Post date: Monday, 2 July 2018 - 3:40pm

Many Making Music member groups are currently exempt by law from paying a data protection fee as they process personal data for not-for-profit purposes.

However, the government has launched a consultation on exemptions from these data protection fees. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is handling the consultation and has invited respondents to tell them which exemptions they consider are still appropriate and should be kept, and which exemptions are no longer appropriate and should either be changed or removed - and the reasons why.

Post date: Monday, 2 July 2018 - 2:45pm

In part II of Ben See's blog he gives us an insight into the thoughts and processes of composing for the main orchestra (MO) of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestras (SYO).

Post date: Monday, 2 July 2018 - 11:28am

Ben See gives us an insight into the thoughts and processes of composing for two Stoneleigh Youth Orchestras (SYO). In the first of a two-part blog, he sets out to find the words for one of the compositions and discovers a shared love of biscuits and desire to be heard. 

Post date: Thursday, 28 June 2018 - 11:07am

It’s estimated that the number of choirs in the UK alone has risen to over 40,000 in recent years. A large proportion of those have been formed purely to share the enjoyment of singing – and perhaps performing – music within a local community, workplace or other environment.

One of the challenges faced by the growing number of choirs is finding a good source of quality music to work with which is both accessible and enjoyable for everyone to sing.

Post date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 4:19pm

The Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra are working alongside conductor Ben See as part of Adopt a Composer. In this blog one of the orchestra's conductors, Dan Shilladay, tries in vain to find out how the piece is coming along, but the composer keeps up a vanishing act.

I’m the conductor of Stoneleigh Youth Training Orchestra, but as most of our composer’s visits have been to sectional rehearsals, I’ve not yet seen or heard much of Ben’s new piece, or the sessions that have been its crucible.

Post date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 12:36pm

Make Music Day UK took place on Thursday 21 June and generated over 500 free public music performances from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Lewis, in every kind of location including train stations, shopping centres, pubs, libraries, music shops, hospitals, schools, park and dales. The UK joined over 120 countries worldwide for this free celebration of music.

Post date: Monday, 25 June 2018 - 11:36am

How quickly and successfully can you bring people together in harmony through music, communication and cooperation? It's a great challenge, and a new project is looking for your support and participation.

This project aims to bring together musicians, internationally, to play a single piece of music to serve as a strong symbolic gesture of cooperation, peace and reconciliation 100 years after the Great War (1914-1918) came to an end.

Post date: Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 10:59am

Established in 1994 ACS is dedicated to safeguarding the hearing of musicians and music lovers. 

Innovators in this field, ACS launched their own hearing conservation campaign in 2014 called Play Safe Now-Hear Tomorrow, working very closely with the MIA, British Tinnitus Association and Help Musicians UK. This together with some of the top names in music education to raise awareness of the importance of taking early action to protect hearing in musical environments. 

Post date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018 - 2:56pm

Entries are now open for the 16th British Composer Awards. Anyone, including the composer, can enter eligible works, and entries across all twelve award categories are judged anonymously.