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WildKat PR is pleased to welcome Orpheus Sinfonia to its client roster ahead of the launch of their new concert series ‘Beneath the Score’.

The Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 with the aim of providing opportunity and support for exceptionally talented musicians emerging from study into the profession. Under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, Orpheus Sinfonia is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. Soloists to date include Tamsin Little OBE, Dame Felicity Lott, Jack Liebeck and EMI artist Xeu-Fei.

November sees the launch of ‘Beneath the Score’, a series created, presented and conducted by Thomas Carroll. ‘Beneath the Score’ is designed to bring classical music to life by taking the audience on a journey of exploration through a composer’s life, their muses and historical context. Through narration, musical excerpts, influential images and readings, each musical work is brought to life in it’s own unique way.

By exploring this history, Orpheus Sinfonia open new doors to those not yet in love with the power of classical music, and at the same time enrich the knowledge and appreciation of those already more familiar with the art form.

Orpheus Sinfonia’s upcoming concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect, takes place at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, on 27 November at 7.30pm.

Orpheus Sinfonia will spend an evening exploring how Beethoven transformed classical music, inspired and daunted all those who came after him, and produced such great works of art, instilled with visions and beliefs. Orpheus will perform excerpts from each of his symphonies, and The Eroica Symphony will be performed in its entirety in the second half.

The audience will also hear readings from Beethoven’s fascinating letters, read by actor Michael Bodie. To bind this all together there will be a brief narrative coupled with some beautiful projected images. There is a 50% discount on all tickets for full-time students and all under-25s.

For more updates on Orpheus Sinfonia, visit their website, Twitter and Facebook.

Orpheus Cadogan Hall

Orpheus Sinfonia performing at Cadogan Hall

(Written on November 19, 2014 )

Cellist Corinne Morris is to perform in a series of three recitals at 1901 Arts Club.

Starting tomorrow, 12th November, Corinne will be curating and playing in the three concerts – each of which explore a unique theme. Master Works for Cello & Piano introduces familiar and not so familiar French repertoire from the late 19th century to the early 20th century with works by Debussy, Godard and Saint-Saëns. Featuring alongside Corinne will be acclaimed pianist Kathron Sturrock.

Corinne has recently re-launched her music career after suffering a debilitating shoulder injury, which forced her to take a five-year break. Her comeback disc Macedonian Sessions, described by Classical Music Magazine as ‘a triumph assertion’, features music from Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Piazzolla, as well as an original self-penned composition. It was recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony and has also been filmed for release on DVD.

The second and third concerts in the series will be taking place on 19th and 26th November and will feature Corinne, as well as pianist Viv McLean, the Melicus Duo and violinist Fenella Humphreys, all at the 1901 Arts Club.

Details of the concert can be found here and for more information about Corinne you can go to her website or find her on Twitter or Facebook.

Corinne Morris




(Written on November 11, 2014 )

Classic FM

Opera house audience faking disability for free tickets

The Belfast Grand Opera House is reviewing its policy for disabled access following reports that concertgoers have been pretending to be disabled to get free tickets.

The Guardian

BBC Radio 3 chief: I won’t be ‘dumbing down’ station

Alan Davey says station will not become more like Classic FM to address shrinking audience and will still offer ‘complex culture

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves

BBC Media Centre

Donald Runnicles to become BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Donald Runnicles will become its Conductor Emeritus in September 2016, when he will step down from the post of Chief Conductor.

The Classical Review

Despite the protests and an uneven staging, Met’s powerful “Klinghoffer” makes a devastating impact

The loudest sound Monday night was the ovation for John Adams as he stepped on stage for a bow after the opening performance of his second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Die Welt

Met spielt Klinghoffer-Oper unter Polizeischutz

An der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera hatte John Adams’ Opernoratorium “The Death of Klinghoffer” Premiere – unter Protest.


‘Eemerging’ will mit EU-Geldern jungen Ensembles helfen

Unter dem Titel ‘eeemerging’ haben sich acht internationale Partner zu einem Projekt-Netzwerk zusammengeschlossen und ein europäisches Stipendienprogramm entwickelt.


„Ich bin kein Glamourgirl“

Alison Balsom fällt auf in der Männerdomäne der Trompete.

