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In today’s news: Restoration of Beethoven Concert Hall in Bonn to be more expensive than anticipated. Take a look at how Europe’s opera houses have won over under-30 audiences. Musical director and composer Samuel Adler who fled under Nazi rule returns to Berlin on visit. Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits. Why musicians struggle with mental health problems. Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition – take a look at what is in store. YouTube music now available in UK.

Wall Street Journal

How Europe’s Opera Houses Won Over Millennials

With an escape game and networking events, La Scala and the Paris Opera are attracting under-30 audiences.

Limelight

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

Sixteen ensembles will battle it out in Melbourne this July. We take a look at what’s in store for competitors and audiences at one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

The Guardian

Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits

Producing director Terri-Jayne Griffin to leave, with others claiming ENO ‘lacks ambition’.

Rhinegold

University of Glasgow Chapel Choir honour former director

The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir has released a new recording, We Were Glad, in memory of former director Dr Stuart Campbell.

The Guardian

Perfectionism and poverty: why musicians struggle with mental health

Mental illness claims the lives of too many in music. A new helpline seeks to change that. 

iNews

NHS at 70: How Art, from Andy Warhol to Brian Eno, has helped to heal patients

Introducing uplifting art into that environment brings therapeutic benefits for both staff and patients, the NHS has long recognised.

What Hi Fi

YouTube Music is now available in the UK…

Last month, YouTube announced a new, Spotify-rivalling music streaming service that looks set to replace Google Play Music. And now it has launched in the UK, as well as sixteen other countries including US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Pizzicato

Sanierung der Beethovenhalle Bonn wird noch teurer

Die Kostenspirale bei der Sanierung der Beethovenhalle dreht sich weiter. Die aktuelle Kostenberechnung belaufe sich auf rund 84 Millionen Euro, teilte die Stadt mit.

Klassik Heute

Wiener Staatsoper trauert um Hubert Deutsch

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um ihren ehemaligen Vizedirektor Reg. Rat. Professor Hubert Deutsch, der am Samstag, 16. Juni 2018 im Alter von 93 Jahren in Wien verstorben ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Vergeben, ohne zu vergessen

Die Nazis verbrannten die Partituren seines Vaters, die Familie floh in die USA. Jetzt ist der Komponist und Dirigent Samuel Adler zu Besuch in Berlin.

Le Monde

La Sacem déploie ses trésors en ligne

La société des auteurs de musique a créé un musée virtuel pour mettre en valeur ses archives.

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(Written on June 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic Brit awards are making a comeback, Robin Zander debuts on Broadway, Fox celebrates women in music, Konzerthaus Dortmund to further Simon Höfeles (trumpet) career,  and Sarah Nemtsov to receive Composition Prize for Contemporary Music (Oldenburg).

The Guardian

Classic Brit awards to make comeback after five-year absence

After a five-year absence the Classic Brit awards, returns to Royal Albert Hall this summer in attempt to create the same buzz for classical music as the Brits have for the pop industry.

Billboard

Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander To Make Broadway Debut In ‘Rocktopia’

Rocktopia ambitiously combines 20th century rock music with classical compositions.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School launches Leadership Academy

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has launched the Leadership Academy, a new venture which will provide leadership training for senior decision-makers.

The National

Pianographique: taking the stigma away from modern classical music

Feel the music as images sway to the piano at Abu Dhabi Festival. We talk to the virtuosi who want to attract those who ‘wouldn’t be caught dead at a classical concert’

Chicago Tribune

Chamber Music on the Fox Celebrates Women in Music

Throughout the month of April, Chamber Music on the Fox will present some of America’s earliest female virtuoso musicians in an otherwise male-dominated classical music world.

SWR

Konzerthaus Dortmund fördert SWR2 New Talent Simon Höfele wird „Junger Wilder“

Wieder eine gute Nachricht für Trompeter Simon Höfele: Nach SWR2 und der BBC wird ihn auch das Dortmunder Konzerthaus ab der kommenden Saison fördern.

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Sarah Nemtsov erhält Kompositionspreis für Zeitgenössische Musik der Stadt Oldenburg

Die gebürtige Oldenburgerin Sarah Nemtsov (37) erhält in diesem Jahr den Kompositionspreis für Zeitgenössische Musik der Stadt Oldenburg.

Musik Heute

Orchester zeichnen NRW-Kulturministerin aus

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) verleiht ihren “Hermann-Voss-Kulturpreis” in diesem Jahr an die Kulturministerin von Nordrhein-Westfalen, Isabell Pfeiffer-Poensgen (parteilos).

Le Monde

Grâce au streaming, les ventes de musique en forte hausse aux Etats-Unis

Après de lourdes pertes au début des années 2000, l’industrie musicale américaine renoue avec un chiffre d’affaires à son plus haut niveau depuis dix ans.

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Simon Höfele und das SWR Symphonieorchester © Ronny Zimmermann/RZ Photographie

(Written on March 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards announced, Government’s new plans to require 90% of GCSE pupils to study the English Baccalaureate, Charles Yang takes home the Leonard Bernstein Award, The Smiths go classical, Samuel Hasselhorn honoured with Emmerich Smola Award, Soprano Anja Kampe appointed Bavarian Chamber singer, 

Classical Music

Over 100,000 pupils a year to lose opportunity to study arts subjects, report finds

Many young people across England will lose the option to study arts and other non-core subjects if the Government implements its plan to require 90% of GCSE pupils to study the English Baccalaureate.

Opera Holland Park announces Grenfell memorial gala

Funds raised by this year’s memorial concert will enable over 100 children and young people from North Kensington to attend ‘residential’ trips, week-long trips, often to the coast and countryside, which allow them to try new activities and escape the pressures of everyday life.

The Strad

YouTube violinist Charles Yang wins Leonard Bernstein Award 2018

Versatile American violinist awarded the €10,000 prize and concert opportunity at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

The Telegraph

Members of The Smiths to reunite for classical concerts

This summer, former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, bassist Andy Rourke and second guitarist Craig Gannon will be teaming up with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra to deliver classic Smiths songs.

Limelight

2017 Sydney Theatre Awards announced

Muriel’s Wedding takes home six awards, followed closely by Hir and A View From the Bridge.

Klassik.com

Samuel Hasselhorn mit Emmerich Smola Förderpreis ausgezeichnet

Der Bariton Samuel Hasselhorn hat den Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2018 gewonnen. Er erhielt die Auszeichnung für junge Talente des Operngesangs, die von der Stadt Landau in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Südwestrundfunk vergeben wird, nach einem Publikumsentscheid in Landau.

Sopranistin Anja Kampe zur Bayerischen Kammersängerin ernannt

Die Sopranstin Anja Kampe hat den Ehrentitel einer Bayerischen Kammersängerin erhalten. Die Auszeichnung wurde Kampe im Anschluss an eine Aufführung von Richard Wagners “Walküre” an der Bayerischen Staatsoper aus den Händen des Intendanten Nikolaus Bachler verliehen.

Platea Magazine

Joan Matabosch, Premio Especial “El Ojo Crítico” de Radio Nacional de España

El actual Director Artístico del Teatro Real, Joan Matabosch, ha sido distinguido hoy con el Premio Especial “El Ojo Crítico”, otorgado por este espacio radiofónico de temática cultural en Radio Nacional de España.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1859 FP of ‘ Piano Concerto No. 1. Brahms was soloist in Hanover.

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(Written on January 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M, Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, and new research finds that a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders. Lutenist launches crowd funding for his new CD, and conductor stops half way through a performance to do some karaoke. Award for Lucia Alberti, Johannes Braun becomes Coburg’s first Kapellmeister, and Konzerthaus Berlin breaks visitor record.

Opera Now

La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M

With Italy suffering one of its hottest summers in recent years, those attending performance at La Scala have been failing to observe the house’s dress code

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Strad

New research finds a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders

The survey of over 300 instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors found that stress, depression, anxiety and perfectionism are experienced at high levels throughout the profession.

Pizzicato

Paul Kieffer launches crowd funding for his new lute CD

American Lutenist Paul Kieffer (*1990) has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money got his third CD of lute pieces that will be recorded in August.

Classic FM

A conductor stopped half way through a performance of Cinderella to do some karaoke

Conductor Vinicius Kattah decided to take a little break during a performance of Cinderella and treat the tech ops to some superb lip-sync

Rhinegold Publishing

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake 

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech 

Venerated pianist and conductor speaks out against nationalism and ‘isolationist tendencies’ at Royal Albert Hall concert.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für Lucia Aliberti beim Classic Open Air in Berlin

Vom 20. bis 24. Juli 2017 verwandelt sich der Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wieder in die großartige Kulisse der Veranstaltungen des Classic Open Air-Festivals, bei dem alljährlich an fünf Abenden ein festliches Programm mit Stars der Oper, der Chor- und Orchesterszene, mit Pianisten und Jazz-Musikern stattfindet.

Pizzicato

Johannes Braun wird Erster Kapellmeister in Coburg

Die vakant gewordene Stelle des Ersten Kapellmeister am Landestheater Coburg wird mit Johannes Braun besetzt.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Berlin mit Besucherrekord in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Konzerthaus Berlin blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Spielzeit 2016/17 zurück. Die Bilanz der vergangenen Konzertsaison weist eigenen Angaben zufolge Rekordergebnisse aus

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Opera Now: La Scala

(Written on July 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: architects shortlisted to design the Barbican’s new concert hall, and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate campaign to protect freedom of movement in the creative industries. The Berliner Staatsoper moves back to it’s proper building, and fake news about appeal for funds for the Beethovenhalle Bonn retracted by ‘citizens for Beethoven’ union. Azerbaijan celebrates jubilee of first female opera singer, and a hidden Bach festival is being revealed.

The Guardian

Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano on shortlist for Barbican’s new concert hall

The conductor’s baton has been raised in the battle for the Barbican’s new concert hall with some of the world’s leading architects making the shortlist to design the landmark venue

Classical Music Magazine

ISM and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and a-n (the Artists Information Company) have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries

The Violin Channel

Telegraph Quartet Announced New San Francisco Conservatory Quartete-In-Residence

Comprising violinists Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violist Pei-Ling Lin and cellist Jeremiah Shaw, the ensemble, formed in 2013, are former 1st prize winners at the Naumburg and Fischoff International Chamber Music Competitions.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music

Inaugurated in 1924 and endowed by Walter Willson Cobbett, the medal is presented annually to a musician for services to chamber music

Tagesspiegel

Alles im Griff auf dem singenden Schiff

Am Freitag endet das siebenjährige Exil der Berliner Staatsoper im Charlottenburger Schillertheater. Ein Gruß zum Abschied.

Concerti

Musik unterm Sternenzelt

Die zehn schönsten Opernfestivals Europas locken in diesem Sommer nach England, Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland und Österreich

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ boykottieren Spendenaufruf für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle

Nachdem der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) die falsche Meldung verbreitete, der Bonner Verein ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ würde zu Spenden für die Sanierung für Beethovenhalle aufrufen, wiesen die Verantwortlichen dies entschieden zurück.

Azernews

Azerbaijan to mark 120th jubilee of first female opera singer

The 120th jubilee anniversary of great female opera singer of Azerbaijan Shovkat Mammadova will be celebrated ceremonially.

The Washington Post

A well-hidden Bach festival offers cheerful relief on a summer afternoon

The Grace Church Bach Festival is one of this town’s better-kept secrets.

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Ein Chagall-Konzert in St. Stephan in Mainz mit ! Wir sind ganz beseelt!

Ehrenpräsident des Deutschen Musikrates Richard Jakoby gestorben

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(Written on July 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus, Jonathan Groves launches his own artist management company, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary. Also, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra adds new principal violin, and Jakub Hrůša makes his debut as new chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony with three inaugural concerts.

The Post and Courier

Expose the kids to classical music at Little Mozart Circus

Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus on Saturday at Marion Square. Mozart is considered a musical genius, so why not introduce your child to the advantages of learning and appreciating classical music?

Classical Music Magazine

Launch of Groves Artists

Jonathan Groves has launched his own artist management company after more than four decades with Ingpen & Williams. Groves Artists will continue to work for the artists previously represented by Ingpen & Williams.

The Pulse

Classical Music Is Alive and Well

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary this year, and will be kicking off their new season Thursday evening at the historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga.

