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Guardian

Facing the music: Bob Chilcott

He wants to put 400 singers in a railway station, and he loves a bit of Barbra Streisand … composer and conductor Bob Chilcott shares his musical passions

The Times

Is Riccardo Chailly the man to save La Scala and all Italian opera?

Riccardo Chailly likes an uphill struggle.

BBC Music Magazine

Joseph Calleja, Alex Beard and Sir Nicholas Kenyon team up for artist residency

London’s Corinthia Hotel invites major players in classical music to judge opera-themed artist in residence programme

Sinfini

Opera meets modern art

High culture will meet cutting edge contemporary art this summer with the introduction of a pop-up gallery at one of the UK’s most traditional opera festivals.

Classic FM

Can singing in a choir make children more moral?

A new study has found that children who sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or take part in drama activities are more likely to make good moral choices than their peers.

Zeit Online

Immer nur Mozart, Mahler, Brahms

Wir brauchen keine Debatte über Konzertsäle, sondern zuerst über Konzertprogramme. Orchester spielen immer dasselbe, lähmende Spielpläne enthalten uns viele Genies vor.

Der Tagesspiegel

Daniel Barenboim – mit der Moderne auf Du und Du

Alban Berg, Pierre Boulez – und die endlosen Bauarbeiten Unter den Linden: Chefdirigent Daniel Barenboim über Komponisten als Revolutionäre und die Staatsopern-Festtage.

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Alte Musik in barocken Räumen

Mit Spitzen-Ensembles aus ganz Europa sollen nicht nur Kenner sondern auch Kinder angesprochen werden

audiophil

SXSW MUSIC 2015

„Wir sind begeistert darüber, nicht nur die bisher größte Anzahl deutscher Künstler vor Ort zu haben, sondern mit ihnen eine Auswahl, die stärker denn je den wahren Geist Deutschlands und seiner künstlerischen Begabungen hervorhebt”, sagt James Minor, General Manager des SXSW Music Festivals.

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Russian Radio Orpheus Engages In The Revival Of Musical Heritage

At a press conference in Moscow, Irina Gerasimova, General Manager and Artistic Director of the Russian State TV and Radio Music Centre, Orpheus, presented the multimedia project Revival Of The Musical Heritage Of Russia operated in collaboration with the company E.ON Russia.

Le Figaro

Ces acteurs qui connaissent la musique

La semaine dernière, elle était du voyage présidentiel aux Philippines pour lancer l’appel de Manille, à quelques mois de la conférence du climat.

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BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: To mark International Women’s Day Sarah Walker is talking to feminist author @EricaJong, every day this week at 10am https://t.co/vQqzFfrMjs

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: To boycott or not to boycott? The knotty relationship between politics and the arts http://ow.ly/JJvVL  @ThompsonWarwick

Opera North@Opera_North: Miss @WNOtweet‘s Twitter takeover asking if austerity will #killculture on Fri? Here’s a recap: http://wp.me/p4iWXH-cc 

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kings-college-choir-1419421283-article-0Can singing in a choir make children more moral? Photo: Classic FM

(Written on March 2, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Frank Peter Zimmermann loses his Stradivarius as prices soar

In a market driven by money and aesthetic one-upmanship, what chance do real musicians have of playing older instruments?

Opera director charged by Russian authorities with offending Christians

Timofei Kulyabin attacks ‘absurd’ charge over his production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser which is alleged to have ‘desecrated’ the image of Jesus Christ

The Strad

Violinist Joshua Bell on the art of conducting

In 2011 the Grammy Award-winning artist became music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, where he conducts from the concertmaster’s chair

International Arts Manager

Jamie’s Concerts return to UK for carers of autistic children

In April and May 2015, the Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa will give her next two Jamie’s Concerts in the UK. Jamie’s Concerts form an ongoing series that started in 2004, designed specifically for parents and carers of children with autism.

Universal and Qyuki back Mumbai dance and music Dharavi Project

Universal Music Group India (UMGI) is to team up with Indian creative networking, design and production studio Qyuki on an ambitious social improvement project in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum area located in Mumbai.

BBC Music Magazine

Hallé names Jamie Phillips its new associate conductor

Phillips will take new post from the 2015-16 season

Zeit Online

Das Showkartell

Der Tickethändler Eventim verkauft nicht nur Konzertkarten, er betreibt nun auch die großen Bühnen selbst. Künstler und Konzertagenturen fürchten um ihre Einnahmen.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Ohrenzeuge der Klangkunst eines halben Jahrhunderts

Er hat uns in seinem unermüdlich bewegten Unruhestand und seinen geschliffenen Texten ständig ermahnt, dass wir so etwas wie Musikkultur brauchen: Ein Nachruf auf Gerhard Rohde.

