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Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

Der Tagesspiegel

Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

Twitter

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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(Written on January 18, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Lake District Summer Music cancelled summer school, but will include new series of ‘Young Artist Debut Recitals’. Results of UK Music’s survey on diversity highlight the underrepresentation of Black, Asian, minority ethnic individuals and women in the industry. Rumours have been circulating that SoundCloud is on verge of bankruptcy. Also, in Germany opinions are divided over the Elbphilharmonie following last night’s opening concert, and could Obama soon be working for Spotify?

Classical Music Magazine

Lake District ends summer school after 32 years

Lake District Summer Music, for 32 years a combined festival and summer school for students in Cumbria, is changing its pattern of activity. Public concerts by international figures in the festival are to continue as before, but this year it will include a series of ‘Young Artist Début Recitals’ by selected performers, and no summer school as such.

UK Music reveals diversity survey findings

The results of UK Music’s diversity survey highlight the underrepresentation of BAME individuals and women in the music sector.

Nathalie Stutzmann takes RTÉ principal guest conductor post

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named Nathalie Stutzmann as principal guest conductor. The announcement comes just days before she gives her second performance with the ensemble.

The New York Times

Focus! Festival to Highlight Diverse Music of Latin America

This year, the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! festival will look at “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America.”

The Violin Channel

Rumours Circulating That SoundCloud Streaming Service on Verge of Bankruptcy

Reports are circulating that SoundCloud is on the verge of bankruptcy – following the presentation of a hemorrhaging $52 million loss.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: Elbphilharmonie ist fantastischer Konzertsaal

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie als fantastischen Konzertsaal bezeichnet. Merkel gehörte zu den 2100 Gästen des Eröffnungskonzertes des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters.

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Bundespräsident Gauck: “Sie haben Großartiges geleistet”

Der Bundespräsident eröffnet die Elbphilharmonie und ist von ihrer Akustik begeistert. Die Eröffnungsrede im Wortlaut.

Welt

Liebe Hamburger, Weltklasse geht leider anders

Das Eröffnungskonzert sollte die Akustik des neuen Klanghauses zur Geltung bringen. Das ist offenbar misslungen. Es gibt einen Grund, warum der Klang nicht hält, was die Architektur verspricht.

euronews

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. 

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. Avec son “3Dvarius”, un clin d‘œil au célèbre luthier italien Antonio Stradivari, Laurent Bernadac espère repousser les limites du son.

Le Figaro

Barack Obama, président des playlists pour Spotify ?

La plateforme d’écoute en ligne a publié une offre d’emploi intitulée «président des playlists» qui semble étrangement adaptée au curriculum du 44e président des États-Unis.

Twitter

Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie A moment to remember forever! This is the first official photo of the Grand Hall with guests and orchestra.  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C16x2tRXUAQAqcO.jpg

Tagesspiegel Berlin @TspBerlin Hamburg leuchtet,Berlin duckt sich weg?Von wegen! über die Vorzüge der Hauptstadt:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The Pittsburgh Symphony is back, putting the music scene at full strength – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette https://t.co/m9T8ih4eyt

Photo: BBC Photographer – Guy Levy

(Written on January 12, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Opera North announces its 2017/2018 season. Soprano Charlotte Church, among many other singers, has refused to sing at US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. New York Philharmonic and Wiener Philharmoniker present joint exhibition in celebration of both orchestras’ 175th anniversary. Also, Norway is going to be the first country to shut down FM Radio.

The Guardian

Joanna Trollope says BBC’s overpaid managers are starving the arts

Announcing that she will chair the corporation’s short story award, novelist says ‘a great weight of money’ has gone to the wrong people.

New York Philharmonic

New York and Vienna Philharmonics Celebrate 175th Anniversaries with Joint Exhibit

Eighteen forty-two was a good year for orchestras. As it happens, both the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic were founded that year — about eight months, and 4,000 miles, apart.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera North announces 2017/18 season

Opera North will launch its 2017/18 with a celebration of one-act operas.

CMUSE

Soprano Charlotte Church becomes latest to snub Trump inauguration

Charlotte Church is the latest artist to state her opposition to performing at US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week.

