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New National Children's Orchestra MD withdraws from role

7 January 2016

Dominic Jewel
Dominic Jewel

Peter Stark
Peter Stark

The incoming managing director of the National Children’s Orchestra, Dominic Jewel, has withdrawn from the job before joining the organisation. The NCO has blamed 'formalities around the terms of the role', saying the withdrawal was unexpected.

Jewel was due to take on the position early this year, having left his previous role as chief executive of the Three Choirs Festival Association last month. 

In a new year message on the NCO’s website, chairman Peter Stark wrote: ’We are disappointed to let you know that Dominic Jewel has unexpectedly decided not to take up the post of managing director with NCO, after formalities around the terms of the role proved difficult to conclude. 

‘We wish Dominic every success as he pursues opportunities elsewhere. The board is taking steps to recruit an appropriate person to take on this key role and to build on the progress made during 2015. Further announcements will be made in due course.’

Jewel told MT: 'Sadly, after unexpectedly difficult discussions, we could not agree upon the formal terms of employment, and accordingly I was unable to take up the post of managing director. I have a long-standing and positive professional friendship with Peter Stark and I continue to wish the NCO the very best for the future.'

Stark is currently leading a board of eight members, all of whom were re-elected at the NCO’s AGM on 19 December, whose role is ‘to oversee the smooth running of the organisation’. He said that the board was ‘taking steps to recruit an appropriate person to take on this key role [of managing director] and to build on the progress made during 2015’.

Carrie Sage is acting executive director at the NCO, working with artistic director and principal conductor Roger Clarkson. 

Jewel’s successor at the Three Choirs Festival, Alexis Paterson, will be starting this month. 

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6 January 2016

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Applications open for BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2016

5 January 2016

Applications are now open for the BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2016.

Young composers aged 12-18 should enter music that is 'original, unique and inspiring'.

The winners will have their works performed at the Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, and will also receive a BBC commission.

The judging panel for the 2016 Inspire Competition includes composers Joe Cutler, Jonathan Dove, Anna Meredith, Fraser Trainer and Judith Weir and BBC Proms director David Pickard. 

Entries must be submitted by 26 May 2016.

BBC Proms Inspire

BBC Proms Inspire scheme expanded for 2016

5 January 2016

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme for young composers is offering a number of new features, and will now hold events throughout the year.

Now in its 18th year, the programme brings together talented composers to aged 12-18 to develop their skills, explore ideas and share their work with peers.

Members of the scheme will receive priority booking for Inspire Sessions and projects led by professional musicians and composers; special ticket offers to BBC performing group concerts and Proms; and further offers and opportunities via the Inspire newsletter.

They will also be able to attend an annual networking event, and will have access to a community of peers and industry professionals, and a collection of online information and resources.

Teachers will have access to resources and classroom teaching support, as well as information about upcoming opportunities for pupils.

These new features are in addition to the BBC Proms Inspire Competition, which lies at the heart of the scheme. The competition offers young composers the chance to have their work performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3. Winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile concert. Previous competition winners include Tansy Davies, Alissa Firsova and Mark Simpson.

To join the free scheme, email with name, age and address.

BBC Proms Inspire

New Year Honours: music education

4 January 2016

Robert Wilson MBE
Robert Wilson MBE

Sallie Jane Eastick MBE
Sallie Jane Eastick MBE

Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE
Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE

A number of individuals from the world of music education have been recognised in the 2016 New Year honours list.

Leslie East (previously chief executive of ABRSM), Jane Sanderson (chief executive of Drake Music Scotland) and Professor Helen Odell-Miller (director of the Music Therapy Research Centre) all received the OBE.

East, who retired as chief executive of ABRSM at the end of 2014, addressed teacher support and the organisation’s relationship with the music services during his tenure. The governing body of ABRSM referred to his leadership as ‘outstanding’.

Sanderson has led Drake Music Scotland since 2002, having been involved in arts and disability from an early stage in her career. ‘On a personal level this is thrilling and it’s a huge honour to be recognised with the award of an OBE,' she said.  ‘Credit is due to my outstanding staff team and all the fantastic musicians who work so hard to make Drake Music Scotland the lead organisation in our field.'

Professor Odell-Miller is a practising music therapist who oversees the research department at Anglia Ruskin University. She said in a statement: ‘I am honoured to receive this award and hope through it I can continue to work with colleagues to further music therapy clinical research and access to it, where needs are greatest.’

Eight other individuals working in the field received the MBE and a further two have been awarded the BEM.

Robert Wilson, who founded Music for Youth in the 1970s, was awarded an MBE. ‘It’s such a huge deal for me,' he said. 'I was very, very surprised.’ 

Sallie Jane Eastick, chief executive of Musical Keys, also received an MBE. Eastick, who was praised on Twitter for her ‘tireless hard work’, said: ‘The MBE is recognition of the work we have done so far, and demonstrates encouragement and confidence in the future growth of Musical Keys. I am delighted to accept it on behalf of the charity.’

New Year's Honours 2016

  • Leslie East, lately chief executive of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. For services to Musicians and music education. 
  • Jane Sanderson, chief executive of Drake Music Scotland. For services to music education and people with disabilities.
  • Professor Helen Odell-Miller, professor of music therapy and director, Music Therapy Research Centre, Anglia Ruskin University. For services to music therapy.

  • Catherine Arlidge, violinist. For services to music education. 
  • Sallie Jane Eastick, chief executive of Musical Keys. For services to families with children with severe and life-limiting disabilities.
  • Bradley Hemmings, artistic director of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. For services to culture and disability arts (particularly in London).
  • Anne Conlon. For services to musical education and conservation in the UK and abroad.
  • Peter Rose. For services to musical education and conservation in the UK and abroad. 
  • Rosemary Smyth, head of music at Ballyholme Primary School. For services to education.
  • Robert Wilson, founder of Music for Youth. For services to the music industry and charity.
  • Nigel Woolner. For services to the arts and education. 

  • Peter Twyman, music teacher at Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth, Devon. For services to young people and music.
  • Alison Wrigley, director of Just So Singers, Surrey. For services to education.

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