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In today’s news: Igor Levit wins the Gilmore Award. Robert Mann has died. Christoph von Dohnányi will take over a new Salome Production at the Berlin Staatsoper. A new electronic organ is being installed at the Vatican. The Bayrische Staatsoper is celebrating 100 years Staatsoper and 200 years National theatre. A piece on cultural heritage in europe and an article with Gustavo Dudamel on Venezuela and music.

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

Events that are due to take place in the months to come, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival.


Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

The prestigious award, worth $300,000, goes to 2016’s Gramophone Recording of the Year winner.

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

The group, compromising of 28 children played a special seasonal concert last December.

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Discover the reason why so many Mongolians are winning international singing awards.

Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for 2 decades

Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House tenor rejects ‘in your face’ sexual violence against women on stage

Michael Fabiano resists demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage and argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.


Robert Mann, A Founder Of The Juilliard String Quartet, Has Died

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

Bei der Neuproduktion von Richard Strauss’ “Salome” an der Berliner Staatsoper übernimmt Christoph von Dohnányi die musikalische Leitung.

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

Der Vatikan setzt im Petersdom auf Digitalisierung: bei großen Ereignissen erklingt statt der traditionellen Pfeifenorgel künftig ein digitales Instrument.


GMD Kirill Petrenko leitet zwei “Ring”-Zyklen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

In diesem Jahr begeht die Bayerische Staatsoper zwei Jubiläen: 100 Jahre Bayerische Staatsoper und 200 Jahre Nationaltheater. 

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

Vor drei Tagen begann das Europäische Kulturerbejahr unter dem Motto „Sharing Heritage“. Am 8. Januar wird in Hamburg die nationale Auftaktveranstaltung zu diesem internationalen Großprojekt stattfinden.

El Mundo

Gustavo Dudamel: “Me duele el conflicto entre hermanos en Venezuela”

Gustavo Dudamel (Barquisimeto, 1981) está en medio de muchos frentes. Por un lado, tiene que lidiar con la responsabilidad de ser el director de orquesta más candente del momento […]



Image: © Kate Molleson for the Guardian

(Written on January 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: traveling musicians and British Airways, Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars, Garsington Opera and the 360-degree simulated experience. VocalEssence launches a youth programme, fair pay for Australian artists is still out of reach and the Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up.

The Times

BA tells musicians to buy another seat for their cello

British Airways has caused consternation among some leading performers by making it easier to carry violins and violas but effectively banning most other instruments from the cabin, including guitars, unless passengers buy a second seat.

Classical Music

Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars 2017/18

Sing for Pleasure has announced the recipients of scholarship places on its Young Conductors’ Programme for the coming academic year.Garsington Opera

Opera Now

Garsington Opera unveils 360-degree audience experience

Audiences can immerse themselves in Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch, thanks to a 360-degree simulated experience available on BBC Arts Digital.

Choir and Organ

VocalEssence launches youth programme

VocalEssence, a choral arts nonprofit based in Minnesota, has launched a youth programme.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify, Soundcloud and Deezer join forces as part of new EU lobbying group

Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer are amongst new members of a European lobbying organization which aims to “advocate for policies that shape a favourable business environment for digital music”.


Lyric Opera of Chicago Offers Very Theatrical ‘Die Walküre’

CHICAGO — Many productions of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” stage the “Ride of the Valkyries” scene as a rowdy reunion. We see eight Valkyrie sisters, who arrive on their flying steeds, assemble at a mountaintop to greet one another giddily.


Fair pay for Australian artists still out of reach, study shows

Artists earn less than most professionals, with disparities even more pronounced for women and differently abled artists.

Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up

The programme includes Jordi Savall, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Taipei’s U-Theatre and the Michael Clark Company.

France Musique

Décès de l’organiste Michel Chapuis

L’organiste Michel Chapuis est décédé à l’âge de 87 ans. Musicien internationalement reconnu, il a notamment été titulaire de l’orgue du chœur de la cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris et de l’orgue de la chapelle du château de Versailles.


