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Keith Burstein’s new opera, ‘The Prometheus Revolution’, has been performed by Fulham Opera at the Arcola Theatre this week, as part of 2018’s Grimeborn festival.

It’s been such a fantastic campaign, we wanted to share some of the press highlights! Have a look below…

Planet Hugill

Robert Hugill (Planet Hugill)

“Highly charged and richly passionate music….

An uneasy mix: politics, spirituality and melody in Keith Burstein’s new opera

A new opera which combines politics, new-age spirituality and an unashamedly tonal score.

…Burstein’s music is unashamedly tonal and after the complex piano prelude we were plunged into a torrent of melody. Just as the plot began in media res, Burstein’s score is similarly highly charged and passionate from the outset. His writing is a stream of melody; as a composer, I also write tunes in my operas but mine are usually hard won and I cannot help but admire Burstein’s sheer fertility…

…Burstein used familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways…

…The confined space also meant that it was rather a noisy affair at times, in richly passionate music you can hardly expect singers to shut up, and I longed for a larger auditorium…

…I have to commend the cast, all of whom gave sterling performances. Each singer had their own moment or moments, and there were a lot of notes. Everyone really committed themselves to the performance and to the piece, and their support for new opera is admirable.”

Meirion Bowen

“…Burstein’s music… had an adroitly conceived mixture of styles indebted not only to opera, but to Broadway and pop ballads. The singers here, led by Alex Haigh, as the billionaire, and Lucie Louvrier as his infatuated PA, were uniformly excellent, clearly relishing their voice-lines, and acting skilfully. They were accompanied throughout by a pianist (Ben Woodward, a skilful performer, here): but it seemed to me that Burstein’s score would have made a much stronger impact if it had been orchestrated. A project for the future: though I hope Burstein has the opportunity to embark on fresh dramatic projects, as he quite clearly has both talent and imagination.”

TheatreCat

“…Prometheus stole fire from the gods in order to ensure human progress, and met with a grisly eternal punishment as a reward: Zeus’ eagle devouring his liver daily. Keith Burstein’s new opera The Prometheus Revolution attempts to engage with this Greek myth through a story of modern-day capitalism and revolt. Peter (Alex Haigh) redirects two trillion pounds from the City to the Prometheus Peace Movement, revivifying a socially rebellious organisation which he founded, but left to become a successful banker or deep undercover rebel agent: his erstwhile partner in the Prometheus Movement, Aaron (Robert Garland), can’t be sure which, as the (mainly sexual) tensions of their youth threaten to break the Movement apart just as civil war finally gets going. Fulham Opera field a dazzlingly strong young cast to give Burstein’s opera its world premiere; singing is lyrical and compelling throughout, piano accompaniment from Ben Woodward richly expressive, direction from Sophie Gilpin clear and clever. Sunny Smith’s pared-down, efficient design uses a grid of steel ropes on a platform in the centre of the playing space to suggest the glass and steel of a City office, or a prison cell; the addition of blinds, swags or banners suggests meeting rooms, hotel balconies and Movement HQ…..

…However, despite music, design and direction all being on point, The Prometheus Revolution is a severe test of performance…

…Caroline Carragher’s Wona is outstanding; James Schouten’s Des, brilliantly vivid; Nick Dwyer’s oily Zapruder, eye-catchingly charismatic…

…what [the singers] achieve with this piece is seriously impressive.”

Audience feedback

“Great show, incredible music, amazing night.” – Danai Nardi
 
“ It has completely changed my view of opera. Great journey and incredibly deep ideas.” – Abdurahman Jafar
 
“An unforgettable experience. Tremendously moving music.” – Ken Jones
 
“I left humming the tunes.” – Richard Stoner
 
“Good to see how well your opera has been received. Not at all surprising given its quality of composition and the outstanding performance by Fulham Opera.” – David and Sue Fergusson

(Written on August 9, 2018 )

We are delighted to be working with North-West based ensemble, Psappha, on its 2018/19 concert season. Furthermore, we can announce that Mark-Anthony Turnage has been announced as Psappha’s newest Patron, following the death of longtime Psappha Patron and collaborator Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in 2016.

“I’m really pleased that Psappha has asked me to become their new Patron. It’s an honour to take on the position from Max after his 21 years in the role… The group’s commitment to living composers is a vital element in British musical life and I’m looking forward to supporting these brilliant musicians and their work in the future.” – Mark-Anthony Turnage, July 2018

Formed in 1991 by Artistic Director Tim Williams, Psappha specialises in the performance of work by living composers and in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group, comprising seven core instrumentalists, is based at St Michael’s, the former Italian chapel in Ancoats, an inner-city area of Manchester that was once the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It shares this venue with The Hallé.

Psappha is a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England (ACE) and a Talent Development Partner for PRS for Music Foundation.

In addition to public performancees, Psappha offers a wealth of online content for contemporary classical enthusiasts. Its YouTube channel has achieved more than 70,000 views in the past 12 months, and offers more than 160 free-to-view films of live performances and a number of free online film-based resources for young composers.

Psappha’s Composition Lab offers support to GCSE and A-level music students through 100 short films presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood, which explore different orchestral instruments, musical styles and instrumental techniques. Psappha Kids is a free resource specially devised to support the teaching of classroom music by specialist and non-specialist teachers of children aged 7-11, and includes lesson plans, class-based musical activities and extension tasks, fully supported through a series of short films.

The Composing for… scheme is open to UK-based music creators who have completed their first degree or equivalent. They will be offered expert support and professional guidance over an extended period to create new works that will be filmed and hosted on Psappha’s YouTube Channel, and considered for a future Psappha performance.

Psappha is supported by ACE’s Catalyst: Evolve scheme, which matches donations pound-for- pound, helping to create a “more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector”.

The first concert in the 2018/19 will be ‘New Adventures’ on Thursday 27 September at Stoller Hall, Manchester.

See Psappha in action below!

(Written on July 18, 2018 )

The newest addition to our client roster is Dr. Laura Bennett Cameron, academic and bassoonist. We are very pleased to be working with Laura as she travels to Paris and Granada in August 2018, to present the work of French composer Roger Boutry and record a new album of his works.

Laura Bennett Cameron

Laura teaches Applied Bassoon, Music Theory, and Ear Training at the University of Texas (Arlington), and is the principal bassoonist of Dallas Winds (formerly Dallas Wind Symphony). In addition to her position as the principal bassoon of the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, Dr. Bennett Cameron also substitutes with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among others. Laura appears frequently as a soloist, having given recent recitals in the US and Europe, and performed concertos and solos with orchestras across the US.

Dr. Bennett Cameron is actively involved in research and publication. Her main research focus is the music of French composer Roger Boutry, who was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome in 1954. Her pioneering research on Boutry and his compositions represents the first major published resources on the composer in any language.

Laura is the founder of La Société for la Promotion de la Musique de Roger Boutry, an American foundation devoted to the promotion and advancement of Boutry’s compositions. She also serves as solo bassoonist in The Boutry Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the education and engagement of American audiences with the composer’s body of work. Bennett Cameron and Boutry can be heard on their recording French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano (Indesens 2016), available through iTunes and all major music media outlets.

Roger Boutry

Dr. Bennett Cameron holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with concentrations in Music Theory and Early Music. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University.

(Written on May 25, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera chiefs accused of elitism, Philadelphia Orchestra brings Jewish and Arab Israeli communities together, contemporary composers Helmut Lachenmann and John Cage meet in Munich, plans of the Berlin Rundfunkorchester for season 2018/19 and Music Festival FEMUA in Abidjan.

The Times

Opera chiefs accused of elitism for food and drink ban in musicals

A ban from taking food and drink into the venue, has led to claims that the ENO is discriminating against audiences for more commercial shows.

Classical Music 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields announces $1m gift ahead of its 60th anniversary

The gift has been made by the president of the American Friends of the Academy, Maria Cardamone, and her husband Paul.

