Original manuscripts to be auctioned for Children in Need
4 November 2015
Sir James MacMillan's donation
The manuscript of Judith Weir's 'Praise Him with trumpet'
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.
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 www.abrsm.org/classical100.
of selected works (in alphabetical order by composer)
Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto No.5, 1st Movement;
Air on a G String; ‘Badinerie’ from Orchestral Suite No.2; Toccata and Fugue in
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
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
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; ‘Hoe Down’ from
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
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
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
Mussorgsky: ‘Baba Yaga’ from Pictures at an Exhibition;
Night on a Bare Mountain
Orff: ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana
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
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
Rutter, John: Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Saint-Saëns: ‘Aquarium’ from Carnival of the Animals; Danse Macabre
Schubert: Marche Militaire; Trout Quintet, 4th
Schumann, C: Romances for Violin and Piano, 1st
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’
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 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.
Social media furore over photo of skip filled with violins
29 October 2015
A picture of a skip filled with violins has received a negative response on social media.
The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) left the instruments at the back of a music school on Kettering Road, Northampton.
The photo, posted on Facebook
, received more than 100 comments and had been shared over 250 times.
Many of those who commented expressed anger at the disposal of the instruments, but a statement on the NMPAT Facebook page
clarified the decision:
'We are aware there has been some negative comment on social media and misunderstanding about our half term clear out of the string stock cupboards.
'The instruments and cases which have been written off are those which have reached the end of their workable lives, are beyond economic repair and have no residual value.
'It pains us to see instruments in this state, but young musicians need inspiring with quality instruments which work, not poor quality, worn out examples which don't.
'We apologise to anyone who had the wrong impression of what we have been doing. We continue to need your support to bring high quality musical experiences to the children and young people of the county.'
Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band and Northamptonshire Junior Strings are playing in the Music for Youth Schools Proms
next month, appearing amongst 36 of the country’s very best music groups.
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
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