Landesjugendorchester Berlin Tänzerische Leichtigkeit

30 Jahre Landesjugendorchester Berlin: Zum Jubiläum spielt das junge Ensemble Mozart und Vasks im Konzerthaus.

Nachfolger von Ivan Fischer Christoph Eschenbach wird neuer Chefdirigent des Konzerthauses

Seit 55 Jahren steht er auf den Bühnen dieser Welt. Mit Christoph Eschenbach übernimmt ab 2019 ein erfahrener Maestro den Taktstock am Konzerthaus. Er wird den Orchesterwettbewerb auffrischen.


Programme abseits der Konventionen beim Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

Das Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo findet in diesem Jahr zum 37. Mal statt. Auch in diesem Jahr hat der Festivalleiter Marc Monnet mehrere Schwerpunkte gesetzt, die das umfangreiche Programm mit thematischen Strängen durchziehen.

Bachs h-Moll-Messe ist Unesco-Welterbe

Jetzt hat es die Berliner Staatsbibliothek schwarz auf weiß: Das Manuskript von Johann Sebastian Bachs (1685-1750) h-Moll-Messe gehört nun offiziell zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe.


in 1926 Birth of American computer music specialist Max V.

Image: Choir and Organ

(Written on November 13, 2017 )

In today’s news: Simon Rattle returning to UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Soundcloud to be saved by a pair of investment funds, and concert goers more likely to give to charity. Kerem Hasan wins ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’, Vilde Frang and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to play at BBC proms, and Sony Music does vinyls again.

The Guardian

Simon Rattle: ‘I would have been wary about taking the job had I known about Brexit’

The conductor is returning to the UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. What does he see as the responsibilities of such a role today, what’s happening with the new concert hall, and how do you restrain freedom-loving tortoises?

The Strad

Session Report: Pavel Haas Quartet reunites with former viola for Dvořák quintet

For the Pavel Haas Quartet, recording Dvořák’s String Quintet op.97 and Piano Quintet op.81 is the ideal way to celebrate old friendships with music from the New World. Tom Stewart reports from Prague

The Pizzicato

Ingmar Bergman, Sebastian Fagerlund and Anne Sofie von Otter join for new Finnish opera

During its 2017–2018 season the Finnish National Opera will stage the world premiere of a new Finnish opera, Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata, on the 8th of September 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

As Soundcloud, valued at $300m, books an uncertain future… could a major label have rescued it?

SoundCloud is about to be saved in the nick of time by a pair of investment funds – but the details of the deal, revealed today by MBW, have left some who rely on the platform deeply concerned about its fate.

Classic FM

People who go to concerts more likely to give to charity, new study finds

Those who take part in cultural activities, including going to concerts, are more likely to donate to charity and volunteer.


Scotland Yard employs Mozart in crime prevention tactics

Classical music will be played in a troubled London housing estate to disperse troublemakers and calm residents.


Kerem Hasan gewinnt Salzburger Dirigentenpreis

Der  25-jährige Brite Kerem Hasan hat den ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ 2017 gewonnen. Insgesamt gab es 67 Bewerber.

Klassik Heute

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und Vilde Frang bei den BBC Proms

Im Januar dieses Jahres debütierte Vilde Frang mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen und verzauberte das Publikum in der Glocke.

Zeit Online

Warum Sony wieder Vinyl presst

Musikstreaming verbreitet sich rasant, aber in der Nische wächst der Umsatz mit Schallplatten. Die Antithese zum digitalen Hören ist sogar für Großkonzerne interessant.


Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie

The »Elbphilharmonie Summer« starts on Wednesday – four weeks of World Music, Film Scores, Jazz and Classical Music! 🍦 🌞

© Marco Borggreve Warner Classics


(Written on August 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe, huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM, and if Soundcloud disappears, what happens to its music culture? Wolf Durmashkin composer’s prize announced, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie tours in autumn, and Stuttgart State Opera needs new place to be during its renovation.

