Post date: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 - 4:41pm

Composer Nick Olsen offers a unique insight into new music in the making with Scotland's largest mandolin and guitar orchestra, Da Capo Alba for the Adopt a Composer project.

Apologies in advance for all of the awful train-based jokes throughout this blog, I just couldn’t help myself. 

Post date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 4:07pm

Making Music is thrilled to announce that one of the UK’s most successful music ambassadors has been appointed as its first female President.

Throughout the last 20 years, there are probably few people in the UK who have not heard a theme from composer and conductor Debbie Wiseman. She has gifted film and television productions with iconic music, from Edie and Wolf Hall to The Andrew Marr Show and Stephen Fry in America, plus many more.

Debbie says:

Post date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 11:48am

Making Music is delighted to announce the winners of the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists award: Charlotte Bowden (soprano), Manu Brazo (saxophone), Indira Grier (cello), Abel Puustinen (violin), Amy Ro

Post date: Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 11:06am

Calum Gray, Musical Director of Southampton Concert Wind Band (SCWB), talks practice and polish as their Adopt a Composer project pairing with Robert Laidlow enters its final stages. 

Post date: Tuesday, 2 April 2019 - 4:05pm

Jess Griffin, of the Chandos Chamber Choir, on finding inspiration in poetry for their Adopt a Composer project with Laura Snowden.

Post date: Monday, 25 March 2019 - 2:13pm

The Surrey Performing Arts Library is being transferred to charity NewSPAL – which is now recruiting for a Transition Project Manager.

At its Cabinet meeting on 26 February Surrey County Council gave the go ahead for NewSPAL, the user-led charity set up in 2018, to take on the management of their performing arts collection.

This means a successful conclusion to 18 months of campaigning with thousands of users across Surrey and beyond involved to make it happen.

Post date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 5:12pm

Audrey Todd, mandolinist in Da Capo Alba, talks trains and tracks on the Adopt a Composer project with composer Nick Olsen.

Da Capo Alba Guitar and Mandolin orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary in January this year – certainly a momentous occasion and testament to the vision and energy of our director, Barbara Pommerenke-Steel, ably supported by her husband Ian.

Post date: Thursday, 14 March 2019 - 3:35pm

Raise your voices in song to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2019. The new project for choirs, communities and schools includes two new songs for the nation to sing.

Post date: Monday, 11 March 2019 - 11:35am

We are thrilled to announce the Sir Charles Groves Prize, awarded by Making Music for outstanding contribution to the musical life of the UK, was presented to Creative United’s ‘Take it away’ scheme, an initiative designed to make it easier and more affordable for people to buy musical instruments of all kinds. 

Post date: Thursday, 7 March 2019 - 10:34am

Composer Robert Laidlow looks to puzzles and film editing for inspiration on his collaborative piece with the Southampton Concert Wind Band (SCWB) as part of our Adopt a Composer project.