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In today’s news:  A plan to protect Londons music venues, the nomination process for the RPS awards is open, Sir Thomas Allen is to become artist in residence at the RCM, the Festspiele MV are teaming up Classical music and Michelin grade cooking. The Renovation of the Staatsoper in Berlin is not going to be delayed says the city council, a report about Iceland and their Folk music, compared to German traditions. A report on how El Sistema is at work in Kenya. A discussion in France about the creation of a common office for music. And the dispute about the RTÉ Orchestras continues.

Classical Music

Nominations open for RPS Music Awards

Members of the public have until 23.59pm on 16 January 2018 to nominate outstanding live music, performers and organisations from 2017.

Music Teacher

Sir Thomas Allen to become RCM artist in residence

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced that baritone Sir Thomas Allen will be working with students over the coming years as artist in residence.


Sadiq Khan announces new plan to protect London music venues

The new proposals would put the responsibility on developers to properly soundproof properties near venues.


Why Danny Elfman Gave Up The Stage To Become One Of Hollywood’s Most Successful Composers

The transition from established rock artist to film composer is not unusual.

Tech Financials

Ujo Music is Using Blockchain to Revolutionise the Music Industry

“We are building a platform that allows musicians to automatically license their works through Ethereal.”

New York Times

The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya

Though Faith Syovata had almost lost her voice because of a cold, the students still hung on her every whispered word.

The Irish Times

Playing politics with the RTÉ orchestra cutbacks controversy

Taoiseach weighs in, Minister for Arts kicks to touch, Fianna Fáil comes late to the cause

BR Klassik

Volkslieder in den Charts

Die Isländer sind ein sangesfrohes Volk, über 300 Chöre gibt es auf der kleinen Insel: für viele Musiker der Start ihrer Laufbahn.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Berliner Senat hält an Termin für Staatsopern-Übergabe fest

Berlins Senatsbaudirektorin Lüscher hat den Vorschlag zurückgewiesen, das Opernhaus Unter den Linden erst später als geplant der Staatsoper zu übergeben.

Berliner Zeitung

Goldene Zwanziger in Weißensee Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi eröffnet wieder

Unlängst wurden hier Tanzszenen für die Serie „Babylon Berlin“ gedreht. Co-Regisseur Tom Tykwer ließ nach den Aufnahmen einen Teil der Lichtanlage als Geschenk zurück.

Musik heute

Festspiele MV 2018 mit Ton- und Kochkunst

Mit Stars wie dem Geiger Daniel Hope, der Pianistin Hélène Grimaud und dem Dirigenten Christoph Eschenbach wollen die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2018 ihrem Ruf als eines der bedeutendsten Klassikfestivals bundesweit gerecht werden.

France musique

La maison commune de la musique peut-elle faire l’unanimité ?

Suite à la remise d’un rapport qu’elle avait commandé, Françoise Nyssen s’est prononcée en faveur de la création d’une maison commune de la musique en janvier prochain. 


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Staatsoper Berlin during the renovation (c)Christian von Steffelin

(Written on November 30, 2017 )

In today’s news, Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ Donauwaltz, and an insight into the role classical crossovers play in radio broadcasting. A classical revolution is arising in Madras, and Mandy Parnell surfaces as a hidden powerhouse influence in modern music. The Grammys tackle race politics from last weekend’s award ceremony, and the Vienna Philharmonic plays an homage to Schubert.

The Guardian

Master blaster: the woman making Björk, Aphex Twin and Eno sound so good

Parnell is one of the country’s leading mastering engineers, and this is where the likes of the Chemical Brothers, Max Richter and Brian Eno come to hear their finished tracks. Parnell has polished a huge number of albums here including, last year, Jamie xx’s In Colour and Aphex Twin’s Syro.

