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Manchester’s RNCM names Henning Kraggerud as international chair in violin

29 April 2015

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Norwegian musician Henning Kraggerud has been appointed as international chair in violin at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester.
Born in 1973 in Oslo, Kraggerud is primarily a violinist and violist but also has a blossoming career as a composer. He performs regularly with many of the world’s top orchestras, as both soloist and leader.

He is also co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and a professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.
Kraggerud, whose grandfather was born in Manchester, said: ‘When the RNCM asked me to be their international chair in violin, I felt very honoured.

‘I have, on several occasions, given masterclasses and most recently led an orchestral day there, and I find the atmosphere of this college absolutely splendid.’
Chris Hoyle, head of the school of strings at the RNCM, added: ‘I have observed Henning Kraggerud working with our students on several occasions: his vibrant artistry and boundless energy are a real source of inspiration.  
‘Henning clearly has a passion for education and for sharing his love of music. I am thrilled that he will continue to inspire our students in his role as international chair in violin.’


Ten Pieces executive producer dies aged 51

28 April 2015, Katy Wright

Katy Jones
Katy Jones

Katy Jones, executive producer for BBC Learning and head of the Ten Pieces project, has died aged 51 of a brain haemorrhage.

Jones was appointed to lead Ten Pieces in 2013. The initiative, the BBC’s biggest ever investment in music education, aims to introduce a generation of children to classical music.

Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning, said today: ‘Katy was a hugely talented programme maker and journalist – well known and respected across the industry. She was passionate about education and learning and her enthusiasm, energy and determination knew no bounds.

‘Katy was the driving force behind our award winning Ten Pieces campaign and was a key member of the BBC Learning and BBC Music Senior teams. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.’

Before joining the BBC in 2011, Jones produced a number of factual dramas, including Jimmy McGovern’s Sunday (about the events at Hillsborough). Her work prompted fresh inquests into the disaster.

Over the course of her 25 years working in television, her programmes won more than 80 awards, including eight BAFTAs.

David Cameron talks about music education in Classic FM interview

27 April 2015

Reading, writing and numeracy must come before music education, David Cameron has said in an interview with Classic FM.

The Conservative Party leader was speaking in an interview with Nick Ferrari to be broadcast on the radio station this evening at 7pm.

According to an article on the Classic FM website, he said: ‘Music education is hugely important. But I think sometimes we get ourselves in a bit of a muddle about this. Sometimes people look at the core of the curriculum and they want everything to be in it.

‘I’m a great believer that at the heart of a good education you’ve got to get the basics right. And so we’ve been quite tough saying the basics have got to be the reading, the writing, the numeracy. […]

‘The more I think you get the basics nailed down, the more opportunities there then are to look at art and culture and drama and music – and indeed sport.

‘And we’ve invested in these things. As a government we’ve put something like £390m into music education. We’ve created these hubs around the country so that more children get the chance to learn a musical instrument. I think it is important.

‘There’s more to be done but there’s a lot of work going into it at the moment.’

Tenor Alfie Boe becomes patron of Blackburn with Darwen music education hub 

24 April 2015

Opera singer Alfie Boe has become a patron of the Blackburn with Darwen Music Education Hub.
The tenor, who was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire, has agreed to pay regular visits to the hub’s base on Duke Street to work with young people and help to raise its profile.
Boe, 41, became an opera singer after he was discovered singing in a local car factory as a teenager.
He has previously spoken publicly about the importance of music education and wrote in his autobiography about how he was not allowed to study music in school because he didn’t play an instrument.
The Blackburn with Darwen Music Education Hub was created as part of the National Plan for Music Education and is led by the Blackburn with Darwen Music Service.

Its partner organisations include More Music, Blackburn with Darwen Young People's Services and Blackburn Youth Zone.

NYO launches new Inspire Orchestra to encourage participation in music

23 April 2015

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) has created a new orchestra that will tour the UK encouraging schoolchildren from all backgrounds to connect with classical music.

The NYO Inspire Orchestra will consist of young musicians who have taken part in the NYO Inspire project, which gives school pupils the chance to take part in Inspire Days (one-day workshops with NYO musicians and tutors) and Inspire Ensembles (three-day residencies).

Now, for the first time, NYO is introducing a full orchestra to the project.

The orchestra will meet for the first time in Manchester at the end of June for a five-day residential rehearsal period under the leadership of Duncan Ward before touring to secondary schools in north-west England between 2 and 6 July.

The 70 teenage musicians selected to take part will perform in schools across the region, including those in communities where young people have had little or no chance to enjoy classical music.
Sarah Alexander, chief executive of the NYO, said: ‘Music provision in the UK is patchy and we at NYO see the results of this every year.

‘Many brilliant teenage musicians struggle to gain a place in NYO not through lack of talent or commitment, but simply because they have had so little opportunity to develop their ensemble performance skills. NYO Inspire is targeted directly at these musicians.’


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