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We are delighted that tickets for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018 are now on sale and the programme is as daring and “scream-worthy” as ever.

“The Modern Prometheus” theme extends into the festival with more of a Black Mirror edge, following Tête à Tête’s collaboration with Royal College of Music earlier this year: WEAR is an immersive opera about time travel, high fashion, ecological disaster and love, taking place in The Crossing at King’s Cross; NIBIRU!, a concept album about the apocalypse, social networking and conspiracy theories; Vicky & Albert is the story of an app, which convinces people that the user has a boyfriend…

In what promises to be both hilarious and thought-provoking, audiences are given an insight into the trials and tribulations of being two and three quarters, with a double bill of two operas: I Do Need Me explores the intensity of emotion that small children experience; I’m Not A Bit Like A Clown is a playful work that captures the joy and freewheeling energy of a toddler, whilst exploring and exploding our received ideas of gender, offering a delightful child’s eye view of the world.

More opera, this time for children the story of a fossilised hippo from 250,000 years ago, involving an interactive workshop and opera, The Lost Box of Stories, presenting new music and storytelling with Mid Wales Music Trust.

Tête à Tête welcomes its first Artist-in-Residence, with Li-E Chen’s Proposition for a Silent Opera at an Invisible Museum – I am a museum, a development of the 2017 work that encompasses an art exhibition in the foyer of The Place between 16th – 18th August, plus performances throughout the week.

Cubitt Sessions open the festival again this year, offering free servings of opera for the King’s Cross area with BISHI, Errollyn Wallen, Juice Vocal Ensemble, plus Aubergine from Muziektheater Transparent, and Tête à Tête’s very own operatic disaster, TOSCATASTROPHE!

As always, taking a journey through the past with new opera eyes on, Mary’s Hand is an immersive, biographical take on Mary “Bloody Mary” Tudor (featuring playing cards); Love Me To Death is based upon Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, plus a new collaboration with the Wellcome Collection for Dear Mary Stopes, a story told through letters, responding to her controversial sex manual ‘Married Love’.

This year’s festivals offers operatic treats, both reflective and pioneering, from both long-standing Tête à Tête alumni and new companies and artists. With a focus on Artist Development and support, with the “For Artists” hub on the website, the company continues to provide more opportunities for artists worldwide.

Tickets are now on sale! Where tickets are required we recommend booking early for the best price online at tete-a-tete.org.uk. Early Bird Online until 10th July £5.00 /  In Advance Online £7.50 / In Person, On Phone, On The Door at the venue £9.50. Lots of shows are free so just turn up and enjoy!

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw is to take up a newly created position of PR Executive & Manager at WildKat PR from May 2018. Naomi currently works at PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager.

At WildKat, Naomi will provide strategic direction for composers, independent artists and ensembles, in addition to advising on rights, royalties and licensing opportunities. She will also manage the campaigns of specific clients.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented:

“We are thrilled to have Naomi join our London team to work across our offices. Her years at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, both in very different capacities, mean we are developing and strengthening our offerings for independent artists and projects, from vital funding advice to consulting on sync and licensing.

Naomi has always been someone we admire and love collaborating with in the industry, and this is an exciting time for the company, as part of our current expansion and development of our service offerings.”

Naomi commented:

“I am delighted to announce that I will soon be joining the team at WildKat PR. I am really looking forward to working more closely with UK composers, ensembles and artists to help them realise their aspirations and pass on the knowledge that I have gained from working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation over the last 5 years.”

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London for a month, starting as soon as possible.

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

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set 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
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

Desirable
– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’.

(Written on May 16, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London, as a member of the team is moving to the Berlin office!

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 Press, 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 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

– 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 11th November 2016

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

 

(Written on July 28, 2016 )

Lust auf neue Herausforderungen und Spaß an der Arbeit? Dann jetzt bewerben für ein Praktikum im WildKat Berlin Büro!

Wir suchen ab dem 7. Juli 2016 eine Praktikantin/einen Praktikanten zur Unterstützung der Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit Schwerpunkt Musik sowie der Konzertorganisation am Standort Berlin. Du assistierst den Account Managern bei der Entwicklung und Umsetzung kreativer PR-Kampagnen und reibungsloser Konzertabläufe für Kunden aus der klassischen wie zeitgenössischen Musik. Du solltest daher eine große Begeisterung für Kultur, klassische Musik und die darstellenden Künste mitbringen, Spaß an kreativen Herausforderungen haben und strukturiert arbeiten können. Eine Affinität zu Online-Medien ist ebenfalls wünschenswert.

Was wir bieten: 
– Selbstständige Arbeit in einem kleinen agilen Team bis hin zur Übernahme von einzelnen kleinen Projekten
– Tägliche Zusammenarbeit und Austausch mit dem Londoner Büro
– Besuch von Kundenkonzerten und –Veranstaltungen
– Miterleben des Agenturalltags und detaillierte Einblicke in Abläufe, Projekte etc.
– Entspannte und kollegiale Atmosphäre im Büro
– Einblick und Übernahme von Social Media Accounts
– Möglichkeit, sich kreativ einzubringen und seine Ideen umzusetzen
– Einblick in die internationale Presselandschaft
– Ein wöchentlicher Obstkorb und viel Spaß bei der Arbeit

Deine Aufgaben:
– Assistenz bei der Umsetzung internationaler PR-Kampagnen
– Pflege des Agentur-Blogs und der Social Media Auftritte (u.a. Facebook und Twitter)
– Übernahme von Recherchenaufgaben
– Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Pressetexten
– Instandhaltung der Kontaktdatenbank
– Unterstützung bei der effizienten Verbreitung von Pressematerialien
– Recherche und Reporting neuer Entwicklungen und Trends in den Bereichen Musikindustrie und Kultur
– Teilnahme an Kundenveranstaltungen während und außerhalb der Bürozeiten
– Assistenz täglicher Agenturabläufe des Berliner Büros

Was Du mitbringst:
– Sehr gute Kenntnisse und Begeisterung für klassische Musik, Kunst, Kultur und PR
– Erste praktische Erfahrungen im Bereich Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und/oder Kulturmanagement
– Sehr gute administrative und organisatorische Fähigkeiten
– Hervorragende mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikationsfähigkeit (auf deutsch und englisch)
– Hohe Teamfähigkeit
– Sorgfältige Arbeitsweise
– Affinität zu Online-Medien
– Fähigkeit zu selbstmotiviertem Arbeiten
– Sicheres und selbstbewusstes Auftreten
– Stressresistentes Arbeiten
– Sicherer Umgang mit gängigen Internet- und MS-Office-Anwendungen
– Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, weitere Fremdsprachenkenntnisse von Vorteil

Im Überblick
– Zeitraum: ab 7. Juli 2016 für 3 Monate, Vollzeit
– Vergütung: 400€ monatlich

Bitte sende Deine Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben bis zum 8. Juni 2016 mit dem Betreff „Praktikum” per E-Mail an Carolin Denz (carolin@wildkatpr.com). Viel Erfolg!

 

(Written on May 27, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce our new client Live Music Now and their day of celebrations for their co-founder, Yehudi Menuhin, on his centenary on 22nd April.

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Live Music Now is a UK-wide music outreach and musicians development scheme. The charity was established by Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, inspired by the vision that by embracing the power of music to transform lives, musicians play a central part in a healthy society.

Families with children with special needs community

In order to celebrate Yehudi Menuhin‘s birthday on 22 April, they are hosting a lot of interesting events, most notably the world premiere of The King, The Cat and The Fiddle. This is an adapted piece written by Menuhin himself. Live Music Nows mission is to bring inspirational experiences to even more people, all around the UK and beyond, which is why many events will happen in care homes, hospitals and special schools. Menuhin’s birthday will be a day to celebrate the healing power of music and its ability to transform lives.

Visit Live Music Now here to see the various and extraordinary event locations, such as National Showcaves, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Big Pit Coal Mine, Land Zoo, Sea Zoo, and many more.

Catch them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.

