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In our news today, a recent brain scan study provides clues how music pieces can evoke goosebumps, the voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is now open, and the Bachfest Leipzig attracted more international visitors than ever. Also, Winston-Salem Symphony appoints Art Bloom as their chief operating officer and grass artist creates colossal portrait of Beethoven.

The Guardian

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

How certain pieces of music send tingles up the spine has stumped researchers for centuries, but a recent brain scan study may have provided some clues.

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards.

Peter Moores’ operatic philanthropy

While Bill Harpe’s obituary for Peter Moores (Other lives, 18 June) covers some of this remarkable philanthropist’s achievements, much is missing.

The New York Times

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Kazem Abdullah, general music director in Aachen, Germany, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton, Ohio, said he would like to return to the United States next year after his contract in Germany is up. The only problem, he said, is that he is most likely to find his opportunities limited in part because of his outsider status as an African-American, and a Muslim, in the world of classical music.

Beethoven in the grass

There is no question that Ludwig van Beethoven was a larger-than-life figure, one of the greatest composers of all time. And at the edge of the Catskills, Beethoven is very big indeed. The canvas is a huge field where cows once grazed. The artist is a man who was inspired while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas on long-playing records that he found at a yard sale. His tools include four tractors.

Winston-Salem Journal

Symphony hires short-term chief operating officer

The Winston-Salem Symphony has appointed Art Bloom, a business consultant and former marketing executive, to be its chief operating officer.

Gramophone

Voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is open

Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to its website to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine’s editors, readers are invited to vote.

Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury to celebrate David Bowie with first classical music headliner

David Bowie will be celebrated at Glastonbury with the festival’s first ever classical music headliner. American composer Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: the diva who put the sex into Sussex

The sun is up over Glyndebourne and the first opera lovers begin to arrive in crisp dinner jackets and floor-length ballgowns,  picnic hampers under arms, shawls and furs over shoulders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Opera conducts first members-only live stream to celebrate winter solstice 2016

Victorian Opera is hosting its first ever live stream in a one-hour event designed to test its members’ appetite for performances streamed directly to their devices at home or on the move.

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Lego-Oper: Wie man Plastikfiguren zum Singen bringt

Normalerweise inszeniert BR-KLASSIK ja keine Opern, sondern berichtet darüber. Eine Ausnahme gibt es – und die ist aus Lego. Mozarts “Zauberflöte” und Humperdincks “Hänsel und Gretel” gibt es schon als Kurzfilm im Netz, nun kommt ein weiterer Teil dazu: “Aida”.

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Basler Regierung fördert Orchester nach neuem Subventionsmodell

Die Stadt Basel hat die Orchesterförderung für die Jahre 2017 bis 2019 festgelegt. Sie erfolgt erstmals nach dem kontrovers diskutierten neuen Modell, nach dem eine unabhängige siebenköpfige Jury aus Musikfachleuten anhand eingereichter Programmkonzepte über die Subventionen entscheidet.

Musik heute

Bachfest Leipzig lockt mehr internationale Besucher an

Das Bachfest Leipzig hat in diesem Jahr so viele internationale Besucher angelockt wie nie zuvor. Karten wurden neben Deutschland in 17 europäische und 16 außereuropäische Länder verkauft.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Sänger gewinnen Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb – Kein Klavier-Sieger

WDR 3 @wdr3 Die ganze Woche nur Fußball? Abwechslung mit den WDR 3 Kulturtipps zum Wochenstart:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin & San Francisco Orchestras to perform free concerts for Orlando victims

Giuseppe Verdis "Aida" goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

Giuseppe Verdis “Aida” goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

On Wednesday evening, the WildKat London team were pleased to attend The Culture Debate in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. The debate, organised by the Creative Industries Federation and live streamed by BBC Arts, allowed members from arts industries to question representatives from the UK’s major political parties on their policies. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman were joined by the Martin Dobson, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Peter Whittle, and the debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.

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After hearing from the speakers, social media feeds were overwhelmed with comments about the amount of consensus occurring. All spokespeople professed their support for the arts, but without any real attention towards how key issues can be addressed. In an audience full with teachers, CEOs of PR and advertising agencies and young people new to the sector, many participants gladly shared their own experiences with the panel: mainly highlighting the lack of support they felt they had received from the government.

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Although we heard about the £7.7 billion that the arts contribute to the economy each year, and the fact that funding in Germany and Sweden has increased every year for the last 7 years in comparison, questions at the beginning of the debate “why say – we love you; here’s less?” were continually avoided. Many of the stories from individuals, including teachers, who had struggled and left their jobs because they felt there was no room for creativity, were dismissed as “anecdotal” by Ed Vaizey. Helpfully, Harriet Harman was able to provide some more evidence of the decline in arts subjects within schools, and followers took to social media to provide some more interesting statistics. The ISM, for instance, cited that in 2007 61,000 pupils studied music for GCSE, whilst in 2014 this had dropped to 47,000 pupils. Baroness Bonham-Carter’s reference to an “inspirational drama teacher” at Eton also irritated the audience, seeming, as Caroline Crampton from the New Statesmen wrote: “to skate over the other benefits private education brings.”

SATS and ArtsEducation remained a great focus of the debate. Ed Vaizey claimed that he does see art as being at the forefront of much primary education, whilst Harriet Harman continued to address the issue that equal opportunities are not provided to children in schools. This was mentioned as an issue within and outside of London, and one that was not addressed with any clear strategy. UKIP’s answer to this was to increase the amount of grammar schools, however as Caroline Crampton tweeted “It is not clear what this does for the arts”. When the conversation moved on to unpaid internships and the cost of living in London, everyone was yet again stuck for any form of solution, most notably Baroness Bonham-Carter, who could only agree with the statement.

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The question of how far we should rely on schools to promote culture was also raised. As Londoners benefit from £69 of arts funding per head, compared with £4.50 in the rest of the country, how can we expect every school to perform equally in the arts? Points about creativity were also raised by the audience more generally. Creativity needs to be applied to our working lives, not merely encouraged vaguely in infant years, and then forgotten about.

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This Culture Debate left many questions unanswered. Whilst it is difficult to quantify the monetary value of culture on a city or town and its inhabitants, the most pressing question for us was highlighted by Louise Jury, the Evening Standard’s Chief Arts Correspondent, after the debate: “if the arts generate so much revenue, why is it so impossible to invest in them?”

Let’s hope we will not be having an identical conversation in 4 years’ time.

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(Written on April 10, 2015 )

With the voting currently open for the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame, we in the WildKat PR London office took some time to talk about our three choices and why we love them so much. Counted down over the Easter weekend, we’ll all definitely be tuning in to see where our favourites come! Alluding to the regular battle between Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, we also did our own poll to see which would win. Watch our vlog to find out…

Make sure you cast your own vote here

(Written on February 13, 2015 )

Accentus Music is delighted to announce that its production of Claudio Abbado and the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 has won the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Award in the ‘Best DVD Performance’ category. The performance was recorded live at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL in August 2010.

This year was the first time that the Best DVD Performance category was decided by the public vote, reflecting the increased popularity of the classical music DVD market. The other nominees in the category were a Glyndebourne production of Billy Budd and a production of Elektra, recorded live from the Salzburg Festival 2010. Accentus Music’s production is the first concert DVD to have achieved this accolade, it having previously been awarded to operatic DVDs.

Described by Oliver Condy for BBC Music Magazine as “performed exquisitely” and praised for capturing the “very, very special” atmosphere of the concert, this DVD has hithertofore received widespread critical praise. Not only has it recently been awarded an ICMA award, it was also praised by Andrew Clark in the Financial Times, who wrote that this “fabulously fluid performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is an important release.”

For more information about Accentus Music and its catalogue, visit the Accentus Music website.

(Written on April 12, 2012 )

Today, the jury of the International Classical Music Awards announced that ACCENTUS Music’s production of Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 has won its prestigious award in the category of ‘DVD Performance’. The jury deciding the awards is comprised of staff from top European classical music media including Crescendo (Belgium), Fonoforum (Germany), PIZZICATO (Luxembourg), Musik & Theater (Switzerland) and Orpheus (Russia). Remy Franck, President of the Jury, said of the winners: “The winners come from a nomination list comprising 250 CD and DVD productions and are the expression of the highest artistry. In a musical world showing an increasing number of recordings, our choice honors outstanding productions of superior quality and provides reliable guidance to the music lovers.”

Having also been nominated for an esteemed BBC Music Magazine 2012 Award (public voting still open until 29th February) this DVD has received widespread critical acclaim. In 2011, Andrew Clark in the Financial Times wrote “this DVD of last summer’s fabulously fluid performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is an important release” and Gramophone Magazine reviewer David Gutman wrote: “When the music finally ends and, as in any truly great account of this highly affecting score, one feels that life itself is ebbing away, all present are held in awed silence.”

The ICMA ceremony will be on May 15th at La Cité, Nantes’ Congress and Cultural Center with a Gala concert at the same place. This concert with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire conducted by Music Director John Axelrod will be broadcast live by France Musique and by many other radio stations of the EBU network.  For more information please click here: www.icma-info.com

(Written on February 20, 2012 )