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  • Mark Simpson joins BBC Phil as composer in association

    26 February 2015,

    The BBC Philharmonic has announced that 26-year-old Mark Simpson will be its new composer in association, with a term beginning in September 2015 and ending in 2019. Simpson first came to national attention in 2006 when he won both the BBC Young Composer competition and, as a clarinettist, the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

  • Christian Mason wins €35,000 Ernst von Siemens composition prize

    26 February 2015,

    British composer Christian Mason is one of three winners of the €35,000 (£25,600) composers’ prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, announced today. The other two winners are Berlin-based American Mark Barden and German Birke Bertelsmeier.

  • Sinfonia Viva wins Arts Council grant for portable, inflatable stage

    25 February 2015,

    Derby-based Sinfonia Viva has been awarded a £179,585 grant from Arts Council England towards the £211,000 cost of buying an inflatable stage and auditorium to seat up to 250 people. The stage and auditorium are ‘inflatable, highly portable and can be erected in a short space of time by just two or three people’.

  • Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 announces 20-strong list of competitors

    24 February 2015,

    The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition has announced the 20-strong list of singers who will comepete for the title at this year’s event, which will be held from 14 to 21 June. They stretch from the home-grown, in Welsh soprano Céline Forrest, to the far flung, with entrants from Mongolia, South Korea and South Africa.

  • Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

    24 February 2015,

    The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye, which specialises in producing Baijiu, a high-strength, grain-based spirit. Wuliangye's chairman said of the deal: 'We hope the sponsorship will inspire people to enjoy the harmonious balance of drinking fabulous alcohol while listening to world-class classical music.'