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In today’s news: Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe, huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM, and if Soundcloud disappears, what happens to its music culture? Wolf Durmashkin composer’s prize announced, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie tours in autumn, and Stuttgart State Opera needs new place to be during its renovation.

The Guardian

Opera director Joe Hill-Gibbins: How I got an Oedipus complex

The ancient myth speaks to us still, and, through the prism of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s hard-hitting opera Greek, the director of a new production found insights, strange beauty and football chants.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK launches Develop funds

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced Help Musicians Develop, which will invest £270,000 over the next 18 months to allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively.

Choir and Organ

Thomas Gaynor wins St Albans Interpretation Competition

The 29th St Albans International Organ Competition concluded at London’s St John’s Smith Square on 22 July, following nearly two weeks of competition and festival events in St Albans and London.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe

MBW has spotted that the company is hiring for a Music Publishing Business Development Manager based in London to “lead music publisher/society licensing strategy and negotiations with rights-holders in EMEA”.

Classic FM

Huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM

Classic FM has posted a surge in listening figures, with 5.8 million people now listening to the station – 1.2 million of whom are under 35

The New York Times Magazine

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?

The technology blog TechCrunch published a report claiming that SoundCloud had enough money to finance itself for only 80 days. Though the company disputed the report, the possibility that SoundCloud might disappear sent a shock through the web.

Pizzicato

No more music from the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

After struggling with financial problems for several years, the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (Central California) has decided to cease operations.

Limelight

Patrick Thomas has died

The Australian conductor, known for his fierce advocacy of Australian music, has passed away aged 85.

Kultur Radio

Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erstmals ausgeschrieben

Internationaler Nachwuchskompositionswettbewerb ruft zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Holocaust auf.

Klassik Heute

Herbsttournee der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie

Im September und Oktober 2017 reist die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie unter der Leitung von Jukka-Pekka Saraste programmatisch in den hohen Norden.

Klassik.com

Ausweichspielstätte der Stuttgarter Oper im Schlossgarten: Probleme mit dem Denkmalschutz?

Die Ende Juli ins Gespräch gebrachte Alternative zu den bislang zur Diskussion stehenden Ausweichspielstätten der Stuttgarter Oper könnte Angaben der Stuttgarter Zeitung zufolge zu Problemen mit dem Denkmalschutz führen.

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(Written on August 3, 2017 )

A musician’s career is a very exciting one. Being able to perform and show an audience what you love is a luxury many people in other professional fields would be envious of. However, with the highs also come the lows: what if the audience don’t like you? What if the critics don’t like your interpretation? Musicians can both struggle financially and work unsociable hours. Mental health problems can therefore be a serious issue within the industry, one in which music charities are beginning to address.

Help Musicians UK is an organisation with an acute awareness of the problems musicians can face. In 2016 they launched the campaign, Mental Health Campaign – Music and Depression, aiming to break down stigma and start conversations within the music industry about depression and anxiety. The charity, Music and Depression, commissioned the first academic study, ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, on the relationship between musicians and mental health.

The study, performed by the University of Winchester, found that 71.1% of all respondents believed they had suffered from panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety at some stage of their career, while 68% reported they had suffered from depression. The findings suggested that musicians might be up to three times more likely to suffer from mental health problems than the general public. This was due to a number of reasons, varying from unregulated working conditions and irregular hours to a belief that musical identity shaped self-worth.

The findings found that there is an urgent need for an accessible service for people who work in the music industry. Since the launch of the campaign in 2016, Help Musicians UK have announced a new fundraising campaign for the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in the industry. The service will provide both listening and advice services, as well as clinical medical, therapeutic and welfare facilities for those who need it.

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(Written on August 1, 2017 )

In today’s news Help Musicians UK and Women in Music have announced a partnership, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition connects local students with world-class musicians. Tête à Tête have announced the programme for their 2017 summer festival, and Classic FM shares a video of a bear playing the piano!

The Strad

Violinist Benjamin Bowman named Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster

The American-Canadian violinist will share his role with current Met Orchestra concertmaster David Chan for an initial one-year term

Opera Now

Tête à Tête announces 2017 summer opera festival

Tête à Tête’s summer opera festival will include child-friendly operas, reality television in opera-form, and an albatross task force

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK and Women in Music announce partnership

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and Women in Music (WIM) have announced a partnership as the latter organisation launches its first European chapters

Third Sector

Royal Opera House pension deficit more than doubled last year

According to its newest accounts, for the year to 28 August 2016, the pension liability went up from £16.9m to £35.7m

Classic FM

An actual BEAR broke into someone’s house and played piano

A bear broke into a house in Colorado and gave us his best Bearthoven impression

Texas Public Radio

This Van Cliburn Program Connects Students With Renowned Pianists And Classical Music

Organizers of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition bring world-class pianists to Fort Worth not only to compete on stage but also to introduce classical music to local students through the Adopt-A-Competitor program

Der Tagesspiegel

Isang Yuns 100. Geburtstag: Mit Tönen pinseln

Der koreanische Komponist Isang Yun hat Berlins Musikszene geprägt. Begegnung mit seinem Schüler Toshio Hosokawa, vor dem 100. Geburtstag

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Maschinenherz schlägt wieder

Konzertsaal, Theater, Museum, Jazzclub und Speisen mit Aussicht: Das von Jörg Friedrich entworfene Dresdner Kulturquartier „Kraftwerk Mitte“ gibt der Stadt ein neues Zentrum

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Wiener Philharmoniker als Kreuzfahrt-Orchester

Wenn am 7. September die MS Artania in Bremerhaven die Leinen loslegt, sind große Namen mit an Bord: Franz Welser-Möst, Piotr Beczala, Wang Juanjuan und die Wiener Philharmoniker

El mundo

Ara Malikian: “La música clásica está estancada en un mundo cerrado”

El violinista recorre toda España y medio mundo con ‘La increíble gira del violín’, en la que cuenta la historia ‘personal’ de su instrumento

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(Written on June 8, 2017 )

In partnership with Help Musicians UK,  Thursday 9th March marked the inaugural ‘Yes She Can’ panel event in aid of the UN ‘He For She’ campaign. The aim of the event, organised by ‘Can You CIC It?,’ was to give young women aged 18-25 a chance to find out more about the routes into some of the more under-represented roles within the music industry. CYCI? was founded by Sybil Bell – founder of Independent Venue Week –  and Chloe Ward to provide opportunities for anyone who wants to work and/or perform in the music industry, but who may not be able to access these by formal means such as university or through pre-existing connections.

Panel experts ranged from recording engineers, venue managers, BBC journalists to studio technicians, with practical advice as to how to break into the industry as a young woman. Guest speakers included Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 6 Music Helen Hobday, who humorously suggested that she achieved success through “just turning up every day”, and Guildford Boileroom’s Dominique Frazer, who urges young women to “dig in” and be prepared to work hard. The audience, comprising mainly young women starting out in their careers, were asking all the right questions and seemed engaged throughout the day’s events.

Diversity and representation in the music industry was the main issue tackled throughout the day’s events, and men were not excluded from the dialogue. Wizdom Layne spoke about how to identify a ‘good, bad or god’ opportunity and make effective choices to enable success in your life and career. Musician Kris Halpin demonstrated his mi.mu gloves, wearable music technology created in collaboration with singer Imogen Heap and disability charity Drake Music.

Later, guests were treated to a talk from London’s Night Czar, performer Amy Lamé, who spoke about the effects of having a 24-hour London and what that would mean for employment opportunities, before there was a chance for attendees to network over pizza, and discuss the afternoon with industry professionals.

It is hoped that events like this one can be repeated in the future, and it will be exciting to see what CYCI? work on next to provide young people with advice and a chance to network with people keen to help out the next generation.

(Written on March 10, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activities promoting female composers. An uncredited sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day. Cuba celebrates women percussionists at this year’s International Drum Festival, and Margo Price, Vagabon, Fatima Al Qadiri discuss the International Day of Action. American Feminist Susan Bordo discusses International Women’s Day Campaigns, GEMA honors Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Along with the 18 women composers you should know, and how operas are trying to increase diversity in their audiences.

M Magazine

Sound and Music Launches International Women’s Day Intervention

Sound and Music is marking International Women’s Day 2017 with a week of activity aimed at opening up the debate and championing female composers.

Yes She Can To Promote Music Industry Gender Equality

Night czar Amy Lamé and Help Musician’s Richard Robinson will be among the speakers at Yes She Can, a new event aimed at promoting greater gender equality in the music industry.

Belated premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn

A sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, which was mistakenly attributed to her more famous brother Felix, will be performed under her name for the first time on International Women’s Day.

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Ein guter Tag ohne Frauen?

Nichts ist nur ein Frauenthema. Gleichzeitig ist alles ein Frauenthema

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Gema ehrt Gubaidulina

Für die Gema ist die russische Komponistin Sofia Gubaidulina eine “große Mystikerin” der zeitgenössischen klassischen Musik.

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Einblicke in die Kunst der Huzulen

In München bringt die ukrainische Dirigentin Oksana Lyniv dem Publikum den überdimensionalen Klang ihres Heimatlandes näher

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18 Women Composers You Should Know

March is home to both Women’s History month and International Women’s Day.

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In Pursuit Of A More Diverse Night At The Opera

Symphony orchestras and opera companies across the country continually ask the same question: How do we attract a younger and more diverse audience?

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(Written on March 8, 2017 )

As announced yesterday in PR Week, WildKatPR is very happy to welcome our newest client, Sound and Music.

Director Kathleen Alder says: “We are thrilled to be working with such a rich organisation promoting new music, which is something WildKat has always been very passionate about. We think Sound and Music’s work is invaluable to this sector and many composers have benefitted from their programmes and activity in the past and present. We will be working on their UK PR, utilising our in-depth knowledge of the traditional, contemporary and neo classical markets to broaden their reach and engage new audiences in their projects.”

Sound and Music is the dynamic national charity for new music in the UK. Its vision is to create a world where contemporary music and sounds thrive and prosper, by transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating creators and artists, whilst raising awareness and focusing on diversity.

Their activity ranges from artist development to network buildingcreative data, education and much more.

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2017 is set to be another exciting and innovative year for Sound and Music. As we continue our aim to challenge and change perceptions of new music, whilst celebrate the breath of work being created and the extraordinary composers and artists living in the UK today – Victoria Johnson, Head of Digital, Marketing and Communications

Spring highlights will include:
Experimental Cut & Splice festival will be brought to Manchester this March for its first visit outside the capital, in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on Hear And Now.
Curated by local ensemble Distractfold, C&S will take over Hallé St Peter’s and Hallé St Michael’s in Ancoats, for two days with an exciting and groundbreaking programme of music that explores technology as an unreliable narrator.

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Composer-Curator is Sound and Music’s national new music touring programme, which supports entrepreneurial, grassroots composers and artists from a range of disciplines looking to create their own opportunities by producing their own touring work, celebrating and supporting them to hone their curator skills.
Their Next Wave national project will focus, help and support talented students in higher education, who haven’t gone to music colleges and conservatoires yet. It will address the identified gap in support for gifted young composers about to embark on a professional career.
In partnership with NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, it is the only programme of its kind in the UK, and will offer winners the opportunity to study in higher education with bespoke support, work collaboratively, and record a dedicated recording with international release on NMC to be launched at a live showcase at Sage in January 2018.
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They will also continue to develop The Sampler, an interactive platform for curious listeners and music industry actors and lovers across the UK, bringing together and showcasing new music, event listings, blogs, playlists, podcasts and webinars. Most importantly, this platform is the first of its kind not to categorise events, activity and artists by genres, but by tags, announcing the end of categorisation in new music and giving the power back to its users.

Sound and Music activity is made possible with the generous support of Arts Council of England,  Bliss TrustCockayne, Esmee Fairbairn FoundationFidelity Foundation UKGarfield WestonHelp Musicians UKJohn Ellerman FoundationLeverhulme TrustMonument TrustPaul Hamlyn FoundationPRS for Music Foundation,  RVW Trust, and Unlimited Impact.

 

(Written on February 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, University of St Andrews is to reveal plans for a new music centre later this month. A charity has launched a research project and announced funding to support up to 20 postgraduate students on the investigation of music that were written during the Holocaust. Violinist Augustin Hadelich is the first prize winner of Indianapolis Competition. Anipo, a French organisation is encouraging musicians to fit electronic chips to their instruments and bows and register them with the network in order to fight instrument thefts. Also, an “opera without voices” for Syria, and the Elbphilharmonie’s small hall is compared to a cave.

Classical Music Magazine

University of St Andrews to reveal plans for new music centre

The University of St Andrews is to unveil plans for a new £8m music centre later this month.

CMUSE

Research project launched to study the music of the Holocaust

A London-based charity has announced funding to provide support for up to 20 postgraduate students to investigate the music written during the Holocaust.

The Violin Channel

Augustin Hadelich – Indianapolis Competition 1st Prize Winner

Italian-born German violinist Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of the new generation’s top-tier concert virtuosi.

The Strad

Musician network Anipo aims to prevent instrument theft with electronic chip

The French organisation is encouraging musicians around the world to fit electronic chips to their instruments and bows and register them with the network.

