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In today’s news: Igor Levit wins the Gilmore Award. Robert Mann has died. Christoph von Dohnányi will take over a new Salome Production at the Berlin Staatsoper. A new electronic organ is being installed at the Vatican. The Bayrische Staatsoper is celebrating 100 years Staatsoper and 200 years National theatre. A piece on cultural heritage in europe and an article with Gustavo Dudamel on Venezuela and music.

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

Events that are due to take place in the months to come, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival.

Gramophone

Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

The prestigious award, worth $300,000, goes to 2016’s Gramophone Recording of the Year winner.

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

The group, compromising of 28 children played a special seasonal concert last December.

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Discover the reason why so many Mongolians are winning international singing awards.

Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for 2 decades

Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House tenor rejects ‘in your face’ sexual violence against women on stage

Michael Fabiano resists demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage and argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.

NPR

Robert Mann, A Founder Of The Juilliard String Quartet, Has Died

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

Bei der Neuproduktion von Richard Strauss’ “Salome” an der Berliner Staatsoper übernimmt Christoph von Dohnányi die musikalische Leitung. 

Klassik.com

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

Der Vatikan setzt im Petersdom auf Digitalisierung: bei großen Ereignissen erklingt statt der traditionellen Pfeifenorgel künftig ein digitales Instrument.

Klassik-heute

GMD Kirill Petrenko leitet zwei “Ring”-Zyklen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

In diesem Jahr begeht die Bayerische Staatsoper zwei Jubiläen: 100 Jahre Bayerische Staatsoper und 200 Jahre Nationaltheater. 

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

Vor drei Tagen begann das Europäische Kulturerbejahr unter dem Motto „Sharing Heritage“. Am 8. Januar wird in Hamburg die nationale Auftaktveranstaltung zu diesem internationalen Großprojekt stattfinden.

El Mundo

Gustavo Dudamel: “Me duele el conflicto entre hermanos en Venezuela”

Gustavo Dudamel (Barquisimeto, 1981) está en medio de muchos frentes. Por un lado, tiene que lidiar con la responsabilidad de ser el director de orquesta más candente del momento […]

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(Written on January 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Holden Madagame goes from mezzo soprano to tenor, vinyl industry continues to rise, INES announces first acts to be part of the talent exchange programme. Also, RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor of music, New York City Ballet investigates sexual harassment claim against its longtime leader Peter Martins and study reveals the cause of fascination for negative emotions in music. 

Independent

Millions of Brits never attend opera because it’s ‘too posh’, ‘too long’ and ‘too expensive’, survey finds

Uncertainty over appropriate etiquette relating to applause and toilet breaks also deters public from attending performances of Carmen, La Boheme and The Barber of Seville.

Holden Madagame: The trans opera singer who went from mezzo soprano to tenor

The performer, who was accepted by the Glyndebourne Academy to work on his vocal technique after taking testosterone, talks about finally being accepted by the opera world .

Classical Music

Vinyl sales continue to rise

More than 1 million vinyl LPs are expected to be purchased this December, according to the BPI.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wins National Dementia Friendly Award

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has won a National Dementia Friendly Award in the Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year – Small and Medium category.

Music Teacher

RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider as Viotti visiting professor of music.

Music Business Worldwide

First acts chosen for innovation network of European showcases exchange

Almost 100 European acts have been selected to be part of the talent exchange programme of the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES).

The New York Times

New York City Ballet Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Peter Martins

Peter Martins, the longtime leader of New York City Ballet, has been removed from teaching his weekly class at the School of American Ballet while the two organizations jointly investigate an accusation of sexual harassment against him.

Codex Flores

Weshalb uns negative Emotionen in der Musik faszinieren

Was reizt uns an einem Musikstück, das negative Emotionen in uns hervorruft? Forscher des Max-Planck-Instituts für empirische Ästhetik haben ein psychologisches Erklärungsmodell für dieses scheinbar paradoxe Phänomen entwickelt. 

Pizzicato

Evan Christ bleibt bis 2014 Generalmusikdirektor in Cottbus

Die für das Staatstheater Cottbus zuständige Brandenburgische Kulturstiftung hat die Verträge von Generalmusikdirektor Evan Christ und von Intendant Martin Schüler bis zum 31. Juli 2024 verlängert.

