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The most recent addition to the WildKat PR client roster is none other than the highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner Christina McMaster.

Her continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances has allowed to her to collaborate with a diverse mix of genres and artists, including violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week.

Upon graduating with a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.  She is also a champion of new music, having worked with established composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.

Recently Christina founded Ensemble WOW, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming – a cause of which Christina is a strong supporter. They are very proud to be Listenpony’s ensemble in residence, with a concert coming up at The Rag Factory on 2nd March 2015. The concert will include a variety of works evoking music’s engagement with current affairs – war, rebellion and civil rights as well as the spirituality and solidarity that surround these powerful events.

Also in March, Christina will be heading to Barbados for the Holders Season where she will play an eclectic programme that captures the essence of the American Dream. She will be joined by violinist Lizzie Ball and they will play tracks from Christina’s upcoming album Pinks and Blues which is due to be released in May.

But before she jets off, you can see Christina performing Debussy, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Charles Ives and Beethoven with the Derby Chamber Music Society on 20th February at 7:30pm.

For more information about Christina you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook pages.



(Written on January 30, 2015 )

The US capital is in for a treat next week when baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan will be premiering their World War I Centenary Tribute recital at the Kennedy Center. The performance is the second annual Gerald Perman Emerging Artists Fund recital, promoted by Vocal Arts DC. Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center, said about the programme: “Gerald Perman has produced one of the great vocal series of the world”.

John and Peter devised a recital programme which includes songs by composers who were directly affected by the Great War. There will be songs by European and American composers, many of whom fought in the war on different sides of the frontier. John Brancy will lead through the recital and annotate with historical and musical facts.

Both John and Peter are recent Juilliard graduates. John has already performed at the most prestigious opera houses in Europe such as the Dresden Semperoper and Alte Oper Frankfurt and was in concert with Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. Pianist Peter Dugan opened the season with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony this summer.

John and Peter will be taking the World War I Centenary Tribute recital to Chicago in April 2015 and Montreal in May 2015.

Please visit the Vocal Arts DC website to see the full recital programme:

Watch a sneak preview of the recital on John’s YouTube channel.

John Brancy and Peter Dugan, photo credit Gerard Collett

(Written on December 5, 2014 )

Classic FM

Eric Whitacre and Danielle de Niese to host Gramophone Awards 2012

The votes are in, the classical artists and record companies are ready to go – and two of the world’s most in-demand performers are gearing up for the glamourous award ceremony.

More acts announced for Classic BRIT Awards

The Classic BRIT Awards will feature performances from Gary Barlow, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Russell Watson and more, it has been announced.

Glenn Gould’s classical music gesture app

The great pianist once had the idea that music would be created using gestures – and now a new app has made his dream a reality.

Trademark causes choc crisis for Mozart Balls

Sweet manufacturers in Austria will now be allowed to freely use the Mozart name to market their products after a ban on using the name has been lifted.

LA Times

Philip Glass, Cai Guo-Qiang named Praemium Imperiale laureates

Composer Philip Glass and artist Cai Guo-Qiang are among the recently announced laureates of the 2012 Praemium Imperiale awards, organized by the Japan Art Assn. The annual awards are considered one of the most prestigious cultural honors in the world.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

A fistful of dollars: how the Charles Ives House was sold

We have received the inside working of the transaction from one of the activists who worked, with great dedication and in close cooperation with the local authorities, to save the house for posterity.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music and Ballet Blog

Breaking news: Music is left out of education reform again

Legacy? What legacy? The runaway success of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival looked set to prove to everyone that the UK’s arts scene is second to none. But that’s meaningless without the follow-up of lasting care and attention at grass-roots level – ie, in education.

Classical-music, BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s The Magic Flute at ENO

Nicholas Hytner’s production stands the test of time

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

Trifonov’s Triumph: Tchaikovsky, Twice Over

At just 21 years old, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, the most recent winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, is zooming into the classical music stratosphere — and with his new album he’s out to prove he’s here to stay.

Classic FM






(Written on September 19, 2012 )


The Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker forges a new relationship with Sony

Cyber concert-going enters a new era.

The New York Times

Pickup Orchestra of Stars, Made for TV.

A pickup ensemble of musicians — including prominent principal players — from some of the nation’s major classical music orchestras.

Classic FM

Ives supporters unite to purchase composer’s home

Charles Ives’ house, which was previously earmarked for demolition by developers, is the subject of a new fan campaign to preserve it.

Classical Music

Youth Music names 88 new music projects in England

Youth Music has committed more than £4m to 88 new music projects in England, more than doubling the value of its awards made over the last year, but many more groups will have to miss out because of shortage of funds.

The Independent

Darren Henley: The radio boss with a plan to drag classical music into the digital era

Classic FM has much to learn from hip-hop and R&B stations, the former newsreader who rose to become its chief tells Ian Burrell.

The Washington Post

John Cage Centennial Festival: Will it silence critics in Washington?

John Cage — composer, philosopher, visual artist, mushroom enthusiast — would have been 100 years old on Wednesday. To many artists, he was one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century. To some musicians, he is underrated: branded, unfairly, more important as a thinker than a composer.

Arts journal: Slipped Disc

Pulitzer winner and more attack New York Times for removing music critic

The demotion of Allan Kozinn from classical music critic to culture has attracted widespread condemnation.


(Written on September 4, 2012 )

Classic FM

Mark Bebbington completes his John Ireland journey 

Pianist’s fourth instalment in his Ireland series uncovers previously unheard material from new transcriptions.

John Williams to be honoured at Classic BRITs 

Williams will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award alongside performances from Andre Rieu, Nicola Benedetti and Andrea Bocelli.

BBC Music Magazine 

Julian Bliss 

Rebecca Franks talks to the British clarinettist on his latest album.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

The Doctor who has put Atlanta into intensive care 

‘Stanley Romanstein likes to be addressed as Doctor’

Vienna concert planned for kidnapped Mexico conductor 

‘While the music world fiddles the summer away, a conductor has been held hostage in Mexico for more than a year…’

Facebook page opened for Guarnerius held hostage by Germans 

Japanese supporters of Yuzuko Horigome have launched a Facebook petition in an effort to persuade the German Customs authorities to give her back the precious Guarnerius they seized at Frankfurt last weekend while she was in transit from Tokyo to Brussels.

Good News: Charles Ives’s house ‘will be saved from demolition’ 

The fight to save the heritage home succeeds.

The Telegraph 

Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht: Opera with real altitude 

An opera with musicians in helicopters and in mid air, seagull noises and a camel.

(Written on August 21, 2012 )

Classic FM

‘Fifty Shades of Grey- The Classical Album’ set for release on EMI 

EMI are releasing an album of classical music chosen by author E L James.

Charles Ives’ house to be demolished?  

Developers are looking to purchase Charles Ives’ house.

Beethoven, Bach manuscripts up for auction 

Original manuscripts by Beethoven, Bach and Rameau are to be auctioned in October at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc 

Just in: BBC signs another maestro 

The BBC Symphony Orchestra announced that Semyon Bychkov would join their roster of conductors.

Research: More Germans attend Classical Concerts than pop and rock 

A New survey detects an increase in audiences of classical concerts.

Amid Olympic confusion, Wales launches anthem app 

The Welsh have launched an app to teach you how to sing their national anthem properly.

The Guardian- Blog 

A guide to Olga Neuwirth’s music

Tom Service guides us through the music of Olga Neuwirth

BBC News 

Marvin Hamlisch, composer of The Sting and A Chorus Line, dies aged 68 

The composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the scores for films and shows including The Sting and A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles, aged 68.

(Written on August 8, 2012 )