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Amati Instruments Ltd

+44 (0)20 7099 7114

The Granary, Llancayo Court, Gwehelog, Usk NP15 1HY, United Kingdom

Wales

Amati Instruments Ltd is an online auction house specialising in the advice, valuation and sale of antique stringed instruments.

With over 25 years combined experience, our specialists provide free, no-obligation valuations to clients in the UK and worldwide. Please call us or visit the website for further details or to make an appointment at one of our forthcoming valuation dates.

Sage Gateshead

+44 (0)191 443 4661

Sage Gateshead, Saint Mary's Square, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East.

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Sage Gateshead offers a wide choice of courses and workshops for the community, young people and schools.

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Schools and Early Years Join in with Music

If you work with children and young people, we have something to support your curriculum and enrich your music culture. Our wide range of activities are delivered in schools and settings across the region as well as at Sage Gateshead and are available for all ages, abilities and Key Stages.

If you are interested in a one-off experience or a long-term partnership, we can help you get the very most from music.

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North-East England

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.


North Music Trust

Sage Gateshead and all aspects of its work regionally, nationally and internationally are managed and programmed by North Music Trust. Our unique management structure ensures that all aspects of our artistic programme – performance, learning and participation – are closely linked with each other.

Our team work to this Mission:

  • To entertain, involve and inspire each and every person we meet through engagement with outstanding music and creative events.

With the following Values:

  • We value all kinds of music equally, and are committed to including, inspiring and encouraging everyone through our programmes of performance and participation, learning and training;
  • We are passionate about offering the best experience for all who work and play here, together building an invigorating, inspirational environment
  • We aspire to be pioneers at the forefront of innovation and excellence, enthusiastically embracing new work, new trends and new thinking
  • We aim for the greatest possible inclusion in the way we build meaningful relationships through shared experiences and creative journeys
  • We are proud to use our national and international positioning to create new social, creative and economic opportunities for our region and for the communities we exist to serve

Drake Music

+44 20 7739 5444

60 – 61 Old Nichol Street, London, United Kingdom

Our four key programme strands:

Learning & Participation – We deliver outreach and education initiatives in a wide range of settings, offering a wide range of high quality, lifelong-learning opportunities.

Training & Consultancy – We offer training and consultancy to music hubs, schools, arts organisations and more to share our expertise in SEND music delivery.

Research & Development – We bridge the gap between musicians and hackers, developers and technology makers to pioneer new accessible music technology.

Artistic Development – We support professional disabled musicians to develop their artistic practice so that they can play a major part in the cultural landscape.

Our Learning & Participation programme creates opportunities for disabled people to learn and develop as musicians – from primary school through to adulthood.

Our skilled team has an excellent track record of developing and delivering outreach, training and education initiatives for disabled musicians of all ages and abilities.

We research and develop new accessible musical instruments and technologies to create more ways with, by and for disabled people to make music.

Our artistic development programme supports disabled musicians to progress their work and we offer training and consultancy for teachers, music hubs and other organisations.

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Our vision

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Our vision is an open, inclusive and accessible musical culture — a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Who we are

Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK, with bases in Bristol, Manchester and London. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music.

We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible for over 20 years. In that time, we have developed a wealth of innovative and imaginative approaches to teaching, learning and making music.

We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.

What we do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone can fulfill their creative and musical potential, given the right opportunities.

We work where music, disability and technology meet to:

  •  create opportunities and instruments that make music fully accessible
  •  increase participation in music-making at all levels
  •  build an integrated musical culture where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals

Jolly Music

+44 (0)20 8501 0405

Tailours House, High Road, Chigwell IG7 6DL, United Kingdom

The Music Handbooks
Provide teachers with step-by-step lesson plans and accompanying CD’s for teaching music skills to a class.

The Music Handbook Beginners
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way.

The Music Handbook Level 1
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Beginners level.

The Music Handbook Level 2
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Level 1.

The Music Handbook Level 3
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Level 2.


