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In today’s news: Opera chiefs accused of elitism, Philadelphia Orchestra brings Jewish and Arab Israeli communities together, contemporary composers Helmut Lachenmann and John Cage meet in Munich, plans of the Berlin Rundfunkorchester for season 2018/19 and Music Festival FEMUA in Abidjan.

The Times

Opera chiefs accused of elitism for food and drink ban in musicals

A ban from taking food and drink into the venue, has led to claims that the ENO is discriminating against audiences for more commercial shows.

Classical Music 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields announces $1m gift ahead of its 60th anniversary

The gift has been made by the president of the American Friends of the Academy, Maria Cardamone, and her husband Paul.

Opera Now

Turin’s Teatro Regio appoints William Graziosi as general director

Graziosi began his career as artistic administrator of the Spontini Classic project, where he oversaw the organisation of three singing competitions and academies specialising in the work of Gaspare Spontini.

Broadway World

Rachel Barton Pine And Jory Vinikour perform on Cedille Records Album

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Cedille Records’ best-selling artist, and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, a two-time Grammy nominee making his Cedille label debut, play J.S. Bach’s complete violin and harpsichord sonatas.

Slipped Disk

Philadelphia Orchestra promises to work with ‘Jewish and Arab Israeli Citizens’ 

This statement was released following pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel where they will participate in special residency activities in Israel, June 3-7.


Mezzo Fleuranne Brockway wins Royal College of Music Scholarship

The Australian International Opera Awards has partnered with the Royal College of Music this year, seeing Brockway further her vocal studies in London.


Musikfestival FEMUA in Abidjan – Visionen, Ideen und hohe Zinsen

In Anoumabo, einem Slum der ivoirischen Metropole Abidjan, findet das Musikfestival FEMUA statt. Mit dem Erlös werden neue Schulen gebaut.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pfeif auf die Melodie

In München treffen an einem Abend die zeitgenössischen Großkomponisten Helmut Lachenmann und John Cage aufeinander. Lachenmann spielt seine “Wiegenmusik” und wagt bei einer Podiumsdiskussion provokante Thesen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Pläne des Berliner Rundfunkchors für die Spielzeit 2018/19

Crossover-Soireen, Mozart-Requiems und Mitsingkonzerte: Der Berliner Rundfunkchor stellt seine Pläne für die Spielzeit 2018/2019 vor.

france musique

Jazz Culture : 41ème concours national de jazz de la Défense

Les inscriptions pour le 41ème Concours National de Jazz de la Défense sont ouvertes.



Helmut Lachenmann © Lebrecht Music And Arts Photo


(Written on May 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: More worrying news about bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health, the trials of travelling musicians, and Classic FM’s birthday celebrations! The Berlin Philharmonic to start last season with Rattle, Serebrennikow under house arrest, and Rheingau Music Prize for Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

Psappha reveals 2017/18 season

Highlights include a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery through music and art, a collaboration with guitarist Mike Walker, a performance of Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître under Jamie Phillips, and a concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Strad

Trials of travelling musicians: violin not accepted as hand luggage on ferry

Scilly Steamship Company insists violin goes in the hold – yet maintains policy allowing two dogs per adult.


More worrying news about Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health

The bass-baritone has been fighting a brain tumour since 2015. He has cancelled a number of upcoming opera performances, yet two recitals are announced for September, in Bucharest and Moscow.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebrations from Dumfries House

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Classic FM will be celebrating with the Royal Family on Wednesday 6th September – the day before our birthday.


Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice.


Hotel chain plans John Cage birthday marathon

Ace Hotels will be presenting a full day of the composer’s music in lobbies and public areas on September 5.


Berliner Philharmoniker starten in letzte Rattle-Saison

Mit Haydns „Schöpfung“ starten die Berliner Philharmoniker in die letzte Spielzeit unter ihrem langjährigen Chefdirigenten Sir Simon Rattle.


Serebrennikov unter Hausarrest, Stuttgart produziert ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ mit seinem Team

Trotz heftiger Proteste in Russland und im Ausland hat die russische Justiz hat den am Dienstag wegen Betrugsvorwürfen festgenommenen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikov gestern unter Hausarrest gestellt.

Klassik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 für Enoch zu Guttenberg und seinen Chor

Morgen werden Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern zu Beginn ihres Konzertes in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet.


