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In today’s news: José Carreras to retire after half a century in the industry, violinist Gidon Kremer receives Federal Cross of Merit, and Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died. Behind the scenes at the ENO, myths about music streaming and new theme for Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’.

The Guardian

Radiohead and Hans Zimmer collaborate on new ‘Blue Planet’ theme

The band and the composer have released the track, which is a reworking of Radiohead’s Bloom and will be the theme to the forthcoming nature series.

Kwame Kwei-Armah named new Artistic Director of the Young Vic

Award-winning British playwright, who is currently director of Baltimore’s Center Stage, will take over role next year

Music Business Worldwide

3 myths about streaming, and 3 truths about the music industry today

How much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash?

The Telegraph

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to duet with West Side Story medley

The popular classical-crossover duo will record another LP after the success of previous collaborations.

Behind the Scenes at ENO’s new production of ‘Aida’

Exclusive pictures offer a backstage look at Verdi’s tale of love and betrayal in ancient Egypt.


Conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce charged with moral harassment

Conductor Jean-Yves Ossocne, the former director of the Opera in Tours, France, has been charged with moral harassment, La Nouvelle République reports.

Kultur Radio

Tenor José Carreras beendet Sängerkarriere

Der Tenor José Carreras wird seine Sängerkarriere beenden. Das gab Carreras in einem Interview mit der New York Times bekannt, wie das online-Magazin berichtet.

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Geiger Gidon Kremer

Der Geiger Gidon Kremer erhält den Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Musik Heute

Tschechische Cembalistin Zuzana Růžičková gestorben

Die tschechische Cembalistin Zuzana Růžičková ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben. Das berichtete die Agentur CTK am Mittwoch unter Berufung auf ihren Stiftungsfonds für Musiker.


@MusicMagazine: ‘We’re quite humbled and proud that Roland Rat is a subscriber to BBC Music Magazine.’

© Tristram Kenton/ENO


(Written on September 28, 2017 )

Classical News


Wolfgang Rihm wins the Grawemeyer

$100,000 composing award honours the prolific 62-year-old musician

Classic FM

Alfie Boe to star in orchestral version of The Who’s Quadrophenia

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has announced that an orchestral version of his band’s seminal concept album Quadrophenia will be released, named Classic Quadrophenia, with tenor Alfie Boe taking the lead role.

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards announced with nine going to first-timers ‒ and five to women

The British Composer Awards were announced last night in a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

BBC Music Magazine

Exultate Singers perform our exclusive carol

Listen to the Bristol-based choir’s version of Thomas Hewitt Jones’s ‘Lullay, my liking’

The Strad

Double bassist and composer Alvin Brehm has died aged 89

The New York-born musician led an active career as a player, teacher, composer and administrator

Berliner Zeitung

Fête de la Musique bis 2017 gerettet

Seit die GEMA höhere Gebühren von den Organisatoren verlangte, stand die Finanzierung auf der Kippe.

Grawemeyer Award 2015 geht an Wolfgang Rihm

Auszeichnung ist mit rund 80.000 Euro dotiert

Ji-Yeong Mun gewinnt Genfer-Klavierwettbewerb

Südkoreanische Pianistin erhält Preisgeld von 20.000 Schweizer Franken

The New York Times

Another Opera Crisis Is Averted in Italy

Gianandrea Noseda Is to Stay at Teatro Regio in Turin

El Mundo

Cuando España descubrió el piano

El Museo del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid ha hecho un hueco en sus salas para albergar una exposición peculiar que recorre la historia del piano en España, y en particular los 200 años de los ‘castizos’ pianos Hazen.


Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: ★★★★☆ Love string quartets? Want to hear something new? Meet @Brooklyn_Rider @MercClassics 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Is there equality in US orchestras? These are revealing graphics: 

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager: Concours de Genève has awarded the CHF20,000 first prize in its piano discipline to 18-year-old Ji-Yeong Mun

jpmaestro-master675Gianandrea Noseda, music director of Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, at this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He had threatened to leave his company unless changes were made. Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times


(Written on December 3, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Alfie Boe and friends unite for Parkinson’s concert

Comedy duo Armstrong & Miller are set to reform for charity concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall in June, performing alongside a host of classical stars including Julian Lloyd Webber and Alfie Boe.

Leonard Nimoy to guest with Boston Pops Orchestra

Leonard Nimoy, star of Star Trek and legend of sci-fi, will appear at two Boston Pops Orchestra concerts in May.

