Composer and Pianist
A Multi award-winning composer and pianist, Steinway Artist Chad Lawson topped the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon classical charts with his most recent album The Chopin Variations. Described by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as ‘the classical CD for people that hate classical music’, Chad’s music has motivated people to seek out the original composers that inspired his work. It is the perfect first step on a journey into classical music.
Chad hopes that his compositions will introduce the music of great composers such as Chopin and J.S. Bach to the Spotify Generation, and to people unfamiliar with classical music. His music is also influenced by his background in jazz, which he studied at Berklee College of Music before forming The Chad Lawson Trio and releasing three acclaimed jazz albums.
Performed in the US on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered Lawson’s music has also been featured in Dawson’s Creek, The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries, in adverts for Mulberry and Asprey and on MTV.
US streaming service Pandora invited Chad to speak before Congress about the groundbreaking influence of streaming services on the music industry and the ways that people listen to and discover music.
Chad will release his new album Bach Interpreted: Piano Variations in September 2016, accompanied by a European tour.
Composer and Pianist
Moritz Eggert is one of Germany’s most innovative and versatile artists. As the "Bad Boy" of the German music scene he is also a vocal instigator of change both in the aesthetics and politics of contemporary classical music. His influential „Bad Blog of Musick" is the most read German blog about contemporary classical music. His compositions amount to more than 240 works and range from instrumental, vocal and orchestral pieces to operas, ballets and music theatre projects. His work continues to challenge the normal image of a "well-behaved classical composer", with genre-crossing and unusual projects that often involve collaborations with well-known international artists.
Award winning Contemporary Classical composer Raymond Yiu’s first major work Distance of the Moon was premiered by the renowned Lukas Foss. He proceeded to win critical acclaim for his debut opera score for The Original Chinese Conjuror, which was premiered at Aldeburgh Festival in 2006
Raymond, who is currently completing a DMus in Chinese music heritage under the tutelage of Julian Anderson at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, infuses his work with a definitive blend of Asian music, western influences and his academic discoveries.
In January 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Long Yu premiered a major new work, The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured. In 2013 Raymond's opera The Original Chinese Conjuror will receive its second performance at the Teatro Barocco.
Photo Credit - Malcolm Crowthers
Founded by director Daisy Evans, Silent Opera is an innovative concept that embraces technology and movement to bring opera into the 21st century. Silent Opera provides a unique operatic experience to both virgins and veterans of opera. Previous performances have included Dido and Aeneas, La Bohème and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. The company's upcoming production, Live/Revive/Lament, is a trio of short, operatic installations that begin simultaneously to form a cycle that can be experienced from any point. The music is interpreted through song, dance and theatre, combining electronic, live and pre-recorded music. Live/Revive/Lament is accompanied by smart technology that provides a truly interactive experience for audience members, acting as a digital programme with live video feeds of all three performances.
Tim Benjamin is a highly successful composer best known for opera, including the critically acclaimed Madame X (national tour 2014) and Emily (2013), The Corley Conspiracy (commissioned by and performed at the 2007 London Design Festival), and Le Gâteu d’Anniversaire (Opéra de Marseille, 2010) along with music for film, TV and the concert hall. He is also well regarded as an opera director, writer and public speaker, appearing at TEDx in 2015.
Awards won by Tim include the BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer’s Award, and the Stephen Oliver Trust’s Prize for Contemporary Opera for his first opera The Bridge, performed at ICSM World Music Days and the Covent Garden Festival.
Tim’s upcoming project Life Stories is a double bill of new one-act operas (Silent Jack and Rest in Peace) with words by Anton Chekhov and Anthony Peter and produced by Radius. Life Stories will premiere at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before touring to Preston, Halifax and Todmorden, followed by performances at the 2015 Tête à Tête Opera Festival.
Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida
Performers and composers
Italian performers and composers Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida are particularly interested in exploring new combinations of sounds and genres, and reflecting on the roles of time perception, sound, environment and live performance.
WildKat PR will be working on their upcoming release, Dare Voce, on Sony Classical throughout Europe this autumn. Composed for solo soprano with electric/electronic chamber accompaniment, the album explores the song form through a variety of genres, combining traditional operatic sounds with contemporary styles and experimental sounds.
Sound and Music
Sound and Music is the national charity for new music in the UK. Its vision is to create a world where contemporary music and sounds thrive and prosper, by transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating creators and artists, whilst raising awareness and focusing on diversity. Sound and Music's actions range from artist development to network building, education and much more. They champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many.
WildKat are collaborating with Sound and Music on a range of different projects, including the Cut & Splice Festival in Manchester this March, a revamp of The Sampler, the first platform of its type, celebrations for the British Music Collection, an exciting venture for the Next Wave (in partnership with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings), as well as various other daring projects and programmes.