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 2014


Posted on: 23 Oct 2014

The EMI Music Sound Foundation is once again delighted to announce a snapshot of the latest recipients we have helped:

At our last Trustees’ meeting on Tuesday 7th October, we were able to award over £154,000 towards musical instruments and equipment for 297 new beneficiaries, both schools and individuals.
EMI MSF has now awarded £5m towards music education. This year we have helped to fund instruments/equipment across all of the different families, the most popular of which were percussion instruments and keyboards.
If you think we could help you and you would like to apply for funding at our next Trustees Meeting in March 2015, please download and complete the application form on the homepage.
The deadline for the next round of applications is Tuesday 3rd February 2015.


Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School take Rome by Storm!

Posted on: 21 May 2014

In April 2014, EMI MSF Sponsored School Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School’s Chamber Choir took the trip of a lifetime to Rome. Here, one of the pupils on the trip tells her account of their trip:

‘On Monday the 7th April the Chamber Choir left school at 5:00am in order to catch our early flight from Heathrow to Rome. Despite the time of day everyone was excited and looking forward to the trip. When we arrived in Rome we went straight to our hotel which was called Villa Palazzola. The hotel was beautiful; it was situated above a huge lake and had fantastic gardens which we explored when we first arrived. The staff were extremely welcoming and looked after us very well. In the evening of our arrival we attended a mass in the chapel of the hotel and sang two of our pieces.

The following day we travelled by coach from our hotel to the centre of Rome. In the morning we looked around St Peter’s Square and the beautiful Basilica. In the afternoon we had the privilege of joining with the congregation at St Peter’s to sing parts of the mass and the responses along with the Cantors. We were joined by the director of music at St Peter’s who guided us through the mass. We sang two of our own pieces, ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘O Vos Omnes’. The Priest welcomed us and gave a special homily in English aimed at our group.

On Tuesday afternoon the choir gave a performance at the lovely church of St Alphonsus in the heart of the city. We all particularly enjoyed singing there, especially as it was one of our favorite pieces ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’. The acoustics at the church were fantastic and showed the choir off to its best.

Our final concert was at a wonderful venue, The Pantheon. Our programme consisted of around fifteen different pieces as well as some solo items. We performed to a huge crowd of people from all over the world who took pictures and videos of us and asked all about our school.

During our time in Rome we visited many of the city’s famous landmarks such as the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and the Spanish. We even gave an impromptu performance around the Trevi Fountain. We were also delighted when a flight attendant invited us to sing on the aeroplane on the way home, our first concert at 30,000 feet above sea level!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Rome. Our thanks go to Mr Chapman for his planning, Mr and Mrs Humphrey for their musical leadership, the other members of staff on the trip, and to the group of parents who supported us at our concerts, including two Dads who contributed a bass line to a couple of our songs!’

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School Chamber Choir clearly had a fantastic time exploring Rome and more impressively performing in the heart of the city!


EMI MSF Sponsored School, ‘Smithills Night of Music’!

Posted on: 01 Apr 2014

As our update on Harrop Fold was received so well, we thought we would give you an insight into another EMI MSF sponsored school, Smithills. Assistant Headteacher, Chris Wormald wrote to us about their recent ‘Smithills Night of Music’:

On March 29th, over two hundred Smithills musicians and singers performed to a near-packed Victoria Hall in Bolton town centre in aid of Bolton Hospice and the school’s Senior Brass Band 2014 America Tour Fund.

In the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Headteacher Mr Alec Cottrill and many VIP guests and sponsors, the Smithills musicians and singers superbly entertained the huge audience from start to finish, with outstanding performances by the school’s multiple award-winning Senior Brass Band, Guitar Group, Vocal Group and Senior Big Band in the first half and the equally outstanding Community Wind Band, Tuba Group and massed ‘Les Miserables’ finale in the second half.

The fifty-strong Smithills School Senior Brass Band opened the concert, and from Alford’s fantastic march ‘Army of The Nile’ through to Mahler’s ‘Resurrection,’ their performance was as faultless and outstanding as ever. The band was led by Solo Euphonium Jacob Smith who was individually awarded by EMI MSF in September 2010. Jacob has been a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for the past two years now. All of the band’s performances drew the most stunning ovations of the night and even took band members by surprise such was the reaction.

Smithills excellent Guitar Group then performed an appropriately powerful Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath set and Head of Music Mr Philip Pavey then directed his outstanding Vocal Group, complete with fantastic solo contributions by both Demi-Lee Davies and Elise Horrocks in ‘I See Fire’ and Aicha Hopley and Shannon Drake in ‘Seasons of Love.’ The Smithills Senior Band then returned to perform items from ‘Birdland’ via ‘Stardust’ through to ‘Caravan’. The band lived up to its deserved reputation from start to finish, led by Lead Trumpet Lilly Taylor, another EMI MSF beneficiary.

