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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Peer Review: a Guide for Researchers

Postgrads and scholars (or aspiring to those dizzy heights)! If you submit an article to a scholarly journal, be ready for the peer review process! This handy guide introduces you to the way it works. Another helpful publication from those Research Information Network people, there's a copy in the Whittaker Library at RSAMD, but you can also access the guide online.

Pivot – an Alternative Way to Navigate the Web

Introducing Pivot - a powerful new discovery tool

Pivot (content management system) website

  • provides an innovative method of organising and browsing data online.
  • Data is presented in a highly visual way
  • Data can be manipulated dynamically to allow the discovery of patterns and trends.

Watch Gary Flake demonstrate Pivot on a demo video here.

E-news from the JISC Regional Support Centres in Scotland.

Pro-Con List: Weigh both Sides of the Argument Online

Pro-Con List

This is a clever idea:-

  • allows users to consider any subject and to list the arguments and facts for and against any subject no matter how light or how heavy.
  • powerful tool in helping to simplify information and organise arguments
  • can be used to construct the underlying bones of an effective essay or a successful presentation.
  • Click here to weigh it up.

E-news from the JISC Regional Support Centres in Scotland.

Bandcamp: Online Space for Musicians

Music resources on the web have expanded a lot in the recent past. BandCamp might be just the best resource yet in this category.

  • Register with BandCamp & stake out a piece of the site for you (or for your band, your orchestra, your class) at no charge.
  • Upload music, lyrics, images, everything you need to display – and share – your music.
  • There's a short video which explains and illustrates the whole concept in around 6 fascinating minutes - follow this link.

E-news from the JISC Regional Support Centres in Scotland

Warwick Folk Festival 23-25 July 2010

Tickets On Sale Now It's the news thousands of you have been waiting for -
tickets for the 2010 Warwick Folk Festival are now

Special announcement: Bagpipes At Warwick Pipers of all kinds are welcome at Warwick this year, as bagpipes provide the focus for our 2010 'festival within a festival'. As well as featuring high-profile bagpipe-led bands on the Main Stage - Breabach, Mutenrohi and Daimh to name but three - there will be the chance to learn from their musicians in workshops, to meet pipers from the UK and beyond and, best of all, to play some great tunes together! More details will follow nearer the event.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Free Tickets to Mendelssohn Event, Royal Academy of Music 23rd March 2010

Free Tickets to Mendelssohn Event Royal Academy of Music Tuesday 23 March, 7.30pm

Meet descendants of the Mendelssohn family!

  • Rachel and Annette Isserlis will be forming part of a string quartet
  • Sheila Hayman will be showing her BBC film (Mendelssohn, the Nazi’s and Me)

Also meet Larry Todd Mendelssohn’s biographer and hear Daniel Adni play several of Mendelssohn’s ‘Songs Without Words’ This is a special event for members of the Mendelssohn Society and is being made available to students, teachers and others, free of charge. Please call 020 8909 2445 and give your name for your free place or email Do try to come and make sure you get tickets reserved. Geraldine Auerbach MBE Director, Jewish Music Institute T 020 8909 2445 M 07971 818 262 E W

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Chopin & Liszt Conference, 2-4 December 2010)

Chopin and Liszt:
Two Composers and their Relation to the Parisian Musical Scene International Conference 02-04 December 2010 Lucca (Italy) Keynote Speakers:-
  • CĂ©cile Reynaud (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris)
  • Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald (Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK)

Deadline for proposals is Monday, April 05, 2010.

Dr Massimiliano Sala - Vice-President Muzio Clementi's Italian National Edition via Antonio Puccinelli, 27 I-51100 Pistoia

From Stage to Screen (Conference, 16-18 September 2010)

From Stage to Screen: Musical Films in Europe and United States (1927-1961) International Conference
16-18 September 2010 Monte San Savino (AREZZO, Italy)
Keynote Speakers:-
  • Prof. Raymond Knapp (University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Prof. Sergio Miceli (University of Florence and University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’)

Deadline for proposals: Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

. Dr Massimiliano Sala - President Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini via Antonio Puccinelli, 27 I-51100 Pistoia

Monday, 15 March 2010

Samling Foundation - Masterclasses for young singers

The Samling Foundation encourages young singers by promoting masterclasses and other events. Here are their aims, as promoted on the website:-
Samling invests in young people and the pursuit of musical excellence by providing unique opportunities for them to learn from and perform alongside great artists. Samling aims to • contribute towards the development of highly talented young professional singers • increase awareness, participation and enjoyment of opera and classical music amongst young people who might otherwise not be exposed to it
Singing teacher Pat MacMahon is involved with this foundation, and encourages student singers to take a look at the Sammling diary, to see if there are any events which interest them.

Plockton comes to Partick

Plockton S6 students Gig
St Peter's Church Hall,
Chancellor Street, Partick, Glasgow,
Thursday 25 March 2010, 7 pm
Any and all help in publicising the 'Plockton @ Pertick' gig will be greatly appreciated. The students and teachers would love to see you there if you can make it. The gig is part of a tour -
  • Public performance at Douglas Academy in Milngavie on Tuesday 23rd March (contact Derek Norval at Douglas Academy on 0141 955 2365)
  • Private gig at the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop on Wednesday 24th
  • Schools visits during the daytime.

This is the same group of students who played at Celtic Connections in support of the Young Trad Tour on Saturday 30th January.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Muddy boots and music books

If anyone’s interested – my Brio article was published last week. It can be found on the RSAMD Whittaker Library current periodical shelves. Karen McAulay, Music & Academic Services Librarian, RSAMD ‘Scottish song-collecting c.1760-1848: muddy boots and music books’, pp.3-24, Brio: Journal of the United Kingdom and Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, vol.46, no.2 (Autumn/Winter 2009).

Concerned about your hearing?

- but maybe don't want to shout about it? visit the RNID website - and find out about the free online hearing check. (If you find you need a proper hearing test, there's plenty more advice. And it's infinitely easier than going to the dentist - hearing tests don't hurt!) Lots of useful information to help you - or someone close to you that may be hearing impaired.

FifesSing 2010

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th May
at the Fife Animal park, Birniefield, Collessie, Cupar
... where you'll find not only details of the event but also listings of B&B and hotel accomodation.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Jerwood Opera Writing Foundation Course 2010-2010

Want to widen horizons and equip yourself to create a contemporary work combining music, theatre and text?
The Jerwood Opera Writing Programme was launched in 2007 to great acclaim. This programme at Aldeburgh Music is designed for composers, writers and directors.
Aplications are now invited to the foundation course. Full scholarships are available for the course starting in November 2010.
For more information visit the Aldeburgh website. Full details of the course are listed on the 'Artist Development' page.