I Care If You Listen

Met Opera premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer

Monday, October 20 marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s highly anticipated production of The Death of Klinghoffer, with a score by John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman.


Telegraph Classical‪ @TeleClassical: Paris Opera stars wrong to kick out veiled woman ‪ 

Classic FM‪ @ClassicFM: Rossini & ‪@IronMaiden? Played by a cello duet? The result is just incredible: ‪ 

Classical Music‪ @ClassicalMusic: MT Big job! ‪@rhinegoldjobs: Managing Director – ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ‪@rpoonline (Closing date 21 Nov): ‪ 

Guardian Classical‪ @GdnClassical: quartet-lab: a string quartet who open your ears to new ways of listening ‪ 

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be 'dumbing down' the station

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be ‘dumbing down’ the station. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, via. The Guardian

(Written on October 23, 2014 )

Classical News


Paul Morley: ‘Pop belongs to the last century. Classical music is more relevant to the future’

For years, this rock critic viewed classical music as pompous art of the past. Now, tired of pop, he explains why classical is the truly subversive form – and selects six favourite pieces to convert the unbeliever


Kenny Wheeler had such a stamp of individuality

Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, who died at the age of 84, created his own magical musical world, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins and Alexander Armstrong join Classic FM’s weekend lineup

Superstar singer Katherine Jenkins is joining actor and TV presenter Alexander Armstrong on Classic FM at the weekends.

The Strad

Violin, viola, cello and bow makers honoured at 2014 VSA competition

Nine gold medals were awarded at this year’s Violin Society of America international makers’ competition, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 15-21 September.

International Arts Manager

ACO give world premiere of Jonny Greenwood work

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) will embark on a nine-concert European tour this week.

Spiegel online

Mittelmeer-Modernist Luigi Dallapiccola

Zwölf Töne müsst ihr sein


Über 5.000 Gäste bei Saison-Eröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper

Über 5.000 Besucher haben am Sonntag die Spielzeit-Eröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper gefeiert.

Tiroler Tageszeitung

Welser-Möst wechselt nicht nach Linz

Der zurückgetretene Generalmusikdirektor der Wiener Staatsoper, Franz Welser-Möst, wechselt nicht nach Oberösterreich.

Il messaggero

Riccardo Muti lascia l’Opera di Roma

«Le problematiche degli ultimi tempi
fanno mancare la serenità necessaria»

Boston Globe

Boston overdue for a proper opera house

No overview of the city’s opera scene could be complete without a discussion of its most glaringly obvious gap: a proper venue for opera.

Le Parisien

La musique classique, une “niche” exploitée par la chaîne Mezzo jusqu’en Mongolie

La musique classique est certes une niche, mais une niche universelle: la petite chaîne de télévision payante française Mezzo, née en 1996, se lance en Asie, à commencer par la Mongolie.



Dirigent: @dirigent Jan Mracek erringt ersten Preis beim Fritz Kreisler Wettbewerb …

Classic FM: @ClassicFM More classical fails – 7 videos of musicians getting owned by their instruments: 

BB  Radio 3: @BBCRadio3  Does Beethoven’s music sound the same 200 years on? Get insights from three German conductors: 

Thomas Bartilla

Thomas Bartilla

(Written on September 22, 2014 )

Classcial News


A timeless odyssey through Beethoven

Andris Nelsons and the CBSO are about to unleash all nine of the composer’s symphonies on Birmingham – John Allison can’t wait


Play classical music in hospitals and railway stations to ‘calm public’, report says

Recommendation follows new figures that estimate around 400 public sector workers are assaulted each week

Exclusive: Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Students will now focus on German composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Classical Source

Most comprehensive UK survey of musical instrument learning finds that while more children than ever are playing, many still have no access and children from lower social groups remain disadvantaged

On 15 September, ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, and its partners publish Making Music, the most comprehensive survey of the learning, progression and teaching of musical instruments ever undertaken in the UK.


Met Guild Invites To ‘Brava Jessye’

On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 80th Annual Luncheon presents ‘Brava, Jessye!’ to salute the great soprano Jessye Norman.

The New York Times

Met Opera Cuts 22 Nonunion Jobs, Mainly Through Layoffs

The Metropolitan Opera, which promised to match the pay cuts that its major unions agreed to last month with equivalent cuts to its nonunion payroll, said on Friday afternoon that it was eliminating 22 of its 254 administrative positions, mostly through layoffs.

Le Figaro

Trop de salles de musique ne tue pas forcément les salles

Le mélomane actif, et au budget suffisant, a tous les soirs le choix entre quatre ou cinq manifestations musicales à Paris.

Le monde

Mort d’Antoine Duhamel, musicien de la Nouvelle Vague

Le composituer Antoine Duhamel est à Paris, le 10 septembre. Il avait 89 ans.

Die Welt

Der Woody Allen des Barock

Er erfand die Harmonielehre, er war Frankreichs Pendant zu Georg Friedrich Händel: Vor 250 Jahren starb der Komponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk endlich zaghaft wiederentdeckt.

Musik heute

Zwei erste Preise beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb

Beim 63. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden zwei erste Preise vergeben.

Musikfest-Preis Bremen für Ottavio Dantone und die Accademia Bizantina

Der Organist, Cembalist und Dirigent Ottavio Dantone erhält zusammen mit seinem Ensemble Accademia Bizantina den Preis des Musikfestes Bremen 2014.


Music Education UK: @MusicEdUK New ‘Making Music’ report published today – a must-read. Executive summary here: … #makingmusicreport #musichubs

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to @RhiannonLlew, winner yesterday of the MOCSA (Morriston Orpheus Choir) Young Welsh Singer of the Year Award.

London Philharmonic: @LPOrchestra We have a new education project! LPO Soundworks is a new cross-arts project for 14-19yr olds. Details here: …b

Le Figaro

Le Figaro

(Written on September 15, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Dame Vera Lynn urges UK to ‘stay together’

Dame Vera Lynn is the latest star to sign the better together campaign, ahead of the Scottish referendum.

The Telegraph

Britannia saves the day

The Telegraph suggests that it is preposterous that presenters have been requested to not mention the upcoming referendum during the Last Night of the Proms.

The Times

Edward Gardner: ‘Do people in government watch what we do at the Coliseum?’

Edward Gardner is about to embark on his eighth and final season as director of the English National Opera.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT announces 2015 jury

The Jury for the 2015 event will include Etienne Abelin, Swiss musician and co-founder of classYcal; Heloísa Fischer, founder of Brazil’s Viva Música!; Scottish-born Neil Wallace, programme director at de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam; and British arts manager and consultant Jane Williams.

Die Welt

 ”Ich liebe es, wenn es singt”

Wolfgang Rihm, Deutschlands berühmtester Komponist, hat mit drei neuen Solo-Werken ein Konzerte-Jahr. Erst kam das Klavier, dann das Horn, schließlich ein Trio. Warum das so ist, erklärt er hier.


Winrich Hopp

Der künstlerische Leiter des Musikfests Berlin Winrich Hopp im Kurzinterview

New York Times

Andris Nelsons Gets Ready to Lead the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons, the 35-year-old Latvian conductor who this month became the venerable orchestra’s music director, and who doesn’t even drive a car, had come upon a new toy.

SF Gate

S.F. Opera musicians ratify new 4-year contract

With a minimum of strife or public posturing, members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra have ratified a new contract with the company that provides the musicians with annual raises of 3 percent a year for the next four years.


In Other Words: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Blocks ‘Comments’ Section on Website, Tightens Security Measures

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has started a significant downturn amid negotiations between musicians and management.


Halle Orchestra: @the_halle What a fantastic concert with #KinshasaSymphony and choir! Good luck on rest of tour to @southbankcentre, @Colston_Hall + @RWCMD

Martin Chilton: @MartinChilton As #jazz guitarist Nigel Price @Nigethejazzer prepares for a UK tour he talks to @LondonJazz Ed Sebastian Scotney

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: Arts should use ‘wellbeing analysis’ to make stronger case for #artsfunding, report finds

Milos: @MilosGuitar So excited to perform #Aranjuez with @liverpoolphil @RoyalAlbertHall. Bring on #ClassicFMlive on 23 Sept!  @ClassicFM


Picture, The Times

Picture, The Times


(Written on September 12, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

BBC’s Proms coverage becomes a question of composure

The row over whether the BBC neglects new music at the Proms rages on following a statement given by the BBC.

