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In today’s Classical news, the programme for the London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 is announced, a virtual museum about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony, Munich aims to beat the Elbphilharmonie with its new concert hall and Richard Williams talks about the Jazzfest Berlin.

BBC News

Sting brings Newcastle-set musical ‘The Last Ship’ home for UK premiere

Gordon Sumner created the show as a tribute to the shipbuilding community where he grew up in Wallsend, but it lasted just three months on Broadway in 2014 and 15 after mixed reviews and lacklustre ticket sales.

Rhinegold

Programme for London Contemporary Music Festival 2017 announced

This year’s festival (3-10th Dec) will include experimental sound works, erotic films, musical battles with artificial intelligence, punk, Fluxus, wild pop, Afrofuturism, live electronic sets, mouth installations, a seven-hour song recital and talks.

Virtual musical instrument museum launched

A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about some of the UK’s most important musical instruments is now live. MINIM-UK allows members of the public to explore instruments from 200 separate collections across the UK in a single virtual location.

Gramophone

Michael Tilson Thomas to step down from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra has announced that Michael Tilson Thomas will step down from his role as Music Director at the end of the 2019-20 season. MTT will be 75 and will have served in the post for 25 years.

Forbes

Bill Murray, Three Classical Musicians Collaborate On ‘New Worlds’ Recording And Concert Tour

A chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to New York led actor Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler to became fast friends and curious about each other’s artistic world and interests.

The New York Times

After 25 years, Michael Tilson Thomas will leave San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas, whose trailblazing leadership of the San Francisco Symphony spurred American classical music’s westward expansion, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as its music director in 2020, after his 25th season.

Die Welt

Mit diesem Saal will München die Elbphilharmonie schlagen

München hat sich endlich auf einen Entwurf für den neuen Konzertsaal festgelegt. Der 300-Millionen-Glaspalast soll Aushängeschild werden. Doch Kritiker spotten schon über den „Schneewittchensarg“.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es wird Zeit, dass jemand Jüngeres drankommt”

Richard Williams, der scheidende Leiter des Jazzfests Berlin, über die rasante Entwicklung des Jazz.

Fono Forum

Mehr als 1.666 Stunden Alte Musik

Ein klingendes Urgestein der Alten-Musik-Szene wird 65: Die Sendung Tafel-Confect des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Bitte vergessen Sie das Applaudieren nicht!

Die erste Asientournee des Lucerne Festival Orchestra mit seinem neuen Chefdirigenten Riccardo Chailly eröffnet widersprüchliche Blicke in die Zukunft des Musikbetriebs.

Twitter

ECHO  Fotos der Verleihung in der Galerie auf der ECHO KLASSIK-Website: ▸

Berliner FestspieleDer Aufbau für das Pop-Up-Konzert von beim 2017 im Alexa Berlin läuft! Heute um 14 Uhr geht es dann los!

Michael Tilson Thomas at home in San Francisco in 2014.

© Drew Kelly for The New York Times

(Written on November 1, 2017 )

The most recent addition to the WildKat PR client roster is none other than the highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner Christina McMaster.

Her continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances has allowed to her to collaborate with a diverse mix of genres and artists, including violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week.

Upon graduating with a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.  She is also a champion of new music, having worked with established composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.

Recently Christina founded Ensemble WOW, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming – a cause of which Christina is a strong supporter. They are very proud to be Listenpony’s ensemble in residence, with a concert coming up at The Rag Factory on 2nd March 2015. The concert will include a variety of works evoking music’s engagement with current affairs – war, rebellion and civil rights as well as the spirituality and solidarity that surround these powerful events.

Also in March, Christina will be heading to Barbados for the Holders Season where she will play an eclectic programme that captures the essence of the American Dream. She will be joined by violinist Lizzie Ball and they will play tracks from Christina’s upcoming album Pinks and Blues which is due to be released in May.

But before she jets off, you can see Christina performing Debussy, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Charles Ives and Beethoven with the Derby Chamber Music Society on 20th February at 7:30pm.

For more information about Christina you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook pages.

PIANIST CHRISTINA MCMASTER

 

(Written on January 30, 2015 )