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In today’s news: Festival of Ancient Music in Regensburg, and Japanese honorary award for principal conductor Ryusuke Numajiri. Record sales for the San Diego Symphony, and United Airlines staff ‘wrestled’ violin from musician. The BBC Philharmonic announces 2017/18 season.

BBC News

WWI soldier’s violin played at his grave

A violin made by a soldier killed in battle during World War One has been played at his grave on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his death

Classic FM

United Airlines staff ‘wrestled’ violin from musician in airport altercation

According to a statement from violinist Yennifer Correia’s lawyer, a United Airlines supervisor attempted to use physical force to remove her instrument from her

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Philharmonic announces 2017/18 season

The BBC Philharmonic’s 2017/18 season will see the orchestra bid farewell to chief conductor Juanjo Mena after seven years, and welcome John Storgårds and Ben Gernon as chief guest conductor and principal guest conductor respectively

NMZ

Feine Erschütterungen und großes protestantisches Sakral-Kino: Tage Alter Musik Regensburg 2017

Wenn die Regensburger Tage Alter Musik als Seismograph der Szene funktionieren, dann sind da in letzter Zeit keine größeren Erdbeben zu verzeichnen gewesen.

Klassik.com

Japanischer Verdienstorden für Lübecker Chefdirigent Ryusuke Numajiri

Der Generalmusikdirektor der Hansestadt Lübeck, Ryusuke Numajiri, hat vom japanischen Staat die Ehrenauszeichung “Medaille am violetten Band” (Shiju hōshō) erhalten.

Musik Heute

Frankfurter Bühnensanierung wird teuer

Ein Neubau der maroden Städtischen Bühnen in Frankfurt könnte einem Gutachten zufolge bis zu 889 Millionen Euro teuer werden.

Pizzicato

Record Sales for the San Diego Symphony

The California based San Diego Symphony has announced a new sales record. In the 2016/17 season, their series Jacobs Masterworks generated revenues that are 15.6 percent higher than last year’s.

Le Monde

Victor Julien-Laferrière remporte le Concours Reine Elisabeth de Belgique

A 26 ans, le Français est le premier violoncelliste lauréat de la prestigieuse compétition internationale.

Twitter

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Zum erscheint unser 20. – so schnell geht das… Darin erzählt Cellist Markus Beul von seinen Lebenswegen!

Verleihung der Medaille am Violetten Band an Ryusuke Numajrii, © Imperial Household Agency

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(Written on June 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Northern Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra is celebrating their 50th anniversary, and is attempting to perform 50 pop-up gigs throughout Belfast city centre on 28th September 2016. BBC Philharmonic announces their interactive concert series, which will also be streamed live on the orchestra’s website. In addition, Toccata Classics is launching its biggest project to date, ‘Music for my love’. Also, Yamaha is currently seeking piano scholars for 2017.

The Irish News

The Ulster Orchestra’s 50 gigs in one day

The Ulster Orchestra will mark its golden anniversary by attempting 50 pop-up performances in and around Belfast city centre on Wednesday September 28.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Phil announces interactive concerts series

The BBC Philharmonic is launching ‘The Red Brick Sessions’, a series of nine interactive concerts in partnership with the University of Salford. The performances will appear on the orchestra’s website as an enhanced live stream. This will enable the audience to delve closer into the orchestra, allowing them to zoom into specific sections of the ensemble, receive synced information about the music and view a live orchestral score.

Toccata Classics launches ‘Music for my Love’

Toccata Classics is launching its biggest project to date. ‘Music for my Love’ will record more than 100 pieces of new music for string orchestra written to celebrate the life of Yodit Tekle (partner of Toccata Classics founder Martin Anderson), who died of stomach cancer in 2015 aged 37.

Yamaha seeks piano scholars for 2017

Yamaha Music is seeking scholars for the 2017 Yamaha Music Foundation Piano Scholarship programme. The scholarships are open to piano students from the UK and Ireland born after 1 January 1991 and currently studying on a full-time music course at a higher education institution.

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2016

Spitalfields Music’s 40th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Winter Festival, which will take place 4-11 December.

Entertainment Music News

Students tune in for Classical Music Awards

Launched in 2001, it is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for secondary schools.

El Mundo

Ennio Morricone: “Soy tan artesano como artista“

No fue hasta febrero que, con 87 años, ganó el primer Oscar a mejor banda sonora. El compositor de filmes inolvidables celebra 60 años de carrera.

nmz

Daniel Hope neuer Musik-Direktor des Zürcher Kammerorchesters

Der Geiger Daniel Hope ist neuer Musik-Direktor des Zürcher Kammerorchesters. Seine Amtszeit beginne am 27. September mit der Saisoneröffnung in der Tonhalle Zürich.

Musik heute

Staatstheater Wiesbaden: Intendant Laufenberg verlängert bis 2024

Intendant Uwe Eric Laufenberg bleibt bis 2024 am Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Der 55-Jährige habe das Angebot einer Verlängerung seines bis 2019 laufenden Vertrags angenommen.

klassik.com

Komponistin Julia Wolfe erhält MacArthur Fellowship

Die US-amerikanische Komponistin Julia Wolfe wurde zum MacArthur Fellow 2016 ernannt. Das damit verbundene Stipendium ist mit 625.000 US-Dollar (knapp 557.000 Euro) dotiert.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Can we use technology to enhance classical music performances? http://www.classical-music.com/blog/technology-concert-hall …

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A wonderful way to spend an evening: #ROHnorma in cinemas Here’s the reaction so far, add yours in the comments http://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-what-did-you-think-of-bellinis-norma-in-cinemas …

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Spitalfields Music’s 40th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Winter Festival

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Photograpgh: The Irish News/ Ulster Orchestra

(Written on September 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, middle-aged musicians are missing out, Classic FM’s reaction to the One Direction split and BBC Radio 3 launches Christmas Carol Competition.

Telegraph

Middle-aged musicians are missing out

Now is the best time in human history to be middle-aged. Fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, and given that working life now extends to 70 and beyond, referring to 40 as middle-aged no longer feels right. It’s less than half-way through our working life.

One Direction split: Classic FM’s brilliant ‘everything you need to know’

Classic FM had possibly the best response to the One Direction split.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 launches its Christmas Carol Competition

Composing opportunity returns for a second year – now’s your chance!

Gramophone

Exclusive Video: Anja Harteros records ‘O Patria mia’ from Verdi’s Aida

Behind-the-scenes as Harteros records with conductor Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

The Strad

2015 ECHO Klassik awards for violinists David Garrett, Isabelle Faust and Nemanja Radulović

The violinists are among 58 winners honoured by the German record industry

Amati Magazine

Mullovas, mother and son, release albums on same day

The young British-born double bassist, composer and arranger Misha Mullov-Abbado releases his debut album, New Ansonia, this Thursday, 28 August – on the same day as his mother, the violinist Vikoria Mullova, sees the issue of her new CD of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, Solo Sonata and Sonata for Two Violins (Onyx Classics).

Klassikakzente

ECHO Klassik 2015 – 60 Preisträger in 22 Kategorien

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikindustrie hat die diesjährigen Gewinner des ECHO-Klassik bekannt gegeben. Darunter zahlreiche Künstler der Deutschen Grammophon.

Neue Musikzeitung

Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner erhalten die Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions 2017

Die Künstler Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner sind von Wolfgang Rihm für die nächsten Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions ausgewählt worden: Jeder der beiden Komponisten erhält damit einen Werkauftrag, der innerhalb von zwei Jahren komponiert, 2016 innerhalb der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY geprobt und 2017 im Rahmen des Sommer-Festivals zu Uraufführung gebracht werden soll.

Klassik.com

Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 geht posthum an Christoph Schlingensief

Die Akademie der Künste Berlin vergibt den Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 posthum an den 2010 verstorbenen Christoph Schlingensief und das von ihm gegründete Operndorf in Burkina Faso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

How Your Smartphone Can Bring ‘Creative Disruption’ Into the Concert Hall

Fourth of a five-part series on classical music, new initiatives in marketing, and novel “audience engagement” tools.

Le Monde

La Russie réclame aux Etats-Unis les restes de Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov ne repose plus en paix. Soixante-douze ans après la mort du célèbre compositeur et pianiste inhumé à New York, en 1943, Moscou réclame les restes de son corps.

Twitter

Kat Brown @katbrown82: Further proof that music is a force for good (and that protest songs don’t need a tune)
BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Yes, we know it’s still August, but our October issue is on sale today!
Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: NEWS: @theoae @OAENightShift awarded residency at legendary gay club night @duckielondon

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Mark Simpson – composer in residence for the BBC Philharmonic
Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

(Written on August 26, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

The musical and environmental mindfulness of John Luther Adams

The activist and composer is inspired by the natural processes he sees all around him – but refuses to let politics take charge of the music

The Times

Richard Morrison: Classical music cannot turn a deaf ear to sexual abuse

The recent film Whiplash has put psychological abuse in music firmly into the public consciousness

Classic FM

Andrew Collins joins Classic FM as new host of Saturday Night at the Movies

Award-winning writer and Film Editor for Radio Times to host weekly film music programme.

BBC News Magazine

The Iranian and Israeli who make chamber music together

Mahan Esfahani and Avi Avital are an unusual musical partnership.

Classical Music Magazine

Mark Simpson joins BBC Phil as composer in association

The BBC Philharmonic has announced that 26-year-old Mark Simpson will be its new composer in association, with a term beginning in September 2015 and ending in 2019.

Süddeutsche.de

Furioses Instrumentalduo rockt auf zwei Cellos

Zwei junge kroatische Musiker begeistern unter dem passenden Namen “2Cellos” die Musikwelt.

Die Welt

Sie ist einfach immer die Süßeste

Wer sich mit Luciano Pavarotti schon die Milch teilte, muss einfach Sängerin werden: Die wundervolle Sopranistin Mirella Freni, die zärtlich großäugige Mimì für Generationen, feiert 80. Geburtstag.

audiophil

ECHO 2015

Und die Nominierten sind…

BMW WELT JAZZ AWARD 2015

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2015 unter dem Motto „Playing my Guitar“

Le Figaro

José Van Dam, le maître chanteur

INTERVIEW - Pour les 75 ans du baryton-basse, Warner Classics lui consacre un coffret d’anthologie dans sa nouvelle collection « Autograph ». L’occasion de revenir sur sa carrière et de refaire le monde de l’opéra.

El Mundo

Palabras que son notas que son Historia

Tomás Marco relaciona en un curso obras literarias y musicales con su propio contexto en un ciclo en la Casa del Lector.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: 12 pictures to prove Jonas Kaufmann is the best-looking man in classical music: http://classfm.co/4N1Kha 

The National Lottery @TNLUK: From the @RoyalOperaHouse to singing groups for the elderly, you’ve helped fund 16,900 music projects…pass us a recorder #ThankYouThursday

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: Explore the rich history & architecture of #SouthbankCentre on one of our fascinating tours: http://j.mp/SCtours 

db65efe1-8698-4df4-8511-4bb9b26f88b0-1020x612‘If my work doesn’t function as music, then all the poetic programme notes and extra-musical justifications in the world mean nothing’ … John Adams. Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images

(Written on February 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Clean Bandit to join BBC Philharmonic orchestra for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show

A line up of five lead vocalists will join electronic group Clean Bandit and the 70-strong BBC Philharmonic orchestra in a ground-breaking live BBC Radio 1 broadcast this evening.

BBC Music Magazine

Han-Na Chang resigns from Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

South Korean conductor’s departure is due to persistent administrative difficulties

The Strad

Francisco Fullana and Michiaki Ueno named winners of 21st Johannes Brahms Competition

Prizes were awarded in violin, viola, cello, piano, vocal and chamber divisions

Pizzicato

Avery Fisher Hall To Be Renovated in 2019, Finally

Renovation of New York’s Avery Fisher Hall is now planned for 2019, the New York Times reported.

Classical Source

Czech Philharmonic 2014/15 Season

The Czech Philharmonic have announced their 2014/15 season to include extensive touring in Europe and North America, Prague Season, New Documentary Film and Dvořák Symphonies and Concertos on Decca

Sinfini

Scotland in the Spotlight

What’s a Scot to do when his annual classical music festival coincides with the nation’s most important decision in centuries?

Gramophone

Danish broadcaster DR to disband chamber orchestra in budget cuts

DR’s 75-year-old chamber orchestra to disappear amid cuts to journalist numbers and BBC buy-ins

BBC Music Magazine

The Sixteen to tour with Monteverdi’s Vespers

Concerts and workshops will be included in the choir’s ambitious tour

Die Welt

Hindemith-Preis 2014 geht an das Zehetmair-Quartett

Das Zehetmair-Quartett erhält in diesem Jahr den Paul-Hindemith-Preis.

