Post date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 5:47pm

Anna Appleby's new composition with the Merchant Sinfonia evokes images of wind, machinery, hillsides and a train journey.

Once again, I am on the train back from Scotland with hills and wind turbines cresting in and out of view. Last night was my first workshop with Merchant Sinfonia; having spent a couple of months getting to know the orchestra and thinking about their musical strengths, I had the chance to try out a first draft, a sketch, and some sounds for the new piece.

Post date: Monday, 29 January 2018 - 4:35pm

What a fantastic opportunity this is! I have been following Adopt a Composer over the years and seen it celebrate, season after season, the breadth of talent and music making among our leisure-time musicians, who I have often described to colleagues as ‘National Treasures’.

Post date: Friday, 26 January 2018 - 5:47pm

We’re pleased to welcome our latest corporate supporter; West Kensington Music Team (WKMT)

They were founded by Juan Rezzuto, an Argentina born composer and concert pianist, and offer music education, performance and production services in London.

Post date: Thursday, 25 January 2018 - 4:52pm

Matching seven leisure-time music groups with emerging early-career composers for a collaboration could result in all sorts of complications.

But – touch wood – in 17 years of running the project it rarely has. This is because this unique project model comes with a lot of support, thanks to our funders, the PRS Foundation and latterly Creative Scotland and the Philip & Dorothy Green Music Trust, too.

Post date: Thursday, 25 January 2018 - 1:18pm

Learn To Play Day is a free national event organised by the Music for All charity to inspire new and lapsed musicians to take up playing an instrument. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March.

Venues include music shops, schools, music venues, instrument manufacturers and other organisations, where beginners and aspiring musicians alike can try out musical instruments for free.

Post date: Monday, 22 January 2018 - 5:46pm

The UK Choir Festival returns this year, promising workshops and collaborative performances for vocal groups of all kinds and abilities. Making Music staff will be on hand and co-hosting the Mastermind Session on day one of the Manchester event. So if you're coming, make sure you stop by and say hello!

Post date: Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 5:57pm

Community music venues (and the groups that use them) recieved some much-needed good news on Thursday with the announcement that the government's Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, has thrown his support behind adding a proposed 'Agent of Change' principle to planning law.

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 Making Music member groups 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.