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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.

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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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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.

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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
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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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(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 )

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: British Youth Opera announces 30th anniversary productions, Tarisio announces Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants 2017, and why music means so much to us. Tom Jones to make his Proms debut this year, and loss of freedom of movement will diminish British creativity.

Classical Music Magazine

British Youth Opera announces 30th anniversary productions

British Youth Opera’s 30th anniversary season will comprise productions of Judith Weir’sThe Vanishing Bridegroom (2, 6 and 8 September) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (5, 7 and 9 September).

The Strad

Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants 2017 awarded to string players and ensembles

Online instrument and bow auction house Tarisio has announced four of the recipients of its 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grants – with a fifth to be chosen by the public

Pizzicato

Lucilin to tour Japan and create Manoury’s Kein Licht

United Instruments of Lucilin, one of Europe’s foremost ensembles for contemporary music, announces another busy semester of activities.

Classical Music Magazine

Kent Nagano to step down from Montreal post in 2020

Kent Nagano has announced that he will not accept the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s (OSM) invitation to extend his contract as music director beyond 2020.

The Guardian

Ultra sound: why music means so much to us

Music is one of life’s great pleasures. But why, asks Adam Ockelford, does it affect us so profoundly?

BBC News

Tom Jones to celebrate the sound of soul at the Proms

Sir Tom Jones is to make his Proms debut in a celebration of Stax Records, alongside soul legends Booker T Jones and Sam Moore

The Guardian

Freedom of movement helped British creativity thrive. Its loss will diminish us Nicholas Hytner

Britain’s creative industries are worth £84bn a year. But Brexit will deal a disastrous blow to a sector that depends on sharing ideas, experiences and talent.

Washington Post

The real motor of the performing arts isn’t vision. It’s the board, stupid.

Vision. We want performing arts organizations to have it. After all, the point is to offer us compelling performances, new perspectives and ideas. Or so, at least, some of us think.

 Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dieser Mann will beweisen, dass Passau das schönere Salzburg ist

Sänger Thomas E. Bauer will als Intendant die Europäischen Wochen wieder zum Leuchten bringen.

 Pizzicato

Wiener Staatsoper mit 98,83% Auslastung

Die Wiener Staatsoper hat die Saison 2016/2017 mit einem Einnahmenrekord beendet: Erstmals seien mehr als 35 Mio. Euro Karteneinnahmen (2015/2016: 34,6 Mio. Euro) erzielt worden, teilte das Opernhaus mit.

 Klassik

Oswald Georg Bauer mit Leipziger Richard Wagner Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet

Dr. Oswald Georg Bauer hat den Richard Wagner Preis 2017 erhalten, der von der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung Leipzig verliehen wird. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Bauer war lange Jahre Pressechef der Bayreuther Festspiele, als das Musikfestival von Wolfgang Wagner geleitet wurde.

Musik Heute

Staatskapelle Dresden ehrt Blomstedt mit Volksfest

Die Staatskapelle Dresden hat am Sonntagabend für ihren früheren Chef und jetzigen Ehrendirigenten Herbert Blomstedt ein Volksfest auf dem Theaterplatz ausgerichtet.

 France musique

Concerts participatifs : à vous de jouer !

Le concert participatif envahit les salles de concerts en France. Le principe : devenir, le temps d’un concert, un musicien d’orchestre ou un membre du chœur. Présentation de ce spectacle d’un nouveau genre.

 Le Monde

Choisissez au mieux votre festival de musique de l’été selon vos artistes préférés

Les festivals estivaux sont nombreux à se disputer votre préférence. Avec cette application, dites-nous quels artistes vous aimez, nous vous dirons où vous rendre.

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The Guardian: ‘The grotesque betrayal of the generation that most detests Brexit is like some lost Restoration comedy.’

(Written on July 3, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: the Women Make Music Fund  has announced the findings of a five year evaluation report, launched in Parliament today, and Chicago’s famed smartbar is set to host a series of workshops as part of Daphne. Marko Ahtisaari is attempting to fight opioid dependency with the natural high triggered by music, more German people attend classical music concerts and festivals than football matches, and how music is being used to treat autism. German soprano Simone Kermes perfoms in Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin gets another international concert hall planned by Frank Gehry, and Casio hosts a concert played on digital pianos. In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic, and the violinist Miranda Cuckson has developed a strong following for her fearless forays into modern and contemporary music

M Magazine

Women Make Music Fund Publishes Five Year Impact Report

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Women Make Music Fund, launched by PRS Foundation in 2011, has announced the findings of a five year evaluation report, launched in Parliament today (1 March).

Der Tagesspiegel

Die geerdete Diva

Zuhause ist sie im Barock – und dorthin kehrt sie jetzt, nach einem Ausflug zu Strauss, auch wieder zurück: Simone Kermes singt Liebeslieder im Konzerthaus

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Fast ein Schlaraffenland

“Größte kulturelle Extravaganz”: In Berlin ist die Klassik bunt und vital aufgestellt. Und jetzt bekommt die Stadt mit dem Pierre-Boulez-Saal einen weiteren Musikraum. Entworfen hat ihn Stararchitekt Frank Gehry. Das klingt schon mal gut

Berliner Morgenpost

Ein digitaler Mozart

Die Firma Casio wagt im Kammermusiksaal den Klangwettstreit mit einem Bechstein-Konzertflügel

The New York Times

Quaff a Brew and Chill to the Violin With Miranda Cuckson

The violinist Miranda Cuckson, who plays complex works with charismatic devotion, has developed a strong following for her fearless forays into modern and contemporary music

Broadwayworld.com

Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Philharmonic in A CONCERT FOR UNITY With Musicians Around the World

In the final subscription concerts of his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world

klassik.com @klassikcom Grünes Licht für die Erweiterung des Hamburger Komponisten-Quartiers

Music History @today_classical in 1899 Death of Louise .

Live Music Now  We are delighted to launch our new vision for music in society, entitled “BRINGING MUSIC TO LIFE”. Read it here:

Miranda Cuckson plays in the Pop-Up Concerts series. Credit: Ruby Washington/The New York Times

(Written on March 2, 2017 )