Brendan Faegre: The Mad King Livestream

Tomorrow Opera2Day will do a one-time livestream of The Mad King, which Brendan Faegre worked on as composer, arranger, DIY instrument designer, and accidental voice actor. Directed by Stefano Simone Pintor and featuring baritone Wiebe Pier Cnossen / Charles Johnston and the New European Ensemble, this new production combines Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King with shocking arrangements of Handel and newly composed music…   

The work focuses on familiar themes: isolation, anxiety, disease, migration. And it presents the narrative of King George III (who lost his mind and tried to teach his bullfinches to sing) through an entirely contemporary lens. Despite the postponement of the premiere and tour, Faegre is unbelievably grateful that he could continue bringing this production to life over the past months, and that it can still be performed online. He would love to share this digital performance with his audience.

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NMUV and VMN appoint Davo van Peursen as Director

Starting with January 2021, the publishers’ associations NMUV and VMN have appointed Davo van Peursen as Director. “With the appointment of Davo van Peursen, the representation of the interests of music publishers in the Netherlands will be continued by an NMUV/VMN director after the departure of Ad Heskes. Davo is an experienced and driven force with an excellent network to fulfill this important role” says Mark Bremer, chairman NMUV and Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Benelux…   

Eveline van Kampen, new chairman of VMN: “Davo has been involved with the VMN for a long time and knows the playing field well. The VMN board is confident that he will further strengthen the ties with all those involved. This will continue and further expand the professionalisation of both associations.” 

Davo van Peursen: “Music publishers are an important part within the musical eco-system: they support authors in different phases of their career. To this end, publishers deploy their expertise in various fields on a daily basis, as links in the creative process. The COVID-19 crisis is currently having a strong impact. Because live performances from concerts to mega-acts have been halted for almost a year, the music sector is being hit hard. It is important that politicians understand that the sector is in danger of suffering irreparable damage, and that tomorrow’s authors will have fewer opportunities.” 

Van Peursen also indicates that in the coming period important topics are on the agenda, such as: national and European developments around copyright, increasing internationalisation and the relationship to tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify. All this requires the attention of the industry and he will work towards this by strengthening the international and national contacts, such as the ICMP.

“I am looking forward to working for the NMUV and VMN members in all these areas,” says Van Peursen. He then points to the Netherlands, where Buma/Stemra is an important organisation for the sector. He intends to contribute to the right choices for the future with a constructive, but also critical view from the associations, the policy of Buma/Stemra having a major impact on the associations and therefore on all affiliated authors.

Davo van Peursen is also Managing Director of Donemus Publishing and Record Company. He is a member of the Board of Rightholders of Buma/Stemra and Chairman of the Alsbach Foundation (Music Publishing Course).