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We are delighted to be working with North-West based ensemble, Psappha, on its 2018/19 concert season. Furthermore, we can announce that Mark-Anthony Turnage has been announced as Psappha’s newest Patron, following the death of longtime Psappha Patron and collaborator Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in 2016.

“I’m really pleased that Psappha has asked me to become their new Patron. It’s an honour to take on the position from Max after his 21 years in the role… The group’s commitment to living composers is a vital element in British musical life and I’m looking forward to supporting these brilliant musicians and their work in the future.” – Mark-Anthony Turnage, July 2018

Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group, comprising seven core instrumentalists, is based at St Michael’s, the former Italian chapel in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It shares this venue with The Hallé.

Psappha is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England (ACE) and a Talent Development Partner for PRS for Music Foundation.

In addition to public performancees, Psappha offers a wealth of online content for contemporary classical enthusiasts. Its YouTube channel has achieved more than 70,000 views in the past 12 months, and offers more than 160 free-to-view films of live performances and a number of free online film-based resources for young composers.

Psappha’s Composition Lab offers support to GCSE and A-level music students through 100 short films presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood, which explore different orchestral instruments, musical styles and instrumental techniques. Psappha Kids is a free resource specially devised to support the teaching of classroom music by specialist and non-specialist teachers of children aged 7-11, and includes lesson plans, class-based musical activities and extension tasks, fully supported through a series of short films.

The Composing for… scheme is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent. They will be offered expert support and professional guidance over an extended period to create new works that will be filmed and hosted on Psappha’s YouTube Channel, and considered for a future Psappha performance.

Psappha is supported by ACE’s Catalyst: Evolve scheme, which matches donations pound-for- pound, helping to create a “more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector”.

The first concert in the 2018/19 will be ‘New Adventures’ on Thursday 27 September at Stoller Hall, Manchester.

See Psappha in action below!

(Written on July 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: An airline refused to let orchestra on board with instruments. RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000. Original Elgar Manuscript on Antiques Roadshow. Premier trombonists to descend Iowa City. Symphonic flashmob in Berlin. 121 applications for Eisler scholarship in Leipzig. Orchestra of Valencia and Ramón Tebar to give free open air concert. Oliver Knussen – his life.

Classic FM

An airline refused to let this orchestra on board with their instruments – and they protested in the best way

This orchestra – Pokrovsky Opera on Facebook – were travelling from Riga airport in Latvia to Moscow, Russia, when they were stopped at security with their instrument cases.

Rhinegold

RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000

The programme offers a range of support to outstanding instrumentalists, ensembles and composers, including non-repayable grants for students in financial need to afford quality instruments.

Classic FM

Original Elgar manuscript valued at £100,000 on Antiques Roadshow

A woman who appeared on Antiques Roadshow has been sitting on an incredibly valuable musical item: the original drafts and revisions of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

The Daily Iowan

Premier trombonists to descend on Iowa City for international festival

For the first time, the University of Iowa will host the annual International Trombone Festival to bring world-class trombonists together for a special four-day event to celebrate the many facets the trombone has to offer.

Pizzicato

Ng Tian Hui named Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony

The Pioneer Valley Symphony, an orchestra in Greenfield, Massachusetts, has announced as its new musical director 38-year-old Ng Tian Hui.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Er lehrte die wilden Kerle das Singen

Seine erste Sinfonie schrieb er mit Fünfzehn – und dirigierte sie gleich mit dem London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt ist der englische Komponist und Dirigent Oliver Knussen gestorben.

Concerti

Sinfonischer Flashmob

Die Aktion Symphonic Mob verwandelt am 23. September die Piazza der Mall of Berlin zum Konzertsaal, wenn Laienmusiker auf Profis des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin und des Rundfunkchors Berlin treffen

Musik Heute

121 Bewerbungen für Leipziger Eisler-Stipendium

Für das erstmals ausgeschriebene Hanns-Eisler-Stipendium der Stadt Leipzig haben sich 121 Komponisten angemeldet.

Platea Magazine

La Orquesta de Valencia y Ramón Tebar ofrecen un concierto gratuito en la Playa de Las Arenas

El próximo 13 de julio, a las 22 horas, la Orquesta de Valencia prolongará la celebración de su 30 aniversario con un concierto gratuito al aire libre, en el marco de la Playa de Las Arenas.

