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In today’s news: embezzlement charges against Myung-Whun Chung dismissed, and cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire. Klaus Wüsthoff celebrartes his 95th birthday, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels performances in Vienna. What to expect of Alan Gilbert at the Elbphilharmonie, and protest letter sent by the Vancouver Opera.

Music Teacher

Music entries fall again at GCSE and A-level

Music GCSE, AS and A-Level entries have declined this year, according to Ofqual’s summer 2017 exam entry data.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung Cleared of Seoul Philharmonic Embezzlement Charges

Embezzlement charges laid in 2015 against former Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director Myung-Whun Chung have been dismissed.

The Strad

Cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire string faculty

Davies has previously taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway University of London, Marlborough College, Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music

Cmuse

Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way’ In Bach Allemande Mode

If you have ever imagined one of the best boy bands in history played in a baroque style, your wish has finally come true in the best way imaginable. We have musical genius and counterpoint enthusiast Michael Munroe to thank for the special arrangement that breathes new life to the 1999 pop masterpiece

Zeit.de

Einer, der weiß, was ankommt

Das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester macht Alan Gilbert zu seinem neuen Chefdirigenten. Ist der Amerikaner wirklich der Richtige?

Der Tagesspiegel

Rhythmen eines langen Lebens

Schlager, Swing, Orchesterwerke: Der vielseitige Berliner Komponist Klaus Wüsthoff wird 95 – und hat große Pläne für die Zukunft.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Papageien mit Rhythmus im Blut

Kakadus trommeln mit Stöcken den perfekten Beat auf hohle Äste.

The Globe and Mail

Protest letter sent after Vancouver Opera staff, contractors asked to take pay cuts

Staff and contractors at Vancouver Opera have been asked to take pay cuts, as the opera company’s officials work toward financial stability.

Pizzicato

Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna

Russian Opera baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has cancelled all his upcoming performances at the Vienna State Opera for health reasons.

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  Mahler schwingt sich in seiner Dritten zum Schöpfer auf und entwirft ein monumentales natur_erlebnis! – mit GMD

Only a few days left to apply at for your chance at purchase options. Perhaps you’ll be as happy as this soon!

Jung im Herzen. Das Swing-Trio mit Klaus Wüsthoff (links). Foto: Max Doehlemann

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(Written on June 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Wigmore Hall announces first schools concert live stream, the Royal College of Music hosts inaugural Double Bass Festival, and crisis has struck two of America’s great orchestras. Also, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performs in New York, and Weill centre welcomes classical music with a twist.

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall announces first schools concert live stream

Wigmore Hall has announced its first schools concert live stream. The event will see Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives present a musical retelling of Giles Andreae’s book Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom.

RCM to host inaugural Double Bass Festival

The inaugural Royal College of Music International Double Bass Festival will take place on 16 October. Bassists from around the world will gather for a day of masterclasses, seminars, coaching sessions and performances.

The Telegraph

Greedy bosses and musicians on strike – the crisis engulfing classical music

Crisis has struck two of America’s great orchestras. One is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which faces a deficit of $11 million and pension black hole due to rock-bottom interest rates.

The New York Times

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Comes to New York

The excellent St. Paul Chamber Orchestra ensemble makes an overdue visit to New York at the 92nd Street Y, presenting works by George Tsontakis and Mozart.

Sheboygan Press

Weill centre welcomes classical music with a twist

Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble, led by internationally renowned concert pianist and artistic director Andrew Burashko, will be reimagining the Beatles’ groundbreaking “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album when it takes the stage at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts next Thursday, Oct. 13.

WQXR

Watch: This Beethoven Remix Ad by Intel Blows Our Minds

Classical music remixes have been used in advertising to great effect this year. Intel spent a year creating a spot called “Experience Amazing” featuring Beethoven’s 5th Symphony … but with sweet, sweet twist.

Aftenposten

Disse talentene lever ut musikerdrømmen sammen med Norges fremste orkestermusikere

Klassisk musikk er selve livet. Nå får 80 utvalgte talenter spille side om side med Oslo-Filharmonien.

