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Published on: 02/06/2011
JAM celebrates 15 years in March
JAM celebrates 15 years
A brand new work by three-times BASCA winning composer Gabriel Jackson is just one of the highlights of the John Armitage Memorial Trust’s 15th anniversary celebrations next month.
History of the trumpet
The trumpet through the ages
It began as a simple length of brass tubing, and went on to become a sophisticated valved instrument with a full chromatic range. Philip Clark (for Sinfini Music) investigates the evolution of the trumpet, and how it's now at home in both the classical orchestra and jazz.
Music Christmas tree
Making Music Christmas cards on sale now!
Our unique Christmas cards are available to buy at a special reduced price
The Association of British Orchestras
ABO launches #OrchestrasEverywhere campaign
The Association of British Orchestras shines a spotlight on orchestras with tongue in cheek viral video
Andrea Encinas wins the Lady Hilary Groves Prize 2014
Andrea Encinas wins the Lady Hilary Groves Prize 2014
Andrea Encinas wins the Lady Hilary Groves Prize for her outstanding contribution to British Gospel Arts
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NCEM Young Composers Award 2015 - register your interest
The 2015 NCEM Young Composers Award will be launched on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show on Sunday 30 November 2014. Find out about the award categories and how to enter
Trustee Week
Trustees’ Week – 10 to 16 November
Trustees’ Week is taking place between 10 and 16 November. Find out about the activities planned and about opportunities to take part.
BBC Ten Pieces
BBC Ten Pieces - are you ready?
The BBC are looking to encourage participating schools to attend local concerts as part of their 'Ten Pieces' programme. Find out how you can get involved.
Singing Shakespeare
Singing Shakespeare: If music be the food of love – sing on!
David Wordsworth, of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, writes about an exciting new project Making Music members can get involved in: Singing Shakespeare.
Cello top 20
Julian Lloyd Webber's 20 Great Pieces for Cello
The cellist has spent an entire career exploring the cello repertoire. Here (writing for Sinfini Music) he chooses his favourites from classic concertos, chamber and contemporary works, and offers some suggestions for further listening.
Marching Band
Fanfare plays for a new world record
Congratulations to Thurrock Marching Brass and the Marching Band Activity UK Facebook page, which set a new world record last month with the longest line of fanfare trumpeters.
Last Post
Commemorate the WW1 Centenary with The Last Post project
Superact is recruiting community organisations across the UK to take part in The Last Post project this November.
Peter Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies at 80
MM President Peter Maxwell Davies is one of Britain's greatest living composers. Celebrating his 80th birthday in September, he shows no sign of slowing down. Jonathan Cross (for Sinfini Music) provides a friendly guide to the music of a man whose career has spanned over 50 years.
Arts Award
Become an Arts Award supporter
Reach new audiences and help young people experience the arts with the Arts Award programme
Nicola Benedetti
Nicola Benedetti wins 2014 Sir Charles Groves Prize
This year’s Sir Charles Groves Prize, which recognises outstanding contributions to the UK’s cultural life, has gone to Nicola Benedetti.
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Making Music member remains unpaid for concert
Alongside West End names, at least one Making Music member has not been paid for its part in An Evening of Movies and Musicals, a concert which took place on 1 December 2013 in London.
2014 honours
Voluntary music stars awarded MBEs
Andrew Penny, Martin Binks and Wilson Graham have all been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Voluntary choirs sought for Orchestival competition
Charles Hazlewood and the Philharmonia are looking for a UK adult amateur choir to perform at this year’s Orchestival.
Making Music board
Making Music membership elects four new Board members
Results from the Making Music Board elections announced at AGM
People's Orchestra
The People’s Orchestra secures £100k grant
Making Music member group the People’s Orchestra has been awarded £100,000 from Arts Council England.
Twitter profile redesign rolled out to all users
Twitter has begun rolling out a significant change to the design of profile pages. Find out what's new.
AYCA 2014 winners
2014 AYCA winners announced
We are delighted to announce the 2014 winners of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists
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Are you missing out on an invaluable contemporary music resource?
Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) provides access to a unique library of 1,000+ contemporary works for voluntary and youth ensembles.
Jam on the Marsh
Member discount for JAM on the Marsh – a new 8-day choral course in Kent
This summer the rugged beauty of Kent's Romney Marsh will form the backdrop to a prestigious annual arts festival
Yorkshire Festival
Yorkshire prepares to celebrate the Grand Départ with a 100-day cultural festival
From 27 March to 5 July the Yorkshire Festival will deliver thousands of music and cultural events. Find out how your group can get involved.
South Bristol Wellbeing Choir
Success for the South Bristol Wellbeing Choir
Health and wellbeing project will continue following fundraising success
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Urgent: Ask your MP to support STEM to STEAM
On 13 February, MPs will be debating whether art subjects should be added to STEM subjects
lottery awards
Entry now open for National Lottery Awards
Enter your organisation to win £2,000 and national recognition at the annual Lottery awards.
Breath Cycle
Scottish Opera to premiere new piece inspired by project with cystic fibrosis sufferers
Scottish Opera's annual tour this year will feature the world premiere of Until the Glass Shattered – a piece inspired by research with Gartnavel General Hospital and CF sufferers.
Wellcome Images of music
Gallery: Music in the Wellcome Images collection
A selection of musically-themed images from the Wellcome Images collection.
UK Music
Music worth £3.5bn to the UK economy
UK music was worth £3.5bn to the British economy in 2012, according to figures released in December by UK Music.
WW1 centenary
First World War Centenary events in 2014
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Find out about how you can get involved.
Bob Chilcott
Sing Bob Chilcott’s carol in memory of organist Alan Greaves
In the last few weeks, Oxford University Press (OUP) has been inundated with requests from choirs to sing Bob Chilcott’s new carol written in memory of Alan Greaves, the Sheffield organist murdered on his way to midnight mass last Christmas Eve.
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Children and adults sing carols side by side
This month, children and adults will be singing side by side at carol concerts across the UK. The concerts will include works from new collection Carols for Everyone, which features seven carols arranged specifically for children’s choirs to perform with adult SATB choirs.
Grease the musical
Performing rights withdrawn for Grease songs
UK collection society PRS for Music has announced that it no longer represents 23 of the songs from the 1970s musical, Grease.
Little Missenden Festival
Little Missenden Festival secures PRS funding
Member promoting group Little Missenden Festival has been awarded a grant of £2,500 from the PRS Foundation
HMRC releases new regulations on Self-employed Entertainers
HMRC repeals NI regulations for self-employed entertainers
The repeal will mean that Making Music members are no longer required to make National Insurance contributions when employing freelance musicians.
The Charity Commission on trustee development
Charity Commission urges support for trustee development
Research suggests that around a third of charities do not offer training to support trustees.
Barbara Eifler
Barbara Eifler confirmed as Executive Director
Making Music has named Barbara Eifler as its new Executive Director, following the departure of Chief Executive Robin Osterley in October.
Music Show 2013
Join us at the Music Show 2013
Making Music will be exhibiting at the inaugural Music Show in Manchester on 15-16 November, and we’re offering member groups 50% off tickets.
Early Day Motion
Ask your MP to support this Early Day Motion!
Early Day Motion 191 on the Importance of Arts and Creative Industries needs your support!
Vermeer exhibition
Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure
Alexandra Scott gives her thoughts on the National Gallery's recent exhibition
Robin Osterley
Robin Osterley steps down as Making Music Chief Executive
Making Music Chief Executive Robin Osterley has stepped down from his post after 16 years of loyal service.
Family Arts Festival: are you taking part?
Family Arts Festival: are you taking part?
The first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival will see over 750 organisations host over 1,500 family-friendly arts events.
Hackney Singers
Member group celebrates its 40th anniversary
Making Music member group Hackney Singers is this week celebrating 40 years since its first evening class.
Britten 100 - Friday Afternoons Project
Friday afternoons will never be the same again
Friday 22 November 2013 will see events all through the UK and internationally linked to Britten’s song cycle Friday Afternoons
Arcomis Brass Event
Arcomis International Brass Event
A new musical festival for Wales featuring BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Mnozil, London Sinfonietta, NYJO and Superbrass.
