El Sistema: Seeing is believing

I have just visited Venezuela and seen El Sistema in practice, at first hand, for the first time. I have to admit that I went with high expectations and therefore feared that I might be disappointed...

Workplace pension schemes

Did you know... If you are aged between 22 and state pension age, earn more than £8105 and work in the UK, new laws mean that your employer must automatically enrol you into a workplace pension scheme from 1st October 2012.

Music's future in school under threat

I have recently been invited to give several speeches about pressing issues facing our sector - including on music education, and it is music’s future in school that has been causing me some of the greatest concern.

Get writing!

Like everyone here at the ISM, I’m a passionate advocate for new music. We decided to create the ISM Composers Competition 2013 as a platform to help the amazing work done by music educators across the UK to continue to flourish into the thriving professional music scene that we all enjoy.