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonic Mob © Kai Bienert

(Written on July 11, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fifth year. Music@Malling 2018 will take audiences on a journey through music and time: placing the music of contemporary composers alongside classical, jazz, vocal, world and film music in and around the stunning historic venues and landscapes of West Malling, Kent, from 16th – 29th September. Combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music, the eighth Music@Malling festival comprises 28 events across 14 days. A unique festival in Kent that has built audiences from scratch engaging people from the local area, region and beyond.

This year, outreach work includes 1,800 children from 20 primary schools composing theme tunes for the theme park rides in The Great Enormo, a 21st Century Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, written by Michael Rosen and set to music by husband and wife team, Morgan Pochin, featuring Chamber Domaine.

 

 

Concerts include an exciting array of artists; Tenebrae, Chamber Domaine, Tippett Quartet, leading young pianist Vanessa Benelli Mossel, organist Rupert Jeffcoat, outstanding Cellists Peter Gregson and Richard Harwood, Vocalist and Violinist Lizzie Ball, Violinist Thomas Bowes, guitarists Morgan Szymanksi and Craig Ogden, and James Pearson – Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s.

 

Contemporary composers are celebrated alongside composer greats; from Master of Queen’s Music Judith Weir, Owain Park, Debussy, Elgar, Tavener, Vaughn Williams, Parry, Bridge, to Bach alongside unsung composing talents such as Eugène Ysaÿe.

Notable periods of history are commemorated including The Armistice with Charles Dance, legendary actor narrating a programme with readings from Siegfried Sassoon and newly discovered correspondence from leading figures from the 20th century. Also ahead of its World Premiere at London’s V & A in November and to mark the end of the prestigious Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition, Lizzie Ball and Morgan Szymanksi, will be previewing a selection of works from Corrido – A Ballad for The Bravetaking musical and visual inspiration from the cultural landscape of Frida’s time in the inspiring All Saint’s Church, Tudeley with its famous Marc Chagall windows.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Music@Malling 2018 promises to be our biggest festival yet!  Including works by Debussy, Elgar, Vaughn Williams, Stanford, Parry, Bridge, Ysaÿe, Walton and Delius.  Judith Weir – Master the Queen’s Music and a leading contemporary composer, is featured across five programmes and will be giving a talk about her music and how it connects with the past.  I am also delighted to have side-by-side events, a jamming session with James Pearson and Go Compose to inspire young musicians from across Kent. I started my violin lessons in the kitchen at West Malling Primary and I know that I would have been thrilled to have such an opportunity’.

(Written on July 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: First premiere at Bayreuth Festival since 1882. Herbert von Karajan wax figure to be revealed at Madame Taussauds at Vienna Prater. RNCM awarded Erasmus+ grant for new conducting project. Wigmore Hall to host live-streamed concert with Holocaust survivor. Opera Rara strikes distribution deal with Warners. Hamburg Opera sees audience numbers rise. Berlin State Opera on tour in Argentina with Daniel Barenboim. Pierre Fournier Award 2018 won by young American cellist.

Rhinegold

RNCM awarded Erasmus+ grant for new conducting project

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has been awarded a 436,000 euro grant to fund an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership which will help develop digital learning resources and online conducting studies.

Rhinegold

Holocaust survivor to speak in live-streamed Wigmore Hall concert

Cellist and Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch is to speak at a specially-programmed concert at Wigmore Hall on Sunday.

Gramophone

Opera Rara strikes distribution deal with Warners

Major label hopes to help operatic discoveries reach even wider audiences. The deal will see the major label take on the worldwide distribution for all future Opera Rara recordings.

Classic FM

The Star Wars Imperial March in the style of Beethoven sounds momentous and sad

Richard Grayson was a great American composer and pianist, who was a bit of a whizz at improvising.

The Violin Channel

American Cellist Rainer Crosett Awarded Coveted 2018 Pierre Fournier Award

26-year-old American cellist Rainer Crosett has been awarded the 2018 Pierre Fournier Award – at Wigmore Hall, in London

Concerti

Erste Uraufführung in Bayreuth seit 1882

Die Oper „der verschwundene hochzeiter“ entstand in Zusammenarbeit des Komponisten Klaus Lang mit dem Regisseur Paul Esterházy. Damit präsentieren die beiden das erste Auftragswerk bei den Bayreuther Festspielen seit deren Bestehen

klassik.com

Herbert von Karajan als Wachsfigur

Der 1989 verstorbene Dirigent Herbert von Karajan zieht in der kommenden Woche in das Wachsfigurenkabinett Madame Tussauds im Wiener Prater ein.

Musik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper steigert Auslastung

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper hat in dieser Spielzeit mit 345.000 Zuschauern rund 25.000 Besucher mehr als in der vorherigen Saison angezogen.

Platea Magazine

La Staatsoper de Berlín visita el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires con Tristán e Isolda, con Daniel Barenboim

Los días 11, 14, 18 y 22 de julio, el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires acoge la visita de los cuerpos estables de la Staatsoper de Berlín, a las órdenes de Daniel Barenboim, para representar Tristan und Isolde de Richard Wagner.

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Festspielhaus Bayreuth © Rico Neitze/Wikimedia Commons

(Written on July 6, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw has joined WildKat PR as Composer Relations and PR Executive, and the company has launched new services for the culture and music communities.

Naomi’s inclusion into the company brings expert knowledge in the fields of copyright, music royalties, funding and publishing, accumulated from over ten years’ experience of working at PRS for Music, MCPS and PRS Foundation.

With this in mind, WildKat will be offering affordable consultancy for composers and small-scale organisations in the following areas:

  • Composer Consultancy– a tailored handbook for composers on all things to kick-start your career, and music royalty administration
  • Funding Advice – creative approaches to funding, and how/where to apply

These new services will be made affordable through hourly billing. This means that composers can get long-term support and tailored advice from WildKat, in an affordable and accessible way, ensuring accessibility for all.

 

Led by Naomi, WildKat is also bringing back #OpenSessions, starting with the following new themes:

  • Funding 101
  • #Royalties – How to get paid for writing music
  • Grand Rights – What is that?
  • Publishing for Dummies

#OpenSessions are free of charge 15-minute sessions. Through quick-fire consultancy, industry individuals including artists and musicians, labels, management, designers and creatives are able to learn about different part of the sector from members of the WildKat team.

Naomi Belshaw commented: “I am really excited about the prospect of giving tailored advice to early career composers. The landscape of the music industry has changed enormously in the last decade and now a composer needs to think differently about publishing, commissioning and much, much more. For example, the number of young composers being taken on by classical publishers today total less than one per year. As the classical composer “giants” of the 19th and 20th centuries go out of copyright, publishers are having to change their models to survive; taking on composers who cross genre boundaries, write for TV, film and games or only on a work by work basis. Suffice it to say from publishing to recording to promotion, the modern composer has to be much more agile and savvy in the 21st century.”

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat, says: “I am really thrilled to have Naomi join our team in London. She brings with her a wealth of experience and embodies the WildKat ethos through and through: a love for music and furthering careers in this sector.

WildKat has always been the leader in innovating and adapting to challenging times in this sector and I feel particularly the new sort of musician or ensemble need a much more wholesome approach with many elements, such as publishing, thread into their requirements. We are excited to offer such comprehensive advice and services.”

Director of the London Office Olivia Brown says: “As WildKat has adapted to changes in the industry over the years, we have developed the company into a creative agency. Through our recent signings, including Music for Youth, Spitalfields Music and Radio France, we are truly demonstrating that our multifaceted, creative approach works for all types of organisations and artists on an international scale. I have always loved our free #OpenSessions and I’m so happy that we are extending this into affordable packages for composers. WildKat always has something for everyone, from advice for those starting out to full-scale branding packages for established organisations and artists. We’re delighted that Naomi has joined the team and is developing the company in this way with unparalleled experience and skills.”

 

About WildKat

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. Our services include PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for cultural institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

Services 

Branding

Creative Campaigns

Social Media & Content Creation

Press and PR

Event and Tour Organisation

Marketing

Recording Consultancy

Industry Connections

Composer Consultancy

Funding Advice

 

WildKat Management team now consists of:

Kathleen Alder, Founder

Olivia Brown, Director of London and New Offices

Carolin Denz, Director of Berlin Office and Central Europe

Naomi Belshaw, Composer Relations and PR Executive

(Written on July 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Warner Classics to issue a concerto recording of Leeds International Piano Competition. The New York Philharmonic is reportedly thinking about changing its dress code. Australian Helpmann Award nominations announced. Karabits contract with Weimar orchestra not extended. How to arrange a concert during the World Cup. Bachfest in Leipzig reaches record audience numbers. Guennadi Rojdestvenski passes away.

