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Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

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Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

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Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

The musical and environmental mindfulness of John Luther Adams

The activist and composer is inspired by the natural processes he sees all around him – but refuses to let politics take charge of the music

The Times

Richard Morrison: Classical music cannot turn a deaf ear to sexual abuse

The recent film Whiplash has put psychological abuse in music firmly into the public consciousness

Classic FM

Andrew Collins joins Classic FM as new host of Saturday Night at the Movies

Award-winning writer and Film Editor for Radio Times to host weekly film music programme.

BBC News Magazine

The Iranian and Israeli who make chamber music together

Mahan Esfahani and Avi Avital are an unusual musical partnership.

Classical Music Magazine

Mark Simpson joins BBC Phil as composer in association

The BBC Philharmonic has announced that 26-year-old Mark Simpson will be its new composer in association, with a term beginning in September 2015 and ending in 2019.

Süddeutsche.de

Furioses Instrumentalduo rockt auf zwei Cellos

Zwei junge kroatische Musiker begeistern unter dem passenden Namen “2Cellos” die Musikwelt.

Die Welt

Sie ist einfach immer die Süßeste

Wer sich mit Luciano Pavarotti schon die Milch teilte, muss einfach Sängerin werden: Die wundervolle Sopranistin Mirella Freni, die zärtlich großäugige Mimì für Generationen, feiert 80. Geburtstag.

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ECHO 2015

Und die Nominierten sind…

BMW WELT JAZZ AWARD 2015

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2015 unter dem Motto „Playing my Guitar“

Le Figaro

José Van Dam, le maître chanteur

INTERVIEW - Pour les 75 ans du baryton-basse, Warner Classics lui consacre un coffret d’anthologie dans sa nouvelle collection « Autograph ». L’occasion de revenir sur sa carrière et de refaire le monde de l’opéra.

El Mundo

Palabras que son notas que son Historia

Tomás Marco relaciona en un curso obras literarias y musicales con su propio contexto en un ciclo en la Casa del Lector.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: 12 pictures to prove Jonas Kaufmann is the best-looking man in classical music: http://classfm.co/4N1Kha 

The National Lottery @TNLUK: From the @RoyalOperaHouse to singing groups for the elderly, you’ve helped fund 16,900 music projects…pass us a recorder #ThankYouThursday

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: Explore the rich history & architecture of #SouthbankCentre on one of our fascinating tours: http://j.mp/SCtours 

db65efe1-8698-4df4-8511-4bb9b26f88b0-1020x612‘If my work doesn’t function as music, then all the poetic programme notes and extra-musical justifications in the world mean nothing’ … John Adams. Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images

(Written on February 27, 2015 )

Last night, the 7th December 2014, the WildKat PR team had the pleasure of attending our client, mandolin player Avi Avital‘s concert with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with its wooden structure and beautiful gold patterned backdrop perfectly complimented the mainly baroque programme whilst the candlelight atmosphere added to the sound of the mandolin and harpsichord and transported us back to the world of stately court dances and Shakespeare. All that was missing was the fashion of the day.

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photocredit: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

There was a clear camaraderie and friendship between Avi and Mahan with plenty of knowing looks during the pieces, hugs during applause and banter inbetween pieces. One exchange was particularly amusing with Mahan, whilst Avi was re-tuning, commenting: ‘you only have six strings, you should try a hundred!’ Indeed, both mandolin and harpsichord performed centre stage solos but were equal partners when playing together. It was clear why Avi has been described by The New York Times as having ‘stunning agility;’ I was sure he was going to break a string during the first Allegro of Scarlatti’s Sonata for Mandolin and Basso Continuo in D minor (K90). Similarly, according to Mahan’s twitter page (@MahanEsfahani)  he has been described by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja.’ I’m sure the whole audience can affirm that; he made the instrument sound elegant and sophisticated whilst driving the tempo.

A particular highlight for me was Beethoven’s Andante Con Variazioni, D-Dur WoO 44/2 for mandolin and harpsichord. When I first saw this on the programme I was intrigued as I was unaware that Beethoven wrote for such instruments. Avi and Mahan told us that Beethoven had indeed composed four Sonatinas for mandolin and harpsichord and a recently discovered letter, penned by the composer himself, had revealed that they were intended as a love poem to his nineteen-year-old crush. Beethoven and the lucky lady would have played the music together as an act of intimacy in a society with rigid restrictions on the interactions between men and women. Knowing the story behind the work, we were able to hear the ‘flirtations’ between the instruments as both showed off in an attempt to impress the other.

Another noteworthy moment was Avi’s own and (he admits) only composition Kedma. Meaning, ‘Eastwards’ or ‘towards the orient’ in Hebrew, Kedma certainly conjured up exotic scenes through the sound of the mandolin itself, pentatonic influences and dissonant chords. This was all to the thrill of the audience, one of whom shouted: ‘when is the premier of opus 2?’

All in all, we had a very musical and informative afternoon with two of the best musicians in the world. WildKat PR looks forward to more.

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Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani at the Bristol Proms 2014. Photo: SWNS found at Universal.de

 

 

(Written on December 8, 2014 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

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At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort to play pianist Van Cliburn in new film

The 20-year-old heartthrob is set to play the title role in the Cold War film, based on a book by Howard Reich.

The Guardian

Soprano Karita Mattila: ‘It’s never too late for a debut’

At 53, the great soprano Karita Mattila can still take her pick of the big parts. She explains why she’s raring to play one of opera’s great monsters.

Classical Music Magazine

Michael Elliott to leave RSNO, becoming ABRSM chief executive

Michael Elliott, currently chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been appointed chief executive of exam board ABRSM. He will take over the role from the retiring Leslie East in January 2015.

Deceptive Cadence

What’s Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

Wednesday, Sotheby’s auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari. The minimum bid is $45 million. If it sells, it will be the most expensive instrument of any kind in history.

Epoch Times

Caroline Cole: First Harpist to Win Virginia Parker Prize

Cole is the first harpist ever to win the prize, which is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician, instrumentalist, or conductor under the age of 32 “who demonstrates outstanding talent and musicianship,” the website says.

The New York Times

Mediations and Mutiny Backstage

Glenn Dicterow Discusses Leaving New York Philharmonic

The New York Times

John McClure Dies at 84; Produced Classic Records

John McClure, a producer and engineer who helped shape some of the most celebrated classical recordings of the 20th century, including acclaimed sessions with Bruno Walter, Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, died on June 17 at his home in Belmont, Vt. He was 84.

Listen Magazine

In a Different Light

Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital discusses the rich history of his instrument; the nonexistent border between folk and classical; transcriptions and commissions; embedding nuance; and the artistic persona.

Die Zeit

Die 3 Tenöre: Die drei Mannschaftsgeister

1,3 Milliarden Zuschauer verfolgten 1994 das Konzert der “3 Tenöre” am Vorabend der WM-Eröffnung. Aus aktuellem Anlass wurde der Mitschnitt des Abends neu veröffentlicht.

Die Welt

“Wagners Werk hat mich verführt”

Der Opernregisseur Otto Schenk kehrt mit einer allerletzten Arbeit an die Wiener Staatsoper zurück. Ein Gespräch über nuschelnde Schauspieler, Wotans Aktenkoffer und Richard Wagner als Märchenonkel.

Berliner Zeitung

Prozess gegen Wiener Burgtheater: Ex-Intendant fordert Entschädigung

Gut vier Jahre lang arbeitete Matthias Hartmann als Intendant für das Wiener Burgtheater. Jetzt fordert er von seinem früheren Arbeitgeber eine Entschädigung in Millionenhöhe. Eine schnelle Einigung scheint nicht in Sicht.

Twitter

M Magazine: @M_magazinePRS Naomi Belshaw is @PRSForMusic‘s new #classical account manager – check out her exclusive M playlist http://ow.ly/yov2B  

Classical Ear: ‏@ClassicalEar  Looking for music and overwhelmed by choice? Cut through #iTunes chaos with the #Classical Ear app. http://georiot.co/2wdj  

Judy Grahame: @MCSaatchiArts  Learn about #classical music,with the @TomService music blogs, this one on Schubert’s Great C major symphony. http://ow.ly/ygpTe
 

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Photograph: Classic FM

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(Written on June 25, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome hugely celebrated mandolinist Avi Avital to its client roster. Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and entrepreneurial musicians. Deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and commissioning new works in a range of genres, Avi has performed throughout the major international concert halls and festivals.

Avi records exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon and has released a recording of Bach concertos and an album ‘Between Worlds’, which integrates folk and classical music from the first half of the 20th century.

With an extensive touring schedule for summer and autumn 2014 including Wilderness Festival, Bristol Proms and a Wigmore Hall recital in the UK, and particularly focusing on his  ‘Between Worlds’ album in Europe, WildKat PR will be working with Avi to raise his profile in international press in advance of a major new release in 2015.

With multiple performances, albums and projects simmering, Avi is single-handedly re-discovering, re-vitalising and re-inventing the mandolin.

For more information please visit his website.

© Uwe Avens DG

© Uwe Avens DG

(Written on May 27, 2014 )