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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome award-winning composer Douglas Knehans to our roster of artists.

Image: Douglas Knehans © Tina Gutierrez Photography

 

Knehans’ music is about immediacy, drama, power, playfulness, architecture, harmonic structure, melodic expressiveness and more importantly depth and dimension. His music is about both love and life and a number of important critics see it that way too when they say his music “… tells an exciting story, ever- intensifying in color, thematic ideas, texture and tempo.” (The Washington Post)

His latest release Unfinished Earth is inspired by the relationship between nature and mankind. The disc features two works – “Tempest” and “Unfinished Earth” – represent contrasting views of how the external metaphors of wind and earth reflect more intimate internal worlds of the human heart and mind. The release is brought to life by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Mikel Toms, and features soloists Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist of London Symphony Orchestra.” 

Knehans’ works have been released on various record labels which earned him numerous commissions, awards and fellowships in Australia and the United States from the Victorian Council, MacDowell Colony and Leighton Artist Colony. He has also worked with leading ensembles including the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and soloists like soprano Merlyn Quaife throughout his career. Once hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his “incisive, hauntingly beautiful recordings”, it’s no wonder that Knehans has garnered the attention and warm appreciation of audiences and performers around the globe.

We’re excited to be running a UK press campaign for the release of Knehans’ new release Unfinished Earth. The recording will be available to stream on NAXOS MUSIC LIBRARY and purchase on Ablaze Records from 6 April 2018. 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

In today’s Classical News, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds, Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, and BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces latest grants

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds to 28 projects across the UK.

Classic FM

‘Simon Rattle is not afraid to say what he thinks about the state of music education – he’s great for music in the UK’

Gareth Davies is Chairman and Principal Flautist of the LSO and he spoke exclusively to our presenter Anne-Marie Minhall about the orchestra’s new music director, Sir Simon Rattle.

Music Teacher

Roderick Williams takes Birmingham Conservatoire post

Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire. The baritone, who was awarded an OBE earlier this year, will visit the institution on a regular basis to give recitals, individual coaching and masterclasses.

Huffington Post

BBC Proms Launches First Disability-Inclusive Concert To Make Classical Music Accessible To All

With their silent audiences, formal attire and clapping etiquette, classical music concerts don’t scream accessibility. But BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Berliner Morgenpost

Bei Berlins Kulturstätten herrscht Sanierungsstau

435 Millionen Euro werden benötigt, um alle Theater und Konzertsäle der Stadt instand zu setzen. „Es muss dringend etwas getan werden.“

Fono Forum

Kulturinstitut der Musikindustrie

Joyce DiDonato, Matthias Goerne, Daniel Hope (!), Kent Nagano, Maurizio Pollini, Fazıl Say, Christian Tetzlaff, das Wiener Klaviertrio, Thomas Fritzsch, Sebastian Knauer, Linus Roth und der Nachwuchskünstler Lucas Debargue gehören zu den Preisträgern des ECHO KLASSIK 2017.

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Experimentierlust lässt Besucher staunen

Das Festival vielsaitig gibt klangvolle Einblicke nicht nur in die Geigenbau-Historie

El Mundo

Cartas de amor de grandes compositores

“Es una última y dura prueba, pero mi amor es mi fe, y estoy sedienta por el martirio”, escribe Marie d’Agoult cuando deja a su marido para amar a Franz Liszt. Es uno de los fragmentos de una de las misivas que recoge el libro ‘Cartas de amor de músicos’ (Turner), de Kurt Pahlen.

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Genova organizes Paganini festival

Genova, the city of the Premio Paganini, is planning a festival with nine concerts, all with free entrance, with the participation of three winners of the Paganini Award.

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(Written on July 28, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Murray Perahia left CBS and Sony Classical and signs with DG, musicians of Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating their contract to regain raises in salary, South African Tenor Johan Botha passed away at the age of 51. Also, applications for international flute and clarinet competition in Romania is now opened.

