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In today’s classical news: classical music calms pets scared of fireworks, scientists solve the riddle of Chopin’s early death, Brit Trust reaches £20m milestone. VR demonstrates what music feels like to a deaf person. Das Berliner Jazzfest attracts young auditory, Harold Faltermeyer wins the German Film Music Award (Deutscher Filmmusikpreis).

The Times

Beethoven soothes pets spooked by fireworks

It may sound barking mad, but on Bonfire Night, pet behaviourists say that dogs can calm down if they listen to Beethoven’s 6th Symphony while cats may prefer hearing Handel’s Sarabande in D minor.

The Guardian

Examination of Chopin’s pickled heart solves riddle of his early death

Scientists diagnose rare complication of tuberculosis following analysis of heart stored in jar of cognac for 170 years.

The Telegraph

The doyenne of French composers Betsy Jolas brings a new work to London, plus November’s best classical concerts

At 91, Betsy Jolas has long been the doyenne of French composers. But she has never shown any sign of resting on those laurels, and seems to be working as hard as ever.

Opera Now

Simona Genga wins COC vocal competition

Mezzo-soprano Simona Genga has won the first prize at the Canadian Opera Company’s annual Ensemble Studio Competition. She receives a $10,000 cash prize and a performance opportunity at Ontario’s Elora Festival.

Classical Music

Brit Trust reaches £20m milestone

The Brit Trust has awarded £20m since it was established in 1989.

The New York Times

How We Used VR to Explore What Music Feels Like to a Deaf Person

Seven years ago, when Rachel Kolb was 20, her friends pitched in to help her learn how to hear music.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Schweißtreibend leichtfüßig

Das Berliner Jazzfest schafft den Anschluss an die Gegenwart. Jazz wirkt im Jahr 2017 aber nicht allein deshalb wieder zeitgenössisch, weil er von jungen Menschen für ein junges Publikum gespielt wird.

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Für Clara zum Geburtstag

Ein radikales Formkonzept, eine vom Publikum unverstandene Erstaufführung und eine jahrzehntelange Phase der Umarbeitung – Robert Schumanns Sinfonie Nr. 4 benötigte mehrere Anläufe, um sich im Konzertrepertoire zu etablieren.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis wurde in Halle verliehen

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis für Harold Faltermeyer.

El País

La música del exilio

La arpista Cristina Montes abre el ciclo en memoria de los compositores españoles exiliados en la Guerra Civil.

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(Written on November 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the opera house in Frankfurt collecting donations for aid to refugees, Elbphilharmonie receiving grants from the city of Hamburg & investments in Stradivari violins. Also, Jeremy Menuhin on classical performances and yoga with his father

Musik-heute

“Oper ohne Grenzen” sammelt Spenden für Flüchtlingshilfe

Die Oper Frankfurt hat am Sonntag ein Zeichen gegen Fremdenhass gesetzt

NDR.de

Elbphilharmonie: Betrieb finanziell gesichert

Im Januar 2017 soll die Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg eröffnet werden. Bereits jetzt steht fest: Auch der Betrieb des Konzerthauses wird ein Zuschussgeschäft

NMZ

Millionenschwere Diven im Tresor – Geiger auf Mäzene angewiesen

Eine Stradivari als Geldanlage? Immer mehr Investoren setzen auf wertvolle Geigen, um vom sicheren Wertzuwachs der Streichinstrumente zu profitieren

Musical Toronto

TSO SHAKE-UP | More Revealed About Jeff Melanson’s “Departure” From TSO

As reported, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced that Jeff Melanson has resigned as President and CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The Telegraph

Flashback: Jeremy Menuhin on classical performances and yoga with his father

This photo was taken in Saanen Church in Gstaad. I was 29 and my father was 64. We are dressed for the photograph rather than for a concert

The Guardian

The sound of silence: classical music’s forgotten women

Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann are familiar names, but what of Fanny and Clara?

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BR KLASSIK 4. April 1875: “Die Moldau” von Bedrich wird in Prag uraufgeführt.

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Gerald Mertens Big Success For ICMA Gala Concert In San Sebastian via

Gerd Pinsker, (Basel)/Courtesy of Foyle Menuhin Archive at the Royal Academy of Music / Telegraph

Gerd Pinsker, (Basel) /Courtesy of Foyle Menuhin Archive at the Royal Academy of Music /Telegraph

(Written on April 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Spectator argues that female composers have been left off the syllabus because they’re no good, and the Evening Standard lists classical music’s most influential Londoners in 2015. Also, The Strad reports on how harmonics can be used as a violin teaching tool

The Spectator

The reason why there are no female composers on the syllabus is because they’re no good

Nothing by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth or Judith Weir matches up to the work of their male counterparts

The Guardian

Marriage of Figaro – have you lost the plot?

