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In today’s classical news: images of John Lennon found to be worth much more than assumed, Robert von Bahr speaks about his label philosophy at BIS Records, Tonali get the Echo Klassik for their promotion of young talents, and the Royal Festival Hall in London organises two concerts remembering cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

BBC News

Unseen John Lennon images revealed in Liverpool

A set of unseen images of Beatles member found to be worth much more than once assumed, after being kept in “junk drawer” for 30 years.

Music captures the sound of Titan Crane in Scotland

Captured with wind harps and contact microphones, the composition by Michael Begg will be performed at 150ft in the wheelhouse of the crane at the Sonica Festival.

iNews 

Composing music for Nintendo’s golden age

After over 30 years in the business, video game composer David Wise has seen the process of creating games — and their music — evolve considerably.

FACT Magazine

Pharrell Williams invests in UK tech startup ROLI

ROLI has been innovating over the past few years with a range of instruments that give musicians more capabilities for expression.

Telegraph

Should music ever be played during rugby matches at Twickenham?

The use of music during international games has attracted strong criticism from traditionalists but the RFU believes the fan research indicates it is “welcomed at the right point”, particularly celebrating England tries.

TES

Renowned specialist music school in Edinburgh faces closure due to budget cuts

Campaigners say the City of Edinburgh Music School is unique in the UK.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Dies ist mein Leib

Ein Notenblatt, eine Originalhandschrift von Johann Sebastian Bach, darf sich nun zum Weltdokumentenerbe zählen. Und ausnahmsweise einen Tag lang aus dem Tresor hinaus unter die Feiernden.

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Das Label, bei dem nicht vergriffen ist

Robert von Bahr über seine Firmenphilosophie und sein Label BIS Records.

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Für die Klassikliebhaber von morgen

Seit sieben Jahren beeindruckt TONALi mit ihrer Jugendarbeit, nun erhält das Kulturprojekt den ECHO Klassik für Nachwuchsförderung.

El País

“Cantar ópera es como hacer el amor”

El Teatro de la Maestranza lanza una web para conocer las bambalinas del edificio, las vivencias de los intérpretes y ofrecer clases magistrales.

The News York Times

Remembering Jacqueline du Pré, an Icon of the Cello

On Oct. 28 and 29, Mr. Barenboim is marking the 30th anniversary of her death with two concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a British charity.

Twitter

 Münchner Symphoniker erhalten wieder dauerhafte Subventionen der Stadt

Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim in the 1960s.

© Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive, via Getty Images

(Written on October 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news David Pickard has been announced as the new director of the BBC Proms but The Guardian say he likely to bring evolution not revolution. The Independent also ask how he will steer the BBC Proms with the BBC at a crossroads. Georg Baselitz tells Mark Hudson why he prefers Glyndebourne to the annual Wagner celebration in Bayreuth and Daniel Barenboim unveils a new piano at the Royal Festival Hall with his name on it.

Guardian

David Pickard likely to bring evolution not revolution to the Proms

The new director of the world’s biggest classical music festival has a track record for broadening audience appeal during his time at Glyndebourne – but he’ll face plenty of challenges from his BBC bosses

Telegraph

Georg Baselitz: Glyndebourne would be unimaginable in Germany

The controversial German artist tells Mark Hudson why he prefers Glyndebourne to his country’s annual Wagner celebration, Bayreuth

Independent

The Proms: How will new director David Pickard steer the event with the BBC at a crossroads?

The Proms’ position will demand maintenance in the programming and requires a fine balance between the new and risky and the tried and tested

Classic FM

Daniel Barenboim unveils a stunning new piano… with his name on it

Surely, every pianists’ dream would be to have a piano with their very own name on it. The world-famous conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim now has just that.

Classical Music Magazine

RCM tops Guardian university league table 2016

The RCM was the only institution to score maximum marks of 100 in the table, which compares how final-year music students at a number of different institutions perceive their course.

