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LA Times

Conductor Dies After Collapsing During Bach Performance.

Vincent LaGuardia, 68, the longtime conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, collapsed during a performance of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” at a concert in Colorado. He later died, officials said.

Independent

For Sale: All You Need To Stage Your Own Opera.

After 20 years of producing operas in stadiums, arenas and other unusual venues around the world, Companions Amsterdam is putting away its songbooks and shutting up shop for the last time, after its retiring director, Peter Kroone, failed to find anyone to fill his shoes.

Tony Hall: The Man With A Front Row Seat In Our Arts Establishment.

From the Royal Opera House to C4 and the Cultural Olympiad, Tony Hall discusses his rewarding roles with Ian Burrell.

Telegraph

Helicopters Get Part In Olympic Opera Event.

A string quartet will take to the skies and perform in four helicopters as part of Olympic Festival.

The Guardian

Portrait Of The Artist: Mitsuko Uchida.

‘A French critic once said I played like a sewing machine. I’ll always remember that’.

Opera Chic

The Hungarian State Opera Takes It To The Runway.

In anticipation of an upcoming production of Strauss’ Arabella, the Hungarian State Opera took the Strauss opera off-stage and onto the runway, where costume designer Rita Velich’s works were shown in anticipation of the March 17 opening night.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Chailly Pulls Out Of Salzburg Opera. Hot Brit Replaces.

Riccardo Chailly has been told by his doctors to space his year out better. So he has pulled out of Ariadne auf Naxos at Salzburg, making way for lovely Daniel Harding.

The New Yorker

Elegant Theft.

Russell Platt on Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/03/osvaldo-golijov-and-maurice-durufles.html

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2012 )

BBC Music Magazine

Alexander Vedernikov

The Russian conductor who dramatically left the Bolshoi Theatre in 2009 talks about Rachmaninov, Scriabin and the difference between Russian and English orchestras

A new work by Sally Beamish and Melanie Reid proves moving and thought provoking

Elizabeth Davis hears one of the compositions commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad

Magnificent Mahler from the Philharmonia Orchestra

Download a free track from Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Gramophone 

Championing the ‘backroom’ people for the Hall of Fame

Producers, A&R directors and label founders

Student wins chance to record on 300-year-old Stradivarius

ABRSM competition winner also receives masterclass with Nicola Benedetti.

NY Times 

Elizabeth Connell, Opera Singer, Dies at 65

Elizabeth Connell, a South African-born opera singer who won acclaim internationally in roles by Wagner, Strauss, Beethoven and others, died on Saturday in London.

The Telegraph

The Swan who danced herself to death

Rupert Christiansen salutes the magical Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova as a new performance honours her memory.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/dance/9093012/The-Swan-who-danced-herself-to-death.html

(Written on February 21, 2012 )

BBC News

Soloist Lukas Kmit Hits Right Note On Phone Intrusion.

Slovakian viola player Lukas Kmit reacted coolly when a mobile phone interrupted his recital at the Orthodox Synagogue in Presov, in Slovakia.

Independent

How Debussy Keys Into Japan.

In 1862 Claude Debussy was born in Paris: the biggest musical celebrations of 2012 will mark his 150th anniversary.

The Telegraph

Should Alfie Boe Be Knocking The Business That Made Him?

Rupert Christiansen is disappointed that singer Alfie Boe is showing ingratitude to his operatic roots.

Gramophone

From Darkness To Light: Music From A Prison Cell.

Mark-Anthony Turnage joins prisoners to create new work for the Cultural Olympiad.

The Guardian

Anthony Hopkins: ‘I’ve Never Really Been Close To Anyone’.

The actor on composing music, walking out on dictatorial film directors and why he moved to the US.

The Rest Is Noise: Southbank Festival To Celebrate Contemporary Classical Music.

London’s Southbank Centre to host year-long festival inspired by Alex Ross’s study of 20th-century classical music.

Tom Service On Death In Classical Music.

I can hear tubas. Am I about to die?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jan/22/critics-notebook-tom-service

 

 

(Written on January 24, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


BBC News

Cultural Olympiad: has it had any impact?

Will Gompertz explains why it has so far had little impact whilst Tony Hall, chair of the event, defends it.

Stradivarius violin sold for £9.8m at charity auction

The money will go towards disaster relief in Japan.


Guardian

Dutch courage needed in face of classical music funding cuts

Dutch music is under threat due to culture cuts.


Classical Music

Moldovan Soprano Valentina Nafornita wins Cardiff Singer of the World

Nafornita also won the Audience Prize, while the song prize went to Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko.

(Written on June 21, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


The Times

Back to the Bandstand

The light music revival is taking place at the Southbank Centre next weekend.


Telegraph

Rufus Wainwright to sing Shakespeare at Cultural Olympiad

Wainwright will perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Music Nation next March.


Guardian

London 2012′s Cultural Olympiad lines up orchestral festival

More detailed information about the Cultural Olympiad orchestral performances.

Britain and Rostropovich: History in the making

John Bridcut draws a connection between the two great musicians after discovering a long lost film.

Eliane Radigue’s brave new worlds

The electronic music pioneer discusses her musical career.

Audiences, end these noises off

Mark Lawson asks how audiences should behave during performances – is tweeting, texting and chatting acceptable?


Independent

Independent Classical Podcast – Thomas Kemp

Thomas Kemp, the musical director of Chamber Domaine, discusses Mahler with Edward Seckerson.

Amanda Roocroft – a singer with faith in her own approach

Amanda Roocroft tells Jessica Duchen that finding God stopped her from giving up singing.

(Written on June 17, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!


BBC News

London 2012: Cultural Olympiad to feature Music Nation

Weekend festival Music Nation will take place in March next year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.


Telegraph

Nico Muhly: ‘Wearing a mask frees you to say anything’

Ivan Hewett meets ‘the hottest young composer around’.


Guardian

Is pianistic perfection all that it’s cracked up to be?

Tom Service thinks note-perfect performances are unrealisable.


Classical Music

BBC SO goes ‘Out + About’ – to the Westfield Shopping Centre

The outreach project linked to the BBC Proms will see the orchestra also performing in the Natural History Museum and Waterloo Station.

(Written on June 16, 2011 )

The WildKat PR team are very excited to be working with PRS for Music Foundation: the UK’s leading funder of new music across all genres.  Their ground breaking projects include the New Music Award, New Music Plus, British Music Abroad and New Music 20×12 – a programme of twenty outstanding new works, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

PRS for Music Foundation’s next project is an exciting funding opportunity for classical, jazz, pop, urban, electronica and experimental new works by women composers.  ‘Women Make Music’ encourages music organisations, festivals, ensembles, promoters and venues in the UK to present an idea for a new work by a woman composer and apply for funding for its first performance.

Offering up to £5000 funding towards the costs of each premiere, ‘Women Make Music’ aims to support women in music, boost their profiles and create a better gender balance between the number of female and male composers.  Through this scheme PRS for Music Foundation will ensure that there are exciting female role models for future generations of musicians in all genres.

For more information visit PRS for Music Foundation’s website or contact laura@prsformusicfoundation.com

(Written on January 25, 2011 )