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On the 29th May, Minister of State Monika Grütters, Minister for Education Martina Münch and Vice president of the German UNESCO committee Prof. Christoph Wulf submitted a certificate for 34 different kinds of cultural heritage in Berlin. One of them is our beloved instrumental amateur music making! Prof. Christoph Wulf says that ‚immaterial cultural heritage shapes identities and encourages social cohesion as well as the dialogue between social groups. It is source of creativity and innovation and contributes to social change. I congratulate everyone who’s been awarded today kindly and thank you for your steady enhancements of our cultural heritage. You stand for the diversification of our cultural landscape.‘

Additional activities that made it onto the shortlist of the nationwide index include the telling of fairy tales, poetry slams in Germany and East Frisian tea culture.

In order to qualify for the index, the activity or tradition must be of remarkable social value to a larger group. In the case of amateur music making in Germany one could ask the questions ‘what is special about the scene?’ or ‘what is it being awarded for?’

An important fact is the rich diversity of the forms in which amateur music making occurs. Another one is the special cultural and social meaning it has for German people.

Instrumentales Laien- und Amateurmusizieren © DUK/Christoph Löffler

It is significant that the Bundestag published a paper with the topic ‚Amateur music making in Germany – survey and presentation of its social and economic role‘ (2008):

In 2007, the German centre for music information (Musikinformationszentrum) counted 29,500 amateur instrumental ensembles involving 739,500 citizens nationwide, 62% of who are aged under 25.

The instrumentalists form groups such as:

  • wind/brass orchestras (18,300)
  • accordion orchestras (3,500)
  • plucked string orchestras (750)
  • Symphony and string orchestras (750)
  • trombone choirs (6,200)
  • Further statistics count 48,500 choirs and 50,000 rock/pop/jazz/folk groups
  • The reason amateur music ensembles retain a high status in society is the diversity of roles they provide people, enjoyment and the love for music assumed to be the most prominent ones. Other benefits include social connections, handing down traditions and values to younger generations and the preservation of cultural heritage, and a way of „linking cultural interest with the wish for commonality, communication and vitality“ (p. 5 Essay Deutscher Bundestag – Wissenschaftliche Dienste 2008)

    One of the amateur scene’s hotspots is undoubtedly Berlin. The large number of amateur symphony orchestras is so significant that many performers and conductors lose track of them! It certainly doesn’t help that in many cases, the names of the orchestras are frustratingly similar. For example Symphonisches Orchester (Humboldt University), Neues Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Das Symphonieorchester, Berliner Symphoniker e. V. (professional!)

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of the amateur orchestras of Berlin, though by now there are likely to be even more in existence. The variety of amateur orchestras lets interested people choose the right level of ensemble for them. There are orchestras that focus more on having fun and adopt a more relaxed approach to rehearsals, as well as orchestras with really high standards and as a consequence require a successful audition to join.

    The nicest thing – not only in Berlin but in every city’s amateur music scene – is that after some time, wherever you participate in a new project, you will always meet people you’ve already played with in former projects. Due to shared interests and of course due to the power of music many of those people become your lifelong friends. The UNESCO committee certainly made the right choice awarding the amateur music scene for its many values and rich diversity!

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    (Written on June 15, 2017 )

    Classical News

    In today’s classical news, violinist Herbert Light has retired from Philadelphia Orchestra, after 56 years with the ensemble. Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition. Also, the 17-year-old pianist, Henry Cash, has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

    The Strad

    Philadelphia Orchestra violinist retires after 56 years

    Long-serving Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Herbert Light has retired after 56 years with the ensemble. A student of David Madison and Jani Szanto at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and served in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960.

    Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition announces results

    The Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana (ANLAI) have announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition.

    Classical Music Magazine

    Scholl and Halperin win Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016

    Countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Tamar Halperin have been named as the recipients of the Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016. The prize is endowed with €45,000 (£40,560), making it the most valuable award in the Federal Republic of Germany.

