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Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, John Wilson Orchestra is to embark on a 12-date nationwide tour next month, the ‘Music from the Movies’ programme will feature Oscar-winning songs and film scores from the golden era of Hollywood. Peter Manning speaks about Three Palaces Festival, a classical music festival taking place in various historically significant buildings across Malta, from November 4 to 13. Also, the French government has announced an important extension project for the National Opera in Paris.

Classical Music Magazine

John Wilson Orchestra to embark on ‘Music from the Movies’ tour

The John Wilson Orchestra is to embark on a 12-date nationwide tour next month.

Malta Today

Gunning for ‘arts tourism’ through classical music

Teodor Reljic speaks to the internationally acclaimed violinist, concertmaster and conductor Peter Manning, who will now be taking the reins of the Three Palaces Festival – a classical music event taking place in various historically significant buildings across Malta, from November 4 to 13.


Ambitious Extension Project For Opera Bastille In Paris

The French government has announced an important extension project for the National Opera in Paris.

The Strad

Longtime LA Philharmonic violinist Barry Socher has died, aged 68

The violinist, who had recently retired from his post, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel dedicated Sunday’s matinee concert to him.

Orpheus to Debut Jessie Montgomery’s RECORDS FROM A VANISHING CITY at Carnegie Hall

Composer/violinist Jessie Montgomery’s latest orchestral score, Records from a Vanishing City, will be given its world premiere by Orpheus at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.

Verkauf von Schallplatten steigt

Der Verkauf von Schallplatten nimmt weiter zu. In den ersten neun Monaten des laufenden Jahres wurde mit 2,1 Millionen Vinylplatten die gleiche Menge an Schallplatten verkauft wie im gesamten Vorjahr.


Kulturpreis Bayern an Dirigent Liebreich verliehen

Der Dirigent Alexander Liebreich (48) ist mit dem Sonderpreis des Kulturpreises Bayern ausgezeichnet worden.

Hier wird Herbert Grönemeyer Beethoven dirigieren

Eigentlich ist Bochum pleite. Trotzdem hat die Stadt es nun geschafft, ein millionenschweres Konzerthaus zu bauen. Und Herbert Grönemeyer kommt, um Beethovens Fünfte zu dirigieren. Von einem Triumph.

Le Monde

L’impression 3D au service des instruments de musique

Les imprimantes 3D soufflent un vent d’innovation sur la fabrication d’instruments de musique. Tour d’horizon d’un artisanat inventif, où les Français sont en pointe.

Le Parisien

Décès de l’homme à la “trompette d’or” Georges Jouvin

Le compositeur et trompettiste virtuose Georges Jouvin, qui connut un immense succès international, du Japon à l’Amérique, est décédé lundi à Saint-Cloud à 93 ans, a annoncé sa famille à l’AFP.


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@MusicTeacherMag looks at classical music’s diversity problem:

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Viva Verdi! 5 things you need to know about anvil-happy opera #ROHtrovatore ahead of its return:

Classic FM @ClassicFM Happy 80th birthday to composer and conductor extraordinaire Carl Davis. @johnsuchet1 is celebrating shortly: 


Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

(Written on October 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news James Levine, music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera retires for health reasons, David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past year, Alan Loveday has died at age of 88 and John Wilson explains how the BBC Proms audience is different to any other.


Met Opera director James Levine to retire after 40 years

James Levine, the music director at New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 40 years, is to retire for health reasons. Levine, 72, will step down in May at the end of the current 2015-16 season.


David Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past 12 months

The star’s swansong even outsold Adele’s 25 – despite the fact it was only released on 8 January.

The Strad

Long-time Academy of St Martin in the Fields violinist Alan Loveday has died aged 88

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields has announced the death of violinist Alan Loveday on 12 April at the age of 88.

Classical Music Magazine

Vinyl sales continue to surge

637,056 LP albums were purchased between January and March 2016, representing an increase of 61.8% on the corresponding three-month period in 2015.

The Telegraph

John Wilson: ‘The Proms audience is unlike any other’

The John Wilson Orchestra made their debut at the Proms in 2009 with a unique selling point. They are a symphonic orchestra with a big jazz band, which means they can combine classical music with lighter fare, such as Hollywood musicals from the Fifties.


Generalmusikdirektor James Levine tritt zurück

40 Jahre lang war James Levine Chef des Metropolitan Opera Orchesters in New York. Heute gab die Met bekannt: Der Generalmusikdirektor gibt zum Ende der laufenden Saison 2015/16 sein Amt aus gesundheitlichen Gründen auf.

Nachwuchspreise der Opernstiftung: Christina Gansch, Marc Jubete Bascompte und Andre Schoch ausgezeichnet

Die Sopranistin und Mitglied des Internationalen Opernstudios der Hamburgischen Staatsoper Christina Gansch und der Tänzer des Hamburg Ballett Marc Jubete Bascomptesind die diesjährigen Träger des Dr. Wilhelm Oberdörffer-Preises. Der Eduard Söring-Preis geht in diesem Jahr an den Solo-Trompeter Andre Schoch. 

Rundfunkbeitrag: Mal ‘runter, mal ‘rauf

Für die Jahre 2017 bis 2020 fordern ARD, ZDF und Deutschlandradio einen Betrag von 38,5 Milliarden Euro, rund 10 Prozent mehr als in der laufenden Gebührenperiode. Die Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs der Rundfunkanstalten (KEF) hat dagegen vorgeschlagen, den Rundfunkbeitrag in den nächsten vier Jahren um einen Cent pro Tag zu senken.


The Vinyl Factory @TheVinylFactory Vinyl sales expected to smash 3 million mark in the UK this year:

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Condolences to all # & # but HUGE congrats to @ and the success of his # album

Classic FM @ClassicFM Wishing Sir Neville Marriner a very happy 92nd birthday! @ has one of his finest recordings coming up.


Photograph: Steve Schapiro, published by the Powerhouse Books

(Written on April 15, 2016 )