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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

Wigmore Hall and Classic FM launch new Under 35s ticket scheme

Wigmore Hall and classical music broadcaster Classic FM have announced a new collaboration on a discount ticket scheme, which will provide 25,000 £5 tickets to hundreds of concerts… Read more

Chris Brannick to be new Chair of London youth charity

Sound Connections, the London-based youth charity, has announced that Chris Brannick has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chair. Brannick takes over from Katrina Duncan, who served… Read more

UK Music calls for ‘urgent’ budget review of music in education in the UK

UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, has called on the Chancellor to use his forthcoming Budget, to be published on 29 October 2018, to order an ‘urgent review’… Read more

Interview: Why Grand Union Youth Orchestra is important to me

Cassius, Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO) drummer, in conversation with the Grand Union Orchestra’s Claude Deppa at the 2018 GUYO Residential Summer School. The 2019 Grand Union… Read more

Guest interview: Luke, London Music Fund Scholar of the Month

London Music Fund (LMF) is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Patron. The organisation’s vision is that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm… Read more

NYCGB announces record-breaking Summer season

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has had a record-breaking Summer season with its five choirs enjoying unprecedented audiences & activity.

Roundhouse launches Next Generation Campaign

London’s Roundhouse has launched its Next Generation Campaign to build new studios and create a Centre for Creative & Digital Entrepreneurs.

Sing Up releases new video

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

Council cuts threaten to close East Sussex Music Service

The National Education Union has announced that Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services for East Sussex County Council, is proposing to close East Sussex Music Service down by 2019, resulting in the loss of music provision for thousands of children and jobs for teachers and administrative staff.

Drake Music releases ‘We All Make Music’ guide

UK charity, Drake Music, has released a new guide which aims to help the music education sector to diversify its workforce and to support young Disabled people in becoming music leaders in the future.

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.

FutureDJs crowdfunding campaign hopes to reverse decline in music uptake

FutureDJs is crowdfunding to take its programme into more schools and to create a foundation that will enable children in poorer areas to access its sessions. The DJing and electronic music production provider hopes to reverse the decline in music education and increase the number of students who go on to take music at GSCE and A Level.

Armonico Consort’s Choir Creation programme celebrates 10 years with Royal Albert Hall gala

School pupils from across the UK raised the roof of London’s Royal Albert Hall last month, thanks to choir and instrumental ensemble, Armonico Consort.

Surrey arts project to break cultural barriers through music

Surrey Music Hub has launched a new project bringing together professionals and community groups who work with or have an interest in supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through the arts and music.

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.

National Open Youth Orchestra announces partnership with ABRSM

The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) has announced a new partnership with ABRSM to help develop some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians as part of an inclusive ensemble.

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.

Arts Council England confirms funding of £38.6 million for Youth Music

Arts Council England has announced that it will invest £38.6 million of National Lottery funding  in Youth Music – the national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances – between 2018 and 2022.