(Written on April 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Wigmore Hall announces new partnership with medici.tv and Gramophone Magazine reports that soprano Denise Deval has died. Also, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is named Birmingham and Midland Institute president and a task force tackles musicians’ US work visa problems 

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall announces new partnership with medici.tv

Wigmore Hall has announced a new partnership with medici.tv and the expansion of its ticket scheme for under 35s

Gramophone Magazine

The soprano Denise Duval has died at 94

Denise Duval, who inspired some of Francis Poulenc’s most powerful works for soprano, has died in Switzerland where she lived

The Strad

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber named Birmingham and Midland Institute president

Lloyd Webber was also appointed principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015

Arts Professional

Task force to tackle musicians’ US work visa problems

The Musicians’ Union and British Underground have assembled a task force to tackle problems with visas that musicians face when travelling to the US, including high costs, restrictions and delays

Klassikakzente

Persönliche Einblicke – Daniel Hopes neue Radiosendung auf

In der neuen Sendung “WDR 3 Persönlich” berichtet Daniel Hope nun jeden Sonntag aus seinem Musikerleben und präsentiert Künstler und Werke, zu denen er eine besondere Verbindung hat

Der Westen

Film „Feuer bewahren“ zeigt Choreograph Martin Schläpfer

Zwei kräftige Waden in Wanderschuhen, die über den feuchten Waldboden nach oben steigen: Mit dieser symbolkräftigen Sequenz beginnt der Dokumentarfilm „Feuer bewahren – nicht Asche anbeten“ über Martin Schläpfer, Choreograph und Direktor des Balletts am Rhein

NMZ

Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema zieht erneut gegen YouTube vor Gericht

Der Streit zwischen der Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema und der Google-Tochter YouTube ist zäh und zieht sich bereits seit Jahren hin

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Taps Jaap van Zweden as Its Next Maestro

The New York Philharmonic announced on Wednesday that it was turning to Jaap van Zweden, an intense, exacting Dutch conductor, to be its next music director and guide it through the costly renovation of its hall, two seasons of exile and, if all goes well, a triumphant return to Lincoln Center

Le Monde

Mort de Denise Duval, la « Voix humaine » de Francis Poulenc

Le « Rossignol à larmes » du compositeur Francis Poulenc, inoubliable créatrice de La Voix humaine, s’est envolée lundi 25 janvier : la soprano française, Denise Duval, est morte à l’âge de 94 ans dans sa maison en Suisse

Twitter

Interlude@interludeHK  Were Chopin’s dreamy nocturnes inspired by something more sinister? Our feature has more http://ow.ly/XBEWt

Marketing Magazine@MarketingUK 80% of Facebook’s ad revenues driven by mobile as profit more than doubles… and more http://bit.ly/1OZAhP2

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre  Chineke! @Chineke4Change Europe’s first BME orchestra join our family of Associate Orchestras #Classical1617

Denise Duval/ Gramophone Magazine

Denise Duval/ Gramophone Magazine

(Written on January 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian critics pick their favourite live events of 2015, and The Telegraph look at how classical music has fought terrorism, seduced old rockers and is constantly changing. Also, a Spanish court has ordered soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a €254,000 fine for tax avoidance and José Maria Blumenschein has been appointed as the new concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The Guardian

Best of 2015: our classical critics pick their favourite live events

There were masterly turns by prodigious youngsters, and vigorous performances by mature masters – across the UK, it’s been a fascinating classical year

The Telegraph

Classical music in 2015: fighting terrorism, seducing old rockers – and constantly changing

This year, as always, the doom merchants continued to predict the imminent demise of classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Austen family music books made available online

The University of Southampton has digitised around 600 pieces of music belonging to the Austen family, placing them online free of charge

Gramophone

The cult of classical music

We need to confront the ignorance surrounding classical music – and fast

International Arts Manager

Montserrat Caballé hit with huge tax fine

A Spanish court has ordered Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to pay a €254,000 fine for tax avoidance

Classical Music Magazine

Vienna Philharmonic appoints new concertmaster

José Maria Blumenschein has been appointed as the new concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Der Tagesspiegel

Opernsängerin Stella Doufexis gestorben

Eine wichtige Stimme ist viel zu früh verstummt: Im Alter von nur 47 Jahren erliegt die Mezzosopranistin Stella Doufexis ihrer Krankheit.

