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The world looked on in absolute horror last month as a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The effects of the disaster have directly affected 8 million people with over 7,000 official casualties and many more unofficially. The earthquake destroyed scores of buildings in Kathmandu in particular but has also severely affected the region’s rural areas. Aid is desperately needed, food and water are in short supply and the risk of disease threatens.

Music of all genres has always had the unique ability to bring people together for a cause and there are a few concerts planned to help raise money for the relief operation in Nepal. Below is a selection, please attend and give generously, the people of Nepal need our help.

Southwark Music Service Concert for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, 10 May Parish Church of St. Mary Newington, 7pm

In aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the tutors of Southwark Music Service will present a programme of jazz, classical and other genres performed by various ensembles linked to the Service.

Sir Neville Marriner and Friends Play for Nepal, 28 May St James’ Piccadilly, 7:30pm 

A prestigious line up of oboist Nicholas Daniel, violinist Kenneth Sillito and past and present members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields all conducted by Sir Neville Marriner will join forces for the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal on 28 May. Repertoire includes Elgar, Bach, Marcello and Tchaikovsky. All involved are donating their time and services for free.

Classical Music Gala Concert for Nepal, 29 May St Barnabas Church, London W5 1QG, 7:30pm

Pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz and cellist Corinne Morris have called upon their solo and chamber musician friends to organise this concert on 29 May. Alongside a world premiere by Keith Burstein, Murray McLachlan, Artur Pizarro, Viv Mclean, Carlo Grante and Nico de Villiers will join Alicja and Corinne at St Barnabas Church with all proceeds also going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The target is £10,000, come along to help them reach and exceed this goal.

Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser, 9-10 May Brixton Jamm 261 Brixton Road, 6pm onwards

If you fancy something other classical music, Brixton Jamm’s usual Saturday night will be dedicated to raising money for Circus Kathmandu, a local charity involved in setting an example in fair and best circus practises in the area. They have been on the ground in Nepal for some time before the earthquake and engage young people whilst also working closely with anti-trafficking organisations. You can be sure that by supporting this charity, the money will go straight to those who need it most. The great lineup includes artists such as Basement Jaxx, Kissy Sell Out and Audio Bullys. Find out the full list on the Facebook event page.

If you cannot make these events please consider donating directly to the DEC or to the Red Cross.

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Photo: EPA/Narenda Shrestha

(Written on May 7, 2015 )

It is a great pleasure to welcome the talented singer and composer Sophie Dunér to our client roster.

Sophie is from Sweden, and has lived and performed internationally. Her roots are in jazz, and her music and performances are a fusion of jazz and contemporary classical idioms. Through this fusion, Sophie has created her own fresh and wild voice. As the renowned producer of her album The City of My Soul, Michael Haas, states: “it’s Dunéresque – a newly created genre!”

The City of My Soul was released with Big Round Records, a Parma Recordings Company. The City of My Soul was one of Parma’s top albums for digital sales in February 2015, and Sophie will also be featured on a compilation of the PARMA Music Festival 2014, to be released in June. Sophie has also collaborated with top musicians including, electric cellist Jeremy Harman from the Sirius Quartet, The Callino Quartet, Rory Stuart, Matt Pennman, Kahlil Kwame Bell and most recently Dominic Duval, Bertram Lehmann and Fernando Huergo. She has toured the U.S and Buenos Aires, as well as performing across Europe.

Sophie is multi-talented, and is also a painter. Many of her paintings reference the musical influence in her life. Her work is included alongside 17 other European artists in an art book by Swedish gallery owner Christian Boétus – a copy of The City of My Soul has been included in every book. Audiovisual concerts are now a large part of Sophie’s work. Her songs are already strongly connected to her paintings, which are projected digitally at performances.

You can visit Sophie’s Website here, and listen to her live performances on YouTubeThe City of My Soul is available to purchase here.

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Photo credit: Petra Björstad©

(Written on March 26, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome a new artist management company to our roster: Noel Music Management (NMM). Working with both professional soloists and renowned orchestral musicians, NMM is committed to helping musicians forge their careers through finding them paid performances whilst also helping with advertising, marketing and PR. They already represent 13 soloists, 2 chamber groups and 140 orchestral musicians, including players from the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

We will be working with them specifically on their newly inaugurated Friends and Patrons Scheme which aims to further the opportunities already available to the musicians. The Scheme embraces ‘crowdfunding’, an innovative new way to raise funds which is becoming increasingly popular, most prominently by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently. It allows Patrons to invest in and support a growing arts organisation at a time when the arts are facing severe cuts, so guaranteeing the industry’s future. Those interested can donate any amount of money, from £40, the equivalent of a concert ticket, right up to £10,000 and Funders receive an array of benefits in return. These range from discounted and VIP tickets, to a bespoke concert series in their name or a composition dedicated to them.

