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Vocal Process offers seminar on effective voice use

5 May 2010

Singing consultant Gillyanne Kayes and RADA voice tutor David Carey will be running a one-day seminar, Singing and speaking with One Voice, exploring issues to do with using the voice effectively for singing and speaking on Saturday 22 May at RADA, Chenies Street, London WC1E. It includes three separate workshops on the key elements of singing training, key elements of spoken voice training and 'singing the text, speaking the song', and is aimed at singers who find it difficult to speak on stage, anyone who has difficulty applying their spoken voice training to singing, and teachers who would value advice on helping students with vocal problems.More information from Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher at Vocal Process, +44 (0)1544 267946

Glasgow Airport launches hunt for music stars of the future

4 May 2010

Budding musicians could see their careers take off thanks to a new creative initiative from Scotland's gateway airport. Glasgow Airport is giving up and coming young musicians the chance to perform in front of a worldwide audience of thousands, live from the terminal building.
A series of 'Airplay' sessions are planned this summer to give young musicians the chance to showcase their work and entertain travellers from around the globe. A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the best performer and highlights will be posted online.
The competition is designed to highlight Glasgow's status as a UNESCO City of Music, awarded in 2008 because of its rich musical heritage. The west of Scotland has given rise to some of Scottish music's biggest names, including Aztec Camera, Belle & Sebastian, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Glasvegas, Hue and Cry, Lulu, Texas, Travis and Paolo Nutini.
Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: 'Glasgow has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Music because of the important contribution the city has made to the music industry. It seems fitting that we should launch this search for the recording artists of the future at the city's gateway airport. Our Airplay sessions are a fantastic platform for young musicians, and we're delighted to play our part in support of Glasgow as the City of Music. Glasgow Airport is Scotland's long haul and transatlantic gateway, so performers can expect to play to thousands of travellers from across the globe. For one lucky performer, it could help their dreams of stardom really take off.'
To take part in Airplay, young musicians should send a CV or DVD with a selection of their recordings - or a link to their website - to Airplay, Glasgow Airport, St Andrew's Drive, Paisley, PA3 2SW or email

New sitcom The Music Teacher airs on BBC Radio 4

30 April 2010

A new BBC Radio 4 sitcom by Richie Webb entitled The Music Teacher aired its first episode on 29 April. Webb created and appeared in Radio 4’s 15-Minute Musical, for which he won a Writers’ Guild Award, and is a prolific composer for television. The Music Teacher tells the story of jaded teacher Nigel, who inhabits a tiny windowless practice room in a regional arts centre where he is visited by a succession of exasperating pupils. The programme airs at 11pm on Thursdays; visit the BBC iPlayer to catch up.

Hanson works with Sound & Fair to produce first clarinet from sustainably sourced African blackwood

29 April 2010

Mpingo Conservation Project

British clarinet maker Hanson has become the world’s first woodwind manufacturer to use certifiably sustainable African blackwood. The certification was awarded by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in March following Hanson’s decision to use wood harvested from a reserve managed by Kikole village in southern Tanzania. Villagers receive around £1,200 for 15 cubic metres of wood, 400 times what they would have received before FSC-certification, which should help ensure the sustainability of the reserve. Neil Bridgeland of Sound & Fair, an organisation that works to realise the sustainable trade in African blackwood for woodwind instruments, said, ‘Many years of hard work have gone into creating the infrastructure in Tanzania to export FSC-certified hardwoods, and now we have the commitment of one of the UK’s major woodwind instrument manufacturers to drive the process through. Very soon clarinet players will be able to make purchasing decisions based on ethical considerations as well as quality.’ Hanson, a leading supplier of educational instruments, expects to launch its FSC-certified clarinet later this year.

Piatti Quartet wins inaugural St Martin's Chamber Music Competition

28 April 2010

The Piatti String Quartet has won the inaugural St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition, held in April in partnership with Making Music. In addition to a small cash prize, the quartet receives a series of professional engagements with festivals and music societies around the UK that are part of the Making Music network, including the historic London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields itself. Dating from 1726, the church is famous for its extensive programme of lunchtime and evening concerts. It was recently completely restored and its facilities for performers and audiences substantially extended. Director of music Andrew Earis, who was a member of the judging panel, described the chamber music competition as part of the church’s commitment to nurturing and promoting new and emerging talent.

The Greenwich Piano Trio and the Elixir Trio also reached the competition final, which took place on 27 April in St Martin’s. While all three ensembles were praised for their technical skill, chairman of the judges Dr John Rutter CBE said that the Piattis were distinguished by their ability to interpret a range of repertoire, in a programme that included movements from quartets by Beethoven, Smetana and Bartók. Violinists Charlotte Scott and Michael Trainor, violist David Wigram and cellist Jessie Ann Richardson are all past and current award-winning students from the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London. In June 2010 they launch their own Piatti Chamber Music Festival at Kingsand, Cornwall.

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