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Naomi Belshaw has joined WildKat PR as Composer Relations and PR Executive, and the company has launched new services for the culture and music communities.

Naomi’s inclusion into the company brings expert knowledge in the fields of copyright, music royalties, funding and publishing, accumulated from over ten years’ experience of working at PRS for Music, MCPS and PRS Foundation.

With this in mind, WildKat will be offering affordable consultancy for composers and small-scale organisations in the following areas:

  • Composer Consultancy– a tailored handbook for composers on all things to kick-start your career, and music royalty administration
  • Funding Advice – creative approaches to funding, and how/where to apply

These new services will be made affordable through hourly billing. This means that composers can get long-term support and tailored advice from WildKat, in an affordable and accessible way, ensuring accessibility for all.

 

Led by Naomi, WildKat is also bringing back #OpenSessions, starting with the following new themes:

  • Funding 101
  • #Royalties – How to get paid for writing music
  • Grand Rights – What is that?
  • Publishing for Dummies

#OpenSessions are free of charge 15-minute sessions. Through quick-fire consultancy, industry individuals including artists and musicians, labels, management, designers and creatives are able to learn about different part of the sector from members of the WildKat team.

Naomi Belshaw commented: “I am really excited about the prospect of giving tailored advice to early career composers. The landscape of the music industry has changed enormously in the last decade and now a composer needs to think differently about publishing, commissioning and much, much more. For example, the number of young composers being taken on by classical publishers today total less than one per year. As the classical composer “giants” of the 19th and 20th centuries go out of copyright, publishers are having to change their models to survive; taking on composers who cross genre boundaries, write for TV, film and games or only on a work by work basis. Suffice it to say from publishing to recording to promotion, the modern composer has to be much more agile and savvy in the 21st century.”

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat, says: “I am really thrilled to have Naomi join our team in London. She brings with her a wealth of experience and embodies the WildKat ethos through and through: a love for music and furthering careers in this sector.

WildKat has always been the leader in innovating and adapting to challenging times in this sector and I feel particularly the new sort of musician or ensemble need a much more wholesome approach with many elements, such as publishing, thread into their requirements. We are excited to offer such comprehensive advice and services.”

Director of the London Office Olivia Brown says: “As WildKat has adapted to changes in the industry over the years, we have developed the company into a creative agency. Through our recent signings, including Music for Youth, Spitalfields Music and Radio France, we are truly demonstrating that our multifaceted, creative approach works for all types of organisations and artists on an international scale. I have always loved our free #OpenSessions and I’m so happy that we are extending this into affordable packages for composers. WildKat always has something for everyone, from advice for those starting out to full-scale branding packages for established organisations and artists. We’re delighted that Naomi has joined the team and is developing the company in this way with unparalleled experience and skills.”

 

About WildKat

WildKat is a creative agency for culture and music. Our services include PR, marketing, branding, social media and event management for cultural institutions and artists. We are the only performing arts agency working internationally, with offices in London, Berlin and New York.

 

Services 

Branding

Creative Campaigns

Social Media & Content Creation

Press and PR

Event and Tour Organisation

Marketing

Recording Consultancy

Industry Connections

Composer Consultancy

Funding Advice

 

WildKat Management team now consists of:

Kathleen Alder, Founder

Olivia Brown, Director of London and New Offices

Carolin Denz, Director of Berlin Office and Central Europe

Naomi Belshaw, Composer Relations and PR Executive

(Written on July 3, 2018 )

In today’s news, concert at St. John’s Smith Square to raise money for Syrian homeless, Andrea Bocelli wins Best Classical Award, Sound and Music to celebrate women throughout March, calls for gender party across the stages and screens by 2020, Leipzig to receive the European Heritage Label, mezzo-soprano Frank Peter Zimmermann becomes “Capell-Virtuos” in Dresden and more.

Classical Music

Andrea Bocelli wins Best Classical Award on Global Awards

Bocelli received the award for Best Classical Artist at the inaugural Global Awards in London.

Sound and Music to celebrate women throughout March

A month-long programme of activities has been launched to mark and celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

The Times

‘Mediocre men, watch out – gender equality in the arts can’t be resisted’

The message is coming loud and clear from all directions, and people are calling for gender parity across the stages and screens by 2020.

The Guardian

Raghad Haddad: ‘Music is a home in our heart, where we can be safe’

When the conflict in Syria forced viola player Haddad into exile, she brought her music to the UK and speaks to Richard Lea about a concert to raise money for her countrymen and women affected by war.

Yahoo News

Oscar-nominated composers embrace their rare moment on stage

One of five Academy Award nominees, Alexandre Desplat, whose scores the LA Phil performed Wednesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a show designed to give usually secluded composers a rare moment in the spotlight.

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Musikstadt Leipzig erhält Europäisches Kulturerbe-Siegel

Die “Musikerbe-Stätten Leipzigs” erhalten das Europäische Kulturerbe-Siegel (EKS).

Musik Heute

Joyce DiDonato erhält Dresdner Musikfestspiel-Preis

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Dresdner Musikfestspiele.

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Frank Peter Zimmermann wird «Capell-Virtuos» in Dresden

Dresden – Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann wird die neue Spielzeit der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden maßgeblich mitprägen.

MDR: Kompositions-Projekt für Schüler erfolgreicher als erwartet

Halle – Das «Händel-Experiment», ein bundesweiter Kompositionswettbewerb für Schulen, war nach Angaben der Veranstalter erfolgreicher als erwartet. 

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Deutschland sorgt sich um Schweizer Kultur- und Medienlandschaft

Die bevorstehende Volksabstimmung zu den Rundfunkgebühren in der Schweiz, die sogenannte ‘No-Billag-Initiative’, könnte verheerende Auswirkungen auf die Medien- und Kulturlandschaft nicht nur in der Schweiz haben, sagt die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung.

El Mundo

Muere el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos

Jesús López Cobos, uno de los directores de orquesta más importantes de la historia de España, ha fallecido este viernes en Berlín a los 78 años, según ha confirmado el Teatro Real. 

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Transgender opera singer to make U.S. history — in Oklahoma

Lucia Lucas will star in “Don Giovanni” at the Tulsa Opera, becoming the first known trans person to perform a principal role on the operatic stage in the U.S.

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(Written on March 2, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw is to take up a newly created position of PR Executive & Manager at WildKat PR from May 2018. Naomi currently works at PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager.

At WildKat, Naomi will provide strategic direction for composers, independent artists and ensembles, in addition to advising on rights, royalties and licensing opportunities. She will also manage the campaigns of specific clients.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented:

“We are thrilled to have Naomi join our London team to work across our offices. Her years at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, both in very different capacities, mean we are developing and strengthening our offerings for independent artists and projects, from vital funding advice to consulting on sync and licensing.

Naomi has always been someone we admire and love collaborating with in the industry, and this is an exciting time for the company, as part of our current expansion and development of our service offerings.”

Naomi commented:

“I am delighted to announce that I will soon be joining the team at WildKat PR. I am really looking forward to working more closely with UK composers, ensembles and artists to help them realise their aspirations and pass on the knowledge that I have gained from working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation over the last 5 years.”

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season, Caledonian Sleeper train hosts opera performance, and Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works. Russian violinist sentences to 20 hour of community service, Domingo to conduct in Bayreuth in 2018, and “Klassik am See” has been rescheduled.

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Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season

Yamaha Music London has announced its inaugural Silent Piano concert season.

The four-concert series will see Thomasz Zyrmont, Eren Önsoy, Andrew Zolinsky and Varvara Tarasova perform on Yamaha’s Silent Pianos, with the audience experiencing the music through headphones, remotely and wirelessly.

Music Teacher

Sound and Music announce composers selected for HCMF schools project

Three composers have been selected to take part in a new education project designed by Sound and Music in partnership with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay.

Early Music Today

English Concert announces 2017/18 season

The English Concert’s 2017/18 season will see the ensemble celebrate ten years with Harry Bicket as music director.

Classical Music Magazine

Caledonian Sleeper hosts opera performance

An opera has been performed on the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017. Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, received its premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London on 24 July. The opera’s music was written by Samuel Bordoli and its libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones.

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Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works

Greg Morris, associate organist of the Temple Church in London, is to perform Bach’s complete organ works over a ten month period, beginning in October 2017.

France Musique

Un violoniste russe arrêté en pleine répétition

La BBC a diffusé un reportage sur Andrey Osipov, violoniste russe engagé contre la corruption dans son pays.

The Irish Times

Frank McNamara gives a masterclass in how to handle mistakes

The pianist shows students how to handle the pressure of improvisation

Der Tagesspiegel

Zeit, Schweiß und Gold

Am 1. August werden Bühne und Besucherraum an Technik und Künstler der Staatsoper übergeben. Besuch bei den letzten Arbeiten.

