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.

Behind the curtain: The stubbornly beautiful craft of violin making

Richard Wilson
14 Mar 2016

What draws people to a craft that has remained unchanged since the 1800s?

The reins back in my hands

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10 Mar 2016

Struck down with depression, international singer and songwriter Rhoda Dakar reveals how volunteering on a music project helped her to take back control.

If I were 22: Errollyn Wallen

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10 Mar 2016

Run away with the circus, and if there is no doorway, make the door – advice from the composer and first black woman to have a piece performed at The BBC Proms, Errollyn Wallen.

Festivals and venues fail disabled music fans, says report

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04 Mar 2016

A continuing lack of detailed online access information is stopping deaf and disabled music fans from buying tickets.

If I were 22: Jimmy Jewell

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23 Feb 2016

The composer and producer Jimmy Jewell, who has performed on stages all around the world, offers a clear message to 22 year olds: only you can grab hold of your own future.

A model for music education

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23 Feb 2016

The challenge to nurture and support cultural and music education outside London is on. Ian Thomas assesses a model that brings together several music services across four local authorities.

My research: Instruments for deaf musicians

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15 Feb 2016

Virtual violins and computer-based guitars need more than just the right sounds if they’re to work for deaf musicians. Richard Burn describes his research into accessible virtual instruments.

Music and performing arts growth stalling

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29 Jan 2016

Creative industries growth continues to outstrip other sectors, but music, performing and visual arts are faring less well than in previous years.

If I were 22: Sandy Nuttgens

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27 Jan 2016

Want to make it as a composer? Stop asking ‘why me’ and start asking ‘why not me’, advises Sandy Nuttgens.

Relief for orchestras

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20 Jan 2016

Orchestra Tax Relief is imminent. Sean Egan explains how it will work and urges those eligible to start planning now.

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