Cellist Corinne Morris will be curating a series of concerts at 1901 Arts Club throughout November 2014. Belle Époque – L’Invitation au Voyage are three unique recitals where Corinne Morris explore different themes.

The first recital “Master Works for Cello and Piano” will take place on 12th November 2014 where Corinne will be joined by Kathron Sturrock. Corinne will introduce familiar and not so familiar French repertoire from the late 19th century to early 20th century with works by Debussy, Godard and Saint-Saëns. The following recital on 19th November 2014 will explore salon Music & Poetry, discovering the links between composers and contemporary poets. The programme includes works for soprano, cell and piano and will feature the Melicus Duo Concord Singers. The final recital will be a showcase of large-scale European Chamber Music works, typical of the Belle Époque, with Fenella Humphreys and Viv McLean.

For a more information and to purchase tickets for the recitals, visit the 1901 Arts Club website here.

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(Written on September 19, 2014 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

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Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

(Written on September 18, 2014 )

WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that William will be performing in Germany with his recital tour during the 2014/2015 season.

He will begin the tour with a performance in Bonn at the Beethoven-Haus Kammermusiksaal on 5 October at 6pm and then in Bielefeld’s Rudolf-Oetker-Halle on 8 October at 8pm, accompanied by pianist Nico de Villiers. The programme, titled “Eine musikalische Reise – Liederabend mit William Berger”, will include music by Schubert, Haydn, Mahler and Mozart, songs by British composer Jonathan Dove and a selection of French melodies.

The tour continues in March 2015 with renowned pianist Julius Drake for performances in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin.

To find out more information and to buy tickets please click here.

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(Written on September 17, 2014 )

Very exciting news for WildKat’s Nimrod Borenstein – his composition Soliloquy for solo cello has been chosen as the obligatory piece in the first stage of the 45th International Jeunesses Musicales Competition. The Competition will be held from 20 to 30 March 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia and Nimrod’s piece can be downloaded here.

Soliloquy was first premiered by world-renowned cellist and ex-member of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler on 16th April 2013 and has been performed many times since. It had its UK premiere at The Forge in London where it was played by Corinne Morris. After this performance Nimrod’s works were described as “works of merit and bursting with inspirational textures while retaining an ease of accessibility” by Performance Reviewed and the most recent performance was as little as a month ago at St Martin in the Fields.

The International Jeunesses Musicales Competition was created in Belgrade in 1969 and is dedicated to the most promising young musicians at the start of their international careers. It offers cash prizes, valuable gifts and publicity through the Jeuneses Musicales in Belgrade whose aims are to support young musicians and encourage music and cultural creativity in young people of all backgrounds. The competition is open to cellists under the age of 30 and applications are now open and being accepted until 31st December 2014.

For more information about the competition and to find out how to enter visit this link: bit.ly/1qF3KVW

 

 

 

(Written on September 15, 2014 )

The Bamberg Symphony will perform at the Berlin Philharmonie tonight at 8pm as part of the Musikfest Berlin. The festival takes place at the Philharmonie and its Kammermusiksaal over the course of 21 days. 25 orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles and numerous soloists are representing the international music scene and the music city of Berlin in 31 events with over 75 works by 24 composers.

The Bamberg Symphony will be led by their principal conductor Jonathan Nott in a performance of Max Reger’s “Fantasy and Fugue” [1915] with organist Christian Schmitt. Richard Strauss “Four Last Songs” [1948] 
will be performed with renowned singer Genia Kühmeier who steps in for the ill Christine Schäfer. The concert will be concluded with Helmut Lachenmann’s “Ausklang” [1984/85] with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Once again the Bamberg Symphony are guests at the Musikfest Berlin and strengthen their reputation as one of the most widely travelled orchestras in Germany. Since their foundation in 1946, they performed more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries in over 500 cities and are well-known as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria.

The orchestra will be opening the concert season in their home in Bamberg on 19th, 20th and 21st September.

 

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(Written on September 8, 2014 )

Having been performed in Todmorden, Halifax and London, reviews for Tim Benjamin’s latest opera Madame X have come flooding in. Madame X is a highly entertaining and theatrical opera, inspired by art works and music spanning not only musical history, but also the world. We have put together a selection of audience reviews to give you a taste of the show, ahead of the performance in Manchester on the 25th September.

B Stevenson said that Madame X was ‘Very funny, very dark and very moving’, deserving ‘wide recognition’, while Chris Bennett said that having seen Madame X it ‘will encourage me to see contemporary opera in the future’, which is fantastic news for festivals that promote new works such as Grimeborn. 

S Lester gave 4 stars and said ‘A very entertaining and enjoyable pastiche of 18th century opera with modern overtones’, picking up on Madame X’s stylistic influences. E Hancock suggested that Madame X was ‘witty and bitingly satirical’ and J Finnerty wrote that ‘several days after the performance and I’m still thinking about issues raised and revisiting parts of the opera in my head to enjoy them again’.

And the highest praise yet comes from Ray McArthy who said ‘the harshest critic I know, my mum, thoroughly enjoyed the show. High praise indeed’!

Many of those who have given feedback awarded 4 or 5 stars to Madame X, and you can leave your own feedback here.

The next performance of Madame X will take place on 25th September 2014 at the RNCM Theatre. You can purchase tickets here.

For more updates on Madame X visit the website, Twitter or Facebook.

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(Written on September 1, 2014 )

The brilliant Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell will be performing in two very special concerts in the UK in the coming weeks. The first performance will be in St Andrew’s Church Lyddington on Saturday 30th August. The church built of golden-brown ironstone in-keeping with the architecture of the village will be a delightful setting for solo piano works by Chopin, Lizst and Stravinsky.

A rising star from a young age, Vanessa graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2012. She has been awarded the Elba Festival Prize by Yuri Bashmet and more recently won the first Award of the Festival Pietrasanta as an outstanding young talent. Not only is she a Young Steinway artist, but has also been associated with Peugeot and Pleyel’s latest collaborative project.

On Thursday 28th August she performed live on BBC Radio 3′s InTune programme, and displayed her beautiful sensitivity with the instrument, yet demonstrated an impressive virtuosity.

Vanessa will also be performing with cellist Matthew Barley at London’s Kings Place on the 13th September. Forming part of Kings Place Festival 2014, the concert programme is headlined “Classical Works; Folk Roots” and the repertoire includes Schumann’s Adagio, Allegro and Five Pieces in Folk Style, Tsintsadze’s Five Pieces on Folk Themes, Janacek’s Pohadka and Bartók’s Rumanian Dances.

For further information on Vanessa Benelli Mosell click here or visit her facebooktwitter and instagram pages.

 

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(Written on August 29, 2014 )

WildKat PR client and composer Richard Birkin released the single and app of Night Sun at the beginning of this week – the perfect treat for a bank holiday Monday!

Originally commissioned by Nottingham City Council for Light Night 2014, Night Sun involves a toy music box mounted on a wooden plinth which, when touched, allowed the story to unfold. After it’s initial success Richard developed the technology behind Night Sun further, using web coding to bring the installation to a laptop or mobile. It puts poetry and photography alongside Richard’s music to demonstrate human connection in times of darkness. Night Sun can be found online here and music from the installation can be downloaded here.

Next year Richard will be releasing his album Songs For Spoken Words which builds on the technology used in Night Sun.

Keep up to date with news from Richard via is FacebookTwitter and website.

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(Written on August 29, 2014 )

WildKat PR are happy to announce the return of The Berkeley Ensemble to the client roster. The Berkeley Ensemble, a collective of Southbank Sinfonia musicians formed in 2008, have partnered with Resonus Classics to provide an excellent opportunity for composers in Britain. Known for their inspiring performances of British chamber music, their latest competition encourages composers to explore the legacy of the early twentieth-century philanthropist, Walter Willson Cobbett. Cobbett supported the British school of chamber composition, paving the way for Bridge and Turnage to name a few.

The prize of a £500 commission will be awarded to a composer who produces a work that is scored for any combination of instruments drawn from 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. The composition must be a self-contained movement, that is 8 to 12 minutes in duration. The work must be totally original, having never been performed in public or submitted for another competition.