RBB Kulturradio

Orchester sucht polnische Musiker

Das Brandenburgische Staatsorchester Frankfurt will seine grenzüberschreitende Arbeit ausweiten. Im Rahmen eines Education-Projekts bringen mehrere Hundert Schüler aus der Region unter Anleitung des Orchesters Inszenierungen auf die Bühne.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gedenktafel für David Bowie hängt wieder

In Schöneberg hängt wieder die Gedenktafel für David Bowie. Mit einem neuen Verfahren soll verhindert werden, dass Diebe diese entfernen.

klassik.com

Historische Ladekräne kommen zurück zur Elbphilharmonie

An der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg werden drei historische Ladekräne, die lange Jahre Teil des Kaispeichers A waren, wieder aufgestellt. Die drei Halbportalkräne werden künftig das Bild der Elbphilharmonie vervollständigen.

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International Piano @IP_mag Nearly time for – don’t miss out and book your tickets here

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Neue jetzt auch im Netz. Schwerpunktthema: Frauen-Quote und Frauen im Kulturleben. Barbara Haacks Leitartikel:

NDR Kultur @ndrkultur Herhören – heute wird der Deutsche in Hamburg verliehen:

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Wigmore Hall. Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on October 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Pianist Stephen Hough calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences, Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month, and Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg Festival Young Conductor award. Also, musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus announces its 25th season.

BBC News

Pianist calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences

Pianist Stephen Hough has called for classical concerts to be overhauled to attract younger audiences. Performances should be shorter with no interval, he argues, while orchestras could drop their formal dress code.

Classical Music Magazine

Composed app to shut down

Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month. Launched in November 2014, the subscription music service allows users to stream music from the Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon catalogues, including archive and new recordings.

Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg young conductor award

Aziz Shokhakimov has won the 2016 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival young conductors award. The 27-year-old Uzbekistani wins €15,000 (£12,730) and a concert as part of the Salzburg Festival 2017, which will be released on disc.

The Stage

Musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests

Musicians are planning further protests outside venues hosting the touring production of Dirty Dancing following a dispute over the use of a backing track in the show.

The Telegraph

Meet conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

This young Lithuanian has been generating huge excitement since taking on her first orchestral directorship in Heidelberg, in 2010. Since then, successes have come thick and fast.

WQXR

National Sawdust Broadens Its Scope in Second Season

National Sawdust, the Williamsburg-based art and music venue that quickly established itself as one of the more ambitious and enterprising presenters in the city, announced its second season Monday with an even broader mission.

The New York Times

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Announces 25th Season

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will celebrate its 25th season with newly commissioned pieces from acclaimed composers, including Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Rhiannon Giddens.

klassik.com

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 für Celeste Oram und Weston Olencki

Die Komponistin Celeste Oram und der Posaunist Weston Olencki haben den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 erhalten. Der im Rahmen der 48. Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt vergebene und mit 6.000 EUR dotierte Preis ist zu gleichen Hälften auf die Bereiche Komposition und Interpretation aufgeteilt.

RBB Kulturradio

Saisoneröffnung der Berliner Philharmoniker auch im Kino

Das Konzert der Berliner Philharmoniker zur Saisoneröffnung wird in rund 100 Kinos live übertragen. Unter der Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle spielt das Orchester am 26. August Gustav Mahlers Siebte Symphonie, zum Auftakt gibt es Pierre Boulez’ “Éclat”.

Klassik Akzente

Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2016 – Fernando Varela auf dem Mopke

Am 20. August 2016 lädt die Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg zum 19. Mal in die Parkanlagen von Schloss Sanssouci nach Potsdam. Dieses Jahr mit von der Partie ist der talentierte Tenor Fernando Varela, der die Besucher mit einem eleganten Stilmix aus Klassik und Pop unterhalten wird.

