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The Guardian

ENO strongly represented on new International Opera awards shortlist

The only UK company on the shortlist for opera company of the year, elsewhere nominees include US mezzo Joyce DiDonato and designer Es Devlin

Michael Kennedy obituary

Journalist, music critic and authority on the works of Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Telegraph

Philharmonie de Paris: in pictures

La Philharmonie de Paris, a state-of-the-art concert hall designed by visionary architect Jean Nouvel, is the latest architectural jewel to be unveiled in the French capital.

The Times

Musycke to twekerth to

Tudor Tunes

BBC Music Magazine

BBC declares 2015 The Year of Song and Dance

Series of special BBC programmes to be dedicated to classical singing and ballet


Erfolg für Wiener Staatsoper beim Livestream

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet Erfolg bei ihrem seit Oktober 2013 laufenden Livestreaming-Programm.

Das Orchester

Jordi Savall weist spanischen Nationalpreis zurück

Der spanische Musiker Jordi Savall hat in einem Schreiben den Kulturminister seines Landes wissen lassen, dass er den ihm zugesprochenen Nationalpreis für Musik nicht annehme.

Deutsche Theaterintendanten warnen vor Selbstzensur

Nach dem Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin “Charlie Hebdo” durch islamistische Attentäter hat die Intendantengruppe des Deutschen Bühnenvereins vor Selbstzensur gewarnt.

Codex Flores

Nouvel boykottiert Pariser Philharmonie-Eröffnung

Für den Architekten Jean Nouvel ist die gegenwärtige Eröffnung der Philharmonie de Paris verfrüht, vermurkst und – sinngemäss – stillos.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic to Collaborate on Operas

For years, the Metropolitan Opera has gently encroached on the symphonic terrain of its Lincoln Center neighbors with orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall.


Guardian culture ‏@guardianculture : Why can’t festivals just announce their lineups any more?: 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Pinchas Zukerman’s @CanadasNAC #violin+#viola masterclass recorded in our Britten Theatre on 28 Oct is now on YouTube 

Guildhall School @guildhallschool : Interview with leading opera singer and alumna, Anne Sofie von Otter 

Philharmonie de Paris The New Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: Yves Chanoit 


(Written on January 15, 2015 )


Steven Price, a British hero of the Oscars

Nottingham-born composer and musician Steven Price wins the Oscar for original score for his work on Gravity for director Alfonso Cuarón

BBC News

Elgar’s little-known ‘music therapy’ pieces from asylum released

The new album, called Music for Powick Asylum, is made up of recordings of some of the pieces Elgar composed in his early years, as bandmaster of the Worcester County and City Lunatic Asylum.

Llandaff Cathedral marks £1.5m organ work with recital

The end of six year’s work to replace Llandaff Cathedral’s organ has been marked with a free recital. An appeal to fund the £1.5m organ was launched after a lightning strike in 2007 finished off its predecessor.

Tim Rice: Public have no appetite for new musicals

Theatre lyricist Sir Tim Rice says the public is no longer interested in musicals based around new material.

The Guardian

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny donates €600k to save accordion factory

French footballer demonstrates pride in his Gallic roots with investment in Tulle factory threatened with closure


World’s 15 most beautiful concert halls

From Azerbaijan to the Sage, CNN list their most beautiful concert halls.

Die Zeit

Die Schlacht gewonnen, den Krieg verloren

Im Streit mit YouTube scheint die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema vor Gericht einen Etappensieg errungen zu haben. Das Urteil dürfte ihr Imageproblem allerdings nicht lösen.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC News


(Written on March 4, 2014 )

Classic FM

German musicians beg Angela Merkel to allow instruments through customs

Daniel Barenboim, Andras Schiff, Viktoria Mullova and 27 other German performers are protesting against expensive customs regulations.


RSNO appoints new assistant conductor

Jean-Claude Picard is chosen over 162 hopefuls for the coveted two-year role

Classic FM

HMV to return to original site opened by Elgar

The entertainment chain has confirmed its flagship London store is to return to its original site, opened by Sir Edward Elgar in 1921.

The Telegraph

The Queen’s sick composer is cheered by royal support

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Master of the Queen’s Music, is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre strengthens links with In Harmony Lambeth

The Southbank Centre has announced a closer partnership with Lambeth Council on In Harmony Lambeth, with staff from the council joining the Southbank team to run the project on-site.

BBC Music Magazine

Japan ‘Pill-harmonic’ Orchestra prescribes classical music pieces for audience ailments

In a bid to counter falling concert attendance, the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra has come up with the idea of prescribing classical music for a variety of ailments.

