A new Head of Publishing at Music Sales Ltd

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Music Sales COO Chris Butler has been appointed as the company’s worldwide head of publishing. In his new role, Butler will take charge of Music Sales’ catalogues from the company’s 10 international offices across the globe, as well as its printed music business. Music Sales chairman Bob Wise said the appointment was important for the Read More

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The Elgar £20 note no longer legal tender

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Twenty pound notes featuring Sir Edward Elgar are no longer legal tender, as of today. All notes will need to be exchanged at the bank for the (already in circulation) version featuring Adam Smith, the 18th century economist. Edward Elgar first appeared on the English twenty pound note in 1999 and is best known for compositions such as the Variations On Read More

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Finnish composer awarded highest Danish classical musical honour

Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer, has been awarded the celebrated Danish Leonie Sonning Music Prize. Kaija Saariaho has become only the second female composer to be presented with the Leonie Sonning Music Prize. The accolade – which has been around in existence since 1959 – is now a major event in the Danish classical music Read More

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Jazz legend Sir John Dankworth dies aged 82

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Johnny Dankworth, a world-renowned saxophonist, has passed away at the age of 82. Master saxophonist Sir John Dankworth has died aged 82 after a long illness. The musician was best known for starting his own jazz orchestra and composing the theme tunes for TV shows The Avengers, Tomorrow’s World and films including Modesty Blaise, The Read More

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