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WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client – Neil Myers.

wildkat-pr-neil-myersNeil started playing guitar at a very young age but began to compose when he returned from a gap year in Canada at the age of 20. Fascinated by film music, he studied Music at Leeds College of Music and completed a Masters degree in Composing for Film & Television at the University of West London. Film music became his passion as he loves the challenge of interpreting what he sees in visual form to sound form. His most recent project was the soundtrack for the Formula 1 show which he composed for Channel 4. Previously he worked for Canon, Citroen, Play Station, Sky and many more.

To stay tuned, follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or check his Vimeo page. We are looking forward to working with Neil!

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Vienna State Opera extends its live streaming service, and the 2015 BBC Radio 3 auction in aid of BBC Children in Need offers the chance to own handwritten manuscripts by living composers. Also, The Guardian scolds John Humphrys’ remark about the price of opera tickets, arguing that it’s time to scotch this cliche

The Guardian

It’s time to scotch the cliche that opera tickets are too expensive

John Humphrys is just the latest to repeat the myth that opera tickets are prohibitively expensive. Look at the figures. In fact, opera houses offer tickets that are among the cheapest for any live event in the country

Classical Music Magazine

Vienna State Opera extends live streaming service

Vienna State Opera is expanding its offer to cable and satellite television, users of Apple TV and Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices, as well as discussing bringing other opera companies on to its platform, while dramatically cutting its subscription prices

Classical Source

Distinguished living composers donate original handwritten manuscripts to support BBC Children in Need’s 2015 Appeal

The 2015 BBC Radio 3 auction in aid of BBC Children in Need offers the public a chance to own a piece of musical history 

The Strad

Chicago Symphony Orchestra appoints two new violists

Sunghee Choi and Youming Chen join the orchestra from the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Kansas City Symphony respectively

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Multimediales Musikerlebnis – Die Apple TV Klassik App

Zusammen mit dem Apple TV der 4. Generation hat Apple einen eigenen App Store für den Fernseher gelauncht. Für die so entstandene neue Plattform haben Touchpress und DG die erste Klassik App für den TV entwickelt

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Schlagzeuger Simone Rubino erhält Credit Suisse Young Artist Award

Der Schlagzeuger Simone Rubino erhält den diesjährigen Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Die Jury unter Vorsitz von Michael Haefliger, Intendant von ‘Lucerne Festival’, vergab den mit CHF 75.000 zum neunten Mal

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Aus sich selbst heraus bewegt

Douglas Lilburn, dessen Geburtstag sich am 2. November zum hundertsten Mal jährt, war nicht nur Neuseelands überragender Komponist, sondern ein Meister von universellem Karat, eine singuläre Stimme in der unglaublichen Vielfalt der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts

The New York Times

BalletNext and Abraham.In.Motion Experiment With Jazz

BalletNext, was having its first rehearsal with the Tom Harrell Quintet, and the musicians were playing something a little different from the recording that the dancers had been practicing to for weeks

San Francisco Classical Voice

Young San Franciscian Herding Music in Mongolia

It’s a globe-girding exercise to follow Dimitri Staszewski’s travels from San Francisco to Mongolia, where he is studying the country’s ancient music, contributing to its preservation

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BBC Radio 3Our auction is up! Own original manuscripts from 5 distinguished living composers

ABRSMGood luck to everyone taking their Music Theory exam today!! Here are ten tips for exam day!

Royal Opera HouseIf you’re based in the USA have a look at our cinema website for details of what’s showing near you ^E

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Carmen at the Royal Opera House. The cheapest seats for the current production are £11. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/for the Guardian

(Written on November 4, 2015 )

Here at WildKat PR we are delighted to introduce our latest client, Isobel Waller-Bridge.

