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Joyce DiDonato launches Opera Rocks

25 November 2015

Joyce DiDonato has launched Opera Rocks, a free online newsletter for high school students.

The newsletter is funded by DiDonato herself, and she will regularly send videos, photos and messages to subscribers.

She said: 'I’ve noticed a fabulous trend from social media about young opera lovers: often times in high school, they will feel as if they are the only person on the planet who likes opera because they may be the only one at their school who (secretly!) has a passion for it. 

'Through social media, however, they can connect across cities, states, even countries. Many times a group of 15-20 of them have saved up and made the trip to their “first live opera”, and they meet at the stage door to complete their experience full-circle. 

'It’s been one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in this business. I am simply giving back to them, letting them know they are not alone, and providing a platform for them to connect and share this wonderful, eye-opening world of opera.'

High school students can sign up for the newsletter here.

Opera Rocks

RAM appoints new head of musical theatre

25 November 2015

Daniel Bowling will join the Royal Academy of Music as head of musical theatre in January 2016. He will succeed Björn Dobbelaere, head of musical theatre since 2012, who is to pursue a full-time career as a musical director and conductor.

Bowling studied conducting with Michael Tilson-Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, Max Rudolph and Sergiu Celibidache. He started his career as a trumpet player, but has over 20 years of experience in musical theatre.

He has previously worked for Disney, Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and Joop van den Ende's Stage Entertainment, and has been music supervisor for productions including Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, principal of the RAM, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Daniel to our talented staff. Daniel has a huge range of experience and expertise as well as a strong interest in the vital interface between the educational environment here at the Academy and the realities of the professional world.’
The one-year musical theatre course at the RAM was established in 1994. Students receive training in areas including acting, singing and movement, and participate in career development sessions. The course culminates in a performance to agents and casting directors.

Royal Academy of Music: Musical Theatre department

Music education hubs await grant confirmation

25 November 2015

Today's comprehensive spending review will confirm the levels of funding from which music education hubs receive their grant.

George Osborne will give his autumn statement at 12.30pm, in which he will set the level of government spending from April 2015 onwards.

While the per-pupil budget for schools is protected, the amount which hubs will receive from April 2016 is still unknown.

However, Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, suggested that more government funding is needed to ensure that high standards in schools are maintained.

He said: 'Schools face rapidly rising costs with nothing extra provided by the government to cover them. We fear this will have an adverse effect on standards […] Put simply, all schools need teachers and if you cut budgets, you cut staff. Children and young people will get less support, a narrower curriculum and a poorer deal.

'It’s time the government stopped seeing education as a cost; it’s an investment, whether for early years, schools, or post-16 education. In the end, the country gets out what it is prepared to put in.'

The BBC's Brian Wheeler has suggested that cuts to arts funding are likely, with the National Lottery expected to make up the shortfall.

Entries open for the Music Education Expo Composition Competition

18 November 2015

Rhinegold Media & Events is now accepting entries for the second annual Expo Composition Competition, in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Young people aged 18 years or below should submit a two minute choral composition for a cappella SAT ensemble. The composition can be any style and based on any text available in the public domain, and should be appropriate to mixed ability (choir members will be in the 11-16 years age range).

The entries will be judged by a panel of specialists including Daniel Galbreath (conductor and PhD composition student at Birmingham Conservatoire) and Music Teacher editor Alex Stevens. 

The winning composition will be introduced by Julian Lloyd-Webber and performed live on the first day of the Music Education Expo 2016 by an affiliate youth choir of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The winner will receive audio and video recordings of the performance, and their work will be printed in the April edition of Music Teacher magazine. Further prizes are still to be confirmed. 

Entries should be submitted to or Louise Greener, Expo Composition Competition, Rhinegold Media & Events Ltd, 20 Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3QZ. Postal and electronic (PDF or scans) submissions will be accepted, whether in handwritten or notated format.

The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2016.

Music Education Expo

ROH family Christmas production 2015: The Firework-Maker's Daughter

17 November 2015

The Royal Opera House's family Christmas production for 2015 will be The Firework-Maker's Daughter.

Suitable for audiences aged six and above, the opera received its premiere in 2013 at the Linbury Studio Theatre. It was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for best new opera production. 

Based on the novel by Philip Pullman, the opera tells the story of Lila, a young girl who wants to be a firework-maker like her father, and of her quest to achieve this dream.

The opera's libretto was written by Glyn Maxwell, and David Bruce's score draws on folk and classical traditions around the world. John Fulljames's production uses puppetry and live projection to create effects inspired by Indonesia's shadow puppetry tradition.

The cast includes Lucy Hall and Lauren Fagan as Lila, Wyn Pencarreg as Lalchand, Ross Ramgobin as Rambashi, Peter Kirk as Chulak, and Tai Oney as Hamlet the elephant.

The Firework-Maker's Daughter runs between 10 December and 2 January 2015. Tickets cost £8-£26.

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

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