Der Tagesspiegel

Chopin auf dem Flughafen

Die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte feiern ihre 25. Saison mit einem besonderen Programm, das viele Stars aufbietet und spannende Musikerkombinationen.

audiophil

SAE INSTITUTE DEUTSCHLAND

SAE Institute Deutschland startet Music Business Studiengang

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Nach Dvorak nun Gershwin und Ligeti für Deutschlands Jugend

Das erfolgreiche Deutschland-weite Musikvermittlungs-Projekt der ARD wird fortgesetzt: Nach dem erfolgreichen Start im vergangenen Jahr mit dem ‘Dvorak-Experiment – Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule’ geht die gemeinsame Edukationsarbeit aller Landesrundfunkanstalten in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Musikrat nun mit dem ‘Gershwin-Experiment’ in die nächste Runde.

El Mundo

Sabina: ‘Hay una caza de brujas desde Hacienda y el Gobierno’

Tras su ataque de miedo escénico el pasado diciembre en Madrid y sus problemas con Hacienda (cerca de 4 millones de euros le exige) el cantante presenta 16 nuevos conciertos de la gira ’500 noches para una crisis’ y su correspondiente CD-DVD.

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Music ‏@BritishMusic: ”There is plenty of diversity in British music. The problem is we’re not acknowledging it” @Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/brit-awards-2015-commercial-success-is-rewarded-no-matter-how-bland-and-banal-you-have-to-be-to-get-there-10069877.html …

DCMS ‏@DCMS :.@edvaizey on #creativeindustries: The creative industries are making an enormous economic contribution to London and the UK #DCMSpqs

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts: Royal Ballet Choregrapher to Open Studio Space in London http://nyti.ms/1DVEwdn 

Jamie Phillips NEWS

Jamie Phillips. Photo: Russell Hart

(Written on February 26, 2015 )

If you look back at our daily news page on our website, it is not an exaggeration when I say that in the last few weeks almost every day there has been a news story about Sir Simon Rattle. Everyone has had their say on the concert hall rumours and now it is time for WildKat PR to add to the debate with our take on the whole issue.

I have always liked Simon Rattle, maybe it is because my grandparents, who live in Birmingham, are regulars at the Symphony Hall and talked about him when he was at the CBSO, maybe it is his musicianship, or maybe it is our mutual love for Mahler. Either way, I would love to see him back in London after he leaves his post as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018. But what of his concert hall demands? It is generally accepted that London lacks a world class concert hall in terms of acoustics when compared to the likes of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonie. It seems a bit of an oxymoron to have our prestigious orchestras housed in halls that have been described as a ‘complete joke’ by some musicians in terms of acoustics and backstage facilities. So, Rattle’s suggestion is not entirely unreasonable in this sense.

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Photo: Sipa Press / Rex Features

However, as Ivan Hewett commented in The Times, it is not that the acoustics in London are bad, others are just better. Just talking about acoustics only provides one part of the story and does not take into account the psychological factors when listening to a performance: the emotions we feel and pictures the music conjures up. We do not want the acoustic question to veil the actual music. There is a special something about our concert halls in London which implants itself when you come to a concert here: their history, the grandeur of the building itself and the thrill of who else has performed on that stage. Can you imagine the Proms anywhere else other than the Royal Albert Hall? Pageantry and tradition is something the UK has perfected and our existing concert halls are a part of this.

There is a political side to all of this too. I must admit that part of me agrees with Jessica Duchen, that much of George Osborne’s commitment to a ‘feasibility study’ is probably General Election talk to get us all on side. With the economy still in a tight spot, spending however many millions on a new concert hall is not sensible. Indeed, Charlotte Higgins argued that if we need to spend any money on a new music venue in London, it needs to be a Glyndebourne-esque space for the crisis stricken English National Opera.

And then there is the question of its location. Where in central London is both available and suitable?

As much as I would love to see Sir Simon back in London, building a whole new concert hall seems hard to justify in these times especially when some say the acoustic argument is exaggerated. Spending the money on music education instead sounds like a better idea. If, after May, the new government uphold this enthusiasm then perhaps the idea will be taken more seriously but, how likely this is is left to be seen.

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Illustration: Robert G Fresson

 

(Written on February 25, 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.

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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.

