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In today’s news: The University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds piano, Steven Grahl appointed as new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, musical instruments in art, Apple Music to overtake Spotify, Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose extra booking fee for musical instruments on board flights, Caramoor Festival takes a contemporary turn, the relationship between music and sparking creativity, representatives of the Hamburg music industry in discussion with representatives of federal politics, Martha Argerich cancels American tour, the globalising of church music, Haitink announces concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Times

Musical instruments in art, chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor

Music, although we rarely think of it as such, is the most abstract of art forms. That is why I love it. Where words can be confining in their literalness, music is flexible, malleable, adaptable: the same notes can be interpreted differently by every individual.

Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via

Choir and Organ

Steven Grahl to replace Stephen Darlington at Christ Church

Steven Grahl has been appointed as the new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He will take up the office in September 2018, replacing Professor Stephen Darlington, who is retiring after 32 years.

The Strad

SAS now charging $60 cello booking fee on top of extra seat price, complains cellist

Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose telephone booking charge, despite not offering an online booking option for cellos.

Business Insider UK

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US

Apple Music has been growing faster than Spotify in the US, and as a result it might overtake the leading music streaming service later this year.


‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

The New York Times

The Caramoor Festival Takes a Contemporary Turn

Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would move both forward and backward in time — giving new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods.


Vertreter der Hamburger Musikwirtschaft im Dialog mit der Bundespolitik

Auf Einladung der Hamburger Landesvertretung in Berlin und der Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft e.V. (IHM) reisten in der vergangenen Woche rund 50 VertreterInnen der Hamburger Musikbranche in die Bundeshauptstadt, um mit Vertretern der Bundespolitik zu sprechen und sich mit Berliner KollegInnen auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.

Musik Heute

Haitink sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Der niederländische Dirigent Bernard Haitink kann in dieser Woche nicht mit den Berliner Philharmonikern auftreten. Der 88-Jährige habe aus gesundheitlichen Gründen kurzfristig abgesagt, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.


Kirchenmusik globalisiert sich

Der evangelische Missionsverbund hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt „Dance – Music – Arts“. In diesem Rahmen und mit Unterstützung der Evangelische Pop-Akademie wird nun der musikalische Austausch internationalisiert.

france musique

Martha Argerich annule sa tournée américaine

Martha Argerich devait effectuer une tournée aux Etats-Unis en mars 2018 avec le violoniste Itzhak Perlman. En raison de problèmes familiaux et de santé, elle ne pourra pas tenir ses engagements.


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Image: Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) © AP

(Written on February 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Conductor Charles Dutoit accused of sexual misconduct and the reaction of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Also, famous German christmas carol to be considered as intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Charles Dutoit accused of sexually assaulting four musicians

The artistic director and principal conductor is alleged to have physically restrained three opera singers and a classical musician in separate incidents between 1985 and 2010.

Classical Music

Universal and Facebook announce multi-year agreement

Universal Music Group will become the first major music company to license its recorded music and publish catalogues for video and other social experiences across Facebook

Composers invited to apply for Oxford visiting fellowship

Applications are open for the 2018/19 Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries

Music Teacher

Radio 3 to broadcast Royal Birmingham Conservatoire concerts

The first concert broadcast will take place on 9 January.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra responds to Dutoit allegations

The Orchestra has released a strongly worded statement following allegations the conductor sexually assaulted four women in the USA between 1985 and 2010.


Götterdämmerung: Zeitalter der Despoten am Dirigentenpult ist vorbei

Die #MeToo-Kampagne hat den Blick für verhängnisvolle Abhängigkeiten im beruflichen Leben geschärft. Auch der Kunstbetrieb ist ins Gerede gekommen. Dabei gibt es dort selbst an exponierten Stellen schon seit längerem einen Sinneswandel.


Dirigent Charles Dutoit mehrfach der sexuellen Belästigung bezichtigt

Der Schweizer Dirigent Charles Dutoit (81) sieht sich mit Vorwürfen sexueller Belästigung konfrontiert. Die Vorwürfe wurden von drei Sängerinnen und einer Orchestermusikerin erhoben.

