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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, amateur orchestras are competing for a spot at the BBC Proms, BIS Records release the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series & BBC creates a virtual orchestra. Also, The North Devon Sinfonia has been chosen to be a part of TV series All Together Now.

Classical Music Magazine

Amateur orchestras competing for Proms spot revealed

The BBC has revealed the five orchestras selected to participate in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The series will follow the ensembles in their quest to be crowned the best UK amateur orchestra and to perform on stage at the BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park.


Bis Records to release final recording of Minnesota Orchestra’s SIBELIUS series, 9/9

The Swedish label BIS Records releases the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series. Conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the album features the Finnish composer’s Third, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies.

BBC Music Magazine

Learning the drums with Sarah Walker

Do you have an instrument gathering dust in a cupboard? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to play an instrument but never quite got round to taking it up. Now’s your chance. This summer, the BBC is asking people around the UK to Get Playing and take part in a virtual orchestra. The orchestra, led by conductor Marin Alsop, will perform the Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen at the Last Night of the Proms.


North Devon Journal

New BBC series All Together Now to shine spotlight on North Devon’s musical talent

North Devon is preparing to be thrust into the musical spotlight after a group of talented performers was chosen to appear on a new BBC series. The North Devon Sinfonia has been chosen to be a part of All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge – a nation-wide search for the best amateur orchestra in the UK.

The Telegraph

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: 10 top tips for survival

If you don’t like the weather in Edinburgh, so the saying goes, just wait 10 minutes – and that’s no exaggeration. Just because the sun is blazing one moment in the Scottish capital, it doesn’t mean that rainfall of Old Testament ferocity isn’t seconds away, with raindrops hitting the ground with such a whump that they can ricochet half way up the inside of your trouser-leg.

New York Times

How artists change the world

As usual, there were a ton of artists and musicians at the political conventions this year. And that raises some questions. How much should artists get involved in politics? How can artists best promote social change?


Prom 21: Aurora Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, review: ‘Elegant and joyous in equal measure, this was much more than a gimmick’

The Aurora Orchestra’s symphony-from-memory has become an annual Proms fixture. The first time Nicholas Collon and his players set music-stands aside in 2014 it was a curiosity, the second time still very much an oddity. Only now, third time round, can we stop marvelling at the feat of memory and start listening properly to the music.


Klassik-Festspiele erinnern an Dirigent Menuhin

Mit einem Konzertwochenende erinnern die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Yehudi Menuhin. Die Konzerte am 5. und 6. August in Ulrichshusen gestalten der Geiger Daniel Hope, Pianist Sebastian Knauer sowie das Zürcher Kammerorchester.

Musik heute

Instrumentenverband schreibt Schulmusikpreis aus

Der Verband der Musikinstrumentenbranche (SOMM) hat am Montag den Europäischen Schulmusikpreis (ESP) ausgeschrieben. Gesucht werden innovative Methoden für den instrumentalen Musikunterricht.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wiederentdecker der Viola da Gamba

Er ist ein unermüdlicher Forscher im Bereich der Alten Musik. Der weltbekannte Dirigent Jordi Savall hat die Viola da Gamba wiederentdeckt – ein fast vergessener Vorläufer des heutigen Cello. Gestern ist der Gambenvirtuose 75 Jahre alt geworden.


Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK : we’ve launched our Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme in partnership w/ &

Live at Zedel @LiveAtZedel Late night classical music in Soho? Join us for the residency each month during the Autumn season

Classique ONE Paris @OrchestralRadio R/Evolutionary Classical Music Radio – Live From Paris – Listen Now:


(Written on August 2, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph announces its guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, and the Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day. Also, Pitchfork Media becomes part of Condé Nast Stable and Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Telegraph

The best classical music albums of 2015

The Telegraph’s definitive guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, regularly updated with new reviews by Geoffrey Norris, Rupert Christiansen and Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

Low winds heard in London

Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day

Classical Source

After almost a quarter century, Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Summer 2016

Roy McEwan has announced his retirement from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in Summer 2016 after a remarkable 23 years as Chief Executive.  


Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates 25th anniversary

The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet company packed up their ballet shoes and tutus and moved to Birmingham in 1990.

