Inspiring elite performance without the elitism

Leeds Cathedral Choir
23 Sep 2020

God? Art? Heritage? Education? In the face of a financial reckoning and a crisis of balance, can cathedral choirs harness their transformational potential before becoming an irrelevant heritage industry for the soul, asks Thomas Leech.

A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

Changing direction – and finding a voice

23 Sep 2020

As many creative people pause and rethink the path they're on, Mary Irwin explains how a new programme could help them harness their talent in a meaningful way.

'Bubble of one': Disability arts educators fear exclusions

18 Sep 2020

As schools reopen, the barriers to resuming arts education for disabled children "have been hugely increased".

Covid-19: Arts universities could lose £25m

17 Sep 2020

New analysis indicates a significant financial hit if international student numbers fall in 2021.

In a post-pandemic world, could an arts-rich classroom become the norm?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: 'The Comedy of Errors' at Nelson Mandela Primary School
03 Sep 2020

As schools reopen for the new year, arts education needs to rise to short and long-term challenges to be successful and remain relevant. Jacqui O’Hanlon proposes a way forward.

Urgent need for music education guidance

28 Aug 2020

Days before England's schools resume, the Department for Education is yet to publish guidance on reopening music departments.

Earlyarts UK closes due to Covid-19

20 Aug 2020

After 18 years' work in arts and education, coronavirus was "the final straw" in an ongoing battle for income.

What happened to STEAM? The push to re-brand arts subjects as SHAPE

13 Jul 2020

Academics behind the campaign say a new label will “unite and celebrate” these subjects and their role in rebuilding a post-Covid economy.

Arts subjects to stay when schools reopen fully

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03 Jul 2020

The Government has dropped parts of a draft plan that would have sidelined ‘non-core’ subjects for up to a year.

Are qualifications worth it?

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01 Jul 2020

Until the arts sector defines its expectations of the learning needed by employees, even aspirational and potentially career-enhancing training will be of limited value to either the individual or institution, says Michelle Wright.

Positive outcomes are emerging from online music teaching, survey finds

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17 Jun 2020

Lockdown is transforming the way music teachers deliver instrument tuition now and in the future, with 87% currently adapting their lessons for delivery online.

Drama School head falls on his sword

Central School of Speech and Drama
12 Jun 2020

Professor Gavin Henderson has apologised for “the lived experiences of students of colour” and his racist comments during his time as Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

‘New normal’ emerges in GCSE and A level arts uptake

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11 Jun 2020

The proportion of school pupils taking music and drama at GCSE looks set to stabilise around 20% lower than in 2015, when a dramatic slide in uptake began.

Learning from experience with isolated audiences in lockdown

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08 Jun 2020

Live Music Now serves audiences in the care and education sectors – but that didn’t stop musicians reaching them while they have been closed to the outside world. Evan Dawson tells the story.

Lockdown, Learn and Lead

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20 May 2020

How can we preserve the entrepreneurial spirit that has characterised the sector’s response to the pandemic, and which of the new ways of being should form part of a new compact with our audiences and communities? Hilary Carty looks at the challenges ahead.

Escaping the trap of tradition

an orchestra performing in a multi-storey car park
20 May 2020

The time has come for conservatoires to recognise their role within the wider sector and to embrace the challenges presented by modern times. Tom Foster offers six proposals for setting the ball rolling.

Why student theatre will lead the way forward for the rest of us

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20 May 2020

The energy, invention and will to survive shown by young companies will replenish and rekindle our industry says James Phillips, but unless the industry finds a way of nurturing them, a career in theatre will only be available to the children of the wealthy.

University to lead arts-based research into mental resilience in young people

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01 May 2020

Interventions that have been supporting young people’s resilience to and recovery from mental health crises elsewhere in the world will be explored in the UK following a £2.7m charitable donation.

Digital delivery at the forefront of Wales’ drive to embed arts in schools

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24 Apr 2020

Funding for creativity has been renewed in the run-up to a new cross-disciplinary curriculum in Wales that will see Expressive Arts become a main pillar of the learning framework.

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