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France Musique has established itself as the premier Francophone media outlet dedicated primarily to classical music, offering seven online radio stations, a phone app, and, since December 2017, a catalogue of more than 1,600 audio and visual concerts available to stream worldwide. Today, it launches its English-language site francemusique.com!

London Director, Olivia Brown, says: “There are a number of reasons why we are so delighted to be working with Radio France’s France Musique to promote this project, though first and foremost to share this content-rich platform worldwide. Radio stations have obviously been focusing on digital content to complement their stations more and more in the past few years, and this new platform not only demonstrates how Radio France is providing its current audiences in France with new, accessible, and informative content, but also welcoming an international audience to enjoy its platform too. Our company expansion to Paris in the next year only adds to the excitement of this project and we hope you enjoy exploring and learning!”

The main purpose of the new site is to share free access to a wide catalogue of music, and invite audiences to ‘listen from beyond the borders’. Its seven themed radio stations include ‘Easy Classical’, ‘Classical Extra’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Radio France Concerts’, Radio France’s own record label ‘Ocora World Music’, ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Film Music’.

Offering both Musical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge, the platform hosts a wide and growing variety of articles on the history of classical and jazz music, the chance to learn more about the context of different works, biographies of composers and musicians, curated playlists, and accessible content so anyone and everyone can learn and discover, whilst also having fun!

The Live Concerts section offers an ever-expanding catalogue of audio-visual concerts, accessible for free. As for the Studio Sessions, these allow access to unique sessions recorded at France Musique with both rising stars and established artists.

The database includes performances by France’s top ensembles, including the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the Choir and Children’s Choir of Radio France, putting you right on the front row.

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(Written on June 5, 2018 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client – Neil Myers.

wildkat-pr-neil-myersNeil started playing guitar at a very young age but began to compose when he returned from a gap year in Canada at the age of 20. Fascinated by film music, he studied Music at Leeds College of Music and completed a Masters degree in Composing for Film & Television at the University of West London. Film music became his passion as he loves the challenge of interpreting what he sees in visual form to sound form. His most recent project was the soundtrack for the Formula 1 show which he composed for Channel 4. Previously he worked for Canon, Citroen, Play Station, Sky and many more.

To stay tuned, follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or check his Vimeo page. We are looking forward to working with Neil!

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Christoph von Dohnányi is reflecting his remarkable career, Liverpool Philharmonic opens the doors and John Williams is to receive the Lifetime achievement award. Also, Conductor Riccardo Chailly puts life on hold and Óscar Navarro about freshness and talent

The Guardian

Gergiev and the LSO: fond farewells or sighs of relief?

Valery Gergiev has not served the London Symphony Orchestra well as their chief conductor, nor has he lived up to the brilliance his earlier career promised

Gramophone

New Podcast: Christoph von Dohnányi reflects on his remarkable career

Includes excerpts of his latest recording – Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Classical Source

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Open House Marks Completion of Major Refurbishment Programme

Liverpool Philharmonic throws open the doors of its Hope Street home today, Friday, 9 October, for Open House (from 7.30pm to 9.30pm), signalling the completion of the major refurbishment of the 1939 Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

BBC

Star Wars composer John Williams to receive film honour

Star Wars composer John Williams is to receive the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Lifetime achievement award

The Guardian

Riccardo Chailly: ‘I want to do things differently, to put life on hold’

Conductor Riccardo Chailly is at the height of his powers, so why is he determined to slow down? He tells Fiona Maddocks about leaving Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and his return to La Scala, Milan

Pizzicato

DG und Decca nun auch in der ‘Naxos Music Library’

Die Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon und Decca sind nun im Angebot der ‘Naxos Music Library’

Codex Flores

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova in Fukushima

Vom 24. Oktober bis 3. November 2015 kommt die mobile Konzerthalle Lucerne Festival Ark Nova zum dritten Mal zum Einsatz, diesmal in Fukushima. Erneut findet ein Musikfestival mit traditioneller japanischer Musik und europäischen Klassik- und Jazz-Musikern statt

Futurebiz.de

Erster Test mit Facebook Reactions & Auswirkungen auf den News Feed Algorithmus

Mit Reactions hat Facebook seinen neuen Interaktionsmöglichkeiten mit Facebook Beiträgen vorgestellt. Facebook Reactions, oder die Emojis, stellen eine Ergänzung zum Gefällt mir Button dar und bieten Menschen vielfältigere Möglichkeiten mit Inhalten zu interagieren und ihre Meinung zu äußern

