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In today’s news, Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM, the South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians with disabilities and the longest serving orchestra musician Jane Little dies. Also, a violoncello of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini changes hands with a record price and conductor Svjatoslav Luther is found dead in his apartment.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM. Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College.

Arts Journal

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 87-Year-Old Bassist Collapses, Dies During Final Thirty Seconds Of Encore

Jane Little “debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing.” She was the world’s longest serving orchestra musician.

Dorset ECHO

Young musicians urged to join first ever orchestra for those with disabilities

The South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young people with disabilities who play a range of musical instruments.

Herald Sun

Car workshops and factories being turned into classical music venues in Melbourne for fundraiser for refugee children

GRITTY old car workshops and heritage-listed meat markets are playing host to classical music concerts, taking the sweet sounds of Mozart and Beethoven to a new audience.

Classic FM

Sold out concerts for 20-somethings: this orchestra chief tells us how it’s done

Classic FM was in Bavaria for the 5th Mahler Conducting Competition, hosted by Bamberg Symphony – an orchestra that has phenomenal success with all audiences but especially with young people.

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Ermonela Jaho enjoys Opera Awards accolade

Ermonela Jaho has capped off a wonderful start to 2016 by winning the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. The Albanian soprano (pictured), who won praise earlier this year for her performance in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, collected her award at a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London that was attended by many of opera’s big names.

The Strad

Results announced for 2016 China international violin and bow making competition

Chinese luthiers and bow makers took home most of the top prizes at this year’s China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing from 10–17 May.

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Conductor Svjatoslav Luther Found Dead In His Apartment

Russian media report that conductor Svjatoslav Luther (*1971) was found dead in his apartment. Found hanged in a room, he is believed to have committed suicide.

Klassik heute

Bagno Konzertgalerie Steinfurt mit Stars und jungen Talenten

Es ist ein einzigartiger „Musiktempel“ im Herzen des Münsterlandes: 1774 erbaut, ist die Bagno Konzertgalerie der älteste freistehende Konzertsaal Europas.

Klassik heute

Letzte Saison von Ulf Schirmer als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Das Münchner Rundfunkorchester setzt auch in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 auf kunstvolle Vielseitigkeit und innovative Programme, auf die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Gastkünstlerinnen und -künstlern und intensiviert das Ausloten neuer medialer Möglichkeiten. Es wird die letzte Konzertsaison des Orchesters mit seinem Künstlerischen Leiter Prof. Ulf Schirmer sein. Als Nachfolger steht Ivan Repušić fest.

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‘Bürger für Beethoven’ wollen Bonner Remigiusplatz zum Beethovenort umgestalten

Auf dem Platz, wo am 17. Dezember 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven getauft wurde, befinden sich heute ein Kiosk und eine öffentliche Toilettenanlage. Das muss sich nach Auffassung der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ bald ändern.

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Rekordpreis für ein Guadagnini-Cello

Auf dem Instrumentenmarkt dreht sich die Preisspirale weiter: Das Cello «ex-Havemeyer» von Giovanni Battista Guadagnini mit Baujahr 1743 hat bei einer Auktion für 1,505 Millionen Dollar den Besitzer gewechselt.

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Early Music Today  @earlymusictoday @deccaclassics has signed its first #recorder player, 16-year-old Lucie Horsch

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Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

(Written on May 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Kah Chun Wong wins the Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Conducting Competition, a campaign has been launched to save the European Union Youth Orchestra and Scottish Opera might have a hit with its new Mikado.

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Masur Protégé wins Mahler Conducting Competition

Kah Chun Wong (*1986) from Singapore won First Prize at the Mahler Competition of the Bamberg Symphony.

EUYO

How can you help?

We are beginning a campaign to try to help safeguard a sustainable future of the European Union Youth Orchestra. If you would like to contribute to this campaign there are several ways to do so.

The Spectator

Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado

You have to be quite silly to take Gilbert and Sullivan seriously. But even sillier not to. G&S is still a litmus test for a particularly British type of operatic snobbery: ‘Is there a place for Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st century?’ asked a Radio 3 presenter last year, about the time that ENO’s new Pirates of Penzance broke all audience records for live cinema relays in the UK.

