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The Academy of Ancient Music have today announced that Robert Levin will inaugurate the Hogwood Fellowship. Established in honour of the Academy of Ancient Music’s founder Christopher Hogwood, the Fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Christopher Hogwood was once asked if he spent half his time as a musician, and the other half as a musicologist; his response was that he spent 100% of his time as both.  Setting the AAM apart from other ensembles is the creativity and spontaneity of their performances that are grounded in scholarship, with a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

Robert Levin is a consummate musician, much loved by audiences around the world as a soloist and conductor.  He is also a renowned scholar, holding positions at institutions including Harvard and Cambridge University.  He enjoyed a long and close association with Christopher Hogwood and the AAM, which continues now with Richard Egarr as Music Director. Robert’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow for the remainder of this season, and the 2017-18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra. Robert will provide insights into the music the AAM perform through interviews, talks, articles and concert programme notes.

WildKat had the great privilege of attending an interview with Robert Levin in Salzburg, where he was recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, on the composer’s own fortepiano.

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Music Director Richard Egarr commented: ‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow.  I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.  Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Beyond 2017-18, Richard Egarr will be leading the process to seek out the next Hogwood Fellow. They may be a musician and musicologist like Robert, or perhaps an academic, or an artist – anyone from any discipline who can provide greater insight into the AAM’s music and music-making.

Robert Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend, taking place 29-30 April 2017.


 Image: Robert Levin, Ascherman

(Written on February 13, 2017 )


In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.


LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 


Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there is a lot about the English National Opera’s 2015/16 season, unveiled yesterday. It includes six new productions and five favourites in order to get through its troubled times. Tom Service believes that despite the financial problems, it could be a season to remember, for positive reasons, for the ENO. However, the Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen says top British talent has been left out of the programme in a major way. Moving away from the ENO, the biennial Menuhin Competition has opened in the year where it would have been Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday. The BBC also carries a story on  the transforming power of orchestras in schools.

The Guardian

ENO announce cloth-cutting season for 2015/16

Six new productions and five revivals attest to English National Opera’s current troubled circumstances, while artistic director John Berry hails ‘exciting and challenging’ times

Smaller is beautiful: ENO’s new season offers invention and ambition

Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum

The Telegraph

English National Opera has betrayed British talent

Our top-flight singers have been shunted aside in ENO’s new season. It is a disgrace, says Rupert Christiansen

Classic FM

Menuhin Competition 2016 opens for entries

The biennial Menuhin Competition comes to London in 2016, in partnership with Classic FM. And today, on what would have been the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday, the organisers have opened next year’s competition for entries.


The orchestra fine-tuning the performance of school students

The school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1% and the atmosphere in the wider neighbourhood has been “transformed.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Seehofers “Zwillingslösung” auf dem Prüfstand

Am Freitag wird ein Gutachten veröffentlicht, das klären soll, ob die beiden großen Orchester Münchens gemeinsam die Philharmonie und den Herkulessaal bespielen könnten.


Internationaler ARD-Musikwettbewerb bis 2020 abgesichert

Die Intendanten der ARD stimmten einer Empfehlung ihrer Hörfunkkommission zu, den Internationalen Musikwettbewerb auch weiterhin zu organisieren. Der aktuelle Vertrag, der Ende 2016 ausläuft, wird bis zum 31. Dezember 2020 verlängert.


Orchester zeichnen Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission aus

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) verleiht den “Hermann-Voss-Kulturpreis” in diesem Jahr an die Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission.

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic’s Challenges Go Beyond the Music

The New York Philharmonic, the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra and the former home of Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler, is preparing for its greatest upheaval in decades.

San Francisco Classical Voice

John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music

For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival.


BBC Proms Team @bbcproms : It’s the 2015 BBC Proms launch day!!! Only 4 hours until the full #bbcproms programme is revealed

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen : ENO’s new season. What’s really missing? …

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM : New for piano! We’ve just released Encore, a collection of favourite piano exam pieces from the past few decades! 


BBC Proms. Photo: FlowingProse

(Written on April 23, 2015 )


OperaUpClose to leave King’s Head, Islington, for fresh challenges

Innovative company that stretched boundaries of small-scale opera will build on links with Soho theatre and Coventry Belgrade


Christopher Hogwood: the star of Early Music

Christopher Hogwood, who has died aged 73, searched for certainty in the uncertain world of very old classical music, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

Classic FM hung out with composers and developers at Game Music Connect 2014

Returning to London for a second year, Game Music Connect brought together the world’s finest video game music composers, game industry big-hitters and a legion of dedicated aficionados – and Classic FM was there to talk to all of them.


