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In today’s news: Tibor Varga International Violin Competition’s finalists announced, Canadian orchestra shuts after ‘fat-shaming’ singers, and Enzo Dara has died. Bayreuth festival ends today, Alexander Roslavets wins 3rd prize at Queen Sonja Competition, and Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti competition.

The Times

Turning masterpiece Edinburgh school into a hotel is pointless, says Alexander Armstrong

A plan to convert a masterpiece of Enlightenment architecture in Edinburgh into the new home of St Mary’s Music School has been warmly endorsed by one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters and singers.

The Telegraph

Is Classic FM really a cause for celebration?

As the radio station turns 25, Ivan Hewett asks if what they play is actually ‘classical’ or can we find better elsewhere?

The Violin Channel

Finalists Announced at Switzerland’s Tibor Varga International Violin Competition

The 3 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2017 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais – in Sion, Valais, Switzerland.

Classic FM

Canadian orchestra shuts after ‘fat-shaming’ singers

The Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras in Toronto came under fire after an email came to light in which they asked singers who weren’t ‘fit and slim’ to wear loose clothing.


First Edition of Opera Conductors Competition without First Prize

The very first edition of Concours Fondation Polycarpe, a competition for opera conductors organized by the Royal Opera of Liège, Belgium, ended last weekend with no First Prize.


Enzo Dara has died

The Italian basso buffo who kept audiences laughing for more than 30 years has died at 79.


In Bayreuth endet eine ruhige Festspielzeit

Finale in Bayreuth: An diesem Montag (28. August) enden die diesjährigen Richard-Wagner-Festspiele und damit eine ruhige Saison.

Bass Alexander Roslavets erfolgreich bei der Queen Sonja Competition

Der Bass Alexander Roslavets, seit 2016 Mitglied im Opernensemble der Staatsoper Hamburg, hat beim Gesangswettbewerb “Queen Sonja Music Competition” 2017 den dritten Preis gewonnen.

Emily D’Angelo gewinnt Cesti-Wettbewerb bei den Innsbrucker Festwochen

In einem hochkarätigen Finalkonzert konnte sich die erst 22-jährige kanadische Mezzosopranistin Emily D’Angelo beim Cesti-Gesangswettbewerb im Rahmen der Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik gegen starke Konkurrenz durchsetzen: Sie holte den 1. Platz und den Publikumspreis.


Tagesspiegel Berlin‏ @TspBerlin

Heute vor 54 Jahren hatte auf der Ifa Berlin übrigens die erste Compact Cassette samt Kassettenrekorder Premiere.

finalists Tibor Varga Competition © The Vill Channel







(Written on August 28, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our newest client Anneleen Lenaerts. The 28 year old Belgian harpist is making  a name for herself as one of the leading soloists on her instrument. Since December 2010, Anneleen has been the Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. With her Album ‘Harp Concertos’, she presents a 2015 remastering of fellow Belgian composer, Joseph Jongen’s music. Anneleen has also released two other CDs, ‘Chopin&Liszt’ and a collaboration with oboist Karel Schoofs. She furthermore collaborated with last season’s raising star clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos.

From an early age she started winning an impressive array of prizes, namely 17 prizes between 1997 and 2009, of which the “Grand Prix International Lily Laskine” and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich are particularly outstanding. Since then, she has played in many high-profile venues all over the world, including Wigmore Hall in London and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

Whilst the romantic lyricism of these works is closely associated with the qualities of the harp, it is her virtuosity which gains particular attraction, thanks to Anneleen Lenaerts’ skill and articulation. Highly praised by critics, she is known for her impressive technical ability, her precise playing, variety of tone and excellent musical phrasing. This year she will be touring the USA as well as Germany, Austria and Belgium.

We are very much looking forward to working with Anneleen and to help her getting a bigger audience for her wonderful music. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates and also WildKat PR blog for updates and also Anneleen’s website.

Anneleen Lenaerts

Anneleen Lenaerts

(Written on June 24, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Opera star breaks her leg – but completes the performance

Soprano Christiane Karg dislocated her knee during Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.

Six hundred voices to mark the centenary of the First World War

Young singers from the UK, Germany, France and Belgium will join forces.

The Guardian

John Hurt and Rory Kinnear to be part of BBC Proms

Hurt to narrate text of Henry V to William Walton’s seminal score, while Kinnear will play speaker in Oedipus libretto.

Classic FM

Bristol Proms

Pictures, videos and interviews from this year’s Bristol Proms.

LA Times

Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera calling off fall season

The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will be scrapping its fall seasons this year as the joint company works its way through financial issues. Leaders are deciding when regular performances will resume and are expected to make an announcement within three months.


Begegnungen im Salon

Vormals die größte Ziegelei Norddeutschlands – heute hat Olav Killinger aus der Villa Papendorf einen Konzertsaal gemacht.


Video der Woche: Be happy!

Jetzt hat es der Erfolgssong endlich auch in die Klassikwelt geschafft.

Interview mit Catherine Gordeladze

Geronnene Improvisation – die Pianistin Catherine Gordeladze erkundet den Grenzbereich zwischen Klassik und Jazz.

El Mundo

‘El ballet es menos peligroso que el toreo… aunque algunas bailarinas sí pueden serlo’

Estrella del New York City Ballet desde hace más de diez años, el bailarín español ofrece una única gala en El Escorial


Abbotsford Convent: ‏@TheConvent Music in the Round returns to the Convent. #ClassicalMusic

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms, the wonderful @EUYO and @LDNvoices perform a repertoire of Berio and Shostakovich: 

ClassicalToday: @ClassicalToday Met musician, sworn to silence, tells how opera colours instrumental sound 



Christine Karg and Gyula Orendt, La Finta Giardiniera

Photo: Alastair Muir

(Written on August 5, 2014 )

We are pleased to introduce another interview with young musicians from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Previous interviews have covered the artists’ favourite concerts and performances, music that has been life-changing for them, along with what path their career would follow had they not chosen their first instruments or chosen to pursue music.

This latest video blog introduces the musical past of the young musicians, including the age at which they became involved in music and where they studied.

Keep up to date with news from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel through Facebook, Twitter and regular posts on the regular WildKat PR website.



(Written on May 31, 2013 )

A fortnight ago, we released the first video in our new interview series with the young musicians of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

This week, we asked the talented musicians what piece of music has changed their lives with regards to their musical careers.

Watch the video below for an insight into the musical personalities of young musicians of one of the most prestigious centres of excellence in Europe.

To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their websiteFacebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on April 9, 2013 )

WildKat PR visited Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel recently, and captured some shots of the Music Chapel along with a few interviews with some of the talented young musicians. In the first part of our interview series, the young musicians describe their favourite concerts so far in their musical journeys, along with a few stand-out venues and orchestras with which they have performed.

See the video below for an insight into one of Europe’s most prestigious centres of excellence:


To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their website, Facebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on March 22, 2013 )

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel is pleased to announce a Gala Concert on 17th January 2013, at Brussels’ leading concert hall. The young musicians of the Chapel will perform alongside highly acclaimed cellist, and master in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Gary Hoffman, as well as British conductor Christopher Warren-Green, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Octopus Symphonic Choir. The Music Chapel boats an outstanding roster, including first prize winner of the Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, Pavel Kolesnikov; along with mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, sopranos Diana Gouglina and Anneke Luyten, who all study or have studied under the guidance of José van Dam; as well as tenors Yu Shao and Giovanni Trstacci and bass Charles Dekeyser. The young musicians at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, as part of their exceptional artistic training and musical guidance, perform in an extensive programme of concerts and recitals alongside professional performing musicians.

The Gala Concert will present music from Romantic and Post-Romantic composers; from Schubert’s Mass No.1 in F major to Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1, with works from Bloch. The versatility and technique of the young musicians’ talent will be presented at the Gala Concert, through works by some of the world’s greatest composers, in one of Belgium’s greatest concert venues.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the concert, visit the Bozar website here.

Find the Chapel on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.


The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

(Written on December 5, 2012 )