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Classical music in 2014 – still dominated by dead white men’s music performed by living white men

Bachtrack’s statistics, and Christina Scharff’s research, prove yet again that the classical music industry needs to change

Classic FM

Violinist sues repairman for snapping $80k bow

Greek violinist and Gramophone Award-winner Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in California for allegedly snapping his bow, worth $80,000.

Classical Music Magazine

Who’s who in the musical honours ‒ quotes and reaction

While some have questioned the list’s failure to fully recognise the quality at the top end of UK music-making (eg no knight/damehoods in sight), there can be little doubting its reflection of the national musical scene at all levels.

Classical Source

A New Baby for Glyndebourne: Danielle De Niese and husband Gus Christie announce they are expecting their first child

World-renowned opera star Danielle De Niese and her husband, Glyndebourne’s executive chairman Gus Christie, are thrilled to announce that they are expecting their first child.


Naxos launches new high-definition music streaming and download service

ClassicsOnline HD●LL is specially tailored for classical music listeners

Opera Australia: Kein Zugang mehr für missliebige Kritiker

Auf Betreiben des künstlerischen Direktors der Opera Australia, Lyndon Terracini, wird mehreren Journalisten, die in der Vergangenheit kritisch über einzelne Produktionen und die Programmpolitik des Hauses berichtet hatten, die Berichterstattung künftig erschwert.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Weltmusikcharts vor dem Aus?

Monatlich erstellen ehrenamtliche Juroren aus 25 Ländern die Weltmusikcharts – und das seit 1991.

Codex Flores

Konzertstatistiken des Jahres 2014

Die Webseite Bachtrack hat ihre Statistiken zum Klassikbetrieb für 2014 veröffentlicht.

Le Monde

Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss, musicien et compositeur

Le musicien et compositeur français Julien Jalal Eddine Weiss, talent créatif du qanûn (la cithare sur table orientale) et du répertoire savant arabo-musulman, est décédé des suites d’un cancer, vendredi 2 janvier, à Paris, sa ville natale.


Conductors Are Getting Younger

The average age of the top ten busiest conductors has fallen, with three conductors in their 30s (Nelsons, Dudamel, Nézet-Séguin).


nprmusic @nprmusic: How do some of the greatest composers begin their pieces? Test you knowledge in our puzzler. 

Barbican Centre @BarbicanCentre: Take a walk with @SinfiniMusic as pianist Benjamin Grosvenor talks about his life, instruments and music 

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Singing for the truth: What makes the story of #Orfeo so powerful? A closer look: … ^C


Greek violinist and Gramophone Award-winner Leonidas Kavakos. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on January 7, 2015 )

Today in the WildKat PR office the hot topic of conversation has been 2014’s fastest growing social network – Tumblr.

After reading PR Daily’s ‘7 reasons you should pay attention to Tumblr right now‘ we have created our own page on the site and have come up with our top 5 tips for using Tumblr.

– According to Union Metrics the best time to post on Tumblr is in the evening and at the weekend – specifically between 4pm and 10pm EST (that’s 9pm – 3am GMT). There are less posts in the morning which can also be good if you don’t want competition.

– Always, always, ALWAYS credit the source. Tumblr is an image-heavy site with a lot of original work and so users are very careful to give credit where credit is due.

– When reblogging, Tumblr’s default setting is to reblog long text posts as a shorter link which hides the post and will decrease engagement. You can turn this off by clicking the drop-down at the top right and changing it to the Aa symbol.

– Enable endless scrolling on your profile so that you don’t have to click next every 10 posts.

– Don’t spam your followers with constant posts and reblogs! You can use Tumblr’s scheduling feature in order to space your posts out between set times in order to create a steady flow of posts that your followers will enjoy.

Have any top Tumblr tips to add? Tweet them to @WildKatPR and we’ll include them in our next social media blog!

(Written on January 6, 2015 )

We had a good giggle in the WildKat PR office yesterday trying to guess the top 10 most discussed UK topics, global topics and check ins on Facebook as reported by The Telegraph. However, the jovial mood was somewhat quenched when we noticed that not a single classical music venue, event or artist was mentioned. Well you know what they say, if you want something done, do it yourself. So, we have complied our own top 10 classical music lists.

Top UK Facebook Classical Music Venue Check Ins (of all time):

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Opera House


Sadler’s Wells

Bridgewater Hall

The Symphony Hall Birmingham

St Martin in the Fields

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wigmore Hall 


The Wigmore Hall. Photo found at: The Independent 

Top 10 most popular news stories on WildKat PR of 2014 (calculated by the number of people reached)

Auction of Elizabeth Watts’ Vivine Westwood Gown which she wore to the Last Night of the BBC Proms

David Finckel and Wu Han at the Berlin Philharmonic

Vote for Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie’s New Logo

Berkeley Ensemble’s Competition Inspired by Walter Willson Cobbett

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani’s Concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Cantate World Choir Games Blog

Our Top 6 Tips for Classical Music Artist Photography

Bringing Classical Music to the General Public: How WildKat PR Got it Right

Nicola Benedetti: ‘Sex isn’t what sells Classical Music.’

Trinity Buoy Wharf in Londonist


Elizabeth Watts in Vivienne Westwood. Photo found at: by Asa Westerlund

Classical Music Album Charts (iTunes)

Nicola Benedetti– A Scottish Fantasy

Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart– Piano Concerto no.25 in C Major, K.503 & Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 (Live from KKL, Lucerne/2013)

Milos Karadaglic-Aranjuez

Voces8-Eventide (Deluxe Version)

Maki Namekawa-Philip Glass:The Complete Piano Etudes

The Piano Guys-Wonders (Deluxe Edition)

Andre de Ridder and Africa Express-Africa Express Presents…Terry Riley’s In C Mali

Angela Hewitt-Bach: The Art of Fugue

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony Orchestra-John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Joyce DiDonato-Stella di Napoli


Nicola Benedetti. Photo found at:

Why is this the case?

Classical music, in recent years, has become increasingly seen as boring, inaccessible and irrelevant despite it playing an integral part of film and video games (although not all agree on the latter. Classic FM had a debate about whether video game music should be classed as classical music). The question of why is an interesting one and I think there are a few reasons. Certainly, the rise of popular culture, jazz and technology has resulted in many  (especially) young people deeming classical music as old fashioned. Indeed, with the Baroque period being between 1600-1750, it is understandable why people may think it has no relevance to life today; we cannot interact with composers such as Bach and Mozart (not baroque!) on Twitter or hear them speak in interviews in the same way as we can with One Direction or Beyoncé. In this way, the genre is confined to history in many instances.  Moreover, many operas are in different languages, which adds another barrier to their wider enjoyment.  The concert-going experience may also be to blame. The perceived formalities of having to ‘dress up’ or the tradition of an orchestra rising to greet a conductor I think contributes to the public seeing classical music as ‘posh.’ However, I think there is hope. Those of us who love this type of music know that the themes composers were writing about are very similar to the ones relevant today: love, death, war, tragedy, big life questions, comedy, politics…the list goes on. Seeing WildKat PR’s blog in the top 10 of our most popular Facebook posts about bringing classical music to the general public shows there are some out there wanting to reverse the trend of classical music being seen as so obscure.

(Written on December 10, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Dame Vera Lynn urges UK to ‘stay together’

Dame Vera Lynn is the latest star to sign the better together campaign, ahead of the Scottish referendum.

The Telegraph

Britannia saves the day

The Telegraph suggests that it is preposterous that presenters have been requested to not mention the upcoming referendum during the Last Night of the Proms.

The Times

Edward Gardner: ‘Do people in government watch what we do at the Coliseum?’

Edward Gardner is about to embark on his eighth and final season as director of the English National Opera.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT announces 2015 jury

The Jury for the 2015 event will include Etienne Abelin, Swiss musician and co-founder of classYcal; Heloísa Fischer, founder of Brazil’s Viva Música!; Scottish-born Neil Wallace, programme director at de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam; and British arts manager and consultant Jane Williams.

Die Welt

 “Ich liebe es, wenn es singt”

Wolfgang Rihm, Deutschlands berühmtester Komponist, hat mit drei neuen Solo-Werken ein Konzerte-Jahr. Erst kam das Klavier, dann das Horn, schließlich ein Trio. Warum das so ist, erklärt er hier.


Winrich Hopp

Der künstlerische Leiter des Musikfests Berlin Winrich Hopp im Kurzinterview

New York Times

Andris Nelsons Gets Ready to Lead the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons, the 35-year-old Latvian conductor who this month became the venerable orchestra’s music director, and who doesn’t even drive a car, had come upon a new toy.

SF Gate

S.F. Opera musicians ratify new 4-year contract

With a minimum of strife or public posturing, members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra have ratified a new contract with the company that provides the musicians with annual raises of 3 percent a year for the next four years.


In Other Words: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Blocks ‘Comments’ Section on Website, Tightens Security Measures

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has started a significant downturn amid negotiations between musicians and management.


Halle Orchestra: @the_halle What a fantastic concert with #KinshasaSymphony and choir! Good luck on rest of tour to @southbankcentre, @Colston_Hall + @RWCMD

Martin Chilton: @MartinChilton As #jazz guitarist Nigel Price @Nigethejazzer prepares for a UK tour he talks to @LondonJazz Ed Sebastian Scotney

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: Arts should use ‘wellbeing analysis’ to make stronger case for #artsfunding, report finds

Milos: @MilosGuitar So excited to perform #Aranjuez with @liverpoolphil @RoyalAlbertHall. Bring on #ClassicFMlive on 23 Sept!  @ClassicFM


Picture, The Times

Picture, The Times


(Written on September 12, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Pianist tackles ‘shocking state’ of school music lessons

It is likely that pianist James Rhodes will be a face that you see a lot in the coming week, ahead of his Channel 4 show Don’t Stop The Music which starts on Tuesday 9th September at 9pm. Having read the National Music Plan and considered ways to achieve it despite severely limited funds in many schools, James will promote an instrument amnesty, whereby he urges those who no longer play their instruments to donate them, to enable less affluent children to make music.

International Arts Manager

ECHO Klassik 2014 winners announced

Awards were given to artists such as Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Jan Vogler, Marc-André Hamelin and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in what is regarded as Germany’s major classical award.

The Strad

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument, once owned by the older brother of Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi is to go on sale on the 28th October, and is expected to fetch £140-180,000 in Sotheby’s.


Susanna Mälkki To Become Music Director in Helsinki

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki (* 1969), a specialist in contemporary music, has been nominated Music Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic with a contract starting in fall 2016 until 2019.


Tod der französischen Organistin Marie-Louise Girod

Die legendäre französische Organistin Marie-Louise Girod, die von 1941 bis 2008 an der reformierten Kirche Oratoire du Louvre amtete, ist im Alter von 99 Jahren verstorben.


Intendant Buhrow: WDR-Orchester sind Dienst für die Allgemeinheit

WDR-Intendant Tom Buhrow hat den Kulturauftrag seines Senders besonders im Bereich der Musik hervorgehoben.

Berliner Zeitung

Proteus des Orchesters

Das Musikfest verspricht auch in diesem Jahr wieder das wichtigste Ereignis des Berliner Musikjahres werden.


Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Read our feature on the Mozart@Augsburg festival – a celebration of Mozart’s music at the third ‘Mozart City’…

Wigmore Hall: @wigmore_hall With the 2014/15 Season opening on 6 September, the excitement at WH is building. Listen to John Gilhooly’s preview:

Southbank Centre: @southbankcentre #UnlimitedFest starts today!

IntArtsManager: @IntArtsManager “It’s a huge production to transform the old churches and squares.” We hear from Brazil’s biggest free music festival

Royal Academy: @royalacademy see @CultureTrip’s guide to London’s 10 Best Events in September including #AnselmKiefer


Photograph: Channel 4

Photograph: Channel 4


(Written on September 2, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

iTunes Festival 2014: Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom and Miloš announced

The iTunes Festival, a free month long music festival at the Roundhouse, will play host to some of the finest and most popular classical musicians this year.

The Guardian

Kate Bush: Before the Dawn – reviews roundup

Having sold all available tickets within 15 minutes there was huge anticipation for Kate’s first performance in 35 years. The guardian have put together a selection of the reviews.

Classical Music

Balancing Act, Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson reveals his plans

Having just launched their online streaming service, the president of DG reveals his intentions for the organisation.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wir setzen uns die Hörner auf

Die zehnte Auflage des Musikfests Berlin startet am 2. September. Besonderes Augenmerk legt man in diesem Jahr auf das Horn in seiner ganzen Vielfalt.


Echo Klassik verkündet Preisträger

In 22 Kategorien hat die Jury rund 45 Preisträger ausgezeichnet

Los Angeles Times

James Conlon to quit post with Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival

James Conlon, the Los Angeles Opera’s music director and conductor, will step down next year from another prominent post, music director of the Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s summer equivalent of the Hollywood Bowl.

Forum Opera

Départ de Paavo Järvi, entre Joie et tristesse

Paavo Järvi a décidé de ne pas renouveler son contrat à la tête de l’Orchestre de Paris.

La Croix

La Chaise-Dieu au diapason de son festival

La 48e édition du Festival de La Chaise-Dieu s’est ouverte jeudi dernier



Royal Academy: @royalacademy It’s here! #TakeoverDay has arrived… Henna will be taking over our tweets from 10am @kidsinmuseums @takeovermuseums

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Our web chat guest was the the first left-hand alone pianist to graduate form the @rcmlatest in its 130 year history:

Campus London: @campuslondon Making plans this evening? Join us for @GA_London & @BriteLondon’s Digital Skills for Event Professionals from 7PM:

CBSO Chorus: @CBSOChorus Farewell, England! Next stop – Germany and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival! @TheCBSO @simonhalsey #elias

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest We’ve added a 2nd date for our #Vocal Faculty Open Door! Book for 21 Sept to receive invaluable advice from RCM profs



From Classic FM

From Classic FM


(Written on August 27, 2014 )

WildKat PR are happy to announce the return of The Berkeley Ensemble to the client roster. The Berkeley Ensemble, a collective of Southbank Sinfonia musicians formed in 2008, have partnered with Resonus Classics to provide an excellent opportunity for composers in Britain. Known for their inspiring performances of British chamber music, their latest competition encourages composers to explore the legacy of the early twentieth-century philanthropist, Walter Willson Cobbett. Cobbett supported the British school of chamber composition, paving the way for Bridge and Turnage to name a few.

The prize of a £500 commission will be awarded to a composer who produces a work that is scored for any combination of instruments drawn from 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. The composition must be a self-contained movement, that is 8 to 12 minutes in duration. The work must be totally original, having never been performed in public or submitted for another competition.

Up to 16 entrants will be selected to participate in the semi-final masterclass on either 26th October or 9th November. Following this a maximum of 6 works will be performed in front of a panel at the New Cobbett Prize Grand Final at The Forge on Wednesday 10th December 2014. The winners and runners up will have their work recorded for commercial release by the Berkeley Ensemble on the Resonus Classics label in 2015.

As well as the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble will be performing in concerts inspired by Cobbett’s legacy and also supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers. The details of these concerts are listed below.

Please send entries to Berkeley Ensemble New Cobbett Prize, 36 Durban Road, London SE27 9RP. They must arrive by the 1st September 2014.

To enter the competition you must be 35 or under, a resident in the UK and not currently contracted to a publisher. All entries will be assessed anonymously. For more details and terms of the competition please see the website.


Cobbett’s Legacy I: In the shadow of Brahms

16 September 2014- 7:30pm- The Forge.

Tickets £12 (£10)


Cobbett’s Legacy II: Towards an English music

26 October 2014- 11:00am2:00pm- The Forge

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)


Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

£3 entry for masterclass only


Cobbett’s Legacy III: Modern Britain

9 November 2014- 11:00am-2:00pm- The Forge

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)


Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert.

£3 entry for masterclass only


New Cobbett Prize Grand Final

10 December 2014- The Forge


Louise Mather

Louise Mather




(Written on August 22, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

BBC Proms 2014: Benedict Mason premiere, review: ‘breathtaking’

The big reveal of Benedict Mason’s latest BBC commission was unlike anything the proms had seen. With musicians spread around the hall and the arena being cleared of prommers.

The Guardian

Frans Brüggen obituary

As one of the pioneers of the revival of Early Music, and one of the key influencers in the expansion and awareness of Recorder repertoire, this obituary is a touching tribute to a man who reminded us of the beauty of the music of the past.

Guardian Culture Professionals Network

The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers

A study carried out by Sound and Music identifies that composers are expected to create new music for ‘shockingly’ low fees.


Kranichsteiner Musikpreise gehen nach USA und Großbritannien

Darmstadt. Die 1982 geborene amerikanische Komponistin Ashley Fure und das britische Ensemble „Distractfold“ erhalten in diesem Jahr den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis.


Europäischer Komponistenpreis für junge Musiker an Usbekin Sadikova

Der Europäische Komponistenpreis für junge Musiker ist an die Usbekin Aziza Sadikova verliehen worden.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Mozart aus der Asche gelesen

Nicht alles war ganz verloren, was 2004 dem Brand in Weimar zum Opfer fiel. Mit neuen Methoden gelingt es jetzt sogar, unlesbar gewordene Handschriften wieder sichtbar zu machen.

The New York Times

Licia Albanese, Exalted Soprano, Is Dead at 105

Licia Albanese, an Italian-born soprano whose veneration by audiences worldwide was copious even by the standards of operatic adulation, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan.


CBSO: @TheCBSO A month today we perform #Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Find out more in this great listening guide by @philharmonia

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM I’ve fantastic new Album of the Week from @HopeViolin @DGclassics & will offer an ‘escape to paradise’.@johnsuchet1

Scottish Chamber Orc: @SCOmusic 31 Aug Edin – join us for exciting family music workshops from @VirginMoney Fireworks Concert @edintfest. Book now!

Musicians’ Union: @WeAreTheMU U-turn in Liverpool brings recognition for buskers … via @artspro #KeepMusicLive

ArtsProfessional: @ArtsPro #APNews: @ArtsCouncilNI clients told to plan for five per cent cuts from previously announced budgets



 Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on August 18, 2014 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.


(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Times

Iván Fischer: Symphony orchestras have only a few decades left

Ivan Fischer gives orchestras of the twenty-first century the prognosis of ‘adapt or die’.


How to crowdfund your next arts project – live chat

A live chat will be happening on the Guardian’s culture professionals network today from 12pm, to discuss how the arts may use crowd-funding to bridge the supply/demand gap in fundraising.

Musical training found to improve language and reading

US researchers have found that learning a musical instrument can improve a child’s reading and language skills, as well as being better at processing sounds and language.

Die Welt

Das Glück in Boston ist die Absage für Berlin

Der 35-jährige Lette Andris Nelsons ist einer Top-Kandidaten als Rattle-Nachfolger der Berliner Philharmoniker. Hier sagt er, warum er dafür nicht mehr in Frage kommt. Jedenfalls gegenwärtig.

Teatro Petruzelli in Bari sagt aus Geldmangel Produktionen ab

Viertgrößtes Opernhaus Italiens in finanziellen Nöten

Porträt Christina Pluhar

Die Lautenistin Christina Pluhar will keine Genregrenzen akzeptieren und mischt barocke Tänze mit Fado

Les partitions de la Grande Guerre auscultées sur France Musique

14-18 a influé sur la musique classique. La station de radio consacre vingt émissions de trente minutes au sujet.



ClassicFM: @ClassicFM It’s #InternationalLeftHandersDay so I’m playing 3 pieces with left handed connections right now @johnsuchet1

The Guardian: @guardian Universities plug gap as government fails to support poorer students:

EFG London Jazz Festival: @LondonJazzFest 2014 marks 200 years since birth of #AdolpheSax, inventor of the #saxophone. If you’re visiting Belgium, don’t miss #sax200 @mimbrussels

Simon Hopkins: @SimonHopkins The @southbankcentre have launched the  WebWe Want festival with an intriguing set of twitter questions >> …



Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images

Photograph: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Martin Barraud/OJO Images Ltd/Getty Images




(Written on August 13, 2014 )