This week, our eldest daughter Isabel was due to take her Grade 2 clarinet exam. Like so many other things, it was cancelled because of the Coronavirus. As parents, we have worked hard to support her practice, taken her to music lessons, and rehearsals with her accompanist. Her disappointment was palpable. It is hard for adults to understand what is happening, let alone children.
So, working with our amazing team at Warwick Music Group – filled with teachers and parents – we came up with the idea for an online music festival. An opportunity for Isabel, and as many other children and amateurs who wish, to perform whatever piece or pieces they have been working on – maybe something from your graded music exam, maybe something you were going to play at an end of term concert with your band, maybe something from your school recital. We don’t mind what you play – just that you enjoy making music and know that your hard work will be listened to, appreciated and recognised.
We promise that every entry we get, wherever in the world, we will watch every video, write a few comments from one of our experts and send you an official certificate to recognise your musical achievement. No winners or losers, just making music fun!
Please read the rules below and submit your entry by email before 30th June 2020 - more details below.
Steve & Kate
Warwick Music Group
The festival is open to any person, of any age, and of any standard
You may only submit one recording per person
We prefer video recordings from mobile phones in a single recording; no Hollywood blockbuster editing required
Each entrant should perform a minimum of one piece of music (or improvisation) on a musical instrument
Videos should not exceed 5 minutes in length but there is no minimum length!
If your piece is supposed to have a piano accompaniment then feel free to just play the solo part on its own
If your piece is a part of a larger ensemble (e.g. the trumpet line for a beginner band piece) that’s also fine to play on its own
We will only accept duets, trios, quartets, etc from the same family – no breaking the social distancing rules, please!
Steven has over twenty years of experience working in the music industry. With degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MA in European Cultural Policy & Administration from the University of Warwick, where he now serves as a Course Tutor on their MA in Creative and Media Enterprises, Steven served as Executive Director of a non-profit international music association based in the United States from 2000 – 2007.
Steven is founder and CEO of Warwick Music Group now known as pBone Music, and started playing the trombone at the age of nine. Based in North Warwickshire, the company manufactures musical instruments that make the joy of music accessible. sustainable and fun including the world's first plastic trombone, pBone, which has sold over 250,000 units worldwide and won major international awards including the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2019.
He was elected as a board director for the UK music industry trade body, the Music Industries Association, in 2019 becoming its chair in 2020, and is frequently interviewed or invited to present guest lectures on cultural entrepreneurship, music education, and the future of the music industry. At the request of the owner, Denis Wick, Steven joined the board of Denis Wick Products in 2021 subsequently being appointed their Chief Executive Officer in 2022, a role he performs alongside his role as CEO for pBone Music.
Steven lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Kate, their three young children, two ponies and a faithful labrador, and enjoys coaching his local youth rugby team.