The Inquirer

Musicians: Philadelphia Orchestra management’s initial offer is ‘regressive’

Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating to regain their place as among the highest-paid members of U.S. orchestras, while management has offered minimal raises in talks over a new contract.

CMUSE

Applications open for international flute and clarinet competition in Romania

The 16th Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition for flute and clarinet is scheduled to take place from 9 to 15 July, 2017, in Cluj, Romania.

Rhinegold Publishing

Murray Perahia signs to DG after 43 years with CBS and Sony

Murray Perahia has signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, thus ending a 43-year partnership with with CBS and its later incarnation, Sony Classical.

Tenor Johan Botha dies aged 51

South African tenor Johan Botha died on the morning of 8 September after a period of illness.

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Cottbus/Berlin: „Kulturzug“ rollt mindestens noch bis ins nächste Jahr

Der beliebte Sonderzug von Berlin nach Breslau wird bis zum 8. Januar verlängert. Der „Kulturzug“ war zum Kulturhauptstadt-Jahr 2016 in Breslau eingeführt worden und bei den Fahrgästen auf große Nachfrage gestoßen.

klassik.com

Tenor Johan Botha ist tot

Der südafrikanisch-österreichische Tenor Johan Botha ist tot. Er starb nach langer Krankheit im Alter von 51 Jahren in Wien.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Streaming Musik verändert

Streaming ist längst der wichtigste Verbreitungsweg von Musik. Aber was macht das eigentlich mit der Musik selbst? #31s ist das Ergebnis eines Experiments und Beitrag zur Debatte um Streaming in der Musikindustrie.

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BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic These “11 obstacles to liking classical music” are an interesting read. This might change a few opinions…? http://bddy.me/2cyGGFz

New York Time Arts @nytimesarts The Lucerne Festival, an important part of the classical music ecosystem, is being forced to reinvent itself.

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ As ‘Official Piano Partner’ Yamaha has become the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO

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Photograph: Tom Gralish

(Written on September 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Dudamel and the Youth Orchestra LA are to perform at the Super Bowl, Aurèle Nicolet dies aged 90 and young conductor leads CBSO. Also, Per Nørgård wins Siemens Music Prize 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles to perform during the Super Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show on 7 February

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Aurèle Nicolet (1926-2016)

Leading Swiss flautist dies aged 90

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Benedetti, CBSO, Shani, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Young conductor leads dynamic and detailed Haydn, Szymanowski and Dvořák

Classical Music Magazine

Per Nørgård wins Siemens Music Prize 2016

Per Nørgård has been awarded the 2016 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music

Klassik.com

Wiener Philharmoniker und Salzburger Festspiele besiegeln Zusammenarbeit bis 2021

Die Salzburger Festspiele haben ihren Vertrag mit den Wiener Philharmonikern bis 2021 verlängert. Das Orchester wirkt seit 1925 regelmäßig in tragender Rolle bei den Salzburger Festspielen mit

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Luftgeist

Jahrhundert-Flötist: Im Alter von 90 Jahren ist Aurèle Nicolet gestorben

Die Zeit

“Man spielt jeden Tag anders”

Grigory Sokolov ist der große Anti-Star der internationalen Klavierszene: Keine Allüren, keine Studioaufnahmen – und keine Interviews. Hier spricht er nach 15 Jahren zum ersten Mal wieder

France musique

Les Victoires de la musique classique, comment ça marche ?

Les Victoires de la musique classique récompenseront le 24 février prochain les artistes marquants de l’année. Qui choisit les nommés, qui vote pour les gagnants ?

