Category Archives: Music venues and Theatres

FFM – An Online Music Magazine With A Difference

Since its launch in February 2017, FFM is rapidly becoming the ‘goto’ place for ordinary musicians worldwide. FFM is the only online music magazine where members can post their music blogs, share their music videos, advertise their products and services and promote themselves or band to a global audience for FREE!

We even have our own independent record label (FFM Records) where musicians can release, digitally, a single which can be stored in itunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Anyone can be a part of FFM by joining the Facebook group or simply dropping us a line in the contacts box below.

Freedom For Musicians, by musicians, for musicians and free from exploitation.

SPH Band Contest – Your Band, Your Gig


The SPH Band Contest is the biggest band contest for musicians and artists in Europe and North America. The SPH network includes more than 1,500 participating bands and 500 concerts every year. SPH Band Contest and its live platforms are available in Germany, the United States, UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We provide an international network for all our participating artists.

SPH Band Contest takes place in more than 100 cities all over the world. We are supported by the national and international music industry and corresponding associations who see our concept as long-term and truly supportive for young musicians. That’s why many well-known companies are partners of our SPH Band Contest.

Around the globe, more than 200 young individuals are active and involved in the organization of the SPH Band Contest while all being dedicated musicians. The SPH Band Contest is (and will always be) a platform from musicians for musicians!


When we founded our SPH Band Contest we did this especially due to the increasing dissatisfaction concerning the manners and opportunities at established contests. We simply wanted to build an alternative for bands and help them to play live gigs. From the beginning onwards, it was clear to us that we wanted to change many aspects and offer much more to our bands. For us, our musicians and bands are always the main focus. Together with you, we want to create fascinating concerts and break the wall between organizers and bands. All around the globe.


For us it is very important to stop the exploitation of artists. That’s why we are not charging the bands for anything. There is no obligation to sell any amount of tickets. Of course we need to run our organization in a financially healthy manner in order to still exist next year, but we are trying to give a big part back to you! It is essential that we as organizers of the contest are on the same side with our musicians.


Therefore, values such as community spirit, cooperativeness, friendship and the strive for a unified goal, namely the long-term development of young musicians and memorable concerts, are our main focus. This is supported by the extensive number of participating bands. We are very proud of the strong appreciation and solidarity between our SPH bands.

Sing for Peace with One Day One Choir to make a difference in your world.

Do you know that when we sing together our hearts start to beat at the same tempo, and that singing together bonds us more quickly and more positively than any other group activity?  It also improves our health, lifts our spirits, improves our memory and can be done by anyone of any age, ability, faith or location.

These and other amazing and socially and scientifically proven facts are just some of the inspirations behind the global choral peace project One Day One Choir which uses the power of singing to help unite people in their communities through singing for peace.  Choir of course simply means ‘a group of people who sing together’ and is, as Richard Morrison said in his Times article about the project, ‘ the literal embodiment of people living in harmony.’  So what better way to use our voices.

Created in 2013 from a desire to do something in response to increasing conflict around the world, this inspiring, accessible, inclusive and free initiative offers a platform for anyone, anywhere to unite with others in their community, to sing for unity and peace on World Peace Day (Sept 21st).

A concert, a dedication of something already in place, a school assembly a community sing along, chanting at your mediation group or in a local temple, choral evensong, a rousing flashmob or one song sung with friends … whatever works for you is the way to take part as everyone is invited and all are welcome to take part in whichever way suits best.

Since it began, the project has managed to mobilise around a million people in 55 countries, not bad for something run for free from a spare room.  But then again, who wouldn’t want to use their voice to sing for peace and make a difference wherever they are!  And now the project wants you to sign up and join in too please, to add your voices to this growing ‘global choir for peace’, and to help them reach out to others by by spreading the word.

‘WOW, this is so inspiring!  Count us in.  CEO of Sing Up

An amazing array of groups including schools, cathedrals (30+), offices, prisons, temples, care homes, concert halls and community and classical choirs have already joined in, as have some well known supporters from the music, education, media and peace world.  And, as the project is truly inclusive, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are – or what you sing for that matter – as long as it is suitable and appropriate for peace and unity!  And if you’re not sure what to sing, there are free songs available on the website so help yourselves and try them out.

The project is particularly perfect for schools as not only does it tick lots of educational boxes, but the schools and teachers who have joined in already find it a great start to the new term and love the opportunities it affords for them to talk about peace, of all kinds, and to link with other schools or invite parents and friends in to sing along with them.  Many have joined with other schools and held inspiring assemblies or lessons around peace – some have even made films.

We couldn’t believe the positive and powerful impact our short peace assembly had on pupils and the school; the children talked about it for weeks. Last year we sent music to our partner school in Malawi so they could join in with us.  It was so inspiring; not only did 500 pupils sing there but the entire village came out and sang too!
 Val Riziotis, Cheam Common Infants’ School, Surrey
We love One Day One Choir, engaging with you has united our global school group more than any project we’ve ever done.”  Rachel White-Hunt, BIS Schools Group, Chicago
‘We’re so excited by this project that we’re signing up all 700 of our schools in Pakistan’  CEO – Care Foundation.
With 3 and a half weeks still to go until Peace Day, One Day One Choir (or ODOC as they are known for short) are still hoping that thousands more people will engage with them this year and sign up and take part.  With peace and unity needed in our world more than ever before, what better way to help ourselves and others by taking a small tuneful singing step towards that.  So please, add your voices, sign up (so they know you are joining in and can add you to their world map) and sing with others in your community for unity and peace.
  ‘DO THIS – Sing for peace with One Day One Choir’ – The Mayor of London
Please do, sign up and sing – and spread the word to others too  
Facebook and Twitter at OneDayOneChoir #onedayonechoir
‘What a brilliant and inspiring idea.  I urge anyone who loves their singing to join in and be a part of this mighty Chorus of Goodwill across the globe; making the unifying voice of song a unifying voice for peace.’  
Howard Goodall CBE – EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer and broadcaster.
For further information or to talk to the project director – please call Jane Hanson FRSA on 07932 411623

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

Tickets for this Event

Booking fee information

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!

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.
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.
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.
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





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!

What’s On

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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