Classical music education for the 21st century

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22 Mar 2018

ABRSM’s grade eight piano exam syllabus features no women composers this year. Anna Bull calls for music education to start celebrating classical music as a living tradition.

How we raised £35k for refugees

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21 Feb 2018

When orchestra professionals Tamzin Aitken and Libby Papakyriacou decided to stage a fundraising concert to support the refugee crisis – outside of their normal day jobs – they were overwhelmed by the response. 

Youth Music calls for a ‘new model for music education’

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16 Feb 2018

Music should be led by young people’s interests and less focused on prescriptive outcomes, according to the findings of a schools action research programme.

Unpaid ‘exposure’ does not benefit musicians’ careers

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16 Feb 2018

The ‘world first’ live music census also reveals key challenges for venues and information about the economic value of the industry.

Letter: A matter of deepest regret

15 Feb 2018

Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.

Current music education system a ‘disaster’ for post-Brexit UK

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09 Feb 2018

Music and dance leaders have implored a Lords select committee to support the introduction of a special arrangement within the visa system for performers.

People with dementia need ‘universal access to music’, report says

31 Jan 2018

New research finds listening to music helps tackle anxiety, depression and agitation among people living with dementia, and calls for a dedicated music and dementia task force.

New and inclusive music

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25 Jan 2018

Frank Lyons explains how a combined academic and artistic approach has been key to the success of a new ensemble featuring disabled and non-disabled musicians.

In Harmony pupils let down by their secondary schools

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19 Jan 2018

Research by Opera North finds musical progression opportunities post-primary are limited and “often inappropriate”.

Singing helps mothers recover from postnatal depression

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12 Jan 2018

Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Agent of Change principle moves closer to becoming law

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12 Jan 2018

Campaigners say proposed changes to planning legislation would protect music venues from “unfair and unreasonable” soundproofing costs.

Where are the next Stormzys and Adeles?

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11 Jan 2018

Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds, warns Pamela McCormick.

Making the most of tax relief

11 Jan 2018

Tax relief has enabled many theatre companies to take creative risks and invest more in productions without the fear of financial loss. Margot Madin explains how.

Making the most of time

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03 Jan 2018

A music-making project within HMP Inverness is helping offenders develop skills for life, learning and work. Stacey Toner describes the challenges and its aims for the future.

London Mayor to protect arts venues threatened by noise complaints

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30 Nov 2017

Culture is “at the heart” of Sadiq Khan’s draft civic planning strategy, which sets out plans for new cultural quarters and making London a ‘24-hour city’.

My Gurus – Holly Prest

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18 Nov 2017

From Manchester to Brazil and back again, Holly Prest, Artistic Director of carnival arts organisation Global Grooves, names those who have shaped and inspired her career.

MPs call for ‘agent of change’ principle to protect music venues

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10 Nov 2017

A debate in the House of Commons lamented a tendency for venues to close when the cost of soundproofing falls on them after residential property is built nearby.

Music students should study mental health issues, charity claims

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16 Oct 2017

New research examines the pressures on musicians’ mental health and wellbeing caused by unpredictable careers, a culture of self-criticism and the lack of time to relax.

The virtual orchestra

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21 Sep 2017

Virtual reality technology may be in its infancy, but Luke Ritchie sees huge potential for the arts. He reveals how the Philharmonia Orchestra is using it for artistic and audience development purposes. 

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