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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.

Music@Malling

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 )

We are looking for an Intern to join WildKat PR in London from January 2017.

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR
WildKat PR is a creative agency for classical music and the arts. We are a dynamic, forward thinking agency offering full services for public relations, marketing, artistic consultancy, event management, social media, and creative campaigns, specialising in both classical and contemporary music. We are a young, enthusiastic, creative, and music-loving company and our expertise and creativity allows us to devise innovative campaigns tailored to individual artists’ needs. With offices currently established in London, Berlin, and New York, and clients including the Ancient Academy of Music, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, our reach extends internationally to offer professional PR support worldwide.

Job Description
WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, and confident individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to assist their colleagues in all aspects of the campaigns, to quickly establish an understanding of the industry and begin to build working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.  This position will provide an overview of all clients, demonstrating the different stages of PR campaigns, along with a range of different styles and approaches to press. Through assisting all account managers in an array of different tasks, the intern will acquire the core skills and abilities of a publicist.  

Key duties
As an Intern your role will be:
– Summarising classical music and industry news on the WildKat PR blog each day and posting to social media
– Research-based tasks to assist Account Managers
– Updating social media for WildKat PR and our clients, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, websites
– Uploading listings to websites for clients’ upcoming concerts
– Writing blogs for our website and for clients’ websites or newsletters
– Writing and proofreading press releases for clients
– Creating and uploading interesting and new content for our social media platforms
– Recording and producing video blogs of our clients for WildKat PR YouTube
– Inviting critics, journalists, and industry contacts to concerts
– Contacting critics, journalists, bloggers, and radio or TV producers to gain features or reviews for clients
– Attending events of our clients, and possibly helping out at the events, such as selling CDs or page turning
– Daily maintenance and upkeep of the office
– Buying flowers, office stationery, kitchen supplies, etc., via petty cash
– Tidying the office before/after meetings and at end of the week
– Filing daily newspapers in storage
– Organising large CD/DVD collections

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:
– Friendly, open-plan office
– Chance to do diverse things within the role, and expand your skill set quickly
– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
– Personalised creative skills training and coaching
– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
– Office yoga, Friday drinks, the offer of several 6-hour working days per month

Person Specification
Essential
– A keen interest and passion in classical music
– Strong written and verbal communication skills
– Feel they will improve quickly and efficiently throughout the internship
– A creative mind
– An interest in new media
– Confidence and enthusiasm to share new ideas
– Self-motivated and keen to use initiative
– Sense of urgency, with skills to prioritise effectively
– Strong organisation skills

Desirable
– Previous experience in our industry
– Speak another language
– Study music, English or marketing/PR

Expenses: £400 per month

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to james@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Intern application’ by 5pm on 12th December 2016.

(Written on November 15, 2016 )

The findings of the Panic! survey published by Create this week painted a bleak picture as they confirmed what has already been suspected – that the arts are dominated by the middle class, as people from working class backgrounds aren’t given the same opportunities to work in cultural industries.

Create London

Create London

The survey revealed some shocking statistics: on average men working in cultural industries earn 32% more than women working in the sector and nearly 90% of respondents have worked for free at some point in their career. This suggests that it is essential to have parents who are able to lend financial support, just to get a foot in the door of the arts industry.

So how can the arts sector broaden the diversity of its workforce? Schools could play a pivotal role in encouraging and educating children in culture. Many parents don’t have the time or inclination to do so themselves and arts organisations and classes outside of school are expensive.

Indeed, all children should have the right to an education in the arts. Not only can it bring happiness, but music, drama and art classes are also linked to emotional and social development, as well as academic achievement. Apart from this, if state educated children are never offered an education in the arts, they may never be able to consider employment in cultural industries. Surely diversity is essential for the arts to progress?

There are organisations which do a fantastic job promoting diversity and exposing less privileged people to culture. JazzUK, focuses on learning and participation, and aims to reach out to young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, particularly those who are disadvantaged. Opera North sets a great example; it believes in giving all young people access to opera and always ensures children from poorer areas have priority. James Rhodes’ Instrument for every child initiative has put over 7000 instruments into the hands of Britain’s children. If schools can’t afford to offer such opportunities, such initiatives are vital.

Opera North, Children's Chorus/ Opera North

Opera North, Children’s Chorus/ Opera North

At a later stage in our education, universities play an important role in encouraging young people to explore the arts industry; internships in the cultural sector can be organised and funded by universities during summer holidays. All too often students are unaware of opportunities in the arts, as universities focus almost purely on promoting careers in non-arts sectors, such as law and accounting. 

A career in the arts should not just be for those who can afford it. Talent is everywhere so the opportunities to use it, should be everywhere too. Not only does everyone deserve to benefit from and experience the joy of working in the cultural sector, diversity in the workforce is essential to the future of originality in the arts. 