American Composers ‘In Loud Support’ of the Atlanta Symphony

American composers John Adams, John Corigliano, Nick Demos, Steve Everett, Michael Gandolfi, Osvaldo Golijov, Mark Grey, Jennifer Higdon, John Anthony Lennon, Jonathan Leshnoff, Richard Prior, Adam Schoenberg, Alvin Singleton and Christopher Theofanidis have written an open letter in loud support of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its unique and important place in American concert music.


Linn extends the appeal of its Exakt system with Akudorik stand mount speakers

New speaker set-up is the most affordable yet, and company now working on technology for other manufacturers’ speakers

BBC News

Southbank Centre repairs get £4.9m Lottery boost

Planned maintenance of the Southbank Centre in London has had a £4.9m boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Die Welt

Er konnte das Barock genießen

Der britische Dirigent Christopher Hogwood ist mit 73 Jahren gestorben. Er war auch Cembalist, Musikwissenschaftler und Schriftsteller. Von ihm stammt eine äußerst lesbare Händel-Biografie.

Die Zeit

Die Rosenkavalierin

Soldaten, Gewehre, Bomben – und jetzt die Münchner Oper: eine Begegnung mit der irischen Mezzosopranistin Tara Erraught.

Der Tagesspiegel

James Levine eröffnet die Saison an der Met

Rückkehr im Rollstuhl

El Mundo

Las zarzuelas de la Independencia

La Biblioteca Nacional acoge entre el 30 de septiembre y el 25 de enero del 2015 una exposición sobre las zarzuelas que surgieron al calor de la Guerra de la Independencia

Boston Globe

Upbeat Andris Nelsons leaps into BSO world

BSO music director Andris Nelsons said he’s looking forward to “performing great music.”


Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: Two documentary portraits of one musical great  @thenfb 1959 films on pianist Glenn Gould worth setting time aside for

Opera North @Opera_North: So delighted that our Music Director Richard Farnes has been nominated for ‘Achievement in Opera’ @UKTheatreAwards 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Watch 5 marvelous performances of John Cage’s 4’33”: 

La Boheme at the King's Head Theatre Islington 14/8/2011 For Opera GuideOperaUpClose’s La Bohème at the King’s Head theatre, Islington. Photograph: Anna Gordon/the Guardian

(Written on September 26, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

BBC Proms 2014: Benedict Mason premiere, review: ‘breathtaking’

The big reveal of Benedict Mason’s latest BBC commission was unlike anything the proms had seen. With musicians spread around the hall and the arena being cleared of prommers.

The Guardian

Frans Brüggen obituary

As one of the pioneers of the revival of Early Music, and one of the key influencers in the expansion and awareness of Recorder repertoire, this obituary is a touching tribute to a man who reminded us of the beauty of the music of the past.

Guardian Culture Professionals Network

The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers

A study carried out by Sound and Music identifies that composers are expected to create new music for ‘shockingly’ low fees.


Kranichsteiner Musikpreise gehen nach USA und Großbritannien

Darmstadt. Die 1982 geborene amerikanische Komponistin Ashley Fure und das britische Ensemble „Distractfold“ erhalten in diesem Jahr den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis.


Europäischer Komponistenpreis für junge Musiker an Usbekin Sadikova

Der Europäische Komponistenpreis für junge Musiker ist an die Usbekin Aziza Sadikova verliehen worden.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Mozart aus der Asche gelesen

Nicht alles war ganz verloren, was 2004 dem Brand in Weimar zum Opfer fiel. Mit neuen Methoden gelingt es jetzt sogar, unlesbar gewordene Handschriften wieder sichtbar zu machen.

The New York Times

Licia Albanese, Exalted Soprano, Is Dead at 105

Licia Albanese, an Italian-born soprano whose veneration by audiences worldwide was copious even by the standards of operatic adulation, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan.


CBSO: @TheCBSO A month today we perform #Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Find out more in this great listening guide by @philharmonia

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM I’ve fantastic new Album of the Week from @HopeViolin @DGclassics & will offer an ‘escape to paradise’.@johnsuchet1

Scottish Chamber Orc: @SCOmusic 31 Aug Edin – join us for exciting family music workshops from @VirginMoney Fireworks Concert @edintfest. Book now!