Jolly Music Big Books
These full-colour big books, with integral fold-out stand, are suitable for whole class singing. The ideal accompaniment to the Music Handbooks.

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook Beginners, containing the complete collection of 5 rhymes and 24 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 1
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 1, containing the complete collection of 7 rhymes and 29 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 2, containing the complete collection of 4 rhymes and 25 songs in a easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3
 The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 3, containing the complete collection of 4 rhymes and 25 songs in a easy-to-read format.

South-East England

Teach music in school with Jolly Music

Get your class singing!

Jolly Music has been developed so that any primary/elementary teacher, whether they are a musician or non-specialist, can effectively teach music to schoolchildren and help them learn to love music! The carefully developed primary/elementary music resources offer clear step-by-step guides to singing lessons, accompanying Audio CDs for additional teaching support, and illustrated Big Books with song lyrics, giving teachers the confidence to teach music in an effective and enjoyable way.

Teach music skills in a fun & effective way with Jolly Music!

Jolly Music is based on the tried and tested principles of Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltán Kodály. Using this philosophy, Cyrilla Rowsell and David Vinden, both experienced practitioners and teachers of the Kodály method, have developed the Jolly Music programme.

Jolly Music is a structured and progressive programme for teaching music skills to children. It is a multi-sensory programme, with all the teaching done through singing. This approach enables children to become instant music makers without the need to learn how to play an instrument.

How does Jolly Music work?

Through a repertoire based on playground rhymes and songs, children become aware of musical elements including pulse, rhythm, pitch, loudness and speed. Activities and musical games support multi-sensory learning and make the lessons fun. The singing lessons are carefully structured to build the key musical skills of listening, singing in tune, inner hearing, and ultimately reading and writing music. Taught in this way, classroom music will build children’s motivation, enthusiasm and confidence, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.

PartPlay

London, United Kingdom

PartPlay is an interactive learning resource that gives you the opportunity to play along with professional musicians.

Users can play along with professional ensembles and mute, solo, slow down or loop any combination of parts within a piece of chamber music thanks to innovative recording techniques developed by PartPlay to achieve a result which has the highest quality of video and audio, using top-level equipment and professional sound and video engineers.

PartPlay has a number of great features to help you learn. You can bookmark your favourite pieces, listen to dedicated commentary on every movement given by our professional team of players, and can even watch close up video of every player’s line, enabling detailed study of technique, articulation and musicianship.

PartPlay features amazing a continuously expanding repertoire and features musicians such as the Maggini, Castalian and Coull Quartets.

 

Tido Music

+44 (0) 207 553 4001

2-6 Bache's Street, London N1 6DN, United Kingdom

London

Tido is a platform for discovering, learning and playing music. Unlimited access to a growing range of piano sheet music, expert video tutorials and performances, and much more. 

Transform your piano playing with Tido Music:

  • No more page turns! Tido Music listens to you and turns pages automatically
  • Real, professional recordings – not MIDI – synchronised with sheet music. Adjust the tempo and jump to anywhere in the music
  • Personalise your scores with annotations such as fingerings and dynamics
  • Watch performances from leading pianists in 3 close-up views
  • Improve your technique with exclusive guidance, practice tips and advice
  • Learn more about the composers and their music with expert commentary and analysis
  • With music from Bach, Mozart and Debussy to Gershwin, Radiohead and La La Land.

 

Bristol Plays Music

+44 (0)117 204 7140

Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol Music Trust

South-West England

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the music education hub for Bristol. We believe in the power of music – to inspire, teach and transform lives. We want to make sure that every young person has access to music education activities and a platform for musical expression. Through work with partners and venues across Bristol, BPM will join up opportunities for teaching, learning and performance in a way that everyone can access. Our goal is to promote local music-making and our city’s rich musical talent.

Grand Union Orchestra (GUO)

+44 (0)20 8981 1551

St Margaret's House, London, United Kingdom

London

The Grand Union Orchestra has been the acknowledged pioneer and leading exponent of cross-cultural music making in the UK for over 30 years.