Classical Source

Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Kirill Petrenko will take up office as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Classic FM

The Science Museum is an EPIC concert venue: and we heard a piece inspired by Charles Babbage’s computer there

In ‘Objects at an Exhibition’, six pieces of music were performed by Aurora Orchestra next to the exhibits at the Science Museum by which they were inspired

New York Times

Pitchfork Media Becomes Part of Condé Nast Stable

Condé Nast, the publisher that owns magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, said on Tuesday that it had acquired Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music website and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

Der Tagesspiegel 

Kirill Petrenko tritt sein Amt in Berlin 2019 an

2018 sollte Kirill Petrenko Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle werden. Doch er kommt erst ein Jahr später als Chefdirigent nach Berlin. Und der Bayerischen Staatsoper bleibt Petrenko bis 2021 erhalten 

Berliner Zeitung

Jamaikaner Marlon James gewinnt britischen Booker-Preis

Als erster jamaikanischer Schriftsteller hat Marlon James den Man Booker Preis gewonnen. Sein Roman handelt von einem versuchten Attentat auf Bob Marley


Christian Gerhaher erhält Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’

Der deutsche Bariton Christian Gerhaher erhält den Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ 2016. Das gleichnamige Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich im Wechsel an Persönlichkeiten, die sich substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen


Steve Mackay, The Stooges Saxophonist,Dies at 66 From Sepsis Complications

Steve Mackay, the distinctive saxophonist best known for his work with the seminal punk outfit The Stooges, has died. It’s been reported that the musician was in critical condition with sepsis. He was 66 years old


Sinfini Music A new addition to our piece on weird classical jobs? (++ weird jobs here: )

Classic FM: How posh are you? This music quiz will reveal all:

The Strad: Isabelle Faust on performing and interpreting Bach’s music


The Telegraph


(Written on October 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Richard Morrison asks if playing from memory is a gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity ahead of the Aurora Orchestra’s BBC Proms concerts. Lesley Garrett is to record an appeal for Help Musicians UK, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this month. Also, Tête à Tête opera festival announces it’s 2015 season including 40 new works to be performed throughout the three weeks.


The National’s Bryce Dessner on the American landscapes that inspire him

Ahead of a concert series in London of new music exploring the American musical landscape, the musician selects seven works that provide fertile ground for his imagination


Christian Gerhaher: the most moving singer in the world

Ahead of his unmissable UK dates, German baritone Christian Gerhaher is mercifully modest, finds Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Richard Morrison: Is playing from memory a party trick or a musical revelation?

A gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity?

Classical Music Magazine

Lesley Garrett records appeal for Help Musicians UK

Opera singer Lesley Garrett CBE is recording an appeal for Help Musicians UK, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in May.

Tête à Tête announces 2015 opera festival

Tête à Tête has unveiled the programme for its 2015 opera festival, which will feature more than 100 performances and 40 new works over the course of three weeks.

Die Welt

Ausschuss prüft Kostenexplosion bei Staatsoper

Alles wird teurer und dauert länger: Die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper entwickelt sich ähnlich wie Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie. Jetzt soll ein Untersuchungsausschuss das Debakel aufklären.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Junge mit der Posaune

Der Kranzberger Felix Schlüter hat den Jugendkulturpreis des Landkreises gewonnen. Für sein Instrument, die Bassposaune, braucht er einen langen Atem – und auch für seine Traumkarriere.        


Neue, kostenlose ‘Opera Platform’ ist online

Ab dem heutigen 8. Mai gibt es für europäische Internetnutzer eine neue Online-Opernplattform.

The Irish Times

Béla Bartók: how music broadened the mind of a ‘nationalist’ composer

The innovative musician’s biographer traces his journey from Hungarian patriot to a synthesiser of not just folk and classical music but also of neighbouring cultures


Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer.


Sam Jackson ‏@classicjacko: What would a Conservative majority mean for music? Here’s @NickFerrariLBC‘s @ClassicFM interview with David Cameron: …

Manchester Camerata @MancCamerata: OUR 2015-16 SEASON ANNOUNCED! Booking opens Monday at 10am through @BridgewaterHall  #LookingForSound #Redefining

(Written on May 8, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Daniel Hope is named the new music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, aiding the orchestra’s expanding international presence. Katy Jones, executive producer for BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project has died of a brain haemorrhage. Also, neuroscientist Jessica Grahn looks into how musicians remember extended passages of music after the Aurora orchestra announce the will perform at the BBC Proms from memory.


The Proms’ problem isn’t the programming, it’s the lack of imagination

Critics of this year’s lineup bemoaning events such as the club music prom are missing the point. The BBC Proms is no longer about music; it’s about the Proms

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim talks exclusively to Classic FM: ‘I am militant against instrumentalists who conduct’

The great conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has told Classic FM that the ‘fashion’ for instrumentalists to ‘play-conduct’ in order to spare a professional conductor’s fee is a ‘great shame’.

Classical Music Magazine

Ten Pieces executive producer dies aged 51

Katy Jones, executive producer for BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project, has died aged 51 of a brain haemorrhage.

