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In today’s news: Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe, huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM, and if Soundcloud disappears, what happens to its music culture? Wolf Durmashkin composer’s prize announced, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie tours in autumn, and Stuttgart State Opera needs new place to be during its renovation.

The Guardian

Opera director Joe Hill-Gibbins: How I got an Oedipus complex

The ancient myth speaks to us still, and, through the prism of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s hard-hitting opera Greek, the director of a new production found insights, strange beauty and football chants.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK launches Develop funds

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced Help Musicians Develop, which will invest £270,000 over the next 18 months to allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively.

Choir and Organ

Thomas Gaynor wins St Albans Interpretation Competition

The 29th St Albans International Organ Competition concluded at London’s St John’s Smith Square on 22 July, following nearly two weeks of competition and festival events in St Albans and London.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe

MBW has spotted that the company is hiring for a Music Publishing Business Development Manager based in London to “lead music publisher/society licensing strategy and negotiations with rights-holders in EMEA”.

Classic FM

Huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM

Classic FM has posted a surge in listening figures, with 5.8 million people now listening to the station – 1.2 million of whom are under 35

The New York Times Magazine

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?

The technology blog TechCrunch published a report claiming that SoundCloud had enough money to finance itself for only 80 days. Though the company disputed the report, the possibility that SoundCloud might disappear sent a shock through the web.


No more music from the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

After struggling with financial problems for several years, the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (Central California) has decided to cease operations.


Patrick Thomas has died

The Australian conductor, known for his fierce advocacy of Australian music, has passed away aged 85.

Kultur Radio

Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erstmals ausgeschrieben

Internationaler Nachwuchskompositionswettbewerb ruft zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Holocaust auf.

Klassik Heute

Herbsttournee der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie

Im September und Oktober 2017 reist die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie unter der Leitung von Jukka-Pekka Saraste programmatisch in den hohen Norden.

Ausweichspielstätte der Stuttgarter Oper im Schlossgarten: Probleme mit dem Denkmalschutz?

Die Ende Juli ins Gespräch gebrachte Alternative zu den bislang zur Diskussion stehenden Ausweichspielstätten der Stuttgarter Oper könnte Angaben der Stuttgarter Zeitung zufolge zu Problemen mit dem Denkmalschutz führen.


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The Guardian: Greek

(Written on August 3, 2017 )

The Guardian

Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debuts

Other highlights of this year’s BBC Proms season include the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the return of both Daniel Barenboim and Marin Alsop, announces outgoing director Roger Wright

The Telegraph

Proms 2014: Top ten concerts

As this summer’s BBC Proms programme is announced, Ivan Hewett selects the best concerts

Classic FM

Classical music street art

Sometimes our favourite music pops up in the most unlikely places. Discover the most beautiful classical music-inspired street art.

Classical Music Magazine

Music education campaigning steps up as councils pressured out of supporting music 

A consultation document on local education funding shows that central government expects local government to cease funding music in English schools from 2016.

Limelight Magazine

Dame Kiri’s final bow?

The opera star writes exclusively for Limelight about ending her stage career and the good times ahead.

Die Welt

Johann Sebastian Bach – Fetischist der Vierzehn

König David hat Bach berufen: Bei der Zahlenmystik des größten Barockkomponisten lassen sich Wahrheit und Legende längst nicht mehr unterscheiden. Das lehrt effektvoll eine Ausstellung in Eisenach.


Die Pläne der Philharmoniker: Proben für die neue Zeit

Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius: Die Berliner Philharmoniker stellen ihre Saison 2014/15 vor – und gründen ein eigenes Label.

Washington Post

After longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history, Osmo Vänskä considers his options 

For the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, the Finnish conductor who will lead them in three performances this week, is a welcome returnee, a once-frequent visitor to the Kennedy Center podium coming back for the first time since 2007.

Classical News on Twitter

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CM editors:@ClassicalMusic Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music …

Gramophone:@GramophoneMag Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance: from the stage to recording studio …

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 25, 2014 )

Today marks NMC‘s release of ‘Undance‘ featuring Mark-Anthony Turnage’s powerful, pulsating, syncopated work which saw a highly successful collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, Rambert contemporary dance company, Wagne McGregor, Mark Wallinger and Turnage himself. NMC is a non-profit-making record label dedicated to producing contemporary classical music focusing on innovative and challenging works.

The title work is conducted by Tim Murray who has had a long-term association with Turnage, working with him directly on Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole. Tim will be conducting Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, starting this Friday, 5th April.


(Written on March 31, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome British conductor Tim Murray to its client roster. Tim is forging his path as a leading conductor of operatic and contemporary repertoire, collaborating with the likes of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Wayne McGregor.

Tim has had a long-standing partnership with the Royal Opera House since 2006, recently premiering Gerald Barry’s virtuosic The Importance of Being Earnest with the Britten Sinfonia to great critical acclaim, and this year Tim made his Royal Ballet debut conducting Michael Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s The Art of Fugue.

Having worked closely with Mark-Anthony Turnage on the opera Anna Nicole, Tim is currently collaborating on Turnage’s CD Undance which is due to be released on 31st March 2014 with NMC Records.

WildKat PR will be working with Tim on his forthcoming engagement at the Linbury Studio, ROH, conducting Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle on 5-11th April 2014, and on his performance of Porgy and Bess at the Liceu, Barcelona in July 2014, following its highly successful performances at the London Coliseum and Opéra National de Bordeaux.

You can keep up to date with Tim’s performances and news on Twitter.

Tim Murray

(Written on March 27, 2014 )

LA Times

Ex-Sen. George Mitchell steps into Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute

George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator from Maine, has worked to broker peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland.

The Telegraph

Mark-Anthony Turnage: ‘I don’t like Beethoven’s Ninth that much’

A new opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage is always an event. Here, Ivan Hewett finds that classical music’s bad boy has lost little of his fighting spirit.

The Guardian

Arts Council chief: ‘what happens next?’

With the spending round settled, a committed culture sector now deserves some financial certainties, says Alan Davey, and strong partnerships with local councils will be crucial


BBC Radio and Television present the ‘Sound of Cinema’

A season of programming dedicated to music of the big screen – from the birth of cinema to the current day

Classic FM

Philip Glass features in Alan Partridge film soundtrack

The soundtrack to Alpha Papa, the film starring spoof radio DJ Alan Partridge, will feature the work of composer Philip Glass on the soundtrack.

Classical Music Magazine

North York Moors chamber festival: Focusing on the music

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival returns for a fourth season this year, running 11-24 August.

Opera News

The Business of Music

ALLAN KOZINN looks at the growing number of career-management courses being taught at music schools and conservatories.

The Spectator

Why has nobody heard of the miraculous Czech composer Zelenka?

A Mass by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745), a Czech composer at the court of Dresden, whose ruler, August, Elector of Saxony, had converted to Catholicism in order to become King of Poland.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wagner und die Bayreuther Festspiele

Ganz Bayreuth ist eine Baustelle.


Classic FM

(Written on July 26, 2013 )

International Online Magazine Tokafi has published a fascinating article on securing second performances of contemporary classical world, written by Tobias Fischer, with comments from composer and jazz pianist Raymond Yiu, amongst others. The article touches on many aspects of repeat performances, such as whether it is, what clarinetist Rachel Yoder describes as, ‘premiere hunting’ that may contribute to the lack of repeat performances due to the ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ that they provide. On the other hand, Fischer exemplifies the opposing argument with the Second Glance Festival of New Music, which is dedicated to the performance of works that have undeservedly not received any attention beyond their premiere. Gramophone’s James McCarthy, however, argues against this point. Alluding to composers such as Thomas Adès and Mark-Anthony Turnage, McCarthy states that composers who comply with a style that is accessible to the public will be the ones who will receive considerable amounts of performances for their works.

Raymond Yiu makes an excellent point in that ‘the process of composition is a lot more than writing beautiful music’. Touching on his background in IT, he shares the different aspects to consider when composing a new work; such as, how will a premiere be secured, who might be interested in performing the piece and how will the piece captivate people into securing second and repeat performances? He states that ‘if a piece could only be performed once or not at all, [he] would probably not write it in the first place’. There are many factors involved in the practical aspects of performance of a work: for example, one must consider the economical side, which can affect instrumentation and the size of the ensemble.

The article is a highly fascinating read and touches on a variety of factors relating to repeat performances of works. With first hand experience in this particular area, Raymond not only provides an insight into his personal opinion of repeat performances, but also shares some great advice to young and upcoming composers.

Last week, Raymond featured on Classic FM Live Web Chat to share advice with young composers about his personal composing career, along with details about his 40th birthday celebration. With gratitude and praise for the composer schemes he has been involved with, such as Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and LSO Composers, Raymond curated a concert at LSO St Luke’s to celebrate the schemes that have secured success in his career. An intriguing programme of contemporary classical music, featuring a host of young musicians and composers alike, celebrated a milestone birthday and the pathway to his career.

Read the full Tokafi article here. Keep up to date with news from Raymond Yiu through his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Raymond Yiu 'Room 101' 2012


Photo credit: Malcolm Crowthers

(Written on July 9, 2013 )

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?
Anika Vavic

(Written on April 18, 2013 )

The Telegraph

The Big Question: There’s an anti-intellectualism in Britain

The first of the Big Question debates at the Royal Opera House prompted composer Mark-Anthony Turnage to say there’s anti-intellectualism in Britain.

Classical Music Magazine

ABRSM’s new chief executive vows to improve infrastructure

The new chief executive of ABRSM says he will continue the work of his predecessor in improving the organisation’s infrastructure, following last year’s ‘major issues’ with exams.

BBC Music Magazine

Join us for this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards

Champagne, canapés and live music with the classical music world

Classic FM

Valentina Lisitsa plays for stranded passengers

The YouTube sensation surprised passengers stranded at London’s St Pancras International Station, performing an impromptu concert after her Eurostar train was cancelled.

Vasily Petrenko extends RLPO contract

Chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko has extended his contract for the foreseeable future, with a three-year notice period.

Classical Source

Top of The Baroque For Red Nose Day

This week on BBC Radio 3, presenters Suzy Klein, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Jez Nelson and Tom Service will embark on a battle of classical prowess for Comic Relief, competing against each other to be crowned Top of the Baroque.

Marketplace Life (via Arts Journal)

Can I see your violin’s paperwork?

Imagine you’re traveling abroad. The to-do list can be long. Book your flight, pack a toothbrush — and if you’re a musician like John Thomas, you may soon need a passport for your instrument.



Classic FM

(Written on March 13, 2013 )


Opera Rara records Donizetti’s opera Belisario

‘One of the most significant’ Donizetti operas yet to be widely known, says conductor Sir Mark Elder

Classic FM

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen becomes Children & the Arts ambassador

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen speaks passionately about his new role as ambassador “Children & the Arts is the only charity I know that reaches out and leads children on a unique journey into the arts that will inspire, thrill and transform their lives, and I am in no doubt will sow the seeds of lifelong passions.”

Arts & Kids Week celebrates 10 year partnership

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts spoke to Classic FM’s Lucy Coward about how Arts & Kids Week began and how it’s developed over ten years.

Mozart’s piano set for Vienna return

The piano used by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his later years is to be returned to his former home in Vienna for the first time since his death.

Classical Music Magazine

Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013 Festival programme announced

Simultaneous performances in the Guildhalls of London and Derry-Londonderry of a new cantata by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and poet Paul Muldoon will be just one musical highlight of Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture.

Slipped Disc

First picture: Israel Philharmonic is picketed outside Carnegie Hall

About 60 demonstrators turned out last night to protest against the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at Carnegie Hall.

Affronted French heirs seek to stop Munich revival of Poulenc opera, demanding more dead nuns

The heirs of Francis Poulenc and his librettist Georges Bernanos have filed an injunction to prevent the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from reviving Dmitri Tcherniakov’s staging of Dialogues des Carmelites.


Synaesthesia: is it like being on psychotropic drugs?

MONA’s true colours shine through in a festival exploring this strange musical phenomenon.

Evening Standard

Bourne supremacy: Acclaimed choreographer transforms Sleeping Beauty into gothic teen romance

Matthew Bourne is known for his radical reworking of classic ballets and now he’s turning Sleeping Beauty into a 21st-century gothic romance. It’s the Twilight series meets Tchaikovsky, he tells Liz Hoggard

Classic FM

(Written on October 26, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Proms 2012: top classical musicians pick their favourite Prom

Mark Elder, Tamsin Little, Sarah Connolly and more pick the Proms 2012 they are most looking forward to.

The Independent

‘Ow’ Liza and the BBC Proms is doing ‘My Fair Lady’?

Eliza Doolittle will screech in Cockney and sing posh as the quintessential London musical “My Fair Lady” makes its BBC Proms debut on Saturday in a lavish production that owes a debt to Hollywood.

BBC Music Magazine

A Proms fanfare

The BBC Proms kick off tonight at the Royal Albert Hall with a world premiere performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Canon Fever.

LA Times

Singers brave heat wave for Philip Glass premiere in Times Square

Happy returns for Glassmost took place recently with a performance in Times Square. His 1997 opera “Monsters of Grace” was reworked into a piece for soloist and an  eight-part chorus commissioned by NPR.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Koreans come first and third in Vienna singing contest

A 22 year-old tenor Beomjin Kim took first prize and soprano Sang-Ah Yoon came third in the 31st Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.

Deutsche Grammophon signs Canadian star

It was only a matter of time before a label locked on to Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the first Canadian conductor to achieve international renown.


Maxime Tortelier named Bournemouth Symphony young conductor in association

Son of Yan Pascal Tortelier to work closely with BSO’s Kirill Karabits .

(Written on July 13, 2012 )