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In today’s news: Tory MP Bernard Jenkin urges visa deal for EU musicians, possible improvement on school results by extra music lessons, and the hearing and visually impaired to get captions through smart glasses in National Theatre trial. Composer Klaus Huber has died, successful 31st edition of music festival “Niedersächsische Musiktage”, and Berlin State Opera is officially re-opened.

BBC News

New music ‘at risk’ through music education ‘neglect’ in England

The success of British music is at risk because the subject is being neglected in schools, says the head of UK Music.

Tory MP Bernard Jenkin urges visa deal for EU musicians

Eurosceptic Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin has urged the UK government to guarantee free movement for top EU musicians after Brexit.

The Guardian

How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it

A Bradford primary school wants the world to know its newfound Sats success is down to giving all children up to six hours of music a week.

Musical Instrument Professional

‘Every child has a right to music education’ – ISM launches Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has commissioned the Primary Music Toolkit to help primary school teachers further their self-assurance in teaching music in the classroom.

The Times

Deaf to get captions through smart glasses in National Theatre trial

Smart glasses are being tried out by the National Theatre in an attempt to make performances accessible to the hearing and visually impaired.

Limelight

Nominations for the 2017 ARIA Fine Arts Awards announced

Slava Grigoryan and ABC Music’s labels dominate the nominations, while a Kate Miller-Heidke inclusion raises eyebrows.

Pizzicato

Three French orchestras collaborate for the employment of an assistant conductor

Three French orchestras, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France and Orchestre National de Lille have signed a partnership for the common employment of an assistant conductor.

Zeit Online

Komponist Klaus Huber gestorben

Klaus Huber war einer der letzten Großen der modernen Zwölftonmusik. Jetzt ist der Schweizer Komponist, Dirigent und Geiger mit 92 Jahren in Perugia gestorben.

Klassik Heute

31. Niedersächsische Musiktage erfolgreich abgeschlossen

Die 31. Niedersächsischen Musiktage beschäftigten sich vom 2. September bis 1. Oktober 2017 mit dem Thema „Raum“.

KlassikInfo.de

Wiedereröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper

Wiedereröffnung der Staatsoper Unter den Linden am Tag der Deutschen Einheit mit der Premiere von »Zum Augenblicke sagen: Verweile doch!« mit Robert Schumanns »Szenen aus Goethes Faust« unter der musikalischen Leitung von Generalmusikdirektor Daniel Barenboim und in der Regie von Intendant Jürgen Flimm.

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Dirigent Kent Nagano und Intendant Georges Delnon bleiben bis 2025 an der :

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(Written on October 4, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House to reintroduce Proms concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra to release its second piece of Virtual Reality content, and Facebook offers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to labels and publishers for global licenses. ConBrio publishes book “Judaism in Opera”, festival Donaueschinger Musiktage to present new concert concepts, and Speranza Scappucci becomes new chief conductor of Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

Opera Now

ROH to reintroduce Proms concerts

The Royal Opera House is to offer £10 tickets for those prepared to sit on the floor.

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia marks 40th anniversary of Voyager 1 launch with VR release

The Philharmonia Orchestra is to release its second piece of Virtual Reality content to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and the Golden Records that each carried.

Choir and Organ

Results of ISM-RCO organists’ fees survey revealed

The results of the ISM-RCO survey of organists’ fees show considerable variation between rates paid in London and those paid in the rest of the UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook offers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to labels and publishers for global licenses

Facebook is offering record labels and publishers a quick fix advance which would allow its 2bn-plus users to start legally using music in their videos.

Pizzicato

Will the Bolshoi stage Serebrennikov’s Nureyev ballet in 2017?
The Moscow audience will be able to see Kirill Serebrennikov’s Nureyev production in 2017, Russian agency RIA says. Bolshoi’s General Manager Vladimir Urin had cancelled the premiere of the piece, explaining that the production was not ready.

NMZ

Jüdischer Blick auf die Oper
Im Rahmen einer Veranstaltung im Teesalon der Wiener Staatsoper ist das kürzlich im ConBrio Verlag erschienene Buch „Judaism in Opera /Judentum in der Oper“ vorgestellt worden.

KlassikInfo

Festival reagiert auf Wandel der Öffentlichkeit mit neuen Angeboten
Applaus, Stillsitzen, konzentriertes Hören, Applaus – so laufen noch heute die meisten Konzerte ab. Doch wenn sich Gesellschaft und Öffentlichkeit verändern, muss sich dann nicht auch das klassische Konzert wandeln?

Codex Flores

Die Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège hat eine Chefdirigentin
Die Italienerin Speranza Scappucci, die in dieser Saison im Dezember am Opernhaus Zürich Donizettis «La Fille du Régiment» leitet, tritt die Nachfolge von Paolo Arrivabeni als neue Chefdirigentin der Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège an.

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Congrats to Wataru Hisasue, Fabian Müller und JeungBeum Sohn! They will play again on friday!

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(Written on September 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: the difference between Catholic and Protestant church music, and no permission for project ‘tear down this wall!’. Union Verdi and the German Orchestra Union make the Berlin Senate reconsider situation of honorary music teachers. European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit. Intelligent headphones, and is the ‘classical’ music label relevant in 2017?

The Times

Musicians rally together in light of attack at MEN arena

Manchester’s music stars reacted with shock to last night’s terrorist attack and praised the city’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Wired

Artificially intelligent headphones could “understand” ambient sound

Fuji and Yamaha create concept headphones that would use ‘A.I.’ to comprehend and geo-tag music, which could then be played back when the listener revisits the location.

The Stage

Opera Holland Park prepares for varied summer programme

“What was originally three months has turned into fifteen years,” says Director Michael Volpe on Opera Holland Park’s enduring success.

Gramophone

Is the ‘Classical’ music label outdated?

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant.

New York Times

ABC prepares to broadcast musical remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’

New production hopes to maintain many of the key elements of the original film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Worin unterscheidet sich katholische von protestantischer Kirchenmusik?

Das ist doch die richtige Frage zum Lutherjahr: Sind Katholiken und Protestanten im musikalischen Lob des Herrn ökumenisch vereint oder nicht? Die Antwort mag überraschen.

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Einseitige Grenzenlosigkeit

Keine Genehmigung für das Projekt „Tear Down This Wall!“ auf amerikanischer Seite der Mauer in San Diego. Das Konzert findet trotzdem statt.

NMZ

Verdi fordert mehr Geld und bessere Konditionen für freie Musiklehrer

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi und die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) haben den Berliner Senat aufgefordert, die soziale Situation der Honorarkräfte unter den Musiklehrern zu verbessern.

WQXR

The European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit

The consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union aren’t just political.

Le Monde

Mort de la violoncelliste russe Natalia Chakhovskaïa

Cette éminente pédagogue avait succédé à Rostropovitch comme chef de chaire au Conservatoire Tchaïkovski de Moscou.

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@MusicMagazine: ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength’ – ‘s Alan Davey

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(Written on May 23, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

nmz

Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

klassik.com

Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

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Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

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(Written on January 17, 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 )

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.

Photo: Emilie Bailey

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!

Photo: Tête a Tête

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.

Photo: BitterSuite

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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Photo: Martin Godwin

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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Photo: ECC100

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 )

Account Manager Victoria Cappelletti’s views on working as a PR in Paris and London: Differences, difficulties & evolution

Over one year ago I moved to London to start working at WildKat PR as an Account Manager. I had previously worked for two years in the music industry in Paris, at a major record label and also in an independent PR agency with a similar structure to WildKat.

Being aware of the stakes of promoting independent and emerging artists in Paris, I was curious to see and experience the differences between the industries, seeking new professional challenges and looking forward to tame British journalists.

As I had previously worked with UK and international clients, I already had an insight into some of the differences, however, after a year of working as a press officer in London, I was able to find distinctive quirks.

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In my opinion, big record labels and majors rule music industries. That’s the case in both the UK and France. Independent, alternative and emergent artists thus struggle (more) to rise and thrive with their art.

As the French government cuts budgets for culture, the media has to focus on bigger artists, or at least on the ones that will gain a more significant audience. I could see that they were sliding dangerously from programming artists that they are personally passionate about, to generating profit for the media. As someone who is, and has always been so passionate about music, spending entire evenings digging for unknown tunes on Soundcloud, it makes me quite sad.

My knowledge of the UK government’s decisions for culture (apart from Brexit which will have an important impact on diversity in my humble French opinion) is limited, but it seems quite obvious that there are way more opportunities for new artist, to perform but also to be featured in the media.

Regarding live performances, for example, maybe it comes from the fact that all things cultural don’t happen in central London, as it is in Paris intra-muros, but alternative, emergent, underground cultural opportunities blossom in zone 2 and 3, whereas it is almost impossible to make Parisians cross the city centre’s limits.

