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In today’s news: Opera receives large sums from Arts Council, Mark-Anthony Turnage quits opera, streaming services considered going public, Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, winners of  “Deutscher Pianistenpreis” are announced and Saudi Arabia inks deal with France to set up opera and orchestra.

The Times

Opera beats pop to Arts Council handouts

The Arts Council has been branded “too posh for pop” after figures emerged showing that pop music gets a fraction of the cash handed to opera.

The Guardian

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank’s history of performance

An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a performer’s perspective of its newly renovated brutalist venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

No more operas from Turnage, as Twitter row with critics turns toxic

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage became embroiled in a spat with opera critics over his newest work, Coraline, before declaring: ‘I’m done with the genre’

Music Week

Qobuz contemplates going public after successful Spotify IPO

French-owned Qobuz who has carved itself out a niche amongst fans of classical music, jazz and hi-res audio, is considering going public.

Broadway World

Eric Whitacre Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Boosey & Hawkes

Grammy winning composer, Eric Whitacre with Boosey & Hawkes covering future compositions and a collection of works for chorus, orchestra and wind ensemble.

Limelight

Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor at the end of 2019.Sir Andrew Davis will step down from his role as Chief Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the end of his contract in December 2019, the Orchestra announced today. The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.

SWR2

Das Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra als Vorreiter – Komponistinnen im Fokus

Ein Drittel aller Werke, die das Orchester in der Konzertsaison 2018/2019 spielen wird, stammt von Komponistinnen – ein starkes Signal für die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter, auch im Konzerthaus.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis kürt Gewinner

Der südkoreanische Pianist Hans Suh hat den 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis gewonnen. Suh nahm den mit 20.000 Euro dotieren Preis von Maryam Maleki, der Präsidentin des International Piano Forum, und dem Vorjahresgewinner  Eric Lu entgegen. Der Publikumspreis, welcher mit 3.000 Euro dotiert ist, ging an Tomoki Sakata aus Japan.

Musik Heute

International Opera Awards nach München und Frankfurt

Die Bayerische Staatsoper hat bei den International Opera Awards den Preis als bestes Opernhaus gewonnen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Montagabend in London mit. Die Oper Frankfurt wurde für die Wiederentdeckung von Ernst Kreneks “Drei Opern” ausgezeichnet. Ihr Intendant Bernd Loebe erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie “Leadership in Opera”.

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Arabie Saoudite : la France et l’Opéra de Paris vont aider à la création d’un orchestre

Lors de la visite officielle du prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane à Paris, Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture, a annoncé que la France allait aider l’Arabie Saoudite à se doter d’un orchestre symphonique et lyrique.

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Der Gewinner des 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis, Hans Suh, © International Piano Forum

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House has announced the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September and the London A Cappella Festival has named choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone OBE as its patron. Also, Nando’s has opened a music studio in London and there are new allegations against Kirill Serebrennikow.

Classical Music

Sony Music Entertainment appoints new head of masterworks

Sony Music Entertainment has appointed Sarah Thwaites as its new head of masterworks UK.

Alisa Weilerstein signs to Pentatone

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has signed with Pentatone.

Opera Now

ROH announces Jette Parker Young Artists for 2018

The Royal Opera House has announced the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September.

Choir and Organ

London A Cappella Festival names Gareth Malone as patron

The London A Cappella Festival has named choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone OBE as its patron.

NME

Chicken and tunes: Nando’s has opened a music studio in London

Nando’s has opened a music studio at one of their main London restaurants, giving budding musicians the chance to lay down their own tracks while chowing down on chicken.

Wired

Music in VR needs its iTunes moment… and this could be it

MelodyVR has recorded thousands of hours of music in virtual reality. It’s almost ready to release them to the world.

Limelight

Nominations for the 2017 Matilda Awards announced

Merlynn Tong’s Blue Bones leads the count with seven nominations, with Ruddigore, Joh for PM and He Dreamed a Train close behind.

nmz

Deutscher Kulturrat / FAZ: AfD will Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses im Bundestag übernehmen

Der Deutsche Kulturrat appelliert eindringlich an CDU/CSU, SPD, Grüne, Linke und FDP zu verhindern, dass die AfD den Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses erhält.

