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WildKat PR welcomes new music collective, Corre.

We are very happy to be working with Corre on their upcoming singles and album releases. ‘A Spark, A Beginning’ and ‘Proceed’ will be released on streaming sites on Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

Corre formed earlier in 2017 and aims to bridge the gap between electronica and classical music with a contemporary synthesis of light, movement and sound. The unnamed collaborators behind Corre wanted to create a multi-media, cross-genre alliance, inspired by the likes of Nils Frahm and Max Richter. With a background in electronic music, Corre’s composer was inspired by the possibility that the two seemingly contrasting elements of electronic and contemporary classical music could coalesce.

To create the fusion of natural and synthetic sounds, Corre uses Korg-created synthesiser loops paired with traditional, acoustic instruments such as violin, piano and classical guitar. The visual element takes naturalistic photography and melds it with digital manipulation and overlays to create modern and visually stunning films.

The two singles will be released on 2nd August, with a video premiere of ‘A Spark, A Beginning’ to follow.

© Corre 2017

(Written on July 31, 2017 )

Would there be any better place to compose than a lighthouse on a cliff?

Errollyn met with us on a sunny afternoon in a café high above the busy streets of central London to talk not only about her projects and experiences, but also about the role her uncle had in her development as an artist and the recent purchase of her lighthouse. She will be releasing her highly anticipated album PHOTOGRAPHY, a compilation of orchestral works, on 18th March 2016 through NMC Recordings.

Errollyn Wallen has recently become the proud owner of a lighthouse in Scotland. With the surrounding views of beautiful Scottish landscapes, she can’t wait to experience composing and getting inspiration from that iodine atmosphere.

PHOTOGRAPHY is a powerful album that combines passion and beauty with a fearless, rigorous technique. It merges many renowned musicians such as Matthew Sharp, Nicholas Kok, Tim Harries as well as Wallen’s own Orchestra X, led by David Le Page. In order to create a unique soundworld, Wallen combined styles and ideas from across the centuries.

You can order the album following this link:
http://nmcrec.co.uk/recording/photography

Visit her website here: www.errollynwallen.com

(Written on March 17, 2016 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

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Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

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Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

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Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be working with Ensemble Perpetuo on their production Cityscapes: an immersive cultural experience in London.

Ensemble Perpetuo is an exciting, new collective that is made up of top UK musicians and are based in London. Their performances involve multi-artform collaborations, offering listeners an entirely new experience for listening to music. Recently they have appeared at the Rye Festival as well as recording their debut disc with Champs Hill records, set for release in June 2015.

Cityscapes is an evening of arts inspired by cities all over the world, surrounding the audience in music, photography, art and choreography. The ensemble will provide music spanning 200 years, including pieces by Steve Reich, Joseph Haydn and Aaron Copland, performed alongside new artwork created by Caroline Mackenzie. There will also be an exhibition of architecture images from the London Photo Festival, as well as city-inspired artworks and dance. Throughout the evening the audience will be free to explore the music and art at their leisure.

For more information about Ensemble Perpetuo please visit their website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

Cityscapes

25th April 2015, 7pm

47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL

Steve Reich New York Counterpoint soloist: Sara Sarvamaa

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uigi Boccherini Night Music of the Streets of Madrid

Philip Glass Facades

Joseph Haydn London Trio in C major

Aaron Copland The Quiet City soloists: Simon Desbruslais & James Turnbull


Carl Nielsen Wind Quintet

Music Ensemble Perpetuo

Photography London Photo Festival

Art Caroline Mackenzie & Tom Pearce

Choreography Lucia Sweigert

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(Written on March 16, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 

 

(Written on January 13, 2015 )

WildKat PR is proud and thrilled to announce that we have been invited to lecture to the talented students of The Juilliard School over two sessions. We will be speaking about many aspects of the industry such as marketing, PR, concerts, management, social media, events, budgeting, branding, photography and websites and offering general advice on how to be a prominent and successful 21st-century artist.

The industry can be a daunting start to a young graduate and WildKat PR is here to help bridge the gap between being a student and a professional. After forging a strong relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London and speaking about similar topics, we are excited to be expanding this service in New York, building on our ongoing presence in the American market, helping to breed the next generation of artists.

 

For further information on how we can help you or if you wanted to know more about our work in New York and at Juilliard, feel free to email fleur@wildkatpr.com

 

Juilliard School Of Music

(Written on April 7, 2014 )

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain is recording his new album to be released this Summer, in Glasgow’s Maybank Studios. This week, Paul worked with Edinburgh-based photographer John Need on the all-important photo shoot for the album cover and promotion.

WildKat PR here present top tips for musicians when having their photo taken. We spoke to our photographer-in-residence Ben Wright who has previously photographed Antonio Pappano and Joyce DiDonato, about what musicians can do to be comfortable, relaxed and ready for a photoshoot.

Check out our infographic on the Top 6 Tips for Classical Music Artist Photography:

WildKat PR Photography Tips

 

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Paul Chamberlain

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Paul Chamberlain

Ben Wright Photography

Ben Wright Photography

(Written on March 19, 2014 )

Venue and Arts hub Trinity Buoy Wharf is hosting a collaborative exhibition called ‘Synthesis’ which will take place tonight, the 13th February. It will be a mixed-media exhibition including pieces by Boy George. Better known as a DJ and international musician, Boy George will be showcasing his other creative talents as part of ‘Synthesis’ which is taking place in the Electrician’s Shop Gallery.

When speaking about the passion he has for his screen prints and photography, Boy George said: “photography is a way of capturing the past and the moment and redesigning it. I like the Hollywood approach to glamour. The camera tells great big lies and I love to make people look how they dream themselves to be”

There are 12 other artists taking part including John Humphreys, a sculptor who has studied with the Royal Academy and has shown work around the globe bringing a twist of vision and a fresh approach to his practice, a much respected artist who is always forward thinking.

The exhibition is a free event and is on tonight between 6.30pm – 9.30pm at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY.

To find out more about Trinity Buoy Wharf and their events take a look at their website, or you can follow Trinity Buoy Wharf on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on February 13, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Trinity Buoy Wharf to its client roster.

Once an empty and derelict site, Trinity Buoy Wharf is now a thriving centre for the arts and creative industries with a rare community of over 350 like minded people enjoying the unique riverside location. There is also the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, which was set up to hold the land and the vision in trust for the people of London by using a portion of the Wharf’s income for arts projects in the area.

To date the Trust has supported / funded many projects including the Isle Of Dogs Music Project (2006 to present), All on the Wharf, Aluna, London International Festival of Theatre Summer Festival, 10yr celebration and various summer schools.

Free from overdevelopment, the site’s fasinating history can still be seen in the buildings, installations and residents such as the Lightships LV93 and LV95 that are moored there.

With careful regeneration, Trinity Buoy Wharf has kept its character whilst offering amenities such as studio and gallery space, a pier, boat club, school, rehearsal rooms, 3 of the hugely sustainable Container City buildings and two dining options in the form of Driftwood Cafe and Fat Boys all American diner.

WildKat PR will be working to promote Trinity Buoy Wharf as a venue and Arts hub, as well as their upcoming Arts events including various exhibitions featuring film, art, photography and sculpture.

Take a look at the Trinity Buoy Wharf website to find out more about what they do, and you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf

(Written on February 10, 2014 )

The WildKat PR team are delighted to announce the launch of our Open Sessions. The free, quick-fire consultancy scheme invites music industry individuals to come and chat to members of the team, where we will offer free advice in a broad range of areas, such as PR, social media, performances and events, sponsorship, budgets, branding, your image, websites, photography and videography, marketing and consultancy.

With over 25 years of experience in the music industry and an extensive range of consultancies to offer, the WildKat PR team are keen to help individuals in areas where they may not have much knowledge and experience, or are perhaps hesitant due to costs, as well as expanding and developing our relationships even further into the music industry. With the free Open Sessions, WildKat PR welcomes you to our offices in Central London through a quick and easy online booking, where you can choose your area of query and the best time for you.

Visit the website here to find out a little more, and to book your slot.

We look forward to meeting you, and helping you wherever we can!

(Written on May 17, 2013 )