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Sing Up pupilsSing Up, England's national singing organisation, has started a free service to raise children’s spirits every Tuesday morning during the schools lockdown.

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Sing Up, England’s national singing organisation, has started a free service to raise children’s spirits every Tuesday morning during the schools lockdown.

Sing Up At Home’s #FeelgoodFifteen project starts at 9am on Tuesday, 12 January with fifteen minutes of musical fun to wake up pupils and get them ready for a day of learning. Run by a professional vocal leader, the live sessions will include warming up and singing so that children can enjoy the mental and physical benefits of singing.

The programme is aimed primarily at children aged 4-11 and their carers and can be viewed live or later at www.youtube.com/singup as well as the organisation’s own platform.

Sing Up started in 2007 with government funding and the aim to revive singing as part of school life. It rapidly spread out its programme to almost all primary schools across the UK. Since the funding ended, Sing Up has continued to support itself with school’s membership subscriptions, an indicator of the value many schools place on its work.

Sing Up At Home was originally launched for subscribing schools during the first lockdown with teachers able to embed direct links to the site through the schools’ own VLE.

With the new schools lockdown happening so suddenly, Sing Up decided it should offer #FeelgoodFifteen free of charge to all children in and out of school, to improve their mental wellbeing during these difficult weeks.

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National Youth Choirs of Great Britain launches second Young Composers album with NMC Recordings https://musiceducation.global/nycgb-launches-second-young-composers-album-with-nmc-recordings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nycgb-launches-second-young-composers-album-with-nmc-recordings Sun, 10 Jan 2021 10:09:41 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166044 NMC NYCGB CD cover

NMC NYCGB CD coverNew choral works by four young British composers and commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are being released by NMC Recordings in mid January 2021

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New choral works by four young British composers and commissioned by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are being released by NMC Recordings in mid January 2021.

Since 1983 NYCGB has been at the forefront of promoting choral singing for young people, working with music hubs in England and creating five regional choirs of 950 singers between 9 and 25 years of age. The members experience intensive rehearsals and musicianship training as well as the opportunity to sing at some of the country’s greatest venues. The best are offered access to the NYCGB fellowship training scheme.

The organisation has always encouraged new composers, and, for the last two years, has offered a young composers training scheme. Through this programme, new talent are taught and encouraged to create bespoke works to add to the NYCGB’s extensive catalogue of commissions, which includes pieces by composers including Thea Musgrave, Shruthi Rajasekar and Kerry Andrew. The programme also helps to create a career path for its proteges.

Previous commissions have been performed by the NYCGB choirs at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and the Sage Gateshead and at festivals, including the BBC Proms, Snape Proms and the Three Choirs Festival. But 2020 posed unique problems.

Despite the restrictions of the pandemic, NYCGB’s programmes have continued online. In the 2020 Young Composers Scheme, Amy Bryce, Nathan James Dearden, Joe Bates and Lisa Robertson created new compositions exploring themes encompassing the isolation of social distancing, our digital selves and a call to listen to the science in the face of climate change.

Throughout, the young composers enjoyed the advice and teaching of professional mentors Errollyn Wallen, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Toby Young and Roxanna Panufnik. And during a brief relaxation of the lockdown, the works were recorded for release by NMC Recordings.

‘The scheme really is a unique opportunity for young composers in the early stages of their careers to write music specifically for our suite of choirs,’ said NYCGB’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Ben Parry.

‘Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we continue with all our activity online, offering training and mentoring sessions with our partners and associates, and ultimately managed to come together in October 2020 for one day in the studio to record these wonderful, innovative and thought-provoking compositions.’