Musicians’ Union: @WeAreTheMU U-turn in Liverpool brings recognition for buskers … via @artspro #KeepMusicLive

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: @ArtsCouncilNI clients told to plan for five per cent cuts from previously announced budgets



 Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on August 18, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

David Lister: It’s right to relax concert rules, but try not to get carried away

Even radicals have to rein in their lack of inhibition sometimes. Symphonic crowd-surfing feels a step too far, and a potentially dangerous one at that.

The Telegraph

Why English National Opera needs to back British singers

Rupert Christiansen applauds the late Earl of Harewood’s work with English National Opera but looks forward to a new era for the company.

Norman Lebrecht is wrong to single out artist managers as unworthy of honours

Norman Lebrecht seems to have a thing about music industry string-pullers who stain the purity of art in their pursuit of money and influence.

The New York Times

Early Music and Its Future

The weeklong Early Music Festival: NYC showed that the city has the potential to catch up to Boston and San Francisco.

Le Figaro

Un violoncelliste joue dans un abattoir pour promouvoir le classique

Révélée par 20 Minutes, la vidéo du musicien jouant au milieu de pièces de viande est la première du projet Bliss de la plateforme 3ème Un concept qui vise à faire rimer classique avec ludique. 

El Mundo

 Compases hacia la edad de oro de los músicos clásicos españoles

La sala sinfónica del Auditorio Nacional acoge esta tarde el futuro y presente de la música clásica de nuestro país

Wiener Zeitung

“Gezi Concert” im Wiener Volkstheater

Ein “globales Zeichen für Demokratie, Freiheit und Humanität” wollen der türkische Komponist Fazil Say, die Pianistinnen Ferhan und Ferzan Önder sowie der Percussionist Martin Grubinger am Freitag (30.5.) im Wiener Volkstheater mit ihrem “Gezi Concert” setzen. Unterstützt von der Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen kommt Says Komposition anlässlich des Jahrestags der Proteste zur Aufführung.

Die Welt

Bloß nicht fett werden als Opernsänger!

Vittorio Grigòlo ist einer der besten Tenöre der Welt. Aber das Leben aus dem Koffer ist ungesund und anstrengend. Zur Entspannung tunt der Italiener Autos. Einen Hubschrauber hat er auch entworfen.T

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Projekt Haydn 2032: Piano, piano 

Der Dirigent Giovanni Antonini und das Alte-Musik-Ensemble Il Giardino Armonico wollen alle 107 Sinfonien von Joseph Haydn neu aufnehmen. Jetzt startete das Projekt mit einem Konzertmarathon im Berliner Radialsystem.

Focus Online

 Erstmals seit dem 18. Jahrhundert Crowdsurfing zu Händel: Mann fliegt aus Konzertsaal

 Wer bei einem Konzert richtig mitfeiern will, lässt sich beim Crowdsurfing über die Köpfe des Publikums tragen. Doch bei einem klassischen Konzert kommt das offenbar nicht gut an, wie ein Musikfan jetzt lernen musste. Dabei war er nur einer Aufforderung gefolgt.

Telegraph Music: @TeleMusicNewsWhy #classical music audiences should be free to behave as they wish:

GoClassical: @GoClassicalUK  Another study proves link between music education and the brain … #classicalmusic

Blackheath Halls: @BlackheathHalls Not just known for great #comedy. We also have our #CommunityOpera coming up. Get more info on it here 

It’s right to relax concert rules, but not to get carried away:

David Lister

Photo: The Independent

(Written on June 24, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Breakthrough for blind musicians as Prima Vista signs deal with OUP

Ms Machell, based in Leeds, has her own music publishing and software company, Prima Vista Braille Music Services, which provides music to enable blind musicians to ‘feel the music’.

Jubilee composers miss out on BBC coverage

The event, organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, saw nine ‘music herald barges’ sail down the river, with performers on each.

LA Times

Vinny Golia to enable young talent

Vinny Golia is using his residency at the Blue Whale, which celebrates his Nine Winds label’s 35th anniversary, to showcase young musical talent.

Playboy Jazz Festival tries to broaden its appeal

The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will feature classic styles, jazz-rock fusions and genre pushers. Bill Cosby is the emcee.

Sonny Rollins, Esperanze Spalding head S.F. Jazz Festival lineup

Los Angeles-area jazz fans will have ample reasons to trek north on the Golden State Freeway beginning in August with the recently announced lineup of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival.

The Guardian

Opera North tackles Wagner’s Ring Cycle – minus the financial drama

Concert hall staging with giant video and ‘nicely blown in tubas’ keeps ticket prices down to draw Wagner virgins.


Obituary: Judith Nelson, early music soprano

The American soprano Judith Nelson, who has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was one of the most prominent voices in the early music world.

New York Times

The White Light Festival Turns to Dark-Hued Mahler

White Light, Lincoln Center’s fall festival dedicated to humanity’s spiritual side, will present Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London next season.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition announced

The first prize at the annual competition founded by tenor Plácido Domingo,Operalia, has been awarded to 29-year-old American soprano Janai Brugger.

(Written on June 13, 2012 )

The Telegraph

David Munrow: Tragic genius who brought early music to the masses

The short but brilliant life of David Munrow blazed a trial for his passion.

Become part of the virtual Philharmonic Orchestra

An interactive digital installation allows visitors to step inside and become part of a virtual orchestra, taking on the role of a musician or even the conductor.

The Guardian

Leslie Baruch Brent on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘He inspired my love for lieder, especially those of Schubert’

Like thousands of others, my lifelong love for lieder, especially those of Franz Schubert, was inspired by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the 1950s.

Andrew M Rosemarine on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘The war helped him understand the transience of life’

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was uncertain of his legacy. But he recognised the change in himself from his earliest years and the difficulties he had surmounted in adolescence during the Hitler years.

John Birch obituary

John Birch, who has died aged 82 after suffering a stroke, was interested in – but by no means limited to – every aspect of the organ and its world.

NY Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Submits Reorganization Plan

More than a year after resorting to bankruptcy court, the Philadelphia Orchestra laid out its plan to erase debt and cut costs on Wednesday.

Arts Journal – Slipped disc

Silly, superficial, true to life: a Baroque lion’s take on the Met’s Enchanted Island

The purist Baroque pioneer Joel Cohen has been watching the Met’s potpourri on a television relay. Expecting irritation, he found a certain truth.

Classical Music Magazine

The Listening Machine launches as part of The Space

The Britten Sinfonia has teamed up with composer and cellist Peter Gregson and technologist Daniel Jones to create The Listening Machine.


Winners of NCEM 2012 Composers Award announced

Composition to be performed by Tallis Scholars and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Cycling with the Olympianist

Joining Anthony Hewitt on (one of a bit) Land’s End to John O’Groats concert tour.

Wigmore Hall expands commissioning programme 

Up to 15 new chamber commissions per season from 2013.



(Written on May 24, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Jonathan Harvey: Spirits Soar In The Hands Of A Master.

For truly spiritual music, you need to turn to Jonathan Harvey, says Ivan Hewett.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Debussy’s Bustin’ Out All Over

Jessica Duchen celebrates 150 years since the composer’s birth.

The Guardian

Tom Service: Gustav Leonhardt: Precision, Coolness, Brilliance – And Alfa Romeos.

Gustav Leonhardt was the most austere of the fathers of the Early Music movement. But there’s more to his personality, and playing, than intellectual rigour – even if he did wear the sharpest suits of any harpsichordist, ever…

Behind The Music: What If The Culture Industry Shut Down For A Day?

Wikipedia went black in protest against anti-piracy legislation. But which would you miss more: an encyclopaedia or music?

Robin Gibb To Honour Titanic Victims In First ‘Classical’ Composition.

Titanic Requiem – which will be composed by Bee Gees singer and son – will be played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.



(Written on January 20, 2012 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Schubert To The Max.

Maxim Rysanov’s Schubert project.

New York Times 

Julliard School Announces $20 Million Gift For Early Music.

The Juilliard School is announcing a $20 million gift to endow its graduate-level program in historical performance.

The Telegraph

Wigmore Hall And America’s Staggering Cultural Diversity.

Stephen Hough talks string quartets.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Another Barenboim Rises In Beijing. 

Rudolph Tang of Klassikom, reports the emergence of a third orchestra in Beijing.

What It Will Cost To Save Bayreuth From Demolition.

‘Unless something happens soon, the building will fall down,’ said Wolfgang Wagner.


(Written on January 17, 2012 )