friday 12th to Sunday 14th (see concert listings), will see the world premiere complete performance of Gubaidulina's 'Triptych Nadeyka'.

Past composers who have featured in this annual event include John Cage, James McMillan, Mark Anthony Turnage and Eliott Carter.
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Pink Floyd frontman's opera staged in Poland

31/12/2006

Former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters became the latest artist from the popular world to attempt to switch tracks and join the ranks of classical composers, when his opera Ca ira was staged last night in the Grand Opera Theatre in Poznan. The work features a full symphony orchestra and chorus, as well as seven soloists.

"The action is set during the French Revolution but Rogers Waters says this is a show about looking for freedom in the modern world. "

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G. Ricordi Sign Rolf Hind

28/12/2006

G. Ricordi & Co. London have announced the signing of pianist and composer Rolf Hind.

Hind studied piano and composition at London's Royal College of Music and has since received a number of high level commissions - including the BBC, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and South West German Radio.

Hind joins the six other composers represented by G. Ricordi (Jonathan Cole, Ross Edwards, Graham Fitkin, Dai Fujikura, Liza Lim and Ian Wilson).
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Copyright Battle Settled in High Court

20/12/2006

A bitter battle over the royalties to the hit 60s song 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' was today settled in the Britain's High Court.

Matthew Fisher, organist for the group Procol Harum, argued that he composed the famous organ melody in the song which had previously been attributed to singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. The judge ruled that, due to Brooker's larger role in the song, Fisher was in fact only entitled to 40% of the copyright (Fisher had claimed to be owed 50%).
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Theatre Composer Murdered At Home

18/12/2006

The South African theatre and popular music composer Taliep Petersen as been shot dead during a robbery at his home in Johannesburg. The composer, 56, has written a number of succesful musicals including 'Ghoema', which recently opened in London, and 'Kat and the Kings', for which Petersen won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for best new musical.
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Film/TV Composer Shirley Walker Dies at 61

03/12/2006

The American film/tv composer Shirley Walker has died from complications following a stroke aged 61. Walker's many film credits (as either composer, orchestrator or conductor) include Scrooged, Dick Tracy, Final Destination, Edward Scissorhands and many more. She also won a 'Daytime Emmy' for her music to the animated Batman series. Walker is thought of as one of the most prominent women in the highly competitive Hollywood music/scoring industry.

Emmy Award Winning Film Composer Dies

20/11/2006

The award winning film composer Basil Poledouris has died in Los Angeles (8th November) after a battle with cancer. The composer is best known for his scores to films such as 'Conan the Barbarian', 'Robocop', 'Hunt for the Red October', 'Starship Troopers' and 'Free Willy'.

Thai Opera Censored Under Safety Fears

18/11/2006

The Thai composer Somtow Sucharitkul has toned down a scene in his new opera following warnings that it may incite violence or misfortune to certain powerful figures in the country. Any such 'bad luck' would then be blamed on the composer. The opera, Ayodhya is based on the epic poem Ramayana.

There is a worrying clause in the state opera's constitution which states that "if anything in the opera offended the morals of Thailand, they have the right to close down the opera immediately."


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