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In today’s news: BBC Proms 2018 season to celebrate music from 1918, singers from Royal Opera House travel to Dorset, NY Orchestras granted $1.8 million to battle lagging US orchestra diversity, Warner Classics signs deal with IDAGIO, Bundestag Committee of Culture and the Media discussed reactions to the Echo Awards and the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters’ plans for the next four years.

Classical Music

BBC announces 2018 Proms season

The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago, including the anniversary of women’s Suffrage and the end of World War I.

Hellensmusic Festival returns for ‘most ambitious year yet’

The Herefordshire festival will take place 16-20 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church and The Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle.

Opera Now

Singers from the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset’

The Dorset Opera Festival will host ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset,’ a new concert at Milton Abbey Heritage Church.

BBC News

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer.

Broadway World

Greenwich Village Church Converted For Classical Music Concert Series

George Capsis hosts classical music concert series for over 300 hundred of his closest friends and neighbour, including Sara Jessica Parker, to raise money to save the 130 year old Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The Washington Post

Groups partner to increase lagging US orchestra diversity

In attempts to increase diversity in American orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is granting $1.8 million over the course of four years to three organisations joining together for a new initiative.

Billboard

Warner Classics Signs Deal With IDAGIO Classical Streaming Service

The new partnership encompasses the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalog, as well as playlists curated by the labels and their artists.

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Bundestagsausschuss für Kultur und Medien: Reaktionen auf Echo-Verleihung

Jetzt haben sind Wellen um die ECHO-Preisverleihung bis in den Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestags übergeschwappt. Dies wurde ebenso thematisert wie die Vorhaben der Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters für die nächsten vier Jahre.

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Regisseur Serebrennikow weiter unter Hausarrest

Ein Gericht in Moskau hat den Hausarrest des regierungskritischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow bis zum 19. Juli verlängert. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur RIA.

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Erfolg für Clara Shen beim Menuhin-Wettbewerb – 12-jährige Münchner Geigerin im Finale

Die erst zwölfjährige Geigerin Clara Shen aus München hat es ins Finale des renommierten Menuhin-Geigenwettbewerbs geschafft. Beim Finale am Freitag tritt sie in der Genfer Victoria Hall gegen fünf weitere Talente an, wie die Veranstalter am Dienstag mitteilten.

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Weimarer Musikhochschule freut sich über wertvolle Gesangbuch-Sammlung

Das Thüringische Landesmusikarchiv der Weimarer Musikhochschule erhält eine wertvolle, bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurückreichende Gesangbuch-Sammlung.

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(Written on April 19, 2018 )

It’s been an incredibly busy year at WildKat and we are so excited to continue our successes into 2018. As always, we’ve tried to pack as much as we can into a blog post for you all. The projects and clients mentioned below are a tiny portion of our highlights – Enjoy! 😊

First, a message from our Founder, Kat, who is already in the Austrian alps, ready to start the holidays:

“2017: you beast! I must admit I am quite glad to see the back of it… We launched and worked on so many projects and events, it felt like we somehow skipped the usual “quiet periods”. It has certainly been a challenging year; the uncertainty of the cultural and creative industries was felt across our sector and so internally we had to rethink our offerings, our staffing and general structure.

We have had some fantastic new clients and projects signed up to WildKat. Some personal highlights have been:

And so many more.

Mostly this year has been for me expanding the WildKat offices, opening a new one in Paris next year and working on our non-profit arm, Noted.

I have travelled for both companies to all corners of the world, and have had some great meetings and events take place, centred around the ethos of sharing and forwarding our industry. I think there is amongst all the anticipation on what future events (including Brexit, US etc) will bring a sense of renewed movement forward. I am encouraged to see so many positive ideas. The Noted Fellowship is in the next stage with announcements to follow in the New Year and our roundtables have come to life in Berlin, London and New York with fascinating thoughts and exchanges. My vision of having the newly graduates give the artistic director ideas on the future of our sector, is coming to life and its VERY rewarding!”

 

Internally we also have some great news:
  • Carolin is embarking on the ultimate WildKat perk: a 2 month paid sabbatical to New Zealand. (We are all just a tad jealous (“a tad” is putting it very lightly!! – Olivia)
  • Great staff have joined our teams all over the world, waving at at Eliza, Rachel, Alex, Nicolo, Maddie, Katja, and our continually growing pool of freelancers, consultants, and collaborators
  • Olivia was promoted to our UK Director and is, as expected, thriving in her new role. She also hits the 5 year anniversary mark next year and will at some stage embark on her sabbatical

Olivia says, “2017 has been a pretty turbulent year on all counts – whilst we have celebrated some truly inspiring projects, and championed everything that is BRILLIANT in our sector, and what it has to offer, we have all had to face a heavy and consistent hailstone of, let’s face it, awful news in the general media and across socials.

Saying this, one thing that our sector does best is use these events to inspire creativity, and to reflect and respond using our art and passion. Following the development of the “B-word”, we had the hilarious “The United Kingdom of Earth: A B***** Opera” at Tête à Tête’s 10th festival. Soosan Lolavar’s “ID, please” had its UK premiere at the same festival, reflecting on Trump’s travel ban. Ariana Grande sold out the Manchester arena for a benefit concert, following the bombings. There are many, many more examples, and there will continue to be.

As we look ahead to 2018, it’s important to remember the important of collaboration, cooperation, and participation. We have had such fresh ideas in discussion and have started to make change happen. We want to continue to work together, create conversations, involve diverse & conflicting voices, and create progress for classical music and the arts. I’m so excited for what is to come…”

Olivia visits New York for the first time!

Before Carolin heads off on her travels, she says, “Launching the Noted Fellowship this year was a real highlight, and I was so inspired to see all the innovative ideas that came through the application process. The only downside was choosing who would go on to stage 2. Good luck, everyone!

I’m very excited to make the most of my 2-month sabbatical, part of the WildKat perks, to not only have a long holiday (!) and travel the world, but also to return to the company and the industry with a refreshed and revived perspective.”

We are all really looking forward to 2018, particularly as we are celebrating 10 years of WildKat with a big party (joint with Music in Offices – happy birthday to you too!) and lots of fun events.

Thank you to everyone: clients, industry, friends, colleagues – the ones who champion us, critique us, support and dismiss us. We love you all and we look forward on what’s to come!

Happy holidays! 🎄🎄🎄

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: The UK Government has exempted musical instruments from its proposals for an ivory ban, and the National Centre for Early Music has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022. “Steinway” Family celebrates its 25th anniversary, the singing competition “Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb” to start tomorrow, and musical about Amy Winehouse to be released.

Classical Music Magazine

Ivory ban exemption for musical instruments

The Musicians’ Union (MU), the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Music Industries’ Association (MIA) are ‘delighted’ at the news that musical instruments are among the exemptions set out in the government’s proposals for an ivory ban.

Early Music Today

Continued NPO status for NCEM

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret’s Church, York, has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022.

The Telegraph

‘I was picked on by the gods’: inside George Michael’s powerful final documentary

It is remembered as perhaps his greatest performance. In trademark sunglasses and earring, wearing a boxy orange jacket, George Michael stormed the stage of Wembley Stadium in April 1992, backed by the surviving members of Queen, and tore out an absolutely show-stopping version of Somebody To Love in front of 80,000 fans.

Nursery World

Nursery using classical music to calm babies

A Bedfordshire nursery has started playing classical music at drop-off after finding it helped to settle children in their baby unit.

Violin Channel

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Appoint New Assistant Conductor

The San Antonio Symphony has announced the appointment of Israeli-born conductor Noam Aviel as their new Assistant Conductor.

The New York Times

Anna Netrebko Will Star in Three Met-Bolshoi Productions

Two of the world’s most important opera companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bolshoi Theater here, will collaborate on three stagings in coming years, they announced on Monday.

NMZ

25 Jahre Steinway Family – ein Grund zum Feiern

Steinway & Sons, Hersteller der berühmten Flügel und Klaviere, feiert in diesem Jahr ein ganz besonderes Jubiläum: 25 Jahre “Steinway Family”.

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Viktor Soos Preisträger beim Kissinger Klavier-Olymp

Die Gewinner des Wettbewerbs “Kissinger Klavier-Olymp” stehen fest. Der Backnanger Viktor Soos gewann dabei den dritten Preis, Erster wurde der türkische Pianist Emre Yavuz.

Klassik Heute

Der Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb bringt junge Gesangstalente nach Berlin

Vom 11. bis zum 14. Oktober 2017 bringt der diesjährige Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ Gesangstalente und ihre Pianistinnen und Pianisten aus ganz Europa und Israel nach Berlin.

El Mundo

Amy Winehouse tendrá un musical en el West End

El padre de la cantante anuncia un musical ajeno a las drogas y el alcohol.

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Music History    in 1789 Death of French court Pierre Louis .
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(Written on October 10, 2017 )

In today’s news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda Lewis has died.

Classic FM

‘Conducting is hard – it doesn’t get easier’

Simon Rattle starts his new role as Music Director at the London Symphony Orchestra this month. So as he packs his pencil case for his first season in charge, we spoke to him about getting over nerves, the best piece of advice he’s ever been given and why the future is bright for classical music.

