Post date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020 - 10:12am

Jo Towler explains how promoter, Music in the Round, is bringing musical and cultural fusion to Sheffield.

Music in the Round recently led a crosscultural collaboration between our Bridge Quartet, tabla virtuoso Kuljit Bhamra MBE, and 50 players from Sheffield Music Hub’s Senior Orchestra.

Post date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 1:43pm

Jono Heale, Director of ACS Custom and bassist, highlights the problems around hearing loss for leisure-time musicians and what you can do to keep your ears safe.

The subject of hearing conservation in the Music Industry, Education and even the amateur music making sector sometimes is not given the attention it deserves.  As we may well know, exposure to loud music for long periods of time is a serious concern and a hazard not to be taken lightly.

Post date: Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 12:12pm

Susannah Wapshot, Musical Director of Helensburgh Oratorio, reflects on the groups first workshop with composer Aileen Sweeney and the Adopt a Composer project 'Group Day' for music directors.

Post date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020 - 9:00am

Club Europe introduce a new easy-to-reach French destination for your next choir tour. 

L'Aisne in North East France is a little-known gem in the Hauts-de France region, criss-crossed from east to west by the beautiful Aisne River. Surrounded by Nord, Somme, Oise, Ardennes, and Seine-et-Marne, it also borders Belgium to the northeast and offers a wealth of sight-seeing opportunities to visiting choirs as well as wonderful venues.

Post date: Thursday, 30 January 2020 - 2:26pm

Arts Council England has just published its new 10-year vision. So why is that relevant to you if you don’t get funding, or if you’re in one of the other nations of the UK? Our Chief Executive Barbara Eifler explains…

Post date: Monday, 27 January 2020 - 2:29pm

It’s not as glamorous as it sounds, and often involves investing a lot of time before results become tangible… so what does it look like, and what can it do for you?

Here’s a selection of what we’ve been up to.

Post date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - 3:09pm

Learn To Play Day, organised by the charity Music for All, is a free, nationwide initiative to get people of all ages and abilities playing a musical instrument. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.

The event sees music shops, groups, teachers, venues and schools throughout the UK partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of free music lessons across the weekend. 

Post date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - 1:03pm

Singers in community choirs across the country can testify to the feel-good nature of raising their voices together. One of these is the Big Noise Chorus, which at the end of 2019, celebrated a landmark ten years of singing together with a huge concert involving over 450 singers at Exeter Cathedral. Alto singer and volunteer, Jo Toffolo, tells us more.

Post date: Friday, 3 January 2020 - 11:50am

For the first time, government proposals to overhaul business rates will include rates for grassroots music venues.

Among a raft of other legislative proposals in the Queen's Speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new government unveiled that it will conduct a fundamental review of business rates.

Post date: Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 1:12pm

I can get very miserable, especially when it’s dark in the morning, dark in the afternoon, and grey and rainy in between. The house is a mess, there’s been yet another invasion of the teenage pizza snatchers in the kitchen, the washing piles up and Christmas is looming – and once again no cards have been written and only the briefest of brief investigations of various online shops has taken place, ahead of panic-ordering on the day of the last delivery deadline.

It must be December!