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London Children Smash World Samba Record

8 March 2014

Over 1,600 children, aged 7 to 16, from 27 London schools, have broken the world record for the largest samba band.   

The performance was the culmination of a 10-week intensive samba course with Inspire-works facilitators in preparation for the attempt. Teaching material was specially written in consultation with Trinity College London, and the children obtained a “Discover” Arts Award for taking part.   

The event, part of a partnership between the Royal Albert Hall, Street Child World Cup and Inspire-Works, will be broadcast on Blue Peter later in the month.   

 The official World Record now stands at 1638.

European Youth Summer Music in 22nd Year

8 March 2014

The 22nd European Youth Summer Music (EYSM) takes place from 3-9 August at Ardingly College in West Sussex. Run for 11-21s from all over Europe, EYSM is an orchestral course run entirely by its conductors, tutors, parents and volunteers as a charity, yet has support from trusts and companies, as well as personal donations and membership subscriptions.   

As well as working on orchestral repertoire, participants can work with the Two Composers in Residence to create their own short piece for an orchestra or chamber group. In 'Options' they can do two sessions of Chamber Music each day, or fill those sessions with Jazz, Improvisation, Big Band, World Music, Chamber Choir, Solo Vocal and more.  Everything that is concert-ready is professionally recorded.    

EYSM welcomes enquiries from 11-21s at   It also has a junior arm and welcomes enquiries from 8-11s at Bursaries are available.

Royal Marines Attempt World's Longest Drum Roll

4 March 2014

This May Bank Holiday, over 50 members of the Royal Marines Corps of Drums (COD) will attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous drum roll. Currently set at 28 hours, 19 minutes and 3 seconds, the COD will be attempting to smash the record by aiming for 64 hours. 

The World Record Attempt will be used to support the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, as part of the Royal Marines 350th anniversary. Problems that could scupper the World Record Attempt are many – as well as fatigue and problems related to technique, broken sticks and skins are also a real worry. To this end, Premier Percussion has donated a specially-designed single-snare drum for the event. This precision-made instrument has been developed with durability and robustness the most important consideration. Premier has also supplied the COD with suitable sticks. 

A representative from Guinness World Records Ltd will be in attendance during the final stages of the WRA as part of the validation process. Expert invigilators from the drumming community will also be present throughout the event, including Bob Armstrong, Craig Blundell, James Hester, Matt King and Sven Parris.   

To follow the progress of the team’s preparations visit the facebook page. To make a donation visit justgiving.

Music For All Announces Learn To Play

28 February 2014

The third national Learn To Play Day will take place on 12 April. Organised by Music For All in partnership with the Musicians Union, Take It Away, Music Teachers and MusicRadar, the event offers more than 10,000 free instrument ‘taster’ lessons for people of all ages.   

Over 100 musical instrument shops and other venues throughout the UK will host events offering anyone who would like to try an instrument the opportunity to have a free lesson.   

Full details of the event, including participating shops and local appearances, can be found on the Learn To Play website.

Head Teachers At Risk of Breaching Lifetime Tax Allowance

27 February 2014

MyCSP, UK central government’s first mutual joint venture and administrator of the civil service pension scheme, is urging teachers to be aware of the effect that new reductions in taxation limits may have on their pensions.


Reductions in pensions taxation limits from April this year mean that Head Teachers retiring after 5 April could breach the Lifetime Allowance for tax efficient pensions savings for the first time. The corresponding reduction to the Annual Allowance could also affect teachers at lower grades who receive a promotion.


From 6 April 2014, the Lifetime Allowance (LTA), which is the maximum amount of pension savings that benefits from tax relief over a person’s lifetime, will reduce from £1.5m to £1.25m. The limit on the tax efficient pensions savings that can be made in any one year, the Annual Allowance, will also reduce from £50,000 to £40,000.


A teacher being promoted to Head of Department or Head Teacher could breach the annual allowance if he or she has over 20 years’ service. Teachers could also be affected if their pension value exceeds £40,000 over the year, causing them to breach their annual allowance.


MyCSP is advising employers to support teachers through the changes so that they are aware of how they might be affected, the options available to them and the action they need to take. Teachers should consider their intended retirement date, the amount of lump sum they plan to take, likely increase in their pay and options for flexible working. Crucially, members need to consider whether to apply to for fixed protection to protect the current lifetime allowance of £1.5m before 5 April 2014.


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