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In today’s news, the Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert, Stirling Orchestra tunes up for BBC competition All Together Now & fights at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte. Also, Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera”.

BBC News

Annual fireworks concert closes Edinburgh festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert. More than four tonnes of explosives and 400,000 fireworks lit up the skies around Edinburgh Castle. The international festival has had its most successful year, taking more than £4m in ticket sales for the first time.

Stirling Orchestra tuning up for BBC competition challenge

Stirling Orchestra, which formed in 1983, is one of the five competitors in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The four-part BBC4 series aims to find the UK’s top amateur orchestra. Stirling made it to the final five after 250 orchestras initially entered the competition by submitting videos.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Opera Australia and Sydney Opera House team up for world-first silent opera

Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera” performed live with full orchestra and opera chorus, and 3000 audience members listening on headphones.

The Telegraph

Another fight at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte row over wages

It has already raised eyebrows over its portrayal of Africans subjected to brutality by Fascist troops. Critics questioned the taste of including scenes of rape and racial abuse by Mussolini’s soldiers during Italy’s 1930s subjugation of Eritrea in what is a much-loved 18th century opera.

Broadwayworld

St. Cecilia Music Center’s School of Music Ramps Up for the New Season

Hundreds of past and present students from elementary school level through senior aged adults agree that at St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) “Music Lives Here”. Starting in September, students with an interest in music are encouraged to try out for SCMC’s School of Music programs.

CMUSE

Owner forced to ban his guide dog from classical music concerts

A regular patron of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand has been forced to take the tough decision to leave his guide dog outside the concert hall.

klassik.com

Komponistin Isabel Mundry neues Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften

Die Komponistin Isabel Mundry ist neues Mitglied der in Mainz ansässigen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur. Auf ihrer letzten Sitzung hat die Akademie Mundry als ordentliches Mitglied der Klasse der Literatur und Musik gewählt.

BR Klassik

Skandalreicher Sommer geht zu Ende

Verschärfte Sicherheitsmaßnahmen, ein überraschender Dirigentenwechsel und der Skandal um die neue “Parsifal”-Inszenierung standen im Fokus der diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspiele.

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ARD Musikwettbewerb mit 199 Nachwuchskünstlern aus aller Welt

199 Nachwuchsmusiker kämpfen seit gestern drei Wochen lang um Preise des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD. Künstler aus 44 Ländern treten in den Kategorien Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett an.

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Edinburgh Festival @edinburghfest [scotsman] Opera review: Gurrelieder, Usher Hall: This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme o…

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts “I think to be believed, onstage or on screen, is the one hope that all actors share.” – Gene Wilder

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Applications are invited for places in the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus:

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Photograph: Edinburgh Festival

(Written on August 30, 2016 )

Tomorrow afternoon Richard Birkin will be performing at the Apple Store on Regent Street.

At 7:15pm composer Richard Birkin performs his new EP ‘Songs for Spoken Words’ in its entirety. Joined by the Iskra Quartet, the performance will include the live debut of the Rubato platform, developed by Richard and software developer Tom Armitage. Everyone in the audience with an internet capable phone can view the synchronised images and words to view and read along with the instrumental performance.

Make sure to reserve your place online to get the best seat!

For up-to-date information about Richard Birkin make sure to head to his twitter page.

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(Written on February 23, 2015 )

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 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to be working on our third production with Silent Opera – their production of Giovanni.

Silent Opera are a young, innovative opera company creating immersive, original and technologically challenging work in the UK. Their work reaches out to the new generation of theatre and operagoers, uniquely developing the operatic art form for the future.

Their aim is to recreate and remaster opera’s classic repertoire for a new generation, preserving its artistic quality whilst developing it for new spaces and new audiences.

A digital remastering of Mozart’s classic opera, Giovanni invites you to join him for the evening to witness his climactic, demonic and appalling downfall. An operatic orgy of drinking, lascivious tricks and tense confrontation, the audience are drawn into his most intimate circle to judge him, drink with him and condemn him in his final moments.

Hurtling opera into a modern vernacular, Silent Opera use spoken word, pre-recorded thoughts, projection and live sound manipulation to mould, blend and transform the aural sound space.

Silent Opera are also developing a unique smartphone app that will feature in Giovanni and all future productions as an interactive, creative and theatrical key into their shows.

Anyone will be available to download the ‘home’ app for free and it will feature past show material, information about Silent Opera, biographies and information about future shows. Ticket holders will also be able to download all show appropriate material to their phone, including unique pre-show content, uploads by the characters, ‘play-along’ information and reminders.

During Giovanni audience members will be able to comment, experience and play along with the story as it unfolds as well as having live sound content and video downloaded straight to their phones. They will receive off-stage character updates, motivations and locations as well as being asked the final, damning question – should Giovanni live or die?

Cast

Giovanni – Benedict Nelson

Leporello – Frederick Long

Creatives

Director/Design – Daisy Evans

Technical Design – Ziggy Jacobs-Wyburn

Music Director – Stephen Higgins

Production Manager – Joseph Sheppard

Producer – David Adkin

Giovanni is being performed as part of The Vault Festival at The Vaults, Waterloo 25 February – 8 March 2015.

For more information and to book tickets please visit Silent Opera’s website or have a look at their Twitter and Facebook pages.

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(Written on December 18, 2014 )

This weekend WildKat PR fled the city and headed to Cornbury Park, the 800-year-old, 1,700-acre Oxfordshire deer park and setting for Wilderness Festival. The Festival is renowned for its gastronomic delights as much as the eclectic musical line-up, this year featuring headline artists from Burt Bacharach to London Grammar.

Wilderness 2014

Wilderness 2014

This was our third time at Wilderness Festival with three of our clients – both current and upcoming – performing over the course of the weekend. Silent Opera staged their latest production Live/Revive/Lament on Saturday evening on the Wilderness Stage. Silent Opera premiered the full production at Aldeburgh Music this Summer and have since performed at Kensington’s Saatchi Gallery as part of the InTransit Festival. In addition, eccentric cellist Gabi Swallow performed with her urban family at the Wilderness Stage on Friday 8th August 2014. Donned with appropriate festival headpieces and striking make-up, Gabi and her urban family performed a range of contemporary and classical music, which included Vivaldi’s Summer and a little Piazolla.

Gabi Swallow and Her Urban Family

Gabi Swallow and Her Urban Family

Another treat for the WildKat PR team was newcomer Poppy Ackroyd who also took to the Wilderness Stage on Friday afternoon. Despite the rain, a huge crowd assembled on the bales of hay for her set, where she performed her own compositions on the violin and keyboard, accompanied by some unique visuals.

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Silent Opera

The British, bunting-clad, boutique festival was idyllic, and we have carefully stowed our wellington boots and feather headdresses until next year…

 

 

 

 

(Written on August 11, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: the majority of music competitions are corrupt

Having retired earlier this year Julian Lloyd Webber returns to the news ahead of a talk at Birmingham City University, where he will advise students that when it comes to talent competitions it is not what you know but who you know. 

 

The Guardian

How we made the Live/Revive/Lament opera performance app

Silent Opera’s latest show includes your mobile phone as one of the cast, encouraging you to use their app to delve deeper into the performance.

 

The Guardian

Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict

Conductor and co-founder of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,  covers his perspective on the on-going conflict. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing at the BBC Proms.

 

Classicalite

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for LockoutPeter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

 

Die Zeit

Frank Castorf will vielleicht die Bayreuther Festspiele verklagen.

 

Die Welt 

“Es gibt keine militärische Lösung”

Der Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat einen israelischen und einen palästinensischen Pass. Hier schreibt er, warum gerade Hoffnungslosigkeit der Situation einen Ausweg aus dem Konflikt weisen könnte.

 

Berliner Zeitung
Deutschlands einzige feste Kino-Organistin

Anna Vavilkina begleitet im Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz die Stummfilme. Mit Dutzenden von Registern und Effekten für Regen und Brandung. Sie ist Deutschlands einzige Kino-Organistin in Festanstellung.

 

Le Figaro

Le Festival de Salzbourg s’ouvre sur fond de tracas financiers

Dimanche s’ouvrira en Autriche l’un des rendez-vous musicaux les plus prestigieux du monde. Pourtant, dans la ville natale de Mozart, la mauvaise gestion financière et les querelles internes menacent la bonne tenue de cette 94e édition.

 

 

Twitter

NPR Classical@nprclassical The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera… Labor strife may trigger a shut down next week. http://n.pr/1pglmWd

 

Tasmin @tasminlittle Tonight, tonight, TONIGHT!!! @bbcproms @BBCPhilharmonic #VeryExcited

 

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne A bit late to the party, you can now follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/glyndebourne 

 

Barbican @barbicancentre One day to go to #walthamstowgardenparty have you planned your visit yet? http://ow.ly/zx1Jn 

 

Classic FM @classicFM Very soon I’ll be giving you a final chance to play to win an amazing musical trip to Europe to see Royal Concertgebouw Orch. @johnsuchet1

 

 

 

Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

(Written on July 25, 2014 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome back Silent Opera to its client roster. Following the success of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Silent Opera is embarking on a new project which allows the audience to create their own operatic experience. Live/Revive/Lament is inspired by the music of Monteverdi, exploring three different themes: the joy of new love, the complications and doubts that follow, and the Lament – the aftermath of love. Each theme is interpreted through song, dance and theatre, performed simultaneously, yet beginning at different points in the story, completing a full cycle. The audience is able to create its own experience of the opera by following a single performer’s cycle or perhaps watching the same theme in the three different media.

Silent Opera continue to create dynamic, operatic installations with a focus on movement and technology to bring the art form into the modern world. Live/Revive/Lament is accompanied by a web-based app that acts as a digital programme and also allows the audience to watch all segments in the different mediums. During the performance Silent Opera not only embraces technology within the arts, but also centralises it within its productions to allow audiences to control their operatic experience, whilst utilising the instantaneous and vast information that technology provides us with.

Live/Revive/Lament will premiere at Aldeburgh Music Festival on Monday 16th June 2014 at 11am and 4pm.It will then take place at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea on 24th July 2014, before it is staged at Wilderness Festival on 7th-10th August 2014.

Find out more about Silent Opera through their website and this trailer, as well as FacebookTwitter and regular posts on the WildKat PR website.

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(Written on June 6, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are going to be working with soprano Caroline MacPhie. Caroline studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music and in October 2014 she will be releasing her debut recital disc on Stone Records. The release will be a collection of songs written by, or about, inspirational women.

Caroline is a committed recitalist, and regularly performs with pianist Joseph Middleton, who joins her on this disc. Together they have recorded works by Poulenc, Wolf, Strauss as well as a few new commissions.

She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2011 and has performed with Southbank Sinfonia, Philharmonia, the Hallé and many more. On the operatic stage she has performed with Opera Project, Opéra National de Lyon, Silent Opera, Scottish Opera, and Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre.

You can keep up to date with Caroline’s performances and CD news over on Twitter.

Image credit: Alex Rumford

Image credit: Alex Rumford

(Written on March 25, 2014 )

Daisy Evans

Opera Director – Silent Opera

Jude Christian

Theatre Director

Dominic Dorin

Film Director – I Owe Youth

Last night’s Noted event hosted by WildKat PR and Sane & Able took an informative and engaging look at the world of Directing, with three professionals from the industry. These speakers included Daisy Evans – Opera Director at Silent Opera – Jude Christian – Freelance Theatre Director who has worked for the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company and the National Theatre Studio – and Dominic Dorin – Film Director at I Owe Youth.

Discussion at the event was inspiring and helpful to people of a variety of professions that are linked into this area of the industry, ranging from those interested in Directing, to trained or aspiring actors/actresses, film producers and much more. The speakers described their differing beginnings in studying, experience and directing, and how they got to the level of success that they have reached at this stage of their careers. Daisy Evans of Silent Opera trained at the Royal Academy of Music as a singer but soon realised that she wanted to become a director, Dominic Dorin on I Owe Youth came from a background in design and found his way into film through a sound design internship and a directorship in fashion, and freelance director Jude Christian studied English at university where she started directing and then followed up this interest with a directing course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

