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In today’s news: Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice, leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council, and nudist viola player plays during naked skydive to raise money for body image charities. Harold Faltermeyer receives German film score prize, Bayreuth announces plans for 2018, and Musikfest Berlin starts today.

The Times

Pioneering Radio 3 show gives dementia sufferers a voice

A pioneering six-hour programme that blends the voices of dementia sufferers with classical music is to air on the BBC.

Classical Music Magazine

Leading musicians assemble for gala performance in aid of Refugee Council

A number of leading artists will assemble for a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to raise funds for Refugee Council and its work with unaccompanied children arriving in Britain having fled war, trafficking and persecution.

International Piano

Sony releases Gould’s Goldberg Variations sessions

Sony Classical is to release Glenn Gould’s complete sessions for his famous 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of a new box set.

The Strad

The lark descending – nudist viola player plays during naked skydive

Australian violist Glen Donnelly’s stunt is raising money for body image charities

Limelight

Saxophonist plays instrument during brain surgery

Dan Fabbio performed a piece on the saxophone during surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Pizzicato

La Monnaie in Brussels to reopen next Tuesday

The Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels will reopen on September 5 after a two-year-long renovation. The opening production is Philippe Boesman’s opera Pinocchio.

NMZ

Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2017: „Top Gun“–Komponist Harold Faltermeyer wird Ehrenpreisträger

Der Deutsche Filmmusikpreis würdigt den in München geborenen Filmkomponisten und Musikproduzenten Harold Faltermeyer 2017 mit dem Ehrenpreis.

Kultur Radio

Bayreuth plant für 2018

Im kommenden Jahr zeigen die Bayreuther Festspiele eine Neuinszenierung der Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin”.

Klassik Heute

Heute beginnt das Festival Musikfest Berlin 2017.

Beim Musikfest Berlin präsentieren die Berliner Klangkörper sowie Gastorchester aus Amsterdam, Mailand, London, Perm und Freiburg große Werke der Musikgeschichte.

Twitter

Meet Me At The Opera‏ @MMATOpera

The packed house at the gala final performance at the old Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway at 39th Street 1966

Merken

Merken

(Written on August 31, 2017 )

We’re delighted to be working with Kimiko again. This campaign will see us supporting her exciting new Kickstarter project, which will finance her recording of J.S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge.

Kimiko is not new to Kickstarter, her former project recording the Goldberg Variations was a tremendous success. Spiegel.de called her a “music activist“ for having published not only an online stream of her recordings but also her sheet music under Common License. As a result, Kimiko’s project was picked up all around the world and established her as a key interpreter of Bach’s repertoire.

Kimiko Ishizaka

For her new project, Kimiko chose another demanding work by Bach: The Art of Fugue, a piece which was left incomplete by Bach when he died.  The question of how to bring the performance to an end has kept generations of pianists busy. Some end the performance abruptly when there are no more notes to play, like Glenn Gould, who would play the last note “like a pistol shot”, as Kimiko’s manager Robert Douglass interprets it, to mark the interruption and the ‘unfinishedness’. Dissatisfied with all of these choices, Kimiko thought: “This music, so miraculously crafted, can’t end like that, unfinished. It’s wrong. It can’t be accepted.“
So she wrote her own completion of the work. In March she presented her own solution, Die Kunst der Fuge, komplett, in Cologne, Germany. The concert ended with tremendous applause and the feedback from the audience was that they did not notice the transition from Bach’s composition to Kimiko’s addition, as it was composed and executed so flawlessly.

Now we’re delighted to support Kimiko in taking this project to the next level. The fundraiser for the CD release of Die Kunst der Fuge will start this Spring. The CD will be recorded in 2018 at Teldex Studio, Berlin. Stay tuned for Kimiko’s unique version of The Art of Fugue!

 

Kimiko Ishizaka

(Written on May 8, 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

concerti

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

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Sattes Abonnenten-Plus in der Saison 2015/16

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Classical Music News – Alberto Zedda (1928-2017)

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

(Written on March 9, 2017 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.

 

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WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

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The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ROH introduces e-ticket service and the BBC launches search for amateur orchestra. Also, Accentus wins an International Classical Music Award for video performance and Saffron Hall announces first opera commission

Classical Music Magazine

ROH to introduce e-ticket service

The Royal Opera House is introducing an e-ticket system for those making online ticket purchases

BBC

BBC launches search for amateur orchestra

The BBC has launched a search to find the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestras, as part of a new season that aims to inspire creativity

Musik Heute

International Classical Music Awards verkünden Preisträger 2016

Berlin (MH) – Die Jury der International Classical Music Awards hat die Preisträger 2016 bekanntgegeben

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces first opera commission

Saffron Hall’s first opera commission, The Glass Knight, will premiere on 9 March 2016

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Auf zu klanglichen Abenteuern

Das Festival Ultraschall Berlin, veranstaltet vom Deutschlandradio Kultur und dem RBB-Kulturradio, startet am Mittwoch und vereint gegenseitige Aspekte Neuer Musik

Pizzicato

Frank Peter Zimmermann To Use Ex-Dupont/Grumiaux Stradivarius

Frank Peter who had to restitute the 1727 Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius violin to the financial liquidators of the WestLB, has finally got a new instrument

Codex Flores

Kollektivkomposition Mozarts und Salieris entdeckt

Der deutsche Musikwissenschaftler und Komponist Timo Jouko Herrmann hat in den Beständen des Nationalmuseums in Prag eine verloren geglaubte Vokalkomposition von Mozart aus dessen Wiener Zeit wiederentdeckt

France Musique

Philharmonie de Paris : une première année couronnée de success

Un an après avoir ouvert ses portes, la Philharmonie de Paris dresse un premier bilan très enthousiasmant

Twitter

ACE London @ace__london  NEWS: 3 London orgs celebrate in this round of our Strategic Touring fund http://bit.ly/1QmLJsz  #ACEsupported

Opera Now magazine@Operanow  We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a luxury trip to Dallas and @FortWorthOpera. Click here to enter: http://ow.ly/WNHk1

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine  .@WigmoreHall trials free live streaming on 28 Jan. Read more: http://www.classical-music.com/news/wigmore-hall-trials-live-streaming

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(Written on January 20, 2016 )

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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, interview with Colin Currie in the Guardian, violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89 and new LA orchestra is formed for pre-professionals. Also, James Horner score is discovered for Magnificent Seven remake.

The Guardian

Facing the music: Colin Currie

From Harrison Birtwistle to the Kinks musical and drunken Talking Heads renditions, percussionist Colin Currie reveals his musical passions

The Strad

US violin maker Edward Campbell dies aged 89

US violin maker Edward Campbell died on 18 July at the age of 89.

Los Angeles to gain Young Artists Symphony Orchestra

A new orchestra for pre-professional musicians has been formed in Los Angeles.

Classical Music Magazine

Berklee report finds that artists lose out from recordings

Artists earn as little as 5% of the revenue their recordings make and up to 50% of payments do not get to their rightful owners, according to a report from Berklee College of Music’s Rethink project.

Classic FM

Director discovers secret film score for Magnificent Seven remake – after composer’s death

There’s a bittersweet epilogue to James Horner’s tragic death last month: the Titanic composer had apparently been planning to surprise director Antoine Fuqua with film score he wrote in secret.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Boygroup der Klassik

Das Ensemble Quatuor Ebène ist Stargast der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ein Gespräch über intime Säle, die neue Lust am Zuhören und Publikumsreaktionen in aller Welt.

Streit um Finanzierung sorgt für Irritation

Die Stadt Weimar will ab 2017 die Zuschüsse für die Klassik Stiftung deutlich reduzieren. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert diese Absicht.

Klassik Akzent

Brückenbauer – Daniel Hope wird mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 ausgezeichnet

Für sein musikalisches Engagement wird der britische Violinist Daniel Hope am 2. Oktober 2015 mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis für Musik 2015 in der Dresdner Frauenkirche geehrt.

The Washington Post

Young players bolstered by pros in last classical performance at Castleton

The Castleton Festival struggles on in Rappahannock County, a year after the death of its founder, Lorin Maazel. The programming is sharply reduced, with jazz taking over from classical music for the final two weeks, and all performances open with pleas for donations.

Classicalite

Marin Alsop to Conduct Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana’s 500th Anniversary

Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana’s quincentenary.

Tweets

Tête à Tête @teteateteopera: fantastic opening crowds inside & out @theplacelondon

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Ant-Man scores small – but notable – victory at UK box office

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Leonardo da Vinci’s design for the viola organista has finally been realised:

James Horner
James Horner’s epilogue
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 22, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 

 

(Written on January 13, 2015 )

The Guardian

Sergei Rachmaninov symphony manuscript to go under the hammer

Sotheby’s estimates 320-page document detailing composer’s second symphony will fetch up to £1.5m at auction in May

The Telegraph

James Levine: ‘I doubted I’d ever make it back’

America’s greatest conductor, the Metropolitan’s James Levine, tells John Allison how he beat paralysis to return to the podium – in a wheelchair

The Messiah: Handel’s gift to the poor of London

One of the world’s greatest choral works has its roots in the composer’s compassion for the shamed and destitute

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.

BBC Music Magazine

Royal Opera House’s Les Vepres siciliennes named Best New Opera Production at the Olivier awards

 The Royal Opera House and English Touring Opera are both awarded prizes

Die Welt

Klassik-Borschtsch mit regimetreuen Künstlern

Mit kräftiger Putin-Unterstützung: In Novosibirsk möchte der dort geborene Geiger Vadim Repin ein großes Kunstfestival etablieren. Doch man erfährt dort mehr über russisches Dasein als über Musik.

Concerti

ONLINE-INTERVIEW: In der Welt von… Martin Stadtfeld 

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Richard Egarr, AAMorchestra music director, tells us about recording Bach’s St John Passion in our new podcast: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/exploring-bachs-st-john-passion-the-new-gramophone-podcast

Classic FM: @ClassicFM  Great story from Neville Marriner – the perfect recording that never was. Coming up my Album of the Week johnsuchet1 pic.twitter.com/wxl36W8T0o

Classical:NEXT: ‏@ClassicalNEXT social action through music – listen to the El Sistema session at Classical:NEXT 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9-E_Ld_dsU …

BAFA: @BritArtsFests New BBC initative Ten Pieces: introducing a generation of children to classical music as a stimulus for creativity http://bbc.in/1irXpbV 

Neue Musikzeitung: @musikzeitung Lammert nennt SWR-Orchesterfusion “unsensible Fehlentscheidung… http://goo.gl/fb/mHBfb 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

Classical accordionist Paul Chamberlain has begun recording his latest album at the Maybank Studios in Glasgow. The repertoire includes Konzertstück in F minor by Carl Maria von Weber, and Tango Sensations by Astor Piazzolla (for accordion & string quartet).

For the album Paul is performing with the Maxwell Quartet and violinist Feargus Hetherington. The disc is due for release at the beginning of July followed by a tour across the UK at a number of prestigious and exciting venues!

Follow Paul on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with his news and tour dates when they are released.

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(Written on March 5, 2014 )