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The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.

AVI

Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Scottish government will boost Edinburgh Festivals’ funding, Philharmonia announces new managing director, and the UK’s most talented young musicians are returning to Birmingham. Also, Jiří Bělohlávek remains maestro of Czech Philharmonic.

Teaching Drama Magazine

£300k extra for Edinburgh Festivals

In celebration of the Edinburgh International, Fringe and Film Festivals’ 70th anniversary this year, the Scottish government have boosted the EIF’s government funding by £300,000, to £2.3m.

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces new managing director

The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Helen Sprott as its new managing director.

Bromsgrove Advertiser

The country’s most talented young musicians are returning to Birmingham

Performing under the baton of renowned conductor John Wilson, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain makes a return visit to Birmingham’s prestigious Symphony Hall this new year.

The Violin Channel

Violin Virtuoso Julia Fischer Awarded Germany’s Highest Civilian Accolade

Violinist Julia Fischer has been awarded a German ‘Federal Cross’ Order of Merit for her work as a cultural ambassador for the country.

The New York Times

Beyoncé, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar to Headline Coachella

In a new kind of booking for the annual festival in the California desert, Beyoncé will be one of the three headliners at Coachella this year, which will be held April 14-16 (and repeated the following weekend, April 21-23) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.

RBB Kulturradio

Dirigent Bělohlávek verlängert Vertrag in Prag

Jiří Bělohlávek bleibt an der Spitze der Tschechischen Philharmonie. Der 70-jährige Chefdirigent habe einen Vertrag für die nächsten sechs Jahre unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester in Prag mit.

nmz

Hoff: Thüringen braucht Kultur in der Fläche auf hohem Niveau

Die geplante Gebietsreform in Thüringen wird nach Einschätzung von Kulturminister Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff (Linke) auch den Theatern und Orchestern neue Gestaltungs- und Finanzierungsräume eröffnen.

Klassik Heute

Audi Jugendchorakademie gastiert in der Elbphilharmonie

Unter der Leitung von Kent Nagano tritt der Chor am 13. Januar 2017 in der neuen Elbphilharmonie auf. Auf dem Programm steht die Uraufführung des Oratoriums Arche, das der Komponist Jörg Widmann für diesen Anlass geschrieben hat.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM Watch an organist play The Flight of the Bumblebee *with his feet*

Cmuse.org @cmuseorg An Italian lost his post after ruining for the children in the audience

NDR.de @ndr Vorerst letzte Chance auf ein Ticket für die : Jetzt startet der Vorverkauf der letzten 8.000 Karten.

© Kim Traynor

© Kim Traynor

(Written on January 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yehudi Menuhin’s legacy reviewed by Jessica Duchen, Sir Roger Norrington states that London has no great concert hall to rival other major cities around the world and the Philharmonia of New York, will debut two concerts with films, lighting and the largest cast of performers assembled in Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater

BBC Music Magazine

 

English composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès has been appointed artistic partner at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In this new role Adès role will play with and conduct the BSO throughout the season, as well as composing new works for the orchestra.

Guardian

Royal College of Music honours Reich, Norrington and Jurowski

At the college’s annual awards, presided over by HRH The Prince of Wales, the US composer praised the state funding that in the early days of his career made it easier to perform here than in California.

The Independent

Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary year: A maestro with many strings to his bow

As the musical world celebrates Yehudi Menuhin, Jessica Duchen reviews his legacy and explains why he is remembered as far more than a violinist of extraordinary talent

Classic FM

Sir Roger Norrington: ‘London does not have a good concert hall’

The legendary early music conductor has told Classic FM the UK capital is lacking a great concert hall to rival other major cities around the world.

International Arts Manager

Youth orchestra heads to Europe

A lucky group of 109 young musicians have been selected to tour Europe with National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Not only do they get to see the world but they also get to work with top conductors Christoph Eschenbach and Valery Gergiev, and play with outstanding pianists Pianists Emanuel Ax and Denis Matsuev.

Wall Street Journal

New Orchestra Rethinks the Classical Music Experience

A newly-launched orchestra, the Philharmonia of New York, will debut two concerts with films, lighting and the largest cast of performers assembled in Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Berliner Zeitung

Die MaerzMusik setzt als „Festival für Zeitfragen“ auf Text statt auf Klang

Wer zur Pressekonferenz der „MaerzMusik“ zu spät kam, mochte sich irgendwann fragen, ob er sich nicht doch im Zimmer geirrt hatte.

