The annual Schools Prom concerts celebrating the excellence and variety of youth music in Britain are taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, November 8-10. Performers are selected from the Music for Youth National Festival, held in July, which features finalists from a series of regional festivals. For more information contact Music for Youth.
Tel: 020 8870 9624
Music Live 2004, a show catering for all aspects of music making, will be held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, November 12-14. On Education Day, November 12, an expanded programme of seminars will advise on careers in the music industry, from roadie to rock star. Students can also try a range of new instruments, including drums, guitars and keyboards, as well as decks and home recording equipment.
Tel: 0121 767 3592 or 0121 767 2117 www.musiclive.co.uk
The prize-giving ceremony of the Make It Break It Awards, a competition for young composers aged 14 to 19, run by the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Yamaha, takes place in the Institute's Paul McCartney Auditorium on November 6. The finalists, selected by Coldplay's Chris Martin and other judges, will perform their winning material with a professional backing band. They also receive a weekend of master-classes and industry seminars, as well as pound;1,000 in vouchers for Yamaha instruments.
Tel: 0151 330 3000
Sibelius Software's Sibelius 3 package was used to score the Shrek 2 soundtrack. Teachers can find out how to use it to teach, write, play, publish and print music notation at free demonstrations in Glasgow, October 23; Bristol, November 6; Birmingham, November 7; Oxford, November 21; Cambridge, December 4, and two venues in London, December 5 and 19.
Tel: 0800 458 3111
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is launching Remember Me, its new website for young people, with a competition that involves composing an "Anthem for Remembrance". The piece should be inspired by the musical inscription on the headstone of Hugh Gordon Langston, a violinist who died in the First World War. Students can enter in three age groups: up to 11, 11 to 16, and 16 to 23. To help, the Royal British Legion is producing a CD-Rom to be distributed to all schools, which features 1916, a track by Lemmy of Motorhead. Prizes include a sound recording of the winning entry. For information write to: The Education Department, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7DX