Media Releases

05 December 2019

The Verbier Festival Enters Its 27th Year With Over 60 Concerts Across 17 Days

With 90+ International Artists and 220 Academy Students, Celebrating The Life and Work of Beethoven for His 250th Anniversary 17 July – 2 August

04 December 2019

Pianist Angela Hewitt is to receive the Wigmore Medal on the evening of 2 June 2020, following the final concert of her Bach Odyssey.

Angela Hewitt to be awarded Wigmore Medal on 2 June 2020

03 December 2019

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, releases its first ever Ash Wednesday album.

Featuring the live recording of their 2019 Ash Wednesday service, an annual event made famous by over 40 live broadcasts from the BBC

03 December 2019

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Sergey Smbatyan make Barbican debut featuring European premiere of John Ter-Tatevosian's Symphony No 2

Rare chance to hear ASSO in the UK with Maxim Vengerov as soloist for Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

02 December 2019

1770 – the year Mozart turned 14

Ian Page and The Mozartists turn the clock back 250 years to explore the life, works and influences of 14-year-old Mozart as part of their visionary MOZART 250 series

26 November 2019

Handel and the Hanoverians

London Handel Festival celebrates Handel’s work with the reigning Hanoverian monarchy

25 November 2019

Andrea Bocelli Foundation and Community Jameel launch international scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) and Community Jameel, two global philanthropies, today launched an international scholarship at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London...

21 November 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra to Give One-off Performance of Ravi Shankar’s Only Opera Sukanya to Celebrate Shankar Centenary

Part of Southbank Centre’s Shankar 100 centenary celebrations

21 November 2019

Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival returns this summer with top classical stars in stunning venues

The Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival returns for summer 2020 with four stunning musical weekends taking place in Latvia’s capital and nearby seaside town from 10 July to 30 August 2020.

18 November 2019

Opera Awards Foundation announces 2019 bursary recipients

Opera Awards Foundation announces 2019 bursary recipients

06 November 2019

From twelfth century Georgian polyphony to Ariana Grande, the King’s Singers release Finding Harmony as part of campaign to bring people together through music

04 November 2019

Riga Jurmala Music Festival Announces its 2020 Programme

Riga Jurmala Music Festival Presents Four Weekends Focused on Leading International Orchestras

28 October 2019

The London Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Two Complete Wagner Ring Cycles Conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

23 October 2019

Wigmore Hall marks centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg

A major focus day on 26 October, and a complete cycle of Weinberg’s 17 string quartets from Quatuor Danel over two seasons starting on 24 October

10 October 2019

New survey of classical music industry reveals serious shortcomings in mental health provision

Classical Music, the magazine which serves as the voice of the classical music industry, has today [10 October 2019] released results from its industry-wide mental health survey

25 September 2019

Alison Balsom announces her return to recording with Royal Fireworks

A collection of grand Baroque masterpieces and new versions performed with the Balsom Ensemble.

25 September 2019

Royal College of Music Opera Studio presents Il mondo della luna

In the 50th anniversary year of the first lunar landing, the Royal College of Music is taking audiences to the moon and back with Haydn’s comic opera Il mondo della luna.

24 September 2019

First ever concert of music composed live by Artificial Intelligence

The WCIT World Orchestra to perform the first ever concert of music written live by artificial intelligence, in which the musicians perform the score as it is being written.

18 September 2019

Record-breaking research grants awarded to the Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been awarded three grants totaling almost £1 million for new research projects launching in 2019/20.

18 September 2019

Federico Colli joins London Piano Festival 2019 line-up with solo recital of Scarlatti

Beethoven, Bach-Busoni and Mussorgsky on 2 October.

17 September 2019

Iestyn Davies awarded Wigmore Medal at 40th birthday concert

Countertenor Iestyn Davies was presented with the Wigmore Medal last night (16 September), following his landmark 40th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall.

11 September 2019

Shortlist announced for Gramophone Awards 2019

Category winners announced on October 1 in advance of awards ceremony in London on October 16

10 September 2019

Marin Alsop to open her first season as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop begins her tenure with two weeks of concerts, masterclasses, talks and workshops

06 September 2019

Handel and the Hanoverians

London Handel Festival celebrates Handel’s work with the reigning Hanoverian monarchy

27 August 2019

Verdi Treasures from Milan’s Ricordi Archive make U.S. debut

Rare testimonies to the history of Italian opera from the Milan-based, Bertelsmann-owned Ricordi Archive will now be shown in the United States for the first time.