Twitter

New York Times Music @nytimesmusic Bobby Hutcherson, Vibraphonist With Coloristic Range of Sound, Dies at 75 http://nyti.ms/2aY0un1

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Hier in voller Länge zum Nachhören: Götterdämmerung bei den Bayreuther Festspielen

nmz @musikzeitung  will nicht beim Super Bowl auftreten: „Es geht nicht um “: Die britische…

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Conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Credit: Rii Schroer

(Written on August 16, 2016 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Newlywed Katherine Jenkins denies diva claims

Singer Katherine Jenkins has hit back at claims she was dropped by her music company for being a “diva”

Classic FM

Pascal Rogé slams ‘mafia’ jury at piano competition

The Rina Sala Gallo Association has called for Pascal Rogé to apologise after he quit the jury and accused Italian members of the panel at the Monza international piano competition of corruption.

International Arts Manager

Vienna Philharmonic wins Nilsson prize

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has won the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize.

Pizzicato

500 Amateur Musicians Played A Rameau Flash Mob In Dijon

Dijon is the town where composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was born 250 years ago. The city organized a flash mob last Saturday.

BBC News

Live classical ‘off-putting’ says Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has said classical music concerts have had the excitement “squeezed out of them”.

Slipped Disc

Sunday school: Atlanta’s icy silence is broken by a supercool rap

The musicians and the lockout merchants are observing media silence while talks continue with a federal negotiator

Der Tagesspiegel

Müssen Karten für Oper und Theater so günstig sein?

Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner wundert sich über die Ticketpreise an subventionierten Bühnen. Das lässt er sich nun mal ganz genau erklären. Und schon gibt es Kritik.

Teure Halle – Das Konzerthaus ist wiedereröffnet

Das gibt es auch noch in Berlin: Eine Baustelle wurde rechtzeitig fertig. Mit einem festlichen Konzert unter Mitwirkung von Andrey Boreyko und Arcadi Volodos ist das Konzerthaus am Freitag wiedereröffnet worden.

das Orchester

Deutschsprachige Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften besorgt über die Lage der Orchester in Europa

Die deutschsprachigen Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften aus Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland (SMV, DOV, GdG-KMSfB und ver.di) beobachten mit großer Sorge die aktuell um sich greifende Zerstörung von Opernhäusern, -ensembles und Orchestern in Europa.

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Bamberger Symphoniker übernehmen Patenschaft für Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Ausgehend vom Bamberger Chefdirigenten Jonathan Nott, der ab diesem Jahr auch Erster Dirigent der JDPh ist, sei eine organisatorische und inhaltliche Kooperation geplant, teilten die beiden Klangkörper am Freitag mit.

The New York Times

Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78

Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura soprano admired for the range, flexibility and size of her voice, as well as the intensity she brought to her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel: http://www.theviolinchannel.com/rapping-student-guildhall-school-music-london/ … London’s Guildhall School Admits Rapper into Classical Music Programme @guildhallschool @londonsymphony

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: Happy Birthday Ralph #VaughanWilliams – ‘an adventurous, unmistakably English composer’ http://bit.ly/1vRfgh4 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Nine things you might not know about Ralph Vaughan Williams:http://www.classical-music.com/article/nine-things-you-might-not-know-about-ralph-vaughan-williams …

Der Tagesspiegel  @tagesspiegel: #Oper & #Theater in #Berlin: Müssen Eintritts-Karten denn so günstig sein, fragt Kulturstaatssekretär Tim @rennersen http://ow.ly/CEvq

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the "Festival of Lights", Photo AFP via Tagesspiegel

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the “Festival of Lights”                  Photo: AFP via Tagesspiegel

(Written on October 13, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

John Matthias’ much-anticipated latest album is out today on the Village Green label. ‘Geisterfahrer’ is an album that includes a mixture of material: new works written and performed by John Matthias and Andrew Prior for the new dance-theatre work, ‘Eden’; as well as being partly recorded at a 600 year-old school in Ashburton, Devon, with the unique and fantastic acoustic of this space being reproduced onto all of the other tracks on the album by producers, Simon Honywill and Jay Auborn.

The thirteen stunning tracks were recorded in two sessions with John Matthias performing on piano, violin and guitar, with all of his vocal performances being recorded live alongside the guitar parts. The sounds of the album feature minimalist piano and violin melodies that are innovatively interspersed with sounds created by firing artificial neurons using the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument which John Matthias has developed at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda over the last 5 years.

