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WildKat PR offers a training fund to all members of staff to help them learn new skills, develop their interests, and also to bring something new back to the team. James Hardie returned to his home city of Edinburgh last month to attend International Festival Encounters. Read about his experience below:

I used my WildKat training fund this year to attend International Festival Encounters.  It is a week-long course run by the Edinburgh International Festival in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The aim is to bring together artistic entrepreneurs with leading industry members and academics from all over the world.

It was truly ‘international’.  Amongst the participants were producers, writers, actors, programmers, and performers from Australia, America, Russia, South Africa, Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and the UK.  It was a wonderful melting pot of different perspectives and experiences from both young and old, all taking place under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle.

We were treated to five productions over the week, including dance, theatre, and opera.  My own highlight was seeing the Nederlands Dans Theater, who performed a show in three segments with scores by Max Richter and Philip Glass.  The middle segment—a haunting series of scenes as a dying man recalls his life’s regrets—was like watching a film; the way the dancers manipulated their bodies brought to mind ‘The Exorcist’.

After each performance, we were given the opportunity to reflect critically on what we had experienced.  After seeing Gianandrea Noseda conduct the Teatro Regio Torino in a somewhat confused production of Verdi’s Macbeth, Kate Molleson (music critic for the Guardian) guided us through our reactions, whilst also giving us a fascinating insight into the dual role of the music journalist as both critic and evangelist.

There were two ideas that have really stuck with me from the course.  Firstly, the idea that financial constraint inspires creativity.  This was most effectively expressed for me by a participant from Russia, who used the phrase, ‘the artist must be hungry’, encouraging enterprise from a position of deprivation.  The second idea concerned caring for and looking after an audience.  The creator of a particularly moving production called ‘Flight’ spoke about the audience leaving an incredibly intense and personal experience in the theatre, and re-joining the busy outside world, and the steps they took to ease this often difficult transition.

My fellow participants were a really inspiring bunch, and I learnt just as much from them as I did the experts.  I’m certain I will collaborate with them again in the future. The training fund is an amazing perk to have, available to us all here at WildKat once a year, and I’m very grateful to have been afforded this opportunity.

(Written on September 25, 2017 )

The Radio 3 performance of Max Richter’s Sleep broke a Guinness World record for the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music.

Richter describes the piece as “an eight-hour lullaby… my personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.”

Members of the audience were given beds instead of seats to encourage them to sleep, will it lull you to sleep?

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

In today’s news, The New York Times reveals that Pope Francis is to release an album, Yo Ma Ma talks about perfection for Strings, Classical Music Magazine reports that SLEEP holds record for longest live broadcast of a single title and an RPS report shows that music education is not being evenly delivered

The New York Times

Up Next from Pope Francis? An album, of course

Usually the tour comes after the album. For Pope Francis, however, it’s the other way around: He is scheduled to release an album, “Wake Up!,” on Nov. 27, following his whirlwind United States trip, during which he has been greeted by hundreds of thousands of well-wishers. The album features the pope’s speeches set to rock, pop, and Gregorian chants, and will raise money for a support fund for refugees.

Gramophone

Amazing Video: Andy Akiho’s ping pong concerto 

We’ve had concertos for piano, cello, violin, and even tuba. So it was only a matter of time until someone wrote a concerto for ping pong table, wasn’t it? Watch the clip below to enjoy some remarkable musicianship, and indeed athleticism

Classical Music Magazine

RPS launches Musical Routes report

A report into the provision of musical education for school-aged children and young people has concluded that the national strategy for music education is not being evenly delivered

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 breaks record with broadcast of SLEEP

Radio 3 now holds the world record titles for the longest broadcast of a single piece of music and the longest live broadcast of a single piece of music. Max Richter’s SLEEP was broadcast live from the Reading Room of the Wellcome Collection between midnight on 26 September and 8am on 27 September

Strings

Yo-Yo Ma on intonation, practice, and the role of music in our lives

The 60-year-old cellist is on a magic cello ride, and still striving for perfection

Twitter

South Bank London @southbanklondonOnly 2 Prosecco days left ! Check out pop-up bar!

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUKOur team are busy taking bookings for our Celebration of Music event (formerly Festival of St Cecilia). Tickets here

Today in Music @today_in_musicPlaylist a Day for 2015-09-28 thisdayinmusic.net/playlist/Septe featuring George Dyson, Jori Hulkkonen, Joseph Arthur, Lucky Millinder, Sam Medoff

2015 Copyright Mike Terry +49 (0) 176 7066 5458 mike@miketerryphoto.com

Max Richter/ Classical Music Magazine / Photo: Mike Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on September 28, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Edinburgh 2015: Can this man save the Edinburgh International Festival?

The EIF has a new director, 45-year-old Fergus Linehan – but can he steer it back out from the increasingly huge shadow of the Fringe? Rupert Christiansen meets him

Guardian

10 of the best: Essential Richter recordings

The legendary Russian pianist would have been 100 this week. Tom Service picks ten of his essential performances that introduce you to the genius of Sviatoslav Richter

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber is new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

World renowned former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

Classical Music Magazine

Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s county council grant slashed by 90%

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s grant from Norfolk County Council will be reduced by 90% for 2015/16, it has been confirmed, from £83,400 in the current year to £8,442 in the next. It follows the council’s decision to cut £150,000 from its overall arts budget.

Sinfini

Borealis Festival

Bergen is a small city with big ideas. Alive with culture of all kinds, it shows its most welcoming and adventurous face in the annual Borealis Festival, where a performance in a swimming pool and typewriter art set the tone, as Kate Molleson discovers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Haste Töne?

Eine Begegnung mit dem Komponisten Christian Jost, dessen „Berlin Symphonie“ am Freitag im Rahmen des Konzerthaus-Festivals „Mythos Berlin“ uraufgeführt wird.

klassik.com

Zusatzkosten von 1,5 Millionen Euro pro Jahr in bereits angespannter finanzieller Situation

Wiener Bundestheater beklagen Mehrwertsteuer-Erhöhung

El País

Stradivarius en Copacabana

La violinista clásica Viktoria Mullova se ha hecho célebre por interpretar música brasileña

artsjournal

€50,000 Karajan Music Prize to Period-Performance Start Thomas Hengelbrock

The annual award requires that the cash sum be used by the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians.

Twitter

B’ham Conservatoire@BirmCons: We’re pleased to welcome @JLloydWebber as our new @BirmCons Principle pic.twitter.com/fjDAe63EJe

ABO@aborchestras:Looking forward to the second UK-Brazil MultiOrchestra Conference, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, 27-29 April. http://ow.ly/KtKiP 

PRS Foundation ‏@PRSFoundation: Our Director @Vanessa_PRSF will be at the next @LDNmusicmasters #ClassRaceClassical event on 20 Apr. More info here: http://ow.ly/KqZIR 

Fergus_Linehan_3235087bFergus Linehan: ‘I want to target the people who wake up in Edinburgh every morning not knowing what they want to do’. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on March 18, 2015 )