    Henry Cash wins Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016

    Pianist Henry Cash has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016. The 17-year-old, who is currently studying with Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, played Haydn’s D major sonata and the first movement of Chopin’s B-flat minor sonata in the final round of the bursary competition, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

    Chicago Tribune

    Ear Taxi Festival shows what collaboration can mean for new music in Chicago

    From the Patricia Barber song cycle that launched the event Wednesday, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW program that concluded it Monday night, Chicago’s largest-ever festival of contemporary classical music proved itself to be all that it aspired to be — a grand idea in a grand city at a grand time.

    Broadwayworld

    Las Vegas Philharmonic Renews Music Director Donato Cabrera’s Contract

    This will extend Cabrera’s role as Music Director and Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic through the 2019 – 2020 concert season, the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

    Le Parisien

    Après le 13 novembre, le public a-t-il peur de revenir dans les salles de spectacle?

    Les Français sont globalement “rassurés” par les dispositifs de sécurité adoptés dans les salles de spectacles depuis les attentats du 13 novembre 2015 mais une part importante juge encore “insuffisantes” les mesures à l’extérieur des salles et des festivals.

    Spiegel Online

    Der Nachschlag nach dem Festspiel-Sommer

    Österreich ist Austragungsort eines der originellsten europäischen Jazzfestivals. Bei “Jazz & The City” verwandelt sich die Salzburger Altstadt in eine Bühne für Weltstars.

    Neue Musikzeitung

    Donaueschinger Musiktage planen 18 Uraufführungen

    Das drei Tage dauernde Festival in Donaueschingen im Schwarzwald werde sich unter anderem der Schnittstelle zwischen Avantgarde und Popmusik widmen, sagte ein Sprecher der Organisatoren im Vorfeld.

    Musik heute

    Neuer Preis der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Sopranistin Olena Tokar

    Die 1987 in der Ukraine geborene Künstlerin habe beim “Sängerfest der Jungen Elite” im September überzeugt, teilten die Festspielveranstalter am Dienstag in Schwerin mit. Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Preis soll im Rahmen einer Operngala im Sommer 2017 überreicht werden.

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    Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The 4 great challenges, by one of our favourite pianists http://dlvr.it/MRPtN0 #ClassicalMusic

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    Music History @today_classical #Today in 1881 Birth of #composer Carlos Lopez #Buchardo #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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    (Written on October 12, 2016 )

    Classical News

    In today’s news, Wigmore Hall announces first schools concert live stream, the Royal College of Music hosts inaugural Double Bass Festival, and crisis has struck two of America’s great orchestras. Also, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performs in New York, and Weill centre welcomes classical music with a twist.

    Classical Music Magazine

    Wigmore Hall announces first schools concert live stream

    Wigmore Hall has announced its first schools concert live stream. The event will see Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives present a musical retelling of Giles Andreae’s book Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom.

    RCM to host inaugural Double Bass Festival

    The inaugural Royal College of Music International Double Bass Festival will take place on 16 October. Bassists from around the world will gather for a day of masterclasses, seminars, coaching sessions and performances.

    The Telegraph

    Greedy bosses and musicians on strike – the crisis engulfing classical music

    Crisis has struck two of America’s great orchestras. One is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which faces a deficit of $11 million and pension black hole due to rock-bottom interest rates.

    The New York Times

    St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Comes to New York

    The excellent St. Paul Chamber Orchestra ensemble makes an overdue visit to New York at the 92nd Street Y, presenting works by George Tsontakis and Mozart.

    Sheboygan Press

    Weill centre welcomes classical music with a twist

    Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble, led by internationally renowned concert pianist and artistic director Andrew Burashko, will be reimagining the Beatles’ groundbreaking “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album when it takes the stage at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts next Thursday, Oct. 13.