As an upcoming British composer for film, television and theatre, Isobel’s career has been widespread, with productions in the West End and New York, as well as the Royal National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, and many other acclaimed venues. The success of Isobel’s diverse repertoire has been widely acknowledged; The Scotsman praised Isobel’s ‘Eikhah’, writing that it revealed a ‘mature, distinctive voice’ and demonstrated ‘an ability beyond her years’. Isobel has already received high praise from critics across the globe and has been awarded a multitude of awards, most notably Winner of Best Composer, Underwire Film Festival 2014 and Winner of Best Sound Designer, Off West End Theatre Awards 2015.

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Isobel’s recent achievements include her scoring of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hecuba, in which she captured the story’s violence, womanhood and bravery. Performance are on now until 17 October. You can read an interview with Isobel about the work here. Other highlights include the Iskra Quartet’s performance of Isobel’s music at Union Chapel on 24 October 2015.

Amongst Isobel’s exciting upcoming events, The World Machine – part of this year’s Lumiere Festival – is a must see. Isobel will team up with world-renowned cosmologist Professor Carlos Frenk and sound designer John del’Nero for a unique performance at Durham’s beautiful Cathedral.

Make sure you check out Isobel’s Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with her latest news.

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(Written on September 29, 2015 )

WildKat PR is pleased to be welcoming back composer Tim Benjamin, who is returning with his latest project Life Stories: a double bill of new one-act operas, Silent Jack and Rest in Peace, set three centuries apart. With words by Anton Chekhov and Anthony Peter, sung by mezzo-soprano Taylor Wilson and bass James Fisher, and produced by Radius, the operas explore a woman and a man in 1720s England and 2020s Moscow respectively. Both protagonists tell their life stories in their final hours and carry themes of chance, loose words and how small life choices can impact your life overall.

Silent Jack tells the story of a noblewoman, wealth lost by her missing husband to the South Sea bubble, who takes up a new life as a highwayman to make ends meet. In this gripping chamber opera, we come face-to-face with “Silent Jack” and hear of her halcyon past and grim decline, until, sharing her final moments of life, we learn of the terrible discovery she has made.

This opera is presented in a direct, intimate format: the protagonist (played by Taylor Wilson) addresses the audience up-close and personally. With a focus on story-telling, it mixes humour and tragedy, accompanied by atmospheric music that draws on Purcell.

Rest In Peace is a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Life through questions and exclamations”, a fascinating short story cunningly constructed entirely from snippets of speech from the protagonist’s life, from birth to death. Whereas Chekhov does not specify either the protagonist’s name or present situation, Radius have chosen to set the short story as the final moments of an old homeless man, Ezdeyev, as he reflects upon his life. These reflections gradually reveal to us how this man has arrived here. The drama (in English) is presented in a modern re-invention of Brechtian opera-theatre: both audience and accompanying musicians are vigorously encouraged to join in by the boisterous, comic, and tragic Ezdeyev. Tim’s music – requiring great flexibility from the singer – blends the tuneful influences of Weill and Eisler with sounds reminiscent of Shostakovich and Weinberg.

Life Stories will premiere at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 1st July and will thereafter embark on a tour of the North-West of England in Preston, Halifax and Todmorden culminating in a run of performances at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Tim Benjamin is a highly successful composer known for his works for opera, film and television including the critically acclaimed operas Madame X, which toured nationally in 2014, and Emily. More recently, he composed for the short film, By Example which was entered into the BFI 48 Hour Sci-Fi Challenge. When he’s not composing, he is also a teacher of music theory, an examiner in the same subject for ABRSM and the Artistic Director of Radius. Amongst this busy schedule, he is heavily in demand as a speaker and spoke at a TEDx talk in 2015.

Keep up to date with Tim Benjamin, Life Stories and all his other projects through his website and Twitter.

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(Written on May 13, 2015 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

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(Written on January 23, 2014 )

Buffalo News

Gerard Catalano: everybody knows some classical music

Why do we say we do not know classical music when it is everywhere in movies, television shows and commercials?

Global News

Katy Perry applauds Chinese orchestra’s version of ‘Roar’

Pop superstar Katy Perry was brought to tears Saturday by a unique rendition of her smash hit “Roar.”

