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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

Original manuscripts to be auctioned for Children in Need

4 November 2015

Sir James MacMillan's donation
Sir James MacMillan's donation

The manuscript of Judith Weir's 'Praise Him with trumpet'
The manuscript of Judith Weir's 'Praise Him with trumpet'

A sketch from Mark-Anthony Turnage's 'Anna Nicole'
A sketch from Mark-Anthony Turnage's 'Anna Nicole'

Sir James MacMillan and Judith Weir are amongst those to donate original handwritten manuscripts to be auctioned in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Music lovers are able to bid for manuscripts and sketches - including a page from Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole and a harmonic sketch from Raymond Yiu's Symphony - on the Radio 3 website.

Eric Whitacre is donating the manuscript of his choral piece Lux Aurumque. He said of the piece: 'I knew that I wanted to try to create something very simple and very beautiful for this text, and as I wrote I waited patiently for the tight harmonies to shimmer and glow in my mind before I transferred them to manuscript paper.'

Sir James MacMillan has donated an original sketch from his tone poem The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which he describes as 'one of my first works to reach a wide audience.' He added, 'I hope the auction winner will enjoy reading through this melodic line, an obsessive motif which emerges in the music as the mood darkens and the narrative becomes more threatening.'

Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir said of her donation, the manuscript of her new work Praise Him with trumpet: 'It’s a piece I wrote for the Chapel Royal Choir, Hampton Court to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace. It will receive its first performance on Monday 16 November. It is a loud, energetic piece scored for choir, organ and two trumpets. The pages have a lot of crazy handwriting and coloured pen; maybe the auction winner might like to stick a page or two up on the wall.'

Radio 3 controller Alan Davey said: 'I am delighted Radio 3 is supporting Children in Need and the vital work the charity does for young people across the nation. Contemporary classical music is at the heart of Radio 3 so we’re thrilled and incredibly grateful that some of the greatest composers of our time are generously offering our listeners the rare chance to get hold of a piece of musical history, all in aid of a hugely important cause.'

BBC Children in Need is a charity whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, ensuring that they have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.  

All of the manuscripts are now available for bids, with the auction ending at midnight on 13 November.

Radio 3

DfE publishes consultation on implementing the EBacc

3 November 2015

The Department for Education has published a consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate, setting out the government's proposals to give pupils 'an education which prepares them for adult life and success in our modern economy'. 

It does not include in its scope the composition of the EBacc itself, despite the vocal Bacc for the Future campaign, but does propose that 'EBacc entry and attainment will be given a more prominent role in the Ofsted inspection framework'.

The EBacc will require pupils to take up to eight GCSE qualifications across five subject areas: English, mathematics, science, languages, and humanities (history or geography).

Although arts subjects are not included as one of the core subjects, the consultation says that 'there is time for most pupils to study other valuable subjects in addition to the EBacc.'

The document later reads: 'The government believes that every child should experience a high-quality arts and cultural education throughout their time at school. This is why the arts subjects are statutory for maintained schools from key stages 1 to 3.'

The consultation also states that at least 90% of pupils in mainstream secondary schools will eventually enter the EBacc, following a Conservative manifesto commitment that 'we will require secondary school pupils to take GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography'.

Special schools and alternative provision will be required to publish data on the numbers of pupils entering and achieving the EBacc but will not be expected to meet the 90% target. How the policy applies to university technical colleges, studio schools and further education colleges is part of the consultation.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and campaign coordinator for Bacc for the Future, said of the proposals: ‘The government has said it is committed to the creative industries, jobs and growth and music education. The government has demonstrated its support for music education hubs and other critical programmes over recent years and understands the importance of a well-rounded education.

‘It is therefore troubling that a policy has been proposed which is so at odds with this, and which will make the EBacc all but compulsory. This is contrary to the advice of educators, industry and the creative sector and we will be asking the government to reconsider these plans.

‘We are also urging people to get behind the Bacc for the Future campaign to fight to ensure that music and the arts are given equal value to other subjects.’

Responses to the consultation are due by 29 January 2016.

Department for Education Consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate

ABRSM launches Classical 100 online resource for primary schools

2 November 2015

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) has launched a new online resource to help teachers introduce primary school children to classical music.

Classical 100 – which has been created in partnership with Classic FM and Decca, with the backing of the Department for Education – will give teachers access to 100 specially selected pieces of music.

The resource includes recordings taken from Decca’s catalogue as well as information about the composers and the stories behind the music.

The pieces can be sorted according to a variety of criteria, such as mood, genre, country of origin or when they were written.

ABRSM is also planning to draw on its network of primary school experts to create a range of downloadable materials over the course of the next academic year.

The 100 pieces embrace a range of styles, from Hildgarde of Bingen to Graham Fitkin via JS Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more.
The music can be used to meet the National Curriculum’s KS1 criteria of ‘listening to, reviewing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians’.
Michael Elliott, chief executive of ABRSM, said: ‘Classical 100 is a listening resource, an approachable starting point that brings together an amazing collection of music in a format that is designed to be helpful. 

‘Each and every piece included in the resource is designed to awaken the listener’s curiosity, encouraging further exploration of the rich and varied world of music.’
Schools minister Nick Gibb said: ‘At the heart of this government’s commitment to extending opportunity is a belief that all pupils should have access to an excellent, well-rounded education – music is a key part of this.

‘Music shouldn’t be the preserve of a privileged few. All children should have the opportunity to hear and appreciate the work of great composers and musicians.

‘These imaginative new resources, developed by experts in music education, will help schools introduce a new generation to the wonders of classical music.’

