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In todays news: Game of Thrones soundtrack becomes a live show, studies show music is good for the heart, BBC Radio 3 & 4 compete for morning audiences, Sarah Connolly’s take on opera’s “ridiculous” harassment anxiety, Oldenburger Staatstheater relocates to a tent, a new concert hall in Munich Werksviertel has been approved, and Bachfest Leipzig gets new director.

The Times

Music to slay dragons by: the Game of Thrones experience

The show’s composer Ramin Djawadi tells us how his soundtrack has become a live show.

The Guardian 

Radio 3 is winning the breakfast battle with Radio 4 – but the war is not won

The classical music station’s morning programme has seen an 11% rise in listeners, but it must be bolder and broader if it wants to attract new listeners elsewhere.


Royal Wedding 2018: Who is performing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?

What to expect from the music at this year’s most talked-about wedding

Harvard Health

Tuning in: How music may affect your heart

Listening to music may boost exercise ability, ease stress and anxiety, and enhance recovery from strokes.

The Telegraph

Sarah Connolly on opera’s ‘ridiculous’ harassment anxiety and working with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones

Rupert Christiansen interviews mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Connolly.

Broadway World

Five Musicians to Receive Ford Musician Awards From League of American Orchestras

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the League’s 73rd National Conference in Chicago.

The New York Times

15 Classical Music Festivals to See This Summer

From Bernstein centennials at Tanglewood to Mahler in the desert, concerts across the country you don’t want to miss this season.


Cleveland Institute of Music to launch most diverse class in school history

Cleveland Institute of Music will welcome 162 of the world’s most talented classical music students into its inaugural class of the new Minority Artist Fellowship programme for African-American and Latino students.


Google startet neuen Musikdienst bei YouTube

Google macht einen neuen Anlauf im Musik-Streaming, diesmal unter der Marke der Videoplattform YouTube. Der neue Dienst YouTube Music wird Zugang zu Songs und Musikvideos bieten. Neben einer werbefinanzierten Gratis-Variante gibt es ein Abo-Modell ohne Anzeigen, das auch Downloads erlaubt.

Oldenburger Staatstheater zieht in Zirkuszelt

Aufgrund von Bauarbeiten zur Verbesserung des Brandschutzes am Großen Haus zieht das Staatstheater Oldenburg bis Anfang Juli in ein Zirkuszelt am Hafen um. Das Zelt verfügt über 1.000 Sitzplätze, fast doppelt so viele wie im großen Haus. Mehr als 40 Vorstellungen soll das Ausweichquartier in dieser Zeit beherbergen.

BR Klassik

Neues Konzerthaus München Grünes Licht für Vertrag mit Architekturbüro

Mit dem neuen Konzerthaus im Münchener Werksviertel geht es voran: Der Haushaltsausschuss des Bayerischen Landtags hat den Weg frei gemacht für eine Auftragsvergabe an die Sieger des Architekturwettbewerbs, das Büro Cukrowicz Nachbaur aus Bregenz.

Musik Heute

Der Musikwissenschaftler Michael Maul wird neuer Intendant des Bachfestes Le


A live concert spin-off from Game of Thrones will feature a 20-strong choir and 40-odd-piece orchestra © The Times

(Written on May 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Catriona Morison becomes first British BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, and Alexander Papp wins Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Notes from Scotland composition competition. Honorary concert for Sir Jeffrey Tate, and Reinhard Goebel receives Bach medal. Audience at this year’s Bachfest Leipzig increases for 22,4%, and Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Catriona Morison wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison has become the first British winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.


Alexander Papp wins RSNO composition competition

Alexander Papp has won the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Notes from Scotland composition competition with his piece Progeny, inspired by Glen Coe.

The Guardian

Why not put music at the heart of education?

One of the most exciting commitments of the general election campaign was made in Jeremy Corbyn’s wonderful eve-of-election speech in Colwyn Bay, north Wales.


Abschied von Sir Jeffrey Tate mit Schuberts „Unvollendeter“

Seit 2009 leitete Sir Jeffrey Tate die Symphoniker, am 2. Juni war der Brite in Italien an einem Herzinfarkt gestorben. Mit einem bewegenden Konzert haben seine Musiker nun Abschied genommen.