GMA News

Italian violinist strikes a chord with street kids

A leading Italian violinist has swapped gilded concert halls for audiences of street children around the world, using music therapy to help those less fortunate

The Telegraph

Why opera directors must stop patronising people

Rupert Christiansen hopes that financial constraints might herald the end of directors who want to shock rather than entertain

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The Menuhin Competition returns to London in 2016

Just five weeks ahead of the 2014 Menuhin Competition – the world’s most prestigious competition for violinists, taking place this year in Austin, Texas – plans were announced last night for the 2016 event, marking the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth

The Guardian

Arts head: Mark Tinkler, English Pocket Opera Company

The artistic director on opera as a learning tool and why schools, not hubs, need to be the main deliverer of music education

Classic FM Online

How I Wrote… Breaking Bad — Ozymandias – Sung Jin Hong

You know you’re addicted to Breaking Bad when you’re compelled to write an opera about it

Die Welt

Abbados Mozart-Orchester steht vor dem Aus

Der Traum des Star-Dirigenten ist zu Ende: Wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten und der Dauer-Krankheit des Dirigenten und Gründers musste das Orchestra Mozart “vorläufig” seine Aktivitäten einstellen

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 15, 2014 )

During this year’s Proms, WildKat PR spent a week outside the Royal Albert Hall asking queuing prommers their opinion on developing technologies vs. the classical music industry. Our findings were maybe not as varied as first predicted, as it was expected that aspects such as age and experience would affect opinion.

We found that across the generations, the most integral part of developed technology, the Internet, is widely accepted, with most people finding classical music online. However, the conventional aspect of classical music, such as the use of sheet music, the live concert and traditional, non-electric instruments is preferred even if some do embrace change as it happens.

Prommers were open to the use of electric instruments in some situations but not universally. Appropriateness was dependent on factors such as the time period of the composition, which instrument was being made electric and whether it was being played by a soloist or a member of the orchestra.

The younger generation of concert goers were positive about the use of social media for artist promotion, saying it increases accessibility. They also find facebook and twitter a useful tool for finding out about classical music events, although this is not a substitute for a personal recommendation from a friend, teacher or family member.

Defying stereotypes, the older generation were not of the opinion that we have ‘lost’ precious concert going traditions to technology. However, they were mostly negative about the practice of filming concerts with phones, saying that it caused unwanted noise, was disrespectful to the artist and prevented full appreciation of the concert. They were cautious about allowing reviews to affect their concert going habits and opinions were mixed as to whether they would trust a review from a professional journalist in a respected publication more than a review from a blogger.

With regards to television, most people find concerts on TV less engaging than the live experience, but like the idea of being able to see conductors and musicians close up, which is a view that wouldn’t be possible in the concert hall. Also, all prommers asked said they saw the benefit in televising concerts as it reaches out to a new audience, who then might want to see a concert live. However, the live performance remains the most vital part of a classical music experience.

(Written on September 6, 2013 )

Today, celebrated string trio ‘Classico Latino’, which marries traditional Latin-American melodies with classical techniques, are embarking on a dazzling tour of Colombia. Highlights of the tour include a performance on the 11th of June at the closing ceremony of the ‘Mono Nunez Festival’ which features some of Colombia’s most renowned Andean musicians. This performance will be broadcasted live on national Telepacífico television. (Also on their website here – in Spanish)

Classico Latino’s much–anticipated new album ‘Latin American Classics’, which was recently recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, will be launched on the tour at a very special gala concert at the ‘Teatro Colsubsidio Roberto Arias Perez’ in Bogotá on 15th June. The album features popular Latin American music performed by ‘Classico Latino and Friends’. Collaborators include tiple player Faber Grajales, percussionist Wilmer Sifontes, and Colombian superstar singer Andrés Cepeda. In addition, the performance will be filmed and streamed live on our very own WildKat Twitter feed.

The tour highlights the success that Classico Latino have had in Colombia, and is set to be a further climax in their ever exciting story.

For more information, see the Classico Latino website here.

Photo: Ben Wright

(Written on June 8, 2012 )