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DEVELOPING YOUNG MUSICIANS WITH CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2019

In May 2017, Cambridgeshire Music provided part of the funding towards a £60,000 project run by the Cambridge Junction (also supported by Cambridge City Council and Arts Council England) to create new opportunities for young musicians. Now, a new report has been released which shows the impact that these activities had, not just on their music-making, but on their lives beyond music as well.

WRITE YOUR OWN 'EARTH' TUNE WITH BBC TEN PIECES

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2019

If you’ve ever heard Gustav Holst’s famous orchestral suite, The Planets, you may have noticed the surprising omission of Earth from the list of planets that the composer reimagined in musical form!

Now, the BBC is asking schools to fill that gap as part of its ‘Ten Pieces’ programme – a nationwide project which introduces young people to classical music by focusing on a selection of famous works, supported by free teaching resources, short films, lesson plans and more.

PLAY WITH A TOP STRING QUARTET: 10 MARCH

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2019

If you’re a string player in Cambridgeshire and have reached Grade 5 or above, there is a fantastic chance to play with a top ensemble – the Ligeti String Quartet – in Cambridge next month.

NEW EDUCATION INITIATIVE AIMS TO ADDRESS THE STATE OF MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2019

A project which trials a new model for music provision in schools, and aims to address falling participation in the subject, has been launched this week.

WANT TO START A BAND? READ OUR NEW GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR SHOW ON THE ROAD IN 2019.

If you’re a lone bedroom musician armed only with an instrument and a dream, a New Year's resolution to start a band could be one of the most rewarding things you do in 2019. But how do you get started?

To help, Cambridgeshire Music is releasing a brand new guide to starting a band, which is free to download and aimed at teenagers who are thinking of setting up their own musical outfit. It features contributions from Nick Mulvey - a successful singer-songwriter who grew up in Cambridgeshire and took lessons with Cambridgeshire Music - and Ross Wilson, who runs Cambridgeshire Music's School of Rock & Pop.

Whether you're into rock, pop, folk, jazz, metal, dance, or another style altogether, it's full of information about things like how to find bandmates, get your band organised, make the most of rehearsals, get gigs and even start making money.

To download the whole guide now for free, click on the thumbnail below:

GET STARTED WITH ARTSMARK

Teachers in Cambridgeshire are being invited to sign up for a Development Day on 29 January about Artsmark, a national programme which helps schools to strengthen the way in which they provide education in the arts and culture, with huge benefits for pupils’ development.

'FANTASY' COMPOSERS NEEDED FOR MAJOR AWARD

Young composers are being invited to submit their scores for this year’s National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award, details of which have just been announced. The successful entries will be able to witness their work being performed professionally for a national broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This major national annual award is being run in partnership with the virtuoso viol player, Liam Byrne, who will play the winning entries in a public performance that will be recorded for Radio 3’s Early Music Show next year. To enter, composers are asked to create a 'Fantasy' for solo viol, or viol and electronics. The Fantasy is an exciting form of music that has flourished since the Renaissance and involves elaborately and inventively spinning out a single musical idea.

Applicants must be young composers resident in the UK in one of two age categories: 18 years and under, or 19 to 25 years. To take part, you need to register by Friday, 15 February 2019. Composers whose works are shortlisted will be invited to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, when their compositions will be presented in a workshop led by composer Christopher Fox. The entries will then be played for a panel of judges, and final winners from both age groups will be announced. For full details, visit the NCEM website here: www.ncem.co.uk

PLAY FILM MUSIC, TV THEMES, MOBILE TONES AND MORE AS PART OF A BAND OR ENSEMBLE IN 2019!

Whether you’ve been playing an instrument for years or are just starting out, the New Year is the perfect time to start making music with like-minded people, and we have plenty of ways to do just that in 2019.

If playing pop, rock, folk, acoustic or metal is your thing, our School of Rock and Pop is a great way to hone your skills as a songwriter and band member. The School meets at centres across the county each week.

Musicians who are Grade 2 or above can sign up to one of our Area Music Centres, both of which are preparing some fantastic, fresh spring programmes. Following the success of its Walk On The Wild Side concert last month, the Cambridge Area Music Centre will be back in action on Friday evenings, starting 11 January with a spring term programme entitled Screen Time. It covers music inspired by classic films, television shows, computer games – even mobile phones. The Ely Area Music Centre restarts the following day, on Saturday 12 January, and will be working on music inspired by Travels Through Time and Space, covering popular TV and film themes, plus classics with a sci-fi flavour.

Advanced musicians who have achieved the equivalent of Grade 5 on their first instrument could look into joining one of our sectional ensembles. Even if you weren’t part of one of these ensembles this term, they are often on the look out for new musicians and happy to hear from prospective players. This year, the String Ensemble are working on classical music from stage and screen, the Woodwind Ensemble are preparing some rarely-performed Mozart works, while the Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are both working on their own exciting and challenging repertoire.

Full details about all of our bands and clubs can be found here

POWERFUL REMEMBRANCE CONCERT BY CAMBRIDGESHIRE YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRA WINS AUDIENCE ACCLAIM

Members of the Cambridgeshire Youth Wind Orchestra have been praised for a “wonderful” and “stirring” concert which they gave in Chatteris as part of this year’s events marking the end of the First World War.

CALLING ADULT INSTRUMENTAL PLAYERS

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2018

Fancy getting back into playing? We'd love to hear from you!

FREE RESOURCE TO GET LITTLE FEET DANCING

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2018

If you’re a primary school teacher and want to bring a little music and dance into your classroom, a new online resource may be just the ticket.

