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We are incredibly proud to announce that our founder, Kat Alder, has been shortlisted for the Arts and Culture category at the Women of the Future Awards 2018!

The Women of the Future Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani in 2006, were conceived to provide a platform for the pipeline of female talent in the UK. 

The Arts and Culture award acknowledges the creative forces of the future – rising stars among performing and visual artists and those behind the scenes.

Kat founded WildKat PR 10 years ago in 2008 and the agency has since gone from strength to strength, opening the Berlin office in 2014 and New York in 2016, with Paris set for 2019.

With this nomination Kat is following in impressive footsteps, with Emma Mooney from Northern Ballet taking the Arts and Culture prize last year. Last year’s nominees from other categories hail from such well-known brands and organisations as the English National Opera, the Bank of England and BT.

Another congratulations goes to Ella Marchment: opera director, founder of SWAP’ra, and a previous WildKat client. Ella co-founded SWAP’ra in response to a frustration with the unconscious gender bias in the industry and to provide a supportive platform to effect positive change for women and parents in opera.

The full list of this year’s nominees for the Arts and Culture award is as follows:

Kathleen Alder, WildKat PR
Leaf Arbuthnot, The Sunday Times
Joanna Ham, HAM
Ella Marchment, SWAP’ra

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018 in London. Best of luck to all nominees!

(Written on September 20, 2018 )

Mit großer Begeisterung starten wir eine neue, spannende Zusammenarbeit mit dem lyrischen Tenor Assaf Kacholi.

Assaf Kacholi ist einer der vielseitigsten Sänger Europas und ist schon auf den größten Bühnen weltweit aufgetreten. Er ist kreativ und inspirierend. Und er fühlt sich in zwei Städten zu Hause – in Berlin und Tel Aviv. All das lässt er in seine Musikauswahl und -interpretation miteinfließen. Mit seinem Gesang nimmt er seine Zuhörer mit auf eine ganz persönliche, emotionale und kulturelle Reise.

Kacholi wurde als Sänger des Klassik-Crossover-Vokalensembles Adoro bekannt. Über 200 Konzerte in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sprechen von ihrem Erfolg. Ebenso wie 10 Bestselleralben, die seit 2008 über eine Million Mal verkauft wurden.

Seit mehreren Jahren ist Kacholi auch als Solist tätig und überzeugt auch hier mit seiner extrem wandelfähigen Stimme, die ein vielseitiges Repertoire abdeckt. Er beherrscht das klassische Repertoire ebenso herausragend wie Filmmusiken, populäre Lieder oder Musicals. Sein All-Round-Talent kann man nicht nur live anhören, sondern auch auf seinem ersten Album „Berlin – Tel Aviv“ bewundern. Dieses wurde im letzten Jahr herausgebracht und spiegelt sein Leben zwischen Berlin und Tel Aviv eindrücklich wider.

 

 

Im November 2018 wird sein zweites Soloalbum „Amore“ veröffentlicht. Da Kacholi all seine Stücke selbst auswählt und zusammenstellt, gibt er hier einen ganz intimen Einblick in seine Gedanken, Gefühle und Emotionen. Liebeslieder aus dem italienischen Kino wie „Cinema Paradiso“ von Ennio Morricone oder das Liebesthema von Romeo & Juliet lassen einen gedanklich nach Venedig, der italienischen Stadt der Liebe, schweifen. Weitere Stücke wie „Bella Ciao“ zeigen Kacholi als starke Persönlichkeit, die sich für die Rechte von Minderheiten einsetzt und somit erneut seine enorme Bandbreite an Stilen und Genres unter Beweis stellt.

 

 

Alle, die die CD „Amore“ sofort in ihren Händen halten und sie vorbestellen möchten, können dies unter diesem Link tun.

 

(Written on September 18, 2018 )

JazzKorea is an exceptional festival in many regards. While many festivals will claim to support cultural exchange and break up traditional boundaries, JazzKorea actually does. Already in its sixth years of existence it has established itself as an institution in Berlin and beyond, as a window to the vibrant Korean Jazz scene.

