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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

Lizzie Ball ©Silvia Cruz

Merken

Merken

(Written on October 16, 2017 )

Yesterday evening the No Hunger Orchestra opened a concert at Expo Milan to raise awareness of the fight against undernutrition in lieu with World Food Day, which is today!

The concert was organised by the European Commission’s humanitarian department, along with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Almost 800 million people are still undernourished, 51 million are children under the age of 5. No Hunger Orchestra plays instruments made from the non-edible parts of food from one part of the world, to communicate what is missing in the other part of the world.

The instruments were created by the European Commission and the NGO Action Against Hunger for World Food day 2013.

The idea is that music is a universal language. More than 150,000 people watched the 2013 concert via online streaming and 752 people created instruments made of non-edible parts of food and uploaded their videos.

In this video, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, presents the orchestra.

(Written on October 16, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Evelyn Glennie among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ nominations?

The violinist and percussionist are among those suggested by the Saltire Society to gain the title in celebration of National Women’s Day.

The Telegraph

Is the sound of the saxophone ugly?

There’s something about the saxophone that sets the listener on edge, says Ivan Hewett. But does it have any redeeming qualities?

BBC Music Magazine

Sounds at the heart of the Mediterranean

Paolo Petrocelli, founder of EMMA for Peace, reports on two musical events in Malta that promoted the work of charities protecting refugees in the region

Classicalite

Classicalite’s Five Best: Musical Moments in Harold Ramis Films

A sad farewell to the inspired, hitherto undersung comedian, writer and director Harold Ramis.

North West Public Radio

Guy Who Identified the Stolen Stradivarius Can Help You Pick a Violin

The Classical music world was relieved when Milwaukee police found the stolen Stradivarius. But how were they sure it was the genuine article? How Stefan Hersh identifies rare violins.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 26, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 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

CNN

 

(Written on January 23, 2014 )

Buffalo News

Gerard Catalano: everybody knows some classical music

Why do we say we do not know classical music when it is everywhere in movies, television shows and commercials?

Global News

Katy Perry applauds Chinese orchestra’s version of ‘Roar’

Pop superstar Katy Perry was brought to tears Saturday by a unique rendition of her smash hit “Roar.”

GMA News

Italian violinist strikes a chord with street kids

A leading Italian violinist has swapped gilded concert halls for audiences of street children around the world, using music therapy to help those less fortunate

The Telegraph

Why opera directors must stop patronising people

Rupert Christiansen hopes that financial constraints might herald the end of directors who want to shock rather than entertain

Gramophone

The Menuhin Competition returns to London in 2016

Just five weeks ahead of the 2014 Menuhin Competition – the world’s most prestigious competition for violinists, taking place this year in Austin, Texas – plans were announced last night for the 2016 event, marking the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth

The Guardian

Arts head: Mark Tinkler, English Pocket Opera Company

The artistic director on opera as a learning tool and why schools, not hubs, need to be the main deliverer of music education

Classic FM Online

How I Wrote… Breaking Bad — Ozymandias – Sung Jin Hong

You know you’re addicted to Breaking Bad when you’re compelled to write an opera about it

Die Welt

Abbados Mozart-Orchester steht vor dem Aus

Der Traum des Star-Dirigenten ist zu Ende: Wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten und der Dauer-Krankheit des Dirigenten und Gründers musste das Orchestra Mozart “vorläufig” seine Aktivitäten einstellen

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 15, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang to perform with Metallica at 2014 Grammys

Pianist Lang Lang will perform with heavy metal legends Metallica at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced

ITV

Birmingham based violinist wins prestigious music award

A Birmingham based violinist has become an ‘unsung heroine’ of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra following the presentation of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize for orchestral musicians

Public Radio of Armenia Online

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away aged 58

Renowned conductor Aram Gharabekian passed away in the US today at the age of 58,  the Armenian Ministry of Culture informs

Daily Mail

My struggle in cut-throat world of classical music, by violin prodigy Nicola Benedetti

The violinist who became an overnight sensation when named BBC Young Musician of the Year reveals how she struggled when plunged into an ‘extremely cut-throat’ world, writes Chris Hastings

Arts Journal

Against all trends, musicians still join union

A visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic

The Guardian

Want to buy a classical CD? Don’t go to New York!

The joys of browsing and sampling CDs in a specialist store shop are increasingly hard to come by, and almost impossible if you’re a New Yorker

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Zum Tod von Iris Wagner

Ihre Cousins und Cousinen, auch ihre jüngere Schwester Nike, stritten öffentlich über Richard Wagners Erbe. Sie kämpfte gegen das, was sie die „Possen“ Bayreuths nannte. Zum Tod der Künstlerin Iris Wagner

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 13, 2014 )

On air this Saturday on BBC Radio 6 Music, will be Nils Frahm who has been described as ‘One of the finest pianists in the world’. The German musician and composer will be joining Mary Anne Hobbs for the show at 7:00am for some heartbreaking, beautiful piano and synth pieces from the Erased Tapes label.

Now based in Berlin, Frahm was taught in his childhood to play by Nahum Brodski, a student of the last scholar of Tchaikovsky. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.

Nils Frahm has also recently produced art and music book SHEETS, published by Manners McDade. The book features sheet music from ten of Nils Frahm’s piano pieces taken from his albums: Felt, The Bells and Wintermusik, now available in print for the first time in the form of a hardback art & music book.

The book includes specially commissioned photographs from London-based artist, Stuart Bailes, and Frahm has written a personal introduction to each piece with diagrams and instructions explaining how to convert your piano to achieve his signature Felt sound.

Tune into BBC Radio 6 Music with Mary Anne Hobbs on Saturday 11th January at 7:00am to listen live, and you can take a look at Frahm’s book SHEETS with Faber Music.

For more information visit:

www.nilsfrahm-sheets.com

www.mannersmcdade.co.uk

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )