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In the News today: Michael Tilson Thomas Headed for the California hall of Fame, ICMA jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards, UK Government increases exceptional talent visa offer, TfL and Yamaha unveil Tube Pianos and Radio France to host the 4th edition of the International Conductor Competition Evgeny Svetlanov.

International Piano

TfL and Yamaha unveil Tube Pianos

A two-year project, named #Platform88 is underway where three pianos will be installed across the Tube network for passengers to play. The first instalment being placed at Tottenham Court Road station.

Classic FM

Bach on 20 cellos 

Cellist Margarita Balanas plays the famous Bourée from JS Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 on 20 historic cellos

Classical Music

Government increases exceptional talent visa offer

Double the number of visas will be open to individuals who show promise in technology, science, art and creative industries.


How To Make It In The Music Business Today: Improvisation All The Way

Artists today need to know a lot more than they needed to know twenty years ago.

The New York Times

Has all of opera’s gold already been mined? John Adams thinks not.

Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman whose new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.

The Washington Post

Noseda’s travels with the NSO, from club to concert hall

New music director Gianandrea Noseda is continuing what amounts to his real inauguration with the National Symphony Orchestra. His program this week was supposed to represent a trip around Europe; but in fact, he led the orchestra around Washington.

San Franscisco Classical Voice

Michael Tilson Thomas Headed for the California Hall of Fame

Amid the much-publicized news of his scheduled stepping down from the music directorship of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas has been selected by California Governor Jerry Brown as an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

Japan Times

Nintendo’s sound designer Hirozaku Tanaka and his 8-bit revolution

Chip Tanaka’s compositions: the music you didn’t realise you grew up with.


ICMA Jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards

For the 2018 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 357 audio and video productions (321 in 2017, 364 in 2016) from 120 labels (119 in 2017, 115 in 2016).

Seville Orchestra goes culinary

In honor of Spanish mezzo soprano Teresa Berganza, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla organizes a royal culinary gala with celebrity chef Kamilla Seidler and Spain’s best sommelier Nuria Espaaaon November 25 at the ballroom of the legendary Hotel Alfonso XIII in seville


Musikalische Grenzüberschreitungen

Ende November findet zum vierten Mal cresc… Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main statt. In diesem Jahr steht das Festival unter dem Motto „Transit“

Französisches Kulturministerium plant einschneidende Maßnahmen im Pariser Musikleben

Die unter dem Titel “Action Publique 2022” zusammengefassten Maßnahmen umfassen in Bezug auf das Musikleben unter anderem eine Fusion des Orchestre de Paris mit der Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris.

Musik Heute

Bregenzer Festspiele 2018 mit Erst- und Uraufführung

Die Bregenzer Festspiele werden im kommenden Jahr mit der Oper “Beatrice Cenci” von Berthold Goldschmidt eröffnet. Die österreichische Erstaufführung wird im Festspielhaus drei Mal gezeigt, teilten die Veranstalter am Donnerstag in Bregenz mit.

France musique

Radio France accueille la 4e édition du Concours de chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov

Partenaire de l’évènement, Radio France va accueillir la 4e édition du Concours international de chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov.

Platea Magazin

La ciudad de Halle concede el Premio Haendel 2018 a la mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato

El evento tendrá lugar en mayo del año que viene, en un concierto de la propia artista, en el que presentará su último disco In war and peace, en Halle, acompañada de la agrupación Il Pomo d’Oro.


Heildelberger Frühling @hdfruehling: Starker Abgang! Unser Musikpreisträger 2017, Klaus Lauer, verabschiedete sich von den Badenweiler Musiktagen mit allen 16 Streichquartetten von an 5 Abenden, gespielt vom ! war für die dabei

Bayerische Staatsoper @bay_staatsoper: Nominations are open! Name your favourite artists for the



(Written on November 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guardian reports that CBSO has appointed 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as music director, Borusan Philharmonic to perform in Austria and Germany and a youth classical music programme in Washington turns no student away. Also, the HIP Festival aims to salvage classical music that has been forgotten

The Guardian

CBSO appoints 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as music director

