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In today’s news, Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ is revived, music teachers’ zero-hours contracts may prevent children from learning an instrument and why symphony orchestras are expected to survive indefinitely.

The Telegraph

Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ brought back to life, in pictures

The Grand Hall at vintage venue Troxy in London’s East End is soon to be filled with the sounds of a magnificent full orchestra upon the recent completion of the restoration project to save Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.

When is the Edinburgh Festival 2015?

The world’s biggest arts festival runs from August 7 to 31 this year.

The Guardian

Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Nominations open for Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

The Spectator

Why are symphony orchestras expected to survive indefinitely?

We forget that the great symphony orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic were once radical project ensembles — until they became part of the establishment.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bardentreffen in Nürnberg: Weltmusik im Bratwurstidyll

Was ist das eigentlich, ein „Bardentreffen“? Aus einem Wettstreit für Liedermacher ist in Nürnberg ein weltläufiges Festival geworden. An diesem Donnerstag wird das 40. Jubiläum gefeiert.


Wahnfried oder Ärgersheim

Mit zweijähriger Verzögerung, einer stattlichen Kostensteigerung und etlichen juristischen Turbulenzen konnten die auf dem Gelände der Villa Wahnfried angesiedelten Gebäude frisch renoviert und, um einen gläsernen Museumsneubau erweitert, der Öffentlichkeit übergeben werden. Die Probleme sind allerdings noch längst nicht gelöst.

BR Klassik

Theodorakis zum 90. Geburtstag Streitbarer Künstler und Politiker

Komponist, Schriftsteller und Politiker – der griechische Künstler Mikis Theodorakis gilt als Volksheld. Mit seinen Melodien ist Theodorakis schon zu Lebzeiten unsterblich geworden. BR-KLASSIK gratuliert dem Musiker zum 90. Geburtstag.

El Mundo

Casi vivir de la música

La música vive un mal momento, es redundante repetirlo. Los profesionales de esta disciplina, al no ver cubiertas sus expectativas y aspiraciones en España, deciden partir rumbo a Europa. Orquestas profesionales y formaciones amateur y grandes conservatorios esperan para acogerles. Pero, ¿y ellos? ¿Se sienten valorados tras tomar la decisión de emigrar?


Vic Firth, Legendary Drumstick Creator and Percussionist, Dies at 85

Even if you aren’t a percussionist, the name Vic Firth — the world’s most prolific drumstick maker — is still in your vocabulary. For the man who started it all, Mr. Everett Joseph “Vic” Firth has died at 85 years old.


Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Devils and debauchery may just feature in this month’s Opera Strip… Can you guess the opera?

Londonist @Londonist: Things to do in London today: enjoy seafood with your jazz & London Open Live @_TheWhitechapel

BBC Radio 1 @BBCR1: This is stunning! Insomnia at the proms.


Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ
Photo: Julian Simmonds/The Telegraph

(Written on July 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Harry Partch: the magic of a California hobo

Ahead of two Edinburgh Festival performances, Ivan Hewett salutes the late composer, Harry Partch, last in a great line of American mavericks.

The Guardian

Classical music students – the future’s bright, just use your imagination

Earlier this month, Julian Lloyd Webber gave a speech to music students at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Here, we reprint it in full.

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2014 winners announced

See the 12 recordings that have been crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014, ahead of the ceremony on 17 September.

Classical Music 

As a new survey reveals the stresses and strains of a musical career, are we doing enough to support musicians?

Being a musician can be one of the best jobs in the world. Musicians have the opportunity to do something they love, play with like-minded people and connect with audiences who share their passion.

Epoch Times

In Appreciation of a Master Fiddler

Buddy MacMaster’s music ‘a wonderful gift’.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Schroeder Hall Opens in Sonoma

Schroeder — the Peanuts‘ piano-playing, Beethoven-worshipper, pursued by Lucy van Pelt — now has his name on a new building in Sonoma’s Green Music Center.


