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Music Generation expands with investment from U2 and The Ireland Funds

The Irish national music education organisation, Music Generation, announced on 18 July 2017 that it will expand into nine new areas of Ireland within five years, thanks to the ongoing support of U2… Read more

40,000 choirs, 2m singers in the UK: survey

300,000 more people sing regularly than play amateur football each week, according to a new national survey from choral charity, Voices Now. Despite this, football receives £30m in… Read more

Royal College of Music to fund three full scholarships for BAME students

The Royal College of Music is to fund three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the BMus course at the RCM beginning… Read more

EFDSS launches Musicians in Museums scheme

A new project to bring the collections at three national museums to life through traditional music has been unveiled by the English Folk Dance and Song Society… Read more

New Music Commission launched

A new Music Commission has been created to carry out a fundamental review of how to support progression in music learning. The Music Commission was launched on 10… Read more

UK Music publishes ‘Wish You Were Here 2017’

UK Music has published Wish You Were Here 2017, an economic study that shows the contribution of live music and music tourism to the UK economy during… Read more

Isle of Wight singing teacher wins Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Singing teacher, Linda Filby-Borrett, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight has been awarded Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award… Read more

Hugh Masakela receives honorary Doctor of Music degree from University of Witwatersrand

South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masakela, received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesberg, on 4 July 2017. The music… Read more

ABRSM releases new Woodwind Syllabus

ABRSM has released a new Woodwind Syllabus for candidates who will be taking exams from January 2018 onwards. Featuring revised sight-reading tests, new scales and arpeggio requirements… Read more

Hundreds of Portsmouth schoolchildren take part in carnival parade

Hundreds of children descended on Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square on Wednesday 5 July to take part in a Latin American carnival parade. Organised by Portsmouth Music Hub, the… Read more

LCCM launches competition to win free summer course places

London-based college LCCM has announced details of a competition open to young musicians interested in attending one of the college’s summer courses, Music Week and Making Music, which run… Read more

Details of ISME’s 33rd World Conference announced

Details of the 33rd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) have been announced. Running from 15-20 July 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the conference… Read more

NYMAZ to participate in Creative United business support programme

Youth music development charity, NYMAZ, has announced that it is participating in Prosper, a business support programme from Creative United. Designed to improve confidence and capabilities within… Read more

DCMS launches #CultureisDigital

The recently tweaked Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (yes, it’s still the DCMS – the D just stands for Digital now) has launched #CultureisDigital, ‘a… Read more

Programme for Europa Cantat XX announced

The European Choral Association (ECA) has announced initial details of the 2018 Europa Cantat festival, the ECA’s flagship international event. The 2018 festival takes place in Tallinn,… Read more

New report explores music consumption habits of young millennials

A new report for BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and entertainment retail body, ERA, was unveiled on 27 June 2017. Compiled by Mark Mulligan of MiDiA Research, Generation… Read more

New Sing Up Foundation holds first roundtable discussion

In celebration of its 10th birthday, Sing Up has launched the Sing Up Foundation, a new charitable organisation focussing on: singing for children with special educational needs… Read more

VCM Foundation launches choral composition competition

VCM Foundation, the choral charity behind vocal super-groups VOCES8 and Apollo5, has announced its inaugural composition competition. According to VCM CEO, Paul Smith: ‘With VOCES8 and Apollo5… Read more

Mahogany Opera Group announces new focus from 2018 plus extension of Snappy Operas programme

Mahogany Opera Group has announced that it will refocus its activity on two areas from January 2018: MY Opera and Various Stages. MY Opera (Mahogany Youth Opera) aims… Read more

James Buckle wins ROSL Gold Medal Prize

The final of the 65th ROSL (Royal Over-Seas League) Annual Music Competition took place at London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 7 June 2017. The centrepiece of ROSL… Read more