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April has been an incredibly busy month here at WildKat PR! Just in case you missed anything, here is a round-up of what we’ve been up to:

We were delighted to welcome Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It is the world’s largest festival of new opera and will return to King’s Cross from July for three weeks, with over 100 performances and 40 new works.

It seems we will have a very operatic summer as we welcome back composer Tim Benjamin. We worked with him last year on Madame X, an opera which was featured in the 2014 Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Tim is producing another opera this summer called ‘Life Stories’ at the Tête à Tête Festival and from there it will tour in the North of England.

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We also started working with the Sacconi Quartet on their project HEARTFELT. They are quickly getting a name for themselves as the ‘digital string quartet’ with lots of interesting technology-focused projects happening on a regular basis. HEARTFELT is being performed at the Spitalfields Festival, the Bristol Proms and Lichfield Festival. But what exactly is so cool about the projects? The Sacconi Quartet is recognised for being a compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach and so they know how to create exciting projects. HEARTFELT is an immersive, interactive performance that re-imagines a Beethoven quartet through robotics and audience responsive lighting design.

We are also very pleased to introduce you to Mahler Chamber Orchestra who have recently signed with us. They are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years.

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We attended a lot of exciting events in April which included Ensemble BPM’s performance of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s Three Tales which achieve reviews in the Financial Times, The Times and The Arts Desk. This was the first ever opera performed live in an IMAX Theatre and took place at the Science Museum. The second of the two nights (22 and 24 April) was sold out! The Ensemble want their work to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world: they certainly delighted a big audience.

Turning our attention to New York, a real highlight as was Danielle Schwob‘s world premiere performance of her new work Three Self Portraits in Brooklyn NYC. Danielle Schwob and John Zorn were joined by Vicky Chow, Jennifer Choi, and Michael Nicolas.

Launches were clearly en vogue this month as we attended lot of them in the last few weeks such as the launch event of Musical Orbit. Shortly after, Tom Service at the Guardian wrote an article about it saying that Musical Orbit is a great idea for offering one-on-one tutorials with top professionals.

Of course, WildKat PR also attended an event hosted by the fabulous After Nyne Magazine. The Magazine combines culture, lifestyle, arts, style and music so it was great to meet the editorial team properly and celebrate the first print issue with some drinks in a lovely gallery.

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On 23 April we celebrated our birthday but there was no time for partying too much as Ensemble Perpetuo gave a concert on 25 April at 47/49 Tanner Street. As an ensemble specialising in multi-art form collaborations, they give a new meaning to performances of both classical and contemporary music. They are known for taking music to unexpected venues and drawing in new audiences to share in their love for music as one experienced at Tanner Street. They played music inspired by cities, and the event included city-themed photography from the London Photo Festival, Art by Caroline Mackenzie and Tom Pearce and choreography by Lucia Sweigert. Read the review by LDN Card.

In times of so many brillant musicians it is not easy to find an individual voice and to get attention from a bigger audience. The virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is one of these musicians combining both splendid technical skills and musicality which made his London debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra very special. Bachtrack and Classicalsource reported from the concert. Eric also released his video of Paganini’s 24th Caprice last month with all the variations layered on top of each other – it’s had almost 16,000 views on Youtube now!

Encouraging new audiences, especially in terms of classical music is not that easy. Orpheus Sinfonia‘s conductor Thomas Carroll spoke about their Beneath the Score Series on BBC Radio 3 In Tune ahead of their concert The People’s Politics on 28 April. The concert also received a 4 star review from LDN card. Orpheus Sinfonia’s second Networking for Young Professionals event also took place at this concert, continuing to encourage new audiences to engage with classical music. During April, Thomas was also interviewed by the Mayfair Times and it was great to have this support from a publication based in the same area that they are resident in.

haydn-2032-2As well as being busy in London and New York, in Berlin our team attended one of the brilliant Haydn nights with  Radiale Nacht – Il filosofo at Radialsystem V on 8th May. As the project Haydn 2032 is a huge work in progress, these nights offer an opportunity to get to know the project: conductor Giovanni Antonini, Bernhard Lassahn and Christian Moritz-Bauer gave lectures, were interviewed and talked to the audience. On 8th May, Il Giardino armonico under Giovanni Antonini played symphonies by both Joseph Haydn and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach which were received with massive applause.

