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In today’s Classical News, read an obituary of Holocaust survivor and renowned harpsichordist, Zuzana Růžičková, who died last week, aged 90.  The ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit, and the Maxwell Quartet have won the ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Zuzana Růžičková (14 January 1927 – 27 September 2017)

Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková has died aged 90.  A key figure in the revival of the harpsichord and a devotee of Bach, Růžičková’s career is all the more remarkable given that she survived internment in three concentration camps in her teens.

Music Teacher

ISM Trust launches Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust, supported by the Schools Music Association (SMA), has released a Primary Music Toolkit, which aims to help primary school teachers become more confident in teaching music in the classroom.

The Strad

Scottish quartet wins jury and audience prizes in Trondheim

The ninth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, running alongside the Chamber Music Festival in Trondheim, Norway, was won by the Scotland-based Maxwell Quartet.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Symphony Orchestra board’s dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage

After days of turmoil and anger that threatened to tear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra apart, the orchestra’s board has staged a stunning back-flip on the issue of same-sex marriage, admitting their neutral position was “misjudged”.

CBC News

Meet the Canadian composer who’s created a basketball symphony for the TSO

Jared Miller doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t love music. “I can’t even use words to convey how much I love music and all types of music,” Miller told CBC’s Our Toronto. “So to have the privilege to create it and to play it is really something special in my mind.”

Klassik.com

Medienpreis Leopold für vier Kinderproduktionen

Köln, 03.10.2017. Der Verband deutscher Musikschulen (VdM) hat zusammen mit dem Bundesjugendministerium im Funkhaus Köln den Medienpreis “Leopold” verliehen.

Klassik Heute

Sonderpreis beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 für Vladimir Yaskorski

Der 1. Kapellmeister des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau Vladimir Yaskorski hat beim Deutschen Dirigentenpreis 2017 den Sonderpreis für die beste Interpretation eines Werkes des 20./21.

Die Zeit

Hightech in preußischem Rokoko

Nach sieben Jahren Bauzeit präsentiert sich die restaurierte Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden als großer Wurf.

Codex Flores

Standards für Instrumenten-Innenmessungen

Im Projekt Musices durchleuchten Fraunhofer-Forscher per 3D-Computertomographie historische Musikinstrumente aus der Sammlung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums.

Twitter

Music History    in 1836 FP in England of ’s oratorio St. Paul in Liverpool.
Image: Zuzana Růžičková

(Written on October 3, 2017 )

We are looking for a Junior Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, and Account Managers, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

 

Key duties

As a Junior Account Manager:

-To support the Director of the London Office with her administrative needs

-To assist the Account Managers in securing opportunities for clients and helping them to achieve their PR goals. This includes: researching publications and opportunities for coverage, organising client events, assisting with client reports and feedback

-To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

-To write copy in relation to client needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

-To learn quickly and efficiently how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns in order to take on your own clients and manage their PR goals effectively. This will include liaising with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

-To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

-To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

-To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company.

-To be willing to take on additional responsibilities and grow into a more senior role within the company

 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

-Small, open plan office

-Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

-Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

-Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

-Personalised creative skills training and coaching

-Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

-Opportunities for travel

-Sociable atmosphere

-Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

 

Person Specification

Essential

-Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

-A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice

-Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

-Proven administrative and organisational skills

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

-Ability to work as part of a team

-High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

-A strong interest in online media

-Self-motivated

-Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

-Education to degree level

-Fluency in another language

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 15th September 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

 

(Written on August 30, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

Tagesspiegel

Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

Concerti

Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

Pizzicato

Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

Twitter
Music History in 1922 Death of Italian Vittorio .
 
Image: MC Mozart

(Written on June 20, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Primephonic, a new streaming service for classical music, launches in London, and a wedding musician is asked to play in return for social media likes. Today is BBC Music Day, celebrating the Power of Music, and Louise Alder progresses at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

CNET

Classical music streaming no longer plays second fiddle

Spotify and other streaming services aren’t very good at managing classical music, which is where new dedicated service Primephonic comes in.

Classic FM

A musician was asked to play for free in return for Facebook likes

‘I was hoping you may be interested in a challenge… I would like to propose if I can manage to get 1000 likes and 300 shares you would consider waiving your fee?’

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces BBC Music Day highlights

Radio 3 has announced its programming highlights for BBC Music Day (15 June), which this year will celebrate ‘The Power of Music’.

Louise Alder wins third Cardiff Singer round

British soprano Louise Alder has become the third singer chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ab Herbst Public Viewing von Elbphilharmonie-Konzerten

Nach dem großen Ansturm auf die Karten der Elbphilharmonie werden einige der Konzerte bald live auf öffentlichen Plätzen der Stadt übertragen.

