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40,000 choirs, 2m singers in the UK: survey

300,000 more people sing regularly than play amateur football each week, according to a new national survey from choral charity, Voices Now. Despite this, football receives £30m in government funding annually, compared to just £500,000 for choral groups. The Big Choral Census aimed to find out how many choirs there are in the UK, what types of choir are represented, who sings in them and what sort of music they sing. Through conducting an online survey of over 3,200 choirs and collecting data from a range of national and regional organisations, Voices Now estimates that 2.14m people sing regularly in over…

Royal College of Music to fund three full scholarships for BAME students

The Royal College of Music is to fund three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the BMus course at the RCM beginning in 2018/19.   UK black and minority ethnic (BAME) musicians are currently under-represented across the performing arts and these scholarships aim to demonstrate the RCM’s continued commitment to diversity. The scholarships will be up to the value of full fees (currently £9,250 a year) and can be used either to cover tuition fees or to help with living costs. Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, said: ‘We know that students from…

EFDSS launches Musicians in Museums scheme

A new project to bring the collections at three national museums to life through traditional music has been unveiled by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The national development agency for the folk arts has opened applications for the first in its Connections – Musicians in Museums series which will give musicians 12-month residencies in the following museums: National Coal Mining Museum for England (near Wakefield, West Yorkshire) National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, London) Museum of English Rural Life (Reading, Berkshire) Artists will receive a £5,000 bursary to develop new music inspired by the museum’s collections and deliver outreach…

New Music Commission launched

A new Music Commission has been created to carry out a fundamental review of how to support progression in music learning. The Music Commission was launched on 10 July 2017 by ABRSM, the UK-based charity providing graded music exams and support to teachers and learners around the world, with backing from Arts Council England.  Chaired by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, the Commission will bring together a panel of experts including performers, academics, educators and sector experts. Research commissioned by ABRSM in 2014 showed that: 77% of 8-10 year olds currently play an instrument by the time…

UK Music publishes ‘Wish You Were Here 2017’

UK Music has published Wish You Were Here 2017, an economic study that shows the contribution of live music and music tourism to the UK economy during 2016. According to the report, the number of people at live music events in the UK rose by 12% in 2016 to 30.9 million – up from 27.7 million in 2015. Live music fans generated £4 billion in direct and indirect spending in 2016 by flocking to concerts and festivals across the UK – a rise of 11% on the £3.7 billion they spent in 2015 – while the total number of music…

Isle of Wight singing teacher wins Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Singing teacher, Linda Filby-Borrett, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight has been awarded Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Casio ambassador, former music teacher and Ivor Novello-winning singer-songwriter, Laura Mvula, as part of Casio’s #ActioninMusic initiative, which aims to recognise outstanding music education, raise awareness of its importance within the school syllabus nationwide and inspire a new generation of music teachers who take action in the classroom. As part of the initiative, Casio has been working with schools across the UK – including the BRIT School, the Liverpool Institute…

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