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Theaterferien, Spielzeitpause, Schulferien – Sommerloch? Wenn die Saison endet, geht es vielerorts erst so richtig los! Die Klassik-Festivals sind zum unaufhaltsamen Trend geworden.

„Von Hitzacker bis Rheingau, Freden bis Nürtingen: Deutschland hat mehr als 300 Festivals für klassische und artverwandte Musik.“ (Zeit online, Volker Hagedorn, Stand 2014)

Viele dieser – mittlerweile weitaus zahlreicheren – Festivals haben im Laufe der Jahre Kultstatus erreicht. Aber auch in der Schweiz geben sich die Musikbegeisterten ihrer liebsten Sommerbeschäftigung hin. Beim Verbier Festival etwa, das jährlich in toller Bergkulisse stattfindet, treffen sich die internationalen Superstars der Klassikszene. Von Gautier Capucon und Joshua Bell über Evgeny Kissin, Andras Schiff und Yuja Wang bis hin zu renommierten Kammermusikensembles wie dem Quatuor Ebène steigen alle einmal im Alpenfestival ab. Ähnlich wie die Lage befinden sich auch die Preise in luftiger Höhe. Zum Glück werden jedoch viele der Konzerte auf dem klassischen Streaming-channel medici.tv übertragen.

Ein etwas näher am Meeresspiegel gelegenes, aber mittlerweile ebenso renommiertes Festival ist das Rheingau Musik Festival, das dieses Jahr sein 30. Jubiläum feiert. Es wird vom 24.06.2017 – 02.09.2017 mit 155 Konzerten in 42 Spielstätten stattfinden. Das Programm umfasst dabei nicht nur klassische Musik, sondern auch Jazz und das Format “Next Generation“, in dem junge Solisten wie Dmitry Masleev, Lucas und Arthur Jussen, Edgar Moreau und Jugendensembles wie das Bundesjugendballett und das Bundesjugendorchester auftreten werden.

Neben diesen repräsentativen Festivals gibt aber auch kleinere und (noch) relativ unbekannte, die meist familiärer und mit viel Liebe zum Detail gestaltet sind. Doch auch diese wachsen von Jahr zu Jahr und verzeichnen kontinuierlich höhere Zuhörerzahlen.
Eines dieser Festivals befindet sich ganz im Norden Deutschlands: Das Gezeitenkonzerte Festival in Ostfriesland.
Es wird dieses Jahr vom 23.06.2017 – 13.08.2017 unter dem Motto „Sturm und Klang“ stattfinden. Während das Festival in seinem Gründungsjahr etwa 5000 Besucher zählte, waren es 2016 schon 10.000. Das Festival unterscheidet sich von den anderen durch eine gemischte Künstlerauswahl. Es besteht sowohl aus bekannten Solisten als auch aus unbekannteren regionalen, ausländischen und Nachwuchs-Künstlern. Auch die Wahl der Konzertorte ist eher alternativ und umfasst Dorfkirchen sowie Kurhäuser, das Emder Fährhaus und die hiesige Kunsthalle.
Neben der musikalischen Unterhaltung spielt das Festival eine wichtige Rolle für den regionalen Tourismus: „Bezaubernde Gärten, historische Gemäuer, Natur pur“, wollen den Besucher auf der gut strukturierten und ansprechenden Homepage verlocken.

Neben den unzähligen – vor allem instrumentalen – Klassik-Festivals jähren sich auch die Opernfestivals. Eines davon findet zwischen bzw. über den Schwarzwaldtannen statt. Die Rede ist von Rossini in Wildbad (07.07.2017 – 23.07.2017).  Das Festival wurde 1989 zur „Erinnerung an [(…) den] Kuraufenthalt von G. Rossini 1856“ (Homepage) gegründet. Wie alle Festivals hat auch dieses klein angefangen. Dass es mittlerweile als internationales Belcanto Festival gilt, hängt laut der Website mit der engen Zusammenarbeit mit öffentlichen Rundfunkanstalten und in Wildbad entstandenen CD Einspielungen zusammen. Seit 2004 betreibt das Schwarzwald-Städtchen eine Belcanto-Akademie, die unter jungen angehenden Sängerinnen und Sängern äußerst gefragt ist.
Ein Highlight des Festivals ist das Auftakt-Konzert GANZ OBEN! mit Mozarts c-Moll Messe, das mit einer halbstündigen Fahrt mit der Sommerbergbahn erreicht und auf dem Turm des Baumwipfelpfades über den Schwarzwaldtannen stattfinden wird.
Neben den Produktionen der Rossini-Opern beinhaltet das Festivalprogramm auch Meisterkurs-Konzerte aus der Klasse von Raúl Gímenez und Lorenzo Regazzo, die die Akademie leiten.

 

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Hinter jedem dieser Festivals steht ein interessanter Gedanke und eine umfangreiche Organisation, die dem Besucher ein unvergessliches Festival-Sommer-Erlebnis bereiten wollen. Je nach Reiselust und Budget kann man aus dem ‚Festival-Katalog‘ Internet auswählen, welches Format die eigenen Interessen am meisten bedient. Die Auswahl des ‚perfekten‘ Festivals ist sicherlich auch eine Interessenfrage – möchte man sich von den großen Solisten zum Staunen bringen oder neue Künstler entdecken, die noch nicht international bekannt sind? Egal wie man sich jedoch entscheidet, die schöne Naturlage ist einem bei jedem bei diesen Festivals sicher!

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(Written on June 22, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Leeds announces a piano festival, Classic FM try out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new VR toy, and a music teacher arranges Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester attack. Plus a round-up of summer festivals from around the world, and an obituary of Jiri Belohlavek, who died yesterday aged 71.

International Piano

The Leeds announces annual piano festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced a major partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a new annual piano festival.

Music Teacher

Teacher offers free Ariana Grande arrangement in wake of Manchester attack

Music teacher James Himsworth has arranged Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ for school children as a gesture of support for those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.

Classic FM

We tried out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new virtual reality experience

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, is one of the most digital-savvy music ensembles out there – and now, thanks to their new VR toy, you can experience life in the orchestra.

New York Times

A Summer of Opera, Theatre and Music

A roundup of performing-arts festivals around the world from June through August.

Why Salzburg Is a Must-Visit for Classical Music

It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around the time of the Anschluss in 1938.

El Mundo

La Asamblea de Madrid insta al Gobierno a recuperar la financiación de las escuelas de música y danza

El Pleno de la Asamblea de Madrid aprobó hoy una proposición no de ley, en la que se insta al Gobierno regional a recuperar la financiación autonómica de las Escuelas Municipales de Música y Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, en los niveles que tuvo en el año 2007, que garantice, por un lado, un marco estable de financiación para todos los municipios de la región, y que permita, por otro, el acceso universal a estas enseñanzas.

The Hindu Times

‘Classical music has to change’

A creative mind with a scholarly approach to music, Dr Prabha Atre says just because it’s classical, it doesn’t mean you cannot change things in it.

Musik Heute

Tschechischer Dirigent Jirí Belohlávek (71) gestorben

Der langjährige Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie, Jirí Belohlávek, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. Er habe in der Nacht zu Donnerstag den Kampf mit seiner schweren Krankheit verloren

Tagesspiegel

Placido Domingo feiert 50 Jahre Berlin-Debüt

Gala für das neue Ehrenmitglied: Placido Domingo wird von Daniel Barenboim und der Staatskapelle zu seinem 50. Berlin-Jubiläum gefeiert. 

Zeit

Genialer Glöckner

Der Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard liebt das Zeitgenössische und bekommt nun den Siemens-Musikpreis

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Music History  in 1909 Birth of British Robin
Classical Music News  NYCGB Auditions 2017: advance notice
Music History  in 1857 Birth of English and conductor Sir Edward William .
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(Written on June 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Andris Nelsons pulled out of conducting at Bayreuth Festival, Carole King makes stage return after 27 years & the Telegraph questions whether music festivals actually make enough money. Also, massive attacks after Hyde Park concert.

International Arts Manager

Nelsons backs out of Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons has pulled out of conducting Parsifal at this year’s Bayreuth Festival, just weeks before opening night. It is not the first time such off-stage drama has happened at Bayreuth, which has seen numerous squabbles among Wagner’s heirs who run it. As yet the exact reason for the cancellation is unclear.

The Telegraph

Do the growing number of music festivals actually make any money?

The people of Clitheroe are angry. Last week, two days before the start of Glastonbury, the news broke that their very own festival had been cancelled. The Summer Days festival, to be held at Clitheroe Castle, was due to start on Wednesday this week. Simply Red and Jools Holland were booked to headline the party and tickets were sold.

Massive Attack hit out at ‘racists and bigots’ following Brexit at London Hyde Park concert

The fallout from the EU referendum continued to stretch far beyond the political and economic arenas, as trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack hit back at the “racists and bigots” during a historic London festival set on Friday.

BBC News

Carole King makes UK stage return playing Tapestry in full

After a gap of 27 years, Carole King has returned to the UK stage to play her classic album Tapestry in full. For once, the British weather attempted to emulate the gauzy Californian heat in which the record was made, as King performed hits including I Feel The Earth Move and You’ve Got A Friend in the late-evening breeze.

The Guardian

A musical tour of Europe’s great cities: London

The tragic decision for the UK to leave the European Union has prompted us to undertake, with your help, a new series in which we celebrate the great cities of Europe through the music they have inspired.

The Seattle Times

Congress tells military bands the days of $11,000 flutes are numbered

The U.S. military has trumpeted its bands as a critical soft-power weapon, but in an era of budget cuts and troop reductions, Congress is signaling it may be time for one of the largest employers of musicians in the world to turn the music down.

klassik.com

Carl Orff-Preis für Christian von Gehren

Der Dirigent Christian von Gehren erhält den Carl Orff-Preis 2016. Von Gehren war Dirigent der Carl Orff-Festspiele in Andechs und habe in dieser Funktion “ausgezeichnete Arbeit geleistet und entscheidend zum musikalischen Niveau der Festspiele beitragen”, so das Vorstandsmitglied der Carl Orff-Stiftung Ute Hermann.

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Thielemann fleht Nelsons an, nach Bayreuth zurückzukommen

Nach der Andris Nelsons von den Bayreuther Festspielen ohne viel Federlesens zugestandenen Vertragsauflösung für den ‘Parsifal’ sucht man auf dem Grünen Hügel einen Ersatz. Laut deutschen Presseberichten hat der Musikdirektor der Festspiele, Christian Thielemann, Nelsons zur Rückkehr auf den Grünen Hügel aufgefordert.

BR KLASSIK

Salzburger Festspiele – Pleite beim Ticketverkauf: 900 Besucher stehen ohne Karten da

Für etwa 900 Besucher schlägt die Freude auf die Salzburger Festspiele kurz vor dem Start am 22. Juli in Stress um. Denn obwohl sie ihre Karten längst reserviert und bezahlt haben, bekommen sie sie nicht. Der Grund: Ihr Ticketbüro ist insolvent.

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„Best Edition” – Verleihung der Deutschen Musikeditionspreise 2016

Wie bereits in den vergangenen Jahren fand die Preisverleihung des Musikeditionspreises „Best Edition” im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse am Gemeinschaftsstand von neuer musikzeitung, Deutschlandfunk und Deutschem Musikrat statt.

Twitter

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera What did you think of ? Opening night audience reviews (+/-): ^C

Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Facing the music: Tenor Paul Appleby

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts House music in a Serbian fortess, an opera festival in Munich, rock in Bogotá and more arts to know about this week https://t.co/AuheOcShgk

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Photograph: Roger Cracknell / Alamy Stock photo

(Written on July 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, three-day festival in New York offers the chance to discover the music of Per Norgard, the man who shot YouTube star and singer Christina Grimmie has been identified & Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition. Also, Nicolette Fraillon calls out sexism in the classical music world & figures show that live music is highly popular in the UK: 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015.