BR Klassik

Deutsches Weihnachtslied vorgeschlagen

Der nach dem Autor des berühmten Weihnachtsliedes Johann Daniel Falk benannte Falk-Verein hat “O du fröhliche” für die Liste des immateriellen UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes vorgeschlagen. Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei soll im Januar 2018 über diesen Vorschlag entscheiden.

Platea Magazine

Reputadas cantantes acusan al director de orquesta Charles Dutoit de abusos sexuales

Tal y como publica la revista Time, cuatro mujeres, profesionales de la música clásica, concretamente tres cantantes y una instrumentista, han acusado al director de orquesta Charles Dutoit de supuestas agresiones sexuales.


Theater an der Wien @TheaterWien: Wir freuen uns sehr bekannt zu geben, dass ab der Saison 2022/23 die Intendanz des Theater an der Wien übernehmen wird. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt wird der amtierende Intendant die Geschicke unseres Hauses weiterführen. via

Music History @today_classical: in 1858 Birth of Italian opera Giacomo in Lucca.

Image: Charles Dutoit © Platea Magazine/EPA-EFE

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The San Francisco Symphony cancelled two tour concerts in North Carolina, in response to the state’s law that overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Queensland Symphony Orchestra has been treating passengers that touched down at Brisbane Airport with pop-up performances, as part of the airport’s artist-in-residence programme. Also, read about studies on music’s effect on men and women to beat your friends at board games this Christmas.

The Telegraph

The secret trick which could help women beat men at board games this Christmas

Studies showed that classical music helps men with concentration whereas rock music doesn’t. However, music was found to have no effect on women’s performance.

Was 2016 the year women stormed the citadels of classical music?

Where does the best hope for classical music lie? In gifted, passionate and engaged musicians – not in grand plans for swanky new buildings.

San Francisco Chronicle

SF Symphony cancels tour concerts in North Carolina

The San Francisco Symphony has cancelled two tour concerts scheduled for April 5-6 in Chapel Hill, N.C., in response to the passage of the state law that overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The New York Times

Esma Redzepova, Who Sang to Generations of Her Roma Heritage, Dies at 73

Esma Redzepova, the Macedonian singer who was acclaimed for decades as the greatest female voice in Romany (Gypsy) music, died on Sunday in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. She was 73. Often billed as “Queen of the Gypsies,” Ms. Redzepova sang in more than 10 languages and recorded more than 500 songs. In the Balkans, her hits reached multiple generations.

ABC News

Queensland Symphony Orchestra treats travellers to music and fanfare at Brisbane airport

Passengers touching down in Brisbane this month have been treated to pop-up performances by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO).

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints new head and assistant head of music education

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed Dr John Habron and Robert Gardiner as head of music education and assistant head of music education (PGCE) respectively.

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall announces additional subsidised tickets

Building on the success of its scheme offering £5 tickets for under-35s, Wigmore Hall has announced that an additional 5,000 subsidised tickets will be available throughout next year, resulting in a total of 25,000.

Butterworth drinking song rediscovered in Oxford

A festive song by George Butterworth has been rediscovered at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries.

Musik Heute

Elbphilharmonie ist “Hamburger des Jahres” 2016

Die Elbphilharmonie ist noch nicht einmal eröffnet, aber schon “Hamburger des Jahres”: Generalintendant Christoph Lieben-Seutter hat die Auszeichnung am Montagabend in der Kategorie “Kultur” erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Valentine Michaud erhält den «Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes» 2017

Die französische Saxophonistin Valentine Michaud setzte sich beim Finale des Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes 2017 gegen drei Mitbewerber durch. Michaud studierte in Lausanne und setzt ihr Studium derzeit an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste fort.

Wiener Konzerthaus mit positiver Bilanz

Eigenen Angaben zufolge konnte es 2015/16 einen Besucherrekord erzielen, insgesamt zählte man 542.000 Besucher. Das sind 2,6 Prozent mehr als in der Spielzeit 2014/15. Die Zahl der Veranstaltungen erhöhte sich von 815 (2014/15) auf 861, davon waren 559 Eigenveranstaltungen.