VC Reporter

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN | Ojai’s classical music series kicks off its 2016-17 season with violinist Itamar Zorman, pianist Kwan Yi

The Ojai Valley, long known for it’s modern classical music leanings with the world-renowned annual Ojai Music Festival, will soon be filled with the sounds of more traditional classical sounds throughout the coming year.

The Morning Call

Classical: Allentown Symphony presents music from Oscar films

On Saturday, September 24, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Ronald Demkee, will present a program of favorite music from Oscar-winning films.

TwinCities

SPCO adds new principal violin

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana its newest principal violin. The position will have leadership, solo and chamber music opportunities while splitting the more traditional second violin duties with fellow principal violin Kyu-Young Kim.

CMUSE

How Holst’s Jupiter influenced film and video game scores

Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity” is the central movement of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite and has the most varied melodic structure: with its Stravinsky-like ostinati and syncopation and a central melody as solemn as an anthem, it constitutes the quintessential early-20th-century English composition.

nmz

Neue Musik trifft Facebook: Noch zehn Tage Einreichungsfrist für den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award

Auch in diesem Jahr vergibt die Christoph und Stephan Kaske Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit der neuen musikzeitung wieder den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award für Komponisten zeitgenössischer Musik.

Klassik heute

Antrittskonzerte von Jakub Hrůša mit den Bamberger Symphonikern

Am ersten Oktober-Wochenende gibt Jakub Hrůša seinen Einstand als neuer Chefdirigent der 1946 gegründeten Bamberger Symphoniker mit gleich drei Antrittskonzerten. Das erste überträgt BR-Klassik live am 30. September aus der Konzerthalle Bamberg.

RBB Kulturradio

Kurt Sanderling wird mit Gedenktafel geehrt

Eine Gedenktafel erinnert künftig an den langjährigen Chefdirigenten des Berliner Sinfonie-Orchesters Kurt Sanderling. Kulturstaatssekretär Renner wird am Freitag am letzten Wohnhaus Sanderlings die Tafel enthüllen.

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Reeperbahn Festival @Reeperbahn_Fest Today we will be audio live streaming selected sessions of the Conference programme!

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Krise beim – erhellender Kommentar dazu von Kultur-Korrespondentin Maria

NDR Kultur @ndrkultur Alle Tage, alle Perlen: das Beste des – ausgewählt von den Musikexperten http://bit.ly/2d3oAgt

Dirigent J. Hrusa in Bamberg

Jakub Hrusa, Photo: Andreas Herzau / Bamberger Symphoniker

(Written on September 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, perspiration-proof concert wear, are young people scared of the Proms or the audience and is it snobbery to wait until the end of a piece to applaud? Also, Oslo Philharmonic reveals plans for new hall.

The Times

No sweat! Now the orchestra can play it cool

Please don’t mention it over a Glyndebourne picnic but sometimes, whisper it, orchestra members sweat.

The Telegraph

Are young people scared of the Proms – or the audience?

The classical music establishment has never been more desperate to shake its elitist image.

It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap

It isn’t difficult: you buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud

Classical Music Magazine

Oslo Philharmonic unveils plans for new hall

The Oslo Philharmonic has announced plans for a new concert hall in Oslo. The new cultural centre will be situated on the waterfront at Filipstad.

Rare Poul Henningsen piano up for auction

A rare PH Andrea Christiansen grand piano will be up for auction at London’s Conway Hall next month.

The Strad

Violinist James Clark to step down as leader of Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Clark, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will spend more time on chamber pursuits

Sinfini

Call for female composers to be taught in schools

A student-led petition to include female composers on the music A-level syllabus has gained over 1,000 signatures.

BR Klassik

“Die Leute wissen bei uns nie, was sie erwartet”

Das auf zeitgenössiche Musik spezialisierte US-amerikanische JACK Quartet spielt gleichermaßen in Clubs und Bars wie in traditionellen Konzertsälen – Mittwoch Abend etwa bei den Salzburger Festspielen. BR-KLASSIK hat mit dem Bratschisten John Pickford Richards gesprochen.

