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Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

Clown of Clowns blog

Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

Heartfelt blog

Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

Open sessions blog

WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

If you saw ‘Your Call…’ Part 1 in last year’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival you’re in for many surprises this year when you see the complete work. Clocking in at about 55 minutes, ‘Your Call…’ has undergone major transformations.

The biggest and most obvious change is the addition of a second Mezzo Soprano. American mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn joins the cast as a second iteration of ‘The Woman.’ Splitting one character between two performers is a reflection on the unreliability of online identity and the ways we can shape our online image, enhancing or subverting reality.

DSCF9417You’ll hear a lot of new music in the complete ‘Your Call…’ Having the second voice much more than doubles the musical possibilities. The second voice enriches and deepens the musical texture in a very dramatic way. Both in speaking and singing they share lines, even splitting individual sentences between them as well as singing together.

The character of ‘The Woman’ has a relationship to technology that is very intense. Her reliance on technology and fear of human-social interactions overwhelm her existence. And we get the sense that she wouldn’t have it any other way. Over and over again she answers a phone, listens and replies, “Oh no, no, no. You’re confusing this one with the other one.” This becomes a real issue for The Woman. Her only interaction with another human always seems to go wrong. She repeatedly retreats to the safety of her phone, even singing, “A friend you can mute is a friend forever.”

Fundamental elements of communication are getting a deeper look as well. The set and props are made of circles, squares and triangles – fundamental elements of visual communication. Made of Boxes, along with many many megaphones, you’ll see circles (end of a megaphone), squares (boxes), and triangles (megaphones on end). The vowels, a, e, i, o, u, fundamental elements of aural communication, are both spoken and sung as well as being presented in sign language and semaphore signals. And then there are the phones, old and new, big and small, everywhere

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S-O-S, the universal signal of distress is a recurring refrain, woven throughout ‘Your Call…’ in Morse code, semaphore signals, sign language and within the score itself. Is this an unconscious cry for help? On the surface she doesn’t appear to want any help. Is this a manifestation of concern from the synthetic voices who see how her over-reliance on technology has taken over her external life? Only The Woman knows for sure.

There is a darkness in ‘Your Call…’ that is juxtaposed with broad physical comedy. We hope that you’ll find it as funny as it is disturbing. The character of The Woman makes everyday gestures into a language of their own. She is clearly unaware that she is expressing herself with her body. She doesn’t need to since her only meaningful relationships are online.

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The difference between the internal and external is accentuated throughout the new version of ‘Your Call…’ Spoken text is external, an increasingly desperate attempt to understand and be understood. Sung text is internal, fragmented, jumping randomly from thought to thought. The theatrical ‘fourth wall’ is repeatedly shattered in the performance, always with spoken text. What’s said needs to be heard. What’s sung is bouncing around inside her head.

Overall the new ‘Your Call…’ is bigger, funnier, darker, and more thought provoking. It’s a wild ride across a theatrical landscape that starts inside ‘The Woman’s’ head, weaves its way through the internet and lands on the floor of King’s Place, Hall 2.

Oh, and we’ll ask you to please mute your phones (we’ll be friends forever) but please do Tweet with the hashtag #ycopera during the show. We’ll be doing that from the stage and we want you all to be in on the fun. Hope to see you there, 8 – 9 August!

Lisa J. Coates & Kevin Jones

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(Written on July 29, 2015 )

In today’s news Richard Morrison discusses the “northern powerhouse” and HOME, the new £25 million arts centre that throws open its smart doors this weekend. Meanwhile, the ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has broken UK cinema box office records, overtaking Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (January 2015), which grossed a total of £504k. Finally, congratulations to Judith Weir who was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

The Times

HOME is a huge statement of faith in the power of culture

Even on a typically balmy May morning in Manchester — rain lashing down, pedestrians braced like Lowry’s matchstick men against a force 9 from Eccles — my spirits are elated. We hear a lot from George Osborne about a “new northern powerhouse”, but I’ve just emerged from a northern powerhouse that’s up and running.

