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We are delighted that tickets for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2018 are now on sale and the programme is as daring and “scream-worthy” as ever.

“The Modern Prometheus” theme extends into the festival with more of a Black Mirror edge, following Tête à Tête’s collaboration with Royal College of Music earlier this year: WEAR is an immersive opera about time travel, high fashion, ecological disaster and love, taking place in The Crossing at King’s Cross; NIBIRU!, a concept album about the apocalypse, social networking and conspiracy theories; Vicky & Albert is the story of an app, which convinces people that the user has a boyfriend…

In what promises to be both hilarious and thought-provoking, audiences are given an insight into the trials and tribulations of being two and three quarters, with a double bill of two operas: I Do Need Me explores the intensity of emotion that small children experience; I’m Not A Bit Like A Clown is a playful work that captures the joy and freewheeling energy of a toddler, whilst exploring and exploding our received ideas of gender, offering a delightful child’s eye view of the world.

More opera, this time for children the story of a fossilised hippo from 250,000 years ago, involving an interactive workshop and opera, The Lost Box of Stories, presenting new music and storytelling with Mid Wales Music Trust.

Tête à Tête welcomes its first Artist-in-Residence, with Li-E Chen’s Proposition for a Silent Opera at an Invisible Museum – I am a museum, a development of the 2017 work that encompasses an art exhibition in the foyer of The Place between 16th – 18th August, plus performances throughout the week.

Cubitt Sessions open the festival again this year, offering free servings of opera for the King’s Cross area with BISHI, Errollyn Wallen, Juice Vocal Ensemble, plus Aubergine from Muziektheater Transparent, and Tête à Tête’s very own operatic disaster, TOSCATASTROPHE!

As always, taking a journey through the past with new opera eyes on, Mary’s Hand is an immersive, biographical take on Mary “Bloody Mary” Tudor (featuring playing cards); Love Me To Death is based upon Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, plus a new collaboration with the Wellcome Collection for Dear Mary Stopes, a story told through letters, responding to her controversial sex manual ‘Married Love’.

This year’s festivals offers operatic treats, both reflective and pioneering, from both long-standing Tête à Tête alumni and new companies and artists. With a focus on Artist Development and support, with the “For Artists” hub on the website, the company continues to provide more opportunities for artists worldwide.

Tickets are now on sale! Where tickets are required we recommend booking early for the best price online at tete-a-tete.org.uk. Early Bird Online until 10th July £5.00 /  In Advance Online £7.50 / In Person, On Phone, On The Door at the venue £9.50. Lots of shows are free so just turn up and enjoy!

(Written on June 20, 2018 )

in todays news: A piece on racial diversity in classical music, Dame Evelyn Glennies residency comes to an end, music royalties go up and Lyric 360 is relaunched. An orchestra playing on broken instruments, how music can shape your dreams and your concentration, Cecilia Bartoli to sing in the Sistine Chapel, all of Brahms works compiled, Joyce DiDonato wins the Händel Prize and how music classes are affecting prisoners in Germany.

The Telegraph

Lawrence Brownlee on race Rossini and ‘injustice’ in Trump’s America

Scroll back half a century and opera was being magnificently swelled by a flood of African American singers. That tide has sadly ebbed now.

Classical Music

Dame Evelyn Glennie concludes King’s Cross residency

Dame Evelyn Glennie will present the product of her 12-month residency at London’s King’s Cross on 22 December.

Teaching Drama

Lyric 360 launched

London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Digital Theatre+ have launched Lyric 360, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Lyric’s The Seagull.

The Strad

Texas cello pedagogue Phyllis Young has died

Cellist was on the Butler School of Music faculty for over 50 years and director of the UT String Project for 35 years.

Billboard

CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion, even with Youtube and others ‘driving down the value of our works’

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organisations in 123 countries, reports that music revenue grew to 8.006 billion euros ($8.435 billion) from 7.497 million euros ($7.9 billion), an increase of 6.8 percent.

Popular Science

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of tasks

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.

The Inquirer

A desperate cry for help.’ 400 busted Philly school instruments revived for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Su Spina normally plays kettledrums. But when she went to pick up the instrument she’d be playing in the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra — a new composition for 400 amateur and professional musicians all playing broken instruments from the Philadelphia public schools — her options were limited.

Pizzicato

Cecilia Bartoli is the first woman to sing at the Sistine Chapel

Tomorrow, Friday 17, Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli will sing ‘Beata Viscere’ by the medieval French composer Perotin with the choir of the Sistine Chapel.

Concerti

Vom Einfall bis zum Beifall

In liebevoller Detailarbeit entsteht im hohen Norden Deutschlands eine Ausgabe sämtlicher musikalischer Werke von Johannes Brahms.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wie Inhaftierte über die Musik neuen Lebensmut fassen

Das Projekt “Musik hinter Gittern” wird in 17 deutschen Gefängnissen angeboten. Es dient nicht nur als Freizeitangebot, sondern ist auch ein Resozialisationsprogramm.

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Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den Händel-Preis 2018 der Stadt Halle. Damit sollen “ihre herausragenden Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik” gewürdigt werden, erklärte die Stiftung Händelhaus am Mittwoch.

Schallplattenkritik

Die aktuelle Bestenliste ist da

Der PdSK (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik e.V.) hat die vierte Vierteljahresliste 2017 veröffentlicht. 157 Juroren sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im letzten Quartal, sie nominierten 258 Titel in 32 Kategorien für die Longlist und evaluierten daraus die Siegertitel.

Le Figaro

Comment la musique influence nos rêves et notre sommeil

À l’occasion d’un grand concert donné à la Philharmonie de Paris dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche devant un public venu avec oreillers et couettes, Le Figaro a interrogé Sophie Schwartz, une spécialiste des neurosciences.

Twitter

#Today in 1895 Birth of #composer and conductor Paul #Hindemith #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on November 16, 2017 )

Bold opera pioneers Tête à Tête has announced its upcoming plans for the 2017 season, 20 years since the company was founded.

“What amazing adventures we have enjoyed across these the past two decades, realising bold and brave experiments, creating opera really up close, establishing a really strong and intimate relationship with our audiences and revelling in the theatricality of the form”

– Bill Bankes-Jones, Founder and Artistic Director

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2017 also marks the Anniversary of the company’s first Opera Festival. To celebrate, they have planned the 10th Anniversary of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It will take place at King’s Cross from 24 July – 13 August 2017, at both The Place and King’s Place. They are also delighted to announce that the well-received Cubitt Sessions will be back as a centre-piece of the festival. Full details on productions and tickets will be announced in May 2017. Watch this space!

Besides announcing its 2017 season, Tête à Tête also released a Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 10th anniversary report, demonstrating their outstanding commitment to inclusivity and diversity: 22% of composers in 2015 were BAME or coming from minority backgrounds.

You can read the full report here.

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This year, they will also be launching ‘MyNewOpera’, a global platform featuring the work of producers from all over the world, ready to watch. They already have an archive of over 400 videos for the launch, with many more to be added before then. It turns out that the explosion of small-scale new opera and music theatre is a global trend, and online, without barriers, it can start to happen worldwide.

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WildKat PR is very excited to be working with Tête à Tête again this year. For the latest news and releases on this year’s festival, follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and Tête à Tête on Twitter. Also, check out their brand new website and full announcements here.

(Written on January 19, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, King’s Cross announces Dame Evelyn Glennie as its musician-in-residence, singer Katherine Jenkins and her husband Andrew Levitas are to produce a new children’s animated TV show, and Musicians’ Union blasts Dirty Dancing tour for cutting real musicians. Also, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will release his first classical composition, and Five Boroughs Music Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Season.

Classical Music Magazine

Dame Evelyn Glennie announced as King’s Cross musician-in-residence

King’s Cross has announced Dame Evelyn Glennie as its musician-in-residence in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation. The virtuoso percussionist will explore, write and perform new music over a 12-month period whilst based in the area.

The Times

Iraq bitter suite: notes on a lost orchestra

Upbeat may be the title of the conductor Paul MacAlindin’s memoir, but there are many times when he sounds pessimistic about the fate of his friends in the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.