Addicts Orchestra
Battling addiction with classical music
A new TV series will bring together people who have struggled with addiction to investigate the role of music in recovery.
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Charity Commission releases new guidance for trustees
New guidelines have been released to help trustees in their decision making
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Fundraising collections for Making Music
Member groups holding charity collections to help more people make music.
BBC Radio 3 The Choir
BBC Radio 3 launches Meet my Choir
Every Sunday on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir the airwaves will be handed over to you, the choristers of Great Britain.
Charity Commission
Charity Commission invites trustees to attend public meeting
Trustee duties, financial accountability and the powers of the Regulator will be discussed
Choir of the year
Choir of the Year opens for entries
Entries are now open for Choir of the Year 2014, which celebrates the UK’s world-class choral tradition through live events and BBC broadcasts.
Peter Maxwell Davies New Years Honours
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies recognised on New Year Honours list
The Making Music President, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, was made a Companion of Honour in the 2014 New Year Honours list
Chorus at the Southbank
Southbank Centre opens its doors to voluntary choirs
London’s Southbank Centre is looking for choirs of all styles and abilities to perform as part of its 2014 Chorus festival
National libraries day
Support your music library this February
It's National Libraries Day on 8 February – what better time to show how important your local music library is to your group?
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Christmas is coming… to a choir near you!
Composer Alexander L’Estrange is working on a new Christmas cantata for children and SATB choir. Find out more about his work and how to get involved.
Making Music jobs
Nominations invited for Making Music’s Board of directors
There are four vacancies on Making Music’s Board of directors this year, to be elected from our membership – please consider standing!
Big Lunch
A feast of festivals to get involved in
This summer sees four festivals offering opportunities to get involved: Voluntary Arts Week, Big Lunch, Creativity and Wellbeing Week, and Refugee Week
Individual membership
New individual membership scheme announced
Making Music is delighted to launch a brand new membership scheme for individual music makers!
alcohol license
Highnotes correction – alcohol license
Correction to alcohol license information provided in Highnotes Summer issue 2014.
mobile miniatures
String quartet commissions contemporary classical music for mobile phones
The Spektral Quartet has created 63 pieces of contemporary classical music specifically for mobile alerts
Adopt a Composer Making Music
Apply now to Adopt a Composer
Applications are now open for our Adopt a Composer 2014-15 scheme
Charity Commission releases updated guidance
Charity Commission publishes updated guidance on conflicts of interest
The Charity Commission has published updated guidance for charity trustees, including how to identify, prevent and deal with conflicts of interest.
Big Big Sing
Help create the Big Big Commonwealth playlist
Big Big Sing is asking for choirs to submit their recordings to a Commonwealth playlist.
Grand Depart - photo: Shannons Cycle Centre, York
Song Cycle saddles up for a celebration of the bicycle
A new choral work – inspired by cycling through Yorkshire – will premiere in York Minster this June
Leicester Library music cuts
Making Music invited to help devise alternative options for Leicester Music Library
Leicester City's Neighbourhood Services and Community Involvement Scrutiny Commission met to discuss the findings on the music library consultation carried out earlier this year.
conference events
Making Music autumn events programme
A round-up of our upcoming autumn events, from conference to training sessions, plus our first office open day.
Rebecca Dale
Adopt a Composer pairings announced
Our flagship project linking emerging composers with voluntary music groups has returned for a 14th year.
Charity Commission
Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting
The regulatory body invites members to attend their Annual Public Meeting in Westminster
world record attempt
Fanfare World Record Attempt 2014
Thurrock to host Guinness World Record attempt
Find a teacher
How do I learn an instrument?
‘Should my child learn to play a musical instrument?’ If the answer is yes, what is the best way to learn? It can be surprisingly hard to find out the options. Charlotte Gardner (for Sinfini Music) explores the key issues.
Family Arts Standards
Is your group engaging with families?
A new set of Family Arts Standards have been developed to help arts organisations ensure family audiences are encouraged and welcomed.
