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Leeds International Piano Competition reveals 2018 programme

The Leeds International Piano Competition has revealed its 2018 programme of talks, masterclasses, exhibitions, free family events and concerts.

Society for Music Education in Ireland 2018 Conference call for papers

The Society for Music Education in Ireland has issued a call for papers for its 8th Annual Conference. The event will be hosted by the Royal Irish… Read more

Morley College London to offer Certificate for Music Educators

Morley College London has been validated to offer CME London – a new course for music educators who work with children and young people – from January 2019.

#ComposeWithDorico campaigns to ‘bring music back into education’

Steinberg is launching a campaign to save music education in schools, #ComposeWithDorico, with a free giveaway of music-making software, Dorico Elements.

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.

Yamaha, Jazz FM and Chiltern Music Therapy to launch iPodPharmacy

Yamaha, Jazz FM and Chiltern Music Therapy will launch the UK’s first iPodPharmacy on Monday 16 July at Jazz FM’s ‘Yamaha Live’ Performance Space in London.

Musicians’ Union launches new research on music education in the UK

Building on the findings of its 2017 Education Report, the Musicians’ Union (MU) has commissioned a major piece of research on music education in the UK.

National Orchestra for All returns to Leeds for ‘WordPlay’ performance

Orchestras for All returns to Leeds with its flagship programme for young people facing barriers to music-making, the National Orchestra for All.

Roundhouse launches Next Generation Campaign

London’s Roundhouse has launched its Next Generation Campaign to build new studios and create a Centre for Creative & Digital Entrepreneurs.

MU announces Teachers’ CPD Weekend details

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has announced details of its 6th biennial Teachers’ Continued Professional Development Weekend, which runs from 27-28 October 2018 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

The UK Government is in denial about the plight of music in schools

Pressure is mounting on the Government to stop the erosion of school music departments and put the subject back where it belongs, at the heart of the… Read more

London College of Creative Media partners with manufacturers

London College of Creative Media (LCCM) has announced a new partnership with two leading instrument manufacturers, TAMA and Zildjian. This new collaboration will ensure that LCCM students… Read more

Recapturing the spirit of Hanukkah through music, film and the arts

Light 8 Nights, an organisation committed to making Hanukkah more relevant and exciting for modern audiences through music, film and the arts, has announced that it is coming to the UK.

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.

Rhythmix wins Disability Charity of the Year Award

Rhythmix has won Charity Today’s Disability Charity of the Year Award in recognition of its work with young people with physical and learning disabilities.

New £20m fund for creative industries in England outside London

Towns and cities across England will benefit from a new £20 million regional fund for culture, heritage and creative industries, launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and… Read more

Pioneering singing programme receives £150,000 grant

The Voices Foundation and the David Ross Education Trust have received £150,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to help deliver a pioneering singing programme.

Tileyard Education launches commercial songwriting course in Hong Kong

Tileyard Education, the postgraduate and professional training facility based at London UK’s Tileyard Studios, home to The Prodigy, Sigala, Chase & Status, Lily Allen, Notting Hill Music… Read more

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

Sing Up Day video released

Sing Up has released a compilation video featuring recordings of this year’s Sing Up Day song, Be the change, from schools across the world.