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WildKat PR is thrilled to welcome Inclusive Creativity! The project, based in Northern Ireland, was devised by composer Frank Lyons of Ulster University. It aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing innovative instrumental technology and methodologies that allow for side-by-side performance with professional musicians.

In 2015, three partner organisations (Walled City Music, Drake Music and St. Magnus International Festival) received funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop a pilot participatory project using ‘inclusive creativity’ as its driving principle. The project brought together musicians and composers to research participant-led routes into collaborative music making. Under the direction of professor Lyons, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled artists met regularly to improvise and compose music together in Derry/Lononderry. They used assistive music technology (AMT) as well as more conventional musical instruments. This ensemble became Acoustronic.

A performance featuring Acoustronic and partner ensemble the Benyounes Quartet will perform Lyons’s specially-commissioned work ‘NonZeroSum’ and George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ at Rich Mix on 5th September.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, said: “Inclusive Creativity is an incredibly inspiring project that provides essential opportunities for disabled musicians. Especially with disability often being left out of diversity conversations in the classical industry and beyond, it’s vital that projects like this are championed across the sector and WildKat are delighted to support this pioneering and forward-thinking collaboration.”

The concerts in London and Dublin are kindly supported by PRS for Music’s ‘Breaking Borders’, CGF’s ‘Sharing the Stage’ and the British Council

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to be working with composer and pianist Andrew James Johnson on his upcoming album release and concert, following the launch of his new brand.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, says: “Working alongside our in-house design team classicalmusicdesign, WildKat has created a brand and visual identity for Andrew that truly represents both his bold, friendly personality and his enchanting yet sensitive compositions. We’re very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and sharing Andrew’s debut album with the press and music industry.”

Andrew is a composer and pianist who grew up in Birmingham, England, and despite having no formal training on the piano in his childhood, immersed himself in the works of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. After his parents agreed to pay for lessons, Andrew’s eagerness and innate musicality developed rapidly into a passion for piano performance, before he moved onto composition.

Andrew began to draw upon a combination of classical training and contemporary influences, completing a BA in Composition at the London College of Music.  His compositional style combines rich harmonic language with expansive pianistic techniques, revealing the influence of the Romantic-era composers that so inspired him in his youth.

In the years that followed his graduation from the LCM, Andrew undertook commissions for film, television and theatre. Credits include televised advertisements for HSBC and Timotei. Andrew’s compositions take inspiration from everyday life, and his creative process makes use of the full tonal range of the keyboard, drawing on influences from his role models Max Richter and Philip Glass.

We are thrilled to be working with Andrew on his debut album release ‘Winter’s Heart’, due for release in November 2017.

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(Written on August 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: German broadcast license fee decreases, and conductor Frieder Bernius celebrates his 70th birthday. Fete de la musique has begun in Berlin and Brandenburg, and Dina Gilbert becomes music director in Kamloops. ABO announces first recipients of sirens fund.

Classical Music Magazine

VCM Foundation launches composition competition

The Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM) Foundation has launched its inaugural composition competition. Composers are invited to submit an original composition for SATB divisi a cappella lasting a maximum of four minutes. The compositon must not have been performed before.

The Strad

Remembering Bernard Millant 1929-2017

The esteemed bow maker, dealer, author and expert died in April aged 87. Jean-François Raffin, who worked with Millant and co-authored the celebrated three-volume work L’Archet with him, remembers his friend and colleague

Music Business Worldwide

Now Apple wants to reduce royalty rate it pays record labels

Last year, MBW broke the news that Spotify was trying to negotiate the royalty rate it paid record labels down from 55% of revenue closer towards 50%. Now Apple is believed to be on a similar mission.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces first recipients of Sirens funding

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the first recipients of its Sirens awards made to UK orchestras for projects to raise awareness of historic women composers

Berliner Zeitung

Rundfunkbeitrag GEZ-Einnahmen sinken auf knapp acht Milliarden Euro

Die Einnahmen aus dem Rundfunkbeitrag zur Finanzierung der öffentlich-rechtlichen Sender sinken. – Quelle: http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/27836904 ©2017

Concerti

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Frieder Bernius!

Der Stuttgarter Dirigent Frieder Bernius feiert heute seinen 70. Geburtstag. Seit einem halben Jahrhundert setzt er mit dem Kammerchor Stuttgart neue Maßstäbe

Kulturradio vom rbb

Fête de la musique in Berlin und Brandenburg

Zum Sommeranfang erklingt Live-Musik von vielen Freilichtbühnen, Plätzen und Parks.

Broadway World

NEA Awards Orpheus Chamber Orchestra $40,000 Art Works Grant
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.

Pizzicato

Dina Gilbert named Music Director in Kamloops, British Columbia
Born in Québec, Gilbert has served as an assistant conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2016.

Twitter

:By our reckoning, the mighty will just have completed her 24 piano marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support! Well played, Anna!
2 in 1911 FP of ‘s Coronation March at the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in London.
Classical Music Magazine: ABO announces first recipients of Sirens funding

(Written on June 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: interview with Miriam Margolyes, more young talent for the Salzburg Festival and listen to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Aleksandra Markovic announced as the new director of Opera North. ‘Paris – a celebration of life’ is the motto of the new ‘classic con brio festival’. Wagner-Tenor Manfred Jung dies aged 76, and Ingo Metzmacher conducts ‘Lady Macbeth of Mzensk’ at the Vienna Opera. Larry Rachleff conducts in his last concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, and after coming out – a russian violinist’s new reality.

Telegraph

Miriam Margolyes interview: ‘It’s good to shock, it shakes people up a bit’ 

Actress Miriam Margolyes is famous for being outspoken – but even so, she still manages to take Chris Harvey by surprise

Rhinegold

Salzburg Festival doubles number of youth subscriptions

The Salzburg Festival is to double the number of youth subscriptions in 2017 as a result of high demand.

Classic FM

A detailed guide to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto

Pianist Simon Trpčeski is performing this Romantic colossus at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Ahead of his performance, we asked him to talk us through the great work.

The Violin Channel

Yumi Saiki – ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Last month’s world premiere performance of acclaimed Japanese composer Yumi Saiki’s ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Concerti

Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben

„Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben“ lautet das Motto des diesjährigen „classic con brio“-Festivals des Schlossverein Osnabrück e.V., in Anlehnung an das gleichnamige Buch von Ernest Hemingway, der darin liebevoll das Paris der Zwanzigerjahre als Rückzugsort vieler Künstler und Literaten beschreibt.

Kulturradio vom rbb

Manfred Jung ist tot

Jung war für seine Wagner Rollen bekannt, weil er als einer der wenigen alle Tenorpartien in Richard Wagners “Ring des Nibelungen” gesungen hatte.

Klassik heute

Ingo Metzmacher leitet “Lady Macbeth von Mzensk” an der Wiener Staatsoper

Schostakowitschs Lady Macbeth von Mzensk steht ab Samstag, 22. April 2017 wieder auf dem Spielplan der Wiener Staatsoper.

npr music

After coming out as gay, a russian violinist’s new reality

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

Broadwayworld

Larry Rachleff conducts final concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, 5/6

Larry Rachleff’s final concert as Music Director with the RI Philharmonic on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm is almost sold out.

South China Morning Post

How jazz borrowed improvisation from classical music, and pianist Gabriela Montero who’s on a mission to take it back

Ahead of her concert in Hong Kong, musician talks about spontaneous composition, how jazz took it up in the 20th century, and her mission to bring it back into classical music

Pizzicato

Aleksandra Markovic Resigns As Music Director Of Opera North

Richard Mantle, General Director of the Leeds based Opera North, has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Serbian conductor Aleksandar Markovic, 41, as the Company’s Music Director, a position he took up in September 2016.

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(Written on April 19, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.

Rhinegold

LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of ClassicFM.com. And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

klassik.com

Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are working with Ailie Robertson. Ailie is a composer, arranger, and harpist whose styles traverse the boundaries between folk, classical, and even jazz.

All of Ailie’s six recordings to date have focused on her folk influences. For her upcoming single release, however, Ailie has turned her attention to classical composition, in a work scored for string quartet and harp. Haven takes its inspiration from the Scottish ‘keening’ tradition, a type of vocal lament.

As a composer, Ailie has won numerous awards, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Composition Prize, The Sofia International Composition Competition, and was runner-up in the 14th International Oslo Grieg Competition. She has received commissions from some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions including the BBC, Creative Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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WildKat PR is looking forward to working with Ailie as she explores new directions for her music.

