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France Musique has established itself as the premier Francophone media outlet dedicated primarily to classical music, offering seven online radio stations, a phone app, and, since December 2017, a catalogue of more than 1,600 audio and visual concerts available to stream worldwide. Today, it launches its English-language site francemusique.com!

London Director, Olivia Brown, says: “There are a number of reasons why we are so delighted to be working with Radio France’s France Musique to promote this project, though first and foremost to share this content-rich platform worldwide. Radio stations have obviously been focusing on digital content to complement their stations more and more in the past few years, and this new platform not only demonstrates how Radio France is providing its current audiences in France with new, accessible, and informative content, but also welcoming an international audience to enjoy its platform too. Our company expansion to Paris in the next year only adds to the excitement of this project and we hope you enjoy exploring and learning!”

The main purpose of the new site is to share free access to a wide catalogue of music, and invite audiences to ‘listen from beyond the borders’. Its seven themed radio stations include ‘Easy Classical’, ‘Classical Extra’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Radio France Concerts’, Radio France’s own record label ‘Ocora World Music’, ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Film Music’.

Offering both Musical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge, the platform hosts a wide and growing variety of articles on the history of classical and jazz music, the chance to learn more about the context of different works, biographies of composers and musicians, curated playlists, and accessible content so anyone and everyone can learn and discover, whilst also having fun!

The Live Concerts section offers an ever-expanding catalogue of audio-visual concerts, accessible for free. As for the Studio Sessions, these allow access to unique sessions recorded at France Musique with both rising stars and established artists.

The database includes performances by France’s top ensembles, including the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the Choir and Children’s Choir of Radio France, putting you right on the front row.

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(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s classical news: images of John Lennon found to be worth much more than assumed, Robert von Bahr speaks about his label philosophy at BIS Records, Tonali get the Echo Klassik for their promotion of young talents, and the Royal Festival Hall in London organises two concerts remembering cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

BBC News

Unseen John Lennon images revealed in Liverpool

A set of unseen images of Beatles member found to be worth much more than once assumed, after being kept in “junk drawer” for 30 years.

Music captures the sound of Titan Crane in Scotland

Captured with wind harps and contact microphones, the composition by Michael Begg will be performed at 150ft in the wheelhouse of the crane at the Sonica Festival.

iNews 

Composing music for Nintendo’s golden age

After over 30 years in the business, video game composer David Wise has seen the process of creating games — and their music — evolve considerably.

FACT Magazine

Pharrell Williams invests in UK tech startup ROLI

ROLI has been innovating over the past few years with a range of instruments that give musicians more capabilities for expression.

Telegraph

Should music ever be played during rugby matches at Twickenham?

The use of music during international games has attracted strong criticism from traditionalists but the RFU believes the fan research indicates it is “welcomed at the right point”, particularly celebrating England tries.

TES

Renowned specialist music school in Edinburgh faces closure due to budget cuts

Campaigners say the City of Edinburgh Music School is unique in the UK.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Dies ist mein Leib

Ein Notenblatt, eine Originalhandschrift von Johann Sebastian Bach, darf sich nun zum Weltdokumentenerbe zählen. Und ausnahmsweise einen Tag lang aus dem Tresor hinaus unter die Feiernden.

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Das Label, bei dem nicht vergriffen ist

Robert von Bahr über seine Firmenphilosophie und sein Label BIS Records.

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Für die Klassikliebhaber von morgen

Seit sieben Jahren beeindruckt TONALi mit ihrer Jugendarbeit, nun erhält das Kulturprojekt den ECHO Klassik für Nachwuchsförderung.

El País

“Cantar ópera es como hacer el amor”

El Teatro de la Maestranza lanza una web para conocer las bambalinas del edificio, las vivencias de los intérpretes y ofrecer clases magistrales.

The News York Times

Remembering Jacqueline du Pré, an Icon of the Cello

On Oct. 28 and 29, Mr. Barenboim is marking the 30th anniversary of her death with two concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a British charity.

Twitter

 Münchner Symphoniker erhalten wieder dauerhafte Subventionen der Stadt

Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim in the 1960s.

