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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

As announced yesterday in PR Week, WildKatPR is very happy to welcome our newest client, Sound and Music.

Director Kathleen Alder says: “We are thrilled to be working with such a rich organisation promoting new music, which is something WildKat has always been very passionate about. We think Sound and Music’s work is invaluable to this sector and many composers have benefitted from their programmes and activity in the past and present. We will be working on their UK PR, utilising our in-depth knowledge of the traditional, contemporary and neo classical markets to broaden their reach and engage new audiences in their projects.”

Sound and Music is the dynamic national charity for new music in the UK. Its vision is to create a world where contemporary music and sounds thrive and prosper, by transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating creators and artists, whilst raising awareness and focusing on diversity.

Their activity ranges from artist development to network buildingcreative data, education and much more.

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2017 is set to be another exciting and innovative year for Sound and Music. As we continue our aim to challenge and change perceptions of new music, whilst celebrate the breath of work being created and the extraordinary composers and artists living in the UK today – Victoria Johnson, Head of Digital, Marketing and Communications

Spring highlights will include:
Experimental Cut & Splice festival will be brought to Manchester this March for its first visit outside the capital, in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on Hear And Now.
Curated by local ensemble Distractfold, C&S will take over Hallé St Peter’s and Hallé St Michael’s in Ancoats, for two days with an exciting and groundbreaking programme of music that explores technology as an unreliable narrator.

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Composer-Curator is Sound and Music’s national new music touring programme, which supports entrepreneurial, grassroots composers and artists from a range of disciplines looking to create their own opportunities by producing their own touring work, celebrating and supporting them to hone their curator skills.
Their Next Wave national project will focus, help and support talented students in higher education, who haven’t gone to music colleges and conservatoires yet. It will address the identified gap in support for gifted young composers about to embark on a professional career.
In partnership with NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, it is the only programme of its kind in the UK, and will offer winners the opportunity to study in higher education with bespoke support, work collaboratively, and record a dedicated recording with international release on NMC to be launched at a live showcase at Sage in January 2018.
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They will also continue to develop The Sampler, an interactive platform for curious listeners and music industry actors and lovers across the UK, bringing together and showcasing new music, event listings, blogs, playlists, podcasts and webinars. Most importantly, this platform is the first of its kind not to categorise events, activity and artists by genres, but by tags, announcing the end of categorisation in new music and giving the power back to its users.

Sound and Music activity is made possible with the generous support of Arts Council of England,  Bliss TrustCockayne, Esmee Fairbairn FoundationFidelity Foundation UKGarfield WestonHelp Musicians UKJohn Ellerman FoundationLeverhulme TrustMonument TrustPaul Hamlyn FoundationPRS for Music Foundation,  RVW Trust, and Unlimited Impact.

 

(Written on February 9, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Susanna Eastburn takes exception to the claim that the age of great composers is dead, BBC announces presenters for amateur orchestra series, and twenty-eight singers reach semi-finals round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara. Also, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 opens next month, and SWR Symphony Orchestra performs for the very first time at Donaueschinger Musiktage.

The Telegraph

Why is new classical music left to wither and die?

When composers receive a commission to compose a new piece for the Proms, they know they have truly arrived. But amid all the excitement, no one stops to ask; what becomes of all these commissions?

The Guardian

Composers seek new definition of greatness in a digital age

As a champion of new music, Susanna Eastburn takes exception to the claim that the age of great composers is dead. Instead, we must open our ears to more diverse, shape-shifting and connected times

Classical Music Magazine

Presenters for amateur orchestra series announced

The series ‘All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge’ will follow five amateur orchestras as they compete to perform on stage at the BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park.

Opera News

Twenty-Eight Singers, Including Seven Americans, Reach Semi-Finals Round of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Guadalajara

Founded in 1993 by Domingo to discover and launch the careers of young singers of every voice type from every country, Operalia annually receives some 1,000 applications.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: obtaining a five-string cello

Three luthiers with experience of creating five-string cellos give their thoughts to an interested reader – and their answers throw up even more questions.