The Lithuanian woman who succeeds Andris Nelsons in Birmingham wins acclaim for energy and ‘rare talent’

Hurriyet Daily News

Borusan Philharmonic in Austria and Germany

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) is set to go on tour to two of the most important countries in the history of classic music, Austria and Germany

PBS NewsHour

This youth classical music program turns no students away

For a group of children in Yakima, Washington, life is changing one cello at a time

Indy Week

The HIP Festival Aims to Salvage Classical Music So Old Symphonies Often Forget It Exists

The HIP Festival salvages sounds of the past that even most symphonies have forgotten

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie wird “Orchester des Jahres” im Programm von Deutschlandradio Kultur

Neue Anerkennung durch Deutschlandradio Kultur: Ab 2016 wählt das nationale Kulturprogramm jährlich ein Ensemble als „Orchester des Jahres“ aus. In diesem Jahr geht die Würdigung an „Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen“

“Weiße Haut” der Elbphilharmonie gibt den Ton an

Für Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler (parteilos) ist es ein “vorgezogener Freudentag” – knapp ein Jahr vor der geplanten Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie


Radiosender Bayern 1 streicht Volksmusik

Was haben Volksmusik und klassische Musik gemeinsam? Nicht viel, könnte man meinen. Außer in Bayern

France Musique

L’œuvre d’Olivier Messiaen entre à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

Partitions, livres, photos, manuscrits… Le fonds Messiaen, conservé jusqu’alors dans l’appartement parisien du compositeur, vient de trouver sa place à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

New York Times

Kickstarter as a Path to Grammy Nominations, Far Beyond the Indie Scene

Three years ago, the Nashville Symphony was in austerity mode as it recovered from the financial crisis and a flood that caused $40 million in damage to its building


Philharmonia @philharmonia This week we’re performing #Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1 around the UK with brilliant conductor-pianist Lahav Shani

Guildhall School@guildhallschool Watch: the only playable #stradivarius #guitar left in the world!

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine We have now updated our news story on @TheCBSO‘s exciting new appointment. Here it is in full…

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Photograph: Nancy Horowitz/ The Telgraph

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Photograph: Nancy Horowitz/ The Guardian

(Written on February 4, 2016 )

What an incredibly busy month we have had in the WildKat PR offices this past month. As the countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier each year, so does the classical industry’s busiest period before the candlelit concerts and masses of Messiahs begin to take over.

Kennedy Center-Washington

At the beginning of the month, the London office waved off a few of the team as they joined the New York office for China’s NCPA Orchestra on their debut North America and Canada tour. Beginning in Chicago at the Symphony Center, the team guided the Orchestra to Washington’s Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, before jet-setting off to Canada visiting Ottawa, Toronto and finally Montreal. WildKat managed the marketing of the tour through our classical music specialist in-house design company Classical Music Design, who produced everything from flyers to posters, print adverts to animated adverts online. We also hosted a reception for the New York concert, welcoming  some of New York’s most prestigious industry members.

Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

The London Account Managers also caught up with John Brancy whilst in New York to talk about his European campaign ahead of next year, as he was performing in two concerts, with the New York Festival of Song at Kaufman Center in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Back in London we’ve been traveling between North West and South West London for Hampstead Arts Festival and Wimbledon International Music Festival respectively. Hampstead Arts Festival launched with a personal debut from Natalie Clein who performed the first of two concerts where she performed all six of Bach’s Cello Suites. Wimbledon International Music Festival began just a few days later with the Academy Choir & Baroque Players who performed in vocal and choral masterpieces of War and Peace – the theme for the Festival. Both Festivals ran throughout November and were incredibly successful, with numerous events selling out!


We also attended the launch of Orpheus Sinfonia‘s new #BeneathTheScore, where audiences were treated to anecdotes, letters and relatively unknown facts about Beethoven and his symphonies. The first concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect was a huge success. Keep an eye out for our audience reaction video blog, coming soon! Meanwhile the Berkeley Ensemble’s composition prize semi-final took place at one of our favourite venues, The Forge. The final will take place on 10th December 2014 – find out more here. There was also a great talk that a few of us attended, hosted by the wonderful YPIA team. Guardian Culture Professionals Network’s Matt Caines led the discussion “from Intern to CEO” with V&A Director Prof. Martin Roth and Royal Opera House’s CEO Alex Beard. This was a truly interesting and insightful event, and great to catch up with lots of familiar faces.

