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In today’s news: Jonathan Dove announced as VOCES8 associate composer, Andrés Orozco-Estrada extends his contract, ‘Copenhagen Phil’ fights for survival, Neoclassicim music and anti-romanticism, new Rundfunk Symphony director Vladimir Jurowski wants more Mahler concerts, Concerto Köln opens with Uraufführung at Schwetzinger Festspiele, and Staatskapelle Dresden announces schedule for 2017/18.

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Jonathan Dove named as VOCES8 associate composer

Jonathan Dove has been appointed as VOCES8’s associate composer.

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Andrés Orozco-Estrada Extends Contract With Houston Symphony

Colombian-born and Vienna based conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, 39, has extended his contract as Music Director of the Houston Symphony for three additional seasons through the 2021-22 season.

‘Copenhagen Phil’ kämpft mit Petition ums Überleben

Das ‘Copenhagen Phil’ (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) reagiert mit einer Petition auf den Vorschlag der dänischen Kulturministerin Mette Bock das Orchester zu schließen.

Classicfm

Vivaldi with a third of the notes missing sounds extremely weird

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ with a third of the notes missing for a very important reason.

Musicalchairs

Australia’s first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches at University of Melbourne with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

A two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) will launch today at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) when University of Melbourne ViceChancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Board Michael Ullmer sign an official Memorandum of Understanding.

Cmuse

Neoclassicism Music and Anti-romanticism

The years between the World Wars saw a speeding up of musical history.

Berliner Morgenpost

Für Vladimir Jurowski ist Musik Kommunikation

Der neue RSB-Chef will mehr Mahler ins Programm nehmen

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Concerto Köln mit Uraufführung bei den Schwetzinger Festspielen

Concerto Köln eröffnet mit der Uraufführung des Musiktheaters Tre Volti – Drei Blicke auf Liebe und Krieg am 28. April 2017 die 66. Ausgabe der Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.

Staatskapelle Dresden stellt neue Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Christian Thielemann eröffnet die neue Spielzeit mit Anton Bruckners erster Symphonie in c-Moll, die bis dato erst dreimal in Konzerten der Staatskapelle Dresden auf dem Programm stand.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Musician accuses conductor Urbanski, ISO of age discrimination

During a rehearsal for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in November 2015, principal bassoonist John Wetherill stopped playing his instrument.

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Broadway Songstress N’Kenge Makes Debut with Milwaukee Symphony in Classic FM!

Broadway Diva N’Kenge will grace the stage at Classic FM’s Four Decades of Radio Hits show with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the baton, Joel Levine for three concerts.

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3Geplatzte Opernaufführung in Toulouse: Sänger der Titelrolle verhaftet
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(Written on March 24, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Andrew Lloyed Webber and Stephen Sondheim celebrate their birthdays with a common performance , and Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced. Isabelle van Keulen becomes the leader of the Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season, “Liedermacher” André Heller for his 70th. Deutsche Oper Berlin presents new program, and an interview with Kristīne Opolais

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced

The first ever Scottish Awards for New Music have been awarded at a ceremony in Glasgow. The new awards, backed by Creative Scotland, aim to celebrate and champion Scottish composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles which are creating innovative and experimental work.

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Isabelle van Keulen übernimmt künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss

Zum Saisonstart 2017/18 übernimmt Isabelle van Keulen als ‘Artist in Residence’ die künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss « und führt das Ensemble damit auf neue Wege », wie es in einer Pressemitteilung heißt.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced its 2017/18 season: Robin Ticciati’s ninth and final as principal conductor.

BBC

Thailand’s blind children’s orchestra

The Thai Blind Orchestra is made up of young musicians and is run by a man whose daytime job is managing an elephant conservation centre.

The Violin Channel

Tarisio Auctions to Offer 5 x $5000 2017 Innovative Young Artist Grants

Tarisio has announced the launch of the 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants scheme – offering five bursaries to support innovative projects

Classic FM

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it’s a full-on workout

Pianist Sunny Li loves making ‘fun piano workout’ videos in between practicing for her latest piano concerto performance and hopes her lively videos will encourage young people to pick up an instrument.

Berliner Zeitung

Liedermacher André Heller zum 70. Geburtstag 

Als er Anfang der 1970er-Jahre mit seinen Liedern auch in Deutschland bekannt wurde, scheute man davor zurück, ihn einen Liedermacher zu nennen.

Klassik.com

Mendelssohn-Manuskript wird in Zürich versteigert

Ein Manuskript von jungen Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy kommt Anfang April in Zürich zur Versteigerung.

Concerti

„Vielleicht werde ich mal Impresario, wer weiß!”

Kristīne Opolais wollte nie einen perfekt vorgepflasterten Weg beschreiten und gab dem Zufall stets eine Chance. So wurde aus der Studienabbrecherin ein Weltstar

The Washington Post

Dave Davies says some new Kinks songs have been demo’d. If only his brother would let them finish.

Here’s a news nugget for Kinks obsessives: Turns out that Ray and Dave Davies, the perpetually feuding brothers at the heart of the legendary defunct rock band, actually recorded some demos last year.

Kulturradio RBB

Deutsche Oper Berlin präsentiert neues Program

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin plant für die Saison 2017/18 acht Neuproduktionen.

Broadwayworld

Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Today we celebrate two of musical theatre’s most revered icons, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who coincidentally share a birthday.

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Classical Music News  40Star cellist calls a baby break

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(Written on March 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.

Musicalchairs

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.

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Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.

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New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.

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„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

WQXR.org

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

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Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’

klassik.com Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

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(Written on March 17, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

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PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

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Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

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Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

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Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

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Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

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New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

musicalchairs

Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

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Sound and Music@soundandmusic: This weekend in Manchester – , curated by – Exciting!

klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

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(Written on March 10, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

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Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

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A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

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A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

Zeit Online

Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

Nmz

Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be starting work with Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida, ahead of the release of their album Dare Voce this autumn. Olivia and Sandro are particularly interested in exploring the interaction between different genres, traditions and timbres.

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Olivia Salvadori is a classically trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. Her music creates an eclectic avant-garde union between her deep, lyrical voice and a classically-influenced electronic accompaniment. In 2013, Olivia began recording her album, Dare Voce, in collaboration with producer, composer and cellist Sandro Mussida. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matter and explores the interaction between acoustic/classical, electric and electronic fields.

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Dare Voce features nine compositions in song form for soprano voice with electric/electronic accompaniment. Alongside elements from traditional classical Italian opera, the compositions incorporate more contemporary and experimental styles.

Follow their latest news here on WildKat PR Blog. In addition, you can follow Olivia on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, where you can listen to some of her recordings. You can also follow Sandro on his website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram, as well as Soundcloud to listen to his works.

(Written on October 18, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to share news of our continuing collaboration with pianist Sunwook Kim.

Sunwook Kim is a South Korean pianist living in London. He came to international recognition aged just eighteen, when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, becoming the youngest winner for 40 years. Since then, he has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra (John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Marek Janowski), and Tokyo Philharmonic.  

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WildKat PR has worked with label Accentus Music for over 5 years. Earlier in 2016, we were asked to promote Sunwook’s second solo album (Franck & Brahms), released on Accentus Music, which was praised for its ‘pristine clarity’ and ‘emotional resonance’ (Gramophone, March 17, 2016). We also launched his Facebook page, and continue to manage his social media channels.  

This time around, we are looking forward to promoting Sunwook’s upcoming solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 25th October.  His erudite approach to programming will be reflected in works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, charting artistic creativity in Vienna from the arrival of Mozart to the death of Schubert.

At the moment Sunwook is on tour in Japan and South Korea, and prior to his Wigmore recital will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony. Keep up to date with all of Sunwook’s news through his Facebook, Twitter, and website.

(Written on September 5, 2016 )