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In today’s news: blind musicians to pilot braille machine e-reader at RNIB, CMF opens Artist Programme applications, the best London events to mark International Women’s Day, a look back at the life of enigmatic soprano Nancy Storace, the Austrian avant-garde componist Thomas Pernes died and the redevelopment of Bonn’s Beethovenhall gets behind schedule.


Blind musicians to pilot ‘world first’ braille machine

More than a dozen professional musicians – all of them blind – will gather at the RNIB in London on 16 March to demonstrate the world’s first multi-line braille e-reader.

Applications for CMF Artist Programme now open

The City Music Foundation provides professional musicians in the UK in the early stages of their careers with expert advice, guidance and support to help them to build successful careers in music.

Evening Standard

The best events in London this week to mark International Women’s Day

HeForShe Arts Week, Women of the World Festival included in the lineup of events in the capital.

BBC News

7 candid photos of jazz legends

Over six decades, Val Wilmer has become “a world figure in the history of African-American musical culture”. Her remarkable career has seen her interview and photograph almost every significant and influential figure in post-war jazz, blues and R&B.

BBC Music Magazine

More than Mozart’s muse

Last year marked the bicentenary of the death of one such singer; a remarkable soprano called Nancy Storace (1765 – 1817). Dr Anna Maria Barry tells the story of the enigmatic soprano.

Komponist Thomas Pernes gestorben

Der österreichische Komponist Thomas Pernes ist tot. Er starb am Tag nach seinem 62. Geburtstag nach schwerer Krankheit an seinem Wiener Wohnsitz.


Bonn: Sanierung der Beethovenhalle stark in Verzug

Das Scheitern des Zeitplans bei der Sanierung der Beethovenhalle zeigt ebenso wie die seit Monaten anhaltende Kostenexplosion, dass hier eine gravierende Fehlentscheidung getroffen wurde », teilt die Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ (BFB) aus Bonn mit.

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Deutscher Musikwettbewerb beginnt mit 182 Künstlern

Beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb (DMW) messen sich seit Montag in Bonn junge Künstler in zwölf Solo- und Kammermusikkategorien.

france musique

Le violon d’Albert Einstein mis en vente aux enchères

La maison Bonhams s’apprête à mettre en vente, le 9 mars 2018, le violon ayant appartenu à Albert Einstein.

Platea Magazine

La Ritirata, Premio de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid en su modalidad de música clásica

Junto a Isabel Coixet, Joan Manuel Serrat, Morante de la Puebla, Javier Marías o Abraham García, entre otros, la Ritirata ha sido galardonada en el marco de los Premios de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid, en su caso en la modadlidad de música clásica.


@MusicMagazine: It’s International Women’s Day this week. Peruse our guide to the best female-focussed concerts taking place in the next few days.

© National Portrait Gallery

(Written on March 6, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Syzygy Quartet, who release their debut CD in November!

sq1Syzygy saxophone quartet was formed in 2009, after performing together at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok with the London Saxophone Ensemble, and the ensemble has blossomed ever since. Their debut performance was part of the Frontiers Festival, where they performed Louis Andriessen’s Facing Death. Since then, the quartet have performed in major concert venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and National Portrait Gallery. Syzygy Quartet have also received an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, who have supported them throughout their career.
sq2They specialise in contemporary classical music, and perform both established contemporary works and also new compositions written specifically for the ensemble. However, Syzygy Quartet’s repertoire extends beyond just contemporary compositions, with their upcoming concert in St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield in March 2016 including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Messiaen and David Maslanka. Keep up to date with all their upcoming events here.

Having succeeded in being the only ensemble in Europe to be awarded the recording and performing rights for David Maslanka’s Song for the Coming Day, they have recently recorded this for their debut CD, which will be released on 13th November.

sq3Follow Syzygy Quartet on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website to keep up to date with their latest news.

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday (8th March), WildKat PR are turning the spotlight onto influential and inspiring female figures in classical music, past and present.

Today’s focus is on Dame Ethel Smyth, a female composer of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who was also an extremely active suffragette. Such was her devotion to women’s rights that she gave up her music for two years to fight for the cause.

As common to many women of middle class origins at the time, music and music theory lessons were undertaken only as part of a ‘ladylike’ education and not a serious career option. Yet, for Ethel, these inspired her to relocate to the Leipzig Conservatoire when she was 19 where she studied composition, much to her Father’s disapproval who preferred for her to marry.

Ethel Smyth Picture

Bassano. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

In Leipzig she studied under Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg and it was around this time that her work was introduced to Brahms. He commented, with what she realised afterwards was not a compliment but actually ‘scathing irony,’ ‘So, this is the young lady who writes sonatas and doesn’t know counterpoint.

Despite Brahms’ comments, Smyth’s works were received with critical acclaim, particularly her String Quintet in E Major. Highly respected critic, Wilhelm Altmann, wrote ‘this quintet clearly showcases the composer’s tremendous talent.’ Her Symphonic Serenade in D, secured her recognition with both public and press.

Her introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910 sparked her passionate involvement in the Suffragette movement. Indeed, she was sentenced to two months in jail for breaking an anti-suffrage politician’s window with a brick! The movement also influenced her music: she wrote The March of the Women which became an anthem for suffrage and was sung by the women on marches.

