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Roots of Fire

Luton-based orchestra, Sinfonia Verdi, designed a marvellous continent and culture-spanning project: Roots of Fire, which culminated in concerts in Luton, Leicester and Slough. Children from the UK and India were involved in workshops that led to the creation of a new piece of music that fuses the musical traditions of Indian and western music. Children from Downside Primary School in Luton participated, as did renowned virtuoso sarod player, Amjad Ali Khan. Watch the project video to get the flavour of the project: For more information about Sinfonia Verdi, visit their...

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Challney Concert Band needs a new Musical Director

Challney Concert Band is looking for a new Musical...

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The Jazz Ticket in Luton

Sixty Luton musicians, aged 11 – 18, have been working with inspirational musicians from London-based youth jazz ensemble, Tomorrow’s Warriors, on a project that celebrates the lives of six jazz legends who would have turned 100 this year. Students from Ashcroft High School, Cardinal Newman Catholic School, The Chalks Hills Academy and Luton Sixth Form College formed six bands and participated in workshops in January and February. Each of the six bands explored the music of one of the jazz greats: Tadd Dameron, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gilliespie, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich and...

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Luton Community Music School

Luton Community Music School currently has space for new drumming students. To find out more about the music school ring 01582 691990 or 07733 534529 or visit...

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Luton Youth Cantores sings with the Opera Boys

Luton Youth Cantores, Luton Music Service’s girls’ choir, joined the Opera Boys in a fabulous concert at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on Saturday 11 February. The choir thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They performed on stage with the professional quartet, who invited the girls to perform with them again during their tour next year. The Opera Boys with Luton Youth Cantores’ Co-Director, Kerry Watson Luton Youth Cantores back stage at the Opera Boys’ concert Luton Youth Cantores back stage at the Opera Boys’ concert Luton Youth Cantores back stage at the Opera...

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Instrumental & vocal lessons improve academic achievement

Academics, Professor Susan Hallam and Kevin Rogers, carried out a study into the effect of instrumental and vocal lessons on academic achievement. The abstract reads: There is increasing international evidence that playing a musical instrument has a positive impact on attainment at school but little research has been undertaken in the UK. This study addresses this drawing on data on attainment at age 11 and 16 relating to 608 students, 115 of whom played a musical instrument. The findings showed that the young people playing an instrument showed greater progress and better academic outcomes...

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