Klassik.com

Vorwürfe gegen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow werden ausgeweitet

Die russischen Behörden haben die Summe, deren Veruntreuung sie dem Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikow vorwerfen, fast verdoppelt.

pizzicato

Berliner Staatsoper will Video-Streaming einführen

Die Berliner Staatsoper ‘Unter den Linden’ will ein neues Publikum gewinnen, unter anderem über Video-Streaming, Jugendangebote und eine ‘Opern-Flatrate’.

Platea Magazine

A la venta la casa museo de Mstislav Rostropovich en Oremburgo

El propietario privado de la actual casa museo de la familia Rostropovich en Oremburgo, lugar donde el joven y mítico violonchelista se refugió durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, de 1941 a 1943, ha anunciado que pone a la venta el inmueble con todos los muebles, utensilios y objetos personales del músico tras no llegar a un acuerdo con las instituciones públicas rusas.

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WDR 3 @wrd3: Dortmund will erste Bürgeroper Deutschlands gründen

Image: © Nando’s/NME

(Written on January 17, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Designer Tassilo von Grolman.

Bild: Tassilo von Grolman © Michael Erhart

Er ist einer der gefragtesten deutschen Designer – und seine Produkte sind allgegenwärtig: Tassilo von Grolman ist eine wahrhaftige Ikone seines Fachs. Die Entwürfe für verschiedene Hersteller wie Alfi, Spring Schweiz und mono sind legendär und folgen stets seinem Motto: „Einfach ist am schwersten”. Seine Konzeptionen stehen für eine klare Formgebung, eine gute Handhabbarkeit und die Liebe zum schlichten Design. Er steht damit in Tradition großer Namen wie Dieter Rams und Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

Nach einer Lehre zum Maschinenschlosser bei AEG Oldenburg und einem Maschinenbau-Studium in Lage/Lippe, erwarb er schließlich 1972 in Kassel das Diplom in Industriedesign an der damaligen Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Bereits drei Jahre später gründete Tassilo von Grolman sein eigenes Design-Büro in Frankfurt und startete seine Karriere in der nationalen und internationalen Designszene.

In den über 40 Jahren seiner Berufspraxis hat Tassilo von Grolman ein beeindruckendes Oeuvre erschaffen. Die Bandbreite seiner Entwürfe zeigt einen interdisziplinären Ansatz: Das Design ist Teil der Technik, die Technik wiederum auch Teil des Designs. Bestes Beispiel ist sein Gaszähler – eine Ingenieurleistung, feuerfest bis zu 700° Celsius – auf den sich selbst heutige Entwürfe berufen. Auch die geriffelten Thermoskannen für Alfi – „Achat“ und „Big Mama“ – bestechen nicht nur optisch, sondern überzeugen durch eine einzigartige Isolierleistung und das „AromaSafe-Prinzip“. Den endgültigen Durchbruch erreichte er aber mit einer „Teevolution“, seiner Teekanne „Mono Tea 1“: Er traf den Nerv der Zeit, kombinierte Glas mit Metall und fügte all dies zu einem ästhetischen Gesamtkunstwerk zusammen. Tassilo von Grolmans Teekanne wurde in viele Museen in die stetige Sammlung aufgenommen, u.a. im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, das Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln oder das Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

„Die Funktion ist nach wie vor für mich das Wichtigste überhaupt im Design. Ich will eine Teekanne haben, die funktioniert, die nicht kleckert. Das ist erst einmal die Voraussetzung. Dann kann ich sie sinnlich machen.“

Für seine Produkte erhielt Tassilo von Grolman zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter den Red Dot Design Award, den Good Design Award, ADC und den Busse Longlife Design Award. Eine besondere Beziehung pflegt er auch mit dem Deutschen Designer Club: 1989 gehörte er zu den Gründungsmitgliedern und ist heute noch als Ehrenpräsident aktiv.

Wir freuen uns, Tassilo von Grolmans neue und spektakuläre Designserie „TRIBUTE TO 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS“ zu promoten. Diese ist eine regelrechte Hommage an die innovative Ära: Sein Professor, Herbert Oestreich, war Assistent vom Bauhaus-Schüler Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Von Grolman repräsentiert im Grunde die dritte Generation dieser Lehre.

Die neue Produktlinie wird im Rahmen der Messe Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main im Februar 2018 erstmals vorgestellt. Besonders raffiniert: Jedes Objekt der Serie trägt den Namen eines wichtigen Vertreters der Bauhaus-Bewegung, darunter der Original French Pull Kaffeebereiter „LÁSZLÓ“ oder die Zuckerdose „WALTER“ – Genuss im Stil der Klassischen Moderne. Zeitlos und geschmackvoll.

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin, and New York, with further plans for expansion in 2018. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As an Account Manager:

  • To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least one year’s experience working in arts PR
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Education to degree level
  • Fluency in another language

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 19th January 2018.

(Written on January 3, 2018 )

It’s been an incredibly busy year at WildKat and we are so excited to continue our successes into 2018. As always, we’ve tried to pack as much as we can into a blog post for you all. The projects and clients mentioned below are a tiny portion of our highlights – Enjoy! 😊

First, a message from our Founder, Kat, who is already in the Austrian alps, ready to start the holidays:

“2017: you beast! I must admit I am quite glad to see the back of it… We launched and worked on so many projects and events, it felt like we somehow skipped the usual “quiet periods”. It has certainly been a challenging year; the uncertainty of the cultural and creative industries was felt across our sector and so internally we had to rethink our offerings, our staffing and general structure.

We have had some fantastic new clients and projects signed up to WildKat. Some personal highlights have been:

And so many more.

Mostly this year has been for me expanding the WildKat offices, opening a new one in Paris next year and working on our non-profit arm, Noted.

I have travelled for both companies to all corners of the world, and have had some great meetings and events take place, centred around the ethos of sharing and forwarding our industry. I think there is amongst all the anticipation on what future events (including Brexit, US etc) will bring a sense of renewed movement forward. I am encouraged to see so many positive ideas. The Noted Fellowship is in the next stage with announcements to follow in the New Year and our roundtables have come to life in Berlin, London and New York with fascinating thoughts and exchanges. My vision of having the newly graduates give the artistic director ideas on the future of our sector, is coming to life and its VERY rewarding!”

 

Internally we also have some great news:
  • Carolin is embarking on the ultimate WildKat perk: a 2 month paid sabbatical to New Zealand. (We are all just a tad jealous (“a tad” is putting it very lightly!! – Olivia)
  • Great staff have joined our teams all over the world, waving at at Eliza, Rachel, Alex, Nicolo, Maddie, Katja, and our continually growing pool of freelancers, consultants, and collaborators
  • Olivia was promoted to our UK Director and is, as expected, thriving in her new role. She also hits the 5 year anniversary mark next year and will at some stage embark on her sabbatical

Olivia says, “2017 has been a pretty turbulent year on all counts – whilst we have celebrated some truly inspiring projects, and championed everything that is BRILLIANT in our sector, and what it has to offer, we have all had to face a heavy and consistent hailstone of, let’s face it, awful news in the general media and across socials.

Saying this, one thing that our sector does best is use these events to inspire creativity, and to reflect and respond using our art and passion. Following the development of the “B-word”, we had the hilarious “The United Kingdom of Earth: A B***** Opera” at Tête à Tête’s 10th festival. Soosan Lolavar’s “ID, please” had its UK premiere at the same festival, reflecting on Trump’s travel ban. Ariana Grande sold out the Manchester arena for a benefit concert, following the bombings. There are many, many more examples, and there will continue to be.

As we look ahead to 2018, it’s important to remember the important of collaboration, cooperation, and participation. We have had such fresh ideas in discussion and have started to make change happen. We want to continue to work together, create conversations, involve diverse & conflicting voices, and create progress for classical music and the arts. I’m so excited for what is to come…”

Olivia visits New York for the first time!

Before Carolin heads off on her travels, she says, “Launching the Noted Fellowship this year was a real highlight, and I was so inspired to see all the innovative ideas that came through the application process. The only downside was choosing who would go on to stage 2. Good luck, everyone!

I’m very excited to make the most of my 2-month sabbatical, part of the WildKat perks, to not only have a long holiday (!) and travel the world, but also to return to the company and the industry with a refreshed and revived perspective.”

