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In today’s news: The rise of musical apps, live music stats reveal that small venues are facing significant challenges, conductor Nezhat Amiri overcoming taboos over music and women, University of York announces Enlightenment and Invention programme, physical music sales’ steady decline, German Cuture Council calls for authorities to revise music business policies, abuse accusations against Peter Martins not corroborated, submission period for Echo Klassik 2018 begins, Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam announces 2018/19 season, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko replaced by Marina Rebeka for the role of Violetta Valéry in La Traviata.

Classical Music

Live Music Census reveals problems faced by small venues

Live music events make large contributions to local economies but small venues continue facing significant challenges.

Gramophone

Mobile music-making: the best new apps

A low-down of the top musical apps from score-reading to music streaming.

The Guardian

The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

Nezhat Amiri’s recent high-profile performance caps a 38-year fight for recognition.

York Press

National Centre for Early Music plans for an enlightening and inventive May and June

The University of York Baroque Day, Enlightenment and Invention, will open the programme on May 5.

Complete Music Business

Physical music sales continue to decline over the holiday season

Sales of physical music products over the recent festive period were down 5.8% year-on-year.

Klassik.com

Belästigungsvorwürfe gegen früheren New Yorker Ballettchef entkräftet

Die Vorwürfe sexueller Belästigung und körperlicher Übergriffe, die gegen Peter Martins, den früheren Chef des New York City Ballet und Leiter der School of American Ballet, erhoben wurden (klassik.com berichtete), haben sich nach zweimonatiger unabhängiger Untersuchung nicht erhärtet.

nmz

[Deutscher Kulturrat] Urheberrecht: Dringender Handlungsbedarf auf europäischer Ebene

Der Deutsche Kulturrat fordert die für das Urheberrecht Verantwortlichen auf der europäischen Ebene, also Europäisches Parlament, Europäische Kommission und Europäischer Rat, auf, die Verlegerbeteiligung, die Schrankenregelung und die weiteren Themen, Vergriffene Werke, Value Gap und das Framing rasch neu zu regeln.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für 25. Echo-Klassik-Verleihung starten

Der Einreichungszeitraum für den Echo Klassik 2018 hat begonnen. Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Concerti

Das Gewinner-Publikum steht fest

Das lange Warten hat ein Ende: Die Duisburger Philharmoniker erhalten den von concerti erstmals ausgelobten Preis „Das Publikum des Jahres 2017“

Platea Magazine

La Dutch National Opera de Amsterdam presenta su temporada 2018/2019

La Dutch National Opera de Ámsterdam ha presentado hoy su programación para la temporada 2018/2019, con dirección artística de Pierre Audi, a la sazón director de escena de algunas de las siguientes propuestas.

Por ‘motivos familiares’ Ainhoa Arteta suspende su Nedda de ‘Pagliacci’ en Bruselas

Tal y coo recoge la página web del teatro de La Monnaie en Bruselas, la soprano vasca Ainhoa Arteta se ha visto obligada a cancelar su participación como Nedda en las funciones de Pagliacci, de Leoncavallo, en un programa doble que incluye también Cavalleria rusticana bajo la batuta de Evelino Pidò.

france musique

Anna Netrebko, absente de La Traviata à Paris

Souffrante, la soprano russe Anna Netrebko ne pourra pas interpréter le rôle de Violetta dans La Traviata à l’Opéra Bastille, à Paris.

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  in 1816 FP of Gioacchino ‘s opera The Barber of Seville, in Rome.

© Dutch Opera

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

It’s been an incredibly busy year at WildKat and we are so excited to continue our successes into 2018. As always, we’ve tried to pack as much as we can into a blog post for you all. The projects and clients mentioned below are a tiny portion of our highlights – Enjoy! 😊

First, a message from our Founder, Kat, who is already in the Austrian alps, ready to start the holidays:

“2017: you beast! I must admit I am quite glad to see the back of it… We launched and worked on so many projects and events, it felt like we somehow skipped the usual “quiet periods”. It has certainly been a challenging year; the uncertainty of the cultural and creative industries was felt across our sector and so internally we had to rethink our offerings, our staffing and general structure.

We have had some fantastic new clients and projects signed up to WildKat. Some personal highlights have been:

And so many more.

Mostly this year has been for me expanding the WildKat offices, opening a new one in Paris next year and working on our non-profit arm, Noted.

I have travelled for both companies to all corners of the world, and have had some great meetings and events take place, centred around the ethos of sharing and forwarding our industry. I think there is amongst all the anticipation on what future events (including Brexit, US etc) will bring a sense of renewed movement forward. I am encouraged to see so many positive ideas. The Noted Fellowship is in the next stage with announcements to follow in the New Year and our roundtables have come to life in Berlin, London and New York with fascinating thoughts and exchanges. My vision of having the newly graduates give the artistic director ideas on the future of our sector, is coming to life and its VERY rewarding!”

 

Internally we also have some great news:
  • Carolin is embarking on the ultimate WildKat perk: a 2 month paid sabbatical to New Zealand. (We are all just a tad jealous (“a tad” is putting it very lightly!! – Olivia)
  • Great staff have joined our teams all over the world, waving at at Eliza, Rachel, Alex, Nicolo, Maddie, Katja, and our continually growing pool of freelancers, consultants, and collaborators
  • Olivia was promoted to our UK Director and is, as expected, thriving in her new role. She also hits the 5 year anniversary mark next year and will at some stage embark on her sabbatical

Olivia says, “2017 has been a pretty turbulent year on all counts – whilst we have celebrated some truly inspiring projects, and championed everything that is BRILLIANT in our sector, and what it has to offer, we have all had to face a heavy and consistent hailstone of, let’s face it, awful news in the general media and across socials.

Saying this, one thing that our sector does best is use these events to inspire creativity, and to reflect and respond using our art and passion. Following the development of the “B-word”, we had the hilarious “The United Kingdom of Earth: A B***** Opera” at Tête à Tête’s 10th festival. Soosan Lolavar’s “ID, please” had its UK premiere at the same festival, reflecting on Trump’s travel ban. Ariana Grande sold out the Manchester arena for a benefit concert, following the bombings. There are many, many more examples, and there will continue to be.

As we look ahead to 2018, it’s important to remember the important of collaboration, cooperation, and participation. We have had such fresh ideas in discussion and have started to make change happen. We want to continue to work together, create conversations, involve diverse & conflicting voices, and create progress for classical music and the arts. I’m so excited for what is to come…”

Olivia visits New York for the first time!

Before Carolin heads off on her travels, she says, “Launching the Noted Fellowship this year was a real highlight, and I was so inspired to see all the innovative ideas that came through the application process. The only downside was choosing who would go on to stage 2. Good luck, everyone!

I’m very excited to make the most of my 2-month sabbatical, part of the WildKat perks, to not only have a long holiday (!) and travel the world, but also to return to the company and the industry with a refreshed and revived perspective.”

We are all really looking forward to 2018, particularly as we are celebrating 10 years of WildKat with a big party (joint with Music in Offices – happy birthday to you too!) and lots of fun events.

Thank you to everyone: clients, industry, friends, colleagues – the ones who champion us, critique us, support and dismiss us. We love you all and we look forward on what’s to come!

Happy holidays! 🎄🎄🎄

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Also, the Berlin Philharmonic to form an amateur orchestra, tenor Bruce Rankin is dead and artists are getting attacked more often as Unesco reports.

The Times

MBE for paralysed violinist Rosemary Johnson who uses brainwaves to play

A violinist formerly with the Welsh National Opera, who uses brain wave technology to perform despite being paralysed, was awarded an MBE for services to music yesterday.

The Telegraph

Bah Humbug! Why Christmas is ruined by its music

When Dr Seuss wrote his popular tale about how the Grinch stole Christmas, he glossed over the lead character’s backstory. Why did he grow up to be so mean? What exactly happened in his early childhood to make him hate the most wonderful time of the year? Why was he particularly triggered by the yuletide singing of his cheerful neighbours, the Whos?

Classical Music

Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

The appointment was evidence of its continued commitment to making the arts accessible to new audiences, in particular young people.

Highlights of Aldeburgh Festival 2018 announced

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, which will take place 8-24 June, will mark the event’s 70th anniversary, looking back to the year of its launch (1948) with a number of events.

