10.5.11 DRAMATICO PUTS ON STUNNING SHOW FOR THE QUEEN
Last night Dramatico Entertainment co-produced,
with English National Ballet, a stunning and diverse
theatre performance for Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal
Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh and their guests which
took place at Buckingham Palace.
Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of
Edinburgh recognised the importance of young people
in the Performing Arts in the United Kingdom, by holding
a Reception at Buckingham Palace.
More than 450 guests, including Dame Helen Mirren and
Michael McIntyre, arrived at the Grand Entrance, and
were greeted by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness in
the White Drawing Room before proceeding to the Ballroom
for this theatre performance which was inspired by Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet. The performance featured distinguished
artists sharing the stage with rising stars who are
pursuing excellence in their chosen field. The performance
presented a light-hearted exploration of Shakespeare’s
story and feature mentor artists such as Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa, Anne Reid MBE, Bryony Hannah and Amy Robbins,
in addition to rising stars such as actors Tamsin Egerton
and Daniel Kaluuya, singers Rumer and Sara-Jane Skeete
and dance groups Flawless and Alleviate.
The show was conceived by Justin Way (Royal Opera House),
Mike Batt and Luc Mollinger, a young freelance associate
director. Batt explains: “We were asked to
produce a thirty minute entertainment in the Ballroom
of the Palace as a focal point for the reception. We
tried to be very inclusive, using organisations such
as RSC, National Youth Music Theatre and others who
promote young talent."
Batt continues “We drew from Tchaikovsky (Romeo
and Juliet Fantasy Overture), Prokofiev (Ballet) and
Bernstein (West Side Story). The best applause of the
night was for a performance of a new piece (written
by DJ Ironik and myself) entitled Romeo’s Dream
which was danced by Flawless and Alleviate, rapped by
DJ Ironik and sung by Sara-Jane Skeete. It was nothing
short of sensational. The show closed with a performance
by Rumer, of the Taylor Swift song ‘Love Story’,
and we were delighted to also work with a new young
Symphony Orchestra, the Docklands Sinfonia.”
Representatives of many institutions and charities who
support the performing arts industry in the United Kingdom
were in attendance, including organisations with a long
history of Royal patronage such as English National
Ballet, Royal College of Dramatic Art and National Youth
Batt reports that “after the performance The
Queen said to me that she was very impressed with the
diversity of the show, and the fact that we had managed
to include so many styles and people from all walks
15.4.11 MIKE BATT RADIO 4 INTERVIEW
Mike discusses "Copyright and what past
and proposed changes to intellectual propertly right
have on developing creative businesses" with Peter
Day on the BBC Radio 4 show "In Business".
Transmission info: 19th May 2011 at 20.30 and repeated
on 22nd May 2011 at 21.30
Asa's new album, 'Beautiful Imperfection',
is released today, coinciding with its confirmation
as Album Of The Week on BBC Radio 2.
“This Nigerian singer-songwriter might actually
be a twenty-first century Bob Marley” - BBC
Music “Definitely one to watch” –
Uncut “A new and perfectly unique talent”
– The Sun
“A polished mellow collection” – Pride
“An incredibly enjoyable collection..a gorgeous
soul voice” – Sunday Post
16.3.11 NEW DVD - KATIE MELUA WITH THE STUTTGART PHILHARMONIC
at the Jazz Open Stuttgart in 2009 to a sold-out audience
of nine thousand people, this DVD features a unique
performance by Katie, her band and the Stuttgart Philharmonic
Orchestra. Conducted by Mike Batt, the set includes
highlights from Katie’s first three chart topping
albums ‘Call Off The Search’, ‘Piece
By Piece’ and ‘Pictures’ including
‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’, ‘Nine
Million Bicycles’ and ‘If You Were A Sailboat’.
remembers the concert as being a very special night
explaining “This was the first full concert
I have performed with an orchestra and I consider it
one of my favourite musical experiences. I am used to
performing with the band but singing and playing with
an orchestra and all the depth and richness that brings
While many of the songs were originally recorded with
an orchestra, some of the songs, such as ‘Spider’s
Web’, were specifically scored by Mike Batt for
this one-off event.
Off the Search / Piece By Piece / Crawling Up A Hill
/ Blues In the Night / The One I Love Is Gone / Thank
You, Stars / Mary Pickford / Toy Collection / If The
Lights Go Out / I Do Believe In Love / If You Were A
Sailboat / Mockingbird Song / Spider’s Web / Lilac
Wine / Kozmic Blues / My Aphrodisiac Is you / Perfect
Circle / The Closest thing To Crazy / Nine Million Bicycles
/ On The Road Again
Release date 28th March 2011
NTSC, Region 0 (all regions), running time 89 minutes
16.3.11 INTRODUCING JONATHAN JEREMIAH - KATIE MELUA'S
UK TOUR SUPPORT...
If you're heading out to see Katie live soon, we'd like
to introduce her support act... Jonathan Jeremiah. With
a naturally captivating voice and beautifully crafted
songs, Jonathan Jeremiah's rich, warm orchestral sound
is deftly showcased on his debut album 'A Solitary Man'.
It's released on March 21st - but you can preview the
record now on iTunes.
You can also visit Jonathan
Jeremiah's Facebook and enjoy the
video for the new single 'Happiness'. Visit JonathanJeremiah.com
for more information and sign-up to his mailing
list here to get all the latest
14.3.11 NEW TD LIND TRACK
Check out 'Pushover Boy Blues' by TD Lind here:
11.3.11 NEW GURRUMUL VIDEO
A rare collaboration from two amazing Australian Artists,
Gurrumul & Blue King Brown sing 'Gathu Mawula Revisited'.
Sung in Yolngu & English by Gurrumul & Natalie
Pa'apa'a of Blue King Brown.
3.3.11 PRESENTING NEW DRAMATICO SIGNING - TD LIND
This is the latest addition to the Dramatico
roster - more details and release dates coming soon...
3.2.11 KATIE SHOW FOR BBC RADIO 2
Melua will be performing an exclusive show for Radio
2 at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, London,
broadcast on Thursday 3rd March at 8pm, featuring classic
hits and songs from her new album 'The House'.
this special show, Katie will be joined on stage by
special guests William Orbit and Jack Savoretti.
The BBC have 100 pairs of tickets to give away, so if
you would like to attend this event, recorded on Friday
25th February at 8pm, then please apply online via the
Shows website or call the phone lines on
03700 100 200. (Standard geographic charges apply. Calls
from mobiles may be higher.)
The ticket giveaway will be open until 5.20pm on Friday
Tickets are free and will be allocated at random. You
can apply for a maximum of one pair of tickets per household,
and you must make your own way to and from the event.
Please read the full terms and conditions here.
3.2.11 MARIANNE FAITHFULL 'HORSES AND HIGH HEELS' EPK
View a 14-minute film about the recording of Marianne
Faithfull's new album, soon to be released on Dramatico
in the UK.
25.1.11 CARO EMERALD HMV GIG UPDATE
Unfortunately due to illess Caro Emerald will
no longer be appearing with Sarah Blasko at the HMV
Next Big Thing gig at The Jazz Café, London on
Sunday 13th February 2011. Sarah Blasko will now be
supported by Sophie Barker (Zero 7), and the gig is
24.1.11 EDS UK COCKTAIL CHARITY EVENING
Ehlers-Danlos Support UK (EDS UK) is proud
to announce a spectacular red carpet charity evening
to celebrate their recent re-brand at the stunning Bond,
24 Kingly Street, W1B 5QB on January 27 2011 at 7pm.
Highlighting the evening will be Katie Melua, giving
an intimate acoustic performance, her first of 2011.
William Orbit, who produced Katie’s latest track
‘The House’ will provide the music later
on in the night, playing a DJ set throughout the evening
The evening promises to be a great night with cocktails
gorgeous food included in the ticket price. Tickets
The event has been curated to support the registered
Charity Ehlers Danlos Support UK and all tickets sales
and money raised on the night will go to the charity.
A spokesperson from Ehlers-Danlos Support UK said: “We’re
proud to announce this intimate gig and we thank Katie
and William for getting involved in such a worthwhile
cause. We’re really looking forward to the evening;
it will be a great night.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a heritable connective tissue
disorder that affects 1 in 5,000 people in the UK, but
research is proving it may be even more prevalent. EDS
UK is designed to help support people who suffer from
EDS and to spread the word about this relatively unknown
For more information about the gig and for tickets sales
Ehlers Danlos is a registered charity (No. 1014641).
For more information about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome click
14.1.11 KATIE MELUA IN THE KITCHEN
Katie has been confirmed as a guest on BBC
Kitchen on Saturday 5th February at 10am
to talk about her 2011 tour and, of course, food. The
programme will be available to view on the BBC iPlayer
for a week after broadcast.
14.1.11 CARO EMERALD ON BBC RADIO 2
BBC Radio 2 have had Caro's ‘Riviera
Life’ playlisted and have now extended the plays
to the rest of the album ‘Deleted Scenes From
The Cutting Room Floor’- moving it up to the A
List - more great exposure for a great album!
The HMV Next Big Thing gig series featuring Caro Emerald
and Sarah Blasko at The Jazz Café, London on
Sunday 13th February is now sold out.
14.1.11 ASA CONFIRMS UK SHOW
Two of West Africa’s finest contemporary
artists on one double bill: Nigerian soul-pop singing
sensation Asa’s powerful vocals and stirring melodies
soar above funky rhythms - here with songs from her
stunning release 'Beautiful Imperfection'. Plus the
soulful vocals and political lyrics of rising Ivory
Coast reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly whose Jamaican grooves
are underpinned by lush African instrumentation.
The concert is confirmed for the Barbican Hall in London
on April 4th. Tickets cost £12.50-£20 and
are available here.