Once memorably described as ‘making cultural diversity an art-form’, it continues to blaze a trail unrivalled by any other organisation.

In the light of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, it is more important than ever to bring people of all ages and cultures together to create work that reflects and responds to our country’s ever-growing diversity, creating unity and healing division.

London Music Fund

+44 (0)20 7983 4258

City Hall, London, United Kingdom

Since 2011 we have funded 32 inspirational projects reaching over 9,000 young people.

These ambitious projects range from West End musicals to funk, classical to grime, and give 7-18 year olds the chance to learn from and perform alongside professional musicians in iconic venues.

Read more about projects we have supported here.

Grants are awarded for up to £15,000 per project, and must be led by one London Music Service with at least two other professional partners.

Scholarships

We award four-year music Scholarships to children who have started learning an instrument and are doing really well but whose families find it difficult to pay for music lessons, meaning that without our support they would have to give up their studies. Since 2011 we have awarded 426 Scholarships to young musicians in London.

What does a scholar receive?

  • Weekly instrumental tuition at a suitably challenging level, normally in small groups (2-6 per group) or, in exceptional circumstances, one-to-one
  • Compulsory attendance at a weekly ensemble of a suitably challenging level
  • Regular performance opportunities at school, music service and elsewhere
  • Invitations to attend special projects and go on trips to professional concerts
  • A well maintained instrument which can be taken home
  • A named Mentor who is the liaison between the Scholar and family, music tutor and school

In order to be eligible for an award Scholars should:

  • Be in Year 5 at the latest
  • Attend a junior school in London where there are no school fees
  • Have been learning a musical instrument for a minimum of one year
  • Show potential and commitment to learning, but come from a family where the ongoing cost of tuition would be prohibitive.

London

Our vision is simple: we believe that every child who shows musical potential should be given the opportunity to develop that potential, regardless of their background.

We fund two programmes: Scholarships and Partnerships. Working in collaboration with the 32 London borough Music Education Hubs, we work with schools, community music providers and professional musicians across London to develop musical opportunities for children and young people.


We are delighted to be supported by ABRSM, working with them on a series of Playing Days for our scholars which focus on creative music-making. The video above showcases our 2017 Scholars’ Graduation.


Can you help?

With no statutory or government funding, 100% of our income is from individual philanthropy, corporate support and trusts and foundations.

Over the last 5 years, our supporters have helped us to award 380 four-year Scholarships and to fund 29 large-scale projects, reaching over 8,000 young musicians. In total, £1.6m in grants has been given directly to support music education in London.

If you believe in the power of music to change lives we hope you will join us in ensuring thousands more young musicians have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

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The Sing Up Foundation

+44 20 7908 5148

Bloomsbury House, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

As part of its 10th Birthday celebration in 2017, Sing Up has announced that it will be creating a new charity – the Sing Up Foundation.

Sing Up has always been a champion of the wider benefits of singing – for education, social and health outcomes – and we want to mark our 10th birthday with a commitment to a new charitable purpose around singing. From creating meaningful support networks around singing together to improving cognitive ability, singing is a powerful and underused tool for considerable positive impact.

The planning is still in the relatively early stages and a large part of the organisation’s 10th Birthday work will be about researching need and renewing an understanding about where the Foundation can best make a difference, but Sing Up is particularly interested in working with schools and other services around the specific challenges that people face in 2017 and the extent to which regular singing can be part of a solution.

The intention is that the foundation will look at supporting work in 3 areas:

  • Singing for teens with mental health challenges
  • Singing for children with special educational needs
  • Singing for older people

Wren Music

+44 (0)183 753 754

Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, United Kingdom

South-West England

Wren Music is a company of skilled, experienced and highly qualified professional musicians of international repute. In addition to their artistic talent, they bring the qualities required by skilled educationalists.

These include strong people skills and innovative teaching practices as well as a passionate commitment to working creatively with individuals and communities.

