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In today’s classical news, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

Der Tagesspiegel

Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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Photo: Hugo Glendinning

(Written on January 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Violist Gerhard Marschner has been promoted to the new Principal Violist of The Vienna Philharmonic, effective from September 2017. Decca launches publishing division, and appoints Natasha Baldwin as head of the division. Also, Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican celebrates record breaking year

The Barbican programmed a record breaking 3,910 arts and learning events over the 2015/16 season.

The Violin Channel

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Violist.

Music Week

Decca launches new publishing division, Natasha Baldwin appointed SVP

Decca has announced the launch of a new publishing division, with former Imagem executive Natasha Baldwin joining the company to head up the department. Opening this week, Decca Publishing will look to compliment the classical division of Universal Music Publishing.

The Strad

István Várdai receives ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivarius cello on extended loan

Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

El Pais

Años de peregrinaje

Un volumen reúne por fin en español los ensayos completos del pianista Alfred Brendel.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats

Prof. Christian Höppner, Präsident des Deutschen Kulturrates und Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates, hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz erhalten.

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Dresdens Theaterszene bekommt neue Spielstätten

Die Dresdner Theaterszene erhält an diesem Freitag auf einen Schlag vier neue Bühnen. Das frühere Kraftwerk Mitte wurde mit rund 100 Millionen Euro als Musentempel hergerichtet. Künftig residieren dort die Staatsoperette und das Theater Junge Generation (TJG).

Kein Vertrauen mehr: Trierer Stadtrat wählt Kulturdezernenten ab

Das unkontrollierte Schuldenwachstum am Trierer Theater hat nun auch Kulturdezernent Thomas Egger (SPD) den Job gekostet. Im Trierer Stadtrat wurde der Jurist am Montagabend abgewählt. Begründung: Das Gremium habe das Vertrauen in Eggers Arbeit verloren.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann verteidigt Spitze der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Dolce Vita” von Jonas Kaufmann bleibt an der Spitze der deutschen Klassik-Charts. Daneben platziert der Tenor noch drei weitere Tonträger in den Top 20, wie GfK Entertainment am Dienstag in Baden-Baden mitteilte.

Codex Flores

Wirkung gedehnter Zeit als Forschungsprojekt

Der Europäische Forschungsrat unterstützt das Projekt «Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance» von Clemens Wöllner vom Institut für Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg.

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK In response to our ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ survey results, we hope to the launch a nationwide service in early 2017 to support musicians. https://twitter.com/NoiseyMusic/status/808854043703574528

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet Painting with the colours of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky, of course:

Kallaway @kallawaylive The Arts Desk visits ‘the world’s best concert hall” @theartsdesk @MupaBudapest http://bit.ly/2hkTXE9

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Photo: Decca Publishing Natasha Baldwin

(Written on December 14, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

WildKat PR are happy to welcome Hampstead Arts Festival and Okeanos.

Okeanos is recognised for its mix of Western and Japanese instruments and musical versatility. The group are classically trained, however they are known for the Japanese influence over their music. Okeanos is praised for its pioneering work in creating new opportunities for young composers and have premiered over 100 compositions.

Along with many exciting projects lined up for the future, this weekend, Okeanos is performing at the Barbican as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion weekend, Sounds of Japan. The ensemble’s performance will feature in the exploration of Japanese music – both traditional and contemporary. For more information on Okeanos’ concert and the Total Immersion weekend, visit the Barbican website here.

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Our other new client is the Hampstead Arts Festival, who also work hard to encourage young talent in music, but also literature. Having relaunched in 2012, Hampstead Arts Festival hopes to bring together local and international musicians, establishing itself as a high-profile cultural event. The Festival will take place this Autumn. Have a look at their website here.

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(Written on January 31, 2013 )

Gramophone

Borletti-Buitoni Trust celebrates 10th anniversary in May 2013

Weekend of special events to feature the BBT’s most successful award winners

Classic FM

Final Fantasy Barbican concert with LSO announced

Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy music is to be played live by the London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican on 30th May 2013, it has been announced.

André Rieu performs at Champions League football match

André Rieu performed in front of a packed stadium of football fans last week, treating the masses to a waltz.

Deceptive Cadence

Michel Van Der Aa Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Up-close, a multi-disciplinary work by Dutch composer and director Michel van der Aa that combines a piercing cello concerto with an enigmatic silent film, has won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Slipped Disc

UK musicians face 12.5% tax hit if they lose this case

The Court of Appeal is to hear a test case in December asking for a reversal of a recent judgement that would add 12.5 percent to a freelance player’s National Insurance costs.

Doyen of Dutch music has died

We have been apprised of the death today of Simeon ten Holt, one of the most most prolific Dutch modernists and hypnotic post-modernists.

The Telegraph

The Opera Novice: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro is so engrossing you almost forget you’re watching an opera, says Sameer Rahim.

China Daily

Opera singing mayor surprises residents

Mayor Chen Jianhua gave residents a happy surprise when he sang Yueju, or Cantonese opera, in the Guangdong provincial capital on Monday night.

Classic FM

(Written on November 27, 2012 )