Berliner Zeitung

Deutsche Messe“ Stefan Heucke vertont Messübersetzung von Bundestagspräsident Lammert

Eine heute nahezu unmögliche Gattung ist die Messe. Nicht nur müsste man das Ideal des gesellschaftlich wachen Künstlers verraten, um Anlass zu jenem Jubel zu haben, den Gloria oder Sanctus erheischen.

Concerti

#klangberlins – Ausgezeichnet!

Der diesjährige Deutsche Preis für Onlinekommunikation geht an das Konzerthaus Berlin. Ihre Video-Serie #klangberlins setzte sich gegen starke Mitbewerber wie Mercedes Benz, TUI und das ZDF durch.

I Care If You Listen

SPOR Festival 2017 Concludes With iScreen, YouScream!

SPOR is on a mission to prove that “music has the same potential for exploratory curation as all other art forms,” and the program for the 2017 festival certainly reflected this sentiment.

Dallas News

Say farewell to Berlin Philharmonic-bound horn player David Cooper at a Saturday recital

It says a lot for the virtuosity and elegant playing of David Cooper, principal horn on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2013, that he’s been snatched up for the same post with one of the world’s most prestigious orchestra.

Twitter

Music History  in 1886 Birth of Charles .
London Philharmonic LPO brass trio performing at the launch of new classical music streaming service
Music History  in 1772 Death of French Louis-Claude d’
Image: Primephonic

(Written on June 15, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Steven Isserlis donates his Glashütte prize money, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition will close after 60 years. Thierry Fischer extends his contract with the Utah Symphony, and Kevin Zhu becomes the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Prize.  Jon Webster steps down as MMF President, and enjoy some Bach performed on the Baritone saxophone.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives €25,000 Glashütte Original Music Festival Award

The artist will donate his cash prize to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Music Masters and Rhapsody in School programmes.

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati World Piano Competition won’t play it again

After 60 years, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition is closing its doors. The chief reason was financial, said Jack Rouse, chairman of the board. Despite generous donors in recent years, the competition was unable to raise the $300,000 needed to continue to exist.

Pizzicato

Utah Symphony Keeps Music Director Thierry Fischer Through 2021-22 Season

The Utah Symphony announced an extension of Thierry Fischer’s contract as Music Director through the 2021-22 season. The agreement extends the current contract, which was signed to expire in 2019. Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer (56) is in this position since 2011.

The Violin Channel

Kevin Zhu, 16 – Youngest Menuhin Competition Prize Winner

16 year old American violinist Kevin Zhu is quickly building an impressive international reputation as a prodigious young talent of enormous potential.

CMUSE

Bach Cello Suite Performed on Baritone Saxophone

There are few pieces that are more frequently performed and recognized than Bach’s Cello Suites. Noah Bedrin has performed one of the purest and arrangements of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 using a baritone saxophone.

Music Business Worldwide

‘Music Industry Legend’ Jon Webster steps down as MMF President

The exec has resigned in order to pursue a number of external projects – including completion of a book about his time at Virgin Records.

Twitter

Today In Music  1688 – Christian August Jacobi, composer was born

Guardian Classical  Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer review – thought-provoking and exhilarating Bartók

Classical Music  The Poetry of Mozart – Argonaut Online https://t.co/aXEXLQ2fzB
Image: The Strad, Steven Isserlis

(Written on May 25, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Mein Praktikum bei WildKat neigt sich dem Ende zu: Nach nur 2 Monaten muss ich die Agentur schweren Herzens wieder verlassen, denn die Semesterferien sind vorbei. Ab nächster Woche heißt es wieder büffeln und vor allem viel lesen, denn die Uni geht wieder los und mein Studium macht sich nicht von alleine. Hier, bei WildKat, hat mich das Social-Media-Fieber gepackt! Als kleines Abschiedsgeschenk hinterlasse ich der Agentur und unseren Lesern 11 wunderbare Dinge, die ich aus meiner Zeit bei WildKat mitgenommen habe:

1. Bei WildKat kommen verschiedenste Nationen zusammen, um gemeinsam für Projekte zu arbeiten


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2. Missy, der Office Dog, ist einmal die Woche Teil des Arbeitsalltags


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3. Social Media Präsenz ist harte Arbeit!


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4. Jeder Mitarbeiter ist auf seine Weise ein unverzichtbarer Bestandteil der Agentur


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5. Das Arbeitsumfeld bei Wildkat ist wie eine große, fürsorgliche Familie


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6. Klassische Musik rockt!


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7. Bei WildKat ist Frauenpower angesagt


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8. WildKat ist ein großer Verein von Teetrinkern


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9. Bei WildKat wird gegenseitige Unterstützung groß geschrieben


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10. Selbst, wenn du mal keine Ahnung hast, was zu tun ist, hier hat jeder ein offenes Ohr


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11. Der wöchentliche Obstkorb bei WildKat sorgt für den Vitaminflash


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Liebes WildKat-Team,
ein großes Dankeschön für diese wunderbare Zeit. Ich habe während des Agenturalltags bei euch so unendlich viel gelernt und mitgenommen. Schade, dass es jetzt schon vorbei ist! Bleibt so, wie ihr seid:

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Liebsten Gruß

Eure Theresa

Theresa Hünerbein

(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We adamantly believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin and New York. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exceptional opportunity for a motivated, intelligent, creative individual to join our London team. Working with the Director, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, and fellow Account Managers on creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries, they will be expected to quickly establish and build strong working relationships with press to generate media coverage for our clients.

 

Key duties

As an Account Manager your role will be:

– To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events

– To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things

– To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns

– To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company

– To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures

– To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients

– To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events

– To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances

– To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company

– To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role 

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

– Friendly, open plan office

– Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly

– Gain wider industry experience, not just PR

– Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas

– Personalised creative skills training and coaching

– Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects

– Opportunities for travel

– Sociable atmosphere

– Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days 

Person Specification

Essential

– At least one year’s relevant experience in music PR

– Interest in classical music, culture and the arts

– Proven administrative and organisational skills

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

– Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone

– Confidence and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

– Ability to work as part of a team

– Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines

– High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

– A strong interest in online media

– Self-motivated

– Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

– 2-3 year’s experience in a music PR agency

– Fluency in another language

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 17th March 2017

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

(Written on March 6, 2017 )

WildKat PR ist anders – das merkt man schon daran, dass Praktikantinnen genommen werden, die Kultur der Metropole studiert haben 🙂 Obwohl Lisa von diesem sehr speziellen, kulturwissenschaftlichen Studiengang kommt, ist sie durch ihr Interesse und Begeisterung an insbesondere klassischer Musik bei WildKat PR gelandet. Davor hatte sie schon Praktika beim Radio und einem Musikvertrieb gemacht und war somit auf dem besten Weg zu verstehen, wie die Musikbranche als Ganzes funktioniert und interagiert. Hier erzählt sie von ihrem Praktikum bei WildKat Berlin:

Das Berliner Team bei der Abschiedsparty

Das Berliner Team bei der Abschiedsparty

„Überrascht“ war ich zunächst einmal von der Art, wie hier gearbeitet wird. Ganz im Sinne immaterieller Arbeit wird viel getippt, nachgedacht, per Mail oder Skype kommuniziert (auch innerhalb des Büros und natürlich mit dem Londoner Pendant) und recherchiert. Das Arbeiten hier ist international – nicht nur, weil man viel auf Englisch kommuniziert und veröffentlicht, sondern auch weil die Kolleginnen hier in Berlin aus unterschiedlichen Ländern und Regionen Deutschlands kommen, sodass man immer mal wieder über deutsche Redewendungen, aber auch allgemeine Unterschiede und Bräuche (besonders während der Weihnachtszeit! 😉 ) diskutiert. Neben dem Erstellen des täglichen Pressespiegels und der Pflege der Social-Media-Kanäle (beide Aufgaben teilte ich mir mit dem Praktikanten des Londoner Büros), fand ich es besonders interessant, mit welch diversen Projekten sich diese PR-Agentur befasst. WildKats Kunden reichen von konkreten Veranstaltungen wie Festivals über einzelne Künstler bis hin zu ganzen Orchestern. So konnte ich die Account Manager auch bei einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Projekte unterstützen: Während meiner Zeit hier arbeitete ich an einer App-Recherche, an Social-Media-Kampagnen, Übersetzungen von Fact Sheets und half bei der Kontaktaufnahme zu Presse und Rundfunk. Auch agenturintern gab es immer etwas zu tun: Listen pflegen, Kontakte updaten oder zur Weihnachtszeit eine beträchtliche Summe an Weihnachtskarten und deren Versand koordinieren. Bei einem Flyer-Tag konnte ich die wichtigsten Orte der Berliner Musikszene erkunden und gleichzeitig auf das tolle Agenturangebot, die „Open Sessions“ – kostenlose Beratungen im PR-Bereich, aufmerksam machen. Ich finde es sehr nützlich zu wissen, wie eine PR-Agentur funktioniert, vielleicht sogar essentiell, wenn man in der Musikbranche arbeiten möchte und verstehen will, wie die einzelnen Akteure zusammenarbeiten, wer welche Aufgaben übernimmt und was demnach wie voneinander abhängt.

Beim Flyer verteilen in Berlin

Beim Flyer verteilen in Berlin

Wer sich auch für ein Praktikum im Bereich Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit mit spannenden Aufgaben und Einblicken interessiert, kann sich beim Berliner Büro (carolin@wildkatpr.com) bis zum 16. Januar 2017 bewerben. Weitere Infos gibt es bei Kulturmanagement und Indeed.

(Written on January 6, 2017 )