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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

Lizzie Ball ©Silvia Cruz

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

Classical Music

In today’s classical news, Royal Opera House collaborates with V&A Museum on an exhibition examining the creation of seven operas. Rock star Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath turns to choral music, composing a piece for Birmingham Cathedral, and Sony Classical has released the complete recordings of the esteemed Australian Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also, James Smith is to step down as Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the end of the orchestra’s 51st season, after a long service of 31 years.

Opera Now Magazine

ROH and V&A to collaborate on exhibition

‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ will be the first show to be held in the Sainsbury Gallery, a new exhibition space developed as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project which is due to open in July.

WQXR

David Bowie’s Classical Music Impact, One Year Later

Tuesday marks the first anniversary since the death of legendary musician David Bowie. In the year since his death, fans of various musical styles have come together to appreciate the ways his music seemingly transcended genre and simply focused on being “good music.”

CMUSE

Black Sabbath guitarist becomes choral composer

There seems to be something of a trend of rock stars moving into the classical music realm over recent times. The latest example comes from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who has set aside his heavy metal traditions to compose a choral work for Birmingham Cathedral.

The New York Times

An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings

Sony Classical has released the complete Sony recordings of the esteemed Austrian cellist, conductor and scholar, maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March at the age of 86.

The Strad

Firearm found in violin case in Washington DC

Police officers investigating the discovery subsequently found additional weapons and ammunition in the surrounding area.

Pizzicato.lu

An Outstanding Youth Orchestra Music Director Retires

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras in Madison are losing an incredibly gifted conductor, who gave the young musicians in those orchestras completely new perspectives. After 31 years as the Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, James Smith will be retiring at the end of WYSO’s 51st season.

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Rekordsieger bei den Golden Globes – “La La Land” gewinnt sieben Trophäen

Der Musical-Film “La La Land” hat bei den Golden Globes so viele Preise gewonnen wie kein Film zuvor.

derStandard.at

Der schöne Klang der Elbdisharmonie

Kommenden Mittwoch wird nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit und einer Vervielfachung der Kosten die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie eröffnet. Eine Geschichte voller Stolz und Skandale.

Wiener Zeitung

D wie Dame, “Die” und Diva

Die Zeiten waren für Diven schon einmal besser.  Shirley Bassey zum 80. Geburtstag.

klassik.com

Positive Entwicklung der Auslastungszahlen

Die beiden größten Berliner Opernhäuser, die Staatsoper samt Staatsballett sowie die Deutsche Oper, haben eine Bilanz des Jahres 2016 gezogen.

BR klassik

Elbphilharmonie vor der Eröffnung: “Der Klang ist wirklich die Oberwucht!” 

Die ganze Musikwelt blickt gerade nach Hamburg. Hier wird nach jahrelangem Warten am Mittwoch endlich die Elbphilharmonie feierlich eröffnet. Noch rätseln alle: Wie klingt sie denn – so gut wie versprochen, oder vielleicht doch nicht? Timo Janzen, Bassist im BR-Chor, durfte den Klangtest machen – und ist begeistert.

Twitter

StellaMusica @stellafestival Un rideau pour vaincre la lors d’auditions d’ 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Hurrah! We’re off to Vienna for @johnsuchet1‘s Album of the Week.

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis https://t.co/kdXmPmZ5SP

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Photo: ROH/ V&A

(Written on January 9, 2017 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an agreement and announces its new 6-year contract with its musicians. Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is looking to recruit new members. Also, English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance.


The Buffalo News

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians

Good news announced Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract.

The Wall Street Journal
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Blends Classical and Rock on Upcoming Album

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills spent decades performing in front of millions, but it’s his latest work that makes him nervous. This past June, the bassist and keyboard player premiered a new piece of music, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” with the Toronto symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Willis wins London Concord Singers composition competition

Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers‘ 50th anniversary composition competition.

Young People’s Chorus of NYC appoints first composer-in-residence

The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (YPC) has appointed Michael Gordon as its inaugural composer-in-residence. The three-year position will see Gordon compose at least one new work inspired by New York City each season, give workshops and masterclasses, and serve on a committee as an artistic adviser.

RSNO Chorus seeks new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is recruiting for new members. Formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, the Chorus is Scotland’s oldest choir still in operation and in 2018 will celebrate its 175th anniversary.

ENO announces board changes

English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance. Patti White, Patty Dimond and Phil Edgar-Jones have replaced Glyn Barker, David Buchler, and David Harrell (stepping down following seven, nine and nine years of service respectively) on the ENO board.

The Irish Times

Musician misses home but story ends on a positive note

Marja Gaynor loves the spontaneity of Irish musicians. In her native Finland musical gatherings are pre-planned, the violinist says.

New York Post
City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.

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Thomas E. Bauer wird Intendant der Festspiele Europäische Wochen

Der Bariton und Kulturmanager Thomas E. Bauer ist zum neuen Intendanten der Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau berufen worden.

Klassik heute

Piano Days in Hamburg – Klangerlebnisse mit neuester Hybridtechnologie

Klavierspielen ist schwer, teuer und nur etwas für Klassikfans? Mit diesem Klischee möchte CASIO aufräumen und ruft erstmals die CASIO Piano Days ins Leben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo die Freie Szene in Berlin zuhause ist

Berliner Off-Zentrale: Die Sophiensæle sind seit 20 Jahren der Flagship-Store des Freien Theaters und Tanzes.

Twitter

Speakeasy @WSJspeakeasy R.E.M.’s Mike Mills blends rock and classical music on upcoming album: http://on.wsj.com/2cCw3TF

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic “Classical Music is more relevant to the future” – an oldie but a goodie from Paul Morley in @Guardian

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Two weeks until @CityMusicF‘s @RhinegoldLive! Don’t miss out – reserve your free ticket now

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Photo by: Mark Hamilton (RSNO Chorus Director, Gregory Batsleer)

(Written on September 20, 2016 )

Since its release on Saturday, the classical version of Turkish pianist, AyseDeniz Gokcin’s Nirvana Project has been shared across the world by a huge range of publications. AyseDeniz featured on the front page of Germany’s taz. die tageszeitung yesterday and was interviewed too. France’s biggest daily newspaper Le Figaro wrote a news story about the new album and there were stories on news pages, as well as rock, classical and lifestyle blogs in the US, Bosnia, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and much more. 

Listen to it here to get a feel for it yourself.

Nirvana Classical

Nirvana Classical

Shortly before the release of the classical version, AyseDeniz spoke to BBC News about why and how she went about giving Nirvana’s famously grungy sound a more classical edge. Since it was published on Kurt Cobain’s birthday (20 February), the video has been shared all over the world, including by France’s biggest weekly newspaper ‘Le Figaro’. Her Nirvana project has also been shared on the official Nirvana Facebook page.

The release date of AyseDeniz’s Nirvana Classical coincided with lead singer Kurt Cobain’s birthday; he would have been 49 this year. The majority of musicians paying homage to Kurt Cobain are, as expected, rock bands doing covers of Nirvana’s songs. AyseDeniz is totally original, in that she makes the music her own by merging rock with classical virtuoso piano, influenced by composers Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

This isn’t the first time that one of AyseDeniz’s projects has gone viral. Upon the release of her Pink Floyd Lisztified album in 2012, AyseDeniz received worldwide recognition. You can read the full story here.

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Keep up to date with AyseDeniz on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

 

(Written on February 24, 2016 )

 

AyseDeniz

AyseDeniz

With the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz brings to life the power of music that gave Kurt Cobain the will to live. The album is released today exclusively with iTunes or you can purchase signed hard copies on AyseDeniz’s website.

AyseDeniz was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey and made her concerto debut when she was just nine. As a composer and pianist, she is always seeking new ideas. For the #NirvanaProject, AyseDeniz has pulled ideas from the lyrics and motifs of Nirvana’s music to create her own adaptations. She tells the story of Kurt Cobain through her classical piano arrangements and vocals; connecting rock and grunge with classical music, in an authentic intimate and nostalgic way.

At the age of 27, the same age as Nirvana’s front man when he ended his life, AyseDeniz dedicates this project to Kurt Cobain to celebrate his legacy through virtuosic grunge.

The project follows the viral, worldwide success of AyseDeniz’s Classical Pink Floyd project, which caught the attention of classical enthusiasts and rock fans across the globe, also securing an endorsement from Pink Floyd’s official social media pages.

The #NirvanaProject is a curious and eclectic venture, which merges different styles in a genre that is impossible to categorise. Buy now on iTunes or get yourself an exclusive signed CD.

 

Keep up to date with AyseDeniz’s news via her website, Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

(Written on November 20, 2015 )

WildKat PR welcomes revolutionary cellist and composer Jo Quail to its client roster ahead of her concert in association with Chaos Theory in February 2015.

Jo draws upon classical, rock and metal influences, creating music that connects with and unites a very diverse audience of classical and rock and metal fans. She also incorporates looping technology into her music, providing her with a further means of experimenting and testing the boundaries of her music and instrument.

Jo began her musical training at a very young age and completed her BA in performance at the University of Leeds. Jo has since worked with various musicians and groups and studies with renowned cellist and composer Gwyn Pritchard. She began embarking upon her solo career in 2010, and has since released albums From The Sea (2011) and Caldera (2014) with great success. As well as performing in the UK, Jo has performed in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.

The concert will take place on 7 February at St John on Bethnal Green, and will feature music from Jo’s hugely popular albums Caldera and From The Sea. This will also feature the premiere of Jo’s new work ‘This Path With Grace’.

Jo has specially arranged several well-known works for the concert, including selected pieces by Schein and Bartok, for four cellos. The cello quartet will also be joined by violinist Daniel Merrill (Dead Rat Orchestra), percussionist Al Richardson and poet Mohan Rana. Tickets are available here.

For more information on Jo Quail, check out her Facebook, Twitter and Website.

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Photo: Karolina Urbaniak

(Written on December 15, 2014 )

New York Daily News

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

As crossover classical-pop performers like Andrea Bocelli and Lindsey Stirling sell tons of records, established pop, rock and roots musicians like Rufus Wainwright, Jonny Greenwood and Chris Thile tackle classical forms

BBC News

Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say.

Sky News

American Idol Stars Sue Sony Music for $10m

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are among the stars named in the lawsuit against Sony over royalties.

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony

Rachmaninov stole the show at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, celebrating Russia’s history and classical music in a spectacular Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

Holocaust survivor musician Alice Herz-Sommer dies age 110

The oldest living holocaust survivor, pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who remembers meeting Mahler and Kafka in her incredible lifetime, died yesterday at the age of 110.

The Guardian

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs

Detroit Free Press

Leonard Slatkin: How African Americans changed classical music

How African-Americans profoundly changed the American musical landscape and paved the way for others

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 24, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced

ITV

Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

A Birmingham based violinist has become an ‘unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra following the presentation of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians

Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away in the US today at the age of 58,  the Armenian Ministry of Culture informs

Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

The violinist who became an overnight sensation when named BBC Young Musician of the Year reveals how she struggled when plunged into an ‘extremely cut-throat’ world, writes Chris Hastings

Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

Want to buy a classical CD? Don’t go to New York!

The joys of browsing and sampling CDs in a specialist store shop are increasingly hard to come by, and almost impossible if you’re a New Yorker

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Sakari Oramo: ‘Britain was my destiny’

Finland’s Sakari Oramo talks to Ivan Hewett about the challenges of becoming the BBCSO’s new chief conductor – and his uncanny sense of homecoming

Gramophone

Setting up a classical ensemble in the current climate is hard, but bowing to popular tastes is not the way

The London International Players are helping to bring classical music to new audiences

Arts Journal

Renée Fleming cancels UK for family emergency

Renée Fleming has cancelled a keenly-awaited orchestral concert in Oxford today. Her replacement will be Sylvia Schwarz

The Guardian

Just don’t call it ‘indie classical’

Nico Muhly, Olafur Arnalds and new generation of composers are successfully transposing classical tropes to a rock setting

ABQ Journal

New classical music organization debuts

Led by Artistic Director David Oberg, ‘Orchestra of Discovery’ in Albuquerque debuts Tuesday, Nov. 5 as small chamber ensemble

Incorporated Society of Musicians

HMRC agrees to reverse National Insurance rules

Good news for professional musicians as HMRC agrees to reverse National Insurance rules

Digital Music News

Head North: Ontario Sets Aside $45 Million to Fund Its Music Industry…

The province of Ontario has set aside $45 million CAD (~$43M USD) for a new Ontario Music Fund

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Zeitlos überwältigend

Es klingt wie ein wehmütiges, spätes Wiedersehen: Anne-Sophie Mutter hat nach fast 30 Jahren wieder ein Studioalbum mit den Berliner Philharmonikern aufgenommen. Auf “Dvořák” interpretiert die große deutsche Geigerin ein leidenschaftlich-romantisches Violinkonzert

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on November 4, 2013 )