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In our news today, BBC Music Magazine reviews the first night of the BBC Proms, SWR Symphony gave final performance & applications are open for NCO auditions. Also, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe launches record label – Globe Music.

BBC Music Magazine

The First Night of the BBC Proms

The excitement exuding from the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night could be felt even in Hyde Park. As I made my own way through the grand gardens from Paddington station, others bustled past. Some were dressed up for the occasion, others were in jeans and backpacks, and all had a palpable air of expectation.

Classical Music Magazine

SWR Symphony gives final performance

Audience members held up placards with red hearts on them as a mark of solidarity as the SWR Symphony Orchestra gave its final concert in Freiburg on 17 July.

NCO invites applications for auditions

Children aged between seven and 13 from across the UK are invited to audition for a place in one of the National Children’s Orchestras ensembles.

International Arts Manager

Globe launches label

A new series of recordings will capture the candlelit ambience and warm acoustics of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. Globe Music is a new record label launched by Shakespeare’s Globe, and will feature live recordings made in its famous wooden theatre.

Wallander – the opera

Kurt Wallander’s latest challenge isn’t solving a crime: it’s singing on stage. A new opera titled W: The Truth Beyond starring the fictitious Swedish sleuth premiered this weekend in Tübingen, Germany. It will now travel to Ystad, Sweden, Wallander’s hometown.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Winged Piano Victorious at Newport

At last week’s debut for the press and selected guests at the Elms, Newport Music Festival director Mark Malkovich IV invited Bogányi to describe the powerful emotions that led him on a quest for an instrument that could convey the music in his soul.

Gramophone

Classical music gets my pulse racing

Shouldn’t we be talking about how riveting and, yes, stressful great art can be? Now that would make a change…

York Press

Composer, prince and murderer: classical music’s goriest story to be told at Ryedale Festival

Soprano turned playwright Clare Norburn explores the dissonant music and life of Italian composer, prince and murderer Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa in Breaking The Rules, a concert cum play that The Marian Consort and Gerald Kydd will perform at the Ryedale Festival on Wednesday.

Broadwayworld

Kansas City Symphony Reveals 2016-17 Classics Uncorked Series; Tickets on Sale Next Week!

No matter if you like rock or Bach, the Kansas City Symphony’s packed 2016-17 season includes a wide array of concerts to satisfy a variety of tastes.

Klassik heute

Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy: 7 Wochen Musik und Emotionen

Am Sonntagabend haben die Schwestern Katia und Marielle Labèque mit ihrem atemberaubenden Konzertauftritt in der Kirche Saanen die Anker des 60. Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy gelichtet.

Tagesspiegel

Thielemanns Terminkalender

Auf den ersten Blick mag es erscheinen, als lege der Dresdner-Musikchef die Beine hoch. Doch der Maestro steht seinen Kollegen Barenboim und Runnicles in ihrem Pensum in nichts nach.

BR Klassik

Mozart, Bond und die Chinesische Mauer

Am 20. Juli beginnen die Bregenzer Festspiele, die 2016 ihr 70-jähriges Jubiläum feiern. 1946 fand die erste Opernaufführung auf zwei Kiesfrachtern statt – heute steht in Bregenz die größte Seebühne der Welt.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine We take a look at the sunny side of classical music 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Today on Classic FM, an entire day of sunny classical music for the ! Listen here:

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera ‘Classical music reduces blood pressure’, studies say But that’s not the full story, argues: ^M

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Photograph: Chris Christodoulou

(Written on July 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, musicians in London protest against Brexit with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work at Barbican’s concert hall, and the National Post questions whether new audiences might be attracted to classical music if it broke out of its usual venues. Also, Tim Frederiksen shares his secret to success & Katherine Jenkins cancels a concert due to health reasons.

Classic FM

Musicians protest Brexit tensions with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ in London

A demonstration of musical and cultural unity by a scratch orchestra of musicians from both the UK and EU.

The Telegraph

The Hogboon, Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, is satisfyingly weird

In 30 years the Barbican’s concert hall can never have been quite so crowded. By the time the bows were taken after the premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s final work, there was barely a spare square foot of unoccupied space onstage.

National Post

Can classical music reach a new audience through unlikely venues?

Where can we expect to hear performances of classical music these days? In a concert hall, most likely – a gleaming culture palace with cushy seats and finely calibrated acoustics. Or maybe in a church, especially if the music is sacred in nature.

The Strad

‘Classical musicians must be innovative and personal, without violating tradition,’ says Tim Frederiksen

The Royal Danish Academy of Music chamber tutor has a knack of putting together string ensembles that go on to achieve great things, finds Andrew Mellor.

International Arts Manager

Pierre Audi named sixth director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Pierre Audi is to become only the sixth general director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence when he takes over from Bernard Foccroulle on 1 September, 2018. The opera and classical music festival, first run in 1948, is a highlight of the French classical music calendar.

