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In today’s news: the difference between Catholic and Protestant church music, and no permission for project ‘tear down this wall!’. Union Verdi and the German Orchestra Union make the Berlin Senate reconsider situation of honorary music teachers. European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit. Intelligent headphones, and is the ‘classical’ music label relevant in 2017?

The Times

Musicians rally together in light of attack at MEN arena

Manchester’s music stars reacted with shock to last night’s terrorist attack and praised the city’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Wired

Artificially intelligent headphones could “understand” ambient sound

Fuji and Yamaha create concept headphones that would use ‘A.I.’ to comprehend and geo-tag music, which could then be played back when the listener revisits the location.

The Stage

Opera Holland Park prepares for varied summer programme

“What was originally three months has turned into fifteen years,” says Director Michael Volpe on Opera Holland Park’s enduring success.

Gramophone

Is the ‘Classical’ music label outdated?

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant.

New York Times

ABC prepares to broadcast musical remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’

New production hopes to maintain many of the key elements of the original film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Worin unterscheidet sich katholische von protestantischer Kirchenmusik?

Das ist doch die richtige Frage zum Lutherjahr: Sind Katholiken und Protestanten im musikalischen Lob des Herrn ökumenisch vereint oder nicht? Die Antwort mag überraschen.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Einseitige Grenzenlosigkeit

Keine Genehmigung für das Projekt „Tear Down This Wall!“ auf amerikanischer Seite der Mauer in San Diego. Das Konzert findet trotzdem statt.

NMZ

Verdi fordert mehr Geld und bessere Konditionen für freie Musiklehrer

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi und die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) haben den Berliner Senat aufgefordert, die soziale Situation der Honorarkräfte unter den Musiklehrern zu verbessern.

WQXR

The European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit

The consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union aren’t just political.

Le Monde

Mort de la violoncelliste russe Natalia Chakhovskaïa

Cette éminente pédagogue avait succédé à Rostropovitch comme chef de chaire au Conservatoire Tchaïkovski de Moscou.

Twitter

@MusicMagazine: ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength’ – ‘s Alan Davey

Photo: Fritz Curzon

(Written on May 23, 2017 )

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Opera Award Mozart Don Giovanni, MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis

Chamber Music Award Martinu Piano Trios, Smetana Trio

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

Instrumental Award Bach Goldberg Variations, Mahan Esfahani, Deutsche Grammophon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, creative individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to quickly establish and build strong working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.

 

Key duties

As an Account Manager your role will be:

– To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events

– To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

– To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns

– To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company

– To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

– To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

– To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

– To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

– To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company

– To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

– Friendly, open plan office

– Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset 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

– Opportunities for travel

– Sociable atmosphere

– Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days 

Person Specification

Essential

– At least one year’s relevant experience in music PR

– Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

– Proven administrative and organisational skills

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

– Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

– Confidence and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

– High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

– A strong interest in online media

– Self-motivated

– Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

– 2-3 year’s experience in a music PR agency

– Fluency in another language

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 17th March 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

(Written on March 6, 2017 )