So, what can we learn from Ethel today? Clearly, her uncompromising commitment to women’s rights is something which is still very important (although we do not condone her violent methods). Whilst there are many wonderfully talented female musicians, there is still a distinct lack of women composers and conductors and Ethel’s determination to buck the trend in 20th Century England is something our industry should celebrate and encourage.

Check back here tomorrow for the next in our series on Marin Alsop!


A Suffragette protest in London. Photograph: PA


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The Telegraph

(Written on March 4, 2015 )

Classical News


Vintage photograph marks conductor Sir Simon Rattle’s sixth decade

National Portrait Gallery acquires photograph by Rory Coonan on plate camera and BBC shows month of special programming

The Times

Jonas Kaufmann: is this the tenor your mother warned you about?

Set to smoulder again at Covent Garden, the superstar reveals why fame means he can no longer join his fans for a pint

Classic FM

We’ve just discovered celloboxing and it’s our new favourite thing

We thought 2Cellos were pushing at all the cello-boundaries… and then we came across this guy’s amazing cover of a Meghan Trainor song.

Classical Source

Exploring the cultural impact of Simon Rattle: on BBC TWO, BBC FOUR and BBC RADIO 3


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How tiny bits of ivory snare classical musicians crossing borders

The Obama administration has put in stiff restrictions on the transport of items containing African elephant ivory and other materials into the U.S. But this well-intentioned policy has had some unintended consequences.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Das Tutti ist noch überresonant

Nicht nur ist sie das Kronjuwel der Musikstadt Paris, sie fungiert auch als Brückenkopf zum armen Osten: François Hollande eröffnet Jean Nouvels grandiose neue Philharmonie. Einst heftig umstritten, jetzt jedoch richtig?


Musik unter einer weißen Haut

An der Decke Fischschuppen, dazwischen ein überdimensionaler Trichter und das Orchester in der Mitte. In der neuen Elbphilharmonie steht die Struktur im Mittelpunkt. Ein erster Rundgang in Hamburgs neuem Konzerthaus in Bildern.

Der Tagesspiegel

Exkursion in finnische Klangwelten

Sir Simon Rattle, der Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker feiert heute seinen 60. Geburtstag. Viel bleibt ihm nicht zu wünschen, außer: mehr Sibelius. Eine Gratulation.


Deutsche Orchester spielen für die Flüchtlinge

Um das Warten und die Langeweile zu durchbrechen, bKeginnen Theater und Orchester, Flüchtlinge zu Konzerten und anderen Veranstaltungen einzuladen.

The New York Times

Aiming to Create a Jazz Capital

Danilo Pérez Builds a Magnet for Musicians in Panama


Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: Brazilian RC4 festival features Classical:NEXT artists @klassikcom: Bayerischer Staatspreis für Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks  #Musikpreis

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de: #Kultur SCHULE:KULTUR! startet mit 40 Schulprojekten 

Tito Herrera for The New York Times

Tito Herrera for The New York Times

(Written on January 19, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Roch Modrzejewski: Opera’s guitar hero

With his virtuosic new recording of opera tunes, Poland’s Roch Modrzejewski has revived a much-neglected corner of the guitar repertoire, says John Allison.


Financial Times

Interview, Neeme Järvi, conductor

The music director known for his improvisatory approach is a ‘man of 100 projects’.


Classic FM

Classical music, colours and emotions linked

What colour is Mozart’s Requiem? A new study has confirmed a link between emotion, classical music, and colour.


National Portrait Gallery appoints choir in residence

Classic FM’s Sam Pittis talks to artistic director Gregory Batsleer about this “exciting new venture for choral music”.



Andris Nelsons named Boston Symphony Orchestra music director

At the age of 34, the conductor is the youngest music director of the prestigious orchestra in over 100 years.


HRH The Prince of Wales launches new Royal College of Music Award

The President’s Award recognises a student’s outstanding work in the community.


Planet Hugill

June at the Barbican

June in the Barbican opens with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s contribution to Britten 100 with a performance of Britten’s Owen Wingrave directed by Kelly Robinson.


The Telegraph

(Written on May 20, 2013 )

BBC News

National Portrait Gallery to have choir in residence

The National Portrait Gallery in London is to have a choir in residence – a first for any museum in the UK.

The Times

Late composer Claude Vivier goes underground

Some things are meant to be. One is that the last piece of music Claude Vivier wrote, but never finished, would be played in a disused Tube station.

The Telegraph

Five great classical music scandals

A century since the Rite of Spring caused a riot in Paris, Ivan Hewett picks five other classical and opera scandals.

Classical Music Magazine

Exhibitors’ 70% increase is vote of confidence in Classical:NEXT

Delegate numbers are up 20% for the second outing of Classical:NEXT, the music congress that opens in Vienna on 29 May.

Classic FM

Big audience boost for Classic FM

More than 200,000 new listeners have tuned in to Classic FM in the past three months, according to new radio listening figures published today.


Gramophone Hall of Fame 2013 announced!

We welcome 50 new influential and inspiring individuals to our list of those who have changed classical music

Classical Source

Lufthansa Looks Forward To Celebrating 30 Years Of The Lufthansa Festival Of Baroque Music In 2014

Lufthansa German Airlines has confirmed it looks forward to celebrating 30 years of the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in 2014, a momentous year which also marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne.

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(Written on May 17, 2013 )