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“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with boutique auction house, Beares Auctions on an exciting new campaign.

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Beares Auctions is a boutique auction house specialising in the sale of fine instruments and bows, supported by internationally respected expertise. Beares Auctions complements the unrivalled traditions of  excellence and integrity for which the Queen’s Award winning J & A Beare is known throughout the world. Their auctions offer a limited number of high quality instruments and bows in varying price ranges, but will exclude the large numbers of trade and student instruments found in most other auctions. These instruments are offered at realistic market prices, traditionally associated with auctions. Both buyers and sellers will benefit from the services of the renowned J&A Beare workshop.

The auction house is initiating a really exciting new project that we are looking forward to sharing with you very soon!

Keep up to date with Beares Auctions’ news on their website, Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

(Written on February 12, 2016 )

On Friday, the Vienna Philharmonic announced that it’s crowdfunding campaign has raised an astonishing €10, 000, towards a home for asylum seekers, which it bought last month. There are still 54 days to go and over 60 000 still to raise! You can donate here: http://bit.ly/1lNJXVn

The Vienna Philharmonic has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise  €75,000 towards buying and renovating a former inn in St Aegyd, Lower Austria. For every donation made,  the orchestra offers a special thank you in the form of CD’s, DVD’s, concert tickets and backstage passes.

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Following the huge numbers of refugees arriving in Europe this year, questions of nationality, social cohesion, and belonging have arisen. These issues are especially apparent in countries such as Austria and Hungary, which have faced the greatest influxes of asylum seekers. The CEO of the Vienna Philharmonic, Andreas Großbauer believes that aiding refugees exemplifies everything that classical music stands for,  ‘When we play an opera like Fidelio, for example, the singers are singing about freedom – it struck me that if we did nothing to help the refugees coming to Austria, then our music just wouldn’t be honest anymore.’ Indeed, 40 members of the Vienna Philharmonic come from families of migration backgrounds and 20 don’t have an Austrian passport.

The Vienna Philharmonic’s campaign is of course hugely impressive, but there are also ordinary people throughout Austria continuously providing refugees with meals, blankets, clothes and shelter. On the other hand, in October’s elections, there was increased support for the Austrian far right ‘Freedom Party’. It got 31 percent of the vote, on an anti-immigrant platform that included a proposed border fence. In the face of this and of tensions throughout Europe, the crowdfunding campaign and generosity of the Vienna Philharmonic appears all the more impressive.

20, 000 people took to the streets in Vienna in September to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

20, 000 people took to the streets of Vienna in September, to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

It might seem like a huge amount of money to direct to housing just four families, but the orchestra also wants to set an example and inspire others. The whole community is committed to the project and to integrating the asylum seekers in the long term; they will be taught German and the home will be a place for cultural exchange and benefit concerts. The campaign is raising money to provide more than just accommodation.

The Vienna Philharmonic has consistently had a strong focus on charity work. Throughout the year, it raises money for ‘Light in Darkness’, the Red Cross, Amnesty International and victims of landmines, it also gives charity concerts in hospitals. On September 28th, the orchestra gave a benefit concert which raised €116,892.73 towards the refugee crisis. Their latest campaign to house and permanently support 16 immigrants deserves particular congratulations!

(Written on December 1, 2015 )

This week, the classical music news has been dominated by articles concerning arts funding. Here is a summary of the latest developments and who has been talking about the changes which could have such a great impact on the creative industries.

Earlier in the week….

The BBC reported George Osborne’s announcement, “Culture is one of the best investments we can make.”

The Department for Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) overall budget is to be cut by 5% – far less than some feared; the administration budget will be cut by 20% and entrance to national museums will remain free.

Arts Professional declared that Arts Council England’s grant is expected to rise by between 1-2% over the next five years.

The settlement will enable the Arts Council to invest in it’s 684 national museums, galleries, theatres, dance, opera and ballet companies at the same level until at least 2018.

Classical Music Magazine reports that the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, has announced the reinstatement of funding for arts and sports in Northern Ireland.

Today…..

Classical Music Magazine is concerned that the BBC’s funding will be cut again.

The BBC is the biggest employer of professional musicians and spends approximately £125m per year on music including musicians, composers, orchestras and collective management organisations. Isabelle Gutierrez writes that the licence fee remains the most effective way of maintaining funding. Many jobs in the creative industries are put at risk with each funding round, which does not increase the licence fee in line with inflation. The latest funding deal, agreed in July 2015, reduces BBC funding by making it responsible for the costs of free TV licences to the over-75s, cutting £750m a year from income by 2020.

