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In today’s news: Oboist Nicholas Daniel performs Britten in the middle of a boating lake, the winners of the 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition are announced, composition for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and how to cope with the pressures of life as a soloist.

The Guardian

Britten’s water music: recreating a world premiere with midges, vintage cars and an iPad

Oboist Nicholas Daniel loves Britten and his Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. But why is he performing them on a punt in the middle of a boating lake?

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition announced

Andra Patterson and George Stevenson were jointly awarded the first prize for the over 18 category, and Gareth Flett and Joseph Rognvald Pickering won first prize for the under 18 category.

Classic FM

An incredibly poignant composition for the victims of the Grenfell tower tragedy – for 20 cellos and piano

As London mourns those lost in the Grenfell Tower fire, young composer Thomas Hewitt Jones has been moved to put pen to manuscript and compose a piece of music.

The Violin Channel

New Guinness World Record Set for Fastest Piano Playing Fingers

Portuguese-American pianist Domingos-Antonio Gomes has set a new Guinness World Record for the most piano keys hit in one minute

The Strad

How I cope with the pressures of life as a soloist – Jordi Savall

The viola da gamba player and conductor advocates concentrating on the little things rather than stressing about the whole

Pizzicato

Film composer wins Shostakovich Prize

Russian film composer Eduard Artemyev, as well as film director Nikita Mikhalkov were awarded the Shostakovich Prize on Saturday evening at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Der Tagesspiegel

Berlin zahlt Sing-Akademie 11,37 Millionen

Viel Geld für die Sing-Akademie: Der Chor wird vom Land für sein ehemaliges Gebäude Unter den Linden entschädigt. Das Abgeordnetenhaus hat jetzt die Einigung gebilligt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der größte Komponist seiner Zeit

Der Todestag von Georg Philipp Telemann jährt sich zum zweihundertfünfzigsten Mal. Siegbert Rampes exzellente Biographie erzählt vom Ansehen eines Komponisten, das selbst über Eheskandale erhaben war.

neue musikzeitung

Lichtspielszenen zwischen Wald und Meer – Wim Wenders’ Operndebüt mit Bizets, Perlenfischern“ an der Staatsoper

Gerade diese Oper zu inszenieren, war Wenders’ expliziter Wunsch – da er ihre Musik so liebt.

El Mundo

La intimidad de los grandes del ‘jazz’

Un libro recoge las imágenes del francés Jean- Pierre Leloir, que fotografió a corta distancia a las grandes figuras del ‘swing’ de los años 50 y 60

Los Angeles Times

Evolution, revolution, smevolution: The future of classical music

Classical music may be the art of the sublime, liquid architecture and all the rest, but it has nonetheless always been a long-suffering kingdom of kvetching.

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in 1902 Birth of American and conductor Antonia

Classic FM: ‘In Memoriam: Grenfell’, by composer Thomas Hewitt Jones.

(Written on June 26, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, the foyer of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg has been inaugurated by choreographer Sasha Waltz, Jonas Kaufmann is still scheduled for his Paris performances in January, and Oboe has been chosen to be the instrument of the year. Also, Aarhus will be one of the European Capitals of Culture 2017.

Pizzicato.lu

Jonas Kaufmann Still Scheduled For Paris On 18 January

Just one week after the Elbphilharmonie Opening in Hamburg, which he cancelled, Jonas Kaufmann is scheduled to sing Lohengrin at the Opéra Bastille in Paris.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Joshua Bell

Read about renowned violinist Joshua Bell’s interview with the Guardian.

Classical Music Magazine

Terfel and Glennie recognised in New Year’s honours

Bryn Terfel and Evelyn Glennie head the list of classical performers featured in the 2017 New Year’s honours.

CMUSE

11-year-old composer debuts opera in Vienna

British composer Alma Deutscher, aged 11, debuted her first opera in Vienna. The retelling of Cinderella won high praise and a standing ovation from the audience.

Musik Heute

Foyers der Elbphilharmonie mit Performance von Choreographin Sasha Waltz eingeweiht

Das Haus von Elbphilharmonie-Intendant Christoph Lieben-Seutter wird erst am 11. Januar mit einem Festkonzert offiziell eröffnet.

RBB Kulturradio

Oboe ist Instrument des Jahres

Zum Instrument des Jahres 2017 hat der Landesmusikrat Berlin die Oboe gekürt. Mit der Auszeichnung soll das Interesse für das Holzblasinstrument geweckt werden.

nmz

Schluss mit zweiter Geige: Aarhus ist Kulturhauptstadt 2017

Kopenhagens kleiner Bruder will endlich allen zeigen, was er drauf hat: Dänemarks zweitgrößte Stadt Aarhus hat sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2017 viel vorgenommen.

shz.de

Elbphilharmonie auf Papier kostet 1,45 Euro

Die Eröffnung am 11. Januar wirft ihre Schatten voraus: Die Deutsche Post hat eine Elbphilharmonie-Marke vorgestellt.

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3sat Kulturzeit @kulturzeit Der Startenor freut sich nach einer mehrmonatigen Krankheit auf sein Comeback Mitte Januar:

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Happy New Year! We have some exciting announcements coming from our MAD campaign in 2017 so make sure you stay tuned.

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Sasha Waltz & guests © Bernd Uhlig

Sasha Waltz & Guests © Bernd Uhlig

(Written on January 3, 2017 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, artistic director Damian Marhulets and the German based Project Agency he founded.

Damian began his musical career at the age of six when he was accepted into the prestigious Minsk College of Music to study the oboe. He won several international competitions and performed with highly renowned orchestras and ensembles.

When he moved to Germany in 2000, his music career took a new turn. He expanded his studies at the Hannover Music Academy and later in Cologne, with courses in modern composition and discovered his love for electronic music. With his music he has toured all over Europe and the USA, playing his own works at renowned concert houses and festivals such as the Philharmonic Hall Essen, Berghain Club in Berlin, Microsound Music Festival and “PlayWithFire” Video-Art Festival in New York.

In 2014 he founded his own project agency, developing extraordinary projects, by combining different musical genres as well as other artistic fields. Through his work as an artistic director, he has worked with various outstanding artists to carry out inter-disciplinary productions worldwide.

We are very much looking forward to working with Damian on his upcoming innovative projects. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Damian’s website, facebook and twitter.

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Photo credit: Natalya Masharova

(Written on July 8, 2015 )

After much anticipation, the website which offers personal one-to-one lessons, webinars and masterclasses with some of the best principal orchestral players in the world is up and running! Alongside being able to sign up for lessons, Musical Orbit is hitting the ground running with a string of very exciting, and varied, free webinars during February, the first being this evening (4th February 2015).

Join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet player, Mark O’Keeffe, from 8:30-9:30pm to hear him talk about orchestral trumpet playing and answering all your questions about technique, the glory of being a section leader of a major orchestra or indeed anything else related. It promises to be a fascinating and well-spent evening. Make sure you sign up in plenty of time to secure your place on what is already proving to be a popular webinar.

If you should miss tonight’s discussion, tomorrow’s webinar is another treat not to be missed. Maxine Kwok-Adams, first violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra will talk all things fashion and looking good on stage. Describing herself on her Twitter as ‘never knowingly underdressed’, Maxine will bring personality, flair and experience to her webinar to walk us through her best outfits for concerts and the technicalities of wearing certain fashions whilst performing. All this will help you to hone your all round performance skills.

As if this is not enough, log on between 6-7pm on 9th February to hear freelance principal oboist Matthew Draper offering us his expertise on reed making. Understanding how your instrument is made is key to maintaining it and playing well so bassoonists, clarinetists, oboists and anyone interested in what makes a first class reed, be sure to join in!

Other February highlights include overcoming performance anxiety by expert in the field, Mike Cunningham on the 8th; ‘Life as a freelance opera singer’ by Graeme Danby on the 9th February; and ‘Being a principal player’ with cellist Louisa Tuck of the Royal Northern Sinfonia on the 21st .

Details of new webinars are regularly uploaded so keep checking Musical Orbit’s website, Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. Best of all, they are completely free!

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(Written on February 4, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Max Hole confirms third Bristol Proms for 2015

The Bristol Proms will return to the Bristol Old Vic for a third year running in 2015, Universal boss Max Hole has confirmed.

BBC News

Gabriel Prokofiev launches new violin concerto at Proms

Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the 20th Century composer Sergei Prokofiev, is presenting the world premiere of his new violin concerto at the BBC Proms. He tells the BBC his forebear’s fame just adds to the pressure of giving a new work its first outing.

The Telegraph

Oxford students’ acapella version of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie

A group of Oxford University students perform en acapella cover of a Shakira hit song, Hips Don’t Lie, which has been tweeted by the pop star herself.

Classic FM

Tom Williams on performing Bach in the Dark

Erebus Ensemble director Tom Williams and choir member Ed Danon spoke to Jane Jones backstage at the Bristol Proms.

Classic FM

Laura Wright releases racy new music video

Soprano Laura Wright’s new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing ‘Barber’s Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength’.

The Courier Mail

Oboist Tania Frazer suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for unfair treatment during a 12-month trial

An oboist who has performed internationally is suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for $620,000, claiming she was put under stress that ended her orchestral career.

Spiegel Online

Legendäre Pianisten: Roll over Beethoven

Der Pianist Swjatoslaw Richter konnte so ziemlich alles. Welche Nuancen er beherrschte, zeigen bisher unveröffentlichte Schubert-Aufnahmen aus Moskau.

Blitz Quotidiano



Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: c’è accordo, si allontana rischio liquidazione



Si allontana lo spettro della liquidazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

La Stampa

Accordo fatto a Roma L’Opera è (quasi) salva

Previsto un referendum. Ma gli autonomi non firmano.

