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Post date: Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 6:45pm

The 2018 Contemporary Music for All Festival is coming near you on 2-4 March. Sign up to take part.

Some of you participated in the first Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) festival in 2016, playing in or attending workshops, rehearsals and performances.The festival is open to all and is a fantastic opportunity to delve into contemporary music. 

Post date: Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 4:36pm

Hawes Music is the publishing house founded by composer Patrick Hawes. Born in Grimsby, Patrick is an English composer who has made his mark as a torchbearer of the English musical tradition of Vaughan Williams and Delius. He is best known for writing the Highgrove Suite for HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, for being Composer-in-Residence at Classic FM, and for the Number One album Angel.

Post date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 5:17pm

After working with choirs for many years, one thing stands out to us at Club Europe Music Tours - choir members love spending that extra time together, getting to know each other better through relaxation and performance and forming memories they can share for years to come. So we’ve come up with a wonderful way to combine all these elements by creating our Choral Retreats in Italy.

Post date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 - 4:03pm

Professional musicians deal with tough physical, emotional and psychological challenges. As well as being vulnerable to accident or injury, they often have to cope with low pay and pressure from management or self-employment while trying to keep working at all costs.

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine’s (BAPAM) expert support is essential in helping people beat or, even better, prevent arts career-related health problems.

Post date: Monday, 15 January 2018 - 5:28pm

It’s the New Year and choirs everywhere are capitalising on New Year’s resolutions and inviting new members to join them. Many of these choirs reassure potential members that anyone is welcome to join them.

But even in the face of a growing public narrative that ‘everyone can sing’, there's still a section of the population who are convinced that they're ‘tone deaf’, and that group singing is not something they would be able to participate in.

Post date: Friday, 12 January 2018 - 3:51pm

The moment of truth arrives as composer Peter Yarde Martin tests out his new composition with the Bellfolk Handbell Ringers for the Adopt a Composer project.

One of the most exciting – and nerve-wracking – parts of writing a piece is hearing the ensemble play sections of it for the first time. After all those hours spent kicking ideas around, shaping and re-shaping sketches and doodles into something recognisable, readable and playable, comes the moment of truth: how is it actually going to sound?

Post date: Friday, 12 January 2018 - 11:03am

A number of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to music have been recognised in the 2018 New Year Honours List and we're delighted to once again see several familiar names from Making Music member groups and partner organisations - many congratulations to you all!

Post date: Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 5:46pm

I’ve been ‘adopted’! A strange concept for me to get my head around both personally and professionally, however, the guys at Edinburgh Concert Band (ECB) have been so welcoming that I feel like I do have a new musical family.

Post date: Thursday, 4 January 2018 - 4:11pm

Thursday 4 January 2018 at 7:45pm, Bellfolk Handbell Ringers met at Honingham Village Hall in Norfolk. Peter Yarde Martin (composer) and Jenni Pinnock (mentor) joined us to introduce the first draft of the music composed by Peter.

Post date: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 - 1:25pm

Since meeting our composer Esmeralda at the Adopt a Composer launch in September, I've found it to be a complete joy getting to know her. We are so lucky to be paired with such an exciting and creative person! She also happens to be funny, fun and vivacious.