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Awards for Young Musicians releases Practical Progression

Awards for Young Musicians has released ‘Practical Progression’, a series of films made by and for music leaders, produced in partnership with five music hubs.

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.

Portsmouth Music Hub shortlisted for award for seventh consecutive year

Portsmouth Music Hub has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Print Resource category at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019. The Music Hub has been shortlisted for… Read more

Children from low-income families priced out of learning musical instruments – report

New data released on 6 November 2018 reveals low-income British families are at risk of under-representation in the music industry as access to music lessons is dying… Read more

London Borough of Culture programme revealed

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the London Borough of Waltham Forest have revealed the programme for the first ever London Borough of Culture.

Chetham’s announces 2019 Spring Music programme

Chetham’s School of Music, the leading specialist music school, will present a week of performance by the School’s young ensembles from 3-14 February 2019. The extended Spring… Read more

Wigmore Hall and Classic FM launch new Under 35s ticket scheme

Wigmore Hall and classical music broadcaster Classic FM have announced a new collaboration on a discount ticket scheme, which will provide 25,000 £5 tickets to hundreds of concerts… 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

UK Music calls for ‘urgent’ budget review of music in education in the UK

UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, has called on the Chancellor to use his forthcoming Budget, to be published on 29 October 2018, to order an ‘urgent review’… 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

Venues Day sees HMUK partner with Music Venue Trust

Help Musicians UK has teamed up with Music Venue Trust for this year’s Venues Day, which takes place on 17 October 2018 at Islington Assembly Hall.

London Handel Festival celebrates Handel’s Divas

Celebrating Handel’s Divas, the 2019 London Handel Festival launches with ‘Berenice’ at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre on 27 March 2019.

New Islington Music Education Hub launches

Following a successful bid to Arts Council England, Islington Council will lead the new Islington Music Education Hub in partnership with the Guildhall School from 1 October 2018.

Massed ensembles head to Royal Albert Hall for MFY Proms

This year’s Music for Youth (MFY) season draws to a close with three MFY Proms concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 5, 6 and 7 November 2018.

BBC teams up with dementia charity to create Music Memories website

The BBC, in partnership with Playlist for Life, a UK music and dementia charity, has launched a new website designed to use music to help people with… Read more

Society of Recorder Players announces Composer’s Competition

The Society of Recorder Players has announced its first Composer’s Competition, adjudicated by Jonathan Dove and featuring recorder quartet, BLOCK4.

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