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In today’s Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.

Classical Music Magazine

Colin Currie launches record label

Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

Early Music Today

Programme for Baroque at the Edge announced

The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.

Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.

The Guardian

V&A rescues treasures from historic Wilton’s Music Hall archive

An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.

New York Times

La Bohème: Should opera’s most beloved classic be changed?

So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?

The New Yorker

Soundtracks worth a listen separate from their cinematic counterparts

The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.  


Spotify U.K. Reports $312M Revenue, 7.1M Monthly Active Users in 2016

Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.

ECHO Classical Music Awards: Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Boston Symphony Among Winners

Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.


Music History  in 1768 Death of Italian Francesco Maria

Classical Music News  David Lewiston Sharpe premiere to mark Reformation

Image: Baroque at the Edge

(Written on October 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms for the first time, the tenor, Michael Fabio, to open Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, and should female musicians be allowed to dress how they want?
John Tessier replaces Javier Camarena at Vienna State Opera, festival “Modern Times” to begin, and mould damage at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

The Guardian

Into the classical music bear-pit: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms

Growing up in North Kensington Alan Johnson used to play around the Albert Hall but never went inside. 60 years later we sent the former home secretary along to experience the Proms for the first time. What did he make of it?

The Times

Michael Fabiano: ‘I don’t believe in luck. It comes if you’re prepared’

The tenor is stepping into big shoes when he opens Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, but he’s not fazed.


Ivan Krpan wins Busoni Competion

20 year-old Croatian pianist Ivan Krpan has won this year’s Busoni Competition.

Classic FM

Women in Music – Should female musicians be allowed to dress how they want?

Aliette de Laleu is a journalist on the radio station France Musique, who every week during her show leads a discussion about a female composer, musician or conductor.


Modena honours Pavarotti with Verdi Requiem

Ten years after the death of Luciano Pavarotti, on 6 September 2007, Modena will pay homage to the great tenor with Giuseppe Verdi’s Mass of Requiem.


Belvoir announces its 2018 season

Highlights include Kate Mulvany in an Ibsen gender-switch, an adaptation of Bliss, and a revival of the Hayes’ Calamity Jane.


Besetzungsänderungen an der Wiener Staatsoper

Javier Camarena hat auf Grund seiner Mitwirkung an einer CD-Aufnahme seine Auftritte in La Fille du régiment an der Wiener Staatsoper (Vorstellungen am 11., 13., 16. und 19. Jänner 2018) abgesagt.


Ein Gedicht der Ekstase

Vom 15. September bis zum 1. Oktober geht das Musikfest MODERN TIMES in die fünfte Runde.

Schimmel nach Wasserschaden: Elbphilharmonie muss saniert werden

Teile der Elbphilharmonie müssen in Folge eines Wasserschadens und nachfolgender Schimmelbildung saniert werde.


BBC Proms Team @bbcproms

Watch Anne-Sophie Mutter for just £6 (plus booking fees) with an Online Promming ticket! Book now ➡️

Alan Johnson at the Royal Albert Hall, © Chris Christodoulou/BBC













(Written on September 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.


French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.


Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.


La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.


65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.


Classic FM @ClassicFM And… GO! Booking now open for brilliant concerts in Huddersfield & Dewsbury this Autumn: @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”


Daniel Barenboim mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Foto: KAI HEIMBERG I / BM


(Written on July 25, 2016 )

Here at WildKat PR, we are very excited to introduce our newest client; acclaimed theatre and opera director, Nina Brazier!

Following first-class training at RADA, Exeter University and Channel 4’s Directors Scheme with The Royal Court, Nina is quickly establishing herself as a leader in her field. She was described by The Observer as ‘One of Britain’s leading young directors of opera.’

She already has a vast array of productions under her belt including Debussy & his Muse at Buxton Festival, as well as productions for Ryedale, Lammermuir, Tête-à-Tête, Grimeborn and Stockholm Interplay Festivals. She has also acted as visiting director at the Royal College of Music, the Italian Opera Summer School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Birkbeck University.

We are very much looking forward to working with Nina on her upcoming projects; La Bohème at the Clapham Opera Festival and A Song of Good and Evil at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Keep an eye on the WildKat PR blog and Nina’s website and Twitter for updates.

A Song of Good and Evil

A Song of Good and Evil
Credit: Arne Hyckenberg

(Written on September 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Covent Garden star Pamela Binns bows out tonight, The Times reveals that sporty and musical girls are less concerned by looks and Robert Lakatos wins 2015 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition.

The Telegraph

Dogs and Domingo: life in La bohème

Tonight one of Covent Garden’s best-loved productions bows out after 41 years. Pamela Binns, 84, has been in it from the start.

