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NAYO plans 'bigger and better' festival of youth orchestras

24 May 2009

In announcing the programme for the 30th Festival of British Youth Orchestras in Edinburgh and Glasgow this summer, acting chief executive of the National Association of Youth Orchestras David Marcou outlined plans for a ‘bigger and better’ festival in 2010.  

A residential element will be introduced to the festival, to enable a small number of groups to work together to rehearse repertoire and explore other aspects of musicianship. Teachers will also have an opportunity to work together. Marcou added that the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, recently established by 17-year-old pianist Zuhal Sultan, is also keen to perform at the festival next year.  

This year more than 40 concerts will take place between 15 August and 6 September in Edinburgh and Glasgow with international appearances by orchestras from South Korea, China and Argentina.

Sibelius launches Version 6

19 May 2009

The latest version of Sibelius software is now on sale. Sibelius 6 incorporates a number of features that have been developed through collaboration with composers, musicians and educators.  Demonstrations of all of these new features are viewable on the Sibelius website.

Sibelius 6 is priced at £595. The educational price is £363 per copy, with additional discounts when purchasing bundled multi-seat licenses. Current Sibelius customers may take advantage of upgrade options of £143 per copy, or £99 per copy for current customers who are educators and students.

Wigmore Hall extends its outreach remit to dementia sufferers

14 May 2009

 Wigmore Hall has taken over the management and development of Music for Life, a programme of creative music workshops for dementia sufferers. This follows on from a three-year collaboration between the venue's Community and Education programme and Music for Life. The project takes place in partnership with health, social care and dementia specialist organisations For Dementia, Jewish Care, NHS Westminster and Westminster Adult Services.  

The collaboration was launched this morning in a celebration at Wigmore Hall, attended by patron HRH Princess Alexandra; Linda Rose, founder of Music for Life; John Suchet, broadcaster and patron of For Dementia; and several musicians and care workers who gave talks and demonstrations.  

Music for Life continues to seek funding for projects in 2009/10 and beyond. To make a donation, contact Marie-Helene Osterweil on 020 7258 8229 or email

ABRSM unveils its new look

12 May 2009

The ABRSM launched its new look on 11 May. Chief executive Richard Morris stressed its desire to ‘become a more integrated operation, effectively joining up our range of services, whether exams, publications, courses, seminars or online facilities; and secondly, that we should strive to be more outward-looking and engaging, with a bolder approach to all our communications'.  

Although the formal name of the organisation ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’ remains and will appear on exam certificates, the company will now be represented worldwide by the initials ABRSM. The organisation will also be universally represented by its new logo: a crown framed in a red square.

Music for Youth to run LIMS Education Day

1 May 2009

MFY Friday is Education Day at the London International Music Show (LIMS), back for a second year at the ExCel exhibition centre in London’s Docklands next month. The event runs 11-14 June and will again include four shows under one roof: Sound Recording Tech; Drummer Live; The London Guitar Show; and The Unplugged Show, featuring acoustic instruments, voice and sheet music.

Music for Youth (MfY) has taken responsibility for this year’s LIMS Education Day, which aims to provide young people and their teachers with a chance to learn something new, to be inspired and to engage with the music industry. In addition to visiting the exhibition stands and trying out instruments and equipment, visitors to the show can take part in the LIMS BiG BaND, consisting of up to 1,000 young musicians, teachers, parents and exhibitors, or join up to 2,500 LIMS BiG SiNG voices to sing the LIMS Anthem.

Tickets for the LIMS education day cost £5 for students in a group, with teachers going free when registered on More information Tel 01572 724 535

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