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In today’s Classical News, read an obituary of Holocaust survivor and renowned harpsichordist, Zuzana Růžičková, who died last week, aged 90.  The ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit, and the Maxwell Quartet have won the ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Zuzana Růžičková (14 January 1927 – 27 September 2017)

Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died aged 90.  A key figure in the revival of the harpsichord and a devotee of Bach, Růžičková’s career is all the more remarkable given that she survived internment in three concentration camps in her teens.

Music Teacher

ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has released a Primary Music Toolkit, which aims to help primary school teachers become more confident in teaching music in the classroom.

The Strad

Scottish quartet wins jury and audience prizes in Trondheim

The ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, running alongside the Chamber Music Festival in Trondheim, Norway, was won by the Scotland-based Maxwell Quartet.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Symphony Orchestra board’s dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage

After days of turmoil and anger that threatened to tear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra apart, the orchestra’s board has staged a stunning back-flip on the issue of same-sex marriage, admitting their neutral position was “misjudged”.

CBC News

Meet the Canadian composer who’s created a basketball symphony for the TSO

Jared Miller doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t love music. “I can’t even use words to convey how much I love music and all types of music,” Miller told CBC’s Our Toronto. “So to have the privilege to create it and to play it is really something special in my mind.”

Klassik.com

Medienpreis Leopold für vier Kinderproduktionen

Köln, 03.10.2017. Der Verband deutscher Musikschulen (VdM) hat zusammen mit dem Bundesjugendministerium im Funkhaus Köln den Medienpreis “Leopold” verliehen.

Klassik Heute

Sonderpreis beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 für Vladimir Yaskorski

Der 1. Kapellmeister des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau Vladimir Yaskorski hat beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 den Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Werkes des 20./21.

Die Zeit

Hightech in preußischem Rokoko

Nach sieben Jahren Bauzeit präsentiert sich die restaurierte Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden als großer Wurf.

Codex Flores

Standards für Instrumenten-Innenmessungen

Im Projekt Musices durchleuchten Fraunhofer-Forscher per 3D-Computertomographie historische Musikinstrumente aus der Sammlung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums.

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Image: Zuzana Růžičková

(Written on October 3, 2017 )

In todays news: A new programme for Spitalfields, Sistema’s Scotland children’s orchestra brings the noise, the Edge is helping out musicians in the flooded Texas area, the Chicago Lyric Opera recieves a suprise funding and you should listen to music while you work. A central place in Leipzig will be named after Kurt Masur, the results are in for this years Concours Nicati. In Florence the Franco Zeffirelli Center will opens its doors this September, while the director of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro quits after 38 seasons.

BBC News

Children’s orchestra makes a Big Noise in Dundee

Sistema Scotland’s fourth children’s orchestra has launched in Dundee backed by a £325,000 funding boost.

Billboard

The Edge Helping to Replace Instruments for Musicians Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Edge’s Music Rising charity, which provided new instruments to musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and restored school music programs in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, is now focusing its efforts on raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Telegraph

Why you should listen to music while you work, according to scientific findings

Some prefer to labour in peace. Others find blaring their favourite tunes helps keep them productive. Hitherto it has been matter of personal preference. But now scientific research has uncovered that listening to music can actually be beneficial while you work.

Classical Music Magazine

Spitalfields Music announces 2017 festival

Spitalfields Music has revealed the programme for its 2017 Festival, which has been guest curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Classical Music Magazine

Derek Bourgeois (16 October 1941– 6 September 2017)

English composer Derek Bourgeois has died aged 75.

John Maxwell Geddes (1941-2017)

Composer John Maxwell Geddes has died following a short illness.

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Shock as Rossini Festival Boss quits after 38 Seasons

The resignation of Gianfranco Mariotti today came as a shock to the Italian opera infrastructure.

Klassik.com

Millionenspende für die Chicago Lyric Opera

Die Chicago Lyric Opera, eines der größten Opernhäuser der Vereinigten Staaten, hat eine Spende in Millionenhöhe erhalten.

Codex Flores

Preisträgerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati

In Bern sind die Gewinnerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati bestimmt worden. Den Hochschul-Wettbwerb für die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik haben zwei Klarinettistinnen und eine Geigerin gewonnen.

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Posthume Ehrung für den grossen Dirigenten

Bereits seit 1989 war Kurt Masur Ehrenbürger der Stadt Leipzig. 1997 wurde er Ehrendirigent des Gewandhausorchesters, das er zuvor fast dreißig Jahre lang als Kapellmeister geleitet hatte.

