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Arts Council Wales cuts funding to 32 Revenue Funded Organisations

30 June 2010

Arts Council Wales (ACW) will withdraw its regular funding from 32 arts groups and institutions at the end of the current financial year as the result of an investment review of its Revenue Funded Organisations (RFOs). Among the groups affected are the North Wales International Music Festival, Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, Llangollen’s International Musical Eisteddfod, the Hay Festival, and the Film Agency for Wales.

Organisations will be able to apply for per-project funding for specific programmes and ACW has announced a transitional package of support plans for those organisations which will lose funding, entitled ‘Making the change’.

ACW’s chair, Dai Smith, said: ‘We've looked carefully at what we can support. We started this process a long time ago. It's never been about cuts, it's been about using taxpayer's money well. We're not using the worsening economic climate as a convenient excuse, nor are we deflecting responsibility onto potential government funding cuts that might come at some point in the future. These are our decisions, and we take responsibility for them.’

RSCM launches survey of choral music in Wales

30 June 2010

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in Wales has launched an online survey of the church music scene throughout the country. The results will help to guide the RSCM’s support for its affiliated churches and members in Wales.

The survey, distributed to all RSCM affiliated churches and members, asks a variety of questions, from the range of music sung at services and the number of children and adults in the choir, to the state of the organ and details of any music groups.

It is the second time that an RSCM survey has been held in Wales, the first in 2003. “At the time I gather we had a very good return; in some churches music was flourishing, while in others it was clearly a challenge,” says Lindsay Gray, director of the RSCM.

Memorial Service for Kenneth McKellar held at Paisley Abbey

30 June 2010

A Memorial Service for Scottish tenor Kenneth McKellar was held at Paisley Abbey on 30 June. The service saw a tribute delivered by fellow performer Johnny Beattie.

McKellar, who died from pancreatic cancer in April, regularly performed on national television and radio throughout his career, as well as being a regular recording artist for Decca.

McKellar was also known for his recordings of Scots songs, particularly those of Robert Burns, and he represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966.

Shipley Arts Festival Composition Competition

25 June 2010

South Korean 25-year-old Sung-Min Ahn has been announced as the winner of the 2010 Shipley Arts Festival Composition Compeition after his winning entry, Dreamland, was selected by the jury from a selection of 85 entries from 23 different countries.

The work will be performed at the closing concert of the Shipley Arts Festival (SAF) on Sunday 4 July at St Andrew's Church, Nuthurst in West Sussex, and will also be published in October by Recital Music. There are also plans for other entries to be performed at the SAF over the coming year, and a number of other entries have also been chosen for publication by Recital Music.

Entries from Czech Jiri Kaderabek and Israel/USA-born Ehud Freedman were highly commended, while British composer Matthew Sheeran's Stained Glass won the Chairman of the Jury award. Swoon, by French/American Philippe Bodin won the Recital Music award.

New partnership for Music Teacher and the Federation of Music Services

23 June 2010

A new partnership between the Federation of Music Services (FMS) and Music Teacher was launched officially on 17 June at the FMS conference in Belfast. The partnership means that any music service employee can now purchase a subscription to Music Teacher with a 50% discount on the cover price for the first year. From September, the magazine will feature a FMS news page; music services employees are invited to email with their news stories, however large or small.

In addition, music services will now be able to advertise job vacancies at reduced rates on Rhinegold's market-leading recruitment website. Each music service will receive a 20% discount on the standard rate, with a further 10% off for every ten subscribers generated within the music service. For more information, email

It is hoped that the partnership will enable music services to communicate their work to a much larger pool of readers. Details of how to purchase your music service subscription can be found at

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