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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 )

We recently caught up with Nicole Wilson, the Founder of Musical Orbit, a new and exciting online service which provides online one-to-one lessons with top principal orchestral musicians as well as free webinars and masterclasses. Watch as she tells us about the inspiration behind the website and how she sees it developing in the future!

Keep up to date with Musical Orbit through their website, Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on February 19, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Simon Rattle conducts the Young Orchestra for London – in pictures

On the Sunday of his London Residency, Sir Simon Rattle conducted the first-ever Young Orchestra for London – 100 Londoners aged 11-21, of mixed abilities, representing each of the city’s 33 boroughs

The Independent

The one-armed concert pianist: Nicholas McCarthy on Britain’s Got Talent and the Proms

Despite being born with one arm, Nicholas McCarthy has fulfilled his ambition to become a concert pianist. His next goal is to be taken more seriously, he tells Nick Duerden

The Telegraph

Sorry, Simon, London doesn’t need another concert hall

Ivan Hewett rejects Simon Rattle’s claim that London needs a new concert hall where orchestras can ‘flourish’

It’s Never Too Late to… Take Up Piano

Schubert might have been a bit younger when he started playing the piano, but Lionel Kelly is giving it a shot in his seventies

The Strad

Calling Canadian violinists and cellists: applications now open for Musical Instrument Bank

The Canadian organisation loans fine instruments and bows to musicians every three years

Klassik.com

Dirigent Gustaf Sjökvist ist tot

Schwedischer Chorleiter, Organist und Hochschullehrer wurde 71 Jahre alt

neue musikzeitung

Die Entdeckung des englischen Komponisten John Foulds

Mystische Ekstase und „West Meets East“

Washington Post

Gourmet Symphony: Wining and dining a new audience for classical music

D.C.’s new Gourmet Symphony pairs gourmet food and drink with classical music to give audiences a new, more welcoming musical experience.

La Croix

Le « Voyage Beethoven » du pianiste Leif Ove Andsnes

Depuis quatre ans sur les routes avec le Mahler Chamber Orchestra, l’artiste a joué dans 108 villes de 27 pays où il a parallèlement fait découvrir la musique à des enfants sourds.

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace

Marc Clémeur anticipe son départ

Il entend privilégier le casting et la quête de nouveaux talents lyriques : Marc Clémeur annonce son départ de la direction de l’Opéra du Rhin en septembre 2016.

Classicalite

Professor Eduardo Miranda and Slime Mold Duo to Premiere ‘Biocomputer Music’ at ‘Biomusic’ in March

For Brazilian scientist and composer Professor Eduardo Miranda, his new breakthrough in science is rather offbeat. His new piece, Biocomputer Music, explores the changes in slime mold as it responds to music.

Twitter

Warwick Commission @UoWcommission :The cultural and creative sector can claim irrefutable success as creator of value – economic, social, and international #enrichinggb

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall :Interesting collection, with some musical connections if you have a closer look and, oh, Good Morning

Royal College Music @RCMLatest : Arcangelo #Corelli was born on this day 362 years ago. Pay his portrait, and others, a visit in our #Museum of Music

Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic: Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC

 

 

(Written on February 17, 2015 )

With the voting currently open for the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame, we in the WildKat PR London office took some time to talk about our three choices and why we love them so much. Counted down over the Easter weekend, we’ll all definitely be tuning in to see where our favourites come! Alluding to the regular battle between Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, we also did our own poll to see which would win. Watch our vlog to find out…

Make sure you cast your own vote here

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

WildKat PR are pleased to be working with the young and talented violinist Asi Matathias. Asi did his first ever performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 14 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, who was so impressed by Matathias’ musical maturity at such a young age that he invited Asi back to play for the next season. Concert-goers can hear this sophistication beyond years at another debut of his this month: at the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

His recital programme will take the audience through the history of the key repertoire for violin and piano: Brahms and Beethoven via Strauss and Takemitsu. We will hear all the experience he has accumulated over the past ten years, during which he has performed concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and played in some of the most prestigious concert halls and with some of the best conductors of our time.

Also a keen chamber musician, Asi has collaborated with the likes of Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein at festivals such as Vienna’s FestWochen Festspiele, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Having begun playing the violin when he was only 6 years old, he has studied with Chaim Taub, Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. He currently is a student of Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Prior to this, he was enrolled at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst where he was the youngest student ever to have been accepted.

Asi’s debuts promise to be exciting milestones in his career which is already developing well and flourishing.

Book tickets to the concert here.