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CHORALSPACE launches as new international learning organisation for choral leaders https://musiceducation.global/choralspace-new-international-learning-organisation-for-choral-leaders/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=choralspace-new-international-learning-organisation-for-choral-leaders Fri, 08 Jan 2021 11:00:04 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166056 Winter Festival, Berlin © Ventura : Shutterstock.com

Winter Festival, Berlin © Ventura : Shutterstock.comAn international academy for choral arts, CHORALSPACE, launched on 6 January to provide an online environment for choral musicians to learn, create, perform and connect. Based in Berlin, the non-profit […]

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An international academy for choral arts, CHORALSPACE, launched on 6 January to provide an online environment for choral musicians to learn, create, perform and connect.

Based in Berlin, the non-profit organisation is governed by an international team of celebrated musicians, directors and educators and is led by its founder, Gent Lazri, the former director of International Choral Networking at international event organiser INTERKULTUR and the editor of Who is Who in Choral Music.

The ambitious CHORALSPACE concept includes creating an online university, expected to open in September, featuring a programme of 38 weekly workshops using a new conference application to teach a variety of choral music themes.

A creative area of the website will help choral musicians broaden their focus and develop new projects aimed at large audiences and visibility for their choirs.

And for the best of those choirs, CHORALSPACE has announced a performance programme including an international festival in December 2021 and three concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall beginning in March 2022.

The festival, from 9-19 December, will feature new projects developed by the artistic team at CHORALSPACE with two to three international choirs. The concerts will showcase auditioned ensembles and choral symphonic works from around the world.

Lazri created CHORALSPACE to fill what he saw was a gap in the choral community. ‘I have been involved in many choral events in the last 20 years,’ he told MUSIC:ED. ‘In the last few years, I got the impression that the international choral community was in need of more innovation, audience visibility and social inclusion. CHORALSPACE will help conductors, singers, choir managers in their process of change, and will create more visibility for choral music.’

Lazri credits the Programme Director, Myguel Santos e Castro for drawing such a celebrated international faculty, which includes California-based conductor Elena Sharkova, choir director Hans-Hermann Rehberg in Germany, Professor Arwin Tan in the Philippines and Argentinian choral director and teacher, Virginia Bono.

‘The advisory board has been a great help in starting the process and Myguel’s fantastic network of contacts and the innovative programme has played a major role in having so many big names from the choral scene join the CHORALSPACE faculty,’ says Lazri.

The programme of classes and workshops will be announced in early February and are expected to include such subjects as conducting, arranging, rehearsal technique, fundraising, mentoring, concert production, repertoire and composing.

The classes will be subscription-based paid on a monthly basis. The CHORALSPACE University will have its own tutorial team to work with students through the season and the board are in discussions with other established universities about cooperative arrangements.

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Europa Cantat festival 2021 invites applications https://musiceducation.global/europa-cantat-festival-2021-invites-applications/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=europa-cantat-festival-2021-invites-applications Tue, 29 Dec 2020 10:34:13 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166011 Carmen Manet choir from Slovenia

Carmen Manet choir from SloveniaThe European Choral Association has opened its doors to registrations for its 2021 Europa Cantat festival, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in July

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The European Choral Association has opened its doors to registrations for its 2021 Europa Cantat festival, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in July.

The main feature of the eight-day festival is the programme of 42 singing ateliers, led by world-renowned conductors and running over four, six or eight days. Participating singers will be expected to attend all rehearsals on the ateliers they have registered for and for the final concert. One-day ateliers are also available for a more varied experience but without a final concert. These Discovery Ateliers are available to all participants once their main atelier is completed.

The PULSE Lecture Programme will provide the opportunity to discuss ideas for conductors, music educators, choir leaders, composers, music students and publishers. This also offers the opportunity to participate in a four-or-eight-day, mentored Study Tour to experience the different repertoires and methodology in the main ateliers.

Surrounding these more intense participatory choral events is the Music Expo and VocBazaar in which choirs, publishers, teachers and associated businesses will be setting out their stalls. Workshops will discuss important aspects of choral teaching, new thinking in the Covid-19 era, business, education and other subjects.

Europa Cantat was created in from a conjunction of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Chorverbände (AGEC) and the European Federation of Young Choirs, which had formed around the philosophy of promoting international exchange and cooperation in the post-war years.

