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Scores auctioned for BBC Children in Need

A number of composers donated their hand-written manuscripts as part of the charity appeal BBC Children in Need. Included among those are the original sketch by James MacMillan for the main theme in his tone poem The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and the hand-written score by Mark-Anthony Turnage for his controversial opera Anna Nicole. They were auctioned on 13 November 2015.

Music fosters empathy in youngsters

According to recently published research, eight- to nine-year-olds who initially scored low in sympathy and helpfulness, developed those qualities at above-average rates if they took group music lessons for a full school year. Among the key instruments was the ukulele. The report concludes that music ‘fosters social cohesion, cooperation, and a pro-social orientation’.

Record price for a bow

A silver-and-ebony-mounted violin bow by François Xavier Tourte has sold at auction for a record-breaking £192,000.

New home for RSNO

Two years ago the Royal Scottish National Orchestra published plans for a new 600-seat auditorium and rehearsal space at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It has now been built and the orchestra has just moved in.

Finchcocks to close

The wonderful museum at Finchcocks, a stately home in Kent which houses one of the world’s finest collections of historic keyboard instruments, is to close. The owners, now in their seventies, want to retire. They will keep a number of instruments but the rest will go to auction. The museum will open for its last day on 31 December 2015.

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