Wales Online

Cardiff is going to be named the UK’s first ‘music city’

Cardiff Council have unveiled the pioneering plans

pizzicato

Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra  announced that German conductor Alexander Liebreich, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from September 2018.

nmz

Unesco: Künstler werden zunehmend attackiert

Musiker, Autoren und andere Künstler werden laut der UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco zunehmend angegriffen.

Musik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker bilden Laienorchester

Die Berliner Philharmoniker laden Laienmusiker zum Mitspielen ein. Interessenten zwischen 9 und 99 Jahren bekommen die Chance, mit Mitgliedern des renommierten Klangkörpers und der Karajan-Akademie die 1. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms aufzuführen.

Klassik.Com

Tenor Bruce Rankin gestorben

Er starb am Montag im Alter von 65 Jahren. Der Tenor war ab 1998 Ensemblemitglied an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

france musique

Les musiciens de Radio France investissent les gares SNCF

Après la signature d’un partenariat entre Radio France et la SNCF, des musiciens de l’Orchestre national de France ont joué dans la gare de l’Est à Paris pour la première performance musicale d’une série à venir.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Gerichtsentscheidung: Kündigung des Rostocker Theaterintendanten Sewan unbegründet

Classical Music News @Classcialmusic More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

Image: © Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker

(Written on December 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Anne-Sophie Mutter honoured by Bavarian State Foundation prize, ECM Records commences streaming, The Sixteen to present Marco Galvani premiere, Conductor Justus Frantz cut his fingertip, Diapason d’or Award for 2017 announced.

Royal Society of Arts

Bringing Classical Music to a New Audience

In 2017, you still have to look very hard to find any diversity within the big companies in almost every industry.

Independent

Egyptian singer detained for four days for eating banana in music video

Pop star Shyma could face three years in prison for ‘inciting debauchery’ in racy video

Music Teacher

National Open Youth Orchestra announces new partners

The Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama are the new official partners for the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO), the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

Bromsgrove School to open new Performing Arts Centre

Bromsgrove School is to open the doors to its new Performing Arts Centre this evening (22 November)

Rhinegold Publishing

The Sixteen to present Marco Galvani premiere

The Sixteen and Harry Christophers will present the world premiere performances of Marco Galvani’s On Christmas Morn as part of Classic FM’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Classic FM

Jessica Curry’s tips for aspiring composers

Our High Score presenter – and BAFTA Award-winning composer – shares some pieces of advice for young composer

The Strad

Anne-Sophie Mutter honoured by Bavarian State Foundation prize

Violinist recognised for artistic and philanthropic activity by grant-giving body

The New York Times

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic Siberian baritone who won critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world for his burnished voice, uncanny breath control and rueful expressivity, died on Wednesday in London. He was 55.

Limelight magazine

ECM Records commences streaming

Iconic indepdendent record label ECM Records has announced an expanded partnership with its long-standing distribution partner Universal Music Group (UMG) in order to bring the entire ECM music library to the digital world via streaming.

Welt N24

Dirigent Justus Frantz schneidet sich Fingerkuppe ab

Ob als Dirigent oder als Pianist: Musik ist elementarer Bestandteil des Lebens von Justus Frantz. Doch nun könnte ein Haushaltsunfall die Karriere des Hamburgers beenden.

Concerti

Wo Herkules noch in den Noten steckt

In ein paar Tagen ertönt in ganz Deutschland wieder Bachs Weihnachtsoratorium. Höchste Zeit, dass die concerti-Redaktion das Werk einmal genauer betrachtet

Pizzicato

Josep Pons stays as Music Director of the Liceu until 2022

The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barelona has extended the contract of its Music Director Josep Pons (*1957).

Musik Heute

Trauer um Bariton Hvorostovsky – Putin: “Sehr schwerer Verlust”

Bei dem weltbekannten Sänger war 2015 ein Gehirntumor festgestellt worden. In der Folge sagte er Opernauftritte und die meisten Konzerte ab.

France musique

Palmarès 2017 des “Diapason d’or” de l’année

Mercredi 22 novembre se déroulait l’édition 2017 des “Diapason d’Or” de l’année, récompensant les meilleurs enregistrements d’opéras, de pièces pour piano, ou encore de musique de chambre, selon le mensuel spécialisé “Diapason”.

