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In today’s news: Cellist Daniel Pezotti has died, Rome’s opera house increases it’s intake and number of visitors, and composer Unsuk Chin wins “Wihuri-Sibelius-Prize”. Can classical music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life, and Soho radio gets its first classical music show courtesy of Manners McDade’s Harriet Moss.

Classic FM

Was Mozart’s sister actually the more talented sibling?

On ‘International Day of the Girl’, Classic FM celebrate Nannerl Mozart, the oft-forgotten sister of the eminent Wolfgang.

Telegraph

Can music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life?

Whether it’s singing, humming or playing the piano, for people with dementia music really can be the key to memory.

M Magazine

Tileyard Education announces Women in Music Now event

Tileyard Education has announced details of Women In Music Now (WIMN) – a one-day all-female event which will host talks, panels, networking and workshops for women aspiring to work in music.

Soho Radio launches classical music show

London community channel Soho Radio is launching its very first classical music programme, with Manners McDade’s global creative manager Harriet Moss presenting.

Limelight

Adelaide Festival to host Akram Khan’s final solo performance

The dancer-choreographer will appear in XENOS in 2018, a fitting bookend to his Australian appearances.

Klassik Heute

Bewerbungsphase für Festivalorchester 2018 beim SHMF beginnt

In der kommenden Woche startet die Bewerbungsphase für das Festivalorchester 2018 des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals.

Klassik.com

Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti gestorben

Der Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti ist tot.

Pizzicato

Roms Opernhaus steigert Einnahmen und Besucherzahlen

Das Opernhaus der italienischen Hauptstadt meldet für den Zeitraum 2014 bis 2016 ein Plus von 51 Prozent bei den Einnahmen.

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La compositrice sud-coréenne Unsuk Chin a été récompensée du Prix Sibelius de Wihuri.

Décerené en Finlande par la Foundation Jenny et Antti Wihuri, il est doté de 150,000€.

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@Archivist_Liz So is digging a hole and here’s what was found and now has pride of place in the Hall’s Archive

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(Written on October 12, 2017 )

In today’s news, have you ever wondered why people don’t clap between movements in a symphony? Classic FM investigates. Lang Lang relies on his assistant to lend a hand mid-performance, and a Welsh opera company is under fire for its racist casting. Orchestra carries on without a conductor, and Delnon and Nagano extend their contracts in Hamburg.

The Guardian

Assistant lends a hand to Lang Lang

Pianist plays Gershwin at the New York concert hall with a 14-year-old protege literally his left-hand man.

Classic FM

Why don’t we clap between movements?

There’s a bit of a tradition in classical music that you only clap after a piece has finished – and never in between movements. But why does this ‘rule’ actually exist?

The Stage

Welsh opera under fire for racist casting

Industry figures, including the artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre Kumiko Mendl and actor Daniel York, have slammed “yellowface” casting in the touring production.

The Sun

Writer of hit BBC drama ‘Doctor Foster’ has plans to make it into an opera

Playwright Mike Bartlett has written 17 works for the stage, including hits in the West End and on Broadway.

Codex Flores

Delnon und Nagano verlängern ihre Hamburger Verträge

Der Aufsichtsrat der Hamburgischen Staatsoper hat die Verträge mit dem Schweizer Georges Delnon und Kent Nagano an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper um fünf Jahre zu verlängert.

Broadway World

Shortlist Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Voting Now Open!

Today, the shortlist is announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, celebrating the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country.

NMZ

Klang der Revolution – Orchester spielen ohne Dirigent

So klang die Oktoberrevolution: Im Jubiläumsjahr der russischen Revolution von 1917 ist in Düsseldorf das Experiment des «herrschaftsfreien Musizierens» neu zu erleben.

Twitter

@TrinityLaban  is today! Find out why ballet is good for everyone! http://bit.ly/2yIzQHW

@BBCIntroducing Think Introducing only supports indie music? Think again. 