The Guardian

Opera director Joe Hill-Gibbins: How I got an Oedipus complex

The ancient myth speaks to us still, and, through the prism of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s hard-hitting opera Greek, the director of a new production found insights, strange beauty and football chants.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK launches Develop funds

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced Help Musicians Develop, which will invest £270,000 over the next 18 months to allow artists to take stock professionally and creatively.

Choir and Organ

Thomas Gaynor wins St Albans Interpretation Competition

The 29th St Albans International Organ Competition concluded at London’s St John’s Smith Square on 22 July, following nearly two weeks of competition and festival events in St Albans and London.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook is hiring for a music publishing head in Europe

MBW has spotted that the company is hiring for a Music Publishing Business Development Manager based in London to “lead music publisher/society licensing strategy and negotiations with rights-holders in EMEA”.

Classic FM

Huge increase in under-35 listeners for Classic FM

Classic FM has posted a surge in listening figures, with 5.8 million people now listening to the station – 1.2 million of whom are under 35

The New York Times Magazine

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?

The technology blog TechCrunch published a report claiming that SoundCloud had enough money to finance itself for only 80 days. Though the company disputed the report, the possibility that SoundCloud might disappear sent a shock through the web.


No more music from the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

After struggling with financial problems for several years, the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (Central California) has decided to cease operations.


Patrick Thomas has died

The Australian conductor, known for his fierce advocacy of Australian music, has passed away aged 85.

Kultur Radio

Wolf Durmashkin Kompositionspreis erstmals ausgeschrieben

Internationaler Nachwuchskompositionswettbewerb ruft zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem Holocaust auf.

Klassik Heute

Herbsttournee der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie

Im September und Oktober 2017 reist die Junge Deutsche Philharmonie unter der Leitung von Jukka-Pekka Saraste programmatisch in den hohen Norden.

Ausweichspielstätte der Stuttgarter Oper im Schlossgarten: Probleme mit dem Denkmalschutz?

Die Ende Juli ins Gespräch gebrachte Alternative zu den bislang zur Diskussion stehenden Ausweichspielstätten der Stuttgarter Oper könnte Angaben der Stuttgarter Zeitung zufolge zu Problemen mit dem Denkmalschutz führen.


in 1882 Birth of Segundo Luis Moreno .

The Guardian: Greek

(Written on August 3, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) receives a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation, and Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service. The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York will adopt the tiny but influential experimental music hub, The Stone, and Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Times

Boston-Leipzig Exchange: Andris Nelsons’ Orchestras Collaborate

Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany, performing with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera, and playing Sunday cantatas at St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach was the cantor.

The Stone, an Influential Music Space, to Move to the New School

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Neil Ferris appointed as new BBC Symphony Chorus director

He will join the ensemble in May 2017 and will be responsible for steering its vocal and artistic development as well as leading its relationships with Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo, and the BBC Proms. His first project will be to prepare the ensemble for its annual appearance at the First Night of the BBC Proms.


Grant Of $600,000 Boasts Detroit Symphony’s Education Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that it has received a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation to provide comprehensive music education for underserved youth in Detroit. The grant will enable the DSO’s Wu Family Academy to launch a new, free entry-level program to be named the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble in addition to expanding the reach of its Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcasts.

International Arts Manager

Young Chinese pianist speaks out after sexist online tirade

A 25-year Chinese pianist has spoken out following a stream of sexist comments after she caught public attention by playing Rachmaninov’s arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee on two pianos simultaneously in a video that was shared by British radio station Classic FM.

Bloomberg Technology

Spotify Hits 50 Million Paid Subscribers, Lifting Music Industry

Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service.

