EMI Music Sound Foundation

EMI Music Sound Foundation

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples' access to music education in the UK & Ireland.


News archive for 2010

20 December: Awards for Young Musicians Applications Open

Posted on: 23 Dec 2010

When making an application for funding to the EMI Music Sound Foundation you will be asked to apply to other charities and foundations to increase your chances of being able to afford your musical education.

Musically Talented?  Passionate about playing an instrument?  Aged between 5 and 17? In need of help with your musical costs?

You can apply to the Awards for Young Musicians for an award between £200 ad £2,000 to help fund your music-making.

Visit: www.a-y-m.org.uk

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Call: 01726 832937

Or send an A4 SAE to:

Awards for Young Musicians (Cornwall Office)
PO Box 25
PL23 1WG


COMPETITION: Fanfare - Create Your Sound For The Royal Opera House

Posted on: 01 Dec 2010

Inspire your students through this unique composing project.  The Royal Opera House are looking for ten new musical fanfares to be played in the Royal Opera House before performances to let the audience know it’s time to take their seats.

Now in its second year, Fanfare is a participatory project encouraging young people to compose.

The competition is open to anyone aged 11-16 who is interested in getting their music heard, regardless of experience.  Students are asked to create and submit their own 30 second fanfare.  Winners will work with a professional composer to arrange their music with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

If you are a secondary KS3 or KS4 teacher the competition can be used as an ideal starting point for a composition project in school.
Supporting multimedia resources for both students and teachers are available online on the Royal Opera House Fanfare page and on our YouTube channel.

For further material, including a Curriculum Unit Overview, visit the Teaching Music website.

Posters and leaflets are available to promote the competition in your school. Please email requests to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For practical support, book yourself onto the Fanfare INSET session (w/c 15 November 2010).  Limited places are available.  For further information and to book please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For competition dates and further details, visit http://www.roh.org.uk/fanfare.

If you have any questions or require help then please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

‘We might discover some incredible talent, but the important thing is that young people create music’

Antonio Pappano, Music Director, Royal Opera House.

28 November 2010: Applicant Isobel Travels To Play In Germany

Posted on: 01 Dec 2010

Isobel Thompson applied to us for funding towards her school music tour to Koblenz, Germany and updates us on how it went.

“I very much enjoyed the Gryphon School music tour, and found Koblenz to be a lovely place and the concerts to be very enjoyable and successful. We performed two formal concerts, one in front of the town hall in a nearby town of Montabaur which was very good and the audience seemed to enjoy it a lot. The second concert was on the Rhine riverside in a concert
‘shell’ which was a beautiful location in which to perform. Both concerts were part of the Koblenz Music Festival, so we were honoured to be taking part. We were also asked to perform ‘ad hoc’ for some local people enjoying a marriage celebration - afterwards one lady had tears in her eyes when she thanked us.

The two trombone mutes that I purchased with the rest of the EMI Music Sound Foundation funding have been extremely useful to me particularly in performing with the Schools brass ensemble. This year the ensemble managed to reach the semi-final of the Pro Corda National Competition for Schools, an annually held competition.”

27 October 2010: Joe Sharples Becomes Halle Orchestra’s Principal Trombonist

27 October 2010: Joe Sharples Becomes Halle Orchestra’s Principal Trombonist

Posted on: 10 Nov 2010

The Swinton High School pupil Joe Sharples has just been appointed principal trombone in the Halle Youth Orchestra. This comes on the back of an earlier success in July when he won the prestigious Swinton Young Musician of the Year Competition.

Joe said “I’m really thrilled. This is a really great thing for me, or any young musician to do and I will learn a lot from my time there. I am also really excited about learning with my new trombone teacher, Dudley Bright, in London. He has already massively improved my playing.”

Joe has just received an award from the EMI Music Sound Foundation to go towards his new Alto trombone based on his tremendous application to us. He also gives thanks to Future Talent, The Swinton High School music department, the Halle Orchestra and all of his music teachers who have made his success so far possible.

It was due to the schools status as a Specialist Perfoming Arts College that they were able to fund Joe’s monthly trips to London to study with the principal trombonist of the London Symphony Orhestra, Dudley Bright.

Well done Joe!

8 October 2010: Hannah’s Harp is One Year Old!

8 October 2010: Hannah’s Harp is One Year Old!

Posted on: 10 Nov 2010

Hannah Allaway, now aged 12, applied to the Foundation for assistance in raising funds toward her new harp back in September 2008. She had recently been accepted to play the harp with the National Childrens Orchestra and updates us on all that she has done in her harps first year.

‘I quickly got used to playing my own harp and had a great time using it on the National Childrens Orchestras Under 12 residential week in Ackworth, and played the harp with the full Under 12 orchestra in the concert at the end of the course.

My Sister, Glenda, and I were invited to play at an evening for the St Cuthberts Festival in Wells over the August bank holiday weekend and so my harp travelled with us to Somerset and we had a great evening playing a variety of music, including a couple of harp duets. The festival organisers gave us tickets to the Wookey Hole caves to say thank you. In addition I performed in ‘The Anvil’ in Basingstoke and in the biggest harp competition that I have competed in, at Leamington Spa. I won the Grade 5-6 harp class and came second in the under 14 recital class.

Until I got my own harp, I had only been able to play a smaller Celtic harp, which has a restricted range and repertoire. I was now able to really work on more challenging music and quickly polished two pieces for the October audition for the NCO under 13s orchestra. In November I’d heard that I’d passed the audition and made it into the 2010 orchestra.

Ive had so much fun with the NCO and made so many friends that I really want to do my final year before I have to retire at 14. After that, I really dont know what is in store; I’d perhaps like to try for a place in the National Youth Orchestra. Im sure I’ll keep playing my harp, hopefully winning competitions and get examiners who agree with my judgement of playing!

My harp has really helped me make new friends, improve my music, given me opportunities to see and play in some great places!’

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