Classic FM celebrates National Children’s Orchestra

The National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) will be featured every day on Classic FM this week, part of ‘Young Brilliance Week’ that coincides with the launch of a new NCO website as well as the orchestra’s open auditions for 2017. Recordings, interviews with alumni conducted by current members, and a concert broadcast on Wednesday evening are all part of the programme.

BBC News

Katherine Jenkins pulls out of Llangollen eisteddfod with virus

A virus has forced Katherine Jenkins to pull out of a concert in north Wales next month.

The Guardian

Orchestral maneuvers in the park: classical festivals in stunning scenery

The hills of America’s most stunning national parks will be alive this summer with the sound of music to celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahogany Opera Group appoints Ivan van Kalmthout as Chief Executive

Ivan van Kalmthout, most recently interim Artistic Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, has been appointed chief executive of Mahogany Opera Group, effective from the end of July.

Adaptistration

Looking for even more compensation resources?

The 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports were a big hit but what if you’re looking for compensation data outside of executives, music directors, and concertmasters?

klassik.com

US-Gericht erklärt Happy Birthday für gemeinfrei

Ein US-Gericht hat das weltweit bekannte Geburtstagslied “Happy Birthday” nach einem mehrjährigen Rechtsstreit nun offiziell für gemeinfrei erklärt. Ein Richter stimmte dem vor mehreren Monaten vor Gericht erzielten Vergleich zwischen Klägern und dem Musikverlag Warner/Chappell zu.

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Dudamel verkauft seine Villa in LA

Der venezolanische Dirigent Gustavo Dudamel hat seine Villa in Los Angeles in  den Verkauf gegeben, die er im Januar 2015 gekauft hatte.

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Bilanz der Festspiele Zürich 2016

Die Festspiele Zürich 2016 sind Geschichte. Die insgesamt 127 Veranstaltungen von 30 beteiligten Institutionen an 34 verschiedenen Veranstaltungsorten generierten 83‘000 Eintritte. Die Auslastung stieg gegenüber dem Vorjahr von 75 auf 85 Prozent.

Twitter

CBC News @CBCNews New all-female orchestra in Vancouver celebrates women in classical music

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ . to lead residency for young female musicians

Top Classical News @topcmnews Mahler closes Symphony season

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Photograph: Getty

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

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At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

In just under three weeks, the UK’s premiere symphony orchestra for children will take to the stage at one of London’s most prestigious venues for their Winter Concert.

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Main Orchestra and Under 13 Orchestra will both perform challenging works, demonstrating their impressive musical talents and outstanding professionalism.

Principal Music Director of the NCO, Roger Clarkson, will conduct the Under 13 Orchestra who will perform Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Grofé’s ‘Sunrise’ and ‘On The Trail’ from Grand Canyon Suite, as well as works by Tchaikovsky.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Perfect Fool, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances and Moncayo’s Huapango, with guest conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa.

Come along on 7th December 2014 to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall at 7:30pm to be inspired by the NCO. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

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(Written on November 18, 2014 )

Classical News

South Wales Evening Post

Welsh National Opera’s David Pountney awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour

Welsh National Opera’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, David Pountney, has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class.

BBC Music Magazine

Music education to get a boost

Education Minister Nick Gibb has announced an increase of £18 million in funding for UK music education.

The Telegraph

Has music education been saved?

Ivan Hewett celebrates a government climb-down over proposed cuts to music education funding in schools.

Klassik.com

Tenor Peter Seiffert wird zum Berliner Kammersänger ernannt

Der Tenor Peter Seiffert wird mit dem Titel Berliner Kammersänger geehrt. Seiffert wurde durch die Stiftung Oper in Berlin für diese Ehrung vorgeschlagen, der Senat stimmte dem zu.

El País

El Orfeó Català elige hoy a su junta en un clima de tension

La asamblea del Orfeó Català, la entidad propietaria del Palau de la Música, escogerá hoy a su nueva junta directiva tras una campaña electoral marcada por las descalificaciones y acusaciones de la candidatura presidida por Pau Duran a la anterior junta directiva de Mariona Carulla y a la mesa electoral que ha presidido las elecciones.

Le Figaro

Ton Koopman : un pur esprit baroque

Légende vivante, le chef néerlandais préside, à 70 ans, Itinéraire baroque en Périgord Vert. La 12e édition s’ouvre ce soir.

 

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ncogb:@ncogb Calling all NCO Social Staff. We need a member of social staff (ideally male) to join us on Training Orchestra starting TOMORROW!

IntArtsManager:@IntArtsManager #amaconf keynote this morning: “Is it time to change the way we think about audiences?” Remember they’re real living people, not just stats

Classic FM:@ClassicFM
Tune in as John Suchet has the very first play of @AlisonBalsom‘s new album: http://classfm.co/ymXEC1  @WarnerClassics

musik heute: ‏@Musik_Heute
Neuer Beitrag: Bundesjugendorchester tourt erstmals nach Tunesien: (mh) – Das Bundesjugendorchester reist auf … http://bit.ly/1nujCZ

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

(Written on July 24, 2014 )

The Guardian

National Children’s Orchestras faces fight over its musical soul

Petition set up by parents and staff highlights discontent over actions of NCO board.

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2014: Schoenberg was a prophet in the wilderness

Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius.

Financial Times

Piette-Laurent Aimard on Aldeburgh and Britten

Ever since Pierre-Laurent Aimard took on the role of artistic director at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2009, he has been plagued by a polite but persistent band of doubters.

Classic FM

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry to release debut classical album

Richard Reed Parry, multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, is to release his first solo classical album on Deutsche Grammophon.

Gramophone

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns

Will Todd’s popular opera for children is reprised by Opera Holland Park in July and August.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Salzburger Domquartier: Es muss nicht immer Mozart sein

Macht hoch die Tür: Salzburg will nicht länger nur Musikstadt sein, das reiche Erbe der Fürsterzbischöfe soll die Welt begeistern – mit dem Domquartier will die Stadt in die erste Museumsliga.

Spiegel Online

Feine Kammermusik: Einmal Feuer für Herrn Beethoven, bitte!

Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt Beethoven mit italienischer Lust und Leidenschaft. Sowohl live als auch auf CD blühen bei den vier Musikern die Streichquartette vielfarbig auf. Und bei Verdi kennen sich die Kammer-Könner auch aus.

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Interview: Artemis Quartett: “Wir sind heute rebellischer”

Eckart Runge und Vineta Sareika vom Artemis Quartett über jugendlichen Klang, Superlative und exklusive Hauskonzerte

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Gülke mit Ernst von Siemens-Musikpreis geehrt

Weitere Preisträger sind Luis Codera Puzo, Simone Movio und Brigitte Muntendorf

The New York Times

What’s New? Ask the Philharmonic

Times Critics Preview the NY Biennal

Washington Post

Arvo Pärt’s music celebrated at D.C. events

Pärt, 78, is coming to the East Coast for the first time in 30 years. His free concert in Washington on Tuesday — presented by the Estonian Embassy as part of an initiative called The Arvo Pärt Project— will be held not in a small space but in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, which seats 2,400.

Le Figaro

Kaija Saariaho, réflexion, action, composition

La compositrice finlandaise ouvre demain le Festival de Saint-Denis avec une nouvelle version de « La Passion de Simone », inspirée par Simone Weil.

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Spiegel Online @SPIEGEL_Kultur Heute in den Feuilletons: “Ein gut bestellter Acker, ein neugieriges Publikum”… http://spon.de/aeeVY

Guardian Culture @guardian culture Nils Frahm: music for piano and toilet brush: http://gu.com/p/3pggj/tf

Pianist Magazine @pianistmagazine You can now watch Federico Colli’s recent London debut recital at the QEH right here. It was amazing. You can… http://fb.me/2NvJE4GOR

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung … der Verrostung von Ohren entgegenwirken … – Zum Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2014 http://ow.ly/2H8Gvm

Catherine Bott @CatherineJBott Gustav Holst died 80 yrs ago on this day, join me tonight at 9 @ClassicFM to hear much more than The Planets

Artemis Quartett - photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

Artemis Quartett – photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

 

 

(Written on May 26, 2014 )

The National Children’s Orchestras will be returning to the stage this weekend to showcase the best young musical talent the UK has to offer. Vivienne Price MBC founded the organisation in 1978 with the sole aim of offering talented children a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship, working alongside world-class professional musicians.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will be making a welcome return to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Saturday 12th April for their first appearance of 2014. Under the baton of guest conductor Howard Williams their exciting programme will include The Perfect Fool by Holst, Isabella by Bridge, Tales from Vienna Woods by J.Strauss, and La Mer by Debussy. Their fresh approach to this renowned concert repertoire promises to deliver a night of technically brilliant and youthfully exuberant music. With a start time of 7pm the tickets range from £5 for under 5’s to £19.50, including concessions.

Then, on Sunday, Anvil Arts in Basingstoke are delighted to welcome the NCO’s Under 13s Orchestra, who will present a stunning programme of classical favourites. Their conductor, NCO  Principal Director of Music Roger Clarkson will be leading them in Wagner’s Overture to the Flying Dutchman, The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth, The Pirates of the Caribbean by Badelt, Buckaroo Holiday by Copland, Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, and the iconic Nutcracker Suite by one of Russia’s most loved composers Tchaikovsky. Individual ticket prices vary from £6 for under 16’s to £19, and family tickets (2 adults, 3 children) are offered at the discounted price of £39 for the £16 price bracket, and £44 for the £19 price bracket; all including a £1 booking fee. To book tickets please call 01256 844244.