The Scottish Sun

Violin star Andre Rieu would love to meet funnyman Jonathan Watson… so he can help him play the fiddle

The world-famous conductor and musician was lampooned by the mimic during the Hogmanay edition of Only An Excuse?

The Strad

Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt join Kronberg Academy faculty

The three string players will join the German performance school in October 2017.

The New York Times

Finally, a Debut for the Elbphilharmonie Hall in Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. After years of delays, it will have its inaugural concert on Wednesday.

Digital Music News

FM Radio Is Officially Getting Shut Down In Norway

Norway is about to become the first country in the world to shut down FM radio.  Are other countries next?

FAZ

Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Hamburgs neues Wahrzeichen

neue musikzeitung

Die Kunst zu erben – Was wird aus der Boulez-Villa in Baden-Baden? 

Eine Erkundigung vor Ort

Fono Forum

Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti

Unter der Schirmherrschaft seiner Witwe Lady Valerie widmen die Alte Oper und die Museums-Gesellschaft in Frankfurt dem vor 20 Jahren verstorbenen Sir Georg Solti zum achten Mal einen Dirigentenwettbewerb.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about Jean Sibelius, @BBCRadio3‘s Composer of the Week:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Orlando Philharmonic presents a program of music inspired by birdsong – Orlando Weekly https://t.co/HQq9bJhtIL

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/vu1T307RNB4 New York Drag Queen-Violinist to Join Cast of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ @ThorgyThor

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Photo: New York Philharmonic/ Wiener Philharmoniker

(Written on January 11, 2017 )

Classical Music

In today’s classical news, Royal Opera House collaborates with V&A Museum on an exhibition examining the creation of seven operas. Rock star Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath turns to choral music, composing a piece for Birmingham Cathedral, and Sony Classical has released the complete recordings of the esteemed Australian Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Also, James Smith is to step down as Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra at the end of the orchestra’s 51st season, after a long service of 31 years.

Opera Now Magazine

ROH and V&A to collaborate on exhibition

‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ will be the first show to be held in the Sainsbury Gallery, a new exhibition space developed as part of the V&A’s Exhibition Road building project which is due to open in July.

WQXR

David Bowie’s Classical Music Impact, One Year Later

Tuesday marks the first anniversary since the death of legendary musician David Bowie. In the year since his death, fans of various musical styles have come together to appreciate the ways his music seemingly transcended genre and simply focused on being “good music.”

CMUSE

Black Sabbath guitarist becomes choral composer

There seems to be something of a trend of rock stars moving into the classical music realm over recent times. The latest example comes from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who has set aside his heavy metal traditions to compose a choral work for Birmingham Cathedral.

The New York Times

An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings

Sony Classical has released the complete Sony recordings of the esteemed Austrian cellist, conductor and scholar, maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March at the age of 86.

The Strad

Firearm found in violin case in Washington DC

Police officers investigating the discovery subsequently found additional weapons and ammunition in the surrounding area.

Pizzicato.lu

An Outstanding Youth Orchestra Music Director Retires

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras in Madison are losing an incredibly gifted conductor, who gave the young musicians in those orchestras completely new perspectives. After 31 years as the Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, James Smith will be retiring at the end of WYSO’s 51st season.

Suddeutsche Zeitung

Rekordsieger bei den Golden Globes – “La La Land” gewinnt sieben Trophäen

Der Musical-Film “La La Land” hat bei den Golden Globes so viele Preise gewonnen wie kein Film zuvor.

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Der schöne Klang der Elbdisharmonie

Kommenden Mittwoch wird nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit und einer Vervielfachung der Kosten die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie eröffnet. Eine Geschichte voller Stolz und Skandale.

Wiener Zeitung

D wie Dame, “Die” und Diva

Die Zeiten waren für Diven schon einmal besser.  Shirley Bassey zum 80. Geburtstag.

klassik.com

Positive Entwicklung der Auslastungszahlen

Die beiden größten Berliner Opernhäuser, die Staatsoper samt Staatsballett sowie die Deutsche Oper, haben eine Bilanz des Jahres 2016 gezogen.

BR klassik

Elbphilharmonie vor der Eröffnung: “Der Klang ist wirklich die Oberwucht!” 

Die ganze Musikwelt blickt gerade nach Hamburg. Hier wird nach jahrelangem Warten am Mittwoch endlich die Elbphilharmonie feierlich eröffnet. Noch rätseln alle: Wie klingt sie denn – so gut wie versprochen, oder vielleicht doch nicht? Timo Janzen, Bassist im BR-Chor, durfte den Klangtest machen – und ist begeistert.

Twitter

StellaMusica @stellafestival Un rideau pour vaincre la lors d’auditions d’ 

Classic FM @ClassicFM Hurrah! We’re off to Vienna for @johnsuchet1‘s Album of the Week.

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis https://t.co/kdXmPmZ5SP

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Photo: ROH/ V&A

(Written on January 9, 2017 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

Photo: Emilie Bailey

In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

Photo: Tête a Tête

In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

Photo: BitterSuite

In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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Photo: Martin Godwin

In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, applications are now open for the Queen Elisabeth Competition’s inaugural contest for cellists. A flute concerto written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 21 will receive its world premiere after 239 years, announced by Tutti Mozart. Also, a research conducted in China shows that human brains respond differently to classical music and pop music.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Queen Elisabeth Competition: cello 2017

Applications are now open for the Queen Elisabeth Competition’s inaugural contest for cellists.

Pappano renews contract with Santa Cecilia

Sir Antonio Pappano has extended his contract with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia until 2021.

International Piano Magazine

AFCM appoints Kathryn Stott as artistic director for 2018-2020

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), which takes place in Townsville, North Queensland, has appointed Kathryn Stott as artistic director for its 2018-2020 festivals.

CMUSE

Flute concerto by Mozart to receive world premier after 239 years

Tutti Mozart has announced an exciting upcoming concert on 2 December where a flute concerto written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 21 will receive its world premiere.

Research shows our brains react differently to classical and pop music

Researchers in China have discovered that the brain responds differently to classical music than to popular forms.

The Strad

Norwegian Air refuses to refund extra luggage charge for violin

Violinist Ellen Fjærvoll Samdal claims Norwegian Air refused to allow her entry on a flight to Prague because she was carrying her violin and a purse as hand baggage and the airline has refused to refund a €40 ‘extra luggage’ charge in order for her to carry her instrument as hand luggage.

Neue Musikzeitung

10 000 Euro für Elphi-Karte bei ebay – Spielzeit fast ausverkauft

Sieben Wochen vor Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie am Hamburger Hafen gibt es für die gesamte erste Spielzeit praktisch kaum noch Karten. Es seien aber weitere Veranstaltungen geplant. Angesichts dieser Situation klettern die Preise bei Verkaufsplattformen.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker gehen auf USA-Tournee

Erstmals seit fünf Jahren gehen die Bamberger Symphoniker wieder auf eine Tournee in die USA. Unter der Leitung ihres Ehrendirigenten Christoph Eschenbach treten die Musiker im Februar 2017 in neun Städten auf.

BR Klassik

Anne-Sophie Mutter teilt Sorge amerikanischer Künstler

Anne-Sophie Mutter kommentiert in den sozialen Medien den jüngsten Eklat am Broadway. Dort hatten Besucher des Musicals “Hamilton” den zukünftigen US-Vizepräsidenten Mike Pence ausgebuht – und Schauspieler eine an ihn gerichtete Erklärung verlesen. Anne-Sophie Mutter stellt sich mit einem Eintrag auf ihrer Facebook-Seite auf die Seite der Künstler.

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Drei Emmys für deutsche Produktionen

Das deutsche Fernsehen zählte mit drei Preisen zu den großen Gewinnern bei den internationalen Fernsehpreisen in New York. Die Schauspielerin Christiane Paul, 42, wurde in New York für ihre Rolle in dem ARD-Politthriller “Unterm Radar” zur besten Hauptdarstellerin gekürt.

Klassik.com

Aus für das Orchestra della Svizzera italiana?

Das Orchestra della Svizzera italiana steht vor dem Aus. Grund für die dramatischen Aussichten für das Weiterbestehen des Klangkörpers ist der sukzessive Rückzug der Schweizerischen Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft (SRG) aus der Förderung des in Lugano beheimateten Orchesters.

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kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb #Obama verleiht zum letzten Mal Freiheitsmedaillen – an @Springsteen, de Niro, DeGeneres u.a. http://www.kulturradio.de/nachrichten/2016/11/Obama-verleiht-zum-letzten-Mal-Freiheitsmedaillen.html … #kulturnachrichten

klassik.com @klassikcom Insolvenzverwalter des Füssener Festspielhauses legt Mängelbericht vor #Kulturmanagement http://klassik.com/?E7pT8

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

(Written on November 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Niklas Hoffmann was announced the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition last night. Taxpayer’s bill for English National Opera has risen to £155,000 per show, after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts. Conductor Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020. Also, on Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Classical Music Magazine

Niklas Hoffmann wins Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition 2016

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann was last night announced as the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition.

The Times

Taxpayer’s bill for English Opera hits £155,000 a show

The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance has risen to £155,000 after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts.

The Economist

China’s newest export hit is classical music

Next month New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra, on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which was founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

An Extra Layer of Dutch for New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will offer its audiences a taste of new Amsterdam when the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden becomes its music director in the 2018-19 season.

Opera Now Magazine

Bicket to remain with Santa Fe Opera until 2020

Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020.

BBC Music Magazine

Yo-Yo Ma and The Music of Strangers

A new documentary follows the cellist’s international ensemble around the world.

BBC Radio 3 Pass the Baton!

BBC Radio 3 spend a day celebrating BBC ensembles as part of it’s 70th season. On Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Los Angeles Times

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

At 27, Ray Chen is regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation. His joy in making music is palpable, his playing is confident, polished and richly characterized.

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Classical Music Society launches season in Sonoma in Nov. 20

The Sonoma Classical Music Society has announced its 13th season of classical music in Sonoma. Its kick-off performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 will feature the Italian Saxophone Quartet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Was die Koalition für die Kultur verabredet hat

Dem wieder eigenständigen Kulturressort kommt eine größere Verantwortung zu als zuvor. Personalentscheidungen sollen künftig mit den Häusern abgesprochen werden.

neue musikzeitung

Der Inbegriff des globalen Musikers

Am 18. November würde Don Cherry 80 Jahre alt

Die Welt

“Es gibt keinerlei Gespräche mit Berlin”

Armin Petras hat als Intendant das Stuttgarter Theater wieder zu einer wichtigen deutschen Bühne gemacht. Jetzt hat er gekündigt. Soll er statt Chris Dercon die Berliner Volksbühne übernehmen?

El Mundo

Escuchar los colores ver la música

El misterio de la sinestesia en la Fundación Juan March.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@aborchestras announces Sirens fund, supported by @AmbacheTrust

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg shortlist for International Classical #Music #Awards released http://www.cmuse.org/international-classical-music-awards-nominations-announced/ … #ICMA #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Classical publishers suffer deadly blow in German courts http://dlvr.it/MhPqh8 #ClassicalMusic

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Niklas Hoffmann

(Written on November 18, 2016 )

WildKat PR is very happy to announce that Matt Brinkworth is our newest Account Manager to join the team in the London office.

Matt’s career within the Music PR industry has been as varied as his own personal tastes, working on projects that have ranged from electronic music giants such as Claptone and Axwell & Ingrosso to South Korea’s largest rock band YB, taking him from the front rows of London Fashion Week to the backstage of Reading Festival.

At WildKat, Matt will join the already talented team of London Account Managers, working closely with the Berlin and New York offices, bringing with him his unique brand of creative and engaging press relations.

Kathleen Alder, Founder and Director of WildKat PR commented:

“WildKat is known to push the boundaries in both our approach and our results for our clients. We are so excited to have Matt join us and his experience in mainstream and celebrity PR bring a whole new perspective to our team.”

Matt Brinkworth commented:

“When it came to looking for a new challenge to inspire me, after meeting with Founder Kathleen and Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing Olivia Brown, WildKat stood out immediately. The company’s culture and ethos of forward thinking, outside of the box, promotional campaigns coupled with the office’s organically exciting energy is in complete synergy with my own style. Add in the quality of their client roster and it was impossible to see myself joining anywhere else. I couldn’t be more excited to join a team that has already carved its own lane in this industry and contribute to that further with our clients.”

Very happy to have you on board!

(Written on October 31, 2016 )