Le Figaro

Orchestre en fête à la Philharmonie de Paris

La salle accueille la neuvième édition d’Orchestres en fête. Un événement que ne pouvait manquer Julien Clerc, rédacteur en chef du dernier numéro du Figaroscope.

Platea Magazine

La familia del barítono ruso Dmitri Hvorostovsky confirma su fallecimiento

Su última aparición en público tuvo lugar hace unos meses en el Metropolitan de Nueva York, en el marco de una gala lírica.

Twitter

France Musique @francemusique : Palmarès 2017 des “Diapason d’or” de l’année

Bayerischer Rundfunk @BR_Presse : Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Mariss Jansons: Am Freitag bekommt der Chefdirigent des BR-Chores und die Goldmedaille der verliehen.

Anne-Sophie Mutter ©Deutsche Grammophon/Harald Hoffmann

(Written on November 23, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: The RSNO announces its Composer Hub Intake, A take on sexism in the musical world, the St. John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival and a celebration of Opera The Konzerthausorchester Berlin wins the award for innovative orchestra and at the Staatsoperette Dresden the stage is flooded by the sprinkler system. Also Karajans compete recordings on 356 CDs, some gossip about Franz Liszt and former German Home Secretary Otto Schily will be conducting a concert.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The world of classical music has had many quasi-Weinsteins

Pudgy, wrinkled and repellent; shamelessly predatory, detested and feared — no, this isn’t another article about Harvey Weinstein.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO announces 2017/18 Composer Hub intake

The five composers selected for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 Composer Hub programme have been announced.

St John’s Smith Square announces Christmas Festival 2017

The 32nd Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square will take place 9-23 December. The festival, which comprises 14 concerts, will open with the City of London Choir’s Carols by Candlelight, featuring festive classics, new favourites and audience participation.

Opera Now

Celebrating in song

As the UK celebrates Opera Passion Day, we look ahead to an event that focuses on the power of the human voice to move and inspire audiences

The Guardian

Trio Da Kali: the Malian musicians defying jihad – with help from Kronos Quartet

The first time David Harrington met Trio Da Kali, they made him cry. The lead violinist and founder of Kronos Quartet was at the home of a colleague in London where he was to be introduced to the three Malian musicians.

WQXR

The Liszt List! 5 Absurd Moments From the Eccentric Pianist’s Life

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a celebrated composer and pianist, but at his peak, he was also regarded as a premiere showman. He enjoyed being a celebrity, and as long as attention was on him, he made sure to act the part.

Limelight

Karajan release sets record for biggest box set ever produced

Legendary conductor’s complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, on 356 discs.

Reaction

The Star-Spangled Banner and its sleazy origins

Despite the more pressing matters of Puerto Rico, gun reform, and an impending nuclear holocaust, President Trump has recently been devoting a lot of energy — and Twitter characters — to NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Codex flores

Konzerthausorchester Berlin ist Innovatives Orchester 2017

Der in diesem Jahr erstmals vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Preis «Innovatives Orchester 2017» der Deutschen Orchesterstiftung geht an das Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Einen Sonderpreis erhält das Staatsorchester Mainz.

Musik-heute

Ex-Innenminister Schily wird Konzert dirigieren

Der frühere Bundesinnenminister Otto Schily (85) geht unter die Dirigenten – zumindest für einen Abend: Am 5. Januar 2018 leitet der Rechtsanwalt und SPD-Politiker ein Neujahrskonzert im münsterländischen Borken.

Klassik.com

Staatsoperette Dresden: Sprinkleranlage flutet Bühne

Bei einer turnusmäßigen Überprüfung der Sprinkleranlagen in den Spielstätten im Kraftwerk Mitte kam es gestern zu einer folgenschweren Havarie: auf die Bühne der Staatsoperette strömten Unmengen Wasser.

Twitter

Classical Music News‏ @CIassicalMusic RCM announces Master of Education course http://dlvr.it/PwYZJy  #ClassicalMusic

Franz Liszt

(Written on October 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Scottish government will boost Edinburgh Festivals’ funding, Philharmonia announces new managing director, and the UK’s most talented young musicians are returning to Birmingham. Also, Jiří Bělohlávek remains maestro of Czech Philharmonic.

Teaching Drama Magazine

£300k extra for Edinburgh Festivals

In celebration of the Edinburgh International, Fringe and Film Festivals’ 70th anniversary this year, the Scottish government have boosted the EIF’s government funding by £300,000, to £2.3m.

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces new managing director

The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Helen Sprott as its new managing director.

Bromsgrove Advertiser

The country’s most talented young musicians are returning to Birmingham

Performing under the baton of renowned conductor John Wilson, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain makes a return visit to Birmingham’s prestigious Symphony Hall this new year.

The Violin Channel

Violin Virtuoso Julia Fischer Awarded Germany’s Highest Civilian Accolade

Violinist Julia Fischer has been awarded a German ‘Federal Cross’ Order of Merit for her work as a cultural ambassador for the country.

The New York Times

Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar to Headline Coachella

In a new kind of booking for the annual festival in the California desert, Beyoncé will be one of the three headliners at Coachella this year, which will be held April 14-16 (and repeated the following weekend, April 21-23) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

RBB Kulturradio

Dirigent Bělohlávek verlängert Vertrag in Prag

Jiří Bělohlávek bleibt an der Spitze der Tschechischen Philharmonie. Der 70-jährige Chefdirigent habe einen Vertrag für die nächsten sechs Jahre unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester in Prag mit.

nmz

Hoff: Thüringen braucht Kultur in der Fläche auf hohem Niveau

Die geplante Gebietsreform in Thüringen wird nach Einschätzung von Kulturminister Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff (Linke) auch den Theatern und Orchestern neue Gestaltungs- und Finanzierungsräume eröffnen.

Klassik Heute

Audi Jugendchorakademie gastiert in der Elbphilharmonie

Unter der Leitung von Kent Nagano tritt der Chor am 13. Januar 2017 in der neuen Elbphilharmonie auf. Auf dem Programm steht die Uraufführung des Oratoriums Arche, das der Komponist Jörg Widmann für diesen Anlass geschrieben hat.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM Watch an organist play The Flight of the Bumblebee *with his feet*

Cmuse.org @cmuseorg An Italian lost his post after ruining for the children in the audience

NDR.de @ndr Vorerst letzte Chance auf ein Ticket für die : Jetzt startet der Vorverkauf der letzten 8.000 Karten.

© Kim Traynor

© Kim Traynor

(Written on January 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

CMUSE

Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

Gramophone

A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

Npr music

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

Zeit Online

Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

Nmz

Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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Photo of London Team

In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

Photo: Emilie Bailey

In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

Photo: Tête a Tête

In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

Photo: BitterSuite

In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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Photo: Martin Godwin

In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The San Francisco Symphony cancelled two tour concerts in North Carolina, in response to the state’s law that overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Queensland Symphony Orchestra has been treating passengers that touched down at Brisbane Airport with pop-up performances, as part of the airport’s artist-in-residence programme. Also, read about studies on music’s effect on men and women to beat your friends at board games this Christmas.

The Telegraph

The secret trick which could help women beat men at board games this Christmas

Studies showed that classical music helps men with concentration whereas rock music doesn’t. However, music was found to have no effect on women’s performance.

Was 2016 the year women stormed the citadels of classical music?

Where does the best hope for classical music lie? In gifted, passionate and engaged musicians – not in grand plans for swanky new buildings.

San Francisco Chronicle

SF Symphony cancels tour concerts in North Carolina

The San Francisco Symphony has cancelled two tour concerts scheduled for April 5-6 in Chapel Hill, N.C., in response to the passage of the state law that overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The New York Times

Esma Redzepova, Who Sang to Generations of Her Roma Heritage, Dies at 73

Esma Redzepova, the Macedonian singer who was acclaimed for decades as the greatest female voice in Romany (Gypsy) music, died on Sunday in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. She was 73. Often billed as “Queen of the Gypsies,” Ms. Redzepova sang in more than 10 languages and recorded more than 500 songs. In the Balkans, her hits reached multiple generations.

ABC News

Queensland Symphony Orchestra treats travellers to music and fanfare at Brisbane airport

Passengers touching down in Brisbane this month have been treated to pop-up performances by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO).

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints new head and assistant head of music education

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed Dr John Habron and Robert Gardiner as head of music education and assistant head of music education (PGCE) respectively.

