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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

Music@Malling

This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

Today, boutique online auction house, Beares Auctions launches its Moto Perpetuo platform. This perpetual online service adapts the traditional process of auctioning instruments, once or twice a year, to the fast-paced, 
technology- focused world. This exciting new project is set to completely modernise the auction industry.

The new process eliminates the restrictions of the confining consignment period, providing a 24/7 service and a constant selection of fine instruments and bows. Buyers are able to view auction items online, they can also drop in anytime to view and try them in person at J & 
A Beare.

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Beares Auctions are the originators of ‘Buy Now’ in the fine instrument auction world and remain committed to providing the most accessible and up to date platforms for their sellers and buyers. Each spectacular instrument or bow is treated individually with its own auction period and individual rating 
system.

Furthermore, there is a new ratings system for each lot; instruments are judged by experts and consultants according to 
specified criteria and an innovative price guide for each lot, this includes past auction records and fair retail prices. Transparent and honest guidance also means that the buyer is aware of the true value of the item. Finally, Beares Auctions enjoys a relationship with instrument insight expert Peter Ratcliff who provides a dendrochronological service to accurately date and tell the story behind select instruments.

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Keep up to date with Beares Auctions’ news on their websiteTwitter and Facebook. View the first items up for auction here.

(Written on February 23, 2016 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working on our third production with Silent Opera – their production of Giovanni.

Silent Opera are a young, innovative opera company creating immersive, original and technologically challenging work in the UK. Their work reaches out to the new generation of theatre and operagoers, uniquely developing the operatic art form for the future.

Their aim is to recreate and remaster opera’s classic repertoire for a new generation, preserving its artistic quality whilst developing it for new spaces and new audiences.

A digital remastering of Mozart’s classic opera, Giovanni invites you to join him for the evening to witness his climactic, demonic and appalling downfall. An operatic orgy of drinking, lascivious tricks and tense confrontation, the audience are drawn into his most intimate circle to judge him, drink with him and condemn him in his final moments.

Hurtling opera into a modern vernacular, Silent Opera use spoken word, pre-recorded thoughts, projection and live sound manipulation to mould, blend and transform the aural sound space.

Silent Opera are also developing a unique smartphone app that will feature in Giovanni and all future productions as an interactive, creative and theatrical key into their shows.

Anyone will be available to download the ‘home’ app for free and it will feature past show material, information about Silent Opera, biographies and information about future shows. Ticket holders will also be able to download all show appropriate material to their phone, including unique pre-show content, uploads by the characters, ‘play-along’ information and reminders.

During Giovanni audience members will be able to comment, experience and play along with the story as it unfolds as well as having live sound content and video downloaded straight to their phones. They will receive off-stage character updates, motivations and locations as well as being asked the final, damning question – should Giovanni live or die?

Cast

Giovanni – Benedict Nelson

Leporello – Frederick Long

Creatives

Director/Design – Daisy Evans

Technical Design – Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn

Music Director – Stephen Higgins

Production Manager – Joseph Sheppard

Producer – David Adkin

Giovanni is being performed as part of The Vault Festival at The Vaults, Waterloo 25 February – 8 March 2015.

For more information and to book tickets please visit Silent Opera’s website or have a look at their Twitter and Facebook pages.

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(Written on December 18, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music from the group’s 2013 Mercury Classics release A Walking Fire, including Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin’s Culai, and Three Miniatures by Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen, with the addition of music by Philip Glass, Franz Schubert and Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )

The Guardian

Southbank Centre puts £120m redevelopment on hold

London mayor’s intervention in favour of skate park torpedoes proposal, forcing centre to look for alternative funding

How to buy your own piece of classical music – one bar at a time

An innovative approach to funding new music means that you can literally buy a bar of Charlotte Bray’s latest composition.

Classic FM Online

‘Japan’s Beethoven’ admits paying ghost composer

Deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi has confessed to hiring someone else to write his most famous music for almost 20 years.

Music Week

Music industry video game launches as an app

A new free app which allows players to take on the role of managing an aspiring musician has been launched today.

Lohud

Hartsdale composer’s Coca-Cola ad struck nerve with viewers

Hartsdale man sought to celebrate U.S. diversity

New York Daily News

Jazz saxophonist arrested for heroin dealing in connection with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sax player Robert Vineberg, arrested in the net investigating the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, allegedly turned to peddling smack after his considerable work as a studio musician (under the name Robert Aaron) dried up.

Star Tribune

Musicians rehearse in Orchestra Hall for first time in 20 months

The Minnesota Orchestra rehearsed in Orchestra Hall for the first time in 20 months. The first concert is Friday night.

Die Welt

Gerd Albrecht – einer, der immer zur Jugend hielt

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper, die Deutsche Oper Berlin, die Tschechische Philharmonie Prag – das sind nur einige Stätten, an denen Dirigent Gerd Albrecht wirkte. Nun starb er im Alter von 78 Jahren
The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

Gramophone

Taylor Swift donates $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

The singer-songwriter makes a birthday gift

The Guardian

Synthesisers are killing film and TV music, say British composers

Carl Davis and Christopher Gunning claim synthesised orchestras are preferred to the real thing to save money

Classic FM Online

John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and more on soundtrack Oscar longlist

Soundtrack legends and newcomers alike have made the long list for the soundtrack category at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, due to take place in February

Vote For The Best Classical Music Education Initiative

The Best Classical Music Education Initiative will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants

Pianist plays Chopin in front of Ukraine riot police

An unnamed pianist has been playing the works of Chopin in front of riot police in Ukraine

Salon

Was Wagner inspired by migraines?

