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In today’s news: Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry, Semi-Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National violin competition, and Spotify storms past 60m subscribers. Adela Zaharia wins Operalia-singing contest, Case Scaglione becomes chief conductor of Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and Philippe Jordan becomes new musical director of Wiener Staatsoper.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry

The charity explored how inclusive orchestral performances can help to develop new audiences in the long term at a round table discussion held on 11 July.

The Violin Channel

Semi-Finalists Announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier, Michal Prokop – and a number of domestic concert engagements.

The Strad

Milan Škampa presented with International Viola Society award

Long-serving violist of the Smetana Quartet honoured for career encompassing playing, teaching and research.

Pizzicato

New York Phil and Bravo! Vail extend residency through summer 2022

The Festival Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic have announced a five-year extension of the Orchestra’s annual summer residency through the summer of 2022.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify storms past 60m subscribers, now adding more than 2m a month

Spotify has confirmed that it has surpassed 60m paying subscribers worldwide – and is growing faster than ever.

Limelight

Slava Grigoryan wins Best Independent Classical Album

His Bach Cello Suites has been recognised at the AIR Awards, as was James Morrison and Don Burrows’ In Good Company.

KulturRadio

Adela Zaharia gewinnt Operalia-Gesangswettbewerb

Die Sopranistin aus dem Ensemble der Düsseldorfer Oper am Rhein erhielt auch den Zarzuela-Sonderpreis “Pepita Embil”.

Klassik Heute

Case Scaglione Chefdirigent des Württembergischen Kammerorchesters Heilbronn

Das Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn hat in einer Pressekonferenz am vergangenen Freitag 28. Juli mitgeteilt, dass die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten des Orchesters ab der Saison 2018/2019 auf Case Scaglione gefallen ist.

Concerti

Philippe Jordan wird neuer Musikdirektor

Heute wurde bekannt gegeben, dass der Schweizer Dirigent Philippe Jordan ab 2020 der neue Musikdirektor der Wiener Staatsoper wird.

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A Relaxed performance by Orchestras Live

(Written on August 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM share Lang Lang’s performance secrets, and Ronald Perelman has resigned as Carnegie Hall chairman. Also, the ENO begins its new season without an artistic director, and a ‘Mikado’ production is cancelled over racial concerns

The Guardian

Brünjes and Pollock continue to steer the ENO ship

Two temporary appointments are made permanent, but English National Opera begins its new season without an artistic director

Classic FM

Lang Lang’s 3 secrets for a calm, composed on-stage performance

We hung out with the megastar virtuoso one afternoon at the Leeds Piano Competition. He told us his performance rituals, his tips for others, and introduced us to his revolutionary new teaching tool

Classical Music Magazine

Carnegie Hall chairman steps down

Ronald Perelman has resigned as chairman of the board of trustees at New York’s Carnegie Hall

International Arts Manager

Peace Tracks brings together all-star cast of musicians

A group of top international musicians have come together to create Peace Tracks, a new album that celebrates UN International Day of Peace on 21 September

BBC

John Wilson appointed as the BBC SSO’s Associate Guest Conductor

John Wilson has been appointed as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor

BroadwayWorld.com

Carnegie Hall to Welcome Lang Lang

Grammy Award-nominated concert pianist Lang Lang makes his first of three appearances at Carnegie Hall this season with a solo recital on Friday, October 23 at 8:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

 The New-York Times

‘Mikado’ Production Canceled Over Racial Concerns

A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” planned for New York this December was canceled after it drew criticism over how its largely non-Asian cast planned to portray the stereotyped Japanese characters and culture that are often seen as central to the work, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced on their website

Der Tagesspiegel

Im gelobten Klassikland

Fremdes Land, vertraute Klänge: In Bremen gründet der in Aleppo geborene Kontrabassist Raed Jazbeh syrisches Orchester, das “Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra”

Klassik.com

Komponist Franz Surges stirbt nach Stromunfall

Der Komponist Franz Surges ist im Alter von 57 Jahren in einem Krankenhaus in Eschweiler an den Folgen eines Stromunfalls Ende August gestorben. Als ausgebildeter Kirchenmusiker und Organist war er vor allem pädagogisch tätig

Musik Heute

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin dementiert Jurowski-Verpflichtung

Das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) hat die Verpflichtung von Vladimir Jurowski als Chefdirigent dementiert. Es würden lediglich Gespräche mit Jurowski geführt, sagte eine Sprecherin des Orchesters am Montag auf Anfrage

Codex Flores

Schuldt Chefdirigent des Münchner Kammerorchesters

Die Musiker des Münchner Kammerorchesters haben den 32-jährigen Clemens Schuldt als Chefdirigenten zum Nachfolger von Alexander Liebreich gewählt. Er wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 seine neue Position in München antreten

France musique

Concours des jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon: un Américain rafle le premier prix

A 23 ans, l’Américain Jonathon Heyward remporte le Grand Prix de la 54ème édition du concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon

El Mundo

Los Reyes presiden hoy el estreno de la temporada del Teatro Real

La inauguración del Real se celebrará con Roberto Devereu de Donizetti, que a su vez inauguró el Teatro Real en 1850 con su obra La favorita

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Classic FM: This 14-year-old boy absolutely nails the fiendish top notes of Mozart’s Queen of the Night:

Classical MusicAdrian Morris, bass trombonist with , died last night following a battle with cancer:

Sinfini MusicDoes rudeness in the concert hall (real or perceived) deserve rudeness in return?

News 22nd Sep

‘Exciting, transformational times’ … the Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London/The Guardian

(Written on September 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Spectator argues that female composers have been left off the syllabus because they’re no good, and the Evening Standard lists classical music’s most influential Londoners in 2015. Also, The Strad reports on how harmonics can be used as a violin teaching tool

The Spectator

The reason why there are no female composers on the syllabus is because they’re no good

Nothing by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth or Judith Weir matches up to the work of their male counterparts

The Guardian

Marriage of Figaro – have you lost the plot?

Do you too struggle to follow every twist and turn of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro? Help us get things clear, for once and for all

The Strad

Using harmonics as a violin teaching and practice tool

Although harmonics are most often used for musical effect, in the search for a perfectly pure sound they can be a wonderful aid to learning and practice, argues Laura Reed

Evening Standard

The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2015 – Classical Music

Classical music’s most influential Londoners and what they have done for the Arts

Manchester Evening News

Hacienda classics turned classical as DJs perform dance hits with Manchester Camerata

Former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering came up with the idea to play a non-stop set of 20 songs with the local chamber orchestra to give the club’s anthems a new life

New York Times

The Met Considers Naming Rights, and Other Ways Forward

A bigger glass lobby stretching into Lincoln Center’s plaza. Operas on Sunday. And perhaps, following the lead of its neighboring theaters recently renamed for David Geffen and David H. Koch, slapping another wealthy donor’s name on the storied Metropolitan Opera House.

Listen Magazine

The Mensch

Itzhak Perlman discusses teaching, Mendelssohn, color, chamber music, warhorses, interpretation, solo Bach, and his hair.

Neue Musikzeitung

Gergijew gibt Einstand in München – Aufbruch in eine neue Ära?

Mit dem Einstandkonzert des russischen Stardirigenten Waleri Gergijew beginnt für die Münchner Philharmoniker an diesem Donnerstag eine neue Zeitrechnung.

Klassik-heute.com

ARD-Musikwettbewerb geht mit dem 3. Preisträgerkonzert zu Ende

Die 64. Ausgabe des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD ist erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen und hat in allen vier Kategorien ausgezeichnete Ergebnisse hervorgebracht.

Klassik.com

Neues Kulturzentrum in Lugano eröffnet

Theater- und Konzertsaal bieten Raum für musikalisches Angebot unterschiedlicher Sparten. Entworfen hat das Gebäude der Tessiner Architekt Ivan Gianola.

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Classic FM: The 8 noisiest things in classical music:

ISM: Classical concert etiquette: the new rules from :

GramophoneYou voted in your thousands. At 8pm tonight we will announce the Artist of the Year.

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Music Director of English National Opera: Mark Wigglesworth Daniel Hambury/ Evening Standard

 

 

(Written on September 17, 2015 )

We are very excited to welcome Musical Orbit as our newest client here at WildKat PR. Officially launching in April 2015, this brand new website offers music lessons, masterclasses and webinars online from the very best musicians in the business. A portal into the classical music profession, Musical Orbit enables you to connect with leading musicians from the finest orchestras across the globe to receive artistic appraisal and tailored, professional analysis of your playing.

Whether you have an important audition coming up or if you have a concert to practise for or if you simply need some expert advice on your technique, Musical Orbit connects you with leading experts in the field. This service also allows you to connect to musicians on a more personal level, opening up the orchestral world by building relationships and seeking advice.

Since professional musicians have such tightly packed schedules, with an abundance of rehearsals, tours and lots of travel, Musical Orbit allows you to book time in their busy timetables for a one-to-one music lesson.

To find out more about Musical Orbit and to check out the impressive roster of musicians offering lessons, visit the website here.

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(Written on January 19, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Alfie Boe and friends unite for Parkinson’s concert

Comedy duo Armstrong & Miller are set to reform for charity concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall in June, performing alongside a host of classical stars including Julian Lloyd Webber and Alfie Boe.

Leonard Nimoy to guest with Boston Pops Orchestra

Leonard Nimoy, star of Star Trek and legend of sci-fi, will appear at two Boston Pops Orchestra concerts in May.

The Guardian

Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on a panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights has been composed

NME sales fall below 20,000

IPC Media music magazine reports drop in circulation of 21.1% year on year, with rival Q down 14.2%

Classicalite

Sir James Galway Announces ‘First Flute’ Internet Instruction Series, Suitable for Beginners and Advanced Players Alike

American pianist Jonathan Biss and Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud have engaged the ever-expanding internet with web-based music teaching series, and now Ireland’s own Sir James Galway will follow their URL suits.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announce details of new structure

Croydon-based chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players has announced details of what will become its new structure after its current managing director, Simon Funnell, leaves at the end of next month as the result of ‘a major funding problem’.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

In der unendlichen Geschichte um das Hamburger Prestigeobjekt konnte ein weiterer Bauabschnitt beendet werden. Nach den Auseinandersetzungen der vergangenen Jahre zeigen sich derzeit alle Beteiligten kooperativ und optimistisch.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 14, 2014 )

With the much anticipated renovation of the 1939 built Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel due to begin soon, Owen Stafford took a visit to the picturesque, culturally rich and historic site where he spoke to Bernard de Launoit and Auriane de Fauconval. Aired on Radio X, both Bernard (President of the Executive Committee) and Auriane (overseer of Communications and Media Relations) were able to give an overall picture of QEMC, and how this exceptional music facility operates.

Having started out as a school aimed at local Brussels musicians in the 1930s, the training programme has since been extended to welcome international students who are keen to be intercalated into high level performance and technique. Bernard de Launoit explained how it is their aim to “…have a school more open, flexible and international.” The great level of teaching from still successful and professional musicians that QEMC offer, has attracted students from all over the world to have the chance to study at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Auriane de Fauconval describes the level of community that is felt at QEMC: “for lunch we all [eat] together… teachers, masters, staff, and students… the students feel like they are at home.” The facilities have already been adapted so that the students experience musical freedom at the school such as the ability to practice as and when they can night or day. As Owen amusingly remarks, the students can be “night owls” in practice if they wish.

This free and “very intimate kind of atmosphere” observed by Owen at QEMC, is soon to be extended to still more students with the up and coming changes planned for the premises. While remaining in keeping with the historic nature of the listed grounds, with features such as the balcony where Queen Elisabeth of Brussels enjoyed observing and listening to the students, the school is planning to create more facilities, which will double student capacity. Hoping to have the project finished in 14 months, there are plans to build more residential rooms, music rooms which Bernard notes are “very important for teaching and training”, and another concert hall for concerts, recording and rehearsing with small orchestras.

This huge project will be an exciting growth for students, staff and music lovers alike as it strengthens and grows classical musicians into the future.

Listen to the interview and to stay up to date with developments from Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

QEMC New building Plans

QEMC New building Plan

(Written on November 5, 2013 )