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In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July


Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.


Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.


Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.


Music Teacher: BBC Proms


(Written on July 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Syzygy Quartet, who release their debut CD in November!

sq1Syzygy saxophone quartet was formed in 2009, after performing together at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok with the London Saxophone Ensemble, and the ensemble has blossomed ever since. Their debut performance was part of the Frontiers Festival, where they performed Louis Andriessen’s Facing Death. Since then, the quartet have performed in major concert venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and National Portrait Gallery. Syzygy Quartet have also received an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, who have supported them throughout their career.
sq2They specialise in contemporary classical music, and perform both established contemporary works and also new compositions written specifically for the ensemble. However, Syzygy Quartet’s repertoire extends beyond just contemporary compositions, with their upcoming concert in St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield in March 2016 including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Messiaen and David Maslanka. Keep up to date with all their upcoming events here.

Having succeeded in being the only ensemble in Europe to be awarded the recording and performing rights for David Maslanka’s Song for the Coming Day, they have recently recorded this for their debut CD, which will be released on 13th November.

sq3Follow Syzygy Quartet on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website to keep up to date with their latest news.

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Evelyn Glennie among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ nominations?

The violinist and percussionist are among those suggested by the Saltire Society to gain the title in celebration of National Women’s Day.

The Telegraph

Is the sound of the saxophone ugly?

There’s something about the saxophone that sets the listener on edge, says Ivan Hewett. But does it have any redeeming qualities?

BBC Music Magazine

Sounds at the heart of the Mediterranean

Paolo Petrocelli, founder of EMMA for Peace, reports on two musical events in Malta that promoted the work of charities protecting refugees in the region


Classicalite’s Five Best: Musical Moments in Harold Ramis Films

A sad farewell to the inspired, hitherto undersung comedian, writer and director Harold Ramis.

North West Public Radio

Guy Who Identified the Stolen Stradivarius Can Help You Pick a Violin

The Classical music world was relieved when Milwaukee police found the stolen Stradivarius. But how were they sure it was the genuine article? How Stefan Hersh identifies rare violins.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 26, 2014 )

The Guardian

Southbank Centre puts £120m redevelopment on hold

London mayor’s intervention in favour of skate park torpedoes proposal, forcing centre to look for alternative funding

How to buy your own piece of classical music – one bar at a time

An innovative approach to funding new music means that you can literally buy a bar of Charlotte Bray’s latest composition.

Classic FM Online

‘Japan’s Beethoven’ admits paying ghost composer

Deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi has confessed to hiring someone else to write his most famous music for almost 20 years.

Music Week

Music industry video game launches as an app

A new free app which allows players to take on the role of managing an aspiring musician has been launched today.


Hartsdale composer’s Coca-Cola ad struck nerve with viewers

Hartsdale man sought to celebrate U.S. diversity

New York Daily News

Jazz saxophonist arrested for heroin dealing in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sax player Robert Vineberg, arrested in the net investigating the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, allegedly turned to peddling smack after his considerable work as a studio musician (under the name Robert Aaron) dried up.

Star Tribune

Musicians rehearse in Orchestra Hall for first time in 20 months

The Minnesota Orchestra rehearsed in Orchestra Hall for the first time in 20 months. The first concert is Friday night.

Die Welt

Gerd Albrecht – einer, der immer zur Jugend hielt

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper, die Deutsche Oper Berlin, die Tschechische Philharmonie Prag – das sind nur einige Stätten, an denen Dirigent Gerd Albrecht wirkte. Nun starb er im Alter von 78 Jahren
The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

Slipped Disc

Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

One of Mandela’s closest friends was pianist Harold Ruben who refused to play in front of segregated audiences in South Africa before moving to London to teach at the Royal College of music until his death in 2010


Nelson Mandela in British culture

Nelson Mandela cast a deep influence over British culture, from the concerts he inspired to flats that Del Boy and Rodney lived in for the TV show Only Fools and Horses

The Wall Street Journal

Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor

Music teachers, beware. The feds are onto you. Better not try to raise the price of your lessons

BBC News

Bolshoi acid attack: Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko jailed

A Moscow court has jailed Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko for six years for organising an acid attack on the company’s artistic director

Musician falls in Llangollen Canal trying to rescue saxophone

A musician suffered hypothermia and had to be rescued from a canal after he fell in while trying to retrieve his saxophone in Denbighshire

Arts Beat

Serbian-Born Composer Wins $100,000 Prize

Djuro Zivkovic, a 38-year-old composer who was born in Serbia and lives in Stockholm, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his work “On the Guarding of the Heart.” The prize, awarded annually by the University of Louisville, is among the most prestigious international prizes for classical composition carries a cash award of $100,000

Die Zeit

So echt! So intensiv!

Am Freitag debütierten sie beide an der Berliner Staatsoper in Verdis “Trovatore”: Anna Netrebko und Placido Domingo. Ein ziemlich dramatisches Gespräch über perfektes Singen, böse Mädchen und die Knochenarbeit im Haifischbecken

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 6, 2013 )

Where are the women in music? – PRS for Music Foundation announces the first 13 recipients of Women Make Music – a unique funding opportunity raising the profile of female music creators across the UK.