Evening Standard

Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Simon Rattle’s return to London is the greatest news’

At only 32, the music director is shaking up the world of classical music. He tells Claire Allfree about his mentor and why London needs a new concert hall

TIME magazine

Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify

In a press event on Wednesday, streaming service Spotify made one thing clear: it’s no longer just for music.

Classical Music Magazine

Judith Weir wins Ivor Novello award

Composer Judith Weir was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

ENO’s Pirates breaks UK cinema box office records

English National Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has taken over £600k at the UK box office to date.

Klassik.com

Mehr Geld für Sanierung des Bayreuther Opernhauses

Das bayerische Finanzministerium hat den Etat für die Sanierungsmaßnahmen am Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth noch einmal um fünf Millionen Euro auf insgesamt 27,5 Millionen Euro angehoben.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT eröffnet

Die Musikmesse Classical:NEXT ist am Mittwochabend in Rotterdam eröffnet worden. An dem Branchentreffen nehmen über 800 Fachbesucher aus über 40 Ländern teil.

Codex Flores

Musikalische Grundschule verbessert Bildungschancen

Das von der Bertelsmann Stiftung und sechs deutschen Kultusministerien geförderte Projekt Musikalische Grundschule hat seit 2005 rund 200’000 Schüler an 400 Schulen hat erreicht.

France Musique

La lutherie face à la forêt de demain

Actuellement, il y aurait près de 300 luthiers en France… Depuis quelques années on observe un regain d’intérêt pour cet artisanat, dont la matière première est le bois. Si les techniques restent fidèles aux traditions anciennes, face à l’évolution de l’exploitation de la forêt, le métier doit s’adapter.

Le Figaro

Fleur Pellerin passe à l’action sur la musique en streaming

La ministre de la Culture a confié une mission de médiation à Marc Schwartz, chargé de trouver un terrain d’entente entre les plates-formes en ligne et les créateurs.

Twitter

M Magazine   full list of winners including +

Ace North  . continues its this weekend – get involved:

Grange Park Opera    cast headed to The Grange for the first time AND sitzprobe in Poole!

HOME Manchester

(Written on May 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards have been announced with nods to English National Opera and the Southbank Centre. Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the first winners of the Noted Innovation Fellowship. Also, read about the new classical music community that is growing along the East Coast of America.

Guardian

English National Opera gets RPS award boost

Company currently in special funding measures wins opera and music theatre category at prestigious awards for ‘consistently outstanding work’

Telegraph

Google Doodle celebrates piano inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori’s 360th birthday

Italian invented hammer and keys mechanism to create loud and quiet notes

Classical Music Magazine

First winners of Noted Innovation Fellowship announced

Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the winners of the first Noted Innovation Fellowship.

RPS Music Awards winners announced

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held in The Brewery, City of London.

Sinfini

Groupmuse USA

In many ways, it was like any other gathering in a New York apartment on a Saturday night: hip décor, copious amounts of wine, attractive strangers making conversation… And then a string quartet busted out the first movement of Beethoven’s first string quartet.

Die Welt

Verschont uns mit Mozarts flachen Fäkal-Witzchen!

Das Berliner Konzerthaus will mehr junge Leute für klassische Musik gewinnen – und wirbt mit Slogans wie “Scheiß ins Bett dass’ kracht” für einen “Mozart-Marathon”. Warum das ein Griff ins Klo ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der griechische Renaissance-Punk

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chef. Bis zum 10. Mai stellen wir Ihnen täglich einen der Kandidaten vor. Heute: Teodor Currentzis.

pizzicato

Orlando Philharmonic Announced New Music Director Eric Jacobsen

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced American conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen as its new Music Director.

klassik.com

Deutscher Kulturrat spricht sich gegen Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit aus

Der Deutsche Kulturrat hat sich in einer Stellungnahme gegen das geplante Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit ausgesprochen.