Der Spiegel

„Bingen swingt“: Boom der Bigbands

Gute Zeiten für Bläserkapellen? Nicht weniger als vier große Ensembles beim Festival „Bingen swingt“, und die WDR-Bigband ruft gleich eine neuen Bigband-Bewegung aus.

Berliner Zeitung

Akademie-Präsident Klaus Staeck wünscht sich Nachfolgerin

Am kommenden Samstag entscheidet die Mitgliederversammlung der Akademie der Künste über einen neuen Präsidenten – oder eine Präsidentin.

klassik.com

Braunfels wurde 98 Jahre alt

Komponist und Pianist Michael Braunfels gestorben

El Mundo

Ponme esa cinta otra vez

De toda la vida de Dios, Steve Reich era el músico serio y Glass, el facilón, verdad?

The New York Observer

Who Can Fix Opera in New York? The Germans!

New York City has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s great cultural hubs. That remains true today for the visual arts, dance, commercial theater and a number of other forms. Sadly, though, when it comes to opera New York is a bit of a backwater

Twitter

The Stage: Will musicals save opera companies? ‘s Richard Mantle tackles the question

Warner Classics Bravo, maestro! Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano inducted into Hall of Fame.

Wigmore Hall BBC – BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the art of The Classical Voice this summer – Media Centre

KP_245652_crop_1200x720Daniel Barenboim has unveiled a new piano with his name on. Photo: Guardian

(Written on May 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Mid-concert selfie stage invasions – hasn’t Dvorák suffered enough?

What punishment for the narcissist who leapt on the Royal Festival Hall stage to take a selfie during Dvořák’s New World symphony? If only life were like the Simpsons…

Classic FM

Why does music give us chills? Eric Whitacre and his Singers put on a concert to find out

Our favourite dashing-blonde choral conductor and his choir turned guinea pigs in a huge experiment looking at the health benefits of singing in (and even just listening to) a choir. There were electrodes, latex gloves and LOTS of saliva…

Classical Music Magazine

Censorship claims in US after youth orchestra cancels composer’s Nazi-quoting new work

A censorship row is brewing in New York after the New York Youth Symphony announced it would not be performing a piece commissioned through its own young composer competition, after being alerted to the work’s quotation of a Nazi anthem.

Classical Source

Aldeburgh Music in negotiations to purchase Snape Maltings

The owners of Snape Maltings, the Gooderham family, have announced today that they are in the final stages of negotiation with Aldeburgh Music for the sale of the site’s freehold and commercial portfolio.

Wired

Italian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences

Until now, La Scala has long kept many of its inner workings a closely guarded secret — but with opera struggling to attract younger audiences, it is turning to technology to promote openness and broaden its appeal.

Zeit Online

Putins Afterhour

In Russland wird Kulturförderung noch ernst genommen! Wladimir Putin ist inzwischen sogar in Besitz eines eigenen Kreml-DJs. Was sagt uns das?

concerti

„Silber gehört zum guten Ton“

Das C. Bechstein Sterling Grand Piano – inspired by Robbe & Berking

pizzicato

Wegen Zitat aus Nazihymne aus dem Programm genommen…

Das ‘New York Youth Symphony’ hat eine Auftragskomposition aus dem Programm genommen, weil das Werk des 21-jährigen amerikanischen Komponisten Jonas Tarm ein Zitat der Nazihymne (Horst Wessel-Lied) enthält.

Gasteig-Affäre: Junge Musiker rufen zu Protestkundgebung in München auf

Ignorante Politiker bekommen wieder eine Ohrfeige: Für Samstag, 07.03.2015 um 11:00 Uhr ruft das Chor- und Orchesterensemble ‘MünchenKlang’ stellvertretend für junge Nachwuchsensembles am Münchner Odeonsplatz zu einer Kundgebung gegen die Entscheidung der Bayerischen Staatsregierung, kein neues Konzerthaus für München zu bauen, auf.

El Mundo

Un genio de la música en el instituto

El compositor estonio, protagonista de la ‘Carta Blanca’ que le brinda la Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, conversa, escucha y canta con los alumnos del Lope de Vega de Madrid.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3@BBCRadio3: With #womensday on Sunday, our final interview with @EricaJong is on now. Today music by Rachmaninov + Lili Boulanger http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014r87y …

Music Teacher@MusicTeacherMag: @GarethMalone is made ambassador for Music for All and the @LearntoPlayDay http://tinyurl.com/6rht9rf 

Prolific North ‏@ProlificNorth: .@ClassicFM to broadcast from Liverpool to mark Philharmonic anniversary http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/?p=45783  @liverpoolphil

playopenerItalian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences. Photo: Mattia Balsamini/Wired

(Written on March 6, 2015 )

Classical News

Independent

Creative subjects being squeezed out of poorer schools, says major arts study

Specialist arts teachers in state schools have declined by 11 per cent

Classical Music Magazine

Classical sales: declining year-on-year, and streaming fails to compensate

Sales of classical recordings fell 5% by volume last year and by just under 1% in value terms, according to detailed figures released by industry body the BPI.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre announces Daniel Barenboim to give the 2015 Edward W. Said London Lecture, part of The Barenboim Project 2015

Since making his London debut at Royal Festival Hall in 1956, aged only 13, legendary musician Daniel Barenboim has been a regular performer at Southbank Centre. He returns during April and May 2015 as both conductor and piano soloist for The Barenboim Project 2015.

Sinfini

NYC Night Shift

New Yorkers will get a taste of the UK’s alternative classical scene next month, courtesy of the London-based Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Gramophone

New report calls for creation of cultural ‘Digital Public Space’

Recommendation forms part of wide-ranging report into the UK cultural sector, backed by leading arts figures

Arts Professional

Silos must end for the arts to thrive, report concludes

The final report of the Warwick Commission inquiry finds the future of cultural value as lying in a seamless relationship between the cultural sector and the creative industries, coupled with a focus on enterprise and creativity in schools.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wie gewinnt man den Opern-Grammy?

Schon vier Mal war das Klassik-Label cpo für den Grammy nominiert, jetzt war es der einzige deutsche Sieger. Wie wird man Weltspitze? Warum steht die Trophäe noch nicht in Niedersachsen? Ein Gespräch mit Burkhard Schmilgun.

Berliner Zeitung

Welttag des Radios: 5 Dinge über das wichtigste Medium

Im Auto, unter der Dusche, abends im Zelt – das Radio ist überall dabei. An diesem Freitag wird es rund um den Globus mit dem Welttag des Radios gefeiert – und Dank digitaler Verbreitung hat es sich sogar teilweise neu erfunden. Fünf Fakten zum reichweitenstärksten Medium weltweit.

Klassik.com

Bariton Andrzej Jobber wird Hamburger Kammersänger

Auszeichnung auf Anregung von Opernintendantin Simone Young

Fono Forum

Endstation Mahler-Saal

Knapp ein Jahr nach dem klatschträchtigen Wiener Opernball flogen in der Staatsoper nun erneut die Fäuste.

La Croix

« Le klezmer redonne du baume au cœur »

France Musique consacre sa journée du 18 février à la musique klezmer, avec en point d’orgue, à 18 heures, un concert du clarinettiste David Krakauer à la Maison de la radio, avec plusieurs invités.

La Repubblica

Ilaria Boretti Buitoni: “Scala, con i tempi lunghi ora Pereira dovrà trovare sponsor all’estero”

Il sottosegretario ai Beni culturali è soddisfatta della conferma del sovrintendente: “Il governo farà tutti gli sforzi possibili ma la programmazione consente l’aumento dei fondi privati”

Pizzicato

Pariser Peinlichkeiten: Jean Nouvel kämpft vor Gericht gegen Philharmonie

Der Architekt der Pariser Philharmonie, Jean Nouvel, der aus Protest der Eröffnung des Gebäudes fern geblieben war, hat die Leitung der Philharmonie vor Gericht zitiert.

Twitter

Arts Council England@ace_national: We welcome @UoWcommission report: let’s work together to boost access to #arts, a key part of our creative industries http://bit.ly/1JnfJlU 

Classic FM@ClassicFM: Tenor Noah Stewart is asked if it is possible to teach anyone to sing. Read his reply here: http://classfm.co/PPkwnK 

medici.tv@medicitv: Want to part of @JoyceDiDonato‘s master class? Submit your questions using #AskJoyce, and join her Sunday for a live Twitter chat!

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New Yorkers will get a taste of the UK’s alternative classical scene next month, courtesy of the London-based Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on February 18, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Opera, festivals and a legendary pianist: the Southbank Centre announces 2015-16 programme

Next season’s highlights include Opera North’s semi-staged Ring cycle, and anniversary celebrations for Barenboim, Shakespeare and Menuhin

Classic FM

Barenboim to perform with Dudamel to mark 60th anniversary of his Royal Festival Hall debut

Daniel Barenboim performing with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and a performance by Nicola Benedetti are just two of the highlights of Southbank Centre’s 2015/16 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank and resident ensembles announce 2015/16 seasons

The Southbank Centre and its four resident ensembles, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, have announced their 2015/16 seasons.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2015 ‘Inspire’ competition for young composers

Winning works will be performed at the 2015 Proms

Gramophone

Watch: Esa-Pekka Salonen named New York Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence

The Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra assumes his first resident composer position, with video interview

Sinfini

Multi-sensory classical music

The Manchester Camerata has announced a new concert programme that will use sensory stimuli – from scent bombs to blindfolds to custom-made cocktails – to encourage their audience to experience music in a new and different way.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

So sieht Europas neues Urheberrecht aus

Das europäische Urheberrecht soll harmonisiert werden. Zwei Deutsche sind federführend: Günther Oettinger für die Kommission, Julia Reda für das Parlament.

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Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze wird ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’

Die georgische Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze (*1967) wurde zum ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’ ernannt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Kollektive Musik

Ultraschall Berlin 2015 – das Festival für Neue Musik

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„So ernst nimmt man mich zuhause nicht“

Anne-Sophie Mutter über die Abnabelung ihrer Kinder, Fitnesstraining für die Bühne – und die Weisheit im Alter

CLASSICALITE

Hungarian Pianist Gergely Bogányi Creates “Revolutionary” New Piano with Composite Soundboard, Unveils it in Budapest

A new piano has been introduced by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi that he believes will revolutionize the world of piano playing.

Twitter

The Guardian ‏@guardian: A temporary reprieve for the troubled Ulster Orchestra http://trib.al/BbFeJMJ 

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: How do such beautiful performances emerge from such cramped conditions? Orch pit insights: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/going-underground-a-day-in-the-life-of-the-orchestra-pit … ^C

Classic FM @ClassicFM: For the flautists. Sorry, ‘flutists’. Whatever it is. http://classfm.co/i7RoeA 

81d84063-0e28-41e6-a48e-0b741a3c8108-620x372Intelligent and accessible … Opera North’s Ring cycle is part of Southbank Centre’s 2015-16 programme. Photo: Clive Barda/PR

 

(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman

Brunjes will remain in the role until a permanent replacement can be found

BBC Music Magazine

Join us at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Buy tickets to our ceremony at Kings Place, London

The Strad

German orchestras focused on music education, finds survey

According to the latest survey compiled by the German Orchestra Association, the 2013–14 orchestral season encompassed 4,160 concerts for children and young people – 94 per cent more than in the same period ten years ago.

British violinist Fenella Barton on overcoming rheumatoid arthritis

Conquering pain taught the solo and chamber musician to play as if every performance was her last

Gramophone

The tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died

The Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died; he was 85

Classic FM

Are these the ten best string players ever?

Some of history’s legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say – and vote for your favourite

Zeit Online

“Pophörer sind nicht dumm oder falsch erzogen”

Wie wird ein Song zum Hit? Der Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz beschäftigt sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dieser Frage. Jetzt hat er das Erfolgsrezept gefunden.

pizzicato

‘Ulster Orchestra’ aus dem Schlimmsten raus

Das Parlament Nordirlands hat jetzt ausreichend Geld in Aussicht gestellt, um das nahezu bankrotte ‘Ulster Orchestra’ zu retten.

Houston Grand Opera Raises $172.9 Million

Houston Grand Opera got a tremendous response to their performance campaign.

Klassik.com

Russischer Komponist droht Regensburger Theater mit Klage

Lubchenko im Streit mit Regisseur Purcarete über Uraufführung von Doktor Schiwago

El Mundo

Unidad Editorial apoya a la Fundación Albéniz

El grupo editor de EL MUNDO patrocinará la cátedra de contrabajo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

Twitter

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre : #Wagner’s #Ringcycle at Royal Festival Hall – 100 musicians Over 18 hours of music with film projections on giant screens  #Classical1516

The Royal Ballet ‏@TheRoyalBallet : Choreographer George Balanchine was born #onthisday in 1904. Brilliant ‘Balanchineisms’: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/i-am-a-cloud-in-trousers-the-sayings-of-george-balanchine … ^C

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms : The 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition was launched on @BBCRadio3 Breakfast. http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms  #Inspire

 

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Fenella Barton. Photo: The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2015 )

We had a good giggle in the WildKat PR office yesterday trying to guess the top 10 most discussed UK topics, global topics and check ins on Facebook as reported by The Telegraph. However, the jovial mood was somewhat quenched when we noticed that not a single classical music venue, event or artist was mentioned. Well you know what they say, if you want something done, do it yourself. So, we have complied our own top 10 classical music lists.

Top UK Facebook Classical Music Venue Check Ins (of all time):

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Opera House

Barbican

Sadler’s Wells

Bridgewater Hall

The Symphony Hall Birmingham

St Martin in the Fields

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wigmore Hall 

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The Wigmore Hall. Photo found at: The Independent 

Top 10 most popular news stories on WildKat PR of 2014 (calculated by the number of people reached)

Auction of Elizabeth Watts’ Vivine Westwood Gown which she wore to the Last Night of the BBC Proms

David Finckel and Wu Han at the Berlin Philharmonic

Vote for Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie’s New Logo

Berkeley Ensemble’s Competition Inspired by Walter Willson Cobbett

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani’s Concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Cantate World Choir Games Blog

Our Top 6 Tips for Classical Music Artist Photography

Bringing Classical Music to the General Public: How WildKat PR Got it Right

Nicola Benedetti: ‘Sex isn’t what sells Classical Music.’

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Elizabeth Watts in Vivienne Westwood. Photo found at: elizabethwattssoprano.com by Asa Westerlund

Classical Music Album Charts (iTunes)

Nicola Benedetti– A Scottish Fantasy

Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart– Piano Concerto no.25 in C Major, K.503 & Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 (Live from KKL, Lucerne/2013)

Milos Karadaglic-Aranjuez

Voces8-Eventide (Deluxe Version)

Maki Namekawa-Philip Glass:The Complete Piano Etudes

The Piano Guys-Wonders (Deluxe Edition)

Andre de Ridder and Africa Express-Africa Express Presents…Terry Riley’s In C Mali

Angela Hewitt-Bach: The Art of Fugue

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony Orchestra-John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Joyce DiDonato-Stella di Napoli

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Nicola Benedetti. Photo found at: nicolabenedetti.co.uk

Why is this the case?

Classical music, in recent years, has become increasingly seen as boring, inaccessible and irrelevant despite it playing an integral part of film and video games (although not all agree on the latter. Classic FM had a debate about whether video game music should be classed as classical music). The question of why is an interesting one and I think there are a few reasons. Certainly, the rise of popular culture, jazz and technology has resulted in many  (especially) young people deeming classical music as old fashioned. Indeed, with the Baroque period being between 1600-1750, it is understandable why people may think it has no relevance to life today; we cannot interact with composers such as Bach and Mozart (not baroque!) on Twitter or hear them speak in interviews in the same way as we can with One Direction or Beyoncé. In this way, the genre is confined to history in many instances.  Moreover, many operas are in different languages, which adds another barrier to their wider enjoyment.  The concert-going experience may also be to blame. The perceived formalities of having to ‘dress up’ or the tradition of an orchestra rising to greet a conductor I think contributes to the public seeing classical music as ‘posh.’ However, I think there is hope. Those of us who love this type of music know that the themes composers were writing about are very similar to the ones relevant today: love, death, war, tragedy, big life questions, comedy, politics…the list goes on. Seeing WildKat PR’s blog in the top 10 of our most popular Facebook posts about bringing classical music to the general public shows there are some out there wanting to reverse the trend of classical music being seen as so obscure.

(Written on December 10, 2014 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Orchestras and children’s TV producers in line for tax break from Autumn Statement

George Osborne gives unexpected cash boost to firms behind children’s TV shows and opens consultation on orchestra tax relief

Classic FM

Kyung Wha Chung complains about coughing child during ‘tetchy’ comeback concert

During her first London concert in 12 years, the legendary violinist told the parents of a coughing child, ‘Maybe bring her back when she’s older’.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Concert Orchestra announced as associate orchestra of Southbank

The orchestra will open the Southbank’s major 2015 festival, Changing Britain 1945-2015

Classical Source

Jerrold Holdings wins the Hallé’s Corporate Choir Competition

A 20-strong team from Cheadle-based lender, Jerrold Holdings, has been crowned winner of Hallé’s highly contended Corporate Choir Competition, beating off strong competition from Siemens, First Transpennine Express, PZ Cussons, PwC and ITC Luxury Travel.

BBC News Magazine

Who, what, why: How do you stop people coughing during a classical concert?

A world-renowned violinist has berated the parents of a child who coughed during a concert. How do you keep a tickly throat at bay, and does it matter, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.

Zeit Online

Die rührende Hilflosigkeit der Holzwirtschaft

Wolfgang Büchners Entlassung beim “Spiegel” offenbart die Angst der Verlage vor dem Internet.

Die Welt

So komponierten die Musiker, die im Krieg fielen

Im Ersten Weltkrieg verlor eine Goldene Generation von Komponisten ihr Leben.

Klassik.com

NRW: Höhere Vergütung für Musikhochschullehrer?

275.000 Euro für Tariferhöhung im Jahr 2015

Concerti

In der Welt von… WDR Sinfonieorchester

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

Le Figaro

Cirkafrika, un équilibre parfait

Sur la pelouse de Reuilly, à Paris, 48 danseurs, musiciens et acrobates reviennent pour un nouveau spectacle qui évoque l’Afrique en mêlant acrobaties, numéros aériens et gospel.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: How cultural were you in 2014? Test your knowledge with our quiz of the year: http://classfm.co/3KixRH 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Good luck @edballsmp! Ed is taking his grade 4 piano today. Says it will be more stressful than #AutumnStatement http://huff.to/1vVb7v9 

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic: Academy Manson Ensemble join @Ldn_Sinfonietta for #birtwistlebirthday tonight, http://bit.ly/1q0OjJE 

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With its formula stamped “color, rhythm and good humour,” Cirkafrika conquered the public. Photo: White Rabbit Pictures/Cirque Phenix SSE

(Written on December 5, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

Songs of exiles: rescuing ‘degenerate music’ from the shadows

The Nazi campaign against so-called ‘degenerate music’, saw works by such composers as Weill, Schoenberg and Hindemith denounced and suppressed. More than 70 years later, much of this music is still unknown. Baritone Peter Brathwaite on his mission to bring it to a new audience.

Telegraph

Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

The virtuoso Kyung Wha-Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a decade at the Royal Festival Hall in December

Classical Music Magazine

Dartington announces first programme under Joanna MacGregor’s leadership

Dartington International Summer School has announced the fullprogramme of events and classes for its 2015 season, which runs from 1 to 29 August. It will be the first edition of the annual summer school to be overseen by new artistic director Joanna MacGregor.

BBC Music Magazine

The Really Big Chorus to usher in the festive season with double Messiah

4,000 singers will mark The Really Big Chorus’s 40th anniversary

The Strad

Amsterdam’s Dudok Quartet wins Kersjes Prize 2014, worth €50,000

The group was praised by the jury for its ‘intense, impassioned playing’

Pizzicato

Fusion von Staatsmusiktheater und Moskauer Philharmonikern

Das nationale russische Staatsmusiktheater, das ehemalige Theater Vladimir Nazarov, soll gegen den Widerstand der Theaterleitung und des Personals mit den Moskauer Philharmonikern fusioniert werden.

Klassik.com

Mammutprojekt zum 250. Beethoven-Geburtstag

Die Bonner Pianistin Susanne Kessel hat Komponisten aus aller Welt dazu aufgerufen, insgesamt 250 Klavierstücke mit Bezug zu Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) zu komponieren.

Musik Heute

Essener Philharmoniker erweitern Besuche in JeKi-Grundschulen

Instrumentalisten der Essener Philharmoniker erweitern ihre Besuche in Grundschulen der Stadt.

Codex Flores

Der Ursprung musikalischer Hörfähigkeiten

In einer drei Jahre dauernden Studie ist ein Team der Basler Hochschule für Musik der Frage nachgegangen, ob die speziellen musikalischen Hörfähigkeiten von Musikern Resultat von Veranlagung oder von Training (oder eines Zusammenwirkens beider Komponenten) sind.

Pizzicato

Algiers To Open Opera House In 2015

The Opera of Algiers, in construction since November 2012 in the southwest suburb of the capital, will be delivered in July 2015.

El Mundo

Plácido Domingo: ‘No vivo de las rentas, sino de mi esfuerzo y mi trabajo cotidiano’

No está claro si Plácido Domingo tiene 73 años o tiene 37.

Twitter

medici.tv ‏@medicitv: Can leading #composers complete a series of #Bach‘s #organ pieces? @Telegraph #MediciClassicalNews http://sco.lt/4u0SQL

Albion Media @albionmedia: A huge congratulations to @JoyceDiDonato for her TWO International Classical Music Awards 2015 nominations!

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Which do you think are the most romantic duets in opera? A few of our favourites: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/our-favourite-romantic-love-duets … #music ^C

really big chorus4,000 singers will mark The Really Big Chorus’s 40th anniversary. Photo: Don & Ann Monro

(Written on November 28, 2014 )

In just under three weeks, the UK’s premiere symphony orchestra for children will take to the stage at one of London’s most prestigious venues for their Winter Concert.

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Main Orchestra and Under 13 Orchestra will both perform challenging works, demonstrating their impressive musical talents and outstanding professionalism.

Principal Music Director of the NCO, Roger Clarkson, will conduct the Under 13 Orchestra who will perform Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Grofé’s ‘Sunrise’ and ‘On The Trail’ from Grand Canyon Suite, as well as works by Tchaikovsky.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Perfect Fool, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances and Moncayo’s Huapango, with guest conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa.

Come along on 7th December 2014 to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall at 7:30pm to be inspired by the NCO. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

NCO photo 2 (Alex von Koettlitz)

(Written on November 18, 2014 )