The Times

Musical and sporty girls fret less about their looks

Girls who play sport or a musical instrument are less likely to become anxious and depressed about their appearance, researchers suggest.

The Strad

Armida Quartet to pay tribute to Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle

The Armida will give a special performance in honour of their late mentor at the Rheingau Musik Festival

Robert Lakatos wins 2015 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition

The Serbian violinist receives a cash award of €20,000 and concert opportunities

Classic FM

The trailer for Jonas Kaufmann’s new Puccini album just dropped and we can’t contain ourselves

Opera’s tenor-hunk is back and he has brought the amazing top notes of Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ with him.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Muslim in Oberammergau: “Ich trage meine Religion nicht vor mir her”

Viel Wirbel im Traditionstheater: Als erster Muslim wird Abdullah Kenan Karaca Spielleiter bei den Passionsspielen in Oberammergau. Dort inszeniert er jetzt schon mal Shakespeares “Romeo und Julia”.

BR Klassik

Gründer von “Il complesso barocco” gestorben

Alan Curtis, US-amerikanischer Cembalist, Musikwissenschaftler und Dirigent, ist am Mittwoch im Alter von 80 Jahren in seiner Wahlheimat Italien gestorben. Das von ihm gegründete Orchester “Il complesso barocco” leitete er bis zuletzt.

Codex Flores

Tod des Barockspezialisten Alan Curtis

Der amerikanische Dirigent, Cembalist und Musikwissenschaftler Alan Curtis, unter anderem Gründer des Ensembles Il Complesso Barocco, ist in Florenz im Alter von 80 Jahren verstorben.

France Musique

Mort d’Alan Curtis : un « grand » de la musique baroque disparaît

Le claveciniste, musicologue et chef d’orchestre baroque Alan Curtis s’est éteint mercredi 15 juillet 2015 à Florence (Italie) à l’âge de 80 ans.


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Tonight we say farewell to John Copley’s staging of

Music Week @MusicWeek: Swedish music industry up 4.2% in H1 2015, streaming makes up 84% of market

The Musical Brain @themusicalbrain: “Release the penguins” Best direction in a score ever? Check out John Stump’s sublime parodies


Pamela Binns’ last production at Covent Garden
Photo: Warren Allott/ Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2015 )


Roderick Williams on the Last Night of the Proms: ‘Maybe I should dress as Britannia and wave a Jamaican flag’

Baritone Roderick Williams will perform to a global audience of millions on Saturday. He’s going to have a ball, he tells Imogen Tilden


Harmony at the Proms would be ‘benefit to all’, conductors say

Uniting the people of England and Scotland at the Last Night of the Proms will be of ‘benefit to all, conductors say

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces the next New Generation Artists

Six talented players will join the 2014-16 scheme

Classic FM

Hallé Orchestra’s new recording celebrates Manchester’s musical heritage

Manchester’s musical heritage is to be celebrated in a new piece arranged by Paul Campbell and performed by the Hallé Orchestra.

Classical Source

Ruthie Henshall joins the line-up for the Last Night of the Proms 2014

The BBC Proms are delighted to announce that music theatre star Ruthie Henshall will take to the stage at the Last Night of the Proms to lead the Royal Albert Hall and Proms in the Park audiences around the UK in a rousing Mary Poppins singalong.

The Jerusalem Post

Former violinist with tremor regains ability to play while undergoing brain surgery

Naomi Elishuv, a former violinist at Lithuania’s national philharmonic orchestra, had to give up her beloved instrument 20 years ago.

Classical Source

Rising star soprano Angel Blue will make her role debut as Mimì in Jonathan Miller’s stunning production of La bohème

Opera’s greatest love story will return to ENO’s London Coliseum this winter in Jonathan Miller’s stunning production, weaving together true love with heartbreak in this enduring and devastating story.

Die Welt

Sein Gehalt wurde mit Sklavenhandel finanziert

Von Mozart Vater gehasst, vom schwäbischen Tyrannen ausgehalten: Vor 300 Jahren wurde Stuttgarts Nationalkomponist Niccolò Jommelli geboren. Heute ist er in die Besenkammer des Repertoires verbannt.

Zeit online

Große Gefühle

Mit 104 Jahren ist die Opernsängerin Magda Olivero in Mailand gestorben. Leidenschaft ist der Schlüsselbegriff ihrer langen Karriere.

Badische Zeitung

La Cetra soll nicht sterben

Regierung gewährt Basler Barockorchester Zuschuss.

The New York Times

Musicians Union Ratifies Met Opera Contract

Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians announced on Tuesday that its members had ratified the labor agreement that the union negotiated with the Metropolitan Opera last month.

The National

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s director quits after BBC Proms

The musical director who took Qatar’s fledgling orchestra to the BBC Proms has quit, less than 24 hours after its triumphant debut at the festival in London.


