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(Written on March 18, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’

Süddeutsche.de

Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.

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Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.

artsjournal

Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad: http://bit.ly/16gy2Hh  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/fanfare … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences http://bit.ly/1D1gH1L  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.

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Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent

 

(Written on February 5, 2015 )

We are very excited to welcome Musical Orbit as our newest client here at WildKat PR. Officially launching in April 2015, this brand new website offers music lessons, masterclasses and webinars online from the very best musicians in the business. A portal into the classical music profession, Musical Orbit enables you to connect with leading musicians from the finest orchestras across the globe to receive artistic appraisal and tailored, professional analysis of your playing.

Whether you have an important audition coming up or if you have a concert to practise for or if you simply need some expert advice on your technique, Musical Orbit connects you with leading experts in the field. This service also allows you to connect to musicians on a more personal level, opening up the orchestral world by building relationships and seeking advice.

Since professional musicians have such tightly packed schedules, with an abundance of rehearsals, tours and lots of travel, Musical Orbit allows you to book time in their busy timetables for a one-to-one music lesson.

To find out more about Musical Orbit and to check out the impressive roster of musicians offering lessons, visit the website here.

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Keep up to date with news, top tips and a range of different offers and competitions, through Facebook and Twitter.

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(Written on January 19, 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 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome the Menuhin Festival, Gstaad to its client roster.

Founded in 1957 by Yehudi Menuhin, the resident festival of the Swiss village of Gstaad boasts 50 concerts in beautiful locations including churches, mountain stations, glaciers, airfield hangars and the famous festival tent. The festival has grown substantially over its 58-year history, now excelling in both Chamber Music performances from outstanding artists such as Joshua Bell and Sabine Meyer, and symphonic brilliance from its home orchestra the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.

As well as these outstanding artists, an important part of the Menuhin Festival is a celebration of amateur musicianship and musical education. From 2008, the festival has expanded its programme of amateur orchestras and masterclasses, giving musicians the opportunity to perform within the framework of a pre-eminent international festival. The Gstaad Academy for young professionals offers customised tuition for promising professional musicians, whereas Play @ Festival Gstaad offers unique tuition and performance opportunities to keen amateurs of all ages. This year marks the launch of the Gstaad Conducting Academy, an unparalleled opportunity in the whole of Europe, offering rising young conductors the chance to work with a professional orchestra.

WildKat PR will be working with the festival to promote a series of concerts and across Europe preceding the festival’s opening. With innovative digital ventures to interact with audience and new media, extensive masterclasses and a plethora of internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians and conductors, 2014 promises to be another outstanding year in the Menuhin festival’s history.

For more information please see the festival’s website.

(Written on February 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”

Reuters

Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.

 

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

With the much anticipated renovation of the 1939 built Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel due to begin soon, Owen Stafford took a visit to the picturesque, culturally rich and historic site where he spoke to Bernard de Launoit and Auriane de Fauconval. Aired on Radio X, both Bernard (President of the Executive Committee) and Auriane (overseer of Communications and Media Relations) were able to give an overall picture of QEMC, and how this exceptional music facility operates.

Having started out as a school aimed at local Brussels musicians in the 1930s, the training programme has since been extended to welcome international students who are keen to be intercalated into high level performance and technique. Bernard de Launoit explained how it is their aim to “…have a school more open, flexible and international.” The great level of teaching from still successful and professional musicians that QEMC offer, has attracted students from all over the world to have the chance to study at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Auriane de Fauconval describes the level of community that is felt at QEMC: “for lunch we all [eat] together… teachers, masters, staff, and students… the students feel like they are at home.” The facilities have already been adapted so that the students experience musical freedom at the school such as the ability to practice as and when they can night or day. As Owen amusingly remarks, the students can be “night owls” in practice if they wish.

This free and “very intimate kind of atmosphere” observed by Owen at QEMC, is soon to be extended to still more students with the up and coming changes planned for the premises. While remaining in keeping with the historic nature of the listed grounds, with features such as the balcony where Queen Elisabeth of Brussels enjoyed observing and listening to the students, the school is planning to create more facilities, which will double student capacity. Hoping to have the project finished in 14 months, there are plans to build more residential rooms, music rooms which Bernard notes are “very important for teaching and training”, and another concert hall for concerts, recording and rehearsing with small orchestras.

This huge project will be an exciting growth for students, staff and music lovers alike as it strengthens and grows classical musicians into the future.

Listen to the interview and to stay up to date with developments from Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

QEMC New building Plans

QEMC New building Plan

(Written on November 5, 2013 )