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Domingo dirigiert in Bayreuth, Netrebko sagte ab

Der Tenor, Bariton und Dirigent Placido Domingo (76) wird im  Jahr 2018 in Bayreuth Wagners ‘Walküre’ dirigieren.

Klassik Heute

Programmänderung und Verschiebung von “Klassik am See” in Erlangen

Andreas Ottensamer hat seinen Auftritt bei Klassik am See« in Erlangen nach dem plötzlichen Tod seines Vaters abgesagt.

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Classical Music Magazine: Belongings

(Written on July 26, 2017 )

In today’s news: La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M, Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, and new research finds that a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders. Lutenist launches crowd funding for his new CD, and conductor stops half way through a performance to do some karaoke. Award for Lucia Alberti, Johannes Braun becomes Coburg’s first Kapellmeister, and Konzerthaus Berlin breaks visitor record.

Opera Now

La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M

With Italy suffering one of its hottest summers in recent years, those attending performance at La Scala have been failing to observe the house’s dress code

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Strad

New research finds a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders

The survey of over 300 instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors found that stress, depression, anxiety and perfectionism are experienced at high levels throughout the profession.

Pizzicato

Paul Kieffer launches crowd funding for his new lute CD

American Lutenist Paul Kieffer (*1990) has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money got his third CD of lute pieces that will be recorded in August.

Classic FM

A conductor stopped half way through a performance of Cinderella to do some karaoke

Conductor Vinicius Kattah decided to take a little break during a performance of Cinderella and treat the tech ops to some superb lip-sync

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Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake 

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech 

Venerated pianist and conductor speaks out against nationalism and ‘isolationist tendencies’ at Royal Albert Hall concert.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für Lucia Aliberti beim Classic Open Air in Berlin

Vom 20. bis 24. Juli 2017 verwandelt sich der Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wieder in die großartige Kulisse der Veranstaltungen des Classic Open Air-Festivals, bei dem alljährlich an fünf Abenden ein festliches Programm mit Stars der Oper, der Chor- und Orchesterszene, mit Pianisten und Jazz-Musikern stattfindet.

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Johannes Braun wird Erster Kapellmeister in Coburg

Die vakant gewordene Stelle des Ersten Kapellmeister am Landestheater Coburg wird mit Johannes Braun besetzt.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Berlin mit Besucherrekord in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Konzerthaus Berlin blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Spielzeit 2016/17 zurück. Die Bilanz der vergangenen Konzertsaison weist eigenen Angaben zufolge Rekordergebnisse aus

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Opera Now: La Scala

(Written on July 18, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July

Cmuse

Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.

Pizzicato

Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.

NMZ

Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Klassik.com

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.

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Music Teacher: BBC Proms

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(Written on July 6, 2017 )

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a globally-recognised chance to celebrate and recognise the challenges and opportunities facing women across the world.

Along with our design partners Sane & Able, we have produced an infographic with stats and facts about the role women play in professional music, and how they are represented across the classical music industry. The theme of ‘space’ was chosen to highlight the light years we need to travel in order to achieve gender parity, as women are still vastly under-represented in the media for their achievements in composing and conducting.

We’ve highlighted that at the current rate, it won’t be until 2186 – 169 years away – that 50% of pieces composed and conducted by women will be the norm at the BBC Proms. Currently, only 4 of the 61 accredited ABO orchestras have women undertaking titled roles. This week we have compiled a Spotify playlist of 169 of our favourite pieces created or performed by women in celebration of the incredible contribution women make to the music industry, including those who have been overlooked by history.

The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2016‘ provides interesting – and sometimes difficult – reading for anyone interested in finding out the facts and statistics behind women’s role in areas such as education, economics, health and politics. From looking at the data collected it is clear that, like with classical music, we still have a long way to go to ensure that the female half of the population are given the same opportunities as their male equivalents.

It’s not all bad news. Serious efforts are being made to ensure fairer representation for women in the classical music industry. ‘Sound and Music‘ are aiming for a 50/50 split between male and female-identified composers as part of their vision for 2020, which is a short three years away. Later today, BBC Radio 3 are to broadcast a piano sonata by composer Fanny Mendelssohn, which up until recently had been falsely attributed to her brother Felix. Tomorrow, as part of HeForShe Arts Week, ‘Yes She Can’ are providing young women opportunities to network and discover more about careers in music, particularly in roles generally underrepresented by women such as tech and management.

Follow the hashtags #BeBoldForChange and #InternationalWomensDay on Twitter to find out more about how you can get involved in the campaign for gender equality.

 

(Written on March 8, 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 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.

 

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WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

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The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )