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It was reported by the Guardian yesterday (17th December 2014) that the famous Milan opera house, La Scala, has introduced a 5 minute grace period to allow latecomers to take their seats, not because it disrupts the performance, but because they are becoming increasingly angry at the ushers. In practice, this will mean that the performance will start 5 minutes later than the scheduled time. La Scala is well known for being strict about latecomers, with some audience members having to wait for up to 85 minutes for an appropriate break to slip in. Indeed, the Guardian notes that the only known exception was in 1972 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were 10 minutes late for the opening night of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Paolo Grassi, the head of opera at the time, commented about the incident that ‘late arrivals at La Scala are not allowed.’

La Scala

Photograph: REUTERS/Brescia/Amisano

Sure, if someone has bought a ticket to one of the most prestigious opera venues in the world, one can understand why they would want to ensure they had the full experience: the lights dimming, the anticipation in the air, the first notes of the overture and the curtain finally rising. But, VIP or not, is this really an excuse for aggression towards employees? I’m not sure ‘excuse’ and ‘aggression’ should ever be in the same sentence. The Royal Opera House advises those attending to arrive 30 minutes before the performance begins and, as in most venues, provides 10 minute, 5 minute and 2 minute warnings until the start.  With all this information, it is not the ushers’ fault that someone is late. Equally, if you had secured a highly in demand La Scala ticket, one would assume you would ensure you arrived on time? With circumstances beyond our control such as the weather or traffic, it may not even be the latecomer’s fault, but that is still no reason for rudeness.

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Photograph: EPA

Furthermore, if opera goers are aware of this grace period, it runs the risk of not eliminating the problem but merely delays the problem five minutes later than before. On the other hand, as one commenter (ID2665677) on the article points out, the first 5 minutes are often taken up by the entrance of the orchestra and tuning up anyway so, in this case, where is the harm in allowing admissions during this time?

If the new measures do stop ushers from being made to feel uncomfortable then it has my blessing, it’s just sad that it is necessary.

What do you think? Tweet us your opinions @WildKatPR

 

(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

La Scala opera house introduces five-minute grace period for latecomers

Performances at Milan opera house to begin five minutes after scheduled time to stop spectators becoming angry with ushers

Sarah Connolly’s Christmas playlist

Mezzo Sarah Connolly shares her festive playlist, with a sublime selection of vocal music old and new

The Times

Blair Tindall on Mozart in the Jungle and the seamy side of orchestral music

For a jobbing classical musician the late 1970s and 1980s were lucrative, and hedonistic, recalls female oboist Blair Tindall. Now an all-star cast has brought her racy memoirs to the small screen

The Telegraph

Can this man save the arts in England?

Rupert Christiansen welcomes Darren Henley, the new chief executive of Arts Council England

International Arts Manager

EU explores potential of science and culture in international relations

The European Union has launched a new €25m grant for research into cultural and scientific diplomacy.

KlassikAkzente

Willkommen 2015 mit Katherine Jenkins im ZDF – Ein wohlklingender Start ins neue Jahr

Zum Ende eines Jahres schaut man zurück – und gleichzeitig macht sich schon eine gespannte Erwartung auf das neue Jahr breit.

Pizzicato

‘Teatro Real’ spart und erwartet trotzdem Überschuss für 2015

Das ‘Teatro Real’ in Madrid hat für 2015 ein Sparbudget vorgelegt, das den von 53 % (2009) auf 30 % (2015) gesunkenen öffentlichen Subventionen Rechnung trägt.

KulturPort.De

Sponsoring bei Jazz-Festival bricht ein

„Viele Festival- und Konzert-Veranstalter, insbesondere aus der Jazz-Szene, stehen im nächsten Jahr vor großen Herausforderungen.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker spenden an action medeor

Die Düsseldorfer Symphoniker haben über 30.000 Euro an das Medikamentenhilfswerk action medeor gespendet.

Codex Flores

Musizierende Jugendliche haben bessere Bildungschancen

Jugendliche, die schon in jungen Jahren Musikunterricht hatten, haben bessere Schulnoten als andere.

The New York Times

$58 Million Is Sought for Theater

Second Stage in Push for Money to Buy Helen Hayes

Twitter

CBSO ‏@TheCBSO : You can see some amazing photographs of our visit to Abu Dhabi over on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1wOr8Cj

Music & Opera ‏@MusicOpera: #EvelynHerlitzius is Katerina in the new @deutsche_oper Berlin’s Lady Macbeth (from 25/1) ! http://bit.ly/1AK16jX 

Philharmonic Society ‏@RoyalPhilSoc : Come on twitter! Help us put instruments round the tree 4 young musicians. Think of the look on their little faces.. http://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/young_musicians/christmas …

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Photograph: © Decca / Chloe Mallett

(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Abigail Pogson appointed to manage Sage Gateshead

Spitalfields Music chief executive Abigail Pogson is to become managing director of Sage Gateshead in May, taking over from Anthony Sargent.

The Guardian

WNO puts opera’s ‘invisible people’ on stage

Welsh National Opera performing project puts the spotlight on the stagehands

The Times

Parents dig deep to fund piano lessons

Parents are spending more on music lessons than any other out-of-school activity, according to a study.

The Independent

Tristan and Isolde: Should an opera production be changed if audiences dislike it?

The Royal Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ alienated audiences with its high wall on stage. Now it has been changed. Thank goodness opera directors do listen sometimes, says Jessica Duchen

The Telegraph

The 10 best pieces of Christmas classical music

Fed up of carols and mind-numbing festive hits? Ivan Hewett offers the best classical pieces for the season

Classic FM

Cellist banned from breastfeeding in dressing room at £1,000-a-year private members club

The Oriental Club in central London banned cellist Katherine Jenkinson from taking her 11-week old baby and a babysitter into her dressing room.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT 2015 öffnet Registrierung

Die vierte Ausgabe des internationalen Klassik-Meetings findet vom 20. bis 23. Mai 2015 im niederländischen Rotterdam statt.

Klassik.com

Neuer Vorschlag zu Kulturkürzungen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Die Landesregierung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern hat den Kommunen im Osten des Bundeslandes einen neuen Vorschlag für Kürzungen in der Theaterlandschaft unterbreitet.

Montserrat Caballé widerspricht Spekulationen über Karriereende

Opern-Diva will “auf der Bühne sterben”

Codex Flores

Hat Baronin von Rothschild zwei Chopin-Stücke geschrieben?

Zwei erst im 20. Jahrhundert publizierte mutmassliche Chopin-Stücke, ein Nocturne in c-Moll und ein Walzer in a-Moll, sollen in Tat und Wahrheit Werke der Chopin-Schülerin Baronne Nathaniel de Rothschild sein.

El Mundo

El Teatro Real equilibra sus cuentas y espera ya superávit en 2015

El presupuesto para 2015 es de 43.659.192 euros y se prevé un superávit de 500.000 euros

Pizzicato

Big Gift For The Curtis Institute Of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia announces a combined $11.5 million in gifts from Board Chair Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, including a $10 million endowment gift to establish the Nina von Maltzahn President’s Chair held by Roberto Díaz.

Twitter:

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine: Radio 3 Christmas carol competition finalists announced: http://www.classical-music.com/news/radio-3-christmas-carol-competition-finalists-announced …

The Bridgewater Hall ‏@BridgewaterHall:  @GarethMalone pulls together a new Military Wives super-choir. First episode tonight on @BBCTwo at 9pm: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vkfft …

Music in the Round ‏@MusicintheRound:  We wish Beethoven a Happy Probably-His-Birthday! @HTimw @LeonoreInfo @elias_quartet @johnsuchet1

WNOPhotograph: Unheard Voices – CREW, WNO Photograph: WNO

(Written on December 16, 2014 )

WildKat PR welcomes revolutionary cellist and composer Jo Quail to its client roster ahead of her concert in association with Chaos Theory in February 2015.

Jo draws upon classical, rock and metal influences, creating music that connects with and unites a very diverse audience of classical and rock and metal fans. She also incorporates looping technology into her music, providing her with a further means of experimenting and testing the boundaries of her music and instrument.

Jo began her musical training at a very young age and completed her BA in performance at the University of Leeds. Jo has since worked with various musicians and groups and studies with renowned cellist and composer Gwyn Pritchard. She began embarking upon her solo career in 2010, and has since released albums From The Sea (2011) and Caldera (2014) with great success. As well as performing in the UK, Jo has performed in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.

The concert will take place on 7 February at St John on Bethnal Green, and will feature music from Jo’s hugely popular albums Caldera and From The Sea. This will also feature the premiere of Jo’s new work ‘This Path With Grace’.

Jo has specially arranged several well-known works for the concert, including selected pieces by Schein and Bartok, for four cellos. The cello quartet will also be joined by violinist Daniel Merrill (Dead Rat Orchestra), percussionist Al Richardson and poet Mohan Rana. Tickets are available here.

For more information on Jo Quail, check out her Facebook, Twitter and Website.

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Photo: Karolina Urbaniak

(Written on December 15, 2014 )

Classical News

WildKat PR

The Berkeley Ensemble’s New Cobbett Prize for Composition 2014 has a winner!

The Berkeley Ensemble and the panel of judges for the New Cobbett Prize for Composition are delighted to announce Samuel Wesley Lewis’s Sequenza as the winner of the 2014 award

The Guardian

Alan Rusbridger to stand down as Guardian editor-in-chief

After 20 years at the paper Rusbridger will leave next summer and replaces Liz Forgan as chair of the Scott Trust in 2016

10 of the strangest: Messiahs

As Christmas approaches, let’s focus on Handel’s famous oratorio and some of the weirder approaches to the Hallelujah Chorus. If you like your Handel with added psychedelic trance, LED lights and electric guitars, you’re in the right place

The Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

Funding is set to fall by nearly £5m next year

Classical Music Magazine

Patrick Lemanski to move to Warner Classics in January

Patrick Lemanski, the managing director of Harmonia Mundi UK, is to take the same post at Warner Classics UK in January. That surprise announcement came from Alain Lanceron, president of Warner Classics, at a pre-Christmas reception in London.

International Arts Manager

Welsh choir wins UK Choir of the Year Competition

The UK’s leading amateur choral contest concluded at an event hosted by choirmaster Gareth Malone (pictured) at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Klassik.com

Mailänder Sinfonieorchester wartet auf Subventionen aus Rom

Orchester fordert schnelle Überweisung von 3 Millionen Euro

Musik Heute

Bechstein Stiftung gibt 50. Klavier an Schule

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung hat zum 50. Mal einer Schule ein Klavier kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt.

Pizzicato

Chung droht mit Rücktritt beim ‘Seoul Philharmonic’

Der Dirigent Myung-Whun Chung hat, koreanischen Presseberichten zufolge, dem Bürgermeister von Seoul ein Ultimatum gesetzt: entweder die Direktorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Park Hyun-jung, wird entlassen, oder aber er wird als Chefdirigent zurücktreten.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Receives $20 million Donation

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that David C. Bohnett, Chairman of the David Bohnett Foundation, has pledged a $20 million gift to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Público.es

El tenor Juan Diego Flórez canta a la paz bajo la cúpula de Barceló

El peruano cantará este miércoles en Ginebra en el primer “Concierto por la Paz”, coincidiendo con el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos.

Twitter

BBC Front Row ‏@BBCFrontRow: We discuss how the Xmas truce in the WW1 trenches has been portrayed on film, music videos and now the @TheRSC: http://bbc.in/1um8LB6 

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia:Journeys in 20th century American music – Sarah Connolly @spconnolly joins us in Jan 2015 – read the press release http://www.brittensinfonia.com/news/article/jacqueline-shave-in-recital-cancelled …

 

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The ENO’s Orfeo was due to be staged at the Bristol Old Vic. Photo found at The Independent

 

(Written on December 11, 2014 )

We had a good giggle in the WildKat PR office yesterday trying to guess the top 10 most discussed UK topics, global topics and check ins on Facebook as reported by The Telegraph. However, the jovial mood was somewhat quenched when we noticed that not a single classical music venue, event or artist was mentioned. Well you know what they say, if you want something done, do it yourself. So, we have complied our own top 10 classical music lists.

Top UK Facebook Classical Music Venue Check Ins (of all time):

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Opera House

Barbican

Sadler’s Wells

Bridgewater Hall

The Symphony Hall Birmingham

St Martin in the Fields

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wigmore Hall 

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The Wigmore Hall. Photo found at: The Independent 

Top 10 most popular news stories on WildKat PR of 2014 (calculated by the number of people reached)

Auction of Elizabeth Watts’ Vivine Westwood Gown which she wore to the Last Night of the BBC Proms

David Finckel and Wu Han at the Berlin Philharmonic

Vote for Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie’s New Logo

Berkeley Ensemble’s Competition Inspired by Walter Willson Cobbett

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani’s Concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Cantate World Choir Games Blog

Our Top 6 Tips for Classical Music Artist Photography

Bringing Classical Music to the General Public: How WildKat PR Got it Right

Nicola Benedetti: ‘Sex isn’t what sells Classical Music.’

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Elizabeth Watts in Vivienne Westwood. Photo found at: elizabethwattssoprano.com by Asa Westerlund

Classical Music Album Charts (iTunes)

Nicola Benedetti- A Scottish Fantasy

Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart- Piano Concerto no.25 in C Major, K.503 & Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 (Live from KKL, Lucerne/2013)

Milos Karadaglic-Aranjuez

Voces8-Eventide (Deluxe Version)

Maki Namekawa-Philip Glass:The Complete Piano Etudes

The Piano Guys-Wonders (Deluxe Edition)

Andre de Ridder and Africa Express-Africa Express Presents…Terry Riley’s In C Mali

Angela Hewitt-Bach: The Art of Fugue

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony Orchestra-John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Joyce DiDonato-Stella di Napoli

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Nicola Benedetti. Photo found at: nicolabenedetti.co.uk

Why is this the case?

Classical music, in recent years, has become increasingly seen as boring, inaccessible and irrelevant despite it playing an integral part of film and video games (although not all agree on the latter. Classic FM had a debate about whether video game music should be classed as classical music). The question of why is an interesting one and I think there are a few reasons. Certainly, the rise of popular culture, jazz and technology has resulted in many  (especially) young people deeming classical music as old fashioned. Indeed, with the Baroque period being between 1600-1750, it is understandable why people may think it has no relevance to life today; we cannot interact with composers such as Bach and Mozart (not baroque!) on Twitter or hear them speak in interviews in the same way as we can with One Direction or Beyoncé. In this way, the genre is confined to history in many instances.  Moreover, many operas are in different languages, which adds another barrier to their wider enjoyment.  The concert-going experience may also be to blame. The perceived formalities of having to ‘dress up’ or the tradition of an orchestra rising to greet a conductor I think contributes to the public seeing classical music as ‘posh.’ However, I think there is hope. Those of us who love this type of music know that the themes composers were writing about are very similar to the ones relevant today: love, death, war, tragedy, big life questions, comedy, politics…the list goes on. Seeing WildKat PR’s blog in the top 10 of our most popular Facebook posts about bringing classical music to the general public shows there are some out there wanting to reverse the trend of classical music being seen as so obscure.

(Written on December 10, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Elim Chan becomes first female winner of Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

lim Chan last night won first prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, the first woman to do so in the event’s 24 year history.

The Guardian

Should you go to a concert with a cough?

The Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung chided the parents of a coughing child at a performance last week. Is the concert hall any place for a wintry ailment, ask our debaters?

The Strad

Swiss youth orchestra denied access to Singapore Airlines flight with their instruments

Despite completing the outward journey to Hong Kong without incident, the LGT Young Soloists were told by airline staff that policy prohibits violins and violas as carry-on baggage

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae appeals against four-year skiing ban

The artist called the International Ski Federation’s ruling of score manipulation ‘nonsensical’

BBC Music Magazine

Durham Cathedral builds new organ… in Lego

Organ builders Harrison and Harrison help to create miniature instrument

Der Spiegel

Ukraine-Konflikt: Anna Netrebko wirbt für “Neurussland”

Fototermin mit politischer Botschaft: Opernsängerin Anna Netrebko hat sich mit dem ostukrainischen Separatistenführer Oleg Zarjow ablichten lassen – samt Fahne von “Neurussland”. Außerdem spendet die Sopranistin eine Million Rubel.

Concerti

Porträt Olli Mustonen: Höhere Mathematik auf 88 Tasten

Pianist, Dirigent, Komponist – und Statistiker: Olli Mustonen liebt das Spiel mit den Zahlen

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Anna Netrebko spendet eine Million Rubel

Kritik an Spende für Opern- und Ballettheater Donezk

Le Figaro

Christophe Grapperon, d’Offenbach à Bach

Le directeur musical des Brigands dirige à l’Athénée une création inspirée des Passions de Bach.

La Croix

L’église Saint-Eustache a lancé un concours pour la succession de Jean Guillou

Le légendaire organiste de la paroisse parisienne devra laisser la place au printemps prochain à trois nouveaux co-titulaires, recrutés par voie de concours.

El País

Un parque musical en Bangkok

Hasta el próximo 1 de febrero se pueden disfrutar los conciertos gratuitos de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la ciudad sobre el césped de Lumpini, uno de los pulmones verdes

Twitter

Musical Futures ‏@musicalfutures: Constant use of levels and sub levels in music is damaging, particularly at KS3 urges @RobinHammerton #wedfevents

ISM ‏@ISM_music: ‘Music in schools is in a good place’ but ‘hubs have had a wonderful year’ says @RobinHammerton from @Ofstednews #WEdFEvents #musiced

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine:  Pointless’s Alexander Armstrong joins @TheSixteen for Good King Wenceslas charity single: http://www.classical-music.com/news/alexander-armstrong-joins-sixteen-good-king-wenceslas-single …

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Elim Chan. Photo found at:  http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/2014/12/elim-chan-becomes-first-female-winner-of-donatella-flick-lso-conducting-competition/ 

 

(Written on December 9, 2014 )

Last night, the 7th December 2014, the WildKat PR team had the pleasure of attending our client, mandolin player Avi Avital‘s concert with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with its wooden structure and beautiful gold patterned backdrop perfectly complimented the mainly baroque programme whilst the candlelight atmosphere added to the sound of the mandolin and harpsichord and transported us back to the world of stately court dances and Shakespeare. All that was missing was the fashion of the day.

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photocredit: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

There was a clear camaraderie and friendship between Avi and Mahan with plenty of knowing looks during the pieces, hugs during applause and banter inbetween pieces. One exchange was particularly amusing with Mahan, whilst Avi was re-tuning, commenting: ‘you only have six strings, you should try a hundred!’ Indeed, both mandolin and harpsichord performed centre stage solos but were equal partners when playing together. It was clear why Avi has been described by The New York Times as having ‘stunning agility;’ I was sure he was going to break a string during the first Allegro of Scarlatti’s Sonata for Mandolin and Basso Continuo in D minor (K90). Similarly, according to Mahan’s twitter page (@MahanEsfahani)  he has been described by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja.’ I’m sure the whole audience can affirm that; he made the instrument sound elegant and sophisticated whilst driving the tempo.

