WildKat PR is very excited to introduce our newest client: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). Based at New York’s infamous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, CMS features some of the finest chamber music performances on a world stage. As well as thrilling seasoned concert goers, they also seek to engage a wider audience with chamber music through their performances, education programmes, and recording activities.

Motivated by their commitment to the continuation of the chamber music tradition, they founded CMS Two which is a prestigious, unique and wildly competitive three season residency for the most significant ensembles and individual musicians. Far from being an ‘extra’, CMS Two members take part in all aspects of the Society’s activities and it boasts alumni such as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

We will be working with CMS on a very exciting concert on 8th May 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall which, alongside standard repertoire from Schumann and Brahms will also feature the world premiere of a specially co-commissioned piece by British composer Helen Grime. This new string trio continues the longstanding relationship between the two cross-Atlantic concert halls.

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(Written on January 23, 2015 )

As Shakespeare himself says in The Two Gentlemen of Verona: ‘Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews, whose golden touch could soften steel and stones.’ WildKat PR could not agree more after last night’s brilliant concert from Orpheus Sinfonia at St George’s Church, Hanover Square.

The whole theme of the evening was the influence that Shakespeare’s plays have had on composers and as well as performances of Korngold, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev we were treated to two graduates from LAMDA (Andrew Nolan and Sophie Steer) who acted excerpts from the plays in between the musical programme. This addition helped achieve the goal of the Beneath the Score series: to dig deeper into the music.

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If I sat back and closed my eyes, I would not have known Orpheus Sinfonia were not an orchestra such as the LSO, such was the calibre of the playing: the woodwind, particularly the flutes, captured me from the very first chords of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the opening piece. Their vibrato was unmistakable for the rest of the concert.

One of my highlights was Korngold’s Much Ado about Nothing. Orpheus Sinfonia really showed off their versatility during this piece by capturing both the comedy of the play and unleashing long lyrical lines. I had already decided that the Korngold was my new favourite piece but by the time Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden had finished, I had changed my mind. The strings meshed together blissfully, bringing out the impressionism of the piece. The cellos in particular sung out and possessed that ‘golden touch’ Shakespeare spoke of. It was also the perfect opportunity for the actors to act out the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. The silence between the notes dying away and keen applause said it all.

The conductor, Thomas Carroll, provided an insightful commentary throughout but especially before Tchaikovsky’s well known Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. He outlined the structure of the piece and the ‘characters’ that particular instruments were supposed to represent. The woodwind at the start of the piece symbolized the noble Friar Laurence whilst the constant horn rhythms acted as the heartbeat of the lovers. This explanation allowed me to hear the piece in a new way.

The venue, St George’s Church, had beautiful acoustics which really amplified the rich sound of the orchestra. The intimate setting was a nice change from a large concert hall; it meant you could see the players as they were performing and it was clear they were enjoying themselves. There were also a number of young people there and, chatting to a couple afterwards, they commented on how accessible the music had been through the combination of excerpts and explanation.

A wonderful evening overall, make sure you look out for details of the next one.

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(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Following the success of their previous concert, here at WildKat PR we have been looking forward to our client Orpheus Sinfonia’s next Beneath The Score concert: ‘The Shakespeare Influence’. The evening’s music will be inspired by the works of Shakespeare and include works from composers such as Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The performance will also be interspersed with readings by two young talented actors from some of Shakespeare’s most loved plays: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ ‘Much Ado about Nothing,’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

The Beneath The Score series aims to bring classical music to new audiences and expand the knowledge of the experienced, by exploring the meaning behind the work during the concert. The first concert, which explored Beethoven’s life and revolutionary influence, included readings of extracts of his diaries and images to bring the music more to life. Indeed, many audience members, newcomers and seasoned concertgoers alike, commented on how much they learnt as well as how much they enjoyed the music. One person remarked how she did not realise how early Beethoven’s deafness set in whilst another was very new to the experience and so learnt much more than he knew before.

The concert will be performed by the talented Orpheus Sinfonia, an orchestra composed of recently graduated musicians emerging from study into the profession, and conducted by conductor, cellist and presenter Thomas Carroll. The Shakespeare Influence will take place this Thursday (22nd January 2015) at 19:30pm at St George’s Church in Hanover Square. Tickets can be found here. It promises to be a fascinating and uplifting evening.

Find Orpheus Sinfonia on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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(Written on January 19, 2015 )

We are very excited to welcome Musical Orbit as our newest client here at WildKat PR. Officially launching in April 2015, this brand new website offers music lessons, masterclasses and webinars online from the very best musicians in the business. A portal into the classical music profession, Musical Orbit enables you to connect with leading musicians from the finest orchestras across the globe to receive artistic appraisal and tailored, professional analysis of your playing.

Whether you have an important audition coming up or if you have a concert to practise for or if you simply need some expert advice on your technique, Musical Orbit connects you with leading experts in the field. This service also allows you to connect to musicians on a more personal level, opening up the orchestral world by building relationships and seeking advice.

Since professional musicians have such tightly packed schedules, with an abundance of rehearsals, tours and lots of travel, Musical Orbit allows you to book time in their busy timetables for a one-to-one music lesson.

To find out more about Musical Orbit and to check out the impressive roster of musicians offering lessons, visit the website here.

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Keep up to date with news, top tips and a range of different offers and competitions, through Facebook and Twitter.

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(Written on January 19, 2015 )

The world is a big place with lots of exciting things to experience, especially in the classical music world. In the spirit of our New Year’s resolutions blog to try new things and set new goals, we were inspired to begin thinking about our classical music ambitions: orchestras we would love to see live, concert halls we want to visit, instruments we aspire to learn. As well as having a think ourselves, we asked you over on our Facebook and Twitter pages to send yours in too. Here they are:

Prom at the BBC Proms

As one of the best classical music festivals in the world, showcasing the best talent, Promming at the Proms is a longstanding tradition and therefore is a musical must. Standing in the arena or galleries offers an atmosphere unrivaled by buying a ticket and sitting. For only £5, you can experience some of the world’s greatest artists. We recommend joining the queue before 16:30 to ensure you get in.

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The Last Night of the BBC Proms

Equally, the Last Night of the Proms is a spectacular, patriotic finale to a summer’s worth of music. The first half is a traditional concert whilst, during the second half, the Royal Albert Hall transforms into a sea of flag waving, national anthem singing extravaganza. With favourites such as Rule Britannia, Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem sung every year, it’s no wonder tickets are highly sought after and distributed via a ballot each year. Thankfully, Promming is still an option on the Last Night although you will need to get there much earlier than on a regular night!

The 2015 BBC Proms is announced on 23rd April

Go to an Opera or Ballet

Although the prospect of going to an opera or ballet for the first time can seem scary, The Telegraph have written a handy guide to etiquette at such events so you can enjoy the concert and look like a seasoned pro.

Sitting on an orchestra whilst they are playing

Carolin in our Berlin office suggested this great idea. Just imagine watching a pianist’s hands whiz over the keys or feeling the vibrations of the timpani!

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Go to Carols at Kings

One of our interns, Ruth, said she would like to go to the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge one Christmas rather than just watching it on television. Guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.

Learn to play an unusual musical instrument

The world is full of violinists, why not take up the Chinese Yangqin?!

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Visit the Philharmonie de Paris

Extremely topical at the moment as it only just opened this week (14th January 2015). Sarah, one of our Account Managers who suggested this, and others interested, should take a look at their upcoming season programme for more details.

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Go to an open air concert

Our founder, Kathleen Alder, suggested this one: going to an open air concert in a beautiful setting such as Scandinavia or somewhere in Iceland. Beethoven under the Northern Lights? Yes please!

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We’ve clearly got a lot to tick off our list! Keep tweeting us @WildKatPR with your suggestions-see you in Paris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on January 16, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

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(Written on January 13, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce the upcoming project of their newest client Ensemble BPM. Multimedia performance specialists, Ensemble BPM will present the first ever opera staged live at an IMAX cinema this year with performances of Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot’s Three Tales at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.

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.

The work 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, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

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 Museum, Arts Council England AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

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Adults £22.00, Concessions £12.00

Book tickets online www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/threetales or call 0870 870 4868

For more information on Ensemble BPM and to keep up to date with news, visit their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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(Written on January 12, 2015 )

It was reported today by Pizzicato that French conductor Frédéric Chaslin refused to conduct the Israeli Opera on Saturday after his request to have a moment of commemoration for the victims of the terrorist attacks in France was denied. He wanted to address the audience and play the national anthem of Israel but was told that this would ‘upset the audience.’

It saddened me to hear this, this morning; one of the reasons I love classical music is its relevance to situations like this. Throughout the ages, music has been used to celebrate, commemorate and mourn national and global events: Handel’s Zadok the Priest is played at every British coronation. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will forever be synonymous with the concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The second movement of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs uses words found on a wall of a Gestapo cell to remember the horrors of the Holocaust. The image of a man playing the piano in front of Ukrainian riot police.

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I think Chaslin’s reaction was appropriate and his request should have been granted. Yes, it may have been upsetting for the audience, but as the world sat shocked at the events in Paris and Dammartin-en-Goele, music should have been a part of the healing and defiance.

(Written on January 12, 2015 )

On Tuesday, as well as getting our own Tumblr and writing our Tumblr top tips, we found out from this infographic when is best to post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+. So further to that, here are our top tips for Twitter:

- Posts with pictures get more engagement. Tweet interesting pictures with a sentence or two to give some context. Landscape pictures work best with Twitter’s timeline

- Don’t just tweet about yourself! Post about other interesting things and your followers will look to you as a source of exciting information

- Engage with other Twitter users.  It makes your twitter feed much more personal if other tweeters know that they’re responding to a human and not a machine

- Use hashtags to engage with your target audience. Not only will people who don’t follow you be able to find your tweets, it will keep them well organised and easily findable as well. But don’t use too many as this can clutter your tweets

- Twitter has it’s own analytics tool that is free to use! Go to analytics.twitter.com to see which of your tweets is performing best and what content your followers engage with

Have your own Twitter tips? Tweet them to @WildKatPR and we’ll include them on our next social media blog.

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(Written on January 8, 2015 )

Today in the WildKat PR office the hot topic of conversation has been 2014′s fastest growing social network – Tumblr.

After reading PR Daily’s ‘7 reasons you should pay attention to Tumblr right now‘ we have created our own page on the site and have come up with our top 5 tips for using Tumblr.

- According to Union Metrics the best time to post on Tumblr is in the evening and at the weekend – specifically between 4pm and 10pm EST (that’s 9pm – 3am GMT). There are less posts in the morning which can also be good if you don’t want competition.

- Always, always, ALWAYS credit the source. Tumblr is an image-heavy site with a lot of original work and so users are very careful to give credit where credit is due.

- When reblogging, Tumblr’s default setting is to reblog long text posts as a shorter link which hides the post and will decrease engagement. You can turn this off by clicking the drop-down at the top right and changing it to the Aa symbol.

- Enable endless scrolling on your profile so that you don’t have to click next every 10 posts.

- Don’t spam your followers with constant posts and reblogs! You can use Tumblr’s scheduling feature in order to space your posts out between set times in order to create a steady flow of posts that your followers will enjoy.

Have any top Tumblr tips to add? Tweet them to @WildKatPR and we’ll include them in our next social media blog!

(Written on January 6, 2015 )