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In today’s news: Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Also, the Berlin Philharmonic to form an amateur orchestra, tenor Bruce Rankin is dead and artists are getting attacked more often as Unesco reports.

The Times

MBE for paralysed violinist Rosemary Johnson who uses brainwaves to play

A violinist formerly with the Welsh National Opera, who uses brain wave technology to perform despite being paralysed, was awarded an MBE for services to music yesterday.

The Telegraph

Bah Humbug! Why Christmas is ruined by its music

When Dr Seuss wrote his popular tale about how the Grinch stole Christmas, he glossed over the lead character’s backstory. Why did he grow up to be so mean? What exactly happened in his early childhood to make him hate the most wonderful time of the year? Why was he particularly triggered by the yuletide singing of his cheerful neighbours, the Whos?

Classical Music

Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

The appointment was evidence of its continued commitment to making the arts accessible to new audiences, in particular young people.

Highlights of Aldeburgh Festival 2018 announced

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, which will take place 8-24 June, will mark the event’s 70th anniversary, looking back to the year of its launch (1948) with a number of events.

Wales Online

Cardiff is going to be named the UK’s first ‘music city’

Cardiff Council have unveiled the pioneering plans

pizzicato

Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra  announced that German conductor Alexander Liebreich, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from September 2018.

nmz

Unesco: Künstler werden zunehmend attackiert

Musiker, Autoren und andere Künstler werden laut der UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco zunehmend angegriffen.

Musik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker bilden Laienorchester

Die Berliner Philharmoniker laden Laienmusiker zum Mitspielen ein. Interessenten zwischen 9 und 99 Jahren bekommen die Chance, mit Mitgliedern des renommierten Klangkörpers und der Karajan-Akademie die 1. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms aufzuführen.

Klassik.Com

Tenor Bruce Rankin gestorben

Er starb am Montag im Alter von 65 Jahren. Der Tenor war ab 1998 Ensemblemitglied an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

france musique

Les musiciens de Radio France investissent les gares SNCF

Après la signature d’un partenariat entre Radio France et la SNCF, des musiciens de l’Orchestre national de France ont joué dans la gare de l’Est à Paris pour la première performance musicale d’une série à venir.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Gerichtsentscheidung: Kündigung des Rostocker Theaterintendanten Sewan unbegründet

Classical Music News @Classcialmusic More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

Image: © Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker

(Written on December 15, 2017 )

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Guardian

How Bizet’s Carmen became a male prostitute

What can Bizet’s great opera – and the globetrotting singers who perform it – tell us about our own disconnected lives? Playwright Simon Stephens on how the characters and music of Carmen inspired his play about love, loss and emptiness

Telegraph

Censoring Valentina Lisitsa shames the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Freedom of speech means Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa must be allowed to perform despite her politics, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Source

A national celebration of classical music for inaugural BBC Music Day 

BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Performing Groups take part in BBC Music’s inaugural BBC Music Day with unique broadcasts and events across the United Kingdom on Friday 5 June

Sinfini Music

Royal Opera Season Announcement

The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato.

Huffington Post

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh: Like many other kids, I was pushed to learn an instrument when I was growing up.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wiedersehen macht Freude

2015/16 wird Tugan Sokhievs letzte Saison mit dem DSO, er verlässt nach nur vier Jahren Berlin. Jetzt hat das Orchester seine Pläne für die kommende Spielzeit vorgestellt.

Kurier

Robert Meyer bleibt Volksopern-Direktor

Kulturminister Ostermayer gibt am Mittwochvormittag seine Entscheidung bekannt

pizzicato

Philip Glass wins Glenn Gould Prize

American composer Philip Glass has been chosen as the Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival concert in Ipswich car park

For its first venture outside London, the ensemble will be joined by a choir comprised of 100 local children on 14 June for a concert in Endeavour House Car Park, home to Suffolk County Council.

Le Figaro

Terry Gilliam bientôt à l’Opéra de Paris

L’établissement dirigé par Stéphane Lissner accueillera, en 2017-2018, Benvenuto Cellini dans une mise en scène du célèbre cinéaste britannique, membre des Monty Python.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: Happy 91st Birthday Sir Neville Marriner. @TimLihoreau https://twitter.com/ClassicFM/status/588205269643108352 …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Some didn’t approve of Elgar’s music during his lifetime. Listen to 18 programmes about him: http://bbc.in/1aQLl3G 

Music Mark ‏@musicmarkuk: Is there someone in your community you want to nominate as a local music champion? http://tinyurl.com/pw4er35 

joyce-didonato-stella-di-napoli-credit-pari-dukovic-658x325The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 15, 2015 )

The most recent addition to the WildKat PR client roster is none other than the highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner Christina McMaster.

Her continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances has allowed to her to collaborate with a diverse mix of genres and artists, including violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week.

Upon graduating with a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.  She is also a champion of new music, having worked with established composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.

Recently Christina founded Ensemble WOW, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming – a cause of which Christina is a strong supporter. They are very proud to be Listenpony’s ensemble in residence, with a concert coming up at The Rag Factory on 2nd March 2015. The concert will include a variety of works evoking music’s engagement with current affairs – war, rebellion and civil rights as well as the spirituality and solidarity that surround these powerful events.

Also in March, Christina will be heading to Barbados for the Holders Season where she will play an eclectic programme that captures the essence of the American Dream. She will be joined by violinist Lizzie Ball and they will play tracks from Christina’s upcoming album Pinks and Blues which is due to be released in May.

But before she jets off, you can see Christina performing Debussy, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Charles Ives and Beethoven with the Derby Chamber Music Society on 20th February at 7:30pm.

For more information about Christina you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook pages.

PIANIST CHRISTINA MCMASTER

 

(Written on January 30, 2015 )

The Guardian

National Children’s Orchestras faces fight over its musical soul

Petition set up by parents and staff highlights discontent over actions of NCO board.

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2014: Schoenberg was a prophet in the wilderness

Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius.

Financial Times

Piette-Laurent Aimard on Aldeburgh and Britten

Ever since Pierre-Laurent Aimard took on the role of artistic director at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2009, he has been plagued by a polite but persistent band of doubters.

Classic FM

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry to release debut classical album

Richard Reed Parry, multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, is to release his first solo classical album on Deutsche Grammophon.

Gramophone

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns

Will Todd’s popular opera for children is reprised by Opera Holland Park in July and August.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Salzburger Domquartier: Es muss nicht immer Mozart sein

Macht hoch die Tür: Salzburg will nicht länger nur Musikstadt sein, das reiche Erbe der Fürsterzbischöfe soll die Welt begeistern – mit dem Domquartier will die Stadt in die erste Museumsliga.

Spiegel Online

Feine Kammermusik: Einmal Feuer für Herrn Beethoven, bitte!

Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt Beethoven mit italienischer Lust und Leidenschaft. Sowohl live als auch auf CD blühen bei den vier Musikern die Streichquartette vielfarbig auf. Und bei Verdi kennen sich die Kammer-Könner auch aus.

Concerti

Interview: Artemis Quartett: “Wir sind heute rebellischer”

Eckart Runge und Vineta Sareika vom Artemis Quartett über jugendlichen Klang, Superlative und exklusive Hauskonzerte

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Gülke mit Ernst von Siemens-Musikpreis geehrt

Weitere Preisträger sind Luis Codera Puzo, Simone Movio und Brigitte Muntendorf

The New York Times

What’s New? Ask the Philharmonic

Times Critics Preview the NY Biennal

Washington Post

Arvo Pärt’s music celebrated at D.C. events

Pärt, 78, is coming to the East Coast for the first time in 30 years. His free concert in Washington on Tuesday — presented by the Estonian Embassy as part of an initiative called The Arvo Pärt Project— will be held not in a small space but in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, which seats 2,400.

Le Figaro

Kaija Saariaho, réflexion, action, composition

La compositrice finlandaise ouvre demain le Festival de Saint-Denis avec une nouvelle version de « La Passion de Simone », inspirée par Simone Weil.

Classical Music on twitter

Spiegel Online @SPIEGEL_Kultur Heute in den Feuilletons: “Ein gut bestellter Acker, ein neugieriges Publikum”… http://spon.de/aeeVY

Guardian Culture @guardian culture Nils Frahm: music for piano and toilet brush: http://gu.com/p/3pggj/tf

Pianist Magazine @pianistmagazine You can now watch Federico Colli’s recent London debut recital at the QEH right here. It was amazing. You can… http://fb.me/2NvJE4GOR

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung … der Verrostung von Ohren entgegenwirken … – Zum Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2014 http://ow.ly/2H8Gvm

Catherine Bott @CatherineJBott Gustav Holst died 80 yrs ago on this day, join me tonight at 9 @ClassicFM to hear much more than The Planets

Artemis Quartett - photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

Artemis Quartett – photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

 

 

(Written on May 26, 2014 )

The New York Times

Spotify Losses Grow, Despite Successful Expansion

After five years, the streaming music service Spotify has established itself as a financial force in the music industry, with more than $500 million in revenue last year.

Gramophone

Grimes on the Beach comes to UK cinemas

Aldeburgh Festival’s open-air production of Britten’s Peter Grimes is screened nationwide on September 5

Classic FM

Floating pianist surprises riverbank sunbathers

It’s not every day you’re treated to a free open-air concert on the riverbank – especially when the performer is floating…

Royal Philharmonic Society awards £81,500 to young musicians

Composers, music students and instrumentalists all awarded grants to aid further study and music-making in tough economic times.

Big audience rise for Classic FM

More than 130,000 new listeners have switched on Classic FM over the last year, according to the latest official figures.

Limelight Magazine

Blowjobs rock Bayreuth while Barenboim’s Ring resounds

Critics call time on Castorf’s Ring while Barenboim shows Londoners how it should be done.

ITV News

Teenager swaps fairground for prestigious classical music festival

A talented teenager from Towyn, near Rhyl has been given the opportunity to work at the prestigious international festival of classical music.

Neue Musikzeitung

Verschiedene Ströme fließen zusammen: Zum Auftritt des Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar bei Young Euro Classic in Berlin

Als im Jahr 2000 das Festival Young Euro Classic in Berlin gestartet wurde, konzentrierte man sich noch auf Jugendorchester aus der Europäischen Union. Eine Ausnahme allerdings gab es: Israel.

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Classic FM

(Written on August 1, 2013 )

Yesterday, composer Raymond Yiu appeared on Radio 4’s One to One show with Kate Silverton to discuss his fear of failure, and how it has affected his work and adult life. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Raymond was the eldest child in his family, and despite his love for music, the high expectations his parents had for him and their strict discipline, Raymond felt he was not good enough to pursue a career in music.

Raymond discusses his career in engineering, and how he despised going to work everyday in a job that was not what he wanted to do, however, with no formal qualifications he was reluctant to take the plunge into composing for a living. Even with his commission for Aldeburgh Festival, when the performance of The Original Chinese Conjuror was sold out, Raymond did not feel he was a good enough composer to give up his full time job. However, following the tragic loss of a friend, Raymond found the confidence to give up his job and dedicated his time to doing what he loved. He describes how he still has the fear of failure, but it affects him in a positive way as it provides him with the drive to continue doing what he loves the most.

To listen to the full interview, visit BBC iPlayer here.

(Written on October 10, 2012 )