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Music For Youth descends on Birmingham

3 July 2009

The National Festival of Music for Youth takes place at several venues in Birmingham next week. 10,000 young musicians perform 800 different works at this seven-day celebration of young people’s music making. Every style of music is represented and the young musicians come from every corner of the UK, representing all age groups from infants to sixth formers.  

Rhinegold Education is delighted to be sponsoring the Student Composition Awards at the festival. These are awarded throughout the week to groups who have performed outstanding compositions by their own members.

A wide variety of fringe events are on offer this year, including a conference on Trinity Guildhall’s Wider Opportunities scheme, singing workshops, jazz workshops, a brass day, a concert entitled ‘Sing For All’ and a massed celebration involving all of the National Youth Music Organisations.

Scottish Association of Music Educators Annual Conference

30 June 2009

The Scottish Association for Music Educators (SAME) 13th annual conference will be held at Stirling University on 10 and 11 September.

It is open to all who work in music education in Scotland: nursery, primary, secondary, additional support needs – class teachers, music specialists and instrumental staff. Up to 500 delegates can be accommodated over two days.   All sessions are open to all delegates. The same seminars will run on both days, so delegates need only attend one.  

For further details and booking see the SAME website.

Call for entries for NMC LEA Awards

30 June 2009

The National Music Council’s (NMC) annual Local Education Authority (LEA) Music Awards for the financial year 2008/09, plus the Creative Music-Making Awards and the Jazz Education Awards, are open to all music services in England, Scotland and Wales.  

The NMC LEA Music Awards Scheme is organised with the assistance of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Federation of Music Services and Music Education Council. An annual major trophy and a variable number of diplomas are awarded to LEAs that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to music provision in a particular year. The PRS Foundation presents awards in recognition of a commitment to creative music-making, and Jazz Services presents awards which recognise a commitment to jazz education.

Details and application forms are available on the NMC website. Deadline for submission is 7 August. For further information contact Fiona Harvey.

New choral conducting course from British Kodály Academy

29 June 2009

The British Kodály Academy (BKA) is supporting a Choir Conducting Course run by Esther Hargittai, starting this September.

The course is aimed at teachers who wish to start a choir or improve their existing choir, musicians and choir singers who wish to understand more about conducting and wish to learn and practice. It is suitable for both newcomers to choral conducting and more experienced conductors wishing to hone their skills. It is also designed to provide some methodology and useful tips for choirs, especially children’s choirs. The sessions will cover a wide range of topics which are essential for choir conducting – dealing with technical and musical matters and dealing with the singers.

The course will take place once a week beginning on the 15 September, taking place on Tuesday evenings at the Kentwood Centre in Penge for three terms. The course fee is £190 per term, plus a BKA registration fee of £15 per term. There is a 10% concession for students.

For further details and an application form, click here.

New appointments at GSMD

29 June 2009

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) has announced the appointment of Alasdair Tait as Head of Chamber Music. Tait, who is currently Director of Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, will take up his post in September 2009.

Alasdair Tait began his career as the cellist of the Belcea Quartet, whose work included a five-year residency at Wigmore Hall, involving regular education work. He is also a founder member of the Ulysees Ensemble, an international chamber group specialising in contemporary music, and holds the position of Chief Executive of the Young Concert Artists Trust.

In his new role, Tait will oversee the coordination of all chamber music coaching and performance activity, leading on artistic direction and coaching methods, and developing networks with international performers, teachers and venues. He will supervise the preparation and participation of students in a wide range of performing activities including recitals, masterclasses and competitions.

GSMD has also announced that Pierre Doumenge has been appointed Associate Deputy Head of Strings. Doumenge, who currently teaches cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School as well as at GSMD, will take up his post in September 2009. His new role will include responsibility for management of string chamber music groups, co-ordination of modules and components of strings training, as well as support to the Head and Deputy Head of Strings.

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