Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Music school by day, and concert hall by night; Dartington International Summer School & Festival is the only institution of its kind. For 4 weeks each summer, internationally-renowned musicians, composers, artists, writers and dancers teach and perform in the unique surroundings of the medieval Dartington Hall - sharing their invaluable experience with professionals and amateurs, of varying experience interests, of all ages.
While classical music lies at Dartington’s core, its wide range of courses, workshops and concerts also encompasses jazz, world music, music theatre, multimedia, poetry, creative writing and dance. Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor curates a diverse programme, assembling some of the world’s best artistic talent to inspire participants and audiences alike.
WildKat PR continues its collaboration with Dartington to promote the 2017 International Summer School & Festival.
Noel Music Management
Noel Music Management (NMM) works with a diverse range of musicians, from those at the start of their professional career to established orchestral performers. NMM recently launched a revolutionary Friends and Patrons scheme offering funders the chance to support a growing arts organisation in exchange for a range of benefits. Those signing up for the scheme can donate anything from the cost of a concert ticket to larger amounts up to £10,000 and receive VIP concert tickets, private performances by NMM artists or a bespoke concert series or festival in their name in return. By supporting the long-term careers of musicians, funders can see the benefits of their donations first-hand.
Tête à Tête
With joint celebrations next year, Tête à Tête is looking forward to marking leading contemporary opera with its 10th festival in 2017. In the next 18 months, Tête à Tête will continue to use its vast knowledge and experience of the industry, matched with its love for the art form, to ensure new opera survives and thrives as much as ever.
A new vision for a new decade; Bill Bankes-Jones and Anna Gregg continue to seek adventure and innovation in opera, poised to lead artistic vision forward into the next era. Through producing new works and invigorating familiar, well-loved works, as well as leading discussions and exploring support for the artistic community, Tête à Tête shares its passions and knowledge to explore the next level of contemporary opera.
As it continues to champion new works, Tête à Tête will once again collaborate with the next generation of composers and singers at the Royal College of Music in Crime and Punishment, a portmanteau of six new pieces inspired by Dostoevsky. The event will be live streamed on RCM and Tête à Tête’s website, joining the largest the world’s largest video archive of 21st century new opera.
BitterSuite are a company exploring how to re-imagine the classical concert through the senses. Influenced by synesthesia, graphic scores and multi-modality, BitterSuite explore how people’s experience of listening to classical music can be enhanced through choreographed sensory stimulation.
Black Dress Code
Black Dress Code introduces its debut collection of concert wear. This innovative new company is the first of its kind to cater specifically to musicians and singers, with their needs in mind. Offering beautifully cut shapes and silhouettes in elegant designs that work seamlessly with performance. Boasting comfort, ease and style, Black Dress Code’s designs cover all aspects required by musicians and singers. Say goodbye to dry-cleaning bags and extra luggage with easy-care and on-trend fabrics that cannot crease. They are not only affordable to buy but also economical to maintain with washing-machine friendly materials.
With top designers and couturiers on board, including Vivienne Westwood’s leading designer at the Red Label and Japan Label, Black Dress Code combines the latest trends with classic designs. There’s something for everyone from jumpsuits and palazzo trousers to 20s style and empire-waist maxi dresses. Their bespoke service allows orchestras to produce their own clothing range and soloists to collaborate on tailored outfits for specific events. Women and children’s collections are available now with men’s range coming soon.
Black Dress Code was founded by Daniella Gluck, mother of a teenage musician in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, who was exasperated by inappropriate high-street offerings. WildKat PR assisted with the launch of Black Dress Code, and manages their social media channels and PR, as well as collaborations.
Help Musicians UK
Help Musicians UK (the working name for the Musicians Benevolent Fund) is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres. It helps struggling musicians in crisis, enabling musicians to take up opportunities and providing extra support to develop their careers. The charity was founded in 1921 and has since supported thousands of musicians. The Talent Programme also offers financial support and opportunities to emerging artists
ECC100 Records is a vinyl-only label founded by LUSH founder and music lover Mark Constantine. Taking inspiration from the golden age of music in Britain, it aims to go back to the time when albums were eagerly anticipated, and every element of the music, art and sleeve notes were dissected, digested and discussed. They will release the groundbreaking concept album "Set In Stone", composed by John Metcalfe (Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders, The John Metcalfe band) and Simon Richmond (Neneh Cherry, Imagined Village, The Bays) on 4 November.