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We’re very pleased to be working with composer Keith Burstein on a PR campaign ahead of the world premiere of his new work The Prometheus Revolution, performed as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 (Arcola Theatre).

Keith Burstein was born in Brighton to a musical family; both his parents were classical violinists who played for Sadlers Wells Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Hallé Orchestra.

Burstein held two scholarships at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens and John Lambert. Post-graduation, he continued his composition studies with Jonathan Harvey. Between 1983 and 1991, Burstein led contemporary music ensemble the Grosvenor Group. He has since won the very active support of major mentors to him, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Arvo Pärt.

Described by The Telegraph as “an ardent new romantic post-modernist”, Burstein composes uniquely tonal music, reflecting his optimism for the future of humanity. His controversial views on modern contemporary music have earned him notoriety amongst his contemporaries, having stated previously that “tonality is the universal alphabet of music”.

Burstein’s opera Manifest Destiny premiered in 2004 in London, garnering controversy for its handling of the topic of Middle Eastern suicide bombers renouncing violence.

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The Prometheus Revolution has been inspired in part by the 2012 Occupy movement’s “99% vs the 1%” ideology, and with a focus on peace and disarmament, will commemorate the centenary year of the end of World War I.

Set in the near future, the opera opens with the UK in meltdown in the aftermath of the fascistic Prime Minister and his wife taking poison, soon replaced by another shadowy authority figure. When two trillion pounds go missing from the City of London, the army is poised to take control of the anticipated mayhem.

Presented by Fulham Opera, performances will be on the 7, 8 and 10 of August, and tickets can be purchased from the Grimeborn website. Keith has completed a commission for the London Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in their 2019-2020 season.

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: war-child Kajtazi wins Glyndebourne prize, Alfie Boe joins classical music festival By The River, Glyndebourne Opera Cup finalists announced, Radio 3 announces change to weekend schedule, McDonalds uses classical music to deter anti-social behaviour, Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are ‘too similar’, the conductor, pianist and activist José Abreu who created “El Systema” died, the promotion prize of Rheingau Musik Festival goes to Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and the New German Jazz Prize was awarded to Vincent Eberle Quintett, Alexandra Lehmler and Maximilian Hirning.

The Sunday Times

War child who sang to quell fear wins at Glyndebourne

Mail Online

Alfie Boe joins line-up for new classical music festival

Singer Alfie Boe is to join composer and musician Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the line up for the brand new classical music festival By The River

Glyndebourne Opera Cup finalists announced

The ten finalists for the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup have been announced, following the competition’s semi-final on 22 March. The singers will compete in the final on 24 March for the chance to win £15,000 and the guarantee of a role within five years at one of the opera houses represented on the competition’s jury.

BBC News

Welwyn McDonald’s uses classical music to deter anti-social behaviour

A fast-food restaurant said it has seen a decrease in anti-social behaviour from customers, since it started playing classical music, which police say ‘seems to be working’

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are ‘too similar’

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are too similar – and need to diversify to survive. “The streaming services are all charging $9.99 and everyone has the same music,” he told the BBC.

The New York Times

Olly Wilson, 80, Dies; Composer Meshed African and Western Music

Olly Wilson, an adventurous composer who integrated African, African-American and electronic rhythms, riffs and sounds into Western classical music conventions, died on March 12 in Oakland, Calif. He was 80.

Limelight

Adelaide Cabaret Festival announces its 2018 program

For her last hurrah as AD, Ali McGregor has programmed the most diverse line-up yet at the world’s biggest cabaret festival.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

José Abreu gestorben

Der Dirigent, Pianist und Aktivist José Antonio Abreu schuf “El Systema”, das berühmte Musikerziehungs-Programm seines Heimatlandes Venezuela. Er war ein zierlicher Mann von großer, oft unbeugsamer Willenskraft.

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Rheingau Musik Festival: Förderpreis geht an Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Der österreichische Violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian hat in diesem Jahr den Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals gewonnen. Mit ihrer Dotierung von 15.000 Euro ist die Auszeichnung einer der am höchsten dotierten Nachwuchskünstlerpreise in Deutschland.

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Mannheim: Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis Mannheim 2018 – Gewinner stehen fest

Am 23. und 24. März 2018 fand in der alten Feuerwache in Mannheim zum dreizehnten Mal der Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis statt. Am Freitag wählte das Publikum den Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Kompositionspreises, am Samstag die Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreises.
(Gewinner des L-Bank-Bandpreises in Höhe von 10.000 Euro wurde das Vincent Eberle Quintett, Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Kompositionspreises in Höhen von 2.000 Euro wurde Alexandra Lehmler und Gewinner des SIGNUM-comunication-Solistenpreises in Höhe von 1.000 Euro wurde Maximilian Hirning.)

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(Written on March 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Charles Dutoit becomes honorary conductor at the RPO, and Piratstro unveils new violin string. Rolando Villazón becomes new director of the Salzburger Mozartwoche, and 80th birthday of musical educationalist Eberhard Feltz. Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK, and musicologist Philip Gossett died at 75.

The Times

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hits sour note with Octava phone app for concertgoers

Classical music fans, loath to be disturbed at concerts, are dismayed by a new innovation: an app that encourages people to look at their phones during performances

Rhinegold

Vaughan Williams’ working copy of St Matthew Passion score restored

The Leith Hill Musical Festival has arranged for the restoration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ working copy of Bach’s St Matthew Passion score.

The Violin Channel

Pirastro Unveil New Evah Pirazzi Platinum Violin E-String

Pirastro has this week announced the launch of the new Evah Pirazzi Platinum Violin E-String – designed to specifically aid top register projection, comfortable fingering and color and overtone radiance.

Pizzicato

Charles Dutoit appointed Honorary Conductor for Life of the Royal Philharmonic

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has announced that with the effect from October 2019 Charles Dutoit, 80, currently the RPO’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, will assume the position of Honorary Conductor for Life.

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernsänger Villazón neuer Chef der Salzburger Mozartwoche

Star-Tenor Rolando Villazón wird neuer Intendant der Mozartwoche in Salzburg.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wenn die eigene Nase sich selbständig macht

Die Schostakowitsch-Tage im sächsischen Gohrisch bringen unbekanntes Material von Schostakowitsch und Weinberg zur Uraufführung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Musikalischer Mentor und Menschenfreund

Eberhard Feltz ist eine Legende unter den Musikpädagogen. Seit 50 Jahren unterrichtet er Violine und Kammermusik. Heute feiert er seinen 80 Geburtstag. Eine Begegnung.

Newark Advertiser

Students face deportation

Four students at Newark’s world-renowned violin-making school face deportation from the UK.

Le Monde

Le musicologue Philip Gossett est mort

Décédé à l’âge de 75 ans, le musicologue américain n’a cessé de travailler à exhumer des opéras oubliés et établir une édition critique de chefs-d’œuvres lyriques.

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Yeaaah! Lasst die Korken knallen, knorke Auszeichnung für die und als Kapitän durfte ich das Ding entgegennehmen!

Ich verschenke 2 Tickets für mein Konzert am 18.8 in Potsdam

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(Written on June 27, 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.

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

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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, renowned violinist Andre Rieu announces his rescheduled UK tour dates with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and David Robertson will step down as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after their 2018-19 season. Donald Trump denies asking world-famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli to sing at his inauguration, after Bocelli backed out due to pressure from fans. Also, read about one of the world’s top harpsichordists, Zuzana Ruzickova, who endured three concentration camps in World War Two and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

The Violin Channel

Saddened Andre Rieu Announces New UK Arena Tour Dates

Violinist Andre Rieu has today announced his rescheduled UK tour dates -after a member of his orchestra this week suffering a heart attack.

Pizzicato

Robertson To Leave St. Louis Symphony in 2019

David Robertson, 58, will leave his post as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after the 2018-19 symphony season.

Trump Says He Never Asked Bocelli To Sing

A Trump Inauguration Manager said on CNBC that would-be tenor Andrea Bocelli was never asked to sing at the feast. The denial came after Bocelli apparently refused to sing at this show due to pressure from fans.

WQXR

You Haven’t Seen A Cloud Play a Piano Until Now

All of these musical feats share the skies as inspiration, but artist David Bowen is taking more literal approach to the weather in music. The weather has long fascinated Bowen and his recent project answers a related question: What if a cloud could play the piano?

BBC News

The ‘miraculous’ life of Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed. But not only did she survive, she also went on to become one of the world’s leading harpsichordists.

Can video game music be ‘classical’?

Listen to BBC Newshour, where they discussed The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing music from the Pokemon console games in London, which is the latest example of top classical musicians playing music from video games.

The Strad

Düsseldorf concert delayed because musicians are locked in the dressing room

The performers of the Breslau Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum were ultimately freed by the combined efforts of porter, caretaker and fellow musicians.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkbeitrag in Österreich steigt

Der Stiftungsrat des Österreichischen Rundfunks hat eine Erhöhung des Rundfunkbeitrages um 6,5 Prozent beschlossen. Die höheren Abgaben werden ab Mai 2017 fällig.

Komponist Karel Husa ist tot

Der US-amerikanische Komponist Karel Husa ist tot. Er starb Mitte letzter Woche im Alter von 95 Jahren in Apex, North Carolina. Husa war gebürtiger Tscheche, studierte unter anderem bei Arthur Honegger sowie Nadia Boulanger und emigrierte 1954 in die Vereinigten Staaten.

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Verträge über künftige Theaterfinanzierung unter Dach und Fach

Nach monatelangen Debatten und Verhandlungen sind die Verträge über die Finanzierung der Thüringer Theater und Orchester – Theater Eisenach und Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach – bis 2021 unter Dach und Fach.

BR Klassik

Bogdan Roscic folgt auf Dominique Meyer

Der Musikmanager Bogdan Roscic wird ab 2020 neuer Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte Österreichs Kulturminister Thomas Drozda am Mittwoch in Wien mit. Eine Personalentscheidung, die eine Öffnung des Hauses signalisiert.

Musik Heute

Anja Harteros singt nicht bei Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Die Sopranistin Anja Harteros wird nicht bei den Eröffnungskonzerten der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie singen. Als Ersatz habe man die schwedische Opern- und Konzertsängerin Camilla Tilling gewinnen können.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1888 FP of J. #Brahms‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

DW – Culture @dw_culture Mourning with #Berlin: Nine famous songs of sadness and the stories behind them http://dw.com/p/2Ubm1?maca=en-tco-dw …

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016 https://t.co/IA0JXxGbEq

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Photo from The Violin Channel

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti children’s music picks cause controversy

Violinist Nicola Bendetti has listed what she sees as 10 essential pieces of classical music that children should hear when they’re growing up.

Classic FM

Mystery of piano abandoned under New York’s Brooklyn Bridge

The Mason & Hamlin piano- found under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side- sits half submerged at high tide and mostly exposed low tide. As yet, no one knows where it came from, or why it is there.

Classical-Music.com

Martin Campbell-White awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

The artist manager becomes the 131st recipient of the award.

The Seattle Times

League of American Orchestras chief reviews symphonic scene

Jesse Rosen, the president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, discusses the health of the symphonic scene in the U.S. He’ll be in Seattle, along with many of his colleagues, for the League’s annual national conference, June 4-6, 2014.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Hilft klassische Musik aus dem Elend?

Virtuoser Klang für eine bessere Zukunft: In der größten Favela Brasiliens werden talentierte junge Musiker ausgebildet. Das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ist dabei.

Berliner Zeitung

Bach-Porträt könnte echt sein

Zehn Porträts des Komponisten Johann Sebastian Bach sind bislang aufgetaucht. Eines gilt als echt. Fünf andere nicht. Ein kürzlich in Dortmunder Privatbesitz gelangtes Pastell-Porträt könnte nun ebenfalls zu Lebzeiten Bachs entstanden sein, meinen Experten.

Concerti

Improvisation ist alles

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado.

KlassikAkzente

Hilary Hahn wird mit dem Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis 2014 ausgezeichnet

Die Geigenvirtuosin Hilary Hahn spricht im Interview mit dem neuen “Dresdner Musikfestspiel Magazin” nicht nur über ihre Vision für das Musikleben 2020, sondern auch über die Faszination, im Austausch mit anderen Menschen neue Perspektiven zu entdecken und zu teilen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Francesco d’Avalos gestorben

Italienischer Orchesterleiter und Komponist wurde 84 Jahre alt.

Klassik heute

Mortier Award 2014 – posthume Ehrung für Gerard Mortier

Die Zeitschrift Opernwelt und der Ring Award (Internationaler Wettbewerb für Regie und Bühnengestaltung) haben gemeinsam einen neuen Preis für Musiktheater ins Leben gerufen – den Mortier Award.

Le Figaro

Festivals : halte aux idées reçues

Fréquentation, taille, pérennité, prix des places… Une étude réalisée sur quatre cents manifestations en Europe ébranle quelques poncifs.

Twitter

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Piano City: @pianocity A #piano under the #Brooklyn Bridge … it’s clearly time for #PianoCity New York! http://bit.ly/1iMB99P  #classical

The Guardian: @guardian Bruckner’s “saucy” sixth is the symphony that disproves those lazy received opinions about his musichttp://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/jun/03/symphony-guide-bruckners-6th

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(Written on June 3, 2014 )

Forbes

IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China

IMG Artists will join hands with China Arts and Entertainment Group to expand its business in China and bring Chinese performing arts programs abroad. The joint venture will be an investment of several hundred million dollars and aims to introduce a wide array of Chinese programs with an emphasis on classical music and dance artists.

Guardian

Vladimir Putin to purchase Sergei Rachmaninoff’s archive and estate?

Pianist Denis Matsuev claims that the Russian president has shown interest in Rachmaninov’s Swiss villa, which holds much of the late composer’s manuscripts and mementos.

Ideas Tap

Alexis Smith and Joe Henson on composing for video games

Music can completely alter the way a player experiences a video game. The composers behind the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Alexis Smith and Joe Henson, explain their process and tell us why it’s an exciting time to be in the industry.

Chicago Classical Review

Tilson Thomas throws out the first lozenge at bronchial CSO concert

A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler 9 was so plagued with audience coughing that conductor Tilson Thomas went offstage & emerged with handfuls of lozenges which he threw into the audience.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Acclaimed Australian theatre and opera director Elke Neidhardt dies aged 72

One of Australia’s most noted opera and theatre directors, Elke Neidhardt, has died at the age of 72.

Telegraph

No-one works harder than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Given the cuts to arts funding, esteemed organizations such as the RPO must now explore new money-making avenues, says Rupert Christiansen.

Classic FM Online

David Bowie’s Peter and the Wolf to be reissued

A recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring David Bowie as narrator is being re-released by Sony Classical in time for Christmas.

Die Zeit

Mehr Klebeband ins Klavier!

Diese verrückten Deutschen. In Amsterdam gaben der Techno-DJ Henrik Schwarz und der Klavierdompteur Hauschka ein erstes gemeinsames Konzert. Ganz erstaunlich.

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(Written on November 27, 2013 )

The Times

ENO chief to stand down as losses threaten future

English National Opera’s chief executive is standing down as the company is about to confirm that it has lost £3.25 million over the past two years while its reserves have fallen to just over £1.8 million.

The Telegraph

One Ring cycle to rule them all

As Daniel Barenboim prepares to conduct the entire 15-hour ‘Ring’ cycle at the Proms, we ask why Wagner’s masterpiece inspires such obsession?

David Starkey on the history of royal music

Can royal music help us to better understand religion, love and Britain itself? Ahead of his new series Music and Monarchy, David Starkey explains all to Neil Midgley.

The Guardian

Former HMV worker opens new shop named HVM

Derry local, a HMV worker for a decade, flips sign upside-down after letter from HMV’s legal team: store is now WAH

BBC Music Magazine

Classical musicians head to the kitchen

Sarah Willis, French horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic opens her kitchen to fellow musicians… and a TV camera crew

Gramophone

Juvenile Mozart opera to come to Glyndebourne for the first time

La finta Giardiniera, conducted by Robin Ticciati in his first season as music director, is one of three new productions for 2014 festival

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Library launch World War I music project

‘Behind the Lines’ is a programme of outreach activities focusing on British composers and music of the First World War

Classic FM

Classical music reality TV show to launch in India

What better way to get young people involved in classical music than a reality show? At least, that’s the logic behind India’s search for a new star.

Der Tagesspiegel

Tal Balshai und seine Musik zu “Der große Sprung”

Slapstick auf Tasten: Werner Richard Heymann neu bearbeitet.

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The Telegraph

(Written on July 19, 2013 )

Launched in November 2012, the competition offers a multitude of prizes and opportunities to the winners and runners-up, including exclusive scholarships to the School, cash prizes and performance opportunities with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra.

The competition is open to string players from age 12 to 17 and is divided into three age categories. The grand prize for the winner of each age group is a full scholarship to Whitgift School, including instrumental tuition and full board in the new boarding house, which is due to open later this year.

To apply, musicians submit a YouTube video of them performing a piece of their choice. The finalists will then be invited to Whitgift School to perform in front of a jury on 1st and 2nd July. The jury will consist of Royal Academy of Music Professor, Remus Azoitei; a member nominated by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; acclaimed cellist and former winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Guy Johnston; novelist and Independent journalist, Jessica Duchen; and Whitgift’s Director of Music Development, Rosanna Whitfield, and Head of Orchestral Music, Philip Winter. The Winners concert and official Prize-giving will take place on Wednesday 3rd July at 6pm.

If you are a string player aged 12 to 17 and would like to apply for this fantastic opportunity, visit the competition website here before it’s too late!

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(Written on April 30, 2013 )

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

L.A. Phil Live schedule announced

The three Los Angeles Philharmonic concert simulcasts will include a performance of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ from Caracas, Venezuela.

The Guardian

Gok Wan: ‘Opera takes you on a journey’ – video

Gok Wan talks from Glyndebourne about what opera means to him – and why greater access to the art form means you can now enjoy it at home in your pyjamas. ‘For me, that’s exactly what opera should be,’ he says

The Guardian

Viktoria Mullova: from Russia in a blond wig

Viktoria Mullova fled the USSR because she hated it. The violinist tells Erica Jeal what finally returning to her homeland has meant for her music.

Tom Service: The Guardian

Why Arnold Bax will make it a Prom night to remember

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s rare performance of Bax’s work will thrill you. All you have to do is park your prejudices at the door.

The Times

Review – Simon Rattle: Schoenberg

“A mellow and warm sound, but sometimes Schoenberg’s glitter effects fail to come through as they should.”

The Times

My haunting relationship with Benjamin Britten

Janette Heffernan was the first girl to sing in the composer’s ghost opera; the start of a haunting relationship, she says.

(Written on August 19, 2011 )