Naomi Belshaw has joined WildKat PR as Composer Relations and PR Executive, and the company has launched new services for the culture and music communities.

Naomi’s inclusion into the company brings expert knowledge in the fields of copyright, music royalties, funding and publishing, accumulated from over ten years’ experience of working at PRS for Music, MCPS and PRS Foundation.

With this in mind, WildKat will be offering affordable consultancy for composers and small-scale organisations in the following areas:

  • Composer Consultancy– a tailored handbook for composers on all things to kick-start your career, and music royalty administration
  • Funding Advice – creative approaches to funding, and how/where to apply

These new services will be made affordable through hourly billing. This means that composers can get long-term support and tailored advice from WildKat, in an affordable and accessible way, ensuring accessibility for all.

 

Led by Naomi, WildKat is also bringing back #OpenSessions, starting with the following new themes:

  • Funding 101
  • #Royalties – How to get paid for writing music
  • Grand Rights – What is that?
  • Publishing for Dummies

#OpenSessions are free of charge 15-minute sessions. Through quick-fire consultancy, industry individuals including artists and musicians, labels, management, designers and creatives are able to learn about different part of the sector from members of the WildKat team.

Naomi Belshaw commented: “I am really excited about the prospect of giving tailored advice to early career composers. The landscape of the music industry has changed enormously in the last decade and now a composer needs to think differently about publishing, commissioning and much, much more. For example, the number of young composers being taken on by classical publishers today total less than one per year. As the classical composer “giants” of the 19th and 20th centuries go out of copyright, publishers are having to change their models to survive; taking on composers who cross genre boundaries, write for TV, film and games or only on a work by work basis. Suffice it to say from publishing to recording to promotion, the modern composer has to be much more agile and savvy in the 21st century.”

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat, says: “I am really thrilled to have Naomi join our team in London. She brings with her a wealth of experience and embodies the WildKat ethos through and through: a love for music and furthering careers in this sector.

WildKat has always been the leader in innovating and adapting to challenging times in this sector and I feel particularly the new sort of musician or ensemble need a much more wholesome approach with many elements, such as publishing, thread into their requirements. We are excited to offer such comprehensive advice and services.”

Director of the London Office Olivia Brown says: “As WildKat has adapted to changes in the industry over the years, we have developed the company into a creative agency. Through our recent signings, including Music for Youth, Spitalfields Music and Radio France, we are truly demonstrating that our multifaceted, creative approach works for all types of organisations and artists on an international scale. I have always loved our free #OpenSessions and I’m so happy that we are extending this into affordable packages for composers. WildKat always has something for everyone, from advice for those starting out to full-scale branding packages for established organisations and artists. We’re delighted that Naomi has joined the team and is developing the company in this way with unparalleled experience and skills.”

 

About WildKat

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

 

Services 

Branding

Creative Campaigns

Social Media & Content Creation

Press and PR

Event and Tour Organisation

Marketing

Recording Consultancy

Industry Connections

Composer Consultancy

Funding Advice

 

WildKat Management team now consists of:

Kathleen Alder, Founder

Olivia Brown, Director of London and New Offices

Carolin Denz, Director of Berlin Office and Central Europe

Naomi Belshaw, Composer Relations and PR Executive

(Written on July 3, 2018 )

Ab dem 3. September 2018 haben wir wieder einen Praktikumsplatz in unserem Berliner Büro zu vergeben! Wir freuen uns auf Deine Bewerbung!

Du assistierst den Account ManagerInnen bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung kreativer PR-Kampagnen für KundInnen aus dem Musik- und Kulturbereich. Du solltest daher eine große Begeisterung für Kultur, klassische Musik und die darstellenden Künste mitbringen, Spaß an kreativen Herausforderungen haben und strukturiert arbeiten können. Eine Affinität zu Online-Medien ist ebenfalls wünschenswert.

Was wir bieten:

  • Selbstständige Arbeit in einem kleinen agilen Team bis hin zur Übernahme von einzelnen kleinen Projekten
  • Tägliche Zusammenarbeit und Austausch mit dem Londoner Büro
  • Besuch von Kundenkonzerten und –veranstaltungen
  • Miterleben des Agenturalltags und detaillierte Einblicke in Abläufe, Projekte etc.
  • Entspannte und kollegiale Atmosphäre im Büro
  • Einblick und Übernahme von Social Media Accounts
  • Möglichkeit, sich kreativ einzubringen und seine Ideen umzusetzen
  • Einblick in die internationale Presselandschaft
  • Ein wöchentlicher Obstkorb und viel Spaß bei der Arbeit 🙂

 

 

Deine Aufgaben:

  • Assistenz bei der Umsetzung internationaler PR-Kampagnen
  • Pflege des Agentur-Blogs und der Social Media Auftritte (u.a. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Übernahme von Rechercheaufgaben
  • Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Pressetexten
  • Instandhaltung der Kontaktdatenbank
  • Unterstützung bei der effizienten Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
  • Recherche und Reporting neuer Entwicklungen und Trends in den BereichenMusikindustrie und Kultur
  • Teilnahme an Kundenveranstaltungen während und außerhalb der Bürozeiten
  • Assistenz täglicher Agenturabläufe des Berliner Büros

Was Du mitbringst:

  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse und Begeisterung für klassische Musik, Kunst, Kultur und PR
  • Erste praktische Erfahrungen im Bereich Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und/oderKulturmanagement
  • Sehr gute administrative und organisatorische Fähigkeiten
  • Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeit (auf deutsch undenglisch)
  • Hohe Teamfähigkeit
  • Sorgfältige Arbeitsweise
  • Affinität zu Online-Medien
  • Fähigkeit zu selbstmotiviertem Arbeiten
  • Sicheres und selbstbewusstes Auftreten
  • Stressresistentes Arbeiten
  • Sicherer Umgang mit gängigen Internet- und MS-Office-Anwendungen
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse von Vorteil

Im Überblick:

  • Pflichtpraktikum (eine Bescheinigung von Deiner Uni ist notwendig)
  • Zeitraum: 3. September bis 30. November 2018, Vollzeit
  • Vergütung: 400€ monatlich
  • Sollte ein Pflichtpraktikum für Dich möglich sein, dann sende bitte Deine Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben bis zum 22. Juli an Carolin Denz, carolin@wildkatpr.com

(Written on June 29, 2018 )

We’re very pleased to be working with composer Keith Burstein on a PR campaign ahead of the world premiere of his new work The Prometheus Revolution, performed as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 (Arcola Theatre).

Keith Burstein was born in Brighton to a musical family; both his parents were classical violinists who played for Sadlers Wells Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Hallé Orchestra.

Burstein held two scholarships at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens and John Lambert. Post-graduation, he continued his composition studies with Jonathan Harvey. Between 1983 and 1991, Burstein led contemporary music ensemble the Grosvenor Group. He has since won the very active support of major mentors to him, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Arvo Pärt.

Described by The Telegraph as “an ardent new romantic post-modernist”, Burstein composes uniquely tonal music, reflecting his optimism for the future of humanity. His controversial views on modern contemporary music have earned him notoriety amongst his contemporaries, having stated previously that “tonality is the universal alphabet of music”.

Burstein’s opera Manifest Destiny premiered in 2004 in London, garnering controversy for its handling of the topic of Middle Eastern suicide bombers renouncing violence.

© Fulham Opera 2018

The Prometheus Revolution has been inspired in part by the 2012 Occupy movement’s “99% vs the 1%” ideology, and with a focus on peace and disarmament, will commemorate the centenary year of the end of World War I.

Set in the near future, the opera opens with the UK in meltdown in the aftermath of the fascistic Prime Minister and his wife taking poison, soon replaced by another shadowy authority figure. When two trillion pounds go missing from the City of London, the army is poised to take control of the anticipated mayhem.

Presented by Fulham Opera, performances will be on the 7, 8 and 10 of August, and tickets can be purchased from the Grimeborn website. Keith has completed a commission for the London Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in their 2019-2020 season.

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

We are delighted that tickets for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018 are now on sale and the programme is as daring and “scream-worthy” as ever.

“The Modern Prometheus” theme extends into the festival with more of a Black Mirror edge, following Tête à Tête’s collaboration with Royal College of Music earlier this year: WEAR is an immersive opera about time travel, high fashion, ecological disaster and love, taking place in The Crossing at King’s Cross; NIBIRU!, a concept album about the apocalypse, social networking and conspiracy theories; Vicky & Albert is the story of an app, which convinces people that the user has a boyfriend…

In what promises to be both hilarious and thought-provoking, audiences are given an insight into the trials and tribulations of being two and three quarters, with a double bill of two operas: I Do Need Me explores the intensity of emotion that small children experience; I’m Not A Bit Like A Clown is a playful work that captures the joy and freewheeling energy of a toddler, whilst exploring and exploding our received ideas of gender, offering a delightful child’s eye view of the world.

More opera, this time for children the story of a fossilised hippo from 250,000 years ago, involving an interactive workshop and opera, The Lost Box of Stories, presenting new music and storytelling with Mid Wales Music Trust.

Tête à Tête welcomes its first Artist-in-Residence, with Li-E Chen’s Proposition for a Silent Opera at an Invisible Museum – I am a museum, a development of the 2017 work that encompasses an art exhibition in the foyer of The Place between 16th – 18th August, plus performances throughout the week.

Cubitt Sessions open the festival again this year, offering free servings of opera for the King’s Cross area with BISHI, Errollyn Wallen, Juice Vocal Ensemble, plus Aubergine from Muziektheater Transparent, and Tête à Tête’s very own operatic disaster, TOSCATASTROPHE!

As always, taking a journey through the past with new opera eyes on, Mary’s Hand is an immersive, biographical take on Mary “Bloody Mary” Tudor (featuring playing cards); Love Me To Death is based upon Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, plus a new collaboration with the Wellcome Collection for Dear Mary Stopes, a story told through letters, responding to her controversial sex manual ‘Married Love’.

This year’s festivals offers operatic treats, both reflective and pioneering, from both long-standing Tête à Tête alumni and new companies and artists. With a focus on Artist Development and support, with the “For Artists” hub on the website, the company continues to provide more opportunities for artists worldwide.

Tickets are now on sale! Where tickets are required we recommend booking early for the best price online at tete-a-tete.org.uk. Early Bird Online until 10th July £5.00 /  In Advance Online £7.50 / In Person, On Phone, On The Door at the venue £9.50. Lots of shows are free so just turn up and enjoy!

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

Conductor Damian Iorio will join the Welsh National Opera for its touring production of W. A. Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ in the first half of 2019.

The production will be directed by Olivier award-winning Dominic Cooke, and will tour UK cities including Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Bristol, Llandudno and Southampton.

“I’m looking forward to making my debut with the Welsh National Opera for the 2019 touring production of ‘The Magic Flute’, working with a fantastic cast and crew and sharing one of Mozart’s best-loved operas with towns and cities across the country.” (Damian Iorio, June 2018)

This will be Damian’s first engagement with the WNO, having previously worked with the likes of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish orchestras and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

More information and tickets can be found on the WNO website.

Damian is currently in Paris to conduct ‘Boris Godunov’ with the Opéra national de Paris, with performances on 19, 22 June and 6, 9, 12 July.

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

We are pleased to announce Christopher Gunning; internationally renowned Bafta and Ivor-Novello award winning TV and Film composer. Christopher is now building his ‘concert’ music repertoire with his music described as “resourceful and imaginative” by Gramophone, showing “tension, drama, a real sense of purpose” by Music Web International.