(Written on October 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus, Jonathan Groves launches his own artist management company, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary. Also, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra adds new principal violin, and Jakub Hrůša makes his debut as new chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony with three inaugural concerts.

The Post and Courier

Expose the kids to classical music at Little Mozart Circus

Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus on Saturday at Marion Square. Mozart is considered a musical genius, so why not introduce your child to the advantages of learning and appreciating classical music?

Classical Music Magazine

Launch of Groves Artists

Jonathan Groves has launched his own artist management company after more than four decades with Ingpen & Williams. Groves Artists will continue to work for the artists previously represented by Ingpen & Williams.

The Pulse

Classical Music Is Alive and Well

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary this year, and will be kicking off their new season Thursday evening at the historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga.

VC Reporter

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN | Ojai’s classical music series kicks off its 2016-17 season with violinist Itamar Zorman, pianist Kwan Yi

The Ojai Valley, long known for it’s modern classical music leanings with the world-renowned annual Ojai Music Festival, will soon be filled with the sounds of more traditional classical sounds throughout the coming year.

The Morning Call

Classical: Allentown Symphony presents music from Oscar films

On Saturday, September 24, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Ronald Demkee, will present a program of favorite music from Oscar-winning films.

TwinCities

SPCO adds new principal violin

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana its newest principal violin. The position will have leadership, solo and chamber music opportunities while splitting the more traditional second violin duties with fellow principal violin Kyu-Young Kim.

CMUSE

How Holst’s Jupiter influenced film and video game scores

Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity” is the central movement of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite and has the most varied melodic structure: with its Stravinsky-like ostinati and syncopation and a central melody as solemn as an anthem, it constitutes the quintessential early-20th-century English composition.

nmz

Neue Musik trifft Facebook: Noch zehn Tage Einreichungsfrist für den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award

Auch in diesem Jahr vergibt die Christoph und Stephan Kaske Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit der neuen musikzeitung wieder den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award für Komponisten zeitgenössischer Musik.

Klassik heute

Antrittskonzerte von Jakub Hrůša mit den Bamberger Symphonikern

Am ersten Oktober-Wochenende gibt Jakub Hrůša seinen Einstand als neuer Chefdirigent der 1946 gegründeten Bamberger Symphoniker mit gleich drei Antrittskonzerten. Das erste überträgt BR-Klassik live am 30. September aus der Konzerthalle Bamberg.

RBB Kulturradio

Kurt Sanderling wird mit Gedenktafel geehrt

Eine Gedenktafel erinnert künftig an den langjährigen Chefdirigenten des Berliner Sinfonie-Orchesters Kurt Sanderling. Kulturstaatssekretär Renner wird am Freitag am letzten Wohnhaus Sanderlings die Tafel enthüllen.

Twitter

Reeperbahn Festival @Reeperbahn_Fest Today we will be audio live streaming selected sessions of the Conference programme!

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Krise beim – erhellender Kommentar dazu von Kultur-Korrespondentin Maria

NDR Kultur @ndrkultur Alle Tage, alle Perlen: das Beste des – ausgewählt von den Musikexperten http://bit.ly/2d3oAgt

Dirigent J. Hrusa in Bamberg

Jakub Hrusa, Photo: Andreas Herzau / Bamberger Symphoniker

(Written on September 22, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to announce our new collaboration with the Berlin-based label FILM.

FILM presents a new studio recording from pianists Gregor SchwellenbachVolker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick. They will be releasing their interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” – a modern approach to his idea behind it.

With their electronic club music, as well as classical music background, the musicians formed “Six Pianos” in dignified modernity and topped it off with today’s sound aesthetics and advanced recording technologies of today. After the widely noticed performance at the Acht Brücken Festival 2016 at Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, the ensemble played from six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany for the recording. Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using his own typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich and his composition with this release. “Pianists are soloists and lone warriors by nature”, as Gregor Schwellenbach once said. But the initiator not only won over solo artists to the greatest possible extent but also their ensemble partners: Jan Brauer from Brandt Brauer Frick mixed “Six Pianos” in the studio while Lukas Vogel from Grandbrothers provided delays for the b-side, which includes “Keyboard Study #1” by Terry Riley.

WildKat PR is working with FILM to promote “Six Pianos”. Keep up to date with news through their Facebook and Twitter, as well as thorugh the WildKat PR blog.

