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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, 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

nmz

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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Jack Malvern/The Times

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Anderson moves to Schott from Faber Music

Composer Julian Anderson has joined Schott Music from Faber Music, which will retain his current catalogue. Faber and Schott ‘will work together closely on the overall promotion of Anderson’s music’, said a statement.

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

The Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer in the UK, is back this year, with Karl Jenkins as chairman.

Classic FM

Music lessons and private tuition give richer children ‘significant advantage’

Children from high-income families are more likely to take extracurricular classes, and have an edge over other children from poorer backgrounds, a new study reveals.

The Strad

Applications now open for 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition 2015

The event takes place at Windsor castle, outside of London, in March next year.

The Strad

Cellist and teacher Rhuna Martin has died at the age of 82

The South-African born artist was a highly influential pedagogue at such London institutions as the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School.

Pizzicato

ICMA Starts Preparation Of The 2015 Gala Concert With The Bilkent Symphony

ICMA President Remy Franck is currently in Ankara to meet the directors of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra who will host the next Gala Concert and Award Ceremony in the magnificent Bilkent Hall in Ankara, Turkey.

Arts Professional

Local authorities playing it safe, report warns

The trend for closing arts services is continuing, with over a third of local authorities in England and Wales left with no arts officer.

New York Times

Chicago Symphony Association Names a New President

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association had been searching for a new president since Deborah F. Rutter announced in December that she planned to leave in June to become president of the Kennedy Center.

Classicalite

Fabio Luisi Named Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in 2017, Following Zurich and Met Operas Jobs

Fabio Luisi will be quite busy in the coming years. Music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, now Luisi will be named principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Zeit

Opern-Spielzeit Neustart oder Notstart?

Die Oper in Wuppertal hat als einziges deutsches Haus sein festes Sängerensemble aufgelöst. Was, wenn das sogenannte Stagione-Modell jetzt hierzulande Schule machte?

Welt

Singen vor Schmerzen und Lust

Geliebt von Andrea Breth wie Sasha Waltz: Der Wiener Bariton Georg Nigl ist der profilierteste Kamikaze-Sänger der Gegenwart. Für rührselige Rollen von Puccini und Verdi hält er sich nicht geeignet.

Weser Kurier

Schnitger-Preis an Heejin Kim

Südkoreanerin gewinnt Orgel-Contest.

El mundo

‘El Real es la insignia de este país’

Pablo Heras-Casado se convierte en el principal director invitado hasta 2018.

Twitter

Southbank Centre ‏@southbankcentre: Join Adrian Lee & Tom Doughty – 2 superb guitarists for today’s Friday Lunch w/ @MasterCardUK Central Bar RFH @ 1pm

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: The legendary #LouisArmstrong, in pictures http://ow.ly/B7DMx  #jazz #legend

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms: Tonight at the #bbcproms, @BerlinPhil perform Rachmaninov and Stravinsky, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle: http://bbc.in/1rDMsZm

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Bit of fun – classical musicians with body parts in their names. We’ve had Br-arms & Toe-Knee Pappano. Any more? #ClassicalBodies @realaled

karl-jenkins-1341913326-article-1Karl Jenkins, Photo: Classic FM

(Written on September 5, 2014 )

Excitement certainly abounds in our office when the BBC Proms programme is announced. This year was no different, from Joyce DiDinato closing the season, Marin Alsop becoming the first female conductor to lead the Last Night of the Proms, to a number of our clients performing in this year’s lineup.

Another great asset to this year’s Proms was the inclusion of new commissions, along with more national and world premieres in the programme. Whilst it is still less than 20% of the Proms that include new commissions, it is still a fantastic effort by the BBC to bring new works to a new, and very wide, audience. We hope that this number continues to grow in future!

This year’s BBC Commissions include works by Julian Anderson, Frederic Rzewski, John McCabe and Charlotte Seither. A definite highlight of the Proms will be the BBC co-commission of Mark-Anthony Turnage, with the Royal Philharmonic Society and New York Philharmonic: Frieze in Prom 38.

One of the 8 UK premieres this year is Colin Matthews’ Turning Point in Prom 21, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton oThomas Søndergård, in his Proms debut. Also appearing in this Prom is violinist Daniel Hope, who is playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Daniel Harding conducts works by Mozart, Schumann and Sibelius at Prom 23 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, while pianist Anika Vavic makes her Proms debut at Prom 64 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, also performing Prokofiev.

Prom 19 is a performance of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde including tenor Andrew Staples with the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

We salute all of these great performers with a ‘Toi toi toi!’ and look forward to the summer and another great year of BBC Proms programming.

What are you looking forward to?
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Anika Vavic

(Written on April 18, 2013 )

With the grand final of the Choir of the Year competition fast approaching, WildKat PR is getting into the vocal spirit! We’ve come up with a selection of not-to-be-missed vocal and choral concerts which are taking place in London in the next couple of weeks.

What? South American connections: Music by South American composers and their European contemporaries

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Thursday 25th November, 7.30pm

The celebrated Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro joins the Academy of Ancient Music in a concert which features some fascinating vocal music.  The contrast between national styles will be explored in this programme of 18th Century South American and European works, including music by Lobo de Mesquita, Zipoli and Torrejón y Velasco.  Ticket prices range from £18 to £32.  If you buy two or more tickets for this concert, you will receive the Wigmore Hall Live’s Academy of Ancient Music CD absolutely free of charge!


What? Copland, Shepherd and Anderson with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus

Where? Barbican Hall

When? Friday 26th November, 7.00pm

Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this exciting concert of choral works inspired by the 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson, which features two exciting premieres.  The concert will open with the European premiere of Sean Shepherd’s orchestral showpiece ‘Wanderlust’.  This will be followed by Copland’s ‘Eight poems of Emily Dickinson’ featuring the soloist Clare Booth.  Finally, Susan Bickley will appear as the soloist in the world premiere of the revised version of Julian Anderson’s ‘Heaven is Shy of Earth’, a work praised by the Guardian for evoking a ‘shimmering soundworld’.  Ticket prices range from £8 to £24.  Ticket holders are also invited to attend a pre-concert talk in the Fountain Room at 6pm. Since places are limited for this event, it’s a good idea to arrive early to avoid disappointment.


What? Nonsuch Singers perform Handel’s Messiah

Where? Christ Church Spitalfiels

When? Friday 3rd December 2010 19:00

Nonsuch Singers, described by The Times as “one of London’s best chamber choirs”, has a reputation for innovative programmes, high-quality singing and communicative performances. The choir’s considerable repertoire encompasses a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the present day, and the choir performs regularly with many of the UK’s leading period instrumental ensembles and finest young vocal soloists. In an intimate venue, this performance sees the choir performing the epic Handel’s Messiah.


What? Winter Songs

Where? Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1

When? Tuesday 14th December 12:30pm – FREE EVENT!

This event is going to be an extremely friendly concert with a young, vibrant feel. Join 120 young musicians from Harry Gosling, Hague, Virginia and Shapla primary schools to celebrate the inauguration of Tower Voices. Together with Spitalfields Singers and THAMES Saturday Music Centre Community Choir, enjoy the sounds of winter in this celebration of all things shimmering and frosty. Come and watch for a FREE lunchtime concert!

(Written on November 22, 2010 )