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In today’s news: The New York Times reports that Murray is working on a classical music tour, and the German Orchestra Association criticises the AFD party. The Barbican’s Sound Unbound weekender set to give classical music a festival feel, and Daniel Barenboim gives warning concerning the french presidential election. For the first time since the Islamic Revolution, a concert by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was conducted by a Western maestro, and Record Store Day (April 22) celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Proms 2017: more new venues, politics and religion, and tributes to Sargent

In addition to its core Royal Albert Hall programme and chamber music series in Cadogan Hall, the 2017 season (14 July – 9 September) will see Proms concerts take place at five different venues.

Nerdist

Bill Murray is Working on a Classical Music Tour

The New York Times reports that Murray is currently in a Manhattan studio working on the program, which pairs chamber music led by the cellist Jan Vogler, who has played with New York Philharmonic, with songs and literary readings by Murray.

FactMag

Vinyl fantasy: Is the record boom bad for new music?

But if the vinyl industry is booming, why is it so hard for labels to sell new music? Oli Warwick investigates.

The New York Times

Wegbereiter des Impressionismus

Édouard Lalo steht im Mittelpunkt des Musik-Features auf BR Klassik, das sich der Kammermusik des beinahe in Vergessenheit geratenen französischen Komponisten widmet.

kulturradio vom rbb

Orchestervereinigung kritisiert AfD

Wenn eine Partei definiere, was zum Beispiel Orchester und Musiktheater spielen dürfen, etablierten sich totalitäre Mechanismen.

klassik.com

Stiftung Mozarteum erwirbt Brief von Maria Anna Mozart

Salzburg, 21.04.2017. Die Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg hat einen Originalbrief von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Schwester Maria Anna, genannt “Nannerl”, erworben.Es handelt sich laut einer Mitteilung des Mozarteums um einen der persönlichsten und aufschlussrechsten Berichte über die Kindheit Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts.

musik heute

Barenboim: Patriotismus statt Nationalismus in Europa

Berlin – Vor der Präsidentschaftswahl in Frankreich hat der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (74) vor einer weiteren Stärkung des Nationalismus in Europa gewarnt.

Le Parisien

Un chef français à la baguette à Téhéran, une première depuis la révolution

Pour la première fois depuis la révolution islamique, un concert de l’Orchestre symphonique de Téhéran a été dirigé mercredi soir par un maestro occidental, témoignant du réchauffement des liens culturels entre l’Iran et l’Europe.

WQXR

20 Great Music Compositions Inspired by Shakespeare

Sunday is Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday and 401st deathday (yeah, thems the breaks). He might not be around to celebrate those anniversaries, but you sure are.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3‏  Need some Prom-spiration? (Sorry) Listen to this dazzling taster playlist from :

nprmusic  Sylvia Moy, a songwriter and one of the first female producers at Motown Records, has died at the age of 78.

Image: FactMag

(Written on April 21, 2017 )

In partnership with Help Musicians UK,  Thursday 9th March marked the inaugural ‘Yes She Can’ panel event in aid of the UN ‘He For She’ campaign. The aim of the event, organised by ‘Can You CIC It?,’ was to give young women aged 18-25 a chance to find out more about the routes into some of the more under-represented roles within the music industry. CYCI? was founded by Sybil Bell – founder of Independent Venue Week –  and Chloe Ward to provide opportunities for anyone who wants to work and/or perform in the music industry, but who may not be able to access these by formal means such as university or through pre-existing connections.

Panel experts ranged from recording engineers, venue managers, BBC journalists to studio technicians, with practical advice as to how to break into the industry as a young woman. Guest speakers included Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music Helen Hobday, who humorously suggested that she achieved success through “just turning up every day”, and Guildford Boileroom’s Dominique Frazer, who urges young women to “dig in” and be prepared to work hard. The audience, comprising mainly young women starting out in their careers, were asking all the right questions and seemed engaged throughout the day’s events.

