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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

Proms Out+About at Westfield shopping centre, London 9 July

9 June 2010

The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) will give a free, hour-and-a-half-long concert at London's Westfield shopping centre on 9 July, as part of the BBC Proms's Out+About outreach programme. The concert will be presented by Katie Derham, who will be hosting the BBC's television broadcasts of the Proms this season.

The concert will provide a family-friendly version of the long-running concerts, with the BBCSO joined by soprano Elizabeth Watts and tenor John Hudson to perform ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘You’ll never walk alone’ as well as Bizet’s Overture to Carmen, the ‘Bridal March’ from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Walton's Johannesburg Festival Overture.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be intensifying its learning work in Hammersmith and Fulham. Seventy-five primary school children will perform a new work inspired by Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Momentum, specially created by Rachel Leach, and more advanced young local musicians – Grade VII or above – will be given the opportunity to play side-by-side with the orchestra's players.

Out+About, now in its eighth year, 'strives to bring the essence of the BBC Proms directly to people who might not otherwise experience it, while providing opportunities for families to get involved'.



Dalcroze International Summer School announced for 1-7 August

8 June 2010

The Dalcroze Society's 2010 summer school will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University from 1-7 August, with an open day on 5 August. The school will cover all aspects of Dalcroze pedagogy, the three core disciplines of which are movement, Solfège pitch training and both vocal and instrumental Improvisation. The daily programme will be a hands-on combination of all these elements in tutor-led workshops, offered for three ranges of experience: beginner, for those with little or no experience of the Dalcroze approach; intermediate, for those with some experience of Dalcroze and wanting to study for certificate exams; and advanced, for those with considerable experience who are working at certificate level and above.

Tutors will include Ava Loiacono-Husain, Nicola Gaines, Karin Greenhead, Nicola Hadley, Drusilla Harris, Bethan James, Jacqueline Vann, Katie Wearing and Cynthia Wilson. Fees (not including meals) for members/non-members are: Residential £560/£530; Non-residential £370/£340; Open Day £65/£55. Some grants may be available.

For further details and to book a place, contact the Administrator at admin.dalcroze@googlemail.com


Lottery grant for National Jazz Archive's outreach programme

8 June 2010

The National Jazz Archive has been awarded a development grant of £26,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to put in place an outreach programme which will increase overall access to the archive through education, cataloguing and conservation initiatives. It is one stage of a long-term plan to make the bulk of the archive's material available online, and is scheduled to have completed after six months. A major grant will then be applied for 'to transform the Archive into a 21st Century resource'.

The Archive's collection currently holds over 25,000 jazz-related items, comprising books, magazines, pictures, radio scripts and the personal papers of several leading musicians and commentators.


Access makeover for St John's Smith Square

8 June 2010

St John's Smith square is to begin the final stage of its Access Project in July, with reopening scheduled for mid-September. The site will be made fully accessible to wheelchair users, with a lift giving full access to the restaurant and concert hall, while the box office and restaurant will have a new and more prominent entrance directly facing Millbank. Finally, performers will have direct access to the stage from backstage areas.

The work is the culmination of a £1 million fundraising effort which was conducted through trusts, companies and individuals as the hall receives no government subsidy. Regular concert programming will recommence on 21 September with the latest concert in Artur Pizarro's Chopin series.


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