Opera Now

Turin’s Teatro Regio appoints William Graziosi as general director

Graziosi began his career as artistic administrator of the Spontini Classic project, where he oversaw the organisation of three singing competitions and academies specialising in the work of Gaspare Spontini.

Broadway World

Rachel Barton Pine And Jory Vinikour perform on Cedille Records Album

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ best-selling artist, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, a two-time Grammy nominee making his Cedille label debut, play J.S. Bach’s complete violin and harpsichord sonatas.

Slipped Disk

Philadelphia Orchestra promises to work with ‘Jewish and Arab Israeli Citizens’ 

This statement was released following pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel where they will participate in special residency activities in Israel, June 3-7.

Limelight

Mezzo Fleuranne Brockway wins Royal College of Music Scholarship

The Australian International Opera Awards has partnered with the Royal College of Music this year, seeing Brockway further her vocal studies in London.

taz

Musikfestival FEMUA in Abidjan – Visionen, Ideen und hohe Zinsen

In Anoumabo, einem Slum der ivoirischen Metropole Abidjan, findet das Musikfestival FEMUA statt. Mit dem Erlös werden neue Schulen gebaut.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pfeif auf die Melodie

In München treffen an einem Abend die zeitgenössischen Großkomponisten Helmut Lachenmann und John Cage aufeinander. Lachenmann spielt seine “Wiegenmusik” und wagt bei einer Podiumsdiskussion provokante Thesen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Pläne des Berliner Rundfunkchors für die Spielzeit 2018/19

Crossover-Soireen, Mozart-Requiems und Mitsingkonzerte: Der Berliner Rundfunkchor stellt seine Pläne für die Spielzeit 2018/2019 vor.

france musique

Jazz Culture : 41ème concours national de jazz de la Défense

Les inscriptions pour le 41ème Concours National de Jazz de la Défense sont ouvertes.

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Helmut Lachenmann © Lebrecht Music And Arts Photo

 

(Written on May 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom addressed lack of music in schools, Met Opera welcomes new maestro, James Levine sues Met Opera, Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ is yet to be solved, Opera America awards 8 female composers, Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years, Alberto Vilar released from prison, Teresa Berganza honoured for her life work and Festival “Heidelberger Frühling” starts in Heidelberg.

The Times

Alison Balsom: ‘We have a music crisis in schools. Everyone needs to speak out’

Cheltenham Music Festival’s new artistic director on her job, her husband Sam Mendes and cuts to education.

The New York Times 

Met Opera’s Next Maestro Energises His Philadelphians

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the successor to James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, may have cause to feel anointed: To judge from recent audience reactions, he is seen as the new grand maestro on the block, and quite possibly a saviour for the troubled company.

Opera Now

James Levine sues Met Opera over dismissal

James Levine is suing the Metropolitan Opera for breach of contract and defamation.

NPR Music

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Still Keeps Music Detectives Busy

The North American branch of the Elgar Society is holding its annual conference in Madison, Wis., March 16 – 19 .

Opera Wire

Opera America Announces Grant Awards to 8 Female Composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of the Discovery Grants from for the Female Composers programme made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation which are given to promote the development of works by women.

NY Times

Listen In on a Violinist’s Rehearsal Room

“That was good,” the violinist Jennifer Koh told the soprano and composer Lisa Bielawa during a recent rehearsal. But then she pointed to a spot on her sheet music and said, “I do think we should take more time here.”

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years

The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director.

BR-Klassik

Ehrenrettung oder Gewissenlosigkeit

Vor wenigen Tagen erst war Stardirigent James Levine nach Vorwürfen sexuellen Missbrauchs von der Metropolitan Opera entlassen worden. Nun verklagt er die Oper auf Schadenersatz.

SWR2

Magnus, der Erste

Langfristige Projekte, Festivals, Radiosendungen. Mit einem Artist in Residence wird vieles möglich. Der Schwede Magnus Lindgren macht nun den Anfang bei der SWR Big Band.

