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In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: Victoria Wood gets her own bronze statue, listen to the drunk version of the Wedding March, and is the Royal Albert Hall fit for modern times? Interview with Antonio Pappani, a call for Germany’s best music teachers, fees for the Met, and how to bring classical music to young kids.

The Telegraph

The Royal Albert Hall: A Victorian Institution Fit for the 21st Century

With the discussion of how to finance a (welcome) new Rattle Hall at the Barbican, arts funding is again in the news.

The Guardian

Victoria Wood Statue to be Built by Creator of Eric Morecambe Memorial

Graham Ibbeson, whose work the late comedian is said to have admired, will sculpt lifesize bronze for her home town of Bury.

BBC 

The Queen beats The Crown at the Bafta TV Awards

 Ant and Dec have dedicated their Bafta TV Award to the Queen after winning a prize for their presentation of her 90th birthday celebration event.

CMuse

Organist Rearranges Drunk Version of the Wedding March

A YouTuber, Jonathan Mui, created quite a stir as he reinvented the popular Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn as performed by a drunk organist.

Die Welt

Sehen so etwa Operngala-Besucher aus?

Die Metropolitan Opera New York feiert mit viel Pomp 50. Geburtstag, aber die Besucherzahlen gehen zurück. Die Schuld daran trägt das stolze Opernhaus wohl selber. Es hat einen fatalen Fehler gemacht.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Gespräch mit dem Dirigenten Antonio Pappani. 

Netrebko begleiten wir gern, doch wir können viel mehr

Musik Heute

Deutschlands beste Musiklehrer gesucht

Musiklehrer motivieren und begeistern junge Menschen für Musik. Die engagiertesten und beliebtesten Pädagogen sollen vom (heutigen) Montag an in einem bundesweiten Wettbewerb ermittelt werden.

El País

El mundo celebra la revolución musical que concibió Monteverdi

‘Il divino Claudio’, de cuyo nacimiento se cumplen 450 años, se mantiene como uno de los más geniales compositores de la historia. La ópera nació con su ‚L’Orfeo’

The New York Times

Would Fees at the Met Deter Visitors?

The Times asked people what kind of mandatory admission fee they would be willing to pay at the Met.

Pizzicato

Naxos organisiert wieder Münchner Musikmarkt

Rund 250 Teilnehmer werden zum ‘Music Market Munich’ erwartet, den die Naxos-Gruppe vom 15. bis 17. Mai in München organisiert.

Manawatu Standard

Making classical music cool for kids

A free classical music concert where it’s OK to dance on your seat, pretend to be a conductor and sing along is headed to Palmerston North.

Twitter

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The Guardian
Photograph: Ian West/PA

(Written on May 15, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, applications are now open for the 9th Sound and Music’s Summer School, which will take place from 30th July to 5th August this year. Violinist Ray Chen, former 1st prize winner at the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions, signs with Decca Classics. Renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman will open New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert Winter Festival 2017, with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn from January 13th to 15th. Also, more reactions on the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music opens Summer School applications

Sound and Music is now inviting applications for its Summer School, which will take place 30 July – 5 August 2017.

City of London Corporation announces support for Centre for Music

The City of London Corporation has pledged up to £2.5m in funding towards the production of a detailed business case for a Centre for Music in London’s Square Mile.

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen signs new recording deal with Decca Classics

The violinist, who is a former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, will make his first recording for the label later this year.

The New York Times

Juliet and Jackie Evancho, Bonding as Targets in a Trump Media Frenzy

Jackie, 16, who will sing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, and her transgender sister, Juliet, 18, lend each other support.

The Washington Post

At a moment of transition, NSO offers the old-new: 20th-century classical works

Teetering on the edge of a new era, the National Symphony Orchestra this week offers a program poised midway, even uncertainly, between old and new.

Broadwayworld

2017 NJSO Winter Festival to Launch with Pinchas Zukerman Performing Tchaikovsky

Celebrated violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman opens the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert 2017 Winter Festival with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, January 13-15 in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick.

Music Business Worldwide

Soundcloud Co-founder Eric Wahlforss Switches Job As Firm Hires CTO

Yahoo! exec Artem Fishman has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at SoundCloud – as co-founder Eric Wahlforss takes on a newly-created role.

