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In today’s news, the winners of ECHO Klassik are announced, Friedrich Doležal has died and reimagining Alice in Wonderland as a hip-hop opera.

Classical Music Magazine

ECHO Klassik Prizewinners Announced

The winners of this year’s ECHO Klassik awards have been announced.

Classic FM

Piano virtuoso Lang Lang just raced sprinter Usain Bolt (on the keyboard) – and it was a tie

The Chinese pianist’s fast fingers took centre stage at the Beijing National Stadium for world athletics championships 2015 – but 100m title-holder Usain Bolt was just bemused.

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic principal cellist Friedrich Doležal has died aged 68

The musician performed with the orchestra from 1968 until 2014

US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins

The instruments were finally recovered after five days and ‘hundreds of calls’, according to St Louis cello professor Ken Kulosa

PRI

Reimagining ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a hip-hop opera

Ibrahim Maalouf says he always loved the story of “Alice in Wonderland” because it’s all about the freedom to imagine.

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses beginnt

Kurz vor Beginn der Sanierungsarbeiten am Bayreuther Festspielhaus wurde über einzelne Details der Maßnahme informiert. Bei einer Veranstaltung der Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth bekräftigte der Architekt Detlef Stephan, er gehe aufgrund des guten Bauzustandes davon aus, dass das Gesamtbudget von 30 Millionen Euro ausreiche.

Musik heute

Musikfest Berlin erwartet internationale Spitzenorchester

Das Musikfest Berlin widmet sich in diesem Jahr vor allem den Komponisten Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) und Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Vom 2. bis 20. September treten in der Berliner Philharmonie rund 30 internationale Orchester, Instrumental- und Vokalensembles sowie Solisten auf, wie die Veranstalter am Montag mitteilten.

Pizzicato

Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz verurteilt Fusionspläne und Stellenabbau

Die Pläne der Regierung von Thüringen zur Schließung, Fusion und Verkleinerung von Orchestern und Theatersparten stossen auf starke Ablehnung. Die Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz stellt fest, dass seit der Wende bereits mehr als 400 von ehemals über 1000 Orchesterstellen in Thüringen abgebaut wurden

Classicalite

The Salzburg Festival Adapts ‘The Barber of Seville’ as an Opera for Children

Members of the Young Singers Project may finally have found a remedy for opera’s reputation for standoffishness with their unique adaptation of Rossini’s Barber of Seville for children as young as four years old.

France Musique

La construction de l’opéra de Dubaï s’achèvera en mars 2016

Pièce maîtresse d’un nouveau quartier, les travaux du Dubaï Opera House s’achèveront en mars 2016 et laisseront place à un nouvel espace culturel multi format pouvant accueillir pas moins de 2000 personnes.

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London Youth Choir  @LonYouthChoir: Happy summer school memories of fun musicianship session with @Voices_Found Musicianship is so vital for singers

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Just had a marketing email which begins with the line: ‘Christmas is almost upon us’.

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Barber of Seville adapted as children’s opera
Credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images/ Classicalite

(Written on August 25, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with Jonas Kaufmann in The Guardian, Musik heute announces that the 2015 European composer prize will be awarded to Turkish Sinem Altan and the results of the German Echo awards in Neue Musikzeitung. Also, former chief technician of Steinway pianos, Franz Mohr, talks about his relationship with pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

The Guardian

Organ failure: the Nazis condemned it; at last we can make our own minds up about Jón Leifs’ Organ Concerto

Many of the Icelandic composer’s works have established a place in the repertoire, but why is his notorious organ concerto still so rarely performed?

Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

With his smouldering looks and extraordinary voice, Jonas Kaufmann is hailed as the greatest living tenor. Ahead of his performance at the Last Night of the Proms, Stephen Moss meets one of opera’s most serious and sought-after superstars

The Independent

Wurlitzer pipe organ: Historic instrument sounds again in UK cinema after 55-year absence

Restored cinema organ from the 1930s has been installed in east London

The Telegraph

Nigel Kennedy: Classical musicians must stop ignoring audiences

Classical musicians should be allowed to interact with their audiences, Nigel Kennedy says

Classic FM

Here’s what happened when violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter took Bach to a nightclub

She’s one of the world’s best violinists: absolutely A-list. But how would the nightclubbing population of Berlin react to Bach, Vivaldi and Gershwin?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sei mir gegrüßt, Melancholie!

Der unkonventionelle Dirigent Paul McCreesh hat eine eigene Plattenfirma gegründet und Händels “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” in einer grandiosen Aufnahme herausgebracht.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis beim “Young Euro Classic”-Festival vergeben

Die türkische Musikerin Sinem Altan ist mit dem Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2015 ausgezeichnet worden. Ihr Werk “Hafriyat – Earthwork” wurde beim Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Publikumsjury ausgewählt, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

Neue Musikzeitung

ECHO Klassik 2015: Die Preisträger stehen fest

Jonas Kaufmann (Sänger des Jahres), Joyce DiDonato (Sängerin des Jahres), Elina Garanca (Solistische Einspielung des Jahres/Gesang), Lang Lang (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klavier), Andreas Ottensamer (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klarinette), Maurice Steger (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Flöte) und David Zinman (Dirigent des Jahres) zählen zu den Preisträgern des ECHO Klassik 2015. Dies gab der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) heute in Berlin bekannt.

France Musique

Les caprices de Vladimir Horowitz racontés par le technicien en chef des pianos Steinway

Franz Mohr a travaillé auprès des plus grands pianistes du XXe siècle, attentif à leurs envies, leurs colères, mais surtout à leurs pianos. Il raconte dans un long entretien son expérience mouvementée avec le pianiste Vladimir Horowitz.

Washington Post

In life’s coda, master composer George Walker has a symphony in mind

At 93, Walker, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition, is still working

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Konzerthaus Berlin: Das sind sie! Die Preisträger des diesjährigen ECHO Klassik! Die begehrten Trophäen werden am 18. Oktober bei uns…

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“I feel like an ambassador” tells Jonas Kaufmann The Guardian

Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg

(Written on August 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times reports on new atypical concert venues and Marin Alsop gives a conducting a masterclass on “Beating time”. Also, the Symphony Orchestra of the Tchaikovsky Music Academy Kiev will play in Berlin thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and an interview in El Mundo with the Berliner Staatsballet’s director Nacho Duato.

The Times

Chamber music of a new kind under bridge

A cavernous chamber in one of the piers of Tower Bridge is to become the latest extreme music venue as the public increasingly seek alternatives to predictable concert halls.

Daily Mail

Bach to basics: Pupils to get Classic FM in the classroom but critics say schools are ‘papering over the cracks’ in music cuts

Some 100 works by great composers will be piped into primary schools to help children learn about classical music – a scheme critics say is merely ‘papering over the cracks’ of poor music education.

The Strad

Insurance worker convicted of stealing £300,000 viola from a London train

London Symphony Orchestra principal violist Edward Vanderspar had accidently left his instrument on the train

Classic FM

Marin Alsop’s Classic FM Conducting Masterclass: Beating time

This week Marin tackles one of the most fundamental skills for a conductor – beating time, from the fairly common 4/4 time to music with 5 beats in every bar (we’re looking at you, Bernstein) or even just 1.

Scotsman

Lang Lang, classical music’s piano-playing rock star

He’s the the world’s most famous pianist, yet 
Lang Lang’s flamboyant style has divided critics. Now Edinburgh audiences will have their chance to see classical music’s rock star in action

Berliner Zeitung

Dank Crowdfunding aus dem Krieg nach Berlin

Eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne ermöglichte es dem Kiewer Jugendsymphonieorchester doch noch die Teilnahme an dem Festival Young Euro Classic.

BR Klassik

Max Greger ist tot

Metzger sollte er werden und wurde Saxofonist. In den 60ern bespielte er die Wiesn, versöhnte Jazz und Blasmusik. Bis zuletzt stand er auf der Bühne, oft gemeinsam mit Sohn Max und Enkel Max: “Ein Künstler ist nicht da, um abzutreten, sondern aufzutreten”. Jetzt ist Max Greger tot.

Neue Musikzeitung

Wiederentdeckung eines Opernjuwels – Nicola Porporas Oper „Il Germanico“

Mit einer Rarität warteten die 39. Innsbrucker Festwochen auf. Erstmals seit der Urauffüh­rung 1732 brachten sie die Oper „Il Germanico“ von Nicola Porpora auf die Bühne.

The New York Times

John Scott, Organist and Choirmaster, Dies at 59

John Scott, an esteemed organist and choirmaster who held prestigious posts in London and New York, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 59.

El Mundo

Nacho Duato: ‘Echo de menos que el público español vea mis ballets’

El coreógrafo vuelve a España como director del Staatsballett Berlin. El Teatro Real estrena temporada en septiembre con su versión de La bella durmiente, el emblemático clásico de Petipa y Tchaikovsky de 1890

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Anneleen Lenaerts: dadelijk bij Radio 1 “De Ochtend”

SPIEGEL Kultur: Eröffnung der Ruhrtriennale: Ein Rebell ohne Chance…
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(Written on August 17, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph confirms that The National Gallery is proposing an original exhibition combining painting and music, BR Klassik announces the death of “heroic” Tenor Jon Vickers and Director JJ Abrams explains the importance of orchestral music in movies.

The Times

Daniel Barenboim on why El Sistema is flawed and why London doesn’t need another concert hall

By his own Promethean standards, Daniel Barenboim’s appearance at this summer’s BBC Proms is a stroll in the park.

The Telegraph

What do paintings sound like?

The National Gallery is giving its best loved works a musical accompaniment. Helen Brown meets the composers

ENO’s John Berry: surly but talented

The artistic director of ENO, is leaving his job. Rupert Christiansen assesses his turbulent tenure

The Independent

Carly Paoli: Lorry driver’s daughter on road to opera stardom

A lorry driver’s daughter from Mansfield will next week realise a dream as she takes the stage where the Three Tenors – Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo – debuted together a quarter of a century ago.

Arts Beat

Ludovic Morlot Extends Contract With Seattle Symphony

The dynamic French conductor Ludovic Morlot has extended his contract as music director of the Seattle Symphony for two more years through August 2019, the orchestra announced Friday.

BR Klassik

Heldentenor stirbt mit 88 Jahren

Jon Vickers nahm man das Etikett “Held” in der Bühnenhandlung ab – und den Begriff “Heldentenor” erfüllte er tönend. Nun ist der Sänger im Alter von 88 Jahren verstorben, wie seine Familie dem Royal Opera House mitgeteilt hat.

Musik heute

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival eröffnet – Erinnerung an völkerverbindende Kraft der Musik

Das 30. Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival hat offiziell begonnen. “Die Menschen im Land fiebern dem Festival entgegen, jetzt geht es endlich los”, sagte Schleswig-Holsteins Ministerpräsident Torsten Albig zur Eröffnung.

Codex Florex

Rema Early Music Award für Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Als Europäisches Netzwerk für Alte Musik vereinigt Rema (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne) 60 Organisationen und Festivals aus 21 Ländern, die auf Alte Musik spezialisiert sind. Der erstmalig vergebene Rema Early Music Award geht an die Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, einen Sonderpreis erhält das Hilliard Ensemble.

The New York Times

Roy C. Bennett, Part of Midcentury Songwriting Duo, Dies at 96

Roy C. Bennett, who with his partner, Sid Tepper, wrote songs that were recorded by a wide roster of midcentury pop singers, including the titles “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Kiss of Fire” and “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” died on July 2 in Queens. He was 96.

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Listen To Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director JJ Abrams Talk About The Importance Of Orchestral Music

If you’re feeling down over the impending death of classical music (don’t worry, it’s not dying) then take a moment to watch this clip of the 7/10/2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic-con panel featuring director JJ Abrams talk about the importance of orchestral music.

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France Musique: : Lang Lang quitte la scène pour se rendre aux toilettes… et la salle se vide

musique-classique.fr: “Au moment de son départ il écoutait l’hymne à la joie de Beethoven” Hommage à Gunther Schuller (chef) décédé hier

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(Written on July 13, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, watch Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play the last movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. Another pianist, Lang Lang, also speaks to the Guardian about his musical tastes which includes Pharrell and Bernstein. Elsewhere, there is an obituary for Brian Couzens, the founder of Chandos Records. He was also a champion in classical music recordings for audio engineering. Dolly the Sheep also features in today’s classical news: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video-opera Three Tales comes to the Science Museum in London. It is the first opera to ever be performed live at an IMAX Theatre. Also, can you spot a Strad? Classic FM’s new game puts your ear to the test.

The Guardian

Watch Argerich and Barenboim perform the final movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos – video

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, two legendary musicians – both born in Buenos Aires in the early 1940s – are friends and musical partners.

Facing the music: Lang Lang

Kempff and Kleiber, Rubinstein and Bernstein, and getting Happy with Pharrell – pianist Lang Lang on the music that inspires him

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Brian Couzens, 17 January 1933 ‒ 17 April 2015

Brian Couzens, the founder of Independent label Chandos Records and for three decades a standard-setter in audio engineering of the classical recording industry, has died after a short illness. He was 82.

Sinfini

Dolly the Sheep will make a surprise reappearance in London this week, as a Steve Reich opera examining the increasing dominance of science in society receives a performance at the world-famous Science Museum. 

Three Tales is the result of a creative collaboration between the minimalist composer Reich and his wife, the pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

Classic FM

Blind test: can you recognise the sound of a Stradivarius?

Just how good does a Stradivarius sound, and could you pick one out in a blind test? The Strad magazine staged one to find out.

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Das junge Gesicht der Alten Musik

Jazz, Renaissance, Moderne: Nuria Rial ist offen für Vieles – doch ihr Herz gehört den Arien des Barocks

pizzicato

Pietari Inkinen Named Chief Conductor Of The Japan Philharmonic

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen (he turns 35 by the end of the month) has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pereira wärmt alte Ideen auf: Oper auf dem Flughafen

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala, Alexander Pereira, will im September 2015 die Oper ‘L’elisir d’amore’ von Gaetano Donizetti am Mailänder Flughafen Malpensa aufführen.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis für Yekwon Sunwoo

Der Koreaner Yekwon Sunwoo (26) ist vom “International Piano Forum” mit dem Deutschen Pianistenpreis ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Figaro

Des mélomanes pas toujours dans le tempo

Le nouveau public de la Philharmonie de Paris applaudit parfois à des moments jugés inopportuns par ceux qui maîtrisent les codes du concert. Mais qu’importe le rituel  si l’enthousiasme est là!

NPR Music

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For ‘Anthracite Fields’

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields.

MIT Technology Review

What Makes a Violin Powerful

Study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound.

Twitter

Phil Miller ‏@PhilipJEMiller : Big announcement for Scottish Opera today, unveiling it’s new music director.

Opera Rara ‏@OperaRara : Missed Sir Mark Elder on @MusicMattersR3 on Sat? Catch up here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qyhfz … – inc an extract from our new release #LesMartyrs

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : WOW. As if #singing #QueenoftheNight isn’t HARD enough, try hanging upside down by silks. @rainellesara #coloratura http://bit.ly/1D93NuI 

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Lang Lang. Photo: Pro Musica

(Written on April 21, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Keep Radio 3 distinct from Classic FM, BBC watchdog says

BBC Trust report says Radio 3 must make sure it is distinct from its rival Classic FM, after move to make it “accessible”

Guardian

Classical composers – and the pop stars who channel their moves

For Liszt, read Jimi Hendrix … for Wagner, Kanye West? Canadian MC and songwriter Chilly Gonzales – who learned his craft through classical piano – reflects on the crossover between the pop and orchestral worlds

Classic FM

2015 Edinburgh International Festival programme announced

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianists Lang Lang and Yuja Wang are among the classical performers heading to Edinburgh this summer.