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall announces additional subsidised tickets

Building on the success of its scheme offering £5 tickets for under-35s, Wigmore Hall has announced that an additional 5,000 subsidised tickets will be available throughout next year, resulting in a total of 25,000.

Butterworth drinking song rediscovered in Oxford

A festive song by George Butterworth has been rediscovered at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries.

Musik Heute

Elbphilharmonie ist “Hamburger des Jahres” 2016

Die Elbphilharmonie ist noch nicht einmal eröffnet, aber schon “Hamburger des Jahres”: Generalintendant Christoph Lieben-Seutter hat die Auszeichnung am Montagabend in der Kategorie “Kultur” erhalten.

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Valentine Michaud erhält den «Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes» 2017

Die französische Saxophonistin Valentine Michaud setzte sich beim Finale des Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes 2017 gegen drei Mitbewerber durch. Michaud studierte in Lausanne und setzt ihr Studium derzeit an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste fort.

Klassik.com

Wiener Konzerthaus mit positiver Bilanz

Eigenen Angaben zufolge konnte es 2015/16 einen Besucherrekord erzielen, insgesamt zählte man 542.000 Besucher. Das sind 2,6 Prozent mehr als in der Spielzeit 2014/15. Die Zahl der Veranstaltungen erhöhte sich von 815 (2014/15) auf 861, davon waren 559 Eigenveranstaltungen.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/FWtl3073mGM 20 Candidates Announced for 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp @LynnUniversity

Royal Academy of Music @RoyalAcadMusic Online booking is now open for Spring 2017 events

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Mozart in the Jungle is like Game of Thrones for classical music … –

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Photo: Chris Wahlberg/ SF Symphony

(Written on December 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Mahler’s complete manuscript of Symphony No.2 was sold at auction and broke new record, which was set previously by Mozart’s symphonies. Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a 10-day, 8-night tour, where a series of concerts will take place and be played to the refugees in Germany in June 2017. Also, listen to pianist Yuja Wang’s incredible palying of Mozart’s Turkish March, in a “jazzy” way, which went viral after being posted on Facebook before it was taken down.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahler manuscript sets new auction record

A complete manuscript of Mahler’s second symphony sold at auction for £4,546,250, breaking a previous record set by the sale of manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies in 1987.

Winds Without Borders to perform for German refugees

The Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a series of concerts for refugees in Germany.

Quartz

A Chinese piano prodigy is lighting up the internet with her rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March

Yuja Wang, a 29-year-old Chinese pianist, is taking over the internet this week with her dazzling rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March.

Music Teacher Magazine

Guildhall School announces spring 2017 season

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s spring 2017 season includes the premiere of the first opera written in Middle English and a masterclass led by Jonas Kaufmann.

NRK

KORKs julekalender

Hvilken musikk skaper aller best julestemning? Hver dag vil en KORK-musiker avsløre sin julefavoritt.

Aftenposten

Klassisk-guide: Her er vår anmelders forhåndsfavoritter blant de klassiske julekonsertene!

Messias og pøbler kjemper om oppmerksomheten i førjulsstria – vi gir deg oversikten.

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Orchestervereinigung fordert Rücknahme der Kürzungen in Dresden

Im Streit um Budgetkürzungen bei der Dresdner Philharmonie und den Dresdner Musikfestspielen fordert nun auch die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung eine Rücknahme der Streichungen.

Klassik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker gestalten ZDF-Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten

Das Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten, das in diesem Jahr in der Morizkirche in Coburg vom ZDF aufgezeichnet und am Heiligen Abend um 18 Uhr gesendet wird, gestalten in diesem Jahr die Bamberger Symphoniker.

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Dirigieren mit der Zahnbürste

Die Wahl-Berlinerin Alice Sara Ott über vergessene Komponistinnen, verstorbene Idole und Whisky.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM Vote for your Christmas carol and WIN: http://classfm.co/carols

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1822 Debut as concert pianist in Vienna of Franz #Liszt at the age of 11. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Plaza Live renovations challenge Orlando Philharmonic – Orlando … – Orlando Sentinel https://t.co/UM8FngsX5s

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Photo: The prodigy. (EPA/ZIPI)

(Written on December 1, 2016 )