ZEIT Online

Hamburg, deine Perle

Der teuerste Konzertsaal der Welt ist eröffnet, beklatscht von Angela Merkel, Joachim Gauck, Reichen und Prominenten. Erfüllt die Elbphilharmonie die hohen Erwartungen?

FAZ

Dieser Konzertsaal kennt keine Gnade

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist eine Augenweide. Doch wir sehen nicht mit den Ohren: Das Hördesign von Yasuhisa Toyota ist gemacht für Überwältigungsmusik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elemente des Lebens

Elementargewalten, inszeniert vor historischer Kulisse. Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci 2017 haben die vier Elemente Feuer, Wasser, Erde und Luft zum Thema.

France Musique

Découvrez l’impressionnante Philharmonie de l’Elbe à Hambourg

Pour faire oublier des années de retard et d’explosions budgétaires, l’Elbphilharmonie de Hambourg devait sortir le grand jeu lors de son inauguration. Pari réussi pour la ville hanséatique qui vient de se doter d’une des plus belles salles de concert au monde.

Twitter

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Photo: Sound and Music

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Am Sonntag waren die Bamberger Symphoniker mit ihrem Ehrendirigenten Herbert Blomstedt zu Gast in der herrlichen Basilika Ottobeuren. Auf dem Programm standen Anton Bruckners »Te Deum« und die »Lobgesang«-Symphonie von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Vor 2500 Zuhörern sangen der Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker und die Solisten Simona Šaturová, Marie Henriette Reinhold, Tilman Lichdi und Tobias Berndt.

Mit dabei, wie auf allen ihren Reisen: Das Foto-Buch von Nora Gomringer und Andreas Herzau über das Orchester, erschienen im Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on June 27, 2016 )

In today’s news, Vision String Quartet wins 2016 Mendelssohn Prize, a Syrian orchestra torn apart by the conflict is to be reunited in commemoration of the first world war. Also, BBC announces Shakespeare festival 2016 and Classical Music Magazine offers us a preview of Aldeburgh Festival 2016

Classical Music Magazine

Preview: Aldeburgh Festival 2016

The stand-out event of this year’s festival is Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux over four concerts from sunrise to midnight at Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins 2016 Mendelssohn Prize

Founded in the 1870s, the award is given annually to the best students from Germany’s conservatoires

Financial Times

Reunited Syrian orchestra to help mark mid-point of first world war

An orchestra from Syria torn apart by the conflict there is to be reunited as part of Britain’s programme of commemoration for the first world war

Classical Music Magazine

BBC announces Shakespeare festival 2016

A Radio 3 residency in Stratford-upon-Avon and a series of Shakespeare-themed concerts from BBC performing groups are just a couple of the events planned for the BBC Shakespeare festival

 

nmz

Fantasie, Bewegung und Farben

http://www.nmz.de/artikel/fantasie-bewegung-und-farben

Henri Dutilleux jener überragende Komponist Frankreichs, dessen Erfolg man in der Heimat stets kleinredete. Zu allmächtig herrschte Pierre Boulez in IRCAM-City, und der konnte mit Dutilleux’ Musik nichts anfangen

Codex Flores

Zimmermann bekommt Général-Dupont-Grumiaux-Stradivari

Frank Peter Zimmermann, der seine Stradivari «Lady Inchiquin» wegen der WestLB-Affäre zurückgeben musste, hat von einem chinesisch-deutschen Unternehmer leihweise die «Général Dupont, Grumiaux»-Stradivari erhalten

Klassik.com

Gewandhausorchester mit Leipziger Lerche ausgezeichnet

Das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wird mit der elften Leipziger Lerche des Wirtschaftsvereins “Gemeinsam für Leipzig” ausgezeichnet. Die Jury erklärte in ihrer Begründung, das Orchester sei eine Kulturinstitution, die exemplarisch für regionale Verwurzelung mit internationaler Ausstrahlung stehe

El Pais

Mozart y Salieri, más colegas que rivales

Hallado en Praga un ejemplar de la cantata K.477a, siempre considerado perdido, de 1785

El Mundo

Los Grammy de la música clásica distinguen a Pablo Ferrández

El chelista de 24 años, premiado este verano en el concurso Chaikovski, recibe ahora el galardón al mejor artista joven en los ICMA

Twitter

Classic FM@ClassicFM  This morning we’re going to be talking about the Millennial generation and what they mean to orchestras in the UK. #ClassicFMDebate #abo16

TownHallSymphonyHall@THSHBirmingham The insanely cool  @MilosGuitar talks Bach, The Beatles and more.. a great read! http://ow.ly/XouV6  Catch him here 4 March

Timothy Orpen@TimothyOrpen Fascinating experiment taking place tonight as @RNSinfonia audience and orchestra votes on new pieces @sage_gateshead

Vision String Quartet/ The Strad

Vision String Quartet/ The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Marin Alsop gives a conducting masterclass, the ‘Ames’ Stradivarius is rediscovered and Lorenzo Viotti wins a young conductors award.