13 August 2019

Wigmore Hall's Beethoven 250 celebrations and Beethoven Festival Weekend

An ambitious celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth throughout the 2019/20 season covering a wide array of Beethoven’s chamber and instrumental works

07 August 2019

Royal College of Music launches autumn season with More Music concert series.

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has launched its autumn season with a concert series designed to showcase the exceptional talent of RCM musicians

25 July 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra announces Edward Gardner as Principal Conductor from 2021/22 season

Vladimir Jurowski to become Conductor Emeritus

25 July 2019

Inaugural Tsinandali Festival creates the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra, uniting 80 young musicians from Georgia and its neighbouring countries

The Tsinandali Festival [8-22 September 2019] – a major new 15-day international classical music festival set in the heart of Georgia’s wine country on the Tsinandali Estate

18 July 2019

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu announce 2019/20 season

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) today announce its 2019/20 season, the Orchestra’s eleventh with Long Yu as Music Director.

15 July 2019

Cheltenham Music Festival announces Jules Buckley as first Guest Curator

Cheltenham Festivals is delighted to announce that Jules Buckley has been appointed as the first Guest Curator for Cheltenham Music Festival from 2020.

09 July 2019

The Mozartists and Classical Opera announce 2019-20 season

Great masterpieces and forgotten treasures in the 2019-20 season from The Mozartists and Classical Opera.

24 June 2019

Andrei Kymach wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019

Baritone Andrei Kymach, 31, from Ukraine, was tonight [Saturday 22 June 2019] announced as the winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

11 June 2019

Gramophone reveals the ten ensembles competing for the Orchestra of the Year Award at the 2019 Gramophone Awards

The 2019 Orchestra of the Year will be chosen by public vote...

11 June 2019

The Leeds International Piano Competition announces major new artistic partnerships and appointments

Liverpool Philharmonic and The Leeds to form major new partnership...

10 June 2019

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra appoints Thierry Fischer as Music Director, effective March 2020

Current Music Director Marin Alsop becomes Conductor Emeritus

05 June 2019

Tsinandali festival announced in the heart of Georgia's wine country.

Festival launches on 8 September with a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony.

04 June 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra first UK orchestra to offer a points-based loyalty scheme.

LPO Plus is a free online-only scheme, rewarding music lovers who come to several concerts a year.

30 May 2019

More live TV coverage than ever before for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

Extensive coverage across BBC TV, radio and online 15-22 June 2019.

26 May 2019

New research reveals national inequality in access to A-Level music education

New research commissioned and released today [26 May, 2019] by the Royal College of Music has revealed dramatic year-on-year declines...

22 May 2019

Saffron Hall announces exceptional events for music lovers in East of England as it reveals first half of rich new 2019/20 season

September 2019 – January 2020

22 May 2019

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces programme for 10th Music in the Summer Air Festiva

2 July – 15 July, Shanghai

20 May 2019

Canadian pianist Tony Siqi Yun wins first prize at inaugural China International Music Competition

18-year-old Canadian pianist Tony Siqi Yun was today [20 May 2019] announced as the first ever winner of the China International Music Competition...

17 May 2019

Six pianists progress to Final rounds of First China International Music Competition for a chance to win unprecedented cash prizes.

The first China International Music Competition – newly created by the China Conservatory of Music and Global Music Education League with 20 pianists...

15 May 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Announce Electrifying 2019/20 Season.

Strauss’ masterpiece the pinnacle of a high-octane year: Karabits, Montero and more...

14 May 2019

The London Handel Festival and The Royal Opera announce a co-production of Handel’s Susanna.

Starring members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

08 May 2019

Royal College of Music Opera Studio presents Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti & Berkeley’s a Dinner Engagement

The Royal College of Music Opera Studio is taking audiences back to the booming fifties this summer with an evening of sparkling musical satire...

08 May 2019

Leeds International Piano Competition announces pioneering learning, engagement and community projects

The Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions, today announces two new learning, engagement and community projects..

