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In today’s news: The government is stifling the creativity we desperately need, and Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director. Eight organs to be restored in Germany, Kimiko Ishizaka launches Kickstarter campaign and summer academy in Ettal launches festival programme.

Opera Now

Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director

Music Theatre Wales has appointed Richard Baker as its consultant music director, with immediate effect

Music Teacher

RWCMD announces autumn 2017 season

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s (RWCMD) autumn 2017 season will launch with Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and will conclude with Carlo Rizzi conducting musicians from the conservatoire and Welsh Opera in an opera gala.

The Times

The government is stifling the creativity we desperately need

The Ebacc removes arts subjects from the core school curriculum and its focus on a severely restricted, unimaginative programme means that the creativity of our children is being stifled at exactly the point Britain needs it most.

Pizzicato

5% more visitors at Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival ended on 6 August after 17 days, 57 concerts and more than 200 events.

The Irish Times

The new director of New Music Dublin has his work cut out for him

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris.

Mondoweiss
Israel’s siege on Palestinian music

If you love music as much as I do, your heart stopped when you read the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision to keep young musicians from leaving Gaza for the West Bank.

NMZ

Restaurierung von acht Orgeln: Land und Sparkassen geben 100.000 Euro

Der Freistaat und die Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen fördern die Restaurierung von acht Orgeln in diesem Jahr mit je 50 000 Euro.

Pizzicato

Kimiko Ishizaka: Kickstarter für Bach

Die deutsch-japanische Pianistin Kimiko Ishizaka hat eine neue Ergänzung zu der finalen B-A-C-H Tripelfuge komponiert.

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In der Ruhe liegt der Klang

Zum vierzigsten Jubiläum veranstaltet die Internationale Sommerakademie in Ettal dieses Jahr ein Festival mit abwechslungsreichem Konzertprogramm.

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Opera Now: Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director. Photo credit: Mike Kear

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(Written on August 9, 2017 )

Today marks the first day of Kimiko Ishizaka’s one-month Kickstarter campaign Libre Art of the Fugue. Kimiko is known for her beautiful interpretations of Bach, and through Kickstarter and the support of her fans, she has been able to raise enough money to record two of J.S. Bach’s finest works: The Open Goldberg Variations and The Open Well-Tempered Clavier projects. She has published them under public domain so that her recordings are available for anyone to listen to.

In her new project, Libre Art of the Fugue, we will see a new and exciting interpretation with Kimiko composing her own end to Bach’s unfinished Art of the Fugue. Kimiko’s own composition will be published as part of the Open Score project, making it the very first piece by a living composer to join the project.

Unlike other artists, Kimiko Ishizaka doesn’t use traditional record labels, preferring to have direct contact with her fans. The money that Kimiko has raised through Kickstarter enables her to record her new album at the famous Teldex Studio in Berlin, playing on the brand new Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280. The venue will give her full opportunity to unfold her musical creativity, and maintain an artistic level of the highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about Kimiko Ishizaka’s project, and support her, here is the Kickstarter campaign for more information.

We wish Kimiko a very successful campaign, and are very much looking forward to the release of her new album!

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(Written on August 8, 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 )

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.

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(Written on September 18, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq launches Kickstarter campaign

Young Iraqi classical musicians have launched an online fundraising campaign to get the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq to the United States for a major tour in August 2014.

BBC News

‘Lost’ Mendelssohn song re-discovered

A song written by German composer Mendelssohn has had its first public hearing since it went missing 140 years ago.

Thetford Forest wildlife ‘performs’ Living Symphonies’ premier

Listening to an open-air concert from a live orchestra in one of England’s beautiful forests will always connect you with Mother Nature – but thanks to musical science our forests are now set to become the actual performers, conducted by the flora and fauna in a series of “live” sound installations.

Guardian

Antony Hopkins obituary

Broadcaster, writer and composer best known for his Talking About Music series on Radio 3 and then Radio 4 has died at age 93.

International Business Times 

Double Bass Player Duncan McTier Charged in Manchester Music School Abuse Investigation

Duncan McTier, 59, a former teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music, has been charged with four counts of indecent assault relating to three women. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1985 and 1994.

The State

Poland philharmonic worker convicted of 2 murders

A court in western Poland has convicted a former concert hall stagehand and sentenced him to life in prison for the double homicide of a female harpist and a male security guard, in a crime that has shocked the country.

China Weekly

China Philharmonic Orchestra to debut at BBC Proms

The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) will debut at the BBC Proms in July in London, the CPO announced on Tuesday. The CPO will stage a concert on the evening of July 19 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classic FM@ClassicFM 17 awesome classical music gifts: http://classfm.co/qdJgyb

Gramophone@GramophoneMag Happy Birthday to Brahms and Tchaikovsky! Tchaikovsky couldn’t stand Brahms’s music, but Brahms was polite about Tchaikovsky’s…

ACE North@ace_thenorth Only 1 space left at #CultureHive Liverpool Surgery day on 15 May. 90 mins support for arts orgs. Free to NPOs: http://ow.ly/wxOSh

Welsh National Opera@WNOtweet …Take a look ahead of our debate @RoyalOperaHouse on 2 June. ‘Is there room in Britishness for cultural difference?’ http://bit.ly/1uzbvOf

Tim O’Reilly@timoreilly Winston Churchill on arts funding: how twitter twists history to suit modern agendas http://bit.ly/1j2j6Aa People misquoted long b4 twitter

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(Written on May 7, 2014 )

Brooklyn Rider, the dynamic New York quartet, will be showcasing their own brand of creative programming in their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Copenhagen on Tuesday. The group’s combination of limitless innovation and passion for new music has transformed the 300-year-old form of the string quartet into a signature 21st century ensemble. Their love of new music also inspired the Brooklyn Rider Almanac, which began in 2012, and continues its on-going commissioning project. So far they’ve commissioned 15 new works from a diverse list of musicians in the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and folk. Brooklyn Rider recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for an ambitious complementary body of work directly related to the commissioned music. This will include videos, animation, choreography, photo essays, articles, interviews, remixes, and much more. So far Brooklyn Rider have raised over $22,000 of their $40,000 goal.

The 8-date European tour will include a blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works that challenge genre boundaries. Clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK can expect to hear works 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 the premiere of String Quartet No.1 by Swedish composer Tobias Broström on 23rd and 24th April. Brooklyn Rider will also perform at Yellow Lounge in Stockholm on 26th April collaborating with DJs and VJs at Fotografiska. The tour culminates in a late night performance at London’s Wigmore Hall on 2nd May.

Check out a video of Colin Jacobsen’s A Walking Fire here:

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

The Times

10 great opera stars

Nine singers, one conductor — these are the people you need to know before the International Opera Awards next month

Gramophone

Spotify: threat or friend?

Martin Cullingford reflects on the changing nature of how we get our music

Music events to include Three Choirs Festival commission and Late Night Prom on the anniversary

International Arts Manager

Performing arts talent from Spain and Portugal will form the focus of the Kennedy Center’s 2015 festival.

BBC Music Magazine

Reading University unveils plaque to commemorate Gustav Holst

The composer and former lecturer is celebrated

First female organist appointed at St Paul’s

A new musical appointment at St Paul’s Cathedral makes history

Classic FM

Brooklyn Rider launch Kickstarter for new Almanac project

New York-based string quartet Brookyln Rider have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund their forthcoming album and multimedia project, ‘Almanac’

Andrea Bocelli got married to his manager and it was just lovely

The legendary tenor finally did the honourable thing and married his long-term partner and manager Veronica Berti in a gorgeous ceremony in Tuscany

Audience vote to decide pianist’s Chopin concert repertoire

Pianist Sergio Tiempo will allow the audience of his forthcoming London concert to decide which six Chopin Etudes he will play by asking them to vote online

derStandard.at

Franzose Bertrand de Billy: “Mir ist der Kragen geplatzt” – Franck springt ein

Le Monde

Ecoutez le son caverneux de l’octobasse, cet instrument hors normes

A l’occasion de la Semaine des musées, la Cité de la musique a publié une vidéo présentant cet instrument géant mis au point au XVIIIe siècle

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Interview Frank Peter Zimmermann: „Neue Gedanken zum Klingen bringen“

Der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann über den Reiz zeitgenössischer Werke, Kommunikation mit dem Orchester und Spontaneität im Konzert

