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 2015

Lucille Price Award

Posted on: 14 Dec 2015

In March earlier this year one of our applicants, Lucille Price, took part in Birmingham Conservatoire’s most prestigious competition, the Town Hall Symphony Hall Recital Prize. She completed against a number of great musicians at the Conservatoire and was fortunate enough to be chosen as the winner by Richard Hawley, Head of Artistic Programming at THSH.
Winning this competition allowed her to perform a 45 minute classical saxophone recital at the Birmingham Town Hall on the 30th of November. She performed works by Pedro Iturralde, François Borne, Takashi Yoshimatsu and Jean Matitia, accompanied by pianist Russell Harrold.
She said “performing in this reputable venue was a great honour and fantastic experience. I hope this is the start of many in my career as a classical saxophonist and teacher.”

Roseland Samba Band Steal the Show at Truro City of Lights & St Austell Torchlight Carnival!

Posted on: 24 Nov 2015

This term The Roseland Community College samba band “Samba de Roselando” has given some stunning performances at two festive community events, led by Percussion Tutor John Mitchell and Year 9 student Finlay Rylance. On Saturday 14th November they entertained shoppers in White River Place in St Austell town centre as part of the annual Torchlight Carnival. Event Co-ordinator Sheila Vanloo said,

“Thank you so much to everyone at Roseland for arranging Samba de Roselando to perform as part of our Torchlight Carnival daytime entertainment. Congratulations on a wonderful young band, a fabulous noise and lovely children who smiled their way through the rain. I received a raft of lovely comments from members of the public about their performances. The children were an absolute credit to the school”

On Wednesday 18th November the samba band joined forces with two other Cornish secondary schools, Redruth School and Fowey River Academy, to create a massed samba performance for the annual “City of Lights” procession through Truro city centre. The vibrant sound of samba certainly brought the streets of Truro to life as the students performed to a crowd of thousands alongside the brightly lit lanterns. We are also delighted that the EMI Music Sound Foundation recently granted funds to purchase a brand new set of samba drums and percussion for the band.


Posted on: 07 Oct 2015

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 6th October.

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 6th October, we were able to award over £142,830 towards musical instruments and equipment for 234 new beneficiaries, both schools and individuals.

EMI MSF has now awarded over £6million towards music education. This year we have helped to fund a huge variety of instruments/equipment, the most popular were percussion instruments; keyboards; Apple Macs and Saxophones.

If you think we could help you and you would like to apply for funding at our next Trustees Meeting in March 2016, please download and complete the application form on the homepage. The deadline is Monday 8 February 2016.


Luke Challinor Award

Posted on: 27 Aug 2015

In spring 2015, EMI awarded Luke Challinor a bursary for £350 which enabled him to buy a baroque bow to help him further his studies on the Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello. The Snakewood bow made by Roger Rose was completed in June and Luke was able to use it to play in a week long course with Fretwork at the Dartington International Summer School at the beginning of August. Luke, who has been playing the viola da gamba for over two years was awarded a full bursary by the Dartington Trust to attend the advanced Viol Consort course.
“It was a wonderful experience. Working with Fretwork was really inspiring. As well as playing the traditional repertoire for viol consort, our group had the challenge of studying and performing the second movement of “Birds on Fire” written for Fretwork by the contemporary composer Orlando Gough. This style of playing was an adventure for all of us,  but it was a great learning experience and our team effort resulted in a performance we really enjoyed.”
“Having my new bow made a real difference as it has a clip in frog which works much better for both traditional authentic playing as well as the modern compositions. This bow will really help me develop my baroque cello playing as well as playing the viol, which I would like to make my first study at music college after finishing my 6th form studies at Chethams. I would like to thank EMI Sound Foundation for continuing to support me!”

Roseland Youth Orchestra Celebrate BBC Ten Pieces at Hubbub Festival!

Posted on: 07 Jul 2015

On Friday 26th June our newly formed Roseland Youth Orchestra gave a fantastic debut performance at the “Hubbub” Festival at Heartlands in Pool, as part of a two day event organised by Cornwall Music Education Hub for schools and the wider community.

The orchestral theme was inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces programme for schools, an initiative designed to make orchestral music more accessible to young musicians, and members of our orchestra enjoyed the chance to collaborate with the highly acclaimed Cornwall Youth Orchestra in an inspiring workshop led by CYO Director, Tim Boulton. The workshop culminated in a superb joint performance of one of the BBC Ten Pieces, the epic “Mars” from The Planets Suite by Holst. Our students really enjoyed working alongside members of CYO, an audition only county ensemble which also includes several Roseland students, and together they made an amazing sound! Following the workshop, Roseland Youth Orchestra went on to entertain the audience with two pieces of their own, performing Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” and a medley of contemporary songs arranged by their own Musical Director Matt Douglas, entitled “Roseland Mash”. It was a truly aspirational day and we look forward to future performances by RYO!

Year 10 flautist Alice Musgrove said,“It was inspirational and exhilarating to hear so many young people of different abilities playing together”. Roseland Youth Orchestra was formed in February 2015, funded by our generous sponsor EMI Music Foundation, and includes young musicians from The Roseland and our partner primary schools. New members are always welcome - please contact Expressive Arts Development Officer Wendy Polley for further details.image

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