On a positive note….

Arts professional discussed the UK Cities Culture Report 2015, which demonstrates that cities view culture as key to high quality of life; it also boosts tourism.

The report notes that cities are increasingly committed to using culture as a catalyst for regeneration, either because culture is “an engine for skill enhancement” or because it can “create a ‘sense of place’ which will encourage companies to relocate and enable a city to attract talent”. They are also recognising the value of culture in promoting “tolerance, equality and diversity”. As we head towards devolution, cities are collaborating with their cultural sectors in order to source funding.

Sign the #LetItBe campaign to protect the wonderful music services provided by the BBC!

(Written on November 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian discusses the importance of giving children the chance to listen to classical music & Classical Music Magazine explains how PIPA is raising support for parents who work in the creative sector. Also, The Telegraph reports on the new opera Festival being launched at Grange Park

The Guardian

Classical music – just give children the chance to love it

You don’t need a PhD or a specific gift in order to appreciate classical music. All you need is ears, and an open mind – things every child already has

Classical Music Magazine

Parents in the Performing Arts campaign launched

The Parents in the Performing Arts (PIPA) campaign is raising awareness and support for parents working in the creative industries

The Telegraph

New opera festival to launch after stately home row

A new opera festival is launched after a row over a stately home, lengthy contract disputes and a tempting offer from Bamber Gascoigne

Concerti

„Die Merkmale der E-Musik lösen sich weiter auf“

Nur noch Stars füllen die Konzertsäle! Das Klassikpublikum stirbt aus! Schlagzeilen wie diese geistern immer mal wieder durch die Musikbranche – doch wie ist es wirklich um den Klassikmarkt bestellt?

Klavier.de

Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida mit Praemium Imperiale ausgezeichnet

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist mit dem “Praemium Imperiale”, einem der weltweit wichtigsten Kulturpreise, ausgezeichnet worden. Uchida überzeugte die Jury des Preises durch ihre Fähigkeit, über die Noten hinaus zu verstehen, was ein Komponisten zum Ausdruck bringen wolle

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„Willkommen in Deutschland: Musik macht Heimat“ – Engagement für Dialog

Angesichts der aktuellen Flüchtlingsbewegung und des großen Engagements, präsentiert das Deutsche Musikinformationszentrum (MIZ), eine Einrichtung des Deutschen Musikrates, ausgewählte Projekte und Initiativen zum Thema Musik und Flüchtlinge

Classicalite

Vladimir Putin Awards Russian Baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Order of Alexander Nevsky Prize

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved international baritone undergoing treatment in London for brain cancer, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president. The award is given for exceptional artistry

philly.com

Opera Philadelphia unveils a grand festival plan

Opera Philadelphia is restructuring its season to create an opera festival each September that would draw tens of thousands not just to the Academy of Music but to other venues around the city as well

Twitter

Tarisio@TarisioAuctions The speaking stick & supermarket approach in C18th bows. Pavlo Beznosiuk @AAMorchestra demonstrates #ArchetRev bows http://tarisio.com/archet-revolutionnaire/videos/

Eaton Square Concert@EatonSqConcerts We are looking forward to welcoming @JoyfulCompany tonight. And hearing Rachmaninov “All-Night Vigil”, what a treat! http://ow.ly/THZJ1

BBC Music ! The are coming to you on December 10th! Find out more here:

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Capriccio performed at Grange Park Opera
Sara Fulgoni, Bryony Perkins, Roderick Williams 
The Telegraph
Photo: Alastair Muir

 

 

(Written on October 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there are plans to support London’s smaller music venues, and The Times writes that classical music can learn from rock festivals. Also, The Guardian look back at the highlights of Kovacevich’s career, and Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

The Guardian

Stephen Kovacevich at 75: his best recordings

In the week that the US-born but UK-based pianist celebrates his 75th birthday, we look back at the highlights of a career characterised by technical skill and intellectual clarity

The Times

What classical music can learn from rock festivals

We hope that a sense of adventure and exploration will be generated at the Barbican during our two-day Sound Unboundfestival. It is an entirely new concept for classical music. Concert-goers will be presented with music, talks, debates, cinematic events, an amplified cactus, a DJ set and an overnight musical meditation

