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Obituary: Robert Trory

10 September 2013

Robert Trory started his musical life as a violinist and violist, studying at Trinity College of Music with Oscar Rosen. After spending several years playing the violin with a number of London's leading orchestras, Robert moved to St Petersburg to study conducting with Ilya Musin.

Robert enjoyed an extremely successful international conducting career, receiving excellent reviews both from live and recorded performances. He led the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as number of other high-profile ensembles both at home and abroad.

On top of his work as a conductor and teacher at the highest level, Robert also dedicated a great deal of time to bringing music into the local community. He was the inspiration behind Sydenham International Music Festival, and directed it for over ten years. Robert also wrote a series of tutors for the young violinist and violist - 'Violin Playing' and 'Viola Playing', each in five volumes.

Robert was not only an established name in the international arena; he contributed a great deal to the cultural life of his local community, where he will be greatly missed. His funeral was held at the Church of Our Lady and St Philip Neri in Sydenham on 20 August 2013.

Applications open for prospective CME centres

10 September 2013

Are you a music hub, school, college, conservatoire, university, employer or training provider? If so, you are eligible to apply to become a Trinity CME Centre.

Trinity College London is now accepting applications from organisations that would like to offer programmes leading towards the new Trinity Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators. Accredited by Ofqual, this new qualification provides assessment across six units and is suitable for anyone working as a music educator with children or young people.

Centres offering the Trinity CME programme will be able to customise the qualification to meet the specific needs of their learners. In this way, the training received by educators on the programme will be directly relevant to their professional needs - whether they are instrumental or vocal teachers, community musicians, workshop leaders, primary or early years teachers, or professional musicians taking on education and outreach projects.

Christopher Walters, head of teacher development at Trinity, told Music Teacher: 'There are a great many music educators who will find new ways into professional development and reflective practice through the Trinity CME, and I look forward to seeing this happen over the coming year as the first round of centres establish their programmes.'

All prospective centres are invited to attend open days run by Trinity, in conjunction with the Institute of Education (University of London). These open days will be taking place on Thursday 3 and Saturday 12 October, and are free of charge. Centres can book up to two free spaces each by emailing cme@trinitycollege.co.uk, or calling 020 7820 6108.

Final Spaces Available at Yorkshire Music Education Conference

4 September 2013

A new CPD-focused event for teachers across the Yorkshire region will take place on 13 September at the School of Philosophy, Leeds.

The Yorkshire Music Education Conference (YMEC) is organised by teachers, for teachers. It caters both for classroom teaches and vocal / instrumental tutors, whether specialists or non-specialists. The day's programme will feature a range of training sessions, speakers and exhibitors, and will be a great forum for networking with like-minded colleagues.

A few places still remain - visit the YMEC website for more information and how to book.

BBC Director-General Joins ISM

4 September 2013

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has granted honorary membership to five exceptional leaders of the music world.

ISM's new honorary members are Tony Hall (director-general of the BBC and former chief executive of the Royal Opera House), Sir Nicholas Kenyon (managing director of the Barbican), Darren Henley OBE (managing director of Classic FM), Ruth Mackenzie CBE (former director of the Cultural Olympiad) and Lord Aberdare (Alastair Bruce) of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music.

Tony Hall commented: 'I cannot exist without music.  I was so lucky to run The Royal Opera House for 12 years and make a dream come true by supporting music and artists who give incredible performances.  But I still have a passion to bring music to as many people as possible now I am at the BBC. To be given membership of the ISM is a huge honour – the organisation does so much for the musical life of this country.'

Good News for Jazz

3 September 2013

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra has received a major award from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, through a grant of £30,000 spread over two years. This grant will help NYJO in its work to support the next generation of UK jazz musicians.

NYJO executive chairman Nigel Tully said: 'Jazz is an important art-form which is seriously under-recognised and under-valued in this country. It's excellent to see a major Foundation backing jazz. This award will help us extend our reach nationwide, including more workshops for Music Hubs and schools.'

For almost 50 years, NYJO has offered aspiring young jazz musicians under the age of 25 the chance to rehearse, write and gain experience performing big-band jazz. The orchestra and its training bands meet almost every week in different areas of the country. The last year has been an exciting one for NYJO, including performances at the BBC Proms, London Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott's. They have also recently formed the NYJO Academy, encompassing three training bands and a vocal class.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will also be supporting jazz education through a substantial grant for Jazzlines, Birmingham.

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