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In today’s news, French government increases cultural spending, York Minster fires all of its bell ringers, and violinist plays Habanera one-handed. Also, Philadelphia hosts major classical competition, and Novi Sad becomes European Capital of Culture 2021.

International Arts Manager

French government to increase cultural spending

The French government have announced a huge increase in the country’s cultural budget. €3.6bn has been set aside for the Department of Culture and Communication, a 5.5 per cent increase on the previous year. It equates to just over one per cent of the France’s entire budget.

Opera Now Magazine

Independent Opera announces 2016/17 vocal scholars and postgraduate fellows

Soprano Katie Lowe will join bass baritone Milan Siljanov as an Independent Opera postgraduate voice fellow for 2016/17.

Classic Fm

York Minster sacks all of its bell ringers, no peal to welcome in Christmas morning

Every year since the Middle Ages the 56 bells of York Minster have marked Remembrance Sunday and Christmas – but this year the historic bells won’t ring out because all of the Minster’s bell ringing volunteers have been sacked.

Violinist can play Habanera one-handed while bouncing a ping pong ball in time to the music

This violinist from Polish musical cabaret act MozART Group demonstrates an impressive skill-set in his memorable performance of Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Classical Music Magazine

Philadelphia to host major classical competition

Astral will present the winners of its 2016 National Auditions at its inaugural winners’ concert on 26 October. The event will feature performances from pianist Congcong Chai, violinist Timothy Chooi, pianist Natalia Kazaryan, violinist Katie Hyun, harpist Emily Levin, pianist Zhenni Li, and the Rolston String Quartet.

The New York Times

ICE’s Founder, Claire Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role

Ms. Chase is stepping down from her leadership position to become, in her words, a member of the band, and to be able to devote more time to her blossoming career as a soloist.

Novi Sad wird Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2021

Mit der serbischen Stadt wird zum ersten Mal die Stadt eines Landes ausgewählt, das zu den EU-Beitrittskandidaten gehört.

Musiker erstellen Anti-Trump-Playlist mit 30 Tracks

Der Schriftsteller Dave Eggers hat für sein Projekt “30 Days, 30 Songs” ziemlich bekannte Musiker versammelt. Bis zur US-Wahl am 8. November soll täglich ein Track erscheinen, zu hören in einer Spotify-Playlist.

Klassik heute

9. Impuls-Festival für Neue Musik Sachsen-Anhalt

Das Eröffnungskonzert findet am Donnerstag, 20. Oktober, 20 Uhr, unter dem Sternenhimmel des Steintor-Varietés in Halle statt und lädt zu einem fulminanten Festivalauftakt ein. Das MDR Sinfonieorchester unter Kristjan Järvi präsentiert ein Programm mit Beschleunigungscharakter.

Twitter @klassikcom Sopranistin Anush Hovhannisyan gewinnt Stella Maris-Wettbewerb

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Julia Hülsmann bekommt SWR Jazzpreis am 25.10.: Der gemeinsam vom SWR und dem Land Rheinland-Pfa…

Music History @today_classical in 1849 Death of Frederic in Paris.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

(Written on October 17, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”


Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.


New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen


Photograph: AFP / Getty Images

(Written on May 25, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine counts down the days to Christmas with 25 of the best Christmas carols and Andrew Clements discusses his top 10 classical CDs of 2015 for The Guardian. Also, Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, which was last performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1916, opens on New Year’s Eve

Classical Music Magazine

22 December: Bethlehem Down

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US

International Arts Manager

Bizet’s pearl fishers come to the surface for the first time in a century

A new staging of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), which was last performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1916, opens on New Year’s Eve

The Guardian

Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2015

The best of this year’s releases, from Simon Rattle conducting Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto to Steve Reich’s minimal masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians

The Telegraph

The Christmas music that tells us who we are

Because we live in an increasingly secular society the culture of  Christmas has, within living memory, changed dramatically

O du fröhliche bereits 200 Jahre alt?

Das berühmte Weihnachtslied “O du fröhliche” ist nach Recherchen des Weimarer Johannes Falk-Vereins älter als bislang angenommen

Musik heute

Mit Beethovens Ode “An die Freude” gegen Pegida

Einige tausend Menschen haben in Dresden am Montag friedlich gegen eine Kundgebung des islam- und fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bündnisses demonstriert

Klassik heute

Eugen Jochum Preis an Andreas Pascal Heinemann

Am vergangenen Sonntag, 20.12.2015, wurde zum dritten Mal der Eugen-Jochum-Preis durch dessen Tochter Veronica Jochum von Moltke vergeben

New York Times

Aix Festival Director to Step Down

Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday

Le Figaro

Après Paris, Londres veut sa Philharmonie

Un rapport confirme le besoin d’une nouvelle salle qui pourrait voir le jour en 2023.


Music Yuppy:@Music_Yuppy Happening music & culture blog is accepting talented new artists to feature

Kings Place:@KingsPlace  We’ve something exciting to announce for 2016 – The London Podcast Festival will be @KingsPlace 23-25 Sep! Stay tuned for more info…

Things 4 Strings LLC:@Things4Strings Tricking Beethoven into Performing | The Saturday Evening Post –

Les Pêcheurs de Perles/ International Arts Manager

Les Pêcheurs de Perles/ International Arts Manager

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

Classical Music News


How Bizet’s Carmen became a male prostitute

What can Bizet’s great opera – and the globetrotting singers who perform it – tell us about our own disconnected lives? Playwright Simon Stephens on how the characters and music of Carmen inspired his play about love, loss and emptiness


Censoring Valentina Lisitsa shames the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Freedom of speech means Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa must be allowed to perform despite her politics, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Source

A national celebration of classical music for inaugural BBC Music Day 

BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Performing Groups take part in BBC Music’s inaugural BBC Music Day with unique broadcasts and events across the United Kingdom on Friday 5 June

Sinfini Music

Royal Opera Season Announcement

The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato.

Huffington Post

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh: Like many other kids, I was pushed to learn an instrument when I was growing up.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wiedersehen macht Freude

2015/16 wird Tugan Sokhievs letzte Saison mit dem DSO, er verlässt nach nur vier Jahren Berlin. Jetzt hat das Orchester seine Pläne für die kommende Spielzeit vorgestellt.


Robert Meyer bleibt Volksopern-Direktor

Kulturminister Ostermayer gibt am Mittwochvormittag seine Entscheidung bekannt


Philip Glass wins Glenn Gould Prize

American composer Philip Glass has been chosen as the Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival concert in Ipswich car park

For its first venture outside London, the ensemble will be joined by a choir comprised of 100 local children on 14 June for a concert in Endeavour House Car Park, home to Suffolk County Council.

Le Figaro

Terry Gilliam bientôt à l’Opéra de Paris

L’établissement dirigé par Stéphane Lissner accueillera, en 2017-2018, Benvenuto Cellini dans une mise en scène du célèbre cinéaste britannique, membre des Monty Python.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: Happy 91st Birthday Sir Neville Marriner. @TimLihoreau …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Some didn’t approve of Elgar’s music during his lifetime. Listen to 18 programmes about him: 

Music Mark ‏@musicmarkuk: Is there someone in your community you want to nominate as a local music champion? 

joyce-didonato-stella-di-napoli-credit-pari-dukovic-658x325The Royal Opera House today announced their 2015/16 season, featuring eight new productions, two world premieres and a major role debut for Joyce DiDonato. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 15, 2015 )

Classical News


Carmen with a twist: From toreador to city boy

Simon Stephens’ modern take on Bizet’s opera makes Carmen a man and Escamillo a hedge-funder


Nobuo Uematsu: the video game composer shaking up classical music

The Japanese musician behind the Final Fantasy themes has become a mainstay of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, rubbing shoulders with the greats. So what does our critic make of his work?

