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Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, guitarist Michael Poll is releasing his album “7-String Bach”  on 6 April 2018, and WildKat is delighted to be promoting this release in Germany.

Michael’s “Bach Project” brings Bach’s music to life here in the 21st century, fusing modern instrumental practice with historical techniques and doing it all on an instrument that is built specially for the job by American master luthier Robert Ruck.

Bach left manuscripts for two complete instrumental suites for Lute, the predecessor of the modern classical guitar, and for the Bach Project Michael has recorded them using state of the art technology in one of the world’s iconic recording studios: Abbey Road.

A seven string guitar is a special musical creature: the range of the modern guitar plus five notes taken from the double bass. This instrument makes it possible to play Bach’s music in its original register, as he heard it.

Classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll has performed across North America, South America, and Europe, including in Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the National Theatre of Panama. Active both as a performer and a conductor, Poll’s 2016-2017 season includes headline concerts for the Wilderness Festival with Yijia Zhang, the Bloomsbury festival as both guitarist and conductor, six engagements conducting the Goodensemble orchestra in London including a Gala Performance in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, and guitar recitals in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, London, Philadelphia, and New York. Poll’s collaborators have included pianists Stephan Ciric, David Malusa, John Fisher, and Jason Bae, tenor Peter Devoran, barritone Jake Muffett, and his brother conductor Edward Poll.

The CD, which will be released on Orchid Classics, is available from 6th April 2018.

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2018 )

Today, boutique online auction house, Beares Auctions launches its Moto Perpetuo platform. This perpetual online service adapts the traditional process of auctioning instruments, once or twice a year, to the fast-paced, 
technology- focused world. This exciting new project is set to completely modernise the auction industry.

The new process eliminates the restrictions of the confining consignment period, providing a 24/7 service and a constant selection of fine instruments and bows. Buyers are able to view auction items online, they can also drop in anytime to view and try them in person at J & 
A Beare.

Violins/ Beares Auction

Beares Auctions are the originators of ‘Buy Now’ in the fine instrument auction world and remain committed to providing the most accessible and up to date platforms for their sellers and buyers. Each spectacular instrument or bow is treated individually with its own auction period and individual rating 
system.

Furthermore, there is a new ratings system for each lot; instruments are judged by experts and consultants according to 
specified criteria and an innovative price guide for each lot, this includes past auction records and fair retail prices. Transparent and honest guidance also means that the buyer is aware of the true value of the item. Finally, Beares Auctions enjoys a relationship with instrument insight expert Peter Ratcliff who provides a dendrochronological service to accurately date and tell the story behind select instruments.

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Keep up to date with Beares Auctions’ news on their websiteTwitter and Facebook. View the first items up for auction here.

(Written on February 23, 2016 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with boutique auction house, Beares Auctions on an exciting new campaign.

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Beares Auctions is a boutique auction house specialising in the sale of fine instruments and bows, supported by internationally respected expertise. Beares Auctions complements the unrivalled traditions of  excellence and integrity for which the Queen’s Award winning J & A Beare is known throughout the world. Their auctions offer a limited number of high quality instruments and bows in varying price ranges, but will exclude the large numbers of trade and student instruments found in most other auctions. These instruments are offered at realistic market prices, traditionally associated with auctions. Both buyers and sellers will benefit from the services of the renowned J&A Beare workshop.

The auction house is initiating a really exciting new project that we are looking forward to sharing with you very soon!

