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The ninth Planet Tree Music Festival kicks off tomorrow, running until 26th October in Hampstead, North London.


Founder and composer Lawrence Ball has curated the festival with the aim of creating an immersive experience for those wishing to connect to a higher sphere through deep engagement with classical music. Audiences are encouraged to lie down, meditate and experience the sound worlds presented, championing an alternative way of listening. The outdated rules employed in traditional concert halls are discarded in favour of a more accessible experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation. 

Similar in format to Max Richter’s sold-out ‘Sleep’, the 2017 Planet Tree Music Festival offers concert attendees the opportunity to lie down and relax into cosmic sound worlds, with a host of international musicians performing music specially written for this year’s programme.

 

The festival was opened by Terry Riley in 1996, establishing its ethos and reputation as one that showcases tonal, non-elitist contemporary music. The programme deals with the brighter side of contemporary classical music, featuring pieces by popular composers including Max Richter and Arvo Pärt.

Collaborator and performer James D’Angelo says: “The Planet Tree Music Festival has established a new forum for contemporary music that returns music to its spiritual roots and gets people in touch with their souls hungry for impressions of who and what they are… No composer could ask for anything more than the refined atmosphere that is the Planet Tree Music Festival.”

Tickets can be purchased on the door of each of the venues, namely the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel and All Hallows Church, Hampstead. Full concert details can be found here.

WildKat has, so far, secured coverage for Planet Tree Music Festival in PRS M Magazine, Culture Whisper, International Arts Manager, and local newspaper Camden New Journal. Stay tuned for more!

(Written on October 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR is very excited to announce that we are working with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognised as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. The Cliburn aims to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists.

In addition to the competition, the Cliburn established the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 1999, which The Boston Globe proclaimed “a celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what.” Then in January 2014, it announced the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Competition and Festival.

Since its inception in 1962, the Cliburn has remained committed not only to identifying young pianists who represent the highest in artistic achievement, but also to nurturing these artists and launching their careers. To this end, the Cliburn arranges for hundreds of recital, festival, and orchestra concert engagements across the United States for the winners in the three years following the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Medalists are also available for solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts, as well as for master classes, outreach activities, and other education programs.

Vadym Kholodenko, age 26 Ukraine, performs in the first Preliminary Recital of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA on Saturday May 25, 2013. (Photo Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn)

(Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn)

WildKat is looking forward to working with Cliburn on its launch event taking place in London in January 2017, as well as running press campaigns in the UK and Germany for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which will run from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

See the Cliburn’s website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as WildKat PR Blog, for its latest news .

(Written on October 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus, Jonathan Groves launches his own artist management company, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary. Also, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra adds new principal violin, and Jakub Hrůša makes his debut as new chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony with three inaugural concerts.

The Post and Courier

Expose the kids to classical music at Little Mozart Circus

Chamber Music Charleston presents the Little Mozart Circus on Saturday at Marion Square. Mozart is considered a musical genius, so why not introduce your child to the advantages of learning and appreciating classical music?

Classical Music Magazine

Launch of Groves Artists

Jonathan Groves has launched his own artist management company after more than four decades with Ingpen & Williams. Groves Artists will continue to work for the artists previously represented by Ingpen & Williams.

The Pulse

Classical Music Is Alive and Well

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is celebrating their 84th anniversary this year, and will be kicking off their new season Thursday evening at the historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga.

VC Reporter

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN | Ojai’s classical music series kicks off its 2016-17 season with violinist Itamar Zorman, pianist Kwan Yi

The Ojai Valley, long known for it’s modern classical music leanings with the world-renowned annual Ojai Music Festival, will soon be filled with the sounds of more traditional classical sounds throughout the coming year.

The Morning Call

Classical: Allentown Symphony presents music from Oscar films

On Saturday, September 24, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Ronald Demkee, will present a program of favorite music from Oscar-winning films.

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SPCO adds new principal violin

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has named Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana its newest principal violin. The position will have leadership, solo and chamber music opportunities while splitting the more traditional second violin duties with fellow principal violin Kyu-Young Kim.

CMUSE

How Holst’s Jupiter influenced film and video game scores

Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity” is the central movement of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite and has the most varied melodic structure: with its Stravinsky-like ostinati and syncopation and a central melody as solemn as an anthem, it constitutes the quintessential early-20th-century English composition.

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Neue Musik trifft Facebook: Noch zehn Tage Einreichungsfrist für den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award

Auch in diesem Jahr vergibt die Christoph und Stephan Kaske Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit der neuen musikzeitung wieder den JukeBoxx NewMusic Award für Komponisten zeitgenössischer Musik.

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Antrittskonzerte von Jakub Hrůša mit den Bamberger Symphonikern

Am ersten Oktober-Wochenende gibt Jakub Hrůša seinen Einstand als neuer Chefdirigent der 1946 gegründeten Bamberger Symphoniker mit gleich drei Antrittskonzerten. Das erste überträgt BR-Klassik live am 30. September aus der Konzerthalle Bamberg.

RBB Kulturradio

Kurt Sanderling wird mit Gedenktafel geehrt

Eine Gedenktafel erinnert künftig an den langjährigen Chefdirigenten des Berliner Sinfonie-Orchesters Kurt Sanderling. Kulturstaatssekretär Renner wird am Freitag am letzten Wohnhaus Sanderlings die Tafel enthüllen.

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Reeperbahn Festival @Reeperbahn_Fest Today we will be audio live streaming selected sessions of the Conference programme!

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Krise beim – erhellender Kommentar dazu von Kultur-Korrespondentin Maria

NDR Kultur @ndrkultur Alle Tage, alle Perlen: das Beste des – ausgewählt von den Musikexperten http://bit.ly/2d3oAgt

Dirigent J. Hrusa in Bamberg

Jakub Hrusa, Photo: Andreas Herzau / Bamberger Symphoniker

(Written on September 22, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to welcome Berlin-based record label Neue Meister.

Neue Meister was created by Edel and presents some of the most important composers of the modern day: the old masters of tomorrow. Introducing the new generation of composers, who represent a breath of fresh air for the classical music sector by combining the classical tradition with new musical influences.

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Neue Meister‘s roster includes artists such as Sven Helbig, Arash SafaianJohannes MotschmannTamar Halperin and Christian Jost as well as festivals Castelbuono in Italy and Womad Festival in the United Kingdom. WildKat PR will handle the PR for Neue Meister in the United Kingdom and the USA.

Keep up to date with news from Neue Meister through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog, and look out for upcoming releases.

(Written on July 29, 2016 )

Grammy-award winning a cappella group Pentatonix perform their original song “Can’t Sleep Love”. The five young artists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, all with amazing musical backgrounds, had their breakthrough in 2011.

They are platinum selling artists, they have sold more than 2 million albums in the U.S., won a Grammy award, sold out venues worldwide and reached over 1.1 billion views on their YouTube channel (with 9 Millions subscribers).

The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.

 

(Written on October 23, 2015 )

It is with great excitement that we introduce Helios Collective’s two upcoming events: Toi Toi and Formations masterclasses.

Helios Collective has earned a reputation for putting on bold projects and quality productions, working from the ground up. Founded in 2012, this company has continued to provide opportunities for young artists across a wide creative spectrum. Helios’s diverse programming caters for both people who appreciate high-quality productions, but also those looking for new experiences and hoping to explore music beyond the traditional canon. Working as a tight-knit operative, Helios achieves artistic excellence in every aspect, successfully inspiring and supporting people from diverse backgrounds

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Its founder, Ella Marchment, has wide-ranging experiences as both a director and designer, and has worked on over 50 productions internationally. Ella’s sublime leadership has been noted by many: Stephen Barlow – the artistic director of Buxton Festival – praised Ella for creating a ‘surprisingly invigorating and fresh event… [and] stretching the boundaries to breaking point between high art and accessibility’.

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The first of Helios Collective’s innovative upcoming events is Toi Toi, which will stage opera as you’ve never seen it before: in a nightclub! Leave your suit and tie behind and let the Helios Collective take you on a unique 2-day musical safari from London to Jamaica, and from Finland to Brazil. Toi Toi returns to the heart of Peckham, offering an exciting evening of electric opera, mixed with rock, bossa nova, pop-fusion, jazz, reggae and more.

Through this experimental event, Helios hopes to demonstrate the relevance of opera to modern audiences, making it accessible for new generations. Join them on 28th and 29th October at CLF Art Café for an opera experience like no other. Click attending on the Facebook Event to get the latest information, and remember to bring your dancing shoes for the after-party on the final night!

