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In today’s news: Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit, City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists and Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day. Also, more women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, and the acess to the Elbphilharmonie plaza should continue being free of charge in the opinion of the Hamburg Taxpayers Association.

The Strad

Baroque string specialist working for music publisher forced to leave UK after visa non renewal

The decision highlights the lack of seriousness with which the UK visa authorities view the arts world.

Classical Music

Creative industries under threat from no-deal hard Brexit

Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit

City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists

The 5 musicians selected include Lotte Betts-Dean, Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock, Gwenllian Llyr and Rokas Valuntonis.

Programme for Piccadilly Chamber Music Series announced

The Church of St James Piccadilly will host a brand new annual series of chamber music concerts from 2018.

M Magazine

BBC R3 seeks unsigned women composers

Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day.


More women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, including rape

Just a day after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London announced that Charles Dutoit would be vacating his posts as artistic and principal conductor ahead of schedule following multiple allegations of sexual assault, another six women have come forward with further accusations, one of them alleging rape.


Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik 2018 – 20. Jahrgang startet am 17. Januar

Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) und Deutschlandfunk Kultur veranstalten vom 17. bis zum 21. Januar 2018 „Ultraschall Berlin“. Das Festival für neue Musik präsentiert im 20. Jahrgang in zahlreichen Konzerten 18 Ur- und sechs Erstaufführungen.


‘British German Philharmonic Orchestra’ in Bad Homburg gegründet

Die Kurstadt Bad Homburg bekommt ein neues Orchester. Der Organist und Dirigent Marius Beckmann (*1993) hat dort das BGPO (British German Philharmonic Orchestra) gegründet.

Musik Heute

Steuerzahlerbund: Zugang zur Elphi-Plaza kostenfrei lassen

Der Zugang zur Plaza der Elbphilharmonie sollte nach Meinung des Hamburger Steuerzahlerbundes auch weiterhin kostenlos bleiben.

france musique

En Moselle, une école de musique victime du vol de 22 instruments

A Distroff, en Moselle, l’école de musique Mélodia a été victime d’un cambriolage lors de la première semaine de janvier 2018. 22 instruments ont été dérobés.


France Musique @francemusique: 10 petites choses que vous ne savez peut-être pas sur Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Music History @today_classical: in 1894 FP of ‘s String Quintet in Eb, Op. 97 American in NYC.

Image: © Getty / Yenwen

(Written on January 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classical music in public spaces, charities stepping up to raise mental health awareness in the music industry, 2018 festivals and events commemorating the life of Bernstein, NATO officially adopts their own hymn, French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt speaks out on sexual abuse by conductor Charles Dutoit and  the Staatsballett Berlin to show “Swan Lake” on a “black stage”, ie without backdrops and with limited lighting,

Classical Music

Applications open for Cheltenham Baroque singing competition

Young professional singers aged 28 or under are invited to apply for Cheltenham Bach Choir’s Baroque Singing Competition that will take place at Prince Michael Hall, Cheltenham on 25 March.


A year of Bernstein: The 2018 performance guide

As we enter the year of Bernstein’s centenary, orchestras across the UK are joining in the celebrations and commemorating the life of the composer.

Croydon Advertiser

Why classical music is being played at Croydon’s tram and bus stops

Music by some of the most famous classical composers in the world can be heard play from speakers over the past month.


NATO adopts official hymn

The hymn was written for the organisation’s anniversary in 1989 by Captain André Reichling, conductor of the Luxembourg Military Band and has been played at many NATO events.

Music Business Worldwide

Addictions and mental health charity Music Support to stage training events in London

UK music industry specialist addictions and mental health charity Music Support will host two training events in London this month.


French soprano incriminates Dutoit

French soprano Anne-Sophie Schmidt has outspoken on sexual abuse by the conductor Charles Dutoit.


Medien: Spotify reichte vertraulichen Antrag für Börsengang ein

Der weltgrößte Musikstreaming-Dienst Spotify setzt laut Medienberichten zu seinem seit langem erwarteten Börsengang an.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Ballette auf “schwarzer Bühne”

Das Staatsballett Berlin zeigt ab 19. Januar wieder Vorstellungen von “Schwanensee”. Die Aufführungen finden allerdings auf “schwarzer Bühne” statt, also ohne Kulissen und mit eingeschränkter Beleuchtung, teilte das Ensemble am Donnerstag mit.



Image: © NATO

(Written on January 5, 2018 )


In today’s classical news, pop music takes over classical choices on the popular BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, and the Brook Street Band announce a new festival to take place in Norwich.  Trouble for travelling string players as another instrument is completely destroyed whilst flying, and the Kennedy Center breaks with tradition in announcing its 17/18 season.  After several cancellations, Jonas Kaufmann returns to open the Vienna Opera Ball, and Jaki Liebezeit has sadly passed away aged 78.

The Guardian

Roll over Beethoven: Desert Island Discs stars pick pop over classical

Guests of the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs are abandoning classical music selections in favour of pop music and power ballads, according to a survey to mark the show’s 75th anniversary.


Brook Street Band announces Handel festival

The Brook Street Band has announced its inaugural Handel festival, timed to coincide with the end of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary year. love: Handel will take place 22-23 April 2017 in Norwich, which currently lacks an early music festival.

The Violin Channel

Cello Student Seeking Help After Airline Completely Trashed Her Instrument

A Florida State University music student has set up a Go Fund Me page in an effort to replace her cello – which was destroyed on a recent United Airlines flight.

The Strad

Teenagers break Vienna Symphony viola player’s finger at metro station

Michael Buchmann was involved in an altercation with three young men over smoking on Saturday evening.

The Washington Post

Kennedy Center announces notable 2017-2018 classical season

The Kennedy Center broke with its season-announcement tradition by announcing its 2017-2018 classical music season — the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts — on Monday afternoon.


NYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREAT

New York Festival of Song continues its NYFOS Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 20:00.

Spiegel ONLINE

Jaki Liebezeit ist gestorben

Er reduzierte sein Schlagzeugspiel, bis aus der Monotonie Groove wurde: Jaki Liebezeit war ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Gruppe Can, die als Krautrockband weltweiten Einfluss hatte. Nun ist er 78-jährig gestorben.


Jonas Kaufmann singt beim Wiener Opernball

Monatelang hatte Jonas Kaufmann wegen einer Entzündung an den Stimmbändern seine Auftritte absagen müssen. Jetzt braucht er PR.

Musik Heute

Zwei Nachwuchsmusiker gewinnen Mendelssohn-Preis

Die Geigerin Diana Tishchenko und das Trio Marvin haben den Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb 2017 gewonnen.

Dirigent Peter Ewaldt gestorben

Der Dirigent Peter Ewaldt ist tot. Er starb nach kurzer, schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 64 Jahren.

Le Monde

Dutilleux et son « Double » célébrés dans l’antre de Boulez

L’« année Dutilleux » s’est close samedi 21 janvier à la Philharmonie, à Paris, avec la « Deuxième Symphonie » en transe jazzy.

France musique

Une comédie musicale sur le harcèlement scolaire à l’Opéra Bastille

Du 21 au 28 janvier, une comédie musicale aborde le thème du harcèlement à l’école, avec humour et gravité, à l’Opéra Bastille.


Classical Music News @classicalmusic Moving house? Make sure your piano is properly protected

Classical Music News @classicalmusic A music venue that reflects our diversity

Music History @today_classical  in 1705 Birth of Italian Carlo


Photograph: The Brook Street Band

(Written on January 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.


Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

Neue musikzeitung

Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.


Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017


Photo: BBC Proms

(Written on January 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes, Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is adding a new dimension, and it’s revealed what Apple Music pays its artists for streaming. Also, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande dismisses composer in residence, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin names Adrian Jones as its new director.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2016: Day one

Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes to tackle one of the key challenges for classical music: Gainining visibility in the vast digital space of the worldwide web, Clemens Trautmann, president of the Germany-based label, announced at the opening of the Classical:NEXT congress in Rotterdam.

Evening Standard

Cinemas across the UK to screen entire Royal Opera House season live

A trip to the Royal Opera House is a prestigious event and comes with plenty of spectacle. But it also involves a fair bit of expense — and that’s if you can even get tickets.

New Statesman

Enescu’s Oedipe at the Royal Opera House: a neglected work worth revisiting

A new production of this little-heard Romanian piece shows that neglected doesn’t necessarily mean second-rate when it comes to opera.

The Economist

From trebles to Take That

Reality television shows such as The X Factor may have forged the likes of One Direction and JLS, but it is from choirs that the next generation of male heartthrobs will emerge.


Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Adds Film Series

The biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has always been a varied and attractive event, presenting music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. This year it is adding a new dimension.

Bach Society keeps classical music scene humming

St. Andrew’s Bach Society kicks off its summer series next weekend and if you’re jonesing for classical music, this is the biggest and pretty much only game in town.

Digital Music News

What Apple Music Pays Artists In 42 Different Countries

What is Apple Music paying artists? Digital Music News asked an artist with more than 32,000 streams across 42 countries for the answer.

Le Temps

Un compositeur attaque l’Orchestre de la Suisse romande en justice

Plusieurs projets de résidence et de commandes n’ayant pas abouti, le compositeur Richard Dubugnon se tourne vers la justice contre la direction de l’OSR. La présidente de la fondation se défend

Südfassade des Bayreuther Festspielhauses fertiggestellt

Im Rahmen der Sanierungsarbeiten des Bayreuther Festspielhauses ist die Südfassade fertiggestellt worden.

Klassik heute

Beethovenring für Nicolas Altstaedt

Ob als Solist oder Kammermusiker, Konzerte mit Nicolas Altstaedt versprechen stets herausragende Konzerterlebnisse. Für seinen Auftritt beim Beethovenfest Bonn im Vorjahr wird dem Cellisten nun eine besondere Ehre zuteil.

Kulturradio rbb

Adrian Jones wird Orchesterdirektor beim RSB

Der neue Orchesterdirektor des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin steht fest: Adrian Jones übernimmt die Position ab Januar 2017.


Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Jonathan Church quits as Artistic Director

MDR Klassik @MDRKLASSIK Plan & save tix

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Echo #Jazz für Pianisten Wolfgang Dauner

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

In today’s news, Beares Auctions heads in a new direction with the launch of Moto Perpetuo and a newly discovered Handel cantata is to receive its modern premiere. Also, Triptyq discuss classical music and there’s outcry as Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils cut schools music subsidy


Beares Auctions Heads in New Direction with Launch of Moto Perpetuo

Ahead of the annual round of London auctions held in March, Beares Auctions has announced a new direction for the auction wing of the established shop, John & Arthur Beare


Newly discovered Handel cantata to receive its modern premiere

The cantata was discovered in Ton Koopman’s collection and will be premiered by him in April

Pop Dust

Triptyq Discuss Classical Music, Challenging The Norm & Their Debut EP

Forget what you think you know about classical music. You’ve never heard such a massive wall-to-wall vibration as found on Triptyq‘s debut EP 

Arts Professional

Outcry as Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils cut schools music subsidy

Over 4,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Welsh councils not to go ahead with plans that could spell the end of free music tuition in schools from September 2016

 Gulf News

 Classical music gala in Dubai to feature top performers

German Soprano Felicitas Fuchs and soloists from the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra are some of the performers at an anniversary gala to celebrate two landmarks: 20 years of the Dubai Concert Committee (DCC) and 15 years of Morozov’s Quartet


Unvergessen: Gedenkkonzert für Kurt Masur im Leipziger Gewandhaus

Kurt Masur war einer der großen Dirigenten unserer Zeit, sein Tod hinterließ eine Lücke in der Musikwelt. Am 16. April spielt Anne-Sophie Mutter im Rahmen eines Gedenkkonzertes ihm zu Ehren im Leipziger Gewandhaus

Berliner Zeitung

José Carreras Abschiedtournee startet in Berlin

Am 12. Oktober startet der Tenor José Carreras in der Berliner Philharmonie seine letzte Welttournee. „Die Tour wird zwei bis drei Jahre dauern”, sagt er


Jirí Belohlávek – Verfechter der böhmischen Musiktradition wird 70

Gefeiert hat Jiri Belohlavek schon im Voraus. Die Tschechische Philharmonie ehrte ihren international renommierten Dirigenten vor gut einer Woche mit einem Konzert vor geladenen Ehrengästen


Petition für Mitnahme von Musikinstrumenten im Flugzeug-Handgepäck

Weltweit beklagen sich Musiker, dass Fluggesellschaften ihnen die Mitnahme ihrer Instrumente im Handgepäck untersagen


Bologna, il crowdfunding per riascoltare l’indimenticata orchestra Mozart

Un piano per l’ensemble plasmato da Claudio Abbado: riunirà 30-40 elementi, guidati da un comitato di musicisti. L’Accademia: “Un anno per raccogliere  le risorse, debutto nel 2017 con Haitink”


Hello Stage ‏@HelloStage_ chamberTALK – Experience Chamber Music – a brilliant NEW #web #series with the @ArcisQuartett …

Glyndebourne ‏@glyndebourne Glyndebourne launches international competition for young #artists:

Musicians’ Union ‏@WeAreTheMU We’re talking about arts cuts & privatisation at the Show Culture Some Love conference in London … 12 Mar #MUlearn

Beares Auctions/ Strings

Beares Auctions/ Strings


(Written on February 24, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to continue working with musician and artistic director Damian Marhulets and his project agency. After helping to arrange a number of concerts, WildKat will now also support Damian in promoting the agency’s projects and upcoming events.

Damian began his career as an oboist at the prestigious Minsk College of Music. After moving to Germany in 2000, he began to focus on modern composition and electronic music. He carries his innovative approach to music into the Damian Marhulets Project Agency, founded in 2014, through which he has worked with many talented musicians and created cutting-edge projects.

The agency is currently working on projects with pianist Marina Baranova, whose latest programme ‘Hypersuites’ presents exquisite improvisations and variations on Baroque pieces. Marina is also involved in Damian’s work ‘Stellar’, an electroacoustic composition which also features the extraordinary guitarist Frank Bungarten. A further highlight is the project ‘DIV3RSIONS’, in which Damian and Marina collaborate with renowned klezmer and jazz clarinettist David Krakauer.

We look forward to working with Damian in promoting these exciting projects. Stay up to date by visiting the WildKat blog and Damian’s website, Facebook and Twitter.


Damian Marhulets

Photo credit: Irene Zandel

(Written on September 4, 2015 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, Marina Baranova, a Ukrainian pianist and composer living in Germany.

“She sat down at the piano and played. With her right hand she held a melody, harmonically supported from the left. She was three and couldn’t read music” remembered Marinas Parents, both piano teachers.

Since her very first contact with a piano at the age of 3, Marina has won a long list of international prizes all over Europe. Her debut album Marina Baranova Plays Schumann was enthusiastically applauded by the press, who hailed her as an “excellent interpreter of Schumann”. She is also active as a composer – her last CD Firebird, recorded together with Murat Coşkun, contains only original compositions for oriental percussion and piano.

Marina is currently working on her next CD Hypersuites. The programme will be based on the graceful music of the Baroque period providing a foundation for the brilliant improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations which Marina specialises in.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina in promoting this new album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Marina Baranova’s website.

Marina Baranova

Marina Baranova, picture by Yoshi Toscani

(Written on July 31, 2015 )

The incredible tale of a forgotten Baroque composer whose scores were found in a box marked ‘Toilet Paper’ in a Bolivian monastery!

The story of the rediscovery of Domenico Zipoli’s works certainly is one-of-a-kind, and the innovative production of ‘The Imperfect Pearl,’ described as part-concert, part-opera and part-play, reflects the enigma surrounding the composer’s life.

In a tale of unrequited love, treacherous travel and inspirational music from European and South American Baroque composers, and Zipoli himself, Mark Latimer directs the Perola Barroca Ensemble, a group of musicians brought together especially for the performance, featuring renowned counter-tenor William Towers.

With a very successful UK tour drawing to an end, music-lovers from all corners of the country, from Cornwall to Cheshire, have gathered to witness this extraordinary production in an attempt to bring opera to remote locations, where access can often be very difficult.

If you are intrigued by a life ‘so odd that you probably couldn’t make up, even if you tried really, really hard’ (Mark Latimer) don’t miss your last chance to experience the magnificent portrayal of the life of a true legend!

See the Perola Barroca website for details of the final tour dates this week in Hereford and Cornwall, and keep an eye out for the announcement of a London finale later this year!


(Written on June 8, 2015 )

For more than 200 years, the enigma of Domenico Zipoli’s music and extraordinary life lay forgotten: his scores so little played and difficult to locate, his Italian lineage and works virtually non-existent, even though streets are named after him in Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or Perola Barroca (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the Baroque music that drove him.


WildKat PR is excited to be working with “phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin on their UK tour of The Imperfect Pearl. From May through to June 2015, the music-drama will visit rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces across the country, before the culmination of the tour in London.

Visit the website and Twitter to keep up to date with performances and news.

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(Written on March 19, 2015 )