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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.

BR Klassik

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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the Children’s orchestra in Dundee

(Written on September 8, 2017 )

WildKat PR is extremely excited to be working with the Sacconi Quartet, a string quartet who are consistently recognised for communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. The quartet aims to create truly immersive chamber music experiences that draw the audience into the music in a way never seen or heard before.

The Sacconi Quartet’s latest project, HEARTFELT, does just this. Audience members will hold robotic, wired hearts and will be able to feel the heartbeat of one of the players and so follow the same highs and lows as the musicians during the performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op, 132. It promises to be a uniquely interactive performance. This information will then be transformed in real time into a lighting display that is exclusive to that performance. The robotics and lighting are all made possible by: Silas Adekunle of Reach Robotics, responsible for the initial robotics concept; robotic and system designers, development and manufacturers, Rusty Squid; and interactive lighting designer, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn. It will be premiered at the 2015 Spitalfields Festival before being performed at Lichfield International Arts Festival and the Bristol Proms. The idea came about during the inaugural Bristol Proms in 2013 when the Sacconi Quartet spent two days with leaders in the technology and creative fields exploring how to make chamber music more immersive. With Arts Council funding, the result was HEARTFELT. Moments of darkness and a considered lighting design allow the focus of the performance to be on the music itself, with digital technology providing a way for audiences to engage with the music in a direct, physical way. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance.

Formed in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet are a firmly established and respected ensemble, passionate about repertoire for string quartet. They are the winners of various awards including the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, alongside two extra prizes at the same event. The Sacconi are the Quartet in Residence at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artists at the Bristol Old Vic. They are also regulars on the UK and European concert scene and have played at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna, to name but a few. Their 2014/15 season includes residencies at the Lichfield Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival alongside collaborations with Miloš Karadaglić, Ksenija Sidorova and Vertavo Quartet.

Keep up to date with news about the Sacconi Quartet, HEARTFELT and their other upcoming projects through their website, Twitter and Facebook.

Sacconi_Shot3-299Hv2_bw-landscape-credit-Emilie-Bailey The Sacconi Quartet. Photo: Emilie Bailey

(Written on April 22, 2015 )