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What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!

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We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.

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Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.

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(Written on October 6, 2014 )