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In today’s classical news, Benjamin Baker joins Young Concert Artists, Inc. 17-year-old cellist and winner of BBC Young Musician 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, signs to Decca Classics. Also, read about The Australian Art Quartet’s project ‘Scent of Memory’, mixing the waft of handpicked perfumes with the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Gurdjieff, and Mountfort.

Classical Music Magazine

Benjamin Baker joins YCA

Violinist Benjamin Baker has joined Young Concert Artists, Inc. after winning first prize at the organisation’s final auditions.

The Guardian

Scent of Memory: smell and classical music prove an intoxicating combination

In the Australian Art Quartet’s experimental new project, the group taps into a wider movement: bringing the sense of smell to performance

Two tribes: how the theatre and music scenes are mixing it up

Rachel Mars, Matt Regan and Nwando Ebizie are among a new wave of artists moving freely between two worlds to create shows that are not quite gig and not quite drama but somewhere in between


17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason signs to Decca

Decca Classics has signed 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the winner of this year’s BBC Young Musician 2016. The deal will not only see the label making recordings with him, but also offer what it describes as ‘long-term support’ to him through his studies.

The Times

Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and songwriter whose devastating confessional writing, wry humour and ear for melody turned him into one of the most enduring and unlikely rock stars of his generation, has died aged 82.

Slipped Disc

Homeless in Berlin: Neighbours force US concert pianist out of his home

The pianist Soheil Nasseri has been given 13 days to leave his apartment after noise complaints from neighbours.

The Telegraph

Soweto Kinch interview: ‘There were so many people making money out of Amy Winehouse dying’

On the eve of the London Jazz Festival, the saxophonist and Radio 3 presenter Soweto Kinch talks about exploitation in the recording industry and how music can be a great leveller


Why Montreux is so much more than all that jazz

For the past 50 summers, music lovers have flocked to the banks of Lake Geneva to take in the Montreux Jazz Festival.


Dancing with the stars

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

A bid for a cultural future

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector.

Millionen-Förderung für sechs deutsche Orchester

Die Förderung findet im Rahmen des Programms “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” statt. Bei den geförderten Orchestern handelt es sich um die Bochumer, Hamburger und Münchner Symphoniker, die Stuttgarter Philharmoniker sowie die Jenaer und die Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie.

Musik Heute

SWR Symphonieorchester auf erster Auslandstournee

Vom 14. bis 18. November bereisen die Musiker Spanien unter der Leitung von Christoph Eschenbach. Das Orchester ist aus der Fusion des Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) und des Radio-Sinfonieorchesters Stuttgart (RSO) entstanden. Der SWR will durch die Verschmelzung jährlich fünf Millionen Euro einsparen.

Salzburger Festspiele 2017 mit fünf Opernpremieren

Der neue Salzburger Festspielintendant Markus Hinterhäuser präsentiert in seiner ersten Saison fünf Opern-Neuinszenierungen, darunter drei Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts. Gerade in diesen politisch turbulenten Zeiten seien bestimmte Opern besonders geeignet, “Strategien der Macht” offenzulegen.


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Copenhagen Phil is reinventing the model of a civic symphony orchestra – in our November edition! @cmuseorg How to sum up a #symphony by #Beethoven in one #tweet

The Violin Channel @violinchannel Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Promotes New 2nd Concertmaster


Photo: AAQ

(Written on November 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Glyndebourne appoints Sebastian F Schwarz as its new general director and Britten Sinfonia will become Saffron Hall’s orchestra-in-residence. Also, the Association of British Orchestras launches a mentoring programme for future leaders and The Guardian writes Robert Craft’s obituary

The Guardian

Robert Craft obituary

Conductor and writer who devoted much of his working life to the composer Stravinsky

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia announce partnership

Britten Sinfonia will become Saffron Hall‘s orchestra-in-residence at the start of the 2016/17 season


Glyndebourne appoints new general director

Glyndebourne has appointed a new director. Sebastian F Schwarz, currently deputy artistic director at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, will take up his new post at Glyndebourne in May

The Guardian

All about that bass: Simon Bainbridge on his jazz concerto

As the composer’s new double bass concerto premieres this week in the London jazz festival, Simon Bainbridge explains how the collaborative work took shape, and why – if it wasn’t for an early morning Manhattan cab ride – it might never have happened at all

Classical Music Magazine

ABO launches mentoring programme for future leaders

The Association of British Orchestras has launched Find Your Way, a mentoring and coaching programme for aspiring leaders of the UK orchestral sector

Berliner Zeitung

Helmut Lachenmann: Revolutionär der Klänge

Bei Menschen, die an neuer Musik nicht interessiert sind, mag der Name Helmut Lachenmann Fluchtreflexe auslösen. Was die verpassen! Das ensemble unitedberlin richtet ihm am Sonntag ein Geburtstagskonzert aus


„Meine Kindheit war ziemlich verwirrend“

Eitelkeit ist ihm fremd: Mag Yo-Yo Ma auch als bester Cellist der Welt gefeiert werden, er schätzt den dezenten Auftritt


Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften stellt Schubert-Archiv online

Die Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften hat mehr als 1000 handschriftliche und gedruckte Quellen des Wiener Komponisten Franz Schubert ins Internet gestellt

The New York Times

Xian Zhang Is New Jersey Symphony’s New Music Director

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s next music director will be familiar to some concertgoers in the region: The orchestra announced on Monday that the role would be filled by Xian Zhang, a rising Chinese-American star

El Pais 

Ara Malikian, el violín trotamundos

Antes de que Ara Malikian (Beirut, 1968) aspirase a un Grammy latino fue un extravagante concertino de la orquesta del Teatro Real


The Classical SourceNews Yuja Wang named 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence of China’s National Center for the Performing Arts

BBC Music MagazineListen to our new podcast on & Alina Ibragimova’s Bach:

South Bank LondonHave you seen our Winter guide yet? Why the heck not?!

18Nov News

Robert Craft, right, with Igor Stravinsky during a recording session at the BBC in London. Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images/The Guardian

(Written on November 18, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

Iván Fischer: Symphony orchestras have only a few decades left

Ivan Fischer gives orchestras of the twenty-first century the prognosis of ‘adapt or die’.


How to crowdfund your next arts project – live chat

A live chat will be happening on the Guardian’s culture professionals network today from 12pm, to discuss how the arts may use crowd-funding to bridge the supply/demand gap in fundraising.

Musical training found to improve language and reading

US researchers have found that learning a musical instrument can improve a child’s reading and language skills, as well as being better at processing sounds and language.

Die Welt

Das Glück in Boston ist die Absage für Berlin

Der 35-jährige Lette Andris Nelsons ist einer Top-Kandidaten als Rattle-Nachfolger der Berliner Philharmoniker. Hier sagt er, warum er dafür nicht mehr in Frage kommt. Jedenfalls gegenwärtig.

Teatro Petruzelli in Bari sagt aus Geldmangel Produktionen ab

Viertgrößtes Opernhaus Italiens in finanziellen Nöten

Porträt Christina Pluhar

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado

Les partitions de la Grande Guerre auscultées sur France Musique

14-18 a influé sur la musique classique. La station de radio consacre vingt émissions de trente minutes au sujet.



ClassicFM: @ClassicFM It’s #InternationalLeftHandersDay so I’m playing 3 pieces with left handed connections right now @johnsuchet1

The Guardian: @guardian Universities plug gap as government fails to support poorer students:

EFG London Jazz Festival: @LondonJazzFest 2014 marks 200 years since birth of #AdolpheSax, inventor of the #saxophone. If you’re visiting Belgium, don’t miss #sax200 @mimbrussels

Simon Hopkins: @SimonHopkins The @southbankcentre have launched the  WebWe Want festival with an intriguing set of twitter questions >> …



Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images

Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images




(Written on August 13, 2014 )

The Guardian

The footballer who became a baritone and performed with Pavarotti

Jeff Taylor the footballing baritone’s story starts on the school football pitches of Huddersfield

London Jazz News

EFG London Jazz Festival Preview: Sebastian Scotney On Jazz Line-Up Tomorrow Saturday 9th at 6:00pm

Make sure you tune into BBC Radio 3 this Saturday the 9th, when Sebastian will be a guest on Claire Martin’s Jazz Line-Up with a round-up preview of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

MSO chorus director arrested in undercover park-sex sting

Lee E. Erickson, Chorus Director of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accused of exposing himself in Grant Park bathroom

Classic FM Online

Free cocktails for concert-goers in London

Concert-goers in London will be given a free cocktail to enjoy after classical music concerts, thanks to a new scheme called Pick & Mix

John Suchet wins International Radio Personality of the Year

Classic FM’s John Suchet has been named International Radio Personality of the Year at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ gets classical version with two double basses

‘Royals’ by Lorde has been given a classical reworking by two double bass players, the week after it topped the UK singles charts

Culture Map Houston

Houston radio station fires its main on-air talent: A classical music bloodbath?

