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In our news today, Budapest Festival Orchestra cancels concerts due to funding cuts, the YCAT Artists 2016 have been announced & Michael Volpe comments on engaging audiences from a very young age. Also, the Telegraph explains how to explore classical music.


Budapest Festival Orchestra cancels concerts due to funding cuts

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is shortening its 2016/17 season in order to survive after heavy cuts made by the General Assembly of Budapest to their funding.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT Artists 2016 announced

Oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, Castalian Quartet, soprano Nika Gorič and violist Timothy Ridout have been selected as YCAT artists for 2016.

Evening Standard

Michael Volpe, interview: We need to invest in opera audiences — from the age of five

If Michael Volpe had his way, listening to Tchaikovsky and Verdi for an hour a week would be compulsory for all schoolchildren from the ages of five to eight, while sciences, SATs and religious education would be scrapped.

The Telegraph

How you can get into classical music: a beginner’s guide

So, you want to explore classical music? The first question must be: where to start? The most obvious fact about classical music is that it’s absolutely huge. It stretches back at least 500 years, and over the past century has roamed away from its ancestral homeland in Europe to embrace the whole world.

BBC News

Ticket sites ‘must do more to fight touts’

Companies like Ticketmaster should take more action to prevent touts “harvesting” concert tickets, a government review has recommended. It says the current measures are inadequate, and suggests buyers should be forced to give proof of ID.

The Strad

English violin case sells for record-breaking price at US auction house

A violin case from the 19th century has sold for a record $17,220 at an auction in Boston, MA, US. Made in c.1887 by W.E. Hill & Sons in London, the case was listed with an estimate of $6,000–$8,000.

Dirigent Seiji Ozawa muss längere Pause einlegen

Tanglewood Festival findet ohne Beteiligung des Dirigenten statt

Musik heute

Daniele Gatti wird Berater des Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Der Dirigent Daniele Gatti (55) ist zum Artistic Advisor des Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) berufen worden.

Klassik Akzente

Schostakowitsch-Fieber – Neues Album von Andris Nelsons erschienen

Es wird bereits heiß ersehnt. Jetzt erscheint Andris Nelsons’ neues Album.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Jazz Piano Tutorials by Tim Richards

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera  returns tonight We’d love to hear your thoughts – add your review: ^C

Opera North @Opera_North ‘Did you just move from chord V to chord I? Because I think you’re PERFECT!’


Photography: Daniel Hambury

(Written on May 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Janine Jansen discusses the Brahms Violin Concerto with her collaborator Antonio Pappano for Gramophone and Mitsuko Uchida joins forces with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Also, the BBC Symphony Chorus director is fired and a violinist accidentally leaves Stradivarius on a German train

The Strad

Violinist accidentally leaves $2.6m Stradivarius on German train

The 1727 ‘General Dupont’, ’Grumiaux’ Stradivarius, formerly played by Jennifer Koh, was returned to the woman by police


Exclusive video: behind-the-scenes as Janine Jansen and Antonio Pappano record Brahms for Decca Classics

This month’s cover star, Janine Jansen, discusses the Brahms Violin Concerto with her collaborator Antonio Pappano

International Arts Manager

Uchida and Mahler Chamber Orchestra join forces

Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) has made a strong start to 2016 with the announcement that pianist Mitsuko Uchida has joined as an artistic partner. MCO and Uchida’s first project together is a series of Mozart piano concertos

CBC News

Pianist Philip Chiu sings praises of classical music

One of Canada’s top pianists is in Saskatoon to let his fingers do the talking in an upcoming concert, but Philip Chiu is also prone to singing the praises of classical music

The Times

Richard Morrison: Chorus director’s firing brings the BBC into disrepute

As all old journalists know, the difference between working for a right-wing newspaper and a “compassionate” liberal media organisation is that the latter always sack people just before Christmas

Klassik-Jahrescharts: Jonas Kaufmann bildet Doppelspitze

Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann hat die ersten beiden Plätze der deutschen Klassik-Jahrescharts erobert

Klassik heute

“Dialogues des Camélites”: Erben wollen Aufführungen rechtlich unterbinden

Im Vorfeld der Wiederaufnahme von Francis Poulencs Dialogues des Carmélites an der Bayerischen Staatsoper fordern die Erben von Komponist Francis Poulenc und Autor Georges Bernanos eine Abänderung oder die Unterbindung

