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Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, guitarist Michael Poll is releasing his album “7-String Bach”  on 6 April 2018, and WildKat is delighted to be promoting this release in Germany.

Michael’s “Bach Project” brings Bach’s music to life here in the 21st century, fusing modern instrumental practice with historical techniques and doing it all on an instrument that is built specially for the job by American master luthier Robert Ruck.

Bach left manuscripts for two complete instrumental suites for Lute, the predecessor of the modern classical guitar, and for the Bach Project Michael has recorded them using state of the art technology in one of the world’s iconic recording studios: Abbey Road.

A seven string guitar is a special musical creature: the range of the modern guitar plus five notes taken from the double bass. This instrument makes it possible to play Bach’s music in its original register, as he heard it.

Classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll has performed across North America, South America, and Europe, including in Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the National Theatre of Panama. Active both as a performer and a conductor, Poll’s 2016-2017 season includes headline concerts for the Wilderness Festival with Yijia Zhang, the Bloomsbury festival as both guitarist and conductor, six engagements conducting the Goodensemble orchestra in London including a Gala Performance in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, and guitar recitals in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, London, Philadelphia, and New York. Poll’s collaborators have included pianists Stephan Ciric, David Malusa, John Fisher, and Jason Bae, tenor Peter Devoran, barritone Jake Muffett, and his brother conductor Edward Poll.

The CD, which will be released on Orchid Classics, is available from 6th April 2018.

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2018 )

We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

We are very pleased to be working alongside the Royal Over-Seas League on their 66th Annual Music Competition, which is taking place at Over-Seas House on Greek Park, London.

The AMC is the centrepiece of ROSL Arts’ year-round programme of music, art and literary events. Offering upwards of £75,000 in grants and awards, the AMC is widely-regarded in industry circles for its prestige and heritage. Recent winners of the Gold Medal include guitarist Sean Shibe, baritone Jonathan McGovern and saxophonist Huw Wiggin, each having gone on to achieve outstanding success in the early stages of their career.

Winners are offered life-changing performing opportunities after the competition, including bookings at the likes of Wigmore Hall and British music festivals. Past winners have benefited from concerts organised in countries including Singapore, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe.

Founded in 1910 as the ‘Over-Seas Club’, ROSL aimed to unite a ‘far-flung brotherhood of individual men and women of diverse creed and races living widely apart under differing conditions, in different latitudes’ (Sir Evelyn Wrench). ROSL continues to champion international friendship and cultural understanding throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. A non-profit private members’ club, the Grade I listed clubhouse hosts regular music and arts events and offers under-35s a heavily discounted membership fee and networking opportunities.

A full list of section finals, and details of winners so far, is below:

13 February Wind and Brass (Jonathan Radford, saxophone)
20 February Voice (Michael Mofidian, bass-baritone)
27 February Strings (Emmanuel Bach, violin)
6 March Keyboard
13 March Ensembles A
20 March Ensembles B
22 March Overseas Award

The prestigious Gold Medal final, carrying an award of £15,000, will be held on 4 June at the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

(Written on February 28, 2018 )

We are delighted to welcome celebrated classical guitarist Artyom Dervoed.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

Having won 16 prestigious awards in various international competitions, Artyom Dervoed is in a class of his own – or in the words of Universe Guitare, he truly is the “Tsar of the guitar”.

Born in Russia, Artyom learnt to play the guitar at the age of six with Sergey Annikov, then studied with Elena Svetozarova and Leonid Reznik. He later studied at several high-profile music schools, such as the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin Academy (Moscow), Koblenz Guitar Academy (Germany) with Aniello Desiderio, and Accademia Chigiana (Italy) with Oscar Ghiglia.

A milestone of his career was the release of his album in 2008, featuring Russian guitar music. Released by Naxos, it became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records worldwide. Artyom Dervoed is a regular guest on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Bunka Kaikan.

Among Artyom’s many awards is the first prize at the 39th Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in 2006, as well as the H.R.H. Princess Cristina 18th International Guitar Competition in 2009, making him the first Russian to win both competitions.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

His efforts in the classical music scene are not only limited to performing and recording amazing interpretations of works – one of his main ambitions is stepping into the footsteps of cellist Rostropovich and violinist Bashmet to present the classical guitar as a first-class solo instrument.
 He also regularly commissions new works and transcriptions to expand repertoires for the classical guitar, leading to world premieres.

Artyom is the founder of the Moscow Guitar Chamber Music Festival in the Bashmet Center and co-founder of one of the most important classical music festivals in the world – the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival, presented by the Moscow Philharmonic Society at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. As Artistic Director, Dervoed puts together an exciting program of national and international soloists, chamber and orchestral performances. For this year’s 13th edition, which will take place from 20th – 24th March, he will perform the world premiere of a new concerto for guitar and orchestra by contemporary Russian composer Alexander Tchaikovsky.

We are delighted to promote his upcoming performances at the Constella Festival in Cincinnati on February 23rd, 2018 and at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin on March 28th.

Moreover, Artyom Dervoed is the head of the classical guitar department at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and he teaches at the well-known Gnesin Academy.

“An outstanding figure.” La Provence — Dimanche (France)

(Written on February 23, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns über die erneute Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bariton Peter Schöne.

Foto: Gisela Schenker

Sei es nun „leuchtender Bariton“ (SZ) oder „exzellenter Sänger mit hervorragender Technik“ (FAZ): Peter Schöne weiß sowohl seine Kritiker als auch sein Publikum zu beeindrucken. Der gebürtige Berliner hat sich als Opern-, Konzert- und Liedersänger in den vergangenen Jahren national und international einen hervorragenden Ruf erarbeitet.

Nach seiner Ausbildung bei Kammersänger Harald Stamm an der Universität der Künste, feierte Peter Schöne sein Operndebüt an der Komischen Oper Berlin. Weitere Engagements brachten ihn auf die renommierten Bühnen von mehr als 20 Opernhäusern. Aber auch bei Orchestern wie dem SWR-Sinfonieorchester oder dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester ist Peter Schöne ein gern gesehener Gast.

Greek von Mark-Antony Turnage war seine erste Oper aus dem 20. Jhd. und offenbarte zugleich sein Talent für die Musik unserer Zeit. Maßgeblich dabei ist auch seine enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem Pianisten Axel Bauni sowie den Komponisten Moritz Eggert und Wolfgang Rihm.

Peter Schönes Interesse gilt besonders auch dem deutschen Klavierlied, das stets einen wichtigen Platz in seinem Repertoire einnahm. Seit 2008 verfolgt er sein ambitioniertes Projekt, eine Gesamtaufnahme aller Schubertlieder zu realisieren.

Für sein großes Engagement erhielt Schöne den Schneider-Schott-Musikpreis der Stadt Mainz, Gewinne beim Schubert-Wettbewerb in Graz und beim ARD-Wettbewerb in München unterstreichen sein enormes Talent.

Foto: Gisela Schenker

Das letzte Jahr war ereignisreich: Nicht nur wurde er am Saarländischen Staatstheater als Hauptbariton des Hauses engagiert und feierte erfolgreiche Premieren wie Guillaume Tell, auch sein Debüt in der Elbphilharmonie blieb von der Presse nicht unbemerkt, als „der exzellente Bariton die Töne mit fesselnder Präzision“ formte (Klassik-begeistert.de).

Aktuell bereitet sich Peter Schöne auf die Premiere der von Jakob Peters-Messer inszenierten Oper Salome in Saarbrücken vor: Die Rolle des Propheten Jochanaan steht im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens, es ist eine der wenigen Opern, die den Bariton in den Fokus rückt und nicht den Tenor. Ebenso soll im Herbst ein neues Doppelalbum u.a. mit Werken von Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss und Justus Hermann Wetzel veröffentlicht werden. Wir freuen uns, Peter Schöne bei diesen vielfältigen Aufgaben zu unterstützen und zu promoten.

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw is to take up a newly created position of PR Executive & Manager at WildKat PR from May 2018. Naomi currently works at PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager.