From 22th of November until the 1st of December four Korean Jazz Ensembles are invited to present their music, their heritage and their visions in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and beyond. These Ensembles have been chosen by the Bass player Martin Zenker and the Journalist Nabil Atassi. The goal of the Festival is to invite groups that represent different aspects of the South Korean Jazz Scene, from traditional Jazz to more Avant-garde experiments.

 

More than 50 ensembles applied for the chance to be part of this years edition of JazzKorea but ultimately the four picked each represent something unique. This year’s line-up includes:  Song Hachul, a quartet that stands in the tradition of the big American Jazz Ensembles, but playing “Originals”. Then there are Barim and Han Solip, who are combining a modern take on Jazz with traditional Korean Instruments and finally there is the Blumen Klang Quartet playing very much Avantgarde Jazz.

The variety of styles and of different approaches encapsulates a profile of what the Korean Jazz scene is about. While they use traditional Korean instruments and composition techniques they are well aware of Zeitgeist and can deliver both. And JazzKorea gives them the opportunity to showcase all their abilities throughout Germany and Europe as well. With concerts taking them to Istanbul and Rome to make JazzKorea a truly unique Festival.

 

WildKat PR are very excited of working with JazzKorea 2018

(Written on September 17, 2018 )

“We started to speculate about how Schubert would have composed his Moments Musicaux for the guitar and realized that it was not possible to reach the original polyphony and harmonies on one guitar, but that it was: on two.” – Duo Morat Fergo

When talking about Schubert, you rarely associate him with guitars, when in fact it is well documented, that he owned and played the instrument for many decades. So it seems just natural that somebody would pick up on that lead and follow it. But interestingly the Duo Morat-Fergo are one of the first to actually transcribe Schubert for guitar, stage and perform it on the highest level.

And what they have achieved is something extraordinary. Playing together since 2014, the Swiss-Danish Duo have created a repertoire that spans the entire era of the Vienna romanticism.

Receiving great reviews, one that stands out is from the Grand Dame of Piano Elisabeth Leonskaja, who said: ‘Recently I experienced a magical moment of music. Two fine musicians – Christian Fergo and Raoul Morat – played Schubert on two guitars. I felt transformed back to the time of Schubert and thought I heard pianos from his Epoche. A moment full of magic sounds.’

Christian Fergo and Raoul Morat have performed as duo and soloists in many countries across Europe including Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and China. The duo’s own arrangement of Schubert’s monumental lieder cycle ‘Winterreise’ for voice and guitar duo was premiered with German tenor Julian Pregardien to great acclaim in February 2016.

(c) Tomasz Trzebiatowski

 

Wildkat will be working with the Duo on the release of their new CD “A sentimental Moment”, which is a recording that shows just how far you can work to the core of Schubert with 2 guitars.

 

(Written on September 10, 2018 )

Tourists and passersby at London’s St. Pancras station were taken aback yesterday afternoon as actor Jeff Goldblum made a surprise appearance to promote his upcoming release with Decca!

Goldblum is not alone in branching out into the music industry – he is amongst several actors and celebrities who have tried their hand at songwriting, some with more success than others.

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is best known for his roles in Jurassic Park and horror movie The Fly. At the end of May this year, it was announced that Goldblum will be releasing a jazz piano album later in the year. He was signed to Decca after label executives saw his appearance on on the Graham Norton Show, where he accompanied singer Gregory Porter in a performance of “Mona Lisa”:

Goldblum’s musical prowess is no secret – trained in classical piano as a child, he began playing jazz in cocktail lounges from the age of 15. He has performed intermittently with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, but this will be the first time he has recorded music. He performed in public at London’s St. Pancras Station on September 5th, ahead of the album release on November 9th.

In the meantime, the album is available for pre-order here and 2 live recordings can be found on Spotify and various videos on YouTube. Goldblum is due to perform at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 17 November as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Idris Elba

Best known for his leading role in television series John Luther, Idris Elba also has a successful music career on the side. Releasing his first EP Big Man in 2006, he has since collaborated with Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and even opened for Madonna during her Rebel Heart tour in Berlin, Germany. He has also recently launched his own record label – 7Wallace Music – signing French artist James BKS. His most recent release is the house single “Badman”, available on Spotify.

Tyra Banks

Following her retirement from modelling, Tyra Banks returned to the stage in an attempt to begin a music career. She released her first single “Shake Ya Body” in 2004 and followed it up with “K.O.B.E”, a collaboration with Kobe Bryant. The music career wasn’t quite the success she’d hoped for it to be, however, and she instead turned her sights towards a television show – The Tyra Banks Show was a greater success, winning Emmy awards in 2008 and 2009.

Hugh Laurie

Popular for his role as Dr. House on popular TV series House, Hugh Laurie is also an incredibly talented pianist, particularly interested in jazz and blues. He has showcased his piano skills in several of his on-screen appearances, but his cover albums “Let Them Talk” and “Didn’t It Rain” are by far the most personal of his creative output. He has said that ‘there’s a sensual pleasure involved in making music that [he] just can’t get from acting’. 

Scarlett Johansson 

Scarlett Johansson is widely known for roles including Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in The Avengers, Lucy in sci-fi thriller Lucy and Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl. Less well known are her contributions to the pop music industry, with her debut album Anywhere I Lay My Head being released in 2008. The album was met with mixed reviews, with critics saying there was ‘nothing particularly compelling about [her] singing’, however others described the album as ‘brilliant’, ‘surprisingly alluring’ and ‘a bravely eccentric selection’. The following year she released Break Up in collaboration with Pete Yorn, with whom she is currently working again. The duo recently released a new EP “Apart“.

Donald Glover/Childish Gambino

Donald Glover has so far enjoyed highly successful yet separate careers in both the music and film industries. Glover began his career writing for TV series 30 Rock with occasional cameo appearances, before scoring one of the main roles in comedy series Community. He has gone on to star in Ridley Scott’s The Martian and has been announced as the voice of Simba in the upcoming re-make of The Lion King.

His thriving music career, under the alias “Childish Gambino” has gone from strength to strength in recent years. His style ranges from political protest rap R’n’B to retro synth soul-funk fusions, with his single “Redbone” experiencing immense success in 2017. This year Gambino has once again returned to the spotlight with his provocative video for “This Is America”, a political commentary on gun violence in the US, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

 

(Written on September 6, 2018 )

We are very excited to announce several new clients this week, working with both new and returning clients.

We are thrilled to be working once again with AyseDeniz Gokcin, a young Turkish virtuoso pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. She will be celebrating the pre-release of her upcoming album, Beethoven Senses, with a concert at St James Sussex Gardens in October featuring a colourful light show, a silent disco and special guest Benjamin Hughes, principal cellist of the BBC concert orchestra. Tickets to this concert can be bought here

AyseDeniz is best known for her classical and rock fusions, in particular her Liszt-inspired arrangements of Pink Floyd hits, which went viral after being featured on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page.

 

AyseDeniz made her public concert debut aged nine and has gone on to play in such prestigious venues as the Steinway Hall, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, the Lysenko Colonnaded Hall of the Philharmonic in Kiev and has even performed in the Kremlin Palace at personal invitation. She won “Pianist of the Year” in 2016 at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards after her 2015 album dedicated to Kurt Cobain reached the Top 10 in the UK Classical Charts on iTunes.


We are also excited to be working with WITCiH – Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub. Co-founded by musician and artist BISHI, WITCiH empowers and celebrates the achievements of women and non-binary artists at the intersection of music, technology and STEM. Although female accomplishment is their main focus, WITCiH welcome those from all backgrounds and identities.

WITCiH will be producing a three-night festival later this month, featuring four brand new commissions of four new audio-visual works  involving live coding, hacking, interactive tech and awe-inspiring visuals. “WITCiH – The State of Gender?” will be hosted at The Bargehouse in Dalston, running from the 26th to 28th September. More information can be found here and tickets can be bought here.

WITCiH operate mainly in London, putting on exhibitions, lectures, workshops and performances. Past events have included a salon at the Tate Modern and have attracted guests such as Imogen Heap, Mira Calix, Ana Matronic and Lone Taxidermist.