Le Figaro

Le chanteur Leny Escudero est mort à 82 ans

L’épouse de l’interprète de Pour une amourette a annoncé ce vendredi le décès de l’artiste des suites d’une insuffisance respiratoire

El Mundo

Óscar Navarro: ‘Es vital que los grandes auditorios se abran a los jóvenes’

Ganador del Jerry Goldsmith por ‘Sueños de sal’ que estrena en España su pieza ‘Legacy’ en el Auditori Teulada Moraira sobre la frescura y el talento en la industria de la musica

Twitter

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic : Where’s the best place in the world to be a classical music fan? @operalastnight finds out: http://bit.ly/1VJbHKN

Classic FM: @ClassicFM : Announcing… At the next #ClassicFMlive, hear one of our finest cellists: @StevenIsserlis! http://classfm.co/CFMlive

The Strad: @TheStradMag : ‘I emphasise tone, not technique, because it’s so important’ – #violinist Aaron Rosand

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Williams composed the well-known themes for blockbusters such as Superman and the Harry Potter films. AP/BBC

(Written on October 12, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Dame Fanny Waterman retires from Leeds Piano competition

The co-founder, chair and artistic director of the prestigious competition steps down from her position, aged 95.

Telegraph

Manuscript showing ‘birth’ of 1,000 years of choral music discovered

The earliest practical example of polyphonic music has been discovered on the bottom of a manuscript at the British Library

The Times

Alexandre Desplat: ‘Angelina knows very quickly what she wants’

Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s go-to composer, is picky about directors, but when Angelina Jolie called he had to say oui.

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM’s Darren Henley appointed Arts Council England chief executive

Classic FM managing director Darren Henley is to succeed Alan Davey as chief executive of Arts Council England. Davey starts as controller of Radio 3 in January, replacing Roger Wright.

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 Christmas carol competition finalists announced

Hear all six shortlisted carols performed by the BBC Singers

The Strad

Germany’s ‘orchestral landscape’ recognised by UNESCO as ‘intangible cultural heritage’

The move follows years of orchestral mergers and closures throughout the country

Zeit Online

Deutschlands Puls in BPM

Von VW-Ingenieuren zu Techno-DJs: Wie elektronische Musik das Selbstverständnis der Berliner Republik geprägt und Deutschlands Bild in der Welt verändert hat

Pizzicato

Karel Mark Chichon erwägt Gerichtsverfahren wegen Anomalien bei Postenbesetzung in Sevilla

Nachdem die Leitung der Oper in Sevilla dem spanischen Dirigenten Pedro Halffter und das Symphonieorchester dem Amerikaner John Axelrod anvertraut wurden, erwägt nun ein leer ausgegangener Kandidat gerichtliche Schritte.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Rot klingt

Der junge Schweizer Baritonsaxophonist Matthias Tschopp durchwandert auf musikalischem Wege die Werke Joan Mirós.

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 von Konzert Theater Bern

Konzert Theater Bern hat in der Saison 2013/14 die Gesamtzuschauerzahl im Vergleich zur Vorjahressaison um mehr als sechs Prozent gesteigert.

Le Monde

L’Hôtel de Ville met la Philharmonie au régime

Contesté par la Mairie de Paris depuis l’élection d’Anne Hidalgo, le 30 mars, le budget de fonctionnement annuel de la Philharmonie de Paris, qui doit ouvrir ses portes le 14 janvier 2015, vient de subir un sérieux coup de rabot.

Twitter

MusicSalesClassical ‏@MSClassical: Loving @GramophoneMag cartoon summary of major events of 2014. Judith Weir + corgi! http://www.gramophone.co.uk/sites/default/files/september.jpg …

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: In this @Telegraph article RCM Composition for Screen prof @vascohexel explains why #Frozen‘s Let It Go is so popular http://bit.ly/1AajsMS 

Boosey & Hawkes ‏@Boosey_NewYork: Looking ahead—celebrations planned worldwide for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday http://www.boosey.com/cr/news/Leonard-Bernstein-at-100-Looking-Ahead-to-2018/100536 …

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The yard of the Philharmonic, Paris, 19 March 2014 Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

(Written on December 17, 2014 )

Guardian

India gets a taste of western classical from Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has been touring Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in a bid to inspire Indian children to explore western classical music.

The Telegraph

Sivan Magen – New Music

Sivan Magen is trying to change the perception of the harp with his virtuoso playing.

Classical music, funny? Surely you’re joking…

Ivan Hewett explains how classical music often contains more wit and humour than we give it credit for.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014 winners announced

Alisa Weilerstein’s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Daniel Barenboim wins Recording of the Year.

Classic FM

Video: LA Phil continues playing through earthquake

The Los Angeles Philharmonic didn’t let a 5.1 magnitude earthquake stop them playing during a concert last week.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ennio Morricone auf Deutschland-Tour: Lieber Webern als Western!

Ennio Morricone, der bedeutendste lebende Filmkomponist, ist es leid, immer nur nach „Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod“ gefragt zu werden. Jetzt dirigiert er in Deutschland und redet gerne über anderes.

Das Orchester

Yves Abel wird neuer Chefdirigent der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie

Yves Abel wird zum Beginn des Jahres 2015 Chefdirigent der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie Herford.

Jan Willem de Vriend neuer Chefdirigent des The Hague Philharmonic

Der niederländische Dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend wurde zum Chefdirigent des The Hague Philharmonic ernannt. Er tritt seinen neuen Posten am 1. August 2015 an.

Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis 2014 für Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker werden 2014 mit dem Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden ausgezeichnet.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Center Puppetry Arts: @CtrPuppetryArts Collaborative educational program brings classical music to life with puppets. http://ow.ly/utilR 

CM editors: @ClassicalMusic Culture secretary Maria Miller has resigned having become a ‘distraction’. No sense she will be greatly missed by cultural sector.

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Here’s how some of us spent yesterday… Top Ten Happy Things about the BBC Music Magazine Awards! http://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/top-ten-happy-things-about-bbc-music.html …

Music: @BritishMusic_ Opportunity to take part in CrowdOut SpitsMusic as part of a piece for 1000 voices! Read more here! http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/get-involved/make-music/crowd-out/ …#arts

Creative Scotland: @CreativeScots 10 year plan for the arts, screen and creative industries & new funding approach announced today: http://ow.ly/vACn2

KlassikAkzente: @klassikakzente Kein BR-Klassik mehr? Es gibt Pläne, dass der Sender ab 2016 nicht mehr über UKW zu empfangen ist. Petition dagegen: http://www.musikinbayern.de/Aktuelles-c788/Die-Hintergruende-zur-Petition-BR-Klassik-muss-bleiben–e1140597.php …

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on April 9, 2014 )

Telegraph

Radio 3 boss defends playing of film scores and TV themes

The controller of BBC Radio 3 defends the station from accusations of “dumbing down” and says it will continue to play theme tunes from television shows and films.

‘Single out’ children who show talent says head of National Children’s Orchestras

Britain should not be afraid of singling out talented children, says Sarah Derbyshire, managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She argues young musicians should be given resources to develop in the same way as Olympic athletes.

Gramophone

BBC Radio 3 to broadcast live from a pop-up studio at London’s Southbank Centre

BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre will join forces in March to broadcast 15 live concerts (including three world premieres) from the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival. Radio 3 will establish a pop-up studio in the Royal Festival Hall’s cafe allowing members of the public the opportunity to witness the live broadcasts of several radio programmes, including: In TuneEssential ClassicsCD Review and Afternoon on 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Declan McGovern leaves RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Declan McGovern has stepped down from his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ NSO) after just a year in post. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting organisation, announced his departure in a statement issued on 23 December.

Philly.com

Is conductor Lorin Maazel going vegan?

The internationally renowned American conductor expressed his support for the vegan community and says his vegan son has inspired him to change his lifestyle in 2014.

Die Zeit

Geigerin P. Kopatchinskaja

Geografisch ist der Weg von Moldawien bis in die Schweiz gar nicht so weit. Gefühlt und gelebt schon. Eine Begegnung mit der fulminanten Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on January 6, 2014 )

Guardian

Music in higher education: What is it worth? 

Education and arts leaders discuss the value of music within the current economically-charged debate on UK education

Gramophone

Iceland faces massive reduction of classical, jazz and world music broadcasting

Iceland’s state broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) announced the departure of 60 staff on Thursday – 20 per cent of its already-trimmed workforce – and unveiled severe cuts to programming which some insiders believe could see an end to broadcasts of classical music and jazz. Just under half of the corporation’s music staff were told they no longer had jobs last week and some were told to leave immediately.

