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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

 Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances, National Orchestra for All is inviting members of the public to play as part of a professional orchestra. Winners of International Classical Music Awards 2017 have been announced and applications are now open for the 1st Bartok World International Violin Competition, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, later this year. Festival Ultraschall is underway in Berlin, which this year focuses on the voice, and The Elbphilharmonie’s first piano evening featured Mitsuko Uchida. Also, listen to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin’s recreation of the sounds of Berlin.

Classical Music Magazine

NOFA announces Musical Chairs event details

The National Orchestra for All is offering members of the public the chance to play as part of a professional orchestra and raise money for young musicians facing challenging circumstances.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Inaugural Bartok World International Violin Competition

Applications are now open for the inaugural 2017 Bartok World International Violin Competition, which is to be held at Budapest, Hungary from September 10th to 17th.

Pizzicato

ICMA Awards 2017: The Winners

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) today announced the winners for 2017.

CMUSE

Berlin orchestra recreates the sounds of the city

Most classical music fans, when asked their opinion of the sound of Berlin, would likely assume you meant the acoustics in the Berlin Philharmonie or the sound of the city’s world famous Berlin Philharmonic. But, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has different ideas.

The Strad

Man arrested for throwing mobile phone at orchestral musicians

The Madrid Community Orchestra was performing at National Auditorium of Music in Spain when the incident took place.

Music Teacher Magazine

University of Liverpool launches MA course with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the business of classical music.

The New York Times

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Mr. Obama brought all kinds of art and culture into the White House, and he sought culture out.

Broadwayworld

Seoul Philharmonic to Perform Asian Premiere of Rediscovered Work by Stravinsky

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) presented the program of its subscription concerts on January 20-21, featuring the recently rediscovered work by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Stimme als Spiegel der Gesellschaft

Ganz im Zeichen der Stimme steht das diesjährige “Ultraschall”-Festival von Deutschlandradio Kultur und RBB-Kulturradio. 14 Veranstaltungen präsentieren das “persönlichste aller Instrumente”: vom Liederabend bis zur experimentellen Performance, sagt Rainer Pöllmann.

Musik heute

Erster Klavierabend in der Elbphilharmonie: Mitsuko Uchida umjubelt

Der erste Klavierabend in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist am Mittwoch vom Publikum gefeiert worden. Mitsuko Uchida, britische Pianistin japanischer Herkunft, spielte im 2.100 Besucher fassenden Großen Saal Werke von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann und dem zeitgenössischen deutschen Komponisten und Klarinettisten Jörg Widmann.

klassik.com

Goldmünzenschatz in altem Klavier entdeckt

In einem rund 110 Jahre alten Klavier ist im englischen Shrophire ein versteckter Goldmünzenschatz entdeckt worden. Die Entdeckung wurde beim Versuch gemacht, das Instrument zu stimmen.

Twitter

Ultraschall Berlin @UltraschallB Bis heute Abend:Karten gewinnen für Abschlusskonzert am So mit #MarisolMontalvo, @DSOBerlin & #DennisRussellDavies! https://ultraschallberlin.de/kartenverlosung/ …

Music History @today_classical in 1955 Birth of English Simon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Hitting the right note: the orchestra helping stroke survivors recover – video – The Guardian https://t.co/9vXxhWAw3P

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Photo: International Classical Music Awards

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, conductor Cristian Măcelaru talks about music and equality, and how it changes us. Aldeburgh Music announces rebrand, changing its name to Snape Maltings. Saimir Pirgu was presented with the Verona Lirica Award 2016. Also, Garsington Opera has named baritone Benjamin Lewis and conductor Jack Ridley as the recipients of this year’s Leonard Ingrams Foundation awards.

Classical Music Magazine

Aldeburgh Music announces rebrand

Aldeburgh Music is to change its name to Snape Maltings as it prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall in 2017.

