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NYO announces summer programme, including concert in Berlin

30 June 2015

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The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) will perform its first international concert in 20 years this summer.

The orchestra will play at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on 10 August as part of Germany’s Young Euro Classic festival, which celebrates the world’s finest youth orchestras.

The orchestra will also undertake a residency in Birmingham over the summer and concerts with conductor Mark Elder in Aldeburgh, Birmingham Town Hall and at the BBC Proms.
The cornerstones of its repertoire will be Mahler’s Symphony No 9 and Tansy Davies’ Re-greening, a new commission that requires the musicians to move, sing and play.

In addition, NYO’s Inspire Orchestra, announced back in April, will meet for the first time on 2-6 July in Manchester under the leadership of Duncan Ward before touring to secondary schools across north-west England.
Sarah Alexander, chief executive of the NYO, said: ‘This summer perfectly demonstrates the newly defined mission of the orchestra: on the one hand, we are raising the artistic bar higher than ever through new commissions, world-class performances and consolidating our international reputation.

‘On the other, we are engaging more teenagers than ever before through our ever-widening Inspire programme, both as musicians and audience members.

‘The musicians of the NYO represent the best our country’s teenagers have to offer, flying the flag very proudly both here and abroad.’

RADA launches new musical theatre course

29 June 2015

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London is expanding its musical theatre offering with the launch of a new course.

The five-week intensive course, which begins in September, will be aimed at experienced performers who are intending to pursue a career in musical theatre.

It has been developed as a spin-off from RADA’s week-long summer musical theatre courses, which have been running for a number of years.

The first part of the course will focus on developing musical theatre skills but will also include training in stage combat and clowning, as well as offering guidance on audition technique.

In the final two weeks, students will work towards the performance of an abridged musical, performed for an invited audience.

The course has been developed by Jane Streeton, RADA’s lead singing tutor, and will be taught by industry professionals including choreographers, directors and musical directors.

It is aimed at intermediate and advanced-level singers and actors who have already received some formal vocal training and who are intending to pursue a career in musical theatre.

RADA’s week-long summer courses in musical theatre will continue to run alongside the new course.

July issue out now

26 June 2015

In this month’s percussion focus, we examine how setting up a world music programme in your school can transform whole-class teaching; profiling the options for drum kit exams; and how a marching band could be just the ensemble your school has been looking for. Plus, what not to miss at this summer’s Proms for you and your pupils; Claire Jackson decides whether tailor-made concerts for toddlers are pushy parenting or important opportunities for musical development; with laptops, electronic keyboard and gadgets so prevalent in the music classroom, tech correspondent Tim Hallas explores the merits of teaching a music lesson with no technology at all; best practice for protecting your students’ hearing; the London Symphony Orchestra’s education programme – LSO Discovery – celebrates its 25 anniversary; and MT reviews the latest piano, violin and choral releases, books, technology and new products to use in your teaching.


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Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music discuss merger

26 June 2015

Two of America’s leading music conservatoires are planning a merger.

The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, located next door to each other in the city of Boston, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities for closer collaboration.

The governing boards voted unanimously to approve the MOU, which calls for a broad-based, summer-long process of discussion and planning with important stakeholders.

A merger agreement could take effect from 2016.  

Within the newly merged organisation, the Boston Conservatory’s programmes in music, dance, and musical theatre would retain autonomy, while Berklee students would have access to a broader curriculum in dance and theatre.

Meanwhile, Boston Conservatory students would have access to Berklee’s tution in jazz and contemporary music, technology, music business, music therapy, sound design, production, film scoring and online education.

Boston Conservatory faculty would also have the opportunity to develop courses for Berklee Online, the largest non-profit online music school in the world.

Richard Ortner, president of the Boston Conservatory, said: ‘Increasingly, our conservatory students live in a global community.

‘They want access to the rich performance traditions of other cultures and other genres, as well as access to industry-standard digital infrastructure.

‘Berklee offers exactly that global outlook and that range of opportunity, right here in our shared four-block campus. Together, we form an unbeatable incubator for student and faculty creativity.’

Both schools have built new facilities and performance spaces in the past decade and both are reporting record enrollment for autumn 2015.

New York's Juilliard School launches duo of smartphone apps

25 June 2015

The Juilliard School in New York has released two smartphone apps offering users behind-the-scenes access to its staff and educational processes.

Juilliard Open Studios, a subscription-based app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that was released at the end of May, offers an insider’s view of classes, rehearsals and productions in development.

The app is free to download and was launched with seven episodes. Each user can access one episode for free, and the complete library of content can be accessed with a monthly subscription ($7.99 per month).

In its first year, episodes in the app will feature Juilliard faculty members and alumni such as Emanuel Ax, Terese Capucilli, Wynton Marsalis and Stephen Wadsworth.

A second app, the Juilliard String Quartet app, was launched this week and offers a comprehensive look at the quartet performing Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’.

The app has features including the ability to highlight individual instruments, a scrolling score, in-depth commentary and multiple camera angles of the performance.

Both apps were developed by Juilliard Digital – part of the Juilliard School – and app developer Touch Press.

Joseph W Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, said: ‘Juilliard embraces technology and a global view that allow us to engage with a much larger world outside our historic base in New York.’

Speaking specifically about the Juilliard Open Studios app, he added: ‘This new app not only allows arts lovers to glimpse daily life at Juilliard – it also signals the school’s broader commitment to becoming a global source for arts education and appreciation.’

The school is planning to use the money raised from the apps to fund all aspects of its educational mission, including scholarships and outreach programmes.

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