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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy tops the bill in Perth, iHeartRadio launches Spotify rival, and Canadian firm becomes largest provider of classical music television programming. Also, Danish opera chief quits over steep cuts, and Istanbul’s club culture is struggling.

The Courier

Violin virtuoso tops the bill in Perth

Nigel Kennedy, the best-selling classical violinist of all time, has been revealed as the headline act for this year’s Perth Festival of the Arts.

Music Business Worldwide

iHeartRadio Launches Spotify Rival… And It’s A Bit of A Mouthful

iHeartRadio has launched its $9.99 a month Spotify rival: ‘iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster’.

CMUSE

Canadian firm becomes largest provider of classical music television programming

Canadian-based Stingray is to become a leading player in classical music programming for television after it bought out German-based Unitel. Unitel operates the premium TV channel Classica.

The Violin Channel

London Symphony Orchestra Violinist Awarded OBE Queen’s Honour

London Symphony Orchestra sub-leader, violinist Lennox Mackenzie has been awarded an OBE for his services to music.

Choir and Organ Magazine

The Diapason invites nominations for 20 under 30

The Diapason is currently accepting nominations for its ’20 under 30′, which recognises the top achievers in the organ, church music, harpsichord, carillon, and organ-building fields.

POLITIKEN

Endnu en operachef på Det Kongelige giver op

Sven Müller blev operachef for at skabe ro på bagsmækken. Nu går han. Men teatrets øverste chef burde have kæmpet politisk for Operaens kunstnere og ensembler.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Elegante: Nachruf auf Georges Prêtre

Meister des sinnlichen Orchesterklangs: Im Alter von 92 Jahren ist der französische Dirigent Georges Prêtre gestorben.

Musik Heute

Im Konzert eingeschlafen – Brille von Sitznachbarin zerbrochen

Ein 50-jähriger Mann ist während eines Konzerts im Nürnberger Opernhaus eingeschlafen: “Beim Aufwachen zuckte der Mann derart unkontrolliert mit den Armen, dass er ungewollt die Brille seiner Sitznachbarin traf, welche zu Bruch ging.”

Abbados Orchestra Mozart kehrt mit Faust und Haitink zurück

Das von Claudio Abbado über ein Jahrzehnt geprägte Orchestra Mozart tritt fast drei Jahre nach dem Tod des weltbekannten italienischen Dirigenten erstmals wieder auf.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Klubkultur in Istanbul ist am Ende

Sie ist zerrieben zwischen Terrorbedrohung und konservativer Politik.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1838 Birth of German of Max .

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Danish opera chief quits over deep cuts

BBC Music @bbcmusic The winner of is… ! Here’s everything you need to know about her:

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(Written on January 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Beethoven’s manuscript is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, however the authenticity of the manuscript is being disputed between an academic based in University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Director of books and manuscripts. German ensemble, The Vision String Quartet, won the first prize of Geneva International String Quartet Competition 2016 in Switzerland. Also, pianist Menahem Pressler played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 595 with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 92.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical music experts out of tune over Beethoven manuscript

A bad-tempered row erupted in the world of classical music after experts clashed over the authenticity of a Beethoven manuscript that is up for auction.

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins Geneva Competition

The Vision String Quartet from Germany has won first prize, worth CHF 20,000 ($19,700), at the Geneva International String Quartet Competition in Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Music’s head of strings responds to criticism from violinist Nigel Kennedy

The British violinist accused music colleges of producing ‘factory lines’ of pianists and violinists

CMUSE

92-year-old pianist plays Mozart concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra

92-year-old Menahem Pressler was guest soloist last week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

Choir and Organ Magazine

London Concord Singers mark 50th anniversary

The London Concord Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert under new musical director Jessica Norton.

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Lloyd Webber presents cello highlights of BBC archive

Julian Lloyd Webber will highlight some the best cello performances in the BBC Archive in a new BBC Four programme.

nmz

Streit um Dresdner Kulturpalast – Intendant verärgert

Wenige Monate vor der Wiedereröffnung des Dresdner Kulturpalastes gibt es Streit über die Kosten der Bespielung. Nach Philharmonie-Chefdirigent Michael Sanderling reagierte am Montag auch Musikfestspiel-Intendant Jan Vogler verärgert auf die in der vergangenen Woche überraschend vom Stadtrat beschlossene Budgetkürzung für die beiden städtischen Institutionen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Valery Gergiev muss Konzerte absagen

Der russische Dirigent muss wegen einer Knieoperation mehrere Konzerte absagen. Bereits bei einem Auftritt in Bern musste Gergiev aufgrund einer Meniskusverletzung Teile des Konzerts im Sitzen dirigieren. Im Anschluß wurden weitere Konzerte in Belgien und Luxemburg abgesagt. Gleiches gilt für Auftritte mit dem London Symphony Orchestra, bei denen nun Thomas Sondergard für Gergiev einspringt.

