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Final of 2010 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards to take place at Royal Academy of Music on 1 February.

26 January 2010

The final of the 2010 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Awards, this year for string players, will take place in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall of the Royal Academy of Music on Monday 1 February. Following a record number of entries, ten students representing the UK's leading conservatoires will each perform a 30-minute programme in front of a live audience and a distinguished panel of judges comprising Nicholas Pendlebury (Head of Strings at Trinity College of Music), Peter Lissauer (Head of Strings at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) and Malcolm Layfield (Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music).   The live final will commence at 10.30am and run throughout the day; at 5.15pm the chair of the jury will announce the results. The three winners will each receive £2,000 to assist with further studies and professional development. Admittance is free, no tickets required; all are welcome to attend the whole day or specific performances. Now in their 20th year, the awards are run by the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, a charitable trust with a remit to assist talented young musicians that currently operates in 31 countries. The awards' instrument emphasis rotates annually between piano, brass and woodwind,  strings, percussion and voice.

Royal College of Music announces Crees Lecture 2010

22 January 2010

The Royal College of Music's 2010 Crees Lecture will take place on 17 February at 6.30pm in the college's Inner Parry Room.  It will be delivered by Professor Amanda Glauert, Music Director of Research at Kingston University, and will be entitled Making music 'without art': Beethoven's formulation of the lyrical impulse. Drinks will be served afterwards in the Outer Parry Room. Contact reception@rcm.ac.uk or 020 7591 4370.

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Violin Makers' Day to take place in London on 7 March

22 January 2010

The British Violin Making Association (BVMA) is running its 13th annual Violin Makers' Day on Sunday 7 March, from 10am to 4pm at the Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell Green, London. Over 40 makers from the UK and beyond will display their wares, which will also include violas, cellos and bows. The day will offer a chance to try out the work of a wide sweep of contemporary makers; admission is free. Contact Marc Butterlin on 07789 725812 or membership@bvma.org.uk for more information.

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Elgar Society membership gift for museum's first visitors

19 January 2010

Free membership of the Elgar Society for 2010 is being offered to the first 200 paying visitors of the year to the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Worcestershire.

Based in the composer’s childhood home in the picturesque village of Lower Broadheath, just outside Worcester, the museum opens for its 2010 season on Monday 1 February.  Entrance is already free to existing members of the Elgar Society on production of their membership card and non-members wishing to take advantage of the free membership offer are invited to register with reception on arrival.

Sir Edward Elgar was born in the cottage on 2 June 1857; in accordance with his wishes, Elgar’s daughter Carice established a museum there after his death in 1934. The facilities were extended in 2000 with the opening of the Elgar Centre and today the museum enables visitors from all over the world to enjoy a unique insight into the composer’s life, family and friends, influences and sources of inspiration.

Since its foundation in 1951, the Elgar Society has maintained a close relationship with the Birthplace Museum, having been formed to encourage the study, performance and appreciation of Elgar’s works and to foster research into his life and music. Branches around the UK and overseas bring members together through meetings, lectures, recitals and visits, with members' individual and collective research continuing to contribute significantly to a greater understanding of Elgar and his legacy.

Details of the Elgar Birthplace Museum opening hours, entry charges and group bookings: www.elgarmuseum.org  Tel 01905 333224.
Information on Elgar Society membership (normally £30 a year, with concessions for joint membership and students), in addition to details on events, news and resources, www.elgar.org E-mail info@elgar.org

Wider Opps to be showcased in new project for the Year of Music

15 January 2010

Trinity Guildhall and the Open University have announced a new project designed to showcase the Key Stage 2 instrumental and vocal tuition programme (‘Wider Opportunities’). Linked to ‘Tune In – the National Year of Music’, the initiative has three strands. Live events around the country will celebrate best practice; an extended resource will be created, specifically targeted at Wider Opps classes in Years 3, 4 and 5; and an online music-sharing resource for KS2 practitioners and children, RadioWaves, will be piloted through the NuMu site. ‘PERFORM! is about supporting children to become fully rounded musicians through experiencing all those aspects of what it is to be musical,’ said project manager Leonora Davies. ‘It's never been JUST about the instrument.’ www.ks2music.org.uk


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