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In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

Twitter

Meet Me At The Opera‏ @MMATOpera

The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

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(Written on August 31, 2017 )

Classical News

Today’s classical news, Steve Reich talks about the state of classical music in 2016. YouTube hires a Music Executive. NSO starts its season with a new face in Shakespeare. Also, EU voted to prevent violent extremism by putting on classical music concerts for young people.

Classic FM

Steve Reich: ‘In my lifetime, classical music has never been so populated with talented people’

He’s one of classical music’s most important composers – and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.

The New York Times

YouTube Hires Music Executive as a Liaison to the Industry

For the last year, the music industry has been waging a bitter war against YouTube, accusing the popular video site of paying too little in royalties. The conflict has often seemed tribal, with record companies and stars on one side, and Silicon Valley on the other.

The Washington Post

NSO starts season with a new face in Shakespeare

Last weekend, the National Symphony Orchestra’s opening-night gala focused (partly) on African American culture. But on Thursday night, the start of the regular subscription season, the flavor was British.

Pizzicato

Transformation Works At Paris Opera Could Be Stopped

In the case opposing a number of opera lovers and the National Opera in Paris over the demolishment of the boxes at Palais Garnier, the old opera house, the plaintiffs mark a partial victory.

Donald Trump von Klavierfirma als Betrüger entlarvt

Dass die Unternehmen von Donald Trump es mit dem Bezahlen von Rechnungen nicht so genau nehmen, wurde schon öfter gesagt. Jetzt hat der ehemalige Besitzer einer Klavierfirma aus New Jersey ein schönes Beispiel dafür geliefert.

Kokomo Tribute

Ukrainian pianist puts fresh spin on classical music

Alina Kiryayeva, a world-renowned, award-winning pianist, said classical music and cartoons may seem worlds apart. But they actually go hand in hand. And she’ll prove it at 2:30 p.m. Sunday during a performance inside Kokomo High School’s auditorium.

Mail Online

Stop young turning to terror…with classical concerts! EU vote to spend €1m on events sparks ridicule from Eurosceptics

Brussels is seeking to prevent violent extremism by putting on classical music concerts for young people. MEPs have voted to spend one million euros (£860,000) on the ‘promotion of EU values through music’ despite calls to cut spending. Member states had been seeking to reduce the total budget for next year to 156.4billion euros (£135.4billion). But the European Parliament’s budget committee has reversed all planned cuts, pencilling in an extra £4.7billion in spending. Among the additional projects to get funding is a scheme aimed at ‘preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism through music’.

Classical Music Magazine

Bloomsbury Festival 2016

The theme for this year’s Bloomsbury Festival (19-23 October) is language, from computer code to the language of food, music and dance.

KlassikAkzente

Ausgezeichnet für sein Lebenswerk – Alfred Brendel erhält den ECHO Klassik 2016

Wie die Deutsche Phono-Akademie jüngst verlauten ließ, wird Alfred Brendel mit dem ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk geehrt.

Klassik.com

Gerichtsstreit zwischen Wagner-Erben und Wagner-Stiftung geht in die nächste Runde

Der Gerichtsstreit zwischen den Erben von Wieland Wagner und der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung bzw. der Bayreuther Festspiele GmbH wird fortgeführt.

Crescendo

Expertenjury nominiert 21 Bewerber für die Kulturmarken-Awards 2016

Die Shortlist der Kulturmarken-Awards 2016 steht. Unter dem Vorsitz von Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, Präsident der Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft e.V., wählte eine 36-köpfige Expertenjury aus Kultur, Wirtschaft und Medien am 27. September 21 Nominierte aus.

Le Parisien

Loges de l’opéra : la victoire des opposants

Hier, les défenseurs du patrimoine qui s’opposent aux travaux de transformation des loges de l’Opéra Garnier ont gagné une bataille.

Twitter

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The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Cast change: Roberto Alagna to withdraw from #ROHtrovatore

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/cast-change-roberto-alagna-to-withdraw-from-il-trovatore …

Rhinegold LIVE @RhinegoldLive Looking forward to a wonderful recital with pianist Samson Tsoy at Conway Hall next Monday! See you there @owenpiano!