Die Welt

Den wahrhaft Liebenden ist keine Oper zu stürmisch

Für ihren Komponisten Benjamin Britten tun Engländer zum 100. Geburtstag alles: Seine Oper “Peter Grimes” wird am tosenden Nordseestrand aufgeführt, und Star-Tenor Ian Bostridge tanzt eine Pantomime.



(Written on June 28, 2013 )

Raymond Yiu’s most recent commission, The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured, will receive its world premiere at the Barbican on Friday 18th January. The piece will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, alongside works by Elgar and Haydn, with the London Premiere of Qigang Chen’s Reflet d’un temps disparu. The Hong Kong-born composer describes The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured as a ‘symphonic game’, using the nursey rhyme Oranges and Lemons as inspiration for the composition, as well as Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, which will also be performed at the concert.

To purchase tickets for the concert, visit the website here or tune in to BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm.

Raymond Yiu 'Room 101' 2012
Photo credit: Malcol Crowthers

(Written on January 10, 2013 )

The Guardian

Tale of two epoch-defining classical music titans born in the same year

Operatic face-off shows that in Milan at least, Verdi v Wagner is still more of a cultural draw than Strictly v The X Factor

The Telegraph

Move over, Maestro: Spira Mirabilis, the democratic orchestra

The orchestra Spira Mirabilis is making a bid for artistic freedom by playing without a conductor

Casablanca piano could fetch £650,000

The piano used in the Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca is up for auction in New York in December 2012.

The Independent

Why arias in the multiplex fall flat

Screening operas at cinemas is helping to bolster the popularity of this frail art form, but it’s no substitute for the emotional intensity, acoustic quality and excitement of live drama

Slipped Disc

Just in: London orchestra turns in a six-figure deficit

The orch, which receives £2,245,000 in Arts Council and other public grants, registered a deficit of £189,824.


Classical Lost And Found: Hubert Parry’s Glorious England

Composers Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward Elgar dominated the British musical scene in the latter half of the Victorian age through the Edwardian era.

Bach, Beatboxed

What happens when you get a teenage piano whiz and the 24-year-old, multi-talented winner of NBC’s The Sing-Off in a rehearsal room together?

The Strad

Baltimore Symphony grows Academy

Orchestra receives $950,000 to develop amateur musicians programme

The Telegraph

(Written on December 5, 2012 )

Following the launch of Ignatz Waghalter’s violin repertoire on CD, Irmina Trynkos and Giorgi Latsabidze will be performing Waghalter’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor op.82, alongside works by Wieniawski, and sonatas by Elgar and Schumann tomorrow at a concert at Philharmonie Berlin at 7:30 pm.

Ignatz Waghalter was a Jewish German-Polish composer, born in Warsaw in 1881. He and his family later moved to Berlin, where he worked under several esteemed composers, such as Joseph Joachim who encouraged and supported Waghalter to be admitted into the Berlin Akademie der Künste, where he studied composition and conducting. Alongside his composition, Waghalter was appointed conductor at Komische Oper, followed by the Deutsche Operhaus, Berlin, and was recognized as a huge musical figure, well-loved and respected by both musicians and his audiences. However, Ignatz Waghalter, like many composers of the time, was forced to flee his home in 1934, due to the invasion by the Nazis, and his works became lost and forgotten.

Whilst in Germany, Waghalter produced a huge reportoire for violin, some of which has been performed and recorded by virtuoso violinist Irmina Trynkos, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Walker. The CD features première recordings of the Violin Concerto in A major, Op.15 and Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op.9 as well as the Violin Sonata Op.5 and two pieces for violin and piano: Idyll, Op.19b and Geständnis.

Tomorrow evening’s concert will see the return of Waghalter’s music to be performed in Berlin once again.

To book tickets, and for more information, visit the event website here.

(Written on October 4, 2012 )

Today marks the CD launch of Ignatz Waghalter’s violin repertoire by Naxos, performed and recorded by virtuoso violinist Irmina Trynkos, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Walker. The CD will feature première recordings of the Violin Concerto in A major, Op.15 and Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op.9 as well as the Violin Sonata Op.5 and two pieces for violin and piano: Idyll, Op.19b and Geständnis.

To celebrate the launch of the album, Irmina and Giorgi Latsabidze will be performing Waghalter’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor op.82, alongside works by Wieniawski, and sonatas by Elgar and Schumann tonight at a concert at St John’s Smith Square at 7:30 pm. For more information visit their website here.

Ignatz Waghalter was a Polish-German composer born in 1881 in Warsaw, later moving to Berlin. Born to a musical Jewish family, Waghalter was a prodigy pianist from a young age and winner of the Mendlessohn Award at the age of 21. Whilst in Germany, he was well-loved and respected by both musicians and his audiences, premiering three operas during his lifetime and producing a huge collection of works for violin with piano or orchestra. However, with the invasion of the Nazis, like many other composers of the time, Waghalter and his family fled their lives in Berlin and his works became lost and forgotten.

Irmina Trynkos and Giorgi Latsabidze will also be performing at the Philharmonie Berlin on Friday 5th October. For tickets and more information about the concert, visit here.

(Written on October 1, 2012 )


‘Elgar in Performance’ scheme helps stage rarely performed works 

Funds now being allocated for 2013 and beyond

Classic FM

Lang Lang to play at Glenn Gould’s birthday 

A host of performers, speakers, poets and Glenn Gould experts will gather this weekend to celebrate what would have been the pianist’s 80th birthday.

Violin dealer Machold admits embezzlement

Stradivarius dealer Dietmar Machold has admitted embezzlement as his trial for fraud begins in Austria.

Andrew Skeet on turning video game music into symphonic scores

With the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s help, Andrew Skeet has turned video game music into symphonic masterpieces. Classic FM’s Lucy Coward chatted to him about how he did it.

BBC Music Magazine

Musical molecules

Music created from movements of tiny particles

Classical Music Magazine

RFH organ a stage closer to completion

The central section of the Royal Festival Hall’s organ has been reinstalled after renovation as part of a long-term project to return the instrument to its full size

The Wall Street Journal (found on Musical Chairs)

Yundi Li Cancels Japan Tour Over China-Japan Row

The China-Japan territorial dispute has struck a sad chord for Japan’s classical music lovers.

Limelight Magazine

Daniel de Borah wins Australian National Piano Award

Daniel de Borah has won the Australian National Piano Award in Shepparton, with second place going to 21-year-old Nicholas Young and South Australian Michael Ierace coming third.

LA Times 

Itzhak Perlman joins Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central

Violinst Itzhak Perlman took a break from his performance schedule this week to put in a guest appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

LA Times

(Written on September 21, 2012 )

WildKatPR are thrilled to announce that the Waghalter Project will be featured at the Philharmonie, Berlin, performing to mark their European Launch, on Friday 5th October at 7.30pm.

Universally regarded as an emblem of Berlin, the Philharmonie is the perfect venue for a groundbreaking classic music initiative such as the Waghalter Project, with its many connections with the city and its classical music culture. The Project aims to raise awareness of Polish-German Jewish composer Ignatz Waghalter. At the 5th October concert the programme will feature two pieces by the composer: Idyll for violin and piano and Sonata for violin and piano in F minor. In addition the programme will include pieces by Schumann, Elgar and Wieniawski.

Ignatz Waghalter was strongly attatched to Berlin throughout his life, a connection that started at 17 when he left his home in Poland and crossed the border illegally to Germany. There, the violinist Joseph Joachim who was a friend of Brahms, supported Waghalter in his application to the Academy of Arts in Berlin. His reputation grew rapidly and he was then appointed as Principal conductor at the Deutsche Opernhaus in the city, establishing his self as a major musical figure in Germany.

The Waghalter Project’s return to Berlin is set to be an outstanding revival of Ignatz’s music and an evening of superb musicianship that is not to be missed.

Click here to watch the official trailer for the Waghalter Project.

More details of the concert can be found here on the Philharmonie website.

To buy tickets, please click here.

For more information and exciting updates on the Waghalter Project, take a look at their website:

(Written on September 13, 2012 )

The Telegraph

The glories of Nazism and meaning what you sing

Someone asked a while ago on this blog whether it made a difference to a performer if he or she ‘believed’ the words they were singing. It is a fascinating question and the issues are complex.

Lost Edward Elgar manuscript found in council building

An Edward Elgar manuscript that dates back almost 90 years has been found in a ‘dusty’ folder in a council building.

The Independent 

Music to snooze by for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The plans for the river pageant are an embarrassment

LA Times 

Caracas diary: A sweet Mahler’s Fourth and Dudamel-mania

What doesn’t kill you will make you fat, the Venezuelans are said to joke.

The Guardian 

Preston prepares for its unique Guild

2012 is Guild year with a series of events planned to mark the rare event


Bruckner’s Ninth gains a finale in Berlin

Rattle premieres the latest edition of Bruckner’s unfinished symphony

NY Times 

Mahler Is O.K., but Gustavo, He’s Amazing

(Written on February 15, 2012 )