Classical Music Magazine

Chamber concert in aid of Arco project

Students at Birmingham Conservatoire are holding a chamber music concert later this month in aid of the Arco (Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire) project, which sees strings students aged between eight and 16 in South Africa participate in weekly instrumental Skype lessons given by academics, current students and alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The Washington Post

Do the Grammys have a race problem? No, their president says — they’re like Trump’s election

The Grammys’ race problem followed the awards show all the way to the stage this year, when a white singer once again beat an acclaimed black artist for the top honor — but this time called attention to the fact.

BBC News

How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses

India’s southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is witnessing a musical revolution of sorts.

The Harvard Press

Warner Free Lecture: The ‘other’ sounds of nature in music

Explosive, turbulent, violent—these are not the usual words to describe classical music inspired by the sounds of nature. And yet, by contrast, their musical presence adds richness to the perfect pitch of the hermit thrush’s song, the jazz riffs depicting clouds, the rhythmic sound of the surf at the seaside, and more.


Wien feiert 150-jähriges Jubiläum des Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss

Die Johann-Strauss-Gesellschaft Wien hat eine Feier zum 150-jährigen Jubiläum des sogenannten Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss (Sohn) ausgerichtet.

neue musikzeitung

Eine kleine Tagesbegleitmusik

Was Crossover für klassische Musik in öffentlich-rechtlichen Kulturradios bedeutet


Interview Daniel Barenboim

Man kann seine Visionen wie ein Prophet in die Welt hinaustragen, man kann sie aber auch ganz einfach verwirklichen. Daniel Barenboim gehört zu letztgenannter Spezies: als genialer Pragmatiker, der seine Kräfte und Mittel dazu nutzt, seine Ideen in die Wirklichkeit umzusetzen.

The New York Times

Highlights From the Met Opera’s 2017-18 Season

A starry new production of “Tosca”; the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel,” based on a Buñuel film; and a Mozart work set in Coney Island are among the highlights of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season.

The Vienna Philharmonic Remembers Schubert

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, nicknamed “Unfinished,” forms the centerpiece of a three-part concert series by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra that opens on Friday, Feb. 24.


Classical Music News Vienna remembers Jewish roots of its most famous tune

Music History  in 1884 FP of ‘s Orchestral Suite No. 2, in Moscow.


Image: BBC News

(Written on February 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Telegraph discusses Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation as ENO’s music director and the future of the organisation. Also, streaming to be the U.S. music industry’s single largest revenue-generator, the Canada Council for the Arts to receive fund infusion, the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York to transform classical music & new comtemporary classical labels to be launched

The Telegraph

Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation: egos, feuds and the fresh crisis at ENO

As ENO’s music director suddenly quits, Rupert Christiansen asks if his exit could ultimately help the stricken company


NY’s Newest Orchestra Is Transforming Classical Music

You don’t have to know much about classical music to know it’s in decline. According to Nielsen’s 2015 Year-End Report, classical music is the second least-consumed genre in the United States at 1.3 percent of total consumption

The Strad

The Juilliard School tops QS World University Rankings performing arts category

Second place goes to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and third to the Royal College of Music in London

Los Angeles Times

Expect the unexpected on recordings of Kent Nagano and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

It should be common knowledge that Kent Nagano, who arrived in California this week amid his first U.S. tour as music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, is one of the world’s most imaginative and important conductors

The International Arts Manager

New contemporary classical label launches

Cognitive Shift Recordings launches today with news of its epic first album. The new company is the result of a collaboration between London labels One Little Indian Records (home to artists including Björk) and Manners McDade Music Publishing


Andy Akiho Combines Table Tennis With Percussion in Concerto

Innovative composer Andy Akiho has upped the ante with his recent symphony, Ricochet, an orchestra performance incorporating percussionists “playing” a ping pong table

Canada Council for the Arts getting fund infusion

The Canada Council for the Arts is set to receive a major infusion of funds — but some patience will be required


RIAA: Music Streaming überholt erstmalig Music-Downloads im US-Musikgeschäft

2015 war das Jahr der Music Streaming Dienste wie Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Co. Sie zeigten gleichzeitig auch die höchste Wachstumsdynamik bei digitaler Musik