Klassik.Com

Komponist Beat Furrer wird Mitglied des Österreichischen Kunstsenats

Der gebürtige Schweizer tritt in dem 21-köpfigen Gremium, das die Anliegen der Kunst in der Öffentlichkeit vertritt, an die Stelle der im letzten Jahr verstorbenen Ilse Aichinger. Im Kunstsenat kann nur Mitglied werden, wer mit dem Großen Österreichischen Staatspreis ausgezeichnet worden ist; Furrer erhielt die Auszeichnung im Jahr 2014.

Platea Magazine

Davide Livermore anuncia hoy su dimisión al frente del Palau de Les Arts 

El argumento principal de fondo es la falta de apoyo institucional que ha encontrado por parte del Gobierno valenciano. Livermore anunciará hoy lo que es una decisión irrevocable, llevado por motivos personales y profesionales. 

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 Barbara Hannigan: « Ich mache keinen künstlerischen Unterschied zwischen moderner Musik, Klassik oder Barock »

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(Written on December 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: Creating a piano with electric paint, Hans Zimmer’s fear of the stage, AudioCoin and its future in the music industry, Blockchain as the new P2P file sharing technology, The rise of mobile apps in the music industry, An interview with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, rediscovery of lost Kurt Weill’s song, Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications.

Classic FM

Here’s how to create a piano on any surface with electric paint (no, seriously)

Use this incredible electric paint to paint a piano on any surface, and play it using MIDI technology. 

Hans Zimmer: ‘Everybody needs to wake up, speak out and to care a little bit more. And we all need to be a lot more decent’ 

Award-winning composer faces his greatest fears with live theatre tour.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition receives record number of applications

Event taking place in Geneva in April 2018 receives 317 applications across junior and senior categories.

Digital Music News

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?

Can cryptocurrency AudioCoin truly revolutionise the music industry.  Or will it end up as yet another failed initiative?

Business Insider UK

Blockchain tokens could transform the music industry

Twenty years after peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing decimated the music industry, blockchain is emerging as a new P2P technology that could rip the industry anew.

IT Pro Portal

Banging the drum: How mobile apps drive the music industry

The music industry must take advantage of mobile-first strategies to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Der Tagesspiegel

In der Musik gibt es keine Grenzen

Eine Begegnung mit dem Klarinettisten Kinan Azmeh, der sich selbstbewusst zwischen den kulturellen Welten bewegt.

Die Welt

Und der Käse, der hat Schimmel – Weill-Song entdeckt

Seit den frühen Dreißigern galt Kurt Weills „Lied vom weißen Käse“ als verschollen. Lotte Lenya, Sängerin und Weill-Witwe, hat jahrzehntelang nach ihm gesucht. Jetzt wurde es wiedergefunden.

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Außen pfui – innen hui

Den Schweizern sagt man bedächtige Langsamkeit nach. Ein Vorurteil. Der Gotthard-Basistunnel wurde ein Jahr früher fertig als geplant. Und innerhalb eines Jahres bekam die sanierungsbedürftige Tonhalle in Zürich eine Ersatzspielstätte. Kosten durfte es auch nur 10 Millionen Franken, weil das Geld für ein Provisorium im Etat des Umbaus vergessen wurde.

The New York Times

Henze’s ‘The Bassarids’ Will Return to the Salzburg Festival

Hans Werner Henze’s “The Bassarids” — a retelling of Euripides’s “The Bacchae” with a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman — will return to the Salzburg Festival next summer, the site of its premiere in 1966, festival officials announced on Wednesday.

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Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications

The Menuhin Competition has today announced a record-breaking year for the number of young musicians applying to participate in the next edition of the Competition in Geneva in April 2018.

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CIassicalMusic @CIassicalMusic ‘Steinway Family’ turns 25

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(Written on November 9, 2017 )

In today’s news: Simon Rattle returning to UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Soundcloud to be saved by a pair of investment funds, and concert goers more likely to give to charity. Kerem Hasan wins ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’, Vilde Frang and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen to play at BBC proms, and Sony Music does vinyls again.

The Guardian

Simon Rattle: ‘I would have been wary about taking the job had I known about Brexit’

The conductor is returning to the UK to become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. What does he see as the responsibilities of such a role today, what’s happening with the new concert hall, and how do you restrain freedom-loving tortoises?

