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Leonie Rettig is one of the most interesting young pianists of her generation. The twenty-five-year-old pianist offers persuasive and profound interpretations of a wide variety of musical styles. Her extensive repertoire includes works ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to Henry Dutilleux, with the compositions of the Romantic era playing an integral role in her work.

»We experienced a creative miracle […]. Right from the first notes of Liszt’s B minor Sonata the audience was on the edge of their seats. It was as if Leonie Rettig began to read a long pianistic novel […].Following on from last year’s Liszt bicentenary, Leonie Rettig had delivered such an overwhelming masterpiece that it was some moments before the applause began. (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.2.2013)

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Leonie Rettig © Schneider Photography

Leonie Rettig has won several prizes at national competitions, the International Piano Competition Nikolaï Rubinstein in Paris at the tender age of 12, among others. She has played with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Nova Scotia and at prestigious festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the International Chamber Music festival at Viana do Castelo.

In the 2016/2017 season Leonie will make her Swedish debut with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Further recitals will take her to the USA and Canada, as well as to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. WildKat PR looks very much forward to introducing Leonie to artist managers with the aim of securing a partnership.

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

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In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

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Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, English National Opera defends the need for cuts, The China National Traditional Orchestra seeks young fans for classical music and Kasper Holten has announced he is to leave ROH. Also, the British Composer Award winners are revealed and the opening night of the opera season at La Scala ends in disharmony

The Washington Post

Chinese orchestra seeks young fans for classical music

The China National Traditional Orchestra is fighting a battle familiar to anyone who performs classical music: getting young people to enjoy their art

BBC News

Royal Opera boss Kasper Holten steps down

Kasper Holten, the Royal Opera House’s (ROH) director of opera, has announced he is to leave the company at the end of March 2017 and return to Denmark

The Guardian

Opera season’s opening night at La Scala ends in disharmony

Behind-the-scenes recording after production of Verdi’s Joan of Arc reveals ugly spat between director Moshe Leiser and conductor Riccardo Chailly

The Telegraph

English National Opera defends need for cuts after opera heavyweights complain

English National Opera insists it must make cuts somewhere after being criticised by high-profile figures in the arts

M Magazine

British Composer Award winners revealed

Composers Michael Finnissy and Julian Anderson received two awards each at the 13th British Composers Awards (BCAs) ceremony, which also welcomed five first-time winners

FAZ

Was erlauben Hermanis?

Alvis Hermanis war an Europas Theatern ein gerngesehener Regisseur. Bis er dem Thalia Theater absagte, weil ihm die deutsche Flüchtlingspolitik missbehagt. Jetzt gilt er als Rassist. Zurecht?

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Chailly will « vergessene » italienische Opern an der Scala aufführen

Mit ‘Giovanna d´Arco’ hat der Musikdirektor der Mailänder Scala, Riccardo Chailly, die Saison 2015/16 eröffnet. Im Interview mit der Tageszeitung ‘Corriere della Sera’ sagte der Dirigent, er wolle in Zukunft « vergessene » Opern von Giuseppe Verdi an die Scala zurückbringen

Klassik.com

Konzertsaal München: Musikrat kritisiert geplanten Standort

Der Bayerische Musikrat hat den geplanten Standort des neuen Münchener Konzertsaals im Werksviertel am Ostbahnhof der Stadt als ungeeignet kritisiert. Die Umgebung trage internationalen Maßstäben an einen Spitzenkonzertsaal aus seiner Sicht nicht im erwarteten Umfang Rechnung, erklärte Präsident Thomas Goppel

The New York Times

The Best Classical Music of 2015

The classical music team of The New York Times shares its picks for the best performances of the year

San Francisco Classical Voice

Lisa Bielawa’s Vireo wins 2015 ASCAP Multimedia Award

Lisa Bielawa’s new opera, Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, recently won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award, given in recognition for the opera’s “outstanding inter-related components”

Twitter

Spectator Culture:@CultureHouse Royal Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana isn’t nearly vulgar enough http://specc.ie/1NdwIpP

Campaign:@Campaignmag Listen to the 10 best radio ads of 2015 #CampaignAnnual http://bit.ly/1U6IK76  @Radiocentre

Royal College Music:@RCMLondon We’re thrilled to have been awarded £3.6m from @heritagelottery to redevelop the RCM #Museum http://bit.ly/1U6Izss

Kasper Holton/ The Guardian

Kasper Holton/ The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2015 )

This week, the classical music news has been dominated by articles concerning arts funding. Here is a summary of the latest developments and who has been talking about the changes which could have such a great impact on the creative industries.

Earlier in the week….

The BBC reported George Osborne’s announcement, “Culture is one of the best investments we can make.”

The Department for Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) overall budget is to be cut by 5% – far less than some feared; the administration budget will be cut by 20% and entrance to national museums will remain free.

Arts Professional declared that Arts Council England’s grant is expected to rise by between 1-2% over the next five years.

The settlement will enable the Arts Council to invest in it’s 684 national museums, galleries, theatres, dance, opera and ballet companies at the same level until at least 2018.

Classical Music Magazine reports that the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, has announced the reinstatement of funding for arts and sports in Northern Ireland.

Today…..

Classical Music Magazine is concerned that the BBC’s funding will be cut again.

The BBC is the biggest employer of professional musicians and spends approximately £125m per year on music including musicians, composers, orchestras and collective management organisations. Isabelle Gutierrez writes that the licence fee remains the most effective way of maintaining funding. Many jobs in the creative industries are put at risk with each funding round, which does not increase the licence fee in line with inflation. The latest funding deal, agreed in July 2015, reduces BBC funding by making it responsible for the costs of free TV licences to the over-75s, cutting £750m a year from income by 2020.

On a positive note….

Arts professional discussed the UK Cities Culture Report 2015, which demonstrates that cities view culture as key to high quality of life; it also boosts tourism.

The report notes that cities are increasingly committed to using culture as a catalyst for regeneration, either because culture is “an engine for skill enhancement” or because it can “create a ‘sense of place’ which will encourage companies to relocate and enable a city to attract talent”. They are also recognising the value of culture in promoting “tolerance, equality and diversity”. As we head towards devolution, cities are collaborating with their cultural sectors in order to source funding.

Sign the #LetItBe campaign to protect the wonderful music services provided by the BBC!

(Written on November 27, 2015 )

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

This video takes us on a journey through the Finnish landscape which inspired his music. Erkki Korhonen talks of the “landscape which came to his mind when he composed Finlandia and “opened his soul.”

The video was made in co-production with the Sibelius 150th Anniversary and the London Philharmonia Orchestra.

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(Written on October 8, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be working with Ensemble Perpetuo on their production Cityscapes: an immersive cultural experience in London.

Ensemble Perpetuo is an exciting, new collective that is made up of top UK musicians and are based in London. Their performances involve multi-artform collaborations, offering listeners an entirely new experience for listening to music. Recently they have appeared at the Rye Festival as well as recording their debut disc with Champs Hill records, set for release in June 2015.

Cityscapes is an evening of arts inspired by cities all over the world, surrounding the audience in music, photography, art and choreography. The ensemble will provide music spanning 200 years, including pieces by Steve Reich, Joseph Haydn and Aaron Copland, performed alongside new artwork created by Caroline Mackenzie. There will also be an exhibition of architecture images from the London Photo Festival, as well as city-inspired artworks and dance. Throughout the evening the audience will be free to explore the music and art at their leisure.

For more information about Ensemble Perpetuo please visit their website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

Cityscapes

25th April 2015, 7pm

47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL

Steve Reich New York Counterpoint soloist: Sara Sarvamaa

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uigi Boccherini Night Music of the Streets of Madrid

Philip Glass Facades

Joseph Haydn London Trio in C major

Aaron Copland The Quiet City soloists: Simon Desbruslais & James Turnbull


Carl Nielsen Wind Quintet

Music Ensemble Perpetuo

Photography London Photo Festival

Art Caroline Mackenzie & Tom Pearce

Choreography Lucia Sweigert

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(Written on March 16, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Frank Peter Zimmermann loses his Stradivarius as prices soar

In a market driven by money and aesthetic one-upmanship, what chance do real musicians have of playing older instruments?

Opera director charged by Russian authorities with offending Christians

Timofei Kulyabin attacks ‘absurd’ charge over his production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser which is alleged to have ‘desecrated’ the image of Jesus Christ

The Strad

Violinist Joshua Bell on the art of conducting

In 2011 the Grammy Award-winning artist became music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he conducts from the concertmaster’s chair

International Arts Manager

Jamie’s Concerts return to UK for carers of autistic children

In April and May 2015, the Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will give her next two Jamie’s Concerts in the UK. Jamie’s Concerts form an ongoing series that started in 2004, designed specifically for parents and carers of children with autism.

