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2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

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In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

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In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Sacconi Quartet performs at Bromsgrove’s Artrix next Friday, Charles Owen becomes Steinway UK ambassador, and Reignwood becomes LSO principal partner. Also, St John’s Smith Square announces Christmas festival programme, and NDR Elbphilharmonie sells affordable tickets.

Bromsgrove Standard

Sacconi Quartet to give Bromsgrove classical music fans a treat at Artrix

Classical music fans will be in for a treat when award-winning chamber music ensemble Sacconi Quartet performs at Bromsgrove’s Artrix next Friday (October 7).

Classical Music Magazine

Charles Owen becomes Steinway UK ambassador

Steinway & Sons has appointed Charles Owen as its first UK ambassador. The new role will see Owen lead three masterclasses at Steinway Hall.

Reignwood becomes LSO principal partner

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced a new principal partnership with Chinese investment firm Reignwood for the next three years. Building on the company’s existing sponsorship, the partnership will run until 2019.

SJSS announces Christmas festival programme

St John’s Smith Square has announced the programme for its 31st annual Christmas festival, which will take place 9-23 December. The event will launch with a concert from the Choir of King’s College London, featuring Tavener’s Ikon of the Nativity and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil.

Quad-City Times

City of jazz, blues fests gets 1 devoted to classical music

Organizers say the six-day festival that starts Wednesday in Chicago will feature more than 80 composers, 300 musicians and over 50 world premieres at venues city-wide.

The Violin Channel

Founding Violinist to Exit Poland’s Szymanowski String Quartet

The Hannover-based Szymanowski String Quartet has announced today that co-founder and long standing 1st violinist Grzegorz Kotow will leave the ensemble, effective immediately – after more than 2 decades with the group.

Broadwayworld

The Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents Two BAC Salon Concerts this November

BAC Salon is a series of concerts presented in a salon setting, without a division between stage and auditorium. This series takes music written for intimate spaces, jazz and classical alike, back to its natural setting.

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Ticketverkauf für die “Konzerte für Hamburg” hat begonnen

Die rund 60.000 Karten für die einstündigen Konzerte in der neuen Elbphilharmonie sollen für jedermann erschwinglich sein und sind daher schon für 6, 12 bzw. 18 Euro erhältlich.

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Brandenburger Symphoniker wollen ihren Chefdirigenten behalten

Das Orchester des Brandenburger Theaters macht sich dafür stark, weiterhin mit seinem bisherigen Chefdirigenten Peter Gülke zusammenzuarbeiten. Geschäftsführer Klaus Deschner wolle dagegen die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Dirigenten nicht fortsetzen.

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Kraftwerk-Mitglied lehrt künftig an Musikhochschule

Falk Grieffenhagen (47), Mitglied der legendären Elektropop-Band Kraftwerk, lehrt ab dem Wintersemester das Fach Visual Music an der Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

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Sacconi Quartet. Photo: Sacconi Quartet @ Bromsgrove Standard

(Written on October 5, 2016 )

Tomorrow the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival kicks off in Folkestone, Kent. From 20 – 22 May it brings many well-known chamber music ensembles and musicians together to celebrate the thrill of live music. The festival will open with the world premiere of a new work for tenor and string quartet by world-renowned British composer Jonathan Dove for which the festival’s hosts, the Sacconi Quartet, are joined by tenor Mark Padmore. The festival will continue over the weekend starring outstanding soloists and ensembles such as the Royal College Of Music Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Morgan Szymanski, RCM viola quartet, as well as pianist Charles Owen and many more.

This is the ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival and is a unique experience that should not be missed!

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Folkestone is not only worth visiting for the musical event this weekend. There is the possibility of getting an extraordinary cultural experience: Visitors are given the chance to book a Folkestone Artworks tour that takes them to see a collection of high calibre works displayed around the town.

To get a taste of what you can expect, have a listen to the Sacconi Quartet’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

There are still tickets left to be purchased at the door, starting at £24 for one performance and £85 for the whole festival.

The Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore will perform Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus in London at their 15th birthday concert at Kings Place, London on 13 July 2016.

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(Written on May 19, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back the dynamic, Sacconi Quartet.

The quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. They have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts.

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We are excited to work with the quartet on their ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival. This year it will take place from 20 – 22 May, returning to Folkestone, Kent. They will open the festival with an extended concert, joined by celebrated tenor Mark Padmore, for the World Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new song-cycle for tenor and string quartet. In Damascus, is set to the words of Syrian poet Ali Safar’s A Black Cloud in a Leaden White Sky. The poem recounts the stories of everyday life in a war-torn city, which Dove brings to life with poignant melody and deep emotion.

The Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore will perform the London premiere of the work at their 15th birthday concert at Kings Place, London on 13 July 2016.

Keep up to date with news from the Sacconi Quartet through their website, Twitter, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

 

(Written on March 24, 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 )

Classical News

Independent

Arts Impact Fund: a radical new way of getting extra funding for the arts

Peter Bazalgette, chairman of Arts Council England, explains how extra funding could come from universities, social services and the NHS

Telegraph

Douglas McPherson is just plain wrong about arts funding

If you can’t remember a good publicly-funded play then you can’t have been looking very hard, says the chief executive of Arts Council England

Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

The Quartet putting their hearts into Beethoven

Via a robotic heart and interactive lighting, audience members can monitor the Sacconi Quartet’s heartbeats as they perform Beethoven. Gimmick, or a fascinating insight into the art of music-making?

The Times

Concert hall search builds to a climax

A new “world-class concert hall” demanded by Sir Simon Rattle is likely to be built on the site of the Museum of London, insiders have confirmed after alternative venues were ruled out.

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Director of Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs Given One Year Probation

Oltea Serban-Părău, the artistic director of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs and Radio & Media Romanian Cultural Center, was sentenced to one year probation.

Spekulationen, Dementis, Lügen: Bayreuth wertet sich ab

Das Theatergedonner vor dem Festival ist unwürdig: die Bayreuther Festspiele sind in einen Zerfleischungsprozess geraten, der das Image schädigt.

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Berliner Philharmoniker sammeln für syrische Flüchtlingskinder

Anlässlich ihres traditionellen Waldbühnenkonzerts zum Saisonabschluss rufen die Berliner Philharmoniker zur Hilfe für syrische Flüchtlingskinder auf.

Classicalite

Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic?

As Classicalite and pretty much every other classical outlet in Christendom reported earlier this year, the New York Philharmonic’s intrepid MD, Alan Gilbert, will step down from both job and podium in 2017. However, with questions concerning the orchestra’s home, David Geffen’s Playhouse (i.e. Avery Fisher Hall), and its exorbitant costs of renovation, the question is not who will replace Gilbert.

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Michael Giacchino On Coming Home To Write Music For ‘Jurassic World’

If you see any blockbuster films this summer, chances are you’ll hear Michael Giacchino’s music. He scored the futuristic Tomorrowland as well as Inside Out, an animated film about the emotions living inside a little girl. Soon, he’ll also help audiences return to the island of resurrected dinosaurs in Jurassic World, a project that’s especially significant for film and for Giacchino himself.

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BBC Radio 3 Book tickets for Radio 3’s Cardiff residency soon, part of the Cardiff SInger of the World – plenty of events to go

Royal College Music RCM composer uses technology in this innovative performance on 19 June

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One of the Sacconi quartet’s robotic hearts. Photograph: Tom Service/Guardian

(Written on June 11, 2015 )

April has been an incredibly busy month here at WildKat PR! Just in case you missed anything, here is a round-up of what we’ve been up to:

We were delighted to welcome Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival. It is the world’s largest festival of new opera and will return to King’s Cross from July for three weeks, with over 100 performances and 40 new works.

It seems we will have a very operatic summer as we welcome back composer Tim Benjamin. We worked with him last year on Madame X, an opera which was featured in the 2014 Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Tim is producing another opera this summer called ‘Life Stories’ at the Tête à Tête Festival and from there it will tour in the North of England.

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We also started working with the Sacconi Quartet on their project HEARTFELT. They are quickly getting a name for themselves as the ‘digital string quartet’ with lots of interesting technology-focused projects happening on a regular basis. HEARTFELT is being performed at the Spitalfields Festival, the Bristol Proms and Lichfield Festival. But what exactly is so cool about the projects? The Sacconi Quartet is recognised for being a compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach and so they know how to create exciting projects. HEARTFELT is an immersive, interactive performance that re-imagines a Beethoven quartet through robotics and audience responsive lighting design.

We are also very pleased to introduce you to Mahler Chamber Orchestra who have recently signed with us. They are due to play three times at the annual BBC Proms with their Artistic Partner and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Together they will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, which will represent the end of their wider project ‘The Beethoven Journey’ which has spanned four years.

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We attended a lot of exciting events in April which included Ensemble BPM’s performance of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot’s Three Tales which achieve reviews in the Financial Times, The Times and The Arts Desk. This was the first ever opera performed live in an IMAX Theatre and took place at the Science Museum. The second of the two nights (22 and 24 April) was sold out! The Ensemble want their work to illuminate the sights and sounds of an increasingly complex world: they certainly delighted a big audience.

Turning our attention to New York, a real highlight as was Danielle Schwob‘s world premiere performance of her new work Three Self Portraits in Brooklyn NYC. Danielle Schwob and John Zorn were joined by Vicky Chow, Jennifer Choi, and Michael Nicolas.

Launches were clearly en vogue this month as we attended lot of them in the last few weeks such as the launch event of Musical Orbit. Shortly after, Tom Service at the Guardian wrote an article about it saying that Musical Orbit is a great idea for offering one-on-one tutorials with top professionals.

Of course, WildKat PR also attended an event hosted by the fabulous After Nyne Magazine. The Magazine combines culture, lifestyle, arts, style and music so it was great to meet the editorial team properly and celebrate the first print issue with some drinks in a lovely gallery.

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On 23 April we celebrated our birthday but there was no time for partying too much as Ensemble Perpetuo gave a concert on 25 April at 47/49 Tanner Street. As an ensemble specialising in multi-art form collaborations, they give a new meaning to performances of both classical and contemporary music. They are known for taking music to unexpected venues and drawing in new audiences to share in their love for music as one experienced at Tanner Street. They played music inspired by cities, and the event included city-themed photography from the London Photo Festival, Art by Caroline Mackenzie and Tom Pearce and choreography by Lucia Sweigert. Read the review by LDN Card.

In times of so many brillant musicians it is not easy to find an individual voice and to get attention from a bigger audience. The virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is one of these musicians combining both splendid technical skills and musicality which made his London debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra very special. Bachtrack and Classicalsource reported from the concert. Eric also released his video of Paganini’s 24th Caprice last month with all the variations layered on top of each other – it’s had almost 16,000 views on Youtube now!

Encouraging new audiences, especially in terms of classical music is not that easy. Orpheus Sinfonia‘s conductor Thomas Carroll spoke about their Beneath the Score Series on BBC Radio 3 In Tune ahead of their concert The People’s Politics on 28 April. The concert also received a 4 star review from LDN card. Orpheus Sinfonia’s second Networking for Young Professionals event also took place at this concert, continuing to encourage new audiences to engage with classical music. During April, Thomas was also interviewed by the Mayfair Times and it was great to have this support from a publication based in the same area that they are resident in.

haydn-2032-2As well as being busy in London and New York, in Berlin our team attended one of the brilliant Haydn nights with  Radiale Nacht – Il filosofo at Radialsystem V on 8th May. As the project Haydn 2032 is a huge work in progress, these nights offer an opportunity to get to know the project: conductor Giovanni Antonini, Bernhard Lassahn and Christian Moritz-Bauer gave lectures, were interviewed and talked to the audience. On 8th May, Il Giardino armonico under Giovanni Antonini played symphonies by both Joseph Haydn and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach which were received with massive applause.

With all the fantastic new clients who have recently joined us, as well as the BBC Proms, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival and other annual highlights, it looks like a busy summer for WildKat PR.

Keep updated with news by visiting our blog, following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

(Written on May 15, 2015 )

WildKat PR is extremely excited to be working with the Sacconi Quartet, a string quartet who are consistently recognised for communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. The quartet aims to create truly immersive chamber music experiences that draw the audience into the music in a way never seen or heard before.

The Sacconi Quartet’s latest project, HEARTFELT, does just this. Audience members will hold robotic, wired hearts and will be able to feel the heartbeat of one of the players and so follow the same highs and lows as the musicians during the performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op, 132. It promises to be a uniquely interactive performance. This information will then be transformed in real time into a lighting display that is exclusive to that performance. The robotics and lighting are all made possible by: Silas Adekunle of Reach Robotics, responsible for the initial robotics concept; robotic and system designers, development and manufacturers, Rusty Squid; and interactive lighting designer, Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn. It will be premiered at the 2015 Spitalfields Festival before being performed at Lichfield International Arts Festival and the Bristol Proms. The idea came about during the inaugural Bristol Proms in 2013 when the Sacconi Quartet spent two days with leaders in the technology and creative fields exploring how to make chamber music more immersive. With Arts Council funding, the result was HEARTFELT. Moments of darkness and a considered lighting design allow the focus of the performance to be on the music itself, with digital technology providing a way for audiences to engage with the music in a direct, physical way. HEARTFELT moves the concert experience beyond sight and sound, introducing tactility into live performance.

Formed in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet are a firmly established and respected ensemble, passionate about repertoire for string quartet. They are the winners of various awards including the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize at the London International String Quartet Competition, alongside two extra prizes at the same event. The Sacconi are the Quartet in Residence at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artists at the Bristol Old Vic. They are also regulars on the UK and European concert scene and have played at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna, to name but a few. Their 2014/15 season includes residencies at the Lichfield Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival alongside collaborations with Miloš Karadaglić, Ksenija Sidorova and Vertavo Quartet.

Keep up to date with news about the Sacconi Quartet, HEARTFELT and their other upcoming projects through their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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(Written on April 22, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

New York’s Metropolitan Opera labour dispute: a symptom of a company in crisis

The largest performing arts organization in the US is threatening to lock out its musicians on Friday, the latest setback for a company – and an art form – at a dangerous junction.

Classic FM

The Sacconi Quartet on why Beethoven is life-changing

Lights, cameras, and Beethoven – the Sacconi Quartet explain why their Bristol Proms performance speaks to listeners on many levels.

Classical-Music.com

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to come to the UK

The popular show is set to invade six UK cities in May.

Classic FM

Charles Hazelwood: Terry Riley is like ‘climbing in a lava lamp!’

After he inspired a generation of electronic music in the 1960s, what kind of person might turn up to a Terry Riley concert? Jane Jones and Charles Hazelwood explain…

Classic FM

Ji Liu performs John Cage’s 4’33” live at the Bristol Proms

Ji Liu made a stunning Bristol Proms debut by performing two completely opposing pieces – John Cage’s iconic ‘silent’ piece ‘4’33”, and the complete Goldberg variations by Bach.

Classicalite



Turandot on the Beach, Anyone? Buff Members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari Perform Puccini for Seaside Crowd

Summer opera takes on a whole new meaning in a recent video of Puccini’s Turandot, presented on the beach and in the water by the well-toned members of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Survival Economics: Small Opera Companies Drive Change

Some companies are reinventing themselves with complex business models. Others are sharing productions as a way to trim costs and increase production values. No matter what model these companies choose, however, they’re all chasing funds to sustain themselves.

Die Zeit

Klassik blüht im Sommer

Von Hitzacker bis Rheingau, Freden bis Nürtingen: Deutschland hat mehr als 300 Festivals für klassische und artverwandte Musik.

Klassik.com

Wiener Staatsopernmuseum wird Opfer von Sparmaßnahmen

Das Wiener Staatsopernmuseum soll als Teil einer organisatorischen Umgestaltung der Bundestheater geschlossen werden.

Klassik heute



63. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD mit Anmeldungsrekord

Für den diesjährigen Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD, der vom 1. bis 19. September stattfindet, bewarben sich 519 Musikerinnen und Musiker sowie Ensembles, das ist die bisher höchste Anmeldezahl in der Geschichte des traditionsreichen Wettbewerbs.

Il Messaggero 

E’ morto Giorgio Gaslini, compositore e pianista: aveva 85 anni

Giorgio Gaslini, morto a 84 anni all’ospedale di Borgotaro (Parma), dove era ricoverato da circa un mese dopo una caduta, è stato uno dei personaggi più conosciuti di quella generazione di musicisti che a partire dagli anni ’50 ha praticamente inventato il jazz moderno in Italia.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #bbcproms @BBCSingers @liverpoolphil @VasilyPetrenko perform Strauss & Elgar with soprano Inger Dam-Jensen http://ow.ly/zJXvH 

Bristol Old Vic: @BristolOldVic Coming up @BristolProms today: @sinfoniacymru Towards A Staged Concert 6pm, Daniel @HopeViolin 7.30pm, #Unbuttoned 10pm

NPR Classical: ‏@nprclassical With #FiftyShadesTrailer out, it’s time to revisit the book’s boost of #classicalmusic sales (of all things): n.pr/1s6mlt0

MasterclassFoundat’n: ‏@MMFmasterclass  bit.ly/1m0eEQi find out why a physicist crowd-surfed during the Hallelujah chorus #classicalmusic @bristolproms @guardianmusic

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic  Audiences should be free to listen to what they want http://ift.tt/1twEza6  #classicalmusic

 

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A rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013

Photograph: Ken Howard/AP

 

(Written on July 31, 2014 )

A little way down the road from all the excitement of the world’s greatest classical music festival, Bristol Old Vic will be hosting their own version of The Proms. Inspired by the hugely popular promenade concerts staged at Bristol Old Vic in the 1840s, the theatre will be hosting a world-class music festival, featuring some of classical music’s biggest names, alongside dramatic digital innovations.

British violinist Daniel Hope will be performing Max Richter’s highly acclaimed The Four Seasons Recomposed, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The work has been performed across the globe since its release in October 2012, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. The performance on 31st July 2013 at Bristol Old Vic will be accompanied by visuals from digital artists Play Nicely. The unique accompaniment responds dynamically to the acoustic characteristics of the live orchestral performance, and is rooted in the imagery and language of the sonnets which inspired Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Cellist Guy Johnston will be performing one of the most moving pieces in Schubert’s repertoire, the Quintet in C, with the Sacconi Quartet. The concert will be preceded by a series of structured improvisations, using illustrations from the piano and recorded excerpts to explore the composer’s complex personality and creative genius in writing such powerful and emotive music. Guy Johnston’s performance will be filmed by Icon Films to create an innovative musical documentary of the concert.
Bristol also welcomes world-renouned violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist and contemporary music pioneer Peter Gregson and pianist Jan Lisiecki, featuring music from Chopin and Schubert to Eric Whitacre and technically deft Hauschka.
Held in an intriguing theatrical space, with tickets starting at just £5 in true Proms style, Bristol offers classical music fans and novices a superb alternative to the BBC Proms in London.

(Written on July 10, 2013 )