Violinist Daniel Hope will delight audiences at the BBC Proms yet again this year.

On Tuesday 29th July, Daniel will join the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which make its Proms debut  this year with a classical celebration of the Orient. Daniel will perform the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev‘s Violin Concerto, commissioned by the BBC. The programme will also feature oriental gems such as Respighi’s Queen of Sheba, Balakirev’s Oriental Fantasy and music by Mozart, Handel and Holst.

For more information and to get tickets when they go on sale, please see the BBC Proms website.

BBC Proms credit Harald Hoffmann

BBC Proms credit Harald Hoffmann

(Written on April 24, 2014 )

On Easter Saturday, WildKat PR visited Trinity Buoy Wharf  to witness the launch of the Listening Post, a mechanical music machine which plays notes determined by the Thames. The launch was accompanied by a performance of Floodtide, an algorithmic piece by  John Eacott which makes music from tidal water

Designed by sculptor Andrew Baldwin, the Listening Post is a permanent installation on the Thames Quayside at Trinity Buoy Wharf, which will play Floodtide through a mechanical organ. It was launched by a performance of Floodtide in Trinity Buoy Wharf’s adjacent Chainstore, with over 50 musicians from the Dulwich Folk Choir and Joji Hirota‘s Japanese Taiko Drummers.

The performance lasted about one and a half hours and spectators were invited to come and go during that time and explore other fascinating attractions at Trinity Buoy Wharf, including Longplayer, a Tibetan inspired composition which is designed to play without repetition for 1,000 years, installed in London’s only lighthouse.

The launch attracted a varied crowd of contemporary music connoisseurs and passers by who happened to come across the performance and were fascinated by the blend of Orkney folk songs from the Dulwich Folk choir and the stirring sounds of the Taiko drums, all directed by sensors in the Thames transformed into music projected on the Chainstore wall.

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(Written on April 23, 2014 )

This Easter, hear the tide of the river Thames transformed into music

On Saturday, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Dockland’s most exciting arts quarter, will host the launch of the next chapter of one of the most interesting and unusual music projects in London.

Floodtide, by algorithmic composer John Eacott, makes music from the movement of tidal water. A submerged sensor gathers information from the tidal flow which is converted into musical notation to be read by musicians. The piece is an ambient work in which the audience may drift in and out of the music, returning later to see how it has changed. No performance of Floodtide is the same, with the music being constantly affected by environmental factors such as wind, air pressure, rain, and even passing boats

This Saturday sees the launch of the Listening Post, a mechanical music machine which plays notes determined by the river. The launch will be accompanied by the Dulwich Folk Choir and Joji Hirota’s Japanese Taiko drummers.

The launch of the Listening post at the Thames Quayside at 1.30pm will be preceded by an opening talk from John Eacott with refreshments at 1pm. The performance will last until 3.30pm and audiences are invited to come and go throughout, allowing them to explore more of Trinity Buoy Wharf.

On Easter Sunday and Monday from 11am to 4pm, inside Trinity Buoy Wharf’s Chainstore, visitors can watch musical notes emerge as they are generated by the tide, and then go to the riverside to hear them!

With all Floodtide events this weekend being free of charge, this is not one to miss this Easter.

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Trinity Buoy Wharf

 

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

Brooklyn Rider, the dynamic New York quartet, will be showcasing their own brand of creative programming in their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Copenhagen on Tuesday. The group’s combination of limitless innovation and passion for new music has transformed the 300-year-old form of the string quartet into a signature 21st century ensemble. Their love of new music also inspired the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, which began in 2012, and continues its on-going commissioning project. So far they’ve commissioned 15 new works from a diverse list of musicians in the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and folk. Brooklyn Rider recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for an ambitious complementary body of work directly related to the commissioned music. This will include videos, animation, choreography, photo essays, articles, interviews, remixes, and much more. So far Brooklyn Rider have raised over $22,000 of their $40,000 goal.

The 8-date European tour will include a blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works that challenge genre boundaries. Clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK can expect to hear works from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and the premiere of String Quartet No.1 by Swedish composer Tobias Broström on 23rd and 24th April. Brooklyn Rider will also perform at Yellow Lounge in Stockholm on 26th April collaborating with DJs and VJs at Fotografiska. The tour culminates in a late night performance at London’s Wigmore Hall on 2nd May.

Check out a video of Colin Jacobsen’s A Walking Fire here:

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre have today announced their signing to IMG Artists who will manage the partnership out of their Hannover office and are to facilitate artist and touring Management in Europe, Asia and South America.

CMS has been presided over by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han since 2004 and has recently seen fantastic audience figures at home in New York thanks to interesting and creative programming and performance.

Subscription revenue has increased by 30% over the past five seasons, single ticket revenue has increased by 41% over the past five seasons, as well as 33% growth in audience over past five seasons and a 94% subscription renewal rate this season.

David Finckel and Wu Han are leading CMS to London next week as they perform at Wigmore Hall on Monday 14th April with a fantastic programme including Beethoven, Brahms and a UK premiere of a new work by Zhou Long.

To find out more about CMS, see their website here, follow them on Twitter here, and follow David and Wu Han on Facebook and Twitter here.

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(Written on April 10, 2014 )

WildKat’s kittens were on the scene with a little morning boost for members attending the International Artist Manager’s Association (IAMA) conference. This unique event is the only worldwide association for classical music artist managements, dedicated to raising professional standards in the fast paced and constantly changing business of music.

