Four ensembles were selected as "Chamber Champions", the highest accolade for the finest chamber music understanding and performance, at Pro Corda's Chamber Music Festival for Schools Finals. They were Highgate Junior U12 Quartet, Brighton College U14 Cello Trio, Kings College, Wimbledon U16 Trio and Charterhouse School U19 String Trio.
Pro Corda, the UK’s leading chamber music organisation, has teamed up with MusicGurus to create a series of four online video courses to be used as a resource to kick-start and invigorate chamber music for students of any instrumentation and ability.
Thank you to everybody who came to speak to members of the Pro Corda team last week at Chelsea Flower Show. We were overwhelmed by the support and encouragement received by you all. The performance space and sensory garden will be returning to Leiston Abbey - please help us make the dream become a reality by supporting our public crowdfunding campaign.
Pro Corda has been successful in its bid for funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership in the eastern region through the Community Challenge Fund. The Fund is there to support people into work and give them the necessary skills to become employable in the longer term. Pro Corda's bid involves working with young people with additional needs between 17 and 25 throughout Suffolk through existing music programmes and giving them the necessary transferable skills to go out into the work place and gain employment.
Pro Corda has been crowned one of the winners for ITV's The People's Projects. The "Changing Lives Through Music and Film" project was successful in attracting the public vote for a share of the Big Lottery Fund money. The announcement was officially made on ITV Anglia on Wednesday 16 March.
Pro Corda is one of only five organisations in East Anglia that have been shortlisted to compete for the public vote and up to £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund grant funding in ITV's The People's Project TV competition.
Pro Corda's national Chamber Music Festival for Schools (CMF) launches today in Wiltshire and Coventry. The Festival, a celebration of chamber music making in schools, will see qualifying rounds take place at schools around the country. Selected ensembles will make it through to a semi final round and possibly the finals, which will take place on 13 March at Sevenoaks School, Kent.
After the recent confirmation of a three year funding commitment from The Leverhulme Trust, Pro Corda is looking to recruit five new Fellows who will train to become the next generation of young chamber music coaches. The scheme, now in its fourth year, will see the appointment of an additional five exciting young musicians who wish to learn the skills and art of chamber music coaching to students who attend Pro Corda's range of age progressive courses.
Pro Corda has received confirmation of a significant 3 year grant from The Leverhulme Trust which will come into effect in September 2016. The grant, which runs until 2019, will support bursary funding for students from 8-24 across the residential chamber music courses and also the flagship Fellowship scheme for young graduates wishing to train as the next generation of chamber music coaching staff.
Congratulations to Pro Corda student George G and all of Team Rickshaw for raising over £3.7m for BBC Children in Need taking part in the BBC's One Show Rickshaw Challenge. Viewers, who tuned in throughout last week to watch the team cycle the 470 mile journey from Lands End to London's East End, donated over £3.7 million to the cause. Pro Corda congratulates George G and the team for their incredible achievement.