The Radio 3 performance of Max Richter’s Sleep broke a Guinness World record for the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music.

Richter describes the piece as “an eight-hour lullaby… my personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.”

Members of the audience were given beds instead of seats to encourage them to sleep, will it lull you to sleep?

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

We are now in #Vlogtober so throughout the month we will be posting interesting videos as well as creating some of our own.

Take a look at this video about Opera North’s work at a school in Leeds where they have helped improve children’s ability in English and Maths by giving free music lessons.

Keep an eye out on this page tomorrow for the second video of #Vlogtober!

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(Written on October 1, 2015 )

Here at WildKat PR we are delighted to introduce our latest client, Isobel Waller-Bridge.

As an upcoming British composer for film, television and theatre, Isobel’s career has been widespread, with productions in the West End and New York, as well as the Royal National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, and many other acclaimed venues. The success of Isobel’s diverse repertoire has been widely acknowledged; The Scotsman praised Isobel’s ‘Eikhah’, writing that it revealed a ‘mature, distinctive voice’ and demonstrated ‘an ability beyond her years’. Isobel has already received high praise from critics across the globe and has been awarded a multitude of awards, most notably Winner of Best Composer, Underwire Film Festival 2014 and Winner of Best Sound Designer, Off West End Theatre Awards 2015.

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Isobel’s recent achievements include her scoring of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hecuba, in which she captured the story’s violence, womanhood and bravery. Performance are on now until 17 October. You can read an interview with Isobel about the work here. Other highlights include the Iskra Quartet’s performance of Isobel’s music at Union Chapel on 24 October 2015.

Amongst Isobel’s exciting upcoming events, The World Machine – part of this year’s Lumiere Festival – is a must see. Isobel will team up with world-renowned cosmologist Professor Carlos Frenk and sound designer John del’Nero for a unique performance at Durham’s beautiful Cathedral.

Make sure you check out Isobel’s Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with her latest news.

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(Written on September 29, 2015 )

Today is the day JazzUK launches, revealing its new website, social media accounts with full upcoming programme for this year’s #4Jazz Festival Coventry revealed tomorrow. WildKat PR is delighted to welcome the new face of the jazz organisation to our roster.

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Formerly known as Jazz Services, this organisation has changed its name, but not its unwavering commitment to jazz as it launches new projects and services, as well as preparing for the #4Jazz Festival in Coventry. Continuing to support jazz musicians across the country, the festival will put on events across the city on the evening of 27th & full day of activities on 28th November 2015, many of which will be free.

From performances in large open spaces to secret pockets of the city, #4Jazz Festival Coventry puts jazz on the map across the city, and features a carnival procession by Imagineer Productions. With promenading bands in medieval lanes, a music marquee for grooving, African-Caribbean vibes in FarGo Village, gypsy swing in Draper’s Bar and musical balloons for children, #4Jazz Festival Coventry has something in store for everyone.

JazzUK also introduces its learning and participation project, Dissolve JazzLab. Make sure you check out its showcase – led by Issie Barratt, founder of the National Youth Jazz Collective – which will take place at Belgrave Theatre on Saturday 28th November. By collaborating with Coventry Performing Arts Service, JazzLab aims to fuse new Asian and world music-inspired jazz, in order to dissolve barriers, and embrace cultural diversity and inclusivity through musical experimentation and improvisation. Download their new immersive app, which is an innovative educational tool with interactive videos, multitrack recordings and musical notations.

#4Jazz Festival continues to showcase some of the country’s best jazz performers, including Courtney Pine with Zoe Rahman, Arun Ghosh’s Sextet and Budapest Cafe Orchestra. In addition, the festival features Coventry’s upcoming musicians, as well as local venues, arts organisations and businesses, giving the festival a community feel, and providing fantastic opportunities for upcoming artists.









To keep up to date with the latest news, visit JazzUK’s new website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to check out this year’s fantastic #4Jazz Festival Coventry programme.

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(Written on September 28, 2015 )

Katherine Bryan is rapidly confirming her place as one of Britain’s brightest musical stars of the future, and tomorrow marks the day of her new CD release, Silver Bow. The disc provides a fresh view on much-loved and frequently played violin works, such as The Lark Ascending, and includes both classics from the violin repertoire and personal favourites of Katherine. Katherine is not only the artist of this CD, but also the architect, since she has transcribed and adapted all of the solo violin parts. This adaptation showcases the flute in a new light, highlighting the instrument’s versatility and beauty.