Klassik Akzente

Große Sinfonien – Sternstunden der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sie gelten als eines der ausdrucksstärksten Orchester weltweit. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon Schlüsselaufnahmen der Berliner Philharmoniker: Große Sinfonien in Meistereinspielungen Herbert von Karajans, Claudio Abbados u.a.

Concerti

“Liebe auf den ersten Blick”

François-Xavier Roth will das Kölner Gürzenich-Orchester für alle in der Stadt öffnen.

Classical MPR

Women’s contributions to classical music are still underappreciated

I’ve never been told that I cannot achieve something as a musician because of my gender. I grew up surrounded by female musicians. They were my piano teachers, choir directors, people who taught privately and in churches and schools.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Chailly: From the War Memorial to the Apex of Music

Just as there are claims by zillions to have been at Woodstock (actual attendance: 400,000), San Francisco Opera’s famed 1977 Turandot premiere was apparently seen by at least 10 times of the War Memorial’s 3,200 capacity.

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Fran Wilson @CrossEyedPiano: It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap | via @Telegraph

Halle Orchestra @‏the_halle: “Leeds Piano Competition names new artistic directors” via @GramophoneMag

BBC Radio 5 live @bbc5live: It’s a skill to sing opera, but to do it through brain surgery…

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Are young people scared of the Proms?
Photo credit: Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images/ Telegraph

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news John Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday, and violinist David Garrett cancels his Proms in the Park appearance in London. Classical Music Magazine asks if the John Lewis model can be applies to orchestras, and The Little Orchestra Society plans to cut performances by half as it tries to get back on firmer financial footing and reinvent itself for a younger audience.

Guardian

Monteverdi’s Orfeo: ‘a brilliant and compelling fable to the inalienable power of music’

Monteverdi might be surprised to find himself hailed as the inventor of the opera, and he disclaimed the role of revolutionary, but his Orfeo is a radical, innovative and extraordinary work

Classic FM

John Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday: ‘I’m still 27 inside’

John Rutter reflects on his career as one of the most celebrated and popular composers of the modern era – and he’s looking forwards, not backwards.

The Strad

Violinist David Garrett cancels Proms in the Park appearance in London

The German musician announced his withdrawal on his Facebook page

Classical Music Magazine

Could the John Lewis model be applied to our orchestras?

In the July issue of CM, my article ‘Are our orchestral musicians “violin operators” or “evangelists for our art”?’ challenges us to find a way to make our musicians both employees and owners of their orchestras.

All Africa

Nigeria: I Want to Change Perception About Classical Music – Chichi Nwanoku

Chichi Nwanoku is a United Kingdom-based Nigerian artiste who is making her mark in Chamber Music. The recipient of the MBE Award from the Queen of England, speaks about her love for music and making a difference in black and minority ethnic groups with her foundation, Chineke! She also talks about her upcoming Europe’s first Black and Minority Ethnic professional orchestra.

Die Welt

Kirill Petrenko nimmt Abschied von Bayreuth

Der Dirigent Kirill Petrenko geht mit sinfonischer Wucht. Sein Regisseur Frank Castorf hat sich im dritten Jahr weniger Mühe gegeben mit dem “Ring”. Als Konsequenz seiner nihilistischen Ziellosigkeit.

Der Tagesspeigel

Sommermatineen im Musikinstrumenten-Museum Weißwein und Wachtraum

Bei der vierten Sommermatinee im Musikinstrumenten-Museum spielt das Quartet Tokio Berlin einen heiteren Haydn – und einen viel zu ernsten Beethoven.

Klassik Akzente

Aus alt mach’ neu – 64 neue alte Titel bei “Manufacture on Demand”

Insgesamt 5000 Aufnahmen erscheinen in maßgeschneiderter kleiner Auflage wieder auf dem Markt. Mit dabei: Raritäten des Klassik-Labels Mercury Living Presence.

The New York Times

The Little Orchestra Society Limits Schedule and Aims for Younger Audience

The orchestra — an important part of New York City’s music scene since 1947 that has focused in recent years on classical music for children — plans to cut the number of performances it gives next season nearly in half as it tries to get back on firmer financial footing and reinvent itself to appeal to new generations of concertgoers.

