National Learn to Play Day 2015
27 October 2014
The event,which takes place on 21 March next year, will be UK-wide and will once again offer the general public the chance to have a free 'taster' lesson on a musical instrument. In 2014, 117 venues put on events ranging from music shops to music services and even churches! People who have never played and people who used to play all came on the day to try an instrument to gain expert advice on next steps on playing an instrument. Over 10,000 free lessons were given in 2014 with over a third of people going on to continue their musical journey.
For 2015, the charity wants to fully involve any music hub, music service or community music project that is interested in running a stand-alone event or partner with an existing one. Music for All Patron, Jools Holland commented ‘I am delighted to lend my support to the National Learn to Play Day and help MFA in their quest to inspire more people to participate in music making.’More information can be found at the official website, or by contacting email@example.com.
Music Mark welcomes Musical Bridges
29 September 2014
The UK Association for Music Education (Music Mark) has become the new home for Musical Bridges.
Launched in 2010 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Musical Bridges is a website created to support the transition between primary and secondary school, through music. The website’s online resources will now be accessible via the Music Mark website, or through www.musicalbridges.co.uk.
Régis Cochefert, Head of Arts at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: ‘Building on our work supporting music teaching in schools through Musical Futures, we launched Musical Bridges in 2010 to look at the issue of transition. Musical Futures increased the take up of music in secondary schools, but we wanted to look at how to tackle the drop off in participation as children moved up from primary school in Year 7.
‘Based on several years of research, the Musical Bridges resources provide valuable tools for music teachers in primary and secondary settings, and crucially within music education hubs, to support young people’s music-making through this difficult transitional phase. We are delighted that Music Mark will be housing the work of the initiative now that our funding has completed.’
Alan Davey to take over at Radio 3 from January 2015
26 September 2014, Alex Stevens
Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey is to become controller of Radio 3 from January 2015, following the departure of Roger Wright earlier this year.The announcement comes six months and two days after the news that Wright was leaving the BBC to lead Aldeburgh Music. Although Wright was both controller of the station and director of the Proms, the BBC confirmed that a separate appointment will be made after Davey takes up his new role, when a recruitment process will begin. Edward Blakeman will continue as acting director of the Proms until that time.
MMF awards 70 scholarships
24 September 2014
70 talented young Londoners will attend a ceremony today at the Mayor’s City Hall, where they will be awarded four-year music scholarships worth £280,000.
The Mayor’s Music Fund was established in 2011 to help gifted children from disadvantaged families fulfil their musical potential. Each Mayor’s Music Scholar receives over two hours of tuition, music-making and other developmental activities each week, as well as opportunities to perform at and attend live music events. Each child is also matched up with their own mentor, who is the link between the child, their parent, their school, the local music service and the Fund. There are currently 300 primary school children benefitting from the scheme.
This morning’s ceremony has been sponsored by Trinity College London, with concert pianist James Rhodes presenting the awards.
NYJO and BuJazzO celebrate 100 years of jazz
24 September 2014
This autumn two of the leading jazz youth orchestras in Europe – NYJO, from the UK, and BuJazzO, from Germany – are coming together to celebrate 100 years of jazz history. This ground-breaking collaboration also marks the centenary of the start of World War One.
Jazz officially started with the publication of St Louis Blues in 1914. The two youth orchestras got together to form a double big band, performing music from 1914 up until the present day. Audiences in Heek, Cologne and Hamburg enjoyed roof-raising concerts from the ensemble last week, and the English leg of the tour will feature performances at Leeds College of Music and the EFG London Jazz Festival this November.
NYJO music director Mark Armstrong said: ‘We’ve just got back tired but happy from an incredible week in Germany working with our counterparts BuJazzO. There was a genuine meeting of musical minds between the two groups, with both bands playing with great commitment and feel for the varied history of the music whilst demonstrating a shared sense of adventure! We showcased charts from St Louis Blues to Julian Siegel’s MBadgers by way of I Got Rhythm and Battle Royale, both arranged for double big band. We’ve arrived back in the UK invigorated and excited for BuJazzO’s visit in November where we look forward to giving audiences in Leeds and London this rare treat and further strengthening our bonds through this special music.’
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