 

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

We are thrilled to announce that the founder of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, Vivienne Price, is one of two recipients of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2014, Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement award is for an individual who has made a seminal contribution to music education and Price’s life work is exemplary in this regard.

In making this award, the panel of judges said:

Vivienne Price’s legacy is plain to see and hear – in its 35-year history, the National Children’s Orchestras has been a beacon of aspiration, benefitting thousands of children, including many of today’s top performers. Her tireless tutelage continues to pay dividends in concert halls across the country and abroad, and her achievement in founding the organisation and ensuring its continued growth cannot be underestimated.’

On the news of receiving the award, Vivienne Price commented:

It has been a privilege to form part of the musical progress of so many children over 36 years. There have been many people who have helped me along the way and it has been such a comfort to know that, having passed the baton to Principal Director of Music, Roger Clarkson, the NCO is now in such capable and inspirational hands.’

Born in 1931 and trained at the Royal College of Music, Price co-founded the Fitznells School of Music, formed and trained orchestras at schools in Epsom and trained the orchestra in the preparatory division at Guildhall School of Music and Drama before forming the NCO in 1978. Price saw the need for talented children aged under 14 to have their own symphony orchestra. By 1981, so many children were applying to join that the Training Orchestra was set up for those who had just missed out.

There is nobody more deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award than Vivienne Price. Countless thousands of musicians are today reaping the rewards of what she introduced to them during their formative years, through vision, dedication and her understanding of what music has to offer. However, this does not apply to just practicing professional musicians, it is pertinent to anybody who has been ‘under her umbrella.’ [Peter Stark, Conductor]

Vivienne Price’s work with the NCO was acknowledged with an MBE in 1997. In the same year she was also made Hon RCM and in 2002 Hon ARAM. There could be no more deserving recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was formerly announced at London’s Barbican Centre on February 7th as part of the Music Education Expo 2014.

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(Written on February 10, 2014 )

Telegraph

Radio 3 boss defends playing of film scores and TV themes

The controller of BBC Radio 3 defends the station from accusations of “dumbing down” and says it will continue to play theme tunes from television shows and films.

‘Single out’ children who show talent says head of National Children’s Orchestras

Britain should not be afraid of singling out talented children, says Sarah Derbyshire, managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She argues young musicians should be given resources to develop in the same way as Olympic athletes.

Gramophone

BBC Radio 3 to broadcast live from a pop-up studio at London’s Southbank Centre

BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre will join forces in March to broadcast 15 live concerts (including three world premieres) from the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival. Radio 3 will establish a pop-up studio in the Royal Festival Hall’s cafe allowing members of the public the opportunity to witness the live broadcasts of several radio programmes, including: In TuneEssential ClassicsCD Review and Afternoon on 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Declan McGovern leaves RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Declan McGovern has stepped down from his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ NSO) after just a year in post. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting organisation, announced his departure in a statement issued on 23 December.

Philly.com

Is conductor Lorin Maazel going vegan?

The internationally renowned American conductor expressed his support for the vegan community and says his vegan son has inspired him to change his lifestyle in 2014.

Die Zeit

Geigerin P. Kopatchinskaja

Geografisch ist der Weg von Moldawien bis in die Schweiz gar nicht so weit. Gefühlt und gelebt schon. Eine Begegnung mit der fulminanten Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on January 6, 2014 )

‘Wow…’

– Tony Hall’s opening word of his talk at the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall yesterday.

In their final concert of their 35th anniversary year, Tony Hall spoke with incredible enthusiasm about how impressed he was with the quality of the children’s performance and how he could not quite believe that they were no older than 13.

Hall also spoke of the importance of Vivienne Price’s vision 35 years ago and the wonderful work the NCO is doing with its access and bursary schemes, giving all talented musicians the best possible chance to develop their love of music.

Linking the NCO’s work to the incredibly moving performance by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and children from Raploch, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Hall spoke of the power that music was having on these children’s lives.

In his speech unveiling his vision for the BBC, Hall spoke of encouraging young people in the arts and how the BBC will be become a centre of their progress.

Every year we’ll bring them [New Generation Artists] together so that the stars of the future get their chance to perform and shine on the biggest stage. And we’ll launch a nationwide initiative to inspire school children with classical music, using our orchestras to bring the music to life.”

Hall continued on this note yesterday, saying how he hopes for the BBC to be just as well known for the arts and music as it is for news and sport.

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(Courtesy of the Guardian)

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(Written on December 9, 2013 )