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Royal Opera House and BP reveal this summer's Big Screen performances

11 May 2010

Plácido Domingo, Christine Rice and Tamara Rojo are just three of the big names in opera and ballet that can be seen on the free BP Summer Big Screens this summer, along with a chance to make your own version of Carmen to be screened across the UK.
The Royal Opera’s Carmen and Simon Boccanegra and The Royal Ballet’s Chroma/Tryst/Symphony in C will be beamed live from Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House (ROH) to big screens across the country this summer as part of the BP Summer Big Screens Programme 2010. UK residents and visitors can watch Carmen on Tuesday 8 June at 7pm, Chroma/Tryst/Symphony in C on Thursday 10 June at 7.30pm and Simon Boccanegra on Tuesday 13 July at 7.30pm.
The BP Summer Big Screen relays are now a highly anticipated fixture for opera and ballet and a great opportunity for people to get together, bring a picnic and enjoy wonderful ballet and opera for free – the events have continued to grow in popularity regardless of the UK’s notorious summer weather.
This year will see 27 screenings in 21 locations across the UK. The screenings in Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Swindon, Bradford, Waltham Forest, Dover, Leicester, Norwich and Woolwich are part of the Big Screens BBC/London 2012 collaboration. Other screens are located in Aberdeen, Ipswich, Newham and Sunbury as well as Trafalgar Square, and Canary Wharf in London. The new venues for 2010 are Dover, Leicester, Norwich, Newham and Woolwich.
Bizet’s Carmen is packed with Spanish heat, gypsy passion and some of the most loved and memorable opera music. In this vivid production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with soldiers, peasants, gypsies and bullfighters – not forgetting a magnificent horse and some chickens! It is conducted by Constantinos Carydis with Christine Rice as and Bryan Hymel as Don José.
Conducted by the Music Director of The Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, Simon Boccanegra completes this year’s screenings live from the Royal Opera House on 13 July. Plácido Domingo makes his unmissable Royal Opera baritone debut in one of Verdi’s most demanding and passionate roles. Set in 14th-century Genoa, the opera portrays an embattled Doge as the consequences of his own past lead him – through an estranged daughter, her competing suitors and a life-long enemy – to his own death.
Could you create your own Carmen in 40 seconds? The Royal Opera House and BP are looking for budding film-makers of all ages and experience to produce their own 40-second version of this steamy tale of Spanish passion. The films can either be based on the entire opera or just a moment from the scenes at the cigarette factory or bull-fighting arena. You can make your film in any style – animation, dance, opera, musical, theatre – there is no limit. A judging panel from the ROHand BP will choose a winning entry to be showcased on the BP Summer Big Screens alongside The Royal Opera’s Carmen in venues across the UK on at 7pm Tuesday 8 June. There is a second option – if you have been coming to BP Summer Big Screens regularly, you can send in a 
40-second film that explains why you keep coming back and why they are a good idea. One winner will be chosen, their film will be screened live and they will also win two tickets to The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte in September. Full competition details can be found at www.roh.org.uk/bpbigscreens
40-second film that explains why you keep coming back and why they are a good idea. One winner will be chosen, their film will be screened live and they will also win two tickets to The Royal Opera’s Così fan tutte in September. Full competition details can be found at www.roh.org.uk/bpbigscreens

Youth Music launches 2010 Underage Festival Remix competition

11 May 2010

Youth Music is giving young DJs, producers, and remixers aged 14-18 the chance to DJ on the Youth Music stage at the Underage Festival in London on Sunday 1 August 2010.
Competition entrants are invited to download ‘Lips’ by Micachu and the Shapes from the Youth Music website, create their own remix and upload it back to the site. The best entries will be shortlisted and winners will get the full VIP treatment, with the opportunity to perform on the Youth Music stage at the Underage Festival alongside Daisy Dares You, Egyptian Hip Hop, General Fiasco and many more. The deadline for entries is Monday 12 July. Only one entry per person is allowed.
The Underage Festival is the world's largest festival strictly for 14-18 year olds. Youth Music is getting in touch with young bands and artists from previous Youth Music competitions who will be selected to support headline acts on the Youth Music Stage.
Mica Levi, 21, who is supporting the competition by offering her track for remix, has performed as a DJ and MC around the UK garage and grime scene in London. Her experimental pop band The Shapes released its debut single ‘Lone Ranger’ in 2008 and has steadily risen to become one of the UK's most talked about acts. Micachu and The Shapes will be performing on the Topman CTRL stage at Underage.
One of the 2009winners from the Youth Music competition says: ‘Last year’s Underage Festival was quite simply the best day… and that’s no exaggeration! Since then, countless opportunities have come our way, either as a direct response to seeing us at the festival, or through watching the YouTube video of our performance. The support of Youth Music has been invaluable and it’s safe to say we most definitely wouldn’t be in any sort of position within music without it.’
More details from the website at www.youthmusic.org.uk/underage

