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We are excited to announce that Constella OperaBallet is returning to WildKat PR for their upcoming projects.

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For the past five years, the company, previously known as Constella Ballet & Orchestra, has brought to life adventurous and ground-breaking opera and ballet productions.

On 4th July 2016 the company will launch Constella OperaBallet, the world’s first company to synergize the power of opera and ballet through audacious collaborations. Inspired by talent, delight and fulfilment, Constella OperaBallet will bring together young participants and older generations to bridge the gap between established audiences and new ones.

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The launch will take place on 4th July 2016 at the Sadler’s Wells – Lilian Baylis Studio and will include personal announcements about artistic vision and upcoming projects.

The company’s first performances in its expanded form will take place at the 2016 Grimeborn Festival in August.

Keep up to date with news from Constella through their websiteTwitter, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 9, 2016 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

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Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

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Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the RSNO launches new composers’ hub, a campaign to ensure women are included on next A-level music syllabus and the Titanic violin will go on display in the US next year.

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RSNO launches composers’ hub

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has launched a new initiative aimed at composers in the early stages of their career.

Campaign to include women on A-level music syllabus

Student Jessy McCabe has started a campaign to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus.

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: Schubert songs

We profile some of Schubert’s greatest Lieder

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Titanic violin to go on display in two US museums in 2016

The instrument, thought to have been played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the ship went down, sold for a record sum in 2013

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Dima Slobodeniouk appointed Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Slobodeniouk will replace Okko Kamu in autumn 2016

Die Welt

Auch die Klassik hat ihre Transgender-Debatte

Oper nichts Neues. Nun entdecken auch Sänger und Musiker die Transgender-Identität im wirklichen Leben. Obwohl gerade in vielen Orchestern Diversity eher selten ist.

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Leere Kassen in Italien: Sparpläne für die Kultur

Die Ankündigung von Italiens Kulturministerium, die staatlichen Mittel neu zu verteilen und 20 Millionen Euro einzusparen, hat für einen Aufschrei in der Musikszene des Landes gesorgt. Zum Beispiel beim Opernfestival von Macerata.

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Daniel Barenboim feiert 65-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum

Bei einem Konzert mit seinem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra hat der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim an sein 65-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum erinnert. Es sei ein besonderer Tag für ihn, sagte der 72-Jährige am Dienstagabend nach dem Auftritt in London.

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Long Yu and the China Philharmonic Travel the Silk Road

From Athens to Tehran, the China Philharmonic ‘builds a cultural bridge’ across six countries that recreates the famous Silk Road trade route from China – and plays Dvorak’s New World Symphony in Tehran.

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Comment l’Asian Youth Orchestra a changé la vie d’un réfugié vietnamien

Alors que l’Asian Youth Orchetra vient de célébrer ses 25 ans et sa réussite sur la scène culturelle locale, l’orchestre revient sur le parcours atypique d’un de ses anciens membres, Khac-Uyen Nguyen, réfugié vietnamien devenu musicien suite à une audition qui a changé le cours de sa vie.

Twitter

Constella @constella_UK: @edfringe @Cvenues – come along and meet one of the clowns @SusanScraper 13.35 every day!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Now on our @bbcproms artist of the week @DBarenboim with Chopin’s Three Nocturnes Op. 9

John Suchet @johnsuchet1: What is it? Plumbers box of tricks. Clears a U bend – sounds like it too. Save the bassoon! Find out how @ClassicFM

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Titanic Violin to go on display
Photo credit: The Strad

(Written on August 19, 2015 )

WildKatPR is excited to introduce our newest client, Constella Ballet & Opera in the run up to their performances of ‘Clown of Clowns’ as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival this August.

This two-part operatic and balletic circus spectacular ‘Clown of Clowns’ takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, following  Pierrot the clown’s quest to gain a place amongst the other Sideshows acts – a story told through new choreography and Schoenberg’s iconic score.

Sideshows features conductor and composer Leo Geyer‘s explosive jazz-inspired score. Broadcast on Radio 3, it was also described as, ‘what modern opera should be, complex yet approachable, highly characterised and brilliantly realised’ by Planet Hugill in 2014.

Dancers, singers and instrumentalists will come together on the stage, all in character – just an arm’s reach from the audience, promoting an immersive and intimate experience for all involved as this show spirals out of control!

We are very much looking forward to working with Constella on this exciting and innovative project. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as the Constella website.

Performances will take place at 20.00 every night from 4th – 8th August at the Arcola Theatre and can now be purchased on the Arcola Theatre website.

Clown of Clowns

Photo credit: Constella website

(Written on June 26, 2015 )