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News April-May Competition

Congratulations are due to Mr and Mrs Ian Chamberlain of the West Midlands, who won our April competition to win three musician biographies from Amadeus Press.

The Musicians Union will be revising its advice for instrumental teachers to include guidelines on dealing with disruptive pupils, and also on the subject of physical contact with pupils. The information will be available through the union's website. Contact the MU for more details at 60/62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ.

Freemuse, the world forum on music and censorship, have released a report detailing the demise of musical activity in Afghanistan. According to the study, the current restrictions collectively add up to an effective ban on most forms of music. The only forms of music allowed under the regime are certain religious types of sung poetry and chants. This forms a potentially devastating blow to the traditions of music in the country, especially where knowledge of folk music has been passed down aurally from one generation to the next. A copy of the report can be downloaded from the organisation's website.

John Wallace, the acclaimed trumpeter, has been appointed as Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as from January 2002. He will replace the organist and conductor Philip Ledger, who is to retire in December.


A singing day is being organised by the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, in association with the British Federation of Young Choirs. It aims to allow young singers the experience of participating in a large choral group. Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and John Tavener's Song for Athene have been chosen as two of the pieces to be sung on the day. Thanks to support from Youth Music the day is free of charge, and will last from 9.30 until 5.00. Further information can be had from: BFYC, Devonshire House, Devonshire Square, Loughborough, Leicester LE11 3DW, Tel: 01509 211664.

The National Association of Music Educators will be holding its conference on 22-24 June in the College of Ripon and York St. John. The event, which is called Finding the Right Key, will consist of a wide range of talks, workshops and social events. For further details, contact Sarah Henessy, Conference Secretary, School of Education, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exter Devon EX1 2LU, Tel: 01392 264858, email: [email protected]

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