Post date: Friday, 23 June 2017 - 2:19pm

Professional music organisations seem more likely to network amongst themselves and to talk to a similar musical ensemble, music education centre or concert venue in a different city, than they are to take note of the musical activity on their own doorstep.

All of them are likely to work for or with under-18s. But non-professional adult musicians are merely seen as audiences, never as a full part of the music ecology.

Post date: Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 4:26pm

148 registered events took place all over the UK on Wednesday 21 June for Make Music Day, the worldwide celebration of music. In addition, we discovered a few events via Facebook and Twitter that hadn’t even registered on the website, so the actual number will be even higher.

Post date: Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - 2:51pm

Our new plan is clear: we want to welcome all kinds of music groups to become part of the Making Music community. But what exactly is the wonderful range of musical genres being performed in towns, cities and neighbourhoods up and down the UK? Where do these groups practice and perform? How do they learn their music, what challenges are they facing and who do they go to for help and support?

These are questions we don’t currently have answers to, but that we think are worth asking because…

Post date: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 12:03pm

Following the busy weeks and months that led up to the premiere of my work Continuum by the Glasgow School of Art Choir, I can start to gather my thoughts and reflect on my time spent as their adopted composer – an experience that has been incredibly beneficial for me and, I hope, for them too.

Post date: Monday, 12 June 2017 - 11:48am

Since being paired with Croydon Bach Choir in September 2016, I have worked with the choir on numerous occasions, gradually feeding material from my new choral work. Homo Sum was conceived as a celebration of multiculturalism, reflecting both the diversity of Croydon and the Croydon Bach Choir for whom the piece was commissioned, in addition to reflecting the cosmopolitan city of London and the UK in general.

Post date: Friday, 9 June 2017 - 11:05am

This coming Wednesday 21 June is the first time Make Music Day comes to the UK on a large scale.

You can be part of the international celebration by:

Post date: Monday, 5 June 2017 - 6:19pm

Now that the dust has settled on our Fifth Anniversary Gala Concert – and the world premiere of ‘Continuum’, by Shona Mackay – it is a chance to reflect on the work and our ensemble’s experience with the Adopt a Composer scheme.

Post date: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 2:36pm

In September of last year I found that I was to be paired up with the KEMS Concert Band as part of the 2016-17 'Adopt A Composer' programme. When I first met the band, I was pleased to see that they were a friendly bunch, a competent set of musicians of all ages that loved to play and were excited at the prospect of a piece being written especially for them!

Post date: Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 2:38pm

Lots of exciting spaces have signed up and are looking for more performers – could this be you, your group, a part of your group, your family (one of my sons will be playing the bagpipes in London Bridge Station…), your friends, your children’s school, your work colleagues…?

Post date: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 10:44am

You’ve probably had your fill of campaigning already, but let me enthuse – or alarm – you by briefly looking at the parties’ manifestos from the perspective of leisure-time music groups.