The Strad

Session Report: Pavel Haas Quartet reunites with former viola for Dvořák quintet

For the Pavel Haas Quartet, recording Dvořák’s String Quintet op.97 and Piano Quintet op.81 is the ideal way to celebrate old friendships with music from the New World. Tom Stewart reports from Prague

The Pizzicato

Ingmar Bergman, Sebastian Fagerlund and Anne Sofie von Otter join for new Finnish opera

During its 2017–2018 season the Finnish National Opera will stage the world premiere of a new Finnish opera, Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata, on the 8th of September 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

As Soundcloud, valued at $300m, books an uncertain future… could a major label have rescued it?

SoundCloud is about to be saved in the nick of time by a pair of investment funds – but the details of the deal, revealed today by MBW, have left some who rely on the platform deeply concerned about its fate.

Classic FM

People who go to concerts more likely to give to charity, new study finds

Those who take part in cultural activities, including going to concerts, are more likely to donate to charity and volunteer.

Limelight

Scotland Yard employs Mozart in crime prevention tactics

Classical music will be played in a troubled London housing estate to disperse troublemakers and calm residents.

Pizzicato

Kerem Hasan gewinnt Salzburger Dirigentenpreis

Der  25-jährige Brite Kerem Hasan hat den ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ 2017 gewonnen. Insgesamt gab es 67 Bewerber.

Klassik Heute

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und Vilde Frang bei den BBC Proms

Im Januar dieses Jahres debütierte Vilde Frang mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen und verzauberte das Publikum in der Glocke.

Zeit Online

Warum Sony wieder Vinyl presst

Musikstreaming verbreitet sich rasant, aber in der Nische wächst der Umsatz mit Schallplatten. Die Antithese zum digitalen Hören ist sogar für Großkonzerne interessant.

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Elbphilharmonie @elbphilharmonie

The »Elbphilharmonie Summer« starts on Wednesday – four weeks of World Music, Film Scores, Jazz and Classical Music! 🍦 🌞

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(Written on August 7, 2017 )

In today’s news: Philharmonia app for PlayStation, Lichfiel Garrick has a classical twist, and Beatles manager get honoured by tribute. Ainars Rubikis becomes the new principal conductor of the Komische Oper Berlin, and Karel Mark Chichon, principal conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern steps down. The National Symphony Orchestra records a vinyl album.

The Guardian

Artist’s tribute to Beatles manager

Turner prize winner honours Brian Epstein for 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper album

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia launches app on PlayStationVR

The Philharmonia Orchestra has become the first symphony orchestra to release a VR app on the PlayStationVR platform.

The Telegraph

From Monty Python to Louis Armstrong: the 78 best funeral songs

Which songs are played the most at funerals?

Burton Mail

Julian Lloyd Webber pays a visit to Repton School to judge music competition

Acclaimed musician Julian Lloyd Webber has praised the high standard of music teaching and abilities at Repton School.

Lichfield Live

The Opera Boys bring a classical twist to the Lichfield Garrick

Classical crossover will be on offer as the Opera Boys come to Lichfield.

Tagesspiegel

Komische Oper: Neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Nach Tagesspiegel-Informationen wird der Lette Ainars Rubikis an der Komischen Oper Nachfolger des Musikchefs Henrik Nánási. Der dirigierte zum Abschied Mahlers Vierte.

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Karel Mark Chichon, Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie, zurückgetreten

Saarbrücken – Der Chefdirigent der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Karel Mark Chichon, hat nach Angaben des Saarländischen Rundfunks (SR) seinen sofortigen Rücktritt erklärt.

concerti

Ein Stück Amerika am Bodensee

Beim Bodenseefestival gibt es vier Wochen lang Klassik, Jazz, Tanz, Schauspiel sowie Literatur aus den USA zu entdecken

BBC news

One orchestra’s one-take wonder

The National Symphony Orchestra has made a “direct cut” album, recorded straight to vinyl.

Mail Online

Met Opera faces questions as it marks big anniversary

The Metropolitan Opera is pulling out the finery this weekend to mark its golden anniversary at New York’s Lincoln Center, but the celebration comes at a tough moment for opera in the United States.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Ballet updates Carmen for the modern age, setting it in an Asian garment factory to a partly rock score

Choreographers Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu talk about moving Bizet’s ballet to contemporary Asia, changing the characters around and using a score from 1967 with additions by Hong Kong rock musician Mike Orange.

