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Poorer children in UK priced out of learning to play musical instruments, report warns

‘To deny people who cannot afford music lessons the possibility of trying is criminal’ – David Arnold, composer

Poorer families in the UK are at risk of under-representation in the music industry as children are being priced out of learning to play musical instruments, a new report suggests.

 

Families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, earning less than £28,000, are half as likely (19 per cent) to have a child learning an instrument than families who earn at least £48,000 (40 per cent).

 The figures from the Musicians’ Union (MU) also show that more than two in five (41 per cent) of those from low-income families say instrumental music lessons are beyond their household budgets.


Global Royalty Collections Hit Record High

Global royalty collections for creators of music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature rose to a record high of €9.6bn (£8.4bn) in 2017, according to the CISAC Global Collections Report 2018.

Global royalties from digital income topped the €1bn mark for the first time (£761.6m), with a 24 percent increase in 2017.

Figures over five years also show that digital royalty collections have nearly tripled (up 166 percent), boosted by the streaming boom and video streaming services.

Across all regions, Europe led the way in 2017, with $4.9m (£3.7m) in collections, up 5.2 percent.

The UK is the third largest collecting country in Europe, with annual growth in 2017 up 4.9 percent. It follows Germany in second place (up 13.9 percent) and France as the largest collecting country in Europe (up 2.6 percent).


Music for Youth Proms get underway

The Music for Youth (MFY) Proms at the Royal Albert Hall are the apex of the national music charity’s entire annual season. The performances ran from Monday 5th until Wednesday 7th November.

Across three nights, a thousand young musicians from across the country took to the stage, showcasing full-scale orchestral pieces, jazz arrangements, chamber works, rock and choir performances.

Founded in 1970, Music for Youth (MFY) is a national youth music charity that provides free opportunities for over 60,000 young people aged 21 and under to both perform and experience live music, through a season of nationwide festivals, concerts and projects.


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and EUYO commemorate the Armistice

Conductor Andrew Manze united forces from Hannover and Liverpool for two special performances of Benjamin Britten‘s War Requiem.  The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) joined the NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchestra and the Knabenchor Hannover Choir for the performances on the 3rd and 10th November.

Both Liverpool and Hannover are UNESCO Cities of Music, and both were hugely affected by the war: over 90% of Hannover city centre was destroyed by bombing, and more than 12,000 soldiers from Liverpool signed up to fight the war at sea.

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) will also commemorate the Armistice, performing with chief conductor Vasily Petrenko beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a ceremony marking the centenary of the end of World War One.

The event is organised by the French government, and will be attended by many world leaders. The orchestra will perform Ravel’s Bolero, and works by Yo-Yo Ma and Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo.

(Written on November 9, 2018 )

Simon Rattle to open free school for young musicians in 2019

Sir Simon Rattle has revealed plans to create a new music school: the LSO East London Academy, reports Classic FM.

The Academy is being developed by the LSO and will open in 2019 in East London with the aim of identifying and nurturing young musical talent in the area.

It will offer free music training to promising musicians aged 11-18, to break down the financial barrier that prevents many talented young musicians from fully developing their craft.

Sir Simon Rattle said:

“The LSO’s education work is world-famous and rightly admired and copied. But we want to go much further. We know there is so much talent on our doorstep. We see these young people through our work every day in schools and the wider community.

“But they face some of the biggest social and financial barriers to realising their ambitions, and we want our programmes to constantly evolve to meet the challenge of being truly London’s Symphony Orchestra.”

 

The Guardian also reported Rattle’s claim that fewer Europeans are auditioning for orchestras because of Brexit:

“People aren’t necessarily applying because they don’t know what’s going to happen, and when people ask the question, the answer from all of us is, ‘We don’t know’”.

Thus, there is greater need for more home-grown talent, and another of Rattle’s observations is that our orchestras are very rarely representative of our cities. “Why do our groups of classical musicians not look like London looks [sic], and what can we do about it?”

Bindi McFarlane, an LSO violinist, said it was a positive step, and hopes it will help combat the perceived elitism of classical music and increase diversity in the industry.


Einstimmig zum Sieg

Die 29-jährige Mezzosopranistin Natalya Boeva hat beim ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2018 im Fach Gesang den Sieg errungen. Weitere Preise gingen an den Bass-Bariton Milan Siljanov, den Tenor Mingjie Lei und die Sopranistin Ylva Sofia Stenberg.

Vier junge Sängerinnen und Sänger standen am Mittwochabend, 12. September, im Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz im Finale beim 67. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD im Fach Gesang. Die siebenköpfige Jury unter dem Vorsitz von Dame Ann Murray entschied, dass der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte erste Preis an Natalya Boeva aus Russland geht, wie der Veranstalter mitteilte.

Der mit 7.500 Euro dotierte zweite Preis ging an den Bass-Bariton Milan Siljanov aus der Schweiz, der auch den den Publikumspreis in Höhe von 1.500 Euro erhielt. Zwei mit jeweils 5.000 Euro dotierte dritte Preise gehen an den Tenor Mingjie Lei (China) und die Sopranistin Ylva Sofia Stenberg (Schweden)

Natalya Boeva sings “Olga’s Aria” from Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin.

29-year-old mezzo-soprano, Natalya Boeva, ​​won the ARD Music Competition 2018 in the vocal category. Other prizes went to bass-baritone Milan Siljanov, tenor Mingjie Lei and soprano Ylva Sofia Stenberg.

Four young singers were in the final at the 67th International Music Competition of the ARD in the vocal category on Wednesday evening, September 12, in the Munich Residenz. The seven-member jury, chaired by Dame Ann Murray, unanimously allocated the first prize, worth € 10,000, to Natalya Boeva ​​from Russia.

The second prize, worth 7,500 euros, went to bass baritone Milan Siljanov from Switzerland, who also received the Audience Award of 1,500 euros. Two third prizes, each worth 5,000 euros, go to tenor Mingjie Lei (China) and soprano Ylva Sofia Stenberg (Sweden).

(Via SWR)


Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2018

This year’s  prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony took place last night and was hosted by Editor-in-Chief James Jolly at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden. The ceremony was broadcast worldwide by medici.tv.

The orchestra for the ceremony was the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Järvi.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award

(Sponsored by Presto Classical)

Neeme Järvi

Orchestra of the Year Award

(Sponsored by Apple Music)

Seattle Symphony

Artist of the Year Award

Rachel Podger

Young Artist of the Year Award

Lise Davidsen

Label of the Year Award

(Sponsored by Classical Next)

Harmonia Mundi

Recording of the Year & Opera Award

(Sponsors: Qobuz (Recording of the Year Award); E. Gutzwiller & Cie, Banquiers (Opera Award))

Berlioz Les Troyens: Sols incl DiDonato, Spyres, Lemieux; Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra / John Nelson (Erato)

Chamber Award

(Sponsored by Kings Place)

Dvořák Quintets: Boris Giltburg; Pavel Nikl; Pavel Haas Quartet(Supraphon)

Choral Award

Pärt Magnificat. Nunc dimittis Schnittke Psalms of Repentance: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Kaspars Putniņš (BIS)

Concerto Award

Bartók Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2: Christian Tetzlaff; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu (Ondine)

Contemporary Award

(Sponsored by PPL & PRS for Music)

Dusapin String Quartets Nos 6 & 7: Arditti Quartet; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Pascal Rophé (Aeon)

Early Music Award

‘Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol 5’: Blue Heron / Scott Metcalfe (Blue Heron)

Instrumental Award

Brahms Piano Pieces, Opp 76, 117 & 118: Arcadi Volodos (Sony Classical)

Orchestral Award

(Sponsored by IDAGIO)

Ravel Daphnis et Chloé: Ensemble Aedes; Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth (Harmonia Mundi)

Recital Award

‘Agitata’: Delphine Galou; Accademia Bizantina / Ottavio Dantone(Alpha Classics)

Solo Vocal Award

(Sponsored by Mrs Joan Jones)

‘Secrets’: Marianne Crebassa; Fazıl Say (Erato)

(Via Gramophone)

(Written on September 14, 2018 )

We are delighted to announce that we are working with the youth arts charity Music for Youth.

London Office Director Olivia Brown says, “This announcement comes at the end of a week of great news for our company, and really emphasises WildKat’s status as a creative agency. Alongside our creative PR services that will truly boost Music for Youth’s profile in both the mainstream media and the classical music press, we will be creating digital content and planning a creative campaign. These services are unique to WildKat and make sure that our clients are truly reaching the right audiences with the right approach. Our current team is made up of musicians, ex-music teachers, and funding experts, so we are really excited to have won this pitch and to begin a successful campaign with Music for Youth.”

The WildKat team is heading to Birmingham today for the National Festival, and we are excited to see the array of musical events put on by school groups from around the country. 10,000 young musicians will be taking to the stage at world-class performance venues and outdoor spaces across the city throughout the week.

© Music for Youth

Music for Youth is an organisation for people aged 21 and under, with a vision to be the UK’s most respected provider of musical performance opportunities for young people and a keen supporter and partner of music education.

Music for Youth has a Regional Festival that takes place between January and April every year. Over 40,000 young people take part in the series, showcasing jazz bands, school choirs, steel pans, string orchestras, and so much more! These events give young musicians the chance to feel part of something bigger and receive valuable feedback from their Music Mentors.

© Music for Youth

The organisation also gives the opportunity for children to perform who do not have access to school music lessons, and those who are self taught musicians and who play a wider range of instruments than those offered at their school. Schemes and engagements Music for Youth offer include the Festival Fringe, the Frequencies programme, the New Music Stage,  MFY Connects and the Music for Youth Proms, which take place at the Royal Albert Hall every year. These schemes generate opportunities for young people to take centre-stage at major business and industry events outside of Music for Youth’s season, giving access to new audiences, settings and experiences.

We very much look forward to representing and promoting Music for Youth as it approached its 50th anniversary year in 2020. We will be working on creative problem-solving and strategy, press and PR, digital content and placement, and a creative marketing campaign.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Instagram, where we’ll be sharing activities from throughout the day.

(Written on July 6, 2018 )