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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.

Thousands of children to benefit from music and arts investment

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Thousands of children to benefit from music and arts investment

The Government has announced its funding plans for the next four years. It will provide £300 million to music education hubs, including the £75 million that has already been announced for this year. The current funding agreement will be extended by one year for 2017-18. A new funding agreement will cover the period 2018-20.

Tips for playing in an amateur orchestra

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in news, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for playing in an amateur orchestra

The Guardian published a few tips for playing in an amateur orchestra on 1 September 2016. Here they are:

1 Turn up early. Music, and your part in it, needs time – to get your brain ready, as much as your reeds or strings.

2 Be prepared. Look at your part (many can be found on the public domain music site IMSLP) and listen to the pieces (try YouTube or Spotify) beforehand.

3 Never be without a pencil to take notes during rehearsals. There’s too much going on to trust to memory.

4 Practise breathing together with others in your section to begin shared phrases. Strings included.

5 Develop peripheral awareness: you can hear and experience every note being played in the room if you put your mind to it. The orchestra then becomes one single wonderful instrument.

6 Develop peripheral vision: keep an eye not only on the conductor, but on section leaders and the leader. Avoid playing before them. There are no prizes for who gets there first.

7 Try memorising a little more of every phrase each time you repeat it in rehearsal. Music made without reading takes on a entirely new dimension: orchestral musicians need their printed parts far less than they might think. It’s great for members of the audience, too, if they can see your face.

8 When the conductor stops, stop playing. Immediately.

9 Listen to what else is going on in the orchestra – it gives more relevance and dimension to your own line. Have a full score to hand, to check and refer to. The different instructions (particularly dynamics and phrasing marks) across the other parts will be revelatory.

10 Help your partner or neighbour count rests. Even in the strings, where life is far busier, you can always help your partner by pointing out where you’re starting.

11 In the wind and brass sections, work out a routine between yourselves for tuning. Trust others to hear tuning difficulties that you may not hear while making your own (musical) noise!

12 In the strings, act like a top-drawer orchestra by learning how to transfer new bowings down the line from the front desk without speaking.

13 When in doubt, leave it out. Go through the motions, but avoid losing pace because you’ll get behind the rest of the musicians.

14 Get page corners ready to turn in advance.

15 And finally … Smile! You cannot overestimate the impact of a joyful performance on your audience.

Fantastic exam results!

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Fantastic exam results!

Luton Music Service pupils are celebrating achieving excellent exam results in this summer’s music exams. Not only were brilliant results gained by the Trinity, LCM and RockSchool candidates but, between them, the ABRSM candidates achieved 25 passes, 34 merits and 23 distinctions! Well done, everybody!