Tom Cruise Visits The Cast Of Beautiful


The cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical were surprised by a visit from Tom Cruise after their preview performance last night.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Rachel Podger Wins prestigious Bach Prize


Rachel Podger, who has been recording and performing Bach’s music for violin to critical acclaim for over two decades, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.

The Prize, supported by the Kohn Foundation, is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the performance and/or scholarly study of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Rachel holds the Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin at the Academy and performs and teaches there regularly, notably as part of the RAM/Kohn Foundation’s Bach Cantata series.

Rachel becomes the tenth, and first female, winner of the Prize.

RSK Gramophone Award Winners!


RSK Classical is delighted to represent two winners in the Gramophone Awards 2014. The Chamber Awards has been won by the Pavel Haas Quartet with Danjulo Ishizaka for their recording of Schubert’s Death And The Maiden Quartet and the String Quintet on Supraphon. The Dunedin Consort conducted by John Butt have won the Choral Award for their disc of Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance) on Linn Records. RSK is responsible for the marketing, publicity and distribution of both labels in the UK.


This is the Pavel Haas Quartet’s third Gramophone Chamber Award, the first of which was for their Janacek and Haas disc in 2007 and followed by the Chamber award in 2011 for the Dvorak album, which was also given the ultimate accolade of Gramophone “Recording of the Year”. Supraphon and RSK are proud that this incredible quartet have once again been recognised for their artistry and passion. The Pavel Haas Quartet will release their highly anticipated recording of the two Smetana quartets in Spring 2015. For a preview please take a look at this clip from a session they recorded with Sinfini Music of Smetana’s String Quartet No.1 “From My Life”

“This is good. Very good. Acclaim and the Pavel Haas Quartet are familiar bedfellows – after all, they did win Gramophone’s Record of the Year for their Dvovák two years ago. But this is their first recording that really steps into a crowded marketplace. They represent the best qualities of the Czech tradition – warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity; but what’s striking here is their fearless risk-taking, their fervency and the absolute confidence with which they propel you through these two masterpieces. In the Quintet they have the perfect partner in cellist Danjulo Ishizaka…” Gramophone
Gramophone described the Dunedin Consort’s disc as ‘one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years’. After winning the ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for ‘Handel: Messiah’ in 2007 we are delighted that this outstanding ensemble has once again been recognised by the top classical music industry awards.

‘Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years. As with all of Butt’s recordings, however, this Mozart Requiem is something of an event. It is Butt’s minute attention to these details, though, that makes this such a thrilling performance.’ Gramophone

Neville Staple at Rough Trade

Neville Staple

Rough Trade customers were treated to a ‘Special’ in-store performance on Wednesday night (11/6/2014) by none other than the ‘Original Rudeboy’ himself, Neville Staple.

RSK & Rough Trade (East) organised the in-store show to celebrate the launch of ‘Ska Crazy’, Neville’s new album which was released in May 2014 through Cleopatra Records.

The guest list was bursting with names from the UK music industry past and present, including Garry Bushell (Pictured with Neville Staple), Jerry Dammers, Pauline Black, Rico Rodriguez and Kevin Rowland.

Neville Staple and his band played a number of tracks from ‘Ska Crazy’ and delighted punters by playing The Specials favourites ‘Gangsters’ and ‘A Message to you Rudy’.

After the performance, Neville stayed around to have his photo taken with fans and sign albums.

Garry Bushell tweeted:

“Neville Staple on fine form @ Ska Crazy album launch last night, loved Roadblock & Time Longer Than Rope live. 30-date tour coming” (

Neville will be on tour in the UK for the rest of the year.

‘Ska Crazy’ is available everywhere now


Rachel Podger Wins BBC Music Magazine Award

RSK & Rachel Podger
Rachel Podger won the instrumental category at the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards for her acclaimed solo recital album Guardian Angel on Channel Classics. The award was decided by a public vote.
Rachel also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on the day of the Awards to talk to Jane Garvey about the award, her career and upcoming projects. Rachel performed an extract from Guardian Angel live on air for Radio 4 listeners before accepting her award from BBC Music Magazine during an exclusive ceremony at Kings Place.

Rachel Podger: “Each piece of music on this CD has a special, personal significance for me. However clichéd that may sound, a good deal has to do with the nature of playing completely solo – and how you identify with each note, considered and crafted completely in your own space and time. It’s an immense honour to win this award and I’d very much like to thank all those of you who voted, I have never before had the experience of being voted for by the public! I feel as though I should be donning a ball gown and given points for my performance by the ‘Strictly’ judges!”

RSK signs distribution deal with SideOneDummy

Multi-services company RSK Entertainment has signed a distribution deal with SideOneDummy Records.

The agreement will see RSK take on a primary marketing role for the UK, as well as sales and distribution, effective immediately with new releases beginning this month.

SideOneDummy’s digital distribution has moved to INgrooves, but is under RSK’s marketing remit. “We’re thrilled,” said RSK joint managing director, Simon Carver. “We have been talking to SideOneDummy for a while with a view to something rather more proactive than straight sales and distribution.

“Everyone at RSK is looking forward to working closely with long-standing SideOne plugger, Steve Ager and the US office, and we will look to build complementary teams and create effective strategies to take the label forward.”

