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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome Philharmonix to our roster! Philharmonix is an all-star ensemble, which brings together 3 members of the Vienna Philharmonic, 2 Berlin Philharmonic soloists, one of the most versatile Austrian pianists, and an improvising and singing violinist. They play and rearrange pieces for a deliciously heady cocktail of classical, klezmer, folk, jazz, Latin, and even pop – the kind of repertoire one would never see on the playbill of the legendary orchestras. The common link between all of the pieces? The quality of the music and the sense of fun, for both the players and the audience.

Photo: Philharmonix © Max Parovsky

Having lost and gained new members in 2017, Philharmonix is now presenting a brand new image to the audience, along with their new album, to be published by Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Austria at the end of February 2018. To accompany this new start, they’ll be giving a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie on 14th February.

Watch here their brand new video:

The musicians:

– Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin (1st concertmaster Berlin Philharmonic)
– Sebastian Gürtler, violin (former concertmaster Wiener Volksoper)
– Thilo Fechner, viola (Vienna Philharmonic)
– Stephan Koncz, cello (Berlin Philharmonic)
– Ödön Rácz, bass (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet (principal, Vienna Philharmonic)
– Christoph Traxler, piano

The Golden Rule of the Philharmonix’ programmes: “Anything goes, as long as it’s fun“!

WildKat is looking forward to promoting this great ensemble through this new album and the Berlin concert, across German-speaking countries and the UK. Stay tuned, there is definitely more to come soon!

(Written on November 2, 2017 )

In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

M Magazine

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

Twitter

: A view from backstage

: “It is striking how Mancunians have turned to poetry and music” http://bit.ly/2qPpBhh

Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

Merken

Merken

(Written on June 5, 2017 )

Classical News

The Times

Adamski: The rave DJ who’s taken up waltzing

The cool dance of old Vienna has inspired DJ Adamski as pop stars turn to classical music for ideas, says Will Hodgkinson

Opera transforms victims’ final texts into a requiem for 9/11

The September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 are the inspiration for a controversial work by English National Opera that opens next week.

The Telegraph

Alice Sara Ott: meet the hottest new talent in classical music

Alice Sara Ott gets a lot of attention for her looks and her quirks – but it is her unique musical personality that will keep her at the top

At Easter, the voice of Bach becomes the voice of God

The great composer offers a sense of solace to all those who seek out his Matthew or John Passion at this time of year

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Peter Katin (1930-2015)

Peter Katin, who died on 19 March at age 84, belonged to a generation of virtuoso pianists who tackled concertos as well as the sotto vocesalon intimacy of romantic keyboard works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jeder ist ein Medienkritiker

In den letzten Tagen konnte man den Eindruck gewinnen, dass die Medienwelt den Verstand verloren hat. Und obwohl die Erregungsmaschine in erwartbarster Weise funktionierte, wurde man doch das Gefühl nicht los, dass hier etwas ganz Neues passierte.

Die Welt

Rettet uns vor dem Kurator!

Frank Castorf soll noch bis 2017 seine Berliner Volksbühne leiten. Dann könnte nach dem Willen von Staatssekretär Tim Renner Chris Dercon, gegenwärtig Direktor der Londoner Tate Modern, übernehmen.

pizzicato

Ein ‘Tosca-Engel’ von 25 Metern

Ein Bühnenbild der Superlative entsteht zurzeit im Steinbruch St. Margarethen (Österreich) für die Aufführungen von Puccinis ‘Tosca’ im Sommer. Ein 25 Meter hoher Engel wird das Bühnenbild beherrschen.

Concert Simulator Helps Musicians To Combat Stage Fright

The Royal College of Music, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), London-based creative design consultancy Studiohead, and Skyline Whitespace, one of the leading providers of custom modular stands in Europe, have developed a new performance simulator, complete with realistic back-stage and on-stage areas as well as an interactive virtual audience and audition panel.

The New York Times

Russian Theater Director Fired for Offending Christians

MOSCOW — In the latest skirmish between the Russian Orthodox Church and the cultural elite, the culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater who included a controversial interpretation of the life of Jesus in the Richard Wagner opera “Tannhauser.”

Twitter

Tarisio ‏@TarisioAuctions : Lots begin closing in 2 hours, at mid-day, for our March 2015 London Auction. Place your bids!

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse : Student booking for Summer is now open via our site: http://www.roh.org.uk/seasons/2014-15/summer … Let us know if you need any help ^C

Handel House Museum ‏@HandelHouse #OnThisDay in 1697, the famous Italian diva, Faustina Bordoni, who sang for Handel was born in Venice, Italy

Bach News 30th March Bach. Photo: Alamy

(Written on March 30, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Alain Lanceron named president of Warner Classics & Erato

Alain Lanceron has been confirmed as president of Warner Classics and Erato following Warner Music Group’s purchase of EMI and Virgin Classics’ catalogues and recording contracts last year.

Telegraph

Stradivarius? You’d be better off with a modern violin

Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. When 10 renowned soloists were blindfolded and asked to play a range of violins the majority preferred a newer instrument.

Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

BBC News

Gerard Mortier given posthumous opera award

Opera director Gerard Mortier, who died last month age 70, has been given a posthumous lifetime achievement honour at the International Opera Awards.

BBC Music Magazine

Liverpool String Quartet perform ‘Heart Variations’

A new collaboration between Meike Holzmann and Ian Stephens converts the human heartbeat into music.

Die Welt

Die vollkommene Leichtigkeit des Klangs

Von Lukoil unterstützt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassik. Seine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Porträt

Concerti.de

Bach in Istanbul

„Türk Kültürü“ – das Bodenseefestival widmet sich in vielfältigen Formen der reichen türkischen Kultur

Le Monde

Benjamin Britten, « Mister mystère » à Lyon

Pour la dixième édition de son festival annuel, l’Opéra de Lyon rend hommage au compositeur anglais dont on fête cette saison le centenaire.

 

Classical Music on twitter

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK Don’t miss a trick – stories about the musicians we help to funding opps, our newsletter has all the info you need http://bit.ly/1aFAM0z 

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic The winners of the 2014 International #OperaAwards were announced last night http://bit.ly/1kFBxJb  @THEOperaS @DianaDamrau @StuartSkelto

Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic Artists – there’s an opportunity to win £10k plus your own solo show! The deadline to enter the East London Painting Prize is 10th April.

soundlounge: @soundlounge #DEBATE: Is it ever acceptable for a brand to not pay an artist to use their music in an ad campaign?

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Just discovered Piers Brosnan listens to @classicfm whenever he’s in London. I always said that man had taste.

Telegraph

Telegraph

(Written on April 8, 2014 )

Musician and composer John Matthias has released a new music video from his latest album ‘Geisterfahrer‘ for the track ‘Spreadsheet Blues’.

The video was directed by Albert Sala and produced by Village Green. ‘Spreadsheet Blues’ was recorded with John Matthias performing on piano, violin and guitar, with all of his vocal performances being recorded live alongside the guitar parts.

John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The ‘Turner Prize’ for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. John is Associate Professor in Sonic Arts at Plymouth University and is co-director of the Art and Sound research group in the School of Art and Media. He has collaborated with many recording artists including Radiohead and Coldcut and has performed extensively across the world including at the Wordless Music Series in New York, The Pompidou Centre in Paris and at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. He has recently collaborated with artist, Stanley Donwood in San Francisco, the Rambert Dance Company with Nick Ryan in London and Andrew Prior and Company Chameleon in their new contemporary dance-theatre work, ‘Eden’ which had its London Premiere in November 2013 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Watch ‘Spreadsheet Blues’ below, click here to buy ‘Geisterfahrer’ on iTunes!

(Written on March 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Playing violin for an hour sheds two glasses of wine

Great news for dieting musicians: a new estimates that one hour of violin playing will burn around 170 calories, which is equivalent to two glasses of wine (3.5 fluid ounces).

The Washington Times

Classical music vs. guitar hero fashion statements

There is a growing eccentricity in what performers wear on stage: today’s generation of classical soloists are tired of taking a back seat to pop stars in terms of attire.

Telegraph

Members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra swapped their usual instruments to play hundreds of glasses of water

Commuters in London were treated to a one-off performance from the WaterAid H2Orchestra who aimed to make the first working week of 2014 a little more bearable bringing water to life through music.

Times

The man in tune with the Queen’s musical tastes

The Master of the Queen’s Music, Peter Maxwell Davies, reveals the Queen doesn’t like dissonance.

NPR Music (United States)

Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

Polish pianist named 2014 Gilmore Artist and receives a generous $300,000 cash award.

Der Tagesspiegel

Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper

Später, teurer – die Wiedereröffnung der Staatsoper gerät zur Posse.

The Times

The Times

 

(Written on January 8, 2014 )

Chloe Wright

Partner and Head of the Music Group, Harbottle & Lewis LLP

George Babbington

Consultant at Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Last night’s Noted Talk ‘Music Money Matters’ was a truly engaging event, packed out with professionals keen to learn, hosted by WildKat PR and Sane & Able. The speakers for this talk were legal gurus: Chloe Wright and George Babbington from Music Law powerhouse Harbottle & Lewis. They offered advice and explained the basic legal processes which are key to the music business and are of the utmost importance for young musicians to learn.

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Advice came in all forms for our audience, from ‘if you are a professional musician, you should join the Musicians’ Union, as through them you can get free legal advice’ to ‘if you want to use a recording that a record company owns for a mixtape/remix, you have to go their licensing department’. As the audience ranged from DJs, Producers and musicians to those in PR, Marketing and Merchandise, all bases were truly covered by Chloe and George’s blanket of advice.

The talk was structured around four main areas which can be the main sources of income in the music industry: Recording (including advice on the best deals and how to be protected legally), Publishing, Merchandise and Live Performance (by far the biggest earner in the current industry).

Merchandise was a topic of the talk which leant itself to great advice for up and coming musicians, as it can be a great earner, a trend that was noticed in the last few decades: ‘With the rise of big indie bands in the 90s, the bands and managers were very quick on merch being a good source of income’. Merchandise company AMP Merchandise attended the event, and informed the audience about their services, they then enquired about the timing of starting to sell merch in an artists’ career, our speakers gave the advice that this should be as early as possible and as creative as you like!

The entire event was very informative, with engaging and articulate speakers, described by attendees as an ‘inspirational talk’, an ‘honest insightful night’ as well as a ‘great event… nice to meet some lovely people’.

Take at look at our next event which will take place on Wednesday November 20th ‘Noted Talks…Music and Advertising’. You can find this via the noted Eventbrite. The January event has also been announced on Eventbrite.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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Photos by Oliver Hyde-Tetley

Photos by Oliver Hyde-Tetley

 

 

(Written on October 24, 2013 )