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We’re very pleased to be working with composer Keith Burstein on a PR campaign ahead of the world premiere of his new work The Prometheus Revolution, performed as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 (Arcola Theatre).

Keith Burstein was born in Brighton to a musical family; both his parents were classical violinists who played for Sadlers Wells Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Hallé Orchestra.

Burstein held two scholarships at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens and John Lambert. Post-graduation, he continued his composition studies with Jonathan Harvey. Between 1983 and 1991, Burstein led contemporary music ensemble the Grosvenor Group. He has since won the very active support of major mentors to him, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Arvo Pärt.

Described by The Telegraph as “an ardent new romantic post-modernist”, Burstein composes uniquely tonal music, reflecting his optimism for the future of humanity. His controversial views on modern contemporary music have earned him notoriety amongst his contemporaries, having stated previously that “tonality is the universal alphabet of music”.

Burstein’s opera Manifest Destiny premiered in 2004 in London, garnering controversy for its handling of the topic of Middle Eastern suicide bombers renouncing violence.

© Fulham Opera 2018

The Prometheus Revolution has been inspired in part by the 2012 Occupy movement’s “99% vs the 1%” ideology, and with a focus on peace and disarmament, will commemorate the centenary year of the end of World War I.

Set in the near future, the opera opens with the UK in meltdown in the aftermath of the fascistic Prime Minister and his wife taking poison, soon replaced by another shadowy authority figure. When two trillion pounds go missing from the City of London, the army is poised to take control of the anticipated mayhem.

Presented by Fulham Opera, performances will be on the 7, 8 and 10 of August, and tickets can be purchased from the Grimeborn website. Keith has completed a commission for the London Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in their 2019-2020 season.

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

Here at WildKat PR, we are very excited to introduce our newest client; acclaimed theatre and opera director, Nina Brazier!

Following first-class training at RADA, Exeter University and Channel 4’s Directors Scheme with The Royal Court, Nina is quickly establishing herself as a leader in her field. She was described by The Observer as ‘One of Britain’s leading young directors of opera.’

She already has a vast array of productions under her belt including Debussy & his Muse at Buxton Festival, as well as productions for Ryedale, Lammermuir, Tête-à-Tête, Grimeborn and Stockholm Interplay Festivals. She has also acted as visiting director at the Royal College of Music, the Italian Opera Summer School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Birkbeck University.

We are very much looking forward to working with Nina on her upcoming projects; La Bohème at the Clapham Opera Festival and A Song of Good and Evil at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Keep an eye on the WildKat PR blog and Nina’s website and Twitter for updates.

A Song of Good and Evil

A Song of Good and Evil
Credit: Arne Hyckenberg

(Written on September 2, 2015 )

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 )

WildKatPR is excited to introduce our newest client, Constella Ballet & Opera in the run up to their performances of ‘Clown of Clowns’ as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival this August.

This two-part operatic and balletic circus spectacular ‘Clown of Clowns’ takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, following  Pierrot the clown’s quest to gain a place amongst the other Sideshows acts – a story told through new choreography and Schoenberg’s iconic score.

Sideshows features conductor and composer Leo Geyer‘s explosive jazz-inspired score. Broadcast on Radio 3, it was also described as, ‘what modern opera should be, complex yet approachable, highly characterised and brilliantly realised’ by Planet Hugill in 2014.

Dancers, singers and instrumentalists will come together on the stage, all in character – just an arm’s reach from the audience, promoting an immersive and intimate experience for all involved as this show spirals out of control!

We are very much looking forward to working with Constella on this exciting and innovative project. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as the Constella website.

Performances will take place at 20.00 every night from 4th – 8th August at the Arcola Theatre and can now be purchased on the Arcola Theatre website.

Clown of Clowns

Photo credit: Constella website

(Written on June 26, 2015 )

Tim Benjamin’s latest opera Madame X will make its world premiere tomorrow in Todmorden at the Hippodrome Theatre. Rehearsals for Madame X have gone brilliantly, and Tim Benjamin’s new opera is featured in Sinfini Music’s classical music highlights for this week.

More news from behind the scenes can be found on the Madame X blog, including information about the cast and interviews with Tim Benjamin. The opera follows a young artist, Masetto, and his lover, Zerlina, as their lives and dreams are manipulated by Masetto’s corrupt agent and wealthy, powerful art collectors.

As Tim explains in The Lancashire Telegraph, it is quite possible that Madame X is the second opera ever to have been performed in Todmorden – the first being his opera Emily in 2013, which won great acclaim.

This photo from the technical rehearsal below shows a mysterious covered painting … but what really lies beneath?

 

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Madame X will also be performed in Halifax, in London as part of the Grimeborn Festival, and in Manchester:

Thursday 21st August at Todmorden Hippodrome (World Premiere)

Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd August at Square Chapel, Halifax

Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th August at Arcola Theatre, London (London Premiere)

Thursday 25th September at RNCM Opera Theatre, Manchester

You can also view the latest Madame X trailer here!

 

Follow Madame X on Facebook and Twitter, protagonists @MasettoPainter and @Zerlina83 have their own accounts, too!

(Written on August 20, 2014 )

WildKat PR is excited to announce that we are working with composer Tim Benjamin, whose new opera will be premiered this August. Madame X tells the story of an impoverished painter and his muse, and explores the darker side of the art world.

Madame X will be performed at the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre, as well as at Square Chapel, Halifax and RNCM Opera Theatre in September.

To find out more, visit the Madame X website and follow Tim on twitter.

Madame X - Tim Benjamin

(Written on April 3, 2014 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music news.

New York Times

Philip Glass to Write Memoir

The composer Philip Glass, 74, a pioneer of the Minimalist style of composing, has signed a contract to write a memoir, according to the publisher W.W. Norton & Company.

Telegraph

Nadine Livingston: New Face

This Glasgow-born soprano who won rave reviews for her performance in Verdi’s Rigoletto is coming to Edinburgh to try something a bit racier.

Jessica Duchen

Off to memory country lane

Jessica Duchen plans her return to Dartington International Summer School.

The Guardian

The Proms 2011: week four in review

This week Proms audiences put their hands together for rock-star composer Steve Reich, embraced cinematic music and gave the Spaghetti Western Orchestra a gleeful yee-hah.

The Times

Mansfield Park at Arcola

Austen’s book adapted by Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton proves to be a delectable new opera, presented at London’s hip summer opera festival, Grimeborn.

 

(Written on August 18, 2011 )