Classical Source

Daniel Hope is named Music Director of Zurich Chamber Orchestra, heralding Orchestra’s expansion on international stage

In a press conference in Zurich today, it was announced that celebrated violinist Daniel Hope has been named the new Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

BBC News

How do you memorise an entire symphony?

In a feat of musical memory, the Aurora Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony without printed scores at the BBC Proms 2015. Neuroscientist Jessica Grahn explores how musicians manage to remember highly complex arrangements.

Der Tagesspiegel

Simon Rattle stellt Spielzeit 2015/16 vor

Frankreich, Tristan, Peter Sellars: Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben ihr Programm für die Saison 2015/16 vorgestellt – und halten sich alle Optionen für den neuen Chefdirigenten offen.

Die Welt

Auf der Bühne sind wir Deutschen Weltmeister

Das deutsche Theater, hierzulande oft totgesagt und kaputtgespart, wird im Ausland beneidet um Regisseure und Schauspieler. Frank Castorf oder Thomas Ostermeier sind global berühmter als Bushido.


Daniel Hope wird Music Director des Zürcher Kammerorchesters

In Zürich wurde heute die Ernennung von Daniel Hope als Music Director des Zürcher Kammerorchesters (ZKO) mit Beginn der Saison 2016/17 bekannt gegeben. Damit tritt Hope die Nachfolge von Sir Roger Norrington an.


“Glücklich über gemeinsame Erfolge” Jukka-Pekka Saraste verlängert Vertrag als Chefdirigent des WDR Sinfonieorchesters Köln

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (59) wird auch weiterhin für den guten Ton des WDR Sinfonieorchesters sorgen.

Los Angeles Times

Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo,’ the first modern opera, has lessons for digital age

The myth that opera was born of a miracle dies hard. Musicologists no longer insist that what has proved to be a uniquely innovative art form for four centuries was the exclusive product of scholars in Florence, Italy, who sought authentic reenactment of ancient Greek theater.


Roundhouse ‏@RoundhouseLDN: Be in the audience for our @BBCRadio3 In Tune broadcast & discover great emerging musicians: 

Spectator Culture ‏@CultureHouse: Classical music doesn’t need to change. It just needs more performers like @HanniganBarbara, says @MusicClerk 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: .@david_garrett‘s here, with coffee, answering your questions! Leave a message for him here: 

Katy-2012-smallerExecutive producer of BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project Katy Jones.

(Written on April 29, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

John Cage Was … photographs and introduction by James Klosty

My first contact with John Cage was in London in 1964. It was in the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road that I first saw the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Listen to Aurora Orchestra’s Road Trip

A week ahead of its release, Aurora Orchestra’s first recording for Warner Classics is available to listen to here exclusively, for free

The Telegraph

Why everyone is wrong about minimalism

Despite its many critics, minimalism is still a triumphant force in classical music, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Music Magazine

Labour suffers backlash over arts cuts tweet

The Labour party is suffering a sustained backlash from the arts community after its official Twitter account denied Conservative claims that it would reverse cuts to Arts Council England’s budget.

The Strad

Fifth Windsor International String Competition announces eight semi-finalists

The competitors will perform at Windsor Castle, outside of London, in March

International Arts Manager

Kuhmo Festival explores time

The Finnish festival will stage over 70 concerts between 12 and 25 July, with daily topics exploring turning points in centuries, the seasons and other time-related subjects.

Dresden will Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2025 werden

Oberbürgermeisterin Helma Orosz (CDU) will Signal des Aufrüttelns setzen

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Mozart live auf der Krabbeldecke

Klassische Musik tut schon den Kleinsten gut. Deshalb werden Konzerte schon für wenige Monate alte Babys immer beliebter.

Musik Heute

Audi Jugendchorakademie bietet Vorsingtermine

Die Audi Jugendchorakademie bietet talentierten Nachwuchssängern die Möglichkeit, sich für eine Teilnahme zu bewerben.

hr-Sinfonieorchester: Neue Vertriebswege für Junge Konzerte

Karten für die Jungen Konzerte des hr-Sinfonieorchesters sind künftig noch einfacher erhältlich.

Codex Flores

Neue Erkenntnisse zum Absoluten Gehör

Neuropsychologen der Universität Zürich (UZH) haben bei Absoluthörern eine enge funktionelle Kopplung zwischen dem Hörkortex im Gehirn und dem Stirnhirn festgestellt.