Keine Spitzenplätze für Deutsche Musikhochschulen

In den QS World University Rankings 2016 schaffen es von den Deutschen Musikhochschulen lediglich vier in die Top 50

Der Tagesanzeiger

Die Festspiele Zürich werden zur Biennale

Die Festspiele Zürich finden künftig nur noch alle zwei Jahre statt. Die Leitung hofft, so eine intensivere Veranstaltung organisieren zu können


neue musikzeitung Musikschulen geben wieder Konzerte in Kirchen: – Rund 70 Konzerte sind in…

Ed Vaizey This morning we published the 1st White Paper on Culture in 50 years – read here

Classical:NEXT Vote for the and learn about 11 iterntl projects pushing art music forward

Festspiele Zürich / Tagesanzeiger

Festspiele Zürich / Tagesanzeiger


(Written on March 24, 2016 )

In today’s news, Angel Blue reveals her dream to perform at the Proms, an interview with Susanna Mälkki and artist manager Caroline Oakes retires. Also, Czech pianist Ivan Moravec dies at the age of 84.

The Guardian

Angel Blue: ‘America doesn’t have anything like the Proms. They’re the envy of the world’

The American soprano on presenting at this year’s Proms, the inspiration of her pastor father – and her former career as a California beauty queen

Facing the music: Susanna Mälkki

From Ligeti to Björk and Mozart – the Finnish conductor reveals her musical inspirations

The Strad

Success of Stradivarius violin recording leads to sequel

The 1715 ‘Lipiński’ Stradivarius violin, which was sensationally stolen in January 2014 and recovered nine days later, will be the star of a second recording chronicling its history through music.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading artist manager retires

Artist manager Caroline Oakes has retired after more than four decades in the profession.

Ivan Moravec (9 November 1930 ‒ 27 July 2015)

The Czech pianist Ivan Moravec has died at the age of 84.

Der Tagesspeigel

Stets sollst du mich befragen

Familiengeschichte: Das Wagner-Museum im wiedereröffneten Haus Wahnfried erlaubt Einblicke in das Leben des Komponisten – und in die Verstrickungen der Familie Wagner in den Nationalsozialismus.

Letzter Flügel von Franz Liszt ist in Wien zu sehen

Der von dem Komponisten und Pianisten Franz Liszt in seinen letzten Lebensjahren genutzte Flügel ist nun Teil der Sammlung Alter Musikinstrumente des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien.


Gesamtwerk Anton Bruckners ist online

Das gesamte Werk Anton Bruckners (1824-1896) kann jetzt online abgerufen werden. Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) teilte mit, dass auf ihrer Webseite der Zugang zu der umfangreichen Sammlung von Handschriften, Erstdrucken seiner Kompositionen und Bildern aus verschiedenen Archiven möglich ist.

Le Figaro

La Roque d’Anthéron, le rendez-vous des stars du piano

Pendant quatre semaines, les virtuoses du clavier vont se produire dans le célèbre petit village de 4000 habitants des Bouches-du-Rhône. De Anne Queffélec à Monty Alexander, un bonheur pour les amateurs de musique.

France Musique

Le Festival d’Athènes annule le concert de l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerrannée

Première tournée depuis 2009 à l’étranger de l’Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerrannée s’est vue amputée de la date grecque. « Le pays est à l’arrêt. Les gens ne viennent pas aux spectacles.»


Nicholas McCarthy @NMcCarthyPiano: Speaking and performing at @GoldmanSachs this evening. Can’t wait.

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Some great music coming up in @johnsuchet1‘s show, including a few highlights from the so far:

Music Network @MusNetIrl: A really interesting interview for any musician or music lover in @FinalNoteMag with @chathamsax:


Angel Blue dreams of performing at the Proms
Photo: Graeme Robertson

(Written on July 28, 2015 )

Classical News


Facing the music: Leila Josefowicz

From Justin Timberlake and Stockhausen to Björk and Sondheim – the violinist shares her musical passions


15 best festivals for the over-50s

The festival season isn’t just for the young who seem to be more into mud than music. From Cornbury to Wychwood, there are arts events this summer for everyone

Financial Times

Interview: Annilese Miskimmon, Danish National Opera director

One of few women to manage a major opera company, the 40-year-old director talks about technology and audience participation

Classic FM

Battersea Arts Centre hit by fire

Battersea Arts Centre, home of many contemporary theatre and opera productions, has caught fire.

Classical Source

Investec Opera Holland Park 2015 Season

Opera Holland Park is one of the most popular and highly-acclaimed events in London’s musical calendar and their 19th season includes a mixture of five new productions and revivals in 36 main-stage public performances.


The one-woman orchestra

Emily Wright arranged, performed and edited this highly unusual arrangement of Beethoven’s famous symphony for a university project.


Die unheilige Allianz

Fromme Eiferer und Kirchenleute in Russland verhindern im Namen der Religion Konzerte und Ausstellungen. Putin arbeitet derweil an einer Allianz zwischen Staat und orthodoxer Kirche.


Bäuerliche Musikwirtschaft

Sanfte Töne an der rauen irischen Südwest-Küste: Beim West Cork Chamber Music Festival geben die Schafe den Ton an


Tickets für Salzburger Festspiele werden noch teurer

In der Tageszeitung ‘Österreich’ kritisiert die Präsidentin der Salzburger Festspiele, Helga Rabl-Stadler, die Folgen der Mehrwertsteuer-Erhöhung für Tickets von 10 auf 13 Prozent.

Trompeter Marsalis sagt aus politischen Gründen Konzerte in Venezuela ab

Der Jazz-Trompeter Wynton Marsalis ist wegen politischer Differenzen den für dieses Wochenende geplanten Konzerten mit dem ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ unter Gustavo Dudamel ferngeblieben.

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Cancels U.S. Tour, Including Walt Disney Concert

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is cancelling its U.S. tour, which included a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall,Wednesday, April 15. The cancellation is due to a recent and significant cut in tour funding from the City of Seoul.


The Pittsburgh Symphony Asks Potential Audiences What They Think Of Classical Music, And Finds Painful Answers

Participants described classical music performances as boring, relaxing, soothing and long.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: .@EricWhitacre covered @MileyCyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ and the result is heart-melting (& quite crunchy). Listen here: 

Time Out London @TimeOutLondon: Quit your job, become an… armourer 

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: .@southbankcentre is delighted to have secured 3rd position in @alva_uk‘s visitor attractions for 2014 when we saw 6,255,799 visits

fc9c9bca-0415-45d7-bfc8-115abaea3cdc-620x372‘I often pretend that my violin is a drum kit’ – Leila Josefowicz Photograph: Deborah O’Grady/PR

(Written on March 16, 2015 )

WildKat PR is excited to welcome Manners McDade to our client roster.

Manners McDade Management & Agency has represented some of the finest composers working in film, television, games and advertising since their beginnings in 2001.

Manners McDade Music Publishing Limited is a UK music publisher established in 2006. Their catalogue includes the work of top film and TV composers as well as a select roster of European composers. They specialize in sync.

Recent ventures include extending the company’s international reach: Manners McDade Management & Agency have forged a relationship with Berlin-based agency schneider+ to ensure their clients have representation in continental Europe. Accordingly, Manners McDade’s most recent signing is Berlin based musician-composer Nils Frahm, who describes them as, “simply some of the most charming people I’ve met, devoted to art in music.”

WildKat PR are lucky enough to be working with their entire roster of clients, which includes eminent names such as Noel Fielding and Chris Morris and exclusive rights to labels such as One Little Indian (Bjork). With their reputation for professionalism, honesty and an unparalleled attention to detail, we look forward to working with Manners McDade in their continuing strive for excellence.


(Written on October 14, 2013 )