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Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo will be one of the stars of the Met Opera’s anniversary bash

(Written on May 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: The New York Times reports that Murray is working on a classical music tour, and the German Orchestra Association criticises the AFD party. The Barbican’s Sound Unbound weekender set to give classical music a festival feel, and Daniel Barenboim gives warning concerning the french presidential election. For the first time since the Islamic Revolution, a concert by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was conducted by a Western maestro, and Record Store Day (April 22) celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.

Classical Music Magazine

Proms 2017: more new venues, politics and religion, and tributes to Sargent

In addition to its core Royal Albert Hall programme and chamber music series in Cadogan Hall, the 2017 season (14 July – 9 September) will see Proms concerts take place at five different venues.

Nerdist

Bill Murray is Working on a Classical Music Tour

The New York Times reports that Murray is currently in a Manhattan studio working on the program, which pairs chamber music led by the cellist Jan Vogler, who has played with New York Philharmonic, with songs and literary readings by Murray.

FactMag

Vinyl fantasy: Is the record boom bad for new music?

But if the vinyl industry is booming, why is it so hard for labels to sell new music? Oli Warwick investigates.

The New York Times

Wegbereiter des Impressionismus

Édouard Lalo steht im Mittelpunkt des Musik-Features auf BR Klassik, das sich der Kammermusik des beinahe in Vergessenheit geratenen französischen Komponisten widmet.

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Orchestervereinigung kritisiert AfD

Wenn eine Partei definiere, was zum Beispiel Orchester und Musiktheater spielen dürfen, etablierten sich totalitäre Mechanismen.

klassik.com

Stiftung Mozarteum erwirbt Brief von Maria Anna Mozart

Salzburg, 21.04.2017. Die Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg hat einen Originalbrief von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Schwester Maria Anna, genannt “Nannerl”, erworben.Es handelt sich laut einer Mitteilung des Mozarteums um einen der persönlichsten und aufschlussrechsten Berichte über die Kindheit Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts.

musik heute

Barenboim: Patriotismus statt Nationalismus in Europa

Berlin – Vor der Präsidentschaftswahl in Frankreich hat der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (74) vor einer weiteren Stärkung des Nationalismus in Europa gewarnt.

Le Parisien

Un chef français à la baguette à Téhéran, une première depuis la révolution

Pour la première fois depuis la révolution islamique, un concert de l’Orchestre symphonique de Téhéran a été dirigé mercredi soir par un maestro occidental, témoignant du réchauffement des liens culturels entre l’Iran et l’Europe.

WQXR

20 Great Music Compositions Inspired by Shakespeare

Sunday is Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday and 401st deathday (yeah, thems the breaks). He might not be around to celebrate those anniversaries, but you sure are.

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BBC Radio 3‏  Need some Prom-spiration? (Sorry) Listen to this dazzling taster playlist from :

nprmusic  Sylvia Moy, a songwriter and one of the first female producers at Motown Records, has died at the age of 78.

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(Written on April 21, 2017 )

In today’s news, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announces their 2017 season based on the americas, and music teachers worry that tuition fees can’t keep up with cost of living. At the last minute of Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut, Lura Johnson steps in to save the day, and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will depart on its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. Viryl Technologies releases a new vinyl-pressing, robotic technology, and jazz singer Al Jarreau announces the end of his live performance career.

Rhinegold

Music tuition fees failing to keep up with the cost of living, ISM survey reveals

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ annual survey of teaching and accompanying rates has revealed that music tuition fees are not increasing in line with the cost of living.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland announce 2017 season

The theme for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s 2017 season is The Americas, with each ensemble performing a selection of works directly linked to or inspired by the Americas.

Washington Post

Last-minute accompanist swap didn’t mar Catherine Manoukian’s D.C. debut

Armenian violinist Catherine Manoukian’s Washington debut was imperiled by the sudden indisposition of her accompanist, but Lura Johnson, a well-known Baltimore pianist, saved the day, filling in Wednesday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lacking adequate rehearsal time, the new duo could offer only three standard war horses from the same era: sonatas by Brahms (Nos. 2 and 3) and Franck.