Friends and Patrons will clearly see their contributions directly benefitting tomorrow’s classical musicians through scholarships and covering concert costs. These Funders will also be supporting Noel Music Management’s four key values: challenging the normal concert protocol and adopting new approaches; curating concerts that are wide reaching and inspire change; performing educational concerts that increase understanding of the genre; and also putting on inclusive concerts which attract a diverse audience and are suitable for all.

WildKat PR is excited to see how the Scheme will develop.

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(Written on February 3, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

The playlist: experimental music – James Hoff, Richard Skelton, Pauline Oliveros and more

These unconventional artists and composers use everything from computer viruses to mud-crusted violins to create new sounds and reimagine masterpieces

Danish National Chamber Orchestra fights cuts by crowdfunding

Private donations and public support mean that this innovative orchestra will not be disbanded despite the loss of its state funding

Classical Music Magazine

Government publishes new GCSE, AS and A Level subject content

The Department for Education has published details of the subject content for the GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music to be taught from autumn 2016.

Decca Classics signs soprano Aida Garifullina

Decca Classics has signed soprano Aida Garifullina on an ‘exclusive, multi-album contract’.

Classic FM

ABO conference: Vaizey ‘sick and tired’ of councils abandoning music

The Conservative minister was speaking at the opening session of the 30th conference of the Association of British Orchestras at the Sage Gateshead.

Zeit Online

Dirigent Eschenbach erhält Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis

Christoph Eschenbach wird als Pianist und Dirigent ausgezeichnet.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

»Sprache und Taten sind gefährlich, nicht Musik«

Darf man beim Singen weinen? Wie fühlt sich Überwältigung an? Kann Musik wirklich trösten? Ein Gespräch mit dem Bariton Christian Gerhaher, der ein weltweit gefeierter Star ist – und ein tiefgründiger Zweifler.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wiener Meister einer Zwischenepoche

Mit der “Wiener Klassik” werden Haydn, Mozart und Beethoven verbunden. Von den ungezählten Meistern zweiten Ranges ist seltener die Rede.

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Nott übenimmt Leitung des Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Jonathan Nott ist seit dem Jahr 2000 Chefdirigent der Bayerischen Staatsphilharmonie.

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Hurrah: Danish Chamber Orchestra Is Kept Alive

Private donations and crowd funding were successful.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : BBC announce Ten Pieces Prom as climax to the project: http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/news/bbc-ten-pieces-interactive-weekend-at-2015-proms …

ABO @aborchestras:Second day of #abo15 kicks off with a musical moment before we look at what we can learn from sport.

The Stage ‏@TheStage : One in five showbiz professionals affected by mental health issues, survey finds http://bit.ly/1wDtale 

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Aida Garifullina. Photo: Decca Classics

 

(Written on January 29, 2015 )

Today, 28th January 2015, the Department for Education published their new plans for the content of GCSE and A Level Music exams to be brought into effect from autumn 2016.

The state of music education has been a hot topic in recent weeks and months and was particularly publicised by pianist James Rhodes’ Channel 4 documentary and subsequent ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ campaign to give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Fueling the fire, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, warned in November 2014 against studying arts subjects in favour of science and maths, arguing that the arts would ‘hold them [students] back for the rest of their lives’. Many prominent musicians such as Nicola Benedetti spoke out against this statement.

The main changes to note from today’s announcement is that, at both levels, the dates open to study are being widened from 1700 to 1900 (this narrowness has been widely criticised) to 1650 to 1910.  This means a much large portion of the Baroque period is included and will now account for the beginning of Bach and Handel’s lives who were both born in 1685. Although the Baroque period is usually said to begin in 1600, 1650 is still a much more standardized year to begin musical education than the original guidelines. The same can be said of the additional 10 years at the end of the timeline. Indeed, bringing music education in line with widely recognised facts in the classical music industry is surely only a positive thing. For this development we have ISM’s Protect Music Education campaign to thank.

Interestingly, commentators have also noted that the usual overwhelming focus on the Western Classical Tradition at GCSE and A Level has been changed to include a compulsory study outside of this. As the world, business, finance and politics become more interconnected, understanding other countries’ history and culture is increasing in importance. Part of this is understanding others’ music and I think this change in the curriculum is a good starting point.

Another positive change, although small, is a change of phrasing: ‘performance and composition’ has become ‘performing and composing’. This subtle difference somewhat removes the pressure on the final outcome of recitals and compositions but emphasises the enjoyment of all parts music making: practising, refining, crafting harmony, correcting errors, discovering that pupil’s personal style. Again, ISM’s campaign was successful.

Hopefully these changes will contribute to the widening belief that music education is beneficial and relevant but that it will also encourage more young people to experience the enjoyment of music.

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(Written on January 28, 2015 )

A very exciting initiative launched yesterday, 26th January 2015: Musical Orbit. The website is offering musicians the opportunity to book one-to-one lessons, as well as free webinars and masterclasses with some of the top principal players from major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Whether you have an audition, final exam or recital, through Musical Orbit you can receive bespoke feedback from industry experts on your playing to allow you to perform to your absolute best.

This opportunity means Musical Orbit is also a central online hub, allowing musicians to connect, for young artists to build relationships within the industry and to receive playing tips. Professional musicians wanting to give back to the industry can do so in their own time, anywhere in the world. The hub will also provide discounts to the most popular concerts, with promo codes that are available only on the Music Orbit website.

To celebrate this exciting project, Musical Orbit is offering the chance to win FREE music lessons if you sign up before next Monday (2nd February 2015). Get yourself over there quickly to be mentored by some of the best classical musicians in the world!

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Keep up to date with news from Musical Orbit through their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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(Written on January 27, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

LSO needs a new hall to lure Rattle

The London Symphony Orchestra’s illustrious conductor’s podium looks set to welcome a homecoming star in Sir Simon Rattle, although he may have a condition — a new concert hall.

ENO battles another backstage civil war

Our chief cultural writer on what to make of chairman Martyn Rose’s resignation and the leaked letter accusing his colleagues of mishandling the budget

The Strad

Boris Goldstein Violin Competition names second-round candidates

Fourteen violinists have made it through to the second round of the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern.

Classical Music Magazine

Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president.

BBC Music Magazine

Download the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

The original manuscript for JS Bach’s Six Cello Suites is lost, making it difficult to know exactly when they were written.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Botschaft der Geigen

Auf manchen von Amnon Weinsteins wurde in den Orchestern der Konzentrationslager gespielt.

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Berufschoristen verärgert über Pariser Philharmonie

Weil die Pariser Philharmonie den Chor ihres residierenden ‘Orchestre de Paris’ als residierenden Chor auserwählt hat, protestieren die Pariser Berufschoristen, die sich in dem Kollektiv ‘Colère lyrique’ zusammen geschlossen haben, um ihrem Ärger besser Ausdruck zu verleihen.

Park schlägt zurück: Chung in Bedrängnis

Im Kampf zwischen dem Dirigenten Myung-Whun Chung und der am 29. Dezember zurückgetretenen Orchesterdirektorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Hyun-jung Park, war diese zwar offiziell unterlegen, aber sie hat mittlerweile ein Lauffeuer gegen den von ihr gehassten Chefdirigenten angefangen.

Klassik.com

Lösung in Streit um Kopien an Musikschulen

VG Musikedition schließt Vertrag mit dem Verband deutscher Musikschulen

The New York Times

Met Opera Cancels Premiere; Broadway Shows Canceled

The snowstorm forced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel one of the highlights of its season: Monday night’s planned premiere of a new production of a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko, and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”

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Springfield School ‏@SpfldUK : Are you a budding composer? @soundandmusic are offering a summer school opportunity from 2-8 August 2015 – http://soundandmusic.org/summerschool 

The Mozart Project ‏@themozartproj : Born today in 1756, here’s Mozart birth certificate showing his extremely long full name. Happy 259th Wolfgang!!

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse :We’re now on sale for Spring Season! Let us know if you need any help ^E http://bit.ly/1GXtI0y 

ENO News 27th Jan The English National Opera. Photo: Donald Cooper/Photostage

 

(Written on January 27, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). Based at New York’s infamous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CMS features some of the finest chamber music performances on a world stage. As well as thrilling seasoned concert goers, they also seek to engage a wider audience with chamber music through their performances, education programmes, and recording activities.

Motivated by their commitment to the continuation of the chamber music tradition, they founded CMS Two which is a prestigious, unique and wildly competitive three season residency for the most significant ensembles and individual musicians. Far from being an ‘extra’, CMS Two members take part in all aspects of the Society’s activities and it boasts alumni such as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

We will be working with CMS on a very exciting concert on 8th May 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall which, alongside standard repertoire from Schumann and Brahms will also feature the world premiere of a specially co-commissioned piece by British composer Helen Grime. This new string trio continues the longstanding relationship between the two cross-Atlantic concert halls.

