Finding music for performance

Finding music for performance – what you need to know

Discovering new music, deciding what to perform and actually sourcing the sheet music can be both the most fun and frustrating parts of running a music group.

Whether you’re looking for new repertoire, thinking of commissioning or just trying to find the cheapest option for the sheet music you need, we have resources to help.

Adopt a Composer legacy: Re-scored pieces for member groups to perform

Composers who took part in the 2016/17 project have re-scored their pieces to make them more accessible to groups of other kinds. These new versions are now available for Making Music member groups to download for free and perform.

Adopt a Composer scheme

Applications are now open for the 2018/19 Adopt a Composer project.

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.

Sing or play Danyal Dhondy's choral companion piece to Fauré’s Requiem for free

Danyal Dhondy's Still the Sirens is a new piece commissioned by Making Music specifically for leisure-time vocal groups as a 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 for free.

Download the full score

15% off hire or purchase of Patrick Hawes Great War Symphony

Patrick Hawes is an English composer who has made his mark as a torchbearer of the English musical tradition of Vaughan Williams and Delius. You can find more about Patrick and Hawes Music on their website.

In recent years Patrick has written several works to commemorate 100 years since the First World War, one of which is the new choral work The Great War Symphony, scored for SATB choir, orchestra and soloists.

Information and advice event (Manchester): Tour and talk about the Henry Watson Library

Tour and talk about the Henry Watson Library, one of the largest and most renowned public music libraries in the UK, including discussion about current issues around music libraries and music sourcing.

This event will be run by Ros Edwards who manages the Henry Watson Library and Barbara Eifler, Executive Director for Making Music who has been campaigning for music libraries and working with local authorities to maintain such resources for the use of music groups.

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Location

Henry Watson Music Library
St Peter's Square
M2 5PD Manchester
United Kingdom

Information and advice sessions (Around Bangor, North Wales): Helping your group to thrive

An opportunity to meet Wales Manager, Abby Charles, to talk about all aspects of running your group.

Location

LL57 1PA Bangor
United Kingdom

Information and Advice (Mold): Every penny counts – tips for improving your income

In an age where funding is increasingly hard to obtain, how can you maximise your income in other areas?

We’ll hear about members who have had success in raising money by other methods, and we’ll share advice and experiences with each other on what has – and hasn’t – worked for you. Making Music staff will also have some top tips for gaining those vital extra pennies.

We'll talk about:

Location

Parkfields Community Centre
1 Elm Drive
CH7 1SF Mold
United Kingdom