Post date: Friday, 12 January 2018 - 4:11pm

Thursday 4 January 2018 at 7:45pm, Bellfolk Handbell Ringers met at Honingham Village Hall in Norfolk. Peter Yarde Martin (composer) and Jenni Pinnock (mentor) joined us to introduce the first draft of the music composed by Peter.

Post date: Friday, 12 January 2018 - 3:51pm

The moment of truth arrives as composer Peter Yarde Martin tests out his new composition with the Bellfolk Handbell Ringers for the Adopt a Composer project.

One of the most exciting – and nerve-wracking – parts of writing a piece is hearing the ensemble play sections of it for the first time. After all those hours spent kicking ideas around, shaping and re-shaping sketches and doodles into something recognisable, readable and playable, comes the moment of truth: how is it actually going to sound?

Post date: Friday, 12 January 2018 - 11:03am

A number of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to music have been recognised in the 2018 New Year Honours List and we're delighted to once again see several familiar names from Making Music member groups and partner organisations - many congratulations to you all!

Post date: Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 5:46pm

I’ve been ‘adopted’! A strange concept for me to get my head around both personally and professionally, however, the guys at Edinburgh Concert Band (ECB) have been so welcoming that I feel like I do have a new musical family.

Post date: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 - 1:25pm

Since meeting our composer Esmeralda at the Adopt a Composer launch in September, I've found it to be a complete joy getting to know her. We are so lucky to be paired with such an exciting and creative person! She also happens to be funny, fun and vivacious. 

Post date: Monday, 1 January 2018 - 11:58am

Commissioned from Danyal Dhondy, with funding from the Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust, the new piece will be available free to Making Music members until July 2020

Following the success of Jonathan Dove’s new piece Arion and the Dolphin (designed to be paired with Carmina Burana), the Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust has funded the commission of a companion piece to Fauré’s Requiem, with forces matching the popular Oxford University Press edition by John Rutter.

Post date: Friday, 22 December 2017 - 11:13am

Music libraries are by no means used by all Making Music members. But to those groups that rely on them, these resources are a lifeline; enabling them to access a vast repertoire via Inter Library Loans, at a cost which ensures they can survive as a self-funded community group.

Councils, though, struggling as they are with their finances, are increasingly unable to provide a music library. In some cases (for example Nottingham and Norwich), Making Music has been able to work with the local authority to help develop sustainable models for such services.

Post date: Monday, 18 December 2017 - 1:00pm

The Berlin Philharmonic is looking for 100 leisure-time musicians to perform Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony on 21 May 2018 as part of their Education Programme’s BE PHIL Orchestra project.

You could play on Berliner Philharmonie stage in the place normally occupied by the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Post date: Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 12:46pm

This morning, Google sent out a notification email to 35,000 Google Ad Grant holders warning of forthcoming changes to eligibility criteria. They include some very significant differences meaning that, if you are currently using Adwords with a Google Ad Grant to advertise your group's website, you are likely to have some adjustments to make to keep your account open in the new year.

Post date: Friday, 8 December 2017 - 6:03pm

Since June 2017, the Scottish Government have been speaking to artists, cultural organisations and communities across the country in the first stage of developing a  culture strategy for Scotland. The culture strategy will create an overarching framework to support the long term development of culture in Scotland.