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Bad Wolf’s Natasha Hale joins RWCMD board

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has announced the appointment of Bad Wolf and Wolf Studios Wales’ Chief Operating Officer, Natasha Hale, to its Board of Directors.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire pianist wins BBC Young Musician 2018

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire piano student, Lauren Zhang, has been named winner of BBC Young Musician 2018, securing the title in the competition final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 13 May 2018.

Lenny Henry, Star Wars and Spider-Man join forces in Birmingham concert

Chancellor of Birmingham City University, Sir Lenny Henry, took to the stage of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on 4 May 2018 (aka Star Wars Day) in a performance introducing young people to the world of classical music.

Northern Ireland writers join Journal of Music mentoring scheme

Four emerging music writers will have the opportunity to work with a leading music publication and gain practical experience within the industry thanks to The Journal of Music’s new Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme. 

Sir Ken Robinson to become Associate Creative Curator of the Roundhouse, London

London’s Roundhouse has announced a major new partnership with author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts, Sir Ken Robinson, who will become Associate Creative… Read more

New Principal for Royal Welsh College

Professor Helena Gaunt has been appointed Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). Currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Professor Gaunt will take up the post from Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1 September 2018.

NYMAZ appoints new Director

Youth music charity, NYMAZ, has announced the appointment of Sarah McWatt as its new Director.

New head for Junior department at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Leading musician and teacher, Francis Cummings, has been appointed as Head of Junior Conservatoire (Music) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). A violinist who has performed… Read more

English National Opera appoints new Chief Executive

Stuart Murphy, former Director of Sky Entertainment Channels, has been appointed Chief Executive of English National Opera (ENO).

Artists including Craig David offer support for Give A Gig Week 2018

Craig David, Pixie Lott, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Dream Wife and Femme have pledged their support for Youth Music‘s flagship fundraising initiative, Give a Gig Week, which runs from 16-25 March 2018. Last year’s initiative saw… Read more

Gareth Malone to be Patron of London A Cappella Festival

The London A Cappella Festival (LACF) has announced that British choirmaster and broadcaster, Gareth Malone OBE, will be its Festival Patron. Gareth Malone has helped to popularise vocal music… Read more

BASCA announces winners of 2017 British Composer Awards

BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) announced the winners of its 15th British Composer Awards at a ceremony at the British Museum on 6 December… Read more

Acclaimed Irish music scholar joins 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards line-up

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced that Pádraigín Ní Uallachaín has been awarded the Comaoin Traditional Music Award at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

International artists to join RWCMD Opera School’s Circle of Presidents

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) has announced that Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans and Sir Brian McMaster, along with Maestro Carlo Rizzi and… Read more

Award-winning saxophonist, composer and broadcaster to become new Chair of Youth Music

Youth Music has announced that YolanDa Brown has been appointed as the charity’s new Chair. The MOBO award-winning saxophonist, band leader, composer and broadcaster was selected following… Read more

New Chair for ABRSM

Tony Hales CBE, Chair of the Greenwich Foundation and a board member of the Welsh National Opera, has been appointed Chair of the Associated Board of the… Read more

WOMEX 17 announces Artist and Professional Excellence Award-winners

WOMEX 17 has announced two of its upcoming Award-winners: Malian activist and singer, Oumou Sangaré, will receive the World Music Expo’s Artist Award while Czech radio journalist, Petr… Read more

Leading rock guitarist to receive Oh Yeah Legend Award

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has announced that this year’s Oh Yeah Legend Award will go to one of Northern Ireland’s leading rock guitarists, Vivian… Read more

Isle of Wight singing teacher wins Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Singing teacher, Linda Filby-Borrett, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight has been awarded Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award… Read more

Hugh Masakela receives honorary Doctor of Music degree from University of Witwatersrand

South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masakela, received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesberg, on 4 July 2017. The music… Read more