Musik-heute

Berlins Bühnen und Orchester mit 3,1 Millionen Besuchern

Die Berliner Bühnen und Orchester blicken auf ein sehr erfolgreiches Jahr 2015 zurück.

NMZ

Demnächst im Kino: „Bach in Brazil“ mit Edgar Selge: Barocke Musik statt Frust im Knast

Die universelle und verbindende Kraft der Musik hat immer wieder auch geholfen, benachteiligten jungen Menschen ihren Weg ins Leben zu ermöglichen

Pacific Standard

More Evidence of the Psychological Benefits of Choral Singing

New research finds it fulfills deep-seated needs of bonding with a group

Arts and letters

2016 Music Award Winners: Seventeen Composers Receive Awards Totaling $205,000

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music

wildkat--pr-classical-music-yehudi-menuhin-afpYehudi Menuhin rehearses in a yoga pose in the 1950s AFP/Getty

 @ace_national New Blog:Art and culture can transform areas, we all need to shout about it #culturematters http://bit.ly/1TRC2VL  

@ClassicFM We’re about to reveal the name that Owain Arwel Hughes has picked for his dad’s composition: http://classfm.co/VndnWd  

@BBCRadio3 Stars, space food & a cornucopia of women composers: Maggie Aderin-Pocock #EssentialClassics http://bbc.in/1nCiIx3  

(Written on March 11, 2016 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports that David Bowie has died at the age of 69 and Gustavo Dudamel conducts Star Wars. Also, a video is released of passengers enjoying an impromptu classical music concert at a train station in Ternopil and Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Making connections: A carefully programmed concert is greater than the sum of its parts

Today we have incredible access to a seemingly infinite amount of music: Spotify, YouTube, apple-music – not to mention an abundance of online score libraries

Classic FM

RIP David Bowie – we’re remembering his genius version of Peter and the Wolf

The music legend David Bowie has died from cancer at the age of 69. The world of pop music will never be the same – but he also made his mark on the classical world

Ukraine Today

Passengers enjoy impromptu classical music concert at train station in Ternopil

Musicians bring Christmas cheer to weary passengers

The Telegraph

Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I thought John Williams was joking when he asked me to conduct his Star Wars music’

There is awe in Gustavo Dudamel’s voice as he describes the moment he watched the words “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” crawl across the screen in front of him

Classical Music Magazine

Bachtrack announces classical music statistics for 2015

Listings database Backtrack has published an analysis of its data from 2015’s classical performances

Der Tagespiel

An der Himmelspforte

Erste Aufnahmen und die Pläne für den neuen Konzertsaal: Wie Simon Rattle und das London Symphony Orchestra sich für die Zukunft warmspielen

Pizzicato

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg eröffnet in einem Jahr

Genau in einem Jahr am 11. und 12. Januar 2017 wird das NDR Sinfonieorchester unter der Leitung von Thomas Hengelbrock das Eröffnungskonzert im Großen Saal geben

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Nicht allein

Solisten beherrschen manches, was andere Musiker nicht können. Nur im Ensemble zu spielen, fällt vielen schwer. Über die Kunst der Kammermusik, an der die Größten scheitern – oder wachsen

New York Times

For One Night, China’s Great Hall of the People Reverberates With Music

There is sort of an invisible rule in China that rock musicians cannot perform in big concert halls or opera houses,” said Tan Dun

Washington Post

How a classical critic introduced her child to music (not very well)

Ever since my son was born in 2011, it seemed inevitable that I would produce an article on introducing children to music

Twitter

Telegraph@Telegraph  With his new album, David Bowie returned to his first love http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/david-bowie-blackstar-first-listen-extraordinary/

Music Mark@musicmarkuk  #MemberVoice “Music can give a voice to those who have no voice” @paterson2_diane @ArtFormsLeeds

Philharmonia@philharmonia  This week’s Spotify playlist honours Pierre Boulez, featuring some of his best work as both conductor & composer http://spoti.fi/1PZqPiU

David Bowie/ Classic FM

David Bowie/ Classic FM

 

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

Classical News

Times

Banks need arts graduates to put humanity back into business

A leading investment bank is seeking to hire a new generation of arts graduates as it blames “linear thinking” mathematicians and economists for elements of the financial crisis.