Pizzicato

Robert Moody Quits As Music Director Of The Winston-Salem Symphony

Robert Moody, Music Director Of The Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) has announced his departure in May 2018.

The New York Times

A Long Party of Concerts to Celebrate Anton Bruckner

Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim is to present Bruckner’s nine numbered symphonies in nine concerts.

Der Tagesspiegel

Grotte mit Galerie

Zweiter Tag der Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Auch der Kleine Saal ist optisch und akustisch gelungen. Ein Konzert mit dem Hausensemble Resonanz.

Die Welt

Liebe Hamburger, das kommt Weltklasse sehr nahe

Der Akustiktest geht weiter: Jetzt wurde auch im kleinen Saal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie das erste Konzert gegeben. Eine schmale Schachtel mit vielen Möglichkeiten und warmem Klang.

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Bayerische Staatsoper sucht neue Doppelspitze – Zeit für Experimente?

Die Berufung von Bogdan Roščić zum künftigen Intendanten der Wiener Staatsoper war ein kulturpolitischer Paukenschlag. Die Auswirkungen dessen heizen jetzt die Diskussion an, wer 2021 in die Chefetage der Bayerischen Staatsoper einziehen wird.

El Mundo

Una ‘ópera sin voces’ para Siria

El compositor Alfredo Aracil y el diseñador Alberto Corazón presentan el Museo Reina Sofía ‘Siempre / Todavía‘.

Los Angeles Times

James Conlon to stay at L.A. Opera at least through 2020-21 season

James Conlon, the popular music director of the L.A. Opera celebrating his 10th anniversary with the company this year, will be sticking around for a while longer.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2017 für Sheva Tehoval und Konstantin Lee

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about the man behind the work on our January cover CD, Carl Orff.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK It’s ‘s Women In Music event in association with &

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Photo: Anipo.org/ French organisation that aims to prevent instrument theft with electronic chip

(Written on January 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

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Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

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Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

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Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

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Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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Photo: BBC Proms

(Written on January 10, 2017 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to break the bottleneck on the top of the charts caused by the inclusion of streaming datas, The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates to reflect the rise in music streaming. Academy of Ancient Music is collaborating with Mid Wales Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on MWO’s tour in Wales. The Royal Northern College of Music has announced partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. English National Opera finished its financial year with a surplus of £308,000. Also, read about the Stradivari violins, the mystery that even Sherlock Holmes failed to solve.

BBC News

Chart company changes formula to reflect rise in streaming

The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming.

Early Music Today Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music to collaborate with RWCMD and Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s second co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to tour Wales in association with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM).

Opera Now Magazine

English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16

English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.

The Times

Stradivari’s secret could be a drop of fungicide

Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t solve the mystery of Stradivari violins. Florian Leonhard says that Stradivari is still way ahead of his modern rivals and researchers believe an ancient fungicide may be the secret of the violins’ unique acoustics.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft soll Welterbe werden

Deutschland hat seine Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft für die internationale Unesco-Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes nominiert. Deutschland verfüge über die weltweit höchste Theaterdichte, hieß es dazu. Die Orchesterdichte zähle zu den höchsten der Welt.

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ECHO 2017: Verleihung des Musikpreises des Bundesverbandes der Musikindustrie wird im nächsten Jahr neu gestaltet

Die Neuausrichtung wird sowohl den Aufbau der Sendung als auch die Rolle der Jury betreffen und darüber hinaus eine inhaltliche Überarbeitung der Regularien einschließen.

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Alvis Hermanis inszeniert nicht in Bayreuth

Der lettische Regisseur hat sich aus den Verhandlungen mit den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Hermanis war für den “Lohengrin” 2018 im Gespräch gewesen. Hermanis ist wegen seiner Aussagen zur Flüchtlingspolitik umstritten.

Codex Flores

Haimor Chef der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen

Die Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR) hat mit dem Amerikaner Fawzi Haimor einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Er tritt sein Amt zum Spielzeitbeginn 2017/18 an.

WELT

Die unterkühlte Monarchin der Oper steigt vom Thron

Renée Fleming ist eine der größten Sängerinnen der Welt. Sie trat in der Sesamstraße auf, beim Super Bowl, sogar ein Dessert ist nach ihr benannt. Nun plant sie ihren Abschied. Es wird Zeit.

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Photo: Zhejiang Conservatory of Music/ 浙江音乐学院

(Written on December 20, 2016 )