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In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that PRS have announced 20 winning commissions for New Music Biennial and Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join RPS/YCAT mentoring scheme. Also, Boston Orchestra loans patrons iPads and applications open for Rhinegold Charity Fund

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation announces 20 winning commissions for New Music Biennial 2017

PRS for Music Foundation has announced the 20 commissions selected for the New Music Biennial 2017

ABCNews

Tech at the Symphony: Boston Orchestra Loaning Patrons iPads

A night at the symphony usually means silencing cellphones and mobile devices before the music starts. But as part of an effort to draw in a younger audience, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is loaning select patrons iPads loaded with content specific to each performance

Classical Music Magazine

Alison Balsom and Peter Moore join RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge mentoring scheme

Trumpeter Alison Balsom will mentor trombonist Peter Moore as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge mentoring scheme (PLMS)

Early Music Today

Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17

NMZ

Orchestervereinigung fordert Ende des Lohnverzichts

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat ein Ende des Lohnverzichts bei sächsischen Theatern und Orchestern verlangt

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Anmut und Präzision: Vasily Petrenko dirigiert das RSB – mit Tine Thing Helseth als Trompetensolistin

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Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2016 geht an…

Laura Telly Cambier und Lukhanyo Moyake sind die Gewinner des diesjährigen Emmerich Smola Förderpreises.

Le Monde

Laurent Bayle : « A la Philharmonie, il y a encore beaucoup à imaginer »

La Philharmonie de Paris aura traversé, non sans tapage, sa première année. Le 14 janvier 2015, quelques jours après les attentats à Paris et à Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), le bâtiment ouvrait ses portes en présence du président de la République, François Hollande

Le Parisien

Le centenaire du compositeur Henri Dutilleux célébré au-delà de la polémique

Le centième anniversaire de la naissance d’Henri Dutilleux, dont la musique à la fois moderne et très accessible a su conquérir un vaste public, devrait permettre de faire oublier la polémique née au printemps autour de la pose d’une plaque à Pari

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Royal Academy Music@RoyalAcadMusic Congrats to alumni duo Alexander Sitkovetsky (#Strings #violin) and Wu Qian (#Piano), @LincolnCenter Emerging Artist Award winners

BSO@BSOrchestra   I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://youtu.be/mBfx6sKnc0M?a  Interview with Jac van Steen – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Music History@today_classical  #Today in 1883 Birth of German #conductor Hermann #ABENDROTH #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on January 19, 2016 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, Opera Holland Park announces independence, Ivan Hewett explains how ancient barriers to classical music no longer exist & Radio 3 announces a new generation of artists

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti to become vice-president of National Children’s Orchestra

The violinist has announced that she is to become vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, an ensemble which played an important part in her early musical life

Classical Music Magazine

Opera Holland Park announces independence

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has formally become an independent charity. The change in status comes after nearly 20 years as a department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will continue to perform in its current venue and will maintain its founding values

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces new generation of artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven artists that will be taking part in its prestigious New Generation Artists from 2015-2017. They are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, trombonist Peter Moore and the Van Kuijk String Quartet

The Telegraph

Classical music’s final frontier comes crashing down

Last month, two ancient barriers to classical music came crashing down. The Last night of the Proms was conducted by a woman, for only the second time. The next day Chineke!, the world’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, made its debut at the Southbank Centre in London

Classical Music Magazine

Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression

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Am 2. Oktober wird der Geiger Daniel Hope mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis Pro Arte ausgezeichnet. Der Preis fügt sich wunderbar in die lange Liste begehrter Auszeichnungen, die seine Karriere säumen

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Das New York Philharmonic Orchestra hat zur Saisoneröffnung bekannt gegeben, die größte individuelle Spende seiner Geschichte erhalten zu haben. Oscar Schafer, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats des Orchesters, spendete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau 25 Millionen US-Dollar

La Vanguardia

La cantante ha colaborado con el tenor en una canción que se incluirá en su nuevo disco. El inesperado dúo ha grabado una canción que se incluirá en el nuevo trabajo del tenor, Cinema, y ha sido compuesta por uno de los más prestigiosos autores de bandas sonoras: Ennio Morricone

The New York Times

Now New York City’s other other opera company is closing. Gotham Chamber Opera, a small, imaginative troupe that had seemed poised to fill some of the void after New York City Opera closed in 2013, announced on Thursday that it would shut down

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Arts Council England @ace_international  because it employs thousands of people across England – inc. in isolated areas like Keswick 

The Journal of Music @journalofmusic Video: What will developments in data science to do music listening?

Gewandhausorchester @Gewandhaus From 21-23 Oct musicians will give public masterclasses with students of the .

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Pictured: Nicola, after performing with the members of the National Children’s Orchestra

Photo: Alex von Koettlitz

 

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

After much anticipation, the website which offers personal one-to-one lessons, webinars and masterclasses with some of the best principal orchestral players in the world is up and running! Alongside being able to sign up for lessons, Musical Orbit is hitting the ground running with a string of very exciting, and varied, free webinars during February, the first being this evening (4th February 2015).

Join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet player, Mark O’Keeffe, from 8:30-9:30pm to hear him talk about orchestral trumpet playing and answering all your questions about technique, the glory of being a section leader of a major orchestra or indeed anything else related. It promises to be a fascinating and well-spent evening. Make sure you sign up in plenty of time to secure your place on what is already proving to be a popular webinar.

If you should miss tonight’s discussion, tomorrow’s webinar is another treat not to be missed. Maxine Kwok-Adams, first violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra will talk all things fashion and looking good on stage. Describing herself on her Twitter as ‘never knowingly underdressed’, Maxine will bring personality, flair and experience to her webinar to walk us through her best outfits for concerts and the technicalities of wearing certain fashions whilst performing. All this will help you to hone your all round performance skills.

As if this is not enough, log on between 6-7pm on 9th February to hear freelance principal oboist Matthew Draper offering us his expertise on reed making. Understanding how your instrument is made is key to maintaining it and playing well so bassoonists, clarinetists, oboists and anyone interested in what makes a first class reed, be sure to join in!

Other February highlights include overcoming performance anxiety by expert in the field, Mike Cunningham on the 8th; ‘Life as a freelance opera singer’ by Graeme Danby on the 9th February; and ‘Being a principal player’ with cellist Louisa Tuck of the Royal Northern Sinfonia on the 21st .

Details of new webinars are regularly uploaded so keep checking Musical Orbit’s website, Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. Best of all, they are completely free!

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(Written on February 4, 2015 )

Pavane, the new album from Paul Higgs, has been chosen as CD of the Week by The Lady, the UK’s longest running women’s magazine.

Gillian Spickernell, chief classical music writer for The Lady, described Pavane: “By turns romantic and haunting but always insistent, Paul’s compositions mix the genres of classical music and jazz with the grandeur of a film score.”

Pavane is available from Amazon and iTunes. For more information, please see Paul’s website.

 

(Written on February 25, 2014 )

Paul Higgs’ new album Pavane is out now in the UK.

Celebrated trumpeter and composer Paul Higgs has created many albums throughout his time as a successful musician, but Pavane is the first to blend the genres of classical and jazz music. A song-like eleven track collection, Pavane is fusion at its best, combining the freedom of jazz with the rich sonorities of classical music.

A week after the US release, Pavane is now available in the UK from Amazon and iTunes. For more information, please see Paul’s website.

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(Written on January 31, 2014 )

Trumpeter and composer Paul Higgs’ new album Pavane is out now in the US, with a UK release later this week.

Pavane is an expression of Paul’s belief that genre boundaries shouldn’t be restrictive and combines the freedom of jazz with the rich sonorities of classical music. It presents pieces in song form in a classical style with an emphasis on melody and counterpoint. An exquisitely formed eleven-track collection, it boasts influences that range from Elgar to Latin Bass.

Pavane’s UK release is next Thursday 30th January and will be available from Amazon and iTunes. For more information, please see Paul’s website: www.paulhiggs.com

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

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(Written on January 27, 2014 )

Variety

‘Invisible Cities’ Opera Gets Immersive With Wireless Technology

It’s billed as the future of opera, live performance, technology and art, at least according to German audio company Sennheiser. But to judge from “Invisible Cities,” the new opera for wireless headphones performed in L.A.’s Union Station, the future of immersive theater is already here.

BBC News

Good music education only ‘for minority of pupils’

A quality music education only reaches a minority of pupils in England’s schools, an Ofsted report has said

The New York Times

If It All Doesn’t Fit, Build a Bigger Box

Classical Music Boxed Sets Multiply

Daily Mail

Queen’s composer says every young person should study classical music 

Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, blames governments for treating classical music as an ‘elitist fringe activity’

CBS News

Price of success: Will the Recycled Orchestra last?

A group of very poor children in Paraguay changing their lives through making music with what they have found in a dump

Los Angeles Times

Herb Alpert gives $300,000 to L.A. City College music department

Herb Alpert is giving $300,000 to the Los Angeles City College music department. The trumpet player and former A&M Records owner is a leading arts philanthropist

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Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti: “Er ist wie ein musikalischer Vater für mich.”

Ein Gespräch mit den Cellisten Sol Gabetta und Ivan Monighetti über ihre besondere Geschichte, den Einfluss ihrer Lehrer und das Unterrichten an sich

BBC News

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(Written on November 18, 2013 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers Paul Higgs to our client roster.

Paul has had an extensive musical career in many fields including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. His experience has also been prolific, and he is sought after as a versatile composer and performer in the varied world of theatre, film, TV, gigs and concerts. He was a Musical Director for many years for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

As a performer he is able to blend the traditions of classical and jazz, and possesses the rare ability to capture the most elusive of dreams in his music, expressing subtle emotions and bold exciting energy with equal ease. Melodies soar and float, while rich harmonies create shadows and depths beneath. His rich imagination allows him to place himself anywhere on the musical spectrum to create the right mood – tense danger, dreamy romance, or futuristic funk. Paul’s understanding of musical genres and composition, coupled with his exceptional skills as a performer leaves him very much in demand.

He has performed with luminaries including Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Lulu, and John Williams. Paul has also performed in major concert venues around the world, such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), Berlin Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s.

Paul is currently promoting his new album Pavane which presents pieces in song form in a classical style with an emphasis on melody and counterpoint. The aim behind the creation of the album was to make “an album that combines the freedom of jazz with the rich sonorities of classical music”. In Pavane he presents an infinitely varied world expressed through melody, atmosphere and sensitivity. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of his trumpet transports us through each one in turn, with a variety of feelings throughout the disc from the romantic grandeur of a film score to music perfect for dance.

Paul Higgs has been described as “…a world-class composer and trumpet player…” by Digby Fairweather: BBC presenter (Radio 2 and 3), and jazz trumpeter. With much experience and multifaceted success behind him, Paul seems to continuously demonstrate his musical creativity and talent in many areas.

To stay up to date with the latest Paul Higgs news and information about him and his album release take a look at his website.

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(Written on November 13, 2013 )

Take Hold, the first single from i’Anson’s debut album In Chances of Light, is out now! A guitar driven track, Take Hold is reflective yet uplifting, with gentle and joyful trumpet solo from Trudie Cox.

In Chances of Light, which is inspired by i’Anson songwriter Hugh Carswell’s life on the stark and beautiful Scottish island of Jura, will be released in its entirety in November. Take Hold gives listeners a taste of Hugh’s compelling story of discovering a simple life in one of the most remote and stunning places in Britain. 

i’Anson – Take Hold from I’Anson on Vimeo.

(Written on October 16, 2013 )