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The first podcast from Noted has been released, following the Noted Roundtable on Inclusion and Diversity.

Noted Round-ups are short podcasts that follow the Noted Roundtables – an international series which looks to bring about change in the performing arts industry through discussion and implementation. Through Noted, we want to generate new solutions to industry problems, not just with our own industry members and artists, but with brand leaders from different fields, and also—most importantly—the audience! The Roundtables bring together this unique combination of stakeholders on an equal footing.

The very first Noted Round-ups episode is a discussion on what was originally “diversity”, but now referred to as “inclusivity”. Here we discuss minorities in the performing arts industry, focusing on those backstage (not on stage), covering race, gender, background, and more.

We came out of this session with the following action points:

  • When recruiting, be more explicit about what we don’t want or need (e.g. an arts degree), and present the image of our ideal candidate in the advertising
  • Either ensure that job titles clearly state what the position is, or make them more sexy and fun
  • Create inclusive communities in the performing arts administrative sector, spanning across both audiences and potential employees
  • Showcase the exciting elements of our industry, through podcasts, videos, partnerships with mainstream brands
  • Shake up internal systems – reverse mentoring, creative sessions led by interns, engage more with outside the industry

This episode is hosted by Kathleen Alder and Olivia Brown, produced and edited by Olivia.

Listen on all your favourite platforms now!

(Written on March 27, 2018 )

We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s Classical News, Steven Isserlis donates his Glashütte prize money, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition will close after 60 years. Thierry Fischer extends his contract with the Utah Symphony, and Kevin Zhu becomes the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Prize.  Jon Webster steps down as MMF President, and enjoy some Bach performed on the Baritone saxophone.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives €25,000 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

The artist will donate his cash prize to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Music Masters and Rhapsody in School programmes.

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati World Piano Competition won’t play it again

After 60 years, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is closing its doors. The chief reason was financial, said Jack Rouse, chairman of the board. Despite generous donors in recent years, the competition was unable to raise the $300,000 needed to continue to exist.

Pizzicato

Utah Symphony Keeps Music Director Thierry Fischer Through 2021-22 Season

The Utah Symphony announced an extension of Thierry Fischer’s contract as Music Director through the 2021-22 season. The agreement extends the current contract, which was signed to expire in 2019. Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer (56) is in this position since 2011.

The Violin Channel

Kevin Zhu, 16 – Youngest Menuhin Competition Prize Winner

16 year old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential.

CMUSE

Bach Cello Suite Performed on Baritone Saxophone

There are few pieces that are more frequently performed and recognized than Bach’s Cello Suites. Noah Bedrin has performed one of the purest and arrangements of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 using a baritone saxophone.

Music Business Worldwide

‘Music Industry Legend’ Jon Webster steps down as MMF President

The exec has resigned in order to pursue a number of external projects – including completion of a book about his time at Virgin Records.

Twitter

Today In Music  1688 – Christian August Jacobi, composer was born

Guardian Classical  Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – thought-provoking and exhilarating Bartók

Classical Music  The Poetry of Mozart – Argonaut Online https://t.co/aXEXLQ2fzB
Image: The Strad, Steven Isserlis

(Written on May 25, 2017 )

Auch dieses Jahr konnten Besucher der Frankfurter Buchmesse fünf Tage lang viele neue Ideen, Bücher und Trends kennen lernen. Vom 14. bis zum 18. Oktober konnten Interessierte und Handelnde über Geschichten aus aller Welt staunen und zugleich auch ihr persönliches internationales Netzwerk ausbauen. Besonders die neue Hallenordnung und das erneuerte Konzept – „Internationaler, näher, lebendiger“ – hat der Messe zu mehr Internationalität und Dynamik verholfen.