Pinchas Zukermans Protegé, Asi Matathias, debütiert in Berlin und New York

Das Team von WildKat PR freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem jungen und talentierten Geiger Asi Matathias. Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte der Künstler bereits im Alter von 14 Jahren mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta, der so begeistert von der musikalischen Reife bei einem so jungen Alter war, dass er Asi bereits für die folgende Saison wieder einlud. Konzertbesucher können nun eine über Jahre gereifte Verfeinerung seines Violinenspiels bei einem weiteren Debüt in diesem Monat in der Berliner Philharmonie und der Zankel Hall der Carnegie Hall in New York erleben.

Sein Konzertprogramm führt das Publikum durch die Geschichte der berühmtesten Werke für Violine und Piano: Von Brahms und Beethoven über Strauss und Takemitsu. Das Publikum wird die Erfahrungen, die Matathias in den letzten Jahren bei Aufführungen in Europa, USA und Asien gesammelt hat, hören können. Er spielte in den besten Konzertsälen der Welt und mit den bedeutendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit. Darüberhinaus hat Asi als begeisteter Kammermusiker bereits mit Größen wie Yefim Bronfman und Kirill Gerstein bei international bekannten Festivals wie den Wiener Festwochen und dem Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival zusammengearbeitet.

Seit er mit sechs Jahren angefangen hat Geige zu spielen, wurde er von Chaim Taub, Aaaron Rosand und David Nadien auf seinem Weg begleitet. Aktuell studiert er bei Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Davor war er an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien immatrikuliert, wo er als jüngster Student seit der Gründung der Universität aufgenommen wurde.

Asis Debüts versprechen spannende Meilensteine in seiner bereits aufstrebenden Karriere zu werden.

Buchen Sie hier Tickets für das Konzert.

Asi

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Write a song for Shakespeare… if you dare

Go where Purcell, Finzi and Adès have dared to go and enter the RSC’s competition to compose a song to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Greta Klingsberg, child opera star of the Nazi death camp

When she was 13, concentration camp prisoner Greta Klingsberg was thrilled to be cast as the lead in an opera – even though her audience were SS guards

The Strad

Belenus Quartet wins first prize at the ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ Competition

The Swiss ensemble triumphed in the string quartet category; no first prize was awarded in the piano trio section

Gramophone

New Gramophone podcast: Sir James Galway

The star flautist talks about learning the flute and working with Karajan – download for free

International Arts Manager

London IMAX to stage rarely performed Steve Reich opera

A seldom-performed video opera Three Tales is to get a rare outing at the Science Museum (London) IMAX Theatre (22 – 24 April) as part of the Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century conference taking place in the UK this spring.

Die Welt

Absage an Katharina Wagner – aus Niveau-Gründen

Eigentlich sollte Katharina Wagner im Dezember “Parsifal” in Argentinien inszenieren. Der neu ernannte Theater-Intendant erteilte ihr nun eine Absage.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lars Eidinger, gleich zwei Mal

Oliver Hirschbiegel folgt Hitler-Attentätern, Harald Martenstein erzählt im Video von seiner “Fifty Shades of Grey”-Premiere, und Lars “Hamlet” Eidinger feiert direkt zwei Premieren. Der Berlinale-Tag im Blog.

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Bis Franken kam er nicht …

… doch Bachs Musik hinterlässt bei der Bachwoche Ansbach ihre Spuren – nicht nur ob des Weihnachtsoratoriums im Sommer

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Liebevoll gehegt und gepflegt – ‘Festival Next Generation’ in Bad Ragaz

Die Förderung junger Musiker wird erfolgreich von vielen verschiedenen Institutionen unternommen.

Georges Prêtre erlitt erneut Beinfraktur

Der 90-jährige Dirigent Georges Prêtre hat für die kommenden Wochen alle Konzerte abgesagt, darunter drei Programme an der Mailänder Scala.

Le Figaro

La Callas décroche un nouveau disque d’or

L’enregistrement remasterisé de la diva grecque, La Renaissance d’une voix, par la maison de disques Warner, a dépassé allègrement en trois mois les 50.000 ventes.

Twitter

Barbican Centre ‏@BarbicanCentre : Experience an emerging American arts scene as Bryce Dessner curates ‘Mountains & Waves’ in May http://ow.ly/IVunA 

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen: Good to see Rattle on BBC News telling it like it is: European conditions are “on the outer reaches of science fiction” for UK orchestras.

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: So #ENO has 2 yrs to get its act together, then @ACE_National could cut it adrift. ACE concerned it can’t survive for 3 years #artsfunding

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Sir James Galway. Photo: Gramophone

(Written on February 12, 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 )