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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Research outputs from the Open University

Open Research Online Repository In a spirit of sharing and collaboration, the Open University posts a wide range of research outputs on the OU website. Here are the music outputs - articles and papers on a wide range of topics. (Drama outputs seem to be shared between the departments of Literature and Education - it's better to use the Search facility and then refine your search to Research.) Did you find this useful? Would it be helpful if I found out about more open repositories of this kind? Please let me know.

Where do all the Graduates go?

Guardian Jobs podcast - where do all the graduates go?

Posted 12 July, the Guardian introduces the podcast like this:-

'Surveys of the graduate recruitment market seem more plentiful than grad jobs at the moment. So, we ask the big wigs from High Fliers and Association of Graduate Recruiters — the organisations behind recent research — where are all the opportunities?'

Also from the Guardian:-

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

*City Chorus Commission Competition*

2010-2011 - City Chorus 90th Birthday Season.
The anniversary year will culminate in a concert in July 2011, featuring a newly commissioned 20-minute work for chorus.
£2000 commission open to composers worldwide.
Deadline: 3 December 2010.
City Chorus is an adult mixed choir, open to all without audition, and our 'ideal' composer will be able to write music that is original and exciting, yet within the capability of our amateur singers. Details - visit and click on "competition" or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
City Chorus Commission Competition Woodfall House 53 Carpenters Wood Drive Chorleywood Hertfordshire WD3 5RP England

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Scottish Learning Festival

Scottish Learning Festival - 22-23 September at the SECC, Glasgow. Recommended!
There's plenty for trainee teachers here - and policy makers. Take a look at the pdf of the programme. TIP: use the search-box at the top of the pdf. Type in Music and hit return. Repeat to find all mentions of music in the entire festival. Now search on Creativity from top to bottom - keynote presentations and more.

How researchers perceive and use web 2.0

How much are researchers actually using web 2.0 capabilities to share and collaborate? Entitled If you build it, will they come?, this research report from the Research Information Network is available as a pdf online, or as a published hard-copy. - funded by JISC and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) - is an online hub for UK researchers working in digital humanities. Here's a quote from their homepage:- guide to digital humanities & arts

... aims to support and advance the use and understanding of digital tools and methods for research and teaching in the arts and humanities by providing:

  • Information on projects creating & using digital content, tools & methods to answer research questions
  • Info on tools & methods for creating/ using digital resources
  • Listing of expert centres & individual researchers
  • Library documenting lessons learned through case studies, briefing papers, and a bibliography

Two archived videos from this summer's recent Digital Arts and Humanities conference will be of interest to musicians at RSAMD:-

  • Performance and research: CHARM & Lads in their Hundreds 22/07/2010 (Video DH2010)
  • AHRC Research Centre for the History & Analysis of Recorded Music 22/07/2010 (Video DH2010)

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Friday, 23 July 2010

Benslow Music Trust new programme

The new programme for January - July 2011 has been released. If you have music pupils, do take a look. The Benslow Trust also lends fantastic, top-notch instruments to talented young performers. Visit the website to find out more.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

Bookmark this website for three weeks of excitement, spirit and ambition:-
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The Edinburgh International Festival
13 August - 5 September 2010

Festival Diary

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Researchers need public engagement

Research website Vitae is currently promoting the gentle art of public engagement for researchers. If you're doing research, you need to be able to engage with the public - to be able to tell non-specialists about what you're doing and why it's relevant. Download a free booklet about public engagement and its value here. Vitae are happy to supply copies to individuals. To order copies please contact Vitae at There are now two copies in RSAMD Whittaker Library.

Monday, 12 July 2010

CHARM - Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music

CHARM is a useful way of accessing digital versions of older recordings. Visit the website to see what's there. Here's a quote from their website:-
Almost 5000 sound files are available via the Find Sound Files facility. All sound files are transferred from 78rpm discs held by the King's Sound Archive at King's College London, under the CHARM transfer project and the subsequent JISC-funded 'Musicians of Britain and Ireland, 1900-1950'. Apart from a special focus on Schubert songs, the CHARM transfers aimed to cover a broad range of performers in Classical repertoire, avoiding where possible tracks that were already widely available in CD or online reissues. ‘Musicians of Britain and Ireland’ focused on performers who recorded mainly in those countries and whose work fell out of the catalogues following the creation of EMI in 1931.

An electronic book by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, The Changing Sound of Music: Approaches to the Study of Recorded Musical Performances. Integrating text, graphics, and sound files, this book offers both an introduction to research techniques for recordings and a historical interpretation of stylistic developments in Western 'art' music performance during the age of recordings.

Friday, 9 July 2010

English National Opera

People at RSAMD know quite a bit about opera - so they'll recognise the value of the ENO website. Lots happening, lots to see, lots to attend. Do take a look!
Come and join the party! This summer: Know the Show, The Werewolf of London and Opera Preview!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

FifeSing 2011

The people at FifeSing are looking ahead - so do put the dates in your diary (assuming your diary goes ahead that far!)
FifeSing : 13th-15th May 2011.
The website also has Mp3 files of songs recorded at the 2007 festival.

Monday, 5 July 2010

RSAMD Honours for 2010

RSAMD Announces Honours for Summer 2010 The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama will this summer confer four honorary doctorates of the RSAMD. The summer line up will include one of the world’s most distinguished Jazz musicians, Martin Taylor, Scots poet and novelist Jackie Kay, Francis Reid, one of the world’s leading lighting designers and one of Scotland’s finest folklorists, the internationally renowned academic and singer, Margaret Bennett. They will receive their Honorary Doctorates from Academy Principal Professor John Wallace at the Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday July 6 ... Read more.

The Herald's Phil Cunningham Interview

Monday 5 July, 2010. Read it here.

Scottish Music Centre

For news, details of what's on, job vacancies, info about Scottish composers ... Scottish Music Centre, in Candleriggs, Glasgow.