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WildKat PR offers a training fund to all members of staff to help them learn new skills, develop their interests, and also to bring something new back to the team. James Hardie returned to his home city of Edinburgh last month to attend International Festival Encounters. Read about his experience below:

I used my WildKat training fund this year to attend International Festival Encounters.  It is a week-long course run by the Edinburgh International Festival in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The aim is to bring together artistic entrepreneurs with leading industry members and academics from all over the world.

It was truly ‘international’.  Amongst the participants were producers, writers, actors, programmers, and performers from Australia, America, Russia, South Africa, Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and the UK.  It was a wonderful melting pot of different perspectives and experiences from both young and old, all taking place under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle.

We were treated to five productions over the week, including dance, theatre, and opera.  My own highlight was seeing the Nederlands Dans Theater, who performed a show in three segments with scores by Max Richter and Philip Glass.  The middle segment—a haunting series of scenes as a dying man recalls his life’s regrets—was like watching a film; the way the dancers manipulated their bodies brought to mind ‘The Exorcist’.

After each performance, we were given the opportunity to reflect critically on what we had experienced.  After seeing Gianandrea Noseda conduct the Teatro Regio Torino in a somewhat confused production of Verdi’s Macbeth, Kate Molleson (music critic for the Guardian) guided us through our reactions, whilst also giving us a fascinating insight into the dual role of the music journalist as both critic and evangelist.

There were two ideas that have really stuck with me from the course.  Firstly, the idea that financial constraint inspires creativity.  This was most effectively expressed for me by a participant from Russia, who used the phrase, ‘the artist must be hungry’, encouraging enterprise from a position of deprivation.  The second idea concerned caring for and looking after an audience.  The creator of a particularly moving production called ‘Flight’ spoke about the audience leaving an incredibly intense and personal experience in the theatre, and re-joining the busy outside world, and the steps they took to ease this often difficult transition.

My fellow participants were a really inspiring bunch, and I learnt just as much from them as I did the experts.  I’m certain I will collaborate with them again in the future. The training fund is an amazing perk to have, available to us all here at WildKat once a year, and I’m very grateful to have been afforded this opportunity.

(Written on September 25, 2017 )

In today’s news: The welcome return of Proms maverick Harrison Birtwistle, Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students, and cellist prevented from boarding flight with cello. New classical festival ‘new life’ with music of jewish composers, and Schloss Weikersheim offers great opportunity for young singers. Confusion about white powder at the Elbphilharmonie, and Fort Worth Opera names two new directors.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle: the welcome return of a Proms maverick

Harrison Birtwistle is our greatest living composer. As he prepares for this year’s classical music extravaganza, he talks to Ivan Hewett.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS Foundation names Composers’ Fund grantees

The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Strad

Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students

Three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the RCM’s BMus course will be eligible for the scholarships from next year.

Pizzicato

Lockenhaus road named after Gidon Kremer

The road leading to the castle in Lockenhaus, Austris, has been named after Gidon Kremer, the founder of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

Classic FM

The cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights.

Tagesspiegel

Vom Glück des Überlebens

Erinnern an die Vergessenen. Das Klassikfestival „New Life“ präsentiert Musik jüdischer Komponisten, die vor den Nazis flohen.

Concerti

Wertvolles Sprungbrett für junge Gesangstalente

Humperdincks „Hänsel und Gretel“ verirren sich in der Jungen Oper Schloss Weikersheim

Pizzicato

Nicholas DelBello named Music Director in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra has announced Nicholas DelBello as their new Music Director, effective September 1, 2017.

Klassik.com

Weißes Pulver löst Alarm im Hotel der Elbphilharmonie aus

In dem zur Elbphilharmonie gehörenden Westin Hotel kam es am Dienstag zu einem Feuerwehreinsatz. Grund dafür waren drei anonyme Briefe, aus denen in der Poststelle des Hotels weißes Pulver ausgetreten ist.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Opera names not one, but two new directors

Six months after the general director Darren K. Woods was terminated from the Fort Worth Opera, the board of trustees has named not one but two replacements.

South China Morning Post

How a joint student orchestra event in Hong Kong can break cultural barriers

Seven orchestras from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will play at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

Twitter

in 1905 Birth of Russian Nadia .

The Strad: Royal College of Music London

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, applications are now open for the 9th Sound and Music’s Summer School, which will take place from 30th July to 5th August this year. Violinist Ray Chen, former 1st prize winner at the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions, signs with Decca Classics. Renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman will open New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert Winter Festival 2017, with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn from January 13th to 15th. Also, more reactions on the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music opens Summer School applications

Sound and Music is now inviting applications for its Summer School, which will take place 30 July – 5 August 2017.

City of London Corporation announces support for Centre for Music

The City of London Corporation has pledged up to £2.5m in funding towards the production of a detailed business case for a Centre for Music in London’s Square Mile.

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen signs new recording deal with Decca Classics

The violinist, who is a former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, will make his first recording for the label later this year.