Up to 16 entrants will be selected to participate in the semi-final masterclass on either 26th October or 9th November. Following this a maximum of 6 works will be performed in front of a panel at the New Cobbett Prize Grand Final at The Forge on Wednesday 10th December 2014. The winners and runners up will have their work recorded for commercial release by the Berkeley Ensemble on the Resonus Classics label in 2015.

As well as the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble will be performing in concerts inspired by Cobbett’s legacy and also supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers. The details of these concerts are listed below.

Please send entries to Berkeley Ensemble New Cobbett Prize, 36 Durban Road, London SE27 9RP. They must arrive by the 1st September 2014.

To enter the competition you must be 35 or under, a resident in the UK and not currently contracted to a publisher. All entries will be assessed anonymously. For more details and terms of the competition please see the website.

 

Cobbett’s Legacy I: In the shadow of Brahms

16 September 2014- 7:30pm- The Forge.

Tickets £12 (£10)

 

Cobbett’s Legacy II: Towards an English music

26 October 2014- 11:00am2:00pm- The Forge

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)

 

Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

£3 entry for masterclass only

 

Cobbett’s Legacy III: Modern Britain

9 November 2014- 11:00am-2:00pm- The Forge

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)

 

Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

£3 entry for masterclass only

 

New Cobbett Prize Grand Final

10 December 2014- The Forge

 

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(Written on August 22, 2014 )

WildKat artist and composer Nimrod Borenstein is looking forward to an exciting and diverse concert season 2014/15. Having already had his compositions performed by the likes of Marie Cantagrill and The Philharmonia Orchestra, Nimrod’s reputation as a world class composer continues to flourish.

After commencing the concert season in September with a performance of “Poème” opus 64 for violin solo and string orchestra in France, October 2014 brings the exciting world premiere of “Breeze” opus 65 for wind quintet. The composition is due to be performed on 2 October by the highly accomplished Galliard Ensemble, for whom it has been specially written in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Nimrod’s second world premiere of the season is due to be performed on 23 October. The exciting and alternative orchestra Camerata Alma Viva have commissioned Symphony for Strings opus 68 to be performed at St John’s Smith Square in London. The ethos of the orchestra differs substantially from the traditional orchestra: “It is a strong belief of the group that music is a very natural thing that anyone, trained or not, should be able to approach and enjoy. The Camerata Alma Viva is constantly working on breaking the barriers of the traditional concert, by playing the pieces in different settings, sometime playing from around, behind or even within the audience, singing or improvising during the concerts, encouraging spontaneous audiences reactions like clapping anytime they feel, creating original compositions to link different pieces together, adding poetry, light effects.” The unconventional manner of both composer and orchestra will make for an exciting and groundbreaking collaboration.

Winter brings more exciting collaborations, starting with English cellist Jonathan Bloxham who will perform the UK premiere of Cello Concerto opus 56b on 20 November 2014. Nimrod’s final concerts of 2014 are three separate performances of The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe opus 52 in Cyprus. Performing the composition is the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra under conductor Sivan Albo Ben-Hur, each on 3, 4 and 5 of December at various well renowned musical venues in Cyprus: the Markideion Theatre in Paphos, the Rialto Theatre in Limassol and the Pallas Theatre in Nicosia.

Finally, in what will be his first collaboration of 2015 Nimrod has composed a piece for the Gandini Juggling Company. The Juggling Company will perform the piece 4×4 which is to be accompanied by a world premiere of Nimrod’s Suspended Opus 69 and will take place in  the Linbury Studio  Theatre of the Royal Opera House as part of London’s International Mime Festival. The London International Mime Festival this year was described by the Londonist as a “true celebration of the unusual, the visual and the sublime” Plays to See described it as “London’s theatrical event of the year”. This festival is therefore an extremely prominent and exciting platform for Nimrod’s work and accommodates a fantastic collaboration between composer and theatrical company. The Trailer for the Gandini Juggling Company’s performance can be viewed here.

For more information about Nimrod’s upcoming event and projects, visit his website, facebook and twitter.

Nimrod Borenstein (Photo by Synced Films)

 

 

 

 

(Written on August 22, 2014 )