Berliner Morgenpost

Janine Jansen überrascht mit ihrem Mozart-Spiel

NHK Symphony Orchestra gastiert in der Philharmonie

Der Tagesspiegel

Hals über Kopf

Voller Emotion und mit stupender Technik: Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva singt im Konzerthaus Arien von Vivaldi und Rossini


„Geht das so weiter oder hängt die CD?“

Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt


Virtuosic Listening: Vicky Chow’s Aorta on New Amsterdam

Pianist and chamber musician Vicky Chow has been taking careful steps in not only performing contemporary works for piano and electronics but by establishing herself and her practice


20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

We’ve decided to put together a list of classical pieces that will keep you calm when studying, but also keep your gears moving


Classical Music News  Scottish festival funding announced

Music History   in 1875 FP of ‘s opera Carmen, at the Opera Comique, in Paris.

Image: The New York Times. John Zorn, left, with Richard Kessler, the executive dean for performing arts at the New School.

(Written on March 3, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, applications are now open for the 9th Sound and Music’s Summer School, which will take place from 30th July to 5th August this year. Violinist Ray Chen, former 1st prize winner at the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions, signs with Decca Classics. Renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman will open New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert Winter Festival 2017, with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn from January 13th to 15th. Also, more reactions on the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music opens Summer School applications

Sound and Music is now inviting applications for its Summer School, which will take place 30 July – 5 August 2017.

City of London Corporation announces support for Centre for Music

The City of London Corporation has pledged up to £2.5m in funding towards the production of a detailed business case for a Centre for Music in London’s Square Mile.

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen signs new recording deal with Decca Classics

The violinist, who is a former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, will make his first recording for the label later this year.

The New York Times

Juliet and Jackie Evancho, Bonding as Targets in a Trump Media Frenzy

Jackie, 16, who will sing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, and her transgender sister, Juliet, 18, lend each other support.

The Washington Post

At a moment of transition, NSO offers the old-new: 20th-century classical works

Teetering on the edge of a new era, the National Symphony Orchestra this week offers a program poised midway, even uncertainly, between old and new.


2017 NJSO Winter Festival to Launch with Pinchas Zukerman Performing Tchaikovsky

Celebrated violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman opens the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert 2017 Winter Festival with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, January 13-15 in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick.

Music Business Worldwide

Soundcloud Co-founder Eric Wahlforss Switches Job As Firm Hires CTO

Yahoo! exec Artem Fishman has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at SoundCloud – as co-founder Eric Wahlforss takes on a newly-created role.

ZEIT Online

Hamburg, deine Perle

Der teuerste Konzertsaal der Welt ist eröffnet, beklatscht von Angela Merkel, Joachim Gauck, Reichen und Prominenten. Erfüllt die Elbphilharmonie die hohen Erwartungen?


Dieser Konzertsaal kennt keine Gnade

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist eine Augenweide. Doch wir sehen nicht mit den Ohren: Das Hördesign von Yasuhisa Toyota ist gemacht für Überwältigungsmusik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elemente des Lebens

Elementargewalten, inszeniert vor historischer Kulisse. Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci 2017 haben die vier Elemente Feuer, Wasser, Erde und Luft zum Thema.

France Musique

Découvrez l’impressionnante Philharmonie de l’Elbe à Hambourg

Pour faire oublier des années de retard et d’explosions budgétaires, l’Elbphilharmonie de Hambourg devait sortir le grand jeu lors de son inauguration. Pari réussi pour la ville hanséatique qui vient de se doter d’une des plus belles salles de concert au monde.


Classic FM @ClassicFM Next week, the complete Latin works of William Byrd in 24 hours with ! …here’s how you can support it:

The Violin Channel @violinchannel Join us Friday 11am New York time for a Facebook Live Q&A with violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman! @klassikcom Geigerin Sarah auf Russlandflug bestohlen


Photo: Sound and Music

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Lake District Summer Music cancelled summer school, but will include new series of ‘Young Artist Debut Recitals’. Results of UK Music’s survey on diversity highlight the underrepresentation of Black, Asian, minority ethnic individuals and women in the industry. Rumours have been circulating that SoundCloud is on verge of bankruptcy. Also, in Germany opinions are divided over the Elbphilharmonie following last night’s opening concert, and could Obama soon be working for Spotify?