Independent

Blaise Bellville: reinventing classical concerts

He has set up a magazine, gigs for under-18s and a live music service. Now, with help from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Blaise Bellville is turning his attention to classical music.

Classical Source

Shadwell Opera Fundraising Concert [November 18]

Shadwell Opera are planning to mount a production of George Benjamin’s opera, Into the Little Hill, based on the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Strad

No first prize awarded at France’s Mirecourt International Violin Competition

Second prize was jointly awarded to Nathan Mierdl and Jian Ren

International Arts Manager

European project supports emerging ensembles

A new initiative that aims to train and develop emerging music ensembles has secured almost €2m in European Union funding.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jetzt schlägt Meese zurück

Bayreuth trennte sich von Jonathan Meese, weil dessen Pläne für die Eröffnungspremiere 2016 angeblich zu teuer für die Festspiele geworden wären. Nun meldet sich der Künstler selbst zu Wort – und Meese sieht die Sache ganz anders.

Spiegel Online

Jonathan Meese über Bayreuth: “Verlogen und zynisch”

“Strippenzieher und Marionetten”: Skandalkünstler Jonathan Meese reagiert im SPIEGEL mit harten Worten auf seine Entlassung durch die Leitung der Bayreuther Festspiele. Es habe Versuche gegeben, ihn einzuschüchtern.

Klassik.com

Bariton Terje Stensvold beendet seine Sängerkarriere

Norwegischer Sänger feierte große Erfolge vor allem im Wagner-Fach

El Mundo

Bach y el actual cambio de ciclo

Antonio Gómez Rufo escribe para que “la gente se rebele y salga a la calle” en ‘La camarera de Bach’

Classicalite

With Faith: Daniel Barenboim and Pope Francis Meet and Discuss Middle East and Music

It wouldn’t be the first time the maestro Daniel Barenboim meets the pope–citing earlier performances for Pope Benedict. Now, as of Nov. 17, Barenboim, 72, was received by Pope Francis.

Twitter

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Great playing of a @taylorswift13 tune… http://classfm.co/LJhJ66 

Philharmonia ‏@philharmonia: In this film our Principal Conductor compares #Debussy with #Ravel, two composers at the heart of #CityofLight http://bit.ly/1EUVzIh

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: Pleased to announce that #HogarthsStages – 5 new operas premiered at the RCM in May – are now on our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1xzhXrZ

blaise_bellville

Blaise Bellville. Photo: The Independent

(Written on November 18, 2014 )

Classical News

BBC News

Troubled arts venues get 14m rescue

More than 50 theatres, galleries and other arts organisations at “serious financial risk” have received emergency grants totalling £14m from Arts Council England over the past three years.

Classical Music Magazine

Garsington announces Philharmonia deal

The Philharmonia Orchestra will accompany one production a year, initially for five years from 2017, in new productions of late 19th- and 20th-century opera.

BBC News

Mandela opera cancelled after three shows 

Producer Unathi Mtirara, Mandela’s grandnephew, told the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency the show had run out of money to pay performers.

Classic FM 

The Piano Guys transform One Direction with Saint-Saëns 

Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt have taken a break from performing at the Seven Wonders of the World to re-work a version of an unlikely pop track – One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’.

Tagesspiegel

Für immer neugierig

Ulrich Eckhardt hat 27 Jahre lang die Berliner Festspiele geleitet – und dann ein zweites Leben als Pianist, Organist und Galerist begonnen. Ein Besuch in Zehlendorf anlässlich seines 80. Geburtstags.

Concerti

Festivalguide: Von der Magie der Gezeiten-Konzerte

In Ostfriesland umarmt die Musik die Natur – und manchmal auch umgekehrt.

Klassik.com

Dokument von 1894/95 wird erstmals in New York präsentiert.

Listen Magazine

From dorky niche to hipster darling, is the accordion going legit?

Epoch Times

Contrabass ‘Sings’ When Coaxed by Two Virtuosi

Despite the richness of the voice of the grandfather of stringed instruments, the contrabass or bass—an instrument that, in the right hands, tells its own story through great depth, color, and individuality—few bass players find much public recognition. However, two wonderful virtuosi should never be ignored again—American Joe Tamosaitis and Romanian Botond Kostyak.

Le Figaro

 La « Leçon de piano » de Valentina Lisitsa

L’artiste consacre un album à Michael Nyman, compositeur de la BO du film de Jane Campion.

Twitter

CBC Music @CBCclassical Classical violinists told they can’t take instruments on US Airways plane, make great video on the tarmac http://bit.ly/1gylK1r  #classical

World Concert Hall @wconcerthall  Today, #Bruch with @NickyBenedetti and #Mendelssohn‘s ‘Scottish’ from #Copenhagen http://ht.ly/xj90c  #wch #classicalmusic

Tim Benjamin @timthecomposer “I’ve plundered the Baroque!” http://rarescale.org.uk/section745285_285131.html …

Susan Jones @SusanJonesArts #PayingArtists@guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk/culture  holding steady in #mostpopular read #artists #goodpractice #artsfunding

NYT

The National Youth Theatre at the London Olympics

BBC News – Getty Images

(Written on May 28, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are going to be working with soprano Caroline MacPhie. Caroline studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music and in October 2014 she will be releasing her debut recital disc on Stone Records. The release will be a collection of songs written by, or about, inspirational women.

Caroline is a committed recitalist, and regularly performs with pianist Joseph Middleton, who joins her on this disc. Together they have recorded works by Poulenc, Wolf, Strauss as well as a few new commissions.

She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2011 and has performed with Southbank Sinfonia, Philharmonia, the Hallé and many more. On the operatic stage she has performed with Opera Project, Opéra National de Lyon, Silent Opera, Scottish Opera, and Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre.

You can keep up to date with Caroline’s performances and CD news over on Twitter.

Image credit: Alex Rumford

Image credit: Alex Rumford

(Written on March 25, 2014 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Times

Nicola Benedetti: Italia

A CD to file under “Work in progress”, writes Geoff Brown.

The Guardian

English Concert/Bicket/Bostridge – review

Ian Bostridge’s Ancient and Modern project at the Wigmore Hall promises, among other things, period and modern instruments in the same concert, but it opened with this purely baroque programme that resolutely represented the performer, writes George Hall.

LA Times

Music review: Dudamel and Hancock in L.A. Phil Gershwin gala

Gershwin’s way, when playing the “Rhapsody,” was to dazzle by being offhand. Hancock and Dudamel went their own radically different ways, but they didn’t, perhaps, go far enough. Mark Swed reports.

The Independent

A fatal attraction to fallen women

As La Traviata returns to London, Jessica Duchen wonders why opera’s routinely punished heroines get such a raw deal

The Arts Desk

Coote, Vinke, Philharmonia, Maazel, Royal Festival Hall

A great mezzo plumbs Mahler’s profound meditations; her conductor seems less engaged, says David Nice.

(Written on September 30, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

Gramophone

HJ Lim signs exclusive deal with EMI Classics

Pianist found wide following through internet. By Mark Seow.

New York Times

Maestro’s Injury Ignites Game of Musical Chairs

A man falls in Vermont. Classical music shudders.

The effects of James Levine’s accident this month and his replacement as conductor at the Metropolitan Opera have rippled across two continents. By Daniel J. Wakin.

The Telegraph

Sir Paul McCartney ballet premieres in New York

Former Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney writes his first original orchestral score for dance.

BBC Radio 3 hits all the wrong notes

The corporation should maintain its commitment to serious classical music, says Max Davidson.

The Times

Philharmonia/Hall at the Festival Hall, London SE1

An evening called ‘The Best of British’ celebrated 200 years of popular choral, orchestral and film music published by Novello. Hilary Finch reports.

Slipped Disc

Does the soprano voice change with ovulation?

Researchers in Germany have been working on the age-old legend that sopranos have their monthly ups and downs. Norman Lebrecht reports.

(Written on September 22, 2011 )

Antonín Dvořák’s cello concerto was the composer’s last solo concerto. This passionate work is often regarded as one of the most beautiful concerti of all time. This Sunday (May 23rd) Alban Gerhardt will perform the work at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia under the baton of Esa Pekka-Salonen, marking his 20th anniversary of performing this piece. We met Alban in Berlin where he gave us an insight into this fascinating work and told us what makes it so special.

Book tickets to Alban’s concert here and make sure you check out his Upbeat interview.

(Written on May 20, 2010 )