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Voice power – the choirs tackling health and social need

As ministers in the UK push for a Government cross-departmental strategy to support the health and social benefits of the arts, Karen Stretch meets three organisations already… Read more

Sing Up releases new video

Sing Up has released a new video celebrating the positive connection between singing and wellbeing.

To infinity and beyond… Skoogmusic goes global!

Skoogmusic was founded in 2009 by Dr Benjaman Schögler and Dr David Skulina at the University of Edinburgh during an educational research project that aimed to address the lack of musical instruments designed for children with physical or learning disabilities. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, MUSIC:ED asked Ben Schögler about the organisation’s latest developments.

Sage Gateshead calls for nominations for ‘The North in 100 Songs’

Sage Gateshead is calling on people to reveal their favourite Northern song as part of a second wave of Great Exhibition of The North events announced by the music venue.

Mayor of London awards £24m for local regeneration including investment in cultural projects

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has awarded £24 million of funding to projects from across the capital that will enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.

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.

Newham Music and ABRSM launch London’s first dedicated Centre for Certificate for Music Educators

Newham Music and ABRSM have announced a new partnership to provide the first dedicated Certificate for Music Educators (CME) course to be led by a London music education hub.

Waltham Forest and Brent crowned first-ever London Boroughs of Culture

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the winners of the London Borough of Culture competition on 27 February 2018, following a six-month bidding process which saw 22 boroughs submit proposals.

Leeds International Piano Competition launches annual festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition will present the first of what is to be an annual Leeds Piano Festival in May 2018.

Song and protest: Festival of Voice returns to Wales’ Music City

With an ever growing push on women’s rights, workplace equality and the relentless tide of revelations from the #metoo movement, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Festival of Voice 2018 is a knee-jerk reaction. In fact, they got there first, as Karen Stretch discovers.

Grand Union Orchestra – nurturing the Second Generation

Co-founder and Director of the Grand Union Orchestra, Tony Haynes, argues that – in the fast-changing demographic of Britain today – migrant and migrant-descended musicians can and should… 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.

New Seven Ages Festival places Wigmore Hall Learning programme centre-stage

Wigmore Hall has announced details of a major festival showcasing its award-winning Learning programme.

Help Musicians UK releases final ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ report

Independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), has released the final findings of its Can Music Make You Sick? report and announced three key pledges for the music industry:… Read more

Three choirs to perform in arts and health collaboration at Victoria and Albert Museum

Three choirs will come together in a collaboration between artists, medical professionals and patients at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Saturday 14 October 2017. The London Stroke… Read more

Berklee to set up home in historic New York studios

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, and contemporary music college, Berklee, have announced that Berklee will set up home in the city’s historic Avatar Studios…. Read more

UK’s Three Choirs Festival adopts Age-Friendly Standards

Following a successful festival in Worcester at the end of July 2017, the Three Choirs Festival has become one of the UK’s first national cultural organisations to adopt the Family… Read more

Music Generation: why music education in Ireland has The Edge

As music services and hubs across the UK struggle to provide tuition on ever-squeezed budgets, a flourishing Irish initiative backed by U2 is kicking down the financial… Read more