Sam Jackson @classicjacko

Very exciting news, announced today, about ‘s 25th birthday celebrations:

John Cage (1912-1992) ©Limelight







(Written on August 24, 2017 )

Classical News

The Guardian

John Cage Was … photographs and introduction by James Klosty

My first contact with John Cage was in London in 1964. It was in the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road that I first saw the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Listen to Aurora Orchestra’s Road Trip

A week ahead of its release, Aurora Orchestra’s first recording for Warner Classics is available to listen to here exclusively, for free

The Telegraph

Why everyone is wrong about minimalism

Despite its many critics, minimalism is still a triumphant force in classical music, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Music Magazine

Labour suffers backlash over arts cuts tweet

The Labour party is suffering a sustained backlash from the arts community after its official Twitter account denied Conservative claims that it would reverse cuts to Arts Council England’s budget.

The Strad

Fifth Windsor International String Competition announces eight semi-finalists

The competitors will perform at Windsor Castle, outside of London, in March

International Arts Manager

Kuhmo Festival explores time

The Finnish festival will stage over 70 concerts between 12 and 25 July, with daily topics exploring turning points in centuries, the seasons and other time-related subjects.

Dresden will Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2025 werden

Oberbürgermeisterin Helma Orosz (CDU) will Signal des Aufrüttelns setzen

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Mozart live auf der Krabbeldecke

Klassische Musik tut schon den Kleinsten gut. Deshalb werden Konzerte schon für wenige Monate alte Babys immer beliebter.

Musik Heute

Audi Jugendchorakademie bietet Vorsingtermine

Die Audi Jugendchorakademie bietet talentierten Nachwuchssängern die Möglichkeit, sich für eine Teilnahme zu bewerben.

hr-Sinfonieorchester: Neue Vertriebswege für Junge Konzerte

Karten für die Jungen Konzerte des hr-Sinfonieorchesters sind künftig noch einfacher erhältlich.

Codex Flores

Neue Erkenntnisse zum Absoluten Gehör

Neuropsychologen der Universität Zürich (UZH) haben bei Absoluthörern eine enge funktionelle Kopplung zwischen dem Hörkortex im Gehirn und dem Stirnhirn festgestellt.

El Mundo

Caballé, sin subvenciones ni ayudas públicas durante año y medio

La soprano fue imputada el pasado mes de abril por un presunto delito contra la Hacienda Pública

Tweets: ‏@creativetourist : A cultural tour of MCR by Maria Balshaw, Dir. of @WhitworthArt & @mcrartgallery:  Inc @IWMNorth

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag : #OnThisDay in 1735, #Handel‘s ‘Ariodante’ premièred @RoyalOperaHouse. Some recommendations: 

Darren Henley @HENLEYDARREN : New book published today: The @ClassicFM Handy Guide to the Orchestra 

John Cage 8th Jan news

John Cage photographed in Minnesota. Credit: James Klosty 

(Written on January 8, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera labour dispute: a symptom of a company in crisis

The largest performing arts organization in the US is threatening to lock out its musicians on Friday, the latest setback for a company – and an art form – at a dangerous junction.

Classic FM

The Sacconi Quartet on why Beethoven is life-changing

Lights, cameras, and Beethoven – the Sacconi Quartet explain why their Bristol Proms performance speaks to listeners on many levels.

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to come to the UK

The popular show is set to invade six UK cities in May.

Classic FM

Charles Hazelwood: Terry Riley is like ‘climbing in a lava lamp!’

After he inspired a generation of electronic music in the 1960s, what kind of person might turn up to a Terry Riley concert? Jane Jones and Charles Hazelwood explain…

Classic FM

Ji Liu performs John Cage’s 4’33” live at the Bristol Proms

Ji Liu made a stunning Bristol Proms debut by performing two completely opposing pieces – John Cage’s iconic ‘silent’ piece ‘4’33”, and the complete Goldberg variations by Bach.


Turandot on the Beach, Anyone? Buff Members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari Perform Puccini for Seaside Crowd

Summer opera takes on a whole new meaning in a recent video of Puccini’s Turandot, presented on the beach and in the water by the well-toned members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Some companies are reinventing themselves with complex business models. Others are sharing productions as a way to trim costs and increase production values. No matter what model these companies choose, however, they’re all chasing funds to sustain themselves.

Die Zeit

Klassik blüht im Sommer

Von Hitzacker bis Rheingau, Freden bis Nürtingen: Deutschland hat mehr als 300 Festivals für klassische und artverwandte Musik.

Wiener Staatsopernmuseum wird Opfer von Sparmaßnahmen

Das Wiener Staatsopernmuseum soll als Teil einer organisatorischen Umgestaltung der Bundestheater geschlossen werden.

