Rhinegold Education editors Emma and Lizzie were kindly invited to attend the opening night of the Music for Youth schools prom on Monday 12 November by one of the event sponsors (and our friends!), Rockschool. We were treated to a memorable, inspirational evening of music-making completely worthy of the grandeur of the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and we were so impressed that we thought we would write a little about what we saw.
The Music for Youth (MfY) festival season enables 45,000 young musicians from across the UK to perform in Regional Festivals and receive valuable feedback from MfY Music Mentors. Around 12,000 of these performers are then invited to perform at the huge six-day National Festival in Birmingham, where they can also take up workshops, master classes and more. Finally, 3,000 performers are then invited to take part in the culmination of the MfY season during a three-day programme at the Royal Albert Hall – the Schools Prom. As well as being an exceptional showcase of young talent and the sheer range of music being made every day across the country, this feat of ambition and scale also raises money for MfY to enable them to continue funding youth music – an incredible £8,000 was raised from the Proms in 2011.
The logistics of the concert we attended make our heads spin. An incredible 17 acts were smoothly brought on and off stage with not so much as a hiccup in proceedings, and the concert was staged and lit brilliantly, with excellent sound quality. Bearing in mind that one of the acts was the Vivendi Sounds Bradford Massed Ensemble, featuring a mere 650 performers aged 7-21, this is very, very impressive. The Ensemble played one of six original commissions for the Schools Prom, and it was breathtaking – as dramatic as any Bond theme, exotic and exciting.
This weekend, I’ll be packing my boxes of books and heading down the M4 from the Music Sales HQ to attend the SMA Conference in Bristol. The conference is being held at the Hotel Amos and offers a great opportunity to speak with primary school teachers and early years practitioners as well as teachers with a secondary background.
The SMA differs from other events in that it’s primarily aimed at those teaching younger music learners, and it’ll be fascinating to find out what’s going on at those age levels.
In particular I’m hoping to speak to people about our You Can Teach Primary Music book. If you’ve read it do let me know what you think of it and whether there are other resources we can publish to support your teaching at Primary level. If you haven’t yet seen it do come to the stand and have a flick through!
As for conference sessions, there are some really fascinating discussions and workshops going on which I’ll definitely try to catch. The session linking DJ skills to literacy looks really interesting in particular, and there’s a workshop on how to adopt a whole-school approach to rhythm which also looks good.
There’ll be a Music Sales stand at the conference with a range of Rhinegold Education materials, including the new book: How to Create a Successful Music Ensemble - indespensible for those of you setting up a choir or instrumental group – along with the fabulous Teach and Play world music series. Check out the preview of the DVDs for this series on YouTube!
We’ll also have a range of Music Sales products to look through, including the great Golden Apple musicals for Primary schools. So if you are attending please pop to the stand and say hello – I’m looking forward to meeting everyone.
Rhinegold Education, the leading publisher of music education resources for GCSE and A Level Music, will be at the NAME Conference 2012, 5th – 6th October, at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone.
The event is the annual conference of NAME members, and Rhinegold Education will be exhibiting throughout the conference. Delegates are invited to visit the Rhinegold Education stand to find out more about Rhinegold Education’s wide range of classroom resources for the Edexcel, AQA and OCR GCSE and A Level specifications, as well as our general music education resources, and to learn about some exciting new resources being published later this year.
“This event gives Rhinegold Education another opportunity to engage with music educators and get important feedback about the issues that affect teachers and students. It’s also a great chance to present some of our great new series such as Rock Your GCSE Music and exciting new titles like Digital Media in the Music Classroom.
We’ll be there for the whole conference and I’m looking forward to chatting with as many delegates as possible over the two days.”
– Euan Philipps, Rhinegold Education Marketing Manager
For more information:
Euan Philipps, Education Marketing Manager, will be available on the stand throughout the conference; alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Rhinegold Education.
You can also find information about Rhinegold Education resources at: www.musicroom.com/rhinegold, or follow us on Twitter @RhinegoldBooks.