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In today’s news, Cadogan Hall will host a benefit concert for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the NYOS prepare for top collaborations on summer tour, and is sight reading damaging the UK classical music scene? Prison outreach opera and Chancellor Merkel learns a lesson in high fashion at Bayreuth.

The Scotsman

The Scottish National Youth Orchestra’s growing ambition

Youth orchestra broadens its horizons with a dynamic list of soloists for summer tour

Rhinegold.co.uk

Cadogan Hall to host Grenfell Tower benefit concert

Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny will present the event, which will take place at 6pm on 17 September

Classical-Music.com 

Is sight reading damaging our music scene?

British talent for sight-reading doing our music scene more harm than good, argues Benjamin Goodson

Die Welt

So treibt Bayreuth sich die Gespenster aus

Die „Meistersinger“ gelingen, Horst Seehofer sonnt sich im Premierenglanz, und sogar die Haussanierung liegt im Plan. So gut wie heute ging es dem Familienunternehmen Wagner lange nicht

Die Zeit

Trommelfell lässt Filterblase platzen

Wer meint, das Digitale führe zur Vereinheitlichung aller Vorlieben, benutzt das Internet falsch. Auf Spotify erforscht unser Autor unendliche Weiten und Wege der Musik

klassik.com

Kosten für die Sanierung der Oper Köln mittlerweile mehr als verdoppelt

Kölner SPD will Neubau eines Opernhauses nicht ausschließen

The New York Times

Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison

For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festivalhad left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall

El Mundo

Merkel, Valentino y Boris Becker: cómo cumplir con la etiqueta en los festivales pese al calor

Los grandes templos de la música clásica deben recordar a los asistentes que no pueden ir de cualquier manera. El placer tiene precio

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@ClassicalDiary ‘Meena, age 9, and Monique reviewed the first ever relaxed Prom @bbcproms and gave it 5 stars!’

@M_magazine ‘Half of nominees for @MercuryPrize supported by @PRSFoundation

Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 31, 2017 )

Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July

Cmuse

Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.

Pizzicato

Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.

NMZ

Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Klassik.com

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.

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Music Teacher: BBC Proms

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(Written on July 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: new national portfolio for Arts Council England, and automotive manufacturer Tesla works on music-streaming service for its vehicles. Vladimir Jurowski becomes new chief conductor of the RSO Berlin, and John Axelrod assumes leadership of Seville Orchestra. Two orchestra projects are being rewarded by German initiative, and Hans Zimmer goes to Italy for the first time.

BBC Music Magazine

New national portfolio for Arts Council England

More money to boost arts organisations outside London

The Guardian

Official Charts Company shakes up rules to stop the Ed Sheeran effect

The singles chart revamp includes limiting the number of tracks per artist, aiming to adapt to the rise in streaming and showcase new music

Classical Music Magazine

Barokksolistene release deemed unsuitable for specialist classical chart

The new recording by Barokksolistene and violinist Bjarte Eike has been deemed unsuitable for the Official Specialist Classical Albums Chart.

Business Insider

5 reasons a Tesla music-streaming service is the best idea Elon Musk has had this year

Last week, Tesla revealed that it was working on a music-streaming service for its vehicles (and, presumably, other environments, such as smartphones).

Tagesspiegel

So macht man das Publikum zum Komplizen

Mit Vladimir Jurowski wird ein charismatischer Dirigent Chef des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin. Und er hat viel vor. Jetzt hat er seine Pläne präsentiert.

Musik Heute

Zwei Orchesterprojekte als “Ausgezeichnete Orte” geehrt

Die junge norddeutsche philharmonie und das “Silk Road Symphony Orchestra” zählen zu den insgesamt 100 Gewinnern, wie die Initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” in Berlin mitteilte.

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John Axelrod assumes total leadership of the Seville Orchestra

American conductor John Axelrod, 51, Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS) since 2014, has added another function, thus taking the complete control over the orchestra.

