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WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client – Neil Myers.

wildkat-pr-neil-myersNeil started playing guitar at a very young age but began to compose when he returned from a gap year in Canada at the age of 20. Fascinated by film music, he studied Music at Leeds College of Music and completed a Masters degree in Composing for Film & Television at the University of West London. Film music became his passion as he loves the challenge of interpreting what he sees in visual form to sound form. His most recent project was the soundtrack for the Formula 1 show which he composed for Channel 4. Previously he worked for Canon, Citroen, Play Station, Sky and many more.

To stay tuned, follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or check his Vimeo page. We are looking forward to working with Neil!

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

Here at WildKat PR, we are very excited to introduce our newest client; acclaimed theatre and opera director, Nina Brazier!

Following first-class training at RADA, Exeter University and Channel 4’s Directors Scheme with The Royal Court, Nina is quickly establishing herself as a leader in her field. She was described by The Observer as ‘One of Britain’s leading young directors of opera.’

She already has a vast array of productions under her belt including Debussy & his Muse at Buxton Festival, as well as productions for Ryedale, Lammermuir, Tête-à-Tête, Grimeborn and Stockholm Interplay Festivals. She has also acted as visiting director at the Royal College of Music, the Italian Opera Summer School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Birkbeck University.

We are very much looking forward to working with Nina on her upcoming projects; La Bohème at the Clapham Opera Festival and A Song of Good and Evil at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Keep an eye on the WildKat PR blog and Nina’s website and Twitter for updates.

A Song of Good and Evil

A Song of Good and Evil
Credit: Arne Hyckenberg

(Written on September 2, 2015 )

Today, 28th January 2015, the Department for Education published their new plans for the content of GCSE and A Level Music exams to be brought into effect from autumn 2016.

The state of music education has been a hot topic in recent weeks and months and was particularly publicised by pianist James Rhodes’ Channel 4 documentary and subsequent ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ campaign to give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Fueling the fire, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, warned in November 2014 against studying arts subjects in favour of science and maths, arguing that the arts would ‘hold them [students] back for the rest of their lives’. Many prominent musicians such as Nicola Benedetti spoke out against this statement.

The main changes to note from today’s announcement is that, at both levels, the dates open to study are being widened from 1700 to 1900 (this narrowness has been widely criticised) to 1650 to 1910.  This means a much large portion of the Baroque period is included and will now account for the beginning of Bach and Handel’s lives who were both born in 1685. Although the Baroque period is usually said to begin in 1600, 1650 is still a much more standardized year to begin musical education than the original guidelines. The same can be said of the additional 10 years at the end of the timeline. Indeed, bringing music education in line with widely recognised facts in the classical music industry is surely only a positive thing. For this development we have ISM’s Protect Music Education campaign to thank.

Interestingly, commentators have also noted that the usual overwhelming focus on the Western Classical Tradition at GCSE and A Level has been changed to include a compulsory study outside of this. As the world, business, finance and politics become more interconnected, understanding other countries’ history and culture is increasing in importance. Part of this is understanding others’ music and I think this change in the curriculum is a good starting point.

Another positive change, although small, is a change of phrasing: ‘performance and composition’ has become ‘performing and composing’. This subtle difference somewhat removes the pressure on the final outcome of recitals and compositions but emphasises the enjoyment of all parts music making: practising, refining, crafting harmony, correcting errors, discovering that pupil’s personal style. Again, ISM’s campaign was successful.

Hopefully these changes will contribute to the widening belief that music education is beneficial and relevant but that it will also encourage more young people to experience the enjoyment of music.

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Photo: Wikipedia

 

(Written on January 28, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Pianist tackles ‘shocking state’ of school music lessons

It is likely that pianist James Rhodes will be a face that you see a lot in the coming week, ahead of his Channel 4 show Don’t Stop The Music which starts on Tuesday 9th September at 9pm. Having read the National Music Plan and considered ways to achieve it despite severely limited funds in many schools, James will promote an instrument amnesty, whereby he urges those who no longer play their instruments to donate them, to enable less affluent children to make music.

International Arts Manager

ECHO Klassik 2014 winners announced

Awards were given to artists such as Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Jan Vogler, Marc-André Hamelin and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in what is regarded as Germany’s major classical award.

The Strad

Alfonso Marconi’s ‘Stradivarius’ violin to be auctioned

The instrument, once owned by the older brother of Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi is to go on sale on the 28th October, and is expected to fetch £140-180,000 in Sotheby’s.

Pizzicato

Susanna Mälkki To Become Music Director in Helsinki

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki (* 1969), a specialist in contemporary music, has been nominated Music Director of the Helsinki Philharmonic with a contract starting in fall 2016 until 2019.

