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Last night, Kat, Olivia, James and Eliza attended the BBC Music Magazine Awards at Kings Place in London.

After a couple of glasses of fizz, we began the awards ceremony.  Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine, hobbled on stage to open proceedings, explaining how crowd-surfing at a Couperin-fuelled rave was the cause of his broken ankle a month before. Oliver then introduced his co-presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, (standing in for James Naughtie), and things got underway.  See below for a summary of winners.

We were especially delighted to attend to see our client, Accentus Music, pick up the Best DVD Award.  Paul Smaczny, Director of Accentus Music and producer of the winning release of Berg’s Wozzeck was there to accept the award.  He gave his heartfelt thanks to his team, and read the following from soloist Christian Gerhaher:  “I feel so incredibly satisfied that this Wozzeck production, which was—and every director should please forgive me—the most exhilarating in my life, receives the greatest acclamation. The result of visualising this extraordinary staging in that simple but nearly fully conveying way is just admirable. It brings to life the wonderful months that we and the audience spent with Berg’s masterwork one and half years ago. I would definitely call this a defining criterion of opera DVDs. Thank you all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guest presenters included all-round fahionista and style guru, Gok Wan, who recently released his own curated album of opera entitled ‘Gok’s Divas’.  Comedian Alastair McGowan tickled the audience with a series of stunning impressions and tenuous puns, before presenting Best Instrumental Award to Mahan Esfahani for his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. With his customary loud-mouth, Mahan gave an impassioned and thoughtful acceptance speech, leaving us with a call to action: ‘Extend classical music, and it will be limitless in what it gives back to you.’

Dame Joan Bakewell, who presented the Recording of the Year Award offered a thought-provoking address on the great value the BBC has in the classical music world, and the impact it had on her own appreciation of music. She announced the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko performing Tchaikovsky Symphonies as Recording of the Year.

Throughout the evening, a number of references were made to the Proms Launch, which takes place today. BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey, slightly let the cat out of the bag when he said there would be lots of concerts in a big round hall.  Unfortunately, we can’t confirm this at the moment, but watch this space.

Vocal Award Matthias Goerne, Synergy Vocals, BBC SO, Josep Pons

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

Orchestral Award Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

DVD Award Berg Wozzeck, Christian Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich, Accentus Music

Newcomer Award Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos, Beatrice Rana, Antonio Pappano, Orchestra Dell-Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia

Concerto Award CPE Bach Cello Concertos, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo, Hyperion

Premiere Award Julian Anderson, Vladimir Jurowski, Carolin Widmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Choral Award Jonathan Harvey, Deo, The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, Signum Records

Record of the Year Award  Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko, Onyx

Many congratulations from all of us at WildKat PR to Accentus Music, and all the other winners! We’re looking forward to next year’s awards already.

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Christian Gerhaher has been presented with a Wigmore Medal in recognition of his long-standing relationship with Wigmore Hall. Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival Composers’ Competition announced its winner. Also, Berlin Philharmonic violist accuses former colleague of selling false viola attributed to Luigi Mingazzi, an Italian maker from the 20th century, and the dispute is now playing out in the Munich high court.

Classical Music Magazine

Gerhaher receives Wigmore Medal

Christian Gerhaher has been presented with a Wigmore Medal in recognition of his long-standing relationship with Wigmore Hall.

London Mozart Players announces partnership with Bach to Baby

A new partnership between the London Mozart Players and Bach to Baby will launch on 3 December. The new relationship will be marked with two concerts at the LMP’s new home at St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood, London, at 2pm and 4.15pm.

CIMCF composers’ competition winner announced

Clive Smith’s setting of William Blake’s “The Tyger” received first prize at Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival Composers’ Competition.

The Strad

Berlin Philharmonic musician accuses former colleague of selling ‘false’ Mingazzi viola

A dispute between two violists is playing out in the Munich high court following the sale of an instrument ‘falsely’ attributed to 20th century Italian maker Luigi Mingazzi, according to German reports.