Diversity and representation in the music industry was the main issue tackled throughout the day’s events, and men were not excluded from the dialogue. Wizdom Layne spoke about how to identify a ‘good, bad or god’ opportunity and make effective choices to enable success in your life and career. Musician Kris Halpin demonstrated his mi.mu gloves, wearable music technology created in collaboration with singer Imogen Heap and disability charity Drake Music.

Later, guests were treated to a talk from London’s Night Czar, performer Amy Lamé, who spoke about the effects of having a 24-hour London and what that would mean for employment opportunities, before there was a chance for attendees to network over pizza, and discuss the afternoon with industry professionals.

It is hoped that events like this one can be repeated in the future, and it will be exciting to see what CYCI? work on next to provide young people with advice and a chance to network with people keen to help out the next generation.

(Written on March 10, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, creative individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to quickly establish and build strong working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.

 

Key duties

As an Account Manager your role will be:

– To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events

– To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

– To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns

– To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company

– To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

– To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

– To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

– To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

– To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company

– To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

– Friendly, open plan office

– Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

– Personalised creative skills training and coaching

– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

– Opportunities for travel

– Sociable atmosphere

– Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days 

Person Specification

Essential

– At least one year’s relevant experience in music PR

– Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

– Proven administrative and organisational skills

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

– Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

– Confidence and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

– High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

– A strong interest in online media

– Self-motivated

– Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

– 2-3 year’s experience in a music PR agency

– Fluency in another language

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 17th March 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

(Written on March 6, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, Grange Festival are to give the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new work, celebrating Jane Austen, and Birmingham Conservatoire announce their pianothon. A New York orchestra are putting audience members side by side with players, and Marin Alsop calls for the monetary value of the arts in the society to be promoted.  Germany sees the opening of Club Transmediale, Berlin’s best pop festival, and the future of the Richard Strauss Festival is secured.

Rhinegold

Grange Festival announces Dove premiere

The Grange Festival is to present the world premiere staging of the orchestral version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park.  The performances, which will take place on 16 and 17 September, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and the inaugural season of the Grange Festival.

Birmingham Conservatoire announces all-night pianothon

Birmingham Conservatoire has announced an all-night pianothon, which will take place from 7.30pm on 3 March to 7.30am on 4 March at Town Hall.  The event will begin with Gergely Bogányi performing the complete Chopin Nocturnes, a mystery guest playing Beethoven Sonatas Op 109, 110 & 111 and Peter Donohoe performing Messiaen’s The Garden Warbler.

CMUSE

New York orchestra turning concerts inside out

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit among the musicians in an orchestra as they perform? The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has developed a new concept with this idea: inside out concerts.

Music Business Worldwide

Google generated $90bn last year, 6 times more than the global recorded music business

The company’s parent Alphabet Inc. just posted mammoth annual revenues of $90.27bn for the 12 months to end of December, up 20% year-on-year and 24% at constant currency.

Classic FM

‘Art is not just revenue for the soul, it’s revenue for the pocket book,’ says top conductor

Conductor Marin Alsop has told Classic FM that the arts world needs to ‘promote the monetary value of the arts in our society’.

Berliner Zeitung

Club Transmediale Berlins bestes Pop-Festival ist eröffnet 

Vielstimmiges Singen, Brummen, Säuseln und Grunzen zur Abwendung der planetaren Klimakatastrophe gab es bei der Eröffnung des diesjährigen CTM Festivals zu hören; man kann sagen, dass die drei Leitbegriffe des Festivalthemas – „Fear Anger Love“, Furcht, Zorn und Liebe – bereits in diesen ersten knapp anderthalb Stunden eindrucksvoll und befriedigend zur musikalischen Erscheinung gelangten.

Spiegel

“Die Musik macht das Private politisch”

Das Berliner CTM ist eines der weltweit wichtigsten Festivals für elektronische und experimentelle Musik. Hier sprechen die Festivalchefs über ihr politisches Motto “Fear, Anger, Love” und Lücken in der Kulturförderung.