 

 

 

(Written on November 25, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Three Choirs Festival Association appoints Alexis Paterson as its new chief executive, a girl born without fingers learns to play the viola with a 3D printed hand and the candidates for the 2015 Sibelius Competition are announced. Also, school children in Leeds have the opportunity to work on their own opera

Classical Music Magazine

Three Choirs appoints new chief executive

The Three Choirs Festival Association has appointed Alexis Paterson as its new chief executive. She will take up the position in mid-January 2016, succeeding Dominic Jewel (who will become managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain in December 2015)

The Strad

Girl born without fingers aims to play viola with 3D-printed hand

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art & Design professor Frankie Flood is helping a 10-year-old girl, born without fingers on her right hand, to play the viola

The Violin Channel

Candidates Announced for Sibelius Competition – Including 7 VC ‘Young Artists’

The 45 candidates have today been announced for the 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition, to be held in Helsinki, Finland from November 23rd to December 3rd, 2015 – including 7 VC ‘Young Artists’

Yorkshire Evening Post

Kids get to master opera thanks to Leeds teacher’s fund

LEEDS school children will get the chance to work with professional singers to devise their own opera thanks to the arts fund set up to remember murdered teacher Ann Maguire

Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Musician claims official neglect

The government does not do enough to support talented classical musicians, award-winning violinist Tseng Yu-chien (曾宇謙) says

Pizzicato

Garry Walker wird Chefdirigent der Rheinischen Philharmonie

Der 41-jährige Schotte Garry Walker wird neuer Chefdirigent des Staatsorchesters Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz. Er tritt in der Spielzeit 2017/18 die Nachfolge von Daniel Raiskin an

KulturPort.de

Auswirkungen von CETA und TTIP auf Kultur und Bildung

Die geplanten transatlantischen Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EU und den USA (TTIP) sowie Kanada (CETA) werden gegenwärtig breit diskutiert – auch im Bereich Bildung und Kultur

Klassik.com

Händel-Festspiele: Finanzierung bis 2022 gesichert

Die Händel-Festspiele Halle sind durch eine Vereinbarung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt mit der Stadt Halle bis 2022 finanziell gesichert

El Mundo

Luis Eduardo Aute: ‘Sin cultura somos zombis robotizados’

‘En vez de ir al psicólogo a descargar, pillo un papel y escribo o dibujo y me alivio bastante’ – una entrevista con Luis Eduardo Aute

San Francisco Classical Voice

On the Bench With Leif Ove Andsnes: At Home in the World

Like all A-list touring soloists, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is a citizen of the world. But he is also a Norwegian, with roots planted deep in the soil of his native country.

Twitter

Classical Music:@ClassicalMusic8  Robert Craft | Writer and conductor, 92 – http://Philly.com  http://dlvr.it/CnDx8H

Gdn Culture Pros:@GdnCulturePros  If you missed any of the #LoveTheatreDay goodness, catch-up with our live blog http://bit.ly/1lubgUh

Classic FM:@ClassicFM  Weather men say might snow soon!
Anyone got #Snowvember? Here’s the @ClassicFM handy flowsnow chart
@TimLihoreau

Shea Stollenwerk currently holds her bow with the help of an adaptive device The Strad

Shea Stollenwerk currently holds her bow with the help of an adaptive device/ The Strad

(Written on November 19, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian discusses the importance of giving children the chance to listen to classical music & Classical Music Magazine explains how PIPA is raising support for parents who work in the creative sector. Also, The Telegraph reports on the new opera Festival being launched at Grange Park

The Guardian

Classical music – just give children the chance to love it

You don’t need a PhD or a specific gift in order to appreciate classical music. All you need is ears, and an open mind – things every child already has

Classical Music Magazine

Parents in the Performing Arts campaign launched

The Parents in the Performing Arts (PIPA) campaign is raising awareness and support for parents working in the creative industries

The Telegraph

New opera festival to launch after stately home row

A new opera festival is launched after a row over a stately home, lengthy contract disputes and a tempting offer from Bamber Gascoigne

Concerti

„Die Merkmale der E-Musik lösen sich weiter auf“

Nur noch Stars füllen die Konzertsäle! Das Klassikpublikum stirbt aus! Schlagzeilen wie diese geistern immer mal wieder durch die Musikbranche – doch wie ist es wirklich um den Klassikmarkt bestellt?

Klavier.de

Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida mit Praemium Imperiale ausgezeichnet

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist mit dem “Praemium Imperiale”, einem der weltweit wichtigsten Kulturpreise, ausgezeichnet worden. Uchida überzeugte die Jury des Preises durch ihre Fähigkeit, über die Noten hinaus zu verstehen, was ein Komponisten zum Ausdruck bringen wolle

nmz

„Willkommen in Deutschland: Musik macht Heimat“ – Engagement für Dialog

Angesichts der aktuellen Flüchtlingsbewegung und des großen Engagements, präsentiert das Deutsche Musikinformationszentrum (MIZ), eine Einrichtung des Deutschen Musikrates, ausgewählte Projekte und Initiativen zum Thema Musik und Flüchtlinge

Classicalite

Vladimir Putin Awards Russian Baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Order of Alexander Nevsky Prize

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved international baritone undergoing treatment in London for brain cancer, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president. The award is given for exceptional artistry

philly.com

Opera Philadelphia unveils a grand festival plan

Opera Philadelphia is restructuring its season to create an opera festival each September that would draw tens of thousands not just to the Academy of Music but to other venues around the city as well

Twitter

Tarisio@TarisioAuctions The speaking stick & supermarket approach in C18th bows. Pavlo Beznosiuk @AAMorchestra demonstrates #ArchetRev bows http://tarisio.com/archet-revolutionnaire/videos/

Eaton Square Concert@EatonSqConcerts We are looking forward to welcoming @JoyfulCompany tonight. And hearing Rachmaninov “All-Night Vigil”, what a treat! http://ow.ly/THZJ1

BBC Music ! The are coming to you on December 10th! Find out more here:

Capriccio performed at Grange Park Opera...Capriccio perfomed by Grange Park Opera Sara Fulgoni ( Clarion ) Bryony Perkins ( A Dancer ) Roderick Williams ( Olivier ) The Telegraph Photo: Alastair Muir

Capriccio performed at Grange Park Opera
Sara Fulgoni, Bryony Perkins, Roderick Williams 
The Telegraph
Photo: Alastair Muir

 

 

(Written on October 22, 2015 )

In London on Wednesday 5th February at Nils Frahm‘s private launch Party for his book SHEETS, which is published by Manners McDade, one lucky winner of an exciting competition will have the opportunity to perform one of his pieces from the book live at the party.

The entry requirements are simply for candidates to be available to play in London on the evening of the Wednesday 5th of February 2014, and to answer the following questions:

How old you were you when you first started playing the piano?
Can you remember where you were when you first heard Nils’s music?
Which is your favourite track of his?

Answers must be sent to info@mannersmcdade.co.uk by Tuesday 14th January.

The winner get to perform at the party on a beautiful grand piano.

For any further information, contact Nils Frahm’s publisher via Twitter @mannersmcdade, and you can also follow Nils’s Facebook and Twitter page for updates.

Get entering and good luck!

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join the London team.

The role will involve working with the Director and Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical and contemporary music industries. The successful candidate will be looking after promotional projects under the supervision of the Senior Account Managers, and liaising with the press and journalists to generate media coverage for clients.

Key objectives:

– Assisting Account Managers in the co-ordination and execution of international PR campaigns.

– Liaising with press to secure coverage for artists.

– Assisting with the creation of unique campaigns to promote our artists.

– Writing press releases.

– Researching and reporting on new developments in the classical music world.

– Monitoring new online tools, which might benefit our artists.

– Creating and maintaining online profiles on behalf of artists.

– Executing the distribution of promotional materials.

– General running of the WildKat PR London office.

Skills required:

The successful candidate will be self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills, a creative mind able to work under pressure and have an interest in new media.

Marketing or PR experience is advantageous but not necessary, and fluency in a second language is desirable.  Good computer skills are vital and a genuine passion for classical music, culture and PR is essential.

Other information:

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to london@wildkatpr.com.  The application deadline is 1st June at 5pm.  Interviews will be held on 7th and 8th June.

(Written on May 14, 2012 )

WildKat PR is looking for an intern to join the team in London starting in March. This is a great opportunity for someone considering a career in music PR or marketing who is seeking to gain first-hand experience. You will assist with researching and reporting on new developments in the classical music world, writing press releases for clients and blogs for the WildKat PR website, researching press opportunities, as well as general tasks such as keeping the office in top running order.

An interest in classical music is essential as well as culture and the performing arts, and a second language is definitely a bonus! An interest in new media and knowledge of social networking platforms is also important.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good computer skills are vital. You will need to be confident and able to take on responsibility, as well as being organised, able to prioritise and meet deadlines.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to london@wildkatpr.com before 5pm March 2nd.

Interviews will be held on the 7th March and the start date will be the 12th March.

N.B. Only candidates able to work five days a week from 10 – 6 with a demonstrable interest in classical music should apply.

(Written on February 23, 2012 )

It is that time of year again – WildKat PR are looking for an intern to join our team in London for 3-6 months starting in January.

Any applicant will need to be passionate about classical music, culture and the performing arts, and a second language is definitely a bonus, but not essential! An interest in new media and knowledge of social networking platforms is also important.

This is a great opportunity for someone considering a career in arts PR or marketing who is seeking to gain first-hand experience. You will assist with researching and reporting on new developments in the classical music world, writing press releases for clients and blogs for the WildKat PR website, researching press opportunities, as well as general tasks such as keeping the office in top running order.

The successful candidate needs to be self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good computer skills are vital. You will need to be confident and able to take on responsibility, as well as being organised, able to prioritise and meet deadlines.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to london@wildkatpr.com before 5pm on December 19th.

(Written on December 8, 2011 )