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We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London for a month, starting as soon as possible.

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
Essential
– 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

Desirable
– 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 a covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

The Esterházys were an immensely rich and powerful family. From the sixteenth century they held a prominent position in the Habsburg Empire and were important patrons of the arts. The family owned palaces in Vienna and throughout Hungary; Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt, Austria was the family’s principle residence. In 1766, the magnificent Eszterháza Palace in Fertőd, Hungary was completed.

The Haydnsaal is a concert hall in Schloss Eszterházy, named after Joseph Haydn, who dedicated most of his working life to composing for the Esterházys.

Hadynsaal, Schloss Esterházy

Hadynsaal, Schloss Esterházy, Austria

The Esterházys were music lovers. Haydn began his service in 1761 and served the family for nearly 40 years, spanning the patronage of four Esterhazy princes. Prince Paul Anton was the only Esterházy who took little interest in music, and during his reign, Haydn was sent away from court and lived in Vienna.

The palace contained two opera houses, as well as a theatre to seat 400 and a marionette theatre; it was intended that it should be the cultural centre of Europe. Haydn conducted his own and others’ operas at the palace. His first opera, Acide, was written for the Esterházys. Indeed, 1762 to 1784 was an intense period of operatic activity at court for Haydn, who composed no fewer than 15 operas.

Joseph Hayden ( 1732-1909)

Joseph Haydn ( 1732-1909)

Under Esterházy patronage, Haydn was obliged to compose music at the behest of his prince. He was the third highest paid officer in the household; this demonstrates his significant position at the court and how highly he was regarded by his patrons.

Nicholas II (1765-1833) cared more for sacred music than any other music, therefore during this period, Haydn was required to compose many masses; one of his most celebrated was The Creation (1797-1798). He told his biographer “…I was never as devout as when I was at work on The Creation; I fell to my knees daily…”. From 1795 until 1802, Haydn composed a mass every year to celebrate the name day of Esterhazy princess Maria Josepha Hermenegild (1768-1845).

Nicholas II, Esterházy Prince ( 1765 – 1833)

Nicholas II, Esterházy Prince ( 1765 – 1833)

Haydn’s legacy in the region lives on: a Haydn Festival in Burgenland was established 1986 and an impressive concert scene still thrives at the Esterházy Palace. In 1993, the International Joseph Haydn Foundation was founded in Eisenstadt for research purposes.

Haydn composed according to the taste of his Prince, meaning that his musical output directly related to the desires of his employer at the time; the Esterházys doubtless had a great influence on his work. He was dedicated to the family, who cherished him until his death in 1806.

(Written on November 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there are plans to support London’s smaller music venues, and The Times writes that classical music can learn from rock festivals. Also, The Guardian look back at the highlights of Kovacevich’s career, and Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

The Guardian

Stephen Kovacevich at 75: his best recordings

In the week that the US-born but UK-based pianist celebrates his 75th birthday, we look back at the highlights of a career characterised by technical skill and intellectual clarity

The Times

What classical music can learn from rock festivals

We hope that a sense of adventure and exploration will be generated at the Barbican during our two-day Sound Unboundfestival. It is an entirely new concept for classical music. Concert-goers will be presented with music, talks, debates, cinematic events, an amplified cactus, a DJ set and an overnight musical meditation

The Strad

Violist Scott Ligocki has died aged 51

The American musician was an experienced orchestral performer and teacher

Arts Professional

Campaign to boost grassroots music in London

Plans to support London’s smaller music venues aim to reverse the declining number of performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists and bands

Classical Music Magazine

Seong-Jin Cho wins the 2015 Chopin Competition

Seong-Jin Cho was announced as the winner of the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Im Exil fehlt der Schnürboden

Die Kölner Opern-Intendantin Birgit Meyer stellt nach dem Bauchaos ihre Pläne für die neue Spielzeit vor – eine Musicalbühne ist Ausweichquartier. Und einige Stücke fallen flach

audiophil.de

ELIPSON

Schöne Klänge heißen Elipson: Wireless Vinyl by Elipson. Edle Lifestyle-Audio-Systeme, die Auge und Ohr verwöhnen: Elipson präsentiert in diesem Herbst seine neue Vinyl Kollektion. Dabei wagt das Pariser Unternehmen den Brückenschlag zwischen den Welten

Klassik.com

Münchener Konzertsaal: Standortentscheidung bis Ende des Jahres

Das bayerische Kabinett hat gestern beschlossen, bis Ende des Jahres eine Entscheidung über den Standort eines neuen Konzertsaals in München zu treffen. Dabei stützt man sich auf das soeben erschiene Gutachten des Büros Albert Speer und Partner, das wie erwartet zwei Standorte favorisiert

Pizzicato

South-Korean Pianist Wins Chopin Competition

Yesterday evening (20 October) the Jury of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw announced the prizes for their 2015 edition. Winner of the First prize and gold medal ist Seong-Jin Cho, 21, from South-Korea

The Washington Post 

Opera Philadelphia announces new festival for 2017

Over the past few years, Opera Philadelphia has been working on becoming the very model of a modern opera company. Opera Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a new opera festival at the start of its 2017-2018 season. Called O17, the festival will blanket the city with opera

Twitter

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK  :Since 2007, London has lost 35% grassroots music venues. Support @MusicVenueTrust & #VenuesDay and help spread the word

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  : The @BarbicanCentre‘s Classical Weekender is next weekend! Plan your festival with this Musical Personality quiz: http://bit.ly/1jYGKBl 

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :Nominate an artist manager, orchestra manager &/or concert hall manager for the @aborchestras @RhinegoldDigi awards: http://bit.ly/1WGmhjP 

 oct21news

Speak Percussion, who are performing as part of Sound Unbound by Jeff Bubsy/The Times

 

(Written on October 21, 2015 )

Here at WildKat PR we are delighted to introduce our latest client, Isobel Waller-Bridge.