Sir George Dyson
New book examines the life and music of Sir George Dyson
Choral conductor Paul Spicer has written an illuminating biography and study of the life and music of Sir George Dyson (1883-1964).
The Armed Man
The Armed Man: most borrowed tune ever?
Classical music has had a lot of big hits, but perhaps none greater than the medieval song L'homme armé (The Armed Man). Andrew Stewart (for Sinfini Music) uncovers the history and evolution of this unlikely hit.
Epic Awards
Epic awards 2015
We are pleased to be a partner organisation for the Epic Awards 2015 - celebrating the achievements of creative cultural groups. Nominations open soon!
Making Music collections
It's not too late to shake a bucket!
This year, we asked whether you would consider holding a fundraising collection for Making Music at your events in the run-up to Christmas, and we have been inspired by the response we received!
Join the Women of the World Orchestra
Join the Women of the World Orchestra
The Southbank Centre’s global festival celebrating the achievements of women and girls returns this year, and there are exciting opportunities for Making Music members to be involved.
Join the Grade1athon
Learn a new instrument in 2015 with support from Making Music
Start your New Year with a new musical challenge and achieve grade 1 by the end of 2015!
Making Music courses
Making Music – 2015 events programme
We have a busy and varied programme of events planned for the first half of 2015.
MBe awards 2015
New Year Honours for music makers
Terry Noel, founder of Melodians Steel Orchestra UK, appointed MBE for his services to Music
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Performance opportunity for choral groups
Composer Chris Wood is offering a fantastic performance opportunity – including a donation to your choir or choral society
Top 20 Piano pieces
Top 20 Solo Piano Pieces
The piano repertoire is the largest of any instrument save the voice. With millions of works to choose from, where do you start? Jessica Duchen (for Sinfini Music) nominates her Top 20.
VIML project seeks participants for study on visual-impairment and music
Are you a visually-impaired person who is an instrumentalist, singer or composer (amateur or professional)? Are you a visually-impaired music teacher or, perhaps, sighted and working with visually-impaired learners? VIML needs you!
Voices Now 2015
Voices Now: calling all choirs to perform
Voices Now, the biennial festival of singing, is now calling for all kinds of choirs to perform on the Making Music stage on 9 and 10 May this year
Voluntary Arts Week
Voluntary Arts Week: 15–24 May 2015
Join in the nationwide celebration of all things creative and cultural
AYCA winners announced
2015 AYCA winners announced
Find out about the 2015 winners of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists
A Choir in Every Care Home – what news?
A Choir in Every Care Home project – what is it and how can it affect and be useful to your group?
abcd convention now open for bookings
The 30th convention for the Association of British Choral Directors will be taking place at the Royal Northern College of Music
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An interview with Vasko Vassilev
The fresh-faced Royal Opera House concert master tells Alex Stevens about his 20-year career at Covent Garden
Arvo the Great
Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, Arvo Pärt may be keeping a low profile as ever – but his legions of fans will have plenty of live music to enjoy, writes Andrew Green
Voluntary Arts Week
Be part of Voluntary Arts Week and apply for a cash boost
Voluntary Arts are offering small grants to encourage groups to get involved with Voluntary Arts Week 2015. Find out more about how to apply.
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Book a bandstand? No problem
Ever wondered how your group could get to perform on that lovely restored bandstand in your local park? Here’s the website to tell you how – and it’s often free.
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Côr World Choir invites you to join in with the largest choir ever assembled
Take part in the 2016 Côr World Choir, and join the largest massed-voice choir ever assembled.
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Cor World Choir: join 20,000 voices
Update on the Cor World Choir event taking place in Cardiff on Saturday 21 May 2016 and how to register
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Could you create or join in with a Fun Palace?
What is ‘Fun Palaces’ and how can community and amateur groups – or individuals – get involved?
Harry Whitham
Death of Harry Whitham
Dedicated contributor to the world of amateur music and recipient of the inaugural President's Award.
Do you know a talented teenage musician?
The National Youth Orchestra is now inviting applications to audition for the 2016 intake.
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Entries for OperaUpClose’s new opera competition are now open!
Now in its fourth year, OperaUpClose’s opera writing competition Flourish invites emerging and established composers and librettists to apply for an exciting opportunity to have their work professionally produced.
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Extended intervals
In his first diary column for Classical Music, roving critic Michael White has mixed feelings as he reacquaints himself with the Albert Hall and goes from the sublime to the riotous during a musical sojourn in the south of France.
Free sheet music for violin and piano duets
A generous donation of sheet music has been made available free of charge to anyone interested.
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Friday Afternoons – sing with the kids?
Friday Afternoons is a project to get kids singing on the Friday nearest Britten’s birthday in November. New songs and free resources are provided each year.
Learn to Play Day 2015
Get Creative and take part in our Grade 1 Challenge
Why not take part in Get Creative by learning a new instrument from scratch this year!
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Get involved with Music Day UK
On 21 June the world celebrates Music Day. It’s all about free access and showcasing fantastic music making – how will you join in?
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Insiders Anonymous: The country house opera usher
It’s not well paid and no one needs to see Carmen four times in a summer, but something keeps them coming back. As told to Jessica Duchen
Italy: where it's happening this year
Three exciting events for amateur instrumentalists happen in Italy this year: time to head abroad?
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Join in with this year's Big Big Sing
Find out more about the Big Big Sing and this year’s dates
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Lady Byron's Choir
Guildford Choral Society is celebrating its 175th anniversary in style. Andrew Green reports.
EBacc for the future
Making Music joins creators, educators and industry to urge Government rethink on EBacc
The Bacc for the Future campaign is back again following the Department for Education’s announcement of plans to introduce a compulsory list of subjects at GCSE level.
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Making Music members are invited to the CoMA Allcomers Music Summer School
CoMA Allcomers Music Summer School is back, and looking for musicians of all abilities to join in with this summer’s course. This year, CoMA is offering two free tickets exclusively to Making Music members.
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Malone in a field
The Latitude Festival has always offered an eclectic artistic mix but for the first time this year it gave amateur singers the opportunity to perform on the main stage – under the direction of tv’s own Gareth Malone. Claudine Nightingale has the story
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New Jonathan Dove commission for Making Music available to members in June
Our Executive Director, Barbara Eifler, visits a Jonathan Dove workshop with the Dulwich Choral Society
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Our new corporate members, Opera Anywhere, introduce themselves
Opera Anywhere are a touring opera company that go any place, anytime, anywhere!
Raising the bar
The National Youth Orchestra is undergoing a quiet revolution as it strives for greater inclusivity. Katy Wright reports
Sing for peace as part of One Day One Choir
Find out how you can join an international singing movement to honour International Day of Peace on 21 September
Changing tunes
So you want to make music in a prison?
Philip Emery, director of charity Changing Tunes and member of Beckenham Concert Band, gives a how-to guide for making music in prisons.
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Tempus per Annum now available for free download
Robert Hugill completes his eight-part motet Tempus per Annum, a cycle of motets written for the Church’s year
The British Composer Awards are now open for nominations
This year’s British Composer Awards are now open for nominations to celebrate emerging contemporary composers.
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The World Federation of Amateur Orchestra's annual festival is looking for musicians
The World Federation of Amateur Orchestras is looking for orchestral musicians to join in on their annual festival in Milan.
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Thinking about Making Music this #RememberACharityWeek?
This week is ‘Remember A Charity In Your Will Week’: find out how you could help music thrive in the UK.
Ambrož Bajec-Lapajne during surgery
Video: tenor sings while undergoing cranial surgery
Lyric tenor Ambrož Bajec-Lapajne underwent an awake craniotomy while singing Schubert's 'Gute Nacht'
Neglected Music
Win a copy of Neglected Music: A Repertoire Handbook for Orchestras and Choirs
To celebrate the upcoming reprint of Neil Butterworth's guide to neglected repertoire Robert Hale is offering the chance to win a free copy
Epic Awards
Win your group an Epic Award
The Epic Awards are now open for entries: find out how to nominate your group

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