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Charles Dance, celebrated English actor, will join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on their forthcoming European tour to perform Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián.
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“I am thrilled to be performing this historic work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their European tour. Past performances of the work have included speakers of high esteem, and I am delighted to be joining that list. I look forward to performing with the CSO as they make their debut performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián’s Musical Fortnight festival.” – Charles Dance OBE
Lincoln Portrait, Copland’s tribute to the former US President, was premiered by the CSO in 1942 at the height of World War II, and retains a special significance for the orchestra, having been performed by many notable orators throughout the last century. The ‘tone poem’ features extracts of Lincoln’s speeches, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra in a dramatic and poignant interpretation.
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Charles Dance OBE was formerly a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has subsequently become a household name among the British acting establishment. His numerous film roles include Gosford Park (2001), The Imitation Game (2014), Me Before You (2016) and Ghostbusters (2016). More recently, Dance starred as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, before meeting his (**spoilers**) death at the hands of his son, Tyrion.
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Tickets for the BBC and EIF concerts can be purchased here and here.
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(Written on August 18, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Martyn Jackson is appointed first violin of the Allegri Quartet and Universal Music Group takes the first steps towards becoming a theatre maker. Also, Chetham’s School of Music appoints Alun Jones as it’s new head and Steven Isserlis discusses the complicated genius of Schumann

The Strad

Martyn Jackson named new Allegri Quartet first violinist

Martyn Jackson, former violinist with the Cavaleri Quartet, has been appointed first violin of the Allegri Quartet, replacing Ofer Falk

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UMG takes steps to become theatre producer

Giant music label Universal Music Group (UMG) has taken its first steps towards becoming a theatre maker

Classical Music Magazine

Chetham’s appoints new head

Chetham’s School of Music has appointed Alun Jones as its new head

Gramophone

The complicated musical genius of Robert Schumann, by Steven Isserlis

Schumann remains one of the most misunderstood of all composers. Cellist and Schumann devotee Steven Isserlis peers behind the myths

Die Welt

CD-Krise? Welche CD-Krise?

Der britische Dirigent Antonio Pappano macht Musik auf allen Kanälen. Er erschrickt über die eigene virtuelle Überpräsenz. Ein Gespräch über fleißige Sänger und Oper als globales Kinoevent

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Arbeiterliedgut als Kulturelles Erbe

Die Lieder der deutschen Arbeiterbewegung stehen für eine politische und soziale Volkskultur. Eine Initiative aus Nordrhein-Westfalen hat sich der Bewahrung der Lied- und Singtradition der Arbeiterbewegung verschrieben.

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Schostakowitsch-Preis geht an Dirigenten Gennadi Roszhdestvensky

Der russische Dirigent Gennadi Roszhdestvensky (84) bekommt den Preis der Internationalen Schostakowitsch Tage Gohrisch

Le Figaro

Pierre Boulez : ses obsèques auront lieu jeudi à Paris

Une cérémonie se déroulera le 14 janvier en l’église Saint-Sulpice pour rendre un ultime hommage à celui qui était bien plus qu’un compositeur et un chef d’orchestre

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Martyn Jackson, new Allegri Quartet first violinist/ The Strad

Martyn Jackson, new Allegri Quartet first violinist/ The Strad

(Written on January 13, 2016 )

Here at WildKat PR we are delighted to introduce our latest client, Isobel Waller-Bridge.

As an upcoming British composer for film, television and theatre, Isobel’s career has been widespread, with productions in the West End and New York, as well as the Royal National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, and many other acclaimed venues. The success of Isobel’s diverse repertoire has been widely acknowledged; The Scotsman praised Isobel’s ‘Eikhah’, writing that it revealed a ‘mature, distinctive voice’ and demonstrated ‘an ability beyond her years’. Isobel has already received high praise from critics across the globe and has been awarded a multitude of awards, most notably Winner of Best Composer, Underwire Film Festival 2014 and Winner of Best Sound Designer, Off West End Theatre Awards 2015.

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Isobel’s recent achievements include her scoring of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hecuba, in which she captured the story’s violence, womanhood and bravery. Performance are on now until 17 October. You can read an interview with Isobel about the work here. Other highlights include the Iskra Quartet’s performance of Isobel’s music at Union Chapel on 24 October 2015.

Amongst Isobel’s exciting upcoming events, The World Machine – part of this year’s Lumiere Festival – is a must see. Isobel will team up with world-renowned cosmologist Professor Carlos Frenk and sound designer John del’Nero for a unique performance at Durham’s beautiful Cathedral.

Make sure you check out Isobel’s Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with her latest news.

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(Written on September 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello

BBC

‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

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Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

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Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.

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Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: http://bit.ly/1V8iZCd 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: http://bit.ly/1JzZhsU 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: http://bbc.in/1Wfguk1 

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Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 23, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

CNN

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(Written on January 23, 2014 )

The Times

Classical stars are squeezed out by accordion

The accordion has never been regarded as a route to mainstream musical success, but its reputation may have to be reassessed after an album of squeezebox tunes reached the top of the classical chart.

The Independent

Royal Opera House wins first West End transfer with ‘Wind in the Windows’

The Royal Opera House is to follow in the footsteps of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company with the transfer of a production to London’s West End for the first time.

BBC News

Classical music virtuoso who plays piano and tablet

Conrad Tao is a 19-year-old virtuoso who tries to push the limits of classical music by combining tradition and technology.

Choir singers ‘synchronise their heartbeats’

Choir singers not only harmonise their voices, they also synchronise their heartbeats, a study suggests.

Gramophone

Multi-million dollar Opera Australia Ring finds new conductor

Pietari Inkinen replaces Richard Mills, who resigned due to a lack of ‘unity of vision’

Classic FM

New National Curriculum for music announced

By 2021, every 14-year-old in the country will be able to read music, if the new curriculum is approved in August.

The Guardian

Shazam raises £26.9m for Latin America expansion with Carlos Slim

America Movil investment to open up new market for music, TV and ads-tagging app

Die Welt

Sag zum Abschied leise Dvořák

Letzte Quartett-Seufzer, Nina Stemmes zweiter Wesendonck-Liederanlauf, Claudio Abbados erste Schumann-Sinfonie und böse Jungs, die sehr gut klingen: die Klassik-CDs der Woche.

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BBC News

(Written on July 9, 2013 )

Classic FM

David Garrett plays for President Obama in Berlin

The German-American violin star performed in front of the Brandenburg Gate ahead of Obama speech yesterday.

Gramophone

Benjamin Grosvenor signs agreement with EFG International

Idea for a relationship between the banking group and the Gramophone Award-winning pianist was formed during the 2012 Gramophone Awards

BBC News

Miss Saigon to return to West End in 2014

Hit musical Miss Saigon is to return to London’s West End in May of 2014, its 25th anniversary year.

Gramophone

Richard Marlow, for nearly 40 years director of music at Trinity College Cambridge, has died

Founder of the college’s modern mixed-voice choir

Independent

Ballet dancer David Wall dies of cancer aged 67

He was the Royal Ballet’s youngest male principal at 21 and danced with Dame Margot Fonteyn

Classic FM

UK City of Culture 2017 shortlist announced

Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay make the shortlist out of a list of 11 UK towns and cities.

Guardian

Pomp and circumstances: Britten’s Gloriana

Gloriana was written to celebrate the young Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation but has barely been performed since. Soprano Susan Bullock, who sings the central role of Queen Elizabeth in a new production, on Britten’s unjustly neglected opera

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Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert

Pianist Fazil Say erhält Rheingau-Musik-Preis 2013

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(Written on June 20, 2013 )