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RNCM students to perform UK premiere of Penderecki's Seventh Symphony

8 June 2015

Krzysztof Penderecki will conduct students from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in the UK premiere of his Seventh Symphony at the end of this month.

The Polish composer will conduct the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in a concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday 26 June.
Commissioned for the third millennium celebration of the city of Jerusalem, Penderecki’s Seventh Symphony (‘Seven Gates of Jerusalem’) is rarely performed due to the sheer forces required.

The end-of-year concert will feature 250 RNCM students and marks the culmination of a festival entitled Seven Gates: The Music of Poland Explored.

The festival also includes film screenings and new compositions by RNCM students, all inspired by Polish compositional thought and research.
Michelle Castelletti, artistic director of the RNCM, said: ‘I have been gripped by Krzysztof Penderecki ever since I heard his Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and St Luke Passion.

‘I am thrilled, not only because the RNCM will be giving the UK premiere, but because he will be conducting the performance himself.’
Following the concert, Castelletti will present Penderecki with honorary membership of the RNCM.


LSO On Track to perform in Trafalgar Square

30 April 2015, Katy Wright

Kevin Leighton

Young musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra's On Track programme will perform in Trafalgar Square in a high-profile concert on 17 May.

Those participating in the On Track scheme will join members of the LSO and musicians from the Guildhall School for performances of Shostakovich's Jazz Suites (arranged by Gareth Glyn).

LSO On Track is an initiative in which young instrumentalists from East London receive coaching from LSO musicians. The scheme is a partnership with the music services of 10 London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest.

The all-Shostakovich programme also includes the composer's Festive Overture and Symphony No 1, with Valery Gergiev conducting the LSO. Violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform movements from Shostakovich's first violin concerto.

Munira Mirza, deputy mayor for education and culture, said: 'I am delighted to welcome the LSO to Trafalgar Square for what has become a much-loved event in London’s musical calendar. This year promises to be another unforgettable event with the LSO playing with their talented young musicians and guest soloist Nicola Benedetti, a young talent herself and Ambassador to the Mayor’s Music Fund. I am deeply committed to championing music and music education and I look forward to the LSO and their aspiring young musicians sharing this free concert with Londoners.'

The performance will begin at 6.30, but it is recommended to arrive at least an hour early. For further details, click here.

LSO On Track

Education software provider FFT rolls out new dashboard system

30 April 2015

Secondary school teachers can track the performance of their pupils online thanks to a new system from education software provider FFT.

FFT Aspire was launched at the beginning of this academic year and has since been phased in across the country, with the rollout completed last month.

The technology uses a set of interactive dashboards to help schools evaluate pupil performance, identify strengths and weaknesses and set targets for the future. Dashboards are currently available from KS1 to KS4, with KS5 to follow later this year. 

FFT’s data was previously available to only to one specialist per school and the information was not easily accessible to individual subject teachers.

The new dashboard system allows subject leaders to easily pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, helping them to predict future GCSE results and prepare for Ofsted inspections.

Teachers can access data on pupil progress and subject performance, as well as comparing the progress of their pupils to others across the country.

Paul Charman, managing director of FFT, said: ‘Our new subject dashboard means that subject leaders can really drill down and identify both underperforming children and pupil groups, as well as those doing well, all at the touch of a button.

‘Schools can use data to identify weaknesses in order to help the following year’s cohort get better grades as part of their department’s long-term improvement plan.’

Founded in 2001, FFT provides data to around 70 per cent of UK state schools. Teachers who are interested in using the new technology should contact their local education authority.

Arts Emergency to launch Newcastle centre

29 April 2015, Katy Wright

Arts Emergency is to establish a new centre in Newcastle on 1 May.

The London-based charity encourages young people to consider careers in the arts, and campaigns against rising tuition fees, government cuts and dwindling higher education resources.

It also helps disadvantaged young people, offering mentoring, networking, workshops and public events to provide them with the confidence to pursue a career in the arts.

Wearside MP Sharon Hodgson said: 'The mentoring scheme set up by Arts Emergency will offer those often excluded from our cultural world the chance to network and establish relevant contacts to achieve their aspirations of a career in the arts, and I hope those who work in our local cultural sectors here in the North-East will sign up and become mentors and advocates to support the next generation of thinkers, writers and artists.'

Arts Emergency's north-east branch will be based in Bamburgh House, on Newcastle's Market Street, in premises provided free by Breeze Creatives.

Arts Emergency website

Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund raises over £80k

29 April 2015

A fund for the teacher Ann Maguire, stabbed to death in April 2014, has raised over £80k in donations.

Coordinated by Leeds Community Foundation, the fund has distributed its first set of grants to a number of community projects and individuals in Leeds.

Mrs Maguire’s daughter, Kerry, said: 'We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people not only in Leeds but across the UK who have supported the fund.

'We hope that the grants will not only allow individuals to follow their dreams but create new and exciting opportunities for a range of young people to get involved with the arts.'

The fund provides support for projects involving music, dance, language and drama. helping and motivating children through arts education.

Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund

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