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We are very pleased to welcome two fantastic new clients, and welcome back another, as we begin the new year!

The Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is now in its 61st iteration, and its outstanding programme will take place between 13th July and 1st September 2018. In 1957, Yehudi Menuhin moved with his young family to Gstaad, Switzerland, and was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the bucolic Alpine village. After being asked by the then head of tourism for Gstaad, Paul Valentin, to support the summer tourist season with some concerts, Menuhin rang in the inaugural festival in the summer of  the following year. Two of the performers in those first concerts were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears! The high-calibre bookings continue, and in 2018 the festival looks to welcome Jonas Kaufmann, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Sol Gabetta and Juan Diego Flóres, among a stellar line-up of stars from the opera, choral and instrumental worlds. WildKat PR is delighted to be leading their press campaign again in 2018.

The eminent Italian pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia has enjoyed a varied and successful career to date. He performs his own compositions in the most prestigious theatres and institutions all over the world, sharing his innovative and inspiring compositions. Roberto blends electronic experimental music with the classical tradition, and for many years has been researching the powers of sound. He founded the Educational Music Academy in 2013, giving a voice to young musical talents, composers, musicians and pianists by way of support and mentorship. Roberto recently released the 10th Anniversary edition of his QUARTO TEMPO album, which was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

© Roberto Cacciapaglia

Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas embodies a unique musical language built upon modern, multi-stylistic influences that with a dream that combines austere melodic beauty with a stunning rhythmic drive. Once praised by Terry Riley for his ‘unique and compositional voice’, he embarked on the journey to creating his own legacy with works showcased and premiered all across Europe, while establishing his own ensemble – the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) – and working closely with Kristjan Järvi of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic along the way. Adopting a traditional work ethic, Gediminas proudly works with pen and paper across all his compositions. He grows, chases and explores an organic idea when it comes to mind and injects his own unique blend of pop and classical cultures. With many of his pieces already performed at a number of prestigious events, Gediminas’ work defies all genres and makes it accessible to a wide audience.

© Gediminas Gelgotas

“Having myself worked on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival press campaign in both 2015 and 2016, I am delighted to welcome the festival team to work with us again,” our London Director, Olivia Brown, comments. “They present an inspired programme, in a truly beautiful setting, year on year.

“I’m also very pleased to be expanding our roster of contemporary composers by welcoming Roberto and Gediminas. We look forward to introducing their music to UK and European audiences, reaching and expanding on the broadening new audience of contemporary classical music.”

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(Written on January 11, 2018 )

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 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.


Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.


Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.


MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

In September at a concert in Turin, lead singer of U2, Bono called for “humanitarian leadership” in response to Europe’s refugee crisis. Whilst Europe’s leaders have been discussing solutions; musicians have also made a concerted effort to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and to give them some pleasure through music.

It was unfortunate that in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris this November, Spanish viol player and conductor Jordi Savall had to make the decision to postpone a concert. He was due to perform at the ‘Calais Together’ event with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI on 17th December at the refugee camp in Calais. His safety and the safety of his musicians couldn’t be guaranteed amid fears of unrest, however the event will take place by the Spring.

The Yehudi Menuhin School is also due to perform for refugees in Calais. On 20th January students and staff will work with volunteers at the ‘Jungle’ to distribute food parcels before performing a concert for around 6,000 refugees. The school hopes that it won’t just be a one off event and that they will return to Calais. The project is very much in line with Menuhin’s vision of the relationship the school should have with the outside world.

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School "The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect."

Yehudi Menuhin/ Yehudi Menuhin School
“The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.”

In October a demonstration and concert took place in Vienna to show solidarity with refugees in Europe, it featured the German punk band ‘Die Toten Hosen’, ‘Conchita Wurst’ and a speech by Austrian President Heinz Fischer. In London this November, Paloma Faith joined forces with Peace for a concert to raise money for Help Refugees; these are just two concerts among many throughout Europe. Rap singer M.I.A. released a track ‘Borders’, which charts the journey of refugees across Europe and criticises governments for not doing enough.

