15 July 2009
The Britten Sinfonia has been encouraging local children to get involved with music by exploring the sounds of the fens. Fen Soundscapes has been running since March, when children and teenagers visited the fen to record natural sounds. They then worked with professional composers and musicians from Britten Sinfonia to write music inspired by what they heard and saw. They have put together a soundscape, having learned how to use professional equipment, as well as how to direct a professional musician and how to set up an audio installation. The soundscape includes recordings of birdsong and other fenland animals, rustling leaves and whistling reeds.
The compositions will be showcased at a launch event on 21 July at 5.30 at the St Thomas a Becket Church in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. The event is free but tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01480 388248.
BBC Proms Young Composers
8 July 2009
Six teenagers have been announced as winners of the eleventh BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers Competition. The winners in the age 16-18 category are Aaron Parker, 18, Orwell High School, Suffolk; Sakura Tanaka, 18, Chethams School of Music, Manchester; and Lawrence Dunn, 18, Matthew Arnold School, Oxford. The winners in the age 12-16 category are Eoin Roe, 16, Forest School, London; Julia Barbour, 14, King Edward VI Handsworth School, Birmingham; and Joseph Davies, 16, Chethams School of Music, Manchester.
The winning works will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra at a free BBC Proms concert at the Royal College of Music on 14 August, and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 August. Selected winners will be invited to write fanfares for the Last Night of the Proms. The overall winner will also receive a commission to be performed and recorded by BBC musicians at the 2010 Inspire events.
All entrants are invited to the BBC Proms ‘Inspire’ day on Friday 14 August, where there are workshops, talks and the chance to hear the winning pieces performed by the Aurora Orchestra. Up to 400 teenagers from around the country are expected to attend.
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.
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