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 Swinging Hubs 

5 December 2014

On 22 November Bournemouth & Poole (SoundStorm), Bromley, East Renfrewshire, Manchester (One Education Music), Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Southampton were the centre of attention at a celebration of their commitment to jazz education at an EFG London Jazz Festival concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. After the presentation of Diplomas under the Jazz Services’ Will Michael Jazz Education Awards scheme, supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Serious, the celebrations were brought to a head by the Royal Academ of Music Big Band playing the music of and featuring Nikki Iles. 


The Awards are a means of according national recognition to those Hubs, Music Services and Education Authorities which demonstrate an outstanding commitment to jazz education. 

Young musicians…get your music heard 

4 December 2014


Time is running out for young musicians wanting to perform at the world’s largest youth music festival – entries must be in by 8 December. The Regional Festival Series, sponsored by ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, runs between February and March in 50 venues across the UK.  National youth music organisation Music for Youth delivers a season of events which young people, and their music teachers and leaders can get involved, including the 5-day MFY National Festival in Birmingham (7-11 July) and the spectacular Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in November. The Regional Festival Series features 40,000 young participants performing all over the country, providing a unique opportunity for around 1,500 groups to perform to new audiences, listen to other groups from their area and get valuable feedback from the team of professional musicians who will help them to progress their musical talents.

This free event is open to groups of two or more who are 21 and under, playing (or singing) any genre of music to any standard.

To join over 40,000 young musicians in the world’s largest youth music festival, enter your group for free at mfy.org.uk/regional. It takes just 10 minutes to sign up your group to a festival performance in February or March, or you can submit a recorded entry by Wednesday 4 March 2015."

Programme announced: Dartington International Summer School, August 2015

3 December 2014

Dartington has released details of Joanna MacGregor’s first programme as Artistic Director for Dartington International Summer School. Joanna has put together a programme of courses and concerts open for everyone; professional musicians and students of all ages, plus people who love to play and listen. World-class musicians and singers across classical, folk, jazz, world music and electronica come together with conductors, directors, writers, poets, actors and visual artists in a packed and holistic programme.  There are opportunities to perform, improvise, write, dance, listen, share and watch across four weeks, with bursaries also available to attend this centre for excellence and creativity. 


  ‘Dartington is a place of extraordinary beauty, and the Summer School has inspired musicians and artists of all backgrounds for more than sixty years. The 2015 programme remains true to the tradition of welcoming everyone; by day, every corner of the estate hums with activity and learning, and by night the medieval Great Hall hosts a packed series of concerts, from Gabrieli and music of the Baroque to 19th century opera, cutting-edge jazz, contemporary and chamber music.’ Joanna MacGregor, Artistic Director 

Cross-collaboration is at the heart of this year’s programme; encouraging people of all abilities and interests to step outside of the familiar and try something new. Week 1 sees Medieval and Renaissance music courses combine with improvisation, jigs, poetry and ecology. Leading poet Alice Oswald explores the nature poetry of Chaucer and collaborates with world-class Dutch jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans. Eric also joins Joanna MacGregor for an improvisation course built around the bluesy works of John Dowland.  Plus there’s the chance to enact the stage jigs of 16th century theatre with Lucie Skeaping and discover fairy tales and medieval miracles with writer and cultural historian Marina Warner

For full details of the course and concert programme, plus pricing options please visit: www.dartington.org/summer-school

A Golden Hello from the British Army’s Corps of Army Music

2 December 2014

Aspiring musicians are being offered golden hello payments worth up to £3,500 when they sign up to serve with the British Army’s Corps of Army Music (CAMUS).  CAMUS is made up of 22 bands from the Regular Army and 19 bands from the Army Reserve. It provides a broad range of musical genres, from wind bands, marching bands and a string orchestra, to more modern music such as rock and pop bands. In addition, musicians who work in a full-time civilian job can also take part outside their normal working hours by being a part of a Reserve band.



    To qualify for the elementary level payment, worth £1,250, applicants must hold either a grade A to C in GCSE music, or a grade six to eight instrumental or vocal qualification from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London College of Music or the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music. 
    Supplementary level golden hellos, worth £2,500, are on offer to those with an associate diploma from those institutions, a BTEC, or an AS or A Level in music. 
    To qualify for advanced payments, worth £3,500, applicants must have a graduate qualification from Royal College of Music, the London College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 
Anyone interested in a job with CAMUS or in finding out more about the golden hello payments can visit www.army.mod.uk/jobs, call 0207 8744 8608, or email CAMUSHQ-PSO@mod.uk.

A brand new young mixed-ability orchestra

1 December 2014

As part of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s The London Residency 2015, Southbank Centre and Barbican Guildhall in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra will join forces for an education project that brings together a brand new young mixed-ability (Grade 3 and above) orchestra, the Young Orchestra for London. The project culminates in two landmark performances by the Young Orchestra for London – one on the Barbican Concert Hall Stage (12 Feb) and one on Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom (15 Feb), both led by Sir Simon Rattle.
 
Following an open recruitment day at Southbank Centre, online application to the orchestra is now open and will close at noon on Friday 5 December. All applicants will be required to attend a selection workshop in December and by the end of the year 100 young people aged 11 – 21 from across the 33 boroughs in London will have been selected to take part.
 
From 11 January 2015 the Young Orchestra for London gets together for a series of repertoire rehearsals and workshops, where the young players can learn about general musicianship skills and the repertoire that is being performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker during the residency. Sessions are creatively overseen by Rachel Leach and full orchestral rehearsals will be led by conductors Ben Gernon and Duncan Ward with musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra supporting some of the sessions. Sectionals will take place with the support from members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, who will also be available for online Q&A sessions with the young musicians. 
 
In February 2015 the project culminates in two performances at the Barbican and Southbank Centre which will see the Young Orchestra for London conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The programmes include Sibelius Finlandia and a movement from Malcolm Arnold's Little Suite No.2, plus a newly commissioned piece entitled Zero at the Bone for a ‘Giant Orchestra’ by composer Stephen Montague which is specifically designed for Southbank Centre’s annual Imagine Children's Festival. This piece will involve youngsters outside the Young Orchestra for London joining in, too, and will also feature parts for non-instrumental players.   
 
Further information on how to apply for the Young Orchestra for London as well as an online application form can be found on both the Barbican’s and Southbank Centre’s websites: 
http://www.barbican.org.uk/youngorchestraforlondon/
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/classical-season-201415/young-orchestra-for-london
 


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