The Telegraph

James Rhodes: ‘There’s a war on music’

James Rhodes continues to make the classical music headlines ahead of his Channel 4 show, which airs tomorrow. Don’t Stop The Music will see Rhodes working in schools where the music provision had previously included margarine tubs, copper pipes and dustbins.

International Arts Manager

York Early Music Competition planned for July 2015

The biennial competition invites applications from ensembles to perform works from the middle ages to the nineteenth century using historically accurate performance technique.

Die Welt

Rücktritt kostet den Star-Dirigenten viel Geld

Wiens gebeutelte Theaterlandschaft hat ein Leitungsproblem mehr: Der Musikdirektor der Staatsoper kann mit seinem Intendanten Dominique Meyer nicht mehr und tritt mit sofortiger Wirkung zurück.


Deutscher Radiopreis an WDR-Kinderprojekt “Kelebek im Konzert”

Klassische Musik für Kinder ist die “Beste Innovation”: In dieser Kategorie hat die WDR-Sendung “Kelebek im Konzert – Kelebek Konserde” am Donnerstag den Deutschen Radiopreis 2014 gewonnen.

Arts & Culture

Without a contract, ASO musicians locked out as sides ponder next move

For the second time in as many years, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have been locked out by the orchestra’s administration after the players’ collective bargaining agreement expired without a new deal being reached between the two sides.

Los Angeles Times

Placido Domingo staying with Los Angeles Opera through 2019

Plácido Domingo is extending his tenure as general director of Los Angeles Opera through the end of the 2018-19 season, the company announced at a board meeting on Friday.

New York Times

Peter Sculthorpe, Composer Steeped in Australia’s Sounds, Dies at 85

Peter Sculthorpe, who became one of Australia’s most celebrated composers by developing a distinctive aesthetic influenced by the country’s landscape and using indigenous instruments like the didgeridoo, died on Aug. 8 in Sydney.

Le monde

La Ville de Paris ne « paiera pas » le surcoût de la Philharmonie

La Ville de Paris ne « paiera pas » le surcoût des travaux de la Philharmonie de Paris et veut baisser sa contribution au budget de fonctionnement de la future salle de concert de La Villette, dans le nord-est de Paris, a affirmé, mercredi 3 septembre à l’AFP, le premier adjoint à la culture, Bruno Julliard (PS).



Scherzo TV: @ScherzoTV Orchestra locked in airless airport corridor @klassikcom Museum für Tenor Luciano Pavarotti  #Oper #Tenor #Pavarotti

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Good news! We’re very proud to announce our brand new charity! It’s called Global’s Make Some Noise. More here: 



Arts & Culture Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Arts & Culture
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

(Written on September 8, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

iTunes Festival 2014: Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom and Miloš announced

The iTunes Festival, a free month long music festival at the Roundhouse, will play host to some of the finest and most popular classical musicians this year.

The Guardian

Kate Bush: Before the Dawn – reviews roundup

Having sold all available tickets within 15 minutes there was huge anticipation for Kate’s first performance in 35 years. The guardian have put together a selection of the reviews.

Classical Music

Balancing Act, Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson reveals his plans

Having just launched their online streaming service, the president of DG reveals his intentions for the organisation.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wir setzen uns die Hörner auf

Die zehnte Auflage des Musikfests Berlin startet am 2. September. Besonderes Augenmerk legt man in diesem Jahr auf das Horn in seiner ganzen Vielfalt.


Echo Klassik verkündet Preisträger

In 22 Kategorien hat die Jury rund 45 Preisträger ausgezeichnet

Los Angeles Times

James Conlon to quit post with Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival

James Conlon, the Los Angeles Opera’s music director and conductor, will step down next year from another prominent post, music director of the Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s summer equivalent of the Hollywood Bowl.

Forum Opera

Départ de Paavo Järvi, entre Joie et tristesse

Paavo Järvi a décidé de ne pas renouveler son contrat à la tête de l’Orchestre de Paris.

