NYOW players in concert with professionals
28 November 2014
Members of BBC National Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Orchestra of Wales performed side-by-side in Cardiff this October, in a Halloween Spooktacular, a family concert which was part of the two orchestras’ continuing relationship.
International Sistema Teachers’ Conference Report
26 November 2014
The first International Sistema Teachers’ Conference, hosted by Sistema Scotland provided a unique immersive experience shaped by teachers for teachers. Musicians from Sistema Scotland connected with colleagues from Sistema Sweden, Superar Austria, Sistema Italia, Sing Out with Strings (Ireland) and In Harmony Liverpool (England) to devise the programme.
Education study favours traditional teaching styles
25 November 2014
Schools need to put more effort into evaluating what makes effective teaching, and ensure that discredited practices are rooted out from classrooms, according to a new study published by the Sutton Trust and Durham University.
Boris Johnson launches music pledges
24 November 2014
In his latest communication to the education sector, Johnson says:
“Music isn’t a ‘nice-to-have’,
an essential part of every child’s education. From the ages of 5 to 14, all children are entitled to
play instruments, compose and listen to music in school, every week. The fact
that the National Curriculum guarantees children ten years of unbroken musical
learning in our schools is something to be enormously proud of.
The language of music, with its subtlety, depth and fascinating
notation, is as rich as any spoken language on the planet. To reach the level
of physical mastery that playing an instrument demands is as mind-boggling as
the achievements of Pelé or the Williams sisters. And for a team of people to unite in making
music – communicating
with confidence, emotion and artistry to others –
is one of the most powerful forms of community I can
He considers it to be the job of headteachers, with the help of music education hubs, to ensure that every child, not just those that can pay for tuition, has the opportunity and encouragement to progress in music through to GCSE level and beyond. London’s schools are estimated to spend £600m on class music teaching each year. Music hubs spend a further £33m on instrumental teaching, music centres, ensembles and support for schools.
Over the next 18 months, the Mayor’s Music Fund and City Hall are investing £1.8m in students and teachers. Across the music industry many more millions are being spent on our young musicians. He goes on to say: ”We invest so much because music is important for our economy. London needs creative people and music is one of our most successful exports. The creative industries generate £21bn for London’s economy each year and hardly any music graduates are out of work. But music also has a bigger purpose, personally and socially. It’s unique in challenging human beings to draw upon a huge range of intellectual skills and use them, in that moment, to turn the mundane into the beautiful - to create emotion. It’s time to get serious about music, so I’ve made five pledges to help London’s schools. And I’m asking headteachers, as well as music hubs, parents and the music industry to join me by making their own pledges.”
Pledges for teachers include:
• Go to specialist music CPD events every year
• Go to the Music Education Expo (March 2015 at the Barbican)
• Take students to hear a live music performance
Visit www.london.gov.uk/musicpledge find out more and to take part.
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra celebrates 70thanniversary
21 November 2014
Possibly the UK’s oldest youth orchestra, Wimbledon-based Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra turns 70 this year. The
orchestra’s 70th Anniversary Concert will be held at the Royal College of Music
on Sunday December 14th, with cellist Richard Harwood joining the orchestra to
perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto.
Founded by Edward Gough in 1944, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra is the
longest established youth orchestra in Surrey and London,
if not in the UK.
It aims to provide an orchestral environment which is challenging, fun,
friendly and supportive, in which young musicians of all backgrounds can
develop their skills and nurture a lifelong love of music.
Stoneleigh has over 100 members aged 9 to 18, drawn from more than 60 schools in London and Surrey. The orchestra rehearses weekly in Wimbledon in term time, each term culminating in a concert at a major London venue such as Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Academy of Music or the Royal College of Music. There is also an annual European summer tour.
Robert Hodge, Stoneleigh's Musical Director. Says "Stoneleigh is a very special orchestra. The sense of belonging, friendship and dedication to the music from the players is astonishing. Working with these young musicians is truly inspirational. We look forward in our celebratory 70th year to fantastic repertoire, venues, soloists and the exciting prospect of a summer tour to Malta.”
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