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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fifth year. Music@Malling 2018 will take audiences on a journey through music and time: placing the music of contemporary composers alongside classical, jazz, vocal, world and film music in and around the stunning historic venues and landscapes of West Malling, Kent, from 16th – 29th September. Combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music, the eighth Music@Malling festival comprises 28 events across 14 days. A unique festival in Kent that has built audiences from scratch engaging people from the local area, region and beyond.

This year, outreach work includes 1,800 children from 20 primary schools composing theme tunes for the theme park rides in The Great Enormo, a 21st Century Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, written by Michael Rosen and set to music by husband and wife team, Morgan Pochin, featuring Chamber Domaine.



Concerts include an exciting array of artists; Tenebrae, Chamber Domaine, Tippett Quartet, leading young pianist Vanessa Benelli Mossel, organist Rupert Jeffcoat, outstanding Cellists Peter Gregson and Richard Harwood, Vocalist and Violinist Lizzie Ball, Violinist Thomas Bowes, guitarists Morgan Szymanksi and Craig Ogden, and James Pearson – Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s.


Contemporary composers are celebrated alongside composer greats; from Master of Queen’s Music Judith Weir, Owain Park, Debussy, Elgar, Tavener, Vaughn Williams, Parry, Bridge, to Bach alongside unsung composing talents such as Eugène Ysaÿe.

Notable periods of history are commemorated including The Armistice with Charles Dance, legendary actor narrating a programme with readings from Siegfried Sassoon and newly discovered correspondence from leading figures from the 20th century. Also ahead of its World Premiere at London’s V & A in November and to mark the end of the prestigious Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition, Lizzie Ball and Morgan Szymanksi, will be previewing a selection of works from Corrido – A Ballad for The Bravetaking musical and visual inspiration from the cultural landscape of Frida’s time in the inspiring All Saint’s Church, Tudeley with its famous Marc Chagall windows.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Music@Malling 2018 promises to be our biggest festival yet!  Including works by Debussy, Elgar, Vaughn Williams, Stanford, Parry, Bridge, Ysaÿe, Walton and Delius.  Judith Weir – Master the Queen’s Music and a leading contemporary composer, is featured across five programmes and will be giving a talk about her music and how it connects with the past.  I am also delighted to have side-by-side events, a jamming session with James Pearson and Go Compose to inspire young musicians from across Kent. I started my violin lessons in the kitchen at West Malling Primary and I know that I would have been thrilled to have such an opportunity’.

(Written on July 9, 2018 )

A little way down the road from all the excitement of the world’s greatest classical music festival, Bristol Old Vic will be hosting their own version of The Proms. Inspired by the hugely popular promenade concerts staged at Bristol Old Vic in the 1840s, the theatre will be hosting a world-class music festival, featuring some of classical music’s biggest names, alongside dramatic digital innovations.

British violinist Daniel Hope will be performing Max Richter’s highly acclaimed The Four Seasons Recomposed, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The work has been performed across the globe since its release in October 2012, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. The performance on 31st July 2013 at Bristol Old Vic will be accompanied by visuals from digital artists Play Nicely. The unique accompaniment responds dynamically to the acoustic characteristics of the live orchestral performance, and is rooted in the imagery and language of the sonnets which inspired Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Cellist Guy Johnston will be performing one of the most moving pieces in Schubert’s repertoire, the Quintet in C, with the Sacconi Quartet. The concert will be preceded by a series of structured improvisations, using illustrations from the piano and recorded excerpts to explore the composer’s complex personality and creative genius in writing such powerful and emotive music. Guy Johnston’s performance will be filmed by Icon Films to create an innovative musical documentary of the concert.
Bristol also welcomes world-renouned violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist and contemporary music pioneer Peter Gregson and pianist Jan Lisiecki, featuring music from Chopin and Schubert to Eric Whitacre and technically deft Hauschka.
Held in an intriguing theatrical space, with tickets starting at just £5 in true Proms style, Bristol offers classical music fans and novices a superb alternative to the BBC Proms in London.

(Written on July 10, 2013 )

The Observer

The future of music: technology is amazing, but ‘music’s a human thing’

Cellist and Twitter composer Peter Gregson on the meeting ground between music and technology

The Guardian

Why iTunes Radio could be worth a small fortune for Apple

Streaming music system ties in users, supports iPhone and iPad sales and is likely to lead to more music buying

The Telegraph

We must believe in our youth orchestras

Our youth orchestras are as strong as any of the South American youth orchestras produced by El Sistema, says Rupert Christiansen.

Evening Standard

Fraudster who stole £650,000 from London orchestra won’t be deported because of his human rights

An Australian former financial director who stole £650,000 from a London orchestra has avoided deportation because of his right to family life under human rights laws

Classical Music Magazine

ROH recommissions Benjamin and Crimp to follow Written on Skin 

The Royal Opera House has commissioned a second new opera from George Benjamin and Martin Crimp following the success of Written on Skin, which was a co-commission with the Aix-en-Provence festival, Netherlands Opera, the Toulouse Théâtre du Capitole and Maggio Musicale, Florence.

Classic FM

Northern Sinfonia becomes Royal Northern Sinfonia

The Queen has bestowed a royal title on Classic FM’s Orchestra in North-East England, now known as Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Die Zeit

Neoklassik ist doch Quatsch

Wenn alle Genre-Grenzen in der Musik fallen, was bitte ist dann noch Crossover? Volker Schmidt versucht eine Annäherung an den Trendbegriff Modern Classical.

orchestra_2590766b The Telegraph

(Written on June 17, 2013 )

Aldeburgh Music’s experimental programme, Faster Than Sound, which joins the dots between musical genres and digital art forms, is holding their next event tomorrow evening.

Internationally acclaimed violinist Pekka Kuusisto and cellist Peter Gregson have collaborated with London-based technologists Reactify and composer Nick Ryan to perform an innovative programme of new works, exploring the interaction of live performers and electronics.

The latest in the Faster Than Sound series present new software goPlay, which intelligently ‘listens’ to the players, allowing them to improvise and interpret the music without the limitations of a soundtrack or strict metronome. The software has been programmed with key elements to enable it to act as a true accompanist.

Watch the video below for a small insight into tomorrow’s highly anticipated event.

Visit the Faster Than Sound website here to find out more and to purchase tickets.

The concert will begin with a talk at 6:30pm, ahead of the 8pm concert.

(Written on May 17, 2013 )

The Telegraph

David Munrow: Tragic genius who brought early music to the masses

The short but brilliant life of David Munrow blazed a trial for his passion.

Become part of the virtual Philharmonic Orchestra

An interactive digital installation allows visitors to step inside and become part of a virtual orchestra, taking on the role of a musician or even the conductor.

The Guardian

Leslie Baruch Brent on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘He inspired my love for lieder, especially those of Schubert’

Like thousands of others, my lifelong love for lieder, especially those of Franz Schubert, was inspired by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the 1950s.

Andrew M Rosemarine on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘The war helped him understand the transience of life’

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was uncertain of his legacy. But he recognised the change in himself from his earliest years and the difficulties he had surmounted in adolescence during the Hitler years.

John Birch obituary

John Birch, who has died aged 82 after suffering a stroke, was interested in – but by no means limited to – every aspect of the organ and its world.

NY Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Submits Reorganization Plan

More than a year after resorting to bankruptcy court, the Philadelphia Orchestra laid out its plan to erase debt and cut costs on Wednesday.

Arts Journal – Slipped disc

Silly, superficial, true to life: a Baroque lion’s take on the Met’s Enchanted Island

The purist Baroque pioneer Joel Cohen has been watching the Met’s potpourri on a television relay. Expecting irritation, he found a certain truth.

Classical Music Magazine

The Listening Machine launches as part of The Space

The Britten Sinfonia has teamed up with composer and cellist Peter Gregson and technologist Daniel Jones to create The Listening Machine.


Winners of NCEM 2012 Composers Award announced

Composition to be performed by Tallis Scholars and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Cycling with the Olympianist

Joining Anthony Hewitt on (one of a bit) Land’s End to John O’Groats concert tour.

Wigmore Hall expands commissioning programme 

Up to 15 new chamber commissions per season from 2013.



(Written on May 24, 2012 )

In the most recent issue of Classical Music Magazine, Peter Gregson is described as a “trans-Atlantic cellist and techie”. In the feature below he talks about air travel and composing on the road for his most recent recording, Terminal.

(Written on November 25, 2010 )

Ahead of his concert tomorrow at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Peter Gregson spoke to The Scotsman‘s Tim Cornwell. You can also listen to Peter playing and speaking to the Music Café team on BBC Radio Scotland Yesterday afternoon (available until Weds 23rd June).

Arts Diary: A busy week for Gregson, supported by one uncertain voice in the choir

CELLIST, serial collaborator, traveller, and coffee drinker; that’s how 23-year-old Peter Gregson describes himself. Others call him one of the most original musical talents to come out of Edinburgh in recent years.

Not so long ago, Gregson was knuckling down to his exams as a schoolboy at the Edinburgh Academy, before heading south to the Royal Academy of Music.

Since then, he has performed concerts in the head offices of Twitter in San Francisco and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab.

Researchers at MIT helped develop the Guitar Hero computer game, and Gregson has been working on the Hyperbow project, which aims to capture and adapt the most subtle and intricate aspects of bowing.

Tomorrow Gregson will play the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. In the first half, he will perform JS Bach’s Third Cello Suite on a conventional cello. Then he will switch to an electric cello made especially for him, with a computerised bridge and five strings (with an extra top E) connected to five different speakers, giving a surround-sound effect to several contemporary pieces.

After the Queen’s Hall gig, Gregson will also be a last-minute recruit to his Alma Mater’s production of Carmina Burana at the Usher Hall on Sunday, playing in an orchestra of about 70, with nigh on 300 singers in its scholars and parents’ choir.

Nerves permitting, I will be one of those sharing the stage with him, along with my daughter, Annie. In January, I took a voice test in an attempt to sing in a choir for the first time since I was 14 – about three decades ago, plus change.

Every Sunday for five years I sang treble in my boarding school chapel choir before retreating in confusion after my voice broke, and I could no longer belt out the tune.

At the voice test, the Edinburgh Academy music master, Angus Tully, made me count backwards from 20 as fast as possible.

From this, he concluded my natural tone was a D-flat. For all I knew, it was a musical joke, but he helped by getting the whole choir to sing it.

Modern technology makes life easier for the musically disabled. In the build-up to my big choral comeback, The CyberBass Project, which provides part-specific training recordings for hundreds of choral pieces, has been a life-saver with its Carmina CD.

With a tune you can sing along to (or at least attempt) playing at full blast on your earphones while you’re out cycling or walking, you’re safe in the superior knowledge that, unlike all those other idiots who make inappropriate grunting noises to music no-one else can hear, you are actually “practising”.

Still, my first principle of chorus singing is mostly: “Do no harm.” In other words, sing only what you think you know and if in doubt, mouth it.

Having it large

GREGSON’S Friday concert is supported by the electric sound specialist Milton Mermikides. It includes the Scottish Premiere of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, a cello octet for which Gregson has recorded seven parts and will play an eighth.

Also in the programme is John Metcalfe’s Tracing the Outline, a new suite for cello and interactive electronics. Gregson plays, and the computer adds notes and rhythms, creating what the cellist described as some “unbelievably large chords”.

Amateur jigsaw

EDINBURGH is “the great city of the amateur”, in the words of Richard Neville-Towle, organist at Canongate Kirk, founder of Ludus Baroque and, for his sins, music director of the Really Terrible Orchestra.

In particular, he means amateur music, from orchestras to a string of church choirs and university choirs to the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union.

For Mr Tully, the Carmina concert is “a big musical jigsaw with 375 moving parts, which will only come together for the performance”.

His soloists include the baritone Peter Thomson, who sang the part with St George’s School for Girls earlier this year, and Louise Alder, who is just about to graduate from Edinburgh University. She is heading for the Royal College of Music on scholarship to join a master’s programme in voice, and like Gregson is also making her way to the prestigious Aldeburgh Festival this year.

(Written on June 17, 2010 )

Tonight is the second installment of Peter Gregson‘s alt_classical event series at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Singer Daisy Chute (one quarter of All Angels) is teaming up with Peter to present an evening of music from around the world, from Latin American bossas to Scottish folk music by way of the spine-tingling minimalism of Estonia’s Arvo Pärt.

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(Written on May 19, 2010 )

We asked Peter Gregson to give us the low down on his new event series alt_classical at the Hospital Club:
For the second installment of alt_classical (my year long concert series at the Hospital Club), I’m joining forces with fellow Scot, Daisy Chute. Amazingly, we’ve actually known each other for a good few years and, fascinatingly, have 85 mutual friends on Facebook.
Anyway, I first heard of Daisy as the best jazz vocalist anyone knew, then as one of the singers in the instantly huge All Angels. And now, on May 19th, we’ll hear her flex her vocals over an incredible range of music; from the haunting music of Arvo Pärt to the intimate folk music of South America to songs by Nick Drake.
alt_classical #2 promises to be wonderfully varied! To get into the mood, try this Spotify playlist… alt_classical
I’m really excited about this concert; it’s a bit of a departure for me (I’ve definitely got the easiest work load in this concert…!) but performing with Daisy, a guitarist and a percussionist should be terrific.
We’ve got a big audience coming, and we’ll be post the recording here once it’s done!
And here is what Daisy Chute has to say:

‘I’ve known about Peter from the Edinburgh and London scenes for a little while now, and so it’s great to finally be able to work with him. We have a great programme planned with one piece in particular that brings together our Scottish roots and our love of one composer – Arvo Pärt’s setting of the Robert Burns poem, My Heart’s in the Highlands, is a beautiful and rarely performed piece. The main flavour of the evening is a far cry from Scotland or Eastern Europe though, featuring sexy sambas and sassy songs from South America and Spain, it promises to be an evening to get you into the swing of summer.’

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(Written on May 10, 2010 )

We were shocked to discover the following piece of information about one of our clients…

Cellist plays cello

(Written on April 19, 2010 )