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In today’s news, have you ever wondered why people don’t clap between movements in a symphony? Classic FM investigates. Lang Lang relies on his assistant to lend a hand mid-performance, and a Welsh opera company is under fire for its racist casting. Orchestra carries on without a conductor, and Delnon and Nagano extend their contracts in Hamburg.

The Guardian

Assistant lends a hand to Lang Lang

Pianist plays Gershwin at the New York concert hall with a 14-year-old protege literally his left-hand man.

Classic FM

Why don’t we clap between movements?

There’s a bit of a tradition in classical music that you only clap after a piece has finished – and never in between movements. But why does this ‘rule’ actually exist?

The Stage

Welsh opera under fire for racist casting

Industry figures, including the artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre Kumiko Mendl and actor Daniel York, have slammed “yellowface” casting in the touring production.

The Sun

Writer of hit BBC drama ‘Doctor Foster’ has plans to make it into an opera

Playwright Mike Bartlett has written 17 works for the stage, including hits in the West End and on Broadway.

Codex Flores

Delnon und Nagano verlängern ihre Hamburger Verträge

Der Aufsichtsrat der Hamburgischen Staatsoper hat die Verträge mit dem Schweizer Georges Delnon und Kent Nagano an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper um fünf Jahre zu verlängert.

Broadway World

Shortlist Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Voting Now Open!

Today, the shortlist is announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, celebrating the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country.


Klang der Revolution – Orchester spielen ohne Dirigent

So klang die Oktoberrevolution: Im Jubiläumsjahr der russischen Revolution von 1917 ist in Düsseldorf das Experiment des «herrschaftsfreien Musizierens» neu zu erleben.


@TrinityLaban  is today! Find out why ballet is good for everyone!

@BBCIntroducing Think Introducing only supports indie music? Think again. 

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(Written on October 5, 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.


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

Today’s news, Noa Wildschut, female Dutch violinist, signs to Warner Classics at the age of 15 and Raymond Harvey is to step down from being Kalamazoo’s Symphony Orchestra’s music director. Also, This year’s Open House London weekend will include a 24-hour music marathon at St John’s Smith Square, featuring performance, open rehearsal and workshops.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic Accompanies ‘Manhattan,’ Just as It Did in 1979

PLENTY of orchestras offer soundtrack karaoke these days, playing the scores of films live as they are screened. But there will be a twist when the New York Philharmonic strikes up the band this weekend for the lush Gershwin score of Woody Allen’s 1979 film, “Manhattan”: Since the Philharmonic recorded the original soundtrack, the performance it re-enacts will be its own.

The Strad

Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut signs to Warner Classics aged 15

The young musician will release her first all-Mozart album under the new agreement in 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square stages 24-hour music marathon for Open House Weekend

This year’s Open House London weekend will include a 24-hour music marathon at St John’s Smith Square, featuring performance, open rehearsal and workshops starting at 10am on Saturday 17 September and ending at 10am on Sunday 18 September.

Michigan Radio

Longtime music director of Kalamazoo’s Symphony Orchestra is leaving

Raymond Harvey has become a familiar face in Kalamazoo. He’s been conducting the state’s third largest professional orchestra for 18 years.

York Region

Classical pianist Sarah Hagen bringing Splash of Culture to Newmarket Saturday

Pianist Sarah Hagen will curate a community showcase featuring local artists, Canadian indie-rock band The Fiscals and the musical theatre production Opera Luminata.

Carolina Coast Online

Better than New York? AMF brings classical music to county

Where and when can you experience classical music that can be better than New York City music and yet is still a fraction of the New York cost? The answer may surprise some, but it is right here in Carteret County. A local nonprofit organization, the American Music Festival has been providing classical music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 27 years.


Kultur des Ankommens – Projekt in Dresden zu kultureller Vielfalt

Eine fremde Kultur erschließt sich für viele Menschen meist über die Kunst. In Dresden will ein Projekt nun auf kunstvolle Weise der Frage nachgehen, wie Migration eine Gesellschaft verändert.

Berliner Zeitung

Berlins Kultur braucht gut gemachte Ordnungspolitik

Sieht so ein Paradiesvogel aus? Als Tim Renner im April 2014 sein Amt als Staatssekretär für kulturelle Angelegenheiten antrat, verbreitete er sofort den Anschein, nicht wirklich dazuzugehören.

