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In today’s news: Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census, RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition, and Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms. Exclusive concert at the Elbphilharmonic for police men after G20 summit riots, and conductor Frank Matthus leaves Kammeroper Rheinsberg.

Choir and Organ

Voices Now reveals results of Big Chorus Census

There are at least 40,000 choirs singing regularly in the UK, according to Voices Now. The charity has revealed the results of its Big Choral Census – its first piece of research – which examined the activity and volume of vocal groups across the UK.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO launches third Composers’ Hub competition

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has launched its third Composers’ Hub competition.

The Strad

Lara Boschkor wins Tonali Violin Competition in Germany

The 17-year-old Kronberg Academy student took home the top prize of €10,000 for her performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto

Pizzicato

Josep Pons Named Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of Granada

The Mayor of Granada and President of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has named Josep Pons (*1957) Conductor Laureate.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

Tagesspiegel

Frank Matthus verlässt Kammeroper Rheinsberg

2018 ist Schluss. Frank Matthus, der künstlerische Leiter der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, verlässt das Opernfestival in Brandenburg.

Berliner Zeitung

Nach G20-Krawallen Gratis-Konzert für Polizisten in der Elbphilharmonie 

Sechs Tage nach den Staats- und Regierungschefs lädt die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auch Polizisten ein, die beim G20-Gipfel im Einsatz waren.

NMZ

Unterm Regenbogen – München leuchtet schillernd bunt!

So geht es auch: Klassik und Neue Musik als Starter für die CSD-Woche in der Bayernmetropole.

Broadway World

Newly Appointed Principal Bass and Horn Announced by L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, appoints David Grossman as Principal Bass and Michael Thornton as Principal Horn, announces LACO’s Executive Director Scott Harrison.

WQXR

Traffic Marshall Surprises Travelers with a Public Piano Performance

Traveling by rail (or air, or sea) can be a draining experience.

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Choir and Organ: Voices Now

(Written on July 12, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

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London Philharmonic LPO brass trio performing at the launch of new classical music streaming service
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(Written on June 15, 2017 )

Mein Praktikum bei WildKat neigt sich dem Ende zu: Nach nur 2 Monaten muss ich die Agentur schweren Herzens wieder verlassen, denn die Semesterferien sind vorbei. Ab nächster Woche heißt es wieder büffeln und vor allem viel lesen, denn die Uni geht wieder los und mein Studium macht sich nicht von alleine. Hier, bei WildKat, hat mich das Social-Media-Fieber gepackt! Als kleines Abschiedsgeschenk hinterlasse ich der Agentur und unseren Lesern 11 wunderbare Dinge, die ich aus meiner Zeit bei WildKat mitgenommen habe:

1. Bei WildKat kommen verschiedenste Nationen zusammen, um gemeinsam für Projekte zu arbeiten


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2. Missy, der Office Dog, ist einmal die Woche Teil des Arbeitsalltags


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3. Social Media Präsenz ist harte Arbeit!


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4. Jeder Mitarbeiter ist auf seine Weise ein unverzichtbarer Bestandteil der Agentur


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5. Das Arbeitsumfeld bei Wildkat ist wie eine große, fürsorgliche Familie


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6. Klassische Musik rockt!


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7. Bei WildKat ist Frauenpower angesagt


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8. WildKat ist ein großer Verein von Teetrinkern


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9. Bei WildKat wird gegenseitige Unterstützung groß geschrieben


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10. Selbst, wenn du mal keine Ahnung hast, was zu tun ist, hier hat jeder ein offenes Ohr


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11. Der wöchentliche Obstkorb bei WildKat sorgt für den Vitaminflash


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ein großes Dankeschön für diese wunderbare Zeit. Ich habe während des Agenturalltags bei euch so unendlich viel gelernt und mitgenommen. Schade, dass es jetzt schon vorbei ist! Bleibt so, wie ihr seid:

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.

WOSU

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Klassik.com

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.

