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Guardian

Lang Lang and Angela Hewitt join Edinburgh international festival lineup

Classical programme to include a Beethoven sonata series by pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and choral works celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

The Times

Iestyn Davies on the castrato who tried to cure a King’s madness

The countertenor, who is recreating Farinelli’s voice on stage, explains this musical phenomenon of the 18th century

Telegraph

School inspections will be shorter but more often, says Ofsted

Ofsted has said it will give more weight to subjects like music in future when deciding whether a school is good or outstanding.

Classic FM

Hearing aid uses tongue to process sound

A new kind of hearing aid is being developed that will be worn in the mouth and communicate sounds through vibrations felt on the tongue.

Sinfini

Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London

When Simon Rattle raises his baton on 12 February in the Barbican Hall, he will be standing in front of an orchestra of 100 hand-picked musicians.

Die Welt

München braucht keinen weiteren Konzertsaal

Freistaat und Stadt sind sich einig: Es wird keinen neuen Konzertsaal für das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks geben. Dafür wird der Gasteig renoviert. Nicht die schlechteste Lösung.

Süddeutsche.de

Gute Nacht, München!

Nach zehn Jahren Debatte um einen neuen Münchner Konzertsaal macht das Ergebnis fassungslos. Wären öffentliche Bauherren schon immer so mutlos gewesen, die Stadt wäre für alle Zeiten ein Dorf geblieben.

Klavier.de

Ton und Erklärung 2015: Gewinner stehen fest

Der erste Preis des Klavierwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung – Werkvermittlung in Musik und Wort” geht in diesem Jahr an Elisabeth Brauß und Fabian Müller, die die Jury für sich gewinnen konnten.

The New York Times

Aldo Ciccolini Dies at 89; Pianist Interpreted Satie

Aldo Ciccolini, an Italian-born pianist who specialized in the music of French composers and was known in particular as a champion of Erik Satie, has died at his home outside Paris.

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ICMA Warns Over Danger Of Confusion With New Organization

In the Netherlands, an organization is presenting itself under the name of ICMA 2015 – International Classical Music Auditions, with a corporate identity resembling very much to the one of the International Classical Music Awards, ICMA.

Michal Klauza Named Music Director Of Polish Radio Symphony

Michal Klauza (41) has been appointed Music Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw.

Twitter

Pianist magazine ‏@pianistmagazine: And more Libertango, from Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung! https://t.co/sAlvCWfPeR http://fb.me/7p6bW7hUa 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: With #ROHhollander setting sail on Thurs,we’ve picked our musical highlight: http://t.co/0aZiivaABK Do you agree? ^C

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Documentaries about 230 great composers, including dozens from Britain. Listen here http://bbc.co.uk/greatcomposers 

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Iestyn Davies who will voice the castrato Carlo Farinelli on stage. Photo: Paul Rogers

(Written on February 4, 2015 )

We had a good giggle in the WildKat PR office yesterday trying to guess the top 10 most discussed UK topics, global topics and check ins on Facebook as reported by The Telegraph. However, the jovial mood was somewhat quenched when we noticed that not a single classical music venue, event or artist was mentioned. Well you know what they say, if you want something done, do it yourself. So, we have complied our own top 10 classical music lists.

Top UK Facebook Classical Music Venue Check Ins (of all time):

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Opera House

Barbican

Sadler’s Wells

Bridgewater Hall

The Symphony Hall Birmingham

St Martin in the Fields

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wigmore Hall 

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The Wigmore Hall. Photo found at: The Independent 

Top 10 most popular news stories on WildKat PR of 2014 (calculated by the number of people reached)

Auction of Elizabeth Watts’ Vivine Westwood Gown which she wore to the Last Night of the BBC Proms

David Finckel and Wu Han at the Berlin Philharmonic

Vote for Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie’s New Logo

Berkeley Ensemble’s Competition Inspired by Walter Willson Cobbett

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani’s Concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Cantate World Choir Games Blog

Our Top 6 Tips for Classical Music Artist Photography

Bringing Classical Music to the General Public: How WildKat PR Got it Right

Nicola Benedetti: ‘Sex isn’t what sells Classical Music.’