DISABLED PUPILS TO CREATE THEIR OWN OPEN ORCHESTRA

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2018

Making music is a wonderful thing, but for many young people who have a disability, playing a traditional instrument is far from easy. This academic year, pupils at Meadowgate Academy, a specialist academy in Wisbech, will be proving that any such challenges can be overcome, by creating their own school orchestra.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC LIVE IS BACK - AND BIGGER!

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2018

Cambridgeshire Music Live, the project that brings top musicians direct to your school, is returning this academic year and is bigger than ever before.

MAKE SOME NOISE: BRAND NEW ELY AREA MUSIC CENTRE WILL HELP TAKE YOUNG MUSICIANS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2018

A new venture for young musicians who want to take their music to greater heights by playing in a proper ensemble is being launched in Ely at the end of September.

BRASS EFFECT HELPS SAWSTON PUPILS ACHIEVE ARTS AWARD

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2018

More than 200 Year 7 pupils at Sawston Village College were able to complete their Bronze Arts Award – a national qualification that recognises students’ participation and skills development in the arts – with a little help from Cambridgeshire Music.

SIGN UP, SING OUT: SING FOR YOUR SCHOOL IS BACK THIS SEPTEMBER

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2018

Our county-wide song-writing project, Sing For Your School, is back for another year, and there’s still time to sign up.

DON'T MISS OUT ON OUR 2018/19 SERVICES!

PUBLISHED JULY 2018

Courses are filling up fast - so book now!

REMINDER: SIGN UP FOR ENSEMBLES AND TUITION

PUBLISHED JULY 2018

With the summer holidays underway, now is the time to make sure that anyone planning on taking up music lessons, or playing in one of our orchestras and ensembles, is set for the return to school in September. Find out what you could be playing if you joined an ensemble - as well as where and when - here: www.cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk

CAMBRIDGESHIRE LIVE 2018 INVOLVED 12,000 PEOPLE

PUBLISHED JULY 2018

This March no less than 12,000 people were involved in the incredibly successful annual festival, Cambridgeshire Music Live that brings young people up close with professional musicians.

BOOK NOW FOR SING FOR YOUR SCHOOL

PUBLISHED JULY 2018

Sign up for a fantastic songwriting experience this September.

MUSICNET EAST PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES SOCIALLY AMBITIOUS 4-YEAR PROJECT

PUBLISHED JUNE 2018

Cambridgeshire Music will be playing a major part in a four-year programme to help children and young people in challenging circumstances, and their families, through music.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC AMONG TOP FIVE IN REGION FOR DELIVERING ARTS AWARD

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2017
Children across Cambridgeshire are top of the class when it comes to artistic achievements, thanks to the ‘trailblazing’ work of Cambridgeshire Music.

This week, it was announced that Cambridgeshire Music is one of the top five performers in primary schools across Norfolk, Suffolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire when it comes to delivering Arts Award at Discover level. Over the last academic year, Cambridgeshire Music has delivered 245 Arts Awards – a unique award open to children and young people giving them the opportunity to discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others.

FREE WEB RESOURCES TO TEACH COMPOSITION

PUBLISHED JULY 2017
A brand new website to support the teaching of composing in schools has been launched by Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Birmingham City University.

JOIN THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE HOLIDAY ORCHESTRA THIS AUGUST

PUBLISHED JULY 2017
This summer’s Holiday Orchestra Summer Course 2017 has something for everyone aged 7 to 18, with a huge and exciting range of musical activities on offer. There will be bands, string groups, choirs and orchestras at the heart of the programme.

A FURTHER STEP FORWARD FOR CAMBRIDGE CENTRE FOR CULTURE

PUBLISHED 28 JUNE 2017

Plans to develop a national centre for arts education and research in North Cambridge have taken a further step forward – thanks to news of a successful Arts Council grant.

CHEQUE FOR MUSIC THERAPY - GENEROUS FUNDRAISERS SUPPORT CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC

PUBLISHED MAY 2017
A big thank you to Marlene and Dave Hearne (pictured with music therapist Jo Tomlinson), who raised an impressive £1,055 for Cambridgeshire Music, to support children with additional needs.

PLAY WITH MUSICIANS FROM FRANCE AND GERMANY THIS SUMMER

PUBLISHED MAY 2017
If you are a good Grade 5 or above in an orchestral instrument, and between 12 and 18 there is an exciting opportunity to play in an international orchestra this summer with young players from France and Germany.

ALISON BALSOM PERFORMS WITH 70 PLAYERS OF MIXED AGES

PUBLISHED APRIL 2017
A large brass band with 70 musicians of mixed ages performed a fantastic concert in February at the Cambridge Corn Exchange of music composed by a local 19-year-old. This was part of Cambridge Live’s prestigious Classical Concert Series.

SING FOR YOUR SCHOOL CELEBRATION IS A BIG HIT!

PUBLISHED MAY 2017
“Like the Brits only better” is how one child described the awe-inspiring Sing For Your School final ceremony at the Corn Exchange on 2 March. This was the culmination of the this majore new project, with eight schools performing their songs to a packed audience of friends and family members.

HUNTINGDON SCHOOL SPARKS GREATER LOVE OF MUSIC IN NORMALLY UNINTERESTED TEENAGERS

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017
A secondary school in Huntingdon is bucking the trend and getting large numbers of teenagers heavily into performing and composing music, thanks to some cleverly designed activities, plus support from the county music service, Cambridgeshire Music.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC STAFF CHOOSE THEIR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MUSIC

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016
The staff at the county music service and hub, Cambridgeshire Music, have nominated their favourite Christmas music, and uploaded them into a special play list on Spotify (profile: cambsmusic), accessible to all.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC OPENS NEW MUSIC THERAPY CLINIC OUTSIDE THE CITY TO MARK WORLD MUSIC THERAPY DAY, 5 JULY