Congratulations to Mrs Susan Reid, who won our January competition to win twelve months' online subscription to Grove Online. The answers were: Stanley sadie and John Tyrell are the editors of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; there are 29 volumes with approximately 30,000 entries; the first edition of The New Grove was published in 1980.
2000 was a good year for the sale of classical CDs. Figures from the BPI show an annual increase of 18% in terms of unit numbers and 13% in terms of value, with especially high sales in the last quarter. The body cited mass-market advertising strategies and the broad appeal of artists such as Charlotte Church, Lesley Garrett and Cecilia Bartoli for the upturn. However, the decline of independent classical retailers continued, with their market share falling from 21.5% in 1997 to 17.3% last year.
Media company Online Classics is set to create a new digital channel devoted to the arts and specifically based on classical music. The company’s website, www.onlineclassics.com, is one of the leaders in classical broadcasting on the Internet. The aim is eventually to make the channel available throughout mainland Europe, although it will initially only be available to Sky Digital customers in the UK.
A competition to write a new song for use in school assemblies has been launched by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (SPCK) and the BBC Schools Radio programme Together. For more information go to www.assemblies.org.uk
The Temple Church Composition Prize is looking for composers to submit an anthem for men’s and boys’ voices with or without organ. The anthem should last no more than eight minutes with a text relevant to the religious theme of The Four Last Things; a file of suitable texts is available from the organisers. The prize is £3000 and a performance. Further information and application forms from Robin Griffith-Jones, The Master of the Temple, The Master’s House, London EC4Y 7BB, tel: 020 7353 8559 email: [email protected], website: www.templechurch.com
The Sybil Tutton awards for advanced study in opera will be held on June 5th in the Helpmann studio of the Royal Opera House. The awards are open to singers under 30, and the closing date is 11th May. Further information and application forms from the Awards and Trusts Administrator, Musicians' Benevolent Fund, 16 Ogle Street, London W1W 6JA, tel: 020 7636 4481, email: [email protected].
The Sir Henry Richardson awards for accompanists and repetiteurs will be held on 7th and 8th June in the Helpmann studio of the Royal Opera House. The age limit is 30, and the closing date is 25th May. Awards of between £1000 and £4000 are available. Further information and application forms from the Awards and Trusts Administrator, Musicians' Benevolent Fund, 16 Ogle Street, London W1W 6JA, tel: 020 7636 4481, email: [email protected] .
The Nelly Ben-Or Piano Course will run in central London between 16 and 20 July. The course incorporates a detailed application of Alexander Technique to many aspects of playing. Some scholarships are available. For further information telephone: 01923 822268 or email: [email protected].
The Lake District Summer Music Courses 2001 will take place in August. The International Summer School takes place August 4-15 , with the Young String Venture running 5-10 August. Tutors include Chilingrian String Quartet, Sorrel String Quartet, Robert Cohen, Alexander Melnikov, Barry Snyder, Renna Kellaway, Wen Zhou Li, Garfield Jackson, Emma Ferrand and Dr. Christopher Rowland. For further information contact the Administrator, LSDM, Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PU. Tel: 01539 733411 Fax: 01539 724441 email: [email protected].
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