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RNCM keyboard weekend on 7-9 May to celebrate Chopin bicentenary

8 April 2010

This year’s RNCM Keyboard Weekend (7-9 May) celebrates the 200th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin’s birth by staging his complete works. Students from the RNCM, Junior RNCM, Chetham’s School of Music and other schools will come together to contribute to the event.  

Friday evening's concert features RNCM International Diploma students Slava Sidorenko and Kateryna Titova (winner of the 2008 RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition). The Loudon Quartet will also perform, alongside Aaron Barrera-Reyes.

Current RNCM Leverhulme Junior Fellows in Chamber Music the Heath Quartet feature in Saturday evening's concert performing Chopin’s Concerto No 2 in F minor Op 21 with RNCM Head of Keyboard Studies and the Festival’s artistic director Graham Scott. The programme also includes The Manchester Piano Trio performing the Piano Trio in G minor Op 8; the RNCM Chamber Music department’s Petr Prause and Jeremy Young performing the Cello Sonata in G minor Op 65; and RNCM Piano Tutor Paul Janes with Barcarolle in F sharp major Op 60.

French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard closes the Festival on Sunday at 7.30pm with a programme demonstrating the breadth of Chopin’s keyboard works, including Ballade No 3 in A flat major Op 47, Nocturne in E flat major Op 9 No 2 and Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58.

The RNCM’s Historic Instrument Collection will be open over the weekend, displaying Chopin’s death mask and hand cast. The mask is one of the originals made by the sculptor Clésinger immediately after the composer’s death.

Full programme details are available at www.rncm.ac.uk

Music for Youth invites young musicians to take part in football-inspired performance SCORE!

6 April 2010

Music for Youth (MfY) is inviting young musicians at any stage of their musical development to take part in SCORE!, a football-inspired musical extravaganza to take place at Birmingham City Football Club on 5 July. The event will form part of the 2010 National Festival of Music for Youth, and will involve up to 5,000 musicians and singers aged 7-21. Celebrating both Tune In – Year of Music and the World Cup, it will consist of a large-scale performance of a new commission from composer Tim Steiner and poet Ian McMillan, featuring folk musicians, singers, steel pans, strings, brass, djembes and anyone else who takes part. MfY is inviting everyone, from Wider Opportunities classes to the most polished of youth orchestras, to apply. Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • Number of participants (including adults)
  • Breakdown of instruments and/or singers, with levels of ability (for example, six beginner clarinets)
  • Age range of participants

Register now by calling Lizzy on 020 7759 1837 or by emailing lizzy@mfy.org.uk

NASUWT becomes major UK sponsor of Youth Music Theatre UK

6 April 2010

Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) has announced that it is to receive a major sponsorship package from teachers’ union NASUWT. YMT has been developing its relationship with the NASUWT for 3 years, starting with localised sponsorship in Scotland and the development of teachers’ resources. The sponsorship has now grown into an organisation-wide initiative that makes NASUWT the largest UK supporter of YMT.

The sponsorship was formally launched at the NASUWT annual conference on 2 April. General Secretary Chris Keates said, ‘NASUWT, the UK’s largest teachers’ union, is extremely committed to causes which benefit, support and celebrate the talents of young people. We have been developing a relationship with YMT over a number of years. YMT is an extremely valuable resource for teachers and schools providing the highest quality productions and development opportunities. We are very proud to be the main sponsor of YMT.’

The NASUWT’s support will underpin the summer programme, which includes new productions of A Beggar’s Opera, Peter Pan, A Winter’s Tale and The Savage by David Almond. Artists working with the company this summer and offering their expertise to the young performers include composers Harvey Brough (formerly of Harvey and the Wallbangers) and Howard Goodall.

YMT’s programme of work includes intensive residential courses for talented young performers, a broad-based training programme for young professionals and a growing outreach programme that encourages involvement by young people from a wide range of backgrounds. As part of the conference first day, YMT will be presenting a short excerpt from their recent production-in-development According to Brian Haw..., an exploration of the politics behind the Iraq war inspired by the man who has now demonstrated outside Parliament for eight years.

Jon Bromwich, Executive Producer of YMT, said, ‘We are delighted to have the support of the NASUWT. Bringing the arts, and especially new work, to young people is at the heart of our mission. It’s fantastic to see how they respond and grow when offered this sort of opportunity.' As well as the involvement of their pupils, union members will also be able to participate in YMT's activities either through working as pastoral staff or volunteering. To celebrate the launch of the initiative, YMT unveiled their new website: www.youthmusictheatre.org

ISM survey reveals typical fees charged for music lessons

1 April 2010

TWENTY-EIGHT pounds per hour is the mid-point of the range of fees charged by private music teachers, according to research by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). In a survey carried out by statisticians at the University of Reading in February 2010, almost 1,100 instrumental and singing teachers were asked what they had charged for private lessons in September 2009.
Most respondents said that they charged between £24 and £34 per hour and the mid-point was £28 per hour - meaning half of the respondents charged more than this and half charged less. Teachers who had taught for more than 15 years tended to charge more than those with less experience.
Teaching fees were highest in London, the South-East, Southern England and East Anglia.
ISM Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, said:
'This is the only extensive survey of prices charged for music lessons in the UK and we're delighted that so many of our members responded to make it so authoritative. An important part of our role as a professional network is to keep musicians informed about fees and we hope these results will prove valuable information for all music teachers.'
The full results of the survey have been published on the ISM's website, www.ism.org. Further results from the survey about fees charged by visiting music teachers in schools will follow in late April.

Singers wanted for Kings Place performance

26 March 2010

Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs (CoMA)  is looking for singers for a COMA Voices performance at King's Place, near King's Cross, London. Partipants will join CoMA London Ensemble in a concert of Irish and American pieces commissioned by CoMA. They will be singing Stephen Montague's Chorale for the Cauldrons of Hell, written in 2005 from his experience of visiting the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camps in the seventies. It is a powerful and emotional piece. There will be three rehearsals: Saturday 17 April 14:00 to 17:00 and Tuesday 20 April 20:00 to 21:30 at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch and at 17:00 on Thursday 22 April before the concert at 19:45.

There will be no cost to participate in this event, though singers will be expected to be members of CoMA (£20 per year, £10 concessions).

To book a place, contact Mick Kahn, Co-ordinator of CoMA Voices at coma-voices@downham.org.uk or 020 7249 5139.


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