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In today’s Classical News, Colin Currie launches a record label dedicated to drumming, and Baroque at the Edge announces its inaugural programme. The V&A rescues an archive charting the decline of Wilton’s Music Hall, and the ECHO Classical Awards are announced.

Classical Music Magazine

Colin Currie launches record label

Percussionist Colin Currie is to launch his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, due in March 2018.

Helios Collective announces Formations Masterclasses 2017

The Helios Collective has announced the programme for this year’s Formations masterclasses, which will showcase two new commissions and a revival.

Early Music Today

Programme for Baroque at the Edge announced

The inaugural Baroque at the Edge Festival will take place 5-7 January 2018.

Created by those behind the London Festival of Baroque Music, the three-day event comprises seven concerts. Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending have invited leading musicians from a range of genres to take the music of the Baroque era and see where it leads them.

The Guardian

V&A rescues treasures from historic Wilton’s Music Hall archive

An archive recording the glory days as well as the decay and near collapse of Wilton’s Music Hall has been acquired by the V&A theatre collection.

New York Times

La Bohème: Should opera’s most beloved classic be changed?

So forget should you do a new “Bohème”: Can you do a new — a really new — “Bohème”? Is there an approach to this work that isn’t just moving the attic stove, a fixture of the libretto, from stage right to left to center?

The New Yorker

Soundtracks worth a listen separate from their cinematic counterparts

The film and music industries are old friends, and as films have evolved so has their music. Over the past few decades, this sometimes haphazard relationship has produced many odd and unpredictable movie soundtracks.  


Spotify U.K. Reports $312M Revenue, 7.1M Monthly Active Users in 2016

Sustained subscriber growth and a rise in advertising revenue helped Spotify’s U.K. arm make significant gains in 2016.

ECHO Classical Music Awards: Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann, Boston Symphony Among Winners

Hamburg’s stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall, inaugurated just seven months ago, was abuzz on Sunday night as it played host to the annual German ECHO Klassic Awards. Among the winners were stars such as the American singer Joyce DiDonato, the Italian piano player Maurizio Pollini and the South African violin player Daniel Hope. American Kent Nagano, who helmed the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg throughout the evening, got the ECHO as conductor of the year.


Music History  in 1768 Death of Italian Francesco Maria

Classical Music News  David Lewiston Sharpe premiere to mark Reformation

Image: Baroque at the Edge

(Written on October 31, 2017 )

Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council


(Written on March 16, 2017 )

Living or being near London offers so many opportunities to see some truly spectacular performances that occur across the city every day –the WildKat team have collaborated some information on the top performances that are a must see for the next few weeks! Keep watching for bi-weekly updates.

What? The Mosaic Ensemble

Where? The Forge – our favourite venue!

When? Sunday 12th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Mozart Oboe Quartet Op.370,
  • Stich (Punto) Horn Quartet,
  • Devienne Bassoon Quartet in C Major Op.73, No.1,
  • Stamitz Clarinet Quartet in E Flat Op.19, No.1

Mosaic Ensemble was founded in 2009 by a group of exceptional young musicians who met as members of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s young professional orchestra.  They formed with a view to exploring the expansive repertoire for mixed wind and strings, making full use of the breadth and versatility of the chamber music repertoire from Nonets to Trios.  Members of the ensemble have performed chamber works together as part of the Royal Opera House lunchtime chamber music series and at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. This small ensemble in an intimate, up and coming venue promises to be a huge success!

What? Artemis Quartet

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Tuesday 14th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Beethoven
  • String Quartet in A Op. 18 No. 5
  • String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2
  • String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

The distinguished Berlin-based Artemis String Quartet, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, brings the Wigmore Hall’s Anniversary Season Opening Celebrations to a close with the continuation of the complete Beethoven string-quartet cycle, charting Beethoven’s development across 30 years of composing in a form that demonstrates his great innovations in expressive development. A classic programme in a prestigious venue – most enjoyable!

What? La Bohème

Where? Wilton’s Music Hall

When? 16th & 18th September 2010 (Click to here purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Co-Opera-Co, Stephen Higgins (Conductor), Michael Scott (Tenor: Rodolfo), Mariya Krywaniuk (Soprano: Mimì).

Quite an obvious choice, Puccini is the master of Italian operas and I would never miss an opportunity to see the romance unravel between Rodolfo and Mimì, and like most operas ending in death. A company called Co-Opera-Co puts on the opera and the venue is also the world’s oldest Music Hall. Wilton’s Music Hall is a truly magical and beautiful venue that offers so much more than a performance but an experience. (The English National Opera are also putting on a production of La Bohème at The London Coliseum, October).

What? Max Richter performs ‘infra’

Where? Cadogan Hall

When? Saturday 17th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

For one night only, this unique performance comes to Cadogan Hall. Originally conceived as a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, Max Richter’s gorgeous score to ‘infra’ was written in autumn 2008 and premiered in November of the same year at The Royal Opera House in London. Expanded and extended from the original piece, it comprises music written for piano, electronics and string quintet. Richter’s work on the ballet came initially from McGregor’s invitation, a request for 25 minutes of music for his piece, inspired by T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. The process of collaboration between the two men was filmed for a BBC documentary. An active collaborator in other media, Max received The European Film Award last year for his work on ‘Waltz with Bashir’, Ari Forman’s Oscar-nominated animated documentary. Without a doubt, this is a must see!

What? The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Where? Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

When? 4th & 7th October 2010 (Click here to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Royal Opera,  Antonio Pappano (Conductor), Nicole Cabell (Soprano: Leila), John Osborn (Tenor: Nadir).

Bizet is one of the most famous French composers of opera, his two most successful works being Carmen and The Pearl Fishers. The most famous work from this opera being the duet of friendship Au fond du temple saint between Zurga and Nadir. Not only is the music captivating and but the Royal Opera company whose production this is has to be one of the most prestigious in the world. The performers are guaranteed to give a phenomenal evening.

(Written on August 16, 2010 )