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Southbank and skaters reach agreement on QEH undercroft

Following a protracted dispute with the skating community over plans for the £100m-plus ‘Festival Wing’ redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery and surrounding open spaces, the Southbank Centre has agreed not to give over the QEH’s undercroft for retail development and to continue to allow the space to be used in its current form.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa warns of visa impact on international singers

Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has warned of the restricting impact of visas for international singers hoping to work or study in the UK.

The Strad

Czech violinist Jan Mráček wins International Fritz Kreisler Competition

The 23-year-old artist receives €15,000 and performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Atlanta Symphony Cancels 17 Concerts Until November 8

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced the cancellation of its orchestral concerts through November 8, due to negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association.


World’s first plastic trumpet encourages kids to ‘have a go’

The hi-tech, low cost trumpet, made entirely from plastic, has been developed to encourage more children to take up the ‘traditional’ instrument


Ivan Repušić neuer Generalmusikdirektor in Hannover

Der kroatische Dirigent Ivan Repušić wird in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 neuer Generalmusikdirektor an der Staatsoper in Hannover.

Dresden 1 TV

Baubeginn für neuen Konzertsaal

Für die Beteiligten gab es jetzt Grund zum feiern. Die Entkernung des Gebäudes ist beendet und der Bau des Neuen Konzertsaals kann beginnen.


Kurz gefragt Nils Mönkemeyer

„Ich war eher Spätzünder“

The New York Times

At Met’s Opening Night, Protesting a Production

Some traditions of opening night at the Metropolitan Opera go back decades, like beginning with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while others are more recent, like showing the operas free on outdoor movie screens at Lincoln Center and Times Square.

El mundo

‘Réquiem’ por el descanso de El Greco

La Orquesta y el Coro del Teatro Real interpretaron en la catedral de Toledo la emocionante misa de Mozart


Boosey & Hawkes ‏@Boosey_London: Score of the day: Simpson, Sparks. View for free here:

CityofLondonSinfonia ‏@CityLdnSinfonia: These made us laugh – how many are you guilty of?!  #annoyingmusohabits

Stephen Fry ‏@stephenfry: Who would you play #TheLastPost for? Remember #WW1 through music this November with @superact_uk’s heritage project

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3: If you missed last night’s #Operaon3, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera from @glyndebourne is on the iplayer … #GFOFinta


Photo: The Telegraph

(Written on September 23, 2014 )

Internationally renowned as one of the most exciting hubs for classical music, the Southbank Centre’s 2011/12 season will see some of the world’s leading conductors, orchestras and instrumentalists take to the stage.

Major festivals and projects in the upcoming season will bring the cream of classical superstars to London; international luminaries including Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado with the legendary Lucerne Festival Orchestra are set to dazzle in the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Shell Classic International Series.

Featured amongst the highlights of the International Chamber Music Season are Southbank Centre Associate Artists the Takács Quartet performing Béla Bartók’s six string quartets, Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin presenting the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano, and Magdalena Kožená bringing a diverse programme of 20th-century works to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage. This eclectic programme of concerts is sure to encompass the magical intimacy of chamber music.

The centre’s resident orchestras each offer exciting programmes as part of the 2011/12 season, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s exploration of the music of Prokofiev led by Vladimir Jurowski. The London Sinfonietta’s major celebration of Boulez – Exquisite Labyrinth: the music of Pierre Boulez – sits alongside premieres of new commissions from the ensemble. The Philharmonia Orchestra present Infernal Dance: Inside the world of Béla Bartók and a Mahler Symphony Cycle with Lorin Maazel. Meanwhile, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s range of events feature musical explorations for young and old, including a TOTS concert that introduces under-fives to the exciting world of classical music.

The International Piano Series is one of the most significant platforms for solo piano recitals. The focus of this season is a tribute to Franz Liszt, whose bicentenary falls in 2011. Pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Marizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida are amongst the ones to watch in the series’ thrilling lineup.

For great deals on tickets, book more than one concert in any of the year-long series for discounts.

To find out more, visit and check out the season trailer on youtube.

(Written on September 15, 2011 )

Here is the third in the series of our feature ‘WildKat’s Unmissables’. Check out what we have selected as our favourite upcoming events occurring from mid-late October.

What? Cover Versions/Aftershow - London Sinfonietta

Where? Kings Place Hall, London

When? Friday 15th Oct 2010 19:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

Conductor – Nicholas Collon

Soprano- Sarah Gabriel

Couperin (arr. Adès) Les barricades misterieuses
Brahms (arr. Woolrich) Ophelia Songs
Purcell (arr. Benjamin) Fantasia VII
Oliver Knussen …upon one note
Purcell (arr. Matthews) Fantasia XIII
Bryn Harrison In Nomine after William Byrd
Purcell (arr. Kurtág) Fantasia Upon One Note
Machaut (arr. Sciarrino) Rose Liz
Machaut (arr. Birtwistle) Hoquetus David
Machaut (arr. Kurtág) Rondeau: Doulz viarie gracieus
Ockeghem (arr. Birtwistle) Ut Heremita Solus
Puccini (arr. Busotti) E L’uccellino
Britten (arr. Clyne) Hymn to a Virgin (World Premiere)

The London Sinfonietta will be playing a varied repertoire of classical pieces updated with a contemporary surprise. The concert will feature arrangements by contemporary composers such as Woolrich, George Benjamin and Birtwistle of pre-20th century greats, such as Brahms and Purcell. There is also an exclusive world premiere of Anna Clyne’s new version of Britten’s Hymn to a Virgin. The evening can only be made more superb by an Aftershow at the Level 2 foyer, 9.30pm where the London Sinfonietta players will be in the bar giving an informal short performance.

What? Tetzlaff String Quartet

Where? Queen Elizabeth Hall

When? Thursday 21 October 19:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op.20 No.3

Antonin Dvořák: String Quartet in A flat, Op.105

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (Voces intimae)

Described in the New York Times as ‘one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation’, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff leads a performance of three varied string quartets. The string quartet came to represent classical music in its purest form during Haydn’s lifetime (1732-1809), thanks largely to his development of the genre over 68 compositions. The lively G minor quartet features Haydn’s typically elegant melodic writing, captured in spirited conversations between the four instruments.

By contrast, Dvořák’s Quartet No.14, written over 100 years later, is an intense, Romantic work, filled with rich textures and harmonies. The music moves through episodes of lyricism to moments of tender contemplation and passages imitating wild, energetic Bohemian dances.Sibelius creates a profoundly intense atmosphere in Intimate Voices (1909). At the heart of its central movement, this darkly brooding, introspective work has three hushed and eloquent chords, which give the piece its title.

What? Eric Whitacre & London Symphony Chorus: Songs from America

Where? Barbican Hall

When? Sunday 24 October 19:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

Eric Whitacre (b1970) is an accomplished composer and conductor, best-known for his choral works. What to expect from this new LSC commission? One critic enthuses of his work: ‘What hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile.’  Eric is currently enjoying worldwide acclaim for his ‘Virtual Choir’, a project which saw 186 singers from 12 countries perform his hauntingly beautiful Lux Aurumque through the internet. With more than one million hits to date, the project has attracted not only recognition from the music world, but also from Google and even the United Nations Leaders Programme.

What? EON Guitar Quartet

Where? Kings Place Hall

When? Wednesday 27th October 20:00 (click to purchase tickets!)

If you’re interested in something different for a change this small chamber ensemble could make your evening. The EON Guitar Quartet, founded in 1999 is made up of Giovanni Maselli, Rita Casagrande, Robert Tascnini and Mario Barbuti. The ensemble takes a refreshing approach towards classical music; many composers dedicate their works to them.

The concert includes guitar quartet arrangements for Joanquín Rodrigo’s Conceirto de Araniuez and music by Boccherini, Dvořák, Turina and Bellinati.

What? The Beatles Philharmonic Tribute – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Where? Royal albert hall

When? Thursday 28th October 2010 20:00 (click to purchase tickets!)

The world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes you down memory lane with a music spectacular of classical interpretations of Beatles’ songs. This musical marriage combines dramatic orchestral arrangements imaginatively fused together with rock and pop. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Alan Chircop, will be complemented by a large chorus, with special guest appearances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Tony Christie, Darius Campbell and the UK’s Soul Queen – Beverley Knight.

Further highlights will include performances by Candy Rock, Maria Elena Infantino, Lynn Faure Chircop, Elliott Frisby, James Andrew Arthur, Sherry Davis, The Scarletz, William Owen, Analiza Ching, Maria Abela Manconi, Susan Black and Tony Moore. The grand finale will bring the orchestra, chorus and guest soloists together for a stunning climax to this performance.
Well-known broadcaster and Beatles aficionado, Mike Read, will be presenting a narrative backdrop to this tribute, taking the audience through The Beatles’ legendary history. The event is hosted by Fayon Cottrell and is supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal and the Malta Community Chest Fund.

What? German Masters II

Where? The Handel House Museum

When? Thursday 28th October 18:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

This concert is the second in a three part series spanned across the year and ending in January 2011. The Ensemble-in-Residence Spirituoso has been conducting the concert series dedicated to the three great German composers of the 18th century: Telemann, Handel and Bach. The focus of this concert will be music by Handel and will be a truly magical experience.

The venue itself is splendid and intimate and worth a visit regardless of what performances are on. Check out their website for details of their concert series and other information.

(Written on September 13, 2010 )