At WildKat, Naomi will provide strategic direction for composers, independent artists and ensembles, in addition to advising on rights, royalties and licensing opportunities. She will also manage the campaigns of specific clients.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented:

“We are thrilled to have Naomi join our London team to work across our offices. Her years at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, both in very different capacities, mean we are developing and strengthening our offerings for independent artists and projects, from vital funding advice to consulting on sync and licensing.

Naomi has always been someone we admire and love collaborating with in the industry, and this is an exciting time for the company, as part of our current expansion and development of our service offerings.”

Naomi commented:

“I am delighted to announce that I will soon be joining the team at WildKat PR. I am really looking forward to working more closely with UK composers, ensembles and artists to help them realise their aspirations and pass on the knowledge that I have gained from working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation over the last 5 years.”

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

Do you want to gain your first music industry experience working as part of a young and friendly team in Central London?

We are looking for a paid intern to join WildKat PR, starting as soon as possible.

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 MusicBamberg Symphony OrchestraGstaad Menuhin Academy & Festival, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering a paid position for a motivated and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director and Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, you will be expected to assist your colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, and 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 the press, industry and social media packages our company offers.

Key duties
As a WildKat intern, your role will include:
– Compiling and posting our daily news round-ups and sharing on social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers on their campaigns
– Updating social media accounts on behalf of WildKat PR
– Writing blogs about topics of interest to be published on our website
– Writing and proofreading press releases for WildKat clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Attending client events and meeting members of the press and industry
– Creating listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– CD/DVD mail-outs to UK and international press

What you get from interning with WildKat PR:
– Your first work experience in a professional, innovative communications company
– Chance to expand your skill set rapidly (you get out of this role what you’re prepared to put in!)
– Gain wider industry experience by attending concerts and networking events
– Impress your colleagues with your fresh, new ideas
– Friday drinks with the team, yoga classes and 6-hour work days

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music and the creative industries
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– A creative and fun way of thinking
– An interest in the media
– Good eye for at socials (and an appreciation for classical music memes)
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Strong prioritisation and organisational skills

Desirable
– Speak an additional language
– Currently study music or related discipline (creative arts, Public Relations)

We are looking for someone to work for us for 4 hours per day, 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday. If these hours don’t quite fit with your timetable, we are happy to be flexible for the right person!

We will pay a salary commensurate with the London Living Wage for each 20-hour week worked. The timeframe for the length of this internship is flexible, but we’re looking for someone to start as soon as possible. Please also send your application in speculatively, as we have openings throughout the year. NOTE: if you are applying for an internship later in the year, you must state clearly in your covering letter when you will be available.

To apply, send a short C.V. and a covering letter (which can be in the body of the email) to elizabeth@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

 

(Written on February 14, 2018 )

Gediminas Gelgotas is unstoppable: the Lithuanian composer has created numerous works that are still being regularly broadcasted by stations such as Mezzo TV and Boiler Room TV to this day, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Renowned double-bassist Roman Patkoló joins Gelgotas in his latest work Sanctifaction. Originally the fourth movement of his symphony Extracultural, Gelgotas strips it down for the piano and double-bass this time, and the results are compelling. A haunting and intensive musical experience, now brought to life through this stunning new music video.

The chemistry in the room and between the two are undeniable. Patkoló handles the double-bass rhythmically and melodically like no other – an unusual but mesmerising portrayal of the often-overlooked instrument. The duo makes it inevitably hard for anyone to ignore the contrast between the stunning rhythmic drive and austere, melodic beauty that come into view.

Coming up for Gediminas Gelgotas is the premiere of his Violin Concerto No. 1 at the Kissinger Sommer Festival 2018 with long-time collaborator and conductor Kristjan Järvi, who has earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative programmers on the classic scene.

Listen to Gediminas Gelgotas’ Sanctifaction on Spotify, Google Play and Deezer.

(Written on February 7, 2018 )

We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

We are looking for an 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 PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin, and New York, with further plans for expansion in 2018. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, they 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 an Account Manager:

  • To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining 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 your 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 oversee the work of others when required, and 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

  • At least one year’s experience working in arts PR
  • 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

  • Education to degree level
  • Fluency in another language

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, 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 PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 19th January 2018.

(Written on January 3, 2018 )