Washington Post

Young orchestra makes case for the future of music

Classical music’s problems are with its institutions, not with lack of interest in the field.

Il Messagero

Hans Zimmer per la prima volta in Italia con data unica

Hans Zimmer arriva per la prima volta in Italia con una data unica al Mediolanum Forum di Milano il prossimo 29 giugno.

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  Die Uraufführung von Mahlers 3. Sinfonie 1902 in Krefeld war ein Triumph. Wir sind gespannt auf den 4.+5.7.2017!

  Cyprès & Band begeistern mit französischen Chansons in gemütlich gefühlvoller Atmosphäre im Weingut Fritz Allendorf.

FOTO: ROMAN GONTCHAROV

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(Written on June 28, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

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London Philharmonic LPO brass trio performing at the launch of new classical music streaming service
Music History  in 1772 Death of French Louis-Claude d’
Image: Primephonic

(Written on June 15, 2017 )

On the 29th May, Minister of State Monika Grütters, Minister for Education Martina Münch and Vice president of the German UNESCO committee Prof. Christoph Wulf submitted a certificate for 34 different kinds of cultural heritage in Berlin. One of them is our beloved instrumental amateur music making! Prof. Christoph Wulf says that ‚immaterial cultural heritage shapes identities and encourages social cohesion as well as the dialogue between social groups. It is source of creativity and innovation and contributes to social change. I congratulate everyone who’s been awarded today kindly and thank you for your steady enhancements of our cultural heritage. You stand for the diversification of our cultural landscape.‘

Additional activities that made it onto the shortlist of the nationwide index include the telling of fairy tales, poetry slams in Germany and East Frisian tea culture.

In order to qualify for the index, the activity or tradition must be of remarkable social value to a larger group. In the case of amateur music making in Germany one could ask the questions ‘what is special about the scene?’ or ‘what is it being awarded for?’

An important fact is the rich diversity of the forms in which amateur music making occurs. Another one is the special cultural and social meaning it has for German people.

Instrumentales Laien- und Amateurmusizieren © DUK/Christoph Löffler

It is significant that the Bundestag published a paper with the topic ‚Amateur music making in Germany – survey and presentation of its social and economic role‘ (2008):

In 2007, the German centre for music information (Musikinformationszentrum) counted 29,500 amateur instrumental ensembles involving 739,500 citizens nationwide, 62% of who are aged under 25.

The instrumentalists form groups such as:

  • wind/brass orchestras (18,300)
  • accordion orchestras (3,500)
  • plucked string orchestras (750)
  • Symphony and string orchestras (750)
  • trombone choirs (6,200)
  • Further statistics count 48,500 choirs and 50,000 rock/pop/jazz/folk groups
  • The reason amateur music ensembles retain a high status in society is the diversity of roles they provide people, enjoyment and the love for music assumed to be the most prominent ones. Other benefits include social connections, handing down traditions and values to younger generations and the preservation of cultural heritage, and a way of „linking cultural interest with the wish for commonality, communication and vitality“ (p. 5 Essay Deutscher Bundestag – Wissenschaftliche Dienste 2008)

    One of the amateur scene’s hotspots is undoubtedly Berlin. The large number of amateur symphony orchestras is so significant that many performers and conductors lose track of them! It certainly doesn’t help that in many cases, the names of the orchestras are frustratingly similar. For example Symphonisches Orchester (Humboldt University), Neues Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Das Symphonieorchester, Berliner Symphoniker e. V. (professional!)

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of the amateur orchestras of Berlin, though by now there are likely to be even more in existence. The variety of amateur orchestras lets interested people choose the right level of ensemble for them. There are orchestras that focus more on having fun and adopt a more relaxed approach to rehearsals, as well as orchestras with really high standards and as a consequence require a successful audition to join.

