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The US capital is in for a treat next week when baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan will be premiering their World War I Centenary Tribute recital at the Kennedy Center. The performance is the second annual Gerald Perman Emerging Artists Fund recital, promoted by Vocal Arts DC. Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center, said about the programme: “Gerald Perman has produced one of the great vocal series of the world”.

John and Peter devised a recital programme which includes songs by composers who were directly affected by the Great War. There will be songs by European and American composers, many of whom fought in the war on different sides of the frontier. John Brancy will lead through the recital and annotate with historical and musical facts.

Both John and Peter are recent Juilliard graduates. John has already performed at the most prestigious opera houses in Europe such as the Dresden Semperoper and Alte Oper Frankfurt and was in concert with Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. Pianist Peter Dugan opened the season with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony this summer.

John and Peter will be taking the World War I Centenary Tribute recital to Chicago in April 2015 and Montreal in May 2015.

Please visit the Vocal Arts DC website to see the full recital programme:

Watch a sneak preview of the recital on John’s YouTube channel.

John Brancy and Peter Dugan, photo credit Gerard Collett

(Written on December 5, 2014 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!


We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.










Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

This week Baritone John Brancy will be taking the spotlight in the first production of the Tobin Center’s first ever season!

Fantastic Mr Fox is the first of many productions to be staged at the Tobin Center and John will be performing the title role. Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl with music by Tobias Picker, Fantastic Mr Fox is a 70-minute opera in three acts. There are no intervals but instead the acts are separated by entr’actes sung by a children’s chorus. Described as ‘an enchanting modern fable’ the opera tells the story of Mr Fox and his family and their everyday lives. However when Mr Fox steals one hen too many, the local farmers conspire to rid themselves of all foxes. John’s previous performances have shown his ‘impeccable timing, dynamic physicality and robust voice’ (Opera News) so San Antonio is in for a treat! Listen to John talk about Fantastic Mr Fox on Texas Public Radio here.

The Tobin Center is San Antonio’s newest world-class venue. It features a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose 1759-seat performance hall, a 250-seat studio theatre and an outdoor performance plaza. The main auditorium also has ‘flat-floor’ capability, which allows performances of all kinds to take place and an extension of the seat capacity to 2100. The acoustics of the hall can be altered to fit the performance and, due to sound insulation throughout, performances can run simultaneously in all of the center’s venues. The center will now be home to Opera San Antonio, as well as many other local performing arts organisations and youth groups.

Fantastic Mr Fox is being performed on 23rd and 26th-28th September at the Tobin Center. More information and tickets can be found here.


Photo: Kristin Hoebermann


(Written on September 22, 2014 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

John Brancy

Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

(Written on September 18, 2014 )