The Violin Channel @violinchannel 20 Candidates Announced for 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Comp @LynnUniversity

Royal Academy of Music @RoyalAcadMusic Online booking is now open for Spring 2017 events

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Mozart in the Jungle is like Game of Thrones for classical music … –


Photo: Chris Wahlberg/ SF Symphony

(Written on December 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, new plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh have been announced. The 5th London Contemporary Music Festival will take place on 15th, 17th and 18th of December. Royal Albert Hall presents new spring music festival Love Classical 2017. Also, Nigel Kennedy talks about hate crime and Brexit, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Classical Music Magazine

New concert hall proposed for Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the charitable trust Impact Scotland have announced plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

LCMF announces Julius Eastman focus

The fifth London Contemporary Music Festival will offer the world’s first major overview of American composer and performer Julius Eastman.

Royal Albert Hall presents Love Classical 2017

Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and Alison Balsom will headline Love Classical 2017.

Manchester International Festival announces new initiative

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has announced My Festival: MIF’s Creative Community.


ICMA Published Nomination List 2017

The ICMA nomination list for 2017 is available. For the 2017 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 321 audio and video productions (down from 364 in 2016) from 119 labels (up from 115 in 2016).

Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb kündigt Gewinner für 2016 an

Der Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb gab seine Gewinner für 2016 bekannt.

ITV News

Nigel Kennedy: Maverick violinist on his career, talent shows and Brexit

Nigel Kennedy has spoken out about the hate crime that has followed June’s Brexit vote, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Broadway World

Young Jean Lee, Peggy Shaw and More Among United States Artists 2016 Fellows

United States Artists (USA) has announced the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Oxford choral foundations to host Frideswide Voices

Oxford’s Frideswide Voices has announced that Christ Church, Magdalen and New College will host termly residences for its rehearsals and services this year.

Slipped Disc

Swiss opera goes bankrupt

The company blames its demise on poor attendance at Rigoletto, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

San Fransisco Classical News

Taiwan Embraces San Francisco Symphony on Tour

After the orchestra’s first visit to Korea last week (part of their eighth tour of Asia), San Francisco Symphony musicians took a charter flight to Tainan — the first-ever direct flight from Seoul — to perform a concert that was the highlight of the southern Taiwanese city’s Rainbow Festival (Chai Hong).

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bob Dylan hat was anderes vor

Spätestens als er wochenlang nicht ans Telefon ging, um sich die Entscheidung des Nobelpreiskomitees anzuhören, hätte man das ahnen können: Bob Dylan schwänzt die Verleihung.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Existenzbedrohend für die Musikverlage

Die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema darf nicht länger Musikverlage pauschal an den Einnahmen aus Musik-Nutzungsrechten beteiligen. Viele Verlage stünden dadurch vor dem Aus oder würden jede Risikofreude verlieren, kommentiert Musikkritiker Uwe Friedrich. Besonders für die Klassikszene sei das fatal.

Musik Heute

Volkswagen-Stiftung fördert Wagner-Forschung mit 400.000 Euro

Die Volkswagen-Stiftung unterstützt die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der Richard-Wagner-Sammlung in Eisenach mit 400.000 Euro.

France Musique

Séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : l’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington sérieusement endommagé

Le séisme d’une magnitude de 7,8 qui a touché la Nouvelle-Zélande lundi 14 novembre a causé la mort de deux personnes ainsi que d’importants dégâts. L’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington a particulièrement souffert.


The Economist @TheEconomist Does classical music still matter? A bustling crowd reduced to silence by a busker playing Bach suggests so

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony #ClassicalMusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel SAD NEWS | Veteran Boston Symphony Principal Cellist Jules Eskin Has Died @BostonSymphony


Photo: Rhinegold/ Nigel Kennedy

(Written on November 17, 2016 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.


Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Royal Opera House issues warning for Lucia di Lammermoor, Merton College, Oxford to establish a girls’ choir, Emma Halnan wins Art Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award, Violinist Janine Jansen is handing over the artistic direction of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands and the Economist questions operas gender imbalance.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House warns of risque sex scenes in Lucia di Lammermoor

The Royal Opera House has issued a warning of risqué and gory content in its upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor, as reported in The Times.

Classic FM

Flautist Emma Halnan wins Arts Club-Karl Jenkins Music Award

Young flautist will now record a performance of a piece composed for her by Sir Karl Jenkins after winning classical music prize, in collaboration with Classic FM

The Economist

Where have all the good tenors gone, and where are all the basses?

