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The Telegraph

Myung-Whun Chung, interview: when music is life or death

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung doesn’t know if the North Korean musicians he worked with are alive or dead. He talks to Adam Sweeting.

The Independent

Proms 2014: Why the Proms are losing their director Roger Wright

This year’s concerts will feature the starriest names in classical music. But in the background is the sudden departure of director Roger Wright. We reveal the real reasons for his exit.

Classic FM

Cello implodes during recording session: video

A video showing a cellist’s instrument falling to pieces in her hands has been posted to YouTube.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: ‘I’ve been given a great gift in my life’

Her talent as a violinist is undisputed, but Benedetti made her way to the top thanks to a ferocious work ethic, and a passion for classical music that she wants a whole new generation to share.

Classical-Music.com

BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition winners announced

Six young composers will have their works performed at the Proms.

Classical-Music.com

Yamaha calls for brass and woodwind scholarship candidates

Yamaha Music Foundation Europe prepares to launch the next generation of wind players.

New York Times

Divas Ready for Another Stage

After All the Arias, Opera Singers Look to the Stage and Screen.

Die Welt

Kurt Masur: “Es gibt für mich nur eins: Weitermachen”

Kurt Masur geht es nicht gut. Er hat Parkinson, erholt sich nur schwer von einer Hüftoperation und hat sein erstes Konzert danach vom Rollstuhl dirigiert. Aber: Ans Aufhören denkt er nicht.

Tagesspiegel

Mozart und Muezzin: Oper in Israel

Israel ist für vieles bekannt, nicht unbedingt für Oper. Aber auch die gibt es hier, allerdings muss sie immer wieder hart errungen werden. Eine Reise ans Tote Meer und nach Akko.

Twitter

Janet Horvath: ‏‪@playinglesshurt  #Saving ‪#Classical Music: An App for That?  ‪http://www.interlude.hk/front/saving-classical-music-an-app-for-that/#.U7Vf8kDO5qZ.twitter …

GoClassical: ‪@GoClassicalUK The practice of practising and how it works ‪http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/stephenhough/100070997/the-practice-of-practising/ … ‪#piano ‪#classicalmusic

Classical Music@ClassicalM How to be a professional triangle player, with Eric Hopkins of the Utah Symphony ‪http://www.snsanalytics.com/ASpCy3 

 

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Myung-Whun Chung at a Festival in France

Photo: The Telegraph, Gerard Julien/AFP

(Written on July 7, 2014 )

Telegraph

Mozart manuscript smuggled out of Nazi Germany expected to fetch £500,000

The family of a Jewish musician who smuggled a Mozart manuscript out of Nazi Germany are selling it at auction.

Guardian

Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK’s opera houses

Online linkup between all seven public-funded opera companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience

Daily Mail

Michael Buble accused of underpaying Australian orchestra during his tour

Canadian crooner Michael Buble has reportedly underpaid his entourage of musicians at his recent Rod Laver Arena shows in Melbourne. Buble’s eight-piece string section orchestra were reportedly paid $550 for 12 hours of work, which is almost 40 per cent below the award wage for live performers.

New York Times

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start

A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

A Composer Attuned to the Earth’s Swirling Motion

A New York Premiere for John Luther Adams’s ‘Become Ocean’

Concerti

Blind gehört Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen: „Da fehlt ein bisschen die Erotik“

Das Klavierduo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass es erfährt, wer spielt

Klassik Akzente

Endlich: Elina Garanca zurück auf den Bühnen der Welt

Ihre Fans haben lange darauf warten müssen, aber nun ist es endlich soweit: Am 11. Mai meldet sich die lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca aus ihrer zweiten Babypause zurück.

Le Figaro

Kronos Quartet, le titan du quatuor à cordes

Pour ses 40 ans, l’ensemble californien se produit encore mardi soir à Arras et publie un nouveau coffret chez Nonesuch.

Classical Music on Twitter

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Showing the immense personal impact of Chopin’s music, Channel 4′s ‘Chopin Saved My Life’ @OxfordFilmTV has been shortlisted #RPSMusicAwards

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera ’Tell me about your mother…’ To celebrate Freud’s birthday, how changing attitudes to his work have shaped opera http://www.roh.org.uk/news/how-to-stage-an-opera-freud-and-die-frau-ohne-schatten

YCAT @YCATrust Superstar @PianistJiLiu heads North to @sage_gateshead for an afternoon of Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt – 11 May http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/ji-liu/

ACE National@ace_national We’re giving away 20 FREE places to cultural organisations at the 2014 @INFOTCCE Culture Capital Exchange Conference http://bit.ly/R7IPfN

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 6, 2014 )

Manners McDade have landed a sync deal for the latest Vodafone Campaign ‘The Call’. The ad features music from Tom Hodge and Max Cooper in its raw and emotional campaign featuring real firefighters in their true, heroic environment.

Ad agency Grey said of the music choice: ‘This was a tricky brief. We were looking for something that was emotional, but not sentimental. Stirring but not melodramatic. Tom and Max’s track captures the quiet heroism of the spot beautifully.’ Vicki Maguire – Creative Director

Catherine Manners, Director at Manners McDade said, ‘We knew that the DJ/electronica artist Max Cooper was open to collaborative work with a composer as he had worked with Michael Nyman in the past. We introduced him to Tom Hodge during the Summer of 2013 and the EP Fragmented Self was released in October last year. We hope that this is the first of many collaborations between these two exciting artists – and also many synchronisation opportunities’.

Watch the ad below and on Campaign here.

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(Written on March 27, 2014 )

Musician and composer John Matthias and record label Village Green have released another live video of music from John’s fantastic album. The second video is released today on youtube and features the track ‘Close Knit’ from John’s new album ‘Geisterfahrer’, out now to buy here.

This track was reviewed as ‘haunting’ by Irregular Crates, who also noted ‘the subtlest of electronic influence’ in this beautiful piece of music. John performs on the violin accompanied by piano and the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument designed by John at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda.

John performed ‘Close Knit’ on BBC Radio 3 this February in the lead up to the album launch, describing the Neurogranular Sampler’s process whereby a ‘violin is played into the computer, which then takes part of that sound….when the neurons fire, it takes those pieces and retriggers them’ live on the show. Presenter Sean Rafferty described John’s performance as ‘fantastic’ and bringing the show ‘right up to date’.

Watch out each week for new videos to come! Follow John Matthias and Village Green on Twitter for album news and updates.

(Written on March 26, 2014 )

In today’s forever adapting world of social media, is the classical music industry keeping up? Most arts organisations now have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, which are currently the most popular sites, but in a few years’ time, will there be a new trend and will we have adopted it in time to really reap the benefits for our industry?

In 2009, Social Media Today wrote about 8 Twitter Analytics Tools that would enable you to extract information and insights from your twitter stream . Of the 8 sites featured, only 3 are still active today, proving that social media users needs to be constantly flexible, adapting to the creation and decline of social media sites and monitoring tools.

But what will the future of social networking and classical music be? More and more organisations are designing apps, and a few are adopting sites such as Pinterest, Vine and Instavid. How do we discover the sites that will have a lasting impact and those that will fail? This January, two Princeton researchers suggested that Facebook will lose 80% of its peak user base by 2017. Something we saw with the once dominating MySpace, which had 75.9 million monthly users back in 2008 yet started to decline in 2009 as a lack of innovation and loyalty meant that its users began to jump ship.

At WildKat PR we have tested a number of social resources, discovering how they work and how they might (or might not) be relevant to the music industry. Social media presents a fascinating opportunity to the music industry, enabling artists to keep fans up to date. For an industry that was thrown in to disarray at the start of the digital revolution, we are now benefiting from the new methods of listening, distribution and connecting – all of which are great ways to increase virility and build a community around our brands.

What social media tools do you think will be the ‘next big thing’ for the music industry?

Image courtesy of The Drum

(Written on March 18, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Southbank Centre is pulling out the stops for its organ festival

The Royal Festival Hall organ will sound its voice in public for the first time in almost ten years at the launch of the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival tomorrow.

The Guardian

What is Radio 3 doing in a glass box on the southbank?

Radio 3 has relocated to a new temporary studio – in London’s Southbank centre. The station‘s controller Roger Wright explains why.

Classic FM

Colour-blind artist hears colour thanks to electronic chip

An artist has implanted a chip into his skull allowing him to hear different shades of colour as sound vibrations.

Elgar ‘Banksy’ sparks controversy

Four graffitied images of the British composer have appeared in Malvern as an ‘anonymous gift’ to the community – but the artists have apologised for not seeking permission for the paintings.

Sneezing trombone video goes viral

A video in which a trombonist sneezes into his instrument during a quiet moment of a brass band concert has now racked up half a million views on YouTube.

Classical Music Magazine 

Edinburgh Festival looks to first world war in 2014 programme

War, peace and artists’ responses to them are the weighty themes behind the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, Jonathan Mills has announced in his final year as the event’s director, for the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on March 18, 2014 )

Musician and composer John Matthias and record label Village Green are releasing new live videos of John’s enchanting performances. The first video is released today on youtube and features the track ‘Jackie Bouvier’ from John’s new album ‘Geisterfahrer’, out now to buy here.

John performs on vocals, guitar and violin on his latest album, accompanied by the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument designed by John at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda.

Today, Thom Yorke has added ‘Jackie Bouvier’ as the number one track on his office chart, highlighting great new music.

Watch out each week for new videos to come! Follow John Matthias and Village Green on Twitter for album news and updates.

‘Jackie Bouvier’ from John Matthias

(Written on March 17, 2014 )

WildKat PR caught up with marketing, press and events manager Sarah Hewson at Docklands exciting arts quarter Trinity Buoy Wharf, to find out about how it came to be and the events and exhibitions they are currently hosting.

Take a look at our video blog to hear what Sarah had to say about this artistic hub in East London.

 

(Written on February 25, 2014 )

Guardian

Musician Zoe Keating reveals iTunes, Spotify and YouTube payouts for 2013

Cellist’s latest publicly-shared numbers reveal 92% of her income still comes from sales rather than streams.

Christian Curnyn: too hot to Handel

He’s putting the shock into the baroque – and he couldn’t care less about all the outrage he’s causing. Maverick conductor Christian Curnyn says why sex, swearing and Stratocasters are just what early opera needs.

BBC News

Remote recording tech helps artists make sweet music

The latest digital audio recording technology has helped an unsigned London-based band hook up with one of the world’s most famous producers in California – even though they were 5,500 miles apart.

Independent

Where has the British classical music talent gone?

There are no homegrown soloists at this year’s Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition. Jessica Duchen claims a worrying trend.

PR Week

Disney in bid to highlight its contribution to the UK

Corporate and public affairs agencies have lined up for a brief from US entertainment giant Disney that involves persuading the British media of the significance of its contribution to the UK.

PokerStars hires W and targets arts in effort to widen appeal in UK

Global online gambling powerhouse PokerStars has brought in W as it seeks to attract new players by forging stronger links with the arts, PRWeek understands.

Classic FM Online

Listen to Breaking Bad – Ozymandias the opera

Listen to two arias from the Breaking Bad opera by Sung Jin Hong, premiered in New York City last month.

Guardian

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(Written on February 25, 2014 )

WildKat PR

Join the WildKat PR team in London!

WildKat PR are looking for a new Account Manager to join the lovely WildKat PR London team…

BBC News

How to compose classical music with your brainwaves

Professor at Plymouth University uses a device that reads thoughts, with the aid of a brain cap, and promises to translate those thoughts into music – a world away from the traditional composition process

Classic FM Online

Classical music at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony

The Winter Olympics opened with a celebration of classical music and ballet, with a performance from star opera singer Anna Netrebko

Billboard Biz

YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion to Music Industry In Last Few Years

Google Inc. disclosed on Sunday that its YouTube video platform has paid out more than $1 billion to music rights holders “over the last several years,” putting the California technology company among the top sources of digital revenue for the embattled music industry outside of download sales.

Keighley News

Music industry jobs scheme hub in Keighley

Keighley’s Jam on Top has become part of a lottery-funded project to train young people for jobs in the music industry

Die Welt

Verruchte Unschuld und traurige Zuversicht

Kann sie das? Sie kann! Dagmar Manzel überzeugt mit den Liedern des großen Friedrich Hollaender. Live und auf CD ist zu erleben, welche Lücke der jüdische Komponist hinterlassen hat
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 10, 2014 )