'Buy-a-brick' appeal launched by Chetham's school of music
17 November 2010
Pupils and staff making bricks for the new building
Chetham’s school of music has launched a public fundraising campign to ‘buy-a-brick’ of its new £36m concert hall complex.
Each brick costs £10, and the school is hoping to raise £1m as part of the School’s ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign. Works started on the building project in April 2010 and are scheduled for completion in early 2012.
The new building will be a crucial part of the school’s existing
community projects, as well as holding a 400-seat Concert Hall and all
of the music teaching and academic classrooms required for the school's
Claire Hickman, head of Chetham’s, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for people to pledge their support to help us secure the future of the school, enabling us to raise funds to complete the fit-out of a much needed 21st-century school building.’
Discount for MT readers at www.choraline.com
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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