Lucky attendees were greeted with ‘i am a…’ conference-branded chocolates giving them a literal taste of all the services we offer at WildKat.

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(Written on April 9, 2014 )

‘The Accordionist’ Paul Chamberlain, is heading off on a grand tour of the UK this summer. Paul’s flair for his unique instrument has seen him perform to highly engaged audiences across the UK as well as releasing his debut disc ‘The Classical Accordion’ in 2011 to great acclaim. His latest CD is to be released alongside his tour and sees varied repertoire from Weber, Piazzolla, Scarlatti and Zolatariev. Last year saw Paul perform around the UK, where he enjoyed his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long-established Manchester Mid-Day concert series, and abroad in California.

Paul is passionate about the accordion and its place on the classical stage, writing for Gramophone, Paul commented: ‘I believe that the accordion has an exciting future not only as a solo instrument, but also in chamber ensembles. The accordion opens up an interesting multi-textural sound world to composers and I have plans for a future project that focuses on creating new chamber repertoire for the instrument.’

Paul has just announced his Summer 2014 tour to celebrate the release of his latest album, which takes him to some of his favourite venues around the UK. Please see full dates here:

1st July – London – 1901 Arts Club (Album Launch event)

2nd July – London – Apple Store, Regent Street

3rd July – London – St Giles in the Fields

4th July – Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring

5th July – Oxford – Holy Trinity Headington

6th July – Cambridge – Emmanuel Church

10th July – Scotland, Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre

11th July – Scotland, Dundee – Dundee Cathedral

13th July – Scotland, Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall

18th July – Newcastle – Lit & Phil

19th July – Portsmouth, Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre

20th July – Kent – Faversham Parish Church

1st August – Bristol – St George’s Bristol

2nd August – Wales, Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre

3rd August – Wales, Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church

5th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

9th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

 

For any more information visit Paul’s website here. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with his news.

 

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(Written on April 8, 2014 )

The National Children’s Orchestras will be returning to the stage this weekend to showcase the best young musical talent the UK has to offer. Vivienne Price MBC founded the organisation in 1978 with the sole aim of offering talented children a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship, working alongside world-class professional musicians.

The NCO’s Main Orchestra will be making a welcome return to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, on Saturday 12th April for their first appearance of 2014. Under the baton of guest conductor Howard Williams their exciting programme will include The Perfect Fool by Holst, Isabella by Bridge, Tales from Vienna Woods by J.Strauss, and La Mer by Debussy. Their fresh approach to this renowned concert repertoire promises to deliver a night of technically brilliant and youthfully exuberant music. With a start time of 7pm the tickets range from £5 for under 5’s to £19.50, including concessions.

Then, on Sunday, Anvil Arts in Basingstoke are delighted to welcome the NCO’s Under 13s Orchestra, who will present a stunning programme of classical favourites. Their conductor, NCO  Principal Director of Music Roger Clarkson will be leading them in Wagner’s Overture to the Flying Dutchman, The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth, The Pirates of the Caribbean by Badelt, Buckaroo Holiday by Copland, Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, and the iconic Nutcracker Suite by one of Russia’s most loved composers Tchaikovsky. Individual ticket prices vary from £6 for under 16’s to £19, and family tickets (2 adults, 3 children) are offered at the discounted price of £39 for the £16 price bracket, and £44 for the £19 price bracket; all including a £1 booking fee. To book tickets please call 01256 844244.

 

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

WildKat PR is proud and thrilled to announce that we have been invited to lecture to the talented students of The Juilliard School over two sessions. We will be speaking about many aspects of the industry such as marketing, PR, concerts, management, social media, events, budgeting, branding, photography and websites and offering general advice on how to be a prominent and successful 21st-century artist.

The industry can be a daunting start to a young graduate and WildKat PR is here to help bridge the gap between being a student and a professional. After forging a strong relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London and speaking about similar topics, we are excited to be expanding this service in New York, building on our ongoing presence in the American market, helping to breed the next generation of artists.

 

For further information on how we can help you or if you wanted to know more about our work in New York and at Juilliard, feel free to email fleur@wildkatpr.com

 

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(Written on April 7, 2014 )

Tonight, Saturday 5th April, Tim Murray will be conducting the opening night performance of pioneering sound artist Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. Herbert adapts Faust’s legend; when a stranger offers a music teacher powerful technology, he hastily accepts, with horrifying consequences…

Star Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has recorded the voice of Méphistophélès. The opera mixes live and electronic music, features the ‘Chirp’ app allowing audience members to share links via sounds, and a on-stage machinery developed by MIT.

Tim Murray said to Classic FM about conducting this live electronic feat:

It’s quite a tricky piece to conduct, as there is a lot of technology to understand. What I see in my score doesn’t necessarily show what the music sounds like; for example if someone plays a ‘C’, it might produce a ‘C’, or the sound of a buzzing phone, or the creaking branches of a tree. I still do a double-take when I see Tom, our drummer, playing the dripping taps – especially yesterday when he sprung a leak in the rehearsal… Sometimes they play a ‘D’ and out comes a recording of Bryn Terfel! We recorded Bryn last week – he is the voice of Méphistophélès in the show – and the audience will certainly feel his presence…

The Crackle runs from 5-12 April 2014.

Courtesy of ROH

Tim Murray and Bryn Terfel Courtesy of The Crackle, © ROH

 

(Written on April 5, 2014 )