With only days until the first performance of ‘Starsong and Nocturne’, and the culmination of my adoption by Bellfolk Handbell Ringers, the project is reaching its final phase. This can be a strange part of the process for the composer having finished the piece nearly two months ago, while the Handbell team have been frantically rehearsing and getting to grips with what I’ve written.
We know members are passionate about music education for under-18s and as life-long learners themselves are aware of the benefits of music (appreciation and participation) for everyone, at all stages of their life.
But there are barriers to people engaging with music and we’d like to find out more about what you think those are – and what could be done to address them.
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Make Music Day is an international celebration of music held annually on 21 June. Currently held in 120 countries and 750 cities, we (and 30+ other organisations) hope to finally bring it to the UK on a large scale – with your help!
It's a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your musical activity, showcase it to potential new members and audiences and make new connections in your community.
You'll find full details on how you can get involved on the Make Music Day UK website, but here are some quick examples of what you could do:
We know that for most groups, budget is a key element in the choice of tour destination. Finding the right destination, which will excite and inspire your performers, work with your concert programme and ensembles and also be affordable can be a challenge.
Further to the recent depreciation of the sterling versus both the euro and the dollar, ensuring you make your money travel as far as possible is even more important. Here are some helpful key points to consider when planning your next music tour.
The government’s Taking Part survey may have its flaws, but it does give us some significant – and useful – statistics on leisure-time music, writes Making Music Chief Executive, Barbara Eifler
Bristol’s collection of over 1,200 music sets and scores will stay in the city after an agreement was reached between Bristol Music Trust and Bristol’s Library Service.
The news comes following original plans to transfer the sets to other libraries outside the city.
Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for libraries, said:
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I am delighted to offer Making Music members free access to the nkoda app trial.
We've had several new corporate members join us recently, ready to help you with everything from composition software and touring to digital sheet music apps. Meet them below and find out about some exclusive discounts for Making Music members.
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Sarah Cunningham, musical director of the Edinburgh Concert Band, is delighted to be creatively challenged
Anna’s first visit to the Merchant Sinfonia here in Glasgow was before Christmas. She pitched up with her oboe and played with our oboe section during our rehearsal, which was a really brilliant way to introduce herself to us all. At this stage of course, there was no music and no clue as to what was to come. We went to the pub after rehearsal and started to bond with our newly adopted composer.