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Elizabeth Watts in Vivienne Westwood. Photo found at: elizabethwattssoprano.com by Asa Westerlund

Classical Music Album Charts (iTunes)

Nicola Benedetti– A Scottish Fantasy

Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart– Piano Concerto no.25 in C Major, K.503 & Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 (Live from KKL, Lucerne/2013)

Milos Karadaglic-Aranjuez

Voces8-Eventide (Deluxe Version)

Maki Namekawa-Philip Glass:The Complete Piano Etudes

The Piano Guys-Wonders (Deluxe Edition)

Andre de Ridder and Africa Express-Africa Express Presents…Terry Riley’s In C Mali

Angela Hewitt-Bach: The Art of Fugue

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony Orchestra-John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Joyce DiDonato-Stella di Napoli

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Nicola Benedetti. Photo found at: nicolabenedetti.co.uk

Why is this the case?

Classical music, in recent years, has become increasingly seen as boring, inaccessible and irrelevant despite it playing an integral part of film and video games (although not all agree on the latter. Classic FM had a debate about whether video game music should be classed as classical music). The question of why is an interesting one and I think there are a few reasons. Certainly, the rise of popular culture, jazz and technology has resulted in many  (especially) young people deeming classical music as old fashioned. Indeed, with the Baroque period being between 1600-1750, it is understandable why people may think it has no relevance to life today; we cannot interact with composers such as Bach and Mozart (not baroque!) on Twitter or hear them speak in interviews in the same way as we can with One Direction or Beyoncé. In this way, the genre is confined to history in many instances.  Moreover, many operas are in different languages, which adds another barrier to their wider enjoyment.  The concert-going experience may also be to blame. The perceived formalities of having to ‘dress up’ or the tradition of an orchestra rising to greet a conductor I think contributes to the public seeing classical music as ‘posh.’ However, I think there is hope. Those of us who love this type of music know that the themes composers were writing about are very similar to the ones relevant today: love, death, war, tragedy, big life questions, comedy, politics…the list goes on. Seeing WildKat PR’s blog in the top 10 of our most popular Facebook posts about bringing classical music to the general public shows there are some out there wanting to reverse the trend of classical music being seen as so obscure.

(Written on December 10, 2014 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to announce that it will be working with young Israeli pianist Ariel Lanyi.  Ariel made his orchestral debut at the age of 7 after beginning piano lessons just before his fifth birthday.  He has since built up a busy recital profile of engagements in Paris, Rome, Prague and Belfast and his concert appearances are regularly featured on Israeli radio.  His debut album Romantic Profiles was released in 2012 on LYTE Records and includes Schumann’s Carnival Scenes from Vienna, Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H, Brahms’ Fantasies Op. 116, and Janacek’s Piano Sonata I.X.1905.

Ariel has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in Israel and has participated in the Israel Festival, Prague Music Performance, Tempietto Festival in Rome and the Ravello Festival.  In 2014, he will participate in the Young Prague Festival.  His talent has also been the focus of numerous documentary programmes on Israeli and British television, including ITV’s “Superhuman: Genius”.

Ariel is currently a student at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and also studies violin, chamber music, and composition.  He has played in masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, András Schiff, Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia, Andrei Gavrilov, Ivan Moravec, Angela Hewitt, Paul Badura-Skoda and Jonathan Biss, among others.

(Written on May 22, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Runnicles Assembles Star Cast For BBCSSO Tristan.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will perform the three acts of Tristan und Isolde over a set of three concerts that will take place between September 2012 and April 2013 at both Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Glasgow’s City Halls.

LA Times

Muse/ique’s New Season To Feature Steven Page.

Muse/ique will kick off its 2012 season this month with a lineup that includes Steven Page, formerly of the band Barenaked Ladies, and appearances by actors Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Wendie Malick.

New York Times

Playing It Safe In Programming Philharmonic.

Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic’s 2012-13 season.

Gramophone

ENO Launches Worldwide Search For Opera Creators.

English National Opera is launching Mini Operas, a worldwide, online search for scriptwriters, composers and film-makers that aims to preserve and redefine the future of opera.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

International Women’s Day – A Little Listening.

Jessica Duchen celebrates women in music.

 

 

 

(Written on March 8, 2012 )