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WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

The Berkeley Ensemble and the panel of judges for the New Cobbett Prize for Composition are delighted to announce Samuel Wesley Lewis’s Sequenza as the winner of the 2014 award, while Barnaby Martin‘s Lazarus and Laurence Osborn‘s Living Floors are awarded runner-up. The prize’s final was held at The Forge, Camden in a public concert at which all five finalist’s compositions were performed.

The New Cobbett Prize is inspired by the life and pioneering work of philanthropist and founder of the original Cobbett Competition, Walter Willson Cobbett who commissioned many of the early works of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams, amongst others. Through this, Cobbett helped to establish a British school of chamber composition.

The winning and runner-up compositions will be recorded by the ensemble for release on Resonus Classics in 2015, part of their ongoing work to offer long term exposure to new and emerging composers.

Founded in 2008 by members of London’s Southbank Sinfonia who discovered a shared love for modern British composition, the Berkeley Ensemble has rapidly become one of the UK’s leading chamber groups. Their versatility and inquisitive spirit has resulted in collaborations with Tom Poster, Nicholas Daniel, Sir Thomas Allen, Richard Sisson and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Alongside the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble have performed in a concert series inspired by Cobbett’s legacy as well as supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers.

Louise Mather

(Written on December 11, 2014 )

The 18th annual Jacqueline du Pré concert will take place on 5th March at Wigmore Hall. Each year, a concert is held in memory of Jacqueline du Pré, one of the greatest cellists of her generation, who passed away from multiple sclerosis at the age of 42. Since 1996, the concerts raise money for different musical and medical charities.

This year’s concert will be in aid of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, who provide advice, guidance or even financial support for musicians who need assistance. From musicians who are beginning their career, to musicians who may hit a crisis or are considering retirement.

Guy Johnston will be performing at the concert with pianist Tom Poster to perform a programme including works by Bridge, Britten and Debussy.

For more information on the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the 18th annual Jacqueline du Pré Charity Concert, visit the website here.

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(Written on February 21, 2013 )