Music teachers rewarded in New Year's Honours
6 January 2012
Many musicians, teachers and educators have been rewarded for their services in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.
Philanthropist and Musicians Benevolent Fund Council member Ian Stoutzker, who co-founded Live Music Now, receives an OBE for services to music, as does the Reverend Ronald Corp, Founder and Artistic Director of the New London Orchestra.
Ralph Allwood, who was precentor and director of music at Eton College for 26 years, until his retirement last Summer, receives an MBE for services to choral music.
Trevor Cowlett, a 79-year-old grandfather from Oxford, has spent 50 years singing Christmas carols to fellow villagers, raising £400,000 for charity. He has also arranged hundreds of choir concerts for more than 38 years and taught music to thousands of students from his home. He receives an MBE for services to music in Oxford.
Ealing Youth Orchestra founder John Railton receives an MBE for services to music, as does Charles Rawlinson for charitable services to young people and music.
Trumpeter Clarence Sarkodee-Adoo receives an MBE. He was paralysed after a car accident and has since pioneered the use of the Headspace synthesiser control instrument. An MBE also goes to Philip Moore Bolton, director of music at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution for services to Music in Northern Ireland.
In Scotland, an MBE is awarded to Marilyn Joy Smith, the conductor and musical director of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir, for services to music, and for services to Education and Music, to Valerie Moyes, a teacher at St. Ambrose High School, North Lanarkshire.
Leo Solomon, chairman of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Youth Orchestra, gets an MBE. The former teacher has been invited to Buckingham Palace on three occasions already but he has not yet met the Queen and will do so for the first time when he collects his honour. Admitting that his 'knees are knocking' at the prospect, he said: 'I have spent my life involved in music and teaching, but never expected anything like this would happen. I just hope I can get the bow right on the day.'
In South Wales, trumpeter Derek Holvey, conductor of the Four Counties Youth Orchestra, gets an MBE for services to Music in South East Wales, as does Walford John Hutchings, musical director of the Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir for services to Music and to the Community in Torfaen.
Roger John Pope, former head of Student Services at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a music examiner for Trinity College London receives an MBE for services to higher education.
MBEs were also awarded to Dr Timothy James Thirst, for services to the Stalham Brass Band and to the community in Stalham, Norfolk, and to Mary Webster, for services to Music and Education in Kirkby Overblow and Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Youth Music cuts staff from 45 to 17
6 January 2012
Youth Music is to cut its workforce from 45 to 17 as part of a restructuring. The cuts are being made to bring the organisation in line with the required reduction of central costs as a distributor of Lottery funds. Some staff have already left their jobs and the new structure is expected to be in place by 31 March 2012. The restructuring is expected to bring the organisation’s overheads down to 8% of its budget, thus allowing more money for grants, and follows criticism in the Henley review that the organisation was spending public money on communications and lobbying.
Current director of fundraising Leah Selinger moves to the role of fundraising and new business director and two other senior leadership posts - executive director and operations director - are currently being advertised. The current CEO, Christina Coker OBE, and director of programmes, Nick Howdle, will stay in their posts until the new appointments are made.
During this financial year Youth Music has distributed £6,506,660 in grants, with 117 organisations receiving money. It will be awarding further grants at the end of March under the new Youth Music Programme. A spokesman told MT: 'Youth Music looks forward to progressing its mission positively in the context of the continually evolving music education landscape and in particular, the National Plan for Music Education.
'Despite what is obviously a difficult time for all at Youth Music, we are encouraged by Arts Council England’s decision to continue delegating Lottery funding to Youth Music from April 2013 through to March 2015, and the recognition of our role in ensuring that all children, however challenging their circumstances, will be able to experience a high quality music education within the framework outlined by the National Plan for Music Education.'
2012 BBC Young Musician semi finals to be held at Royal Welsh College
4 January 2012
More than 400 young performers have taken part in the regional auditions for this year’s BBC Young Musician competition, 25 of whom will go through to the category finals on 5-9 March, with the semi-final on 11 March. Both events will be held at the new Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Paul Bullock, series editor of BBC Young Musician said he is 'thoroughly looking forward to welcoming a new wave of outstanding young musical talent to Cardiff', adding, 'We’re also delighted to be returning to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where we will enjoy the outstanding new facilities and the excellent acoustics of the Dora Stoutzker Hall which opened earlier this year.'
Five performers per category (strings, wind, brass, percussion and piano) will perform in front of a panel and audience at the category finals, with the five winners going on to the semi-final. From these just three will go through to the BBC Young Musician 2012 Final in May. The performances will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Two.
To launch the week, BBC Young Musician includes an evening of short recitals at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on 4 March as part of Music Nation Cymru, with performances from past winners violinist Jennifer Pike (2002), trombonist Peter Moore (2008) and percussionist Lucy Landymore (BBC Young Musician 2010 Percussion Category Winner).
