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In today’s Classical News: UK Music proposes law to protect music venues, Alistair Rutherford breaks another world record. Matthias Bamert is to be the head conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov is to be the new head conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Also a brief history of Eastern German Label Amiga.

Classical Music Magazine

UK Music proposes law to protect music venues

UK Music has revealed plans to protect music venues threatened with closure.

Choir and Organ

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire announces new head of organ

Daniel Moult is to succeed Henry Fairs as head of organ at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The Telegraph

Opera singer and film writer ex-boyfriend in High Court battle over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster

An opera singer is locked in a High Court battle with her film writer former boyfriend over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Musicians Get 21 Percent Pay Raise

The musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have been awarded a 21% pay raise following a three-year pay freeze.

Limelight

Alistair Rutherford, The Running Viola, strikes again

British violist smashes Guinness World Record for running the marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

NPR

Opera Director Yuval Sharon Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

American opera and theater director Yuval Sharon has earned one of the most prestigious – and lucrative — honors in the arts world.

The Washington Post

Bychkov becomes new chief director of Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic says Semyon Bychkov has been appointed as its new chief conductor and music director.The orchestra said Monday that Bychkov assumes his full duties at the beginning of the 2018-’19 season.

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Bamert Chefdirigent des japanischen Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

Der Schweizer Dirigent Matthias Bamert wird ab April 2018 für vorerst drei Jahre Chefdirigent des japanischen Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

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Bychkov neuer Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie

Semyon Bychkov (64) ist neuer Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie. Der US-Amerikaner russischer Herkunft unterschrieb am Montag einen Fünfjahresvertrag, der mit der Saison 2018/2019 beginnt, wie das Kulturministerium in Prag mitteilte

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70 Jahre Plattenlabel Amiga. Geschichte von Einflussnahme, Anpassung und Zensur

Vor 70 Jahren presste und vertrieb das Label Amiga die ersten Schallplatten im Nachkriegs-Deutschland. Zum Jubiläum erzählt eine Ausstellung die Geschichte der Plattenfirma.

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(Written on October 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Tibor Varga International Violin Competition’s finalists announced, Canadian orchestra shuts after ‘fat-shaming’ singers, and Enzo Dara has died. Bayreuth festival ends today, Alexander Roslavets wins 3rd prize at Queen Sonja Competition, and Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti competition.

The Times

Turning masterpiece Edinburgh school into a hotel is pointless, says Alexander Armstrong

A plan to convert a masterpiece of Enlightenment architecture in Edinburgh into the new home of St Mary’s Music School has been warmly endorsed by one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters and singers.

The Telegraph

Is Classic FM really a cause for celebration?

As the radio station turns 25, Ivan Hewett asks if what they play is actually ‘classical’ or can we find better elsewhere?

The Violin Channel

Finalists Announced at Switzerland’s Tibor Varga International Violin Competition

The 3 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2017 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais – in Sion, Valais, Switzerland.

Classic FM

Canadian orchestra shuts after ‘fat-shaming’ singers

The Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras in Toronto came under fire after an email came to light in which they asked singers who weren’t ‘fit and slim’ to wear loose clothing.

Pizzicato

First Edition of Opera Conductors Competition without First Prize

The very first edition of Concours Fondation Polycarpe, a competition for opera conductors organized by the Royal Opera of Liège, Belgium, ended last weekend with no First Prize.

Limelight

Enzo Dara has died

The Italian basso buffo who kept audiences laughing for more than 30 years has died at 79.

NMZ

In Bayreuth endet eine ruhige Festspielzeit

Finale in Bayreuth: An diesem Montag (28. August) enden die diesjährigen Richard-Wagner-Festspiele und damit eine ruhige Saison.

Klassik.com

Bass Alexander Roslavets erfolgreich bei der Queen Sonja Competition

Der Bass Alexander Roslavets, seit 2016 Mitglied im Opernensemble der Staatsoper Hamburg, hat beim Gesangswettbewerb “Queen Sonja Music Competition” 2017 den dritten Preis gewonnen.

