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Sounding Edge Conference, 23 June

10 June 2010

Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire, is to host the Sounding Edge conference on 23 June in what is hoped to be the first in a regular series of conferences aimed at primary music specialists and enthusiastic classroom teachers. The focus this year will be on singing, with particular concern given to investigate certain questions about developing singing in school:

  • Singing with boys
  • Singing across the curriculum
  • Seveloping children’s creativity through singing
  • Singing and vocal health
The main event will offer a series of workshops and a masterclass in which a group of young singers are taken through their paces by an experienced singing leader. The aim is to allow teachers to reflect on rehearsal practices. Delegates to the conference will be invited to sing alongside these young singers, as part of a fitting musical finale to the day. Our intention is that this will be a thoroughly enjoyable musical and reflective experience.

Representatives of the university will also be outlining its new PG Cert in Music Education, whose programme is designed to support teachers in gaining masters level credits 'through practical work and reflection related to school based music activities', and which is run in conjunction with The Voices Foundation and Sing Up.

The conference is free of charge (including lunch); participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Applications can be sent to Ian Shirley at ian.shirley@edgehill.ac.uk.

Sounding Edge is a web based project run by Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Education to support music education. It aims to prepare the university's undergraduate primary trainees and secondary music PGCE students for their future careers, while also offering university accreditation to serving teachers through partnership with other music education providers, including the Voices Foundation and singUp.


Cambridge Summer Music Festival, 9 July-7 August

10 June 2010

Cambridge Summer Music Festival this year includes a number of children's events, with a range of concerts and activities including: the Wandlebury Picnic Concert (31 July from 3.30pm, Wandlebury Country Park); Youth Music Theatre's production of The Ballad of Salomon Pavey (25 July at 7.30pm, Cambridge Arts Theatre); capoeira workshops (24 July at 11am – 3pm, West Road Concert Hall); and violin workshops with Jack Glatzer (The Story of Paganini, 30 July at 3.30pm, Emmanuel United Reformed Church) and Steve Bingham (Violin, electric violin and live looping, 4 August at 3pm and 4.45pm, Emmanuel United Reform Church) demonstrating how the violin alone can be utilised to create two completely different styles of music.

These run alongside a feast of mainstream programming in orchestral concerts, choral concerts, recitals, walking tours and other events. Selected highlights include a 400-year-anniversary performance of Monteverdi's Vespers by the Academy of Ancient Music and the choir of King's College (9 July at 7.30pm, King's College Chapel), Last Choir Standing judge Suzi Digby's Voce chamber choir (17 July at 8pm, King's College Chapel), an organ recital by John Scott, the current director of music at St Thomas Church, New York (24 July at 7.30pm, King's College Chapel), and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who will perform Debussy’s Cello Sonata and works by Bach, Fauré and Piazzolla interspersed with reminiscences on his career (An evening with Julian Lloyd Webber, 4 August at 8pm, Fitzwilliam College Auditorium).


Worshipful Company of Musicians invites London schools to participate in its outreach project

10 June 2010

The Worshipful Company of Musicians (WCoM) is inviting schools in London boroughs surrounding the City of London to apply for a musical visit from one of its 120 Yeomen. These are emerging professional musicians who have been supported financially by the WCoM, and who front schools' sessions as part of their involvement with the organisation. Sessions involve a visit from one or two Yoemen, who include players of many instruments in both jazz and classical genres. The visiting musicians perform and introduce the school or class to their instrument and its repertoire.

WCoM Yoeman visits are free of charge. To apply for one for your school, email Margaret Alford on clerk@wcom.org.uk or call 020 7496 8980.

Deadline extended to 27 June for Yamaha and LIPA's Make It, Break It Awards 2010

9 June 2010

A final call for entries and extended deadline of 27 June have been announced for this year’s annual Make It, Break It Awards (MIBI). A showcase and industry platform for outstanding young songwriters, the MIBI Awards were founded in 1994 by Yamaha and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). They are now also supported by EMI and HMV.

MIBI concentrates on the songwriting and professional development of 14 to 19 year olds by encouraging the two skills essential to creating a successful record:  ‘Make It’ -  songwriting prowess; and ‘Break It’ - marketing and innovation. The competition has two age categories: 14-16 and 17–19, and judges select three winners from each category.  The judging panel includes EMI President Guy Moot, Record Producer Steve Levine, Broadcaster Mark Radcliffe, Promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Mike Walsh of XFM Radio and Mel Armstrong of HMV.

Winners receive a host of prizes including performing at the awards ceremony, an all expenses paid music academy at LIPA and an A&R meeting with EMI. The contest also offers the winners' schools a £500 prize of Yamaha equipment.

Entry details as well as video interviews with members of the judging panel and previous winner and judge, Coldplay's Chris Martin, can be found at the website here.


Schools Music Association conference announced

9 June 2010

Booking is now open for the 72nd Schools Music Association Annual conference, taking place 29-31October at the West Retford Hotel, Nottingham. The three-day event is titled Music - Partnering The Subjects and will cover issues relating to all key stages through a series of speeches and sessions focusing on practical music teaching ideas. This year's keynote speaker is Professor Susan Hallam, who, following years of research into the effects of music as a tool for learning, leads a session called The Power Of Music. Other sessions include A New Look At Classical Music Through Stories, Movement And Percussion with Ann Bryant, Arranging Music For All Levels Of Ability with Douglas Coombes and Technology For The Terrified led by Luke Edwards from instrument manufacturer Roland Ltd. Earlybird tickets are available until July 31 for £270.
For more information and to book a place, visit the Schools Music Association website. www.schoolsmusic.org.uk

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