Will the Greater Bay Area initiative boost Hong Kong’s opera sector?
The following article was originally published on CHINA NOW, the British Council’s new platform for UK arts professionals. For arts stories, news, events, research and opportunities in China… Read more
As one of the superstars of music technology education, Katie Wardrobe can make even the most complex topic seem not only simple but also exciting and interesting. With a website full of teacher-friendly resources and lessons, Music Technology Editor, George Hess, spoke to her from her home in Melbourne, Australia.
From team-building to wellbeing: the power of music in the workplace
Long before the phenomenon of the office choir was hijacked by prime-time entertainment TV, it was a team-building tool that bonded, networked and even changed lives. Karen Stretch speaks to three musicians who are still passionate about the power of musical harmony in the workplace.
Song and protest: Festival of Voice returns to Wales’ Music City
With an ever growing push on women’s rights, workplace equality and the relentless tide of revelations from the #metoo movement, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Festival of Voice 2018 is a knee-jerk reaction. In fact, they got there first, as Karen Stretch discovers.
Creating a building identity for a conservatoire of the future: Thomas Matthews on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Thomas Matthews recently worked with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to develop a signage and wayfinding experience for its £57 million new home. Here, the communication design agency explains what goes into creating a bespoke building identity.
Time for a reality check? Ciaran O’Donnell on two new studies into instrumental learning
New research shows more children in the West Midlands are learning to play an instrument. Ciaran O’Donnell, Head of Music Service at Birmingham’s Services for Education, asks is this music to our ears?
Girls Rock London: Challenging the under-representation of women in music head on
In 2017, a unique music project for girls and women, Girls Rock London (GRL), received investment, mentoring and support from Sound Connections’ Innovate programme. The funding enabled GRL to centre the voices of young women in the design and facilitation of its work and to act as mentors during its Summer camps, Camp Co-ordinator, Geraldine Smith, explains.
Did you know your music could light a fire? About ‘Ignatius Inspires’
In November 2017, composer and musician, Juwon Ogungbe, worked in collaboration with artists and young people from across Haringey to present two performances celebrating the life and work of Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), an abolitionist icon and the first Black composer ever to have his music published in Britain. Here, he reflects on the process.