In 2010, women made up only 14% of the writer membership of PRS for Music (the Performing Rights Society of composers, songwriters and music publishers) and, at the 2010 BBC Proms, women wrote just 4.1% of the music performed.

In response to these statistics which prove that women are still under represented publicly when it comes to making music, PRS for Music Foundation launched Women Make Music – a funding opportunity aimed exclusively at women who are making outstanding music in the UK. With this fund, PRS for Music Foundation is highlighting the gender gap in the music industry and encouraging exciting collaborations between organisations and creators who have not previously worked together.

Today (August 12 2011) PRS for Music Foundation announce the 13 women supported through the first round of Women Make Music. The strong and imaginative new music they are creating ranges from a song cycle based on Portuguese poetry, a new piece of music for ten choirs and a composition for outdoor circus performances, to an electro- acoustic composition for theatre, a month-long musical installation compromising of weekly performances and the design of a new synthesiser. The new music funded through Women Make Music will receive premieres in locations across the UK including Glasgow, Jersey, London, Newcastle and Sheffield, and some will tour as far afield as the USA, Middle East and Europe.

Launched on International Women’s Day 2011, Women Make Music saw an overwhelming number of women apply for the first round of funding – an exciting response and a positive sign says Chair of PRS for Music Foundation, Sally Taylor:

“We’re delighted that so many women came forward for our support and that, through this fund, we have reached a large number of talented music creators who have never applied to the Foundation before. The quality of the applications we received was very high and the breadth and imagination of the 13 successful projects proves that throughout the UK, women are making great music. By raising their profile, we hope that more women will develop the confidence to make a career of writing music and that this kind of fund won’t be needed in the future.”

Prominent female musicians and writers have supported the Foundation’s call for more female music creators, including Imogen Heap, who said: “I know they’re out there [female music creators]. I’ve met and heard of a few, but would love to know more and hear more as we’re only hearing one side of the story.”

Encouraging new and adventurous music and collaborations, the second round of recipients of funding through Women Make Music will be announced in October.

For further details, please visit:

The music creators and commissioning organisations chosen for the first round of funding from Women Make Music are:

Charlotte Bray commissioned by Oxford Lieder Festival.

Oxford Lieder’s mission to celebrate the art of song and singing offers a winning combination with composer Charlotte Bray’s new commission of song cycle for baritone and piano. With a compositional voice both striking and original, Charlotte’s talents will be showcased by Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West performing a song cycle set to Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. The festival promises 57 musical sessions over sixteen days, attract some 4,000 visitors.

Premiere: 27th October 2011 at Oxford Lieder Festival.

YolanDa Brown, ‘Blue Sky’.

Writer and performer YolanDa is passionate about storytelling through music, and having already established herself as a frontrunner in saxophone performance and winning two MOBO awards, she will develop her vocal and piano skills which she will incorporate into a new work titled ‘Blue Sky’. This will be performed live at the Jazz Café, Camden in December accompanied by an eight-piece band.

Premiere: 2nd December 2011 at London’s Jazz Café.

Tara Busch, ‘Artificial Intelligence: A Science Fiction Symphony’ – commissioned by Sensoria

Sensoria and Tara Busch are due to present an innovative, inspirational new music performance called Artificial Intelligence: A Science Fiction Symphony. Tara will design and build her own synthesiser to use during the performance. Tara stated, “This project is an incredible opportunity to challenge myself not only as an artist and performer, but also as a technician. It is my hope that by creating the Science Fiction Symphony, it will encourage other female artists to integrate and embrace technology in their work”. The premiere performance will take place in a Sheffield art gallery during the Sensoria music and film festival in April.

Premiere: (tbc) 22nd April 2012, Sheffield.

Helen Chadwick, Karen Wimhurst, Sinead Jones, Katherine Zeserson, ‘A Candle – Song Cycle for Choir and Trio’ – commissioned by Big Sky.

This innovative choral project – directed by Sian Croose – is a collaboration between four remarkable female composers, each setting works by international poets on the theme of freedom as part of Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary. It involves ten choirs, of which 80% of the membership is female and nine are directed by women. As with ‘A Candle – Song Cycle for Choir and Trio’, Big Sky has a history of commissioning new music and has previously worked with the four women involved. The choirs from around the UK will each stage their own performance of the work between October 2011 and May 2012. The songs will then be published in order to make them available to other choirs and it is hoped there will be both a final performance with singers drawn from all the participating choirs, and the creation of a commissioning network that can go on to create new choral pieces in the future.

Premiere: October 22nd 2011

Deborah Coughlin

Composer and choir director Deborah Coughlin is showcasing a female-centric full- length performance, building on her work of forming and directing the all female alt- choir Gaggle, reworking the now defunct Women’s Institute opera ‘The Brilliant & the Dark’ and putting the finishing touches to the forthcoming Gaggle Album. Gaggle has already made a huge impact on the tradition of choirs, gaining mass attention for Deborah’s radical take on choral music. A two-week residency and exhibition will be taking place in March 2012.

Premiere: (tbc) March 2012

Jessica Dannheisser, ‘The Tempest’ – commissioned by Jericho House Productions. 

Using a four piece ensemble playing a mixture of period and modern instruments, alongside a cast of eight, Dannheisser’s new work, commissioned by cutting edge theatre group Jericho House, is a unique score for a theatre production of ‘The Tempest’. The production will tour the Middle East before being performed as part of Barbican BITE11 for a five-week run in London.

UK Premiere: 23rd September 2011 (previews 21st and 22nd September) at Barbican, London.

Bela Emerson, ‘Falling Up’ – commissioned by Mimbre

‘Falling Up’ is a soundtrack created by Bela Emerson for an outdoor circus theatre performance created by Mimbre. Composed in an exciting and highly collaborative process, it focuses on finding common points between the experiences of a female composer and female acrobats. It will be composed using cello with live processing and electronics, flute, tenor, guitar, vibraphone and percussion. A recorded soundtrack will allow for touring after the

UK premieres at various locations around the UK and Europe.

Premiere: (tbc) April 2012

Shiva Feshareki commissioned by Piano Circus.

Composer Shiva Feshareki presents her new work Jack of All Trades, a confrontational and theatrical piece, for acoustic pianos, keyboards and kaoss pads to create a unique electro-acoustic sound. The composition incorporates both scored and improvised material for the players. The UK premiere will take place at Glasgow Concert Halls, followed by the US debut in 2012.

Premiere: 11th November 2011 at Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, 8pm.

Bridget Hayden, ‘Strong Horses’

Bridget’s piece ‘Strong Horses’ is a collection of six new pieces including guitar, vocals, and an analogue looping device. Her aim is to transform the face of live performance by developing real time layering techniques that are responsive to a live environment. After the launch of her first official solo album and a tour of Scandinavia and Europe, Bridget is keen to transpose what she has developed whilst recording and mixing into the live arena.

Premiere: (tbc) 2nd March 2012 at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle.

Emily Portman, ‘Hatchling’.

Solo performer Emily Portman is renowned as a singer, writer and concertina player with an emphasis on folk music and balladry. With a passionate involvement in historical and contemporary female narratives and their various transformations within folk tales, the new work, entitled ‘Hatchling’ will encompass tales of transgressive female characters who overturn established orders and escape their marginal confinement through their wit, trickery and ‘conjuring voices’. The work is due to be performed first at The Sage Gateshead and later at King’s Place, London.

Premiere: 28th November 2011 at The Sage Gateshead.

Serafina Steer and Sam Steer, ‘This Side of the Moon’ – commissioned by Branchage Film Festival.

Branchage’s commission sees Harpist and songwriter Serafina Steer and animator Sam Steer joining forces for a performance entitled ‘This Side of the Moon’, inspired by Kenneth Anger’s ‘Rabbit’s Moon’ (1950). Serafina Steer (Stolen Recordings), will use the new sound of a ‘psychedelic harp’ to create a live soundtrack to the performance. Anger’s highly original film features mainly ‘doo-wop’ pop juxtaposed against surreal, classical mime. In their bizarre and astounding new animation, the Steer sister and brother team have re-interpreted the archetypes of Commedia Dell’Arte once more. The premiere performance will take place in Jersey as a key headline event of the Branchage Film Festival, taking place at the 1881 Ebenezer Church in rural Trinity, and will be followed by a London performance later in 2011.

Premiere: 23rd September 2011 at the Branchage Film Festival.

Susan Stenger, ‘Full Circle’ – commissioned by AV Festival

This will be the first major UK solo work by Susan Stenger. ‘Full Circle’ is a six-hour solo composition for woodwind, brass, strings and voice created for weekly live performance within a month-long installation. It overlays Western music structures with Chinese philosophy and lunar cycles, and marks the birth and death of John Cage and his introduction of the I Ching for compositional strategies. The debut performance will take place in the context of the AV Festival 2012, in a unique outdoor circular space.

Premiere: 2nd March 2012

Jennifer Walshe commissioned by Third Ear Music

In collaboration with Third Ear Music, Jennifer Walshe will create a new piece for PANDAMONIUM 2, a special event and catwalk type performance curated by Artwise Curators marking the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading conservation organization. The piece will draw on one of three ‘featured themes’ for WWF’s celebration: forest, water of snow/ice, and reference a particular aspect of WWFs work: conservation, climate change or sustainability. Crossing boundaries between music, visual art, film and fashion, the work will feature in PANDAMONIUM 2 as part of London Fashion Week.

Premiere: February 2012, London Fashion Week.            

Notes to Editors:

(1) BBC Proms statistics from UK Feminista:

The funding awarded by PRS for Music Foundation for Women Make Music will be used to support the costs associated with writing the new music and can also be used to support the music’s first performance.

PRS for Music Foundation is the UK’s leading funder of new music across all genres. Since 2000 the Foundation has awarded over £14 million to more than 4,000 new music projects. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support the development of new music in the UK.


(Written on August 12, 2011 )