The lack of music education in state schools could be depriving the industry of future classical talent – and superstar pianist Lang Lang is determined to turn things around.
This weekend, the Newcastle-based choir Schola Cantorum will be singing a rare liturgy that hasn’t been heard in public for almost 600 years, as part of a Medieval worship service, The Liturgy of the Nails.
A Scottish council wanted to axe musical instruments in schools, so a flash mob protested outside until the plans were scrapped.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has launched a new online series of educational videos to inform and guide young musicians through their development.
People with dementia are to be prescribed ‘personal playlists’ to alleviate symptoms thanks to a new ‘Music for Dementia 2020’ campaign.
One of the UK’s leading psychiatrists has said that students who are feeling stressed should try joining a choir. In a keynote speech at a recent conference on the subject of mental health among students, Professor Sir Simon Wessely hit out at many of the mental health services offered by universities.
“The risk is not just ineffective solutions, but the real possibility that our solutions may actually be contributing to the problem.” He went on to say: “I would love to see trials of volunteering, peer support, sport, drama, choir and so on – that’s the research I believe we need.”
The Prince of Wales revealed his passion for the arts in a wide-ranging interview, saying music makes an ‘enormous contribution’ to the UK economy.
His Royal Highness also revealed he once conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra as a surprise for the Duchess of Cornwall on her 60th birthday.
A carol that hasn’t been heard since the 15th century will be performed at Newcastle Cathedral this Christmas Eve.
The carol is called Parit Virgo filium and it was discovered and transcribed from a 15th-century manuscript in Cambridge University Library by Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University.
Andrea Bocelli has released a new music video with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. The video to ‘Ave Maria Pietas’ is set in a church and features emotive modern dance scenes, complementing the pair’s vocals.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19-year-old musician who recently played to two billion people at the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, recently paid a visit to Prior Weston Primary School to give a performance during their morning assembly. He took part in two workshops and spoke to the parents of the young cellists.
Says Kanneh-Mason, “A child having a music lesson should be the normal thing. It’s a real shame to see children not have the opportunity to have music lessons.”