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In today’s news, jury president of the Carl Nielsen Competition disagrees with the jury’s choice, 16-year-old Andrew Woolcock has been announced as winner of the BBC Young Musician percussion category final and Meryl Streep explains how to become an opera diva. Also, Turkey intervenes in concert project from the Dresdner Sinfoniker and king of rumba Papa Wemba dies during concert.

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Nielsen Competition: Jury President Disagrees With Jury’s Choice

Nikolaj Znaider, Jury President of the Carl Nielsen competition, has publicly disagreed with the result of the semi-finals.

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BBC Young Musician percussion winner announced

16-year-old Andrew Woolcock has been announced as the winner of the BBC Young Musician percussion category final.

Classic FM

Meryl Streep’s guide to being an opera diva

The brilliant actress has been getting into character as the larger-than-life diva Florence Foster Jenkins for her latest film.

FAZ

Türkei interveniert gegen Konzert

Die Dresdner Sinfoniker widmen ihr Konzertprojekt „Aghet“ dem Genozid an den Armeniern vor hundert Jahren. Nun fordert die Türkei, die Produktion nicht weiter zu fördern – und hat bereits einen Teilsieg errungen.

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Preise der Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung verliehen

Die diesjährigen Preise der Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung für junge, hochbegabte Musiker im Bereich der klassischen zeitgenössischen Musik gehen an die Geigerin Agata Nowak, den Fagottisten Miguel Ángel Pérez Domingo und den Posaunisten Alexandre Mastrangelo.

Musik Heute

Staatsoper Hannover startet mit Ivan Repušić in neue Spielzeit

Die Staatsoper Hannover geht mit ihrem neuen Generalmusikdirektor Ivan Repušić in die Spielzeit 2016/17. Der kroatische Dirigent tritt die Nachfolge von Karen Kamensek an.

El Pais

El cantante congoleño Papa Wemba muere en un concierto en Costa de Marfil

Conocido como el rey de la rumba congoleña, su fallecimiento ha conmocionado el país africano

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Carmen, lecturas de un mito

Casa del Lector (Madrid) acoge la exposición ‘Carmen. Lecturas de un mito’, que incluye más de 450 piezas de 40 museos y bibliotecas de toda Europa centradas en la mítica figura creada por Prosper Mérimée en 1845.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM We asked Meryl Streep for her tips on being an incredible opera diva…

The Strad @TheStadMag ‘I do not like hearing Mozart, whose style is founded on singing, without …’

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(Written on April 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Telegraph discusses Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation as ENO’s music director and the future of the organisation. Also, streaming to be the U.S. music industry’s single largest revenue-generator, the Canada Council for the Arts to receive fund infusion, the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York to transform classical music & new comtemporary classical labels to be launched

The Telegraph

Mark Wigglesworth’s resignation: egos, feuds and the fresh crisis at ENO

As ENO’s music director suddenly quits, Rupert Christiansen asks if his exit could ultimately help the stricken company

Observer

NY’s Newest Orchestra Is Transforming Classical Music

You don’t have to know much about classical music to know it’s in decline. According to Nielsen’s 2015 Year-End Report, classical music is the second least-consumed genre in the United States at 1.3 percent of total consumption

The Strad

The Juilliard School tops QS World University Rankings performing arts category

Second place goes to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and third to the Royal College of Music in London

Los Angeles Times

Expect the unexpected on recordings of Kent Nagano and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

It should be common knowledge that Kent Nagano, who arrived in California this week amid his first U.S. tour as music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, is one of the world’s most imaginative and important conductors

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New contemporary classical label launches

Cognitive Shift Recordings launches today with news of its epic first album. The new company is the result of a collaboration between London labels One Little Indian Records (home to artists including Björk) and Manners McDade Music Publishing

Classicalite

Andy Akiho Combines Table Tennis With Percussion in Concerto

Innovative composer Andy Akiho has upped the ante with his recent symphony, Ricochet, an orchestra performance incorporating percussionists “playing” a ping pong table

TheStar.com

Canada Council for the Arts getting fund infusion

The Canada Council for the Arts is set to receive a major infusion of funds — but some patience will be required

IT-Times

RIAA: Music Streaming überholt erstmalig Music-Downloads im US-Musikgeschäft

2015 war das Jahr der Music Streaming Dienste wie Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Co. Sie zeigten gleichzeitig auch die höchste Wachstumsdynamik bei digitaler Musik

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Keine Spitzenplätze für Deutsche Musikhochschulen

In den QS World University Rankings 2016 schaffen es von den Deutschen Musikhochschulen lediglich vier in die Top 50

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Die Festspiele Zürich werden zur Biennale

Die Festspiele Zürich finden künftig nur noch alle zwei Jahre statt. Die Leitung hofft, so eine intensivere Veranstaltung organisieren zu können

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neue musikzeitung Musikschulen geben wieder Konzerte in Kirchen: – Rund 70 Konzerte sind in…

Ed Vaizey This morning we published the 1st White Paper on Culture in 50 years – read here

Classical:NEXT Vote for the and learn about 11 iterntl projects pushing art music forward