Klassik.com

Staatstheater Cottbus trauert um Werner Kiersch

Bassist stand 38 Jahre für das Staatstheater auf der Bühne

Musikmarkt.de

MIDEM 2016 thematisiert Zukunft des Musikgeschäfts, führt Awards ein

Die 50. Ausgabe der Musikmesse MIDEM feiert die Musikbranche mit der Einführung der Midem Awards, die Musik-Executives aus der ganzen Welt ehren sollen. Die Awards sollen künftig jährlich verliehen werden.

Pizzicato.lu

New Concert Hall in London?

Plans to build a new concert hall in London have moved ahead.

The New York Times

In Handel’s ‚Messiah‘, the trumpet as divine agent

Coming late in Handel’s „Messiah“, the glittering instrumental solo in „The Trumpet Shall Sound“ is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music.

Twitter

South Bank BIDHave a look at our end of year message and look back on what the BID does for South Bank:

BBC Music MagazineOkay. We’ve managed to stay off the Star Wars bandwagon. Until now.

Nicola Benedetti: I am backing free music lessons

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Dramatic sense … I Puritani, one of our operatic highlights of the year from Welsh National Opera. Photograph: John Snelling/Getty Images

(Written on December 18, 2015 )

It is with great excitement that we introduce Helios Collective’s two upcoming events: Toi Toi and Formations masterclasses.

Helios Collective has earned a reputation for putting on bold projects and quality productions, working from the ground up. Founded in 2012, this company has continued to provide opportunities for young artists across a wide creative spectrum. Helios’s diverse programming caters for both people who appreciate high-quality productions, but also those looking for new experiences and hoping to explore music beyond the traditional canon. Working as a tight-knit operative, Helios achieves artistic excellence in every aspect, successfully inspiring and supporting people from diverse backgrounds

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Its founder, Ella Marchment, has wide-ranging experiences as both a director and designer, and has worked on over 50 productions internationally. Ella’s sublime leadership has been noted by many: Stephen Barlow – the artistic director of Buxton Festival – praised Ella for creating a ‘surprisingly invigorating and fresh event… [and] stretching the boundaries to breaking point between high art and accessibility’.

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The first of Helios Collective’s innovative upcoming events is Toi Toi, which will stage opera as you’ve never seen it before: in a nightclub! Leave your suit and tie behind and let the Helios Collective take you on a unique 2-day musical safari from London to Jamaica, and from Finland to Brazil. Toi Toi returns to the heart of Peckham, offering an exciting evening of electric opera, mixed with rock, bossa nova, pop-fusion, jazz, reggae and more.

Through this experimental event, Helios hopes to demonstrate the relevance of opera to modern audiences, making it accessible for new generations. Join them on 28th and 29th October at CLF Art Café for an opera experience like no other. Click attending on the Facebook Event to get the latest information, and remember to bring your dancing shoes for the after-party on the final night!

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Helios Collective’s second exciting upcoming event, Formations masterclasses, gives you the opportunity to contribute to a new opera production. Take part in a six-day masterclass programme from 6th – 13th November, and share your ideas with top UK classical music influencers and emerging artists. The programme will end with a triple-bill performance at the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square on 13th November, in front of a panel with Kasper Holten, Stephen UnwinStephen Barlow and Bettina Bartz. Formation masterclasses offer a unique chance to be part of the opera community, and take part in workshops on opera composing, directing, conducting and singing, led by top classical music figures.

The Formations masterclasses will also feature three new opera commissions: Glasstown – composed by Leo Geyer, words by Martin KratzThe Exile – composed by Solfa Carlile, words by Gillian Pencavel, and IO Transfigured – composed by Daniel Chappell, words by Dominic Grove. Get your tickets here!

heliosFor more information, follow the Helios Collective on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to check out their website for more information on these fabulous upcoming events!

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

Wanting some advice on working within the classical music industry? Come along to our next free Open Session where our team, who have over 25 years of experience, can answer all your questions on anything from PR to events, budgeting to social media. Our next one is Friday 27th March, watch our video invitation here:

 

(Written on March 18, 2015 )