New partnership between UK piano and string teaching associations
The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) and European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) have agreed to share expertise to deliver a variety of accredited teacher courses. These instrument-specific… Read more
Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, has launched Ukes4youth, a project involving over 60 teenagers, in County Leitrim. The organisation’s regional branch, Music Generation Leitrim, has… Read more
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
UK Music Publishers Association invites nominations for Tony Pool Award
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) has announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural Tony Pool Award. The Award recognises and celebrates the achievements of those who have shown… Read more
2019 World Choral Conducting Competition announced in Hong Kong
Hong Kong-based World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association has announced a major new competition for choral conductors. The inaugural 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition will take… Read more
‘Make Some Noise’ to map music-making experiences of disabled people
Creative United, in partnership with OHMI, Drake Music, OpenUp Music and Youth Music, has launched Make Some Noise, a major research project aiming to capture a detailed picture of the experiences of disabled… Read more
Music practice app start-up nSpireMe announces £300k funding round
Music practice buddy app nSpireMe has announced a ‘pre-seed’ funding round totalling £300,000, raised from leading technology venture capital firm Forward Partners. The London-based business was founded… Read more
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.
BerkleeICE and Women in Music Partner on new gender status study
The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) and New York-based Women in Music (WIM), the longest running and largest nonprofit organisation for women in the music industry, have partnered to conduct the… Read more
Eric Whitacre invites submissions to Virtual Choir 5
Registration is open for the fifth edition of Eric Whitacre’s celebrated Virtual Choir project, with promises of greater accessibility, multimedia participation and collaboration with scientists. The Virtual… Read more
Schott Music has announced publication by Boosey & Hawkes of The Christopher Norton Jazz Preludes Collection, 14 original pieces from intermediate to advanced-level keyboard players. Christopher Norton’s Microjazz… Read more
ABRSM has released its new Piano syllabus, which comes into effect in January 2019. The 2019 & 2020 syllabus lists cover a range of styles and music, including pieces from the teaching canon, recent favourites, popular tunes and new commissions.
Birmingham City University academic to compose piece for LSO On Track
A Birmingham City University researcher has been commissioned to compose a piece of music for the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as part LSO On Track, a partnership between LSO and 10 East London music services in collaboration with the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Sunderland schools to celebrate Tall Ships Races with Massed Sing
Schoolchildren across Sunderland are rehearsing for a Massed Sing in celebration of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. The performance will be live-streamed on 11 July to enable schools throughout the UK to join in from their classrooms – with an attempt to break a massed singing world record at 11am.
ABRSM challenges teachers to take part in Classical 100
ABRSM has updated its free online learning resource, Classical 100, with a series of musical challenges and invited Primary teachers to submit an idea for the resource’s 100th challenge via a new competition open to all UK Primary schools.
Classic BRIT Awards 2018 supports London Music Fund
The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 has announced its support for the London Music Fund by donating tickets to twenty of its scholars and their parents/guardians, who will receive golden envelopes containing side stage passes to the event.
BRIT Awards donates £250,000 to Mind, BRIT School and Music Support
The BRIT Awards with Mastercard has announced that £250,000 raised by this year’s BRITs 2018 will be donated to three charities that promote music education and mental wellbeing – Mind, the BRIT School and Music Support.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland writers join Journal of Music mentoring scheme
Four emerging music writers will have the opportunity to work with a leading music publication and gain practical experience within the industry thanks to The Journal of Music’s new Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme.
UK-based rock and pop music exam board, Rockschool, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade. Founded in West London in 1991 by music graduate and pop musician, Norton York, the company now conducts rock and pop exams in over 45 countries and has subsidiaries in China, India and Spain.
Council cuts threaten to close East Sussex Music Service
The National Education Union has announced that Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services for East Sussex County Council, is proposing to close East Sussex Music Service down by 2019, resulting in the loss of music provision for thousands of children and jobs for teachers and administrative staff.
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.
Professor Helena Gaunt has been appointed Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). Currently Vice Principal and Director of Innovation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Professor Gaunt will take up the post from Interim Principal, Professor George Caird, on 1 September 2018.
FutureDJs crowdfunding campaign hopes to reverse decline in music uptake
FutureDJs is crowdfunding to take its programme into more schools and to create a foundation that will enable children in poorer areas to access its sessions. The DJing and electronic music production provider hopes to reverse the decline in music education and increase the number of students who go on to take music at GSCE and A Level.
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.
Sound Connections Innovate programme open for funding applications
London youth charity Sound Connections is inviting applications to Innovate, the organisation’s long-standing programme providing funding and support for music projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances…. Read more
Music Sales sells printed music and retail divisions to Hal Leonard
Global independent music publisher The Music Sales Group announced the sale of its physical and online printed music and Musicroom-branded retail businesses to Milwaukee-based worldwide music print… Read more
Surrey arts project to break cultural barriers through music
Surrey Music Hub has launched a new project bringing together professionals and community groups who work with or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through the arts and music.