Basler Zeitung

Klassiker der Woche: Die Eurovision-Hymne

Das Jahr 2016 hatte eben erst begonnen, als in Millionen von guten Stuben vor der Übertragung des Wiener Neujahrskonzerts das berühmteste aller Preludes ertönte

Musical America

Pierre Boulez: Tributes from Around the World

Esa-Pekka Salonen, on Twitter: “Mourning the death of Pierre Boulez. He was a huge influence and a great support in my life

Le Figaro

Elle retrouve son Stradivarius à 2,4 millions d’euros oublié dans un train

Une jeune violoniste allemande a pu remettre la main sur son précieux instrument fabriqué en 1727 et valant une petite fortune, perdu lors d’un voyage.


Music Yuppy@Music_Yuppy  Hit online magazine is seeking artists to feature & promote

CityMusicFoundation@CityMusicF And also applications to be a CMF Artist… keep your eyes peeled for details at the end of this month

Music Mark@musicmarkuk Interesting US infographic on music careers for different personality types

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Drum roll, please! Today we’re revealing the nominations for the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. #BBCMusicMagAwards

The Times

The Times

(Written on January 8, 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…


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.

Tete-a-Tete blog

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.

Clown of Clowns blog

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!


Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park


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.

MCO blog

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.

Heartfelt blog

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.

Open sessions blog

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.


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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Yo-Yo Ma talks about his biggest challenge so far, The Independent on how the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation and Kaufmann warns against Decca release.

The Guardian

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms

The Independent

How the National Youth Orchestra is inspiring a new generation of musical teenagers

The benefits of a musical education on the development of all young people, the warning cries about cuts in music education in the state sector and the need for government to reverse their refusal to make arts education part of the national curriculum have been shouted from the rooftops.

The Strad

5 essential recordings by violinist Itzhak Perlman

The cover star of The Strad’s August 2015 edition is turning 70. Julian Haylock rounds up some of the master violinist’s finest recordings

Air Canada refuses to carry cello, blaming lack of advance warning

Cellist Andrea Stewart had purchased an extra seat for the instrument

Classical Music Magazine

Kaufmann warns against Decca release

Jonas Kaufmann has posted a message on his Facebook page warning fans not to buy an upcoming release on Decca Classics.

Berliner Zeitung

Salzburg — Das glanzvollste Fest sucht sein Profil

Salzburg erlebt eine Schrumpfkur: Es gibt nur drei Opern-Neuproduktionen, dafür viele Wiederaufnahmen und konzertante Aufführungen, und besonders desillusionierend ist der Blick aufs Schauspiel bei den Salzburger Festspielen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neonhelle

Reines Wort, reiner Klang: Der Kammersänger hat viele Partien gesungen, als Evangelist der Passionen war er unvergesslich. Dem Tenor Peter Schreier zum 80. Geburtstag.

Codex Flores

Jonas Kaufmann legt sich mit Decca an

So etwas gibt’s auch nicht gerade häufig: Jonas Kaufmann rät seinen Fans, eine neue CD von ihm nicht zu kaufen, weil sie nicht halte was sie verspreche. Dahinter steckt eine gehörige Portion Label-Politik.

The New York Times

A Student Startup and Its Outsize Wagnerian Dream

Some people suffer from the familiar let’s-put-on-a-show urge, and others from the let’s-put-on-a-grand-opera-by-Richard-Wagner urge, which is several orders of magnitude more difficult.

France Musique

Décès de Vic Firth, roi des baguettes de percussionniste

Vic Firth, musicien talentueux qui a révolutionné les baguettes de percussion pour des générations de batteurs et de percussionnistes, est décédé à l’âge de 85 ans.


Mahler Chamber @Mahler_Chamber: Two weeks until our visit to for George Benjamin’s at @LincolnCenter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: Jonas Kaufmann warns fans against an upcoming @deccaclassics release:

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: On @BBCTaster we’re using playlists to tell stories about classical music. Try it out and tell us what you think:


Yo-Yo Ma faces his biggest challenge to date
Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rupert Christiansen on why the Glyndebourne chorus is crucial, Ghent student creates Styrofoam-covered cello to amplify sound and conductor Joseph Cullen is sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexual abuse.

The Telegraph

Why the chorus is crucial to Glyndebourne

Joining the festival’s chorus is a unique experience – and often the first step to stardom, says Rupert Christiansen

The Guardian

From slavery to singing star: celebrating Thomas Rutling

Rutling was an extraordinary man, born a slave in Tennessee, he toured the world as a singer, and then opted to settle in Harrogate. He was a pioneer campaigner against racism: playing him in a new show made me wonder – has anything changed?

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces replacement artists for her maternity leave

The musician is due to give birth to her first child this summer and will take a few months off

Student creates Styrofoam-covered cello to amplify sound

The College of Ghent student wanted to design an instrument capable of greater volume

Classical Music Magazine

Joseph Cullen given 12-month prison sentence

Choral conductor Joseph Cullen, 55, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for sexually abusing two young boys.

Von der großen Oper zum Kasperle-Theater

In nur drei Jahren sollte in Köln ein ganzer Bühnenkomplex für vergleichsweise kleines Geld saniert werden. Da staunten nicht nur die Experten vom Bau. Seit dem 23. Juli ist es offiziell: Alles Schall und Rauch. Jetzt ist Krisenmanagement gefragt.

Musik Heute

Salzburger Festspiel-Intendant Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Workaholic und bekennender Konservativer

Als Schauspieler brillierte Sven-Eric Bechtolf 2007 und 2008 bei den Salzburger Festspielen im “Jedermann” in der Doppelrolle von “Guter Gesell” und “Teufel”. Publikum und Kritik überschlugen sich damals in Lobeshymnen. Jetzt hat der bekennende Konservative für zwei Jahre die Leitung der Festspiele. Ob er dafür genauso viel Zustimmung ernten wird, ist offen.

Gerhaher zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt

Der Lied- und Opernsänger Christian Gerhaher ist einen Tag vor seinem 46. Geburtstag zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt worden. Bayerns Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle übergab dem weltweit gefeierten Bariton die Urkunde am Donnerstagabend nach der Vorstellung des “L’Orfeo” von Claudio Monteverdi bei den Münchner Opernfestspielen.

France Musique

Quand les festivals français s’invitent dans des lieux atypiques

Opéras, théâtres, églises… La France regorge de superbes salles de concerts. Mais il existe aussi, aux quatre coins du pays, des lieux plus atypiques qui abritent depuis des années concerts et festivals de musique classique.

NPR Music

One Feisty Victorian Woman’s Opera Revived

Ethel Smyth was not your typical Victorian lady. She defied her father, a stern army general, to pursue a career in music. She loved women, played sports and played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement in Britain in the early 20th century. Along the way she composed chamber and orchestral music, an acclaimed Mass and six operas.


BBC Proms Team @bbcproms: Tonight @LeifOveAndsnes & play Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, in the 2nd of their 3 Proms

Aldeburgh Music @aldeburghmusic: Listen to @BBCWomansHour now to hear @tansydavies talk about new piece Re-greening, to be premiered at Snape Proms

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: ‘You’ll never believe who I had in the back of my cab…’ + other sayings from Philip Glass’s memoir, reviewed here:












Styrofoam cello
Photo: The Strad

(Written on July 24, 2015 )

April has been an incredibly busy month here at WildKat PR! Just in case you missed anything, here is a round-up of what we’ve been up to:

We were delighted to welcome Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It is the world’s largest festival of new opera and will return to King’s Cross from July for three weeks, with over 100 performances and 40 new works.

It seems we will have a very operatic summer as we welcome back composer Tim Benjamin. We worked with him last year on Madame X, an opera which was featured in the 2014 Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Tim is producing another opera this summer called ‘Life Stories’ at the Tête à Tête Festival and from there it will tour in the North of England.


We also started working with the Sacconi Quartet on their project HEARTFELT. They are quickly getting a name for themselves as the ‘digital string quartet’ with lots of interesting technology-focused projects happening on a regular basis. HEARTFELT is being performed at the Spitalfields Festival, the Bristol Proms and Lichfield Festival. But what exactly is so cool about the projects? The Sacconi Quartet is recognised for being a compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach and so they know how to create exciting projects. HEARTFELT is an immersive, interactive performance that re-imagines a Beethoven quartet through robotics and audience responsive lighting design.

We are also very pleased to introduce you to Mahler Chamber Orchestra who have recently signed with us. They are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years.


