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WildKat PR is excited to welcome Lizzie Ball to our roster. A truly gifted artist, Lizzie Ball is a classical trained violinist and vocalist. She is known for creating Classical Kicks, a series of shows that was established at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s, as well as a number of other exciting collaborations. The series centres on broadening peoples’horizons for classical music by combining classical music performances at the highest level with a down-to -earth approach that allows everyone to engage with the genre.

This sums up what Lizzie is all about: She thinks outside the box to create opportunities for people to listen to stunning music while looking past all the usual conventions. She is always open to fresh and different approaches and thus her performances are always one of a kind.

Her exceptional musical skills are paired with an exuberant energy that immediately captivates the audiences. Her sounds are a combination of jazz, world, folk, bluegrass, rock and, of course, classical music. She delivers a modern and creative touch, combining all the musical impacts in her life and sharing it with the audiences. Through this she is rejuvenating the fundamentals of the classical genre. Her skills, her improvisation, her expression are the driving factors of finding a new sound, and a new perception. To quote Lizzie:

“I love creating an experience. It’s about connecting the music with the audience always. Whether it’s through my violin, my singing or when producing concert performance formats.”

Lately she has been working on a new show Viva la Vidacon Frida. This multi-media presentation is a musical journey through the life, times, art of Frida Kahlo which consists of part-concert, part talk, part imagery. Together with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski, the duo play Mexican folk songs, jazz songs and classical compositions, that relate to the life of Frida Kahlo. The show also includes a live specially curated film that shows Frida Kahlo’s art, and images of the female icon aswell as Mexican imagery and illustration.

Besides her own projects, Lizzie has also been featured extensively as a classical performer with the BBC Proms, the Berliner Philharmonie and at Wigmore Hall. She has worked extensively with Nigel Kennedy, becoming the concertmaster of his orchestra of life. Her experiences in the world of rock and pop have earned her collaborations with artists, such as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson. As a session musician, she has worked with a number of artists including Seal, Adele, Kylie Minogue and Kanye West.

She can transition between genres and styles like no other artist and through those abilities she is creating something new and exciting every step of the way.

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(Written on October 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, renowned violinist Andre Rieu announces his rescheduled UK tour dates with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and David Robertson will step down as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after their 2018-19 season. Donald Trump denies asking world-famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli to sing at his inauguration, after Bocelli backed out due to pressure from fans. Also, read about one of the world’s top harpsichordists, Zuzana Ruzickova, who endured three concentration camps in World War Two and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

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Saddened Andre Rieu Announces New UK Arena Tour Dates

Violinist Andre Rieu has today announced his rescheduled UK tour dates -after a member of his orchestra this week suffering a heart attack.

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Robertson To Leave St. Louis Symphony in 2019

David Robertson, 58, will leave his post as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after the 2018-19 symphony season.

Trump Says He Never Asked Bocelli To Sing

A Trump Inauguration Manager said on CNBC that would-be tenor Andrea Bocelli was never asked to sing at the feast. The denial came after Bocelli apparently refused to sing at this show due to pressure from fans.

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You Haven’t Seen A Cloud Play a Piano Until Now

All of these musical feats share the skies as inspiration, but artist David Bowen is taking more literal approach to the weather in music. The weather has long fascinated Bowen and his recent project answers a related question: What if a cloud could play the piano?

BBC News

The ‘miraculous’ life of Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed. But not only did she survive, she also went on to become one of the world’s leading harpsichordists.

Can video game music be ‘classical’?

Listen to BBC Newshour, where they discussed The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing music from the Pokemon console games in London, which is the latest example of top classical musicians playing music from video games.

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Düsseldorf concert delayed because musicians are locked in the dressing room

The performers of the Breslau Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum were ultimately freed by the combined efforts of porter, caretaker and fellow musicians.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkbeitrag in Österreich steigt

Der Stiftungsrat des Österreichischen Rundfunks hat eine Erhöhung des Rundfunkbeitrages um 6,5 Prozent beschlossen. Die höheren Abgaben werden ab Mai 2017 fällig.