Schools can gain full, unlimited free access to Classical 100 by registering at


List of selected works (in alphabetical order by composer)

Allegri: Miserere            

Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto No.5, 1st Movement; Air on a G String; ‘Badinerie’ from Orchestral Suite No.2; Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Bartók: ‘Joc cu bâta’ from Romanian Folk Dances

Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, 1st Movement; Symphony No.5, 1st Movement; Für Elise; ‘Ode to Joy’ from Symphony No. 9              

Bernstein: ‘Mambo’ from West Side Story Symphonic Dances

Bizet: ‘Farandole’ from L’Arlésienne Suite No.2; ‘March of the Toreadors’ from Carmen Suite No.1

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5

Britten: ‘Fugue’ from Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Chopin: Raindrop Prelude

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; ‘Hoe Down’ from Rodeo           

Debussy: Prélude à l’apres midi d’un faune

Delibes: ‘Flower Duet’ from Lakmé

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Dvořák: ‘Largo’ from Symphony No.9 ‘New World’; Slavonic Dance No.8               

Elgar: Cello Concerto, 1st movement; ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations; Pomp and Circumstance March No.1

Falla: ‘Ritual Fire Dance’ from The Bewitched Love

Fauré: ‘Berceuse’ from Dolly Suite; Pavane

Fitkin, Graham: Hook

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue      

Grainger: Londonderry Air          

Grieg: ‘Gavotte’ from Holberg Suite; Piano Concerto, 1st Movement; ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt Suite

Handel: ‘Hallelujah’ from The Messiah; ‘Hornpipe’ from Water Music Suite No.1              

Haydn: Symphony No.94 ‘Surprise’, 2nd Movement; Trumpet Concerto, 3rd movement              

Hérold: ‘Clog Dance’ from La Fille Mal Gardée

Hildegard of Bingen: ‘O Euchari’ from Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum        

Holst: ‘Jupiter’ from The Planets             

Humperdinck: ‘Evening Prayer’ from Hansel and Gretel

John Adams: ‘The Chairman Dances’ from Nixon in China

Kats-Chemin, Elena: ‘Eliza Aria’ from Wild Swans             

Khachaturian: ‘The Sabre Dance’ from Gayane Suite No.3

Kodály: ‘Viennese Musical Clock’ from Háry János Suite

Mendelssohn: ‘Scherzo’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Hebrides Overture      

Monteverdi: ‘Ave Maris Stella’ from Vespers

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st Movement; Symphony No.40, 1st Movement; Clarinet Concerto, 2nd Movement; Horn Concerto No.4, 3rd Movement; ‘Papageno’s Song’ from The Magic Flute

Mussorgsky: ‘Baba Yaga’ from Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on a Bare Mountain

Orff: ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana

Pachelbel: Canon

Prokofiev: ‘Peter’s Theme’ from Peter and the Wolf; ‘Troika’ from Lieutenant Kijé Suite; ‘Dance of the Knights’ from Romeo and Juliet

Puccini: ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot

Purcell: ‘Dido’s Lament’ from Dido and Aeneas

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2, 1st Movement

Ravel: Boléro

Reich, Steve: Six Pianos               

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, 2nd Movement; ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, 2nd movement

Rossini: William Tell Overture

Rutter, John: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Saint-Saëns: ‘Aquarium’ from Carnival of the Animals; Danse Macabre

Schubert: Marche Militaire; Trout Quintet, 4th Movement

Schumann, C: Romances for Violin and Piano, 1st Movement

Schumann, R: ‘About Foreign Lands’ from Kinderszenen              

Shostakovich: Symphony No.5, 4th Movement; ‘Waltz’ from Jazz Suite No.2

Sibelius: ‘Intermezzo’ from Karelia Suite

Sousa: Liberty Bell

Strauss, J: The Blue Danube

Strauss, R: Also sprach Zarathustra

Stravinsky: ‘Russian Dance’ from Petrushka

Tallis: If Ye Love Me

Tavener: The Lamb

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves; The Lark Ascending; The Wasps overture

Verdi: ‘Grand March’ from Aida; ‘La Donna è Moblie’ from Rigoletto

Wagner: ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from Die Walküre

Warlock: ‘Mattachins’ from Capriol Suite

Widor: ‘Toccata’ from Organ Symphony No.5

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, ‘Winter’, 2nd movement; ‘In Excelsis Deo’ from Gloria       

RCM to acquire ENB headquarters

29 October 2015

Markova House
Markova HouseAdam Ferguson

The Royal College of Music is to acquire Markova House, English National Ballet's current headquarters in Jay Mews SW7.

Contracts between the two companies have been exchanged, and the sale is expected to be completed in autumn 2018, with the money coming from RCM reserves. English National Ballet will be moving with English National Ballet School to a new facility on London City Island.

Markova House will enable the RCM to increase the number of practice rooms and provide two large orchestral and opera rehearsal spaces. The new facility will also provide a new home for the conservatoire's research department.

RCM director Colin Lawson said: 'The acquisition of Markova House is a once in a generation opportunity for the Royal College of Music to significantly expand its offer to future students as well as the general public; underpinning the vision that access to high-quality music-making should be available to all.

'Together with the planned development of the Royal College of Music’s Blomfield Building, the acquisition of Markova House will contribute to a state-of-the-art creative infrastructure across both sites, supporting and sustaining the Royal College of Music as a world-leader in music education for generations to come.'

The RCM has been granted planning permission for the development of the Blomfield Building. The multi-million pound project will create two new multi-functional performance spaces with integrated recording and broadcasting facilities, new practice rooms and a new home for the RCM Museum of Music. The development will also create new areas for audiences and visitors, including a café, restaurant and open air spaces, and will improve the institution’s step-free access.

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