Sinfini

Music and the mob

The shady underworld of the New York mafia is the subject of a new ‘choral jazz drama’ to be premiered by the Crouch End Festival Chorus plus jazz singers and ensemble in April.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré performs Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto no.1

Rare footage of British cellist Jacqueline du Pré performing Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto.

Der Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper stellt Jahresprogramm 2015/16 vor

Vielfalt und Verve

klassik.com

Einseitige Kritik an vorgelegtem Businessplan statt ausgewogener Diskussion

Grüne machen Stimmung gegen Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus

artsjournal

A (Female) Bach Scholar takes down the Anna-Magdalena-wrote-the-cello-suites theory for good

„I offer this analysis in the hope that it might help clarify some of the confusions and defuse some of the widely-felt frustrations.”

El país

Daniel Barenboim y Zubin Mehta quieren salvar Ibermúsica

La voz de alarma lanzada por Alfonso Aijón para salvar Ibermúsica, el ciclo sinfónico que dirige desde hace 45 años, ha causado efecto en el mundo de los intérpretes y creadores al más alto nivel.

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Sinfini Music@SinfiniMusic: Chopin. If you don’t know where to start, start here. http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/guides/composer-guides/top-10-musical-works-by-chopin …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The celestial event of the century is now a classical quiz! Play it here: http://classfm.co/xFXA9Y  #SolarEclipse

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Departing @NYPhil music director Alan Gilbert to give RPS lecture: ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century; A New Paradigm’ http://bit.ly/1I4cWtz

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Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett. Photograph: Alexandre Isard/PR

(Written on March 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Lang Lang and Angela Hewitt join Edinburgh international festival lineup

Classical programme to include a Beethoven sonata series by pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and choral works celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

The Times

Iestyn Davies on the castrato who tried to cure a King’s madness

The countertenor, who is recreating Farinelli’s voice on stage, explains this musical phenomenon of the 18th century

Telegraph

School inspections will be shorter but more often, says Ofsted

Ofsted has said it will give more weight to subjects like music in future when deciding whether a school is good or outstanding.

Classic FM

Hearing aid uses tongue to process sound

A new kind of hearing aid is being developed that will be worn in the mouth and communicate sounds through vibrations felt on the tongue.

Sinfini

Simon Rattle’s Young Orchestra for London

When Simon Rattle raises his baton on 12 February in the Barbican Hall, he will be standing in front of an orchestra of 100 hand-picked musicians.

Die Welt

München braucht keinen weiteren Konzertsaal

Freistaat und Stadt sind sich einig: Es wird keinen neuen Konzertsaal für das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks geben. Dafür wird der Gasteig renoviert. Nicht die schlechteste Lösung.

Süddeutsche.de

Gute Nacht, München!

Nach zehn Jahren Debatte um einen neuen Münchner Konzertsaal macht das Ergebnis fassungslos. Wären öffentliche Bauherren schon immer so mutlos gewesen, die Stadt wäre für alle Zeiten ein Dorf geblieben.

Klavier.de

Ton und Erklärung 2015: Gewinner stehen fest

Der erste Preis des Klavierwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung – Werkvermittlung in Musik und Wort” geht in diesem Jahr an Elisabeth Brauß und Fabian Müller, die die Jury für sich gewinnen konnten.

The New York Times

Aldo Ciccolini Dies at 89; Pianist Interpreted Satie

Aldo Ciccolini, an Italian-born pianist who specialized in the music of French composers and was known in particular as a champion of Erik Satie, has died at his home outside Paris.

pizzicato

ICMA Warns Over Danger Of Confusion With New Organization

In the Netherlands, an organization is presenting itself under the name of ICMA 2015 – International Classical Music Auditions, with a corporate identity resembling very much to the one of the International Classical Music Awards, ICMA.

Michal Klauza Named Music Director Of Polish Radio Symphony

Michal Klauza (41) has been appointed Music Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw.

Twitter

Pianist magazine ‏@pianistmagazine: And more Libertango, from Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung! https://t.co/sAlvCWfPeR http://fb.me/7p6bW7hUa 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: With #ROHhollander setting sail on Thurs,we’ve picked our musical highlight: http://t.co/0aZiivaABK Do you agree? ^C

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Documentaries about 230 great composers, including dozens from Britain. Listen here http://bbc.co.uk/greatcomposers 

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Iestyn Davies who will voice the castrato Carlo Farinelli on stage. Photo: Paul Rogers

(Written on February 4, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). Based at New York’s infamous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CMS features some of the finest chamber music performances on a world stage. As well as thrilling seasoned concert goers, they also seek to engage a wider audience with chamber music through their performances, education programmes, and recording activities.

Motivated by their commitment to the continuation of the chamber music tradition, they founded CMS Two which is a prestigious, unique and wildly competitive three season residency for the most significant ensembles and individual musicians. Far from being an ‘extra’, CMS Two members take part in all aspects of the Society’s activities and it boasts alumni such as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

We will be working with CMS on a very exciting concert on 8th May 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall which, alongside standard repertoire from Schumann and Brahms will also feature the world premiere of a specially co-commissioned piece by British composer Helen Grime. This new string trio continues the longstanding relationship between the two cross-Atlantic concert halls.

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(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Classical New Year Resolutions

New Year equals a new me-right? We in the WildKat PR office have already accepted that our ‘fitness and healthy eating resolutions’ will fail within a week (merely promising to try burns calories, we’re sure), so why not make an enjoyable resolution this year (except perhaps, #2) with classical music!

1. Go to more concerts

Surely the best type of resolution is aiming to attend more concerts this year and it could not be easier with the number of websites and blogs there are out there collating all the best events. Head over to our ‘Unmissables’ page to discover what you absolutely cannot miss this year. BachTrack and Concert Diary are also great search tools to find your next concert. Amazingly, this does not have to be expensive. Did you know that 40% of The Royal Opera House’s tickets are under £40? Other venues such as the Barbican and the Southbank Centre are also not as expensive as you might think. Indeed, the WildKat PR team are really looking forward to Conway Hall’s series of ‘Free Rush Hour Concerts.’

2. Practice more

This is perhaps just as painful as healthy eating and exercise but, likewise, so worth it. Whilst we cannot all follow in Lang Lang’s footsteps who was practising six hours a day at five years old, an extra 10 minutes everyday going over furiously fast passages, playing F# melodic minor one more time or perfecting that technical exercise, will pay off. At least then us mere mortals can pretend to be like Daniel Barenboim. Indeed, violinist Nicola Benedetti is so dedicated to practice she utilized an airport bathroom when her flight was delayed.

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Nicola Benedetti. Photo from her Facebook

3. Find new music

Spotify have introduced a useful new tool called ‘Play it Forward’ which generates new music for you based on who you have previously listened to. Classic FM also have a weekly ‘Album of the Week‘ from which they play one track a day and BBC Music Magazine have both a ‘New Releases‘ section and a free weekly download bound to inspire you.

4. Play music for charity

In 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra and others such as tenor Wynne Evans swapped instruments in a mass grade-one-a-thon for charity. Why not use your musical talent for good and do something similar? There are plenty of brilliant musical charities to support such as Help Musicians UK and Music in Hospitals.

