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In today’s news: 10 year old Australian violin prodigy is so good you might cry. Stolen Violin Alert. The ‘Mozart effect’: Does listening to classical music make you smarter? Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival. 20 young conductors selected to take part in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018. Steinway & Sons to be sold to Chinese investors? Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers financial assistance for cultural councils. The classical music festival on the Greek refugee island of Chios. Meet the singer who is bringing Tibetan music to the world. Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg releases programme for 2019.

Classic FM

This 10-year-old Australian violin prodigy is so good you might cry

In April, 10-year-old Christian Li made history by becoming the youngest-ever winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva.

The Violin Chanel

STOLEN VIOLIN ALERT | 1927 August Friedrich Herrmann Violin – Milano, Italy

A stolen instrument alert has been issued for a 1927 August Friedrich Herrmann violin – stolen from a Trenitalia Intercity train in Italy

Classic FM

The ‘Mozart effect’: Does listening to classical music make you smarter?

Studies suggest that listening to classical music can improve your hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence. But is there any truth in the ‘Mozart effect’?


Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival

Estonian Percussionist Tanel-Eiko Novikov, 17, the winner of ERR’s Klassikatähed young person’s classical music competition, is to head to the Edinburgh International Festival for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018


Press release: 20 young conductors selected to take part in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018

Twenty conductors aged under 30 have been selected from across Europe to take part in the 15th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, which will take place in London from 20–22 November.

Der Tagesspiegel

Baum der Hoffnung

Wie die griechische Insel Chios mit einem Klassik-Musikfestival auf Geflüchtete zugeht, die dort festsitzen – und auch dem Tourismus hilft.


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bietet Kofinanzierung für kommunale Kulturräte an

Das Land will Kreisen und kreisfreien Städten bei der Organisation ihrer Kulturarbeit mit 30 000 Euro jährlich unter die Arme greifen, erwartet von diesen aber eigene Zuschüsse.

Klavierbauer Steinway vor Übernahme durch China-Investor?

Das Traditionsunternehmen Steinway & Sons mit seinen Standorten in Hamburg, New York und Shanghai wird nach Informationen der Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg möglicherweise erneut verkauft.

El País

La diosa de la canción que atravesó el Himalaya a pie

Yungchen Lhamo se marchó del Tibet en 1989 y desde entonces lleva sus canciones tradicionales y su apoyo a la causa budista contra la represión china por todo el mundo

Platea Magazine

La Schubertiada de Hohenems y Schwarzenberg presenta su edición de 2019

La Schubertiada que se celebra en las localidades austríacas de Hohenems y Schwarzenberg ha presentado su programación para la edición de 2019.


(c) ETV

(Written on August 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Cellist Daniel Pezotti has died, Rome’s opera house increases it’s intake and number of visitors, and composer Unsuk Chin wins “Wihuri-Sibelius-Prize”. Can classical music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life, and Soho radio gets its first classical music show courtesy of Manners McDade’s Harriet Moss.

Classic FM

Was Mozart’s sister actually the more talented sibling?

On ‘International Day of the Girl’, Classic FM celebrate Nannerl Mozart, the oft-forgotten sister of the eminent Wolfgang.


Can music give people with Alzheimer’s a new lease of life?

Whether it’s singing, humming or playing the piano, for people with dementia music really can be the key to memory.

M Magazine

Tileyard Education announces Women in Music Now event

Tileyard Education has announced details of Women In Music Now (WIMN) – a one-day all-female event which will host talks, panels, networking and workshops for women aspiring to work in music.

Soho Radio launches classical music show

London community channel Soho Radio is launching its very first classical music programme, with Manners McDade’s global creative manager Harriet Moss presenting.


Adelaide Festival to host Akram Khan’s final solo performance

The dancer-choreographer will appear in XENOS in 2018, a fitting bookend to his Australian appearances.

Klassik Heute

Bewerbungsphase für Festivalorchester 2018 beim SHMF beginnt

In der kommenden Woche startet die Bewerbungsphase für das Festivalorchester 2018 des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals.

Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti gestorben

Der Schweizer Cellist Daniel Pezzotti ist tot.


Roms Opernhaus steigert Einnahmen und Besucherzahlen

Das Opernhaus der italienischen Hauptstadt meldet für den Zeitraum 2014 bis 2016 ein Plus von 51 Prozent bei den Einnahmen.

France musique

La compositrice sud-coréenne Unsuk Chin a été récompensée du Prix Sibelius de Wihuri.

Décerené en Finlande par la Foundation Jenny et Antti Wihuri, il est doté de 150,000€.


@Archivist_Liz So is digging a hole and here’s what was found and now has pride of place in the Hall’s Archive

© Getty/Unsuk Chin

(Written on October 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: musical garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, a Suffolk music teacher spends million for Sub-Saharan africa. This summer the ‘Gig Theatre’ tours the UK, and the Berlin Piano Festival is begins. The German Orchestra Union sees a perspective for the cultural sector of Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Andrew Litton appoints guest conductor for Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

The Telegraph

Listen up! It’s Chelsea Flower Show’s first ever Musical Garden

Music and gardening – two arts that give innocent pleasure, but in every other respect seem poles apart.

Classic FM

Classic FM Attracts a new Generation of Younger Listeners

5.4 million people now tune in every week – with a big increase in listeners aged under 35

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2017 – Opening Ceremony

The Classical:NEXT congress’s opening ceremony on 17 May forsook its usual focus on one country for the theme diversity, posing the question: ‘What’s the point?’

‘Gig theatre’ Company to Tour UK this Summer

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, a new piece of ‘gig theatre’ is this summer to be staged at Welly, a nightclub in the city.


True Scale of Incredible Generosity of Suffolk Music Teacher Revealed as £1.25million Left to Charity

The true scale of the incredible generosity of a kind-hearted Suffolk music teacher and farmer has been revealed, with £1.25million left to help children access clean water in sub-Saharan Africa.


Ein Schloss für Brahms

Altenstein in Thüringen ist zum „Kulturdenkmal von nationaler Bedeutung“ erklärt worden. Ein neues Museum erinnert dort an die Musik von Johannes Brahms.

Der Tagesspiegel

Feuer und Herzflattern

Eherne Tremoli und feine Rubati: Yevgeny Sudbin eröffnet das Berliner Klavierfestival im Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt.


DOV sieht Chance für Kultur in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV begrüßt Forderungen aus der nordrhein-westfälischen CDU, der Kultur im bevölkerungsreichsten deutschen Bundesland endlich wieder mehr Bedeutung zu geben.

Broadway World

Andrew Litton appointed as principal guest conductor of Singapore Symphony Orchestra

For almost forty years the Singapore Symphony Orchestra has been a sure source of good news about classical music.


12 ‘impressionist’ composers not named Debussy or Ravel

Artistic labels are tricky little things because they trap artists in a kind of musical amber with others that we deem just similar enough.


1 Karriere-News: Cornelius Grube (Württembergische Philharmonie)

© Jan Brachmann

(Written on May 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music festival in Disneyland Paris, and DG welcomed their first female cellist. True Story in the Lineup of Cannes film festival, and Luther’s music had more power than his words. Arte presents new opera on video platform, and Justin Doyle becomes chief of the RIAS-Chamber choir. Tenor Endrik Wottrich died last wednesday, and classical pianist Dennis Matsuev goes jazz.

The Strad

Cellist Camille Thomas signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The 28-year-old Franco-Belgian musician is the first ever female cellist to join DG’s artist roster.


Disneyland Paris is set to host new music festival

Disneyland Paris will be the setting of a new EDM festival this summer.

The Spectator

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

Music was at the heart of the Lutheran reformation. Four hours of music, for example, was introduced into the Saxon school curriculum

The Guardian

Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story added to Cannes film festival lineup

The director’s latest thriller will premiere at the festival as his lawyer continues to battle for the Oscar winner’s return to the US


Russell Tovey and his dream role in ‘gay fantasia’

Few stage productions attract the level of expectation which surrounds the National Theatre’s new revival in London of Tony Kushner’s 1990s play Angels in America.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Pack Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a Thomastik-Infeld cello soloist twin set string pack.


