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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.

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

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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.

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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 …

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(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 )

After two successful performances in LA, Lionel Bringuier received warm reviews from the LA Times. For his first performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Lionel began by leading the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Yefim Bronfman through Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, for which he was praised for keeping ‘things moving along for Bronfman, getting the Philharmonic to whip up some convincing thunder of its own’. The rest of the concert consisted of Elgar: ‘full of rambunctious energy and mischief, dancing with life whenever emerging from a contemplative variation, centered by a straight-forward, flowing Nimrod variation that drew applause in mid-piece.’

His following concert just days later was praised by the LA Times as showing the Bowl to be a ‘welcoming Beethovenian host’. Lionel ‘fluidly steered the orchestra through a clear, measured reading of a score’ ending with sheer exhuberance in the final movement. Alongside his fellow ‘gifted young frenchman’ Renaud Capucon, Lionel lead the audience through a rousing show true to the great scores of Beethoven.

Read the full articles here: 31st July & 2nd August.

 

(Written on August 22, 2012 )

As summer approaches (very slowly, through all these grey clouds), an air of excitement surrounds the world of classical music: the festival season is here!  Whether at home in the UK or elsewhere in Europe and beyond, there is so much choice for great classical music this summer. In Olympic spirit, London is celebrating itself at the ‘City of London Festival’ from the 24th June to the 27th July, featuring the LSO and acclaimed guitarist John Williams. Also gloriously British, is the ‘Longborough Festival Opera’, which features the famous ‘Sweeney Todd’ performed by the festival’s Young Artist Production; the festival is on now, until the 29th of July.

Whilst Glastonbury’s usual Rock and Roll tenants take a break this year, the ‘Orchestra in a Field’ at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, takes place this weekend (30th June to 1st July) providing ‘Tchaikovsky to Tubular Bells by way of Opera, Hip Hop and hand bells’ (Classical-music.com) as well as free tickets to those under the age of 13, a great, fun event to introduce children to classical music. Another great event this weekend takes place at the prestigious ‘Wigmore Hall’: you can hear and see the Leipzig String Quartet as well as soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, providing exciting music from Brahms to Beethoven.

Finishing this week is the renowned ‘Istanbul Music Festival’, which has been running for the entire month of June. In its 40th year, it has featured (a staggering) over 750 artists this year, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. It has also commissioned works by the revered composers Giya Kancheli and Fazil Say, which were premiered at the festival.

Even further east is the ‘IV Gabala International Festival‘ of Azerbaijan, taking place from the 25th of July to the 5th of August, featuring traditional Chamber music, as well as Mugham – the folk compositions of Azerbaijan, which are now a UNESCO protected cultural heritage.

More centrally in Europe, Austria is hosting some of the world’s finest classical music festivals. The month-long, extraordinary ‘Bregenzer Festspiele‘ (18th July to the 18th August), in its breathtaking lake-side location features Opera on the Lake (with its stunning staging), an array of Chamber music, Theatre, and Music and Poetry: a highlight of which is Shostakovich’s ‘Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets for mixed chorus op.88’. The renowned ‘Salzburger Festspiele‘ is one of THE summer events, from the 20th July to the 2nd September, featuring music and operas, from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’, to ‘La Boheme’; Whilst August welcomes the ‘Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik‘, from the 8th to the 26th, spanning all areas of classical music from Oriental Baroque to Slavonic Dances.

The beautiful landscapes of Italy host the ‘Incontri in Terra di Siena’ in lush Tuscany, where classical music is coupled with contemporary Jazz as well as Olive Oil and Wine tasting (definitely not one to miss!) A highlight is the Borromeo String Quartet playing Bach, Debussy and Schubert on the 22nd of July. The entire festival is from the 20th to the 29th of July.

Whether travelling abroad or staying at home in this important 2012 summer, there are numerous great festivals not be missed, an abundance of which can be found on our ‘July Unmissables’ pinterest page here.

The Famous Staging at Bregenzer Festspiele

(Written on June 28, 2012 )