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In our news today, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August, Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies, and Sir Roger Norrington celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms. Also, Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster, and Gstaad Menuhin Festival presents plans for new concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

National Youth Choir to embark on first China tour

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. For its first intercontinental tour in seven years, the 100-strong ensemble will perform in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Chi-chi Nwanoku and Aaron Dworkin receive honorary Trinity Laban fellowships

The honours were presented at the Sphinx Global Symposium on Diversity in Classical Music at the Southbank Centre on 18 July.

Classic FM

Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies

Nicoletta Mantovani warns Republican presidential candidate: ‘The values of brotherhood that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his career are incompatible with the world vision of Donald Trump.’

The Guardian

Sir Roger Norrington: ‘I’m against music being handed down from on high’

No vibrato, principal violinists facing each other, audiences encouraged to applaud between movements … the great conductor celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms this week

The Strad

Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster

The Louisville Orchestra under music director Teddy Abrams has appointed two new violinists to leadership positions – Gabriel  Lefkowitz is the ensemble’s new concertmaster, while Julia Noone is new assistant concertmaster.

‘Teachers should adapt their methods to students’ individual techniques,’ says cellist Sol Gabetta

The Strad’s August 2016 cover star on the importance of being adaptable as a teacher

International Arts Manager

Battle of the Somme remembered

Benjamin Ellin’s new composition One Before Zero will be performed at Maison de la Culture in Amiens, France, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

BR Klassik

60 Jahre Gstaad Menuhin Festival – Vom Konzertzelt zur Kristallgrotte

Als Yehudi Menuhin vor 60 Jahren Benjamin Britten und Peter Pears zu einem Konzert nach Gstaad einlud, ahnte niemand, dass sich daraus einmal eines der traditionsreichsten europäischen Festivals entwickeln sollte.


Musikalisch zukunftsweisend – Preisträgerkonzert des Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert

Am Freitag, 5. August, sind in der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main Stücke junger Komponisten zu hören und zu erleben. Die 13 Jugendlichen sind Preisträger des diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert.

Gericht: Kündigung des Semperoper-Intendanten Serge Dorny nicht rechtmäßig

Oberlandesgericht Dresden weist Berufung zurück und bestätigt vorheriges Urteil


Aldeburgh AYM @AYM_Snape Fancy an intimate evening of music in an old Victorian pumphouse on the edge of a marsh?

nmz @musikzeitung In teilweise neuen Besetzungen und mit neuem Dirigenten: „Das Rheingold“ in : Die…

WDR3 @wdr3 Gibt’s einfach nur mehr Geld? Land NRW will Künstler individueller fördern – Gespräch mit Dieter Gorny


The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. Photo credit: Ben Tomlin

(Written on July 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM, the South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians with disabilities and the longest serving orchestra musician Jane Little dies. Also, a violoncello of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini changes hands with a record price and conductor Svjatoslav Luther is found dead in his apartment.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM. Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College.

Arts Journal

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 87-Year-Old Bassist Collapses, Dies During Final Thirty Seconds Of Encore

Jane Little “debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing.” She was the world’s longest serving orchestra musician.

Dorset ECHO

Young musicians urged to join first ever orchestra for those with disabilities

The South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young people with disabilities who play a range of musical instruments.

Herald Sun

Car workshops and factories being turned into classical music venues in Melbourne for fundraiser for refugee children

GRITTY old car workshops and heritage-listed meat markets are playing host to classical music concerts, taking the sweet sounds of Mozart and Beethoven to a new audience.

Classic FM

Sold out concerts for 20-somethings: this orchestra chief tells us how it’s done

Classic FM was in Bavaria for the 5th Mahler Conducting Competition, hosted by Bamberg Symphony – an orchestra that has phenomenal success with all audiences but especially with young people.

Ermonela Jaho enjoys Opera Awards accolade

Ermonela Jaho has capped off a wonderful start to 2016 by winning the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. The Albanian soprano (pictured), who won praise earlier this year for her performance in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, collected her award at a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London that was attended by many of opera’s big names.