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(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman

Brunjes will remain in the role until a permanent replacement can be found

BBC Music Magazine

Join us at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Buy tickets to our ceremony at Kings Place, London

The Strad

German orchestras focused on music education, finds survey

According to the latest survey compiled by the German Orchestra Association, the 2013–14 orchestral season encompassed 4,160 concerts for children and young people – 94 per cent more than in the same period ten years ago.

British violinist Fenella Barton on overcoming rheumatoid arthritis

Conquering pain taught the solo and chamber musician to play as if every performance was her last

Gramophone

The tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died

The Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died; he was 85

Classic FM

Are these the ten best string players ever?

Some of history’s legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say – and vote for your favourite

Zeit Online

“Pophörer sind nicht dumm oder falsch erzogen”

Wie wird ein Song zum Hit? Der Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz beschäftigt sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dieser Frage. Jetzt hat er das Erfolgsrezept gefunden.

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‘Ulster Orchestra’ aus dem Schlimmsten raus

Das Parlament Nordirlands hat jetzt ausreichend Geld in Aussicht gestellt, um das nahezu bankrotte ‘Ulster Orchestra’ zu retten.

Houston Grand Opera Raises $172.9 Million

Houston Grand Opera got a tremendous response to their performance campaign.

Klassik.com

Russischer Komponist droht Regensburger Theater mit Klage

Lubchenko im Streit mit Regisseur Purcarete über Uraufführung von Doktor Schiwago

El Mundo

Unidad Editorial apoya a la Fundación Albéniz

El grupo editor de EL MUNDO patrocinará la cátedra de contrabajo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

Twitter

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre : #Wagner’s #Ringcycle at Royal Festival Hall – 100 musicians Over 18 hours of music with film projections on giant screens  #Classical1516

The Royal Ballet ‏@TheRoyalBallet : Choreographer George Balanchine was born #onthisday in 1904. Brilliant ‘Balanchineisms': http://www.roh.org.uk/news/i-am-a-cloud-in-trousers-the-sayings-of-george-balanchine … ^C

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms : The 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition was launched on @BBCRadio3 Breakfast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms  #Inspire

 

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Fenella Barton. Photo: The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Sir Simon Rattle at 60: 10 of his best performances

We celebrate with 10 highlights from a career that has transformed musical life in Birmingham, in Berlin, and pretty well wherever else Rattle has lifted his baton.

Claude Frank obituary

Masterly pianist and teacher whose playing had a visionary quality

The Times

Barbican puts on ‘mindfulness opera’

Seasoned theatre-goers know the value of stretching the legs and eating a quick snack during the interval of a lengthy production, but they now have the chance to eat, walk about, lie down and even do some washing-up during the world’s first “mindfulness opera”.

Classical Music Magazine

Ward Swingle 1927-2015 ‒ a cappella king dies at 87

At his death, aged 87, Ward Swingle deserves to be remembered for far more than the scat singing of JS Bach which for many remains the trademark of the various Swingle Singers incarnations.

Classic FM

The Ultimate Classical Music Quiz

How will you fare in the trickiest, most fiendish classical music quiz on the internet? Find out now…

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der große Junge, leicht, charmant und prickelnd

Fasziniert vom Augenblick, frei fürs Abenteuer und schlagfertig obendrein: Dem Dirigenten und Lebenskünstler Simon Rattle zum sechzigsten Geburtstag.

Die Welt

Intendant eins, Bürgermeister null

Abwickeln hatte hier Tradition: Rostocks Vierspartenhaus lag künstlerisch und moralisch am Boden. Jetzt trotzt der Intendant Sewan Latchinian seinem Bürgermeister. Eine Rettungsgeschichte.

Concerti

„Qualität muss Popularität nicht ausschließen“

Stéphane Denève über seine Liebe zu gutem Essen, neue Freiheiten in der heutigen Musik – und Dirigententräume

Pizzicato

ICMA 2015 – The winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) announced today the Awards for 2015.

El Mundo

‘¡SupermegaBach!’

El Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical rodea de gastronomía, jazz y aires festivos un solemne concierto de órgano del ‘divino Juan Sebastián’.

Tweets

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony:  Our 2015/16 season is now well and truly LAUNCHED. Check out the schedule here: http://bit.ly/1xPMo7v . Booking opens online on Wed 4 Feb.

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Happy birthday Sir Simon Rattle! We mark his 60th with a round up of the finest recordings he’s made with Berlin Phil http://www.classical-music.com/article/simon-rattle-and-berlin-philharmonic …

Arts Council England @ace_national : We’re here @HullTruck making final preparations for Digital Utopias. We’ll be live tweeting all day using #artsdigital

Simon Rattle News

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, London, January 2015. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/Tristram Kenton

(Written on January 20, 2015 )