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Worshipful Company of Musicians invites London schools to participate in its outreach project

10 June 2010

The Worshipful Company of Musicians (WCoM) is inviting schools in London boroughs surrounding the City of London to apply for a musical visit from one of its 120 Yeomen. These are emerging professional musicians who have been supported financially by the WCoM, and who front schools' sessions as part of their involvement with the organisation. Sessions involve a visit from one or two Yoemen, who include players of many instruments in both jazz and classical genres. The visiting musicians perform and introduce the school or class to their instrument and its repertoire.

WCoM Yoeman visits are free of charge. To apply for one for your school, email Margaret Alford on or call 020 7496 8980.

Deadline extended to 27 June for Yamaha and LIPA's Make It, Break It Awards 2010

9 June 2010

A final call for entries and extended deadline of 27 June have been announced for this year’s annual Make It, Break It Awards (MIBI). A showcase and industry platform for outstanding young songwriters, the MIBI Awards were founded in 1994 by Yamaha and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). They are now also supported by EMI and HMV.

MIBI concentrates on the songwriting and professional development of 14 to 19 year olds by encouraging the two skills essential to creating a successful record:  ‘Make It’ -  songwriting prowess; and ‘Break It’ - marketing and innovation. The competition has two age categories: 14-16 and 17–19, and judges select three winners from each category.  The judging panel includes EMI President Guy Moot, Record Producer Steve Levine, Broadcaster Mark Radcliffe, Promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Mike Walsh of XFM Radio and Mel Armstrong of HMV.

Winners receive a host of prizes including performing at the awards ceremony, an all expenses paid music academy at LIPA and an A&R meeting with EMI. The contest also offers the winners' schools a £500 prize of Yamaha equipment.

Entry details as well as video interviews with members of the judging panel and previous winner and judge, Coldplay's Chris Martin, can be found at the website here.

Schools Music Association conference announced

9 June 2010

Booking is now open for the 72nd Schools Music Association Annual conference, taking place 29-31October at the West Retford Hotel, Nottingham. The three-day event is titled Music - Partnering The Subjects and will cover issues relating to all key stages through a series of speeches and sessions focusing on practical music teaching ideas. This year's keynote speaker is Professor Susan Hallam, who, following years of research into the effects of music as a tool for learning, leads a session called The Power Of Music. Other sessions include A New Look At Classical Music Through Stories, Movement And Percussion with Ann Bryant, Arranging Music For All Levels Of Ability with Douglas Coombes and Technology For The Terrified led by Luke Edwards from instrument manufacturer Roland Ltd. Earlybird tickets are available until July 31 for £270.
For more information and to book a place, visit the Schools Music Association website.

Proms Out+About at Westfield shopping centre, London 9 July

9 June 2010

The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) will give a free, hour-and-a-half-long concert at London's Westfield shopping centre on 9 July, as part of the BBC Proms's Out+About outreach programme. The concert will be presented by Katie Derham, who will be hosting the BBC's television broadcasts of the Proms this season.

The concert will provide a family-friendly version of the long-running concerts, with the BBCSO joined by soprano Elizabeth Watts and tenor John Hudson to perform ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘You’ll never walk alone’ as well as Bizet’s Overture to Carmen, the ‘Bridal March’ from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Walton's Johannesburg Festival Overture.

In the weeks leading up to the event, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be intensifying its learning work in Hammersmith and Fulham. Seventy-five primary school children will perform a new work inspired by Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Momentum, specially created by Rachel Leach, and more advanced young local musicians – Grade VII or above – will be given the opportunity to play side-by-side with the orchestra's players.

Out+About, now in its eighth year, 'strives to bring the essence of the BBC Proms directly to people who might not otherwise experience it, while providing opportunities for families to get involved'.

Dalcroze International Summer School announced for 1-7 August

8 June 2010

The Dalcroze Society's 2010 summer school will take place at Canterbury Christ Church University from 1-7 August, with an open day on 5 August. The school will cover all aspects of Dalcroze pedagogy, the three core disciplines of which are movement, Solfège pitch training and both vocal and instrumental Improvisation. The daily programme will be a hands-on combination of all these elements in tutor-led workshops, offered for three ranges of experience: beginner, for those with little or no experience of the Dalcroze approach; intermediate, for those with some experience of Dalcroze and wanting to study for certificate exams; and advanced, for those with considerable experience who are working at certificate level and above.

Tutors will include Ava Loiacono-Husain, Nicola Gaines, Karin Greenhead, Nicola Hadley, Drusilla Harris, Bethan James, Jacqueline Vann, Katie Wearing and Cynthia Wilson. Fees (not including meals) for members/non-members are: Residential £560/£530; Non-residential £370/£340; Open Day £65/£55. Some grants may be available.

For further details and to book a place, contact the Administrator at

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