Anna Appleby has been working alongside Merchant Sinfonia on the Adopt a Composer scheme. After a year of collaboration and composition, it's time for the premiere of Turbines.
Choirs across the UK are invited to adopt 40 different railway stations as part of Platform to Perform for BBC Music Day on Friday 28 September 2018.
Local choirs and singing groups are invited to celebrate stations at the heart of their local communities and perform to passengers at times throughout the day.
BBC Local Radio and TV will feature Platform to Perform highlights. There will also be moments on the BBC Music Day Live Page.
New user-led charity NewSPAL (New Surrey Performing Arts Library) has been offering to take on the running of the Surrey Performing Arts Library (SPAL) from Surrey County Council (SCC).
Finally, it now has an almost definite mandate – SCC Cabinet on 26 June asked it to prepare a business plan for an autumn Cabinet meeting. Providing that plan is robust, Cabinet has agreed to transfer the collection to NewSPAL.
Bellfolk’s concert featuring the premiere of Peter Yarde Martin’s new composition, Starsong and Nocturne, took place in May in Norwich. The ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme was a challenge in many ways for the team - not least ringing ‘randomly’ and following non-standard notation.
The latest stage in our Adopt a Composer project took the form of a workshop and social gathering. Lesley Watt from the second mandolin section describes her experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday afternoon meeting in Hangleton. Everyone contributed food and drink and a party atmosphere. Maurice (first mandolins) introduced us to a session of eurythmy movement, with balls and oranges, which at times became ridiculously shambolic when Paul gained possession of a large number of oranges!
Making Music Board of Trustees 2018 - 2019
At the Annual General Meeting on 26 June, Making Music announced the new trustees who had been elected to its Board. The three vacancies are filled by Valerie Taylor of Vocal Dimension Chorus (who has already served one term as a trustee), Abby Charles of Cardiff Amateur Flute Ensemble (who until recently was Making Music’s Manager in Wales), and Paul Graham of the Trinity Folk Festival in Guildford.
After our recent AGM and the advent of some fresh faces on the Making Music Board of Trustees, we welcome Paul Graham in a quick fire interview.
What drew you to Making Music?
I am passionate about live music and wanted to give something back to society so MM seemed ideal. I believe that we need to support the Performing Arts as a key sector of the UK economy and fear that with the decline of music in schools that this may be threatened in the future.
The map is the first-ever of its kind that covers music facilities across the city. By taking into account music venues, recording studios and rehearsal spaces, the map will be used to help protect and nurture the music scene and the facilities it needs across the capital.
The Mayor of London wants to see more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London, so the Greater London Assembly (GLA) has launched the new Culture Seeds programme, which is aimed specifically at grassroots organisations.