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Pipe Up sessions for Key Stage 2 pupils

19 November 2015

Key Stage 2 pupils can find out about the inner workings of the organ in Pipe Up sessions at the Royal Festival Hall.


They will learn about stops, bellows, pedals and pipes as they work together to build a DIY organ kit.

The workshop will cover the science and engineering behind the instrument - with links to the Science of Sound curriculum - and will pupils' develop teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills.

Pupils will take part in a 90-minute workshop and will visit the Royal Festival Hall in order to learn about the acoustics inside before enjoying an interactive recital.

The sessions take place on 12 January and 1 March 2016. The workshop and Royal Festival Hall visit will cost £230 for two classes.

Pipe Up schools

Churches to bless ChoralEvensong.org

17 November 2015

ChoralEvensong.org will be blessed by the Churches of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on 22 November.

The blessing will involve the Deans of Westminster Abbey (England), Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (Ireland), St. David’s Cathedral (Wales), St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh (Scotland), and the Canon of Westminster Cathedral (since the website also includes Roman Catholic Vespers services).

Many other churches and cathedrals will also be taking part; some will light a candle in front of a laptop with the new website running, while others will say a specially written prayer.

Created by Dr Guy Hayward (a former choral scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge), the website will offer a location search to Choral Evensong services across Britain and Ireland.

Choral Evensong takes place in more than 350 churches and cathedrals across Britain each Sunday, but the numbers attending these services have been in decline over the past 50 years. 

The blessing is intended to show that anybody is welcome to the services.

Hayward hopes that the website will encourage more people to attend services. 'Choral Evensong offers everyone a free moment of inspiration, a chance to reflect on beauty in the gap between a day’s work and dinner. It is the most accessible service, because the music is so uplifting and there is little liturgy. In London alone, every day of the week at 5pm, one can enter Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral free of charge and listen to world-class music for 45 minutes.

'We really hope this website will make Choral Evensong accessible for more people.'

The Very Rev Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, said: 'I am delighted that the "gift" of Choral Evensong is now to be made more widely known. For it is also a gift freely offered to all who care to join in that worship and find inspiration in the great tradition of English Church Music which continues to flourish from generation to generation.'

ChoralEvensong.org is supported by Hampstead Church Music Trust and endorsed by the Royal School of Church Music.

ChoralEvensong.org

NYCGB receive PRS award

29 October 2015

Kerry Andrew
Kerry AndrewMorag Galloway

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have become the latest recipients of PRS for Music Foundation's David Bedford Music Education Award.

The NYCGB were selected for their New Music Programme’s upcoming commissions from three young British composers (supported by a grant from the PRS For Music Foundation).

The three works - by Vikki Stone, Kerry Andrew and James Rose - are intended to challenge and capture the imagination of NYCGB’s members, aged 9-25 across five constituent choirs. The pieces will be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April 2016 as part of a festival programme celebrating British choral music, with subsequent performances scheduled for venues across the UK, China and Hong Kong.

NYCGB director Ben Parry said: 'NYCGB’s New Music Programme aims to create new works that challenge and inspire our young singers whilst increasing the scope of choral music to engage a wider audience. We are delighted that our collaboration with three highly individual young British composers has been recognised by the PRS for Music Foundation and are honoured to receive the David Bedford Music Education Award.'

The David Bedford Music Education Award is given four times a year by PRS for Music Foundation to education projects involving composers and new music which they have funded. This will be the second time NYCGB has received the award: their first was in 2014 for a project with beatboxer Shlomo which resulted in the new work, ‘She Lost My Crossed Heart’.

PRS for Music Foundation: David Bedford Music Education Award

Birmingham Conservatoire launches crowdfunding campaign for Arco project

16 July 2015

Birmingham Conservatoire has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a project to teach under-privileged children in South Africa via video-conferencing.

Arco is a proposed collaborative music project between Birmingham Conservatoire’s string department and the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto, South Africa.

The conservatoire is asking 150 people to pledge £30 each by 4 August.

The money will fund the purchase of instruments, live streaming equipment and the delivery of a music festival at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music.

If the goal is reached, 24 students from the MIAGI centre will receive weekly instrumental lessons for a year from students and recent graduates of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Louise Lansdown, head of strings at Birmingham Conservatoire, said: ‘Arco is a project of sharing, learning, building and inspiring and one that will be a privilege to be a part of.

The impossible is now possible due to the incredible development of technology and we are able forge worlds together around the common denominator of music.’

Chris Bishop, director of the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, said: ‘We hope the Arco project with Birmingham Conservatoire will be the beginning of a long-term, progressive and exciting partnership that will not just bring the world’s experts to Soweto, but also Soweto’s learners to the world.’

Masterclasses, workshops and performances at Birmingham Conservatoire will also be streamed live for the students at the MIAGI centre.

The project will conclude with a music festival at the Cape Gate Centre for Music in 2016.

Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy receives private donation to fund recorder lessons

17 June 2015

A primary school in Wiltshire has received a donation from a local property company to fund music lessons for pupils.

Edington Station Yard, a property investment company founded in 1993 to buy the Station Yard building and now running an industrial development on the site, has pledged to donate £750 a year to Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy for the next three years.

A statement on the school’s website says: ‘We are enormously grateful to the board of Edington Station Yard, who are donating £750 each year for the next three years to support music making in our school.

‘This will ensure that we are able to continue to offer recorder lessons to every Year 3 child and also will help us fund visiting musicians to enrich our children’s experience of composition and performance.’

Mercedes Henning, headteacher at Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, said recorder lessons at the school had previously been funded through the Wider Opportunities scheme, but funding had been withdrawn in 2013.

The school funded the lessons last year through its own budget, but had been considering asking parents to make a contribution. ‘Things would have been tighter, so we are enormously grateful for this donation,’ Henning said.

‘We very much prioritise a broad curriculum and music is really significant here.’

John Pepler, chairman of Edington Station Yard, said the company had decided to make the donation on the recommendation of two of its board members.

‘We are well aware that local schools are struggling and funding is being reduced,’ he said.

‘We are always looking to put something back into the community and this was an ideal opportunity to give the school some security and enable it to continue giving music lessons in the medium term.’


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