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WildKat PR is happy to announce that we are now working with conductor Alan Tongue and his new project Mozart In The Afternoon.

Alan Tongue is a conductor and musicologist who studied with Sergiu Celibidache,worked for the BBC, and later built his career around the world, from Eastern Europe to South America and the United States.

In 2007, he came across Vaughan Williams’ exercise for the Cambridge D. Mus in the University Library in Cambridge. He took the challenge to transcribe it, leading to the birth of critically-acclaimed project A Cambridge MassThe world premiere took place at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, with the Bach Choir and New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, before being performed in London and the US.

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Alan is now back to London and is preparing for his upcoming project: Mozart In The Afternoon. The programme is as follows:

  • Divertimento in F, K. 138
  • Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K. 415
  • Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 ‘The Jupiter’

Alan will conduct newly-founded The Beecham Orchestra, with pianist Iain Farrington (who performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games and composed music for the BBC Proms) and violinist Rick Friedman (co-leader and first violin of the Birmingham Royal Ballet).

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With its unusual timing of 2:30pm, the concert will benefit all sorts of audiences, offering a break from the busy city after lunch, and before the evening’s darkness: the perfect daytime activity.

Mozart In The Afternoon – Tuesday 4th April – 2.30PM

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

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(Written on February 20, 2017 )

As announced yesterday in PR Week, WildKatPR is very happy to welcome our newest client, Sound and Music.

Director Kathleen Alder says: “We are thrilled to be working with such a rich organisation promoting new music, which is something WildKat has always been very passionate about. We think Sound and Music’s work is invaluable to this sector and many composers have benefitted from their programmes and activity in the past and present. We will be working on their UK PR, utilising our in-depth knowledge of the traditional, contemporary and neo classical markets to broaden their reach and engage new audiences in their projects.”

Sound and Music is the dynamic national charity for new music in the UK. Its vision is to create a world where contemporary music and sounds thrive and prosper, by transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating creators and artists, whilst raising awareness and focusing on diversity.

Their activity ranges from artist development to network buildingcreative data, education and much more.

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2017 is set to be another exciting and innovative year for Sound and Music. As we continue our aim to challenge and change perceptions of new music, whilst celebrate the breath of work being created and the extraordinary composers and artists living in the UK today – Victoria Johnson, Head of Digital, Marketing and Communications

Spring highlights will include:
Experimental Cut & Splice festival will be brought to Manchester this March for its first visit outside the capital, in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on Hear And Now.
Curated by local ensemble Distractfold, C&S will take over Hallé St Peter’s and Hallé St Michael’s in Ancoats, for two days with an exciting and groundbreaking programme of music that explores technology as an unreliable narrator.

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Composer-Curator is Sound and Music’s national new music touring programme, which supports entrepreneurial, grassroots composers and artists from a range of disciplines looking to create their own opportunities by producing their own touring work, celebrating and supporting them to hone their curator skills.
Their Next Wave national project will focus, help and support talented students in higher education, who haven’t gone to music colleges and conservatoires yet. It will address the identified gap in support for gifted young composers about to embark on a professional career.
In partnership with NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, it is the only programme of its kind in the UK, and will offer winners the opportunity to study in higher education with bespoke support, work collaboratively, and record a dedicated recording with international release on NMC to be launched at a live showcase at Sage in January 2018.
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They will also continue to develop The Sampler, an interactive platform for curious listeners and music industry actors and lovers across the UK, bringing together and showcasing new music, event listings, blogs, playlists, podcasts and webinars. Most importantly, this platform is the first of its kind not to categorise events, activity and artists by genres, but by tags, announcing the end of categorisation in new music and giving the power back to its users.

Sound and Music activity is made possible with the generous support of Arts Council of England,  Bliss TrustCockayne, Esmee Fairbairn FoundationFidelity Foundation UKGarfield WestonHelp Musicians UKJohn Ellerman FoundationLeverhulme TrustMonument TrustPaul Hamlyn FoundationPRS for Music Foundation,  RVW Trust, and Unlimited Impact.

 

(Written on February 9, 2017 )

“Wellness”, “wellbeing”, “work-life balance” – these buzzwords have been entering the business world more regularly over the past few years. As we as a society begin to focus more on our health, our time, our personal development, so have the companies that we work for. Especially in PR companies and creative agencies, where working over-time is almost expected and in the arts where there are concerts, launches, and networking events to attend, it’s important to ensure that you are able to enjoy your personal life wherever possible.