Blühende Musiklandschaften

Liedzentrum, Binnenfestivals, Umwegrentabilität. Beim Heidelberger Frühling geht es auch 2018 unter dem Leitgedanken “Eigen-Arten” wieder um mehr als nur um Konzertveranstaltungen. Am Samstag, 17. März, startet das rund vierwöchige Musikfestival “Heidelberger Frühling”.

klassik.com

Opernmäzen Alberto Vilar wieder auf freiem Fuß

Der Opernmäzen und Unternehmer Alberto Vilar ist wieder auf freiem Fuß. Der in der Vergangenheit als Kultursponsor und Förderer zahlreicher kultureller Einrichtungen wirkende Mäzen und Gründer einer Vermögensverwaltung war 2008 wegen Investmentbetrugs, Geldwäsche und Urkundenfälschung zu einer neunjährigen Haftstrafe verurteilt worden.

Vier Preisträger beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb

Die Jury des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs hat am Donnerstagabend in Bonn die Wettbewerbsgewinner bekannt gegeben. In der Finalrunde konnten Ioana Cristina Goicea (Violine), Theo Plath (Fagott), Maciej Frąckiewicz (Akkordeon) und das Eliot Quartett, bestehend aus Maryana Osipova (Violine), Alexander Sachs (Violine), Dmitry Hahalin (Viola) und Michael Preuß (Violoncello), den Preis des für sich gewinnen.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wird mit Briefmarke geehrt

Das Leipziger Gewandhausorchester erhält zu seinem 275-jährigen Jubiläum eine Briefmarke sowie eine Gedenkmünze.

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JeongMeen Ahn gewinnt Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb

Beim Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb in München gewann der 26-jährige südkoreanische Bariton JeongMeen Ahn den ersten Preis.

Musik Heute

Teresa Berganza wird für ihr Lebenswerk geehrt

Die spanische Mezzosopranistin Teresa Berganza (83) wird bei den diesjährigen International Opera Awards für ihr Lebenswerk ausgezeichnet.

france musique

Philip Glass reçoit le Prix France Musique des Muses pour son livre “Paroles sans musique”

Chaque année, le Prix France Musique des Muses récompense des ouvrages consacrés à la musique classique, au jazz ou aux musiques traditionnelles publiés en langue française.

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@BBCRadio3 #today #musichistory

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Steve J. Sherman

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera North launches Orchestra Academy, Classical Music is played in McDonalds to reduce crime, Opera is used to change perception of films, Ian Jackson composes for dogs, Fyfe and Iskra Strings release collaborative EP, Berlin wants to buy the popular centre of cultural events “Radialsystem V” in Berlin Friedrichshain and the International Festival for Time Issues “MaerzMusik” will take place from 16 to 25 March 2018 in Berlin.

Classical Music

Opera North launches Orchestra Academy

Opera North is launching an Orchestra Academy in a bid to support and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians in the north of England.

Evening Standard

Shepherd’s Bush McDonalds turns off wifi and plays classical music 

A McDonald’s restaurant plagued with anti-social behaviour claims to have successfully reduced disorder by playing classical music.

OperaWire

Opera Meets Film: ‘Ombra Mai Fu’ As a Call For Respect in ‘A Fantastic Woman’

This feature is dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema by taking a section or whole film and alter its perception by using music.

Classic FM

Composer finds out what’s the most relaxing music for dogs 

Composer Iain Jackson teamed up with a team of veterinary experts to create the perfect piece of music to calm your dog – the performed the piece at Crufts this weekend

Complete Music Update

Fyfe and Iskra Strings have announced a new collaborative EP

New collaborative EP to be released later this year, blending classical music and pop with uncommonly successful results.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Hannover’s 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Comp

Applications are now open for the 2018 10th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in Hannover, Germany.

American Composer & Musicologist Dr Olly Wilson Has Died – Aged 80

Prominent African-American contemporary composer and musicologist Dr Olly Wilson has passed away – aged 80.

klassik.com

Land Berlin will Radialsystem kaufen

Das Land Berlin plant die Übernahme des Radialsystems V in Berlin Friedrichshain. Der Erwerb des Zentrums für Kulturveranstaltungen wäre möglich, da der private Eigentümer das Areal an der Spree in einigen Wochen verkaufen möchte.

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MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen 2018 vom 16. bis 25. März in Berlin

Am Freitag, den 16. März, starten die Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen (16. bis 25. März). Unter dem Titel „Time Wars“ eröffnet das Festival die Möglichkeit zu außergewöhnlichen Musikerfahrungen und zum Nachdenken über den „Zeitkrieg“ unserer Gegenwart.

Jazzmusiker Walter Eichenberg mit 95 Jahren gestorben

Der langjährige Leiter des Rundfunktanzorchesters Leipzig, Walter Eichenberg, ist tot.

Orgelwoche Nürnberg widmet sich dem Thema «Zeit»

«Zeit» ist das Thema der diesjährigen Internationalen Orgelwoche Nürnberg (ION). Im Zentrum stehen dabei die verschiedenen Arten, Zeit wahrzunehmen – nicht zuletzt die Idee, sich in ihr verlieren zu können.

france musique

Steven Spielberg songerait à réaliser un biopic sur Leonard Bernstein

Selon le journal américain Variety, le réalisateur Steven Spielberg envisagerait de réaliser un film sur la vie du compositeur et chef d’orchestre Leonard Bernstein, dont on célèbre le centenaire en cette année 2018.

Twitter

BBC Radio 2_@BBCRadio3:  “I don’t think that music can tell us anything about physics, but it may help us to understand our own awareness of time.” #StephenHawking
http://bbc.in/2Gtn4Ss

 

Radialsystem V, © Sir James unter CC BY 3.0

(Written on March 15, 2018 )

We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome composer-pianist Alina K to our portfolio of artists.

Lithuanian-born Alina K came to London with the intention of developing and building on her piano playing skills, and with a dream that one day she might perhaps be able to turn her passion for music into a full-time career. Having recognised her talent early on, Alina K’s friends and family encouraged her to continue with her piano playing, but since she was working full-time in high-end retail concessions, she found very little time to devote to her true passion. However, encouraged by a close friend to compose her own music, Alina K discovered that she had the ability to compose, and this re-ignited her passion and her determination.

After a chance meeting in London with the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week who heard her music, Alina K was twice invited to perform at the opening ceremony of this prestigious event in Canada. With fashion being her second passion, she was delighted to accept this invitation and even more so when, on both occasions, she was unexpectedly asked to model on the catwalk for leading fashion designers.

Encouraged by this and championed and supported by friends and esteemed names across the music industry who recognised the immense potential that she had, Alina K threw herself into composing her own breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally engaging music. With the right people behind her, she became more determined than ever to pursue her dream of making music her full time occupation and of having her compositions used in films and on television. With this in mind, in early 2017 she made the brave and bold decision to leave her full-time day job in order to devote more time to her music.

The risk paid off because in February 2018, Alina K will release her debut EP ‘Awakening’, comprising four original tracks recorded in Studio Two at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in North West London. With her refreshingly edgy, stylish demeanour and engaging personality, Alina K really is set to breathe fresh air into the contemporary music world with the launch of her groundbreaking debut EP.

(Written on November 17, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus to perform at the Barbican, Sharon Roffman becomes the new Royal Scottish National Orchestra leader. Also footballers who love classical music, Weinstein and the German cultural sector and the shrinking of music publishing jobs.

The Telegraph

Herbert Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus make marvellous work of Beethoven and Bruckner at the Barbican

Londoners may be spoiled when it comes to orchestras, with four symphony-sized bands and numerous specialist ensembles right on their doorstep.

Classic FM

Footballers who love classical music

Think football and classical music can’t mix? As the 2017/18 football season is now well underway, we couldn’t resist taking a look at a few sporting stars who are just as crazy about classical music as we are.

The Strad

Sharon Roffman appointed Royal Scottish National Orchestra leader

US violinist will share role at RSNO with current incumbent Maya Iwabuchi.

Music Business Worldwide

Music publishing jobs have shrunk 10% in three years in UK – as label jobs have grown 7%

The number of people in full-time employment working in the UK music publishing sector fell by 10.3% between 2013 and 2016.