Keep up to date with Beares Auctions’ news on their website, Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

(Written on February 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that PRS have announced 20 winning commissions for New Music Biennial and Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join RPS/YCAT mentoring scheme. Also, Boston Orchestra loans patrons iPads and applications open for Rhinegold Charity Fund

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation announces 20 winning commissions for New Music Biennial 2017

PRS for Music Foundation has announced the 20 commissions selected for the New Music Biennial 2017

ABCNews

Tech at the Symphony: Boston Orchestra Loaning Patrons iPads

A night at the symphony usually means silencing cellphones and mobile devices before the music starts. But as part of an effort to draw in a younger audience, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is loaning select patrons iPads loaded with content specific to each performance

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge mentoring scheme

Trumpeter Alison Balsom will mentor trombonist Peter Moore as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge mentoring scheme (PLMS)

Early Music Today

Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17

NMZ

Orchestervereinigung fordert Ende des Lohnverzichts

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat ein Ende des Lohnverzichts bei sächsischen Theatern und Orchestern verlangt

Der Tagesspiegel

Dirigent und Diener

Anmut und Präzision: Vasily Petrenko dirigiert das RSB – mit Tine Thing Helseth als Trompetensolistin

Pizzicato

Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2016 geht an…

Laura Telly Cambier und Lukhanyo Moyake sind die Gewinner des diesjährigen Emmerich Smola Förderpreises.

Le Monde

Laurent Bayle : « A la Philharmonie, il y a encore beaucoup à imaginer »

La Philharmonie de Paris aura traversé, non sans tapage, sa première année. Le 14 janvier 2015, quelques jours après les attentats à Paris et à Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), le bâtiment ouvrait ses portes en présence du président de la République, François Hollande

Le Parisien

Le centenaire du compositeur Henri Dutilleux célébré au-delà de la polémique

Le centième anniversaire de la naissance d’Henri Dutilleux, dont la musique à la fois moderne et très accessible a su conquérir un vaste public, devrait permettre de faire oublier la polémique née au printemps autour de la pose d’une plaque à Pari

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Royal Academy Music@RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to alumni duo Alexander Sitkovetsky (#Strings #violin) and Wu Qian (#Piano), @LincolnCenter Emerging Artist Award winners

BSO@BSOrchestra   I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://youtu.be/mBfx6sKnc0M?a  Interview with Jac van Steen – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Music History@today_classical  #Today in 1883 Birth of German #conductor Hermann #ABENDROTH #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on January 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Martyn Jackson is appointed first violin of the Allegri Quartet and Universal Music Group takes the first steps towards becoming a theatre maker. Also, Chetham’s School of Music appoints Alun Jones as it’s new head and Steven Isserlis discusses the complicated genius of Schumann

The Strad

Martyn Jackson named new Allegri Quartet first violinist

Martyn Jackson, former violinist with the Cavaleri Quartet, has been appointed first violin of the Allegri Quartet, replacing Ofer Falk

International Arts Manager

UMG takes steps to become theatre producer

Giant music label Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken its first steps towards becoming a theatre maker

Classical Music Magazine

Chetham’s appoints new head

Chetham’s School of Music has appointed Alun Jones as its new head

Gramophone

The complicated musical genius of Robert Schumann, by Steven Isserlis

Schumann remains one of the most misunderstood of all composers. Cellist and Schumann devotee Steven Isserlis peers behind the myths

Die Welt

CD-Krise? Welche CD-Krise?

Der britische Dirigent Antonio Pappano macht Musik auf allen Kanälen. Er erschrickt über die eigene virtuelle Überpräsenz. Ein Gespräch über fleißige Sänger und Oper als globales Kinoevent

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Arbeiterliedgut als Kulturelles Erbe

Die Lieder der deutschen Arbeiterbewegung stehen für eine politische und soziale Volkskultur. Eine Initiative aus Nordrhein-Westfalen hat sich der Bewahrung der Lied- und Singtradition der Arbeiterbewegung verschrieben.

nmz

Schostakowitsch-Preis geht an Dirigenten Gennadi Roszhdestvensky

Der russische Dirigent Gennadi Roszhdestvensky (84) bekommt den Preis der Internationalen Schostakowitsch Tage Gohrisch

Le Figaro

Pierre Boulez : ses obsèques auront lieu jeudi à Paris

Une cérémonie se déroulera le 14 janvier en l’église Saint-Sulpice pour rendre un ultime hommage à celui qui était bien plus qu’un compositeur et un chef d’orchestre

Twitter

Journalism.co.uk @journalismnews  As part of our new video series, we explore the responsibilities of a radio reporter. WATCH: https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/how-to-become-a-radio-reporter/s2/a599815/

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine …and, finally, this issue includes a reader survey about the mag, so you can tell us just how lovely/awful we are. #bbcmusicfebissue

British Council Arts@BritishArts  Watch this film to find out more about #CreativeEurope & the international projects it supports feat. @LIFTfestival: http://ow.ly/WGYLk

Martyn Jackson, new Allegri Quartet first violinist/ The Strad

Martyn Jackson, new Allegri Quartet first violinist/ The Strad

(Written on January 13, 2016 )

Today, the WildKat London office share our favourite symphonies.

Victoria: Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, composed 1788.

“It was one of the first symphonies I heard, it was also one of the first pieces of classical music to send a shiver down my spine!”

It is sometimes referred to as the “Great G minor symphony”, to distinguish it from the “Little G minor symphony”, No. 25. The two are the only minor key symphonies Mozart wrote. 

Fleur: Mahler’s  Symphony No. 4,  composed in 1899 and 1900.

“It was one of the first symphonies I performed at school so it has a special place in my heart – the beginning of the 3rd movement is epic and almost un-Mahler-like but still so clever.”

Symphony No. 4 is characterised as one of Mahler’s most accessible symphonies, being the shortest and most lightly scored, with less heavy brass and a smaller string section. The final movement is based on Mahler’s orchestral setting of the song ‘Das Himmlische Leben’, composed in 1892.


Ellie also chooses a Mahler Symphony, Symphony No. composed in 1901 and 1902.

Mahler completed this Symphony during one of the happiest periods of his life. During the winter prior to beginning the Fifth Symphony, Mahler had met Alma Schindler to whom he proposed in 1901. It is said that in the tender, lyrical Adagietto of the fourth movement, Mahler expresses his love for Alma.

Olivia: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. composed in 1808.

“The context of the music shines through very much and you can really feel Beethoven’s emotions. It’s more programme music – telling a story – and it’s perfect for new audiences.”

Last year, Orpheus Sinfonia presented Revolution: The Beethoven Effect which explored Beethoven’s symphonies and how they transformed our view of what a symphony is. Music from his symphonies was performed alongside images, and  readings of excerpts from his letters. The orchestra really delved into the details to make a fascinating event!

 Sarah: Janáček’s Sinfonietta, composed 1926.

Janáček dedicated the Sinfonietta to the “Czechoslovak Armed Forces”. He wanted it to express “contemporary free man, his spiritual beauty and joy, his strength, courage and determination to fight for victory.” The music depicts scenes from Janáček’s home city of Brno following the announcement of Czech independence. 

Amelia: Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, composed 1894-95.

This music tells the adventures of Till Eulenspiegel, a German peasant folk hero. In modern German, the name means “owl glass,” or “owl mir­ror,” however in the middle ages when the tales were collected, the name had a more sinister meaning as the owl was sometimes regarded as the devil’s bird. Eulenspiegel was a trickster and the music cleverly captures his mischief and roguishness. 

(Written on October 26, 2015 )

Enjoy this video of six of the world’s leading cellists playing some of the world’s greatest Stradivari cellos at Brompton’s Auctioneers’ Simply Strad event, at the Royal Academy of Music, in October 2013

(Written on October 5, 2015 )

In today’s news, The New York Times reveals that Pope Francis is to release an album, Yo Ma Ma talks about perfection for Strings, Classical Music Magazine reports that SLEEP holds record for longest live broadcast of a single title and an RPS report shows that music education is not being evenly delivered

The New York Times

Up Next from Pope Francis? An album, of course

Usually the tour comes after the album. For Pope Francis, however, it’s the other way around: He is scheduled to release an album, “Wake Up!,” on Nov. 27, following his whirlwind United States trip, during which he has been greeted by hundreds of thousands of well-wishers. The album features the pope’s speeches set to rock, pop, and Gregorian chants, and will raise money for a support fund for refugees.

