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WildKat PR are very excited to introduce our new client – Chad Lawson.

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Multi award-winning composer and pianist Chad Lawson will release his new album Bach Interpreted: Piano Variations on Bach Chorales in September 2016, accompanied by a European tour – Chad Lawson: Bach and Chopin Interpreted.

Chad will perform at Lido, Berlin on 15th September and in London at The Forge, Camden, on 29th September.

A Steinway artist, Chad’s most recent album The Chopin Variations reached #1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Classical charts in 2015. His music has huge popular appeal, and is listened to over 1.7 million times per month on streaming platforms. Described as ‘the classical CD for people that hate classical music’ (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Chad Lawson’s music is the perfect first step on a journey into classical music.

Chad is a national speaker and blogger on the subject of today’s independent music industry, and US streaming service Pandora have invited him to speak before Congress about the groundbreaking influence of streaming services on the ways people listen to music.

To keep up to date with Chad, follow him on Facebook and Twitter

(Written on May 31, 2016 )

The Berkeley Ensemble and the panel of judges for the New Cobbett Prize for Composition are delighted to announce Samuel Wesley Lewis’s Sequenza as the winner of the 2014 award, while Barnaby Martin‘s Lazarus and Laurence Osborn‘s Living Floors are awarded runner-up. The prize’s final was held at The Forge, Camden in a public concert at which all five finalist’s compositions were performed.

The New Cobbett Prize is inspired by the life and pioneering work of philanthropist and founder of the original Cobbett Competition, Walter Willson Cobbett who commissioned many of the early works of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams, amongst others. Through this, Cobbett helped to establish a British school of chamber composition.

The winning and runner-up compositions will be recorded by the ensemble for release on Resonus Classics in 2015, part of their ongoing work to offer long term exposure to new and emerging composers.

Founded in 2008 by members of London’s Southbank Sinfonia who discovered a shared love for modern British composition, the Berkeley Ensemble has rapidly become one of the UK’s leading chamber groups. Their versatility and inquisitive spirit has resulted in collaborations with Tom Poster, Nicholas Daniel, Sir Thomas Allen, Richard Sisson and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Alongside the competition, the Berkeley Ensemble have performed in a concert series inspired by Cobbett’s legacy as well as supporting a series of composition masterclasses lead by Michael Berkeley and other leading British composers.

Louise Mather

(Written on December 11, 2014 )

Very exciting news for WildKat’s Nimrod Borenstein – his composition Soliloquy for solo cello has been chosen as the obligatory piece in the first stage of the 45th International Jeunesses Musicales Competition. The Competition will be held from 20 to 30 March 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia and Nimrod’s piece can be downloaded here.

Soliloquy was first premiered by world-renowned cellist and ex-member of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler on 16th April 2013 and has been performed many times since. It had its UK premiere at The Forge in London where it was played by Corinne Morris. After this performance Nimrod’s works were described as “works of merit and bursting with inspirational textures while retaining an ease of accessibility” by Performance Reviewed and the most recent performance was as little as a month ago at St Martin in the Fields.

The International Jeunesses Musicales Competition was created in Belgrade in 1969 and is dedicated to the most promising young musicians at the start of their international careers. It offers cash prizes, valuable gifts and publicity through the Jeuneses Musicales in Belgrade whose aims are to support young musicians and encourage music and cultural creativity in young people of all backgrounds. The competition is open to cellists under the age of 30 and applications are now open and being accepted until 31st December 2014.

For more information about the competition and to find out how to enter visit this link:




(Written on September 15, 2014 )


San Diego Opera to stay open amid crowdfunding success

The 58-member board of directors voted in March to shut down, but recent campaign saved the troubled company.

Are opera singers now to be judged on their looks not their voice?

A storm of protest has erupted over critics’ disparaging comments about a Glyndebourne singer’s size and shape. If there is a line over which opera critics should not step, then it is into the realms of a singers’ personal appearance, writes mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston.

Classic FM Online

Pittsburgh Symphony auditions barking dogs

A group of dogs were put through their paces at an audition for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, to determine which would take part in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunt Symphony.

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Philharmonic faces final curtain before £13.8m face lift

As it shuts its doors this weekend capital development director Emma King discusses the long-term vision for the Phil.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT day four ‒ Classical music for generation Y, venerating venues, conference closing numbers

Phillip Sommerich reports from the final day of events at Classical:NEXT 2014. Appropriately, the final conference of Classical:NEXT was titled ‘Classical Music is Dead’, and speaker Brendan Walsh of consultancy Brending began in style.

