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In today’s classical news: Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activities promoting female composers. An uncredited sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day. Cuba celebrates women percussionists at this year’s International Drum Festival, and Margo Price, Vagabon, Fatima Al Qadiri discuss the International Day of Action. American Feminist Susan Bordo discusses International Women’s Day Campaigns, GEMA honors Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Along with the 18 women composers you should know, and how operas are trying to increase diversity in their audiences.

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Sound and Music Launches International Women’s Day Intervention

Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activity aimed at opening up the debate and championing female composers.

Yes She Can To Promote Music Industry Gender Equality

Night czar Amy Lamé and Help Musician’s Richard Robinson will be among the speakers at Yes She Can, a new event aimed at promoting greater gender equality in the music industry.

Belated premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn

A sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, which was mistakenly attributed to her more famous brother Felix, will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day.

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Ein guter Tag ohne Frauen?

Nichts ist nur ein Frauenthema. Gleichzeitig ist alles ein Frauenthema

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Gema ehrt Gubaidulina

Für die Gema ist die russische Komponistin Sofia Gubaidulina eine “große Mystikerin” der zeitgenössischen klassischen Musik.

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Einblicke in die Kunst der Huzulen

In München bringt die ukrainische Dirigentin Oksana Lyniv dem Publikum den überdimensionalen Klang ihres Heimatlandes näher

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18 Women Composers You Should Know

March is home to both Women’s History month and International Women’s Day.

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In Pursuit Of A More Diverse Night At The Opera

Symphony orchestras and opera companies across the country continually ask the same question: How do we attract a younger and more diverse audience?

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Music History@today_classical in 1903 Birth of English , pianist, and conductor, Avril -Taylor.

BBC Radio 3@BBCRdio3 Today is International Women’s Day! We’re celebrating by playing only music by women composers all day.

Women’s Day  So many great events lined up globally like WOW Festival in London More events at

Londonist  Lots of events celebrating and more going on in London on Wednesday

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(Written on March 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: a work by Thomas Tallis that is performed by Alamire, and Techstars Music reveal its inaugural class of startups. Also, an obituary to conductor Stanlisław Skrowaczewski, a portrait of Chinese pianist Ran Jia, and will Cologne’s opera meet the deadline for its planned opening date? The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine which performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Classical Music Magazine

Tallis work to receive first performance in over 450 years

Alamire is to perform a work by Thomas Tallis which has not been heard for over 450 years as part of its concert at St John’s Smith Square on 14 April.

Manchester News

Should Manchester have a music museum? How to get tickets for the Manchester Music Legacies Centre debate

Industry experts want your ideas on how to celebrate Manchester’s music scene.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zum Tod von Stanlisław Skrowaczewski- Ein Leben mit Bruckner

Lange hat es gedauert, bis Stanlisław Skrowaczewski auch in Europa als großer Dirigent anerkannt war. Jetzt ist er mit 93 Jahren in den USA gestorben, die ihm zur Heimat geworden waren

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Oper Köln: Weitere Verzögerung der Wiedereröffnung?

Die Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper nach der seit mehreren Jahren stattfindenden Sanierung könnte sich weiter verzögern

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Das Herz auf dem Tisch

Ihre große Liebe hat die Pianistin Ran Jia schon sehr früh entdeckt: Franz Schubert. Seinetwegen zog sie sogar nach Europa.

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Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine to Perform at Mayo Center This February

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The New York Times

A Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera, Seen in a New Light

When you make art about current events, there’s a catch: Events change.

Forbes

Techstars Music Reveals Inaugural Class Of 11 Startups

Techstars Music revealed the inaugural class of startups for its brand-new program.

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Music History @today_classical in 1903 Death of German composer and Friedrich

Classic FM @ClassicFM Check out the for all the best classical music, as voted for by you! Join now

 

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

(Written on February 23, 2017 )

WildKat PR is happy to announce that we are now working with conductor Alan Tongue and his new project Mozart In The Afternoon.

Alan Tongue is a conductor and musicologist who studied with Sergiu Celibidache,worked for the BBC, and later built his career around the world, from Eastern Europe to South America and the United States.

In 2007, he came across Vaughan Williams’ exercise for the Cambridge D. Mus in the University Library in Cambridge. He took the challenge to transcribe it, leading to the birth of critically-acclaimed project A Cambridge MassThe world premiere took place at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, with the Bach Choir and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, before being performed in London and the US.

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Alan is now back to London and is preparing for his upcoming project: Mozart In The Afternoon. The programme is as follows:

  • Divertimento in F, K. 138
  • Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K. 415
  • Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 ‘The Jupiter’

Alan will conduct newly-founded The Beecham Orchestra, with pianist Iain Farrington (who performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games and composed music for the BBC Proms) and violinist Rick Friedman (co-leader and first violin of the Birmingham Royal Ballet).