Musik Heute

Jana Baumeister gewinnt Bundeswettbewerb Gesang

Die Sopranistin Jana Baumeister hat den diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerb Gesang gewonnen. Die 28-Jährige erhielt den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis und den Sonderpreis der Leipziger Bach-Stiftung für Konzertengagements.

Klassik Heute

Hamburg kürt Deutschlands innovativste Gründung in der Musikwirtschaft

Sechs deutsche Gründerteams wetteifern beim Music WorX Day am 30. November 2016 um den Förderpreis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg für junge, innovative Unternehmen aus der Musikwirtschaft. Die Gründer und Gründerinnen präsentieren ihre Geschäftsideen vor einem Fachpublikum – das beste Team erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Jurypreis.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1797 Birth of Italian #composer Gaetano #DONIZETTI #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The 50 greatest Schubert recordings – part 3 – Gramophone http://dlvr.it/MmGQkJ

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A Londoner through and through! Fancy a stroll around Handel’s home town? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-ar…

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(Written on November 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, new plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh have been announced. The 5th London Contemporary Music Festival will take place on 15th, 17th and 18th of December. Royal Albert Hall presents new spring music festival Love Classical 2017. Also, Nigel Kennedy talks about hate crime and Brexit, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Classical Music Magazine

New concert hall proposed for Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the charitable trust Impact Scotland have announced plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

LCMF announces Julius Eastman focus

The fifth London Contemporary Music Festival will offer the world’s first major overview of American composer and performer Julius Eastman.

Royal Albert Hall presents Love Classical 2017

Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and Alison Balsom will headline Love Classical 2017.

Manchester International Festival announces new initiative

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has announced My Festival: MIF’s Creative Community.

Pizzicato

ICMA Published Nomination List 2017

The ICMA nomination list for 2017 is available. For the 2017 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 321 audio and video productions (down from 364 in 2016) from 119 labels (up from 115 in 2016).

Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb kündigt Gewinner für 2016 an

Der Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb gab seine Gewinner für 2016 bekannt.

ITV News

Nigel Kennedy: Maverick violinist on his career, talent shows and Brexit

Nigel Kennedy has spoken out about the hate crime that has followed June’s Brexit vote, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Broadway World

Young Jean Lee, Peggy Shaw and More Among United States Artists 2016 Fellows

United States Artists (USA) has announced the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Oxford choral foundations to host Frideswide Voices

Oxford’s Frideswide Voices has announced that Christ Church, Magdalen and New College will host termly residences for its rehearsals and services this year.

Slipped Disc

Swiss opera goes bankrupt

The company blames its demise on poor attendance at Rigoletto, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

San Fransisco Classical News

Taiwan Embraces San Francisco Symphony on Tour

After the orchestra’s first visit to Korea last week (part of their eighth tour of Asia), San Francisco Symphony musicians took a charter flight to Tainan — the first-ever direct flight from Seoul — to perform a concert that was the highlight of the southern Taiwanese city’s Rainbow Festival (Chai Hong).

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bob Dylan hat was anderes vor

Spätestens als er wochenlang nicht ans Telefon ging, um sich die Entscheidung des Nobelpreiskomitees anzuhören, hätte man das ahnen können: Bob Dylan schwänzt die Verleihung.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Existenzbedrohend für die Musikverlage

Die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema darf nicht länger Musikverlage pauschal an den Einnahmen aus Musik-Nutzungsrechten beteiligen. Viele Verlage stünden dadurch vor dem Aus oder würden jede Risikofreude verlieren, kommentiert Musikkritiker Uwe Friedrich. Besonders für die Klassikszene sei das fatal.

Musik Heute

Volkswagen-Stiftung fördert Wagner-Forschung mit 400.000 Euro

Die Volkswagen-Stiftung unterstützt die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der Richard-Wagner-Sammlung in Eisenach mit 400.000 Euro.

France Musique

Séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : l’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington sérieusement endommagé

Le séisme d’une magnitude de 7,8 qui a touché la Nouvelle-Zélande lundi 14 novembre a causé la mort de deux personnes ainsi que d’importants dégâts. L’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington a particulièrement souffert.

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist Does classical music still matter? A bustling crowd reduced to silence by a busker playing Bach suggests so http://econ.st/2fSNONW

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony http://dlvr.it/MgvQVB #ClassicalMusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/xjfM306eO6I SAD NEWS | Veteran Boston Symphony Principal Cellist Jules Eskin Has Died @BostonSymphony

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Nigel Kennedy

(Written on November 17, 2016 )

Last week, the argument about when to applaud at classical music concerts surfaced yet again in The Telegraph, with Michael Henderson fiercely defending tradition. He concluded by affirming, ‘You buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud’ explaining that ‘Tens of thousands of people have been doing it for the past 120 years.’

But perhaps that’s the problem. Is classical music etiquette stuck in the 1900s? It only takes one trip to the Proms to see a mere scattering of youthful faces in a sea of grey hair.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy is renowned for trying to break the classical mould. He argues in The Telegraph that ‘classical musicians should learn from rock stars to overcome snobbery and engage more with their audiences’ and encourages ‘talking to [audiences] mid-performance and letting them show their appreciation.’

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This is all very well, but poses a distinct possibility of putting off the older generation, thereby risking those all-important bums on seats.

So what is the solution? This is a debate that will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future, and to which there is no simple answer. Either extreme would appear to put the future of classical music in danger.

The only way forward can be a balanced approach – one that provides opportunities for fresh faces to be experience classical music in an accessible environment, whilst maintaining those traditions which have been enjoyed by many generations and will hopefully be enjoyed by many more to come. And integrating these audiences? Well that will be the next challenge.

(Written on August 25, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with Jonas Kaufmann in The Guardian, Musik heute announces that the 2015 European composer prize will be awarded to Turkish Sinem Altan and the results of the German Echo awards in Neue Musikzeitung. Also, former chief technician of Steinway pianos, Franz Mohr, talks about his relationship with pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

The Guardian

Organ failure: the Nazis condemned it; at last we can make our own minds up about Jón Leifs’ Organ Concerto

Many of the Icelandic composer’s works have established a place in the repertoire, but why is his notorious organ concerto still so rarely performed?

Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

With his smouldering looks and extraordinary voice, Jonas Kaufmann is hailed as the greatest living tenor. Ahead of his performance at the Last Night of the Proms, Stephen Moss meets one of opera’s most serious and sought-after superstars

The Independent

Wurlitzer pipe organ: Historic instrument sounds again in UK cinema after 55-year absence

Restored cinema organ from the 1930s has been installed in east London

The Telegraph

Nigel Kennedy: Classical musicians must stop ignoring audiences

Classical musicians should be allowed to interact with their audiences, Nigel Kennedy says

Classic FM

Here’s what happened when violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter took Bach to a nightclub

She’s one of the world’s best violinists: absolutely A-list. But how would the nightclubbing population of Berlin react to Bach, Vivaldi and Gershwin?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sei mir gegrüßt, Melancholie!

Der unkonventionelle Dirigent Paul McCreesh hat eine eigene Plattenfirma gegründet und Händels “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato” in einer grandiosen Aufnahme herausgebracht.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis beim “Young Euro Classic”-Festival vergeben

Die türkische Musikerin Sinem Altan ist mit dem Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2015 ausgezeichnet worden. Ihr Werk “Hafriyat – Earthwork” wurde beim Young Euro Classic uraufgeführt und von einer Publikumsjury ausgewählt, teilten die Veranstalter am Sonntag mit.

Neue Musikzeitung

ECHO Klassik 2015: Die Preisträger stehen fest

Jonas Kaufmann (Sänger des Jahres), Joyce DiDonato (Sängerin des Jahres), Elina Garanca (Solistische Einspielung des Jahres/Gesang), Lang Lang (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klavier), Andreas Ottensamer (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Klarinette), Maurice Steger (Instrumentalist des Jahres/Flöte) und David Zinman (Dirigent des Jahres) zählen zu den Preisträgern des ECHO Klassik 2015. Dies gab der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) heute in Berlin bekannt.