Three German researchers present evidence that the German composer interwove his headache pain into his operas

The National

Pandit Jasraj brings his Mewati style of Hindustani classical music to Dubai

A conversation about Indian classical music is incomplete without the mention of Pandit Jasraj, one of India’s top classical musicians who represents the Mewati style of Hindustani classical music

Ria novosti

Kurgan Greets Sochi Olympic Flame with Classical Music

On Sunday December 15th, strains of Verdi and Tchaikovsky greeted the Sochi Olympic Flame in the Russian city of Kurgan

Daily Inter Lake

Bionic musician: Miraculous cure restores oboist’s ability to make music

When the Glacier Symphony conductor cues principal oboe player Reid Merley to blow an A — that unmistakable standard pitch by which the orchestra tunes — Merley is in perfect control of the note

Der Tagesspiegel

Die neue Kulturstaatsministerin

Mit Monika Grütters als neuer Kulturstaatsministerin folgt auf den Machtmenschen Bernd Neumann eine Frau, die aus der Kultur kommt. Die Wahlberlinerin wird in der Szene für Kompetenz und Begeisterungsfähigkeit geschätzt

Classic FM Online

(Written on December 16, 2013 )

As Aldeburgh Music reaches the climax of its year marking the centenary of its founder, the composer Benjamin Britten, it hosts the latest in its Faster Than Sound series of innovative, cross-genre and cross-artform events. The installation Nocturnal, which will turn part of Aldeburgh Music’s Hoffmann Building into a camera obscura, will be open from this Saturday until 24th November 2013, taking in Britten’s 100th birthday (22 November) and Aldeburgh Music’s Britten Centenary Weekend (21 – 24 November).

Nocturnal is a newly-commissioned video and sound installation created collaboratively by acclaimed Canadian film-maker and theatre director Atom Egoyan and Canadian-born, UK-based sound artist John Wynne, winner of the 2010 British Composer Award for his installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner at the Saatchi Gallery. Nocturnal is inspired by the performance of Britten’s piece Nocturnal after John Dowland (1963) by the brilliant guitarist Julian Bream, who is 80 this year. Egoyan and Wynne will use rare footage spanning nearly 40 years of Bream’s performances.

The piece arises from Egoyan’s long-held fascination with Bream’s performance of Nocturnal. To find out more about Nocturnal, take a look at the Faster Than Sound website or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Faster Than Sound

Faster Than Sound

(Written on November 14, 2013 )

Gramophone

British Composer Awards 2013 shortlist revealed

The 11th British Composer Awards, honouring contemporary UK composition, take place on December 3

The Guardian

Scottish Opera – some questions for the troubled company

The opera company used to be a cultural jewel whose ambitions, and resulting productions, were reasons to cheer. What has gone wrong?

The Voice of Russia

Symphony online: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra opens virtual concert hall

The large-scale online project was launched this week in one of the best music halls in Russia. The aim of this innovation is to allow music lovers from all over the country to enjoy unique performances

Classicalite

La Scala’s Post-Barenboim Conductor is…Fabio Luisi?

Now, Italy’s La Reppublica is reporting that Genoese maestro Fabio Luisi-principal conductor of the Met since September 2011-may very well be the preferred candidate

Chicago Tribune

CSO reports small deficit, record ticket sales and fundraising

While other U.S. symphony orchestras are buffeted by budget shortfalls, declining attendance, labor unrest and other problems, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues on a steady financial course

Wired

Is This the Opera of the Future?

New opera Invisible Cities represents the leading edge of operatic innovation – a bold effort to create individualized experiences within the context of a communal performance

Billboard

YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service 

YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service – akin to a Spotify, but with video – to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans

Billboard

Billboard

(Written on October 25, 2013 )

Following the success of Noted’s first event Music Management Undressed, WildKat PR is pleased to announce the second Noted event: Delicious Brand Building. The evening will feature experts from the food and drink industry who have built brands and products from scratch, providing an insight into the importance of branding and U.S.P.s when creating a product or business. Both speakers will shed light on their contrasting journeys, from their initial ideas and concepts, to seeing their products on sale across the nation. The talks will be followed by a Q&A sessions where all burning questions can be answered by these masters of their trade.

We are pleased to welcome Mark Dawkins, Founder & Director of Pride of Place Ltd. and Co-Founder & Director of Charter Brands Ltd., who have just launched a new brand, Langley’s No. 8 Gin; and Thomas Lock, Founder of The Awfully Posh Snack Company, which was the first company to produce high quality pork crackling at an affordable price, selling to retail giants such as Harrods.

WildKat PR and Sane & Able are delighted to host what is promised to be another inspiring evening from Noted, expanding awareness of important topics within a variety of media and outlets, as well as creating a network of passionate and informed professionals. The event is free of charge, however, Noted do request a donation to a charity chosen by the speakers.

Sign up here for this unique event and the opportunity to get a real taste of branding and products, as well as launching your own business. The event will begin at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm on 14th August 2013, taking place at WildKat PR and Sane & Able offices.

Book your tickets here.

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(Written on July 25, 2013 )