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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

This evening, the Hong Kong Music Series begins with an inaugural concert celebrating the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music at St. John’s Smith Square. This is just the first in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Involving over 70 musicians and creatives from Hong Kong, five concerts will be performed in prestigious venues across central London. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has overseen the organisation of this music series, and they are keen to share the talent and skill of their home musicians with the UK.

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

WildKat PR assisted with a creative campaign day on London’s South Bank to promote the concert series, and engage the public with some of Hong Kong’s more traditional music. The day involved live music performances from a local Chinese music ensemble, traditional ‘bubble’ waffles, and a social media competition to win £100 vouchers from one of the Hong Kong Music Series’ main sponsors, Dorsett Hotels . Many passers-by paused to listen to the beautiful sounds of the ehru, guzheng and pipa, having never heard or seen anything like it before! As our team handed out leaflets advertising the concerts in the music series and chatting to people interested in the music and delicious, sweet smells from the bubble waffle stall, we were confident that the Hong Kong Music Series would be a success. 

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

The upcoming VIP reception on the 7th of July will see the Hong Kong Arts Development team welcoming esteemed guests from Hong Kong and London to meet the performers of Music Interflow – A Dialogue of Two Cultures. The reception will also feature speeches, anticipating the excitement of the upcoming concerts with their diverse musical genres, ranging from classical music, Chinese music theatre, contemporary music and opera. This first concert will represent both the Chinese and British cultural heritage with a repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Furthermore, the concert will mark the important anniversary of a momentous historical event in the annals of Hong Kong citizens’ close relationship with the British people.

Other intriguing concerts include Beyond the Senses, atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai which runs for one show only on the 15th of July at London’s Shaw Theatre. Law Wing-fai is one of Hong Kong’s leading composers, using the contemporary theatre as a means of expression, revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments, poetry, songs, music, dance and visual elements to create an Oriental and reflective atmosphere in this production.

We can’t wait to get started, don’t forget to let us know if you’re at any of the concerts! Click here to find out more about the Hong Kong Music Series.

Click here to follow the HK Music Series on Twitter and here to follow on Facebook.

(Written on July 7, 2017 )

Theaterferien, Spielzeitpause, Schulferien – Sommerloch? Wenn die Saison endet, geht es vielerorts erst so richtig los! Die Klassik-Festivals sind zum unaufhaltsamen Trend geworden.

„Von Hitzacker bis Rheingau, Freden bis Nürtingen: Deutschland hat mehr als 300 Festivals für klassische und artverwandte Musik.“ (Zeit online, Volker Hagedorn, Stand 2014)

Viele dieser – mittlerweile weitaus zahlreicheren – Festivals haben im Laufe der Jahre Kultstatus erreicht. Aber auch in der Schweiz geben sich die Musikbegeisterten ihrer liebsten Sommerbeschäftigung hin. Beim Verbier Festival etwa, das jährlich in toller Bergkulisse stattfindet, treffen sich die internationalen Superstars der Klassikszene. Von Gautier Capucon und Joshua Bell über Evgeny Kissin, Andras Schiff und Yuja Wang bis hin zu renommierten Kammermusikensembles wie dem Quatuor Ebène steigen alle einmal im Alpenfestival ab. Ähnlich wie die Lage befinden sich auch die Preise in luftiger Höhe. Zum Glück werden jedoch viele der Konzerte auf dem klassischen Streaming-channel medici.tv übertragen.

Ein etwas näher am Meeresspiegel gelegenes, aber mittlerweile ebenso renommiertes Festival ist das Rheingau Musik Festival, das dieses Jahr sein 30. Jubiläum feiert. Es wird vom 24.06.2017 – 02.09.2017 mit 155 Konzerten in 42 Spielstätten stattfinden. Das Programm umfasst dabei nicht nur klassische Musik, sondern auch Jazz und das Format “Next Generation“, in dem junge Solisten wie Dmitry Masleev, Lucas und Arthur Jussen, Edgar Moreau und Jugendensembles wie das Bundesjugendballett und das Bundesjugendorchester auftreten werden.

