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Everyone listens to music. We can surely all agree that music is a big part of our lives, whether that be listening to the radio or a Spotify playlist on the way to work, letting our hair down in a nightclub on a Friday night, or watching a visiting orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, music is something that everyone can relate to. So why are researchers warning of the extinction of music in secondary schools in England?

The government introduced the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in 2010, with a goal to increase the take-up of ‘core’ academic subjects like mathematics and science. This move, however, has left the arts lagging behind. The Ebacc does leave space for students to take arts subjects and there is no solid evidence that the new syllabus has affected GCSE arts subject entries. However, in the New Schools Network report on the EBacc and the arts, it has been found that ‘schools have misunderstood the intention behind the EBacc, using its introduction to reduce funding for the teaching of the arts.’ This has therefore led to a decline in the number of qualified arts teachers, correlating with declining figures on music teacher PGCE courses.

The music industry contributes £3.5 billion to the economy, and it is well known that arts education improves job prospects by making young people more creative, tolerant and broad-minded. It is therefore strange that it is not taken as seriously as one of the ‘core subjects’ that the government view as most important to a child’s education. Catherine McKinnell stated in debates on arts subject inclusion and petition in February 2016: ‘I feel that the Government’s policy and approach at the moment fundamentally risks undermining the benefits that can come from that experience… at the most fundamental level, we need these skills for our economy. If we put off children and young people who can flourish in those areas even though they may struggle in some other ones, the evidence shows that that would be a worrying trend.’

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Not only does music enrich the economy, but it is also good for you. A study from the University of London’s Institute of Education ‘found that exposing children to classical music can aid in developing better concentration levels, self-discipline and social skills.’ Music is both valuable for the economy and for the individual and in Finland, teaching music and learning to play an instrument is the norm. It is, as stated by Stephen Moss in his article, Why not put music at the heart of education?, ‘the foundation of  children’s schooling (in Finland); it should be the model for us to follow.’

So what are we waiting for?

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: architects shortlisted to design the Barbican’s new concert hall, and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate campaign to protect freedom of movement in the creative industries. The Berliner Staatsoper moves back to it’s proper building, and fake news about appeal for funds for the Beethovenhalle Bonn retracted by ‘citizens for Beethoven’ union. Azerbaijan celebrates jubilee of first female opera singer, and a hidden Bach festival is being revealed.

The Guardian

Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano on shortlist for Barbican’s new concert hall

The conductor’s baton has been raised in the battle for the Barbican’s new concert hall with some of the world’s leading architects making the shortlist to design the landmark venue

Classical Music Magazine

ISM and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and a-n (the Artists Information Company) have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries

The Violin Channel

Telegraph Quartet Announced New San Francisco Conservatory Quartete-In-Residence

Comprising violinists Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violist Pei-Ling Lin and cellist Jeremiah Shaw, the ensemble, formed in 2013, are former 1st prize winners at the Naumburg and Fischoff International Chamber Music Competitions.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music

Inaugurated in 1924 and endowed by Walter Willson Cobbett, the medal is presented annually to a musician for services to chamber music

Tagesspiegel

Alles im Griff auf dem singenden Schiff

Am Freitag endet das siebenjährige Exil der Berliner Staatsoper im Charlottenburger Schillertheater. Ein Gruß zum Abschied.

Concerti

Musik unterm Sternenzelt

Die zehn schönsten Opernfestivals Europas locken in diesem Sommer nach England, Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland und Österreich

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ boykottieren Spendenaufruf für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle

Nachdem der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) die falsche Meldung verbreitete, der Bonner Verein ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ würde zu Spenden für die Sanierung für Beethovenhalle aufrufen, wiesen die Verantwortlichen dies entschieden zurück.

Azernews

Azerbaijan to mark 120th jubilee of first female opera singer

The 120th jubilee anniversary of great female opera singer of Azerbaijan Shovkat Mammadova will be celebrated ceremonially.

The Washington Post

A well-hidden Bach festival offers cheerful relief on a summer afternoon

The Grace Church Bach Festival is one of this town’s better-kept secrets.

Twitter

Ein Chagall-Konzert in St. Stephan in Mainz mit ! Wir sind ganz beseelt!

Ehrenpräsident des Deutschen Musikrates Richard Jakoby gestorben

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(Written on July 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: A concert in memory of composer Michael Hirsch at the Deutsche Oper, the lasts secrets of Maria Callas to be revealed in Paris, West End director warns of targeting a younger audience and the politicisation of music in Venezuela.

Guardian

West End director issues warning about overlooking older audiences

The theatre director Dominic Dromgoole has warned of the dangers of relentlessly pursuing younger audiences at the expense of regular and older theatregoers.

BBC News

Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy

Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers.

Classical Source

NYO Inspire Orchestra on the Waterfront

This July, 73 teenage musicians from across the country will come together to form NYO Inspire Orchestra, in what will be a ten-day celebration of exceptional orchestral music-making on a national level.

The Conversation

Is Venezuela’s much-hyped El Sistema music programme a hotbed of political resistance?