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Photo: Classic FM (Daniel Ross and Kyle Macdonald)

(Written on September 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Lugano Festival to be closed due to funding stop, Tobias Picker will become artistic director of Tulsa Opera, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra receives donation for its music education programs. Also, Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek wins the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a veteran principal clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs.

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Bank Fails Martha Argerich: Lugano Festival To Be Closed

It has been reported by Ticino News that this year’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich will be the last, since the bank BSI will stop funding the event.

Tulsa World

Tulsa Opera names Tobias Picker artistic director

Composer Tobias Picker, acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “our finest composer for the lyric stage,” will become the new artistic director of Tulsa Opera.

The Washington Post

Leaving the NSO, a veteran clarinetist reflects on the orchestra’s ups and downs

Loren Kitt, 74, has been the principal clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1970. In the middle of this season, he quietly left the orchestra and retired to his home in Maine.

The Georgia straight

Shari Ulrich’s violins and mandolin stolen

A popular B.C. musician has lost precious instruments that were inside her car on the West Side of Vancouver.

Michigan Radio

Detroit Symphony Orchestra gets $2.9M for music education

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra says it has received a roughly $3 million donation for its music education programs.

Wayfair

How to Design Your Home Music Room

Including expert tips from top musicians and sound technicians on how to create your home music room…

Prague Monitor

Pianist Vondráček wins prestigious contest in Brussels

Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek, 29, has won the Queen Elisabeth Competition, which is considered the world’s most demanding piano contest, in Brussels

Codex flores

“human requiem” in Rotterdam ausgezeichnet

Die Klassik-Messe Classical:next hat in Rotterdam das «human requiem», eine szenische Umsetzung des Brahms-Requiems durch Jochen Sandig und ein Team der Compagnie Sasha Waltz, mit dem Classical:next Innovation Award 2016 ausgezeichnet.

Musik heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden ziehen positive Bilanz

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele haben eine positive Abschlussbilanz gezogen. Zu den 48 Aufführungen seit dem 1. Mai seien rund 22.000 Zuschauer gekommen, teilte das veranstaltende Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden am Sonntag mit.

Klassik.com

Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet Bericht zum Bauskandal der Berliner Staatsopern-Sanierung

Der vor rund einem Jahr eingesetzte Untersuchungsausschuss zu Verzögerungen und Kostensteigerungen bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper hat seinen Abschlussbericht verabschiedet.

Twitter

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 BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2016. Einschnitte betreffen Mitwirkende und Besucher

WDR 3 @wdr3 Intendant Jürgen Wilke ist tot

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

The NSO’s principal clarinet, Loren Kitt, has retired after more than 45 years of service. (Photo credit: Kennedy Center for Washington Post)

(Written on May 30, 2016 )

With the much anticipated renovation of the 1939 built Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel due to begin soon, Owen Stafford took a visit to the picturesque, culturally rich and historic site where he spoke to Bernard de Launoit and Auriane de Fauconval. Aired on Radio X, both Bernard (President of the Executive Committee) and Auriane (overseer of Communications and Media Relations) were able to give an overall picture of QEMC, and how this exceptional music facility operates.

Having started out as a school aimed at local Brussels musicians in the 1930s, the training programme has since been extended to welcome international students who are keen to be intercalated into high level performance and technique. Bernard de Launoit explained how it is their aim to “…have a school more open, flexible and international.” The great level of teaching from still successful and professional musicians that QEMC offer, has attracted students from all over the world to have the chance to study at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Auriane de Fauconval describes the level of community that is felt at QEMC: “for lunch we all [eat] together… teachers, masters, staff, and students… the students feel like they are at home.” The facilities have already been adapted so that the students experience musical freedom at the school such as the ability to practice as and when they can night or day. As Owen amusingly remarks, the students can be “night owls” in practice if they wish.

This free and “very intimate kind of atmosphere” observed by Owen at QEMC, is soon to be extended to still more students with the up and coming changes planned for the premises. While remaining in keeping with the historic nature of the listed grounds, with features such as the balcony where Queen Elisabeth of Brussels enjoyed observing and listening to the students, the school is planning to create more facilities, which will double student capacity. Hoping to have the project finished in 14 months, there are plans to build more residential rooms, music rooms which Bernard notes are “very important for teaching and training”, and another concert hall for concerts, recording and rehearsing with small orchestras.