Björk Receives Tribute from Sydney Chamber Choir’s Paul Stanhope and The Idea of North’s Naomi Crellin in Australia

Björk’s work yet receives another tribute, this time by way of the Sydney Chamber Choir directed by Paul Stanhope and Naomi Crellin with The Idea of North for Going Bjork at the Sydney Recital Hall in Australia.


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: The 2014/15 Season is upon us! The surprises we’ve got in store tonight for our audience: ^C

Deutsche Grammophon ‏@DGclassics: #Beethoven or #Einaudi? #Spotify or #Radio? @SinfiniMusic wants to know what you think about #classicalmusic today:

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Are you an aspiring #singer? There’s just one more day to book for our #Vocal Faculty Open Door on 21 September: 

Culture House @CultureHouse: How independence will impoverish Scottish culture, by @danieljksn with @AidanJohnMoffat, @ellieharrison & @jamesmacm 

Roderick Williams 12 July 2010Roderick Williams, photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on September 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Karl Jenkins Motets competition launched with new work as prize

Composer Karl Jenkins will compose a brand new a cappella work for whichever choir wins a new competition, launched to coincide with the release of his new album, Motets.

Former Glyndebourne chairman Sir George Christie dies, aged 80

Sir George Christie, former chairman of Glyndebourne opera house and festival, has died aged 80 after a “hard-fought illness”.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins hits back at women who attacked her for running marathon in make-up

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins insisted she is “no diva” as she hit back at “women-hating women” who criticised her for wearing make-up while running the marathon.

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg Festival running deficit despite bumper sales

The future of the Salzburg Festival has been called into question following claims by its president Helga Rabl-Stadler that it needs a substantial increase in state funding if it is to survive.

BBC Music Magazine

New Barenboim-Said Academy plans unveiled

First came Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Now plans have been unveiled for a new Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, to open in 2016.

Der Tagesspiegel

Brücken für den Nahen Osten

Das ehemalige Magazingebäude der Berliner Staatsoper wird für 33,7 Millionen Euro zur Barenboim-Said-Akademie umgebaut. Ab 2016 sollen hier Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten nicht nur Musik studieren, sondern auch Philosophie.

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim-Said-Akademie: Vom Berghain lernen

Der neue Konzertsaal der Barenboim-Said-Akademie verspricht eine Sensation zu werden. Zwar verfügt Berlin bereits über zwei Musikakademien. Doch Barenboim will etwas anderes. Er möchte einen Ort der Völkerverständigung, der Neugier schaffen.

Klassik Akzente

Archiv Produktion: Deutsche Grammophon bekräftigt Engagement für Alte Musik

Vor genau einem Jahr gab Deutsche Grammophon neue Pläne und Verpflichtungen von Musikern für Archiv Produktion bekannt. Heute bekräftigte die weltweit führende klassische Schallplattengesellschaft ihr Engagement für Alte Musik.

Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis feiern “Silbernes Jubiläum”

Die Geigenvirtuosin Anne-Sophie Mutter und der Pianist Lambert Orkis feiern 25 Jahre großer musikalischer Momente seit ihrem ersten gemeinsamen Auftritt im Jahr 1988. Zu diesem Anlass veröffentlicht das Duo “The Silver Album”.

La Repubblica

Scala, le lettere segrete: così Pereira trattava con se stesso l’acquisto delle opere

I documenti che testimoniano gli accordi fra il sovrintendente designato e Salisburgo, di cui lo stesso Pereira è direttore artistico, sulle opere contestate. In attesa di una decisione da Pisapia e Franceschini


Classical Music on Twitter

the listener@inthetheatre Bach to the future: Orchestra Iowa composes innovative, successful business model | @scoopit Listed: 10 Great Trouser Roles. As Rosenkavalier comes to @glyndebourne we count the girls who are boys who do girls

CCSkills@CCSkills “In my opinion, one of the reasons the arts are so starved in Scotland is that the culture is so strong.”

Opera North @Opera_North Tonight’s La Boheme live blog from @stuheritage will be on our website at from 7pm tonight. #ONboheme

The Independent@Independent The best background music for reading

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on May 8, 2014 )

The Guardian

La Bohème production faces final curtain at Covent Garden after 41 years

By the end of next year it will have been performed at Covent Garden 404 times and featured in 27 seasons but, the Royal Opera House announced on Monday, its time is up – the ever-popular production of La Bohème is to be officially retired.

London Jazz News

Which Deserve More Recognition? Venues or Festivals?

It was announced yesterday all three nominations for ‘Venue of the Year’ in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were not in fact venues but festivals. This invites the question of whether venues or festivals deserve more recognition. Join the debate at London Jazz News!

