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Hugh Masakela receives honorary Doctor of Music degree from University of Witwatersrand

South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masakela, received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesberg, on 4 July 2017. The music icon received the award in the university’s Great Hall on the same stage on which he performed at the age of 19 in the opening concert of Todd Matshikiza’s jazz opera, King Kong. In his acceptance speech, Masakela implored graduands to become the ‘new pioneers of African heritage restoration at a time when we seem to be leaning on the brink of being wholly swallowed by most Western culture and several Middle Eastern…

ABRSM releases new Woodwind Syllabus

ABRSM has released a new Woodwind Syllabus for candidates who will be taking exams from January 2018 onwards. Featuring revised sight-reading tests, new scales and arpeggio requirements and refreshed repertoire for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, Recorders, Oboe and Bassoon, the full syllabus is available to download from abrsm.org/woodwind. Philippa Bunting, ABRSM’s Learning and Qualifications Director, said: ‘We’ve listened to feedback from teachers and candidates to help us select pieces for our syllabuses that are exciting, imaginative and inspiring to play and teach. Some popular pieces from the current syllabus remain while lots of new works have been introduced including an increased…

Hundreds of Portsmouth schoolchildren take part in carnival parade

Hundreds of children descended on Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square on Wednesday 5 July to take part in a Latin American carnival parade. Organised by Portsmouth Music Hub, the event brought together artists, dancers and musicians to celebrate cultural diversity and creativity in the city. Pupils from seven schools, as well as children educated at home, came dressed in carnival costumes with masks, flags, drums, streamers and whistles. The children were entertained by the Pompey Pluckers ukulele band, a pianist and some maypole dancers before giving a performance of The Carnival Song, written especially for the event by one of the music…

LCCM launches competition to win free summer course places

London-based college LCCM has announced details of a competition open to young musicians interested in attending one of the college’s summer courses, Music Week and Making Music, which run this month.  The entry deadlines are 10 July and 17 July. How to enter Applicants need to record themselves playing or singing a favourite song and send the link to shortcourses@lccm.org.uk with their name, age and the choice of course. Music Week: 17-21 July 2017 Course summary: LCCM’s five-day summer music course is for singers, guitarists, bass players, drummers, keyboard players and producers. Participants will hone their instrumental, vocal or production skills, meet, play…

Details of ISME’s 33rd World Conference announced

Details of the 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) have been announced. Running from 15-20 July 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the conference will be hosted by ISME in collaboration with the Music Educators’ Society of Türkiye (MUZED) and the International Organisation of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY). With an invitation from ISME President, Professor Lee Higgins, and Congress Chair, Professor Dr Uğur Alpagut, the conference will reflect ‘the lifelong learning, lifespan development and life-changing nature of music in people’s lives around the world’ in its theme, Life’s Journey Through Music. Header photo: Baku, Azerbaijan © Araz Adiloglu

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 business in the arts, museums and galleries, Prosper is an Arts Council England-supported programme offering nine months of support activities to 70 organisations – chosen from over 250 applications – to help increase resilience and investment across the sector. Other Prosper partners include: Arts Marketing Association Access: The Foundation for Social Investment Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University Creative Scotland Esmee Fairbairn Foundation NYMAZ will receive 1-to-1 sessions with a designated business advisor plus…

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