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This evening, the Hong Kong Music Series begins with an inaugural concert celebrating the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music at St. John’s Smith Square. This is just the first in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Involving over 70 musicians and creatives from Hong Kong, five concerts will be performed in prestigious venues across central London. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has overseen the organisation of this music series, and they are keen to share the talent and skill of their home musicians with the UK.

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

WildKat PR assisted with a creative campaign day on London’s South Bank to promote the concert series, and engage the public with some of Hong Kong’s more traditional music. The day involved live music performances from a local Chinese music ensemble, traditional ‘bubble’ waffles, and a social media competition to win £100 vouchers from one of the Hong Kong Music Series’ main sponsors, Dorsett Hotels . Many passers-by paused to listen to the beautiful sounds of the ehru, guzheng and pipa, having never heard or seen anything like it before! As our team handed out leaflets advertising the concerts in the music series and chatting to people interested in the music and delicious, sweet smells from the bubble waffle stall, we were confident that the Hong Kong Music Series would be a success. 

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

The upcoming VIP reception on the 7th of July will see the Hong Kong Arts Development team welcoming esteemed guests from Hong Kong and London to meet the performers of Music Interflow – A Dialogue of Two Cultures. The reception will also feature speeches, anticipating the excitement of the upcoming concerts with their diverse musical genres, ranging from classical music, Chinese music theatre, contemporary music and opera. This first concert will represent both the Chinese and British cultural heritage with a repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Furthermore, the concert will mark the important anniversary of a momentous historical event in the annals of Hong Kong citizens’ close relationship with the British people.

Other intriguing concerts include Beyond the Senses, atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai which runs for one show only on the 15th of July at London’s Shaw Theatre. Law Wing-fai is one of Hong Kong’s leading composers, using the contemporary theatre as a means of expression, revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments, poetry, songs, music, dance and visual elements to create an Oriental and reflective atmosphere in this production.

We can’t wait to get started, don’t forget to let us know if you’re at any of the concerts! Click here to find out more about the Hong Kong Music Series.

Click here to follow the HK Music Series on Twitter and here to follow on Facebook.

(Written on July 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Salomon Prize for Lennox Mackenzie, students at George Mason University in Virginia, US have created a 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera to play the violin. The “Solistes Européens Luxembourg” program for 17/18, the Hamburger Staatsoper grants Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche honorary membership, and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra announces PRYSM Festival Concert. Utah Symphony supports haitian musicians.

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LSO violinist Lennox Mackenzie receives RPS/ABO Salomon Prize

Lennox Mackenzie, sub-leader and former chair of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society/Association of British Orchestras Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians.

The Strad

University students create 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old girl to play the violin

Undergraduate students at George Mason University in Virginia, US have created a 3D-printed arm to allow 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera to play the violin.

Stratford Observer

Library card holders can access millions of classical music tracks

Classical music fans in Warwickshire now have access to all their favourite composers thanks to the county’s library service.

The Telegraph

London theatre: the best plays and shows on now

From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Motown the Musical, this is our regularly updated guide to the best shows in the West End and beyond

Klassik.com

Kein Neubau als Ausweichquartier für Stuttgarter Oper

Suche nach Interimsspielstätte während der Opernsanierung geht weiter

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Hamburgische Staatsoper verleiht Ehrenmitgliedschaft an Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche

In Anerkennung seiner großen Verdienste um die Hamburgische Staatsoper wurde Herr Wolf-Jürgen Wünsche am vergangenen Sonnabend zum Ehrenmitglied ernannt.

Broadwayworld

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Announces PRYSM Festival Concert, 5/13

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM-YA (PRYSM Young Artists) ensembles will showcase their talents at the 10th Annual PRYSM Festival Concert on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Pizzicato

SEL 2017/18: Von der Guzheng zum Alphorn

Die ‘Solistes Européens Luxembourg’ haben ihre Saison 2017/18 vorgestellt, und Chefdirigent Christoph König hat einmal mehr ganz fein ausgeklügelte Programme konzipiert.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS payout grew 11% IN 2016 – but costs rose 14.6% TO TOP £80M

UK collection society PRS For Music celebrated a record year in 2016, with net payouts to its songwriter members rising above £500m for the first time in history.

Desert News

How Utah Symphony is improving the lives of young Haitian musicians

Music education is not something that young musicians in Haiti take for granted.

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28 Young talent blooms at St John’s Smith Square

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(Written on April 25, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

In today’s news: a work by Thomas Tallis that is performed by Alamire, and Techstars Music reveal its inaugural class of startups. Also, an obituary to conductor Stanlisław Skrowaczewski, a portrait of Chinese pianist Ran Jia, and will Cologne’s opera meet the deadline for its planned opening date? The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine which performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Classical Music Magazine

Tallis work to receive first performance in over 450 years

Alamire is to perform a work by Thomas Tallis which has not been heard for over 450 years as part of its concert at St John’s Smith Square on 14 April.

Manchester News

Should Manchester have a music museum? How to get tickets for the Manchester Music Legacies Centre debate

Industry experts want your ideas on how to celebrate Manchester’s music scene.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zum Tod von Stanlisław Skrowaczewski- Ein Leben mit Bruckner

Lange hat es gedauert, bis Stanlisław Skrowaczewski auch in Europa als großer Dirigent anerkannt war. Jetzt ist er mit 93 Jahren in den USA gestorben, die ihm zur Heimat geworden waren

klassik.com

Oper Köln: Weitere Verzögerung der Wiedereröffnung?

Die Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper nach der seit mehreren Jahren stattfindenden Sanierung könnte sich weiter verzögern

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Das Herz auf dem Tisch

Ihre große Liebe hat die Pianistin Ran Jia schon sehr früh entdeckt: Franz Schubert. Seinetwegen zog sie sogar nach Europa.

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Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine to Perform at Mayo Center This February

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The New York Times

A Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera, Seen in a New Light

When you make art about current events, there’s a catch: Events change.

Forbes

Techstars Music Reveals Inaugural Class Of 11 Startups

Techstars Music revealed the inaugural class of startups for its brand-new program.

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Music History @today_classical in 1903 Death of German composer and Friedrich

Classic FM @ClassicFM Check out the for all the best classical music, as voted for by you! Join now

 

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

(Written on February 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Sacconi Quartet performs at Bromsgrove’s Artrix next Friday, Charles Owen becomes Steinway UK ambassador, and Reignwood becomes LSO principal partner. Also, St John’s Smith Square announces Christmas festival programme, and NDR Elbphilharmonie sells affordable tickets.

Bromsgrove Standard

Sacconi Quartet to give Bromsgrove classical music fans a treat at Artrix

Classical music fans will be in for a treat when award-winning chamber music ensemble Sacconi Quartet performs at Bromsgrove’s Artrix next Friday (October 7).

Classical Music Magazine

Charles Owen becomes Steinway UK ambassador

Steinway & Sons has appointed Charles Owen as its first UK ambassador. The new role will see Owen lead three masterclasses at Steinway Hall.

Reignwood becomes LSO principal partner

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced a new principal partnership with Chinese investment firm Reignwood for the next three years. Building on the company’s existing sponsorship, the partnership will run until 2019.

SJSS announces Christmas festival programme

St John’s Smith Square has announced the programme for its 31st annual Christmas festival, which will take place 9-23 December. The event will launch with a concert from the Choir of King’s College London, featuring Tavener’s Ikon of the Nativity and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil.

Quad-City Times

City of jazz, blues fests gets 1 devoted to classical music

Organizers say the six-day festival that starts Wednesday in Chicago will feature more than 80 composers, 300 musicians and over 50 world premieres at venues city-wide.

The Violin Channel

Founding Violinist to Exit Poland’s Szymanowski String Quartet

The Hannover-based Szymanowski String Quartet has announced today that co-founder and long standing 1st violinist Grzegorz Kotow will leave the ensemble, effective immediately – after more than 2 decades with the group.

Broadwayworld

The Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents Two BAC Salon Concerts this November

BAC Salon is a series of concerts presented in a salon setting, without a division between stage and auditorium. This series takes music written for intimate spaces, jazz and classical alike, back to its natural setting.

RBB Kulturradio

Ticketverkauf für die “Konzerte für Hamburg” hat begonnen

Die rund 60.000 Karten für die einstündigen Konzerte in der neuen Elbphilharmonie sollen für jedermann erschwinglich sein und sind daher schon für 6, 12 bzw. 18 Euro erhältlich.

klassik.com

Brandenburger Symphoniker wollen ihren Chefdirigenten behalten

Das Orchester des Brandenburger Theaters macht sich dafür stark, weiterhin mit seinem bisherigen Chefdirigenten Peter Gülke zusammenzuarbeiten. Geschäftsführer Klaus Deschner wolle dagegen die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Dirigenten nicht fortsetzen.

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Kraftwerk-Mitglied lehrt künftig an Musikhochschule

Falk Grieffenhagen (47), Mitglied der legendären Elektropop-Band Kraftwerk, lehrt ab dem Wintersemester das Fach Visual Music an der Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

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Sacconi Quartet. Photo: Sacconi Quartet @ Bromsgrove Standard

(Written on October 5, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Noa Wildschut, female Dutch violinist, signs to Warner Classics at the age of 15 and Raymond Harvey is to step down from being Kalamazoo’s Symphony Orchestra’s music director. Also, This year’s Open House London weekend will include a 24-hour music marathon at St John’s Smith Square, featuring performance, open rehearsal and workshops.

The New York Times

The Philharmonic Accompanies ‘Manhattan,’ Just as It Did in 1979

PLENTY of orchestras offer soundtrack karaoke these days, playing the scores of films live as they are screened. But there will be a twist when the New York Philharmonic strikes up the band this weekend for the lush Gershwin score of Woody Allen’s 1979 film, “Manhattan”: Since the Philharmonic recorded the original soundtrack, the performance it re-enacts will be its own.

The Strad

Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut signs to Warner Classics aged 15

The young musician will release her first all-Mozart album under the new agreement in 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

St John’s Smith Square stages 24-hour music marathon for Open House Weekend

This year’s Open House London weekend will include a 24-hour music marathon at St John’s Smith Square, featuring performance, open rehearsal and workshops starting at 10am on Saturday 17 September and ending at 10am on Sunday 18 September.

Michigan Radio

Longtime music director of Kalamazoo’s Symphony Orchestra is leaving

Raymond Harvey has become a familiar face in Kalamazoo. He’s been conducting the state’s third largest professional orchestra for 18 years.

York Region

Classical pianist Sarah Hagen bringing Splash of Culture to Newmarket Saturday

Pianist Sarah Hagen will curate a community showcase featuring local artists, Canadian indie-rock band The Fiscals and the musical theatre production Opera Luminata.

Carolina Coast Online

Better than New York? AMF brings classical music to county

Where and when can you experience classical music that can be better than New York City music and yet is still a fraction of the New York cost? The answer may surprise some, but it is right here in Carteret County. A local nonprofit organization, the American Music Festival has been providing classical music to Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina for the last 27 years.

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Kultur des Ankommens – Projekt in Dresden zu kultureller Vielfalt

Eine fremde Kultur erschließt sich für viele Menschen meist über die Kunst. In Dresden will ein Projekt nun auf kunstvolle Weise der Frage nachgehen, wie Migration eine Gesellschaft verändert.

Berliner Zeitung

Berlins Kultur braucht gut gemachte Ordnungspolitik

Sieht so ein Paradiesvogel aus? Als Tim Renner im April 2014 sein Amt als Staatssekretär für kulturelle Angelegenheiten antrat, verbreitete er sofort den Anschein, nicht wirklich dazuzugehören.

klassik.com

USA: National Medal of Arts für Komponist Philip Glass

Der Komponist Philip Glass wird mit der “National Medal for the Arts” der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ausgezeichnet. Zu den weiteren Preisträgern zählen unter anderem der Trompeter Wynton Marsalis, Filmproduzent Mel Brooks und Schauspieler Morgan Freeman.

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New York Times Music @nytimemusic A New Season for Reshuffled, Mature String Quartets https://t.co/KhPNNHzJfi

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Are you on board with @openhouselondon this weekend? Check out @StJohnsSmithSq #SJSSMarathon

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Another great #gramoawards this evening. Many thanks to our friends @GramophoneMag for hosting one of the industry’s crucial events

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Photo by: Bert Bial/New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives

(Written on September 16, 2016 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.

NBC DFW

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?

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SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

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Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

BR Klassik

Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.

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Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

Hello Stage @HelloStage_ Classical Music and Digital Media? Really? Let’s discuss on Thursday with :

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Photograph: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

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In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

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Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon, BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus and British composer and conductor Harry Rabinowitz has died aged 100. Also, the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States have been published and the safety precautions at the Bayreuther Festspiele are severely criticised by stage director of “Parsifal”, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus

The BBC has joined forces with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) to release an iWonder guide to tinnitus. Titled ‘How can I stop gigs and festivals ruining my hearing?’, the launch of the guide has been organised to coincide with the Glastonbury Festival.

St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon

St John’s Smith Square has opened registration for its 24-hour Music Marathon, which will begin at 10am on 17 September.

Classic FM

Harry Rabinowitz, TV and film composer and conductor, dies aged 100

Prolific musician was in demand for radio, films and TV, from Eurovision to Reilly, Ace of Spies. Rabinowitz’s family reported that he passed away at his house in France, just three months after his 100th birthday.

The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: meet the people behind the scenes at Glastonbury

Glastonbury, the mother of all festivals is upon us again. On TV and out front it may be all about Adele, Coldplay and the rest, but behind the scenes there are hosts of characters who work hard, some of them for most of the year, to ensure these few days of controlled mayhem go as smoothly and as pleasurably as possible.

The Strad

Cellist arrested in Moscow for ‘preventing pedestrian movement’

Cellist Semyon Lashkin was arrested in Moscow for performing in the street, he has reported on hisFacebook page. The Moscow Conservatory-trained musician was questioned by police and had his cello confiscated for ‘deliberately creating a crowd and preventing pedestrian movement’ in Nikolskaya Street, adjacent to Red Square.

The Times

Opera: Idomeneo at Garsington, Buckinghamshire

The orchestral thunderstorms raged in this powerful production of the young Mozart’s mythological opera seria.

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Jaap van Zweden, Best Paid Music Director In The States

Drew McManus’ website Adaptistration has published the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States

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2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Since the economic downturn, concertmaster compensation has failed to keep pace with executive and music director stakeholders and for the 2013/14 season, they were the only group to experience a decline in average compensation (-0.19 percent).

BR KLASSIK

Parsifal-Regisseur Laufenberg kritisiert Sicherheitskonzept

Die angespannte Weltpolitik wirft ihren Schatten auf den Grünen Hügel: Die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Bayreuther Festspiele werden verschärft. Die meisten Mitwirkenden nehmen es gelassen, doch von prominenter Seite kommt Kritik.

klassik.com

Staatstheater Wiesbaden freut sich über höhere Zuschüsse

Das Staatstheater Wiesbaden erhält Berichten der Frankfurter Rundschau zufolge bis zum Jahr 2019 höhere Zuschüsse als bislang. Darauf einigten sich die Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, das Land Hessen sowie der Kulturfonds Rhein-Main.

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1. Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb in Augsburg

Zum 15-jährigen Jubiläum des Studiengangs ‘Blasorchesterleitung’ des Leopold-Mozart-Zentrums (LMZ) der Universität Augsburg findet vom 2.-7.Juli  der 1. Internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb Augsburg statt.

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Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the memorial service for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will take place on 27 June, the rich music legacy of the Royal family & Anish Kapoor comments Wagner. Also, Juilliard-trained cellist embraces her immigrant story & the rise of the Traditional Cathedral Choir.

Classical Music Magazine

Memorial service for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

An official memorial for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who died on 14 March, will take place at St John’s Smith Square on 27 June.

Classical-music.com

Her Majesty’s Music

Throughout the centuries, monarchs have made their mark on our musical history. From royal commissions, including those for coronations (such as Handel’s Zadok the Priest, written for George II in 1727), weddings and funerals (including Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary), to works by monarchs themselves (Greensleeves, allegedly by Henry VIII), the royal families of the world have left us a rich musical legacy.

The Guardian

Anish Kapoor on Wagner: ‘He was antisemitic and I’m Jewish. Who cares?’

Anish Kapoor has been getting quite a bit of flak for designing the sets for a new production of Tristan and Isolde, Wagner’s great opera about two passionately deranged lovers. “Wagner was antisemitic and I’m Jewish,” he says. “And many of my Jewish relatives and friends say: ‘How can you?’ Honestly, in the end, one somehow has to put that aside.”

The Telegraph

Something to sing about: the rise of the cathedral girls’ choir

More than 20 years ago the Campaign for the Traditional Cathedral Choir (CTCC) warned that the “future of the English choirboy is increasingly in doubt”.

The Times

BP v the luvvies: the battle over Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor

So were they pushed or did they jump? The debate over fossil fuels and climate change has taken many twists, but one of the oddest must be the enormous significance it has suddenly acquired for the arts world. Besides being many other things, BP is Britain’s biggest corporate sponsor of the arts.

kitv.com

Juilliard-trained cellist embraces her own immigrant story

Juilliard-trained cellist Christine Lamprea saw one of her biggest dreams come true last month: She had her first performance ever in Colombia, the country her parents left almost 50 years ago.

Swindon Advertiser

Trailblazers bring pop-up orchestra challenge to Swindon

Musical trailblazers Shaun Buswell and Erik Nyberg are set to take their latest orchestra challenge on tour to ten different locations across England and Scotland, stopping off at Swindon on the way.

Classic FM

Kelsey Grammer: ‘I didn’t quite have the juice to become an opera singer’

He’s best known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane in the US sitcoms Cheers and Frasier , and as the voice of Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons , but Kelsey Grammer started out thinking he might become a singer.

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Zauberer der tiefen Töne

Er war eine verlässliche kreative Größe am Kontrabass, und zwar in Jazz-Konzerten und Aufnahmen wie Musical-Produktionen und Orchesterkonzerten: der Bassist Chris Lachotta.

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Pianistin Olga Scheps auf Platz eins der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Satie” von Olga Scheps ist direkt auf dem ersten Platz der deutschen Klassik-Charts eingestiegen.

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Aufbesserung der Haushaltslage durch Bratschen-Verkauf

Das Toronto Symphony Orchester sucht nach Möglichkeiten, um seine desolate Haushaltslage aufzubessern.

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Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Autumn Package booking opens to Friends at 9am online. Let us know if you need any help ^P

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(Written on June 9, 2016 )