Neben diesen repräsentativen Festivals gibt aber auch kleinere und (noch) relativ unbekannte, die meist familiärer und mit viel Liebe zum Detail gestaltet sind. Doch auch diese wachsen von Jahr zu Jahr und verzeichnen kontinuierlich höhere Zuhörerzahlen.
Eines dieser Festivals befindet sich ganz im Norden Deutschlands: Das Gezeitenkonzerte Festival in Ostfriesland.
Es wird dieses Jahr vom 23.06.2017 – 13.08.2017 unter dem Motto „Sturm und Klang“ stattfinden. Während das Festival in seinem Gründungsjahr etwa 5000 Besucher zählte, waren es 2016 schon 10.000. Das Festival unterscheidet sich von den anderen durch eine gemischte Künstlerauswahl. Es besteht sowohl aus bekannten Solisten als auch aus unbekannteren regionalen, ausländischen und Nachwuchs-Künstlern. Auch die Wahl der Konzertorte ist eher alternativ und umfasst Dorfkirchen sowie Kurhäuser, das Emder Fährhaus und die hiesige Kunsthalle.
Neben der musikalischen Unterhaltung spielt das Festival eine wichtige Rolle für den regionalen Tourismus: „Bezaubernde Gärten, historische Gemäuer, Natur pur“, wollen den Besucher auf der gut strukturierten und ansprechenden Homepage verlocken.

Neben den unzähligen – vor allem instrumentalen – Klassik-Festivals jähren sich auch die Opernfestivals. Eines davon findet zwischen bzw. über den Schwarzwaldtannen statt. Die Rede ist von Rossini in Wildbad (07.07.2017 – 23.07.2017).  Das Festival wurde 1989 zur „Erinnerung an [(…) den] Kuraufenthalt von G. Rossini 1856“ (Homepage) gegründet. Wie alle Festivals hat auch dieses klein angefangen. Dass es mittlerweile als internationales Belcanto Festival gilt, hängt laut der Website mit der engen Zusammenarbeit mit öffentlichen Rundfunkanstalten und in Wildbad entstandenen CD Einspielungen zusammen. Seit 2004 betreibt das Schwarzwald-Städtchen eine Belcanto-Akademie, die unter jungen angehenden Sängerinnen und Sängern äußerst gefragt ist.
Ein Highlight des Festivals ist das Auftakt-Konzert GANZ OBEN! mit Mozarts c-Moll Messe, das mit einer halbstündigen Fahrt mit der Sommerbergbahn erreicht und auf dem Turm des Baumwipfelpfades über den Schwarzwaldtannen stattfinden wird.
Neben den Produktionen der Rossini-Opern beinhaltet das Festivalprogramm auch Meisterkurs-Konzerte aus der Klasse von Raúl Gímenez und Lorenzo Regazzo, die die Akademie leiten.

 

Foto: Kienzler

Hinter jedem dieser Festivals steht ein interessanter Gedanke und eine umfangreiche Organisation, die dem Besucher ein unvergessliches Festival-Sommer-Erlebnis bereiten wollen. Je nach Reiselust und Budget kann man aus dem ‚Festival-Katalog‘ Internet auswählen, welches Format die eigenen Interessen am meisten bedient. Die Auswahl des ‚perfekten‘ Festivals ist sicherlich auch eine Interessenfrage – möchte man sich von den großen Solisten zum Staunen bringen oder neue Künstler entdecken, die noch nicht international bekannt sind? Egal wie man sich jedoch entscheidet, die schöne Naturlage ist einem bei jedem bei diesen Festivals sicher!

