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4th December: Professional travelling musicians exempt from quarantine, Hope for News Year’s concert, French operas and orchestras go virtual

Friday 4th December '20

Professional travelling musicians to be exempt from quarantine regulationsTravelling musicians and other performing artists will no longer have to self-isolate, even if returning to England from a country not on the travel corridors list. Performing artists are …

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16th October: Baby boy plays trumpet with buskers, A “coup de grâce” for the arts sector, Munich’s new cultural powerhouse

Friday 16th October '20

Baby boy steals jazz show as he picks up mini trumpet and plays with buskersIn New Orleans in 2018, a one-year-old boy became the unexpected star of an annual free music festival, held in the …

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21st September: Berliner Philharmonie increase capacity, music for ethnic minority dementia patients, and the inaugural “La Maestra”

Monday 21st September '20

Berliner Philharmonie to welcome more visitors in NovemberThe Berliner Philharmoniker will soon be able to play in front of a larger audience again. From November, 1,000 visitors will again be allowed in the Great Hall, …

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18th September: Anna Netrebko hospitalised with COVID-19, Why are there so few female conductors? & Chung conducts birthday concert of the Staatskapelle

Friday 18th September '20

Star soprano Anna Netrebko has been hospitalised with COVID-19The opera singer, who back in May called for music fans to break social-distancing rules, posted on her Instagram last night (Thursday 17 September) and revealed she has been in …

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26th May: Riccardo Muti, Austria restarts cultural life, artists return to the concert halls without audience, Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020

Tuesday 26th May '20

Riccardo Muti leads return of classical musicRiccardo Muti will lead Italy’s first public post-lockdown concert. On 21 June the Italian maestro takes to the stage with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra for the opening concert …

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25th May: Southbank Centre warns it may have to stay closed until spring 2021, ARD cultural programme comes as a signal at the right time, Orchestras could be forced to play in chambers

Monday 25th May '20

Southbank Centre warns it may have to stay closed until spring 2021The UK’s largest arts and cultural organisation, the Southbank Centre, has warned that it will have used up its financial reserves by September, …

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19th April: BBC announces 2018 Proms season, NY Orchestras’ plan to increase diversity, Warner Classics signs deal with IDAGIO

Thursday 19th April '18

In today's news: BBC Proms 2018 season to celebrate music from 1918, singers from Royal Opera House travel to Dorset, NY Orchestras granted $1.8 million to battle lagging US orchestra diversity, Warner Classics signs deal …

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2017 – What a Year!

Friday 22nd December '17

It's been an incredibly busy year at WildKat and we are so excited to continue our successes into 2018. As always, we've tried to pack as much as we can into a blog post for …

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10th October: Ivory ban exemption, and NPO status for NCEM

Tuesday 10th October '17

In today's news: The UK Government has exempted musical instruments from its proposals for an ivory ban, and the National Centre for Early Music has been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio …

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19th September: Simon Rattle offers advice and Germany supports 31 orchestras.

Tuesday 19th September '17

In today's news: Composer Jeremy Dale Roberts dies aged 83, and Simon Rattle offers his top advice to young conductors. Audio streaming becomes more and more important, Germany financially supports 31 orchestras, and soprano Brenda …

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