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(Written on September 8, 2017 )

Celebrated cellist Corinne Morris will be performing at the Heal’s exclusive Christmas party on 5th December. Based in the Tottenham Court road flagship store, the event will be fun, festive and full of food and music.

Corinne will be performing alongside accompanist Anne Marshall with some cello classics and Christmas hits. The event will not only have a great atmosphere but also has a wonderful cause at the heart of the festivities; all funds will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, a music charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable children and adults in London and across the UK.

There will be a 10% discount for all guests, and the first 200 shoppers to arrive on the night will recieve a goodie bag worth £35. Make sure you buy your tickets soon so that you don’t miss this festive and musical event. You can follow the latest developments with Corinne via her website or on Facebook and Twitter.

Corinne Morris

(Written on November 29, 2013 )

With the much anticipated renovation of the 1939 built Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel due to begin soon, Owen Stafford took a visit to the picturesque, culturally rich and historic site where he spoke to Bernard de Launoit and Auriane de Fauconval. Aired on Radio X, both Bernard (President of the Executive Committee) and Auriane (overseer of Communications and Media Relations) were able to give an overall picture of QEMC, and how this exceptional music facility operates.

Having started out as a school aimed at local Brussels musicians in the 1930s, the training programme has since been extended to welcome international students who are keen to be intercalated into high level performance and technique. Bernard de Launoit explained how it is their aim to “…have a school more open, flexible and international.” The great level of teaching from still successful and professional musicians that QEMC offer, has attracted students from all over the world to have the chance to study at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Auriane de Fauconval describes the level of community that is felt at QEMC: “for lunch we all [eat] together… teachers, masters, staff, and students… the students feel like they are at home.” The facilities have already been adapted so that the students experience musical freedom at the school such as the ability to practice as and when they can night or day. As Owen amusingly remarks, the students can be “night owls” in practice if they wish.

This free and “very intimate kind of atmosphere” observed by Owen at QEMC, is soon to be extended to still more students with the up and coming changes planned for the premises. While remaining in keeping with the historic nature of the listed grounds, with features such as the balcony where Queen Elisabeth of Brussels enjoyed observing and listening to the students, the school is planning to create more facilities, which will double student capacity. Hoping to have the project finished in 14 months, there are plans to build more residential rooms, music rooms which Bernard notes are “very important for teaching and training”, and another concert hall for concerts, recording and rehearsing with small orchestras.

This huge project will be an exciting growth for students, staff and music lovers alike as it strengthens and grows classical musicians into the future.

Listen to the interview and to stay up to date with developments from Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

QEMC New building Plans

QEMC New building Plan

(Written on November 5, 2013 )

The world-famous Stradivarius violin that was stolen from London’s Euston Station in 2010 and later recovered, will now be going on sale at auction on 18th December 2013.

The violin belonged to London-based violinist Min-Jin Kym, a celebrated international soloist and chamber musician and the story of the theft received worldwide attention and sympathy. After chasing leads across Europe, the instrument was recovered three years later by the police in the Midlands, astonishingly undamaged.

Though she has since acquired another Stradivarius violin Ms. Kym hopes the public sale of the violin will help close this chapter of her life; “This violin was a faithful friend for many years and I was devastated by its loss. Its recovery is an absolute relief and I am eager to hear the violin onstage once more and I wish its next owner all the best of luck and success.”

The ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius will be sold by Tarisio, the leading auction house for fine stringed instruments. “It is so exceptionally fortunate that Min-Jin’s violin was recovered safely and can now find its way into the hands of the next deserving owner,” says Jason Price, Director of Tarisio. “Min-Jin made a spectacular start to her career on this Stradivarius and we are certain the next owner will find similar success.”

Made in Cremona, Italy in 1696 by the Italian master Antonio Stradivarius, the ‘ex-Kym’ Stradivarius is one of an estimated 600 remaining instruments highly sought-after by performers and collectors. Stradivarius violins regularly sell for many millions of pounds; Tarisio set the current world record at public auction for a violin in 2011 with the sale of the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius for £9.8 million.

Launched in 1999, Tarisio combines the services of a traditional auction house with the efficiency and accessibility of online sales. Whilst Sotheby’s and Christie’s fine instrument departments have recently closed down, Tarisio has continued to expand, each year hosting nine auctions and continuing to set records in New York and London.

At the time of theft news reports valued the violin at £1.2 million. Online bidding for the auction will start at £1 million but the final price could fetch upwards of £2 million. A portion of the proceeds and sales commission will benefit the authorities who were instrumental in recovering the violin.

There will be a rare chance to see this celebrated Stradivarius on 27-28th October 2013 at the Westbury Hotel, Mayfair, where it will be shown as part of Tarisio’s London Public Viewing.
For any enquiries:

Tania Halban
tania@wildkatpr.com
020 3422 3344

Jason Price ex-Kym Stradivarius (Daniel Lane)

(Written on October 22, 2013 )

WildKat PR are proud to announce that we are working with Omniverse Vision on the LA Phil LIVE international cinema broadcast of Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand”, recorded in Caracas in February 2012.

Gustavo Dudamel’s epic Mahler Project saw him conduct all of Mahler’s completed symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The project culminated in a dramatic performance of the 8th Symphony, dubbed the “Symphony of a Thousand”. Over 1,400 musicians and singers took to the stage in Caracas for this historic performance.

