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Pianist/composer/curator Nathan Williamson is hard at work rehearsing with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra for his performance of Brahms’s second piano concerto at St James’ Church Piccadilly tomorrow. On his Classic FM webchat yesterday, Nathan spoke about how he feels that Brahms is a composer he can understand and relate to, and how he considers the piano concerto to be the ‘pinnacle’ of piano repertoire.

To read Nathan’s full Classic FM webchat click here. The performance with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra will take place at St James’ Church Piccadilly, tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought here.

Take a look at Nathan rehearsing with the orchestra.
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(Written on March 20, 2014 )

Benjamin Beilman, American virtuoso violinist and member of Lincoln Centre Chamber Music Society’s ‘CMS Two’ programme, featured on Classic FM this morning, ahead of his UK appearances in Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

Benjamin spoke of his performances with CMS in New York: “Playing with David Finckel is an absolute honour and learning experience every time. In addition to being a consummate musician, he has fantastic ears and eyes for the practical details that musicians often overlook. He’s so incredibly emotive onstage and makes everyone- performers and listeners- feel so at home. Working with David undoubtedly makes one wonder if they could start a string quartet, but I currently feel fulfilled in my chamber music experience through the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. I’m part of the CMS 2 program which offers young artists like myself the opportunity to rotate into groups with the greatest collaborators of our time.”

Benjamin is performing with CMS and artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han at Wigmore Hall on April 14th, as part of a chamber music concert with a programme of Beethoven, Brahms, Zhou Long and Faure. For more information on the concert, please see the Wigmore Hall website, and to read the full chat click here.

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(Written on March 12, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Nathan Williamson to its client roster.

Nathan Williamson is an accomplished musician in a number of fields: as a specialist pianist playing at the very highest level, a skilled composer with a plethora of exciting projects and commissions, a scholar and learned communicator, as well as an artistic director, collaborator, and conductor. Nathan is working towards a large number of diverse projects and concerts, including performances at St James’s Piccadilly on 21st March, the Southwold Arts Festival, and at Harwich Festival.

Alongside recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and LSO St Luke’s, Nathan has performed in many European countries, including at prestigious venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais du Residence, De Doelen, the Lucerne and Bolzano Festivals, as well as in Korea, Canada, and the USA.

Nathan’s debut CD, of piano works by Schubert and Brahms, was released last year. In his review Bryce Morrison said: “There are few recordings of these works that equal this. The artist’s technique and pianistic command allows him an ideal musical freedom. The effect is of intense commitment and an ultimate sense of poetry.”

WildKat PR will be working with Nathan to promote his forthcoming performances, concerts and recitals in all his capacities, particularly as a pianist and composer. To see more about Nathan Williamson, take a look at his website, and you can follow him on Twitter.

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(Written on February 13, 2014 )

On Friday 23rd August David Finckel and Wu Han featured live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, where they were interviewed and played a selection of pieces live which included Brahms, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Wu talked passionately about her love for technology in the music world, saying that she often uses an iPad instead of sheet music due to its ability to give her ‘total control’ over what she is playing.

David and Wu also talked about the amount of time they spend travelling around Europe and America, and spoke of their creation of the Music@Menlo festival in America.

To listen to their interview click here



(Written on August 27, 2013 )

On Tuesday 26 March, cellist Guy Johnston will feature on a new release of works by E. J. Moeran with Ulster Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta. The album, to be released on record label Naxos, will include Moeran’s Cello Concerto, arguably one of the Anglo-Irishman’s most important works inspired by the landscapes of the Norfolk coast. The CD will also feature Lonely Waters with lyrics sung by soprano Rebekah Coffey, Serenade in G and Whythorne’s Shadow. Moeran’s works are renowned for being influenced by his Irish heritage, often containing fragments of well-known Irish folk tunes.

Following this, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March Guy Johnston will guest-lead the ‘cello section of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. The orchestra will perform Brahms’ German Requiem and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, and will be joined by the London Symphony Chorus and singers Sally Matthews, Ekaterina Gubanova and Gerald Finley.

Guy Johnston is a leading British cellist and has played with many of the world’s top orchestras, both as a soloist and as guest leader. To find out more about Guy Johnston’s new CD click here, or to find out more or to buy tickets for the London Symphony Orchestra concert, please click here.

(Written on March 19, 2013 )


Jurowski to bow out of Glyndebourne with a new Ariadne

French opera joins the repertory for Glyndebourne 2013 and the boss’s wife sings Norina


Alexander Sprague – New Faces

Rupert Christiansen introduces promising young tenor Alexander Sprague, who will make his professional stage debut at Edinburgh Festival.

Classic FM

André Rieu new concert DVD with Anthony Hopkins

‘Under The Stars’ is the latest live DVD from the hugely popular André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, released on September 10th.

Gibbons on helium are like opera singers, research says

Gibbons use the same vocal projection techniques as opera singers, according to a new study carried out in Japan.

Adès slams “fungal” Wagner, “waste of space” Brahms

Wagner and Brahms come under fire from Thomas Adès in a new book, with the British composer taking them to task.

Open Democracy

Radio 3 – why it matters, and why it shouldn’t dumb down classical music

The BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV – it’s vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn’t slip down the same route.

La Times

Pianist Van Cliburn reveals bone cancer diagnosis

The only classical pianist who has received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, Van Cliburn has announced through his publicist that he has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer.

Classic FM

(Written on August 29, 2012 )

After two successful performances in LA, Lionel Bringuier received warm reviews from the LA Times. For his first performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Lionel began by leading the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Yefim Bronfman through Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, for which he was praised for keeping ‘things moving along for Bronfman, getting the Philharmonic to whip up some convincing thunder of its own’. The rest of the concert consisted of Elgar: ‘full of rambunctious energy and mischief, dancing with life whenever emerging from a contemplative variation, centered by a straight-forward, flowing Nimrod variation that drew applause in mid-piece.’

His following concert just days later was praised by the LA Times as showing the Bowl to be a ‘welcoming Beethovenian host’. Lionel ‘fluidly steered the orchestra through a clear, measured reading of a score’ ending with sheer exhuberance in the final movement. Alongside his fellow ‘gifted young frenchman’ Renaud Capucon, Lionel lead the audience through a rousing show true to the great scores of Beethoven.

Read the full articles here: 31st July & 2nd August.


(Written on August 22, 2012 )

As summer approaches (very slowly, through all these grey clouds), an air of excitement surrounds the world of classical music: the festival season is here!  Whether at home in the UK or elsewhere in Europe and beyond, there is so much choice for great classical music this summer. In Olympic spirit, London is celebrating itself at the ‘City of London Festival’ from the 24th June to the 27th July, featuring the LSO and acclaimed guitarist John Williams. Also gloriously British, is the ‘Longborough Festival Opera’, which features the famous ‘Sweeney Todd’ performed by the festival’s Young Artist Production; the festival is on now, until the 29th of July.

Whilst Glastonbury’s usual Rock and Roll tenants take a break this year, the ‘Orchestra in a Field’ at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, takes place this weekend (30th June to 1st July) providing ‘Tchaikovsky to Tubular Bells by way of Opera, Hip Hop and hand bells’ ( as well as free tickets to those under the age of 13, a great, fun event to introduce children to classical music. Another great event this weekend takes place at the prestigious ‘Wigmore Hall’: you can hear and see the Leipzig String Quartet as well as soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, providing exciting music from Brahms to Beethoven.

Finishing this week is the renowned ‘Istanbul Music Festival’, which has been running for the entire month of June. In its 40th year, it has featured (a staggering) over 750 artists this year, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. It has also commissioned works by the revered composers Giya Kancheli and Fazil Say, which were premiered at the festival.

Even further east is the ‘IV Gabala International Festival‘ of Azerbaijan, taking place from the 25th of July to the 5th of August, featuring traditional Chamber music, as well as Mugham – the folk compositions of Azerbaijan, which are now a UNESCO protected cultural heritage.

More centrally in Europe, Austria is hosting some of the world’s finest classical music festivals. The month-long, extraordinary ‘Bregenzer Festspiele‘ (18th July to the 18th August), in its breathtaking lake-side location features Opera on the Lake (with its stunning staging), an array of Chamber music, Theatre, and Music and Poetry: a highlight of which is Shostakovich’s ‘Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets for mixed chorus op.88’. The renowned ‘Salzburger Festspiele‘ is one of THE summer events, from the 20th July to the 2nd September, featuring music and operas, from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’, to ‘La Boheme’; Whilst August welcomes the ‘Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik‘, from the 8th to the 26th, spanning all areas of classical music from Oriental Baroque to Slavonic Dances.

The beautiful landscapes of Italy host the ‘Incontri in Terra di Siena’ in lush Tuscany, where classical music is coupled with contemporary Jazz as well as Olive Oil and Wine tasting (definitely not one to miss!) A highlight is the Borromeo String Quartet playing Bach, Debussy and Schubert on the 22nd of July. The entire festival is from the 20th to the 29th of July.

Whether travelling abroad or staying at home in this important 2012 summer, there are numerous great festivals not be missed, an abundance of which can be found on our ‘July Unmissables’ pinterest page here.

The Famous Staging at Bregenzer Festspiele

(Written on June 28, 2012 )

Daily Telegraph

Lang Lang at Latitude: should music festivals embrace classical?

Ivan Hewett wonders if classical music can cope with the great outdoors.


World’s first sex trafficking opera to premiere in the UK

Anya17 opens at the Liverpool Philharmonic today. The opera tackles the difficult subject of women forced in to prostitution.


Close to you

Accompanists: The unsung heroes of music. Tom Service pays homage to the musicians condemned to sitting in the shadows.


Tristan Und Isolde Und The CBSO.

This was a static Tristan und Isolde, even by concert version standards. But four enthralling hours proved that sometimes the music really is all that matters.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

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Jessica Duchen on the London premiere of Roxanna Panufnik‘s Four World Seasons.

Opera Chic

Bringing Out Brahms.

The definitive schedule for the 49th Festival Pianistico Internazionale of Brescia and Bergamo has been rolled out, titled “Brahms, the conservative progressive” in homage to the complex character of the German composer.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Another Mahler Howler.

Norman Lebrecht on a Mahler Prize by the city of Klagenfurt, in southern Austria, which requires entrants to set a 1967 poem by Patti Smith.




(Written on March 7, 2012 )

The Guardian

Music Nation – from Shetland to Suffolk

Tom Service takes a look at this weekend’s festival which spans the entire UK.

Daily Telegraph

Eurovision: why not turn to Englebert Humperdinck?

Is choosing Humperdinck to represent us at the Eurovision Song Contest an act of desperation or a stroke of genius?


The wheel of fortune turns for new opera

Jessica Duchen meets Emma Bell, star of Judith Weir’d Miss Fortune which makes it UK premiere at the Royal Opera House next week

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

First Brahms, now an ‘unknown’ Mozart piano piece turns up…

The Mozart Foundation in Salzburg is announcing the world premiere of a little piano piece.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Girl Power.

Hooray for classical music’s most powerful women!

(Written on March 2, 2012 )