New York Times

Adjusting Medication May Prolong Levine’s Tenure at the Met

The stage was being set to announce the retirement of James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera since 1976

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BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine With the 70th anniversary of the Third Programme on the horizon, @BBCRadio3 announces plans to commission 70 works: http://www.classical-music.com/news/radio-3-celebrate-anniversary-70-commissions

Indy Music@IndyMusic  Turns out Pavarotti’s granddaughter can sing just as well as her grandfather… http://ind.pn/1PadzUu

Music History @today_classical  #Today in 1869 Birth of #baritone Jean #Perier #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on February 2, 2016 )

Katherine Bryan is rapidly confirming her place as one of Britain’s brightest musical stars of the future, and tomorrow marks the day of her new CD release, Silver Bow. The disc provides a fresh view on much-loved and frequently played violin works, such as The Lark Ascending, and includes both classics from the violin repertoire and personal favourites of Katherine. Katherine is not only the artist of this CD, but also the architect, since she has transcribed and adapted all of the solo violin parts. This adaptation showcases the flute in a new light, highlighting the instrument’s versatility and beauty.

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In groundbreaking performances, Katherine uses a range of techniques from ‘pop-tonguing’, flutter tonguing and note bending, to stretch the boundaries of the flute and offer a fresh and exciting interpretation. Some pieces have needed significant adapting, such as Paginini’s Caprice, where a new variation has been formed, retaining the same harmonic pattern but creating new music that is idiomatic for the flute. Accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, led by Jac Van Steen, the innovative blend of instruments offers a new perspective on familiar compositions.

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Katherine describes how ‘today the modern flute is able to transport its listeners through many emotions, evoking numerous sound colours and nuances, and is capable of speaking above an orchestra’. Katherine sees herself foremost as a musician rather than a flautist, and describes the flute as simply ‘a vehicle through which to interpret music’. In recognising that every instrument has different characteristics, Katherine hopes to uncover different facets of pieces, which have traditionally been played on the violin.

Silver Bow is Katherine’s third release on Linn Records. In addition to a set of live concerts, Katherine has enjoyed regular performances, with Silver Bow featured as Classic FM’s Album of the Week and yesterday she performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty. If you missed out on this superb performance, click here to catch up.

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(Written on September 17, 2015 )

We are delighted to announce that we will be working once again with acclaimed flautist Katherine Bryan on the release of her new CD, Silver Bow.

Appointed principal flute with the Royal Scottish Orchestra at the age of just 21 and with several successful CDs already under her belt, she certainly is living up to her label as one of Britain’s future musical stars.

Katherine Bryan

Her new disk is particularly innovative. Keen to highlight the versatility and beauty of the flute, Katherine has taken a selection of violin music and adapted it for the flute. The CD pushes the boundaries of her instrument, using complex techniques to show off the flute rather than imitate the violin in classic works such as The Lark Ascending to Zigeunerweisen.

Her skill and musical interpretation allow the flute to achieve its full instrumental capacity, in her words, ‘to transport its listeners through many emotions, evoking numerous sound colours and nuances, and is capable of speaking above an orchestra.’

Silver Bow will be released in the UK on Linn Records on 18th September and is available for pre-order here. In the meantime, keep an eye on her website, Facebook and Twitter for updates, and also on the WildKat blog.

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(Written on August 11, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Arts Council Funding decision day summary

English National Opera see funding cut by 29%, 670 arts groups share annual grants totalling 340m a year and only a small increase in funding outside London.

The Independent

English National Opera the biggest loser in Arts Council funding shake-up

The English National Opera was the highest profile loser as its grant was slashed a third in the Arts Council’s three year funding shake up, while concerns were raised over the number of regional organisations to lose funding.

Classic FM

Michael Giacchino reveals pun-heavy Planet of the Apes track listing

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes composer Michael Giacchino’s original score track listing has been revealed, and it’s full of ape and monkey-related puns.

Classical-Music.com

Schubert on the beach

Giant Schubert sand sculpture built for East Neuk Festival

The Indian Express

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod goes missing on British Airways flight

The Padma Vibhushan sarod maestro had gone to London along with his wife Subhalaxmi for a performance at Dartington College to celebrate the life of Rabindranth Tagore on June 21 and returned on the night of June 28.

