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NEWS Music for Youth


Performers at Morley College, London

New HLRs

The Music for Youth Regional Festival Series is a regular feature in the music education calendar, and once again we were proud to be supporting this event. During March and April over 40,000 young musicians and performers in orchestras, jazz bands, choirs and a host of ensembles of infinite variety took part in festivals all over England.

Bath Pauline Sparrow tel 01225 460980

Birmingham Hester MacQueen tel 0121 454 1178

Croydon Marjorie Evans tel 020 8657 1826

Our thanks to the many HLRs who attended festivals up and down the country putting up posters and ensuring that all participants went away with commemorative, and ever popular, stickers.

Music for Youth tel 020 8870 9624 email mfy@mfy.org.uk

Edinburgh Sheila McCulloch tel 0131 339 0900

Accreditation update

Keswick Janet Wilkinson tel 01768 774800

Stourbridge (T) Paul Bodley tel 01384 816355 (work) tel 01299 403889 (home)

Windermere Janet McCallum tel 01539 446164

Address book

Bristol & Clevedon Rodney Drew mobile 07860 245879

Luton Maureen Toyer tel 01582 518572

Following our application for accreditation to the National Qualifications Framework, the three regulatory authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have now confirmed that our Part A submission has been accepted. The accreditation criteria required us to provide detailed evidence of our quality assurance arrangements which ensure that the Board’s standards are consistent year on year, that we operate in accordance with the common code of practice, and that each qualification we offer makes a distinctive and worthwhile contribution to the Framework. As an awarding body offering high-quality qualifications that are fit for purpose, command public confidence and are understood, both by those who take them and those who use them, this is entirely appropriate.

Milton Keynes Joyce Shirley tel 01908 324448

Newport (Gwent) Carol Read tel 01633 276765

Nottingham We now have two centres: Nottingham South N097 Nottingham Central N151

Now that we have completed Part A of the process we await the Qualification and Curriculum Authority’s response to our Part B application for individual qualifications to be entered onto the database of National Qualifications. QCA will systematically monitor the practice of all accredited awarding bodies against the rigorous requirements set out in the accreditation criteria and thus provide independent assurance that we maintain our standards and continue to offer a service of the highest quality.

Jazz Development Programme

Places are still available for

Stage 2 Manchester 1 July

Edinburgh 8 July

Bristol 15 July

Stage 3 Manchester 9 September

tel 020 7467 8279 email mhind@abrsm.ac.uk

Piano workshops

Booking forms for the autumn 2000 piano workshop series will be sent with your next copy of Libretto

First Diplomas

The first session for the new diploma exams will take place from 11 to 16 December at the following centres: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Horsham, Huddersfield, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon- Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford and Winchester.

The closing date for entries (except for Directing candidates) is 22 September (as for graded exams). Further information on how to enter can be found in the new diploma entry form, available in June.

To register for a copy of the Diploma Syllabus contact Kirstie Dods tel 020 7467 8221 email diplomas@abrsm.ac.uk

Making Music 2000

Thank you to all those who completed and returned customer survey forms as part of our most recent market research project. Results are currently being analysed and the final report will be launched in July.

For a copy of Making Music 2000 tel 020 7467 8279 email marketing@abrsm.ac.uk

or find it on the website at www.abrsm.ac.uk

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