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15 November 2010

Music publisher ChoraLine last month launched a new website for its range of voice part-specific choral learning materials. The site provides SATB vocal scores, rehearsal recordings, performance CDs, and comprehensive ‘Singing Sets’ for learning outside of rehearsals.

A special 10% discount has been set up for MT readers: simply type MUSICTEACH in the discount code box on the website’s shopping basket page to take advantage.

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Young Voices schools concert tour to feature Dionne Bromfield, All Angels and Josh Oso

12 November 2010

The Young Voices tour starts in Birmingham on 23 November. Young Voices currently organises concerts for schools, children, teachers and parents in some of the country’s largest venues. 

This year’s performers include Dionne Bromfield, the 14-year-old protege and goddaughter of Amy Winehouse, as well as vocal crossover group All Angels, singer Josh Osho and dance from Urban Strides.

The tour will stop off at Birmingham's LG Arena (23/24/25 Nov), the Manchester Evening News Arena (29/30 Nov), the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (1/2/3 December) and the London O2 Arena (6 Dec, 11/12 Jan). 

www.youngvoices.co.uk

Music Teacher of the Year Awards announced at Schools' Proms

11 November 2010

The winners of the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards were announced over consecutive nights at this week’s Music for Youth Schools’ Proms.

Yesterday, Lord Hill presented Judith Ennis from Bents Green School in Sheffield with the SEN Needs Music Teacher of the Year award, while Sandra Sutton from The Castle School, Taunton received the Lifetime Achievement Award after 31 years of teaching.

Tuesday’s concert saw Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, present the Primary and Secondary School Music Teacher of the Year awards to Sarah Marks of Lancashire’s Pimfold Primary, and to Matthew Stimpson of Beckfoot School, West Yorkshire.

The Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year award was presented to Jean Tremarco, of Liverpool Music Support Service, on Monday.

Winners each receive thousands of pounds’ worth of prizes for them and their school from the Awards’ sponsors, Avid Sibelius and Yamaha.

www.classicfm.com/musicteacher

New Forest Children's Choir wins children's category of Choir of the Year 2010

11 November 2010

A choir of just 20 singers aged from just five to 14 won the children’s category of Choir of the Year 2010 in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 6 November.

The New Forest Children’s Choir, directed by Alison Russell-Hayward and accompanied by Doug Gould, impressed with performances of works by John Rutter and Jan Holdstock and in particular ‘One hand, One heart’ from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Juror Mary King, head of the Southbank Centre’s Voicelab, described herself as 'overwhelmed' by the choir’s ‘relaxed confidence’, which she said was astonishing in such young children.

Rainbow Connection Singers from Doncaster, formed by singing teachers Paul and Deborah Mellors to improve their students’ skills in ensemble singing and singing in harmony, won the open category, and the youth category was won by the Holles Singers from Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton, south west London, directed by Miranda Ashe and accompanied by her husband Brendan. The adult category was won by the University of Central Lancashire's UCLan Chamber Choir, directed by Mark Goggins and accompanied by Ian Tate.

Warwickshire County Boys Choir, directed by Garry Jones, and the Wellensian Consort, an SATB ensemble of former pupils of Wells Cathedral School directed by Christoopher Finch, were given ‘wild cards’ to join the four category winners at the gala final of the competition at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 28 November. Any of the choirs will be eligible to win the overall title of Choir of the Year 2010, with a jury including composer Eric Whitacre. The grand final will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 the following evening and on BBC Four at a later date.

Highlights of the category finals will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 6.30pm on Sunday 14 November.

www.choiroftheyear.co.uk

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Music services under threat from council cuts

5 November 2010

Music service funding from both Bedfordshire and Warwickshire councils is under threat as the impact of the coalition government’s comprehensive spending review starts to be felt across the country.

Tricia Turner, leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said that ‘budget reductions were inevitable’ as she announced an intended £12m worth of cuts to council spending in 2011-2012. The authority has proposed that schools and parents should meet the cost of the county music service, Bedfordshire Music, with the council’s subsidy reduced to zero after April 2012.

Michael Rose, a former music advisor to Bedfordshire Council and conductor of the Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra, has set up a website urging supporters of Bedfordshire Music to campaign against the cuts. He told BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme that he was ‘sure that Central Bedfordshire is no different from any other [local council]’ in planning to cut funding.

Meanwhile, a document released by Warwickshire County Council – entitled Facing the Challenge – listed ‘Removing the subsidy to the County Music Service’ as one of a range of options which the council ‘may have to consider in the future’.

Warwickshire county council’s contribution to its County Music Service is planned to be £803,000 in 2010/11. This figure represents 19% of the total service budget, with the balance made up by government money in the form of the Music Standards Fund (39%), and parental contributions (42%).

According to the Federation of Music Services, national averages for music service funding are as follows: 51.9% comes from paid fees and fund raising, 37.6% from the Music Standards Fund, and 10.5% from Local Authorities.

As has been highlighted recently in other national media, a reduction in any one of a music service’s three primary revenue streams is likely to lead to one of three situations: a rise in tuition fees; a reduction in services; or a combination of the two.

In an interview with Tom Service on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters programme last month, culture minister Ed Vaizey signalled his desire to maintain the ring-fenced Music Standards Fund. ‘That’s what I believe should continue to happen, yes,’ said Vaizey, adding, ‘I think the Music Standards Fund has, from where I’m sitting, been very effective.’

Much now depends on the recommendations of Darren Henley’s review of the delivery and provision of music education, which is expected to report at the end of this year. 

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