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WildKat began to explore techniques to reward colleagues and staff back in 2011, when Kat brought her yoga instructor into the office. We began having weekly classes for 1 hour on a Wednesday afternoon. Berlin’s Victoria Mattinson says, “Taking an hour out to do yoga is a really effective way of clearing the mind and stretching out.  I always come back to my desk feeling refreshed and with new ideas.”

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In 2014, we also cemented the annual WildKat ski trip for the team who have been in the company for over 1 year. This is the perfect retreat for our colleagues to relax and unwind (off the slopes, of course!), spend time with the full global team, and try some new experiences together. London’s Victoria Cappelletti went on her first trip this year, explaining, “The annual WildKat PR ski trip is a great way to get to know the members of the team better and actually become friends, so that we are all like a little family. It totally lines up with the general company mood, ethic and atmosphere, giving people the opportunity to have fun and discuss topics beyond work.”

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Our perks continued to build in 2015, when Sweden began to initiate 6-hour working days to create a balance between work and personal life, Kat decided to trial the scheme in our Berlin office. We were quite skeptical at first that 2 hours would make a huge difference to our work-life balance, and that it wouldn’t compromise our work, but we were ready for the challenge. After a transitional phase, our Berlin team was working more efficiently – so much that our clients did not notice! – completing tasks and moving on without procrastination, feeling more happy and healthy at work, and also attending more events out-of-hours without free time or energy being compromised.  You can read our full feedback here.

However, one journalist asked: if we love our jobs why would we want to work less? Although this was not the point of our experiment, the hardest aspect was the need to be constantly productive. There was less time to read articles and be active on social media – two activities which are crucial to PR. We also lost out on occasional small talk, which does help to break up the day. Therefore, from now on, instead of a full-blown overhaul of our working day, every employee has ten six-hour days per month at their disposal.

Last year, we decided that we would fully integrate our perks into WildKat’s ethos and policy. Our in-house design team at Classical Music Design created a poster for us, that would have a central place in our office and would remind us that being happy in our lives and at work will allow us to live a more balanced life.

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Kat explains, “I felt that my staff deserve the best that my company could possibly offer. I divided the benefits up into monetary, educational, and well-being. Mostly, I am weary that money is a big deciding factor so of course we wanted to increase perks and financial rewards but actually focusing on well-being and one’s own personal development is a hot topic that almost comes equal to financial gain. 

“We want to feel valued on many levels and that our development is encouraged along the way so I wanted to offer training funds, 6 hour working days, yoga sessions, sabbatical, etc. Rewarding my staff doesn’t always have to cost the company a lot but it does mean that the teams are better balanced. Quite frankly, the older I get, the more I think that time is the most valuable commodity, so I want to enhance my staff’s time when at work but also give them more off time out of the office.” 

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Director of the Berlin office, Carolin Denz, was one of the first to utilise her training fund, purchasing a few books on leadership and communication: “As the Berlin team has grown a lot and we all know how important it is to build up a great and solid working team, we are always focusing on improving the team spirit and motivation. I began to learn some tips and advice from a few books about different ways to lead groups, so we can build on it with individual and more intense workshops during 2017. The books give an insight into how groups of different characters and opinions work, how to lead them best and motivate them to build up the team we need for our campaigns – creative thinking, responsibility and being a good team-player.”

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As well as the “official” #WildKatPerks, we still encourage our team to network in the industry, and step into the wider world to gain knowledge and make introductions on behalf of the company. For example, Junior Account Manager & Office Manager James Hardie attended #ABO17. He said, “I was very excited to have the chance to attend the Association of British Orchestras conference in Bournemouth, especially at such an early stage in my career.  The focus this year was Disruption, and I had the privilege of listening to some of the industry’s leading figures, including Hannah Kendall, Mel Larsen, James Murphy, and Chi-Chi Nwanoku talk about what this meant to them.  A strong feeling of community pervaded every session, and it was heartening to be surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom want to see classical music engage with new and diverse audiences.”

As civil servants face curbs on office ‘cake culture’, here at WildKat we know that everything works well in moderation and with plenty of balance. Are you considering some new perks for your company? How do you manage to balance work and life as a freelance? Feel free to send us your thoughts at @WildKatPR or comment below!

(Written on January 31, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, pop music takes over classical choices on the popular BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, and the Brook Street Band announce a new festival to take place in Norwich.  Trouble for travelling string players as another instrument is completely destroyed whilst flying, and the Kennedy Center breaks with tradition in announcing its 17/18 season.  After several cancellations, Jonas Kaufmann returns to open the Vienna Opera Ball, and Jaki Liebezeit has sadly passed away aged 78.