The New York Times

Norgard in New York celebrates Per Norgard

The kaleidoscopic, enigmatic music of the Danish composer Per Norgard, 83, has been seldom performed in America until recently being championed by the New York Philharmonic and others. This week, a three-day festival called Norgard in New York offers an ideal chance to discover the visceral music of this fascinating composer.

Man Who Shot Christina Grimmie, a Singer on ‘The Voice,’ Is Identified

The police on Saturday identified the man who shot and killed Christina Grimmie, a former cast member of the reality TV singing competition “The Voice” and a viral YouTube star, as a 27-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Classical-music.com

Australian violinist wins Royal Over-Seas League Gold Medal

Violinist Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition, which took place at Cadogan Hall, London on Wednesday 1 June.

ABC News

Australian Ballet music director calls out sexism in classical music world

The world’s only female music director of a ballet company says gender inequality is still rife in the classical music world. Nicolette Fraillon—also an internationally renowned conductor and musician—says the issue is indicative of the broader barriers facing women in leadership positions.

BBC News

30 million tickets sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015

Nearly 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015, say new figures. UK Music, an organisation which represents the music industry’s interests, says 27.7 million fans headed to a live music event last year.

Classical Music Magazine

Opera North to run first orchestra camp

Opera North is to run its first orchestra camp this summer. The camp, which will run from 22-26 August at the University of Leeds’ School of Music, will give aspiring young musicians the chance to perfect their playing and learn new skills.

Boughton House to host Handel exhibition

Northamptonshire’s Boughton House will host a specially curated exhibition about the life of Handel. The exhibition will chart key episodes in Handel’s life, bringing together a collection of artefacts including the first edition of the Messiah, a 1720 harpsichord (probably Handel’s own), Louis-Francois Roubiliac’s first model for Handel’s monument in Westminster Abbey and rare orchestral instruments from the period.

Press & Journal

North-east students to perform opera

Music students at a north-east university will delve into the world of Greek mythology to perform an opera this weekend. The Aberdeen University production, Orfeo’s Journey, a new adaptation of four baroque operas, which is set in the north-east.

The Guardian

Conductor Daniele Gatti on Falstaff: ‘It’s as if Verdi was saying farewell’

Giuseppe Verdi was in his late 70s and thinking about retirement when his librettist Arrigo Boito suggested they make an opera from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi had set two plays by Shakespeare before – Macbeth, which was one of his first great successes in the 1840s, and Otello, which he completed in 1887, at the age of 74.

Die Zeit 

Jamsession mit 50 Giganten

Sie waren die Größten, und wie leben sie heute? Der Bildband “American Jazz Heroes, Volume 2” besucht die Helden des Genres. Amerika hat viele von ihnen längst vergessen.

Klassik.com

Orden Pour le mérite für Daniel Barenboim und Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim ist neben dem Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff als neues Mitglied in den Orden “Pour le mérite” aufgenommen worden. Die Auszeichnung fand im Beisein von Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck in Berlin statt.

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Deutscher Kulturrat: Künstlersozialversicherung: Bund muss den Zuschuss erhöhen

Morgen findet in Berlin die „Zukunftswerkstatt Künstlersozialversicherung“ des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales statt.

El Pais

Vicent Ros, nuevo director del Palau de la Música de Valencia

Dirigirá el recinto cultural durante tres años tras ser seleccionado entre 15 candidaturas

Scherzo

Cómo salvar la música clásica

Es la misma canción que se repite tan insistente como bienintecionada. Acercar los públicos a la música clásica, que no se vayan espantados los que acceden a un concierto por vez primera, que el público escuche lo que le gusta pero que también se sienta sorprendido.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/ZIPk3015KIR Australian Violinist Awarded Prestigious Commonwealth Bursary @RCMLondon

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 How football brought classical music to a wider audience. & from 10

Opera North @ Opera_NorthNot long to wait! 16/17 season on sale at 10am… What will YOU choose?

