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WildKat PR is very pleased to be working with composer and pianist Andrew James Johnson on his upcoming album release and concert, following the launch of his new brand.

Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy and Marketing, says: “Working alongside our in-house design team classicalmusicdesign, WildKat has created a brand and visual identity for Andrew that truly represents both his bold, friendly personality and his enchanting yet sensitive compositions. We’re very much looking forward to continuing our collaboration, and sharing Andrew’s debut album with the press and music industry.”

Andrew is a composer and pianist who grew up in Birmingham, England, and despite having no formal training on the piano in his childhood, immersed himself in the works of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. After his parents agreed to pay for lessons, Andrew’s eagerness and innate musicality developed rapidly into a passion for piano performance, before he moved onto composition.

Andrew began to draw upon a combination of classical training and contemporary influences, completing a BA in Composition at the London College of Music.  His compositional style combines rich harmonic language with expansive pianistic techniques, revealing the influence of the Romantic-era composers that so inspired him in his youth.

In the years that followed his graduation from the LCM, Andrew undertook commissions for film, television and theatre. Credits include televised advertisements for HSBC and Timotei. Andrew’s compositions take inspiration from everyday life, and his creative process makes use of the full tonal range of the keyboard, drawing on influences from his role models Max Richter and Philip Glass.

We are thrilled to be working with Andrew on his debut album release ‘Winter’s Heart’, due for release in November 2017.

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(Written on August 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical:NEXT 2016 day three, New York Geffen Hall plans continue in fits and starts, and profile of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Also, EUYO criticizes EU Commissioner Navracsics, and there are no first prize winners at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2016: day three

You have ten minutes to set up a working party and map out a festival programme on a chosen theme for a set venue. That was the assignment given to members of the audience at the final Classical:NEXT conference, titled Create-It-Yourself curation.

The Guardian

Facing the music: François-Xavier Roth

From Boulez to Baker, plus Mahler, Benjamin and… Sting: The conductor on the music that shapes his life on and off the concert platform.

The Arts Desk

Period Portraits: Snapping the OAE

The OAE doesn’t just sound unique. It looks it too. To mark the orchestra’s 30th anniversary, photographer Eric Richmond introduces his portraits.

CNN

‘Classical’ music is dying…and that’s the best thing for classical music

Charlie Albright says new approaches to classical music are the route to its revival.

Classic FM

We still need positive action in classical music, says LA Phil boss

President and Chief Executive Officer (David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair) of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deborah Borda, reveals the need for conscious effort and action around diversity at the top of orchestral music.

The New York Times

Philharmonic’s Geffen Hall Plans Continue in Fits and Starts

The renovation of the New York Philharmonic’s Lincoln Center home, David Geffen Hall, is the classical music equivalent of the Second Avenue subway.

pizzicato

EUYO Criticizes EU Commissioner’s „Misleading“ Statement

Commissioner Navracsics’s statement yesterday that the Commission is seeking a solution to EUYO funding is welcomed, says the Orchestra in a press release, „but in response to questions from the Council of Ministers, his replies were also inaccurate and misleading.“

JDCMB

Our heroine’s birthday

Yesterday was the birthday of the great violinist Jelly d’Arányi, who was born in Budapest on 30 May 1893. She is of course the heroine of Ghost Variations

klassik.com

Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen endet ohne Gewinner

Bei der diesjährigen Ausgabe des Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerbs Markneukirchen ist die Finalrunde ohne erste Plätze zu Ende gegangen.

Musik heute

Tenor Peter Schreier erhält Sächsischen Verdienstorden

Der Tenor und Dirigent Peter Schreier erhält den Sächsischen Verdienstorden. Die Auszeichnung werde dem 80-Jährigen am Mittwoch von Ministerpräsident Stanislaw Tillich überreicht, teilte die Staatskanzlei am Montag mit.

Codex flores

Jubiläumsausgabe der Musik-Kurswochen Arosa

Zum 30-Jahr-Jubiläum der Musik-Kurswochen Arosa haben sich per Ende Mai laut den Veranstaltern 1220 Teilnehmende angemeldet. Die Veranstalter erwarten ein Rekordjahr.