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(Written on October 5, 2017 )

Olivia Brown has taken up the position of Director, London Office at WildKat PR.  Previously Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia will continue to be responsible for creative strategy at WildKat, exploring and implementing new services, and running the branding and social media strands of the company.

Her new role will also entail overseeing all business here in the UK and Ireland, and working with Carolin Denz (Director, Berlin Office) to develop and progress the WildKat brand, as well as working with the Founder, Kathleen Alder, to adapt WildKat to our ever-changing industry.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented: “It is with great delight that we announce the promotion of Olivia Brown to Director, London Office. Olivia has always been a dedicated and hardworking member of the WildKat PR team and has displayed a great deal of passion to the field of music and performing arts. Olivia first joined us in her ‘year in industry’ while studying at the University of Leeds, and after joining the London office as a full-time member of staff has overseen the expansion of our traditional services such as PR, marketing and social media to include more creative services such as branding, surveys and a more tailored approach to our services.

“Olivia has a proven track record of team leadership and a determination to provide the best possible service for our extensive client roster, and I am excited to see where she will lead the London office in the future. Olivia’s youth, talent and enthusiasm befits the overall company ethos and she will join myself and our Berlin Director Carolin Denz in running the company overall.”

Olivia commented: “It’s been an incredibly exciting and rewarding adventure to experience WildKat transform in the past 5 years, from when I started as an intern to the newly created position that I began last year.

“I am incredibly grateful to Kat for providing me with the structure and support to confidently lead the company from within, which is often very rare in our industry. Meanwhile, Kat continues to champion the young leaders of the classical music industry, regardless of age, gender, or background. As Director, London Office, I look forward to further leading the company into exciting new territories, both through anticipating the future of the industry and reacting to it, and also overseeing our expansion into the U.S. and France in 2018.”

(Written on September 25, 2017 )

 Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.

Pizzicato

ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.

CMUSE

Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.

Broadwayworld

Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

Musik heute

Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

klassik.com

Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.

Twitter

Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! https://ultraschallberlin.de/kartenverlosung/ …

Music History @today_classical in 1955 Birth of English Simon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian https://t.co/9vXxhWAw3P

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Photo: International Classical Music Awards

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Bold opera pioneers Tête à Tête has announced its upcoming plans for the 2017 season, 20 years since the company was founded.

“What amazing adventures we have enjoyed across these the past two decades, realising bold and brave experiments, creating opera really up close, establishing a really strong and intimate relationship with our audiences and revelling in the theatricality of the form”

– Bill Bankes-Jones, Founder and Artistic Director

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2017 also marks the Anniversary of the company’s first Opera Festival. To celebrate, they have planned the 10th Anniversary of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It will take place at King’s Cross from 24 July – 13 August 2017, at both The Place and King’s Place. They are also delighted to announce that the well-received Cubitt Sessions will be back as a centre-piece of the festival. Full details on productions and tickets will be announced in May 2017. Watch this space!

Besides announcing its 2017 season, Tête à Tête also released a Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 10th anniversary report, demonstrating their outstanding commitment to inclusivity and diversity: 22% of composers in 2015 were BAME or coming from minority backgrounds.

You can read the full report here.

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This year, they will also be launching ‘MyNewOpera’, a global platform featuring the work of producers from all over the world, ready to watch. They already have an archive of over 400 videos for the launch, with many more to be added before then. It turns out that the explosion of small-scale new opera and music theatre is a global trend, and online, without barriers, it can start to happen worldwide.

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WildKat PR is very excited to be working with Tête à Tête again this year. For the latest news and releases on this year’s festival, follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and Tête à Tête on Twitter. Also, check out their brand new website and full announcements here.

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

nmz

Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

klassik.com

Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

klassik heute

Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

klassik.com @klassikcom Mutmaßliches Portrait von Frederic  entdeckt 

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Photo: RCM/ SHCM

(Written on January 17, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 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 )