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Parents in the Performing Arts campaign launched

21 October 2015

The Parents in the Performing Arts (PIPA) campaign is raising awareness and support for parents working in the creative industries.

Launched on 16 October, the campaign aims to challenge the assumption that a creative profession is incompatible with parenthood.

Careers in the sector frequently involve unpredictable working patterns, last minute recruitment practices, low earnings and regular travel, meaning that parents can face significant difficulties such as accessing affordable, flexible childcare.

In 2015 an independent survey of over 500 parents in the creative industries conducted by Laura Wells found that 74% of respondents had missed out on work due to childcare issues. These results emphasise the necessity for more flexible thinking in terms of employment and childcare.

PIPA also provides information about policies and rights and lobbies to promote best practice and institutional change.

The campaign is backed by Equity and the Family Arts Campaign, and has active support from leading industry figures and organisations including Stage Directors UK, Stage Management Association, Romola Garai, John Simm and Katie Mitchell.

Equity presented a Draft Childcare Motion at the TUC in September 2015, which was passed unanimously and seconded by Rick Finlay of the Musicians’ Union.

Parents in the Performing Arts campaign

NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

21 October 2015

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny
Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny

Entries for the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award will open on 1 November.

UK-based composers aged 25 or under are invited to write a new work for lute and either tenor or mezzo-soprano voice. They must set one of four selected poems by William Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy.

The winning pieces will be chosen at the National Centre for Early Music in York on 12 May 2016. Early music ensemble Theatre of the Ayre will present shortlisted pieces in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox during the day, before performing the pieces to a panel of judges that evening.

The two winning pieces - one from the 18 and under category, and one from the 19-25 years category - will be performed by Theatre of the Ayre and recorded for broadcast on Radio 3's 'Early Music Show'.

Elizabeth Kenny, director of Theatre of the Ayre, said: 'We are thrilled that the NCEM have decided to work with lute and voice for the NCEM Young Composers Award in 2016. Theatre of the Ayre like nothing better than tussling with words and music and how they work together in this most intimate and dramatic of forms. We are looking forward to exploring what the entrants come up with and collaborating with them in rehearsal.'

Applicants must register their interest in the award by 5pm on 19 February 2016 by emailing the National Centre for Early Music.

Completed scores must be received by 5pm on 18 March 2016.

NCEM Young Composers Award

Royal College of Music development gets green light

15 October 2015

Impression of the new atrium
Impression of the new atriumJohn Simpson

Impression of the new piazzetta from the cafe in the foyer
Impression of the new piazzetta from the cafe in the foyerJohn Simpson

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been granted planning permission for the development of its site on Prince Consort Road.

The multi-million pound project will provide new performance spaces, recording facilities and practice rooms, and will be funded through a mixture of private and public investment (coordinated through the conservatoire's 'More Music' campaign).

Architect John Simpson’s design focuses on the courtyard at the heart of the conservatoire, which will contain two new multi-functional performance spaces with integrated recording and broadcasting facilities, new practice rooms and a new home for the RCM Museum of Music. The project will create new areas for audiences and visitors, including a café, restaurant and open air spaces, and will improve the institution’s step-free access.

RCM director Professor Colin Lawson said: ‘Our vision is to support the great musicians of the future by providing the very best learning environment whilst also opening up the conservatoire to the general public so that they can connect with our high-quality music-making as never before.’

Director of development Lily Harriss added: ‘This development will deliver more music to more audiences, allow for the excellent RCM research department to expand their important work in the health arena, allow us to work with schools in areas of deprivation to encourage music-making and skills development and provide further outstanding opportunities and support for talented young musicians.’

A two-year programme of works is envisioned to start in 2016.

RCM More Music

Nord Anglia Education creates Juilliard-inspired performing arts curriculum

15 October 2015

International private education provider Nord Anglia Education has collaborated with the Juilliard School to create a new performing arts curriculum.

The organisation, which offers an education based on the English National Curriculum in about 30 schools around the world, has published a paper, Excellence Through Education, to outline the contents of the new curriculum.
The paper argues that an increasing obsession with league tables has reduced many schools to ‘exam factories’.

The new performing arts curriculum, which will initially be trialed in 10 Nord Anglia schools, is based around a repertoire of 12 core works covering a wide range of cultures, genres and historical periods.

The intention is to nurture cultural literacy and develop key skills in students, such as discipline, creativity and confidence.
The collaboration between Nord Anglia and Juilliard will continue to evolve over the coming months, with the launch of private one-to-one music lessons from the beginning of 2016. This will be followed by the launch of a performing arts summer school later in the year.

New drama and dance curriculums will also be rolled out to Nord Anglia schools over the coming years.

Andrew Fitzmaurice, chief executive of Nord Anglia Education, said: ‘Excellence comes from inspiration rather than league tables. Working with the world’s best is inspirational. How many times can any of us truly say we have had the opportunity to work with the best?

‘At Nord Anglia Education, we want it to be a daily occurrence for every student and our collaboration with the Juilliard School does just that.’
Joseph W Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, said: ‘In collaborating with Nord Anglia, we have a unique opportunity to share our expertise, offering those studying at Nord Anglia schools the chance to learn from the best that our two institutions can offer.

‘We believe that the performing arts should have a significant role within today’s global educational environment.  By working with Nord Anglia, we can reach students from around the world to cultivate their skills and help guide them in their future growth.’


Applications open for the Last Choir Singing Competition 2016

14 October 2015

2015 winners Anchorsholme Primary Academy with Simon Bowman and Jonathan Ansell
2015 winners Anchorsholme Primary Academy with Simon Bowman and Jonathan Ansell

Applications for the Last Choir Singing Competition 2016 are now open.

The competition is open to choirs comprising Lancashire junior school children between Year 3 and Year 6. The winning choir will receive £1,000 in vouchers towards music equipment for their school and the True Bearing Last Choir Singing 2016 trophy. Each runner-up will receive £500 and winners of the regional heats will receive £250.

Each choir will compete in regional heats throughout February and March 2016, with the overall winners announced at the final, which will take place at King George’s Hall, Blackburn on 17 June.

The competition is sponsored by True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners in partnership with the Lancashire Music Hub, Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub and Blackpool Music Service.

George Critchley, chairman of True Bearing Chartered, said: ‘Last year’s competition was a huge success with around 1,500 children taking part in 45 choirs. We are delighted to bring it back for a second year and we aim to increase the number of contestants to 5,000. The UK has one of the most respected Choral traditions in the world and I am so proud to be part of that tradition with our support and sponsorship of Last Choir Singing. 

‘We wanted to give something back to a community that has supported our firm over the last 12 years. As organiser and main sponsor, True Bearing is keen to raise awareness of singing in junior schools and to demonstrate that music education is alive and well in Lancashire!’

The deadline for entries is 30 October 2015.

Last Choir Singing

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