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in todays news: A piece on racial diversity in classical music, Dame Evelyn Glennies residency comes to an end, music royalties go up and Lyric 360 is relaunched. An orchestra playing on broken instruments, how music can shape your dreams and your concentration, Cecilia Bartoli to sing in the Sistine Chapel, all of Brahms works compiled, Joyce DiDonato wins the Händel Prize and how music classes are affecting prisoners in Germany.

The Telegraph

Lawrence Brownlee on race Rossini and ‘injustice’ in Trump’s America

Scroll back half a century and opera was being magnificently swelled by a flood of African American singers. That tide has sadly ebbed now.

Classical Music

Dame Evelyn Glennie concludes King’s Cross residency

Dame Evelyn Glennie will present the product of her 12-month residency at London’s King’s Cross on 22 December.

Teaching Drama

Lyric 360 launched

London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Digital Theatre+ have launched Lyric 360, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Lyric’s The Seagull.

The Strad

Texas cello pedagogue Phyllis Young has died

Cellist was on the Butler School of Music faculty for over 50 years and director of the UT String Project for 35 years.

Billboard

CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion, even with Youtube and others ‘driving down the value of our works’

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organisations in 123 countries, reports that music revenue grew to 8.006 billion euros ($8.435 billion) from 7.497 million euros ($7.9 billion), an increase of 6.8 percent.

Popular Science

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of tasks

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.

The Inquirer

A desperate cry for help.’ 400 busted Philly school instruments revived for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Su Spina normally plays kettledrums. But when she went to pick up the instrument she’d be playing in the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra — a new composition for 400 amateur and professional musicians all playing broken instruments from the Philadelphia public schools — her options were limited.

Pizzicato

Cecilia Bartoli is the first woman to sing at the Sistine Chapel

Tomorrow, Friday 17, Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli will sing ‘Beata Viscere’ by the medieval French composer Perotin with the choir of the Sistine Chapel.

Concerti

Vom Einfall bis zum Beifall

In liebevoller Detailarbeit entsteht im hohen Norden Deutschlands eine Ausgabe sämtlicher musikalischer Werke von Johannes Brahms.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wie Inhaftierte über die Musik neuen Lebensmut fassen

Das Projekt “Musik hinter Gittern” wird in 17 deutschen Gefängnissen angeboten. Es dient nicht nur als Freizeitangebot, sondern ist auch ein Resozialisationsprogramm.

BR Klassik

Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den Händel-Preis 2018 der Stadt Halle. Damit sollen “ihre herausragenden Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik” gewürdigt werden, erklärte die Stiftung Händelhaus am Mittwoch.

Schallplattenkritik

Die aktuelle Bestenliste ist da

Der PdSK (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik e.V.) hat die vierte Vierteljahresliste 2017 veröffentlicht. 157 Juroren sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im letzten Quartal, sie nominierten 258 Titel in 32 Kategorien für die Longlist und evaluierten daraus die Siegertitel.

Le Figaro

Comment la musique influence nos rêves et notre sommeil

À l’occasion d’un grand concert donné à la Philharmonie de Paris dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche devant un public venu avec oreillers et couettes, Le Figaro a interrogé Sophie Schwartz, une spécialiste des neurosciences.

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#Today in 1895 Birth of #composer and conductor Paul #Hindemith #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on November 16, 2017 )

In today’s news, star violinist David Garrett receives the Frankfurter Musikpreis, and the critique of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie: accessibility not guaranteed. Finland musicians explore the fusion of classical and metal, and Handel opera gets a period punch. Drake music creates accesible music education guide, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made a $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth.

The New York Times

An Early-Music Ensemble Gives a Handel Opera a Period Punch

After centuries of relative neglect, Handel’s operas have come into their own.

The Guardian

Long before Brian Eno and others realised it was possible, Basil Kirchin was manipulating sounds to create a new and pioneering form of music

The List

Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) – ‘Classical music is bombastic and massive and metal has the same essence’

Finnish quartet celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.