As an upcoming British composer for film, television and theatre, Isobel’s career has been widespread, with productions in the West End and New York, as well as the Royal National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, and many other acclaimed venues. The success of Isobel’s diverse repertoire has been widely acknowledged; The Scotsman praised Isobel’s ‘Eikhah’, writing that it revealed a ‘mature, distinctive voice’ and demonstrated ‘an ability beyond her years’. Isobel has already received high praise from critics across the globe and has been awarded a multitude of awards, most notably Winner of Best Composer, Underwire Film Festival 2014 and Winner of Best Sound Designer, Off West End Theatre Awards 2015.

Is Blog 2

Isobel’s recent achievements include her scoring of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hecuba, in which she captured the story’s violence, womanhood and bravery. Performance are on now until 17 October. You can read an interview with Isobel about the work here. Other highlights include the Iskra Quartet’s performance of Isobel’s music at Union Chapel on 24 October 2015.

Amongst Isobel’s exciting upcoming events, The World Machine – part of this year’s Lumiere Festival – is a must see. Isobel will team up with world-renowned cosmologist Professor Carlos Frenk and sound designer John del’Nero for a unique performance at Durham’s beautiful Cathedral.

Make sure you check out Isobel’s Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with her latest news.

Is Blog 1

(Written on September 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello

BBC

‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

klassik.com

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.

Twitter

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: http://bit.ly/1V8iZCd 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: http://bit.ly/1JzZhsU 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: http://bbc.in/1Wfguk1 

News 23rd Sep

Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 23, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

On air this Saturday on BBC Radio 6 Music, will be Nils Frahm who has been described as ‘One of the finest pianists in the world’. The German musician and composer will be joining Mary Anne Hobbs for the show at 7:00am for some heartbreaking, beautiful piano and synth pieces from the Erased Tapes label.

Now based in Berlin, Frahm was taught in his childhood to play by Nahum Brodski, a student of the last scholar of Tchaikovsky. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.

Nils Frahm has also recently produced art and music book SHEETS, published by Manners McDade. The book features sheet music from ten of Nils Frahm’s piano pieces taken from his albums: Felt, The Bells and Wintermusik, now available in print for the first time in the form of a hardback art & music book.

The book includes specially commissioned photographs from London-based artist, Stuart Bailes, and Frahm has written a personal introduction to each piece with diagrams and instructions explaining how to convert your piano to achieve his signature Felt sound.

Tune into BBC Radio 6 Music with Mary Anne Hobbs on Saturday 11th January at 7:00am to listen live, and you can take a look at Frahm’s book SHEETS with Faber Music.

For more information visit:

www.nilsfrahm-sheets.com

www.mannersmcdade.co.uk

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

BBC News

Esa-Pekka Salonen: 10 tips to becoming a conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year

The Guardian

Maria Callas: Google gives singer a solo

The 90th anniversary of the legendary soprano’s birth is marked in the latest Google doodle

Why there’s nothing wrong with being bored by opera

Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored

ABC News

Homeless Man’s Music Moves Listeners to Tears at a Thrift Store

A homeless man who says he cannot read music and has had no formal musical training has stunned staff and customers at a Vancouver second hand store with his virtuoso piano playing

Fast Company

How This Group Of London Hackers Made Musical Instruments From Converse All Stars

What do you get when you put a crowd of creative Londoners in a garage with DIY speaker kits and Converse All Stars sneakers? Musical instruments made from Chucks

The Wall Street Journal

Music to Really Young Ears

New York Philharmonic’s Concerts Cater to Toddler Set

The Independent

Classical and pop audiences can mix

There’s nothing wrong with trying to make classical music more accessible to younger audiences

The Globe and Mail

Why Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a COC opera

On Monday, the Canadian Opera Company will announce that that opera – simply titled Hadrian– with a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor will have its world premiere as the opening production of the COC’s 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre

Die Welt

Maria Callas – Inbegriff der dramatischen Sängerin

Maria Callas brachte es vom griechischen Einwandererkind in New York zum Megastar der Klassik. Nur in der Liebe hatte sie kein Glück: Der Reeder Onassis betrog sie, Filmemacher Pasolini war schwul

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 2, 2013 )

Stroud News & Journal

Start your career in the music industry through the Josh Edmonds Memorial Scheme

The parents of former Cirencester student Josh Edmonds are inviting youngsters in Gloucestershire to apply for a scheme in his honour which will help start their career in the music industry

Classic FM Online

National Music Council honours UK music education

Celebrating imaginative music provision in the UK, this year’s National Music Council Honours have awarded the major trophy to SoundStorm (Bournemouth & Poole) and East Ayrshire

Lang Lang receives honorary Oxford fellowship

Pianist Lang Lang has been given an honorary fellowship at St Peter’s College Oxford, presented to him by Mark Damazer CBE at a special ceremony

BBC News

Music industry hope for deaf Grange Hill actress

A former Grange Hill actress who became deaf says it has become her ambition to break into the music industry

Huffington Post

Live In the Vineyard, a Music Industry LoveFest

Bobbi Hach-Jacobs and Clare Parr should be fierce competitors in the cutthroat world of music promotion and marketing. But as leaders in their industry, they found a friendship through their love of music and musicians and bonded as dear colleagues and close friends.

Die Zeit

Endlich daheim

Was heißt hier Macht, was Kunst? Ein Spaziergang mit Markus Hinterhäuser, dem Pianisten, Programmerfinder und designierten Intendanten der Salzburger Festspiele

Classical Music News

Classical Music News

(Written on November 20, 2013 )