Wren enables thousands of people every year to participate with music using voice or instruments through traditional and folk music. We have over 30 years’ experience in community music and can offer ‘off the shelf’ workshops or build projects around your needs.

Wren is deeply rooted in local communities as well as having a national and international reach, working in partnership with traditional artists from all over the world. Wren runs events and concerts all across Devon with many opportunities to get involved as well as to listen.

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

+44 (0)844 811 1116 (UK) / 01526 2449 (Republic of Ireland)

Sherbourne Drive, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

• Training of Music School Teachers

• Yamaha Music Schools

Primary Businesses of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

• Musical instruments (Pianos, Digital musical instruments, Wind, String and percussion instruments, Guitars and Drums, Educational musical instruments, Professional audio equipment, Music Schools and Music Education)

• Audio & Video

• Educational Development

• Instrumental and sheet music retail through Yamaha Music London

• Research and development through our R&D centre in Chiswick

Primary Activities of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK):

• Junior Original Concert

• Training of Music School Teachers

• Participating in the YMFE-Scholarship Program

• Yamaha Music Schools

• Jazz Scholarship Awards

• Yamaha Jazz Experience

• YES Magazine (Yamaha Educational Supplement)

• Childine Rocks

• Yamaha Artiste Programme

• Yamaha Download

• Participating in the YMFE-Scholarship Program

• Jazz Scholarship Awards

• Yamaha Artiste Programme

Yamaha’s history began when its founder, Torakusu Yamaha, repaired a broken reed organ in 1887. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the first reed organ to be built in Japan.

Since then, Yamaha has continued to produce high-quality products by blending traditional craftsmanship with advanced digital technology. The quality of sound produced by a Yamaha musical instrument reflects the long years of accumulated technical expertise and the skilled craftsmanship of the Company.

With our unique expertise and sensibilities, gained from our devotion to sound and music, the Group is committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world.

Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.

 

Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

Choir Schools Association

+44 (0)13 5922 1333

The St, Market Weston, Diss, United Kingdom

Choir Schools are amazing places where young choristers enjoy learning and playing. Their work takes them into stunningly beautiful buildings on a daily basis.

There is no better educational and musical training start for boys and girls aged 7 years and up who love to sing.

The Choir Schools Association is here to help parents and youngsters to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly Magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, Sing Up has created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world. Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a Music Education Hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school, with early years to age 18 and beyond.

Corps of Army Music (CAMUS)

+44 (0)20 8744 8642

Kneller Hall, Kneller Road, Twickenham TW2 7DU, United Kingdom

London

About us

The provision of military music for the British Army is provided by the 22 bands in the Corps of Army Music and 19 Army Reserve bands.

These bands are based throughout the UK and tour widely to support the Armed Forces wherever they serve.

Marching Bands

Marching band is the most recognisable face of military music. This very image of military music is matched by the ability of the bands within the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) to perform on the march.

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Wind Bands

The Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) has wind bands ranging in size from 35 to 64 personnel. With the ability to perform concerts at venues around the world, supplying traditional and heritage music.

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Brass Bands

The Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) has three full-time professional brass bands. The brass bands are based in the North-West, the Midlands and South Wales.

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Mounted Band

The Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) 64-piece mounted band giving it the capability to produce a full Symphonic wind band. This is the largest band in the British Army.

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Rock and Pop Bands

The Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) has formed three Specialist Contemporary Bands who perform Modern Rock, Pop and Jazz music.

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String Orchestra

The Corps of Army Music (CAMUS) has a 24-piece String Orchestra based in London. The orchestra supports major events around the world.

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Sound Connections

+44 (0)20 7729 7220

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

London

Sound Connections develops, enables and empowers individuals and organisations to deliver high-quality music-making with children and young people across London.