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Photograph: Manu Theobald

(Written on June 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rupert Christiansen on why the Glyndebourne chorus is crucial, Ghent student creates Styrofoam-covered cello to amplify sound and conductor Joseph Cullen is sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexual abuse.

The Telegraph

Why the chorus is crucial to Glyndebourne

Joining the festival’s chorus is a unique experience – and often the first step to stardom, says Rupert Christiansen

The Guardian

From slavery to singing star: celebrating Thomas Rutling

Rutling was an extraordinary man, born a slave in Tennessee, he toured the world as a singer, and then opted to settle in Harrogate. He was a pioneer campaigner against racism: playing him in a new show made me wonder – has anything changed?

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces replacement artists for her maternity leave

The musician is due to give birth to her first child this summer and will take a few months off

Student creates Styrofoam-covered cello to amplify sound

The College of Ghent student wanted to design an instrument capable of greater volume

Classical Music Magazine

Joseph Cullen given 12-month prison sentence

Choral conductor Joseph Cullen, 55, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexually abusing two young boys.

Opernetz.de

Von der großen Oper zum Kasperle-Theater

In nur drei Jahren sollte in Köln ein ganzer Bühnenkomplex für vergleichsweise kleines Geld saniert werden. Da staunten nicht nur die Experten vom Bau. Seit dem 23. Juli ist es offiziell: Alles Schall und Rauch. Jetzt ist Krisenmanagement gefragt.

Musik Heute

Salzburger Festspiel-Intendant Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Workaholic und bekennender Konservativer

Als Schauspieler brillierte Sven-Eric Bechtolf 2007 und 2008 bei den Salzburger Festspielen im “Jedermann” in der Doppelrolle von “Guter Gesell” und “Teufel”. Publikum und Kritik überschlugen sich damals in Lobeshymnen. Jetzt hat der bekennende Konservative für zwei Jahre die Leitung der Festspiele. Ob er dafür genauso viel Zustimmung ernten wird, ist offen.

Gerhaher zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt

Der Lied- und Opernsänger Christian Gerhaher ist einen Tag vor seinem 46. Geburtstag zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt worden. Bayerns Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle übergab dem weltweit gefeierten Bariton die Urkunde am Donnerstagabend nach der Vorstellung des “L’Orfeo” von Claudio Monteverdi bei den Münchner Opernfestspielen.

France Musique

Quand les festivals français s’invitent dans des lieux atypiques

Opéras, théâtres, églises… La France regorge de superbes salles de concerts. Mais il existe aussi, aux quatre coins du pays, des lieux plus atypiques qui abritent depuis des années concerts et festivals de musique classique.

NPR Music

One Feisty Victorian Woman’s Opera Revived

Ethel Smyth was not your typical Victorian lady. She defied her father, a stern army general, to pursue a career in music. She loved women, played sports and played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement in Britain in the early 20th century. Along the way she composed chamber and orchestral music, an acclaimed Mass and six operas.

Tweets 

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms: Tonight @LeifOveAndsnes & play Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, in the 2nd of their 3 Proms

Aldeburgh Music @aldeburghmusic: Listen to @BBCWomansHour now to hear @tansydavies talk about new piece Re-greening, to be premiered at Snape Proms

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: ‘You’ll never believe who I had in the back of my cab…’ + other sayings from Philip Glass’s memoir, reviewed here:

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(Written on July 24, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Opera, festivals and a legendary pianist: the Southbank Centre announces 2015-16 programme

Next season’s highlights include Opera North’s semi-staged Ring cycle, and anniversary celebrations for Barenboim, Shakespeare and Menuhin

Classic FM

Barenboim to perform with Dudamel to mark 60th anniversary of his Royal Festival Hall debut

