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WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 


(Written on January 13, 2015 )


Australian opera company drops Carmen over smoking scenes

Decision by West Australia Opera has left fans fuming, while PM Tony Abbott calls it ‘political correctness gone crazy’


The Schubert Project: which are his best songs?

As the marathon effort to perform all of the composer’s songs begins, we ask the performers to pick their favourites


Guildhall School of Music takes on first ever rapper

Jack Derbyshire, who raps under the name ‘Jackaboski’, will study alongside violinists, cellists and harpists – watch his exclusive rap here

BBC Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2014 artists

Three soloists and three ensembles selected for the classical artists programme

Classic FM

Classic FM records charity single for Global’s Make Some Noise

‘Steadfast’ was written by Classic FM’s composer-in-residence Howard Goodall and recorded by a galaxy of classical stars at Air Studios.

International Arts Manager

Huddersfield festival launches health strand

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) will work with refugees and asylum seekers as part of its new Health and Wellbeing strand.

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic to invest $1m Birgit Nilsson Prize in Historical Archives

The award is the largest of its kind in the field of classical music


‘Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France’ Won’t Strike

The musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France threatened to strike for tonight’s concert at Pleyel in Paris, but now they have reached an agreement with the radio station’s general manager.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barrie Kosky bleibt bis 2022 Chef der Komischen Oper

Kurz vor seinem Abgang als Kultursenator hat Klaus Wowereit noch eine wichtige Personalie regeln können: Barrie Kosky, seit 2012 höchst erfolgreicher Intendant der Komischen Oper, wird bis 2022 in Berlin bleiben.


Dresdner Bachfest 2016 finanziell auf der Kippe

Dresden, 10.10.2014. Der Dresdner Kulturbürgermeister Ralf Lunau (parteilos) hat angekündigt, die Bewerbung der Stadt für das Bachfest der Neuen Bach-Gesellschaft im Jahr 2016 zurückzuziehen.

NPR Music

The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to open its 70th season this week, but musicians have been locked out of their workplace since September 7th, when their contract expired.

france musique

Fin de la grève à l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Les musiciens de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France ont décidé de lever leur mouvement de grève prévu.

L’Opéra de Montpellier en difficulté

L’Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier pourrait se retrouver en cessation de paiement à cause d’une subvention de la Région qui tarde à être versée.


Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Happy Stage Management Day! Check out @SMAssoc for details of Twitter takeovers & other events ^E #StageMgrs14

Gdn Culture Pros @GdnCulturePros: Regional arts funding imbalance will worsen significantly, warn arts leaders  #arts #culture

PRS Foundation ‏@PRSFoundation: ICYMI: We’ve partnered with @SteveReidFNDN and launched a new funding programme #SteveReidAward – Find out more:

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: A riveting lunchtime concert with YCAT trombonist @pete_moore_ and pianist @45thompson at @BarberInstitute, today! –


City Music Foundation 2014 Artists.Photo: B Ealovega

(Written on October 10, 2014 )

BBC Music Magazine

Vienna Philharmonic receives the Birgit Nilsson Prize

Leading orchestra enjoys accolade for its Historic Archive


BBC Music is launched by an ‘impossible’ orchestra

27 artists club together with the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform ‘God Only Knows’

Classic FM

West Australia Opera cancels Carmen over fears it promotes smoking

The West Australia Opera’s planned production of Bizet’s Carmen has been cancelled over fears it would jeopardise a $400,000 partnership with a government health agency.

Classic FM charity single: Behind the Scenes at Air Studios

We have been behind the scenes at Air Studios this morning, capturing the stellar cast recording Classic FM’s charity single ‘Steadfast’. The song, composed by Howard Goodall, will be available to download from midnight tonight.

Limelight Magazine

NYC accords jazz musos same respect as classical counterparts

Jazz icons celebrate in City Hall council chamber at passage of historic resolution on rights.

Slipped Disc 

Gergiev’s new protégé is 13 years old

Meet Alexander Malofeyev, winner of the 2014 Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.


Berliner Konzerthaus planmäßig renoviert

Nach der dreimonatigen Schließung des Konzerthauses am Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wird der Saal am morgigen 10. Oktober wiedereröffnet.

Die Welt

Gesucht? Ein Chefdirigent für Berliner Philharmoniker

Bei dem Anforderungsprofil für Mister X könnte man ins Zweifeln geraten, denn die Philharmoniker sind hungrig auf saftig sinfonische Tortenstücke aus der Hand des Chefdirigenten. Eine Stellenanzeige.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mailänder Scala

Riccardo Chailly verbeugt sich vor Claudio Abbado

neue musikzeitung

Söder drängt bei Sanierung von Nürnberger Oper zur Eile

In der Debatte um die dringend nötige Sanierung des Nürnberger Opernhauses und den geplanten neuen Konzertsaal hat Finanzminister Markus Söder (CSU) zur Eile gemahnt.

El País

El ‚darwinismo‘ del violín

Un estudio usa la teoría de la evolución para analizar cómo ha cambiado la forma del violín

The New York Times

Well Past the Rubble, Orchestra Rebuilds

Belgrade Philharmonic Is Touring To Help Fund a New Home

Le Monde

La Salle Pleyel figée par un bras de fer juridique

Si la case « menace » existait dans le jeu du Monopoly, on pourrait dire que la Salle Pleyel vient d’y tomber.


Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: #MakeSomeNoise helps the music therapy work of Thomas’ Fund – here’s more about them & how you can get involved:

MusicSalesClassical @MSClassical: Heading to the @MTW_tweets premiere of The Trial by Philip Glass? @GlassNotesBlog View the score here #ScoresOnDemand

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: One-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy on why there need to be more role models for disabled musicians:

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Australian Chamber Orchestra / Tognetti review – persuasive experiments with Jonny Greenwood 

muriel-smith-carmen-smoking-21st-december-1966-1412759333-article-1Photo: Classic FM



(Written on October 9, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.


(Written on February 6, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”


Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.


Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

enoa: The European Network of Opera Academies

WildKat PR are delighted to welcome enoa – The European Network of Opera Academies – to our client roster.

enoa’s goal is to encourage the creation, promotion and dissemination of new opera works in Europe. Focusing particularly on young artists, enoa’s activities are designed to offer young opera professionals the best possible conditions to start a career in a globalised context. Holding workshops throughout Europe for young singers, composers and directors, enoa has seen the creation of two entirely new operas as well as new productions of three established operas.

enoa’s work spans 12 European countries, with 11 member institutions and 10 partnered institutions; it is the artistic realisation of a politically unified European Union.

Established in May 2009, enoa is funded by European Cultural Commission support.

You can follow enoa on their YouTube channel and Twitter.


(Written on October 4, 2013 )