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Congratulations to the winner of our December competition, Mark Mills, from Staines in Middlesex. Unfortunately for us, Oxford University Press were awaiting a re-print of the two-volume The Oxford History of English Music. Fortunately, Mr Mills was happy to accept two other volumes of his choice from their current catalogue.

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has joined the ABRSM and Trinity College London in having their graded exams accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Exams in 38 subjects will now be monitored by external regulations.

The National Sound Archive, held by the British Library, has put a catalogue of its contents (nearly 2.5 million recordings) online at

The pianist Diana Ambache has launched a website devoted to women composers covering a 250 year span. Located at, it is hoped that it will promote awareness of the subject and encourage the performance of the works covered.


COMA are putting on a contemporary music summer school at Bretton Hall from 21st-28th July. The event will cover a wide range of activities including composition workshops, electronic music and music theatre. Non-residential prices from £115. Discounts are available for those booking before the end of February. For further information telephone Gill Redfern on 010 7247 7736.


Calling all composers! The British and International Bass forum is running a double bass composition competition. The deadline for submission of entries is 1st of July and compositions are being sought in three categories: 1) Solo double bass, 2) Double bass and one string instrument and 3) Solo double bass with ensemble. The winning works from each category will be published by Recital Music. Further information can be obtained from: BIBF, PO Box 151, Aldershot, Hants GU12 6YQ tel: 01252 319610 email: [email protected]

The deadline for entries for the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, to be held between 10 and 16 June 2002, is 25 September this year. The competition is expressly intended for singers in the early stages of a professional career. Although there is no upper age limit, the minimum age for entrants must be 18. As yet, entry fees have to be decided. 25 singers are to be selected from worldwide auditions, and finalists will be invited to sing music of their own choice accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Prizes are as follows: 1st: £10,000 plus an appearance in London with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; other finalists: £2,000 each; Lieder Prize: £2,000.

For more information and an entry form, contact Anna Williams, The Administrator, Cardiff Singer of the World, BBC Cymru Wales, Broadcasting House, Llandaff Cardiff CF5 2YQ Wales. Telephone: +44 (0)1437 563834; fax: +44 (0)1222 552973; email: [email protected]; website:


BASBWE/RNCM International Wind Festival will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, between 6 and 8 April 2001. The keynote speaker will be veteran wind band director Frederick Fennell, who will give open rehearsals as well as talk about some of the composers with whom he has been on close terms during the last century. Concerts and repertoire clinics will be held by SeftonYouth Wind Orchestra, Richmond School Wind Band, Edinburgh Schools Concert Band, Wooton Upper School Concert Band, Chetham's Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Cork Barrack Street Silver and Reed Band, the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra and the Detroit High School for Fine & Performing Arts Wind Symphony. Clinics and classes will be held by Susan Milan – flute, James Gourlay – Tuba, Murray Greig – Trumpet and Nicholas Daniel – Oboe, and a number of leading lights will provide saxophone classes and instruction in the saxophone.

The Festival runs from 9.00 on Friday 6 April and will end at 4.30 on Sunday 8 April. There will be an extensive trade exhibition open throughout.

For full details, contact Ian Duckworth, RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD, Tel: +44 (0)161 907 5249; email [email protected]

The American Bach Society ( will hold its biennial Meeting April 26-28, 2002, at the University of Houston and Rice University in Houston, Texas. The meeting, whose theme is "J.S. Bach: Liturgy-Music-Theology," will offer lectures and musical performances, including one by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra sponsored by Houston Early Music. The ABS invites proposals for papers on all aspects of Bach research; proposals that focus on the conference theme are especially welcome. Please send a one-page abstract (with the proposer’s name and contact information) by September 1, 2001 to [email protected] or to Daniel R. Melamed, School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 USA.

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