The Times

Jeremy Dale Roberts: Distinguished composer considered to be the master of miniature compositions

Cannibalism may not be the first word that comes to mind when talking about a classical composer, but it was how Jeremy Dale Roberts described the creative process when writing for gifted musicians in his circle. “[I] draw upon their temperament and behaviour in the narrative of the music: to absorb their presence,” he told a contemporary music website. “A rare form of cannibalism, maybe.”

The New York Times

High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

As a boy soprano in the youth opera company that his parents ran in their small town, the Dutch composer Michel van der Aaonce accompanied his father to the clockmaker who was painting a set for them. What he saw, he recalled recently, was revelatory.

Good House Keeping

Target Has Never Played Background Music, Until Now

While the company has avoided it for decades—believing it to be a distraction—they’re introducing a soundtrack of more than 1,500 songs from the likes of Taylor Swift to Stevie Wonder to keep you in stores longer and hopefully revive their flagging sales in the process.

Limelight

Australian guitarist placed third in prestigious ARD Competition

Andrey Lebedev also took the prize for his performance of the commissioned work at Germany’s top music contest.

Pizzicato

Marin Alsop wins 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music, Columbia University has announced.

NMZ

IFPI stellt neuen Music Consumer Insight Report vor: Audio-Streaming für Musikkonsum weltweit immer wichtiger

Urheberrechtsverletzungen bleiben für die Musikindustrie weltweit eine zentrale Herausforderung: 40 Prozent der Konsumenten hören Musik über nicht-lizenzierte Angebote.

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Bund fördert Orchester in Konstanz, Bochum und Jena

31 Projekte öffentlicher Orchester erhalten über das Programm “Exzellente Orchesterlandschaft Deutschland” insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro Bundesförderung.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Branda Lewis gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Brenda Lewis ist tot. Sie starb im Alter von 96 Jahren an ihrem Wohnsitz in Westport (Connecticut).

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Classical Music News   A new direction – and a call for guest posts

Music History   in 1920 Birth of Karen

Classical Music News   Meet the Artist……Jason Rebello, pianist

Image: Jeremy Dale Roberts

(Written on September 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: The welcome return of Proms maverick Harrison Birtwistle, Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students, and cellist prevented from boarding flight with cello. New classical festival ‘new life’ with music of jewish composers, and Schloss Weikersheim offers great opportunity for young singers. Confusion about white powder at the Elbphilharmonie, and Fort Worth Opera names two new directors.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle: the welcome return of a Proms maverick

Harrison Birtwistle is our greatest living composer. As he prepares for this year’s classical music extravaganza, he talks to Ivan Hewett.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS Foundation names Composers’ Fund grantees

The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Strad

Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students

Three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the RCM’s BMus course will be eligible for the scholarships from next year.

Pizzicato

Lockenhaus road named after Gidon Kremer

The road leading to the castle in Lockenhaus, Austris, has been named after Gidon Kremer, the founder of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

Classic FM

The cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights.

Tagesspiegel

Vom Glück des Überlebens

Erinnern an die Vergessenen. Das Klassikfestival „New Life“ präsentiert Musik jüdischer Komponisten, die vor den Nazis flohen.

Concerti

Wertvolles Sprungbrett für junge Gesangstalente

Humperdincks „Hänsel und Gretel“ verirren sich in der Jungen Oper Schloss Weikersheim

Pizzicato

Nicholas DelBello named Music Director in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra has announced Nicholas DelBello as their new Music Director, effective September 1, 2017.

Klassik.com

Weißes Pulver löst Alarm im Hotel der Elbphilharmonie aus

In dem zur Elbphilharmonie gehörenden Westin Hotel kam es am Dienstag zu einem Feuerwehreinsatz. Grund dafür waren drei anonyme Briefe, aus denen in der Poststelle des Hotels weißes Pulver ausgetreten ist.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Opera names not one, but two new directors

Six months after the general director Darren K. Woods was terminated from the Fort Worth Opera, the board of trustees has named not one but two replacements.

South China Morning Post

How a joint student orchestra event in Hong Kong can break cultural barriers

Seven orchestras from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will play at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

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in 1905 Birth of Russian Nadia .

The Strad: Royal College of Music London

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

“Wellness”, “wellbeing”, “work-life balance” – these buzzwords have been entering the business world more regularly over the past few years. As we as a society begin to focus more on our health, our time, our personal development, so have the companies that we work for. Especially in PR companies and creative agencies, where working over-time is almost expected and in the arts where there are concerts, launches, and networking events to attend, it’s important to ensure that you are able to enjoy your personal life wherever possible.

