Sound Sense offers free insurance package
29 July 2009
Sound Sense, the UK professional association for community musicians, is now offering its members free public liability insurance. Following negotiations with insurance broker Hencilla Canworth Ltd, the organisation's individual earning members are now insured for £5m of public liability cover for all their workshop and teaching activities as part of the membership package.
The policy covers members for their legal liability for damages including claimant legal costs for accidental injury to any person or accidental loss or damage to third party property while undertaking any activity connected with the organisation or participation in community music activities. The cover is worldwide excluding the United States of America and Canada, provided that the member is usually resident within the UK.
‘More and more organisations are requiring that musicians who teach or run workshops carry their own public liability insurance,’ says Sound Sense chair and community musician Catherine Pestano, ‘so being able to include it free is a great new benefit of Sound Sense membership: I know it will save me money!’
Other benefits of membership include access to criminal records checks, free national advertising, exclusive information on jobs and funding, an exclusive email helpline, and a free subscription to Sounding Board, the UK journal of community music.
Live Music Now celebrates 25 years
28 July 2009
Live Music Now Scotland celebrates its 25th anniversary this month with a range of special events. Over the years, musicians working on behalf of the organisation have performed live music in a variety of venues throughout Scotland from community halls, residential homes and hospices to prisons and special schools. The network also gives young musicians an opportunity to develop their performance skills.
When director Carol Main established the LMN Scottish office in 1984, she was working one afternoon a week and had six musicians on her list. 25 years on, she works full-time and the organisation has grown substantially with 60 young musicians, giving around 350 performances a year.
The celebratory events this month include a series of free public concerts at the National Museum of Scotland over three weeks during Edinburgh’s Fringe festival, performances in Fife at the Aberdour Festival and the launch of a major project for adults with disabilities. The Edinburgh Fringe concerts are also linked to community performances for elderly people with dementia at the Royal Victoria Hospital in the capital.
Commenting on the achievements of the past 25 years, Carol Main said: ‘Our work in Scotland continues to focus on ensuring that all members of society, whatever their circumstances, have access to the joy and pleasure of live music. At the same time, in supporting the developing skills of outstanding young musicians, Live Music Now gives invaluable experience for their future professional careers in orchestras, ensembles, concert halls, broadcasting and educational establishments throughout the country.’
ESTA chair honoured for work with young bass players
24 July 2009
Cathy Elliott with young pupils
The chair of the European String Teachers' Association (ESTA)'s UK branch, Cathy Elliott, has received the International Society of Bassists'(ISB) Special Recognition Award s Young Bassists Ambassador 2009.
Every two years the ISB presents Special Recognisiton Awards in a number of categories. The recipients are chosen by a select panel that first narrows an extensive list of nominees in each category down to five finalists and then makes its final selections. The society recognises people who have contributed 'their extraordinary skills and knowlege' to projects and other positive works that further its ideals.
Both Rodney Slatford and Caroline Emery from the UK have previously received the award.
The Musicians' Company announces new Concordia Foundation Awards trust
23 July 2009
The Worshipful Company of Musicians has set up a major new trust fund for young performers, thanks to a generous donation from the Concordia Foundation.
The Concordia Foundation Artists Fund will enable the Musicians’ Company to add a third Wigmore Hall concert to the Monday Platform series in the 2009/10 and subsequent seasons. It will also provide monetary awards for the selected performers.
‘We have long wanted to set up a prestigious annual concert series of this kind and are so pleased that our concert will take its place in the respected Monday Platform series at the Wigmore Hall,’ said: Gillian Humphreys, founder and artistic director of the Concordia Foundation.
Thanking the Concordia Foundation for its donation, Petronella Burnett-Brown, Master of the Musicians’ Company, said: The new fund will add significantly to our support for young musicians, giving these talented artists a wonderful opportunity to gain experience of performing on one of the world’s great platforms. We also see this as an excellent model for the way that the experience and skills of the Musicians' Company can greatly enhance the value of a monetary donation.’
The first Concordia concert in the Monday Platform series will be on 11 January 2010 and will feature soprano Julia Sporsén and cellist Ashok Klouda, with Joseph Middleton, piano. The other two Musicians’ Company concerts, supported by the Maisie Lewis Fund, take place on 12 October 2009 and 28 March 2010. Meanwhile Concordia will continue its efforts to raise the profile of and support for its essential other activities, most notably providing access to music for children in its popular Concordia Young Audiences productions in London and overseas.’
Worshipful Company of Musicians: www.wcom.org.uk
Youth Music Box starts its tour
17 July 2009
Youth Music's celebratory 'Youth Music Box', created to mark the charity's tenth anniversary, was unveiled at the Southbank Centre, London, on 16 July. Developed by music and graphics designers Silent Studio with interactive artist Chris O'Shea, it is a cubed structure that visitors can enter, providing an easily accessible music experience though a mix of real instruments and a 'walk up and play' technology interface.
Four players at a time can use the box and they will have the choice of four instruments: two Edirol MII keyboards (one for vocals, the other for melody); a Roland TD-9K drumkit; and a Denon 3700S digi-media turntable, which will create and record the track. Users will have a choice of six musical styles: reggae, drum'n'bass, urban, afro beat, classical and disco/electro.
After selecting a sample track to keep the beat and play along to, they will have a chance to rehearse before making a recording of their track. The box also has remotely-operated cameras to film the process and behind the scenes, two technicians in the control room will combin the camera feeds with graphics to create a finished package that will be uploaded to www.youthmusic.org.uk where people can view and share their videos.
The Youth Music Box is open 11am-7pm daily in the cloakroom lobby on Level 1 of the Royal Festival Hall, next to the Clore Ballroom, until 31 August, It will then tour the country.
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