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(Written on June 22, 2017 )

On the 29th May, Minister of State Monika Grütters, Minister for Education Martina Münch and Vice president of the German UNESCO committee Prof. Christoph Wulf submitted a certificate for 34 different kinds of cultural heritage in Berlin. One of them is our beloved instrumental amateur music making! Prof. Christoph Wulf says that ‚immaterial cultural heritage shapes identities and encourages social cohesion as well as the dialogue between social groups. It is source of creativity and innovation and contributes to social change. I congratulate everyone who’s been awarded today kindly and thank you for your steady enhancements of our cultural heritage. You stand for the diversification of our cultural landscape.‘

Additional activities that made it onto the shortlist of the nationwide index include the telling of fairy tales, poetry slams in Germany and East Frisian tea culture.

In order to qualify for the index, the activity or tradition must be of remarkable social value to a larger group. In the case of amateur music making in Germany one could ask the questions ‘what is special about the scene?’ or ‘what is it being awarded for?’

An important fact is the rich diversity of the forms in which amateur music making occurs. Another one is the special cultural and social meaning it has for German people.

Instrumentales Laien- und Amateurmusizieren © DUK/Christoph Löffler

It is significant that the Bundestag published a paper with the topic ‚Amateur music making in Germany – survey and presentation of its social and economic role‘ (2008):

In 2007, the German centre for music information (Musikinformationszentrum) counted 29,500 amateur instrumental ensembles involving 739,500 citizens nationwide, 62% of who are aged under 25.

The instrumentalists form groups such as:

  • wind/brass orchestras (18,300)
  • accordion orchestras (3,500)
  • plucked string orchestras (750)
  • Symphony and string orchestras (750)
  • trombone choirs (6,200)
  • Further statistics count 48,500 choirs and 50,000 rock/pop/jazz/folk groups
  • The reason amateur music ensembles retain a high status in society is the diversity of roles they provide people, enjoyment and the love for music assumed to be the most prominent ones. Other benefits include social connections, handing down traditions and values to younger generations and the preservation of cultural heritage, and a way of „linking cultural interest with the wish for commonality, communication and vitality“ (p. 5 Essay Deutscher Bundestag – Wissenschaftliche Dienste 2008)

    One of the amateur scene’s hotspots is undoubtedly Berlin. The large number of amateur symphony orchestras is so significant that many performers and conductors lose track of them! It certainly doesn’t help that in many cases, the names of the orchestras are frustratingly similar. For example Symphonisches Orchester (Humboldt University), Neues Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Das Symphonieorchester, Berliner Symphoniker e. V. (professional!)

    Here is a non-exhaustive list of the amateur orchestras of Berlin, though by now there are likely to be even more in existence. The variety of amateur orchestras lets interested people choose the right level of ensemble for them. There are orchestras that focus more on having fun and adopt a more relaxed approach to rehearsals, as well as orchestras with really high standards and as a consequence require a successful audition to join.

    The nicest thing – not only in Berlin but in every city’s amateur music scene – is that after some time, wherever you participate in a new project, you will always meet people you’ve already played with in former projects. Due to shared interests and of course due to the power of music many of those people become your lifelong friends. The UNESCO committee certainly made the right choice awarding the amateur music scene for its many values and rich diversity!

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    (Written on June 15, 2017 )

    Der Sommer beginnt und tausende Festivals und Open Air Konzerte schießen aus dem Boden. In Zeiten der jedem zugänglichen Social-Media-Plattformen ist es nicht immer leicht, sich von anderen Künstlern abzusetzen und das Interesse für seine Musik oder sein Projekt zu wecken. Deswegen hat unsere Gründerin und CEO, Kathleen Alder folgende Idee gehabt: Musikern kurze und hilfreiche sogenannte Open Sessions in unseren Büros in London und Berlin anzubieten. Dort kann sich jede/r sinnvolle Tipps für eine sofortige Verbesserung der Selbst-Promotion holen.

     

    In unserem Berliner Büro bieten wir diese kostenlosen Open Sessions seit einem Jahr an jedem zweiten Freitag an. Dadurch konnten wir vielen interessanten KünstlerInnen und deren Projekten mit einem kleinen Schubs in die richtige Richtung geholfen. Während das Angebot, sich als selbstpromotender Künstler in kurzen Gesprächen Tipps von Profis einzuholen in der PR Branche im UK weit verbreitet ist, ist dieser Trend in Deutschland noch nicht so sehr angekommen. Und das wollen wir ändern!