Gramophone

Warner Classics and Leeds International Piano Competition strike a deal

The record label will release a recording, both on CD and digitally, shortly after the September finals, ‘featuring The Leeds winner, or a finalist of their choice’ playing a Concerto with the Hallé conducted by Edward Gardner, and a selection of recital repertoire from the earlier rounds.

The Guardian

Rising clarinet star’s ex-girlfriend must pay $375,000 for trying to sabotage his career

Ontario court calls case of Eric Abramovitz, whose girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school, ‘despicable interference’.

Rhinegold

New partnership for Wigmore Hall and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Wigmore Hall and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition have announced a partnership, which will allow all five of the competition’s Song Prize finalists to give a debut recital at Wigmore Hall.

iNews

Women could finally wear the trousers thanks to a sartorial revolution in classical music

The New York Philharmonic is reportedly thinking about changing its dress code. Currently female performers are required to wear floor-length black skirts or gowns for formal evening concerts.

Classic FM

New releases: Summer Night Concert 2018, Patrick Gallois – Francois Devienne Flute Concerto No.13

World exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight Magazine

2018 Helpmann Awards nominations announced

The nominations for the 2018 Helpmann Awards are in, with Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures’ much-lauded Muriel’s Wedding the Musical taking the lion’s share with 11 nods.

Pizzicato

Weimar verlängert Vertrag von Karabits nicht

Die Verhandlungen über eine Vertragsverlängerung des ukrainischen Dirigenten Kirill Karabits am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar sind gescheitert.

Concerti

Klassikkonkurrent Weltmeisterschaft?

Sommerzeit – Festivalzeit. Für viele Liebhaber klassischer Musik die schönste Zeit im Jahr. Denn jetzt lässt sich das Angenehme mit dem Angenehmen verbinden: Internationale Klangkörper und Künstler bevölkern nicht nur die Hauptstädte oder Ballungszentren, sondern ziehen im Rahmen akribisch geplanter Veranstaltungsreihen aufs Land.

klassik.com

Bachfest Leipzig 2018 mit Besucherrekord

Das Bachfest Leipzig kann auf eine weitere erfolgreiche Auflage des Festivals zurückschauen: So konnte der erst im Vorjahr aufgestellte Besucherrekord mit fast 80.000 Gästen aus 40 verschiedenen Ländern gebrochen werden.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre russe Guennadi Rojdestvenski est mort

Le chef d’orchestre russe Guennadi Rojdestvenski est mort samedi 16 mai à l’âge de 87 ans. « Le Bolchoï est en deuil », a annoncé sur Twitter le théâtre moscovite, dont il avait dirigé l’orchestre en 2000 et 2001.

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Guennadi Rojdestvenski (c) Alexei Nikolsky

 

(Written on June 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: New statistics shown up that only 76 classical concerts include at least one piece by a woman, Classic BRIT Awards 2018, what time looks like to Philip Glass, and Robert Trevino stays at the Basque National Orchestra. Furthermore, the Bachfest Leipzig attracts mass audiences with its ‘Cantata Ring’, and the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho reflects on creativity as she receives a BBVA Foundation award.

The Guardian

Female composers largely ignored by concert line-ups

Women in Music project finds that in 1,445 classical concerts across globe only 76 include a work by a woman.

Classic FM

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe win big at Classic BRIT Awards

The cellist at the Royal Wedding Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the much-loved duo of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe each scooped two awards at the returning Classic BRIT Awards ceremony. Kanneh-Mason took home the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice award, while Ball & Boe won the Classic FM Album of the Year and the Best Group category.

Broadway World

Robert Trevino Extends Music Directorship Of Basque National Orchestra

The new contract will see Trevino as the orchestra’s artistic leader until the 2021/22 season.

Nautilus

The Smaller the Theatre, the Faster the Music

How is composing music of a given meter similar to painting flowing water? In this conversation between the composer and musician Philip Glass and the painter Fredericka Foster, two artists set out to tackle this question, before flowing into questions of memory, physics, and death.

WQXR 

Ten Landmarks in Keyboard Virtuosity

The history of the keyboard is just as much the history of the virtuoso who, for reasons competitive and otherwise, has time and again advanced technique and reimagined what is possible with 88 keys.