The Guardian

Roll over Beethoven: Desert Island Discs stars pick pop over classical

Guests of the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs are abandoning classical music selections in favour of pop music and power ballads, according to a survey to mark the show’s 75th anniversary.

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Brook Street Band announces Handel festival

The Brook Street Band has announced its inaugural Handel festival, timed to coincide with the end of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary year. love: Handel will take place 22-23 April 2017 in Norwich, which currently lacks an early music festival.

The Violin Channel

Cello Student Seeking Help After Airline Completely Trashed Her Instrument

A Florida State University music student has set up a Go Fund Me page in an effort to replace her cello – which was destroyed on a recent United Airlines flight.

The Strad

Teenagers break Vienna Symphony viola player’s finger at metro station

Michael Buchmann was involved in an altercation with three young men over smoking on Saturday evening.

The Washington Post

Kennedy Center announces notable 2017-2018 classical season

The Kennedy Center broke with its season-announcement tradition by announcing its 2017-2018 classical music season — the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts — on Monday afternoon.

Broadwayworld

NYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREAT

New York Festival of Song continues its NYFOS Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 20:00.

Spiegel ONLINE

Jaki Liebezeit ist gestorben

Er reduzierte sein Schlagzeugspiel, bis aus der Monotonie Groove wurde: Jaki Liebezeit war ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Gruppe Can, die als Krautrockband weltweiten Einfluss hatte. Nun ist er 78-jährig gestorben.

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Jonas Kaufmann singt beim Wiener Opernball

Monatelang hatte Jonas Kaufmann wegen einer Entzündung an den Stimmbändern seine Auftritte absagen müssen. Jetzt braucht er PR.

Musik Heute

Zwei Nachwuchsmusiker gewinnen Mendelssohn-Preis

Die Geigerin Diana Tishchenko und das Trio Marvin haben den Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb 2017 gewonnen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Ewaldt gestorben

Der Dirigent Peter Ewaldt ist tot. Er starb nach kurzer, schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 64 Jahren.

Le Monde

Dutilleux et son « Double » célébrés dans l’antre de Boulez

L’« année Dutilleux » s’est close samedi 21 janvier à la Philharmonie, à Paris, avec la « Deuxième Symphonie » en transe jazzy.

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Une comédie musicale sur le harcèlement scolaire à l’Opéra Bastille

Du 21 au 28 janvier, une comédie musicale aborde le thème du harcèlement à l’école, avec humour et gravité, à l’Opéra Bastille.

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Classical Music News @classicalmusic Moving house? Make sure your piano is properly protected

Classical Music News @classicalmusic A music venue that reflects our diversity

Music History @today_classical  in 1705 Birth of Italian Carlo

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Photograph: The Brook Street Band

(Written on January 24, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, composer Max Richter calls for a greater appreciation of Britain’s classical music heritage.  Philip Glass, soon to turn 80, discusses his career and his relationship with minimalism.  Design Week explores the story behind the London Symphony Orchestra’s new identity, and London-based start-up, Jukedeck, explains how it composes music without a composer, using artificial intelligence. In Germany the Elbphilharmonie’s soundproofing is put to the test by German rock band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Guardian

Britain must embrace its classical heritage

Max Richter, a leading British composer whose work is used on stage and screen, says UK audiences don’t get the credit for having broad tastes.

Philip Glass on turning 80

‘My problem is people don’t believe I write symphonies.’ About to turn 80, the composer talks about his slow, taxi-driving road to success, and why he is anything but a minimalist…

Design Week

New identity for LSO

The identity for the Orchestra’s 2017/18 season is based on its original conductor logo, also designed by the consultancy, and features a series of animated films by Tobias Gremmler.

The Telegraph

Musicians make the safest drivers

Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.

New York Times

Jukedeck – at the cutting edge?

Jukedeck is one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music. Their computers tap tools like artificial neural networks, modeled on the brain, that allow the machines to learn by doing, rather as a child does. So far, at least, these businesses do not seem to be causing much anxiety among musicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barenboims Botschaft an New York

Die Berliner Staatskapelle spielt in der Carnegie Hall den ersten kompletten Zyklus aller nummerierten Sinfonien Anton Bruckners – und Maestro Barenboim spricht eine Warnung aus

Krieg gegen die Kunst – Trump droht mit Kürzungen bei der Kulturförderung

Der neue US-Präsident könnte die beiden staatlichen Fördereinrichtungen für Kultur NEA und NEH abschaffen

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Im Herbst übernimmt Simon Rattle das London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt verriet der Dirigent seine wichtigsten Pläne für die Zukunft. 