30 April 2019

Legendary soprano Leontyne Price honoured at 2019 International Opera Awards

Legendary soprano Leontyne Price awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the 2019 International Opera Awards at a glittering red-carpet...

17 April 2019

Asia’s oldest symphony orchestra - The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra – Celebrates its 140th Anniversary

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), Asia’s oldest symphony orchestra, celebrates its 140th anniversary with a three-week world tour and a new album Gateways on Deutsche Grammophon.

17 April 2019

Nemanja Radulović makes his debut at the BBC Proms with Kirill Karabits and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

On Sunday 21 July, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits return to the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms.

11 April 2019

Wigmore Hall’s vibrant series of late-night concerts returns this summer.

Wigmore Lates are a firm fixture in the Wigmore Hall’s summer calendar and return this year with a diverse range of one-hour Friday performances...

09 April 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to perform Elektra in 2020 with Catherine Foster in the title role

The BSO’s Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits, will lead the Orchestra in a concert staging of Richard Strauss’ opera Elektra in March 2020...

08 April 2019

Transylvanian-born mezzo-soprano Eszter Balogh wins the 2019 Handel Singing Competition.

Following the final on Saturday 6 April, the Handel Singing Competition announced mezzo-soprano Eszter Balogh as the 2019 winner.

03 April 2019

Ian Page and The Mozartists explore Mozart’s travels across Europe, making their début at Lichfield Festival and returning to Wigmore Hall.

Ian Page and The Mozartists return to Wigmore Hall and make their début at Lichfield Festival with a programme exploring Mozart’s travels across Europe.

03 April 2019

RCM announces 2019 Summer Season featuring Vladimir Jurowski, Maxim Vengerov and an opera double-bill of Bernstein and Berkeley

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is pleased to present a vibrant programme of concerts and events for its 2019 Summer Season

02 April 2019

Seven of the UK’s leading mental health and music charities join Classical Music...

Classical Music’s ‘Harmony in Mind’ campaign, launched today, aims to support musicians and lead the way in securing better mental health provision across the sector.

02 April 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Allianz Musical Insurance launch search for Young Composer-in-Association

The BSO Resound Young-Composer-in-Association, supported by Allianz Musical Insurance, will have the opportunity to work with...

29 March 2019

Gareth Malone and Opera Holland Park Community Chorus reunite for International Opera Awards 2019

Joyce El-Khoury and Charles Castronovo among stars who also perform at the glittering, red-carpet event on 29 April.

20 March 2019

Ian Page and The Mozartists present the UK premiere of Gluck’s Bauci e Filemone and Orfeo at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

an Page and The Mozartists continue their MOZART 250 series with a Gluck double-bill at the Queen Elizabeth Hall...

15 March 2019

Verbier 2019

The Verbier Festival, now in its 26th year, presents 17 days of performances, masterclasses, talks, screenings and education events.

14 March 2019

The London Piano Festival today announced its programme for 2019, taking place from 2-6 October at Kings Place, London

The Festival, now in its fourth year, is devised by Founding Artistic Directors Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva.

12 March 2019

BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend returns to Saffron Hall for series of top-level broadcast concerts with Mark Simpson and friends.

Saffron Hall and BBC Radio 3 present a weekend of chamber music featuring composer and virtuoso clarinettist Mark Simpson.

08 March 2019

Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2019

Inaugural Festival programmed by Artistic Director Alison Balsom...

06 March 2019

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales explores the Royal College of Music building development and hears the first performance in one of the new spaces

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today visited the Royal College of Music’s new building development during an annual visit to the institution, of which he is President.

04 March 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra Embarks On Major Southeast Asia Tour

The London Philharmonic Orchestra embarks on a major two-week tour of Southeast Asia with Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski and violinist Julia Fischer in March.

04 March 2019

20 singers from 15 countries announced for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

Twenty of the world’s most outstanding classical singers are today [4 March 2019] announced for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019

26 February 2019

Handel Singing Competition semi-finalists announced.

The Handel Singing Competition has announced its 13 semi-finalists who will be competing in the 2019 Competition.

25 February 2019

Wigmore Hall becomes the new home for the nationwide activities of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

CAVATINA has introduced chamber music to over 130,000 young people since 1998, through its schools concerts, workshops, and a free ticket scheme...

