Finding music for performance

Resources for Music Directors

Being the music director (MD) of a group is a diverse role with lots to think about from conducting, arranging music and developing the group to leading, inspiring and encouraging cohesive working. We have put together a range of guidance, resources and opportunities that MDs might find useful.

How and where to source music

This guidance is aimed at providing all the information you need to act as your group's librarian - from sourcing music to dealing with copyright.

Hiring music from publishers

Whether you need choral scores or a set of orchestral parts, the procedures outlined below will help to ensure that you receive what you want, when you want it. These guidelines have been developed to help avoid misunderstandings, delays and errors on the part of users and publishers alike.

Member meetup (Gateshead)

Come along to this informal event and meet other music makers from your local area.

  • Find out what other groups in your area are working on or planning
  • Meet new people who you might work with in the future 
  • Bring along any burning questions about running a group that you can ask others
  • Share your expertise with others
  • Find out about local issues and how others are tackling them – from availability of venues and sheet music to dealing with rising costs and red tape

 

Who should attend this event?

Location

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate Gateshead
NE8 2AU Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Discount on digital sheet music

Premium Corporate Member nkoda are offering Making Music members a 20% discount on their digital sheet music app subscription service.

nkoda is the industry-transforming subscription service for sheet music. They provide the world’s largest digital library of scores, parts and educational material in a rich, AI-driven, collaborative environment. 

Making Music Council (Swansea)

The Making Music Council gives you a chance to have your say on Making Music’s direction of travel. We want to hear your views and ideas about Making Music in general, and provide an opportunity for you to represent the needs of your music group, helping us to ensure we are delivering the right services and opportunities for you. 

Who should attend this event?

Location

Village Hotel
Langdon Road
SA1 8QY Swansea
United Kingdom

Discount on sheet music from Hal Leonard Europe

Hal Leonard Europe is very proud to be a Premium Corporate Member of Making Music and is pleased to announce a special offer for member groups buying from musicroom.com

Use the code MMUSIC15 at checkout on musicroom.com to get 15% off all sheet music books, methods/tuition books & exam material. 

The committee members' toolkit

The prospect of joining a music group committee for the first time can be daunting, so we've put together some resources to help you feel more confident about your role. Or even if you're well settled on a committee, it's always helpful to have guidance to refer to along the way. 

You'll need to have your website login handy to view most of these resources so if you don't have one, please get in touch with us.

Free score and parts for Still the Sirens

Danyal Dhondy's Still the Sirens was commissioned by Making Music as a choral companion piece to Fauré’s Requiem. The parts are available free to Making Music members until July 2020 in digital format.

The new work Still the Sirens is approximately 28-30 minutes long and you can now download the full score and individual parts for free. The piece is for SATB choir plus organ or orchestral forces as detailed below.

Scoring

SATB (occasional divisi), solo Soprano/Mezzo, solo Baritone, plus either:

Discounted sheet music and learning tracks from ChoirCommunity

ChoirCommunity is offering Making Music members a 15% discount of sheet music and learning tracks.  

What is ChoirCommunity? 

ChoirCommunity is a website that helps choirs find accessible, enjoyable and affordable sheet music and learning tracks.  

Two of the biggest challenges leisure-time choirs face is the cost of sheet music and getting permission to arrange music to suit their choir. The ChoirCommunity website offers: