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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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival launches composer scheme, Paul Rissmann aims to demystify what is often seen as the most elitist of musical forms, and Philip Glass reflects on a life well composed. Also, the Strand Cruise goes classical on the Ayeyarwady River, and National Symphony Orchestra executive director is stepping down at the end of the year.

Classical Music Magazine

Vale of Glamorgan Festival launches composer scheme

The Vale of Glamorgan Festival is launching a new programme for aspiring composers in partnership with Cardiff University School of Music.

The Telegraph

The man who will make you love opera

Paul Rissmann aims to demystify what is often seen as the most elitist of musical forms: opera, using the example of Glyndebourne’s current production of Don Giovanni.

Chicago Tribune

Philip Glass, winner of 2016 Tribune Literary Award, reflects on a life well composed

Philip Glass finds it a nifty coincidence that both he and Bob Dylan won major literary prizes this year — remarkable, considering that neither American music icon considers himself a writer.

EugeneWeekly.com

The New Classical

A new season, new cellist and new album featuring new music: Eugene’s Delgani String Quartet just keeps refuting the outdated notion that classical music is all about old stuff.

Cruise News UK

Strand Cruise goes classical on the Ayeyarwady River

The Strand Cruise welcomes on board eight classical musicians in February 2017, including artists from the famous Opéra de Paris and Orchestre de Paris, for an intimate four-night musical cruise over St. Valentine’s Day.

The Washington Post

National Symphony Orchestra executive director to step down

Rita Shapiro, the executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, is stepping down at the end of the calendar year, the orchestra has announced.

Aftenposten

Er fioliner mer kulturelle enn klarinetter?

Regjeringen ønsker å avvikle to av forsvarskorpsene. De utgjør eliten som er nødvendig for at bredden av norske musikkorps skal fungere.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Das Comeback des Analogen im digitalen Kosmos

Mitten in der umfassenden Digitalisierung der Welt haben Vinyl-Platten, Kassetten und Polaroidkameras plötzlich wieder Konjunktur. Was steckt dahinter? Bloße Nostalgie?

klassik.com

Sanierung des Theaters Augsburg: Bürgerbegehren so gut wie gescheitert

In Augsburg wird es voraussichtlich keinen Bürgerentscheid über die Renovierung des maroden Theaters geben, das seit einigen Monaten aus Gründen des Brandschutzes komplett geschlossen ist.

Klassik heute

Erste Europatournee des Nationalen Sinfonieorchesters Tatarstan

Das Nationale Sinfonieorchester Tatarstan unternimmt im Dezember seine erste Europatournee. Unter der Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Alexander Sladkovsky wird das renommierte russische Orchester in Bratislava, Kufstein, Linz, Wien, Basel und Karlsruhe auftreten.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews New electronic opera, Heresy, premieres in Dublin

klassik.com @klassikcom Nachwuchspreise der Mecklenburg-Vorpommern vergeben

kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb Auswärtiges Amt rechtfertigt Absage von “Aghet” in Istanbul

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Paul Rissmann. Photograper: Andrew Crowley.

(Written on October 27, 2016 )

Tomorrow afternoon Richard Birkin will be performing at the Apple Store on Regent Street.

At 7:15pm composer Richard Birkin performs his new EP ‘Songs for Spoken Words’ in its entirety. Joined by the Iskra Quartet, the performance will include the live debut of the Rubato platform, developed by Richard and software developer Tom Armitage. Everyone in the audience with an internet capable phone can view the synchronised images and words to view and read along with the instrumental performance.

Make sure to reserve your place online to get the best seat!

For up-to-date information about Richard Birkin make sure to head to his twitter page.

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(Written on February 23, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Simon Rattle is waving his baton at the wrong cause

The charismatic conductor may get his way with a new concert hall, but classical music’s problems lie elsewhere, in Britain’s music education funding

Telegraph

Jonas Kaufmann: classical music industry is run like an artistic ‘catastrophe’

The world-famous tenor says that he and his colleagues feel as though they are in ‘straight-jackets’

Classic FM

Oscars 2015 winners: Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score

French composer Alexandre Desplat has won an Oscar for Best Original Score, beating off competition from Hans Zimmer.

Sinfini Music

Swipe left – Don Giovanni is on Tinder

Audiences will be encouraged to stalk characters online during a new production of Don Giovanni, which sees Mozart’s opera reimagined for the age of social media.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett handed 11-year sentence for historic offences

Philip Pickett, the recorder player and early music ensemble leader, has been jailed for 11 years in relation to historic sex offences which occurred in the 1970s and 80s during his time as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lauschen wie Gott in Frankreich

Beim Gastspiel von Simon Rattle und den Berliner Philharmonikern in der neuen, von Jean Nouvel erbauten Philharmonie de Paris erweist sich die Akustik des 2400-Plätze-Saales als überwältigend.

Da lag Musike drin

DDR-Opernstar Reiner Süß ist tot

audiophil

DRUMS4PEACE

Weltrekordversuch auf der Musikmesse: 1.000 Schlagzeuger gesucht

pizzicato

Putin-Regierung kürzt Subventionen für Orchester und Opernhäuser um 10%

Die staatliche Unterstützung in Form von Zuschüssen der Regierung der Russischen Föderation für nicht-staatliche Orchester und Opernhäuser wird in diesem Jahr um 10% gekürzt.