Die Presse

Dirigent Pretre sagt bis Dezember alle Termine ab

Der 90-jährige Maestro hat sich den Oberschenkelknochen gebrochen. Er hätte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern in der Scala und im Musikverein dirigieren sollen.

Concerti

„Es geht um die Botschaft“

Kurz gefragt Gidon Kremer

Sacramento City News

Sacramento classical music groups receive $1.1 million windfall from estate of former U.S. Forest Service worker

Read more here.

Three classical music organizations in the Sacramento region will share in a $1.1 million bequest from the late J. David Ramsey, a former U.S. Forest Service worker.

Read more here.

Le Parisien

Philharmonie, Pleyel, Radio France: le grand chambardement du classique à Paris

Paris, jadis sous-équipé en grandes salles symphoniques, va voir exploser cette saison l’offre classique, avec l’ouverture du Grand Auditorium de Radio France le 14 novembre, de la Philharmonie deux mois plus tard, sans compter la future Cité musicale de l’Ile Seguin en 2016, avec 1.100 places pour le classique.

Tweets

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Post your questions for @alisonbalsom here: http://classfm.co/12rBfN  (she’ll be online to answer them at 1.30pm!)

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst joins us this Season as Artist in Residence http://bit.ly/1ll5PWX  http://bit.ly/1qwnu9Z 

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms: Don’t miss the last few days of the #bbcproms 2014 season. Promming (standing) tickets available for every concert, priced at just £5.

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra: We open our 2014/15 season on 24 Sep with music by Prokofiev, Shostakovich new Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg http://bit.ly/Y66bWV 

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(Written on September 10, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera lives to sing another day

Finally there may be a solution to the on-going Met Opera saga as they rope in an independent financial expert to impartially mediate between general manager and unions, and examine the situation thoroughly.

The Wall Street Journal

Metropolitan Opera Forecasts ‘Significantly Larger’ Deficit This Year

The Metropolitan Opera expects its deficit for the fiscal year to be “significantly larger”

The Guardian

Edinburgh festival director ends programme with work of his own

Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival for the past eight years, will have one of his own works performed in this year’s festival. It will end his stint in charge of the festival.

The Telegraph

BBC Philharmonic to perform with Culture Club

As part of the ‘BBC Philharmonic Presents…. 2014’ line up, artists such as Culture Club and Clean Bandit will perform with the orchestra in radio broadcasts. These concerts are intended to ‘broaden the appeal of orchestral music’.

Health24 (via Musical Chairs)

Both pop and classical musos risk deafness

It turns out that those scathing looks to noisy brass players and  piccolos were well deserved, as this article suggests that professional musicians are 57% more likely to develop tinnitus and four times more likely to suffer from deafness than the general public.

Der Tagesspiegel

Staatsbibliothek Berlin bekommt Nachlass von Fischer-Dieskau

Zwei Jahre nach dem Tod von Star-Bariton Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau hat die Berliner Staatsbibliothek seinen Nachlass geschenkt bekommen – darunter ein von Schönberg und Barenboim signierter Konzertflügel.

Klassikakzente.de

Überwältigende Vielfalt – Schlüsselwerke des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Serie 20c

Die Klassik-Serie 20c gibt mit den zehn neuen Folgen ihrer aktuellen Staffel Einblick in die Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts

Berliner Zeitung

Ein neues Porträt von Johann Sebastian Bach

Das Bachhaus Eisenach befasst sich in einer Ausstellung mit Johann Sebastian Bachs Zahlenmystik und zeigt sein neu angeschafftes Porträt – mit 14 Knöpfen.  

Classicalite.com

Lawrence A. Johnson on the American Music Project and Its First Commission: ‘Piano Quintet’ by Composer Amy Wurtz

Writer and music critic Lawrence A. Johnson recently launched the American Music Project (AMP), a nonprofit foundation that supports performances of existing works of American classical music

 

Twitter

Opera North: @Opera_North Interesting reading – @tomservice on whether the instant access of digital streaming suits classical music http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/aug/06/classical-music-recording-industry-paul-morley … @guardian

Les Pratt: @bonaomi1 @BBCPhilharmonic The first @ManchesterPride chamber music concert is tonight at 8pm @Chethams. Come along for some for some glorious music

Sage Gateshead: @sage_gateshead We’ve checked the place for cat burglars as – tonight! Your chance hear a £1m violin! http://bit.ly/1pYOKxR Tickets: http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/fyo14-nyo-of-gb/ …

Lancaster Jazz Fest: @LancasterJazz A massive huge thanks to @PRSFoundation who are funding our youth artists. Mega pleased #fundedbyPRSF

 

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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

 

(Written on August 7, 2014 )

The Guardian

La Bohème production faces final curtain at Covent Garden after 41 years

By the end of next year it will have been performed at Covent Garden 404 times and featured in 27 seasons but, the Royal Opera House announced on Monday, its time is up – the ever-popular production of La Bohème is to be officially retired.

London Jazz News

Which Deserve More Recognition? Venues or Festivals?

It was announced yesterday all three nominations for ‘Venue of the Year’ in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were not in fact venues but festivals. This invites the question of whether venues or festivals deserve more recognition. Join the debate at London Jazz News!

Raidió Teilifís Éireann

John O’Kane Announced as Executive Director RTÉ Orchestras

Following a public competition, John O’Kane has been announced as the new Executive Director of RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs.

Classic FM

Two-headed Beethoven statue causes controversy

‘Homage to Beethoven’, a new monument by sculptor Markus Lüperz, is making waves in the composer’s birthplace as Bonn residents ask: is it art?

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: pop songs that borrow from classical music

Deputy editor Jeremy Pound chooses six fine pop and rock songs with classical music at their heart.

Classical Music Magazine

Worldwide record industry is adapting to digital, says IFPI

The fast-growing popularity worldwide of online streaming for music consumption is confirmed by the annual survey of international recording industry body the IFPI. 

Der Tagesspiegel

Die besten CDs im Frühjahr

Was soll ich nur hören?, fragen sich viele angesichts des enormen Angebots auf dem CD-Markt. Hier empfehlen die Musikspezialisten der Kulturredaktion ihre aktuellen Lieblingsalben aus der Pop und Klassik.

 

Classical music on twitter

BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine “Are you an amateur ensemble with a concert in June? If so, let us know and we’ll promote it in BBC Music Mag!: overtoyou@classical-music.com”

BBC Philharmonic: @BBCPhilharmonic “This Saturday we perform Holst’s The Planets @BridgewaterHall. Families can get discounted tickets by quoting BBCJTM Call: 0844 907 9000″

English National Opera: @E_N_O “And remember, if you’re in the audience tonight, let us know what you think of #ENOPowder! Just send us a tweet and include the hashtag!”

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK “So which of you lucky people are festivaling this summer? @guardianmusic have a handy a to z guide http://bit.ly/1lxJG6a” 

Guildhall School: @guildhallschool Congratulations to @lloyd_matilda, crowned 2014 @BBCRadio2 Young Brass Award winner! http://bit.ly/1lmS5qq  pic.twitter.com/SUsGknUY3P

Classic FM

Classic FM

 

(Written on April 2, 2014 )

Guardian

Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic announce 2015 London residency

Capital’s two main arts centres to host concerts, masterclasses and family events in February 2015.

Classic FM

Mozart Minecraft opera to live-stream this week

An opera based on the phenomenally popular videogame Minecraft and the music of Mozart will have its premiere live-streamed in two performances this week.

Jonny Greenwood will premiere new work in Australia

Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood will premiere his new work, titled ‘Water’, in Australia in 2014, commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra after Greenwood worked with the ensemble in December 2012.

Pacific Standard

Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

While it doesn’t provide a definitive answer, new research from Germany presents evidence that improved academic performance truly is a result of musical training.

thestar.com

Toronto Symphony Orchestra announces $1.2 million deficit in 2012-2013

The TSO saw ticket revenues fall from $9.8 million to $8.3 million last season, it announced in its annual general meeting on Tuesday.

Manchester Evening News

Simon Webb named as head of BBC Philharmonic

Webb will take up the role in March 2014, taking over the general manager role from Richard Wigley who has been at the helm of the orchestra for the last 10 years.