Classical Music Magazine

Lake District ends summer school after 32 years

Lake District Summer Music, for 32 years a combined festival and summer school for students in Cumbria, is changing its pattern of activity. Public concerts by international figures in the festival are to continue as before, but this year it will include a series of ‘Young Artist Début Recitals’ by selected performers, and no summer school as such.

UK Music reveals diversity survey findings

The results of UK Music’s diversity survey highlight the underrepresentation of BAME individuals and women in the music sector.

Nathalie Stutzmann takes RTÉ principal guest conductor post

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named Nathalie Stutzmann as principal guest conductor. The announcement comes just days before she gives her second performance with the ensemble.

The New York Times

Focus! Festival to Highlight Diverse Music of Latin America

This year, the Juilliard School’s annual Focus! festival will look at “Our Southern Neighbors: The Music of Latin America.”

The Violin Channel

Rumours Circulating That SoundCloud Streaming Service on Verge of Bankruptcy

Reports are circulating that SoundCloud is on the verge of bankruptcy – following the presentation of a hemorrhaging $52 million loss.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Merkel: Elbphilharmonie ist fantastischer Konzertsaal

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie als fantastischen Konzertsaal bezeichnet. Merkel gehörte zu den 2100 Gästen des Eröffnungskonzertes des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters.

Hamburger Abenblatt

Bundespräsident Gauck: “Sie haben Großartiges geleistet”

Der Bundespräsident eröffnet die Elbphilharmonie und ist von ihrer Akustik begeistert. Die Eröffnungsrede im Wortlaut.


Liebe Hamburger, Weltklasse geht leider anders

Das Eröffnungskonzert sollte die Akustik des neuen Klanghauses zur Geltung bringen. Das ist offenbar misslungen. Es gibt einen Grund, warum der Klang nicht hält, was die Architektur verspricht.


Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. 

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre-t-elle pour les instruments ? Ce violon électrique, d’allure futuriste, a été conçu grâce à une imprimante 3D. Avec son “3Dvarius”, un clin d‘œil au célèbre luthier italien Antonio Stradivari, Laurent Bernadac espère repousser les limites du son.

Le Figaro

Barack Obama, président des playlists pour Spotify ?

La plateforme d’écoute en ligne a publié une offre d’emploi intitulée «président des playlists» qui semble étrangement adaptée au curriculum du 44e président des États-Unis.


Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie A moment to remember forever! This is the first official photo of the Grand Hall with guests and orchestra.

Tagesspiegel Berlin @TspBerlin Hamburg leuchtet,Berlin duckt sich weg?Von wegen! über die Vorzüge der Hauptstadt:

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The Pittsburgh Symphony is back, putting the music scene at full strength – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Photo: BBC Photographer – Guy Levy

(Written on January 12, 2017 )

Account Manager Victoria Cappelletti’s views on working as a PR in Paris and London: Differences, difficulties & evolution

Over one year ago I moved to London to start working at WildKat PR as an Account Manager. I had previously worked for two years in the music industry in Paris, at a major record label and also in an independent PR agency with a similar structure to WildKat.

Being aware of the stakes of promoting independent and emerging artists in Paris, I was curious to see and experience the differences between the industries, seeking new professional challenges and looking forward to tame British journalists.

As I had previously worked with UK and international clients, I already had an insight into some of the differences, however, after a year of working as a press officer in London, I was able to find distinctive quirks.


In my opinion, big record labels and majors rule music industries. That’s the case in both the UK and France. Independent, alternative and emergent artists thus struggle (more) to rise and thrive with their art.

