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It’s been an incredibly busy year at WildKat and we are so excited to continue our successes into 2018. As always, we’ve tried to pack as much as we can into a blog post for you all. The projects and clients mentioned below are a tiny portion of our highlights – Enjoy! 😊

First, a message from our Founder, Kat, who is already in the Austrian alps, ready to start the holidays:

“2017: you beast! I must admit I am quite glad to see the back of it… We launched and worked on so many projects and events, it felt like we somehow skipped the usual “quiet periods”. It has certainly been a challenging year; the uncertainty of the cultural and creative industries was felt across our sector and so internally we had to rethink our offerings, our staffing and general structure.

We have had some fantastic new clients and projects signed up to WildKat. Some personal highlights have been:

And so many more.

Mostly this year has been for me expanding the WildKat offices, opening a new one in Paris next year and working on our non-profit arm, Noted.

I have travelled for both companies to all corners of the world, and have had some great meetings and events take place, centred around the ethos of sharing and forwarding our industry. I think there is amongst all the anticipation on what future events (including Brexit, US etc) will bring a sense of renewed movement forward. I am encouraged to see so many positive ideas. The Noted Fellowship is in the next stage with announcements to follow in the New Year and our roundtables have come to life in Berlin, London and New York with fascinating thoughts and exchanges. My vision of having the newly graduates give the artistic director ideas on the future of our sector, is coming to life and its VERY rewarding!”

 

Internally we also have some great news:
  • Carolin is embarking on the ultimate WildKat perk: a 2 month paid sabbatical to New Zealand. (We are all just a tad jealous (“a tad” is putting it very lightly!! – Olivia)
  • Great staff have joined our teams all over the world, waving at at Eliza, Rachel, Alex, Nicolo, Maddie, Katja, and our continually growing pool of freelancers, consultants, and collaborators
  • Olivia was promoted to our UK Director and is, as expected, thriving in her new role. She also hits the 5 year anniversary mark next year and will at some stage embark on her sabbatical

Olivia says, “2017 has been a pretty turbulent year on all counts – whilst we have celebrated some truly inspiring projects, and championed everything that is BRILLIANT in our sector, and what it has to offer, we have all had to face a heavy and consistent hailstone of, let’s face it, awful news in the general media and across socials.

Saying this, one thing that our sector does best is use these events to inspire creativity, and to reflect and respond using our art and passion. Following the development of the “B-word”, we had the hilarious “The United Kingdom of Earth: A B***** Opera” at Tête à Tête’s 10th festival. Soosan Lolavar’s “ID, please” had its UK premiere at the same festival, reflecting on Trump’s travel ban. Ariana Grande sold out the Manchester arena for a benefit concert, following the bombings. There are many, many more examples, and there will continue to be.

As we look ahead to 2018, it’s important to remember the important of collaboration, cooperation, and participation. We have had such fresh ideas in discussion and have started to make change happen. We want to continue to work together, create conversations, involve diverse & conflicting voices, and create progress for classical music and the arts. I’m so excited for what is to come…”

Olivia visits New York for the first time!

Before Carolin heads off on her travels, she says, “Launching the Noted Fellowship this year was a real highlight, and I was so inspired to see all the innovative ideas that came through the application process. The only downside was choosing who would go on to stage 2. Good luck, everyone!

I’m very excited to make the most of my 2-month sabbatical, part of the WildKat perks, to not only have a long holiday (!) and travel the world, but also to return to the company and the industry with a refreshed and revived perspective.”

We are all really looking forward to 2018, particularly as we are celebrating 10 years of WildKat with a big party (joint with Music in Offices – happy birthday to you too!) and lots of fun events.

Thank you to everyone: clients, industry, friends, colleagues – the ones who champion us, critique us, support and dismiss us. We love you all and we look forward on what’s to come!

Happy holidays! 🎄🎄🎄

(Written on December 22, 2017 )

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 )

Congratulations to Music in Offices who were yesterday shortlisted for a RPS Award.

The announcement was made on Radio 3’s In Tune, where Ivan Hewett, Classical Music Critic from the Telegraph pipped the education scheme as his one to watch.

Music in Offices offer instrumental and vocal lessons to offices in and around London, offering employees the chance to learn a new skill, de-stress and socialise within their working environment.

Other nominations include Claudio Abbado, Harrison Birtwhistle and Eva-Maria Westbroek.  For a full list of nominations visit the Royal Philharmonic Society website.

The winners will be announced on May 8th – good luck to all involved!

 

(Written on April 18, 2012 )

Tonight marks the final of the Office Choir of the Year competition held by music education scheme Music in Offices.

The event, held at St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, marks the end of a year long search to find the best office choir in London.  Entries were made by offices both large and small and across a wide range of professions.  Some of the companies involved included L’Oreal, BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, News International, Norton Rose, UBS, Olswang, Royal Mail, Debenhams and Royal Historical Palaces to name a few.

The four finalists who will be singing tonight are:

Channel 4

Norton Rose

UBS

Olswang

The evening will be presented by Classic FM presenter Jamie Crick and will also have performance from special guests Blossom Street Singers.

The evening promises to be a wonderful celebration of all the hard work achieved by all the choirs involved.  Good luck to all taking part!

For more information about MIO or to find out how you can start your own office choir please visit

www.musicinoffices.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on March 22, 2012 )

WildKatPR is proud to announce that we will be working with four outstanding new clients in various fields.  These are Andrew Staples (tenor), Vignette Productions (opera production company), Sid Samberg (composer / pianist) and Music in Offices (music education group).

WildKat is managing an international campaign for all of Andrew Staples’ engagements as well as looking towards his upcoming project, Opera For Change, in September 2013. Andrew will be performing in Opera Holland Park‘s production of Così fan tutte this summer and directing a new production of La Cenerentola at Bury Court Opera in March.

Sid Samberg is a dynamic young composer and pianist who has performed internationally. WildKat is working with Sid, consulting on his career in both America and Europe.

We are also working with Music In Offices, a unique music education company whose clients are high fliers from a range of industries. WildKat is working on their innovative Office Choir Of The Year initiative.

(Written on December 16, 2011 )

Congratulations to all involved with last night’s Music in Offices christmas carol concert at St. Katharine Cree church in Aldgate.

The concert was a wonderful celebration of the work achieved by each of the office choirs from Debenhams, Channel 4, Freemantle Media, BBC World Service, Royal Historical Palaces and Christie’s amongst others as they all joined in the festive spirit along with a guest appearance from The Lunar Saxophone Quartet.

The event highlighted the great community spirit from all choirs and even held a mini tournament in the form of ’12 days of Christmas’ in preparation for the 2012 Office Choir of The Year Competition held in March.  Applications are still being accepted so if you think your office has got what it takes to claim the prize or just want a bit of musical fun, why not enter at their website.

(Written on December 13, 2011 )