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Chorister voice trials to take place in Cambridge and Canterbury

The choirs of King’s College, Cambridge and Canterbury Cathedral are holding auditions for new choristers in June and November. The next King’s chorister auditions take place on… Read more

World Choral Conducting Competition (Hong Kong) finalists announced

The World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association – 世界青少年合唱藝術家協會 – has announced the 12 finalists chosen to participate in the inaugural World Choral Conducting Competition in… Read more

New scholarship fund for early-career Italian opera singers

Melofonetica, the organiser of the Veneto Opera Summer School and Arte Lirica Festival, has announced the Badoer Dalla Rizza Scholarship Fund to support early-career artists in their… Read more

Portsmouth Music Hub releases latest film in One World environmental campaign series

Portsmouth Music Hub released Pollution Revolution on 16 January as part of the organisation’s One World environmental campaign. According to the hub, the film, which can be… Read more

Sing Up releases free resources for Sing Up Day 2019

Sing Up has released a set of free Sing Up Day resources in support of its tenth Sing Up Day, which takes place on Wednesday 13 March 2019

Genesis Sixteen 2019-20 applications open

World-renowned choral ensemble, The Sixteen, has opened applications for the 2019-20 cohort of its free young artists’ scheme, Genesis Sixteen.

‘One moment, one people’ is Sing Up Day 2019 song

UK national singing organisation, Sing Up, has announced details of its Sing Up Day 2019 song, ‘One moment, one people’, written by Beccy Owen.

NYCGB pledges commitment to gender-balanced programming

On Saint Cecilia’s Day 2018, and to cap its year-long ‘Women in Song’ project, National Youth Choirs Of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced a commitment to ensuring… Read more

Wigmore Hall and Classic FM launch new Under 35s ticket scheme

Wigmore Hall and classical music broadcaster Classic FM have announced a new collaboration on a discount ticket scheme, which will provide 25,000 £5 tickets to hundreds of concerts… Read more

Winners of inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition announced

German conductor, Julia Selina Blank, has won first prize at LICCC 2018, the inaugural edition of the London International Choral Conducting Competition, held at the Royal Academy… Read more

Sing Up and Faber Music to publish ‘The Singing School Handbook’

‘The Singing School Handbook’, a joint publication from Sing Up and Faber Music written by Sing Up CEO, Michelle James, will be released on 7 November 2018. 

Vocal Studies artists announced at Trinity Laban Conservatoire

The Vocal Studies Department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has announced singer and conductor, Barbara Hannigan, and conductor, Dominic Ellis-Peckham, as Visiting Artists, and choral director,… Read more

London Handel Festival celebrates Handel’s Divas

Celebrating Handel’s Divas, the 2019 London Handel Festival launches with ‘Berenice’ at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre on 27 March 2019.

2019 World Choral Conducting Competition announced in Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association has announced a major new competition for choral conductors. The inaugural 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition will take… Read more

Sing Up and The School Musicals Company announce new partnership

Sing Up and The School Musicals Company have joined forces in a partnership offering schools a joined-up solution for all their singing needs.

New Chairman for Choir Schools’ Association

Neil Chippington, Headmaster of St John’s College School, Cambridge, succeeded Paul Smith, Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School, as Chairman of the Choir Schools’ Association (CSA) on 1… Read more

NYCGB announces record-breaking Summer season

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has had a record-breaking Summer season with its five choirs enjoying unprecedented audiences & activity.

Sing Up supports One Day One Choir with free World Peace Day song

Sing Up is giving away a free song and encouraging schools and singers to join with global choral project for peace, One Day One Choir, on World Peace Day.

National Youth Choir of Scotland invites applications for auditions

National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) is inviting applications from young singers aged 16-25 for auditions in November 2018. The Choir is made up of two sections:… Read more

Leading UK school choir wins Musica Eterna Roma Competition

Wells Cathedral School Choralia has won the Grand Prize at the 9th Musica Eterna Roma International Choir Festival & Competition.  The girls choir, conducted by Christopher Finch,… Read more

€280,000 prize money up for grabs in new Polish competition

The inaugural Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition kicks off in Katowice, Poland, this September with prize money in excess of €280,000.

Sing Up Day video released

Sing Up has released a compilation video featuring recordings of this year’s Sing Up Day song, Be the change, from schools across the world.

