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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

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Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Southbank Centre CEO announces retirement, Thomas Gould becomes Leader of Britten Sinfonia, and an interdisciplinary team explores whether music makes food and drink taste better. Also, research finds musicians three times more likely to suffer depression, and renovation costs for Cologne Opera have increased.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre CEO announces retirement

Alan Bishop is to retire next year after eight years as chief executive of Southbank Centre.

The Strad

Elly Suh wins Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition

The competition, which took place from 20-31 October in Lviv, Ukraine, was open to international violinists between the ages of 15 and 29 who competed in three live rounds, culminating in a concerto final with the Lviv Philharmonia.

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Thomas Gould to become Leader of Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Gould has been appointed Leader of Britten Sinfonia, sharing the position with Jacqueline Shave. In order to fulfill his increased role with Britten Sinfonia, Thomas will step down as Leader of Aurora Orchestra.

The Guardian

Can music make food and drink taste better?

Connections between our experience of flavour and sound have been revealed through a growing area of research in which neuroscientists, businesses and artists are working together.

CMUSE

Research finds musicians three times more likely to suffer depression

Help Musicians UK has found alarming rates of depression and other mental health problems among musicians.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Westminster Cathedral to host charity Christmas carol concert

Land Securities, the company currently developing London’s Victoria region, will hold its second Christmas carol concert at Westminster Cathedral on 7 December.

Opera Now Magazine

Grange Festival extends fundraising campaign

The Grange Festival has extended its funding campaign to refit the Grange Theatre.

Klassik.com

Oper Köln: Sanierungskosten weiter im Steigflug

Seitens der Bühnen Köln wurde nun der Vorschlag eingebracht, das für die Renovierungsarbeiten vorgesehene Budget auf 404 Millionen Euro zu erhöhen. Kosten- und Zeitplan der Opernsanierung sind in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder nach oben korrigiert worden.

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Originalpartitur von Mahlers «Auferstehungssinfonie» wird versteigert

Die Originalpartitur von Gustav Mahlers (1860-1911) «Auferstehungssinfonie» wird am 29. November bei Sotheby’s in London versteigert. Der Schätzpreis liegt bei 3,5 Millionen Pfund (3,87 Mio. Euro).

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Orchesterverbände zeichnen Bayerischen Rundfunk aus

Die Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Orchesterverbände verleiht die Hans-Lenz-Medaille für außergewöhnliche Verdienste um das Amateurmusizieren im Jahr 2016 an den Bayerischen Rundfunk.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Finanzierung der Vogtland Philharmonie bis 2024 gesichert

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Photo Credits: kang@londoneater.com

Photo Credits: kang@londoneater.com

(Written on November 3, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.

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French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.

CMUSE

Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.

Broadwayworld

La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Klassik.com

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.

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65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM And… GO! Booking now open for brilliant concerts in Huddersfield & Dewsbury this Autumn:

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”

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Daniel Barenboim mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Foto: KAI HEIMBERG I / BM

 

(Written on July 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Glyndebourne appoints Sebastian F Schwarz as its new general director and Britten Sinfonia will become Saffron Hall’s orchestra-in-residence. Also, the Association of British Orchestras launches a mentoring programme for future leaders and The Guardian writes Robert Craft’s obituary

The Guardian

Robert Craft obituary

Conductor and writer who devoted much of his working life to the composer Stravinsky

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia announce partnership

Britten Sinfonia will become Saffron Hall‘s orchestra-in-residence at the start of the 2016/17 season

Telegraph

Glyndebourne appoints new general director

Glyndebourne has appointed a new director. Sebastian F Schwarz, currently deputy artistic director at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, will take up his new post at Glyndebourne in May

The Guardian

All about that bass: Simon Bainbridge on his jazz concerto

As the composer’s new double bass concerto premieres this week in the London jazz festival, Simon Bainbridge explains how the collaborative work took shape, and why – if it wasn’t for an early morning Manhattan cab ride – it might never have happened at all

Classical Music Magazine

ABO launches mentoring programme for future leaders

The Association of British Orchestras has launched Find Your Way, a mentoring and coaching programme for aspiring leaders of the UK orchestral sector

Berliner Zeitung

Helmut Lachenmann: Revolutionär der Klänge

Bei Menschen, die an neuer Musik nicht interessiert sind, mag der Name Helmut Lachenmann Fluchtreflexe auslösen. Was die verpassen! Das ensemble unitedberlin richtet ihm am Sonntag ein Geburtstagskonzert aus