We are all really looking forward to 2018, particularly as we are celebrating 10 years of WildKat with a big party (joint with Music in Offices – happy birthday to you too!) and lots of fun events.

Thank you to everyone: clients, industry, friends, colleagues – the ones who champion us, critique us, support and dismiss us. We love you all and we look forward on what’s to come!

Happy holidays! 🎄🎄🎄

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

 

Wer wir sind:

WildKat PR ist eine dynamisch und äußerst innovativ arbeitende PR-Agentur mit Sitzen in London, Berlin und New York, die auf die Betreuung von Künstlern, Orchestern, Labels und Institutionen der klassischen und zeitgenössischen Musikszene spezialisiert ist. Unser Servicespektrum umfasst unter anderem PR-Betreuung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing, Social Media, künstlerische Beratung und Event-Management. Für unsere Kunden entwickeln wir individuelle Kampagnen und stehen für eine stets maßgeschneiderte und zukunftsorientierte PR-Betreuung.

 

Wen wir suchen:

WildKat PR sucht ab dem 1. Februar 2018 eine/n Account Manager/in für Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit am Standort Berlin. Du begeisterst Dich für klassische Musik und Kulturprojekte und hast Lust, Deine Kunden durch kreative Kampagnen zum Erfolg zu bringen? Du denkst vorausschauend, kannst den Überblick über unterschiedliche, parallel laufende Projekte behalten und hast den Mut, auch mal ins kalte Wasser zu springen? Dann bist Du bei uns genau richtig!

 

Deine Aufgaben:

  • Betreuung eines eigenen Kundenstammes mit der Verantwortung, die individuell abgesteckten PR-Ziele zu erreichen, u.a. Betreuung von CD-Veröffentlichungen, Erreichen neuer Zielgruppen, Organisation von Events und Konzerten, Suche nach Künstlermanagements
  • Entwicklung und Umsetzung internationaler, kreativer PR-Kampagnen, hierbei Ausarbeitung von Strategien und Zeitplänen, Aufsetzen von Presselisten, Korrespondenz und Treffen mit Kunden und Journalisten
  • Erstellung von Pressetexten und effiziente Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
  • Betreuung eines eigenen Twitter-Accounts sowie agenturinterner weiterer Social-Media-Kanäle wie Facebook und Instagram
  • Content-Betreuung der Webinhalte auf den Kundenwebseiten und der Agenturwebseite

 

Was Du auf jeden Fall mitbringen solltest:

  • 1-2 Jahre Berufserfahrung in der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
  • Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeiten in deutsch und englisch, weitere Fremdsprachen von Vorteil
  • Sehr gute organisatorische Fähigkeiten und Detailbewusstsein
  • Fähigkeit zum selbstmotivierten und eigenverantwortlichen Arbeiten
  • Zuverlässige und flexible Arbeitsweise
  • Fähigkeit auch unter hohem Zeitdruck zu arbeiten
  • Ausgeprägte Teamfähigkeit
  • Beherrschung von Social-Media-Kanälen (u.a. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Sichere Computer-Kenntnisse (MS Word, Excel, WordPress)

 

Was wir bieten:

  • Selbstständige Arbeit in einem kleinen, jungen und musikbegeisterten Team
  • Tägliche Zusammenarbeit und Austausch mit dem Londoner Büro
  • Besuch von Kundenkonzerten und –veranstaltungen auch außerhalb Deutschlands
  • Möglichkeit, sich kreativ einzubringen und seine Ideen umzusetzen
  • Nach Abschluss einer erfolgreichen Probezeit ist eine Anstellung mit Festvertrag möglich
  • Staff benefits, u.a. 6 Stunden Tage für eine bessere Life-Work-Balance, Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten, kreative Workshops und ein wöchentlicher Obstkorb

 

So bewirbst Du Dich:

Da wir uns in unserer täglichen Arbeit kurz und präzise ausdrücken müssen, erwarten wir dies auch bei Deiner Bewerbung! Bitte schicke ein aussagekräftiges Anschreiben auf deutsch und mit einem Umfang von maximal einer Seite und Deinem Lebenslauf bis zum 27. November 2017 mit dem Betreff „Account ManagerIn” an Carolin Denz, berlin@wildkatpr.com. Bitte vergiss nicht, Deine Gehaltsvorstellung anzugeben. Die Vorstellunggespräche finden in der Woche ab dem 4. Dezember statt.

 

(Written on November 10, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.

Classical Music Magazine

Colin Currie launches record label

Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

Early Music Today

Programme for Baroque at the Edge announced

The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.

Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.

The Guardian

V&A rescues treasures from historic Wilton’s Music Hall archive

An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.

New York Times

La Bohème: Should opera’s most beloved classic be changed?

So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?

The New Yorker

Soundtracks worth a listen separate from their cinematic counterparts

The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.  

Billboard

Spotify U.K. Reports $312M Revenue, 7.1M Monthly Active Users in 2016

Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.

ECHO Classical Music Awards: Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Boston Symphony Among Winners

Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.

Twitter

Music History  in 1768 Death of Italian Francesco Maria

Classical Music News  David Lewiston Sharpe premiere to mark Reformation

Image: Baroque at the Edge

(Written on October 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: The UK Government has exempted musical instruments from its proposals for an ivory ban, and the National Centre for Early Music has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022. “Steinway” Family celebrates its 25th anniversary, the singing competition “Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb” to start tomorrow, and musical about Amy Winehouse to be released.

Classical Music Magazine

Ivory ban exemption for musical instruments

The Musicians’ Union (MU), the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Music Industries’ Association (MIA) are ‘delighted’ at the news that musical instruments are among the exemptions set out in the government’s proposals for an ivory ban.

Early Music Today

Continued NPO status for NCEM

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) based at St Margaret’s Church, York, has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018–2022.

The Telegraph

‘I was picked on by the gods’: inside George Michael’s powerful final documentary

It is remembered as perhaps his greatest performance. In trademark sunglasses and earring, wearing a boxy orange jacket, George Michael stormed the stage of Wembley Stadium in April 1992, backed by the surviving members of Queen, and tore out an absolutely show-stopping version of Somebody To Love in front of 80,000 fans.

Nursery World

Nursery using classical music to calm babies

A Bedfordshire nursery has started playing classical music at drop-off after finding it helped to settle children in their baby unit.

Violin Channel

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Appoint New Assistant Conductor

The San Antonio Symphony has announced the appointment of Israeli-born conductor Noam Aviel as their new Assistant Conductor.

The New York Times

Anna Netrebko Will Star in Three Met-Bolshoi Productions

Two of the world’s most important opera companies, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bolshoi Theater here, will collaborate on three stagings in coming years, they announced on Monday.

NMZ

25 Jahre Steinway Family – ein Grund zum Feiern

Steinway & Sons, Hersteller der berühmten Flügel und Klaviere, feiert in diesem Jahr ein ganz besonderes Jubiläum: 25 Jahre “Steinway Family”.

Klassik.com

Viktor Soos Preisträger beim Kissinger Klavier-Olymp

Die Gewinner des Wettbewerbs “Kissinger Klavier-Olymp” stehen fest. Der Backnanger Viktor Soos gewann dabei den dritten Preis, Erster wurde der türkische Pianist Emre Yavuz.

Klassik Heute

Der Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb bringt junge Gesangstalente nach Berlin

Vom 11. bis zum 14. Oktober 2017 bringt der diesjährige Paula Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ Gesangstalente und ihre Pianistinnen und Pianisten aus ganz Europa und Israel nach Berlin.

El Mundo

Amy Winehouse tendrá un musical en el West End

El padre de la cantante anuncia un musical ajeno a las drogas y el alcohol.

Twitter

Music History    in 1789 Death of French court Pierre Louis .
Image: Anna Netrebko

(Written on October 10, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, read an obituary of Holocaust survivor and renowned harpsichordist, Zuzana Růžičková, who died last week, aged 90.  The ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit, and the Maxwell Quartet have won the ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Zuzana Růžičková (14 January 1927 – 27 September 2017)

Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died aged 90.  A key figure in the revival of the harpsichord and a devotee of Bach, Růžičková’s career is all the more remarkable given that she survived internment in three concentration camps in her teens.

Music Teacher

ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has released a Primary Music Toolkit, which aims to help primary school teachers become more confident in teaching music in the classroom.

The Strad

Scottish quartet wins jury and audience prizes in Trondheim

The ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, running alongside the Chamber Music Festival in Trondheim, Norway, was won by the Scotland-based Maxwell Quartet.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Symphony Orchestra board’s dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage

After days of turmoil and anger that threatened to tear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra apart, the orchestra’s board has staged a stunning back-flip on the issue of same-sex marriage, admitting their neutral position was “misjudged”.

CBC News

Meet the Canadian composer who’s created a basketball symphony for the TSO

Jared Miller doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t love music. “I can’t even use words to convey how much I love music and all types of music,” Miller told CBC’s Our Toronto. “So to have the privilege to create it and to play it is really something special in my mind.”

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Medienpreis Leopold für vier Kinderproduktionen

Köln, 03.10.2017. Der Verband deutscher Musikschulen (VdM) hat zusammen mit dem Bundesjugendministerium im Funkhaus Köln den Medienpreis “Leopold” verliehen.

Klassik Heute

Sonderpreis beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 für Vladimir Yaskorski

Der 1. Kapellmeister des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau Vladimir Yaskorski hat beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 den Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Werkes des 20./21.

Die Zeit

Hightech in preußischem Rokoko

Nach sieben Jahren Bauzeit präsentiert sich die restaurierte Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden als großer Wurf.

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Standards für Instrumenten-Innenmessungen

Im Projekt Musices durchleuchten Fraunhofer-Forscher per 3D-Computertomographie historische Musikinstrumente aus der Sammlung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums.

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Music History    in 1836 FP in England of ’s oratorio St. Paul in Liverpool.
Image: Zuzana Růžičková

(Written on October 3, 2017 )

In today’s news, Birmingham Conservatoire is granted Royal title, and its Principal Julian Lloyd Webber criticises the government for not valuing music. New musical for children called “Wemmicks”, Sachsen-Anhalt celebrates “Day of Singing” on September 29, and the Metropolitan Opera begins its new season.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire granted Royal title

Birmingham Conservatoire’s new £57m home opens its doors to students today (25 September) with the news that the institution has been granted a royal title by Her Majesty the Queen.

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New resources for A Choir in Every Care Home

Live Music Now has relaunched A Choir in Every Care Home with a new set of free resources. Videos and tool-kits to help more care homes and musicians to perform more, higher quality singing are available online.

The Guardian

Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths prefer rap over classical music, study shows

Researchers studying people’s musical preferences have found that psychopaths prefer listening to rap music and, contrary to the movie trope epitomised by Anthony Hopkins’s Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, they are no fonder of classical music than anyone else.

The New York Times

‘Pretty Woman’ as a Broadway Musical? Get Ready

“Pretty Woman,” the film that made a star of Julia Roberts, is being adapted into a stage musical, with songs co-written by Bryan Adams, and is aiming to open on Broadway next fall after a spring run in Chicago.

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber interview: ‘Why don’t the government value music?’

The cellist tells Ivan Hewett about his fight for music in schools, being confused with his brother Andrew, and the injury that ended his performing career.

The Strad

Flying high: an El Sistema inspired music education programme in China

Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, China’s Wings of Music aims to bring dignity and self-belief to some of the country’s most deprived children.

Pizzicato

Small Greek island to host first Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition

The first-ever annual Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition will take place in July 2018 at the Apollo Theatre on the Island of Syros, Greece.

Berliner Morgenpost

Kinder-Musical erzählt Geschichte der “Wemmicks”

Der Filmmusik-Student Ephraim Peise bringt seine Abschlussarbeit auf die Bühne. Finanziert hat er das Projekt mit privaten Geldgebern.

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Musikalische Entdeckungsreise

Am 29. September, dem Tag des Singens, feiern Kinder in ganz Sachsen-Anhalt das gemeinsame Musizieren. Für viele wird es ein Tag voller neuer klanglicher Eindrücke

Musik Heute

New Yorker “Met” eröffnet Saison mit “Norma”

Mit Vincenzo Bellinis “Norma” ist die New Yorker Metropolitan Opera am Montagabend (Ortszeit) in die neue Saison gestartet.

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Music History   in 1835 FP of ‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Teatro San Carlos in Naples.

Image: Birmingham Conservatoire

(Written on September 26, 2017 )