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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

Music@Malling

This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Orchestra of the Swan announces volunteering opportunities, and Karen Bradley has been reappointed as culture secretary. Plans for new season at the Pierre Boulez Hall Berlin, and Händel Festival in Halle. Yeakwoon Sunwoo wins Van Cliburn Gold Medal, and female brass band raises cash for breast cancer.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra of the Swan announces volunteering opportunities

The Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) is holding an event to enable those interested to learn about volunteering opportunities and the ensemble itself.

Music Week

Karen Bradley reappointed as culture secretary

Karen Bradley has been reappointed as culture secretary in Theresa May’s reshuffled cabinet.

Classic FM

Tokio Myers, winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, speaks exclusively to Classic FM

Pianist Tokio Myers has just been crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017 and wowed the judges with his musical mash-ups where Debussy meets Ed Sheeran, and Craig Armstrong meets Hanz Zimmer (sic) and Rag N Bone Man

FAZ

Die Ministerin lässt nicht locker

Die Kampagne der nationalistischen Kulturministerin Miri Regev gegen unliebsame Künstler trifft eine israelische Institution: Das Theaterfestival in Akko droht zu scheitern.

Tagesspiegel

Alles ausprobieren, was möglich ist

Eine Jazz-Reihe von Till Brönner, Musik aus dem Nahen Osten, Szenisches von Robert Wilson: Daniel Barenboim und Ole Baekhoej blicken auf die nächste Saison im Pierre Boulez Saal.

NMZ

Orgelnacht und Messiah – Händel-Festspiele locken Zehntausende an

Halle – Rund 50 000 Musikliebhaber haben in diesem Jahr die Händel-Festspiele in Halle besucht. Insgesamt lockten seit dem 26. Mai rund 100 Veranstaltungen, wie eine Sprecherin des Festivals am Sonntag sagte.

Pizzicato

Yeakwoon Sunwoo Wins Van Cliburn Gold Metal (sic)

The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced its winners.

BBC.com

Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer

In 2006, two friends decided to break the male dominance of the brass band world by forming an all-female band – and called it Boobs and Brass.

Twitter

Help Musicians @HelpMusiciansUK: Jenny Wade discusses the perseverance of women within the electronic music scene. #WomeninMusic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNq91U99Ot0

 

: Wir sind stolz, dass am 24. Juni 2017 die vierte Auflage der in den Geschäften der Qualitätsroute stattfinden kann!

Orgelnacht und Messiah – Händel-Festspiele locken Zehntausende an. Foto: Thomas Ziegler, Presse

 

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(Written on June 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Bochum opens a new Musikforum and evolves into a cultural centre, and newly founded :alpenarte festival combines arts and culture with international musicians. Anne-Sophie Mutter performed with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie. The best choral conductors from around the world are to share with us their favourite Easter pieces, and this year’s River to River Festival plans a multimedia opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. British violinist David Angel has died, and A gofundme campaign has been launched to help raise urgent funds for trombonist Stephen Sykes

Telegraph

Andrew Garfield blows National Theatre audiences away with his Angels in America performance

If the reaction to last nights Angels in America preview at the National Theatre is anything to go by, Marianne Elliot’s new production of Tony Kushner’s play about the AIDs crisis in Eighties America is going to be a big hit.

Rhinegold

Jamal Aliyev wins Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize

Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Aliyev has won the Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize Competition 2017, held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on 7 April.

British violinist David Angel has died

David Angel, second violinist with the Maggini Quartet, died on 10 April of a suspected heart attack, aged 62.

The Violin Channel

Fundraiser Launched to Raise Urgent Medical Funds for Young Sick Musician

A gofundme campaign has been launched to help raise urgent funds for trombonist Stephen Sykes – who is battling an aggressive form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer

Classicfm

Debussy’s ‘La Mer’, actually played on La Mer

Someone has finally made a recording of Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ on ‘La Mer’ (the sea), and it’s as beautiful as you would imagine.

Pizzicato

James Levine Named Conductor Laureate Of Ravinia Festival

James Levine, 73, has been named the first Conductor Laureate of the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in North America.

neuemusikzeitung

Du bist keine Weltstadt

Doch mit dem neuen Musikforum gewinnt Bochum als Großstadt

concerti

Generationsübergreifende Begegnungen im Bregenzerwald

Kunst und Kultur gemeinsam mit internationalen Musikern in einem exklusiven Rahmen entstehen zu lassen ist das Fundament des neu gegründeten Festivals :alpenarte in Österreich

Der Tagespiegel

Vertreibung aus dem Paradies

Ein Abend der verpassten Begegnungen: Anne-Sophie Mutter und Barenboims Staatskapelle mit Beethovens Violinkonzert in der Philharmonie

WQXR Blog

13 Choral Directors Share Their Favorite Easter Music

With Easter soon upon us, we asked some of the best choral conductors from around the world to share with us their favorite Easter pieces.

The New York Times

An Opera About Robert Moses Is Among the River to River Festival Highlights

A multimedia opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs; an expansive artwork about the African diaspora; and a site-specific music and dance spectacle about the United States’ immigrant history are among the more than 100 events planned for this year’s River to River Festival

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1865 Birth of Heinrich

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Music at Paxton Festival 2017

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(Written on April 13, 2017 )

In honour of Bastille Day, here at WildKat PR we have been taking a moment to reflect on all things French! Here are our favourite French composers and a few guilty pleasures…


Composers

1. Debussy

Despite being born into an unmusical, working class family, Debussy’s talent for music blossomed at an early age. He studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire from the age of 10 where he developed his skills as the renowned Impressionist composer we know him as today.

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2. Ravel

Best-known for Boléro (used by Torvill and Dean), Ravel is one of France’s most celebrated Impressionist composers, although like Debussy, he rejected this label.

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3. Fauré 

Fauré didn’t have an easy life. However, despite the late onset of his success, his increasing deafness and aural hallucinations, he produced some of France’s most popular and adored music, including his nocturnes and songs like ‘Clair de Lune’

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4. Lully

Less frequently played than the other composers on our list, Lully was  a very important French composer. Modern film ‘Le Roi Danse’ depicts his role as composer to king Louis XIV.

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5. Saint-Saëns

Another child star, Saint-Saëns gave his first private performance at the age of 5 and started composing the year after. ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and ‘Danse Macabre’ are his most popular works.

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Guilty pleasures

1. Wine

If there’s one thing the French know how to do, it’s wine. And for this, we are truly grateful.

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2. Cheese

Brie, camembert, roquefort, emmental. We could go on…

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3. Disneyland Paris

Rides, Disney music and Mickey Mouse. What’s not to love?

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4. Les Mis

Is this a guilty pleasure? Opinion here is divided.

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5. Croissants

Whilst we are conscious our list of guilty pleasures is a little culinary-heavy, it would be unfair not to give this delicious delicacy a brief mention.

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(Written on July 14, 2015 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome the New York Concert Artists and Associates (NYCA) to our roster. We will be working with them on an exciting series of recitals, entitled ‘The Berlin Debuts’, where various talented international musicians make their premiere performances in Germany at the prestigious Berlin Philharmonie.

Recognising that artists are commonly subject to pressure from many angles such as the public and funding restrictions, Artistic Director and Founder, pianist Klara Min, wanted to create a platform where artists could be themselves and maintain artistic integrity and originality. Inspired by Schumann’s Davidsbund, the belief that in every situation, the ultimate artistic decisions are the domain of the musicians themselves, Klara founded NYCA in 2008 with the intention of replicating this idea in a modern context.

NYCA is led ‘by musicians for musicians and the musical public’ and regular meetings are held to discuss each other’s concerts and projects whilst also striving to help each other with any available resources. Klara also ensured that a priority to help musicians communicate more directly to the general public sat at the heart of the organisation. NYCA strive to forge dynamic connections between all areas of the music industry: musicians, managers, presenters, concert halls and also to promote young artists through NYCA’s own concert series, such as the one WildKat PR is working on.

The series will span through March and April and will then continue in October 2015 and spring 2016. Korean pianist Junghee Ryu, on the 16th March, will perform a programme including Mozart’s Piano Sonata no.15 and Schumann’s Fantasie op.17. Ryu already has an impressive CV, having played with the New York Sinfonietta and the Bulgarian Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. Sunhwa Park will perform a recital of favourites from Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart and Debussy on the 13th April. She has won prizes at numerous competitions such as the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music and the World Times Competition. To round off the season, Sarah Chan, who has also won many awards such as New York’s Carnegie Emerging Artist Award, will bring us Debussy, Ravel, Albéniz, Turina and Chopin.

Keep an eye on the website for more information about the artists and visit these websites to purchase tickets to The Berlin Debuts.

Junghee Ryu

Sunhwa Park

Sarah Chan

Die New York Concert Artists (NYCA) präsentieren: The Berlin Debuts

WildKat PR heißt die New York Concert Artists and Asociates (NYCA) als neue Kunden willkommen. Wir werden mit ihnen an einer spannenden Konzertreihe arbeiten, die mit dem Titel „The Berlin Debuts” in der renommierten Berliner Philharmonie stattfinden. Dabei werden mehrere talentierte internationale Musiker auftreten, die das erste Mal in Deutschland auf der Bühne zu sehen sind.

Die Pianistin Klara Min, Intendantin und Gründerin der Organisation, erkannte, dass Musiker in ihrer künstlerischen Entwicklung häufig von verschiedensten Einflüssen, wie zum Beispiel öffentlichem und finanziellem Druck, gehemmt werden. Um dem entgegen zu wirken, gründete sie NYCA als Plattform, die Künstlern die Möglichkeit gibt, sie selbst zu sein und ihre künstlerische Integrität und Originalität zu erhalten. Klara gründete NYCA im Jahr 2008. Inspiriert durch Schumanns Davidsbund wollte sie seine Idee, dass endgültige künstlerische Entscheidungen in jeder Situation bei dem Künstler selbst liegen, in einen modernen Kontext übertragen.

NYCA wird organisiert „von Musikern für Musiker und die musikalische Öffentlichkeit“ und in regelmäßigen Treffen wird über Konzerte und Projekte diskutiert und sich gegenseitig geholfen. Klara legt großen Wert darauf, dass die Organisation Musikern hilft direkter mit der Öffentlichkeit zu kommunizieren. NYCA strebt danach, dynamische Verbindungen zwischen allen Bereichen der Musikindustrie zu knüpfen: Musiker, Manager, Konzerthallen und Labels, und junge Künstler in eigenen Konzertreihen zu fördern, wie zum Beispiel die Konzertreihe in Berlin an der WildKat PR gerade arbeitet.

Die Konzertreihe findet ab März bis April diesen Jahres statt und wird im Oktober 2015 und Frühling 2016 weitergeführt. Die koreanische Pianistin Junghee Ryu wird am 16. März ein Programm aus Mozarts Klaviersonate Nr. 15 und Schumanns Fantasie Op. 17 aufführen. Ryu hat einen beeindruckenden Lebenslauf vorzuweisen, sie spielte bereits mit der New York Sinfonietta und dem Bulgarian Varna Philharmonic Orchestra. Sunhwa Park spielt in ihrer Aufführung die beliebtesten Stücke von Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart und Debussy am 13. April. Sie hat bereits Preise bei namhaften Wettbewerben wie dem Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music und der World Times Competition gewonnen. Zum Abschluss der Reihe gibt Sarah Chan ihr Programm aus Debussy, Ravel, Albéniz, Turina and Chopin. Sie ist ebenfalls mehrfache Preisträgerin und hat unter anderem den New York’s Carnegie Emerging Artist Award gewonnen.

Auf der Website von NYCA finden Sie mehr Informationen über die Organisation und die Künstler.

Tickets für „The Berlin Debuts” erhalten Sie hier.

Junghee Ryu

Sunhwa Park

Sarah Chan

NYCA Carnegie Debut Recital Audition winner - Javor Bracic - Carnegie Weill Recital Hall-2

Carnegie Debut Recital Audition winner – Javor BracicCarnegie Weill Recital Hall

 

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

The most recent addition to the WildKat PR client roster is none other than the highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner Christina McMaster.

Her continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances has allowed to her to collaborate with a diverse mix of genres and artists, including violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week.

Upon graduating with a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.  She is also a champion of new music, having worked with established composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.

Recently Christina founded Ensemble WOW, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming – a cause of which Christina is a strong supporter. They are very proud to be Listenpony’s ensemble in residence, with a concert coming up at The Rag Factory on 2nd March 2015. The concert will include a variety of works evoking music’s engagement with current affairs – war, rebellion and civil rights as well as the spirituality and solidarity that surround these powerful events.

Also in March, Christina will be heading to Barbados for the Holders Season where she will play an eclectic programme that captures the essence of the American Dream. She will be joined by violinist Lizzie Ball and they will play tracks from Christina’s upcoming album Pinks and Blues which is due to be released in May.

But before she jets off, you can see Christina performing Debussy, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Charles Ives and Beethoven with the Derby Chamber Music Society on 20th February at 7:30pm.

For more information about Christina you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook pages.

PIANIST CHRISTINA MCMASTER

 

(Written on January 30, 2015 )

Classical News

Times

Banks need arts graduates to put humanity back into business

A leading investment bank is seeking to hire a new generation of arts graduates as it blames “linear thinking” mathematicians and economists for elements of the financial crisis.

Independent

Blaise Bellville: reinventing classical concerts

He has set up a magazine, gigs for under-18s and a live music service. Now, with help from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Blaise Bellville is turning his attention to classical music.

Classical Source

Shadwell Opera Fundraising Concert [November 18]

Shadwell Opera are planning to mount a production of George Benjamin’s opera, Into the Little Hill, based on the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Strad

No first prize awarded at France’s Mirecourt International Violin Competition

Second prize was jointly awarded to Nathan Mierdl and Jian Ren

International Arts Manager

European project supports emerging ensembles

A new initiative that aims to train and develop emerging music ensembles has secured almost €2m in European Union funding.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jetzt schlägt Meese zurück

Bayreuth trennte sich von Jonathan Meese, weil dessen Pläne für die Eröffnungspremiere 2016 angeblich zu teuer für die Festspiele geworden wären. Nun meldet sich der Künstler selbst zu Wort – und Meese sieht die Sache ganz anders.

Spiegel Online

Jonathan Meese über Bayreuth: “Verlogen und zynisch”

“Strippenzieher und Marionetten”: Skandalkünstler Jonathan Meese reagiert im SPIEGEL mit harten Worten auf seine Entlassung durch die Leitung der Bayreuther Festspiele. Es habe Versuche gegeben, ihn einzuschüchtern.

Klassik.com

Bariton Terje Stensvold beendet seine Sängerkarriere

Norwegischer Sänger feierte große Erfolge vor allem im Wagner-Fach

El Mundo

Bach y el actual cambio de ciclo

Antonio Gómez Rufo escribe para que “la gente se rebele y salga a la calle” en ‘La camarera de Bach’

Classicalite

With Faith: Daniel Barenboim and Pope Francis Meet and Discuss Middle East and Music

It wouldn’t be the first time the maestro Daniel Barenboim meets the pope–citing earlier performances for Pope Benedict. Now, as of Nov. 17, Barenboim, 72, was received by Pope Francis.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Great playing of a @taylorswift13 tune… http://classfm.co/LJhJ66 

Philharmonia ‏@philharmonia: In this film our Principal Conductor compares #Debussy with #Ravel, two composers at the heart of #CityofLight http://bit.ly/1EUVzIh

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Pleased to announce that #HogarthsStages – 5 new operas premiered at the RCM in May – are now on our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1xzhXrZ

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Blaise Bellville. Photo: The Independent

(Written on November 18, 2014 )

Cellist Corinne Morris is to perform in a series of three recitals at 1901 Arts Club.

