123sing! encourages events across the country on 1,2,3 October
24 September 2010
Over 130 events have been organised as part of Making Music and Classic
FM's 123sing! weekend at the beginning of October. The radio station has
set up a website which lists all events whose organisers have put
themselves forward to be part of the initiative and has released a
resource pack to help people to organise more events. The initiative aims to
encourage people to sing and to raise money for Classic FM's charity,
Events are listed in locations across the UK, including an upper voices event at Fulwood Methodist Church in Preston, opera singer Jennifer Parker-Lummis singing music from the top of Porstmouth's Spinnaker Tower,the Cotswold Male Voice Choir singing at Cheltenham's Beechwood shopping centre, and the wedding of Vicky Chattaway and Adam Beecroft in Bingley, Yorkshire.
Music Makers is a grant giving charity which raises money to fund music education and therapy projects working with the most disadvantaged children and adults across the UK, and was set up in 2006. Making Music is the working name for the National Federation of Music Societies, an umbrella group representing over 2,900 voluntary music groups.
Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards - deadline 4 October
1 September 2010
The deadline for entries to the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards is 6pm on Monday 4 October.
The accolade is awarded to entrants in six categories: primary, secondary, peripatetic, special educational needs and lifetime achievement.
The competition is held in conjunction with Avid Sibelius and Yamaha, with winners receiving prizes worth thousands of pounds for their schools from the two companies.
The awards will be presented at the Music For Youth Schools Proms over three nights at the Royal Albert Hall on 8–10 November 2010.
To make a nomination, donwload the relevant form from the competition website and post it to Classic FM, arriving no later than 6pm on Monday 4 October.
Young composers competition at StAnza poetry festival, St Andrews
1 September 2010
Young composers are being invited to submit entries for the composition competition of the StAnza poetry festival. The next festival, in March 2011, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, and composers are required to set one of MacLean's poems - in Gaelic or English translation.
The St Andrew's Chamber Orchestra will perform the winning entry along with flute, viola and harp soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and soprano Lesley Jane Rogers.
The three poems available to be set are 'An Autumn Day', 'Dogs and Wolves', and 'Under Sail'. Deadline for entries is 30 November 2010, and up to three winning pieces will be selected. These will be performed as part of the 2011 festival on 20 March at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews.
Meanwhile, the SCO is currently in the second year of its residency at St Andrew's university.
Further details, rules and entry forms for the competition can be found at the SCO Connect website.
London Music Show 2010 cancelled, postponed to 2011
19 August 2010
The London Music Show 2010 has been postponed until 2011 'due to exceptionally tough market conditions', according to the event's director, Chris Down. The show had been due to take place on 8-10 October at the ExCel conference centre in London's Docklands.
Organisers had set up a range of performances and workshops from high-profile artists such as guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Jim Davies, formerly of the Prodigy.
Youth Music had also been preparing to run a schedule of events on Friday 8 October as part of a dedicated education day.
'We’re absolutely determined that the first ever London Music Show will offer the most exciting and interactive music show in the UK,' said Down, 'and we won’t compromise on this promise. We will provide details on the 2011 event in due course.'
All ticket purchasers will receive a full refund: ticket company SEE will contact buyers shortly. Further enquiries may be directed to 0871 620 7059 or email email@example.com
Reading's Mtpp becomes MA in Instrumental Teaching
18 August 2010
The University of Reading has rebranded its former Music Teaching in Professional Practice (Mtpp) course as an MA in Instrumental Teaching. The change has been made to reflect the fact that, according to course director Nils Franke, ‘after 15 years of the MTPP, it seemed the right time to say “this is what it does”.’
Franke told MT: ‘We found that students identified their practice very much with instrumental, not classroom, teaching and we wanted to acknowledge that.’
The course content has also changed, putting greater influence on ‘blended learning’, the pedagogy of different learning environments. As with the MTPP course, the bulk of the MA is correspondence-based with a residential August summer school, and the new course will make use of this structure, for instance by regularly referring back to shared lessons or lectures held at the summer school or by developing a ‘peer review blog’ which will allow participants to develop, as Franke puts it, ‘a feedback loop’.
The course is split into five modules, paid for individually to give some flexibility to those who take it, and is generally taught to a wide range of peripatetic teachers who are looking for a way to develop their careers as teachers or to move into academia. ‘Often they apply because there isn’t a formal career progression for music teachers,’ says Franke, ‘or because they want to set themselves apart from the crowd of other teachers’.
MT will have a full report from this year’s summer school in MT October.
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