As the French government cuts budgets for culture, the media has to focus on bigger artists, or at least on the ones that will gain a more significant audience. I could see that they were sliding dangerously from programming artists that they are personally passionate about, to generating profit for the media. As someone who is, and has always been so passionate about music, spending entire evenings digging for unknown tunes on Soundcloud, it makes me quite sad.

My knowledge of the UK government’s decisions for culture (apart from Brexit which will have an important impact on diversity in my humble French opinion) is limited, but it seems quite obvious that there are way more opportunities for new artist, to perform but also to be featured in the media.

Regarding live performances, for example, maybe it comes from the fact that all things cultural don’t happen in central London, as it is in Paris intra-muros, but alternative, emergent, underground cultural opportunities blossom in zone 2 and 3, whereas it is almost impossible to make Parisians cross the city centre’s limits.

Hence, there is a profusion of music venues, from established concert halls to basements and Pizza Express, that allow emerging bands and underground composers to perform their music or art, get visibility and improve their talent.

It also seems that there are more channels and ways to promote artists in the UK.

For example, I was able to secure a piece in a national newspaper for my first campaign, whereas the journalist had never heard from me before, and my sharp French accent couldn’t fool anyone.

Of course relationships with the media are the key to being a good and efficient PR. But here in the UK, I’ve felt like journalists are more open-minded and if you pitch to them right, offering an interesting idea, they will say yes.

In France, it’s more difficult to offer something original, and journalists are not likely to respond to you unless they know you. Maybe it’s also the case here, but simply in my experience, it’s not.

I’ve learnt that here anything is basically possible, if you put enough creativity and resources into it. This is an integral part of the culture at WildKat and has taught me a new way to approach to PR. The French music industry is obviously still strong, and there are still great things to do – it just seemed to me that without a strong record label behind them, emerging artists had less chances to be promoted in media and programmed in a venue, even the smallest.


Note: Beyond the PR and media industry, I think the differences between the two countries are probably beyond business. It’s social, it’s a way of working, communicating, and thinking.

The UK has seen the birth of major underground musical movements such as punk, grime and trip-hop. It’s the home of beautiful weirdos, from Elton John to Boy George to David Bowie, among so many others.


I believe that all these cultural developments and their leaders ‘used’ people’s minds to be more open, accepting, experiencing and enjoying alternative and underground music and art movements.

Generally, the UK is known for being a cool country, where people won’t judge you for your half-balled turquoise haircut, wearing shorts in January, or the music you are listening to. I’ve seen youngsters sing along to rock songs next to quiet old men in the pub.

I am not saying France is behind in terms of music – it has the 2nd best hip-hop scene, many other amazing weirdos and a new generation of artists that are now making their way across the Channel and beyond – for example, Christine & The Queens whom I’m always glad to see on billboards here in London.

wildkat-pr-christine-and-the-queens-refuse-proposalsPhoto: refuse proposals

We have a great new wave of music, which I think and hope will go far.

I believe Paris should open its ‘borders’ offer more exciting opportunities to emerging artists through reopening old venues, rehabilitating others, and take (some) inspiration in London’s music life’s landscape.


Photo: Victoria Cappelletti

(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, applications open for £10,000 Rhinegold Charity Fund, government in Beijing boosts growth in classical music, and violinist Charlie Siem strikes a high note in fashion. Also, Mozart sells most CDs in 2016 and Soundcloud starts subscription service to compete with Spotify and Apple Music.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for £10,000 Rhinegold Charity Fund

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2017/18.

Music Teacher Magazine

Scottish Opera to bring Burns opera to primary schools

Thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland will rehearse and perform an opera based on Robert Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter as part of Scottish Opera’s annual primary schools tour.

RCM announces David Lang residency

The Royal College of Music has announced David Lang as composer-in-residence for its American-focused spring 2017 season.