Broadwayworld

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next Month

One of the world’s major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition opens its milestone 50th anniversary season with a series of events, including concerts featuring some of the world’s greatest artists.

The New York Times

Classical Music Listings for July 22-28

A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

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Leipziger Symposien zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme

Die Leipziger Symposien zur Kinder- und Jugendstimme sind ein internationales, interdisziplinäres Podium für alle Professionen, die sich mit der Stimme im Wachstum und mit singenden Kindern und Jugendlichen beschäftigen.

Musik heute

Salzburger Festspiele: Präsidentin bewirbt sich erneut

Die Präsidentin der Salzburger Festspiele, Helga Rabl-Stadler, bewirbt sich erneut um das Amt. Das erklärte die 68-Jährige am Donnerstagabend in Salzburg.

Klassik heute

SWR Symphonieorchester erstmals bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen

Die Donaueschinger Musiktage, das älteste deutsche Festival für Neue Musik, nehmen in diesem Jahr Tuchfühlung mit der Sphäre der Unterhaltungsmusik auf.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews How German musicians say ‘well played’

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Why do some people object to clapping between bits of a classical work? Why do some people NOT? Proms http://bbc.in/2a59sPs

klassik.com @klassikcom Luxushotel in der präsentiert

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Susanna Eastburn … artists’ ability to communicate across the globe has been revolutionary.

 

(Written on July 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Prince of Wales pays tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary, and Apple is considering a takeover of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal and plans to prevent iPhone cameras from functioning during live events. Also, Anahid Ajemian, violinist and new-music champion, dies at 92, and Andris Nelsons withdraws from this year’s Bayreuth Festival.

The Telegraph

Apple ‘considering takeover’ of Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service

Apple is reportedly considering a potential takeover bid forJay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal.

BBC News

Prince of Wales pays tribute to Welsh National Opera

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary.
A special concert was staged at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

EveningStandard

A London orchestra is offering anyone the chance to be the conductor… regardless of musical ability

It’s the most important job in the orchestra, with every subtle swing of the baton capable of dramatically transforming the sound.

Adaptistration

Apple Plans To Bach-Block Your Live Event Recording

Your opinion on the pro/con smartphone camera use inside the venue argument may become moot if one or more of Apple’s recently granted patents makes its way into iPhones in the near future. In a nutshell, the patents detail the ability for the phone to receive infrared signal that will effectively disable or otherwise prevent the camera from functioning.

The New York Times

Anahid Ajemian, Violinist and New-Music Champion, dies at 92

Anahid Ajemian, a violinist known as an ardent champion of new music, died on June 13 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

Hoyesarte.com

Muere Juan Carmona ‘Habichuela’

El guitarrista Juan Carmona Carmona ‘Habichuela’ (Granada, 1933) ha fallecido en Madrid a lo 83 años.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Andris Nelsons wirft in Bayreuth kurzfristig das Handtuch

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat sich kurzfristig von den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Der lettische Dirigent sollte eigentlich die diesjährige Festspielpremiere des “Parsifal” in knapp vier Wochen leiten.

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Mehr als 1000 Musiker beschweren sich bei EU-Kommission über YouTube

Der Konflikt zwischen der Musikindustrie und Googles Videoplattform YouTube wird schärfer. Über 1000 Musiker – darunter Stars wie Coldplay, Lady Gaga oder Ed Sheeran – haben sich bei der EU-Kommission beschwert, dass Dienste wie YouTube mit ihren breiten Gratis-Angeboten auf unfaire Weise Musik entwerteten.

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Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb

Eine Studie des Deutschen Kulturrates beschäftigt sich mit der Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb und der Frage, wie viele Frauen in künstlerischen Fächern studieren und arbeiten und was sie verdienen.

Twitter

Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Under Federal Investigation Over Apple Music Practices http://bit.ly/298cBwI

nmz @musikzeitung Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs:

klassik.com @klassikcom Karriere-News: Hein Mulders (Theater Essen)

 Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

(Written on July 1, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to introduce a new client, the composer and producer Marcus Antonius Wesselmann!

Marcus Antonius Wesselmann’s works embrace mostly solo, chamber and ensemble pieces written for instrumental combinations more commonly heard in jazz. His wide range of interests has also led him to explore film, theatre and opera music.

As a producer, he founded the production company modernmusix to record and promote contemporary music. For his own compositions, he has collaborated with internationally renowned names, as Garth Knox, Teodoro Anzellotti and Moritz Eggert.

With the well-known Ensemble Modern under conductor Franck Ollu, Marcus has found a long-term and fruitful partner, and together they have recorded major ensemble works. WildKat is delighted to help promote Marcus’s upcoming album, ensemble works II, which is about to be released.

Marcus Antonius Wesselmann, photo credit: Andrea Schoenwandt

Marcus Antonius Wesselmann, photo credit: Andrea Schoenwandt

 

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Kurt Masur, the music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic died aged 88, and André Rieu spends £34m on fountains, ice rinks and gold carriages. Also, BBC Radio 3 will kick-start 2016 with a celebration of new music and a study has concluded that a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra should be built

The Guardian

André Rieu: ‘I spent £34m on fountains, ice rinks and gold carriages’

He has outsold Beyoncé and played to bigger crowds than Take That. He also lives in D’Artagnan’s castle and has his very own orchestra. An audience with André Rieu, the violin superstar nicknamed King of the Waltz

Telegraph

A St Paul’s chorister remembers singing carols with Leonard Bernstein

Robert Bowles shares his memories as a chorister

The New York Times

Kurt Masur Dies at 88; Conductor Transformed New York Philharmonic

Kurt Masur, the music director emeritus of the New York Philharmonic died on Saturday in Greenwich, Conn

Classical Music Magazine

Menuhin School to perform for refugees in Calais

A party of students and staff is to kick-start the Yehudi Menuhin School’s round of projects marking its founder’s centenary with a January trip to distribute food parcels and perform for refugees in Calais

Classical Source

BBC Radio 3 kick-starts 2016 with New Music

New Year New Music: a week-long celebration of new music and composers to kick-start 2016

Zeit Online

Kurt Masur: Dirigent statt Marionette

Kurt Masur ist 88-jährig gestorben. Er war nicht nur ein weltweit anerkannter Musiker, sein couragierter Umgang mit dem DDR-Regime schrieb noch dazu deutsche Geschichte

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Dirigent und Humanist Kurt Masur ist tot

Er prägte das Leipziger Gewandhausorchester und die New Yorker Philharmoniker. Am Samstag ist der Dirigent Kurt Masur im Alter von 88 Jahren nach langer Krankheit gestorben

Berliner Zeitung

Das Wunder der Musik – jenseits von Unterhaltung und Perfektion

Als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig und Dirigent großer Orchester hat Kurt Masur die Musikszene geprägt. Der Dirigent starb am Sonnabend im Alter von 88 Jahren

Die Welt

Ein friedlicher Revolutionär, kein elitärer Pult-Gott

Er war weit mehr als der Karajan des Ostens: Kurt Masur verkörperte die deutsche Musikgeschichte im welthistorischen Moment des Mauerfalls. Mit ihm stirbt ein großer Künstler. Und ein großer Mann

Le Figaro

Kurt Masur, mort d’un géant européen

Le destin de ce chef d’orchestre croise celui de l’Allemagne. Artisan pacifiste de la réunification, cet humaniste s’est éteint à l’âge de 88 ans

Le Monde

Bernard Foccroulle quittera le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence fin 2017