Classicalite

Travel Channel’s ‘Mysteries at the Museum’ Investigates Carnegie Hall Theft of Bronisław Huberman’s Stradivarius Violin

In one of our favorite episodes yet, The Travel Channel’s docu-drama Mysteries at the Museum recently featured the archive and research room at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Twitter

BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld: Is pop music starting to sound the same? Scientists have analysed how pop music has evolved in past 50 years http://bbc.in/1Pola1H 

Q Magazine ‏@QMagazine: Guest Column – Musicians don’t need to be political… but don’t discourage your fans from voting http://www.qthemusic.com/9885/guest-column-musicians-dont-need-to-be-political-but-dont-discourage-your-fans-from-voting/ …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Musical Challenge time now on #EssentialClassics Can you work out the two pieces which are in ‘imperfect harmony’? http://bit.ly/1IMlg3e 

ENO RPSAndrew Shore and Gwyn Hughes Jones in ENO’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

(Written on May 6, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to announce that we will be working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra! This is an exciting time to be following the orchestra; they are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years. This scheme also included the award-winning ‘Feel the Music’ project. It picks up on the subject of deafness, by which Beethoven was increasingly affected during his life. In various cities across Europe, the MCO is inviting children who are deaf or have a hearing disability into the world of the orchestra, to explore how music can be experienced with all of one’s senses.

Founded in 1997 by a group of young musicians with the support of Claudio Abbado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s name reflects its roots in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. With 45 members spanning 20 countries, the MCO prides itself on working musically as a chamber orchestra in the spirit of their founding mentor Claudio Abbado characterized by tight ensemble playing among alert and independent musical personalities. Their core repertoire is in the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods, whilst also playing more contemporary works and world premieres. This summer, the MCO will perform the US Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written On Skin at the Lincoln Center, New York, following their performance of the World Premiere at Aix-en-Provence in 2012.

With the BBC Proms and the stage premiere, summer 2015 is shaping up to be a busy time for the Orchestra. It will end with the MCO’s return to the Lucerne Festival with Daniele Gatti where it forms the core of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra every year. In September, ensemble will launch the Carl Nielsen portrait project at the Musikfest Berlin, a celebration of the composer in his 150th birthday year, with a performance of ‘Sinfonia Semplice.’

As well as working on the BBC Proms, we will also be working with MCO on a new brand and visual identity. Keep up to date with the orchestra, their news and key dates via their website and Facebook.

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The Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Deniz Saylan

(Written on April 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Philippe Jaroussky

From Shostakovich and Perlman to Bernstein and Lady Gaga – the countertenor shares his musical passions on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Salisbury International Arts Festival: Elvis Costello, Omid Djalili and Shappi Khorsandi among the highlights

Matthew Stadlen looks ahead to this year’s arts festival, which runs from May 22 – June 6

The Strad

2-string 3D printed violin to be revealed in New York

The instrument is one of five pieces created using the cutting edge technology

In Mo Yang wins 2015 Paganini International Violin Competition

The 19-year-old artist receives €20,000 and concert opportunities

Classical Music Magazine

ENO appoints McKinsey’s Cressida Pollock as interim chief executive

English National Opera has appointed Cressida Pollock as interim chief executive. Pollock will join from management consultant McKinsey, which has been working with ENO in recent months, on 24 March.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton

Jesus im Reich der Liebesgöttin 

Der Bischof von Nowosibirsk verklagt das dortige Opernhaus samt Regisseur. Der Grund: eine angeblich blasphemische Inszenierung von Wagners „Tannhäuser“. Andere Geistliche stehen auf Seiten der Oper.

klassik.com

Hermann Rauhe mit Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft geehrt

Der Musikwissenschaftler und Hochschuldozent Prof. Dr. Hermann Rauhe ist mit der Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft der Stadt Hamburg ausgezeichnet worden.

BroadwayWorld.com

Music Director Louis Langrée Extends Contract With Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that it has extended its contract with music director, Louis Langrée, through its 125th anniversary season in 2019­-20.

Le Figaro.fr

New York : marche funèbre pour le dernier magasin de partitions

Face à la concurrence des sites de vente par Internet, l’enseigne Frank Music Company a fermé définitivement ses portes vendredi, au grand désespoir de ses clients musiciens.

El Mundo

El 60% del consumo de contenidos digitales en España es pirata

Las industrias culturales y los cuerpos policiales que luchan contra la piratería denuncian la ineficacia y la falta de voluntad del Gobierno en la defensa de la propiedad intelectual cuando se presenta el demoledor informe del Observatorio de la piratería y hábitos de consumo digital.

Twitter

ACE North ‏@ace_thenorth:Inspired by her time w/ The 4th Battalion The Rifles – #5soldiers by @rosiekaydanceco http://bit.ly/1ANqp7V  @dancecity 14 & 16 May #Gfta

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : Find out about the Pete Handley #Percussion Award & @PeteFestUK, set up in memory of the inspirational RCM alumnus: http://bit.ly/1GmDJ2M 

NY Review of Books ‏@nybooks : Have pianists been performing the wrong version of Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto? A musical investigation http://j.mp/1HnR3ot 

 

News 10th March

 Philippe Jaroussky Photograph: Marc Ribes/Warner Classics

 

 

 

(Written on March 10, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Netia Jones: punk it up

It is one of the most visually riotous shows of the year – an Alice in Wonderland that takes live action and video to surreal extremes. Imogen Tilden meets Netia Jones, the nerdy young director with her finger firmly on the button

10 of the world’s best concert halls

A world-class classical music venue in London may be years away so where can music lovers find truly outstanding acoustics? Trevor Cox picks 10 landmark concert halls around the world where brilliant design means beautiful sound

The Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: watch Mozart and Britten operas live on the Telegraph site

Glyndebourne to show key productions for free, in partnership with the Telegraph

The Strad

New York’s last classical sheet music store to close

Frank Music Company, which opened in 1937, will cease trading on Friday

Classical Music Magazine

This could be the beginning of a golden age for the LSO and Rattle

There you have it, Simon Rattle has finally been officially anointed as the next music director of the LSO. It is true that we’ve all sort of known for ages, or at least strongly suspected, ever since his decision to leave the Berlin Phil was announced in January 2013 at more or less the same time as Valery Gergiev revealed he would be heading to Munich after his LSO contract ran out.

International Arts Manager

25th IAMA conference comes In From the Margins

At the imminent 2015 edition of the International Arts Managers’ Association (IAMA) Conference, the central theme – In From the Margins – will aim to create an ongoing discussion focussing on classical music’s place in the mainstream.

pizzicato

Naske mit schrägen Zahlen im Konzerthaus Wien

Die Zwischenbilanz des Wiener Konzerthauses sieht uneben aus: Die Zahl der Veranstaltungen wurde um 15 Prozent gesteigert.

Händel-Haus in Halle ersteigert bisher unbekanntes Händel-Portrait

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus in Halle hat kürzlich ein Portrait erworben, bei dem es sich mit höchster Wahrscheinlichkeit um Georg Friedrich Händel handelt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Oh, Happy Day – Der Wupper-Chor aus Wuppertal

Der Wupper-Chor hat sich in die Herzen der Wuppertaler gesungen. Eine große Besonderheit ist das breite Altersspektrum seiner 60 aktiven Sängerinnen und Sängern: sowohl 20-Jährige als auch über 80-Jährige machen mit.

Musik Heute

Bremer Philharmoniker werden Paten für Jugendsinfonieorchester

Die Bremer Philharmoniker übernehmen die Patenschaft für das Jugendsinfonieorchester Bremen-Mitte.