Oper auf Abruf

ARTE-Plattformen und +7-Mediathek verbinden sich zu neuem Videoportal


Brite Justin Doyle startet als Chef des RIAS-Kammerchors

Der Brite Justin Doyle tritt mit der kommenden Spielzeit als Chefdirigent des RIAS Kammerchors an.


Tenor Endrik Wottrich verstorben

Der 1963 in Celle geborene deutsche Tenor Endrik Wottrich ist am gestrigen Mittwoch unerwartet verstorben. Das teilte die Oper Leipzig mit.

Broadway world

44th annual Bach week festival to feature artist debuts and more

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.


Classical Pianist Denis Matsuev Takes the A Train

Classical pianist Dennis Matsuev is no stranger to jazz — here he is in concert, performing the Billy Strayhorn classic “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

San Diego Reader

PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?


16Schwetzinger starten am 28. April unter dem “Leidenschaft”

Join today for the last Hour of the week, followed by another 3 hours of great classical music



(Written on April 28, 2017 )

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a globally-recognised chance to celebrate and recognise the challenges and opportunities facing women across the world.

Along with our design partners Sane & Able, we have produced an infographic with stats and facts about the role women play in professional music, and how they are represented across the classical music industry. The theme of ‘space’ was chosen to highlight the light years we need to travel in order to achieve gender parity, as women are still vastly under-represented in the media for their achievements in composing and conducting.

We’ve highlighted that at the current rate, it won’t be until 2186 – 169 years away – that 50% of pieces composed and conducted by women will be the norm at the BBC Proms. Currently, only 4 of the 61 accredited ABO orchestras have women undertaking titled roles. This week we have compiled a Spotify playlist of 169 of our favourite pieces created or performed by women in celebration of the incredible contribution women make to the music industry, including those who have been overlooked by history.

The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2016‘ provides interesting – and sometimes difficult – reading for anyone interested in finding out the facts and statistics behind women’s role in areas such as education, economics, health and politics. From looking at the data collected it is clear that, like with classical music, we still have a long way to go to ensure that the female half of the population are given the same opportunities as their male equivalents.

It’s not all bad news. Serious efforts are being made to ensure fairer representation for women in the classical music industry. ‘Sound and Music‘ are aiming for a 50/50 split between male and female-identified composers as part of their vision for 2020, which is a short three years away. Later today, BBC Radio 3 are to broadcast a piano sonata by composer Fanny Mendelssohn, which up until recently had been falsely attributed to her brother Felix. Tomorrow, as part of HeForShe Arts Week, ‘Yes She Can’ are providing young women opportunities to network and discover more about careers in music, particularly in roles generally underrepresented by women such as tech and management.

Follow the hashtags #BeBoldForChange and #InternationalWomensDay on Twitter to find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign for gender equality.


(Written on March 8, 2017 )

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Entwicklung und Umsetzung von kreativen Kampagnenideen und sozialen Netzwerk-Strategien

Ausbau der Fangemeinde auf sozialen Plattformen durch die Verknüpfung von informativen und unterhaltenden Inhalten

Aufbau und Verwaltung eines Netzwerks mit Journalisten, Bloggern und Industrie-Experten für eine optimale Medienbetreuung der Kunden

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Beobachtung und Reporting neuer Online-Medien-Tools, von denen WildKat PR und die Kunden profitieren können

Recherche und Reporting neuer Entwicklungen und Trends in den Bereichen Musikindustrie und Kultur-PR

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Kenntnis von aktueller Rock- und Popmusik, sowie Interesse an Kunst und Kultur

Interesse an aktuellen und sich entwickelnden Trends im Online-Bereich

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(Written on November 4, 2014 )

Internationally renowned as one of the most exciting hubs for classical music, the Southbank Centre’s 2011/12 season will see some of the world’s leading conductors, orchestras and instrumentalists take to the stage.

Major festivals and projects in the upcoming season will bring the cream of classical superstars to London; international luminaries including Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado with the legendary Lucerne Festival Orchestra are set to dazzle in the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Shell Classic International Series.

