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  • British Council announces new cultural exchange project with Brazil

    27 March 2015,

    The British Council has announced Scene Change, the latest part of its four year Transform programme, building artistic and cultural partnerships between the UK and Brazil. Scene Change will run until September 2016 and focuses on theatre and opera production, with exchanges of students, project managers and education practitioners between the UK and Brazil.

  • Orchestra tax relief: government widens criteria

    24 March 2015,

    The treasury has released its response to the consultation on tax relief for orchestras, significantly broadening its definition of what constitutes an orchestra. 'To ensure that the full range of orchestras can benefit from tax relief, the government has changed the definition so that the majority of performances must have at least 12 players from a minimum of one of the string, woodwind, percussion and brass sections,' reads the response document.

  • Northern Ireland funding decisions hit as arts organisations consider winding up

    24 March 2015,

    The impact of an 11.2% cut in the budget of Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) has been revealed, with the Ulster Orchestra and Belfast’s Grand Opera House both seeing £100,000 reductions year-on-year. NI Opera is one of few organisations to see an increase, its grant rising by £40,000 to £561,569.

  • Exquisite fretwork: LSO launches composer residency at Khadambi House

    24 March 2015,

    The London Symphony Orchestra has launched a new composer residency to celebrate the legacy of Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant Khadambi Asalache. The two-year residency will be held by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, current LSO Soundhub associate, and based at Asalache’s former residence, the National Trust’s 575 Wandsworth Road in London.

  • Rhinegold TV launches, featuring Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and more

    23 March 2015,

    Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host from Rhinegold’s own events including the Rhinegold LIVE concert series and Music Education Expo, as well as content from partner producers, at www.rhinegold.co.uk/tv/.