Limelight Magazine

Global politics causes controversy at Carnegie Hall

World-renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has publically refused to sing under the direction of Russian conductor Vladimir Gergiev, as tensions between Russia and the rest of the world manifested themselves at Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times

Pop Music Recital With a Classical Veneer

On Saturday, the Tribeca New Music Festival presented ‘Poetry in Motion:’ an evening of polished pop that featured the soprano Mellissa Hughes.

Classical Music on Twitter 

UberFacts ‏@UberFacts Singing helps reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, increases oxygen to your lungs and helps better posture.

The Forge@TheForgeCamden Let your child roam, dance, play & sing to classical music @BachToBaby this Thurs morning: @LondonMums @islingtonmums

OAE@theoae The OAE Hall of Shame. It’s time to unveil the TOP 10 MOST HATED PIECES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC as voted for by you.

BBC Entertainment@bbcentertain VIDEO: How to make Anglo-Iranian music

The Journal of Music@journalofmusic Arts Council to Invest €450,000 in Music Generation.

PRS Foundation@PRSFoundation We’re delighted to be partnered with @CreativeScots @ArtsCouncilNI @Arts_Wales_ & @artscouncil_ie on #BeyondBorders




(Written on May 20, 2014 )


Sex isn’t what sells classical music, Nicola Benedetti says

Women in classical music are not successful because of their looks, Nicola Benedetti says, as she admits the idea that ‘sex sells’ “really p—– me off.”


Bach fans petition to rescue composer’s Weimar house from car park

Fans including Nobel prizewinner JM Coetzee petition to buy site where composer lived in his 20s – currently in use as a car park.

BBC Music Magazine

The Royal Opera House announces its 2014-15 season

Special prices for students mark an opening night ‘dedicated to the next generation.’

Gloucester Cathedral pays tribute to WW1 composer

Gloucester Cathedral has unveiled a new stained glass window celebrating the life and work of local composer and poet Ivor Gurney.

Classic FM Online

Scientists “growing Beethoven’s ear” on mouse

A new scientific study has reportedly managed to grow an ear on the back of a mouse that has what is believed to be the same DNA as Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Kings College Choir

Kings College Choir announces major change

As a result of regulatory pressure, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge is to stop using boy trebles, it was announced today.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Ein Musiker unter Musikern

Der Zürcher Chefdirigent Lionel Bringuier im Gespräch. Ein prominenter Philharmoniker sagte vor kurzem, am Ende brauche es vor dem Orchester immer einen Feldherrn.


Classical music on twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen “SHOCK: BBC RADIO 3 IS SOLD TO RUSSIAN OLIGARCH”

Bachtrack: @bachtrack “What are your favourite classical music festival memories? Share them and you could win tickets!

Guardian Culture Professionals: @GdnCulturePros  “From 24-hour plays to co-op leasing, artists are ditching traditional residencies for DIY options”

The Forge: @TheForgeCamden The Royal Academy of Music present their Composers Platform at The Forge tonight – hear original works from…

London Symphony Orchestra at St Lukes: @lsostlukes “Back in 2012 we decided to share our space, resources & musicians with emerging composers – and @lsosoundhub was born



(Written on April 1, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Industry welcomes tax relief on production costs

Arts Council England has welcomed a new scheme for arts and cultural organisations to claim specific tax relief on production costs, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on 19 March.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announces 2014/15 season

The BBCSSO continues its exploration of cutting edge contemporary music together with performances of much-loved classics in its 2014/15 season. ‘Discovery’ is one of the main themes throughout with audiences having the opportunity to hear some less familiar works.

The Guardian

La Scala’s new boss takes aim at ‘crazy’ catcalling of the loggionisti opera fans

Pavarotti and Alagna both suffered from the jeers of La Scala’s aficionados. Now manager Alexander Pereira has had enough.

BBC Music Magazine

Ewa Gubańska wins Handel Singing Competition

The Polish mezzo-soprano bags first prize at the 13th Handel Singing Competition.

BBC News

Dead Rat Orchestra’s meat cleavers recreate vigilantes’ music

A musician is using specially crafted meat cleavers to reproduce music – a tradition that is up to 300 years old and once made by groups of vigilantes.

Huffington Post

20 classical music names you are probably mispronouncing

The Huffington post gives us a video guide on how to pronounce the names of some tricky composers.