The Strad

Violist Scott Ligocki has died aged 51

The American musician was an experienced orchestral performer and teacher

Arts Professional

Campaign to boost grassroots music in London

Plans to support London’s smaller music venues aim to reverse the declining number of performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists and bands

Classical Music Magazine

Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

Seong-Jin Cho was announced as the winner of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Im Exil fehlt der Schnürboden

Die Kölner Opern-Intendantin Birgit Meyer stellt nach dem Bauchaos ihre Pläne für die neue Spielzeit vor – eine Musicalbühne ist Ausweichquartier. Und einige Stücke fallen flach

audiophil.de

ELIPSON

Schöne Klänge heißen Elipson: Wireless Vinyl by Elipson. Edle Lifestyle-Audio-Systeme, die Auge und Ohr verwöhnen: Elipson präsentiert in diesem Herbst seine neue Vinyl Kollektion. Dabei wagt das Pariser Unternehmen den Brückenschlag zwischen den Welten

Klassik.com

Münchener Konzertsaal: Standortentscheidung bis Ende des Jahres

Das bayerische Kabinett hat gestern beschlossen, bis Ende des Jahres eine Entscheidung über den Standort eines neuen Konzertsaals in München zu treffen. Dabei stützt man sich auf das soeben erschiene Gutachten des Büros Albert Speer und Partner, das wie erwartet zwei Standorte favorisiert

Pizzicato

South-Korean Pianist Wins Chopin Competition

Yesterday evening (20 October) the Jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw announced the prizes for their 2015 edition. Winner of the First prize and gold medal ist Seong-Jin Cho, 21, from South-Korea

The Washington Post 

Opera Philadelphia announces new festival for 2017

Over the past few years, Opera Philadelphia has been working on becoming the very model of a modern opera company. Opera Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a new opera festival at the start of its 2017-2018 season. Called O17, the festival will blanket the city with opera

Twitter

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK  :Since 2007, London has lost 35% grassroots music venues. Support @MusicVenueTrust & #VenuesDay and help spread the word

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  : The @BarbicanCentre‘s Classical Weekender is next weekend! Plan your festival with this Musical Personality quiz: http://bit.ly/1jYGKBl 

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :Nominate an artist manager, orchestra manager &/or concert hall manager for the @aborchestras @RhinegoldDigi awards: http://bit.ly/1WGmhjP 

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Speak Percussion, who are performing as part of Sound Unbound by Jeff Bubsy/The Times

 

(Written on October 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.

Guardian

Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’

Independent

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.

Slate

Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?

Twitter

Sound and Music: Today is deadline day for our on commissioning fees

Help Musicians UK: Any singers worried about the tiniest change to their voice? answers your queries via

Classical Music: The and announce as the second doctoral composer-in-residence:

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The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Guardian reports on how the bassoon is being considered as an “engandered species”. The Occupy the Pianos Festival opens at St John’s Smith Square and artistic director Tom Morris explains to Classical FM how he wants to tackle the traditions of the concert-hall at the Bristol Proms. Also organist Johannes Zeinler wins the St. Albans International Organ Competition and Roy Haynes turned 90 years old and still stays the shiniest on the Blues Alley’s stage.

Guardian

Musicians launch campaign to save the bassoon as shortage threatens orchestra

Initiative hopes to encourage young players to take up reed instrument and pave way for promoting other ‘endangered species’

Why the difficult, eccentric bassoon is well worth saving

Despite being the butt of many musicians’ jokes, the bassoon is the natural instrument of sturdy individualists

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold announces ‘Occupy the Pianos’ media partnership

Rhinegold’s International Piano magazine is the media partner of this year’s Occupy the Pianos festival at St John’s Smith Square.

Classic FM

Tom Morris on tackling the traditions of the concert-hall – without resorting to gimmicks

Beethoven in the dark, a solo pianist filmed from all angles and mechanical hearts that beat in time with the players’ own: all in a day’s work at the Bristol Proms. The festival’s curator, and artistic director of Bristol Old Vic talked Jane Jones through his ambitions for this fledgling event.

Classical Source

Apprentice orchestral pilots wanted! Passengers invited to conduct Scotland’s national orchestra at Glasgow Airport

RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian passes the baton to eager pre-flight travellers

Klassik.com

Plácido Domingo wird zur Wachsfigur

Der Opernsänger und Dirigent Plácido Domingo erhält zu seinem 75. Geburtstag eine Wachsnachbildung im Museo de Cero in Madrid. Wie der Sänger bekanntgab, laufen derzeit die Vorbereitungen für die Erstellung der Wachsfigur.

Spiegelonline

Jazz-Legenden: Ein Country für alte Männer

Neue Kapitel des deutschen Jazz begannen in den Sechzigern und Achtzigern, als zwei Plattenprofis ihre eigenen Labels gründeten. Die Protagonisten von damals mischen heute noch immer mit.

klavier.de

Organist Johannes Zeinler gewinnt St. Albans International Organ Competition

Beim International Organ Festival im britischen St. Albans, das in diesem Jahr zum 28. Mal stattfand, wurde der österreichische Organist Johannes Zeinler mit dem ersten Preis sowie der Goldmedaille ausgezeichnet. Der zweite Preis sowie der “Peter Hurford Bach Prize” geht an den Italiener Davide Mariano.

Le monde

La « Norma » hors normes de Cecilia Bartoli

Ce 31 juillet à Salzbourg, Cecilia Bartoli a une nouvelle fois remporté, avec Norma, de Bellini, l’un de ses paris les plus risqués. Le spectacle a obtenu dès sa présentation, en 2013, au Festival de la Pentecôte salzbourgeois, (dont la diva assurait depuis un an la direction artistique) le Prix international de la nouvelle production d’opéra.

Washington Post

Roy Haynes dips into his fountain of youth at Blues Alley

Roy Haynes, who turned 90 in March, is surely the world’s greatest living jazz drummer. He’s also astonishingly exuberant and spry for a nonagenarian: At his most sluggish, he still seems 20 years younger. Indeed, Haynes was easily the dominating force of the otherwise much younger quartet (which he fittingly calls “Fountain of Youth”) that he brought to Blues Alley on Friday night.

Twitter

ClassicalToday : Music at the edge of the network

Classical Diary : You don’t need to be a scholar to enjoy the symphony. Here’s how to jump in according to Steve Barnes

Sinfini Music: ‘Music is a code which is a secret until we uncode it’. Composer Vangelis in a rare interview:

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Photo credit: Alamy

(Written on August 3, 2015 )

Manners McDade have landed a sync deal for the latest Vodafone Campaign ‘The Call’. The ad features music from Tom Hodge and Max Cooper in its raw and emotional campaign featuring real firefighters in their true, heroic environment.

Ad agency Grey said of the music choice: ‘This was a tricky brief. We were looking for something that was emotional, but not sentimental. Stirring but not melodramatic. Tom and Max’s track captures the quiet heroism of the spot beautifully.’ Vicki Maguire – Creative Director

Catherine Manners, Director at Manners McDade said, ‘We knew that the DJ/electronica artist Max Cooper was open to collaborative work with a composer as he had worked with Michael Nyman in the past. We introduced him to Tom Hodge during the Summer of 2013 and the EP Fragmented Self was released in October last year. We hope that this is the first of many collaborations between these two exciting artists – and also many synchronisation opportunities’.

Watch the ad below and on Campaign here.

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Tom Hodge

(Written on March 27, 2014 )

Global Post

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year

Star Tribune

For Minnesota Orchestra, a fresh start

Recent times have seen the end of The Minnesota Orchestra, but the future suggests there may be a Minnesota Symphony Orchestra… there is an ensemble, a venue and an endowment. All that is needed now is a vision

SF Gate

‘Unsound’ documentary explores collapse of music industry

San Francisco based musician and producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Galactic) is currently raising funds through an IndieGogo campaign to complete “Unsound,” a documentary that explores the collapse of the music industry in the wake of the Internet

The Strad

American violinist Stephen Waarts wins Young Concert Artists auditions

Violinist Stephen Waarts was the only string player among the three first-prize winners of this year’s Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York

From the archive: The tale of the King of Spain Strads

The set of decorated Stradivari instruments housed at the Royal Palace of Madrid made news recently when they received their first public performance, by the Quiroga Quartet from Spain

Der Tagesspiegel

Sein Weg mit Karajan

32 Jahre lang hat Peter Csobadi als Pressesprecher dem Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan treue Dienste geleistet. Zuvor war der Ungar bereits Sekretär Ferenc Fricsays gewesen, SFB-Redakteur und Pressechef der Berliner Festwochen. In einem Hörbuch erzählt der 90-Jährige nun aus seinem Leben

Global Post

Global Post

(Written on November 14, 2013 )