Featured amongst the highlights of the International Chamber Music Season are Southbank Centre Associate Artists the Takács Quartet performing Béla Bartók’s six string quartets, Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin presenting the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano, and Magdalena Kožená bringing a diverse programme of 20th-century works to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage. This eclectic programme of concerts is sure to encompass the magical intimacy of chamber music.

The centre’s resident orchestras each offer exciting programmes as part of the 2011/12 season, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s exploration of the music of Prokofiev led by Vladimir Jurowski. The London Sinfonietta’s major celebration of Boulez – Exquisite Labyrinth: the music of Pierre Boulez – sits alongside premieres of new commissions from the ensemble. The Philharmonia Orchestra present Infernal Dance: Inside the world of Béla Bartók and a Mahler Symphony Cycle with Lorin Maazel. Meanwhile, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s range of events feature musical explorations for young and old, including a TOTS concert that introduces under-fives to the exciting world of classical music.

The International Piano Series is one of the most significant platforms for solo piano recitals. The focus of this season is a tribute to Franz Liszt, whose bicentenary falls in 2011. Pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Marizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida are amongst the ones to watch in the series’ thrilling lineup.

For great deals on tickets, book more than one concert in any of the year-long series for discounts.

To find out more, visit and check out the season trailer on youtube.

(Written on September 15, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

Norman Lebrecht – Slipped Disk

Barenboim to open 2012 Olympics with Beethoven 9th

Roger Wright, head of the BBC Proms, announced last night that, as part of next summer’s cultural Olympics, Daniel Barenboim will conduct a complete Beethoven cycle at the 2012 Proms – culminating in a Ninth Symphony on the  night the Games begin.

Gramophone Magazine

James Levine withdraws from Met autumn season

After celebrating his 40th anniversary with the company last season, music director suffers back injury


Antonio Pappano: It’s more than just the Lone Ranger tune

Antonio Pappano tells Ivan Hewett why he’s so excited about conducting all of ‘William Tell’ at the Proms.

The Spectator

The king of Kings Place

Kings place festival is off to a great start., The Spectator talks to property developer and Founder, Peter Millican

(Written on September 9, 2011 )

We think we can be fairly confident that classical music is safe in the hands of this enthusiastic, young conductor. His interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, finale is filled with gusto. We wonder if any of the more established conductors will be taking tips from his techniques? It’s nice to see that classical music still has a profound effect on young people – Jonathan is clearly not only immersed in the music, but loving it too!

With thanks to Jessica Duchen for bringing this video to our attention.

(Written on October 28, 2010 )

Here is the third in the series of our feature ‘WildKat’s Unmissables’. Check out what we have selected as our favourite upcoming events occurring from mid-late October.

What? Cover Versions/Aftershow – London Sinfonietta

Where? Kings Place Hall, London

When? Friday 15th Oct 2010 19:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

Conductor – Nicholas Collon

Soprano- Sarah Gabriel

Couperin (arr. Adès) Les barricades misterieuses
Brahms (arr. Woolrich) Ophelia Songs
Purcell (arr. Benjamin) Fantasia VII
Oliver Knussen …upon one note
Purcell (arr. Matthews) Fantasia XIII
Bryn Harrison In Nomine after William Byrd
Purcell (arr. Kurtág) Fantasia Upon One Note
Machaut (arr. Sciarrino) Rose Liz
Machaut (arr. Birtwistle) Hoquetus David
Machaut (arr. Kurtág) Rondeau: Doulz viarie gracieus
Ockeghem (arr. Birtwistle) Ut Heremita Solus
Puccini (arr. Busotti) E L’uccellino
Britten (arr. Clyne) Hymn to a Virgin (World Premiere)

The London Sinfonietta will be playing a varied repertoire of classical pieces updated with a contemporary surprise. The concert will feature arrangements by contemporary composers such as Woolrich, George Benjamin and Birtwistle of pre-20th century greats, such as Brahms and Purcell. There is also an exclusive world premiere of Anna Clyne’s new version of Britten’s Hymn to a Virgin. The evening can only be made more superb by an Aftershow at the Level 2 foyer, 9.30pm where the London Sinfonietta players will be in the bar giving an informal short performance.