When asked about financing their dreams and ambitions, the topic of sponsorship was raised along with some helpful ‘dos and don’ts’. Daisy suggested that the Arts Council should not be the first go to for launching a business or production, funds such as sponsorship and bursarys can be imperative for realising directing dreams and generating the finance necessary create a successful production. Jude made the important point that: “when asking people for money, be specific about what it is for”, as you are not likely to be sponsored without having made your creative aims and budget clear. Daisy added that it is important not to “think about sponsorship as money” and instead consider what resources might be useful to you such as the hiring of stage equipment or batteries. Dominic described how using creative ideas and presenting them practically can help the sponsorship process: “To help get sponsors we create beautiful story boards to help us get people on the same page visually”. It’s industry savvy thinking such as this that has aided all three of these young and successful professionals.

How do you as a Director encourage everyone involved to give their interpretation, but also retain the authority to make the final decisions? Ultimately, it seems that the actor/actress has the last say in what happens on ‘the night’ of a production in both theatre and opera as Jude pointed out in an amused tone. She made the quite practical point that as a Director you need to make it your business to get all those involved in a production on board with your aims and vision. However there is a manner in which to do this which is loaded with respect, patience and understanding amongst your ultimate authority. Dominic described how: “When you’re on set the director’s decision should be respected, but the director shouldn’t abuse that position.” The speakers agreed that is important to be authoritative, but ultimately you have to earn the respect and trust of those you are working with and the company at large.

One answer that is only born from a career of learning from success and mistakes is to the question: ‘If you could go back in time. What advice would you give yourself?’ Interestingly a variety of answers arose. A good piece of advice for those still studying came from Dominic who said that he would tell himself: “not to waste time. While you’re at uni, do as much as possible and start making decisions.” Where attitude and approach is concerned Daisy described how pacing yourself is important – be driven but try not to do everything all at once. Jude mentioned how a calm approach helps: “When I came to London I just said yes to everything. I’d definitely tell my past-self to chill out.”

The evening was not just an informative success due to the talk and excellent speakers, but the WildKat PR and Sane & Able offices were a buzz with enthusiastic arts and business individuals who have a passion for the industry and a hunger to learn more.

Take at look at our next event ‘Building your App’ on Wednesday 26th February. The Noted March event on Successful Social Media has also been announced on Eventbrite.

Check out Noted via Twitter or Facebook for more quotes from the speakers and information about the event.

Check back soon for a video blog from last night’s guests!

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(Written on January 23, 2014 )

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Covent Garden flashmob – ‘Va, pensiero’ by Giuseppe Verdi

As part of Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices, Dominic Peckham brought together choral groups, first time singers and workshop attendees in a huge celebration of the human voice  and Verdi 200, performing ‘Va, pensiero.’

Kens 5 San Antonia

10-year-old with disability learning to play flute with help of former musician

An American 10 year old born with one hand undeveloped is learning to play the flute with the help of former musician Clarence Wood

Classic FM Online

The Piano Guys play Chopin on Great Wall of China

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends is an arrangement of Oogway Ascends from Kung Fu Panda, reworked with Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 – with a video recorded on the iconic Wonder of the World

Silent Opera to perform in Heal’s furniture shop

Silent Opera will perform four different operas in the Tottenham Court Road furniture shop Heal’s in October

BBC Music Magazine

New organisation set up to promote music education and cultural diplomacy

Conductor Riccardo Muti to be honorary president of EMMA for Peace, supported by UNESCO

BBC Radio 3 announces release of two singles for BBC Children in Need ‘Musical Battle’

The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Steve Pycroft’s fusions of well-known pop and classical tracks for charity head-to-head

BBC announces 20 per cent increase in funding for arts television

New brand ‘BBC Arts at…’ to showcase events from around the country

The Guardian

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Can a musician play from art? Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound

Die Zeit

Die Utopie des Ohrwurms

Er ist der bedeutendste Opernkomponist des 19. Jahrhunderts. Er hat eine Moral und ist niemals moralisch. Und er erfindet sein Leben, als spielte es auf der Bühne. Giuseppe Verdi zum 200. Geburtstag

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 11, 2013 )