Codesflores

Tod der französischen Organistin Marie-Louise Girod

Die legendäre französische Organistin Marie-Louise Girod, die von 1941 bis 2008 an der reformierten Kirche Oratoire du Louvre amtete, ist im Alter von 99 Jahren verstorben.

Musik-heute

Intendant Buhrow: WDR-Orchester sind Dienst für die Allgemeinheit

WDR-Intendant Tom Buhrow hat den Kulturauftrag seines Senders besonders im Bereich der Musik hervorgehoben.

Berliner Zeitung

Proteus des Orchesters

Das Musikfest verspricht auch in diesem Jahr wieder das wichtigste Ereignis des Berliner Musikjahres werden.

Twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Read our feature on the Mozart@Augsburg festival – a celebration of Mozart’s music at the third ‘Mozart City’… http://bit.ly/1rKf71h

Wigmore Hall: @wigmore_hall With the 2014/15 Season opening on 6 September, the excitement at WH is building. Listen to John Gilhooly’s preview: http://bit.ly/1nbze1T

Southbank Centre: @southbankcentre #UnlimitedFest starts today! http://j.mp/1njWt9h

IntArtsManager: @IntArtsManager “It’s a huge production to transform the old churches and squares.” We hear from Brazil’s biggest free music festival http://www.internationalartsmanager.com/2014/08/29/mimo-festival-brings-world-music-brazils-heritage-sites/

Royal Academy: @royalacademy see @CultureTrip’s guide to London’s 10 Best Events in September including #AnselmKiefer http://bit.ly/1pkQ7FX

 

Photograph: Channel 4

Photograph: Channel 4

 

(Written on September 2, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Addict musicians to join LSO for TV symphony performance

10 classical musicians recovering from addictions are to be the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ that sees them perform a specially-composed work with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Telegraph

Tom Cairns: I want Verdi to tug at the heart-strings

After La Traviata at Glyndebourne, the ever-versatile director Tom Cairns is off to Edinburgh.

The Guardian

Soweto Strings: don’t miss this chance to share their joy

The Buskaid Soweto Strings Project bring to their live performances the wonder of music infused with the passions of those who play for their very lives.

Klassik.com

Geberkonferenz: Orchester-Freundeskreis brüskiert SWR-Intendanz

Der Verein der Freunde und Förderer des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg hat seine Teilnahme an der geplanten Träger- und Geberkonferenz abgesagt.

Klassik.com

Rheingau Musikfestival durch Überschwemmungen beeinträchtigt

Heftige Regenfälle Ende vergangener Woche haben in Wiesbaden zu Überschwemmungen geführt, wovon nun auch das Rheingau Musikfestival betroffen ist.

Radio Classique


Lucerne : De quoi en perdre les oreilles

Au bord du lac des Quatre-Cantons, les musiciens vont affluer par centaines.

Twitter

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ People of Chorley: be nice to viola players! We support you Kim Becker http://www.chorley-guardian.co.uk/news/local/rude-remarks-hit-a-sour-note-with-busking-teen-1-6729823 …

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt  The Death Of Ethics re #classical #music‘s release of #compensation #transparency http://www.adaptistration.com/blog/2014/07/14/the-death-of-ethics/ … via @adaptistration

Classical Purist: ‏@ClassicalPurist  http://ift.tt/1oG58Cy  Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news pic.twitter.com/e2idH72Fvp

 

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The London Symphony Orchestra

Photo: www.classicfm.com

 

(Written on July 16, 2014 )

 

The WildKats have been especially busy this January with a number of exciting events to both organise and attend, accompanied by numerous previews, reviews and interviews from national newspapers to specialist classical music press. Let’s have a look at some of the stand-out events…

 

On 10th January, violinist Daniel Hope performed alongside composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, in Stockholm’s first ever Yellow Lounge. Established in Berlin seven years ago, the Yellow Lounge promotes ‘classical clubbing’, where international classical musicians perform with top DJs in unexpected spaces. The event was streamed live on the Deutsche Grammophon website. More and more events are being streamed live online, making concerts and recitals accessible both physically and economically, and reaching out to new audiences. Cellist Guy Johnston performed Walton’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on 14th, which was streamed live on BBC Radio 3.