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Einstürzende Neubauten in der Elbphilharmonie – auch Tinnitus klingt super

Es wurde gelärmt – aber sie steht noch: Zur Eröffnung des Pop-Programms trat die Experimental-Rockband Einstürzende Neubauten in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf. Der Höhepunkt: Das erotische Knistern einer Zigarette.

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Die Würde der anderen

Moritz Eggerts Oper “Freax” erhält nun fast zehn Jahre nach dem ersten gescheiterten Versuch ihre aufregende szenische Uraufführung in Regenburg

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Music History @today_classical  in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Classical Music News @classicalmusic Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor

Theater Regensburg @theaterRGNSBRG »Die Würde der anderen« – über am @

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Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

(Written on January 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, read about musicians Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota making classical cool, a festival featuring a whole weekend of music written by composers aged under 18, and the appalling salaries and internships that are killing diversity in the classical music industry. Also, Wiener Musikverein announces death of French maestro conductor, Georges Prêtre.

VICE News

Making classical cool

Read about musicians that are reinventing classical music for a new generation.

The Irish Times

‘Piano and violin lend themselves to youth and precocity’

From Schubert and Mendelssohn to 11-year-old Alma Deutscher, Finghin Collins is about to present a whole weekend of music written by composers aged under 18.

The Violin Channel

Czech Phil Extends Music Director Jiri Belohlavek for 6 More Years

The Czech Philharmonic has announced the contract extension of Music Director Jirí Belohlavek for an additional 6 seasons.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Opera announces The Mozartists

Classical Opera has announced plans to extend its concert work under a new name.

Appalling salaries and internships are killing diversity in our industry

If you work in the arts, the chances are you have shared a horror story about your first salary, probably post-scripted with a chuckling ‘good job we’re not in this industry for the money’ disclaimer.

Le Monde

Georges Prêtre, une passion viennoise

Le chef d’orchestre français, ami de Maria Callas et de Francis Poulenc, est mort le 4 janvier à l’âge de 92 ans.

The New York Times

Karel Husa, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

Karel Husa, a Czech-born American composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969 and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1993, died on Dec. 14 at his home in Apex, N.C.

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Eine Extra-Genehmigung zum Fest – Wieland Wagners 100. Geburtstag

Für Wieland Wagner macht Bayreuth eine Ausnahme. Eigentlich darf im berühmten Opernhaus auf dem Grünen Hügel ausnahmslos das Werk von Richard Wagner aufgeführt werden. Doch für den Enkel des berühmten Komponisten drückt die Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ein Auge zu.

Der Tagesspiegel

Georges Prêtre mit 92 Jahren gestorben

Er gehörte zu den Größten seiner Zunft, leitete die Wiener Philharmoniker und war Generaldirektor der Pariser Oper. Der französische Dirigent Georges Prêtre ist mit 92 Jahren gestorben.

Musik Heute

Semperoper plant zwei “Ring”-Serien mit Thielemann

Die Sächsische Staatsoper führt im kommenden Jahr Richard Wagners Zyklus “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in zwei Serien auf. Die musikalische Leitung übernehme erstmals Christian Thielemann.

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Music History @today_classical in 2016 Death of French and conductor Pierre

MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Geiger setzt seine Sendung bei fort

The Violin Channel @violinchannel WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Shostakovich’s Gigantic Tap-Dancing Noses [WTF]

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(Written on January 5, 2017 )

We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London from January 2017.

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 covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’ by 5pm on 12th December 2016.

(Written on November 15, 2016 )

WildKat PR wishes Steve Reich a very Happy Birthday today!

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WildKat PR recently worked with Steve and Metal Liverpool on their “Different Trains” project, which took place last week. The performance was given a five-star review by The Times, who described the performance as “an exuberant, sometimes dark blend of music and film — this was a superb performance of one of Steve Reich’s most poignant works.” “Different Trains” was performed as an open-air concert at Metal’s Liverpool home at Edge Hill station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world, with a film accompaniment, which was  a newly commissioned work by artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Take a look at Steve’s interview with the London Contemporary Orchestra on Boiler Room, where he talked about the production.

Besides the Different Trains project, Steve also collaborated with The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor, to create a new one-act work, in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday as well as Wayne McGregor’s ten years as Resident Choreographer at Royal Opera House. The world premiere performance will take place in November 2016. For more details about the performances, please refer to ROH’s website.