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Emily D’Angelo gewinnt Cesti-Wettbewerb bei den Innsbrucker Festwochen

In einem hochkarätigen Finalkonzert konnte sich die erst 22-jährige kanadische Mezzosopranistin Emily D’Angelo beim Cesti-Gesangswettbewerb im Rahmen der Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik gegen starke Konkurrenz durchsetzen: Sie holte den 1. Platz und den Publikumspreis.

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Tagesspiegel Berlin‏ @TspBerlin

Heute vor 54 Jahren hatte auf der Ifa Berlin übrigens die erste Compact Cassette samt Kassettenrekorder Premiere.

finalists Tibor Varga Competition © The Vill Channel

 

 

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(Written on August 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Meet the Typewriter Orchestra! After protest Colston Hall was renamed, and a Simpsons moment became true. A new program for the UIMF, and 20 million € for the Berlin Philharmonics. Principal director Firmbach prolonges his contract in Oldenbach. The Menuhin Competition‘ 2018 will take place in Switzerland for the first time, and famed venezuelan Conductor Dudamel urges politicians to solve crisis democratically.

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ENO’s 2017/18 Season at a glance

For those of you who’d like to see our next season at a glance, this page is an overview of the productions we have coming up in 2017/18.

NW Evening Mail

Ulverston International Music Festival returns with ‘exciting’ programme

The 14th Ulverston International Music Festival takes place this summer, once again welcoming a varied array of musicians and performances from around the world.

The Violin Channel

Meet … The Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Formed in 2004, the six-man ensemble performs a wide range of covers and original songs from the ‘click’, ‘clack’, ‘ding’ of nostalgic mechanical typewriters

Classic FM

The London Symphony Orchestra and Cypress Hill might actually make THAT Simpsons moment come true

The LSO and hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill have been talking on Twitter about a particular moment from The Simpsons, and now they might be actually collaborating.

The Guardian

Bristol’s Colston Hall to drop name of slave trader after protests

Concert venue that hosted the Beatles, David Bowie and Bob Dylan will reopen with a new name following refurbishment.

Classical Music Magazine

Max Richter becomes Decca Publishing’s first client

Max Richter has signed a long-term, global publishing deal with Decca Publishing.

Berliner Zeitung

Millionen für Berlin – Am 8. Mai wird der Hauptstadtkulturvertrag unterschrieben

Drei Millionen Euro – das ist die Summe, um die sich ab 2018 die Zuschüsse für die Berliner Philharmoniker erhöhen, auf dann 20 Millionen Euro im Jahr.

Concerti

Fünf weitere Jubeljahre für Oldenburg

Generalintendant Christian Firmbach verlängert seinen Vertrag in Oldenburg und bleibt demnach bis 2024.

Musik heute

Alfred-Brendel-Hommage im Konzerthaus Berlin

Das Konzerthaus Berlin würdigt den Pianisten Alfred Brendel vom (heutigen) Donnerstag an mit einer Hommage.

Broadway world

Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming & Pilobolus to Launch 10th Annual World Science Festival in NYC

The World Science Festival will culminate its groundbreaking first decade by bringing science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square, and to locations across New York City’s five boroughs, with more than 50 events, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

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Famed Venezuelan Conductor Dudamel Urges Politicians to Solve Crisis Democratically

Dudamel’s video message to politicians marks the first time the famed musician has spoken out on the current political situation in Venezuela.

Pizzicato

‘Menuhin Competition’ findet 2018 in Genf statt

Der internationale Violinwettbewerb ‘Menuhin Competition’ findet vom 12. bis zum 22. April 2018 in Genf statt. Damit ist der Wettbewerb, der alle zwei Jahre in einer anderen Stadt ausgetragen wird, zum ersten Mal zu Gast in der Schweiz.

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17 The best classical music for spring 🌱🌷🌸🐥

22 Jazz guitarist is celebrated for his “warm toned lyricism” and “impressive command” – listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V9XxCnkoFw

 

The Violin Channel

(Written on April 27, 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.

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(Written on November 29, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our new client, Christian Erny, a Swiss pianist, conductor and pedagogue.

Christian has enjoyed a hugely varied education. At the age of six he entered the Conservatory of Winterthur, where he received instruction in piano, choral singing and pop music. He continued his musical studies in the piano class of Hans-Jürgen Strub at the Zurich University of Arts, where he received a Master’s degree in piano and was also awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies in conducting after studying with Markus Utz and Beat Schärf. Christian also took the concert class of Jean-Louis Haguenauer at the renowned Jacobs School of Music, where he received his Performer Diploma.

Christian Erny

Whilst studying he gave many solo and lieder recitals in Switzerland, Germany, the USA, France and Norway. In 2010 he founded the series ‘Konzerte Feuerpalast’ with soprano Martina Küng, which gives young talented musicians a platform to perform. In 2015 he won the prize for best interpretation of a work by Arnold Schönberg, at the International Piano Competition ‘Île-de-France’.

During his studies he also began directing choirs and gained experience as a conductor. Today he is founder and director of The Zurich Chamber Singers, a professional vocal ensemble.

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Christian is currently working on his debut album Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent… which is to be released in April 2016. The programme contains the first book of Claude Debussy’s Préludes, which will be framed and complimented by four pieces by Franz Liszt.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Christian in promoting his debut album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Christian Erny’s website

(Written on January 29, 2016 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

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Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

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Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

WildKat PR is excited to be working with the Swiss mother and daughter ensemble Duo Praxedis in the coming months.

Praxedis Hug-Rütti (harp) and her daughter Praxedis Geneviève Hug (piano) are set to revive the rather unusual chamber ensemble formation of piano and harp duo – an instrument combination which was frequently used in the early classical era but has since fallen into obscurity.

Praxedis and Praxedis first performed on stage together in 1996 when they were asked to play Bach’s Double Concerto, arranged for harp and piano, with orchestra. Since 2009, the duo have performed regularly in Switzerland and also internationally with their diverse repertoire, including early classical works for their instruments as well as their own arrangements of later masterpieces and contemporary compositions. They commissioned the renowned Swiss composer Oliver Waespi to write a Double Concerto for Harp, Piano and Wind Orchestra, which had its world premiere at the Tonhalle in Zürich in 2014.

Duo Praxedis fascinates audiences with their sensitive and intimate interpretations as well as their extraordinary concert dresses, which are their own designs, carefully tailored by the long-established embroidery company St. Galler Stickerei-Manufaktur Forster-Rohner and Jakob Schläpfer. The duo have performed at prestigious festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG, festival.Esterházy and the Engadin Festival. Their CDs were released with the labels Guildmusic, Preiser and Paladino.

Visit Duo Praxedis’ Youtube channel to get an impression of their unique music-making and follow them on Facebook for news and updates.

Duo Praxedis

(Written on December 12, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that it is working with Solsberg Festival. The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta fulfilled her dream of curating her own classical music festival in the stunning surroundings of Northwestern Switzerland.

Sol Gabetta regularly performs with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker in 2004 helped her establish an international reputation as an extraordinarily talented cellist. She has won many prizes and awards including the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award, the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the ECHO Klassik Award.

Sol Gabetta has been a resident of the Frick valley, Canton of Aargau, for several years now. She is a devoted chamber musician and with the Solsberg Festival she brings her musical passion to her home. Sol Gabetta founded the Festival in 2006 and has since invited many of her fellow musicians to perform with her in the beautiful baroque churches of Olsberg and Rheinfelden. In June 2014 the festival welcomes renowned musicians such as Baiba Skride, Nicholas Angelich, Silvia Simionescu, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Cappella Gabetta and the Cuarteto Casals – artists, which stand at the forefront of a new generation of international soloists. Year on year, Sol Gabetta devises programmes, which excite her and her guests performers alike and visitors from all over Europe relish the festival’s warm and friendly ambience. With its unique programming and fantastic artist list, Solsberg Festival is an extraordinary addition to the musical landscape of the Basel region.

For more information about the festival, its venues and the region Aargau, please visit the festival website.