EXCLUSIVE: Watch Igor Levit Play J.S. Bach; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major (BWV 825) – I. Praeludium

Just like we promised we would, Classicalite’s A.V. Club is pleased to present the premiere of Russian-German pianist Igor Levit’s “music video” for Bach’s first partita.

Die Welt

“Abbado hat mir viel genommen und gegeben”

Stargeigerin Viktoria Mullova spricht erstmals über das schwierige Verhältnis zum Vater ihres Sohnes. Dabei hat auch sie sich als gedrilltes Violinbiest ihrer Mutter gegenüber grausam verhalten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Klaus Wowereit hinterlässt eine blühende Kulturlandschaft

Als Kultursenator hat Klaus Wowereit dafür gesorgt, dass endlich wieder über Kunst geredet wurde statt immer nur über Geld zu streiten. Das ermöglichte der Berliner Kulturszene einen neuen Höhenflug. Wie geht es nun weiter?

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Nike Wagner beklagt Uniformität von Kunstfestivals

Wagner: “Ohne Promi-Name geht nichts”.

La Croix

Radio France se remanie pour toucher tous les publics

Mathieu Gallet et ses sept directeurs ont présenté mercredi 27 août les nouvelles grilles de programmes, intégrant la dimension numérique et la prochaine ouverture au public de la Maison de la Radio.


Classical Music Agen: @AClassicalMusic Birthdays and Commemoration at the Proms–Birtwistle, Davies, Rands, and others  #classicalmusic

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms, join @LPOrchestra and pianist Alexander Toradze for Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin: 

Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline Tickets for RPO concerts @TheBathsHall @FairfieldHalls & @wycombeswan are available on #RPORewards – the RPO’s #app!

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest RCM harpist @Ceciliasdm entertains guests @NHM_London latest sleepover #dinosnores event!


Photo: The Guardian


(Written on August 28, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Southbank Centre is pulling out the stops for its organ festival

The Royal Festival Hall organ will sound its voice in public for the first time in almost ten years at the launch of the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival tomorrow.

The Guardian

What is Radio 3 doing in a glass box on the southbank?

Radio 3 has relocated to a new temporary studio – in London’s Southbank centre. The station‘s controller Roger Wright explains why.

Classic FM

Colour-blind artist hears colour thanks to electronic chip

An artist has implanted a chip into his skull allowing him to hear different shades of colour as sound vibrations.

Elgar ‘Banksy’ sparks controversy

Four graffitied images of the British composer have appeared in Malvern as an ‘anonymous gift’ to the community – but the artists have apologised for not seeking permission for the paintings.

Sneezing trombone video goes viral

A video in which a trombonist sneezes into his instrument during a quiet moment of a brass band concert has now racked up half a million views on YouTube.

Classical Music Magazine 

Edinburgh Festival looks to first world war in 2014 programme

War, peace and artists’ responses to them are the weighty themes behind the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills has announced in his final year as the event’s director, for the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

The Guardian

The Guardian



(Written on March 18, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons, interview

Mariss Jansons is reluctant to talk about the horrors of the Soviet system – he’d rather talk about the music he is going to conduct at the Proms and Edinburgh Festival, he tells Ivan Hewett.

The Sydney Morning Herald (via Arts Journal)

Call of opera luring greater audience numbers

It’s music to opera lovers’ ears. In what was a bumper year for opera attendances in Australia, the art form had a greater increase in audience numbers in 2012 than either dance, theatre, orchestral or chamber music, according to an Australia Council survey of the country’s 28 major performing arts companies

Classic FM

Skateboarding set to music in new classical video

Composing has a lot in common with skateboarding, says classical musician Sven Helbig, whose hypnotic new video stars young people in a skatepark.

