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Telegraph

Watch: the world’s fastest-playing pianist

Ukrainian Lubomyr Melnyk claims that he plays 19.5 piano notes on each hand every second

Classic FM

How I wrote… Pas de Deux – James Horner

The ‘Titanic’ takes us through his first foray into concert music for 30 years – and the first major double concerto for violin and cello since Brahms.

The Strad

42nd International Viola Congress to take place in Portugal this month

150 international violists will travel to Porto to perform on and discuss the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

The Orfeo cancellation: why ENO pulled the plug

For John Berry, ENO’s artistic director, it was a bitter pill to swallow when he realised he would have to abandon the L’Orfeo project.

Classical Source

National Choir of the Year Competition 2014: The UK’s most prestigious choral competition heads to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with Gareth Malone

Join the search for Choir of the Year 2014

Gramophone

Royal Northern Sinfonia appoint Julian Rachlin as Principal Guest Conductor

The violinist and conductor will join Principal Conductor Lars Vogt at the Sinfonia

Musik Heute

Studien: 14 Millionen Deutsche musizieren in der Freizeit

Mindestens 14 Millionen Menschen in Deutschland musizieren in ihrer Freizeit oder singen im Chor.

Landesmusikakademie NRW veröffentlicht Jahresprogramm 2015

Die Landesmusikakademie NRW veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr 88 Kurse und Lehrgänge.

Klassik.com

Nicht-EU-Musiker ohne Festanstellung müssen Basel verlassen

Nachdem bekannt wurde, dass Arbeitsbewilligungen für Musiker aus Nicht-EU-Ländern durch einen Mitarbeiter des Amts für Wirtschaft und Arbeit (AWA) in der Vergangenheit entgegen der geltenden Gesetzgebung erteilt worden waren, treibt der Kanton Basel-Stadt nun die Ausweisung der Musiker voran.

The New York Times

Met Asks Stars to Share Fiscal Pain

The Metropolitan Opera, whose financial struggles led it to cut the pay of its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers last summer after a labor battle, said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.

Le Parisien

Musique en streaming: YouTube met la pression sur Spotify

La plateforme de vidéo en ligne YouTube a lancé mercredi un nouveau service payant de musique en ligne avec lequel il s’affirme comme un rival des plateformes de streaming comme Spotify, dont l’essor continue de susciter des tensions avec l’industrie musicale.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Begin your Friday with 15 incredible classical music facts: http://classfm.co/nKCrGO 

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: Happy birthday #Aaron Copland, the ‘first indisputably great American composer’. What’s your favourite Copland work?http://bit.ly/1u958R0

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM: Congratulations to @musicforyouth on a wonderful Schools Prom! Three fantastic concerts with some of the UK’s most talented young musicians.

james-horner-conducting-1373550049-article-0James Horner. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on November 14, 2014 )

The Guardian

Rome Opera sacks 200 permanent members of orchestra and chorus

Management says outsourced musicians and singers will save millions of euros as economic crisis chokes state funding of art

Classical music breaks out and joins the youth underground

Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood teams up with online channel to bring orchestral sounds to a new audience

Telegraph

Brahms is a prickly composer – but a powerful one

This shows the Brahms “problem” never goes away, which is why the BBC Radio 3 focus on his music next week is welcome.

Classical Music FM

Impersonator records incredible Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury duet

Impersonator Marc Martel has recorded a duet featuring two of his idols, opera star Luciano Pavarotti and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, taking on both roles himself in one single take.

Pizzicato

Atlanta Symphony Negotiations To Resume With Federal Mediator

After four weeks of a lockout with no negotiations, the management and the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have agreed to federal mediation.

BBC News

Syrian refugees stage Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in Germany

The plight of a group of Syrian refugees and Mozart comic opera don’t obviously have a lot in common, but the two are being jointly brought to the stage in Germany on Sunday in a special adaptation of Cosi Fan Tutte.

Fox 2 News

Michael Brown protesters interrupt St. Louis Symphony performance

It was a moment that many at Powell Symphony Hall did not expect.

Mike Brown demonstrators started singing and chanting just before the orchestra and chorus started performing a piece.

Twitter

BBCSymphonyOrchestra @BBCSO: Hear the stunning finale to our Total Immersion: Tavener here -http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k7zfc …

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: Yesterday was the anniversary of the premiere of #Gluck‘s opera, ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’. Read our review: http://bit.ly/Z86xMq

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Król Roger composer Karol Szymanowski was born #onthisday in 1882. Listen to #ROHroger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mWLSdcCb_k … ^C

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Tune in to @BBCRadio3 at 1pm to hear baritone Henk Neven and pianist Hans Eijsackers perform songs by Wolf and Mahler http://bit.ly/1vIthhW 

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The loss-making Rome Opera has accumulated debts of more than €40m. Photograph: AGF s.r.l./REX/Rex Features

(Written on October 6, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq launches Kickstarter campaign

Young Iraqi classical musicians have launched an online fundraising campaign to get the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq to the United States for a major tour in August 2014.

BBC News

‘Lost’ Mendelssohn song re-discovered

A song written by German composer Mendelssohn has had its first public hearing since it went missing 140 years ago.

Thetford Forest wildlife ‘performs’ Living Symphonies’ premier

Listening to an open-air concert from a live orchestra in one of England’s beautiful forests will always connect you with Mother Nature – but thanks to musical science our forests are now set to become the actual performers, conducted by the flora and fauna in a series of “live” sound installations.

Guardian

Antony Hopkins obituary

Broadcaster, writer and composer best known for his Talking About Music series on Radio 3 and then Radio 4 has died at age 93.

International Business Times 

Double Bass Player Duncan McTier Charged in Manchester Music School Abuse Investigation

Duncan McTier, 59, a former teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music, has been charged with four counts of indecent assault relating to three women. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1985 and 1994.

The State

Poland philharmonic worker convicted of 2 murders

A court in western Poland has convicted a former concert hall stagehand and sentenced him to life in prison for the double homicide of a female harpist and a male security guard, in a crime that has shocked the country.

China Weekly

China Philharmonic Orchestra to debut at BBC Proms

The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) will debut at the BBC Proms in July in London, the CPO announced on Tuesday. The CPO will stage a concert on the evening of July 19 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classic FM@ClassicFM 17 awesome classical music gifts: http://classfm.co/qdJgyb

Gramophone@GramophoneMag Happy Birthday to Brahms and Tchaikovsky! Tchaikovsky couldn’t stand Brahms’s music, but Brahms was polite about Tchaikovsky’s…

ACE North@ace_thenorth Only 1 space left at #CultureHive Liverpool Surgery day on 15 May. 90 mins support for arts orgs. Free to NPOs: http://ow.ly/wxOSh

Welsh National Opera@WNOtweet …Take a look ahead of our debate @RoyalOperaHouse on 2 June. ‘Is there room in Britishness for cultural difference?’ http://bit.ly/1uzbvOf

Tim O’Reilly@timoreilly Winston Churchill on arts funding: how twitter twists history to suit modern agendas http://bit.ly/1j2j6Aa People misquoted long b4 twitter

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(Written on May 7, 2014 )

The Guardian

Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debuts

Other highlights of this year’s BBC Proms season include the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the return of both Daniel Barenboim and Marin Alsop, announces outgoing director Roger Wright

The Telegraph

Proms 2014: Top ten concerts

As this summer’s BBC Proms programme is announced, Ivan Hewett selects the best concerts

Classic FM

Classical music street art

Sometimes our favourite music pops up in the most unlikely places. Discover the most beautiful classical music-inspired street art.

Classical Music Magazine

Music education campaigning steps up as councils pressured out of supporting music 

A consultation document on local education funding shows that central government expects local government to cease funding music in English schools from 2016.

Limelight Magazine

Dame Kiri’s final bow?

The opera star writes exclusively for Limelight about ending her stage career and the good times ahead.

Die Welt

Johann Sebastian Bach – Fetischist der Vierzehn

König David hat Bach berufen: Bei der Zahlenmystik des größten Barockkomponisten lassen sich Wahrheit und Legende längst nicht mehr unterscheiden. Das lehrt effektvoll eine Ausstellung in Eisenach.

Tagesspiegel

Die Pläne der Philharmoniker: Proben für die neue Zeit

Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius: Die Berliner Philharmoniker stellen ihre Saison 2014/15 vor – und gründen ein eigenes Label.

Washington Post

After longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history, Osmo Vänskä considers his options 

For the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, the Finnish conductor who will lead them in three performances this week, is a welcome returnee, a once-frequent visitor to the Kennedy Center podium coming back for the first time since 2007.

Classical News on Twitter

the listener: ‏@inthetheatre  Ben Heppner, star tenor, announces retirement from singing | @scoopit http://sco.lt/6epEob 

Worcester News: ‏@worcesternews Elgar’s music to feature heavily during BBC Proms 2014: THE BBC’s annual celebration of classical music comes … http://bit.ly/1icN30e 

BBC Music Magazine:@MusicMagazine Six of the best musical settings of Romeo and Juliet to celebrate the Bard’s 450th | HappyBirthdayShakespeare http://www.classical-music.com/article/six-best-musical-settings-shakespeares-romeo-and-juliet …

CM editors:@ClassicalMusic Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/the-low-down-on-lang-lang-and-how-china-will-change-music-1.1770190?page=1 …

Gramophone:@GramophoneMag Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance: from the stage to recording studio  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/gramophone-guest-blog/tracing-the-evolution-of-a-new-ballet …

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 25, 2014 )

Pianist/composer/curator Nathan Williamson is hard at work rehearsing with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra for his performance of Brahms’s second piano concerto at St James’ Church Piccadilly tomorrow. On his Classic FM webchat yesterday, Nathan spoke about how he feels that Brahms is a composer he can understand and relate to, and how he considers the piano concerto to be the ‘pinnacle’ of piano repertoire.

To read Nathan’s full Classic FM webchat click here. The performance with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra will take place at St James’ Church Piccadilly, tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought here.

Take a look at Nathan rehearsing with the orchestra.
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(Written on March 20, 2014 )

Benjamin Beilman, American virtuoso violinist and member of Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society’s ‘CMS Two’ programme, featured on Classic FM this morning, ahead of his UK appearances in Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

Benjamin spoke of his performances with CMS in New York: “Playing with David Finckel is an absolute honour and learning experience every time. In addition to being a consummate musician, he has fantastic ears and eyes for the practical details that musicians often overlook. He’s so incredibly emotive onstage and makes everyone- performers and listeners- feel so at home. Working with David undoubtedly makes one wonder if they could start a string quartet, but I currently feel fulfilled in my chamber music experience through the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. I’m part of the CMS 2 program which offers young artists like myself the opportunity to rotate into groups with the greatest collaborators of our time.”

Benjamin is performing with CMS and artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han at Wigmore Hall on April 14th, as part of a chamber music concert with a programme of Beethoven, Brahms, Zhou Long and Faure. For more information on the concert, please see the Wigmore Hall website, and to read the full chat click here.

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(Written on March 12, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Nathan Williamson to its client roster.

Nathan Williamson is an accomplished musician in a number of fields: as a specialist pianist playing at the very highest level, a skilled composer with a plethora of exciting projects and commissions, a scholar and learned communicator, as well as an artistic director, collaborator, and conductor. Nathan is working towards a large number of diverse projects and concerts, including performances at St James’s Piccadilly on 21st March, the Southwold Arts Festival, and at Harwich Festival.

Alongside recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and LSO St Luke’s, Nathan has performed in many European countries, including at prestigious venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais du Residence, De Doelen, the Lucerne and Bolzano Festivals, as well as in Korea, Canada, and the USA.

Nathan’s debut CD, of piano works by Schubert and Brahms, was released last year. In his review Bryce Morrison said: “There are few recordings of these works that equal this. The artist’s technique and pianistic command allows him an ideal musical freedom. The effect is of intense commitment and an ultimate sense of poetry.”

WildKat PR will be working with Nathan to promote his forthcoming performances, concerts and recitals in all his capacities, particularly as a pianist and composer. To see more about Nathan Williamson, take a look at his website, and you can follow him on Twitter.

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(Written on February 13, 2014 )

On Friday 23rd August David Finckel and Wu Han featured live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, where they were interviewed and played a selection of pieces live which included Brahms, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Wu talked passionately about her love for technology in the music world, saying that she often uses an iPad instead of sheet music due to its ability to give her ‘total control’ over what she is playing.

David and Wu also talked about the amount of time they spend travelling around Europe and America, and spoke of their creation of the Music@Menlo festival in America.

To listen to their interview click here

 

 

(Written on August 27, 2013 )

On Tuesday 26 March, cellist Guy Johnston will feature on a new release of works by E. J. Moeran with Ulster Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta. The album, to be released on record label Naxos, will include Moeran’s Cello Concerto, arguably one of the Anglo-Irishman’s most important works inspired by the landscapes of the Norfolk coast. The CD will also feature Lonely Waters with lyrics sung by soprano Rebekah Coffey, Serenade in G and Whythorne’s Shadow. Moeran’s works are renowned for being influenced by his Irish heritage, often containing fragments of well-known Irish folk tunes.

Following this, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March Guy Johnston will guest-lead the ‘cello section of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. The orchestra will perform Brahms’ German Requiem and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, and will be joined by the London Symphony Chorus and singers Sally Matthews, Ekaterina Gubanova and Gerald Finley.

Guy Johnston is a leading British cellist and has played with many of the world’s top orchestras, both as a soloist and as guest leader. To find out more about Guy Johnston’s new CD click here, or to find out more or to buy tickets for the London Symphony Orchestra concert, please click here.
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(Written on March 19, 2013 )

Gramophone

Jurowski to bow out of Glyndebourne with a new Ariadne

French opera joins the repertory for Glyndebourne 2013 and the boss’s wife sings Norina

Telegraph

Alexander Sprague – New Faces

Rupert Christiansen introduces promising young tenor Alexander Sprague, who will make his professional stage debut at Edinburgh Festival.

Classic FM

André Rieu new concert DVD with Anthony Hopkins

‘Under The Stars’ is the latest live DVD from the hugely popular André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, released on September 10th.

Gibbons on helium are like opera singers, research says

Gibbons use the same vocal projection techniques as opera singers, according to a new study carried out in Japan.

Adès slams “fungal” Wagner, “waste of space” Brahms

Wagner and Brahms come under fire from Thomas Adès in a new book, with the British composer taking them to task.

Open Democracy

Radio 3 – why it matters, and why it shouldn’t dumb down classical music

The BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV – it’s vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn’t slip down the same route.

La Times

Pianist Van Cliburn reveals bone cancer diagnosis

The only classical pianist who has received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, Van Cliburn has announced through his publicist that he has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer.

Classic FM

(Written on August 29, 2012 )