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 2012

MSF’s Very Own Rocker!

Posted on: 06 Sep 2012

Back in March, EMI MSF awarded our resident rocker Lewys Ball an amp to help with his studies as well as his metal band. Lewys will be starting his 3rd year at BIMM and he sent us an update:

Since receiving the award given to me by the EMI Music foundation I have been very busy with my band Heaven Asunder. We have been playing gigs as regularly as possible trying to get our name out to the public! We are currently establishing ourselves in the Bristol music scene, playing prestigious venues such as the Thekla, the Croft and even a packed out O2 Academy 2 with our good friends Syren City. We also recently headed up to Derby to play at an event called CEX Fest which is an annual 3 day event held for all of their employees which was also a lot of fun! The award I received from the EMI music foundation has greatly helped this cause as my new amp has made gigging so much easier!

Heaven Asunder have big plans for the next year. We will be heading to the studio next week to record two new tracks to be released early 2013. We also have a busy October gig wise, including a support slot on the Bristol leg of the ‘Killing is Dead’ tour with two critically acclaimed bands the Fearless Vampire Killers and The Dead Lay Waiting.

Lets hope 2013 is an exciting year!! Good Luck Lewys!


Our Very Own London Olympics Musician

Posted on: 09 Aug 2012

On the 27th July, young Ashby Mayes an EMI MSF beneficiary had the honour of performing in the London Symphony Orchestra for a world audience at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The orchestra was made up of LSO players along with 80 children from Olympic boroughs, all of who were conducted by François-Xavier Roth. The Orchestra played an arrangement of Elgar’s Nimrod by Gareth Glyn, followed by And I Will Kiss, a new piece by Rick Smith, Music Director of the Opening Ceremony. These were played during the Green and Pleasant Land and Industrial Revolution Scenes.

The 80 young musicians, who played with 20 LSO members, are participants in LSO on Track, a major project of the award-winning LSO Discovery education and community programme, which François-Xavier Roth has been involved in from its early days. LSO On Track was launched in 2008 in partnership with the Music Services of the ten East London boroughs – Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest. The programme provides a platform for young musicians from absolute beginners to professionals to develop their instrumental skills and play side-by-side. LSO on Track brings together the strengths of the music services in reaching a wide range of young people, with the world class performance values of an international symphony orchestra and enables musicians at every point on the musical journey to enjoy the thrill of performing live with others.

To date, over 14,000 young people have taken part in the programme. The Olympics Opening Ceremony was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young musicians to share their achievements with the world.

Ashby was so excited and said the following:

“It was amazing playing to such a huge audience, knowing it would be seen all over the world. It was a completely different experience to play in an orchestra with so much other music going on around us, including a thousand drummers! This was a once in a lifetime experience and one I will never forget”.


EMI MSF Bursary reaches new heights for Alex!

Posted on: 08 Aug 2012

EMI MSF is renowned for its funding awards of instruments/equipment and for funding various schools across the UK, however, not many people know about the bursaries we offer to 8 specific music colleges.

One in particular is the Birmingham Conservatoire from which we have had a lovely update from one of our bursaries, Alex Patterson in 2011/12.

Alex has proceeded to be a composer-in-residence at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, since May 2009 when, just before graduating, the cathedral’s Director of Music, Neil Page, asked him if he would consider taking up the post. Alex was thrilled to be asked and immediately said yes and is now commissioned to compose new music for some of the major events in the cathedral choir’s calendar – one of the major commissions was a Missa Brevis for the Flower & Music Festival in 2010.

Being as ambitious as Alex is, he felt his position could stretch his abilities, especially as he wanted the opportunity to record a choir singing his music. Thus, in early 2011 Alex was able to book out the cathedral for a day and recorded a huge chunk of his choral output which was later put on CD. This opportunity reached new heights when Alex’s CD was launched properly and he also got to perform some of his other music in ‘Alex Patterson’s Big Weekend’ in May 2011 where the cathedral allowed him to put on two evening concerts featuring new music. This meant Alex was able to have instrumental pieces and three of his secular song cycles performed in the cathedral. Alex’s music was also infiltrated in two of the Sunday masses, including writing a responsorial psalm, the descant to the hymn and also writing a new ‘congregational’ mass setting based on the new translation of the Roman Missal.

Most recently Alex undertook a short tour of his home country of Northern Ireland performing music that he’d written for the cathedral choir in cathedrals across the province, to great acclaim. In addition to the benefits as a composer, Alex’s experience has been instrumental in developing his conducting skills – probably best reflected in his new appointment as Assistant Director of Music!

Well done Alex!


MSF Sponsored School Hits 50!

Posted on: 27 Jul 2012

AN AWARD-WINNING MSF Sponsored School has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a musical extravaganza.

Egglescliffe School marked the special occasion with a huge sell-out concert at The Sage, in Gateshead.

It involved a host of current and former pupils - including three generations of the same family.
Abi Glancey, 13, is a violin player in the orchestra and her mum, ex-orchestra member Jackie Glancey, also took part in the concert.

Proud grandmother Joan Graham, a longstanding school governor, watched on from the audience.
And also taking part were her other grandchildren Egglescliffe School pupil Anya Moreton, 12 - and Sophie Graham, 10, who sang in a choir with Durham Lane Primary School.

“It was wonderful to see them up there,” said Joan, 73. “It was absolutely marvellous. Their concerts just get better every year.”

A total of 1,600 seats were sold for the concert - with more than 400 people unable to get tickets.
The event featured the renowned musicians of Egglescliffe School who have just returned from the National Music Festival with three awards for the best school orchestra, brass band and choir in the country.

In addition, the event featured a host of ex-Egglescliffe School pupils who joined in with the celebrations - dressing in their old band uniform.

Anthony Wall - a member of the school’s first brass band in the 1970s - was even able to locate his old tie.

Matthew Haworth, head of music at the school, said: “The concert was a complete success. It was so ambitious, and so complex, we had over 200 performers involved.”

The school’s IT department produced three videos depicting the history of the school, which were shown on an enormous projection screen.

An anniversary poem was also written by staff and pupils and a huge tapestry was created to represent the five decades of the school.

Headteacher Angela Darnell said: “We had to celebrate our 50th anniversary in style to do justice to the outstanding successes we have enjoyed over the years.”

A big congratulations to Egglescliffe!


Joe Gibbings Hits the Olympics

Posted on: 13 Jul 2012

EMI MSF beneficiary, Joe Gibbings recently was asked to play for the Ipswich Olympic Torch event on 5th July and he also played at a big Ipswich event “Music in the Park” on Sunday 1st July.

EMI Music Sound Foundation awarded Joe £300 in March 2012 for an electronic acoustic guitar which has enabled Joe to play so successfully. Joe was so honoured to play at these events and wanted to express the following:

“In my experience, no other make of guitar quite compares with how a Martin guitar feels to play and the sound it makes. I can’t begin to describe how pleased I am with it! It is so great to be able to get an instrument which reflects how serious I am about my music-making. It feels awesome to perform with it - it has made an enormous difference to my gigs in that it has made it possible for them to be as good as they can be! Once again, thank you very much for your donation, I am extremely grateful. I’m sure I will have this wonderful instrument for many years to come thanks, in part, to you. Cheers, Joe Gibbings”

Thank you Joe and a big congratulations!


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