When the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women

Classical Music Magazine

Merton College, Oxford to establish a girls’ choir

The Merton College Girls’ Choir will be open to girls who will be in school years 5 to 10. Girls selected for the choir will regularly sing in the college’s 13th-century chapel, and will take part in services and concerts in Oxford and further afield.

BBC News

Michelle Obama recruits Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson and Zendaya for single

Artists including Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson and Kelly Rowland all feature on a charity single put together by US First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Strad

Violinist Janine Jansen to step down as artistic director of her chamber festival

Violinist Janine Jansen is handing over the artistic direction of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands, to 24-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh. Jansen, who founded the event 13 years ago, will direct the festival for the final time this year from 29 June to 3 July.


Musikautorenpreis 2016: Boy, AnnenMayKantereit und Marteria zählen zu Nominierten

Zu den Nominierten des Deutschen Musikautorenpreises 2016 zählen u.a. AnnenMayKantereit, Selig, Sonja Glass von Boy sowie Marten Laciny (Marteria/Marsimoto), MoTrip und Sven Regener


Urheberrecht kommt ins Kabinett – Reform mit Zugeständnissen

Kreative und Verwerter ihrer Leistungen sollen sich „wieder auf Augenhöhe begegnen“, fordert Justizminister Maas


Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden: Honeck statt Nézet-Séguin

Der kanadische Dirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin hat die Leitung des Osterfestspiel-Konzerts der Berliner Philharmoniker am kommenden Sonntag abgesagt

Le Monde

La municipalité renonce à présider les Chorégies d’Orange

Quatre jours après la démission du directeur des Chorégies, Raymond Duffaut, vendredi 11 mars, le maire d’Orange tente d’éteindre l’incendie


BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Parts of Michael Haydn’s Requiem sound similar to Mozart’s, though it was actually written first #EssentialClassics

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Watch three minutes with the phenomenon that is Lang Lang, at the @BBCInTune Steinway:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Is classical music really superior to all other genres?  #ClassicalMusic

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik Zum Nachschauen: Kristian #Bezuidenhout & Chiaroscuro Quartet im Studiokonzert hier als exklusiver #videostream


Photograph: Classic FM


(Written on March 16, 2016 )

With only two weeks to go, we’re very excited here at WildKat PR as we prepare for the Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2015. The festival takes place 30 September – 3 October, with concerts in Holywell Music Room, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Merton College Chapel. The festival’s theme – ‘From a Tender Age’ – provides a fascinating programme, which explores the relationship between music and youth, and includes first opuses, first loves, early inspiration, compositions dedicated to children and the genius of Wunderkinder.

The festival’s four days are packed with diverse and exciting events, but we thought we’d draw your attention to a few highlights in particular.

Wednesday evening’s concert, Expectation and Fate, explores early influences, and begins with Steve Reich’s Different Trains – a piece inspired by his childhood train journeys. This concert also includes Vierne’s lesser-known Piano quintet op. 42, which is a memorial to his son, who was killed in WW1.

Similarly, Friday afternoon’s concert features a special arrangement of Berg’s Violin Concerto – dedicated to Alma Mahler’s daughter – “To the memory of an angel”. Other highlights include Prokofiev’s narrated Peter and the Wolf, featured in Thursday’s concert Wonderland. Through this magical story, Prokofiev captures the hopes and fears of childhood and sets each instrument as a particular character.

Saturday’s Brunch Concert combines our two favourite things – food and music – and includes Saint-Saëns’ The Elephant, Ravel’s Mother Goose and Ridout’s Ferdinand the Bull. It promises to be great fun for adults and children alike. In contrast, adolescent love is captured in Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, which is part of Thursday’s evening concert, Jeunehomme/Dame.

Furthermore, in addition to works about youthfullness, the festival also combines works written by adolescents and child prodigies. These namely feature in Friday’s lunchtime concert, Early Impressions, and Friday evening’s concert Wunderkind.