Venezuela’s El Sistema (“the system”) is probably the world’s most famous music education programme – and its most misunderstood.

The New York Times

Anthony Roth Costanzo in a Handel Rarity at National Sawdust

The vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, working with the innovative opera director Christopher Alden, comes to National Sawdust in Brooklyn with a staged version of a Handel rarity.

Broadway World

Music Institute of Chicago to Present 29th Annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival

The Music Institute of Chicago presents its 29th annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival July 7-16.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fiebrig, Frostig, Zwingend

Abschied von einem großen Geist: Das Gedenkkonzert für den Komponisten Michael Hirsch in der Deutschen Oper, mit der Uraufführung von „Bastard 2“.

Die Zeit

Komponist Pierre Henry ist tot

Er gilt als ein Pionier der elektronischen Musik, für einige war er sogar der “Großvater des Techno”. Pierre Henry ist im Alter von 89 Jahren in Paris gestorben.

Fono Forum

Die Bayreuther Festspiele im Home-Auditorium

Der Eröffnungsabend der Bayreuther Festspiele 2017 wird am 25. Juli live auf BR-Klassik im Radio und per Video-Livestream übertragen. Ausstrahlungen der Fernsehfassung folgen in 3sat und ARD-alpha.

El Mundo

Ginkana de arte emergente en el IVAM

Diez jóvenes artistas de la cuarta edición de PAM! PAM! ocupan los espacios no expositivos del museo.

Le Parisien

Deux livres, une exposition, un film… les derniers secrets de La Callas

Tom Volf poursuit la diffusion de sa recherche menée pendant quatre ans autour de Maria Callas avec dès la rentrée deux livres, un coffret de disques et une exposition à la Seine Musicale.

Le Parisien

Mort de Pierre Henry, compositeur de la célèbre «Messe pour le temps présent»

Parfois considéré comme le «grand-père de la techno», Pierre Henry préférait se définir, sans modestie, comme le «père de la musique moderne».

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(Written on July 7, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

WildKat PR is excited to announce our new client ECC100 Records!

Mark Constantine, founder of organic cosmetic company LUSH, had a feeling that vinyls would make their comeback when he founded ECC100 Records, a UK-based vinyl record label. He was right – vinyls have reached groundbreaking sales figures this year. They take us back to when music was combined with a beautiful artwork on the cover, when albums were eagerly anticipated, and every element of the music, art and sleeve notes were dissected, digested and discussed. ECC100 Records aims to honour that time and to bring the listener a unique experience by sitting down to actively listen to an album instead of having music played in the background.

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“A journey through ancient stone circles and a descent to the centre of the Earth”

On 4th November, ECC100 Records will release Set In Stone, a pioneering concept album composed by renowned musicians and producers John Metcalfe (Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders, The John Metcalfe band) and Simon Richmond (Neneh Cherry, Imagined Village, The Bays). It is inspired by ancient stone circles and merges classical music with technological sounds; the modern with the ancient. Some of its songs were recorded outdoors amongst nature.

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We are looking forward to work with ECC100 Records on the release of Set In Stone!

Keep up to date with news from ECC100 Records through their websiteFacebook, twitter and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on September 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, PRS for Music Foundation appoints new ambassador, Lahav Shani is the new chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera North has become Classic FM’s opera company in the UK. Also, Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is bidding to build the first permanent opera house in England in just over a decade.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation appoints Chuka Umunna as ambassador

Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, South London, has become an ambassador for PRS for Music Foundation. He will join fellow ambassadors Judith Weir, Imogen Heap, Emily Eavis, Amplify Dot and Ghostpoet in supporting and promoting the Foundation’s work.

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appoints new chief conductor

Lahav Shani, 27, has been appointed as the new chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Shani will become the youngest chief conductor in the orchestra’s history when he takes up the position in 2018.

Opera North announces Classic FM partnership

Opera North has become Classic FM’s opera company in the UK. The partnership extends the relationship between the two companies, which previously focused on the Orchestra of Opera North as Classic FM’s orchestra in Yorkshire.

BBC News

Opera theatre plan at Carphone Warehouse founder’s estate

Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is bidding to build the first permanent opera house in England in just over a decade. Mr Ross wants to transform the listed stables at his stately home in Leicestershire into a 400-seat opera theatre.

San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area fall arts picks: Classical music

Steve Reich 80th Birthday Celebration: Michael Tilson Thomas and members of the San Francisco Symphony are joined by the Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird to pay tribute to one of America’s most influential living composers.

The Telegraph

Revealed: Radical new plans for Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House will undergo a radical redevelopment next year, with new plans detailing a major overhaul of its performance spaces and events areas.

New York Times

Bartok, by Heart, From the Chiara String Quartet

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Wednesday, the Chiara String Quartet will perform the complete Bartok string quartets at National Sawdust from memory, offering a survey of the composer’s inventive writing and his ability to absorb myriad styles and traditions.