Fabian Society launches ‘Children’s Access to the Arts’ project
In partnership with the Musicians’ Union (MU) and Children and the Arts, the Fabian Society has launched a new project aiming to provide definitive evidence of the impact that school cuts have had on Primary-age children’s access to the arts.
Arts Council England confirms funding of £38.6 million for Youth Music
Arts Council England has announced that it will invest £38.6 million of National Lottery funding in Youth Music – the national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances – between 2018 and 2022.
York St John University launches free music tech CPD courses
York St John University has announced details of a number of free, collaborative, continuing professional development (CPD) events for music technology educators working in the Secondary and FE sectors.
Following the findings of its recent report which highlighted the barriers to keeping children musically engaged as they move from Primary to Secondary school, Opera North has launched a new youth ensemble for aspiring young instrumentalists across Leeds.
Artists including Craig David offer support for Give A Gig Week 2018
Craig David, Pixie Lott, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Dream Wife and Femme have pledged their support for Youth Music‘s flagship fundraising initiative, Give a Gig Week, which runs from 16-25 March 2018. Last year’s initiative saw… Read more
DCMS seeks submissions for inquiry into social impact of participation in culture and sport
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to investigate ways in which taking part in the arts, cultural activities and sport can have a positive impact on health, community and education and is inviting the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise to submit evidence by 22 February 2018.
Victory for local music venues as government backs ‘Agent of Change’ principle for new housing developments
Housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues in a move to protect both music venues and their neighbours, the Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, has said.
Gareth Malone to be Patron of London A Cappella Festival
The London A Cappella Festival (LACF) has announced that British choirmaster and broadcaster, Gareth Malone OBE, will be its Festival Patron. Gareth Malone has helped to popularise vocal music… Read more
Leading disability charity condemns Chancellor’s remarks
Drake Music, the national charity working in music, disability and technology, has described remarks made by Conservative Chancellor, Philip Hammond, on 6 December as ‘damaging and unacceptable’ and has called for the comments to be immediately withdrawn.
Soundtrap, the three-year-old Stockholm-based startup which has developed an online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, announced its acquisition by streaming giant, Spotify, on 17 November 2017. … Read more
New website documents UK’s historically significant musical instruments
A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about the UK’s most historically significant musical instruments launched on 31 October 2017. MINIM-UK brings 5,000 years of musical… Read more
Music Generation Carlow ensemble to join headline performance in Sitges, Barcelona
Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, has announced that thirteen young musicians from Music Generation Carlow will perform alongside celebrated Irish dance duo, Velocity, in Sitges,… Read more
Yamaha’s new pianos span the range from acoustic to digital
Yamaha has announced details of three new pianos, spanning the range from acoustic to digital: Concert Grand SX Series (acoustic) AvantGrand NU1X (hybrid) Clavinova CSP (digital) Concert Grand SX Series… Read more
VOCES8 to collaborate with Cambridge University on new MMus
British vocal ensemble, VOCES8, is partnering with Cambridge University’s Faculty of Music to offer teaching on a new course combining world-leading academic and performance training. The MMus… Read more
Rocksteady musicians run workshops for refugee children at Brussels festival
Musicians from Rocksteady Music School in Godalming, Surrey, travelled to Brussels last weekend to volunteer at a festival which brings together local communities and refugees through workshops,… Read more
Roland announces details of four new digital pianos
Leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, Roland, has announced details of four new digital pianos. Launched on 14 September 2017, the pianos include the following… Read more
New funding for rural online music education project
NYMAZ, the North Yorkshire-based youth charity, has been awarded £273,000 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to extend its innovative online music education project, Connect: Resound, for four years…. Read more
New training link-up boosts environmentally-friendly events
A new training link-up between Falmouth University, CEG Digital (the blended learning division of Cambridge Education Group) and A Greener Festival is boosting environmentally-friendly events. A Greener… Read more
Music Generation expands with investment from U2 and The Ireland Funds
The Irish national music education organisation, Music Generation, announced on 18 July 2017 that it will expand into nine new areas of Ireland within five years, thanks to the ongoing support of U2… Read more
NYMAZ to participate in Creative United business support programme
Youth music development charity, NYMAZ, has announced that it is participating in Prosper, a business support programme from Creative United. Designed to improve confidence and capabilities within… Read more
VCM Foundation launches choral composition competition
VCM Foundation, the choral charity behind vocal super-groups VOCES8 and Apollo5, has announced its inaugural composition competition. According to VCM CEO, Paul Smith: ‘With VOCES8 and Apollo5… Read more