The Ballymena Times

Big Flute Challenge Call

Being held in the province on September 13, the musical extravaganza has real potential to be the World’s biggest event for flautists. Participants will perform together in the Kings Hall Complex in an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Flute Ensemble. The current world record is held in Japan and was achieved by 3,742 flautists in 2011.

klassik.com

Mozartfest Würzburg zieht positive Bilanz

Über 25.000 Zuschauer bei Auslastung von 92 Prozent.

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Berliner Staatsoper mit Rekordauslastung 2013/14

Insgesamt 183.000 Besucher und 88 Prozent Auslastung im Schiller Theater.

Deutsche Welle

Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wird Schirmherr des Orchestercampus

Zum dritten Mal wird beim Beethovenfest Bonn im September ein Jugendorchester aus der Türkei auftreten. Das sei ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zum Ausbau der kulturellen Beziehungen, so der Minister.

Le Monde

Festival d’Avignon : une forte majorité du personnel vote pour le maintien

Près de 80 % des salariés ont voté mardi pour la tenue d’un « festival militant », avec de possibles actions pendant son déroulement. Le Festival doit commencer vendredi.

 

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Jessye Norman: Dress size has nothing to do with opera singing http://tgr.ph/1o6z2B0 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical The Arts Council deserves more credit than it gets http://tgr.ph/1vtnryC 

Barbican Centre: @BarbicanCentre Tip tapping on your keyboard all day? Be more creative… Try Patatap art & music app @Guardian #digitalrevolution http://ow.ly/yDIOc 

A pyrotechnician from Emergency Exit Arts lights a flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Photograph: SUZANNE PLUNKETT

A pyrotechnician lights a flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in Stratford-upon-Avon

(Written on July 2, 2014 )

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

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

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

Lionel Bringuier

Lionel Bringuier


(Written on January 21, 2014 )

Following the release of a second album, a disc of American works, acclaimed flautist and recent Classical Music Magazine cover star Katherine Bryan performed a lunchtime recital at St Giles in the Fields today at 1:10pm at the enchanting St-Giles-in-the-Fields church.

She performed a selection of works taken from both her second album and her debut disc, “Katherine Bryan plays Liebermann and Nielsen”, including Hue’s Fantasie, Schumann’s 2nd Romance, and Paganini’s Caprice no 24 as well as Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir, and the staples of flute repertoire: Debussy’s Syrinx and Poulenc’s Sonata.

Of the prospect of performing such a diverse programme, Katherine said, “I am thrilled to have brought both well and lesser known works together in this concert. I feel the programme shows the flute in so many different lights, with pieces demanding drama, beauty and virtuosity.”

Katherine Bryan’s performing career was quickly established studying at the Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and took flight when she won a full scholarship to study flute at the Juilliard School of Music, New York. She has been a prize – winner at the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York and was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year for three consecutive competitions. She was awarded the Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Notably, she made her concerto debut at the tender age of 15 with Daniel Harding and the Orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London and her American concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra at the Lincoln Centre, New York. Katherine has been in high demand as a concerto soloist since, performing with Helsinki Philharmonic, Hallé, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras, as well as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with whom she is still in residence as Principal Flute. In addition, she is also a lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has played as Guest Principal Flute with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Scottish Chamber, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé, and London Symphony Orchestras.

She has enjoyed success with her debut disc ‘Katherine Bryan plays Liebermann Flute Concerto’, which was released to great acclaim in 2010 and has been followed by a second disc including concertos by Rouse and Ibert in 2013, which achieved a high position in the UK Classical Charts, and was a Gramophone Choice disc in August 2013.

This performance at St Giles in the Fields celebrated Katherine’s recent successes and showcased her diversity, virtuosity and unique ability to bring the flute to life – especially in her encore, Gershwin’s It Ain’t Necessarily So.

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(Written on October 15, 2013 )