Le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a annoncé, vendredi 18 décembre, que son directeur général, Bernard Foccroulle, ne renouvellera pas son mandat à la tête du prestigieux festival d’art lyrique qu’il dirige depuis dix ans

San Francisco Classical Voice

Feasibility Study Eyes Museum of London Site as New Home for Symphony

A six-month feasibility study has concluded that a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra should be built on the site of the Museum of London, adding the project would cost around $414 million, the Guardian reports

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine As Christmas Day approaches, here is what the BBC Music Magazine team would like to see under the tree…

Arts Council EnglandICYMI: share their thoughts on why at in our blog:

London Symphony OrchHappy birthday maestro ! Best wishes from all of us.
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A Christmassy get-together at André Rieu’s castle/The Guardian

 

(Written on December 21, 2015 )

If you saw ‘Your Call…’ Part 1 in last year’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival you’re in for many surprises this year when you see the complete work. Clocking in at about 55 minutes, ‘Your Call…’ has undergone major transformations.

The biggest and most obvious change is the addition of a second Mezzo Soprano. American mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn joins the cast as a second iteration of ‘The Woman.’ Splitting one character between two performers is a reflection on the unreliability of online identity and the ways we can shape our online image, enhancing or subverting reality.

DSCF9417You’ll hear a lot of new music in the complete ‘Your Call…’ Having the second voice much more than doubles the musical possibilities. The second voice enriches and deepens the musical texture in a very dramatic way. Both in speaking and singing they share lines, even splitting individual sentences between them as well as singing together.

The character of ‘The Woman’ has a relationship to technology that is very intense. Her reliance on technology and fear of human-social interactions overwhelm her existence. And we get the sense that she wouldn’t have it any other way. Over and over again she answers a phone, listens and replies, “Oh no, no, no. You’re confusing this one with the other one.” This becomes a real issue for The Woman. Her only interaction with another human always seems to go wrong. She repeatedly retreats to the safety of her phone, even singing, “A friend you can mute is a friend forever.”

Fundamental elements of communication are getting a deeper look as well. The set and props are made of circles, squares and triangles – fundamental elements of visual communication. Made of Boxes, along with many many megaphones, you’ll see circles (end of a megaphone), squares (boxes), and triangles (megaphones on end). The vowels, a, e, i, o, u, fundamental elements of aural communication, are both spoken and sung as well as being presented in sign language and semaphore signals. And then there are the phones, old and new, big and small, everywhere

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S-O-S, the universal signal of distress is a recurring refrain, woven throughout ‘Your Call…’ in Morse code, semaphore signals, sign language and within the score itself. Is this an unconscious cry for help? On the surface she doesn’t appear to want any help. Is this a manifestation of concern from the synthetic voices who see how her over-reliance on technology has taken over her external life? Only The Woman knows for sure.

There is a darkness in ‘Your Call…’ that is juxtaposed with broad physical comedy. We hope that you’ll find it as funny as it is disturbing. The character of The Woman makes everyday gestures into a language of their own. She is clearly unaware that she is expressing herself with her body. She doesn’t need to since her only meaningful relationships are online.

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The difference between the internal and external is accentuated throughout the new version of ‘Your Call…’ Spoken text is external, an increasingly desperate attempt to understand and be understood. Sung text is internal, fragmented, jumping randomly from thought to thought. The theatrical ‘fourth wall’ is repeatedly shattered in the performance, always with spoken text. What’s said needs to be heard. What’s sung is bouncing around inside her head.

Overall the new ‘Your Call…’ is bigger, funnier, darker, and more thought provoking. It’s a wild ride across a theatrical landscape that starts inside ‘The Woman’s’ head, weaves its way through the internet and lands on the floor of King’s Place, Hall 2.

Oh, and we’ll ask you to please mute your phones (we’ll be friends forever) but please do Tweet with the hashtag #ycopera during the show. We’ll be doing that from the stage and we want you all to be in on the fun. Hope to see you there, 8 – 9 August!

