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WildKat PR is pleased to welcome Dartington Music: Summer School & Festival to its roster.

For 4 weeks each August, the Summer school and festival take over Dartington Estate in the South Devon countryside. During the day, the summer school offers courses ranging from jazz and opera, chamber and orchestral music, choral and early music, folk, poetry, world music and multimedia. These courses are tailored to participants of all ages and levels of ability.

In the evening, a concert series comprising over 80 performances is open to summer school attendees and the general public.

Renowned performers and teachers travel to Dartington from around the world to join this fantastic annual event. It has previously played host to composers and performers including Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Alfred Brendel and Imogen Cooper – among many others.

Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor curates Dartingon’s cultural offering, and has broadened both the educational and performance sides since her inaugural festival in 2015. This diverse annual event now sits alongside the best summer schools and festivals in the world.

Full programme details for 2016 will be announced at the launch on the 14th December. Watch this space for the announcement!

(Written on November 6, 2015 )

The most recent addition to the WildKat PR client roster is none other than the highly innovative pianist, curator and commissioner Christina McMaster.

Her continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances has allowed to her to collaborate with a diverse mix of genres and artists, including violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week.

Upon graduating with a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Joanna MacGregor, Christina has continued to perform extensively in major venues across Europe including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Aldeburgh Festival.  She is also a champion of new music, having worked with established composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.

Recently Christina founded Ensemble WOW, an organisation that is dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming – a cause of which Christina is a strong supporter. They are very proud to be Listenpony’s ensemble in residence, with a concert coming up at The Rag Factory on 2nd March 2015. The concert will include a variety of works evoking music’s engagement with current affairs – war, rebellion and civil rights as well as the spirituality and solidarity that surround these powerful events.

Also in March, Christina will be heading to Barbados for the Holders Season where she will play an eclectic programme that captures the essence of the American Dream. She will be joined by violinist Lizzie Ball and they will play tracks from Christina’s upcoming album Pinks and Blues which is due to be released in May.

But before she jets off, you can see Christina performing Debussy, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Charles Ives and Beethoven with the Derby Chamber Music Society on 20th February at 7:30pm.

For more information about Christina you can visit her website, Twitter or Facebook pages.



(Written on January 30, 2015 )

Classical News


Songs of exiles: rescuing ‘degenerate music’ from the shadows

The Nazi campaign against so-called ‘degenerate music’, saw works by such composers as Weill, Schoenberg and Hindemith denounced and suppressed. More than 70 years later, much of this music is still unknown. Baritone Peter Brathwaite on his mission to bring it to a new audience.


Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

The virtuoso Kyung Wha-Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a decade at the Royal Festival Hall in December

Classical Music Magazine

Dartington announces first programme under Joanna MacGregor’s leadership

Dartington International Summer School has announced the fullprogramme of events and classes for its 2015 season, which runs from 1 to 29 August. It will be the first edition of the annual summer school to be overseen by new artistic director Joanna MacGregor.

BBC Music Magazine

The Really Big Chorus to usher in the festive season with double Messiah

4,000 singers will mark The Really Big Chorus’s 40th anniversary

The Strad

Amsterdam’s Dudok Quartet wins Kersjes Prize 2014, worth €50,000

The group was praised by the jury for its ‘intense, impassioned playing’


Fusion von Staatsmusiktheater und Moskauer Philharmonikern

Das nationale russische Staatsmusiktheater, das ehemalige Theater Vladimir Nazarov, soll gegen den Widerstand der Theaterleitung und des Personals mit den Moskauer Philharmonikern fusioniert werden.

Mammutprojekt zum 250. Beethoven-Geburtstag

Die Bonner Pianistin Susanne Kessel hat Komponisten aus aller Welt dazu aufgerufen, insgesamt 250 Klavierstücke mit Bezug zu Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) zu komponieren.

Musik Heute

Essener Philharmoniker erweitern Besuche in JeKi-Grundschulen

Instrumentalisten der Essener Philharmoniker erweitern ihre Besuche in Grundschulen der Stadt.

Codex Flores

Der Ursprung musikalischer Hörfähigkeiten

In einer drei Jahre dauernden Studie ist ein Team der Basler Hochschule für Musik der Frage nachgegangen, ob die speziellen musikalischen Hörfähigkeiten von Musikern Resultat von Veranlagung oder von Training (oder eines Zusammenwirkens beider Komponenten) sind.


Algiers To Open Opera House In 2015

The Opera of Algiers, in construction since November 2012 in the southwest suburb of the capital, will be delivered in July 2015.

El Mundo

Plácido Domingo: ‘No vivo de las rentas, sino de mi esfuerzo y mi trabajo cotidiano’

No está claro si Plácido Domingo tiene 73 años o tiene 37.

Twitter ‏@medicitv: Can leading #composers complete a series of #Bach‘s #organ pieces? @Telegraph #MediciClassicalNews

Albion Media @albionmedia: A huge congratulations to @JoyceDiDonato for her TWO International Classical Music Awards 2015 nominations!

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Which do you think are the most romantic duets in opera? A few of our favourites: … #music ^C

really big chorus4,000 singers will mark The Really Big Chorus’s 40th anniversary. Photo: Don & Ann Monro

(Written on November 28, 2014 )