Do you too struggle to follow every twist and turn of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro? Help us get things clear, for once and for all

The Strad

Using harmonics as a violin teaching and practice tool

Although harmonics are most often used for musical effect, in the search for a perfectly pure sound they can be a wonderful aid to learning and practice, argues Laura Reed

Evening Standard

The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2015 – Classical Music

Classical music’s most influential Londoners and what they have done for the Arts

Manchester Evening News

Hacienda classics turned classical as DJs perform dance hits with Manchester Camerata

Former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering came up with the idea to play a non-stop set of 20 songs with the local chamber orchestra to give the club’s anthems a new life

New York Times

The Met Considers Naming Rights, and Other Ways Forward

A bigger glass lobby stretching into Lincoln Center’s plaza. Operas on Sunday. And perhaps, following the lead of its neighboring theaters recently renamed for David Geffen and David H. Koch, slapping another wealthy donor’s name on the storied Metropolitan Opera House.

Listen Magazine

The Mensch

Itzhak Perlman discusses teaching, Mendelssohn, color, chamber music, warhorses, interpretation, solo Bach, and his hair.

Neue Musikzeitung

Gergijew gibt Einstand in München – Aufbruch in eine neue Ära?

Mit dem Einstandkonzert des russischen Stardirigenten Waleri Gergijew beginnt für die Münchner Philharmoniker an diesem Donnerstag eine neue Zeitrechnung.

Klassik-heute.com

ARD-Musikwettbewerb geht mit dem 3. Preisträgerkonzert zu Ende

Die 64. Ausgabe des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD ist erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen und hat in allen vier Kategorien ausgezeichnete Ergebnisse hervorgebracht.

Klassik.com

Neues Kulturzentrum in Lugano eröffnet

Theater- und Konzertsaal bieten Raum für musikalisches Angebot unterschiedlicher Sparten. Entworfen hat das Gebäude der Tessiner Architekt Ivan Gianola.

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Classic FM: The 8 noisiest things in classical music:

ISM: Classical concert etiquette: the new rules from :

GramophoneYou voted in your thousands. At 8pm tonight we will announce the Artist of the Year.

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Music Director of English National Opera: Mark Wigglesworth Daniel Hambury/ Evening Standard

 

 

(Written on September 17, 2015 )

Are you a young graduate who is eager to network, meet new people, try something new and do business? Orpheus Sinfonia, themselves outstanding recent graduates, are hosting a networking event alongside their next concert Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle on 23rd March. There will be opportunities to meet other like-minded people before the concert, during the interval, and also afterwards over a drink or two.

There are many networking events out there but this one will be unique in its combination of business and culture. The concert’s theme focuses around classical music’s most famous love triangle between husband and wife Robert and Clara Schumann and their friend Johannes Brahms. Who will win over Clara in the end? Far from being your stereotypical concert, the music will be explained in a simple yet informative way, perfect for the classical music novice. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to talk intelligently about culture when entertaining your clients back at the office. The concert is also a great excuse to take time out of your busy schedule to relax: being a young graduate can be tough if you are in a new city, job and routine.

So, come along, enjoy some great music, get noticed and make connections for yourself and your company.

Don’t forget your business cards!

Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle, St George’s Hanover Square, 19:30, 23rd March. Reserve your £5 tickets by emailing clara@wildkatpr.com

Orpheus Networking Blog

(Written on March 12, 2015 )

In the week leading up to International Women’s Day the team at WildKat PR have been discussing some of the best moments, pieces, events and performances that have come from classical women. Here are 10 of our favourites – add yours to the list by tweeting us @WildKatPR!

