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We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London from January 2017.

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set quickly
– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
– Personalised creative skills training and coaching
– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’ by 5pm on 12th December 2016.

(Written on November 15, 2016 )

Classical News

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International Arts Manager

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The Guardian

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BBC Music Magazine

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Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker kooperieren mit erster “Pilotschule Kultur”

Die Bamberger Symphoniker haben die Partnerschaft für die erste “Pilotschule Kultur der Stadt Bamberg” übernommen.

Le Monde

Jordi Savall fait crisser sa viole

C’est pour dénoncer « la grave incompétence » du gouvernement de Madrid en matière culturelle et son « manque d’intérêt pour défendre et promouvoir les arts » que Jordi Savall a renoncé, jeudi 30 octobre, au Prix national de la musique.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Composer Harry Gregson-Williams Talks ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Score

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ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Which comes first, the movie or the music?

Classic FM @ClassicFM: So to sum up: pics for #Sax200 #SaxophoneDay And all wrapped up in fabulous @AmyDickson music earlier. @TimLihoreau @klassikinfo: Finalisten für den Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2015 stehen fest. @klassikcom: Interessenverein für Münchener Konzertsaal kritisiert Gasteig-Pläne  #Konzerthaus #Kulturpolitik

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter © Reuters/Joshua Roberts

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter
© Reuters/Joshua Roberts

(Written on November 6, 2014 )

The Guardian

Sex, death and dissonance: the strange, obsessive world of Anton Bruckner

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International Arts Manager

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musik heute

BR-Klassik sucht Nachwuchsjournalisten für Jugendradiotag 2014

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LAPhil: @LAPhil College students: we have summer internships! Learn more, check your eligibility and apply here:

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(Written on April 3, 2014 )

Tomorrow evening the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra begin a five-date tour of Heerlen, Leverkusen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg with their Principal Conductor, Jonathan Nott.

The programme of the concerts in Heerlen, Bruges, Rotterdam and Ludwigsburg includes Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony in E Major. In Leverkusen the programme will see Strauss’s Metamorphosen replaced with Franz Liszt’s Danse Macabre for piano and orchestra as well as Ligeti’s Melodies for orchestra. Joining the orchestra for the Liszt is the outstanding young pianist, Alexander Krichel.

The Bamberg Symphony, which was founded in 1946, has always been known for its extensive international touring and has given more than 6,500 concerts in 60 countries and over 500 cities as Cultural Ambassador for Bavaria. This tour continues this outstanding tradition. Last New Year’s Eve the orchestra received an invitation to Beijing, giving a celebrated and televised concert in the Great Hall of the People. Throughout 2014 the orchestra will continue to share the unique “Bamberg Sound” around the world.

Watch a recent video about the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concerts in Beijing and Bamberg here:

(Written on March 19, 2014 )

On the final day of 2013, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra played two New Year’s concerts almost at the same time – but on two continents. While one half of the orchestra stayed in Bamberg for the traditional New Years Eve concert, the other half travelled to China. In the Great Hall of the People they performed the official Chinese New Year’s concert under the baton of Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott.

Take a look at the video below for a unique type of performance.

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

Der 24jährige Dirigent Lahav Shani ist den Bamberger Symphonikern und dem Bamberger Publikum noch in bester Erinnerung. Im vergangenen Juni gewann er fulminant den ersten Preis des internationalen Gustav-Mahler-Dirigentenwettbewerbs, der seit 2004 von den Bamberger Symphonikern alle drei Jahre ausgerichtet wird. Nun ist er erneut in der Domstadt zu erleben: Noch in der Nacht auf den 19. November reiste er nach Bamberg, um für Gustavo Dudamel in drei Konzerten einzuspringen. Dieser war an Grippe erkrankt und musste die Konzerte kurzfristig absagen. Dudamel, der den ersten Dirigentenwettbewerb 2004 gewonnen hatte, wollte nach 10 Jahren nach Bamberg, einem wichtigen Meilenstein seiner künstlerischen Laufbahn, zurückkehren.

Auch für Lahav Shani nehmen „die Bamberger” eine besondere Stellung innerhalb seiner Karriere ein. 2009 erst begann er sein Dirigierstudium an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler” Berlin, seitdem assistierte er unter anderem Zubin Mehta mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra und zeigt sich nun als Profi am Taktstock.

Seine Rückkehr nach Bamberg gab Anlass, ihn und die Musiker einmal näher zu ihrer Zusammenarbeit zu befragen.

Zwei weitere Konzerte finden am 21.11. in der Alten Oper Frankfurt und am 23.11. in der Konzerthalle Bamberg statt. Das Programm der zwei Abende umfasst Johann Sebastian Bachs Konzert für Klavier und Orchester d-Moll BWV 1052, das Lahav Shani als Solist vom Klavier aus leiten wird, sowie Gustav Mahlers Symphonie Nr. 1 D-Dur “Der Titan”.

Young conductor Lahav Shani steps in for Gustavo Dudamel with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

The 24-year-old conductor Lahav Shani is still remembered by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg audience. Last June he won the first prize of the International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, which, since 2004, has been organised every three years by the Bamberg Orchestra. Now he is once again performing in the cathedral city. In the night of the 19th November he traveled to Bamberg to step in for Gustavo Dudamel in three concerts. Sadly, Dudamel was forced to cancel the concerts last-minute due to a bout of flu. Dudamel, who won the first competition in 2004 was looking forward to returning to Bamberg, the place of a major career milestone 10 years ago.

“The Bamberger” are also of great importance to Lahav Shani, who only began his conducting studies at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin in 2009. Since then, Shani has also assisted Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

His return to Bamberg allowed us to question him and the musicians about their collaboration – see the video above.

Two further concerts take place on 21st November at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and on 23rd November in the Konzerthalle Bamberg. The program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor BWV 1052, which will be conducted by Lahav Shani as soloist from the piano, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan”.


(Written on November 20, 2013 )

Mit großen Erwartungen ging ich zu meinem ersten PROMS-Konzert. Es sollte das Konzert der Bamberger Symphoniker mit dem Arditti Quartet unter Jonathan Nott werden.

Ein Menschenstrom führte mich von der U-Bahn zielgerichtet zur Royal Albert Hall. An allen Eingängen hatten sich bereits Zuschauerschlangen gebildet, die nur darauf warteten, in das Paradies der klassischen Musik einzutauchen. Sieht die Royal Albert Hall bereits von außen sehr prächtig aus, sollte ich bald aus dem Staunen nicht mehr herauskommen. Als sich die letzte Tür vor mir öffnete und ich in den riesigen Saal trat, fühlte ich mich wie Alice im Wunderland, die in einer neuen Welt, abseits des Alltagstrubels, aufwacht. Der Saal erstrahlte in den wundervollsten Farben, die Zuschauerränge zogen sich bis an die Decke und waren auch dort nahezu voll besetzt. Mich empfang eine atemberaubende Atmosphäre, wie ich es bei einem klassischen Konzert noch nie erlebt hatte.

Das Konzert began mit einer britischen Eraufführung von Helmut Lachenmanns Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied und folgte nach einer Pause mit Gustav Mahlers Fünfter Sinfonie. Beide Stücke trugen sowohl eine musikalische Vielfältigkeit als auch einen Kontrastreichtum in sich und zeigten die klangliche Differenziertheit sowie musikalische Vollkommenheit der Bamberger Symphoniker unter Nott. Was mich ebenso begeisterte war die Reaktion der Zuschauer, die der zeitgenössischen Aufführung und dem Ehrengast Lachenmann einen ebenso großen Applaus zukommen ließen wie Mahlers Fünfter. Und auch wenn in der Pause Eis verkauft wurde, Getränke und Sandwiches ohne Scham auch während des Konzerts zu sich genommen werden durften, geschah dies nicht auf Kosten der Musik. Ich selbst wurde Teil einer bedingungslosen Zuwendung zur Musik, Teil dieses Wunderlandes, in das man für mehrere Stunden gezogen wurde.

Der Spuk war vorbei, sobald man die Royal Albert Hall verließ. Zurück blieb aber das Gefühl und die Erinnerung, etwas ganz Einzigartiges an diesem Abend erlebt zu haben. Und der nächste Besuch der PROMS wird sicher nicht lange auf sich warten lassen.



With great expectations, I went to my first PROMS concert – the concert of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with the Arditti Quartet under Jonathan Nott.

A stream of people took me from the underground to the Royal Albert Hall. At all entrances snaking lines of audience members had already formed, just waiting to get into a paradise of classical music. I approach the Royal Albert Hall, already very gorgeous from the outside, knowing there was more to come. When the last door opened before me and I entered the vast hall, I felt like Alice in Wonderland, awakening in a new world away from the daily hustle. The room lit up with the most wonderful colours, the gods reached up to the ceiling and were almost fully occupied. I was welcomed by a breathtaking atmosphere as I had never seen at a classical concert.

The concert began with the British premiere of Helmut Lachenmann’s ‘Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied’ and was followed, after a pause, by Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Both pieces are full of musical diversity and contrasts and show the tonal subtlety and musical perfection of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Nott. What thrilled me was also the reaction of the audience, who gave the same big applause to the contemporary performance and the guest of honour Lachenmann as to Mahler’s Fifth. And even, if in the break ice-cream was sold, and drinks and sandwiches were allowed to be consumed during the concert without shame, this was not done at the expense of the music. I myself was part of an unconditional devotion to the music, part of this wonderland into which one was pulled for several hours.

The dream was over as soon as I left the Royal Albert Hall, but the feeling and the memory of having experienced something unique that night has stayed. My next visit to the PROMS will surely not be long in coming.



(Written on July 18, 2013 )