Klassik Heute

Zukunft des Richard-Strauss-Festivals ist gesichtert – neuer Intendant ernannt

Nach intensiven, über Monate geführten Diskussionen über die Zukunftsperspektiven des international renommierten Richard-Strauss-Festivals bekannte sich der Gemeinderat der Marktgemeinde Garmisch-Partenkirchen klar zur Fortführung des Festivals und dazu, die Finanzierung des Festivals über 2017 hinaus zu sichern.

Die Presse

Rudolf Bibl, der Maestro der Volksoper, ist tot

2273 Vorstellungen hat der Wiener Dirigent im Haus am Gürtel geleitet. Er starb 87-jährig in Frankreich.

Musik Heute

Volles Haus beim Familientag der Elbphilharmonie

Zum Abschluss ihres knapp dreiwöchigen Eröffnungsfestivals hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am Sonntag einen Familientag veranstaltet. Zu Konzerten, Workshops und einer “Klangsafari” kamen rund 7.000 Gäste, wie das Haus mitteilte. Die kostenfreien Tickets waren bereits früh vergeben.

Twitter

Royal Northern Sinfonia @RNSinfonia We’re featured in @‘s list of the best classical concerts this week! @ bit.ly/2jJnTwQ / bit.ly/2jMPI4Q

Music History @today_classical  in 1774 Death of Bohemian and violist Frantisek

Musik Heute @Musik_Heute Jubel für afghanisches Frauenorchester “Zohra” in Berlin

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Photograph: The Grange Festival

(Written on January 30, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.

Rhinegold

LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of ClassicFM.com. And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

klassik.com

Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Lake District Summer Music cancelled summer school, but will include new series of ‘Young Artist Debut Recitals’. Results of UK Music’s survey on diversity highlight the underrepresentation of Black, Asian, minority ethnic individuals and women in the industry. Rumours have been circulating that SoundCloud is on verge of bankruptcy. Also, in Germany opinions are divided over the Elbphilharmonie following last night’s opening concert, and could Obama soon be working for Spotify?

Classical Music Magazine

Lake District ends summer school after 32 years

Lake District Summer Music, for 32 years a combined festival and summer school for students in Cumbria, is changing its pattern of activity. Public concerts by international figures in the festival are to continue as before, but this year it will include a series of ‘Young Artist Début Recitals’ by selected performers, and no summer school as such.

UK Music reveals diversity survey findings

The results of UK Music’s diversity survey highlight the underrepresentation of BAME individuals and women in the music sector.

Nathalie Stutzmann takes RTÉ principal guest conductor post

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named Nathalie Stutzmann as principal guest conductor. The announcement comes just days before she gives her second performance with the ensemble.

The New York Times

Focus! Festival to Highlight Diverse Music of Latin America

This year, the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! festival will look at “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America.”

The Violin Channel

Rumours Circulating That SoundCloud Streaming Service on Verge of Bankruptcy

Reports are circulating that SoundCloud is on the verge of bankruptcy – following the presentation of a hemorrhaging $52 million loss.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: Elbphilharmonie ist fantastischer Konzertsaal

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie als fantastischen Konzertsaal bezeichnet. Merkel gehörte zu den 2100 Gästen des Eröffnungskonzertes des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters.

Hamburger Abenblatt

Bundespräsident Gauck: “Sie haben Großartiges geleistet”

Der Bundespräsident eröffnet die Elbphilharmonie und ist von ihrer Akustik begeistert. Die Eröffnungsrede im Wortlaut.

Welt

Liebe Hamburger, Weltklasse geht leider anders

Das Eröffnungskonzert sollte die Akustik des neuen Klanghauses zur Geltung bringen. Das ist offenbar misslungen. Es gibt einen Grund, warum der Klang nicht hält, was die Architektur verspricht.

euronews

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. 

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. Avec son “3Dvarius”, un clin d‘œil au célèbre luthier italien Antonio Stradivari, Laurent Bernadac espère repousser les limites du son.

