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We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London from January 2017.

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set quickly
– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
– Personalised creative skills training and coaching
– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

Desirable
– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’ by 5pm on 12th December 2016.

(Written on November 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August, Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies, and Sir Roger Norrington celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms. Also, Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster, and Gstaad Menuhin Festival presents plans for new concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

National Youth Choir to embark on first China tour

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. For its first intercontinental tour in seven years, the 100-strong ensemble will perform in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Chi-chi Nwanoku and Aaron Dworkin receive honorary Trinity Laban fellowships

The honours were presented at the Sphinx Global Symposium on Diversity in Classical Music at the Southbank Centre on 18 July.

Classic FM

Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies

Nicoletta Mantovani warns Republican presidential candidate: ‘The values of brotherhood that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his career are incompatible with the world vision of Donald Trump.’

The Guardian

Sir Roger Norrington: ‘I’m against music being handed down from on high’

No vibrato, principal violinists facing each other, audiences encouraged to applaud between movements … the great conductor celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms this week

The Strad

Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster

The Louisville Orchestra under music director Teddy Abrams has appointed two new violinists to leadership positions – Gabriel  Lefkowitz is the ensemble’s new concertmaster, while Julia Noone is new assistant concertmaster.

‘Teachers should adapt their methods to students’ individual techniques,’ says cellist Sol Gabetta

The Strad’s August 2016 cover star on the importance of being adaptable as a teacher

International Arts Manager

Battle of the Somme remembered

Benjamin Ellin’s new composition One Before Zero will be performed at Maison de la Culture in Amiens, France, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

BR Klassik

60 Jahre Gstaad Menuhin Festival – Vom Konzertzelt zur Kristallgrotte

Als Yehudi Menuhin vor 60 Jahren Benjamin Britten und Peter Pears zu einem Konzert nach Gstaad einlud, ahnte niemand, dass sich daraus einmal eines der traditionsreichsten europäischen Festivals entwickeln sollte.

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Musikalisch zukunftsweisend – Preisträgerkonzert des Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert

Am Freitag, 5. August, sind in der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main Stücke junger Komponisten zu hören und zu erleben. Die 13 Jugendlichen sind Preisträger des diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert.

klassik.com

Gericht: Kündigung des Semperoper-Intendanten Serge Dorny nicht rechtmäßig

Oberlandesgericht Dresden weist Berufung zurück und bestätigt vorheriges Urteil

Twitter

Aldeburgh AYM @AYM_Snape Fancy an intimate evening of music in an old Victorian pumphouse on the edge of a marsh?

nmz @musikzeitung In teilweise neuen Besetzungen und mit neuem Dirigenten: „Das Rheingold“ in : Die…

WDR3 @wdr3 Gibt’s einfach nur mehr Geld? Land NRW will Künstler individueller fördern – Gespräch mit Dieter Gorny

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The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. Photo credit: Ben Tomlin

(Written on July 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, BBC Music Magazine reviews the first night of the BBC Proms, SWR Symphony gave final performance & applications are open for NCO auditions. Also, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe launches record label – Globe Music.

BBC Music Magazine

The First Night of the BBC Proms

The excitement exuding from the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night could be felt even in Hyde Park. As I made my own way through the grand gardens from Paddington station, others bustled past. Some were dressed up for the occasion, others were in jeans and backpacks, and all had a palpable air of expectation.

Classical Music Magazine

SWR Symphony gives final performance

Audience members held up placards with red hearts on them as a mark of solidarity as the SWR Symphony Orchestra gave its final concert in Freiburg on 17 July.

NCO invites applications for auditions

Children aged between seven and 13 from across the UK are invited to audition for a place in one of the National Children’s Orchestras ensembles.

International Arts Manager

Globe launches label

A new series of recordings will capture the candlelit ambience and warm acoustics of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. Globe Music is a new record label launched by Shakespeare’s Globe, and will feature live recordings made in its famous wooden theatre.

Wallander – the opera

Kurt Wallander’s latest challenge isn’t solving a crime: it’s singing on stage. A new opera titled W: The Truth Beyond starring the fictitious Swedish sleuth premiered this weekend in Tübingen, Germany. It will now travel to Ystad, Sweden, Wallander’s hometown.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Winged Piano Victorious at Newport

At last week’s debut for the press and selected guests at the Elms, Newport Music Festival director Mark Malkovich IV invited Bogányi to describe the powerful emotions that led him on a quest for an instrument that could convey the music in his soul.