Classical Music Magazine

Drake Music releases guide to accessible music education

The charity hopes that the guide will act as a simple ‘one stop shop’ for organisations, resources, venues, assistive music technology and instruments for inclusive approaches to music education.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernstar Netrebko in Wien zur Kammersängerin ernannt

Anna Netrebko (45) ist in Wien mit dem Titel Kammersängerin geehrt worden. Sie sei seit Jahren eng mit der Wiener Staatsoper verbunden, so die Begründung.

Klassik.com

Kritik an Elbphilharmonie: Stolperfallen für Menschen mit Behinderung

An der Barrierefreiheit der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist Kritik laut geworden. Einem Bericht des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlags zufolge fordern Vertreter des Blinden- und Sehbehindertenvereins (BSVH) Nachbesserungen, da die Elbphilharmonie Menschen mit Behinderung durch einige Stolperfallen gefährde.

Frankfurter Musikpreis geht in diesem Jahr an Geiger David Garrett

Der Geiger David Garrett erhält den diesjährigen Frankfurter Musikpreis. Die im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse verliehene Auszeichnung ist mit 15.000 Euro dotiert und ehrt Künstler, die einen besonderen Beitrag für die internationale Musikszene geleistet haben

Inside Philanthropy

A Foundation Goes All-In On Classical Music Education for Underrepresented Communities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made an unprecedented $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY)—a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia

Chicago Tribune

Principal trumpet Martin resigns from Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2005, has resigned from the orchestra, effective on Wednesday of this week, the orchestra has announced.

Twitter

Music History  in 1882 Birth of German Kurt .

Classical Music‏  Viewpoints: Eye On History: Exploring Beethoven’s African roots – Buffalo News

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(Written on February 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, French government increases cultural spending, York Minster fires all of its bell ringers, and violinist plays Habanera one-handed. Also, Philadelphia hosts major classical competition, and Novi Sad becomes European Capital of Culture 2021.

International Arts Manager

French government to increase cultural spending

The French government have announced a huge increase in the country’s cultural budget. €3.6bn has been set aside for the Department of Culture and Communication, a 5.5 per cent increase on the previous year. It equates to just over one per cent of the France’s entire budget.

Opera Now Magazine

Independent Opera announces 2016/17 vocal scholars and postgraduate fellows

Soprano Katie Lowe will join bass baritone Milan Siljanov as an Independent Opera postgraduate voice fellow for 2016/17.

Classic Fm

York Minster sacks all of its bell ringers, no peal to welcome in Christmas morning

Every year since the Middle Ages the 56 bells of York Minster have marked Remembrance Sunday and Christmas – but this year the historic bells won’t ring out because all of the Minster’s bell ringing volunteers have been sacked.

Violinist can play Habanera one-handed while bouncing a ping pong ball in time to the music

This violinist from Polish musical cabaret act MozART Group demonstrates an impressive skill-set in his memorable performance of Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Classical Music Magazine

Philadelphia to host major classical competition

Astral will present the winners of its 2016 National Auditions at its inaugural winners’ concert on 26 October. The event will feature performances from pianist Congcong Chai, violinist Timothy Chooi, pianist Natalia Kazaryan, violinist Katie Hyun, harpist Emily Levin, pianist Zhenni Li, and the Rolston String Quartet.

The New York Times

ICE’s Founder, Claire Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role

Ms. Chase is stepping down from her leadership position to become, in her words, a member of the band, and to be able to devote more time to her blossoming career as a soloist.

klassik.com

Novi Sad wird Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2021

Mit der serbischen Stadt wird zum ersten Mal die Stadt eines Landes ausgewählt, das zu den EU-Beitrittskandidaten gehört.

jetzt.de

Musiker erstellen Anti-Trump-Playlist mit 30 Tracks

Der Schriftsteller Dave Eggers hat für sein Projekt “30 Days, 30 Songs” ziemlich bekannte Musiker versammelt. Bis zur US-Wahl am 8. November soll täglich ein Track erscheinen, zu hören in einer Spotify-Playlist.