25 February 2019

Tommy Igoe headlines the Royal College of Music Festival of Percussion 2019

The Royal College of Music (RCM) Festival of Percussion 2019 returns on Sunday 5 May. Internationally-renowned drummer Tommy Igoe headlines a full day of performances, talks and workshops...

20 February 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra to become Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall from 2019/20 season.

LPO joins Britten Sinfonia as a Resident Orchestra, creating an exceptional offering for music lovers in the Eastern region.

19 February 2019

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, release 100th recording to mark the 150th anniversary...

The Choir of St John’s, Cambridge release Locus Iste on 26th April 2019, showcasing choral classics from the past 150 years, and two new commissions

19 February 2019

A celebration of Clara Schumann for International Women’s Day 2019

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is delighted to present an inspiring programme of events to mark International Women’s Day 2019

18 February 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2019/20 Royal Festival Hall season.

Defining the sound of the 21st century, celebrating landmarks of British music, bringing innovative programmes and great artists to wide audiences.

18 February 2019

The artists and programmes have been confirmed for the first ever Riga Jurmala Music Festival

The new-concept festival takes place in the historic cities of Riga and Jurmala and presents four powerful weekends – July 19-21, August 16-18, August 23-25 and August 30-September 1

11 February 2019

Ian Page conducts UK premiere of Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe.

With his ensemble The Mozartists and soloists Chiara Skerath, Kiandra Howarth and Gwilym Bowen

08 February 2019

Bruno Michel joins Classical Opera and The Mozartists as Head of Artistic Administration

Classical Opera and The Mozartists today announced the appointment of Bruno Michel as Head of Artistic Administration.

07 February 2019

Handel’s Divas London Handel Festival celebrates the women who inspired and sang Handel’s music.

The 2019 London Handel Festival takes ‘Handel’s Divas’ as its theme and will explore the lives of famous female singers...

04 February 2019

Music meets science with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s FUNharmonics family concert

Presented by comedian Helen Arney and guest presenter Wendy Sadler.

30 January 2019

Royal College of Music Opera Studio presents Robinson Crusoe

The Royal College of Music Opera Studio presents Jacques Offenbach’s lively operetta Robinson Crusoe in the composer’s 200th birthday year.

30 January 2019

Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards 2019

Winners to be revealed at glamorous Gala Event at London’s Sadler’s Wells on Monday 29 April, with highlights broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

24 January 2019

A Cultural Enquiry For Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole

Shaping a new creative future by looking at the role culture plays in people’s lives and exploring the opportunity for a long-term cultural vision for all our communities

24 January 2019

Weinberg 100

Major celebrations throughout 2019 mark the Polish composer’s centenary.

24 January 2019

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to become First South American Orchestra to Tour China

Orchestra's Music Director Marin Alsop makes her Debut in China. Four City Tour takes place In Shanghai, Jinan, Beijing and Hong Kong, 14 – 22 February 2019

23 January 2019

Wigmore Hall announces 2019/20 Season

We have a duty to expand audiences, nurture young artistic talent and provide a home for great artists, as we bring our unique chamber music to as many people as possible - says John Gilhooly

22 January 2019

Leeds Piano Festival 2019

2018 Competition Winner Eric Lu joins world-renowned artists Steven Osborne and Barry Douglas for annual celebration of piano in Leeds and London

16 January 2019

Isle of Noises 2019

London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates three centuries of British music in year-long festival

15 January 2019

Opera Legend Plácido Domingo Awarded Honorary Fellowship Of The International Opera Awards

A patron of the International Opera Awards since their inception, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo will receive the first ever Honorary Fellowship of the Opera Awards Foundation..

14 January 2019

Celebration of the music of Sir George Benjamin at Wigmore Hall and the Roundhouse

Internationally regarded as one of the finest composers of our time, Sir George Benjamin is the focus of landmark concerts on 5 and 6 March 2019, the first at Wigmore Hall...

