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In today’s news: interview with Miriam Margolyes, more young talent for the Salzburg Festival and listen to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Aleksandra Markovic announced as the new director of Opera North. ‘Paris – a celebration of life’ is the motto of the new ‘classic con brio festival’. Wagner-Tenor Manfred Jung dies aged 76, and Ingo Metzmacher conducts ‘Lady Macbeth of Mzensk’ at the Vienna Opera. Larry Rachleff conducts in his last concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, and after coming out – a russian violinist’s new reality.

Telegraph

Miriam Margolyes interview: ‘It’s good to shock, it shakes people up a bit’ 

Actress Miriam Margolyes is famous for being outspoken – but even so, she still manages to take Chris Harvey by surprise

Rhinegold

Salzburg Festival doubles number of youth subscriptions

The Salzburg Festival is to double the number of youth subscriptions in 2017 as a result of high demand.

Classic FM

A detailed guide to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto

Pianist Simon Trpčeski is performing this Romantic colossus at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Ahead of his performance, we asked him to talk us through the great work.

The Violin Channel

Yumi Saiki – ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Last month’s world premiere performance of acclaimed Japanese composer Yumi Saiki’s ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Concerti

Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben

„Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben“ lautet das Motto des diesjährigen „classic con brio“-Festivals des Schlossverein Osnabrück e.V., in Anlehnung an das gleichnamige Buch von Ernest Hemingway, der darin liebevoll das Paris der Zwanzigerjahre als Rückzugsort vieler Künstler und Literaten beschreibt.

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Manfred Jung ist tot

Jung war für seine Wagner Rollen bekannt, weil er als einer der wenigen alle Tenorpartien in Richard Wagners “Ring des Nibelungen” gesungen hatte.

Klassik heute

Ingo Metzmacher leitet “Lady Macbeth von Mzensk” an der Wiener Staatsoper

Schostakowitschs Lady Macbeth von Mzensk steht ab Samstag, 22. April 2017 wieder auf dem Spielplan der Wiener Staatsoper.

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After coming out as gay, a russian violinist’s new reality

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

Broadwayworld

Larry Rachleff conducts final concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, 5/6

Larry Rachleff’s final concert as Music Director with the RI Philharmonic on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm is almost sold out.

South China Morning Post

How jazz borrowed improvisation from classical music, and pianist Gabriela Montero who’s on a mission to take it back

Ahead of her concert in Hong Kong, musician talks about spontaneous composition, how jazz took it up in the 20th century, and her mission to bring it back into classical music

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Aleksandra Markovic Resigns As Music Director Of Opera North

Richard Mantle, General Director of the Leeds based Opera North, has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Serbian conductor Aleksandar Markovic, 41, as the Company’s Music Director, a position he took up in September 2016.

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(Written on April 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Beethoven’s manuscript is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, however the authenticity of the manuscript is being disputed between an academic based in University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Director of books and manuscripts. German ensemble, The Vision String Quartet, won the first prize of Geneva International String Quartet Competition 2016 in Switzerland. Also, pianist Menahem Pressler played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 595 with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 92.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical music experts out of tune over Beethoven manuscript

A bad-tempered row erupted in the world of classical music after experts clashed over the authenticity of a Beethoven manuscript that is up for auction.

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins Geneva Competition

The Vision String Quartet from Germany has won first prize, worth CHF 20,000 ($19,700), at the Geneva International String Quartet Competition in Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Music’s head of strings responds to criticism from violinist Nigel Kennedy

The British violinist accused music colleges of producing ‘factory lines’ of pianists and violinists

CMUSE

92-year-old pianist plays Mozart concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra

92-year-old Menahem Pressler was guest soloist last week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

Choir and Organ Magazine

London Concord Singers mark 50th anniversary

The London Concord Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert under new musical director Jessica Norton.

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Lloyd Webber presents cello highlights of BBC archive

Julian Lloyd Webber will highlight some the best cello performances in the BBC Archive in a new BBC Four programme.

