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In today’s Classical News, Imogen Tilden tackles conducting’s gender problem, and the Ravel Museum in Montfort-l’Amaury shuts abruptly.  Composer John Adams joins the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor, and Southbank Sinfonia announce #ConcertLab.  Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn of the politics the United States are engaging in, and the University of Texas receives a $400,000 grant for the Mellon Foundation.

The Guardian

‘This is not a woman’s issue’ – tackling conducting’s gender problem

In 2013’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop hailed progress towards inclusivity in classical music. But that progress is painfully slow, as some shocking statistics reveal. This is an issue that we all need to keep talking about.

The closure of the Ravel museum would be an act of cultural sabotage

The charming, eclectic museum in the French composer’s house at Montfort-l’Amaury has been abruptly closed and its future is in doubt.

Rhinegold

John Adams joins RAM as visiting professor

John Adams has joined the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor.  Adams’ relationship with RAM began in 2012, when he conducted concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms in which RAM students performed alongside Juilliard School players.

Southbank Sinfonia announces #ConcertLab performances

The Southbank Sinfonia is to explore different aspects of concert presentation in its #ConcertLab performances.  Eight of the ensemble’s Rush Hour concerts will experiment with layout, lighting, movement and concertwear. The premise will see the musicians work alongside movement directors, choreographers and lighting directors, inviting audience feedback.

International Arts Manager

Latest international funding news

A 27 per cent increase for cultural projects is set to promote cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The funds will be used for projects like the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, who will receive €100,000, with an additional €150,000 going to the Cooperation with Northern Ireland (CNI) scheme, which was expanded in January.

Arts advocates defend the NEA

The director of the California Arts Council (CAC) and the CEO of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have both written open letters protesting potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). At least two members of the Trump transition team suggested that the NEA – originally set up in 1965 – should be abolished.

Austin360

UT receives $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical music

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $400,000 to UT’s Texas Performing Arts so that the organization may continue to develop new classical music.

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Regiert wird später

Wofür steht eigentlich der neue Kultursenator? Klaus Lederer gibt ein nichtssagendes Debüt im Kulturausschuss, Sabine Bangert von den Grünen wird einstimmig zur Vorsitzenden gewählt.

Berliner Morgenpost

Die Berliner Orchester tragen gern Schwarz 

In Berliner Klangkörpern gelten klare Kleiderregeln. Sie sollen helfen, alles zu vermeiden, was von der Musik ablenkt.

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Förderpreis für Oscar Escudero

Busoni-Kompositionspreis 2017 für Benjamin Scheuer

El País

Los Amantes de Teruel vuelven de la tumba (nunca se fueron)

El compositor Javier Navarrete convierte en ópera la leyenda de Isabel de Segura y Juan de Marcilla

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Christoph von Dohnanyi against Trump: « Fear and aggression produce nothing but fear and aggression »

Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi has written an article to warn from the new politics, the United States are engaging in, the website Democratic Underground reports.

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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during a dress rehearsal, 11/11/10. Photo by Chris Lee

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(Written on February 7, 2017 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.

NBC DFW

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?

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SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

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Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

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Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.

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Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

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(Written on September 7, 2016 )

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, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation will award funding to two programmes supporting and developing young musicians, the Belfast Music Society has created a new classical album for babies and Xian Zhang is the first woman to have a titled role at a BBC orchestra. Also, the Ulster Orchestra hopes to break down class barriers to classical music

Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Orchestra hoping to break down class barriers to classical music

As an Assembly investigation into working-class ‘exclusion’ from the arts continues, the UO envisages ‘composing’ at least five or six education and outreach projects

Classical Music Magazine

Young musician projects gain Lloyd Webber grants

Two programmes supporting and developing young musicians are to receive substantial grants from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, it was announced today

The Irish News

Belfast musicians launch classical album for babies

It’s a well-established fact that listening to classic music has a soothing effect on babies and that introducing children to music at a young age is hugely beneficial

The Guardian

Xian Zhang makes conducting history as first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra

The Chinese-born artist is to be the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s new principal guest conductor

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Pariser Opernlogen weiter im Gespräch

Der Streit um die Entfernung von Zwischenwänden in den Logen der alten Pariser Oper Palais Garnier nimmt immer erstaunlichere Ausmaße an

Klassik.com

Thomas Quasthoff mit Martin Buber-Plakette ausgezeichnet

Thomas Quasthoff hat die diesjährige Martin Buber-Plakette erhalten. Sie wurde ihm im Rahmen des Kulturfestivals “Euriade” im niederländischen Kerkrade verliehen