10 January 2019

Signum Records announce Label Collaboration with Cala Records

Future Cala recordings and re-pressings to be released as ‘Cala Signum’

08 January 2019

Saffron Hall presents major dance events in 2019

Saffron Hall presents a series of major dance events for its 2019 spring season, continuing to grow a pioneering and outstanding programme at the heart of the community

04 January 2019

Ian Page begins fifth year of his ground-breaking 27-year MOZART 250 series with ‘1769: a year in music’ at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Ian Page and his ensemble The Mozartists begin the fifth year of their ambitious 27-year MOZART 250 programme, this year looking at 13 year-old Mozart in the year 1769.

19 December 2018

Wigmore Hall’s two-week Learning Festival returns to celebrate a Sense of Home, marking 25 years of the Hall’s Learning programme

The Festival celebrates the diverse and multicultural melting pot that is London and the borough of Westminster, reflects on Wigmore Hall as a place many call home...

19 December 2018

Signum Classics reaches milestone of 200 million streams

Steve Long, Founder and Managing Director of Signum Classics, today announced the label’s milestone of 200 million streams following their successful 20th anniversary year in 2017.

12 December 2018

Royal College of Music announces new String Quartet Fellowship

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is delighted to announce a new String Quartet Fellowship, funded by generous support from the late Albert Frost

05 December 2018

Royal College of Music announces Spring Season 2019

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare joins the Royal College of Music (RCM) on 31 January 2019 to direct a thrilling evening of symphonic poetry...

05 December 2018

Conductor Jessica Cottis To Premiere Major New Works Leading Into 2019

The coming few months sees Australian-born, London based, conductor Jessica Cottis focus on one side of her musical life when she gives a series of world premieres...

04 December 2018

Adam Gatehouse becomes sole Artistic Director of The Leeds, as Paul Lewis concentrates on international performing career.

Following a hugely successful 2018 event, Paul Lewis has decided to step down as co-Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition...

30 November 2018

Major new international festival for Latvia announced, launching summer 2019 - Riga Jurmala Music Festival

Artistic Director Martin Engstroem introduces concept of festival weekendsanchored around leading orchestras.

14 November 2018

Ian Page announces Chiara Skerath, Gwilym Bowen and Ida Ränzlöv as new Associate Artists of Classical Opera and The Mozartists

Upcoming MOZART 250 performances with the new Associate Artists....

30 October 2018

Wigmore Hall and Classic FM announce new Under 35s ticket scheme, offering 25,000 £5 concert tickets every season for younger audiences

Wigmore Hall and Classic FM today announce a unique new collaboration on a discount ticket scheme...

24 October 2018

BBC symphony orchestra marks 100 years of polish independence.

World-premiere of specially-co-commissioned new work from Paweł Szymański...

12 October 2018

John Gilhooly receives the Heidelberger Frühling Music Award

The award honours those committed to classical music education

12 October 2018

Liverpool Philharmonic Announces Winner of Christopher Brooks Composition Prize 2018 in association with the Rushworth Foundation and Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund

Liverpool Philharmonic is delighted to announce 22-year-old Carmel Smickersgill as the winner of its annual Christopher Brooks Composition Prize...

11 October 2018

Saffron Hall turns five

Saffron Hall – The world-class concert hall at the heart of a state secondary school – celebrates its Fifth Birthday...

11 October 2018

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra perform at UNESCO World Heritage site

Beijing’s Forbidden City - to launch Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary celebrations...

05 October 2018

Royal Irish Academy Of Music Honours Distinguished Mezzo Soprano, Joyce Didonato, With A Fellowship Honoris Causa

Ireland’s leading music conservatoire, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, last night [Tues 4 Sep] awarded the distinguished American mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato

20 September 2018

Handel’s Divas London Handel Festival celebrates the women who inspired and sang Handel’s music

The 2019 London Handel Festival takes ‘Handel’s Divas’ as its theme and will explore the lives of the famous women singers

15 September 2018

American pianist Eric Lu wins The Leeds International Piano Competition

20-year old American pianist, Eric Lu, has been awarded first place and the Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition 2018

13 September 2018

Leading Stars Of Classical Music Gather In London For The 2018 Gramophone Awards

The ‘Oscars of Classical Music’ honour leading figures from the recording World

07 September 2018

Great artists and exceptional emerging talents define Wigmore Hall’s inspirational and wide-ranging 2018/19 season

Baritone Florian Boesch, a regular at Wigmore Hall since the early days of his career, opens the Wigmore Hall’s 2018/19...

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