BBC

Katherine Jenkins to produce children’s TV show

Singer Katherine Jenkins and her husband Andrew Levitas are to produce a new children’s animated TV show. Symphony Street will be aimed at four to eight-year-olds and it is hoped it could be screened on Welsh channel S4C.

Music Week

Musicians’ Union blasts Dirty Dancing tour for cutting real musicians

According to The Stage, the Musicians’ Union claim the show has only five musicians currently employed, as opposed to eight on the previous tour, and that they’re using “unauthorised” backing music.

Rolling Stone

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills Preps Debut Classical Piece, Tour

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will release his first classical composition, Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, October 14th via Orange Mountain Music.

Broadwayworld

Five Boroughs Music Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Season

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) today announces programming for its tenth anniversary season, continuing its mission of bringing affordable, high-caliber performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music to all five boroughs of New York City.

NRK

I Lydenes rike

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Urheber gegen Musikpiraterie: Landgericht München verurteilt Onlinedienst Uploaded zu Schadensersatz

Die Urhebergesellschaft GEMA gewinnt vor dem Landgericht München I gegen den Sharehoster Uploaded. Das Urteil bestätigt, dass ein Sharehoster schadensersatzpflichtig ist, wenn dieser das Hochladen und die Verbreitung von urheberrechtlich geschützten Inhalten nicht unterbindet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wer mehr weiß, hört auch mehr

Christiane Tewinkel fragt in ihrem Buch „Muss ich das Programmheft lesen?“ nach dem Sinn populärer Musikvermittlung im Konzertbetrieb

Klassik heute

Dresdner Kreuzchor und Volkswagen vereinbaren Zusammenarbeit

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor begründet anlässlich seines Jubiläums in diesen Tagen mit der Volkswagen AG eine besondere Partnerschaft, die zunächst bis 2018 eine Zusammenarbeit auf künstlerischer, kommunikativer und pädagogischer Ebene garantiert.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Using Violin Strings to Learn Key Signatures

BBC Radio 3 performs his brother’s cello concerto tonight . Read all about it:

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Was heute geschah – 12.8.1846: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy erteilt seiner Schwester Fanny seinen “Handwerkssegen” http://bit.ly/2bmTuPh

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R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will release and tour behind his first classical composition, composed alongside friend and violinist Robert McDuffie. Credit: Chris McKay/Getty

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

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Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

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Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

We recently announced that Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival joined WildKat PR as a client and today we are pleased to reveal that the programme for the 2015 Season has been released and early-bird tickets are now on sale! Spanning three weeks and in multiple venues around King’s Cross such as The Place, Egg, the RADA GBS Studio and Regents Theatre, over 100 performances will take place and 40 new works are scheduled. Each night, there will be up to three performances, allowing audiences to fully enjoy as much of the festival as possible.

Opening the season is Streetwise Opera and Tête à Tête’s co-production of People Watch which is a comic yet dark take on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. Indeed, technology is a loose theme of this year’s festival what with Kevin JonesYour Call…, about our modern relationship with the digital world, focusing on voice technology and synthesised speech. Similarly, Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing explores the idea around voice avatars. 

Another WildKat PR client Tim Benjamin will feature at the festival with his new work Life Stories ,which explores the lives of two people facing their final moments.

There are many new features this year, including two world prèmieres that were written in collaboration with writers who have worked with the Festival in 2014 on the Pop Up Operas. One of these is Chocolat author Joanne Harris. Many traditional operas are also being given a makeover, make sure you go to Rock Tosca and Reimagined Turandot . Another innovation introduced this year are the Tête à Tête Club Nights, evenings beginning with conventional opera and morphing into a nightclubbing experience with a guest DJ from Nonclassical. Truly, they deserve their reputation as the people who are redefining and reclaiming the word ‘opera.’

The successful pop up operas and street performances of previous years, feature again in 2015 in Cubitt Square, Granary Square and throughout King’s Cross.

Check out the full line up and book your tickets, which are on sale now, through the website. Keep up to date with the summer festival on Tête à Tête’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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(Written on May 7, 2015 )