Post date: Friday, 30 April 2021 - 3:54pm

All four nations of the UK are starting to open up again after lockdown, each with a different roadmap and timeline. 

Following government announcements, throughout May and June leisure-time music groups can expect to be rehearsing - and even performing - outdoors and in some cases indoors across the UK. However these routes out of lockdown are provisional only, with risk assessments and mitigations attached to each stage.

Post date: Friday, 30 April 2021 - 10:44am

One year into the pandemic, we conducted another coronavirus impact survey of our members, following up on surveys conducted in March 2020 and September 2020.

Post date: Friday, 23 April 2021 - 3:54pm

Emily Abbott, programme director for Intergenerational Music Making and Together with Music, outlines the aims of an exciting new project.

Post date: Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 3:40pm

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams identifies Somebody Else’s Problem (SEP) as: something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem... [A] Somebody Else's Problem field... relies on people's natural predisposition not to see anything they don't want to, weren't expecting, or can't explain…’

I have often felt that when the topics of inclusion and access come up, it is as if they have just such a Somebody Else’s Problem field around them.

Post date: Friday, 16 April 2021 - 1:00pm

Hepton Singers' MD Richard Bunzl ponders how Fergus Hall has drawn on the history of Hebden Bridge to inspire their Adopt a Music Creator 2020/21 collaboration.

Hepton Singers have now had two full choir meetings with their music creator, Fergus Hall. Even over Zoom, with its sometimes dim and grainy pictures, and often intermittent sound, Fergus, alongside Emily Crossland, our project mentor, came across as a breath of fresh air for a choir living through (and coping with) difficult times.

Post date: Thursday, 15 April 2021 - 10:15am

Making Music was expecting confirmation that Step 2 in the England roadmap would allow outdoor music rehearsals with more than six people from 12 April, but this is not the case.

We are disappointed to hear from DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) that other organised participative group activity, including amateur group sports, are permitted as well as fairly large events for the public (e.g. village fetes), whereas no choir, band or orchestra can meet outdoors, except in socially permitted groups of six or two households.

Post date: Saturday, 3 April 2021 - 10:00am

Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra chair Foss Foster outlines Ben Lunn's research on the life of William Thom, the 'Inverury Poet' who has provided the latest inspiration on their Adopt a Music Creator journey.

Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra (ASO), Ugie Voices and Ben Lunn had several discussions about the sort of material which everyone would find suitable for the collaborative work.

Post date: Friday, 2 April 2021 - 9:00am

Making Music is delighted to announce it has been awarded a grant of £44,000 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

After a year of unprecedented disruption to leisure-time music, this grant will be timely in enabling Making Music, as its sector organisation, to continue its work supporting 3,500 member music groups across the UK, as well as advocating on behalf of the wider sector to help it pull through the pandemic and thrive.

Barbara Eifler, Making Music Chief Executive, said:

Post date: Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 12:42pm

Closing on 29 March, the UK government is calling for evidence on whether to introduce Covid-status certification, commonly referred to as the ‘vaccine passport’.

The proposed certification would show, probably electronically, if someone was vaccinated or had been tested, and could be voluntary or mandatory in different settings to allow people access – from pubs to concert halls. 

Post date: Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 2:00pm

Music creator Litha Efthymiou shares her thoughts on her promising partnership with Bury St Edmunds Concert Band, and the influential Christian Brewer's recent passing.