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The Simón Bolívar Orchestra – why we should look beyond the music

Reviews of El Sistema’s flagship orchestra’s London concerts missed the bigger picture, writes Geoff Baker.

Classic FM

Exclusive: Gustavo Dudamel answers your questions

We spoke exclusively to hotshot Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel ahead of the release of his new Wagner recording with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and he found time to answer some of your questions too.

The Stage

Performing arts contributes £5.4 billion a year to UK economy

The music, performing and visual arts sector, which includes theatre, is now worth £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy, new figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have revealed.

International Arts Manager

New fellowship to support emerging arts admin talent

Boutique classical and contemporary music marketing agency WildKat PR has announced the launch of The Noted Innovation Fellowship, a scheme that will introduce industry newcomers to leading arts mangers in order to progress their careers.

Classical Music Magazine

Warwick Thompson: Has the Dane brought something rotten to the state of Covent Garden?

After a slew of suboptimal stagings at the Royal Opera, it seems a good time to mull over the artistic direction of the house under Kasper Holten, who took up his post in 2011.

Zeit Online

Hört doch endlich auf zu jammern

Ja, die Klassikbranche hat nicht mehr so viel Geld wie früher. Dennoch kein Grund zur Resignation: Das Publikum verjüngt sich, und die Musiker sind vielseitiger denn je.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rap in der Philharmonie

Die neue Pariser Philharmonie wurde beschlossen, als noch niemand an Haushalsdefizite dachte. Nun tobt in Paris ein Kultur- und Klassenkampf um das neue und das alte Konzerthaus: Kostenüberschreitung, weite Anfahrtswege, Programmdiktat.

Spiegel Online

Deutscher ESC-Vorentscheid: Mit Harfe und Dudelsack nach Wien

Von Mittelalterklängen bis Elektropop: Der NDR hat sieben Kandidaten für den ESC-Vorentschied bekannt gegeben.

Oper Leipzig legt positive Bilanz vor

Die Oper Leipzig befindet sich laut eigenen Angaben hinsichtlicher der Zuschauernachfrage auf einem erfolgreichen Weg.

The New York Times

A Concert Hall in Paris Aims to Bridge Divides

PARIS — The new concert hall here, the Philharmonie de Paris, rises like a flight of doves, its sprawling waves of concrete and steel designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel to symbolize the end of the “eternal ostracism” of the struggling neighborhoods nearby.


Icons of Europe ‏@IconsEurope: Great @WeAreNoted @WildKatPR concept! Could off-stage leadership and fresh thinking be built thru Chair at an institution? #NotedFellowship

Classic FM @ClassicFM: The glamour, glitz and high notes of being a soprano all comes at a price 

London Symphony Orch ‏@londonsymphony: Good wishes to the new @philharmonie in Paris which opens tonight. Looks fabulous, can’t wait to play there in Feb.

834ea8b1-19ef-4a6b-b06c-34a3a7486742-620x372Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at the Southbank Centre, January 2015. Photo: Nohely Oliveros/SBC

(Written on January 14, 2015 )

Classic FM

Great conductor Claudio Abbado laid to rest in his ‘magical place’

Maestro Abbado’s family have moved his body to the Swiss mountains, the scene of some of his finest concert performances.

Dancers for Royal Opera ‘being paid less than Box Office staff’

A performers’ union is claiming that the Royal Opera is paying dancers rehearsing for a forthcoming production less than box office staff.

The Times

Stop studying arts if you want a good job, minister says

Too many teenagers choose to study arts and humanities subjects at A level in a mistaken belief that such subjects are the best way to keep their career options open, the education secretary said yesterday.

