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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”











Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.


(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Accentus Music, in co-production with SRF and ARTE, is filming a Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado. This concert will be streamed live on arte Concert on April 6th 2014 at 4pm CEST. You can access the live stream here.

Performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the programme for the concert includes Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which Abbado conducted during the final performance of his career in Lucerne in August 2013. Fittingly, no-one will take Abbado’s place on the podium for this work, for the musicians wish to perform this music in his spirit, without any other conductor.

Following this, Bruno Ganz, who visited Abbado just a few days before his death and read him verses by Hölderlin, will recite one of these poems. The concert continues with Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto performed by Isabelle Faust, which is dedicated “to the memory of an angel.” Finally, the orchestra will perform the finale from Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, which the composer originally planned to title “What love tells me.” The works by Berg and Mahler will be conducted by Andris Nelsons.

Claudio Abbado

(Written on April 4, 2014 )

WildKat PR is pleased to announce that we are now working with world-renowned violinist Daniel Hope on his European-based projects.

WildKat PR will be managing Daniel Hope’s communications and media strategy across Europe, with a particular emphasis on the UK. 21C Media Group will continue to manage Mr. Hope’s North American press and media.

Following on from his highly successful recording of “Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons”, Daniel Hope will be releasing “Spheres” (Deutsche Grammophon) on 15th February 2013. The album is an anthology of music from Bach to Gabriel Prokofiev examining Pythagoras’ “Musica Universalis” theory that planetary movements create sound. It features a wide range of genres, from core repertoire such as Bach and Fauré, to new compositions written by younger composers especially for Hope (Gabriel Prokofiev and Alex Baranowski) and works by established contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass.

Highlights from Daniel Hope’s forthcoming season include; two carte blanche concerts performing and presenting with conductor Alexander Shelley and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester; launching Sweden’s first ever Yellow Lounge on January 10th 2013; a recital at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional and a concert in Munich to celebrate the release of “Spheres” on 18th March 2013. Marking his tenth anniversary as Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival USA, Mr. Hope will host two weeks of curated programmes culminating in a performance of Brahms and Beethoven featuring renowned mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter in March and April 2013. From the beginning of the current season at Lucerne’s KKL Concert Hall, Daniel Hope also becomes Principal Guest Artist of the Lucerne Festival Strings. The position has been specifically created for Hope and he will play and direct the orchestra in various concerts throughout the year, including a performance at the Lucerne Festival 2013.

Daniel Hope is a renowned interpreter of the work of Benjamin Britten. His 2004 recording of Berg and Britten’s violin concertos garnered such praise as being not only played to technical perfection but with its poignant emotional content – realised to the full’ by The Sunday Telegraph and was declared ‘an excellent one’ by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with the ‘agony of the movement’ said to be overwhelming as he does not resort to a distorting eccentricity.’ To celebrate Britten’s 2013 centenary, Daniel Hope will be performing Britten’s violin concerto with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner in February and on tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in April.

In addition to the Savannah Music Festival, Hope is also Artistic Director of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany which presents 125 concerts to over 70,000 visitors across the summer, and where he will complete his tenure in 2013. Future festival plans include Hope taking up a position as Artist in Residence at the Meraner Musikwochen in Italy in September 2013, as well taking over the direction of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele from 2015 with Thomas Hengelbrock, Chief Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Balthasar Neumann Ensemble.

Daniel Hope is also a prolific writer and has published three bestselling books, including Familienstücke, a family memoir; Wann Darf Ich Klatschen? – a guide for concert-goers and Toi Toi Toi!, a collection of small mishaps and giant disasters in the classical music world. Demonstrating his immense versatility, Hope’s latest book, due to be published in 2014 by German publisher Rowohlt, explores the fascinating topic of exiled Jewish musicians, artists and writers who ended up in Hollywood before the Second World War. Readers can also enjoy Daniel Hope’s monthly columns in the German magazines “Crescendo” and “Cicero”.

Daniel Hope is at work on several compelling television projects, including a major documentary for the Bayerischer Rundfunk about the Theresienstadt concentration camp, which tells the story through the eyes of two musician survivors; Coco Schumann and Alice Herz-Sommer. Other projects include a documentary for ARTE, which explores the mysteries of the violin world, to be broadcast in Spring 2013.

For further information on “Spheres” please visit the Deutsche Grammophon website here.

To stay updated with all of Daniel Hope’s upcoming projects please visit his official website here.


Upcoming dates:

December 7th 2012: Tampere, Finland
Tampere Hall
With Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu
Berg Violin Concerto ‘To the memory of an angel’

December 15th, 2012: Release of “Spheres” eSingle: “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi

December 19th & 20th 2012: New York, USA
Le Poisson Rouge
With Max Richter & Ensemble LPR
Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

December 22nd 2012: New York, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With the Salome Chamber Orchestra
All Bach Concert: Violin Concerto in A minor, Triple Concerto in D major, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

December 31st 2012: Berlin, Germany
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 1st 2013: Berlin, Germany
With the Berliner Konzerhausorchester and Alexander Shelley

January 9th 2013: Stockholm, Sweden
With Alexander Shelley and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Korngold Violin Concerto
Rózsa Love Theme from Ben Hur
Morricone Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Bateman Williams arr., Theme from Schindler’s List

January 18th 2013: Olten, Switzerland
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 26th 2013: Frankfurt, Germany
Alte Oper
With Festival Strings Lucerne
Josef Suk: Meditation on the old Bohemian carol “St. Wenceslas” op. 35 a
J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 1041
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for flute, violin and harpsichord in D major BWV 1050
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E minor op. 22

January 29th 2013: Madrid, Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música
With Sebastian Knauer
Mendelssohn: Sonata for violin and piano in F Major
Schulhoff: Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
Stravinski: Russian Song
Messiaen: Praise to the Immortality of Jesus (Quartet for the End of Time 1941)
Ravel: Kaddish
Dauber: Serenade for Violin and Piano
Weill: Selection from the Threepenny Opera
Gershwin: ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Rhythm’

January 31st 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 1st, 2013: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Auditorio de Galicia
With Philip Dukes and Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Britten: Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

February 15th, 2013: “Spheres” – International Release

February 15th & 16th, 2013: Indianapolis, USA
Hilbert Circle Theater
With the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Urbanski
Bruch: Violin Concerto no. 1

February 19th 2013: Zurich, Switzerland
With Klaus Maria Brandauer
“Don Juan” in word and music

February 27th & 28th, 2013: Gothenburg, Sweden
With Edward Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Britten Violin Concerto
Schubert / Berio: Rendering

Photo Credit: Harald Hoffman

(Written on December 10, 2012 )


Vladimir Ashkenazy to conduct Nimrod Borenstein premiere

Ashkenazy will also conduct the composer’s The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe, Op 52 – hear an excerpt!

Music Teacher Magazine

Whitgift School launches International Music Competition

Whitgift School, an independent boys’ secondary school in South Croydon, has launched a new International Music Competition, offering music scholarships as prizes.

Standpoint Magazine

The Podium Revolution

It used to be policemen that kept get- ting younger. Now, it’s conductors.

Slipped Disc 

While waiting for this violin concerto, you may grow very old

On Sunday, I heard Leonidas Kavakos give an unduly restrained performance of the Berg concerto with the LSO. He should have been playing the UK premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s new concerto, but it wasn’t ready

Deceptive Cadence

The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

The Peony Pavilion is one of China’s most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours.

Bleader, Chicago Reader

Cringing at the opera

Some of the scariest opera moments ever might be coming up Sunday, when Lyric Opera invites the kiddies in forPopcorn & Pasquale, a 70-minute “opera adventure” designed to introduce five- to 12-year-olds to the art form, which they can then begin to enjoy right along with their great-grandparents.

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise festival: what’s your favourite piece of 20th-century music?

In anticipation of the Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest is Noise festival, conductors, musicians and artists share their favourite classical works from a century of musical turbulence

New Music Box

String Quartet Smackdown! In Austin

How many times during a heated debate about chamber music have you longed for a pair of boxing gloves or perhaps a cricket bat? In the topsy-turvy world of new music, sometimes having a solid piece of wood in your hand can be quite useful.

BBC Music Magazine

New pipe organ commissioned as a gift for the Queen

The Lord Mayor of London has commissioned a new organ to be installed in Westminster Abbey to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

New Music Box

(Written on November 30, 2012 )


Ashley Wass signs three-disc partnership with Orchid Classics

Pianist records transcriptions of Beethoven and Bach, alongside Busoni, Berg and Barber

Emphasis on the new at ROH season launch

Opera and ballet directors unite to take risks during the Royal Opera House’s 2012/13 season

Classic FM

Fifty Shades keeps Tallis Scholars in Classical charts

The Tallis Scholars currently hold two places in the UK Classical Charts thanks to the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Slipped Disc, Arts Journals

Missing: An American composer’s baton and some of his scores

Police in the Philadelphia area are on the lookout for the missing baton of Victor Herbert, composer of Naughty Marietta, cellist in the New York Philharmonic and inspiration of Dvorak’s great concerto.


Top artists attack ‘obfuscating’ Creative Scotland in open letter

An open letter signed by 100 of Scotland’s most respected artists has been published in the Scotsman, expressing ‘dismay at the ongoing crisis at Creative Scotland’, the national arts quango which has been under fire for its revamped commissioning processes and a lack of transparency.

LA Times

L.A. Philharmonic kills series of live broadcasts to cinemas

L.A. Phil President Deborah Borda says that L.A. Phil Live was unable to get a sponsorship and that the orchestra is considering future one-off presentations.

Albawaba Entertainment

Children of Cairo get classical

They say classical music makes your child smarter. Apparently, many mothers in Egypt agree.

The Strad

String players in Internet2 demo

Violinist and cellist perform duet in real time 820 miles apart

Albawaba Entertaiment

(Written on October 10, 2012 )

BBC Music Magazine

Vote now in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012!

And be in with a chance of winning a Kemble piano, a Yamaha hi-fi or copies of all the nominated recordings as well as the chance to support ACCENTUS Music’s DVD release of Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performing Mahler’s 9th Symphony in the best DVD category.

Huffington Post UK

Hattie Garlick: My Mission To Discover Classical Music In 2012.

Hattie Garlick makes a resolution and appeals for your help.

The Guardian

How To Survive In An Opera Chorus.

From Berg to Bizet, bridesmaids to beggars, chorus members have to be up for pretty much anything. Henrietta Bredin talks to singers from ENO and Opera North.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Hong Kong Goes Dutch Again In Choosing Music Director.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has announced its choice of music director to succeed Edo de Waart.

Pianist: I Will Never Set Foot In Hungary Again.

The pianist Andras Schiff has announced that he will never return to his Hungarian motherland.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Other Letters Go To North Texas.

A grandson of the great composer by his first marriage has withheld the documents and letters owned by his side of the family from the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna and given them instead to the University of North Texas.

(Written on January 16, 2012 )

Due for release on October 31st in the UK, ACCENTUS Music’s new DVD and Blu-ray production features The Philharmonics, the ensemble founded by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

This exciting recording captures the truly authentic Viennese sounds that filled Vienna’s iconic Café Sperl in March 2011; the quintessentially viennese waltzes of Johann Strauss in the form of twentieth century arrangements by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.

Watch the trailer for The Philharmonics – Waltzes by Johann Strauss arranged by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern below and visit the ACCENTUS Music facebook page for up-to-date news and exclusives.

You can pre-order The Philharmonics –  Waltzes by Johann Strauss arranged by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern on DVD here or on Blu-ray.

(Written on October 20, 2011 )