    The nicest thing – not only in Berlin but in every city’s amateur music scene – is that after some time, wherever you participate in a new project, you will always meet people you’ve already played with in former projects. Due to shared interests and of course due to the power of music many of those people become your lifelong friends. The UNESCO committee certainly made the right choice awarding the amateur music scene for its many values and rich diversity!

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    (Written on June 15, 2017 )

    In today’s news: Gustavo Gimeno records two new CDs, electronica and Mozart unite for BoxPark concert, Steven Isserlis talks music and death, Barenboim visits the West Bank to help young musicians. Live Music Now announce Libor concerts, and the Royal College of Music plan renovations and upgrades.

    Irish Times

    Are multimedia performances the future of live classical music?

    Joyce DiDonato gives a stunning example of the possible shape of things to come.

    PRS for Music M Magazine

    Shift K3y announces collaboration with the London Mozart Players

    Electronic musician Lewis Jankel (aka Shift K3y) will headline a fusion night of electronic, indie and classical sounds at Croydon’s new 2,000 capacity BoxPark on 19 July.

    The Telegraph

    Steven Isserlis interview: ‘John Tavener spoke to me in a dream’ 

    The world-leading cellist talks to Ben Lawrence about music, death and how a celebrated playwright invoked his wrath

    BBC News

    Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits the West Bank 

    Barenboim visits the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade to work with young Palestinian musicians.

    Rhinegold

    Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

    Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

    Classical Source

    Royal College of Music breaks new ground with ambitious campus redevelopment

    Professor Robert Winston officially launches start of More Music, an ambitious redevelopment of the Royal College of Music.

    Spiegel Online

    Dirigenten-Überraschung Wenn der Funke überspringt

    Gustavo Gimeno überzeugt mit Temperament und Charisma, wie es sich für einen Dirigenten gehört. Dabei verlässt er sich nicht auf allzu bewährte Konzert-Hits. Auf seinen neuen CDs überrascht er mit frühem Bruckner und Schostakowitsch.

    Pizzicato

    Jetzt hat Beethoven sein Eistörtchen

    Ein Eisproduzent aus Bonn hat laut Informationen der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ ein Beethoven-Eistörtchen vorgestellt.

    Kulturradio vom RBB

    Reinhard Goebel erhält Bach-Medaille 2017

    Der Geiger und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel bekommt die Bach-Medaille 2017 verliehen. Geehrt werde Goebel für seine besonderen Verdienste um die Vermittlung alter Musik.

    BBC News

    Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim visits West Bank

    Daniel Barenboim, has been visiting the West Bank for the first time in nearly a decade – to work with young Palestinian musicians.

    Le Parisien

    Le Festival Berlioz rendra hommage aux années londoniennes du compositeur

    Le festival, qui a rassemblé l’an dernier 26.000 spectateurs, se tiendra du 18 août au 3 septembre à La Côte Saint-André, bourgade de l’Isère où le compositeur est né il y a 214 ans, et alentour.

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    : Fette congrats! Unsere Akademie-Alumna Ioana Cristina Goicea hat d. 1. Preis d. Michael Hill in Neuseeland gewonnen!

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    (Written on June 14, 2017 )

    In today’s news: Festival of Ancient Music in Regensburg, and Japanese honorary award for principal conductor Ryusuke Numajiri. Record sales for the San Diego Symphony, and United Airlines staff ‘wrestled’ violin from musician. The BBC Philharmonic announces 2017/18 season.

    BBC News

    WWI soldier’s violin played at his grave

    A violin made by a soldier killed in battle during World War One has been played at his grave on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his death

    Classic FM

    United Airlines staff ‘wrestled’ violin from musician in airport altercation

    According to a statement from violinist Yennifer Correia’s lawyer, a United Airlines supervisor attempted to use physical force to remove her instrument from her

    Classical Music Magazine

    BBC Philharmonic announces 2017/18 season

    The BBC Philharmonic’s 2017/18 season will see the orchestra bid farewell to chief conductor Juanjo Mena after seven years, and welcome John Storgårds and Ben Gernon as chief guest conductor and principal guest conductor respectively

    NMZ

    Feine Erschütterungen und großes protestantisches Sakral-Kino: Tage Alter Musik Regensburg 2017

    Wenn die Regensburger Tage Alter Musik als Seismograph der Szene funktionieren, dann sind da in letzter Zeit keine größeren Erdbeben zu verzeichnen gewesen.

    Klassik.com

    Japanischer Verdienstorden für Lübecker Chefdirigent Ryusuke Numajiri

    Der Generalmusikdirektor der Hansestadt Lübeck, Ryusuke Numajiri, hat vom japanischen Staat die Ehrenauszeichung “Medaille am violetten Band” (Shiju hōshō) erhalten.

    Musik Heute

    Frankfurter Bühnensanierung wird teuer

    Ein Neubau der maroden Städtischen Bühnen in Frankfurt könnte einem Gutachten zufolge bis zu 889 Millionen Euro teuer werden.

    Pizzicato

    Record Sales for the San Diego Symphony

    The California based San Diego Symphony has announced a new sales record. In the 2016/17 season, their series Jacobs Masterworks generated revenues that are 15.6 percent higher than last year’s.

    Le Monde

    Victor Julien-Laferrière remporte le Concours Reine Elisabeth de Belgique

    A 26 ans, le Français est le premier violoncelliste lauréat de la prestigieuse compétition internationale.

    Twitter

    I uploaded some new music Live @ Piazza Verdi Rai Radio 3 on

    Zum erscheint unser 20. – so schnell geht das… Darin erzählt Cellist Markus Beul von seinen Lebenswegen!

    Verleihung der Medaille am Violetten Band an Ryusuke Numajrii, © Imperial Household Agency

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    (Written on June 7, 2017 )

    In today’s Classical News, Steven Isserlis donates his Glashütte prize money, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition will close after 60 years. Thierry Fischer extends his contract with the Utah Symphony, and Kevin Zhu becomes the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Prize.  Jon Webster steps down as MMF President, and enjoy some Bach performed on the Baritone saxophone.

    The Strad

    Cellist Steven Isserlis receives €25,000 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

    The artist will donate his cash prize to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Music Masters and Rhapsody in School programmes.

    Cincinnati.com

    Cincinnati World Piano Competition won’t play it again

    After 60 years, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is closing its doors. The chief reason was financial, said Jack Rouse, chairman of the board. Despite generous donors in recent years, the competition was unable to raise the $300,000 needed to continue to exist.

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    Utah Symphony Keeps Music Director Thierry Fischer Through 2021-22 Season

    The Utah Symphony announced an extension of Thierry Fischer’s contract as Music Director through the 2021-22 season. The agreement extends the current contract, which was signed to expire in 2019. Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer (56) is in this position since 2011.

    The Violin Channel

    Kevin Zhu, 16 – Youngest Menuhin Competition Prize Winner

    16 year old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential.

    CMUSE

    Bach Cello Suite Performed on Baritone Saxophone

    There are few pieces that are more frequently performed and recognized than Bach’s Cello Suites. Noah Bedrin has performed one of the purest and arrangements of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 using a baritone saxophone.

    Music Business Worldwide

    ‘Music Industry Legend’ Jon Webster steps down as MMF President

    The exec has resigned in order to pursue a number of external projects – including completion of a book about his time at Virgin Records.

    Twitter

    Today In Music  1688 – Christian August Jacobi, composer was born

    Guardian Classical  Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – thought-provoking and exhilarating Bartók

    Classical Music  The Poetry of Mozart – Argonaut Online https://t.co/aXEXLQ2fzB
    Image: The Strad, Steven Isserlis

    (Written on May 25, 2017 )

    The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

    The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

    In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

    25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
    29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
    30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
    31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
    3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
    4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
    5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
    8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
    9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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    (Written on May 15, 2017 )