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Musical Futures to become independent from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

25 March 2015

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Musical Futures, the movement to reshape music education in a way that is driven by teachers, will become independent this month, moving away from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  

The organisation will continue to support the secondary sector with its training sessions, resources and online community, but will now also work with the primary sector as well as communities and the workforce.  

Launched in 2003, Musical Futures began life as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative, trialling new and imaginative ways of engaging young people in meaningful music activities. It is now active in 1,500 secondary schools.

The organisation is also launching a new festival, Music Learning Revolution, which will take place for the first time in October. The event will aim to show primary, secondary and head teachers how best to use music in the classroom.

The move to independence comes after Musical Futures secured transition funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The new board of directors will be chaired by Anita Kerwin-Nye and led by chief executive Abigail D’Amore.

D’Amore, who has been with Musical Futures since its inception, said: ‘The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s original vision was to reshape music education and create engaging, sustainable and meaningful ways of engaging all young people in music activities.

‘Twelve years later, while retaining the strong values, principles, intentions and pedagogies of Musical Futures, we are able to extend our work into new sectors and contexts and build and strengthen our national and international networks of teachers and practitioners.’

Rhinegold TV launches with international artists: set to include full Expo sessions from mid-April

23 March 2015

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Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host content from events including the Music Education Expo and Rhinegold LIVE concert series - as well as content from partner producers - at

Whole sessions from the recent Music Education Expo are expected to be available by mid-April.

At its launch on 23 March, the site hosts 21 videos including performances and interviews with artists such as Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and Mary Bevan.New videos will be added each month, and the site is also hosting eight videos from partner Living the Classical Life, hosted by pianist Zsolt Bognár.

Of the partnership with Living the Classical Life, Rhinegold managing director Ciaran Morton said: ‘From our first meeting with Zsolt, it was clear that his teams’ vision aligns perfectly with our mission to provide our users with high-quality, engaging and entertaining content which showcases the world of classical music. The calibre of artists and industry figures featured in the series is a perfect match for our titles ... We look forward to a collaborative and fruitful partnership.’

Those interested in becoming a partner should email

Tower Hamlets schools set for Spitalfields Music's Takeover Spring Festival

23 March 2015

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Three schools in Tower Hamlets will be bursting with music, art installations, activities and performances this week thanks to a project run by local charity Spitalfields Music.

The Takeover Spring Festival has given Year 3 pupils the chance to work alongside a team of professional artists to programme, produce and perform in their own day-long arts festivals.

The project is part of Spitalfields Music’s Neighbourhood Schools programme and involves three Tower Hamlets primary schools: Stewart Headlam, Osmani and The Cherry Trees. The three projects have been running simultaneously throughout the spring term and will culminate in a three-day mini festival on 24-27 March.

The Takeover Spring Festival is the latest in a series of Takeover projects run by Spitalfields Music in Tower Hamlets primary schools since 2013. The initiatives are specifically devised for children starting Key Stage 2 and aim to explore new ways of working with schools.

Clare Lovett, programme director for learning and participation at Spitalfields Music, said: ‘Spitalfields Music’s long-term ambitions is to encourage others to take up this challenge and see how they could deliver this way of working in their own towns, villages and cities.

‘We believe that the extraordinary work occurring in Tower Hamlets deserves a national platform.’

New courses at University of Huddersfield and Colchester Institute

19 March 2015

The University of Huddersfield's Creative Arts Building

Two UK educational institutions have introduced new music courses designed to appeal to students who wish to specialise in different aspects of music study.

The University of Huddersfield is launching two specialist courses in September 2015: a BMus (Hons) in Music Performance and a BMus (Hons) in Popular Music. The courses will run alongside the university’s existing BMus course, which typically takes 70 students per year.

The performance course will aim to recruit exceptional performers on any instrument or voice, whether from a classical or pop background, while the popular music course is aimed at musicians who want to focus on the creative, cultural and practical aspects of pop.

Meanwhile, the Colchester Institute’s BA (Hons) in Music Education has been designed for students looking to develop a musical career with a clear focus on teaching.

The course was first run in 2014 but the institute is now looking to expand it and is welcoming applications.

The programme examines education in both the private and public sectors, with modules in one-to-one teaching, workshop skills and leadership as well as classroom teaching, educational theory and practice.

Julian Lloyd Webber appointed principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

19 March 2015

Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed as the new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The cellist and music educator, 64, who announced last year that he would give up playing the cello because of a neck injury, will succeed David Saint, who is due to retire in April.

He will take up the new position as work gets under way on a new home for the conservatoire on the city centre campus of Birmingham City University, its parent organisation.

Lloyd Webber said: ‘I am honoured and thrilled to be chosen as the new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. The state-of-the-art facilities being built within Birmingham City University’s superb campus will be second to none and superior to many, both throughout the UK and beyond.

‘I am especially excited about the fantastic opportunities that will be on offer to our students.’

Lloyd Webber is one of the UK’s best-known classical artists. He performed at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and last year received the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ annual Distinguished Musician Award.   

He has also been heavily involved in music education initiatives, including the government’s In Harmony programme and Sistema England.

He was elected as a fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994 and was made president of the Elgar Society in 2009.

Cliff Allan, vice chancellor of Birmingham City University, said: ‘Julian’s appointment is great news for the conservatoire as it looks forward to moving to a superb new home, as well as for Birmingham City University and for the whole city.
‘Julian has had an extraordinary career as a performer and recording artist, working with some of the great names in music. Just as importantly, he has shown a lifetime passion for musical education, making him the perfect appointment for Birmingham City University.’


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