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Streit um Dresdner Kulturpalast – Intendant verärgert

Wenige Monate vor der Wiedereröffnung des Dresdner Kulturpalastes gibt es Streit über die Kosten der Bespielung. Nach Philharmonie-Chefdirigent Michael Sanderling reagierte am Montag auch Musikfestspiel-Intendant Jan Vogler verärgert auf die in der vergangenen Woche überraschend vom Stadtrat beschlossene Budgetkürzung für die beiden städtischen Institutionen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Valery Gergiev muss Konzerte absagen

Der russische Dirigent muss wegen einer Knieoperation mehrere Konzerte absagen. Bereits bei einem Auftritt in Bern musste Gergiev aufgrund einer Meniskusverletzung Teile des Konzerts im Sitzen dirigieren. Im Anschluß wurden weitere Konzerte in Belgien und Luxemburg abgesagt. Gleiches gilt für Auftritte mit dem London Symphony Orchestra, bei denen nun Thomas Sondergard für Gergiev einspringt.

Musik Heute

Jana Baumeister gewinnt Bundeswettbewerb Gesang

Die Sopranistin Jana Baumeister hat den diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerb Gesang gewonnen. Die 28-Jährige erhielt den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis und den Sonderpreis der Leipziger Bach-Stiftung für Konzertengagements.

Klassik Heute

Hamburg kürt Deutschlands innovativste Gründung in der Musikwirtschaft

Sechs deutsche Gründerteams wetteifern beim Music WorX Day am 30. November 2016 um den Förderpreis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg für junge, innovative Unternehmen aus der Musikwirtschaft. Die Gründer und Gründerinnen präsentieren ihre Geschäftsideen vor einem Fachpublikum – das beste Team erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Jurypreis.

Twitter

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The 50 greatest Schubert recordings – part 3 – Gramophone http://dlvr.it/MmGQkJ

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A Londoner through and through! Fancy a stroll around Handel’s home town? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-ar…

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(Written on November 29, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are working with Ailie Robertson. Ailie is a composer, arranger, and harpist whose styles traverse the boundaries between folk, classical, and even jazz.

All of Ailie’s six recordings to date have focused on her folk influences. For her upcoming single release, however, Ailie has turned her attention to classical composition, in a work scored for string quartet and harp. Haven takes its inspiration from the Scottish ‘keening’ tradition, a type of vocal lament.

As a composer, Ailie has won numerous awards, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Composition Prize, The Sofia International Composition Competition, and was runner-up in the 14th International Oslo Grieg Competition. She has received commissions from some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions including the BBC, Creative Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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WildKat PR is looking forward to working with Ailie as she explores new directions for her music.

(Written on October 4, 2016 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Colorado Symphony introduces its new Music Director, Polish instrument-maker created a music instrument dreamt by Leonardo da Vinci. Also, ARD Music Competition 2016 announced the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Symphony Introduces New Music Director Brett Mitchell

Conductor Brett Mitchell, the 37-year-old associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, will be the next maestro to lead the Colorado Symphony.

Classic FM

Leonardo da Vinci’s forgotten musical invention – and it sounds incredible

The viola organista was dreamt up by Leonardo da Vinci but until recently it had never been built. Now, a Polish instrument-maker has painstakingly created the first ever example and it sounds remarkable.

International Arts Manager

Generation of young musicians celebrate Armenia’s Independence Day

Hundreds of young musicians from across Armenia will come together this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Strad

ARD International Music Competition 2016 names double bass and string quartet winners

The 65th annual ARD International Music Competition, which took place in Munich, Germany from 29 August to 10 September 2016, has named the winners of its double bass, string quartet, harp and horn sections.

WQXR

How to Get Kids to Fall (and Stay) in Love with Music

As school swings back into session — and along with it music lessons for a number of students — WQXR spoke to Brooklyn Youth Chorus founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker about how to get kids to love music.

Aftenposten

Ragnar Bjerkreim: Håpets komponist i en urolig tid

Bjerkreim dyrker det melodiøse, vakre og sakrale på sitt nye album, som gir et sug av velbehag.

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Berliner Staatsballett gegen Sasha Waltz als neue Intendantin

Gegen die Ernennung von Sasha Waltz an der Spitze des Berliner Staatsballetts gehen die Tänzer der Compagnie auf die Barrikaden. Sie vermuten ein Wahlkampfmanöver des Regierenden Bürgermeisters.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Warum Oper und Theater in der Innenstadt bleiben müssen

Frankfurts Oper und Schauspiel sind ein architektonisches Juwel der sechziger Jahre. Aber sie sind auch ein Sanierungsfall. Nun muss die Stadt alle Szenarien durchspielen – bis hin zum Neubau.

RBB Kulturradio

Endgültiger Freispruch für Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say kann aufatmen. Seit einigen Jahren wird er in der Türkei wegen angeblich spöttischer Äußerungen zum Islam juristisch verfolgt.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Religious fervour: La Fura dels Baus dramatic interpretation of Bellini’s Norma at Covent Garden http://bit.ly/2cTHmWu #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The room where Abbado died is now a bed-and-breakfast http://dlvr.it/MF2VBQ #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic The pianist who completed Bach’s final fugue http://dlvr.it/MDcqqy #ClassicalMusic

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Conductor Brett Mitchell, next Music Director of Colorado Symphony (Photograph: Colorado Symphony)

(Written on September 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Nicola Luisotti announces that he will leave San Francisco Opera, 19th century violin stolen after bomb evacuation and new luxury train in Ireland offers music entertainment. Also, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces its new season ‘Revolution’ and a rare Stradivarius is recorded for the first time.

KQED Arts

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti Leaving Post

Nicola Luisotti, music director for the San Francisco Opera (SF Opera) since 2009, announced Wednesday that he would be leaving the opera company after the 2017-2018 season, when his contract expires.

Stanford News

Stanford launches its first free online course in classical music appreciation

A new, free Stanford Online class that explores the early evolution of the string quartet and features classical music and commentary is now open for enrollment.

EveningStandard

This is how to get free piano lessons at St Pancras station

A top London pianist is to give free lessons on the public pianos in St Pancras station as she tries to spark a passion for music in children.

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Bagshot musician ‘devastated’ after thieves stole sentimental 19th century violin

Sam Young is desperately trying to trace the instrument, which was a family heirloom, after thieves broke into his girlfriend’s car last weekend.

The Strad

Violinists and cellists to receive 2016 Tarisio Trust grants

Online instrument and bow auction house Tarisio has announced four of the recipients of its 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artists Grants.

The Irish Times

Ireland’s new luxury train will have fiddling, flutes and fairy tales

The Irish Times got a sneak peek at the progress of work on Ireland’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian.

BBC News

Music News LIVE:Michael Buble vocal chord surgery

Michael Buble is taking a break from singing to have surgery on his vocal cords, cancelling two big upcoming events so he’s got time to “rest and recover”.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces 2016/17 season

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016/17 season is themed ‘Revolution’. The theme encompasses landmark works by Bach, Berlioz, Stravinsky and The Beatles, as well as a Beethoven symphony cycle from chief conductor Vasily Petrenko.

Rare Stradivarius recorded for the first time

The rare 1725 ‘Chevillard King of Portugal’ Stradivarius cello will be heard on disc for the first time this month.

The Times

Mark Wigglesworth: ‘I experienced the classic emotions: sadness, anger, denial’

There is a faint smell of burning in Mark Wigglesworth’s flat, five floors up from one of the tiny alleys that criss-cross the district between Drury Lane and Leicester Square. The source of the odour isn’t a bridge being burnt, although one might imagine it, as the music director of English National Opera breaks his two-month silence on the subject of his resignation.

musikmarkt

Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Verlosung lockt bereits 100.000 Teilnehmer

Nach zehn Jahren Bauzeit und fast 800 Millionen Euro Kosten wird am 11. und 12. Januar 2017 die Elbphilharmonie in Betrieb genommen. Die Betreiber verlosen insgesamt 900 Freikarten für die beiden Eröffnungskonzerte – was auf eine riesige Resonanz stößt.

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Kein Platz für Vielfalt – VUT kritisiert öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk

Der Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen e. V. (VUT) äußert scharfe Kritik an den öffentlich-rechtlichen Radiosendern in Deutschland.

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Patrick Lange wird Generalmusikdirektor in Wiesbaden

Der 1981 geborene deutsche Dirigent Patrick Lange wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor  am Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

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BR-Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Kommentar zur Krise am : Das erste “Blaulicht-Theater” Deutschlands http://bit.ly/1rVSY1B

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd #Conductor Nicholas Cleobury on venturing into a ‘rewarding, exciting but difficult profession’ http://bit.ly/1XBGgRG

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti Leaving Post. Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti Leaving Post. Photo credit: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

(Written on May 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rolf Hind examines whether a composer’s sexual identity can influence their music, and The Telegraph asks, ‘are the Proms becoming too safe?’ Also, The Guardian reports that a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner joined Union Jack flags at the Last Night of the Proms.

