Sistema Secures EU Funding for Exchange Programme
29 January 2014
The Culture Programme of the European Union has committed to funding of €200,000 for an exchange programme between Sistema-inspired initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sistema-inspired Music Education and Exchange with Canada (SMEEC) will see 2,000 young musicians and tutors working and performing together during 2014 and 2015 in England, Italy and Canada.
Young musicians aged from nine to 16 will jointly rehearse and give concerts with the choirs and orchestras of similar programmes in other countries. There will be up to 50 concerts, including two large scale international ensemble concerts. There are also plans to commission a new work for children’s ensembles.
In addition to providing learning, performing and travelling opportunities for disadvantaged young musicians, it is hoped that the exchange programme will provide opportunities for teachers to share knowledge, research and best practice.
SMEEC is coordinated by Sistema England working with Sistema Italia in Italy, The Leading Note Foundation and Sistema Toronto in Canada, and European Mozart Ways and Go-operate in Austria.
Richard Hallam of Sistema England said: ‘The high profile and scale of these performances will inspire the young musicians and their peers, and will help to raise the expectations of the children involved, and their families, teachers and communities.’
David Visentin, executive and artistic director of Sistema Toronto added: ‘SMEEC will also provide opportunities for media exposure and additional funding through consolidating and building on the success of the individual projects, thus securing a sustainable legacy.’
Menuhin Competition announces programme for 2014
17 January 2014
The programme for the 2014 Menuhin Competition has been announced. Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the competition is for violinists under the age of 22. This year’s competition takes place in Austin, Texas from 21 February to 2 March.
The Menuhin Competition has learning as its ethos, and despite being at its heart a competitive event, it aims to promote musical and cultural exchange between contestants. All selected candidates are invited to remain for the duration of the competition and continue to take advantage of concerts, masterclasses, events and friendships with other musicians, even if they have not progressed to the next round.
Texas will be home turf for many candidates as Americans comprise the biggest single country represented, with 40% of selected competitors coming from the US. Asia is also well represented, with the bulk of remaining competitors coming from Korea, China and Japan. The youngest competitor will be 11-year-old American Yesong Sophie Lee, who says: ‘I am thrilled to meet famous violinists from all over the world and meet new friends. I feel very honoured to play in the most famous competition in the world. I will enjoy once in a lifetime experience.’
All rounds, concerts and masterclasses are open to the public.
Choir of the Year 2014 open for entries
17 January 2014
The sixteenth biennial Choir of the Year competition is open to all amateur choirs across the UK, of any age and of any musical style. Auditions will be held across the country from March to June.
Yamaha showcases education system in London
17 January 2014
The Yamaha European Junior Original Concert, now in its 7th year in
Europe and 43rd year globally, will be held at London’s Shaw Theatre on 8
The event is a showcase for the Yamaha music school system, which has as its founding concept the aim of enabling pupils 'to freely express one's own feelings through music'. The scheme has had considerable worldwide success. Since the opening of the first Yamaha Music School in 1954 in Japan, more than 600,000 students have received lessons from over 20,000 teachers at more than 6,000 different locations around the world.
The London concert will feature 19 young performers between the ages of 6 and 14 from throughout Europe - including 8 from the UK - all of whom will perform their own original compositions.
BBC Proms Composers Competition open for entries
17 January 2014
The sixteenth annual BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition is open for entries.
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