Codex Flores

Nana Mouskouri wird mit Lebenswerk-Echo geehrt

Der Deutsche Musikpreis Echo in der Kategorie Lebenswerk geht in diesem Jahr an die griechische Sängerin Nana Mouskouri.

The New York Times

David Geffen Captures Naming Rights to Avery Fisher Hall With Donation

Perhaps it’s about injecting Hollywood glamour into New York’s classical musical world.

Twitter

EMM ‏@enticottmusic: Intimate & intense: the world’s most charismatic #classical guitarist http://bit.ly/1GmMwFa  @MilosGuitar @ClassicFM

LSO St Luke’s ‏@lsostlukes :HELLO! to @4tetmeta4 who join us at 1pm today. Come along for your dose of #Haydn & #Bartok.

WigmoreHallLearning @WigmoreLearning: It’s today! Looking forward to welcoming @heathquartet @ValentineNeil @mrjulianwest + 120 school children to @wigmore_hall #CHAMBERCHALLENGE

 

Netia Jones NewsAlice (Rachel Gilmore) and the mouse (Christopher Lemmings) in Netia Jones’s multimedia production of Alice in Wonderland. Photograph: Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging/Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

(Written on March 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.

Süddeutsche.de

Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.

pizzicato

Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.

Classicalite

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.

nprmusic

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.

Twitter

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here http://ow.ly/Jz1OS 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

Philharmonie de Paris architect sues venue’s sponsors

Jean Nouvel claims the new building differs from his original design

Minnesota Orchestra to perform in Cuba following restoration of US diplomatic relations

The orchestra last performed in Havana in 1929

Classical Music Magazine

Cuts to music teaching imminent in Bromley, Wiltshire and elsewhere

As the new financial year approaches, several local authorities have revealed plans which involve significant reductions in spending on music provision.

Warwick Report calls for joined up thinking in cultural sector

A one-year commission lead by the University of Warwick and chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE has just released its report, titled Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth.

International Arts Manager

Young musicians to learn career tools at workshop

It’s a jungle out there for young musicians, but the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are cutting a path through it with Make Music Work (MMW).

Zeit Online

Castorfs “Baal” darf nur noch zwei Mal aufgeführt werden

Suhrkamp stimmt einem Vergleich im Streit um die Castorf-Inszenierung des Stücks “Baal” doch zu: Das Stück wird nur noch einmal in München und einmal in Berlin gespielt.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Lehrer, der Teufel

Harte Schule: Wer als Schlagzeuger groß rauskommen will, muss in „Whiplash“ üben, bis die Hände bluten. Dabei geht es weniger um Musik als um Macht.

audiophil

KREATIV AN DEN TASTEN

Der Breitkopf-Klavierwettbewerb

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera Unveils a Season of Big Stars and 6 New Productions

The Metropolitan Opera said on Wednesday that it would redouble its efforts to attract new audiences to the opera next season with six new productions, a star-filled roster and new initiatives, including one that will offer half-priced tickets to children during the holidays and another to court young professionals with later curtain times, discounts and social events.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach to leave NSO, Kennedy Center music directorship in 2017

When Deborah Rutter took over as the Kennedy Center’s president in September, music lovers wondered what would happen with the National Symphony Orchestra — one of the most highly paid ensembles in the country, but a chronically underperforming organization.

pizzicato

Rachel Podger Wins Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize

British Violinist Rachel Podger (*1968) has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Vote in our Awards for your chance to win a Yamaha hi-fi system worth over 700! Find out more: http://www.classical-music.com/awards 

tiredoflondon ‏@tiredoflondon :Tonight – Free @SouthbankSinf rush hour concert at @StJohnsWaterloo. Last week’s was lovely – http://bit.ly/1EV7Ays 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: A superstar pianist reveals just how you get 85 million YouTube views: http://classfm.co/zJNLE4 

NEWS Philharmonie

The Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: The Strad

 

(Written on February 19, 2015 )