Now, the concert is being broadcast to cinemas internationally including the UK, Germany, Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia and more.

LA Phil LIVE with Gustavo Dudamel comes to UK cinemas between the 13th and 17th April 2012. For full international listings, visit the Omniverse Vision website, or contact WildKat PR.

(Written on March 21, 2012 )

We are delighted to begin 2012 with some exciting new additions to our client roster.

Bridget Cunningham is an award-winning harpsichordist, conductor and early music specialist whose research and performances have been featured on ITV, Sky Arts and BBC TV and Radio including Woman’s Hour, Front Row and Radio 3’s In Tune.  We are delighted to be working with Bridget on all her up-coming engagements and promoting her new album ‘Handel in Ireland’.

We are also excited to be working with the up and coming lyric soprano Nadine Mortimer-Smith who is appearing at St Alban’s Chamber Opera and in the Fourth London Festival of American Music in 2012, as well as producing her first recording. WildKat PR are working with Nadine in Europe and the USA, offering PR and consultancy services.

We also welcome the French Institute, the official French government centre for culture in the UK. Their classical concert series encourages cross-cultural exchange and highlights the rich history of French music. Upcoming concerts feature singers from the Royal Academy of Music, the Psophos Quartet, the Mercury Quartet, Ivan Ilic, Charles Owen and more.

We will also be working with an exciting young Baroque violinist, Johannes Pramsohler on his busy concert schedule which regularly takes him all over the world.  This year Johannes will be releasing his solo album with the International Baroque Players entitled ‘Pisendel – Violin Concertos From Dresden,’ which included previously unrecorded works by Handel, Fasch and Pisendel.

Finally, we welcome the pianist and composer Jean-Philippe Rio-Py. Jean-Philippe’s rhythmic compositions have already led him to record an album for Cutting Edge / Air Edel, and he will recording his second CD in 2012, as well as performing at the exclusive Box club in Soho.

Nadine Mortimer-Smith

For any enquiries, please contact WildKat PR on london@wildkatpr.com, or call us +44 20 7499 9334.

(Written on January 23, 2012 )

A night to remember: on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, the world paused to commemorate those who were affected. In countries around the world people watched the live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert performing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. The “Concert for New York” is out on ACCENTUS Music DVD and Blu-ray this November.

German soprano Dorothea Röschmann and American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung joined the New York Choral Artists for the performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony – an appropriate choice for the concert as it explores ‘every aspect of life, from it agonies to its joys to its profound sense of hope’ said conductor Alan Gilbert.

The free concert was performed at Avery Fisher Hall and broadcast live to thousands of New Yorkers, who gathered outside the Lincoln Centre to watch on big screens. ‘I have based my life on the hope that art can speak to people in times like this. I believe that art can speak to people in a unique way – words often are not sufficient to plumb the depths of what people are feeling or trying to express,’ said Gilbert in an interview. The New York Times described the evening as an ‘intensely moving programme… an ideal choice to help New Yorkers reflect, heal and persevere … All the performers were palpably swept up in the music: the excellent chorus; Ms DeYoung; Ms Röschmann, who sang with deep expressivity; and the orchestra’.

The new release not only captures the extraordinary performance of “A Concert for New York” but also the atmosphere of the evening, reflecting the emotions of the audience as they remembered this tragic moment in American history. The program features bonus material including interviews with Alan Gilbert, and with Zarin Mehta, the Orchestra’s President and Executive Director.

Watch the trailer here:

 

The DVD and Blu-ray will be available through major music retailers and on nyphil.org in the U.S. on November 8, 2011 and worldwide from the end of November 2011.

(Written on October 26, 2011 )

WildKat PR caught up with the Belcea Quartet during rehearsals for the first round of their Beethoven series to find out how they view their individual roles within the ensemble.

The Belcea Quartet will be performing again in Liverpool, St George’s on November 28th, The Sage, Gateshead on November 30th, London’s Wigmore Hall on December 1st and in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on December 7th.

For more information visit their website www.belceaquartet.com

(Written on October 24, 2011 )

2011 marks the third annual Wimbledon Music Festival – a sixteen day feast of world-class music-making in SW19. We caught up with the festival’s director Anthony Wilkinson to find out why he chose Wimbledon as the location for his festival and what challenges he has faced during the first few years:

This year’s festival opens on November 12th with a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Academy Choir and Baroque Players and soloists Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, Allan Clayton and Roderick Williams. For full concert listings and to buy tickets, visit the Wimbledon Music Festival website or call the box office on 0844 871 7685.

(Written on October 18, 2011 )

Tonight at London’s Southbank Centre, the London Sinfonietta launch Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez.

Pierre Boulez – avant-garde figurehead since the 1940s, musical giant on the world stage and author of some of the key progressive works in musical modernism – is celebrated over one weekend. As well as hearing the composer himself conducting a special performance of his masterpiece Pli selon pli, with the esteemed Ensemble InterContemporain – which he founded in the 1970s – there is an opportunity to hear almost all his piano works played during one day by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich.

You can hear pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, composer Nico Muhly and Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre’s Head of Contemporary Culture, discuss Exquisite Labyrinth in the Southbank Centre’s podcast:

Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez by southbankcentre

(Written on September 30, 2011 )