    WQXR

    Watch: This Beethoven Remix Ad by Intel Blows Our Minds

    Classical music remixes have been used in advertising to great effect this year. Intel spent a year creating a spot called “Experience Amazing” featuring Beethoven’s 5th Symphony … but with sweet, sweet twist.

    Aftenposten

    Disse talentene lever ut musikerdrømmen sammen med Norges fremste orkestermusikere

    Klassisk musikk er selve livet. Nå får 80 utvalgte talenter spille side om side med Oslo-Filharmonien.

    RBB Kulturradio

    Orchester sucht polnische Musiker

    Das Brandenburgische Staatsorchester Frankfurt will seine grenzüberschreitende Arbeit ausweiten. Im Rahmen eines Education-Projekts bringen mehrere Hundert Schüler aus der Region unter Anleitung des Orchesters Inszenierungen auf die Bühne.

    Der Tagesspiegel

    Gedenktafel für David Bowie hängt wieder

    In Schöneberg hängt wieder die Gedenktafel für David Bowie. Mit einem neuen Verfahren soll verhindert werden, dass Diebe diese entfernen.

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    Historische Ladekräne kommen zurück zur Elbphilharmonie

    An der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg werden drei historische Ladekräne, die lange Jahre Teil des Kaispeichers A waren, wieder aufgestellt. Die drei Halbportalkräne werden künftig das Bild der Elbphilharmonie vervollständigen.

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    International Piano @IP_mag Nearly time for – don’t miss out and book your tickets here

    neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Neue jetzt auch im Netz. Schwerpunktthema: Frauen-Quote und Frauen im Kulturleben. Barbara Haacks Leitartikel:

    NDR Kultur @ndrkultur Herhören – heute wird der Deutsche in Hamburg verliehen:

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    Wigmore Hall. Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega

    (Written on October 6, 2016 )

    Tomorrow the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival kicks off in Folkestone, Kent. From 20 – 22 May it brings many well-known chamber music ensembles and musicians together to celebrate the thrill of live music. The festival will open with the world premiere of a new work for tenor and string quartet by world-renowned British composer Jonathan Dove for which the festival’s hosts, the Sacconi Quartet, are joined by tenor Mark Padmore. The festival will continue over the weekend starring outstanding soloists and ensembles such as the Royal College Of Music Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Morgan Szymanski, RCM viola quartet, as well as pianist Charles Owen and many more.

    This is the ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival and is a unique experience that should not be missed!

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    Folkestone is not only worth visiting for the musical event this weekend. There is the possibility of getting an extraordinary cultural experience: Visitors are given the chance to book a Folkestone Artworks tour that takes them to see a collection of high calibre works displayed around the town.

    To get a taste of what you can expect, have a listen to the Sacconi Quartet’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

    There are still tickets left to be purchased at the door, starting at £24 for one performance and £85 for the whole festival.

    The Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore will perform Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus in London at their 15th birthday concert at Kings Place, London on 13 July 2016.

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    (Written on May 19, 2016 )

    Classical News

    In today’s news, The Strad reports on a 300-year-old cello found in stolen vehicle, Kneller Hall to be sold and Amy Dickson wins Australia Day Foundation award. Also, Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble reimagines classical music for modern listeners

    The Strad

    300-year-old cello found undamaged in stolen vehicle

    The instrument by Antonio Domenicelli was left in a parked car on 1 November 2015

    Classical Music Magazine

    Kneller Hall to be sold

    A petition has been launched to stop the sale of Kneller Hall, Twickenham

    Miami Herald

    Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble re-imagines classical music for modern listeners

    Nu Deco Ensemble is a 24-piece symphony that plays classics by recent composers

    Classical Music Magazine

    Amy Dickson wins Australia Day Foundation award

    The Australia Day Foundation has named saxophonist Amy Dickson its young Australia achiever of the year in the UK

    Der Tagesspiegel

    Ultraschall Finale

    Gestörtes Lamento, zerschlagene Ruhe, Rastlosigkeit: Beim Ultraschall-Finale verspricht Peter Ruzicka eine neue Oper

    BR Klassik

    Christoph Eschenbach zum Ehrendirigenten ernannt

    150 Mal stand Christoph Eschenbach bereits am Dirigentenpult der Bamberger Symphoniker. Nun hat das Orchester ihn zum Ehrendirigenten ernannt

    Codex Flores

    Jugend und Musik in der Kulturbotschaft

    Das Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK) hat seine Umsetzungsmassnahmen der Kulturbotschaft 2016–2020 vorgestellt. Dabei wird erstmals die Umsetzung des ersten Ziels der Musikinitiative skizziert

    New York  Times

    Salonen Makes Clear He Won’t Lead New York Philharmonic

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, the innovative Finnish conductor who is the composer in residence at the New York Philharmonic, will not be the orchestra’s next music director

    Classicalite

    Rare Beethoven Sketch Leaf of the ‘King Stephan Overture’ Discovered in Connecticut

    The handwriting of Beethoven can be indentified by its furious and sloppy appearance. Hardly meant for future generations to admire, notation was an inconvenience to Beethoven

    France Musique

    Renaud Capuçon, ses amis, ses amours, son violon

    Renaud Capuçon fête ses 40 ans dont 38 passées avec un violon dans la main. Loin de l’image du musicien solitaire, le violoniste virtuose s’est toujours entouré d’artistes

    Twitter

    Music History ‏@today_classical #Today in 1919 Birth of #mezzosoprano Frances #Bible #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

    Philharmonic Society ‏@RoyalPhilSoc Apply now for RPS Composition Prizes!! Commissions up to £3K up for grabs for emerging #composers DEADLINE: 31 MARCH

    http://royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/index.php/new_music/composition_prize …

    Wimbledon Choral ‏@WimbledonChoral Tickets on sale for our 20 March concert @cadoganhall: #Rossini‘s romping Messe Solonnelle http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/wimbledon-choral-society-160320 …

    Photographer - Cpl Steve Blake RLC (Army Photographer) Today, at the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, several musicians graduated into field army bands. The Diamond Jubilee Class, Foundation Course and Rendle VC Troop all passed out of the school today, including two bandmasters graduating with honours in music. The parade was attended my Major General CJ Boag CBE and Cpl Johnson Beharry VC. NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read - Corporal Steve Blake RLC (Phot) Email: steveblake@mediaops.army.mod.uk richardwatt@mediaops.army.mod.uk shanewilkinson@mediaops.army.mod.uk Steve Blake - 07901 590150 Richard Watt - 07836 515306 Shane Wilkinson - 07901 590723

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    (Written on January 26, 2016 )

    Classical News

    In today’s news, Gramophone explores how streaming has changed the way people listen to classical music, and The National Student describes how The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London. Also, Tortelier is appointed chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra

    Gramophone

    Making waves: classical music and the rise of streaming

    Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don’t add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge

    Classical Music Magazine

    Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Tortelier as chief conductor

    The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has announced Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next chief conductor

    The Strad

    Van Kuijk Quartet named BBC New Generation Artists

    The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme

    The National Student

    London’s best classical music, from £4, at your fingertips

    The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London, featuring concerts from 11 of London’s best orchestras and venues

    Irish Times

    The show goes on for Nicola Benedetti despite flight cancellation

    And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop

    NYCA

    2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition for Pianists and Violinists of any nationality

    The Worldwide Debut Audition is to discover young musicians of great talents, and give them the opportunities to expose themselves to the world through their debut stage

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    Menahem Pressler

    Der Pianist Menahem Pressler wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet

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    Stiftung Mozarteum unter neuer Leitung

    Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hat das Präsidium der Stiftung Mozarteum zwei wichtige personelle Entscheidungen in Nachfolge von Matthias Schulz getroffen

