International

Artists including Craig David offer support for Give A Gig Week 2018

Craig David, Pixie Lott, The Wombats, Newton Faulkner, Dream Wife and Femme have pledged their support for Youth Music‘s flagship fundraising initiative, Give a Gig Week, which runs from 16-25 March 2018. Last year’s initiative saw… Read more

Royal College of Music to launch partnership with medici.tv

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has announced a new partnership with medici.tv to livestream and make available on demand selected masterclasses and concerts at the conservatoire’s… Read more

Jack Ma speaking on education at the World Economic Forum: teach sport, music, art

Amati to auction 400 new stringed instruments

Specialist online auctioneers, Amati Instruments, has announced that it is offering, by auction, a collection of predominately new instruments from a closed-down shop in the Netherlands.

ESTA announces Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching deadline

The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) has announced that the deadline for its 2018 Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching is Friday 2 March 2018

French government to establish choirs in all schools and colleges

France’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture have jointly announced a plan to establish choirs in all schools and colleges over the next two years.

Acclaimed Irish music scholar joins 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards line-up

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced that Pádraigín Ní Uallachaín has been awarded the Comaoin Traditional Music Award at the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

Young South Africans to open Birmingham international viola competition

Three teenagers from a deprived township in South Africa are travelling to Birmingham this week to open the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival. Kwanda Buthelezi… Read more

Spotify buys Soundtrap

Soundtrap, the three-year-old Stockholm-based startup which has developed an online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, announced its acquisition by streaming giant, Spotify, on 17 November 2017.  … Read more

Pharrell Williams joins ROLI as Chief Creative Officer

ROLI – a UK startup which has created a series of next-generation musical instruments – has announced that Pharrell Williams is joining its team as Chief Creative… Read more

Music Generation Carlow ensemble to join headline performance in Sitges, Barcelona

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, has announced that thirteen young musicians from Music Generation Carlow will perform alongside celebrated Irish dance duo, Velocity, in Sitges,… Read more

Tring Park Principal to visit Singapore and Hong Kong performing arts schools

Principal of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Stefan Anderson, will host a series of workshops and auditions in Singapore and Hong Kong this month. Stefan’s… Read more

Yamaha’s new pianos span the range from acoustic to digital

Yamaha has announced details of three new pianos, spanning the range from acoustic to digital: Concert Grand SX Series (acoustic) AvantGrand NU1X (hybrid) Clavinova CSP (digital) Concert Grand SX Series… Read more

European Union Youth Orchestra to move operations to Italy, Belgium and Austria

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) has announced that it is moving its operational base from London next year. In the first change of headquarters since the orchestra… Read more

Music Generation announces nine new areas of Ireland selected for participation in second phase

Ireland’s national music education programme, Music Generation, has announced that nine new areas of the country will receive philanthropic funding from U2 and The Ireland Funds to create… Read more

Rocksteady musicians run workshops for refugee children at Brussels festival

Musicians from Rocksteady Music School in Godalming, Surrey, travelled to Brussels last weekend to volunteer at a festival which brings together local communities and refugees through workshops,… Read more

Roland announces details of four new digital pianos

Leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, Roland, has announced details of four new digital pianos. Launched on 14 September 2017, the pianos include the following… Read more

Berklee to set up home in historic New York studios

The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, and contemporary music college, Berklee, have announced that Berklee will set up home in the city’s historic Avatar Studios…. Read more

ABRSM releases new singing syllabus

ABRSM has released a new singing syllabus for candidates who will be taking exams from January 2018 onwards. With repertoire lists refreshed for all eight grades and… Read more