This spirit of co-operation continues today through a series of EU-funded projects to promote choral music participation and education for the 37 million choristers across the continent.

The 2021 Festival is organised by the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities and is the largest event on the Europa Cantat calendar. Over 50 conductors and mentors, as well as thousands of amateur and professional singers and exhibitors, are expected to attend.

‘We know that our festival is fantastic for anyone who loves singing and is connected to music in any way. We believe that people will have a positive outlook on the next summer and spend a part of it with us. Which is why we expect the participants to be optimistic,’ says the Festival Manager, Urška Bittner Pipan, a choir singer herself.

‘Anyone who has ever sung in an ensemble or choir knows that there is no way to describe the feeling when music takes over the place to someone without that particular experience.

‘For me, this is a gift that allows me to explore new music worlds and amazing people, forge new friendships as well as visit new places and countries – and you can expect exactly that in July 2021 in Ljubljana.’


Registration for individuals and groups is open until 15 February 2021 and can be completed at https://europacantat.jskd.si/register/.

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Ora Singers school composer competition deadline approaching https://musiceducation.global/ora-singers-school-composer-competition-deadline-approaching/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ora-singers-school-composer-competition-deadline-approaching Tue, 29 Dec 2020 09:49:52 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=166008 Ora Singers competition mentors

Ora Singers competition mentorsAspiring composers in UK state schools have less than two weeks to enter the ORA Singers Composer Competition, an educational scheme for choral composers supported by Signatur, PRS Open Fund, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Scala Radio

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Aspiring composers in UK state schools have less than two weeks to enter the ORA Singers Composer Competition, an educational scheme for choral composers supported by Signatur, PRS Open Fund, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Scala Radio.

‘We are looking for individuals we can nurture’, says the ORA Singers website. ‘If you have a passion for music, some experience in music notation, and want the opportunity to be given leading industry guidance, this this competition is for you.’

All that entrants need to apply is to send a snippet of their composing work, a personal statement about their love of composing and a completed application form. 10 finalists will receive 10 hours of mentoring to write a new a cappella choral work from one of five successful UK composers: Ken Burton, Kim Porter, Harry Escott, Richard Allain and Janet Wheeler (pictured above).

20 further entrants will be selected as ORA Apprentices who will join a workshop scheme presented by composer Rory Wainwright Johnston. Finalists will also have the opportunity for their work to be performed at the Final Competition Concert.

Entrants do not need to specialise in any particular musical form – applicants can submit songs or instrumental pieces of all genres. Some indication of an understanding of musical notation is required.

ORA Singers has also reworked its free composers’ educational resource, Composer Create, offering a step by step guide to vocal composition.


The application deadline is 8 January 2021. The office is closed over the Christmas period but for further information email: www.competition@orasingers.com or call 07949 109177.

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Host city of 2024 World Choir Games announced early https://musiceducation.global/host-city-of-2024-world-choir-games-announced-early/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=host-city-of-2024-world-choir-games-announced-early Wed, 23 Dec 2020 11:55:19 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165993 Auckland sunrise

Auckland sunriseTāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand is to host the 13th World Choir Games in 2024, according to Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR, which runs the Games

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand is to host the 13th World Choir Games in 2024, according to Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR, which runs the Games.

The early announcement provides a ray of light after a year in which many choirs have been unable to perform. Over 50 nations and thousands of choristers are expected to attend, bringing an unparalleled breadth of cultural influences to the event.

‘In times of great uncertainty for choral music around the world, it’s my huge pleasure to already announce the World Choir Games 2024 and provide the choral world with the best possible planning dependability for the future,’ says Titsch. ‘The 13th World Choir Games in New Zealand will give singers from all over the world new confidence and an exciting goal to approach with new motivation. In 2024 we will break new ground and look forward to bringing our event to this unique region of the world, which is known for its breathtaking nature and impressive Māori culture.’

