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M&CSAATCHI - Judy Grahame
Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Festival ranks as one of the premier classical music festivals in the world.   Based in Lucerne, Switzerland, it has a 5 week Summer season, a week long Piano Festival in November, and a 9 day pre-Easter Festival.   It has two resident ensembles.   The first is the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, co-founded by the late Claudio Abbado and ceo Michael Haefliger with Riccardo Chailly appointed as its new Music Director in 2016. The second ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra was founded by Pierre Boulez and in 2016, Wolfgang Rihm became its new Artistic Director, with Matthias Pintscher conducting many of the orchestra’s performances.

The task:  Since 2006, PR in the UK market.  General marketing support including social media and introduction of yield management scheme and the UK Friends. 

Arts desk David Nice reviews the Lucerne Easter Festival
Norman Lebrecht blog
Telegraph Ben Lawrence review
Times Rebecca Franks review
Norman Lebrecht Blog
Guardian Tom Service feature
New York Times Michael Cooper comment
The Sunday Times Hugh Canning review
The Guardian Andrew Clements CD review
Longborough Festival Opera

Longborough Festival Opera

Longborough is a British country house opera company which was founded in 1991 by Martin and Lizzie Graham.  Its 500 seater theatre is set in the most beautiful Cotswolds countryside.   Each summer, it presents a 2 month season of 4 different operas.  It has received huge critical acclaim for its Wagner productions and in 2013 was the only UK opera house to mount a fully staged Ring cycle during the Wagner bi-centenary year.

The task:  General marketing and PR advice   Introduction of new Membership schemes.   Rebranding.   To assist with Board and fundraising structures.   

The Spectator Michael Tanner review
Times Rebecca Franks reviews Tristan und Isolde
Observer Fiona Maddocks reviews Tristan und Isolde
Times Rebecca Franks reviews The Magic Flute
Telegraph Ben Lawrence feature
Guardian Alan Rusbridger feature
Telegraph Opera House Article (pdf)
The Times Richard Morrison Interview
Victor HochHauser

Victor HochHauser

Victor and Lilian Hochhauser have, for the past 60 years, brought most of the high profile Russian artists to the UK.   They continue to bring both the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballet companies to London for their summer seasons.

The task:  PR and marketing support.

Sunday Times Magazine Anne McElvoy goes backstage at the Marinsky Ballet
Sunday Times Sarah Crompton interviews Diana Vishneva
Telegraph Mark Monahan interviews Viktoria Tereshkina
Sunday Times Sarah Crompton interviews Kimin Kim
Times Leader
Times Debra Craine interviews Xander Parish
Telegraph Review of Don Quixote
The Times David Sanderson News report on CBE
Ivan Fischer

Ivan Fischer

Iván Fischer is the Music Director and a founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.   His 30 year partnership with the orchestra is one of the greatest success stories on the classical music scene and includes a series of critically acclaimed recordings.

The task:  to raise his profile in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and France.

Telegraph Margarette Driscoll interviews Ivan Fischer and Julia Neuberger
New York Times James Jorden Review
New Yorker Alex Ross feature
Slipped Disc Blog Norman Lebrecht
Times Anna Picard interviews Ivan Fischer
Guardian Stephen Moss interviews Ivan Fischer
Observer Fiona Maddocks in Budapest
New York Times Michael Cooper comment
Times Richard Morrison comment
Frankfurter Allgemeine Elenore Beuning interviews Ivan Fischer (pdf)
Alma Deutscher

Alma Deutscher

Alma Deutscher is a 12 year old English composer, pianist and violinist.   Profoundly gifted, she has composed both piano and violin concertos and an opera, Cinderella, premiered in Vienna in 2016   She has already appeared as soloist on both violin and piano with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.   In 2017, BBC 1 broadcast a one hour programme on Alma.

The task:   to raise her profile as a serious composer and artist.

Le Figaro Thierry Hilleriteau interviews Alma Deutscher
Volksblatt Review
BBC Radio 4 Today
Telegraph Magazine Sally Williams feature
Sunday Times David Lister interviews Alma Deutscher
Telegraph Ben Lawrence reviews Cinderella
Corriere della Sera Paola de Carolis feature
Der Standard Ljubisa Tosic interview
Der Standard Ljubisa Tosic Review of Cinderella
CBS 60 Minutes TV Profile
FT Laura Battle interview
BBC1 Imagine TV Documentary
Spira Mirabilis

Spira Mirabilis

Spira mirabilis is a European classical symphony orchestra founded in 2007 by a group of young musicians, mostly from European countries, who prepare each programme extensively in the Italian town of Formigine.  

They are distinguished by the fact that they work out interpretations and rehearse them collectively, performing without a conductor and so implement a model of music making which breaks to some extent prevailing patterns.

The task:  to raise their profile internationally, assist with general marketing support.  

Times Richard Morrison review
Telegraph Magazine Rupert Christiansen feature
Tagesspiegel interview
Telegraph Ben Lawrence feature
Mariss Jansons

Mariss Jansons

Considered one of the most outstanding musicians of our time, Mariss Jansons has been Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Since 1995 he has appeared annually at the Salzburg Festival.

The Task:       Designated PR support

Times Richard Morrison interviews Mariss Jansons
Telegraph Ivan Hewett Interview