John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The ‘Turner Prize’ for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. He has previously released three albums; ‘Smalltown, Shining’ (Accidental Records 2001), ‘Stories from the Watercooler’ (Ninja Tune 2008), ‘Cortical Songs’ (Nonclassical 2008) with Nick Ryan, which includes remixes by Thom Yorke, Simon Tong and Jem Finer and was listed as one of the top ten classical albums by Time Out (Chicago) in 2009. John is Associate Professor in Sonic Arts at Plymouth University and is co-director of the Art and Sound research group in the School of Art and Media. He recently performed the album in Plymouth at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival ‘Thinking Music’ and his performance is shown in the image below. As well as performing it on BBC Radio 3 on the 3rd of February. 

Purchase the album here today, it is released physically and on Vinyl next week, on the 24th February. 

(Written on February 17, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Nathan Williamson to its client roster.

Nathan Williamson is an accomplished musician in a number of fields: as a specialist pianist playing at the very highest level, a skilled composer with a plethora of exciting projects and commissions, a scholar and learned communicator, as well as an artistic director, collaborator, and conductor. Nathan is working towards a large number of diverse projects and concerts, including performances at St James’s Piccadilly on 21st March, the Southwold Arts Festival, and at Harwich Festival.

Alongside recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and LSO St Luke’s, Nathan has performed in many European countries, including at prestigious venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais du Residence, De Doelen, the Lucerne and Bolzano Festivals, as well as in Korea, Canada, and the USA.

Nathan’s debut CD, of piano works by Schubert and Brahms, was released last year. In his review Bryce Morrison said: “There are few recordings of these works that equal this. The artist’s technique and pianistic command allows him an ideal musical freedom. The effect is of intense commitment and an ultimate sense of poetry.”

WildKat PR will be working with Nathan to promote his forthcoming performances, concerts and recitals in all his capacities, particularly as a pianist and composer. To see more about Nathan Williamson, take a look at his website, and you can follow him on Twitter.

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(Written on February 13, 2014 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

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(Written on January 17, 2014 )

Gramophone

British Composer Awards 2013 shortlist revealed

The 11th British Composer Awards, honouring contemporary UK composition, take place on December 3

The Guardian

Scottish Opera – some questions for the troubled company

The opera company used to be a cultural jewel whose ambitions, and resulting productions, were reasons to cheer. What has gone wrong?

The Voice of Russia

Symphony online: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra opens virtual concert hall

The large-scale online project was launched this week in one of the best music halls in Russia. The aim of this innovation is to allow music lovers from all over the country to enjoy unique performances

Classicalite

La Scala’s Post-Barenboim Conductor is…Fabio Luisi?

Now, Italy’s La Reppublica is reporting that Genoese maestro Fabio Luisi-principal conductor of the Met since September 2011-may very well be the preferred candidate

Chicago Tribune

CSO reports small deficit, record ticket sales and fundraising

While other U.S. symphony orchestras are buffeted by budget shortfalls, declining attendance, labor unrest and other problems, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues on a steady financial course

Wired

Is This the Opera of the Future?

New opera Invisible Cities represents the leading edge of operatic innovation – a bold effort to create individualized experiences within the context of a communal performance

Billboard

YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service 

YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service – akin to a Spotify, but with video – to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans

Billboard

Billboard

(Written on October 25, 2013 )

The WildKat PR team are delighted to announce the launch of our Open Sessions. The free, quick-fire consultancy scheme invites music industry individuals to come and chat to members of the team, where we will offer free advice in a broad range of areas, such as PR, social media, performances and events, sponsorship, budgets, branding, your image, websites, photography and videography, marketing and consultancy.

With over 25 years of experience in the music industry and an extensive range of consultancies to offer, the WildKat PR team are keen to help individuals in areas where they may not have much knowledge and experience, or are perhaps hesitant due to costs, as well as expanding and developing our relationships even further into the music industry. With the free Open Sessions, WildKat PR welcomes you to our offices in Central London through a quick and easy online booking, where you can choose your area of query and the best time for you.

Visit the website here to find out a little more, and to book your slot.

We look forward to meeting you, and helping you wherever we can!

(Written on May 17, 2013 )