What? Tetzlaff String Quartet

Where? Queen Elizabeth Hall

When? Thursday 21 October 19:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, Op.20 No.3

Antonin Dvořák: String Quartet in A flat, Op.105

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor (Voces intimae)

Described in the New York Times as ‘one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation’, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff leads a performance of three varied string quartets. The string quartet came to represent classical music in its purest form during Haydn’s lifetime (1732-1809), thanks largely to his development of the genre over 68 compositions. The lively G minor quartet features Haydn’s typically elegant melodic writing, captured in spirited conversations between the four instruments.

By contrast, Dvořák’s Quartet No.14, written over 100 years later, is an intense, Romantic work, filled with rich textures and harmonies. The music moves through episodes of lyricism to moments of tender contemplation and passages imitating wild, energetic Bohemian dances.Sibelius creates a profoundly intense atmosphere in Intimate Voices (1909). At the heart of its central movement, this darkly brooding, introspective work has three hushed and eloquent chords, which give the piece its title.

What? Eric Whitacre & London Symphony Chorus: Songs from America

Where? Barbican Hall

When? Sunday 24 October 19:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

Eric Whitacre (b1970) is an accomplished composer and conductor, best-known for his choral works. What to expect from this new LSC commission? One critic enthuses of his work: ‘What hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile.’  Eric is currently enjoying worldwide acclaim for his ‘Virtual Choir’, a project which saw 186 singers from 12 countries perform his hauntingly beautiful Lux Aurumque through the internet. With more than one million hits to date, the project has attracted not only recognition from the music world, but also from Google and even the United Nations Leaders Programme.

What? EON Guitar Quartet

Where? Kings Place Hall

When? Wednesday 27th October 20:00 (click to purchase tickets!)

If you’re interested in something different for a change this small chamber ensemble could make your evening. The EON Guitar Quartet, founded in 1999 is made up of Giovanni Maselli, Rita Casagrande, Robert Tascnini and Mario Barbuti. The ensemble takes a refreshing approach towards classical music; many composers dedicate their works to them.

The concert includes guitar quartet arrangements for Joanquín Rodrigo’s Conceirto de Araniuez and music by Boccherini, Dvořák, Turina and Bellinati.

What? The Beatles Philharmonic Tribute – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Where? Royal albert hall

When? Thursday 28th October 2010 20:00 (click to purchase tickets!)

The world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes you down memory lane with a music spectacular of classical interpretations of Beatles’ songs. This musical marriage combines dramatic orchestral arrangements imaginatively fused together with rock and pop. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Alan Chircop, will be complemented by a large chorus, with special guest appearances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Tony Christie, Darius Campbell and the UK’s Soul Queen – Beverley Knight.

Further highlights will include performances by Candy Rock, Maria Elena Infantino, Lynn Faure Chircop, Elliott Frisby, James Andrew Arthur, Sherry Davis, The Scarletz, William Owen, Analiza Ching, Maria Abela Manconi, Susan Black and Tony Moore. The grand finale will bring the orchestra, chorus and guest soloists together for a stunning climax to this performance.
Well-known broadcaster and Beatles aficionado, Mike Read, will be presenting a narrative backdrop to this tribute, taking the audience through The Beatles’ legendary history. The event is hosted by Fayon Cottrell and is supporting the Noah’s Ark Appeal and the Malta Community Chest Fund.

What? German Masters II

Where? The Handel House Museum

When? Thursday 28th October 18:30 (click to purchase tickets!)

This concert is the second in a three part series spanned across the year and ending in January 2011. The Ensemble-in-Residence Spirituoso has been conducting the concert series dedicated to the three great German composers of the 18th century: Telemann, Handel and Bach. The focus of this concert will be music by Handel and will be a truly magical experience.

The venue itself is splendid and intimate and worth a visit regardless of what performances are on. Check out their website for details of their concert series and other information.

(Written on September 13, 2010 )