From small beginnings

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18 May 2017

What could two independent music practitioners achieve by starting international conversations about music-making with children with special needs? Tom Northey tells the story.

Transforming young minds

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11 May 2017

Music-making sessions for young people with mental health issues have had a recognised impact, and commissioning an independent evaluation has enabled the knowledge and experiences gained to be shared, explains Miriam Steiner.

Shaping audience behaviour

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03 May 2017

Performing in concert halls around the world makes setting ticket prices tricky. So, explains Jane Donald, the RSNO begins by asking one simple question.

My Gurus - Ottilia Ördög

Ottilia Ördög
27 Apr 2017

Ottilia Ördög goes back to her roots to name the inspirations in her life.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

Tax increases threaten future of London’s live music scene

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11 Apr 2017

A 26% increase in business rates has put 21 of London’s 94 grassroots music venues at risk of closure, according to new research.

Music leaders decry Guardian’s musical ‘anti-intellectualism’

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04 Apr 2017

Conductor Simon Rattle and CEO of Sistema England Fiona Cunningham are among signatories to a letter decrying a writer’s ‘patronising’ arguments about musical notation.

Getting teenagers singing

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21 Mar 2017

60 young people in Cambridgeshire stay behind after school every week to sing, compose music and play instruments. Lin Hetherington tells the story.

Time for changes

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14 Mar 2017

The concert-going experience is the same as it was over a century ago – it’s time to make some changes. David Taylor shares five suggestions.

Female musicians empowered by dedicated funding but industry-wide sexism persists

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10 Mar 2017

Women want to be recognised for their talent, but struggle to overcome gender barriers in the music industry without targeted support, report finds.

UK census to paint picture of live music scene

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07 Mar 2017

The university-led project will record details of venues, musicians and audiences in six cities, to gain a better understanding of the pressures facing music businesses and venues.

New guidance on inclusive approaches to music education

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03 Mar 2017

A new guide is aiming to increase opportunities for disabled children and young people to participate in music-making.

Audiences for classical music

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02 Mar 2017

Catherine Bradley reveals five things you might not know about classical music audiences, discovered through Audience Finder data. 

£1m kick-starts National Endowment for Music in Wales

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17 Feb 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

Emotional responses to music

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16 Feb 2017

Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.

The power of the lullaby

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14 Feb 2017

A fascination with lullabies has led Supriya Nagarajan to produce inter-cultural performances and education projects around the world. She tells the story. 

A winning formula

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09 Feb 2017

The Orchestra of the Swan has found a formula for boldly commissioning new works that pleases both composers and audiences. David Curtis explains his approach.

ABO: “Orchestras cannot continue doing more for less”

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27 Jan 2017

Successful audience development strategies have not led to an increase in earned income, and public funding must be restored, a new report has concluded.

Calm consideration

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26 Jan 2017

As the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall becomes more divisive, Jodi Myers says it’s time for some careful thought.

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