Five RHS pupils recruited by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
15 January 2015
The Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, has five current pupils in the prestigious National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Sally Watson (Year 11) recently gained a place in the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain joining George Rennison (Year 13), Taylor Godfrey (Year 10), Dan Waterman (Year 10) and Tom Brown (Year 9).
William Saunders, Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School, said "This is a staggering achievement – the choir equivalent of an Olympic team. The Royal Hospital School has a long tradition of choral excellence and this success is testament to the hard work and devotion to singing shown by these young people.”
Established in 1983, The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is renowned for its standards in the education and training of young singers and the main choir – the National Youth Choir - is firmly recognised as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best singers in the nation, NYCGB now provides the widest musical experiences for over 750 young people aged 8-26.
The educational structure comprises four Junior Choirs which provide opportunities for girls to audition from the age of 11 and boys from the age of 8, two Training Choirs for singers aged 13-18 and the National Youth Choir itself for singers aged 16-22.Through its core programme of activities, NYCGB provides the experience of a lifetime for its members, working alongside distinguished conductors and choirs. The 12 residential courses that form the backbone of the annual activity include intensive rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship, all of which take place in an environment that develops both teamwork and leadership. The courses aim to develop performance skills at the highest level, challenging young singers to embrace a vast repertoire and develop a flexible and creative approach to musical performance. NYCGB also operates a programme of tuition for student conductors and vocal workshops led by guest specialists, all selected for their expertise in the field of choral training.
Putting Mozart on the Map
14 January 2015
“Putting Mozart on the Map,” Wolfie Kicks Off Global Campaign To Revitalize Music Education
Tonara, have just announced the kick-off of “Putting Mozart on the Map,” a worldwide virtual recital to bring musicians across the globe together honouring Mozart’s 259th birthday. On January 27th, 2015, music teachers and students, as well as seasoned and budding musicians, are invited to attend the virtual event and play any score from the Wolfie catalog, which will be displayed on a real-time map on the Wolfie homepage.
“Putting Mozart on the Map” marks the first event in a new global campaign to inspire and engage music students by coupling classical music with today’s technology. Tonara hopes to show how technology can be used to connect and inspire musicians, regardless of location, age, or musical ability. Just as Mozart created music that resonates with us all, Tonara’s mission is to make music education accessible to all; concert pianist or 5th-grader.
Ron Regev says “By digitizing the practice experience to make it more engaging and by providing universal access to the most significant classical musicians in the world, we are hoping to reawaken the joy of learning and practicing piano, the benefits of which have been proven time and again.”
Wolfie digitizes scores and transforms them into an interactive experience. Using proprietary technology, the Wolfie platform offers a “magic cursor” and intelligent page turning feature that tracks a student’s playing in real time regardless of tempo changes and mistakes. By following a student and adjusting to every detail in real time, the intention is to make score-reading more natural and more intuitive.
Wolfie offers an integrated YouTube feature that gives students the ability to watch YouTube performances synched to the app’s magic cursor – enabling, music students to seek out new interpretations of classical scores. The platform also gives students and teachers the opportunity to play, record, and share passages.
For details on how to participate in the event, visit:
HEADS OF MUSIC SERVICES TO EXPLORE BURNING ISSUES AT CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH
13 January 2015
Music Mark, the UK Association for Music Education, will be hosting a Burning Issues conference on 5th February in London which will explore how music services across the country can deliver and plan for the future.
Presentation topics include:
- Ensuring High Quality Teaching and Learning, with and without a line management relationship with the teacher
- Access and Progression, finding the balance
- Demonstrating and Measuring Success
- Growing capacity through levering additional funding
- Growing capacity through partnership development
The conference will be held from 11 to 4pm at Avonmouth House and costs £75 to attend (including lunch and refreshments).
The full programme can be viewed at http://bit.do/burningissues
but for more information or enquiries, contact Matilda Egere-Cooper at 0203 747 4617 or email@example.com
Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival
12 January 2015
Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns for two weeks over half term with a wide-ranging programme to stimulate creativity. Over half of the 2015 programme will be free of charge, offering all families and schools access to literature, music, theatre, poetry, dance, interactive installations and workshops.
Highlights include a presentation by Russell Brand and Chris Riddell, about their children’s book The Pied Piper of Hamelin and the London premiere of Brundibár, a renowned children's opera by Hans Krása, performed by Mahogany Opera Group.
There will be a free family concert, with the Young Orchestra for London, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and a rare concert featuring the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Southbank Sinfonia with Music and the Deaf will be offering a ‘truly immersive and tactile experience for both hearing and deaf children’
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: ‘We believe that by giving young people the chance to shape the culture they grow up with, and share their ideas with their friends, schools and families, their creativity will be given a platform that can influence all of us’.
Guardian Children’s Books will be giving children the chance to interview authors, upload podcasts and guest edit the site, extending the reach of the festival beyond London and Southbank Centre. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site
For ticket or price information contact:
Southbank Centre Ticket Office – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Schott Music collection goes digital and interactive
9 January 2015
Tonara, the music technology company, has announced a partnership with Schott Music GmbH & Company. Tonara developed the first digital sheet music app. and their music education app, Wolfie, uses polyphonic technology to transform sheet music into an interactive digital platform that listens to and follows the score in real-time.
Schott have already made hundreds of piano solo titles available to Wolfie’s catalogue. Many more, spanning composers from Bach and Handel to Mahler and Debussy, will be added throughout 2015. This will add significant depth to Wolfie’s current catalogue, which numbers more than 1,000 classical masterpieces, providing an unmatched resource.
The app is targeted towards music students and teachers, and holds all lesson and practice material in a single application, including sheet music, student and teacher recordings, and notes. Tonara recently announced a fully-integrated YouTube feature for Wolfie that inspires and encourages music students to seek out new interpretations of classical scores.
Using proprietary interactive technology, Wolfie’s intelligent page turning feature tracks a student’s current position in the score regardless of tempo changes and mistakes. By following a student and, adjusting to every detail in real time, score-reading becomes more natural and more intuitive. Wolfie’s versatility in analyzing, annotating, recording and playback is an invaluable tool for learning and teaching.
‘We are honored to be adding so much of Schott’s valuable sheet music library to Wolfie’ said Guy Bauman, Chief Executive Officer of Tonara. Ron Regev, Tonara’s Chief Music Officer said: ‘We believe that by combining the precious legacy that we have been left, with the best of today’s technology, we can create the best conditions for assuring the future of classical music’.
For more information about Tonara visit www.tonara.com; for Wolfie visit www.wolfiepiano.com.
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