Universal and Qyuki back Mumbai dance and music Dharavi Project

Universal Music Group India (UMGI) is to team up with Indian creative networking, design and production studio Qyuki on an ambitious social improvement project in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area located in Mumbai.

BBC Music Magazine

Hallé names Jamie Phillips its new associate conductor

Phillips will take new post from the 2015-16 season

Zeit Online

Das Showkartell

Der Tickethändler Eventim verkauft nicht nur Konzertkarten, er betreibt nun auch die großen Bühnen selbst. Künstler und Konzertagenturen fürchten um ihre Einnahmen.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Ohrenzeuge der Klangkunst eines halben Jahrhunderts

Er hat uns in seinem unermüdlich bewegten Unruhestand und seinen geschliffenen Texten ständig ermahnt, dass wir so etwas wie Musikkultur brauchen: Ein Nachruf auf Gerhard Rohde.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin auf dem Flughafen

Die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte feiern ihre 25. Saison mit einem besonderen Programm, das viele Stars aufbietet und spannende Musikerkombinationen.

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SAE INSTITUTE DEUTSCHLAND

SAE Institute Deutschland startet Music Business Studiengang

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Nach Dvorak nun Gershwin und Ligeti für Deutschlands Jugend

Das erfolgreiche Deutschland-weite Musikvermittlungs-Projekt der ARD wird fortgesetzt: Nach dem erfolgreichen Start im vergangenen Jahr mit dem ‘Dvorak-Experiment – Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule’ geht die gemeinsame Edukationsarbeit aller Landesrundfunkanstalten in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Musikrat nun mit dem ‘Gershwin-Experiment’ in die nächste Runde.

El Mundo

Sabina: ‘Hay una caza de brujas desde Hacienda y el Gobierno’

Tras su ataque de miedo escénico el pasado diciembre en Madrid y sus problemas con Hacienda (cerca de 4 millones de euros le exige) el cantante presenta 16 nuevos conciertos de la gira ‘500 noches para una crisis’ y su correspondiente CD-DVD.

Twitter

Music ‏@BritishMusic: “There is plenty of diversity in British music. The problem is we’re not acknowledging it” @Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/brit-awards-2015-commercial-success-is-rewarded-no-matter-how-bland-and-banal-you-have-to-be-to-get-there-10069877.html …

DCMS ‏@DCMS :.@edvaizey on #creativeindustries: The creative industries are making an enormous economic contribution to London and the UK #DCMSpqs

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts: Royal Ballet Choregrapher to Open Studio Space in London http://nyti.ms/1DVEwdn 

Jamie Phillips NEWS

Jamie Phillips. Photo: Russell Hart

(Written on February 26, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

English National Opera told to put its house in order

Arts Council puts opera company under ‘special’ plan, demanding it improves business model – or it faces a funding cut

Telegraph

Is art best enjoyed in company?

Art might inspire silent rapture but it also teaches us how to listen and talk to each other, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

Toy Story’s Randy Newman: ‘I just don’t like directors’

Exclusive: Randy Newman, who has won two Oscars for his music for Pixar films, says the animation studio probably won’t use him again.

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore puts accessibility centre stage with 2015/16 season announcement

The Wigmore Hall launched its 2015/16 season on Tuesday with particular emphasis on widening access.

Arts Professional

ENO and firstsite gallery lose national portfolio status

“Serious concerns” about the two organisation’s sustainability over a three-year funding term have led them to be placed under alternative funding arrangements for 2015-18.

Zeit Online

“Ich schäme mich seit Jahren”

Mariss Jansons, Chefdirigent des berühmten Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks, empört sich über die ausweglose Misere der Münchener Konzertsäle.

Die Welt

Wenigstens wurde Katharina Wagner nicht verprügelt

Der Rauswurf Katharina Wagners wegen angeblicher “Niveaulosigkeit” zeigt vor allem: Das schönste Opernhaus Südamerikas ist auf den Hund gekommen.