Christopher is well known for his film and TV credits having won four BAFTA awards for Agatha Christie’s Poirot, La Vie en Rose, Middlemarch and Porterhouse Blue, and three Ivor Novello awards for Rebecca, Under Suspicion, and Firelight. In his concert music he has developed an individual yet approachable, colourful, and highly expressive language which frequently gives his music a strongly dramatic and emotional flavour.

Having studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Edmund Rubbra and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Christopher has enjoyed a career that has developed over some fifty years. He has composed film and TV scores, commercials, and now eleven symphonies and concertos for Flute, Guitar, Clarinet, Oboe, Piano, Violin, Cello, and other orchestral and chamber works.

Christopher also loves conducting and composing and thrives on working with performers and ensembles such as guitarists John Williams and Craig Ogden, violinists Anja Bukovec and Harriet Mackenzie, cellist Richard Harwood, saxophonist John Harle, pianists Olga Dudnik and Diana Brekalo. He has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and Winchester College Choir.

We are thrilled to be working with Christopher on his plans to record and promote his next album including his as yet unrecorded 2nd and 10th Symphonies.

(Written on June 19, 2018 )

France Musique has established itself as the premier Francophone media outlet dedicated primarily to classical music, offering seven online radio stations, a phone app, and, since December 2017, a catalogue of more than 1,600 audio and visual concerts available to stream worldwide. Today, it launches its English-language site francemusique.com!

London Director, Olivia Brown, says: “There are a number of reasons why we are so delighted to be working with Radio France’s France Musique to promote this project, though first and foremost to share this content-rich platform worldwide. Radio stations have obviously been focusing on digital content to complement their stations more and more in the past few years, and this new platform not only demonstrates how Radio France is providing its current audiences in France with new, accessible, and informative content, but also welcoming an international audience to enjoy its platform too. Our company expansion to Paris in the next year only adds to the excitement of this project and we hope you enjoy exploring and learning!”

The main purpose of the new site is to share free access to a wide catalogue of music, and invite audiences to ‘listen from beyond the borders’. Its seven themed radio stations include ‘Easy Classical’, ‘Classical Extra’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Radio France Concerts’, Radio France’s own record label ‘Ocora World Music’, ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Film Music’.

Offering both Musical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge, the platform hosts a wide and growing variety of articles on the history of classical and jazz music, the chance to learn more about the context of different works, biographies of composers and musicians, curated playlists, and accessible content so anyone and everyone can learn and discover, whilst also having fun!

The Live Concerts section offers an ever-expanding catalogue of audio-visual concerts, accessible for free. As for the Studio Sessions, these allow access to unique sessions recorded at France Musique with both rising stars and established artists.

The database includes performances by France’s top ensembles, including the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the Choir and Children’s Choir of Radio France, putting you right on the front row.

Website | Facebook | YouTube

 

(Written on June 5, 2018 )

With great pleasure we introduce to you the fabulous Inbal Segev, an internationally renowned Israeli-American cellist whose playing has been described as “richly inspired,” and “very moving,” by Gramophone.

As a soloist, Inbal has performed with the world’s best orchestras and conductors, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Mazeel and Zubin Mehta. She brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to her vast repertoire.

Dario Acosta

Inbal began playing the cello at the age of five and at sixteen was invited by Isaac Stern to travel to the U.S. to continue her studies. With degrees from Juilliard School and Yale University, she stayed in the States and now lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Inbal has already released several recordings which were critically acclaimed, and we are thrilled to be working with her on her next album release with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. The disc features romantic sonatas and fantasies, as well as poetically-inspired cello masterpieces
 by Chopin, Schumann and Grieg.

The album will be available from 20th July under the AVIE label and its release will be accompanied by a concert at Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori on 28th June 2018.

Inbal Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. In 2017, she gave the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s cello concerto, Tangle Eye, with the California Symphony led by Donato Cabrera. In April 2018, Inbal premiered a new piece by composer Timo Andres at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Inbal Segev is a founding member of The Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, and has collaborated with internationally-renowned artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, the American Chamber Players and the Vogler Quartet.

For her new album with Juho Pohjonen, finding a sympathetic playing partner was crucial given the essentially ‘pianistic’ inspiration of the programme. Juho was Inbal’s natural choice. She said: “I first heard Juho in New York a couple of years ago and was then introduced to him by my long-time producer, Da-Hong Seetoo. I was looking for an equal partner rather than an accompanist, and Juho is not onlya wonderful chamber musician but also a formidable soloist, so it was only natural that he played an important role in selecting the repertoire.”

(Written on June 4, 2018 )

The newest addition to our client roster is Dr. Laura Bennett Cameron, academic and bassoonist. We are very pleased to be working with Laura as she travels to Paris and Granada in August 2018, to present the work of French composer Roger Boutry and record a new album of his works.

Laura Bennett Cameron

Laura teaches Applied Bassoon, Music Theory, and Ear Training at the University of Texas (Arlington), and is the principal bassoonist of Dallas Winds (formerly Dallas Wind Symphony). In addition to her position as the principal bassoon of the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, Dr. Bennett Cameron also substitutes with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among others. Laura appears frequently as a soloist, having given recent recitals in the US and Europe, and performed concertos and solos with orchestras across the US.

Dr. Bennett Cameron is actively involved in research and publication. Her main research focus is the music of French composer Roger Boutry, who was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome in 1954. Her pioneering research on Boutry and his compositions represents the first major published resources on the composer in any language.

Laura is the founder of La Société for la Promotion de la Musique de Roger Boutry, an American foundation devoted to the promotion and advancement of Boutry’s compositions. She also serves as solo bassoonist in The Boutry Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the education and engagement of American audiences with the composer’s body of work. Bennett Cameron and Boutry can be heard on their recording French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano (Indesens 2016), available through iTunes and all major music media outlets.

Roger Boutry

Dr. Bennett Cameron holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with concentrations in Music Theory and Early Music. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University.

(Written on May 25, 2018 )

We are please to be working with Classical Movements for The City Choir of Washington’s inaugural tour of the UK this July

The City Choir of Washington celebrate their 10th anniversary under leadership of the Grammy-award winning conductor Robert Shafer, and have built their reputation as one of Washington D.C’s premiere choirs in this time. Under Maestro Shafer’s baton, the singers and their audiences have been challenged by creative programming, creating stunning renditions of under-performed works such as Arvo Part’s ‘Te Deum’, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Cantata Misericordium’, and Tarik O’Regan’s ‘Triptych’. The choir’s roster consists of 120 experienced, professional-calibre singers, all hailing from the greater Washington metropolitan areas.

The choir’s memorable performances include their commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with a world-premiere performance of John Tavener’s ‘Three Hymns of George Herbert’, written especially for the Diamond Jubilee. In Spring 2014, the Choralis Foundation nominated the City Choir of Washington for an Ovation Award for Most Creative Programming, a nomination which tributes the choir’s premiere performances, including those of the final compositions by the great composer Sir John Tavener.

The City Choir of Washington will bring its distinctive choral sound to the UK in four concerts, performing at venues in London, Gloucester, Ely and Oxford in July 2018. The tour will combine American, English and French choral works spanning the 19th century to present day, including Sir John Tavener’s ‘Tolstoy Creed’ performed alongside ‘The Lamb’, Eric Whitacre’s ‘The Chelsea Carol’ and Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’. Maestro Shafer will celebrate 50 years as a choral conductor, and will serve his 26th international tour with the choir this year.

Details of the concerts and programme schedule are below:

5 July – Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
7 July – Keble College Chapel, Oxford
8 July – Ely Cathedral, Ely
11 July – Temple Church, London

Programme:
Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes
- Robert Shafer (b.1946)
The Chelsea Carol
- Eric Whitacre (b.1970)

The Lamb – Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
Tolstoy’s Creed – Sir John Tavener
(2012 Commission by TCCW)
Requiem in D Minor, op. 48 – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

(Written on May 11, 2018 )