The Strad

The rediscovery of the ‘Ames’ Stradivarius

Last week it was announced that the 1734 ‘Ames’ Stradivarius violin had resurfaced after going missing 35 years ago.

Classical Music Magazine

Mendelssohn and the Messiah feature in Bodleian exhibition

An exhibition at the Bodleian Library features a number of musical artefacts, ranging from the original conducting score of Handel’s Messiah to some of Felix Mendelssohn’s conducting batons.

Classic FM

Marin Alsop’s Classic FM Conducting Masterclass: An introduction to conducting

Marin Alsop is one of the world’s best conductors. And starting today, she’ll be presenting a series of video masterclasses exclusively for Classic FM on all aspects of conducting, from how to use the baton to that iconic big finish.

Gramophone

Lorenzo Viotti wins the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards

The young Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti has won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards, an award made at the weekend after he conducted the Camerata Salzburg.

The New Yorker

Finally, A Non-Embarrassing Classical-Music Scene in a Blockbuster Movie

When classical-music fans hear that a new Hollywood production has a scene set at the opera or the symphony, they reflexively prepare to cringe.

Die Welt

Im Sitzen kann man keine Opern inszenieren

Der Regisseur Harry Kupfer hatte das Weltniveau, nach dem sich die DDR sehnte. Deswegen durfte er aus- und einreisen. Nur seine Tochter muss als Geisel bleiben. Jetzt wird der Felsenstein-Schüler 80.

Pizzicato

Musicians and Orchestras Present New Streaming Platform

Since streaming seems to have a great future, many actors of classical music go in that direction. Unsatisfied by the current offer, some of them go their own way. Idagio is such a platform that connects musicians and audiences directly.

BR Klassik

Preisträger Lorenzo Viotti in Salzburg

Der renommierte Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award geht in diesem Jahr an den 25-jährigen Lorenzo Viotti. Der mit 15.000 Euro dotierte Preis wird jährlich an einen jungen Dirigenten bis 35 Jahre verliehen.

France Musique

Le contre-ténor Serge Kakudji victime d’une agression en Sicile

Le chanteur lyrique s’est fait violemment agressé à Palerme en Sicile le 20 juillet dernier, au lendemain de son concert avec l’orchestre du Théâtre Massimo de Palerme.

The New York Times

Mostly Mozart’s Big Tent Embraces George Benjamin, Dai Fujikura and More

The big news this week at Mostly Mozart is George Benjamin’s opera “Written on Skin,” to be performed Tuesday Thursday and Saturday. But there’s also plenty of interest elsewhere at the festival.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms: Last night @RoyalAlbertHall turned into a swinging speakeasy @clareteal @clarkepeters @Real_Band &

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Uggie the dog who, starred in the film The Artist, has died. We’re playing a music tribute this talented pooch soon!

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Who knew that Pavarotti was also a passionate cricketer?

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Marin Alsop conducting masterclass
Photo credit: Classic FM

(Written on August 12, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Prince Charles’ royal harpist is replaced and Facebook is planning its own streaming service. Also, an unseen letter by Mendelssohn is displayed in Cambridge and Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53.

Royal harpist who ran off with opera singer is replaced

Hannah Stone is replaced as Prince Charles’s official harpist by Anne Denholm

The Guardian

Facebook is ‘planning its own music streaming service’

Sources tell a music and tech site that the social media giant is to follow its video programme with an expansion into streaming

Classical Music Magazine

Unseen letter by Mendelssohn displayed in Cambridge

A previously unseen letter by Felix Mendelssohn has been placed on public display in an exhibition at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

The Strad

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died aged 53

Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle has died at the age of 53 following a long battle with illness.

