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In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres


Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.


Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.


Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.


Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Jonathan Dove announced as VOCES8 associate composer, Andrés Orozco-Estrada extends his contract, ‘Copenhagen Phil’ fights for survival, Neoclassicim music and anti-romanticism, new Rundfunk Symphony director Vladimir Jurowski wants more Mahler concerts, Concerto Köln opens with Uraufführung at Schwetzinger Festspiele, and Staatskapelle Dresden announces schedule for 2017/18.


Jonathan Dove named as VOCES8 associate composer

Jonathan Dove has been appointed as VOCES8’s associate composer.


Andrés Orozco-Estrada Extends Contract With Houston Symphony

Colombian-born and Vienna based conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, 39, has extended his contract as Music Director of the Houston Symphony for three additional seasons through the 2021-22 season.

‘Copenhagen Phil’ kämpft mit Petition ums Überleben

Das ‘Copenhagen Phil’ (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) reagiert mit einer Petition auf den Vorschlag der dänischen Kulturministerin Mette Bock das Orchester zu schließen.


Vivaldi with a third of the notes missing sounds extremely weird

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ with a third of the notes missing for a very important reason.


Australia’s first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches at University of Melbourne with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

A two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) will launch today at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) when University of Melbourne ViceChancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Board Michael Ullmer sign an official Memorandum of Understanding.


Neoclassicism Music and Anti-romanticism

The years between the World Wars saw a speeding up of musical history.

Berliner Morgenpost

Für Vladimir Jurowski ist Musik Kommunikation

Der neue RSB-Chef will mehr Mahler ins Programm nehmen

Concerto Köln mit Uraufführung bei den Schwetzinger Festspielen

Concerto Köln eröffnet mit der Uraufführung des Musiktheaters Tre Volti – Drei Blicke auf Liebe und Krieg am 28. April 2017 die 66. Ausgabe der Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.

Staatskapelle Dresden stellt neue Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Christian Thielemann eröffnet die neue Spielzeit mit Anton Bruckners erster Symphonie in c-Moll, die bis dato erst dreimal in Konzerten der Staatskapelle Dresden auf dem Programm stand.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Musician accuses conductor Urbanski, ISO of age discrimination

During a rehearsal for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in November 2015, principal bassoonist John Wetherill stopped playing his instrument.

Broadway Songstress N’Kenge Makes Debut with Milwaukee Symphony in Classic FM!

Broadway Diva N’Kenge will grace the stage at Classic FM’s Four Decades of Radio Hits show with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the baton, Joel Levine for three concerts.


3Geplatzte Opernaufführung in Toulouse: Sänger der Titelrolle verhaftet
image: the Guardian

(Written on March 24, 2017 )


Glad to be gay: Russia embraces Benjamin Britten’s centenary

Russia may be cracking down on homosexuality, but Moscow can’t get enough of Benjamin Britten. The Guardian reports on a major celebration in the country’s capital.

English National Opera to broadcast productions live to cinema

Company to follow Met, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne in beaming shows from stage to screens, starting with Peter Grimes in February

Classic FM Online

LSO for Legend of Zelda video games concert

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am for another London Symphony Orchestra video games concert on July 13th 2014. Titled Symphonic Legends London, the concert will focus on the music from gaming giant Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series.

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Hails Its Healthier Finances

The city of Detroit may be in bankruptcy, but the Detroit Symphony Orchestrais back in the black. The symphony planned to disclose on Thursday that it had balanced its budget for the first time since 2007.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Symphony reports first budget surplus in 6 years

A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.

Classical Music Magazine

El Sistema moves to Aberdeen with new Big Noise project

Scotland looks set to get its third El Sistema-style children’s orchestra project, thanks to backing from Aberdeen City Council. Big Noise Torry, based in the Torry area of the city, will be a partnership between the local authority and charity Sistema Scotland, and according to the council could be up and running as early as 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Sasha Waltz und der Kulturhaushalt

In Berlin wird um den Haushalt gepokert. Eine Verliererin steht schon fest: Sasha Waltz. Sie geht leer aus – weil sie für Berlin zu groß geworden ist.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine





(Written on December 13, 2013 )

WildKat PR is pleased to announce that we are now working with world-renowned violinist Daniel Hope on his European-based projects.

WildKat PR will be managing Daniel Hope’s communications and media strategy across Europe, with a particular emphasis on the UK. 21C Media Group will continue to manage Mr. Hope’s North American press and media.

Following on from his highly successful recording of “Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons”, Daniel Hope will be releasing “Spheres” (Deutsche Grammophon) on 15th February 2013. The album is an anthology of music from Bach to Gabriel Prokofiev examining Pythagoras’ “Musica Universalis” theory that planetary movements create sound. It features a wide range of genres, from core repertoire such as Bach and Fauré, to new compositions written by younger composers especially for Hope (Gabriel Prokofiev and Alex Baranowski) and works by established contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass.