For the latest news, history of the competition and to see previous performances, visit www.bbc.co.uk/youngmusician
MIA music awards honour top music suppliers of 2011
4 January 2012
Many of the country’s best known music and music education suppliers have taken top awards in the 2011 Music Industries Association (MIA) Music Awards. The awards aim to celebrate the whole industry, 'honouring the best-selling and most reliable and innovative products and retail initiatives in the UK and celebrating the top individuals and organisations within the musical instrument industry'. Organisers say it has been 'a challenging year' and that the awards 'provided a much needed opportunity to acknowledge the professionals and organisations who continue to drive forward creativity and innovation'.
There were 25 categories, 'celebrating and rewarding success in every sector of the industry', and in a departure from previous years retailers were able to nominate themselves. The winners of more than half the categories were decided by online voting, while the remaining categories were judged by panels.
Classical category, sponsored by Classic FM:
- Best Wind – Windcraft WCL-100 Bb Clarinet – Windcraft Ltd
- Best Stringed – Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar – Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)
- Best Keyboard – Yamaha Clavinova CLP-470 Digital Piano – Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)
- Best Classical Publication – Oxford Service Music for Organ: Manuals and Pedals, Book 1 Compiled and edited by Anne Marsden Thomas – Oxford University Press
- Best Classical Music Instrument Shop – Dawkes Music
- Best Education Publication – Violin Globetrotters – Ros Stephen – Oxford University Press
- Best Pop Publication – Adele 21 PVG – Music Sales Ltd
- Sponsored by Musikmesse Frankfurt: Best Export Initiative – Denis Wick Products Ltd
- Sponsored by NAMM: Living Legend – Cliff Cooper; Music Maker Award – Playsomething
- Sponsored by Future Music and Music Radar: The Future Music Music Hardware of the Year – nord stage 2 – Sound Technology Ltd
- Sponsored by Total Guitar and Music Radar: The Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year – Blackstar HT-1R – Blackstar Amplification Ltd
- Sponsored by Computer Music and Music Radar: The Computer Music Music Software of the Year – Propellerhead Reason 5 – Sound Technology Ltd
- Sponsored by Guitar Techniques and Music Radar: The Guitar Techniques Acoustic Guitar of the Year – Vintage VE2000GG Gordon Giltrap Signature Guitar – John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd
- Sponsored by Rhythm and Music Radar: The Rhythm Percussion Product of the Year – Natal Bubinga Drums – Marshall Amplification plc
- Sponsored by Guitarist and Music Radar: The Guitarist Electric Guitar of the Year – James Tyler Variax JTV-69 – Line 6 UK Ltd
- Sponsored by Music Radar: Music Radar Music Making App of the Year – SampleWiz – Wizdom Music
- Sponsored by MPA Catalogue of Printed Music: Printed Music Retailer of the Year – Peter McMullin – Blackwell Music, Oxford
- Sponsored by Musicguard: Best Independent Retailer – Anderton’s Music Co Ltd; Best Multiple Retailer – musicroom
- Sponsored by sgm-FX: Best Specialist Retailer – Jonathan Myall Music
- Printed Music Publisher of the Year – Oxford University Press
- Best Supplier (small) – Guitar XS Ltd
- Best Supplier (medium) – Barnes and Mullins Ltd
- Sponsored by Moneyway: Best Supplier (large) – Roland (UK) Ltd
Curriculum review delayed but with good news for music
23 December 2011
The government is to delay the launch of its new national curriculum until 2014 to allow for further debate as part of its current curriculum review. The review, of the primary and secondary national curriculum in English schools, was launched by the Department for Education (DfE) in January 2011 and was scheduled to be published in January 2012 for implementation in 2013, but is now expected to be published at the end of 2012.
Despite the delay, music is generally deemed to have done well in the recommendations so far. The Expert Panel responsible for the curriculum review has recommended that music should be a statutory part of the curriculum, not just in Key Stages 1 to 3, but at Key Stage 4 too. The subject is to stay as a foundation subject in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, while at KS4, music and art have been designated as ‘the Arts’ and will be a compulsory part of the basic curriculum of the school, with the school free to choose how it is delivered. The increased provision at Key Stage 4 has arisen from the view of the Expert Panel that students in England focus too soon on too narrow a range of subjects.
However, there have been criticisms that the number of teacher training places will be insufficient to support the increased provision. ‘While the curriculum review is announcing that there will in future be more music in the curriculum at Key Stage 4, the publication of teacher training allocations provided for fewer teachers to teach it,’ said James Garnett, chair of the National Association of Music Educators (NAME). ‘Music, along with eight other subjects, is having the number of teacher training places cut by 13% in 2012, following the 32% cut in 2011.’
But in spite of these concerns, the new developments have been broadly welcomed. Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), said, ‘This is promising news for music education and the whole music profession. The review panel’s comprehensive report should be taken on board by the government and headteachers in schools across England. Whilst there is more to do, this is an important step forward.’
Secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, has already hinted to the BBC that music will be included in the new national curriculum. ‘Anyone looking at the care and dedication that’s gone into the National Music Plan would assume that it would be eccentric of the Department for Education not to have music enjoying a prominent place in the national curriculum,’ said Gove, speaking on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters.
The DfE says it hopes the report will help generate ‘public discussion and constructive contributions’ to the curriculum review. An update on the Review of the National Curriculum in England can be found on the DfE website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum/a0075667/national-curriculum-review-update
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