Klassik heute

63. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD mit Anmeldungsrekord

Für den diesjährigen Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD, der vom 1. bis 19. September stattfindet, bewarben sich 519 Musikerinnen und Musiker sowie Ensembles, das ist die bisher höchste Anmeldezahl in der Geschichte des traditionsreichen Wettbewerbs.

Il Messaggero 

E’ morto Giorgio Gaslini, compositore e pianista: aveva 85 anni

Giorgio Gaslini, morto a 84 anni all’ospedale di Borgotaro (Parma), dove era ricoverato da circa un mese dopo una caduta, è stato uno dei personaggi più conosciuti di quella generazione di musicisti che a partire dagli anni ’50 ha praticamente inventato il jazz moderno in Italia.


BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #bbcproms @BBCSingers @liverpoolphil @VasilyPetrenko perform Strauss & Elgar with soprano Inger Dam-Jensen 

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Coming up @BristolProms today: @sinfoniacymru Towards A Staged Concert 6pm, Daniel @HopeViolin 7.30pm, #Unbuttoned 10pm

NPR Classical: ‏@nprclassical With #FiftyShadesTrailer out, it’s time to revisit the book’s boost of #classicalmusic sales (of all things):

MasterclassFoundat’n: ‏@MMFmasterclass find out why a physicist crowd-surfed during the Hallelujah chorus #classicalmusic @bristolproms @guardianmusic

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic  Audiences should be free to listen to what they want  #classicalmusic


NY met

A rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013

Photograph: Ken Howard/AP


(Written on July 31, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Music industry worth £3.5bn to the UK economy, says report

The music industry is worth £3.5bn a year to the UK economy, according to a new report from UK Music, an organisation which lobbies on behalf of live music.

Classic FM

13 reasons classical music is not dead

Classic FM: “With all the recent talk in the press of classical music being dead, we thought of 13 very good reasons why it’s actually not. At all. So there.”

Set in a background of ice and snow, the classical-pop duo play a white piano and cello to perform their new Baroque Disney single.

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms


Now you can down and up-load John Cage’s ‘silent piece’ on your phone

Various recordings of John Cage’s 4’33” are now available as an app.

Trib Live (Pennsylvania)

All-classical music station WQED reduces its staff

Pittsburgh’s only all-classical music station WQED-FM announced two staff cuts and reduced air time for local radio hosts as its parent company, WQED Multimedia, tries to rebound from years of inconsistent funding.

Klassik Akzente

Weltfilmpremiere – Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, Live in Berlin

Die Musik von Vivaldis Vier Jahreszeiten, die von Max Richter neu interpretiert wird, kann nun auch visuell bestaunt werden.

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys



(Written on February 21, 2014 )

This evening on Friday 27th September at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, there will be a screening of Accentus Music’s film: John Cage – Journeys in Sound. The feature will include rare footage of Cage including concert excerpts with some of his own accounts, and will give insight into the many facets of the revolutionary artist and composer, Cage himself.

This screening is part of the ICA’s selection of highlights from the 2013 Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). Like many that will appear in this series, there is an extended introduction and a Q&A. Tonight this will be with composer and performer Susan Stenger.

The screening begins at 7pm in Cinema 1. Take a look at the website, to find out more about tonight’s event and where to buy tickets. Also, you can find out more about the series here.


(Written on September 27, 2013 )

WildKat PR is proud to announce that two of our clients have won an ECHO Klassik award.

The ECHO Klassik is one of the best established and most well-known music awards in the world, which honours the outstanding and successful performances of national and international artists.

Accentus Music, who create high quality operatic, concert and documentary DVDs, have been awarded an ECHO Klassik in the category ‘Music-DVD-Production of This Year’ for their DVD ‘John Cage – Journeys in Sound’.

We are also honoured that Daniel Hope and Max Richter have won an ECHO Klassik award for the ‘Classic Without Borders’ category for their recent ‘Recomposed by Max Richter’ release, an inventive deconstruction and recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Award-winning violinist Daniel has already been awarded five ECHO Klassik awards, as well as numerous Grammy nominations and a Classical BRIT Award.

The award ceremony will take place on the 6th October in the Konzerthaus Berlin.

For more information on Accentus Music and to watch the trailer, click here
Visit Daniel Hope’s website here
Get more information on ECHO Klassik here

(Written on August 14, 2013 )

We are thrilled to announce that Accentus Music has been honoured with the Silver Hugo for ‘Best Documentary, Arts/Humanities’ at the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards for John Cage – Journeys in Sound. 

