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Music & Drama Education Awards nominations now open for 2023

Nominations are now open for the Music & Drama Education Awards 2023, which celebrate the achievements of teachers, school departments, individuals, resources, organisations, and charities. The expert judging panel and host will be announced closer to the ceremony, which will be held on 23 February.

Nominations can be made for the following categories: Ɂ Outstanding Musical Initiative Ɂ Outstanding Drama Initiative Ɂ Outstanding Music Education

Resource Ɂ Outstanding Drama Education

Resource Ɂ Excellence in SEND (Music &

Drama) Ɂ Excellence in Musical Theatre Ɂ Excellence in Primary/ Early

Years (Music & Drama) Ɂ Outstanding School Music

Department Ɂ Outstanding School Drama

Department Ɂ Francesca Hanley Inspiration

Award Ɂ Drama Inspiration Award Ɂ Lifetime Achievement Award

The Music Teacher and Drama & Theatre Editor’s Awards will also be presented at the ceremony.

The MDEA 2022 took place in

March at the London Marriott Hotel, and was hosted by Myleene Klass, courtesy of headline sponsor Classic FM.

To find out more about each category and submit a nomination online, visit www.

Teachers and schools encouraged to help Ukraine Music Hub Sheku Kanneh-Mason to take up new performance mentoring role at RAM

Agroup of London-based musicians and teachers have formed the Ukraine Music Hub, which aims to provide musicians of all ages from Ukraine with support, instruments, connections to music tuition, and spaces to take lessons.

Aiming to build a UK-wide database, the voluntary hub is encouraging music teachers across the UK with an enhanced DBS to register for teaching hours on a voluntary basis.

Schools are encouraged to offer space for lessons, and several schools across the country have already committed to providing their facilities so far. The public is also invited to donate or loan any musical instruments they do not use.

While the music hub is initially supporting individual music lessons, in the future they hope to offer group music making opportunities.

Find out more by contacting, or call 07306014873.


The Royal Academy of Music has announced that alumnus Sheku Kanneh-Mason is to be its first Menuhin Visiting Professor of Performance Mentoring – a new role named after violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin.

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RAM’s head of strings, Jo Cole, said: ‘Sheku’s ingenuity, open-hearted communication, and experience as a young artist on the international stage will make him an inspirational and energetic guide, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the Academy in this new role.’

Kanneh-Mason will work with undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma students in a series of visits to the Academy each year, building their confidence and sharing tools for arranging and transcribing. The cellist will start in the new role from September 2022. He will also provide students with advice on effectively and efficiently using their time in the rehearsal room.

On his appointment, KannehMason said: ‘It is incredibly exciting to be starting this new role at the Royal Academy of Music. The Academy is a place that has really shaped my musical development for so many years.’

‘I hope to encourage students to be open, interesting and rounded musicians.’


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