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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

WildKat PR are thrilled to announce that we will be working with Cowbridge Music Festival (CMF)!

The festival, now in its eighth year, will once again take place in the bucolic village of Cowbridge, South Wales, and feature internationally-acclaimed artists and performers. The varied programme of concerts will include performances by The King’s Singers, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Misha Mullov-Abbado, Veronika Eberle and the festival’s first ever Artist-in-Residence Llŷr Williams. Nicola Benedetti MBE retains her role as patron of CMF, having first performed an unforgettable solo concert in 2011.

The festival’s founders, Mary Elliot-Rose and Sam Edwards, have been welcoming musicians to CMF since 2010. They saw the town, with its picturesque churches and vibrant community, as the perfect setting to showcase the finest chamber, vocal and instrumental music.

CMF places significant emphasis on education and outreach, education and the community, with a range of programmes and accessible activities including an interactive concert for children aged 12 and under, schools’ samba workshops and CMF Chamber Music Seminar .

A full programme can be viewed here.

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(Written on July 31, 2017 )

In today’s news: La La Land acrobatics outside the walls of the City Hall and London Symphony becomes Orchestra in Residence of the Luxemburg Philharmonic. Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester gets a movable audience area, and the Opéra-comique of Paris reopens. Beyoncé supports women with college scholarships and Pulitzer Prize for composer Du Yun.

The Telegraph

Los Angeles’ Mayor proclaims ‘La La Land’ day with aerial dancers at City Hall

Los Angeles’ mayor has proclaimed Tuesday the 25th of April as “La La Land” day as acrobats suspended by ropes danced their way across the outside walls of City Hall.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Wigmore Medal

The British artist receives the award ‘in recognition of his commitment to, and belief in Wigmore Hall and in everything that it represents’.

The Cut

We Will Soon See Some ‘Formation Scholars’ In College Thanks to Beyoncé

Beyoncé is helping four women pay their way through college! As a way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé announced four college scholarships.

The Violin Channel

Du Yun’s ‘Angel’s Bones’ Opera – 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Chinese-born international composer Du Yun’s acclaimed 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music winning opera ‘Angel’s Bone’

Gramophone

Join Gramophone for a conversation with Kyung Wha Chung

The eminent Korean violinist talks about her life in music

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Der Neue stellt sich vor

Im Herbst tritt Robin Ticciati sein Amt als achter Chefdirigent des DSO an. Jetzt hat das Orchester sein Programm für die Saison 2017/18 präsentiert.

Berlin.de

Geiger Thomas Brandis mit 81 gestorben

Der Geiger Thomas Brandis, langjähriger Konzertmeister der Berliner Philharmoniker, ist tot.

pizzicato

‘London Symphony’ ist ‘Orchestra in Residence’ der Luxemburger Philharmonie

Brexit hin, Brexit her, das ‘London Symphony Orchestra’, ab September 2017 unter der Leitung von Simon Rattle, ist in der Saison 2017/18 der Luxemburger Philharmonie ‘Orchestra in Residence’.

Classicfm

This £8.7m concert hall has a stage that moves

The Stoller Hall, situated within Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, is a brand-new venue providing space for recitals, chamber and orchestral music, jazz, folk, pop and spoken word as well as recordings, conferences and rehearsals.

Le Figaro

Visite privée de l’Opéra-comique avant sa réouverture demain

Une salle somptueusement restaurée, pour renouer avec une tradition toute parisienne.

South China Morning Post 

Why Pang Ho-cheung, Love Off the Cuff filmmaker, is Hong Kong cinema’s true renaissance man

The 43-year-old writer, director, producer and actor is preparing to make his first English-language film and is juggling half a dozen or more projects he wants to direct – after which he thinks he may retire

Twitter

  18 of today’s top female conductors:

20Karriere-News: Karl-Heinz Steffens (Norske Opera)

 

Robin Ticciati (l.) und Orchesterdirektor Alexander Steinbeis.Foto: Kai Bienert

(Written on April 26, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are working with Ailie Robertson. Ailie is a composer, arranger, and harpist whose styles traverse the boundaries between folk, classical, and even jazz.