Australian Financial Review

Government in Beijing boosts growth – in classical music

This month, New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

The Violinist Charlie Siem Strikes a High Note in Fashion

Read about British Violinist Charlie Siem’s interview with The New York Times, as the violin virtuoso not only is successful in classical music, but now also strikes a high note in Fashion.

Der Tagesspiegel

Kommen und Bleiben

Das Berliner Chefdirigentenkarussell dreht sich. Einer hat jetzt verkündet, dass er bleibt: Donald Runnicles verlängert seinen Vertrag an der Deutschen Oper.


Auf Klangsafari in der Elbphilharmonie

Jedes Hamburger Schulkind sollte mindestens einmal in der Elbphilharmonie gewesen sein, so hatte es sich Hamburgs Erster Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz gewünscht. Mit den musikvermittelnden Angeboten der Elbphilharmonie könnte dieses Ziel gelingen.

Spiegel Online

Mozart verkauft 2016 die meisten CDs

Ein vor 225 Jahren verstorbener Musiker entpuppt sich als Megaseller der Gegenwart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart hat 2016 die meisten CDs verkauft. Allerdings nur mithilfe eines kleinen Rechentricks.

Linksextreme protestieren vor Mailänder Scala

Vor der Mailänder Scala haben anlässlich der Spielzeiteröffnung linksextreme Gruppen protestiert. Die Demonstranten forderten mehr Sozialwohnungen und Beschäftigung, darüber hinaus riefen sie Parolen gegen die Regierung des scheidenden Regierungspräsidenten Matteo Renzi.


Soundcloud startet Abo-Dienst auch in Deutschland

Der Berliner Musikdienst Soundcloud bringt sein Abo-Angebot auch nach Deutschland. Die Firma will gegen die Marktführer Spotify und Apple Music mit einem breiteren Angebot punkten: Neben den üblichen rund 30 Millionen Songs aus den Katalogen der Musikindustrie sind auf der Plattform viele Titel weniger bekannter Künstler sowie einige exklusive Aufnahmen von Stars zu finden.

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Raubkunstverdacht bei Geige – Stiftung soll 100.000 Euro zahlen

Im Fall einer möglicherweise von den Nazis geraubten wertvollen Geige hat die Schlichtungsstelle vorgeschlagen, dass die Erben des früheren Besitzers 100.000 Euro erhalten sollen. Derzeit ist die Geige im Besitz einer Stiftung, die das Instrument hochbegabten Studenten der Nürnberger Musikhochschule zur Verfügung stellen will. Diese sollen verpflichtet werden, mit Konzerten an die Geschichte der Familie Hildesheimer zu erinnern.


rbb|24 @rbb24  Musikhochschule als Friedensprojekt: -Akademie öffnet heute in @klassikcom Luzerner Sinfonieorchester steigert Besucherzahlen

Music History @today_classical in 1865 Birth of Finnish Jean Julius

Credit: Andy Bernhaut-Dpa.

Credit: DPA.

(Written on December 8, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be starting work with Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida, ahead of the release of their album Dare Voce this autumn. Olivia and Sandro are particularly interested in exploring the interaction between different genres, traditions and timbres.


Olivia Salvadori is a classically trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. Her music creates an eclectic avant-garde union between her deep, lyrical voice and a classically-influenced electronic accompaniment. In 2013, Olivia began recording her album, Dare Voce, in collaboration with producer, composer and cellist Sandro Mussida. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matter and explores the interaction between acoustic/classical, electric and electronic fields.


Dare Voce features nine compositions in song form for soprano voice with electric/electronic accompaniment. Alongside elements from traditional classical Italian opera, the compositions incorporate more contemporary and experimental styles.

Follow their latest news here on WildKat PR Blog. In addition, you can follow Olivia on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, where you can listen to some of her recordings. You can also follow Sandro on his website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram, as well as Soundcloud to listen to his works.

(Written on October 18, 2016 )