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BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

Music History   in 1842 First official performance of the Orchestra

Image: WOSU

(Written on March 28, 2017 )

Today’s news: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) and the Santa Rosa Symphony announced the lineup for their 2017-2018 season collaboration. St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra reinvents Russia’s national music, and Facebook is looking for new legal music licensing management. Metropolitan Museum of Art changes executives, and Micah Holt discusses the generation gap within the classical world.

Washington Post

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic moves beyond cliches

Orchestras should not be locked into playing music of their country of origin. And yet great orchestras retain a special relationship to their national music. To hear the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra play a program of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich is tantamount to a cliche. And yet that’s what they did, under the great Yuri Temirkanov, at the Kennedy Center on Monday night, thanks to Washington Performing Arts — and you’re not going to hear either of those pieces done much better.

Classical Music Magazine

Changing the focus: International Women’s Day events

Our pick of the events celebrating the achievements of women on and around International Women’s Day.

Classic FM

This composer writes out music as it’s performed, and it’s beautifully captivating

It’s not too tricky to name classical music from or inspired by the likes of Germany, Italy, France or Russia. But what if we asked to you think of classical music from Australia? It’s a little harder…

Music Business Worldwide

Now Facebook is Hiring for a Legal Music Licensing Boss

The signals seem clear: the world’s biggest social network, with its 1.9 billion active users, is finally ready to pay something for the use of music on its platform.

NEPA Scene

VIDEO: NEPA Philharmonic trumpeter Micah Holt talks reaching millennials with classical music

Principal trumpet player Micah Holt recognises that all too well, noting that generational gap.

The New York Times

New Music From Silence for the New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, returns to its podium this week. Not coincidentally, so does new music. Cue Lera Auerbach’s Violin Concerto No. 4, written for Leonidas Kavakos and receiving its premiere at David Geffen Hall on Wednesday.

Thomas P. Campbell resigned under pressure on Tuesday as the director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after months of growing concerns among staff members and some trustees about its financial health and his capacity to lead the largest museum in the country.

Broadway World

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Announces 2017-2018 Symphony Pops Series

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) and the Santa Rosa Symphony announced the lineup for their 2017-2018 Symphony Pops Series collaboration.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der sanfte Gigant

Er marschierte mit Martin Luther King und war der König des Calypsos. Heute wird der US-amerikanische Sänger und Schauspieler Harry Belafonte 90 Jahre alt. Eine Gratulation.

Concerti

Amadeus, Amadeus

Der Name Mozart zündet immer. Kein Wunder, dass jene Städte, in denen der Komponist zu Lebzeiten verweilte, mit Festivals seiner gedenken

Pizzicato

Naxos baut audiovisuelle Sparte aus

Naxos baut seine Präsenz im Video-Bereich aus. Das geht aus einer Pressemitteilung zur rezenten Label- und Händlertagung von ‘Naxos Deutschland’ hervor.

Klassik.com

Frühere Prager Operndirektorin Eva Herrmannova gestorben

Die frühere Operndirektorin des Prager Nationaltheaters, Eva Hermannová, ist tot. Sie starb bereits Mitte Februar im Alter von 87 Jahren.

Le Monde

Le streaming redonne des couleurs au marché de la musique

Le marché de la musique est effectivement sorti de son marasme. Pour la première fois depuis quinze ans, il affiche une croissance significative.

France Musique

Le chef Louis Langrée est prolongé à la tête de l’Orchestre symphonique de Cincinnati

Louis Langrée signe pour un troisième mandat avec l’Orchestre Symphonique de Cincinnati, aux Etats-Unis, un ensemble qu’il dirige depuis 2013 et qu’il s’apprête à emmener pour la première fois en tournée à l’étranger.

El Mundo

Una generación musical única, reunida en una fotografía

Cristóbal Halffter, 87 años el próximo día 24, tomó ayer el micrófono para dar voz a los protagonistas del homenaje que el Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (Inaem) había organizado en el Auditorio Nacional.

Il Fatto Quotidiano

Addio a Georges Pretre, leggenda del podio. Era il direttore d’orchestra preferito dalla Callas

Il decano dei maestri, francese, aveva 92 anni e non aveva mai smesso di dirigere: era atteso a Milano per tre concerti a marzo

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Classical Music News  AAM appoints Alexander Van Ingen as chief executive

Music History   in 1824 finishes his Octet for Strings and Winds, Op 166.

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(Written on March 1, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In our last classical news round-up of the year, Apple Music introduced a new feature to sort classical music by composer, allowing music in a user’s library to be more organised. BBC Music Magazine rounds up their big highlights of 2016. Facebook is to start making its own original music, as it puts together its internal ‘sound design’ team with experienced composers. Warner Music Group partners with MelodyVR, to create more Virtual Reality contents. Also, Jeremy Nicholas gives a brief history of classical music on Gramophone.

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Apple Music introduces option to sort tracks by composer

Apple Music has introduced a feature on one of its recent updates to allow users to sort their music by composer. While it is not yet functional for Apple Music’s entire collection, the change does allow music in a user’s library to be organised in this way.

Gramophone

A brief history of classical music

Jeremy Nicholas offers a guided tour of the key players and movements that have made classical music the rich art-form that today still entrances, moves and uplifts.

BBC Music Magazine

2016: A Year in Music

It’s been a year full of dramatic world events, but what has 2016 meant for classical music? We take a look back at the big news stories of the last twelve months.

Music Business Worldwide

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With MelodyVR Deal

Warner Music Group is getting busy creating virtual reality (VR) content for fans after inking a worldwide partnership with MelodyVR.

Facebook Looks Set To Start Making More of its Own Music

Facebook is bulking up its internal ‘sound design’ team – and recruiting for an experienced composer to help spearhead the creation of its own music.

Npr music

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

In surveying the year’s classical releases, I discovered similar nostalgic and escapist trends that revealed themselves slowly as the months of political sniping dragged on.

Boadway World

Pittsburgh Symphony Welcomes Jukka-Pekka Saraste to Conduct BNY Mellon Grand Classics Concert

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to Heinz Hall for the first time since 1999 to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh and Sibelius’ Fifth symphonies during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics weekend on January 13 and 15.

Artsjournals

Apple Music Positions Itself As Platform, Promoter, Reinventor Of The Music Biz

We all have to reinvent ourselves now that paid streaming is starting to lock in. There’s going to be a lot of new technology, and everyone’s going to be reforming their roles.

Zeit Online

Ich, der junge Bach?

Wenn das Weihnachtsoratorium erklingt, ist das für Hannes Leitlein besonders erhebend: Denn in seiner Familie hält sich das Gerücht, er sei mit Johann Sebastian Bach verwandt. Kann das wahr sein? Eine Spurensuche, von Baden-Württemberg bis Leipzig.

Klassik.com

Badisches Staatstheater: Gefühl der Unsicherheit bei Opernbesuchern?

Die Außenbereiche des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe seien einer Stellungnahme der SPD-Fraktion im Karlsruher Gemeinderat zufolge zu wenig beleuchtet.

Musikexpress.de

Donald Trump lehnt Andrea Bocelli ab und hat immer noch keinen Act für seine Amtseinführung

Eigentlich darf Donald Trump gar nicht so wählerisch sein. Die Suche nach einem musikalischen Begleiter bei seiner Amtseinführung am 20. Januar gestaltete sich als schwieriger als gedacht.

Nmz

Choreografin Sasha Waltz weiht Elbphilharmonie-Foyers ein

Mit einem Festakt wird der Konzertsaal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie am 11. Januar eröffnet. Doch schon zuvor lässt sich in dem spektakulären Bau Besonderes erleben: Am Neujahrstag erkundet die weltweit gefeierte Choreografin Sasha Waltz mit einer Performance die sechsstöckigen Foyers.

Codex Flores

Die falsche These von der Krise der klassischen Musik

Im Januar präsentieren die deutschen Musikhochschulen erstmalig gemeinsam neue Konzertformate ihrer Studierenden in Berlin. Künstlerischer Leiter der Reihe ist Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant des Konzerthauses Berlin. Er widerspricht der These von der Krise der klassischen Musik.