The Strad

Results announced for 2016 China international violin and bow making competition

Chinese luthiers and bow makers took home most of the top prizes at this year’s China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing from 10–17 May.


Conductor Svjatoslav Luther Found Dead In His Apartment

Russian media report that conductor Svjatoslav Luther (*1971) was found dead in his apartment. Found hanged in a room, he is believed to have committed suicide.

Klassik heute

Bagno Konzertgalerie Steinfurt mit Stars und jungen Talenten

Es ist ein einzigartiger „Musiktempel“ im Herzen des Münsterlandes: 1774 erbaut, ist die Bagno Konzertgalerie der älteste freistehende Konzertsaal Europas.

Klassik heute

Letzte Saison von Ulf Schirmer als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Das Münchner Rundfunkorchester setzt auch in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 auf kunstvolle Vielseitigkeit und innovative Programme, auf die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Gastkünstlerinnen und -künstlern und intensiviert das Ausloten neuer medialer Möglichkeiten. Es wird die letzte Konzertsaison des Orchesters mit seinem Künstlerischen Leiter Prof. Ulf Schirmer sein. Als Nachfolger steht Ivan Repušić fest.


‘Bürger für Beethoven’ wollen Bonner Remigiusplatz zum Beethovenort umgestalten

Auf dem Platz, wo am 17. Dezember 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven getauft wurde, befinden sich heute ein Kiosk und eine öffentliche Toilettenanlage. Das muss sich nach Auffassung der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ bald ändern.

Codex flores

Rekordpreis für ein Guadagnini-Cello

Auf dem Instrumentenmarkt dreht sich die Preisspirale weiter: Das Cello «ex-Havemeyer» von Giovanni Battista Guadagnini mit Baujahr 1743 hat bei einer Auktion für 1,505 Millionen Dollar den Besitzer gewechselt.


Early Music Today  @earlymusictoday @deccaclassics has signed its first #recorder player, 16-year-old Lucie Horsch @klassikcom #Theater #Augsburg von sofortiger Schließung bedroht?

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Köln plant provisorische Bühne auf Großbaustelle  #Kulturnachrichten

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

(Written on May 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, although China was once the world’s great hope for classical music, its smaller cities struggle to cultivate an interest in classical music, Sakari Oramo remains as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra announced Gavin Reid as the next chief executive.

The New York Times

China’s smaller cities struggle to cultivate an interest in classical music

After more than a decade as the world’s great hope for classical music, China is suffering growing pains. Audiences in many cities remain enthusiastic, virtuosos continue to multiply, and conservatories and concert halls keep mushrooming.

2 stars rejoin Bucharest Opera’s ballet company after clash

The crisis roiling the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera in recent weeks rippled not only through the international dance world but through Romanian politics as well. And ultimately it was a government-brokered plan that paved the way for the return on Wednesday of the company’s two biggest stars: its artistic director, Johan Kobborg, and the dancer Alina Cojocaru, who both resigned this month after clashing with management over the direction of the company.

The Strad

2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition names three finalists

The Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition has named the three contestants selected to perform in the Finals, to be held over two nights on Thursday and Friday at the Odense Concert Hall in Denmark.

Sakari Oramo to continue with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Sakari Oramo has renewed his contract as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra until June 2020. The news was announced at the orchestra’s 2016/17 season launch at the Stockholm Concert Hall.


Mayors from across London gather for evening of classical music in Walthamstow

Mayors from across London are gathering in the borough for a fundraising evening of classical music. The mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud, is inviting mayors from every London borough to attend the Forest Philharmonic concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Sunday.

Classical Music Magazine

Merola Opera Program establishes Brian Asawa Memorial Fund

San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program has established the Brian Asawa Memorial Fund.

Gavin Reid announced as new SCO chief executive

Gavin Reid has been announced as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s next chief executive. He will succeed Roy McEwan, who is stepping down after 23 years in the role.

