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Post date: Monday, 20 May 2024 - 2:00pm

We're thrilled to announce that composer Debbie Wiseman OBE, who has recently been re-appointed as President of Making Music, is gifting one of her pieces for this year’s Make Music Day celebrations on 21 June. 

Post date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024 - 10:44am

Making Music's Co-Chief Executive, Barbara Eifler, reports on her recent experience at the mass Welsh male voice choirs' concert at the Royal Albert Hall. 

I'm not sure what I was expecting from such an event, but perhaps to come out being utterly charmed wasn't it. 

To some, male voice choirs might have a reputation for being old-fashioned, or just plain old, and their repertoire – and uniforms – maybe don't immediately speak to us not familiar with the genre, or to a younger generation, to suggest a must-see concert. 

Post date: Tuesday, 30 April 2024 - 2:35pm

Chris Leonard, manager of Derwent Brass, discusses winning the 2024 RPS Inspiration Award, programming a 35-show run and the future of brass banding.

Congratulations to Derwent Brass for winning the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Inspiration Award, the first brass band to achieve this in the award's over 200-year history. We had the pleasure of interviewing Band Manager, Chris Leonard about the group’s historic win and what’s in store for the future.

Post date: Monday, 29 April 2024 - 3:20pm

Janice Summers, co-Music Director of Northern Rose Voices, talks through the start of their creative journey with composer Carla Sayer as part of Adopt a Music Creator 2024

The group, a female vocal ensemble made up of members from East and North Yorkshire, were paired up with Carla at the project launch event in January and embarked on the collaborative process shortly after. To find out more about their journey so far, watch their vlog below:

Post date: Friday, 26 April 2024 - 3:03pm

Continuo Connect offers a comprehensive early music listing service, spotlighting both established and emerging talents supported by the Continuo Foundation. And the website is completely free!

Did you know that many of the UK’s finest classical musicians, playing on period instruments with the likes of the OAE and the Academy of Ancient Music, regularly perform in smaller ensembles in local venues across the country? 

Post date: Wednesday, 24 April 2024 - 1:38pm

Making Music has joined with almost 40 major music sector organisations, networks and individuals calling for 'voice' to be added to the eligible instruments, so that choirs can claim Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR). 

Post date: Tuesday, 23 April 2024 - 4:19pm

Finding a space for music-making is getting harder in many communities. And for some groups, their specific needs make finding a space that suits them, that’s accessible and affordable even more of a challenge. We spoke to member group Steel Pan Music CIC about steel bands and why venues that can accommodate steel bands need to be protected for community use.

Post date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024 - 12:29pm

Dr Robin Harrison FRSA, founder of The Maestro Online, talks about the secrets of finding success on your musical path.

Post date: Wednesday, 3 April 2024 - 1:25pm

Margaret Hastings, Treasurer for the Helensburgh Oratorio Choir, tells us how their group organised their Diamond Jubilee concert.

Post date: Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 1:01pm

Barbara Eifler explores how the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s unique approach to live events in non-traditional venues could inspire Making Music members to attract more and newer audiences to their concerts.