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Highnotes Issue 19 • May 2012


A musical marathon We've teamed up with arts organisation Superact to deliver the 2012 Bandstand Marathon, one of the largest closing events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Superact's Liz Gordon sets the scene for what promises to be a musical tour de force

Conference 2012

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Tomas Martinez

Find out about this year's conference and our keynote speaker, Paul Mealor

This September, amateur musicians have a once-in-alifetime opportunity to showcase their music at one of the largest closing events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We're inviting all Making Music member groups to perform on bandstands throughout the UK on 9 September as part of the Bandstand Marathon, an official part of the London 2012 Festival. Superact, a Taunton-based not-for-profit arts organisation, is working in partnership with Making Music to deliver Bandstand Marathon, supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government. In addition to the performance opportunities, groups can also have responsibility for programming a

Bandstand Marathon event, for which support, expenses and training will be provided. Visit the Making Music website to apply today – the deadline is 1 June 2012. The Bandstand Marathon started in 2008 as part of the first Open Weekend of the Cultural Olympiad. Across the South West, 50 concerts took place on 50 bandstands and performance areas. When the event was repeated in 2009, we managed to reach 120 locations across England and Wales, with 3,000 musicians playing and an audience of almost 50,000 people. Our aim for 2012 is to run more than 500 events at the same time on the same day – 1pm on Sunday 9 September 2012.

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Superact and the Bandstand Marathon are bringing the UK's bandstands back to life, as many of them are no longer used for their original purpose: staging live music. This project will ensure that these crucial parts of our cultural heritage are alive with music once more during this exciting summer of world-class culture and sport – but we need your help to do so!

A Company of Voices performing on Taunton Bandstand in 2011

If you'd like to take part in the Bandstand Marathon, either as a performer or an event programmer, please visit or call Katharine at Superact on 01823 666641. The deadline for Event Programmer applications is 1 June

Sam Haywood

Page 11 Discover the pianist who's turned to digital sheet music


Highnotes, May 2012  

Highnotes is the tri-annual magazine from Making Music, the UK's number one organisation for voluntary music.

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