Last, but certainly not least, is a new project for long-standing WildKat client, Moritz Eggert for his latest collaborative release. The Collectors is a CD recorded by percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and pianist Eke Simons. It forms part of Napolov’s Dutch Golden Collection which aims to popularise and promote contemporary percussion pieces, with many being written for Napolov himself.

Konstantyn Napolov is a Ukrainian percussionist with an already highly accomplished career. Graduating from the Stolyarsky school in 2005, he became co-principal percussionist at The National Philharmonic of Ukraine and went on to study at The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. More recently, Napolov has collaborated with Steve Reich, participated in masterclasses at Juilliard, and won the principal position of the World Percussion Group in 2016.

The Collectors includes works by Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Eggert’s piece shares its name with the album and explores the idea that the compositional process is a collection of sounds, ideas and events that slowly assemble themselves into a certain order. He asserts that musical ideas do not just ‘happen’ – they are the result of a constant assembling and reassembling of music that happens over time in the composer’s head.

The album was released over the weekend on the 9th September and can be downloaded here

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

We are very happy to announce that we are working with Spitalfields Music Festival this year. Founded in 1976, this annual music festival is now in its 42nd year, bringing artists, audiences and the local community together to explore and share extraordinary music in the heart of East London.

In 2017, the festival received rave reviews from The Telegraph, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard, with the festival flagship project, Schumann Street! also winning a coveted RPS Award for Chamber Music and Song in 2018.

With André de Ridder returning as Artistic Curator for 2018, expect an exciting programme building on the success of 2017; programming authentic performances of classical masterpieces alongside bold new work from trailblazing contemporary musicians with collaborations that blur boundaries between musical genres.

Spitafields Music’s work is founded on three pillars: Perform, Create and Learn. Curating unforgettable live music experiences that put a new sound on classical music. Creating a platform for new and upcoming artists, nurturing their boldest and most insightful work and through their award-winning learning and participation programme which reaches over 5,000 each year across schools, libraries, care homes and community spaces.

Music’s mission is to provide high quality, relevant and inclusive opportunities for people across East London to engage with music as creators, performers and audiences.

We look forward to managing their PR campaign for 2018 and look forward to announcing the exciting line-up for this year’s festival in a month’s time!

Renegade New Classical. Shoreditch Church. 6 December 2017.

(Written on August 28, 2018 )

We are very pleased to be working with Paul Kirkpatrick, who will release his second album ‘The Fermi Paradox’ under his pseudonym ‘Paul K’ in November 2018.

UK-based composer, producer and musician Paul K is hailed as “one of the best writers of atmospheric electronic instrumentals”, Paul was inspired by post-punk bands such as The Cure and Joy Division in his teenage years, and is now compared to giants of the progressive rock genre such as Pink Floyd and electronic artist Vangelis. One-half of the electro rock due Glitch Code, Paul’s previous album solo album Omertà was released to critical acclaim, described as “rolling in melodic invention and cutting edge arrangements ripe with sonic imagery and intrigue”. Paul combines electronic music with strings and samples, as well as conventional drums and guitars in his own unique style, drawing fans from a wide audience.

‘The Fermi Paradox’ explores the theme of isolation, asking “are we alone in the universe?”, and examining the perspective of isolation through social media. The album’s title refers to the physicist Enrico Fermi’s concept of existential life, in his theory of evidence vs. non-evidence of extra-terrestrial life, and features sampled speech from Cosmologists Joe Silk, Mario Livio and Frank Drake, as well as poetry from Abraham Sutzkever.

Earlier tracks on the album consider the fact we may be the only planet with living organisms in the universe and we may also be at a unique time in the history of the cosmos. As the album progresses, the song title suggest a shift from an inward looking, nihilistic approach to an outward gaze to the stars in an effort to answer questions posed by the Fermi Paradox.

Paul K will be releasing his new album on 9th November 2018 and will be touring the UK with his instrumentalists in late 2018 and early 2019.

(Written on August 24, 2018 )

 

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. We offer PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office and Account Managers, you will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

  • To assist the Account Managers with their set of clients, working with them in securing press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience in PR, marketing or social media
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Fluency in another language
  • 3-6 month internship in an arts PR organisation or similar experience

Salary: £20,000 per annum (plus opportunities for bonuses) for full-time role

We are open to receiving applicants looking for a part-time role as an Account Manager. Please ask Olivia Brown for more details on this.

