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WildKat PR is thrilled to welcome Inclusive Creativity! The project, based in Northern Ireland, was devised by composer Frank Lyons of Ulster University. It aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing innovative instrumental technology and methodologies that allow for side-by-side performance with professional musicians.

In 2015, three partner organisations (Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival) received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using ‘inclusive creativity’ as its driving principle. The project brought together musicians and composers to research participant-led routes into collaborative music making. Under the direction of professor Lyons, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists met regularly to improvise and compose music together in Derry/Lononderry. They used assistive music technology (AMT) as well as more conventional musical instruments. This ensemble became Acoustronic.

A performance featuring Acoustronic and partner ensemble the Benyounes Quartet will perform Lyons’s specially-commissioned work ‘NonZeroSum’ and George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ at Rich Mix on 5th September.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, said: “Inclusive Creativity is an incredibly inspiring project that provides essential opportunities for disabled musicians. Especially with disability often being left out of diversity conversations in the classical industry and beyond, it’s vital that projects like this are championed across the sector and WildKat are delighted to support this pioneering and forward-thinking collaboration.”

The concerts in London and Dublin are kindly supported by PRS for Music’s ‘Breaking Borders’, CGF’s ‘Sharing the Stage’ and the British Council

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine discusses why the women in music debate is more important than ever and ABRSM launches an initiative to get more primary school children interested in classical music. Also, The Statesman reports that the Delhi Classical Music Festival is drawing a large audience

Classical Music Magazine

The women in music debate is more vital than ever

In the late 1980s, my generation emerged from college believing we could have it all. We imagined the battle for ‘Women’s Lib’ had been won and we would be its beneficiaries

Arts Desk

10 Questions for Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis

He’s a jazz composer, she’s a classical violinist: put them together, what have you got?

BBC Music Magazine

ABRSM launches ‘Classical 100’ initiative

New scheme to interest primary school children in classical music launched

The Statesman

Delhi classical music fest draws large audience

A music festival featuring maestros like Begum Parveen Sultana and Pandit Bhajan Sopori began here on Monday with the promise of enthralling Delhi’s classical music connoisseurs

Pizzicato

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski zum Ehrendirigenten der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie ernannt

Der polnisch-amerikanische Dirigent und Komponist Stanislaw Skrowaczewski wird auf Vorschlag des Orchesters zum Ehrendirigenten der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern ernannt

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Gärtnerplatz-Intendant: Sanierung als „Damoklesschwert“

Zum 150-jährigen Bestehen des Münchner Gärtnerplatztheaters plagen dessen Intendanten Josef Köpplinger Sanierungssorgen. Es sei noch nicht klar, wann genau der Spielbetrieb im Stammhaus in der Münchner Innenstadt nach der millionenschweren Sanierung wieder aufgenommen werden kann

Klassik.com

Sujin Bae gewinnt Giulio-Perotti-Gesangswettbewerb

Die südkoreanische Sopranistin Sujin Bae hat den 4. Giulio-Perotti-Gesangswettbewerb in Ueckermünde gewonnen

Classicalite

Martin Scorsese Confirms Leonard Bernstein Biopic, Renews Paramount Deal

Martin Scorsese, a household name in filmmaking, has announced that he will renew his development deal with Paramount. On the list of upcoming projects is a biopic about the West Side Story composer, Leonard Bernstein

Pizzicato

Martin Fröst Suffers From Inner Disease

Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, 44, has cancelled his upcoming appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra due to Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder

Twitter

Youth Music:@youthmusic  Our friends at @DRGUK are supporting Youth Music with a donation for every guitar sold!  http://ow.ly/TLFk7

Brighton Early Music:@BREMF Coming up this week – the earliest opera by a female composer. Watch our #FreeRuggiero preview film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGhrQ_91E10 #Brighton #Hove

British Council Arts: @BritishArts Read this @GdnCulturePros article on the importance of nurturing smaller #arts organisations http://ow.ly/UbaN1

BBC Music Magazine 'Classical 100' Initiative

BBC Music Magazine
‘Classical 100’ Initiative

(Written on November 3, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Love songs are for girls

A history of love songs reveals their place at the forefront of social change but fails to do women justice, says Ivan Hewett

The Strad

Violin maker claims to have discovered the location of buried Nazi treasure

Cyril Whistler says he has cracked the code hidden in the score of Gottfried Federlein’s ‘Marsch-Impromptu’

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra cancels US tour

The ensemble cites a government cut in its touring budget

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Borg-Wheeler: Why is Sibelius still a foreign language to so many?

This year marks the 150th anniversaries of two deeply original Nordic composers, Sibelius and Nielsen.

Richard Morris heads winners at Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Richard Morris, the consultant and chairman of the Yehudi Menuhin School, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Zeit Online

“Reden kostet nur Zeit”

Annäherung an den fabelhaften Dirigenten Kirill Petrenko, der sich an der Bayerischen Staatsoper erstmals mit Wagners “Ring” beweist.

Die Welt

Wenn Herr Fleischwurst sich für Mozart ausgibt

Albrecht Mayer ist der Star-Oboist der Berliner Philharmoniker. Aber die Solo-Stücke, die er spielt, muss er oft mühselig in staubigen Archiven suchen. Dabei stößt er manchmal auch auf Hochstapler.

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Philharmonisch-Symphonisches Durcheinander in Seoul

Aus Korea, dem Land, aus dem die jungen Musiker scharenweise nasch Europa strömen und in allen Wettbewerben die meisten Kandidaten stellen, kommen schräge Töne: Das ‘Seoul Philharmonic’ wird im Streit zwischen seiner Ex-Managerin Park, den Verwaltungsangestellten und dem Chefdirigenten Myung Whun-Chung zerrissen.

Thomas Hengelbrock erhält Karajan Musikpreis

Im Rahmen einer Aufführung des Oratoriums „Elias“ von Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy am Samstag, 30. Januar 2016 findet die Preisverleihung statt.

Classicalite

Soprano Sarah Brightman Plans To Be First Diva To Sing on ISS Space Adventure, Spends $52 Million

Perhaps one of the world’s most famous sopranos, Sarah Brightman, announced a while back that on Sept. 1 she will be on board Soyuz flight TMA18M bound for the International Space Station hundreds of miles above Earth.

Twitter

British Council Arts ‏@BritishArts : Music fans in London, attend this FREE event @SouthbankCentre to celebrate Nowruz (New Year for Iranians). 20 March: http://bit.ly/1BPtPr1 

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : Ever heard of The Emerald Isle? It’s a comic 2 act opera by #ArthurSullivan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvB2DKFpJRg … #TriviaTuesday

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM : Eight composers, and eight treble clefs: http://classfm.co/2Cvzwo 

Hilter-Schatz / MittenwaldFederlein’s Marsch-Impromptu’ score with highlighted annotations. Photo: The Strad

(Written on March 17, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Industry welcomes tax relief on production costs

Arts Council England has welcomed a new scheme for arts and cultural organisations to claim specific tax relief on production costs, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on 19 March.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announces 2014/15 season

The BBCSSO continues its exploration of cutting edge contemporary music together with performances of much-loved classics in its 2014/15 season. ‘Discovery’ is one of the main themes throughout with audiences having the opportunity to hear some less familiar works.

The Guardian

La Scala’s new boss takes aim at ‘crazy’ catcalling of the loggionisti opera fans

Pavarotti and Alagna both suffered from the jeers of La Scala’s aficionados. Now manager Alexander Pereira has had enough.

BBC Music Magazine

Ewa Gubańska wins Handel Singing Competition

The Polish mezzo-soprano bags first prize at the 13th Handel Singing Competition.

BBC News

Dead Rat Orchestra’s meat cleavers recreate vigilantes’ music

A musician is using specially crafted meat cleavers to reproduce music – a tradition that is up to 300 years old and once made by groups of vigilantes.

Huffington Post

20 classical music names you are probably mispronouncing

The Huffington post gives us a video guide on how to pronounce the names of some tricky composers.

 

Classical music and culture on twitter

British Council: @Brit_VisualArts “We are delighted to announce Sarah Lucas as the artist representing Britain @la_Biennale 2015 http://bit.ly/OEP8Wx  pic.twitter.com/orAWiFJug4

The Forge: @TheForgeCamden Tonight! Massive @ The Forge. Live #reggae music in true Camden tradition & free entry all night! http://ow.ly/uKJzD  @frugl

Sinfini Music:  ‏@SinfiniMusic “More popular than God. Or football.* http://wp.me/p2k7ha-1hg  via @Andy_Doe. Ammunition for when people tell you classical music is dead.”

London Music Masters: @LDNmusicmasters “3 wks today we will be hosting a discussion on Class, Race & Classical Music @theESU with @xtaizy & @CandaceAllenLon  http://bit.ly/1h45wNi

Baltimore Symphony: @BaltSymphony “Who are the most interesting classical musicians on Twitter? http://bit.ly/PMFC59  cc @violincase @zoecello @nicomuhly @EricWhitacre

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(Written on March 21, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation and British Council announce Musicians in Residence ‒ China

The Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation and British Council’s Musicians In Residence ‒ China programme has announced the names of the next five musicians to spend up to six weeks in China. Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock will travel to five cities across China from spring 2014.

The Telegraph

Christmas 2013: the best classical music books of the year

The Telegraph’s pick of the best classical music books of 2013, from Bach to Britten.

BBC News

Jingle sells: The lure of the Christmas album

With classics continuing to top the Christmas album, do we need new Christmas music?

The Stage

ENO’s Income Up 12%

Increased performances and audience numbers together with a 71% increase in income from sponsorship and donations gave English National Opera a 12% boost in total income to just over £40 million in the year to the end of March.

Sinfini

Nine lessons and carols: a King’s chorister recalls

Just who will be chosen to sing that coveted ‘Once in Royal’ solo? Tenor Christopher Gillett reminisces about being a chorister on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge.

Independent

Christmas number ones from the past 50 years

From the Beatles to the X Factor Machine.

Chicago Tribune

‘Health issues’ sideline Boulez from CSO residency

Pierre Boulez, who turns 89 next spring, has suffered a number of health problems in recent years which have lead him to cancel his upcoming residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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(Written on December 24, 2013 )

PRS for Music Foundation have announced a new initiative supporting four innovative UK musicians who will each take part in a six-week residency in different cities in China, absorbing the culture with a view to writing new music inspired by their new locations and relationships.

The artists selected are Imogen Heap going to Hangzhou, hosted by Westlake Music Festival, Jamie Woon going to Xi’an, home of the legendary terracotta warriors, Gareth Bonello going to Chengdu and Matthew Bourne going to Xiamen and nearby Gu Lang Yu, known as ‘Piano Island’. Imogen Heap and Gareth Bonello are set to depart this week. Gareth will be keeping a blog of his experiences during his time in China.

Watch this space for updates on the four residencies, and visit the PRS for Music Foundation website.

The four residencies are also being supported by the British Council.

(Written on October 10, 2011 )