Carmel Sepuloni, the new Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage in the New Zealand Government, offered the world a typically manaakitanga (warm Māori hospitality) welcome in a YouTube video about the announcement:


She said, ‘I am proud that we will be showcasing the diverse Māori, Pacific and European singing traditions of Aotearoa to an international community that shares our love of singing. At a time when global travel remains disrupted by COVID-19, it is exciting to consider an international celebration of song, and to know that New Zealand audiences will experience the unique sound of choirs from over 50 nations. Music is a language that crosses all boundaries, creating harmony both real and symbolic.’

Her thoughts were echoed by Juliet Dreaver, Chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation: ‘The New Zealand Choral Federation is excited to welcome the international choral community to Aotearoa New Zealand for the 2024 World Choir Games. New Zealand is a singing nation with a thriving choral scene and we are proud to showcase our vibrant, diverse singing cultures to the world, including the powerful Māori tradition of kapa haka and the captivating choral styles of the Pacific. We look forward to a rich cultural exchange as thousands of singers from around the globe lift their voices together in song on our shores.’

The World Choir Games is regarded as the Olympic Games of singing and is based upon the Olympic spirit and ideals, connecting the cultures and nations of the world through song. A bi-annual event since 2000, this year’s games hosted by Flanders in Belgium had to be postponed until July 2021 but will return to the scheduled dates for Gangneung in South Korea (July 2022).


The website of the 13th World Choir Games Auckland 2024 has been recently launched with more details at www.wcg2024.com.

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24 choirs gather online for third Christmas Choirshow fundraiser https://musiceducation.global/24-choirs-gather-online-for-third-christmas-fundraiser/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=24-choirs-gather-online-for-third-christmas-fundraiser Fri, 18 Dec 2020 08:51:08 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165973 Christmas Choir Show

Christmas Choir ShowThis Sunday, 20 December, over 350 singers of all ages will connect via Zoom to raise money for the choirs and for homeless charity, Julian House, based inBath in the South-East of England

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This Sunday, 20 December, over 350 singers of all ages will connect via Zoom to raise money for their choirs and for homeless charity Julian House, based in Bath in the South-East of England.

The event will bring together children’s choirs, community choirs, show choirs, jazz choirs and a chamber choir from across the UK. Over two and a half hours they will perform a programme of carols, Christmas medleys and special versions of classic seasonal tunes. There will also be a visit from a friend in red from Lapland, who will join in the singing.

Devised by choir director Matthew Finch, the event has run three times and attracts global audiences of over 1000. He says, ‘This is the third virtual concert of choirs that I have brought together since March this year, and I am thrilled that so many choirs have wanted to join in. We have choirs from as far north as Yorkshire, and as far south as Devon & Cornwall, all coming together to celebrate Christmas and raise money for a local Bath charity.

‘Choirs are currently recording their Christmas carols and songs in isolation, and then video editors beaver away to stitch it altogether to make these wonderful looking and sounding videos.  Christmas Choirshow brings these altogether for a Christmas feast of choirs!’

The participating choirs are:

  • Lightning Arts Virtual Choir
  • The Great Day Choir
  • Sharnbrook Community Choir
  • Bath Light Operatic Group
  • Abi & The Tasty Mooresels
  • Bath Male Choir
  • Cantamus Chamber Choir
  • Cheltenham Children’s Choir Bristol Military Wives
  • Jazz Choir
  • Malmesbury Community Choir
  • Amabile
  • Black Voices
  • Horsforth Choral Society
  • Dark Sky Voices
  • Village Voices
  • La La Choirs
  • Andovers Ladies Choir
  • The Liberty Belles
  • The Music Man Project Keynsham
  • Singing Nation
  • Village Voices
  • La La Choirs
  • Andovers Ladies Choir
  • The Liberty Belles
  • The Music Man Project Keynsham
  • Singing Nation
  • Curtain Up Theatre School
  • Welcome Chorus

Tickets for the event are £8.50 per household and can be purchased online via www.finchmusic.ticketlight.co.uk. By selecting a specific choir ticket, 25% of the cost will go directly to that choir.


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Cathy Adcock, Area Funding Manager for Julian House, said, ‘The pandemic has been a double blow for Julian House. With most of our fundraising events cancelled and our charity shops closed during lockdown, we are looking at a loss of £200,000. At the same time, we are seeing an increase on demand for our services.

‘Please give what you can so that we can help more vulnerable people in 2021.

‘When Coronavirus first hit it was hard to predict the long-term effect the pandemic would have on the way we all live and work. At the peak of the pandemic, we worked hard to support vulnerable people off the streets and into temporary, safe accommodation. Here we were able to continue to support them during both lockdowns and beyond.

‘As time has gone on, we are now beginning to see the full effect Coronavirus is having on all our lives, and not just on our immediate health.

‘Our domestic abuse services have seen a huge rise in demand. Lockdown has horrifically enabled abuse to continue behind closed doors for months at a time. Also, our Employment Support teams have been working hard due to the increased demand on their support as unemployment rises across the UK.’

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Song Academy announces its 11th Young Songwriter competition https://musiceducation.global/song-academy-announces-its-11th-young-songwriter-competition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=song-academy-announces-its-11th-young-songwriter-competition Fri, 11 Dec 2020 09:20:57 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165941 Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021

Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021Young songwriters between eight and 18 years of age are being encouraged to start writing for Song Academy’s 11th annual Young Songwriter Competition in the new year

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Young songwriters between eight and 18 years of age are being encouraged to start writing for Song Academy’s 11th annual Young Songwriter Competition in the new year.

Entries will be accepted throughout February and March 2021 for the chance to be appraised by multi-million selling songwriters and artists and win some impressive prizes.

Even young people who have not yet written a song are invited to give it a go. ‘We believe that songwriting and music can transform the lives of young people by helping them to find their voice,’ says the Academy. ‘Young people are growing up in a competitive, fast changing, uncertain and potentially isolating environment, which can cause various pressures and lead to issues with their mental health. Through songwriting young people can communicate their thoughts and feelings and connect to others. This creative and therapeutic process helps young people discover and develop their identity, overcome challenges, feel empowered by speaking up and advance their creative and social skills.’

Over the years, the competition has been judged by a remarkable line-up of great songwriters, including Imelda May, Guy Chambers, Rumer, Emily Phillips, Sacha Skarbek, Tom Odell and Fraser T Smith.

Every young person has something to say, a story to tell, or a message to share

Smith, who has had success with Stormzy, Dave, Adele, Drake and Sam Smith says, ‘With so much going on in the world, it’s never been more vital for young people to be able to channel their energy and emotions into something positive, which is what The Young Songwriter competition encourages and facilitates through songwriting. Every young person has something to say, a story to tell, or a message to share – that’s why Song Academy is so important to our community’.

The Academy was founded by entrepreneur Rowena Atkins 18 years ago to inspire and guide young people to express themselves through the creative process of songwriting. Having seen how her eight-year-old daughter’s confidence changed after she spontaneously made up a song on her own, she gathered an extensive and diverse community of songwriters, producers and mentors to form the academy. Together they work with community groups, schools and the music industry to nurture new creative talent.

‘Song Academy inspires young people to speak up, express themselves, celebrate their individuality and get heard,’ says Atkins. ‘By connecting them to a vibrant community of their peers who all love writing songs, as well as exposing their songs to key players in the Music Industry, we help to build young people’s confidence, self-esteem and drive to achieve their potential.’

Prizes for the winners in the four categories of the 2021 competition include having the song recorded by a top producer in London with a professional photo and video shoot of the session, £1,000-worth of Yamaha equipment and a Focusrite Scarlett Solo Gen 3 Studio Bundle. Winners will also have the opportunity to perform in a special Young Songwriter 2021 Showcase at the famous Tabernacle in London’s Notting Hill.

