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Venezuelan quartet visits Sistema Scotland

23 November 2010

The Millennium string quartet
The Millennium string quartetMarc Marnie

A string quartet whose members are graduates of Venezuela’s famous El Sistema has just completed a successful six-week residency at Sistema Scotland in Raploch, Stirling, the Scottish pilot project based on the Venezuelan model.

It is the second visit to Raploch for the Millennium Quartet, and has come during a busy autumn for the project – violinist Nicola Benedetti also visited recently to give masterclasses and perform with participants at the Scottish Parliament.

Staff and teachers were thrilled when the quartet identified several children with the potential to have musical careers – though the primary aim of the project is not necessarily to produce future maestros, but to nurture talent. 

‘What’s really exciting about having people like the Millennium Quartet and Nicoletta Benedetti mentor for us is that the children can see themselves that this is where they could get to,’ said George Anderson, the project’s communications officer.

There are plans for the Millennium Quartet to return next year and Benedetti is keen to become more involved. So far the project has exceeded expectations with 350 children, from an original 30, now taking part.



'Buy-a-brick' appeal launched by Chetham's school of music

17 November 2010

Pupils and staff making bricks for the new building
Pupils and staff making bricks for the new building

Chetham’s school of music has launched a public fundraising campign to ‘buy-a-brick’ of its new £36m concert hall complex.

Each brick costs £10, and the school is hoping to raise £1m as part of the School’s ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign. Works started on the building project in April 2010 and are scheduled for completion in early 2012.

The new building will be a crucial part of the school’s existing community projects, as well as holding a 400-seat Concert Hall and all of the music teaching and academic classrooms required for the school's 290 students.

Claire Hickman, head of Chetham’s, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for people to pledge their support to help us secure the future of the school, enabling us to raise funds to complete the fit-out of a much needed 21st-century school building.’


Discount for MT readers at www.choraline.com

15 November 2010

Music publisher ChoraLine last month launched a new website for its range of voice part-specific choral learning materials. The site provides SATB vocal scores, rehearsal recordings, performance CDs, and comprehensive ‘Singing Sets’ for learning outside of rehearsals.

A special 10% discount has been set up for MT readers: simply type MUSICTEACH in the discount code box on the website’s shopping basket page to take advantage.


Young Voices schools concert tour to feature Dionne Bromfield, All Angels and Josh Oso

12 November 2010

The Young Voices tour starts in Birmingham on 23 November. Young Voices currently organises concerts for schools, children, teachers and parents in some of the country’s largest venues. 

This year’s performers include Dionne Bromfield, the 14-year-old protege and goddaughter of Amy Winehouse, as well as vocal crossover group All Angels, singer Josh Osho and dance from Urban Strides.

The tour will stop off at Birmingham's LG Arena (23/24/25 Nov), the Manchester Evening News Arena (29/30 Nov), the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (1/2/3 December) and the London O2 Arena (6 Dec, 11/12 Jan). 


Music Teacher of the Year Awards announced at Schools' Proms

11 November 2010

The winners of the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards were announced over consecutive nights at this week’s Music for Youth Schools’ Proms.

Yesterday, Lord Hill presented Judith Ennis from Bents Green School in Sheffield with the SEN Needs Music Teacher of the Year award, while Sandra Sutton from The Castle School, Taunton received the Lifetime Achievement Award after 31 years of teaching.

Tuesday’s concert saw Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, present the Primary and Secondary School Music Teacher of the Year awards to Sarah Marks of Lancashire’s Pimfold Primary, and to Matthew Stimpson of Beckfoot School, West Yorkshire.

The Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year award was presented to Jean Tremarco, of Liverpool Music Support Service, on Monday.

Winners each receive thousands of pounds’ worth of prizes for them and their school from the Awards’ sponsors, Avid Sibelius and Yamaha.


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