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In today’s news: Konzerthaus Berlin releases financial statement from previous season. Report on sexual abuse from the Musikhochschule in Munich. Happy Independence Day – the Russian immigrant who composed an American classic. Ravenna Festival honours Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. A Theremin ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’. Wiltshire Music Centre reveals 20th anniversary season. The Purcell School appoints new director of music. Artist forms whale choir.


Wiltshire Music Centre reveals 20th anniversary autumn season

Pianist Joanna MacGregor and jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE are artists in residence, while the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is orchestra in residence.


The Purcell School appoints new director of music

Paul Hoskins has been appointed director of music at The Purcell School. He is currently music director at dance company Rambert, where he developed the Rambert Music Scholarship to encourage young composers to write for dance.

Classic FM

Watch: A massive THEREMIN ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’

Just a giant orchestra of theremin players, performing the signature tune from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on what seem to be tiny Russian dolls.

BBC News

Artist forms whale choir in North Shields

A choir, made up of a group of volunteers, mimics the various sounds made by whales

New York Times

‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem

The 5-year-old and his family had traveled thousands of miles to escape. When they finally arrived on American soil, free from the marauders who had burned their house to the ground, the boy was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their fate. From this story, a classic piece of music emerged.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wir brauchen eine Schule des Hörens“

Der Berliner Staatsopern-Intendant Matthias Schulz über den Kampf mit der Bühnentechnik und das neue Kinderorchester.

Konzerthaus Berlin legt Bilanz für die Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Das Konzerthaus Berlin hat die Bilanz für die Spielzeit 2017/18 veröffentlicht: Eigenen Angaben zufolge knüpft das Ergebnis an die Vorsaison an und übertrifft sie sogar.

Musik Heute

Gutachter prüfen nach sexuellen Übergriffen Münchner Musikhochschule

Wegen mehrerer sexueller Übergriffe an der Münchner Musikhochschule soll nun eine Expertenkommission die Einrichtung genauer unter die Lupe nehmen.


El Festival de Ravenna rinde homenaje al compositor ucraniano Valentin Silvestrov

Nacido en Kiev en 1937, el pianista y compositor Valentin Silvestrov es el principal homenajeado en la edición 2018 del Ravenna Festival, con Riccardo Muti al frente.


Konzerthaus Berlin, Cameron Carpenter, © Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sir Simon Ratlle receives standing ovation in farewell concert. Baritone Barry McDaniel has passed away. Christoph Eschenbach to become director of Berlin Koncerthaus orchestra. Stuttgart Opera to run in Baden-Baden Festspielhaus during repairs to opera house.  Film about St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh released. 1783 ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ manuscript remains unsold after auction in Paris. Danielle de Niese talks about women composers ahead of BBC documentary.


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra announces new young conductor in association

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced Marta Gardolińska as Leverhulme young conductor in association.


Nicola Benedetti and Steven Isserlis in new film by Scotland’s St Mary’s Music School

Scotland’s national music school, St Mary’s in Edinburgh, has released a new short film in which the world-class musicians tutor pupils from the school.

Four problems YouTube Music will face in the UK

The worst-kept secret in music is out, and Google has now released YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in 11 more countries. But despite being in the streaming music game for quite a while, the company is almost going to have to start fresh in several places, including the UK.

The Guardian

Women composers: why are so many voices still silent?

Extraordinary talents are missing from our musical lives. Ahead of a BBC documentary, the singer and presenter Danielle de Niese wonders why, still, we hear so little of our greatest female composers


Australia Council announces new UKARIA residency recipients

The Australia Council has announced that Queensland-based composer Gordon Hamilton and beatboxer Tom Thum (for whom Hamilton wrote his Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra) will be the first artistic team to take up a new residency at the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ovationen für scheidenden Philharmoniker-Chef Rattle

16 Jahre lang war Sir Simon Rattle Chefdirigent bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Jetzt hört der 63-Jährige auf – und bekommt noch einen ganz besonderen Abschied.

Bariton Barry McDaniel gestorben

Der US-amerikanische Opernsänger Barry McDaniel ist im Alter von 87 Jahren in Berlin gestorben. Einer Pressemeldung der Deutschen Oper in Berlin zufolge verstarb der Bariton nach langer Krankheit.


Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent am Konzerthaus

Ein starkes Signal: Der renommierte Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach wird das Konzerthausorchester leiten.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart soll im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden spielen

Bei der Suche nach einer Interimsspielstätte für die Stuttgarter Oper hat der CDU-Bezirksverband Nordbaden eine ungewöhnliche Idee geäußert: Während der erwarteten Bauzeit von fünf bis sieben Jahren könnte die Stuttgarter Oper doch im Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden spielen, schlug der Bezirkschef und Landwirtschaftsminister Peter Hauk am Mittwoch vor.


Un manuscrito de “Le nozze di Figaro” no encuentra comprador en su primera subasta en París

El pasado miércoles París acogió la primera subasta de un manuscrito autógrafo de Mozart para el último acto de Le nozze di Figaro. Dicha subasta quedó desierta, al no encontrarse comprador.


Barry McDaniel, © Kranichphoto

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.


This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

After a very successful first post of ‘WildKat’s Unmissables‘, here is the second instalment to keep Londoners busy for another fortnight. Being local to the capital offers so many opportunities to see some truly spectacular performances that occur across the city every day –the WildKat team have collaborated some information on the top performances that are a must see for the next few weeks! Keep watching for bi-weekly updates.

What? The Purcell School of Music Soloists

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Sunday 10th October, 7.30pm (Click here to purchase tickets!)

– Katherine Robb – Violin – Schnittke Violin Sonata No. 1

– Tyler Hay – Piano – Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb Minor Op. 36

– Olga Jorgensen – Piano – Liszt Polonaise No.2 in E

– Jordan Black – Clarinet – Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73

As we were  talking about trying to involve younger people in classical music last week, we thought this would be a very topical concert. The Purcell School, Britain’s oldest specialist school for talented young musicians, presents the second of two instrumental recitals featuring its senior instrumentalists, selected by audition to present short recitals. These talented youngsters are an inspiration to us all and this evening promises to be an outstanding event.

What? – Peter Gregson

Where? Kings Place

When? Monday 11th October, 8pm (Click here to purchase tickets!)

As part of the Out Hear series at Kings Place, prepare for an overwhelming, stimulating experience, providing the soundtrack to the vibrant world around us! Peter Gregson is blurring the boundaries between contemporary music and interactive technology. He presents an evening of live music from around the world including music by Max Richter, John Metcalfe, Steve Reich and Zoe Keating. Featuring music from New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Berlin and London, the relevant city will be brought into the concert hall for the duration of each piece, using location-aware, real-time software. This unique project explores whether our perception of a city influences our appreciation of the music that it inspired!

(Of course this is a biased plug!)

What? Rigoletto- Verdi

Where? Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

When? Monday 11th October, 7.30pm (Click to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Royal Opera, Dan Ettinger (Conductor), Wookyung Kim (Tenor: The Duke of Mantua), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone: Rigoletto), Eglise Gutiérrez (Soprano: Gilda)

Verdi is considered to be one of the greatest composers of opera and Rigoletto is often considered the first of his mature masterpieces. The Royal Opera is always worth seeing as you are guaranteed a first class performance from some of the world’s leading soloists, they are bound to portray one of Verdi’s most successful operas with depth and confidence! Being performed in one of London’s grandest venues (see below), this is a performance not to be missed.

What? An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the London Chorus

Where? Cadogan Hall

When? Thursday 14th October, 7.30pm (Click here to purchase tickets!)

– Richard Suart – Baritone

– Exerpts from The Mikado, Gondoliers, Iolanthe, and the Pirates of Penzance

The London Chorus are delighted to present an evening of excerpts from four of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas – all in celebration of Ronald Corp’s 25 years as the London Chorus’ music director. Enjoy Richard Suart, one of the finest exponents of Gilbert and Sullivan, perform with one of London’s best choirs, conducted by the hugely respected Ronald Corp. For all the aficionados of the best of British light opera – this is it!

What? Music as Theft

Where? Kings Place Hall

When? Saturday 16th October, 7.30pm (Click to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Nicholas Collon (Conductor).

The name of this show is a slight give away, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment combine in concert to perform pieces that are based on older musical elements. Six works will be performed, including a new commission by Richard Causton and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. This evening will be fun for classical music enthusiasts and the evening ends with the performers joining the audience at the bar.

What? MacMillan conducts MacMillan

Where? Queen Elizabeth Hall

When? Monday 18th October, 7.30pm (Click to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Britten Sinfonia, Nicholas Daniel (Oboe), James MacMillan (Conductor).

Shostakovich- Chamber Symphony C minor.

MacMillan- Oboe Concerto (London premiere)

Beethoven- Symphony N0.2 D minor.

This exciting concert displays the talents of two musicians, the oboist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Nicholas Daniel and James MacMillan, conductor and composer. This will be the London premiere of MacMillan’s oboe concerto which was composed for Nicholas and Britten Sinfonia. The programme being performed is diverse for an orchestra and with new works you can always expect to be taken by surprise.

(Written on August 31, 2010 )