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BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition

23 January 2015

The BBC has announced the opening of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition. Now in its seventeenth year, this annual competition is a cornerstone of the BBC Proms’ ongoing Inspire Scheme, which offers a platform to young composers to develop their skills, share their ideas with like-minded composers and get their music heard. In 2014 Inspire worked with over 550 young musicians, commissioned nine new works and performed and broadcast the music of 17 young composers.  

The competition is open to students aged 12 to 18 years. Entries will be judged by a panel of music professionals, including composers Fraser Trainer, Judith Weir, and Anna Meredith. The winning pieces will be performed by professional musicians for the Proms Plus Inspire concert and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3; the winners will then be commissioned by the BBC  for a further work.  

The deadline for entries is 21 May

University of Huddersfield receives Queen's Anniversary Prize

19 November 2015

The University of Huddersfield is to receive the Queen's Anniversary Prize for 'world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. 

The prizes are awarded biannually to higher education institutions which have made significant contributions to the intellectual, economic and cultural life of the nation and to society and individuals in Britain and overseas.

Winners receive a specially-cast medal naming the institution, a certificate signed by the Queen and the entitlement to display the logo of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize Scheme for the ensuing four years.

The university's application for the prize was based around the important role its contemporary music work plays in forging connections with local, national and international communities.

The supporting document stated: 'Wide-ranging impacts in culture, education and commercial applications have grown from investment in world-class facilities and staff, strategic partnerships with festivals and industry bodies, and pioneering international collaborations.

'New music inspired by the University’s leadership in this area has reached new audiences, developed generations of creative artists, and contributed to the vitality of cultural life in the UK and internationally, as well as to the social and economic well-being of the region. The University’s name has become synonymous with excellence in contemporary music-making, and its leaders are committed both to sustaining this distinctive legacy and to setting future trends.'

The application also drew attention to how the university's contemporary music projects forged international links and collaborations, attracting students and staff from overseas, and providing opportunities for young and emerging artists and scholars, and highlighted its role in founding and hosting the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework identified the university's research in music as 'internationally excellent' and 'world-leading'. Research into new music is coordinated by CeReNeM, a community of world-leading artists and scholars directed by Professor Liza Lim which brings interdisciplinary perspectives to research in contemporary composition, performance, music technology, improvisation and sonic media.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan said he was delighted by the award.  'There is no doubt that contemporary music research and performance is one of the jewels in our crown at the University of Huddersfield and the hard work that went into producing our submission for the Queen‘s Anniversary Prize has been amply rewarded.'

The prize will be presented on 25 February 2016 at Buckingham Palace. 

University of Huddersfield: Music

Pipe Up sessions for Key Stage 2 pupils

19 November 2015

Key Stage 2 pupils can find out about the inner workings of the organ in Pipe Up sessions at the Royal Festival Hall.

They will learn about stops, bellows, pedals and pipes as they work together to build a DIY organ kit.

The workshop will cover the science and engineering behind the instrument - with links to the Science of Sound curriculum - and will pupils' develop teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills.

Pupils will take part in a 90-minute workshop and will visit the Royal Festival Hall in order to learn about the acoustics inside before enjoying an interactive recital.

The sessions take place on 12 January and 1 March 2016. The workshop and Royal Festival Hall visit will cost £230 for two classes.

Pipe Up schools

Churches to bless ChoralEvensong.org

17 November 2015

ChoralEvensong.org will be blessed by the Churches of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on 22 November.

The blessing will involve the Deans of Westminster Abbey (England), Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (Ireland), St. David’s Cathedral (Wales), St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh (Scotland), and the Canon of Westminster Cathedral (since the website also includes Roman Catholic Vespers services).

Many other churches and cathedrals will also be taking part; some will light a candle in front of a laptop with the new website running, while others will say a specially written prayer.

Created by Dr Guy Hayward (a former choral scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge), the website will offer a location search to Choral Evensong services across Britain and Ireland.

Choral Evensong takes place in more than 350 churches and cathedrals across Britain each Sunday, but the numbers attending these services have been in decline over the past 50 years. 

The blessing is intended to show that anybody is welcome to the services.

Hayward hopes that the website will encourage more people to attend services. 'Choral Evensong offers everyone a free moment of inspiration, a chance to reflect on beauty in the gap between a day’s work and dinner. It is the most accessible service, because the music is so uplifting and there is little liturgy. In London alone, every day of the week at 5pm, one can enter Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral free of charge and listen to world-class music for 45 minutes.

'We really hope this website will make Choral Evensong accessible for more people.'

The Very Rev Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, said: 'I am delighted that the "gift" of Choral Evensong is now to be made more widely known. For it is also a gift freely offered to all who care to join in that worship and find inspiration in the great tradition of English Church Music which continues to flourish from generation to generation.'

ChoralEvensong.org is supported by Hampstead Church Music Trust and endorsed by the Royal School of Church Music.


NYCGB receive PRS award

29 October 2015

Kerry Andrew
Kerry AndrewMorag Galloway

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have become the latest recipients of PRS for Music Foundation's David Bedford Music Education Award.

The NYCGB were selected for their New Music Programme’s upcoming commissions from three young British composers (supported by a grant from the PRS For Music Foundation).

The three works - by Vikki Stone, Kerry Andrew and James Rose - are intended to challenge and capture the imagination of NYCGB’s members, aged 9-25 across five constituent choirs. The pieces will be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April 2016 as part of a festival programme celebrating British choral music, with subsequent performances scheduled for venues across the UK, China and Hong Kong.

NYCGB director Ben Parry said: 'NYCGB’s New Music Programme aims to create new works that challenge and inspire our young singers whilst increasing the scope of choral music to engage a wider audience. We are delighted that our collaboration with three highly individual young British composers has been recognised by the PRS for Music Foundation and are honoured to receive the David Bedford Music Education Award.'

The David Bedford Music Education Award is given four times a year by PRS for Music Foundation to education projects involving composers and new music which they have funded. This will be the second time NYCGB has received the award: their first was in 2014 for a project with beatboxer Shlomo which resulted in the new work, ‘She Lost My Crossed Heart’.

PRS for Music Foundation: David Bedford Music Education Award

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