    Carolin Denz – Office Director Berlin: „Die Open Sessions geben die einmalige Möglichkeit, Tipps rund um PR, Promotion, Marketing, Konzertorganisation etc. von uns als professioneller PR-Agentur mit langjähriger Erfahrung kostenlos zu erhalten. Darüber hinaus gehen wir individuell auf Fragen und Wünsche ein und helfen dadurch jedem/r Künstler/in in der eigenen Karriere einen Schritt weiter zu kommen.“

     

    Hier sind die Vorteile der Open Sessions:

    – externer und objektiver Blick auf Projekt/ Situation

    – Profi-Tipps in Sachen PR oder Marketing, die jede umsetzten kann

    – Austausch mit Leuten, die viel Erfahrung in der Branche haben

    – Neue Ideen und Impulse durch das Gespräch

     

    Wer sich für die heutige oder die kommenden Sessions anmelden möchte: http://wildkatpr.com/open-sessions/

     

     

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    (Written on June 9, 2017 )

    Following a wonderful party at Fort Worth Zoo yesterday evening (including appearances from flamingos, baby racoons, and a skunk), first on the menu this morning was a fascinating symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  After Stuart Isacoff’s introduction to arts diplomacy between America and Russia from the end of  World War Two up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, we heard from panellists Marc Thayer, Sarah Tanguy, and Patrick Castillo.

    Images: Fort Worth Zoo

    First we heard from Marc Thayer, former deputy director of American Voices, which takes musicians abroad to countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, to teach and perform music to locals.  Marc emphasised the good relations this forms with local musicians, leaving a favourable and lasting impression of American culture. Rather than just taking American music to these communities, they build on the practices already in place, using the music of the countries they visit together with American music.

    Founded in 1953 and formalised by President Kennedy, Arts in Embassies takes American artists to participate abroad, engaging over 20,000 people to date in 189 countries.  Professional curators, such as Sarah Tanguy, create around 60 exhibitions per year, and since the turn of the century over 58 permanent collections have been installed in diplomatic facilities all over the world.

    Patrick Castillo, a composer, performer, writer, and educator, has taken part at The Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana three times.  Having started as the only American participant, the most recent festival saw ten members of the American Composers Forum attend.  Patrick cited lack of equipment in Cuba as a major problem, and said that on subsequent visits, composers and musicians took across suitcases of reeds, strings, pencils, and manuscript paper.

    Throughout the discussion it emerged that sadly these schemes are not something that the State Department likes to trumpet, fearing accusations of misspending of public money.  Thus reciprocal schemes giving opportunities for oversees artists to visit the States have not yet taken flight.  All three speakers were also nervous about funding cuts, with the future of their organisations not guaranteed.

    Image: Cultural Exchange Symposium, The Cliburn

    Concert 1 of the Final Round begins this evening at 7.30pm, and can be viewed on cliburn2017.medici.tv.

    (Written on June 7, 2017 )

    Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

    Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
    Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
    Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
    Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
    Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
    Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

    Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

    Image: Leonard Slatkin

    The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

    The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at cliburn2017.medici.tv.  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

    Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

    Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

    (Written on June 6, 2017 )

    Today there is a wide range of choices of online channels on which to watch concerts from locations all around the world. Examples include channels specialising in classical music like medici.tv, channels offering both classical and rock/pop concerts like Arte Concert, and channels with non-classical genres like Netflix Rock & Pop, and livelist.com. On these channels there are many videos one can access for free, as well as the possibility to buy access to online catalogues by paying a monthly fee.

    medici.tv is an ever-expanding channel focusing on classical music performances. There are not only concerts being broadcasted, but also international competitions like The International Tchaikovsky Competition or The International Chopin Piano Competition.  For the first time, the International Cliburn Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, is being broadcasted live and on-demand on medici.tv – all with free access. The videos will contain not only the competitor’s performances, but also other features like interviews and behind-the-scenes material.