Leipziger ‘Bachfest’ mit einem Besucherplus von 22,4%

Mit über 120 Veranstaltungen zog das diesjährige ‘Bachfest Leipzig’  insgesamt knapp 71.000 Besucher aus 41 Nationen an.

Dirigent und Geiger Reinhard Goebel mit Bach-Medaille ausgezeichnet

Der Violinist und Dirigent Reinhard Goebel hat die Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig erhalten.

Classic FM

Sir Mark Elder, Sarah Connolly, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Gerald Finley recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Stars of the classical music world have been recognised in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours list, alongside J.K Rowling, Billy Connolly and Ed Sheeran.

El Mundo

La Junta impone sus oposiciones a conservatorios, en contra del Parlamento y de los interinos

Profesores tocan sus instrumentos ante la Delegación de Educación en Jaén en protesta contra las oposiciones.


“Motivation, Lebensfreude, Frische und Schwung” für – Danke für diese Bilanz,


25 Jahre : 25 Monate lang zahlen unter 25 Jährige genau das, was ihnen der Eintritt, was ihnen ihr Kunstbesuch wert ist.

Quelle: dpa/dbo










(Written on June 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Gramophone Awards highlights, and Sarah Connolly argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. Also, BBC Music Magazine writes Sir David Willcock’s obituary

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2015 – all the action from the ‘Oscars of classical music’

The stars of the classical world and a night of the best music – let us take you there…

The Guardian

‘The arts makes us well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people’

Singer Sarah Connolly – the principal speaker at an Arts Council event at Westminster earlier this week – argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. We are facing a national disaster

BBC Music Magazine

Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Lengendary King’s, Cambridge choirmaster dies aged 95


Mozart gets Johnny Rotten makeover

A new portrait of Mozart imagines the composer as a “daring” and “edgy” musician in the mould of Johnny Rotten


Barbican launch Sound Unbound

The Barbican Centre has announced the line-up for a two-day festival aimed at people who have never engaged with classical music before


Nagano’s Les Troyens from Hamburg available on Arte

Arte concert offers worldwide streaming from Hamburg, in cooperation with Binnenalster Filmfest and City Management Hamburg


Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Feiert die Kassette ein Comeback?

Hersteller von Musikkassetten freuen sich in den USA über einen neuen Boom. Der Grund dafür sei ein Trend bei jungen Hipstern. Gibt es den auch in Deutschland? Eine Spurensuche

Der Tagesspiegel

Aus der Schublade gefallen

Dem Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop wird trotz erfolgreicher Arbeit die Förderung gestrichen. Ein Krisengespräch vor der „Orfeo“-Premiere.

Epoch Times

Gergijew gibt umjubelten Einstand in München als Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker

Der russische Dirigent Waleri Gergijew hat am Donnerstagabend mit Gustav Mahlers „Auferstehungssymphonie“ sein Antrittskonzert als neuer Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker gegeben.


GramophoneHere is our full report from last night’s wonderful .

Classic FMA stunning duet from & .

Sinfini Music : Pain for the ears, but perfect for near to the end of the day. Some unfortunate classical music fails.

News 18th

Cellist Matthew Barley, who will perform at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Classical Weekender. Image © Madeleine Farley/ Sinfini Music

(Written on September 18, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Proms 2012: top classical musicians pick their favourite Prom

Mark Elder, Tamsin Little, Sarah Connolly and more pick the Proms 2012 they are most looking forward to.

The Independent

‘Ow’ Liza and the BBC Proms is doing ‘My Fair Lady’?

Eliza Doolittle will screech in Cockney and sing posh as the quintessential London musical “My Fair Lady” makes its BBC Proms debut on Saturday in a lavish production that owes a debt to Hollywood.

BBC Music Magazine

A Proms fanfare

The BBC Proms kick off tonight at the Royal Albert Hall with a world premiere performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Canon Fever.

LA Times

Singers brave heat wave for Philip Glass premiere in Times Square

Happy returns for Glassmost took place recently with a performance in Times Square. His 1997 opera “Monsters of Grace” was reworked into a piece for soloist and an  eight-part chorus commissioned by NPR.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Koreans come first and third in Vienna singing contest

A 22 year-old tenor Beomjin Kim took first prize and soprano Sang-Ah Yoon came third in the 31st Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.

Deutsche Grammophon signs Canadian star

It was only a matter of time before a label locked on to Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the first Canadian conductor to achieve international renown.


Maxime Tortelier named Bournemouth Symphony young conductor in association

Son of Yan Pascal Tortelier to work closely with BSO’s Kirill Karabits .

(Written on July 13, 2012 )

In May 2013, Andrew Staples will perform the role of Tamino in the Royal Opera House’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He will join Sophie Bevan (Pamina), Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), and Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night)..

Other highlights in the 12/13 season include Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Bryn Terfel and Sarah Connolly, La bohème with Rolando Villazon, a new production of Nabucco with Placido Domingo, Simon Boccanegra with Thomas Hampson and the return of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur.

For a full list of productions, visit the Royal Opera House website.

Credit: Richard Ecclestone

(Written on March 15, 2012 )

It’s that time of year again and the BBC Proms are almost upon us. We want to know what/who you are excited about seeing, and give you our picks of this year’s Proms Festival. Each WildKat has been limited to three Unmissable events… not an easy feat.


Prom 5: Martha Argerich performs Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Despite turning 70 in June, Argerich is still the grand dame of the piano and at the top of her game. She’s having a really busy year which includes releasing a DVD on ACCENTUS Music of the world premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s Romantic Offering, a double concerto for Piano, ‘Cello and Orchestra, which I am also really excited about [shameless plug – sorry]!

Prom 29: I saw Dudamel recently in LA, and he is such an amazing animator and conductor. His skill and talent is still so fresh despite having been in the spotlight now for a number of years. I’ve lived with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and Gustavo in South America, and just love their passion for music making.

Prom 46: Being a violinist myself I am a sucker for this kind of repertoire. I think the husband and wife team of Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley promises to be a sizzling late night Prom. Be sure to book tickets in the Gallery so you can lie down and just enjoy!


Well, I wanted to pick SBYO/Dudamel too, but Kat beat me to it. Mahler 2 is possibly my favourite work of ALL TIME, so I will definitely back her up on that selection.

Prom 28: I love a bit of Renaissance choral music (Kat says this makes me a geek), and Victoria is one of my favourites (not least because he has an excellent name). This late night Prom will be a great chance to hear the fantastic Tallis Scholars perform.

Prom 55: Here comes another plug for one of our artists…The WildKats are all very excited about working with Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni and he is performing at Glyndebourne Festival this year in the role of Argante in their new production of  Handel’s Rinaldo. I’m looking forward to seeing the company bring this production to the BBC Proms with a talk beforehand from Handel expert Ruth Smith and writer, critic and Handel biographer Jonathan Keates.

Prom 67: Sarah Connolly. Do I need to say more…? OK, I don’t, but I will. One of Britain’s foremost mezzo sopranos will perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the LSO and conductor Sir Colin Davis. Also make sure to check out the bass, Matthew Rose. I caught him at the Proms two years ago singing Handel’s Messiah, and he was INCREDIBLE.

Credit: Peter Warren


Prom 9: I really struggled to pick just three of the BBC Proms I am looking forward to this year, but this one definitely makes the cut!  With a programme of works by Sibelius, Bartok and Janacek performed by the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, this promises to be an amazing concert.  Pianist András Schiff joins the orchestra in performance of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Prom 18: In this Prom the amazing flautist Emmanuel Pahud performs two flute concerto world premieres by Elliott Carter and  Marc-André Dalbavie – a performance not to be missed!  BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs a programme of Beethoven alongside these world premieres, under the baton of Thierry Fischer.

Prom 22: I’m a bit of a Rachmaninov fan so I was pretty excited when I saw this Prom!  Gianandrea Noseda leads the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in an all-Rachmaninov programme, with his famous Vocalise and his grand choral work The Bells.  This is a musical feast of Russian choral music and song – I can’t wait!

(Written on May 26, 2011 )