Le Figaro

Barack Obama, président des playlists pour Spotify ?

La plateforme d’écoute en ligne a publié une offre d’emploi intitulée «président des playlists» qui semble étrangement adaptée au curriculum du 44e président des États-Unis.

Twitter

Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie A moment to remember forever! This is the first official photo of the Grand Hall with guests and orchestra.  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C16x2tRXUAQAqcO.jpg

Tagesspiegel Berlin @TspBerlin Hamburg leuchtet,Berlin duckt sich weg?Von wegen! über die Vorzüge der Hauptstadt:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The Pittsburgh Symphony is back, putting the music scene at full strength – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette https://t.co/m9T8ih4eyt

Photo: BBC Photographer – Guy Levy

(Written on January 12, 2017 )

Account Manager Victoria Cappelletti’s views on working as a PR in Paris and London: Differences, difficulties & evolution

Over one year ago I moved to London to start working at WildKat PR as an Account Manager. I had previously worked for two years in the music industry in Paris, at a major record label and also in an independent PR agency with a similar structure to WildKat.

Being aware of the stakes of promoting independent and emerging artists in Paris, I was curious to see and experience the differences between the industries, seeking new professional challenges and looking forward to tame British journalists.

As I had previously worked with UK and international clients, I already had an insight into some of the differences, however, after a year of working as a press officer in London, I was able to find distinctive quirks.

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In my opinion, big record labels and majors rule music industries. That’s the case in both the UK and France. Independent, alternative and emergent artists thus struggle (more) to rise and thrive with their art.

As the French government cuts budgets for culture, the media has to focus on bigger artists, or at least on the ones that will gain a more significant audience. I could see that they were sliding dangerously from programming artists that they are personally passionate about, to generating profit for the media. As someone who is, and has always been so passionate about music, spending entire evenings digging for unknown tunes on Soundcloud, it makes me quite sad.

My knowledge of the UK government’s decisions for culture (apart from Brexit which will have an important impact on diversity in my humble French opinion) is limited, but it seems quite obvious that there are way more opportunities for new artist, to perform but also to be featured in the media.

Regarding live performances, for example, maybe it comes from the fact that all things cultural don’t happen in central London, as it is in Paris intra-muros, but alternative, emergent, underground cultural opportunities blossom in zone 2 and 3, whereas it is almost impossible to make Parisians cross the city centre’s limits.

Hence, there is a profusion of music venues, from established concert halls to basements and Pizza Express, that allow emerging bands and underground composers to perform their music or art, get visibility and improve their talent.

It also seems that there are more channels and ways to promote artists in the UK.

For example, I was able to secure a piece in a national newspaper for my first campaign, whereas the journalist had never heard from me before, and my sharp French accent couldn’t fool anyone.

Of course relationships with the media are the key to being a good and efficient PR. But here in the UK, I’ve felt like journalists are more open-minded and if you pitch to them right, offering an interesting idea, they will say yes.

In France, it’s more difficult to offer something original, and journalists are not likely to respond to you unless they know you. Maybe it’s also the case here, but simply in my experience, it’s not.

I’ve learnt that here anything is basically possible, if you put enough creativity and resources into it. This is an integral part of the culture at WildKat and has taught me a new way to approach to PR. The French music industry is obviously still strong, and there are still great things to do – it just seemed to me that without a strong record label behind them, emerging artists had less chances to be promoted in media and programmed in a venue, even the smallest.

 

Note: Beyond the PR and media industry, I think the differences between the two countries are probably beyond business. It’s social, it’s a way of working, communicating, and thinking.

The UK has seen the birth of major underground musical movements such as punk, grime and trip-hop. It’s the home of beautiful weirdos, from Elton John to Boy George to David Bowie, among so many others.

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I believe that all these cultural developments and their leaders ‘used’ people’s minds to be more open, accepting, experiencing and enjoying alternative and underground music and art movements.

