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WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that we will be working with Cowbridge Music Festival (CMF)!

The festival, now in its eighth year, will once again take place in the bucolic village of Cowbridge, South Wales, and feature internationally-acclaimed artists and performers. The varied programme of concerts will include performances by The King’s Singers, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Veronika Eberle and the festival’s first ever Artist-in-Residence Llŷr Williams. Nicola Benedetti MBE retains her role as patron of CMF, having first performed an unforgettable solo concert in 2011.

The festival’s founders, Mary Elliot-Rose and Sam Edwards, have been welcoming musicians to CMF since 2010. They saw the town, with its picturesque churches and vibrant community, as the perfect setting to showcase the finest chamber, vocal and instrumental music.

CMF places significant emphasis on education and outreach, education and the community, with a range of programmes and accessible activities including an interactive concert for children aged 12 and under, schools’ samba workshops and CMF Chamber Music Seminar .

A full programme can be viewed here.

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(Written on July 31, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to break the bottleneck on the top of the charts caused by the inclusion of streaming datas, The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates to reflect the rise in music streaming. Academy of Ancient Music is collaborating with Mid Wales Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on MWO’s tour in Wales. The Royal Northern College of Music has announced partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. English National Opera finished its financial year with a surplus of £308,000. Also, read about the Stradivari violins, the mystery that even Sherlock Holmes failed to solve.

BBC News

Chart company changes formula to reflect rise in streaming

The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming.

Early Music Today Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music to collaborate with RWCMD and Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s second co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to tour Wales in association with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM).

Opera Now Magazine

English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16

English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.

The Times

Stradivari’s secret could be a drop of fungicide

Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t solve the mystery of Stradivari violins. Florian Leonhard says that Stradivari is still way ahead of his modern rivals and researchers believe an ancient fungicide may be the secret of the violins’ unique acoustics.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft soll Welterbe werden

Deutschland hat seine Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft für die internationale Unesco-Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes nominiert. Deutschland verfüge über die weltweit höchste Theaterdichte, hieß es dazu. Die Orchesterdichte zähle zu den höchsten der Welt.

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ECHO 2017: Verleihung des Musikpreises des Bundesverbandes der Musikindustrie wird im nächsten Jahr neu gestaltet

Die Neuausrichtung wird sowohl den Aufbau der Sendung als auch die Rolle der Jury betreffen und darüber hinaus eine inhaltliche Überarbeitung der Regularien einschließen.

kulturradio vom rbb

Alvis Hermanis inszeniert nicht in Bayreuth

Der lettische Regisseur hat sich aus den Verhandlungen mit den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Hermanis war für den “Lohengrin” 2018 im Gespräch gewesen. Hermanis ist wegen seiner Aussagen zur Flüchtlingspolitik umstritten.

Codex Flores

Haimor Chef der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen

Die Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR) hat mit dem Amerikaner Fawzi Haimor einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Er tritt sein Amt zum Spielzeitbeginn 2017/18 an.

WELT

Die unterkühlte Monarchin der Oper steigt vom Thron

Renée Fleming ist eine der größten Sängerinnen der Welt. Sie trat in der Sesamstraße auf, beim Super Bowl, sogar ein Dessert ist nach ihr benannt. Nun plant sie ihren Abschied. Es wird Zeit.

Twitter

Cmuse.org @cmuseorg Boy battling #leukemia gets chance to conduct symphony #orchestra http://www.cmuse.org/7-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-gets-chance-to-conduct-orchestra/ … #music

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Andrea Bocelli pulls out of Trump inauguration http://dlvr.it/MwdgSz #ClassicalMusic

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Learn how we’ve supported artists this year through our Creative Programme. RT & share the word

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Photo: Zhejiang Conservatory of Music/ 浙江音乐学院

(Written on December 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, German government has announced a budget of €27 million for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. English National Opera has announced the postponement of The Mikado performance in Blackpool, which is now scheduled for 2018. In addition, read about the reality that American orchestras are now facing.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO postpones Blackpool Mikado

English National Opera has announced that its performances of The Mikado in Blackpool have been postponed.

CMUSE

German government to spend €27 million to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

The German government announced a budget of €27 million last week for a year of celebrations to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

The New York Times

It’s Official: Many Orchestras Are Now Charities

There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them.

For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence

On Sunday afternoon, the composer Lei Liang looked on silently as the ensemble Loadbang made its second pass through his “Lakescape V.”

The Huffington Post

From Bach To Beyoncé: Is Classical Music Dead?

Many critics and skeptics have made the bold claim that classical music is dead. It’s true that classical music isn’t what it used to be — but neither is music in general.

Classical Music Magazine

Welsh arts organisations to mark Russian Revolution centenary

Arts organisations across Wales will present a season of performances and events throughout 2017 to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags Tod’s & Fred’s sagt, der Urteil zur GEMA sei “eine falsche Entscheidung”

Thorsten Seif, Mitinhaber und einer der Geschäftsführer des Musikverlags “Tod’s & Fred’s”, sagt, das Gerichtsurteil entspreche nicht der “Praxis, wie gearbeitet” werde: “Es spiegelt eben gar nicht die Konstellation wider, wie es in der Realität aussieht in diesem Gefüge Musikverlag, GEMA, Urheber. Deshalb finde ich das eine falsche Entscheidung.”

Klassik.com

Placido Domingo wird Ehrenmitglied der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Placido Domingo hat von der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien eine Auszeichnung als Ehrenmitglied erhalten. Damit honoriert die Ausbildungsinstitution Domingos vielfältige Tätigkeit als Sänger, Dirigent, Operndirektor, Mentor und Gründer des Gesangswettbewerbs Operalia.

Musik Heute

Urteil im Bayreuther Wagner-Prozess verschoben

Das Ringen um die Macht auf dem Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth zieht sich hin. Im Zivilverfahren am Landgericht Bayreuth um den Pachtvertrag des Festspielhauses laufen derzeit noch immer Verhandlungen um einen Vergleich. Zunächst wollte das Gericht am 17. November ein Urteil verkünden. Der Termin sei aber auf den 15. Dezember verschoben worden, sagte ein Sprecher am Dienstag. “Es besteht noch die Möglichkeit, dass sich die Parteien einig werden.”

Music News Italy

Elvis Presley: nuovo documentario in arrivo

La vita di Elvis Presley verrà presto raccontata attraverso un documentario con fatti e immagini del tutto inedite. HBO, in collaborazione con la Presley Estate, produrrà un’opera che narrerà molti aneddoti sulla leggenda del rock, dalla nascita fino alle ultime sessioni di registrazione.

France Musique

Disparition du musicien de blues et de jazz Mose Allison

Le pianiste américain Mose Allison est décédé mardi 15 novembre à l’âge de 89 ans dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Egalement chanteur et compositeur, on le surnommait le « William Faulkner du jazz ».

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist How do you get people to listen to classical music in a profoundly non-classical age? From the archive http://econ.st/2f0YtZv

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Economic ear: how much has the UK government spent on the arts since the end of world war two? http://ow.ly/J9KE306bBxQ

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Yo Yo Ma mourns his role model http://dlvr.it/Mgd574 #ClassicalMusic

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(Written on November 16, 2016 )

The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, London Mozart Players announce management restructure and PRS For Music has launched its new anti-piracy take-down tool, MAPS.. Also, English National Opera reduces senior management pay by 20% and details of Classical: NEXT 2016 are announced

The Stage

ENO to cut senior pay by 20%

English National Opera is to reduce pay levels for senior management by 20% as it seeks to make savings of £5 million.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announces management restructure

The London Mozart Players has recently undergone a restructure of its management team, electing a new chair of the LMP Trust and appointing an executive director

Music Week

PRS for Music launches new system to combat online piracy

PRS For Music has launched its new anti-piracy take-down tool, MAPS.

The Telegraph

How women made the violin their own

Ivan Hewett considers why female violinists now outnumber men in many of the world’s greatest competitions and orchestras

Classical Music Magazine

Details announced for Classical:NEXT 2016

The fifth Classical:NEXT congress, to be held in Rotterdam on 25-28 May, will kick off with a battery of keynote speeches instead of the traditional solo address

Berliner Zeitung

Konzert abgebrochen „Reden Sie doch gefälligst Deutsch!“

„Das kam für alle überraschend, das haben wir vom Kölner Publikum nicht erwartet. Wir können es uns auch nicht erklären“

NMZ

Ein Stück Musikgeschichte verschwindet: Aus für Wurlitzer

Dieser Name steht für längst vergangene Musikzeiten: Wurlitzer. Nach dem Ende der Produktion von Musikboxen im Jahr 2013 ist das Aus des Traditionsunternehmen in Deutschland besiegelt

Deutsche Welle

Konzert für Flüchtlinge: “Willkommen in unserer Mitte”

Bei einem gemeinsamen Auftritt haben die drei großen Orchester Berlins in der Berliner Philharmonie für Flüchtlinge musiziert. Der Abend verlieh dem Begriff “Willkommenskultur” eine neue Dimension

New York Times

Have We Been Playing Gershwin Wrong for 70 Years?

It is one of the most famous pieces of American music — but for 70 years orchestras may have been playing one of its best-known effects wrong

France Musique

Le manuscrit de la partition piano-voix des Troyens de Berlioz acquis par la Bnf

Considéré comme perdu depuis plus d’un siècle, la Bibliothèque nationale de France vient d’acquérir le manuscrit de la partition pour piano et voix des Troyens de Berlioz

Twitter

London Philharmonic ‏@LPOrchestra  At 6.00pm on Saturday, young musicians from the LPO Foyle Future Firsts celebrate Shakespeare’s life and works. http://lpo.uk/21wspzR 

Bernhard Kerres ‏@BernhardKerres  The great #violinist @ericsilberger raises money for his debut recording. Support it! #violin #classicalbuzz http://kck.st/1oG5XT1 

Save_ENO ‏@Save_ENO   .@E_N_O senior management agree to share the pain of pay cuts. Fairness prevails. #SaveENO http://bit.ly/21Co7XO

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(Written on March 2, 2016 )

Classical News

WildKat PR

The Berkeley Ensemble’s New Cobbett Prize for Composition 2014 has a winner!

The Berkeley Ensemble and the panel of judges for the New Cobbett Prize for Composition are delighted to announce Samuel Wesley Lewis’s Sequenza as the winner of the 2014 award

The Guardian

Alan Rusbridger to stand down as Guardian editor-in-chief

After 20 years at the paper Rusbridger will leave next summer and replaces Liz Forgan as chair of the Scott Trust in 2016

10 of the strangest: Messiahs

As Christmas approaches, let’s focus on Handel’s famous oratorio and some of the weirder approaches to the Hallelujah Chorus. If you like your Handel with added psychedelic trance, LED lights and electric guitars, you’re in the right place

The Independent

ENO blames Arts Council cuts after production of Orfeo is cancelled

Funding is set to fall by nearly £5m next year

Classical Music Magazine

Patrick Lemanski to move to Warner Classics in January

Patrick Lemanski, the managing director of Harmonia Mundi UK, is to take the same post at Warner Classics UK in January. That surprise announcement came from Alain Lanceron, president of Warner Classics, at a pre-Christmas reception in London.

International Arts Manager

Welsh choir wins UK Choir of the Year Competition

The UK’s leading amateur choral contest concluded at an event hosted by choirmaster Gareth Malone (pictured) at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Klassik.com

Mailänder Sinfonieorchester wartet auf Subventionen aus Rom

Orchester fordert schnelle Überweisung von 3 Millionen Euro

Musik Heute

Bechstein Stiftung gibt 50. Klavier an Schule

Die Carl Bechstein Stiftung hat zum 50. Mal einer Schule ein Klavier kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt.

Pizzicato

Chung droht mit Rücktritt beim ‘Seoul Philharmonic’

Der Dirigent Myung-Whun Chung hat, koreanischen Presseberichten zufolge, dem Bürgermeister von Seoul ein Ultimatum gesetzt: entweder die Direktorin des ‘Seoul Philharmonic’, Park Hyun-jung, wird entlassen, oder aber er wird als Chefdirigent zurücktreten.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Receives $20 million Donation

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that David C. Bohnett, Chairman of the David Bohnett Foundation, has pledged a $20 million gift to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Público.es

El tenor Juan Diego Flórez canta a la paz bajo la cúpula de Barceló

El peruano cantará este miércoles en Ginebra en el primer “Concierto por la Paz”, coincidiendo con el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos.

Twitter

BBC Front Row ‏@BBCFrontRow: We discuss how the Xmas truce in the WW1 trenches has been portrayed on film, music videos and now the @TheRSC: http://bbc.in/1um8LB6 

Britten Sinfonia ‏@BrittenSinfonia:Journeys in 20th century American music – Sarah Connolly @spconnolly joins us in Jan 2015 – read the press release http://www.brittensinfonia.com/news/article/jacqueline-shave-in-recital-cancelled …

 

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The ENO’s Orfeo was due to be staged at the Bristol Old Vic. Photo found at The Independent

 

(Written on December 11, 2014 )

Classical News

Guardian

The Nazi war criminal, the Nuremberg prosecution expert… and a shared love of Bach

A new collaboration between human rights lawyer Philippe Sands and opera director Nina Brazier sheds light on the parallels between Hans Frank, a key player in the Holocaust, and Hersch Lauterpacht, one of the prosecution team at his trial

Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins: ‘I’m no diva – but I can be impatient and a bit bossy’

Under fire for running the London Marathon in make-up and for being ‘dropped’ by her record label, Katherine Jenkins found solace in Wales

Times

John Adams: the composer whose opera was hijacked

The composer is unveiling a radical new religious piece but it’s an old work that has hit headlines — again

tesconnect

‘An education in the arts is limited to the economically privileged. It is an unjust waste of national talent’

In an article for Create – a journal of perspectives on the value of arts and culture published by the Arts Council – Sir Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, writes.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Es geht in Bayreuth schon lange nicht mehr um Kunst“

Am Freitag hieß es, Jonathan Meese solle doch nicht den „Parsifal“ bei den Richard-Wagner-Festspielen inszenieren, Bühnenbild und Kostüme seien nicht finanzierbar. Der Künstler sieht das anders. Und wettert gegen Bayreuth.

Die Welt

Wie Countertenöre den Frauen die Jobs wegnehmen

Vor den Countertenören scheint keine Hosenrolle sicher. Franco Fagioli allein hat schon drei Mozart-Mezzo-Rollen gesungen. Aber: Will man das auch hören? Alles über das Londoner „Idomeneo“-Experiment.

Berliner Zeitung

Geld für Kultur

Berlin erhält im nächsten Jahr 300 Millionen Euro aus dem Bundeskulturetat

El País

Una gran ovación para Pollini

La Sinfónica dedica un monográfico a Beethoven con el maestro italiano al piano y su hijo Daniele a la batuta

Le Parisien

Radio France inaugure son nouvel Auditorium „en fanfare“

Tambours et trompettes ont marqué l’inauguration du nouvel Auditorium de Radio France vendredi soir, avec la “fanfare de Slava” du grand compositeur contemporain français Henri Dutilleux en ouverture d’un concert gratuit de plus de deux heures.

Twitter

medici.tv ‏@medicitv: Lang Lang honored with German award @lang_lang @ChinaDailyUSA #MediciClassicalNews http://sco.lt/6VbvOL

Intermusica @IntermusicaLtd: Hear @tenorbenjohnson sing Szymanowski’s Love Songs of Hafiz with @BBCSO & Edward Gardner on @BBCRadio3 at 2pm today http://ow.ly/EhM4R 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Having arts at the heart of the curriculum is key to student’s success say @GreatOrmondSt School http://bit.ly/1wIIu44 ^L

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Composer John Adams. Photo: The Times

(Written on November 17, 2014 )

Classic FM

Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Klassik.com

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening: http://rpsmusicawards.com/shortlist

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video: http://j.mp/1l7JTcg

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT: http://bit.ly/RavCmd

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures http://dlvr.it/5fXbRn #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters http://gu.com/p/3p3k4/tw #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics? http://gu.com/p/3p662/tf

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(Written on May 13, 2014 )

The Arts Desk

The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

The slickest Last Night in recent memory finds a woman finally in charge

Wagner at the Proms remembered

Five singers, three conductors and a director look back on a collective triumph of the bicentenary year

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja: “An operatic voice is not boring!”

The tenor speaks to his long standing friend and Classic FM presenter David Mellor about the appeal of his new album, Amore

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Britain’s most celebrated contemporary conductor is understood to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the LSO

The Washington Post

Soprano Voigt drops out of Washington Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ with ‘relief’

Deborah Voigt, the star soprano scheduled to sing Isolde in Wagner’s monumental “Tristan und Isolde” in the company’s season-opening production, starting next Sunday, is withdrawing from the role

The Guardian

Pavarotti tops the charts with remastered first recording

Posthumous release features an aria the opera singer recorded 50 years ago but which lay unheard in his archives

The Independent

‘Stop mocking the Mormons,’ says opera star Bryn Terfel who has been ’embraced’ by the faith

The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him

Die Welt

“Wir sind Zirkusartisten ohne Netz”

Es gibt so viel mehr als den hohen Ton: Plácido Domingo und Jonas Kaufmann, die berühmtesten Tenöre der Welt, über Sängerwitze, Akzente und die Liebe zu Verdi. Ein allererstes Doppelinterview

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

(Written on September 9, 2013 )

Classic FM

‘Fifty Shades of Grey- The Classical Album’ set for release on EMI 

EMI are releasing an album of classical music chosen by author E L James.

Charles Ives’ house to be demolished?  

Developers are looking to purchase Charles Ives’ house.

Beethoven, Bach manuscripts up for auction 

Original manuscripts by Beethoven, Bach and Rameau are to be auctioned in October at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Just in: BBC signs another maestro 

The BBC Symphony Orchestra announced that Semyon Bychkov would join their roster of conductors.

Research: More Germans attend Classical Concerts than pop and rock 

A New survey detects an increase in audiences of classical concerts.

Amid Olympic confusion, Wales launches anthem app 

The Welsh have launched an app to teach you how to sing their national anthem properly.

The Guardian- Blog 

A guide to Olga Neuwirth’s music

Tom Service guides us through the music of Olga Neuwirth

BBC News 

Marvin Hamlisch, composer of The Sting and A Chorus Line, dies aged 68 

The composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the scores for films and shows including The Sting and A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles, aged 68.

(Written on August 8, 2012 )