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WildKat began to explore techniques to reward colleagues and staff back in 2011, when Kat brought her yoga instructor into the office. We began having weekly classes for 1 hour on a Wednesday afternoon. Berlin’s Victoria Mattinson says, “Taking an hour out to do yoga is a really effective way of clearing the mind and stretching out.  I always come back to my desk feeling refreshed and with new ideas.”

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In 2014, we also cemented the annual WildKat ski trip for the team who have been in the company for over 1 year. This is the perfect retreat for our colleagues to relax and unwind (off the slopes, of course!), spend time with the full global team, and try some new experiences together. London’s Victoria Cappelletti went on her first trip this year, explaining, “The annual WildKat PR ski trip is a great way to get to know the members of the team better and actually become friends, so that we are all like a little family. It totally lines up with the general company mood, ethic and atmosphere, giving people the opportunity to have fun and discuss topics beyond work.”

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Our perks continued to build in 2015, when Sweden began to initiate 6-hour working days to create a balance between work and personal life, Kat decided to trial the scheme in our Berlin office. We were quite skeptical at first that 2 hours would make a huge difference to our work-life balance, and that it wouldn’t compromise our work, but we were ready for the challenge. After a transitional phase, our Berlin team was working more efficiently – so much that our clients did not notice! – completing tasks and moving on without procrastination, feeling more happy and healthy at work, and also attending more events out-of-hours without free time or energy being compromised.  You can read our full feedback here.

However, one journalist asked: if we love our jobs why would we want to work less? Although this was not the point of our experiment, the hardest aspect was the need to be constantly productive. There was less time to read articles and be active on social media – two activities which are crucial to PR. We also lost out on occasional small talk, which does help to break up the day. Therefore, from now on, instead of a full-blown overhaul of our working day, every employee has ten six-hour days per month at their disposal.

Last year, we decided that we would fully integrate our perks into WildKat’s ethos and policy. Our in-house design team at Classical Music Design created a poster for us, that would have a central place in our office and would remind us that being happy in our lives and at work will allow us to live a more balanced life.

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Kat explains, “I felt that my staff deserve the best that my company could possibly offer. I divided the benefits up into monetary, educational, and well-being. Mostly, I am weary that money is a big deciding factor so of course we wanted to increase perks and financial rewards but actually focusing on well-being and one’s own personal development is a hot topic that almost comes equal to financial gain. 

“We want to feel valued on many levels and that our development is encouraged along the way so I wanted to offer training funds, 6 hour working days, yoga sessions, sabbatical, etc. Rewarding my staff doesn’t always have to cost the company a lot but it does mean that the teams are better balanced. Quite frankly, the older I get, the more I think that time is the most valuable commodity, so I want to enhance my staff’s time when at work but also give them more off time out of the office.” 

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Director of the Berlin office, Carolin Denz, was one of the first to utilise her training fund, purchasing a few books on leadership and communication: “As the Berlin team has grown a lot and we all know how important it is to build up a great and solid working team, we are always focusing on improving the team spirit and motivation. I began to learn some tips and advice from a few books about different ways to lead groups, so we can build on it with individual and more intense workshops during 2017. The books give an insight into how groups of different characters and opinions work, how to lead them best and motivate them to build up the team we need for our campaigns – creative thinking, responsibility and being a good team-player.”

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As well as the “official” #WildKatPerks, we still encourage our team to network in the industry, and step into the wider world to gain knowledge and make introductions on behalf of the company. For example, Junior Account Manager & Office Manager James Hardie attended #ABO17. He said, “I was very excited to have the chance to attend the Association of British Orchestras conference in Bournemouth, especially at such an early stage in my career.  The focus this year was Disruption, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the industry’s leading figures, including Hannah Kendall, Mel Larsen, James Murphy, and Chi-Chi Nwanoku talk about what this meant to them.  A strong feeling of community pervaded every session, and it was heartening to be surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom want to see classical music engage with new and diverse audiences.”

As civil servants face curbs on office ‘cake culture’, here at WildKat we know that everything works well in moderation and with plenty of balance. Are you considering some new perks for your company? How do you manage to balance work and life as a freelance? Feel free to send us your thoughts at @WildKatPR or comment below!

(Written on January 31, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.

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LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of ClassicFM.com. And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

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Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

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Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 

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Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the story behind the architectural battle of the Sydney Opera House is to become a movie, new composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia and the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports released next week. Also, J. Reilly Lewis dies at 71 and philharmonie.tv Cologne awarded with Eco Internet Award.

