Teaching Healthy, Expressive Piano Technique (online course)
Penelope Roskell’s new online course, Teaching Healthy, Expressive Piano Technique, launched in November 2021. Based on her award-winning book, The Complete Pianist, this online course gives both new and experienced piano teachers and music students an in-depth understanding of how to teach all aspects of piano technique to beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
The course is divided into six parts featuring thirty-one high-quality videos (approx. 9 hrs total) with multiple camera angles.
Each aspect of technique is presented in a step-by-step approach, starting with simple, unique exercises devised by Penelope herself which are then developed into more complex ones.
The videos are supplemented with detailed notes and numerous musical examples which can also be downloaded for ease of use.
Repertoire featured includes well known pieces from all levels plus several original pieces by Penelope designed to demonstrate specific concepts.
The course forms the basis of the Trinity Laban pedagogy course and the ideas and concepts within are all supported by the latest research in the biomechanics of piano playing and current pedagogical thinking.
Several intuitive navigation options enable you to follow the course sequentially at your own pace and convenience or to reference specific topics when needed.
Students of the new course will be able to access feedback from Penelope Roskell and former students via follow-up Q&A sessions and the dedicated Roskell Academy support group on Facebook. They will also have the opportunity to work towards accreditation in the Roskell Method if they wish.
A healthy piano technique not only avoids injury but also helps to achieve a more beautiful sound, greater artistic freedom and faster progress. This comprehensive course will help you to resolve common problems and instil a well-coordinated, confident approach to technique in your students, paving the way for a lifetime of fruitful, expressive and injury-free playing!
The course forms the core of the piano pedagogy course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Group reductions are available for staff and students at other music schools (contact Ryan Morison at email@example.com).
The triennial Singapore International Violin Competition was launched in June 2014 as a landmark cultural initiative for Singapore and beyond, and has since grown to become one of the most globally distinctive of its kind.
The competition serves to promote the continued growth and strength of classical music, as well as to provide a showcase for violinists from around the world against the backdrop of Singapore’s world-class performance venues, its national orchestra, and its internationally renowned music conservatory.
The competition is open to all violinists below the age of 30 (at the start of the competition year).
The competition will be preceded by a pre-selection round involving blind-listening of submitted recordings.
Live rounds in Singapore
Four live rounds will be held in Singapore. Our substantial First Round will allow competitors to showcase different aspects of their playing through solo-violin as well as violin-and-piano works. Competitors who advance to the Semi-Final will present full recital programmes. Six finalists will then be chosen to perform in the chamber music Final, from which the top three will advance to perform concerti in the Grand Final.
All live rounds will be open to public (tickets will made available through SISTIC).
Composition webinar: Ideas for getting started in the Broad General Education (BGE) classroom
About the webinar
John Gourlay will focus on aspects of the composition projects that he has led with Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society since 2014. The most recent involved S3 pupils in a Dunfermline secondary, winning the Making Music Award 2020 for ‘Best project with a focus on new music’ along with work with pupils in east Fife schools. John will cover aspects of stimulus, the management of the process and the presentation of outcomes.
Greg Brown will focus on how to use basic music technology in the classroom to incite creativity amongst BGE pupils. His session will deliver an alternative approach to composition focussing on the practical technique of sampling and the use of loops and live recording.
A link to this online session will be sent on the day of the event.
Participants should join the session using the username provided for the booking. Failure to do so may result in a delayed entry to the session.
Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Annual Conference 2023
The ABO’s primary event each year is its annual conference, the major gathering of the classical music industry in the UK, with over 350 delegates drawn from orchestras both from within the UK and abroad, plus funding agencies, venues, agents, publishers and suppliers.
Our Principal Media Partner is Classic FM, with Classical Music as media partner and Help Musicians as Charity Partner.
Genesis Sixteen 2023-24 – The Sixteen’s FREE young artists’ scheme
About Genesis Sixteen
Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme for 18-23 year olds, which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers.
During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses based in the UK are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan.
Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.
This is the UK’s first ever fully funded programme of its kind and alumni from the first seven years have already had much success since graduating. Many are now performing, recording and touring with professional groups, including The Sixteen. A number of them have set up their own choirs and are showing true entrepreneurialism in developing their brand and reputation on the music circuit.
How to apply
The Genesis Sixteen scheme lasts for one year, during which singers take part in two week-long courses and two weekend courses. There are 22 places available in the scheme each year. To be eligible for the 2023-24 programme you must be aged between eighteen and 23 on Sunday 20 August 2023, be resident in the UK for the duration of the scheme, receive regular singing lessons, and be free for all the course dates without exception, as follows:
Course 1: Oxford Sunday 20 – Saturday 26 August 2023
as part of the application process, you will be asked to supply names and contact email addresses for TWO separate referees who can be contacted by us to supply a supporting reference. NB you are no longer required to ask your chosen referees to contact The Sixteen with a reference, as we will do that for you once applications close. You will find where to list your chosen referees on the application form
The winner of the competition will become Assistant Conductor of the Hallé, with the opportunity to work alongside the Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder CH CBE, for a minimum 2-year period in a meaningful and varied role which represents an invaluable chance for an emerging conductor to build a career and establish themselves on the world stage. It will be, quite literally, a life changing opportunity.
The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition celebrates the innovative partnership between the Hallé and Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse, that has been developed over the last two decades. Creating links between engineering and music, Siemens and the Hallé have not only brought classical music to Manchester audiences, they have collaborated on delivering a variety of education and community outreach projects that engage children and support communities throughout the North of England.
The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will take place in Manchester from Sunday 12 to Tuesday 14 March 2023.
Applications are invited by Thursday 1 September 2022 at 13:00 GMT, and Semi-Finalists will be announced in November 2022.
Semi-Finalists will attend the entirety of the Competition in Manchester from Sunday 12th to Tuesday 14 March 2023. All Semi-Finalists will work in Hallé St Peter’s with the Hallé Youth Orchestra on Sunday 12 March, before completing the chamber music workshop on Monday 13 March.
Finalists will be selected by the end of Monday 13 March. Finalists will be interviewed on Tuesday 14 March morning before working with the Hallé in the Final.
The Winner of the Competition will be announced in a public concert event on the evening of Tuesday 14 March 2023.
The Guitar Show is the UK’s biggest celebration of all things guitar, with over 130 exhibitors, from electric to acoustic, from 4 to 6 to 12 strings, amps, leads, pedals, straps, strings and accessories.
Sitting alongside the Electric Hall and the Acoustic Hall are two event stages.
The Live Stage features performances all day. The full line up can be found here.
The Masterclass stage, hosted by Focusrite, features a mix of producers and artists showing you how to record at home. The line up can be found here.
Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00 Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00
Tickets and booking
Tickets (£15 for adults, £10 for children aged 8-16) will be available soon.
NSSO Big Band is a brand-new ensemble for 2023, introducing aspiring young jazz musicians of grade 6 standard upwards to a wide variety of Big Band arrangements.
Led by world renowned saxophonist Colin Skinner, students will be immersed in the Big Band genre, learning the art of Swing, jazz and improvisation with our faculty of top Big Band musicians.
You don’t need experience in Big Band playing to join us on this course, just a love of music of the Swing era and onwards.
Spaces are limited in this fantastic ensemble and are open to
saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone)
acoustic jazz guitar
Through sectionals and big band sessions members will develop their reading and improvisation skills throughout the week, as well as having a lot of fun!
Each section of the band will have a resident tutor, a specialist in their own field, and NSSO is proud to be welcoming some of the UK’s top Big Band musicians to join our excellent team of tutors.
The line up for the band offers individual opportunities to alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, trumpet, and trombone players with a rhythm section of piano, acoustic guitar, string bass, and kit/percussion.
Places in the Big Band are very limited and applications are invited from musicians of secondary school age of grade 6+ standard.