Raidió Teilifís Éireann

John O’Kane Announced as Executive Director RTÉ Orchestras

Following a public competition, John O’Kane has been announced as the new Executive Director of RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs.

Classic FM

Two-headed Beethoven statue causes controversy

‘Homage to Beethoven’, a new monument by sculptor Markus Lüperz, is making waves in the composer’s birthplace as Bonn residents ask: is it art?

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: pop songs that borrow from classical music

Deputy editor Jeremy Pound chooses six fine pop and rock songs with classical music at their heart.

Classical Music Magazine

Worldwide record industry is adapting to digital, says IFPI

The fast-growing popularity worldwide of online streaming for music consumption is confirmed by the annual survey of international recording industry body the IFPI. 

Der Tagesspiegel

Die besten CDs im Frühjahr

Was soll ich nur hören?, fragen sich viele angesichts des enormen Angebots auf dem CD-Markt. Hier empfehlen die Musikspezialisten der Kulturredaktion ihre aktuellen Lieblingsalben aus der Pop und Klassik.


Classical music on twitter

BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine “Are you an amateur ensemble with a concert in June? If so, let us know and we’ll promote it in BBC Music Mag!:”

BBC Philharmonic: @BBCPhilharmonic “This Saturday we perform Holst’s The Planets @BridgewaterHall. Families can get discounted tickets by quoting BBCJTM Call: 0844 907 9000″

English National Opera: @E_N_O “And remember, if you’re in the audience tonight, let us know what you think of #ENOPowder! Just send us a tweet and include the hashtag!”

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK “So which of you lucky people are festivaling this summer? @guardianmusic have a handy a to z guide” 

Guildhall School: @guildhallschool Congratulations to @lloyd_matilda, crowned 2014 @BBCRadio2 Young Brass Award winner!

Classic FM

Classic FM


(Written on April 2, 2014 )

This morning, David Green will be appearing on Midweek to discuss his grandfather – Ignatz Waghalter.

Waghalter, a German-Polish Jewish composer, was renowned and celebrated during his lifetime for his rich, Romantic works. He was the first Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and introduced many of Puccini’s operas to the German public: he conducted debut performances of both Tosca and La Bohème. Due to his flight from Nazi Germany, followed by a stark change in compositional style after the Second World War, Waghalter’s works were lost and forgotten.
However, a chance meeting between violinist Irmina Trynkos and David Green led to the foundation of The Waghalter Project in order to reincarnate the composer’s repute through the performance and recordings of his works, together with conductor Alexander Walker. The Waghalter Project has recorded a CD of Waghalter’s complete violin repertoire, which has received a coveted “Supersonic Pizzicato” award, and was released on Naxos this October
To hear the personal stories of such an extraordinary musical figure, tune in to Midweek at 9:00 am on BBC Radio 4 here.
For more information on the Waghalter Project, visit its official website here, or the CD’s page on the Naxos website here.

(Written on December 12, 2012 )


Opera for the homeless in Cardiff

Streetwise Opera and Welsh National Opera launch a new programme for homeless people

Classic FM

Pub opera’s Boheme transfers to Charing Cross theatre

OperaUpClose’s version of La Boheme is to transfer to London’s Charing Cross Theatre from October 30th.

Miloš’ success “very good for air miles”

Miloš Karadaglić revealed that he has circled the globe three times in the last year as part of his promotional schedule

Marvin Hamlisch honoured in tribute concert

The late film composer Marvin Hamlisch was honoured in a memorial service featuring performances from Barbra Streisand, Liza Minelli and Aretha Franklin

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Why US orchestras need to change their language

As a new concert season starts, two famous orchestras – Atlanta and Indianapolis – have locked out their musicians and three more are heading down the same dead end.

LA Times

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ album tops classical-music chart

Trash juggernaut “Fifty Shades of Grey” continues to rake in the dough, and not just through book sales.

The Wall Street Journal (found on Arts Journal)

So Long, Ingénues

No singer today more sharply divides opera fans than does the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Her admirers thrill to her robust stage presence and plush, vibrant tone; they celebrate her distinctive fashion sense and crave details about her glamorous private life.

DW (found on Musical Chairs)

Turkey’s youth orchestra bridges cultures

They are the best young musicians in Turkey. The Turkish National Youth Orchestra is a springboard for emerging talent. Now the young performers are stepping into the spotlight at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.

New Music Box

Lembit Beecher—To Tell a Tale, To Sing a Story

When Lembit Beecher was named composer-in-residence with the Opera Company of Philadelphia (in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group of New York) in 2011, he didn’t bring a large portfolio of operatic work with him to the brand new three-year program. An instinct and affection for storytelling, however, already infused his compositions.






(Written on September 20, 2012 )