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In today’s news: ‘Music China’ to promote music and music study in Shanghai. In September 250 musicians will meet at the 67th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. St Asaph Cathedral cuts its music team in an attempt to balance its budget. Chariots Of Fire revealed as top sporting classical music list from Classic FM. Mexico’s food markets offer groceries with a side of opera.

BBC News

St Asaph Cathedral makes music team redundant

A cathedral has cut its music team as it attempts to balance its budget.

Classic FM

Chariots Of Fire tops sporting classical music list from Classic FM

The nation’s favourite piece of classical music with a sporting connection has been revealed as Vangelis’ ‘Chariots of Fire’, taken from the movie of the same name.

The Straits Times

Mexico’s food markets offer groceries with a side of opera

Shoppers in Mexico City’s Argentina Market got an unexpected dose of culture last Saturday (Aug 25) when they were treated to Spanish composer Pablo Sorozabal’s opera La Tabernera Del Puerto.

London Theatre

Play written in support of Brexit Leave campaign to premiere in London

A new play written by two journalists in support of the Leave campaign is set to premiere at the Union Theatre in October.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Besessen um die eigene Zukunft gespielt

Kirill Petrenko eröffnet die Saison der Berliner Philharmoniker – und lockt diese Elitetruppe aus der Reserve.

nmz

Der Guru der Musikethnologie

Eine der größten Sammlungen globalmusikalischer Tondokumente befindet sich heute im Ethnologischen Museum in Berlin. Den ältesten Teil dieser Tonaufnahmen bilden Edison-Walzen aus der Zeit um 1900. Sie stehen heute auf der Liste des UNESCO-Weltdokumentenerbes.

Klassik.com

Bahn knickt ein: Keine Musik zur Bekämpfung der Berliner Bahnhofskriminalität

Die Berliner Bahn hat ihr Projekt zur Vertreibung von Trinkern, Drogenabhängigen und Kriminellen an Bahnhöfen durch atonale Musik auf Eis gelegt. Die Initiative Neue Musik Berlin hatte zuvor zu einer Demonstration am Brennpunkt-Bahnhof Hermannstraße eingeladen, bei der atonale Musik gespielt wurde.

Pizzicato

‘Music China’ soll in Shanghai für Musik und Musikstudium werben

Die Klassik boomt in China. Ständig werden neue Orchester gegründet. Die Musikschulen halten damit nicht Schritt.

BR Klassik

ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2018 Spielen und Singen um die begehrten Preise

Knapp 250 Musiker treffen sich ab dem 3. September beim 67. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München. Die jungen Instrumentalisten und Sänger aus aller Welt treten vor Jury und Publikum, um in diesem Jahr in den Fächern Gesang, Trompete, Viola und Klaviertrio einen der begehrten Preise zu gewinnen.

Platea Magazine

Der Pianist Josu de Solaun weiht den George Enescu International Contest 2018 ein

El próximo 1 de septiembre Josu de Solaun viajará a Rumanía, invitado por el Concurso Internacional George Enescu, para interpretar el Triple concierto de Paul Constantinescu en la jornada inaugural del certamen.

St Asaph Cathedral makes music team redundant

Photo credit: Philip Halling/Geograph

 

(Written on August 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Composers tell Neil Fisher how to write a contemporary opera, a new community production by Howard Moody will premiere at Glyndebourne, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival returns this October. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra looks to the future. A historic piano collection is expected to sell for£1 million. Fabio Luisi will take over the Dallas Symphony, a portrait of an all men’s choir looking for a new director, the opening of the Munich Biennale. The ballet of the Dresden Semperoper wins the Taurus award. A portrait of Mai Khoi and her political resistance and a piece on instrument luthiers.

The Times

Ask for help, don’t annoy the audience, and it’s no use trying to be funny

With a spate of new operas premiering this summer, composers tell Neil Fisher how to get it right (they hope).

Glyndebourne

Agreed – a new community opera for 2019

A new large-scale community opera by Howard Moody will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.

Rhinegold

James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.

Bachtrack

Looking to history and innovating for the future: Singapore Symphony’s 40th anniversary season

In 2018/19, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season. Lan Shui will step down after a very successful 22-year relationship with the orchestra, in which he raised the profile of the ensemble significantly through touring and recordings (a search for his successor is underway).