Perhaps the most extraordinary case of music raising awareness of the refugee crisis, is Syrian rock band Khebez Dawle, who made their journey from Lebanon to Germany fun by performing gigs along the way. Syria offered the group no hope of a career in music so they sold their instruments to pay smugglers to get them across the Mediterranean. Through their music, they aim to tell the stories of desperate migrants looking for refuge.

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

Khebez Dawle/ Yahoo

These musicians are aware of the power of their music and the hope and comfort it can offer to people with nothing else left. Some of these events have political undertones, whilst some aim to raise awareness of the plight of refugees on a purely humanitarian level. With the Yehudi Menuhin school’s concert in Calais in January and Jordi Savall’s soon to follow, the New Year could bring new hope. We often feel helpless in the face of such crises but whilst governments battle with big decisions, musicians are sharing their music and working according to Yehudi Menhin’s ethos of supporting minority communities.

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Love songs are for girls

A history of love songs reveals their place at the forefront of social change but fails to do women justice, says Ivan Hewett

The Strad

Violin maker claims to have discovered the location of buried Nazi treasure

Cyril Whistler says he has cracked the code hidden in the score of Gottfried Federlein’s ‘Marsch-Impromptu’

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra cancels US tour

The ensemble cites a government cut in its touring budget

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Borg-Wheeler: Why is Sibelius still a foreign language to so many?

This year marks the 150th anniversaries of two deeply original Nordic composers, Sibelius and Nielsen.

Richard Morris heads winners at Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Richard Morris, the consultant and chairman of the Yehudi Menuhin School, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Zeit Online

“Reden kostet nur Zeit”

Annäherung an den fabelhaften Dirigenten Kirill Petrenko, der sich an der Bayerischen Staatsoper erstmals mit Wagners “Ring” beweist.

Die Welt

Wenn Herr Fleischwurst sich für Mozart ausgibt

Albrecht Mayer ist der Star-Oboist der Berliner Philharmoniker. Aber die Solo-Stücke, die er spielt, muss er oft mühselig in staubigen Archiven suchen. Dabei stößt er manchmal auch auf Hochstapler.


Philharmonisch-Symphonisches Durcheinander in Seoul

Aus Korea, dem Land, aus dem die jungen Musiker scharenweise nasch Europa strömen und in allen Wettbewerben die meisten Kandidaten stellen, kommen schräge Töne: Das ‘Seoul Philharmonic’ wird im Streit zwischen seiner Ex-Managerin Park, den Verwaltungsangestellten und dem Chefdirigenten Myung Whun-Chung zerrissen.

Thomas Hengelbrock erhält Karajan Musikpreis

Im Rahmen einer Aufführung des Oratoriums „Elias“ von Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy am Samstag, 30. Januar 2016 findet die Preisverleihung statt.


Soprano Sarah Brightman Plans To Be First Diva To Sing on ISS Space Adventure, Spends $52 Million

Perhaps one of the world’s most famous sopranos, Sarah Brightman, announced a while back that on Sept. 1 she will be on board Soyuz flight TMA18M bound for the International Space Station hundreds of miles above Earth.


British Council Arts ‏@BritishArts : Music fans in London, attend this FREE event @SouthbankCentre to celebrate Nowruz (New Year for Iranians). 20 March: 

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : Ever heard of The Emerald Isle? It’s a comic 2 act opera by #ArthurSullivan! … #TriviaTuesday

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM : Eight composers, and eight treble clefs: 

Hilter-Schatz / MittenwaldFederlein’s Marsch-Impromptu’ score with highlighted annotations. Photo: The Strad

(Written on March 17, 2015 )

Classical New Year Resolutions

New Year equals a new me-right? We in the WildKat PR office have already accepted that our ‘fitness and healthy eating resolutions’ will fail within a week (merely promising to try burns calories, we’re sure), so why not make an enjoyable resolution this year (except perhaps, #2) with classical music!

1. Go to more concerts

Surely the best type of resolution is aiming to attend more concerts this year and it could not be easier with the number of websites and blogs there are out there collating all the best events. Head over to our ‘Unmissables’ page to discover what you absolutely cannot miss this year. BachTrack and Concert Diary are also great search tools to find your next concert. Amazingly, this does not have to be expensive. Did you know that 40% of The Royal Opera House’s tickets are under £40? Other venues such as the Barbican and the Southbank Centre are also not as expensive as you might think. Indeed, the WildKat PR team are really looking forward to Conway Hall’s series of ‘Free Rush Hour Concerts.’

2. Practice more

This is perhaps just as painful as healthy eating and exercise but, likewise, so worth it. Whilst we cannot all follow in Lang Lang’s footsteps who was practising six hours a day at five years old, an extra 10 minutes everyday going over furiously fast passages, playing F# melodic minor one more time or perfecting that technical exercise, will pay off. At least then us mere mortals can pretend to be like Daniel Barenboim. Indeed, violinist Nicola Benedetti is so dedicated to practice she utilized an airport bathroom when her flight was delayed.

NB Airport Practise

Nicola Benedetti. Photo from her Facebook

3. Find new music

Spotify have introduced a useful new tool called ‘Play it Forward’ which generates new music for you based on who you have previously listened to. Classic FM also have a weekly ‘Album of the Week‘ from which they play one track a day and BBC Music Magazine have both a ‘New Releases‘ section and a free weekly download bound to inspire you.

4. Play music for charity

In 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra and others such as tenor Wynne Evans swapped instruments in a mass grade-one-a-thon for charity. Why not use your musical talent for good and do something similar? There are plenty of brilliant musical charities to support such as Help Musicians UK and Music in Hospitals.

LSO Blog

The LSO. Photo found at Classic FM

5. Join a choir

As well as being fun, it has been said that singing is good for your mental health-two great reasons to join a choir. There are plenty of ensembles out there catering for all standards and interests from novice to expert level, from choral works to pop songs. The Big Big Sing is a brilliant website for finding your perfect choir, all you have to do is put in your postcode. British Choirs on the Net also has a large database of choirs, sorted both alphabetically and geographically.

Choir for Blog

Youth Choir of the Year, Taplow Youth Choir performs onstage at the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Grand Final. Photo:Robin Bell / Imagewise

6. Make a Classical Music Bucket List

A blog for another day but here are a few ideas to get you started: Prom at the BBC Proms, or go to the traditional ‘Carols at Kings‘ service.

Are you making any classical music resolutions? Tweet us with your ideas and bucket list items @WildKatPR

(Written on January 5, 2015 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )

The Guardian

UK entertainment spending rises with surge in film and music streaming

Value of film and TV downloads, streams and subscriptions rises to £621m, and number of tracks streamed doubles to 7.4bn

The Telegraph

Valencia sues opera house architect as white elephants rot

Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration

New York Daily News

Vivienne Westwood designs punk costumes for Vienna ballerinas

Vienna State Ballet dancers will be decked out in tartan kilts and plaid leg warmers for January’s New Year’s performance, thanks to custom costumes from Vivienne Westwood, best known for her punk-inspired designs. The yearly concert is broadcast in more than 80 countries

Classic FM Online

Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies lead New Year Honours list

The New Year Honours List has been announced with a number of classical musicians receiving special recognition

Kilar, master of movie music, dies aged 81

The world of film music is mourning the death of Wojciech Kilar – best-known for his score to the Oscar-winning film The Pianist


A Minute With: Met Opera chief Peter Gelb on live opera broadcasts

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proven live-to-cinema doubters wrong with an anticipated 3 million viewers seeing about a dozen Met opera broadcasts this year in cinemas in 64 countries

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Stimme vom Klassik Radio

Holger Wemhoff ist Chefmoderator bei Klassik Radio, dem erfolgreichsten Privatsender Deutschlands. Die Zauberformel lautet „Entspannung“ – ein Wort, das Wemhoff, wenn er aufhört, nie wieder hören will

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2014 )