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„Meine Kindheit war ziemlich verwirrend“

Eitelkeit ist ihm fremd: Mag Yo-Yo Ma auch als bester Cellist der Welt gefeiert werden, er schätzt den dezenten Auftritt

NMZ

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften stellt Schubert-Archiv online

Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften hat mehr als 1000 handschriftliche und gedruckte Quellen des Wiener Komponisten Franz Schubert ins Internet gestellt

The New York Times

Xian Zhang Is New Jersey Symphony’s New Music Director

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s next music director will be familiar to some concertgoers in the region: The orchestra announced on Monday that the role would be filled by Xian Zhang, a rising Chinese-American star

El Pais 

Ara Malikian, el violín trotamundos

Antes de que Ara Malikian (Beirut, 1968) aspirase a un Grammy latino fue un extravagante concertino de la orquesta del Teatro Real

Twitter

The Classical SourceNews Yuja Wang named 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence of China’s National Center for the Performing Arts

BBC Music MagazineListen to our new podcast on & Alina Ibragimova’s Bach:

South Bank LondonHave you seen our Winter guide yet? Why the heck not?!

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Robert Craft, right, with Igor Stravinsky during a recording session at the BBC in London. Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images/The Guardian

(Written on November 18, 2015 )

Limelight

John Luther Adams wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Alaskan-based composer John Luther Adams has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his recent commission from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

 BBC Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards shortlist announced

Nominations for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music, have been announced. Musicians have been shortlisted in 13 categories ranging from chamber music to creative communication

News and Views from Norway

Costs threaten Bergen orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BFO) revealed on Tuesday its pension costs are NOK 60 million (USD 10 million) higher than estimated, and it needs to dramatically reduce its activities. The unexpected costs threaten the BFO‘s 250th anniversary celebrations planned for next year.

Policy Mic

12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

Only 4% of American orchestras are African American or Latino but the Sphinx Organization and its annual competition is looking to change all that. Here are 12 musical portraits of Sphinx kids who will grow up to change the face of the art.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Saison 2014/15 des DSO

Tugan Sokhiev, der Chefdirigent des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters, redet nicht gern über Politik, schon gar nicht über Putin. Lieber schwärmt er von seinen musikalischen Plänen für die kommende Spielzeit

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Musikpreis des “Heidelberger Frühlings”: Man muss einfach das Feuer weitergeben

Wie kann man so etwas wie Musik in Worte Flüchtiges fassen? Eleonore Büning kann es. In ihren Kritiken werden beim Lesen ganze Akkorde förmlich fühlbar in ihrer Stofflichkeit. Eine Laudatio.

Classical music on twitter

Guildhall School of Music: @guildhallschool On 23 April catch alum Damian Lewis reading #Shakespeare sonnets for free at @cityoflondon Library! http://bit.ly/1h2IU9M

Britten Sinfonia: @BrittenSinfonia We’re celebrating Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday in May – find out what we’re up to – http://bit.ly/QoYeHW

ACE North: @ace_thenorth We’ll be @sage_gateshead this evening live tweeting the Journal @culturemag #cultureawards! Watch live, 7.30pm, here: http://journal.co.uk

Sound and Music: @soundandmusic Day 2 of #composerwkshops with @nmcrecordings & supported by @prsfoundation – find out more about the programme here http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/higher-education-programme

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: @theoae Announcing the OAE Hall of Shame 2014. Your chance to nominate your most disliked piece of classical music… http://www.oae.co.uk/oae-hall-shame-2014/

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(Written on April 16, 2014 )

Gramophone

Britten Sinfonia launches Musically Gifted

The Britten Sinfonia is launching ‘Musically Gifted’, a flexible funding scheme, which allows audiences to contribute anything from £10 to £10,000 to a new commission.

Classical Music Magazine

Emmanuel Joel-Hornak announced as Scottish Opera chief

Scottish Opera has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak will join the company as its music director in August, taking over from Francesco Corti.

Classic FM

Gareth Malone: “Expect the unexpected” in his new choir

After receiving his OBE for services to music, achieving a No. 1 single with the Military Wives, and becoming a father to baby Gilbert this weekend, Gareth Malone is topping off his whirlwind year by launching a nationwide search for a new choir.

The Times

Valery Gergiev: the most powerful man in classical music

The Times’ Richard Morrison enters the court of Valery Gergiev, conductor of the world’s music in more than one way.

NY Times – ArtsBeat

Boston Symphony Announces New Season

The Boston Symphony Orchestra have disclosed plans next season to tour China and Japan.

Classic FM

Amy Dickson in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

It’s your chance to say hello to one of the world’s finest classical saxophonists. Amy Dickson will be on the Classic FM website from 10.30am on Wednesday 24 April. If you have missed it, click on the link to catch up.
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(Written on April 24, 2013 )

WildKat is excited to announce that one of its clients, the renowned independent school Millfield, will be providing a unique showcase of its musical talent in a rare performance at London’s Cadogan Hall on Saturday 23rd March 2013, at 7.30 pm.

The concert will feature a unique collaboration by pupils and staff including Millfield’s string consultant, So-Ock Kim, one of the leading violinists of her generation, and whose career has seen her perform at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall, London, and as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, and the Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino. The school’s award-winning chamber choir ‘The Millfield Camerata’ will also perform the world-premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer and former drummer of ‘The Police’, Stewart Copeland.

The work, written for choir and percussion ensemble, is inspired by Copeland’s school days at Millfield in the 1960s and contrasts driving, almost minimalist pulsating rhythmic patterns for marimba, vibraphone, timpani and drums combined with stark open chords in the voices. The composer has said of the piece:

“In the 1960s the Millfield riding school was all about polo on the Kingweston ground. But in winter other equestrian diversions were needed. Down on the flat levels, between the tors, were these irrigation ditches, called rhynes. Old Captain Hearn would have us saddle up and clop down Cow Bridge Road to the lowlands, where we would gallop across the muddy fields and tilt at the rhynes. It was terrifying but somehow fortifying to face the cold wet fear and make a very tangible leap into manhood. Maybe it¹s the association with minimalism but tinkling mallets seem perfect for conjuring up a cold wet day. The interlocking ostinato patterns give a feeling of misty stasis and nothing quite says frozen ears like an icy crotale.”

Tickets to the event start at £15 and the programme for the concert is:

Stewart Copeland World Premiere of ‘Jumping the Rhynes’ (Chorus and Percussion Ensemble)

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Mozart Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor

Schumann Piano Quintet

This concert, an inspiring amalgamation of Millfield’s past and present, promises to be a delight for all who attend, presenting the best of the school’s world-class music department and performers, and also a rare opportunity to see some of Britain’s finest young musicians perform in London in such a renowned venue.

For more information please visit the Cadogan Hall website here.

(Written on December 13, 2012 )

Tonight, Max Richter’s Recomposed Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, will be performed at Apple’s Regent Street store, as the Classical Takeover hijacks one final destination.

Max Richter himself will be performing at the free gig, alongside violinist Daniel Hope and soloists of the Britten Sinfonia, which will begin at 6pm. Head over for this unique opportunity to hear a special preview of Recomposed, before the official launch at the Baribican Centre tomorrow.

(Written on October 30, 2012 )

Gramophone 

Prokofiev’s Winter Bonfire recorded for the first time as composer intended – listen to an excerpt!

A new CD sees the little-known work recorded with its original narrative

Rhinegold 

Barbican: there be Wild Things and new associate ensembles

The Barbican’s new season – the first for its two new resident ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia – begins with a concert by the AAM on 26 September.

Talk Classical World (found on Musical Chairs)

Kent Nagano to Stay at Helm of Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal until 2016

In the wake of a memorable season that witnessed the inauguration of Maison symphonique, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal announces the extension of the contract of its music director, Maestro Kent Nagano, through to the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR Music

Cecilia Bartoli’s Latest ‘Mission’ Rediscovers Agostino Steffani

Cecilia Bartoli has a passion for musical archaeology: “I am the Indiana Jones of classical,” she says jokingly to All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

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Talkin’ about ‘Nonextraneous Sounds’ with cellist Mariel Roberts

Cellist Mariel Roberts is a rising star in the NYC new music scene. Tomorrow, Sept. 25th, her debut solo album, Nonextraneous Sounds, will be released on the Innova label.

The Times of India

Shankar Tucker fascinated by Indian classical music

American clarinist and music composer Shankar Tucker never dreamed that his compositions would go viral on social networking platforms

The Bankok Post

Piano prodigy celebrates Queen’s birthday

The Korean child prodigy who set the world of classical music on fire by becoming the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists Competition, at the age of 10, will make his recital debut in Bangkok as part of the “2012 Great Artists of the World Series” on Oct 20.

Rhinegold

(Written on September 25, 2012 )