Entries open for the Music Education Expo Composition Competition
18 November 2015
Rhinegold Media & Events is now accepting entries for the second annual Expo Composition Competition
, in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.
Young people aged 18 years or below should submit a two minute choral composition for a cappella SAT ensemble. The composition can be any style and based on any text available in the public domain, and should be appropriate to mixed ability (choir members will be in the 11-16 years age range).
The entries will be judged by a panel of specialists including Daniel Galbreath (conductor and PhD composition student at Birmingham Conservatoire) and Music Teacher editor Alex Stevens.
The winning composition will be introduced by Julian Lloyd-Webber and performed live on the first day of the Music Education Expo
2016 by an affiliate youth choir of Birmingham Conservatoire.
The winner will receive audio and video recordings of the performance, and their work will be printed in the April edition of Music Teacher magazine. Further prizes are still to be confirmed.
Entries should be submitted to email@example.com
or Louise Greener, Expo Composition Competition, Rhinegold Media & Events Ltd, 20 Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3QZ. Postal and electronic (PDF or scans) submissions will be accepted, whether in handwritten or notated format.
The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2016.
Music Education Expo
ROH family Christmas production 2015: The Firework-Maker's Daughter
17 November 2015
The Royal Opera House's family Christmas production for 2015 will be The Firework-Maker's Daughter.
Suitable for audiences aged six and above, the opera received its premiere in 2013 at the Linbury Studio Theatre. It was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for best new opera production.
Based on the novel by Philip Pullman, the opera tells the story of Lila, a young girl who wants to be a firework-maker like her father, and of her quest to achieve this dream.
The opera's libretto was written by Glyn Maxwell, and David Bruce's score draws on folk and classical traditions around the world. John Fulljames's production uses puppetry and live projection to create effects inspired by Indonesia's shadow puppetry tradition.
The cast includes Lucy Hall and Lauren Fagan as Lila, Wyn Pencarreg as Lalchand, Ross Ramgobin as Rambashi, Peter Kirk as Chulak, and Tai Oney as Hamlet the elephant.
The Firework-Maker's Daughter runs between 10 December and 2 January 2015. Tickets cost £8-£26.
The Firework-Maker's Daughter
Shortlist announced for the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence
17 November 2015
The shortlist for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence
has been released, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony on 25 February 2016. A record number of nominations were received this year.
Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor will host the ceremony, with music from the Locke Brass Consort and a Yamaha music scholar.
The awards will be judged by a panel including Paul Harris, lecturer in pedagogy at the Royal Academy of Music, Luise Horrocks, associate chief examiner at Trinity College London, Sarah Lambie, editor of Teaching Drama magazine, Caitlin Sherring, director of music at Woodcroft Primary School, winner of the 2015 Best School Music Department Award, Alex Stevens, editor of Music Teacher magazine, and Diane Widdison, national organiser (education & training) at the Musicians’ Union.
Alex Stevens, editor of MT, said: ‘We are delighted to announce a very strong selection of shortlists for this year’s awards. It is inspiring to see how much hard work goes into music education in the UK, and we are excited to be able to recognise some of the teachers, schools and initiatives achieving excellence – often in challenging circumstances.’
Best Musical Initiative, sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service
· Castle Rock Music Maestros (Castle Rock High School)
· Chiltern Music Academy
· Proud to Perform (Club Europe)
· Connected Schools Partnership (SoundCity Brighton & Hove)
· UP! Orchestra (Surrey Music Hub)
Best Print Resource
· Everybody Sing! (Bloomsbury Publishing)
· Encore for Piano (ABRSM)
· Improve Your Theory, Paul Harris (Faber Music)
· Piano by Ear, Lucinda Mackworth-Young (Faber Music)
· Traditional Fiddle, Jane Griffiths (OUP)
· Vamoosh tutor books (Vamoosh Music)
Best Digital/Technological Resource
· Charanga Music Professional
· English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank
· MusicFirst (Music Sales Group)
· Sinfini for Schools (Sinfini Music)
· Music Express Online (A&C Black)
Best SEND Resource, sponsored by the Schools Printed Music Licence
· Figurenotes (Drake Music Scotland)
· Theremini (Moog)
· Skoog (Skoogmusic)
· SoundLab (Heart n Soul/Unthinkable Consulting/Goldsmiths/Public Domain Corporation)
Best Music Education Product
· pTrumpet (Warwick Music Group)
· Orange Music Board
· Notion (PreSonus)
· Cubase (Steinberg)
Best Musical Theatre Education Resource, sponsored by the Schools Printed Music Licence
· Lion King education resources (Disney)
· Stagecoach Mini Stages
· Billy Elliot education pack
· Shows for Young Performers (Josef Weinberger)
Excellence in Primary/Early Years, sponsored by the ABRSM
· Bold as (Deal Festival)
· Rocksteady Music School
· Little Notes
· Cyrilla Rowsell, a Kodály practitioner who has taught extensively across the UK and the world
Best School Music Department, sponsored by the MMA
· Downs Junior School
· East London Arts & Music
· The Windsor Upper Schools
· Merchants’ Academy, Bristol
· Old Park Primary School
Music Education Council Major Award, sponsored by the Music Education Council. Please note that the shortlist and winner is decided by a separate judging panel operated by the Music Education Council
· Bristol Plays Music
· East Ayrshire Council
· East Renfrewshire
· Hertfordshire Music Education Hub
· Portsmouth Music Hub
· SoundCity: Brighton & Hove
· Soundstorm Music Hub
· Telford & Wrekin Music Education Hub
Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM. The winner of this award will be decided by a public vote on classicfm.com
· BBC Ten Pieces
· OperaPLUS (Jackdaws Music Education Trust)
· Music for Open Ears
· Mossley Hollins School Brass Outreach Project
· Seven Seeds (Tri-borough Music Hub)
Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award, sponsored by the Musicians’ Union
· James Manwaring, director of music at Windsor Upper Schools
· Marianna Hay, director of music at Highbury Grove School, Islington, and artistic director of the National Orchestra for All
· Richard Downing, a music technology teacher at the Working Men’s College
· Mike Whitlock, music teacher at Victoria Education Centre, a special school in Poole, Dorset
· Richard Ashton, founder of WorldBeatsMusic and percussion leader for Oxfordshire County Council’s music service
The other categories to be presented on the night are:
· Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award, sponsored by Higgledy Piggledy Jazz
· Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Black Cat Music and MusicPracticeRooms.com
'The quality of the music-making is second to none': MFY Proms 2015
13 November 2015
The finale of a 2014 PromMusic for Youth
A performance from a 2014 PromMusic for Youth
Formerly known as the Schools Proms, the celebration of youth music is undergoing a change for 2015. Each concert will still present the crème de la crème of young musicians – from symphony orchestras to singer-songwriters, rock bands to choirs – but will feature for the first time a specially commissioned piece to conclude each concert (written by the charity’s inaugural artist-in-residence Joe Broughton).
‘We’re trying to give the young peoples’ voices a little more prominence this time around,’ says Judith Webster, chief executive of Music for Youth. ‘It’s their take on the music they’re into – they’re not just playing traditional music, but they’re doing things which are relevant to them and to the audience. Although the concerts still offer snapshots of everything that’s going on, we’re trying to present something fresh and varied.’
A massed ensemble will perform a new work each night before concluding the performance with ‘a modern-day Pomp and Circumstance'. Broughton worked on ideas for the piece with young people earlier in 2015, creating something which Webster describes as ‘quite appropriate for today – the piece is inclusive and celebratory and all about the hope and aspirations of youth. I think that’s what these concerts symbolise – the fact that these performers are the leaders and artists of tomorrow.’
Even for those who don’t know the performers, the Proms concert never fails to impress. ‘Everybody goes away amazed by the achievement, and particularly those that have come not knowing what to expect,’ says Webster. ‘The production is really slick, and that really raises everybody’s game. The quality of the music-making is second to none.'
Royal Albert Hall executive Chris Cotton agrees. ‘I get angry when things are tagged with the word “school”, or for the young or “youth” – it seems to put people off. I can absolutely assure people that they should not be put off because these are some of the most vibrant, energetic and exciting performances. Coming to some of the youth events and seeing the best of the best perform is very uplifting. It gives you a lot of confidence that the youth of this country is doing brilliantly.’
The RAH is one of the charity’s two major sponsors – providing financial support and hiring the venue to the charity – and also embodies the inclusive ethos of the festival. ‘The Hall is for the entire country to benefit from, and we welcome people from all around the world onto our stage. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an amateur or a professional – playing there is supremely prestigious.’
Youth music is a particular passion of Cotton’s. ‘These are our musicians of tomorrow. Whether they continue in a professional way or in their own private lives, it’s so wonderful for them to have those opportunities. You can see just from talking to children and seeing their expressions that it really sparks something in them, and they really give their best when they’re here. They’re very exciting evenings, and it’s something those performers will never forget.’
Music for Youth Proms 2015
Ten Pieces Live Lesson: 26 November
13 November 2015
Presenter Naomi Wilkinson
BBC Learning is holding a special Ten Pieces Live Lesson for KS3/Level 3 from 11-11.35am on 26 November.
The event, which will be broadcast live to classrooms across the country, will be presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and Blur’s Alex James, with guests including DJ Mr Switch and poet Lemn Sissay.
The Live Lesson will focus on three of the Ten Pieces, encouraging students to develop their own creative responses and connecting elements of the pieces to the music curriculum.
The lesson will focus on:
‘Toreador’s Song’ from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’
Creative response: poetry
‘Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra’ by Gabriel Prokofiev
Creative response: dance
Shostakovich’s ‘Symphony No. 10’
Creative response: art
Teachers are recommended to ensure that their students have listened to or watched the clips of the three pieces before tuning into the Live Lesson.
Students and teachers are invited to send in questions and to create their own responses to the music.
Ten Pieces: Live Lesson
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