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The UK’s first BAME Orchestra at the Proms




Hailed by critics as ‘fresh’ and ‘brilliant’, the UK’s first majority BAME orchestra Chineke! makes its Proms debut in a programme including works by Pulitzer Prize-winning George Walker and young British composer Hannah Kendall, whose The Spark Catchers takes inspiration from the urgent energy of Lemn Sissay’s poem of the same name.

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition, soprano Jeanine De Bique and conductor Kevin John Edusei all make their Proms debut here.

There will be no interval

Please note that this event contains an update to the concert programme from that in BBC Proms 2017 Festival Guide

Broadcast on BBC Four, 8 September

Image: Kevin John Edusei © Marco Borggreve

Prom 62: Chineke!
22:15 Wed 30 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall

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Seats £7.50 to £25 (plus booking fee)



The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, realising existing diversity targets within the industry by increasing the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras.

 

The Foundation’s flagship ensemble, the Chineke! Orchestra, is comprised of exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. As Europe’s first majority-BME orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra performs a mixture of standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of BME composers both past and present.

 

Chineke! is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, who has this say about the project: ‘My aim is to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.’

Many cultural organisations such as the BBC, Association of British Orchestras, Royal Philharmionic Society and Arts Council England agree with this sentiment, and have supported Chineke! After its launch concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September of 2015, the Chineke! Orchestra was appointed as an Associate Orchestra of the Southbank Centre, and returned there to perform in September of 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall. After a sold-out debut at St George’s Bristol in April 2017, the Chineke! Orchestra has an exciting series of concerts lined up for the coming year, including appearances at the Brighton, Cheltenham and Salisbury Festivals, a return to the Royal Festival Hall, overseas tours to Ghent and Rotterdam, and an engagement at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.




The Fantastic Flutewise at Abbotsholme 2017

Young flute players always enjoy our courses at this beautiful venue. Book Flutewise today!

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Flutewise
Flutewise at Abbotsholme is a fantastic residential flute course for young players from the age of 8 to 18, from approximately Grade 1 to diploma level.  Abbotsholme is a beautiful venue in the heart of the countryside on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border near Alton Towers.
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Fantastic Flute Fun with Flutewise at Abbotsholme
The course runs from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July and it is possible to come for the whole course or one or two nights only.
Discounts available for bookings before 30 June.
Full details can be found on our website.
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Beautiful Abbotsholme
The Flutewise Trust is a registered charity and has the highest possible child safe-guarding policies. We have been running course since 1988. During the course, which is staffed by extremely experienced flute teaches and professional players, we cover a wide range of playing, music making and performance as well as social activities. Everything is carefully planned with the individual in mind. Parents can rest assured that their young flute player will have a rewarding time in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment.
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The Flutewise Team

Central Florida’s Best: Celebrate With Us!

Celebrate With Us!

Since opening for business last year, we’ve grown to a membership of more than 500 talented musicians and industry professionals. As a fast and simple solution to gig challenges, we’re celebrating with a special event. Save the date for June 28, 6-9:00 p.m. EST

Central Florida’s Best

Live Music
Complimentary Appetizers Free Drink or Cocktail
Door Prizes
Great Networking, and more!

Wednesday, June 28
6-9:00 p.m. EST

Jazz Tastings
164 Lake Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

It’s like a backstage pass to meet the most sought after musicians in the area.

Pro Musician’s List Networking Event

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
INDUSTRY EMPLOYERS

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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JOIN OUR MEMBERSHIP FOR FREE!
OUR FOUNDERS

Karen Kai Alece Hodge and Rachelle Bivins launched Pro Musician’s List in early 2016. Both Jacksonville, Florida natives are accomplished entrepreneurs, currently residing in Central Florida.

Karen is a pop, soul, R&B, and jazz vocalist, writer, and band leader of Kai Alece & Company Dance Band. The artist’s latest release is a smooth jazz CD titled, REASON SEASON OR LIFETIME. Karen is a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

Rachelle is the creator of Abyss Live, a Jacksonville, Florida entertainment live music night. She is also a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

The Proms 2017 season is here!

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The Heroes Band: Regents Park Bandstand, London

The Heroes Band

The Heroes Band In Regents Park

The bandstand in The Regent’s Park is located on Holme Green, between the boating lake and Inner Circle. It was moved from Richmond Park to The Regent’s Park in the 1970s.

Regents Park Bandstand, London
Regents Park Bandstand, London

In 1982, the bandstand was the target of a terrorist attack.  The IRA bombed the bandstand on 20th July 1982, killing seven soldiers and injuring 24 others during a concert by the band of the Royal Green Jackets. The bandstand is sometimes called the “Memorial Bandstand” in memory of the dead soldiers.  There is a plaque that commemorates the seven bandsmen who were killed.

Two years after the bombing, the composer George Lloyd wrote Royal Parks For Brass Band, the second movement of which, In Memoriam is dedicated to the bandsmen who died. The piece still features in many band repertoires.

An earlier bandstand stood near the south-east corner of the boundary of London Zoo.

The Heroes Band

On June 11th, The Heroes Band will performing on the bandstand from 3:00pm-5:00pm

The creation of the Heroes Band was the idea of David Vaninetti-Smart, its conductor. In October 2013 David had just completed 10 years as the Director of Music of Farnborough Concert Band of The Royal British Legion, leading it from a small band in to a large nationally well respected concert band, raising funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal through concerts etc.It was obvious to him that bands are a useful PR tool to the Royal British Legion by raising much needed funds through musical performances. David thought that it would be a good idea to create a  concert band  to support the Help  for  Heroes charity.

The objective of the concert band is two fold. Firstly, to raise donations for the charity through musical performances and secondly, to bring entertainment and enjoyment to listeners and band supporters.

The Heroes Band
David Vanetti-Smart, Musical Director

 

Come and join The Heroes on June 11th in Regents Park at 3:00pm

The Heroes Band

Culture For All: Labour Manifesto Promise




The Labour Vision for the Arts

CULTURE FOR ALL Britain’s creative industries are the envy of the world, a source of national pride, a driver of inward investment and tourism, and a symbol of the kind of country we are now and aspire to be in the future. As Britain leaves the EU, we will put our world-class creative sector at the heart of our negotiations and future industrial strategy. We need to do more to open up the arts and creative industries to everyone. We will introduce a £1 billion Cultural Capital Fund to upgrade our existing cultural and creative infrastructure to be ready for the digital age and invest in creative clusters across the country, based on a similar model to enterprise zones. Administered by the Arts Council, the fund will be available over a five-year period. It will be among the biggest arts infrastructure funds ever, transforming the country’s cultural landscape.

Labour will maintain free entry to museums and invest in our museums and heritage sector. Conservative cuts to the Arts Council and local authorities have created a very tough financial climate for museums, with some closing or reducing their services, and others starting to charge entry fees. The Cultural Capital Fund will have a particular focus on projects that could increase museums’ and galleries’ income and viability.




Labour will end cuts to local authority budgets to support the provision of libraries, museums and galleries. We will take steps to widen the reach of the Government Art Collection so that more people can enjoy it. We will continue to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War, and the sacrifice of all those who died during it.

Labour remains committed to honouring the role of all who have served our country, including the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish soldiers who fought for Britain. Our thriving creative sector, from the games industry to fashion, needs a strong pipeline of skilled talent to sustain its growth.

Labour will introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England – a £160 million annual per year boost for schools to invest in projects that will support cultural activities for schools over the longer term. We will put creativity back at the heart of the curriculum, reviewing the EBacc performance measure to make sure arts are not sidelined from secondary education.




