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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 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.




WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

Ailie HEadshot

The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland has appointed Nicolas Žekulin as its Chief Executive and Artistic Director. BBC Four has announced the release of a documentary which will explore racial diversity and access in classical music. Also, read about how composer Ludovico Einaudi straddles the world of classical and pop music.

Music Teacher Magazine

NYOS announces new chief executive and artistic director

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) has appointed Nicolas Žekulin as chief executive and artistic director. Žekulin, currently head of artistic planning at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will assume the role in February 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

Boston Globe funds classical critic with the aid of nonprofit consortium

A consortium of nonprofit groups are helping to fund a classical music critic for the Boston Globe.

New chamber music ensemble offers classical music outreach through Canadian-heavy repertoire

A two-week, six-city tour that brought Canadian classical music to Brazil during the 2016 Rio Olympics has helped establish the mandate of a new professional, nonprofit chamber music ensemble in London.

The Violin Channel

New British Documentary to Explore Racial Diversity in Classical Music

BBC Four has announced the upcoming release of a new documentary which will explore racial diversity and access in classical music.

The Huffington Post

Italian Composer Ludovico Einaudi’s Classical Pop Career Rises to a Crescendo

Not unlike his music, Ludovico Einaudi’s career has been unique and slowly building up in intensity. The Italian composer has straddled the world of classical and pop music for about 20 years, building a following outside the usual “star-making machinery” of the music business.


Classical Music Videos to Help Us Chill Before Election Day

Election day is fast approaching. And for many it is a time of high anxiety. To help us all to cope, we have assembled a list of the best classical music videos that will chill our tempers and calm our nerves.

Texas Public Radio

YOSA Honors Bowie’s Classical Side

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio continues its recent theme of interpreting classical music through a rock-n-roll filter. The recent passing of rock legend David Bowie made Troy Peters think something had to be done.

Proteste gegen Auftritte des Pianisten Denis Matsuev in den USA

In den USA hat eine Aktivistengruppe im Vorfeld von Konzerten des russischen Pianisten Denis Matsuev in Boston und New York gegen dessen Unterstützung von Wladimir Putins Politik protestiert.

Musik Heute

Hamburger Kammersängerin Ursula Boese gestorben

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper trauert um ihr früheres Ensemblemitglied Ursula Boese. Die Kontra-Altistin sei bereits am 25. Oktober gestorben, teilte das Haus am Dienstag mit. Sie wurde 88 Jahre alt.

Volkstheater Rostock: Protest gegen Orchester-Verkleinerung

Gegen den Plan des neuen Rostocker Volkstheater-Intendanten Joachim Kümmritz, das Orchester des Hauses zu verkleinern, regt sich Widerstand. In einem offenen Brief protestiert die Philharmonische Gesellschaft gegen Kümmritz’ Vorschlag, die Musikerzahl von 73 auf 63 zu reduzieren.

BR Klassik

Musikwelt 4.0 – Roboter am Instrument

BR-KLASSIK widmet sich der “Zukunft der Arbeit” und fragt nach dem Musikmarkt der Zukunft und den Rollen der Künstler angesichts globaler Digitalisierung.


The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How high can you go? We countdown the hardest soprano roles:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 Boston Modern Orchestra Project Elevates Great Contemporary Classical – Harvard Crimson

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@fideliotrio will premiere Adrian Williams’ piano trio @GlosCathedral on Sunday

Nicolas Zekulin

Photo: Rhinegold Publishing/ NYOS/ Nicolas Žekulin

(Written on November 2, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Glastonbury starts with an opening by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, the music business reacts to Brexit & the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces a new partnership with Dumfries House. Also, electronic tracks will receive classical remakes & Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride.

The Guardian

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians: ‘When there is violence, you have to make music’

With war ravaging their homeland, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians has been scattered across the globe. But five years since the violence erupted, the group are reuniting for a cathartic tour – and opening Glastonbury


U.K. votes to leave European Union: Music biz reacts

Following the result, the pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. The implications for the music industry are similarly grave with the decision to leave the economic stability of the EU anticipated to impact heavily on the live sector.

The Telegraph

Glastonbury 2016: campers ready for Muse, Skepta and ZZ Top – but shocked by Brexit

The music begins today, with Muse set to headline the Pyramid Stage tonight.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland announces new partnership

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has announced a new partnership with Dumfries House. The conservatoire will launch a new arts education programme at the 18th-century Ayrshire stately home in September 2016, giving young people the chance to access high-quality, specialist music and dance tuition and offering performance and employment opportunities.

Stoney Roads

Daft Punk, Nina Kravitz and Skrillex among others to receive classical music remakes

An impressive group of producers will be having their song transformed into classical music pieces for an upcoming orchestral compilation. The man behind the idea is Hans Ek, a classical music composer who will be remaking seventeen electronic tracks as classical pieces from the likes of Skrillex, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Nina Kraviz to name a few.

International Arts Manager

Stockholm Royal Opera offers weddings with Pride

Lots of performing arts companies are involved with LGBT activities, but few go as far as Sweden’s Stockholm Royal Opera, who are opening up their Guldfoajén hall for drop-in weddings as part of Stockholm Pride 2016.


Der “jüdische Nobelpreis” für Itzhak Perlman

Der Geiger Itzhak Perlman bekommt am Donnerstag in Jerusalem den mit einer Million Dollar dotierten Genesis-Preis verliehen. Im Vorfeld bezieht Perlman politisch klar Stellung und kritisiert den US-Präsidentschaftskandidaten Donald Trump scharf.


Britische Konzertveranstalter befürchten Probleme durch Brexit

Der Austritt Großbritanniens aus der EU könnte für die britischen Konzertveranstalter Probleme mit sich bringen. Der Chef der ‘English National Opera’, Sir Peter Jonas, hat von einem ‘kollektiven Suizid’ seines Landes gesprochen.

Geiger David Garrett holt zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus

Nachdem Anfang Juni David Garretts Ex-Geliebte gegen ihn eine Millionenklage erhoben hatte ( berichtete), holt der deutsche Geiger nun zum juristischen Gegenschlag aus. Hintergrund sind die Vorwürfe der Erotikdarstellerin Ashley Youdan, Garrett habe ihr bei sexuellen Handlungen Blessuren zugefügt. Über ihren Antwalt fordert die Amerikanerin 12 Millionen US-Dollar Schmerzensgeld für den angeblichen physischen und psychischen Missbrauch.


Edward Snowden @Snowden No matter the outcome, polls demonstrate how quickly half of any population can be convinced to vote against itself. Quite a lesson.

The Federation @Creative_Fed Our response to the EU referendum result is available here:

Indy Music @IndyMusic To cheer you up, here’s the full Glastonbury lineup and set times

Top Classical News @topcmnews Daniel Catan’s Florencia Invigorates New York City Opera


Photograph: Mark Allan

(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Anna Netrebko surprisingly withdraws from singing at Royal Opera’s Norma, Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to work with Metropolitan Opera, Google offers a virtual tour through the Sydney Opera House and Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season is unveiled.

The Guardian

Soprano Anna Netrebko withdraws from Royal Opera’s Norma

One of the world’s leading sopranos has pulled out of the Royal Opera’s autumn production of Norma because her “voice has evolved in a different direction”. Anna Netrebko released a statement on Tuesday giving her reasons for what the company admitted was a frustrating late withdrawal.

New York Times

Esa-Pekka Salonen brings his cool to New York’s music scene

He has held musical soirees at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He led the New York Philharmonic in Messiaen’s boffo “Turangalîla-Symphonie” in March at David Geffen Hall, where, a week later, Alan Gilbert conducted the New York premiere of his Dada piece, “Karawane.” Now he is next door, conducting Strauss’s “Elektra” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Herald Scotland

Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season unveiled

Four new productions, a collaboration with a leading theatre company and the first Scottish performance of a Puccini opera are part of Scottish Opera’s new season.

Mashable UK

Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House with Google’s virtual museum

On Wednesday, the building and the Google Cultural Institute, an initiative that hosts virtual museums from around the world, announced a new partnership that will see more than 1,000 of the House’s artefacts posted online.

Music Week

BBC Music Day to return in June

BBC Music has announced the full line-up of events for BBC Music Day 2016, which returns this year on Friday, June 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Classics extends label distribution service

Warner Classics is to extend its global distribution and marketing infrastructure to third-party labels. EuroArts Music will be the first company to join forces with Warner Classics Label Services from 1 May.

Ralph Kirshbaum receives honorary degree

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum is to be presented with an honorary doctorate in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 5 July. Kirshbaum’s career encompasses solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy.

The Strad

Fresh from signing to Warner Classics, violinist Kyung Wha Chung to open Verbier Festival

Following the news earlier this month that Kyung Wha Chung has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics, it has been announced that the violinist is to open the Verbier Festival on 22 July.

Der Tagesspiegel

Völkermord, bitte löschen

Die Türkei versucht die EU-Kulturpolitik zu kontrollieren – Auslöser ist ein Konzertprojekt der Dresdner Sinfoniker über den Genozid an den Armeniern.

neue musikzeitung

Erinnern, übermalen und neu gestalten

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen im Porträt.

Das Orchester

Nachlass von Claudio Abbado kommt nach Berlin

Die Schenkung an die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz umfasst eine umfangreiche Sammlung von Partituren, handschriftlichen Aufzeichnungen, Audio-/Video-Veröffentlichungen, musikwissenschaftlicher Literatur und Briefen.

El mundo

Con la vista en Brahms y Gernika

La BOS mirará al compositor alemán en una temporada que tendrá invitados como Eliahu Inbal.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Three Krenek operas to be staged in Frankfurt

Making Music England @MakingMusicENG Help put ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’

Sydney Opera House @SydOperaHouse Today we launch our Cultural Institute collection — 50 exhibits, 1000+ artefacts


Photograph: Royal Opera

(Written on April 27, 2016 )

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain will be releasing his second album tomorrow. Accordion Sensations will be launched on 1st July 2014 at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo and includes fantastic repertoire by Scarlatti, Weber and Zolotariev. Paul has also collaborated with the Maxwell Quartet and duets with violinist Feargus Hetherington. The album release coincides with Paul’s UK tour* which takes place from 1st July until 9th August, and will include performances in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Passionate about exploring the reach of the classical accordion, Paul has previously toured in California and has also performed in Russia, Finland, Greece and Bahrain. As a consequence of his international success and critically acclaimed debut album The Classical Accordion, Paul is recognised as a leading talent on the Accordion. Having studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and won the acclaimed Governor’s Prize for Keyboard he has gone on to win many national competitions and is a passionate advocate of this unusual instrument.

Visit Paul’s website here

1st July – London – 1901 Arts Club (Album Launch event)*

2nd July – London – Apple Store, Regent Street

3rd July – London – St Giles in the Fields

4th July – Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring

5th July – Oxford – Holy Trinity Headington

6th July – Cambridge – Emmanuel Church

10th July – Scotland, Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre

11th July – Scotland, Dundee – Dundee Cathedral

13th July – Scotland, Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall

18th July – Newcastle – Lit & Phil

19th July – Portsmouth, Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre

20th July – Kent – Faversham Parish Church

1st August – Bristol – St George’s Bristol

2nd August – Wales, Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre

3rd August – Wales, Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church

5th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

9th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League


Paul Chamberlain



(Written on June 30, 2014 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome classical accordionist Paul Chamberlain to its roster, who will be touring around the UK in 2014 alongside plans to release a new disc.

Although a relatively new instrument on the classical music scene, the classical accordion has enjoyed a steadfast ascent to the forefront of classical music instruments – with credit due to our new client Paul Chamberlain, whose flair and penchant for the instrument has seen him introduce a stellar catalogue of original music as well as transcriptions of many other works to audiences across the UK in a number of performances this year.

He has already performed in various locations around the UK in 2013, where he enjoyed his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long established Manchester Mid-Days concert series, and abroad in California. There are also plans to release a new disc and return to California in 2014. Paul’s debut disc ‘The Classical Accordion’ was released in 2011 to great acclaim.

Of the prospect of a new disc and international concert appearances, Paul says, ‘I am excited to be planning a new recording to be released in 2014 which will feature a mixture of solo repertoire along with some ensemble works, the underlying theme of which all relates to the power of music to portray emotion. I am looking forward to being able to bring the classical accordion to new audiences in this series of concerts as the instrument continues to integrate into the classical music scene in the UK.”

Born in Scotland into a musical family – “both my parents were violinists and so I was exposed to a wide range of music while growing up” – Paul was surrounded by music from a young age and went on to discover the world of the classical accordion, instigated by attending a concert given by Professor Oleg Sharov from the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatoire in St Petersburg, and began his studies in classical accordion with renowned Serbian accordionist Djordjie Gajic privately before moving on Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was one of the first classical accordionists to graduate from the BMus (Hons) course.


(Written on October 10, 2013 )