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WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are working with Ailie Robertson. Ailie is a composer, arranger, and harpist whose styles traverse the boundaries between folk, classical, and even jazz.

All of Ailie’s six recordings to date have focused on her folk influences. For her upcoming single release, however, Ailie has turned her attention to classical composition, in a work scored for string quartet and harp. Haven takes its inspiration from the Scottish ‘keening’ tradition, a type of vocal lament.

As a composer, Ailie has won numerous awards, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Composition Prize, The Sofia International Composition Competition, and was runner-up in the 14th International Oslo Grieg Competition. She has received commissions from some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions including the BBC, Creative Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.



WildKat PR is looking forward to working with Ailie as she explores new directions for her music.

(Written on October 4, 2016 )

Classical News


Can composers ever effectively commemorate WWI?

Modern composers are finding it difficult to strike a properly public tone when honouring the fallen, says Ivan Hewett

The Strad

Is playing a concerto really the ultimate test of musicianship?

Performing a concerto has long been regarded as the highest test of a string player’s musical prowess. But what exactly do they prove, asks Toby Deller

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland diverts extra £10m to stretched regular funding for 2015-2018

Several Scottish music organisations have benefited from Creative Scotland’s latest funding announcement after the arts quango found an additional £10m to boost its three-year ‘Regular Funding’ pot to £100m.


Carnegie Hall To Start Livestreaming Recitals

Starting next week, Carnegie Hall will start high-definition streaming of recitals via

International Arts Manager

Music improves lives of hospital patients

Funded by the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, Cayman Music Therapy (CMT) has assigned a therapist to work with up to eight patients a week at Cayman Islands Hospital.


Ivan Fischer setzt das Publikum ins Orchester

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigentdes Berliner Konzerthausorchesters, ist immer für neue Ideen gut.

Michael Gielen beendet Dirigierkarriere

Ehrendirigent des SWR-Sinfonieorchesters legt Taktstock aus gesundheitlichen Gründen nieder

Brüsseler Opernhaus La Monnaie vor Finanzierungskrise?

Fusion des Opernorchesters mit dem Belgischen Nationalorchester nicht ausgeschlossen

neue musikzeitung

Auf Silbermanns Spuren – Jugendliche bauen Orgeln und komponieren

Freiberg – Rund 150 Kinder und Jugendliche aus fünf Schulen in Freiberg erforschen im Geiste von Orgelbauer Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) Klänge.

Codex Flores

Erstes Zertifikat Gesundheitsfördernde Musikschule

Das Zentrum Weiterbildung der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste vergibt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verband Zürcher Musikschulen  im Herbstsemester 2014 erstmalig ein Zertifikat Gesundheitsfördernde Musikschule.

Buffet Crampon verlässt Frankreich

Frankreich verliert einen seiner letzten noch aktiven Instrumentenbauer: Das Traditionsunternehmen Buffet Crampon, das Blasinstrumente herstellt, konzentriert sein Geschäft im deutschen Markneukirchen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Besuch in der Elbphilharmonie

Das Wunder von Hamburg


Classic FM @ClassicFM: A tragic story has become a moving tribute. Her playing has been watched by over a million: 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: A ghost story in song via our friends in Oxford #Schubert

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: Today is all about #Halloween ! Get ready with this “Musical horrors” #playlist 


Masters of war music: Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams Photo: Illustrated London News


(Written on October 31, 2014 )

The Times

My favourite composer: luminaries name theirs – who’s yours?

In celebration of one of Radio 3’s longest-running programmes, musicians and prominent figures name their favourite composer

The Telegraph

Mark Padmore: ‘I don’t want the life of a travelling opera singer’

Acclaimed tenor Mark Padmore is about to appear in his first major role in Britain. Rupert Christiansen finds out why it has taken so long.

The Guardian

Spotify, Pandora and the profits problem for streaming music

Artists like Thom Yorke are angry about meagre musician payouts, but concerns remain over long-term business models

Classic FM

Classic FM premiere unheard Pavarotti recording at 9am

The first-ever recording of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti [was] given its premiere play on Classic FM at 9am this morning.

Eric Whitacre supports new hospital classical music project

Eric Whitacre is the ambassador for a new composition project, in which 15 young composers are writing brand new music to help patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Classical Music Magazine

New plan announced for transforming Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland (CS) has taken a major step towards addressing concerns about the organisation raised by Scottish artists and arts groups since spring 2012 with the publication of an Annual Plan for 2013-14.

Guildhall unveils new work by Martin Creed at Milton Court

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has unveiled Martin Creed’s Work No. 1637: FEELINGS in the foyer of its new facilities at Milton Court.

The Toronto Star (via Arts Journal)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces challenge with CEO Andrew Shaw’s departure

Man who rescued orchestra from near collapse is moving on, raising questions about how TSO will weather a difficult climate.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Berliner Organist erzählt Dante neu

Der Kirchenmusiker Kilian Nauhaus erzählt die „Göttliche Komödie“ nach. Fünf Jahre hat er an dem Band gearbeitet. Ein Hausbesuch.



Classic FM

(Written on August 2, 2013 )


La Scala cancels ballet season opening performance following strike action

Chorus member force cancellation of Romeo and Juliet

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

The results: Best and Worst Orchestras of 2012

The LA Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich make the cut

Classical Music Magazine

Venu Dhupa steps down from Creative Scotland after year to forget

Venu Dhupa, Creative Scotland’s director of creative development, has resigned from the body within weeks of her boss, chief executive Andrew Dixon.

BBC News

Classical music’s ‘all in the mind’

A Brazilian computer scientist and composer has remixed Beethoven to try to demonstrate how individuals hear things in varying ways.


Tristan und Isolde – Wagner’s love supreme

At five hours, Tristan und Isolde is undoubtedly long. But Wagner’s transcendent opera, full of daring harmony, will have you spellbound



(Written on December 21, 2012 )


‘Loving Miss Hatto’: Victoria Wood on her new film

The film’s author discusses classical music’s great fraud

Classic FM

André Rieu tour beats Lopez, Bieber sales figures

André Rieu’s European tour has been named as the second most popular tour in the world this week, beating artists like Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber.

Wynne Evans’ Guide to Opera

From 3pm-5pm on 29 & 30 December, Welsh tenor Wynne Evans will present two special programmes dedicated to the world of opera.

The Guardian

La Scala cancels opening night as performers walk out

Milan opera house’s ballet dancers and chorus members take action in ‘surreal’ row over bonus demands

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland ends year mired in uncertainty

As the Year of Creative Scotland rumbles towards its end, the problems that have dogged the Scottish arts funding body for several months persist, as several recent developments have shown.

New York Times

Improvisation, With Prompting to Set the Mood

On a recent rainy afternoon, I was sitting at an old-fashioned desk in a bare concrete loft in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, listening intently to the members of So Percussion, joined by Grey McMurray on electric guitar, rehearse a composition called “Toothbrush.”

Slipped Disc

15 minutes into Nutcracker, the conductor fell ill. Who stepped in?

Fifteen minutes into a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the conductor was too unwell to continue.

Just in: Shakeout at top German agency

Konzertdirektion Schmid is losing v-p Burkhard Glashoff, who looks after orchestral touring. Cornelia Schmid will add those responsibilities to her already groaning pile of emails.

The Telegraph

A seasonal hit can really lay a musician low

Howard Blake has written an oratorio and numerous concertos,but you don’t hear them on Radio 3

New York Times

(Written on December 19, 2012 )


Covent Garden withdraws soprano three days before starring debut

Jennifer Rowley replaced by Patrizia Ciofi in Royal Opera’s new Robert le diable

Classic FM

Tine Thing Helseth announces new smartphone app

A new smartphone app from Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth has been announced, with Helseth playing a launch concert in New York.

The Guardian

Handel and me

Louis de Bernières on how finding a wooden flute in a car boot sale led to his new play about the composer’s life and works

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: top maestro warns of Asianisation and tabloidisation of classical music

Franz Welser-Möst, music director of the Vienna Opera and the Cleveland Orchestra, used the bicentennary of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde to deliver a reasoned, well-rounded and altogether scathing analysis of the state of classical music in 2012.

Franz Welser-Möst part 2: We must shun cultural ‘superiority’

Here’s the second part of FW-M’s keynote on the state of classical music 2012.

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards announced

The British Composer Awards 2012 ceremony was held at the Goldsmith’s Hall in the City of London last night, with some familiar and some new names in among the winners.

Andrew Dixon stands down from Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland today announces that Andrew Dixon has taken the decision to stand down from the post of Chief Executive at Creative Scotland and make way for a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation through an important period of change.

The Telegraph

Dress up for the theatre – it’s a matter of good manners

Rupert Christiansen explains why he is broadly on Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani’s side over the question of Britain’s poorly-dressed theatre audiences.

LA Times

Carrie Underwood will play Maria in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ remake

If you’ve been wondering how Carrie Underwood looks in a nun’s habit, you’ll find out soon enough

The Guardian

(Written on December 4, 2012 )


Glyndebourne to stage new community opera in 2013

Imago, composed by Orlando Gough, will involve 90 local residents in a modern digital tale

Classical music steps into the spotlight at midem 2013

A strong conference and showcase programme announced

Classic FM

Montserrat Caballé suffers stroke

The Spanish opera star is recovering in hospital in Barcelona, after being flown home from Russia on Saturday.