Auf Konferenzen wie „The Markets“ und „Storydrive“ im Business Club, konnten viele wichtige Köpfe der Branche zusammen gebracht werden und man hatte die Gelegenheit, an vielen spannenden Diskussionen teilzunehmen. Der Business Club bietet eine perfekte Mischung aus Arbeits-, Lern- und Meeting-Plätzen. Dort haben Fachbesucher die Möglichkeit exklusive Meetings zu veranstalten und können zudem auch ruhige Arbeitsbereiche und inspirierende Veranstaltungsformate genießen

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Das Publikum hört Tyler Brûlé von Monocle aufmerksam zu © Bernd Hartung/Frankfurter Buchmesse

Die Messe enttäuschte auch dieses Jahr nicht mit ihrem unendlichen Angebot an Themen. Aus den Bereichen Bildung, Wissenschaft sowie Kunst und Design waren Vertreter aus verschiedenen Ländern anzutreffen. Speziell Asien spielte eine wichtige Rolle, da Indonesien dieses Jahr seine vielfältige und bereichernde Kultur als Ehrengast der Buchmesse vorstellen durfte.
In der wohl publikumsstärksten Halle konnte man auch die Gourmet Gallery finden. Hier konnte der Besucher auf eine Reise rund um die Welt des Essens, Trinkens und Genießens gehen und sich neben Weinbüchern und kulinarischen Reiseführern von interessanten Apps sowie Geschenk- und Dekorationsideen inspirieren lassen.

Besonders spannend war der in Halle 3.1. stattfindende Weltempfang, der auch als Zentrum für Politik, Literatur und Übersetzung bekannt ist. Dies ist traditionell der Ort, an dem Podiumsdiskussionen, Gespräche und Lesungen mit internationalen Autoren und Übersetzern stattfinden.
Dieses Koordinationsprojekt der Frankfurter Buchmesse und dem Auswärtigen Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland hatte in diesem Jahr einen besonderen Fokus auf das Thema „Grenzverläufe“ gesetzt.

Zudem war die diesjährige Buchmesse auch Gastgeber eines neuen Weltrekords: das längste Bücher-Domino der Welt ist umgefallen! Nach zwölf langen Stunden Arbeit sind 10 200 Titel umgefallen und werden somit in die nächste Ausgabe der „Guinness World Records“ aufgenommen. Am Mittwoch wurde auch an Ort und Stelle die Urkunde von einer Preisrichterin übergeben.

(Written on October 20, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome our newest client, David Pearl.

As a corporate creativity maestro, opera singer, writer, speaker and keen amateur cyclist, David was asked to launch of one of the fastest bikes in the world, the S-Works Venge by Specialized. Alongside Mark Cavendish, Jenson Button and Gordon Ramsay, David has released an inspiring 5-minute video about exploring mindfulness through music – finding the gaps in your day, the spaces between the beats. 

David is a pioneer of ‘Arts in Business.’ He believes that business is pure theatre and companies can learn a lot from the arts world. He uses techniques drawn from his own classical background, in the boardroom – working with high profile clients to get concrete results. He saved GSK Vaccines 13 million euro!

David’s skills and interests are wide-ranging, which means he has a busy and varied schedule – from working with his two charities Street Wisdom and Impropera, to peace building in the Middle East, to cycling through the Italian countryside. We are very happy to be working with him at this exciting moment in his career.

Keep an eye on our blog, as well as David’s website and his blog for the Huffington Post for more details about what he is up to. Watch his Specialized video here.

David Pearl

(Written on July 3, 2015 )

Are you a young graduate who is eager to network, meet new people, try something new and do business? Orpheus Sinfonia, themselves outstanding recent graduates, are hosting a networking event alongside their next concert Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle on 23rd March. There will be opportunities to meet other like-minded people before the concert, during the interval, and also afterwards over a drink or two.

There are many networking events out there but this one will be unique in its combination of business and culture. The concert’s theme focuses around classical music’s most famous love triangle between husband and wife Robert and Clara Schumann and their friend Johannes Brahms. Who will win over Clara in the end? Far from being your stereotypical concert, the music will be explained in a simple yet informative way, perfect for the classical music novice. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to talk intelligently about culture when entertaining your clients back at the office. The concert is also a great excuse to take time out of your busy schedule to relax: being a young graduate can be tough if you are in a new city, job and routine.

