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Challney Concert Band needs a new Musical Director

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in news | Comments Off on Challney Concert Band needs a new Musical Director

Challney Concert Band is looking for a new Musical Director.

Challney Concert Band Musical Director

The Jazz Ticket in Luton

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in news | Comments Off on The Jazz Ticket in Luton

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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 Mongo Santamaria.

The young musicians have developed both their performance and improvisation skills and are very much looking forward to showcasing specially-arranged sets on Friday (24 March). They will perform in an afternoon concert for schools at UK Centre for Carnival Arts and an evening concert at 7.30pm at Luton Sixth Form College. Tomorrow’s Warriors’ flagship professional ensemble, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, will join the musicians in the second half, bringing this incredible project to a close.

If you would like to attend the evening concert on Friday 24 March, please contact Luton Music Service on 01582 538224 or at lutonmusicservice@luton.gov.uk.

To learn more about the project, download this document.

For further information about the wider Jazz Ticket tour and the project, please visit The Jazz Ticket website.

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Luton Community Music School

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in news | Comments Off on 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 http://lutonmusicschool.org.uk/.

Luton Community Music School flyer

Luton Youth Cantores sings with the Opera Boys

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in news | Comments Off on 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 Kerry Watson
The Opera Boys with Luton Youth Cantores’ Co-Director, Kerry Watson

Luton Youth Cantores at The Opera Boys concert 11 February 2017
Luton Youth Cantores back stage at the Opera Boys’ concert

Luton Youth Cantores at The Opera Boys concert 11 February 2017
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 Boys’ concert

Instrumental & vocal lessons improve academic achievement

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in news, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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 than those not playing with the greatest impact for those playing the longest. The findings are considered in relation to the possible reasons for this, and the implications for education.

To find out more, read the research summary or the full research article.

Do you need help with musical costs?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in news, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do you need help with musical costs?

Awards for Young Musicians is inviting young instrumentalists to apply for up to £2,000 towards musical costs, such as music tuition and instrument costs. Take a look at the Awards for Young Musicians 2017 Awards info sheet and visit the Awards for Young Musicians website, to find out more. You must apply by midnight on Friday 3 March 2017.

Awards for Young Musicians 2017 poster

Luton Music Service’s Youth Funk Band performs

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in HomePage_Slider, news | Comments Off on Luton Music Service’s Youth Funk Band performs

Come and hear Luton Music Service’s Youth Funk Band entertain the crowds at the annual Lighting Up Luton event in front of Luton Town Hall at 17:00 tomorrow. They will perform for an hour while a lantern parade makes its way from Market Hall to the Town Hall. At 18:00, the Mayor of Luton will lead the countdown to the Christmas lights switch-on.

Whole class ensemble teaching – Research project

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Whole class ensemble teaching – Research project

Music Mark, a UK association for music education, recently worked in partnership with Professor Susan Hallam MBE (UCL Institute of Education) to carry out a piece of research into whole class ensemble teaching (WCET).

Arts and culture sector acting on climate change

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Arts and culture sector acting on climate change

The arts and cultural sector’s engagement with environmental sustainability is reducing carbon emissions and saving money, according to a report on Arts Council England’s environmental sustainability programme published today (24 November).

How music can change things

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in news | Comments Off on How music can change things

Andy Gamble, Executive Head of Windmill and Low Road Schools Music Federation in Leeds, has written about the impact of In Harmony in his two schools.