Le Miroir

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne veut au “dialogue social” pour trouver une solution

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne répond à la mairie de Dijon suite à son communiqué du 23 juillet.

El Mundo



Las óperas que nunca escuchó

Un festival desempolva partituras del XVI y XVII que no pudieron estrenarse.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #BBCProms @BIFO_ Proms debut with @saschavienna plus world premiere of @gprokofiev concerto by @HopeViolin http://ow.ly/zFx7A 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ The last ever filmed performance of @JLloydWebber before his sad retirement through injury: http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/live/previous-concerts.asp … @RhinegoldLIVE

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical Why it’s do-or-die for classical music at the Bristol Proms http://gu.com/p/4v98t 

 

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(Written on July 29, 2014 )

WildKat PR spoke to British-Iranian composer and sound artist Soosan Lolavar who founded the music project ‘Stay Close‘, which harnesses contemporary classical music as means of a cultural exchange between Iran and the UK.

Take a look at our video blog to hear what Soosan had to say.

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(Written on March 13, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

The International Wimbledon Music Festival is pleased to announce that actor Benedict Cumberbatch will join oboist Nicholas Daniel to narrate a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid on November 18th at Trinity Church in Wimbledon.

The concert is a celebration of music for the oboe, and also features works by Mozart and Elisabeth Lutyens. Daniel was awarded the Queens Medal for Music in 2011 and will also be joined by the Britten Oboe Quartet for this exciting concert.

Dedicated to programming international artists of the highest calibre, this year’s festival also features a performance from Patricia Routledge accompanied by pianist Piers Lane;  as well as world-class musicians including Christine Brewer, Mikhail Rudy, Alina Ibragimova, Mark Padmore, Xuefei Yang and more.

The festival opens on November 10th with A Purcell Pageant and runs until November 25th.

For more information visit www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk

(Written on November 1, 2012 )

Since completing his studies at both Christ Church, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music, James Turnbull is at the forefront of contemporary oboe performance. The release of his debut CD Fierce Tears contains performances of contemporary works by composers such as Michael Berkeley and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, many of which are world premier recordings.

Why did you choose the oboe?

I heard the oboe on my way to school on the car radio aged 6. As soon as I heard it I wanted to learn more about the instrument and badgered my parents until they found a way of getting me lessons.

If you didn’t play the oboe for a living, what would you do?

I think I would most like run an arts organization such as a venue or a festival.

If you could, which composer, living or dead, would you invite to dinner? What would you cook?

I think it would be Prokofiev – I’m not sure what I would cook but he wouldn’t be allowed to leave before writing an oboe concerto.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I think it was probably performing at the Wigmore Hall last year. The acoustic and  atmosphere are very special.

What would your dream concert be?

To play in, it would have to be a mixture of solo and chamber music that would have to include the Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano and also the Mozart Oboe Quartet. As an audience member it would have to be a concert featuring any Sibelius Symphony.

Which Football team do you support?

Crystal Palace – its been a long 20 years of watching some fantastic football and a great deal of terrible football…

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy watching sports – particularly football. If the weather is good enough I like to go for a long walk or a run.

Have you got any hobbies or hidden talents?

I love photography and its something I would like to pursue more when I have more time.

How much practice do you do?

It varies but never more than 4 hours in a day. If I’m rehearsing then that time can be longer.

How much time do you spend making reeds?

I spend several hours a week on reedmaking. I try to keep it to a minimum though.

What would you say to inspire others to learn the oboe?

It has some of the most fantastic repertoire, both in orchestra and as a solo instrument. Its role within the orchestra is such an interesting one too. The sound is so flexible and the instrument is much more versatile than people think.

Would you ever audition for Britain’s Got Talent?

Definitely not.

What was the last concert you saw?

My teacher Nicholas Daniel performing with the Aronowitz Ensemble as part of the BBC Chamber Prom series.

If you could discover a lost oboe concerto, which composer would you like it to be written by?

Its hard to narrow it down to one composer but I would say Brahms or Stravinsky (during his neo-classical period) would be choices of mine. I sometimes think a concerto from Ravel or Debussy would add an incredible dimension to the repertoire. Barber and Elgar both started writing oboe concertos and left single movements prior to their deaths so if either of those had been completed that would have been amazing. It would be fantastic to go back and get these composers to write concertos but I think that’s another reason to make sure as much as possible new music for the oboe is written by our current array of composers.

Why is it important for you to promote contemporary music?

I feel its a difficult question to answer succinctly because there are so many reasons to promote contemporary music. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful composers alive in the UK today. The creation of new music that explores and extends the repertoire is one of the most exciting things. If we did not continue to push the boundaries of the instrument and encourage the creation of new repertoire, it would be a great shame as the oboe and cor anglais have so much to offer.

 

(Written on September 5, 2011 )