The Guardian

Queer pitch: is there such a thing?

Does a composer’s sexual identity influence their music? Rolf Hind examines what it means to be a queer composer

The Times

The magnificent seven: the greatest opera superstars of all time

In our celebrity-obsessed age, classical musicians rarely make it into the gossip columns. However, it was opera singers who invented the concept of modern celebrity

The Telegraph

Are the Proms becoming too safe?

As the 121st season of Promenade Concerts draws to a close, Ivan Hewett looks back on a high-quality season of surprising novelties, dependable delights and the odd turkey, but one that lacked the pioneering spirit of the past

Classic FM

There was a massive traffic jam on the M5 – but a string quartet performed Pachelbel’s Canon and made it all better

Hundreds of travellers were brought to a standstill on one of the UK’s busiest motorways this weekend – because a horse was on the loose. But then a string quartet appeared and played Pachelbel

The Guardian

‘Refugees Welcome’ banner steals show at Last Night of the Proms

Sign joins Union Jacks at Royal Albert Hall hours after tens of thousands of people stage solidarity march in London

Die Welt

“Immer frage ich mich: Wie kann ich nützlich sein?”

Yo-Yo Ma ist der beste Cellist der Welt. Spezialistentum mag er dennoch nicht. Ein Gespräch über das Verhältnis zu seiner liebsten Klavierpartnerin, den Neid auf Yuja Wang und seine Beziehung zu China.

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TTIP und Kultur – Rede des Präsidenten des Deutschen Kulturrates Christian Höppner

Am Tag der kulturellen Vielfalt 21.05.2015 fanden in den Räumen des Deutschen Kulturrates in Berlin mehrere Informations- und Diskussionsrunden zum Thema, wie TTIP auf die den Kulturbereich einwirkt statt.

Klassik.com

Lucerne Festival meldet Auslastung von 90 Prozent

Die Sommerausgabe des Lucerne Festival ist in diesem Jahr bei insgesamt 78.600 Besuchern mit einer Auslastung von 90 Prozent zu Ende gegangen. Damit liegt das Ergebnis leicht unter dem des Vorjahres mit 80.000 Besuchern, die dem Veranstalter eine Auslastung von 95 Prozent beschert hatten.

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.

WQXR

New York Orchestra Cancels Season Opener Amid Labor Dispute

The Binghamton Philharmonic, a central New York orchestra that draws many of its musicians from the New York City area, has cancelled its Sept. 26 opening concert because of a labor dispute.

Twitter

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva wins @leedspiano 2015: http://bit.ly/1VX5OWV 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : Your challenge this wk: beat yr friends/colleagues in our @ABRSM-inspired Grade 5 theory quiz! http://bit.ly/1Qqg4UC 

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms Two minutes of MONDAY THERAPY. A Schubert jewel from @fxrroth and the SWR Symphony Orchestra: http://bbc.in/1LE8wvN 

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Jonas Kaufmann performs Puccini arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

(Written on September 14, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Tansy Davies

From Monteverdi to Ligeti, via Prince, Carla Bley and Stockhausen – the composer whose Re-greening is premiered this week by the NYO – reveals her musical passions

Greenpeace performs Arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

Activists hand workers copies of the music and encourage them to help the oil company ‘avert disaster’ on plans to drill for oil under ice cap

Classical Music Magazine

Violinist wins appeal against border fine

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki is to have more than CA$100k (£48,895) returned to him after winning an appeal against the Canada Border Services Agency.

ONL marks 40th anniversary with RAVENNA

The Orchestre National de Lille (ONL) used a full RAVENNA digital networking setup for its 40th anniversary concert: the first time that the technology had been used at a live event of this scale.

BBC News

Music in the operating room off-putting, study suggests

Playing music in the operating theatre can be disruptive and surgeons should think twice about pressing the play button, according to a small study.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zusammen sind wir Beethoven

Am Donnerstag beginnt Young Euro Classic. Spezialität des Berliner Jugendorchesterfestivals sind multinationale Ensembles – so auch das neu gegründete Friedensorchester.

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Nach 33.000 im Vorjahr wurden insgesamt 30.000 Eintrittskarten verkauft

Verbier Festival mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

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Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden bekommt neuen Intendant

Der Schweizer Peter Theiler wird Intendant der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden

El País

El piano asiático impone su ley

Dos japoneses, dos coreanos, un chico y un español esperan ganar el Concurso Paloma O’Shea, cuyo veredicto se anuncia hoy en Santander

The New York Times

An old songbook could put ‚Happy Birthday‘ in the public domain

Yet ‚Happy Birthday to you‘, far from being as free as a piece of cake at a party, is actually considered private property.

Twitter

Classic FM: This is what Mozart’s own violin actually sounds like:

The Royal Opera: ‘Don’t expect harmonies…’ previews his new avant-garde opera : ^C

Sinfini Music: ‘In many ways, Hildegard von Bingen was the first feminist icon.’ ‘s picks her :

(Written on August 5, 2015 )

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 )

Composer Jorge Grundman will shortly be releasing his first CD on the Chandos record label, and WildKat PR is delighted to be offering PR services in both the UK and USA for this release. This is Jorge’s second CD and features the Brodsky Quartet performing his work “The Resurrection of Christ”.

Jorge explains in the CD notes that the work “was conceived for a concert programme to succeed Haydn’s so-called Musica instrumentale sopra le 7 ultime parole del nostro Redentore in croce, ossiano 7 sonate con un’introduzione ed al fine un terremoto (Instrumental Music on the Seven Last Words of Our Saviour from the Cross, or Seven Sonatas with an Introduction and, to Conclude, an Earthquake) during Easter Week in 2013.”

“I have always wondered why, during Holy Week, so many works are programmed about the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ and not of his Resurrection, particularly when St Paul saw it as the basis for the foundation of the Christian faith.”

Also appearing alongside the Brodksy Quartet for this release is soprano Susana Cordón.

Jorge Grundman Chandos CD

(Written on April 29, 2014 )

Kickstart your funding! Current crowdfunded projects.

In an article on Forbes telling ‘How to Crowdfund $50,000 In Your Spare Time’, it is concluded that ‘if you do it right, a successful crowdfunding campaign can help launch your idea to the world’, something which has inspired numerous creative projects around the globe to turn to the general public for the funds they need to get a campaign off the ground.

WildKat PR Director, Kat Alder gives this advice: ‘Know the people you are targeting and know your audience demographic well, you can then appeal to them in the rewards on your crowdfunding page – it’s a fantastic benefit to Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and the rest, that you can give back to those supporting you!’

A few WildKat PR clients are currently using this great initiative for their upcoming projects:

Brooklyn Rider‘s new Kickstarter campaign has a fundraising target of $40,000, which will enable the group to produce a diverse body of work directly related to fifteen new pieces commissioned from musicians operating outside of the classical world (including Deerhoof’s drummer, Greg Saunier, Padma Newsome of Clogs, and Glenn Kotche from Grammy Award-winner Wilco). Each composer was asked to capture the spirit of a personally influential artistic figure, active within the last 50 years, in their music – these range from Igor Stravinsky to John Steinbeck or James Brown. Once funded, Brooklyn Rider will release the new works throughout the 2014-15 season, via YouTube, social media, their website and Kickstarter. The culmination will be an exciting, interactive coffee table book.

For donations between $1 and $10,000 contributors will receive anything from heartfelt thanks, a copy of the Almanac CD, T-shirts, limited edition “Brooklyn Rider Almanac” coffee beans, to a private concert in your front room! Brooklyn Rider’s last Kickstarter campaign, back in 2012, raised $50,565. Well over their $30,000 goal!

Crowdfunding is even seeping its way into the world of music education. A very special upcoming performance by In Harmony Telford and Stoke at the Incorporated Society of Musicians conference this April is being supported through IndieGoGo.

The campaign will give 70 young musicians the opportunity to premiere a new piece of music by the rising-star composer Kirsty Devaney. The piece by the 23-year-old composer is being written especially for the young people of In Harmony and will receive its world premiere performance at a special concert in Birmingham on April 16th.

Their fantastic range of rewards includes: exclusive access to a video recording of the world premiere performance, a ticket to see the premiere live in concert, a credit as a supporter within the score of the new piece as well as the opportunity to solely support a specific section of the orchestra.

The project has a goal of just £5000, support this great initiative here.

Follow Brooklyn Rider on Facebook and Twitter, follow In Harmony Telford and Stoke on Facebook and Twitter also.

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Brooklyn Rider

In Harmony Telford and Stoke

In Harmony Telford and Stoke

(Written on March 27, 2014 )