Spotify on course to hit 500m users and a $100bn valuation, says GP Bullhound

If you thought the now-infamous Goldman Sachs report on music streaming was optimistic, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The New York Times

Forced Out By Flooding, Houston’s Opera Gets On With the Show

The big sets had to be jettisoned. The shadow-play in the production was overhauled. The conductor was forced to lead with her back to the singers. But the show went on.

Broadway World

New York Youth Symphony to Honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni

The NYYS’s 55th Annual Benefit Gala will honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni, two outstanding individuals who have continually given their talents and support to arts organizations around the world.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Viel Publikumszuspruch

Mehr als 2000 Besucher kamen zur dritten Gilchinger Kunst- und Kulturwoche. Das Publikum erlebte an zehn Tagen an 15 Spielorten mit gut 40 Veranstaltungen ein vielfältiges Programm.

Der Tagesspiegel

Weinstein und der deutsche Kulturbetrieb

Was ist wichtiger? Die Aufklärung über Machtstrukturen und ihren Missbrauch oder die Bekenntnisse prominenter Opfer von sexueller Gewalt? Eine Umfrage zum Weinstein-Skandal.

Pizzicato

Dresdner Philharmonie bittet Stadt, Janowski als Chef zu bestellen

Die Dresdner Philharmonie hat die Stadt Dresden als Träger des Orchesters gebeten, mit ihrem ehemaligen Chefdirigenten Marek Janowski (78) Verhandlungen aufzunehmen, um ihn erneut als Chef zu bestellen.

Musik Heute

Dresdner Philharmonie will Janowski als Chefdirigent

Marek Janowski soll ab der Saison 2019/20 neuer Chefdirigent der Dresdner Philharmonie werden.

Il Messagero

Musica jazz, Jason Moran celebra il centenario di Thelonious Monk

Umbria Jazz Winter (a Orvieto dal 28 dicembre al 1 gennaio) porta in Italia lo spettacolo più ambizioso tra quelli che nel 2017 hanno celebrato il centenario della nascita di Thelonious Monk.

France musique

A New York, plus les danseuses sont habillées moins elles sont rémunérées

Dans la production des Contes d’Hoffman d’Offenbach qui se joue depuis le 26 septembre 2017 au Metropolitan Opera de New York, plusieurs figurantes interprètent des courtisanes vénitiennes, avec une importante baisse de salaires les soirs où elles sont un peu plus vêtues sur scène.

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Photo ©Allen Cohen

(Written on October 24, 2017 )

The ninth Planet Tree Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, running until 26th October in Hampstead, North London.


Founder and composer Lawrence Ball has curated the festival with the aim of creating an immersive experience for those wishing to connect to a higher sphere through deep engagement with classical music. Audiences are encouraged to lie down, meditate and experience the sound worlds presented, championing an alternative way of listening. The outdated rules employed in traditional concert halls are discarded in favour of a more accessible experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation. 

Similar in format to Max Richter’s sold-out ‘Sleep’, the 2017 Planet Tree Music Festival offers concert attendees the opportunity to lie down and relax into cosmic sound worlds, with a host of international musicians performing music specially written for this year’s programme.

 

The festival was opened by Terry Riley in 1996, establishing its ethos and reputation as one that showcases tonal, non-elitist contemporary music. The programme deals with the brighter side of contemporary classical music, featuring pieces by popular composers including Max Richter and Arvo Pärt.

Collaborator and performer James D’Angelo says: “The Planet Tree Music Festival has established a new forum for contemporary music that returns music to its spiritual roots and gets people in touch with their souls hungry for impressions of who and what they are… No composer could ask for anything more than the refined atmosphere that is the Planet Tree Music Festival.”

Tickets can be purchased on the door of each of the venues, namely the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel and All Hallows Church, Hampstead. Full concert details can be found here.

WildKat has, so far, secured coverage for Planet Tree Music Festival in PRS M Magazine, Culture Whisper, International Arts Manager, and local newspaper Camden New Journal. Stay tuned for more!

(Written on October 6, 2017 )