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Mixed response to DfE’s announcement of incremental hub funding and new music curriculum committee

UK School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, has announced that schools are to receive a new model music curriculum created by an independent panel of experts.

Rockschool announces inaugural RSL Teacher Conference

London-based international rock and pop exam provider, RSL (Rockschool Ltd), has announced details of its inaugural RSL Teacher Conference.

James Ainscough to remain as HMUK Chief Executive

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has appointed former interim Financial Director and interim CEO, James Ainscough, as its permanent CEO.

Genesis Sixteen 2019-20 applications open

World-renowned choral ensemble, The Sixteen, has opened applications for the 2019-20 cohort of its free young artists’ scheme, Genesis Sixteen.

LIPA applies to open its own Secondary school in September 2021

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has submitted an application to the UK Department for Education to open a Secondary school specialising in the creative and… Read more

Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition – winners

Violinist, Usha Kapoor, and pianist and postgraduate student, Edward Leung, have won the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition.

RCM to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

The Royal College of Music will celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with concerts and a celebration of the life and music of Clara Schumann.

Chetham’s launches Fit to Perform wellbeing programme

Chetham’s School of Music has launched a student physical wellbeing programme, Fit to Perform, with the aim of preventing performance-related injuries.

Tri-Music Together (TMT) receives £105,000 funding

Tri-borough Music Hub and a group of partners have been awarded £105,000 by Youth Music to support Early Years music education via Tri-Music Together (TMT).

London College of Creative Media new Music Box campus opens

London College of Creative Media (LCCM) celebrated the opening of the Music Box, the college’s new home, at a ceremony in London on 4 December 2018. Guests… Read more

Chetham’s School of Music appoints Tom Redmond as Director of Music

Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester has announced that Tom Redmond will succeed Stephen Threlfall as Director of Music from September 2019. A former member of the… Read more

UCA launches scholarship to help reduce industry gender gap

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has announced a £5,000 Women in Music scholarship aimed at reducing the industry’s gender gap.

Portsmouth children sing for centenary of women’s right to vote

Children from Portsmouth schools sang outside Parliament on 27 November 2018 to celebrate the centenary of women’s right to vote, courtesy of Portsmouth Music Hub and MP, Stephen Morgan.

London Music Fund aims to raise £40k through Big Give Christmas Challenge

London Music Fund, a charity which supports young musicians through a scholarships scheme, has launched a fundraising campaign as part of  The Christmas Challenge – the UK’s… Read more

School of Sound Recording rebrands as Spirit Studios

To celebrate nearly 40 years of success in audio engineering, the School of Sound Recording (SSR) has announced that it is rebranding as Spirit Studios.

Xhosa Cole wins BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018

22-year-old saxophonist, Xhosa Cole, was announced as the winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 24 November 2018.

Guitar Show 2019 to welcome new exhibitors and artists

A raft of first-time exhibitors has been announced for the Guitar Show 2019, which runs from 23-24 February 2019 at Birmingham’s New Bingley Hall.

Remixing Community launches in Hong Kong

More Music Founder, Pete Moser, launched a three-year community music programme, Remixing Community, in Hong Kong with a residency from 12-19 November 2018.

NYCGB pledges commitment to gender-balanced programming

On Saint Cecilia’s Day 2018, and to cap its year-long ‘Women in Song’ project, National Youth Choirs Of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced a commitment to ensuring… Read more

Live music ‘essential’ in all UK care homes – report

Led by Live Music Now and the University of Winchester, a new report, ‘Live Music in Care’, recommends that live music should be essential in all UK care homes.