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In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

Twitter

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: “It is striking how Mancunians have turned to poetry and music” http://bit.ly/2qPpBhh

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

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(Written on June 5, 2017 )

The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).

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Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

NorthJersey.com

Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.

Independent

Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision

theguardian

Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

Klassik Akzente

Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

klassik.com

Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

Musik heute

Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.

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Photograph: Sim Canetty Clarke

(Written on May 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the media mourns the record producer Sir George Martin after his death at the age of 90 and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber maintains that the Royal Festival Hall is a great concert hall.  In France, four opera houses decide to join forces and in Germany the Vogtland hopes to attract more visitors to the region through its musical traditions.

Guardian

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber defends Royal Festival Hall

Julian Lloyd Webber is the first to agree that the Royal Festival Hall’s acoustics are far from perfect – but that doesn’t stop it from being a great concert hall

Independent

Beatles classic ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ could cause health problems

Study says tracks with negative lyrics about growing old can affect the confidence of people later in life

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Obituary: Sir George Martin

Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the “fifth Beatle”, has died, aged 90.

Die Zeit 

Beatles-Produzent George Martin gestorben

George Martin war als “fünfter Beatle” maßgeblich am Aufstieg der Band zu Weltstars beteiligt. Der britische Musikproduzent starb im Alter von 90 Jahren

Klassik.com

Französische Nationalbibliothek erwirbt verschollen geglaubten Berlioz-Klavierauszug

Die Bibliothèque nationale de France hat ein umfangreiches Manuskript von Hector Berlioz erworben. Es handelt sich um das Manuskript des Klavierauszugs von Berlioz‘ Oper “Les Troyens”

NMZ

Vogtland will mit Musiktradition mehr Gäste anlocken

Im vogtländischen Musikwinkel in Markneukirchen soll eine neue Schauwerkstatt für Blechblasinstrumente mehr internationale Gäste anlocken

Washington Post

Jordi Savall wakes an early-music instrument from a long sleep

The viola da gamba, Jordi Savall said, “started a long sleep” around 1800, when the instrument fell out of widespread favor

France Musique

Les quatre maisons d’opéra du Grand Est mutualisent leurs forces

Alors que vient de se créer la nouvelle grande région Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine, les quatre maisons d’opéra du territoire ont décidé de se rapprocher

Classical Music on Twitter

The Economist: @TheEconomist Sir George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle”, has died. He was instrumental in shaping their music

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ .@ClarinetEmmaJ has become the first woman to have her portrait unveiled at

Classical Diary:  Producer for the , Sir George Martin was also a composer & conductor who worked for the BBC’s classical music department & EMI.

Music History: @today_classical  in 1748 FP of ’s oratorio Joshua at the Covent Garden, London.

 

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(Written on March 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a 17 year-old female conductor breaks down barriers in Afghanistan, and Harpist Catrin Finch describes how a Welsh settlement in Patagonia survives through music. Also, the UK music sector shows rapid growth, and Shoichi Yabuta has been announced as the winner of the Geneva Competition 2015 composition prize

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UK music sector shows rapid growth

The UK’s music industry is making itself heard, as a new report shows its importance to the country’s economy

BBC Music Magazine

Female conductor breaks down barriers in Afghanistan

A 17 year-old conductor makes history in Kabul

Classical Music Magazine

Shoichi Yabuta wins Geneva composition prize

Shoichi Yabuta (Japan) has been announced as the winner of the Geneva Competition 2015 composition prize

Independent

Georg Friedrich Haas on ‘Morgen und Abend’: ‘I don’t do melodies’

‘Expect soundscapes, not harmonies’, says the composer of his Covent Garden premiere

The Guardian

Catrin Finch’s Patagonia diary: ‘Wales survives here through music’

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is midway through an ambitious tour of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, including a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Harpist Catrin Finch kept a diary of the first week of the residency

Spiegel

Bewunderter Pianist aus New Orleans: Allen Toussaint ist tot

Er fuhr einen goldenen Rolls-Royce, Kennzeichen “Piano”: Als Musiker spielte er mit Paul McCartney, seine Lieder coverten die Rolling Stones, er prägte den New Orleans Soul. Nun ist Allen Toussaint auf Tournee gestorben – er wurde 77 Jahre alt

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Komponist Georg Friedrich Haas: Liebevoller Umgang mit dem Tod

Emotionen wachrütteln, Schmerz hören, das sind die Anliegen von Georg Friedrich Haas. Seine Themen kreisen um Leben und Tod. Haas sprach in einem dpa-Interview über seine Zusammenarbeit mit dem norwegischen Star-Autor Jon Fosse

Klassik.com

John Neumeier mit Kyoto-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Choreograph und Ballett-Intendant John Neumeier hat den diesjährigen Kyoto-Preis in der Sparte Kunst und Philosophie erhalten

Scherzo 

El Museo Lázaro Galdiano abre su temporada musical

El concierto del 16 de noviembre abre la temporada musical en el Museo Lázaro Galdiano a cargo del pianista Enrique Lapaz

