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

2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for Max Hole and Keith Harris

Posted on: 18 Jun 2015

The Foundation is delighted to report that two of our board of trustees were honoured in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for their services to the music industry:
• Max Hole, The CEO and Chairman of Universal Music Group International, was awarded the CBE
• Keith Harris artist manager and PPL’s Director of Performer Affairs was awarded the OBE
Both Max and Keith are enthusiastic members of the board of trustees and we are delighted their hard work has been recognised.

EMI Music Sound Foundation Flyer

Posted on: 05 Jun 2015

We have updated our EMI Music Sound Foundation flyer, click on the link below to take a look!


Swinton High School Take Part in VOICEMALES -February 2015

Posted on: 14 Apr 2015


On the 5th February, eleven of the Year 8 boys attended the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music to take part in their ‘VOICEMALES’ project. The day was designed to encourage and develop boys’ singing from the Greater Manchester Boroughs and was led by young male voice expert Greg Hallam, Assistant Director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. The event was a fantastic way for the boys to benefit from some of the best vocal coaching in the country.

Smithills School ‘Sinatra Centenary Concert’ In Aid of Bolton Hospice

Posted on: 18 Mar 2015

A standing ovation from the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton typified the fantastic audience response to the packed Smithills School Music Department ‘Sinatra Centenary Concert’ in aid of Bolton Hospice which took place on Saturday evening March 14th. Yet again, this was one of the very best musical evenings which Smithills has staged in Bolton’s largest concert venue over the past twenty five years.

The concert opened with instant impact from the school’s award-winning Senior Brass Band and their twenty minute set was followed by equally excellent performances by the school’s award-winning Senior Big Band, Senior Concert Band, Community Choir and Community Wind Band. Repertoire for the evening ranged from the Senior Brass Band’s National Festival-winning twelve minute ‘Sinatra’ presentation and the Senior Big Band playing ‘Mack The Knife’ and ‘My Way’ to the Community Band’s ‘All The Way’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ with the Community Choir singing ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ which, as Sinatra followers know, was performed frequently by the American singer in many of his Rat Pack concerts.

Frank Sinatra was known to listen to classical music every day of his life and listed Vaughan-Williams, Puccini and Ravel amongst his very favourite composers, so to conclude the Sinatra-themed Smithills evening, the school’s award-winning Senior Concert Band performed Ravel’s iconic ‘Bolero’ superbly and to great effect. The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton then instigated the standing ovation at the conclusion of the evening, which prompted the many hundreds of others in the circle balcony to follow their lead. The concert concluded at just after 10pm.


Posted on: 12 Mar 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 3rd March, we were able to award over £130,000 towards musical instruments and equipment for 230 new beneficiaries, both schools and individuals.
EMI MSF has now awarded over £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 October 2015, please download and complete the application form on the homepage.

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