USA: National Medal of Arts für Komponist Philip Glass

Der Komponist Philip Glass wird mit der “National Medal for the Arts” der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ausgezeichnet. Zu den weiteren Preisträgern zählen unter anderem der Trompeter Wynton Marsalis, Filmproduzent Mel Brooks und Schauspieler Morgan Freeman.


New York Times Music @nytimemusic A New Season for Reshuffled, Mature String Quartets

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Are you on board with @openhouselondon this weekend? Check out @StJohnsSmithSq #SJSSMarathon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Another great #gramoawards this evening. Many thanks to our friends @GramophoneMag for hosting one of the industry’s crucial events


Photo by: Bert Bial/New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives

(Written on September 16, 2016 )

Die Bamberger Symphoniker sind am Ende ihrer Tournee angekommen – in einem der legendären Opernhäuser der Welt: dem Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Und wie immer dabei: ihr Fotobuch von Andreas Herzau und Nora Gomringer.

Mit dem Konzert im Teatro Colón mit Werken von Ludwig van Beethoven und George Gershwin ging gestern Abend ihre Tournee zu Ende. Nun heißt es Abschied nehmen von Südamerika – und zurück ins Frankenland…

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on May 30, 2016 )

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 )

Classic FM

Personal Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin letters to be auctioned

Letters from composers including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin are to be auction in LA next month.

Classic FM launches new Baroque timeline

Explore a fully interactive musical journey from 1600 to 1750, and get to the best Baroque composers with Classic FM’s brand new timeline.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society announces 200th birthday plans 

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced a year of events to mark its bicentenary in 2013.

Slipped Disc

The Royal Opera House gets into bed for a quickie with Murdoch’s Sun

Should we, as most decent citizens would, avert our eyes from the celebrity shag of the century?

Exclusive: English orchestra to be abolished in savage local cuts

We’ve been leaked a report, going out tomorrow, which confirms that the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra is ti be abolished under local authority cutbacks.

Sydney violin, stolen in Vienna, is returned to despairing owner

Emma West, assistant leader of the second violins in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, had her violin grabbed by a thief as she rode the Vienna subway in September.

The Independent

The Week In Radio: Radio 3 needs an audience beyond this tiny elite

Is classical music really for everyone? This was the question posed by the writer and presenter Tom Service, chair of a live debate at the Sage in Gateshead as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival, to which the answer is: if only.


Vladimir Ashkenazy to appear on BBC Radio 4’s ‘One to One’ – hear an excerpt!

Pianist and conductor speaks to Olivia O’Leary about how aging affects his career

Classic FM

(Written on November 8, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Times

Nicola Benedetti: Italia

A CD to file under “Work in progress”, writes Geoff Brown.

The Guardian

English Concert/Bicket/Bostridge – review

Ian Bostridge’s Ancient and Modern project at the Wigmore Hall promises, among other things, period and modern instruments in the same concert, but it opened with this purely baroque programme that resolutely represented the performer, writes George Hall.

LA Times

Music review: Dudamel and Hancock in L.A. Phil Gershwin gala

Gershwin’s way, when playing the “Rhapsody,” was to dazzle by being offhand. Hancock and Dudamel went their own radically different ways, but they didn’t, perhaps, go far enough. Mark Swed reports.

The Independent

A fatal attraction to fallen women

As La Traviata returns to London, Jessica Duchen wonders why opera’s routinely punished heroines get such a raw deal

The Arts Desk

Coote, Vinke, Philharmonia, Maazel, Royal Festival Hall

A great mezzo plumbs Mahler’s profound meditations; her conductor seems less engaged, says David Nice.

(Written on September 30, 2011 )

Cosa? Hélène Grimaud

Dove? Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milano

Quando? Mercoledì 1° Dicembre Email per le prenotazioni!

Pianista e scrittrice francese, Hélène Grimaud dimostra sin dai primi anni di studio uno spiccato talento che, all’età di 13 anni, la porta al Conservatorio di Parigi e poi alla registrazione del primo disco, il Secondo Concerto di Sergei Rachmaninov con il quale si aggiudicherà il Grand Prix du Disque dell’Accademia Charles Cros. Comincia giovanissima la sua carriera da pianista professionista a Parigi nel 1987 per essere in seguito diretta dai più rinomati maestri d’orchestra.

