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Sarah Derbyshire appointed chief executive of Orchestras Live

11 November 2015

Sarah Derbyshire
Sarah Derbyshire

Orchestras Live has appointed Sarah Derbyshire as its new chief executive. She will take up the position in January 2016, succeeding Henry Little, who becomes chief executive of Opera Rara in December 2015.

Throughout her career, Derbyshire has worked 'to ensure that high quality live performance is made accessible to all, and especially those facing restrictions due to disability, illness, economic or social isolation,' said a statement. She has also been a vocal supporter of music education.

Derbyshire led Live Music Now for ten years as the UK executive director, followed by a period as the managing director of the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain. She is chair of NYMAZ, a board member of Jazz North and University of York Music Press, and a trustee of the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.

In September 2015, Derbyshire launched the Musical Routes: A New Landscape for Music Education report in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society. She is currently acting as consultant to CapeUK (the bridge organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber), developing a local cultural education partnership for Kirklees.

Derbyshire said: 'I am delighted to be joining Orchestras Live. The organisation plays a vital role in ensuring that the thrill of live orchestral performance is widely accessible. Its record in reaching and fostering new audiences, as well as inspiring and encouraging children and young people on their musical path, is unsurpassed. It will be a privilege to work with such a fantastic team of board, staff and partners to safeguard and develop this work.'

Orchestras Live chairman Mark Bromley said: 'Sarah's broad experience is going to be invaluable in finding new and innovative ways to inspire, motivate and empower the widest range of people through excellent live orchestral music. The board, the staff team and myself are looking forward to working with her immensely.'

The national music charity, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, aims to ensure that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy high-quality orchestral provision, regardless of their age or geographical location.

Orchestras Live

Scottish arts institutions celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

10 November 2015

Four of Scotland's education and arts institutions will join forces for New Dreams, a programme of music, dance, drama and visual arts events in celebration of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and University of Glasgow will collaborate on performances, screenings, music and exhibitions involving hundreds of students, artists, designers and academics over the course of several months. 

The event will also feature new work inspired by themes in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Theatre director Graham McLaren has been appointed the artistic director for Dream On!, a multi-media performance involving all four institutions which will be performed at the University of Glasgow's Bute Hall and Cloisters on 23 April 2016.

He said: 'Thirty years ago I was taken to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then RSAMD) by a wonderful, canny drama teacher to watch Shakespeare for free. I sat in the Old Athenaeum Theatre and, quite simply, a fire in me ignited and a lifelong love of this great institution started.

'You will understand then the real privilege I feel leading RCS students with such a remarkable array of local and international collaborators and artists in what is certain to be Scotland's most significant response to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary.'

RCS principal Jeffrey Sharkey said: 'I’m delighted that students and staff from across the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be at the heart of this wonderful new celebration of Shakespeare created in partnership in Glasgow for people in the city, in Scotland and beyond to enjoy.

'This is one of the biggest and most collaborative celebrations of Shakespeare ever created and staged in Scotland. So, as the nation’s centre of excellence for performing arts education, it’s a real pleasure for RCS to be working in partnership with committed and talented students and colleagues from other world-class organisations and institutions to celebrate Shakespeare, to create something new and exciting and to showcase the rich diversity of international talent we have here in Glasgow.'

Further details of the performances, screenings, exhibitions and events will be announced in 2016.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

LMU to close Cass instrument makers degree

9 November 2015

London Metropolitan University (LMU) is to close the Cass instrument makers degree.

The BSc is one of 19 courses under threat, with degrees in music and music technology also in danger.

Students on the course received an email on 23 October stating that the course would 'stop recruiting'. This follows the announcement on 9 October that the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design would relocate to LMU's north campus (with its present Commercial Road home to be sold and turned into flats) and and that student numbers would drop from 12,000 to 10,000. 

A petition on aims to reverse the decision, stating: 

'This historical course is the only of its kind in the world and to lose it would be a shame for the future of musical instruments and a lost opportunity for future generations.

'We appeal the action to stop recruiting on the Musical Instrument BSc; that it continue recruiting, promise the same facilities and level of teaching for the coming years, and that the course be returned to the London Metropolitan University course catalogue immediately. '

The University and College Union also protested the closure of the course, writing: ‘We call on our Board of Governors to intervene immediately, halt the sale of the CASS building and these precipitous course closures, and work with us and our members to develop a realistic forward-looking plan for a “two-campus” estate.’ 

The course, which was established in east London more than a century ago, teaches early woodwind making and repair; violin making; fretted instruments making and repair; harpsichord making; musical instrument technology; piano tuning, maintenance, and repair; and stringed keyboard design and manufacture. 

The closure of the BSc would mean that the Cass would only teach short courses in guitar making at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.

London Metropolitan University was approached for comment but didn’t respond. stop the closure of the Cass instrument makers degree

UK Music report confirms a thriving sector

5 November 2015

A new report released by UK Music shows the sector to be thriving, but also highlights some of the pitfalls faced by those working in the industry. 

The UK music sector employs 117,320 people in full-time jobs, but UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple notes in her foreword that ‘35% of them are not paying into pension schemes, and 21% of them had undertaken work for free during the past year with the aim of furthering their career.’

The sector once again outperformed the rest of the British economy, with growth of 5% year-on-year (compared to 2.6% across the rest of economy). The industry contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy in 2014, with exports generating £2.1bn (thanks in part to a 17% rise in recorded music exports).

Live music was the area of the music industry with the fastest growth in GVA (gross value added) and employment numbers in 2014, with almost 26.7 million visits to live events during that year.

Culture secretary John Whittingdale MP said: ‘UK Music’s Measuring Music is extremely useful in describing the economic impact of commercial music. Its publication coincides with a roundtable meeting that I am hosting with a wide range of representatives from across the music industry to discuss how we can ensure that British music remains at the top of the charts.

‘As Secretary of State, I want to do all I can to ensure that British music continues to thrive.’

Measuring Music 2015

Guildhall School launches new PGCert in Performance Teaching

5 November 2015

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has launches its PGCert in Performance Teaching. The course will start in September 2016, subject to validation.

The course, which will take one or two years part-time and will lead to a postgraduate certificate, is designed to support professional musicians, actors, theatre technicians and dancers who teach as part of their role as performers or in undertaking a portfolio career.

PGCert-Performance-TeachingThe programme will develop skills and knowledge in the principles of pedagogy, dynamics of learning, professional frameworks, teaching and facilitator approaches. All students take a core module in fundamental principles in performance pedagogy, and may then choose between an elective in inclusive learning or in reflective practice in higher education (leading to professional recognition from the UK Higher Education Academy).

Teaching will be delivered in short concentrated sessions over specified weekends as well as through online learning, guided peer support groups and practical experience. Throughout the course, students will receive support and guidance from experienced educators, performers and researchers, and will also be assigned a personal pedagogy mentor. The conservatoire will also assist students in finding practical experience.

Guildhall vice principal and director of academic affairs Professor Helena Gaunt said: 'The educational philosophy of the course celebrates professionalism, international perspectives, creativity and innovation in performance teaching. Through practical learning underpinned by evidence-based research, it will provide a great depth of knowledge from which performing arts professionals can draw throughout their career.’

Guildhall School of Music & Drama PGCert in Performance Teaching

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