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Music education charity London Music Masters wins ‘Excellence in Primary/Early Years' Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards

London Music Masters’ ground-breaking Bridge Project has won the 2015 Music Teacher Award for Excellence in Primary/Early Years for its music programme in inner-city primary schools in London. The Music Teacher Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Music Education Expo on March 12. LMM’s Bridge Project is a charitable initiative which enables social change and musical excellence, breaking down barriers to aspiration.

With a focus on pursuing excellence and improving social skills, the Bridge Project enhances concentration, self-control and cooperation – all vital skills, transferable to any discipline. The schools have gained the support of parents who attend concerts and watch their children shine together and individually, and the parents’ “buy-in” reinforces the children’s self-belief.

London Music Masters has also commissioned three new works from Mark Bowden, Gavin Higgins and Edmund Finnis for premieres in 2015.

Villiers Quartet: Radcliffe Chamber Music Residency at Oxford: 2015-2018

The Villiers Quartet has won a three-year residency at the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford, emerging victorious at the public competition held on 1 March at the Holywell Music Room. As part of the three-year residency, supported by the Radcliffe Trust and lasting from 2015 to 2018, the ensemble will perform an annual series of concerts in Oxford’s historic venues, the Holywell Music Room and the Sheldonian Theatre. They will coach student performers, work with student composers and collaborate on research projects, amongst other things. Music at Oxford will provide them with a platform in the city and help to promote them.

In 2012 the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford launched a Chamber Music Residency with the generous support of the Radcliffe Trust. The first recipient was the Cavaleri Quartet. The residency is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic string quartet to provide and promote chamber music in Oxford. It aims to attract ensembles who wish to develop and deepen their approach to works from the standard repertoire as well as newly composed music, and who have an active interest in interacting creatively with the Faculty’s own performers, composers, and musicologists with interests in chamber music. It also aims to support the artistic and professional development of the selected group.






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