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This evening, the Hong Kong Music Series begins with an inaugural concert celebrating the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music at St. John’s Smith Square. This is just the first in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Involving over 70 musicians and creatives from Hong Kong, five concerts will be performed in prestigious venues across central London. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has overseen the organisation of this music series, and they are keen to share the talent and skill of their home musicians with the UK.

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

WildKat PR assisted with a creative campaign day on London’s South Bank to promote the concert series, and engage the public with some of Hong Kong’s more traditional music. The day involved live music performances from a local Chinese music ensemble, traditional ‘bubble’ waffles, and a social media competition to win £100 vouchers from one of the Hong Kong Music Series’ main sponsors, Dorsett Hotels . Many passers-by paused to listen to the beautiful sounds of the ehru, guzheng and pipa, having never heard or seen anything like it before! As our team handed out leaflets advertising the concerts in the music series and chatting to people interested in the music and delicious, sweet smells from the bubble waffle stall, we were confident that the Hong Kong Music Series would be a success. 

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

The upcoming VIP reception on the 7th of July will see the Hong Kong Arts Development team welcoming esteemed guests from Hong Kong and London to meet the performers of Music Interflow – A Dialogue of Two Cultures. The reception will also feature speeches, anticipating the excitement of the upcoming concerts with their diverse musical genres, ranging from classical music, Chinese music theatre, contemporary music and opera. This first concert will represent both the Chinese and British cultural heritage with a repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Furthermore, the concert will mark the important anniversary of a momentous historical event in the annals of Hong Kong citizens’ close relationship with the British people.

Other intriguing concerts include Beyond the Senses, atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai which runs for one show only on the 15th of July at London’s Shaw Theatre. Law Wing-fai is one of Hong Kong’s leading composers, using the contemporary theatre as a means of expression, revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments, poetry, songs, music, dance and visual elements to create an Oriental and reflective atmosphere in this production.

We can’t wait to get started, don’t forget to let us know if you’re at any of the concerts! Click here to find out more about the Hong Kong Music Series.

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Gustavo Gimeno records two new CDs, electronica and Mozart unite for BoxPark concert, Steven Isserlis talks music and death, Barenboim visits the West Bank to help young musicians. Live Music Now announce Libor concerts, and the Royal College of Music plan renovations and upgrades.

Irish Times

Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

Joyce DiDonato gives a stunning example of the possible shape of things to come.

PRS for Music M Magazine

Shift K3y announces collaboration with the London Mozart Players

Electronic musician Lewis Jankel (aka Shift K3y) will headline a fusion night of electronic, indie and classical sounds at Croydon’s new 2,000 capacity BoxPark on 19 July.

The Telegraph

Steven Isserlis interview: ‘John Tavener spoke to me in a dream’ 

The world-leading cellist talks to Ben Lawrence about music, death and how a celebrated playwright invoked his wrath

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits the West Bank 

Barenboim visits the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Rhinegold

Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

Classical Source

Royal College of Music breaks new ground with ambitious campus redevelopment

Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music.

Spiegel Online

Dirigenten-Überraschung Wenn der Funke überspringt

Gustavo Gimeno überzeugt mit Temperament und Charisma, wie es sich für einen Dirigenten gehört. Dabei verlässt er sich nicht auf allzu bewährte Konzert-Hits. Auf seinen neuen CDs überrascht er mit frühem Bruckner und Schostakowitsch.

Pizzicato

Jetzt hat Beethoven sein Eistörtchen

Ein Eisproduzent aus Bonn hat laut Informationen der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ ein Beethoven-Eistörtchen vorgestellt.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Reinhard Goebel erhält Bach-Medaille 2017

Der Geiger und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel bekommt die Bach-Medaille 2017 verliehen. Geehrt werde Goebel für seine besonderen Verdienste um die Vermittlung alter Musik.

BBC News

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits West Bank

Daniel Barenboim, has been visiting the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade – to work with young Palestinian musicians.

Le Parisien

Le Festival Berlioz rendra hommage aux années londoniennes du compositeur

Le festival, qui a rassemblé l’an dernier 26.000 spectateurs, se tiendra du 18 août au 3 septembre à La Côte Saint-André, bourgade de l’Isère où le compositeur est né il y a 214 ans, et alentour.

Twitter

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: Fette congrats! Unsere Akademie-Alumna Ioana Cristina Goicea hat d. 1. Preis d. Michael Hill in Neuseeland gewonnen!

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Merken

(Written on June 14, 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 today’s news: the difference between Catholic and Protestant church music, and no permission for project ‘tear down this wall!’. Union Verdi and the German Orchestra Union make the Berlin Senate reconsider situation of honorary music teachers. European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit. Intelligent headphones, and is the ‘classical’ music label relevant in 2017?

The Times

Musicians rally together in light of attack at MEN arena

Manchester’s music stars reacted with shock to last night’s terrorist attack and praised the city’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Wired

Artificially intelligent headphones could “understand” ambient sound

Fuji and Yamaha create concept headphones that would use ‘A.I.’ to comprehend and geo-tag music, which could then be played back when the listener revisits the location.

The Stage

Opera Holland Park prepares for varied summer programme

“What was originally three months has turned into fifteen years,” says Director Michael Volpe on Opera Holland Park’s enduring success.

Gramophone

Is the ‘Classical’ music label outdated?

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant.

New York Times

ABC prepares to broadcast musical remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’

New production hopes to maintain many of the key elements of the original film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Worin unterscheidet sich katholische von protestantischer Kirchenmusik?

Das ist doch die richtige Frage zum Lutherjahr: Sind Katholiken und Protestanten im musikalischen Lob des Herrn ökumenisch vereint oder nicht? Die Antwort mag überraschen.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Einseitige Grenzenlosigkeit

Keine Genehmigung für das Projekt „Tear Down This Wall!“ auf amerikanischer Seite der Mauer in San Diego. Das Konzert findet trotzdem statt.

NMZ

Verdi fordert mehr Geld und bessere Konditionen für freie Musiklehrer

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi und die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) haben den Berliner Senat aufgefordert, die soziale Situation der Honorarkräfte unter den Musiklehrern zu verbessern.

WQXR

The European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit

The consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union aren’t just political.

Le Monde

Mort de la violoncelliste russe Natalia Chakhovskaïa

Cette éminente pédagogue avait succédé à Rostropovitch comme chef de chaire au Conservatoire Tchaïkovski de Moscou.

Twitter

@MusicMagazine: ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength’ – ‘s Alan Davey

Photo: Fritz Curzon

(Written on May 23, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )