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WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 


(Written on January 13, 2015 )


Radio 3 boss defends playing of film scores and TV themes

The controller of BBC Radio 3 defends the station from accusations of “dumbing down” and says it will continue to play theme tunes from television shows and films.

‘Single out’ children who show talent says head of National Children’s Orchestras

Britain should not be afraid of singling out talented children, says Sarah Derbyshire, managing director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She argues young musicians should be given resources to develop in the same way as Olympic athletes.


BBC Radio 3 to broadcast live from a pop-up studio at London’s Southbank Centre

BBC Radio 3 and Southbank Centre will join forces in March to broadcast 15 live concerts (including three world premieres) from the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival. Radio 3 will establish a pop-up studio in the Royal Festival Hall’s cafe allowing members of the public the opportunity to witness the live broadcasts of several radio programmes, including: In TuneEssential ClassicsCD Review and Afternoon on 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Declan McGovern leaves RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Declan McGovern has stepped down from his role as general manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ NSO) after just a year in post. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting organisation, announced his departure in a statement issued on 23 December.

Is conductor Lorin Maazel going vegan?

The internationally renowned American conductor expressed his support for the vegan community and says his vegan son has inspired him to change his lifestyle in 2014.

Die Zeit

Geigerin P. Kopatchinskaja

Geografisch ist der Weg von Moldawien bis in die Schweiz gar nicht so weit. Gefühlt und gelebt schon. Eine Begegnung mit der fulminanten Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 6, 2014 )

The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain are celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year with a Gala Concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Saturday 31st August  2013, featuring musicians all the way from the Training Orchestra right up to the Main Orchestra and recent alumni ensemble Encore.

Prior to the anniversary concert, the NCO are hosting a series of Summer Concerts across the country, kicking off with the Main Orchestra’s Summer concert on 27th July 2013 at 7pm at the Barbican, where Daniel Harding, an ex-NCO member will be speaking.

With so many events coming up for The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, along with the big changes in music education in the UK, we invited the NCO’s Managing Director Sarah Derbyshire to have a chat with us in the WildKat PR offices for a video blog, which can be seen below.

For more information on The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, visit their Facebook and Twitter, as well as regular posts on the WildKat PR website.

(Written on July 1, 2013 )

Rupert Christiansen’s article in the Telegraph stipulated that youth orchestras in Great Britain are as strong as any of the South American youth orchestras produced by El Sistema. While there are several hugely successful and influential orchestras in the UK today, have they achieved the prominence in our minds that El Sistema’s have?

The National Orchestra For All, established only two years ago by Marianna Hay, is the most similar to El Sistema’s process that has achieved so much recognition globally. Based neither on achievement nor ability to play, the orchestra is assembled from 11-16 year old children in special measure schools. As Christiansen describes, teachers nominate students who have special needs or learning difficulties, and often come from troubled family backgrounds. Marianna Hay emphasises that ‘the point is not to foster professional soloists but to use the experience of making music as an exercise in focused co-operation and collaboration. This can make a huge difference to a child’s confidence, as well as broadening cultural horizons’.

Sarah Derbyshire, Managing Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain said that NOFA is a ‘great initiative and another example of the wider impact playing in an orchestra can have on children, musically as well as socially and emotionally’. The NCO, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, constitutes five age-banded orchestras for 7-14 year olds, and they fundraise extensively to ensure that no talented child is ever denied a place for financial reasons, believing that ‘the ability to play is far more important than the ability to pay’. Sarah Derbyshire emphasises the part that NCO can play in inspiring young people to take music as far as they can; the NCO is there to help children fulfil their potential.

However, whilst over 1000 children each year audition for a place in the NCO from around the country, there are still some serious audition ‘holes’ in the UK where children are not being encouraged to try out playing in an orchestra. These holes, surprisingly, include places such as Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as Wales and the North East of England. With the creation of Music Hubs, organisations such as the NCO need to be collaborating with local authorities to improve the music education of children in these target areas and their involvement in national orchestras. Sarah believes that only through organisations and music hubs all working together can youth in the UK achieve their musical potential.

It is often discussed as to whether an amateur youth orchestra should be performing rather than professionals who, as the Musician’s Union highlight, should be performing in all concerts to help them earn their living. However, if we want our youth orchestras to have the same prominence as they do in South America, then we have to be ready to back them all the way through inception to success. We have started doing this with the National Youth Orchestra’s performance at the Proms, but there is a long way to go. As Rupert Christiansen says, ‘we must believe in our youth orchestras’, otherwise there is no hope for increasing music opportunities to children throughout the UK. Our children musicians are after all, this country’s musical future.

(Bill Hiskett)

(NCO concert, courtesy of Bill Hiskett)

(Written on June 17, 2013 )

This week’s Industry Idols interviewee is Sarah Derbyshire, the Executive Director of Live Music Now.

What are the first, most important steps a young artist needs to take when they embark on their career as a performer?

Be open to as many opportunities to perform as possible (even if they don’t pay well!) and explore your music’s power to communicate, both in and outside the concert hall.

What was your first job in the music industry?

PA to MD of Faber Music

What skills do you think are needed to succeed in the music industry?

Flexibility, imagination, tenacity.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt during your career?

You are not indispensable (works both ways).

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The creativity and commitment of my colleagues, working with such talented and generous spirited young musicians, seeing the amazing power of music to connect and change lives.

On a typical working day, what’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?

Check yesterday’s to do list before allowing emails to rule my day!

Do you think there is anything in the classical music industry that needs to be changed? If yes, why?

Where to start?! Better balance between fame and genuine talent; more open and accessible concert formats without falling in to the gimmick trap.

Are there any young musicians, emerging venues, exciting companies, composers… etc that you are keeping your eye on?

LMN’s wonderful musicians!

Where do you read about classical music?

I’d rather listen.

Where is your favourite place in the world for classical music?

Harder to answer than I’d expected…. London for the rich variety on offer every night of the week. Berlin: I’ve never been without going to a really memorable concert or opera.

(Written on October 27, 2010 )