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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 )