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In groundbreaking performances, Katherine uses a range of techniques from ‘pop-tonguing’, flutter tonguing and note bending, to stretch the boundaries of the flute and offer a fresh and exciting interpretation. Some pieces have needed significant adapting, such as Paginini’s Caprice, where a new variation has been formed, retaining the same harmonic pattern but creating new music that is idiomatic for the flute. Accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, led by Jac Van Steen, the innovative blend of instruments offers a new perspective on familiar compositions.

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Katherine describes how ‘today the modern flute is able to transport its listeners through many emotions, evoking numerous sound colours and nuances, and is capable of speaking above an orchestra’. Katherine sees herself foremost as a musician rather than a flautist, and describes the flute as simply ‘a vehicle through which to interpret music’. In recognising that every instrument has different characteristics, Katherine hopes to uncover different facets of pieces, which have traditionally been played on the violin.

Silver Bow is Katherine’s third release on Linn Records. In addition to a set of live concerts, Katherine has enjoyed regular performances, with Silver Bow featured as Classic FM’s Album of the Week and yesterday she performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty. If you missed out on this superb performance, click here to catch up.

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(Written on September 17, 2015 )

With only two weeks to go, we’re very excited here at WildKat PR as we prepare for the Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2015. The festival takes place 30 September – 3 October, with concerts in Holywell Music Room, University Church of St Mary the Virgin and Merton College Chapel. The festival’s theme – ‘From a Tender Age’ – provides a fascinating programme, which explores the relationship between music and youth, and includes first opuses, first loves, early inspiration, compositions dedicated to children and the genius of Wunderkinder.

The festival’s four days are packed with diverse and exciting events, but we thought we’d draw your attention to a few highlights in particular.

Wednesday evening’s concert, Expectation and Fate, explores early influences, and begins with Steve Reich’s Different Trains – a piece inspired by his childhood train journeys. This concert also includes Vierne’s lesser-known Piano quintet op. 42, which is a memorial to his son, who was killed in WW1.

Similarly, Friday afternoon’s concert features a special arrangement of Berg’s Violin Concerto – dedicated to Alma Mahler’s daughter – “To the memory of an angel”. Other highlights include Prokofiev’s narrated Peter and the Wolf, featured in Thursday’s concert Wonderland. Through this magical story, Prokofiev captures the hopes and fears of childhood and sets each instrument as a particular character.

Saturday’s Brunch Concert combines our two favourite things – food and music – and includes Saint-Saëns’ The Elephant, Ravel’s Mother Goose and Ridout’s Ferdinand the Bull. It promises to be great fun for adults and children alike. In contrast, adolescent love is captured in Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, which is part of Thursday’s evening concert, Jeunehomme/Dame.

Furthermore, in addition to works about youthfullness, the festival also combines works written by adolescents and child prodigies. These namely feature in Friday’s lunchtime concert, Early Impressions, and Friday evening’s concert Wunderkind.

This diverse festival provides a sensational programme for both old and young, and additional events – including evening drinks with supper and Saturday brunch – provide both opportunities to socialise with fellow concertgoers and the chance to meet the fantastic performers. This year artistic director Priya Mitchell will once again be joined by an exceptional group of musicians, including Ilya Gringolts, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Hugo Ticciati and leading Scandinavian cellist Torleif Thedeen. Described by the Independent as ‘an event unlike any other’, and hailed ‘a musical miracle’ by The Daily Telegraph, this festival promises to be unforgettable, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Check out the Oxford Chamber Music Festival on Twitter and Facebook, and click here to visit the official website for more information and ticket sales.



(Written on September 16, 2015 )

Our WildKat Berlin office is looking for an intern to join us soon!

WildKat PR sucht ab sofort eine Praktikantin/einen Praktikanten zur Unterstützung der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit Schwerpunkt Musik am Standort Berlin. In dieser Position assistieren Sie den Account Managers bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung kreativer PR-Kampagnen für Kunden aus der klassischen wie zeitgenössischen Musik. Sie sollten daher eine große Begeisterung für Kultur, klassische Musik und die darstellenden Künste mitbringen und Spaß an kreativen Herausforderungen haben. Eine Affinität zu Online-Medien ist ebenfalls wünschenswert.