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(Written on September 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph tells the history of classical music in 50 short pieces, BBC Music Magazine talks to the composer of their 2015 carol and Gramophone reports that the Finish composer Jouni Kaipainen has died. Also, The Irish Times announces the winner of the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award

The Telegraph

A history of classical music in 50 short pieces

50 masterpieces of classical music, each the length of a pop song

The Irish Times

Cog Notes: Young pianist wins Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award

Eoin Fleming (17) a sixth- year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, has won the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award, Ireland’s largest classical competition for secondary schools

BBC Music Magazine

We talk to the composer of the 2015 BBC Music Magazine carol

Cheryl Frances-Hoad is one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers. This year, we asked her to compose a Christmas carol especially for the readers of BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone

The composer Jouni Kaipainen has died

The Finnish composerJouni Kaipainen has died at the age of 58 following a long illness

The Guardian

Middle class people dominate arts, survey finds

The UK’s creative industries are dominated by middle class people, according to a survey that reveals the extent to which gender and ethnicity continue to influence careers in the arts

Klassik Akzente

Das Label ist ein Wunschkonzert – “Manufacture on Demand” geht in die fünfte Runde

Das Konzept der Deutschen Grammophon ist so einfach wie genial: Vom Markt verschwundene hochwertige Aufnahmen erscheinen seit einiger Zeit in neuem Glanz und sind nun auf Wunsch in handverlesener Auflage wieder verfügbar

Pizzicato

Tonhalle Zürich führt Rush-Hour-Konzerte ein

Das Orchester der Tonhalle Zürich erweitert ihr bisheriges Konzertangebot um ein neues Format: An drei Donnerstagen in dieser Saison veranstaltet es Rush-Hour-Konzerte um 18.30 Uhr

NMZ

Universität Dortmund prüft Bach-Porträt mit Röntgen-Strahlen

Ein Bach-Porträt aus der Zeit des Musikers? Das wäre eine Sensation. Die Kunstszene rätselt, seitdem der Dortmunder Unternehmer und Bachliebhaber Wolf-Dietrich Köster das Kunstwerk 2014 bei einer Versteigerung gekauft hat

Classicalite

Professor Frankie Flood Develops New Hand for Disabled Viola Player Shea Stollenwerk

Taking a step forward for the biomedical community, a professor at the University of Wisconsin is applying technology to classical music. Frankie Flood, an art teacher, has used a 3-D printer to help develop new “hands” for a 10-year-old seeking to be a professional musician

The Washington Post

Anonymous 4 calls it quits

After this season, the glorious female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 is closing up shop as an ensemble, the singers going their separate ways

Twitter

Agence France-Presse: @AFP #BREAKING French entertainment industry demands 50 million euros in government aid over Paris attacks

Royal Academy:@royalacademy 1 week left to apply to the #RASchools postgrad art course – no fees, & bursaries available http://bit.ly/1otNJPi

LauraWright:@thelaurawright  If you’re in the music industry like me, start your day by reading this: big up @laurenlaverne http://bit.ly/1N5B4vZ

Cheryl Frances-Hoad BBC Music Magazine

Cheryl Frances-Hoad
BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 24, 2015 )

 

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With the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz brings to life the power of music that gave Kurt Cobain the will to live. The album is released today exclusively with iTunes or you can purchase signed hard copies on AyseDeniz’s website.

AyseDeniz was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey and made her concerto debut when she was just nine. As a composer and pianist, she is always seeking new ideas. For the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz has pulled ideas from the lyrics and motifs of Nirvana’s music to create her own adaptations. She tells the story of Kurt Cobain through her classical piano arrangements and vocals; connecting rock and grunge with classical music, in an authentic intimate and nostalgic way.

At the age of 27, the same age as Nirvana’s front man when he ended his life, AyseDeniz dedicates this project to Kurt Cobain to celebrate his legacy through virtuosic grunge.

The project follows the viral, worldwide success of AyseDeniz’s Classical Pink Floyd project, which caught the attention of classical enthusiasts and rock fans across the globe, also securing an endorsement from Pink Floyd’s official social media pages.

The #NirvanaProject is a curious and eclectic venture, which merges different styles in a genre that is impossible to categorise. Buy now on iTunes or get yourself an exclusive signed CD.

 

Keep up to date with AyseDeniz’s news via her website, Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

(Written on November 20, 2015 )