Published on: 02/06/2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2015
We are pleased to be a partner organisation for the Epic Awards 2015 - celebrating the achievements of creative cultural groups. Nominations open soon!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Death of Harry Whitham
Dedicated contributor to the world of amateur music and recipient of the inaugural President's Award.
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.
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.
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?
Lady Byron's Choir
Guildford Choral Society is celebrating its 175th anniversary in style. Andrew Green reports.
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
Raising the bar
The National Youth Orchestra is undergoing a quiet revolution as it strives for greater inclusivity. Katy Wright reports