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In today’s news: St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed a woman as a full member of its Choir for the first time in 1,000 years, and The Independent introduces a new video series featuring emerging artists. Species protection wants instrument makers keeping an account of inventory, and cellist Mahan Esfahani causes a scandal with minimal music. The rare 1684 Ex-Croall; McEwen violin is to be auctioned off on 28 March 2017 in London. Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra performs at NPR music, and Audra McDonald joins San Francisco Symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir appoints first female full member in 1,000 years

St Paul’s Cathedral has appointed a woman as a full member of its Choir for the first time in 1,000 years.

1684 Stradivarius to be auctioned in London

A rare violin known as the Ex-Croall; McEwen, which was made by Antonio Stradivari in 1684, is to be offered for sale at auction in London on 28 March 2017 by Ingles & Hayday. The guide price is £1.3-£2m.

The Independent

Introducing Music Box – live video sessions by The Independent

Its simple raison d’être is to give talented artists a platform in an increasingly competitive industry for up-and-comers – where they can share their music with both their current fans and potential new ones.

The Washington Post

Two pianists show the difference between playing and performing

On Sunday at the Phillips Collection, Dennis Russell Davies, the well-known conductor and pianist, took off his jacket before performing it with his wife, the pianist Maki Namekawa, and observed to the audience that people might want to watch them fighting over who gets to use the pedal.

BBC

Bulgarian radio gets modern music back after dispute

The public radio broadcaster in Bulgaria is able to play modern music for the first time in two months, now that a dispute over copyright which saw its ratings rise has been resolved.

Skandal-Konzert um Mahan Esfahani

Kurz nach 17.00 Uhr: Applaus in der Kölner Philharmonie für den Cembalisten Mahan Esfahani und das Ensemble Concerto Köln. Schon seit über einer Stunde spielen sie ein nettes Sonntagskonzert: Musik von Bach, Musik von Górecki. Nun greift Mahan Esfahani zum Mikrofon und kündigt ein Solostück an.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Sonja Knittel gestorben

Die Sängerin Sonja Knittel ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 91 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in einem Nürnberger Vorort.

Berliner Morgenpost

Oboen bekommen einen Stammbaum

Neue Artenschutz-Bürokratie bringt deutsche Instrumentenbauer in eine schwierige Lage. Naturschutzbehörden wollen Nachweise haben

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The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR’s House Band For A Day

It’s become an annual tradition for NPR to host a live band in our studios for a full day. This year, we upped the ante and invited around 70 musicians from Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra

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Audra McDonald to Join San Francisco Symphony in ‘PRIDE’ Concert After North Carolina Cancellations

On April 4, 2017, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, along with Broadway star Audra McDonald, celebrate the Bay Area’s spirit of inclusion and diversity with a special concert in Davies Symphony Hall recognising and supporting the Bay Area LGBTQ community.

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Classical Music News Eat your heart out, Met: Vienna Opera sells out most nights

Music History  in 1888 FP of ‘s Pezzo capriccioso for cello with piano accompaniment in Paris.

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(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival line-up announced with a full day of events addressing the refugee crisis, Nils Frahms’ special Barbican weekend line-up announced and the piano from the Oscar-winning film The Piano sells at auction. Also, German Music Council  appeals to all citizens to raise their voice for democracy and rule of law and Violinist Overcomes Bone Disease To Win NPR competition.

Guardian

The Piano’s piano sells for just NZ$1,000 at auction

Non-playable prop from Jane Campion’s multiple Oscar-winning 1993 film was used in the movie’s famous beach scene

The Telegraph

Robert Plant to perform at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown

Robert Plant will join other musicians in an all-day event addressing the refugee crisis as part of Meltdown festival this year.

Classic FM

We’re celebrating the inspirational women of classical music this International Women’s Day

We asked the women of Classic FM – working both on air and behind the scenes – to each pick one woman in the world of classical music who has inspired them. Here’s what they said…

International Arts Manager

Nils Frahm Barbican weekend line-up announced

Nils Frahm, the Berlin-based contemporary composer and pianist with a cult-like following, is to curate this year’s Barbican marathon weekend – featuring Frahm’s only live show in 2016

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen launches community crowdfunding campaign

‘Musical Heroes’ initiative aims to recognise ‘unsung’ trailblazers. American violinist Ray Chen has launched a crowdfunding campaign in aid of community musicians.

