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It’s been an incredibly busy year at WildKat and we are so excited to continue our successes into 2018. As always, we’ve tried to pack as much as we can into a blog post for you all. The projects and clients mentioned below are a tiny portion of our highlights – Enjoy! 😊

First, a message from our Founder, Kat, who is already in the Austrian alps, ready to start the holidays:

“2017: you beast! I must admit I am quite glad to see the back of it… We launched and worked on so many projects and events, it felt like we somehow skipped the usual “quiet periods”. It has certainly been a challenging year; the uncertainty of the cultural and creative industries was felt across our sector and so internally we had to rethink our offerings, our staffing and general structure.

We have had some fantastic new clients and projects signed up to WildKat. Some personal highlights have been:

And so many more.

Mostly this year has been for me expanding the WildKat offices, opening a new one in Paris next year and working on our non-profit arm, Noted.

I have travelled for both companies to all corners of the world, and have had some great meetings and events take place, centred around the ethos of sharing and forwarding our industry. I think there is amongst all the anticipation on what future events (including Brexit, US etc) will bring a sense of renewed movement forward. I am encouraged to see so many positive ideas. The Noted Fellowship is in the next stage with announcements to follow in the New Year and our roundtables have come to life in Berlin, London and New York with fascinating thoughts and exchanges. My vision of having the newly graduates give the artistic director ideas on the future of our sector, is coming to life and its VERY rewarding!”

 

Internally we also have some great news:
  • Carolin is embarking on the ultimate WildKat perk: a 2 month paid sabbatical to New Zealand. (We are all just a tad jealous (“a tad” is putting it very lightly!! – Olivia)
  • Great staff have joined our teams all over the world, waving at at Eliza, Rachel, Alex, Nicolo, Maddie, Katja, and our continually growing pool of freelancers, consultants, and collaborators
  • Olivia was promoted to our UK Director and is, as expected, thriving in her new role. She also hits the 5 year anniversary mark next year and will at some stage embark on her sabbatical

Olivia says, “2017 has been a pretty turbulent year on all counts – whilst we have celebrated some truly inspiring projects, and championed everything that is BRILLIANT in our sector, and what it has to offer, we have all had to face a heavy and consistent hailstone of, let’s face it, awful news in the general media and across socials.

Saying this, one thing that our sector does best is use these events to inspire creativity, and to reflect and respond using our art and passion. Following the development of the “B-word”, we had the hilarious “The United Kingdom of Earth: A B***** Opera” at Tête à Tête’s 10th festival. Soosan Lolavar’s “ID, please” had its UK premiere at the same festival, reflecting on Trump’s travel ban. Ariana Grande sold out the Manchester arena for a benefit concert, following the bombings. There are many, many more examples, and there will continue to be.

As we look ahead to 2018, it’s important to remember the important of collaboration, cooperation, and participation. We have had such fresh ideas in discussion and have started to make change happen. We want to continue to work together, create conversations, involve diverse & conflicting voices, and create progress for classical music and the arts. I’m so excited for what is to come…”

Olivia visits New York for the first time!

Before Carolin heads off on her travels, she says, “Launching the Noted Fellowship this year was a real highlight, and I was so inspired to see all the innovative ideas that came through the application process. The only downside was choosing who would go on to stage 2. Good luck, everyone!

I’m very excited to make the most of my 2-month sabbatical, part of the WildKat perks, to not only have a long holiday (!) and travel the world, but also to return to the company and the industry with a refreshed and revived perspective.”

We are all really looking forward to 2018, particularly as we are celebrating 10 years of WildKat with a big party (joint with Music in Offices – happy birthday to you too!) and lots of fun events.

Thank you to everyone: clients, industry, friends, colleagues – the ones who champion us, critique us, support and dismiss us. We love you all and we look forward on what’s to come!

Happy holidays! 🎄🎄🎄

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working with Blüthner on their inaugural Piano Series. Seven virtuosi will showcase the piano with its unique Golden Tone in a series of seven recitals held at St John’s Smith Square over the 2017/18 season.

From its founding in 1853 by Julius Blüthner, the eponymous firm has remained family-run. Current CEO, Dr Christian Blüthner-Haessler, enjoyed a successful career as a cancer surgeon, before taking the reins in 1996, and being named Businessman of the Year in Germany in 2004 after just 8 years in the industry.

From its inception, Blüthner has been an innovative company, which can be seen today in its impressive range of Design Pianos, and the extraordinary PH Grand. Blüthner has also pushed boundaries exploring the mechanics of tone production, with the creation of the Aliquot string, an added fourth string which vibrates sympathetically, cylindrical soundboards, and angle cut hammers, resulting in a truly special sound.

The starry list of Blüthner advocates includes Brahms, Mahler, Bartók, Debussy, Reger, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liberace, Stevie Wonder, and Ariana Grande.

The seven programmes held at St John’s Smith Square will be performed by outstanding talents from across the world, highlighting the versatility, depth, and character of the Blüthner instrument. Repertoire will include Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven; Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Brahms; Stravinsky and transcriptions of Chinese music; Sjogren, Nielssen, and Nilsson. Tom Poster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective will open the series performing Clara Schumann, Brahms, Schubert, and Robert Schumann.

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(Written on September 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yukata Sado conducts DSO, and Dresdner Symphoniker play at the mexican side of the wall between the USA and Mexico. Mendelssohn and the Protestant Reformation at the centre of Music Festival Speyer, and NSO announces new executive director. Apple unveils a new ‘HomePod’ speaker system, the real-life influence behind ENO’s ‘Yardbird’ opera, ‘One Love’ concert raises £2million for victims of hate attack, and Warner Music Group announce new non-pop division.

The Guardian

My journey to Charlie Parker: ENO’s Yardbird

Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle idolised his jazz-legend friend so much that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use.

M Magazine

‘One Love Manchester’ raises £2million for victims of Manchester bombing attack

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on Sunday has, to date, raised over £2million.

The Week

NYPD sergeant connects with the community through classical music

Over the course of a decade, New York Police Sgt. Chris Yip went from not knowing how to play a note to being a classically trained pianist who performs at venues across New York City to benefit nonprofit organisations.

Billboard.com

Warner Music Group creates arts music division and joint venture with Sh-k-Boom

Kevin Gore joins as as president of new division focusing on classical, musical theatre, jazz and non-pop genres

Independent

Apple-designed ‘HomePod’ is the latest release at the WWDC to join the smart home market

Apple has officially launched HomePod, a Siri-powered talking music system for the home. It looks unusual, like a cross between Google Home and the Mac Pro, wrapped in mesh.

Tagesspiegel

Echos des anderen Amerika – Yutaka Sado dirigiert das DSO

Ein transatlantischer Gedankenflug: Der japanische Dirigent Yutaka Sado und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester zwischen „Apalachian Spring“ und „Aconcagua“

Spiegel.de

Anti-Trump-Konzert am Grenzzaun -Dresdner Sinfoniker in Mexiko

Musizieren gegen Trump: Die Dresdner Sinfoniker traten am Grenzzaun zwischen Mexiko und den USA auf. Ein Parallelkonzert auf der anderen Seite des Bollwerks hatten die US-amerikanischen Behörden verboten.

Concerti

Eine Sinfonie als Glaubensbekenntnis

Das Musikfest Speyer stellt dieses Jahr Mendelssohn und die Reformation ins Zentrum.

Le Monde

Disparition du chef d’orchestre Jeffrey Tate

Le grand chef britannique, qui avait fait une partie de sa carrière en France, s’est éteint en Italie à l’âge de 74 ans, le 2 juin.

The Washington Post

NSO announces new executive director

The National Symphony Orchestra named its next executive director, Gary Ginstling, currently the chief executive of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on Monday morning.

Twitter

Clash Music (@clash_music): Listen: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture is online now and it is simply incredible http://bit.ly/2sMLdLJ

The Telegraph (@TeleMusicNews): ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’: 30 great songs about rain  http://bit.ly/2sMSpI1 

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

Photo credit: Dominic Mercier

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

Twitter

: A view from backstage

: “It is striking how Mancunians have turned to poetry and music” http://bit.ly/2qPpBhh

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

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(Written on June 5, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Leeds announces a piano festival, Classic FM try out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new VR toy, and a music teacher arranges Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester attack. Plus a round-up of summer festivals from around the world, and an obituary of Jiri Belohlavek, who died yesterday aged 71.

International Piano

The Leeds announces annual piano festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced a major partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a new annual piano festival.

Music Teacher

Teacher offers free Ariana Grande arrangement in wake of Manchester attack

Music teacher James Himsworth has arranged Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ for school children as a gesture of support for those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.

Classic FM

We tried out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new virtual reality experience

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, is one of the most digital-savvy music ensembles out there – and now, thanks to their new VR toy, you can experience life in the orchestra.

New York Times

A Summer of Opera, Theatre and Music

A roundup of performing-arts festivals around the world from June through August.

Why Salzburg Is a Must-Visit for Classical Music

It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around the time of the Anschluss in 1938.

El Mundo

La Asamblea de Madrid insta al Gobierno a recuperar la financiación de las escuelas de música y danza

El Pleno de la Asamblea de Madrid aprobó hoy una proposición no de ley, en la que se insta al Gobierno regional a recuperar la financiación autonómica de las Escuelas Municipales de Música y Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, en los niveles que tuvo en el año 2007, que garantice, por un lado, un marco estable de financiación para todos los municipios de la región, y que permita, por otro, el acceso universal a estas enseñanzas.

The Hindu Times

‘Classical music has to change’

A creative mind with a scholarly approach to music, Dr Prabha Atre says just because it’s classical, it doesn’t mean you cannot change things in it.

Musik Heute

Tschechischer Dirigent Jirí Belohlávek (71) gestorben

Der langjährige Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie, Jirí Belohlávek, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. Er habe in der Nacht zu Donnerstag den Kampf mit seiner schweren Krankheit verloren

Tagesspiegel

Placido Domingo feiert 50 Jahre Berlin-Debüt

Gala für das neue Ehrenmitglied: Placido Domingo wird von Daniel Barenboim und der Staatskapelle zu seinem 50. Berlin-Jubiläum gefeiert. 

Zeit

Genialer Glöckner

Der Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard liebt das Zeitgenössische und bekommt nun den Siemens-Musikpreis

Twitter

Music History  in 1909 Birth of British Robin
Classical Music News  NYCGB Auditions 2017: advance notice
Music History  in 1857 Birth of English and conductor Sir Edward William .
Image: The Leeds

(Written on June 2, 2017 )

In today’s news: cast members and audience evacuated from the Royal Opera House London, and violinist William Schaub will be the next concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Paavo Järvi becomes new principal conductor of Tonhalle Zürich Orchestra, and 12 semifinalists are announced for the Cliburn Piano Competition.

BBC News

Royal Opera House cast and audience evacuated

Cast members and theatre-goers were evacuated from the Royal Opera House in London after a fire alarm went off mid-performance.

The Strad

Violinist William Schaub named Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concertmaster

The 24-year-old musician will take up the position from the beginning of next season

MixMag

20 Photos of Haçienda Classiçal at the Royal Albert Hall

The dance music orchestra lit up the iconic London concert venue

Dallas News

Cliburn Piano Competition names 12 pianists to advance to Semifinal Round

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced 12 semifinalists Tuesday night.

Berliner Morgenpost

Museum der Moderne: “Die Musik kommt von innen”

Mit gleich vier Eingängen will sich das Museum der Moderne öffnen. Das soll Bewegung am Berliner Kulturforum schaffen.

Spiegel.de

Ariana Grande tritt mit Coldplay und Justin Bieber auf

Die US-Sängerin Ariana Grande wird am Sonntag ihr Benefizkonzert in Manchester geben. Unterstützt wird sie auf der Bühne unter anderem von Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus und Justin Bieber.

Concerti

Der Estländer soll’s richten

Paavo Järvi wird ab der Spielzeit 2019/20 neuer Chefdirigent und Künstlerischer Leiter des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich

Le Parisien

Spotify scelle un accord de droits avec des artistes américains

Le numéro un mondial du streaming Spotify a accepté de créer un fonds de 43,45 millions de dollars pour mettre fin à une procédure judiciaire potentiellement coûteuse avec des artistes américains, ont indiqué des avocats lundi.

El Mundo

Las escuelas de música y danza de Madrid piden un rescate

Suena una balada melancólica en las escuelas públicas de música y danza desde hace cinco años, cuando la Comunidad de Madrid dejó de financiarlas y los ayuntamiento aplicaron progresivos recortes en aquellos años de crisis que se cebaron con las dotaciones culturales.

Twitter

SWR lädt rund um Pfingsten zum Sommerfestival nach Stuttgart ein – vier Tage Festivalmeile auf dem Schlossplatz

 


Wer von euch hat sich schon die Elbphilharmonie als Tattoo stechen lassen!? Zeigt her eure Arme!

 

Daniel Ek, PDG de Spotify, à Tokyo le 29 septembre 2016 (AFP/TORU YAMANAKA)

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(Written on May 31, 2017 )