Wales must ring-fence music education funding, committee told

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18 Jan 2017

A government committee has been warned that a crisis is facing music in Wales and new ideas are essential.

City of London revives plans for world-class concert hall

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13 Jan 2017

£2.5m has been pledged to enable the feasibility study for the £278m venue to be concluded after the Government pulled out. 

Job ladder – Michelle Abbey

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05 Jan 2017

Chelsea Theatre’s Community Development Manager Michelle Abbey discusses her career engaging audiences and promoting diversity.  

Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative develops life and learning skills

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25 Nov 2016

News of the scheme’s holistic benefits follows the announcement of £660k funding to music charities across the country.

No link between In Harmony participation and attainment

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24 Nov 2016

Boys and children with special educational needs remain under-represented in the music education programme’s extra-curricular provision, according to a new report.

A mental makeover for classical music

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24 Nov 2016

Tired of seeing classical music magazines filled with middle-aged white faces, James Fleury proposes four ‘mental makeovers’ that could help increase diversity in the sector. 

‘Invaluable’ music service saved by not-for-profit community organisation

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15 Nov 2016

The intervention by soundLINCS will enable the Lincolnshire-based MUSIC:LINK to continue operating into its 30th year.

Two out of three music industry workers suffer from depression, survey suggests

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03 Nov 2016

Anti-social hours, lack of pay and exhaustion lead to a ‘profound difficulty’ in sustaining a living in the industry.

Music Education Hubs extend reach despite funding cuts

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28 Oct 2016

The hubs survived increasing local authority cuts but the failure to engage boys and young people with special educational needs persists, a new report finds.

New direction for Help Musicians UK

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07 Oct 2016

Organisations that “challenge the status quo” will be eligible for funding through Help Musicians UK’s new open access grants programme.

If I were 22: Chad Lawson

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03 Oct 2016

Chad Lawson’s music has been used on The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries. His advice for 22 year-olds? Never stop learning. Or baking cookies.

Classical music becoming middle class, committee hears

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09 Sep 2016

A meeting of the Countries of Culture inquiry this week heard about the challenges facing regional arts organisations following local authority cuts.

My Gurus – Kathryn Deane

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01 Sep 2016

As she prepares to retire, Sound Sense’s Kathryn Deane reflects on those that have – often unknowingly – inspired her work. 

Music exam to focus on performance

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10 Aug 2016

A new internationally recognised qualification will assess practical performing skills.

Change through action

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21 Jul 2016

Access and prejudice still need to be fought, but the British Paraorchestra has talent and fearlessness on its side, says Charles Hazlewood.

If I were 22: Neil Myers

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19 Jul 2016

Composer Neil Myers says keep practicing, keep listening, and keep going.

Ticket sales continue to grow for disabled music fans

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13 Jul 2016

Disabled music fans and their assistants attending events such as Glastonbury and Latitude Festival brought an estimated £7.5m to the economy in 2015.

Nearly 4,000 young people to receive free instruments and tuition

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07 Jul 2016

Eight London state schools are to be supported over four years by £2.8m in funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

Land of song

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07 Jul 2016

Cardiff’s first international festival celebrated what Wales is most famous for – the human voice. Graeme Farrow reflects on the launch of the biennial cultural event.

How to… react to challenges in your career

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28 Jun 2016

Life is full of twists, turns, knocks and challenges, says composer Aleah Morrison-Basu – but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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