El Mundo 

Streaming: el futuro de la música ya se puede escuchar

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Deezer, Tidal… ¿Qué ofrece cada plataforma? ¿Por qué gastarse el dinero en una? Una guía para no perderse en la ‘Nube’ sonora

Twitter

Time Out MusicClubbing + classical music = Minimalism with :

Breaking CLE News A Jam-Packed Week of Classical Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss: There’s lots to highlight this week, and a number…

Classical 101The Many Moods of Classical Music in Bond Films

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(Written on November 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Judith Weir has her first major commission as Master of the Queen’s Music, the British Composer Awards 2015 shortlist is announced, and Royal College of Music will acquire the English National Ballet headquarters. Also, The Royal Opera House is leading a movement among theatres to stream performances live over the internet

The Times

Can’t afford opera? Watch it on iPad

For people who wish to watch opera on the move, or merely without the need to queue for the lavatory during the interval, help is at hand

Independent

Catrin Finch: Harpist and composer visits Welsh-speaking area of Argentina

The musician, who lives in Cardiff, was marking 150 years since Welsh settlers arrived in the region

BBC Music Magazine

Judith Weir’s first major commission as Master of the Queen’s Music

The anthem Praise Him with trumpets to be premiered in Hampton Court Palace’s Chapel Royal

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB receive PRS award

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have become the latest recipients of PRS for Music Foundation‘s David Bedford Music Education Award

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Harrison Birtwistle, Julian Anderson and James MacMillan all nominated

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music to acquire English National Ballet headquarters

The Royal College of Music is to acquire Markova House, English National Ballet‘s current headquarters in Jay Mews SW7

FAZ

Eine neue Tänzergeneration

Eine andere Zeitrechnung soll beginnen: Benjamin Millepied wird in den nächsten fünf Jahren das Pariser Opernballett bestimmen. Jetzt hat er das neue, modernisierte Programm vorgestellt

Pizzicato 

Naxos vertreibt jetzt Orfeo

Das traditionsreiche Schallplattenlabel Orfeo, das jährlich 20-25 Produktionen veröffentlicht, Neuaufnahmen wie auch Mitschnitte von Aufführungen aus Bayreuth, München, Wien und Salzburg, wird künftig von Naxos vertrieben

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Deutscher Musikrat: Medienpolitisches Positionspapier verabschiedet

Vertreter von über 100 Dachverbänden des Musiklebens verabschiedeten auf der diesjährigen Mitgliederversammlung des Deutschen Musikrates den 4. Berliner Appell „Schöne neue Medienwelt: Kreative schützen!“

The Washington Post 

Intense, masterful pianist Evgeny Kissin taking a break from U.S. concerts

Kissin will be taking a two-year sabbatical from the United States after the current season but maintaining a full calendar of concerts in Europe

Broadwayworld.com

Jeffrey Kahane to Perform World Premiere by Andrew Norman

James Gaffigan will make his New York Philharmonic subscription debut conducting the World Premiere of Andrew Norman’s Split, for piano and orchestra, composed for Jeffrey Kahane, who will be the soloist

Twitter

Sinfini Music: ‘We trumpet players all have certain music we love’ answers 10 Questions

In Tune BBC Radio 3: We’re keen to hear from new and emerging classical talent. Performers and composers. Go to and upload your track!

Classic FM: You really do not want to be spending 31st October in any of these:

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(Written on October 30, 2015 )

With only two weeks to go, we’re very excited here at WildKat PR as we prepare for the Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2015. The festival takes place 30 September – 3 October, with concerts in Holywell Music Room, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Merton College Chapel. The festival’s theme – ‘From a Tender Age’ – provides a fascinating programme, which explores the relationship between music and youth, and includes first opuses, first loves, early inspiration, compositions dedicated to children and the genius of Wunderkinder.

The festival’s four days are packed with diverse and exciting events, but we thought we’d draw your attention to a few highlights in particular.

Wednesday evening’s concert, Expectation and Fate, explores early influences, and begins with Steve Reich’s Different Trains – a piece inspired by his childhood train journeys. This concert also includes Vierne’s lesser-known Piano quintet op. 42, which is a memorial to his son, who was killed in WW1.

Similarly, Friday afternoon’s concert features a special arrangement of Berg’s Violin Concerto – dedicated to Alma Mahler’s daughter – “To the memory of an angel”. Other highlights include Prokofiev’s narrated Peter and the Wolf, featured in Thursday’s concert Wonderland. Through this magical story, Prokofiev captures the hopes and fears of childhood and sets each instrument as a particular character.

Saturday’s Brunch Concert combines our two favourite things – food and music – and includes Saint-Saëns’ The Elephant, Ravel’s Mother Goose and Ridout’s Ferdinand the Bull. It promises to be great fun for adults and children alike. In contrast, adolescent love is captured in Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, which is part of Thursday’s evening concert, Jeunehomme/Dame.

Furthermore, in addition to works about youthfullness, the festival also combines works written by adolescents and child prodigies. These namely feature in Friday’s lunchtime concert, Early Impressions, and Friday evening’s concert Wunderkind.