Classical News

Independent

Creative subjects being squeezed out of poorer schools, says major arts study

Specialist arts teachers in state schools have declined by 11 per cent

Classical Music Magazine

Classical sales: declining year-on-year, and streaming fails to compensate

Sales of classical recordings fell 5% by volume last year and by just under 1% in value terms, according to detailed figures released by industry body the BPI.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre announces Daniel Barenboim to give the 2015 Edward W. Said London Lecture, part of The Barenboim Project 2015

Since making his London debut at Royal Festival Hall in 1956, aged only 13, legendary musician Daniel Barenboim has been a regular performer at Southbank Centre. He returns during April and May 2015 as both conductor and piano soloist for The Barenboim Project 2015.

Sinfini

NYC Night Shift

New Yorkers will get a taste of the UK’s alternative classical scene next month, courtesy of the London-based Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Gramophone

New report calls for creation of cultural ‘Digital Public Space’

Recommendation forms part of wide-ranging report into the UK cultural sector, backed by leading arts figures

Arts Professional

Silos must end for the arts to thrive, report concludes

The final report of the Warwick Commission inquiry finds the future of cultural value as lying in a seamless relationship between the cultural sector and the creative industries, coupled with a focus on enterprise and creativity in schools.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wie gewinnt man den Opern-Grammy?

Schon vier Mal war das Klassik-Label cpo für den Grammy nominiert, jetzt war es der einzige deutsche Sieger. Wie wird man Weltspitze? Warum steht die Trophäe noch nicht in Niedersachsen? Ein Gespräch mit Burkhard Schmilgun.

Berliner Zeitung

Welttag des Radios: 5 Dinge über das wichtigste Medium

Im Auto, unter der Dusche, abends im Zelt – das Radio ist überall dabei. An diesem Freitag wird es rund um den Globus mit dem Welttag des Radios gefeiert – und Dank digitaler Verbreitung hat es sich sogar teilweise neu erfunden. Fünf Fakten zum reichweitenstärksten Medium weltweit.

Klassik.com

Bariton Andrzej Jobber wird Hamburger Kammersänger

Auszeichnung auf Anregung von Opernintendantin Simone Young

Fono Forum

Endstation Mahler-Saal

Knapp ein Jahr nach dem klatschträchtigen Wiener Opernball flogen in der Staatsoper nun erneut die Fäuste.

La Croix

« Le klezmer redonne du baume au cœur »

France Musique consacre sa journée du 18 février à la musique klezmer, avec en point d’orgue, à 18 heures, un concert du clarinettiste David Krakauer à la Maison de la radio, avec plusieurs invités.

La Repubblica

Ilaria Boretti Buitoni: “Scala, con i tempi lunghi ora Pereira dovrà trovare sponsor all’estero”

Il sottosegretario ai Beni culturali è soddisfatta della conferma del sovrintendente: “Il governo farà tutti gli sforzi possibili ma la programmazione consente l’aumento dei fondi privati”

Pizzicato

Pariser Peinlichkeiten: Jean Nouvel kämpft vor Gericht gegen Philharmonie

Der Architekt der Pariser Philharmonie, Jean Nouvel, der aus Protest der Eröffnung des Gebäudes fern geblieben war, hat die Leitung der Philharmonie vor Gericht zitiert.

Twitter

Arts Council England@ace_national: We welcome @UoWcommission report: let’s work together to boost access to #arts, a key part of our creative industries http://bit.ly/1JnfJlU 

Classic FM@ClassicFM: Tenor Noah Stewart is asked if it is possible to teach anyone to sing. Read his reply here: http://classfm.co/PPkwnK 

medici.tv@medicitv: Want to part of @JoyceDiDonato‘s master class? Submit your questions using #AskJoyce, and join her Sunday for a live Twitter chat!

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New Yorkers will get a taste of the UK’s alternative classical scene next month, courtesy of the London-based Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on February 18, 2015 )