National Learn to Play Day 2015
8 December 2014
The event will be UK-wide and will once again offer the general public the chance to have a free “taster” lesson on a musical instrument. In 2014, 117 venues put on events ranging from Music Shops to Music Services and even Churches! People who have never played and people who used to play all came on the day to try an instrument to gain expert advice on next steps on playing an instrument. Over 10,000 free lessons were given in 2014 with over a third of people going on to continue their musical journey.
5 December 2014
On 22 November Bournemouth & Poole (SoundStorm), Bromley, East Renfrewshire, Manchester (One Education Music), Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Southampton were the centre of attention at a celebration of their commitment to jazz education at an EFG London Jazz Festival concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. After the presentation of Diplomas under the Jazz Services’ Will Michael Jazz Education Awards scheme, supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Serious, the celebrations were brought to a head by the Royal Academ of Music Big Band playing the music of and featuring Nikki Iles.
Young musicians…get your music heard
4 December 2014
Time is running out for young musicians wanting to perform at the world’s largest youth music festival – entries must be in by 8 December. The Regional Festival Series, sponsored by ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, runs between February and March in 50 venues across the UK. National youth music organisation Music for Youth delivers a season of events which young people, and their music teachers and leaders can get involved, including the 5-day MFY National Festival in Birmingham (7-11 July) and the spectacular Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in November. The Regional Festival Series features 40,000 young participants performing all over the country, providing a unique opportunity for around 1,500 groups to perform to new audiences, listen to other groups from their area and get valuable feedback from the team of professional musicians who will help them to progress their musical talents.
This free event is open to groups of two or more who are 21 and under, playing (or singing) any genre of music to any standard.
To join over 40,000 young musicians in the world’s largest youth music festival, enter your group for free at mfy.org.uk/regional. It takes just 10 minutes to sign up your group to a festival performance in February or March, or you can submit a recorded entry by Wednesday 4 March 2015."
Programme announced: Dartington International Summer School, August 2015
3 December 2014
Dartington has released details of Joanna MacGregor’s first programme as Artistic Director for Dartington International Summer School. Joanna has put together a programme of courses and concerts open for everyone; professional musicians and students of all ages, plus people who love to play and listen. World-class musicians and singers across classical, folk, jazz, world music and electronica come together with conductors, directors, writers, poets, actors and visual artists in a packed and holistic programme. There are opportunities to perform, improvise, write, dance, listen, share and watch across four weeks, with bursaries also available to attend this centre for excellence and creativity.
A Golden Hello from the British Army’s Corps of Army Music
2 December 2014
Aspiring musicians are being offered golden hello payments worth up to £3,500 when they sign up to serve with the British Army’s Corps of Army Music (CAMUS). CAMUS is made up of 22 bands from the Regular Army and 19 bands from the Army Reserve. It provides a broad range of musical genres, from wind bands, marching bands and a string orchestra, to more modern music such as rock and pop bands. In addition, musicians who work in a full-time civilian job can also take part outside their normal working hours by being a part of a Reserve band.
To qualify for the elementary level payment, worth £1,250, applicants must hold either a grade A to C in GCSE music, or a grade six to eight instrumental or vocal qualification from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London College of Music or the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music.
Supplementary level golden hellos, worth £2,500, are on offer to those with an associate diploma from those institutions, a BTEC, or an AS or A Level in music.
To qualify for advanced payments, worth £3,500, applicants must have a graduate qualification from Royal College of Music, the London College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama, Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
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