- Voluntary Arts Epic Award
- New Music Commission
- Maintenance and Insurance of Instruments
- YLSS Constitution
Exciting news! YLSS has been shortlisted for a Voluntary Arts Epic Award!
The awards are given to voluntary arts groups who are working in different ways to support and to help increase opportunities for creative participation and we felt that our New Music Commission ticked all the boxes. Sue, Jenny and I put in the application just before Christmas and are over the moon that we are among the shortlisted groups.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on 3 May, but in the meantime, there is also a Peoples Choice Award so we need your support to make sure that lots of friends, families, work colleagues – anyone really – will vote for us.
You can find out more about the award and vote for us by following these links:
Please do vote for us in the People’s Choice section – link here:
New Music for Late Starters: Orchestra Seeks Composer No. 6 (2017-18)
YLSS’s competition for new music is a series of biennial competitions through which we seek to engage with emerging or established composers interested in creating a 10-15 minute piece of high musical quality. The £500 prize will not make its winner rich, but offers an opportunity to work with an enthusiastic orchestra and a renowned composer.
If you are interested in learning about how you can support this initiative, please click here.
COMPOSER WORKSHOP DAY to select our New Music Composer for 2017-18
On Sunday 29th October 2017 we had an exciting day playing the four shortlisted pieces for our New Music Commission. This was an amazing opportunity to work with the well-known composer and Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE (see www.judithweir.com) on four pieces, written specially for YLSS.
After a busy weekend, the Panel declared the winner to be Mark Browse with his ‘Five Variations on Pange Lingua’. Mark’s piece attracted many positive comments in the feedback session and all the Panel agreed that this is a great piece for YLSS to work on and premiere next year.
Judith has kindly posted a piece on her blog about the day which can be viewed here.
Some advice on repair and maintenance of instruments, rehairing of bows, purchase, valuation and insurance of instruments.
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