Starting tomorrow, 12th November, Corinne will be curating and playing in the three concerts – each of which explore a unique theme. Master Works for Cello & Piano introduces familiar and not so familiar French repertoire from the late 19th century to the early 20th century with works by Debussy, Godard and Saint-Saëns. Featuring alongside Corinne will be acclaimed pianist Kathron Sturrock.

Corinne has recently re-launched her music career after suffering a debilitating shoulder injury, which forced her to take a five-year break. Her comeback disc Macedonian Sessions, described by Classical Music Magazine as ‘a triumph assertion’, features music from Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Piazzolla, as well as an original self-penned composition. It was recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony and has also been filmed for release on DVD.

The second and third concerts in the series will be taking place on 19th and 26th November and will feature Corinne, as well as pianist Viv McLean, the Melicus Duo and violinist Fenella Humphreys, all at the 1901 Arts Club.

Details of the concert can be found here and for more information about Corinne you can go to her website or find her on Twitter or Facebook.

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(Written on November 11, 2014 )

WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that William will be performing in Germany with his recital tour during the 2014/2015 season.

He will begin the tour with a performance in Bonn at the Beethoven-Haus Kammermusiksaal on 5 October at 6pm and then in Bielefeld’s Rudolf-Oetker-Halle on 8 October at 8pm, accompanied by pianist Nico de Villiers. The programme, titled “Eine musikalische Reise – Liederabend mit William Berger”, will include music by Schubert, Haydn, Mahler and Mozart, songs by British composer Jonathan Dove and a selection of French melodies.

The tour continues in March 2015 with renowned pianist Julius Drake for performances in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.

To find out more information and to buy tickets please click here.

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(Written on September 17, 2014 )

Classical News

The Times

Song wakes choirmaster on brink of death from coma

After ten days spent watching her husband in a coma, Carol Todd was told by doctors that the internationally acclaimed choirmaster had just a 1 per cent chance of waking up.

The Telegraph

Heard the one about Debussy and the goldfish?

How composers portray the animal kingdom in their music says a lot about them – and us, says Ivan Hewett.

The Guardian

Stephen Hough: A little night music

Pianists are nocturnal animals – whether they like it or not. Stephen Hough explains why the night and all it represents has inspired the music on his latest CD.

Classical-music.com

Archimusic

Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina  has devised a series of posters that depict well-known pieces of music as cartoon buildings. The project, Archimusic, explores the relationship between music and architecture, and sees Babina illustrate pieces by JS Bach, Mozart, Phillip Glass as well as jazz legends Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker and John Coltrane.

Die Welt

Antisemitismus-Angst – Met überträgt nicht live

Abgesagt: New Yorks Metropolitan Opera cancelt die weltweite Kinoübertragung von John Adams’ Oper “The Death of Klinghoffer”. Begründung: Die Met will keine antisemitischen Ressentiments schüren.

Berliner Zeitung

Lieber Daniel, du bist hier kein Gast − du bist Familie!

Gipfeltreffen: Simon Rattle feierte mit Daniel Barenboim dessen fünfzigjährige Partnerschaft mit den Berliner Philharmonikern.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Gefühl und Verstand – Maddalena del Gobbos Album “Viola D’Emozione”

Um Gambensolistin zu werden, muss man wohl wirklich eine starke Berufung spüren. Das Instrument ist so außergewöhnlich wie die junge Interpretin Maddalena del Gobbo.

Twitter

Audrey Podmore: @FullPitcher Would frequent performances of easy music yield better results than exam preparation? http://bit.ly/1l8fn57  #classical #musiced

Chris Elliot: @veryvocalchords Gr8 poster 4 kids4 @edintfest #popupfest tdy 11am Oxgangs library: Let #classical music breath fire into you instead! pic.twitter.com/usGSGmZpPo

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Next my Album of the Week – piano mastery from @ingolfwunder and release on @DGclassics.

Carol and Barry Todd

Conductor

Photo: The Times

(Written on June 20, 2014 )