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their ethnicity, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat Junior Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 27th August 2018.

(Written on August 10, 2018 )

Keith Burstein’s new opera, ‘The Prometheus Revolution’, has been performed by Fulham Opera at the Arcola Theatre this week, as part of 2018’s Grimeborn festival.

It’s been such a fantastic campaign, we wanted to share some of the press highlights! Have a look below…

Planet Hugill

Robert Hugill (Planet Hugill)

“Highly charged and richly passionate music….

An uneasy mix: politics, spirituality and melody in Keith Burstein’s new opera

A new opera which combines politics, new-age spirituality and an unashamedly tonal score.

…Burstein’s music is unashamedly tonal and after the complex piano prelude we were plunged into a torrent of melody. Just as the plot began in media res, Burstein’s score is similarly highly charged and passionate from the outset. His writing is a stream of melody; as a composer, I also write tunes in my operas but mine are usually hard won and I cannot help but admire Burstein’s sheer fertility…

…Burstein used familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways…

…The confined space also meant that it was rather a noisy affair at times, in richly passionate music you can hardly expect singers to shut up, and I longed for a larger auditorium…

…I have to commend the cast, all of whom gave sterling performances. Each singer had their own moment or moments, and there were a lot of notes. Everyone really committed themselves to the performance and to the piece, and their support for new opera is admirable.”

Meirion Bowen

“…Burstein’s music… had an adroitly conceived mixture of styles indebted not only to opera, but to Broadway and pop ballads. The singers here, led by Alex Haigh, as the billionaire, and Lucie Louvrier as his infatuated PA, were uniformly excellent, clearly relishing their voice-lines, and acting skilfully. They were accompanied throughout by a pianist (Ben Woodward, a skilful performer, here): but it seemed to me that Burstein’s score would have made a much stronger impact if it had been orchestrated. A project for the future: though I hope Burstein has the opportunity to embark on fresh dramatic projects, as he quite clearly has both talent and imagination.”

TheatreCat

“…Prometheus stole fire from the gods in order to ensure human progress, and met with a grisly eternal punishment as a reward: Zeus’ eagle devouring his liver daily. Keith Burstein’s new opera The Prometheus Revolution attempts to engage with this Greek myth through a story of modern-day capitalism and revolt. Peter (Alex Haigh) redirects two trillion pounds from the City to the Prometheus Peace Movement, revivifying a socially rebellious organisation which he founded, but left to become a successful banker or deep undercover rebel agent: his erstwhile partner in the Prometheus Movement, Aaron (Robert Garland), can’t be sure which, as the (mainly sexual) tensions of their youth threaten to break the Movement apart just as civil war finally gets going. Fulham Opera field a dazzlingly strong young cast to give Burstein’s opera its world premiere; singing is lyrical and compelling throughout, piano accompaniment from Ben Woodward richly expressive, direction from Sophie Gilpin clear and clever. Sunny Smith’s pared-down, efficient design uses a grid of steel ropes on a platform in the centre of the playing space to suggest the glass and steel of a City office, or a prison cell; the addition of blinds, swags or banners suggests meeting rooms, hotel balconies and Movement HQ…..

…However, despite music, design and direction all being on point, The Prometheus Revolution is a severe test of performance…

…Caroline Carragher’s Wona is outstanding; James Schouten’s Des, brilliantly vivid; Nick Dwyer’s oily Zapruder, eye-catchingly charismatic…

…what [the singers] achieve with this piece is seriously impressive.”

Audience feedback

“Great show, incredible music, amazing night.” – Danai Nardi
 
“ It has completely changed my view of opera. Great journey and incredibly deep ideas.” – Abdurahman Jafar
 
“An unforgettable experience. Tremendously moving music.” – Ken Jones
 
“I left humming the tunes.” – Richard Stoner
 
“Good to see how well your opera has been received. Not at all surprising given its quality of composition and the outstanding performance by Fulham Opera.” – David and Sue Fergusson

(Written on August 9, 2018 )