Ihre Aufgaben:
– Assistenz der Account Manager bei der Umsetzung internationaler PR-Kampagnen
– Pflege des Agentur-Blogs und der Social Media-Auftritte (u.a. Facebook und Twitter)
– Übernahme von Rechercheaufgaben
– Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Pressetexten
– Instandhaltung der Kontaktdatenbank
– Unterstützung bei der effizienten Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
– Recherche und Reporting neuer Entwicklungen und Trends in den Bereichen Musikindustrie und Kultur
– Teilnahme an Kundenveranstaltungen während und außerhalb der Bürozeiten
– Assistenz täglicher Agenturabläufe des Berliner Büros

Ihr Profil:
– Sehr gute Kenntnisse und Begeisterung für klassische Musik, Kunst, Kultur und PR
– Erste praktische Erfahrungen im Bereich Kulturmanagement und/oder Presse-und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
– Sehr gute administrative und organisatorische Fähigkeiten
– Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeit (auf deutsch und englisch)
– Hohe Teamfähigkeit
– Sorgfältige Arbeitsweise
– Affinität zu Online-Medien
– Fähigkeit zu selbstmotiviertem Arbeiten
– Sicheres und selbstbewusstes Auftreten
– Stressresistentes Arbeiten
– Sicherer Umgang mit gängigen Internet- und MS-Office-Anwendungen
– Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse von Vorteil

Zeitraum: ab sofort für 3 Monate, Vollzeit

Vergütung: 400€ monatlich

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben bis zum 20. September 2015 mit dem Betreff „Praktikum” per E-Mail an Carolin Denz (

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to continue working with musician and artistic director Damian Marhulets and his project agency. After helping to arrange a number of concerts, WildKat will now also support Damian in promoting the agency’s projects and upcoming events.

Damian began his career as an oboist at the prestigious Minsk College of Music. After moving to Germany in 2000, he began to focus on modern composition and electronic music. He carries his innovative approach to music into the Damian Marhulets Project Agency, founded in 2014, through which he has worked with many talented musicians and created cutting-edge projects.

The agency is currently working on projects with pianist Marina Baranova, whose latest programme ‘Hypersuites’ presents exquisite improvisations and variations on Baroque pieces. Marina is also involved in Damian’s work ‘Stellar’, an electroacoustic composition which also features the extraordinary guitarist Frank Bungarten. A further highlight is the project ‘DIV3RSIONS’, in which Damian and Marina collaborate with renowned klezmer and jazz clarinettist David Krakauer.

We look forward to working with Damian in promoting these exciting projects. Stay up to date by visiting the WildKat blog and Damian’s website, Facebook and Twitter.


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(Written on September 4, 2015 )

Here at WildKat PR, we are very excited to introduce our newest client; acclaimed theatre and opera director, Nina Brazier!

Following first-class training at RADA, Exeter University and Channel 4’s Directors Scheme with The Royal Court, Nina is quickly establishing herself as a leader in her field. She was described by The Observer as ‘One of Britain’s leading young directors of opera.’

She already has a vast array of productions under her belt including Debussy & his Muse at Buxton Festival, as well as productions for Ryedale, Lammermuir, Tête-à-Tête, Grimeborn and Stockholm Interplay Festivals. She has also acted as visiting director at the Royal College of Music, the Italian Opera Summer School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Birkbeck University.

We are very much looking forward to working with Nina on her upcoming projects; La Bohème at the Clapham Opera Festival and A Song of Good and Evil at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Keep an eye on the WildKat PR blog and Nina’s website and Twitter for updates.

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(Written on September 2, 2015 )

Last week, the argument about when to applaud at classical music concerts surfaced yet again in The Telegraph, with Michael Henderson fiercely defending tradition. He concluded by affirming, ‘You buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud’ explaining that ‘Tens of thousands of people have been doing it for the past 120 years.’

But perhaps that’s the problem. Is classical music etiquette stuck in the 1900s? It only takes one trip to the Proms to see a mere scattering of youthful faces in a sea of grey hair.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy is renowned for trying to break the classical mould. He argues in The Telegraph that ‘classical musicians should learn from rock stars to overcome snobbery and engage more with their audiences’ and encourages ‘talking to [audiences] mid-performance and letting them show their appreciation.’


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This is all very well, but poses a distinct possibility of putting off the older generation, thereby risking those all-important bums on seats.

So what is the solution? This is a debate that will no doubt continue for the foreseeable future, and to which there is no simple answer. Either extreme would appear to put the future of classical music in danger.

The only way forward can be a balanced approach – one that provides opportunities for fresh faces to be experience classical music in an accessible environment, whilst maintaining those traditions which have been enjoyed by many generations and will hopefully be enjoyed by many more to come. And integrating these audiences? Well that will be the next challenge.

(Written on August 25, 2015 )