 

Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor (Andante)

 

Marin Alsop’s speech at the Last Night of the Proms 2013

 

Nicola Benedetti inspires young musicians

Nicola Benedetti helps and inspires Scottish children to study music

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The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa founded her foundation in 2004 to help outstanding young musicians and singers to develop their international careers

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – Lied: Larghetto from Song Without Words

 

Madeleine Dring’s Business Girls from ‘Five Betjeman Songs’

 

In 2014 Judith Weir was appointed as the first female master of the Queen’s music

She succeeded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the role that is said to be the musical equivalent of the poet laureate

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Jacqueline du Pre set the bar for performances of Elgar’s Cello Concerto

 

Galina Ustvolskaya was composing during the Soviet Union

The Russian composer’s brutally uncompromising work has an elementality that’s both horrifying and thrilling

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The founder of ENO Lilian Baylis

Lilian Baylis established the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company in 1931 which later became the English National Opera

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(Written on March 6, 2015 )

In the Observer yesterday, Vanessa Thorpe highlighted the apparent sexism in the arts, stating that is it “the norm” in the UK for men to fill the top positions in artistic and cultural institutions. The original article cites a few influential and inspirational women, including Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Neville, and Random House’s Chief Executive Gail Rebuck, but we wanted to share a few of our female inspirations, and ask you to tell us yours!

 

Jude Kelly – Artistic Director, Southbank Centre

Jude Kelly is one of the few women in a top position in her field, and encourages and advises other women to get involved and persevere in arts through initiatives such as the Women of the World Festival, She also strives, and succeeds, in introducing and welcoming new audiences to experience classical music through extensive series events, whilst keeping the regular crowds interested and pleasantly surprised.

 

Sarah Derbyshire – Managing Director, National Children’s Orchestra

Sarah, who has previously spearheaded projects like Live Music Now, is kind, funny, creative and ambitious, all at the same time. Liked and admired by colleagues and industry, she is a real inspiration to other women.

 

Margaret Atwood – Poet, Novellist, Literary Critic, Essayist and Environmental Activist

Margaret Atwood writes with an amazingly wide perspective, which resists the traditional view of women. She is also an exquisite satirist and wit.

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Maria João Pires – Pianist

Maria has a phenomenal talent and her performances are always timeless. Not only was she performing Mozart publicly at the age of 7, but she is still in demand for performances and recordings sixty years later. Off the concert stage, Maria’s focus on charity is worth celebrating – she runs outreach programmes around the world.

 

Clara Schumann – Pianist and Composer

Clara Schumann is perhaps an obvious choice for an iconic, influential women in music, but her work – which spanned more than six decades – changed the public’s tastes and appreciation of music. She was also one of the first pianists to perform from memory, something which her reviewers noted as being particularly extraordinary!

 

Doon Mackichan – Comedienne and Actor

Doon Mackichan is a brilliant comic performer and writer. She is darkly witty and has worked on some of the most popular comedy of recent times, which are often male-dominated: Alan Partridge, The Day Today, Nathan Barley and Brass Eye, as well as one third of the triumvirate performing in the female sketch show Smack the Pony.

 

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – Opera Singer and Mentor

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is an inspiration and highly successful musician, who in 2004 founded the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is committed to mentoring young singers through mentoring, financial aid and advice.

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(Written on March 25, 2013 )

News Medical (found on Musical Chairs)

Classical music could ease the ‘dog’s life’ of kennels

Playing classical music to dogs housed in kennels on either a temporary or permanent basis results in them spending more time sleeping, and less time vocalizing, report researchers.

Gramophone

Santtu-Matias Rouvali appointed Tampere Philharmonic artistic director

Three-year contract begins in 2013

Max Richter ‘recomposes’ Vivaldi’s Seasons – hear an excerpt!

Latest addition to DG’s ‘Recomposed’ series

The Times of India

Google celebrates Clara Schumann’s 193rd birthday

Google, the search engine giant, celebrates Clara Schumann’s 193rd birthday on Thursday.

Classic FM

Vienna Boys’ Choir back in the UK

One of the world’s original boy bands, the famous choir are preparing for their UK tour, marking their return to Britain after a ten year absence.

Welsh National Opera to hold workshops for homeless

Opera workshops with homeless people in Cardiff are to be held in a collaborative venture between the Welsh National Opera and Streetwise Opera.

Laura Wright postpones gigs due to illness

The classical singer was forced to cancel her two UK headline performances in Ipswich and London after falling ill on Monday.

The Republic, Columbus Indiana (found on Musical Chairs)

Student’s purple violin causes controversy in classroom for being ‘not suitable’

Camille Cruz’s purple violin caused controversy at Tibbits Middle School in Farmington N.M., when her teacher asked that she rent a standard violin so she could fit in with the class.

The Republic

(Written on September 13, 2012 )