RLPO appoints new board members

Mel Grodner and Vanessa Reed have been appointed to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s board of directors.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru on why music is the true equalizer

Cristian Măcelaru sees music as something that can change us.

BBC News

Brothers play music for Wrexham hospital kidney patients

Kidney patients undergoing dialysis treatment at Wrexham Maelor Hospital are being offered personal performances by members of the locally-based NEW Sinfonia orchestra.

Opera Now Magazine

Saimir Pirgu wins Verona Lirica Award 2016

Saimir Pirgu was presented with the Verona Lirica Award 2016 at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona on 13 November.

Garsington Opera announces Leonard Ingrams Foundation award recipients

Garsington Opera has named baritone Benjamin Lewis and conductor Jack Ridley as the recipients of this year’s Leonard Ingrams Foundation awards, which support, encourage and nurture the best young artists involved in bringing opera to the stage.

CMUSE

Dutch composer constructs grand piano using 29,000 lego pieces

Most people would be satisfied if they managed to build a model piano out of lego. But for Jeroen van Veen, a composer living near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, that’s just child’s play.

Aftenposten

Nå tar hun med seg musikktalentene til Sør-Korea

Soon-Mi Chung har hatt så si alle norske stryker-talenter i opplæring. Denne uken er hun sammen med 38 av dem i Sør-Korea der de skal spille i et av verdens mest prestisjefylte konserthus.

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Gerichtsurteil: GEMA darf keine Einnahmen an Musikverlage ausschütten

Musikverlagen in Deutschland drohen Einnahmeverluste in Millionenhöhe. Nach einem Urteil des Berliner Kammergerichts haben die Verlage kein Recht, ohne weiteres an den Einnahmen aus Urheberrechten von Komponisten und Textern beteiligt zu werden.

klassik.com

Debatte über Interimsstandort der Stuttgarter Oper

In Stuttgart werden derzeit Vorschläge zum Standort einer Interimsspielstätte diskutiert, die während der rund fünfjährigen Sanierungszeit des Opernhauses genutzt werden soll.

Musik heute

Telekom-Klavierwettbewerb startet Bewerbungsphase

Die International Telekom Beethoven Competition startet die Bewerbungsphase für die nächste Ausgabe Ende 2017. Vom 15. November 2016 bis zum 15. Mai 2017 können sich junge Pianisten anmelden.

Twitter

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary ‘How to make an audition video without spending a fortune’ by Nathan Cole, 1st Associate Concertmaster @LAPhil https://t.co/pGZzc3XWUu

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1942 Birth of Argentine-born Israeli #pianist and conductor @DBarenboim #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/uJDI306ad95 ASK THE PROS | James Ehnes – “Practicing Without Annoying Your Neighbours” [ADVICE] @JamesEhnes

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Photo: Sorin Popa

(Written on November 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, perspiration-proof concert wear, are young people scared of the Proms or the audience and is it snobbery to wait until the end of a piece to applaud? Also, Oslo Philharmonic reveals plans for new hall.

The Times

No sweat! Now the orchestra can play it cool

Please don’t mention it over a Glyndebourne picnic but sometimes, whisper it, orchestra members sweat.

The Telegraph

Are young people scared of the Proms – or the audience?

The classical music establishment has never been more desperate to shake its elitist image.

It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap

It isn’t difficult: you buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud

Classical Music Magazine

Oslo Philharmonic unveils plans for new hall

The Oslo Philharmonic has announced plans for a new concert hall in Oslo. The new cultural centre will be situated on the waterfront at Filipstad.

Rare Poul Henningsen piano up for auction

A rare PH Andrea Christiansen grand piano will be up for auction at London’s Conway Hall next month.

The Strad

Violinist James Clark to step down as leader of Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Clark, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will spend more time on chamber pursuits

Sinfini

Call for female composers to be taught in schools

A student-led petition to include female composers on the music A-level syllabus has gained over 1,000 signatures.

BR Klassik

“Die Leute wissen bei uns nie, was sie erwartet”

Das auf zeitgenössiche Musik spezialisierte US-amerikanische JACK Quartet spielt gleichermaßen in Clubs und Bars wie in traditionellen Konzertsälen – Mittwoch Abend etwa bei den Salzburger Festspielen. BR-KLASSIK hat mit dem Bratschisten John Pickford Richards gesprochen.

Klassik Akzente

Große Sinfonien – Sternstunden der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sie gelten als eines der ausdrucksstärksten Orchester weltweit. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon Schlüsselaufnahmen der Berliner Philharmoniker: Große Sinfonien in Meistereinspielungen Herbert von Karajans, Claudio Abbados u.a.

Concerti

“Liebe auf den ersten Blick”

François-Xavier Roth will das Kölner Gürzenich-Orchester für alle in der Stadt öffnen.

Classical MPR

Women’s contributions to classical music are still underappreciated

I’ve never been told that I cannot achieve something as a musician because of my gender. I grew up surrounded by female musicians. They were my piano teachers, choir directors, people who taught privately and in churches and schools.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Chailly: From the War Memorial to the Apex of Music

Just as there are claims by zillions to have been at Woodstock (actual attendance: 400,000), San Francisco Opera’s famed 1977 Turandot premiere was apparently seen by at least 10 times of the War Memorial’s 3,200 capacity.

Twitter

Fran Wilson @CrossEyedPiano: It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap | via @Telegraph

Halle Orchestra @‏the_halle: “Leeds Piano Competition names new artistic directors” via @GramophoneMag

BBC Radio 5 live @bbc5live: It’s a skill to sing opera, but to do it through brain surgery…

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Are young people scared of the Proms?
Photo credit: Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images/ Telegraph

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, relive the London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square with photos in the Guardian. It was an all Shostakovich programme with Nicola Benedetti and Valery Gergiev. Also in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee urges the next Labour leader to increase the importance of the arts. Actor and musician, Johnny Flynn talks about composing for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and how it will be performed on period instruments. The Strad reports that violinist Julian Rachlin has been named the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s artist in residence.

The Guardian

The London Symphony Orchestra’s Trafalgar Square concert 2015: in pictures

On Sunday 17 May the London Symphony Orchestra performed in Trafalgar Square in the fourth of its annual open air concerts. Valery Gergiev conducted an all-Shostakovich programme, Nicola Benedetti also performed.

A tip for the next Labour leader – get yourself an interest outside politics

Michael Gove – and Nicky Morgan after him – downgraded arts education. But a rounded worldview is impossible without the influence of culture and creativity

The Independent

Johnny Flynn on composing for ‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare’s genius, and the charm of the nyckelharpa

Actor and musician Johnny Flynn’s music for ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe is on period instruments – they’re peculiar but pleasingly idiosyncratic, he tells Emily Jupp

The Strad

Violinist Julian Rachlin named Royal Liverpool Philharmonic artist in residence

The musician will perform as soloist and conductor, and in chamber concerts in November 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

Over 118,000 tickets were sold in the first 12 hours, a 9% increase on last year. Within the first hour of booking, more than 31,000 tickets were purchased online (over 10% more than in 2014).

BBC Music Magazine

Free Download: Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor

This week’s free download is Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor, as performed by Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea on their latest disc, out now on Avie.

Reutlinger General-Anzeiger

Württembergische Philharmonie streikt

»Wir machen lieber Musik als Warnstreik«, rief Geiger Rainer Hill – aber gestern Morgen sahen sich die Musiker der Württembergischen Philharmonie doch genötigt, für symbolische 15 Minuten in den Ausstand zu treten. In gelben Streikwesten setzten sie sich zu Beginn der Probe fürs Sinfoniekonzert in den Zuschauerraum der Stadthalle und schwenkten Protest-Plakate.

pizzicato 

Norwegian and Slovenian Composers Won First Prize at the IMC Rostrum

Songr by Norwegian composer Jan Erik Mikalsen and Cancro by young Slovenian composer Matej Bonin are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15.

Kenneth Woods Appointed Artistic Director of Colorado Mahlerfest

Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest.

France Musique

Jean-Pierre Rousseau quitte la direction de la Musique de Radio France

Nommé il y a un an par Mathieu Gallet, Jean-Pierre Rousseau n’est plus directeur de la Musique de Radio France. Il y a deux semaines, le groupe avait annoncé un remaniement imminent de ses instances de direction.

NPR Music

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders’ intent was to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.”

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine : Good morning! Would you like us to begin the day with a run-down of conductors who haven’t been appointed and tenors who aren’t dead?

Halle Orchestra ‏@the_halle #Students can see remarkable young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor play Shostakovich for a remarkable £3 otd this Thursday http://www.halle.co.uk/concerts-tickets.aspx?

EnglishNationalBalle ‏@ENBallet : it’s #tututuesday! Here is @jenniedancer in her Swan Lake tutu at Beijing NCPA © @photos_byASH

LSO Trafalgar Square

The stage and audience for the London Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

(Written on May 19, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Music could make you fitter without exercising

Listening to your favourite pieces could improve the health of your heart even without doing any exercise, according to a new study

Ealiest portrait of Mozart revelaed?

Scholars are currently analysing a portrait thought to be of the young composer, painted around 1762

The Guardian

Male conductors are better for orchestras, says Vasily Petrenko

The principal conductor of the National Youth Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic causes a stir when making the comment that orchestras “react better when they have a man in front of them”

Gramophone

Southbank Centre unveils fully restored Royal Festival Hall organ

The fully restored and reinstalled Royal Festival Hall organ at London’s Southbank Centre has been unveiled following a successful campaign to raise £2.3m through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and public donations

The New York Times

Lotfi Mansouri, 84, Opera Troupe Director, Dies

Lotfi Mansouri, the Iranian-born opera director and manager who ran the San Francisco Opera and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto and pioneered the use of synchronous translations in performances, died on Friday at his home in San Francisco

The Telegraph

Last Night of the Proms: ‘All that flag-waving and rousing music. I can’t wait,’ says Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop explains why she’s so excited to be the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms – despite having to wear a wrist splint

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ich führe einen blutigen Kleinkrieg

Er ist der Salzburger Intendant mit der kürzesten Amtszeit. 2012 trat er mit einem opulenten Programm an, beendet wurde Alexander Pereiras Vertrag schon vor der Spielzeit. Was bleibt?

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(Written on September 3, 2013 )

Gramophone

Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester performs Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with new narration

Live concert recording, conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, will be released on the Audite label

The Guardian

Final Fantasy given classical twist

Palais des Congrès de Paris the venue for musical event where orchestra plays selection of scores from video game series

Bauer Media favourite to buy Absolute Radio as ex-Virgin Radio chief pulls out

John Pearson, supported by Time Out backer, understood to have been close to a deal but baulked at asking price

BBC News

King Kong musical is ‘a puzzle’ says Elbow’s Guy Garvey

Elbow’s Guy Garvey says writing for a new King Kong musical was “like doing a very difficult word search”.

‘Music industry wants High Street shops’

The music industry does not want to lose its high street presence according to music business news service Complete Music Update.

The New Scientist

Why musical genius comes easier to early starters

Good news for pushy parents. If you want your child to excel musically, you now have better justification for starting their lessons early.

NPR

Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

This past year was a good one for Naxos Records.

Classical Source

BBC Proms Launches Its 2013 Search For Young Composers Aged 12 To 18

Returning for its fifteenth year, Inspire offers free creative workshops for young musicians, music teachers and school groups

The Strad

UK violinist Peter Mountain dies

String coach and former Royal Liverpool Philharmonic concertmaster was 89

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(Written on January 16, 2013 )