Post date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 4:38pm

New user-led charity NewSPAL (New Surrey Performing Arts Library) has been offering to take on the running of the Surrey Performing Arts Library (SPAL) from Surrey County Council (SCC).

Finally, it now has an almost definite mandate – SCC Cabinet on 26 June asked it to prepare a business plan for an autumn Cabinet meeting. Providing that plan is robust, Cabinet has agreed to transfer the collection to NewSPAL.

Post date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 4:25pm

Bellfolk’s concert featuring the premiere of Peter Yarde Martin’s new composition, Starsong and Nocturne, took place in May in Norwich. The ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme was a challenge in many ways for the team - not least ringing ‘randomly’ and following non-standard notation.

Post date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 4:16pm

The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra are paired with composer Esmeralda Conde Ruiz on the Adopt a Composer scheme. 

Post date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 2:39pm

Making Music Board of Trustees 2018-19

At the Annual General Meeting on 26 June, Making Music announced the new trustees who had been elected to its Board. The three vacancies are filled by Valerie Taylor of Vocal Dimension Chorus (who has already served one term as a trustee), Abby Charles of Cardiff Amateur Flute Ensemble (who until recently was Making Music’s Manager in Wales), and Paul Graham of the Trinity Folk Festival in Guildford.

They join:

Post date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 10:56am

After our recent AGM and the advent of some fresh faces on the Making Music Board of Trustees, we welcome Paul Graham in a quick fire interview.

What drew you to Making Music?
I am passionate about live music and wanted to give something back to society so MM seemed ideal.  I believe that we need to support the Performing Arts as a key sector of the UK economy and fear that with the decline of music in schools that this may be threatened in the future.

Post date: Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 4:48pm

The map is the first-ever of its kind that covers music facilities across the city. By taking into account music venues, recording studios and rehearsal spaces, the map will be used to help protect and nurture the music scene and the facilities it needs across the capital.

Post date: Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 3:49pm

The Mayor of London wants to see more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London, so the Greater London Assembly (GLA) has launched the new Culture Seeds programme, which is aimed specifically at grassroots organisations.

Post date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 1:35pm

If you enjoyed taking part in Make Music Day, how about joining a global singing initiative of harmony and friendship on the UN International Day of Peace on Friday 21 September?

Post date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 10:27am

There are two orchestras associated with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, the Main Orchestra and the Training Orchestra (TO); both of whom are working alongside composer Ben See on the Adopt a Composer scheme. We caught up with double bass player, James of the TO, to hear how the piece is being put together. 

Post date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - 9:43am

After a year on the Adopt a Composer scheme alongside the composer Gaynor Barradell, Sarah Freshwater - trombone player for the Edinburgh Concert Band - talks rhythm tricks and recording for BBC. Followed by a last word from MD, Sarah Cunningham.  

Fish and chips, fish and chips and some lemonade, we’ll have some mushy peas now…