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Piatti Quartet wins inaugural St Martin's Chamber Music Competition

28 April 2010

The Piatti String Quartet has won the inaugural St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition, held in April in partnership with Making Music. In addition to a small cash prize, the quartet receives a series of professional engagements with festivals and music societies around the UK that are part of the Making Music network, including the historic London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields itself. Dating from 1726, the church is famous for its extensive programme of lunchtime and evening concerts. It was recently completely restored and its facilities for performers and audiences substantially extended. Director of music Andrew Earis, who was a member of the judging panel, described the chamber music competition as part of the church’s commitment to nurturing and promoting new and emerging talent.

The Greenwich Piano Trio and the Elixir Trio also reached the competition final, which took place on 27 April in St Martin’s. While all three ensembles were praised for their technical skill, chairman of the judges Dr John Rutter CBE said that the Piattis were distinguished by their ability to interpret a range of repertoire, in a programme that included movements from quartets by Beethoven, Smetana and Bartók. Violinists Charlotte Scott and Michael Trainor, violist David Wigram and cellist Jessie Ann Richardson are all past and current award-winning students from the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London. In June 2010 they launch their own Piatti Chamber Music Festival at Kingsand, Cornwall.


ISM and ABO to run seminar on child protection and safeguarding

28 April 2010

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the Association of British Orchestras are jointly hosting a seminar on Child Protection and Safeguarding on 13 May at the Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS. There will be an in-depth presentation by specialist lawyers Yvonne Spencer and Con Alexander from Veale Wasbrough Vizards. The main topics to be covered are child protection policies and procedures, the Vetting and Barring Scheme and the responsibilities of charities. The presenters will look at child protection from the standpoint of employers, employees and freelancers and explain the precise legal obligations as well as the obligations facing charities. There will be ample opportunity for questions.

The seminar will be held in the Fountain Room at the Barbican Centre from 1-4pm. The cost is £36 (inc vat) per person, to include lunch and refreshments. More information from Fiona McLeod at the ISM, tel 020 7079 2104 Fiona@ism.org

National Children's Orchestra announces Access2Orchestra events for May

21 April 2010

Clive Barda

Musicians aged six to 12 who are of Grade 3-8 standard on an orchestral instrument are invited to take part in one of the National Children's Orchestra (NCO)'s Access2Orchestra workshop days. They will run in Newcastle and Shrewsbury on 15 May, Cambridge on 16 May and Plymouth on 23 May, and will offer a chance to experience the thrill of playing in a full symphony orchestra, with tuition from leading orchestral musicians. There is no cost and no need to audition. For more details, including venues and timings, visit the NCO website.


50% discount on tickets for MusicLearningLive!2011 for bookings made by end of May

21 April 2010

Music Education showcase MusicLearningLive!2011 will take place on 3 and 4 May 2011 in Glasgow. The programme is still being finalised but it has been confirmed that young musicians from Sistema Scotland will appear alongside the usual range of talks, workshops and trade exhibits. A 50% early-bird discount is available until 31 May; after that, a 20% discount will be offered until October. To book and for more information, visit the website.


Tories announce plans for nationwide school music competition

16 April 2010

The Conservative party has announced that it will launch School Stars, a music competition for schools, if it wins the election. David Cameron visited a school in Nantwich with Take That front man Gary Barlow to make the announcement. ‘Nothing brings people together like music,’ said Cameron. ‘With School Stars, we’re going to see kids practising together in the corridors, forming bands, getting together in lunch breaks to sing and dance.’ He went on to say that the competition would bring the ‘magic’ of Saturday night talent shows into schools.

‘It will be an annual nationwide competition starting in the autumn term this year,' he continued. 'Then there are local heats and regional heats before a big national final in June 2011.’ He added that commercial music unions BPI and UK Music had given their support, and that the first prize would be ‘something that people would kill for – the chance to record a song with Gary Barlow.’

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