The competition will be separately judged for UK & Ireland 8-12-year-olds, UK & Ireland 13-18-year-olds, International 8-12-year-olds and International 13-18-year-olds. Its sponsors are PRS For Music, ICMP, Yamaha, Focusrite, Soundtrap and Kobalt.


More information is available at www.songacademy.co.uk/says21

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The professional opera community unites under Opera UK https://musiceducation.global/the-professional-opera-community-unites-under-opera-uk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-professional-opera-community-unites-under-opera-uk Mon, 02 Nov 2020 15:23:49 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165712 Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Royal Opera House Covent GardenCovid-19 has precipitated the launch of a new group to unite the forces of professional opera in the UK and sixteen major opera companies have invested in it

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Covid-19 has precipitated the launch of a new group to unite the forces of professional opera in the UK and sixteen major opera companies have invested in it.

On its website, Opera UK says that although the idea of the group has been batted around for some years, the traumatic effect of the pandemic on the opera world has be a catalyst to realise the concept. Despite its standing in the world, the UK opera industry has not had its own representative body to date. With thousands of performers, technicians, suppliers, venues and production companies in need of help, a small group of professionals has decided to act.

Founder companies who have agreed to seed-fund the project are: British Youth Orchestra, Buxton International Festival, English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne, Into Opera, Longborough Festival Operra, Music Theatre Wales, National Opera Studio, Nevill Holt Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera North, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, The Grange Festival and Welsh National Opera.

Opera UK says it ‘aims to be a responsive support organisation that will strengthen the UK opera sector through collaboration, support and advocacy, become a resource for professional individuals as well as companies working in opera.’

Initially, the group is asking for opera professionals to come forward to help formulate ideas and create links within the sector and is inviting people to become Founder Members. ‘All roles and disciplines are welcome,’ says the statement. ‘Everyone’s voice will be needed to work collectively to building an inclusive and sustainable future for opera.’

The founding directors of Opera UK are: Emily Gottlieb (National Opera Studio), Henry Little (Opera Rara & National Opera Coordinating Committee), Nicola Candlish (British Youth Opera), Nicholas Simpson (National Opera Studio), Michael Harper (Royal Northern College of Music), Genevieve Raghu (Into Opera), Kate Wyatt (Royal Opera House).

https://www.operauk.net/

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ORA Singers second composers’ competition is open https://musiceducation.global/ora-singers-second-composers-competition-is-open/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ora-singers-second-composers-competition-is-open Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:46:59 +0000 https://musiceducation.global/?p=165587 Ora Singers

Ora SingersThe award-winning vocal ensemble, ORA Singers, has launched its second annual Composer Competition to educate and mentor young choral composers

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The award-winning vocal ensemble, ORA Singers, has launched its second annual Composer Competition to educate and mentor young choral composers.

The competition is aimed at state-educated school students below the age of 18 who have knowledge of music notation and show potential as songwriters. Each of the 10 selected finalists will receive 10 hours of compositional guidance from their own personal mentor.

Each will be trained by one of ORA’s commissioned composers during time slotted around their normal school studies. These mentors will guide them in writing a ‘reflection’ on a piece of Renaissance choral music. All 10 will have the opportunity to participate in a compositional workshop and their final work will be performed at the Competition Final Concert.

At this event, the Final Adjudication Panel will choose an overall winner, but all finalists will receive a recording of their work.

An additional 20 young people will be selected as ORA Apprentices who will receive exclusive compositional support as well as access to the Competition Workshop and the Final Competition Concert/Presentation.

Scala Radio is the official media partner of the event.

Applicants do not have to submit finished work or polished recordings but must offer something that they have written either at school or at home as well as a personal statement to assess whether they might be a good match from the scheme. They do not have to have experience in choral work either, just an interest in songwriting or instrumental composition.


Further details can be found on the Ora Singers website.

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