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Music teacher receives £10,000 cheque from Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Rachel Shapey, a Secondary school teacher from Stockport, is one of five finalists for this year’s Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs.

Young string players record video for HRH the Prince of Wales

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland patron, HRH the Prince of Wales, has received a 70th birthday message from some of the institution’s youngest string players.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch to be Dartington Artistic Director

The Dartington Hall Trust has announced that Sara Mohr-Pietsch will be the next Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival.

Peter Nicholson to be Sistema Scotland Director of Music

Sistema Scotland has appointed Peter Nicholson as its new Director of Music, succeeding Francis Cummings who moves to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Scotland’s national conservatoire launches creative enterprise fund

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has announced a new fund to kick start the careers of the nation’s emerging creative artists. The Make It Happen Fund,… Read more

Chris Brannick to be new Chair of London youth charity

Sound Connections, the London-based youth charity, has announced that Chris Brannick has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chair. Brannick takes over from Katrina Duncan, who served… Read more

Winners of inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition announced

German conductor, Julia Selina Blank, has won first prize at LICCC 2018, the inaugural edition of the London International Choral Conducting Competition, held at the Royal Academy… Read more

Carmel Smickersgill wins Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

Composer, Carmel Smickersgill, wins £1,000 and a year’s membership of BASCA as part of Liverpool Philharmonic’s Christopher Brooks Composition Prize.

John Gilhooly receives Heidelberger Frühling Music Award

John Gilhooly, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, is to receive the 2019 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award.

Vocal Studies artists announced at Trinity Laban Conservatoire

The Vocal Studies Department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced singer and conductor, Barbara Hannigan, and conductor, Dominic Ellis-Peckham, as Visiting Artists, and choral director,… Read more

Drake Music Emergent winners announced

Drake Music, the leading music charity, has announced the winners of the organisation’s three Emergent – A Music Legacy commissions. The award scheme is funded by Help Musicians… Read more

Royal College of Organists appoints former Lord Mayor as new Director

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced the appointment of Sir Andrew Parmley as its new Director, with effect from 1 October 2018. Sir Andrew’s broad experience… Read more

Nitin Sawhney to give keynote at Musicians’ Union training event

The Musicians’ Union (MU) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire are delighted to announce that Nitin Sawhney will be presenting the keynote address at their professional development weekend for… Read more

New Chairman for Choir Schools’ Association

Neil Chippington, Headmaster of St John’s College School, Cambridge, succeeded Paul Smith, Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School, as Chairman of the Choir Schools’ Association (CSA) on 1… Read more

I Can Compose Founder reaches Enterprise Vision Awards finals

Rachel Shapey, Founder of Secondary music composition website, I Can Compose, has been announced as a finalist in the Internet Industry Category of the Enterprise Vision Awards.

Winners of Cremona Musica Awards announced

Valery Gergiev, Maxim Vengerov, Alessandro Baricco, Hermann Hauser III and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival will all receive Cremona Musica Awards at this year’s event.

New Culture Secretary, former Remainer who ‘used to play the trumpet’

Jeremy Wright MP has replaced Matt Hancock as Culture Secretary in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s emergency shake-up of her cabinet on 9 July 2018.

Nicola Benedetti announced as new ESTA (UK) President

The European String Teachers Association UK (ESTA UK) has appointed violinist, Nicola Benedetti, as its next President.

New Principal for Purcell School

The Purcell School, one of the UK’s leading specialist music schools, has announced the appointment of Paul Bambrough as Head from 1 September 2018.  He will take… Read more

Chetham’s Director of Music to retire in 2019

Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at the leading specialist UK music school, Chetham’s, has announced that he will retire in September 2019 after what will be 24… Read more