BBC Music Magazine

Bolshoi violinist dies after falling into orchestra pit

Long-standing member of the orchestra dies of injuries in hospital

Limelight Magazine

Boston Chief knocked out in Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons concussed after “household accident” at Wagner Festival.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre Chairman Completes 300 Mile, 24-Hour Bike Ride And Raises Final Amount For Royal Festival Hall Organ Campaign

Full £2.3 million has now been raised for the Pull Out All The Stops organ campaign to restore the Royal Festival Hall organ

Music Week

Swedish music market grows 12% in H1 2013

Total music sales value in Sweden increased by 12 percent in the first half of 2013, propelled by strong growth in usage of streaming services.

André Rieu breaks record for highest-grossing UK opening weekend takings for a music concert film

An André Rieu music concert screened in cinemas has achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend takings in UK box office history for its genre.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der Anti-Maestro meldet sich zurück

Stürmen, schuften, siegen: Kirill Petrenko wird verehrt, wohin er auch kommt. Jetzt dirigiert er den neuen, von Frank Castorf inszenierten „Ring des Nibelungen“ im Bayreuther Festspielhaus.

Classic FM

(Written on July 23, 2013 )


Jurowski to bow out of Glyndebourne with a new Ariadne

French opera joins the repertory for Glyndebourne 2013 and the boss’s wife sings Norina


Alexander Sprague – New Faces

Rupert Christiansen introduces promising young tenor Alexander Sprague, who will make his professional stage debut at Edinburgh Festival.

Classic FM

André Rieu new concert DVD with Anthony Hopkins

‘Under The Stars’ is the latest live DVD from the hugely popular André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, released on September 10th.

Gibbons on helium are like opera singers, research says

Gibbons use the same vocal projection techniques as opera singers, according to a new study carried out in Japan.

Adès slams “fungal” Wagner, “waste of space” Brahms

Wagner and Brahms come under fire from Thomas Adès in a new book, with the British composer taking them to task.

Open Democracy

Radio 3 – why it matters, and why it shouldn’t dumb down classical music

The BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV – it’s vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn’t slip down the same route.

La Times

Pianist Van Cliburn reveals bone cancer diagnosis

The only classical pianist who has received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, Van Cliburn has announced through his publicist that he has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer.

Classic FM

(Written on August 29, 2012 )

Classic FM

Nigel Kennedy: Classical Artists only last ‘five years’

Nigel Kennedy has lashed out at the music industry and says that they do not develop their artists anymore.

James Rhodes’ unusual practice habits

Rock star concert pianist James ‘Jimmy’ Rhodes is glad London 2012 is over so he has more time to practice.

EuroMillions winners to expand music shop 

The couple that won £148m in his week’s Euromilions jackpot plan to put some money into their music shop business.

World Soundtrack Award nominees announced 

Nominations for soundtrack composers are announced for the 12th annual World Soundtrack Awards.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc

Horror: young Houston Opera singer killed in car smash

Laura Botkin dies at age 27.

Rachmaninov’s Bells blacked out in Edinburgh Festival embarrassment 

Disaster strikes for London Philharmonic at Edinburgh performance.

Hot News from the Heimat: Classical sales and subscriptions up across Germany 

The German Orchestra Society has just reported a record season for ticket sales.


Royal Opera House endorses longer runs of popular classics 

Crowd-Pleasers to become standard programming alongside lesser-known works.

BBC News

Stars attend Marvin Hamlisch funeral 

Friends of Marvin Hamlisch have gathered in New York to pay respects to the composer,who dies last week.

One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy ‘an inspiration’

Nicholas McCarthy graduates from the Royal College of Music.

(Written on August 15, 2012 )

The Telegraph

What Cinematic Opera Means for the Real Thing

There are drastically changing patterns of demand in the opera world: Opera audiences outside London are increasingly elderly, and no amount of proselytising in schools or groovy buy-one-get-one-free initiatives seems to arrest that worrying trend.

Gustav Holst: so much more than ‘The Planets’

Gustav Holst’s neglected ‘Indian’ works are about to be celebrated in his home town at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Independent

The Proms think big: Can the world’s leading classical festival hold its own in an Olympic year?

As a vital part of the London 2012 Festival, the pressure’s on the Proms this year – and they deliver on their own terms


Pablo Heras-Casado signs to Harmonia Mundi

Harmonia Mundi has announced a new collaboration with acclaimed Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. The young maestro will make his label debut with two recordings, currently in production, to be released in 2013.

Ten years ago Delphian Records released its first recording, and in celebration of a decade’s worth of chamber, choral, vocal and instrumental albums, the Scottish label will present a series of concerts at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

How Gustav Mahler addressed the President of the United States

Apparently, at a January 1911 dinner that the music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra attended for President Howard Taft, Mahler got up and made a speech. It’s not clear from the report if he made it before the president left, but wouldn’t you like to know what he said?

The Guardian

Lina Lalandi obituary

Founding director of the English Bach festival, and a pioneer in the rediscovery of baroque opera.

James Bond lyricist Leslie Bricusse gives George Gershwin a new voice

For the first time the composer’s best-known orchestral music can be heard with words to accompany it.

The Times

A Review: Brynfest at the Festival Hall

Every Londoner became a Welshman at the weekend as the Brynfest took over the Southbank.

Lina Lalandi


(Written on July 9, 2012 )

New York Times

Eiko And Koma Talk About ‘Fragile’

A performance of relentless stillness, with live score.

Entartete Musik

Laurel Resting In Vienna.

Gavin Plumley on the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Classical Music Magazine

Edinburgh Festival Programme Announced.

Out of 185 performances in this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, 51 are concerts, almost 3,000 artists are involved and 47 nationalities will be represented on stage.

The Telegraph

New Face: Ross McInroy.

Ross McInroy is the Scottish Opera’s bass chosen for The Rake’s Progress and Tosca.

Another Bad Modern Opera At Covent Garden. Why Is The Royal Opera House Allowed To Throw Money Away?

You know how it is: you wait for one bad opera, then three come along at once, according to Igor Toronyi-Lalic.


Schubert: A Gloriously Unfinished Celebration.

BBC Radio 3 is devoting an entire week to Schubert. He’s just the composer for these tough times, says Jessica Duchen.

Women In Operas Can’t Resist A Rake.

Nice guys finish last in opera.

Opera Chic

American Ballet Theatre Goes Town And Country.

ABT discusses its sponsorship program in the April 2012 edition of Town & Country and profiles some deep-pocketed philanthropists who sponsor ABT dancers.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Oldest English Song Is Subjected To Post-Punk Revival.

Word is out that the Futureheads, a post-punk band, have recorded a tribute version of the oldest known song in early English, Sumer Is Icumen In.


Stephen Sondheim: Our Greatest Composer?

No one today has better mastered the art-form of marrying words and drama to music, and keeping that essentially operatic ideal alive in a broader public consciousness.



(Written on March 16, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

BBC Music Magazine

Interview: David Aaron Carpenter

The brilliant violinist speaks about his new Paganini-inspired CD.

The Financial Times

Review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

On Sunday, classical music entered the same orbit as the “east meets west” theme that dominates the Edinburgh Festival’s 2011 programme.

The Guardian

Review: BBC Singers/London Sinfonietta/Atherton – Cadogan Hall, London

There’s plenty of contemporary music in the short series of Saturday Proms matinees, and the programme shared by the BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta and conducted by David Atherton, included both UK and world premieres.

The Independent

Lucerne is a classical festival of the first water

If you stand on Lucerne’s covered bridge, blinking out at the ultimate in lake-and-mountains landscape, you’re in good company. This rarified corner of Switzerland has long been a magnet for musical greats.

The Telegraph

Review: Utopia Ltd – Opera House, Buxton 

Rupert Christiansen was delighted to see Gilbert and Sullivan’s penultimate collaboration Utopia Ltd back on stage for the first time since 1975.

(Written on August 23, 2011 )