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In today’s news: Sir Andrew Lloyed Webber and Stephen Sondheim celebrate their birthdays with a common performance , and Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced. Isabelle van Keulen becomes the leader of the Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season, “Liedermacher” André Heller for his 70th. Deutsche Oper Berlin presents new program, and an interview with Kristīne Opolais

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish Awards for New Music winners announced

The first ever Scottish Awards for New Music have been awarded at a ceremony in Glasgow. The new awards, backed by Creative Scotland, aim to celebrate and champion Scottish composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles which are creating innovative and experimental work.

Pizzicato

Isabelle van Keulen übernimmt künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss

Zum Saisonstart 2017/18 übernimmt Isabelle van Keulen als ‘Artist in Residence’ die künstlerische Leitung der Deutschen Kammerakademie Neuss « und führt das Ensemble damit auf neue Wege », wie es in einer Pressemitteilung heißt.

Rhinegold

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces Ticciati’s farewell season

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced its 2017/18 season: Robin Ticciati’s ninth and final as principal conductor.

BBC

Thailand’s blind children’s orchestra

The Thai Blind Orchestra is made up of young musicians and is run by a man whose daytime job is managing an elephant conservation centre.

The Violin Channel

Tarisio Auctions to Offer 5 x $5000 2017 Innovative Young Artist Grants

Tarisio has announced the launch of the 2017 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grants scheme – offering five bursaries to support innovative projects

Classic FM

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it’s a full-on workout

Pianist Sunny Li loves making ‘fun piano workout’ videos in between practicing for her latest piano concerto performance and hopes her lively videos will encourage young people to pick up an instrument.

Berliner Zeitung

Liedermacher André Heller zum 70. Geburtstag 

Als er Anfang der 1970er-Jahre mit seinen Liedern auch in Deutschland bekannt wurde, scheute man davor zurück, ihn einen Liedermacher zu nennen.

Klassik.com

Mendelssohn-Manuskript wird in Zürich versteigert

Ein Manuskript von jungen Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy kommt Anfang April in Zürich zur Versteigerung.

Concerti

„Vielleicht werde ich mal Impresario, wer weiß!”

Kristīne Opolais wollte nie einen perfekt vorgepflasterten Weg beschreiten und gab dem Zufall stets eine Chance. So wurde aus der Studienabbrecherin ein Weltstar

The Washington Post

Dave Davies says some new Kinks songs have been demo’d. If only his brother would let them finish.

Here’s a news nugget for Kinks obsessives: Turns out that Ray and Dave Davies, the perpetually feuding brothers at the heart of the legendary defunct rock band, actually recorded some demos last year.

Kulturradio RBB

Deutsche Oper Berlin präsentiert neues Program

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin plant für die Saison 2017/18 acht Neuproduktionen.

Broadwayworld

Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Today we celebrate two of musical theatre’s most revered icons, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who coincidentally share a birthday.

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(Written on March 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.

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100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.

Rhinegold

Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.

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New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.

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„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

WQXR.org

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

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Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’

klassik.com Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

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(Written on March 17, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

Twitter 

Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

Classical Music News CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Performed
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(Written on March 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

Pizzicato

New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

Der Tagesspiegel

Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

musicalchairs

Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

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Sound and Music@soundandmusic: This weekend in Manchester – , curated by – Exciting!

klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

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(Written on March 10, 2017 )

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.

Rhinegold

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.

Pizzicato

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 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. 

Spiegel

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.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

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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(Written on January 23, 2017 )