Eric Whitacre invites submissions to Virtual Choir 5

Registration is open for the fifth edition of Eric Whitacre’s celebrated Virtual Choir project, with promises of greater accessibility, multimedia participation and collaboration with scientists. The Virtual… Read more

UK Choir Festivals 2019

From the magazine

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.

Q&A: Professor Leon Tong, Artistic Director, ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival

Hong Kong’s inaugural ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Festival runs from 15-19 July 2018. Inspired by China’s Belt and Road initiative (a development strategy focussing on connectivity… Read more

Songs to save lives

We are all aware of the power of song. The latest teaching resource from Portsmouth Music Hub offers an angle which is – literally – a life-saver…. Read more

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.

Grand Union Orchestra – nurturing the Second Generation

Co-founder and Director of the Grand Union Orchestra, Tony Haynes, argues that – in the fast-changing demographic of Britain today – migrant and migrant-descended musicians can and should… Read more

Singing is for everyone, not just the privileged few

The role of choral music has taken on new significance in the light of recent tragedies in the UK and, for composer, Howard Goodall, it’s one more… Read more

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Summer’s Cool Holiday Course for Young Musicians

About Summer’s Cool Summer’s Cool is a very friendly course designed to accommodate and support young musicians of all stages and standards. We hope that students will… Read more

2019 World Choral Conducting Competition, Hong Kong

The World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association is proud to present the inaugural 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition, which will take place in Hong Kong from… Read more

World Symposium on Choral Music 2020

Once every three years, the world’s premier festival of choirs is held in a major city around the world. The World Symposium on Choral Music is the… Read more

British Kodály Academy 37th International Kodály Summer School

The BKA’s Summer School returns for 2019, featuring a week of intense fun and learning with teaching from some of the finest minds in music education. At… Read more

The Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2019

The Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded in 1953 in memory of the contralto from Lancashire who died at the tragically young age of 41 and… Read more

World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival Hong Kong

The 7th World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival – Hong Kong (WYCCF) will take place on 13 – 18 July 2019. Organised by the World Youth and… Read more

Sherborne Choral Course 2019

Join promising young singers and musicians from across the country on the inaugural Sherborne Choral Course for a week in the beautiful Dorset town of Sherborne. Sing… Read more

Superstar of Song: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo soprano & Brooklyn Rider, string quartet

Take ten of the most prolific composers of our time, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, combine them with a mezzo-soprano superstar and a cutting-edge string quartet, and you have a recipe for a spectacular evening of music.

Encore Music Projects 6th International Summer School

Welcome to Encore Music Projects 6th International Summer School Following on from the hugely successful courses in previous years, we are delighted that our summer school will… Read more

Resources

Review: Grand Union Orchestra’s ‘Song of Contagion’

Music Education UK reviews Grand Union Orchestra’s new family show, ‘Song of Contagion’

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3 contains the complete collection 25 songs for Level 3 in a large easy-to-read format. Each rhyme or song includes pulse marks to… Read more

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners contains the complete collection of 5 rhymes and 24 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

The Music Handbook Level 3

The Music Handbook Level 3 builds on the skills the children learned at Level 1 & 2, while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.

Review: The London A Cappella Festival

The London A Cappella Festival (LACF) is an annual fixture on the UK choral scene, attracting performing groups from all over the world as well as hundreds of workshop participants and concert-goers.

Europa Cantat XX (2018): Programme

The European Choral Association’s triennial international festival for singers, choirs, conductors and composers. The 2018 event takes place in Tallinn, Estonia. For further information, visit the Europa… Read more

Review: ‘The Novello Guide to Sight-Singing’

Organist, choral director and teacher, Brian Cotterill, reviews Novello’s new sight-singing guide and online resource

All singing, all dancing

Jessica Jessica is 14 and loves to sing; she has had the chance to sing in school since the age of 5, developing her broader musical skills… Read more

The Music Handbook Beginners

The Music Handbook Beginners has been developed so that any teacher can teach music to children–even those without any musical experience.

The Music Handbook Level 2

The Music Handbook Level 2 builds on the skills the children learned at Level 1, while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.

Sing Up Song Bank

About Sing Up membership Sing Up membership provides access to the Sing Up Song Bank, with hundreds of specially arranged songs, teaching tools and supporting resources for… Read more

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2 contains the complete collection 25 songs for Level 2 in a large easy-to-read format.