This diverse festival provides a sensational programme for both old and young, and additional events – including evening drinks with supper and Saturday brunch – provide both opportunities to socialise with fellow concertgoers and the chance to meet the fantastic performers. This year artistic director Priya Mitchell will once again be joined by an exceptional group of musicians, including Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Hugo Ticciati and leading Scandinavian cellist Torleif Thedeen. Described by the Independent as ‘an event unlike any other’, and hailed ‘a musical miracle’ by The Daily Telegraph, this festival promises to be unforgettable, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Check out the Oxford Chamber Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook, and click here to visit the official website for more information and ticket sales.

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(Written on September 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.

Guardian

Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’

Independent

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.

Slate

Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?

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Sound and Music: Today is deadline day for our on commissioning fees

Help Musicians UK: Any singers worried about the tiniest change to their voice? answers your queries via

Classical Music: The and announce as the second doctoral composer-in-residence:

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The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news a man has been charged with murder after Natalia Strelchenko was found dead of head and neck injuries. The Guardian looks inside Max Richter’s vinyl collection and answer the question: why does music give us chills? Also, Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to Jessica Duchen about the launch of Europe’s first professional orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians.

Guardian

Inside Max Richter’s vinyl collection: Aphex Twin, Bach, Grouper and more

In the lead-up to the release of his eight-hour lullaby album, Sleep, the composer creates a playlist of some his favourite music, from noise-rockers Girl Band to Aphex Twin

Why does music give us chills? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day, millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

Independent

Chineke! Europe’s first professional orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians launches

Its founder double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to Jessica Duchen

Classic FM

Man charged with murder of pianist Natalia Strelchenko and attempted murder of teenager

John Martin has been charged with murder after Natalia Strelchenko was found dead of head and neck injuries. Martin is understood to be Strelchenko’s partner.

Classical Music Magazine

ROSL ARTS director dies after being hit by bus

Roderick Lakin, director of ROSL ARTS since 1984, died on 28 August from head injuries suffered when he was struck by a bus.

BR Klassik

“Barockmusik hat immer gerockt”

Mittwoch Abend startet in Füssen die 13. Ausgabe des Festivals “vielsaitig”, künstlerisch verantwortet vom Kölner Verdi Quartett. Unter dem Motto “BaRock” wollen die Veranstalter eine Brücke schlagen von der Barockmusik hin zur modernen Rockmusik.

Musik heute

MDR Sinfonieorchester blickt musikalisch nach Süden

Das MDR Sinfonieorchester stellt die Spielzeit 2015/16 unter das Motto “Go South”. Damit komplettiert Chefdirigent Kristjan Järvi den in den Vorjahren unternommenen Blick in die vier Himmelsrichtungen, teilte der MDR am Dienstag in Leipzig mit.

Klavier.de

Pianistin Natalia Strelchenko in ihrer Wohnung getötet

Die norwegisch-russische Pianistin Natalia Strelchenko ist mutmaßlich Opfer eines Gewaltverbrechens geworden. Die Musikerin war am vergangenen Wochenende mit schweren Kopf- und Halsverletzungen in ihrem Haus in Manchester gefunden worden.

France Musique

Amine Bouhafa remporte le prix France Musique – Sacem de la musique de film 2015

Le compositeur Amine Bouhafa a remporté mardi 2 septembre le 9ème prix France Musique – Sacem de la musique de film pour sa bande originale de “Timbuktu”, réalisé par Abderrahmane Sissako.

The New York Times

Nikolaus Lehnhoff, German Opera Director, Dies at 76

Nikolaus Lehnhoff, a German opera director who staged “Salome” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Wagner’s “Ring” cycle in San Francisco in the 1980s, but who was best known for his productions in Europe, died on Aug. 22 at his home in Berlin. He was 76.

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Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Join @PeterStark16 & the RCM Phil for our first #OrchestralMasterworks concert, 4 weeks today http://bit.ly/1USJHAE 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFMWhere was your favourite classical work placed in the Ultimate #HallOfFame? Take a look here: http://classfm.co/UHOF 

nwanoku-richmondIts founder double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to Jessica Duchen. Photo: Independent

(Written on September 2, 2015 )

With the summer holidays drawing to a close, for students all around the country this means one thing. Results. But one seventeen-year-old girl had other things on her mind.

Jessy McCabe noticed a distinct lack of female representation on the Edexcel A-level music syllabus, with 63 male composers and no females, despite including a variety of genres and eras.

She contacted Edexcel’s Head of Music, who claims “given that female composers were not prominent in the Western Classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A Level specification]”. McCabe dismisses this statement. She argues that there are over 6000 female composers in history and BBC Radio 3 managed to programme a full day of music written by women in honour of International Women’s Day.

And it would appear that she is not alone in her opinions. Over 1700 people have already supported her online petition.

This topic certainly has sparked lively debate from both sides. What do you think? Tweet us at @WildKatPR or comment on our Facebook page.

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Seventeen-year-old Jessy McCabe
Photo credit: The Independent

(Written on August 21, 2015 )