Lisa J. Coates & Kevin Jones

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(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Stay Close, the exciting composition project led by Soosan Lolavar, will come to a close with its final performing this evening. Stay Close is a ten-month project harnessing contemporary classical music as a means of cultural exchange between the UK and Iran. Following research periods in both Iran and the UK, Soosan has produced a new piece of music that considers ethnic identity in the UK through the lens of the Iranian-British community.

A core part of Stay Close was a trip to Tehran where Soosan spent a month with Hermes Records which promotes contemporary and avant-garde classical music in Iran, as well as workshops in the UK with Farsi speaking young people and their families in South London.

You can find out more about Stay Close in this video which was produced by the BBC, and you can book a free place at tonight’s performance here.Stay Close V&A IMG_1577

(Written on May 20, 2014 )

The 10-day long PODIUM Festival kicks off today with their Madness of May barbecue party and concert in Esslingen, Germany. The programme of the opening concert literally whets our appetite for the events to come: we are looking forward to concerts combining electronic and classical music with improvisation dance by the BUNDESJUGENDBALLETT; a concert lecture for musicians, narrator and eight speakers in the musical literary project Europa: Ein Tag wird kommen…?” (transl Europe: “A day will come…?”); the intelligent, robot-assisted sound machines which generate music from live playing instruments… and so much more.

The PODIUM Festival team break with traditions on their quest for new ways of experiencing and encountering classical music. Musicians from all over the world meet in Esslingen to challenge traditional performance formats and promote a new intercultural debate about the actuality of classical music with their music-making and thus revolutionise the classical music world from within.

 

Auftakt des PODIUM Festivals

Das 10-tägige PODIUM Festival in Esslingen bei Stuttgart hat heute seinen Auftakt. Gäste des Eröffnungskonzert Madness of May sind eingeladen zu Grillparty und Konzert – ein Programm, das wortwörtlich Geschmack macht auf die kommenden Veranstaltungen, die einladender und innovativer nicht sein könnten. Es erwarten uns Konzerte, die elektronische und klassische Musik mit Improvisationstanz des BUNDESJUGENDBALLETTs verbinden; eine konzertante Lesung für Musiker, Sprecher und acht Lautsprecher in dem musikalisch-literarischen Kunstprojekt Europa: „Ein Tag wird kommen…“?; die Sound Machines: intelligente, roboter-gesteuerte Klangmaschinen aus live spielenden Musikinstrumenten und vieles mehr.

Die Macher des PODIUM Festivals brechen auf der Suche nach interaktiven Begegnungsformen mit klassischer Musik mit althergebrachten Konventionen. Musiker aus aller Welt finden sich in den nächsten Tagen in Esslingen ein, um im gemeinsamen Musizieren eine neue, interkulturelle Auseinandersetzung mit der Aktualität klassischer Musik anzuregen und konventionelle Aufführungsformate zu hinterfragen und revolutionieren so von innen die klassische Musikwelt.

photo credit: Steffen Müller

photo credit: Steffen Müller

(Written on May 1, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Brooklyn Rider to its Client Roster.

Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous group of musicians whose innovation and passion for new music has attracted a great deal of fans and extensive critical acclaim. The quartet has collaborated with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Syrian/Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, singer/songwriters Christina Courtin and Suzanne Vega, and many more. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble”. The group takes its name from Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) artists’ collective from Munich, a movement that included painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Brooklyn Rider’s sense of cross-genre and cross-disciplinary art forms is rejuvenating the string quartet.

On their upcoming tour, Brooklyn Rider will bring their signature blend of classic quartet repertoire and new works which challenge genre boundaries to clubs and concert halls across Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK. The 8-date tour will feature music 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 Tobias Broström.

WildKat PR will be working to promote their exciting tour. For more information about Brooklyn Rider, take a look at their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.

(Written on March 12, 2014 )