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(Written on October 27, 2017 )

Sven Helbig is one of the biggest talents in the pool of composers of the new generation. He is known for his residence at Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar but also for his creative collaborations with artists of other genres such as hard rock band Rammstein or the Pet Shop Boys. He just released the video trailer for his newest piece: the album I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain introduces bewitching, delicate choral voices and a fascinating sound.

The album features the Baroque-specialists Vocalconsort Berlin, one of the most renowned German choirs, conducted by cosmopolite conductor Kristjan Järvi whose concerts have been proclaimed a “life-enhancing experience” (The Herald, Scotland).

I Eat The Sun And Drink The Rain will be released on 9th September 2016 on Berlin-based record label Neue Meister (Berlin Classics / Edel Germany). The album will be premiered live at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany on 23rd September 2016 and will then go on tour. You can pre-order the album here.

Keep up to date with Neue Meister’s releases via their website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

(Written on August 8, 2016 )

Today is the day JazzUK launches, revealing its new website, social media accounts with full upcoming programme for this year’s #4Jazz Festival Coventry revealed tomorrow. WildKat PR is delighted to welcome the new face of the jazz organisation to our roster.

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Formerly known as Jazz Services, this organisation has changed its name, but not its unwavering commitment to jazz as it launches new projects and services, as well as preparing for the #4Jazz Festival in Coventry. Continuing to support jazz musicians across the country, the festival will put on events across the city on the evening of 27th & full day of activities on 28th November 2015, many of which will be free.

From performances in large open spaces to secret pockets of the city, #4Jazz Festival Coventry puts jazz on the map across the city, and features a carnival procession by Imagineer Productions. With promenading bands in medieval lanes, a music marquee for grooving, African-Caribbean vibes in FarGo Village, gypsy swing in Draper’s Bar and musical balloons for children, #4Jazz Festival Coventry has something in store for everyone.

JazzUK also introduces its learning and participation project, Dissolve JazzLab. Make sure you check out its showcase – led by Issie Barratt, founder of the National Youth Jazz Collective – which will take place at Belgrave Theatre on Saturday 28th November. By collaborating with Coventry Performing Arts Service, JazzLab aims to fuse new Asian and world music-inspired jazz, in order to dissolve barriers, and embrace cultural diversity and inclusivity through musical experimentation and improvisation. Download their new immersive app, which is an innovative educational tool with interactive videos, multitrack recordings and musical notations.

#4Jazz Festival continues to showcase some of the country’s best jazz performers, including Courtney Pine with Zoe Rahman, Arun Ghosh’s Sextet and Budapest Cafe Orchestra. In addition, the festival features Coventry’s upcoming musicians, as well as local venues, arts organisations and businesses, giving the festival a community feel, and providing fantastic opportunities for upcoming artists.

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To keep up to date with the latest news, visit JazzUK’s new website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to check out this year’s fantastic #4Jazz Festival Coventry programme.

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(Written on September 28, 2015 )

A very exciting initiative launched yesterday, 26th January 2015: Musical Orbit. The website is offering musicians the opportunity to book one-to-one lessons, as well as free webinars and masterclasses with some of the top principal players from major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Whether you have an audition, final exam or recital, through Musical Orbit you can receive bespoke feedback from industry experts on your playing to allow you to perform to your absolute best.

This opportunity means Musical Orbit is also a central online hub, allowing musicians to connect, for young artists to build relationships within the industry and to receive playing tips. Professional musicians wanting to give back to the industry can do so in their own time, anywhere in the world. The hub will also provide discounts to the most popular concerts, with promo codes that are available only on the Music Orbit website.

To celebrate this exciting project, Musical Orbit is offering the chance to win FREE music lessons if you sign up before next Monday (2nd February 2015). Get yourself over there quickly to be mentored by some of the best classical musicians in the world!