La Croix

La Chaise-Dieu au diapason de son festival

La 48e édition du Festival de La Chaise-Dieu s’est ouverte jeudi dernier



Royal Academy: @royalacademy It’s here! #TakeoverDay has arrived… Henna will be taking over our tweets from 10am @kidsinmuseums @takeovermuseums

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Our web chat guest was the the first left-hand alone pianist to graduate form the @rcmlatest in its 130 year history:

Campus London: @campuslondon Making plans this evening? Join us for @GA_London & @BriteLondon’s Digital Skills for Event Professionals from 7PM:

CBSO Chorus: @CBSOChorus Farewell, England! Next stop – Germany and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival! @TheCBSO @simonhalsey #elias

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest We’ve added a 2nd date for our #Vocal Faculty Open Door! Book for 21 Sept to receive invaluable advice from RCM profs



From Classic FM

From Classic FM


(Written on August 27, 2014 )

Classical News


Why is opera so expensive? Well, no more than football

The issue of opera ticket prices is a heated one – but there are more factors at play than you think, says Rupert Christiansen

Glyndebourne 2015 hopes to bringe highbrow opera to the masses

Opera festival’s organisers say Donizetti’s Poliuto, written in 1838, will be staged at the annual performances, which have doubled their audiences this year

Classic FM

I’ve found the greatest living violinist: he’s from Siberia and he turns 40 this week

He’s the complete package: a consummate violin player with brilliant technique, energy and showmanship. And in an age that likes its popular artists to have a dramatic back story, he has triumphed over adversity.

The Independent

A role worth dying for

Swedish soprano Nina Stemme tells Jessica Duchen that playing the tragic Salome is one of her biggest challenges yet

James Rhodes

The concert pianist on mental illness and opening up about sexual abuse


Gier auf Neues

Labororchester und positiv musikantisch: Ein Porträt der Bamberger Symphoniker und ihres Dirigenten Jonathan Nott, die im September zum Musikfest Berlin kommen.

New York Times

Laura Kaminsky Named Composer in Residence at American Opera Projects

American Opera Projects, the adventurous Brooklyn company that has been commissioning, developing and staging new operas for a quarter century, has appointed Laura Kaminsky as its composer-in-residence, beginning Sept. 1, the company announced on Friday.


Two arrested in death of Chautauqua violinist

Late Wednesday afternoon, another orchestra member found Whitaker dead in the garage of her Titus Road house after she missed an appointment.



OperaSpace: @OperaSpace #IvanTheTerrible Born today 1530; musically immortalized by #Bizet #Prokofiev #RimskyKorsakov & #Gounod (unperformed)

The New York Times: @nytimes The streaming services from symphonies and operas makes one long for a Netflix for classical music

edintfest: @edintfest The @SinfiniMusic Les Troyens opera strip is in @TheScotsman today with an interview with the artist! … #EdintFest ^N


Michael Trippel

Foto: Michael Trippel


(Written on August 25, 2014 )

Tim Benjamin’s latest opera Madame X will make its world premiere tomorrow in Todmorden at the Hippodrome Theatre. Rehearsals for Madame X have gone brilliantly, and Tim Benjamin’s new opera is featured in Sinfini Music’s classical music highlights for this week.

More news from behind the scenes can be found on the Madame X blog, including information about the cast and interviews with Tim Benjamin. The opera follows a young artist, Masetto, and his lover, Zerlina, as their lives and dreams are manipulated by Masetto’s corrupt agent and wealthy, powerful art collectors.

As Tim explains in The Lancashire Telegraph, it is quite possible that Madame X is the second opera ever to have been performed in Todmorden – the first being his opera Emily in 2013, which won great acclaim.

This photo from the technical rehearsal below shows a mysterious covered painting … but what really lies beneath?




Madame X will also be performed in Halifax, in London as part of the Grimeborn Festival, and in Manchester:

Thursday 21st August at Todmorden Hippodrome (World Premiere)

Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd August at Square Chapel, Halifax

Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th August at Arcola Theatre, London (London Premiere)

Thursday 25th September at RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester

You can also view the latest Madame X trailer here!


Follow Madame X on Facebook and Twitter, protagonists @MasettoPainter and @Zerlina83 have their own accounts, too!

(Written on August 20, 2014 )