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.

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News archive for 2010

10 September 2010: Worcestershire Youth Orchestra takes Maddi to China!

10 September 2010: Worcestershire Youth Orchestra takes Maddi to China!

Posted on: 10 Nov 2010

Maddi Belsey-Day visits Beijing and Shanghai with Worcestershire Youth Orchestra with her new bassoon!

My name is Maddi Belsey-Day, I am 16, a member of the Worcestershire Youth Orchestra (WYO) and I have a lovely new bassoon which the EMI Music Sound Foundation helped me to buy in March 2010.

The Bassoon and I have travelled with WYO to perform at several concert and competition venues including the Birmingham Symphony Hall, but our most exciting and adventurous journey was in July 2010 when about 50 members of the orchestra travelled to China to perform concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. We had rehearsed a program of music lasting about an hour and comprising 12 pieces in a wide range of styles. These included Elgars Nimrod, movements from Brittens Soirees Musicales and Bizets Carmen Suite No.1 as well as pieces of film music including the James Bond theme.

We were not sure how Chinese audiences would react to our music but they seemed to enjoy it very much and clapped along to our finale, The Radetsky March, just as western audiences do. It was very interesting to meet young Chinese musicians and hear them perform at two of our concerts on instruments we had never seen before.

There was plenty of time for sightseeing between performances and as well as visiting the Great Wall, The Forbidden City and Happy Valley we learnt to haggle in the markets, use chopsticks and look in all directions before crossing the road.

The very high temperatures and high humidity were challenging for us and our instruments but the whole experience was amazing and unforgettable.

I think this is a great example of the sort of opportunity which can arise through an enjoyment of and involvement with music.


20 August 2010: James Boyes, Ralph Thoresby Musician of the Year 2010

20 August 2010: James Boyes, Ralph Thoresby Musician of the Year 2010

Posted on: 10 Nov 2010

James wins the Ralph Thoresby Musician of the Year 2010 award as a very talented young musician who has the respect of the staff and his peers.

James (age 17) started playing musical instruments from an early age. He has just completed his education in the 6th Form at the Ralph Thoresby High School in Leeds and has been a main stalwart in the school Jazz band and smaller ensemble of a soul band.

James has been a member of Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra for the past six years and played many gigs home and abroad for both school and city. He has studied music through to A level and was a lead student in a major project this year between LYJRO and school about the life and influences of Charles Mingus. James took it upon himself to re-arrange some of Mingus music for the project.


6 August 2010: Rhiannon Symonds Visits Her Trombone at the Factory

6 August 2010: Rhiannon Symonds Visits Her Trombone at the Factory

Posted on: 09 Aug 2010

Rhiannon (Year 8), who plays the tenor trombone, recently received the Robert Lewin Scholarship from Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) following a highly competitive day of tough auditions in London, as well as winning an EMI Music Sound Foundation award to help her purchase her new trombone.

Rhiannon passed her Grade 8 Trombone exam with Distinction in March 2009 aged just 11 years old and in April 2010 became the youngest person in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales. She is using the awards to purchase a new trombone from Michael Rath who very kindly allowed Rhiannon to visit the factory in Huddersfield to meet the Rath Trombones team and see the instruments being made.

Rhiannon is a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales, Greater Gwent Youth Orchestra, Greater Gwent Youth Symphonic Winds, Greater Gwent Youth Jazz Orchestra and Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band.


30 July 2010: North Kesteven Jazz Vehicle Do It Again in Their 25th Anniversary Year!

Posted on: 09 Aug 2010

The North Kesteven band, Jazz Vehicle, were thrilled to be one of the 9 Big Bands selected to perform on Saturday 10th July in Birmingham at the National Festival of Music For Youth Jazz Finals. The other top bands were also selected from the previous 76 Regional Festivals held earlier in the year. They were from all over the country, as far afield as Stockton, Brighton, Norfolk and Gwent.

‘It has been a fabulous year for John Crouch and Jazz Vehicle. John received the prestigious Music Teacher of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award from Classic FM in November 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall. Jazz Vehicle then had the marvellous opportunity of being mentored by jazz supremo Abram Wilson and played a sensational concert with him to a capacity audience at the Lincoln Drill Hall.
Three weeks later, again at the Drill Hall, Jazz Vehicle celebrated their 25th Anniversary with an unforgettable performance to another capacity audience.’

Quoted from adjudication by Malcolm Edmondstone and Malcolm Earle Smith.

Jazz Vehicle are now waiting to hear if they are to be selected to perform again at the Royal Albert Hall in this years schools prom! While they wait they are now focussing on the next event - a celebratory Scottish tour in October 2010. This has been made possible with backing from North Kesteven School and with financial support from the charities FLINSO and Grassroots.


20 July 2010: Music for Youth and Dowdales Contribution Towards University Research

Posted on: 09 Aug 2010

Dowdales School have been involved in a National research project on boys and singing, run by Edge Hill University. The University is taking a lead in finding sustainable solutions to primary music education with the launch of its first ever conference on singing.

‘Thinking about Singing - Developing Reflective Practice in Music Education’ took place on Wednesday 23rd June and complemented the work of Sounding Edge, a web-based project run by the University to support music education.

In addition, the Dowdales School Chamber Choir, along with Springwood High School and Wardle School, performed at the Music for Youth national festival in Birmingham this year.


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