Express.co.uk

Historic piano collection could fetch £1 million at auction

More than 110 pianos owned by classical music enthusiast Charles Colt are tipped to sell for a seven-figure sum. A collection that started with a £6 piano could soon sell for £1 million at an auction.

New York Times

Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas

The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it has chosen a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who built its reputation over the past decade and takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic next season.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dümpeln ohne Frauen und Dirigent

Das Willkommen auf der Homepage gibt die Ausrichtung gleich bündig wieder. Ausdrücklich begrüßt werden dort die “Sehr geehrten Herren”.

BR Klassik

Berührend komisch und Laut-Aggressiv

Wer an diesem Wochenende alle Premieren der Münchener Biennale besuchen wollte, musste eine logistische Meisterleistung vollbringen – Uraufführung folgte auf Uraufführung.

Klassik.com

Semperoper Dresden: Europäischer Kulturpreis Taurus für Ballett

Das Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden ist am vergangenen Wochenende mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis “Taurus” geehrt worden.

Le Monde

Mai Khoi, la voix de la dissidence du Vietnam

Sur scène, son visage pâle se découpe dans l’ombre. Armée de sa guitare, accompagnée d’envoûtantes percussions et d’un saxophone, elle chante, dans un crescendo presque dissonant : « A l’intérieur ; tu as le temps de penser, tu as le temps de te repentir, de regretter (…) d’avoir été un traître à la nation, de maintenir le peuple dans le noir et de l’oppresser. »

France musique

Un alto dérobé au salon Musicora

Le salon Musicora, qui se tenait ce week-end à Paris, se termine sur une fausse note.

Twitter

Sir James MacMillan at the 2014 festival © Robin Mitchell

(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: disabled people underrepresented in English arts bodies, what to expect from music this year, Cumnock Tryst appoints Jean Nicholson as festival director. Also, Arvo Pärt is world’s most performed living composer and 20.000 cheap tickets for the Elbphilarmonie.

Guardian

Schools music boost urged as Britons fail to make Menuhin violin finals

Lack of government funding blamed as UK fails to make shortlist.

BME people severely underrepresented in top English arts bodies

Arts Council England figures also show disabled people make up only 4% of staff at major organisations.

Independent

What to expect from music in 2018

A New Year means new music, of course, but what exactly lies ahead?

‘The Brit awards are finally embracing diversity – here’s why we’re not holding our breath just yet’

Last year, after the Brit Award nominations were announced, there was a buzz ahead of the ceremony from every music fan hoping that the #BritsSoWhite uproar had done the trick. That after an overhaul of the voting panel, we might finally see the diversity and innovation in UK music recognised.

Classical Music

Cumnock Tryst appoints festival director

The Cumnock Tryst has appointed Jean Nicholson as festival director.

Limelight

A mouse in the house at the National Symphony Orchestra

Think crinkling candy wrappers are disruptive? A mouse caused quite a commotion at a concert in Washington on the weekend.

Estonian World

Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the seventh year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack.

nmz

Stuttgarts neuer Ballettchef kündigt weitere personelle Änderungen an

Nach mehr als 20-jähriger Intendanz von Reid Anderson am Stuttgarter Ballett will sein Nachfolger Tamas Detrich Traditionen bewahren, aber auch neue Akzente setzen. Zwei Jahre arbeitete der US-Amerikaner an dem Programm für seine erste Spielzeit, das er nun vorgestellt hat. 

Sondierungen: BVMI fordert klare und ambitionierte Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie hat mit Blick auf die voraussichtlichen Koalitionsverhandlungen deutliche und konsequente Maßnahmen zur Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativbranchen gefordert. 

Welt

20.000 günstige Tickets für die Elbphilharmonie

Eine Stunde Klassikgenuss in der Elbphilharmonie für maximal 24 Euro pro Ticket. Am Montag stehen 20.000 Karten für die „Konzerte für Hamburg“ bereit. Alle Nicht-Hamburger haben aber leider ein Problem.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Mozarteum weiterhin kopflos

Bei der am vergangenen Freitag stattgefundenen Senatssitzung des Salzburger Mozarteums konnte kein neues interimistisches Universitätsrats-Mitglied gefunden werden.

france musique

Décès de l’organiste Pierre Pincemaille

L’organiste Pierre Pincemaille nous a quittés le vendredi 12 janvier à l’âge de 61 ans. Titulaire des Grandes Orgues de la cathédrale de Saint-Denis depuis 1987, il était également un professeur très apprécié. 

Twitter

 Today we’re live streaming our event on diversity in arts & culture from – see the agenda, watch and ask questions here:

Image: Pierre Pincemaille © Vincent Hildebrandt / france musique

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
/nordicartistsmanagement.com

Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary composer event / stage and cinema.com

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
/ stage and cinema.com

Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

April has been an incredibly busy month here at WildKat PR! Just in case you missed anything, here is a round-up of what we’ve been up to:

We were delighted to welcome Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It is the world’s largest festival of new opera and will return to King’s Cross from July for three weeks, with over 100 performances and 40 new works.

It seems we will have a very operatic summer as we welcome back composer Tim Benjamin. We worked with him last year on Madame X, an opera which was featured in the 2014 Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Tim is producing another opera this summer called ‘Life Stories’ at the Tête à Tête Festival and from there it will tour in the North of England.

sacconi-quartet

We also started working with the Sacconi Quartet on their project HEARTFELT. They are quickly getting a name for themselves as the ‘digital string quartet’ with lots of interesting technology-focused projects happening on a regular basis. HEARTFELT is being performed at the Spitalfields Festival, the Bristol Proms and Lichfield Festival. But what exactly is so cool about the projects? The Sacconi Quartet is recognised for being a compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach and so they know how to create exciting projects. HEARTFELT is an immersive, interactive performance that re-imagines a Beethoven quartet through robotics and audience responsive lighting design.

We are also very pleased to introduce you to Mahler Chamber Orchestra who have recently signed with us. They are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years.

ensemble-bpm

We attended a lot of exciting events in April which included Ensemble BPM’s performance of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s Three Tales which achieve reviews in the Financial Times, The Times and The Arts Desk. This was the first ever opera performed live in an IMAX Theatre and took place at the Science Museum. The second of the two nights (22 and 24 April) was sold out! The Ensemble want their work to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world: they certainly delighted a big audience.

Turning our attention to New York, a real highlight as was Danielle Schwob‘s world premiere performance of her new work Three Self Portraits in Brooklyn NYC. Danielle Schwob and John Zorn were joined by Vicky Chow, Jennifer Choi, and Michael Nicolas.

Launches were clearly en vogue this month as we attended lot of them in the last few weeks such as the launch event of Musical Orbit. Shortly after, Tom Service at the Guardian wrote an article about it saying that Musical Orbit is a great idea for offering one-on-one tutorials with top professionals.

Of course, WildKat PR also attended an event hosted by the fabulous After Nyne Magazine. The Magazine combines culture, lifestyle, arts, style and music so it was great to meet the editorial team properly and celebrate the first print issue with some drinks in a lovely gallery.

ensemble-perpetuo

On 23 April we celebrated our birthday but there was no time for partying too much as Ensemble Perpetuo gave a concert on 25 April at 47/49 Tanner Street. As an ensemble specialising in multi-art form collaborations, they give a new meaning to performances of both classical and contemporary music. They are known for taking music to unexpected venues and drawing in new audiences to share in their love for music as one experienced at Tanner Street. They played music inspired by cities, and the event included city-themed photography from the London Photo Festival, Art by Caroline Mackenzie and Tom Pearce and choreography by Lucia Sweigert. Read the review by LDN Card.

In times of so many brillant musicians it is not easy to find an individual voice and to get attention from a bigger audience. The virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is one of these musicians combining both splendid technical skills and musicality which made his London debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra very special. Bachtrack and Classicalsource reported from the concert. Eric also released his video of Paganini’s 24th Caprice last month with all the variations layered on top of each other – it’s had almost 16,000 views on Youtube now!

Encouraging new audiences, especially in terms of classical music is not that easy. Orpheus Sinfonia‘s conductor Thomas Carroll spoke about their Beneath the Score Series on BBC Radio 3 In Tune ahead of their concert The People’s Politics on 28 April. The concert also received a 4 star review from LDN card. Orpheus Sinfonia’s second Networking for Young Professionals event also took place at this concert, continuing to encourage new audiences to engage with classical music. During April, Thomas was also interviewed by the Mayfair Times and it was great to have this support from a publication based in the same area that they are resident in.

haydn-2032-2As well as being busy in London and New York, in Berlin our team attended one of the brilliant Haydn nights with  Radiale Nacht – Il filosofo at Radialsystem V on 8th May. As the project Haydn 2032 is a huge work in progress, these nights offer an opportunity to get to know the project: conductor Giovanni Antonini, Bernhard Lassahn and Christian Moritz-Bauer gave lectures, were interviewed and talked to the audience. On 8th May, Il Giardino armonico under Giovanni Antonini played symphonies by both Joseph Haydn and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach which were received with massive applause.