    KulturPort.de

    Jahreskonferenz Musikland Niedersachsen 2015

    Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die niedersächsischen Musikschaffenden szenenübergreifend zur Jahreskonferenz der Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH

    El Mundo

    Donny Hathaway: cuerpo al vacío

    Se cumple el aniversario del extraño suicidio del músico negro más admirado por toda una generación de la música soul

    Twitter

    Classic FMIt’s in a piece of music Happy Birthday with and Edgar Meyer First Impressions

    JazzUK To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve launched our campaign, aiming to raise £30k to keep alive:

    TNT Magazine: The best places to experience classical music:

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    (Written on October 7, 2015 )

    WildKat PR is extremely excited to be working with the Sacconi Quartet, a string quartet who are consistently recognised for communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. The quartet aims to create truly immersive chamber music experiences that draw the audience into the music in a way never seen or heard before.

    The Sacconi Quartet’s latest project, HEARTFELT, does just this. Audience members will hold robotic, wired hearts and will be able to feel the heartbeat of one of the players and so follow the same highs and lows as the musicians during the performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op, 132. It promises to be a uniquely interactive performance. This information will then be transformed in real time into a lighting display that is exclusive to that performance. The robotics and lighting are all made possible by: Silas Adekunle of Reach Robotics, responsible for the initial robotics concept; robotic and system designers, development and manufacturers, Rusty Squid; and interactive lighting designer, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn. It will be premiered at the 2015 Spitalfields Festival before being performed at Lichfield International Arts Festival and the Bristol Proms. The idea came about during the inaugural Bristol Proms in 2013 when the Sacconi Quartet spent two days with leaders in the technology and creative fields exploring how to make chamber music more immersive. With Arts Council funding, the result was HEARTFELT. Moments of darkness and a considered lighting design allow the focus of the performance to be on the music itself, with digital technology providing a way for audiences to engage with the music in a direct, physical way. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance.

    Formed in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet are a firmly established and respected ensemble, passionate about repertoire for string quartet. They are the winners of various awards including the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, alongside two extra prizes at the same event. The Sacconi are the Quartet in Residence at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artists at the Bristol Old Vic. They are also regulars on the UK and European concert scene and have played at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna, to name but a few. Their 2014/15 season includes residencies at the Lichfield Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival alongside collaborations with Miloš Karadaglić, Ksenija Sidorova and Vertavo Quartet.

    Keep up to date with news about the Sacconi Quartet, HEARTFELT and their other upcoming projects through their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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    (Written on April 22, 2015 )

    Classical News

    The Guardian

    Tehran’s reborn symphony orchestra: an ovation before playing a note

    After a three-year hiatus, orchestra has been revived with an ambitious programme and a world-class conductor, Alexander Rahbari – and he says it’s all thanks to Rouhani’s administration

    Facing the Music: Alban Gerhardt

    From opera and learning to conduct it, to Jonny Greenwood and Jonas Kaufmann, cellist Alban Gerhardt reveals his musical passions, on and off the stage

    The Telegraph

    Video games bring new generation to classical music

    Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300

    The Strad

    Long-serving Boston Symphony violinist Ronald Knudsen dies aged 83

    The musician performed with the orchestra for 48 years

    Classic FM

    Welcome to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame

    You voted in your thousands, now we reveal the ultimate chart of classical works.

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    Der große Opern-Boom

    Kein Geld für Kultur? Von wegen! Überall in Europa eröffnen neue Musiktheater. Sie stehen für wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung und Selbstbewusstsein der Regionen.

    Die Welt

    Was Intendanten in Deutschland nicht sagen dürfen

    In Rostock vergleicht der Intendant Sewan Latchinian den Angriff auf sein Theater mit der IS-Barbarei – und wird entlassen.

    Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Klangideen aus der Kindheit

    Der aus Gauting stammende Komponist Johannes X. Schachtner macht zeitgenössische Musik und zeigt bei einem eher ungewöhnlichen Heimat-Lieder-Abend Verbindungen zwischen Tradition und Moderne auf

    El País

    Maria João Pires: „Me he convertido en mucho más tolerante“

    Maria João Pires es reconocida como una de las mejores pianistas vivas. Se ha convertido en una de las pocas artistas capaces de alzar la música clásica a las listas de superventas.

    Musical Toronto

    TSO dumps upcoming soloist Valentina Lisitsa over political views

    In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views.

    Twitter

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    Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Intriguing piece by Tim Rutherford-Johnson about Tansy Davies’s new opera ‘Between Worlds’. https://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/too-soon-for-a-911-opera-or-about-right/ …

    EMM ‏@enticottmusic : Only 12 days until @MilosGuitar plays in #HongKong! Check out his great @timeouthk interview http://bit.ly/1y0hArP !

    7th April News Video Game Music

    Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll. Image: The Telegraph

    (Written on April 7, 2015 )

    WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). Based at New York’s infamous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CMS features some of the finest chamber music performances on a world stage. As well as thrilling seasoned concert goers, they also seek to engage a wider audience with chamber music through their performances, education programmes, and recording activities.

    Motivated by their commitment to the continuation of the chamber music tradition, they founded CMS Two which is a prestigious, unique and wildly competitive three season residency for the most significant ensembles and individual musicians. Far from being an ‘extra’, CMS Two members take part in all aspects of the Society’s activities and it boasts alumni such as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

    We will be working with CMS on a very exciting concert on 8th May 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall which, alongside standard repertoire from Schumann and Brahms will also feature the world premiere of a specially co-commissioned piece by British composer Helen Grime. This new string trio continues the longstanding relationship between the two cross-Atlantic concert halls.

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    (Written on January 23, 2015 )

    WildKat PR are happy to announce the return of The Berkeley Ensemble to the client roster. The Berkeley Ensemble, a collective of Southbank Sinfonia musicians formed in 2008, have partnered with Resonus Classics to provide an excellent opportunity for composers in Britain. Known for their inspiring performances of British chamber music, their latest competition encourages composers to explore the legacy of the early twentieth-century philanthropist, Walter Willson Cobbett. Cobbett supported the British school of chamber composition, paving the way for Bridge and Turnage to name a few.

    The prize of a £500 commission will be awarded to a composer who produces a work that is scored for any combination of instruments drawn from 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. The composition must be a self-contained movement, that is 8 to 12 minutes in duration. The work must be totally original, having never been performed in public or submitted for another competition.

    Up to 16 entrants will be selected to participate in the semi-final masterclass on either 26th October or 9th November. Following this a maximum of 6 works will be performed in front of a panel at the New Cobbett Prize Grand Final at The Forge on Wednesday 10th December 2014. The winners and runners up will have their work recorded for commercial release by the Berkeley Ensemble on the Resonus Classics label in 2015.

    As well as the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble will be performing in concerts inspired by Cobbett’s legacy and also supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers. The details of these concerts are listed below.

    Please send entries to Berkeley Ensemble New Cobbett Prize, 36 Durban Road, London SE27 9RP. They must arrive by the 1st September 2014.

    To enter the competition you must be 35 or under, a resident in the UK and not currently contracted to a publisher. All entries will be assessed anonymously. For more details and terms of the competition please see the website.

     

    Cobbett’s Legacy I: In the shadow of Brahms

    16 September 2014- 7:30pm- The Forge.

    Tickets £12 (£10)

     

    Cobbett’s Legacy II: Towards an English music

    26 October 2014- 11:00am2:00pm- The Forge

    Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)

     

    Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

    Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

    £3 entry for masterclass only

     

    Cobbett’s Legacy III: Modern Britain

    9 November 2014- 11:00am-2:00pm- The Forge

    Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)

     

    Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

    Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

    £3 entry for masterclass only

     

    New Cobbett Prize Grand Final

    10 December 2014- The Forge

     

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    (Written on August 22, 2014 )