It is a great pleasure to welcome the talented singer and composer Sophie Dunér to our client roster.

Sophie is from Sweden, and has lived and performed internationally. Her roots are in jazz, and her music and performances are a fusion of jazz and contemporary classical idioms. Through this fusion, Sophie has created her own fresh and wild voice. As the renowned producer of her album The City of My Soul, Michael Haas, states: “it’s Dunéresque – a newly created genre!”

The City of My Soul was released with Big Round Records, a Parma Recordings Company. The City of My Soul was one of Parma’s top albums for digital sales in February 2015, and Sophie will also be featured on a compilation of the PARMA Music Festival 2014, to be released in June. Sophie has also collaborated with top musicians including, electric cellist Jeremy Harman from the Sirius Quartet, The Callino Quartet, Rory Stuart, Matt Pennman, Kahlil Kwame Bell and most recently Dominic Duval, Bertram Lehmann and Fernando Huergo. She has toured the U.S and Buenos Aires, as well as performing across Europe.

Sophie is multi-talented, and is also a painter. Many of her paintings reference the musical influence in her life. Her work is included alongside 17 other European artists in an art book by Swedish gallery owner Christian Boétus – a copy of The City of My Soul has been included in every book. Audiovisual concerts are now a large part of Sophie’s work. Her songs are already strongly connected to her paintings, which are projected digitally at performances.

You can visit Sophie’s Website here, and listen to her live performances on YouTubeThe City of My Soul is available to purchase here.

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Photo credit: Petra Björstad©

(Written on March 26, 2015 )

For more than 200 years, the enigma of Domenico Zipoli’s music and extraordinary life lay forgotten: his scores so little played and difficult to locate, his Italian lineage and works virtually non-existent, even though streets are named after him in Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or Perola Barroca (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the Baroque music that drove him.

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WildKat PR is excited to be working with “phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin on their UK tour of The Imperfect Pearl. From May through to June 2015, the music-drama will visit rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces across the country, before the culmination of the tour in London.

Visit the website and Twitter to keep up to date with performances and news.

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(Written on March 19, 2015 )

As our New York office continues to expand, we are very happy to welcome London-born but NYC-based composer, guitarist and singer Danielle Eva Schwob as our newest client at WildKat PR. Described by Time Out NY as a “genre-bending, worldly musical chameleon”, Danielle has established a multi-faceted career that spans the worlds of contemporary classical, pop and film.

Danielle has made a name for herself as a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) with “deep roots in rock music” (The New York Times). Her work has earned honours from the Aaron Copland Fun for Music, The American Composers Forum, Con Edison, ASCAP and BMI.  Also active as a guitarist, orchestrator and arranger, she has worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds and The Pogues.  She also serves as Artistic Director of SYZYGY New Music, an award-winning cross-genre collective that promotes adventurous new music.

The world premiere of Danielle’s newest commission Three Self Portraits will take place at Brooklyn’s Roulette on 19th April 2015.  An introspective ‘triptych’ of solo pieces, the work is inspired by the self-portraits of David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Distinct in style but unified by the confident, melancholic undertone of their paintings, the three seminal English artists had a palpable influence on one another’s work, socializing frequently and often sitting for portrait sessions.

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Each solo movement functions as a ‘score’ to one of the paintings, mirroring its mood and style while reflecting the feelings of intimacy and intensity involved in crafting or viewing a self-portrait.   It is scored for solo violin, solo cello and solo piano and can be performed either as a multi-movement work or as three standalone solo pieces.

Some of New York’s most sought-after musicians in the new music scene will team together for the premiere: “One of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times) Vicky Chow; Violinist Jennifer Choi, recognised for breaking the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music and creative improvisation; and also “brilliantly assured” (Washington Post) cellist Michael Nicolas.

Three Self Portraits will appear alongside John Zorn’s first and latest piano trios Amour Fou and The Aristos. You can purchase your tickets here:

Visit Danielle’s website, Twitter and Facebook for updates on upcoming projects.

 

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(Written on March 18, 2015 )

Wanting some advice on working within the classical music industry? Come along to our next free Open Session where our team, who have over 25 years of experience, can answer all your questions on anything from PR to events, budgeting to social media. Our next one is Friday 27th March, watch our video invitation here:

 

(Written on March 18, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be working with Ensemble Perpetuo on their production Cityscapes: an immersive cultural experience in London.

Ensemble Perpetuo is an exciting, new collective that is made up of top UK musicians and are based in London. Their performances involve multi-artform collaborations, offering listeners an entirely new experience for listening to music. Recently they have appeared at the Rye Festival as well as recording their debut disc with Champs Hill records, set for release in June 2015.

Cityscapes is an evening of arts inspired by cities all over the world, surrounding the audience in music, photography, art and choreography. The ensemble will provide music spanning 200 years, including pieces by Steve Reich, Joseph Haydn and Aaron Copland, performed alongside new artwork created by Caroline Mackenzie. There will also be an exhibition of architecture images from the London Photo Festival, as well as city-inspired artworks and dance. Throughout the evening the audience will be free to explore the music and art at their leisure.