Classical music and culture on twitter

British Council: @Brit_VisualArts “We are delighted to announce Sarah Lucas as the artist representing Britain @la_Biennale 2015

The Forge: @TheForgeCamden Tonight! Massive @ The Forge. Live #reggae music in true Camden tradition & free entry all night!  @frugl

Sinfini Music:  ‏@SinfiniMusic “More popular than God. Or football.*  via @Andy_Doe. Ammunition for when people tell you classical music is dead.”

London Music Masters: @LDNmusicmasters “3 wks today we will be hosting a discussion on Class, Race & Classical Music @theESU with @xtaizy & @CandaceAllenLon

Baltimore Symphony: @BaltSymphony “Who are the most interesting classical musicians on Twitter?  cc @violincase @zoecello @nicomuhly @EricWhitacre

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine


(Written on March 21, 2014 )

An Evening with Gabriella Swallow: Urban Family line up announced!

Next week’s concert An Evening with Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family will bring together the diverse group of musicians celebrated cellist Gabriella Swallow has worked with over the years together into a united community; her Urban Family.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase some of my most treasured musical partnerships and collaborations. This is a chance to say thank you to those who have supported me both on and off the stage. [Gabriella Swallow]

We are thrilled to announce that the line-up of the Urban Family has been finalised. A famous advocator of blurring genre lines, it comes to no surprise the huge variety of musicians Gabriella has bought together for what will no doubt be an eclectic and exciting evening.

Guy Johnston – Cello

Zoe Martlew – Cello

Elizabeth Cooney – Violin

Helena Smart – Violin

Martynas Levickis – Accordion

Genevieve Wilkins – Percussion

Pedro Segundo – Percussion

Ian Shaw – Vocals

Annabelle Williams – Vocals

Una Palliser – Vocals/Viola

Jeremy Silver – Piano

Sally Silver – Soprano

Lucy Shaufer – Mezzo-Soprano

Graeme Flowers – Trumpet

DJ Vauxxy

Clive Bell

John Garcia Rueda

  Urban Family

(Written on February 5, 2014 )

WildKat PR is thrilled to welcome hugely celebrated, diverse and eclectic cellist Gabriella Swallow to our artist roster. Gabriella has emerged as one of the leading and most versatile performers on the contemporary music and jazz scene.

Having studied at the Royal College of Music, Gabriella was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal and went on to make her Southbank debut as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta.

A passionate advocate for blurring boundaries between genres, Gabriella is just as comfortable on stage at the Wigmore Hall as she is performing at Ronnie Scott’s, on tour with Gwilym Simcock’s Quartet or with Nigel Kennedy’s band.

WildKat PR will be working with Gabriella to promote her concert ‘An evening with Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family’ on 12 February 2014 at the Forge. The concert will be celebrating her diverse musical collaborations, allowing different groups and partnerships to come together in a united community; an Urban Family. All performers have worked closely with Gabriella over the years and this is her chance to thank those who have supported her as a family would.

Urban Family

(Written on January 9, 2014 )

Both this evening and tomorrow, soprano Nadine Mortimer-Smith will be performing in Naked Opera at The Forge, Camden at 7:30pm. The idea behind Naked Opera is to find the bare truth behind opera singers and young professionals, and the reasons why they chose this career and lifestyle, and the challenges and triumphs that they face. A couple of weeks aho on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Nadine spoke to Hardeep Singh Kohli about the show, which narrates the stories of each persona the singers take on, and branching out to tell the stories of other people in opera.

Naked Opera is co-ordinated by charity Unexpected Opera, who create ‘stimulating and engaging’ productions, offering fresh and funny renditions of classic musical works. Accompanied by three other young professional operatic singers, and Unexpected Opera’s resident comic, Nadine reveals the naked truth behind opera, through a variety of classic arias.

Listen to Nadine on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek here.
Unfortuntely, both dates have sold out for Naked Opera, but for more information or details of future shows, visit the website here.

(Written on October 8, 2012 )

Check out our Pinterest board for our September concert recommendations. Some of our highlights this month include Metropolitan Opera’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore with Anna Netrebko, Cameron Carpenter’s performance at the BBC Proms, English National Opera’s new production of Martinu’s Julietta. There’s also a performance by “Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band”, She’koyokh at The Forge and King Lear at the Almeida Theatre.

(Written on August 28, 2012 )