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In today’s news: Homophobia in Hungary leads Hungarian National Opera to cancel Billy Elliot shows. World Choir Games to be held in Belgium in 2020. Royal Opera House warns politicians to act on freedom of movement following Brexit. UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform. BBC Proms to hold free event outside of Royal Albert Hall.

The Irish News

Royal Opera House issues warning on ease of movement with EU

The Royal Opera House has warned politicians to act on the issue of ease of movement of international talent following the EU referendum.

The Telegraph

Royal Ballet musical director steps in to save the day… only for audience members to leave

When the harpist of the Royal Opera House failed to turn up to a performance of Swan Lake, Koen Kessels, the musical director of the Royal Ballet, bravely stepped forward and decided to accompany the orchestra on the piano himself.

The Strad

Nicola Benedetti joins ESTA UK as president

Scottish violinist is expected to sit for a three- to four-year term as head of European String Teachers Association’s UK chapter.

Limelight

Homophobic press sees Hungarian Billy Elliot season cut short

Hungarian National Opera has cancelled over half the performances in its production of Billy Elliot following a barrage of homophobic press from the daily newspaper Magyar Idők, which ran a series of articles claiming the production could “transform Hungarian boys into homosexuals”, the Daily Star reported, with another article claiming such shows promoted a “deviant way of life”.

Music Week

UK Music urges British MEPs to back copyright reform

UK Music has urged British MEPs to back major changes to copyright law. CEO Michael Dugher called on the UK’s European parliamentarians to back the proposed Copyright Directive following its approval by the JURI committee.

Rhinegold

BBC Proms announces free ‘curtain raiser’ event

The BBC Proms has announced a free evening event to be held outside the Royal Albert Hall on 12 July.

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11th World Choir Games 2020 to be held in Flanders

The region of Flanders in Belgium, with the cities Antwerp and Ghent, will host the 11th World Choir Games. The event, which is also considered the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ will take place from July 5-15, 2020 and attract thousands of singers from Europe and all over the world.

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Fritz-Gerber-Awards an Nachwuchsmusiker vergeben

Die Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung zeichnet in diesem Jahr den Geiger Alexandre Guy, die Saxophonistin Sara Zazo Romero und den Schlagzeuger Thomas Soldati mit dem stiftungseigenen Award aus.

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Horaz und das Harmonium

Salonkonzert in der Truman-Villa: Das „Quatuor Bestaendig“ spielt im Rahmen der Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci Werke jüdischer Komponisten.

Musik Heute

Frischer Wind beim Richard-Strauss-Festival

Alexander Liebreich ist ein Mann klarer Worte. “Nein, in diesem Saal wird kein Konzert stattfinden. Das ist ein Unort.” Der Dirigent und neue Intendant des am Freitag beginnenden Richard-Strauss-Festivals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen meint den reichlich ungemütlichen Werdenfels-Saal im Kongresszentrum der Olympiastadt.

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Hungarian National Opera’s production of Billy Elliot. Photo © Attila Nagy, Zsófia Pályi, Péter Rákossy

(Written on June 22, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic Brit awards are making a comeback, Robin Zander debuts on Broadway, Fox celebrates women in music, Konzerthaus Dortmund to further Simon Höfeles (trumpet) career,  and Sarah Nemtsov to receive Composition Prize for Contemporary Music (Oldenburg).

The Guardian

Classic Brit awards to make comeback after five-year absence

After a five-year absence the Classic Brit awards, returns to Royal Albert Hall this summer in attempt to create the same buzz for classical music as the Brits have for the pop industry.

Billboard

Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander To Make Broadway Debut In ‘Rocktopia’

Rocktopia ambitiously combines 20th century rock music with classical compositions.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School launches Leadership Academy

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has launched the Leadership Academy, a new venture which will provide leadership training for senior decision-makers.