Der Tagesspiegel

Da läuft noch was

Alle reden von der WM? Nicht in Berlin. Die Kultur fährt am kommenden Wochenende eine beeindruckende Ballung an Konkurrenzveranstaltungen auf.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Diese Liebe ist unersättlich

Kommet zuhauf: Mit seinem „Kantaten-Ring“ zieht das Bachfest Leipzig ein Massenpublikum an und kann dieses auch begeistern.

Musik heute

Europäisches Kulturerbe-Siegel für Leipzigs Musik-Stätten

EU-Kulturkommissar Tibor Navracsics und Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) überreichten die Siegel am Mittwoch stellvertretend an neun historische Stätten wie die Thomaskirche, das Bach-Archiv, die Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” und das Gewandhaus.

El País

Kaija Saariaho: ‘Me entristece que tengamos que seguir resaltando que soy una mujer’

La compositora finlandesa reflexiona sobre la creatividad al recibir el galardón de la Fundación BBVA.

Pizzicato

Daniel Meyer stays with the Erie Philharmonic

The Erie Philharmonic’s Music Director Daniel Meyer has renewed his contract with the orchestra for the next four years.

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Composer Emily Hall: ‘One work at least by a female composer – that should be standard now’ © Rob Orchard/The Guardian

(Written on June 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lost John Coltrane recording from 1963 to be released, Scottish composer is awarded with Queen’s Medal for Music, the Mayor of London has created a map of the music facilities across London, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra signs to Deutsche Grammophon. Plus an interview with composer Helmut Lachenmann, and theatre and orchestra are discussing digital and #metoo.

The Guardian

‘A new room in the Great Pyramid’: lost 1963 John Coltrane album discovered

An album of previously unheard original compositions by the legendary jazz saxophonist has been discovered, 55 years after its recording.

The Sunday Post

Scottish composer Thea Musgrave awarded with Queen’s medal for music

The 90-year-old received her award at Buckingham Palace during an audience with the head of state. Ms Musgrave said: “Although much of my career has been on an international stage, this Medal represents my British heritage.”

Rhinegold

Mayor maps London’s music spaces

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has created a map of the music facilities across London, responding to data which shows that the steady decline in the number of grassroots music venues has stabilised.

Richmond News

Shanghai Symphony signs China’s first orchestra record deal

Deutsche Grammophon on Thursday announced a recording contract with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a first global label deal for a Chinese orchestra. Led by China’s most celebrated conductor Long Yu, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will premiere on the German label next year with a CD of to-be-announced works by Chinese and Russian composers.

Music News

‘British artists continue to inspire fans all around the world’: BPI reports another stellar year for UK music

BPI chief Geoff Taylor has declared music to be the UK’s “international calling card” after new research showed British music accounted for 13% of all music consumed worldwide in 2017. Top-selling albums by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rag’N’Bone Man, Sam Smith – and classic acts including The Beatles and Roger Waters – are credited with boosting the figures, compiled by the BPI.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Helmut Lachenmann im Gespräch

Man hat mich immer wieder in eine Ecke gestellt.

Musik heute

Theater und Orchester diskutieren Digitales und #MeToo

Bei der Jahreshauptversammlung des Deutschen Bühnenvereins geht es vom (heutigen) Freitag an um die Themen Digitalisierung und Geschlechtergerechtigkeit.

pizzicato

Asheville Symphony taps Darko Butorac as Music Director

Asheville Symphony (North Carolina) has announced that conductor Serbian born Darko Butorac will become Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season.

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John Coltrane © Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC

(Written on June 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Composers tell Neil Fisher how to write a contemporary opera, a new community production by Howard Moody will premiere at Glyndebourne, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival returns this October. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra looks to the future. A historic piano collection is expected to sell for£1 million. Fabio Luisi will take over the Dallas Symphony, a portrait of an all men’s choir looking for a new director, the opening of the Munich Biennale. The ballet of the Dresden Semperoper wins the Taurus award. A portrait of Mai Khoi and her political resistance and a piece on instrument luthiers.

The Times

Ask for help, don’t annoy the audience, and it’s no use trying to be funny

With a spate of new operas premiering this summer, composers tell Neil Fisher how to get it right (they hope).

Glyndebourne

Agreed – a new community opera for 2019

A new large-scale community opera by Howard Moody will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.

Rhinegold

James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.