 

Several of our clients had opening nights in January, including Silent Opera’s L’Orfeo. The first performance received huge amounts of press and publicity, specifically a BBC News report answering ‘What is Silent Opera?’. Silent Opera is still ongoing and tickets can still be purchased here – don’t miss out! The Silent Opera team appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch this weekend, watch it online here. Meanwhile in Milan, Daniel Harding had his opening night for La Scala’s Falstaff: a fantastic production of Verdi’s famous opera, staged in the same opera house it received its first ever performance. The esteemed conductor also performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Baritone Christian Gerhaher, receiving a great review from Süddeutsche Zeitung. Andrew Staples also performed in Munich with Daniel, receiving outstanding reviews for his performance. Another highlight of January for WildKat was the premiere of Raymond Yiu’s The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured at the Barbican, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Raymond also wrote a guest blog for Gramophone last month, discussing challenging perceptions of British classical music.

 

January was a highly successful time for AyseDeniz Gokcin who was applauded worldwide for her Lisztified EP. The young Turkish pianist was featured in an article by Prog Rock Magazine Online, which was shared hundreds of times through Facebook and Twitter. The article has continued to spread, through major music websites and social media in Hungary, Spain, Finland, Brazil, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and many more. Classic FM then published a news story on her success, bringing the article back around in a full circle. Another triumph we celebrated was another award for production company Accentus Music, who have been awarded a second International Classical Music award for John Cage – Journeys in Sound.

 

In anticipation of his upcoming CD release of Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, Augustin Dumay was featured in BBC Music Magazine discussing the recording of the album. Another event for the violinist was the Gala Concert at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where Augustin mentors the young string players. Young musicians of the Music Chapel performed works by Bloch, Liszt and Schubert, alongside the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Octopus Symphonic Choir and British conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

 

The WildKats had a number of great recitals to attend in January; such as Kimiko Ishizaka’s flawless performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavieran intimate performance of works by Tom Smail at Susanne Kapoor’s home, along with a unique event from Samson Marzbani where he performed improvised piano pieces, before the audience received a preview premiere of his new work: Un Jour Infini.

 

Finally, the busiest of all has been our Founder and Managing Director, Kat Alder, who has been travelling across the world visiting our international clients performing all over the world; from Berlin to Austria, Munich to New York, and a few visits back to London.

Although January was so busy, February has a lot of exciting projects in store. Keep up to date with WildKat news through our Facebook, Twitter and daily posts from our blog.

 

 

 

(Written on February 4, 2013 )

LA Times

Conductor Dies After Collapsing During Bach Performance.

Vincent LaGuardia, 68, the longtime conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, collapsed during a performance of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” at a concert in Colorado. He later died, officials said.

Independent

For Sale: All You Need To Stage Your Own Opera.

After 20 years of producing operas in stadiums, arenas and other unusual venues around the world, Companions Amsterdam is putting away its songbooks and shutting up shop for the last time, after its retiring director, Peter Kroone, failed to find anyone to fill his shoes.

Tony Hall: The Man With A Front Row Seat In Our Arts Establishment.

From the Royal Opera House to C4 and the Cultural Olympiad, Tony Hall discusses his rewarding roles with Ian Burrell.

Telegraph

Helicopters Get Part In Olympic Opera Event.

A string quartet will take to the skies and perform in four helicopters as part of Olympic Festival.

The Guardian

Portrait Of The Artist: Mitsuko Uchida.

‘A French critic once said I played like a sewing machine. I’ll always remember that’.

Opera Chic

The Hungarian State Opera Takes It To The Runway.

In anticipation of an upcoming production of Strauss’ Arabella, the Hungarian State Opera took the Strauss opera off-stage and onto the runway, where costume designer Rita Velich’s works were shown in anticipation of the March 17 opening night.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Chailly Pulls Out Of Salzburg Opera. Hot Brit Replaces.

Riccardo Chailly has been told by his doctors to space his year out better. So he has pulled out of Ariadne auf Naxos at Salzburg, making way for lovely Daniel Harding.

The New Yorker

Elegant Theft.

Russell Platt on Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/03/osvaldo-golijov-and-maurice-durufles.html

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2012 )

Congratulations to all involved with last night’s Music in Offices christmas carol concert at St. Katharine Cree church in Aldgate.

The concert was a wonderful celebration of the work achieved by each of the office choirs from Debenhams, Channel 4, Freemantle Media, BBC World Service, Royal Historical Palaces and Christie’s amongst others as they all joined in the festive spirit along with a guest appearance from The Lunar Saxophone Quartet.

The event highlighted the great community spirit from all choirs and even held a mini tournament in the form of ’12 days of Christmas’ in preparation for the 2012 Office Choir of The Year Competition held in March.  Applications are still being accepted so if you think your office has got what it takes to claim the prize or just want a bit of musical fun, why not enter at their website.

(Written on December 13, 2011 )