Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Escape to Paradise in September, violinist Daniel Hope will tour the repertoire from the disc in a highly anticipated run of five dates in Germany, kicking off in Hannover this evening.  Accompanied by the NDR Radio Philharmonie and Andrew Manze, the tour will also reach Düsseldorf, Braunschweig, Osnabrück and Berlin where it will finish on the 28th November.

Escape to Paradise explores the music of the celebrated European composers who fled persecution in Europe during the Second World War and settled in Hollywood where they composed music for films and effectively founded the film music industry as we know it today.  Much is owed to composers such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklós Rózsa, Kurt Weill and their contemporaries, whose works became entrenched in the movie and entertainment world, forming the basis of much of the film music heard and loved today.  The disc was praised as “highly-charged and sumptuously expressive” by BBC Music Magazine and “beautifully realised” by Gramophone.

See the tour on the following dates:

20/11 – Hannover, Sendesaal

23/11 – Düsseldorf, Tonhalle

24/11 – Braunschweig, Stadthalle

25/11 – Osnabrück, O-halle

28/11 – Berlin, Konzerthaus

www.danielhope.com

 

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(Written on November 20, 2014 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome Orpheus Sinfonia to its client roster ahead of the launch of their new concert series ‘Beneath the Score’.

The Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 with the aim of providing opportunity and support for exceptionally talented musicians emerging from study into the profession. Under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, Orpheus Sinfonia is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. Soloists to date include Tamsin Little OBE, Dame Felicity Lott, Jack Liebeck and EMI artist Xeu-Fei.

November sees the launch of ‘Beneath the Score’, a series created, presented and conducted by Thomas Carroll. ‘Beneath the Score’ is designed to bring classical music to life by taking the audience on a journey of exploration through a composer’s life, their muses and historical context. Through narration, musical excerpts, influential images and readings, each musical work is brought to life in it’s own unique way.

By exploring this history, Orpheus Sinfonia open new doors to those not yet in love with the power of classical music, and at the same time enrich the knowledge and appreciation of those already more familiar with the art form.

Orpheus Sinfonia’s upcoming concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect, takes place at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, on 27 November at 7.30pm.

Orpheus Sinfonia will spend an evening exploring how Beethoven transformed classical music, inspired and daunted all those who came after him, and produced such great works of art, instilled with visions and beliefs. Orpheus will perform excerpts from each of his symphonies, and The Eroica Symphony will be performed in its entirety in the second half.

The audience will also hear readings from Beethoven’s fascinating letters, read by actor Michael Bodie. To bind this all together there will be a brief narrative coupled with some beautiful projected images. There is a 50% discount on all tickets for full-time students and all under-25s.

For more updates on Orpheus Sinfonia, visit their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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Orpheus Sinfonia performing at Cadogan Hall

(Written on November 19, 2014 )

In just under three weeks, the UK’s premiere symphony orchestra for children will take to the stage at one of London’s most prestigious venues for their Winter Concert.

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Main Orchestra and Under 13 Orchestra will both perform challenging works, demonstrating their impressive musical talents and outstanding professionalism.

Principal Music Director of the NCO, Roger Clarkson, will conduct the Under 13 Orchestra who will perform Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Grofé’s ‘Sunrise’ and ‘On The Trail’ from Grand Canyon Suite, as well as works by Tchaikovsky.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Perfect Fool, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances and Moncayo’s Huapango, with guest conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa.

Come along on 7th December 2014 to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall at 7:30pm to be inspired by the NCO. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

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(Written on November 18, 2014 )

Cellist Corinne Morris is to perform in a series of three recitals at 1901 Arts Club.

Starting tomorrow, 12th November, Corinne will be curating and playing in the three concerts – each of which explore a unique theme. Master Works for Cello & Piano introduces familiar and not so familiar French repertoire from the late 19th century to the early 20th century with works by Debussy, Godard and Saint-Saëns. Featuring alongside Corinne will be acclaimed pianist Kathron Sturrock.

Corinne has recently re-launched her music career after suffering a debilitating shoulder injury, which forced her to take a five-year break. Her comeback disc Macedonian Sessions, described by Classical Music Magazine as ‘a triumph assertion’, features music from Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Piazzolla, as well as an original self-penned composition. It was recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony and has also been filmed for release on DVD.

The second and third concerts in the series will be taking place on 19th and 26th November and will feature Corinne, as well as pianist Viv McLean, the Melicus Duo and violinist Fenella Humphreys, all at the 1901 Arts Club.

Details of the concert can be found here and for more information about Corinne you can go to her website or find her on Twitter or Facebook.

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(Written on November 11, 2014 )

Starting this Saturday and continuing throughout the month of November, Wimbledon will welcome world-class artists from around the globe to perform in various venues as part of the Wimbledon International Music Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength, programming unique concerts and performances from internationally renowned musicians and actors. Supported by Arts Council England, this is Wimbledon’s most creative and expansive year yet.