NMZ

Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar – Aufruf des Deutschen Musikrats

Neben dem Deutschen Musikrat haben sich aktuell 142 Organisationen und Verbände der „Allianz für Weltoffenheit, Demokratie und Rechtsstaat – gegen Intoleranz, Menschenfeindlichkeit und Gewalt“ angeschlossen

Musik-heute

Gesangswettbewerb DEBUT: Clarry Bartha wird künstlerische Leiterin

Die Sopranistin Clarry Bartha übernimmt die künstlerische Leitung des Europäischen Gesangswettbewerbs DEBUT

Klassik.com

Sachsen erwirbt Skizzen von Robert Schumann

Das Bundesland Sachsen hat in einem US-amerikanischen Antiquariat Skizzen des Komponisten Robert Schumann (1810-1856) zu seinem ersten Klaviertrio op. 63 erworben

CBD Minnesota

Violinist Overcomes Bone Disease To Win NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

Gaelynn Lea has an unconventional approach to playing her instrument, born of necessity

Twitter

@WOWtweetUK Our Artistic Director @JudeKellySBC launches WOW on #IWD2016 with 1000 school girls & amazing girls education activist @SarahBrownUK #WOWLDN

@BBCRadio3 “A day like this is a way to shout from the rooftops that music is for everyone”: Radio 3’s Olwen Fisher on #IWD2016 http://bbc.in/1nrIKmS

@BBCMusic Which female musicians inspired you growing you? Share your story: http://bbc.in/1RxVDDT #BBCPHOP #IWD2016

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The Guardian

(Written on March 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

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An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

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(Written on February 12, 2014 )

USA Today

Saxophone industry is music to Taiwan’s ears

Taiwan is becoming a leading saxophone manufacturer

Los Angeles Times

Cellphone disrupts performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D

Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra posted a video this week showing a performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D. A persistently ringing cellphone brings the concert to a halt, with conductor and soloist Christian Zacharias looking up in aggravation from the keyboard.

Classic FM Online

Children who have music lessons more likely to become great inventors

A new study at Michigan State University has revealed that children who are given music lessons are more likely to succeed in areas of science and problem-solving.

National Public Radio (US)

Energetic, Intimate ‘Letters’ Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein

Letters to and from Bernstein have been compiled into The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a new book edited by Nigel Simeone.

Chicago Tribune

CSO reports small deficit, record ticket sales and fundraising

The orchestra’s parent body, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, reported record-breaking fundraising for a third consecutive year, along with record ticket sales. This financial year incurred an operating deficit of $169,000, compared to $1.3 million deficit in 2012  and $927,000 in 2011.

 CNET

What will recorded music sound like in 2050?

John La Grou, founder and CEO at Millennia Music & Media Systems, has forecast how recorded sound will evolve over the coming decades. Scientists predict we’ll be recording music with gestures and music will be mixed to create full 3D immersion over headphones long before 2050.

Gramophone blogs

Which is worse – Bryn Terfel singing pop songs or Stokowski covering Bach?

Should classical and popular music respect one another by never combining at all? Andrew Mellor on crossovers.

Die Zeit

Geborstene Glöckchen

Igor Levit wagt sich an Beethovens späte Sonaten.

USA Today

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(Written on October 28, 2013 )

The Guardian

Conductor Sakari Oramo: the Finn’s First Night at the Proms

His first gig as chief conductor of the BBCSO will be the most high-pressure there is – to open the Proms. If that doesn’t ruffle Sakari Oramo, can anything?

Women make up only 20% of solo radio broadcasters, research reveals

Gender imbalance even worse in shows with multiple presenters and during peak times, according to lobby group Sound Women

Wales Online

Doctor Who proves hottest ticket at BBC Proms

They are the hottest tickets to this year’s BBC Proms but live performances of Doctor Who music are not the only London concerts for BBC National Orchestra of Wales this summer.

Classical Music Magazine

Codaex UK appoints administrators in latest record distribution failure

The collapse of international classical recording distributors has reached Britain with Codaex UK calling in administrators.

Gramophone

NMC releases free download of recently discovered Britten song

‘Roman Wall Blues’, written for a radio play by WH Auden has been unheard since 1937

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

Not very long into our online discussion of what makes an American symphony great, we started asking for suggestions of benchmark works on social media.

Classical Source

BBC Proms Launches Free Companion Guide

The BBC Proms has launched a brand-new free BBC Proms Companion for iPad audiences.

Klassik.com

Studie zeigt synchronen Herzschlag bei Chorsängern

Gemeinsames Ausatmen beruhige und synchronisiere die Herzfrequenz.

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Royal Albert Hall

(Written on July 12, 2013 )