France Musique

Un centre dédié à l’univers de Franco Zeffirelli voit le jour à Florence

Installé dans un ancien couvent à l’architecture baroque, situé juste derrière le Palazzo Vecchio, le Centre International des arts du spectacle Franco Zeffirelli est prêt à accueillir le public.

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(Written on September 8, 2017 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.

 

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WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

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The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

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Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

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Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

klassik.com @klassikcom Mutmaßliches Portrait von Frederic  entdeckt 

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(Written on January 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Radio 3 announces its plans for Hull City of Culture 2017, National Youth Orchestra announces most diverse intake, and Katherine Jenkins is to make her stage debut. Also, German broadcaster ARD plans reforms and fusions, and T in the Park festival is to take a year off.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces plans for Hull 2017

Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has revealed the station’s plans to mark Hull’s year UK City of Culture 2017.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCO launches new early-level certificate

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has launched a new early-level certificate scheme for organists.

NYO announces most diverse intake

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s (NYO) 2017 intake is the ensemble’s most diverse yet, with 21.9% of players identifying as non-white British: 7.3% above the national population average, and a 4.9% increase on the previous year.

Daily Mail

Katherine and Alfie step on to the Carousel: Soprano set to make stage debut alongside opera singer in new five-week run of the musical

Katherine Jenkins, the people’s mezzo-soprano, will make her stage debut opposite leading opera singer Alfie Boe in a version of the landmark musical Carousel.

The Guardian

T in the Park festival to take a year off

T in the Park, the huge music shindig that has been Scotland’s answer to the Reading and Leeds festivals, is to take a year off, its first break since being founded in 1994. In 2015, the festival was forced to change sites from Balado airfield to Strathallan Castle, and since that move, it has been subject to greater planning regulations.

The Washington Post

How quickly can a Tony winning playwright respond to the presidential election? This fast.

“Union Square Incident” is a cautionary tale about the beginnings of a police state.

Zeit Online

ARD kündigt grundlegende Reformen an

Die ARD plant nach Informationen der Bild-Zeitung die Zusammenlegung mehrerer Landesrundfunkanstalten. Eine von den Ministerpräsidenten eingesetzte Arbeitsgruppe befürworte eine Bündelung zu vier größeren Anstalten, berichtet die Zeitung. Den Plänen zufolge wären das die Anstalten Süd, Nord, West und Ost.

Klassik.com

Schlag auf Schlag: Prügelei im Baden-Badener Festspielhaus landet vor Gericht

Vor dem Amtsgericht Baden-Baden landete eine Auseinandersetzung unter Besuchern des Baden-Badener Festspielhauses. Ein Zuschauer hatte einem in der Reihe vor ihm sitzenden Konzertbesucher mit der Faust ins Gesicht geschlagen. Als Grund für die Tätlichkeit wird angeführt, dass der Konzertbesucher während der Zugabenstücke von seinem Platz aufgestanden sei und das Schlagzeugprogramm mit rhythmischem Klatschen begleitete.

Musik Heute

Oper Leipzig: Verletzte “Lucia di Lammermoor” singt im Rollstuhl

Die Sopranistin Anna Virovlansky, Sängerin der Titelpartie in der Neuproduktion “Lucia di Lammermoor” an der Oper Leipzig, hat sich kurz vor der Premiere am Samstag einen Bänderriss zugezogen. Um die Vorstellung zu retten, wird Virovlansky die Partie aus einem Rollstuhl singen.

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Füssener Festspielhaus gerettet – Investor gefunden

Das insolvente Festspielhaus Füssen ist gerettet. Dies teilte der Insolvenzverwalter Marco Liebler am Donnerstagabend mit. Die als Käufer gewonnenen Investoren werden danach den Geschäftsbetrieb im Theater wieder aufnehmen und einen Großteil der Mitarbeiter auch übernehmen oder wieder zurückholen.

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Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary Happy Bach Friday!

Credit: Ben Clarkson. Hull's Humber Bridge.

Credit: Ben Clarkson. Hull’s Humber Bridge.

(Written on November 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting submissions for its Notes from Scotland competition. The original score of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection Symphony) is to be auctioned on 29th November for the first time. Also, New York Philharmonic is updating its Young People’s Concerts programme, putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free.

Music Teacher Magazine

Applications open for RSNO’s Notes from Scotland competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is inviting submissions for its Notes from Scotland competition, offered in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland.

Opera Now Magazine

Hvorostovsky to give fundraising recital for ArtPointFoundation

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is to give a fundraising recital for the ArtPointFoundation on 13 November.

CMUSE

Score from Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony exhibited before auction

The original score from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (the Resurrection Symphony) is to be auctioned Nov. 29 for the first time. It was exhibited in Hamburg earlier this month.

The Lost Operas of Mozart

City Opera Vancouver gave three performances of the Lost Operas of Mozart last weekend, a two-hour production bringing together three works left unfinished by the composer: Lo sposo deluso, L’oca del Cairo and Zaide.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic to Stream Young People’s Concerts

When the New York Philharmonic televised its Young People’s Concerts from 1958 through 1972, it introduced new generations to classical music. Now the orchestra is updating the program: It said Thursday that it was putting videos of Young People’s Concerts, and additional educational materials and interactive games, online for schools and families to stream for free.

CNBC

Like Uber…but for a live orchestra in your home

Groupmuse, a start-up that connects musicians with fans, wants to make live classical music available to a broader audience — not just in their homes, but even in their offices. Its newest service, “Groupmuse at Work,” allows businesses to book classical entertainment on-demand.

WQXR

5 Marathon-Length Classical Works

On Sunday, running enthusiasts from all over the world will put their bodies to the test during the New York City Marathon. Here we present a few classical “marathons” — pieces that are exceptionally long, grand in scale or take superhuman concentration to complete.

The Strad

Juilliard Students respond to Westboro Baptist Church protesters with music

Between 60 and 100 Juilliard School students confronted three protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church with music and singing this morning. The church, which regularly stages racist and homophobic protests, targeted the New York school ‘where vanity and pride rule,’ according to a press release on its website.

Klassik.com

Festivalleiter und Radiomusikchef Leo Karl Gerhartz gestorben

Der Musikwissenschaftler, Rundfunk-Musikchef und Festivalleiter Dr. Leo Karl Gerhartz ist tot. Gerhartz war lange Jahre Musikchef des Hessischen Rundfunks. Auf musikwissenschaftlichem Gebiet galt Gerhartz als Experte für das Schaffen von Giuseppe Verdi.

Klassik heute

Anmelderekord beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb 2017 in Leipzig

Insgesamt 280 junge KünstlerInnen bereiten sich auf den DMW vor, auch in der 42. Durchführung des Wettbewerbs zeigt sich so die Attraktivität des erfolgreichen Projektes des Deutschen Musikrates.

Codex Flores

Pergamenschikow-Preis für zeitgenössische Kammermusik 2016

Der Boris-Pergamenschikow-Preis für zeitgenössische Kammermusik 2016 wird in diesem Jahr geteilt: Er geht an das Berliner Furiant Quartett und das Kölner Trio uBu.

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The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Tchaikovsky, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy were onto something… http://www.roh.org.uk/news/from-the-…

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera An amazing opportunity for aspiring opera directors 🚨 Join our Jette Parker Young Artists programme: https://t.co/SKJ35L31KW #artsjobs

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Steve Reich names his successors http://dlvr.it/MbJtHq #ClassicalMusic

Pic: Tom Finnie (28.10.2011) The Royal Scottish National Orchestra on stage at the Usher Hall with conductor Peter Ounjian.

Photo: Tom Finnie/ The RSNO

(Written on November 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, to celebrate its 70-year history, BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast music for 12 hours without presenters talking on air. Scottish Chamber Orchestra appoints Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader, who will share joint responsibility with Stephanie Gonley. Also, read about how Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation and classical music is changing and enriching Kenyan children’s lives.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 to celebrate 70 years with 12 hour broadcast

Radio 3 will be broadcasting music for 12 hours continuously on 30 October.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces new leader

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has appointed Benjamin Marquise Gilmore as its new leader. He will share the role with Stephanie Gonley.

The New York Times

A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenyan Children’s Lives

Created in 2008, Ghetto Classics’ music education program, which benefits youth in the slum of Korogocho and other poor areas, is one of the project by Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation, and was set up to enrich the lives of young Kenyans through music.

Early Music Today Magazine

York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016

The York Early Music Christmas Festival 2016, which takes place 8-15 December, comprises ten concerts over eight days.

Classic FM

This musician had the *perfect* response to potential client who was offering NO payment for a concert

Musicians are often offered a bum deal when dealing with freelance work, but this member of a string quartet has come up with a zinger of a reply

NRK

Operadirektøren: – Det føles riktig for meg å slutte

Direktør ved den Norske Opera og Ballett, Nils Are Karstad Lysø, slutter i jobben i løpet av sommeren 2017. – Overraskende og uheldig, sier NRKs kulturkommentator.

Aftenposten

Jeg vil løfte operaorkesteret ut av anonymiteten

Han hadde drømmejobben som solist i et av verdens beste orkestre. Men Karl-Heinz Steffens vil heller være sjef for operaorkesteret i Oslo.

Die Zeit

Auswärtiges Amt stoppt Konzert der Dresdner Sinfoniker

Erstmals sollte in der Türkei ein Stück über den armenischen Völkermord gezeigt werden, und zwar im deutschen Generalkonsulat. Ohne Angabe von Gründen wurde nun abgesagt.

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Schulen können «Vivaldi-Experiment« im Unterricht einsetzen

Für überraschend ausfallende Musikstunden stellt der WDR den Schulen ein Alternativprogramm zur Verfügung: Eine DVD mit dem Mitschnitt des «Vivaldi-Experiments», das eine überraschende Mischung aus Klassik und Rap bietet.

Musik heute

Katharina Wagner mit Europa-Medaille ausgezeichnet

Die Leiterin der Bayreuther Festspiele, Katharina Wagner, hat am Dienstag die Europa-Medaille des Freistaats Bayern erhalten. Die Opernregisseurin wurde für ihre Leistungen für das Festival geehrt, das ein “Musik und Konzertstandort von Weltrang” sei.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1685 Birth of Italian #composer and harpsichordist Domenico #SCARLATTI 🎂 #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Pianist Dylan Perez wins the Gerald Moore Award 2016 https://t.co/L4p290YOFw

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera 5 things you need to know about Shostakovich’s #ROHnosehttp://www.roh.org.uk/news/opera-essentials-shostakovichs-the-nose …

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(Written on October 26, 2016 )

The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that four of Scotland’s arts and education institutions will collaborate to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, a double bass is battered on a flight from Atlanta and Vasily Petrenko extends his contract with the Oslo Philharmonic. Also, The Western Gazette discusses the results of Armenia’s Classical Music Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Scottish arts institutions celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Four of Scotland’s education and arts institutions will join forces for New Dreams, a programme of music, dance, drama and visual arts events in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Western Gazette

The 8th “Return” Classical Music Festival has summed up the results

The 8th “Return” Classical Music Festival, held owing to the support of Armenia’s leading telecommunications operator VivaCell-MTS, has become a unique cultural event for the Armenian audience and the foreign guests of the capital

BBC Music Magazine

Vasily Petrenko extends Oslo Philharmonic stay

In a year of major maestro moves from one orchestra to another, conductor Vasily Petrenko has bucked the trend by extending his contract with the Oslo Philharmonic until at least 2020

Classic FM

Double bassist ‘heartbroken’ after his instrument was mercilessly battered during a flight

Double bassist Colin Corner was flying from Atlanta with Southwest Airlines to play a concert in Rochester. His instrument did not have a good flight

Crescendo

Gustav Kuhn ist “Künstler des Jahres” in China

Gustav Kuhn ist für seine musikalischen Dienste in China mit einem der renommiertesten Auszeichnungen der chinesischen Musikszene ausgezeichnet worden

Pizzicato

Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt erhält Beethoven-Ring 2015

Der Beethoven-Ring 2015 geht an den Cellisten Nicolas Altstaedt. Das teilte der Vorsitzende der ‘Bürger für Beethoven’, Stephan Eisel mit

Klassik.com

Maler und Komponist Ernst Fuchs gestorben

Der österreichische Künstler Ernst Fuchs war vor allem als Maler und Mitbegründer der “Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus” bekannt. Gleichzeitig war er als Komponist, Bühnenbildner, Grafiker, Bildhauer, Architekt, Autor und Philosoph tätig, weshalb er auch als “Universalkünstler” bezeichnet wurde

El Pais

La picadura de Ludovico Einaudi

Una picadura llevó a otra y así nació Taranta Project, obra reciente del prolífico y versátil pianista y compositor Ludovico Einaudi

Scherzo

Forma Antiqva en el Teatro Real

Forma Antiqva vuelve al mundo de la ópera durante el mes de diciembre, nada menos que en el Teatro Real de Madrid. Los hermanos Zapico se unen a un ensemble de la JORCAM para interpretar, bajo la dirección de Aarón Zapico

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BBC Radio 3:@BBCRadio3  If this is the image of Baroque grandeur, Bach’s overture would certainly be the soundtrack #EssentialClassics

Record Label A&R:@recordlabel_ar Prominent publishing company is looking for talented artists for publishing representation #musicpublishing http://bit.ly/1Ngezos

Royal College Music:@RCMLatest Thrilled to welcome back RCM alumna Alina Ibragimova, star of the 2015 @bbcproms, for a #violin masterclass today http://bit.ly/1WoI3s5

Vasily Petrenko BBC Music Magazine

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(Written on November 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.

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Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

klassik.com

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.

MUSIK HEUTE

Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.

Twitter

London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on June 12, 2015 )