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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

Lizzie Ball ©Silvia Cruz

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: Euphonium player mixes it with a sax mouthpiece, and Spotify and Apple Music jumped by more than 69% subscribers in the US during first half of the year. Moritzburg Festival close to Dresden starts today, and Unesco chair for musicology Weimar/Jena inaugurated. How historic bassoons bring together generations, and Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr shows his oboe skills in public.

Choir and Organ

Psallite Women’s Choir: Sing a Song of Joy

The premiere of a new work by Janet Wheeler was given on 29 June by the female voice choir Psallite at The Old Church, Stoke Newington, in London.

Cmuse

Euphonium Player Mixes it with a Sax Mouthpiece

Brian Wilson, renowned euphonium player introduced us to the most unconventional musical instrument recently when he merged a euphonium with a baritone saxophone mouthpiece.

Music Business World

YouTube loses ground on US subscription music streaming in first six months of 2017

The volume of subscription streams on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music jumped by more than 69% in the US during the first half of this year to 141.3bn – dramatically outperforming the number of online music video streams in the same period.

Classic FM

This is why fast food restaurants play classical music at night

Playing classical music in the late hours of the day appears to be part of the mass fast-food chain effort to combat rowdy behaviour in their branches.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Das Leben, das Leben, das Leben

Die Berliner Volksbühne verabschiedet sich von Intendant Frank Castorf – und sagt mit Feiern und einer späten Christoph-Schlingensief-Filmpremiere adieu.

Concerti

Musik im Märchenschloss

Am Rande des idyllischen Dresden liegt ein noch idyllischeres Schloss. Dort hob der Cellist Jan Vogler 1993 das Moritzburg Festival aus der Taufe.

Pizzicato

Alexandre Bloch verlängert bei Düsseldorfer Symphonikern

Der französische Dirigent hat seinen Vertrag als Erster Gastdirigent der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker um weitere drei Jahre verlängert.

Kulturradio

Unesco-Lehrstuhl für Musikwissenschaft eingeweiht

Mit einem Lehrstuhl an den Hochschulstandorten Weimar und Jena will die deutsche Unesco-Kommission die Erforschung von Musiktraditionen fördern.

KQED

Historic Bassoon Brings Two Generations of Musicians Together for a Special Concert in Palo Alto

Much like a Stradivarius is to the violin world, a Heckel is considered one of the gold standards in bassoons.

CTV News

Oboe-playing minister trades cabinet duties for centre-stage with WSO

Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr has hit many high notes in his career. Before he entered politics, he was a journalist, a CEO — and a professional oboe player.

Twitter

: On sunday it’s time again for We’ll be streaming live at Max-Joseph-Platz from 6pm Bring sunshine

: Artcodes. Ólafur Elíasson vs. Krzysztof Warlikowski.

Schloss Moritzburg © Oliver Killig

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(Written on July 5, 2017 )

At 8pm last night BBC viewers and listeners everywhere were in for a treat…

In their first ever pan-channel broadcast the BBC launched BBC Music, an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives with a spectacular version of God Only Knows. The reworking of the song, originally by The Beach Boys, was performed by 27 musicians from all genres of music, uniting to create ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.

The launch of this new initiative shows the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in over 30 years. Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music, said: “This is an exciting moment for BBC Music as we launch to a global audience. With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and comprising an array of iconic music stars, from a wide range of musical genres, this ‘impossible’ orchestra is a celebration of all the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC. Our audiences are very clear in their passion for music and that’s why BBC Music exists: to create, curate and celebrate music – for the love of it.”

God Only Knows features the song’s original writer and creator, Brian Wilson, alongside a list of world-famous musicians including Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and, of course, the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Brian Wilson said that he felt “incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose God Only Knows to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

The location of the film is also very special as the Alexandra Palace Theatre is the home of the first ever BBC broadcast over 90 years ago!

The song has now been released as a single in a first-time collaboration between Sony, Warner and Universal Music and all of the proceeds are going to BBC Children in Need. It is already available to download and will be in shops later in the week.

During 2013/14 the BBC has broadcast over 41,000 hours of musical content making it the world’s largest music broadcaster. This has included 600 classical music concerts a year on Radio 3, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The Proms. BBC Four is also the biggest commissioner of music documentaries in the UK.

Also this week, BBC Ten Pieces has launched in cinemas and on iPlayer as the BBC Learning team joins with over 200 partners and classical musicians to help inspire primary school children and introduce them to classical music. Approximately 100,000 children will see the film at over 300 screenings across the UK and eventually the DVD of the film will be made available to primary schools for free.

All information about BBC Music can be found on their new homepage.

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(Written on October 8, 2014 )