Twitter

Musical Futures @musicalfutures Famous classical music #composers linked to YouTube Videos – ThingLink http://bit.ly/1Z9WQXw

Katherine Jenkins @KathJenkins Favourite: “The transformative power of classical music” @BenjaminZander http://bit.ly/1sRoKpx

Steinway: Listen @ListenMusicMag: “Ten Great Music Moments in America:” #10: The Forming of @kronosquartet

Bel canto arias in the shower... Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth Photograph: Francois SECHET 2011

Bel canto arias in the shower… Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth Photograph: Francois SECHET 2011

(Written on May 31, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Gramophone Awards highlights, and Sarah Connolly argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. Also, BBC Music Magazine writes Sir David Willcock’s obituary

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2015 – all the action from the ‘Oscars of classical music’

The stars of the classical world and a night of the best music – let us take you there…

The Guardian

‘The arts makes us well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people’

Singer Sarah Connolly – the principal speaker at an Arts Council event at Westminster earlier this week – argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. We are facing a national disaster

BBC Music Magazine

Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Lengendary King’s, Cambridge choirmaster dies aged 95

BBC

Mozart gets Johnny Rotten makeover

A new portrait of Mozart imagines the composer as a “daring” and “edgy” musician in the mould of Johnny Rotten

Sinfini

Barbican launch Sound Unbound

The Barbican Centre has announced the line-up for a two-day festival aimed at people who have never engaged with classical music before

Pizzicato

Nagano’s Les Troyens from Hamburg available on Arte

Arte concert offers worldwide streaming from Hamburg, in cooperation with Binnenalster Filmfest and City Management Hamburg

Classicalite

Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Feiert die Kassette ein Comeback?

Hersteller von Musikkassetten freuen sich in den USA über einen neuen Boom. Der Grund dafür sei ein Trend bei jungen Hipstern. Gibt es den auch in Deutschland? Eine Spurensuche

Der Tagesspiegel

Aus der Schublade gefallen

Dem Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop wird trotz erfolgreicher Arbeit die Förderung gestrichen. Ein Krisengespräch vor der „Orfeo“-Premiere.

Epoch Times

Gergijew gibt umjubelten Einstand in München als Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker

Der russische Dirigent Waleri Gergijew hat am Donnerstagabend mit Gustav Mahlers „Auferstehungssymphonie“ sein Antrittskonzert als neuer Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker gegeben.

Twitter

GramophoneHere is our full report from last night’s wonderful .

Classic FMA stunning duet from & .

Sinfini Music : Pain for the ears, but perfect for near to the end of the day. Some unfortunate classical music fails.

News 18th

Cellist Matthew Barley, who will perform at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Classical Weekender. Image © Madeleine Farley/ Sinfini Music

(Written on September 18, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news fifteen North Korean senior officials have been put to death, including four musicians from the state orchestra. Karim Wasfi, cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra responds to terrorist attacks in Iraq through music. Also, Joyce DiDonato has been elected to the Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees with Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman.

The Times

Musicians among 15 executed in Kim purge

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, has put to death 15 senior officials, including four members of the state orchestra and a forestry manager in another purge of his critics.

Classic FM

This cellist found the most powerful way to respond to a day of terrorist attacks in Iraq

Cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra Karim Wasfi wanted to send a message to those ‘who consider bombs to be the only way’. So he took out his cello.

Classical Music Magazine

DiDonato joins Carnegie Hall board

Joyce DiDonato has been elected as a member of Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees, joining Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman.

Classical Source

London Symphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and violinist Nicola Benedetti perform Fourth Annual Free Concert in Trafalgar Square

The London Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will give their next free, open-air concert in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17 May.

Sinfini

$2.5m Bach portrait returns to Leipzig

One of only two surviving portraits of JS Bach is to return to the city of Leipzig where it was painted from life 265 years ago.

San Francisco Classical Voice

California Symphony Rolls Out Details on 2015-16 Season

The California Symphony, led by music director Donato Cabrera, is rolling out its 2015-16 program.

pizzicato

Pernoo And His Dream For A Chamber Music Centre In Paris

French cellist Jérôme Pernoo (43), a professor at the National Conservatory in Paris and a well-known soloist, has launched a crowd-funding on Kiss Bank in order to get the money for a planned Chamber Music Centre at Salle Cortot in Paris

Bach-Medaille 2015 für Peter Neumann

Der Kirchenmusiker, Dirigent und Chorleiter Peter Neumann wird mit der Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet.

Musik Heute

Rheinoper legt neuen “Ring” auf – Kompletter Zyklus Premiere für Regisseur Hilsdorf

Düsseldorf – Die “Walküre” hat Dietrich W. Hilsdorf bereits inszeniert, für das Aalto-Musiktheater Essen.