Added RSK joint managing director, Rashmi Patani: “It is a super label. It has a great outlook and catalogue and we join at a time when SideOne is making key signings and very much looking to develop its new tier of artists.”

The 2014 schedule begins with The Gaslight Anthem’s The B-Sides on January 27, followed by albums from Chuck Ragan and Dresses in March, and an LP?from new signing Pup in April.

RSK moved its physical distribution to Sony DADC in September last year.

2 Worlds Collide at 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Two of the world’s most prominent guitarists collided last night at the 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Awards, when legendary rock and classical guitarist Steve Hackett met Miloš Karadaglić, the world’s best-selling classical guitarist and who recently performed solo to a sold out Royal Albert Hall, where Hackett takes his own Genesis Revisited tour on 24th October.  Miloš, it turns out, is a huge fan of the ex-Genesis guitarist!  Hackett’s classical catalogue will be re-released over the next few months through RSK’s new classical crossover label, Edifying Records, with Bay of Kings, Steve’s first cross-over album, due out in November.

RSK Entertainment moves its physical distribution in the UK and Ireland to Sony DADC


RSK Entertainment has signed a new distribution deal with Sony DADC which will see Sony DADC take on UK and Irish physical distribution for RSK, as well as becoming both RSK’s manufacturing and European supply hub for its network of affiliates.

“We took our time in properly assessing the current landscape and our options,” says RSK Joint Managing Director, Rashmi Patani. “And Sony DADC’s enthusiasm, vision and infrastructure ultimately made them the obvious choice. We are thrilled to be there!”

RSK will take a significant and diverse, specialist music catalogue into Sony DADC, ranging from award winning classical labels, such as Linn, Channel Classics, Pentatone and Brilliant Classics to reissue, urban and rock, such as Repertoire, eOne, Death Row and Loud & Proud Records. The move to Sony DADC coincides with new key acquisition and partnership, as well as the inception of RSK’s new in-house imprint, Edifying Records and very much marks Sony DADC’s return to the core and specialist music market.

“Gem has been super,” says RSK JMD, Simon Carver. “But in Sony DADC we have found a fully connected distributor and manufacturer, which is at once secure and committed to our Industry, as well as having made a significant investment in the long term in its new state of the art facility in Enfield. Sony DADC feels like a very natural partner and Natasha Tyrrell and her team will allow RSK to better realise its goals.”

“We are excited to have won such a major new music client in RSK and we look forward to working closely with them to grow and enhance their business,” said Natasha Tyrrell, General Manager Distribution at Sony DADC UK. “RSK proactively seeks out new avenues and opportunities for its clients’ products, which is always important in a fast changing retail environment, and it is a source of great pride to us that they have trusted Sony DADC to support them in their endeavour.”

RSK Entertainment announces the launch of a new international record label, Edifying Records


RSK Entertainment announces the launch of a new international record label, Edifying Records and first signing, Steve Hackett’s classical catalogue.

“We decided on the name of Edifying Records because we intend to release music that will promote intellectual and spiritual improvement” says Head of Labels, Matt Groom. “Our first release will exemplify this beautifully, being reissue of Steve Hackett’s Bay of Kings, which was originally released in 1983 and  has been out of print for years now. This was the first of Steve’s classical cross-over albums, and something of a landmark release. We then have the Momentum, Sketches of Satie, and Metamorpheus albums and the live (electric) DVD, Fire And Ice, as well as a newly filmed documentary. We will release limited 180g collector vinyl LPS, as well as CD formats.”

“Everyone is very excited at RSK,” says Joint Managing Director, Simon Carver. “We have not had our own imprint since we were Koch and returning to the label business is really the next step of our development. We are now an international business and very much involved in wider rights management and Edifying Records will properly realise a rather unique skillset which spans both the classical and rock worlds. In short the label will release thinking persons’ rock-rooted music, which will be both eclectic and compelling.”

“This is a natural development for RSK,” continues Joint Managing Director, Rashmi Patani. “We will release new music as well as reissuing valid and exciting recordings from the past.  The label will complement everything we currently represent, while providing what we perceive as a much needed platform. As Simon says, we are all very excited.“

Edifying Records will be distributed worldwide (ex-Japan) via RSK’s international network of distributors, with Bay of Kings scheduled for July.



Marketing and distribution company RSK is celebrating 10 years of representing foreign labels and artists on the ground in the UK. Joint MDs Simon Carver and Rashmi Patani talk about breaking away from big beginnings and how their model of bespoke services has become an industry standard.

Label services is a phrase that seems to be growing in popularity these days as music companies and artists big and small look for more flexible ways to work across territories. It’s also a phrase that makes RSK Entertainment’s joint managing directors Simon Carver and Rashmi Patani smile. “Everything you’d tick off the list for label services is what we were doing in 1995,” Carver tells Music Week.

Emerging from Koch UK, RSK is this year celebrating a decade of providing foreign labels with feet on the ground in the UK and independent local expertise for its partners. The word ‘partner’ is important, because, despite having come from the giant that was Koch – the German-owned firm was once the third biggest independent record company in the world – Carver and Patani have established a very personal business.

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