Frank Gehry to build a hall to honour Gustavo Dudamel

The American architect Frank Gehry, whose work includes Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, is to build a performance space to honour conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The Hall, La Sala Dudamel, will be built in Dudamel’s hometown of Barquisimeto in Venezuela.

tuoitrenews.vn

Japanese orchestra to bring classical music to Hanoi

Japan’s AUN J Classical Orchestra will perform in Vietnam’s capital next week on an initiative by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

Huffington Post

Classical Music 101: Epilogue

Classical music is changing, not dying: John Mauceri discusses the ‘two traditions’ of classical, and why we should embrace film music.

The Telegraph

Why English National Opera should try to please the public more

English National Opera should stop tarting about with fancy concepts and start to play it straight, says Rupert Christiansen.

Die Welt

Die Welt wird wieder eine Scheibe

Von wegen iTunes: In Brooklyn eröffnet ein Laden für Schallplatten. Die Filiale der legendären Firma Rough Trade ist in New York die größte ihrer Art. Ein Besuch aus schierer Verblüffung

Gramophone

Gramophone

 

 

 

 

(Written on December 3, 2013 )

Natasha Baldwin

Imagen Group

Anna Jaskiewicz

Manners McDade

Jeremy Holland-Smith

Composer

Yesterday’s Noted event was a fascinating insight into the world of music and advertising hosted by WildKat PR and Sane & Able with speakers Natasha Baldwin – Group President of Imagem – Anna Jaskiewicz – Head of A&R and Sync from Manners MacDade – and Jeremy Holland-Smith – prominent composer for advertising, TV and film.

A hot topic of discussion was production library versus commercial music, how the business models work and what it means for the composers. As Natasha explained, production library music is written intentionally for media use. It is pre-cleared and rate-carded, and is an excellent business model. Whilst one can see it as made to order music, Jeremy spoke of how he uses composing library music as an opportunity to explore compositionally. Library music is designed to be one of the best value resources, but composers get a one-off fee and it is ultimately the composer who is losing out.

Commercial music on the other hand is entirely bespoke and everything is negotiable. Japan is one of the highest-paying countries for a single sync with six-figure rates. Advertising companies want all media possibilities included – there is no such thing as geo-blocking these days. Anna spoke of how long a process it can be working with a bespoke composition and how important it is to remain strict with ad agencies when you’re on version 14 and your composer is not being paid past version 5.

When asked about what to do when all an agency wants is a Hans Zimmer rip-off, Jeremy spoke of the importance of having your own voice as a composer. He warned against listening to a temp score too much and also said to emotionally detach yourself from your music – ‘you’re on dangerous grounds if you like your music too much’!

As a composer, how do you approach an agency? The days of approaching with a printed score are long-gone, Jeremy lamented. Wetransfer was advised so that you can actually track people opening your file – a 2-minute soupçon of your music – and Natasha said definitely do not put your music to someone else’s visuals; if you’re approaching a big agency, the chances are they worked on the sync and the worst thing you can do is supply your own music for it.

Importance of contacts and networking was emphasised by Anna and Natasha, and Anna recommended going to MPA – Music Publishing Association – events, speaking with people, exchanging business cards and beginning to get a foot in the door.

And the awkward last question of the night? “Jeremy, how much to you make from composing?”. Brushing off the question in a wonderfully British way, Jeremy said you really need to be adaptable to survive – composing, arranging, orchestrating – and most importantly, you really need to love it.

Overall it was a great evening with a lively, engaged audience, and brilliant advice from the panel.

Take at look at our next event ‘Direct to directing’ on Wednesday 22nd January. The Noted February event on app-building has also been announced on Eventbrite.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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© Photos courtesy of Becky Moss.

(Written on November 21, 2013 )

Classic FM

Rock Star Violinist Hahn- Bin lands in London 

Provocative performer Hahn- Bin arrives in London to perform at the Soho Theatre.

Danny Elfman’s Accidental Movie Career

Oscar-nominated movie composer Danny Elfman talks exclusively to Classic FM about his accidental move into film music.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Breaking: upheaval at London orchestra as player-chairman resigns 

Martin Hohmann steps down as player-chairman of the London Philharmonic.

Licence required to perform Mahler 6 after Austrian judge bans cowbells 

Austrian judge outlaws cowbells as a noise hazard…

BBC News  

Ask BBC Proms Roger Wright 

The BBC is hosting a live online Q&A session on Friday with its director Roger Wright.

BBC Music Magazine  

What’s your favourite chamber work? 

The BBC Music Magazine Team shares their favourite chamber works.

The Independent 

Daniel and Michael Barenboim: The family that plays together… 

Daniel Barenboim and the leader of the orchestra his son Michael talk to the Independent about discipline and dynasties.

(Written on July 19, 2012 )