Komponist Karel Husa ist tot

Der US-amerikanische Komponist Karel Husa ist tot. Er starb Mitte letzter Woche im Alter von 95 Jahren in Apex, North Carolina. Husa war gebürtiger Tscheche, studierte unter anderem bei Arthur Honegger sowie Nadia Boulanger und emigrierte 1954 in die Vereinigten Staaten.

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Verträge über künftige Theaterfinanzierung unter Dach und Fach

Nach monatelangen Debatten und Verhandlungen sind die Verträge über die Finanzierung der Thüringer Theater und Orchester – Theater Eisenach und Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach – bis 2021 unter Dach und Fach.

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Bogdan Roscic folgt auf Dominique Meyer

Der Musikmanager Bogdan Roscic wird ab 2020 neuer Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte Österreichs Kulturminister Thomas Drozda am Mittwoch in Wien mit. Eine Personalentscheidung, die eine Öffnung des Hauses signalisiert.

Musik Heute

Anja Harteros singt nicht bei Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Die Sopranistin Anja Harteros wird nicht bei den Eröffnungskonzerten der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie singen. Als Ersatz habe man die schwedische Opern- und Konzertsängerin Camilla Tilling gewinnen können.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1888 FP of J. #Brahms‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

DW – Culture @dw_culture Mourning with #Berlin: Nine famous songs of sadness and the stories behind them http://dw.com/p/2Ubm1?maca=en-tco-dw …

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016 https://t.co/IA0JXxGbEq

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(Written on December 21, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be starting work with Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida, ahead of the release of their album Dare Voce this autumn. Olivia and Sandro are particularly interested in exploring the interaction between different genres, traditions and timbres.

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Olivia Salvadori is a classically trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. Her music creates an eclectic avant-garde union between her deep, lyrical voice and a classically-influenced electronic accompaniment. In 2013, Olivia began recording her album, Dare Voce, in collaboration with producer, composer and cellist Sandro Mussida. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matter and explores the interaction between acoustic/classical, electric and electronic fields.

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Dare Voce features nine compositions in song form for soprano voice with electric/electronic accompaniment. Alongside elements from traditional classical Italian opera, the compositions incorporate more contemporary and experimental styles.

Follow their latest news here on WildKat PR Blog. In addition, you can follow Olivia on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, where you can listen to some of her recordings. You can also follow Sandro on his website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram, as well as Soundcloud to listen to his works.

(Written on October 18, 2016 )

Vocalist Daisy Chute will be performing an exciting and varied programme at the Showcase, here she tells WildKat about her musical background, playing the Gamelan and meeting ‘Macca’ and Sting at the Classical BRITS.

When did you first start singing?

I recall first singing as a 4 year old girl, performing for my grandparents ‘My Baby Does the Hanky Panky’ pounding away at their Steinway piano. It was a momentous occasion because from that point onwards I couldn’t get away from performing.

In what way did your family encourage you growing up?

Before I had even emerged from my mother, she had unintentionally taught me half of the American Songbook! She took up jazz piano lessons when pregnant with me, and I came out able to sing along to all the songs without knowing how I knew them! My mum and I used to go to jazz concerts all the time especially in Edinburgh (where I grew up) during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival. When I reached ten my parents used to drive me all the way across town so that I could attend St Mary’s Music School and sing as a chorister six times a week in the cathedral. So I think you could safely say that they were supportive!

Does anyone else in your family sing or play instruments?

My older brother Jamie plays piano very well and has started to compose too. I’ve just been helping him with his first composition and it’s nice to have something in common. My family is more musical and artistic than your average family – my grandmother was a music teacher and my aunt used to be an opera singer, and though my mother’s first love is art she also dabbles in playing the piano and lyric writing. We used to team up when I was younger, until I got to sing with professional pianists, which inevitably led to my poor mum being fired.

Who inspires you musically?

I draw inspiration from so many kinds of music. In particular Renee Fleming, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Brad Mehldau and Rufus Wainwright inspire me as performers who have dabbled in the possibilities of different musical realms colliding. I enjoy the richness of mezzo-sopranos like Joyce DiDonato and Sarah Connolly, the sumptuous writing of composers like Ravel and Saint-Saens, the soulful renderings of jazz singers like Lianne Carroll, the intimate songs of singer-songwriters from Nick Drake to Joni Mitchell and the fiery performances of Latin American music by Teresa Berganza and Omara Portuondo.

What kind of music do you listen to?

The music I listen to ranges from classical singers and composers to jazz artists, and from folk singers and songwriters to roots and world musicians. In particular I love Latin American music and French music from Poulenc to Jacques Brel to Camille.

What embarrassing songs might I find on your iPod?

Oh too many to put them all here! I always was a little bit of an odd one growing up though as I would listen to more Duke Ellington and Shirley Horn than Destiny’s Child and other chart music. I remember when I was 8 teaching my pals at school “In a Mountain Greenery” by Rodgers and Hart. Perhaps in an attempt to fit in I did go through some phases of liking boy and girl bands of the 90’s (but what 10 year-old didn’t?) and a little later of going through that Indie rock phase, liking anything my friends liked. Some of those songs still lurk in the depths of my music collection and come out at inopportune times when I put my iPod on ‘shuffle’.

Where would you most like to perform that you haven’t already?

Well it would be hard to say no to the Carnegie Hall (the famous American one rather than the one in Dunfermline) or to The Royal Opera House! It is hard to think of one place in particular, but I know I would love to travel the world performing in beautiful old buildings, whether they are grand or wonderfully intimate.

Who would you most like to open for in concert?

That’s a tough one! It depends on what I’d be singing. I suppose opening for Anne Sofie Von Otter and Brad Mehldau’s jazz/classical collaboration would be fantastic.

If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?

I wouldn’t be able to stay away from the creative arts, whether that involves writing, art, drama or design. If I could stick with music but not performance, I would love to compose more and produce albums. I have a good storyline for an opera that one day I will find time to write.

Do you play any instruments?

I’ve played classical piano and guitar since I was young, and took up other instruments in recent years at SOAS such as Javanese and Balinese Gamelan and the African Kora.

If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Well, I already dabble in many types of music as it is – jazz, classical, opera, world, folk, close harmony! But if I was to spread my horizons even further I might try my hand at something completely different like Drum n Bass or other electronic music.

What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?

I’m not a huge fan of some country and western music, or of modern day RnB. There are always exceptions to the rules of course, but generally I wouldn’t choose to listen to either of those genres.

How does singing songs you have written yourself differ to singing pre-existing works?

There’s an element of fear about singing your own songs; you are being judged for more than one aspect of your performance. But it is in that exposure of something closer to the reality of yourself that you can find the most exhilarating and unforgettable experiences.

Who is the most inspirational singer you have met?

I haven’t met many famous singers that I could say have really influenced or inspired me greatly; though it is doubtless that all of those I have met are very good at what they do. If I were to try and pick out a couple of people whose music has inspired me, they would be Sting and Paul McCartney. I met them both at the Classical Brit Awards a few years back when my group All Angels were performing and had been nominated for the same award as Sting and McCartney. Sting mostly kept himself to himself, but McCartney was very complimentary of my singing. They have both written such beautiful songs and I loved hearing Sting’s songs in particular recorded with orchestra on his most recent album.

My first singing teacher, Joan Busby, who I studied with on and off from age 9 to 18, was very inspirational in that in addition to her dedication to the craft of vocal teaching, she instilled in me a positive outlook, with her statement that “in the music world, there is room for everyone who wants to be in it”.

(Written on September 5, 2011 )