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Monday, 21st April, 2014

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Head Teachers At Risk of Breaching Lifetime Tax Allowance

27 February 2014

MyCSP, UK central government’s first mutual joint venture and administrator of the civil service pension scheme, is urging teachers to be aware of the effect that new reductions in taxation limits may have on their pensions.

 

Reductions in pensions taxation limits from April this year mean that Head Teachers retiring after 5 April could breach the Lifetime Allowance for tax efficient pensions savings for the first time. The corresponding reduction to the Annual Allowance could also affect teachers at lower grades who receive a promotion.

 

From 6 April 2014, the Lifetime Allowance (LTA), which is the maximum amount of pension savings that benefits from tax relief over a person’s lifetime, will reduce from £1.5m to £1.25m. The limit on the tax efficient pensions savings that can be made in any one year, the Annual Allowance, will also reduce from £50,000 to £40,000.

 

A teacher being promoted to Head of Department or Head Teacher could breach the annual allowance if he or she has over 20 years’ service. Teachers could also be affected if their pension value exceeds £40,000 over the year, causing them to breach their annual allowance.

 

MyCSP is advising employers to support teachers through the changes so that they are aware of how they might be affected, the options available to them and the action they need to take. Teachers should consider their intended retirement date, the amount of lump sum they plan to take, likely increase in their pay and options for flexible working. Crucially, members need to consider whether to apply to for fixed protection to protect the current lifetime allowance of £1.5m before 5 April 2014.


www.mycsp.co.uk

 

RSCM Announces Honorary Awards

27 February 2014

Harry Christophers CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, is among a number of leading church musicians to receive honorary awards later this year from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). He is to be honoured with a Fellowship of the RSCM (FRSCM) along with Stephen Darlington, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.    


Honorary awards are conferred by the RSCM Council for outstanding contributions to church music, and range from Fellowship (FRSCM) and Associateship (ARSCM) to Honorary Membership and Certificate of Special Service. Nominations are received from RSCM volunteers worldwide. Awards will be presented at a special service in Hereford Cathedral on 4 October.     

Christophers is being honoured for bringing Renaissance church music back into the churches and cathedrals for which it was written. As Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Darlington is being honoured for maintaining exemplary daily standards of service and performance, and for nurturing a generation of organists, directors and singers who are now making significant contributions to church music.    

Two academics are also being honoured with Fellowships; Dr Ian Sharp, who has been a long-standing member of both the RSCM Council and the RSCM Liverpool Area Committee. Professor JR (Dick) Watson,  Emeritus Professor of English at Durham University, is being honoured for his contribution to the editing of hymns.   

Commenting on this year’s honorary awards, Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM said: ‘These awards are made to those who have given great service to church music, whether through the work of the RSCM, or in a number of other ways. I would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations of those whose contribution at local, area, national or international level too often goes unrecognised. We look forward to celebrating the work of this year’s recipients at our Celebration Day in Hereford on 4 October.’

 

Young Songwriters Competition Call for Entries

26 February 2014

The Song Academy Young Songwriters (SAYS) has launched its third annual competition. There are two categories – 7-12 and 13-18 – and entrants may enter individually or as a group. Entrants may enter up to three separate songs, and all lyrics and music must be original work.

The winners will have their song professionally produced at Universal Music’s London studios. In addition, the 13-18 year old winner will win a PreSonus AudioBox Studio, Notion 4 songwriting software and £500 of Shure audio equipment.  Selected winners and finalists will be part of the SAYS14 compilation album distributed through AWAL (Artists without a label). The deadline to enter the competition is 6 April and entry is free. 

www.songacademy.co.uk/says14/ 

ROH Announces Competition for Young Composers

20 February 2014

 

 The Royal Opera House (ROH) is accepting entries to its Fanfare Competition. Now in its fifth year, the competition offers composers aged 11–16 the chance to have their music arranged by composer Duncan Chapman, recorded by the Orchestra of the ROH and then played to audience members. By the end of May this year, the Royal Opera House will have recorded 50 Front of House Fanfares as part of the Fanfare Competition.

 

Competition winners will work closely with Duncan Chapman and members of the orchestra to arrange their fanfares through a series of workshops. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano and the orchestra will record final versions of the winning fanfares on 24 May in the Main Stage auditorium pit. These fanfares will be played in the Front of House spaces to encourage audience members to take their seats.

 

To enter the competition, applicants must upload their 30-second composition in MP3 format to the website by 17 March. Also available on the website are resources to help teachers integrate this project into the KS3 and GCSE curriculums.

 The winning compositions will be selected by a panel including Music Director for The Royal Ballet Barry Wordsworth, composer Judith Weir and Antonio Pappano.

 

Pappano said: ‘The winning participants come into the recording sessions to help me shape these pieces. They change the tempo and orchestration, so that they are involved in actually creating the music, which is a fantastic and important experience.’

 

roh.org.uk/fanfare

Former GSMD teacher charged with rape and assault

13 February 2014

City of London Police has charged Philip John Pickett, a former teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) of 15 historic offences that allegedly took place between 1977 and 1988.


Charges include eight counts of indecent assault, three counts of rape, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault and one count of attempted rape. 

Pickett, who was a freelance teacher at GSMD between 1972 and 1997, has been accused of:   

  •  Rape (contrary to section 1(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 October 1977 and 30 November 1977. 
  •  Rape (contrary to section 1(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 October 1977 and 30 April 1978. 
  •  Rape (contrary to section 1(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 September 1978 and 30 September 1978. 
  •  Attempted rape (contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981), which occurred between 1 January 1988 and 30 January 1988. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1974 and 31 December 1974. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1974 and 31 December 1975. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 September 1978 and 30 September 1978. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1977 and 31 December 1979. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1981. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1983 and 31 December 1984. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 1988. 
  •  Indecent assault (contrary to section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956), which occurred between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 1988. 
  •  Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which occurred between 1 January 1971 and 31 December 1974. 
  •  False imprisonment which occurred between 1 October 1977 and 30 November 1977 
  • False imprisonment which occurred between 1 January 1988 and 31 December 1988.

    Pickett has been bailed to attend City Magistrates Court on 28 February. Anyone with information that may assist with this investigation is encouraged to contact the police.

    City of London Police 020 7601 8177/8175 or 101
    investigation@cityoflondon.police.uk
    Crimestoppers 0800 555 111


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