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.

Music tourism generated almost £4bn in 2015

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17 Jun 2016

UK Music is calling on policy-makers to create “optimum conditions” for young people to enter the music industries, as a new report reveals the employment and income generated by music tourists.

Exceeding fundraising targets

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14 Jun 2016

Last year Youth Music more than doubled its fundraising income, exceeding its already ambitious target. Emma Holenstein reveals how they did it.

Part of the place

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09 Jun 2016

An In Harmony programme has embedded Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in its local community. Susanne Burns reveals how the orchestra helps shape Everton’s sense of place.

Academisation strains relationship between Music Hubs and schools

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22 Apr 2016

Music teaching provision is becoming incohesive as schools are left to decide whether or not to engage with local hubs, according to a new report.

If I were 22: Kate Simko

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21 Apr 2016

Chicago-raised electronic music producer Kate Simko says get out there while you're young, and don't be afraid to pull the plug on dead-end projects.

Network to drive talent development in music

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15 Apr 2016

22 organisations have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners 2016 and will receive grants to deliver support for music creators.

Future of In Harmony in doubt as pilot scheme draws to a close

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08 Apr 2016

Headteachers reject the idea of a diluted form of the music and social education programme, saying that funding will be the main barrier to schools continuing with the scheme.

Music without fear

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05 Apr 2016

Following the success of relaxed theatrical performances, Chris Proctor explains how Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall has gone about staging relaxed concerts. 

Education reforms could open school doors to more musicians

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18 Mar 2016

A lack of formal teaching qualifications will no longer be an entry barrier to musicians wanting to teach in state schools under proposals in the latest education White Paper.  

Appy days?

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16 Mar 2016

Research into an app that encourages students to attend classical music has elicited some unwelcome responses, reveals Garry Crawford.

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