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Classical News

In today’s classical news, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

Der Tagesspiegel

Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

Twitter

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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Photo: Hugo Glendinning

(Written on January 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Mahler’s complete manuscript of Symphony No.2 was sold at auction and broke new record, which was set previously by Mozart’s symphonies. Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a 10-day, 8-night tour, where a series of concerts will take place and be played to the refugees in Germany in June 2017. Also, listen to pianist Yuja Wang’s incredible palying of Mozart’s Turkish March, in a “jazzy” way, which went viral after being posted on Facebook before it was taken down.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahler manuscript sets new auction record

A complete manuscript of Mahler’s second symphony sold at auction for £4,546,250, breaking a previous record set by the sale of manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies in 1987.

Winds Without Borders to perform for German refugees

The Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a series of concerts for refugees in Germany.

Quartz

A Chinese piano prodigy is lighting up the internet with her rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March

Yuja Wang, a 29-year-old Chinese pianist, is taking over the internet this week with her dazzling rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March.

Music Teacher Magazine

Guildhall School announces spring 2017 season

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s spring 2017 season includes the premiere of the first opera written in Middle English and a masterclass led by Jonas Kaufmann.

NRK

KORKs julekalender

Hvilken musikk skaper aller best julestemning? Hver dag vil en KORK-musiker avsløre sin julefavoritt.

Aftenposten

Klassisk-guide: Her er vår anmelders forhåndsfavoritter blant de klassiske julekonsertene!

Messias og pøbler kjemper om oppmerksomheten i førjulsstria – vi gir deg oversikten.

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Orchestervereinigung fordert Rücknahme der Kürzungen in Dresden

Im Streit um Budgetkürzungen bei der Dresdner Philharmonie und den Dresdner Musikfestspielen fordert nun auch die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung eine Rücknahme der Streichungen.

Klassik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker gestalten ZDF-Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten

Das Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten, das in diesem Jahr in der Morizkirche in Coburg vom ZDF aufgezeichnet und am Heiligen Abend um 18 Uhr gesendet wird, gestalten in diesem Jahr die Bamberger Symphoniker.

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Dirigieren mit der Zahnbürste

Die Wahl-Berlinerin Alice Sara Ott über vergessene Komponistinnen, verstorbene Idole und Whisky.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM Vote for your Christmas carol and WIN: http://classfm.co/carols

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1822 Debut as concert pianist in Vienna of Franz #Liszt at the age of 11. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Plaza Live renovations challenge Orlando Philharmonic – Orlando … – Orlando Sentinel https://t.co/UM8FngsX5s

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Photo: The prodigy. (EPA/ZIPI)

(Written on December 1, 2016 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

Tete-a-Tete blog

Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

Clown of Clowns blog

Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

MCO blog

Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

Heartfelt blog

Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

Open sessions blog

WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

ENO strongly represented on new International Opera awards shortlist

The only UK company on the shortlist for opera company of the year, elsewhere nominees include US mezzo Joyce DiDonato and designer Es Devlin

Michael Kennedy obituary

Journalist, music critic and authority on the works of Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Telegraph

Philharmonie de Paris: in pictures

La Philharmonie de Paris, a state-of-the-art concert hall designed by visionary architect Jean Nouvel, is the latest architectural jewel to be unveiled in the French capital.

The Times

Musycke to twekerth to

Tudor Tunes

BBC Music Magazine

BBC declares 2015 The Year of Song and Dance

Series of special BBC programmes to be dedicated to classical singing and ballet

Pizzicato

Erfolg für Wiener Staatsoper beim Livestream

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet Erfolg bei ihrem seit Oktober 2013 laufenden Livestreaming-Programm.

Das Orchester

Jordi Savall weist spanischen Nationalpreis zurück

Der spanische Musiker Jordi Savall hat in einem Schreiben den Kulturminister seines Landes wissen lassen, dass er den ihm zugesprochenen Nationalpreis für Musik nicht annehme.

Klassik.com

Deutsche Theaterintendanten warnen vor Selbstzensur

Nach dem Anschlag auf das französische Satiremagazin “Charlie Hebdo” durch islamistische Attentäter hat die Intendantengruppe des Deutschen Bühnenvereins vor Selbstzensur gewarnt.

Codex Flores

Nouvel boykottiert Pariser Philharmonie-Eröffnung

Für den Architekten Jean Nouvel ist die gegenwärtige Eröffnung der Philharmonie de Paris verfrüht, vermurkst und – sinngemäss – stillos.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic to Collaborate on Operas

For years, the Metropolitan Opera has gently encroached on the symphonic terrain of its Lincoln Center neighbors with orchestral concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Tweets

Guardian culture ‏@guardianculture : Why can’t festivals just announce their lineups any more?: http://gu.com/p/44pe2 

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Pinchas Zukerman’s @CanadasNAC #violin+#viola masterclass recorded in our Britten Theatre on 28 Oct is now on YouTube http://bit.ly/1y0ZhAx 

Guildhall School @guildhallschool : Interview with leading opera singer and alumna, Anne Sofie von Otter http://bit.ly/1DFFKcg 

Philharmonie de Paris The New Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: Yves Chanoit 

 

(Written on January 15, 2015 )

Gramophone

Firefighters called to London’s Royal Albert Hall as thousands are evacuated

A Classic FM live event at the Royal Albert Hall was cancelled on thursday night when smoke in the basement of the building prompted an evacuation.

Esa-Pekka Salonen extends principal conductor contract with the Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra has extended Esa-Pekka Salonen’s contract as its principal conductor and artistic advisor until the end of the 2016-17 season. Salonen will also mark 30 years of conducting the orchestra with an anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

Celebratory concert opens Guildhall School’s Milton Court complex

Formal opening for the new £89 million performance and teaching complex in London.

Sunday Express

High-vis jackets and classical music get UK’s worst school back on track

Playing Beethoven and Brahms in the corridors has had an impressive effect on behaviour.

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

BBC Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season The Mancunian Way celebrates Manchester as a centre for innovation in classical as well as popular music.

West Side Story composer nearly gave up on show, letters reveal

Leonard Bernstein’s hostility towards writer of musical’s book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals

BBC News

Playing musical instruments sharpens the mind

Researchers at the University of St Andrews said their findings showed musicians were quicker to pick up mistakes and correct them. The study adds to previous studies linking musical skills with mental and physical well-being.

The Times

Opera company in crisis as musical supremo steps down

Scottish Opera has been plunged into crisis after its musical director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak stepped down almost as soon as he’d started his job.

Fono Forum

Erfinder der Klänge

Felix Klieser ist ein außergewöhnlicher junger Mann: Er spielt seit 18 Jahren Horn – was nicht jeder 22-Jährige von sich behaupten kann – und das ohne Arme. Dass sich der frühe Einstieg für ihn gelohnt hat, zeigt unter anderem seine Debüt-CD, auf der er sich in die romantische Hornwelt des 19. Jahrhunderts begibt.

Gramophone

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(Written on September 30, 2013 )