Generally, the UK is known for being a cool country, where people won’t judge you for your half-balled turquoise haircut, wearing shorts in January, or the music you are listening to. I’ve seen youngsters sing along to rock songs next to quiet old men in the pub.

I am not saying France is behind in terms of music – it has the 2nd best hip-hop scene, many other amazing weirdos and a new generation of artists that are now making their way across the Channel and beyond – for example, Christine & The Queens whom I’m always glad to see on billboards here in London.

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We have a great new wave of music, which I think and hope will go far.

I believe Paris should open its ‘borders’ offer more exciting opportunities to emerging artists through reopening old venues, rehabilitating others, and take (some) inspiration in London’s music life’s landscape.

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Photo: Victoria Cappelletti

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Lang Lang plans to gather prominent musicians to celebrate New York’s musical history, Ailyn Pérez wins this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are to become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre and Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing.

New York Times

Lang Lang to deliver a love letter to New York, in music

The Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang, one of the few classical musicians to achieve pop-culture status, considers New York his adoptive home. And, as a kind of love letter, he is planning to gather fellow prominent singers and instrumentalists to celebrate the city’s rich musical history.

New York Times

The soprano Ailyn Pérez wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

The soprano Ailyn Pérez has won this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, which offers a $50,000 prize to help foster the careers of young singers who have appeared in solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera.

Classical Music Magazine

NYOGB to become Southbank Centre associate orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre from 2016/17.

Classical Music Magazine

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra receives £500,000 gift

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has received one of the largest single gifts in its history from the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity.

Classicalite

Kathleen Battle returns to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing

Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle has announced she will return to the Metropolitan Opera some 22 years after her famous departure. Peter Gelb, the new general manager, says there’s no ill-will towards the performer.

The Strad

New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist

The New Zealand String Quartet has appointed Monique Lapins as its new second violinist. She replaces Douglas Beilman, who left the ensemble at the end of 2015 after 26 years.

Music Week

PRS Foundation reveals its Talent Development Partners for 2016

PRS for Music Foundation has announced 22 organisations from across the UK, which have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners for 2016.

Pizzicato

Vincent Larderet named Artistic Director of French Piano festival

French pianist Vincent Larderet has been named Artistic Director of Piano at the Musée Würth in Erstein/Alsace.

Pizzicato

Seiji Ozawa, Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vor der gestrigen Generalprobe in der Berliner Philharmonie haben die Berliner Philharmoniker als Ausdruck ihrer langjährigen Verbundenheit Seiji Ozawa in den Kreis der Ehrenmitglieder des Orchesters aufgenommen.

KulturPort.de

Giacomo Puccinis verschollenes Opernjuwel Edgar. KLANGVOKAL Musikfestival Dortmund präsentiert in einer Deutschlandpremiere die Mailänder Urfassung

Große Gefühle, erlesene Stimmen und ein im deutschsprachigen Raum noch nie zuvor aufgeführter vierter Akt – auch ein berühmter Komponist wie Giacomo Puccini hält eben noch Überraschungen bereit.

Klassik Akzente

Zum Schwelgen und Entspannen – Die Klangfarben des Cellos

Das Cello ist seit Jahrhunderten für seinen warmen, berührenden Klang berühmt. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon eine Sammlung großer Cello-Werke aus 300 Jahren Musikgeschichte: Klänge zum Entspannen, zum Träumen und Schwelgen.

Twitter

AVA Opera @avaopera Congrats to @ on her ’16 Beverly Sills Artist Award! Ailyn is no. 5 AVAlum to win

PRS Foundation @prsfoundation Next up we have Talent Development Partner, Cheltenham Festivals @ 

klassik.com @klassikcom  Bonner Stadtrat stimmt für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle # #

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Lang Lang, pianist. Photograph: Adam Dean for The New York Times

(Written on April 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy, Martha Argerich becomes the 101st recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, and BBC Proms Australia 2016 is announced. Also, Wigglesworth declares that the ‘ENO must stay at the Coliseum’