The documentary, which combines rare archival footage with concert excerpts and a series of interviews with former associates of Cage, has already been awarded three awards in the past four months: the ‘Best Documentary’ award at the Golden Prague Festival, ‘Best Educational Program’ at the FIFA in Montréal, along with an International Classical Music Award in the ‘DVD Documentaries’ category.

Accentus Music’s upcoming release of Bruckner’s 5th Symphony is eagerly awaited, following the success of the first instalment of the symphonic cycle series. Performed by one of the oldest orchestras in the world, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, The Mature Symphonies was performed in just under a week: an astonishing accomplishment.

Watch the trailer for John Cage – Journeys in Sound below, for an insight into the multi-award winning DVD. Also, keep up to date with Accentus Music news through Facebook, Twitter and regular blogs on the WildKat PR website.

(Written on April 24, 2013 )

LA Times

L.A. Phil’s Lionel Bringuier lands conducting gig in Zurich

Lionel Bringuier, resident conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been made the chief conductor and music director of Switzerland’s Zurich Tonhalle. His post will begin with the 2014-15 season and will run for four years.


Michael Nyman complete chamber works to be released – hear an excerpt from the first recording!

First release includes two world premiere recordings of piano trios

Classic FM

Plácido Domingo announces new pop album featuring Groban, Boyle, Jenkins

Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo has announced details of his new album, due for UK release on December 3rd.

Child prodigy surprises shoppers with Liszt

Pianos have popped up all over Cambridge for members of the public to play – and an 11-year-old boy is impressing the crowds with his interpretations of virtuosic pieces.

Video game music hits the UK: Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth interviewed

Classic FM spoke to Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and conductor Arnie Roth before their ‘Distant Worlds’ concert.

Slipped Disc

Breaking: Two classical agencies are expelled by professional body

The International Artist Managers Association has taken the unusual step of expelling two of its members, both based in Vienna.

Sad news from Russia: Lyubimov is in a coma

The legendary director Yuri Lyubimov turned 95 a month ago and was working on a new Bolshoi production of Prince Igor.

The Independent

Wikipedia-inspired opera containing graphic sexual description to make London debut

A controversial new opera featuring graphic descriptions of sex will make its debut in two weeks’ time at a London church venue.

The Strad

Jack Liebeck’s surgeon opens clinic

Doctor who treated violinist leads team of upper-limb specialists at new musicians’ clinic

Limelight Magazine

“I got into a fight with John Cage,” says Bang On A Can founder

New York composer David Lang talks punch-ups and prepared pianos.

Classic FM


(Written on November 2, 2012 )


Anne-Sophie Mutter accepts first honorary doctorate in Trondheim

Violinist receives degree from Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2012 Nominations: full list

Gramophone have announced the nominations for their prestigious Classical Music Awards 2012, taking place on 27 September at London’s Dorchester Hotel – who do you think the winners will be?

Slipped Disc, Arts Journal

High fives: Swiss cast huge vote for big increase in school music funds

The Swiss had one of their periodic referenda on Sunday. The matter under decision was a change to the constitution that would make music teaching obligatory and well funded in schools.

The Arts Desk

Stewart Lee presents John Cage’s Indeterminacy, Cafe OTO

Is the avant-garde po-faced? An attempt to prove otherwise

Classical-Music, BBC Music Magazine

Winners of International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti announced

A 32-year-old Chinese conductor has taken top honours at this year’s International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti.

The Globe and Mail (found on Arts Journal)

How a violinist can play a $4-million Stradivarius, no strings attached

The thing Andréa Tyniec wants is not to come last. This is not the kingdom of God, after all, where the last shall be first. No. It’s the slashing arena of ambitious concert violinists, and the Canada Council’s triannual Musical Instrument Bank contest.

Classical Source

Exposure! Iconic Images Of Pavarotti, Domingo, Carlos Acosta And Darcey Bussell To Feature In Exhibition Of Renowned British Stage Photographer Clive Barda

The Royal Opera House is showcasing some stunning images of some of the world’s finest artists to have graced its stage including Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Carlos Acosta and Darcey Bussell in a unique retrospective exhibition by renowned stage photographer Clive Barda.

University of Buffalo, News Desk (found on Musical Chairs)

National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba to Perform First American Tour Oct. 22

Since its inception in 1960, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in developing and introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community.

The Globe and Mail

(Written on September 26, 2012 )