As part of Volunteers' Week we're sharing stories of our amazing volunteers who help our member groups to keep making music. First up, we meet one of our Funding Research Volunteers, Andrea Lee.
Vice chairman of the The Skipton Choir, Paul Rodgers, tells us about how the group has managed to make music and raise funds for a hospice during lockdown.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice has seen income plummet as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. It relies on public donations to maintain its vital services and as a result of having to close its shops and cancel fundraising events, it now faces a potential funding gap of £12m.
Making Music are thrilled to have launched our new virtual concert series, broadcasting from Tuesday 26 May on our YouTube channel.
Our member groups may not be able to meet in person at the moment, but many have been busy meeting up and making music together online from their homes. Now we are bringing these online performances together and giving them a virtual platform so that audiences can experience and enjoy the wonderful variety of leisure-time music being created all across the UK.
Two Making Music member choirs have used virtual means to carry on with the ambitious commemorative concert they had planned.
Newcastle Choral Society (NCS) and Hertfordshire Chorus were scheduled to stage a joint concert on Sunday 3 May at Sage One Gatesehead, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony and James McCarthy's Codebreaker.
From rainbow drawings in windows to clapping and pot bashing on Thursdays, the public support shown towards our NHS and key workers has produced some of the most uplifting moments of the COVID-19 lockdown. Some of our talented member groups have been getting involved too, using music to help bring a much-needed smile to people's faces in these challenging times. Here’s a few highlights we've seen so far.
Following the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, we explore matters to consider for your music group.
Updated 15 May
Although an easing of some lockdown measures was announced 10 May, this was only for England and there is a general perception now that a return to ‘business as usual’ is likely to be gradual and potentially stretch over months, rather than weeks.
As her brass band soldiers on virtually, Making Music CEO, Barbara Eifler, reminds us that there are many people who still haven't made forays into the digital world.
Orchestra founder and manager Adrian Bullock tells us how Making Music member group, the Enfield Community Orchestra, got ahead of events caused by coronavirus by creating a new way of running their activities and keeping their members connected online.
Tell us about the Enfield Community Orchestra and how it was run before the coronavirus outbreak?
Making Music is delighted to announce that Andrew Jackson, founder and creative director of the Cobweb Orchestra, has been awarded the 2019 Lady Hilary Groves Prize.
The prestigious prize, presented annually, is given to an individual of a Making Music member group who has had a significant impact on the success of their music group or made an outstanding contribution to music in the community.
Rachel Holt, a singer in the Stay At Home Choir, reflects on the music industry’s rapid digital response to COVID-19, and the silver linings that might come from making music online during isolation.
We are in a weird twilight zone of music making at the moment. From living room concerts, to livestreams, Zoom chats and virtual choirs – it’s both uplifting and thought-provoking to see the instantaneous way in which the music industry has adapted to this new digital arena.