Nicolas Altstaedt and Claudio Bohórquez appointed Hanns Eisler Academy of Music cello professors

Nicolas Altstaedt and Claudio Bohórquez have been appointed cello professors at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, Germany. The two musicians are alumni of the university, having studied under Boris Pergamenschikow and Eberhard Feltz.

The New York Times

Bob Dylan, More Than a Songwriter

Musician or poet? Twitter debates whether Mr.Dylan qualifies as the Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Myanmar Times

Classical meets electro at Baroque Lounge

Baroque Lounge, which melds 17th-century European music with electronics, will be presented at the Goethe-Institut’s Goethe-Villa on October 18.

Shreveport Times

Powerhouse pianists fuses house, classical music with SSO

A bit of classical fused with a bit of house music will result in the genre-crossing, exhilarating concert to appeal to the masses of music lovers. Duo piano artists Anderson & Roe will join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in “Rachmaninoff Rhapsody” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Riverview Theater in downtown Shreveport.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Ein Nobelpreisträger, den man nicht erst verschämt googeln muss”

Ein Musiker erhält den wichtigsten Literaturpreis der Welt – für Literaturkritiker Denis Scheck ein “Späßken” der Akademie. Bob Dylans Fans feiern den Künstler als Chuck Norris der Musik.

klassik.com

Dirigent und Komponist Gerhard Wimberger gestorben

Der Österreicher starb im Alter von 93 Jahren. Wimberger war neben seiner musikpraktischen und -schöpferischen Tätigkeit unter anderem Musiker-Gewerkschafter und zwei Jahrzehnte lang Direktoriumsmitglied der Salzburger Festspiele und setzte sich dort für die zeitgenössische Musik ein.

Kulturradio Rbb

Neuer Studiengang “Kirchenmusik popular” in Herford gestartet

In einer vierjährigen Grundausbildung am Klavier oder an der Gitarre sollen sie etwa als Kirchenmusiker oder Chorleiter arbeiten können und für mehr geistlichen Pop, Rock und Jazz in ihren Gemeinden sorgen.

Codex Flores

Preis für Studie zur Musiktherapie für Krebspatienten

Der Hannoveraner Nachwuchswissenschaftler Marco Warth ist für eine Arbeit zur Musiktherapie für Menschen, die unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt sind, mit dem Reinhold-Schwarz-Förderpreis für Psychoonkologie 2016 ausgezeichnet worden.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Lars erhält Würth-Preis

Royal College of Music @RCMLodon Yesterday RCM singers joined @realaled to sing ‘Walking in the Air’ at 18,000ft! http://bit.ly/2e2Jgr8

Classic FM @ClassicFM Meet the computer-generated audience helping music students get over their nerves: http://classfm.co/f4i7yX

Christian Gerhaher receives the Wigmore Medal

Photo: Simon Jay Price

(Written on October 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news Richard Morrison asks if playing from memory is a gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity ahead of the Aurora Orchestra’s BBC Proms concerts. Lesley Garrett is to record an appeal for Help Musicians UK, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 this month. Also, Tête à Tête opera festival announces it’s 2015 season including 40 new works to be performed throughout the three weeks.

Guardian

The National’s Bryce Dessner on the American landscapes that inspire him

Ahead of a concert series in London of new music exploring the American musical landscape, the musician selects seven works that provide fertile ground for his imagination

Telegraph

Christian Gerhaher: the most moving singer in the world

Ahead of his unmissable UK dates, German baritone Christian Gerhaher is mercifully modest, finds Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Richard Morrison: Is playing from memory a party trick or a musical revelation?

A gimmick or a bold feat of collective virtuosity?

Classical Music Magazine

Lesley Garrett records appeal for Help Musicians UK

Opera singer Lesley Garrett CBE is recording an appeal for Help Musicians UK, to be broadcast on Radio 4 in May.

Tête à Tête announces 2015 opera festival

Tête à Tête has unveiled the programme for its 2015 opera festival, which will feature more than 100 performances and 40 new works over the course of three weeks.