So, come along, enjoy some great music, get noticed and make connections for yourself and your company.

Don’t forget your business cards!

Beneath The Score: The Love Triangle, St George’s Hanover Square, 19:30, 23rd March. Reserve your £5 tickets by emailing clara@wildkatpr.com

Orpheus Networking Blog

(Written on March 12, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to retire from opera stage?

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has suggested that she will retire from the opera stage, on the eve of her 70th birthday.

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Gramophone

Founder of Lyrita Richard Itter has died

Richard Itter was the founder of Lyrita Recorded Edition as a mail-order subscription label in 1959 (with the first LPs issued the following year) and over the next 32 years created a superb catalogue of largely orchestral British music.

Daily Mail

CHRIS DEERIN: I adore classical music. How can I pass the baton to a new generation?

Chris Deerin on Classical Music

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co’s AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it’s classical that sets his toes tapping.

The Telegraph

iTunes Festival may force imminent iOS 7.1 update

A well-connected Apple blogger claims that iOS 7.1 will be released within days as it is needed to support new features to allow the upcoming iTunes Festival in Texas to be live-streamed to devices around the world

Die Welt

Wanderhuren aus dem finsteren Zeitalter der Oper

Lange waren Barockopern etwas für Nerds. Heute gibt es eine ganze Industrie, die sie als gefühlige Events vermarktet. Wie die Alte Musik die Klassikbranche und die Seelen retten soll.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 5, 2014 )

John Sandall

Data Scientist – YPlan

Chris Sheldrick

Founder – what3words

Jack Waley-Cohen

Co-founder – what3words

Last night’s Noted event hosted by WildKat PR and Sane & Able took a creative look at the world of apps and app building, with three professionals from the industry. These speakers included John Sandall – Data Scientist at YPlan – Chris Sheldrick – Founder of what3words – and Jake Waley-Cohen – Co-founder of what3words.

As with previous Noted events, last night the WildKat PR and Sane & Able offices were full to the brim with people from a variety of professions, students and enterprising individuals hoping to learn from the experience of the speakers and meet like-minded people. This event was particularly helpful for those who were interested in building an app, or those with questions about whether an app would be right for their business or idea. The speakers provided helpful and realistic advice and encouragement about what it is like to start, maintain and maintain success with an app as well as insider advice and tips.

When considering the preparations necessary to create a successful app, Jack Waley-Cohen of what3words emphasised the importance of planning: “If you seem to be running low on money (ie 6 months or less) then it will be much harder to get investment – make sure you plan.” Although financial backing is practically very important Chris Sheldrick added how people, team and ideas are also crucial: “If people get your idea quickly as well as being enthusiastic about it, they’re good to get on board with your team.” Given what the professionals from what3words said last night, not only is planning important but certainty of ideas and gaining support for the overall app is also imperative for success, including support found in people close to home: Chris mentioned that great additions to their team were found in people who were recommended or even friends of friends.

For fine tuning app ideas and businesses, YPlan’s John Sandall gave some great advice in stating the importance of focusing on quality not quantity. To really get an app going he said “Your idea HAS to be real and viable”. Jack Waley-Cohen added that getting an outside perspective from an industry professional is a good way to go about doing this: “To find out whether your app idea is good, then talk further with developer and see what they offer for their involvement!” Also, although YPlan is now a great success, John mentioned that YPlan was actually the 50th idea the founders had come up with. Taking time to fine tune the right idea that will get the consumer interested is worth the deliberation before you take your app dreams any further.

A great question raised was: ‘In what way can you get your app out to market and interest from the masses?’ what3words offered that they used a big PR push, however as Chris said: “we initially just put it out there without marketing to make sure we had feedback first”. It seems important not to waste time but instead to get your idea out there in order to get a feel for how the app will be received by the consumer. This is a good start for finding areas and ideas to improve. YPlan’s John Sandall suggested a launch event where people are invited along with speakers talking about the app to get a buzz. In the early stages of launching an app, a concern raised was app ideas being ‘stolen’ and then copied and used by another company, however the speakers were in agreement that it is good to share your ideas to gain feedback. Also, in order to protect an app Chris of what3words explained that you can apply for a patent: “think of it as a buffer for a deterrent – by the time you get approved or not, your idea will be big enough…”  The IdeaSafe was also highly recommended, an online vault that protects your creativity and prevents idea theft.

