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WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 


(Written on January 13, 2015 )

Tonight is Vignette Productions’ and Kiez Oper’s opening night of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. This interactive and immersive adaptation takes place at ‘the notoriously rowdy’ Salon Zur Wilden Renate nightclub in Berlin and is followed by a ‘techno rave-’ as Berlin based daily email magazine Sugar High puts it: ‘it is time to embrace the unexpected’With the cast made up of singers from the prestigious International Studio at the Berlin Staatsoper and from around Berlin, a full Baroque Ensemble led by Benjamin Bayl, staging by WildKat’s own Andy Staples, this event is not to be missed!

Tickets are still available for performances this evening and tomorrow:

(Written on July 20, 2012 )

In just a few weeks’ time, Vignette Productions is collaborating with the exciting Kiez Opera in an electrifying new project. Taking place in the garden of Wilde Renate, one of East Berlin’s techno clubs, the project features a two-night run of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ presenting singers from the Berlin Staatsoper Young Artist Programme. On the 20th and 21st of July, Purcell’s work is condensed from its usual 3 hours of performance to just one action-packed hour, and is aimed and the younger crowd of Berlin at just 10 euros a ticket: taking ‘opera to the people’ (Exberliner Magazine).

Tickets can be bought from the fair-trade ticket company: Brown Paper Tickets, here.

Kiez Oper

(Written on July 9, 2012 )

Last week’s two-night run of Sacrifices, by Vignette Productions and La Nuova Musica, directed by Andrew Staples, has this week been praised in its reviews in the press. The modern setting and simplicity of direction was seen as ‘wholly appropriate’ to the intricate works of Charpentier and Carissimi, praise indeed for Andrew’s work (Exeunt Magazine).

Sacrifices was performed in Shoreditch Town Hall, as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, a venue which was ‘resonant enough to fill out the sound without swamping it’, an important factor for such a dark yet moving performance (The Evening Standard).

The Evening Standard celebrated La Nuova Musica for providing musicality and colour ‘of often heartbreaking poignancy’, whilst uplifting all of the performers and musicians as ‘exquisite’.

The direction by Andrew, ‘a fine tenor branching into theatre direction’ (The Times) was commended for drawing ‘poingnant, assured performances from the young actors and singers’, also noting the skill with which they performed the difficult polyphony entirely from memory. The Times also individually celebrated the soprano Sophie Junker for her performance of Jephte’s Daughter in the Carissimi work, in particular the ‘touchingly sung’ lament before she is tragically sacrificed; whilst Exeunt Magazine noted Sophie’s fellow soprano Augusta Hebbert for being both confident and engaging.

Andrew’s triumphant work at Spitalfields was applauded as a whole, with the ‘clever linking’ of the two works bringing them up to date and making them relevant to today’s society, in an ultimate portrayal that, even now, Sacrifice can ultimately never be evaded (The Times).

La Nuova Musica in Rehearsal at Shoreditch Town Hall

(Written on June 20, 2012 )

Tonight sees the start of ‘Sacrifices’ at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, directed by Andrew Staples. Vignette Productions and La Nuova Musica collaborate to present ‘two achingly beautiful oratorios’ in a new setting.

Speaking on BBC3’s In Tune, David Bates, conductor of La Nuova Musica, lent the “cool aspect” of this modern production to Staples’ directing, due to the “layers” and “visual aspect” of the Spitalfields performance. Suzy Klein of In Tune noted that this performance will bring the works of Charpentier and Carissimi “into our own time”.

‘Sacrifices’ is performed in the Shoreditch Town Hall on the 14th and 15th June from 8pm – 10pm. Tickets are available here.

Listen to the full BBC3 In Tune interview and performances by La Nuova Musica here.

(Written on June 14, 2012 )

Vignette Productions and La Nuova Musica have revealed a teaser video of ‘Sacrifices’, their upcoming staging of two middle Baroque oratorios – the video hints at what spectators can expect at the Spitalfields Music Festival on the 14th and 15th of June, taking place in Shoreditch Town Hall.

The Director of the project is renowned tenor Andrew Staples who is aiming to present the ‘two achingly beautiful oratorios’ in a performance that will be both exciting and cutting edge: combining actors, singers, musicians, video and sound design, and lighting.

The Youtube teaser gives a glimpse of the uniqueness of this work and hints at how Sacrifices will explore the concepts of the two works and how they are relevant today. The oratorios use ancient biblical texts concerned with the sacrifice of children in the name of faith and honour, yet by peeling away the anaesthetising layers of historical context, it can be seen that these acts of belief-fuelled cruelty are still present in our world. The performance will examine the impact of a struggle between personal belief and its place in an evolving society.

Watch the video here:

La Nuova Musica in rehearsal for next week’s performance:




(Written on June 7, 2012 )

For this year’s Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, Andrew Staples, with his company Vignette Productions, will be presenting a new staging of two trailblazing oratorios on the theme of Sacrifice.

‘Sacrifices’ sees Vignette collaborate with La Nuova Musica and their conductor David Bates for concerts on 14th and 15th June. It is focusing on two early oratorios: Carissimi’s Jephte and Charpetentier’s Sacrificium. The piece evolves from the questions of faith and ritual and what it is to sacrifice.

Click here to read David Bates’ interview with the BBC Music Magazine and visit the Spitalfields Music website for more information.

(Written on May 2, 2012 )

WildKatPR is proud to announce that we will be working with four outstanding new clients in various fields.  These are Andrew Staples (tenor), Vignette Productions (opera production company), Sid Samberg (composer / pianist) and Music in Offices (music education group).

WildKat is managing an international campaign for all of Andrew Staples’ engagements as well as looking towards his upcoming project, Opera For Change, in September 2013. Andrew will be performing in Opera Holland Park‘s production of Così fan tutte this summer and directing a new production of La Cenerentola at Bury Court Opera in March.

Sid Samberg is a dynamic young composer and pianist who has performed internationally. WildKat is working with Sid, consulting on his career in both America and Europe.

We are also working with Music In Offices, a unique music education company whose clients are high fliers from a range of industries. WildKat is working on their innovative Office Choir Of The Year initiative.

(Written on December 16, 2011 )