Monthly Archives: September 2012


Singing at the Last Night of the Proms

One of the huge privileges of being part of the BBC Symphony Chorus is taking part in the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. We are the amateur choir attached to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and our ranks are made up of people from all walks of life, such as teachers, lawyers, students, doctors, HR people, photographers, care workers, tax specialists, psychologists, fund raisers, arts administrators, mums, and even a couple of publishers. In some ways we are a disparate group, but we are united by our love of singing, taking on challenging music, and performing it to the highest standard.

For us, the Last Night of the Proms is a bit like an end-of-term party, after the hard work of the whole Proms season. It is certainly different from many of the concerts we do with unusual repertoire and smaller audiences. We usually perform in five or six concerts over the eight-week Proms season, but often start rehearsals for them in the January or February previously, in order to have enough time to prepare the demanding works we are asked to sing by the orchestra. For the Last Night we cast aside our usual black concert wear and bring out the party dresses and the bling, and this year a Sikh member of the tenors treated us to a red, white and blue turban.
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Rhinegold and Music Sales sponsor Best School Music Department Award at Expo 2013

Rhinegold Education and Music Sales are delighted to be sponsoring the award for Best School Music Department at the forthcoming Music Education Expo. If you’ve not heard about this amazing conference planned for March 2013, find out more here – there are great seminars, workshops and exhibitions planned for the two-day event which will be held at The Barbican in London, and it’s free for teachers to attend.

The Best School Music Department Award is to recognise primary/secondary music departments with a track record of innovative, inclusive and excellent music education. Judges will look for evidence that schools have a strong musical impact in their surrounding areas.

You can nominate your department or a school you think should be considered by emailing Music Teacher magazine (

There are a range of other awards to consider as well, which you can see here. Christopher Walters from Music Teacher says:

“These awards will recognise excellence and innovation in a sector that seldom hits the headlines other than at times of crisis. We hope that the awards will shine a much-deserved light on the very best of music education across every part of the business.”

The closing date for nominations is 31st January 2013. Good luck!

Why study music?

We all know studying music is brilliant, but do you have a job persuading parents and/or students to stay on to GCSE? We’ve put together a little PowerPoint extolling the benefits of taking GCSE Music which we hope helps! Feel free to add your school’s logo by editing the master slide.

Click here to download the file and feel free to share it. We hope it’s useful, but do let us know what you think – or tweet us @rhgeducation