Twitter

Teach Through Music ‏@TTMLondon: 23% of UK adults said they would love to learn a musical instrument, & 17% said they would love to do more singing! http://bbc.co.uk/news/education-32487385 …

Arts Council England ‏@ace_national:As #GE2015 nears, we summarise the latest arts + culture policy announcements: http://bit.ly/1GLf5KD  #culturematters

Classic FM @ClassicFM: As soon as he walks off stage in Maastricht, André Rieu will be answering your questions. Details here: http://classfm.co/wWEyPF 

cellist-in-BaghdadKarim Wasfi of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra wanted to send a message to those ‘who consider bombs to be the only way’.

(Written on May 1, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Baghdad’s ballet school: a tiny island of creativity amid inescapable violence

Though the Iraqi capital’s past as a cultural center is a distant memory, the music and ballet school has remained a cultural safe haven for its 500-odd students

Anthony Burgess musical composition discovered

Song based on Shakespeare sonnet found among possessions of woman to whom the writer had dedicated it

Classic FM

World’s smallest portrait of Mozart sells for £218,500

A rare miniature of the composer has been sold for £218,500 at auction.

Classical Source

Detroit Symphony and Tod Machover Invite Local Residents to Capture Sounds of Detroit for New Collaborative Symphony, to Premiere in November 2015

What does Detroit sound like? This month sees the launch of a new, yearlong partnership between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and American composer Tod Machover.

The Strad

International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern announces shortlisted candidates

Launched by Professor Zakhar Bron, the event takes place from 22 to 31 January 2015

The Stage

Opera Holland Park could receive £5m from council to become independent

Opera Holland Park could become independent from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the help of a £5 million grant.

New York Times

Metropolitan Opera’s Deficit Swells to $22 Million

The company faces its most serious shortfall in decades, but says a new business model and endowment drive will put it on better footing.

concerti

Interview mit Sol Gabetta: „Ich glaube, du bist süchtig“

Sol Gabettas Erfolgsformel: Nichts erwarten und doch Ziele vor Augen haben – ein Gespräch über Zufriedenheit und emotionale Stärk

Klassik.com

Terumi Oishibashi gewinnt Possehl-Musikpreis 2014

Japanische Schlagzeugerin erhält Preisgeld von 5.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Opéras cherchent chanteurs lyriques à prix abordables

Quand ils ne peuvent s’offrir une distribution de premier plan, souvent trop coûteuse, les directeurs de théâtre font appel à leur flair pour dénicher les perles rares capables de coller à leurs ambitions.

Twitter

Darren Henley ‏@HENLEYDARREN: The @MayorofLondon launches his visionary #LondonMusicPledge today at #MayorsEducationConference supporting Music Education across London.

BBC Newsnight ‏@BBCNewsnight: The Gospel According to the Other Mary: @katierazz gets exclusive access to new opera http://bbc.in/1xWXNGJ 

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: Edison announced his phonograph #onthisday in 1877,changing music forever Early recording: http://bit.ly/1xxfmgU ^C

mozart-portrait-to-scale-1416483023-article-0The world’s smallest portrait of Mozart. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on November 21, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Music could make you fitter without exercising

Listening to your favourite pieces could improve the health of your heart even without doing any exercise, according to a new study

Ealiest portrait of Mozart revelaed?

Scholars are currently analysing a portrait thought to be of the young composer, painted around 1762

The Guardian

Male conductors are better for orchestras, says Vasily Petrenko

The principal conductor of the National Youth Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic causes a stir when making the comment that orchestras “react better when they have a man in front of them”

Gramophone

Southbank Centre unveils fully restored Royal Festival Hall organ

The fully restored and reinstalled Royal Festival Hall organ at London’s Southbank Centre has been unveiled following a successful campaign to raise £2.3m through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and public donations

The New York Times

Lotfi Mansouri, 84, Opera Troupe Director, Dies

Lotfi Mansouri, the Iranian-born opera director and manager who ran the San Francisco Opera and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and pioneered the use of synchronous translations in performances, died on Friday at his home in San Francisco

The Telegraph

Last Night of the Proms: ‘All that flag-waving and rousing music. I can’t wait,’ says Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop explains why she’s so excited to be the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms – despite having to wear a wrist splint

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ich führe einen blutigen Kleinkrieg

Er ist der Salzburger Intendant mit der kürzesten Amtszeit. 2012 trat er mit einem opulenten Programm an, beendet wurde Alexander Pereiras Vertrag schon vor der Spielzeit. Was bleibt?

Classic FM Online

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(Written on September 3, 2013 )