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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: How music influences our body chemistry, and the Cumnock Tryst programme 2017 is announced. Roy Budd’s original version of the Phantom of the Opera. Marina Khorkova receives Berlin-Rheinsberg compositions award, and Axel Kober takes over the Duisburg Philharmonics. The last concert of Julian Wachner at the Washington Chorus.

The Telegraph

Forget Lloyd Webber: Roy Budd’s original Phantom of the Opera music is finally unmasked

In the summer of 1993, Roy Budd was about to realise a long-held dream. Budd was a leading jazz pianist, as well as a revered film composer best known for his celebrated work for hit 1960s thriller Get Carter.

The Guardian

Anoushka Shankar: ‘I still get to interact with my father through the music’

From his deathbed, Ravi Shankar composed Sukanya, an opera for his beloved wife. His daughter reveals how a Hindi myth, a British orchestra, and the sitar and shennai have formed a coherent and moving whole.

The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry?

Classical music makes shoppers buy more. Gentle tunes can cure insomnia. How? Writer, composer and science lecturer John Powell explains.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James MacMillan announces 2017 Cumnock Tryst programme

Sir James MacMillan has announced the programme for the fourth Cumnock Tryst, which will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck and at Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October 2017.

The Strad

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor ejected from concert hall for carrying his daughter’s violin case

Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya says the incident took place at Bass Hall on Sunday night after his daughter’s performance in the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis erneut für russische Komponistin

Die 1981 in Russland geborene Marina Khorkova erhält den diesjährigen Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis.

Klassik.com

Schweizer Musikpreis 2017 für Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Das Schweizer Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK) zeichnet in diesem Jahr 15 Künstler mit dem Schweizer Musikpreis (Grand Prix Musik) aus.

Klassik heute

Axel Kober übernimmt Leitung der Duisburger Philharmoniker

Im Zeichen des Neubeginns steht die Konzertsaison 2017/18 bei den Duisburger Philharmonikern.

The Washington Post

Julian Wachner leads his last concert as music director of Washington Chorus

On Sunday, nearly 10 years later, he led his valedictory performance as the chorus’s music director.

WQXR

Macron’s Love of Classical and Commitment to Culture

Emmanuel Macron is a lover of classical music and, perhaps more importantly, of the preservation of culture.

The Stanford Daily

Who said classical music was boring?

Recent worldwide hits come from pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic — anything, it seems, but classical. What stereotypes does classical music hold? Is it beautiful, euphonious, relaxing?

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Rezension: “Norma” Eine ganz auf die Erregungszustände der Heldin konzentrierte Aufführung

The Guardian: Photograph: Simon Frazer/SPL/Getty Images

(Written on May 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: conductor Zubin Mehta talks about Ravi Shankar and Haydn, trombonist Mathias Götz releases remix-album, and Bavarian village hosts a festival with Gerold Huber as Artistic Director. Grammy- winning flautist Dave Valentin dies at 64. Grimes’ Visions is getting remade as classical music, and RSNO 2017/18 season to celebrate 175 years of RSNO Chorus. Love letters between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears go on display, and how contemporary composers are revitalizing – and reinventing – classical music.

Fact Mag

Grimes’ Visions is getting remade as classical music

Grimes’ breakthrough album Visions has been reinterpreted by the Canadian classical ensemble Plumes for the upcoming concert series “Many Visions: Plumes Deconstructs the Music of Grimes.”

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO 2017/18 season to celebrate 175 years of RSNO Chorus

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2017/18 season celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding organisation, the RSNO Chorus.

The Guardian

Love letters between Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears go on display

Ardent and joyful love between composer and tenor is revealed in exhibition marking 50th anniversary of Sexual Offences Act.

National Post

How contemporary composers are revitalizing – and reinventing – classical music

The New Creations Festival continues on March 8 and March 11 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Press and Journal

Classical music from celebrated Scottish composer recorded for first time

A Moray pianist has unearthed lost piano music from a legendary Scottish musician.

BBC News

Music ‘could face extinction’ in secondary schools

They say music is being squeezed because of pressure on pupils to take subjects included in the EBacc school league table measure.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Ohne Musik kann ich nicht leben“

Dirigent Zubin Mehta hält sich zur Zeit viel in Berlin auf. Ein Gespräch über Ravi Shankar, Haydns “Schöpfung”, Strauss’ “Frau ohne Schatten” – und die Pläne des 80-Jährigen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Im Zerrspiegel

Der Posaunist Mathias Götz gehört seit langem zum Label-Kosmos der Brüder Acher. Als “Le Millipede” veröffentlicht er jetzt ein spannendes Remix-Album

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Die Mischung macht’s

Im oberbayerischen Pfaffenwinkel machte im letzten Jahr ein Festival von sich reden. 2017 finden die Pollinger Tage Alter und Neuer Musik unter der künstlerischen Leitung Gerold Hubers zum zweiten Mal statt

The New York Times

Dave Valentin, a Grammy Award-Winning Latin Jazz Flutist, Dies at 64

Dave Valentin, a Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz flutist who recorded dozens of albums and performed on six continents, died on Wednesday in the Bronx. He was 64.

WXQR

How a Yellow Cab Ride Created A Classical Music Connection

The first thing I noticed as I slid into the passenger seat of the yellow cab with my kids crowding into the back was that the radio was switched to WQXR

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Zubin Mehta vergangenes Jahr bei einem Konzert in seiner Heimatstadt Bombay. Foto- imago_Hindustan TimesDirigent Zubin Mehta

(Written on March 9, 2017 )

The Guardian

Staging of Stockhausen’s helicopter string quartet scores key prize

Royal Philharmonic Society praises rare performance of Mittwoch aus Licht by Birmingham Opera Company

The Telegraph

Singing in English: It’s harder than you think

Rupert Christiansen visits The Association of English Singers and Speakers to explore the many difficulties of singing in English.

The Times

Rossini’s opera, La donna del lago heads a tartan takover at ROH

Not many opera directors would admit that their latest production had been inspired by Mel Gibson’s Braveheart or the preposterous sci-fi fantasy Highlander

The Times of India (via Musical Chairs)

Letter found from Britain’s greatest opera composer’s drawer shows his love for Ravi Shankar

Curators sifting through thousands of objects belonging to Britain’s musical geniuses composer Benjamin Britten and opera singer Peter Pears have stumbled upon an ink written page in their private diaries where the duo recalls their experience of having heard Pandit Ravi Shankar perform live.

BBC News

How does the oldest grand piano sound?

The oldest-surviving English grand piano, one of the first ever made, was built by the piano maker Americus Backers in London in 1772 and has now been returned by English Heritage to the home of its former owner, the Duke of Wellington.

Classical Source

Barbican Launches Beyond Barbican With A Summer Of World-Class Arts Across East London

The Barbican today launches Beyond Barbican with a summer of arts events outside the walls of the Barbican Centre featuring pop-up performances, commissions and collaborations across east London.

Limelight Magazine

Arts proven to combat Alzheimers

New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients with debilitating mental disease.

Gramophone

Dame Janet Baker hosts the 2013 RPS Awards

Awards for Karabits, Philharmonia and the Heath Quartet

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The Telegraph

(Written on May 15, 2013 )

Gramophone

The soprano Lisa Della Casa has died

Born February 9, 1919; died December 10, 2012

Classic FM

Philip Pullman novel to become children’s opera

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman is to become a major new opera for children from Opera North, touring the country in 2013.

The Stage

Report: most musicians earn less than £20k

More than half of musicians earn less than £20,000 a year, a report on their pay and working conditions has revealed.

Evening Standard

Musical dares

Quartet takes a typically unfashionable setting — a retirement home for singers and musicians — and adorns it with British film acting royalty. ‘I don’t see why old age should be grim,’ its writer, Ronald Harwood, tells Nick Roddick

Popstar to Operastar singer happy to bring music to new audience

Tenor Rolando Villazón says he has no regrets about judging the ITV show Popstar to Operastar because it brought new audiences to classical music.

The Arts Desk

Sir Patrick Moore, Xylophonist and Composer

The people’s star-man was an avid composer, with three operas and 70 marches and waltzes to his name

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: Scandal at the Grammies – one classical nominee has sold just 11 copies

Some labels carefully select the candidates they submit for a Grammy. Others apparently send in everything they have released.

The Guardian

Ravi Shankar, India’s sitar maestro, dies

Man who took instrument to the world and collaborated with western greats has died aged 92 in San Diego

The Guardian

(Written on December 12, 2012 )