Klassik heute

9. Impuls-Festival für Neue Musik Sachsen-Anhalt

Das Eröffnungskonzert findet am Donnerstag, 20. Oktober, 20 Uhr, unter dem Sternenhimmel des Steintor-Varietés in Halle statt und lädt zu einem fulminanten Festivalauftakt ein. Das MDR Sinfonieorchester unter Kristjan Järvi präsentiert ein Programm mit Beschleunigungscharakter.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Sopranistin Anush Hovhannisyan gewinnt Stella Maris-Wettbewerb

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Julia Hülsmann bekommt SWR Jazzpreis am 25.10.: Der gemeinsam vom SWR und dem Land Rheinland-Pfa…

Music History @today_classical in 1849 Death of Frederic in Paris.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

(Written on October 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, violinist Herbert Light has retired from Philadelphia Orchestra, after 56 years with the ensemble. Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition. Also, the 17-year-old pianist, Henry Cash, has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

The Strad

Philadelphia Orchestra violinist retires after 56 years

Long-serving Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Herbert Light has retired after 56 years with the ensemble. A student of David Madison and Jani Szanto at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and served in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960.

Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition announces results

The Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana (ANLAI) have announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Scholl and Halperin win Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016

Countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Tamar Halperin have been named as the recipients of the Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016. The prize is endowed with €45,000 (£40,560), making it the most valuable award in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Henry Cash wins Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016

Pianist Henry Cash has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016. The 17-year-old, who is currently studying with Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, played Haydn’s D major sonata and the first movement of Chopin’s B-flat minor sonata in the final round of the bursary competition, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

Chicago Tribune

Ear Taxi Festival shows what collaboration can mean for new music in Chicago

From the Patricia Barber song cycle that launched the event Wednesday, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW program that concluded it Monday night, Chicago’s largest-ever festival of contemporary classical music proved itself to be all that it aspired to be — a grand idea in a grand city at a grand time.

Broadwayworld

Las Vegas Philharmonic Renews Music Director Donato Cabrera’s Contract

This will extend Cabrera’s role as Music Director and Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic through the 2019 – 2020 concert season, the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

Le Parisien

Après le 13 novembre, le public a-t-il peur de revenir dans les salles de spectacle?

Les Français sont globalement “rassurés” par les dispositifs de sécurité adoptés dans les salles de spectacles depuis les attentats du 13 novembre 2015 mais une part importante juge encore “insuffisantes” les mesures à l’extérieur des salles et des festivals.

Spiegel Online

Der Nachschlag nach dem Festspiel-Sommer

Österreich ist Austragungsort eines der originellsten europäischen Jazzfestivals. Bei “Jazz & The City” verwandelt sich die Salzburger Altstadt in eine Bühne für Weltstars.

Neue Musikzeitung

Donaueschinger Musiktage planen 18 Uraufführungen

Das drei Tage dauernde Festival in Donaueschingen im Schwarzwald werde sich unter anderem der Schnittstelle zwischen Avantgarde und Popmusik widmen, sagte ein Sprecher der Organisatoren im Vorfeld.

Musik heute

Neuer Preis der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Sopranistin Olena Tokar

Die 1987 in der Ukraine geborene Künstlerin habe beim “Sängerfest der Jungen Elite” im September überzeugt, teilten die Festspielveranstalter am Dienstag in Schwerin mit. Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Preis soll im Rahmen einer Operngala im Sommer 2017 überreicht werden.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The 4 great challenges, by one of our favourite pianists http://dlvr.it/MRPtN0 #ClassicalMusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Did you know that your new £5 note can actually play classical music? https://t.co/7JYJZOrnP8

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1881 Birth of #composer Carlos Lopez #Buchardo #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on October 12, 2016 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.

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(Written on October 6, 2014 )