Classical Music Magazine

Inaugural BBC Proms Australia announced

The BBC Proms will be exported outside the UK for the first time in 2016

The Telegraph

Mark Wigglesworth: ‘ENO must stay at the Coliseum’

Mark Wigglesworth’s five-year term as Music Director of English National Opera got off to a splendid start in September with a new production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The Guardian

Wynton Marsalis: trumpeting controversial ideas of classicism

The talented jazz trumpeter-composer champions what many see as a regressive kind of conservatism. His new violin concerto is premiered tonight by Nicola Benedetti at the Barbican; are his forays into classical music further betraying the jazz cause?

BBC Music Magazine

Music makes £4.1 billion for UK economy

A new report from UK Music reveals the growing strength of the music industry

Gramophone

Martha Argerich awarded Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal

Argerich becomes the 101st recipient of the award

BBC Music Magazine

Barenboim on Beethoven

Daniel Barenboim on his relationship with Beethoven’s music

Die Welt

Soll ein Künstler eine politische Meinung haben?

Gustavo Dudamel möchte sich nicht politisch äußern, dirigiert aber auf staatlichen Veranstaltungen in Venezuela, die ein korruptes Regime stützen. Jetzt dirigiert er Mozarts “Figaro” in Berlin

Pizzicato 

‘Musikzentrum’ in Bochum im Zeitplan

Das ‘Musikzentrum’ am Marienplatz in Bochum ist am Werden. Um die Marienkirche, gebaut Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, entsteht ein Neubau mit kleinem und großem Konzertsaal, die neue Heimat der Bochumer Symphoniker

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The world looked on in absolute horror last month as a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The effects of the disaster have directly affected 8 million people with over 7,000 official casualties and many more unofficially. The earthquake destroyed scores of buildings in Kathmandu in particular but has also severely affected the region’s rural areas. Aid is desperately needed, food and water are in short supply and the risk of disease threatens.

Music of all genres has always had the unique ability to bring people together for a cause and there are a few concerts planned to help raise money for the relief operation in Nepal. Below is a selection, please attend and give generously, the people of Nepal need our help.

Southwark Music Service Concert for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, 10 May Parish Church of St. Mary Newington, 7pm

In aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal, the tutors of Southwark Music Service will present a programme of jazz, classical and other genres performed by various ensembles linked to the Service.

Sir Neville Marriner and Friends Play for Nepal, 28 May St James’ Piccadilly, 7:30pm 

A prestigious line up of oboist Nicholas Daniel, violinist Kenneth Sillito and past and present members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields all conducted by Sir Neville Marriner will join forces for the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal on 28 May. Repertoire includes Elgar, Bach, Marcello and Tchaikovsky. All involved are donating their time and services for free.

Classical Music Gala Concert for Nepal, 29 May St Barnabas Church, London W5 1QG, 7:30pm

Pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz and cellist Corinne Morris have called upon their solo and chamber musician friends to organise this concert on 29 May. Alongside a world premiere by Keith Burstein, Murray McLachlan, Artur Pizarro, Viv Mclean, Carlo Grante and Nico de Villiers will join Alicja and Corinne at St Barnabas Church with all proceeds also going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The target is £10,000, come along to help them reach and exceed this goal.

Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser, 9-10 May Brixton Jamm 261 Brixton Road, 6pm onwards

If you fancy something other classical music, Brixton Jamm’s usual Saturday night will be dedicated to raising money for Circus Kathmandu, a local charity involved in setting an example in fair and best circus practises in the area. They have been on the ground in Nepal for some time before the earthquake and engage young people whilst also working closely with anti-trafficking organisations. You can be sure that by supporting this charity, the money will go straight to those who need it most. The great lineup includes artists such as Basement Jaxx, Kissy Sell Out and Audio Bullys. Find out the full list on the Facebook event page.

If you cannot make these events please consider donating directly to the DEC or to the Red Cross.

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Photo: EPA/Narenda Shrestha

(Written on May 7, 2015 )