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With its unusual timing of 2:30pm, the concert will benefit all sorts of audiences, offering a break from the busy city after lunch, and before the evening’s darkness: the perfect daytime activity.

Mozart In The Afternoon – Tuesday 4th April – 2.30PM

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

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(Written on February 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, violinist Nicola Benedetti treats classical music like broccoli, The Catskill High Peaks Festival brings together renowned musicians, pedagogues and international students, and The New York Times reports on an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, the international competition “Das Lied” will be held in Heidelberg in 2017, and the BBC Proms joins forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: Treat classical music like broccoli

The establishment has spent years trying to make classical music cool, enticing a new generation with a series of well-meaning projects. But the solution to teaching children to love classical music could be much simpler: sit them down and make them listen.

The Times

They can be Heroes, just for one Prom

The musicians Marc Almond, John Cale and Laura Mvula are to lead a tribute to David Bowie at a late-night Prom.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms mark cello focus with short film

The BBC Proms has joined forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

Broadwayworld

Bridge Street Theatre to Host Catskill High Peaks Festival’s „Music from High Peaks“

Renowned faculty and international rising young artists from the Catskill High Peaks Festival fill Bridge Street Theatre’s newly refurbished performance space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent.

The New York Times

For Black Lives Matter, Classical Music Steps In

In the wake of last week’s shootings, an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement, scheduled for Wednesday night at the Cooper Union, has become tragically timely.

The Washington Post

Songwriting team hopes to soon have its Cinderella moment at the Broadway ball

The musical theater writing duo of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler would like to clear up a common misconception about their most popular song: “Taylor the Latte Boy” is not an anthem of unrequited love.

The Strad

5 ways to improve playing in thirds

Tips for hand position, bow distribution and intonation from The Strad Archive.

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Bund fördert Barenboim-Said Aklademie

Die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien, Monika Grütters, fördert den Bau der Barenboim-Said Akademie für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten mit 20 Millionen Euro. Auch die Betriebskosten sollen künftig vom Bund aus dem Haushalt der Kulturstaatsministerin finanziert werden.

Internationaler Wettbewerb “Das Lied” ab 2017 in Heidelberg

Der 2009 von Gesangslegende Thomas Quasthoff ins Leben gerufene Internationale Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ findet vom 28. Februar bis zum 4. März 2017 erstmals in Heidelberg statt.

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Harte Zeiten für Bayreuth-Besucher

Das Bayreuther Festspielhaus verfügt über die vermutlich unbequemsten Opernsitze der Welt. Fünf Stunden Wagner werden hier schnell zu einer Herausforderung für Rücken und Beine, selbst für ausgesprochene Fans des Meisters.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Facing the music: Richard Tognetti

klassik.com @klassikcom Strenge Vorgaben für Zuschauer der Bayreuther Festspiele

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung 7548 Musiker versuchen als ein den Rekord: Frankfurt/Main – Klassische

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Nicola Benedetti photographed at the University of Edinburgh. Credit: Getty

(Written on July 11, 2016 )

Classical News

The winners of the Menuhin competition, pianist Eoín Fleming has been awarded with The 2016 Catherine Judge Memorial Award & the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year competition names North Ireland’s top school choirs.

The Guardian

Menuhin competition: young talent and hints of greatness to come

The gala concert that closed the biennial competition showcased the prodigious talents of the two winners, while Julia Fischer – a previous winner – gave a glorious performance of Bartók’s first concerto.

Classical Music Magazine

Winner of Catherine Judge Memorial Award announced

The 2016 Catherine Judge Memorial Award has been awarded to pianist Eoín Fleming. Fleming received the award following his performance of Chopin’s E-flat nocturne and the third movement of Rachmaninov’s second sonata on 16 April in the Great Hall at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Northern Ireland’s top school choirs named

The choirs of Dalriada School, Ballymoney and St Patrick’s Primary School, Rathfriland have been announced as the winners of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir Of The Year competition.

The Strad 

Documentary charts friendship between Holocaust survivor and schoolgirl through donated violin

A new documentary has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival detailing the friendship between a 93-year-old survivor of the Holocaust and a 14-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx, brought together by a violin.

Music Week

Sony/ATV inks multi-territory European deal with SoundCloud

Just over two weeks after subscription service SoundCloud Go was launched in the US, the platform has signed a critical, multi-territory European licensing agreement with publishing giant Sony/ATV Music.