The Guardian

Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on a panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights has been composed

NME sales fall below 20,000

IPC Media music magazine reports drop in circulation of 21.1% year on year, with rival Q down 14.2%


Sir James Galway Announces ‘First Flute’ Internet Instruction Series, Suitable for Beginners and Advanced Players Alike

American pianist Jonathan Biss and Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud have engaged the ever-expanding internet with web-based music teaching series, and now Ireland’s own Sir James Galway will follow their URL suits.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announce details of new structure

Croydon-based chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players has announced details of what will become its new structure after its current managing director, Simon Funnell, leaves at the end of next month as the result of ‘a major funding problem’.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

In der unendlichen Geschichte um das Hamburger Prestigeobjekt konnte ein weiterer Bauabschnitt beendet werden. Nach den Auseinandersetzungen der vergangenen Jahre zeigen sich derzeit alle Beteiligten kooperativ und optimistisch.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 14, 2014 )


The long-running Minnesota Orchestra dispute ends

The long-running dispute between the musicians and management of the Minnesota Orchestra is over. After 15 months, which included a lockout, agreement has been reached which will allow concerts to resume next month.

LPO appoints new principal guest conductor

The London Philharmonic Orchestra announced today that Colombian born Andrés Orozco-Estrada will replace Yannick Nézet-Séguin as their principal guest conductor. 

Classic FM

Alfie Boe answers audience member’s phone during concert

Tenor Alfie Boe surprised an audience member at his concert in Cardiff by talking to their mother on the phone during the show after her mobile phone rang.


Sarah and Ernest Butler donate $1 million to Austin Symphony Orchestra for young composers competition

Longtime arts philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler have donated $1 million to the Austin Symphony Orchestra for an annual statewide competition for young composers.

BBC News Birmingham and Black Country

Violinist honoured over family classical music concerts

Catherine Arlidge of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has been honoured for bringing classical music to a young audience, after being inspired by her three young children.

IBN Live (India)

TV Reality shows help promote classical music

Tabla player Zakir Hussain speaks on using his Reality TV show to bring classical music to a new audience.

Die Welt

Das singende amerikanische Nationalheiligtum

Die Mezzo-Sopranistin Marilyn Horne begann in Hollywood, dann perfektionierte sie auf der Opernbühne das Belcanto. Mit Wucht, Virtuosität und immer einem Schuss schimmerndem Brandy in der Stimme.



(Written on January 16, 2014 )


James Levine returns to the Metropolitan Opera podium

The Met’s music director conducts his first performance on the New York company stage since damaging his spine two years ago

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang wins International Artist of the Year Classic BRIT Award

The Classic BRIT Award for International Artist of the Year will go to Chinese pianist Lang Lang, it has been announced. Les Misérables stars Samantha Barks and Alfie Boe will also perform at the ceremony on October 2nd

Classical music “gives calming feeling” to school corridors

A South London secondary school has started playing classical music in the corridors to make a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere at busy times

Random New Yorkers conduct orchestra on street corner

A New York orchestra pitched up on a street corner and simply put a sign up saying ‘Conduct Us’, and then filmed the results

The Guardian

My vision of Beethoven’s Fidelio

You won’t recognise the words, and you certainly won’t be expecting to see a string quartet suspended in cages, but my take on Fidelio is true to Beethoven’s spirit, writes Calixto Bieito

Is jazz good for babies?

When jazz musician Michael Janisch had his first child, he put the theories to the test with a specially recorded album

Nazi gold: does a music score hold the key to buried treasure?

Dutch film-maker starts excavations in Bavarian town, believing Martin Bormann’s annotations will lead him to Hitler’s diamonds

Music Week

Wimp to offer unlimited music in Thon hotels and restaurants

Owned by the Olav Thon Group, Thon Hotels will use WiMP strategically with different music profiles in various locations, such as the Thon Hotel Opera which has a dedicated classical music profile

Classical Music Magazine

Family Arts Festival puts orchestras centre stage

The first UK-wide arts festival for families will take place 18 October-3 November with a programme covering music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts

PR Week

Deadline extended for PRWeek ’30 under 30′ entries

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday 1 October for PRWeek’s annual search for the best young talent in the PR industry

Der Tagesspiegel

Putins Liebe zu Tschaikowsky

Am Montag sang Anna Netrebko an der Metropolitan Opera in New York in der Premiere von Tschaikowskys “Eugen Onegin”. Es gab Proteste: Weil die Oper sich nicht mit den Homosexuellen in Russland solidarisiert, die unter drastischen Strafen zu leiden haben, und weil Netrebko eine gute Freundin Putins ist