Bachtrack

Looking to history and innovating for the future: Singapore Symphony’s 40th anniversary season

In 2018/19, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season. Lan Shui will step down after a very successful 22-year relationship with the orchestra, in which he raised the profile of the ensemble significantly through touring and recordings (a search for his successor is underway).

Express.co.uk

Historic piano collection could fetch £1 million at auction

More than 110 pianos owned by classical music enthusiast Charles Colt are tipped to sell for a seven-figure sum. A collection that started with a £6 piano could soon sell for £1 million at an auction.

New York Times

Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas

The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it has chosen a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who built its reputation over the past decade and takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic next season.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dümpeln ohne Frauen und Dirigent

Das Willkommen auf der Homepage gibt die Ausrichtung gleich bündig wieder. Ausdrücklich begrüßt werden dort die “Sehr geehrten Herren”.

BR Klassik

Berührend komisch und Laut-Aggressiv

Wer an diesem Wochenende alle Premieren der Münchener Biennale besuchen wollte, musste eine logistische Meisterleistung vollbringen – Uraufführung folgte auf Uraufführung.

Klassik.com

Semperoper Dresden: Europäischer Kulturpreis Taurus für Ballett

Das Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden ist am vergangenen Wochenende mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis “Taurus” geehrt worden.

Le Monde

Mai Khoi, la voix de la dissidence du Vietnam

Sur scène, son visage pâle se découpe dans l’ombre. Armée de sa guitare, accompagnée d’envoûtantes percussions et d’un saxophone, elle chante, dans un crescendo presque dissonant : « A l’intérieur ; tu as le temps de penser, tu as le temps de te repentir, de regretter (…) d’avoir été un traître à la nation, de maintenir le peuple dans le noir et de l’oppresser. »

France musique

Un alto dérobé au salon Musicora

Le salon Musicora, qui se tenait ce week-end à Paris, se termine sur une fausse note.

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Sir James MacMillan at the 2014 festival © Robin Mitchell

(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Poles attend less concerts now, scientists investigate women’s voices after pregnancy, Stephen Hough is awarded honorary membership of the RPS, Ivan Hewett investigates the future of classical music genre, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle boosts classical music sales, Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha to share the Konzerthaus’ leadership, and in Hamburg’s “Komponistenquartier” new museums remind us of the works by Gustav Mahler as well as Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

Pizzicato

Less visitors in Polish Theatres and Concert Halls

In 2017, Poles attended more cultural events, but while cinemas, museums, and mass events draw more visitors, the number of entries to theatres and music institutions decreased by 9 percent to 13 million.

Classic FM

Women’s voices temporarily drop by two semitones after pregnancy

Researchers from the University of Sussex find that new mothers’ voices become temporarily deeper and more monotone for around a year after having their first child.

Rhinegold

Stephen Hough becomes RPS honorary member

Pianist Stephen Hough has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).

The Telegraph

Game shows and drag queens: how classical music is pushing boundaries

Ivan Hewett talks to the Artistic Director of The London Sinfonietta and explores the evolving landscape of the “new classical” genre.

Billboard

Royal Wedding & Sheku Kanneh-Mason Boost U.S. Classical Music Sales to Biggest Week of 2018

Thanks to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, sales of classical music in the U.S. rose to its highest level in 2018.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Mehrgenerationen-WG

Ivan Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach und Juraj Valcuha: Künftig teilen sich drei Dirigenten die Leitung des Konzerthausorchesters. Und die Musiker wagen Technikspielereien.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Für ihn vielleicht Beruf, für sie stets nur Zierde

Im Hamburger Komponistenquartier erinnern Museen für Mahler und die Geschwister Mendelssohn an die produktive, doch nie harmonische deutsch-jüdische Symbiose für das kulturelle Leben Deutschlands.

concerti

„In Weimar fühlt man sich wie auf einer Insel“

Kirill Karabits hat sich als GMD des Deutschen Nationaltheaters in die Herzen der Musikfreunde in Weimar dirigiert – und genießt das Leben in der Goethestadt.

The New York Times

From Staff to Stave

Five Times colleagues from across the newsroom who play together in a classical music ensemble talk about how journalism and music overlap.

Pizzicato

Venice Symphony Appoints Troy Quinn Music Director

The Venice Symphony (Florida) has announced the appointment of American conductor Troy Quinn, 34, as Music Director from the 2018-19 season.

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Conductor Ivan Fischer © Marco Borggreve

(Written on June 4, 2018 )