Gramophone

Classical music gets my pulse racing

Shouldn’t we be talking about how riveting and, yes, stressful great art can be? Now that would make a change…

York Press

Composer, prince and murderer: classical music’s goriest story to be told at Ryedale Festival

Soprano turned playwright Clare Norburn explores the dissonant music and life of Italian composer, prince and murderer Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa in Breaking The Rules, a concert cum play that The Marian Consort and Gerald Kydd will perform at the Ryedale Festival on Wednesday.

Broadwayworld

Kansas City Symphony Reveals 2016-17 Classics Uncorked Series; Tickets on Sale Next Week!

No matter if you like rock or Bach, the Kansas City Symphony’s packed 2016-17 season includes a wide array of concerts to satisfy a variety of tastes.

Klassik heute

Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy: 7 Wochen Musik und Emotionen

Am Sonntagabend haben die Schwestern Katia und Marielle Labèque mit ihrem atemberaubenden Konzertauftritt in der Kirche Saanen die Anker des 60. Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy gelichtet.

Tagesspiegel

Thielemanns Terminkalender

Auf den ersten Blick mag es erscheinen, als lege der Dresdner-Musikchef die Beine hoch. Doch der Maestro steht seinen Kollegen Barenboim und Runnicles in ihrem Pensum in nichts nach.

BR Klassik

Mozart, Bond und die Chinesische Mauer

Am 20. Juli beginnen die Bregenzer Festspiele, die 2016 ihr 70-jähriges Jubiläum feiern. 1946 fand die erste Opernaufführung auf zwei Kiesfrachtern statt – heute steht in Bregenz die größte Seebühne der Welt.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine We take a look at the sunny side of classical music 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Today on Classic FM, an entire day of sunny classical music for the ! Listen here:

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera ‘Classical music reduces blood pressure’, studies say But that’s not the full story, argues: ^M

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Photograph: Chris Christodoulou

(Written on July 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the opera house in Frankfurt collecting donations for aid to refugees, Elbphilharmonie receiving grants from the city of Hamburg & investments in Stradivari violins. Also, Jeremy Menuhin on classical performances and yoga with his father

Musik-heute

“Oper ohne Grenzen” sammelt Spenden für Flüchtlingshilfe

Die Oper Frankfurt hat am Sonntag ein Zeichen gegen Fremdenhass gesetzt

NDR.de

Elbphilharmonie: Betrieb finanziell gesichert

Im Januar 2017 soll die Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg eröffnet werden. Bereits jetzt steht fest: Auch der Betrieb des Konzerthauses wird ein Zuschussgeschäft

NMZ

Millionenschwere Diven im Tresor – Geiger auf Mäzene angewiesen

Eine Stradivari als Geldanlage? Immer mehr Investoren setzen auf wertvolle Geigen, um vom sicheren Wertzuwachs der Streichinstrumente zu profitieren

Musical Toronto

TSO SHAKE-UP | More Revealed About Jeff Melanson’s “Departure” From TSO

As reported, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced that Jeff Melanson has resigned as President and CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The Telegraph

Flashback: Jeremy Menuhin on classical performances and yoga with his father

This photo was taken in Saanen Church in Gstaad. I was 29 and my father was 64. We are dressed for the photograph rather than for a concert

The Guardian

The sound of silence: classical music’s forgotten women

Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann are familiar names, but what of Fanny and Clara?

Twitter

BR KLASSIK 4. April 1875: “Die Moldau” von Bedrich wird in Prag uraufgeführt.

neue musikzeitung Ferruccio Busoni und die befreite : Dem Autor des „Entwurfs einer neuen Ästhetik der…

Gerald Mertens Big Success For ICMA Gala Concert In San Sebastian via

Gerd Pinsker, (Basel)/Courtesy of Foyle Menuhin Archive at the Royal Academy of Music / Telegraph

Gerd Pinsker, (Basel) /Courtesy of Foyle Menuhin Archive at the Royal Academy of Music /Telegraph

(Written on April 4, 2016 )

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 )