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MT1217_001_Cover_1411_AS.inddDecember 2017

Brass focus: find out how the emergence of plastic trumpets, trombones and cornets is transforming the experience of learning; trumpeter John Miller retires as RNCM’s head of wind, brass and percussion; and Hayes Music opens a new store in a town with a strong brass tradition.

Plus, Max Wheeler’s new grime opera for schools unites two disparate genres; Help Musicians UK tackles high levels of mental ill-health in music; MT’s round-up of musical Christmas presents; and, as demand for singing lessons grows, is the quality of teaching always good enough?

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