The Power of Music: Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir

May 8, 2019

There is growing evidence that music can play a part in helping people with dementia live happy and fulfilled lives after they are diagnosed.

To help investigate this idea, Vicky McClure’s choir took part in a study run by Sebastian Crutch, a professor of neuropsychology at the Dementia Research Centre, University College London, into how music and visual arts affect people with dementia.

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Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Rami Malek Are Surprise Winners

January 7, 2019

Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two major prizes at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor for its star Rami Malek, who played the late frontman.

A Star Is Born took home  best original song for Shallow. Green Book was the night’s other big film winner, scooping three prizes. Green Book tells the story of an African-American musician who hires an Italian-American driver to take him on a tour of the Deep South.

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BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 Winner Announced

November 26, 2018
Xhosa Cole, 22, has been announced as the winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018.

In the grand final, each musician was tasked with playing a 16-minute set, which included at least one piece they had written or arranged themselves. Xhosa played Moving Ladywood; I Cover The Waterfront (Johnny Green); and Moment’s Notice (John Coltrane). Moving Ladywood was an original composition. All contestants were backed by an outstanding band, consisting of Paula Gardiner (bass), Asaf Sirkis (drums), and led by Gwilym Simcock (piano).

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BBC Young Musician: Teenage Pianist Lauren Zhang Wins 2018 Title

May 15, 2018

Teenage pianist Lauren Zhang has won the BBC’s prestigious Young Musician competition, just days before she starts her GCSEs. The 16-year-old took the title after playing Prokofiev’s challenging Piano Concerto No 2, accompanied the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lauren started learning piano at the age of four, and is also an accomplished violinist. The musician moved to the UK in 2010, bringing her family with her, after winning a place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Disability-led Ensemble to Play BBC Proms

April 23, 2018

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer. The group is led by James Rose, who has cerebral palsy and conducts using a baton strapped to his head. His fellow musicians have conditions such as blindness, autism and partial deafness.

The low-key concert is aimed at children and adults with autism, sensory impairments and learning disabilities; and will be signed for those with hearing difficulties.

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Chvrches Save Female Rock School After Loss of Funding

April 11, 2018

Band Chvrches have donated money to a project which encourages girls to get into the music industry after it lost its funding. Girls Rock Glasgow failed to secure sponsorship from Creative Scotland – which led to concerns its summer school wouldn’t go ahead this year. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry said the project shows girls there are “options for them” in the music industry.

Girls Rock Glasgow, which started in 2014, is an organisation which runs a summer school where girls can learn instruments, form a band, make art and merchandise.

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