A particular highlight for me was Beethoven’s Andante Con Variazioni, D-Dur WoO 44/2 for mandolin and harpsichord. When I first saw this on the programme I was intrigued as I was unaware that Beethoven wrote for such instruments. Avi and Mahan told us that Beethoven had indeed composed four Sonatinas for mandolin and harpsichord and a recently discovered letter, penned by the composer himself, had revealed that they were intended as a love poem to his nineteen-year-old crush. Beethoven and the lucky lady would have played the music together as an act of intimacy in a society with rigid restrictions on the interactions between men and women. Knowing the story behind the work, we were able to hear the ‘flirtations’ between the instruments as both showed off in an attempt to impress the other.

Another noteworthy moment was Avi’s own and (he admits) only composition Kedma. Meaning, ‘Eastwards’ or ‘towards the orient’ in Hebrew, Kedma certainly conjured up exotic scenes through the sound of the mandolin itself, pentatonic influences and dissonant chords. This was all to the thrill of the audience, one of whom shouted: ‘when is the premier of opus 2?’

All in all, we had a very musical and informative afternoon with two of the best musicians in the world. WildKat PR looks forward to more.

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Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani at the Bristol Proms 2014. Photo: SWNS found at Universal.de

 

 

(Written on December 8, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Mass art forms are falling out of fashion, director Peter Sellars warns

The opera director Peter Sellars warns a new generation prefer intimate theatre to mass art forms ‘dying like vast dinosaurs’

All Bach no Bite?

Leading composers have been asked to complete a series of organ pieces by JS Bach. Can they do him justice?

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic publishes pictures from its recent auditions

The orchestra shares its efforts to maintain fairness and describes the complicated process of gaining full membership

Classic FM online

This violin is made from 16,000 matchsticks and actually works

This is the amazing story of how a violin made entirely of matchsticks ended up being a proper concert instrument, known as the Unikat Polish Stradivarius.

Classical Music Magazine

Concert celebrating the BBC’s The Blue Planet is launched in a tank

This has to be a first for classical music: a concert stage on a seabed

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Ensemble: Klausel für das Geisterhaus

Neustart am Berliner Ensemble: Oliver Reese wird 2017 Claus Peymanns Nachfolger.

Pizzicato

Luxemburger Regisseur gewinnt ‘Junge Ohren Preis’ für Festivalproduktion aus Luzern

Drei Produktionen wurden in Stuttgart beim ‘Junge Ohren Preis 2014′ ausgezeichnet, darunter, in der Kategorie ‘Best Practice, Konzert’, das vom luxemburgische Regisseur Dan Tanson für das ‘Lucerne Festival’ inszenierte Stück ‘Heroica’.

Andrei Gavrilov Cancelled Russian Tour Under Political Protest

Pianist Andrei Gavrilov has canceled his planned Russian tour in December due to political reasons.

Klassik.com

UNESCO ernennt Hannover und Mannheim zu Städten der Musik

Die UNESCO hat drei deutsche Städte – Hannover, Mannheim und Heidelberg – in das Städte-Netzwerk “Creative Cities” aufgenommen.

Musik Heute

Bremer Kammerphilharmonie für gesellschaftliches Engagement ausgezeichnet

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen hat den diesjährigen Würth Preis der Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland (JMD) erhalten.

Twitter

Aesthetica Magazine ‏@AestheticaMag: @artbaselmiami opens its doors #tomorrow @guardian look at how the #art fair transformed the city #Miami #ArtBasel  http://tinyurl.com/pru6dfz 

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic8: Symphony conducts fundraiser to take show on the road – RichmondBizSense http://dlvr.it/7htBfQ 

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine: Composer Thomas Hewitt Jones introduces and conducts @Boosey_London in his exclusive carol for BBC Music Magazine: http://www.classical-music.com/news/watch-boosey-hawkess-performance-our-exclusive-carol …

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Picture found at: http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/matchstick-violin/

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

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.

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Orpheus Sinfonia performing at Cadogan Hall

(Written on November 19, 2014 )