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In Memoriam: Brian Asawa, 1966-2016

One of the most explosive talents ever to come out of San Francisco Opera’s Merola and Adler programs, countertenor Brian Asawa had an illustrious — if at times troubled  — career in opera and recitals around the world. He died on Monday after a long, unidentified illness; he was 49 years old.

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Afghan teenager braves threats, family pressure to lead women’s orchestra

Like many teenagers, 19-year-old Negin Khpalwak from Kunar in eastern Afghanistan loves music, but few people of her age have battled as fiercely to pursue their passion in the face of family hostility and threats.

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Christoph-Mathias Mueller verlässt Göttinger Symphonie-Orchester 2018

Der Generalmusikdirektor des Göttinger Symphonie Orchesters, Christoph-Mathias Mueller (49) will seinen im Sommer 2018 auslaufenden Vertrag nicht verlängern.

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Pulitzer Preis für Komponist Henry Threadgill

Der Amerikaner Henry Threadgill ist Träger des Pulitzer-Preises im Bereich Komposition. Der Saxophonist und Flötist erhält die Auszeichnung für seine Aufnahme “In for a Penny, In for a Pound”.

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hr-Sinfonieorchester: Orozco-Estrada bleibt bis 2021

Das hr-Sinfonieorchester hat seinen Vertrag mit Chefdirigent Andrés Orozco-Estrada bis 2021 verlängert.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Exploring music where voices & instruments are on an equal footing in both Stravinsky & Gabrieli #

Top Classical News @topcmnews Classical music should be appreciated more – Daily Trojan Online

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK # Der große Geiger und Pädagoge ist heute unser “Klassik-Star”, ab 18:05

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Photograph: Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on April 19, 2016 )

Caterina Grewe is not only an uprising star within the classical music world, she also has an interesting multicultural background and a remarkable perception of the music industry.

Ahead of the release on 21 April 2016 of her debut solo piano album “Schumann” featuring works by Schumann, we met with her for a chat during a practice session.

 

(Written on April 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the media mourns the record producer Sir George Martin after his death at the age of 90 and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber maintains that the Royal Festival Hall is a great concert hall.  In France, four opera houses decide to join forces and in Germany the Vogtland hopes to attract more visitors to the region through its musical traditions.

Guardian

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber defends Royal Festival Hall

Julian Lloyd Webber is the first to agree that the Royal Festival Hall’s acoustics are far from perfect – but that doesn’t stop it from being a great concert hall

Independent

Beatles classic ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ could cause health problems

Study says tracks with negative lyrics about growing old can affect the confidence of people later in life

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Obituary: Sir George Martin

Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the “fifth Beatle”, has died, aged 90.

Die Zeit 

Beatles-Produzent George Martin gestorben

George Martin war als “fünfter Beatle” maßgeblich am Aufstieg der Band zu Weltstars beteiligt. Der britische Musikproduzent starb im Alter von 90 Jahren

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Französische Nationalbibliothek erwirbt verschollen geglaubten Berlioz-Klavierauszug

Die Bibliothèque nationale de France hat ein umfangreiches Manuskript von Hector Berlioz erworben. Es handelt sich um das Manuskript des Klavierauszugs von Berlioz‘ Oper “Les Troyens”

NMZ

Vogtland will mit Musiktradition mehr Gäste anlocken

Im vogtländischen Musikwinkel in Markneukirchen soll eine neue Schauwerkstatt für Blechblasinstrumente mehr internationale Gäste anlocken

Washington Post

Jordi Savall wakes an early-music instrument from a long sleep

The viola da gamba, Jordi Savall said, “started a long sleep” around 1800, when the instrument fell out of widespread favor

France Musique

Les quatre maisons d’opéra du Grand Est mutualisent leurs forces

Alors que vient de se créer la nouvelle grande région Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine, les quatre maisons d’opéra du territoire ont décidé de se rapprocher

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The Economist: @TheEconomist Sir George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle”, has died. He was instrumental in shaping their music

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ .@ClarinetEmmaJ has become the first woman to have her portrait unveiled at

Classical Diary:  Producer for the , Sir George Martin was also a composer & conductor who worked for the BBC’s classical music department & EMI.

Music History: @today_classical  in 1748 FP of ’s oratorio Joshua at the Covent Garden, London.

 

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Joel Ryan / BBC

 

(Written on March 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Borletti-Buitoni Trust awards winners 2016 have been announced, Michael Foyle wins 2016 Netherlands Violin Competition & Black Violin breaking stereotypes about classical music. Also, Flipside Opera gives a new twist on classical music genre

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Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winners 2016 announced

The winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) awards and fellowships have been announced

The Strad

Michael Foyle wins 2016 Netherlands Violin Competition

The 24-year-old violinist receives €12,000 and performing opportunities

The News Tribune

Black Violin returns to Tacoma, breaking stereotypes about classical music and race one note at a time

Classical music has a long way to go towards racial diversity — but you wouldn’t know it watching a Black Violin concert

CBC News

Flipside Opera gives a new twist on classical music genre

Winnipeg singers hope to flip your perspective and pull curtain up on the world of opera

NMZ

Thüringer Kompositionspreis für Südkoreaner Eunsung Kim

Den Thüringer Kompositionspreis 2015 erhält der in Weimar lebende Südkoreaner Eunsung Kim

Klassik Akzente

Zum 90. Geburtstag von György Kurtág

Er ist einer der größten Komponisten der Gegenwart. Jetzt feiert György Kurtág, den eine fruchtbare und lange Zusammenarbeit mit ECM verbindet, seinen 90. Geburtstag

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Georges Aperghis erhält den höchstdotierten Preis im Bereich der zeitgenössischen Musik

Der griechische Komponist Georges Aperghis ist mit dem BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award ausgezeichnet worden

Codex Flores

Zukunft des Danish National Chamber Orchestra gesichert

Das in seiner Existenz gefährdete Nationale Dänische Kammerorchester lebt dank Zuwendungen dreier dänischer Stiftungen – zumindest projektbezogen – weiter

Classicalite

Ennio Morricone to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Legendary film composer, Ennio Morricone, who is still going strong in his 8th decade of work, has seen it all and done it all in the world of cinema

Twitter

The Musical Brain @themusicalbrain“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” — Carl Sagan

Classical Opera@classicalopera The re-discovered composition by Mozart and Salieri has been performed: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35589422

Music History@today_classical #Today in 1947 FP of Gian Carlo #Menotti’s opera The Telephone #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on February 18, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, Marina Baranova, a Ukrainian pianist and composer living in Germany.

“She sat down at the piano and played. With her right hand she held a melody, harmonically supported from the left. She was three and couldn’t read music” remembered Marinas Parents, both piano teachers.

Since her very first contact with a piano at the age of 3, Marina has won a long list of international prizes all over Europe. Her debut album Marina Baranova Plays Schumann was enthusiastically applauded by the press, who hailed her as an “excellent interpreter of Schumann”. She is also active as a composer – her last CD Firebird, recorded together with Murat Coşkun, contains only original compositions for oriental percussion and piano.

Marina is currently working on her next CD Hypersuites. The programme will be based on the graceful music of the Baroque period providing a foundation for the brilliant improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations which Marina specialises in.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina in promoting this new album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Marina Baranova’s website.

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Marina Baranova, picture by Yoshi Toscani

(Written on July 31, 2015 )

Janis Susskind

Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing

David McGinnis

Media and Music Manager at Mute Song

Martine Halban

Co-Founder and Director of Halban Publishers for books

Last night’s Noted Talk ‘Publishing Across Genres’ was a captivating event hosted by WildKatPR and Sane & Able. The evening featured three animated experts: Janis Susskind, David McGinnis and Martine Halban, who spoke on their knowledge and experience in Publishing. Throughout the evening, the speakers talked on the role of publishing in the worlds of music and the written word. They also contributed top advice in the area of self-publishing, which was applicable in a variety of ways for the eager attendees.

Many perspectives across the topics covered were highly valuable as light was shed on everything from how our speakers select what to publish, to the affect of new technologies on the industry. The importance of understanding the business was emphasised by Janis Susskind who explained the behind the scenes grass roots provisions needed for success: “For a year I typed index cards and memorized names, and learned the business from the ground up.” David McGinnis highlighted the validity of a gradual rise to the top: “Play some gigs, have some fans. Get some people throwing their underwear at you. Don’t go straight to sync”.

Martine Halban commented on the changes that the industry has undergone in the last twenty or so years: “In the 90s, Amazon started and the whole publishing scene changed. Now we are in the era of e-book publishing”. Interestingly, what arose is that it seems advanced technology has not merely removed older formats for accessing and listening to music, but more the emphasis has changed for these tools. Janis Susskind illustrates this: “I see more CDs being sold at classical venues. At the beginning we could never get a record company to agree to this”. David McGinnis took this one step further by explaining the potential value of CDs: “The physical disc might become like a piece of novelty merchandise”.

The entire evening was an eye opener into music publishing from professionals who were able to divulge valuable advice. It was an atmospheric evening full to the brim with young professionals and keen students, and the experience was both stimulating and informative with a good insight into the future of music publishing.

Take at look at our next event which will take place on Wednesday October 23rd ‘Noted Talks…Music Money Matters’. You can find this via the noted Event Bright.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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Oliver Hyde-Tetley

Oliver Hyde-Tetley

(Written on September 12, 2013 )