Crescendo

Audi Jugendchorakademie sucht neue Stimmen

Im Dezember und Januar sucht die Audi Jugendchorakademie wieder nach Gesangstalenten, die gern in einem professionellem Umfeld singen wollen. Die neuen Chormitglieder haben die Möglichkeit, bei den Audi Sommerkonzerten 2016 und mit Star-Dirigent Kent Nagano aufzutreten

El Pais

Montserrat Caballé declarará desde su casa por fraude fiscal

La soprano participará en la vista a través de una videoconferencia por motivos de salud

Scherzo

Comienzan los Conciertos de Navidad y Año Nuevo en el Auditorio Sony

Auditorio Sony acoge el ciclo Conciertos de Navidad y Año Nuevo en el que participan los músicos que se forman en los distintos departamentos de instrumento, canto y música de cámara de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

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Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic 1 Dec: time to open day 1 of our #AdventCalendar! Check back every day for prizes/goodies:  http://christmas.sinfinimusic.com/

The Journal of Music:@journalofmusic Paris Residences Offered for Irish Musicians and Composers. http://ow.ly/VjwL7  @cc_irlandais

Culture at King’s:@CultureatKings  #BigBangData opens 3 Dec @SomersetHouse. Artists & designers use data to explore how data is transforming society http://ow.ly/VjwA0

Xian Zhang/ NJO

Xian Zhang/ NJO

(Written on December 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph tells the history of classical music in 50 short pieces, BBC Music Magazine talks to the composer of their 2015 carol and Gramophone reports that the Finish composer Jouni Kaipainen has died. Also, The Irish Times announces the winner of the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award

The Telegraph

A history of classical music in 50 short pieces

50 masterpieces of classical music, each the length of a pop song

The Irish Times

Cog Notes: Young pianist wins Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award

Eoin Fleming (17) a sixth- year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, has won the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award, Ireland’s largest classical competition for secondary schools

BBC Music Magazine

We talk to the composer of the 2015 BBC Music Magazine carol

Cheryl Frances-Hoad is one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers. This year, we asked her to compose a Christmas carol especially for the readers of BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone

The composer Jouni Kaipainen has died

The Finnish composerJouni Kaipainen has died at the age of 58 following a long illness

The Guardian

Middle class people dominate arts, survey finds

The UK’s creative industries are dominated by middle class people, according to a survey that reveals the extent to which gender and ethnicity continue to influence careers in the arts

Klassik Akzente

Das Label ist ein Wunschkonzert – “Manufacture on Demand” geht in die fünfte Runde

Das Konzept der Deutschen Grammophon ist so einfach wie genial: Vom Markt verschwundene hochwertige Aufnahmen erscheinen seit einiger Zeit in neuem Glanz und sind nun auf Wunsch in handverlesener Auflage wieder verfügbar

Pizzicato

Tonhalle Zürich führt Rush-Hour-Konzerte ein

Das Orchester der Tonhalle Zürich erweitert ihr bisheriges Konzertangebot um ein neues Format: An drei Donnerstagen in dieser Saison veranstaltet es Rush-Hour-Konzerte um 18.30 Uhr

NMZ

Universität Dortmund prüft Bach-Porträt mit Röntgen-Strahlen

Ein Bach-Porträt aus der Zeit des Musikers? Das wäre eine Sensation. Die Kunstszene rätselt, seitdem der Dortmunder Unternehmer und Bachliebhaber Wolf-Dietrich Köster das Kunstwerk 2014 bei einer Versteigerung gekauft hat

Classicalite

Professor Frankie Flood Develops New Hand for Disabled Viola Player Shea Stollenwerk

Taking a step forward for the biomedical community, a professor at the University of Wisconsin is applying technology to classical music. Frankie Flood, an art teacher, has used a 3-D printer to help develop new “hands” for a 10-year-old seeking to be a professional musician

The Washington Post

Anonymous 4 calls it quits

After this season, the glorious female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 is closing up shop as an ensemble, the singers going their separate ways

Twitter

Agence France-Presse: @AFP #BREAKING French entertainment industry demands 50 million euros in government aid over Paris attacks

Royal Academy:@royalacademy 1 week left to apply to the #RASchools postgrad art course – no fees, & bursaries available http://bit.ly/1otNJPi

LauraWright:@thelaurawright  If you’re in the music industry like me, start your day by reading this: big up @laurenlaverne http://bit.ly/1N5B4vZ

Cheryl Frances-Hoad BBC Music Magazine

Cheryl Frances-Hoad
BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 24, 2015 )

The Telegraph

The International Opera Awards: a reminder of a vibrant operatic scene

Amid signs of gloom, the International Opera Awards are a welcome reminder of just how vibrant the operatic scene is. The 2nd International Opera Awards ceremony will take place tonight at Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

Classic FM

Lang Lang receives honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University

This isn’t the first honorary degree the pianist has received. In 2011, the Prince of Wales awarded him a PhD from the Royal College of Music, in 2012 picked up a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and is also an honorary fellow of Oxford University.