Andrew Porter obituary

Distinguished music critic and scholar who had a decisive impact on British cultural life

Classic FM

Classical music could be ‘gone in a generation’, says top conductor

Conductor Kent Nagano has suggested that classical music could be dead within a generation, citing budget cuts and lack of music education.

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Dennis Marks, 2 July 1948 ‒ 2 April 2015

Dennis Marks, former head of music for BBC Television and general director of English National Opera, has died at the age of 66. – Süddeutsche Zeitung


Expertentum statt Schwarmintelligenz: Über die Rückkehr des Tastemakers bei Musik-Streaming-Diensten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stolz im Bauch

Der Staats- und Domchor Berlin gilt als das älteste Ensemble der Stadt. Vor exakt 550 Jahren wurde die Knabentruppe gegründet. Das feiert sie mit einem Festprogramm – einer Ausstellung und großen Konzerten.

Die Welt

Was unsere Klassikszene von Frankreich lernen kann

Deutsche Opernhäuser haben Probleme. Die Semperoper etwa ist führungslos. In Berlin bleiben die Bühnen oft tagelang leer. Nun zeigt Intendant Serge Dorny in Lyon, wie spannend Oper sein könnte.


Can a man from Montreal save the Philadelphia Orchestra?

Paul Wells on Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Montreal star who has become one of classical music’s leading forces

11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes

Le 11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes aura lieu du 22 au 26 avril 2015. Le concours est ouvert aux artistes de toutes nationalités de moins de 30 ans. Une dizaine de quatuors sont attendus. Ils devront interpréter un vaste programme en partie imposé et dans lequel figure une création du compositeur Sergio Menozzi commanée pour l’occasion.

El Mundo

Onda Cero renueva su mañana con ‘Más de uno’

Comienza otra manera de contar las cosas en Onda Cero. A las 6.00 horas Carlos Alsina se enfrentaba a su primer monólogo matutino en Más de uno, el nuevo despertador de la cadena que viene a ocupar el espacio dejado por Carlos Herrera el pasado mes de marzo y que compartirá con el periodista Juan Ramón Lucas.


In Tune BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCInTune: “I needed a bodyguard” @paavo_jarvi on bringing Shostakovich to Estonia in our latest podcast …

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet#GairArGnawd RT @S4C: @WNOtweet Opera screened on S4C as part of partnership with Welsh National Opera …

carmenViktoria Vizin says she has ‘lived every moment’ as Carmen. Photo: Independent

(Written on April 8, 2015 )

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

Calling all young musicians: entries for the Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer aged between 18-30 in the UK, close on Friday 17 October.

British Airways pairs in-flight meals with classical music

British Airways have revealed a new strategy to make in-flight food taste better – pairing specific music with their meals.

The Strad

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400,000 from Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The ensemble will use the grant to launch ‘Next Generation Orpheus’

London stringed instrument dealer J & A Beare launches its first exclusively online auction

The initial sale features 37 instruments, including a Stradivarius violin and two Guadagninis

Classical Source

Wall of Water: world premiere of Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard in response to paintings by Maggi Hambling (October 18 at LSO St Luke’s) 


Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel tear up the rulebook for Sweeney Todd

Video: a concert performance like you’ve never seen before

Slipped Disc

The string quartet that speaks

Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves.

Limelight Magazine

Politicians speak out on WA Opera “censorship”

The PM and other high ranking officials criticise “crazy” decision to cut Carmen

11Alive News

ASO musicians send memo of concern to board of directors

More than a month after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians were locked out following failed contract talks, there is still no progress to report.

Die Welt

Regisseur veralbert Putin mit schwulem Zarensohn

Die Staatsoperette Dresden gönnt sich einen Seitenhieb auf die wachsende Homophobie in Russland – mit einer pikanten Inszenierung von Lehárs “Zarewitsch”.