Gramophone

Amazing Video: Andy Akiho’s ping pong concerto 

We’ve had concertos for piano, cello, violin, and even tuba. So it was only a matter of time until someone wrote a concerto for ping pong table, wasn’t it? Watch the clip below to enjoy some remarkable musicianship, and indeed athleticism

Classical Music Magazine

RPS launches Musical Routes report

A report into the provision of musical education for school-aged children and young people has concluded that the national strategy for music education is not being evenly delivered

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 breaks record with broadcast of SLEEP

Radio 3 now holds the world record titles for the longest broadcast of a single piece of music and the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music. Max Richter’s SLEEP was broadcast live from the Reading Room of the Wellcome Collection between midnight on 26 September and 8am on 27 September

Strings

Yo-Yo Ma on intonation, practice, and the role of music in our lives

The 60-year-old cellist is on a magic cello ride, and still striving for perfection

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South Bank London @southbanklondonOnly 2 Prosecco days left ! Check out pop-up bar!

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUKOur team are busy taking bookings for our Celebration of Music event (formerly Festival of St Cecilia). Tickets here

Today in Music @today_in_musicPlaylist a Day for 2015-09-28 thisdayinmusic.net/playlist/Septe featuring George Dyson, Jori Hulkkonen, Joseph Arthur, Lucky Millinder, Sam Medoff

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(Written on September 28, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, relive the London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square with photos in the Guardian. It was an all Shostakovich programme with Nicola Benedetti and Valery Gergiev. Also in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee urges the next Labour leader to increase the importance of the arts. Actor and musician, Johnny Flynn talks about composing for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and how it will be performed on period instruments. The Strad reports that violinist Julian Rachlin has been named the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s artist in residence.

The Guardian

The London Symphony Orchestra’s Trafalgar Square concert 2015: in pictures

On Sunday 17 May the London Symphony Orchestra performed in Trafalgar Square in the fourth of its annual open air concerts. Valery Gergiev conducted an all-Shostakovich programme, Nicola Benedetti also performed.

A tip for the next Labour leader – get yourself an interest outside politics

Michael Gove – and Nicky Morgan after him – downgraded arts education. But a rounded worldview is impossible without the influence of culture and creativity

The Independent

Johnny Flynn on composing for ‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare’s genius, and the charm of the nyckelharpa

Actor and musician Johnny Flynn’s music for ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe is on period instruments – they’re peculiar but pleasingly idiosyncratic, he tells Emily Jupp

The Strad

Violinist Julian Rachlin named Royal Liverpool Philharmonic artist in residence

The musician will perform as soloist and conductor, and in chamber concerts in November 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

Over 118,000 tickets were sold in the first 12 hours, a 9% increase on last year. Within the first hour of booking, more than 31,000 tickets were purchased online (over 10% more than in 2014).

BBC Music Magazine

Free Download: Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor

This week’s free download is Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor, as performed by Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea on their latest disc, out now on Avie.

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Württembergische Philharmonie streikt

»Wir machen lieber Musik als Warnstreik«, rief Geiger Rainer Hill – aber gestern Morgen sahen sich die Musiker der Württembergischen Philharmonie doch genötigt, für symbolische 15 Minuten in den Ausstand zu treten. In gelben Streikwesten setzten sie sich zu Beginn der Probe fürs Sinfoniekonzert in den Zuschauerraum der Stadthalle und schwenkten Protest-Plakate.

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Norwegian and Slovenian Composers Won First Prize at the IMC Rostrum

Songr by Norwegian composer Jan Erik Mikalsen and Cancro by young Slovenian composer Matej Bonin are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15.

Kenneth Woods Appointed Artistic Director of Colorado Mahlerfest

Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest.

France Musique

Jean-Pierre Rousseau quitte la direction de la Musique de Radio France

Nommé il y a un an par Mathieu Gallet, Jean-Pierre Rousseau n’est plus directeur de la Musique de Radio France. Il y a deux semaines, le groupe avait annoncé un remaniement imminent de ses instances de direction.

NPR Music

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders’ intent was to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.”

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine : Good morning! Would you like us to begin the day with a run-down of conductors who haven’t been appointed and tenors who aren’t dead?

Halle Orchestra ‏@the_halle #Students can see remarkable young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor play Shostakovich for a remarkable £3 otd this Thursday http://www.halle.co.uk/concerts-tickets.aspx?

EnglishNationalBalle ‏@ENBallet : it’s #tututuesday! Here is @jenniedancer in her Swan Lake tutu at Beijing NCPA © @photos_byASH

LSO Trafalgar Square

The stage and audience for the London Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

(Written on May 19, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rhodri Marsden investigates the story behind Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture cannon whilst the Telegraph argues that, apart from the disco night, the BBC Proms are rather tame this year: exactly what it needs. Sinfini also gives a run down of what the parties are promising for the arts in the General Election. Elsewhere, 2Cellos have had to cancel their tour to the US due to Stjepan Hauser’s neck injury. Also in The StradViolinist Roland Glassl is leaving the Mandelring Quartet after 16 years. Andreas Willwhol, the former principal of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will succeed him.

The Independent

Rhodri Marsden’s Interesting Objects: The 1812 Overture cannon

Tchaikovsky’s lack of enthusiasm for his commission prompted the bloody-minded inclusion of a huge brass band, a carillon and, of course, the cannon

The Telegraph

A run-of-the mill Proms is just what we need

Notwithstanding its disco night, there’s nothing to frighten the horses in this season’s programme

The Strad

2Cellos cancel US tour due to injury

Stjepan Hauser of the cello duo has damaged his neck, according to a statement

Violist Roland Glassl to depart Mandelring Quartet after 16 years

His replacement is Andreas Willwohl, former principal violist of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sinfini

Election 2015 A vote for the arts

The value of the UK arts sector increased ten per cent between 2012 and 2013, and the creative industries are now estimated to be worth nearly £77bn to the UK economy.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Deutsche Sänger räumen in London ab

Zwei Deutsche sind bei den Opera Awards als beste Sänger ausgezeichnet worden. Weder Anja Harteros noch Christina Gerhaher konnten den Preis persönlich entgegennehmen.

Berliner Zeitung

Wird Andris Nelsons Simon Rattles Nachfolger?

Andris Nelsons ist einer der aussichtsreichsten Kandidaten für die Nachfolge von Simon Rattle.

klassik.com

Auszeichnung im Rahmen des Kulturfestivals Euriade

Martin-Buber-Plakette für Thomas Quasthoff

El País

El pequeño  arte de pedir dinero

El triunfo del ‘crowdfunding’ demuestra la fascinación de nuestra cultura por lo mínimo al tiempo que revela cambios profundos en los modelos de negocio tradicionales

The New York Times

Peter Eotvos prepares the opera ‘Senze Sangue‘

Peter Eotvos, the man on the aisle, composed ‚Senza Sangue‘, which will receive its concert premiere on May 1 in Cologne, Germany.

Twitter

The Federation ‏@Creative_Fed: Schools should not be ofsted outstanding without arts + creative engagement says @HarrietHarman #chArter – about diversity and equal access

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public : Over £500k of #economicimpact for Scotland generated every day by #Edinburgh cultural venues http://bit.ly/1Ie4h9I 

The Royal Opera ‏@TheRoyalOpera : A busy week ahead @RoyalOperaHouse – kicking things off with #ROHroger on stage in rehearsal – it opens on Friday! ^C

2CELLOS-electric-cellossuits-1280 News 27th April 2Cellos. Photo: kyso.org

 

(Written on April 27, 2015 )