British cellist Denis Vigay has died aged 89

The musician was principal cello of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Berliner Morgenpost

Iván Fischer verlängert Vertrag in Berlin bis 2018

Der Berliner Senat hat am Dienstag der Verlängerung des Vertrags von Iván Fischer um weitere drei Jahre zugestimmt. Damit bleibt Fischer bis 2018 Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

Neue Musikzeitung

Ausstellungen zum Komponisten-Schwerpunkt des Festivals in Lübeck

In Lübeck sind vom Wochenende an zwei begleitende Ausstellungen zum Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival zu sehen, die sich mit dem russischen Komponisten Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893) befassen. Unter dem Titel «Kontrapunkte – Tschaikowsky und Brahms» stellte das Brahms-Institut der Musikhochschule die beiden gegensätzlichen Komponistenpersönlichkeiten gegenüber.

klassik.com

Emil Reinert gewinnt Leschetitzky-Preis beim Klavierwettbewerb Polnischer Musik

In Hamburg ist der 2. Deutsche Klavierwettbewerb polnischer Musik zu Ende gegangen. Der Leschetitzky-Preis als mit 2.000 Euro höchstdotierte Auszeichnung des Wettbewerbs ging an Emil Reinert.

Le Monde

En coulisses avec Jonas Kaufmann

Ce dimanche 28 juin, le patron des Chorégies d’Orange, Raymond Duffaut, rayonne. Sa victoire ? L’arrivée en tout début d’après-midi de Jonas Kaufmann, le ténor vedette de la nouvelle production du Carmen de Bizet…

The Washington Post

D.C. trio Eya presents a buffet of early music for lunchtime concert series

“Early music” is an umbrella term for all sorts of vocal and instrumental works. The label covers a lot of territory, from the Dark Ages to the 18th century and from Gregorian chant to the early symphony.

Tweets

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall: Our new responsive website is now live!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 guest @quantick‘s second choice is the Largo from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Here’s your chance to put a question to one of the world’s great violinists, @JoshuaBellMusic

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook plans to launch its own streaming service
Photo: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images/ The Guardian

(Written on July 9, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Donetsk opera house: tanks on the street but the show must go on

The city’s opera house remains open despite the dangers posed by the conflict between local separatists and Ukrainian forces

Facing the music: Martin Fröst

The clarinettist tells us about his musical tastes on and off the concert platform

The Strad

International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition responds to criticism

The event was accused of favouring students of its founder and jury chair, Zakhar Bron, writes Rebecca Schmid

Classical Music Magazine

Rattle appears London-bound despite unlikelihood of new concert hall

The prospects of London getting both a world-class concert hall and Sir Simon Rattle as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra look increasingly remote.

Classic FM

Beautiful art by great composers and musicians

Not content merely with creating beautiful music for us, some composers and performers were also talented visual artists. Here’s a selection of the best – from Mendelssohn to Mozart.

Süddeutsche.de

Öffnet den musikalischen Horizont

Kultur darf nicht der politischen Harmonie geopfert werden. Doch der Freistaat Bayern und die Stadt München haben mit ihrer Entscheidung zur Sanierung des Gasteigs genau dies getan. München braucht ein neues und kein renoviertes Konzerthaus.

Spiegel Online

Bassist Eberhard Weber: Im Schummerlicht zwischen Jazz und E-Musik

In seiner Biografie erzählt der Bassist Eberhard Weber “Eine deutsche Jazzgeschichte”. Seine neue Platte mixte der 75-Jährige aus früheren Aufnahmen. Denn nach einem Schlaganfall kann er sein Instrument nicht mehr spielen.

concerti

Dunkle Wolken über Dessau

Künstlerisch hat das Anhaltische Theater in den vergangenen Jahren vielerorts für Aufsehen gesorgt. Allein die Kulturpolitiker interessieren diese Erfolge wenig

pizzicato

Pizzicato’s Remy Franck Reelected President of ICMA

During their General Assembly in Leipzig, last weekend, the ICMA Jury members elected the ICMA Executive Board for the next three years.

Le Figaro

Victoire de la musique classique : les gagnants sont…

La soprano Sabine Devieilhe, silhouette gracile et voix aérienne, et le violoncelliste Edgar Moreau, 20 ans, ont remporté les précieux trophées , tandis que les «révélations» récompensaient le jeune claveciniste Jean Rondeau et le ténor Cyrille Dubois.

Le Parisien

Les compositeurs de musiques de films voudraient “relocaliser” en France

Les compositeurs de musique de films ont appelé lundi, dans un manifeste, à “relocaliser” en France les enregistrements pour l’audiovisuel qui, pour des questions de coûts, ont le plus souvent lieu en Europe de l’Est.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: #BBC Launches the 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition http://www.classicalite.com/articles/16353/20150202/bbc-launches-2015-inspire-young-composers-competition.htm?exe=reporter …

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Record news: Warner buys another classical label http://bit.ly/1tYiJ18

KlassikInfo @Klassikinfo: KlassikInfo löscht sein Facebook-Konto aus Datenschutzgründen http://www.KlassikInfo.de 

Munich Philharmonie Photo: Süddeutsche.de

Munich Philharmonie
Photo: Süddeutsche.de

(Written on February 3, 2015 )

As Shakespeare himself says in The Two Gentlemen of Verona: ‘Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews, whose golden touch could soften steel and stones.’ WildKat PR could not agree more after last night’s brilliant concert from Orpheus Sinfonia at St George’s Church, Hanover Square.

The whole theme of the evening was the influence that Shakespeare’s plays have had on composers and as well as performances of Korngold, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev we were treated to two graduates from LAMDA (Andrew Nolan and Sophie Steer) who acted excerpts from the plays in between the musical programme. This addition helped achieve the goal of the Beneath the Score series: to dig deeper into the music.

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A depiction of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo: Blogging Shakespeare

If I sat back and closed my eyes, I would not have known Orpheus Sinfonia were not an orchestra such as the LSO, such was the calibre of the playing: the woodwind, particularly the flutes, captured me from the very first chords of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the opening piece. Their vibrato was unmistakable for the rest of the concert.

One of my highlights was Korngold’s Much Ado about Nothing. Orpheus Sinfonia really showed off their versatility during this piece by capturing both the comedy of the play and unleashing long lyrical lines. I had already decided that the Korngold was my new favourite piece but by the time Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden had finished, I had changed my mind. The strings meshed together blissfully, bringing out the impressionism of the piece. The cellos in particular sung out and possessed that ‘golden touch’ Shakespeare spoke of. It was also the perfect opportunity for the actors to act out the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. The silence between the notes dying away and keen applause said it all.

The conductor, Thomas Carroll, provided an insightful commentary throughout but especially before Tchaikovsky’s well known Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. He outlined the structure of the piece and the ‘characters’ that particular instruments were supposed to represent. The woodwind at the start of the piece symbolized the noble Friar Laurence whilst the constant horn rhythms acted as the heartbeat of the lovers. This explanation allowed me to hear the piece in a new way.

The venue, St George’s Church, had beautiful acoustics which really amplified the rich sound of the orchestra. The intimate setting was a nice change from a large concert hall; it meant you could see the players as they were performing and it was clear they were enjoying themselves. There were also a number of young people there and, chatting to a couple afterwards, they commented on how accessible the music had been through the combination of excerpts and explanation.

A wonderful evening overall, make sure you look out for details of the next one.

Orpheus-SMALL Orpheus Sinfonia. Photo: The Stage

 

 

(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Following the success of their previous concert, here at WildKat PR we have been looking forward to our client Orpheus Sinfonia’s next Beneath The Score concert: ‘The Shakespeare Influence’. The evening’s music will be inspired by the works of Shakespeare and include works from composers such as Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The performance will also be interspersed with readings by two young talented actors from some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘Much Ado about Nothing,’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

The Beneath The Score series aims to bring classical music to new audiences and expand the knowledge of the experienced, by exploring the meaning behind the work during the concert. The first concert, which explored Beethoven’s life and revolutionary influence, included readings of extracts of his diaries and images to bring the music more to life. Indeed, many audience members, newcomers and seasoned concertgoers alike, commented on how much they learnt as well as how much they enjoyed the music. One person remarked how she did not realise how early Beethoven’s deafness set in whilst another was very new to the experience and so learnt much more than he knew before.

The concert will be performed by the talented Orpheus Sinfonia, an orchestra composed of recently graduated musicians emerging from study into the profession, and conducted by conductor, cellist and presenter Thomas Carroll. The Shakespeare Influence will take place this Thursday (22nd January 2015) at 19:30pm at St George’s Church in Hanover Square. Tickets can be found here. It promises to be a fascinating and uplifting evening.

Find Orpheus Sinfonia on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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The Orpheus Sinfonia in Concert. Photo found at orpheusfoundation.com

 

 

(Written on January 19, 2015 )