Hence, there is a profusion of music venues, from established concert halls to basements and Pizza Express, that allow emerging bands and underground composers to perform their music or art, get visibility and improve their talent.

It also seems that there are more channels and ways to promote artists in the UK.

For example, I was able to secure a piece in a national newspaper for my first campaign, whereas the journalist had never heard from me before, and my sharp French accent couldn’t fool anyone.

Of course relationships with the media are the key to being a good and efficient PR. But here in the UK, I’ve felt like journalists are more open-minded and if you pitch to them right, offering an interesting idea, they will say yes.

In France, it’s more difficult to offer something original, and journalists are not likely to respond to you unless they know you. Maybe it’s also the case here, but simply in my experience, it’s not.

I’ve learnt that here anything is basically possible, if you put enough creativity and resources into it. This is an integral part of the culture at WildKat and has taught me a new way to approach to PR. The French music industry is obviously still strong, and there are still great things to do – it just seemed to me that without a strong record label behind them, emerging artists had less chances to be promoted in media and programmed in a venue, even the smallest.

 

Note: Beyond the PR and media industry, I think the differences between the two countries are probably beyond business. It’s social, it’s a way of working, communicating, and thinking.

The UK has seen the birth of major underground musical movements such as punk, grime and trip-hop. It’s the home of beautiful weirdos, from Elton John to Boy George to David Bowie, among so many others.

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I believe that all these cultural developments and their leaders ‘used’ people’s minds to be more open, accepting, experiencing and enjoying alternative and underground music and art movements.

Generally, the UK is known for being a cool country, where people won’t judge you for your half-balled turquoise haircut, wearing shorts in January, or the music you are listening to. I’ve seen youngsters sing along to rock songs next to quiet old men in the pub.

I am not saying France is behind in terms of music – it has the 2nd best hip-hop scene, many other amazing weirdos and a new generation of artists that are now making their way across the Channel and beyond – for example, Christine & The Queens whom I’m always glad to see on billboards here in London.

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We have a great new wave of music, which I think and hope will go far.

I believe Paris should open its ‘borders’ offer more exciting opportunities to emerging artists through reopening old venues, rehabilitating others, and take (some) inspiration in London’s music life’s landscape.

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Photo: Victoria Cappelletti

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, joint Artistic Directors of Leeds International Piano Competition, talk about the reinvention of the competition. David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research. Also, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra launched the “Classical Connections” program to study cognitive benefits of classical music.

The Guardian

Paul Lewis: how we’re transforming ‘the Leeds’ to nurture tomorrow’s pianists

The Leeds piano competition is being given a radical, creative reboot. Paul Lewis, one of its new directors – alongside Adam Gatehouse – explains the plan.

Today Online

Album for cats tops classical music charts

David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research.

Broadway World

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Launches Program to Study Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) has launched “Classical Connections,” an innovative program to study the therapeutic benefits of classical music for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO Composers’ Hub announces 2016/17 intake

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced the second intake for its Composers’ Hub scheme.

Help Musicians UK announces latest career development grants

Help Musicians UK has announced the latest recipients of its career development bursaries.

Voice 2.0 – Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017

The three-day festival, which will take place 24-26 February 2017 at Plymouth University, will showcase new technologies and novel approaches to composition, performance and participation in music under the theme VOICE 2.0.

Washington Post

Russian city cancels ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after protest

A theater in Omsk, one of Russia’s largest cities has cancelled a planned performance of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” following protests by an organization of conservative Orthodox Christians. Local group “Family, Love, and Fatherland” filed a complaint that the musical mocked religious faith.

24-Year-Old Conductor Makes History at Broadway

Madeline Smith made her Broadway debut October 14 conducting the Broadway production of Waitress. At age 24 she is believed to be the youngest woman to conduct in a Broadway pit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Iván Fischer verlässt das Konzerthaus nach 2018

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin, wird seinen Vertrag nicht über 2018 hinaus verlängern – zum Bedauern seiner Musiker. Mit neuen Formaten und spannenden Ideen konnte Iván Fischer das Konzerthausorchester profilieren.

Codex Flores

Heidelberger Frühling zeichnet einen Hotelier aus

Klaus Lauer, Gründer und Leiter der Römerbad Musiktage und Intendant der Badenweiler Musiktage, erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Musikpreis des Heidelberger Frühling 2017. Das Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich an Persönlichkeiten, die sich «substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen».

Musik Heute

Yuja Wang wird Musical Americas “Künstlerin des Jahres”

Die chinesische Pianistin Yuja Wang ist von “Musical America” zur Künstlerin des Jahres 2017 ernannt worden. Die Karriere der 29-Jährigen übersteige die jedes anderen Pianisten in der heutigen Öffentlichkeit.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@PRSFoundation announces New Music Biennial 2017 composer residencies & Minute of Listening

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How the musical tide turned against Shostakovich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/knocked-b… #ROHnose

Classic FM @ClassicFM This clip of a Liverpool NHS Emergency Medical Technician casually belting out some opera is going viral: https://t.co/xVhfKz9ubX

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Photo: Leeds International Piano Competition

(Written on October 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, Pittsburgh Symphony cancelled more shows due to the ongoing strike of its musicians. An English cello bow by James Tubbs, which was presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which is currently taking place in Poland, has announced its 13 semi-finalists. In addition, Caroline Dollimore has been appointed the Director of Publicity of Atlantic Records UK, effective November 2016.

The Times

Pittsburgh Symphony cancels more shows due to strike

Due to the ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, additional symphony concerts through Nov. 18 have been canceled. The musicians’ union went on strike last month after unanimously rejecting calls for 15 percent pay cuts.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré cello bow withdrawn from sale due to doubt over provenance

An English cello bow by James Tubbs, ‘presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré’, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The bow was to be sold by Tarisio in London this October with a sale price estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

2016 International Wieniawski Violin Competition names 13 semi-finalists

The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, taking place from 8-23 October in Poznań, Poland, has named the 13 candidates selected to progress to the semi-finals.

Opera Now Magazine

Glyndebourne announces winners of new awards for young singers

Glyndebourne has announced the winners of two new biennial awards for young singers, launched to mark 30 years since the creation of its education department. The Gus Christie Award is for a young singer who has demonstrated outstanding vocal talent, while the Bill Weston Young Singers Award is for a promising singer who would benefit from financial support to continue their development.

Music Business Worldwide

Caroline Dollimore Named Director of Publicity at Atlantic Records UK

Atlantic Records UK announced the appointment of Caroline Dollimore as Director of Publicity, effective November 2016. Reporting to General Manager Mark Mitchell, Dollimore will oversee the strategic direction for all artist publicity campaigns on Atlantic’s roster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong group to strip down operas and bring them to the people

A new non-profit opera company in Hong Kong will soon be producing condensed versions of Western classical operas away from the formality of concert halls so that more people may be lured by the genre’s passion and music.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker: Intendant Axt bleibt bis 2023

Der Intendant der Bamberger Symphoniker, Marcus Rudolf Axt (42), bekommt eine zweite Amtszeit. Der Stiftungsrat habe die Verlängerung seines Vertrages bis 2023 unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit. Axt war 2013 mit einem Fünfjahresvertrag angetreten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Manacorda wird nicht neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Die Suche nach einem neuen Generalmusikdirektor an der Komischen Oper Berlin geht weiter. Das Orchester des Hauses hat sich gegen die Postenvergabe an Antonello Manacorda ausgesprochen.

RBB Kulturradio

Hans Pischner ist tot

Der frühere Intendant der Staatsoper Unter den Linden starb am vergangenen Samstag im Alter von 102 Jahren. Die Staatsoper führte Pischner in der DDR auch gegen kulturpolitische Widerstände sei es als stellvertretender Minister für Kultur oder später als Vizepräsident der Akademie der Künste.

Klassik.com

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds fördert Webern-Ausgabe mit 1,3 Millionen Franken

Bei dem Editionsprojekt handelt es sich um eine hybride Ausgabe, die sowohl im Druck erscheint wie auch digital zugänglich ist. Das Open-Access-Projekt enthält nicht nur Weberns gedruckte Werke, sondern auch frühe Fassungen, Jugend- und Studienkompositionen, Skizzen, Fragmente sowie Bearbeitungen.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 In Yo-Yo Ma concert with LA Chamber Orchestra, simplicity outshines the showmanship – Los Angeles Times: https://t.co/LgbRHzNmS5

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1879 Birth of Polish #composer Gregor #FITELBERG in Latvia #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary This Season discover Wales’ composers with this fantastic series from @BBCNOW https://lc.cx/4CuQ #music #concert #contemporary

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Photo: Three Rivers Arts Festival

(Written on October 18, 2016 )