New arts centres open for business
25 May 2009
Two of seven planned world-class arts buildings have opened as part of a £125 million project to develop the east of England as an arts and cultural hub.
The first to open its doors was the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton, the country’s first dedicated home for carnival arts, which also provides community, learning and enterprise facilities.
Also now open is the Hoffman Building in Snape, Suffolk (pictured), providing a new multi-disciplinary art space that will provide ‘a dedicated campus for musicians from around the world to release their full potential and connect to a wider public’.
Other developments are still under construction in Ipswich, Southend, Colchester and Thurrock.
NAYO plans 'bigger and better' festival of youth orchestras
24 May 2009
In announcing the programme for the 30th Festival of British Youth Orchestras in Edinburgh and Glasgow this summer, acting chief executive of the National Association of Youth Orchestras David Marcou outlined plans for a ‘bigger and better’ festival in 2010.
A residential element will be introduced to the festival, to enable a small number of groups to work together to rehearse repertoire and explore other aspects of musicianship. Teachers will also have an opportunity to work together. Marcou added that the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, recently established by 17-year-old pianist Zuhal Sultan, is also keen to perform at the festival next year.
This year more than 40 concerts will take place between 15 August and 6 September in Edinburgh and Glasgow with international appearances by orchestras from South Korea, China and Argentina.
Sibelius launches Version 6
19 May 2009
The latest version of Sibelius software is now on sale. Sibelius 6 incorporates a number of features that have been developed through collaboration with composers, musicians and educators. Demonstrations of all of these new features are viewable on the Sibelius website.
Sibelius 6 is priced at £595. The educational price is £363 per copy, with additional discounts when purchasing bundled multi-seat licenses. Current Sibelius customers may take advantage of upgrade options of £143 per copy, or £99 per copy for current customers who are educators and students.
Wigmore Hall extends its outreach remit to dementia sufferers
14 May 2009
Wigmore Hall has taken over the management and development of Music for Life, a programme of creative music workshops for dementia sufferers. This follows on from a three-year collaboration between the venue's Community and Education programme and Music for Life. The project takes place in partnership with health, social care and dementia specialist organisations For Dementia, Jewish Care, NHS Westminster and Westminster Adult Services.
The collaboration was launched this morning in a celebration at Wigmore Hall, attended by patron HRH Princess Alexandra; Linda Rose, founder of Music for Life; John Suchet, broadcaster and patron of For Dementia; and several musicians and care workers who gave talks and demonstrations.
Music for Life continues to seek funding for projects in 2009/10 and beyond. To make a donation, contact Marie-Helene Osterweil on 020 7258 8229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABRSM unveils its new look
12 May 2009
The ABRSM launched its new look on 11 May. Chief executive Richard Morris stressed its desire to ‘become a more integrated operation, effectively joining up our range of services, whether exams, publications, courses, seminars or online facilities; and secondly, that we should strive to be more outward-looking and engaging, with a bolder approach to all our communications'.
Although the formal name of the organisation ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’ remains and will appear on exam certificates, the company will now be represented worldwide by the initials ABRSM. The organisation will also be universally represented by its new logo: a crown framed in a red square.
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