The National

Pianographique: taking the stigma away from modern classical music

Feel the music as images sway to the piano at Abu Dhabi Festival. We talk to the virtuosi who want to attract those who ‘wouldn’t be caught dead at a classical concert’

Chicago Tribune

Chamber Music on the Fox Celebrates Women in Music

Throughout the month of April, Chamber Music on the Fox will present some of America’s earliest female virtuoso musicians in an otherwise male-dominated classical music world.

SWR

Konzerthaus Dortmund fördert SWR2 New Talent Simon Höfele wird „Junger Wilder“

Wieder eine gute Nachricht für Trompeter Simon Höfele: Nach SWR2 und der BBC wird ihn auch das Dortmunder Konzerthaus ab der kommenden Saison fördern.

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Sarah Nemtsov erhält Kompositionspreis für Zeitgenössische Musik der Stadt Oldenburg

Die gebürtige Oldenburgerin Sarah Nemtsov (37) erhält in diesem Jahr den Kompositionspreis für Zeitgenössische Musik der Stadt Oldenburg.

Musik Heute

Orchester zeichnen NRW-Kulturministerin aus

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) verleiht ihren “Hermann-Voss-Kulturpreis” in diesem Jahr an die Kulturministerin von Nordrhein-Westfalen, Isabell Pfeiffer-Poensgen (parteilos).

Le Monde

Grâce au streaming, les ventes de musique en forte hausse aux Etats-Unis

Après de lourdes pertes au début des années 2000, l’industrie musicale américaine renoue avec un chiffre d’affaires à son plus haut niveau depuis dix ans.

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Simon Höfele und das SWR Symphonieorchester © Ronny Zimmermann/RZ Photographie

(Written on March 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic FM announces PlayStation Concert, Camden Schools perform at RAM, Gramofy launches as free service, Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases album,Charles Hazlewood reflects on minimalism in music, African-American Double Bassist killed by package bomb explosion in Austin, Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, and Bavaria to cover all expenses for new Konzerthaus in Munich.

Classic FM

Classic FM announces PlayStation in Concert: a celebration of video game music

Classic FM is partnering with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and PlayStation for the live world premiere of PlayStation in Concert, at the Royal Albert Hall!

Camden

Camden schools raise the roof at ‘joyful’ Royal Albert Hall concert

More than 2,000 young singers and musicians from Camden schools and youth orchestras gave stunning performances at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Monday, 12 March), covering classical, pop, world music and jazz for an audience of proud parents, friends, school and council staff.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Looking forward to BBC Young Musician 2018

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason released his debut album Inspiration (which will be reviewed in the April issue of BBC Music Magazine) with Decca Classics, featuring the piece with which he won Young Musician, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

The Guradian

Adventures in motion and pitches: how minimalism shook up classical music

Conductor Charles Hazlewood on the sounds that sparked a cultural revolution and redrew musical boundaries

Classical Music

Grammofy relaunches as free service

Classical music streaming service Grammofy, which shut down on 15 November, has been relaunched as a free service. However, listeners will need a Spotify Premium account (£9.99/month) to access the Grammofy catalogue.

The Violin Channel

African-American Double Bassist Killed in Possible Racial Hate Crime

17 year old African-American double bassist Draylen Mason has been killed – following a series of package bomb explosions in Austin, Texas, United States

Candidates Announced for 2018 Paganini Competition – Including 7 VC Young Artists

The 32 opening round candidates for the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition have been announced – including 7 VC Young Artists

Limelight

Richard Gill: Principals and Pupils Praise Program

Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, as results from a national survey and study confirm how much is to be gained.

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Freistaat Bayern wird alleiniger Träger des Münchner Konzerthauses

Der Freistaat Bayern wird alle Kosten des neuen Konzerthauses in München übernehmen. Das hat der bayerische Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) am Dienstag angekündigt.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorf erwirbt Briefe von Heine an Berlioz

Das Heinrich-Heine-Institut in Düsseldorf hat zwei Handschriften des Dichters (1797-1856) neu in seinem Bestand. Die beiden Briefe gingen an den französischen Komponisten Hector Berlioz, mit dem Heine befreundet war.

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Daniel Hope verlängert beim Zürcher Kammerorchester

Die bereits zwei Spielzeiten andauernde Zusammenarbeit des ZKO mit seinem ‘Music Director’ Daniel Hope wird vorzeitig verlängert, teilte das ZKO mit. Hopes Vertrag als ‘Music Director’ läuft nun bis 2021/22.

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Le chef d’orchestre Enrique Mazzola obtient la citoyenneté française

Enrique Mazzola, directeur musical de l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, a annoncé avoir obtenu la citoyenneté française.

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Music History_@today_classical: #today in 1815 Birth of German-American #composer Josephine #Lang. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony performed by Charles Hazelwood at Glastonbury in 2016 © Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

(Written on March 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony, The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced and The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report. The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet, Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up” and Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016. Also, Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaks to the German Bundestag and composer John Morris passed away.

Guardian

Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony

The long-discussed adaptation of the late singer’s 1979 album Lodger will premiere at the Southbank Centre in May 2019.

Opera Now

Finalists for 2018 International Opera Awards revealed

The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced.

Music Teacher

Rock magazines join forces to celebrate women

Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines – and their online platform  TeamRock.com – are joining forces to celebrate women in rock, metal and progressive music.

Royal Albert Hall announces technology partnership

The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee supports flexible travel for creative industries post-Brexit

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report.

Pitchfork

Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up”

“Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make”.

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Daniel Harding will not renew his contract in Paris

Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016.

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Deutsche Grammophon und IDAGIO beginnen Partnerschaft

Die Deutsche Grammophon, das älteste Klassiklabel der Welt, und IDAGIO, ein führender und in mehr als 70 Ländern verfügbarer Streaming-Service für klassische Musik, haben heute die Vereinbarung einer umfangreichen Partnerschaft bekanntgegeben.

Klassik.com

Niedrige Zinsen: Götz-Friedrich-Preis in finanziellen Nöten

Zukünftig wird aufgrund der anhaltenden Niedrigzins-Phase nicht mehr die Stiftung des Regisseurs Götz Friedrich den Preis vergeben; stattdessen wird der Preis in die Hände der Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz gelegt.

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Die Cellistin Anita Lasker-Wallfisch redet im Bundestag

Als die 17-jährige Anita Lasker im Dezember 1943 ins Vernichtungslager Auschwitz kam, rettete das Cello ihr Leben: Das Mädchenorchester brauchte noch eine Cellistin, und deshalb entging Anita der Todeskammer.

Repubblica

È morto John Morris, addio al musicista preferito da Mel Brooks nominato per l’Oscar

Il compositore statunitense firmò anche le musiche di ‘The Elephant Man’ e ‘La signora in rosso’

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Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Franz Schubert became one of the world’s most frequently performed composers. Being not quite five feet tall earned him the Austrian nickname “Schwammerl”. Today, we celebrate “The little mushroom’s” day of birth listening to his song cycles:

Image: David Bowie & Philip Glass © The Guardian

(Written on January 31, 2018 )

In today’s news: Australian women sign an open letter against sexual harassment in music industry, a third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, survey says; New York Philharmonic releases its 19th-century archival material. Also, AI and machine learning in music business and Wolfgang Niedecken honoured with the Beethoven Award for human rights. 

The Guardian

Tina Arena and Courtney Barnett join campaign against music industry sexual harassment

More than 360 Australian women, including the Veronicas and Sarah Blasko, have signed #MeNoMore letter recounting harassment, assault and rape.

Classic FM

25 per cent believe women don’t have the same opportunities as men in the music industry

A third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, according to a new survey on gender inequality carried out by The Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

New York Philharmonic releases archival material

The New York Philharmonic has released all of its 19th-century archival material to mark its 175th birthday.

Opera Now

Irish National Opera announces first appointments

Irish National Opera (INO) has announced a number of key appointments.

Forbes

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry

In the music industry access to information presents a big challenge, but once you have it, the question becomes, how can you use and manipulate it using machine learning?

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Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs

Sachsens Kulturstiftung vergibt aus ihrem Fonds wieder zwei wertvolle Meisterinstrumente an hochbegabte Nachwuchsmusiker.

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Wolfgang Niedecken erhält Beethovenpreis für Menschenrechte 

Der BAP-Sänger äußere sich immer wieder explizit zu politischen Fragestellungen und nehme öffentlich Stellung, teilte die Beethoven Academy in Bonn mit.

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Wiener Konzerthaus mit Besucherzuwachs in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Wiener Konzerthaus hat seinen Jahresbericht für 2016/17 vorgelegt. Gegenüber der vorherigen Spielzeit konnte die Zahl verkaufter Eintrittskarten demnach auf 577.000 gesteigert werden (2015/16: 542.200).

France musique

Françoise Nyssen et Jean-Michel Blanquer annoncent 20 millions d’euros pour la musique à l’école

Invités au micro de France Musique, la ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen et le ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer apportent des détails à leur action commune en faveur de la musique à l’école. 

Le Monde

Mort du batteur Sunny Murray, pionnier du free jazz

Le compositeur et musicien James Marcellus Arthur – dit « Sunny » – Murray s’est éteint le 8 décembre à l’âge de 81 ans.

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Image:© Classic FM/Maddy Shaw Roberts

(Written on December 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.

WQXR

Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

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Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern. 

Klassik.com

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.

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in 1894 Death of French Emmanuel

Sir Peter Hall
Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms for the first time, the tenor, Michael Fabio, to open Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, and should female musicians be allowed to dress how they want?
John Tessier replaces Javier Camarena at Vienna State Opera, festival “Modern Times” to begin, and mould damage at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

The Guardian

Into the classical music bear-pit: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms

Growing up in North Kensington Alan Johnson used to play around the Albert Hall but never went inside. 60 years later we sent the former home secretary along to experience the Proms for the first time. What did he make of it?

The Times

Michael Fabiano: ‘I don’t believe in luck. It comes if you’re prepared’

The tenor is stepping into big shoes when he opens Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, but he’s not fazed.

Pizzicato

Ivan Krpan wins Busoni Competion

20 year-old Croatian pianist Ivan Krpan has won this year’s Busoni Competition.

Classic FM

Women in Music – Should female musicians be allowed to dress how they want?

Aliette de Laleu is a journalist on the radio station France Musique, who every week during her show leads a discussion about a female composer, musician or conductor.

Pizzicato

Modena honours Pavarotti with Verdi Requiem

Ten years after the death of Luciano Pavarotti, on 6 September 2007, Modena will pay homage to the great tenor with Giuseppe Verdi’s Mass of Requiem.

Limelight

Belvoir announces its 2018 season

Highlights include Kate Mulvany in an Ibsen gender-switch, an adaptation of Bliss, and a revival of the Hayes’ Calamity Jane.

Klassik-Heute

Besetzungsänderungen an der Wiener Staatsoper

Javier Camarena hat auf Grund seiner Mitwirkung an einer CD-Aufnahme seine Auftritte in La Fille du régiment an der Wiener Staatsoper (Vorstellungen am 11., 13., 16. und 19. Jänner 2018) abgesagt.

Concerti

Ein Gedicht der Ekstase

Vom 15. September bis zum 1. Oktober geht das Musikfest MODERN TIMES in die fünfte Runde.

Klassik.com

Schimmel nach Wasserschaden: Elbphilharmonie muss saniert werden

Teile der Elbphilharmonie müssen in Folge eines Wasserschadens und nachfolgender Schimmelbildung saniert werde.

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Watch Anne-Sophie Mutter for just £6 (plus booking fees) with an Online Promming ticket! Book now ➡️

Alan Johnson at the Royal Albert Hall, © Chris Christodoulou/BBC

 

 

 

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(Written on September 4, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Proms should stop ticket scandal, András Schiff talks about how ‘music should be an integral part of our lives,’ and Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. Opera about love story between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to open in 2020, Fazil Say receives music prize, and world premiere with Xavier de Maistre.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The Proms should stop this ticket scandal — or leave the Albert Hall

What is that scandal? In a nutshell, it’s about access and inclusivity. It is extremely hard to obtain aforesaid tickets if you go through the official channels, but very easy if you have a few thousand quid to spare and go to a ticket-resale website.

The Daily Telegraph

András Schiff interview: ‘Music should be an integral part of our lives’

“Today, music is taken off the curriculum because it is not considered a priority, but it should be an integral part of our lives. An integral part of our lives.”

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017

Radio 3 is inviting listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a new Christmas carol.

Classical Music Magazine

Final season of Hull 2017 revealed

The fourth season of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has been announced.

The Strad

Violinist, quartet and double bassist in new intake of BBC New Generation Artists

BBC Radio 3’s young classical talent platform accepts Aleksey Semenenko, Quatuor Arod and Misha Mullov-Abbado

Limelight

The Simpsons’ composer fired after 27 years

Alf Clausen, responsible for some of the show’s most iconic songs, was told producers wanted “a different kind of music.”

NMZ

Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017 geht an den türkischen Pianisten Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say erhält den Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017.Klassik.com

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Festival vielsaitig präsentiert Riesengeige

Im Rahmen des Festivals “vielsaitig” wird morgen im Klosterhof St. Mang in Füssen die sogenannte Markneukirchener Riesengeige präsentiert.

Klassik Heute

Meisterkurs und deutsche Erstaufführung mit Xavier de Maistre

Das erste Forum N-Konzert der neuen Spielzeit steht ganz im Zeichen der Harfe: Bei der Uraufführung eines Werkes von Gordon Kampe sollen laut dem Komponisten „soviele Harfen wie möglich“ mitspielen.

France Musique

Un opéra sur l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera

Aux Etats-Unis, un opéra relatant l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera est en cours d’écriture. La première de « The Last Dream of Frida and Diego » devrait avoir lieu en 2020.

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(Written on September 1, 2017 )

Everyone listens to music. We can surely all agree that music is a big part of our lives, whether that be listening to the radio or a Spotify playlist on the way to work, letting our hair down in a nightclub on a Friday night, or watching a visiting orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, music is something that everyone can relate to. So why are researchers warning of the extinction of music in secondary schools in England?

The government introduced the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in 2010, with a goal to increase the take-up of ‘core’ academic subjects like mathematics and science. This move, however, has left the arts lagging behind. The Ebacc does leave space for students to take arts subjects and there is no solid evidence that the new syllabus has affected GCSE arts subject entries. However, in the New Schools Network report on the EBacc and the arts, it has been found that ‘schools have misunderstood the intention behind the EBacc, using its introduction to reduce funding for the teaching of the arts.’ This has therefore led to a decline in the number of qualified arts teachers, correlating with declining figures on music teacher PGCE courses.

The music industry contributes £3.5 billion to the economy, and it is well known that arts education improves job prospects by making young people more creative, tolerant and broad-minded. It is therefore strange that it is not taken as seriously as one of the ‘core subjects’ that the government view as most important to a child’s education. Catherine McKinnell stated in debates on arts subject inclusion and petition in February 2016: ‘I feel that the Government’s policy and approach at the moment fundamentally risks undermining the benefits that can come from that experience… at the most fundamental level, we need these skills for our economy. If we put off children and young people who can flourish in those areas even though they may struggle in some other ones, the evidence shows that that would be a worrying trend.’

Photograph: Newsteam

Not only does music enrich the economy, but it is also good for you. A study from the University of London’s Institute of Education ‘found that exposing children to classical music can aid in developing better concentration levels, self-discipline and social skills.’ Music is both valuable for the economy and for the individual and in Finland, teaching music and learning to play an instrument is the norm. It is, as stated by Stephen Moss in his article, Why not put music at the heart of education?, ‘the foundation of  children’s schooling (in Finland); it should be the model for us to follow.’

So what are we waiting for?

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

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 )