Performing & composing

Free music residencies up for grabs at Sage Gateshead this Summer

Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studio programme will open the doors to its rehearsal studios from 6-26 August 2018, offering free residencies of up to one week for musicians, singers and artists of all genres to create new work, develop their practice or prepare for a performance.

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.

New website launched for composition students and teachers

A new website dedicated to GCSE and A level Music composition has been launched.

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.

Risk of cultural void as funding cuts threaten the future of British orchestras

According to new research by the UK Musicians’ Union, 44% of the nation’s orchestral musicians say they do not earn enough to live on. The organisation represents… Read more

jazzahead! plays host to 20,000+ participants and visitors

The 13th edition of international jazz trade fair and showcase festival, jazzahead!, ran from 19-22 April 2018 at Messe Bremen in Germany.

PRS Foundation partners with Creative Scotland for Momentum Music Fund

Revealed at Scotland’s forum for music businesses and artists, Wide Days 2018, PRS Foundation’s new partnership with Creative Scotland will allow Scottish artists to apply for funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing via its Momentum Music Fund.

National Youth Choir of Great Britain performs on first night of BBC Proms festival

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will take the stage on the first night of the BBC Proms for the first time in 2018.

British Flute Society’s international festival returns to London

Leading UK membership organisation for flautists and flute teachers, the British Flute Society, will present its second Summer flute festival, Future Flute Fest, in St John’s Smith Square, London, from 17-19 August 2018.

Armonico Consort’s Choir Creation programme celebrates 10 years with Royal Albert Hall gala

School pupils from across the UK raised the roof of London’s Royal Albert Hall last month, thanks to choir and instrumental ensemble, Armonico Consort.

New national alliance aims to support next generation of young musicians in England

National charity Youth Music has announced the formation of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, a collective of leading music organisations working together to promote diversity… Read more

Sage Gateshead calls for nominations for ‘The North in 100 Songs’

Sage Gateshead is calling on people to reveal their favourite Northern song as part of a second wave of Great Exhibition of The North events announced by the music venue.

National Open Youth Orchestra announces partnership with ABRSM

The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) has announced a new partnership with ABRSM to help develop some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians as part of an inclusive ensemble.

ABRSM announces new partnership with Royal Philharmonic Society

ABRSM and the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) have announced a new partnership to help musicians develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers.

Merseyside children to celebrate world record hero with Echo Arena Liverpool concert

Sefton & Knowsley Youth (SKY) Music Hub is hosting a special event on 16 March 2018 to celebrate Sir Henry Segrave’s world land-speed record.

Music education at crisis point for Britain’s next generation of musicians, says new consortium

Four of the UK’s most innovative access-to-music organisations have come together to issue a stark warning to the government about the crisis facing young people trying to… Read more

Primary schoolchildren to premiere second batch of Snappy Operas

Mahogany Opera Group has announced that premieres of the remaining five operas in its two-year Snappy Operas project will take place in March 2018.

Elvis Costello and Angélique Kidjo join Festival of Voice line-up

Cardiff’s biennial Festival of Voice has revealed details of a second wave of artists and ensembles from across the spectrum of the arts, music, theatre and performance.

Leeds International Piano Competition launches annual festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition will present the first of what is to be an annual Leeds Piano Festival in May 2018.

Wigmore Hall’s Singing with Friends choir performs at Buckingham Palace

Wigmore Hall’s choir for families living with dementia, Singing with Friends, performed in a special concert at Buckingham Palace on 12 February 2018.