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FMS teams up with Marc Jaffrey

17 June 2009

The Federation of Music Services (FMS) is launching a campaign to champion the value of music and to raise awareness of the essential role of music services for children, schools and families in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Former Music Manifesto Champion Marc Jaffrey, of Think Again Media, will be supporting the FMS in a programme of media and advocacy work with Music Services around the country. Think Again Media aims to help politicians and the public understand the value of the FMS and Music Services’ work and the role they play in enriching children and young people’s lives. Services will have access to training and expertise to help them get their messages across powerfully.

‘We are going to see a one of the toughest spending rounds in UK history and all public services will be asked to prove their value,’ says Jaffrey. ‘Think Again Media will work with the FMS nationally and with individual services in their areas to help them demonstrate their worth in compelling and imaginative ways.’ Full details will be announced later this month.  

Stentor donates violins to Gallions

17 June 2009

Stentor has just donated £1000 worth of violins to an East London primary school.

At Gallions School in Newham, all 240 children and all teachers learn to play the violin or cello, using Stentor instruments. At the London International Music Show at ExCeL last week, at which children from Gallions performed their own piece with the school choir and string ensemble, Stentor presented £1000 worth of Stentor violins to the school. This will enable even more music making, as students currently share instruments due to the large number of children playing.

‘This is fantastic news,’ said Paul Jackson, head teacher at Gallions.  At Gallions, the whole curriculum is taught through the creative arts. It is believed that this engages the children’s interest, creativity, thinking skills, co-operative working and positive behaviour.

Durham International Brass Festival

17 June 2009

Durham International Brass Festival takes place from 4 to 19 July. It claims to be the fastest-growing brass music festival in Europe. 

This year’s performers hail from Africa, Austria, Canada, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Macedonia, Mexico, Nigeria and the USA. The Programme covers genres including afro-beat, ambient, big band, Cajun, Celtic folk, classical, funk, gypsy, hip hop, jazz, salsa, ska, soul and traditional brass.

For full details, tickets and special offers, see the festival website, or call the ticket hotline on 0191 332 4041.

London Underground welcomes young buskers

17 June 2009

Applications are open for the chance to win a busking spot on the London Underground, courtesy of Rhythm of London and Transport for London.  

Young people aged 16-25 have the opportunity to audition in any musical genre for one of 100 20-minute busking slots on 11 July. The top ten buskers will also have the opportunity to busk for prizes including a year’s license to busk as part of the London Underground’s Busking Scheme; an Epiphone acoustic guitar, courtesy of Gibson Guitars; and a guitar donated and signed by Sting.  

To apply, complete the application form and email a 30-60 second clip no larger than 5MB of you/your band playing to by 6 July. For more information visit the Rhythm of London website.

News from Musical Futures

15 June 2009

The Musical Futures website has been relaunched. It now contains all teacher pack resources, plus case studies, reports, articles, background information and more about Musical Futures. There is also a new 'teacher created' section, where users are encouraged to upload any resources they have developed for Musical Futures in their schools to share with others.

Musical Futures: An Approach to Teaching and Learning is the 2nd edition of the organisation's teacher resource materials. The materials have been revised following three years of feedback from schools, teachers and practitioners. Hard copies are available free of charge (plus postage and packing) and can be ordered here. All content is also available to download, and the audio, video and other resource material is all stored online.

Ex-Police star and ex-teacher Sting has become Musical Futures’s global patron, officially taking on this mantle at a launch event on 12 June, as part of the London International Music Show.

The US-based NAMM Foundation has made a grant to the Australian Music Association to fund the launch of Musical Futures in Australia. While the models developed through Musical Futures have been successfully adopted overseas, this grant marks the first time a formal system has been launched to promote the programme abroad. Musical Futures is keen to hear from overseas colleagues who are adopting or planning to adopt Musical Futures.  If you are willing to share ideas, feedback, resources etc, contact Abigail on +44 (0)7837 631492,


Finally, a wide variety of CPD courses are coming up during June and July. Places are still available on several of these, covering various age groups and areas of the curriculum. See the website for further details.

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