The Pointy End

Tracing Back to the World’s Oldest Known Cello

Andrea Amati constructed the instrument in Cremona, Italy, and through his sons several generations would make the Amati name integral to stringed instrument evolution.


6 Days in Latvia: An African’s First Experience of Europe

The IMC organised the inaugural Impact Music Conference in Harare, Zimbabwe and I was privileged to be one of the two young, African aspiring creative entrepreneurs selected to pitch at the conference.

African Music Development Programme

Let It Go: Why are some song titles used over and over again?

There's no copyright on using song titles again. So, are singles' doubles mistakes on the part of songwriters, or are they nice little earners?

The Independent

New scientific study shows that singing and attending classical music concerts physically reduces stress

Research by the Royal College of Music's Centre for Performance Science demonstrates the positive benefits of engaging with music.


New board game designed for classical music aficionados

Virtuoso is the perfect rainy-day activity for anyone who considers themselves a music buff.


New Order, Led Zeppelin... Comment survivre au décès d'un membre du groupe?

New Order est l'une des rares formations à avoir su rebondir artistiquement après un tel traumatisme. Leur recette: faire table rase et repartir sur de nouvelles bases. Mais ce n'est qu'une possibilité parmi d'autres. Passage en revue de six stratégies de survie (ou pas).


Why Films About Musicians Leave So Much Music Off Screen

Music-focused cinema could provide something radical: a close view of the processes of composing and performing that reveals the work behind what seems, to listeners, like magic.


How Does a Pianist Remember the 30,000 Notes of the 'Rach 3'?

"Concert pianists can perform a 45 minute piece with 30,000 individual notes that have to be performed in an absolutely particular order."

Huffington Post

Listening to 'extreme' music makes you calmer, not angrier

Rather than inciting people to anger or violence, research has found that loud and chaotic music such as metal and punk is 'a healthy way of processing anger'.

The Guardian

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