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Carl Bechstein Stiftung mit eigenem Youtube-Kanal

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung ist nun auch auf Youtube vertreten: Unter http://bit.ly/carlbechsteinstiftung finden sich Eindrücke vom ersten Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb für Kinder und Jugendliche 2014, außerdem Musikvideos von Preisträgern der Stiftung sowie fröhliche Kinder an Klavieren, die von der Carl Bechstein Stiftung Schulen kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt wurden.

Klassik.com

Schubert und die Moderne: Preisträger stehen fest

Die Preisträger des diesjährigen Kammermusikwettbewerbs “Franz Schubert und die Moderne” der Kunstuniversität Graz stehen fest.

Musik Heute

Komponist György Kurtág erhält Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Der ungarische Komponist György Kurtág erhält den spanischen Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

The Washington Post

Spirited competition spices up this weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

One of the most engaging parts of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival comes from a surprising source: its high school jazz band competition.

Twitter

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national#valentinesday tomorrow – so come on, what would your perfect arts/cultural romantic date be?

Classic FM @ClassicFM: 16 evocative sketches of opera houses from the 18th & 19th centuries: http://classfm.co/XpMYSc 

OAE @theoae: Great talent – photos by young professional  photographers w/ @IdeasTap and @RoyalPhilSoc: http://on.fb.me/1E9Rq3Z 

mariss-jansons-540x304Der Dirigent Mariss Jansons. Photo: Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Sir Simon Rattle to make his Wigmore Hall debut

London concert hall announces debut for conductor, plus complete Schubert song cycle, live-streamed concerts, and subsidised ticket scheme for under-35s

Telegraph

Study finds the accidental genius of Stradivarius violins

A new study of Stradivarius violins has found that some of the characteristics that made them great may have come about by accident rather than design.

Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease

Researchers from California University in Berkeley say studies show great nature and art boost the immune system

Classic FM

Alan Gilbert to leave NY Phil in 2017, stokes Berlin speculation

Alan Gilbert is to step down as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2017, fuelling speculation and rumour about his next destination.

BBC Music Magazine

Simon Rattle to conduct unique children’s orchestra during London Residency

100 musicians aged 11-21 get the musical chance of a lifetime

KlassikAkzente

Hilary Hahn bei den 57. Grammy Awards ausgezeichnet

Am Sonntag, den 8. Februar 2015, gewann Geigerin Hilary Hahn ihren dritten Grammy bei den 57. Grammy Awards in Los Angeles für ihr Album “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” in der Kategorie “Bestes Kammermusik Album”.

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„Musik ist die Krone der Gesellschaft“

In New York wurde Jan Vogler zum Star – heute ist der Cellist auf allen großen Bühnen der Welt unterwegs. Hier spricht der gebürtige Ost-Berliner über …

Klassik.com

Staatsregierung genehmigt Umbau der Philharmonie im Gasteig

Die bayerische Staatsregierung hat den Umbau der Philharmonie im Gasteig nach den Plänen von Ministerpräsident Horst Seehofer (CSU) und Oberbürgermeister Dieter Reiter (SPD) genehmigt.

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Dallas Opera Embarks On A Project For Women Conductors

In November 2015, the Dallas Opera company will inaugurate their Institute for Women Conductors.

The Bolshoi Invites To An Exciting Virtual Tour

Moscows’ Bolshoi Theatre announced that from now on the virtual 3D excursion around The Bolshoi and digital exhibitions of the museum are available!

El Mundo

‘Me gustaría tocar en España… Pero no puedo’

Más allá del éxito de Pablo Heras Casado, muchos otros intérpretes españoles desarrollan su carrera en centros y orquestas extranjeros.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3:Follow the brand new playlist @BBCPlaylister of the great works that inspired Sir Simon Rattle http://bbc.in/1DXs8Gi 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Ed Nesbitt wins @BrittenSinfonia #Opus2015 competition. But are there enough opportunities to hear new music? http://ow.ly/IOhiW 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Everyone loves a ghost story, but what drew Wagner to the Flying Dutchman? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/from-legend-to-libretto-what-drew-wagner-to-the-myth-of-the-flying-dutchman … #ROHhollander ^C

violin_2935453bThis Stradivarius violin is known as “The Kreutzer” after its former owner Rodolphe Kreutzer. Photo: REUTERS/Telegraph

(Written on February 11, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’

Süddeutsche.de

Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.

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Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.

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Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad: http://bit.ly/16gy2Hh  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/fanfare … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences http://bit.ly/1D1gH1L  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.

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Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent

 

(Written on February 5, 2015 )