This diverse festival provides a sensational programme for both old and young, and additional events – including evening drinks with supper and Saturday brunch – provide both opportunities to socialise with fellow concertgoers and the chance to meet the fantastic performers. This year artistic director Priya Mitchell will once again be joined by an exceptional group of musicians, including Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Hugo Ticciati and leading Scandinavian cellist Torleif Thedeen. Described by the Independent as ‘an event unlike any other’, and hailed ‘a musical miracle’ by The Daily Telegraph, this festival promises to be unforgettable, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Check out the Oxford Chamber Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook, and click here to visit the official website for more information and ticket sales.



(Written on September 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, an interview with John Mauceri, ‘Rode’ Stradivari loaned to Ashmolean Museum and the results of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition are announced.


Facing the music: John Mauceri

Carousel, Callas, Czerny playing Beethoven … conductor John Mauceri shares the music and people that inspire him

Classical Music Magazine

‘Rode’ Stradivari on loan to Ashmolean

The 1722 ‘Rode’ Stradivari and a 1646 Amati violin have been loaned to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum to mark the reopening of its music and tapestry gallery.

Results of fifth NIIOC announced

Alexander Hamilton, organ scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, won the senior category of the fifth Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (NIIOC), which was held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh between 24 and 26 August.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Nathalie Joachim (eighth blackbird, Flutronix)

Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim, perhaps best known as half of the funky genre-blurring duo Flutronix, has just joined the multiple Grammy winning Chicago-based sextet eighth blackbird. We caught up with Nathalie just after her first official 8bb rehearsal to find out more.

Classical MPR

How Brahms kept me centered in a time of terror

The one-inch piece of invisible tape had not been disturbed. I reached up and peeled it off the door jamb, unlocked the door, and entered my apartment. If the guy who’d threatened my life had been waiting for me inside, broken tape would have warned me.

Der Tagesspiegel

Israel protestiert gegen angeblichen Barenboim-Auftritt

Israels Kulturministerin Miri Regev empört sich über das Gerücht, Daniel Barenboim wolle angeblich im Iran auftreten. Deutschland müsse das verhindert, fordert sie auf Facebook.

Der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Missklänge um Iran Israel kritisiert Daniel Barenboim

Die israelische Kulturministerin Miri Regev fordert die Bundesregierung dazu auf, einen angeblich geplanten Auftritt des Dirigent Daniel Barenboim in Iran zu verhindern.

David Hefti mit Hindemith-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Schweizer Komponist David Hefti ist mit dem Hindemith-Preis des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals ausgezeichnet worden. Die mit 20.000 Euro in Form eines Kompositionsauftrags dotierte Auszeichnung wurde im Rahmen eines Festkonzertes im Kulturwerk am See in Norderstedt vergeben.

France Musique

Le chef d’orchestre québécois Jacques Lacombe dirigera l’Opéra de Bonn

Le chef attitré de l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (OSTR), Jacques Lacombe vient d’être nommé chef principal de l’Opéra de Bonn. Il prendra ses fonctions pour la saison 2016-2017.


The British Library’s ‘Save Our Sounds’ Program Creates Directory of UK Sound Collections

The long-feared deterioration of the world’s sound collections is a coming to a head with the British Library’s last-ditch initiative called “Save Our Sounds”. The initiative began in January 2015 with a survey that called upon archivists from across the UK to report their sound collections to the British Library before the ravages of time can further mar the fragile media formats.


The Classical Source : Sian Edwards, conductor, Many happy returns to her @IngpenWilliams

NYCGB : Fantastic sounds coming from the choir this morning! The bottle playing is spot on  @AEdenroth

Telegraph Music : Keith Richards says he sleeps with his – and that helped him write Satisfaction

John Mauceri

John Mauceri faces the music
Photo:  Columbia Artists Management Inc/ Guardian

(Written on August 27, 2015 )


Thomas Quasthoff: ‘Schubert’s songs fly through the sky like angels’

The celebrated bass-baritone on why he retired at 52, life after thalidomide, and his new career in Shakespeare and cabaret


Can Brian Cox save classical music?

A British conductor has recruited the TV physicist and other famous thinkers to remind us why music matters


The Schubert Project: Classical music festival in Oxford to play all 600-plus songs by Austrian composer Franz Schubert

There is no doubt that this year’s all-Schubert Festival will be a potent affair


Proms conductor Marin Alsop attacks ‘snobbish’ classical music world

The leading conductor Marin Alsop has said that classical music is “inaccessible” and “elitist” and that audiences should be able to clap during movements if they choose to.

