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In today’s classical news, Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area in the last five years. The classical establishment may soon have to figure out where to put contemporary composers, if only for its own survival. In addition, the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, pairs classical music concert with light projection.

Kent Online

Music@Malling’s Thomas Kemp looks ahead to the 2016 West Malling classical music festival

Back in 2010 the small market town was best known for its pubs, history and community feel, but that was before Thomas moved back to West Malling – and realised classical music was sadly lacking there. So in the last five years Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area.

The Independent

The New Classical: how the next generation of composers and labels are challenging classical music’s status quo

The classical establishment may be forced to recognise contemporary composers for its own survival. “What happens in the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide?” asked the Barbican when it invited the German pianist and composer Nils Frahm to put together a weekend of music in July.

KCET

These Composers Pair Classical Music with a Light Projection Spectacle

A low bass rumbled through the packed 1,600-seat Ace Hotel theater, accompanied by a flickering green alien light. An audience member, dressed like a throwback from the Strokes days of New York, murmured an approval. “Woah,” whispered the woman next to him. For years, the world of classical music has tried to court a younger audience. This concert by the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, might be the missing link.

Evesham Journal

St John’s orchestra to bring Marvellous Mozart to life in classical show

LOVERS of classical music are in for a treat at St John’s Church next month, when The Orchestra of St John will be performing its ‘Marvellous Mozart’ programme. The Bromsgrove-based symphony orchestra will be performing songs such as The Linz and Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ violin concerto at at 7.30pm on October 1.

Gloucester Advocate

Classical music lesson made fun

The classically trained musicians, who were in town to play at the Craven Creek Concerts, stopped by St Joseph’s Primary School and Gloucester Public School for a session. Creating their own sound, students stomp their feet and clap their hands to make their own music as directed by the Craven Creek Musicians.

Boston Globe

Handel and Haydn Society raises more than $13.5 million

The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors.

USC News

Classical KUSC website unveils new design

Visit kusc.org and you’ll see a fresh new design, redone to be more accessible to listeners on smartphone browsers. The aim is to boost classical music and the arts to a broad audience

WQXR

5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

You might have heard of a subset of classical music called classical crossover. What is it and why is it so popular?

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Schwedin gewinnt Aeolus-Wettbewerb in Düsseldorf

Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte des Internationalen Aeolus Bläserwettbewerbs hat eine Frau den ersten Preis gewonnen. Die 28-jährige Schwedin Louise Pollock konnte die achtköpfige Jury überzeugen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Und jetzt wechseln

Seit einiger Zeit gibt es in Berlin regelmäßig Ärger bei Intendantenwechseln. Es herrscht Angst vor dem Neuen in der Stadt. Der neue Kultursenator, wenn es einen gibt, muss damit zurechtkommen.

Klassik heute

Neues Werk von Unsuk Chin für das Festival “Acht Brücken” Köln

Das Kölner Festival „Acht Brücken“ plant für 2017 die Uraufführung eines neuen Werkes der koreanischen Komponistin Unsuk Chin, die seit 1988 in Berlin lebt.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Among friends: @owenpiano & @katyaapekisheva introduce their new @LondonPianoFest http://ow.ly/pdCe304hqgO

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Looking forward to some cannon fire at tonight’s #classicfmlive – thanks for the invitation @ClassicFM !

Rhinegold @RhinegoldDigi We are delighted working with @ISM_music especially as sponsors for @MusicEdExpo. Go to http://ism.org

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Photograpgh: Kent Online/ Music@Malling/ Thomas Kemp

(Written on September 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, Marina Baranova, a Ukrainian pianist and composer living in Germany.

“She sat down at the piano and played. With her right hand she held a melody, harmonically supported from the left. She was three and couldn’t read music” remembered Marinas Parents, both piano teachers.

Since her very first contact with a piano at the age of 3, Marina has won a long list of international prizes all over Europe. Her debut album Marina Baranova Plays Schumann was enthusiastically applauded by the press, who hailed her as an “excellent interpreter of Schumann”. She is also active as a composer – her last CD Firebird, recorded together with Murat Coşkun, contains only original compositions for oriental percussion and piano.

Marina is currently working on her next CD Hypersuites. The programme will be based on the graceful music of the Baroque period providing a foundation for the brilliant improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations which Marina specialises in.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina in promoting this new album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Marina Baranova’s website.

Marina Baranova

Marina Baranova, picture by Yoshi Toscani

(Written on July 31, 2015 )

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms

BBC News

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.

Sky News

American Idol Stars Sue Sony Music for $10m

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Holocaust survivor musician Alice Herz-Sommer dies age 110

The oldest living holocaust survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who remembers meeting Mahler and Kafka in her incredible lifetime, died yesterday at the age of 110.

The Guardian

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs

Detroit Free Press

Leonard Slatkin: How African Americans changed classical music

How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 24, 2014 )