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Keep up to date with news from Musical Orbit through their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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(Written on January 27, 2015 )

We are very excited to welcome Musical Orbit as our newest client here at WildKat PR. Officially launching in April 2015, this brand new website offers music lessons, masterclasses and webinars online from the very best musicians in the business. A portal into the classical music profession, Musical Orbit enables you to connect with leading musicians from the finest orchestras across the globe to receive artistic appraisal and tailored, professional analysis of your playing.

Whether you have an important audition coming up or if you have a concert to practise for or if you simply need some expert advice on your technique, Musical Orbit connects you with leading experts in the field. This service also allows you to connect to musicians on a more personal level, opening up the orchestral world by building relationships and seeking advice.

Since professional musicians have such tightly packed schedules, with an abundance of rehearsals, tours and lots of travel, Musical Orbit allows you to book time in their busy timetables for a one-to-one music lesson.

To find out more about Musical Orbit and to check out the impressive roster of musicians offering lessons, visit the website here.

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Keep up to date with news, top tips and a range of different offers and competitions, through Facebook and Twitter.

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(Written on January 19, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

London Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet dies in car crash

Rod Franks, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been killed in a car crash.

The Guardian

Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen’s music

For Weir, the first woman in the position, it means supporting composers and exploring the state of music education.

Classic FM

Universal boss slams ‘unwelcoming, elitist’ classical music concerts

Max Hole singles out Royal Festival Hall for criticism in attack on live classical music.

The Telegraph

JK Rowling abuse over independence ‘frightening’ says Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti, the violinist, reveals she gets trolled on twitter on the issue of Scottish independence even though she has never publicly expressed a view on it.

Classic FM

Queen’s Guards play Game Of Thrones theme at Buckingham Palace

Ramin Djawadi’s Game Of Thrones theme was given an unexpected airing in front of Buckingham Palace over the weekend, when the Queen’s Guards played it during the changing of the guard.

Classical-Music.com

New tenor lined up for the King’s Singers

Famous vocal sextet names Julian Gregory as its latest member.

Classical-Music.com

Watch concerts from Verbier Festival live on our website

Two concerts will be streamed completely free of charge.

New York Times

Youth Is Not Wasted on This Young Orchestra

National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Concerts

KlassikInfo

Rettungsplan für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Das Stiftungsmodell zur Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) ausserhalb des SWR ist gescheitert.

KulturPort

Christian Kellersmann übernimmt Edel:Kultur

Der 53jährige übernimmt als Managing Director die Gesamtverantwortung für den Geschäftsbereich Edel:Kultur.

Klassik.com

Personalquerelen am Theater Vorpommern

Der Intendant des Theaters Vorpommern, Dirk Löschner, kann entgegen einer Empfehlung des Aufsichtsrats nun doch im Amt bleiben.

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Ein Chor, ein Klang

Der preisgekrönte Münchner Frauenchor feiert in diesen Wochen sein 25-jähriges Jubiläum.

El Mundo

‘Las hermanas Wagner me boicotean’

El dramaturgo alemán asegura que las bisnietas del célebre compositor se han extralimitado en sus funciones como directoras del festival.

Twitter

London Symphony Orch: @londonsymphony The LSO is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rod Franks, a member of the trumpet section since 1988. http://lso.co.uk/rod_franks 

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Rod Franks: ‘incisive understanding, genuine warmth, legendary and remarkable courage’. The Principal writes: http://bit.ly/Umvt0a 

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Judith Weir confirmed as history’s first female Master of the Queen’s Music: http://classfm.co/wvmRyW  #ClassicFMnews

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(Written on July 22, 2014 )

The Berkeley Ensemble launch their debut album ‘Clarion Call’ today, which is now available to purchase from Resonus Classics. The album includes works by Michael Berkeley, Charles Wood, Howard Ferguson and John Casken for septet and octet.

The Ensemble was formed in 2008 by former members of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s young professional orchestra, with the aim of exploring the wealth of little-known twentieth and twenty-first century British chamber music alongside more established repertoire. The group now enjoy a busy concert schedule performing throughout the UK and abroad, and is also much in demand for its inspiring work in education.

Tonight at 7:30pm, the group will be performing at their sold out album launch concert at 22 Mansfield Street, London, which will be hosted by Bob and Elisabeth Boas as part of their series Music at 22 Mansfield Street.

