Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival
12 January 2015
Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns for two weeks over half term with a wide-ranging programme to stimulate creativity. Over half of the 2015 programme will be free of charge, offering all families and schools access to literature, music, theatre, poetry, dance, interactive installations and workshops.
Highlights include a presentation by Russell Brand and Chris Riddell, about their children’s book The Pied Piper of Hamelin and the London premiere of Brundibár, a renowned children's opera by Hans Krása, performed by Mahogany Opera Group.
There will be a free family concert, with the Young Orchestra for London, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and a rare concert featuring the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Southbank Sinfonia with Music and the Deaf will be offering a ‘truly immersive and tactile experience for both hearing and deaf children’
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, said: ‘We believe that by giving young people the chance to shape the culture they grow up with, and share their ideas with their friends, schools and families, their creativity will be given a platform that can influence all of us’.
Guardian Children’s Books will be giving children the chance to interview authors, upload podcasts and guest edit the site, extending the reach of the festival beyond London and Southbank Centre. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site
For ticket or price information contact:
Southbank Centre Ticket Office – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Schott Music collection goes digital and interactive
9 January 2015
Tonara, the music technology company, has announced a partnership with Schott Music GmbH & Company. Tonara developed the first digital sheet music app. and their music education app, Wolfie, uses polyphonic technology to transform sheet music into an interactive digital platform that listens to and follows the score in real-time.
Schott have already made hundreds of piano solo titles available to Wolfie’s catalogue. Many more, spanning composers from Bach and Handel to Mahler and Debussy, will be added throughout 2015. This will add significant depth to Wolfie’s current catalogue, which numbers more than 1,000 classical masterpieces, providing an unmatched resource.
The app is targeted towards music students and teachers, and holds all lesson and practice material in a single application, including sheet music, student and teacher recordings, and notes. Tonara recently announced a fully-integrated YouTube feature for Wolfie that inspires and encourages music students to seek out new interpretations of classical scores.
Using proprietary interactive technology, Wolfie’s intelligent page turning feature tracks a student’s current position in the score regardless of tempo changes and mistakes. By following a student and, adjusting to every detail in real time, score-reading becomes more natural and more intuitive. Wolfie’s versatility in analyzing, annotating, recording and playback is an invaluable tool for learning and teaching.
‘We are honored to be adding so much of Schott’s valuable sheet music library to Wolfie’ said Guy Bauman, Chief Executive Officer of Tonara. Ron Regev, Tonara’s Chief Music Officer said: ‘We believe that by combining the precious legacy that we have been left, with the best of today’s technology, we can create the best conditions for assuring the future of classical music’.
For more information about Tonara visit www.tonara.com; for Wolfie visit www.wolfiepiano.com.
Music4U national conference: music in the young deaf community
7 January 2015
The second Music4U national conference exploring music and deafness will take place on Friday 27 February 2015 at the National Centre for Early Music in York.
This will be the 2nd national conference organised by Music4U, Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme for York and the Humber Region, led by the National Centre for Early Music. It is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people up to the age of 18, and looks at the challenges deaf young people face and how music can promote improved mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The keynote speaker will be Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, the world’s first ever orchestra for musicians with disabilities, which closed the London 2012 Paralympics.
Charles will be joined by presenters speaking on a range of subjects. Barry Wright, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hull York Medical School, will talk about wellbeing issues for deaf young people; Jonathan Heale, Advanced Communication Solutions, will talk about the ‘Play Safe Now – Hear Tomorrow’ campaign, which raises awareness about exposure to loud sound levels in music education; Dr Chris Barlow, Southampton Solent University, will discuss the risks and opportunities of using mobile devices for listening to music. Mary Bell and Teresa Gale, Drake Music Scotland, will talk about the practicalities of teaching instrumental music to deaf children and Ali Harmer and Ceilidh-Jo Rowe will discuss an innovative project which investigates the way music helps young deaf children to build relationships with others through play and by playing carefully chosen musical instruments together.
Three young deaf musicians will share their experiences, and there will be performances from York’s new Singing and Signing Choir and the Sirius Academy in Hull.