France Musique

Le chef Andris Nelsons prolongé à Boston

Le chef d’orchestre letton Andris Nelsons a prolongé son contrat de directeur artistique de l’Orchestre symphonique de Boston. Il est maintenant lié avec la phalange américaine jusqu’au terme de la saison 2021-2022.

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Southbank Centre: Grab a coffee & head for the gongs!! Enjoy a new type of elevenses with our Javanese orchestra. Today 11am:

Sinfini Music: Regietheater: high art or pretentious claptrap? A Y-fronted weighs in on the debate

Ludwigshafen_23.03.09_031Violinist David Garrett cancels Proms in the Park appearance in London. Photo: Wikipedia

(Written on August 4, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to announce that we will be working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra! This is an exciting time to be following the orchestra; they are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years. This scheme also included the award-winning ‘Feel the Music’ project. It picks up on the subject of deafness, by which Beethoven was increasingly affected during his life. In various cities across Europe, the MCO is inviting children who are deaf or have a hearing disability into the world of the orchestra, to explore how music can be experienced with all of one’s senses.

Founded in 1997 by a group of young musicians with the support of Claudio Abbado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s name reflects its roots in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. With 45 members spanning 20 countries, the MCO prides itself on working musically as a chamber orchestra in the spirit of their founding mentor Claudio Abbado characterized by tight ensemble playing among alert and independent musical personalities. Their core repertoire is in the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods, whilst also playing more contemporary works and world premieres. This summer, the MCO will perform the US Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written On Skin at the Lincoln Center, New York, following their performance of the World Premiere at Aix-en-Provence in 2012.

With the BBC Proms and the stage premiere, summer 2015 is shaping up to be a busy time for the Orchestra. It will end with the MCO’s return to the Lucerne Festival with Daniele Gatti where it forms the core of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra every year. In September, ensemble will launch the Carl Nielsen portrait project at the Musikfest Berlin, a celebration of the composer in his 150th birthday year, with a performance of ‘Sinfonia Semplice.’

As well as working on the BBC Proms, we will also be working with MCO on a new brand and visual identity. Keep up to date with the orchestra, their news and key dates via their website and Facebook.

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The Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Deniz Saylan

(Written on April 30, 2015 )

WildKat PR is extremely excited to be working with the Sacconi Quartet, a string quartet who are consistently recognised for communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. The quartet aims to create truly immersive chamber music experiences that draw the audience into the music in a way never seen or heard before.

The Sacconi Quartet’s latest project, HEARTFELT, does just this. Audience members will hold robotic, wired hearts and will be able to feel the heartbeat of one of the players and so follow the same highs and lows as the musicians during the performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op, 132. It promises to be a uniquely interactive performance. This information will then be transformed in real time into a lighting display that is exclusive to that performance. The robotics and lighting are all made possible by: Silas Adekunle of Reach Robotics, responsible for the initial robotics concept; robotic and system designers, development and manufacturers, Rusty Squid; and interactive lighting designer, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn. It will be premiered at the 2015 Spitalfields Festival before being performed at Lichfield International Arts Festival and the Bristol Proms. The idea came about during the inaugural Bristol Proms in 2013 when the Sacconi Quartet spent two days with leaders in the technology and creative fields exploring how to make chamber music more immersive. With Arts Council funding, the result was HEARTFELT. Moments of darkness and a considered lighting design allow the focus of the performance to be on the music itself, with digital technology providing a way for audiences to engage with the music in a direct, physical way. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance.

Formed in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet are a firmly established and respected ensemble, passionate about repertoire for string quartet. They are the winners of various awards including the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, alongside two extra prizes at the same event. The Sacconi are the Quartet in Residence at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artists at the Bristol Old Vic. They are also regulars on the UK and European concert scene and have played at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna, to name but a few. Their 2014/15 season includes residencies at the Lichfield Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival alongside collaborations with Miloš Karadaglić, Ksenija Sidorova and Vertavo Quartet.

Keep up to date with news about the Sacconi Quartet, HEARTFELT and their other upcoming projects through their website, Twitter and Facebook.

Sacconi_Shot3-299Hv2_bw-landscape-credit-Emilie-Bailey The Sacconi Quartet. Photo: Emilie Bailey

(Written on April 22, 2015 )