Berliner Philharmoniker wählen am 11. Mai Rattles Nachfolger

Am 11. Mai 2015 wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker den Nachfolger von Simon Rattle.

The New York Times

‘Birdman’ Captures Best Picture Oscar

Academy Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Best Picture Oscar

Le Monde

Le trompettiste de jazz Clark Terry est mort

Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, gagman merveilleux d’une élégance folle, musicien supérieur, le trompettiste Clark Terry est mort le 15 février 2015 des suites d’un diabète avancé qui avait obligé à une double amputation des jambes en 2012.

El Mundo

‘Federico no se podría creer esto’

El director y compositor estrena este martes en el Teatro Real su versión operística de ‘El público’, la obra maldita de Lorca, que recibió como encargo de Gerard Mortier.

Twitter

Classicalite @Classicalite: What has Changed for Musicians Since Re-Establishing Ties With #Cuba? http://www.classicalite.com/articles/17457/20150220/what-changed-musicians-establishing-ties-cuba.htm …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Zwei zweite Plätze bei Solti-Dirigentenwettbewerb http://klassik.com/?bfyY1  #Musikwettbewerb #Dirigent #Solti

Klassik.com @klassikcom:Frank-Peter Zimmermann gibt Stradivari zurück http://klassik.com/?rDi83  #Geige #Violine#Stradivari

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(Written on February 23, 2015 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working on our third production with Silent Opera – their production of Giovanni.

Silent Opera are a young, innovative opera company creating immersive, original and technologically challenging work in the UK. Their work reaches out to the new generation of theatre and operagoers, uniquely developing the operatic art form for the future.

Their aim is to recreate and remaster opera’s classic repertoire for a new generation, preserving its artistic quality whilst developing it for new spaces and new audiences.

A digital remastering of Mozart’s classic opera, Giovanni invites you to join him for the evening to witness his climactic, demonic and appalling downfall. An operatic orgy of drinking, lascivious tricks and tense confrontation, the audience are drawn into his most intimate circle to judge him, drink with him and condemn him in his final moments.

Hurtling opera into a modern vernacular, Silent Opera use spoken word, pre-recorded thoughts, projection and live sound manipulation to mould, blend and transform the aural sound space.

Silent Opera are also developing a unique smartphone app that will feature in Giovanni and all future productions as an interactive, creative and theatrical key into their shows.

Anyone will be available to download the ‘home’ app for free and it will feature past show material, information about Silent Opera, biographies and information about future shows. Ticket holders will also be able to download all show appropriate material to their phone, including unique pre-show content, uploads by the characters, ‘play-along’ information and reminders.

During Giovanni audience members will be able to comment, experience and play along with the story as it unfolds as well as having live sound content and video downloaded straight to their phones. They will receive off-stage character updates, motivations and locations as well as being asked the final, damning question – should Giovanni live or die?

Cast

Giovanni – Benedict Nelson

Leporello – Frederick Long

Creatives

Director/Design – Daisy Evans

Technical Design – Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn

Music Director – Stephen Higgins

Production Manager – Joseph Sheppard

Producer – David Adkin

Giovanni is being performed as part of The Vault Festival at The Vaults, Waterloo 25 February – 8 March 2015.

For more information and to book tickets please visit Silent Opera’s website or have a look at their Twitter and Facebook pages.

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(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

theartsdesk.com

Brigitte Fassbaender is 75 today

A great singer and musical force for the good talks about opera from two sides and Lieder.

Classical-music.com

Stéphane Denève is appointed chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic

The French conductor takes the helm at Brussels Philharmonic and a new research centre for 21st-century repertoire.

Classical-music.com

Music streaming to be counted in the classical chart

Consumer behaviour drives changes in the music charts.

The Telegraph

Gerald Finley: Don Giovanni is the Mick Jagger of opera

Ahead of the streaming of Glyndebourne’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni, baritone Gerald Finley explains what it takes to play Mozart’s rakish seducer.

Washington Post

Wolf Trap to unveil new tech for opera performance

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts plans to experiment with new technology for smartphones for an upcoming production of the opera “Carmen.”

klassik.com

Kurt Masur sagt Geburtstagskonzert in Paris ab

Dirigent Kurt Masur, der am 18. Juli seinen 87. Geburtstag feiert, hat sein Geburtstagskonzert mit dem französischen Nationalorchester abgesagt. Im Oktober 2012 hatte er bekannt gegeben, an Parkinson zu leiden.

klassik.com

Wiener Staatsoper meldet Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord

Die Wiener Staatsoper meldet für die Saison 2013/14 einen neuen Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord. Laut Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer wurde eine Summe von 33.509.761 Euro erzielt, was eine leichte Steigerung gegenüber dem Vorjahr (33.060.588 Euro) darstellt. Auch die Besucherzahlen stiegen von 599.525 in der Saison 2012/13 auf nun 603.652 Gäste, was einer Auslastung von 99,0 Prozent entspricht.