We attended a lot of exciting events in April which included Ensemble BPM’s performance of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s Three Tales which achieve reviews in the Financial Times, The Times and The Arts Desk. This was the first ever opera performed live in an IMAX Theatre and took place at the Science Museum. The second of the two nights (22 and 24 April) was sold out! The Ensemble want their work to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world: they certainly delighted a big audience.

Turning our attention to New York, a real highlight as was Danielle Schwob‘s world premiere performance of her new work Three Self Portraits in Brooklyn NYC. Danielle Schwob and John Zorn were joined by Vicky Chow, Jennifer Choi, and Michael Nicolas.

Launches were clearly en vogue this month as we attended lot of them in the last few weeks such as the launch event of Musical Orbit. Shortly after, Tom Service at the Guardian wrote an article about it saying that Musical Orbit is a great idea for offering one-on-one tutorials with top professionals.

Of course, WildKat PR also attended an event hosted by the fabulous After Nyne Magazine. The Magazine combines culture, lifestyle, arts, style and music so it was great to meet the editorial team properly and celebrate the first print issue with some drinks in a lovely gallery.


On 23 April we celebrated our birthday but there was no time for partying too much as Ensemble Perpetuo gave a concert on 25 April at 47/49 Tanner Street. As an ensemble specialising in multi-art form collaborations, they give a new meaning to performances of both classical and contemporary music. They are known for taking music to unexpected venues and drawing in new audiences to share in their love for music as one experienced at Tanner Street. They played music inspired by cities, and the event included city-themed photography from the London Photo Festival, Art by Caroline Mackenzie and Tom Pearce and choreography by Lucia Sweigert. Read the review by LDN Card.

In times of so many brillant musicians it is not easy to find an individual voice and to get attention from a bigger audience. The virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is one of these musicians combining both splendid technical skills and musicality which made his London debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra very special. Bachtrack and Classicalsource reported from the concert. Eric also released his video of Paganini’s 24th Caprice last month with all the variations layered on top of each other – it’s had almost 16,000 views on Youtube now!

Encouraging new audiences, especially in terms of classical music is not that easy. Orpheus Sinfonia‘s conductor Thomas Carroll spoke about their Beneath the Score Series on BBC Radio 3 In Tune ahead of their concert The People’s Politics on 28 April. The concert also received a 4 star review from LDN card. Orpheus Sinfonia’s second Networking for Young Professionals event also took place at this concert, continuing to encourage new audiences to engage with classical music. During April, Thomas was also interviewed by the Mayfair Times and it was great to have this support from a publication based in the same area that they are resident in.

haydn-2032-2As well as being busy in London and New York, in Berlin our team attended one of the brilliant Haydn nights with  Radiale Nacht – Il filosofo at Radialsystem V on 8th May. As the project Haydn 2032 is a huge work in progress, these nights offer an opportunity to get to know the project: conductor Giovanni Antonini, Bernhard Lassahn and Christian Moritz-Bauer gave lectures, were interviewed and talked to the audience. On 8th May, Il Giardino armonico under Giovanni Antonini played symphonies by both Joseph Haydn and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach which were received with massive applause.

With all the fantastic new clients who have recently joined us, as well as the BBC Proms, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and other annual highlights, it looks like a busy summer for WildKat PR.

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(Written on May 15, 2015 )

WildKat PR is very pleased to announce that we will be working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra! This is an exciting time to be following the orchestra; they are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years. This scheme also included the award-winning ‘Feel the Music’ project. It picks up on the subject of deafness, by which Beethoven was increasingly affected during his life. In various cities across Europe, the MCO is inviting children who are deaf or have a hearing disability into the world of the orchestra, to explore how music can be experienced with all of one’s senses.

Founded in 1997 by a group of young musicians with the support of Claudio Abbado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s name reflects its roots in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. With 45 members spanning 20 countries, the MCO prides itself on working musically as a chamber orchestra in the spirit of their founding mentor Claudio Abbado characterized by tight ensemble playing among alert and independent musical personalities. Their core repertoire is in the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods, whilst also playing more contemporary works and world premieres. This summer, the MCO will perform the US Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written On Skin at the Lincoln Center, New York, following their performance of the World Premiere at Aix-en-Provence in 2012.

With the BBC Proms and the stage premiere, summer 2015 is shaping up to be a busy time for the Orchestra. It will end with the MCO’s return to the Lucerne Festival with Daniele Gatti where it forms the core of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra every year. In September, ensemble will launch the Carl Nielsen portrait project at the Musikfest Berlin, a celebration of the composer in his 150th birthday year, with a performance of ‘Sinfonia Semplice.’

As well as working on the BBC Proms, we will also be working with MCO on a new brand and visual identity. Keep up to date with the orchestra, their news and key dates via their website and Facebook.


The Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Deniz Saylan

(Written on April 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Simon Rattle conducts the Young Orchestra for London – in pictures

On the Sunday of his London Residency, Sir Simon Rattle conducted the first-ever Young Orchestra for London – 100 Londoners aged 11-21, of mixed abilities, representing each of the city’s 33 boroughs

The Independent

The one-armed concert pianist: Nicholas McCarthy on Britain’s Got Talent and the Proms

Despite being born with one arm, Nicholas McCarthy has fulfilled his ambition to become a concert pianist. His next goal is to be taken more seriously, he tells Nick Duerden

The Telegraph

Sorry, Simon, London doesn’t need another concert hall

Ivan Hewett rejects Simon Rattle’s claim that London needs a new concert hall where orchestras can ‘flourish’

It’s Never Too Late to… Take Up Piano

Schubert might have been a bit younger when he started playing the piano, but Lionel Kelly is giving it a shot in his seventies

The Strad

Calling Canadian violinists and cellists: applications now open for Musical Instrument Bank

The Canadian organisation loans fine instruments and bows to musicians every three years

Dirigent Gustaf Sjökvist ist tot

Schwedischer Chorleiter, Organist und Hochschullehrer wurde 71 Jahre alt

neue musikzeitung

Die Entdeckung des englischen Komponisten John Foulds

Mystische Ekstase und „West Meets East“

Washington Post

Gourmet Symphony: Wining and dining a new audience for classical music

D.C.’s new Gourmet Symphony pairs gourmet food and drink with classical music to give audiences a new, more welcoming musical experience.

La Croix

Le « Voyage Beethoven » du pianiste Leif Ove Andsnes

Depuis quatre ans sur les routes avec le Mahler Chamber Orchestra, l’artiste a joué dans 108 villes de 27 pays où il a parallèlement fait découvrir la musique à des enfants sourds.

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace

Marc Clémeur anticipe son départ

Il entend privilégier le casting et la quête de nouveaux talents lyriques : Marc Clémeur annonce son départ de la direction de l’Opéra du Rhin en septembre 2016.


Professor Eduardo Miranda and Slime Mold Duo to Premiere ‘Biocomputer Music’ at ‘Biomusic’ in March

For Brazilian scientist and composer Professor Eduardo Miranda, his new breakthrough in science is rather offbeat. His new piece, Biocomputer Music, explores the changes in slime mold as it responds to music.


Warwick Commission @UoWcommission :The cultural and creative sector can claim irrefutable success as creator of value – economic, social, and international #enrichinggb

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall :Interesting collection, with some musical connections if you have a closer look and, oh, Good Morning

Royal College Music @RCMLatest : Arcangelo #Corelli was born on this day 362 years ago. Pay his portrait, and others, a visit in our #Museum of Music

Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic: Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC



(Written on February 17, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 


(Written on January 13, 2015 )

Classic FM

‘Super-orchestra’ founded for charity concert

The Orchestra Musica Romantica, made up of professionals from a range of renowned orchestras, will make their concert debut this December.

Benedetti given prestigious Scottish music award 

Nicola Benedetti follows her Classic BRIT Award with a gong at the illustrious Tartan Clef awards in Glasgow.

Philip Ledger dies aged 74

The esteemed British classical musician and academic is best known for his role as director of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

The Guardian

Feel the Music project teaches deaf children a touch of Beethoven

Mahler Chamber Orchestra scheme aims to open up world of music to hearing-impaired children across Europe

Slipped Disc

Just in: Worry wins young composer a major prize

Our Swedish friend Benjamin Staern has just been told he has won the Christ Johnson prize for his new clarinet concerto, titled Worried Souls.

The Strad

VSA competition awards 16 golds

Violin, viola, cello and bow makers honoured in Cleveland

Huffington Post

Concerns With the Classical Music World in the 21st Century

The success of the most famous living classical pianist, as well as the most famous living opera singer, appears to me a cassandrean sign for the decline of our culture

The Guardian


(Written on November 20, 2012 )