Highlights from Daniel Hope’s forthcoming season include; two carte blanche concerts performing and presenting with conductor Alexander Shelley and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester; launching Sweden’s first ever Yellow Lounge on January 10th 2013; a recital at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and a concert in Munich to celebrate the release of “Spheres” on 18th March 2013. Marking his tenth anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival USA, Mr. Hope will host two weeks of curated programmes culminating in a performance of Brahms and Beethoven featuring renowned mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter in March and April 2013. From the beginning of the current season at Lucerne’s KKL Concert Hall, Daniel Hope also becomes Principal Guest Artist of the Lucerne Festival Strings. The position has been specifically created for Hope and he will play and direct the orchestra in various concerts throughout the year, including a performance at the Lucerne Festival 2013.

Daniel Hope is a renowned interpreter of the work of Benjamin Britten. His 2004 recording of Berg and Britten’s violin concertos garnered such praise as being not only played to technical perfection but with its poignant emotional content – realised to the full’ by The Sunday Telegraph and was declared ‘an excellent one’ by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with the ‘agony of the movement’ said to be overwhelming as he does not resort to a distorting eccentricity.’ To celebrate Britten’s 2013 centenary, Daniel Hope will be performing Britten’s violin concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner in February and on tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in April.

In addition to the Savannah Music Festival, Hope is also Artistic Director of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany which presents 125 concerts to over 70,000 visitors across the summer, and where he will complete his tenure in 2013. Future festival plans include Hope taking up a position as Artist in Residence at the Meraner Musikwochen in Italy in September 2013, as well taking over the direction of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele from 2015 with Thomas Hengelbrock, Chief Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Balthasar Neumann Ensemble.

Daniel Hope is also a prolific writer and has published three bestselling books, including Familienstücke, a family memoir; Wann Darf Ich Klatschen? – a guide for concert-goers and Toi Toi Toi!, a collection of small mishaps and giant disasters in the classical music world. Demonstrating his immense versatility, Hope’s latest book, due to be published in 2014 by German publisher Rowohlt, explores the fascinating topic of exiled Jewish musicians, artists and writers who ended up in Hollywood before the Second World War. Readers can also enjoy Daniel Hope’s monthly columns in the German magazines “Crescendo” and “Cicero”.

Daniel Hope is at work on several compelling television projects, including a major documentary for the Bayerischer Rundfunk about the Theresienstadt concentration camp, which tells the story through the eyes of two musician survivors; Coco Schumann and Alice Herz-Sommer. Other projects include a documentary for ARTE, which explores the mysteries of the violin world, to be broadcast in Spring 2013.

For further information on “Spheres” please visit the Deutsche Grammophon website here.

To stay updated with all of Daniel Hope’s upcoming projects please visit his official website here.


Upcoming dates:

December 7th 2012: Tampere, Finland
Tampere Hall
With Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu
Berg Violin Concerto ‘To the memory of an angel’

December 15th, 2012: Release of “Spheres” eSingle: “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi

December 19th & 20th 2012: New York, USA
Le Poisson Rouge
With Max Richter & Ensemble LPR
Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

December 22nd 2012: New York, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With the Salome Chamber Orchestra
All Bach Concert: Violin Concerto in A minor, Triple Concerto in D major, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

December 31st 2012: Berlin, Germany
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 1st 2013: Berlin, Germany
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 9th 2013: Stockholm, Sweden
With Alexander Shelley and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Korngold Violin Concerto
Rózsa Love Theme from Ben Hur
Morricone Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Bateman Williams arr., Theme from Schindler’s List

January 18th 2013: Olten, Switzerland
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 26th 2013: Frankfurt, Germany
Alte Oper
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 29th 2013: Madrid, Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música
With Sebastian Knauer
Mendelssohn: Sonata for violin and piano in F Major
Schulhoff: Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
Stravinski: Russian Song
Messiaen: Praise to the Immortality of Jesus (Quartet for the End of Time 1941)
Ravel: Kaddish
Dauber: Serenade for Violin and Piano
Weill: Selection from the Threepenny Opera
Gershwin: ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Rhythm’

January 31st 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 1st, 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 15th, 2013: “Spheres” – International Release

February 15th & 16th, 2013: Indianapolis, USA
Hilbert Circle Theater
With the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Urbanski
Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1

February 19th 2013: Zurich, Switzerland
With Klaus Maria Brandauer
“Don Juan” in word and music

February 27th & 28th, 2013: Gothenburg, Sweden
With Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Britten Violin Concerto
Schubert / Berio: Rendering

Photo Credit: Harald Hoffman

(Written on December 10, 2012 )