BBC News

Michael Crawford ‘terrified’ ahead of West End return

Michael Crawford says he is “terrified” as he prepares to return to the West End stage for the first time in five years at the end of the month.

Classical Music Magazine

NAfME CEO steps down following remarks on diversity

The executive director and chief executive of the US-based National Association for Music Education Michael Butera stepped down on 11 May.

Kent Music announces technology-focused Project 14 course

Kent Music’s Orchestra ONE Project 14 course will take place 1-5 August at Maidstone’s Cornwallis Academy.

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Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: ‘The Shining’ Is Now An Opera

The Shining was Stephen King’s first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick’s film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera.

Musik heute

Christoph Eschenbach mit Brahms-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist am Donnerstagabend mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 geehrt worden.

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Querelen um Film über Florence Foster Jenkins

Die Sopranistin Julia Kogan beansprucht Rechte als Co-Autorin am Drehbuch der Neuverfilmung über das Leben von Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Maria Guleghina erlitt Lebensmittelvergiftung in Wladiwostok

Die in Luxemburg lebende russische Sopranistin Maria Guleghina musste nach einer in einem Restaurant in Wladiwostok erlittenen Lebensmittelvergiftung aus der ‘Tosca’-Produktion des Mariinsky Theaters in der am Nordpazifik gelegenen russischen Hafenstadt ausscheiden.

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Petroc Trelawny @PetrocTrelawny Bravo for what sounds like a triumphant last minute rescue job last night.From auditorium to stage

Top Classical News @topcmnews 

The Strad @TheStradMag Video: Guy Johnston talks about the moment his string snapped at the in 2000

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(Written on May 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

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Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

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Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

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Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

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Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

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KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )

In our news today, Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has announced the winners of its 2016 awards for live music, awarding a car park orchestra one of the top prizes. Three core team members at Ingpen & Williams will leave over the next few months, and Graham Vick comments that opera’s need to break out of their comfort zone to recruit new audiences.

BBC News

Car park orchestra wins classical award

An orchestra that plays in a multi-storey car park in south London has won a top prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. The Multi-Story Orchestra was praised for its “ingenuity and impact in the local community” as it picked up the audience engagement prize.

Classical-music.com

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has announced the winners of its 2016 awards for live music at a ceremony this evening at The Brewery, London, hosted by Radio 3 presenters Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Suzy Klein and presented by Canadian baritone Gerald Finley.

Classical Music Magazine

Major changes at Ingpen & Williams

Three core team members at Ingpen & Williams will leave over the next few months.

The Guardian

Opera companies urged to break out of ‘ghetto’ to find new audiences

Opera companies need to get out of their “ghetto” where they are protected by concepts of excellence and artistic integrity and find new audiences on their own ground, the director Graham Vick has told a gathering of the movers and shakers of Britain’s classical music world.

Music Week

Freddie Mercury scholarship at ACM announced

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and Metropolis Studios have announced the introduction of a Freddie Mercury Scholarship, backed by Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May. The award will be presented later this year, in honour of the singer’s 70th birthday on September 5.

Classic FM

Man plays Eiffel Tower like a monumental drum kit for his new percussion piece

An American composer is embarking on a new project, harnessing the sounds of the Eiffel Tower in his latest composition. ‘Tower Music’ by Joseph Bertolozzi uses sounds created by hitting different surfaces of the iconic landmark with mallets.

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Libeskind To Present A Unique Concert Project in Frankfurt

Architect Daniel Libeskind has developed a very special concert project for Frankfurt: On May 21 and 22, One Day in Life will present more than 75 individual concert events at 18 locations in Frankfurt, featuriung 18 basic conditions of life.

Die Welt

Pollini-Konzertbesucher buhen Flüchtling aus

Beim Konzert der Klavierlegende Mauricio Pollini in der Hamburger Laeiszhalle kam es zum Eklat: Der Darbietung eines 18-jährigen Flüchtlings aus Afghanistan über religiöse Unfreiheit folgten Buh-Rufe.

Musik heute

Rundfunkchor Berlin startet Lounge-Konzerte

Der Rundfunkchor Berlin startet in der Saison 2016/17 eine Reihe mit Lounge-Konzerten. An drei Abenden kann das Publikum mit Chormitgliedern und wechselnden Gästen ins Gespräch kommen, teilte der Klangkörper am Dienstag in Berlin mit.

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Musik als Dauerzustand, als Lebensgarantie

Am 11. Mai jährt sich der Todestag Max Regers zum 100. Mal. Susanne Popp, Leiterin des Max-Reger-Instituts Karlsruhe, hat aus diesem Anlass eine knapp 550 Seiten starke Biographie bei Breitkopf & Härtel vorgelegt.

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Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony  baton has been glued several times – he simply won’t give it up

TownHallSymphonyHall @THSHBirmingham  Conductor of the Year goes to…! See you in May 2017 with

Top Classical News @topcmnews How to be HIP – from listening to Adelina Patti to an 18th century Scots dance band

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Photograph: Amber Vernuccio

(Written on May 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, sneaker-star and Metropolitan Opera tenor Francesco Anile got another chance in the spotlight, Romanian culture minister resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera and a missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered on eBay.

New York Post

Metropolitan Opera tenor takes the stage again — in costume

The Italian tenor who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on a moment’s notice last weekend — while still wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers — got another chance in the spotlight Thursday night.

Classical Music Magazine

Romanian culture minister resigns amid opera row

Romania’s culture minister has resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest which has seen staff protests and three performances cancelled. Vlad Alexandrescu announced that he would be stepping down in a letter to the Prime Minister posted on his Facebook page on 27 April.

Classical-music.com

Missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold discovered on eBay

A handwritten symphony manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered by his daughter on eBay, three decades after he is thought to have given it away while suffering from mental illness.

ABC News

Opera singer Nicole Car rising up the ranks of Australia’s opera scene

Nicole Car was hooked on opera from the opening chords of the overture of the first opera she ever saw.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Muttersprache Mozart

Er ist der eleganteste Dirigent der Welt, mit einer Vorliebe für die ganz großen symphonischen Brocken von Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner und Gustav Mahler: Zubin Mehta wird an diesem Freitag 80 Jahre alt

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Podium-Festival Esslingen 2016: Klassik-Events im alten Kino und in der Autowerkstatt

In seinem achten Jahr schwimmt das Esslinger Podium Festival auf einer anhaltenden Erfolgswelle

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Überreichung der Auszeichnung durch den bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann mit Bundesverdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

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Verona: In der Arena herrscht ‘Normalität’

Carlo Fuortes, der die Abwicklung der Geschäfte im finanziell angeschlagenen Betrieb der Opernfestspiele in Verona überwachen soll, hat vor der Presse betont, die Festspiele würden wie geplant stattfinden

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Chicago Symphony’s Pioneering “Beyond The Score” Project Is Canceled

The cost of all the extra elements far outweighed the revenue from ticket sales

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Music in the workplace, pros and cons

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(Written on April 29, 2016 )

150 Seiten Sichtbarmachung von Klang: zum 70. Jubiläum der Bamberger Symphoniker erscheint ein Orchesterporträt in Text und Bild.

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Lässt sich die Faszination von Musik auch in Text und Bild ausdrücken? Dieser Frage gehen die Lyrikerin Nora Gomringer und der Fotograf Andreas Herzau in einer neuartigen Versuchs­­anordnung nach: 2 Jahre lang beglei­­teten sie das Orchester bei seinen Gastspielen in Deutschland, Europa, Asien und natürlich auch Zuhause in Bamberg. Dabei entstanden sind Fotografien, die intime Einblicke in den Orchesteralltag gewähren und auf künstlerische Weise völlig neue Blick-winkel auf das Ensemble ermöglichen, die über einen doku­men­tarischen Charakter hinausgehen. Nora Gomringer verleiht diesen intensiven Bildern mit gewohnt eigenwilliger Stimme eine zusätzliche Ebene. Das Ergebnis ist weit mehr als ein Porträt des Orchesters: »Bamberg Symphony« fängt die Ästhetik des Phänomens Orchester ein, macht das eigentlich Unsichtbare, die Musik, auf neuartige Weise erlebbar, ist eine Sichtbarmachung von Klang.

Neugierig geworden? Dann wagen Sie doch selbst einen kurzen Blick ins Buch…

Oder einfach entspannt zurücklehnen und zuhören – Nora Gomringer liest für Sie Ihren Eröffnungstext des Buches:

»Komm mit, Dichterin!« 

„Bamberg Symphony“ erscheint bei Hatje Cantz und wird diesen Samstag, den 20. Februar in Bamberg erstmals der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Ebenfalls diskutieren beide Künstler ihre Arbeit auf der Leipziger Buchmesse am 17. März.

(Written on February 19, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

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(Written on January 13, 2015 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

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At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

David Nice, Journalist für die britische Kultur-Website theartsdesk, besuchte Ende September die Bamberger Symphoniker zur Saisoneröffnung in ihrer oberfränkischen Heimat und ließ sich von der Stadt und ihrem Klang verzaubern.

Bamberg ist ein wahres Kleinod im Herzen Europas und Weltkulturerbe der UNESCO – das hat auch David Nice entdeckt und wundert sich: „Strange, then, that the British don’t seem to realise, as do the Americans, Chinese, Japanese and Italians – acknowledging the only town not so far north of the Alps equal to any of their own – that Bamberg ought to be German destination No. 1.“ Und so stand für David Nice eine Erkundungstour der Bamberger Altstadt und ihrer Klöster, Museen und Kirchen auf dem Plan. In seinem Reisebericht ‚Top Town, Top Orchestra’ legt Nice seine Eindrücke der Stadt und ihrer Geschichte, aber vor allem sein Konzerterlebnis an diesem Eröffnungswochenende dar. Er beschreibt die Interpretation von Strauß’ Alpensymphonie als “a showcase both for the warm, now muscled Bamberg sound and for Nott’s way of keeping every phrase alive and moving.”

Mit Jonathan Nott, dem Chefdirigenten der Bamberger Symphoniker, traf sich Nice für ein Gespräch über die Vielschichtigkeit der Repertoireauswahl, seine langjährige Arbeit mit dem bayerischen Weltklasseorchester und dessen legendärem ‚Bamberger Klang’. Das Interview wurde heute auf theartsdesk veröffentlicht und gibt einen unvergleichlichen Einblick in die Arbeit einer der großen zeitgenössischen britischen Dirigenten, der den Großteil seiner Karriere auf dem europäischen Festland und in Bamberg verbracht hat. An Bamberg mag Nott besonders, dass das Orchester fester Bestandteil des Stadtalltags ist. „It’s a place where classical music is cherished, where you feel you do belong to society, you meet someone from the audience in the baker’s and they say, that was a good solo you played last night, you feel as if it’s not elite, it’s bread and butter“, so Nott im Gespräch mit David Nice.

Den Artikel über David Nices Aufenthalt in Bamberg könnt ihr hier nachlesen und sein Interview mit Jonathan Nott ist seit heute hier online.

Mehr Informationen über die Bamberger Symphoniker findet ihr hier.

 

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(Written on October 20, 2014 )

The Bamberg Symphony will perform at the Berlin Philharmonie tonight at 8pm as part of the Musikfest Berlin. The festival takes place at the Philharmonie and its Kammermusiksaal over the course of 21 days. 25 orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles and numerous soloists are representing the international music scene and the music city of Berlin in 31 events with over 75 works by 24 composers.

The Bamberg Symphony will be led by their principal conductor Jonathan Nott in a performance of Max Reger’s “Fantasy and Fugue” [1915] with organist Christian Schmitt. Richard Strauss “Four Last Songs” [1948] 
will be performed with renowned singer Genia Kühmeier who steps in for the ill Christine Schäfer. The concert will be concluded with Helmut Lachenmann’s “Ausklang” [1984/85] with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Once again the Bamberg Symphony are guests at the Musikfest Berlin and strengthen their reputation as one of the most widely travelled orchestras in Germany. Since their foundation in 1946, they performed more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries in over 500 cities and are well-known as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria.

The orchestra will be opening the concert season in their home in Bamberg on 19th, 20th and 21st September.

 

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Peter Eberts

 

(Written on September 8, 2014 )