Mozartpreis 2016 für Pianist Peter Rösel

Der Dresdner Pianist Peter Rösel erhält den Mozartpreis 2016 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll das Schaffen des Pianisten, das sich durch eine kontinuierliche, kompetente und intensive Pflege der Klavierwerke von Wolfgang Amadé Mozart auszeichnet, gewürdigt werden.

Fono Forum

Junger Chinese aus Salzburg siegt in London

Gerade mal 17 Jahre jung und schon mit Preisen überhäuft: Ziyu He hat der Liste seiner Auszeichnungen den Gewinn des Menuhin-Wettbewerbs hinzugefügt.

Musik heute

ARD-Musikvermittlungsprojekt wird Crossover-Programm

Das Musikvermittlungsprojekt “Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule” wird in diesem Jahr ein Crossover-Programm. Das WDR Funkhausorchester unter seinem Chefdirigenten Wayne Marshall werde “Die vier Jahreszeiten” von Antonio Vivaldi in einer “modernen Interpretation” aufführen.

El Mundo

José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, nuevo presidente de la SGAE

El compositor y músico José Miguel Fernández Sastrón ha sido elegido, por 17 votos frente a los 16 que ha recibido Antonio Meliveo Mena, por la Junta Directiva de la SGAE como nuevo presidente de la entidad de gestión de derechos.


Classic FM @ClassicFM All morning in @’s show, music to say # – here’s John and Her Majesty in 2001!

The Vinyl Factory @TheVinylFactory .@ & London Electronic Orchestra return with new EP & video for ‘Shikoku’

Top Classical News @topcmnews Some Good Credit News for the Met Opera  #

wildkat-pr-china-classical-musicPhotograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times



(Written on April 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, PRS for Music and PPL announce joint venture and China’s music listening habits are revealed. Also, Classic FM boss tells Radio 3 boss to stop ‘aping’ his station and Classical Music Magazine offers a preview of Garsington Opera 2016

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music and PPL announce joint venture

PRS for Music and PPL have announced that they will create a joint venture. Owned jointly by both companies, the new organisation would focus on serving public performance licensing customers

BBC News

China’s music listening habits revealed

More than 977 million people in China – 72% of the population – listen to music every week, according to a new survey of the country’s listening habits

The Strad

Inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition extends deadline for entries

The competition, with a grand prize of $100,000, takes place from 14 August to 2 September 2016

The Telegraph

Classic FM boss tells ‘patronising’ Radio 3 boss to stop ‘aping’ his station

Sam Jackson, managing editor of Classic FM, says his station has seen a huge rise in younger listeners, but calls on Radio 3 to create ‘clear blue water’ between the two networks

San Diego Reader

Nations no longer matter in classical music

Music is about humanity experiencing humanity

Classical Music Magazine

Preview: Garsington Opera 2016

It will comprise Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, and a collaboration with Rambert on a production of Haydn’s The Creation combining music and dance


Kippt den Knödelbeschluss!

Die Ergebnisse des Gutachtens zum Bau des neuen Münchner Konzertsaals wurden vom bayerischen Kunstministerium in ihr Gegenteil verkehrt. Ist das etwa egal?


Neuer Chef der Staatskapelle Weimar stellt Pläne vor

Die traditionsreiche Weimarer Staatskapelle bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Der gebürtige Ukrainer Kirill Karabits stellt sich am Mittwoch im Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar vor


Naxos schliesst Vertriebsdeal mit ‘Bel Air Classiques’

Naxos gab heute einen weltweiten Vertriebsdeal mit ‘Bel Air Classiques’ bekannt. Die Vereinbarung tritt am 1. Mai 2016 in Kraft


John Cage Award 2016: Joan La Barbara Receives $50,000 from Foundation for Contemporary Arts

On January 19th, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced its 2016 award recipients

