Sean Gregory appointed to head new Guildhall and Barbican Creative Learning Division
23 September 2009
Sean Gregory has been appointed as Director of Creative Learning for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Barbican Centre. He takes up his new role on 1 October, and will manage and develop the current activities of Guildhall Connect and Barbican Education, creating a new joint department for creative learning.
Gregory is currently Head of the Centre for Creative and Professional Practice at the Guildhall, overseeing its work in the fields of composition, creative collaboration and performance, jazz, improvisation, music therapy, electronic music and music technology, leadership and arts and community development. The programmes and projects he leads through the Barbican Centre advocate widening participation and embrace a number of partnerships with external arts and cultural organisations. He has also been Head of Professional Development at the Guildhall since 2002, heading the work of Guildhall Connect, which won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2005 for its outreach activity with east London schools. He was particularly responsible for the development of the school’s MA programme in leadership, established to enable arts and education practitioners to develop their skills in creativity, flexible performance and communication.
Barbican Education was established ten years ago and offers learning and enrichment activities for schools and youth and community groups which complement and widen access to the Barbican’s artistic programme, together with providing the centre’s family programming.
The new creative learning division is part of the wider creation of the LINK alliance (Barbican Campus), a collaboration between the Guildhall School, the Barbican Centre and the London Symphony Orchestra to create a major centre for performance, training and education in the arts.
Centre for Young Musicians joins the City of London's music portfolio
23 September 2009
London’s Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) has today (23 September 2009) become a department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, following a contract agreed by the City of London Corporation and Westminster City Council.
CYM, which will remain based at Morley College in central London, opened in 1970 and provides high quality music training to thousands of young people from across the capital, regardless of their background or ability to pay. It is recognised as a Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) under the Department for Children, Schools and Families’ (DCSF) Music and Dance Scheme, and its flagship London Schools Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at the Barbican Centre.
Effective from today, the Centre will move from Westminster City Council’s control to the City of London Corporation, which founded and funds Guildhall School, and provides local government services to the ‘Square Mile’, which it promotes as a world-leading international financial and business centre.
The transfer will significantly increase the critical mass of outreach work already undertaken by Guildhall Connect and Junior Guildhall, alongside the LSO’s Discovery and On Track schemes. The aim is to promote equal access and develop provision of life-long music education and instrumental tuition to young people in 32 London boroughs, while realising full and unique advantage of the education and outreach programmes offered by a partnership between the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Guildhall School and the Barbican Centre.
Professor Barry Ife, Principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, said: 'This new partnership with the CYM firmly establishes Guildhall School as the largest provider of specialist music education in the United Kingdom. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to ensure the greatest possible and lasting impact on young people’s lives.'
Stuart Fraser, Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation, said: 'The City of London's decision to take on responsibility for the Centre for Young Musicians reinforces our commitment to young people and the arts, and builds on its investment in Guildhall School. I am sure that the students will continue to flourish at the Centre, as it becomes part of the School, which has gained an enviable reputation for producing exceptional talent.'
CYM Director Stephen Dagg said: 'I am absolutely delighted that London's Centre for Young Musicians is to join a campus which already boasts such illustrious names as the Barbican Centre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra, under the aegis of the City of London Corporation. I am confident that CYM's very special spirit can enhance the life-long learning and performing culture of this vibrant, new and exciting partnership.'
Cllr Mark Page, Westminster Council's cabinet member for children and young people, said: 'The transferring of responsibility from Westminster to the City of London is a really positive move for the Centre for Young Musicians, because it will give the centre renewed focus and benefit hundreds of young musicians across the capital.'
British baritone wins Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation song competition
11 September 2009
British baritone Marcus Farnsworth has won the £10,000 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. He was accompanied by Elizabeth Burgess, and their programme for the final held on 10 September comprised songs by Schubert, Strauss, Loewe, Poulenc, Butterworth, Gurney and Britten. The competition was established to celebrate the richness of the song repertoire and to promote awareness of it among young performers. Every candidate must perform in three languages at each stage, with German obligatory throughout. Farnsworth, 25, is a member of Royal Academy Opera, studying with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland. Another British baritone, Benedict Nelson, also 25, and his pianist Gary Matthewman won second prize, while American soprano Erin Morley, 28, and pianist Laura Poe came third. Fourth place went to African-American baritone Sidney Outlaw, 27, and pianist John Reid. The £5,000 Jean Meikle duo prize went to baritone Gerard Collett and pianist James Baillieu; in addition Baillieu, who also accompanied soprano Erica Eloff, won the pianists' prize of a further £5,000.
Dates announced for ABRSM 'Let's Teach Jazz' days
11 September 2009
The ABRSM is running five jazz taster days for piano, woodwind and brass teachers in London (10 & 18 October), Sheffield (1 November), Leeds (15 November) and Swindon (29 November). Presented by Malcolm Edmonstone, Nick Smart, Richard Michael and Tim Richards, they are designed to help teachers with little or no experience in jazz meet the challenge of exploring jazz concepts and repertoire with their pupils. The fee is £55, which includes a light lunch. Participation in a jazz taster day qualifies teachers for a £45 discount on the next level up, ABRSM's four-day Inroductory Jazz Course, if booked before 30 November. Booking forms for both courses are available to download from www.abrsm.org./jazz or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Voting time for Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year
4 September 2009
Nominations close on 21 September for the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards. The annual awards honour the country's best music teachers – those who have inspired pupils, achieved outstanding results, brought a rich musical culture to their schools and changed children's lives through music.
There are six categories in the competition, covering primary teachers, secondary teachers, NQTs, peripatetic music teachers and those working with children with special educational needs, plus the Lifetime Achievement award. The winning teachers will receive thousands of pounds' worth of musical equipment for their schools, courtesy of Yamaha and Sibelius, including instruments, software, recording equipment and accessories.
For more details or to nominate a teacher go to the Classic FM website. On the Music Manifesto website music consultant Leonora Davies gives her view on what makes a good music teacher, and the topic is thrown open for discussion on a related forum page.
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