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  • 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.'

  • Philip Pickett handed 11-year sentence for historic offences

    20 February 2015,

    Philip Pickett, the recorder player and early music ensemble leader, has been jailed for 11 years in relation to historic sex offences which occurred in the 1970s and 80s during his time as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The verdict was reached for two rapes and two indecent assaults on two schoolgirls and one student between 1979 and 1983, perpetrated in sound-proofed practice rooms.