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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area in the last five years. The classical establishment may soon have to figure out where to put contemporary composers, if only for its own survival. In addition, the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, pairs classical music concert with light projection.

Kent Online

Music@Malling’s Thomas Kemp looks ahead to the 2016 West Malling classical music festival

Back in 2010 the small market town was best known for its pubs, history and community feel, but that was before Thomas moved back to West Malling – and realised classical music was sadly lacking there. So in the last five years Thomas Kemp has helped put West Malling on the musical map as part of a mission to bring top-flight music to the area.

The Independent

The New Classical: how the next generation of composers and labels are challenging classical music’s status quo

The classical establishment may be forced to recognise contemporary composers for its own survival. “What happens in the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide?” asked the Barbican when it invited the German pianist and composer Nils Frahm to put together a weekend of music in July.

KCET

These Composers Pair Classical Music with a Light Projection Spectacle

A low bass rumbled through the packed 1,600-seat Ace Hotel theater, accompanied by a flickering green alien light. An audience member, dressed like a throwback from the Strokes days of New York, murmured an approval. “Woah,” whispered the woman next to him. For years, the world of classical music has tried to court a younger audience. This concert by the Echo Society, a squad of Los Angeles composers, might be the missing link.

Evesham Journal

St John’s orchestra to bring Marvellous Mozart to life in classical show

LOVERS of classical music are in for a treat at St John’s Church next month, when The Orchestra of St John will be performing its ‘Marvellous Mozart’ programme. The Bromsgrove-based symphony orchestra will be performing songs such as The Linz and Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ violin concerto at at 7.30pm on October 1.

Gloucester Advocate

Classical music lesson made fun

The classically trained musicians, who were in town to play at the Craven Creek Concerts, stopped by St Joseph’s Primary School and Gloucester Public School for a session. Creating their own sound, students stomp their feet and clap their hands to make their own music as directed by the Craven Creek Musicians.

Boston Globe

Handel and Haydn Society raises more than $13.5 million

The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors.

USC News

Classical KUSC website unveils new design

Visit kusc.org and you’ll see a fresh new design, redone to be more accessible to listeners on smartphone browsers. The aim is to boost classical music and the arts to a broad audience

WQXR

5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

You might have heard of a subset of classical music called classical crossover. What is it and why is it so popular?

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Schwedin gewinnt Aeolus-Wettbewerb in Düsseldorf

Zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte des Internationalen Aeolus Bläserwettbewerbs hat eine Frau den ersten Preis gewonnen. Die 28-jährige Schwedin Louise Pollock konnte die achtköpfige Jury überzeugen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Und jetzt wechseln

Seit einiger Zeit gibt es in Berlin regelmäßig Ärger bei Intendantenwechseln. Es herrscht Angst vor dem Neuen in der Stadt. Der neue Kultursenator, wenn es einen gibt, muss damit zurechtkommen.

Klassik heute

Neues Werk von Unsuk Chin für das Festival “Acht Brücken” Köln

Das Kölner Festival „Acht Brücken“ plant für 2017 die Uraufführung eines neuen Werkes der koreanischen Komponistin Unsuk Chin, die seit 1988 in Berlin lebt.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Among friends: @owenpiano & @katyaapekisheva introduce their new @LondonPianoFest http://ow.ly/pdCe304hqgO

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Looking forward to some cannon fire at tonight’s #classicfmlive – thanks for the invitation @ClassicFM !

Rhinegold @RhinegoldDigi We are delighted working with @ISM_music especially as sponsors for @MusicEdExpo. Go to http://ism.org

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Photograpgh: Kent Online/ Music@Malling/ Thomas Kemp

(Written on September 21, 2016 )

Tomorrow the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival kicks off in Folkestone, Kent. From 20 – 22 May it brings many well-known chamber music ensembles and musicians together to celebrate the thrill of live music. The festival will open with the world premiere of a new work for tenor and string quartet by world-renowned British composer Jonathan Dove for which the festival’s hosts, the Sacconi Quartet, are joined by tenor Mark Padmore. The festival will continue over the weekend starring outstanding soloists and ensembles such as the Royal College Of Music Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Morgan Szymanski, RCM viola quartet, as well as pianist Charles Owen and many more.

This is the ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival and is a unique experience that should not be missed!

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Folkestone is not only worth visiting for the musical event this weekend. There is the possibility of getting an extraordinary cultural experience: Visitors are given the chance to book a Folkestone Artworks tour that takes them to see a collection of high calibre works displayed around the town.

To get a taste of what you can expect, have a listen to the Sacconi Quartet’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

There are still tickets left to be purchased at the door, starting at £24 for one performance and £85 for the whole festival.

The Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore will perform Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus in London at their 15th birthday concert at Kings Place, London on 13 July 2016.

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(Written on May 19, 2016 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Living Symphonies: when an ecosystem becomes an orchestra

24 speakers have been installed in Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent to create a natural symphony.

The Guardian

Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?

The BBC have cut Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 from the televised performance by the National Youth Orchestra. While they suggest that it will be performed in a special programme, concerns are mounting over the BBC’s fear of televising new music.

The Telegraph

Laura Wright: ‘I want to show that strength can be sexy’

Soprano, rugby player and official RFU anthem singer, Laura Wright tells the telegraph all about her perfect weekend and her wish to inspire young female athletes.

The Independent

Salomé’s feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

The independent’s article explores Salome as both an opera and Wilde’s story ahead of the BBC Prom tomorrow and the conversation between Pacino and Stephen Fry at the BFI Southbank, which will be screened nationwide.

The New York Times

The Dissatisfied: To Leave or Not to Leave?

Spectators Walk Out of a Show for Many Reasons

The New York Times

France’s New Music Temple

Philharmonie de Paris Prepares to Open Amid Controversy

Die Welt

Der Meister ist tot. Wer wird der neue Meister?

Im schweizerischen Luzern merkt man, wie schwer es ist, einen Nachfolger für das von Claudio Abbado gegründete Festivalorchester zu finden. Auch bei der Musikakademie steht die Nachfolgersuche an.

Klassik.com

Bayreuther Festspiele in der Krise?

Ein Tief über dem Grünen Hügel

Klassik.com

Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München startet

Deutschland sucht den Klassik-Superstar

La Croix

Les 25 ans du festival Sinfonia en Périgord 

Le festival célèbre dignement son quart de siècle avec une programmation centrée sur la voix.

Twitter

Southbank Centre: @Southbankcentre 70 couples are getting married @southbankcentre this weekend! http://j.mp/1rYpqtP  #BigWeddingWeekend

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Placido Domingo and @TheSixteen’s Harry Christophers take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Brilliant! http://classfm.co/vYzZOQ  #ClassicFMnews

London Bach Society: @bachlive Congrats @MahanEsfahani @BBCRadio3 @BBCInTune on his @GramophoneMag award. He plays JSB’s Well-Tempered Clavier Bk1 at LBS Bachfest 3/4/ Nov

Benjamin Britten: @BrittenOfficial Today at 3pm, Lucy Walker plays and discusses Britten’s solo piano music in his beautiful Library. The Red House itself is open 2-5pm today.

 

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies Image from Guardian

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies
Image from Guardian

(Written on August 29, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Classic show tunes provide boost for dementia patients

Care homes should be filled with the sound of music, researchers claim after discovering benefits of singing Broadway hits

Classic FM Online

Choirs compete to sing in The Shard

Amateur singers are competing for the chance to perform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building

Andris Nelsons painting unveiled in Birmingham

The CBSO music director has been immortalised by artist Norman Perryman as part of the Symphony Hall collection

Limelight Magazine

The Concertgebouw: Are they the world’s best orchestra?

The Dutch orchestra frequently tops the rankings. Limelight Magazine finds out why

Global News

Kent Nagano to stay on at Montreal Symphony Orchestra until 2020

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of music director Kent Nagano until 2020

The Guardian

Brands pump more than £100m into the UK music industry

Figures show brands were responsible for investing £104.8m in the UK music industry during 2012, an increase of 6% on 2011

Die Zeit

“Musik meint: Zurück zur Muttersprache!”

Schon als Kind grübelte Anne-Sophie Mutter über den Tod nach. Bis heute lindert Musik für sie jeden Schmerz

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 12, 2013 )

This week will see the start of the third annual Music@Malling Festival, which will be taking place in West Malling, Kent. The event will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten, showcasing composers who he championed as a performer. Also to be performed will be great works by contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and the young composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson.

Starting on Thursday 26th September and lasting until Sunday 29th September, some of the highlights include works such as Stravinsky – Three pieces for Clarinet, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a cello sonata by Britten and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke to name just a few.

Music@Malling not only provides and celebrates the opportunity for people to experience great classical and contemporary music live, but also has an underlying vision of engaging the local community through education and outreach work, raising the profile of music in and around West Malling. The event is founded by Thomas Kemp, who is particularly centred on giving music in schools a greater focus in order to keep music performance alive and growing within education and the younger generation.

Thomas’s recent article for Gramophone gives a great insight into his passion and the work he has done within this area of music. You can read it here.

Take a look at the website here to find out more about Music@Malling, what’s on and where to buy tickets. Also you can follow Music@Malling via Twitter and Facebook to keep track of the latest news.

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(Written on September 24, 2013 )

Now in its second year, the Music@Malling Festival, founded and directed by conductor Thomas Kemp, celebrates the work of living composers alongside the classical greats who inspired them. This year’s Festival will mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, evoking the recitals which Dickens himself would often host, with a performance by Jonathan McGovern, Matthew Sharp and Chamber Domaine.

This year sees the world-premiere of Judith Bingham’s Waning Moon as well as a selection of the composer’s other works and music by Huw Watkins. Alongside this will be music by some of Dickens’ favourite composers: Mendelssohn, Mozart and Chopin.

For further details, the full programme and to buy tickets, please visit the Music@Malling Festival website.

(Written on September 7, 2012 )