Classic FM

Marin Alsop: ‘clapping doesn’t bother me in the least’

Conductor Marin Alsop has hit out at classical purists who don’t clap between movements during classic concerts.


Atlanta Symphony: Federal Mediation Shows Start-Up Difficulties

The proposed federal mediation in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra labor dispute has teething troubles: while the administration is ready to resume collective bargaining agreement discussions using federal mediator Allison Beck, the ASO Players’ Association is waiting for a first individual meeting with the mediator.


Sopranistin Adriana Ferfecka gewinnt Gesangswettbewerb DEBUT

Die polnische Sopranistin Adriana Ferfecka hat den 7. Europäischen Gesangswettbewerb DEBUT gewonnen.

Süd West Presse

Andrew Manze über “Musik für das heutige Publikum”

Der britische Geiger und Dirigent Andrew Manze, Experte für historische Aufführungspraxis, will die Musik zu den Menschen von heute sprechen lassen. “Die Idee authentischer Aufführungen ist nicht sehr relevant für die heutige Zeit”, sagte der neue Chefdirigent der NDR-Radiophilharmonie in Hannover.


Elitäre Kunst für alle

Spielstätten-Porträt Bürgerhaus Pullach

Le Monde

Festival Musica : Joëlle Léandre, on n’entend qu’elle

La contrebassiste la plus hardie des terres inconnues présente « Can You hear Me ? » au festival strasbourgeois.


A rediscovered sonata, as Mozart intended

Balazs Mikusi’s heart started racing when he realised what the papers he held in his hand were: the long-lost original score of a famous Mozart sonata scribbled by the composer himself.

The Epoch Times

NTDTV Competitions: Season of Cultural Revival Begins

Music and art lovers can join in the events


Marin Alsop @marinalsop: “The experience was far more personal and intimate.” Read an exclusive interview with Marin about #desertislanddiscs 

Manchester Camerata ‏@MancCamerata: Last week saw the start of our amazing #creative cross-curricular workshops! Get in on the action  #musiceducation

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd: Denis Kozhukhin’s album of Haydn Sonatas is out today – listen to excerpts & read more

YCAT @YCATrust: We are gearing up for our Presentation Concert tonight at @southbankcentre! Will you be joining us?

5d9900c9-67f7-4642-a9c1-4d21e8c4e811-460x300Thomas Quasthoff: ‘I’ve always said my disability is a fact, not a problem.’Photograph: Andre Rival/Focus / eyevine

(Written on September 29, 2014 )

This weekend WildKat PR fled the city and headed to Cornbury Park, the 800-year-old, 1,700-acre Oxfordshire deer park and setting for Wilderness Festival. The Festival is renowned for its gastronomic delights as much as the eclectic musical line-up, this year featuring headline artists from Burt Bacharach to London Grammar.

Wilderness 2014

Wilderness 2014

This was our third time at Wilderness Festival with three of our clients – both current and upcoming – performing over the course of the weekend. Silent Opera staged their latest production Live/Revive/Lament on Saturday evening on the Wilderness Stage. Silent Opera premiered the full production at Aldeburgh Music this Summer and have since performed at Kensington’s Saatchi Gallery as part of the InTransit Festival. In addition, eccentric cellist Gabi Swallow performed with her urban family at the Wilderness Stage on Friday 8th August 2014. Donned with appropriate festival headpieces and striking make-up, Gabi and her urban family performed a range of contemporary and classical music, which included Vivaldi’s Summer and a little Piazolla.

Gabi Swallow and Her Urban Family

Gabi Swallow and Her Urban Family

Another treat for the WildKat PR team was newcomer Poppy Ackroyd who also took to the Wilderness Stage on Friday afternoon. Despite the rain, a huge crowd assembled on the bales of hay for her set, where she performed her own compositions on the violin and keyboard, accompanied by some unique visuals.

Silent Opera

Silent Opera

The British, bunting-clad, boutique festival was idyllic, and we have carefully stowed our wellington boots and feather headdresses until next year…





(Written on August 11, 2014 )