In addition, Steve Reich recently collaborated with Kristjan Järvi on his Sound Project and released a double CD “Steve Reich Duet,” in celebration of Reich’s 80th birthday.

Steve Reich will also be presenting his works with the Barbican. “Steve Reich’s music changed the way we hear our world,” as said by the Barbican. In his 80th birthday year, the Barbican begins a year-long celebration, with Britten Sinfonia launching the festivities with the European premiere of his work “Pulse”: just part of an evening of music and visuals that demonstrates his profound engagement with the events of our time: air travel, atomic testing, and genetic engineering. Visit the Barbican’s website for more details.

 

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Photo: WildKat PR. Steve speaks with Radcliffe and Maconie for their BBC 6Music show

 

“Without Steve Reich’s rhythms, pulses and phasing, contemporary culture would be a much poorer place,” says the Guardian. Reich has given the contemporary musical world a licence to groove. He created a model of a self-sustaining ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, to play, record and remain a living laboratory for his music, and he has inspired musicians from Michael Gordon to Nico Muhly, from Björk to DJ Spooky. And that means that we all live in a Reichian musical world.

WildKat is also very excited to work with Berlin-based label, FILM, on their release of Reich’s “Six Pianos,” with pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka, John Kameel Farah, Erol Sarp from Grandbrothers, as well as Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick from the techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, read more about it here.

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.

NBC DFW

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?

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SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

Klassik heute

Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

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Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.

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Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

Hello Stage @HelloStage_ Classical Music and Digital Media? Really? Let’s discuss on Thursday with :

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Photograph: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical news

In our classical music news today: lots of firsts as Esa-Pekka Salonen takes up first position of artist-in-association at Finnish National Opera and Ballet, and Sound festival announces John De Simone as inaugural composer-in-residence. Also, Lionel Bringuier will leave Zurich Tonhalle at the end of 2017/2018 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Finnish National Opera and Ballet appoints Salonen as artist-in-association

Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FNOB) has appointed Esa-Pekka Salonen as its first artist-in-association. He will assume the newly created, five-year position with the 2016/17 season.

Sound festival announces inaugural composer-in-residence

John De Simone has been announced as Sound’s first composer-in-residence. The Scottish-Italian composer, who is director of Ensemble Thing, will create new work for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 festivals, beginning with a piece that will be premiered in a concert alongside Louis Andriessen’s De Staat.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Der Vertrag von Lionel Bringuier als Chefdirigent des Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchesters wird nicht verlängert. Was hinter dieser seit längerem erwarteten Entscheidung steckt.

Music Week

MCPS and PRS for Music back library music awards relaunch

The annual Library Music Awards has today relaunched as the Production Music Awards, in association with MCPS Production Music.

Broadwayworld

Simon Rattle to Conduct St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys in Concert, 9/18

Sir Simon Rattle will conduct The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a special benefit concert to include Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings on Sunday, September 18.

Die Zeit

Wie geht noch mal das “Magnificat”?

Daniel Barenboim startet seinen eigenen YouTube-Kanal.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Traumberuf Musiker

Junge, talentierte Schüler bekommen in Hallbergmoos eine besondere Förderung. Initiiert hat dieses Programm der Pianist, Komponist und Pädagoge Vladimir Genin.

Der Tagesspiegel

Abenteuerreisen ins Altbekannte

Zum 17. Mal startet „Young Euro Classic“ in Berlin. Bei dem Festival überwindet Musik tatsächlich Grenzen – aber anders als in Sonntagsreden.

Die Welt

Ohne Schuhe auf der Jagd nach der Jugend

Die klassische Musik braucht Nachwuchs. Das Publikum wird immer älter. Neue Formate werden gesucht. In Berlin wurden zwei Modelle getestet. So richtig funktionieren sie allerdings beide nicht

El Mundo

Las grandes orquestas toman la partitura de la Quincena

Como para coger impulso, la Quincena Musical de San Sebastián se coge unos días de descanso coincidiendo con la Semana Grande.

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Photo Credit: Benjamin Ealovega

Twitter

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Great to see the intro of the #NightTube, can only help the night time economy & access to music venues.

Ed Vaizey @EdVaizey New culture secretary to promote #diversity in #arts http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/news/new-culture-secretary-promote-diversity-arts/ … @M_magazinePRS

Darren Henley ‏@HENLEYDARREN New blog by our @ace_national Strategy Director @richardrussell1 on encouraging news for arts & culture post #Brexit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/blog/post-brexit-funding-%E2%80%93-encouraging-news-arts-and-culture-sector

(Written on August 19, 2016 )