Over in Berlin, the WildKat team moved offices and are now settled in Prenzlauer Berg. Drop in and say hi if you’re in the area! The team also attended some really great events including the first PODIUM Festival concert at one of Berlin’s most cutting-edge classical music venues, the Radialsystem V at the River Spree. The concert was fittingly called ‘Radium’ and featured light-shows and 360° surround-sound performances. Our WildKat clients were also very busy this month with the Managing Director of Bamberg Symphony Marcus R. Axt interviewed on the German BR TV channel for the show alpha-Forum to discuss the new season 2014/15, new ideas like their encore! project and much more. Our new client Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels organised a great and sold out concert with horn soloist Radek Baborák in the Berlin Philharmonie. Another exciting opportunity for soprano Caroline MacPhie who, after the success of her album launch in London, moved to Berlin and auditioned for a few management companies, one accompanied by Carolin – a great new experience for both.










Also, lots of congratulations and cake this month as we’ve had lots of WildKat birthdays – Account Managers Olivia, Clara and Carolin celebrated their birthdays, as well as our lovely University of Leeds Year in Industry colleague Rhian.

As busy as November was, we’re definitely still looking forward to December for the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain’s Winter Concert, Avi Avital’s recital at The Globe with Mahan Esfahani, Moritz Eggert’s concert with the German pop duo 2RAUMWOHNUNG and a Christmas concert organised by the Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels.

The offices are open until midday Christmas Eve and we re-open on 2nd January 2015.

P.S. Look out for our Christmas cards which are on their way to you now!

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce the North American debut of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra Beijing!

Between 2nd-13th November, China’s NCPA Orchestra will be performing in venues across North America on their landmark seven-city tour. Along with Chief Conductor Lü Jia they will play to crowds in Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center in New York among others. Their diverse programme melds Eastern and Western traditions, including works by Ravel, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky alongside Zhanhao He and Gang Chen’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Chen Qigang’s Wu Xing – The Five Elements (Suite for Orchestra). Featured in these pieces are world-renowned pianists Yuja Wang and Xiaoyu Lius, and violinist Siqing Lu. They have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras from across Europe and America as well as gaining numerous awards and acclaim for their performances and recordings.

This tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between The United States and China. This important relationship was born shortly after the Philadelphia Orchestra’s landmark tour to China in 1973, which enabled a unique collaboration that has allowed trade, education and culture between the two countries to flourish.

WildKat PR are working with the NCPA as we embark on our first major North American and Canadian tour. Beyond the expected remit of our work we will also be hosting pre-concert and VIP receptions, overseeing the ticket sales and managing the box office. WildKat PR will also be liaising with all teams across the tour from the NCPA to each individual venue, including management and press teams to coordinate marketing and promotional materials and  overseeing the distribution.

Details of the tour are as follows

Sunday 2nd November, 3pm

Symphony Center, Chicago

Monday 3rd November, 8pm

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington

Wednesday 5th November, 8pm

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 

Friday 7th November, 8pm

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

Sunday 9th November, 8pm

National Arts Center, Southam Hall, Ottawa, Canada

Tuesday 11th November, 8pm

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Thursday 13th November, 8pm

Maison Symphonique, Plas des Arts, Montreal, Canada

Programme information for each specific concert can be found on the China NCPA Orchestra’s official tour website and you can follow the orchestra on their facebook page.


(Written on October 6, 2014 )

Classical News

Classic FM

John Williams conducts new Star-Spangled Banner arrangement: video

John Williams has premiered a brand new arrangement of the USA’s national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, at a special 4th of July celebration in Washington.

The New York Times

Drama Onstage and Off

Aix-en-Provence Festival Presents Mozart and Handel.

BBC News

Cats musical to feature rapping cat

The hit musical Cats looks set to include a rapping feline when it returns to London’s West End this year.

New York Times

Not Over Till Overtime’s Due? Met Labor Strife Bares Secrets

The operatic drama and larger-than-life passions usually subside at the Metropolitan Opera when its season ends for the summer, but not this year.

Rai News

RomaFictionFest, Carlo Freccero nuovo direttore artistico

Si svolgerà a Roma, presso l’Auditorium Parco della Musica, dal 13 al 18 settembre, l’ottava edizione del RomaFictionFest, manifestazione dedicata alla fiction italiana e internazionale. Il festival, un progetto dell’Associazione Produttori Televisivi (Apt) che lo organizza insieme a Sviluppo Lazio, è promosso dalla Regione Lazio e dalla Camera di Commercio di Roma.


Premiere ohne Merkel

Bald hebt sich am Grünen Hügel in Bayreuth wieder der Vorhang für die Festspielsaison 2014. Die Premiere findet diesmal allerdings ohne Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) statt. “Stargast” ist damit ein anderer.


Auch der Prinz probt den Ausstand

In Avignon hat das Sommerfestival mit einem „Homburg“ begonnen – und den Aktionen der Bühnenarbeiter.

Riccardo Chailly bricht sich Arm und muss Auftritte absagen

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Chailly hat sich den Arm gebrochen und muss nun einige anstehende Dirigate bei Festivals absagen. So wird Chailly Ende Juli bei den Salzburger Festspielen von seinem Amtsvorgänger als Leipziger Gewandhauskapellmeister, Herbert Blomstedt, vertreten.



WhatWouldBeethovenDo: ‏@WWBDDoc  50 Rare and Unseen Photos of Composers In Their Everyday Life: … #classicalmusic #classicalcomposers

Randall P. Whatley: ‏@CypressMedia  Peter Gelb’s Grand Failure at the @MetOpera  via @SaveTheMetOpera #opera #classicalmusic

Classical Music Agen: ‏@AClassicalMusic 2014 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives  #classicalmusic



Photograph of John Williams from


(Written on July 8, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Vienna Philharmonic: worthy winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize

It’s time to set the record straight on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the deserving winner of opera’s richest prize, says Rupert Christiansen

Sivan Magen – New Music

Sivan Magen is trying to change the perception of the harp with his virtuoso playing, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today

BBC Music Magazine

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs in Washington

The ensemble makes history performing two concerts at the US Library of Congress


Baritone John Shirley-Quirk has died

The English baritone John Shirley-Quirk, one of the singers most associated with the music of Benjamin Britten, has died aged 82

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Drohende Fusion der SWR-Orchester Die Wende? Oder doch nur eine Volte?

Heute Vormittag diskutiert der Landtag von Baden-Württemberg wieder über die geplante Fusion der Rundfunkorchester des Südwestrundfunks. Diese Orchesterabschaffungsdebatte im Süden geht uns alle an


Gedenkkonzert für Claudio Abbado: Die menschliche Dimension des Zuhörens

Im Lucerne Festival Orchester versammelte Claudio Abbado seine musikalischen Freunde. Bei einem Gedenkkonzert zu seinen Ehren spielte es nun ohne Dirigenten sowie unter der Leitung von Andris Nelsons


Porträt Marina Rebeka:„Der Komponist kommt zuerst“

Marina Rebeka gehört mit 33 schon zum internationalen Establishment der lyrischen Sopranistinnen – und stellt Musik über Eitelkeiten


Classical Music on twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Our top 10 violin concerto recordings – what would you add to the list? …

Opera Magazine: @operamagazine Henriette Götz appointed as Executive Director of English National Opera … #OperaNews

BBC Radio 4: @BBCRadio4 Five remarkable women are taking over @BBCWomansHour for one week. Find out more:

a-n News: @an_artnews Sajid Javid, a financial secretary to the Treasury, replaces Maria Miller as the new culture secretary

Deutsche Grammophon: @DGclassics Legendary pianist Maurizio #Pollini is our #ArtistOfTheWeek! Listen to his recordings: …


Sivan Magen – The Telegraph

(Written on April 10, 2014 )