El Mundo

Caballé, sin subvenciones ni ayudas públicas durante año y medio

La soprano fue imputada el pasado mes de abril por un presunto delito contra la Hacienda Pública

Tweets: ‏@creativetourist : A cultural tour of MCR by Maria Balshaw, Dir. of @WhitworthArt & @mcrartgallery:  Inc @IWMNorth

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag : #OnThisDay in 1735, #Handel‘s ‘Ariodante’ premièred @RoyalOperaHouse. Some recommendations: 

Darren Henley @HENLEYDARREN : New book published today: The @ClassicFM Handy Guide to the Orchestra 

John Cage 8th Jan news

John Cage photographed in Minnesota. Credit: James Klosty 

(Written on January 8, 2015 )

Edinburgh Evening News

Cellist plays atop Ben Nevis for late husband

An Edinburgh cellist has delivered a soaring musical tribute to her late husband by performing a specially-composed piece of music at the top of Ben Nevis.

The Spectator

The Suzuki method didn’t make me a great violinist. But it did change my life

Mary Wakefield, editor of The Spectator, tells us how music education benefitted her.

Classical Music Magazine

Gerald Finley to climb Kilimanjaro for Help Musicians UK

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August to raise money for Help Musicians UK.

The Irish Times

End of an era: Ryanair to cut on-time trumpet jingle

Flyers with sensitive ears rejoice, Ryanair is to change its on-time landing trumpet jingle on all flights. The move comes after it surveyed passengers on Twitter to see if the post-flight music was much-loved or much-maligned.

Huffington Post

How The Metropolitan Opera Could Go Dark This Summer

The opera asking for significant concessions, most notably pay cuts, leading to talk of a possible lockout or strike this summer that could grind the storied Met to a halt.


In der Welt von… Jan Vogler

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen


50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 2/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Sopranistin Karita Mattila sagt Konzert mit Dirigent Valery Gergiev ab

Finnische Sängerin kritisiert politische Haltung des Dirigenten

Classical Music on Twitter 

Aurora Orchestra@auroraorchestra Calling all young musicians – 2 weeks left to apply for NYOGB 2015 at Closing date: 1 June. Pass it on! @NYOGB

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony A lovely blog about the young musicians of LSO On Track at #lsoopenair by our youngest staff member Eamonn:

Cecil Sharp House@cecilsharphouse Don’t forget to vote for us in @TimeOutLondon‘s online poll for best live music venue in London. Closes 4pm TODAY! … ^S

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager Arts universities and academies! We have a special education package to keep your budding arts managers in the loop

Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic What should your first opera be? Take this quiz by the folks at @METOrchestra

Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News


(Written on May 22, 2014 )

The Telegraph 

English National Opera faces protest over ‘pro-terrorist’ hijacking opera 

It is one of the most controversial musical works ever written, described by critics as “anti-Semitic” and “romanticising terrorism”.

Mackenzie Crook takes on orchestral role

Actor Mackenzie Crook will narrate the Prokofiev children’s classic Peter And The Wolf with the Aurora Orchestra.

Katherine Jenkins to omit Gethin Jones from memoirs

Katherine Jenkins, the Classical singer, reveals she has no intention of giving her former fiancé Gethin Jones a mention in her memoirs.

Conducting with kisses and fluttering eyelashes

What the orchestra sees, or ‘The Dancing Conductor’.


Sir Mark Elder on his Gramophone Hall of Fame choices

There’s still time – just! – to cast your own votes

The Guardian

String quartets: ’til death us do part?

Many of the most successful string quartets play together with the same lineup for decades. But what happens when one of the four moves on?

BBC to screen Joyce Hatto biopic penned by Victoria Wood

British pianist had dozens of recordings by other artists passed off as her own by husband William Barrington-Coupe

Elizabeth Connell obituary

South African born dramatic soprano hugely popular with audiences worldwide


Instruments of change 

Aurora Orchestra’s daring cross-arts programme takes classical music out of its comfort zone

(Written on February 20, 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 Independent

Castor and Pollux, Coliseum, London

The operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau have always been revered in his native France, but in Britain he’s the Baroque composer everyone overlooks.

The New York Times

Delayed by Injury, Giovanni Still Arrives.

The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien looked nimble on his feet, sang robustly and threw himself into the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday night in the new production by the director Michael Grandage.

Jessica Duchen’s Blog

Jonas Kaufmann, packed in polystyrene

Magical: his ability to transform himself into the character he’s singing, no matter what’s going on around him.

The Times

RPO/Austin at Cadogan Hall

Peter Maxwell Davies’s attempts, 25 years ago, to write an opera about St Francis of Assisi were scuppered when Olivier Messiaen got there first. But the idea for an overture remained, and London heard it for the first time this week, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christopher Austin.

The Times

The Aurora Orchestra wants to terrify you!

The Aurora Orchestra is out to terrify its audiences, says its conductor. Scroll to end for eight other spooky arts events for Hallowe’en.


(Written on October 27, 2011 )