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Nicola Benedetti appointed vice-president of NCOGB

2 October 2015

Benedetti with members of the National Children's Orchestra
Benedetti with members of the National Children's OrchestraAlex von Koettlitz

Nicola Benedetti has been appointed vice-president of the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain. 

The violinist is an alumnus of the NCO, having been appointed leader at the age of eight. 

Benedetti said of the news: 'I am profoundly honoured to become a vice-president of the NCO because it’s an organisation which I hold really close to my heart. 

'My time with the NCO was such an influential and formative experience. At the age of eight I was learning the value and importance of collaboration with other musicians as well as gaining an insight into the world of orchestral playing. 

'Experiencing the huge orchestral sound gave me confidence in my own playing and a new level of excitement about classical music and the experience of performing it, and knowing that the NCO continues to do that for other young musicians year after year is truly exciting!'

NCO artistic director and principal conductor Roger Clarkson said: 'Nicola is the perfect example of how musicians can benefit from the NCO experience; therefore we are thrilled that Nicola is sustaining a close association with the NCO by becoming a vice-president. We hope that other young musicians will be inspired to develop their talent and follow in Nicola’s footsteps, whilst continuing to benefit from all that the NCO offers.'

The National Children’s Orchestra is open to talented young musicians aged between seven and 14. The ensemble has recently performed at Leeds Town Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, Bristol's Colston Hall, and The Anvil (Basingstoke).

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

October issue out now!

2 October 2015

In this special strings edition of Music Teacher, classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić discusses his own music education and the pressures often placed upon young performers; how chamber music organisations are drawing on the experience of established ensembles in the coaching and development of new string quartets; Trinity Laban’s Claire Mera-Nelson on the troubling shortage of viola and double bass players; transferrable skills for teachers of fretted string instruments; and our round-up of violin music to broaden your students’ musicianship. Plus, ABRSM’s new chief executive Michael Elliot speaks to MT about his plans for the exam board, from communicating with teachers and pupils to letting candidates book exam places like airline tickets; Drake Music Scotland’s campaign to help musicians with disabilities; using technology to help young people with SEND to engage in and enjoy music; Woodcroft Primary School’s award-winning music curriculum; and a sneak peak at the conference programme for 2016’s Music Education Expo.

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First RSNO Composers’ Hub participants selected

1 October 2015

Clockwise from top left: Peter Longworth; Lillie Harris; Desmond Clarke; Cameron Graham; Jay Capperauld
Clockwise from top left: Peter Longworth; Lillie Harris; Desmond Clarke; Cameron Graham; Jay Capperauld

The first five composers to participate in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's Composers' Hub - a new initiative to develop the talents of individuals in the early stages of their careers - have been announced. 

Peter Longworth, Cameron Graham, Lillie Harris, Jay Capperauld and Desmond Clarke will write for the RSNO in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, and acquire an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

As well as working with Alchemy, the orchestra’s contemporary music group, each composer will write a ten-minute work for full symphony orchestra. The programme will culminate in a public workshop led by Brett Dean in the RSNO Centre in April 2016, from which one work will be chosen to be performed by the RSNO as part of its 2016/17 Season.

Stuart MacRae, one of the scheme's mentors, said: 'There are very few opportunities for emerging composers to get the help they need in developing their approach to working with an orchestra; so the Composers’ Hub is a welcome move by the RSNO and I very much look forward to working with the first composers to join the hub. I‘d encourage RSNO audiences to take full advantage of this new strand and lend their support to these very talented musicians.'

The scheme is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.

RSNO Composers' Hub

RNCM launches UK's first four-year degree in popular music

29 September 2015

Harpist Anna McLuckie
Harpist Anna McLuckie

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October.

The course, one of only three four-year popular music degrees in the world (alongside Amsterdam Conservatorium and Berklee College of Music), provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers who intend to work as freelance musicians, bands and artists in the popular music industry, or as a foundation for postgraduate study.

Delivered at the RNCM, Blueprint Studios and Lever Street Studios, students will work with academics and professionals from the music industry such as session musicians, producers, songwriters, recording artists, composers, music directors, managers, promoters and performers.

The new BMus (Hons) in popular music seeks to develop students’ musical identity through creative composition, production and performance-based modules that enables them to be high quality performers and original artists in their own right.

Andy Stott, head of popular music at RNCM, said: ‘I believe there’s a revolution going on in Manchester, driven by the creative talents of the popular music students at the RNCM. We find ourselves in a unique position – offering the UK’s first four-year BMus popular music degree while enjoying all the benefits of a world-class conservatoire in a city with a rich musical heritage and dynamic popular music scene.

‘We have the opportunity and ambition to cultivate what is already the UK’s premier training programme for popular musicians into one of the world’s leading centres for popular music education, innovation and artistic development. Our students are our biggest asset, and it won’t be long before they become leading lights in the UK’s popular music industry – trained in Manchester.’

RNCM BMus (Hons) in popular music

NCOGB appoints new managing director

29 September 2015

Dominic Jewel
Dominic Jewel

Dominic Jewel has been appointed as the new managing director of the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain.

Jewel joins the NCOGB from the Three Choirs Festival, where he has been chief executive for the past three years. He is a proud NCO alumnus and passionate about the involvement of young people in classical music.

NCO artistic director and principal conductor Roger Clarkson said: ‘I am greatly looking forward to Dominic joining NCOGB and to building a strong executive partnership with him. We have made tremendous progress over the past year, and the future is bright indeed. We will be building on strong foundations as we work alongside each other to take this wonderful organisation forward into the next phase of its development.'

Jewel is expected to take up his post early in 2016, until which time Carrie Sage will continue as NCO's acting executive director.

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

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