14.1.11 MARIANNE FAITHFULL PLAYS THE BARBICAN
Marianne Faithfull showcases music from her
upcoming Hal Willner produced release 'Horses and High
Heels' at London's Barbican Hall, on May 24th. Tickets
are £25 and available here.
7.1.11 KATIE MELUA MUSIC IN 'THE TOURIST'
Check out Katie Melua’s track “No
Fear Of Heights” in the new movie The
Tourist out in cinemas now!
MELUA DECEMBER INTERVIEW
6.12.10 MIKE BATT RADIO NEWS
Mike will be interviewed by Elaine Paige on her Radio
2 show on Sunday January 9th 2011. Listen live here.
6.12.10 SARAH BLASKO - HMV
NEXT BIG THING SOLD
Sarah Blasko is to headline the final night of HMV's
Next Big Thing gig series at The Jazz Café, London
on Sunday 13th February 2011, with support from Sophie
Barker (Zero 7), complemented by a DJ appearance by
Portishead's Andy Smith between sets. 2010's HMV Next
Big Thing gigs gave early exposure to the likes of Marina
& The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and Professor Green.
Tickets are £10, available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
1.12.10 NEW ASA SINGLE 'BE MY MAN' - COMING SOON!
1.11.10 MIKE BATT ALBUM RELEASE
Hunting Of The Snark' (CD/DVD) is out now. The
album has previously only been available as part
of the Mike Batt Music Cube.
two remaining Mike Batt Archive Series albums 'Zero
Zero' (CD/DVD), and 'Dreamstone / REM' (double album)
will follow soon.
Hunting Of The Snark CD/DVD is available from these
6.10.10 GET GURRUMUL ONTO OPRAH!
Oprah Winfrey is taking her show to Australia
and we think she should invite Gurrumul to appear while
she's there. The Indigenous Australian artist has simply
set the world alight with his amazing voice, winning
the Best Independent Release award at 2008's Ariasand a 2009 APRA Breakthrough Songwriter award
for his stunning 'Gurrumul' album. We want Oprah and
Australia to recognise his vast talent and you can help
- join our Facebook campaign here.
4.10.10 KATIE MELUA RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Katie Melua has confirmed rescheduled European tour
dates for 2011 - visit her website here
for more details.
1.10.10 CARO EMERALD PLAYLISTS
‘Back It Up’ has been added to the playlist
of ALL BBC Regional radio stations, 38 of them.
29.8.10 MIKE BATT ALBUM RELEASE
Hunting Of The Snark' (CD/DVD) is scheduled for release
on November 1st. The album has previously only been
available as part of the Mike Batt Music Cube.
two remaining Mike Batt Archive Series albums 'Zero
Zero' (CD/DVD), and 'Dreamstone / REM' (double album)
will follow shortly afterwards.
29.8.10 SARAH BLASKO SINGLE RELEASE
Sarah Blasko releases her new single 'No Turning Back'
on September 27th, from her album 'As Day Follows Night'.
28.8.10 CARO EMERALD ALBUM AND SINGLE RELEASE
October 4th sees the UK release of new Dramatico signing,
Caro Emerald's debut single 'Back It Up'. The story
of Caro Emerald and ‘Back It Up’ is a true
example of how word-of-mouth can lead to an overnight
smash. An impromptu performance of the song on a local
TV station in her native Holland led to an overwhelming
clamour to hear more of the phenomenally exciting new
singer. Once a video – shot for next to nothing
– had been posted on Youtube, the response was
deafening; Caro was being begged by people she had never
met to make the song available to own.
the Dutch release of ‘Deleted Scenes From The
Cutting Room Floor’ in January, she has spent
over 20 weeks on top of the album chart, and is currently
certified triple platinum. Caro and her accessible,
dancefloor-inspired music are now in hot demand all
28.8.10 CARO EMERALD SETS HISTORIC CHART RECORD
Caro Emerald's debut album has set a new record for
longest number one position in the Dutch album charts.
debut album 'Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room
Floor' has been the best selling in The Netherlands
for 27 weeks. A call for Champagne! The old record:
26 weeks, was set by Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'
in the 1980s.
28.8.10 DRAMATICO SUPPORTS MUSIC MATTERS
Matters is a collective of people across the music industry,
including artists, retailers, songwriters, labels and
managers, formed to remind listeners of the significance
and value of music.
all know that music is important. But with music more
available than ever before, it’s worth reminding
ourselves of that fact. It’s easy to forget
about the extraordinary lengths that performers, songwriters
and musicians can go to record their songs, and the
powerful effect music has on each and every one of
believe it is important to support the artists and
all those involved in making incredible music by choosing
to consume music in an ethical way, and that’s
why we’ve set up Music Matters.
Music Matters trust mark will act as a guide for music
fans and help differentiate legal music services from
illegal ones. Click here for a list of all supporting
sites and look for the Music Matters trust mark when
choosing new music. When you choose sites carrying
the trustmark you can be sure the site is legal and
the copyright holders are paid for their creative