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Sir Peter Mawell Davies becomes patron of University of Manchester Music Society

2 December 2009

Manchester music students have appointed composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as patron of their society. Professor Phillip Grange, Head of Music at The University of Manchester said, 'This is a major coup for our students and we heartily congratulate them. Max studied at the University of Manchester between 1952 and 1957 and is undoubtedly the most famous alumnus of the Music Department.' David Tagg-Oram, president of The University of Manchester Music Society, added, 'We are extremely honoured to have Max as our patron, and to benefit from his insight and experience - especially as he was originally a performer, musicologist and composer in Manchester.'

Keyboardtech opens new building including state-of-the-art Hammond Lab

30 November 2009

Keyboardtech, part of Tech Music Schools, has officially opened its new building, including a state-of-the-art Hammond Keyboard Lab. The west London based schools have added a fourth building to their premises after extensive on-site alterations over the summer. The new building will primarily serve Keyboardtech and houses various teaching rooms including the Hammond Lab, which boasts six XK1 drawbar keyboards, one XK3c drawbar keyboard, one XK pro system two-manual organ and a Leslie 2101 speaker system. The Lab is part of Tech Music Schools’ commitment to fully integrating the keyboard into the band line up; all full time students are required to take keyboard as a second study whatever their first instrument. Renowned Hammond player James Taylor officially cut the ribbon as part of a day that included live performances of rock, jazz and funk by Taylor and several tutors. There were also talks and question/answer sessions covering the history and development of the Hammond organ and life at Tech Music schools.

Pioneer of British Kodaly training Cecilia Vajda dies aged 87

30 November 2009

Cecilia Vajda has died at the age of 87. A pupil of Kodaly's, Vajda came to the UK from Hungary in 1967. She went on to found the British Kodaly Society (later Academy), running over 20 summer schools and publising two books on the method. She was also the Academy's first president. This year, Vajda was honoured with the prestigious Bartok-Pasztory Award in recognition of a lifetime's work in Kodaly training.

In Harmony Lambeth opens music portacabin

30 November 2009

In Harmony Lambeth, a community music project based on Venezuela's El Sistema, has acquired a portacabin that has been kitted out for use as a teaching, practice and rehearsal room. The project is based at the community hall of the Lansdowne Green Estate where facilities up to now have been limited; the portacabin will provide valuable extra space. In harmony Lambeth is implemented by Lambeth Music Service with partners the Southbank Centre and Amicus Horizon, based on best known practice in music teaching and social intervention.

MusicLearningLive!2010 to take place at RNCM on 25-26 February

17 November 2009

Zone New Media’s MusicLearningLive!2010 will take place at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on 25-26 February. A dynamic music education festival, professional development event and trade exhibition, it will offer hands-on workshops, presentations, debates, performances, case-studies and demonstrations, with the aim of showcasing the range of activity going on in the music education sector.

Keynote speeches will be given by ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts and Paul Collard, chief executive at Creativity, Culture and Education. Other highlights will include a pre-General-Election ‘Question Time’, with panelists including former Music Manifesto Champion Marc Jaffrey and Federation of Music Services Chief Executive John Witchell; a performance/workshop with Grammy-award winning composer, teacher and jazz artist Tim Garland; and a workshop with renowned choral coach and educator Sue Hollingworth. There will also be a one-day specialist mini-conference for primary teachers, which will run on both days for delegates who can only attend on one day. In addition, there will be sessions on Kodály, Dalcroze, special needs, ICT and world music.

Fees are £350 plus VAT for the full two days or £215 plus VAT for just one. Places can be reserved online; there are various discounts and concessionary rates available. Email for more information, or call 020 3303 0888.

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