Follow the latest with the Berkeley Ensemble via their Website and Twitter, and order their album at Resonus Classics.

Debut Album – Clarion Call: Music for Septet and Octet from Berkeley Ensemble on Vimeo.

(Written on March 3, 2014 )

John Sandall

Data Scientist – YPlan

Chris Sheldrick

Founder – what3words

Jack Waley-Cohen

Co-founder – what3words

Last night’s Noted event hosted by WildKat PR and Sane & Able took a creative look at the world of apps and app building, with three professionals from the industry. These speakers included John Sandall – Data Scientist at YPlan – Chris Sheldrick – Founder of what3words – and Jake Waley-Cohen – Co-founder of what3words.

As with previous Noted events, last night the WildKat PR and Sane & Able offices were full to the brim with people from a variety of professions, students and enterprising individuals hoping to learn from the experience of the speakers and meet like-minded people. This event was particularly helpful for those who were interested in building an app, or those with questions about whether an app would be right for their business or idea. The speakers provided helpful and realistic advice and encouragement about what it is like to start, maintain and maintain success with an app as well as insider advice and tips.

When considering the preparations necessary to create a successful app, Jack Waley-Cohen of what3words emphasised the importance of planning: “If you seem to be running low on money (ie 6 months or less) then it will be much harder to get investment – make sure you plan.” Although financial backing is practically very important Chris Sheldrick added how people, team and ideas are also crucial: “If people get your idea quickly as well as being enthusiastic about it, they’re good to get on board with your team.” Given what the professionals from what3words said last night, not only is planning important but certainty of ideas and gaining support for the overall app is also imperative for success, including support found in people close to home: Chris mentioned that great additions to their team were found in people who were recommended or even friends of friends.

For fine tuning app ideas and businesses, YPlan’s John Sandall gave some great advice in stating the importance of focusing on quality not quantity. To really get an app going he said “Your idea HAS to be real and viable”. Jack Waley-Cohen added that getting an outside perspective from an industry professional is a good way to go about doing this: “To find out whether your app idea is good, then talk further with developer and see what they offer for their involvement!” Also, although YPlan is now a great success, John mentioned that YPlan was actually the 50th idea the founders had come up with. Taking time to fine tune the right idea that will get the consumer interested is worth the deliberation before you take your app dreams any further.

A great question raised was: ‘In what way can you get your app out to market and interest from the masses?’ what3words offered that they used a big PR push, however as Chris said: “we initially just put it out there without marketing to make sure we had feedback first”. It seems important not to waste time but instead to get your idea out there in order to get a feel for how the app will be received by the consumer. This is a good start for finding areas and ideas to improve. YPlan’s John Sandall suggested a launch event where people are invited along with speakers talking about the app to get a buzz. In the early stages of launching an app, a concern raised was app ideas being ‘stolen’ and then copied and used by another company, however the speakers were in agreement that it is good to share your ideas to gain feedback. Also, in order to protect an app Chris of what3words explained that you can apply for a patent: “think of it as a buffer for a deterrent – by the time you get approved or not, your idea will be big enough…”  The IdeaSafe was also highly recommended, an online vault that protects your creativity and prevents idea theft.

The evening was an insightful success due to the excellent honest speakers; the atmosphere was alive with creative minds in discussion.

Take at look at our next event ‘Successful Social Media’ on Wednesday 26th March. The April Noted event ‘How To Rebrand’ has also been announced on Eventbrite.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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Photos by Oliver Hyde-Tetley

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

Fast approaching on Wednesday 29th January is conductor Lionel Bringuier‘s concert, in which he will be conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London.

The programme is set to include works by composers such as Beethoven, Dalbavie, and Ravel, and alongside these works will be the UK premiere of Gérard Pesson’s Ravel à son âme. The evening’s performance of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto will feature Michael Cox who is the principle flautist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Purchase tickets to the concert at the Barbican Centre, and follow the latest from Lionel via his website and Facebook.

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Lionel Bringuier


(Written on January 21, 2014 )