International

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

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group announces strategic partnership with SMG Live

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group (RUG) has announced a new strategic partnership with Shanghai Media Group Live (SMG Live) to develop the musical theatre industry in… Read more

New training link-up boosts environmentally-friendly events

A new training link-up between Falmouth University, CEG Digital (the blended learning division of Cambridge Education Group) and A Greener Festival is boosting environmentally-friendly events. A Greener… Read more

WOMEX 17 announces Artist and Professional Excellence Award-winners

WOMEX 17 has announced two of its upcoming Award-winners: Malian activist and singer, Oumou Sangaré, will receive the World Music Expo’s Artist Award while Czech radio journalist, Petr… Read more

ICMP students develop international networks with Altramusica

As part of ICMP’s ongoing drive to develop international networks, students from its BA Songwriting course travelled to Italy last month to play at the ICMP Off… Read more

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

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

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