France Musique

Les caprices de Vladimir Horowitz racontés par le technicien en chef des pianos Steinway

Franz Mohr a travaillé auprès des plus grands pianistes du XXe siècle, attentif à leurs envies, leurs colères, mais surtout à leurs pianos. Il raconte dans un long entretien son expérience mouvementée avec le pianiste Vladimir Horowitz.

Washington Post

In life’s coda, master composer George Walker has a symphony in mind

At 93, Walker, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition, is still working

Twitter

ClassicalToday: Wagner In The 21st Century: If Wagner Had A Blog

BR Klassik 4h: Buch über Riccardo Chailly: “Das Geheimnis liegt in der Stille – Gespräche über… #klassik

Konzerthaus Berlin: Das sind sie! Die Preisträger des diesjährigen ECHO Klassik! Die begehrten Trophäen werden am 18. Oktober bei uns…

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“I feel like an ambassador” tells Jonas Kaufmann The Guardian

Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg

(Written on August 24, 2015 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to welcome hugely celebrated, diverse and eclectic cellist Gabriella Swallow to our artist roster. Gabriella has emerged as one of the leading and most versatile performers on the contemporary music and jazz scene.

Having studied at the Royal College of Music, Gabriella was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal and went on to make her Southbank debut as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta.

A passionate advocate for blurring boundaries between genres, Gabriella is just as comfortable on stage at the Wigmore Hall as she is performing at Ronnie Scott’s, on tour with Gwilym Simcock’s Quartet or with Nigel Kennedy’s band.

WildKat PR will be working with Gabriella to promote her concert ‘An evening with Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family’ on 12 February 2014 at the Forge. The concert will be celebrating her diverse musical collaborations, allowing different groups and partnerships to come together in a united community; an Urban Family. All performers have worked closely with Gabriella over the years and this is her chance to thank those who have supported her as a family would.

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(Written on January 9, 2014 )

This Sunday, Gabriella Swallow will join violinist Nigel Kennedy at the closing concert of the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival at St James’s Church Piccadilly.

Bethlehem Unwrapped goes behind the romanticised Christmas card image of the ancient city of Bethlehem to show what life is like for the city’s people today. Gabriella will join Nigel Kennedy’s quintet to perform the violinist’s own composition ‘The Bridge’, with Tom Eisner (violin), Yaron Stavi (bass), Doug Boyle (guitar) plus Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, actor Adjoa Andoh, singers from the Tallis Scholars and guest speaker Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Also in the courtyard at St James’s Church is the WALL installation –  a life size replica of the 8-metre-high Separation Wall that surrounds Bethlehem. Visitors are welcome to write a thought, reflection or prayer on the Wall itself.

For more information and for tickets, please visit the Bethlehem Unwrapped website

 

Gabriella Swallow image credit  Philip Gatward

Image credit: Philip Gatward

(Written on January 2, 2014 )

The Arts Desk

The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

The slickest Last Night in recent memory finds a woman finally in charge

Wagner at the Proms remembered

Five singers, three conductors and a director look back on a collective triumph of the bicentenary year

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja: “An operatic voice is not boring!”

The tenor speaks to his long standing friend and Classic FM presenter David Mellor about the appeal of his new album, Amore

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Britain’s most celebrated contemporary conductor is understood to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the LSO

The Washington Post

Soprano Voigt drops out of Washington Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ with ‘relief’

Deborah Voigt, the star soprano scheduled to sing Isolde in Wagner’s monumental “Tristan und Isolde” in the company’s season-opening production, starting next Sunday, is withdrawing from the role

The Guardian

Pavarotti tops the charts with remastered first recording

Posthumous release features an aria the opera singer recorded 50 years ago but which lay unheard in his archives

The Independent

‘Stop mocking the Mormons,’ says opera star Bryn Terfel who has been ’embraced’ by the faith

The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him

Die Welt

“Wir sind Zirkusartisten ohne Netz”

Es gibt so viel mehr als den hohen Ton: Plácido Domingo und Jonas Kaufmann, die berühmtesten Tenöre der Welt, über Sängerwitze, Akzente und die Liebe zu Verdi. Ein allererstes Doppelinterview

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

(Written on September 9, 2013 )

With the new technologies emerging and overspilling into the industry, WildKat PR went along to this year’s exciting BBC Proms to ask the queuing Prommers their opinion on how the classical music industry is being affected.

In today’s instalment, we ask Prommers their opinion on electric instruments.

(Written on September 5, 2013 )