Post date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 5:14pm

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.

Post date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 4:04pm

We’re pleased to welcome Black Dress Code as Corporate Members of Making Music.

Black Dress Code was founded by Daniella Gluck, mother of a teenage musician exasperated by inappropriate high-street offerings. Daniella decided there was a need for black clothing that could be both high quality and stylish whilst not getting in the way of performance, so teamed up with several designers to create a new unique collection.

Post date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 4:30pm

Making Music is delighted to announce the winners of the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists award: Lewis Banks (saxophone), Emma Halnan (flute), Catriona Hewitson (soprano), Toby Hughes (double bass), Alexandra Lomeiko (violin) and Ugnius Pauliukonis (pian

Post date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 12:45pm

The Great War Symphony will première at London's Royal Albert Hall on 9 October 2018 in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and in partnership with Classic FM.  The work has also been recorded at Abbey Road Studios for release in September this year.

Post date: Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - 3:01pm

Work has been continuing at a hectic pace for my piece for the Bellfolk Handbell Ringers! Following our first workshop at the start of the year, I spent the next six weeks putting together a full draft of the piece, with the aim of bringing something as close as possible to the finished product to our second workshop in February.

Post date: Tuesday, 3 April 2018 - 1:37pm

We’re pleased to introduce our latest Premium Corporate member, Steinberg, and to tell you about some exciting discounts they are offering to our members. 

Steinberg are specialists in audio and music technology products with millions of users worldwide. They form the backbone of facilities specialising in music composition and production, mastering, restoration, sound design and audio for the music, game and film industries.

Post date: Friday, 23 March 2018 - 1:33pm

There is a lot of debate about music education and arts funding at the moment. But these debates do not take note often enough of issues that affect adult musical activity.

Making Music responds to consultations on behalf of members and the leisure-time music sector. But it really helps if some of you also respond yourselves – bringing home the message with specific examples and stories.

Currently there are two debates you can contribute to, either as an individual or as a music group.

Post date: Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 5:11pm


New user-led charity NewSPAL is bidding to take on the running of the Surrey Performing Arts Library (SPAL) from Surrey County Council (SCC). The decision will be taken by SCC Cabinet, but not as previously anticipated on 27 March – the relevant meeting will now be on Tuesday 24 April, 2pm, in Kingston.

Post date: Friday, 16 March 2018 - 6:06pm
It’s our second ‘date’ today. This time we are meeting in a Mexican restaurant. It’s all going really well, we laugh, we eat, we are less nervous than last time. Still, a tequila seems suddenly appealing to both of us and here we go…how do you do this again? First salt, then lemon? I don’t do Tinder. And if a friend would try to set me up for a blind date I would get really angry. So why have I then voluntarily signed up for being ‘blind-dated’ by a leisure-time orchestra? And not only for one awkward evening but for a whole year?

Flashback to last year...

Post date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 3:47pm

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