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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.

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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!

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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 )

WildKat PR is excited to be working with the Swiss mother and daughter ensemble Duo Praxedis in the coming months.

Praxedis Hug-Rütti (harp) and her daughter Praxedis Geneviève Hug (piano) are set to revive the rather unusual chamber ensemble formation of piano and harp duo – an instrument combination which was frequently used in the early classical era but has since fallen into obscurity.

Praxedis and Praxedis first performed on stage together in 1996 when they were asked to play Bach’s Double Concerto, arranged for harp and piano, with orchestra. Since 2009, the duo have performed regularly in Switzerland and also internationally with their diverse repertoire, including early classical works for their instruments as well as their own arrangements of later masterpieces and contemporary compositions. They commissioned the renowned Swiss composer Oliver Waespi to write a Double Concerto for Harp, Piano and Wind Orchestra, which had its world premiere at the Tonhalle in Zürich in 2014.

Duo Praxedis fascinates audiences with their sensitive and intimate interpretations as well as their extraordinary concert dresses, which are their own designs, carefully tailored by the long-established embroidery company St. Galler Stickerei-Manufaktur Forster-Rohner and Jakob Schläpfer. The duo have performed at prestigious festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy AG, festival.Esterházy and the Engadin Festival. Their CDs were released with the labels Guildmusic, Preiser and Paladino.

Visit Duo Praxedis’ Youtube channel to get an impression of their unique music-making and follow them on Facebook for news and updates.

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(Written on December 12, 2014 )

Lionel Bringuier is the Chief Conductor designate of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. Today he announced his first season with the orchestra. During the season, Bringuier will be joined by Artist in Residence Yuja Wang, and Esa-Pekka Salonen will assume the newly created role of Creative Chair, composing a new work that will be premiered by Lionel and the orchestra at the 14/15 season opening concert in September.

A highlight of the first season will be a tour of France, Germany and Austria, on which Lionel, Yuja and the orchestra will perform works by Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Ravel and Salonen.

“It is important for me to welcome a new, young audience and also not to hold back from including contemporary repertoire in our programmes”, said Bringuier and throughout the 14/15 season he will conduct a diverse range of repertoire as well as two tonhalleLATE events.

For more information, visit Lionel’s website, or keep up-to-date via his Facebook page.

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 14/15 Season press conference

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich 14/15 Season press conference

(Written on March 31, 2014 )

The Times

Death of David Kelly To Provide Inspiration For Opera

Will Self has used the death of the British scientist and biological warfare expert Dr David Kelly as inspiration for an opera.

How The Higginbottom Home Hatched Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

One wears cassocks and the other wears feathers. But Edward and Orlando Higginbottom say that all music is costume drama.

LA Times

Pasadena Symphony: Michael Stern Takes Baton For Ailing DePreist

James DePreist, artistic advisor of the Pasadena Symphony, is recovering from heart bypass surgery and won’t be able to conduct its April 28 program at the Ambassador Auditorium, the orchestra announced Thursday.

Telegraph

The Parliament Choir: Cross-Party Harmony In The House

The Parliament Choir allows people of all persuasions to put aside political differences and unite in song.

Robin Ticciati: The 28-Year-Old Who Makes Top-Rank Conducting Look So Easy

Robin Ticciati, musical director of the SCO, tells Ivan Hewett the secret of his success.

Colin Currie: It’s Not Noise, It’s Real Music

Colin Currie is leading a generation of ever more sophisticated players, says Ivan Hewett.

As Bach Demonstrates, The Great Story Is Greater Still When It’s Sung

It is an amazing feeling, knowing that people have been singing their accounts of the Passion of Christ for at least 1,200 years.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Musical Miracle In The Congo

An ex-pilot in Kinshasa founded a symphony orchestra

New York Times

Let’s Talk About ‘The Ring’

Talking about the ‘Ring’ by Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera

Guardian

Export Ban Helps Britten Manuscript Stay In The UK

The British Library have acquired a fascinating manuscript of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Tom Service tells the story.

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Hair Of The Choccy Dog

The crowning point of Zurich’s recent Salon du Chocolat exhibition was a fashion show where designers paired with chocolatiers to create outfits connected to the theme of opera.

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(Written on April 10, 2012 )