Heute hätte er längst seinen Oscar

Wagner klaute von ihm, Wagner hasste ihn, Wagner wäre ohne ihn kaum denkbar.


Hummeln auf dem Opernplatz

Wer sich den Cellisten Johannes Moser, einen passionierten Kammermusiker, zum „Museums-Solisten“ wählt und ihm die Möglichkeit gibt, sein Residence-Programm selbst mitzugestalten, der muss sich auf die eine oder andere Überraschung einstellen.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wir haben eine gute Zeit!

Wie kommt ein Chor zu diesem Namen? Ganz einfach: Er wurde am Psychologischen Institut der Uni Jena gegründet.

Codex Flores

Australiens Politik übt sich in Schadensbegrenzung

Nachdem sich die Western Australia Opera mit ihrem Bann von Bizets Carmen aus Gründen der politischen Korrektheit zum Gespött der Welt gemacht hat, macht nun die Politik auf Schadensbegrenzung.


Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago

Is it possible for artists to influence people’s attitudes toward global concerns through their art?

The Spectator

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

The disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has cast a shadow over the work ever since


Classic FM: @ClassicFM Peugeot have made a piano. Love or hate? (more pics here: )

Classical Music: ‏@ClassicalMusic8 Winchester Orchestra of San Jose debuts new season, new leader – San Jose Mercury News

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey | Media Monkey 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why the injustice against Joseph Haydn? 

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource Preview: The Marriage of Figaro – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Sat 18

Orpheus‘Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’ Photo: via The Strad

(Written on October 16, 2014 )

Classical News


Radio 3 offers a unique service; surely as many as possible should have access to it?

Tom Watson’s suggestion that Radio 3 should give up its FM slot to 6 Music is baffling.


What does modern music mean these days?

Prompted by the Radio 3’s Early Music Show on CPE Bach, Ivan Hewett explores what exactly makes music modern.

Classical Music Magazine

Alpesh Chauhan appointed CBSO assistant conductor

Alpesh Chauhan has been appointed assistant conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a newly created role, until July 2015.

International Arts Manager

Singapore International Violin Competition names finalists

The Singapore International Violin Competition has named the 35 candidates who will compete in the inaugural event in January.

Arts Professional

Ulster Orchestra faces insolvency, claims Assembly member

Funding cuts from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a reduction in financial support from the BBC means the orchestra will need emergency funding within weeks.


West Australian Government Lifts Ban On Bizet’s Carmen

When the West Australian Opera in Perth announced last week that they had agreed not to perform Carmen because of its references to smoking, the news was commented all over the world.

Birmingham Post

What does the future hold for CBSO conductor Edward Gardner?

Edward Gardner beings his final season by conducting the CBSO in Brahms and Bartok at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Innsbrucker Haus der Musik soll bis 2018 fertiggestellt werden

Das “Haus der Musik” in Innsbruck soll laut dem Tiroler Landeshauptmann Günther Platter (ÖVP) innerhalb der ersten Jahreshälfte 2018 fertiggestellt werden.

Zeit Online

Wie viel Geist braucht große Kunst?

Konzerte gibt er keine mehr, doch ungebrochen ist seine Begeisterung für Musik, Malerei und Literatur.


Ein Obama für München

Der neue Chefdirigent der Münchner Symphoniker Kevin John Edusei will klassische Musik für alle.


Chicago Symphony Has An Operating Deficit Despite Record Breaking Sales

Riccardo Muti’s  Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced today record-breaking ticket sales and contributions for its fiscal year 2014 Nearly 386,000 tickets were sold for 240 ticketed concerts.


Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: We are enjoying the sound of Vox Luminis this morning  Don’t miss the group’s recital tomorrow 

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic:_Interesting to see @Chetham‘s using @Groupon for its London and Manchester concerts:  £14 for 2 tix #Groupon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Placido Domingo on the opera stage – in pictures 

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: BBC Music Mag and Countryfile have a poll to see who is our favourite British composer Choice of 10


Alpesh Chauhan: ‘Members of the orchestra have been extremely supportive’. Photo: Richard Ion


(Written on October 15, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Vienna Philharmonic receives the Birgit Nilsson Prize

Leading orchestra enjoys accolade for its Historic Archive


BBC Music is launched by an ‘impossible’ orchestra

27 artists club together with the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform ‘God Only Knows’

Classic FM

West Australia Opera cancels Carmen over fears it promotes smoking

The West Australia Opera’s planned production of Bizet’s Carmen has been cancelled over fears it would jeopardise a $400,000 partnership with a government health agency.

Classic FM charity single: Behind the Scenes at Air Studios

We have been behind the scenes at Air Studios this morning, capturing the stellar cast recording Classic FM’s charity single ‘Steadfast’. The song, composed by Howard Goodall, will be available to download from midnight tonight.

Limelight Magazine

NYC accords jazz musos same respect as classical counterparts

Jazz icons celebrate in City Hall council chamber at passage of historic resolution on rights.

Slipped Disc 

Gergiev’s new protégé is 13 years old

Meet Alexander Malofeyev, winner of the 2014 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.


Berliner Konzerthaus planmäßig renoviert

Nach der dreimonatigen Schließung des Konzerthauses am Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wird der Saal am morgigen 10. Oktober wiedereröffnet.

Die Welt

Gesucht? Ein Chefdirigent für Berliner Philharmoniker

Bei dem Anforderungsprofil für Mister X könnte man ins Zweifeln geraten, denn die Philharmoniker sind hungrig auf saftig sinfonische Tortenstücke aus der Hand des Chefdirigenten. Eine Stellenanzeige.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mailänder Scala

Riccardo Chailly verbeugt sich vor Claudio Abbado

neue musikzeitung

Söder drängt bei Sanierung von Nürnberger Oper zur Eile

In der Debatte um die dringend nötige Sanierung des Nürnberger Opernhauses und den geplanten neuen Konzertsaal hat Finanzminister Markus Söder (CSU) zur Eile gemahnt.

El País

El ‚darwinismo‘ del violín

Un estudio usa la teoría de la evolución para analizar cómo ha cambiado la forma del violín

The New York Times

Well Past the Rubble, Orchestra Rebuilds

Belgrade Philharmonic Is Touring To Help Fund a New Home

Le Monde

La Salle Pleyel figée par un bras de fer juridique

Si la case « menace » existait dans le jeu du Monopoly, on pourrait dire que la Salle Pleyel vient d’y tomber.


Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: #MakeSomeNoise helps the music therapy work of Thomas’ Fund – here’s more about them & how you can get involved:

MusicSalesClassical @MSClassical: Heading to the @MTW_tweets premiere of The Trial by Philip Glass? @GlassNotesBlog View the score here #ScoresOnDemand

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy on why there need to be more role models for disabled musicians:

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Australian Chamber Orchestra / Tognetti review – persuasive experiments with Jonny Greenwood 

muriel-smith-carmen-smoking-21st-december-1966-1412759333-article-1Photo: Classic FM



(Written on October 9, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Vote now in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012!

And be in with a chance of winning a Kemble piano, a Yamaha hi-fi or copies of all the nominated recordings as well as the chance to support ACCENTUS Music’s DVD release of Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing Mahler’s 9th Symphony in the best DVD category.

Huffington Post UK

Hattie Garlick: My Mission To Discover Classical Music In 2012.

Hattie Garlick makes a resolution and appeals for your help.

The Guardian

How To Survive In An Opera Chorus.

From Berg to Bizet, bridesmaids to beggars, chorus members have to be up for pretty much anything. Henrietta Bredin talks to singers from ENO and Opera North.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Hong Kong Goes Dutch Again In Choosing Music Director.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has announced its choice of music director to succeed Edo de Waart.

Pianist: I Will Never Set Foot In Hungary Again.

The pianist Andras Schiff has announced that he will never return to his Hungarian motherland.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Other Letters Go To North Texas.

A grandson of the great composer by his first marriage has withheld the documents and letters owned by his side of the family from the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna and given them instead to the University of North Texas.

(Written on January 16, 2012 )

Living or being near London offers so many opportunities to see some truly spectacular performances that occur across the city every day –the WildKat team have collaborated some information on the top performances that are a must see for the next few weeks! Keep watching for bi-weekly updates.

What? The Mosaic Ensemble

Where? The Forge – our favourite venue!

When? Sunday 12th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Mozart Oboe Quartet Op.370,
  • Stich (Punto) Horn Quartet,
  • Devienne Bassoon Quartet in C Major Op.73, No.1,
  • Stamitz Clarinet Quartet in E Flat Op.19, No.1

Mosaic Ensemble was founded in 2009 by a group of exceptional young musicians who met as members of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s young professional orchestra.  They formed with a view to exploring the expansive repertoire for mixed wind and strings, making full use of the breadth and versatility of the chamber music repertoire from Nonets to Trios.  Members of the ensemble have performed chamber works together as part of the Royal Opera House lunchtime chamber music series and at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. This small ensemble in an intimate, up and coming venue promises to be a huge success!

What? Artemis Quartet

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Tuesday 14th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Beethoven
  • String Quartet in A Op. 18 No. 5
  • String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2
  • String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

The distinguished Berlin-based Artemis String Quartet, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, brings the Wigmore Hall’s Anniversary Season Opening Celebrations to a close with the continuation of the complete Beethoven string-quartet cycle, charting Beethoven’s development across 30 years of composing in a form that demonstrates his great innovations in expressive development. A classic programme in a prestigious venue – most enjoyable!

What? La Bohème

Where? Wilton’s Music Hall

When? 16th & 18th September 2010 (Click to here purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Co-Opera-Co, Stephen Higgins (Conductor), Michael Scott (Tenor: Rodolfo), Mariya Krywaniuk (Soprano: Mimì).

Quite an obvious choice, Puccini is the master of Italian operas and I would never miss an opportunity to see the romance unravel between Rodolfo and Mimì, and like most operas ending in death. A company called Co-Opera-Co puts on the opera and the venue is also the world’s oldest Music Hall. Wilton’s Music Hall is a truly magical and beautiful venue that offers so much more than a performance but an experience. (The English National Opera are also putting on a production of La Bohème at The London Coliseum, October).

What? Max Richter performs ‘infra’

Where? Cadogan Hall

When? Saturday 17th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

For one night only, this unique performance comes to Cadogan Hall. Originally conceived as a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, Max Richter’s gorgeous score to ‘infra’ was written in autumn 2008 and premiered in November of the same year at The Royal Opera House in London. Expanded and extended from the original piece, it comprises music written for piano, electronics and string quintet. Richter’s work on the ballet came initially from McGregor’s invitation, a request for 25 minutes of music for his piece, inspired by T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. The process of collaboration between the two men was filmed for a BBC documentary. An active collaborator in other media, Max received The European Film Award last year for his work on ‘Waltz with Bashir’, Ari Forman’s Oscar-nominated animated documentary. Without a doubt, this is a must see!

What? The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Where? Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

When? 4th & 7th October 2010 (Click here to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Royal Opera,  Antonio Pappano (Conductor), Nicole Cabell (Soprano: Leila), John Osborn (Tenor: Nadir).

Bizet is one of the most famous French composers of opera, his two most successful works being Carmen and The Pearl Fishers. The most famous work from this opera being the duet of friendship Au fond du temple saint between Zurga and Nadir. Not only is the music captivating and but the Royal Opera company whose production this is has to be one of the most prestigious in the world. The performers are guaranteed to give a phenomenal evening.

(Written on August 16, 2010 )