Wimbledon’s War and Peace theme is particularly unique. Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass will feature in the opening concert given by The Academy Choir and Baroque Players, and The Katona Twins will perform their programme ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, interwoven with the prose and poetry of international writers, narrated by actor Henry Goodman. Prokofiev’s celebrated ‘War Sonata’ No. 7 will also feature in young pianist Denis Kozhukhin’s recital. The festival also offers ‘Peace’ with Mozart’s ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ and fun with ‘Death by Custard’, ballads performed by Musicians of the Globe.

The centre-piece of this year’s Festival will be an original production of Stravinsky’s dramatic masterpiece The Solider’s Tale - set as a computer game, with a parachute drop in, projections, and a smart phone used as never before. Fully costumed, with seven dancers and narrator it is supported musically by an extraordinary group of musicians. All musicians are Principals from major orchestras, aside from world renowned clarinettist Michael Collins, perhaps the finest clarinet player in the world.

Other highlights include the extended jazz series in association with Maggie Black Jazz Promotions and the New Generation Artists Series. New Generation Artists performing this year include musicians from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Ars Eloquentiae, Busch Piano Trio and BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett.

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(Written on November 7, 2014 )

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(Written on November 4, 2014 )

WildKat wird in der kommenden Saison 2014/15 die Konzerthöhepunkte der Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels betreuen.

Die Konzertdirektion wurde vor mehr als 50 Jahren von Prof. Victor Hohenfels und seiner Frau Eva-Maria gegründet. Die Konzertreihe Populäre Konzerte, in der die bekanntesten klassischen Musikstücke berühmter Komponisten aufgeführt werden, wurde bisher von mehr als 3 Millionen Zuschauern in der Berliner Philharmonie besucht. Bis heute finden die Populären Konzerte mit dem sinfonie orchester berlin unter ihrem Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds und international renommierten Künstlern – meistens Mitgliedern der Berliner Philharmoniker – in der Berliner Philharmonie statt, einem der Konzertsäle mit der besten Akustik weltweit.

Ein besonderes Charakteristikum der Konzertdirektion ist der persönliche Kontakt zu ihrem Konzertpublikum, der seit ihrer Gründung gepflegt wird und sie von anderen Konzertveranstaltern abhebt. Dieser Grundsatz wurde von Frau Hohenfels eingeführt und von dem jetzigen Geschäftsführer Bogdan Sikora übernommen und bis heute weitergeführt. So beantwortet Sikora beispielsweise alle eingehenden Anfragen immer persönlich.

Die Konzerthöhepunkte in den nächsten Monaten umfassen ein außergewöhnliches Konzert am 15. November mit dem Hornsolisten Radek Baborák und einem Tango-Boléro-Filmmusik-Programm. Am 12. Dezember läutet das Blechbläserensemble German Brass mit einer musikalischen Reise die Weihnachtszeit ein, welche von Klaus Wallendorf, Mitglied der Berliner Philharmoniker, moderiert wird. Am ersten Weihnachtsfeiertag, 25. Dezember spielen Violin-Solist Guy Braunstein und Flötistin Gili Schwarzman Werke romantischer Komponisten wie beispielsweise Tschaikoswky und Bruch. Das Konzert am 26. Dezember trägt das Motto „Oscars der Filmmusik“. Neben dem sinfonie orchester berlin tritt die Sopranistin Katarzyna Dondalska unter dem Dirigat von Scott Lawton auf.

Weitere Informationen unter http://www.konzertdirektion-hohenfels.de.

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Credit: Peter Adamik

(Written on October 22, 2014 )

David Nice, Journalist für die britische Kultur-Website theartsdesk, besuchte Ende September die Bamberger Symphoniker zur Saisoneröffnung in ihrer oberfränkischen Heimat und ließ sich von der Stadt und ihrem Klang verzaubern.

Bamberg ist ein wahres Kleinod im Herzen Europas und Weltkulturerbe der UNESCO – das hat auch David Nice entdeckt und wundert sich: „Strange, then, that the British don’t seem to realise, as do the Americans, Chinese, Japanese and Italians – acknowledging the only town not so far north of the Alps equal to any of their own – that Bamberg ought to be German destination No. 1.“ Und so stand für David Nice eine Erkundungstour der Bamberger Altstadt und ihrer Klöster, Museen und Kirchen auf dem Plan. In seinem Reisebericht ‚Top Town, Top Orchestra’ legt Nice seine Eindrücke der Stadt und ihrer Geschichte, aber vor allem sein Konzerterlebnis an diesem Eröffnungswochenende dar. Er beschreibt die Interpretation von Strauß’ Alpensymphonie als “a showcase both for the warm, now muscled Bamberg sound and for Nott’s way of keeping every phrase alive and moving.”

Mit Jonathan Nott, dem Chefdirigenten der Bamberger Symphoniker, traf sich Nice für ein Gespräch über die Vielschichtigkeit der Repertoireauswahl, seine langjährige Arbeit mit dem bayerischen Weltklasseorchester und dessen legendärem ‚Bamberger Klang’. Das Interview wurde heute auf theartsdesk veröffentlicht und gibt einen unvergleichlichen Einblick in die Arbeit einer der großen zeitgenössischen britischen Dirigenten, der den Großteil seiner Karriere auf dem europäischen Festland und in Bamberg verbracht hat. An Bamberg mag Nott besonders, dass das Orchester fester Bestandteil des Stadtalltags ist. „It’s a place where classical music is cherished, where you feel you do belong to society, you meet someone from the audience in the baker’s and they say, that was a good solo you played last night, you feel as if it’s not elite, it’s bread and butter“, so Nott im Gespräch mit David Nice.

Den Artikel über David Nices Aufenthalt in Bamberg könnt ihr hier nachlesen und sein Interview mit Jonathan Nott ist seit heute hier online.

Mehr Informationen über die Bamberger Symphoniker findet ihr hier.

 

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Bamberger Symphoniker

 

(Written on October 20, 2014 )

Earlier today Labour MP Tom Watson has been reported suggesting that BBC radio 3 should give up its FM slot to Radio 6 Music.

Since the threat of closure four years ago, digital-only station 6 Music has enjoyed a huge increase in audience numbers. In July the BBC released figures for the previous quarter showing, for the first time, BBC 6 Music overtaking BBC Radio 3 in listener figures. BBC Radio 3, which is available on both digital and analogue platforms, had an audience of 1.88 million per week. This is down 5.6% from the same time last year and down 9.7% on the previous quarter. However, BBC 6 Music attracted 1.89 million listeners per week – a 5.5% increase on the same time in the previous year.

Watson’s argument explains that as BBC 6 Music is able to top BBC Radio 3 solely on the digital platform, giving it an FM space would increase its audience even further. He said: “It does strike me if the Radio 3 audience continues to diminish and BBC 6 Music continues to grow its audience, the BBC should seriously consider it, they must put it on their agenda.” He also comments that he is in no way suggesting the closure of BBC Radio 3, but highlights that it may be becoming a “niche station” and might be better suited to the digital-only platforms to make way for newer, more popular stations.

Despite the steady decline in BBC Radio 3’s audience numbers the BBC have assured listeners that they “are very proud of both stations and think they are working brilliantly for listeners as they are.” They are also confident that the figures for the next quarter will show improvement after the broadcast of The Proms over the summer months on BBC Radio 3.

BBC 6 Music is a digital-only station and so its listenership is obviously more used to that platform. As a channel it is produced and packaged with that in mind so would adding it to the analogue platform allow it to gain much more? BBC Radio 3’s audience, despite not increasing over the past few years, has managed to hold on to its percentage of listeners. Year on year more people in the UK are tuning into the radio and BBC Radio 3 are still maintaining 4% of the audience. Ivan Hewitt points out that Radio 3 are clearly doing something right, but in order to keep and gain listeners they will have to do something to allow for our “constant shifts in culture” whilst still maintaining integrity as a station that provides “high culture and classical music”.

What are your thoughts? Get involved in the conversation and tweet us @WildKatPR.

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(Written on October 14, 2014 )

At 8pm last night BBC viewers and listeners everywhere were in for a treat…

In their first ever pan-channel broadcast the BBC launched BBC Music, an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives with a spectacular version of God Only Knows. The reworking of the song, originally by The Beach Boys, was performed by 27 musicians from all genres of music, uniting to create ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.

The launch of this new initiative shows the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in over 30 years. Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music, said: “This is an exciting moment for BBC Music as we launch to a global audience. With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and comprising an array of iconic music stars, from a wide range of musical genres, this ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC. Our audiences are very clear in their passion for music and that’s why BBC Music exists: to create, curate and celebrate music – for the love of it.”

God Only Knows features the song’s original writer and creator, Brian Wilson, alongside a list of world-famous musicians including Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and, of course, the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Brian Wilson said that he felt “incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The location of the film is also very special as the Alexandra Palace Theatre is the home of the first ever BBC broadcast over 90 years ago!

The song has now been released as a single in a first-time collaboration between Sony, Warner and Universal Music and all of the proceeds are going to BBC Children in Need. It is already available to download and will be in shops later in the week.

During 2013/14 the BBC has broadcast over 41,000 hours of musical content making it the world’s largest music broadcaster. This has included 600 classical music concerts a year on Radio 3, Radio 1′s Big Weekend and The Proms. BBC Four is also the biggest commissioner of music documentaries in the UK.

Also this week, BBC Ten Pieces has launched in cinemas and on iPlayer as the BBC Learning team joins with over 200 partners and classical musicians to help inspire primary school children and introduce them to classical music. Approximately 100,000 children will see the film at over 300 screenings across the UK and eventually the DVD of the film will be made available to primary schools for free.

All information about BBC Music can be found on their new homepage.

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )