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The Independent

Sole bidder in the frame as decision on HMV’s fate draws near

The future of HMV, the failed entertainment chain, is likely to be decided over the coming days.

Classic FM

Music for Archbishop’s Enthronement revealed

Bach, Tallis, Tippett, Walton and more feature in the programme for the Enthronement service for the new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Huffington Post

Together, Science and Art Can Provide Answers in Search for Truth

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of UCF this year, we are reminded that the core benefit of an upper-level education is the opportunity to pursue and obtain insight and knowledge over blindness and ignorance.


LSO announces second free concert in London’s Trafalgar Square

BMW LSO Open Air Classics event focuses on works by Berlioz

Classical Music Magazine

Winners announced for the inaugural Music Teacher Awards

On 20 March 2013 the winners were announced for the first ever Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Music Week

Stuart Galbraith joins Association of Independent Festivals

Kilimanjaro Live CEO Stuart Galbraith has joined the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) as a board member.




(Written on March 22, 2013 )

Next Monday Guy Johnston will be performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. The concert, which also features John Ireland’s A London Overture and Vaughn Williams’ Symphony No. 5, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm, live from MediaCity UK in Salford. The Cello Concerto, one of Walton’s major works, was composed on the island of Ischia in 1956, and carefully depicts the beautiful surroundings of the composer’s home, overcast towards the end by an introspective and brooding themes, before returning to the scenic depictions from the beginning of the piece.

The concert has sold out, but you can listen to the concert on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm on Monday 14th January and online here.

Photo credit: Jack Liebeck

(Written on January 9, 2013 )

It’s a long-long weekend, it’s the Jubilee Weekend – it’s a WildKat party!

The Jubilee Weekend is upon us, London is decked out in flags and all things festive and we feel compelled to share our favourite regal and patriotic music with you. That bunting would just look so out of place if it weren’t for some royal tunes to go with it.

So here are some of our favourite (some seriously superb, some simply fun) musical choices for the royal weekend! Wave those flags, get the beverages and the food out and let’s sing and sway along!

Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks

Composer under contract of George II for the fireworks in London’s Green Park on 27 April 1749 Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks celebrated the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. When published, Handel wished to present the work as an overture but the Crown had it given the title “Music for the Royal Fireworks” as propaganda in favour of an otherwise unpopular Treaty and monarch.

Thomas Arne’s – Rule Britannia! 

Rule Britannia was  was originally composed for Alfred, a masque about Alfred the Great, and first performed at the country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales (the eldest son of George II and father of the future George III, as well as the great-grandfather of Queen Victoria), on 1 August 1740, to commemorate the accession of George II and the third birthday of the Princess Augusta.

We know several people who are huge fans of this diva-off:


Walton – Crown Imperial

Despite being composed for King George VI’s brother, Edward VIII, Crown Imperial was first performed at the coronation of King George VI in 1937.

Widor – Toccata from Symphony No 5

Probably one of Widor’s best known works, the Toccata from Symphony No. 5 for Organ has been performed at the weddings of many members of the Royal Family, including Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince William.

Haydn – “Kaiser” Quartet

To round off our playlist, we’re recommending Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3, which was composed while he was employed at the court of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy II and boasts the nickname ‘Emperor’ because Haydn quotes the melody from ‘God Save Emperor Francis’.

(Written on June 1, 2012 )