I care if you listen

New Music Gathering 2016: Massive Meetup in Baltimore

The venerable Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on stately Mt. Vernon Square in Baltimore, MD was abuzz with excitement January 7 through 9, 2016 as more than 500 enthusiasts assembled for the second annual New Music Gathering

This Huge Cat’s Cradle Embodies the Great Fugues of Bach

As a child you might’ve played a game called cat’s cradle, in which you take a piece of string and loop it around your hands to produce what’s best described as artfully-crafted knots


Fran Wilson@CrossEyedPiano Music into Words – a compilation of tweets from last night’s event, live and online.Thanks to all who participated

London Youth Choir@LonYouthChoir  Chuffed to be welcoming 30Junior Apprentice members to choir rehearsals and see them doing so well! Thanks for making it happen @youthmusic

Gramophone @GramophoneMag  .@BBCRadio3​ announces plans for 70th anniversary of its predecessor the Third Programme.


(Written on February 3, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sokolov refuses award won by Lebrecht, and Juilliard opens a campus in China. Also, Classical Music Magazine writes that women in classical music are thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and Classic FM lists the struggles of being a classical-music loving Millennial


Grigory Sokolov refuses award because it has previously been won by Norman Lebrecht

Sokolov: ‘According to my ideas about elementary decency, it is shame to be in the same award-winners list with Lebrecht’

Classical Music Magazine

Women in classical music are being thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

When 17-year-old Jessy McCabe made headlines last month with her shocking discovery that Edexcel’s Music A-Level syllabus featured not a single work by a female composer, my reaction was one of anger and frustration

The Guardian

Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader

Architecture, opera, fashion, parapsychology … this year’s contenders are taking contemporary art into exciting new territory. We sent our experts to meet the artists on the shortlist

Classical Music Magazine

Juilliard to open campus in China

The Juilliard School is to open its first campus outside New York.

The Guardian

Turning opera inside out: how I got Lost in Thought

Shoeless and armed only with a swizzle stick, Stuart Jeffries attempts to banish distracting thoughts and be part of the world’s first mindfulness opera

Classic FM

The worst things about being a classical music-loving Millennial

You were born in the 1990s, you love classical music, and it’s a nightmare. Here are 11 of the worst day-to-day trials that you have to put up with…

h-Moll-Messe von Johann Sebastian Bach für Weltkodumentenerbe nominiert

Die deutsche Unesco-Kommission sieht das Werk als Meilenstein der Musikgeschichte in Bezug auf Satztechnik, Wort-Ton-Verhältnis sowie ihre ästhetisch und theologisch durchdachte Gesamtform.


Im Strudel – Igor Levit und das DSO

Der Pianist Igor Levit gibt sein Debüt in der Philharmonie. Zusammen mit dem DSO unter der Leitung von Oslo Vänskä lässt er den Saal vor Spannung vibrieren.

Klassik heute

“Musik in den Häusern der Stadt” in Köln, Hamburg und Bonn

Weltmusik im Wohnzimmer, Klassik im Atelier, Jazz im Foyer – vom 3. bis 8. November ist wieder “Musik in den Häusern der Stadt” zu hören.

El país

Les Arts y el IVAM llevarán ópera al museo y exposiciones al coliseo

La muestra ‘Testigos del arte’ ya se puede ver en el Palau de les Arts y desde octubre intérpretes del Centre Plácido Domingo a cantarán en el muse0

El mundo

Plácido Domingo canta y llora a su hermana recién fallecida

María José Domingo, de 72 años, murió este verano en Boston. El tenor la ha homenajeado con un recital en la catedral de Los Ángeles.


Sinfini Music‘they were taking the piano apart and reassembling it as I played’ on SLEEP

Music Education UKBBC Music launches Ten Pieces Secondary film

In Tune BBC Radio 3 A packed studio today! Players from & teaming up to perform an amazing mash up of the

News 29th Sep

‘Music is doing what it always does – dividing up time, but this time in order to structure our work’ Lost in Thought: a mindfulness opera, by Rolf Hind, at LSO St Luke’s. Photograph: Simon Jay Price/The Guardian

(Written on September 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rolf Hind examines whether a composer’s sexual identity can influence their music, and The Telegraph asks, ‘are the Proms becoming too safe?’ Also, The Guardian reports that a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner joined Union Jack flags at the Last Night of the Proms.

The Guardian

Queer pitch: is there such a thing?

Does a composer’s sexual identity influence their music? Rolf Hind examines what it means to be a queer composer

The Times

The magnificent seven: the greatest opera superstars of all time

In our celebrity-obsessed age, classical musicians rarely make it into the gossip columns. However, it was opera singers who invented the concept of modern celebrity

The Telegraph

Are the Proms becoming too safe?

As the 121st season of Promenade Concerts draws to a close, Ivan Hewett looks back on a high-quality season of surprising novelties, dependable delights and the odd turkey, but one that lacked the pioneering spirit of the past

Classic FM

There was a massive traffic jam on the M5 – but a string quartet performed Pachelbel’s Canon and made it all better

Hundreds of travellers were brought to a standstill on one of the UK’s busiest motorways this weekend – because a horse was on the loose. But then a string quartet appeared and played Pachelbel

The Guardian

‘Refugees Welcome’ banner steals show at Last Night of the Proms

Sign joins Union Jacks at Royal Albert Hall hours after tens of thousands of people stage solidarity march in London

Die Welt

“Immer frage ich mich: Wie kann ich nützlich sein?”

Yo-Yo Ma ist der beste Cellist der Welt. Spezialistentum mag er dennoch nicht. Ein Gespräch über das Verhältnis zu seiner liebsten Klavierpartnerin, den Neid auf Yuja Wang und seine Beziehung zu China.

neue Musikzeitung

TTIP und Kultur – Rede des Präsidenten des Deutschen Kulturrates Christian Höppner

Am Tag der kulturellen Vielfalt 21.05.2015 fanden in den Räumen des Deutschen Kulturrates in Berlin mehrere Informations- und Diskussionsrunden zum Thema, wie TTIP auf die den Kulturbereich einwirkt statt.

Lucerne Festival meldet Auslastung von 90 Prozent

Die Sommerausgabe des Lucerne Festival ist in diesem Jahr bei insgesamt 78.600 Besuchern mit einer Auslastung von 90 Prozent zu Ende gegangen. Damit liegt das Ergebnis leicht unter dem des Vorjahres mit 80.000 Besuchern, die dem Veranstalter eine Auslastung von 95 Prozent beschert hatten.

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.


New York Orchestra Cancels Season Opener Amid Labor Dispute

The Binghamton Philharmonic, a central New York orchestra that draws many of its musicians from the New York City area, has cancelled its Sept. 26 opening concert because of a labor dispute.


Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva wins @leedspiano 2015: 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : Your challenge this wk: beat yr friends/colleagues in our @ABRSM-inspired Grade 5 theory quiz! 

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms Two minutes of MONDAY THERAPY. A Schubert jewel from @fxrroth and the SWR Symphony Orchestra: 

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Jonas Kaufmann performs Puccini arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

(Written on September 14, 2015 )

We are very happy to introduce our newest client, violinist Yijia Zhang!

Yijia was born and raised in China and started playing the violin at the age of five years old and gave his first performance when he was just seven. He was selected as one of Asian Future Star Musicians and made his western debut with the Cazadero Festival Orchestra in San Francisco aged seventeen.

Despite only just having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Yijia has already performed in some of the world’s leading concert halls including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing. He is also the director of the Chinese charity concert series Under the Same Sky in Anhui Province, staging concerts in support of underprivileged youths.

We are looking forward to working with Yijia on the release of his exciting debut album, Tango Embrace in October 2015. The disk is a collection of classic tango pieces by renowned Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla and features contributions from six other accomplished musicians including Carl Smith, one of the original founders of the musical STOMP. Post-production was completed by mastering engineer Ray Staff, best known for his work with Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Muse.

