Engaging the youth of the country is not only a task for members of the Philharmonic’s administration. The musicians themselves share this goal, and take part in various events designed to reach a younger audience, including visits to kindergartens, to familiarise even the youngest members of society with classical music. Ljubomir Trujanovic, a young violinist who recently joined the orchestra, and is a student in his final year at the Faculty of Music, was thrilled to see four-year-olds reacting so enthusiastically. “They even danced along,” he recalls. Specifically targeting the young has resulted in a steady increase in interest. Trujanovic sees the effects at regular concerts. “With each concert, there are more and more young people in the audience,” the violinist says. “It is a pleasure to play with the Belgrade Philharmonic,” he adds. “The level of the musicians is so high, and every concert is of high quality.” In April 2019, … [Read more...] about Philharmonic Draws Serbia’s Millenials Back to Classical Sounds
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Sumit Paul-Choudhury picks out trends that could shape music over the coming decades, including algoraves, Fortnite concerts and songs catered to smart speakers. By Sumit Paul-Choudhury 21 May 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email Can’t get enough technical death metal? Good news for fans of this high-precision, high-velocity musical subgenre: the indefatigable Dadabots have been thrashing it out live on YouTube 24 hours a day, seven days a week since March – without ever repeating themselves. Quite the feat. Or it would be if Dadabots was a human band; but as you’ve probably already guessed, it’s actually a neural network generating … [Read more...] about What will music be like in 20 years?
Way, way back, on June 26, 1969, Led Zeppelin – the greatest hard rock band of all time (no ‘arguably’ needed) – made their Guildhall debut. Sadly, for local fans, only one other appearance followed – in 1970.I have no idea if anyone who watched either of those concerts was back at the same venue last night, 49 years on, to see the music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham celebrated in extraordinary fashion, complete with the 35-piece Black Dog Orchestra.If they were, it must have been one hell of a nostalgic experience.To steal a lyric from the band’s most famous song, it makes you wonder … well, it made me wonder anyway – when was the last time classic rock ever sounded THIS good in Portsmouth?The Led Zep Boys band – vocalist Vince Contarino, guitarist Tzan Niko, bassist Warwick Cheatle (celebrating his birthday in Pompey, lucky lad!) and drummer Bradley Polain - … [Read more...] about Led Zeppelin Masters, Portsmouth Guildhall REVIEW: ‘When was the last time classic rock ever sounded THIS good?’
LIghthouse Family have announced their return with their first new music in 18 years. The band premiered their new single My Salvation on the Ken Bruce's BBC Radio 2 show today. The single comes ahead of their fourth studio album Blue Sky In Your Head which will be released on May 3 via Polydor Records.Watch the video for My Salvation hereMessages of hope and uplift. Sentiments of community and communion. Songs of love and connection. Tunes to sing, loudly, from the heart. It can only be Lighthouse Family, back to dream up the magic all over again.Stream/download hereInspired in part by the birth of Paul’s son, its sentiments chime perfectly with the band’s return. “I wrote it at the end of 2016, when there were lots of things changing in politics and it felt like there was nothing solid to hold on to. There’s the line: ‘When you say a prayer, does anybody hear, send an SOS…’ You’re looking for that touchstone that salvation can … [Read more...] about Lighthouse Family release first new music in 18 years
The future of black British music is at risk from prejudice within the live sector, says a digital, culture, media and sport committee report to MPs. Despite the abolition of form 696 in 2017, said by many to give the Metropolitan police undue power to close down black music events in the capital, “institutionalised” racism continues to affect the sector, Roundhouse head of music, Jane Beese, told the committee. The report found a lack of support from councils for urban music, with evidence of venues cancelling gigs by rap, and hip-hop acts because of “unfounded” concerns over licensing and safety. BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Target commented that a power imbalance between licensing authorities and small venues contributed to the issue. “It could be a venue that has been pressured to cancel the event by the police … The small venue that is already struggling cannot afford to risk it so then they end up saying, ‘OK. We do not do those types of nights any … [Read more...] about Discrimination against urban music persists, says report to MPs