culture

‘Italian Piano Experience’ comes to Beijing

A new event, ‘Italian Piano Experience’, comes to China next month as part of the ‘Meet in Beijing’ festival.

Q&A: Professor Leon Tong, Artistic Director, ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival

Hong Kong’s inaugural ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival runs from 15-19 July 2018. Inspired by China’s Belt and Road initiative (a development strategy focussing on connectivity… Read more

‘Culture is Digital’ report to unleash creative potential of technology for cultural organisations

Museums, galleries, theatres and heritage organisations are to be given access to technology and digital skills training to help them reach new and diverse audiences.

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.

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.

London Music Fund fundraising lunch with Mayor Sadiq Khan

The London Music Fund (LMF) is holding a fundraising lunch with its Patron, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, at the May Fair Hotel on Monday 14 May 2018.

French government to establish choirs in all schools and colleges

France’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture have jointly announced a plan to establish choirs in all schools and colleges over the next two years.

Did you know your music could light a fire? About ‘Ignatius Inspires’

In November 2017, composer and musician, Juwon Ogungbe, worked in collaboration with artists and young people from across Haringey to present two performances celebrating the life and work of Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), an abolitionist icon and the first Black composer ever to have his music published in Britain. Here, he reflects on the process.

New website documents UK’s historically significant musical instruments

A virtual museum featuring sound, pictures and information about the UK’s most historically significant musical instruments launched on 31 October 2017. MINIM-UK brings 5,000 years of musical… Read more

Music Generation Carlow ensemble to join headline performance in Sitges, Barcelona

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, has announced that thirteen young musicians from Music Generation Carlow will perform alongside celebrated Irish dance duo, Velocity, in Sitges,… Read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group announces strategic partnership with SMG Live

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group (RUG) has announced a new strategic partnership with Shanghai Media Group Live (SMG Live) to develop the musical theatre industry in… 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

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… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

DCMS launches #CultureisDigital

The recently tweaked Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (yes, it’s still the DCMS – the D just stands for Digital now) has launched #CultureisDigital, ‘a… Read more

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… Read more