All of Ailie’s six recordings to date have focused on her folk influences. For her upcoming single release, however, Ailie has turned her attention to classical composition, in a work scored for string quartet and harp. Haven takes its inspiration from the Scottish ‘keening’ tradition, a type of vocal lament.

As a composer, Ailie has won numerous awards, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Composition Prize, The Sofia International Composition Competition, and was runner-up in the 14th International Oslo Grieg Competition. She has received commissions from some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions including the BBC, Creative Scotland, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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WildKat PR is looking forward to working with Ailie as she explores new directions for her music.

(Written on October 4, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to introduce a new client, composer Jimmy Lee.

From classical music to folk and country, Jimmy Lee’s influences range across the musical spectrum. Disregarding all barriers between genres and traditions, he has pursued his love of music and exploration of styles through his composition and performance. His career has taken him across the globe from bars and beer joints in America’s Mid West to London’s Wembley Arena. After taking a break from the music scene, Jimmy founded the Blue Coconut Music Club and decided to take up his calling once again.

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Jimmy will be performing his stage show ‘The Runaway’ at The Underground Theatre in Eastbourne, on the 30th of April. The production is based on autobiographical events of his life, from the hardship of his upbringing to the horrendous treatment he suffered in the Royal Navy.

WildKat PR is excited to be working with Jimmy Lee, ahead of the release of his debut classical album for symphony orchestra in Spring 2016. Jimmy’s emotive and beautiful music caught the attention of the Director Music at The Army Corps of Musicians (CAMUS) at Kneller Hall, which lead to the Military and Jimmy collaborating for his next project. The album was recorded by Abbey Road Studios at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks and Birdcage Walk with combined military and civilian musicians.

Find out more about Jimmy Lee and keep update via his website and the WildKat PR blog.

 

(Written on February 9, 2016 )

BBC News

Hidden hierarchy in string quartets revealed

Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Priceless’ Stradivarius violin stolen in armed robbery in Milwaukee

A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.

The New York Times

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.

Classic FM Online

Man dressed as Mozart gatecrashes Super Bowl media day

An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

John Suchet opens Classic FM Foundation Lecture Room at Nordoff Robbins

Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins

Katy Perry’s Verdi dress steals show at Grammys

Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry

Gramophone

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards revealed

A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes

Die Welt

Die Fließbandware de Luxe eines Göttlichen

Bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche werden die elf Werke aufgeführt, die Mozart 1784 ernährten. Und es wird deutlich, wie sehr dieser sogar Bach überragte – allerdings nur den Sohn Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 29, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Opera’s for ‘posh folk’, says neighbour of stately home concerts

Winslow Hall Opera faces an uncertain future after complaints about the noise leaves its host, Christopher Gilmour, wondering whether to carry on with it

Classic FM Online

Elton John claims Bach and Beethoven are his influences

Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were the biggest early influence in Elton John’s career, the singer has said in a speech at a Royal Academy of Music function

Courier Journal

Louisville Orchestra aims for wider audience with new music director Teddy Abrams, 26

Leaders of the Louisville Orchestra see an organization with a greater reach in the community under incoming music director 26-year-old Teddy Abrams. When he takes the reins from Jorge Mester next season, Abrams will be the youngest music director in the institution’s 76-year history

Bloomberg

Bankrupt NY City Opera May Be Revived on Purchase Campus

Three weeks into the bankruptcy of New York City Opera, there’s discussion in opera circles about how to reconstitute it under a different management to provide the country’s most populous city with an alternative to the Metropolitan Opera

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Why small operas might be able to drive change in opera for the future

Der Tagesspiegel

Gebt uns was zu denken, was zu fühlen!

Philosophen, Praktiker, Rebellen: An der Deutschen Oper suchen illustre Gäste nach der Zukunft des Musiktheaters

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on October 29, 2013 )