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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

Music@Malling

This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In September at a concert in Turin, lead singer of U2, Bono called for “humanitarian leadership” in response to Europe’s refugee crisis. Whilst Europe’s leaders have been discussing solutions; musicians have also made a concerted effort to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and to give them some pleasure through music.

It was unfortunate that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris this November, Spanish viol player and conductor Jordi Savall had to make the decision to postpone a concert. He was due to perform at the ‘Calais Together’ event with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI on 17th December at the refugee camp in Calais. His safety and the safety of his musicians couldn’t be guaranteed amid fears of unrest, however the event will take place by the Spring.

The Yehudi Menuhin School is also due to perform for refugees in Calais. On 20th January students and staff will work with volunteers at the ‘Jungle’ to distribute food parcels before performing a concert for around 6,000 refugees. The school hopes that it won’t just be a one off event and that they will return to Calais. The project is very much in line with Menuhin’s vision of the relationship the school should have with the outside world.

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School "The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect."

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School
“The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.”

In October a demonstration and concert took place in Vienna to show solidarity with refugees in Europe, it featured the German punk band ‘Die Toten Hosen’, ‘Conchita Wurst’ and a speech by Austrian President Heinz Fischer. In London this November, Paloma Faith joined forces with Peace for a concert to raise money for Help Refugees; these are just two concerts among many throughout Europe. Rap singer M.I.A. released a track ‘Borders’, which charts the journey of refugees across Europe and criticises governments for not doing enough.

Perhaps the most extraordinary case of music raising awareness of the refugee crisis, is Syrian rock band Khebez Dawle, who made their journey from Lebanon to Germany fun by performing gigs along the way. Syria offered the group no hope of a career in music so they sold their instruments to pay smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean. Through their music, they aim to tell the stories of desperate migrants looking for refuge.

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

These musicians are aware of the power of their music and the hope and comfort it can offer to people with nothing else left. Some of these events have political undertones, whilst some aim to raise awareness of the plight of refugees on a purely humanitarian level. With the Yehudi Menuhin school’s concert in Calais in January and Jordi Savall’s soon to follow, the New Year could bring new hope. We often feel helpless in the face of such crises but whilst governments battle with big decisions, musicians are sharing their music and working according to Yehudi Menhin’s ethos of supporting minority communities.

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

On Friday, the Vienna Philharmonic announced that it’s crowdfunding campaign has raised an astonishing €10, 000, towards a home for asylum seekers, which it bought last month. There are still 54 days to go and over 60 000 still to raise! You can donate here: http://bit.ly/1lNJXVn

The Vienna Philharmonic has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise  €75,000 towards buying and renovating a former inn in St Aegyd, Lower Austria. For every donation made,  the orchestra offers a special thank you in the form of CD’s, DVD’s, concert tickets and backstage passes.

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Vienna Philharmonic home for refugees

Following the huge numbers of refugees arriving in Europe this year, questions of nationality, social cohesion, and belonging have arisen. These issues are especially apparent in countries such as Austria and Hungary, which have faced the greatest influxes of asylum seekers. The CEO of the Vienna Philharmonic, Andreas Großbauer believes that aiding refugees exemplifies everything that classical music stands for,  ‘When we play an opera like Fidelio, for example, the singers are singing about freedom – it struck me that if we did nothing to help the refugees coming to Austria, then our music just wouldn’t be honest anymore.’ Indeed, 40 members of the Vienna Philharmonic come from families of migration backgrounds and 20 don’t have an Austrian passport.

The Vienna Philharmonic’s campaign is of course hugely impressive, but there are also ordinary people throughout Austria continuously providing refugees with meals, blankets, clothes and shelter. On the other hand, in October’s elections, there was increased support for the Austrian far right ‘Freedom Party’. It got 31 percent of the vote, on an anti-immigrant platform that included a proposed border fence. In the face of this and of tensions throughout Europe, the crowdfunding campaign and generosity of the Vienna Philharmonic appears all the more impressive.

20, 000 people took to the streets in Vienna in September to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

20, 000 people took to the streets of Vienna in September, to demonstrate against the ill treatment of refugees/ Lhv news

It might seem like a huge amount of money to direct to housing just four families, but the orchestra also wants to set an example and inspire others. The whole community is committed to the project and to integrating the asylum seekers in the long term; they will be taught German and the home will be a place for cultural exchange and benefit concerts. The campaign is raising money to provide more than just accommodation.

The Vienna Philharmonic has consistently had a strong focus on charity work. Throughout the year, it raises money for ‘Light in Darkness’, the Red Cross, Amnesty International and victims of landmines, it also gives charity concerts in hospitals. On September 28th, the orchestra gave a benefit concert which raised €116,892.73 towards the refugee crisis. Their latest campaign to house and permanently support 16 immigrants deserves particular congratulations!

(Written on December 1, 2015 )

Community music-making programme In Harmony Telford and Stoke have released a short video on their website called ‘Making a Difference’. This video features interviews with staff at Old Park Primary, Telford and Heron Cross Primary, Stoke, who give an interesting perspective on the positive and beneficial change they are seeing in the children, who are also featured in interviews. By watching ‘Making a Difference’ it is clear that the children are engaged with the music, instruments and each other, and even more than this, they are not only learning but they are enjoying themselves.

Something unique to In Harmony Telford and Stoke that we catch a glimpse of through ‘Making a Difference’ is the way in which the children are able to take their learning home. This is due to their freedom to take home and practice In Harmony’s instruments, but also via various online resources that the organisation offer online to encourage the children and extend growth beyond the classroom.

To see more of what this looks like, take a look at In Hamony TS’s website to see the full video, you can also learn more about what they offer simply by exploring their website. You can always follow In Harmony TS’s latest news and activities via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

In Harmony

In Harmony

 

(Written on December 2, 2013 )

Mashable

Pitchfork to Launch Magazine-Style App ‘Pitchfork Weekly’

Online music publication Pitchfork will launch its first mobile app in November, the company revealed exclusively to Mashable. Dubbed Pitchfork Weekly, the magazine-style app will be available on iOS at launch before coming to Android in the future

Digital Music News

Album Sales Sink to Their Lowest Levels Since 1991…

Vinyl records continue to sell well but album sales CDs and digital albums sink lower

Pandora Loses Nearly 2 Million Listeners In October…

iTunes radio has huge amount of active listeners while Pandora listeners fall away

Huffington Post

Video Game Music Is Making Symphony Orchestra Awesome Again, Thanks To ‘Zelda’ And ‘rePLAY’

With the help of a few band geeks and game developers, a few of the gaming community’s favorite soundtracks are featuring in new concerts of gaming music repertoire. Producer Jason Michael Paul is one of the masterminds behind the movement…

Classic FM Online

Johnny Marr and Incubus’ Michael Einziger join new Spiderman soundtrack

Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, and Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger will be joined by Dave Stewart, ex-guitarist with The Eurythmics on the new Hans Zimmer score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Instrument museum destroyed in fire

Hundreds of instruments were destroyed yesterday in a large fire at an Italian musical instrument museum, Museo dello Strumento Musicale in Reggio Calabria

Newsday

Childhood Music Lessons May Offer Lifelong Benefits

Older adults who took music lessons during childhood seem to have a faster brain response to speech than those who never played an instrument, according to the results of a new, small study

Ozarks First

Classical Music Helps Fight Crime and Violence on Park Central Square

With the knowledge that music affects peoples mood, Springfield police in the USA are letting the music do the talking

Die Welt

“Ich spiele, solange mein Dekolleté vorzeigbar ist.”

Die große Geigerin im großen Gespräch: Anne-Sophie Mutter über ihre Einspielung der Solo-Werke von Antonin Dvorák mit den Berliner Philharmonikern und warum sie Kleider von Dior als Arbeitskleidung trägt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on November 6, 2013 )

Wildkat PR is delighted to welcome In Harmony Telford and Stoke, the community music-making programme that inspires and engages young people and their families, to our client roster.

In Harmony Telford and Stoke is a three-year programme of music making in the communities of Malinslee, Telford and Heron Cross, Stoke. Their project works directly with 770 young people and their families to put music at the heart of local communities. It is also a partnership between the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Telford & Wrekin Music and City Music Service, Stoke who provide inspiring teachers and performers to work directly with the children and families in schools involved.

In Harmony keep a blog which aims to keep parents and the wider school community up to date with all their activities. There is a digital learning strand which enables children from both schools to share their feelings and develop learning partnerships, which will bridge the geographical distance between the connected schools. This is aided by resources such as instrument care sheets available online, and suitable methods of carrying instruments like specialised backpacks.

In Harmony seeks a spirit of connection and aims to enhance musical enjoyment for children, assists in fast wholesome progress, encourages success and achievement, and generally promotes positive wellbeing for children and families.

WildKat PR is working with In Harmony to communicate their important stories and present their key performances throughout the programme.

Follow the In Harmony blog on their website to find out more and get updates via Facebook and Twitter.

IH Telford and Stoke logo

(Written on October 31, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Opera’s for ‘posh folk’, says neighbour of stately home concerts

Winslow Hall Opera faces an uncertain future after complaints about the noise leaves its host, Christopher Gilmour, wondering whether to carry on with it

Classic FM Online

Elton John claims Bach and Beethoven are his influences

Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were the biggest early influence in Elton John’s career, the singer has said in a speech at a Royal Academy of Music function

Courier Journal

Louisville Orchestra aims for wider audience with new music director Teddy Abrams, 26

Leaders of the Louisville Orchestra see an organization with a greater reach in the community under incoming music director 26-year-old Teddy Abrams. When he takes the reins from Jorge Mester next season, Abrams will be the youngest music director in the institution’s 76-year history

Bloomberg

Bankrupt NY City Opera May Be Revived on Purchase Campus

Three weeks into the bankruptcy of New York City Opera, there’s discussion in opera circles about how to reconstitute it under a different management to provide the country’s most populous city with an alternative to the Metropolitan Opera

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Why small operas might be able to drive change in opera for the future

Der Tagesspiegel

Gebt uns was zu denken, was zu fühlen!

Philosophen, Praktiker, Rebellen: An der Deutschen Oper suchen illustre Gäste nach der Zukunft des Musiktheaters

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on October 29, 2013 )