The conference will be live-streamed and can be watched on the NCEM website at www.ncem.co.uk/hearing2015.
Full conference programme, presenters information and booking forms are available at www.ncem.co.uk/hearing2015 or telephone 01904 632220.
Yamaha Music announce UK and Ireland Brass and Woodwind Scholarship finalists
5 January 2015
Following live auditions at the Birmingham Conservatoire earlier this month (December 8) Yamaha are to announce the names of the thirteen young musicians who will perform at the UK and Irish finals in February.
The finalists will be competing for one of the four €2000 awards.The judging panel at the auditions, comprising David Purser – recently retired Head of Brass at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and Jenni Phillips, Head of Woodwind at the Conservatoire, were impressed with the skills and passion displayed by the applicants.
Founded in 1989, the acclaimed pan-European Yamaha Music Scholarship scheme operates in thirty-one European countries and has now provided over 850 scholarships, worth over one million Euros. Many Yamaha scholars have progressed to develop outstanding careers in performance and education. Alumni include saxophonist Amy Dickson, euphonium player David Childs, and pianists Eduard Kunz and Sasha Grynyuk.
The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe is a non-profit-making charity dedicated to supporting talented music students and providing valuable performance platforms for emerging musicians. The financial assistance may be used for any purpose related to the advancement of studies. The rewarded discipline rotates each year.The Yamaha Scholarship programme takes applications from students under 25 years-of-age who are studying music full-time at a higher education institute.
Yamaha's Charles Bozon comments, “The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe provides a perfect opportunity for talented musicians to prove themselves, receive professional feedback and, if awarded, to benefit from financial support. Yamaha invites all music students to participate and, in so doing, provides an opportunity that could be the starting point for a promising career.”
The Irish finals will take place at the DIT Conservatory of Music in Dublin on 12th February and the UK finals will be held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London on 20th February.
New Years Honours for musicians and educators
2 January 2015
The work of several musicians and music educators has been acknowledged in the New Year’s Honours list.
There are CBEs for Richard Jones, opera and theatre director, and for Roger Wright, Chief Executive Aldeburgh Music and lately Director, BBC Proms and Controller, BBC Radio 3.
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor and Artistic Director of Ex Cathedra, was awarded an OBE for services to Choral Music .
MBEs were awarded across a diverse range of music making activity and contexts. These include Brinsley Forde who is best known as a founding member of the reggae band Aswad, and Jamal Edwards, founder of SBTV, the youth broadcasting channel. Edwards says he started SB.TV to give his friends a platform. "It was a frustration of going to school and everyone talking about: 'How do we get our videos on MTV?’”
Terry Noel from the London based Melodians Steel Orchestra was recognised for providing guidance to schools in the creation and development of their own steel bands
Alan Fearon, lately Chorus Master with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. was awarded his for services to Music in the North East. Others working in the field of classical music include Rodney Friend, leader of the LPO and the BBC SO, and Anne Thomas, Head of the Royal College of Organists Academy Organ School.
The continuing importance of festivals as part of our musical landscape was recognised with awards for Frances Hickox (St Endellion Music festival) and Peter Holman, who directs the Suffolk Villages Festival.
There were disappointingly few awards for music teachers but two from Scotland were recognised for their work: Anne Lampard working in Skye and Lochalsh, and
Nairn Academy’s Fiona Sellar. Staying north of the border, their was recognition for Anne Gunnee for services to Community Music and Young People in Glasgow.
Institute of Education’s Professor Susan Hallam was recognised for her important contributions to music education research and literature.
To complete the roundup, BEMs were awarded to John Evans, MD with the Aber Valley Male Voice choir and Thomas Lewis for his work in music and the community in Newport.
Also included were Robert Wysome former conductor of the Shropshire Youth Orchestra, and the Shropshire Music Service and finally John Cowking from the Hodder Valley in Lancashire. In 2012 he celebrated 40 years as the conductor of Slaidburn Silver Band, having taken up the post at the tender age of 16. He told The Clitheroe Advertiser: “I was in the process of completing my O-Level in music and I suppose it was assumed that because I had a bit of musical and arrangement knowledge, I would be suitable for the role”.
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