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(Written on March 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ‘Classical Hundred’ initiative will make recordings available to primary schools teachers, a US astronaut plays bagpipes on an International Space Station to pay tribute to a colleague who died and Goldberg Variations will be touring from November 13th. Also, an interview with opera director Calixto Bieito about his inspiration behind his new take on Verdi’s ‘The Force of Destiny’

The Telegraph

Schools minister: ‘Expose youngsters to classical music’

The ‘Classical Hundred’ initiative will make high quality recordings available to primary schools teachers, writes Nick Gibb

The Independent

Percussionist explains why a huge mallet takes centre stage in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 6

Making a ‘Hammerschlag’ (hammer blow) noise is crucial to the final movement of the Austrian composer’s work

BBC

Astronaut plays bagpipes on International Space Station

A US astronaut has played a set of Scottish-made bagpipes on the International Space Station to pay tribute to a colleague who died

The Independent

Calixto Bieito interview: Opera director on the inspiration behind his bloody new take on Verdi’s ‘The Force of Destiny’

Bieito has been likened to radical film directors such as Quentin Tarantino or Pedro Almodovar

Scotsman

Goldberg Variations blurs boundaries between classical music and choreography

The Scottish Ensemble’s musicians had a steep learning curve when they teamed up with Sweden’s Andersson Dance, but choreography has added a new dimension to their performance

BBC

Lord of the Rings voted ‘best movie soundtrack’

Music from The Lord of the Rings has been voted the best soundtrack of all time for the sixth year running

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BMW WELT JAZZ AWARD

Der BMW Welt Jazz Award geht im Januar 2016 in seine achte Saison. In insgesamt sechs kostenfreien Sonntagsmatineen von Januar bis März 2016 präsentieren sich international herausragende Ensembles im Doppelkegel der BMW Welt unter dem Motto „Inspired by Legends“

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Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society für Martha Argerich

Die Pianistin Martha Argerich hat die Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society erhalten. In der Begründung der Jury heißt es, Martha Argerich sei wegen der seltenen Verbindung von technischer Meisterschaft und leidenschaftlicher Kunstfertigkeit eine faszinierende und ausdrucksstarke Pianistin

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Riccardo Muti: Schelte für junge Dirigenten und Regisseure

Riccardo Muti hat bei einer Toscanini-Ausstellung in Mailand seinen Missmut über die junge Dirigentenszene zum Ausdruck gebracht

The Japan Times

Hyogo composer wins first place in Geneva music contest

Composer Shoichi Yabuta took first prize in the composition division of the Geneva International Music Competition on Sunday

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Spivakov Cancels International Violin Competition In Omsk

The 2015 edition of the Yankelevitch International Violin Competition in Omsk has been cancelled due to funding cuts

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Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic : Why did , Queen of the avant-garde, feature a forgotten instrument of the Renaissance on her latest album?

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Goldberg Variations, a collaboration between the Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance, which will be touring from November 13th 2015/The Scotsman

(Written on November 9, 2015 )

We are very excited to be working with guitarist Maria Camahort. Having completed her musical studies in Barcelona and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Maria Camahort is now a regular on the performance scene the world over. She has performed in many important musical cities such as Madrid, London, St Petersburg, Warsaw and Kraków. Maria was also the recipient of the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-2012, and, together with flautist Lucy Driver, was the winner of the Pro-Musicis France Award 2013.

Influenced by the likes of David Dolan, Zoran Dukic and John Parricelli, Maria has a specialist interest in chamber music and enjoys collaborating with other performers from other genres in creative ways. To date, she has worked with singers (The Voice of Strings), dancers (Tango Magnètic), jazz artists (Jamie McCredie) and musicals (The L5Y). She also appeared in a CNN interview with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso in June 2012.

Her latest project continues this theme; The Maria Camahort Quintet was born in November 2011 out of the desire to increase the possibilities in chamber music. Maria plays the guitar and arranges the repertoire alongside four other talented musicians: Violeta García, voice and violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Pablo Domínguez, percussion and guitar. The Quintet has already performed at some of the top venues and festivals such as Kings Place and the Purcell Room. They are currently focusing on the Spanish musical tradition and this exploration has culminated in their first album, due to be released in June 2015. Entitled ‘Iberian Colours,’ the CD will be a representation of the vibrancy of Spain in sound: vibrant colours, earthy textures and foot-tapping rhythms. The Quintet will also be performing at the Buxton Festival and Arts in Action festival, both in July, and at the Barbican’s Milton Court in October.

Look out for ‘Maria Camahort Quintet: Iberian Colours’ on Convivium Records, digitally on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and physically by Harmonia Mundi UK, released on 1st June 2015. Keep up to-date with Maria, the Quintet and the album on her website and through Twitter.

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(Written on April 16, 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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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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(Written on February 25, 2015 )

The world is a big place with lots of exciting things to experience, especially in the classical music world. In the spirit of our New Year’s resolutions blog to try new things and set new goals, we were inspired to begin thinking about our classical music ambitions: orchestras we would love to see live, concert halls we want to visit, instruments we aspire to learn. As well as having a think ourselves, we asked you over on our Facebook and Twitter pages to send yours in too. Here they are:

Prom at the BBC Proms

As one of the best classical music festivals in the world, showcasing the best talent, Promming at the Proms is a longstanding tradition and therefore is a musical must. Standing in the arena or galleries offers an atmosphere unrivaled by buying a ticket and sitting. For only £5, you can experience some of the world’s greatest artists. We recommend joining the queue before 16:30 to ensure you get in.

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The Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Photo: (c) newarktwinning.com

The Last Night of the BBC Proms

Equally, the Last Night of the Proms is a spectacular, patriotic finale to a summer’s worth of music. The first half is a traditional concert whilst, during the second half, the Royal Albert Hall transforms into a sea of flag waving, national anthem singing extravaganza. With favourites such as Rule Britannia, Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem sung every year, it’s no wonder tickets are highly sought after and distributed via a ballot each year. Thankfully, Promming is still an option on the Last Night although you will need to get there much earlier than on a regular night!

The 2015 BBC Proms is announced on 23rd April

Go to an Opera or Ballet

Although the prospect of going to an opera or ballet for the first time can seem scary, The Telegraph have written a handy guide to etiquette at such events so you can enjoy the concert and look like a seasoned pro.

Sitting in an orchestra whilst they are playing

Carolin in our Berlin office suggested this great idea. Just imagine watching a pianist’s hands whiz over the keys or feeling the vibrations of the timpani!

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Go to Carols at Kings

One of our interns, Ruth, said she would like to go to the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge one Christmas rather than just watching it on television. Guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.

Learn to play an unusual musical instrument

The world is full of violinists, why not take up the Chinese Yangqin?!

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A Chinese Yangqin. Photo found at Sonic Adventures

Visit the Philharmonie de Paris

Extremely topical at the moment as it only just opened this week (14th January 2015). Sarah, one of our Account Managers who suggested this, and others interested, should take a look at their upcoming season programme for more details.

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Go to an open air concert

Our founder, Kathleen Alder, suggested this one: going to an open air concert in a beautiful setting such as Scandinavia or somewhere in Iceland. Beethoven under the Northern Lights? Yes please!

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We’ve clearly got a lot to tick off our list! Keep tweeting us @WildKatPR with your suggestions-see you in Paris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on January 16, 2015 )

With the new technologies emerging and overspilling into the industry, WildKat PR went along to this year’s exciting BBC Proms to ask the queuing Prommers their opinion on how the classical music industry is being affected.

From using Spotify to electric percussion, we have interviewed many Prom attendees from far and wide to gain their perspective on it all.

We will be uploading their answers every day this week, with today’s instalment focusing on how Prommers use the Internet to access and listen to classical music.

(Written on September 2, 2013 )

Tomorrow evening at 7.30pm, renowned independent school, Millfield School, will perform its much-anticipated concert at Cadogan Hall, London.

The performance, celebrating Millfield’s impressive 2012-13 concert season, will include the school’s award-winning chamber choir, the Millfield Camerata, performing a world premiere of Jumping the Rhynes for choir and percussion ensemble. The piece was especially written for the school by ‘The Police’ drummer and Millfield School alumnus, Stewart Copeland, having been inspired by his time at the school in the 1960s. The concert will also feature Millfield’s String Consultant, leading violinist So-Ock Kim, whose career has seen her perform at some of London’s most renowned venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican.

‘Millfield at Cadogan’ has been greatly anticipated, being featured in many popular publications including Classic FMGramophone and BBC Music Magazine What’s On. Tickets for the event start at £15 and the programme for the concert is as follows:

Stewart Copeland World Premiere of ‘Jumping the Rhynes’ (chorus and percussion ensemble)

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor

Schumann Piano Quintet

For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Millfield Camerata

(Written on March 22, 2013 )

Classic FM

Delius study weekend celebrates 150th anniversary

A study weekend celebrating the 150th birthday of Frederick Delius is to take place at The British Library in September.

Domingo’s 140th opera role sparks Twitter competition

Plácido Domingo’s latest operatic role, his career 140th, has led to a Twitter-based competition from the LA Opera.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Just in: Dudamel loses his #1 flute

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is crowing at having grabbed principal flute David Buck from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Who’d appoint a choirboy to captain the national team?

England, for one.

Our new cricket captain, Alastair Cook, sang in the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral and won a scholarship to the associated school.

Wall Street Journal

In Turkey, One City Fine-Tunes Rules on Percussion Players

Miss a Beat and Get Drummed Out; ‘We Don’t Want Amateurs Here’

San Francisco Classical Voice

Klaus Heymann: Defy Labels, to Be the One

There was a time, not so long ago, that Klaus Heymann was accused of trying to destroy the classical music industry. That was around the same time that the world realized that Naxos, Heymann’s budget-record label, was not just another series of CDs in the bargain bin.

WQXR

The Pitfalls of Carrying Musical Instruments on Planes

Cellist Recalls ‘State of Panic’ After Checking Instrument

Klaus Heymann – San Francisco Classical Voice

(Written on August 31, 2012 )