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In today’s news, Covent Garden star Pamela Binns bows out tonight, The Times reveals that sporty and musical girls are less concerned by looks and Robert Lakatos wins 2015 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition.

The Telegraph

Dogs and Domingo: life in La bohème

Tonight one of Covent Garden’s best-loved productions bows out after 41 years. Pamela Binns, 84, has been in it from the start.

The Times

Musical and sporty girls fret less about their looks

Girls who play sport or a musical instrument are less likely to become anxious and depressed about their appearance, researchers suggest.

The Strad

Armida Quartet to pay tribute to Artemis Quartet violist Friedemann Weigle

The Armida will give a special performance in honour of their late mentor at the Rheingau Musik Festival

Robert Lakatos wins 2015 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition

The Serbian violinist receives a cash award of €20,000 and concert opportunities

Classic FM

The trailer for Jonas Kaufmann’s new Puccini album just dropped and we can’t contain ourselves

Opera’s tenor-hunk is back and he has brought the amazing top notes of Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ with him.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Muslim in Oberammergau: “Ich trage meine Religion nicht vor mir her”

Viel Wirbel im Traditionstheater: Als erster Muslim wird Abdullah Kenan Karaca Spielleiter bei den Passionsspielen in Oberammergau. Dort inszeniert er jetzt schon mal Shakespeares “Romeo und Julia”.

BR Klassik

Gründer von “Il complesso barocco” gestorben

Alan Curtis, US-amerikanischer Cembalist, Musikwissenschaftler und Dirigent, ist am Mittwoch im Alter von 80 Jahren in seiner Wahlheimat Italien gestorben. Das von ihm gegründete Orchester “Il complesso barocco” leitete er bis zuletzt.

Codex Flores

Tod des Barockspezialisten Alan Curtis

Der amerikanische Dirigent, Cembalist und Musikwissenschaftler Alan Curtis, unter anderem Gründer des Ensembles Il Complesso Barocco, ist in Florenz im Alter von 80 Jahren verstorben.

France Musique

Mort d’Alan Curtis : un « grand » de la musique baroque disparaît

Le claveciniste, musicologue et chef d’orchestre baroque Alan Curtis s’est éteint mercredi 15 juillet 2015 à Florence (Italie) à l’âge de 80 ans.


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Tonight we say farewell to John Copley’s staging of

Music Week @MusicWeek: Swedish music industry up 4.2% in H1 2015, streaming makes up 84% of market

The Musical Brain @themusicalbrain: “Release the penguins” Best direction in a score ever? Check out John Stump’s sublime parodies


Pamela Binns’ last production at Covent Garden
Photo: Warren Allott/ Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2015 )

Classical News


El Sistema: does reality match the rhetoric?

A new in-depth study paints a negative picture of El Sistema, the Venezuelan programme of musical and social education, devised by José Antonio Abreu, that is now being imitated the world over

Classic FM

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir wins £4,000 Karl Jenkins music performance prize

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir has won £4,000 and the chance to record a piece for broadcast on Classic FM after coming first in The Arts Club Karl JenkinsClassical Music Award last night.

Classical Music Magazine

London Music Pledge: Mayor Boris encourages advocacy for music education

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched the ‘London Music Pledge’, which sets out several actions which his administration will take to improve music education in the capital.

Classical Source

Alexei Volodin piano recital postponed, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on Wednesday 26 November

From Southbank Centre: “This recital has been postponed from 26 November 2014 to Friday 5 June. It has become more difficult to obtain visas for Russian artists performing in the UK and as such Alexei Volodin has been unable to secure a visa in time for the performance on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

The Strad

Italian violin teacher in critical condition following shooting

Domenico Lombardo was reportedly shot by the mother of a conservatory student


Muti: Absage an Rom

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti will nach seiner Trennung von der römischen Oper keine Leitungsfunktion mehr übernehmen.

Musikverlag Schott verkauft sein historisches Archiv

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek spricht von einem “einmaligen nationalen Kulturgut”

Codex Flores

Renaud Capuçon Leiter der Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad

Die Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad geben die Nominierung des französischen Violinisten Renaud Capuçon zum ihrem neuen künstlerischen Leiter ab 2016 bekannt.

The New York Times

Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director

The appointment of Mr. Poots, who next September will give up his current positions as artistic director of the Manchester International Festival and of the Park Avenue Armory, was to be announced on Monday evening.

Le Figaro

Le piano de Casablanca devient l’un des plus chers du monde

Lundi, la vente aux enchères intitulée «Rien ne vaut Hollywood» a trouvée un acquéreur pour le célèbre instrument de musique utilisé par Humphrey Bodart et Ingrid Bergman dans le film de Michael Curtiz, acheté à 3,41 millions de dollars.