For more information about Ensemble Perpetuo please visit their website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

Cityscapes

25th April 2015, 7pm

47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL

Steve Reich New York Counterpoint soloist: Sara Sarvamaa

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Joseph Haydn London Trio in C major

Aaron Copland The Quiet City soloists: Simon Desbruslais & James Turnbull


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Photography London Photo Festival

Art Caroline Mackenzie & Tom Pearce

Choreography Lucia Sweigert

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(Written on March 16, 2015 )

Are you a young graduate who is eager to network, meet new people, try something new and do business? Orpheus Sinfonia, themselves outstanding recent graduates, are hosting a networking event alongside their next concert Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle on 23rd March. There will be opportunities to meet other like-minded people before the concert, during the interval, and also afterwards over a drink or two.

There are many networking events out there but this one will be unique in its combination of business and culture. The concert’s theme focuses around classical music’s most famous love triangle between husband and wife Robert and Clara Schumann and their friend Johannes Brahms. Who will win over Clara in the end? Far from being your stereotypical concert, the music will be explained in a simple yet informative way, perfect for the classical music novice. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to talk intelligently about culture when entertaining your clients back at the office. The concert is also a great excuse to take time out of your busy schedule to relax: being a young graduate can be tough if you are in a new city, job and routine.

So, come along, enjoy some great music, get noticed and make connections for yourself and your company.

Don’t forget your business cards!

Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle, St George’s Hanover Square, 19:30, 23rd March. Reserve your £5 tickets by emailing clara@wildkatpr.com

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(Written on March 12, 2015 )

In the week leading up to International Women’s Day the team at WildKat PR have been discussing some of the best moments, pieces, events and performances that have come from classical women. Here are 10 of our favourites – add yours to the list by tweeting us @WildKatPR!

 

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Nicola Benedetti helps and inspires Scottish children to study music

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The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa founded her foundation in 2004 to help outstanding young musicians and singers to develop their international careers

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – Lied: Larghetto from Song Without Words

 

Madeleine Dring’s Business Girls from ‘Five Betjeman Songs’

 

In 2014 Judith Weir was appointed as the first female master of the Queen’s music

She succeeded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the role that is said to be the musical equivalent of the poet laureate

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Jacqueline du Pre set the bar for performances of Elgar’s Cello Concerto

 

Galina Ustvolskaya was composing during the Soviet Union

The Russian composer’s brutally uncompromising work has an elementality that’s both horrifying and thrilling

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Lilian Baylis established the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company in 1931 which later became the English National Opera

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(Written on March 6, 2015 )

Marin Alsop holds the title ‘first woman to…’ in a (worryingly) large number of areas: first woman to head a full time major American orchestra, the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013 and first female principle conductor of a UK orchestra (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). I say worryingly because there are still so many firsts for women to be had in 2015 as she herself has said.

We all remember when she was announced as the conductor of the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2013 and we shouted for joy at there FINALLY being a female conductor at one of classical music’s most famous evenings. Yet, we also collectively shook our heads in agreement when, in her Last Night speech, she voiced what we were all thinking: ‘I find it shocking that in 2013 there are still firsts for women.’

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Marin tells how she is extremely lucky to have grown up in a very musical family with both her parents being professional classical musicians. Clearly a very talented young child, she took up the piano and, a little later, the violin when she was 6 or 7 and began studying at the Juilliard Pre College Division around the same time. Her passion for conducting also came at an early age when she saw Leonard Bernstein at a concert and, from that moment, she knew it was the profession for her. She has now held the prestigious position of Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, a tenure which has been extended twice until 2021. She added to her busy schedule in 2012 by taking up the post of Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and became Music Director in July 2013.

So, why do we not see more women conducting or composing when, simultaneously, there is a wonderful amount of talented female soloists? Vasily Petrenko famously said it was because a woman on the podium would be distracting, whilst Marin cites Roger Wright who blames the trajectory of history which has prevented role models breaking through. Well, that is until now. Later on in her Last Night speech, Marin said that ‘it is all worthwhile if it inspired young women to realize that they, too, should follow their passion, should aim high and not let any barriers stand in their way.’

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With girls throughout the world risking their lives to even go to school (see James McCarthy’s work inspired by Malala Yousafazi), those of us in classical music should be inspired by this boldness for change in our industry and do our part for the equality of women all over the world.

Check back here tomorrow for our final blog in the #ClassicalWomen series: our top 10 women in classical music moments.

(Written on March 5, 2015 )

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday (8th March), WildKat PR are turning the spotlight onto influential and inspiring female figures in classical music, past and present.

Today’s focus is on Dame Ethel Smyth, a female composer of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who was also an extremely active suffragette. Such was her devotion to women’s rights that she gave up her music for two years to fight for the cause.

As common to many women of middle class origins at the time, music and music theory lessons were undertaken only as part of a ‘ladylike’ education and not a serious career option. Yet, for Ethel, these inspired her to relocate to the Leipzig Conservatoire when she was 19 where she studied composition, much to her Father’s disapproval who preferred for her to marry.

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In Leipzig she studied under Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg and it was around this time that her work was introduced to Brahms. He commented, with what she realised afterwards was not a compliment but actually ‘scathing irony,’ ‘So, this is the young lady who writes sonatas and doesn’t know counterpoint.

Despite Brahms’ comments, Smyth’s works were received with critical acclaim, particularly her String Quintet in E Major. Highly respected critic, Wilhelm Altmann, wrote ‘this quintet clearly showcases the composer’s tremendous talent.’ Her Symphonic Serenade in D, secured her recognition with both public and press.

Her introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910 sparked her passionate involvement in the Suffragette movement. Indeed, she was sentenced to two months in jail for breaking an anti-suffrage politician’s window with a brick! The movement also influenced her music: she wrote The March of the Women which became an anthem for suffrage and was sung by the women on marches.

So, what can we learn from Ethel today? Clearly, her uncompromising commitment to women’s rights is something which is still very important (although we do not condone her violent methods). Whilst there are many wonderfully talented female musicians, there is still a distinct lack of women composers and conductors and Ethel’s determination to buck the trend in 20th Century England is something our industry should celebrate and encourage.

Check back here tomorrow for the next in our series on Marin Alsop!

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A Suffragette protest in London. Photograph: PA

Sources: WomenComposers.org

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(Written on March 4, 2015 )

WildKat PR Welcomes “Haydn 2032”

WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: The “Haydn 2032” project.

Idolised by Stendhal, admired by Mozart and celebrated by the music world is the composer Joseph Haydn. But who is he today? What are the musical means of expression, the, images and words to describe a composer whose work can be heard every day in concert halls around the world, whose creations have been recorded hundreds of times and whose life seems to have been impeccably researched?

Haydn 2032 is a unique conceptual art project that will realise the performance and recording of all 107 Haydn symphonies by the composer’s 300th anniversary in 2032.

Every year, the orchestras “Il Giardino Armonico” and “Kammerorchester Basel” will perform a further set of Haydn’s symphonies in different venues in Europe. Each concert performance is a modern interpretation of the concert settings of the 18th century to include lectures, photography exhibitions, talks and culinary events. In May 2015, these events will take place in Berlin, Eisenstadt and Basel. Each concert cycle is recorded on historical instruments for the first time and released on CD (label “Outhere”). Works by Haydn’s contemporaries and musical models, such as Gluck, W.F. Bach, Porpora and Kraus, will be positioned alongside Haydn’s symphonies in order to embed them in a wider historical context. Limited edition books will complete the thematical series, including a CD, images and texts by well-known contemporary authors and photographers.

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Wir freuen uns sehr, unseren neuesten Kunden, das „Haydn 2032” –Projekt, vorzustellen.

Vergöttert von Stendhal, bewundert von Mozart und gefeiert von der ganzen Musikwelt ist der Komponist Joseph Haydn. Aber wer ist er heute? Welche musikalischen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten, Bilder und Worte können für einen Komponisten, dessen Arbeit jeden Tag in Konzertsälen auf der ganzen Welt erklingt, dessen Werke hunderte Male aufgezeichnet wurden und dessen Leben nahezu vollkommen erforscht wurde, gefunden werden?

Haydn 2032 ist ein einzigartiges künstlerisches Projekt, das die konzeptionelle Aufführung und Einspielung aller 107 Haydn-Symphonien bis zum 300. Geburtstag des Komponisten im Jahr 2032 verwirklichen möchte.

Jedes Jahr werden die Orchester „Il Giardino Armonico” und das „Kammerorchester Basel” eine weitere, thematisch zueinander passende Konzertreihe an Symphonien an unterschiedlichen Orten in Europa präsentieren. Jedes Konzert stellt eine moderne Interpretation der Konzertsituation des 18. Jahrhunderts dar, sodass die musikalische Aufführung von Vorträgen, Fotoausstellungen, Diskussionen und kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten umrahmt wird. Im Mai 2015 finden diese multimedialen Aufführungen in Berlin, Eisenstadt und Basel statt. Die einzelnen Konzertreihen werden zusätzlich auf historischen Instrumenten eingespielt und auf einer CD (Label „Outhere”) veröffentlicht. Werke von Haydns Zeitgenossen und musikalischen Vorbildern wie Gluck, W. F. Bach, Porpora und Kraus werden Haydns Symphonien ergänzen und in einen größeren historischen Kontext einbetten. Eine limitierte Buchedition wird die thematische Verwobenheit der einzelnen Kunstformen nochmals verdeutlichen und vervollständigen. Hier sind CD sowie Fotografien und Texte von bekannten zeitgenössischen Autoren und Fotografen enthalten.

(Written on February 27, 2015 )