We achieve this through three interconnected strands of activity:

  • Music programmes and projects: We are uniquely placed to manage meaningful partnerships and programmes providing music-making activities for 0-24-year-olds across London. In partnership, we provide music-making, mentoring and work experience opportunities to develop young people and improve their opportunities in life. We also bring young people into decision-making, enabling them to engage and contribute more fully to the debate around their provision.
  • Information and training: We provide a wide range of courses, bespoke advice and support to those delivering and managing activity to ensure higher quality music provision for young people. We also offer extensive information on job roles and work within the sector and signpost to a broad range of training and networking provision.
  • Research and development: By using the knowledge and evidence gathered from our activities, training programmes and relationships with over 2,500 members and regional and national decision-makers, we continue to inform and improve the music education sector.

Wigmore Hall

+44 (0)20 7935 2141

36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP, United Kingdom

Wigmore Hall Learning

For over 20 years, Wigmore Hall's renowned Learning programme has been giving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities opportunities to take part in music-making, engaging a broad and diverse audience through innovative creative projects, concerts, events and online resources.

Working in collaboration with a range of community, health, social care and education organisations, the Learning programme comprises Schools and Early Years, Community (including Music for Life, our programme for people living with dementia and their care staff), Family, Young People and Behind the Music, an extensive study programme.

London

Wigmore Hall, one of the world’s great concert halls, specialises in chamber and instrumental music, early music and song.

Having recently celebrated its 115th Birthday, Wigmore Hall is livelier than ever, offering music-making of outstanding quality and an array of activities in the broader community. With its infectious sense of adventure, it consistently captures the public imagination and broadens its audiences’ horizons.

Wigmore Hall’s focus is on great musical works, best experienced with a powerful sense of immediacy. The repertoire extends 250 years on either side of Beethoven (born 1770) – from the Renaissance to contemporary jazz and new commissions from today’s most exciting composers.

Bringing this music to life are the world’s most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians. Wigmore Hall also provides a showcase for exceptional young artists – some making their professional London debuts – and remains an essential platform as their careers flourish.

Discreetly nestled in Central London, the Hall – renowned for its intimacy, crystalline acoustic and beautiful interior complete with an Arts and Crafts cupola above the stage – has a capacity of 552 seats but draws in audiences from far and wide through its enterprising use of digital media and its ambitious Learning programme; these go beyond concert audiences to embrace schools, nurseries, hospitals, community centres and care homes.

Since 2005, the Hall has grown attendance across its entire programme by over 60 percent. All in all, it now presents over 460 concerts each year, selling a total of 200,000 tickets, and stages as many Learning events. Wigmore Hall plays host to a biennial International Song Competition and a triennial International String Quartet Competition, drawing exceptionally talented young musicians from around the world keen to embark on significant recital careers. Wigmore Hall attracts a diverse range of audiences with the lowest ticket for every evening concert in its series priced at £15 or less. Its subsidised ticket scheme for people under 35 goes from strength to strength and free tickets are also offered to young people aged 8-25 through its Chamber Zone initiative in collaboration with CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Music Education UK

CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

+44 20 3601 2978

52d Maresfield Gardens, London, United Kingdom

Founded in 1998 with the aim of developing the next generation of chamber music lovers and players, the charity CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust exists to bring chamber music to young people, and young people to chamber music.

To this end, its work is divided into two broad channels: on the one hand is a series of highly engaging school concerts and workshops delivered by experienced and celebrated ensembles, introducing and hopefully developing an appetite for chamber music amongst the pupils encountered; on the other is a subsidy programme – known as the Ticket Scheme – that works with a variety of concert promoters to cover the costs of admitting young people to chamber music concerts, so that they can access professional music-making without charge.

Over 130,000 young people have already benefited from CAVATINA‘s work.

Music Education UK

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music

+44 20 3713 8454

49 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music exists to provide a discussion forum between the music industry and parliamentarians.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups bring together Lords and MPs from across the party political divide and act as a point for dialogue amongst decision-makers on issues of concern.

Through a series of events and discussions during the political year, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music seeks to inform parliamentarians about developments within the music industry as well as engage MPs and Lords on measures that impact on the sector.