André Rieu’s ‘Home For Christmas’ cinema screenings announced

André Rieu’s ‘Home For Christmas’ concert is to be screened in cinemas across the UK and Ireland, including a live satellite link-up and Q&A with Rieu himself.

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland to address structure, language and openness

Sir Sandy Crombie, chairman of Creative Scotland, has published an update on the funding body’s situation after a board meeting held yesterday.

BBC News (found on Musical Chairs)

Will your piano end up in the dump?

Many old pianos are now being dumped, abandoned, neglected, smashed – even burnt. Why is this happening, and should we care?

Deceptive Cadence

Roomful Of Teeth: Experimental Singing, Smiles Guaranteed

Roomful of Teeth is an exciting young vocal octet founded just three years ago and directed by Brad Wells. And if the group’s name is a little, um, in your face, that’s entirely intentional.

Slipped Disc

Orchestra offers to play your tweets

A Dutch orchestra, under threat of abolition, would like to receive your tweets on Friday. Send in any melody you compose, the site will reduce it to 140 characters and Metropole will perform it for a global audience. How can you resist?

Just in: musicians hit by airline insolvency

The Basle Symphony Orchestra were due to play in St Petersburg next week. But the concerts are now in jeopardy since Swiss charter airline has gone bust, leaving thousands stranded.

Classic FM

(Written on October 24, 2012 )


Ashley Wass signs three-disc partnership with Orchid Classics

Pianist records transcriptions of Beethoven and Bach, alongside Busoni, Berg and Barber

Emphasis on the new at ROH season launch

Opera and ballet directors unite to take risks during the Royal Opera House’s 2012/13 season

Classic FM

Fifty Shades keeps Tallis Scholars in Classical charts

The Tallis Scholars currently hold two places in the UK Classical Charts thanks to the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Slipped Disc, Arts Journals

Missing: An American composer’s baton and some of his scores

Police in the Philadelphia area are on the lookout for the missing baton of Victor Herbert, composer of Naughty Marietta, cellist in the New York Philharmonic and inspiration of Dvorak’s great concerto.


Top artists attack ‘obfuscating’ Creative Scotland in open letter

An open letter signed by 100 of Scotland’s most respected artists has been published in the Scotsman, expressing ‘dismay at the ongoing crisis at Creative Scotland’, the national arts quango which has been under fire for its revamped commissioning processes and a lack of transparency.

LA Times

L.A. Philharmonic kills series of live broadcasts to cinemas

L.A. Phil President Deborah Borda says that L.A. Phil Live was unable to get a sponsorship and that the orchestra is considering future one-off presentations.

Albawaba Entertainment

Children of Cairo get classical

They say classical music makes your child smarter. Apparently, many mothers in Egypt agree.

The Strad

String players in Internet2 demo

Violinist and cellist perform duet in real time 820 miles apart

Albawaba Entertaiment

(Written on October 10, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade: Vivaldi’s Olympic opera returns

L’Olimpiade is one of Vivaldi’s 50 or so largely obscure operas, most of which have never been performed.

The Guardian

Accordion wrestling – squeezy does it

In the 40s and 50s, accordion wrestling was huge in Finland. Meet the man who brings it here.

A guide to Judith Weir’s music

Lightness, wisdom and imagination. Welcome to the rich musical world of Judith Weir.

LA Times

Bone flutes found in German caves point to roots of creativity

Make jokes about flute players all you want, but it’s looking more likely that our earliest musical impulses may have been fed by a variation on just such an instrument.

Johnny Mandel has composed quite a life in music

The songwriter, 86, convenes an orchestra for a weekend gig.

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland drops ‘flexible funding’, meaning uncertain future for ensembles

Scottish music organisations including Aberdeen’s Sound festival, the Hebrides and Red Note ensembles, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, are facing an uncertain future following a financial review by funding body Creative Scotland (CS).


Composers sought for year-long collaborations

Applications are now open for the 2012/13 Adopt a Composer scheme, which pairs Making Music member groups with up-and-coming composers for a year-long collaboration that results in a new piece.

Winners of NCEM Composers Award announced

Young composers Alex Woolf (16) and Benjamin Rowarth (20) have been named the winners of the NCEM Composers Award 2012, in the under 18 years category and the 19 to 25 years category respectively.

Jessica Duchen

Off to Munich

Tomorrow I’m heading for the new classical music trade fair, Classical:NEXT, in Munich. The Classical:NEXT programme is jam-packed with intriguing talks, showcases, performances and screenings.


Jonas Kaufmann withdraws from Royal Opera House Les Troyens

Tenor suffering from a kong-running infection.

(Written on May 30, 2012 )