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Helios Collective’s second exciting upcoming event, Formations masterclasses, gives you the opportunity to contribute to a new opera production. Take part in a six-day masterclass programme from 6th – 13th November, and share your ideas with top UK classical music influencers and emerging artists. The programme will end with a triple-bill performance at the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square on 13th November, in front of a panel with Kasper Holten, Stephen UnwinStephen Barlow and Bettina Bartz. Formation masterclasses offer a unique chance to be part of the opera community, and take part in workshops on opera composing, directing, conducting and singing, led by top classical music figures.

The Formations masterclasses will also feature three new opera commissions: Glasstown – composed by Leo Geyer, words by Martin KratzThe Exile – composed by Solfa Carlile, words by Gillian Pencavel, and IO Transfigured – composed by Daniel Chappell, words by Dominic Grove. Get your tickets here!

heliosFor more information, follow the Helios Collective on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out their website for more information on these fabulous upcoming events!

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, Opera Holland Park announces independence, Ivan Hewett explains how ancient barriers to classical music no longer exist & Radio 3 announces a new generation of artists

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti to become vice-president of National Children’s Orchestra

The violinist has announced that she is to become vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, an ensemble which played an important part in her early musical life

Classical Music Magazine

Opera Holland Park announces independence

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has formally become an independent charity. The change in status comes after nearly 20 years as a department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will continue to perform in its current venue and will maintain its founding values

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces new generation of artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven artists that will be taking part in its prestigious New Generation Artists from 2015-2017. They are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, trombonist Peter Moore and the Van Kuijk String Quartet

The Telegraph

Classical music’s final frontier comes crashing down

Last month, two ancient barriers to classical music came crashing down. The Last night of the Proms was conducted by a woman, for only the second time. The next day Chineke!, the world’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, made its debut at the Southbank Centre in London

Classical Music Magazine

Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression

Klassik Akzente 

Am 2. Oktober wird der Geiger Daniel Hope mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis Pro Arte ausgezeichnet. Der Preis fügt sich wunderbar in die lange Liste begehrter Auszeichnungen, die seine Karriere säumen

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Das New York Philharmonic Orchestra hat zur Saisoneröffnung bekannt gegeben, die größte individuelle Spende seiner Geschichte erhalten zu haben. Oscar Schafer, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats des Orchesters, spendete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau 25 Millionen US-Dollar

La Vanguardia

La cantante ha colaborado con el tenor en una canción que se incluirá en su nuevo disco. El inesperado dúo ha grabado una canción que se incluirá en el nuevo trabajo del tenor, Cinema, y ha sido compuesta por uno de los más prestigiosos autores de bandas sonoras: Ennio Morricone

The New York Times

Now New York City’s other other opera company is closing. Gotham Chamber Opera, a small, imaginative troupe that had seemed poised to fill some of the void after New York City Opera closed in 2013, announced on Thursday that it would shut down

Twitter

Arts Council England @ace_international  because it employs thousands of people across England – inc. in isolated areas like Keswick 

The Journal of Music @journalofmusic Video: What will developments in data science to do music listening?

Gewandhausorchester @Gewandhaus From 21-23 Oct musicians will give public masterclasses with students of the .

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Pictured: Nicola, after performing with the members of the National Children’s Orchestra

Photo: Alex von Koettlitz

 

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

Our WildKat Berlin office is looking for an intern to join us soon!

WildKat PR sucht ab sofort eine Praktikantin/einen Praktikanten zur Unterstützung der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit Schwerpunkt Musik am Standort Berlin. In dieser Position assistieren Sie den Account Managers bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung kreativer PR-Kampagnen für Kunden aus der klassischen wie zeitgenössischen Musik. Sie sollten daher eine große Begeisterung für Kultur, klassische Musik und die darstellenden Künste mitbringen und Spaß an kreativen Herausforderungen haben. Eine Affinität zu Online-Medien ist ebenfalls wünschenswert.

Ihre Aufgaben:
– Assistenz der Account Manager bei der Umsetzung internationaler PR-Kampagnen
– Pflege des Agentur-Blogs und der Social Media-Auftritte (u.a. Facebook und Twitter)
– 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 Bereichen Musikindustrie und Kultur
– Teilnahme an Kundenveranstaltungen während und außerhalb der Bürozeiten
– Assistenz täglicher Agenturabläufe des Berliner Büros

Ihr Profil:
– Sehr gute Kenntnisse und Begeisterung für klassische Musik, Kunst, Kultur und PR
– Erste praktische Erfahrungen im Bereich Kulturmanagement und/oder Presse-und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
– Sehr gute administrative und organisatorische Fähigkeiten
– Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeit (auf deutsch und englisch)
– 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

Zeitraum: ab sofort für 3 Monate, Vollzeit

Vergütung: 400€ monatlich

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben bis zum 20. September 2015 mit dem Betreff „Praktikum” per E-Mail an Carolin Denz (carolin@wildkatpr.com).

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

A very exciting initiative launched yesterday, 26th January 2015: Musical Orbit. The website is offering musicians the opportunity to book one-to-one lessons, as well as free webinars and masterclasses with some of the top principal players from major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Whether you have an audition, final exam or recital, through Musical Orbit you can receive bespoke feedback from industry experts on your playing to allow you to perform to your absolute best.

This opportunity means Musical Orbit is also a central online hub, allowing musicians to connect, for young artists to build relationships within the industry and to receive playing tips. Professional musicians wanting to give back to the industry can do so in their own time, anywhere in the world. The hub will also provide discounts to the most popular concerts, with promo codes that are available only on the Music Orbit website.

To celebrate this exciting project, Musical Orbit is offering the chance to win FREE music lessons if you sign up before next Monday (2nd February 2015). Get yourself over there quickly to be mentored by some of the best classical musicians in the world!

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Keep up to date with news from Musical Orbit through their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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(Written on January 27, 2015 )

Kickstart your funding! Current crowdfunded projects.

In an article on Forbes telling ‘How to Crowdfund $50,000 In Your Spare Time’, it is concluded that ‘if you do it right, a successful crowdfunding campaign can help launch your idea to the world’, something which has inspired numerous creative projects around the globe to turn to the general public for the funds they need to get a campaign off the ground.

WildKat PR Director, Kat Alder gives this advice: ‘Know the people you are targeting and know your audience demographic well, you can then appeal to them in the rewards on your crowdfunding page – it’s a fantastic benefit to Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and the rest, that you can give back to those supporting you!’

A few WildKat PR clients are currently using this great initiative for their upcoming projects:

Brooklyn Rider‘s new Kickstarter campaign has a fundraising target of $40,000, which will enable the group to produce a diverse body of work directly related to fifteen new pieces commissioned from musicians operating outside of the classical world (including Deerhoof’s drummer, Greg Saunier, Padma Newsome of Clogs, and Glenn Kotche from Grammy Award-winner Wilco). Each composer was asked to capture the spirit of a personally influential artistic figure, active within the last 50 years, in their music – these range from Igor Stravinsky to John Steinbeck or James Brown. Once funded, Brooklyn Rider will release the new works throughout the 2014-15 season, via YouTube, social media, their website and Kickstarter. The culmination will be an exciting, interactive coffee table book.

For donations between $1 and $10,000 contributors will receive anything from heartfelt thanks, a copy of the Almanac CD, T-shirts, limited edition “Brooklyn Rider Almanac” coffee beans, to a private concert in your front room! Brooklyn Rider’s last Kickstarter campaign, back in 2012, raised $50,565. Well over their $30,000 goal!

Crowdfunding is even seeping its way into the world of music education. A very special upcoming performance by In Harmony Telford and Stoke at the Incorporated Society of Musicians conference this April is being supported through IndieGoGo.

The campaign will give 70 young musicians the opportunity to premiere a new piece of music by the rising-star composer Kirsty Devaney. The piece by the 23-year-old composer is being written especially for the young people of In Harmony and will receive its world premiere performance at a special concert in Birmingham on April 16th.

Their fantastic range of rewards includes: exclusive access to a video recording of the world premiere performance, a ticket to see the premiere live in concert, a credit as a supporter within the score of the new piece as well as the opportunity to solely support a specific section of the orchestra.

The project has a goal of just £5000, support this great initiative here.

Follow Brooklyn Rider on Facebook and Twitter, follow In Harmony Telford and Stoke on Facebook and Twitter also.

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Brooklyn Rider

In Harmony Telford and Stoke

In Harmony Telford and Stoke

(Written on March 27, 2014 )