Music and Performing Arts

The prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, which boasts a glittering alumni that includes Lily James (Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, Disney's Cinderella, Downton Abbey and War and Peace) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), have won the much-coveted BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2019 competition for the second time in four years.

ABRSM partners with FutureLearn to provide an intensive teacher development course 

A new report from Birmingham City University has found that a record number of people are learning musical instruments thanks to music hubs, but has also revealed gender differences and under-representation of children with special educational needs in music.

Did you know that playing a musical instrument enhances more brain functions than any other form of learning? The amazing orchestra in our brain can plan, create, conceptualise, analyse, memorise and record details so much better when playing a musical instrument. Maybe it really does take a genius to win a Grammy! World Heart Heat Music Academy understands the power of music. Over 1,000 young musicians, many from difficult backgrounds, have benefited from the world-leading tutors and mentors who inspire and nurture talent at World Heart Beat.

For many young people, Christmas is a special time celebrated with friends and family. But for some it can be a lonely day - filled with abuse and neglect like any other.

Lucie Parkes, formal learning manager at the Historic Royal Palaces highlights the impact of music  for boosting self-confidence and  learning across the curriculum.  

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Wednesday 30 August 2017

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show is launching a competition to find a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event.

Auditions are open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest competition, which is calling for children aged between 5 and 12 to record a script to be used during the month-long event at Pitlochry's Faskally Wood this October.

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Monday 07 August 2017

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

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Thursday 03 August 2017

A century on from his death, Tottenham soldier Private George Baxter Lowson has been celebrated in a fitting, contemporary memorial created by two students from Vale Special School, Haringey. 

Jhonattan and Zac were so inspired by the story of George Baxter Lowson that they wrote and produced their song and rap, ‘My Mate George’, which was performed in London and Belgium as part of the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations. 

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Friday 21 July 2017

Starting in 2018, more funding is going to be allocated to schools for PE, extra-curricular activities and healthy eating. The money is coming from the sugary drinks levy. All state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and sixth forms will receive some of the money.