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Dawsons Music Announce New Education Team

16 January 2015

Dawsons Music, the  multi channel music retailer, has announced Dawn Ashworth Hayward as the new Sales and Marketing Manager of their expanded Education Division. 

Working closely with Director of Education, William Thompson, a former music teacher and adviser, and former choral scholar of the Kings College Choir, Dawn will input increased focus into schools, colleges and Universities.  The Warrington Head Office team has recently quadrupled in size, highlighting the importance of Education as a growth area to Dawsons.  

“Dawn’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made her a key addition to the Dawsons family,” noted Mark Taylor, Managing Director, Dawsons Music.  “The growth of the Education Division signifies our intentions within this sector, and I’m confident that Dawn will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our existing and new Education customers in the UK and Internationally.” P

 rior to joining Dawsons, Dawn worked for Findel Education, managing 2 of the largest brands in the portfolio, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the Education sector. Dawn has previously worked within the fashion and clothing industries, specialising in creative and strategic branding and marketing in both UK and International markets.

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:  https://www.facebook.com/events/682532281845631/


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 matilda.egere-cooper@musicmark.org.uk  

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

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