We are very excited to be working with guitarist Maria Camahort. Having completed her musical studies in Barcelona and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Maria Camahort is now a regular on the performance scene the world over. She has performed in many important musical cities such as Madrid, London, St Petersburg, Warsaw and Kraków. Maria was also the recipient of the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-2012, and, together with flautist Lucy Driver, was the winner of the Pro-Musicis France Award 2013.

Influenced by the likes of David Dolan, Zoran Dukic and John Parricelli, Maria has a specialist interest in chamber music and enjoys collaborating with other performers from other genres in creative ways. To date, she has worked with singers (The Voice of Strings), dancers (Tango Magnètic), jazz artists (Jamie McCredie) and musicals (The L5Y). She also appeared in a CNN interview with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso in June 2012.

Her latest project continues this theme; The Maria Camahort Quintet was born in November 2011 out of the desire to increase the possibilities in chamber music. Maria plays the guitar and arranges the repertoire alongside four other talented musicians: Violeta García, voice and violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Pablo Domínguez, percussion and guitar. The Quintet has already performed at some of the top venues and festivals such as Kings Place and the Purcell Room. They are currently focusing on the Spanish musical tradition and this exploration has culminated in their first album, due to be released in June 2015. Entitled ‘Iberian Colours,’ the CD will be a representation of the vibrancy of Spain in sound: vibrant colours, earthy textures and foot-tapping rhythms. The Quintet will also be performing at the Buxton Festival and Arts in Action festival, both in July, and at the Barbican’s Milton Court in October.

Look out for ‘Maria Camahort Quintet: Iberian Colours’ on Convivium Records, digitally on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and physically by Harmonia Mundi UK, released on 1st June 2015. Keep up to-date with Maria, the Quintet and the album on her website and through Twitter.

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(Written on April 16, 2015 )

On Wednesday evening, the WildKat London team were pleased to attend The Culture Debate in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. The debate, organised by the Creative Industries Federation and live streamed by BBC Arts, allowed members from arts industries to question representatives from the UK’s major political parties on their policies. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman were joined by the Martin Dobson, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Peter Whittle, and the debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.

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After hearing from the speakers, social media feeds were overwhelmed with comments about the amount of consensus occurring. All spokespeople professed their support for the arts, but without any real attention towards how key issues can be addressed. In an audience full with teachers, CEOs of PR and advertising agencies and young people new to the sector, many participants gladly shared their own experiences with the panel: mainly highlighting the lack of support they felt they had received from the government.

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Although we heard about the £7.7 billion that the arts contribute to the economy each year, and the fact that funding in Germany and Sweden has increased every year for the last 7 years in comparison, questions at the beginning of the debate “why say – we love you; here’s less?” were continually avoided. Many of the stories from individuals, including teachers, who had struggled and left their jobs because they felt there was no room for creativity, were dismissed as “anecdotal” by Ed Vaizey. Helpfully, Harriet Harman was able to provide some more evidence of the decline in arts subjects within schools, and followers took to social media to provide some more interesting statistics. The ISM, for instance, cited that in 2007 61,000 pupils studied music for GCSE, whilst in 2014 this had dropped to 47,000 pupils. Baroness Bonham-Carter’s reference to an “inspirational drama teacher” at Eton also irritated the audience, seeming, as Caroline Crampton from the New Statesmen wrote: “to skate over the other benefits private education brings.”

SATS and ArtsEducation remained a great focus of the debate. Ed Vaizey claimed that he does see art as being at the forefront of much primary education, whilst Harriet Harman continued to address the issue that equal opportunities are not provided to children in schools. This was mentioned as an issue within and outside of London, and one that was not addressed with any clear strategy. UKIP’s answer to this was to increase the amount of grammar schools, however as Caroline Crampton tweeted “It is not clear what this does for the arts”. When the conversation moved on to unpaid internships and the cost of living in London, everyone was yet again stuck for any form of solution, most notably Baroness Bonham-Carter, who could only agree with the statement.

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The question of how far we should rely on schools to promote culture was also raised. As Londoners benefit from £69 of arts funding per head, compared with £4.50 in the rest of the country, how can we expect every school to perform equally in the arts? Points about creativity were also raised by the audience more generally. Creativity needs to be applied to our working lives, not merely encouraged vaguely in infant years, and then forgotten about.

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This Culture Debate left many questions unanswered. Whilst it is difficult to quantify the monetary value of culture on a city or town and its inhabitants, the most pressing question for us was highlighted by Louise Jury, the Evening Standard’s Chief Arts Correspondent, after the debate: “if the arts generate so much revenue, why is it so impossible to invest in them?”

Let’s hope we will not be having an identical conversation in 4 years’ time.

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(Written on April 10, 2015 )

Ensemble BPM are proud to announce the brilliant performers that will be joining them for their production of Steve Reich’s video opera in April.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Three Tales is a video opera that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

Joining Ensemble BPM on 22nd and 24th April will be the Ligeti Quartet (Patrick Dawkins, Phillip Granell, Richard Jones and Valerie Welbanks), percussionists Dave Burgoyne and Oliver Butterworth as well as vibraphone players Oliver Lowe and Tom Lee, and pianists Nathan Mercieca and Katherine Tinker.

The group are also proud to be working with Sound Intermedia and Synergy Vocals on the production.

The production will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early Twentieth Century. The first performance, on 22 April 2015, will mark the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the London Science MuseumArts Council EnglandArts and Humanities Research Council – AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

 

(Written on March 30, 2015 )

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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(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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The founder of ENO Lilian Baylis

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 )