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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.

KlassikInfo.de

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.

Twitter

Tagesspiegel Berlin‏ @TspBerlin

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

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(Written on August 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Inside information on Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra, Trump loses case against iTrump owner, and Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo on the future of his BBC Symphony Orchestra and his plans for the Last Night. Second season for Danish talent show ‘Vidunderbørn’ announced, Charles Dutoit receives gold medal from Royal Philharmonic Society, and CEOs of Bach-archive and Bach-archive institution go separate ways.

Toronto Star

Songs from movies, games helping to lure young listeners to classical music

Local station New Classical FM sees results as more symphonic sounds strike a chord with new audience.

The Telegraph

Inside Chineke!, Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra

The founder of Europe’s first black and minority ethnic orchestra talks to Ivan Hewett about the challenges of building an ensemble from scratch.

Pizzicato

Trump loses case against iTrump owner

The owner of an iPhone app designed to teach people how to play the trumpet is able to continue using this name.

The Times

Four concerts and a speech: the busiest man at the Proms

Sakari Oramo on the future of his BBC Symphony Orchestra and his plans for the Last Night.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra appoints its new CEO

Sydney-born Emma Dunch has been tempted back to Australia after nearly 20 years high flying in NYC.

Pizzicato

Geschäftsführer des Bach-Archivs und die Stiftung Bach-Archiv Leipzig trennen sich

Alexander Steinhibelr, der erst seit Februar 2016 Geschäftsführer der Stiftung Bach-Archiv Leipzig ist, hat seinen Vertrag aus persönlichen Gründen vorzeitig gekündigt, teilte das Bach-Archiv heute mit. Steinhilber verlässt Leipzig zum 1. September 2017.

Klassik.com

Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society für Dirigent Charles Dutoit

Der schweizerische Dirigent Charles Dutoit erhält die Goldmedaille der Royal Philharmonic Society. Mit der Auszeichnung ehrt die traditionsreiche, im Jahr 1870 gegründete britische Musikinstitution den Dirigenten, der sich um das Musikleben Englands – unter anderem als künstlerischer Direktor und Chefdirigent des Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – verdient gemacht hat.

Klassik Heute

Sommerkonzerte in Blankensee und Dorfkirchen im südlichen Brandenburg

Am 19. und 20. August werden die Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte zu Gast in Blankensee und im Rahmen des Dorfkirchenkarussells in Annahütte, Freienhufen und Wormlage im südlichen Brandenburg sein.

Danmarks Radio

’Vidunderbørn’ vender tilbage på DR1

Seerne har udsigt til at møde nogle af Danmarks dygtigste børn i klassiske kunstarter som klaver, violin, sang, slagtøj og ballet, når ’Vidunderbørn’ får en anden sæson.

The Grange Festival @GrangeFestival

One month until opens! Don’t forget to book your tickets:

Rune, winner of the first season of “Vidunderbørn”, © dr

 

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(Written on August 16, 2017 )

Classical News

Today’s news, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an agreement and announces its new 6-year contract with its musicians. Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is looking to recruit new members. Also, English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance.


The Buffalo News

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announces 6-year contract with musicians

Good news announced Saturday at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season-opening concert in Kleinhans Music Hall. BPO musicians have reached an agreement with the orchestra’s management on a new six-year contract.

The Wall Street Journal
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Blends Classical and Rock on Upcoming Album

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills spent decades performing in front of millions, but it’s his latest work that makes him nervous. This past June, the bassist and keyboard player premiered a new piece of music, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” with the Toronto symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Willis wins London Concord Singers composition competition

Alison Willis has won the London Concord Singers‘ 50th anniversary composition competition.

Young People’s Chorus of NYC appoints first composer-in-residence

The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (YPC) has appointed Michael Gordon as its inaugural composer-in-residence. The three-year position will see Gordon compose at least one new work inspired by New York City each season, give workshops and masterclasses, and serve on a committee as an artistic adviser.

RSNO Chorus seeks new members

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Chorus is recruiting for new members. Formerly the Glasgow Choral Union, the Chorus is Scotland’s oldest choir still in operation and in 2018 will celebrate its 175th anniversary.

ENO announces board changes

English National Opera has announced changes to its board and governance. Patti White, Patty Dimond and Phil Edgar-Jones have replaced Glyn Barker, David Buchler, and David Harrell (stepping down following seven, nine and nine years of service respectively) on the ENO board.

The Irish Times

Musician misses home but story ends on a positive note

Marja Gaynor loves the spontaneity of Irish musicians. In her native Finland musical gatherings are pre-planned, the violinist says.

New York Post
City’s first orchestra music charter school to open in 2017

In a development that is sure to be music to the ears of city parents, a new, orchestral-themed charter school is scheduled to open in upper Manhattan next fall — the first of its kind in the Big Apple.

nmz

Thomas E. Bauer wird Intendant der Festspiele Europäische Wochen

Der Bariton und Kulturmanager Thomas E. Bauer ist zum neuen Intendanten der Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau berufen worden.

Klassik heute

Piano Days in Hamburg – Klangerlebnisse mit neuester Hybridtechnologie

Klavierspielen ist schwer, teuer und nur etwas für Klassikfans? Mit diesem Klischee möchte CASIO aufräumen und ruft erstmals die CASIO Piano Days ins Leben.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wo die Freie Szene in Berlin zuhause ist

Berliner Off-Zentrale: Die Sophiensæle sind seit 20 Jahren der Flagship-Store des Freien Theaters und Tanzes.

Twitter

Speakeasy @WSJspeakeasy R.E.M.’s Mike Mills blends rock and classical music on upcoming album: http://on.wsj.com/2cCw3TF

BBC Philharmonic @BBCPhilharmonic “Classical Music is more relevant to the future” – an oldie but a goodie from Paul Morley in @Guardian

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Two weeks until @CityMusicF‘s @RhinegoldLive! Don’t miss out – reserve your free ticket now

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Photo by: Mark Hamilton (RSNO Chorus Director, Gregory Batsleer)

(Written on September 20, 2016 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.

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(Written on October 6, 2014 )

The Guardian

How Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring has shaped 100 years of music

Piece first performed in Paris exactly 100 years ago emblematic of era of great scientific, artistic and intellectual ferment.

 

The Spectator

Music: the German love affair with all things British

The current love affair that the Germans seem to be having with all things British has deep roots.

 

Classic FM

Canada plans classical concert for dogs

Fans of Bark and Pooch-ini, prick up your ears for Canada’s first ever concert for canines from Toronto Concert Orchestra in June.

 

Gramophone

David Afkham named Spanish National Orchestra principal conductor

Initial four-year contract begins in September 2015.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Worcester to host pan-European singing festival

The UK’s first ever non-competitive youth singing festival will be held in Worcester on 19-27 July, when 11 choirs from nine different countries will descend on the town.

 

Digital Journal

Norman Wong shoots musical, fashionable Toronto

Toronto-based music label Arts & Crafts celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.

 

Dailymail

Katherine Jenkins ditched by record company after ‘spending £1,500 a day on hair and make-up’ 

Katherine Jenkins has been dropped from her record label following a slump in sales and a string of ‘diva demands’.

 

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The Guardian

(Written on May 30, 2013 )