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We are very pleased to be working with Paul Kirkpatrick, who will release his second album ‘The Fermi Paradox’ under his pseudonym ‘Paul K’ in November 2018.

UK-based composer, producer and musician Paul K is hailed as “one of the best writers of atmospheric electronic instrumentals”, Paul was inspired by post-punk bands such as The Cure and Joy Division in his teenage years, and is now compared to giants of the progressive rock genre such as Pink Floyd and electronic artist Vangelis. One-half of the electro rock due Glitch Code, Paul’s previous album solo album Omertà was released to critical acclaim, described as “rolling in melodic invention and cutting edge arrangements ripe with sonic imagery and intrigue”. Paul combines electronic music with strings and samples, as well as conventional drums and guitars in his own unique style, drawing fans from a wide audience.

‘The Fermi Paradox’ explores the theme of isolation, asking “are we alone in the universe?”, and examining the perspective of isolation through social media. The album’s title refers to the physicist Enrico Fermi’s concept of existential life, in his theory of evidence vs. non-evidence of extra-terrestrial life, and features sampled speech from Cosmologists Joe Silk, Mario Livio and Frank Drake, as well as poetry from Abraham Sutzkever.

Earlier tracks on the album consider the fact we may be the only planet with living organisms in the universe and we may also be at a unique time in the history of the cosmos. As the album progresses, the song title suggest a shift from an inward looking, nihilistic approach to an outward gaze to the stars in an effort to answer questions posed by the Fermi Paradox.

Paul K will be releasing his new album on 9th November 2018 and will be touring the UK with his instrumentalists in late 2018 and early 2019.

(Written on August 24, 2018 )

Classical News


Chariots of Fire composer writes piece of music for Rosetta comet mission

The world-renowned musician, Vangelis composes a piece of music specially for European Space Agency and inspired by the Rosetta mission

The Strad

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae banned from skiing for four years

The International Ski Federation ruled that the athlete’s qualifying scores were manipulated

BBC Music Magazine

Jiří Bělohlávek awarded the 2014 Antonín Dvořák Prize

The Czech conductor will pick up his prize in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall this Sunday

Classical Source

Southbank Centre announces its 2015 Festival Programme and Artistic Highlights


International Arts Manager

Carnegie Hall broadcasts concerts live

A new partnership between Carnegie Hall and will see concerts webcast live from the historic venue for the first time, showcasing some of the world’s leading artists.

Britischer Musiksoziologe kritisiert El Sistema

Angebliche Schwachstellen des venezolanischen Musik- und Sozialprogramms

Musik Heute

Musikhochschule Weimar vergibt Deutschland-Stipendien

Die Weimarer Musikhochschule hat ihre diesjährigen Deutschland-Stipendien vergeben.

Codex Flores

Temirkanov hat die Nase voll vom Regietheater

Der russische Dirigent Yuri Temirkanov weigert sich, künftig regieentstellte Opern zu dirigieren.

The New York Times

YouTube Music Key Is Introduced as New Rival in Streaming

For nearly a decade, YouTube has offered a smorgasbord of free music, making just about every song imaginable — from Top 40 to ukulele covers — available at a click.

Le Figaro

L’Opéra Comique souffle ses 300 bougies

Ce soir, la Salle Favart célèbre les trois siècles de ce genre très français avec Jérôme Deschamps, Michel Fau et Roselyne Bachelot en meneurs de revue.


Conductor Bramwell Tovey’s Stolen From His Car

Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and former chief conductor of the Luxembourg Philharmonic suffered the loss of two scores, his baton case and some other personal items from his vehicle’s trunk in downtown Vancouver on Saturday night.


Arts Council England ‏@ace_national: Our Director of Philanthropy @MrsTjnr tells @guardianculture why the arts need to get better at asking for money:

SM @ISM_music: We are concerned by the education secretary’s damaging statement about arts education #baccforthefuture #protectmusic 

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet: He only created 1 full-length ballet,but Britten influenced more dance than you may think: ^C

Vanessa_MaeVanessa-Mae. Photo: The Strad

(Written on November 13, 2014 )

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc 

Verbier Festival reports 10 percent downturn 

Attendances were down at this year’s Verbier Festival.

Yevgeny Nikitin: the last interview of my life

Nikitin gives his last ever interview to Der Spiegel.              

The developer laughed as he tore down George Gershwin’s house

The heritage home is torn down after protests yielded seven years ago.

Just in: farewell to a Golden Age violinist 

Ruggiero Ricci has died age 94.

Gramophone Blog 

Performing with Gustavo Dudamel for El Sistema 

Mezzo-soprano Justina Gringyte shares her experience of performing with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

Opera News 

2012 Opera News Awards Honorees Announced 

The editors of Opera News announce the honorees for the 2012 Opera News Awards.

Classic FM 

LSO and Vangelis top classical singles chart 

Vangelis’ “Chariot’s of Fire” tops the classical singles chart.

Philharmonia to premiere Holst work at Mela  

The Philharmonia Orchestra will appear at the Mela festival in London on the 19th August.


(Written on August 7, 2012 )

It is nigh on impossible to be in London this week and avoid the Olympics; whilst the Big Smoke may be quieter than usual in some parts of the town, there still seems to be an Olympic official, a fan or #teamGB T-shirt-wearer in every (nearly deserted) tube carriage.
And so the world of Classical Music has been infiltrated by the Olympics, too. Or rather, Classical Music has infiltrated the Olympics.

Nineteen members of the Canadian Olympic team have this week been revealed to be classical musicians, members of Conservatoires back in Canada but are, this month, just focusing on the sporting side of their talents.

There was no nod to popular music in the selection of Olympic flag bearers of 2012 but it was conductor Daniel Barenboim, who proudly stood as one of the eight great humanitarians, chosen for his services to music and peacekeeping. This was most notably due to his creation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, bringing together young musicians in his home country of Israel regardless of their political position or origin either side of the Palestine/Israel border.

The Arts Desk

During a celebration of ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’, Parry’s Jerusalem was touchingly sung by 11-year-old Humphrey Keeper, leading The Dockhead Choir. Handel’s Water Music and Elgar’s Nimrod both featured at the dramatic moments of the event, whilst Ode to Joy was a debated contender for the show’s repertoire after David Beckham performed it in a Samsung advert using just his feet, talent and a football; however it never made the bill.

Speaking of Ode to Joy, this week Barenboim proclaimed Beethoven to be a ‘bit of an Olympian’ himself after conducting his medal worthy First to Ninth Symphonies all in eight days at the BBC proms. After the performance of the Ninth last Friday Barenboim was then rushed (most certainly using those Olympic traffic lanes!) to get to the Olympic stadium to carry the all-important flag.

Classical music was also given the chance to show its modern face and its sense of humour, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting whilst Mr. Bean was on the keyboard, contributing to the famous Vangelis music from Chariots of Fire. Whilst Rattle’s role was small, it featured a wonderful combination of classical music from the London Symphony Orchestra with Bean’s electronic input – probably the most crucial part of Vangelis’ wonderful theme tune. And so a famous Maestro and Britain’s famous comedian shared the stage. With even the Queen herself showing a sense of humour in her James Bond sketch, it was great to see Sir Simon Rattle dispersing stereotypes of stuffiness within classical music courtesy of his witty performance with Mr. Bean.

Classical music and its musicians actually feature in the most important moment for every single Olympian out there.  This year the London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded all 205 Olympic countries’ anthems in the legendary Abbey Road Studios with just 12 minutes allocated to record each individual piece. Despite the tight schedule that the anthems were completed in, they sound fantastic and boost every nation’s spirits each time a Gold is won. We just hope to hear ‘God Save the Queen’ a lot more over the next week…

The Daily Mail

(Written on August 3, 2012 )

Classic FM 

Mozart Manuscript Found after 200 years

Lost score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart worth £50,000 is found in a library in Nantes, Western France.

Twitter activity exploded when the LSO and Mr. Bean took to the stage during the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony. 

Most popular on twitter during Olympic Ceremony was the LSO and Mr Bean’s rendition of Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire.

Classical Chamber group covers Lana Del Rey 

Aston, a group made up of six classically trained musicians from the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney cover Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die. 

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc

Just in: Musicians’ Federation calls for world boycott of Malaysian Philharmonic auditions  

Nine players have been sacked by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s new administration provoking international consequences.

Just in: BBC chief drops out of Proms for a second time 

Jukka-Pekka Saraste replaces Jiří Bělohlávek as chief conductor.

Very sad News: head of Semper Oper, Dresden, has died  

Ulrike Hessler dies at age 57.

Guardian- Music Blog 

A guide to Per Nørgård

Tom Service guides us through the music of Per Nørgård.

BBC Music Magazine

Bob Chilcott 

Elizabeth Davis talks to Bob Chilcott, composer of The Angry Planet ahead of his Proms premiere.

(Written on July 31, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Tamsin Little on Delius: regrets of a lost composer

Violinist Tamsin Little tells Ivan Hewett why she loves the music of Delius.

The opera voice: Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

If you were ever in doubt that opera could be hilarious then Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicchi will convince you.

NY Times

Evelyn Lear, Versatile Soprano, Dies at 86

Evelyn Lear, an American soprano who became a star in Europe in the 1950s and later won acclaim in the United States for singing some of the most difficult roles in contemporary opera, died on Sunday.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Chariots of Fire composer: ‘success breeds creative paralysis’

If you missed a rare interview with Vangelis in the sports pages of the Observer, you’ll want to catch up on the Greek composer’s thoughts on economic crisis and its relation to creative impotence.

Jessica Duchen

The Trouble with Sponsorship

More people these days are making their feelings known about where sport and the arts get their necessary lucre. And it’s not a moment too soon. But where do we go from here?


Opera experiment at the Sydney Opera House

Presenting Erich Korngold’s Die tote Stadt has compelled Australia’s national opera company to think outside the box – literally.

(Written on July 5, 2012 )