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

Exciting times with EMI MSF at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

Posted on: 20 Mar 2014

EMI MSF continues to provide generous and much appreciated support annually for bursary recipients who are studying on the MA in Community Music programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Since 2005 the vital support provided by EMI Music Sound Foundation has enabled many students to undertake post-graduate study and to develop their musical creativity in order to enable and facilitate music making in a community context.

20 graduates who benefitted from the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary are now successfully working as community musicians in a variety of contexts including schools, youth clubs, crèches, afterschool clubs, care homes and a variety of health care environs.

Previous recipients of the bursary are also leading ground breaking projects with great success including Kathleen Turner, Education and Outreach Officer who with the Irish Chamber Orchestra enables weekly workshops in singing, song-writing and violin tuition for 300 children in Limerick city. The project was established in 2008 by Kathleen with the Irish Chamber Orchestra as a Community Engagement Programme working within Limerick’s regeneration process. This Sing Out with Strings project has attracted much media attention and is a significant musical provider in Limerick city.

Andrew Jordan, MA in Community Music graduate, also a recipient of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary, is currently undertaking a PhD in Music Education. His study is investigating the delivery and implementation of Music Generation programmes in Limerick City with a particular focus on areas of regeneration. Andrew is co-director and founder of the Redemptorist Centre of Music in Limerick which is a grateful recipient of much needed support from EMI Music Sound Foundation. The Redemptorist Centre aims to provide resources needed to make music accessible to all.

These and numerous other stories are told regarding the recipients of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary working in the field of Community Music ensuring that music making is all-inclusive and available to all. The many recipients of the bursary and all at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick express sincere gratitude to EMI Music Sound Foundation and its patrons Sir George Martin, Sir Paul Mc Cartney, Yoko Ono, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Cliff Richard, Diana Ross and Tina Turner.

Photographed are bursary recipients for academic year 2013-2014: Elayne Mulcahy, Gillian Power and Róisín Rodgers.


EMI Music Sound Foundation supports learning at Access to Music, Brighton

Posted on: 11 Mar 2014

In March 2013, EMI MSF awarded Access to Music Brighton £5000 for 6 new MacBooks. These were awarded to be loaned to students each year to aid them with their studies of Music Technology.

Tim Cotterell, the Curriculum and Operations Manager at Access to Music Brighton wrote to us with an update on the benefit of having the MacBooks:

“Having access to the laptop provided has made a necessary, valuable, difference to all aspects of college life”

Access to Music Brighton, as a government funded organization with an open access policy, has a high number of students who face financial hardship and would simply not be able to access technology of this quality without the help of the award from EMI MSF. Laptops are particularly useful because they enable students to continue working at home and to transport work to and from college.

“It’s been really useful for me to have the use of the EMI MSF laptop, as it has meant that I could work on my coursework and my music at home, rather than relying on the college machines, which get really busy. I’ve written several pieces of music using the machine, that wouldn’t have happened without it and I don’t think I’d have been able to pass my course without it. So big up EMI MSF!”

The reason the laptops were MacBooks specifically is as these are the industry standard machines, though unfortunately they don’t come cheap. It’s been really beneficial for the students to have the machines. All the students who were involved in this scheme passed their courses and in many cases returned for further study or progressed to university”.

Hopefully the MacBooks will be loaned to worthy students at Access to Music Brighton for many years to come to aid them in their music education.

Here are Claudette D’Silva and Imogen Baird from Access to Music Brighton, with their EMI MSF Macbooks.



Posted on: 07 Mar 2014

As something fresh and new, started at our last Trustees’ Meeting, 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 4th March, we were able to award over £150,000 towards musical instruments and equipment for 289 new beneficiaries, both schools and individuals.

The number of applications sent to the Foundation has never been higher and in the last 5 years has increased by 76%.

EMI MSF has now awarded over £4.8m towards music education. This year we have helped to fund instruments/equipment across all of the different families, the most popular of which is strings with both guitars and violins featuring in the top 10 requests. Also highlighted in the top 10 are percussion instruments (specifically drum kits and pianos) and studio equipment.

If you think we could help you and you would like to apply for funding at our next Trustees Meeting in October 2014, please download and complete the application form on the homepage.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Wednesday 10th September 2014.


EMI MSF Beneficiary Matilda Lloyd makes the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final!

Posted on: 03 Mar 2014

In October 2013, EMI MSF awarded Matilda Lloyd £750 for a new trumpet. Since then Matilda has made it through to the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final! Matilda kindly got in touch to tell us about her experience:

“Back in July 2013, I decided I would apply again for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, having been unsuccessful in getting through the first round 2 years ago. On the day of my first round audition in October I was very nervous and had to walk up 5 floors of stairs to the audition room as the lift had broken at Sadler’s Wells! Playing Honegger’s Intrada and Romanze by Abraham Geifmann, I was overjoyed to be selected for the next round, the category auditions.

The next round took place in Cardiff, so the journey was very exciting. I traveled with my mum as she accompanies me for all my competitions and auditions, being a very skilled pianist and piano teacher at a local grammar school. We arrived in Cardiff and I was whisked off to a practice room to warm up before being shown into a lovely hall where I would perform. The acoustic was gorgeous for brass instruments and I sang out Barat’s Andante and Scherzo, Lied by Bozza and Goedicke’s Concert Etude, earning a laugh at the end due to its quiet and playful close.

Just a couple of weeks later I heard that I was one of the 5 brass players selected to be in the Brass Category Final, broadcast on BBC 4 on the television around late April/early May. Thrilled doesn’t even begin to describe my excitement!! This week, I had a BBC film crew follow me round school, orchestras, my home and Junior Guildhall as they filmed the various aspects of my life for a short clip during the broadcast.

The category final takes place next week and I am keeping my fingers crossed!”

The Foundation all have our fingers crossed here for Matilda in the final and here’s to wishing her the best of luck!


EMI MSF Beneficiary Joy Lisney takes on the World!

Posted on: 21 Feb 2014

In October 2012, the EMI Music Sound Foundation awarded Joy Lisney £1000 for a brand new cello bow from the Oxford maker Tim Baker. Now Joy has written to the Foundation for a lovely update.

Joy is now twenty one and finishing a music degree in Clare College, Cambridge. She is already a veteran of several tours of the Benelux countries, including two recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. This year will hopefully prove to be an exciting year for Joy culminating in a prestigious and audacious series of recitals encompassing all Beethoven`s sonatas for violoncello and piano (performed with her father James Lisney) to be given as a fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Edinburgh festival recital of Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Richter.

In addition to a performance at the Queen`s Hall in Edinburgh, Joy will be taking the Beethoven cycle to the Leipzig Gewandhaus, St George`s in Bristol and London`s South Bank Centre.

Now on top of the small matter of her Cambridge finals, Joy is facing a series of exciting concerts this spring that will include music by Debussy, Beethoven and Jan Vriend`s Anatomy of Passion (2004), the latter a tour-de-force for `cello and piano that pushes both performers to the limit.

The bow that the Foundation funded has been joining Joy on these exciting journeys and is the perfect complement to a magnificent Serafin `cello, on loan from the personal collection of the renowned luthier Charles Beare.

For further details on Joy, please visit her website (http://www.joylisney.com)


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