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Welsh National Opera to launch virtual reality experience

Welsh National Opera will launch a new, site-specific virtual reality (VR) experience, Magic Butterfly, on 14 July 2017. With reimagined scenes from The Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly, the free experience will be presented inside a shipping container outside Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and will allow visitors to use Google Daydream technology – a mobile VR platform – to engage with the reimagined world around them. Combining motion capture, animation, music and technology, Magic Butterfly is a new artistic commission from REWIND, an award-winning VR/AR content production agency which has delivered VR environments for Bjork, BBC and Red Bull. It features…

Former Royal College of Music student wins ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

Former Royal College of Music (RCM) student, Tokio Myers, was crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday 3 June 2017. His take on Rag’n’Bone Man’s song, Human, in the competition final was a hit with judges, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and David Walliams, as well as the general public, who took to social media to express admiration and support. After studying piano at the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon, who passed away in 2008, Tokio went on to record and perform with his band, Mr Hudson and the Library. They produced an EP, hit single…

Hilary Carty to become new Director of Clore Leadership Programme

The Trustees of the Clore Leadership Programme have announced the appointment of Hilary Carty as the new Director of the Programme. Hilary Carty will take up the role as Director in September 2017 when Sue Hoyle OBE steps down after nine years in the role and 14 years with the Programme. Hilary Carty is well known for her work at Arts Council England and particularly for her period as Director of the £22m government-funded Cultural Leadership Programme between 2006 and 2011. Since then, she has worked in the UK and overseas as a consultant in the arts and cultural industries…

NYCGB announces details of 2017 auditions

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced details of its 2017 auditions. Open to singers between School Year 5 (boys) or 6 (girls) and age 21 on 1 September 2017, the auditions will take place across the UK from October to November with venues announced soon. Successful candidates will be invited to join the NYCGB choir most suited to their age and vocal development and to take part in up to two residential courses in Spring and Summer 2018. Auditions cost £35 with financial assistance available to cover the costs of auditions and associated travel. Online booking…

BBC announces details of Young Musician 2018

The BBC has announced details of BBC Young Musician 2018. Open to percussion, keyboard, string, brass and woodwind players who are UK residents of Grade 8 standard who will be 18 or under on 1 January 2018, the biennial competition celebrates its 40th birthday next year. Broadcast on BBC Four and Radio 3, the competition will reach its conclusion on 13 May 2018 when three musicians perform a full concerto with a professional orchestra at the Grand Final. The BBC Young Musician Jazz Award will also return with applications open later this Summer. To download the BBC Young Musician 2018…

RPS Music Awards honour UK’s first disabled-led youth orchestra

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards were announced at a ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London on Tuesday 9 May 2017, with Bristol-based South-West Open Youth Orchestra winning the award for Learning and Participation. This year’s awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, recognise outstanding musical achievement across the UK in 2016 with award-winners chosen by independent juries of leading music practitioners from hundreds of nominations nationwide. The UK’s first disabled-led youth orchestra, Bristol-based South-West Open Youth Orchestra, won the RPS Music Award for Learning and Participation. The judges saluted the inclusive nature of…
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