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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

In today’s news, The National Endowment for Music aims to support pupils’ musical ability by donating £1 million to the Arts Council of Wales to aid after-school music services that were affected by cuts. Frank Ocean tackles the topic of artist ownership at the Grammy’s, and the Welsh National Opera is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Valentin Uryupin wins Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition, and Anne Midgette takes a look at the relevance of opera in correlation with the modern human psyche.

BBC

£1m endowment fund for children to take up music

A new £1m fund to encourage children to become musicians has been announced by the Welsh Government.

The Washington Post

How to survive the next four years on social media? Opera can help.

We are living in operatic times. Forget what you’ve heard about opera being remote and elitist. Opera is also the art form that, perhaps more than any other, specializes in heightened emotion, and in finding ways to communicate it. And heightened emotion, and big feelings, are the order of the day, everywhere you look.

The Guardian

Facing the music: conductor Daniele Rustioni

From a teenage obsession with Wagner to the inspirational Giulini and the daily necessity of Bach, the conductor shares his musical passions

Music Business Worldwide

FRANK OCEAN LETS RIP AT THE GRAMMYS. AND REALLY, WHO CAN BLAME HIM?

In the coming days, we’ll ponder what this means for the future of artist empowerment and the ultimate fate of major record companies.

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RWCMD and WNO to launch opera school

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), enabling emerging artists to receive teaching from the College’s staff, members of WNO and leading figures from the wider opera world.

The New York Times

Adele Dominates the Grammys; Beyoncé Stops the Show

Adele swept the 59th annual Grammy Awards with her album “25,” an enormous hit around the world, in a night that shut out Beyoncé from the major awards and also featured reverent tributes and, at times, pointed political commentary.

Die Zeit

Die anderen nannten es Singen

Er hatte die wohl kühnste, unglaublichste Stimme des Jazz: Al Jarreau zeigte den Deutschen das Scatten und sie liebten ihn dafür. Ein Nachruf.

Klassik

Valentin Uryupin gewinnt Sir Georg Solti Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der russische Dirigent Valentin Uryupin hat den ersten Preis beim 8. Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti in Frankfurt am Main gewonnen. Die Auszeichnung für den 31-Jährigen ist mit 15.000 dotiert.
Musik heute

Grammy für deutsche Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann

Die 49-Jährige erhielt den Musikpreis am Montag in Los Angeles für ihr Liederalbum “Schumann & Berg”, aufgenommen mit der britisch-japanischen Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida.

NRK

Universal kjøper rettigheter til Prince

Plateselskapet Universal har kjøpt rettighetene til flere av Prince sine album. I avtalen skal selskapet også få tilgang til materiale som ikke har vært utgitt.

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Classical Music News Jonas Kaufmann ends London residency with second cancellation
Classic FM  John Williams won his 23rd Grammy Award, and they played the wrong music.
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(Written on February 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).

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Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

NorthJersey.com

Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.

Independent

Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision

theguardian

Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

Klassik Akzente

Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

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Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

Musik heute

Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts Stephen Gosling, Queens New Music Festival, biennial & more classical music in

Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.

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Photograph: Sim Canetty Clarke

(Written on May 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a video of an opera singer performing during a scan revealed, NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs film deal & Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie.

The Telegraph

Real-time MRI captures incredible video of opera singer performing during scan

Researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician’s Medicine have revealed what really goes on inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform.

BBC News

NHS choir signs film deal after topping chart at Christmas

The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 has signed a film deal to tell its story. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir beat the Canadian singer after he urged his 72 million Twitter followers to buy its charity single, A Bridge Over You.

Glastonbury to honour David Bowie and Prince

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie, organiser Emily Eavis has told the BBC. The metal sculpture, inspired by the sleeve for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, will hang above acts like Coldplay and Adele when they play the stage in June.

The Guardian

The best classical concerts and opera of summer 2016

Oedipus finally reaches Britain, there’s a Messiaen marathon in Suffolk, Opera North’s Ring hits the road – and John Luther Adams summons up a deluge.

The Strad

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles

The 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition has named the 10 string quartets shortlisted to take part in its live rounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce plans to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

The ensembles will present L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. They will also perform the Vespers at Basilica dei Frari, Venice, as well as working alongside musicologists and experts in Monteverdi during the anniversary year.

Roger Vignoles announced as accompanist for 2016 International Opera Awards

Roger Vignoles will be accompanist at the 2016 International Opera Awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 May at the Savoy Theatre. He will accompany Stuart Skelton, Anna Bonitatibus and a number of other past and present International Opera Awards finalists and winners.

The Spectator

Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser is one of the ugliest stagings I have set eyes on

Cursed, or perhaps blessed, with almost no visual memory at all, I had almost completely forgotten what the Royal Opera’s current Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery and with set designs by Michael Levine, looks like. Or perhaps it was the natural tendency to repress the memory of unpleasant experiences.

Klassik Heute

Dirigentenwettbewerb “The Mahler Competition” beginnt in Bamberg

Vom 6. bis 13. Mai 2016 veranstalten die Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie zum 5. Mal ihren Dirigentenwettbewerb The Mahler Competition. Der Wettbewerb ist ab der Hauptrunde am 9. Mai öffentlich. Der Eintritt zu den öffentlichen Runden in der Konzerthalle Bamberg ist frei.

Music Heute

Staatstheater Nürnberg: Neue Saison mit Wagner-Opern und Brahms-Konzerten

Die Nürnberger Oper eröffnet die Spielzeit 2016/17 mit Mussorgskis “Boris Godunow” in einer Neuinszenierung von Peter Konwitschny. Zusammen mit Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch realisiert der 71-Jährige das Stück in der Urfassung von 1869, wie das Staatstheater am Mittwoch mitteilte.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Ludus instrumentalis gewinnt Förderpreis Alte Musik

Der Förderpreis Alte Musik, der von der Akademie für Alte Musik im Saarland und dem Saarländischen Rundfunk vergeben wird, geht in diesem Jahr an das in Köln beheimtate Ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis.

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IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager IAM’s editor is 1 of the 15 women to be selected for the first University Women in the Arts

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Król Roger and Woolf Works nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Bernhard Neuhoff @BernhardNeuhoff Classical music sponsored by Pop stars: donates $ 25,000 to opera house via

EUYO @EUYOtweets Happy 10yr anniversary to our Partner . Looking forward to playing for our friends tonight.

Music News & Facts @musicnews_facts Today is the 28th birthday of a massively successful act and an outstanding singer/song-writer.

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(Written on May 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph claim that Schubert is needed now more than ever, Leif Ove Andsnes films a video guide to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, and Seymour Lipkin dies aged 88. Also, Susanna Eastburn reflects on the results of this year’s composer commissioning survey

Telegraph

Schubert is needed now more than ever

The composer Franz Schubert died on November 19 1828, aged only 31

The New York Times

Seymour Lipkin, Pianist and Conductor, Dies at 88

Seymour Lipkin, a pianist and conductor widely admired in both roles for his acute, deliberately unflashy musicianship, died on Monday in Blue Hill, Me

BBC

Why you can’t stream Adele’s new album 25

Adele’s 25 is expected to be the best selling album of the year, but currently you won’t be able to listen to it on music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music

Classic FM

Leif Ove Andsnes’ video guide to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the today’s greatest living pianists – and he’s particularly brilliant when it comes to Beethoven

Classical Music Magazine

Value judgment

As Sound and Music publishes its second composer commissioning survey, chief executive Susanna Eastburn reflects on what, if anything, has changed

Pizzicato

Christiane Karg mit Bayerischem Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet

Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg wurde gestern in Essenbach bei Landshut mit dem Bayerischem Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet. Neben ihrer herausragenden Rolle als Künstlerin wurde die Sängerin auch für ihr Engagement für die Kultur geehrt

KulturPort.de

Deutscher Kulturförderpreis 2015 geht an heristo ag, Carl Bechstein Stiftung und PSD Bank Hannover eG

Zum 10. Mal vergibt der Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. gemeinsam mit seinen Partnern Süddeutsche Zeitung und Handelsblatt den Deutschen Kulturförderpreis an Unternehmen

Klassik.com

Quartetto Lyskamm gewinnt 52. Possehl-Wettbewerb

Das Quartetto Lyskamm hat den 52. Possehl-Wettbewerb an der Musikhochschule Lübeck gewonnen. Das Ensemble überzeugte die Jury mit Kammermusik von Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven und Verdi

El Pais

Los Grammy Latinos premian a la memoria de Paco de Lucía

‘Entre 20 aguas’, disco homenaje al guitarrista español fallecido en 2014, recibe el reconocimiento al Mejor Álbum de Música Flamenca

Classicalite

Mark O’Connor Talks Method, American Music and Summer Camp

Mark O’Connor has allotted himself the time and patience to craft an entire new perspective on American string education. A Grammy-winning composer and violin virtuoso, his ability to revolutionize an entire genre of performance teaching is unfettered

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Sinfini MusicAt a time of violence, Paris turns to music:

BBC Radio 3Today’s choice for the Music Box is Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir – what would you like added?

The Strad : Video: Baroque gives a bowing masterclass for in 2014

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(Written on November 20, 2015 )