Many of our member groups perform concerts several times a year. Some of these groups have dedicated and enthusiastic writers who spend their time researching the music and penning interesting articles to go into a programme, to help the audience understand and appreciate the performance even more.
Bands For Hire are a UK based music agency with a passion for exceptional musicianship and vocal ability. Founder Adam Mezzatesta began life on the music scene as a songwriter and performer, working in a function band as a way to fund his original musical projects. In 2010 Bands For Hire was born with the ambition to bridge the gap for working musicians looking to make a living whilst also pursuing a career in the music industry.
With only days until the first performance of ‘Starsong and Nocturne’, and the culmination of my adoption by Bellfolk Handbell Ringers, the project is reaching its final phase. This can be a strange part of the process for the composer having finished the piece nearly two months ago, while the Handbell team have been frantically rehearsing and getting to grips with what I’ve written.
We know members are passionate about music education for under-18s and as life-long learners themselves are aware of the benefits of music (appreciation and participation) for everyone, at all stages of their life.
But there are barriers to people engaging with music and we’d like to find out more about what you think those are – and what could be done to address them.
You can do this by:
Make Music Day is an international celebration of music held annually on 21 June. Currently held in 120 countries and 750 cities, we (and 30+ other organisations) hope to finally bring it to the UK on a large scale – with your help!
It's a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your musical activity, showcase it to potential new members and audiences and make new connections in your community.
You'll find full details on how you can get involved on the Make Music Day UK website, but here are some quick examples of what you could do:
We know that for most groups, budget is a key element in the choice of tour destination. Finding the right destination, which will excite and inspire your performers, work with your concert programme and ensembles and also be affordable can be a challenge.
Further to the recent depreciation of the sterling versus both the euro and the dollar, ensuring you make your money travel as far as possible is even more important. Here are some helpful key points to consider when planning your next music tour.
The government’s Taking Part survey may have its flaws, but it does give us some significant – and useful – statistics on leisure-time music, writes Making Music Chief Executive, Barbara Eifler
Bristol’s collection of over 1,200 music sets and scores will stay in the city after an agreement was reached between Bristol Music Trust and Bristol’s Library Service.
The news comes following original plans to transfer the sets to other libraries outside the city.
Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for libraries, said:
They have been chosen by our panel of professionals and as usual they are breathtakingly brilliant. Now is your chance to hear the new Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists live on Tuesday 26 June at Conway Hall in London. If you're a member, you can then make good use of the subsidies available to book them.