With all the fantastic new clients who have recently joined us, as well as the BBC Proms, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and other annual highlights, it looks like a busy summer for WildKat PR.

Keep updated with news by visiting our blog, following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

(Written on May 15, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.

Süddeutsche.de

Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.

pizzicato

Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.

Classicalite

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.

nprmusic

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.

Twitter

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here http://ow.ly/Jz1OS 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Musicians play moving Charlie Hebdo tribute in Trafalgar Square

An ensemble of over 150 string players gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Prejudice is keeping women conductors off the podium

Dismally and shamefully the glass ceiling is still in place in classical music. That, at least, is the implication of figures released this week by Bachtrack, a comprehensive listings website for classical concerts and opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Geoffrey Baker: ‘We need ethically and pedagogically sound music education, not music education in any form’

Tricia Tunstall wrote her book about El Sistema, Changing Lives, ‘to proselytize on behalf of its mission’.

BBC Music Magazine

What were the biggest trends in classical music in 2014?

Conductors are getting younger and there still aren’t enough leading women, says Bachtrack’s report

Gramophone

Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoSound Moment system matches playback to the way you feel

New £1795 system with innovative touch-sensitive wood interface is designed to give an ‘intelligent and playful’ way to access music

Classical Source

Cristina Rocca named Vice President for Artistic Planning at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Jeff Alexander, who officially assumes duties as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association on January 12, 2015, announced today the appointment of Cristina Rocca to the position of Vice President for Artistic Planning, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Chair, effective March 16, 2015.

CBBC Newsround

What’s so special about an orchestra?

There’s been a 35% rise in budding musicians – with more people wanting to learn to play a musical instrument.

pizzicato

‘Chamber Music Society’ des ‘Lincoln Center’ zeichnet Thomas Larcher aus

Der ‘Elise L. Stoeger Prize’ der ‘Chamber Music Society’ des ‘Lincoln Center New York’ geht 2014-2015 an den österreichischen Komponisten Thomas Larcher (*1963).

KulturPort.De

NDR fördert 2015 das Kulturleben in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mit 754.000 Euro

Davon entfallen allein etwa 564.000 Euro für die Unterstützung von Musikprojekten.

Klassik.com

Freiburger Musikwissenschaftler entwickeln Klangatlas

Das Musikwissenschaftliche Institut der Universität Freiburg entwickelt zurzeit eine Plattform, die das weltweite Hochladen von Geräuschen und Klängen ermöglichen soll.

Codex Flores

Musik als «Sprache der Gefühle» auf dem Prüfstand

Forscher der TU Berlin, der McGill Universität und der Université de Montréal sind mit Experimenten mit Pygmäen der Frage nachgegangen, ob emotionale Reaktionen auf Musik weltweit universell gleich sind.

Le Monde

Le patron de Fimalac reprend la Salle Pleyel

L’annonce était attendue pour novembre 2014 mais le suspense n’a pris fin que le 7 janvier : le conseil d’administration de la Cité de la musique, à Paris, a choisi Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, patron de Fimalac, pour signer la convention d’occupation du domaine public de la Salle Pleyel pour un bail de quinze ans.

Twitter

BBC Philharmonic ‏@BBCPhilharmonic: Delighted to share with @the_halle Best Classical Event 2014 for ‘BBC/Halle super orchestra’ Alpine Symphony cond by Mena #CityLifeAwards

BBC Radio Wales @BBCRadioWales: It’s Orchestra Day! @jasonmohammad live all morning with @BBCNOW & @CatrinFinch. Listen NOW: http://bbc.in/13Yov2Y 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: We take a look at the history of the distinguished Bergen Philarmonic Orchestra http://bit.ly/1wZmqyb 

musicians-play-moving-charlie-hebdo-tribute-in-trafalgar-square-1420796482-article-0An ensemble of over 150 string players gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on January 9, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Classical music in 2014 – still dominated by dead white men’s music performed by living white men

Bachtrack’s statistics, and Christina Scharff’s research, prove yet again that the classical music industry needs to change

Classic FM

Violinist sues repairman for snapping $80k bow

Greek violinist and Gramophone Award-winner Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in California for allegedly snapping his bow, worth $80,000.