NRK

Universal-sjef slutter etter 22 år

Etter 22 år takker Petter Singsaas for seg i Universal Norge. I en e-post han sendte ut onsdag skriver Singsaas om hvorfor han nå slutter i jobben. Der skriver Singsaas at han for drøyt et år siden merket at det begynte og skurre på motivasjonen.

nmz

The Art Of The Chart – 58. Arbeitsphase des BuJazzO

Die 58. Arbeitsphase des Bundesjazzorchesters findet in diesem Jahr vom 28. August bis 3. September in der Musikakademie Rheinsberg statt. Das Ensemble wird unter der Leitung von Jörg Achim Keller ein Programm mit dem Titel „The Art Of The Chart“ einstudieren.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Ein 900 Jahre alter Knabenchor

Neben den Leipziger Thomanern und dem Kreuzchor aus Dresden hat Ostdeutschland noch einen weiteren traditionsreichen Knabenchor: den Stadtsingechor aus Halle. In diesem Jahr feiert er sein 900-jähriges Bestehen.

klassik.com

Berner Kulturvermittlungspreis für Barbara Weber

Der Kulturvermittlungspreis des Kantons Bern geht in diesem Jahr an Barbara Weber. Die Auszeichnung erfolgt auf Empfehlung der Kommission für allgemeine kulturelle Fragen und ist mit 10.000 Schweizer Franken (etwa 9.200 Euro) dotiert.

Twitter

The Royal Opera @RoyalOperaHouse Harry Potter and the Chamber Choir? 10 books turned from page to stage: ^R

English National Opera @E_N_O Who enjoyed the screening last night at ? Let us know what you thought!

Classic FM @ClassicFM  results are out today? How would YOU do in a 16-year-old’s music exam – find out:

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(Written on August 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC, and a new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England. Also, the Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference

Guardian

Bing & Ruth on contemporary classical: ‘Initially, it was like – what do we do with this stuff?’

David Moore may have had success as part of Langhorne Slim & the Law, but it’s with his classical ensemble that he’s found an surprising a new audience

The Times

Could our opera virgin learn to love classical music in a month?

As a lifelong fan of pop and R’n’B I had been set a challenge to see if I could “get into” classical music

Classical Music Magazine 

ABO announces details of annual conference

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the details for its annual conference, which will take place in Birmingham from 20-22 January 2016

International Arts Manager

Online music lessons launched for rural England

A new approach to music education has launched in five rural areas of England

Classical Music Magazine

Delphian to release carnyx recording

The latest release from the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a recording of a carnyx

Classic FM

Downton Abbey music: listen to unreleased tracks from the original score

Previously unreleased music from the Downton Abbey score is now available on a new double CD – and you can hear it first on Classic FM

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 undergoing discussions to reduce relay fee

In a further sign of the ongoing financial belt-tightening at Broadcasting House, Radio 3 is proposing a substantial reduction of the relay fee paid to musicians performing in concerts broadcast by, but not promoted by, the BBC

FAZ

Komponier mir das Lied vom Tod

Er möchte mit „Maestro“ angesprochen werden: Ein Gespräch mit dem großen Filmkomponisten Ennio Morricone, der dem Western seinen Klang gegeben und auch die Musik für den neuen Film von Quentin Tarantino geschrieben hat

Pizzicato 

Heute beginnt der Beethoven-Wettbewerb in Bonn

22 Pianisten aus 11 Ländern treten ab dem heutigen 4. Dezember beim Internationalen Beethoven-Wettbewerb Bonn 2015 an, der damit zugleich sein 10 jähriges Jubiläum feiert

NMZ

Europa weltweit zweitgrößter Markt für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Europa ist nach einem Unesco-Bericht nach der Region Asien-Pazifik der zweitgrößte Wirtschaftsmarkt für Kultur- und Kreativleistungen

El Pais 

Georges Aperghis: “Escribir música es buscar la libertad cada día”

El compositor greco-francés, que hoy estrena una velada dedicada a su música en la Sociedad Filarmónica de París, habla de sus más recientes obras

Le Figaro

Facebook aide les gendarmes du Tarn à retrouver un voleur de guitares

Un collectionneur d’instruments à cordes, qui habite le village de Rabastens (Midi-Pyrénées) a été la victime d’un cambriolage le 11 novembre dernier. Les enquêteurs ont décidé d’utiliser le puissant réseau social pour lancer un appel à témoins

Twitter

OpenTechA Nashville technology startup thinks it can help classical music flourish in the digital age. ..

News in SummaryWhat Football Can Teach Classical

Sinfini Music: Love is in the air when Mimi comes to borrow a light from Rodoflo in : La bohème

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David Moore of Bing & Ruth: ‘There was really no playbook.’ Photograph: Jody Rogac/The Guardian

(Written on December 4, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

Fast approaching on Wednesday 29th January is conductor Lionel Bringuier‘s concert, in which he will be conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London.

The programme is set to include works by composers such as Beethoven, Dalbavie, and Ravel, and alongside these works will be the UK premiere of Gérard Pesson’s Ravel à son âme. The evening’s performance of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto will feature Michael Cox who is the principle flautist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Purchase tickets to the concert at the Barbican Centre, and follow the latest from Lionel via his website and Facebook.

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Lionel Bringuier


(Written on January 21, 2014 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

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FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )