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60 years of music Joyce Mildren will present a gala concert and reunion to celebrate 60 years of music teaching and performing on 28 September 2012 in the Central Hall Methodist Church, Walsall, West Midlands. This year Joyce looks back on 60 years of teaching, 50 years as a festival adjudicator, 28 years as a music examiner and 25 years as organist at Walsall Central Hall. Her career as a private music teacher has seen approximately 980 pupils of which about 160 have gained diplomas in piano, flute or bassoon, before leaving for University and some have returned to Joyce to further their music capability. The concert will feature the Walsall Senior Citizens Orchestra with conductor Bill Bostock, the Wednesday Singers with conductor Deryck Langford, pianist David Willison and pupils both past and present.

of his outstanding contribution to music education. John brings to Sky Dance Press have recently everything he does experience, published Gustav Holst and India by astuteness, an incisive and clear mind, Raymond Head. Holst’s interest in a respect for colleagues and, above India has been known for a long time all, a belief in the creative abilities but this is the first publication entirely of young people and in the power of devoted to the subject. It briefly traces music to enhance their lives.’ the history of the contact between For over 60 years he has been at Britain and India and puts it into the the forefront of music education , context of cultural understanding in including Staff Inspector of Music for the years 1899-1914. ILEA, Vice Chair of the Music Working

Holst and India

Holst’s interest in the vedic hymns, the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Upanishads eventually resulted in a corpus of work equalled by no other composer of the time or since. Unaccountably, the work has been little researched or appreciated. There are three analytical sections on the ‘Indian’ works explaining why he was interested in Indian literature and how this effected the music that was composed. This study should be of genuine interest to all those who are interested in the music of Gustav Holst and East/West relations. All proceeds will go towards the Central Hall Organ Restoration Appeal.

Love’s Philosophy Angela Rowley (soprano) and Anna Le Hair (piano) will be joined by Bernhard Crede (baritone) in an afternoon recital, Love’s Philosophy, on Sunday 9 September, at 3pm at Burgh House, Hampstead, London NW3. An eclectic mix of songs from across Europe musing on various aspects of love. Angela and Anna have been working together for many years now and have a special rapport. Admission £12/10 on the door or from 07753567704

John Stephens OBE John Stephens OBE was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society at the LSO Discovery Celebration concert at the Barbican on 28 June. The programme included a piece for full symphony orchestra and pupils from three London Primary Schools, River Journey by Jeff Moore, that was commissioned by John. He was presented with the award by animateur Richard McNicol. The citation read: ‘John Stephens OBE has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition

Group for the National Curriculum and as a music education adviser to the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall, London Syphony Orchestra, Trinity College of Music and many other organisations. He was President of the ISM in 2001.

Ballare: To Dance Ballare: To Dance – a concert that brings together world-class musicians to celebrate internationalism and the Olympic and Paralympic Games – will be performed on Saturday 6 October at 7.30pm at the Peepul Centre in Leicester. Devised by Philip Herbert (see page 36) and creative producer and mentor Pawlet Brookes, this concert takes a voyage across the African Diaspora, Argentina, Cuba, India, Mexico and Spain through a colourful sound world of classical music scores with strong world music flavours, which connect with international dance traditions. Produced by Serendipity, the musicians are Timescale Ensemble (soloists from London Symphony Orchestra) along with world music instrumentalists, and the dancer Lee Payne.

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