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 2011

Harry Bradford and his Viola!

Posted on: 28 Sep 2011

Harry Bradford was lucky enough to receive funding towards a Viola in March 2011, his Mum recently got in touch to let us know about the various feats he’s been involved with and very impressive they are too!

Firstly Harry was put forward and sat his IGCSE one year early and gained a very impressive A*!

Harry was the principal viola player in the school’s string orchestra played “Music on the roof” at the end of year concert.

Harry also completed Foundation level choral conducting in February
with the organisation “Sing for Pleasure”. He was then advised to jump
straight onto an Intermediate 2 level course, which he completed during a residential programme at Keele University this summer.
The course also covered orchestral conducting and Harry was asked to play his viola in the orchestra conducted by the advanced students.
During the course, Harry also played a Bartok duet with first year RAM student as part of impromptu concerts performed by the students for each other in the evenings.

Harry remains as the viola player in his schools string quartet and looks forward to attending his first orchestral conducting course in November- a residential weekend at Bolton with ‘Sing for Pleasure,’ which will no doubt generate further stories of musical success!

Olympic Ceremony Opportunities for over 18s

Posted on: 16 Aug 2011

Find details and audition info at link below


How Rob Cope’s new saxophone has broadened his horizons…

How Rob Cope’s new saxophone has broadened his horizons…

Posted on: 03 Aug 2011

Another great success story from one of our March 2011 recipients, Rob Cope. Rob used our donation to help buy a saxophone and playing it has kept him very busy ever since.
Rob has been lucky enough to play it in a concert at Kings Place in a concert in memory of Steve Gray, performing the fantastic big band music he wrote and arranged. The concert also featured Nick Smart, Pete Churchill, Norma Winstone, Nikki Illes and Julian Siegel- so a truly fantastic concert to have been a part of.
Rob has also been booked to record with the Jack Davies Big Band at Pinewood Studios in December. (Jack recently won the Deutch Bank Award and is setting up his own record label, with this album being produced by Colin Towns and due for release in Mid 2012.)
Rob kindly sent us a very warm email saying ‘(it was because of)… this baritone that I was able to accept this fantastic opportunity.’

We can’t wait to hear the album!

Talented oboe player Beth, fills us in on her adventures…

Talented oboe player Beth, fills us in on her adventures…

Posted on: 29 Jul 2011

...Beginning back in February Beth Strachan was invited to play at the Holocaust Memorial service, and also at a Citizenship Ceremony both held at Aberdeen Town Hall.
In March Beth went on to appear in the Aberdeen City Music School Concert at Aberdeen Music Hall – where she also played as part of the Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra’s Concert.
Beth then went on to take part in the Aberdeen Young Musician of the Year Competition, and was very successful, becoming one of the top six finalists out of the original 22 competitors.
Following a very eventful start to the year Beth was invited to play Cor Anglais and Oboe with the prestigious Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. During her time with the EYO Beth played a repertoire including Shostakovich, Bartok, and Berlioz at the RSAMD in Glasgow, and the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
Beth told us how she was thrilled to have “…a big Cor Anglais solo in the Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture…”  and we have no doubt with this level of
commitment there will be many more solos to come!

Calling all Violinists!

Posted on: 21 Jul 2011

Great new competition from ABRSM in partnership with PureSolo…

ABRSM and PureSolo are offering one lucky child (resident in the UK) the chance to play an original Stradivarius and have their music recorded in a professional studio.
Violinists up to the age of 16 can enter by logging onto www.abrsm.org/puresolo to sign up to the service for free.
Good luck!

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