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In today’s news, Prince Charles’ royal harpist is replaced and Facebook is planning its own streaming service. Also, an unseen letter by Mendelssohn is displayed in Cambridge and Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53.

Royal harpist who ran off with opera singer is replaced

Hannah Stone is replaced as Prince Charles’s official harpist by Anne Denholm

The Guardian

Facebook is ‘planning its own music streaming service’

Sources tell a music and tech site that the social media giant is to follow its video programme with an expansion into streaming

Classical Music Magazine

Unseen letter by Mendelssohn displayed in Cambridge

A previously unseen letter by Felix Mendelssohn has been placed on public display in an exhibition at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

The Strad

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died at the age of 53 following a long battle with illness.

British cellist Denis Vigay has died aged 89

The musician was principal cello of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Berliner Morgenpost

Iván Fischer verlängert Vertrag in Berlin bis 2018

Der Berliner Senat hat am Dienstag der Verlängerung des Vertrags von Iván Fischer um weitere drei Jahre zugestimmt. Damit bleibt Fischer bis 2018 Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

Neue Musikzeitung

Ausstellungen zum Komponisten-Schwerpunkt des Festivals in Lübeck

In Lübeck sind vom Wochenende an zwei begleitende Ausstellungen zum Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival zu sehen, die sich mit dem russischen Komponisten Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893) befassen. Unter dem Titel «Kontrapunkte – Tschaikowsky und Brahms» stellte das Brahms-Institut der Musikhochschule die beiden gegensätzlichen Komponistenpersönlichkeiten gegenüber.

klassik.com

Emil Reinert gewinnt Leschetitzky-Preis beim Klavierwettbewerb Polnischer Musik

In Hamburg ist der 2. Deutsche Klavierwettbewerb polnischer Musik zu Ende gegangen. Der Leschetitzky-Preis als mit 2.000 Euro höchstdotierte Auszeichnung des Wettbewerbs ging an Emil Reinert.

Le Monde

En coulisses avec Jonas Kaufmann

Ce dimanche 28 juin, le patron des Chorégies d’Orange, Raymond Duffaut, rayonne. Sa victoire ? L’arrivée en tout début d’après-midi de Jonas Kaufmann, le ténor vedette de la nouvelle production du Carmen de Bizet…

The Washington Post

D.C. trio Eya presents a buffet of early music for lunchtime concert series

“Early music” is an umbrella term for all sorts of vocal and instrumental works. The label covers a lot of territory, from the Dark Ages to the 18th century and from Gregorian chant to the early symphony.

Tweets

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall: Our new responsive website is now live!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 guest @quantick‘s second choice is the Largo from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Here’s your chance to put a question to one of the world’s great violinists, @JoshuaBellMusic

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook plans to launch its own streaming service
Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images/ The Guardian

(Written on July 9, 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 Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium has confirmed the development of a new multi-million pound building, which will be a literal backdrop to their original Art Deco building. Designed by architects Olivier Bastin, Sébastien Cruyt and landscape architect Jean Noël Capart, the new development will include:

–  State of the art concert hall with acoustics built to the level of an international hall

–  Artist’s global village

–  20 residential studios for students, each with its own grand piano sleeping platform

–  2 additional music studios

–  Re-development of the park

An international press conference is currently being held at the Chapel to discuss details of the building and what it means for the future of music in Belgium.

The Chapel has a unique approach to music education. As one of the first to have a residential programme for its students, having started 75 years ago, they also have an impressive array of artists in residence including Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Augustin Dumay and the Artemis Quartet, and even offer their students recording contracts and career integration into their studies.

The Chapel currently hosts 46 young artists from all over the world, from Belgium to Latin America via the United States, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia and many European countries. The brand new building will ensure that the chapel will continue to be a unique hub for musical life and creativity in Europe.

QEMC

Resident studio 2

Concert hall

QEMC drawing

Press

International Piano, September/October 2013 Edition

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(Written on October 9, 2013 )

Living or being near London offers so many opportunities to see some truly spectacular performances that occur across the city every day –the WildKat team have collaborated some information on the top performances that are a must see for the next few weeks! Keep watching for bi-weekly updates.

What? The Mosaic Ensemble

Where? The Forge – our favourite venue!

When? Sunday 12th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Mozart Oboe Quartet Op.370,
  • Stich (Punto) Horn Quartet,
  • Devienne Bassoon Quartet in C Major Op.73, No.1,
  • Stamitz Clarinet Quartet in E Flat Op.19, No.1

Mosaic Ensemble was founded in 2009 by a group of exceptional young musicians who met as members of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s young professional orchestra.  They formed with a view to exploring the expansive repertoire for mixed wind and strings, making full use of the breadth and versatility of the chamber music repertoire from Nonets to Trios.  Members of the ensemble have performed chamber works together as part of the Royal Opera House lunchtime chamber music series and at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. This small ensemble in an intimate, up and coming venue promises to be a huge success!


What? Artemis Quartet

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Tuesday 14th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Beethoven
  • String Quartet in A Op. 18 No. 5
  • String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2
  • String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

The distinguished Berlin-based Artemis String Quartet, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, brings the Wigmore Hall’s Anniversary Season Opening Celebrations to a close with the continuation of the complete Beethoven string-quartet cycle, charting Beethoven’s development across 30 years of composing in a form that demonstrates his great innovations in expressive development. A classic programme in a prestigious venue – most enjoyable!


What? La Bohème

Where? Wilton’s Music Hall

When? 16th & 18th September 2010 (Click to here purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Co-Opera-Co, Stephen Higgins (Conductor), Michael Scott (Tenor: Rodolfo), Mariya Krywaniuk (Soprano: Mimì).

Quite an obvious choice, Puccini is the master of Italian operas and I would never miss an opportunity to see the romance unravel between Rodolfo and Mimì, and like most operas ending in death. A company called Co-Opera-Co puts on the opera and the venue is also the world’s oldest Music Hall. Wilton’s Music Hall is a truly magical and beautiful venue that offers so much more than a performance but an experience. (The English National Opera are also putting on a production of La Bohème at The London Coliseum, October).


What? Max Richter performs ‘infra’

Where? Cadogan Hall

When? Saturday 17th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

For one night only, this unique performance comes to Cadogan Hall. Originally conceived as a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, Max Richter’s gorgeous score to ‘infra’ was written in autumn 2008 and premiered in November of the same year at The Royal Opera House in London. Expanded and extended from the original piece, it comprises music written for piano, electronics and string quintet. Richter’s work on the ballet came initially from McGregor’s invitation, a request for 25 minutes of music for his piece, inspired by T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. The process of collaboration between the two men was filmed for a BBC documentary. An active collaborator in other media, Max received The European Film Award last year for his work on ‘Waltz with Bashir’, Ari Forman’s Oscar-nominated animated documentary. Without a doubt, this is a must see!


What? The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Where? Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

When? 4th & 7th October 2010 (Click here to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Royal Opera,  Antonio Pappano (Conductor), Nicole Cabell (Soprano: Leila), John Osborn (Tenor: Nadir).

Bizet is one of the most famous French composers of opera, his two most successful works being Carmen and The Pearl Fishers. The most famous work from this opera being the duet of friendship Au fond du temple saint between Zurga and Nadir. Not only is the music captivating and but the Royal Opera company whose production this is has to be one of the most prestigious in the world. The performers are guaranteed to give a phenomenal evening.


(Written on August 16, 2010 )