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Interview with Puppini Sister Kate Mullins

Interview with Puppini Sister Kate Mullins

Q: When did you decide that you wanted to be a professional musician? A: In that weird sort of way that kids seem to know what really makes them happy, I always imagined I’d be a musician and that one day I’d have a record […]

100 Years of Jazz: Microphone Singers

100 Years of Jazz: Microphone Singers

Microphone Singers Blog by Louise Balkwill Until the 1920′, singing was a very different art; There were no microphones suitable for singing, so if you wanted to be a singer you had to be able to project your voice in a way that made it […]

Noteworthy People: Claude Debussy

Noteworthy People: Claude Debussy

by Jess The year 2018 marks 100 years since the death of one of the most prominent composers of Impressionist music – Claude Debussy. A French composer, Debussy was in fact the first Impressionist composer, the musical style running alongside the art form Impressionism. The […]

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

By Louise Balkwill In this blog post, I will be raving about one of the most important, versatile, best loved but least accredited instruments in western music’s modern (and not so modern) history – yes, that’s right, the Double Bass! The Double Bass (also known […]

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

Blues Blog by Louise Balkwill Alongside the evolution of the music from Congo Square in the 19th Century, before the abolition of the slave trade in America, another type of slave music grew in the Southern plantations; Blues. Blues found its origins in the Mississippi […]

100 Years of Jazz: Ragtime

100 Years of Jazz: Ragtime

Ragtime Blog by Louise Balkwill In our last blog, we looked at Congo Square and the origins of Jazz music. Now we visit the 1890’s, when Ragtime appeared in its earliest form. Unlike the earlier music of Congo Square that was passed down aurally from […]

100 Years of Jazz: Part 1 – Congo Square

100 Years of Jazz: Part 1 – Congo Square

Blog by Louise Balkwill 2017 is a very special year for music – it marks 100 years since the release of the first ever jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band! Since then, popular music has foxtrotted, swung, bopped, rocked and […]

The Becky Dell Music Academy – A London Living Wage Organisation

The Becky Dell Music Academy – A London Living Wage Organisation

We are delighted to have been awarded the London Living Wage Employer mark by the Living Wage Foundation, a foundation supporting the fair pay of employees across the country. Although we have only recently received accreditation, we have always strived to provide fair wages for […]

Sing The Rainbow…

Sing The Rainbow…

Sing A Rainbow By Indigo Star 9th March 2017 The Colour of Sound Colour appears in music it time and time again, a perfect example can be found in the popular children’s classic ‘Sing A Rainbow’, we even have a whole genre of music called […]

Big Ben’s Bells are Taking a Little Break…

Big Ben’s Bells are Taking a Little Break…

This blog is all about Bells. Big beautiful bonging bells! Both the Big Ben bell and the place it was created, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in East London. Any keen listener of BBC Radio 4 will probably know of the impending bong deficit. This is […]