Die Welt

Ausschuss prüft Kostenexplosion bei Staatsoper

Alles wird teurer und dauert länger: Die Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper entwickelt sich ähnlich wie Hamburgs Elbphilharmonie. Jetzt soll ein Untersuchungsausschuss das Debakel aufklären.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Junge mit der Posaune

Der Kranzberger Felix Schlüter hat den Jugendkulturpreis des Landkreises gewonnen. Für sein Instrument, die Bassposaune, braucht er einen langen Atem – und auch für seine Traumkarriere.        

pizzicato

Neue, kostenlose ‘Opera Platform’ ist online

Ab dem heutigen 8. Mai gibt es für europäische Internetnutzer eine neue Online-Opernplattform.

The Irish Times

Béla Bartók: how music broadened the mind of a ‘nationalist’ composer

The innovative musician’s biographer traces his journey from Hungarian patriot to a synthesiser of not just folk and classical music but also of neighbouring cultures

JDCMB

Breaking news: rising star decamps from Royal Ballet

The ballerina Melissa Hamilton is to leave Covent Garden for a year in order to work with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden during 2016, as a principal dancer.

Twitter

Sam Jackson ‏@classicjacko: What would a Conservative majority mean for music? Here’s @NickFerrariLBC‘s @ClassicFM interview with David Cameron: http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/david-cameron-music-education/ …

Manchester Camerata @MancCamerata: OUR 2015-16 SEASON ANNOUNCED! Booking opens Monday at 10am through @BridgewaterHall http://bit.ly/KUY1Sx  #LookingForSound #Redefining

(Written on May 8, 2015 )

Daniel Hope’s extraordinary DVD “Refuge in Music” will be released later this month. The film tells the story of two musicians, Alice Herz-Sommer (109) and Coco Schumann (89) who survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Kept alive by the Nazis and used to deceive the outside world on the nature of the camps, their performances none-the-less brought comfort and hope to so many. As all artists appeared for free in the DVD, all artist royalties will be donated to charity.

To get a taste of this incredible story, watch the trailer:

You can pre-order the DVD  here.

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(Written on October 3, 2013 )

 

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 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Telegraph

Die Schöne Müllerin/Christian Gerhaher, Wigmore Hall, review

Gerhaher’s presence on the platform is quiet and modest and by being the music’s servant, he also became its master.

 The Independent

How the Royal Opera House helped a suburb find its voice

Rob Sharp visits a community choir as it takes the stage at Covent Garden

Gramophone Magazine

Nikolai Lugansky signs to Naïve

Russian pianist begins deal with a Liszt recital

Jessica Duchen Blog Spot

Its Myra Hess Day

It’s wonderful when they name a day after your musical heroine and make it an annual event. Today at the National Gallery it is Myra Hess Day.

Norman Lebrecht Slipped Disk

Tubular Bells man has died

His biggest impact was with the Mike Oldfield album that launched the Virgin label in 1973.  David Bedford orchestrated and conducted the richer-sounding album that followed two years later.

 The Guardian

How the great symphonies became our soundtrack to a changing world

This autumn the BBC will present a landmark season of TV and radio programmes to show how music has provided a rousing accompaniment to the march of history for 250 years

 

 

(Written on October 4, 2011 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

The Times

St Matthew Passion at the Olivier, London SE1

Expect shreds and patches in Jonathan Miller’s dramatised Passion; but also expect to be seriously moved, says Geoff Brown.

Gramophone

Alisa Weilerstein named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow

The cellist, named one of 22 MacArthur Foundation Fellows for 2011, wins a prize fund worth $500,000.

Evening Standard

Christian Gerhaher/Gerold Huber, Wigmore Hall – review

No one who heard Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram in Tannhäuser at Covent Garden last year will easily forget it. By Barry Millington.

The Guardian

Everything to play for at the Tchaikovsky competition

It’s the fiercest, sweatiest, most nerve-shredding competition in the classical world. Tom Service reports from Moscow.

The Telegraph

Lucerne Festival, Switzerland, review

This year’s Lucerne festival in Switzerland explored the favourite topic of the romantics: night. 5 stars from Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

How the Royal Opera House helped a suburb find its voice

Rob Sharp visits a community choir as it takes the stage at Covent Garden.

(Written on September 21, 2011 )