The Guardian

Colin Currie: new works, new instruments – the amazing story of percussion is not yet told

The percussionist, whose Metal Wood Skin festival continues in London, explains how music became a lifelong inspiration

The Strad

Atlanta Symphony musicians and management agree on new contract

The four-year deal, which includes provisions for increased musician numbers, ends a two-month deadlock

International Arts Manager

Reinventing the Czech Philharmonic

After a restless couple of decades for the Czech Philharmonic, Mark Powell journeys to Prague and finds a wholly revitalised orchestra


Angedacht, aber nicht frei: Gergiev wäre onehin nicht nach Saarbrücken gekommen. Jedoch…

Die Münchner Philharmoniker reagieren auf die Meldung, Gergiev sei in Saabrücken beim Polen-Festival ausgeladen worden.

Stradivari-Räuber zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt

Der 42-jährige Salah Salahadyn, der am vergangenen 27. Januar in Milwaukee den Geiger Frank Almond überfallen und ihn seiner 5 Millionen Dollar-Stradivari beraubt hatte, wurde von einem Gericht zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis und weiteren 5 Jahren Überwachung verurteilt.

Mariam Batsashvili gewinnt Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerb

Erster Preis des Wettbewerbs in Utrecht ist mit 20.000 Euro dotiert

Villa Vigoni: Gewalt, kulturelles Gedächtnis und Transkulturalität

Goldene Herbstidylle und Themen wie Gewalt und kulturelle Konflikte – wie passt das zusammen?

The New York Times

The Opera in Rome Is a Hotbed of Chaos

Riccardo Muti’s Departure Is a Sign of Rome Opera’s Troubles

Le Monde

Toutes les couleurs du jazz

Décidément la scène musicale belge est bien l’une des plus créatives et inventives.


Classical Purist @ClassicalPurist  Belgian orchestra appoints ‘cheapest’ manager + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical: The world’s most glamorous opera stars 

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: The new sound of space: 21st century film composers go beyond Holst and Strauss 


Czech Philharmonic © Martin Kabat (via International Arts Manager)







(Written on November 11, 2014 )


Frédéric Chopin’s heart shows signs of TB, say Polish experts

Findings appear in line with composer’s 1849 death certificate which says he died from tuberculosis in Paris


Daniel Barenboim interview: Why I’m proud of my orchestra

Conductor Daniel Barenboim talks to Ivan Hewett about his Israeli-Arab orchestra the West-Eastern Divan

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James Galway, Sir Neville Marriner and Chailly & Gewandhaus win atGramophone awards

The 2014 Gramophone magazine awards were held on 17 September at a ceremony at St John’s, Smith Square in London.

BBC Music Magazine

The BBC unveils trailer for Ten Pieces

Beethoven’s Fifth, Holst’s Planets and Stravinsky’s Firebird will come to life on the big screen

The Strad

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis announces all-female final

Five Korean artists and one American will perform two concertos each over the coming days

Classical Source

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle [6-8 November, University of Cambridge]

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle brings some of the most respected practitioners of contemporary music to Cambridge in celebration of Birtwistle in his 80th year.


Der Klang des Grauens

Vor 100 Jahren brach der Erste Weltkrieg aus – in Frankreich und Deutschland wird der Tragödie auch musikalisch gedacht

Codex Flores

Gewinner des Moskauer Geigenbauer-Wettbewerbs

In Moskau sind die Gewinner des Internationalen Geigenbauer-Wettbewerbs  «Violine: Selle und Gestalt» bekanntgegeben worden.

Bratschist Fitz Gary erhält Auszeichnung des DAAD

US-Amerikaner wird für herausragende Studienleistungen ausgezeichnet

The New York Times

There’s a Lesson Here; All You Have to Do Is Listen

Roger Nierenberg and the Music Paradigm Program


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Your reaction: Check out our round-up of tweets from the #BPbigscreens live relay of Rigoletto. Is yours included? ^E 

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM alumni named as #GramoAwards winners: Sir Neville Marriner (Outstanding Achievement) & @Sir_J_Galway (Lifetime Achievement)

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: Duncan Ward, 25, has been appointed principal conductor of @sinfoniavivauk from January, ‘minimum initial contract of two years’


Sir Neville Marriner presents Riccardo Chailly with the Recording of the Year Award. Photo: Ben Ealovega

(Written on September 18, 2014 )

The Guardian

From fact to fantasie: discovering the real Schumann

Robert Schumann’s tragic life has long coloured our view of his music. But as pianist Jonathan Biss concludes a year long series of concerts, he finds a composer betrayed by his biography.


