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WildKat PR is extremely proud to announce our partnership with the Academy of Ancient Music, one of Britain’s foremost period-instrument ensembles.

Founded over 40 years ago, AAM boasts a discography of 300 recordings, and has been an associate ensemble of the Barbican Centre since 2012. It is led by Music Director Richard Egarr—who celebrates 10 years at the helm during the 2016-17 season—and regularly collaborates with celebrated scholars and performers including Robert Levin, and Alina Ibragimova.

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AAM and Egarr are known for their vibrant playing—‘transmitting the kick of an energy drink’ (Financial Times)—alongside the informed and crafted approach they bring to all they do. Its principal players (including Pavlo Beznosiuk, Bojan Čičić, and Joseph Crouch) take a leading role, giving the AAM its distinctive character, with many experienced voices adding to the mix.

AAM remain at the forefront of the historically-informed performance movement, and pride themselves on sharing little-known gems with a wider audience, evidenced in their latest release, the sonatas of Dario Castello.

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We look forward to working with AAM over the coming months as they look ahead to the launch of their 2017-18 season, and performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, and Purcell’s opera King Arthur.

See Academy of Ancient Music’s website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as WildKat PR Blog, for their latest news.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

Twinsburg Bulletin

Orchestra may face uphill battle attracting youth

Parker Perry on the difficulties of attracting young people to classical music performances

San Fransisco CBS Local

Community Rallies To Save Peninsula Symphony After Embezzlement

San Mateo – The Peninsula Symphony is making music again, thanks to the generosity of members and supporters who rallied to raise money for the volunteer organization after an embezzler emptied the orchestra’s bank accounts.

New York Times

Robert Ashley, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83

Robert Ashley, an American composer who helped wrestle opera into the 20th century, and in so doing broadened the genre in strange, unexpected ways, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

Blog TO

Why the TTC is playing classical music in the subway

‘Nefarious youths’ pacified by classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Analysis: What is the Arts Council’s This England report all about?

Arts Council England has published its response to the independent report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, which last autumn showed how arts subsidy is heavily weighted in favour of London and against the regions (with 90% of government arts funding going to the capital).

Digital Music News

Music Sales in Germany Rise for the First Time in 15 Years…

Time and time again, we’ve heard about countries with declining music sales, largely due to declines in physical sales not being offset by increases in streaming revenue.  Germany now joins nations like Sweden and Norway in breaking that trend.

Die Welt

Der Schönheit weihte sie ihr Leben

Kiri Te Kanawa war die erste Māori, die als Opernsängerin Weltkarriere machte. Ihr weicher, cremiger Sopran wurde besonders von älteren Dirigenten geliebt. Heute wird sie 70 Jahre alt.
Digital Music News

Digital Music News

(Written on March 7, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to retire from opera stage?

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has suggested that she will retire from the opera stage, on the eve of her 70th birthday.

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Gramophone

Founder of Lyrita Richard Itter has died

Richard Itter was the founder of Lyrita Recorded Edition as a mail-order subscription label in 1959 (with the first LPs issued the following year) and over the next 32 years created a superb catalogue of largely orchestral British music.

Daily Mail

CHRIS DEERIN: I adore classical music. How can I pass the baton to a new generation?

Chris Deerin on Classical Music

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co’s AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it’s classical that sets his toes tapping.

The Telegraph

iTunes Festival may force imminent iOS 7.1 update

A well-connected Apple blogger claims that iOS 7.1 will be released within days as it is needed to support new features to allow the upcoming iTunes Festival in Texas to be live-streamed to devices around the world

Die Welt

Wanderhuren aus dem finsteren Zeitalter der Oper

Lange waren Barockopern etwas für Nerds. Heute gibt es eine ganze Industrie, die sie als gefühlige Events vermarktet. Wie die Alte Musik die Klassikbranche und die Seelen retten soll.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 5, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Alfie Boe and friends unite for Parkinson’s concert

Comedy duo Armstrong & Miller are set to reform for charity concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall in June, performing alongside a host of classical stars including Julian Lloyd Webber and Alfie Boe.

Leonard Nimoy to guest with Boston Pops Orchestra

Leonard Nimoy, star of Star Trek and legend of sci-fi, will appear at two Boston Pops Orchestra concerts in May.

The Guardian

Hidden sheet music in Hieronymus Bosch triptych recorded by blogger

Notes written on the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens on a panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights has been composed

NME sales fall below 20,000

IPC Media music magazine reports drop in circulation of 21.1% year on year, with rival Q down 14.2%

Classicalite

Sir James Galway Announces ‘First Flute’ Internet Instruction Series, Suitable for Beginners and Advanced Players Alike

American pianist Jonathan Biss and Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud have engaged the ever-expanding internet with web-based music teaching series, and now Ireland’s own Sir James Galway will follow their URL suits.

Classical Music Magazine

London Mozart Players announce details of new structure

Croydon-based chamber orchestra the London Mozart Players has announced details of what will become its new structure after its current managing director, Simon Funnell, leaves at the end of next month as the result of ‘a major funding problem’.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

In der unendlichen Geschichte um das Hamburger Prestigeobjekt konnte ein weiterer Bauabschnitt beendet werden. Nach den Auseinandersetzungen der vergangenen Jahre zeigen sich derzeit alle Beteiligten kooperativ und optimistisch.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 14, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.

 

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

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.

CNN

CNN

 

(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

Gramophone

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 )

The Independent

Former violin teacher Chris Ling may be extradited from US over historical sex abuse allegations

A former violin teacher wanted over historical sex abuse allegations at a music school may be extradited from the US, it was reported last night

The Guardian

Lottery cash spares English arts groups from big cuts

Public money available to England’s arts organisations in 2015 will be £334m after funding fall of 2.24% – far less than expected

Gramophone

Naim makes a big-stakes Statement in Las Vegas with $200,000 amplifier

New preamplifier/power amplifier system launched at CES 2014 trade show, will go on sale later this year

Classic FM Online

Classical music improves children’s social skills

Listening to classical music at an early age has a wide-range of educational benefits, including improving concentration, self-discipline, listening, and social skills, according to a study

BAFTA Film Awards 2014: full list of nominees

Five of the best soundtracks of the past year are in the running to win the Music BAFTA 2014, as nominations were announced this morning

Counsel & Heal

Classical Music May Boost Children’s Listening Skills

New research reveals that listening to classical pieces composed by Bach and Mozart improves concentration and self-discipline in children. Researchers also found that children who listen to classical musical are more likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years

Die Zeit

Freischwimmen mit Bach

Janine Jansen entdeckt sich neu in den Köthener Violinwerken

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

 

(Written on January 9, 2014 )

The Guardian

Spotify to take on iTunes Radio with free tier for its music apps

11 December event expected to expand free mobile access from US, although on-demand streams will be limited

The New York Times

Kennedy Center Names New Chief

Deborah F. Rutter, who as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra helped it navigate the financial shoals that have sunk other orchestras, will become the president of the Kennedy Center next fall, the center announced on Tuesday

Voice of America

San Francisco Musicians Create ‘New’ Classical Music

A group of young artists in San Francisco are continuing that trend, giving new life to an old field: opera and European classical music

Star Tribune

Italian opera house La Scala: Riccardo Chailly to replace Barenboim as musical director

The Milanese opera house La Scala took another step in its artistic and managerial transition on Tuesday by confirming that Riccardo Chailly will be its new musical director, replacing Daniel Barenboim

Minnesota Orchestra: Board reports deficit of $1.1 million for fiscal 2013

Minnesota Orchestral Association reported revenue of roughly $12 million, nearly all through contributions and investment income

New Music Box

FAIR AND BALANCED

“Until we rid ourselves of the notion that the best music of all time was created by a handful of men who lived an ocean away from us and who all died more than a century before any of us were born, we will never have programming that truly reflects the vast array of musical creativity all around us.”

Digital Music News

A Tiny Percentage of Artist Income Comes from Copyright, Study Finds…

According to a study conducted by Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law, artists are now, on average, deriving a relatively tiny percentage of their income directly from copyrights

FONO FORUM

“Reden – das kann ich einfach so”

Die Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida ist nicht nur eine weltweit gefeierte Mozart-Interpretin, sondern weiß auch sachkundig und unterhaltsam über Musik zu erzählen. Im Januar gibt sie ein Gesprächskonzert zu Beethovens „Diabelli-Variationen“ in der Essener Philharmonie

FONO FORUM

FONO FORUM

(Written on December 12, 2013 )