 

Classical Music on Twitter

M Magazine: @Maria_MillerMP: “UK music industry must ensure it can sustain itself for the future” http://ow.ly/v2V57  #copyright

WildKatPR: #Crowdfunding in #music: check out WildKat PR clients who are using this right now! http://wildkatpr.com/news/blog/2014/03/27/current-crowdfunded-projects/ … @Brooklyn_Rider @InHarmonyTS

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic10 classical music highlights this week, which one are you going to? http://bit.ly/1iDNfUJ  @officialronnies @BarbicanCentre @SwanseaUni

Gabriel Prokofiev: @gprokofiev First ever @Nonclassical in Leeds tonight. At legendary gig space: @CockpitLeeds ft @juicevocal @Damien_Harron & many Leeds based performer

Zeit Online Kultur: @zeitonline_kul Online hat gewonnen. Print auch. 12 Thesen zum Journalismus von @berndulrich (@DIEZEIT) und @Jochen (@zeitonline) http://www.zeit.de/2014/14/print-online-redaktion-thesen-journalismus

Brian Wise: @briancwise Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors (with lively comments thread) http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/top-5-most-controversial-audience-behaviors/

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(Written on March 28, 2014 )

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise: here comes the 20th century

Gillian Moore, head of classical music at London’s Southbank Centre, introduces the first instalment of the year-long festival – and the work of Strauss, Mahler and Schoenberg

YouTube owner Google poised to take stake in Vevo

Deal thought to be worth about £42m for stake of close to 10% in music video website founded by Universal and Sony

The Economist

The Q&A: Alex Ross: Make some noise

Some sage once quipped that writing about music is about as edifying—and evocative—as dancing about architecture. Certainly most music criticism has a lifeless quality, packed with adjectives yet tuneless on the page.

Classic FM

Antonio Pappano receives Distinguished Musician Award

Previous recipients of the award, presented by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, include Pierre Boulez, Jacqueline du Pré, and Simon Rattle.

The Strad

Violinist crowdfunds chin rest 

Project to manufacture multi-adjustable model raises nearly $25,000 on Kickstarter

BBC News

Frank Zappa score joins The Rest is Noise classical festival 

A controversial orchestral film score by music legend Frank Zappa is to have its UK premiere as part of a major celebration of modern classical music.

Music Week

Sweden: Record sales rise again in 2012

Overall recorded music sales in Sweden in 2012 showed an increase of 14%, with 90% of all digital income coming from streaming services

Elizabeth Sobol appointed President and CEO of Decca USA

Universal Music Group International have appointed Elizabeth Sobol as president and CEO of the Decca Label Group, USA.

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(Written on January 18, 2013 )

Kimiko Ishazaka and Robert Douglass will be featured at Munich’s Classical:NEXT conference on 31st May, where they will provide a demonstration of the Open Goldberg Project. Audience members will have the capability to see every note played via their partners’; MuseScore and SampleSumo’s unique technology.

Previously, the public domain Goldberg Variations scores and recordings were extremely hard to locate or non-existent. The Open Goldberg Project (OGP) desired to produce a public domain score and recording that is easily accessible to all. MuseScore.com is creating a public version of the score using open source software, based on an open peer review process.

Thanks to Robert Douglass’ vision, the project is realised! Through the use of crowd-funding via Kickstarter, the OGP raised over $20,000. Embracing technology – from raising funds to online publishing to open peer review and sourcing – is a distinguishing feature of the project.

The score and recording will be available for digital download on 28th May 2012.

For more information on the Variations and the free download please visit the OPG website here

For more information on Classical:NEXT please visit their website here

For information on the new technolgy used please visit MuseScore’s website here and SampleSumo’s here

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 18, 2012 )

You can watch a new video about the exciting Open Goldberg Project on Youtube now. Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka talks about her involvement in the project and the passion that inspired it.

The Open Goldberg Project, which was funded entirely through the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter and raised over $20,000, has made a recording of pianist Kimiko Ishizaka playing all of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It will be available for everyone to download for free from May 28th.

To visit the website, learn more about the Open Goldberg project and download the amazing recording please click here

To view the video (in Geman) please click below

(Written on May 11, 2012 )