Schools department plans a year of music
17 July 2009
The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, has announced plans for a national year celebrating music, starting this September.
To coincide with Shine Week, which celebrated young people's talents in everything from sewing to singing, Balls outlined the plan for a national campaign 'to give every child the chance to get more from music', which will run throughout the 2009/10 academic year and offer 'unprecedented opportunities for children and young people across the country to participate in a range of music-related activities'. In addition to performance, these will include activities such as learning to manage a music production or write lyrics.
The campaign is intended to provide a spotlight for the work schools are already doing as well as to inspire new activity, leadership and commitment to music education. Letters have been sent to schools and potential stakeholders outlining the plans and the Department for Children, Schools and Families will be running a series of briefings during August to discuss engagement opportunities.
Schools performances and workshops at Glyndebourne
16 July 2009
Glyndebourne will once again be offering its Performances For Schools programme this autumn, presenting Cosi fan Tutte and Falstaff for schools and colleges. Aimed at young people of all ages from primary school to university, this initiative gives 3500 students the opportunity to experience professional opera.
Cosi fan tutte takes place on 20 October at 11am and Falstaff takes place on 23 October at 3pm. Booking forms can be downloaded from the Glyndebourne website.
In addition, Glyndebourne is offering two schools workshops for teachers to complement the performances. These sessions will be led by a team of workshop leaders from Glyndebourne and will help teachers to prepare students attending a performance, covering a range of skills suitable for practical work and introducing resources which support these skills. Cosi fan tutte is covered on 15 September and Falstaff on 16 September. The cost for each workshop is £40. Availability is strictly limited; email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Spitalfields seeks budding animateurs
15 July 2009
Spitalfields Music will be recruiting up to six apprentices to its Music Animateur Apprentice Scheme this academic year.
The Music Animateur Apprentice Scheme aims to equip those at the beginning of their careers with the skills necessary to lead effective and successful workshops. Apprentices will assist on at least two projects, develop skills in workshop leading and facilitating and attend regular seminar sessions. Each apprentice will receive a training bursary for their involvement.
Application packs can be downloaded here or requested by calling 020 7377 0287. Closing date for applications is 16 September. Auditions and interviews will take place on 2 October.
15 July 2009
The Britten Sinfonia has been encouraging local children to get involved with music by exploring the sounds of the fens. Fen Soundscapes has been running since March, when children and teenagers visited the fen to record natural sounds. They then worked with professional composers and musicians from Britten Sinfonia to write music inspired by what they heard and saw. They have put together a soundscape, having learned how to use professional equipment, as well as how to direct a professional musician and how to set up an audio installation. The soundscape includes recordings of birdsong and other fenland animals, rustling leaves and whistling reeds.
The compositions will be showcased at a launch event on 21 July at 5.30 at the St Thomas a Becket Church in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. The event is free but tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01480 388248.
BBC Proms Young Composers
8 July 2009
Six teenagers have been announced as winners of the eleventh BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers Competition. The winners in the age 16-18 category are Aaron Parker, 18, Orwell High School, Suffolk; Sakura Tanaka, 18, Chethams School of Music, Manchester; and Lawrence Dunn, 18, Matthew Arnold School, Oxford. The winners in the age 12-16 category are Eoin Roe, 16, Forest School, London; Julia Barbour, 14, King Edward VI Handsworth School, Birmingham; and Joseph Davies, 16, Chethams School of Music, Manchester.
The winning works will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra at a free BBC Proms concert at the Royal College of Music on 14 August, and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 August. Selected winners will be invited to write fanfares for the Last Night of the Proms. The overall winner will also receive a commission to be performed and recorded by BBC musicians at the 2010 Inspire events.
All entrants are invited to the BBC Proms ‘Inspire’ day on Friday 14 August, where there are workshops, talks and the chance to hear the winning pieces performed by the Aurora Orchestra. Up to 400 teenagers from around the country are expected to attend.
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