    Jacques Marquis, President and CEO of the Cliburn, said: “The Cliburn advances Van Cliburn’s vision of sharing classical music with as many people as possible. […] A pioneer in its field, the Cliburn has continued to use the newest technologies to improve the artistic quality and reach of the webcast with each quadrennial competition.”

    The broadcast of the 15th Cliburn Piano Competition is an amazing opportunity to share in the excitement of the thirty competitors in the competition’s final round.  Don’t miss it!

    Watch the live stream here: www.cliburn2017.medici.tv

    THURSDAY, MAY 25
    2:30 p.m. Julia Kociuban, Poland, 25
    3:20 p.m. Madoka Fukami, Japan, 28
    4:25 p.m. Su Yeon Kim, South Korea, 23
    7:30 p.m.  Leonardo Pierdomenico, Italy, 24
    8:20 p.m. Alina Bercu, Romania, 27
    9:25 p.m. Ilya Shmukler, Russia, 22

    FRIDAY, MAY 26
    10:00 a.m. Dasol Kim, South Korea, 28
    10:50 a.m.Tristan Teo, Canada, 20
    11:55 a.m. Caterina Grewe, Germany, 29
    2:30 p.m. Philipp Scheucher, Austria, 24
    3:20 p.m. Martin James Bartlett, United Kingdom, age 20
    4:25 p.m.Ilya Maximov, Russia, 30
    7:30 p.m. Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
    8:20 p.m. Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
    9:25 p.m. Yutong Sun, China, 21

    SATURDAY, MAY 27
    10:00 a.m. Luigi Carroccia, Italy, 25
    10:50 a.m. Nikolay Khozyainov, Russia, 24
    11:55 a.m. Nikita Abrosimov, Russia, 28
    2:30 p.m. Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29
    3:20 p.m.Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
    4:25 p.m.Sun-A Park, United States, 29
    7:30 p.m. Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
    8:20 p.m. EunAe Lee, South Korea, 29
    9:25 p.m. Sergey Belyavskiy, Russia, 23

    SUNDAY, MAY 28
    10:00 a.m. Tony Yike Yang, Canada, 18
    10:50 a.m. Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
    11:55 a.m. Han Chen, Taiwan, 25
    2:30 p.m. Honggi Kim, South Korea, 25
    3:20 p.m. Rachel Kudo, United States, 30
    4:25 p.m. Alyosha Jurinic, Croatia, 28

    Watch the only German competitor Caterina Grewe live tonight at 18:55 (CEST) in the Bass Concert Hall

     

    Cliburn President and CEO Jacque Marquis (center) and Carla Kemp Thompson (left), chairman of the Van Cliburn Foundation Board of Directors review the stage set up with Steve Cummins (right) for the semifinals announcement at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Photo Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn) Preliminary Round (order of play, though not times, will hold for Quarterfinal Round recitals)

     

     

     

     

    (Written on May 26, 2017 )

    We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London for a month, starting as soon as possible.

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

    WildKat PR
    WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

    Job Description
    WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

    Key duties
    As an Intern your role will be:
    – Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
    – Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
    – Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
    – Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
    – Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
    – Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
    – Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
    – Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
    – Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
    – Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
    – Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
    – Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
    – Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
    – Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
    – Filing daily newspapers in storage
    – Organising large CD/DVD collections

    Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
    – Friendly, open-plan office
    – Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set 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
    – Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

    Person Specification
    Essential
    – A keen interest and passion in classical music
    – Strong written and verbal communication skills
    – Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
    – A creative mind
    – An interest in new media
    – Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
    – Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
    – Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
    – Strong organisation skills

    Desirable
    – Previous experience in our industry
    – Speak another language
    – Study music, English or marketing/PR

    Expenses: £400 per month

    To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

    (Written on May 16, 2017 )

    The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

    The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

    In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

    25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
    29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
    30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
    31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
    3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
    4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
    5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
    8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
    9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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    (Written on May 15, 2017 )