International Arts Manager

Sheku Kanneh-Mason booked for BAFTAs

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has booked himself the ultimate album launch party, with the release of his new EP timed to coincide with his performance at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). The BBC Young Musician 2016 winner will be introduced by host Stephen Fry.

The Strad

Danish jazz violinist and composer Svend Asmussen has died, aged 100

Over a career spanning eight decades, Asmussen collaborated with such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Stéphane Grappelli, and recorded several albums

Broadway World

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Florida Tour Begins 3/13

This March, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will embark upon its first trip to the United States in more than 35 years. The RSNO, together with Music Director Peter Oundjian and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform throughout the state of Florida

Artsjournal

The New Robots That Are Making Vinyl Records

“The first new record-pressing machines built in over 30 years are finally online. The brainchild of some Canadian R&D guys with a background designing fancy MRI machines, the Warm Tone record press is everything that its vintage counterpart is not

Pizzicato

800 Singers To Perform At Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017

From February 16-20, the Westminster Choir College in Princeton (New Jersey) and choir events organizer Interkultur will host 20 choirs

Bayreuther Festspiele verkaufen wieder Eintrittskarten online

Für die Bayreuther Festspiele (25. Juli bis 28. August) beginnt am 12. Februar (14 Uhr) der Online-Verkauf von Eintrittskarten.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jazz-Sänger Al Jarreau beendet Live-Karriere

Im Juli hatte der Jazz-Sänger noch einmal nach Deutschland kommen wollen. Jetzt hat Al Jarreau mit 76 Jahren im Krankenhaus eine schwere Entscheidung getroffen: keine Live-Auftritte mehr.

KlassikAkzente

Ein Piano-Star kehrt heim – Lang Lang zurück bei Universal Music

Der chinesische Pianist Lang Lang begeisterte mit seinem Spiel schon Milliarden Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Jetzt kehrt der umjubelte Künstler heim zur Universal Music Group.

Concerti

Dufter Currywurstsound

Was haben Currywurst, S-Bahn und die Musiker des Berliner Konzerthauses gemeinsam? Ganz einfach: sie machen Musik!

France musique

Musique contemporaine : vers une écoute moins intellectuelle ?

Pour cette 27e édition du festival de création musicale Présences, 79 compositions et un portrait musical de la compositrice finlandaise Kaija Saariaho sont proposés au public de la Maison de la Radio ainsi qu’aux auditeurs de France Musique.

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Classical Music News ‏ Winners of the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence announced

Music History  in 1882 FP of ‘s opera The Snow Maiden

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(Written on February 10, 2017 )

2016 – what a year it has been! 

It’s been a year full of political and cultural changes and we look forward what 2017 holds in store. 

We have also had to adapt WildKat’s set up and services towards the current climate. Artists and organisations, as well as independent projects, look for even more value for money, and for smarter, more effective approaches towards reaching audiences. 2016 is the year we truly went into number crunching, exploring what and how coverage converts into ticket sales, which platform drives different types of traffic, what will guarantee a sell-out and what is worth an investment for the future. 

We have brought in a new set of Account Managers and created new roles to cater to a renewed interest in broader press and online targets. 

I am optimistic about 2017. Change always means opportunity. It means we are in motion, and the arts are the first place we will see that. I look forward to new pieces being created, new companies being formed and new ideas coming to fruition.

Thank you to all our partners, clients, journalists and the wonderful staff across all our WildKat offices. We finish the year on a high with our annual skiing trip to Austria! Let’s slide merrily into the New Year.

Managing Director, Kat Alder

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In 2016, WildKat PR continued to expand our roster with lots of diverse projects and campaigns, from Ancient Academy of Music to Metal’s production of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with the London Contemporary Orchestra. We also worked with a wide range of fantastic organisations on unique projects, including projects with The European Union Youth Orchestra, Help Musicians UK and Live Music Now. Also, across the Atlantic Ocean in our New York office, we began campaigns with the world-renowned The Cliburn and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Here are some highlights from our fantastic year:

In Spring 2016, Sacconi Quartet and Sacconi Chamber Music Festival returned to WildKat, and it was another very successful year for them, highlights include a 5-star review by The Guardian and also an awesome review by Financial Times. They also premiered Jonathan Dove’s ‘In Damascus’, a brand new work for Tenor and String Quartet.

Photo: Emilie Bailey

In Summer 2016, another year, another weird and wonderful set of Tête a Tête performances, including Toni Castells‘ ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?‘, which featured in The Guardian‘s top classical picks, and on BBC Radio 3: In Tune, amongst other outlets. They also ran six productions, forming part of the Cubitt Sessions at the heart of King’s Cross this year. Looking ahead to 2017, lots are going to happen in January with Tête a Tête, so keep reading our blog to follow their latest news!

Photo: Tête a Tête

In August, BitterSuite launched their crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, and successfully reached their target. They were featured in Vice, and they also debuted in New York at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December.

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In Autumn 2016, we worked with Metal Liverpool on Steve Reich’s Different Trains. We gained a huge range of alternative coverage, including The Sunday Times, live-streaming on Boiler Room, and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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In Winter 2016, Ailie Robertson‘s classical debut single ‘Haven’ was a big hit, reaching No.2 on iTunes Classical Chart. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3: In Tune.

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The Academy of Ancient Music received a very strong set of reviews for our first concert with them, recording 4 and 5 stars.  They also continue to receive excellent reviews for their disc of music by Dario Castello, which proves to be increasingly popular following the concert and broadcast and is encouraging in supporting their aim to bring neglected music to a wider audience.  We now very much look forward to the release of the second volume in 2017.

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Accentus Music also has had an incredible year with us, with over 50 pieces of coverage throughout the year, and several productions nominated in several categories for the International Classical Music Awards 2017, including a CD by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alban Berg’s opera ‘Wozzeck’ DVD performed by Opernhaus Zürich. We look forward to further collaborations with Accentus in the new year.

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Photo: Accentus Music/ Berg Wozzeck

We also had a great year with Dartington – this year’s festival saw musicians, writers and artists of all ages and abilities descend upon the beautiful medieval Dartington estate, to take part in courses, watch and participate in masterclasses, create new works, and attend concerts and performances, of which there were over eighty over the four week period!  We are excited to have the chance to work with them again for their International Summer School and Festival 2017, which promises to be just as, if not even more exciting.

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Besides our usual Press and Promotion service, we are also developing a wider range of services. We introduced our full Social Media packages and more Creative Campaigns.

We have recently worked with ECC100, a vinyl-only record label founded by Lush, on their release of ‘Set in Stone‘, music inspired by ancient stone circles in Dorset, UK. As well as a press campaign, we also organised a creative campaign, inviting journalists and bloggers to travel on a journey through their senses, with fragrances created by Gorilla Arthouse, which were inspired by the music from the album, live performance from Simon Richmond and John Metcalfe, and the screening of a film by Patrick Dunn.

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Photo: ECC100

Now that the year is almost over, we are very much looking forward to announcing new partnerships in January 2017! To follow our latest news and updates, keep reading WildKat PR Blog, or follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2017!

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Have you ever wondered how a polyphonic piece would sound if you listened to some of the individual parts, or even just one?  A special new online tool—created for today’s release of an outstanding modern interpretation by six pianists—offers this possibility and allows you to get closer to Steve Reich’s famous Six Pianos.

Influenced by electronic club music, as well as their classical education, the six pianists Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt, Paul Frick (of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah, show their devotion to the influential composer of minimalist music though this modern approach to the idea behind Six Pianos.

Six Pianos

Each pianist performed his part on his own piano using typical studio equipment, before passing the recording over to the next pianist. With the help of the online tool you can listen to every single part individually, or up to all six parts together. This opens up new sound experiences as well as giving a special insight in both the piece and the work of the musicians.

Due to technical reasons the tool only works with Google Chrome. When opening the page, it can take up to 30 seconds until all tracks are completely loaded, but it’s definitely worth the wait! Here you can find the tool: www.film-recordings.com/sixpianos

This recording of Six Pianos, which also includes Keyboard Study #1 by Terry Riley, is now available on the FILM label as Vinyl, CD and as MP3.

(Written on November 18, 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.

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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.

BBC

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.

BR KLASSIK

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.

KulturPort.de

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.

klassik.com 

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.

Twitter

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.

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Photograph: Steve Schapiro, published by the Powerhouse Books

(Written on April 15, 2016 )