London Sinfonietta ‏@Ldn_Sinfonietta: Uncover more of Birtwistle, one of music’s most challenging minds, in our (Un)easy Listening post  #birtwistlebirthday

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: Hear Benedict Nelson perform with the @UlsterOrchestra & Christian Lindberg this afternoon live at 2pm on @BBCRadio3

Gdn Culture Pros @GdnCulturePros: ICYMI: Arts sponsorship and the slippery issue of ethics  #artsfunding


An aerial view of the proposed Culture Shed, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The High Line is in the foreground. Photo: Diller Scofidio/Renfro and Rockwell Group

(Written on November 25, 2014 )

Classical News


Anna Magdalena Bach: a forgotten genius?

If JS Bach’s wife composed some of his best-known pieces, it will put a bomb at the heart of the Western musical tradition

Violin teacher Suzuki is the biggest fraud in music history, says expert

Japanese music teacher behind the Suzuki method has been unmasked as a liar and a fraud


Opéra Comique In Paris To Sell 4.000 Costumes

As part of its tercentenary, Opéra Comique in Paris sells more than 4.000 costumes, mainly from its past seasons under the direction of Jérôme Deschamps, but also some older pieces.

The Sydney Morning Herald

161-year-old Philharmonic faces closure after council grant snub

One of Australia’s oldest arts institutions is facing closure after the City of Melbourne cut off its annual funding.

News Letter

We’re not elitist, says Ulster Orchestra musician

A violinist for the Ulster Orchestra has appealed to the public to get behind a campaign to save it — and insisted that his own working-class origins show it is not elitist.

Gregor Gysi trägt rechtliche Bedenken bei Wagner-Stiftungsrat vor

Der Fraktionschef der SED-Nachfolgepartei “Die Linke” im Bundestag, Gregor Gysi, hat bei einer Sitzung des Stiftungsrats der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung rechtliche Bedenken zum neuen Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses Bayreuth vorgetragen.

Früher Tod des Pianisten Christopher Falzone

Der US-amerikanische Pianist Christopher Falzone ist überraschend im Alter von 29 Jahren gestorben; die Todesursache ist nicht bekannt.

20 Jahre Internationales Opernstudio in Hamburg

Was ist die spezifische Aufgabe eines Internationalen Opernstudios?

Codex Flores

Inkinen Chefdirigent der Prager Symphoniker

Pietari Inkinen übernimmt im September 2015 die Position als Chefdirigent der Prager Symphoniker.

Ruzicka wird Alleingeschäftsführer der Osterfestspiele Salzburg

Peter Ruzicka, der frühere Intendant der Salzburger Festspiele, ist per Juli 2015 zum Alleingeschäftsführer der Osterfestspiele Salzburg ernannt worden.

The New York Times

A Composer Has Faith in His Show

‘Amazing Grace,’ a Faith-Based Musical, Aims at Broadway


Barbican Centre @Barbican Centre: ‘A must for architecture buffs – Wim Wender’s film on the Berliner Philharmoniker is a standout’ 4* @60secmovies

Classicalite @Classicalite: EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with Steven Blier of #NYFOS on “Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud’s Vienna”… the Song Recital …

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Bei Universal Music Backstage gibt es ab heute erstmals einen ganzen Konzertfilm von Daniil Trifonov zu sehen! …

NPR Classical @nprclassical: Happy bday, D. Scarlatti! Watch harpist Yolanda Kondonassis play a sonata at the #nprtinydesk.

Members of the International Opera Studio, State Opera Hamburg 2014/15: Benjamin Popson, Anat Edri, Vincenzo Neri, Stanislav Sergeev, Christina Gansch und Daniel Todd. photograph: © Jörn Kipping.

Members of the International Opera Studio, State Opera Hamburg 2014/15: Benjamin Popson, Anat Edri, Vincenzo Neri, Stanislav Sergeev, Christina Gansch und Daniel Todd. photograph: © Jörn Kipping.

(Written on October 27, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

John Williams conducts new Star-Spangled Banner arrangement: video

John Williams has premiered a brand new arrangement of the USA’s national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, at a special 4th of July celebration in Washington.

The New York Times

Drama Onstage and Off

Aix-en-Provence Festival Presents Mozart and Handel.

BBC News

Cats musical to feature rapping cat

The hit musical Cats looks set to include a rapping feline when it returns to London’s West End this year.

New York Times

Not Over Till Overtime’s Due? Met Labor Strife Bares Secrets

The operatic drama and larger-than-life passions usually subside at the Metropolitan Opera when its season ends for the summer, but not this year.

Rai News

RomaFictionFest, Carlo Freccero nuovo direttore artistico

Si svolgerà a Roma, presso l’Auditorium Parco della Musica, dal 13 al 18 settembre, l’ottava edizione del RomaFictionFest, manifestazione dedicata alla fiction italiana e internazionale. Il festival, un progetto dell’Associazione Produttori Televisivi (Apt) che lo organizza insieme a Sviluppo Lazio, è promosso dalla Regione Lazio e dalla Camera di Commercio di Roma.


Premiere ohne Merkel

Bald hebt sich am Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth wieder der Vorhang für die Festspielsaison 2014. Die Premiere findet diesmal allerdings ohne Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) statt. “Stargast” ist damit ein anderer.


Auch der Prinz probt den Ausstand

In Avignon hat das Sommerfestival mit einem „Homburg“ begonnen – und den Aktionen der Bühnenarbeiter.

Riccardo Chailly bricht sich Arm und muss Auftritte absagen

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Chailly hat sich den Arm gebrochen und muss nun einige anstehende Dirigate bei Festivals absagen. So wird Chailly Ende Juli bei den Salzburger Festspielen von seinem Amtsvorgänger als Leipziger Gewandhauskapellmeister, Herbert Blomstedt, vertreten.



WhatWouldBeethovenDo: ‏@WWBDDoc  50 Rare and Unseen Photos of Composers In Their Everyday Life: … #classicalmusic #classicalcomposers

Randall P. Whatley: ‏@CypressMedia  Peter Gelb’s Grand Failure at the @MetOpera  via @SaveTheMetOpera #opera #classicalmusic

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic 2014 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives  #classicalmusic



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(Written on July 8, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award


Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Nathan Williamson to its client roster.

Nathan Williamson is an accomplished musician in a number of fields: as a specialist pianist playing at the very highest level, a skilled composer with a plethora of exciting projects and commissions, a scholar and learned communicator, as well as an artistic director, collaborator, and conductor. Nathan is working towards a large number of diverse projects and concerts, including performances at St James’s Piccadilly on 21st March, the Southwold Arts Festival, and at Harwich Festival.

Alongside recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and LSO St Luke’s, Nathan has performed in many European countries, including at prestigious venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais du Residence, De Doelen, the Lucerne and Bolzano Festivals, as well as in Korea, Canada, and the USA.

Nathan’s debut CD, of piano works by Schubert and Brahms, was released last year. In his review Bryce Morrison said: “There are few recordings of these works that equal this. The artist’s technique and pianistic command allows him an ideal musical freedom. The effect is of intense commitment and an ultimate sense of poetry.”

WildKat PR will be working with Nathan to promote his forthcoming performances, concerts and recitals in all his capacities, particularly as a pianist and composer. To see more about Nathan Williamson, take a look at his website, and you can follow him on Twitter.

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(Written on February 13, 2014 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl


i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.




(Written on January 23, 2014 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

The Metro


(Written on January 17, 2014 )

The New York Times

Favorite Sounds, Early to Environmental

Classical music critics of The New York Times select their favorite recordings of 2013

Dallas Observer

Dallas Symphony Announces New Assistant Conductor

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday morning that American conductor Karina Canellakis will join the orchestra as assistant conductor beginning in 2014

Slipped Disc

‘For many years, she gave all the important violin premieres’

Maria Lidka, a Hitler refugee who has died at the age of 99, was a formidable figure in British musical life, performing concertos with all the main orchestras and devoting herself to the works of young composers

The Wagnerian

The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards – 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The Singers

Presenting the first annual “The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards” dedicated to those that have “shone” in some part of the “Wagnerian world”

BBC News

Apollo Theatre: Ceiling collapses during show in London

Seventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say

Der Tagesspiegel

Schützenswerte Orchesterlandschaft

Der Deutsche Musikrat will die einmalige Orchesterlandschaft der Bundesrepublik von der Unesco schützen lassen. Das erweckt den Eindruck, als hätten wir hierzulande das alleinige Recht auf musikalische Vielfalt gepachtet

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 20, 2013 )

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin to be sold

The stolen Stradivarius violin that was taken from Euston station in 2010 is expected to sell for more than £1m when it is sold at auction today


Where are all the Aussie chief conductors?

Veteran conductor Patrick Thomas offers some personal thoughts on a native species in danger

Classic FM Online

Watch: trailer for new Elijah Wood Grand Piano movie

A new trailer for Grand Piano, the forthcoming Elijah Wood movie in which he plays a harassed concert pianist, has been unveiled

Truro Cathedral recreates historic carol service

The first ever Nine Lessons and Carols service took place in Truro Cathedral in 1880 – and was recreated last night to celebrate the city’s role in the tradition

New York Times

Deal Gives Philharmonic Musicians Modest Gains

The contract agreement that the New York Philharmonic reached with its musicians last week will keep the music playing at Avery Fisher Hall and spare the city from the kind of bitter labor unrest that has set off damaging strikes and lockouts at other orchestras


Time Out London Kills Classical Music?

According to Norman Lebrecht’s blog over at, Time Out has given notice to classical music. That’s right, Time Out has killed its classical music coverage

The Gazette

Classical music given modern twist

Michael Brailey has just been made principal composer of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), a major honour. Michael, who lives near Cheriton Bishop in Mid Devon, will compose unique pieces of music for the orchestra of the most talented teenage musicians in the UK

Die Welt

Daniel Hardings Distanz zu deutschen Romantikern

Wer wird Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle an der Spitze der Berliner Philharmoniker? Zweiter Teil des Kandidaten-Checks: Diesmal Daniel Harding, der gerade “Szenen aus Goethes Faust” dirigierte

Classic FM

Classic FM

(Written on December 18, 2013 )