Don’f forget to keep checking our blog and Twitter for updates as well as Yijia’s website.

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(Written on August 25, 2015 )

The world is a big place with lots of exciting things to experience, especially in the classical music world. In the spirit of our New Year’s resolutions blog to try new things and set new goals, we were inspired to begin thinking about our classical music ambitions: orchestras we would love to see live, concert halls we want to visit, instruments we aspire to learn. As well as having a think ourselves, we asked you over on our Facebook and Twitter pages to send yours in too. Here they are:

Prom at the BBC Proms

As one of the best classical music festivals in the world, showcasing the best talent, Promming at the Proms is a longstanding tradition and therefore is a musical must. Standing in the arena or galleries offers an atmosphere unrivaled by buying a ticket and sitting. For only £5, you can experience some of the world’s greatest artists. We recommend joining the queue before 16:30 to ensure you get in.

Last night of the Proms

The Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Photo: (c)

The Last Night of the BBC Proms

Equally, the Last Night of the Proms is a spectacular, patriotic finale to a summer’s worth of music. The first half is a traditional concert whilst, during the second half, the Royal Albert Hall transforms into a sea of flag waving, national anthem singing extravaganza. With favourites such as Rule Britannia, Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem sung every year, it’s no wonder tickets are highly sought after and distributed via a ballot each year. Thankfully, Promming is still an option on the Last Night although you will need to get there much earlier than on a regular night!

The 2015 BBC Proms is announced on 23rd April

Go to an Opera or Ballet

Although the prospect of going to an opera or ballet for the first time can seem scary, The Telegraph have written a handy guide to etiquette at such events so you can enjoy the concert and look like a seasoned pro.

Sitting in an orchestra whilst they are playing

Carolin in our Berlin office suggested this great idea. Just imagine watching a pianist’s hands whiz over the keys or feeling the vibrations of the timpani!

Ben Hogwood Tweet


Go to Carols at Kings

One of our interns, Ruth, said she would like to go to the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge one Christmas rather than just watching it on television. Guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.

Learn to play an unusual musical instrument

The world is full of violinists, why not take up the Chinese Yangqin?!












A Chinese Yangqin. Photo found at Sonic Adventures

Visit the Philharmonie de Paris

Extremely topical at the moment as it only just opened this week (14th January 2015). Sarah, one of our Account Managers who suggested this, and others interested, should take a look at their upcoming season programme for more details.

Blog Tweet A. Pasquill


Go to an open air concert

Our founder, Kathleen Alder, suggested this one: going to an open air concert in a beautiful setting such as Scandinavia or somewhere in Iceland. Beethoven under the Northern Lights? Yes please!

Tweet Ben Hogwood

We’ve clearly got a lot to tick off our list! Keep tweeting us @WildKatPR with your suggestions-see you in Paris!








(Written on January 16, 2015 )

Classical News

The New York Times

New Deadline for Met Opera Negotiations: Sunday

The Metropolitan Opera, which has been threatening to lock out its workers if they do not agree to concessions, has set a new deadline for reaching an agreement with its unions: Sunday night, a little more than a month before the opera season is set to open.

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli/ Palestine peace concert

The Israeli-Argentinian conductor directed Israeli and Arab musicians in a concert on Sunday to promote peace in Gaza.


Watch a Renowned Violinist Play While Having Brain Surgery

Playing violin at the elite level that Roger Frisch has been doing all his life is no easy task. Doing so while undergoing brain surgery? Well that’s talent on a whole ‘nother level.

The Sydney Herald

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Classic FM

Elton John and David Furnish to star in classical drama?

Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish are rumoured to be joining forces with True Blood creator Alan Ball for a new show on American channel HBO.

Classic FM

Arsenal player Santi Cazorla conducts a ‘choir’ of fans in video

Arsenal continues to build a reputation as the football club of classical music lovers following the posting of a Vine video in which midfielder Santi Cazorla is seen conducting a crowd of supporters in a chant.

Die Welt

Jetzt zwitschern sie schon aus dem Theater

Eine ganz schicke Idee: Theaterkritikschreiben während das Theater noch spielt. Hinten im Saal durfte die Kritik twittern. Warum man nicht alles machen muss, was man machen kann. Auch im Feuilleton.

La Croix

Jean-Sébastien Bach dans le Massif central

Pour son 15e anniversaire, le festival Bach en Combrailles se déroule du 11 au 16 août dans un site sauvage et protégé.

Le Monde

Paris: bataille de financements autour de la Philharmonie

La Philharmonie de Paris, futur temple de la musique symphonique conçu par l’architecte Jean Nouvel dans l’est de la capitale, en bordure du Parc de la Villette, doit être inaugurée en janvier 2015.


Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic VC ‘Young Artist’ Violinist Charles Yang Walks Away From Horror Highway Accident  #classicalmusic

METOrchMusicians ‏@METOrchestra  RT @OrchCanada: “Musicians On Call” Bring Music for the Soul to Patients’ Beds: @artshealthca #classicalmusic

Classical Music‏: @ClassicalMusic8 The Kids Could Be Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate Its Forefathers – Classicalite

Tafelmusik: @Tafelmusik  Why does coughing occur at concerts? Thanks to @classical963FM for the post!  #classicalmusic


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New York Metropolitan Opera

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times



(Written on August 12, 2014 )

Classical News

BBC News Wales

Welsh Proms conductor to meet costs if ticket sales fail

The conductor of this year’s Welsh Proms will have to pay the orchestra out of his own pocket if tickets do not sell.

Mozart for lunch at St John’s Smith Square

The central London venue announces its new season.

London Evening Standard

Classical music is taking over the world

In China, one factory makes a piano a minute to keep up with demand created by 40 million children studying to play — the expanding middle class throughout Asia is fuelling an insatiable appetite for the orchestra, says Petroc Trelawny.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies: the twin titans of modern music at 80

Ivan Hewett contrasts the styles, personalities and careers of Britain’s leading composers as they enter their ninth decade.

Classic FM

2Cellos cover Mumford and Sons ‘I Will Wait’ in new video

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser take on the banjo-playing masters in a new video in front of waterfalls in Croatia.

How to control a musician’s mind – Personal Branding for Conductors

Mette Hojen, MA in Rhetorics and an expert in executive performance, gives a fascinating insight into why a brass band conductor needs to have a strong sense of personal branding.

The New York Times

Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, Dies

Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, DiesSeymour Barab, a composer known for his whimsical chamber operas on such stirring subjects as passion, poison and pizza, died on June 28 in Manhattan. He was 93.

Hamburger Kulturbehörde fördert mit Stipendien für auswärtige Künstlerinnen und Künstler den künstlerischen Austausch

Ab 2015 erhalten Hamburger Institutionen, Gruppen und Vereine die Möglichkeit, ausländische Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus dem Bereich Bildende Kunst für einen Aufenthalt in der neu geschaffenen Ateliergemeinschaft Achterhaus in der Ruhrstraße 88 vorzuschlagen und ihnen die Arbeit an künstlerischen Projekten in Hamburg zu ermöglichen.

Möglicher Käufer der New York City Opera wird ungeduldig

Ein möglicher Käufer der bankrotten New York City Opera, Gene Kaufmann, hat sein Unverständnis zur Verzögerung durch den Vorstand der Oper erklärt.


The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: City of London Sinfonia launches its 2014-15 season @CityLdnSinfonia …

The Classical Source: ‏@ClassicalSource News: @BostonSymphony @TanglewoodFest, Christoph von Dohnányi withdraws, replaced by Edward Gardner & Manfred Honeck …

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic8 Alan Gilbert Conducts 2014 New York Philharmonic CONCERTS IN THE PARK … – Broadway World 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic8 Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra completes tri-national tour – Pittsburgh Post Gazette 



Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes



(Written on July 10, 2014 )