The Music Handbook Level 1

The Music Handbook Level 1 builds on the skills children have learned at Beginner’s Level, while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.

Projects

A Choir in Every Care Home

Launched in May 2015, ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’ is an initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country.

Friday Afternoons

Founded in 2013 and inspired by Benjamin Britten, Friday Afternoons is an international initiative encouraging young people to sing. The Friday Afternoons initiative began as part of… Read more

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Organisations and companies

Wigmore Hall

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

London Youth Choir

The London Youth Choir (LYC) is a family of five choirs, established in 2012 by Suzi Digby OBE and Rachel Staunton to provide singers living or educated within Greater London with an outstanding choral education through exceptional musical training and high-level performance opportunities.

Choir Schools’ Association

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

Edition Peters

Edition Peters is one of the world’s leading classical music publishers with a distinguished publishing history stretching back to 1800.

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is a Tertiary institution providing professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies.

Kings Place

Within its limestone and glass walls, Kings Place is home to a diverse range of businesses including the Kings Place Music Foundation, Pangolin London, Kings Place Events, Green & Fortune, the Rotunda Bar & Restaurant and the Kings Place Gallery.

ABRSM

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and a leading provider of music exams worldwide, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.

Music for Youth

Music for Youth is a national youth music charity working to provide young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression… Read more

Music Generation

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education in their locality.

Jolly Music

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!

Sage Gateshead

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… Read more

One Day One Choir

One Day One Choir was created by Jane Hanson FRSA, a choral aficionado, project leader, writer and educator, who is passionate about peace.

The Sing Up Foundation

The Sing Up Foundation was founded in 2017 to champion the benefits of singing – for education, social and health outcomes.

Musicians’ Union (MU)

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is a globally respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

Young Choral Academy

The Young Choral Academy (YCA), is Malaysia’s first and premier Academy for choral music.

Association of Teachers of Singing

The Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) was founded in 1975 to promote a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing.

Oxford University Press Music (OUP)

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House aims to enrich people’s lives through opera and ballet. Home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and… Read more

Wells Cathedral School

Our school motto, esto quod es (be what you are), represents our core philosophy which shapes each student’s individual experience at Wells. This emphasis is why such… Read more

The Light Music Society and Library of Light Orchestral Music

The Light Music Society exists to promote and champion Light Music throughout the world. It also provides the necessary administration for the Library of Light Orchestral Music. The… Read more

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Selected as one of the top ten institutions for performing arts in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016), the Guildhall School is one of the world’s leading conservatoires… Read more

Cadogan Hall

Set in a fantastic location in the heart of Chelsea, Cadogan Hall has become one of London’s leading venues. The Hall’s 950 seats, excellent acoustic and luxurious… Read more

English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. They are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

Russell Scott Entertainment Limited

Russell Scott has been in the music industry professionally for over 30 years working in the worlds of Classical and Musical Theatre. He is not only an… Read more

The British Voice Association

The British Voice Association (BVA) is the ‘voice for voice’ in the UK, an association of multi-disciplinary professionals who work to promote the field of voice in… Read more

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Tring Park stands at the forefront of artistic specialist education in the UK. Tring Park School for the Performing Arts offers an exceptional opportunity to young people… Read more

Wren Music

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.

Sound Connections

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

Grand Union World Choir

The Choir was formed specially for Undream’d Shores at the Hackney Empire in November 2014, to represent and celebrate the extraordinary variety of cultural communities now living in London…. Read more

British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers. BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world. So that… Read more

Sing For Pleasure

Sing For Pleasure is a UK choral charity which aims to encourage better singing for adults and children through training courses, singing events and self-published songbooks. They offer… Read more

Christine Samson Music and Arts Studio

The Christine Samson Music and Arts (CSMA) Studio is dedicated to providing hobbyists and artists from beginners to advanced with voice, music and performance training.  CSMA Studio… Read more

Sing Up

Sing Up is an award-winning organisation providing the complete singing package for schools through resources, training and guidance.

Opera Circus

Opera Circus is a performing arts company founded in 1991, which commissions, produces and tours new works of chamber opera and music theatre.   We devise projects… Read more

British Kodály Academy

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály.

Royal Choral Society

The Royal Choral Society began its illustrious life as the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society – formed for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871…. Read more

Aspire Music

Aspire Music is a modern, contemporary music school based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. We offer private music lessons in singing, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums in… Read more

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