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In today’s news: An airline refused to let orchestra on board with instruments. RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000. Original Elgar Manuscript on Antiques Roadshow. Premier trombonists to descend Iowa City. Symphonic flashmob in Berlin. 121 applications for Eisler scholarship in Leipzig. Orchestra of Valencia and Ramón Tebar to give free open air concert. Oliver Knussen – his life.

Classic FM

An airline refused to let this orchestra on board with their instruments – and they protested in the best way

This orchestra – Pokrovsky Opera on Facebook – were travelling from Riga airport in Latvia to Moscow, Russia, when they were stopped at security with their instrument cases.

Rhinegold

RPS gives support for young musicians totalling £42,000

The programme offers a range of support to outstanding instrumentalists, ensembles and composers, including non-repayable grants for students in financial need to afford quality instruments.

Classic FM

Original Elgar manuscript valued at £100,000 on Antiques Roadshow

A woman who appeared on Antiques Roadshow has been sitting on an incredibly valuable musical item: the original drafts and revisions of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

The Daily Iowan

Premier trombonists to descend on Iowa City for international festival

For the first time, the University of Iowa will host the annual International Trombone Festival to bring world-class trombonists together for a special four-day event to celebrate the many facets the trombone has to offer.

Pizzicato

Ng Tian Hui named Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony

The Pioneer Valley Symphony, an orchestra in Greenfield, Massachusetts, has announced as its new musical director 38-year-old Ng Tian Hui.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Er lehrte die wilden Kerle das Singen

Seine erste Sinfonie schrieb er mit Fünfzehn – und dirigierte sie gleich mit dem London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt ist der englische Komponist und Dirigent Oliver Knussen gestorben.

Concerti

Sinfonischer Flashmob

Die Aktion Symphonic Mob verwandelt am 23. September die Piazza der Mall of Berlin zum Konzertsaal, wenn Laienmusiker auf Profis des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin und des Rundfunkchors Berlin treffen

Musik Heute

121 Bewerbungen für Leipziger Eisler-Stipendium

Für das erstmals ausgeschriebene Hanns-Eisler-Stipendium der Stadt Leipzig haben sich 121 Komponisten angemeldet.

Platea Magazine

La Orquesta de Valencia y Ramón Tebar ofrecen un concierto gratuito en la Playa de Las Arenas

El próximo 13 de julio, a las 22 horas, la Orquesta de Valencia prolongará la celebración de su 30 aniversario con un concierto gratuito al aire libre, en el marco de la Playa de Las Arenas.

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonic Mob © Kai Bienert

(Written on July 11, 2018 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

Tete-a-Tete blog

Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

Clown of Clowns blog

Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

MCO blog

Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

Heartfelt blog

Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

Open sessions blog

WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

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Covent Garden flashmob – ‘Va, pensiero’ by Giuseppe Verdi

As part of Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices, Dominic Peckham brought together choral groups, first time singers and workshop attendees in a huge celebration of the human voice  and Verdi 200, performing ‘Va, pensiero.’

Kens 5 San Antonia

10-year-old with disability learning to play flute with help of former musician

An American 10 year old born with one hand undeveloped is learning to play the flute with the help of former musician Clarence Wood

Classic FM Online

The Piano Guys play Chopin on Great Wall of China

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends is an arrangement of Oogway Ascends from Kung Fu Panda, reworked with Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 – with a video recorded on the iconic Wonder of the World

Silent Opera to perform in Heal’s furniture shop

Silent Opera will perform four different operas in the Tottenham Court Road furniture shop Heal’s in October

BBC Music Magazine

New organisation set up to promote music education and cultural diplomacy

Conductor Riccardo Muti to be honorary president of EMMA for Peace, supported by UNESCO

BBC Radio 3 announces release of two singles for BBC Children in Need ‘Musical Battle’

The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Steve Pycroft’s fusions of well-known pop and classical tracks for charity head-to-head

BBC announces 20 per cent increase in funding for arts television

New brand ‘BBC Arts at…’ to showcase events from around the country

The Guardian

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Can a musician play from art? Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound

Die Zeit

Die Utopie des Ohrwurms

Er ist der bedeutendste Opernkomponist des 19. Jahrhunderts. Er hat eine Moral und ist niemals moralisch. Und er erfindet sein Leben, als spielte es auf der Bühne. Giuseppe Verdi zum 200. Geburtstag

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 11, 2013 )

Classic FM 

Esa-Pekka Salonen carries Olympic torch

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen swaps his baton for the Olympic torch.

Katherine Jenkins is Team GB Ambassador

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins cheers on the UK athletes.

Bach Flashmob stuns Californian plaza 

Musicians from the Carmel Bach Festival perform Bach Flashmob to the shock of crowds of shoppers.

Arts Journal- Slipped Disc

Just in: London Orchestra surrenders player control 

The London Philharmonic has appointed a new chair who is not a player.

Solti’s concertmaster is no more 

Victor Aitay dies at age 91.

BBC Music Magazine- Blog

Solti Accademia 

Helen Wallace joins students of the prestigious summer school conceived by Georg Solti.

Gramophone Blog

Filming Barenboim and the Beethoven Symphonies 

Michael Waldman gives an account of following Daniel Barenboim and the West- Eastern Divan Orchestra on their tour of China and South Korea and the performance of the Nine Beethoven Symphonies.

Gramophone 

Winner of the inaugural Delius Composition Prize announced  

US Composer Michael Djupstrom’s piece Walimai wins Delius Composition prize.

(Written on July 26, 2012 )