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In today’s news, The Brighton Early Music Festival co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down, cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps in to save floating concert hall, and Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce weekend of why music is the key to memory. Conductor Michael Gielen celebrates his 9oth birthday, the reconstruction of Bayreuther Festpielhaus was more expensive than thought, and new international composer’s competition.

Classical Music Magazine

BREMF co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) has announced that Clare Norburn will be stepping down from her position as co-artistic director after the 2017 Festival in order to concentrate on her career as a writer.

The Strad

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps in to save floating concert hall

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has written a letter to the New York Review of Books appealing for the concert boat designed by ‘America’s master builder’ Louis Kahn to be saved.

Pizzicato

Salaries of Louisville Orchestra musicians to increase

Before starting its 80th season, the Louisville Orchestra (Kentucky) announced a three-year contract agreement with the musicians, which is set to run through May 31, 2020.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce Why Music? The Key to Memory

Radio 3 is to return to the Wellcome Collection this autumn for a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind.

LimeLight

Boyd Owen wins Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

Limelight speaks to the tenor and to runner up Jessica Harper about what the competition means for their careers.

NMZ

„Für die Musik darf man ruhig das Gehirn bemühen“ – Dirigent Michael Gielen feiert seinen 90.Geburtstag

Welcher Dirigent kann schon von sich sagen, mitten in einem Premieren-Dirigat mit Hühnerbeinen beworfen worden zu sein?

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses wird voraussichtlich teurer

Die Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses wird voraussichtlich teurer als bislang angenommen.

KulturRadio RBB

Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb “Neue Szenen” ausgeschrieben

Bis zum 15. September 2017 können sich junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten im Alter bis 35 Jahre mit ihrer Arbeitsprobe für ein musiktheatrales Werk bewerben.

Twitter

Just became a member of . So thrilled!! Check out our Week 2 festival opportunities for early music enthusiasts!

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma

Merken

(Written on July 20, 2017 )

Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Richard Morrison asks if playing from memory is a gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity ahead of the Aurora Orchestra’s BBC Proms concerts. Lesley Garrett is to record an appeal for Help Musicians UK, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this month. Also, Tête à Tête opera festival announces it’s 2015 season including 40 new works to be performed throughout the three weeks.

Guardian

The National’s Bryce Dessner on the American landscapes that inspire him

Ahead of a concert series in London of new music exploring the American musical landscape, the musician selects seven works that provide fertile ground for his imagination

Telegraph

Christian Gerhaher: the most moving singer in the world

Ahead of his unmissable UK dates, German baritone Christian Gerhaher is mercifully modest, finds Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Richard Morrison: Is playing from memory a party trick or a musical revelation?

A gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity?

Classical Music Magazine

Lesley Garrett records appeal for Help Musicians UK

Opera singer Lesley Garrett CBE is recording an appeal for Help Musicians UK, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in May.

Tête à Tête announces 2015 opera festival

Tête à Tête has unveiled the programme for its 2015 opera festival, which will feature more than 100 performances and 40 new works over the course of three weeks.

Die Welt

Ausschuss prüft Kostenexplosion bei Staatsoper

Alles wird teurer und dauert länger: Die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper entwickelt sich ähnlich wie Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie. Jetzt soll ein Untersuchungsausschuss das Debakel aufklären.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Junge mit der Posaune

Der Kranzberger Felix Schlüter hat den Jugendkulturpreis des Landkreises gewonnen. Für sein Instrument, die Bassposaune, braucht er einen langen Atem – und auch für seine Traumkarriere.        

pizzicato

Neue, kostenlose ‘Opera Platform’ ist online

Ab dem heutigen 8. Mai gibt es für europäische Internetnutzer eine neue Online-Opernplattform.

The Irish Times

Béla Bartók: how music broadened the mind of a ‘nationalist’ composer

The innovative musician’s biographer traces his journey from Hungarian patriot to a synthesiser of not just folk and classical music but also of neighbouring cultures

JDCMB

Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer.

Twitter

Sam Jackson ‏@classicjacko: What would a Conservative majority mean for music? Here’s @NickFerrariLBC‘s @ClassicFM interview with David Cameron: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/david-cameron-music-education/ …

Manchester Camerata @MancCamerata: OUR 2015-16 SEASON ANNOUNCED! Booking opens Monday at 10am through @BridgewaterHall http://bit.ly/KUY1Sx  #LookingForSound #Redefining

(Written on May 8, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

UK’s Birmingham Conservatoire unveils plans for its new home

The facility is set to open in 2017

The Telegraph

First Canterbury Cathedral all-girl choir makes its Christmas concert debut

The first ever Canterbury Cathedral girls’ choir is to perform its debut Christmas concert after winning over doubters.

Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

The virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a decade at the Royal Festival Hall in December

The Guardian

In defence of the viola

The viola was the instrument of choice for Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Dvorák and Beethoven; Jimi Hendrix and John Cale both played it; violinists turn to it to improve technique. So why is the viola the butt of jokes?

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Große Oper in der Wüste von Oman

Der Sultan von Oman hat seinen Untertanen ein Opernhaus geschenkt.

Die Welt

Hauptsache, es ist deutsche Wertarbeit

In China hat die Klassik noch eine Zukunft: Mit Richard Strauss wirbt das Musikfestival in Peking für den Westen.

Spiegel Online

Berliner Ensemble: Oliver Reese wird Nachfolger von Claus Peymann

Der bekannteste deutsche Theatermacher tritt ab: Claus Peymann verlässt das Berliner Ensemble.

Codex Flores

Bartoli bleibt in Salzburg bis 2012 Pfingstfestspielleiterin

Cecilia Bartoli hat ihren Vertrag als Künstlerische Leiterin der Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele bis 2021 verlängert.

Pizzicato

World Coral Day Takes Place December 7

The international choral event is meant to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.

Twitter

ASMF Orchestra ‏@ASMForchestra: This Wednesday @WithJohnHurt performs with @ASMForchestra ………. in a shop window?!?! http://bit.ly/1FHlwLS 

London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Check out our trailer for Birtwistle’s birthday celebration: http://vimeo.com/112900015  #birtwistlebirthday

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro: MbroCouncil spent £28.28 per head on culture & heritage. What did your council spend? http://bit.ly/1tDc45B  (pdf)

Canterbury Cathedral Girls ChoirMembers of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir rehearse for their first Christmas concert at Canterbury Cathedral Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

(Written on December 1, 2014 )