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In today’s news: The University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds piano, Steven Grahl appointed as new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, musical instruments in art, Apple Music to overtake Spotify, Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose extra booking fee for musical instruments on board flights, Caramoor Festival takes a contemporary turn, the relationship between music and sparking creativity, representatives of the Hamburg music industry in discussion with representatives of federal politics, Martha Argerich cancels American tour, the globalising of church music, Haitink announces concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Times

Musical instruments in art, chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor

Music, although we rarely think of it as such, is the most abstract of art forms. That is why I love it. Where words can be confining in their literalness, music is flexible, malleable, adaptable: the same notes can be interpreted differently by every individual.

Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via medici.tv.

Choir and Organ

Steven Grahl to replace Stephen Darlington at Christ Church

Steven Grahl has been appointed as the new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He will take up the office in September 2018, replacing Professor Stephen Darlington, who is retiring after 32 years.

The Strad

SAS now charging $60 cello booking fee on top of extra seat price, complains cellist

Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose telephone booking charge, despite not offering an online booking option for cellos.

Business Insider UK

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US

Apple Music has been growing faster than Spotify in the US, and as a result it might overtake the leading music streaming service later this year.

TES

‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

The New York Times

The Caramoor Festival Takes a Contemporary Turn

Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would move both forward and backward in time — giving new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods.

Kulturport

Vertreter der Hamburger Musikwirtschaft im Dialog mit der Bundespolitik

Auf Einladung der Hamburger Landesvertretung in Berlin und der Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft e.V. (IHM) reisten in der vergangenen Woche rund 50 VertreterInnen der Hamburger Musikbranche in die Bundeshauptstadt, um mit Vertretern der Bundespolitik zu sprechen und sich mit Berliner KollegInnen auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.

Musik Heute

Haitink sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Der niederländische Dirigent Bernard Haitink kann in dieser Woche nicht mit den Berliner Philharmonikern auftreten. Der 88-Jährige habe aus gesundheitlichen Gründen kurzfristig abgesagt, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

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Kirchenmusik globalisiert sich

Der evangelische Missionsverbund hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt „Dance – Music – Arts“. In diesem Rahmen und mit Unterstützung der Evangelische Pop-Akademie wird nun der musikalische Austausch internationalisiert.

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Martha Argerich annule sa tournée américaine

Martha Argerich devait effectuer une tournée aux Etats-Unis en mars 2018 avec le violoniste Itzhak Perlman. En raison de problèmes familiaux et de santé, elle ne pourra pas tenir ses engagements.

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Image: Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) © AP

(Written on February 6, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s news, three-day festival in New York offers the chance to discover the music of Per Norgard, the man who shot YouTube star and singer Christina Grimmie has been identified & Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition. Also, Nicolette Fraillon calls out sexism in the classical music world & figures show that live music is highly popular in the UK: 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015.

The New York Times

Norgard in New York celebrates Per Norgard

The kaleidoscopic, enigmatic music of the Danish composer Per Norgard, 83, has been seldom performed in America until recently being championed by the New York Philharmonic and others. This week, a three-day festival called Norgard in New York offers an ideal chance to discover the visceral music of this fascinating composer.

Man Who Shot Christina Grimmie, a Singer on ‘The Voice,’ Is Identified

The police on Saturday identified the man who shot and killed Christina Grimmie, a former cast member of the reality TV singing competition “The Voice” and a viral YouTube star, as a 27-year-old man from St. Petersburg, Fla.

Classical-music.com

Australian violinist wins Royal Over-Seas League Gold Medal

Violinist Emily Sun has won the Grand Final of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition, which took place at Cadogan Hall, London on Wednesday 1 June.

ABC News

Australian Ballet music director calls out sexism in classical music world

The world’s only female music director of a ballet company says gender inequality is still rife in the classical music world. Nicolette Fraillon—also an internationally renowned conductor and musician—says the issue is indicative of the broader barriers facing women in leadership positions.

BBC News

30 million tickets sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015

Nearly 30 million tickets were sold for British gigs and festivals in 2015, say new figures. UK Music, an organisation which represents the music industry’s interests, says 27.7 million fans headed to a live music event last year.

Classical Music Magazine

Opera North to run first orchestra camp

Opera North is to run its first orchestra camp this summer. The camp, which will run from 22-26 August at the University of Leeds’ School of Music, will give aspiring young musicians the chance to perfect their playing and learn new skills.

Boughton House to host Handel exhibition

Northamptonshire’s Boughton House will host a specially curated exhibition about the life of Handel. The exhibition will chart key episodes in Handel’s life, bringing together a collection of artefacts including the first edition of the Messiah, a 1720 harpsichord (probably Handel’s own), Louis-Francois Roubiliac’s first model for Handel’s monument in Westminster Abbey and rare orchestral instruments from the period.

Press & Journal

North-east students to perform opera

Music students at a north-east university will delve into the world of Greek mythology to perform an opera this weekend. The Aberdeen University production, Orfeo’s Journey, a new adaptation of four baroque operas, which is set in the north-east.

The Guardian

Conductor Daniele Gatti on Falstaff: ‘It’s as if Verdi was saying farewell’

Giuseppe Verdi was in his late 70s and thinking about retirement when his librettist Arrigo Boito suggested they make an opera from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Verdi had set two plays by Shakespeare before – Macbeth, which was one of his first great successes in the 1840s, and Otello, which he completed in 1887, at the age of 74.

Die Zeit 

Jamsession mit 50 Giganten

Sie waren die Größten, und wie leben sie heute? Der Bildband “American Jazz Heroes, Volume 2” besucht die Helden des Genres. Amerika hat viele von ihnen längst vergessen.

Klassik.com

Orden Pour le mérite für Daniel Barenboim und Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim ist neben dem Musikwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff als neues Mitglied in den Orden “Pour le mérite” aufgenommen worden. Die Auszeichnung fand im Beisein von Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck in Berlin statt.

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Deutscher Kulturrat: Künstlersozialversicherung: Bund muss den Zuschuss erhöhen

Morgen findet in Berlin die „Zukunftswerkstatt Künstlersozialversicherung“ des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales statt.

El Pais

Vicent Ros, nuevo director del Palau de la Música de Valencia

Dirigirá el recinto cultural durante tres años tras ser seleccionado entre 15 candidaturas

Scherzo

Cómo salvar la música clásica

Es la misma canción que se repite tan insistente como bienintecionada. Acercar los públicos a la música clásica, que no se vayan espantados los que acceden a un concierto por vez primera, que el público escuche lo que le gusta pero que también se sienta sorprendido.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/ZIPk3015KIR Australian Violinist Awarded Prestigious Commonwealth Bursary @RCMLondon

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 How football brought classical music to a wider audience. & from 10

Opera North @ Opera_NorthNot long to wait! 16/17 season on sale at 10am… What will YOU choose?

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Photograph: Manu Theobald

(Written on June 13, 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 )

Today marks the end of January and the final concert of classical accordionist Paul Chamberlain’s tour of Scotland and Northern England, where he will perform in the University of Leeds’ beautiful Clothworkers Ceremonial Concert Hall to a crowd of Music students and classical enthusiasts. Paul has big plans for 2014: releasing a follow up to his acclaimed 2011 debut album, a second California tour and another UK tour in July, but it seems fitting that he has begun the year by returning to his Scottish roots to perform in a number of beautiful venues, including a recital in rural Rannoch in association with Enterprise Music Scotland, an organization dedicated to Scottish chamber music.

To keep up to date with Paul and for news of his UK tour in July, please see his website.

Paul Chamberlain

(Written on January 31, 2014 )