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Do you suffer with earworms?

Do you suffer with earworms?

GregJohnson March 7, 2012 0

Have you ever suffered from an earworm? Maybe you’ve got one burrowing through your brain as you read this very article? Perhaps you picked one up from another person on your last trip to the

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Think you can write an opera? The ENO is looking for you

Think you can write an opera? The ENO is looking for you

GregJohnson March 7, 2012 0

Gone are the days of stuffy 18th century operas of powdered wigs and prima donnas, opera companies have for years been attempting to put new life into classic operas and commission new works. Even

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Learn To Play Day 2012: Rock legends announce their support for National Learn to Play Day

Learn To Play Day 2012: Rock legends announce their support for National Learn to Play Day

GregJohnson March 7, 2012 0

If they hadn’t first picked up an instrument in their youth, the world’s biggest rock legends would not be who they went onto become. Eager to see the next generation of musicians to enter

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Sebastian: the amazing remote-controlled, cyber conductor

Sebastian: the amazing remote-controlled, cyber conductor

GregJohnson March 7, 2012 2

Have you been at a classical concert and thought to yourself: “I really wish I could control this performance with a remote control, from the comfort of my own seat”? Well now you can, thanks

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The Futulele has landed for iPad and iPhone. Would you play one?

The Futulele has landed for iPad and iPhone. Would you play one?

GregJohnson March 6, 2012 0

You can download an app to do near enough anything these days. From flinging perturbed poultry at fortified swine, to checking out the latest flight information, the age of the iDevice has ushered in

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Musicians celebrate 30 years of the Gamelan in the UK

Musicians celebrate 30 years of the Gamelan in the UK

GregJohnson March 6, 2012 0

Thirty years ago, the music department at the University of York took delivery of the UK’s first complete Javanese gamelan and to mark the occasion, musicians will take part in a unique event next

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Two Gibson Les Paul Customs with Ebony fingerboards go on sale at Banks musicroom York

Two Gibson Les Paul Customs with Ebony fingerboards go on sale at Banks musicroom York

GregJohnson March 6, 2012 0

Two Gibson Les Paul Customs with Ebony fingerboards are available to buy at musicroom York

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Violin strings made out of spider webs

Violin strings made out of spider webs

GregJohnson March 5, 2012 0

Its been an interesting time for exotic violins. A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the world’s largest violin, which will be on show at Musikmesse 2012 later this month. Now a researcher

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Ofsted: “Not enough music in music lessons”

Ofsted: “Not enough music in music lessons”

GregJohnson March 2, 2012 0

Ofsted today released a report criticising the lack of music making in school music lessons. According to inspectors too often writing and reading work takes precedence over practical activities, with music technology under utilised

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Have archaeologists found the oldest-ever stringed instrument?

Have archaeologists found the oldest-ever stringed instrument?

GregJohnson March 2, 2012 0

The oldest stringed instrument in Europe may have been uncovered on the Isle of Skye. Archaeologists uncovered the burnt fragment of what could be an ancient instrument at Skye’s High Pasture Cave last year

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