Daniel Barenboim performing with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and a performance by Nicola Benedetti are just two of the highlights of Southbank Centre’s 2015/16 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank and resident ensembles announce 2015/16 seasons

The Southbank Centre and its four resident ensembles, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, have announced their 2015/16 seasons.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2015 ‘Inspire’ competition for young composers

Winning works will be performed at the 2015 Proms

Gramophone

Watch: Esa-Pekka Salonen named New York Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence

The Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra assumes his first resident composer position, with video interview

Sinfini

Multi-sensory classical music

The Manchester Camerata has announced a new concert programme that will use sensory stimuli – from scent bombs to blindfolds to custom-made cocktails – to encourage their audience to experience music in a new and different way.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

So sieht Europas neues Urheberrecht aus

Das europäische Urheberrecht soll harmonisiert werden. Zwei Deutsche sind federführend: Günther Oettinger für die Kommission, Julia Reda für das Parlament.

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Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze wird ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’

Die georgische Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze (*1967) wurde zum ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’ ernannt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Kollektive Musik

Ultraschall Berlin 2015 – das Festival für Neue Musik

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„So ernst nimmt man mich zuhause nicht“

Anne-Sophie Mutter über die Abnabelung ihrer Kinder, Fitnesstraining für die Bühne – und die Weisheit im Alter

CLASSICALITE

Hungarian Pianist Gergely Bogányi Creates “Revolutionary” New Piano with Composite Soundboard, Unveils it in Budapest

A new piano has been introduced by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi that he believes will revolutionize the world of piano playing.

Twitter

The Guardian ‏@guardian: A temporary reprieve for the troubled Ulster Orchestra http://trib.al/BbFeJMJ 

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: How do such beautiful performances emerge from such cramped conditions? Orch pit insights: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/going-underground-a-day-in-the-life-of-the-orchestra-pit … ^C

Classic FM @ClassicFM: For the flautists. Sorry, ‘flutists’. Whatever it is. http://classfm.co/i7RoeA 

81d84063-0e28-41e6-a48e-0b741a3c8108-620x372Intelligent and accessible … Opera North’s Ring cycle is part of Southbank Centre’s 2015-16 programme. Photo: Clive Barda/PR

 

(Written on January 23, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

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(Written on January 13, 2015 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

Gramophone

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Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic

FONO FORUM

„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Group perfoms Icelandic hymn in German train station

YouTube video shows Icelandic indie-folk group spontaneously burst into song in Wuppertal station, west Germany

Charlotte Church: female pop stars told ‘take clothes off, show you’re an adult’

Charlotte Church has criticised the music industry as she said young women were being coerced into using sexual imagery to sell their records

AZ Family

Tent City inmates treated to classical music concert

PHOENIX — The magic of Mozart was brought to inmates at Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City Sunday afternoon.

Minnesota Daily

Bill would change orchestra ownership

The bill, authored by Phyllis Kahn, would make the Minnesota Orchestra publicly owned

Music Industry News

Yamaha trumpets new instruments

Yamaha unveiled the newest instruments in its Xeno range of trumpets to over 90 VIP Yamaha brass and woodwind dealers from 16 European countries

Tech Radar

Spotify has 20 million songs, but 20% have never been played

Internet music streaming giant has huge catalogue, yet 4 million songs have still to be played

The Guardian

Music events pulled in 6.5 million people to tune of £2.2bn last year

Visit Britain report shows overseas visitors made up 6% of punters but accounted for 20% of money spent attending festivals and gigs

HMV can learn from Rough Trade when it comes to music retail

With its focus on curation and creating a destination store, the independent chain proves there’s more to selling than price

Der Tagesspiegel

Mehr Demokratie hören

Einst umstritten, heute Ikone: Vor 50 Jahren wurde die Berliner Philharmonie eingeweiht. Hans Scharoun hatte erfolgreich für seinen visionären Konzertsaal gekämpft. Eine Zeitreise

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on October 15, 2013 )