Neue Musikzeitung

Atonalitätsstreit wird in Paris wieder aufgewärmt – Streit unter den Kollegen Komponisten

Jules Verne hat es geahnt: die Musik der Zukunft wird furchtbar klingen. Den Beweis dafür trat vor einigen Monaten der Pianist und Komponist Jérôme Ducros an – und sorgte für einigen publizistischen Wirbel.

 

Guardian

Guardian

 

(Written on December 5, 2013 )

 

The WildKats have been especially busy this January with a number of exciting events to both organise and attend, accompanied by numerous previews, reviews and interviews from national newspapers to specialist classical music press. Let’s have a look at some of the stand-out events…

 

On 10th January, violinist Daniel Hope performed alongside composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, in Stockholm’s first ever Yellow Lounge. Established in Berlin seven years ago, the Yellow Lounge promotes ‘classical clubbing’, where international classical musicians perform with top DJs in unexpected spaces. The event was streamed live on the Deutsche Grammophon website. More and more events are being streamed live online, making concerts and recitals accessible both physically and economically, and reaching out to new audiences. Cellist Guy Johnston performed Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on 14th, which was streamed live on BBC Radio 3.

 

Several of our clients had opening nights in January, including Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. The first performance received huge amounts of press and publicity, specifically a BBC News report answering ‘What is Silent Opera?’. Silent Opera is still ongoing and tickets can still be purchased here – don’t miss out! The Silent Opera team appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this weekend, watch it online here. Meanwhile in Milan, Daniel Harding had his opening night for La Scala’s Falstaff: a fantastic production of Verdi’s famous opera, staged in the same opera house it received its first ever performance. The esteemed conductor also performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Baritone Christian Gerhaher, receiving a great review from Süddeutsche Zeitung. Andrew Staples also performed in Munich with Daniel, receiving outstanding reviews for his performance. Another highlight of January for WildKat was the premiere of Raymond Yiu’s The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured at the Barbican, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Raymond also wrote a guest blog for Gramophone last month, discussing challenging perceptions of British classical music.

 

January was a highly successful time for AyseDeniz Gokcin who was applauded worldwide for her Lisztified EP. The young Turkish pianist was featured in an article by Prog Rock Magazine Online, which was shared hundreds of times through Facebook and Twitter. The article has continued to spread, through major music websites and social media in Hungary, Spain, Finland, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and many more. Classic FM then published a news story on her success, bringing the article back around in a full circle. Another triumph we celebrated was another award for production company Accentus Music, who have been awarded a second International Classical Music award for John Cage – Journeys in Sound.

 

In anticipation of his upcoming CD release of Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, Augustin Dumay was featured in BBC Music Magazine discussing the recording of the album. Another event for the violinist was the Gala Concert at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where Augustin mentors the young string players. Young musicians of the Music Chapel performed works by Bloch, Liszt and Schubert, alongside the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Octopus Symphonic Choir and British conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

 

The WildKats had a number of great recitals to attend in January; such as Kimiko Ishizaka’s flawless performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavieran intimate performance of works by Tom Smail at Susanne Kapoor’s home, along with a unique event from Samson Marzbani where he performed improvised piano pieces, before the audience received a preview premiere of his new work: Un Jour Infini.

 

Finally, the busiest of all has been our Founder and Managing Director, Kat Alder, who has been travelling across the world visiting our international clients performing all over the world; from Berlin to Austria, Munich to New York, and a few visits back to London.

Although January was so busy, February has a lot of exciting projects in store. Keep up to date with WildKat news through our Facebook, Twitter and daily posts from our blog.

 

 

 

(Written on February 4, 2013 )

Next Monday Guy Johnston will be performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. The concert, which also features John Ireland’s A London Overture and Vaughn Williams’ Symphony No. 5, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm, live from MediaCity UK in Salford. The Cello Concerto, one of Walton’s major works, was composed on the island of Ischia in 1956, and carefully depicts the beautiful surroundings of the composer’s home, overcast towards the end by an introspective and brooding themes, before returning to the scenic depictions from the beginning of the piece.

The concert has sold out, but you can listen to the concert on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm on Monday 14th January and online here.

Photo credit: Jack Liebeck

(Written on January 9, 2013 )