The evening was an insightful success due to the excellent honest speakers; the atmosphere was alive with creative minds in discussion.

Take at look at our next event ‘Successful Social Media’ on Wednesday 26th March. The April Noted event ‘How To Rebrand’ has also been announced on Eventbrite.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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Photos by Oliver Hyde-Tetley

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

NME

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Q&A – Blending Classical Music With Rock

Jonny Greenwood is playing Wapping Hydraulic Power Station this Sunday (February 23) with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists and very excitingly he’ll be premiering new material. NME question him about his classical influences.

BBC Music Magazine

ENO’s Peter Grimes to be broadcast live in cinemas this Sunday

Andy Morahan on the art of bringing Britten to the big screen

LA Observed

KCRW buys classical music station in Santa Barbara

KCRW is acquiring KDB, a longtime Santa Barbara classical music station at 93.7 FM. KCRW gets a stronger signal along the Santa Barbara coast, using 88.7 FM, while classical music will continue at 93.7 in a partnership between KDB and KUSC.

Just Jared JR

Charlie White Plays Violin on ‘Today’ After Winning Gold at Sochi Olympics with Meryl Davis

Gold Medalist Charlie White breaks out his violin on The Today Show during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday morning (February 18) in Sochi, Russia.

SU Independent

Silent film meets classical music at OSU ‘Flickers’

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is celebrating vintage silent movies such as Charlie Chapin’s “The Tramp,” George Meles’ “A Trip to the Moon” and “Out West” by “Fatty” Arbuckle from 1918.

Die Welt

Was macht Karl Lagerfeld eigentlich in der Oper?

Vor 250 Jahren starb der Barockkomponist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Jetzt wird sein Werk wiederbelebt. Das Theater an der Wien verlegt seine Eitelkeitskomödie “Platée” in die Welt des Pariser Modezirkus.
Just Jared JR

Just Jared JR

(Written on February 20, 2014 )

John Matthias’ much-anticipated latest album is out today on the Village Green label. ‘Geisterfahrer’ is an album that includes a mixture of material: new works written and performed by John Matthias and Andrew Prior for the new dance-theatre work, ‘Eden’; as well as being partly recorded at a 600 year-old school in Ashburton, Devon, with the unique and fantastic acoustic of this space being reproduced onto all of the other tracks on the album by producers, Simon Honywill and Jay Auborn.

The thirteen stunning tracks were recorded in two sessions with John Matthias performing on piano, violin and guitar, with all of his vocal performances being recorded live alongside the guitar parts. The sounds of the album feature minimalist piano and violin melodies that are innovatively interspersed with sounds created by firing artificial neurons using the ‘Neurogranular Sampler’, an instrument which John Matthias has developed at Plymouth University with Jane Grant, Tim Hodgson, Nick Ryan, Kin Design and Eduardo Miranda over the last 5 years.

John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The ‘Turner Prize’ for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. He has previously released three albums; ‘Smalltown, Shining’ (Accidental Records 2001), ‘Stories from the Watercooler’ (Ninja Tune 2008), ‘Cortical Songs’ (Nonclassical 2008) with Nick Ryan, which includes remixes by Thom Yorke, Simon Tong and Jem Finer and was listed as one of the top ten classical albums by Time Out (Chicago) in 2009. John is Associate Professor in Sonic Arts at Plymouth University and is co-director of the Art and Sound research group in the School of Art and Media. He recently performed the album in Plymouth at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival ‘Thinking Music’ and his performance is shown in the image below. As well as performing it on BBC Radio 3 on the 3rd of February. 

Purchase the album here today, it is released physically and on Vinyl next week, on the 24th February. 

(Written on February 17, 2014 )