The New York Times

Juliet and Jackie Evancho, Bonding as Targets in a Trump Media Frenzy

Jackie, 16, who will sing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, and her transgender sister, Juliet, 18, lend each other support.

The Washington Post

At a moment of transition, NSO offers the old-new: 20th-century classical works

Teetering on the edge of a new era, the National Symphony Orchestra this week offers a program poised midway, even uncertainly, between old and new.

Broadwayworld

2017 NJSO Winter Festival to Launch with Pinchas Zukerman Performing Tchaikovsky

Celebrated violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman opens the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert 2017 Winter Festival with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, January 13-15 in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick.

Music Business Worldwide

Soundcloud Co-founder Eric Wahlforss Switches Job As Firm Hires CTO

Yahoo! exec Artem Fishman has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at SoundCloud – as co-founder Eric Wahlforss takes on a newly-created role.

ZEIT Online

Hamburg, deine Perle

Der teuerste Konzertsaal der Welt ist eröffnet, beklatscht von Angela Merkel, Joachim Gauck, Reichen und Prominenten. Erfüllt die Elbphilharmonie die hohen Erwartungen?

FAZ

Dieser Konzertsaal kennt keine Gnade

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist eine Augenweide. Doch wir sehen nicht mit den Ohren: Das Hördesign von Yasuhisa Toyota ist gemacht für Überwältigungsmusik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elemente des Lebens

Elementargewalten, inszeniert vor historischer Kulisse. Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci 2017 haben die vier Elemente Feuer, Wasser, Erde und Luft zum Thema.

France Musique

Découvrez l’impressionnante Philharmonie de l’Elbe à Hambourg

Pour faire oublier des années de retard et d’explosions budgétaires, l’Elbphilharmonie de Hambourg devait sortir le grand jeu lors de son inauguration. Pari réussi pour la ville hanséatique qui vient de se doter d’une des plus belles salles de concert au monde.

Twitter

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The Violin Channel @violinchannel Join us Friday 11am New York time for a Facebook Live Q&A with violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman!

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Photo: Sound and Music

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

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

audiophil

Menahem Pressler

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

Pizzicato

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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Image: Gramophone

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Alan Gilbert is to leave the New York Philharmonic: who will replace him?

Gilbert’s announcement means another key conducting job falls vacant.

The Telegraph

Simon Rattle: ready to join the best

As Britain’s greatest living conductor comes back to London, Michael Henderson assesses the career of the former wunderkind from Liverpool

The Strad

Cellos are too big to be transported in the cabin, says airline

Air Canada refused to sell Richard Harwood an extra ticket for his cello as it exceeded the requisite dimensions, according to the musician

Valery Gergiev announces Tchaikovsky Competition 2015 judges

A number of today’s leading names will join the violin, cello, piano and voice panels this summer

International Arts Manager

Culture ministers in pre-election spotlight

Ahead of the forthcoming UK general elections this May, the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has announced that it is to organise a series of events where key politicians will put forward their plans for the arts.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie gewinnt man den Opern-Grammy?

Schon vier Mal war das Klassik-Label cpo für den Grammy nominiert, jetzt war es der einzige deutsche Sieger. Wie wird man Weltspitze? Warum steht die Trophäe noch nicht in Niedersachsen? Ein Gespräch mit Burkhard Schmilgun.

Süddeutsche.de

Hier drin spielt die Musik

Ob in Moskau oder Manchester, in Buenos Aires oder Boston: Schon architektonisch sind diese zehn Konzertsäle ein Blickfang. Doch erst ihre unvergleichliche Akustik macht sie zu den Besten weltweit.

audiophil

ENNIO MORRICONE

my life in music

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Männerdominierte Jazzszene zum Swingen bringen

Die 1988 geborene Saxofonistin Charlotte Greve gehört zu den Nachwuchsstars des deutschen Jazz.

Codex Flores

Gilbert beendet sein New Yorker Engagement 2017

lan Gilbert gibt seinen Posten als Chefdirigent der New Yorker Philharmoniker per 2017 auf.

pizzicato

Finland Celebrates Sibelius Anniversary With Outstanding Events

During the jubilee year 2015 Sibelius’s compositions will be played around the world and some special activities are also planned, including the first International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition and the XI International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

Twitter

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : What did you think of #ROHhollander? Share your review (+/-): http://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-der-fliegende-hollander … ^C pic.twitter.com/uvLH7ZUzZG

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack :ICYMI, here’s our interview with Joby Talbot where he discusses Everest, along with his ballet scores: http://bachtrack.com/interview-joby-talbot-contemporary-focus-2014 …

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia :Drum roll please…. Edward Nesbit @EdNesbit announced as #OPUS2015 winner http://www.brittensinfonia.com/news/article/winner-of-opus2015-announced …

News New York Phil

Alan Gilbert conducts the 2009-10 Opening Night Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, marking his debut as director of the New York Philharmonic. Photograph: Chris Lee/AP

(Written on February 10, 2015 )