Klassik heute

75. Geburtstag von Brigitte Fassbaender

Heute feiert die Mezzosopranistin, Regisseurin und Intendantin Brigitte Fassbaender ihren 75. Geburtstag. Seit ihrem Bühnendebüt 1961 gehört sie zu den international renommierten Interpretinnen von Partien von Mozart bis Richard Strauss.

Le Figaro

Premiers incidents à Avignon

Dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, alors que se déroulait l’avant-dernière répétition du Prince de Hombourg de Kleist, des éléments étrangers au personnel du festival ont envahi la scène et perturbé un moment la répétition qui a été suspendue mais a repris. Armelle Héliot, spécialiste théâtre au Figaro, déplore ces actions.

Twitter

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ It’s Planet #Proms in #CMJuly: http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/about-classical-music-magazine/ … We profile debut performers inc @BorusanSanat, @LaplandChamber, @MelbSymphony and more

ClassicalToday: @ClassicalToday Music Criticism is Broken and It’s All Your Fault http://bit.ly/1qSzUvB &nbsp

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic8 More than 12000 pack Kannapolis for Charlotte Symphony concert, fireworks – Salisbury Post http://dlvr.it/6Bz6k3 

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Photograph: theartsdesk.com/Rupert Larl

(Written on July 3, 2014 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 12, 2014 )

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Today is WildKat PR’s fifth birthday and we have been reflecting in the office on some of the many highlights – events and concerts we have attended, as well as musicians and organisations we have been privileged to work with.

An almost impossible task would be to narrow these past years down to just five highlights, as there have been so many, but we have done our best:

Kathleen: Blogging with Ivor Bolton

One of my earliest clients was the conductor Ivor Bolton. We were working with him over a particularly busy season at Salzburg Festival and encouraged him to keep a behind the scenes blog while he was there. At the time, no-one else was doing this, and Ivor  received so much interest and positive feedback for his writing – it opened him up to a much wider, international audience and led to press coverage across Europe.

Vesna: Working with AyseDeniz Gokcin

When we began working with AyseDeniz, she had very little press in the UK, but since working with her, her classical reworking of Pink Floyd pieces have gone viral online and helped draw a huge ‘non-classical’ audience to classical music, and she’s shown that projects can be unusual and innovative without being gimmick-y. AyseDeniz is an example of a brilliant classical artist who happens to love her instrument and other musical styles so much that she tried to extract all possible sounds from it.

Fleur: Visiting the IAMA Conference 

When I began working with WildKat PR as an intern I was fortunate to be able to attend some of the networking events at the IAMA Conference. I was able to meet leading members of the industry, and to talk about WildKat. It was nerve-wracking but enjoyable and opened up a whole new world to me, making me even more eager and inspired to pursue a career in the classical music industry.

Victoria: Attending a performance of Don Giovanni in Baden Baden

In 2011 I was lucky enough to attend one of the performances of Don Giovanni in Baden Baden which was recorded and later released on Deutsche Grammophon. There are so many reasons that this concert sticks out as one of the highlights of my WildKat career, firstly because of its incredible cast: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Luca Pisaroni, Rolando Villazon, Joyce DiDonato, Mojca Erdmann and Diana Damrau conducted by Yannick  Nézet-Séguin. This was also the first time I’d travelled outside of the UK for work, Don Giovanni is my favourite opera of all time, AND afterwards I met my idol, Joyce. It’s the first and only time I have been professionally speechless.

Harriet: Silent Opera

As far as transport to concerts go, being taken by boat from Festival Pier to deepest darkest East London was a lovely experience and a great way to have a collective buzz from the whole audience before the show had even begun. The views down the Thames were breath taking and a hassle free trip meant for huge excitement for all when we finally arrived at the mysterious venue.

 

 

(Written on April 5, 2013 )

Earlier this week, the Royal Opera House announced their exciting programme for the 2013/2014 season, which can be seen here, generating a discussion in the office about how we choose which operas we would like to see.

Watch our video blog below to find out what we are looking forward to and why:

Are you looking forward to the 2013/2014 season at the Royal Opera House as much as we are? Tell us what you would like to see and why?

(Written on March 15, 2013 )

Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood, and by the age of 5 he was already composing and performing (on the piano and the violin) for European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but quickly grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. In 1781 he was dismissed from his Salzburg position, and chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.

Throughout his career, Mozart, capable of imitating and improvising upon the styles of all the greatest musicians of the day, learned voraciously from others. He developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works; many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western music has been profound. Haydn wrote of him that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.”

A quick vote amongst the members of the WildKat office to decide upon Mozart favourites included:

Piano Concerto 23 in A, K 488
Leporello’s Catalogue aria from Don Giovanni
Un’aura amorosa from Cosi
Voi Che Sapete – Marriage of Figaro
Papageno’s Song- Magic Flute
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K 218
Clarinet Concerto in A, K 622
Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen
Te Deum in C Major
Symphony No. 40
Requiem Mass in D Minor

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(Written on December 5, 2012 )