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Published on: 02/06/2011
NCEM composers award
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.
unpaid for show
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
stem to steam
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
Making Music logo
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 4 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.
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!

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