Stepping Notes course for early years teachers extends to three days

7 May 2010

Nikhil Dally will be running a three-day Stepping Notes training course for teachers of pre-school children and infants, in response to requests from previous participants for something more extended than her usual one-day courses. ‘Teaching musicianship through singing, movement and dance’ takes place at the Jurgens Centre, Harvest Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0QR, from Saturday 24 to Monday 26 July. The tutors will be Nihkil Dally and Maureen Murphy. Drawing on the principles of Kodály and Dalcroze, they will concentrate on helping children to understand pulse and rhythm, meter and phrasing, and melody and harmony; teaching musical literacy using singing and movement; and chossing and using children’s instruments in such a way as to preserve and enhance their co-ordination and sense of rhythm. The course fee is £150 if applications are received by 28 May; £165 up to 25 June; and £180 thereafter, with a £75 non-refundable deposit payable on booking. To book email nihkil@dally.org.uk or tel 01932 241196 www.dally.org/steppingnotes

MU urges members working with children to take part in consultation on Vetting and Barring

7 May 2010

As reported in MT in March, registration for the new Vetting and Barring Scheme under the auspices of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) opens in July this year. New employees and those changing jobs in regulated activity will be able to apply for ISA registration from this point and registration will become mandatory for these workers from November 2010. For those who currently have CRB checks, the scheme will be phased in over the next five years. Further information on how to register with the ISA can be found at www.isa-gov.org.uk.
The Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF) has opened a public consultation inviting views on requirements for CRB disclosures for workers who are ISA registered. The Musicians Union (MU) is urging its members who will have to register with the ISA to get involved in the consultation.
‘Although the scheme has had negative publicity in the media it does have some benefits for freelance musicians who work for a number of institutions,’ said Diane Widdison, national organiser for live performance and teaching for the MU. ‘The benefits are that you only have to register once with the scheme and it is constantly updated. It is also portable which means that you won’t have to have numerous copies of CRB checks.
‘The point we want the DCSF to take on board when it issues its guidance is that registering with the ISA for musicians who work in education should be sufficient for employers in the vast majority of cases. ISA registration means that the individual has no known reason why they shouldn’t be fit to work with children or vulnerable adults therefore, we feel, subsequent CRB checks should only be done if the individual needs to be criminally checked for other areas of work such as working in finance or driving. Our worry is that if the statutory guidance from the DCSF is not clear then individual schools and Local Authorities will develop their own regulations which will increase the already over bureaucratic system.’
Outlining the position regarding ISA registration for self-employed music tutors working in schools, Widdison said that the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), the legislation on which the scheme is based, defines a small number of places, including schools as ‘specified places’ and anyone who does work there once a week or more or four times or more in a 30 day period will need to register with the ISA. So, if a music tutor is working in the same school on this basis they will need to register and the school must check their registration.
‘A barred person cannot work as a private tutor for children (the individual will know they are barred and the reasons why) and sanctions will apply to barred individuals who work or try to work as a children’s tutor. However, there are no mandatory requirements for self-employed private tutors to register with the ISA. These workers can join the scheme and parents have eligibility to check their ISA registration but there are no mandatory requirements to do so.’
The DCSFconsultation will be open until June and if any changes to requirements for CRB disclosures are made, they will be detailed in a revised version of the DCSF statutory guidance Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education. This guidance will be issued to Ofsted, schools and local authorities in the summer. The consultation can be accessed at:

Vocal Process offers seminar on effective voice use

5 May 2010

Singing consultant Gillyanne Kayes and RADA voice tutor David Carey will be running a one-day seminar, Singing and speaking with One Voice, exploring issues to do with using the voice effectively for singing and speaking on Saturday 22 May at RADA, Chenies Street, London WC1E. It includes three separate workshops on the key elements of singing training, key elements of spoken voice training and 'singing the text, speaking the song', and is aimed at singers who find it difficult to speak on stage, anyone who has difficulty applying their spoken voice training to singing, and teachers who would value advice on helping students with vocal problems.More information from Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher at Vocal Process, +44 (0)1544 267946

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