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In today’s classical news, pop music takes over classical choices on the popular BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, and the Brook Street Band announce a new festival to take place in Norwich.  Trouble for travelling string players as another instrument is completely destroyed whilst flying, and the Kennedy Center breaks with tradition in announcing its 17/18 season.  After several cancellations, Jonas Kaufmann returns to open the Vienna Opera Ball, and Jaki Liebezeit has sadly passed away aged 78.

The Guardian

Roll over Beethoven: Desert Island Discs stars pick pop over classical

Guests of the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs are abandoning classical music selections in favour of pop music and power ballads, according to a survey to mark the show’s 75th anniversary.

Rhinegold

Brook Street Band announces Handel festival

The Brook Street Band has announced its inaugural Handel festival, timed to coincide with the end of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary year. love: Handel will take place 22-23 April 2017 in Norwich, which currently lacks an early music festival.

The Violin Channel

Cello Student Seeking Help After Airline Completely Trashed Her Instrument

A Florida State University music student has set up a Go Fund Me page in an effort to replace her cello – which was destroyed on a recent United Airlines flight.

The Strad

Teenagers break Vienna Symphony viola player’s finger at metro station

Michael Buchmann was involved in an altercation with three young men over smoking on Saturday evening.

The Washington Post

Kennedy Center announces notable 2017-2018 classical season

The Kennedy Center broke with its season-announcement tradition by announcing its 2017-2018 classical music season — the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts — on Monday afternoon.

Broadwayworld

NYFOS to Open New York Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Fest with PYOTR THE GREAT

New York Festival of Song continues its NYFOS Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 20:00.

Spiegel ONLINE

Jaki Liebezeit ist gestorben

Er reduzierte sein Schlagzeugspiel, bis aus der Monotonie Groove wurde: Jaki Liebezeit war ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Gruppe Can, die als Krautrockband weltweiten Einfluss hatte. Nun ist er 78-jährig gestorben.

Pizzicato

Jonas Kaufmann singt beim Wiener Opernball

Monatelang hatte Jonas Kaufmann wegen einer Entzündung an den Stimmbändern seine Auftritte absagen müssen. Jetzt braucht er PR.

Musik Heute

Zwei Nachwuchsmusiker gewinnen Mendelssohn-Preis

Die Geigerin Diana Tishchenko und das Trio Marvin haben den Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb 2017 gewonnen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Ewaldt gestorben

Der Dirigent Peter Ewaldt ist tot. Er starb nach kurzer, schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 64 Jahren.

Le Monde

Dutilleux et son « Double » célébrés dans l’antre de Boulez

L’« année Dutilleux » s’est close samedi 21 janvier à la Philharmonie, à Paris, avec la « Deuxième Symphonie » en transe jazzy.

France musique

Une comédie musicale sur le harcèlement scolaire à l’Opéra Bastille

Du 21 au 28 janvier, une comédie musicale aborde le thème du harcèlement à l’école, avec humour et gravité, à l’Opéra Bastille.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1705 Birth of Italian Carlo

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Photograph: The Brook Street Band

(Written on January 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Met Opera understudy Francesco Anile steps in and gives performance of a lifetime as lead tenor loses his voice, sales up 14% year-on-year for Record Store Day, New York Festival of Song to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

Daily Mail

The show must go on! Understudy gets last-minute big break at Met Opera when lead tenor loses his voice – so jumps on stage in jeans and sneakers and gives performance of a lifetime

It is a role of a lifetime. But when one understudy finally got his big break at the Metropolitan Opera he wasn’t expecting it to be while wearing his old jeans and sneakers.

Music Week

Retailers celebrate another successful Record Store Day

Preliminary figures show that this year’s Record Store Day was a hit, with sales up 14% year-on-year – and retailers seemed to agree that the vinyl revival isn’t going anywhere. While singles sales were down 2%, LPs were up 35% year-on-year, and the annual celebration bled into the following sales week as well.

BBC News

Nikki Sixx to YouTube: ‘Do the right thing’

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube. The bass player is urging Google to remember its former slogan – “Don’t be evil” – in its dealings with artists.

Classicalworld.com

NYFOS to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American women at Merkin Hall

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

ArtsJournal

A German orchestra goes up against Turkey in row over a term for genocide

Turkey’s delegation to the European Union demanded the European Commission withdraw 200,000 euros ($224,500) in funding for the concert.

South China Morning Post

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation.

Classical Music Magazine

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards £15,000 to Wiltshire Music Centre

The grant, which will be distributed across three years, will go towards the centre’s programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians in the region.

Der Tagesspiegel

Als Kolibri durch den Saal schweben

Berlins Orchester lassen sich viel einfallen, um neues Publikum zu gewinnen. Das Konzerthaus setzt auf virtuelle Realität – mittels einer speziellen Brille.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Wagner im Kino: Live-Übertragung aus der Berliner Philharmonie mit Andris Nelsons

Wenn Andris Nelsons am 29. April gemeinsam mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Musik von Wagner und Bruckner zum Klingen bringt, kann man das Konzert in vielen Kinosälen in Deutschland live mitverfolgen.

Pizzicato

Antonini wird Erster Gastdirigent beim Mozarteumorchester

Seit eineinhalb Jahren sucht das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg erfolglos nach einem Nachfolger für den im Sommer d.J. scheidenden Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton.

Francemusique

Nouvelle polémique quant à l’utilisation des animaux à l’opéra

L’opéra Allemand sur le Rhin (Deutche Oper am Rhein) a été contraint d’annuler le contrat de l’un de ses acteurs principaux : le coq du « Coq d’or » de Rimski-Korsakov en raison d’une décision de l’Office Vétérinaire.

El Pais

La música activa el cerebro de los bebés

Investigadores de EE UU vinculan la detección de patrones musicales con el aprendizaje del habla

Twitter

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Photograph: UIG via Getty Images

(Written on April 26, 2016 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

John Brancy

Credit: Kristin Hoebermann

(Written on September 18, 2014 )