Post date: Monday, 11 April 2016 - 10:39am

After the creation of the Yorkshire Music Library (under social enterprise Fresh Horizons) in 2012, the vast collection of over 300,000 musical scores, so crucial to the amateur and youth music sectors, went from strength to strength under its young music librarian, Sophie Anderson.

Latterly it had been hiring music to over 1,100 users throughout the UK, so there was widespread concern when Fresh Horizons ceased operating a few weeks ago, putting the future of the Yorkshire Music Library once more at risk.

Post date: Friday, 8 April 2016 - 12:11pm

The winners can be engaged by Making Music's 3000+ members - music clubs, amateur choirs and orchestras - at fixed fees and substantial subsidies, thanks to the generous funding by the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust. Artists gain valuable performing experience at the beginning of their careers and often forge lifelong relationships with groups all over the country, and voluntary music groups benefit from the substantial subsidy to book the best young soloists at an early stage in their professional careers.​

Post date: Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 5:40pm

Last week I met with the orchestra again! My mentor David Horne was able to come to this rehearsal, which was very useful. I now have the first 2 or 3 minutes of the piece pretty much completed the way I want them, and a plan for the rest.

The piece is developing into a tone poem based on a baby elephant growing up – she’s born, finds her feet, finds her voice, flees a forest fire, and finds her family again afterwards. I might be a little biased here as I’ve got two young daughters – as I said to the orchestra, you work with what you know…

Post date: Thursday, 24 March 2016 - 6:48pm

Local authorities are implementing cuts of unprecendented scale for the financial years 2016/7 and music libraries continue to be targets. Find out how we're fighting back.

Post date: Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 4:40pm

Could you be the UK’s best, undiscovered singing group? Whether you’re a gospel group with gusto, a band of beatbox bravados or a pitch perfect pop troupe, Gareth Malone wants to hear from you.

Post date: Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 7:02pm

Imagine being 16 years old and conducting a choir of experienced singers in front of a full house. Last November, that daunting prospect faced Tasmin Sarkany, winner of the 2015 place in The Ripieno Choir’s Apprentice Conductor programme, as she prepared for her first public outing.

Post date: Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 4:53pm
We were sad to hear of the death on 14 March of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-2016), world-renowned composer, conductor and Making Music President for 27 years.
Post date: Friday, 11 March 2016 - 6:30pm

The English Folk Dance and Song Society has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Post date: Friday, 11 March 2016 - 5:02pm

In 2017, to celebrate the 70th birthday of composer Paul Patterson, Josef Weinberger are offering a selection of orchestral hire works to amateur orchestras at specially-discounted rates.

Post date: Wednesday, 9 March 2016 - 3:42pm

When I’m there working with the group, there’s a particular dynamic and working relationship which from the start has been very positive and enabling – but of course there’s lots going on that I don’t see, so it’s intriguing to read about how they see that relationship themselves, and how they’re experiencing the project.