Campaign to boost grassroots music in London

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20 Oct 2015

Plans to support London’s smaller music venues aim to reverse the declining number of performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists and bands. 

How to… programme a festival

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16 Oct 2015

Programming a music festival with over 300 events can’t be easy, but Donald Shaw knows exactly how it’s done. He gives us the low-down and shares his top tips for making it as a programmer.

Creating harmony

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13 Oct 2015

Struggling with a growing library of video files, London Symphony Orchestra urgently needed a new system. Chris Rogers explains why a web-based solution was ideal.

In Harmony programme remains popular but research is inconclusive

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09 Oct 2015

The second year report on the In Harmony initiative finds positive engagement but a lack of conclusive data about the success of the programme.

Extravagant acts

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07 Oct 2015

Daycare centres may not be grand venues, but that doesn’t mean art events staged in them should not be ambitious, says Paul Clark.

No final destination

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23 Sep 2015

What’s the secret of the success of Brent’s music service? A belief that music education is never over, writes Clair Tomalin.

How to… build a brand

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21 Sep 2015

How do you get from first gig to internationally recognised festival? Amy Pearce of EFG London Jazz Festival shares her tips.

Future of music tuition could be online

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18 Sep 2015

A pilot project in rural North Yorkshire believes it’s landed on an effective and affordable model for delivering music tuition to children in isolated areas. 

From closure to creation

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10 Sep 2015

Since Cornwall Council closed its schools music service, an independent service has emerged that is no longer at the mercy of politicians, writes Gareth Churcher.

Mission made possible

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10 Sep 2015

Partnerships with local authories are crucial to Orchestras Live’s work. Henry Little reveals how they’ve maintained relationships through challenging economic times.

Crescendo in popularity for Scotland’s live music scene

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04 Sep 2015

The latest figures from the Scottish Household Survey reveal that non-classical music has overtaken theatre as Scotland’s favourite cultural activity. 

Scheme to offer broad-based support for orchestral composers

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19 Aug 2015

RSNO Composers’ Hub will introduce emerging composers to the business context of a major orchestra whilst developing their skills and contacts.

More collaboration needed to safeguard Welsh music services

10 Jul 2015

With Wales set to revamp its education policy and bring the arts to the heart of its school curriculum, an opportunity exists to safeguard and extend Welsh national music service provision.

Job Ladder – Jo Wright

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02 Jul 2015

Jo Wright tells us about his career, from long-haired rocker to Executive Director of FACT.

Guilty secrets

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15 Jun 2015

As the Government prepares to make the English Baccalaureate compulsory in the GCSE curriculum – with arts subjects victims of the “trade-off” – Liz Hill comes clean about her own inadequate education.

Stumbling across a concert

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11 Jun 2015

As part of a project to build new audiences for orchestral music, Rachel Escott explains her ‘stumbled across’ tactic to bring music to people in everyday places.

A warm welcome to the arts

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04 Jun 2015

The University of Bath – a university that offers no arts courses – recently launched a new arts venue, but its artists in residence programme has been reaching out to staff, students and the local population for years, says John Struthers.

From Manchester to Wuhan

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04 Jun 2015

Debra King and Sarah Perks share their experiences of delivering a multi-artform project as part of the sister-cities celebrations between Wuhan in China and Manchester.

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