To open the second half of the concert, the Community Wind Band was yet again in its very best form and from Rimmer’s superb march ‘Punchinello’ through the brilliant Genesis ‘Turn It On Again,’ drummed by the ever-outstanding Robert Gliddon, who EMI MSF awarded £750 to for a drum kit in 2010. The Tuba Ensemble followed, displaying some superb playing in both ‘One Day Like This’ and ‘Mad World,’ arranged by pupil Jacob Smith himself. This set concluded by Year 10 pupils Eloise Irlam (Voice) and Max Ainsworth (Guitar) who gave a particularly sensitive and wonderful treatment of the Oasis song ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger.’

All that remained was the stunning performance of the finale of ‘Les Miserables’ highlights, which delighted the audience. For the 100 voice choir which was only formed at Smithills in September, this was only their second public performance and they certainly gave everything in a moving, powerful and wonderful performance of the musical’s highlights.

Overall the night raised £730 in raffle tickets alone and with ticket sales amounting to funds in the thousands, the evening was as successful financially as it was musically.


An Update with EMI MSF Sponsored School - Harrop Fold!

Posted on: 28 Mar 2014

EMI MSF sponsored school, Harrop Fold in Manchester have written to us with a great update on what they have been up to in the past year. Please read on to find out more:

‘The music department at Harrop Fold have been busy throughout 2013/14 school year with concerts and productions. The department however really did step it up a gear in the final half term before Christmas. Without the help provided by the EMI Music Sound Foundation it would not have been possible to provide these fantastic opportunities for our students.

The school choir and two very brave soloists from year 7 and 11 performed in a very moving Remembrance Day assembly in front of 800 people including staff, students, governors and local councillors. This was the first time the school has ever embarked upon a whole school event and all those who attended were truly moved by the occasion. The choir sang two songs the hymn tune ‘Abide With Me’ and the beautiful ‘Amazing Grace’. The event finished with the ‘Last Post’ performed by a member of the Black Dyke Band.

The Christmas Term was really a term for firsts at Harrop Fold. The music department ended November with its very first GCSE concert evening featuring acts solely from within the department. For many in the GCSE class this was the very first time they had ever performed in front an audience. The students relished the opportunity performing brilliantly in front of 150 people.

During the build up to Christmas, we saw the Choir become increasingly busy in the local community. The school prides itself on the work it does not only in school but the surrounding area. The Choir gave marvellous performances to patients at the local dementia hospital which really did bring in the Christmas joy and raise spirits. This was followed by concerts in local care homes and promotional events at Asda and the Ellesmere Shopping Centre.

Preparations for Christmas at Harrop Fold didn’t ease off as we got closer to the Christmas break. The Music Department rounded the year off in style with its show piece concert in the school forum attended by a record sell-out audience numbering 250 people! Prior to the event the music department hosted its inaugural Christmas fair which really helped build a great atmosphere with in the school. The concerts saw performances from groups and soloists with no less than three debuts from the new Brass Group, Year 7 Choir and African Drum Club. The Concert was rounded off with all 100 performers joining together to sing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.

Since the beginning of the New Year there has been a massive drive towards the schools musical production entitled ‘Don’t Stop the Beat’ which was created by the students themselves featuring highlights from a selection of Broadway shows. Rehearsals have taken place in the students own time after school, at weekends and during half term. The commitment and dedication of the cast has been exceptional and can only be commended. The show ran for three nights as well as two matinee performances, one for 200 local primary school children and the other for Harrop’s own students. All performances received rapturous applauses with no greater accolade than many of long serving members of staff dubbing it ‘The Best Production Harrop has ever done!’

Over the next 6 months of the year the school has an exciting program of events for the students to perform at. In March the Senior Choir will be performing in its first competition at the Regional Festival of Music for Youth at Rochdale Town Hall. As we move into the summer term students in the GCSE class will be recording their Solo and Ensemble performances for their music GCSE.  As part of our Transition project that runs in school no less than 300 pupils from 10 primary school choirs will be coming to Harrop Fold to take part in our second Choir of the Year competition. The year will finish with a big concert in school as we say farewell to our current year 11 students.’


BSO Strings Workshop for EMI MSF Sponsored School, The Roseland Community College

Posted on: 20 Mar 2014

On Wednesday 19th March, Roseland Community College was lucky enough to host a specialist music workshop with “BSO Resonate Strings” who are five string players from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the resident professional orchestra of the South West Of England

The orchestra has a remit to deliver concerts and educational workshops across more than 10,000 miles of the South West, and this workshop was delivered free of charge to students, being jointly funded by the orchestra itself and the Cornwall Music Education Hub. 20 students from The Roseland and partner primary schools in Probus, Tregony and Ladock joined together to form an impromptu string orchestra, playing violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Despite the wide range in age and ability they rehearsed three orchestral pieces over the course of the morning which they then performed to Year 3 and 4 pupils from Tregony primary school at the end of the session. It was a wonderful opportunity to gather talented young string players together from across The Roseland and together they made a really fantastic sound!

Students commented:

“I enjoyed hearing the orchestra play to us”

“They helped us to learn the pieces so quickly and helped us when we got stuck”

“It was great to play new pieces with others”

“I was a bit nervous, but they helped me”

“I really enjoyed it when we got to play in front of everyone”

Look out for other performances by the BSO, who will be in residence in Cornwall between April 2014 and April 2015! See http://www.bsolive.com for further details of the orchestra’s forthcoming concerts and events.


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