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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....
Practising the Piccolo Editor's PickLike many flautists, when I was learning flute as a school student the occasion would sometimes arise where I would be called on to play the piccolo, both in the school's wind...
There are many benefits of using improvisation in piano lessons as pointed out by Anselm Ernst in “Lehren und Lernen im Instrumentalunterricht” (“Teaching and Learning in...
There are two main factors involved in the creation of a vocal sound: 1. The vibration of the vocal cords, caused by the air passing through them.2. The resonances, that will...
What sets great drummers apart from the rest? Editor's PickThere are certain traits that across the board all great drummers have in common, no matter what the genre. From great rock drummers like Keith Moon, John Bonham and Dave...
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...
A Climate of Possibilities. How does one create this ‘Climate of Possiblities’ to have an environment condusive to creativity for students to develop and thrive. I...
Are you just getting into acting? Applying for drama school? If you’re anything like I was when I started out, you’ll be wondering which approach you’ll end up adopting. It’ll...
Gaining a place at drama school has never been more competitive, and places have always been limited. But what's all the fuss about? Are they really what everyone says they...
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