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In today’s news: Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry, Semi-Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National violin competition, and Spotify storms past 60m subscribers. Adela Zaharia wins Operalia-singing contest, Case Scaglione becomes chief conductor of Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and Philippe Jordan becomes new musical director of Wiener Staatsoper.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry

The charity explored how inclusive orchestral performances can help to develop new audiences in the long term at a round table discussion held on 11 July.

The Violin Channel

Semi-Finalists Announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier, Michal Prokop – and a number of domestic concert engagements.

The Strad

Milan Škampa presented with International Viola Society award

Long-serving violist of the Smetana Quartet honoured for career encompassing playing, teaching and research.

Pizzicato

New York Phil and Bravo! Vail extend residency through summer 2022

The Festival Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic have announced a five-year extension of the Orchestra’s annual summer residency through the summer of 2022.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify storms past 60m subscribers, now adding more than 2m a month

Spotify has confirmed that it has surpassed 60m paying subscribers worldwide – and is growing faster than ever.

Limelight

Slava Grigoryan wins Best Independent Classical Album

His Bach Cello Suites has been recognised at the AIR Awards, as was James Morrison and Don Burrows’ In Good Company.

KulturRadio

Adela Zaharia gewinnt Operalia-Gesangswettbewerb

Die Sopranistin aus dem Ensemble der Düsseldorfer Oper am Rhein erhielt auch den Zarzuela-Sonderpreis “Pepita Embil”.

Klassik Heute

Case Scaglione Chefdirigent des Württembergischen Kammerorchesters Heilbronn

Das Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn hat in einer Pressekonferenz am vergangenen Freitag 28. Juli mitgeteilt, dass die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten des Orchesters ab der Saison 2018/2019 auf Case Scaglione gefallen ist.

Concerti

Philippe Jordan wird neuer Musikdirektor

Heute wurde bekannt gegeben, dass der Schweizer Dirigent Philippe Jordan ab 2020 der neue Musikdirektor der Wiener Staatsoper wird.

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in 1914 Birth of American Jack .

Photo credit: © Photocall Event Photography
A Relaxed performance by Orchestras Live

(Written on August 1, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

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London Philharmonic LPO brass trio performing at the launch of new classical music streaming service
Music History  in 1772 Death of French Louis-Claude d’
Image: Primephonic

(Written on June 15, 2017 )

Composers are being challenged to compose a work out of 140 notes or less as a sort of pun on twitter.

Professionals are finding it difficult to compose such condensed compositions, although it has been revealed that Bach and Beethoven amongst other great composers also took up the challenge.

William Harvey took the sounds of a bomb attack in Kabul in 2014 and translated them into something a string quartet could play. The result was an experience which a headline or standard 140 character tweet could not convey.

(Written on October 12, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Syzygy Quartet, who release their debut CD in November!

sq1Syzygy saxophone quartet was formed in 2009, after performing together at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok with the London Saxophone Ensemble, and the ensemble has blossomed ever since. Their debut performance was part of the Frontiers Festival, where they performed Louis Andriessen’s Facing Death. Since then, the quartet have performed in major concert venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and National Portrait Gallery. Syzygy Quartet have also received an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, who have supported them throughout their career.
sq2They specialise in contemporary classical music, and perform both established contemporary works and also new compositions written specifically for the ensemble. However, Syzygy Quartet’s repertoire extends beyond just contemporary compositions, with their upcoming concert in St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield in March 2016 including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Messiaen and David Maslanka. Keep up to date with all their upcoming events here.

Having succeeded in being the only ensemble in Europe to be awarded the recording and performing rights for David Maslanka’s Song for the Coming Day, they have recently recorded this for their debut CD, which will be released on 13th November.

sq3Follow Syzygy Quartet on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website to keep up to date with their latest news.

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

With the voting currently open for the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame, we in the WildKat PR London office took some time to talk about our three choices and why we love them so much. Counted down over the Easter weekend, we’ll all definitely be tuning in to see where our favourites come! Alluding to the regular battle between Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, we also did our own poll to see which would win. Watch our vlog to find out…

Make sure you cast your own vote here

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

Global Post

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year

Star Tribune

For Minnesota Orchestra, a fresh start

Recent times have seen the end of The Minnesota Orchestra, but the future suggests there may be a Minnesota Symphony Orchestra… there is an ensemble, a venue and an endowment. All that is needed now is a vision

SF Gate

‘Unsound’ documentary explores collapse of music industry

San Francisco based musician and producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Galactic) is currently raising funds through an IndieGogo campaign to complete “Unsound,” a documentary that explores the collapse of the music industry in the wake of the Internet

The Strad

American violinist Stephen Waarts wins Young Concert Artists auditions

Violinist Stephen Waarts was the only string player among the three first-prize winners of this year’s Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York

From the archive: The tale of the King of Spain Strads

The set of decorated Stradivari instruments housed at the Royal Palace of Madrid made news recently when they received their first public performance, by the Quiroga Quartet from Spain

Der Tagesspiegel

Sein Weg mit Karajan

32 Jahre lang hat Peter Csobadi als Pressesprecher dem Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan treue Dienste geleistet. Zuvor war der Ungar bereits Sekretär Ferenc Fricsays gewesen, SFB-Redakteur und Pressechef der Berliner Festwochen. In einem Hörbuch erzählt der 90-Jährige nun aus seinem Leben

Global Post

Global Post

(Written on November 14, 2013 )

On December 2nd, 4 Girls 4 Harps will be releasing their latest album, 4 Girls 4 Harps At Christmas. The album features arrangements of well loved and lesser-known carols and Christmas songs, and showcases the many talents and sounds of this beautiful instrument. The album is a perfect Christmas gift and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now.

Throughout December the quartet will be touring the UK – more details can be found on the 4 Girls 4 Harps website.

4 Girls 4 Harps at Christmas

(Written on November 14, 2013 )

Classic FM

Exclusive featurette from Dustin Hoffman’s new movie ‘Quartet’

To celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, Classic FM brings you the first look at a featurette from the new film directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay.

Simon Callow to host new wine show on Classic FM, Tasting Notes

Actor and writer Simon Callow is to host a new wine-based show on Classic FM, called Tasting Notes.

Charity fun run aims to Beat Beethoven

The Beat Beethoven Fun Run will challenge participants to run a certain distance in the time it takes to play Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Gramophone

Jonathan Nott named Tokyo Symphony music director

Three-year tenure begins in September 2014

ABC (found on Musical Chairs)

Beach opera mooted for Gold Coast

Opera Australia says it is looking at staging a performance on a beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast featuring a stage made of sand.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical CD for each newborn Scot

Every newborn baby in Scotland is to receive a specially-compiled classical CD to inspire a love of music.

Slipped Disc

How Georg Solti made a choirmaster out of me

The Crouch End Festival Chorus, founded by David Temple, has become known as one of the top UK amateur choirs, a fixture at the BBC Proms and in the London concert halls.

Kurt Masur: ‘I have Parkinson’s. It won’t change my life.’

The doyen of German conductors, 85 and beating strong, suffered a setback earlier this year when he fell off a podium in Paris, breaking a shoulder.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

During Lockout Season, Orchestra Musicians Grapple With Their Future

It’s been a tumultuous time for American orchestras. Labor disputes have shut down the Minnesota Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, and strikes and lockouts have affected orchestras in Chicago, Atlanta and Louisville in the past year.

Classic FM

(Written on October 11, 2012 )