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The ninth Planet Tree Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, running until 26th October in Hampstead, North London.

Founder and composer Lawrence Ball has curated the festival with the aim of creating an immersive experience for those wishing to connect to a higher sphere through deep engagement with classical music. Audiences are encouraged to lie down, meditate and experience the sound worlds presented, championing an alternative way of listening. The outdated rules employed in traditional concert halls are discarded in favour of a more accessible experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation. 

Similar in format to Max Richter’s sold-out ‘Sleep’, the 2017 Planet Tree Music Festival offers concert attendees the opportunity to lie down and relax into cosmic sound worlds, with a host of international musicians performing music specially written for this year’s programme.


The festival was opened by Terry Riley in 1996, establishing its ethos and reputation as one that showcases tonal, non-elitist contemporary music. The programme deals with the brighter side of contemporary classical music, featuring pieces by popular composers including Max Richter and Arvo Pärt.

Collaborator and performer James D’Angelo says: “The Planet Tree Music Festival has established a new forum for contemporary music that returns music to its spiritual roots and gets people in touch with their souls hungry for impressions of who and what they are… No composer could ask for anything more than the refined atmosphere that is the Planet Tree Music Festival.”

Tickets can be purchased on the door of each of the venues, namely the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel and All Hallows Church, Hampstead. Full concert details can be found here.

WildKat has, so far, secured coverage for Planet Tree Music Festival in PRS M Magazine, Culture Whisper, International Arts Manager, and local newspaper Camden New Journal. Stay tuned for more!

(Written on October 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there are plans to support London’s smaller music venues, and The Times writes that classical music can learn from rock festivals. Also, The Guardian look back at the highlights of Kovacevich’s career, and Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

The Guardian

Stephen Kovacevich at 75: his best recordings

In the week that the US-born but UK-based pianist celebrates his 75th birthday, we look back at the highlights of a career characterised by technical skill and intellectual clarity

The Times

What classical music can learn from rock festivals

We hope that a sense of adventure and exploration will be generated at the Barbican during our two-day Sound Unboundfestival. It is an entirely new concept for classical music. Concert-goers will be presented with music, talks, debates, cinematic events, an amplified cactus, a DJ set and an overnight musical meditation

The Strad

Violist Scott Ligocki has died aged 51

The American musician was an experienced orchestral performer and teacher

Arts Professional

Campaign to boost grassroots music in London

Plans to support London’s smaller music venues aim to reverse the declining number of performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists and bands

Classical Music Magazine

Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

Seong-Jin Cho was announced as the winner of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Im Exil fehlt der Schnürboden

Die Kölner Opern-Intendantin Birgit Meyer stellt nach dem Bauchaos ihre Pläne für die neue Spielzeit vor – eine Musicalbühne ist Ausweichquartier. Und einige Stücke fallen flach


Schöne Klänge heißen Elipson: Wireless Vinyl by Elipson. Edle Lifestyle-Audio-Systeme, die Auge und Ohr verwöhnen: Elipson präsentiert in diesem Herbst seine neue Vinyl Kollektion. Dabei wagt das Pariser Unternehmen den Brückenschlag zwischen den Welten

Münchener Konzertsaal: Standortentscheidung bis Ende des Jahres

Das bayerische Kabinett hat gestern beschlossen, bis Ende des Jahres eine Entscheidung über den Standort eines neuen Konzertsaals in München zu treffen. Dabei stützt man sich auf das soeben erschiene Gutachten des Büros Albert Speer und Partner, das wie erwartet zwei Standorte favorisiert


South-Korean Pianist Wins Chopin Competition

Yesterday evening (20 October) the Jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw announced the prizes for their 2015 edition. Winner of the First prize and gold medal ist Seong-Jin Cho, 21, from South-Korea

The Washington Post 

Opera Philadelphia announces new festival for 2017

Over the past few years, Opera Philadelphia has been working on becoming the very model of a modern opera company. Opera Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a new opera festival at the start of its 2017-2018 season. Called O17, the festival will blanket the city with opera


Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK  :Since 2007, London has lost 35% grassroots music venues. Support @MusicVenueTrust & #VenuesDay and help spread the word

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  : The @BarbicanCentre‘s Classical Weekender is next weekend! Plan your festival with this Musical Personality quiz: 

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :Nominate an artist manager, orchestra manager &/or concert hall manager for the @aborchestras @RhinegoldDigi awards: 


Speak Percussion, who are performing as part of Sound Unbound by Jeff Bubsy/The Times


(Written on October 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian reports on Rolf Hind’s new opera, Lost in Thought, which is inspired by the benefits of ‘mindfulness’. Also, The Times writes about ‘Mark Wigglesworth: The man trying to rescue ENO’, and Keith Harris steps down as PPL director

The Guardian

Vertical time: where mindfulness and music meet

The practice and proven benefits of ‘mindfulness’ have inspired Rolf Hind to create a new opera, Lost in Thought – perhaps the first ever to be as much a performance as a group meditation

The Times

Mark Wigglesworth: The man trying to rescue ENO

Mark Wigglesworth can be pleased that his tenure as music director at English National Opera is already going better than did his previous stab at running an opera company.

Classic FM

Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne play Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca

The legendary flautist and his wife turned the Mozart favourite into a fantastic flute duet backstage at Classic FM Live

Classical Music Magazine

Keith Harris to step down as PPL director of performer affairs

Keith Harris is to step down as PPL’s director of performer affairs at the end of 2015

International Arts Manager

San Francisco Opera appoint Shilvock as general director

Matthew Shilvock has been appointed as the new general director of San Francisco Opera(SFO), taking over from David Gockley who will retire in July next year


Musik gegen die blutigen Bilder

Mehr als Kampf und Krieg: das syrische Exilorchester spielte in Bremen vor ausverkauftem Haus. Das Konzert soll nur der Anfang sein – das Ensemble will ab jetzt regelmäßig auftreten.

neue musikzeitung

Studie vorgestellt: Musikwirtschaft ist erheblicher Wirtschaftsfaktor

Es ist ja nicht so, dass die deutsche Wirtschaft nur aus der Automobilbranche besteht. Musik spielt be fast jedem irgendwann am Tag eine gewisse Rolle.

Klassik heute

Clemens Schuldt wird neuer Chefdirigent des Münchener Kammerorchesters

Der 32-jährige gebürtige Bremer, der Alexander Liebreich nachfolgt, tritt sein Amt im Herbst 2016 an; sein Vertrag läuft vorerst bis 2019.

La Croix

A Strasbourg, Francesco Filidei fait sensation avec son premier opéra

Le jeune compositeur italien, né en 1973, atteste d’une inspiration et d’un savoir-faire incontestables en évoquant la figure du dominicain Giordano Bruno.

El Mundo

Deezer lleva la música en streaming a la Bolsa francesa

Deezer calienta los motores para salir a Bolsa. El gigante francés de streaming de música, con más de 6 millones de suscriptores, está listo para su inclusión en el índice Euronext de París para finales de 2015.


Max Richter Finishing the prep for the premiere of SLEEP on on Saturday night. Looking forward to playing the music live!

Classic FMHappy 70th birthday to ! We’re playing his wonderful music all day…

Royal Academy Music is ’s Young Artist of the Week:

News 24th HarrisKeith Harris
Photo: Richard Dawson/PA Images/Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 24, 2015 )