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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.

klassik.com

Nach 33.000 im Vorjahr wurden insgesamt 30.000 Eintrittskarten verkauft

Verbier Festival mit leichtem Besucherrückgang

Das Orchester

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 )

Classical News

Independent

How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera ‘Between Worlds’

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, it is a life-affirming piece, she tells Jessica Duchen

The Times

Classical is purrfect for cats

Cats don’t like Cats (the musical). Neither do leopards enjoy Def Leppard. But they might just enjoy a bit of the Rossini-derived Cat Duet.

Classic FM

Opera boss sacked over Wagner production that offended Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian government has sacked an opera director over a controversial production of Wagner’s Tannhauser, and is now considering new theatre censorship laws.

Classical Music Magazine

Shortlists for RPS Music Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced the nominees for this year’s RPS Music Awards. The 13 categories recognise the outstanding achievements made by artists and organisations in 2014.

BBC Music Magazine

Van Kuijk Quartet win Wigmore prize

French Quartet soars to success in International String Quartet Competition

Sinfini

EU note standardisation

A new EU directive has been passed to standardise musical pitch. The change, which takes effect on 1 July 2016, will see the frequency of the note a¢ (A above middle C) adjusted upwards, rising from 440 Hz to 450 Hz. This adjustment in pitch will only affect countries within the EU.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Neuer Operndirektor setzt umstrittenen “Tannhäuser” ab

Ein neuer Direktor, ein neuer Name für das Opernhaus und die sofortige Absetzung der umstrittenen Inszenierung: Die Entwicklung im „Tannhäuser“-Streit in Nowosibirsk entsetzt die russische Theaterwelt.

klassik.com

Paukenschlag in München: Horst Seehofers neue Konzertsaal-Pläne

Ehemaliges Olympiastadion soll mit Unterstützung des FC Bayern zum AUDItorium umgebaut werden.

epochtimes

Rostocker Theaterintendant Latchinian entlassen

Der Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, ist fristlos entlassen worden.

The New York Times

Concert Versions Take Opera to a More Personal Level

LONDON — Staging “Aida” without elephants sounds a lot like doing “Hamlet” without Elsinore Castle.

Le Figaro 

Alagna, Dessay… Les musiciens au secours de France Musique

De Roberto Alagna à Natalie Dessay, en passant par William Christie ou Alexandre Tharaud, la fine fleur des musiciens vole au secours de la station de Radio France.

Twitter

ISM ‏@ISM_music: ‘British musicians are worth so much more than we’re given, especially as we know how arts can change lives of young people’ #MakeMusicWork

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc: That’s it, we’re signing off for the evening! Well done again to all the Shortlistees. See you on 5th May @theBreweryVenue! #RPSMusicAwards

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical: Sweeney Todd review – Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in razor-sharp thriller http://gu.com/p/476bj 

625 VanKuijkQuartetThe Van Kuijk Quartet. Photo: BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on April 1, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Why the arts funding system doesn’t work

The experience of Mid Wales Opera demonstrates the drawbacks of arts funding in Britain, says Rupert Christiansen

9/11 opera Between Worlds envisages what happened inside the towers

Opera has always dealt with vast human experiences

Classic FM

Helena Bonham Carter: playing classical music to my unborn children during pregnancy made them ‘unbelievably clever’

Actress says listening to Mozart and violin concertos had a profound effect on her unborn children.

Sinfini

Birmingham Opera Company

Birmingham Opera Company’s latest community extravaganza, staged by Graham Vick in an inner-city warehouse, is Tippett’s rarely heard The Ice Break. And for one day only, acclaimed playwright David Edgar will chair Breaking The Ice, a national symposium on art and society.

Opera inspired by 9/11

Tansy Davies’s opera inspired by the events of 9/11 receives its world premiere this month at English National Opera.

Zeit Online

Ein Charakter mit G’schicht

Helmut Dietl wollte das Publikum unterhalten, nur bitte nie dreckig und nie irgendwie. An ihm sollten sich die Fernsehredaktionen von heute ein Beispiel nehmen.

Die Welt

Opernchef wegen Regietheater gefeuert

Nach Protesten der orthodoxen Kirche wurde Nowosibirsks Opernchef entlassen. Er hatte eine Jesus-Sex-Szene im “Tannhäuser” verteidigt. Nun erwägt Moskau, wichtige Theaterbühnen zu überwachen.

crescendo

Das Horn ist Musikinstrument des Jahres 2015

Die Tradition, ein Musikinstrument des Jahres zu ernennen, ist noch recht jung, erfreut sich jedoch großer Beliebtheit und hilft dabei, weniger bekannte Instrumente oder solche, die scheinbar aus der Mode gekommen sind, wieder ins Blickfeld der Öffentlichkeit zu rücken.

pizzicato

Russland führt beim Internationalen Deutschen Pianistenpreis

Das International Piano Forum hat das Ergebnis der Vorauswahljury für den 5. Internationalen Deutschen Pianistenpreis bekannt gegeben.

Le Figaro

Les bluesmen vivraient plus longtemps que les rappeurs

INFOGRAPHIES – Une étude menée par un professeur de psychologie et de musique à l’université de Sydney revient sur l’âge moyen des artistes à leur mort. Elle tisse également des liens entre genre musical et espérance de vie.

Le Parisien

Les orchestres et le choeur de Radio France sur la sellette

Y a-t-il un orchestre de trop à Radio France? La question revient avec insistance depuis le début de la grève de la maison ronde, alors que son président, Mathieu Gallet, cherche des économies face à un déficit annoncé de 21 millions d’euros pour 2015.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Leipzig String Quartet Violinist Charged with Strangling New York Hotel Guest http://goo.gl/rwhtDI

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Sieger des Deutschen #Musikwettbewerb stehen fest #Klarinette #Kontrabass http://klassik.com/?91s4H 

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Zahl der #Musiklehrer in #Brandenburg nimmt drastisch ab #Musik #Ausbildunghttp://klassik.com/?NVLM7

Helmut Dietl in February 1995. Photo: Catherina Hess / dpa

Helmut Dietl in February 1995.
Photo: Catherina Hess / dpa

(Written on March 31, 2015 )

The most recent addition to the WildKat PR client roster is none other than the highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner Christina McMaster.

Her continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances has allowed to her to collaborate with a diverse mix of genres and artists, including violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week.

Upon graduating with a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.  She is also a champion of new music, having worked with established composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.

Recently Christina founded Ensemble WOW, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming – a cause of which Christina is a strong supporter. They are very proud to be Listenpony’s ensemble in residence, with a concert coming up at The Rag Factory on 2nd March 2015. The concert will include a variety of works evoking music’s engagement with current affairs – war, rebellion and civil rights as well as the spirituality and solidarity that surround these powerful events.

Also in March, Christina will be heading to Barbados for the Holders Season where she will play an eclectic programme that captures the essence of the American Dream. She will be joined by violinist Lizzie Ball and they will play tracks from Christina’s upcoming album Pinks and Blues which is due to be released in May.

But before she jets off, you can see Christina performing Debussy, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Charles Ives and Beethoven with the Derby Chamber Music Society on 20th February at 7:30pm.

For more information about Christina you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook pages.

PIANIST CHRISTINA MCMASTER

 

(Written on January 30, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Children today ‘more musical’ than previous generation, says study

Young people today are more likely to learn a musical instrument than their parents, according to a new YouGov research study commissioned by Philharmonia.

Julian Lloyd Webber to stop playing cello

Legendary cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been forced to stop playing the cello due to a slipped disc in his neck, it has been announced.

Evening Standard

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle hits out at London’s lack of world-class music venues

Britain’s most celebrated conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, has hit out at London’s lack of world-class music venues by claiming they lag behind concert halls in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester.

Classical Music Magazine

Vänskä returns to Minnesota

Conductor Osmo Vänskä has announced he is to return to the Minnesota Orchestra as its musical director just six months after resigning from the post.

Guardian

Mike Leigh on board for The Pirates of Penzance opera

Filmmaker to direct English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan classic at Coliseum next year.

The Washington Post

A happy marriage between Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, 21st Century Consort 

The museum gets a concert series, and the Consort gets a fine hall and subjects to build programs around.

Classicalite

Symphonic Synchrony

Three New Devices That Allow Any Simple Object to Become a Beloved Musical Instrument

Joyce DiDonato Offers Masterclasses for Aspiring Opera Singers 

Calling all opera singers between the ages of 18 and 24: Classicalite’s mezzo of choice, Joyce DiDonato, is available for some serious vocal refinery with her upcoming masterclasses at Carnegie Hall.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Seattle Philharmonic:@seattlephil A site just launched for us Seattle folk–one that helps you find live classical music events in the area! http://fb.me/3jDKXUZgX

Stephen P Brown:@Stephen_P_Brown Why the next 20 years of classical music will smash the last 20 http://www.stephenpbrown.com/why-the-next-20-years-of-classical-music-will-smash-the-last-20/

EnglishNationalOpera: @E_N_O A major world premiere @BarbicanCentre – Between Worlds, by Tansy Davies, based on events of 9/11 #ENO1415 #ENOWorlds

Richard Pinkstone: ‏@RAPinkstone 1 more day until #ON1415 season announcement! SO EXCITED. @Opera_North

Classic FM

Classic FM

 

 

(Written on April 29, 2014 )