Proms Out+About at Westfield shopping centre, London 9 July
9 June 2010
The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) will give a free, hour-and-a-half-long concert at London's Westfield shopping centre on 9 July, as part of the BBC Proms's Out+About outreach programme. The concert will be presented by Katie Derham, who will be hosting the BBC's television broadcasts of the Proms this season.
The concert will provide a family-friendly version of the long-running concerts, with the BBCSO joined by soprano Elizabeth Watts and tenor John Hudson to perform ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘You’ll never walk alone’ as well as Bizet’s Overture to Carmen, the ‘Bridal March’ from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Walton's Johannesburg Festival Overture.
In the weeks leading up to the event, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be intensifying its learning work in Hammersmith and Fulham. Seventy-five primary school children will perform a new work inspired by Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Momentum, specially created by Rachel Leach, and more advanced young local musicians – Grade VII or above – will be given the opportunity to play side-by-side with the orchestra's players.
Out+About, now in its eighth year, 'strives to bring the essence of the BBC Proms directly to people who might not otherwise experience it, while providing opportunities for families to get involved'.
Dalcroze International Summer School announced for 1-7 August
8 June 2010
The Dalcroze Society's 2010 summer school will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University from 1-7 August, with an open day on 5 August. The school will cover all aspects of Dalcroze pedagogy, the three core disciplines of which are movement, Solfège pitch training and both vocal and instrumental Improvisation. The daily programme will be a hands-on combination of all these elements in tutor-led workshops, offered for three ranges of experience: beginner, for those with little or no experience of the Dalcroze approach; intermediate, for those with some experience of Dalcroze and wanting to study for certificate exams; and advanced, for those with considerable experience who are working at certificate level and above.
Tutors will include Ava Loiacono-Husain, Nicola Gaines, Karin Greenhead, Nicola Hadley, Drusilla Harris, Bethan James, Jacqueline Vann, Katie Wearing and Cynthia Wilson. Fees (not including meals) for members/non-members are: Residential £560/£530; Non-residential £370/£340; Open Day £65/£55. Some grants may be available.
For further details and to book a place, contact the Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lottery grant for National Jazz Archive's outreach programme
8 June 2010
The National Jazz Archive has been awarded a development grant of £26,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to put in place an outreach programme which will increase overall access to the archive through education, cataloguing and conservation initiatives. It is one stage of a long-term plan to make the bulk of the archive's material available online, and is scheduled to have completed after six months. A major grant will then be applied for 'to transform the Archive into a 21st Century resource'.
The Archive's collection currently holds over 25,000 jazz-related items, comprising books, magazines, pictures, radio scripts and the personal papers of several leading musicians and commentators.
Access makeover for St John's Smith Square
8 June 2010
St John's Smith square is to begin the final stage of its Access Project in July, with reopening scheduled for mid-September. The site will be made fully accessible to wheelchair users, with a lift giving full access to the restaurant and concert hall, while the box office and restaurant will have a new and more prominent entrance directly facing Millbank. Finally, performers will have direct access to the stage from backstage areas.
The work is the culmination of a £1 million fundraising effort which was conducted through trusts, companies and individuals as the hall receives no government subsidy. Regular concert programming will recommence on 21 September with the latest concert in Artur Pizarro's Chopin series.
Radio 3 clears the airwaves to show off the BBC ensembles
28 May 2010
BBC Radio 3 clears its schedules on Sunday 13 June for The BBC’S Big Concert, more than ten hours of live music-making from the BBC’s performing groups across the UK. More than 400 BBC musicians play live from six cities, performing a huge range of music spanning more than 400 years of history.
The ambitious relay of live music-making begins in Salford with the BBC Philharmonic at 11.30am.The baton passes to the BBC Symphony Orchestra in its Maida Vale home in London before going to Glasgow, where it is picked up by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales continue the relay in Cardiff, before it goes to the BBC Concert Orchestra in Plymouth, then back to London for a BBC Singers performance in St Paul’s Knightsbridge. The day of live music culminates in Belfast, when the Ulster Orchestra joins the celebrations.
BBC Radio 3 presenters introduce the concerts from the stage of each event. The team includes Christopher Cook, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Jamie MacDougall, Ian Skelley, Sarah Walker and Petroc Trelawny – who presents from Salford in the morning and Belfast in the evening.
From Bach to Bartók the profusion of music included in the day spans more than 400 years and shows off the huge range of world-class music making that the BBC’s performing groups bring to the nation through more than 400 public broadcast concerts around the UK each year.
Particular highlights of the day include the BBC Concert Orchestra’s performance of Paul Patterson’s musical retelling of Roald Dahl’s Three Little Pigs, with Brian Blessed narrating as part of their ‘Best of British’ celebration from Plymouth and the BBC Singers’s performing classic choral works from the 1940s, written for them by Tippett and Britten. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – as part of its third annual big weekend of orchestral music in Glasgow with a whole weekend of free events in Glasgow City Halls – feature symphonic blockbusters from Sibelius, Bartók and Korngold, while the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestra focus on music specially chosen by their Principal Conductors - Thierry Fischer and Jiří Bělohlávek who have been tireless champions of French and Czech repertoire respectively.
The BBC performing groups are renowned for the performance of new works – including the 40-plus works commissioned each year by BBC Radio 3. This is reflected in the BBC’s Big concert with a UK premiere of Sally Beamish’s A Cage of Doves in Scotland, as well as music premiered by other groups recently by Simon Holt, Gabriel Jackson, Judith Bingham, Bob Chilcott and others, while the BBC Symphony Orchestra gives a rare performance of Foerster’s unjustly neglected Fourth Symphony.
All the BBC performing groups are energetically engaged in opening up their work to the widest audiences through extensive learning and outreach work. Throughout the day there are on-air documentaries exploring some of the ground-breaking projects undertaken by the performing groups with tens of thousands of children and adults around the UK.
Included are reports about the BBC Concert Orchestra’s MusicMix tour in which the Orchestra gave eight concerts across the east of England to 7000 school children, and an exploration of how the BBC Symphony Orchestra has brought the music of ultra-contemporary composers George Crumb and Wolfgang Rihm to life for children (and their parents) as part of Total Immersion days devoted to those composers. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra reports on its work with Sistema Scotland which is using music to build a strong society, while the BBC National Orchestra of Wales looks ahead to a project aimed at children with special needs all over Wales. There’s a bird’s eye-view of the wide-ranging projects undertaken by the BBC Singers with children, young professional conductors, composers, and the amateur choral community at large and there’s a chance to meet members of the Salford Family Orchestra, created by the BBC Philharmonic as it continues to build strong bonds with the local community ahead of its move to its new home at Salford Quays next year.
The BBC’s Big Concert is framed by further celebrations of BBC musicians either side with a focus on the BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists in Sunday Morning (10.00am) and a Jazz Line Up focusing on the BBC Big Band (11.00pm).
Full information about the the BBC performing groups at
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