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The LSO. Photo found at Classic FM

5. Join a choir

As well as being fun, it has been said that singing is good for your mental health-two great reasons to join a choir. There are plenty of ensembles out there catering for all standards and interests from novice to expert level, from choral works to pop songs. The Big Big Sing is a brilliant website for finding your perfect choir, all you have to do is put in your postcode. British Choirs on the Net also has a large database of choirs, sorted both alphabetically and geographically.

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Youth Choir of the Year, Taplow Youth Choir performs onstage at the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Grand Final. Photo:Robin Bell / Imagewise

6. Make a Classical Music Bucket List

A blog for another day but here are a few ideas to get you started: Prom at the BBC Proms, or go to the traditional ‘Carols at Kings‘ service.

Are you making any classical music resolutions? Tweet us with your ideas and bucket list items @WildKatPR

(Written on January 5, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

A tale of two cités: can the Philharmonie de Paris bridge the social divide?

Built on the boundary between the capital’s banlieues and its affluent boulevards, the new state-of-the-art concert hall aims for social transformation through the arts. We take a peek and ask what makes the perfect concert hall

Telegraph

Christmas with the cathedral chorus

December brings cold, late nights and work on Christmas day, but young choristers wouldn’t have it any other way, says Eleanor Doughty

The Times

What classical music stars listen to at Christmas

Composers, singers and musicians share their favourite Christmas songs, from The First Noël, to The Lamb

Classic FM

Angelina Jolie: ‘I need classical music, but I have to be careful what I listen to’

EXCLUSIVE: While Brad Pitt and the children listen to music all the time, Jolie says she has to be careful what she listens to

Classical Music Magazine

Tricia Tunstall: Geoffrey Baker’s El Sistema denunciation has the feel of a vendetta

Musicians, educators, and social activists the world over celebrate Venezuela’s El Sistema as a remarkable program that brings needy children into the joy of making music together, spurring hope and changing lives. But now comes British academic Geoffrey Baker to set us all straight.

Die Welt

Wer schändete das Salzburger Karajan-Denkmal?

In Salzburg haben Unbekannte das Bronzedenkmal Herbert von Karajans beschädigt. Sie brachen den Taktstock ab.

Pizzicato

Russische Musikschulen laufen Sturm gegen Nivellierungs-Gesetz des Bildungsministeriums

Weil das Russische Bildministerium neue Kriterien für den Unterricht an Musikschulen anwenden will, laufen die Verantwortlichen nun Sturm gegen die neue Reglementierung, die ihres Erachtens die Qualität des Musikunterrichts besonders in den Eliteschulen, z.B. dem Gnessin-Institut ruinieren könnten.

Klassik.com

UNESCO: Deutsche Orchester und Theater sind Weltkulturerbe

Die deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft ist als Weltkulturerbe anerkannt worden.

Codex Flores

Tod des deutschen Dirigenten Hans Wallat

Der deutsche Dirigent Hans Wallat, der in Mannheim, Dortmund und Düsseldorf/Duisburg als Generalmusikdirektor amtete, ist im Alter von 85 Jahren nach langer Krankheit verstorben.

Le Figaro

Thylacine : «Je suis revenu à des références plus classiques»

Le festival des Trans Musicales s’est tenu à Rennes du 3 au 7 décembre.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: In the papers today: the festive hits which keep earning hundreds of thousands for their composers. @TimLihoreau

Classicalite @Classicalite: Exclusive Q&A with Lang Lang, Loren Mazzacane Connors + More! – http://eepurl.com/-kGan

Klassik in Berlin @KDCBerlin: Sir Simon Rattle will auch nach 2018 in Berlin tätig sein http://klassik.com/?3PVvw  #Dirigent #Rattle #Berlin

Bronze statue of Herbert von Karajan in front of his birthplace in Salzburg photo: picture alliance / zb

Bronze statue of Herbert von Karajan in front of his birthplace in Salzburg
photo: picture alliance / zb

(Written on December 15, 2014 )