This huge project will be an exciting growth for students, staff and music lovers alike as it strengthens and grows classical musicians into the future.

Listen to the interview and to stay up to date with developments from Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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QEMC New building Plan

(Written on November 5, 2013 )

We are pleased to introduce another interview with young musicians from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Previous interviews have covered the artists’ favourite concerts and performances, music that has been life-changing for them, along with what path their career would follow had they not chosen their first instruments or chosen to pursue music.

This latest video blog introduces the musical past of the young musicians, including the age at which they became involved in music and where they studied.

Keep up to date with news from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel through Facebook, Twitter and regular posts on the regular WildKat PR website.

 

 

(Written on May 31, 2013 )

A fortnight ago, we released the first video in our new interview series with the young musicians of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

This week, we asked the talented musicians what piece of music has changed their lives with regards to their musical careers.

Watch the video below for an insight into the musical personalities of young musicians of one of the most prestigious centres of excellence in Europe.

To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their websiteFacebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on April 9, 2013 )

WildKat PR visited Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel recently, and captured some shots of the Music Chapel along with a few interviews with some of the talented young musicians. In the first part of our interview series, the young musicians describe their favourite concerts so far in their musical journeys, along with a few stand-out venues and orchestras with which they have performed.

See the video below for an insight into one of Europe’s most prestigious centres of excellence:

 

To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their website, Facebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on March 22, 2013 )

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel is pleased to announce a Gala Concert on 17th January 2013, at Brussels’ leading concert hall. The young musicians of the Chapel will perform alongside highly acclaimed cellist, and master in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Gary Hoffman, as well as British conductor Christopher Warren-Green, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Octopus Symphonic Choir. The Music Chapel boats an outstanding roster, including first prize winner of the Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, Pavel Kolesnikov; along with mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, sopranos Diana Gouglina and Anneke Luyten, who all study or have studied under the guidance of José van Dam; as well as tenors Yu Shao and Giovanni Trstacci and bass Charles Dekeyser. The young musicians at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, as part of their exceptional artistic training and musical guidance, perform in an extensive programme of concerts and recitals alongside professional performing musicians.

The Gala Concert will present music from Romantic and Post-Romantic composers; from Schubert’s Mass No.1 in F major to Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1, with works from Bloch. The versatility and technique of the young musicians’ talent will be presented at the Gala Concert, through works by some of the world’s greatest composers, in one of Belgium’s greatest concert venues.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the concert, visit the Bozar website here.

Find the Chapel on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

 

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

(Written on December 5, 2012 )

Over sixty recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and PentaTone Classics, a 2004 Grammy award, the first performance at the Vatican by a Russian orchestra, being named as one the 20 best orchestras in the world by Gramophone magazine: these are just a few examples of the great things that the Russian National Orchestra has achieved in just twenty years.  On 5th November 2010, the Russian National Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary in a concert in Moscow with conductors Kent Nagano and the orchestra’s founder Mikhail Pletnev. The orchestra will now continue with its celebrations through a large-scale tour of Europe from 15th November, visiting many European cities including Budapest, Baden-Baden, Paris, Essen, Köln and Brussels.

The tour’s programmes will comprise mainly Russian works, by composers such as Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.  A number of internationally-renowned soloists will appear with the orchestra during the tour: the violinists Gidon Kremer and Veronika Eberle, the pianists Francesco Tristano Schlimé and Nikolai Lugansky, and the 2010 Gramophone Award-winning cellist Sol Gabetta.

Having been described in the past as “a living symbol of the best in Russian art”  by the Miami Herald and “as close to perfect as one could hope for” by the Trinity Mirror, the RNO’s concerts over the next two months promise to enthrall audiences all over Europe.  This tour will mark a milestone in the orchestra’s history, both celebrating its past achievements and anticipating its future successes.

Here are the Russian National Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary celebration tour dates.  For more information or to buy tickets, click on the links:

November 15th   Opera House – Lyon, France
November 16th   Concert Hall – Lyon, France
December 15th   Bartók Béla National Concert Hall – Budapest, Hungary
December 17th   Festspielhaus – Baden-Baden, Germany
December 18th   Salle Pleyel – Paris, France
December 19th   Philharmonie – Essen, Germany
December 20th   Philharmonie – Köln, Germany
December 21st    Palais des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, Belgium

(Written on November 15, 2010 )