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ABRSM announces free event to celebrate music education

5 months ago


From today (19 April), music lovers can register for their free tickets to Shine, a celebratory event at the Barbican Centre.

Hosted by ABRSM in partnership with the Barbican and the UK’s most popular classical music station, Classic FM, the event will take place on 7 July 2017 and will showcase music and music education from around the world.

SingerGuests will be able to enjoy:

  • Performances from some of the world’s leading young musicians, such as ABRSM Scholars Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jess Gillam;
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducting an open rehearsal of the London Symphony Orchestra;
  • A series of workshops and sessions for teachers, students and parents in the afternoon, delivered by leading music organisations and educators from across the UK.

Celebration and performances

There will be performances from young professional musicians, including the Southbank Sinfonia and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In addition, Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass will announce the winners of the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards with Casio and ABRSM, plus there will be keynotes and speeches from leading figures in music education.

ABRSM has also specially commissioned a new piece of music called Shine which will be performed by a Big Band in the morning. Different arrangements of the piece will be made available for guests to use free of charge after the event.

Shine instruments

Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive, said, Shine is a celebration of leadership and innovation in music education. Together with our partners, we want to highlight the impact of musical progression and showcase the next generation of inspirational leaders! We are also choosing this occasion to launch a Commission for Music, an independent year-long inquiry designed to explore how more people can fulfil their potential as music learners."

Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass said: "I am really looking forward to hosting this year’s Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Awards and being part of the Shine event to celebrate excellence in music education. Over the past year, I’ve seen first-hand the fantastic work done by ABRSM: I was the accompanist for my daughter at her instrumental exam and I felt so proud when she passed with flying colours. That’s why I jumped at the chance of hosting the awards as we honour these brilliant and inspiring teachers in style!"

Shine instruments

Sean Gregory, Director of Learning & Engagement, Barbican and Guildhall School, said: "We believe that everyone should have access to world-class arts and learning. Every year tens of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds participate in our diverse range of Creative Learning programmes, projects and events. We are therefore delighted to be a part of Shine, a unique, and future-focused event, with a national and international perspective, combining outstanding performances with vital discussions on music education and leadership."

Notes for editors


ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.

About Classic FM

Classic FM is the biggest single commercial radio station and the most popular classical music brand in the UK, reaching 5.4 million listeners every week.

Classic FM’s programmes are hosted by a mix of classical music experts and household names who are passionate about the genre including Myleene Klass, John Suchet, Alexander Armstrong, Bill Turnbull, Alan Titchmarsh, Aled Jones, Margherita Taylor, Alex James, Nicholas Owen, Charlotte Green, Catherine Bott and Tim Lihoreau.

Since its launch in 1992, Classic FM has made classical music from the past millennium accessible and relevant to today’s audience. The station is celebrating its 25th birthday in 2017.

Classic FM is owned by Global, the media & entertainment group.

Source: RAJAR / Ipsos-MORI / RSMB, period ending December 18th 2016

About the Barbican

The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra.

Over 1.1 million people attend Barbican events every year alongside hundreds of artists and performers from across the globe, while their creative learning programme underpins everything they do.

The City of London is the owner, founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

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