The Front Row, a radio series that regularly featured local artists and nonprofit arts organizations, is history as main classical music personalities are laid off

Berliner Zeitung

Nach dem Fragen kommt das Jubeln

Gibt es überhaupt noch etwas Neues zu erleben beim Hören klassischer Musik? Und ist es anders bei sogenannter Neuer Musik? Beim „NoonSong“ samstags um 12 in der Kirche am Hohenzollernplatz darf jedenfalls das Vaterunser mitgesungen werden

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 8, 2013 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

Jessica Duchen’s Blog

Artists against racism.EU

Andras Schiff tells me that following my interview with him about the rising tide of racism in Hungary…I’d like to draw your attention to an organisation founded by the conductor Adam Fischer, who has recently resigned from the Hungarian State Opera. Artists Against Racism has an excellent website that, amongst other things, highlights the incidents that somehow do not always make our news pages.

The Evening Standard

Jazz Festival hits the capital

From bebop to big-band, next week’s London Jazz Festival is set to be the biggest yet. Jack Massarik plucks the highlights..

The Times

RSNO/Oundjian at Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The Canadian-born Peter Oundjian, the conductor who takes over from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s current music director Stéphane Denève next season, is something of an unknown quantity on this side of the Atlantic.

The Times

Disturbia at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Twenty-five years ago Britain was a different country. Hallowe’en existed only as a whisper and the BBC Concert Orchestra spent most of its time playing music’s faded bouquets. Now Hallowe’en shouts, and the Concert Orchestra is the band afraid of nothing — the classical avant-garde, minimalist trinkets, the whole world from Byrd to Cage.

(Written on November 2, 2011 )

As there are so many fantastic concerts, venues and opportunities to hear live music throughout London, we thought we should let YOU know where they are all occurring. This week is a ‘last-minute’ special, featuring events that are occurring within the next few immediate weeks.

What? Natalie Clein, Cello

Where? 100 Club, Oxford Street

When? Tuesday 9th November, 19.30

The internationally renowned cellist Natalie Clein takes classical music to a Rock and Roll setting in the dynamic 100 Club.  A variety of artists have performed here in the club’s fifty year history, from The Sex Pistols to Oasis; now it is classical music’s turn!  Natalie is joined by The Sabina Rackcheyeva Ensemble: an improvisatory group of musicians who fuse elements of Western and Eastern musical together to create a captivating artistic hybrid.  Tickets are available for £10/£8 online and £12/£10 on the door.

What? Trish Clowes

Where? Ray’s Jazz at Foyles, W2CH 0BE

When? Friday 12th November, 18:00 – FREE EVENT!

As part of the London Jazz Festival, Trish Clowes is performing on the first night of the 2 week festival for FREE at the café in Foyles. Being a young, fresh musician, she will be leading her dynamic ensemble through richly harmonic originals, as featured in her latest Basho album. It’s a lovely intimate venue with a relaxed, laid back feel and as it’s free it may be busy, so make sure you come down early!

What? London Philharmonic NOISE Under 26 – Mahler Anniversary

Where? Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

When? Wednesday 17th November, 19.30

The LPO under Kazushi Ono play a luscious programme of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century works: Richard Strauss’ sublime Death and Transfiguation, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, and Ravel’s Suites Nos. 1 and 2 from Daphnis et Chloé. After this concert members can enjoy a free drink courtesy of Heineken, all for only £8.00! Tickets can be ordered by calling 020 7840 4242 and quoting ‘Noise Under 26’.

What? Roméo et Juliette

Where? Royal Opera House

When? From now – 17th November, 18:30

Shakespeare’s tragedy of doomed young love receives a wonderful interpretation in Gounod’s opera. It combines all the drama of the well-known story and the emotional and stirring music typical of the composer of Faust. Not presented by The Royal Opera for a decade, Nicolas Joël’s production is revived with a fantastic cast conducted by French specialist Daniel Oren, and that has Piotr Beczala and Nino Machaidze/María Alejandres as the star-crossed lovers. There are cheap £10 student tickets for some of these performances and the WildKat team are all heading down to see this one for ourselves!

(Written on November 8, 2010 )