Classical Music Magazine

London International A Cappella Choir Competition: Tallis Scholars host tribute to Tavener

Choirs from Estonia, Spain, Poland, the US, Sweden, Ireland and the UK will compete in the competition, which was conceived as a 70th birthday tribute to Sir John Tavener and will now be held in his memory.

Royal Opera House

Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montano nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, and First Artist Fernando Montaño have all been nominated for the Personality of the Year award at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS). The LUKAS awards, which are now in their third year, celebrate the culture of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK. This year, around 1,200 people were nominated for a total of 65 awards.

Spiegel Online

Vielseitige Sopranistin: Darf ich bitten, Herr Strauss!

Ob “Alphorn” oder “Madrigal”: Die Sopranistin Christiane Karg stürzt sich gern in musikalische Abenteuer. Da findet sie eine Menge in den Liedern von Richard Strauss. Die silbrige Faszination des “Rosenkavalier”-Komponisten leuchtet auch in der kleinen Form.
Klassik Akzente

Man kennt Myung Whun Chung als Dirigenten am Pult renommierter Ensembles wie dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France oder der Staatskapelle Dresden. Aber er ist auch ein exzellenter, inspirierter Pianist. Beispiel Piano.

Unerhörte Spannungen – Kammermusik von Harrison Birtwistle

ECM New Series widmet der Musik des britischen Komponisten Harrison Birtwistle erstmals ein ganzes Album. Till Fellner, Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel und die Sänger Amy Freston und Roderick Williams haben es aufgenommen.

Le Monde

Jonas Kaufmann, « wunderténor »

On doit à Jonas Kaufmann l’une de nos plus belles soirées lacrymales. C’était à l’Opéra Bastille, en janvier 2010. Le ténor allemand chantait le dernier acte du Werther de Massenet dans la mise en scène sensitive de Benoît Jacquot.

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Alfie Boe and friends unite for Parkinson’s concert

Comedy duo Armstrong & Miller are set to reform for charity concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall in June, performing alongside a host of classical stars including Julian Lloyd Webber and Alfie Boe.

Leonard Nimoy to guest with Boston Pops Orchestra

Leonard Nimoy, star of Star Trek and legend of sci-fi, will appear at two Boston Pops Orchestra concerts in May.

The Guardian

Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on a panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights has been composed

NME sales fall below 20,000

IPC Media music magazine reports drop in circulation of 21.1% year on year, with rival Q down 14.2%

Classicalite

Sir James Galway Announces ‘First Flute’ Internet Instruction Series, Suitable for Beginners and Advanced Players Alike

American pianist Jonathan Biss and Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud have engaged the ever-expanding internet with web-based music teaching series, and now Ireland’s own Sir James Galway will follow their URL suits.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announce details of new structure

Croydon-based chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players has announced details of what will become its new structure after its current managing director, Simon Funnell, leaves at the end of next month as the result of ‘a major funding problem’.

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

In der unendlichen Geschichte um das Hamburger Prestigeobjekt konnte ein weiterer Bauabschnitt beendet werden. Nach den Auseinandersetzungen der vergangenen Jahre zeigen sich derzeit alle Beteiligten kooperativ und optimistisch.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 14, 2014 )

Gramophone

Violinist Israel Baker Has Died, Aged 92.

The violinist Israel Baker has died at his home in Los Angeles aged 92.

Thomas Quasthoff Withdraws From The Spotlight.

Citing ill health, the German baritone retires.

BBC News

Letter Penned By Beethoven Uncovered In Germany.

A letter written by composer Ludwig van Beethoven has emerged in Germany after being left in a will.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms Launches Competition For Young Composers.

Entries to be judged by composers including Stuart MacRae and Nico Muhly.

New York Times

Carnegie Hall To Establish National Youth Orchestra In 2013.

Ireland has one. Norway has one. Sweden has one, and it will be at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 26. Even Iraq has one.

The Telegraph

Jonathan McGovern: New Face.

Jonathan McGovern is a 26 year-old baritone who looks poised for a brilliant career.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/9007749/Jonathan-McGovern-New-Face.html

 

(Written on January 12, 2012 )