Per la presentazione in Italia del suo nuovo CD, la Grimaud ha scelto il Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano.

Cosa? George Gershwin- Porgy & Bess

Dove? Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo

Quando? 2-3-5 Dicembre

L’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, conosciuta anche come La Verdi, viene fondata nel 1993 e tra i suoi direttori vanta il nome di Riccardo Chailly, oggi Direttore Onorario. Nel corso di questi anni si è esibita presso le più rinomate città europee e in Sud America.

Questo dicembre, per tre date diretta da Wayne Marshall, eseguirà dal repertorio di Gershwin, Porgy & Bess, nella versione per due soprani, tenore, baritono e coro. Ad accompagnare i soprani Indira Mahajan, Angela Renée Simpson, il tenore Ronald Samm e il baritono Kevin Short, sarà il coro sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Cosa? Quartetto Auryn

Dove? Sala dei Notari, Palazzo Priori ,Perugia

Quando? Venerdì 3 Dicembre ore 21,00 Domenica 5 Dicembre ore 17,30 Email per le prenotazioni!

Insieme da ben 29 anni, il quartetto Auryn può vantare la partecipazione ai più importanti centri di musica classica internazionale, restando probabilmente l’unico ad aver eseguito in concerto tutti i quartetti di Haydn. L’ensamble di Colonia ha inoltre eseguito prime mondiali di numerosi e noti compositori; tra le partecipazioni più rilevanti si ricordano quella a Salisburgo nell’estate 2003 e ai festival di Edimburgo e delle Fiandra nel 2004.

In quest’appuntamento perugino il quartetto continua il ciclo integrale dei quartetti di Beethoven inaugurato lo scorso Gennaio.

Cosa? Gala Rachmaninoff- Concerto per pianoforte e orchestra

Dove? Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma

Quando? 4-6-7 Dicembre

La Sala Santa Cecilia dell’auditorium Parco della Musica fa da cornice a questo appuntamento che vede l’orchestra dell’accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, il direttore Diego Mathieuz e il pianista Yefim Bronfman eseguire dal repertorio di Rachmaninoff la Sinfonia n°1 e il concerto per pianoforte n°3.

L’appena 25enne Diego Mathieuz è senza dubbio uno dei più promettenti talenti provenienti dall’America (il suo paese d’origine è il Venezuela). Stabilitosi in Italia, ha debuttato a Bologna con la Mozart Orchestra di Claudio Abbado. Nel 2009 è cominciata la collaborazione con l’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di santa Cecilia e continuano performance in tutta la penisola.

Yefim Bronfman, pianista di origine russa, è conosciuto per il suo virtuosismo e si è esibito con le più importanti orchestre americane ed europee.

Cosa? Roberto Cominati

Dove? Associazione Scarlatti,Napoli

Quando? Giovedì 9 Dicembre ore 21,00 Email per le prenotazioni!

Roberto Cominati  è un nome da ricordare nell’elenco dei pianisti italiani contemporanei e, senza dubbio, un talento da ascoltare. Comincia prestissimo, all’età di 8 anni, presso il conservatorio di Napoli San Pietro a Majella per poi continuare in giro per l’Italia e vincendo concorsi internazionali. Si è esibito presso le principali società concertistiche italiane ed è stato diretto da celebri maestri d’orchestra.

Il pianista napoletano presenterà il 9 dicembre presso l’Associazione Scarlatti di Napoli il primo di due concerti dedicati all’esecuzione integrale delle musiche per pianoforte di Maurice Ravel.

Cosa? Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale- Concerto n°8

Dove? Auditorium RAI, Torino

Quando? 9 e 10 Dicembre

L’Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI nasce nel 1931 a Torino e nel corso di tutti questi anni ha visto succedersi i più importanti direttori d’orchestra del momento. Suona anche in concerti sinfonici e da camera nelle principali città e nei festival più importanti d’Italia. Da ricordare le sue presenze abituali a Torino Settembre musica, alla Biennale di Venezia e alle Settimane Musicali Internazionali di Stresa, insieme ai prestigiosi impegni all’estero.

(Written on November 4, 2010 )