Labour will launch a creative careers advice campaign in schools to 96 FOR THE MANY NOT THE FEW demonstrate the range of careers and opportunities available, and the skills required in the creative industries, from the tech sector to theatre production. Being a performer is a great career. But too often the culture of low or no pay means it isn’t an option for those without well-off families to support them. We will work with trade unions and employers to agree sector-specific advice and guidelines on pay and employment standards that will make the sector more accessible to all. :e will improve diversity on and offscreen, working with the film industry and public service and commercial broadcasters to find rapid solutions to improve diversity.

We recognise the serious concern about the ‘value gap’ between producers of creative content and the digital services that profit from its use, and we will work with all sides to review the way that innovators and artists are rewarded for their work in the digital age. Music venues play a vital role in supporting the music industry’s infrastructure and ensuring a healthy music industry continues in Britain.

Labour will review extending the £1,000 pub relief business rates scheme to small music venues. And we will introduce an ‘agent of change’ principle in planning law, to ensure that new housing developments can coexist with existing music venues. We all need to work harder to keep children safe online. Labour will ensure that tech companies are obliged to take measures that further protect children and tackle online abuse. We will ensure that young people understand and are able to easily remove any content they shared on the internet before they turned 18

 




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Vocal Rumbles with Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss

Following a packed out performance as part of London Jazz Festival 2016, it’s time for Vocal Rumbles round two… Matthews Vs. Watkiss, the rematch!

Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss vocal soul and jazz battle at Hideaway Jazz Club Streatham South London

Vocal Rumbles is a unique collaboration between artists Randolph Matthews and Cleveland Watkiss. This performance battle brings together two heavyweight vocal voyagers. In the blue corner: Cleveland “Thunderbolt” Watkiss, London Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year, who’s worked with Bob Dylan and The Who. In the red corner: Randolph “Hurricane” Matthews, revolutionary combiner of jazz, blues and folk, who’s worked with Plan B and Grace Jones.

With the theatrical energy of a top-of-the-bill title fight, a deep-rooted musical soul and two truly unique vocal talents unleashing loops, back beats and mesmerising ring craft, Vocal Rumbles is a set to be a Hideaway Box Office hit!



RagaMix: The Ultimate Site for the Indian Music Scene



RagaMix provides you with an unlimited possibility of connecting with any music related talent or resource in your area in order to make music.

Singers, Musicians, Bands, Teachers, Educators, Studios and all individuals inclusive of students, professionals, institutions and the music industry can connect and interact with each other based on matching requirements and similar interests.

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RAGAMIX is a dedicated platform for musicians, singers, teachers along with the entire music industry to create and promote music across all boundaries
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Our team comprises of experts in different walks of life but with a strong passion for music which guides us on this mission. This dedicated team is constantly working on innovative yet simple mechanisms to ensure musicians’ requirements are met in order to facilitate good music production



See the world and be a professional musician



Proship entertainers make top dollar. Our clients hire us to find the best performers there are, so they expect to pay more. When our clients competitively compensate the entertainers, we get higher quality people willing to take the gigs, and in the end, we deliver better entertainment. It’s a win-win-win scenario. Room, board and transportation are usually provided by your employer, so you can save most of what you make.

There are countless opportunities for skilled musicians to work all over the globe! Whether you work solo or as a group, whether you are a sight-reading musician for the pit orchestra, a member of a contemporary band for a dance club, a string ensemble for a lobby, a solo instrumentalist for the main stage, the hotel, resort, casino and cruise ship industries are interested in your talents.

OUR STORY

We began sourcing musicians for the cruise ship industry in 1987. Since then we have booked over 20,000 contracts for entertainers all around the world. Cruise lines, hotels, casinos and other entertainment venues seek us out because they know that our connections and ability to match opportunities with performers are second to none.

WHY PROSHIP?

You’ve worked hard to learn and develop your skills as a performer. With Proship you have an entire staff of experienced performers who want to help you make the most of your talent.  We appreciate your abilities and ambitions, and are dedicated to finding you an opportunity to earn good money performing in world-class international venues.