Manchester’s RNCM introduces principal study recorder options
22 May 2015
The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester will introduce principal study options in recorder from September at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Recorder students will be part of the college’s historical performance department, led by fellows in historical performance Roger Hamilton and Harvey Davies.
Lessons will be given by recorder player Chris Orton and a newly appointed international tutor in recorder, to be announced next year.
Students will also benefit from the RNCM’s partnership with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Paul Goodey, vice-principal (performance) at the RNCM, said: ‘Two years ago, the RNCM appointed two fellows in historical performance who engage with all students, in all schools of study.
‘Their work is closely linked to the instrument-specific training given by the tutors of early instruments.
‘This work is now firmly embedded in the curriculum and has resulted in some outstanding performances ranging from chamber music through to projects with orchestras and choirs, and full-length operas by composers including Handel and Monteverdi.
‘The college now wishes to enhance this work with the introduction of principal study recorder.’
Recorder students will also receive instruction in contemporary music and opportunities to collaborate with students in the school of composition to create new repertoire.
Jonathan Dove children's opera to mark LSO Discovery 25th anniversary
21 May 2015
The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will mark the 25th anniversary of its LSO Discovery education programme with the performance of a new children’s opera by Jonathan Dove this summer.
On 5 July, the LSO and music director designate Simon Rattle will be joined by students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and 220 amateur singers from the LSO Community Choir and LSO Discovery Choirs.
The Monster in the Maze, which retells the story of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur, has been composed specifically to allow students to perform alongside professional musicians.
The work will be premiered in Berlin in June with Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and will receive two further performances by the LSO and the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on 8 and 9 July.
The 5 July concert will also include a performance of Walton’s First Symphony, in which students from the Guildhall School will play alongside members of the LSO.
Music teacher Lila Hallett receives local outstanding contribution award
20 May 2015
A Cheshire music teacher has been honoured with the outstanding contribution award at a new awards ceremony.
Lila Hallet, 83, was presented with the prize at the inaugural Cheshire West Community and Voluntary Arts Awards at Chester Town Hall on Tuesday.
Hallett is a piano teacher and accompanist who has worked as a music teacher in four Chester schools.
She was also involved with setting up the Chester Music Society Youth Choir in the 1980s and is a longtime supporter of the city’s People to People Association, which chooses a talented musician each year from Chester to exchange with one from Colorado, US.
The Cheshire West Community and Voluntary Arts Awards were created by the Cheshire West Voluntary Arts Network to recognise the work of arts groups in the community.
There were award categories for music, children and young people, community performing arts and community visual arts. The music award was won by the Movers and Shakers Choir, a project for people with Parkinson’s disease.
The Chester Youth Symphony Orchestra performed at the awards ceremony.
David Woods, chairman of Cheshire West Voluntary Arts Network, said: ‘We want to celebrate the contribution that community and voluntary arts groups make to the cultural life of our community.
‘We know that participation in the arts either as a participant or as a member of the audience enriches the quality of life, improves a sense of wellbeing and promotes community cohesion.’
BBC Ten Pieces project extended to secondary schools
20 May 2015, Katy Wright
Ambassadors Peter Moore and Clean BanditPhotos: Kaupo Kikkas / Joshua Schulz
- Bach orch. Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
- Bernstein – ‘Mambo’ from West Side Story
- Bizet – ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from Carmen
- Anna Clyne - Night Ferry
- Haydn – Trumpet Concerto (third movement)
- Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (fifth movement)
- Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 (second movement)
- Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
- Verdi – ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from Requiem
- Wagner – ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from Die Walküre
Guildhall School awards joint Gold Medal in centenary year
19 May 2015
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has chosen joint winners for its 2015 Gold Medal.
The final took place before a panel of judges including soprano Sally Matthews, baritone Alan Opie and David Syrus, head of music at the Royal Opera House.
Witton studied at Bishop Luffa School and Chichester College before completing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Guildhall School.
Fontanals-Simmons is from Castle Cary, Somerset and attended St Antony’s Leweston School in Sherborne, Dorset.
She said: ‘I am over the moon to have won such a prestigious award amongst family, friends and colleagues, especially in this the centenary year.’
The Gold Medal award was founded and endowed by H Dixon Kimber in 1915, when it was also awarded to two winners. Since 1950 it has been open to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years.
Previous winners include William Primrose (1922), Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Patricia Rozario (1979), Tasmin Little (1986) and Bryn Terfel (1989).
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