One of the great characters of British jazz, Johnnie Gray has passed away aged 94. Born in Coventry in 1920, he took up the tenor saxophone at school before becoming an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce.
The MU is once again being part of the great National Festival this year which showcases dynamic performances by young musicians from across the UK. Featuring jazz, orchestral, rock, folk and world, urban, wind and brass, pop, choral and chamber music! The Musicians’ Union is proud to be sponsoring all the music performed on Tuesday.
The MU are supporting the TUC march to "Save The NHS" on 29 September in Manchester. As well as marching we have decided to quite literally "bang the drum" by putting together a samba band for the event with the help of "Manchester School of Samba".
Beyond Borders - a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Colwinston Trust.
Interviewed by Sukhi Bart, presenter of the BBC Asian Network's Weekend Punjabi and Brit Asia TV, “An Audience With Malkit Singh” explores Malkit Singh’s music career in particular association to the works spanning over 30 decades.
Tribute to Midlands banjo, bodhran and madola player who sadly passed away recently.
The Musicians’ Hearing Service (MHS) is offering a set of ERs at £138, with a free hearing test for anyone who has ERs that were purchased in 2008 or before.
The MU is launching a campaign for fair pay for musicians which can be found at www.worknotplay.co.uk. The campaign comes in response to the growing number of examples of musicians being expected to work for free whilst other workers involved in the event are being paid. Share your comments on Twitter using #WorkNotPlayMU.
Arts Council England and Creative & Cultural Skills are working with the music education sector to develop a new qualification for music educators working with children and young people.
The Musicians Union is partnering with the Eastern Electronic Festival as it holds its annual event in a variety of Birmingham venues in late November.