With all the fantastic new clients who have recently joined us, as well as the BBC Proms, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and other annual highlights, it looks like a busy summer for WildKat PR.

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(Written on May 15, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, watch Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim play the last movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. Another pianist, Lang Lang, also speaks to the Guardian about his musical tastes which includes Pharrell and Bernstein. Elsewhere, there is an obituary for Brian Couzens, the founder of Chandos Records. He was also a champion in classical music recordings for audio engineering. Dolly the Sheep also features in today’s classical news: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s video-opera Three Tales comes to the Science Museum in London. It is the first opera to ever be performed live at an IMAX Theatre. Also, can you spot a Strad? Classic FM’s new game puts your ear to the test.

The Guardian

Watch Argerich and Barenboim perform the final movement of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos – video

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, two legendary musicians – both born in Buenos Aires in the early 1940s – are friends and musical partners.

Facing the music: Lang Lang

Kempff and Kleiber, Rubinstein and Bernstein, and getting Happy with Pharrell – pianist Lang Lang on the music that inspires him

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Brian Couzens, 17 January 1933 ‒ 17 April 2015

Brian Couzens, the founder of Independent label Chandos Records and for three decades a standard-setter in audio engineering of the classical recording industry, has died after a short illness. He was 82.

Sinfini

Dolly the Sheep will make a surprise reappearance in London this week, as a Steve Reich opera examining the increasing dominance of science in society receives a performance at the world-famous Science Museum. 

Three Tales is the result of a creative collaboration between the minimalist composer Reich and his wife, the pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

Classic FM

Blind test: can you recognise the sound of a Stradivarius?

Just how good does a Stradivarius sound, and could you pick one out in a blind test? The Strad magazine staged one to find out.

concerti

Das junge Gesicht der Alten Musik

Jazz, Renaissance, Moderne: Nuria Rial ist offen für Vieles – doch ihr Herz gehört den Arien des Barocks

pizzicato

Pietari Inkinen Named Chief Conductor Of The Japan Philharmonic

Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen (he turns 35 by the end of the month) has been named the Chief Conductor of The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pereira wärmt alte Ideen auf: Oper auf dem Flughafen

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala, Alexander Pereira, will im September 2015 die Oper ‘L’elisir d’amore’ von Gaetano Donizetti am Mailänder Flughafen Malpensa aufführen.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis für Yekwon Sunwoo

Der Koreaner Yekwon Sunwoo (26) ist vom “International Piano Forum” mit dem Deutschen Pianistenpreis ausgezeichnet worden.

Le Figaro

Des mélomanes pas toujours dans le tempo

Le nouveau public de la Philharmonie de Paris applaudit parfois à des moments jugés inopportuns par ceux qui maîtrisent les codes du concert. Mais qu’importe le rituel  si l’enthousiasme est là!

NPR Music

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For ‘Anthracite Fields’

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the new-music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields.

MIT Technology Review

What Makes a Violin Powerful

Study identifies features that boost a violin’s sound.

Twitter

Phil Miller ‏@PhilipJEMiller : Big announcement for Scottish Opera today, unveiling it’s new music director.

Opera Rara ‏@OperaRara : Missed Sir Mark Elder on @MusicMattersR3 on Sat? Catch up here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qyhfz … – inc an extract from our new release #LesMartyrs

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : WOW. As if #singing #QueenoftheNight isn’t HARD enough, try hanging upside down by silks. @rainellesara #coloratura http://bit.ly/1D93NuI 

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Lang Lang. Photo: Pro Musica

(Written on April 21, 2015 )

Ensemble BPM are proud to announce the brilliant performers that will be joining them for their production of Steve Reich’s video opera in April.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Three Tales is a video opera that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

Joining Ensemble BPM on 22nd and 24th April will be the Ligeti Quartet (Patrick Dawkins, Phillip Granell, Richard Jones and Valerie Welbanks), percussionists Dave Burgoyne and Oliver Butterworth as well as vibraphone players Oliver Lowe and Tom Lee, and pianists Nathan Mercieca and Katherine Tinker.

The group are also proud to be working with Sound Intermedia and Synergy Vocals on the production.

The production will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early Twentieth Century. The first performance, on 22 April 2015, will mark the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the London Science MuseumArts Council EnglandArts and Humanities Research Council – AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

 

(Written on March 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Write a song for Shakespeare… if you dare

Go where Purcell, Finzi and Adès have dared to go and enter the RSC’s competition to compose a song to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Greta Klingsberg, child opera star of the Nazi death camp

When she was 13, concentration camp prisoner Greta Klingsberg was thrilled to be cast as the lead in an opera – even though her audience were SS guards

The Strad

Belenus Quartet wins first prize at the ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ Competition

The Swiss ensemble triumphed in the string quartet category; no first prize was awarded in the piano trio section

Gramophone

New Gramophone podcast: Sir James Galway

The star flautist talks about learning the flute and working with Karajan – download for free

International Arts Manager

London IMAX to stage rarely performed Steve Reich opera

A seldom-performed video opera Three Tales is to get a rare outing at the Science Museum (London) IMAX Theatre (22 – 24 April) as part of the Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century conference taking place in the UK this spring.

Die Welt

Absage an Katharina Wagner – aus Niveau-Gründen

Eigentlich sollte Katharina Wagner im Dezember “Parsifal” in Argentinien inszenieren. Der neu ernannte Theater-Intendant erteilte ihr nun eine Absage.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lars Eidinger, gleich zwei Mal

Oliver Hirschbiegel folgt Hitler-Attentätern, Harald Martenstein erzählt im Video von seiner “Fifty Shades of Grey”-Premiere, und Lars “Hamlet” Eidinger feiert direkt zwei Premieren. Der Berlinale-Tag im Blog.

concerti

Bis Franken kam er nicht …

… doch Bachs Musik hinterlässt bei der Bachwoche Ansbach ihre Spuren – nicht nur ob des Weihnachtsoratoriums im Sommer

pizzicato

Liebevoll gehegt und gepflegt – ‘Festival Next Generation’ in Bad Ragaz

Die Förderung junger Musiker wird erfolgreich von vielen verschiedenen Institutionen unternommen.

Georges Prêtre erlitt erneut Beinfraktur

Der 90-jährige Dirigent Georges Prêtre hat für die kommenden Wochen alle Konzerte abgesagt, darunter drei Programme an der Mailänder Scala.

Le Figaro

La Callas décroche un nouveau disque d’or

L’enregistrement remasterisé de la diva grecque, La Renaissance d’une voix, par la maison de disques Warner, a dépassé allègrement en trois mois les 50.000 ventes.

Twitter

Barbican Centre ‏@BarbicanCentre : Experience an emerging American arts scene as Bryce Dessner curates ‘Mountains & Waves’ in May http://ow.ly/IVunA 

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen: Good to see Rattle on BBC News telling it like it is: European conditions are “on the outer reaches of science fiction” for UK orchestras.

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: So #ENO has 2 yrs to get its act together, then @ACE_National could cut it adrift. ACE concerned it can’t survive for 3 years #artsfunding

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Sir James Galway. Photo: Gramophone

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce the upcoming project of their newest client Ensemble BPM. Multimedia performance specialists, Ensemble BPM will present the first ever opera staged live at an IMAX cinema this year with performances of Pulitzer prize-winning composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot’s Three Tales at the London Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Three Tales is a video opera that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

The work will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century, led by Dr Robert Bud, Chief Curator at the Science Museum. Performances take place on 22 and 24 April 2015 – the former date marking the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Composed in 1998-2002, Three Tales recalls three events from twentieth-century history, exploring technology’s growing dominance in society: the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin in 1937, nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll in 1946-1958 and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the London Science Museum, Arts Council England AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.

Tickets

Adults £22.00, Concessions £12.00

Book tickets online www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/threetales or call 0870 870 4868

For more information on Ensemble BPM and to keep up to date with news, visit their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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(Written on January 12, 2015 )