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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”











Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.


(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Glastonbury ticket website crashes, Jonathan Cohen is named music director of Les Violons du Roy, and Peter Allen, a voice on the radio for the Met Opera, dies at 96. Also, Anna Netrebko wins an Echo Klassik award and the Arts Council announces its budgets.

The Guardian

Glastonbury ticket website crashes

Would-be festivalgoers feel frustration as the website selling Glastonbury festival tickets shows up as unavailable when ticket sale was due to begin on Sunday morning.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation announces new Women Make Music grantees

PRS for Music Foundation has awarded 16 new music creators grants through its Women Make Music programme.

Jonathan Cohen named music director of Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy has appointed Jonathan Cohen as music director. The British conductor, harpsichordist and cellist will take up the position with the 2018/19 season, continuing until 2021. He will begin serving as designated music director in February 2017, taking over from Bernard Labadie.

Arts Council announces budgets for 2018-2022

Arts Council England is to spend an extra £47m each year on its main funding streams until 2022. The organisation will spend £622m per year for its national portfolio, grants for arts and culture, and strategic funds.

Birmingham Conservatoire to host Reger Centenary Festival

The Reger Centenary Festival will take place 14-18 October at Birmingham Conservatoire. The five-day festival will focus on different aspects of Reger’s compositions and those who influenced him, as well as placing his organ works in the wider context of his chamber and solo music.

The Washington Post

Classical artists show that when it comes to new music, pop may be better

How do you get people to like contemporary music? As classical music presenters continue to ask themselves this question, they overlook one salient point: There’s a large body of music that does appeal, easily, to contemporary audiences. It’s called pop music.

The New York Times

Peter Allen, a Voice on the Radio for the Met Opera, Dies at 96

Peter Allen, whose nonoperatically light tenor and precise but not pedantic style introduced more than 500 performances for the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.

Neue Musikzeitung

Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler mit 67 Jahren gestorben

Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler (parteilos) ist tot. Die Politikerin starb am vergangenen Freitag im Alter von 67 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit, teilte Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz (SPD) am Montag in Hamburg mit.

Berliner Morgenpost

Echo Klassik für Anna Netrebko und Campino

Der Echo Klassik ist der wichtigste deutsche Musikpreis im klassischen Bereich. Die begehrte Trophäe, die der Bundesverband Musikindustrie jedes Jahr für neue CDs verleiht, wurde in 22 Kategorien an 57 Gewinner vergeben. Die russische Sopranistin Anna Netrebko wurde diesmal Sängerin des Jahres.

Berliner Zeitung

Eklat beim Staatsballett

Der Protest gegen die Berufung von Sasha Waltz und Johannes Öhmann als neue Doppelspitze für das Jahr 2019 spitzte sich bei der „Nussknacker“-Premiere weiter zu. Vor der deutschen Oper protestierten Ballett-Mütter, drinnen erhob sich eine Welle von Buhrufen gegen den Regierenden Bürgermeister und Kultursenator Michael Müller.


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Peter Allen. Credit: Nancy Siesel/The New York Times

Peter Allen. Credit: Nancy Siesel/The New York Times

(Written on October 10, 2016 )