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Architectural Battle For The Sydney Opera House To Become A Movie

Today the Opera house in Sydney is considered as one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Yet, the project’s genesis was tough and dramatic, since Danish architect Jorn Utzon upset Australia’s conservative architectural scene after winning the competition to design the building.

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New composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Classicalite

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster & Organist, Dies at 71

Lewis, a prominent authority on Bach, founded the Washington Bach Consort and served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Also music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Reilly was a one of the most important musicians in the Washington classical music scene.

The Guardian

The rebuilt Snape Maltings: Britten’s artistic dream rises again

No one thinks they are going to sit the Queen on a packing-case when she opens the rebuilt Maltings Concert Hall less than a month from now, but completion of the work is touch and go.

Orpheus for the age of Trump: Anaïs Mitchell on her folk opera Hadestown

Mitchell’s hit off-Broadway show about a tyrannical billionaire building a wall to ‘keep out the enemy’ was written in 2006 but could hardly be more topical. The folk singer discusses retelling an ancient myth at a time of ‘political horror’

Adaptistration

Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras.

The Telegraph

The return of Rossini: watch a live stream of Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini for free on the Telegraphwebsite, from next week. The opera will be streamed live from 6.30pm on Tuesday June 21, and is available on demand for the following seven days.

The Strad

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The musician, who survived the Holocaust, joins fellow performers Paul Lewis and Alison Balsom on the list.

Classical Music Magazine

Small and regional arts organisations testify to funding difficulties

Representatives of small and regional arts organisations have submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the funding difficulties which they face. Prompted by complaints that ‘London has long received a disproportionate share of arts funding’ at a previous investigation into the work of Arts Council England, the Countries of Culture inquiry is examining funding opportunities for cultural organisations in the regions.

The Times

Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

Janácek takes just 90 minutes to tell the story of his Vixen, from cub years to marriage, motherhood to sudden death. At Glyndebourne that means the dinner interval is actually longer than the opera (chicken and rabbit, both scoffed by the leading lady, would make good hamper options).

klassik.com

SPD will Künstlersozialabgabe senken

Nach Plänen der Bundesministerin für Arbeit und Soziales, Andrea Nahles (SPD), soll die Künstlersozialabgabe sinken.

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Eco Internet Award für philharmonie.tv

Das Kölner Konzertportal philharmonie.tv ist mit dem eco Internet Award des eco Verbands der Internetwirtschaft e. V. ausgezeichnet worden.

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Singpause – Das große Singen für Tausende Kinder

Mit der Düsseldorfer «Singpause» haben Zehntausende Grundschüler nebenbei in ihrer Schulzeit nicht nur singen, sondern auch Noten lesen gelernt. Das erfolgreiche Bildungsprojekt lässt andere Städte aufhorchen.

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neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Dresdner Drum & Bass 2016 – 10th Anniversary

KlassikInfo.de @Klassikinfo Alessandro De Marchi verlängert bei Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik http://bit.ly/1tqatri

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Wagnerian tenor Alberto Remedios has passed away aged 81

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

(Written on June 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone explores how streaming has changed the way people listen to classical music, and The National Student describes how The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London. Also, Tortelier is appointed chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone

Making waves: classical music and the rise of streaming

Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don’t add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge

Classical Music Magazine

Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Tortelier as chief conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has announced Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next chief conductor

The Strad

Van Kuijk Quartet named BBC New Generation Artists

The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme

The National Student

London’s best classical music, from £4, at your fingertips

The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London, featuring concerts from 11 of London’s best orchestras and venues

Irish Times

The show goes on for Nicola Benedetti despite flight cancellation

And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop

NYCA

2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition for Pianists and Violinists of any nationality

The Worldwide Debut Audition is to discover young musicians of great talents, and give them the opportunities to expose themselves to the world through their debut stage

audiophil

Menahem Pressler

Der Pianist Menahem Pressler wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Stiftung Mozarteum unter neuer Leitung

Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hat das Präsidium der Stiftung Mozarteum zwei wichtige personelle Entscheidungen in Nachfolge von Matthias Schulz getroffen

KulturPort.de

Jahreskonferenz Musikland Niedersachsen 2015

Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die niedersächsischen Musikschaffenden szenenübergreifend zur Jahreskonferenz der Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH

El Mundo

Donny Hathaway: cuerpo al vacío

Se cumple el aniversario del extraño suicidio del músico negro más admirado por toda una generación de la música soul

Twitter

Classic FMIt’s in a piece of music Happy Birthday with and Edgar Meyer First Impressions

JazzUK To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve launched our campaign, aiming to raise £30k to keep alive:

TNT Magazine: The best places to experience classical music:

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(Written on October 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains

Artsjournal

Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.

Twitter

The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on September 30, 2015 )