The Telegraph

Carrie Cracknell interview: ‘I’m no opera expert, but I didn’t hesitate to take on Wozzeck’

Young director Carrie Cracknell has worked on devised, experimental and classical theatre but now she’s moved on to opera.


The Times

Walter Scott fans attack Royal Opera’s view of Highlanders as smelly savages

Hairy, smelly savages, or noble warriors? A fierce argument over Sir Walter Scott’s real views on Highlanders has opened a bitter divide between the writer’s supporters and the opera world of Covent Garden.


Classic FM

Vasily Petrenko in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

Join the conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in our weekly web chat. 



Gramophone June 2013 issue now on sale!

Hear excerpts from all of the months’ Gramophone Choice recordings on the Gramophone Player.


Classical Music

BBC Young Musicians 2014: Open for entries

The BBC’s Young Musician 2014 has launched, unveiling Nicola Benedetti as an ambassador and introducing a new award for young jazz musicians.


Classical Source

Simon Halsey Will Step Down As Berlin Radio Choir’s Principal Conductor In 2016

Simon Halsey will not be extending his contract as principal conductor of Rundfunkchor Berlin after its current term ends in summer 2016.



The Telegraph

(Written on May 21, 2013 )

Classic FM

James Mottram International Piano Comp winners announced

Three pianists have been named as winners in the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition after a week of heats and concerts.

Jonathan Harvey dies aged 73

British composer Jonathan Harvey has died, it has been confirmed by his publisher. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease.

Classical Music Magazine

Lancaster University suspends music degree course

Lancaster University is planning to suspend its undergraduate music course for a year, following a drop in student applications.

Slipped Disc

Australian arts bow their heads as Rupert Murdoch’s mother dies

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch died today, aged 103.

One German household in three has a musical instrument in the living room

But many sit there idle and do not get played, according to a new survey.

New York Times

Met’s Technology to Get With the Program

The Met’s technology has fallen behind European opera houses, where many of the directors bringing new productions to New York are used to computerized controls that produce precise results for increasingly spectacular shows.

BBC News

National Youth Orchestra awarded Queen’s Medal for Music

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music at a London gala.

The Telegraph

The 19th century’s equivalent of Phantom of the Opera

It was once the biggest hit in town, but will Meyerbeer’s opera ‘Robert le Diable’ work for the Royal Opera, asks Rupert Christiansen

Evening Standard

Don’t cut the arts in schools

You have until Monday to take part in the Ebacc consultation — the exam threatens the creativity of our nation, says the Barbican’s Nicholas Kenyon

The New York Times

(Written on December 6, 2012 )


Covent Garden withdraws soprano three days before starring debut

Jennifer Rowley replaced by Patrizia Ciofi in Royal Opera’s new Robert le diable

Classic FM

Tine Thing Helseth announces new smartphone app

A new smartphone app from Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has been announced, with Helseth playing a launch concert in New York.

The Guardian

Handel and me

Louis de Bernières on how finding a wooden flute in a car boot sale led to his new play about the composer’s life and works

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: top maestro warns of Asianisation and tabloidisation of classical music

Franz Welser-Möst, music director of the Vienna Opera and the Cleveland Orchestra, used the bicentennary of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde to deliver a reasoned, well-rounded and altogether scathing analysis of the state of classical music in 2012.

Franz Welser-Möst part 2: We must shun cultural ‘superiority’

Here’s the second part of FW-M’s keynote on the state of classical music 2012.

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards announced

The British Composer Awards 2012 ceremony was held at the Goldsmith’s Hall in the City of London last night, with some familiar and some new names in among the winners.

Andrew Dixon stands down from Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland today announces that Andrew Dixon has taken the decision to stand down from the post of Chief Executive at Creative Scotland and make way for a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation through an important period of change.

The Telegraph

Dress up for the theatre – it’s a matter of good manners

Rupert Christiansen explains why he is broadly on Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani’s side over the question of Britain’s poorly-dressed theatre audiences.

LA Times

Carrie Underwood will play Maria in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ remake

If you’ve been wondering how Carrie Underwood looks in a nun’s habit, you’ll find out soon enough

The Guardian

(Written on December 4, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.


BBC 4 explores the symphony

Four documentaries to be broadcast throughout November

The Times (£)

Joan of Arc at the Stake, at the Barbican, EC2

The conductor Marin Alsop has been unafraid to answer the obvious question about her weekend with the London Symphony Orchestra devoted to Joan of Arc. “Being a woman in a field typically without a lot of women I feel a connection,” she told The Times, a reminder that while Alsop has blazed a trail for woman conductors, a new generation has hardly rushed to follow.

The Telegraph

Kate Middleton and Prince Charles pay visits to the opera together

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been making series of visits to the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden to watch ballet and opera productions with her father-in-law Prince Charles.

The Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

Infernal Dance”, the year-long survey of Bartók from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, left the best to last….

Classical Music Online

Dudamel and Bolivar Orchestra coming to Raploch for London 2012

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra will take up a four-day residency at Sistema Scotland in Raploch, Stirling in June next year. The residency will culminate in an outdoor concert on 21 June, one of the opening events in the UK-wide London 2012 Festival for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.


(Written on November 7, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Telegraph

Die Schöne Müllerin/Christian Gerhaher, Wigmore Hall, review

Gerhaher’s presence on the platform is quiet and modest and by being the music’s servant, he also became its master.

 The Independent

How the Royal Opera House helped a suburb find its voice

Rob Sharp visits a community choir as it takes the stage at Covent Garden

Gramophone Magazine

Nikolai Lugansky signs to Naïve

Russian pianist begins deal with a Liszt recital

Jessica Duchen Blog Spot

Its Myra Hess Day

It’s wonderful when they name a day after your musical heroine and make it an annual event. Today at the National Gallery it is Myra Hess Day.

Norman Lebrecht Slipped Disk

Tubular Bells man has died

His biggest impact was with the Mike Oldfield album that launched the Virgin label in 1973.  David Bedford orchestrated and conducted the richer-sounding album that followed two years later.

 The Guardian

How the great symphonies became our soundtrack to a changing world

This autumn the BBC will present a landmark season of TV and radio programmes to show how music has provided a rousing accompaniment to the march of history for 250 years



(Written on October 4, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

LA Times

Cultural Exchange: The diplomatic view of classical music

US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks offer sometimes-vivid glimpses into cultural diplomacy involving musical performances abroad. By Marcia Adair.


The conductor Kurt Sanderling has died

Born September 19, 1912; September 17, 2011

BBC Proms celebrates ticket sales success

More than two-thirds of events sold out.

The Telegraph

Berlin Staatskapelle/Barenboim, Lucerne Festival, review

On its final weekend the Lucerne festival made an extravagant flourish with three concerts by Daniel Barenboim and his Berlin Staatskapelle orchestra. Ivan Hewett Reports.

Don Giovanni, WNO, Wales Millenium Centre, review

John Caird’s new production for Welsh National Opera seems devoid of any thoughtfulness at all, says Rupert Christiansen.

The Arts Desk

Faust, Royal Opera House

Simple but stunning McVicar production achieves a level of profundity that almost had reviewer Igor Toronyi-Lalic in tears.

(Written on September 19, 2011 )