(Written on September 25, 2013 )

The Guardian

Olivier awards 2013 – full nominations

The complete list of nominees for this year’s Olivier awards, celebrating the best of British theatre, dance and opera

The Telegraph

Alfie Boe interview: “Why make everything a fairy tale? Life’s not like that”

Alfie Boe’s bare-knuckle approach to opera has won him many powerful friends and enemies. Is he too vocal for his own good? He talks to Craig McLean

Classical Music Magazine

Setting the stage for northern opera | Young Opera Venture

‘Opera in the north of England goes underappreciated,’ says soprano and singing teacher Jane Anthony – providing the motivation for her to launch her own opera company, Young Opera Venture (YOV).


Tenor Bryan Hymel receives Beverly Sills Artist Award

Annual Metropolitan Opera grant for American singers is worth $50,000

Digital Journal

The Audience Prize — The new classical music performance and original works competition where the audience votes the winners

Digital Journalist Vlad Bourceanu has launched The Audience Prize – the online classical music performance YouTube video competition where the audience is jury and votes the winner.

Music Week

BBC, PPL and PRS among 12 companies set to offer services to Copyright Hub

Twelve organisations have already signed up to offer services to the Copyright Hub, which received £150,000-worth of initial Government funding earlier today.

Music Industry News Network

Mezmurizing Moon Entertainment Presents

Signing that major deal can take away your creative control.

Hattie Morahan and Susannah Wise in A Doll's House


The Guardian

(Written on March 27, 2013 )

BBC News

Soloist Lukas Kmit Hits Right Note On Phone Intrusion.

Slovakian viola player Lukas Kmit reacted coolly when a mobile phone interrupted his recital at the Orthodox Synagogue in Presov, in Slovakia.


How Debussy Keys Into Japan.

In 1862 Claude Debussy was born in Paris: the biggest musical celebrations of 2012 will mark his 150th anniversary.

The Telegraph

Should Alfie Boe Be Knocking The Business That Made Him?

Rupert Christiansen is disappointed that singer Alfie Boe is showing ingratitude to his operatic roots.


From Darkness To Light: Music From A Prison Cell.

Mark-Anthony Turnage joins prisoners to create new work for the Cultural Olympiad.

The Guardian

Anthony Hopkins: ‘I’ve Never Really Been Close To Anyone’.

The actor on composing music, walking out on dictatorial film directors and why he moved to the US.

The Rest Is Noise: Southbank Festival To Celebrate Contemporary Classical Music.

London’s Southbank Centre to host year-long festival inspired by Alex Ross’s study of 20th-century classical music.

Tom Service On Death In Classical Music.

I can hear tubas. Am I about to die?



(Written on January 24, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The New York Times

Drawing inspiration from Rilke

The conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has long demonstrated its mettle in Baroque and classical fare. More recently it has ventured into romantic and contemporary terrain, which is invariably harder to navigate without a conductor.

 The New York Times

Colin Davis brings London Symphony to Carnegie Hall

Colin Davis, president of the London Symphony Orchestra, is at 84 settling ever deeper into the reflective, donnish introspection that has been his way in recent years.

The Independent

Alfie Boe: ‘I’ve never fitted in and I’m not going to now’

Despite his success, the tenor Alfie Boe has upset many within the opera world. His latest collaboration will ruffle more feathers.

 The Guardian

Classical Music in a Rock ‘n’ Roll setting? It worked for me..

A beautifully programmed Classical music club night, featuring Gabriela Montero’s peerless improvisation, was a revelation.

NPR- Music

At 75, Steve Reich Is Still The Centre Of Attention.

American composter Steve Reich turned 75 this week. This so-called “minimalist” credits jazz African drumming and Balinese gamelan for inspiring his signiture style. His music from experimental tape loops to the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Double Sextet”. Has inspired the generations of composers who followed.




(Written on October 17, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


Opera singer Boe bites the (tiny) hands that feed him

A piece from Sunday about tenor Alfie Boe, who surprises many by stating that he thinks opera is boring.

Slipped Disc

The world’s most family-friendly orchestra

Norman Lebrecht discusses they ways in which some German orchestras balance performance and family by providing childcare centres for the children of musicians.

Jessica Duchen

When Jess met Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich has recently turned 70, and her world premiere performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Romantic Offering is available on ACCENTUS Music DVD and Blu-ray now.

(Written on June 7, 2011 )