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This is the website for the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. It's a brilliant way of seeing future world class musicians and is inspiring for both adults and children learning an instrument. Equally if your child enjoys playing, look in to having them audition as it is a brilliant...
Southbank Sinfonia is a wonderful orchestra that I have been lucky enough to be a member of. Setting aside the high quality of the orchestra, it provides incredible concert opportunities for both adults and children. The staple concert series of the orchestra are their "Rush Hour" concerts....
The violin is a classical instrument, invented in the 1500's and perfected in the 1700's by Antonio Stradivarius, and has been used with great skill for solo and ensemble music ever since. In the olden days people waxed poetical over the lyrical properties of the violin, calling it the closest...
4 Great Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument - The Musical Life of Albert Einstein Did you know that Albert Einstein was a violinist? The truth is… Not only did he play the violin, he also played the piano. 1. Music benefits your brain According to Einstein’s wife, Elsa, the great...
Preparing A Song Recital vs. Preparing A Role Editor's PickOne of the biggest differences of preparing a recital compared to preparing a role, is that with a recital you have almost complete freedom to choose what programme you want to sing, whereas a role is a completely closed experience by comparison. You can choose how you want to portray it, but...
The Importance Of A Warmup For Brass Editor's PickNo matter what stage of playing you're at and what stage you are on your instrument it is important to do a warmup before you play. Similar to an athlete warming up for a marathon or a sprint we use our muscles in the same way. There are an infinite number of opinions on the perfect method of...
Throughout our lives we get to hear many a time that we should improve ourselves. It starts at primary school, for some even before, and goes on right until retirement and for some, even after. Improve your writing, your sports, your knowledge, your attitude, even your dreams. Through that we...
For anyone wanting to pursue a career as an actor, or assist them in coming up with a blueprint theory for working as an actor, these 2 books for me are the best. They really helped me form my own method of working, a sort of tick box list I take to each and every job. The first book is...
It is the very question you ask yourself when you decide to find a suitable piano teacher for your kids or for yourself. Especially for someone who is not into music, it can be very daunting to choose from all the choices you get in your search. The advantage is that you are not short of choices...
Saxophone - equipment guide for beginners Editor's PickSaxophonists love talking about gear. Mouthpieces, reeds, instruments and all their various intricacies are endlessly fascinating to us - if you don't believe me, type 'mouthpiece' into an online forum for saxophonists and watch as an unending stream of jargon unspools itself in front of you....
Often the idea of 'composing' can be a daunting idea, especially if you are asked to do it in school and you've previously only played other people's music on your instrument....
Singing has always been an important part of my life. I moved to Germany when I was 9 - my father was a professional conductor and landed a job in one of the country's many...
How to be a successful sax student Editor's PickThe best student is the one who is able to be his own teacher and learn from his own experiences Learn from the people/players you admire, understanding your strengths and...
The Brazilian Culture is made a huge diversity of styles and rhythms. It's a very rich tradition well known around the world. One of the most important styles is Bossa Nova,...
This is a review I wrote recently for an academic journal on the current Bedlam exhibition at the Wellcome Collection: The Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition Bedlam: the...
Time passes. The onset of the personal computer and mobile technology enables us to exchange information faster than ever before. Many, therefore, would assume that quills, dip...
How To Get Into Drama School? Editor's Pick"How do I get into Drama school?" is a question that would challenge any actor or academic, no matter where they are based or whatever background they are from. And it can...
Medical Research-Health Benefits of Singing http://www.cmuse.org/psychological-and-physical-benefits-of-choral-singing/ Research has shown for some time that singing in a choir...
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