Classical Music Magazine

Who’s who in the musical honours ‒ quotes and reaction

While some have questioned the list’s failure to fully recognise the quality at the top end of UK music-making (eg no knight/damehoods in sight), there can be little doubting its reflection of the national musical scene at all levels.

Classical Source

A New Baby for Glyndebourne: Danielle De Niese and husband Gus Christie announce they are expecting their first child

World-renowned opera star Danielle De Niese and her husband, Glyndebourne’s executive chairman Gus Christie, are thrilled to announce that they are expecting their first child.

Gramophone

Naxos launches new high-definition music streaming and download service

ClassicsOnline HD●LL is specially tailored for classical music listeners

Klassik.com

Opera Australia: Kein Zugang mehr für missliebige Kritiker

Auf Betreiben des künstlerischen Direktors der Opera Australia, Lyndon Terracini, wird mehreren Journalisten, die in der Vergangenheit kritisch über einzelne Produktionen und die Programmpolitik des Hauses berichtet hatten, die Berichterstattung künftig erschwert.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Weltmusikcharts vor dem Aus?

Monatlich erstellen ehrenamtliche Juroren aus 25 Ländern die Weltmusikcharts – und das seit 1991.

Codex Flores

Konzertstatistiken des Jahres 2014

Die Webseite Bachtrack hat ihre Statistiken zum Klassikbetrieb für 2014 veröffentlicht.

Le Monde

Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss, musicien et compositeur

Le musicien et compositeur français Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss, talent créatif du qanûn (la cithare sur table orientale) et du répertoire savant arabo-musulman, est décédé des suites d’un cancer, vendredi 2 janvier, à Paris, sa ville natale.

Pizzicato

Conductors Are Getting Younger

The average age of the top ten busiest conductors has fallen, with three conductors in their 30s (Nelsons, Dudamel, Nézet-Séguin).

Twitter

nprmusic @nprmusic: How do some of the greatest composers begin their pieces? Test you knowledge in our puzzler. http://n.pr/1xAk2mE 

Barbican Centre @BarbicanCentre: Take a walk with @SinfiniMusic as pianist Benjamin Grosvenor talks about his life, instruments and music http://ow.ly/GRSfZ 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Singing for the truth: What makes the story of #Orfeo so powerful? A closer look: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/singing-for-the-truth-what-makes-the-story-of-orfeo-so-powerful … ^C

leonidas-kavakos-wins-gramophone-awards-2014-artist-of-the-year-1410991771-article-0

Greek violinist and Gramophone Award-winner Leonidas Kavakos. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on January 7, 2015 )

Classical New Year Resolutions

New Year equals a new me-right? We in the WildKat PR office have already accepted that our ‘fitness and healthy eating resolutions’ will fail within a week (merely promising to try burns calories, we’re sure), so why not make an enjoyable resolution this year (except perhaps, #2) with classical music!

1. Go to more concerts

Surely the best type of resolution is aiming to attend more concerts this year and it could not be easier with the number of websites and blogs there are out there collating all the best events. Head over to our ‘Unmissables’ page to discover what you absolutely cannot miss this year. BachTrack and Concert Diary are also great search tools to find your next concert. Amazingly, this does not have to be expensive. Did you know that 40% of The Royal Opera House’s tickets are under £40? Other venues such as the Barbican and the Southbank Centre are also not as expensive as you might think. Indeed, the WildKat PR team are really looking forward to Conway Hall’s series of ‘Free Rush Hour Concerts.’

2. Practice more

This is perhaps just as painful as healthy eating and exercise but, likewise, so worth it. Whilst we cannot all follow in Lang Lang’s footsteps who was practising six hours a day at five years old, an extra 10 minutes everyday going over furiously fast passages, playing F# melodic minor one more time or perfecting that technical exercise, will pay off. At least then us mere mortals can pretend to be like Daniel Barenboim. Indeed, violinist Nicola Benedetti is so dedicated to practice she utilized an airport bathroom when her flight was delayed.

NB Airport Practise

Nicola Benedetti. Photo from her Facebook

3. Find new music

Spotify have introduced a useful new tool called ‘Play it Forward’ which generates new music for you based on who you have previously listened to. Classic FM also have a weekly ‘Album of the Week‘ from which they play one track a day and BBC Music Magazine have both a ‘New Releases‘ section and a free weekly download bound to inspire you.

4. Play music for charity

In 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra and others such as tenor Wynne Evans swapped instruments in a mass grade-one-a-thon for charity. Why not use your musical talent for good and do something similar? There are plenty of brilliant musical charities to support such as Help Musicians UK and Music in Hospitals.

LSO Blog

The LSO. Photo found at Classic FM

5. Join a choir

As well as being fun, it has been said that singing is good for your mental health-two great reasons to join a choir. There are plenty of ensembles out there catering for all standards and interests from novice to expert level, from choral works to pop songs. The Big Big Sing is a brilliant website for finding your perfect choir, all you have to do is put in your postcode. British Choirs on the Net also has a large database of choirs, sorted both alphabetically and geographically.

Choir for Blog

Youth Choir of the Year, Taplow Youth Choir performs onstage at the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Grand Final. Photo:Robin Bell / Imagewise

6. Make a Classical Music Bucket List

A blog for another day but here are a few ideas to get you started: Prom at the BBC Proms, or go to the traditional ‘Carols at Kings‘ service.

Are you making any classical music resolutions? Tweet us with your ideas and bucket list items @WildKatPR

(Written on January 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Symphony guide: Beethoven’s Third (‘Eroica’)

The story of the dedication of Beethoven’s Third is the stuff of symphonic legend. Whatever the truth, the victory at the end of the piece doesn’t just stand for Napoleon, or Beethoven, but for the possibilities of the symphony itself.

The Telegraph

Munich Opera Festival über alles

Whilst other European festivals may not have made this year’s grade, Rupert Christiansen explains why Munich’s is an experience worth repeating.

Classical-music.com

Interview with Gustavo Gimeno

The Spanish conductor talks about his experience as the late Claudio Abbado’s assistant.

Neglected piano scores

The BBC Music team uncover forgotten piano pieces

Classic FM

Clouds play piano in new composition

What do clouds sound like? Artist-composer David Bowen attempts to answer this question in his eerie new piece, Cloud Piano, which translates the clouds into played music.

Farmer serenades cows with trombone playing

A farmer who filmed himself serenading his cows by playing his trombone to attract them towards him has become a viral sensation.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

“Neu für klassische Musik interessieren!”

“Mein Ziel ist es, die Menschen neu für klassische Musik zu interessieren!” – hat sich Markus Fein, der Intendant der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern vorgenommen.

Tiroler Tageszeitung

Ukraine will kremltreuen Kulturschaffenden die Einreise verbieten

Die Ukraine will gegen etwa 500 russische Künstler und Kulturschaffende wegen ihrer kremltreuen Position Einreiseverbote verhängen.

The Japan Times

Saito Kinen Festival to be renamed after maestro Ozawa

Conductor Seiji Ozawa said Monday that Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, a musical event in which he serves as general director, will be renamed Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in 2015.

The Baltimore Sun

Amid all the fretting about classical music’s future, some worries about its past

Day after day, someone somewhere discusses the state of classical music, typically with a degree of concern about its long-term survivability. This has been going on for ages, of course, but it has generated something of a cottage industry in recent years.

Twitter

Opera Space: .@MoscowTimes: Kiev to ban 500 Russian annexation-approving cultural figures; are #opera stars likely to be included? http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/kiev-to-blacklist-russian-culture-figures/504555.html …

Sam Jackson: .@classicfm has joined forces with the brilliant @NYOGB to offer you the chance to see them in concert – for free: http://www.classicfm.com/concerts-events/nyo-free-concert-information/ …

Royal Opera House: ICYMI – @telegraph are streaming class with @mariinskyen this morning! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/dance/11011335/WATCH-the-Mariinsky-Ballet-in-class.html … #Mariinsky

Bachtrack: August is #BaroqueMonth here at Bachtrack! Links to all new articles and reviews from here: http://ow.ly/zYtOs

Wismar, Heiligen-Geist-Kirche: Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern gGmbH)

Wismar, Heiligen-Geist-Kirche: Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Deutschlandradio Kultur.

 

(Written on August 6, 2014 )