France Musique

La région liquide le festival d’Ile-de-France

Une mesure devant être adoptée en janvier par le Conseil régional prévoit une baisse de la subvention du festival d’Ile-de-France de 68%. Principal financeur de l’événement, la Région pourrait bien être son fossoyeur.

Le Monde

La Scala, saga d’une salle aux mille visages

Ouvert en 1873, maintes fois fermé et transformé, le théâtre parisien s’apprête à renaître de ses cendres.

El Mundo

William Christie expulsa a un espectador por interrumpir el ‘Mesías’ con un móvil

El director de orquesta riñó al público por ‘destruir’ la interpretación de la obra de Händel durante una velada navideña en el Auditorio Nacional.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 28 carols in 2 minutes? That’ll be the @theLondon4tet http://bbc.in/2hDq1FG

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1806 FP Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classic FM @ClassicFM Very sad news from @AndreRieu‘s Johann Strauss Orchestra: https://t.co/ComWqH8vZ8

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(Written on December 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Sony classic chief Bogdan Roscic is to head Vienna State Opera, Warner Classics sign 17-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, and BBC documentary Sound of Musicals will explore 100 years of the musical. Also, the opening performance of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will be available to watch online on live stream and in 360 degrees.

The Guardian

Sony classic chief to head Vienna State Opera

Austria’s government named Bogdan Roscic as director of the prestigious Vienna State Opera from 2020, replacing Frenchman Dominique Meyer. Roscic, 52, is currently president of Sony Music’s classical music division and has never run an opera house. He was born in Serbia and grew up in Austria.

Gramophone

Warner Classics sign 17-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary

Warner Classics have signed the 17-year-old trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary, her debut album will be released in Autumn 2017 and will feature both jazz and classical works.

The Stage

Documentary Sound of Musicals With Neil Brand to cover 100 years of the genre

BBC4 is to explore musical theatre’s evolution over the past 100 years, in a series that will reveal how some of the best-loved showtunes work musically and lyrically.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook must strike a deal with music publishers as soon as possible’

The careers of unsigned artists are being caught in the crossfire of an increasingly aggressive copyright assault on Facebook by music publishers.

WQXR

Watch: Melodica Men Strike Again With ‘Nutcracker Mini Suite’

Just a few months after their immensely popular “Rite of Spring” arrangement, The Melodica Men are back with a “mini-suite” of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker!

ABC News

7-Year-Old Boy Battling Leukemia Fulfills Dream of Conducting an Orchestra

Donning a tuxedo with penguin tails, 7-year-old Jordan Cartwright led the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra through Canada’s national anthem at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton this past Monday.

Musik Heute

Überraschung in Österreich: Plattenboss Roscic soll Wiener Staatsoper zur Oper 4.0 machen

Die Wiener Staatsoper, ein Haus von internationalem Ruf und beneidenswerter Auslastung, bekommt einen Direktor vom neuen Schlag: Bogdan Roscic. Ex-Journalist, Senderchef eines Popmusikkanals, Plattenboss im Bereich Klassik – und vor allem Veränderer.

ZEIT ONLINE

Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Live im Netz und in 360 Grad

Die Eröffnung der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie soll in einem 360-Grad-Livestream im Internet für jedermann kostenfrei zu sehen sein. Der gesamte Premierenabend mit Festakt und Konzert am 11. Januar nächsten Jahres könne auf diese Weise verfolgt werden.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Geigerin Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer ist mit dem Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande ausgezeichnet worden. Mit dem Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland wird insbesondere ihr Einsatz als Kulturbotschafterin Deutschlands honoriert.

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Unicef zeichnet “Foto des Jahres” aus

Es zeigt ein bunt gekleidetes, lachendes Mädchen auf einer Müllkippe und stammt von dem iranischen Fotografen Arez Ghaderi.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Hornist Marc Gruber erhält Brüder-Busch-Preis

Music History @today_classical in 1858 Birth of Italian opera Giacomo in Lucca.

DW – Culture @dw_culture New Ukrainian youth orchestra brings country together

Bogdan Roscic © Musik Heute.

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(Written on December 22, 2016 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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Photo: Martin Godwin

In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )