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ICMP students develop international networks with Altramusica

As part of ICMP’s ongoing drive to develop international networks, students from its BA Songwriting course travelled to Italy last month to play at the ICMP Off live showcase in collaboration with Italian music school, Altramusica. The event took place at the Osteria S’Ciavinaro venue in Veneto and was just one of a number of performances and experiences enjoyed by ICMP students, Eduardo ZoSo Giusto, Namugga, Helena Cate, Bronte Clare, Ellie Grace, Diamantina and Tessa MacGibbon. The collaboration was the brainchild of Luca Pellizzaro, one of the founders of Altramusica and the creator of London Music Weekend, a project where…

NYCGB Summer Concert to be broadcast as Facebook livestream

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced that its Summer concert will be broadcast as a Facebook livestream. The concert takes place in the Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge and is conducted by Stephen Layton, Director of Music at Trinity and Founder/Director of internationally renowned professional choir, Polyphony. The programme features a cappella choral music by Poulenc and Frank Martin as well as the world premiere of a new work by Latvian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds. Powered by Musicgurus and supported by Trinity College, the livestream will be broadcast in HD-quality video and audio and will also be made available for permanent viewing on NYCGB’s YouTube…

2018 Three Choirs Festival programme includes mass by leading suffragette

Marking the 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act – before which women in the UK were unable to vote – is a rare performance at the UK Three Choirs Festival of the Mass in D by Ethyl Smyth, a prominent member of the suffragette movement.  The 2018 Three Choirs Festival, which takes place in Hereford, includes Elgar’s 1896 cantata, King Olaf, Parry’s cantata, Invocation to Music, and a performance by vocal ensemble Tenebrae of Parry’s sumptuous Songs of Farewell, composed in the last two years of his life. Other highlights include Lili Boulanger’s setting of Psalm 130 and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. The three…

Yamaha to present ‘Silent Piano Sessions’

Yamaha Music London has announced details of its free concert series, The Silent Piano Sessions. Each concert will be performed on Yamaha’s new Silent Piano, an acoustic piano with pioneering Silent Technology which allows audience members to listen to the CFX Concert Grand – a piano 19 years in the making – through wireless headphones. For its Silent Pianos, Yamaha’s goal was to make a true acoustic piano which can be played using headphones – making the piano silent to anyone else in the room. When activated, Silent Technology captures every movement of the piano keys, hammers and pedals, using…

Help Musicians UK announces mental health support campaign

Help Musicians UK, the largest provider of health and welfare support for the British music industry, has announced Music Minds Matter, a new campaign for music-industry-wide support of the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in music. The announcement on 24 July 2017 sees HMUK call for ‘arm in arm’ support from the music industry and philanthropists to match HMUK’s investment of £100,000. The campaign was launched as a response to the death of Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington, and follows HMUK’s identification of a mental health crisis among those working in the music industry. The…

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 and The Ireland Funds who together will have raised a total of €6.3m for the programme’s second phase.  This combined investment in Phase 2 of Music Generation will include donations from the proceeds of U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, as well as donations previously raised for Music Generation through the band’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015, alongside further philanthropic investment by The Ireland Funds. A grant from Bank of America, through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, forms part of The Ireland Funds’ investment in this second phase of Music Generation. This next phase of Music Generation has been assured of long-term sustainability…

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